To The Daily Sun,
Opechee Garden Club has many to thank for the tremendous success of its "Awesome Blossoms" Garden Tour held July 13. Making the tour possible and offering a variety of lovely gardens despite challenging summer weather were homeowners Sally and Dennis Doten, Russ and Sundee Dumais, Bev Farber and Harvey Moses, David and Karen Gingrich, Elaine Muller and Robert King, Peg Selig, and Brenda Stowe's Sunnybrook Farm. The gardens and views provided inspiration for members of The Artists' Loft, and new this year were the imaginative fairy houses created by the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region adding whimsy to the gardens.
Congratulations with sincere appreciation go to our Tour Co-Chairmen Sandy Hickok and Helen Murphy for their tireless leadership along with their many committee chairmen and the dedication of all members, from the kitchen crew, boutique ladies and hostesses to those creating lovely table settings, affording visitors a wonderful day in the Lakes Region.
The club is grateful to the Gilford Community Church for the perfect venue for the luncheon, Sheilah's Boutique, plant sale and raffle. After shopping the expanded boutique and unique vendors of gourds to cupcakes, visitors enjoyed a delicious new luncheon menu with music of Jane Ellis creating a relaxing atmosphere. Ably assisting at the luncheon were members of Junior Girl Scout Troop #10304. An overflowing Potting Shed offered herbs to perennials for visitors to expand their own gardens.
Raffle winners were: Maurine Bastille, Terrarium created by Donna Vernon; Evelyn Millar, Fairy Garden Books; Annette Hutchings, Floral pillow donated by Florence Merrill; Irene Fournier, Rooster Mailbox donated by Marnie Schultz; Carolyn Temmallo, Framed Iris Pastel created by Annette Hutchins; Carolyn Ames, Scarf handmade by Sandy Hickok; Mary Jane Hoey, The Well Tended Perennial Garden; and Nancy Wright took home the garden quilt handmade by OGC members.
We are most grateful to the following for their invaluable involvement and donations to our event: the generous sponsorship of Bank of New Hampshire, Belknap Landscape Co., the Gilford Public Library, Laconia Public Library, Kitchen Cravings, Sawyer's Dairy Bar, Appletree Nursery, Beans and Greens, Gator Signs, Lakeshore Park Association, Quik Laundry, Moulton Farms, Petal Pushers, Cackleberries, Hannaford's, Sam's Club Concord, Shaw's Gilford and Tilton, and Vista Foods.
The club acknowledges outstanding coverage of area media, including The Daily Sun, vital to this event. Not forgotten are our understanding spouses and family members who helped in so many ways.
Opechee Garden Club appreciates the local and broader community who attended our tour, the proceeds from which will be evident in scholarships given through the club's EverGreen Award, the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, support to other nonprofits, community gardens and betterment projects.
Sandy Gove, Judy Robertson
Opechee Garden Club
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:53
To The Daily Sun,
I had the displeasure of reading a recent article in your paper written about County Commissioner Philpot. He must be feeling pretty desperate to have to point fingers and make generalized uneducated statements about "The Republican leaders are out to do bad things".
Really? I recall this last budget cycle the conservative Republicans asking the commissioners to hold the line on spending on behalf of ALL TAXPAYERS, as everyone across the board is struggling to pay for all the spending the commissioners have been approving over the years. I was at those public hearings and witnessed Philpot's deplorable behavior, when he walked out during one particularly important hearing. He forgets he was elected to represent the people and his behavior was as low as it gets. I see through Philpot's ruse of pointing fingers away from himself. I believe he is squirming because a decision to determine who controls the county spending is about to be made and the fact that he and the other commissioners have been working very quietly for the last two years to have a new state-of-the-art prison built at the taxpayers' expense. This prison will be an unfair financial burden on Belknap County residents and he knows it. $43 million dollars just for construction, then add on maintenance costs each year, payroll with benefits, administration costs, heat, electric, food, and all the other bells and whistles that the commissioners can dream up.
The prison costs come to ALL OF US, on top of record unemployment, increased local and state taxes, and the start of paying for Obamcare in 2014. Philpot has forgotten he represents the PEOPLE of Belknap County and not his own agenda. It's no wonder he is spouting off the way he is, after all, that's what desperate people do when they think they cannot fool the people into agreeing with their schemes. What do you think his motivation is, considering how he turns his back on his constituents, how he behaves in public, and how he points fingers?
