November 4, 2016

The selectmen met last Thursday with bidders who wished to repair the doors to the meeting room to check on exactly what they are planning to do. No decision has been made as yet.

At the Wednesday selectmen’s meeting they discussed the liabilities of allowing usage of town hall. The town’s insurance carrier, Primex, responded to questions posed by the selectmen. One item, alcohol use at functions was discussed. According to Primex, only insured vendors would be allowed to serve liquor.

During the selectmen’s work session they discussed the sign ordinances: size, location, intent of signs were looked at. They also spoke about contracts and leases.

The selectmen will meet with the residents of Wanalancet on November 16 at 4 p.m. at the Wanalancet Union Chapel. As always the meeting is open to the public.

 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8 from a.m to 7 p.m. Remember to come by and vote. Though the Selectmen’s Office will be closed, you can find the selectmen at town hall should you have a question or comment for him/her.

 

The Selectmen’s Office will be closed on Veteran’s Day, November 11.

 

By this time everyone should have received their annual tax bill. Some bills reflect credits that the town gives: Veteran Credit, Disabled Person/Spousal Credit, Elderly Exemption Credit, Disabled Person Credit (same as Elderly Exemption).  Remember your tax payment must be in by December 1, 2016. Additionally you received a request for your opinion regarding semi-annual billing. Please make sure you include your response with your property tax check.

 

Albany’s annual Turkey Dinner for the Lora Johnson Pierce Scholarship Fund is November 12. Please join us.  It’s fun and good eating.

 

Gibson Center: Join friends on a trip to Mount Washington, the Crown of New England, Currier Museum exhibit on Wednesday, November 9. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. The cost is $36 with lunch on your own. Call 356-3231 to reserve your seat.

 

Library: On Monday at 6:30 p.m. it’s Pajama Story Time. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. there’s Robotics for 4 to 6 graders. At 6 p.m. join the Teen Writing Group. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. The library is closed on Veterans Day.

 

UNH Extension: If you have a question regarding food, health, gardens and/or landscaping the folks at UNH have answers. You can call 877-398-4769 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or email extension.uh.edu. It’s free.

 

Kennett High School is having a Project Graduation Fund Raiser at Joseph’s Spaghetti Shed in Glen on November 7 from 4:30 to 9 p.m.  Twenty percent of sales will go to support the Project.There will also be a silent auction and raffle from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Stop by for dinner and help support Project Graduation.

 

Daylight Savings Time ends on November 6.  Remember to change your clocks.

 

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday! Have a great week.

 

 

October 28, 2016

The selectmen interviewed two potential attorneys at their Wednesday meeting. Each were asked the same questions: How would they deal if there were with conflicts between clients, how many attorneys are there in their offices, what are their charges, will they be available to attend the annual town meeting?  Peter Malia was the first to be interviewed. Though he is located in Maine, he is well versed in NH law. Locally he also represents Conway, Lincoln, Jackson, Chatham and the Kearsarge Lighting District. Should there be a conflict between Albany and another client he said he would step out. There are two full time attorneys in his office and one part-time attorney. His charge at this time is $185 per hour rising to $190 in 2017. At this time he will be able to attend the town meeting should there be a need.  The other candidate, Paul Fitzgerald is not from this area. He was suggested by Rick Hiland who lived for many years in Bow. Attorney Fitzgerald represents several towns outside of this area. He’s had forty years experience as an attorney. He will, if asked, attend our town meeting. His office has one other attorney. His charge is $225 per hour for municipalities; for Albany he suggests it would be $200 for the first year and raised after that. Asked how he would deal with conflicts between selectmen and town boards, he said he would give the selectmen’s board priority over other town boards.

Cathy Ryan reported enjoying the Chamber dinner she attended. She met other valley selectmen and found the dinner interesting.

In light of the One Wheel Drive fire, Joe Ferris inquired about whether commercial businesses have been regularly inspected. This is a question to be brought up with Chief Solomon.

Selectmen want the townspeople to know that they will be available to the public on Election Day, November 8, for questions, comments, problems. Also, they are still in need of volunteers for several town boards. Stop by and see them as they will be there all day.

