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Gilmanton NH News

January 23, 2013

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We Must Be Active To Have Our Voices Heard


We are living in difficult times. Our economy as a nation, from federal level to our local communities, continues to choke many of our family households.  Not only did our federal payroll tax recently go up, there are many more taxes headed our way on the state level.   And of course this doesn’t include the taxes we pay on the county level.  The 2013 Belknap County budget is up 9% and we are looking at an enormous project of a new county prison, something that will seriously impact each Belknap County family.  


Remember, each single tax by itself may not be much to look at, but when we begin to put all the taxes together, we can easily see we are in deep financial trouble.


How much has our food, gas, and other necessities risen lately? My family, just like most in Belknap County, is facing tough choices in our household budgets, trying to juggle all the financial “pinches”.  Town, county and state government should be offering budgets/projects which fit our current financial situation. Fiscal responsibility is vital.


It has never been more important for us to keep our heads down, and stay on the target. We do not need to be angry or fear-mongering.  We can let others do that.  But, we do need to be steadfast in our message. And that includes participation in public discussions on issues of fiscal conservatism. Being present at your town meetings, voicing your opinion at town deliberative sessions, and running for that open seat in town government is crucial to putting ourselves on the path toward fiscal sanity. Be active in your community – it does make a difference!


Rep. Jane Cormier

Belknap District 8 – Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton



Cameron Steenbeke Wins Gilmanton School Geographic Bee

Moves One Step Closer To $25,000 College Scholarship


Cameron Steenbeke, a 7th Grade student at Gilmanton School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. The Bee is sponsored by Google (visit


The kickoff for this year’s Bee was the week of November 12, with thousands of school around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Cameron Steenbeke will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 5, 2013.


The National Geographic Society will provide an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the National Geographic Bee national championship rounds on May 20-22, 2013. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society and a trip to the Galàpagos Islands, courtesy of Lindbald Expeditions and National Geographic (visit


“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 22. The program will air on television. Check local listings for dates and times.


Everyone can test their geographic knowledge with the exciting GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at, which poses 10 new questions a day, or by downloading the “National Geography GeoBee Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, from the App Store on iPhone, iPods touch and iPad; from the Adroid Market; or for Nook Color.


The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events, school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information visit






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