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Gilmanton NH News

February 27, 2013

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March 2013

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 from these 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.  



Don Guarino



Jim Barnes, Balladeer & The None Of Us Is Irish Irish Band

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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 humor.


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 festivities.  


“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 around.


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.


Thank you,

Lew Henry

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 Easter candy.  


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 to offer.


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 recommendations (#2-6).


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 YES.


Vote Tuesday, March 12, 7-7 at the Academy Building.


Betty Ann Abbott

Gilmanton IW




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 in 1962.


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






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