 

Remember the Albany Dinner at Darby Field Inn is November 5.  Seating is limited so call 447-2181 and make your reservations as soon as possible. See you there!

 

Please remember the Albany Turkey Dinner is coming soon. Kathy will need lots of help.  Please call her and volunteer.

 

 

Gibson Center: Join friends for the Currier Museum’s trip on November 9. The cost of $36 covers the museum, special exhibit admission and transportation. Bring a bag lunch to eat on the bus or buy your lunch at the museum. The bus leaves the Center at 9 a.m. and returns about 5:30 or 6 p.m.

 

Library: On October 31 at 4 p.m. children may come to the library in costume and choose a free book all evening while books are available. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos, and Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. there’s robotics for 4-6 graders. At 6 p.m. join the Teen Writing Group. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Threes and Fours and at 6 p.m. the Adult Coloring Group meets.

 

UNH Extension: The Extension offers some advice about saving money this winter. Every degree you lower your thermostat reduces fuel cost. A programmable thermostat can help. If no one is home, turn the heat down. Reduce your fuel cost by 10 percent or more by having your heating system professionally serviced. Consider replacing your heating system with a Energy Star heater if it is more than 15 years old.  Seal air leaks around windows, doors, piping, lighting fixtures, fireplace dampers, attic hatches, bulkhead doors with caulking, weather stripping, insulation, and  plastic film. Fireplaces should have dampers that seal tightly. Seal leaky ductwork. While sealing your home’s leaks, remember your home needs to “breathe”. Harmful flue gases and mold can accumulate in homes without adequate ventilation.  A blower-door test is needed. Check out www.New Hampshire Saves for more information.

 

Angels and Elves will open November 2 next door to the Black Cap Restaurant. It’s time to think about helping kids enjoy Christmas.

 

Last Saturday the Mineral Club had their annual auction and showing of their wares at town hall. Beautiful jewelry, semi-precious stones were on display. Don’t miss it next year!

 

Carol Munroe’s two nieces from Massachusetts, Nicole Barriteau and Michelle Munroe, visited her recently and they all went to the Fryeburg Fair.  Carol, Michelle and Nicole had such a good time they decided to make it a yearly tradition.

 

Bernadine Dubois fell and broke her elbow. It was operated on Tuesday and she spent the night at the hospital. Her daughter Diane came to stay with her for a while.

 

The cold weather has arrived. It’s even snowed. Get ready for winter. Have a great week!

October 7, 2016

At the September 28 selectmen’s meeting Joe Ferris and Rick Hiland reported that the budget workshop they had attended was quite worthwhile. The selectmen discussed establishing a contract policy. There was also discussion regarding the proposed lease the Conservation Committee is negotiating with Fish & Game. In the proposal there is a provision that the town will maintain the DOT building. The selectmen would like Peter Carboni to inspect the building to determine its present condition. At the October 5 meeting they discussed not using the DOT building but rather putting in a smaller  unit to house the farm equipment and putting in a road directly from the Kancamagus to the farm.

At the earlier meeting, Veronica Francis, a representative from NotchNet came before the selectmen to discuss changes the selectmen may want to look at and also consider some updates which would make the town’s website easier to use. At the October 5 selectmen’s meeting there was consensus that Ms. Francis had made a good presentation and they are seriously considering making a change from the present host.

At the September meeting Rick Hiland said he would like the Capital Improvement Plan committee to meet in order to consider a capital reserve fund for bridge repair and other future road projects. To do this they would need for a warrant article to cover the costs for the next five to seven years.  A 20% match would be needed to qualify for state funding.

At the October 5 meeting the selectmen discussed the need to purchase a generator to use at Town Hall should there be an emergency where the town building would become an emergency shelter.  The cost of the generator is approximately $14,000 which can be off set to a degree by a grant. This would have to be brought up at town meeting.

Also at this meeting the selectmen discussed their need for a new town counsel. Several names have come up and they will make up a list of questions to ask each attorney at a future interview.

