Gilsum Broadband Proposal: Q&A

Consolidated Communications has proposed building a 1 Gbps fiber broadband network to connect every home and residence in Gilsum. This would be funded by a bond that CCI would pay. Find out the details – and attend the public hearing on January 25 at the school. You can attend by zoom following link on this page https://gilsum.org/notice-of-public-bond-hearing/ The Select Board needs to hear your opinion on this proposal to determine whether to put it on the March ballot. If this is important to you, please attend!

Here are some questions posed and answers about this proposal.

A link to a narrated video of the presentation:
https://youtu.be/4PwxEgtFkKc

If you prefer, you can step through the presentation slides here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SSlqbJT39IUc3UB96PvfDzq1XRWlsv_cOThFueeZIdk/edit?usp=sharing


Here is a link to the previous presentation, which offers an overview of the Broadband Advisory Committee’s work and the proposal.
https://youtu.be/-6xBYY3GuXA

Gilsum Broadband Presentation

Here is a narrated video presentation of the Gilsum Broadband 1 Gps fiber to the home proposal that includes the details of the public benefits. Total time: 15 minutes. The Committee looks forward to your comments and questions so we can address them during the public benefits hearing on Friday, Jan 15 at 7 PM!

Gilsum Broadband Narrated Presentation

Want to spend more time reading the slides? Here’s a link to the presentation so you can go at your own pace. https://docs.google.com/…/1tjiE5hvhuvpekIsTnx18…/edit…

And the winners are…

Thanks to all who participated in the Gilsum Recreation Committee’s Quaran-scenes virtual photo contest!  The photos, shown below, capture a slice of what residents have experienced during this year’s pandemic. Photos will be shared on Gilsum’s Facebook page and with the Historical Society. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who participated.

Pandemic Portraits

1st place (tie): “Barred Owl” by Donna Keller

1st place (tie): “Distant Hill Garden” by Angy Lombara

2nd place: “Milk the Dog” by Georgia Cassimatis

3rd place: “Clara in the Quarantine” by Joan Truesdell

Honorable mention: “A Covid Wedding” by Jan Fiderio

Life in Lockdown

1st place: “When Our Bedrooms Became Home Offices” by Jan Fiderio

2nd place: “Puzzle” by Debbie Helming

Separate But Together

1st place: “Socially Distanced Tic Tac Toe” by Virginia Clark

2nd place: “Ashuelot Heart” by Angy Lombara

GILSUM CHRISTMAS PARTY

When: December 12, 2020 2-4 p.m.
Where: The town field near the school
Bad weather date: December 13, 2-4 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town! Join them for the Gilsum Christmas party at the town field on December 12 from 2-4 p.m.
There will be hot chocolate, baked goods, and a storybook reading. Pickup your holiday ornament kit and drop off your letter to Santa too!
Special Covid-Related Details: Families should stay
distanced at least six feet from other groups of elves.
Please wear your masks to keep our children and community safe!

This event is sponsored by the Gilsum Recreation Committee

Gilsum Halloween

Gilsum Halloween Info and Special Covid-Related Details:

(Participation is 100% at will per household.
Those who don’t wish to participate should turn off all outside lights.)

• Families should stay distanced at least 6 feet from other groups of ghouls…

• Anyone planning to give out candy should NOT place candy in large candy dishes or bins for kids to grab. PLEASE create little treat bags or individual goodies and place them outside (spaced apart) for kiddos to grab.

• Everyone, please wear your masks to keep our children safe.(Costume masks are not enough.)

Note: There will be NO fire-truck parade or party at the fire station this year. However, the Recreation Committee will be giving away treat bags in front of the church!

Please stay safe and have fun!!!!

Quaran-scenes Virtual Photo Contest

Hosted by the Gilsum Recreation Committee

The Gilsum Recreation Committee will be holding a virtual photography contest to highlight scenes from what we individually and as a community are experiencing during the Covid-19 pandemic. All Gilsum residents and Gilsum STEAM Academy students are welcome to make photography submissions, no professional camera needed! In addition to the top winners receiving fun prizes from local businesses, the winning photographs will be featured on the Gilsum.org website, highlighted in the “Gilsum Bridge” publication, and will be archived with the Gilsum Historical Society! Be a part of Gilsum history!

Photo Submission Categories:

  • Pandemic Portraits (this can include animals and people)
  • Life in Lockdown
  • Separate but Together

Photo Requirements:

Photos should be recent, appropriate, and reflective of your experience during Covid-19 and/or safe quarantine activities. Photos don’t have to be a certain size or taken on a specific camera! Phone pictures, polaroids, disposables, expensive camera shots… they all count! Feel free to be creative and humorous.

Winning Age Group Categories:

(Each photo submission category will have 3 winners, 1 from each age group, who will all receive a fun prize and winners’ certificate!)

  • Adult age group (18+)
  • Teen age group (13-18)
  • Youth/Gilsum Steam Academy student (under 13)

Submission Deadline and Details:

The deadline to submit your Quaren-scenes photo(s) is November 18th, 2020. Winners will be announced by the Recreation Committee on November 20th, 2020 and we will call or email you if your photo wins your age group! You can send in your photos by email to Damaris at damaris.gibaldi@gmail.com, please include the following in your email:

  • Name
  • Age or age group
  • Mailing address
  • Best contact number
  • Photo and title of your photo (add a brief description if you would like!)
  • Which photo category it falls under

Gilsum Grows Together – Free Veggie Starts

While it is not feasible to gather for recreation activities at this time the Gilsum Recreation Committee is committed to keeping our community strong and offer socially distant opportunities to stay connected. We excited to be able to offer FREE Garden Starter Kits to Gilsum Residents. On May 30th Garden Starter Kits can be picked up outside the church from 10AM- 12 NOON during the same hours of the weekly food pantry. OR doorstep deliveries can be arranged if you message Sarah at sdhusted603@gmail.com or message us on Gilsum Community facebook.We have done our best source vegetable plants, herb plants, and seed packets locally from Vera Flora Farm, Julie’s Garden, Ridge View Farm, Gilsum Gardens, and Emerson Brook Sustainability Project as well as some donations from wonderful neighbors!

GILSUM STILL ROCKS!!

Even though the 2020 Gilsum Rock Swap has been canceled…we want Gilsum children and adults to keep that unifying Rock Swap spirit. The Gilsum Recreation Committee has created activities to keep this town rockin’!

– Join the “COMMUNITY ROCK CONCERT” starting at the Frog Pond! We are asking all residents to decorate a rock and leave it for all to see in the flower bed or under the Gilsum sign at the Frog Pond! It’s going to be a fun way to “gather” as a community & celebrate while we can’t physically be together!

– Don’t stop there! DECORATE – DESIGN – CREATE – EXPLORE & FIND because

When we feel it is safe to do so, we will celebrate by having a special Rock Swap day just for us!  You will have a chance to show off your Gilsum rock finds, reveal your rock creations and swap all you wish with other kids and adults!

Ready, set, ROCK!