Community Club will hold a meeting on March 12th at 1:30 p.m. at the
home of NancyPotter on Hatch Road in Gilmanton.
Letter to the Editor
March 14, 2009, Gilmanton taxpayers will be asked to vote on
a Warrant Article to fund the operating costs of the Gilmanton Year
Round Library. Over 600 households (about 450 from Gilmanton), have
supported this project, either via monetary contributions or through
volunteerism, over the last 10 years.
To date, over $675,000 has been raised through private donations,
grants and fundraising activities. It has been a massive
undertaking and one that everyone that has been involved with is
extremely proud. Never was it stated, not in any minutes, reports
or official documents, that the GYRLA would not approach the town for
the operating costs. I’m not saying that someone, perhaps one of the
volunteers, might not have made the claim in a passionate moment, but
this has never the intention of the GYRLA.
Contrary to what some folks have been saying in town, this is not
someone’s “pet project” and certainly more than a “handful” of people
have been involved but remember, sometimes good things come from a
“handful” of people. It wasn’t too long ago that some forward thinking
fellows named Washington,
Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton and Franklin
were part of a “handful” of people wanting to spend some of their
neighbor’s money, and more. At great risk to themselves, I
“Handfuls” of people can make a difference. Let’s join them.
Letter To The Editor
To the Editor; I am writing to correct an error in a letter in
the March 4th edition of the SuncookValley Sun by Mr.WilliamAngevine. Mr.Angevine
states that Gilford and Belmont Libraries have budgets that exceed
$200,000. I am Director of Belmont Public Library and the annual budget
for my Library is $106,826. Even for math challenged individuals this is
a big difference from $200,000. The population of Belmont is 7,177 compared to
Gilmanton’s population of 3,447. This year 21,500 items were borrowed
from Belmont Public Library. 14,000 people used the Library, and nearly
1,400 children and adults attended programs sponsored by the Library. Belmont offers library services
to neighboring communities for a fee, which may increase if taxes in Belmont
increase. It is not the responsibility of taxpayers in Belmont to
provide free library services to Gilmanton residents. As for comparing
budgets, Chichester, Canterbury,
and Sanbornton are more similar in population to Gilmanton than Belmont so I do not know why Mr.Angevine
chose to cite incorrect information about Belmont.
In response to Mr.AlBlake’s
letter in that same issue of the SuncookValley Sun, statistics consistently
confirm increases in library use in
New Hampshire. The statistics are available to
the public at
www.nh.gov/nhsl./lds/public_library_stat (or ask a librarian to help
you locate this data). This is factual data where Mr.Blake’s
observations that Libraries are not serving the public are random and
Voters in Gilmanton must be very careful in making
a decision regarding Article 23. The opponents of this Article,
use emotional and “fear factor” language to mislead the public. They
provide false information. Gilmanton taxpayers: Please be sure of the
facts before you vote.
JacquelineHeath Director Belmont
Letter To The Editor
To The Editor: Gilmanton taxpayers, it’s easy
to feel sympathetic towards the Gilmanton Year Round Library
Association. On the surface, they appear to have accomplished a lot.
However, if ever the Yankee twist on an old proverb, “Always look a gift
horse in the mouth,” ever applied, it’s now. Open the horse’s mouth.
Look inside. See a project overbuilt for the tax base of this very small
town. See next year’s budget at more than twice what they’re asking this
year. See a stream of the Association’s misinformation that misled, and
still misleads, so many. See a library that’s years away from having
services worth paying for. See a handful of people with their pet
project ignore the real needs of their community as they’re blinded by
their good-intentioned ambition. See two fine libraries, already funded
in Gilmanton, get pushed aside as though they didn’t matter.
-close that horse’s mouth. Slap it on its rump, and send it back across
the road. There’s a nice barn there waiting for it.
Taxpayers: THIS SATURDAY - SEND THEM BACK TO FUNDRAISING. VOTE NO ON
Cub Scout Pack 242
The Gilmanton Cub Scouts invite you to attend
their annual cake auction on Saturday March 21st from 6 to
at the IronWorksTown Hall.
Each Scout bakes and decorates his own cake to bring to the auction.
This is a fun filled and delicious fundraising event! All proceeds will
benefit the Gilmanton Cub Scouts and help with the cost of their many
exciting outings. Please join us for a great night out and bring your
sweet tooth! If you would like to donate a (home made) cake, please call 267-7039 or email
Letter To The Editor
Some years ago, I was asked by the GYRL to
participate in a Garden Tour, a fundraiser for the library. At the
time, I strongly expressed my concern that eventually the library would
end up into the town’s lap. In matter of act, I made my participation in
the fundraiser contingent on that it would not. I was assured that there
are no plans for that now or in future. To me the now expressed notion
that this commitment only referred to the building but not the operation
of the library is ludicrous.
Believing the above assurance, I told
neighbors and friends for years that the library will not asked the town
for funds and that its various fundraisers are a worth while cause to
support. Now that it turned out otherwise, my sincere apologies
To the library committee I say, continued the good work of
private fundraising and step by step you will reach your goal and
heal the division you created in the town.
To Perform At The GilmantonAcademy
Are you looking for an inexpensive evening out with good friends, fine
music and a sweet bite to eat? Gilmanton School Seventh Graders have a
deal for you. On Saturday, May 16th, 2009, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., the
students will host the legendary singer-songwriter
BillStaines at the GilmantonAcademyBuilding located at the
corner of Rt. 107 and Rt. 140.
For over thirty-five years,
Bill has traveled back and forth across
North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at
festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs and
coffeehouses. A number of Bill’s songs have been recorded by other
artists including: Peter, Paul, & Mary, Makem and Clancy, Nanci
Griffith, Mason Williams, The Highwaymen, Glen Yarborough, Jerry Jeff
Walker, Grandpa Jones, Priscilla Herdman, and others.
has recorded twenty-two of his own albums, fifteen of which are still in
print. Radio and TV appearances have included A Prairie Home
Companion, Mountain Stage, The Good Evening Show and a host of local
programs on PBS and network TV. Bill
continues to drive over 65,000 miles a year from
to Texas and
to New Hampshire,
doing what he loves, bringing music to people. You can check out his
website at: http://www.acousticmusic.com/staines/index.htm.
Bill will be performing some of his
classics as well as a sampling of his newly released album, Old Dogs.
Tickets for the show are just $10 and are available at the Sundial Shop
in Laconia, The Gilmanton
Corner Store, and the Gilmanton School Main Office. This show is sure to
sell out, so be sure to purchase your tickets early. Dessert and
non-alcoholic drinks will be available.
For further information or to
purchase tickets by phone, contact Mary