Gilmanton NH News

May 11, 2011


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Dear friends, family, community, and supporters of childhood cancer research:

Jeremy O’Neil, a resident of Gilmanton NH was diagnosed with leukemia 2 years ago at the age of 6 and still has another 15 months of chemotherapy to go.  There are several other children in the Lakes Region battling various forms of childhood cancer. Jeremy is participating in a fundraising event on behalf of St. Baldrick’s for childhood cancer research. 

This year it is on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the Gilford Youth Center. Please help support Team Jeremy at, any other team or come to the event. There will be raffles with many great prizes, music, and food.

St. Baldrick’s raises money every year to help fund some of the best childhood cancer research experts in the world. Most people are unaware that cancer is the number one killer of children in the United States, after accidental death. Some children with cancer have fairly high survival rates and some do not.

Please help St. Baldrick’s establish less toxic treatments as well as a better chance of survival for all childhood cancer patients.

Thank you so very much.
Diane O’Neil



Vendors Wanted For Community Flea Market/Farmer’s Market

• Sponsored By:  Gilmanton  Firemen  and Police  Associations
• When: Saturday, May 28, 2011 (Rain or Shine) 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
• Where: Public Safety Building Parking Lot
• Cost/Contact: Brenda Currier 267-8570 to reserve space

Spaces must be reserved and paid for in advance.  Vendors are not allowed to sell hot foods or sandwiches.  The Associations will be selling hamburgers, hotdogs, sodas, chips, etc.

Even if you don’t want to rent a space, please stop by and have lunch.  Community support of our Associations will be greatly appreciated.


Free Land Management Workshop in Gilmanton

Land managers can learn how to attract wildlife, fund habitat improvement projects and maintain forest health on their properties by attending a free seminar and field walk at the Hidden Valley Scout Camp in Gilmanton on May 13.

The seminar will last from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. with a field tour immediately following. Participants should bring boots and water, and be prepared for seasonal weather conditions during the free field tour.

Space for this event is limited.

Land management experts from the National Wild Turkey Federation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, Belknap County Conservation District and New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will be available to answer questions.

The NWTF New Hampshire has partnered with Natural Resources Conservation Service to offer technical guidance for habitat management through workshops and field days, and also connect landowners with funding opportunities through federal assistance programs including the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Wetlands Reserve Program.

Contact Grant Mecozzi, NWTF regional biologist, at (978) 766-8349 or for details about this free event.

For information about the NWTF, visit or call (800) THE-NWTF.

Directions to Hidden Valley Scout Camp:

Take Route 93 to exit 20 to Route 140 toward Belmont, to Gilmanton and to Gilmanton Iron Works.  Turn left onto Crystal Lake Road before the Gilmanton Iron Works Village.  Turn right onto Mountain Road. After 1.2 miles turn left onto Avery Hill Road.  After 2.4 miles turn onto Places Mill Road.

Follow Places Mill Road 0.9 miles to the Hidden Valley Scout Camp entrance on the right.

The seminar will be held in Carter Lodge. For a campsite map, visit


GCC Food Pantry And  Thrift Shop News

The GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is gearing up for another Sale. All wearable accessories which includes shoes, sandals, sneakers, slippers, ties, belts, hats, socks, purses, wallets, and backpacks will be 50% off.  Also included in the 50% off sale will be all men’s and boys’ pants, suit jackets, and women’s and girls’ dresses. 

Come in and check out all the wonderful items that will be 50% off for all those upcoming special occasions or just for everyday wear.  We have a wonderful selection of “little black dresses” and special occasion dresses including some formal wear.  As always our name brand and new clothing and accessories are not priced any differently than other items.

If you would like to make a donation to the Thrift Shop or Food Pantry we ask that you drop off your donations during our regular business hours.  We accept clothing and wearable accessories only in the Thrift Shop and we ask that your items be clean and in good, wearable condition. 

We accept non-perishable food items for our pantry during business hours also.  If you wish to make a monetary donation you can mail it to GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop, PO Box 6, Gilmanton IW, NH  03837.     

We are located on Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works, across from the Iron Works Market.  We are open on Monday 9am – 1pm, Wednesday 3pm – 7pm, and Saturday 10am – 2pm.  Parking is located in the Gilmanton Community Church parking lot next door.

Our shop is staffed by wonderful volunteers from our church and community and all the proceeds from the Thrift Shop sales go to support the Food Pantry and its many programs.  We look forward to seeing you in the Thrift Shop soon!



