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Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:37 PM PST

NH Bans Guns in State House

by molunkusmol

The NH State House is now a gun free zone.  In 2011, the Tea Party-controlled House voted to allow guns in the State House and the nearby Legislative Office Building.  Today, the new leadership voted to re-impose the gun ban.

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Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 03:33 PM PDT

Jew Pond – The Verdict

by molunkusmol

For those of you not on the edge of your seat after reading my title, I encourage you to read my diary about renaming Jew Pond in Mont Vernon NH.

Jew Pond - It's Personal

I have come here to give you an update on what has happened since my diary and the outcome of our vote.

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Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:21 AM PST

Jew Pond - It's Personal

by molunkusmol

In light of the recent anti-Semitism diaries, I have my own story that is presently unfolding. My small town in Mont Vernon, NH has a 1/4 acre pond named Jew Pond.  Although there are no signs with the name, the USGS map displays Jew Pond and the name is well known in town.  It has had that name since the 1920s when Jewish people came from out of town to vacation at a local hotel. A University of NH student produced a documentary about the pond.  

"The Story Behind Jew Pond" by Katelyn Ann Dobbs

Mont Vernon's health officer has petitioned the USGS to change the name.  On March 13th the town will vote on whether to rename Jew Pond.

The Jew Pond name change has brought attention to the town from the Roman Catholic Bishop of New Hampshire Peter Libasci, K. Jeff Fladen of the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire, Derrek L. Shulman regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, and our US senators, Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen.  All parties recognized the slur and have recommended changing the name.

There has been an animated discussion about renaming Jew Pond on the Mont Vernon Chatter Facebook page.  Reading the posts and being part of the discussion have taught me much.  They say every experience in life is an opportunity to learn.  This journey for me has been no exception.

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