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We call him 'Super Bob' for a reason & Got Lunch will miss him

To the editor,
I read with sadness the article in Wednesday's Daily Sun about the need for Bob Champlin to retire from his SAU Superintendent job for health reasons. Bob has been making a major impact in Laconia for years now, and his brand of leadership will be sorely missed. When a few of us wanted to develop a program that would feed hungry kids during the summer months, he was our loudest cheerleader, our biggest fan. His support and encouragement helped make Got Lunch! Laconia what it is today.
We call him "Super Bob" for a reason, and each of us will miss his presence, his leadership, and his cheers. We love you Big Guy, good luck with your battle, we will all remember you in our prayers.
John Walker & Advisory Board
Got Lunch! Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Bob Champlin is consummate model of a great school superintendent

To the editor,
I went on line Wednesday morning as usual at 7 a.m. to check the morning Daily Sun and was stunned to read of Superintendent Bob Champlin's retirement due to health reasons. I was thinking of writing a letter to the editor later on my feelings.
I then went to my e-mail box and what is there but a personal note to me from Bob Champlin, notifying me of his resignation and thanking me for what help and support I had given to him over the years. What a guy! Never leaves anything undone or unsaid.
Over the years, while I have often opposed certain school expenditures, my admiration and fondness for him personally never wavered. When I was new to the council he reached out, as he always does, and provided information and personal tours through the schools and during construction of middle school and showing me the improvements in the high school.
The thing that I noticed most was the outpouring of love and respect that the students had for him. They would come up to him while we were touring and say hi or get a hug and he knew each and every one of them by name and returned the affection in kind. That speaks volumes.
Someone else-no MANY elses will detail all the accomplishments of this man, but I will truly miss his smiling, enthusiastic and energetic leadership .
He is the consummate model of a GREAT school superintendent, and many who follow will try to match it, but they will not quite make it.
Love and good wishes for another challenge Bob.
Councilor Brenda Baer
Ward 4 - Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Replace one set-time meeting with another, more poorly attended?

To the editor,
I sort of apologize to my friend and neighbor, Bill Whalen, as I try to counter him on SB-2. Why does he think someone who can't attend Town Meeting (illness, work, vacation, business travel can — amazingly! - attend SB-2's deliberative session, a meeting at which the Budget Committee and selectmen explain their work on the upcoming costs for another year of town viability? One set-time meeting will be replaced by a lower-attendance other set-time meeting, and that would make things better? And what if SB-2's deliberative session/meeting, like Town Meeting, should last four or more hours? How could Bill get rid of a meeting's taking time? Much as I love the guy for other traits, he's a big-city magician come among us, if presto-chango he can make a serious meeting take no time.
For 12 years Sanbornton has held off adopting SB-2, thus protecting Town Meeting. Seems we can never put away the NO SB-2 signs and should continue to keep in the paint and sign-board supply. Alas.
Sanbornton, please come out to vote at Town Hall on May 14, and vote NO on question #1.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:21

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It would be an honor to again serve as your Sanbornton selectman

To the editor,
My name is Patsy Wells and I'm running for selectman in Sanbornton. I had the privilege of serving my community as selectman from 2004-2007. While those were turbulent times for Sanbornton, we accomplished a lot. By working together — by always trying to work for the greater good — we began improving our roads, taking care of our town buildings, increasing the efficiency of our town departments, and planning carefully for the future. There is still work to be done on all of those fronts and the economic times makes even more of a challenge.
There are three growing concerns for me. The first is to create the walking path from the Sanbornton Central School parking lot to the library. We need to get the children off the roadway — that is how they have been getting to the library for years, walking in the road. This is critical for their safety, especially in light of the recent tragedy in Laconia. Almost seven years ago we bought the land behind the three historic buildings to create this walking path and to protect the horizon view, not to put a new town office building in the field between them. If we pass the warrant article during Town Meeting on May 15th, we are going to begin planning for a new town office building in the far future — a good move. But, we need to do that keeping the preservation of our historic buildings in mind. The third concern for me is increasing communication between the selectmen, the various town committees and the public. We are all concerned about our growing tax rate. It seems like new "for sale" signs go up every week in our community as people struggle to provide for their families. Even though the town portion of our property tax bill is relatively small, we need to work with the school district, the county and the state, which make up the other portions of our tax bill, to reduce the amounts.
We have a unique and beautiful community with a strong diversity of ideas and opinions, but the one thing I think we all have in common is a desire to protect, preserve, and strengthen our town for future generations. We can do it. We can work together to meet the needs of our fellow community members today and in the future. It would be an honor to serve you once again as your selectman. Please consider giving me your support on Election Day, Tuesday, May 14th.
Patsy Wells
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:17

