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Join in the planning for Gilmanton's August 20 Old Home Day

To The Daily Sun,

Gilmanton's Old Home Day will be held on the third Saturday this year (August 20th) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Located at Smith Meeting House grounds off route 140 in Gilmanton, the day offers up a traditional bean-hole bean dinner, including your choice of pea, kidney, or southern spicy vegetarian beans! The beans are deliciously accompanied by ham, coleslaw, brown bread, and home made pies; seatings to be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a cost of $10. Come see how the beans are cooked in the ground for many hours, resulting in perfection! Hamburgers, hotdogs, and soda will be sold at the food booth for those who pass up the full dinner.
Puppeteer Lindsay and her Puppet Pals will delight children and adults alike at 11 and 1, with her unique performances in the schoolhouse, not to be missed. The Parker Hill Road Band will captivate the audience with their bluegrass music from 10-1. The undercroft of the Meeting House (church) will feature an art show well worth your viewing time.

Contributing artists from the area create a display of varied media. Their work will be judged and prizes awarded. Children's games will be ongoing, as well as crafts for children. Come for the Antique Car Show, beginning at 12:30.

For those interested in showing off their summer muscles, tug of war contests will provide the perfect opportunity.

A large variety of crafts will be for sale at individual booths including jewelry, living wreaths, floral arrangements, face painting, bake sale, syrup, veggies, glads, beets, pickles, soaps, wine jellies, birchbark birdhouses, hand dyed shirts, socks, belts, beach towels, baseball caps, grab bags for kids, Gilmanton School T-shirts, aprons, baby blankets, sunhats, dishcloths, herbal cooking blends, blends for dips, herbal meat rubs, vintage linens, infant knitted hats, appliques dishtowels, relishes, fudge, herb seedlings, herbal tinctures, low/no sugar fruit spreads, paperback books, note cards, garlic bulbs, garlic powder, chips, granuales, felt food (campfires, mailbags, breakfast, lunch, dinner sets), embroidered items,quilts, pillows, pot holders, eyeglass cases. If you are a crafter or have homemade items you'd
like to sell, there are a few spaces left. Contact Judy Wilson at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 29.
The Old Home Day planning committee meets on the third Thursday of the month from April–September. Feel free to join us to add your ideas, input, and to help create a fabulous event for one and all. Volunteers are happily invited and welcomed to lend their hands to the many tasks involved in making Gilmanton's Old Home Day successful. Contact Sarah Welcome at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional details.
Free admission, free parking, but no dogs allowed. All proceeds go to the restoration of the five buildings on the Smith Meetinghouse grounds. Come one, come all, for a memorable day! Brings friends, family, and neighbors.
Judy Wilson

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Where's the common sense in buying a 38Kw generator for Bristol?

To The Daily Sun,
Why does most of the Bristol Selectboard not use common sense? What I am talking about is our new oversized 38 Kw generator at the town office. Also, I believe state law requires a generator be 25 feet from a building, yet they placed the new generator within five feet. Granted, some of the outside of the building is brick, but really, less than five feet! I am sure they got a waiver from the fire chief, but wait, where is our fire chief? Another letter for another time. For the safety of the people that work there this should not have been set so close.

So, why a 38Kw generator? Why not a more reasonable size, like a 20Kw? Don't they know that a 38Kw would run two houses with everything turned on? I know selectman J.P. Morrison showed some common sense because he questioned the size and cost of the generator. They could have powered the town office and police department with a 20Kw generator, but no, the selectboard just keep spending your money foolishly.A generator is for emergency power, not to power an entire building. It is to keep the essentials working like lights, heat, water, communications, etc.

Speaking of spending, I saw in a bid for fuel that Bristol is quoting a 20Kw generator for the Hemp Hill radio tower to power the communication equipment. Again, 20Kw to power a shed size building! It baffles me why the selectboard does not listen to reason (Selectman J.P. Morrison) or why they do not do their homework before they spend your money. For all these years we never had a generator and now it is an emergency and we need one? Not only is this an extra cost to buy, but also cost extra for fuel, to maintain and repair. Who is paying for the fuel, I know the budget committee did not budget for it.
Citizens of Bristol, you need to speak up. Voice your opinion, come out to vote and stop this wasteful spending. Take one day out of your life and come to the next Town Meeting in March where you and your vote make the final spending decisions. Do you know right now less than 100 people are making decisions on how your money will is spent? If only 50 more people came to Town Meeting, those 50 could change spending and the direction our town is going. Those of you on a fixed income or social security, do you really have the extra money to be paying for oversized generators?

John Sellers

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