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Gilmanton NH News

May 11, 2016

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Gilmanton School PTA And BASE

Donation Drive For GYRL


Community members are invited to donate gently-used clothing and household items at the Gilmanton School located at 1386 NH Route 140 Gilmanton Iron Works, NH  03837 for its first annual Donation Drive, to be held May 15 from 11 am – 1 pm in the Gilmanton School’s parking lot.


The drive’s goal is to raise funds to support the continued operation of Gilmanton’s Year Round Library. Acceptable donations include clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, books, records, toys and small household items less than 18 inches. Savers cannot accept car seats, furniture (including cribs and baby furniture) and mattresses.


All goods collected through the Donation Drive fundraiser program are sold to Savers. Savers pays by the pound for every qualifying donation received and those funds will go right to GYRL. In turn, these items help keep Savers floors freshly stocked.  


About Gilmanton School PTA and BASE

The Gilmanton School PTA is responsible for raising money so that we may supplement our students’ curriculum and enrich their educational experiences. These activities are partially covered by the school budget, but are extremely important to our children’s educational enrichment. BASE is a licensed after school care provider whose mission is to provide families that attend Gilmanton Elementary School with before and after school care that meets the social, emotional, and physical needs of every child who attends.


About Savers

Savers, Inc. is a privately held global thrift retailer. Through its unique business model of purchasing, reselling and recycling secondhand merchandise, the Savers family of thrift stores benefits more than 150 nonprofit organizations gives local consumers a smart way to shop, and saves more than 600 million pounds of quality used goods from landfills each year. For more information about the drive, please contact Melissa Clark, PTA Vice President at [email protected].



USS Wyoming Blue Changes Command

By Lt. Lily Hinz, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs

160422-YB292-N-097 KINGS BAY, Ga. (April 22, 2016) Cmdr. Christopher Gilmore salutes Capt. Thomas Buchanan, commodore of Submarine Squadron 20, during USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) Blue crew change of command ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay chapel. Cmdr. Wayne C. Wall was relieved by Cmdr. Christopher Gilmore as commanding officer of USS Wyoming’s Blue crew.

(U.S. Navy photo by Machinist Mate 2nd Class Christopher Bishop/Released)


The USS Wyoming-Blue crew held a change-of-command ceremony at the chapel aboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, April 22.


Cmdr. Christopher Gilmore of Gilmanton, New Hampshire relieved Cmdr. Wayne Wall as the USS Wyoming Blue Commanding Officer.


Capt. Bill Houston, a former Submarine Squadron 20 commodore, was the guest speaker for the ceremony. During his remarks, he praised Cmdr. Wall for his exceptional performance as commanding officer. “Command at sea is unique to the Navy. It recognizes that you cannot call for assistance in the time of peril success or failure lies with the commanding officer,” Houston said. “When I think of the issues you had and how you and your crew dealt with those issues flawlessly while executing the Department of Defense’s number one mission, I am left speechless.”


Wall, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania native, lauded his crew for their professionalism, competence and remarkable teamwork. He also spoke of the challenging situations his crew faced during his time as commanding office during his parting remarks.


“I am very proud of how we handled all those adverse situations and difficult challenges that we faced together,” Wall said. “When we faced those challenges and made those mistakes, we grew from it, we fixed and we moved on and became better than we were.”


During the ceremony, Capt. Houston presented Cmdr. Wall with a Meritorious Service Medal.


Cmdr. Gilmore took command of the USS Wyoming Blue crew, part of a network of ballistic missile submarines charged with maintaining continuous forward presence as the sea-based leg of the U.S. nuclear triad.


“I look forward to working with all of you as we fulfill our Navy’s most important mission,” said Gilmore of his new assignment.


Cmdr. Wall will report to Commander, Submarine Group 10 for his new assignment.




George Francis Kelley

Concord - George Francis Kelley died peacefully in the presence of his family on February 28, 2016 in Concord at the age of 95.  He is survived by his wife, Carolyn M. (Young) Kelley; his three children, Nancy K. Beaton of Mansfield, MA, Margaret E. (Peggy) Kelley of Bedford and Charles G. (Chuck) Kelley of Gilmanton; and three siblings, Harriet E. Kelley of Boscawen, John S. Kelley of Danvers, MA, and Mary G. Alex of West Yarmouth, MA. He also leaves four grandchildren, a great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.


George was born at the family farm in Gilmanton on December 24, 1920, the eldest son of Charles G. Kelley and Hattie (Page) Kelley. He attended the Kelley Corner School in Gilmanton, Pittsfield High School, and the University of New Hampshire (Class of 1943). He married Carolyn M. Young in 1958. He worked for General Electric Company as a mechanical engineer in their Steam Turbine Division in Lynn, MA.


He loved his hometown of Gilmanton.  He helped preserve the Kelley Corner School; the one-room schoolhouse that he attended as a child.  He served on several town committees, including Trustees of Trust Funds, Town Building Committee, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Gilmanton Historical Society.  He was instrumental in funding and building the permanent Gilmanton Year-round Library.  He created the Charles G. Kelley Memorial Forest in honor of his late father.  


A memorial service/celebration of his life will be held on May 14th at 11:00 a.m. at the Lower Gilmanton Church, Province Road (Route 107), Gilmanton. A private burial will follow.


Donations in his memory can be made to the Gilmanton Year-round Library, 1385 NH Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837 or the First Baptist Society, c/o 9 NH Route 129, Gilmanton, NH 03237. 


Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord.


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