The Gilsum Village Store will soon be under new management—and changes are already under way. Jerry Gomarlo, owner of Gomarlo’s Supermarket in Swanzey, will be the new proprietor. While the official transfer of ownership won’t take place until January, changes are already under way. The store will have a much bigger selection and lower prices due to Gomarlos’ buying power, says current proprietor Ray Britton. The prices, says Gomarlo, will be the same as you would get at the Swanzey supermarket.
Changes were already evident Tuesday afternoon. Gomarlo was busy stocking the shelves with new items, and he is already starting to take over operations. In addition to thousands of dollars in new grocery items and a broader selection, visitors this week will see a fully stocked deli case with freshly cut meats from the Gomarlos butcher shop in the Swanzey store. On Tuesday he set up a new self-serve crockpot that featured chili for $3.99 per bowl. Wednesday’s special will be beef stew, he said, and he’s taking suggestions for what to offer next.
The Gomarlo family has been operating grocery stores in the region for more than 80 years. Adding a smaller store has been something his family has wanted to do for some time, he said.
While Gomarlo will own and operate the business, Britton will continue to own the building as part of a lease agreement. And while Britton won’t be running the store anymore, he plans to continue to work at the store, opening mornings for the regulars, he said.
Although Gomarlo is from Swanzey, he already has connections to the Gilsum community. One of his children attends the Gilsum STEAM Academy. And, he says, he looks forward to contributing a crock of homemade baked beans – based on the Gomarlo family recipe – at the Rock Swap dinner next year!
Margaret is a native of Alstead with strong historical connections to the area
Presented at the Gilsum Public Library
November 29th – 7PM
Hot chocolate, treats and a special appearance from Santa Claus
4-5pm at the Gilsum Frog Pond on Rte 10
If possible bring a non-perishable food item or unopened toiletry item to be shared with those in need among our community
Give yourselves a pat on the back: Gilsum voters turned out in force on November 6 when 368 out of 583 registered voters came to the polls yesterday at the Gilsum Elementary School and Community Center. That participation rate, 63% of all eligible voters in Gilsum, is well above the 40% average for mid-term elections.
And Gilsum set another record: When a representative from the State of NH Attorney’s General Office inspected with its Polling Place Checklist, Gilsum was the only community in our region to get a perfect score, says Robin Cantera, Clerk. Congratulations to the team: Sarah Jones, Angy Lombara, April Frazier, Martha Tenney, Nancy Mitchell, Ed Jacod, Jane Ballou, Ray Britton, Bill Whyte, Tim May, and the other volunteers and town officials who made the process a smooth one for Gilsum voters.
Total registered voters: 583
Percent turnout: 63%
New voters: 30
Absentee ballots cast: 16
A red star indicates the overall election winners. The only candidate to lose in Gilsum and go on to win the election was Andru Volinsky for Executive Council. He lost in Gilsum by 9 votes.
Where to vote: Gilsum Elementary School and Community Center
When: Nov. 6 from 8 AM to 6 PM
What you need: Bring a valid ID
Join the Gilsum Congregational Church when it holds its annual pet blessing on Saturday, October 6th at 12 noon on the front lawn of the Church. Refreshments will be served – and treats for the animals! Rev. Jim Berry will preside. Has your pet passed? Bring your favorite photo and Pastor Berry will offer the blessings. Be sure to keep your furry friends on a leash or pet carrier!
You may have noticed that the Gilsum town sign is missing at the frog pond at the intersection of Route 10 and Main Street. The Gilsum Recreation Committee removed it for refurbishing. The sign is faded and peeling in places but otherwise is in very good condition. It just needs a good cleaning and some repainting, says Peter Poanessa at Keene Signworx. The sign will be reinstalled with a new roof and lighting that makes it easier to see at night. All work will be paid for by the Gilsum Recreation Committee.