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:49
To The Daily Sun,
One cost effective & quick solution to the housing crunch at the Belknap County Jail is to build bunk beds!
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:30
To The Daily Sun,
I am shocked after reading the letter by Jack Stephenson published in The Laconia Daily Sun on Saturday regarding his opinion on "blacks". The letter is racist, judgmental and incoherent. I am not as upset at Mr. Stephenson, who has his own very conservative, racist views, as to The Laconia Daily Sun for printing this garbage. No wonder Afro-Americans do not want to go "sailing" (or even vacation) in our lovely Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:27
To The Daily Sun,
President Obama — Summer Cum Laude for Climate Demagoguery — has summoned the EPA post-haste to save the planet from imminent destruction from those dreaded CO2 emissions. The progressive's war on energy and economic freedom continues. Can they save the spotted owl and it's natural habitat or the polar bear from the searing heat of the global warming sun? Shhhh, the polar bear is doing just fine thank you. The Spotted Owl, despite the environmentalists best tree hugging efforts, is disappearing due to the bullying of the barred owl.
During his recent Climate Action Plan speech, President Obama asserted that we are having longer wildfire seasons and they are due to "climate change". Can't say "global warming" anymore, since the earth has ceased warming for the past decade and a half, so the all encompassing, ever present "climate change" has become the new PE (progressive environmentalist) mantra. Once they realize how silly and purposely vague that phrasing is, they'll come up with something even cooler, or warmer, like "sustainable planet protection parameters". Causes a chill up ones spine doesn't it? Okay, I made that up, but it does have a nice Agenda 21 ring to it doesn't it?
Check out Marita Noon's article entitled, "The War for Economic and Energy Freedom is On", where she referenced the American Forest Resource Council and the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. The research shows that the U.S. Forest Service's quest to save a nocturnal winged creature was not the hoot they thought it was going to be. The lack of tree harvesting and subsequent forest overgrowth has damaged the logging industry, hurt local economies and caused great destruction to the very trees they were trying to save. Ann Forest Burns notes "instead of allowing the forests to make money through timber harvests, we are taking money away from forest management to fight fires". It is the excess of trees per given acre that has made forest fires last longer and be more dangerous to battle. Another well intentioned liberal policy gone awry. Death, destruction and economic misery has been the result. No matter, just change the narrative and blame it on Republicans or climate change. After all, it is good intentions and not results that matter in the Utopian fantasies of the modern day, delusional, liberal mind.
Jeffrey Folks' article, "Sunspots and the Great Cooling Ahead" uncovers evidence by many climate experts showing that we are likely heading into a period of global cooling due to reduced sun spot activity. Three of the last four winters and springs in the northern hemisphere have been unusually cold. He notes, "that for the world's poor, a cold year means the difference between eating and going hungry". No matter, it doesn't fit the crony capitalist PE narrative and there is lots of money to be made and taxes to be collected by our friendly IRS to sustain these "unsustainable" initiatives.
As our president kowtows to the environmentalist lobby for political and monetary favors, the damage to our weak economic recovery continues in a manner that harms the poorest among us the most. You know, the ones that Democrats claim they care so much about. Blocking the Keystone pipeline, shutting down coal plants and refusing to allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public lands cost citizens jobs and lessens their purchasing power.
Tyrannical EPA policies are being imposed on citizens based on terribly flawed and much discredited computer-generated climate models. Emerging economic entities such as China and India are more than making up for U.S. reductions in CO2 emissions and are not going to kill their growing economic freedom in order to make nice with our misguided president's policies.
Professor John Christy (Alabama University at Huntsville) calculates that a 50 percent reduction in U.S. emissions by 2050 would produce in 2100, a reduction in average temperatures of 0.13 degree Fahrenheit. So, why exactly are we ruining our economy? Would anyone who is actually enjoying the fruits of President Obama's fundamental transformation of our free market, Constitutional Republic please stand up. Yes I know, Democrats and Republicans began this destructive process long before our president started skipping classes at Occidental College. He is however, putting the finishing touches on this progressive masterpiece, like Michelangelo with a sledgehammer.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:25