Gilmanton NH News

July 6, 2011


On Saturday, July 9thm the Crystal Lake Association (CLA) will hold its annual meeting at the Town Hall of Gilmanton Iron Works at 10:00.

All who enjoy our lake are welcome to join us.  Look for Crystal Lake on Facebook!  Questions to Peter Burdett at 800-778-4251 or


Meredith Village Savings Bank Helps Bring

Alzheimer’s Quilt Exhibit To The Lakes Region

Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) recently donated $1,000 to help bring Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope – a traveling quilt exhibit – to the Lakes Region.

The quilt exhibit features 236 long, narrow “name quilts” that are made from 55 purple patches.  Each patch is marked with the name of someone who has or has had Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.  The name quilts create a wall of more than 10,000 names, representing and honoring the 5.4 million people in the United States who suffer from Alzheimer’s.  Three Lakes Region residents are named in the exhibit, which will continue to tour the nation through 2015. 

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Michelle Plourde, a technology specialist at Woodland Heights School in Laconia, the quilt exhibit will join the Belknap Mill Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show on October 1st and 2nd at the Conference Center at Lake Opechee Inn & Spa.  There is a $5 entrance fee to view both the Belknap Mill Quilters’ Guild exhibit and Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will also be accepted at the quilt show.

“I am so thankful to the Bank for their generous contribution,” said Plourde.  “Four years ago I was fortunate enough to see Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece.  This exhibit truly spoke to me, as my mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s back in 2001 at the age of sixty.  When this exhibit was retired, From Heartbreak to Hope was created.  My experience at the quilt show inspired me to bring this exhibit to the Lakes Region so that our community could share this amazing experience.  I’m not sure that this would have been possible without this generous contribution from MVSB.”

In order to bring this extraordinary event to the Lakes Region, Plourde was charged with the task of raising $3,500.  She has just a few hundred dollars left to raise before meeting her goal.  Any money raised beyond her $3,500 goal will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.

If you have any questions about Alzheimer’s Illustrated: >From Heartbreak to Hope, or would like to contribute to bringing this event to the Lakes Region, please contact Michelle Plourde at 524-9240 or

Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area. The bank and its employees are inspired by MVSB’s core values: respect, integrity, teamwork, excellence, and stewardship. These values are intrinsic to every decision made at the bank and are illustrated by the high priority they place on trust, quality service, and commitment to community support. MVSB strives to make the communities it serves a better place to work and live. More information can be found at

Michelle Plourde (right), a tech specialist at Woodland Heights, shares a “priority quilt” she made in support of Alzheimer’s research with Cheryl Carter (left), supervisor of MVSB’s Laconia office, and Nancy Williams-Hunt (center), regional vice president and manager of MVSB’s Laconia office.  Mini quilts like the one Plourde is holding are auctioned off on the internet by the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.  Since this project began, these “priority quilts” have raised more than $400,000 to support Alzheimer’s research. MVSB recently donated $1,000 to help bring the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative’s exhibit – Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope – to the Lakes Region.



Gilmanton Youth Organization Minor Softball Team took 1st place in the Suncook Valley Tournament. Pictured above front row from left to right: Rachel Langlitz, Samantha Knowles, Taryn Breton, Maddi Rector.Second row left to right Hannah Lurvey, Molly Vallee, Lydia Meserve, Maggie Vallee, Jane Holiday, Alexis Boisvert. Back row left to right Coach Russ Knowles, Assistant Coach Dennis Rector, Assistant Coach Rick Boisvert.



