Campaign E-update #7: "Gilmantons Greatest Views-For Everyone, Forever!"(Sent to all donors, prospects, and friends, 7 Dec. 2012)GILMANTON’S GREATEST VIEWS—FOR EVERYONE, FOREVER! (Photos by T. Howe, GLT, unless otherwise noted)In this issue:Campaign Countdown: $34,000 and 24 days to go!Naming opportunities still availableSixth Graders’ verdict: “Awesome!”A September day to remember!“Hey, that sign looks just like the one on Frisky Hill!”From a soup kitchen in Boston, memories of summering on Loon PondAnd they were raving about these views 127 years ago!Local property tax impacts of this project? None!Campaign contributors to dateCampaign Countdown: $34,000 and 24 days to go!Holy moly--since our last e-update, in early August, we’ve gone from: • 123 donors to 189 (see list at bottom); • $127,000 still to be raised down to only $34,000; and • 142 days to go, down to 24!Having received many additional contributions from individuals, our project hasalso been awarded some key grants, giving further validation of our cause:Bank of New Hampshire--$10,000Davis Conservation Foundation--$10,000NH Land & Community Heritage Investment Program--$22,500NH Conservation License Plate (“Mooseplate”) Grant Program--$30,000For those who’ve not contributed, climb on board this train to SUCCESS bymaking a contribution today—and most importantly help us ensure that itgets there! For those who’ve already given, could you consider an additionalgift? Looking for that perfect holiday gift to a friend or loved one who has
enough stuff? Make a contribution in that person’s honor; we’ll be glad tonotify the honoree if you wish. Every gift counts!For more info about the project, and/or to contribute via PayPal or download adonor form, go to www.gilmantonlandtrust.org and/or visit our Facebook pagewith link from the website. For stock gifts, contact GLT Treasurer, John Dickey((H) 267-6098, firstname.lastname@example.org). For any other inquiries, contact ProjectManager, Tom Howe ((Home) email@example.com, (603) 364-6131).Naming opportunities still availableLooking for an opportunity to memorialize your love of Gilmanton, a loved one,your family’s name, or…? The Gilmanton Land Trust is offering to donors of$10,000 or more naming opportunities tied to features of the four tracts involvedin the project. (This is in addition to all donors of $5,000 or more beingrecognized on a permanent plaque to be installed atop Frisky Hill.)Anyone requesting a naming opportunity will receive: • Identification of the official name on a sign to be installedon site; • Maintenance of the official name in future property records and publicity, and on property maps; and • Reference to the official name in the relevant deed by which the Land Trust will convey the property to the next owner and to be recorded in the permanent records of the Belknap County Registry.For more information or to follow up, please contact Tom Howe at(H) firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 364-6131. (Photo: M. Fougere) (Photo: S. Thorne)Gilmanton’s Sixth Graders “at school” on Frisky Hill with “Master” TowleSixth Graders’ verdict: “Awesome!”That’s what Gilmanton School’s Sixth Graders had to say, after their half-dayfield trip in September to the historically unique flax “retting” pond, and then onto Frisky Hill. Thanks to organizers Sarah Thorne (GLT founder) and Mary
Fougere, Middle School Science Teacher, the kids gained new insight into theirtown’s agricultural heritage and why land and historic preservation matter.Highlights included Jon Hall taking the kids into his plot of flax, grown for ourflax processing demonstrations this past summer, and then a chance for each tocrank up and down the bed of his 1932 dumptruck! The kids then went on toFrisky Hill, where they talked about what the view and landscape must havelooked like back in the 1800’s. Doug Towle then treated them all to a tour of hismeticulously restored one-room schoolhouse, directly across Rt. 107 from thefabulous viewpoint. (The school’s original location was just half a mile down thehill to the north.) “You could have heard a pin drop” reported Doug, as heengaged the kids on what it was like to be a student there 150 years ago. “Doug’sa natural teacher,” said Sarah Thorne, a teacher herself. Doug was elated by thevisit: “I restored this schoolhouse for exactly this kind of opportunity. This wasthe first time anyone had asked to bring a school group.” The Sixth Gradersreturned to school with a collective A+ for attention, curiosity, and good behavior.The buzz started right away, and the Fourth Grade teachers are now talking abouta possible visit. For the rest of the fall, the Sixth Graders continued their attentionto these issues by identifying, photographing, and writing poetry about“Gilmanton’s Special Places.” So how cool is that, for this project’s impact? (Photos: M. Fougere)Jon Hall explaining the massive Jon Hall and friends, in hisstone structure built for processing flax plotflax into linen 200 yrs. ago, andfound no where else in NH!
