Gilmanton Year Round Library Children’s Room
Save The Date!
• March 5th – Pipe Cleaners, Pom Poms and Feathers – Oh My!
Crafternoon. Join us from 3 – 5 and discover what you can create
wonderful craft materials.
• March 13th – An Afternoon at the Movies, 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Forget
how cold it is outside and come watch Alvin, Theodore and Simon’s
adventures on a remote tropical island in “Alvin and the Chipmunks
Chipwrecked.” Popcorn will be provided. (This is a Gilmanton
Elementary School early release date.)
• March 21st – Lego Club, 3-5 p.m. Come enjoy building with other
Lego enthusiasts. Choose free play or one of Miss Pam’s many
building challenges. All ages and abilities are welcome.
• March 26th – An Old Fashioned Celebration of Spring, 5 – 7 p.m.
Create beautiful colored eggs using dyes made from natural materials
to put in a basket of wheatgrass that you can take home. Make a
simple sweet flannel rabbit too!
Questions? Please call Pam Jansury at 364-5568
Dear Gilmanton Residents:
Candidates are always making promises they cannot keep. How many
times have we thought this? As your Selectman I will write a monthly
summary of the Selectmen’s activities in this paper.
This is not a new idea. I remember someone else doing it years ago.
I like it, and think that it should be done again. We are in the
age of the internet. The Selectmen’s minutes are approved and posted
on the Town’s web page. Minutes are also posted at the Post office.
My parents are in their seventies and do not go to get the mail or
use the internet. They pick up a paper.
As a resident you would like to be informed, and I am willing to
take the time to tell you what the Selectmen are doing. Your vote is
extremely important. Thank you for your support.
Jim Barnes, Balladeer & The None Of Us Is Irish Irish Band
From left: Jim Barnes, Dick Bennett, Fred Clifford, Steve Moore.
Inset: Ellen Carlson
St. Patrick’s Day will come a week early this year, when Jim Barnes,
Balladeer and The None Of Us Is Irish Irish Band visit Franklin
Opera House on Saturday, March 9th. The show begins at 7:30 pm.
Jim Barnes is known throughout New Hampshire as a fine
singer/songwriter of what he terms “New Hampshire-flavored music”
but he is also known and appreciated for his presentation of
traditional Irish pub-style music.
“This is the music you would hear as you hoist a pint in a tavern or
a pub,” says Jim. Songs of the Irish Rebellion, love songs, songs
about emigration and transportation; a wide variety that tells the
story of the Irish spirit, mixed in with Jim’s hilarious sense of
Featured along with Jim Barnes is Lakes Region favorite, Ellen
Carlson, whose reputation as a fiddler precedes her onto the Opera
House stage. She has appeared with the High Range Band and as leader
of the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble. Fred Clifford, Steve Moore and
Dick Bennett round out the band on bass guitar, guitar, bagpipes,
tin whistle and mandolin. And there will be a special treat as well:
Elsa and Leah, Irish step dancers from the Cunniffe Academy of
Irish Dance, will also be on hand to add to the evening’s
“Tickets are on sale and going fast,” reports Steve Foley, Opera
House Executive Director, “But there are still good seats available
for this exciting and energetic show.”
Good seats are never a problem at the historic Franklin Opera House,
an intimate 300 seat theater located in downtown Franklin, in the
City Hall building. There are no obstructed view seats in either the
orchestra section or in the balcony and ample free parking all
Tickets for Jim Barnes, Balladeer and The None Of Us
Is Irish Irish Band are now on sale at
by visiting the box office Mon-Fri 10:00 am – 2:00 pm or by calling
934-1901. Reserved seat tickets are priced at $15.00 for adults,
with Senior tickets at $13.00. Also, Onions Restaurant & Pub at the
Tilton Inn is offering an Irish dinner special for the evening,
including choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert for just $19.95,
with your purchase of tickets for the show.
Jim Barnes, Balladeer and The None Of Us Is Irish Irish Band is
sponsored co-operatively by Ed Reilly Subaru of Concord and by the
Propane Gas Association of New England.
Letter To The Editor
On Tuesday, March 12th we citizens of Gilmanton have the opportunity
to vote for a most amazing woman, my friend and neighbor, Betty Ann
Abbott. Betty Ann is a candidate for Selectman for our wonderful
town. She comes with a lifetime of education and experience,
including an advanced degree in Business Administration and years
running large, complicated projects for a number of private, public,
and charitable enterprises, which will give her the ability to help
guide Gilmanton into the future.
