Gilmanton NH News

October 25, 2017




Dear Fellow Citizens: 


Do you value the sanctity of Life?


Because I truly believe in the essential worth of each person, I think that our society, (and by extension, our local, state and national governments), should promote and support the following: 


*Healthcare and mental healthcare for all, so that everyone has access to care, no matter a family’s economic circumstances. 


*Excellent public education through high school and affordable access to college and technical training so that every talent can be maximized.


*Commitment to creating a clean environment, reducing the factors which are leading to climate change, and preserving our public lands for the sake of our children and the coming generations. 


*Equal rights for all: minorities, differently abled, women, men,  LGBT or questioning!


*Respect for the diversity of peoples in our country which has enriched our unique American culture from its beginnings, strengthening it immeasurably as we learn from one another.


*A fair wage and safe working conditions for all.


*Sensible gun laws designed to uphold the Second Amendment while protecting the vulnerable public.


*Access to justice for all regardless of means- reconsideration of the death penalty and an end to mass incarceration.


*Freedom to practice whichever religion calls your soul- upholding religious freedom and the separation of church and state. 


*Making every effort to extend peace throughout our world by supporting an active State Department and the many private people, programs and organizations which work to this end.


These are some of  the important things which will work towards honoring each life that comes into our world.This would be a Truly Pro Life set of policies. 


These are values for which the Democrats stand.  Please consider this when you cast your next vote.


Thank you for your reflection on this.


Anne Onion




New Books And Stories Inspire Gilmanton Children

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Author and illustrator, Jim Arnosky, treated children to storytelling at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library on September 27th.


On Wednesday, September 27th, Gilmanton children were treated to storytelling from author and illustrator, Jim Arnosky.  He also brought brand-new books to keep through a Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) grant won by the Gilmanton Year-Round Library.


Mr. Arnosky led interactive presentations for preschool, home schooled, and school children at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. Youth Services Librarian, Jennifer MacLeod introduced children to new books the library received through the CLiF grant. At the end of the preschool and home-school presentation, children selected new books to take home. The grant allowed librarian Mrs. MacLeod to select $2,000 worth of new books for the library’s children’s collection.


Mrs. MacLeod said, “We are thankful and excited to be the recipients of a CLiF rural libraries grant. This grant gives the children we serve access to wonderful books and to some fantastic programming that helps to build a culture of literacy in our town.”


The grant encourages libraries in New Hampshire and Vermont towns of 5,000 residents or fewer to join forces with schools and childcare centers to encourage a community-wide commitment to literacy. The Gilmanton School Library will also receive 25 new books, and in June, a second storytelling presentation and book giveaway will help The GYRL launch a new summer reading program.


The GYRL’s CLiF grant is sponsored by Betsy Tine and Jere and Elena Daniell


The Gilmanton Year-Round Library is non-profit organization which has been serving the families of Gilmanton since 2009. Our hope is to provide literacy, educational and fun programs; as well as other services to all individuals of the community. In all case, these are free for the community, which opens up and allows a world of possibilities for all those in the Gilmanton Community.


CLiF is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1998. Its mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont. CLiF has inspired more than 200,000 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away nearly $5 million in new, high-quality children’s books. For more information visit




Harriet E. Kelley


Gilmanton - Harriet E. Kelley, 94, died October 15th at the Merrimack County Home, Boscawen following a brief illness. She was born in Gilmanton, the daughter of Charles G. and Hattie B. (Page) Kelley. She attended Kelley Corner School and graduated from Pittsfield High School and Plymouth Teachers College. She taught school for ten years, worked for Franklin Pierce Law Library for ten years and then worked at the NH State Library for 18 years. She is survived by a brother John S. Kelley, a sister Mary Gale KelleyAlex and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister Charlotte K Pearson and 2 brothers, Donald P Kelley and George F. Kelley. 


There are no visiting hours. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, October 28th at 11:00 AM in the Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, NH. Pastor Linda Bolton will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: The Kelley Corner School Restoration Fund, c/o Gilmanton Historical Society, PO Box 236, Gilmanton, NH 03237 or to Lower Gilmanton Baptist Church, c/o Charles Kelley, 9 NH Rte 129, Gilmanton, NH 03237.


The Waters Funeral Home, Concord, David Pollard, Director, assisted the family with arrangements.












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