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4-H is grateful to be part of Bert Southwick's legacy

To The Daily Sun,

The generosity and legacy of Bert Southwick continues on through a donation to the Belknap County 4-H Foundation.

Although Bert Southwick never had any children of his own, he certainly supported area youth in many ways. Bert could be described as one of the last self-sustaining old-time farmers, growing produce, cutting hay, and raising meat and eggs. Bert was also a lifelong supporter of the 4-H Program.

In his earlier years, he trailered horses and cattle for 4-H kids to the fairs and shows all over New Hampshire and New England (today, those "kids" are now in their late 50s and early 60s). People have said that no one could handle the difficult horses like Bert could. His kindness kept on giving over the years. He sold part of his land across the street from his farm to the Winnisquam School District, at a very reasonable price, for a new elementary school. The Southwick School children always looked forward to his annual delivery of jack-o'-lantern pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks every fall. After 70 years of egg deliveries, the "Egg Man" retired. His iconic horse-drawn delivery wagon is on permanent display at Southwick School.

For those who had the opportunity to meet this amazing and humble man, count yourself blessed to have known this “Angel in Overalls.” And though he is no longer with us, his legacy lives on through his generous donations to organizations that include the Belknap County 4-H Foundation. A scholarship award has been set up in his honor. This award is known as the “Bert Southwick Junior Achievement Award” and is given each year to two outstanding junior 4-H members. We can only hope to live a life of giving the way Bert did. We are so grateful and fortunate to be part of his legacy.

Michelle Clarke
Belknap County 4-H Foundation Vice President

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Northern Pass is committed to working with businesses

To The Daily Sun,

The U.S. Forest Service last month issued a draft Record of Decision recommending approval of Northern Pass’ underground route within the White Mountain National Forest. It said the project is in the public interest because it will meet the region’s “long-term energy needs in a sustainable, secure, and cost-effective manner.” Northern Pass is a clean energy project that will transmit enough hydropower to power 1 million homes. It will reduce CO2 emissions by 3.2 million metric tons a year, the equivalent of taking 670,000 cars off the road. The project is consistent with New Hampshire’s Clean Energy Action Plan and will provide an affordable and reliable baseload source of clean energy as older power plants close and we continue to add more intermittent sources such as solar and wind.
The draft Record of Decision also supports the project’s proposed route, saying it “is a reasonable way to transmit electrical power through the WMNF in a minimally impactful way when considering all available alternatives.”
The decision to bury the project for a total of 60 miles, with 52 of those miles in and around the White Mountain National Forest, came after numerous meetings with New Hampshire residents and stakeholders, who emphasized the importance of avoiding view impacts in that region. The improved route does just that, eliminating view impacts in the Forest, Franconia State Park area, and along the Appalachian Trail.
The improved route is part of our effort to reduce the impact to New Hampshire while also bringing affordably-priced clean energy to the region. We’ve also reached out to each community along the route to discuss how best to avoid impacts during construction. Through mutually agreed upon memorandums of understanding, or MOUs, Northern Pass can address a community’s unique needs, such as consideration of community events and other local and seasonal activities, equipment storage and staging areas, coordination with emergency responders, and establishing responsibility for any damage to roads. We have already signed MOUs with four towns and are in discussions with others.
We appreciate that running a small business can be challenging and that a project of this magnitude may cause concern. We know we must find ways to lessen the impact of construction, and we will work with local chambers and other groups to promote and support uninterrupted commerce throughout construction. Northern Pass has submitted a construction plan to the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee that includes regular communications with business owners, traffic management plans, signage directing customers to temporary parking, outreach to customers through newspapers and other media, and a special “hotline” and online communications for quick response to problems, should they arise.
We have made a pledge to hire New Hampshire workers first. Workers who, as much as any small business owner along the route, want to see this state succeed. Those workers will need to fill up their gas tanks, grab a meal, wash their clothes, spend the night, and make other purchases while on the job.
These are purchases that will be made in towns along and around the route, and economic data shows spending associated with Northern Pass will boost New Hampshire’s economy, not diminish it.
Northern Pass has sent letters and updates to landowners and businesses along the route, asking for feedback and inviting anyone with questions or concerns to give us a call. We are a New Hampshire company with many long-time New Hampshire residents working to bring more clean energy to the region. We want to see New Hampshire businesses grow and succeed, and are dedicated to working with local officials, meeting with businesses and communicating to residents and tourists alike that their favorite destinations are open for business.
Any business owner who would like to talk to a Northern Pass representative may do so by calling 1-800-286-7305.
Martin Murray, spokesman for Northern Pass Transmission.

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