Gilmanton NH News

November 16, 2011


The Kennedy House

Gift Baskets and More

90 Shackford Corner Road

Center Barnstead, NH

Open House

Friday, November 25th thru Monday, November 28th

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Nancy Boyd Kennedy




Thanksgiving Service To Be Held At The Smith Meeting House


As a prelude to Thanksgiving week, the First Congregational Society in Gilmanton will host a Thanksgiving service at 4 pm on November 20th, in the Smith Meeting House.


The service will be performed by the Reverend Sydney Lovett. We will have Harriet Coupel as our organist. From time to time we invite guest musicians to join us during our time of celebration. After the service we invite everyone to join us in the meeting room for refreshments.


This is the next to last service before our Christmas service held on December 18 at 2 pm. Last year we enjoyed the music of the UNH Brass Quintet for our Christmas service.


Those with questions regarding upcoming services should call 603-267-8151.


Directions to the Smith Meeting House (For those new to the area).


From The North Or South: I-93 to Exit 20, Follow Route 140E through Belmont to intersection of Routes 107 and 140 in Gilmanton. Stay on Route 140 approx. 3 miles to Smith Meeting House Road on the right. Look for signs.


Directions From The Seacoast: Spaulding Turnpike to Alton, NH, Route 11 to Alton. Take a left onto Route 140, approx. 10 miles to Smith Meeting House Road on the left. Look for signs.



Gilmanton School Celebrates Veteranís Day

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On November 10, 2011, the Gilmanton School held their Veteranís Day assembly. The veterans were seated together in the gymnasium. All areas of the armed forces were represented. There were veterans from the past, to veterans who are currently serving. The students stood and saluted as veterans marched in with the flags, and then the school band played our National Anthem. LTC Ralph Huber from the National Guard spoke about what heroes are made of. He had a moving speech that reached the smallest and touched the veterans. The third graders read their poetry and the fourth graders read class letters they had worked on together.


The students then got to see firsthand a soldier who had received supplies they had sent a year ago. Staff Sergeant Casey Brennan spoke to the students about how important it is to the troops to receive letters and supplies from home. He thanked the students personally and accepted this yearís collection on behalf of the soldiers overseas.


We would like to thank all of the members of the community who helped with donating supplies that will be sent overseas to our soldiers. As the younger children sang, the 6th and 7th graders held up pieces of a flag in the bleachers. It was a touching part to watch the flag waving as the children were singing. The 7th graders told of the history of the holiday and the American Flag. After having a moment of silence all veterans were invited to come together for a group photo. They joined together in the cafeteria for conversation and refreshments. Happy Veteranís Day!




Lucille L. Collins


Lucille Landry Collins, 85, of 276 Cotton Hill Road, Laconia, died at the Epsom Manor Health Care Center, Epsom, NH on Thursday, November 3, 2011. She was the widow of John J. Collins who died March 26, 2008.


Mrs. Collins was born April 25, 1926 in Concord, NH, the daughter of Edgar and Emma (Trudell) Landry.


Mrs. Collins travelled the world as a military wife for thirty-three years.


Mrs. Collins lived in Gilmanton where she and her late husband restored the Gilmanton Tavern. For many years, they summered on Mohawk Island in Winnisquam, NH and wintered in Ft. Myers, Florida. Lucille was an accomplished and deeply loved woman and was a mother to her own and many others. She was a top notch sportswoman, craftswoman, artist, a hostess extraordinaire and a true friend.


Survivors include two daughters, Dallas C. Gilbert and her husband, David, of Laconia and Michele Collins of Concord; two grandchildren, Brett Peterman and Casey Gilbert; a sister, Charlotte Blair, of Alexandria, Virginia and three nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Collins was predeceased by a daughter, Kirsten Collins, in 1975.


There will be no calling hours. A Gathering of Remembrance will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the family lot at Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton.


For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Epsom Healthcare Center - TFGE Fund (for Continuing Staff Education), 901 Suncook Valley Highway, Epsom, NH 03234.


Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Laconia is assisting the family. For more information and to view an online memorial go to












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