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Here is what you can do to protect us from Northern Pass project

To The Daily Sun,

This summer, two important permitting processes for the Northern Pass Project will ramp up. It is imperative that the individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities along the proposed corridor understand what they can do to protect their property values, viewsheds, and businesses. What can you do?

— Write a letter and/or attend a hearing. Any day now, the Dept. of Energy (DOE) is expected to release its long-­awaited Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), after which there will be a 60-­day review period and a set of hearings across the state where the public can comment in writing and verbally in response to the draft EIS.

— Become an intervenor. Northern Pass also needs a Certificate of Siting and Facility, which is issued by the state Site Evaluation Committee (SEC).

Who can intervene? Intervenors must demonstrate a special interest that is different than a member of the public at large. Visual impacts and aesthetics are part of the SEC siting criteria. If you own property that looks out over the power line, or is going to be crossed by the power line, you should intervene. If you own a tourism-based business that may be affected because of the real or perceived impact the towers may have, you should intervene. As an intervenor, you can write a letter, testify, cross-­examine, request data, and request a site visit from the SEC. It is critical that citizens potentially affected by this project stay informed and engaged as these complex and lengthy permit processes move forward.

To receive updates on the Northern Pass and the permitting process, add your name to the "Bury Northern Pass" email list by writing to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For town maps of proposed tower locations visit: http://www.northernpass.us/towns.htm.

Campton Conservation Commission

Shannon Garnsey

Jess Halm

Alisoun Hodges

Jane Kellogg

Dave Peeler

Rebecca Steeves

Tammy Wooster

The Alliance Against Northern Pass

Tom Mullen

George Wright

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I will be running for a 6th term on City Council representing Ward 4

To The Daily Sun,
This past week Americans celebrated our country's birthday. And, as we celebrated many of us reflected on what it meant to us, and how much and how many were sacrificed to give us this great country. I felt a stronger showing of that this year and feel patriotism rising and the need to express it.
What better time to ask ourselves, what is my part in preserving this country and its ideals, not only on the Fourth of July, but every day.
There are many different answers for everyone . We all have to find that one or two things we could do to show not only our love and belief in our system, but to actually contribute something.
Ten years ago, I won my first election as a city councilor. Now, at a time when I thought I was done, I find that while the legs are slower, the upstairs is still alive and running. I still have something to give to my ward and every person in Laconia. My prime objective 10 years ago was the revitalization of downtown Laconia, and just when I thought it was lost, we have another shot, and it is a great one. I would like to see it to its fruition and once again enjoy a diversified and thriving businesses downtown.
As a senior citizen, the largest population in the city and most living on a limited income, I represent them and as well the blue collar workers and the two job holders who are struggling to give their families a decent living. I also work for every other Laconian. My record is long and well documented. I am fiscally conservative and work hard to keep city spending responsible, but will spend money when it will benefit our city. I don't always agree with the councils I have served on when it comes to certain expenditures, but we all work for the good of Laconia and come together for that common good.
As a retiree, I have lots of time to devote to problems and issues and it is the only way I have to give back.
Two years ago I had thought it would be my last term in office.
Today, I find there is still a need for my position on spending and policy. I am in good health and while a little slower on my feet, I am still up for a good fight when it is needed, and so I am announcing at this time that I will be running for Ward 4 Councilor when you sign up in August.
Here again is a choice of exercising your right as a citizen. Get involved, if not with state or national issues, do it with local issues and elections. One thing for sure, turn out and vote, no matter what.
Brenda Baer

Ward 4 City Councilor


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