Gilmanton NH News

December 17, 2008


First Congregational Society In Gilmanton



The Smith Meeting House will play host to the Dickens Carolers for a Christmas service December 20.

Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm The First Congregational Society in Gilmanton will host a holiday Christmas service. The service will be held at the Smith Meeting House in Gilmanton, NH. All denominations are invited.

The Reverend Sidney Lovett of Holderness, NH will officiate. Music will be provided by the “Dickens Carolers”. The Carolers will perform a medley of songs, singing choral music, holiday solos and duets. They will also lead the congregation singing traditional Christmas carols.

The “Dickens Carolers” from the Lake Region Opera Company

Come and enjoy this nineteenth century style Christmas service. Bring your family and friends.

The Smith Meeting House is on the National Register of historic places in New Hampshire. It is located on Meeting House Road, off Route 140 between the Iron Works and Gilmanton Corner Village, approximately 3 miles from route 107 heading east.



William Webster Memorial Forest Dedicated in Gilmanton



Nanci Mitchell, Chair of the Gilmanton Conservation Commission, congratulates Daniel Webster on his donation of a conservation easement in memory of his father, William Webster.

Daniel Webster has donated a conservation easement on his land in Lower Gilmanton fronting on Route 129 and Brown’s Pond, the mill pond adjacent to Rollins Pond. Following an unveiling of the sign, visible from Route 129, the Conservation Commission hosted a reception at the Kelley Schoolhouse where Dan attended school in the 1930s.

A conservation easement is a voluntary conservation agreement between a landowner and either a land trust or governmental agency such as the Commission that permanently restricts use of the land for conservation purposes only.  According to Nanci Mitchell, chair of the Gilmanton Conservation Commission, this particular easement provides for the conservation of significant surface water resources and wildlife habitat by protecting approximately 1900 feet of undeveloped frontage on Brown’s Pond as well as approximately 165 feet of riparian buffer along Rollins Pond and both sides of Blackman Brook. This shoreland frontage is important for wildlife and has been mapped as a Tier II or highest ranked habitat in the ecological region in the Wildlife Action Plan completed by the NH Fish and Game Department in 2005.  Public pedestrian access is allowed.

In addition to the important frontage on the pond, the property surrounds the Kelley School on three sides.  The School, authorized in 1778, is the last remaining one-room school house in Gilmanton that remains in public ownership.



Meredith Village Savings Bank Promotes Carter And O’Hara At Laconia Office



Cheryl Carter, left, and Nicole O’Hara, right, were recently promoted at Meredith Village Savings Bank’s Laconia office. Carter is branch supervisor and O’Hara is assistant head teller.

Meredith Village Savings Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Cheryl Carter and Nicole O’Hara, who have both been serving customers for more than three years in MVSB’s Laconia office at 379 South Main Street. Carter has been promoted to branch supervisor and O’Hara is the new assistant head teller.

Carter came to MVSB in July 2005, shortly before the bank opened its Laconia office in August of that year. She became a certified teller the following year and was promoted to assistant head teller in August 2007. Prior to working at MVSB, Carter worked in the retail field for many years and also served as a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home.

In her new role, Carter manages the daily operations of the Laconia office when the regional vice president/manager is away from the office, supervises the assistant head teller and customer service representative, and coordinates staff meetings and training.
O’Hara is a longtime Laconia resident who started her MVSB career in May 2005. She worked in the bank’s Center Harbor office until the opening of the Laconia office. She became a certified teller the following year. Before joining MVSB, O’Hara earned a bachelor of science in engineering from the University of New Hampshire and worked at Jackson’s Star Market.

In addition to the friendly knowledgeable service she continues to provide to customers, O’Hara is now also responsible for supervising her fellow tellers and assisting with some aspects of office operations, such as the opening and closing of the office.  

“I’ve been privileged to work with both Cheryl and Nicole since we opened this office more than 3 years ago,” noted Nancy Williams-Hunt, the regional vice president and manager of the Laconia office. “I’m so pleased to see both of these capable women continue their careers here and take on even higher levels of responsibility in service to our customers.”

Meredith Village Savings Bank is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses, organizations and towns around Lake Winnipesaukee and the Plymouth area. MVSB has offices in Alton, Ashland, Gilford, Center Harbor, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, Plymouth and Wolfeboro. More information about the bank can be found at












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