The Gilmanton Old Home Day Association is reviving an old event and
we’re calling it the annual Tug of War. There will be two age
groups between ages 6 and 17, and a special age group for adults 18
and over. All team members must give their name and age and will be
weighed in. Decision of the judges will be final. There will be no
prizes. Contact George Roberts at 603-267-8151 with questions.
The Gilmanton Old Home Day Association is asking for those in the
area to bake a pie for Old Home Day August 10th. We need 100 pies,
please do your part to support the 115th Old Home Day traditional
annual event by baking a pie. One exception, no cream pies please.
Use your imagination - apple, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, etc.
Disposable aluminum pie plates are recommended. Please call Margaret
Roberts at 603-267-8151 before Friday August 9th.
Fall 2013 Gilmanton Youth Organization (GYO) Soccer Sign-ups
The dates for fall 2013 GYO soccer sign-up are as follows:
• Monday, August 5th,
6 - 7 pm at the Gilmanton School
• Saturday, August 10th, 10 am-3 pm at the Gilmanton Old Home Day
(Smith Meeting House)
• Monday, August 12th, 6 - 7 pm at the Gilmanton School
• Tuesday, August 20st, 5:30 - 7 pm at the PTA Back to School Bash
(Crystal Lake Park)
Sign-ups for Gilmanton Youth Soccer are open to Gilmanton children
Kindergarten through 6th grade. We’re looking for boys and girls to
learn and play soccer, whether you’ve played before or not. Cost is
$40 per child, which includes a jersey; $50 for late sign-ups (after
August 20th) if space allows. The season runs from late August
through early November.
GYO was formed in 1990 to promote athletics, sportsmanship, and
teamwork. We would like you to be part of this great organization.
GYO is always looking for parent volunteers. Even if you have never
coached before, we are always looking for head coaches, assistant
coaches, and other volunteers to help.
If you have any questions, please contact: Lisa
Crossman, Soccer Coordinator, at 40 Skelley Manor Road, Gilmanton NH
03237, by phone at 267-5143 or by email at [email protected].
Book & Bake Sale At Gilmanton Iron Works Library
Gilmanton residents and visitors once again have the chance to enjoy
tasty treats and a good read when the Gilmanton Iron Works Library
hosts its second Book and Bake sale on Saturday, August 3rd, from
9:30 a.m. to noon.
“These events are always an important part of our fundraising
efforts,” explained Susannah Chance, president of the Gilmanton Iron
Works Library Association. “People can buy great homemade treats
donated by the Library’s volunteers and supporters, as well as
books, videos, and DVDs.”
“The Library appreciates the community’s support,” Chance continued,
“and wants to acknowledge a special donation received this year in
memory of Lura M. McClary. Her family donated a wonderful selection
of non-fiction books reflecting the interests of Mrs. McClary and we
thank them for their generosity.”
The McClary gift includes National Geographic’s Bird Watcher’s
Bible; The Complete Birds of North America; Gardener to Gardener
Almanac and Pest-Control Primer for Organic Gardening; The Vegetable
Gardener’s Bible; All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook; The
American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Perennials, and
others dedicated to birding and gardening.
“One of my favorites,” Chance said, “is a comprehensive book of
classic farm tractors. The McClary family has provided us with
beautiful books that we can enjoy with each season.”
Serving the community since 1916, the Gilmanton Iron Works Library
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A small group
of volunteers maintains the building and the library’s extensive
collection of books and DVDs. For more information, visit the
library at 10 Elm Street in the Iron Works, or on-line at the
Library’s Facebook page.
Letter To The Editor
Recent Gilmanton Selectmen’s minutes indicate an extraordinary
number of “non-public” sessions. New Hampshire law strictly limits
the purposes for which any municipal board, including the selectmen,
may exclude the public. Minutes must be kept and unless
the minutes are expressly “sealed” by vote of the board, they are
available to the public.
I reviewed some recent unsealed minutes. In one case, the minutes of
the non-public session read: “The selectmen discussed a letter to
the planning board.” There was nothing to indicate the subject of
the letter or that an individual was the subject of discussion.
