New this year - the Chamber Yard Sale is being
expanded to include all towns from Epsom to Alton on Saturday, June
1 from 8-1pm. People interested in having a yard sale should submit
their LOCATION LISTING to the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce
Facebook page, email to
or mail to Rt 28 Yardsale/GPCOC, P.O. Box 234, Pittsfield NH 03263.
There is no registration form for this year. GROUP
LOCATIONS along Rte 28 are being finalized and will be listed on the
if people would like to set up there. Visit the website for more
detailed information or call 435-6346.
Gilmanton Community Church Sponsors Kids Fishing Day
with Over 100
On Sunday, May 5th, the Gilmanton Community Church welcomed over 100
kids to their second annual Kids Fishing Day. This year the church
also celebrated Cinco de Mayo by providing fiesta games and food for
all. This free event was open to the public and provided an
opportunity for many children to catch their first trout out of the
pond behind the Gilmanton town offices building. Over two hundred
fish were stocked in the pond and were provided by the church and
the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Bait and equipment were
provided by Martels Bait and Sport Shop in Laconia and churros were
provided by El Jimador Restaurant in Belmont. Fun was had by all and
many memories were made!
115th Gilmanton Old Home Day
Preparations are under way for the 115th Gilmanton Old Home Day,
scheduled for Saturday, August 10, 2013, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The next meeting of the planning committee will be at 7:00 pm sharp
on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Smith Meeting House on Meeting
House Road in Gilmanton. The meeting will last only an hour. Please
come to lend your support and ideas.
Volunteers are needed for the day of the event to help with many
tasks such as registration, guest book, parking, organizing
children’s games, serving as guides and assisting with preparing
food and waiting on tables. We also need people to assist with
setting up tables and chairs and preparing the grounds from the
Wednesday before through Saturday. These jobs do not include heavy
lifting and all are welcome. Call 603-267-8151 for details.
We are soliciting advertisers for our Old Home Day Booklet. Various
ad sizes and prices are available, contact Barbara Angevine at
603-527-3414 for more information.
Gilmanton Academy Wins Preservation Alliance Award
Steve Bedard, former selectperson Rachel Hatch, and John Dickey
worked with Town committees on projects to preserve the Gilmanton
Academy Building (Town Offices). Their work was recognized by an
award from the NH Preservation Alliance on May 8.
Gilmanton’s Building, Cupola and Energy Committees were recognized
for their work in preserving the Academy Building, now the Town
Offices by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance at an award
ceremony on May 7. Also recognized were Fifield Building
Restoration and Winn Mountain Restorations.
The award celebrates well-executed stewardship projects for this
iconic landmark that is listed on the National Register of Historic
Places and stands in the Gilmanton Corners Historic District.
Well-articulated information about the building’s significance,
important features and preservation strategies convinced town
leaders and citizens to choose restoration over replacement or “no
action” alternatives. The Land and Community Heritage Investment
Program and the N.H Community Development Finance Authority were
critical funding partners.
Gilmanton Academy was chartered in 1794. The current 1894 building
was built after a fire destroyed the previous structure just before
centennial celebrations were to be held. The Academy had such
prominence and was so revered by local citizens that fundraising
began immediately after the fire and a new building was ready for
students less than 8 months later.
The Academy’s last class graduated in 1910, and from 1916 to 1966
the building was used first as the Town’s high school, later as the
elementary school, and still later as a museum.
Today, the Academy houses Town offices and provides space for
voting, and for public meetings, dances, concerts and other social
Two recent projects restored the cupola and weatherized the
building. A committee that included former select board member
Rachel Hatch led an effort to secure town and LCHIP funds for the
cupola’s restoration after the Town noticed deterioration in the
tower, removed it, and stored in a town garage in 2008 without a
clear plan of action. Fifield Building Restoration got it back in
place in time for the traditional July 4th parade which stopped in
front of the landmark to celebrate the cupola’s return in 2011.
Most recently, a weatherization project, in coordination with the
Town’s energy committee, made the project more energy efficient.
Steve Bedard donated a building assessment, and he and John Dickey
coordinated proposals from outside contractors that restored 51
original windows and added insulation to ready the building for
The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the statewide membership
organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, communities
and landscapes through leadership, education and advocacy. Current
priorities include providing assistance to community leaders and
promoting the use of easements, barn preservation and tax
Lakes Region Retired Educators’ Meeting
The Lakes Region Retired Educators’ Association will hold a meeting
on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford,
NH. The meeting will start at 11:00 A.M. with check-in starting at
10:30 A.M. Luncheon will be served following the Meeting. The cost
of the meal is $14.50. The Phone Captains will be calling for your
reservations. The program will begin at approximately 12:45 PM.
Our speaker will be the author, Sally Hirsh Dickinson, who will
speak about her book entitled, “Dirty Whites and Dark Secrets: Sex
and Race in Peyton Place (New England Revisited).” “Dirty Whites and
Dark Secrets” is a thought-provoking study of a genre classic that
will speak to both scholars and students about the deeper truths
hidden in popular fiction.
Sally Hirsh-Dickinson is an assistant professor of English at Rivier
College in Nashua, New Hampshire, and is the Saturday morning voice
of New Hampshire Public Radio. Please plan to come to hear about
this study of Grace Metalious’ novel, “Peyton Place.”
If you are a newly retired educator and would like to join us,
please call one of the following: Evelyn Morse at 524-4062, or Meg
Greenbaum at 253-8559 before Wednesday, May 15, 2013.