Along with your upcoming tax bill will be several items the selectmen want to make you aware of.  One is a notice that came up at the 911 Emergency Management meeting. All homes must have the address clearly visible so that emergency vehicles can find you.

Be aware that at least one selectman will be available on Election Day should you wish to discuss something with him/her. (Write down your questions so you don’t forget.)

The town offices will be closed on Monday in honor of Columbus Day.

Tin Mountain: On Saturday, October 15, there will be a home energy workshop held at the Gibson Center starting at 9:30 a.m. This program will give you tips on saving money. It’s free and there will be light refreshments.

 

 

Gibson Center: The Gibson Center Crafts and Artisan Festival is this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On October 12 take a trip to the Portland Science Center with the Gibson Center bus to view The Titanic. The cost is $31. With audio guide the cost is $36. Call 356-3231 to register. After lunch on Thursday, October 13 enjoy the Pumpkin People.

 

Library: The library is closed for Columbus Day on Monday. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. At 6 p.m. Patrick Frances speaks on Enjoying Challenging Poetry. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones and at 4 p.m. there’s Robotics for 4-6 graders. At 6 p.m. the Teen Writing Group meets. At 6:30 p.m. check out the Friends Program: A look at Cree Nation Youth in Canada. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours.

 

UNH Extension: This year’s 4-H Dog program was a success. Youth from all over Carroll County met once a week for six weeks with their dogs at the Sandwich Fairgrounds and worked on basic training methods such as leash walking, getting their dogs to sit, down and stay. They also worked on entry level rally, nose work and agility. The program was run by three volunteer 4-H leaders who have worked with dogs for many years. The program will run again next summer.  If you are interested in learning more about the program,contact Amanda Royce at 447-3834.

 

The Sandwich Fair starts this weekend. Gates open at 8 a.m. and rides begin at 9 a.m. Pets are not allowed on the Fair Grounds.

 

It’s autumn in New Hampshire and the colors are beautiful. Stan and Dorothy Solomon’s nephew and niece, Steve and Connie Rushfield, from Nevada visited last week and got to enjoy one of the benefits of living in this state. Stan gave them a tour of the area.

 

Area towns are gearing up for Halloween with Pumpkin People.  Check out those at Coleman’s.

 

Have a great week!

 

September 23, 2016

All three selectmen were busy at the Wednesday meeting.  Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Santuccio reported to the selectmen about about the Sheriff’s work in Albany. He left a written report about tickets written and arrests made. The deputies have established a good relationship with many in this community and generally all is going well.

Forest Service representatives were in primarily to discuss the problems with the Albany Covered Bridge. According to them, the bridge had been damaged by vehicles about seven times this year and needs to be repaired. They believe that the damage was likely from vehicles hitting the barrier at the top of the bridge. It seems one sign at the Kanc side says the clearance is more than eight feet while at the opposite end the clearance is just over seven feet. Though the Forest Service is willing to help with the cost of fixing the bridge, it can’t be done at this time due to their budgetary restrictions. The selectmen, Curtis Coleman and the Forest Service people will get together to take care of the new signage.

The selectmen discussed how to deal with contracts and have decided to send them to Primex to be looked over to make sure all is correct.

 

Waldorf School: Join the fall Needle Felting workshop at the school on September 24 from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. and make a pumpkin using a barbed needle and natural wool roving. This would make a perfect fall seasonal display. A $20 fee includes all materials.

 

Gibson Center: Call 356-3231 to make an appointment for answers to your computer questions.

 

Library: At 6 p.m. on Monday come and watch the Back to School 80’s movie: Heathers. At 10:30 am. on Tuesday it’s Story Time for Twos. At 5:30 p.m. it’s Sensory Story Time. At 6:30 p.m. there’s a book talk on Weathering Shame. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. its Story Time for Wee Ones and at 4 p.m. there’s Robotics for 4th-6th graders. Also at 4 p.m. the Lego Club meets and at 6 p.m. join the Teen Writing Group. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 6 p.m. meet with the Chess Club.

