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Gilmanton NH News

April 3, 2013

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Gilmanton Corner Library News


National Library Week is the celebration of contributions libraries and librarians have made to American societies. Libraries stimulate the mind, encourage people to read, teach young children that books are exciting, and provide an endless source of information. National Library Week encourages people to take time to acknowledge the benefits of supporting the local library.


National Poetry Month has been held every year in April since 1996, when publishers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Please join the Gilmanton Corner Library in observing this event by dropping by the library and checking out a new poetry book: Lunch Money by Carol Shields, Bilbo’s Last Song by J.R.R. Tolkien, or The Monsterologist by Katz, or a favorite poet.


The Gilmanton Corner Library has renewed its 3 museum passes to the Currier Museum, Manchester (Shogun Exhibit), SEE Science Kids Museum, Manchester, and The New Hampshire Historical Museum, Concord. Plan to take the kids soon!


To reserve a book or request a book call the library on Mondays and Wednesdays 3 - 5 pm, and Saturdays 10 am - 12 pm. Reminder: Summer hours start May 1. They are Mondays and Thursdays 2 - 8 pm, Tuesdays 2 - 4 pm, Wednesdays and  Fridays 2 - 6 pm.



Scenes From Ancient Pompeii

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 Andrew Periale during a performance at the school


Sixth graders at Gilmanton School have been hard at work this past month, researching, writing, constructing, and rehearsing a puppet performance about life in ancient Pompeii, the Roman city buried under volcanic ash in the year 79 A.D. Using simple and recycled materials such as newspaper, cardboard boxes, and masking tape, students built puppet characters that told the story of life in Pompeii before Mt. Vesuvius erupted. Their research and script-writing  grewn out of their study of ancient cultures, including Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Rome, Egypt, and Greece.  With help from Artist-in-Residence Andrew Periale of Perry Alley Theatre, students recreated the ancient culture. 


Andrew Periale and his wife, Bonnie Periale, are co-founders of Perry Alley Theatre, and have brought their combination of puppetry, music, dance, theatre, and design to audiences for over 20 years. They also produce a puppetry magazine, Puppetry International, and have received several awards for their work, including an Emmy nomination. The couple shares their love of puppets and drama with students during school residencies like the one in Gilmanton. 


For more information about Perry Alley Theatre, please visit their website,


The Artist-in-Residence program at Gilmanton School is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, kind support from the Gilmanton School PTA, and the generosity of the Gilmanton community. 





A library plan for Gilmanton as proposed by Dr. Philip Ray in his March 27 letter is laudable, but such a plan must be grounded in the reality of current conditions. First, contrary to what Dr. Ray implies, there has been cooperation among the libraries; e.g., a joint effort that determined the lack of financial viability for offering e-books to library patrons through the New Hampshire State Library.  


Second, I concur with Dr. Ray that it is unrealistic “to expect that a growing town like Gilmanton can have adequate library service without taxpayer support.”  Specifically, it’s unlikely that the three libraries working together could do so effectively with an annual allocation of only $3,700. 


However, third, only one of the three libraries, the Gilmanton Corner Public Library, operates with a popularly-elected public board of trustees that evidences financial accountability to the electorate through the Town of Gilmanton’s budgetary process and annual auditing.  Perhaps if the other libraries were to operate similarly that might be enough to tip the balance in favor of wider public financial support.


Robert McElwee






Dear Suncook Valley Sun:

It has come to my attention that as of the Gilmanton voting in the beginning of March, the Gilmanton Year-Round Library will not be receiving the 45,000 dollars it requested to help with electricity and book costs. As a 14 year old who loves to read, this upsets me and my friends who also share my passion in books. I rely on the library for interesting books and resources for projects. 


Many people come up to me and ask “why don’t you just use the school library?” Well the answer to that is simple, though it’s convenient, the school library is small and doesn’t contain very much information on any one given topic. Plus, it’s not open to use after school when it is needed most.


If the library doesn’t get the money it needs to continue, then the set closing date will be in November of this year. I just don’t think it’s fair for a library that helps so many people to be denied the one thing it needs to continue to help people. Please help this library stay in business for the sake of the kids and families who rely on this library for its resources. I am sure that if everyone donates just a little we will be able to keep this library available for everyone to use. I thank everyone who is in support of keeping this library open.



Age 14




Gilmanton School

2nd Trimester Honor Roll 



Carol N. Locke, Principal Gilmanton School, congratulates the following students for achieving Honor Roll status for the 2nd trimester of the 2012-2013 school year:


6th Grade


Alexis Boisvert, Brendan Bushnell, Tommi Butts, Alex Cameron, Cameron Chamberlain, Michael Eisenmann, Abigail Fillion, Bailee Gallant, Jennie Gannon, Mariah Gardner, Persephone Knipping, Rachel Langlitz, Joseph Laurendeau, Michael Maltais, Katherine Paris, Garrett Patch, Haylee Perry, Noah Presby, Ansel Randall, Samuel Ruchti, Emily Sanborn, Karly Sanborn, Hannah Waite and Isaac Wallace.


6th Grade

High Honors

Katharine Dade, Melody Davies, Sarah Jansury, Erika Mosher and Emily Waite.


7th Grade


Connor Adel, Jenna Baumeister, Jackson Brulotte, Nicholas Bugnacki, Julianna Coulstring, Camryn Drew, Sarah Fillion, Sandor Gamache, Anthony Gentile, Samantha Johnson, Mitchell Juneau, Samantha Knowles, Emily Kordas, Lydia Meserve, Cameron Steenbeke, Molly Vallee, Ryan Waring and Carly White.


7th Grade

High Honors

Taryn Breton, Cian Brown, Lauren Dean, Nathan Hudson, Olivia Trindade, Ethan Warren and Sophia Wrobel.


