It is time again to ask for donations and volunteers for the Annual
Free Thanksgiving dinner at the Epsom Fire House on Thanksgiving
day, 12 -2pm, all are welcome and to call Karen at 736 9954 to
donate or volunteer.
GCC Food Pantry And Thrift Shop News
We at the GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop would like to again thank
everyone who participated in and/or supported our recent Pantry Walk
on October 6, 2013. The 800 food items and $500 in money donations
will be a tremendous help in assisting families in need.
Also, a hearty thank you to the Gilford Honor Society students who
donated their time on Sunday afternoon to help rake leaves, weed,
cut brush and sweep sand and many other tasks needed to clean and
make the outside areas of the Thrift Shop presentable. Excellent
In addition to providing staples on a regular basis to those in need
of assistance, the GCC Food Pantry also provides Holiday Baskets in
an effort to ensure that those families get to enjoy a nice holiday
meal. We could use help with the extras that go in those baskets.
We have started collecting non perishable items such as turkey
gravy, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, muffin mix, pickles & olives,
canned fruit, even margarine/butter as well as staples such as
vegetables, sugar, cereal, juice, cocoa & coffee.
We really could use your help. No donation is too small. Even one
food item is welcomed. Monetary donations help with perishable
Don’t forget that sales from our Thrift Shop help to keep food on
the shelves of our Pantry. Starting October 30, 2013 everything in
the shop is 50% off. All the winter clothing is available and new
items are added on a regular basis. We have a really nice selection
of good quality clothing for the entire family.
There are food collection boxes located at the Academy Building, the
Gilmanton School, and the Year Round Library. Food and clothing may
also be brought to the pantry during business hours (Wednesday 3:00
– 7:00 pm or Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm .) Checks can be mailed to
GCC Food Pantry at PO Box 6, Gilmanton Iron Works, 03837. New
volunteers are welcome. Please consider helping a couple of hours a
week or a month. You can contact Jane Sisti @ 364-7437 or stop
by the Thrift Shop for more information.
The Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is located on Route 140 in Gilmanton
Iron Works. Parking is available at the Gilmanton Community Church
All Aboard the Titanic - Program at Gilmanton Year-Round
Library November 14
Ted Zalewski presents “All Aboard the Titanic” at the
Gilmanton Year-Round Library on Thursday at 7 pm on Thursday,
Ted Zalewski’s program on the Titanic, presented at the Gilmanton
Year-Round Library on Thursday evening, November 14 at 7 pm,
responds to people’s enduring fascination with this epic historic
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North
Atlantic on April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during
her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York. More than
1500 passages and crew died in the disaster. Titanic was the
largest ship afloat at the time, one of three liners operated by the
White Star Line. It was built in Belfast, Ireland. Her architect,
Thomas Andrews, was among those lost in the sinking.
Zalewski has many pictures of passengers and crew with their
personal stories, including those with New Hampshire affiliations.
He moves beyond the physical facts of this very human event,
exploring the personal experiences of people and emphasizing
examples of individual courage and triumph.
Zalewski is a Screen Actors Guild actor, a writer, an educator and a
historian. He is a longtime college and secondary school teacher who
lectures on historical, literary and natural history topics. He is
nationally recognized as a foremost interpreter of Theodore
Roosevelt and has presented his living history program on Roosevelt
at the Smithsonian Institution conferences for educators. In 2012,
he marked his fifth annual July 4th performance as Roosevelt at the
Mount Washington Resort.
The program, made possible by the Humanities to Go
program of the New Hampshire Humanities Council, is free and open
to the public. Donations to support the library are gratefully
accepted. The Library is located on NH Route 140 opposite the
Gilmanton School. For information see the Library’s website:
www.gyrl.org or contact the Library at
[email protected]. 364-2400.
November Calender At Gilmanton Year-Round Library
The Glmanton Year-Round Library continues its events
and activities with something for everyone, young and old. Story
times are every week - Wednesdays at 10:30 am and Thursdays at 1:30
pm. For details and other events check the Library
website, www.gyrla.org or contact the library at 364-2400 during open hours.
* November 7, 3-5 pm. Crafternoon with Miss Pam. Make treats and
toys for our dog and cat friends. Take home information on games to
play with your pets.
* November 13. Afternoon at the Movies for children.