Gilmanton School
3rd Trimester Honor Roll 2010-2011

Carol N. Locke  Principal Gilmanton School congratulates the following students for achieving Honor Roll status for the 3rd trimester of the 2010-2011 school year:

6th Grade
Duncan Bond, Brendan Carkin, Danielle Clairmont, Sydney Holland, Abigail Nielsen, Hayden Peaslee, Michaela Ralls, Cindy Williams, Katelyn Duval, Will Baldwin, Savanna Brunelle, Shannon Clifford, Cynthia Gagnon, Connor Hayes, Reese Henderson, Brian Hogan, Tyler Sargent, Tyler Thibodeau,  Rachel Williams


High Honors
Kyle Davies, Moriah Davies, Caledonia Hackley, Kassidy Morris, Victoria Skelley, Victoria Brasil, Jennifer Hancock and Alexa McNamara


7th Grade
Madeleine Baughn, Michael Bugnacki,  Emily Hudson, Jessica Ladd, Haleigh Patch, Drouin Brulotte, Mekayla Collett, Dylan Tiede, Jordan Drew, Audrey Malek, Corrina Marengo, Sophia Prevost,  Caleb Price, Dana Ruchti, Owen Sanborn, Brianna Spoor, Gary Strzepek, Breanna Thibodeau and Matthew Waite


High Honors
Miranda Bushnell, Cortlynn Danby, Sierra Juneau and Nicholas Waring


8th Grade
Maggie Fillion, Ryan Hall, Desmond Kirwan,  Nicholas Langlitz, Nathan Mule, Aiyana Poulin, Brandie Tarantino, Josie Taylor, Cameron Haradon and David Morrison


High Honors
Kendra Danby, Elizabeth Davies, Catherine Jansury and Owen Trindade



Gilmanton School Class of 2011

Timothy J. Baker, Jr.
Michael L. Ball
Philip J. Bausch
Kathrine A. Brunt
David A. Carkin, Jr.
Robert E. Carkin, Jr.
Clifford J. Coffman
Kendra N. Danby
Elizabeth J. Davies
Nathan D. Davis
Joshua D. Doherty
Andrew S. Douglass
Summer S. Dunlap
Samantha L. Everson
Margaret K. Fillion
Amanda L. Gagne
Ryan M. Hall
Zachary B. Hancock
Cameron M. Haradon
Cassandra M.L. Hines
Amanda R. Hogan
Catherine R. Jansury
Nathen A. Kingsbury, Jr.
Desmond C. Kirwan
Michael J. Laflam
Nicholas A. Langlitz
Leland J. Littlefield
Laura K. Maltais
Jonathan P. Mercier
Zakaria E. Morris
David T.C. Morrison
Sean P. Mulcahy
Nathan A. Mule
Nicayla M.J. Pineau
Samuel J. Potter
Aiyana C.K. Poulin
Monique C.M. Sherburne
Patrick A. Snow
Brandie A. Tarantino
Josie A. Taylor
Alicia L. Thompson
Owen D. Trindade
Ryan T. Waite
Kaylee R. Williams
Powell C. Wilson



Lower Gilmanton First Baptist Church Summer Services

The First Baptist Church, the white church that overlooks Lower Gilmanton from the brow of the hill on Province Road, Route 107, is following with tradition by having a series of four summer services. Again this year, the services will be on Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM.

• July 10th and August 7th - Pastor Linda Bolton of Gilmanton sharing her gifts of faith and words in music.

• July 24th and August 21st - Reverend Alfred Page of Loudon, an active member of this church society.

Please bring your favorite dessert which will be shared during fellowship time following the services, at which time you may meet new people or find old friends.  Hope to see you at these Sunday evening services helping to keep this summer tradition alive.




To the Editor:
 On behalf of the Gilmanton Year-Round Library Association, I wish to express my thanks to the Zonta Club of the Lakes Region.  Your generous donation enabled the purchase of books for the Library’s summer reading program.  The books were selected to fit the theme of “Reading Across the World”.  These titles will also add diversity to the permanent collection.

Your support of programs aimed particularly at furthering women’s education, leadership, and youth development is greatly appreciated.

Chris Schlegel



Gilmanton School Graduation Awards 2011

Below is a list of awards given out to Gilmanton eighth grade graduates.  The award is listed followed by the recipient. 

