The The Daily Sun,
The members of the American Legion Auxiliary, Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102 of Gilmanton would like to thank all of the planners, workers and sponsors of the 2014 Gilmanton Old Home Day for continuing to host this wonderful community event.
Twenty-seven new visitors signed our guest book, and our sincere appreciation goes to everyone who stopped by and purchased some of our delicious home-baked goods and took a chance on our raffle. Linda Spinosa won the linen basket, Cindy Caveney won the hand-knitted afghan, and Juanita Hart won the hand-painted lupine tea set.
Our Unit continues to showcase our veterans project, Veterans at Rest in Gilmanton. The purpose being to locate all graves of veterans in Gilmanton and to work closely with the Gilmanton American Legion Post for the placement of flags so that every veteran is duly honored for their service to America. This is truly a community project where everyone can be involved.
Your generous support to the Unit continues to provide assistance to our local veterans and their families.
Raelyn Cottrell, President
American Legion Auxiliary
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:46
To The Daily Sun,
The untimely demise of Robin Williams brings back so many memories of his madcap comic genius. It also reminds me again that we just last year lost another comic genius, Jonathan Winters. He of course being Robin's idol, mentor and friend. The other side of their genius is the dark side that so often accompanies brilliance.
Jonathan Winters weathered multiple psychiatric admissions while managing apparent bipolar disorder throughout his adult life. Robin Williams suffered with bouts of severe depression which led to a period of cocaine abuse and alcoholism. The Doors big hit, "Riders on the Storm" laments "Into this house we're born, into this world we're thrown, like a dog without a bone, an actor out on loan, riders on the storm." It seems Jonathan found a way to ride out the storms for decades longer than Robin.
"You know the day destroys the night, night divides the day, tried to run, tried to hide, break on through to the other side," bellows Jim Morrison who wasn't able to ride the storm very far at all before leaving his earthly existence. Robin Williams made the decision to "break on through" at the age of 63. Why someone decides to end their life is the eternally debated question far too often judged by those who fail to understand the depths of despair that accompany a major depression.
I have much personal and professional experience in dealing with severe depression. For some, it feels like having fallen into a black hole which has crushed their spirit and sucked the life out of them. Dark clouds descend to envelop them and consume their every waking thought. Psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow says that severe depression feels like being locked in a room, gasping for air and yet there are no doors to offer you an escape. Some people cut themselves because physical pain is preferable to the emotional pain they are feeling. Others believe that rather than actually wanting to kill themselves, they have grown weary of not having figured out a way to live in this world.
The bottom line is that depression can strike anyone and there are few among us who hasn't either suffered from depression or know someone who has suffered from depression. Suicide hotlines are readily available. Psychotherapy, medication and support groups can help. Making personal life changes including nutrition, exercise, meditation and other relaxation techniques can help. Faith in God or a higher power can be a life saver.
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill website has lots of great information on depression and suicide. Sometimes reminding someone just how much their loved ones would miss them and to focus on those people can help. Getting a distressed person to contract for safety with a trusted professional or responsible family/friend can provide a viable option. Practicing the technique of going to an emotional safe place in one's mind can be a marvelous tool as well.
The hit series "M-A-S-H" had a theme song entitled, "Suicide is Painless." A few of the lyrics claim, "The game of life is hard to play. I'm going to lose it anyway. The losing card I'll sometimes play." Depression can give people the false impression that they've gone down for the final time and that the game of life they have been playing has been lost for good. Making that decision to leave this life can feel empowering when they are feeling so powerless. They falsely believe it is the only way to end their pain. It is anything but painless for those who will grieve their loss.
I can only hope that the willingness of Robin and Jonathan to be so honest and open about their mental illness issues will bring an increased awareness of how very real depression is and that telling someone to just snap out of it is so terribly condescending and borne out of ignorance.
I think that should be a part of the legacy of the comic genius and gut-wrenching mental anguish that represent both sides of these wonderful performers who have given us so much pleasure for so very long.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:40
To The Daily Sun,
A few weeks ago, my company announced that it was involved in publishing a new book, "Legendary Locals of New Hampshire's Lakes Region."
Since the book will focus on people (and groups) that have had a significant impact on the Lakes Region, I've heard from numerous readers who have suggested that particular people be included in the book.
Now I'm asking again for suggestions — particularly about business leaders and/or "unsung heroes." We want to share stories of community giving, outreach, philanthropy ... even tragedy.
Carbone Productions LLC
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
As a candidate for the Belknap County Commission, my desire to learn all I can about jail issues recently led me to visit the Sullivan County Jail in Claremont. There are valuable lessons to to be gained from what they've accomplished. I spent two hours listening, asking questions, and getting a tour of their new Community Corrections facility. They have also renovated their old jail and use it for pretrial detentions and for inmates who are ineligible for Community Corrections programs.
They completed their project for about $10 million and have also seen remarkable results from the anti-recidivism programs they've implemented. A similar program has been included in the design for the new facility our commission has proposed. Those programs provide major public safety and money-saving benefits which I will write about later. I want to focus now on sharp pencil lessons that might help Belknap County.
I learned that construction specifications for jails come in four varieties. Correctional standards are the most expensive, followed by industrial, commercial, and residential standards. The standard to be applied depends upon the purpose of the facility. Correction standards are used when the highest level of security is necessary. The others can be used for construction that does not have the same security needs. A building dedicated to community corrections does not require the highest specifications standards. It houses inmates who are involved in programs leading to behavioral change and participating in education, drug and mental health treatment, work release and electronic monitoring. Thus, the entire building can be constructed with a lower level of security than a building designed to hold inmates securely who are not eligible for programming.
We ought to be able to utilize the Sullivan County experience to help inform our discussion, while keeping in mind circumstances unique to Belknap County, such as that we are significantly larger and have the need for empty cells to use during Bike Week, etc.
Candidate for Belknap County Commissioner
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 10:04
To The Daily Sun,
I have just picked up the Official Primary Sanbornton Ballots for the Sept. 9 Primary election.
The ballots can also be viewed on the Sanbornton web site or click on http://sanborntonnh.org/Bulletin_Board_&_Useful_Info/2014%20Primary%20Ballot.PDF
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 10:00