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Irwin family made sure my parents left marina with a safe boat

To the Daily Sun,

I read the article about the Irwin Family in the Sun.

I have a family story about them that goes back to the 1940s. My parents owned a girls camp on Bow Lake in Northwood, when the surfboard, the kind towed behind a boat, fad came in. They decided that they needed a larger boat than the small outboard they had, so they ended up at Irwin Marine.

They found a Dodge Watercraft, I think that was the name anyway, which was in the budget. When they told Big Jim that it was going to be used for towing the girls around on the new surfboard, he refused to sell it to them as not being a safe boat for that purpose. Instead he pointed them to a suitable boat but it was more money. When the folks said that they could not afford it, he said not to worry as he would sell it to them for the same price as he did not want the girls using the first boat.

Needless to say, when they sold the camp in 1951 and we moved to Alton Bay, the new boat was Chris Craft. Good People.

Jim Shuff


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Crafts, food, music and games at Gilmanton Old Home Day

The the Daily Sun,

Gilmanton's Old Home Day, held on the third Saturday in August in recent years, will be held on the on the second Saturday this year (Aug. 15), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located on the Smith Meeting House grounds off Route 140 in Gilmanton, the day offers up a traditional bean­hole bean dinner, including your choice of pea, kidney, southern spicy and vegetarian beans. The beans are deliciously accompanied by ham, coleslaw, brown bread, and home made pies. Seatings will 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! Hamburgs, hotdogs, soda will be sold at the food booth for those who pass up the full dinner.

Entertaining the attendees will be Jody Scalise, the Motion Man. Come see what he has in store for us. At 10:30 and 12:30 puppeteer Lindsay and her Puppet Pals will delight children and adults alike 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 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A large variety of crafts will be for sale at individual booths including jewelry, living wreaths, floral arrangements, face painting, aprons, afghans, baby blankets, bake sale, soaps, lotions, balms, jams, jellies, soup mixes, syrup, birchbark birdhouses, photographs, furniture, hand-dyed shirts, socks, belts, beachtowels, baseball caps, fresh cut garden flowers, doll clothes, paintings on saws, herbal cooking blends, blends for dips, herbal meat rubs, vintage linens, infant knitted hats, appliqued dishtowels, relishes, pickles, fudge, herb seedlings, herbal tinctures, low/no sugar fruit spreads, paperback books, note cards, garlic bulbs, garlic powder, chips, granules, Raggedy Ann doll raffle, felt food (campfires, mail bags, breakfast, lunch, dinner sets), embroidered items, quilts, pillows, pot holders, eyeglass cases, as well as a baby goat and friendly rabbit for children to pet.

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

Free admission, free parking, no dogs allowed. All proceeds go to the restoration of the five buildings on the Smith Meetinghouse grounds.

Judy Wilson


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