The statute provides that an individual who is the subject of a
non-public session has a right to request that the session be
public. However, there is no express requirement that the person be
notified that he/she is the subject of a non-public session, and the
Selectmen do not do so. Thus, the Selectmen may discuss and draw
conclusions affecting anyone without that person ever knowing that
he/she was the subject nor given an opportunity to participate,
respond or request a public session.
It appears that the Selectmen are conducting the business of the
Town in non-public sessions. Anyone who has volunteered to serve on
a town board or committee may be in jeopardy, without ever knowing
that he/she is a target, until some action is taken that affects the
way the individual exercises his/her responsibility.
Is this the way we want our town to be governed? Attend
Selectmen’s meetings, observe and take the opportunity to express
concern with the conduct of the board. Ultimately change will have
to take place at the ballot box. Citizens need to step forward,
learn about Town government, and be willing to run for election and
serve in the public interest.
GCC Food Pantry And Thrift Shop News
The Bag Sale continues! You can now get some great summer clothing
for the entire family for just $5.00 for a brown paper bag. The sale
includes all clothing and accessories, like shoes and purses, for
the whole family. Over the next couple of weeks we will be adding
and switching out the summer stock for winter clothing but the $5.00
Bag Sale will continue. That’s right, the bag sale will include
winter clothing as it is added to the summer and the sale will
continue after all the winter clothing has been added. What a great
time to come in and get some great bargains for back to school for
your family. So waste no time in getting into the GCC Thrift Shop.
The bag sale will end on Saturday, August 24th.
The GCC Food Pantry has begun collecting school supplies for our
“Back to School” program. Some suggested items are: pencils, 1”
binders with clear front insert, 3” binders with clear front insert,
notebook filler paper, notebook dividers, pens, highlighters,
erasers, washable markers, rulers, pocket folders with 3 holes,
colored pencils and backpacks. All items can be dropped off at the
pantry during our business hours and need to be in by August 17th.
We are always looking for more volunteers at the GCC Food Pantry and
Thrift Shop. If you would like to help us out by volunteering,
please stop by the shop or call Jane Sisti at 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 Route 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.
“Lizzie Borden Took An Axe Or Did She?” At Gilmanton Year-Round
Enjoy a night of mystery, murder and history at the Gilmanton
Year-Round Library on Thursday, August 15, at 7 pm. Annette Holba
will lead a program about the double murder of Lizzie Borden’s
parents, Sarah and Andrew. The crime has intrigued our nation for
more than 120 years.
At the time of the incident, Lizzie was a single woman, 32 years of
age and the only suspect. Despite an acquittal on all charges,
mystery has surrounded the Borden Home and its former inhabitants.
Presenter Annette Holba will take us through the case, the murders,
the crime scene, all the evidence available. The question is what
will it make you believe? Will you find her innocent? Or perhaps
the evidence will make you question the judgment of those who set
her free. The only way to know what your verdict would have been is
to join us for the night!
Annette M. Holba is an assistant professor in the Department of
Communication and Media Studies at Plymouth State University. A
former police detective, she is the author of “Lizzie Borden Took an
Axe or Did She?” She has also published widely on communications and
on the Lizzie Borden case.
The program, made possible by the “Humanities to Go” program of the
New Hampshire Humanities Council, is free and open to the public.
American Legion In Gilmanton Working To Identify
All Veterans Buried
The American Legion Auxiliary Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit #102 in
Gilmanton has begun a very exciting project to identify all veterans
who are buried in Gilmanton. Member Historian Evelyn Sanville, who
is leading this project in the name of the Auxiliary, will be
displaying the record gathered to date at the Gilmanton Old Home Day
on August 10th at Smith Meeting House in hopes of gathering more
information from the public. We’re very excited about the project
and hope people will stop into the Auxiliary booth, see Evelyn and
help us develop a complete list of veteran burials in Gilmanton.
This is another way for the Auxiliary to “Further Americanism and
support Veterans, Military and their Families.”
Join us on August 10th, take a look at our project and sample all
the fine home-baked goods we’ll have for sale!