PFC Nicholas R. Cournoyer Award, Samuel J. Potter; Chief Ralph G. Forsyth Award, (no recipient this year); Harry Gordon III Award, Zachary B. Hancock, Joshua D. Doherty; Hyslop Award, Aiyana C.K. Poulin; Shaun Ryan Lines & Megan Tremblay Award, Brandie A. Tarantino; Nelson Family Award, Catherine R. Jansury; Howard and Mary Osler Scholarship, Owen D. Trindade; Amy J. Sellin Memorial Award, Elizabeth J. Davies; Class of 1986 Award, Desmond C. Kirwan; Anne Onion Award, Cameron Haradon, Josie A. Taylor; Gilmanton PTA Award, Kendra N. Danby; Dan Nason Science Award Elizabeth J. Davies, Margaret K. Fillion; Virginia Daigle Award, Clifford J. Coffman; Language Arts Award, Catherine R. Jansury; Math Award #1, Cassandra M.L. Hines; Math Award #2, Owen D. Trindade; Social Studies Award, Nicholas A. Langlitz; Art Award, Elizabeth J. Davies; Foreign Language Award, Elizabeth J. Davies, Catherine R. Jansury, Nicholas A. Langlitz; Music Award, Owen D. Trindade, Nathan A. Mulé; Physical Education Award, Margaret K. Fillion, Samuel J. Potter; Technology Award, Catherine R. Jansury; Principal’s Award, Nicholas A. Langlitz.



Gilmanton Old Home Day

Gilmanton Old Home Day Association announces its plans for the 113th annual Gilmanton Old Home Day on Saturday, August 13 starting at 10 am and continuing throughout the day.  Put this on your calendar because you will not want to miss the opportunity to enjoy our famous Bean Hole Bean Dinners that are slow cooked in stone wells for 11 hours.  The menu includes pea, kidney, and southern spicy beans varieties, as well as cornbread, brown bread, beverages and all of the fixings.  Dinners will be served at 11:30 and 12:30, so be sure to show up before the opening at 10 am.

During the day you are invited to enjoy the crafts and demonstration, and the antique car and tractor parade.  There will be a concert by the New Horizon Band, with over 20 instruments.  There will also be plenty of entertainment for children, including games, animals, a jolly jumper, and other interesting exhibits. Members of the Gilmanton Fire Department and EMTs will also have informative displays. 

All organizations that have not yet reported shall attend the organizational meeting on July 21 at 7 pm at the Meeting House.

The traditional Old Home Day church service will be held August 7th at 4 pm.  Everyone is welcomed to attend to reflect upon the past and present. 

Bring your own folding chair, free parking, sorry no dogs allowed on the grounds.

This traditional celebration will happen on the Meeting House grounds on Meeting House Road, off Route 140 and Route 107.  Watch this newspaper for further information and ads.



GYRL Highlights Artist for July

Linda Clarke is an artist, and also a Professor of Ikebana in the Ikenobo School. Ikebana, “living flowers” is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kadō, the “way of flowers”.

Linda began studying this art about 15 years ago, although her interest in the art form goes back long before that.  She has participated in two study tours to Kyoto, Japan to study Ikebana arranging at the Ikenobo School headquarters. Linda also makes time to attend study in Massachusetts for monthly workshops as well as in small groups with a private teacher.

The study of Japanese flower arranging gives one a fascinating views of not only a different style of arranging but also a different culture and way of approaching life.  Each week there will be a new arrangement of flowers for library patrons to admire.

An Artist’s Reception will be held will be held at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library on Saturday, July 9th from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. All are welcome.

The reception will include a demonstration by Linda of her flower arranging in the Ikebana style.  During the last week of July Linda will also be offering an Ikebana workshop.  There will be more information about this workshop at the reception.

For Library hours, please call 364-2400. The Library is located at 1385 NH Route 140, Gilmanton (across from the Gilmanton Elementary School).











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