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Donors have given $5,500 for Center Harbor Town House fund

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the Town of Center Harbor Heritage Commission, I would like to thank the generous donors who have contributed more than $5,500 thus far to our Heritage Fund.

The commission especially appreciates the support provided by the Penny Pitou and Milo Pike Charitable Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. These donations, plus a grant from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, will help fund our project to rehabilitate the old Center Harbor Town House. Our ultimate goal is to return this beautiful historic building to public use for civic and community meetings and cultural events.

Listed on the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places, the old Town House sits on its original site at the corner of Route 3/Daniel Webster Highway and Waukewan Road. Built in 1843 as a Greek Revival style meetinghouse, it was used for Town Meetings and voting until 1964 and as a one-room schoolhouse from 1933 until 1946. Sadly, despite its proud history, the Town House now lies vacant and is used only for storage.

Anyone who would like help us rehab the old Town House may mail a tax-deductible donation to: The Town of Center Harbor Heritage Commission, PO Box 140, Center Harbor, NH 03226, payable to: The Heritage Fund.

Karen Ponton, Secretary

Center Harbor Heritage Commission
Center Harbor

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Don't give up opportunity to participate in traditional school meetings

To The Daily Sun,

Petitioners of SB-2, or official ballot voting, in Shaker Regional School District might want to think twice about this request.

Plymouth just passed its $13,744,619 budget with virtually no discussion and fewer that a dozen members of the public in attendance. This is the process that was once touted by a Plymouth resident as the greatest thing since sliced bread but has turned out to be an exercise in public ignorance. Members of our seven towns go to the ballot box knowing little or nothing about what's in this year's budget. All they know is the bottom line.

If they had been present in a traditional school meeting setting, they would have learned about the new wood boiler, the $375,000 grant from the NH PUC to help pay for its construction and other projects to increase energy efficiency. They would have had a chance to discuss changes in staffing and ask questions about new programs. Then they would have had the chance to modify, even increase the budget, based on the information gleaned from the give and take of a proper meeting.

You may get annoyed because the employees come to the town or school meeting to support their part of the budget but who's to say they won't do the same thing at a SB-2 meeting? Bring 30 of your friends and you can make dramatic changes by adding or deleting parts of the budget at SB-2 and you're stuck with a choice of an up or down vote in March.

So, I suggest you stick to the traditional process. Don't give up the opportunity to share and participate in the traditional form of school district meeting.

Fran Taylor
Holderness

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