6th Heather's Ride raised $11,000 for Boston Children's Hospital

To The Daily Sun,

"Friends 4 Eva" and the Harris Family wish to extend their deepest appreciation to all of our many supporters. Thanks to your efforts, we raised over $11,000 from our recent sixth annual Heather's Ride on July 11. The proceeds go directly to Boston Children's Hospital — Heather Siebert Patient Support Fund. This fund assists patients and their families with expenses not covered by insurance including those associated with allowing parents to be with their children during frequent hospitalizations. This fund has already helped many, many families.

Not only did we have 120 motorcycles, we had a large number of non-motorcyclist participants who enjoyed music by the local band The Tim & Dave Show during an old-fashioned cookout sponsored by Laconia Harley-Davidson, followed by ice cream courtesy of Ben & Jerry's for dessert. The State Police-escorted ride covered 120 miles through the White Mountains and over the Kancamaugus Highway. Riders enjoyed discovering back roads and covered bridges with beautiful weather.

The crowd enjoyed the chance to win Red Sox tickets as well as numerous other prizes. All prizes were donated–thank you!

Please take the opportunity to acknowledge and patronize the following businesses and individuals that were so generous in supporting our event (many of them every year):

Tom Siebert & Family (Siebert and Company Inc.), New England Gas Systems, Wiggin Hydroseed, Winchester, N.H., Jim and Janet Scott-RAWZ Natural Pet Food, American Legion Riders Association, Mary and Bill Lambert and family, Harold Lutz, Donald and Julia Harris, Jon and Debbie Peaslee, Frase Electric, Scott's Landscaping Inc., R.A. Dunlap & Son Inc., Lindsey Piccioli, Kenny Demerchant, Jon and Tina MacConnell, Jim and Sue Drouin, Jaime and Michelle Goncalves, E.L. Harvey and Sons, Denise Burgess, Phil and Hannah Hayes, South Street Welding, Jeff and Raina Santucci.

Also, Jim and Alison Norton, Sheryl Wright, Paul Petrycki - ServPro of Medford, Alexei and Irina Shvilkin, Laura Gauthier, Liz Greenleaf, Brian Lutz, Brian Sutherland and family, Brad and Lynne Leighton-Overhead Door Options, Eileen Baker, Scott Holman, Amanda Peaslee, Barbra Romano, Mike and Lori Hamilton, Bob and Fran Santucci, Christine Chiaretta, Claire Hebert, Dean Dow, Norm and Denise Pilotte, Dina Oehley, Dayna Guldhaug, Kurt M. Dygert, Kim and Rita Buker, Warner and Alice Pynn, Kevin and Cheryl Riess, and Michele Vaillancourt-Ackroyd.

Product/Raffle Sponsors Include:

The Tim and Dave Show, Harts Turkey Farm, Funspot, Canobie Lake Park, Mills Falls, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, The Camp-Common Man, Castle in the Clouds, Grandview Motel & Cottages, T-Bones Restaurant, Jeff Long-Red Sox Tickets, E.M. Heath's, Big Cat Coffee (breakfast break), Gourmet Gift Baskets, Hannafords, Wine'ng Butcher, The Corner House Restaurant, Wine'ing Butcher, Dunkin Donuts, Progressive Insurance, Safeco Insurance.

And our premiere sponsor: Laconia Harley-Davidson.

Of course, if we missed anyone or if you made an anonymous donation–please know that we are very grateful and wish to extend our thanks.

For the forth time a $500 scholarship was awarded to a Hopkinton High School senior who qualified for the scholarship due to personal struggles to overcome medical challenges in order to graduate and pursue secondary education. Congratulations to Shae Feather — Hopkinton High School — Class of 2015.

For more information on "Friends 4 Eva" and Heather's Ride and a complete listing of sponsors as we know it, check out www.friends4eva.org and please plan to join us next year on July 9, 2016, for our 7th Annual Heathers Ride — lucky number seven.

Friends 4 Eva

and the Harris Family

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Alton Food Pantry trying to reach more families; donations needed

To The Daily Sun,

The Alton Community Services/Food Pantry owes its success to its donors, Board of Directors, its dedicated staff and the many volunteers. They have been so generous with their time and donations.

We have had a very successful winter and spring. I am asking again for donations, especially of non-perishable items. We are trying to reach more families, especially those whose children are participating in the 68 Hours of Hunger Program through the Alton Central School. If you know any of these families, please refer them to the Food Pantry. I cannot see any of our children — or any child — go hungry. You may call 875-6396 or contact us at our e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are also on the town's web page. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 43, Alton 03809.

The new federal guideline, published July 2015, is $419 for a family of four. Or participation in one of the following: fuel assistance (it is not easy to apply — call 524-5512), WIC, commodity supplemental food program, temporary assistance to needy families, aid to permanently and totally disabled, homeless, food stamps, Medicaid, aid to the needy blind, old age assistance, supplemental security income, subsidized housing, county, city or town welfare.

