To The Daily Sun,
Bristol Election Day is March 11. Voting this year will take place at the Marian Center at the foot of Newfound Lake. Many people don't know this because voting has traditionally been held at the Bristol Old Town Hall on Summer Street. In addition to the new venue, there are a number of new candidates running for town offices.
One for example is Andy O'Hara, a long-time Bristol resident and owner of APT Plumbing. Andy is running for Bristol selectperson for a three-year term. Another new candidate is Paul Manganiello, of Bristol's Basic Ingredients on Route 3A, who is likewise running for a three-year term. Both of these candidates are fiscally responsible and care about bringing viable businesses into the beautiful, newly renovated downtown Central Square.
Of course there are other candidates as well so check them out at "Meet the Candidates" on Saturday, March 8, at the Minot Sleeper Library on Pleasant Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Voters can make a better informed decision afterward.
So please attend this friendly, social, informational gathering. You will be glad you did.
The Bristol Budget Committee is also a hotly contested race. Dave Carr is running for re-election, and John Thouin is hoping to be newly elected to the Budget Committee. Hoping to hold onto his current seat on the Budget Committee is Kevin MacCaffrie.
Whatever your choice of candidates it is important that you vote on March 11 at the Marian Center on West Shore Road between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:20
To The Daily Sun,
I'd like to thank Rosemary Landry for her March 5 letter in your paper. I have read this letter over and over and over again, just trying to wrap my head around the information she provided. You see, I have always been a die-hard member of the "Herb Vadney Fan Club," and now I find my bubble has been burst. I am sorely disappointed in his conduct regarding his choice to not seek another term as a Meredith selectman.
The way I interpret Rosemary's letter, Mr. Vadney deliberately delayed publicly announcing his intention to not run for the open seat until the day of the filing deadline. In my simple way of thinking, this was an effort to deter possible candidates from filing because, according to Mr. Vadney, the other members of the board "wanted" Hillary Seegar. Well excuse me, but, since when did the Meredith Selectboard decide who would sit in its seats? Isn't it still an elected position? When did it become an elite club that the members decided who was "in"?
Like Rosemary, maybe I would have liked to run ... I have before ... and, surprisingly, I did quite well considering I was running against Nate Torr who is probably the most-loved man in town.
In my simple, backwoods, redneck way of thinking, Mr. Vadney's actions were an effort to slant the election in Hillary Seegar's direction because that's the way the Meredith "Fab Five" wants it. Well, news flash to the Selectboard (as well as the town manager) ... we the people still decide who the next member of your elite club is going to be ... not you. Furthermore, if you are willing to go to these lengths to ensure a seat for one of your "sweethearts" then she is probably not the person we need on the board ... just sayin'.
I agree with Rosemary Landry when she says David Sticht is the man for the job. He is a constant face at budget meeting, Selectboard meetings, school board meetings, town meetings. He always has his facts and figures in a straight line and does his utmost to hold these officials accountable for every penny of our hard-earned tax dollars and every action the board makes on behalf of our community as a whole. I hope the voters of Meredith join Rosemary and me on March 11 as we write in David Sticht for Meredith selectman. Thank you Rosemary for your effort to look out for your community.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:17
To The Daily Sun,
Jim Barnes is my choice for selectman. He has worked hard all of his life. He is conservative, thrifty and a dedicated family man, and is as honest as the day is long. I have faith that he will be an asset to the people and the selectmen and that he will support the selectmen in their efforts to lower taxes and run the town cost-effectively.
Mr. McCormack is a union man who for 26 years sat at his desk and was supported by union dues. In dealing with union representatives for most of my 35-year career, I didn't find any of them to be honest or trustworthy. I can't imagine what qualities Mr. McCormack could bring to our town.
Please vote for Jim Barnes on March 11.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:13
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to urge voters to elect Peter Fogg as selectman for the Town of Tilton. Mr. Fogg is a wonderful high school mathematics teacher at Winnisquam Regional High School. He is always taking time to help support his students in any way possible.
Peter Fogg is very involved in the community, always supporting the youth of today. Mr. Fogg has been a great supporter of the Friends of Winnisquam Football, doing anything he can to accommodate the program. He has also been an active supporter of Cal-Ripken Baseball and Little League Baseball.
Fogg has been the vice-chair of Tilton's Parks and Recreation Department, making sure that the football field is in good playing condition as well as the outdoor skating rink in the winter months.
I am voting for Peter Fogg as selectman, and I am urging all of you, too, as well.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:09
To The Daily Sun,
As a resident of Tilton, I write this to express my full support for Peter Fogg in his race for one of two seats on the Tilton Board of Selectmen.
I have known Peter for the past 13 years as a colleague teaching in the Winnisquam Regional School District. During this time, I have watched Peter's pragmatism, his drive to hear and expose all sides/views of a given situation through discussion and explanation, and his dedication to solving problems via understanding and compromise whenever possible.
As a parks commissioner, Mr. Fogg has volunteered his time and worked many hours maintaining both the field and ice rink located at the Route 132 Ball Field. His service as sewer commissioner has greatly expanded Tilton's sewer system, protecting our two lakes and rivers for generations to come. And Peter has done all this while maintaining a low cost structure to ratepayers in our town.
Peter is interested in improving the quality of life in Tilton, and has volunteered countless hours to youth organizations, including The Winnisquam Regional High School Parent, Teacher, Student Organization, Cub Scout Pack 248, the Tilton-Northfield Little League, and Winnisquam Regional Cal Ripken Baseball.
I believe Mr. Fogg's experience with the functions of town government will be an asset to the citizens of Tilton as he works to control spending and to keep our tax rates level.
Please join me in supporting Peter on March 11.
Ruth E Nelson
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:05