To The Daily Sun,
The Laconia Conference of St. Vincent de Paul held its annual volunteer appreciation dinner on Monday, June 9. The affair was hosted by the Peasant Ridge Country Club and catered by Contigiani Catering Services. The food and service were excellent, as is always the case with Jimmy and the wonderful Contigiani's staff.
Approximately 115 volunteers who staff and manage the Conference's four programs — thrift store, food pantry, financial assistance program, and the Children's Foundation — attended the annual recognition of the volunteer service. As an all-volunteer non-profit organization, such dedication is essential to the effectiveness and efficiency of St. Vincent de Paul in providing needed assistance to some many in the region. In its 24 years of existence, St. Vincent de Paul has never paid any wages or salaries, so more of our donations of clothing, furniture, and cash go directly for community support.
Four individuals received service awards: Bill Johnson and Gert Deblois for 20 years of volunteer service and Ila Matilla and Mary Beth Moran for 10 years of service. Many Lakes Region vendors provided door prizes for a raffle. We wish to thank Fratello's, Local Eatery, Prescott Florist, the Lyon's Den, Darlene's at Nu-Do's Salon, Moulton Farms, the Common Man organization, Home Comfort in Center Harbor, O'dus Salon, Meredith Bay Coffee House, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Canoe Restaurant, Oriental Gardens, T-Bones & Cactus Jack's, Kara's Coffee, and Brickfront Restaurant for their wonderful generosity.
On behalf of these many volunteers and the people we serve, I offer our sincere appreciation to all in the Lakes Region who have supported us. Many thanks.
Erika Johnson, President
Laconia Conference of
St. Vincent de Paul
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 08:44
To The Daily Sun,
Newfound residents are elated and relieved with the decision by a industrial wind developer, Iberdrola Renewables, to withdraw its proposed Wild Meadows Power Plant.
On Tuesday, May 27, Iberdrola made its public withdrawal announcement official. The news spread like wildfire across the region by phone, email, Facebook and by word of mouth. As this news spread, so did the phrase, "Thank you."
Residents and summer visitors alike in Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Grafton, Groton, Hebron, Plymouth, Rumney and beyond have educated themselves on the realities of industrial wind power and have agreed that industrial wind power plants on our ridgelines inflicts disastrous impacts upon our watershed, the wildlife, our health, our property values, and our view shed - all the while having little impact on New Hampshire's greenhouse gas emissions.
Each town voted overwhelmingly against the proposed Wild Meadows project, not once, but twice. A lot of individual time and resources have gone into fighting these wind projects ... and for that we thank you! Many of you attended the Concord meetings, town hall meetings, wrote letters to your politicians, called on your local representatives, volunteered to educate residents, displayed yard signs, etc...
We know that our work is not done. It is conceivable that another opportunistic developer could be attracted to this same location. But for now — we have saved our ridgelines from the blasting, deforestation and the erection of 500 foot turbines. Let's not let our guard down and remember your voice counted.
While we are pleased with Iberdrola's announcement. We just have a few questions left. "Why are the Iberdrola Met towers still standing on Forbes Mountain?" They unofficially pulled the plug on this project back in March. Are we to assume that there is no decommission plan to get rid of them either? And if that's the case, will the Met towers be allowed to just rot away? Any responsible company would take them down.
We've all learned a lot. It was a long process. It will continue on.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 08:29
A source tipped me off last week to a curious occurrence: It seems that two planeloads of illegal aliens were recently shipped to Massachusetts. The first reportedly landed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. According to my tipster, approximately 160 illegal immigrants arrived on that flight and stayed nearly a week before being transferred to a Department of Homeland Security site and then released.
The second flight reportedly was diverted from Hanscom to Boston's Logan Airport this past weekend. I am told that both Massachusetts and New Hampshire officials were on hand. I reached out to Hanscom AFB for confirmation, but did not receive a call back by my deadline.
Question: How many other military bases are stealthily being used to redistribute, house, process and release illegal border crossers?
What we do know for sure is that the Obama administration already has converted several other military bases across the country into outposts for tens of thousands of illegal aliens from Central and South America.
San Antonio's Lackland Air Force Base opened its doors as an illegal immigrant camp last month. Port Hueneme Naval Base in Ventura County, Calif., will shelter nearly 600 illegal border-crossing children and teens. The Fort Sill Army post in Lawton, Okla., was ordered on Friday to take in 1,200 illegal aliens despite the objections of GOP Gov. Mary Fallin, who blasted the White House, saying, "The Obama administration continues to fail in its duty to protect our borders and continues to promote policies that encourage, rather than discourage, illegal immigration."
