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Gilmanton NH News

September 11, 2013

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The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders snowmobile club is holding its 2nd annual Fall Mum Sale fundraiser!


When: Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 (9am-3pm)


Where: EXIT Reward Realty’s field (Corner of Rt. 28 and River Rd.) in Pittsfield.


We will also be selling fall decorative items like hay bales and corn stalks.


For more information see the club’s Facebook page:



Gilmanton Artist Julianne Morse

At Gilmanton Year-Round Library

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The work of Gilmanton artist Julianne Morse will be displayed in the Gilmanton Year-Round Library throughout  the month of September. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception September 21, 1:30 - 3 pm.


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Desert Mountain is a work by Gilmanton artist Julianne Morse, September’s

Artist in the Library at Gilmanton Year-Round Library. 


Julianne Morse of Gilmanton is September’s Artist in the Library at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. Her work will be displayed throughout the month. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Saturday, September 21, 1:30 to 3 pm, at the Library on NH Route 140 opposite the Gilmanton School.  


Julianne Morse uses printmaking, hand-made paper, and collage to explore images and metaphors with nature. Through her work she investigates the history of people and places. Describing her work, she says, “In thinking about a place, I think about all of the different people, events, and history that have ‘composted’ to make a place what it is now. When I make work about landscape, I like to be conscious of the  many different people, events, and history that have influenced the modern landscape. It is a garden metaphor to describe how we are all connected.”


Julianne teaches in the MFA, MAE, and BFA programs at New Hampshire Institute of Art, and is the Heritage and Traditional Arts Coordinator at the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. She received her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking and cultural studies.



Gilmanton Year-Round Library

Announces Autumn Calendar

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Story Time resumes at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library September 11 and continues Wednesdays at 10:30 am and Thursdays at 1:30 pm.


A busy fall schedule, with something for everyone is planned for the Library. For details check the Library website: or call 364-2400 or e-mail [email protected]


Meetings and events include:

• September 11, 10:30 am, Story Time returns.  Join Miss Pam for stories and crafts every Wednesday at 10:30 and Thursday at 1:30.   Celebrate the Library’s 4th birthday our first week.


• September 17, 7 pm,  Gilmanton Gathers Book Club. Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the subject of September’s meeting. The book is a dystopian story that tells the tale of the United States following a religious sect takeover. It is the story of the value and roles of women in this newly formed society. No sign up required.


• September 19,  6 pm,  Crafting for the Clumsy is a stress free and expectation free crafting group that meets monthly. What we lack in stress and expectation we make up in messiness and fun. This month we are trying our talents at DIY, all natural beauty products. Space is limited!  Sign up by calling 364-2400 or emailing [email protected].


• September 20, Teen Night. Each month the Library invites teens to rule the library. After hours we get crafty (this month creating jewelry with hardware store items), then we kick back and watch a movie. September movie is Oz The Great and Powerful.   To sign up call the library at 364-2400 or email us at [email protected].


• Thursday, every week, 6 pm, the Library hosts Magic: The Gathering. All ages and levels are welcome to play!  Just bring a deck. No sign up is required. Game play starts at 6 pm.



Smith Meeting House September Service


The September church service of the First Congregational Society in Gilmanton will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 4:00 pm at the Smith Meeting House.  The Reverend Sidney Lovett of Holderness, New Hampshire, will officiate and we will have Harriet Coupal as our organist. 


Refreshments will be served after the service in the meeting room downstairs. Come early and walk the grounds to view our memorial garden. Please come and bring your friends and family to this non-denominational service.  Dress is casual. 


The First Congregational Society was formed in 1774 and that year built the oldest church in Gilmanton which became the Smith Meeting House in honor of the first minister to serve there, Reverend Isaac Smith. Today the Smith Meeting House, located on Meeting House Road off Route 140 approximately 3.5 miles east of Route 107, is on the National Register of Historic Places.


For questions, contact George Roberts at 603-267-8151.




Elizabeth Jane Harms


Elizabeth Jane (Waterson) Harms, 91,  of 205 Sargent Road, died Thursday, August 29, 2013 in her home.


Mrs. Harms was born June 4, 1922 in New York, the daughter of the late Henry and Pauline Waterson. She was the wife of John G. Harms, who predeceased her. During WWII, when her husband was missing in action after parachuting out of his B-17 over France, Betty faithfully held to the knowledge that he would return home to her. He did 8 months later.


Mrs. Harms was a resident of Temple Terrace, Florida before moving to Gilmanton. Betty was a member of the Gilmanton Community Church and was a former member of the Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and was an awesome scrabble player. She had a fund of knowledge about so many things and was the family historian. Betty was an avid Corgi dog lover.


Survivors include her son, John G. Harms, Jr. of Lemont, Penn.; her daughter, Barbara D. Reed, of Gilmanton; seven grandchildren, Christopher Harms, Danielle Harms, Carmen Lorentz, CarrieAnn Pauliukonis, Courtenay Harms, Christopher Halla and Tyler Reed; two great grandchildren; numerous loving nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Jilly. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Harms was predeceased by her husband, John G. Harms in 2007, her brothers, Raymond Waterson and Edwin Waterson and her sisters, Norrine Betjemann, Audrey Geartner and F. Margaret McGreevey.


Family calling hours were held. A Funeral Service was held at the Gilmanton Community Church, Gilmanton Corners location.  A pot luck reception followed. Burial will be privately held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.


Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home and 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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