To The Daily Sun,
We are grateful for Nora Foster’s recent observation that advocates for the exciting move of the Grange Hall to its original (1826) location did not have “solid plans” for its use. The purpose of the recent meeting was to elicit ideas from fellow New Hamptonites, from which “solid plans” could be generated (or not).
Another element contributing to the fluidity of the project is that the renovation of this terrific building will come in stages. It doesn’t make sense that fund-raising or private parties will be commenced immediately, because kitchen uses will not be available right away. Most importantly, we advocates have no intention of coming up with a “solid” set of recommendations and cramming our priorities down the throats of our neighbors. The fact that, so far, the myriad suggestions for its use don’t bump against each other is really serendipitous.
Finally, Andrew Cushing of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, based on his considerable experience, has reminded us that any future cost for this wonderful project will be divided three ways: 1. private contributions, 2. grants, and 3. town revenue. In my own attempts to generate publicity about the Grange project, more than half the positive responses came from out-of-towners. It’s unthinkable that we would turn our backs on such a positive, magical and unique opportunity. Please come to vote on July 25. We’ll never have another chance.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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