 

UNH Extension: Coming up quickly is another season of Slow Cooker classes.  If you have a child attending Conway Elementary School you and your child can join the Family Cooking with Nutrition Connections. The classes meet Mondays, October 17-November 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. Call either Cathy Baker at Conway El (447-3369) or Joy Gagnon at (662-8901). If you are a participant at the Food Pantry at the Brown Church, there is also a four week lesson series of Slow Cooker there beginning Wednesday, October 19 and each Wednesday until November 8.  They meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To join there contact Mayanne at the church office (662-8901) or Joy Gagnon. Each of these programs are funded in part by Memorial Hospital.

 

President and CEO of Memorial Hospital, Scott McKinnon, (an Albany resident) invites the public to the ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the largest renovation of the hospital in years on September 29 at 5:30 p.m. Afterwards there will be a tour of the addition.

 

Though it’s early, do put the Albany Birthday Dinner on your calendar.  It will be held on November 5, a change from the original date due to changes at the Darby Field Inn. The cost will be $30 per person and that includes the meal, tax and gratuity. Mark Donaldson, owner of Darby Field, would appreciate reservations made for the event at least two weeks before the dinner. Darby Field has a seating capacity of 50.

 

Bernadine DeBois had a great week. She had loads of visitors. Eddie, his wife Wendy, and grandson Tylor Brousseau from Irvine, California came visiting as did daughter, Diane Leroux of Waterford, Vt. and Bobbie Brousseau from Canine, Vt. Sherri and Trevor Stanley of Concord, NH visited over the weekend and everyone enjoyed the buffet at the Peking Restaurant.

 

Dancers take notice. The Mount Washington Valley Stompers have begun their fall and winter sessions. They will continue until January 16 at the American Legion Hall on Tasker Hill Road each Monday from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. The caller is Jay Silbe. The cost is $7 per person. All are welcome even if you don’t have a partner. Refreshments will be served.

If you rather do contra dancing that has also started but is still open for new dancers every Saturday night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church. There is live music and the caller is Brian Ricker. The cost is $7 per person.

 

Fall is here and the trees are beginning to turn.  Get out and have a great week!

September 16, 2016

The selectmen meeting on Wednesday was one person short as Cathy Ryan was absent.  Still town business was carried on.  Kathy Vizard reported that the assessor has almost completed his work for this year. Tax notification is coming. Watch for it in the mail. The selectmen noted that a sign is needed on Passaconoway Road at the Conway line to alert drivers that trucks cannot negotiate that road.  One tried it last week and damaged the road in several places.

Selectman Ferris reported that the school board is considering charging parents of young students if they do not have their child met at the bus stop.  The drivers can not drop the child off to be left alone and therefore must take him/her back to the school.

The selectmen plan to bring up changes to the budget cycle at Town Meeting in March. They are also considering the idea of changing the date of Town Meeting.

It is expected that the state representatives will be meeting with the selectmen and Conservation Commission shortly to discuss contracts.  It is hoped that a Fish and Game representative will also attend.

Selectman Hiland reported that a representative from Utopia, the new owners of Pine Knoll Camp Grounds, came to a Planning Board meeting to present their plans for the new camp ground.  They plan on keeping the present sites with some changes.  There will be 150 sites holding tents, chalets, but no campers or motor homes will be allowed.  They plan on building a small pool, a recreation hall, and a small restaurant, but not one that will compete with local establishments. They are hiring local workmen for their projects.

The selectmen thanked all those who worked to make the primary election on Tuesday go smoothly.

 

The selectmen’s office will be closed on September 22 and 23.

 

Saturday is Hazardous Waste Collection Day. This happens only once a year. Each household is allowed up to 10 gallons (counted by the number of cans, not actual gallons) to be dumped at no charge. For more information on what is considered hazardous go to http://conwaynh.org/transfer-station/. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Conway Transfer Station on East Conway Road. If you are unable to attend this Saturday, or are a small commercial generator(contractor, cabinet maker, etc.) the Lakes Region Household Hazardous Product Facility in Wolfeboro welcomes you to their final monthly collection day of the season on Saturday October 15. Call 651-7530 before then. Non-residents will be charged $40 for every 0-5 gallon increment.

