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Outpouring of support for Colonial project has been tremendous

To The Daily Sun,

Hard to believe it has already been one month since we acquired the Colonial Theater building!

I thought this would be a great time to provide a brief update as the Belknap EDC (Economic Development Council) has been very busy on a number of tracks. One of the first items we are moving quickly with is an environmental Phase II study. We have applied for grant funding and hopefully this fall you will see us removing the underground oil storage tank (UST) that lay beneath the ground in the alley on Canal Street. It is our understanding it was closed in place and we will need to remove this as one of our first priorities prior to redevelopment. We have also secured the building and introduced ourselves to our new tenants. Bayside Property Support Services has been hired to manage the property. Rob Wichland, Chris Kelly, and their team are doing a great job and have been excellent to work with.

The outpouring of public support has been tremendous and we want to provide as much communication as possible throughout the project. Over 50 people have offered their time and talent to assist with our planning/building and fundraising committee. Our board decided to create these two committees and involve not only Belknap EDC board members but community members with diverse backgrounds and experience. The building committee has met twice already and the discussions have been very productive. We are looking forward to draft plans to not only bring the theater back but to optimize its functionality for a multitude of uses. Our website will also include all pertinent activities, timelines and photos of the project as we move forward. Our project developer, Steve Horton, has begun guiding us down the planning path. Steve is leading our building committee and has over 30 years of project management experience including the renovation of the Keene Colonial Theater. RFQs (Request for Qualifications) for both project architect and construction manager have recently been advertised. Due date for these are September 8th at which time we will look to narrow the field, make a selection, and have them both join our building committee.

Our fundraising committee should start up within the next few weeks. We have made positive advances toward obtaining historic tax credits as well as new market tax credits. These efforts continue side-by-side with the planning phase under the leadership of our executive director, Justin Slattery.

We hope to include as many individuals as possible in a variety of activities going forward. If you have offered to assist in any way, and we have not reached out to you just yet, please be patient. We will be in touch!

Randy Eifert, Chair
Belknap Economic Development Council

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:19

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2016 election will offer one last chance to take our country back

To The Daily Sun,

Just want to know how New Hampshire is feeling about Donald Trump? He is saying everything we all feel. What he says is right on the money. Those others are only interested in the money they get from the people they will have to owe favors to their whole time in office. With Trump he needs no ones money. He is not the same old politician that we all know and do not love. I do not care what party it is; they are the same. Talk and no action.

So we need someone who is not the same old same. As far as Hillary goes. She should be in jail for what she has done. If anyone votes for her we will have eight more years of Obama. Is that what you want to see happen? I do not think you do. Then we really can kiss the U.S.A. goodbye if Hillary gets in.

So think well before you vote. This is the last chance to take America back. It is a game of who can you trust anymore. Not Hillary or Bush. The dynasty needs to stop.

Anna DeRose

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:15

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Absurd request to put myself in place of a miserable deserter

To The Daily Sun,

Oh, Henry, when did you start working for the Center for the Study of Absurdity? Looking at the way you worded your recent letter Mr. Osmer, one might think you have become Mr. Veverka's right hand man.

To answer your question, yes I did serve in the military, with the U.S. Army. Basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., and Advanced Individual Training as a missile repair parts specialist at Fort Lee, Va. I spent a year at Fort Hood, Texas, as a company clerk. I also spent nearly 15 months in the Republic of Vietnam from July 1970 to September 1971. I was the company clerk for the 59th Engineering Company(Land Clearing), aka the Bushwackers.

You asked me to put myself in the place of Bowe Bergdahl. You have just asked me to do the impossible. I would never have deserted my company while serving my country. I can only imagine the shame I would feel knowing that my Commander-in-Chief just released five top Taliban terrorist leaders to get my sorry butt back. And then honoring my dereliction of duty by having my parents stand in the Rose Garden while President Obama touted this embarrassing trade as some heroic achievement. Just the thought of that happening after I could have so cowardly left my company high and dry has left me feeling extremely nauseous.

Speaking of that marvelous Rose Garden ceremony. Henry, do you know what Robert Bergdahl, Bowe's father said in Arabic? Probably not, so let me enlighten you. "Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim". Translation: "In the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful." He also uttered the word, "basmallah," which is an Islamic expression of victory. Our president smiled when he heard those words. Robert Bergdahl also said, "I'm your father Bowe" after informing the world that he was speaking in Arabic because his son was having trouble understanding English. Walid Shoebat, a former radicalized Muslim and former member of the PLO, has this information in case you would like to learn just a little bit about the Bergdahls before you ask me such an asinine question.

Oh, by the way Henry, Col. Allen West also captured a Tweet by Robert Bergdahl before he deleted it. "I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen." Have you heard of the word, "Taqiyya" Henry? It refers to religious dissimulation where Muslims are allowed to deny their faith under duress. It allows them to commit illegal and blasphemous acts. It originated in the Qur'an. Of course now, radicalized Muslims use stealth jihad for just about any reason to attack, rape, behead and set on fire the infidel.

So perhaps Henry, you now have some realization about how absolutely absurd your question to me was, about putting myself in the place of a miserable deserter. Now I realize it probably doesn't seem like such a crazy question to those on the "left". Those being the ones who hate those who fight evil. I would rather die playing the role of the "sheepdog" than live in fear as the timid "sheep". But oh, Henry, "Et tu Brute"? Are you really siding with those who would betray their country? The ones who live in this country, yet despise it to the core of their being? Henry, oh please say it ain't so. Assure me you are on the side of the courageous soldier and not the the cowardly and likely traitorous Bowe.

Russ Wiles


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:09

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If government no longer provided me a helping hand, who would?

To The Daily Sun,

My letter was somewhat misinterpreted by Ms. Morrisette. I am grateful every day for hard-working Americans who pay taxes to provide benefits for the needy. I also have ongoing sympathies for the struggles of working persons. Your complaint somewhat proves my original point: Churches cannot help all of those in need — therefore government help is needed.

I have schizophrenia. I do what I can to not be a further burden to society. I choose to be sober, law-abiding and think rationally. I receive no church help, nor have I needed to ask for it. I appreciate the SSDI check that I receive. However, if the government no longer provided a helping hand, who would provide help to me? You are an example of the bitter, angry, and religious persons that certainly would not choose me as a beneficiary of your church's charity.

Modern fervent Christians have not been able to do miracles as Jesus claimed they would. I think Jesus and his miracles are a fairy tale. Peace.

Louise Sargent

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 10:05

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Thanks for all the help with 2015 Gilmanton Old Home Day

To The Daily Sun,

The members of the American Legion Auxiliary, Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102 of Gilmanton would like to thank all of the planners, workers and sponsors of the 2015 Gilmanton Old Home Day for continuing to host this wonderful community event.

Visitors to our tables signed our guest book and viewed our photos and history album. We invited input on our Veterans at Rest in Gilmanton project and hope to follow up for additional information. Our sincere appreciation to everyone who stopped by and purchased some of our delicious home-baked goods and took a chance on our raffle. Richard Knibbs of Gilmanton won our raffled hand-crafted Raggedy Ann and Andy in their cart.

We welcomed two new members to our Unit during the day and were encouraged by the strong turn-out of both new and long-term residents of the community. Your generous support to the Unit continues to provide assistance to our local Veterans and their families.

Contact our Unit at P.O. Box 119, Gilmanton, NH or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and read more about our activities at www.ALANH102.org.

Raelyn Cottrell, President

American Legion Auxiliary

Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 09:31

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