To The Daily Sun,
The Gilford Board of Selectmen would like to offer a hearty congratulations to everyone who contributed to the success of this year's Old Home Day.
During the planning for this year's event, the selectmen made it very clear they were unhappy with the fireworks in recent years, fireworks that seemed to suffer from a variety of technical glitches. This year the board sent a representative to the Old Home Day Committee with a message that things needed to improve or changes would be made.
We are now pleased to report to the citizens of Gilford that our call to action was answered with resounding positivity. The weather was simply beautiful on Saturday, Aug. 27. The parade turnout was outstanding (as usual). The activities on the Village Field were well-planned, fun and safe. And the fireworks were spectacular — thank you Atlas Fireworks of Belmont.
We are truly appreciative of all the efforts by the volunteers and staff who contributed, starting with the members of the Old Home Day Committee: Angela Pouliot, Michelle Blake, Bob And Charlene Pelland, Chris Bowler, Diane Maher, Ardy Eaton, Ethie Ritson, Grace Hebert, John Hall, Helen Murphy, Kelley Parker, Sue King, Mary Chesebrough, Kathie
Merriam, Pattu Smith, Pete Bowler, Ronda Reimers and Karen Thurston.
We would also like to thank some supporting cast members to include: Dave Reimers, Jerry Maher, Jerry Murphy, Rich Parker, Bruce Thurston and Bob Blake.
Members of the Gilford High School Football team helped with set-up and clean-up. The Gilford High School Class of
2017 served as the bucket brigade. We also want to thank the folks who served as parade judges. Additional praise is
due to the members of the Thompson-Ames Historical Society, the Gunstock Nordic Association, Gilford Rotary Club, and Friends of Gilford Library for partnering with the town on this memorable day.
The Town of Gilford is fortunate to be able to count on many employees as well who contributed to the success of Old
Home Day, including Katherine Dormody, Kristin Jarvi and the members of the Police and Fire Honor Guards. Many
DPW employees gave of their spare time in preparations for the parade while police and fire employees worked to ensure the safety of the public. Thanks to Bob Pomeroy for serving as master of ceremonies. A special thanks is conveyed to Parks & Recreation Director Herb Greene who works tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things organized. We apologize in advance to anyone we may have inadvertently failed to recognize.
Lastly, we were proud that Old Home Day 2016 was honored by the presence of Merrill Fay, who served as Parade
Grand Marshal and the entire day was dedicated to Phil Merriam, a long-term member of the Old Home Day Committee
who sadly passed away in 2015. We can only hope that everyone who took part in Old Home Day came away with as
much joy and satisfaction as we did.
The Gilford Board of Selectmen:
Richard Grenier, Chair
Dale Channing Eddy, Vice-Chair
Gus Benavides, Clerk
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