Native New Hampshire Gemstones and Gold on Display at the Gilsum Rock Swap

Toveco ( will be displaying native natural New Hampshire gold / gemstone jewelry during the Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show on June 23-24. Owner James Tovey says he’ll be showing  raw gold from the Moosilauke watershed in the Warren and Benton area, and gemstone material is from the Tripp Mine in Alstead.

“All the gold was collected by my prospecting friends, Peter Cram and Dale Carlson, and myself.” Tovey cut the gemstones and cast the jewelry findings himself, and did all of the stone setting and finish work. The pendant and aquamarine ring are completely New Hampshire-native jewelry pieces. The photos here represent about 35 years of design work, and 1 1/2 years of learning the casting process and mastering a 3d printer, Tovey says.

“I started by carving wax models by hand for the first castings. But that was just not sensible with the modern tools that are out there. The problem was there was no-one I could find to teach me how to use a 3-D printer to produce good casting models. The casting models have to handle the investment burn-out cycle and leave a good casted detail and finish. So it took a lot of self learning and checking out U-tube for bit of information.”

Casting silver is straightforward because Tovey uses standard casting grains. “But casting NH gold is different because I use it as found,” he says.

The purity of New Hampshire gold ranges from 20 to 93 percent. The secondary material in the gold is silver, so alloying the gold has been a challenge, Tovey says. As for an example the pendant is 15K, the Aqua ring is 16K and the tourmaline ring is 17K. To determine the carat weight he has them tested with an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, an x-ray instrument used for the chemical analyses of rocks and minerals. “I’m making progress on a process for alloying New Hampshire gold.

 “Gold prospecting pushed me to start casting jewelry findings. This has become a very enjoyable endeavor,” Tovey says. To find out more, visit him in space #34 at the Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show.


Summer Camp

Gilsum Rec will be offering an 8 week summer camp at the school.  Camp will run from June 18th until August 10th, 7-3 with after care available from 3-5:30 pm. Camp is $100 a week with an additional $10 for after care. Camp is open to children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade in the fall.  For more information and to get a registration form please email or call Mary Monroe at 603-439-0797 or Ralph Jernberg at 603-209-0700.

Spring Adult Bingo Night-Free

Just a reminder that Gilsum Recreation’s Spring Adult Bingo Nightwill be held THIS Saturday (the 28th) at the Gilsum Church!  It will be this event’s 3rd anniversary and we hope you’ll join the fun!

Gilsum Bingo is FREE and open to all adult Gilsum residents age 18 and over.  Your adult guest is always welcome to join you!  Please invite your neighbor as well.  This email reminder list is limited to those we possess currently.

Yoga Day Changed

Until the end of April, Yoga will be held on Friday at 5:30 except Good Friday March 30th. That week yoga will be on Tuesday the 27th 5:30. At end of April we will  re-evaluate what day is best for the most amount of people.
Please email if you want to be added to the yoga list for reminders and schedule changes.

Town Meeting Wed, March 14, 7pm-Warrant Articles 18,19,20

Should Cemetery Trustees and the Selectmen be named as agents of the Centennial Cemetery Maintenance Capital Reserve?

This question will be put before voters at Town Meeting on Wednesday, March 14. Currently no agent has been named, so no monies can be withdrawn. If approved, the Trustees could go to the Selectboard office to request an expenditure of funds from the capital reserve account, and the Selectboard could approve it, says Selectman Ray Britton. “The article was by petition in 1987 and the purpose was not clearly stated – DRA recommended this article be clarified and agents named,” says Town Clerk and Tax Collector Robin Cantara.

Article 18: Centennial Cemetery Maintenance Capital Reserve, reads: “To see if the town will vote to change the purpose of the existing Cemetery Reserve previously established (1987)  to the Centennial Cemetery Maintenance Capital Reserve AND to name the Selectmen and Cemetery Trustees as agents to expend from said funds. This article requires a two-thirds vote to pass.

$7,000 requested for Centennial Cemetery Work

Article 19 on the Town Warrant this year requests $7,000, $5,000 of which is to be used for clearing out a wooded section of the Centennial Hill Road cemetery, says Trustee Mike Ballou. The cemetery is running out of space, so the trustees are asking for funds needed to clear away a wooded section capable of opening up an additional 15 or 20 spaces. Once those are spoken for, the next phase will be to open up an adjacent 2-acre parcel just on the other side of the stone wall. The balance of the funds will be set aside for future work.

 Article 19: Cemetery Reserve, reads: “To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $7,000.00 to be added to the Cemetery Reserve CR previously established (1987).” The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend this appropriation. A simple majority vote is required.

Proposed change would give half the proceeds from Land Use Change Tax to Town Conservation Fund, half to the Town operating budget

People with 10 acres or more of undeveloped land used for farming, forestry or other qualified uses can get a break on their property tax bill by putting it into a special tax status known as “Current Use.” When the land comes out of current use–say, for development–the owner pays a tax penalty equal to 10% of the value of the land. Warrant article 20, to be voted on at Town Meeting is all about who gets the cash.

