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Gilmanton NH News

July 10, 2013

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The Crystal Lake Association would like to announce its annual meeting.  The meeting will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10:00am at the Gilmanton Iron Works Town Hall on Route 140.  All who are interested in protecting the lake, its watershed and its inhabitants are welcome to join us.



GCC Food Pantry News


The GCC Food Pantry Committee would like to say a big THANK YOU to the Class of 2013 from the Gilmanton School.  Your recent $100 donation to the food pantry is greatly appreciated.  What a wonderful thing for your class to do for those folks in your home town who are in need of some assistance.  Good luck at Gilford or wherever you are attending high school this fall.  


We would also like to thank the Gilmanton Youth Group for giving us a helping hand with the vegetable garden at the pantry.  Raelynn Cottrell and a wonderful group of about 8 young people were able to come down on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and give us a helping hand with the planting.  Your hard work was greatly appreciated, thank you.



Summer Fling A Success

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Patrick Fahey shows off his face painting mask at the

Gilmanton Year-Round Library Summer Fling on June 29.


The Gilmanton Year Round Library Board of Directors extends hearty  thanks to  all who participated in the Summer Fling Fundraiser on Saturday, June 29. 


The events on the grounds of the Library included local vendors selling many different kinds of items on the lawn and inside the library, a collection of antique cars, face painting, sand art, games, a petting zoo provided by Tiny Tails Farms, Fire Department equipment provided by the Canterbury Fire Department who also brought Smokey Bear, and an ambulance staffed by the Gilmanton Fire Department.


There was a book sale and a plant sale with plants provided by Cole Gardens.  Music during the lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soda was provided by the Burdett Brothers Band with Don Guarino on drums. 


Raffle items were donated by Phil Eisenmann, The Home Depot, Aaron’s, Cole Gardens, Whoop It Up Whoopie Pies, Lisa’s Dragonfly Garden Center, the Gosselin children, Subway, and Scentsy Candles.


Congratulations to the winners of the raffles: Dodie Smithers, Jordyn McElroy, Ellen Courtemanche, Baldi, John O’Malley , Gertie, Marge Durkee, and Carol Welch.


Other sponsors include BJ’s Wholesale Club, Fiddlehead Farms, Walmart, Rolling Out The Dough, Meetinghouse Soda and Byron’s Septic Service.


We appreciate all our many volunteers who planned and accomplished the events of the day.  Thanks so much for all of your enthusiasm to support the Library. We now have funding to continue operations through January, 2014.



GCC Food Pantry And Thrift Shop News


There will be NO Pantry Services on JULY 13th during the yard sale.  We apologize for any inconvenience to our clients at the pantry.  The Thrift Shop will be open the day of the yard sale with extended hours, opening at 8am to 2pm.


IT’S  BAG SALE time again!!!  Our summer Bag Sale will begin on Saturday, July 13th at 8am!!  The sale will run until Saturday, August 3rd .  Buy 1 bag for $8.00 or get 2 bags for $15.00.  As usual it includes everything in the shop, all clothing, footwear and accessories.  Everything from infants to adults is included in the BAG SALE and it also includes all gowns as well.  So come on in and get some really awesome bargains for the whole family.  There is still some summer left!!   


There is still a few days left to bring those yard sale items into the Thrift Shop.  This is the 3rd year for the Food Pantry Yard Sale and it will be on July 13th from 8am to 2pm at the Gilmanton Community Church on RT 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works.  If you have items to donate please bring them to the Food Pantry during business hours ONLY.  We ask that all items be in good, clean, working order, please, so that we are able to sell them.  We are still collecting clothing items for our Thrift Shop also.  If you are not able to drop your items off during our business hours, please call Jane Sisti @364-7437 or Bethany Lavin @ 267-9134 to make other arrangements.  DO NOT leave items outside the shop or the other church buildings as we are not there on a daily basis and items may get damaged by weather or critters.  DO NOT put clothing for the Thrift Shop in the big yellow box as we will never see it!! 


We are always looking for more volunteers at the GCC Food Pantry & Thrift Shop.  If you would like to help us out by volunteering please stop by the shop or call Jane Sisti @ 364-7437.  We thank all of our current and past volunteers for helping us out with this truly great mission.           


Food donations can be left in one of the collection boxes located at the Academy Building, the Gilmanton School or the Year Round Library or brought to the pantry during business hours.  Checks can be mailed to us at PO Box 6, Gilmanton Iron Works, 03837.  We are located on RT 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.   



Gilmanton Year-Round Library Hosts Program

On The Laconia State School

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The Laconia State School, Understanding Our Past to Create a Better Future for People with Disabilities,  is the subject of a program at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library, Thursday, July 11, 7 pm.  


On Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 PM, The Gilmanton Year-Round Library, with support from the New Hampshire Humanities Council,  will present the program, Laconia State School, Understanding Our Past to Create a Better Future for People with Disabilities. The event will be held at the Year-Round Library, 1385 NH Route 140, opposite the Gilmanton school.


Opened in 1903 and closed in 1991, the Laconia State School, located on Parade Road in Laconia, NH was the state’s only residential institution for children and adults labeled “feebleminded.”  For many of these people their entire lives were spent isolated from their families, friends and their communities.  New Hampshire was representative of many states that institutionalized people with disabilities because it was felt they were better off living in large state run institutions, segregated from the larger society. 


Using an extensive collection of slides, artifacts and video taped oral histories, the program will trace the evolution and growth of this institution.  The presentation will provide insight into the principal features of society’s values and changes in those values during the twentieth century. It will connect Laconia State School’s institutional history with larger social ideals and principles, leading to national trends and social policy. Particular attention will be paid to the eugenics period and the social inclusion movement, which led to the eventual closing of the institution.


The presenter, Gordon DuBois, worked at the Laconia State School from 1979-1991. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Maine, University of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Community Colleges.  He has lectured extensively on this topic throughout New Hampshire and in several other states. Gordon was the primary archivist for the Laconia State School History Project.  He has also collected a number of taped oral histories of people who lived and worked at the institution.


For more information contact: Librarian Tasha Leroux, 364-2400 or check the Gilmanton Year-Round Library website,




Doris E. (Clark) Pennock


Doris E. (Clark) Pennock, 90, of 41 Bunker Lane, died at her home on Monday, July 1, 2013.


Mrs. Pennock was born February 16, 1923 in Epsom, N.H., the daughter of the late Samuel L. and Alice (Daniels) Clark.   She had been a resident of Gilmanton for ninety years and had been employed at Klev Bros. Shoes.


Mrs. Pennock was a born again Catholic. 


Survivors include her husband of 41 years, James Pennock, of Gilmanton; five sons, Larry Miller, of Cleveland,  Tennessee, Norman “Buzzy” Miller of Idaho,  Denny Miller of Idaho, Wayne Miller and James Pennock of Laconia;  three daughters, Elaine Fontes of California, Joy MacDonald of Connecticut and Winnie Martin of New Hampshire; eleven grandchildren, including her favorite grandchildren, Denny, Jr. and Ann-Marie; eighteen great grandchildren, including her favorite great granddaughter, Jillian; two great, great grandchildren; a sister, Hazel Fletcher, of Gilmanton Iron Works; five nieces and two nephews.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Pennock was predeceased by a son, John Pennock.


There will be no calling hours.


A Funeral Service was held on Friday, July 5, 2013 at the Smith Meeting House Cemetery in Gilmanton, N.H..


For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, N.H. 03246.


Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & 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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