Submitted By Anne Kirby, President GYRLA
The Gilmanton Year-Round Library celebrated its fourth year of
operation in September, proving to be a vital part of our community.
Our library is a gathering place for all members of our community as
each month hundreds of patrons visit the library. The library is a
source of inspiration and imagination to our children. It is a
source of comfort and calm to our senior citizens. It is more than
just library cards, books and reading; our library is a cultural
space allowing people to experience this community and beyond.
We can report good news and tell you that as a result of generous
support from patrons and friends of the library, the GYRL will stay
open through March 2014. But the reality is, to stay open past March
2014 we need your help. It is imperative that the library be
recognized as a town-supported community resource. The Board of
Directors hopes the library will be a sustainable resource for many
years to come. This can only be achieved with your continued
efforts, and ultimately, with you vote.
There are many ways to help make this happen over the next several
months. Let the Selectmen and Budget Committee members know why the
library is important to you and your family. Attend the Public
Hearing and Deliberative Session and let your voice be heard. Most
importantly, vote YES for town-supported funding on March 11, 2014.
As always, donations are aggressively pursued. You
can make yours today by going to
www.gyrla.org and clicking on the “Donate” button. You can
contribute using your Paypal account or most credit cards. As a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization, any donation is tax deductible.
We are grateful to all our supporters for their generosity and look
forward to continuing to serve our community.
As we look forward to the future of our town and its growth, the
library will continue to serve as a vital resource for all
residents. As our community evolves the library will be there to
support us. With your support the Gilmanton Year-Round Library will
be an integral part of our community for years to come.
Metrocast Foundation Golf Tournament
Raises $23,000 In Support Of Local Community Organizations
With a score of 57, John Daigneault, Jerry Driscoll, Ace Parmaley &
Bob Schwartz (pictured, l-r) took this year’s top prize.
The annual MetroCast Foundation Golf Tournament held at Lochmere
Country Club on September 16 raised more than $23,000 in support of
youth-serving organizations in the region.
The annual event, now in its 15th year, began as an effort to honor
the memory of Robbie Mills, a 14 year-old Laconia boy who was killed
in 1997 for his trail bike by two older teens (Mills’ mother is a
MetroCast employee). The MetroCast event was launched a year later
to support the Robbie Mills Memorial Fund, which remains a primary
beneficiary of the Tournament.
As the Tournament subsequently grew in popularity, the number of
organizations supported by the fundraiser also expanded to include
the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region, Greater Lakes Advocacy
Center (Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Program), Spaulding Youth
Center Foundation, WLNH Children’s Auction, and more.
In response to the growing need, Jim Bruder, Chairman and CEO of
Harron Communications, MetroCast’s parent company, founded the
MetroCast Foundation in 2007 to facilitate donations for the
Tournament from video programmers and vendor partners. In addition
to 2013’s key sponsors Meredith Village Savings Bank and
IDT/net2phone, more than 40 corporate organizations contributed to
this year’s event.
“We are grateful for our sponsors and contributors, as well as all
those who came out on a beautiful day for golf, food and fun,” said
MetroCast Regional Manager, Moira Campbell. “This valued support
enabled MetroCast to continue to honor the memory of the beloved
Robbie Mills and to serve worthy organizations that better our young
people and the great community we call home.”
Letter To The Editor
In a recent Letter to the Editor Belknap District 5 State
Representative Dick Burchell stated that: “57 percent of the
populace rejects the ACA”. This is incorrect as polling data (Kaiser
Health, CNN/ORC, and others) show that at least 40% of the populace
favor the ACA (Obamacare) or want it expanded, while fewer than 39%
want it ended.
More importantly in New Hampshire the most recent New England
College poll shows that 58% of our populace supports the ACA while
38% oppose it. Interestingly the latest NBC/Wall St. Journal poll
shows that only 24% of our populace approves of Representative
Burchell’s Republican Party…Hmm?!
Clearly our populace has recognized a problem and it is not the ACA
(Obamacare), a quick look in the mirror would show Representative
Burchell where the problem is.
Gilmanton Iron Works