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Gilmanton NH News

April 24, 2013

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Come enjoy a great day of fun with the family!

Jacquelyn Arell Disc Golf Tournament

(All proceeds go to help pay for Jackie’s New York City Photoshoot)

April 28, 2013

@ 10:30am

at The Woods

At Beauty Hill

557 Beauty Hill Road Barnstead, NH


Web Site:

$10.00 Per person 

Everyone is welcome! Call 603-724-4027 or 603-798-7549

to Pre-register

Food and drinks will be available for purchase

Rain Date: May 5, 2013





Dear Gilmanton Readers:


Do not write the obituary yet.


I love and support our library, GYRL, the library in the barn. It took some ten years to put together this fantastic institution, a full service public library that serves all from the least of the least. I thank all the people who donated ideas, time, goods, services, and money to provide this gem in Gilmanton’s crown. It enriches the lives of the many who use its services and by its very being improves property values and makes our town a more desirable place in which to live. I think the phrase “if you build it, they will come” is an apt description of what has happened since the opening in September ‘09. Reading the Town Report, I learned the average monthly circulation is eleven hundred and there is average number of seven hundred library visits each month.


Now comes the sad fact which you and I who love and use this library must remedy. Yes, we are in trouble. With a loss by 80 votes the partial funding needed ($45,000) to keep the library open and staffed for the year is not available. We learned that the doors would close by November this year. There will be a number of fundraising events. Please attend and enjoy. However, that fundraising alone will not be enough. The sure thing that will keep our library from being mothballed, that will keep those doors open to the public is going to be monetary donations. I am giving what I can. Please give what you can. Because the Gilmanton Year Round Library Association is a 501(c)3 charitable organization your donations are tax deductible.


I look forward to seeing you at our library now and long after November 1, 2013.



Brenda McBride




Letter To The Editor


The Gilmanton Year-Round Library Board thanks Mr. Davies for his letter of support. The library has become a vital community resource for residents today and for future residents. Fundraising is a difficult undertaking. Because we were able to raise $25,000 this past year, we will be able to keep the doors open until November 1, 2013, instead of closing on July 1st. 


An organized approach to fundraising is vital, and the GYRLA Board of Directors is working toward that goal. The initial strategy meeting held on March 28th helped identify community members who have the skills to help with this effort. Our next step is to look at the “big picture” and pull in more community members who can join the effort. We are confident that our efforts to save the library will be successful.


Anne Kirby

President GYRLA



Belknap County Conservative Republicans

Hear ye! Hear Ye!  Calling All Conservatives!


Belknap County is now home to a new political group in town, Belknap County Conservative Republicans. This political grassroots organization is dedicated to offering conservative solutions for contemporary issues.  “We believe that progressivism, in all of its forms, has corrupted the American political process”, says Don Walker, one of the founders of BCCR. “We know conservatism is a proven political approach which can solve the critical issues facing Americans today.  We need to work together and bring conservatism to the table and begin the discussion of truly solving the challenges we face as a community and a country,” says Walker.


Jane Cormier, House Representative of District 8 (Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton) is also co-founder of BCCR. “I believe it is time to take a stand against the progressive direction of our government. Our republic is under assault from within.  We need to promote small government and personal liberty, and we hope citizens who support integrity in government will check out our efforts,” says Rep. Cormier. “We want people to know there Are things you can do.  We want to begin by bringing conservative solutions to our local communities and then work from there,” says Cormier.


Belknap County Conservative Republicans will hold a “Family Fun Day” on May 18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Funspot in Laconia.  This event will offer everything “American” including hotdogs, apple pie, entertainment, raffles, fun activities for the kids, as well as information for all who attend.  This event is Free to the public and will introduce Belknap County Conservative Republicans to the community and discuss ways to bring common sense back to our government.


For more information, contact, Don Walker at (603)435-0277 or Rep. Jane Cormier at (603)781-5695.



Letter To The Editor


I would like to respond to Mr. McElwee’s letter concerning the libraries in Gilmanton.


He mentions popularly-elected trustees which are required for town-supported libraries but not for a not-for-profit tax exempt organization such as the Year-Round Library. The Year-Round Library does have a Board of Directors which functions in the same manner as trustees. That board meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the library on Route 140 and all are welcome to attend and learn more.


Additionally the Year-Round-Library does have a budget which is fiscally conservative and fiscally responsible. That budget is audited and can be available for inspection by simply calling the library.


Wider public support is also one of the goals of the Year-Round Library and something we continue to pursue.


