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Hooksett's hall: Will the town preserve it?

If you're a Hooksett resident who cares about your town, you should clear some time today to attend the open house at the old town hall. Town officials are opening the landmark for tours and their ears for ideas.

It would be disappointing, but not surprising, if very few residents showed up. There is some general interest in preserving the 1828 building, but little action. Last spring, voters approved a warrant article that would allow the town to accept donations for the upkeep and/or restoration of the old town hall. Since then, how much money have residents donated?

'We haven't had anybody give us anything that was turned over to the trustees of the trust fund,' Christine Soucie, town finance director, told us on Thursday.

Does no one in Hooksett care enough about this historical meeting place to lift a finger to preserve it? Or is this an organizational problem? Is the building sitting in disuse simply because no one, not even the building's preservation committee, has roused the people to the cause?

Someone is doing something, at least. Town Council member Susan Lovas Orr has organized today's open house. It's from 1-3 p.m. at the old town hall, 16 Main St. If you want to participate in keeping this local treasure from feeling the teeth of the backhoe some day, it would be good of you to attend.

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