(Photos: T. Dombrowski)Gina Gerhard “breaking” Diane Howes spinningflax silky linen fibers into threadA September day to remember!On September 22nd, rain in the morning gave way to a beautiful day and eveningof events supporting the “Gilmanton’s Greatest Views—For Everyone, Forever!”campaign. Midday, flax “dresser” Gina Gerhard, and spinners Cathy Goodmenand Diane Howes, returned to give another demonstration of making flax intolinen, at the barn on the Meetinghouse Pond tract. Using traditional tools andtechniques, Gina “broke,” “swingled,” and “hetcheled” her way through thelaborious steps for removing the linen fibers from the inside of the “retted” flaxstalks. Cathy and Diane then spun the long, silky fibers into fine linen threadready for weaving into cloth. As before, these three generously donated their timeand expertise for our project, as did the many other volunteers who gave propertytours, helped with parking, provided refreshments, and did a myriad of otherthings to make the event possible. (Photos: S.Thorne)George & Anna Mae Twigg Doug Towle’s carriage houseThat afternoon, Doug Towle generously hosted a benefit event at his spectacularFrisky Hill property, looking out across one of the key tracts we seek to protect.His property consists of a remarkable collection of historic structures fromelsewhere, and meticulously assembled, restored, and maintained by Doug. The
centerpiece is the Farley Garrison House, built in 1665 in Billerica, MA. Dougalso has one of Gilmanton’s original, one-room schoolhouses (see “SixthGraders’…” story and photos above). Guests enjoyed house tours by Doug, hissister Diana, and Sue Barr, tours of the schoolhouse, presentations on the projectby me (see online, at www.gilmantonlandtrust.org), home-made hors d’oeuvresdonated by many friends, Meetinghouse Soda donated by Don Guarino, and goodcompany. Proceeds from the event gave a helpful boost to the campaign, withspecial thanks to Don and Sharon Welch, whose contribution matched allproceeds from ticket sales. Huge thanks to host Doug Towle, event co-chairsBarbara Morris and Paula Gilman, and the 25 other volunteers whose donations oftime and/or goods resulted in a memorable experience for all!“Hey, that sign looks just like the one on Frisky Hill!”If you drive Mast Road (Rt. 155A) in Durham, you’ll see a familiar looking sign,in this case promoting the protection of Amber Acres Farm (see www.seltnh.org).We received the following note (and nice contribution) from Brian Hart,Executive Director of the Southeast Land Trust of NH, explaining why:“The Twigg property is one that Sara and I drive by each time we go to herparents in Laconia and has always been a nice part of the ride. We saw the signson the road, visited the website, and decided to make a gift. I am also using thesign as part of our campaign in Durham for Amber Acres.”FYI, Brian’s wife, Sara Callaghan, works for another land trust, the StraffordRivers Conservancy. Furthermore, we also received a donation from Sara’smother, Chris Callaghan, who was a beloved art teacher at the Gilmanton School.All in the family!
