Dear Residents of Gilmanton:
I am running for the position of Selectman. Many of you remember me
from the years I spent behind the desk in the Town Clerk’s Office.
Since that time, I have served one term as Selectman and three years
on the Budget Committee. Over the years I have learned a lot about
how the Town works, how it is financed, and how it is managed on a
day-to-day basis. I also have heard a great deal from many people
about what affects them and what is important to them.
I know that the challenges are great, that there are often, perhaps
always, conflicting interests at play. I come to the decision to
run again for Selectman with no self-interest, no agenda other than
to try to balance the needs of the people with the wants of the
people, but first and foremost, promising to abide by the existing
rule of the people, as set down in ordinances and laws.
I further promise not only to pay heed to the loud and present
voice, but also to seek out the silent voice of those not present,
as well as the quiet voice of tradition and history. I seek to
listen respectfully and to decide fairly.
I hope you will show your support for me by voting for me on
Tuesday, March 12 and, no matter what, pay attention to what the
Board is doing and make your voices heard!
Betty Ann Abbott
My wife and I received a call from the Gilmanton Year Round Library.
It is similar to calls made in previous years. “Support the Year
Round Library at this year’s election, scheduled for March 12, 2013.
Forget about the rest of the town’s expenditures; just vote to
support the library.”
I am ashamed of the GYRL committee’s choice to behave in such an
I then realized something I had not thought of before: It is not
that the GYRL is ashamed of their tactics. It is that they are
ashamed of the Library! Why else would they sneak around behind the
town’s back and contact the citizens of Gilmanton like lazy Uncle
Joe, who calls family members for money to help him get through his
It is better to let Uncle Joe starve a little to appreciate how hard
work can really be satisfying.
Stop calling me for handouts and work a little bit harder to
appreciate your rewards. This Library did not have to be as divisive
if things had been handled correctly in the first place, like being
honest with the taxpayers and working hard and taking pride in your
Gilmanton Fire Dept. News
The Gilmanton Fire Department now utilizes a new communications
service that allows us to send important, valuable community
information directly to residents using the latest technology.
The Nixle Community Information Service allows us to
create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents
instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications
can also be accessed online at Nixle’s website at
Messages may include alerts about impending weather conditions,
large scheduled or emergency events as well as other relevant safety
and community event information.
Chief Hempel hopes that the residents of the Town of Gilmanton will
utilize this service. “This is a free, yet valuable service that we
can provide to our residents to keep them notified about emergency
or routine issues that may affect them.”
The service is secure, reliable and easy to use for our group.
The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within
a ¼ mile radius, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy
information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents decide
from which local agencies they want to receive information.
Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received,
whether it is by email, text message, or over the web.
Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public
communication services, such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, but
adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information
from our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.
Residents of the Town of Gilmanton and those in
neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent
information via text message, email, and web by registering at
We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself.
GCC Food Pantry And Thrift Shop News
There are still several weeks of cold weather left even if
Punxsutawney Phil did predict an early spring. So come on down to
the GCC Thrift shop between Monday, February 4th and Saturday, March
2nd and grab some great winter clothing and accessories for the
entire family at our winter Bag Sale. You get a brown paper bag for
$5.00 and you can fill it with anything in the shop.
We have lots of beautiful clothing for the whole family still
available and many brand name items. Come on down and get some
really great bargains and help to support a great cause at the same
time. We look forward to seeing you at our semi-annual Bag Sale
that runs Feb. 4th to March 2nd !
As always, if you wish to make a donation of food or clothing to the
GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop, we ask that you bring it to the
shop during our business hours. Food can be left in one of the
collection boxes located at the Academy Building, the Gilmanton
School or the Year Round Library. Checks can be mailed to us at PO
Box 6, Gilmanton Iron Works, 03837.
We are located on Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works, across from the
Iron Works Market. We are open on Monday 1pm – 5pm, Wednesday 3pm –
7pm, and Saturday 10am – 2pm. Parking is located in the Gilmanton
Community Church parking lot just west of the shop.
We thank you for your continued support of the Food Pantry and all
of its programs. Remember that sales from the Thrift Shop go to
support the Pantry.
The GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop will be closed on Monday,
February 18th for Presidents Day.