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Form Base Code would come at expense of private property rights

To the editor,
Laconia Planning Director Shanna Saunders calls the $50,000 grant for the "storytelling" development "our storytelling grant" — A grant awarded to the city by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority to fund the development of architectural standards for downtown and The Weirs.
The stakeholders are the Ironwood Design Group,LLC of Exeter and Sheer McCrystal Paison Architecture Inc. of New London.
FBC, meaning Form Base Code, is a departure from conventional zoning. FBC zoning defines a one block parcel and is a method to REGULATE the development of buildings, floor areas, car free movement, garden city, new urbanism, settlement growth, smart growth, and transition towns.
At a minimum, a form base code, written to enable or preserve a specific urban form, consists of a building form, and public spaces, standards keyed to a REGULATORY plan. An urban design is the intention or goal; the form base code is the regulatory tool to achieve it. FBS is a tool to provide local government the regulatory means to achieve development objectives with greater certainty, bypassing local ZBA authority and the board of selectman and elected officials.
Ironwood Design Group is all about landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental plans for someone else's property. This group is affiliated with Plan NH — Granite State Future. Stakeholders like this company profit by using this FBC, whose focus is primarily on regulating (the word of worry) urban form and less on land use. This will infringe on our personal property rights and is unconstitutional, as stated in Art. 2 — Natural Rights, in the N.H. Bill of Rights! Regulate, my worry word means, "to control or direct by a rule, principle,or method, to adjust in accordance with some standard or requirement."
Form-based-codes include: architectural standards — these are regulations controlling external architectural materials and quality; landscaping standards — regulations controlling landscape design, and plant materials on private property as they impact public spaces; regulations about parking lot screening and shading, maintaining sight lines, ensuring unobstructed pedestrian movements; signage standards — regulations controlling allowable signage sizes, materials, illumination and placement; environmental resource standards — regulations controlling issues such as storm water drainage and infiltration,development on slopes, tree protection and solar access; annotation — text and illustrations explaining the intentions of specific code provisions.
Once you lose development rights, you have essentially lost control of your property, no matter what the people or the local government proclaim. Only you are responsible for the property taxes, and your land use is regulated!
Development rights to one's property are infringed by obeying shifting regulations and enhanced "best practices mandated by the new development rights' holder.
Please research form base code and refuse this grab by people who are out to make money and could care less about the individual. I love the Weirs and its antiquity and style, do not change the view or be regulated into this ruse to control your individual rights and behavior! The city of Dover and town of Strafford, have FBS and are unhappy with the regulations! They were duped by conversations with only the input of a minority of people, and without a majority of the voting public. Beware of these "listening sessions employed by Plan NH and NH Listens, using the Delphi Technique to obtain an already written agenda, while giving the public the illusion that they created the issues!
Does the Planning Director know about this devious and unethical method of stealing the residents right to regulate their own property? The residents of Laconia need to ask and obtain the knowledge about FBC and go to the Granite State Futures web site and learn about how the Lakes Region Planning Commission is involved in our everyday behaviors, and is planning to change us and our liberties as property owners and citizens. Another point of interest is that the nine regional planning commissions are unelected people, who are trying to change our great state of N.H.
We also need to be aware of grants associated with the HUD-1044 grant instrument, and the strings attached, and any other grant that gives the illusion of "storytelling". Research the Orton Family Foundation.
Rosemary Landry
Meredith

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:12

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