Nathan Corrigan: Fourth of July committee needs members

To the editor:

The Fourth of July Committee is announcing this year’s theme: “The Circus” — Celebrating the Greatest Show on Earth. This year’s events will run Friday, June 30, thru Tuesday, July 4.

The committee would like to thank businesses in the community for their continuous support by purchasing an ad in the event flyer, thanks to all of you, we are the largest Fourth of July celebration in the state.

Over 5,000 event flyers are distributed throughout the state and into Vermont and Maine. This is one of our primary ways of raising funds to cover the expenses of the Fourth of July festivities such as fireworks, parade expenses, nightly entertainment and daily festivities.

We want to make this a memorable Independence Day Celebration; not just for those who live in the surrounding area but for those who visit and vacation in our area. Buying a small ad will go a long way and your ad response is needed as soon as possible. Reminder the ad deadline is May 5.

We are looking for new committee members, we hold one meeting a month. If you have any questions please give us a call (603) 466-5399 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ask for Janet or Nathan.

Nathan Corrigan

Fourth of July Chairman

James A. Wheeler: Invitation to meet with city manager

To the editor:

The purpose of this letter is to invite Mr. Bill Dwyer to come and meet with me. I would be happy to introduce him to City Departments and staff, arrange for a tour of any City facilities and answer any questions he may have about operations, expenses and any others that I am able to answer. If this is of interest, please contact me at 752-7532 and we will set up a time to meet.

In addition, the City’s independent auditor will be presenting the Fiscal Year 2016 audit to the City Council at an upcoming public meeting. The date has not been finalized but it will be in the coming weeks. Mr. Dwyer suggested that there should be an independent audit and I want to assure him as well as all residents that an audit is done every year. The public, including Mr. Dwyer, is more than welcome to attend the audit review as well as any other public meeting.

James A. Wheeler
City Manager
Berlin

John Gralenski: Remains offer reminder of immigration to America

To the editor:

There's a lot of concern about immigration right now. We actually don't have that good a history about how we treated folks trying to get into America. It wasn't only skin color and religion that caused problems. Anybody who was vulnerable was treated shamefully.

About a mile up Leadmine Brook in back of the house, there's a stone fireplace sitting on a small knoll above the water. It is dry-laid, and from the top it is "H" shaped. It looks as though it was placed between two rooms—both sides got heat, and you could add wood from either side. I brought the Historian from the National Forest up there, and she had an interesting theory about it.

Back about 1845 or so, there was a great failure of the potato crop in Ireland. About a million and a half desperate Irish left their country and came here. Often they were met at the boat by shysters hoping to rip them off. "You're planning to stay here, you'll need some land. I have some fine farmland for sale up in New Hampshire."

"How much is it?"

"How much you got?"

Probably, says the historian, this fireplace is the remains of one of those homesteads. The land was badly misrepresented. (A friend tells of seeing a copy of a poster from back then, advertising land in Errol. The poster has palm trees in it.) The site up back is all rocks, you couldn't possibly till it. The winters are fierce, as we know. The historian says a lot of these people struggled for a while, then either starved or just abandoned the place. Between the fireplace and the brook, there's a flat brook-stone set on edge near a smooth spot on the ground. A grave? 

The historian says "Possibly, a lot of children died in these places."

I was also told of advice given to developers who were draining swamps in Louisiana and Florida for farmland. Working conditions were terrible. Disease and death were common. The advice was "Don't use your slaves. You can get Irishmen cheaper." And if they died, they had no monetary value anyhow.

It's a jungle out there. We're somewhat neater now, but, if there's money to be made, the attitude is about the same.

John Gralenski
Shelburne

Julia Sullivan: Library essential our economic viability

To the editor: 
In rebuttal to recent letters decrying the usefulness of Berlin Public Library, I submit that we are not all internet fanatics and, in fact, still like reading books we can open and hold. How fortunate we are to have a lending library offering the best of our literary world. 

Frank LaFerriere's letter in defense of the library was both eloquent and on target. Our librarians are a secret treasure; knowledgeable, resourceful and ever gracious, they afford us the benefit of their expertise while never losing their cool. 

Of late, cost cutting has resulted in the loss of many civic services: to name two, the Berlin Public Health Department and less sidewalk snow removal. Being forced to walk on roads this past winter was a nightmare, never mind exceedingly dangerous. Don't add curtailment of the public library to those indignities! 

Over the years, I've been a habitual to our library and can attest to the reality that it is frequently used by many members. Anyone who claims the library is seldom patronized doesn't have a clue. 

It is my belief that having a public library is essential to the economic viability of any town. To propose otherwise if the height of ignorance. Our library is a vital part of our community. I am grateful for it. Kudos to the superlative staff who make it so. 

Julia Sullivan 

Berlin

Bob Petersen: No longer putting up with the actions of the A.V. Fish and Game Association

To the editor:

Attention Androscoggin Valley Fish and Game Associate Members. This letter is a formal letter of resignation and notice to you, the heart of the A.V.F. and G.A, effective April 7.

I Bob Petersen will no longer put up with the actions of the Androscoggin Valley Fish and Game Associations President Roland Turgeon. The atmosphere at our monthly meetings has been of such a childish nature, and totally disruptive, when we are trying to accomplish things that would benefit our associate members. The actions of the president are of such uncalled behavior, such as yelling, throwing items and childish temper tantrums clearly unprofessional conduct of which I can no longer tolerate.

It has also come to my attention that decisions have been made at unofficial meetings and without a quorum or the opportunity to vote by all directors. In my opinion this is wrong and is a form of dictatorship when we do not have a say on the direction of the association and the decisions that are being made.

Perhaps the resignation of the existing President Roland Turgeon is in order.

I Beverly Petersen, agree with everything Bob Petersen has explained and along with that I would also like to add that I also believe that the minutes of all meetings should be read aloud, especially when not everyone has e-mail. Directors are asked to accept minutes and in some cases have not even seen them. Inconsistent interpretations of the by - laws, and I have also had enough of the caveman mentality and total disrespect for women in general. The harassment and disrespect of female directors is intolerable! There are laws against such behavior.
I also agree that it is time for the association to decide who it wants on its board of directors and as its president etc., perhaps others would better serve the associate members. Possibly 30 directors chosen by the associate members not fellow directors.

I can no longer in good conscience stand witness, so I am also resigning as director.

I Sherry L. Anderson was approached by the A.V.F. and G.A. directors listed above and told why they have chosen to terminate their directorships after many dedicated years of service.

I am totally disgusted with the direction our association is going. I believe no good can come from it. Bob and Beverly are great people and the association has already lost an over abundance of other great directors for many of the same reasons and due to four or five of the same individuals, over the past few years. It seems that some are more interested in sitting at the head table for the 100th Anniversary in a couple of years, and appropriation of large association funds without proper authorization or knowledge of the associate members, than the associate members. I totally agree with the observations by Bob and Bev and it is for this reason and many more that after decades of support by myself and my family, I will no longer serve as director or support the A.V.F. and G.A. in any way!

My time spent with you the associate members, N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers and especially my Trap Shooters “children most of all” will always be cherished.

The following businesses are also withdrawing long-standing support A.C. Scrap Metal, Anderson Pyrotechnics as well as several others.

Bob Petersen
Beverly Petersen
Sherry L. Anderson
Milan