GCC Food Pantry & Thrift Shop

We would like to invite you to join us for a very special time of celebration.  On Sunday, May 15th at 4:00 pm we will be having a Thank You Gathering and Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony.

The Thank You Gathering will take place in the Gilmanton Iron Works Church sanctuary beginning at 4:00 pm.  We will then go next door to the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop building for a long awaited Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony to celebrate our new location.

We have been located in our new building since November.  The building was renovated and made ready for our pantry and thrift shop through the many very generous donations of funds, materials and labor from a lot of wonderful people and businesses in Gilmanton and the surrounding towns.  On Sunday, May 15th we would like you to join us in thanking all of those who were so generous and helped to make our new building and mission go from a vision to reality.

Please join us for this joyous gathering.  Tours of the building and light refreshments will follow the ceremonies.



Thermalscan Is Recognized With Energy Star® Awards

Lakes Region ThermalScan is pleased to announce that it has received a 2011 Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Century Club Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

This Century Club Award recognizes Lakes Region ThermalScan as one of a select few companies throughout the United States, and the only New Hampshire company, that has improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes in the past year through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.  Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, sponsored locally by the New Hampshire Utilities offers homeowners a comprehensive, whole house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort, while saving money on utility bills and helping to protect the environment.

Chandler von Schrader, with the ENERGY STAR Program at EPA, announced “These Century Club Contractors are industry leaders committed to using building science to maximize energy savings, comfort and sustainability.  By making our existing housing stock more energy efficient, these Century Club Contractors are at the forefront of our nation’s efforts to reduce pollution generated from power plants that provide energy for our communities.”

As a participating contractor in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, Lakes Region ThermalScan utilizes specialized training and diagnostic tools to inspect homes inside and out to determine where improvements are needed.  Rather than focusing on a single problem, like an old heating or cooling system, not enough insulation in the attic, or leaky windows, they look at how improvements throughout a home can work together to give homeowners the best results.  Depending on the improvements selected by the homeowner, saving 20% or more on their annual utility bills is possible.

Paul Callahan, the owner of Lakes Region ThermalScan states:  “I would like to thank  the program mangers at the Public Services of New Hampshire and Unitil for supporting small business participation in this valuable program.  The success of this program has been and will continue to be the result of a team effort and dedication of every person involved.  From the workers in the attic to the program managers and everyone one in between, it has been the combined dedication and efforts by all involved that makes the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program a success”

Lakes Region ThermalScan is a veteran owned small business that began operations in 2008.  The proprietor served eleven years as an Officer with the United States Marine Corps and is a Gulf War Veteran.  Relying upon military traditions and values, honor and integrity has been the guiding business principle of Lakes Region ThermalScan from its inception.  With respect to our members of our Nation’s Armed Forces, Lakes Region ThermalScan provides discounts to all veterans and active duty service members.

Lakes Region ThermalScan maintains RESNET Home Energy Rater, and BPI Building Shell Analyst certifications.  In addition to providing high level energy auditing and diagnostic services for existing buildings, Lakes Region ThermalScan also conducts  ENERGY STAR certification and consultation services for new home construction.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency.

Today, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 12,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses.

For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).



Letter To The Editor

Are you interested in understanding how our zoning ordinances work in Gilmanton?  Would you like to learn more about how Town government works?

The Zoning Board of Adjustment exists to provide the flexibility required to make a zoning ordinance both effective and fair to all property owners in Town.  The Board is looking for Alternate members, who participate in all hearings and vote when one or more of the regular ZBA members is absent.  

Service on the ZBA is an excellent opportunity to learn the ropes, as well as to become familiar with areas of our community you have not previously known.  The Board meets one evening each month (unless there are no applications in a given month).  Members visit the properties whose owners have asked for a variance or special exception from the terms of the ordinance.   Thus service on the ZBA is not a major time commitment.

 If you want to find out what the ZBA does, attend a meeting, normally on the 3rd Thursday of the month, but May’s meeting is scheduled for the 2nd Thursday, May 12. Ask any Board member or our Clerk  for more detail.   The agenda appears on the Town website.   The selectmen are responsible for appointing members to the ZBA.  Contact their office to express your interest.

Responsibly administered  regulations are important for guiding development in Gilmanton while preserving the special character of the Town.   After three terms on the ZBA I have stepped down.  It has been a privilege to serve over the past decade, and it is time to turn the responsibility over to others.  Please consider volunteering.

Carolyn Baldwin












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