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We hope to see BCCD seeds produce pumpkins for the festival

To The Daily Sun,

The 2016 plant sale hosted by Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) drew strong  interest from county residents. Our plant orders are up 160 percent from last year. Many folks stopped by to pick up perennials, berry plants, shrubs, trees and even trout for their ponds on April 29-May 1. Everyone received a card thanking them for their support with conservation tips and a packet of pumpkin seeds.

BCCD appreciates local support for the plant sale which is a fund-raiser for the district and an opportunity to connect with county residents interested in learning more about they can conserve natural resources on their land. We can all make a difference in improving the environment by planting trees or growing our own food.

We offer special thanks to the Gilmanton Iron Works Fire Department and Picnic Rock Farms in Meredith, who offered great locations for our plant sale. Thanks also to our volunteers including Jan Hooper, Shirley Stokes, Quinn Broulliard, and a great crew from Belknap-Merrimack Community Action program Work Place Success that helped prepare plants for sale, and Gator Signs for a new banner for the sale. Lisa Morin, BCCD Program Coordinator worked long hours coordinating the event and packaging plants.

Now we look forward to hearing stories next year on how well the planting went and hopefully, to see the BCCD seeds produce some pumpkins that make their way to the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in Laconia on Oct. 22.

Your support for the Belknap County Conservation District matters. Our mission is to help landowners, communities and other organizations conserve soil, water and the natural resources of Belknap County.

BCCD achieves its mission by:

— Identifying critical natural resource conservation issues and needs.

— Initiating projects that demonstrate conservation best practices.

— Delivering conservation information and training.

— Creating access to technical and financial resources that enable conservation action

From our annual plant sale, to stream restoration projects, to community workshops on protecting water resources, to assistance with grants to towns and landowners, BCCD is committed to serving our county.

We invite anyone who is interested in natural resource conservation to participate in our programs and to learn more about what we do. Our website is at www.belknapccd.org/

Belknap County Conservation

District Board of Supervisors

Donna Hepp, Chair – Belmont

Dean Anson – Laconia

Earl Chase - Barnstead

John Hodsdon - Meredith

Ken Kettenring – New Hampton

Aaron Litchfield – Alton – Associate Supervisor

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Meredith disregarded its own regulations with crematorium

To The Daily Sun,

After watching the Selectboard meeting of April 18, and witnessing Meredith's town manager, Phillip Warren, as he attempted to insinuate that a wood stove was the cause of the smell and irritation at the Motorcycle Museum, I am appalled and extremely disappointed with the entire town. Rather than address the issue of the inappropriate location and disgusting discharge from Mayhew's human incinerator, Phillip Warren suggested that a wood stove has burned "inappropriate material," i.e. "wood," on an adjacent street, causing the smell of burning dead human flesh and a discharge of human ash.

In an article printed on the front page of The Laconia Citizen dated May 6, Warren, Meredith's town manager, is quoted as saying, "Regardless of what you were told by the Office of Energy and Planning and the governor, emissions from smokestacks or any type of stacks is regulated by DES, not the town." If one were to look at the town of Meredith's own zoning rules, Article III, section A states: "Obnoxious Use (Amended 10 March 87): No land in any of the districts herein set forth shall be used in a manner that is disorderly, unsightly, noxious, offensive or detrimental to the public or the owners or occupants of adjacent property."

Mr. Warren is obviously overlooking this little fact. It is becoming increasingly clear that the town of Meredith is disregarding its own regulations where Mr. Mayhew is concerned. The next obvious question is "Why?" One only need look at the large pine tree between the museum and the crematory to see the effect it is having. The gases and heat emitted by Mayhew's human incinerator have all but killed the tree and it now poses a serious threat of fire. I simply do not comprehend the logic of the town planners. To allow a crematory directly across the street from a McDonald's restaurant and directly below an aging, dry, old barn housing an antique motorcycle museum is simply poor town planning.

To add insult to personal injury, Meredith Community Development Director John Edgar has compared the incinerator to a bakery. Lets clarify this. A bakery operates at around 400 degrees Fahrenheit. A crematorium operates between 1,600 and 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. A bakery does not spew human ash all over its neighbors.

The concerns raised by the owner of the motorcycle museum regarding the stench and excessive, dangerous discharge from Mayhew's incinerator are correct from all accounts. The gases and cremate discharge from Mayhew's human incinerator has also spread to the McDonald's parking lot. The only people who do not see the problem caused by the location of the incinerator are Mayhew and the town of Meredith. Even the people who manage the McDonald's franchise have made extremely negative comments about the location and activities at Mayhew's crematory.

This brings me to another observation. Who on earth in the town's planning board decided it would be a good thing to put a crematorium directly across the street from a McDonald's, right next to a museum housed in a dry, dusty, old barn and abutting a residential neighborhood? Each and every one of you deserve a medal for this stroke of genius. Meredith certainly cannot be considered a community of the future with planning like this.

Tracy Pillsbury




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