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Aug 7, 2013

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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.


Carolyn Baldwin




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 Library


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 In Town


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!






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