* November 14, 7 pm. All Aboard the Titanic - Humanities
* November 12, 3-5 pm. Lego Club
* November 25, 1:30 pm. Monday movie matinee.
* December 3, 7 pm. Gilmanton Gathers Book Club. “The Mayflower: A
Story of Courage” by N. Philbrick.
Save the Date:The Great Cookie Contest & Holiday Family Fun -
Saturday, December 14, 2:30 to 4 pm.
Franklin VNA & Hospice Program November Events
The month of November is a busy time at Franklin VNA
& Hospice. The annual wreath sale to benefit the Hospice program is
in progress and will go on through November 15th. The agency has
been holding this fundraiser for 8 years but this year they are
changing the ordering process a bit, as Nancy Tryon, sale
coordinator, explains. “This year, we are trying to be
more environmentally aware and save some trees so we are encouraging
people who have internet access to order online at our website
www.vnafnh.org”, Tryon explained. “The online store is very easy to use
and uses PayPal for secure payments. Eliminating paper forms has
also allowed us to expand the variety of items we can offer and, as
an added bonus, there are 3 online items that can be shipped direct
from the grower. Of course, phoning an order to me is always an
option, as well. However, direct ship is not an option on phone
As per previous years, orders will be delivered in time for
Thanksgiving and will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, November
26th and Wednesday, November 27th at the Franklin VNA office.
Starting November 6th and for 6 Wednesdays thru December 18th
(skipping the night before Thanksgiving), a free Hospice volunteer
training will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Wanda Belyea, Volunteer
Training instructor, says “Hospice volunteers are adult men and
women of all ages and backgrounds who have a desire to help their
friends and neighbors and to serve the community. They are key
members of the Hospice team that help our clients deal with illness,
grief and loss. At the VNA, we like to say ‘Hospice volunteers can
change lives – maybe even their own’.” For more information or to
register for Hospice volunteer classes, contact Beth or Bruce at
Franklin VNA & Hospice at 934-3454.
The VNA will present its annual musical concert for the benefit of
its Hospice Program on November 10th. This program, titled the
“Gathering of Music”, is held the second Sunday of November every
year but the venue changes year-to-year. This year’s program is
being hosted by the First Baptist Church of Sanbornton, 17 Church
Lane, Rte 127, Sanbornton.
Beth Rodd, coordinator of the event for the VNA, says “November is
national Hospice month. The VNA of Franklin’s Hospice program, along
with Clayton Bushman on behalf of the Lakes Association of Churches,
presents this program every November to support and to honor the
Hospice program. This gathering also gives us the opportunity for a
memorial service to remember our Hospice patients who have died over
the past year. We have invited their families to attend and will
have a simple but meaningful ceremony to remember their loved ones.
Any community members who have experienced a loss are also invited
to participate.” The program begins at 3:00 PM and runs for about
an hour and a half. Refreshments will be served at the end of the
program and a free will donation in support of the Hospice program
will be taken. “This is a program for the entire community,” says
Rodd, “and we hope that everyone will come and enjoy an afternoon of
fine music provided by the area’s talented pool of church musicians.
It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season.”
For more information on any of these programs or Franklin VNA in
general, please call Nancy at 934-3454.
Please Join Us
The Belknap County Republican Committee is sponsoring a Common Core
Forum on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 , from 7PM to 9 PM for
everyone who wants to learn of its’ origin, how it is effecting our
schools and children, and what people from all over the nation are
saying about it.
Listen, learn, and discuss with our amazing panel all
issues pertaining to Common Core State Standards at the Beane
Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, in Laconia. RSVP:
Common Core is not a left or right or in-the-middle issue. It’s an
issue effecting everyone by way of increasing taxes, lowering the
educational standards for our children, and allowing the federal and
state governments to intercede and micro manage education in our
The event is free; seating is limited; information will abound.
Letter To The Editor
A recent letter to the editor chided Republicans in general, and me
in particular, for being unpopular due to opposition to the
Affordable Care Act. The snapshot poll which was referenced,
following the U.S. Government shutdown, fails to tell the whole
story. A recent ABC poll finds only a 12% approval rating for
Congress as a whole.
As to the public’s approval of the Affordable Care Act, and of its
author, the writer must be living in an alternate universe as poll
after poll attests to their unpopularity. Rather than concentrating
on partisan sniping, it might be a good idea to work constructively
in an attempt to solve the many problems besetting the country, the
state and Belknap County.