A makeshift detention center in Nogales, Ariz., is being used as the central clearing station for the latest illegal alien surge. The deluge is a threat to national security, public safety and public health — not to mention a slap in the face to the law-abiding men and women in uniform on those bases and a kick in the teeth to law-abiding people around the world patiently waiting for approval of their visas.
Meanwhile, a law enforcement source in Texas tells me this week that countless illegal aliens are being released into the general public despite testing positive for tuberculosis. "The feds are putting them on public transportation to God knows where," he said.
Another source, working in the border patrol in south Texas, tells me: "Our station, along with every other station, is flooded with women and small children. One lady yesterday had a baby as young as 8 months. And they're coming over with pink eye and scabies. So getting them medically cleared becomes a priority. They'll be here for almost a week, so we provide them with formula and diapers. We have a catering service contracted to feed them because it's too many for us to feed on our own. And of course, they end up being released because every family housing facility is full. They're supposed to show up for immigration court at a later date, but they don't."
Same old, same old. I've reported for years on the feds' catch-and-release games and deportation Kabuki. The "notice to appear" letters — known as "run letters" — are a notorious joke in open-borders circles.
The latest "crisis" is a wholly manufactured byproduct of White House administrative amnesties, which are supported by a toxic alliance of ethnic-vote-seeking Democrats and cheap-labor-hungry Big Business Republicans. The flood comes just as Obama's DHS announced a two-year extension for beneficiaries of the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) program. A whopping 560,000 illegal aliens have been granted amnesty under DACA and also have received employment authorization.
As I've said for two decades, illegal alien amnesties guarantee two things: more illegal immigration and more Democratic voters. Now we have a White House forcing U.S. military bases to provide interminable benefits and services to illegal aliens for political gain, while said White House evades responsibility for allowing military veterans to die waiting for the most basic of medical services.
And where's the GOP "leadership" in this country? Doing the bidding of the amnesty-loving U.S. Chamber of Commerce and demonizing Republican candidates at every level who are sick and tired of giving away the store and the country.
God save us from bipartisanship.
(Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is the daughter of Filipino Immigrants. She was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey and now lives with her husband and daughter in Colorado. Her weekly column is carried by more than 100 newspapers.)
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 07:46
To The Daily Sun,
This time of the year is very special in New Hampshire. Farms are in full swing, raising vegetables and meat proteins for your eating pleasure. Local artisan cheese makers, New Hampshire micro-breweries and wineries have been very busy as well. The choices you have this season are incredible.
Please take the opportunity this year to plan a few meals each week using only local ingredients. Visit your local farms, farmer's markets and co-ops and see what they have. Bring your family and friends with you to discover what is currently available. Plan meals and friendly gatherings around what is available locally. Share these quality products will all whom you love.
The family farms of New Hampshire work long days to bring us some of the best products we can enjoy. They rely on our support to continue operating. So, what do you say?
Please support local.
Don Walker, Co-founder
Barnstead Farmers & Gardeners Network
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 09:31
To The Daily Sun,
Everyone is happy that Sgt. Bergdahl has been released, assuming he regrets his desertion/defection and wishes to be a constructive U.S. citizen. People object to the Bergdahl trade because it was done illegally, it broke a long-established principle against negotiating with terrorists, it was a very bad deal, the president lied about it, and because it makes the world more dangerous.
President Obama justified breaking the law, by not giving Congress the required 30 day notice of release of Guantanamo prisoners, because of Bergdahl's health. That lie was quickly replaced with a lie that Bergdahl would be killed if the deal wasn't done immediately. But, Bergdahl's parents were told a month beforehand and there was enough time to tell Hillary.
The inescapable conclusion is that Obama didn't notify Congress because Congress previously objected to releasing Guantanamo prisoners and would have rejected this terrible trade.
By negotiating with terrorists and releasing five extremely dangerous Taliban leaders, President Obama made hostage targets of every American. Terrorist leaders already say that they will be looking for more hostages to trade.
The initial ransom demand for Bergdahl was under $100,000. Reports indicate that the administration rejected the idea of money for Bergdahl in January, apparently seeing a potential trade as an excuse for going against the wishes of Congress and the American people and releasing Guantanamo prisoners as President Obama wants to do.
In any case, releasing five terrorist commanders for one deserter is a terrible deal. This deal was reportedly opposed by the military and national security representatives. It was made without consulting allies in Afghanistan and elsewhere who will have to deal with the terrorism caused by these terrorist commanders. These terrorist commanders are a threat to Afghanis and peaceful people everywhere as well as to Americans.
The deal for Bergdahl helped President Obama accomplish two of his objectives which are contrary to America's best interests, the release of Guantanamo prisoners and reducing America's influence by showing that America is not a reliable ally.
The result is a much more dangerous world.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 09:14