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 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.
Tuesday September 11th 8AM-7PM
Gilsum Steam School, 640 Rte 10
Each year, the Gilsum Public Library Trustees poll the residents of town searching for the one person who has gone above and beyond representing the best Gilsum has to offer. This year’s winner is Lisa Gallagher. She defines community spirit and volunteerism. On the ballet is a space for the voter to write a comment supporting their choice.
People ran out of room writing. Some of those comments include: Dedicated, talented, full of great ideas and spirit. For years Lisa has given generously of her time and energy to the church, the library, the rec committee and anyone else in need. She has done so much to keep the town moving in the right direction. The driving force behind the Gilsum Bridge and Adult Bingo. Lisa was one of the people that came up with the auction for old home day over 15 years ago which was a big fundraiser that helped to pay for every consecutive year’s old home day events like the bands and fireworks. She also was the main author and designer for the Gilsum 250th celebration program booklet. Lisa is a member of the Ladies Aid group at the Gilsum church and has served as a Library Trustee.
Her wonderful spirit shines through in all these activities and many more.
Thank you Lisa!
The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session for any
corrections of the Checklist on Thursday, August 30th from 7:00-7:30pm at the Gilsum Public Library.