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Gilmanton NH News

May 15, 2013

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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 [email protected] 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 Chamber website, 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 Kids Participating

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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

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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 functions.   


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 future generations.


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 incentives.



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.






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