From a soup kitchen in Boston, memories of summering on Loon PondWhile preparing food at a soup kitchen in Boston, a conversation between GLTBoard member Graham Wilson and fellow food preparer Mary Perkins resulted inher sending this note to George Twigg, along with a generous contribution to theproject:While I have not been back to Loon Pond for quite some time, I justneed to close my eyes to be there during the summers of my youth.As you may remember, the Perkins Family spent decades on theshores of the pond. From the moment we crested Frisky Hill in ourstation wagon to the dip of the sun above Gardner’s Cove we allrelished our carefree summers, so it is with great pleasure that I’mable, in a small way, to help preserve it. My father and grandfather(who built our cottage) would be delighted too.And they were raving about these views 127 years ago!The following is an excerpt from History of Merrimack and Belknap Counties,New Hampshire, Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1885(www.nh.searchroots.com/documents/History_Gilmanton_NH.txt):THE CENTRE VILLAGE -- The Centre village, Academy Village (or vulgarly,Gilmanton Corner)... there are no facilities for manufactures nor the convenienceof railroad stations, but has some very pleasant residences... A lovely view is alsohad of distant mountain scenery, parts of Loudon, Canterbury, the Shaker village,part of Concord, etc. from the dwelling of Mr. Richard D. Varney, immediately inthe village. Then, but a way off, stands… the well-known Peaked Hill. There areother places of interest worth the visiting, as Porcupine Ledge, the Gulf, LougeePond [Crystal Lake] with its fine fishing, and Loon Pond, the largest and mostbeautiful body of water in this region. Beside the pond the traveled road leadingto Lower Gilmanton, Pittsfield, etc. rises into a long and quite tedious hill, but onreaching the "height of land," while the horse should stand and rest a little, thetraveler if possessed of any "sense of the beautiful," will be very willing to havehim. A lady artist from Boston said, in her enthusiasm, "I want to get me a tentand a cooking-stove, and just come here and stay."Although the Gilmanton Conservation Commission may not permit the public tocamp on the property, we sure hope you’ll come and soak up that famous view!Local property tax impacts of this project? None!The Rt. 107 Upper and Lower Fields tract, and the Loon Pond Road tract, areexpected to remain in private ownership and on the tax rolls, once the GilmantonLand Trust (GLT) sells these lands (fully protected by conservation easements).When GLT sells the other two easement-protected tracts, at Frisky Hill and
Meetinghouse Pond, to the Town of Gilmanton’s Conservation Commission,those tracts will be exempt from property taxation. But no reduction in revenue tothe Town is expected because the current fundraising campaign includes creationof a fund whose annual interest can offset indefinitely the lost property taxes.Based on George Twigg’s payment of $722 in taxes to the Town for the FriskyHill and Meetinghouse Pond tracts in 2011, a prudently managed fund ofapproximately $20,000 should suffice. The exact amount, structure, andmanagement of the fund are still to be worked out with the Town.If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, don’t hesitate to contact anyof the members of the Board of Directors of the Gilmanton Land Trust, listedbelow.Thanks!Tom Howe, Project Manager(Home) email@example.com, (603) 364-6131Gilmanton Land Trust, P.O. Box 561, Gilmanton, NH 03237www.gilmantonlandtrust.orgwww.facebook.com/pages/Gilmanton-Land-Trust/418289261522162Thomas “Fuzz” Freese, Chair: (W) 603-435-7777, firstname.lastname@example.orgOther Members of GLT’s Board of Directors:Carolyn Baldwin, Secy.: (H) 435-8814, email@example.comJohn Dickey, Treasurer: (H) 267-6098, firstname.lastname@example.orgEliza Evans: (H) 364-5031, email@example.comMeg Nighswander: (H) 267-6593, firstname.lastname@example.orgGraham Wilson: (H) 267-7160, email@example.comCampaign contributors to date:(Bold & italics = donors since last e-update)Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of what shows below,please let us know if any corrections or revisions are needed.Individuals Heather Achilles Anonymous (27) J.C. & Gail Allard Gary & Denise Ambelas Donald & Frances Anderson Jeffrey & Gloria Andrews Bob Andrews
