To Gilmanton Year-Round Library Neighbors:
We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the strong
show of support at the deliberative session. We would also
like to update everyone on the outcome of the meeting and outline
our path toward voting day on March 8th.
Warrant Article #4 on the ballot is our petition article requesting
multi-year funding for the Year-Round Library. As you know,
this article is the result of collaboration between Town Officials
and the GYRLA Board of Directors. This joint effort has
involved cooperation and compromise. We feel that getting to
this point has been a huge step in a positive direction.
The original article was for three years of funding at a total cost
of $150,000. This required a public hearing and a 3/5th
majority to pass. The amended version, which was approved at
the Deliberative Session, is for two years of funding at a total
cost of $95,000. While this article will still require a 3/5th
majority to pass, there is no requirement to have a public hearing.
Article #21 is our request for $50,000 to fund the Year-Round
Library for one year. This article only requires a simple
majority to pass. It will be void if Article #4 passes.
Every vote is going to be crucial in order for us to reach the 3/5th
majority. It is also extremely important to note that “Yes”
votes are needed on both articles. We are fortunate to have
both articles recommended by both the Selectmen and the Budget
We encourage you to help spread the word to neighbors regarding the
value of the Year-Round Library to your community. Your vote
will make the difference on March 8th!
The Gilmanton Year-Round Library Board of
Chinese Cooking Class
Laconia Adult Education will offer a (5)
five week Chinese cooking class beginning on Thursday, March 3,
2016. The class will meet from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Cooking Chinese food
is fun, taste great and smells delicious during the cooking process
said Peggy Selig, Program Director.
In this hands-on class, Yan Li will
introduce students on the basics of Chinese cooking. The sessions
teaches students how to choose, use, and care for woks, cleavers,
and other Chinese cooking utensils.
Students will learn about Chinese
ingredients and cooking techniques, including spices, stir frying,
folding won-tons, and roasting in a wok.
Come and learn how to create easy recipes
and tips for every day Chinese cooking in your home. Healthy cooking
is only a few steps away. Learn to make Spring Rolls, Pad Thai,
handmade wonton soup, vegetable and seafood stir fry and perfectly
steamed jasmine rice plus lots more.
Secrets to master Chinese Cooking are only a phone call away! You
will learn techniques which can be adopted in your own every day
home cooking. All new recipes will be introduced during this fun
five week adventure into Chinese Cooking. Bring your appetite as
each week students in the class will enjoy the delicious Chinese
dishes that are made in class.
Call the Laconia Adult Education Office at
524-5712 to enroll in this exciting and innovative Chinese Cooking
Class that begins on Thursday, March 3, 2016.
Education Offers Workshops In REIKI / ENERGY HEALING
REIKI healing is one of the most ancient
methods known to man. In its simplest terms, REIKI is a natural,
gentle, non-invasive healing method. It is used to heal physical,
emotional and spiritual issues that many people are coping with. It
allows the body to re-establish its own natural balance by restoring
order to the body, clears energy blockages and detoxifies our
physical systems. We receive many benefits from the deep relaxation
that the REIKI process brings to a person.
The classes train you to perform REIKI healings. Level One (I)
training gives you the ability to do healing on yourself and your
family. Level Two (II) training extends your healing capability to
help balance the mind, body and spirit and gives you the knowledge
to heal others as well as animals. A REIKI Review and
Re-Attunement class will also be offered.
The instructor, Carol Wallace, is a
certified REIKI Master instructor and has a private practice in
Alton Bay, NH. She has extensive experience providing one-on-one
client counseling, using the REIKI healing process and teaching all
levels of REIKI.
A “FREE” Energy Healing/Reiki: Come &
Learn About It demonstration will be offered on Monday, March 7th
from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Laconia High School. Please call the
Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 to register.
REIKI Level I Certification will be held for one week on Monday,
March 14th and Wednesday, March 16th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The
REIKI Level II Certification will be held for one week starting
Monday, March 21st and Wednesday, March 23rd from 6:00
to 8:30 p.m. The REIKI Re-Attunement class will meet on Monday,
March 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. All classes will be held in
the Media Center at Laconia High School. Call the Laconia Adult
Education Office at 524-5712 for tuition information and to
The winter cold has not stopped the
families at Harvest Bible Church from enjoying some social events.
