To the Editor:

A committee of parent volunteers coordinated the annual 8th grade breakfast at Hampstead Middle School for this year's graduating 8th grade class and their family members. The event took place on Thurs., June 17 in the middle school cafeteria.

We would like to thank all of our generous donators who made this event possible. A big "Thanks" goes out to the following local businesses: Don's Market, Starbuck's, JB Butcher, The English Muffin, Prime Butcher, Beantowne Coffee, Hampstead Center Market, Hampstead Variety, Store n More, Tulip Tree Farm, Hannaford Supermarket, Honey Dew Donuts, Market Basket, Casey's Diner, Alice Cafe Services (HMS).

Kris Chaganis, Hampstead

To the Editor:

The members of the Kingston Volunteer Fire Association wish to thank the community for their support of our annual Town Wide Yard Sale.  This fundraiser benefits the KVFA scholarship program.  Currently, we award one $500.00 Scholarship to a young man or woman planning to study for a career in Emergency Medical Services or the Fire Service.  

We are hoping to increase this amount in the future by adding to the number of yard-sale participants.  If we could double the number of families participating in this event, we could double the amount of our scholarship.  Maybe you could ask a friend or neighbor to contribute to this worthwhile endeavor.  Please keep us in mind next year.  The yard sale is always held the first weekend in June, so save that date.

Once again, please accept our gratitude for making this annual event a success.

Dannielle Genovese, on behalf of the Kingston Volunteer Fire Association

Preserve Cassier Forest

To the Editor:

As the conservation wars continue to escalate in Raymond, those of us despair who are looking for a focus on balanced economic growth that preserves clean water, clean air, safe coexistence with our rivers, and low congestion. You don't have to be a tree hugger to realize that we all live off well water in Raymond, and that if we fail to preserve wetland filters (as in Cassier) and continue to permit riverbank erosion (as at Fordway Brook), we will eventually reach a tipping point. It takes about 5% (down from the 10% of old studies) of asphalt, roofing and other hard surfaces to begin to degrade a community's water supply.  Raymond is already at 9.3%.

Water contamination is nearly impossible (and very costly) to reverse; the Mottollo site and the recent discovery of contamination in Governor's lake are homegrown examples. In Twentieth-Century New England Land Conservation: a Heritage of Civic Engagement, edited by Charles H.W. Foster (2009), we are urged never to forget the summer of 1886 when the Merrimack River was drying up and then flooding in spring, putting thousands of mill employees out of work, all due to the ravaging of New Hampshire's forests.  This period gave birth to the great tradition of public-private partnerships like the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, a legacy that continues today in partnerships between towns, through their conservation commissions, and land trusts like the Bear-Paw Regional Greenways Land Trust.

We need public-private partnerships now more than ever so that we, in Raymond, can control our destiny.  Without these partnerships, the federal government and the state will continue to step in and do conservation for us with legislation like the Shoreland Protection Act.

As Foster explains, we still have land that can “respond with resilience to thoughtful and positive action” if we "safeguard the basic ecological processes to keep that resilience in tact." Preserving the Lillian Cassier Memorial Forest is one very small step in this direction.

We urge the Selectmen to honor the 2010 majority vote, and the will of the people, who have been trying for years to fully preserve the entire Cassier Forest in perpetuity. Please, establish the easement, do it within the voted six months, and in partnership, as we voted, with the "recognized New Hampshire conservation easement holding entity" who came in with the best bid, Bear Paw. And then let's get on with supporting development at Exit 4, our businessmen at Exit 5 and their grassroots committee, and finding a way to bring sewer service to Raymond.

Carolyn Matthews, Raymond Citizen

Feast of Corpus Christi Celebration

To the Editor:

On June 6, Fr. Michael Monette, Pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Plaistow and Newton, celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi. Thanks to the Lord’s grace and intercession of our Lady, the Parish proceeded with the annual procession of our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. We had good weather for our annual picnic.

Thanks to local businesses, Market Basket, CVS, Shaws, Signal Variety of Plaistow, Hannaford of Hampstead, Haverhill Beef and Fantini’s of Haverhill, and Uts Potato Chips for their donations.

Many thanks to the parishioners who helped in the set up, cooking and clean up of the Parish barbecue and also the Parish Women’s Guild for their help in preparing salads and desserts for the event.

Thanks also to the St. Jude Council 6617, the SVDP and the Food Pantry.

A special thanks to Helen Deroches for soliciting of gift cards, soda, rolls, potato chips and water. Thanks to a local clown Dr. Goose who entertained young and elders alike and Marge Hughes for her contribution in ticket sales.

All donations not used were given to the food pantries for the needy.

Bernie Gosselin, Committee Chairman

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