Betty ArmsKari Asmus & Richard HowarthNewell & Dalli BaconCarolyn BaldwinPeter BartholomewAnne & Andy BartlettEd & Ruby BartlettRoger & Pat BeaudetSteve & Liz BedardDorothy BellushAllan & Wendy BerlindEliot & Sandra BosingerDavid & Isabel King BradshawRalph & Jane BristolBrenda & Roy ButtrickBrian & Debra CahillNick & Chris CallaghanConny & Elwood CarlsonPatricia & Wayne CastroStan & Pam ChamallasDouglas ChamberlinStephen ChaseTobi Gray ChassieNancy ChristieCharlene D. ConnollySteve & Diana ConnorsRandy & Lucille CookVal CoteThomas & Stephanie CurtisCandace & Raymond DaigleTeresa & Gregory DanknerFaith DeeringKurt & Jennifer Denlinger FamilyDick deSeve & Susan Hale-deSeveJohn & Carolyn DickeyThomie DombrowskiWilliam DonahueJoe Downing & Elizabeth BikowskiEliza EvansFernwood Farm LLC (Paula Gilman)Deborah FifieldCharlene & Ken ForcierDick & Lois Foss
William & Ellen FossumBill Foster & Betty MitchellFuzz & Annie FreeseJohn Funk & Deborah ChaseCathy GoodmenMatt GrasbergerKatherine GreggWayne & Betty HackettClarence HaightBarbara HarrisBrian Hart & Sara CallaghanRich & Sarah HillsgroveCraig & Erin HollingsworthArthur & Peggy HoweTom Howe & Sarah ThorneDoug IsliebVinnie JenkinsCraig & Linda JenningsJay JohnsonJessica JohnsonGeorge & Carolyn KelleyDonald KellyDave KeoughRichard & Anne KirbyRobert & Audrey KnightMary Ann & Paul KurtzPenny & Dan LacroixFaith & Ernest LandryPeter & Leslie LeahyRob & Linda MacGuffieSharon LoanRichard MaherMiriam MalkasianMark Mallory & Nancy BallLisa & Mark MasoniJohn MattillKim McGovern & Frank ScherkenbachJohnna McKennaAnn McKinnaTrudy Swenson McKinnaMarc & Grace McNamaraChuck MercierMary-Elaine Merrill
Traci MintonCharlie & Nanci MitchellCarol & Walter MitchellArt MontyDavid MooreSandra Lee MoralesMary Ellen & Edward SiudutJames & Laura Lynn MorrisseyDennis MurphyGeorge & Linda NazerMatt & Sara NighswanderMeg NighswanderAnne & Perry OnionDoris OuelletteKristie & Stephen OwensMary E. PerkinsPhilip & Genevieve Sumner RadosRichard & Patty RamJoan RipleyJohn RogersJames Rood & Sandra TaylorVirginia SapiroDwight Schenk & Julia Flood-PageChris SchlegelJudith SchweitzerAnne SellinBrenda SensRichard & Catherine SheehanJames SherburnEric & Jodi SmithLeslie SmithMolly & Dan SperdutoHenry StapletonNancy StearnsKen & Ilene SternJR & Karen StockwellAmanda & Andrew StoneGeorge TeloianMarc TorrisiDoug TowleKatherine Urner-Jones & Lawrence JonesWally & Florence WadmanTom & Judy Wagner
Mike & Trina WatersMargaret WatkinsDanny WebsterDon & Sharon WelchJohn & Susan WelchJohn & Bonnie WhelanRichard & Holly WilliamsGraham WilsonKristina Wilson & David GeistRichard & Ellie WilsonMemorial GiftsIn memory of Jane & Ebby Cumming: Barbara DonahueIn memory of Ed Costello: Alan & Donna Gould Mary Martel (Holy Family Hospital Employees Federal Credit Union) John A. Perillo Joe Larosa (Rockingham Cycle)In memory of Malcolm V. Smith Brewster SmithFoundations, Businesses, Governmental Programs, etc.Bank of New HampshireBarton Lumber Company, Inc.Davis Conservation FoundationTown of Gilmanton Conservation CommissionLoon Pond Owners AssociationNH Land & Community Heritage Investment ProgramNH Mooseplate ProgramThe 1772 Foundation, Inc.The Kulash Family Fund (Schwab Charitable Fund)The Maher Charitable Fund (Schwab Charitable Fund)U.S.D.A. Farm & Ranchland Protection Program