Warrant Article 20, put forward by the Selectboard, proposes that 50% of the Land Use Change Tax (LUCT) revenue go to the Conservation Fund and 50% to offset town operating expenses. Currently, all monies paid to the town from land use change taxes go into the Conservation Fund, managed by the town’s Conservation Commission, to be used for purposes consistent with the Conservation Commission’s charter. These might include cleaning up town-owned land, frog pond beautification, making improvements to town land, or purchasing land to protect it from development the town doesn’t want to see, says a Commission spokesperson. Currently the Commission plans to expend funds to clean up debris on Town-owned land by the waterfall between Route 10 and the Sullivan Road. The proceeds from the LUCT are the Conservation Commission’s only source of funding.

Here’s how that fund is administered: The Town Treasurer has custody. The Conservation Commission may approve the expenditure of money from the fund as part of its authorized activity under state law. However, if money from the fund is used to purchase any interest in land, a public hearing must be held and the acquisition must be approved by the Selectmen.

Last year, $4,702 of LUCT fees went into the fund, according to this year’s Town Report (p. 40). Sending half of that amount back to taxpayers would not significantly affect property tax bills, a Conservation Commission spokesperson points out. But a spokesperson for the Selectmen says a 50/50 split would be “more fair.”

The current Conservation Fund balance is about $53,000. “While having $50k in a fund may seem like a lot of money, it doesn’t go far if the Commission decides to use the funds to clean up a property or have it surveyed,” a spokesperson said. “Should an issue occur with the Silvio Conte Refuge in Gilsum and we want to negotiate a private purchase of property that they also want, we’d need cash. If we needed to hire a lawyer to deal with a conservation issue, such as wetlands or the river (the wetlands rules are in discussion for changes by DES right now), we’d need cash. Identifying areas for conservation, preservation, and town use could also require funding for hiring professionals and generating reports for the townspeople.”

A few years ago a similar proposal that would have allocated 100% of the tax to defray town operating budget and none to the Conservation Fund failed to pass at Town Meeting.

Article 20: Percent Land Use Change Tax, reads: “To see if the town will vote to authorize to change the percentage from 100% to 50% of the Land Use Change Tax collected pursuant to RSA 79-A:25 to be deposited into the existing Conservation Fund in accordance with RSA 36-A:5, III, as authorized by RSA 79-A:25, II. If adopted this article shall take effect April 1st,  and shall remain in effect until altered or rescinded by a future vote of the town meeting.” A majority vote is required.

Ten Thousand Eyes – A *Local* Online Resource to Help Lost Pets Find Their Way Home Micro-Volunteers Needed – Everyone Can Help!

Monadnock Humane Society (MHS) is pleased to offer the community a new online resource that can help reunite lost pets with their families. Ten Thousand Eyes™ (TTE) is the trade name of an Internet database system designed specifically for locating and reuniting pets and pet owners in the Monadnock Region. It was developed at no cost in collaboration with the staff of MHS for their use by Gary Lee, an area resident who himself has had five cats vanish in 25 years without a trace. The beta site was launched in October of 2017, and it is now ready to be used to capacity. Micro-Volunteers are needed.

The TTE model focuses on a relatively small geographic area (44 towns in the Monadnock Region – listed on TTE and MHS websites) where people who lose pets are not far from the people who will find them. The differentiating factors TTE uses include all existing and available human resources in the service area.  TTE is administered by MHS, a trusted and reputable animal welfare organization, and focuses on their service area of the Monadnock Region.  TTE reaches out to local police and animal control officers in those areas, and it uses the power of people to make it run (a team of volunteers who monitor missing and stray pet information on a regular basis – “Micro-Volunteers”).

TTE provides easy 24/7 reporting and information access to all lost animal information in the region, is a central database created by the pet owners and stray spotters themselves.  Using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, reporting a lost pet or a found stray animal, gets the word out to the entire Monadnock Region in 3-4 minutes, including a pet’s photograph and key descriptive information.

Micro-Volunteers are the driving force behind this initiative. The more people involved, the greater the likelihood that lost pets will be found. We call these volunteers “micro” because it is a job that will not take a lot of time, but can make a huge difference.

Being a Micro-Volunteer involves:

  •           Completing the simple online questionnaire. (This gives us permission to send an email to the Micro-Volunteers whenever somebody reports a missing pet.)
  •           Clicking on the link to the new post when an email is received
  • Reviewing the post and noting where the animal was lost.
  • Sharing this information on social media or in an email to get family, friends and colleagues involved too. The more people who see these posts, the more likely lost pets will be helped.

Emily Kerylow, MHS Director of Operations, is excited to offer this service to the community. “MHS is known throughout the Monadnock Region as a resource for pets. Using technology for this initiative will not only create much-needed efficiencies for our staff who have handled these inquiries manually for many years, but will increase the likelihood of pets being reunited with their families.”  Kerylow added that having lots of Micro-Volunteers is what will make TTE successful. “We’re thankful to live in such a supportive, compassionate community, and I’m confident we’ll see many people get involved!”

 Please consider becoming a Micro-Volunteer today. Visit for more information, or go to and click on the “Micro-Volunteer” button on the homepage, and follow the easy instructions.

Gilsum Alterations opens for business

Angela Sundaramurthy launched her new business, Gilsum Alterations, on March 5. Angela, who moved from Virginia to Gilsum with her family last year, says her home-based business does basic alterations. Business hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. Contact Angela at 352-5522 or visit her Gilsum Alterations page on Facebook.