Joanne Gianni

Board Member

Gilmanton Year-Round Library



Hanging Plants For Mothers Day At Gilmanton Year-Round Library

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Strawberry Shortcake - This “Trixi” basket contains three easy to grow flowers.  It is just one of the selection of hanging plants available for Mother’s Day at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. Order forms are available at the Library or at


Spring is really here, and the Gilmanton Year Round Library is taking orders for its popular sale of Mothers’ Day hanging plants. Look for 16 different baskets, ranging from sun plants to partial shade, including petunias, geraniums, New Guinea impatiens, SunPatiens, and New This Year: Trixi combos!  There’s something for every home. 


To order, contact Sue Barr at 267-1905, [email protected] or Carolyn Dickey at 267-6098, [email protected].  Order forms are available at the Library or on the Library website: Payment can be made by cash, check, credit card (Visa or Master Card) or  PayPal ([email protected]).  Deadline for orders is Wednesday, May 1.


Plants can be picked up at the Library (Route 140, opposite the Gilmanton School) on Friday, May 10, from  3 pm to 6 pm or Saturday, May 11th from 10 am to 3 pm.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to make someone happy, while supporting the Library.



Gilmanton Year-Round Library Moves Forward


The Gilmanton Year-Round Library Board of Directors is pleased to announce that since a new fund raising goal of $45,000 was established on March 13th in order to keep the library open beyond Nov. 1st, over $10,000 has been raised through donations. 


One fund raising initiative is the 400 Club. This is an opportunity for 400 people to donate $100. To date 36 people have already signed on.  Remember, obligations of membership are simple: promise to inform neighbors and friends about the Library and urge them to support the Library as a vital asset to the Town.


Another fund raising opportunity is to donate the dollar value your taxes would have been if the library had received Town funding. Some supporters have doubled that amount to cover a neighbor who might not be able to afford a donation at this time.


The GYRL board and staff thank all those who have already donated to this important cause. If you still haven’t had a chance to contribute, you may send a check made payable to the Gilmanton Year-Round Library, or if you prefer, visit our web site,, where you can make a donation through your PayPal account or with your credit card. Donations are tax deductible.



Common Core Informational Update

Submitted By Rep. Jane Cormier


Have you heard about Common Core Curriculum? Have you wondered what it is and how it will affect you and your children public, private or home schooling?  This informational meeting will discuss the implementation of Common Core into our local school systems.  Rep. Jane Cormier, District 8 will lead this discussion and invites all citizens to learn about what Common Core goals are and how they will impact our citizenry and our educational system. 


• Where: Meeting will be held at Gilman Library, Alton, NH

• When: Saturday, May 11

• Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Please bring your friends, family and fellow homeschoolers. It is important we work together to stop the implementation of Core Common into our local schools.


For more information, email Linda at [email protected]



GCC Food Pantry Fundraiser


The GCC Food Pantry is having a wonderful and tasty fundraising event on Friday, April 26th. Tastefully Simple Consultant, Brooke Swanson, will be at the Gilmanton Community Church on Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works from 6pm to 8pm on the 26th of April with the hostess Karen Meader and other members of the food pantry board. There will be samples of the products sold by Tastefully Simple to taste-test and the consultant will be demonstrating how to make tasty dishes in a simple way. There will be products available to purchase such as Dips, Soups and Desserts from the catalog.  The GCC Food Pantry will receive 20% of the sales from the show and from orders online as well.  The 20% donation to the pantry from the sales will go towards our Feinstein Challenge also.  


There is no charge to attend the event so come on out and enjoy some delicious sampling and help out the Food Pantry and our goal of $5,000 for the Feinstein Challenge.  Again the fundraiser is being held on Friday, April 26th 6 – 8pm at the Gilmanton Community Church on Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works.


If you are not able to attend the event but would still like to help out the pantry, you may do so by placing an order at When checking out make sure to choose a party/host and put in the name of the hostess Karen Meader and the date of the party. You then need to select her as your hostess on the next page and continue with finalizing your online order. If you have any problems or questions call Brooke Swanson at 603-630-7963.


As always the GCC Food Pantry thanks you for all of your support.




David M. Bickford


A graveside service for David M. Bickford will take place May 4th at 3 p.m. in Pine Grove Cemetery, Stage Road, Gilmanton Iron Works. David passed away March 17, 2013. He resided in Gilford for seven years, having made Gilmanton Iron Works his home for over 90 years. He was 99 years old lacking a month and one day of 100 years.


Family and friends are invited to gather and exchange memories immediately following the service at the Gilmanton Community Church of Gilmanton Iron Works.

Refreshments will be provided.






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