8th Grade


William Baldwin, Victoria Brasil, Savannah Brunelle, Brendan Carkin, Danielle Clairmont, Cameron Crane, Kyle Davies, Moriah Davies, Katelynn Duval, Caledonia Hackley, Brian Hogan, Duncan Howland, Evelyn Johnson, Kassidy Morris, Abigail Nielsen, Marlon Pacheco, Hayden Peaslee, Victoria Skelley, Tyler Thibodeau and Rachel Williams.


8th Grade

High Honors

Jennifer Hancock and Alexa McNamara



Gilmanton School

Perfect Attendance For The Second Trimester



Congratulation to the following Gilmanton students having perfect attendance for the second trimester of the 2012-2013 school year:


Claire Bartley, Elise Bartley, David Boyajian, Zackarie Brown, Mara Bugnacki, Alex Burnham, Brendan Bushnell, Alexander Cameron, Keith Cameron, Cameron Chamberlain, Jodi Chamberlain, Moriah Davies, Arturo Delgadillo, Joseph Demers, Riley Demers, Tristan Dow, Cameron Eaton-Bean, Cassidy Glaude, Kathrine Gosselin, Brady Hayes, Connor Hayes, Natalie Hurst, Tricia Jarry, Gianna Knipping, Cayden Krupnik, Gracey LeBlanc, Lily Locke, Lydia Meserve, Paige Meserve, Erika Mosher, Adam Rague, Emma Ramsey,  Ansel Randall, Colin Randall, Kylie Rector, Maddison Rector, Michael Richardson, Maegan Shute, Jovie Smith, Noah Smith, Cameron Steenbeke, Cailin Tarr, Olivia Trindade, Emily Waite, Jerry Waldron, Clarissa Wirth and Blake Zarta.



Gilmanton School

Good Citizen For The  Second Trimester



Carol Locke, Principal of the Gilmanton School, congratulates the following students for being selected as Good Citizens for the second trimester of the year 2012-2013.



Kendal Heyman, LaCroix - K; Alexander Gordon, Swiezynski - K; Jonathan Gancarz, Hollingsworth - K; Kaytlin LaValley, Smith - 1; Brook Kimball, Comeau - 1; Madison Talbot, Zach - 1; Jacob Crossman, Akerstrom - 2; Gianna Knipping, Day - 2.



Ethan Rodrigue, LaCroix - K; Emily Roberts, Swiezynski - K; Isabelle Knibbs, Hollingsworth - K; Jacob Young, Smith - 1; Elise Bartley, Comeau - 1; Aidan Mini, Zach - 1; Nathan Rawlins, Akerstrom - 2; Jessica Gannon, Day - 2.



Blake Zarta, LaCroix - K; Anthony Burnham, LaCroix - K; Aidan Burnham, Swiezynski - K; Brooke Clark, Hollingsworth - K; Lily Hufschmid, Smith - 1; Mason Cotnoir, Comeau - 1; Arturo Delgadillo, Zach - 1; Hannah Gannon, Akerstrom - 2; Alex Burnham, Day - 2; Peyton Vachon, Friend - 3; Jaiden McKenna, Friend - 3; Dylan Gardner, Perrin - 3; Danielle Giardini, Perrin - 3; Nathan Baumeister, Phillips - 4; Autumn Clarke, Phillips - 4; Jennifer Laurendeau, Tothill - 4; Alexis Flynn, Tothill - 4; Rachael Shute, Harbilas - 5; Zachary Brennan, Harbilas - 5; Baylee Gill, Osmer - 5; Nicholas Rowe, Osmer - 5; Michael Maltais, Grade 6; Haylee Perry, Grade 6; Emily Waite, Grade 6; Sarah Fillion, Grade 7; Lydia Meserve, Grade 7; Ethan Warren, Grade 7; Ryan Waring, Grade 7; Duncan Howland, Grade 8; Hayden Peaslee, Grade 8; Kassidy Morris, Grade 8; Rachel Williams, Grade 8.



Gilmanton Year-Round Library Children’s Room

April 2013 Save the Date!


• April 4th, 3 – 5 pm:  Ed Emberley Crafternoon. Using what Ed Emberley calls “The Drawing Alphabet,” we’ll learn to sketch 8 things the artist says anyone can draw, including mice and all kinds of creatures, cars and trucks too! We’ll also practice “thumbprint drawing."


• April 17th, 1:15 – 2:45 pm: An Afternoon at the Movies. This month’s feature is 20th Century Fox’s “Rio.” The tale of Blu, a macaw who, with the help of his friends, find the courage to spread his wings and follow his destiny. Popcorn will be provided. (This is Gilmanton School early release date.)


• April 18th, 3 – 5 pm: Lego Club. Come enjoy building with other Lego enthusiasts. Choose free play or one of Miss Pam’s many building challenges.

Did you know that April 14th – 20th is National Library Week? Stay tuned for ways you can help us celebrate!



Belknap County Republican Committee Announces

Guest Speaker For April Monthly Meeting


The next meeting of the Belknap County Republican Committee will be held on Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 pm at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd, Belmont.  Guest speaker at the meeting will be Greg Moore of Americans for Prosperity (AFP).  Moore, who was recently named NH Director of AFP, will share his plans and goals for AFP under his leadership. Also, the Committee will continue it’s planning for the upcoming annual Mount Washington Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee scheduled for Friday, May 31st.


All Republicans and like-minded Independents are invited to attend Belknap County Republican Committee meetings.  Although the meeting begins at 6:30 pm, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, please plan to arrive as early as 5:00 p.m.


Once again, in an effort to help those in the community who are less fortunate, the Committee asks that each attendee bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.    


For more information, please check or send an email to [email protected]






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