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Gilmanton NH News

July 24, 2013

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Letter To The Editor

July 14, 2013


The citizens of Gilmanton should know that the School District once again has a surplus of funds in excess of $500,000.00 By law they are not allowed to spend this money but must return it to the town. However, every year they try to encumber these funds even though it is illegal to do so.


Also it was stated in a recent School Board meeting that they have not had a clean audit in over two years.


Additionally problems exist with the hiring process in that the School Board’s actions violate their own written policies. The school has a high turnover rate and thus is frequently hiring. Positions are filled by the Superintendent with the School Board providing merely a rubber stamp when they should be a part of the interviewing process. Recently an Information Technology person was hired without even consulting with the School Board which has a member who is an IT professional. In effect the School Board has assigned its duties to the Superintendent. The board chair even stated that there was no need for the Board to participate in the hiring process.


Parents, citizens and voters need to become more involved by attending meetings and requiring accountability from their elected officials. That accountability must begin with following the legally established format which makes the administration responsible to the School Board and the School Board responsible to the voters.


Remember it’s your money.

Joanne Gianni

Gilmanton Iron Works



Lindsay And Her Puppet Pals At Gilmanton Old Home Day

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The Gilmanton Old Home Day Association is pleased to present Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals at Gilmanton Old Home Day on Saturday, August 10th at 10:30 am.


 Lindsay brings a huge collection of lovingly handcrafted, life sized hand puppets and marionettes to child and family audiences across New England. Filled with silly humor, crowd participation, and unique, memorable characters, this series of charming, positive short stories will delight the young and the young at heart! 


Show is an hour long. For more information, please visit her website at



Gilmanton Old Home Day News


The 115th Gilmanton Old Home Day is scheduled for Saturday August 10, 2013 on the grounds of the Smith Meeting House.   There will be an official opening at 10:00am by the American Legion Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Post 102 and the festivities continue until 3:00pm. 


Activities include an arts and crafts fair, art show, children’s games and animals in addition to informational booths of local organizations.  This year we will have the first annual Tug-O-War.  There will be two divisions - adults 18 years and older and children 12 years to 17 years.  There will be an antique auto show and parade, contact Dick Burchell (364-2668) or Dave Russell (364-7449) if you wish to participate.   


After cooking for eleven hours, our famous bean hole beans will be served with all the fixings at 11:30am and 12:30pm.  Music will be provided by the Parker Hill Road Band and there will be a demonstration of prize oxen by Kathy Salanitro owner of Ox-K Farm Discovery Center.  We will have Old Home Day tshirts available for $15. 


The proceeds from Old Home Day go towards the restoration of the five buildings on the grounds of the Smith Meeting House, which is located on Meeting House Road off Route 140 and approximately 3.5 miles east of Route 107 in Gilmanton.  Restoration work has begun on the School House building, and two monuments between the church and the school were moved back to provide a larger space for tents and festivities. 


For 115 years the Smith Meeting House and the Gilmanton Old Home Day Association have hosted Old Home Day activities.  In 1899 then New Hampshire Governor Frank W. Rollins declared the nations first statewide “Old Home Week” in an effort to lure back native sons who had traveled west after the Civil War.  He asked the various towns to establish a day of prayer and a week of celebration to showcase all the wonderful traditions of our state.


For more information go to


For questions on this news release contact George Roberts at 603-52--267-8151.



Gilmanton Community Church News


Now that summer has arrived, the Gilmanton Community Church will be worshiping in our Corners sanctuary.  The Sunday morning service begins at 9:30am, with a hymn sing beginning at 9:15am.  All are welcome and dress is casual!  We have a time of fellowship and refreshment following the service in the undercroft.  With summertime comes many wonderful activities and functions at the Gilmanton Community Church as well.  The following is a list of some of those events.  For more information we invite you to visit us on facebook @


**July 27th the Gilmanton Community Church will be having their annual Chicken and Rib BBQ at the Iron Works church on Route 140.  There will be excellent BBQ prepared by our “master” grillers and wonderful sides to go with it.  The cost of the BBQ dinner is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and children under 12 and starts at 5:30pm and goes until 7:30pm.  Come enjoy a wonderful meal with family and friends.  Take out is available. 


**August 12 – 16 will be VBC (vacation bible camp).  This year the camp will be held at the church in the corners on RT 107 and will be from 6:30PM to 8:30PM.  Come learn and have fun at VBC at the Gilmanton Community Church.


** The GCC Food Pantry committee has begun collecting school supplies for our “Back to School” program.  Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry during business hours which are Monday 1pm – 5pm, Wednesday 3pm - 7pm, and Saturday 10am – 2pm.


Again, for more information on our church and the above events please look us up on facebook or call our church office @ 267-6150.   



Gilmanton Old Home Day


The Gilmanton Old Home Day Association is pleased to announce that we will continue to hold our annual antique auto show and parade at the 115th Gilmanton Old Home Day on Saturday August 10, 2013. 


You are cordially invited to participate in this event which will include a display and parade on the Smith Meeting House grounds.  Please call  Richard Burchell (364-2668) or Dave Russell (364-7449) to register.  Give them your name, the year, make and model and any other interesting features of your vehicle.


You should be at the Smith Meeting House grounds by 9:30am on August 10th. Parking is in the shaded parking area below the Carriage Shed, just follow the signs.


Please help us make this a success.



Letter To The Editor

Belknap County Commissioner Philpot Declares His Unprofessionalism


As an elected official, I am totally dismayed to read Commissioner Philpot’s latest diatribe against the majority in the Belknap County Delegation.  “These are bad people looking to do bad things…”  Wow.  That is quite a value judgment!  Speaking for myself, I can tell you I DO NOT “want to kill government, want government to go away.”  Rather, I want government to be accountable to the people, open and transparent, and not the bloated abomination it has turned into.  I believe in small, accountable government.  Does this make me “bad”?  I don’t think so.


What is “bad” (for lack of a better word) is power-mongering in the extreme. Arrogance is pretty “bad” as well.  Divisiveness is “bad” on my list, too.  And all three of these words are what I think of when I read Commissioner Philpot’s “bad” statement. 


The Belknap County Delegation majority level funded our current budget.  No jobs were cut.  The majority is seeking definition of what NH RSA 24:14 really means so future delegations know how to proceed with the budget process.  The majority in this Delegation seeks to support the taxpayers of Belknap County whenever spending seems inappropriate, especially in these difficult times.  Everyone may not agree with these ideals, and that is fine.  But, trying to paint people who do not agree as “bad” is politics of the worse sort.   One only has to wonder why Commissioner Philpot would resort to it.


Rep. Jane Cormier

Belknap District 8






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