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Sue & Jen will help Gilford schools maintain their excellence

To The Daily Sun,

On Tuesday, March 10, Gilford residents will have the opportunity to vote for two candidates (three- year term) for School Board. There are five names on the ballot. I am writing in support of Sue Allen, current board chair, and Jen McGreevy, a parent of three students, one in each school.

Sue has been a valuable member of the Gilford School Board for years and has been instrumental in helping Gilford School District become the great district it is today. Her experience is vital to the district's future.

Jen has been active on school advisory committees, volunteer groups, staff search committees, class activities and fundraisers since her children have been in the district. The School Board needs a parent who is as involved as Jen, to better understand what is going on from a current parent's perspective.

We are very fortunate to have a School Board that supports students, teachers, and administrators.

Eighty percent of Gilford graduates continue their education at either two- or four-year colleges. Recently, honor roll lists from colleges have been in the papers and most of those students are Gilford graduates.

At a recent school board meeting, a presentation was made by the Screaming Eagles, the first robotics team from Gilford, which recently placed fourth in a statewide competition. Their presentation to the School Board was great, explaining in detail what they learned from this experience. Without the continued support of the district and community, this would not be possible.

Another presentation was a community service project involving the Business class and Tech Ed class at Gilford High School. They are raising money to construct wooden flag holders for the New Hampshire Veterans home in Tilton.
This is community service and involvement at its best.

Very few high schools offer woodworking and metalworking classes, Gilford does.

In my opinion, Sue and Jen will help Gilford School District continue to provide an excellent education to the students of our town.

Joe Wernig
Gilford

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You need to make the effort to register & vote on March 10

To The Daily Sun,

Residents of Meredith, you have become complacent; you seem to be happy with the same-o, same-o thinking; everything is okay today and will be tomorrow. You often say, "I don't have time" or "it won't matter anyways". It's time to stand up and take a deep breath and look around you. Think back to your youth and what you saw back then, now look at today, now look into the future. What will it look like for you? What will it be like for your children and their children? What do you see for them? What will be different? What will be gone forever? Now think what you could have done to make things better and easier for them. 

I look at the number of folks who live here and I see the number of them who take the time to get involved and to vote, and I see the low attendance at the polls and hear the complaints about the results afterward from those who didn't even vote at all.

It's time to get involved and start showing some interest in our community. Elected town officials are there to protect and guide our town in a direction that is the most beneficial for all of the people and they need to have you bring them your input. They want to hear from you with your needs and views to help them make the best decisions going forward. Often articles are placed on a ballot and voted into law or our budget by the few who supported the article and it's passes with some of the lowest voter participation.

We can no longer keep our heads buried in the sand, it's time to sit up, take of the rose colored glasses and look around you. We need to get involved now or our future will be very different from what we have had, what we could have could be gone forever and the opportunity to get involved then will be gone too.

Our time is slowly running out and the future depends on what we do now. You need to make the effort to register and to vote. You need to talk to your local town officials they need and want to hear from you so that they can guide Meredith into the future for all of the people not just a few.

Please take the time to vote on March 10 for the candidate you feel will do the best job for our community, our future will depend on it.

David Lund Bennett, Sr.

Meredith

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