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  • Congressman Frank Guinta listens to concerns from seniors at the Merrimack Senior Center during a visit Friday, May 3, 2012. Guinta visted Merrimack Senior Center and Elbit Systems during a hiatus from Washington, D.C.
    Staff photo by William Wrobel
  • Congressman Frank Guinta speaks with seniors at the Merrimack Senior Center during a Meals on Wheels lunch function Friday, May 3, 2012. Guinta, on leave from Washington, D.C. toured New Hampshire to meet with citizens.
    Staff photo by William Wrobel
  • Congressman Frank Guinta listens to concerns from seniors at the Merrimack Senior Center during a visit Friday, May 3, 2012. Guinta visted Merrimack Senior Center and Elbit Systems during a hiatus from Washington, D.C.
    Staff photo by William Wrobel
Friday, May 4, 2012

Guinta tours business, meets with seniors on Merrimack visit

MERRIMACK – Taking a break from the gridlock in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta found a more cordial audience Thursday in Merrimack.

Over his day long tour around the town, Guinta, a Manchester Republican, visited a local business, Elbit Systems. He met with seniors at the town’s John O’Leary Adult Community Center, and he toured the Merrimack Premium Outlets construction site, among other stops.

The visit allowed Guinta an opportunity to meet with his constituents and to hear their concerns, the congressman said.

“I try to get out and meet people whenever I can,” he said. “These are the people I’m there to represent.”

When Guinta quizzed seniors about their biggest concerns, they didn’t ask about the future of Medicare, Social Security or other national issues. Instead, they pressed him only on a more local issue: the future of Merrimack’s Meals on Wheels program.

The program, operated by St. Joseph Community Services in town, is at risk due to lost funding included in the Hillsborough County Commissioners’ budget proposal.

“This is really important. A lot of people depend on (Meals on Wheels),” Irene Jenness, president of the Merrimack Senior Club, told Guinta.

“I will see what I can do to make sure that doesn’t happen,” the congressman responded, pledging to speak with the county commissioners. “This is a wonderful program. It’s incredibly important.”