She has worked for our town in a number of capacities including a
previous term as Selectman during which the much lauded Public
Safety Complex was authorized and completed. Along with sound
credentials, Betty Ann also brings deep knowledge of our town and
its citizens. As a Selectman, she will be a great asset to our
community. Most importantly though, Betty Ann is the nicest, most
compassionate person one could ask for in a neighbor. Please support
her on March 12th.
Gilmanton Iron Works
GCC Food Pantry And Thrift Shop News
The GCC Food Pantry has begun collecting items for our Easter Food
Baskets as well as items for the “Bunny Baskets” for the children of
families in need in our community. Some suggested food items would
be: bottled juice, cereal, breakfast muffin mix, ground or instant
coffee, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, stuffing, canned pineapple,
canned peas, canned carrots, canned green beans, canned corn, 1-lb.
boxes of sugar, cake mixes, and frosting.
Some suggested items for the “bunny baskets” would be: jump ropes,
play-doh, small balls, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, crayons, colored
pencils, coloring books, small cars and trucks, Easter grass, and
We are also looking for monetary donations to purchase the above
items we don’t receive and also to purchase the perishable items
which go into our food baskets. All items to be included in the
baskets need to be received at the pantry by March 22nd.
We are extending our winter Bag Sale to March 9th. You can come in
and fill a brown paper bag or two with anything in the Thrift Shop
for just $5.00. We still have a wonderful selection of winter
clothing and accessories for the entire family in the shop and we
are adding new items everyday. So come on down and see what we have
We will be bring out the spring and summer clothing beginning the
week of March 18th and will start out the season with a fabulous $10
Bag Sale. Our supply of spring and summer clothing has grown
enormously over the winter and we need to thin out, so come on down
and grab a $10 Bag or two of really great quality clothing and
accessories for the whole family. You will be amazed by our quality
and the selection available for everyone from infant to adults. The
spring and summer Bag Sale will run from Monday March 18th to
Saturday April 6th.
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.
Letter To The Editor
Sample ballots are in! They are posted at the Academy building and
will soon be posted on the Town/School websites accordingly. I am
going to print the ballots and fill them out, for my crib sheets!
Town Clerk Deb Cornett assures me that we can do that!
All boards have given careful consideration to their
recommendations. I attended the Public Hearings for town and school
budgets, as well as Super Saturday and I agree with the Budget
Committee’s recommendations on all but the GYRL funding article
(#37), which I support. I am in favor of the Planning Board’s
I hope that you will consider the ballot questions and answer them
carefully, rather than simply filling in the NO bubbles hoping for a
default budget. To maintain the quality of our town, our schools,
our services, we must pay for maintenance, just as you do with your
own homes and vehicles. FYI – the Town default budget is higher than
the requested budget (#7).
Please read Article #26 carefully. It asks for the appropriation of
$485,000 so that if we win a grant for a new fire truck, we can
accept and expend the funds. If we do win this grant, the truck will
only cost us $24,250. Simply put, if we win this grant, we get a
spankin’ new fire truck (which we need) for less than $25,000! Vote
Vote Tuesday, March 12, 7-7 at the Academy Building.
Betty Ann Abbott
Harold “Steve” J. McClary
Harold “Steve” J. McClary, 87, of Gilmanton, died at his home on
Wednesday, February 13, 2013.
Mr. McClary was born August 7, 1925 in Gilmanton, N.H., the son of
the late Leona (Nutter) and Frank L. McClary, Sr.
Mr. McClary had been a resident of Pittsfield, N.H. for sixteen
years before moving to Gilmanton in 1970. He served in the U. S.
Navy for two years and was a heavy equipment operator and owner of
H. J. Steve McClary Construction for seventeen years before retiring
Mr. McClary was a member of the Gilmanton Congregational Church. He
was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Corinthian Lodge #82 in
Pittsfield, a member of the Scottish Rite – Valley of Concord and
Valley of Nashua, and a 50 year member of the American Legion.
Mr. McClary enjoyed camping in New England and winters in Florida.
He was active with the snowmobile club for many years, building
their first drag with his brothers. The drag is now on display at
the Snowmobile Museum at Bear Brook. He was known to be one of the
best fabricators/welders in New England. He enjoyed many
family dinners and holidays at the home of his niece, Brenda
Currier, and her husband, Brett, of Gilmanton. He will be greatly
missed and was loved and respected by all of his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Beatrice E. (Sibley) McClary,
of Gilmanton; two brothers, Frank L. McClary, Jr. and George McClary,
both of Gilmanton; a sister, Marion Keith, of Northfield and several
nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be held at a later date in the family lot
in Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be
made to either the Gilmanton Community Church Food Pantry or the
Gilmanton Community Church, PO Box 6, Gilmanton IW, NH 03837.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home and
Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting
the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view
an online memorial go to