Now is time for you to be active part of story of Hathaway House

To The Daily Sun,

With the Hathaway House facing demolition, the Laconia Heritage Commission is currently searching for an alternative that would spare the building. The current owner has offered the house for a dollar to anyone who can move it, but there is a limited amount of time to do so. The Laconia Heritage Commission is seeking proposals for the moving, rehabilitation, and reuse of the Hathaway House. Anyone who is interested in saving it now has the opportunity to do so. Interested developers, organizations, and individuals are welcome to submit their proposal by June 18, 2014.
The house was constructed for Samuel C. Clark, who was a wealthy lawyer and an active member of his community. The Hathaway House was built on the site of the original home of Clark's parents. At this time, the original family home was moved down the street to the top of Black Brook hill, which was land owned by Clark.
Clark owned much land throughout Lakeport and Laconia, including a good portion of Union Avenue surrounding the Hathaway House. This property also comprised land on the other side of the road that extended from Black Brook to Stark Street. The Samuel C. Clark canal at the Lakeport Dam was named after him because of his involvement. Clark's Block on Elm Street was a building that he built and was where he practiced law.
He was clerk of the Superior Court of Belknap County, a member of the State Legislature, and assistant clerk to the House of Representatives. Becoming governor one day and utilizing the Hathaway House as the governor's mansion was one of his dreams; however, this never came to be. Clark was a director and promoter of the Laconia and Lakeport Street Railway. He helped to establish two banks in the area: the Lake Village Savings Bank and the Laconia National Bank, serving as director of both. During the Civil War he was a provost marshal and afterward became a Freemason of the third degree. Sadly, Clark died from pneumonia in 1897. After Clark's death, the house was the residence of his wife and was later inherited by their daughter Claribel and daughter-in-law Octavia Mable Clark.
After Claribel passed away in 1953, the house gracefully embraced the business district that was slowly growing up around it. This began with the Hathaway House dress boutique owned and operated by Richard and Constance St. Clair. Later, it went on to become the Hathaway Restaurant. More recently, it has been home to Summerfield's Restaurant, Florence Cummins Real Estate, Plant Petalers, and Star Gaze Pool and Spa.
As in the past, this building is adaptable to nearly any use. Despite its many past uses, it still retains its original floor plan. Regardless of its shabby appearance, the Hathaway House is a solid building and appears to be structurally sound. After assessment by several professionals, the house appears to be fit to move. Due to the cost of moving the structure, it is practical to limit the distance. The main house and ell are the two portions of the building that are original and should be moved. It has been speculated that they can be moved in one piece.
Now is the time to be an active part of the story of the Hathaway House. For more information, please contact Laconia City Manager Scott Myers, City of Laconia, 45 Beacon Street East, Laconia, NH 03246, at (603) 527-1270, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sarah E. Anderson


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Co-ed is badly outdated word & shouldn't be used in your newspaper

To The Daily Sun,

I was dismayed to see the term "CO ED" used to carry over the AP report of the Seth Mazzaglia trial (Daily Sun, May 29).

"Co Ed" harkens back to the days when having women on college campuses was a novel idea. The first women's dorm was built at UNH in 1908 ... more than 100 years ago. I think the novelty of co-education has long passed. Women were not called "Co Eds" while I attended UNH, and that was over 20 years ago.

Surely "TRIAL" or something else could have been used?

Kathy Bunker
South Tamworth

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You can visit place where job creation takes place right here in Laconia

To The Daily Sun,

Wednesday evening, I had the privilege of participating in the presentation of one of the awards at the annual celebration of completion of the 12 programs at the J. Oliva Huot Technical Center in Laconia. One hundred thirty one students from around the Lakes Region celebrated achievements that included certification as Licensed Nursing Assistants and automotive technicians, earning of hundreds of college credits, numerous scholarships, and advancement in apprenticeship programs, to name just a few. There was standing room only at the Laconia High School Auditorium. June and I were moved by the enthusiasm and joy that filled the auditorium.

My purpose in writing, though, is to let you know, that whatever you hear about "job creation" in the upcoming election campaign, our technical education centers like the Huot Technical Center are where job creation actually begins. You don't have to read about it, you can actually visit a place where job creation begins right here in Laconia, on Union Avenue, and you can talk to real, honest to goodness job creators, like Dave Warrender and the dedicated and enthusiastic group of instructors he leads, who tease the very best out each and every student.

Rep. David O. Huot

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That's all you have to say in defense? The name was spelled wrong?

To The Daily Sun,

O-boy, I'm in trouble now. Marty Valengovich discovered that I spelled the ambassador's name wrong. Oh dear, oh dear what ever shell I do? Yet he understood exactly who I was talking about so isn't that what the point was?
Is that it Marty? That's all you have to say in defense of your incompetent in chief, Obama? No "facts", made up or otherwise? Isn't the modern media great, when Obama lies it's right there for everyone to see and hear. When Obama breaks his promises it's right there for everyone to see and hear.
Steve Earle


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The way our veterans are being treated is a 'crying shame'

To The Daily Sun,

My father was a proud decorated veteran of World War 2. Last year, my father past away at the age of 90 at a hospice in Keene NH. He was a lifetime resident of Vermont. Over the years, he had many illnesses, heart attacks, hearing problems and finally cancer.

Many times, when we spoke he would say 'I have an appointment at the VA in White River. In his 80s, he was driving to the VA in White River, a distance of 65 miles. He lived only three miles from the Brattleboro Hospital.

I believe that any veteran that qualifies for VA health care should be given an ID that would allow them to go the nearest health care facility for treatment.

Sadly before he died, my brother checked him into the Brattleboro Hospital. He was transferred to the VA. When we saw him, he asked for his keys because he wanted to drive to the VA. He did not understand that he was at the VA.

My father was my hero and a military hero. The way veterans are being treated is 'a crying shame'. These proud veterans should not be treated this way. God bless the USA and the veterans that gave all.

Jim Mayotte

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