In January a fun night of family games, pizza and great fellowship
was enjoyed by a joyful group of people of all ages. The pizza was
homemade and delicious!
On February 14th a potluck dinner was
served after the service. A large variety of yummy looking food was
enjoyed by all in attendance. One could certainly feel the love of
God at this feast on Valentines Day. Speaking of a feast the ladies
at Harvest Bible will be enjoying a time of fellowship and learning
about the feasts of Israel. We will meet once a month for this
teaching and also be sampling traditional Jewish food. A greater
understanding of the feasts of Israel helps us better grasp the Old
Testament and how it points to Christ. There is also a men’s
theology bible study group that meets every 1st, 3rd, and 5th
Tuesday. We have a bible study group that meets every 2nd and 4th
Tuesday which is currently studying from the book of 1
Thessalonians. All of these studies are aimed at offering
enlightenment, encouragement and hope as well as a greater
understanding of God’s word.
Pastor Nate continues to preach through the gospel of John, giving
us all a greater understanding of the life of Jesus Christ. On
January 31 we enjoyed a sermon from one of the elders, Terry Melle
who preached a powerful sermon entitled “Men and Leadership”. I
would encourage all men and women to listen to it and all the other
sermons that are available on our website
www.harvestbiblegilmanton.org. Our services begin at 9am and we
offer nursery services for babies and toddlers and junior church for
children 4 years old to 3rd grade. If you are looking for a place to
worship we are located at 1803 NH Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works.
I have been a Gilmanton resident for
almost 50 years and I have been the closest to the bio solid
operation. I am very surprised that my husband and I were overlooked
and unaware of the underhanded and secretive petition brought around
against the bio solid operation without any questions being asked of
those in the know about its uses and any possible dangers. The
people who spoke against and signed the petitions are not backed up
by facts, but only personal opinions.
The bio solid trucks come and go across
our driveway and as a Mother, Grandmother, and Great-grandmother of
family right here in the area, I am insulted to think that anyone
would even think that my husband and I would put our most prized
possessions in any kind of danger.
As to the smell, we live in the country
and have accepted neighboring manure smells (not endorsed by Avon),
helping to round-up pigs, horses, cows wandering on our property as
well as early morning roosters, chickens, and more noises. The bio
solid smell only lasts a short time.
I suggest that those ignorant of bio solid
values for the preservation of beautiful fields, and its non-harmful
effects, to read up more closely on the issues and perhaps they will
better understand its necessities and be able to vote intelligently
for its non-interrupted continuance in the coming election voting.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR LOCAL FARMERS.
a concerned voter,
Attention Gilmanton residents:
The minutes from the Town Deliberative Session held on Jan. 30, 2016
are on the town website. They are concise, but I believe they
missed a few key points of the discussion of Article #3 regarding
Bio-solids (aka Sludge).
First, the definition of the term sludge should have been included.
It means “ any solid, semisolid or liquid waste generated from
municipal, commercial or industrial waste water treatment plant.”
(EPA RCAA (26A)). These are the remains after the liquids have
been removed from sewage. The contaminants in this sludge
could include hazardous waste, chemicals, viruses, bacteria and
heavy metals such as mercury, zinc and lead.
Secondly, the reason that I mentioned the article regarding over 600
tons of sludge being spread on a field at a cost savings of less
than $600.00 over commercial fertilizer was to also state the REAL
cost to the area residents of Greenland, NH. Conditions
included respiratory/breathing issues and rashes, but I think the
worst tragedy was the death of 26 year old Shayne Conner (See
The health and welfare of our families, pets, water, land and that
of our neighbors is too valuable to risk. Any cost savings
that the use of Bio-solids may claim to offer our local farmers is
not enough to sway my vote this time.
On March 8th, please join me and vote YES
on Article #3 to ban the use of Bio-Solids (Class A and Class B) in
Barbara E. Swanson