We are still sponsored by the churches of Alton: The Be Free Church, Community Church and St. Katherines. You may drop off your donations to any of the following: Alton Home & Lumber (aka Reuben's), Maxfield's Realty or Profile Bank. The churches collect weekly.

We are recognized as a non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible.

Dorothye S. Wentworth, Director

Alton Community Services/Food Pantry

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Obama still has enough time left as president to do great damage

To The Daily Sun,

Our president saw fit to submit the Iran deal to the U.N. before our Congress had a chance to vote on it. Should the U.N. accept the deal and our Congress not accept it, our president put the United States in violation of the U.N.

I personally do not worry about that as so many countries are in violation of the U.N. and nothing ever happens. Countries that are not true friends of the U.S.

It seems he has no respect for the Constitution or the will of the American people. Unfortunately we have still time left in his term to do more damage.

Our Congress must stand tall against his disrespect for the American people and our Constitution.

Our representatives must vote against the U.N. deal. They cannot waver in this at all. For all the votes that they did, not defunding the "Dreamer" amnesty or Obamacare as some promised to do, this one, Republicans and Democrats must come together and defeat.

It is bad for our country. It is bad for the Middle East. It gives Iran money to buy weapons and also drops the embargo of selling weapons to Iran which it can and will pass on to terrorists.

Some places the U.N. inspectors cannot examine and when they do they must give almost a month's notice. Anything can happen in that time.

Our borders are so porous that it is easy for the terrorists to come in with weapons that could do great harm to America.

If Congress votes against the Iran deal and Obama vetoes it, our representatives must work with other representatives to override the veto.

It is no longer enough that a representative says they will vote for or against something. They must work with other representatives to see that the bills are passed or not with the regard of the wishes of the American people.

The American people do not want this deal. Our representatives must have the integrity to do the right thing and not what they think the media will approve. It is time that Congress stand tall for the American people and the world. Now before it is too late.

Linda Riley

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Mr. Jean is showing that he is the adult in the selectmen's room

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton selectmen seem to be having a difficult time attempting to do their duty in appointing a third selectman.

The idea that a precedent or a tradition has been set, thus indicating that Mr. Currier is the appropriate choice is not convincing. Circumstances change and even the thought that those who supported him as a write-in candidate would still support him is tenuous.

Mr. Jean makes valid points that 623 voters opposed Mr. Currier in the election and, that if there is, in fact, a precedent to be followed, it would be that Jim Barnes would be the logical choice now.

Additionally Mr. Guarino's comment to and about Rachel Hatch was totally inappropriate and he should apologize. This and other remarks show that his mind is already closed on this topic.

If Mr. Currier is chosen for the position there is the potential of creating difficulties for his own son and the Police Department. For him to simply recuse himself when police matters arise is more complicated now.

Perhaps those 623 voters who did not support Mr. Currier will contact Mr. Jean and thank him for following their wishes. It is interesting that Mr. Jean has said that he would support Brian Forst or Rachel Hatch. Surely there is a compromise here if Mr. Guarino chooses to recognize it.

By focusing on experience, Mr. Jean has also shown that he is the adult in the room.

Joanne Gianni
Gilmanton Iron Works

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Community college administrators greating climate of fear & intimidation

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, there has been a great deal of discussion about the crisis in the New Hampshire Community College System (CCSNH). Of course, one problem is funding. Tuition at our community colleges is the highest in the nation. The main reason is that the state contribution toward a student's education is 25 to 27 percent, while in most states it is more than 50 percent.

Even so, a large part of problem is that the CCSNH is mismanaging the funds it has. While good, competent instructors are being laid off and replaced with (part-time) adjuncts, the CCSNH is investing in new buildings, hiring more administrators, giving administrators huge raises, and wasting money on questionable software systems.

Perhaps there is something to be gained from running a college like a business. Of course, the money has to be spent wisely. But, our current administration would shock even the best business people. Even conservatives should be outraged.

Another problem is since the Community College System separated from state government, there has been little oversight of these things. The Concord Monitor and former CCSNH Vice-Chancellor Chuck Annal, as well as others, have rightly called for an independent investigation.

Such an investigation, however, should not just focus on misspending. It must also focus on the management style in the system over the last few years. This style has been autocratic and includes the creation of a toxic and intimidating work environment at many of our colleges.

The administrators are often far from transparent. Employees are often misinformed and disinformed. To accomplish their goal of getting rid of full-time employees, they have created, in many cases, a climate of fear and intimidation. If the system is to be run like a business, it is not being run like a modern, humane business, but more like a sweatshop or plantation.

As the Monitor suggested, any investigation has to be completely independent. Experience shows that internal investigations can result in consequences for those who dare speak out.

E. Scott Cracraft


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