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Rural living is the issue with lights

To the editor:

There have been several letters here lately from 13-year-old pre-teens about night skiing at Crotched Mountain. The issue is not how much fun a few kids have sliding down the slopes when they should be sleeping. There are some region-wide concerns that should be addressed.

There are currently two open issues in Francestown. First, the Planning Board requested that the ski area install caps on the ski area lights so that the light is directed down towards the ground rather than up at the sky. The ski area has not complied with this request and so is in violation of town regulations. The Crotched Mountain ski area has applied for a waiver with the Francestown Zoning Board in an attempt to bypass this regulation.

The second issue is that town ordinances require that the ski area lights be dimmed or turned off at 11 p.m. These lights are on every winter evening past 9 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from December through March the lights are on until after 3 a.m.! The least Francestown can do is enforce their regulations and ordinances!

I, like many of the people living in all of the area towns, live in this area because I enjoy a rural lifestyle that does not include looking at a winter night sky lit up like the middle of the city every winter evening. Should the quiet enjoyment of the rural lifestyle by all of us be ruined so that a single business can save or make a few bucks by not following the law like the rest of us do?

If you cannot attend the Francestown Zoning Board meeting on Sept. 12, you can contact the Francestown town offices at 547-3469 or francestownnh@comcast.net.

Ann Majeske


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