 

Gibson Center: Eat at Joseph’s Spaghetti Shed on Monday, September 19 from 5-8 p.m. and help support the Center. Call Jill (356-3231) if you can  help set up the Center’s display at the Fryeburg Fair.

 

Library:  Library Trustee Meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, September 19 is open to the public.  At 6 p.m. check out the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. At 11:30 a.m. the Heritage Scrapbooking group meets. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones and at 6:30 p.m. the NH Humanities Council presents “Rally ‘Round the Flag: The American Civil War through Folk Song”. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours and at 11 a.m. there’s Yoga for Kids and Caregivers.  At 4:30 p.m. the Pokemon Club meets.

 

UNH Extension: For questions about backyard livestock, flowers, shrubs and ornamentals, food safety, fruits and vegetables, gardening, lawns, or pests call the Info Line 877-398-4769.

 

A film “Starting Early Learning for Children” will be shown at the North Conway Community Center on September 21 from 6-8 p.m.  It will also be shown at the Joseph Bartlett Elementary School on September 27 from 6-8 p.m.

 

The trees are turning, the weather is cooling and school is in session.  But there’s much to enjoy so have a great week!

 

September 2, 2016

Albany is going international!  Dan Sdankus has sold Pine Knoll Campground to Huttopia, Inc. a Canadian company that plans to revamp the property into a chic camping experience. Huttopia has campgrounds in 17 national parks throughout Quebec and 8 destinations in France, where Huttopia originated. This will be their first foray into the United States and they have chosen Albany for that!  Their plan is to create an experience that is in harmony with the environment thus preserving its natural quality. Trees are protected and all infrastructures can be dismantled and are constructed on piles to lighten the footprint on the ground. Automobile traffic is limited to a central parking area and visitors are brought to the campsite via campground vehicle. All buildings are eco-designed using untreated, unpainted, raw wood to allow for better integration into the landscape.

According to Dan, he was contacted by Huttopia after they found the campgrounds through Google Earth. A company representative came to look over the property and the deal was consummated in June.

Under the new management there will be tents supplied by the firm with comfy mattresses, a small refrigerator, dishes and cookware. Though campers bring their own food and drinks, there’s no need to haul bulky camping equipment, towels or sheets. Those things are provided. For those who want more than a tent experience, there will be two story chalets with a living room, bedrooms, kitchen space with sink, electric stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher (and dishes) and bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet. If you like the company of other campers, there will be an activity center to have fun with the whole family. For those who might like to eat “out” there will be a cafe/restaurant on premise.  The convenience store can supply a few basics such as fresh bread delivered from a local bakery.

The Coleman company has been hired to prepare the property. (As it happens, Dixie Coleman hopes to spend some vacation time in a Huttopia property while in France this year.) Some present staff from Pine Knoll are staying on and the company plans on hiring more locals as well.  Huttopia hopes to be ready for business by May of 2017.

Seasonal campers who were already committed to enjoy their summer/fall camping experience at Pine Knoll can remain on the premise until October 15 rent free.  Still there was some dismay, as many were frequent visitors who will miss coming to the “old” Pine Knoll.

The seasonal residents, like any household being moved, have things to sell.  Come by for their yard sale September 10 and 11. Drive down to 57 Pine Knoll Road and check out what might be useful. For more information call Terry Bunnell (site 45) at 978-395-5765.

In the meantime, Dan is busy packing up for his move. He’s been at this since June and still has lots of work to do. He is planning to stay in Albany and is presently looking for a house.

 

The selectmen met on Wednesday for a work session. Selectman Richard Hiland attended a workshop in Concord held by Primex (the town’s insurance provider) dealing with contracts. The selectmen spent most of the meeting discussing the town contracts with the farmers. Several problems were discussed and the selectmen decided to hold another meeting with the Conservation Commission to go over what they see as possible problems with leases/contracts that have been issued. Insurance provider, Primex, is willing to go over any contract the town goes into.

For a full understanding of this meeting, go to albanytownmeetings.com and listen to what went on.

 

The Selectmen and Clerk’s offices will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.

 

Supervisors of the Check List will be available September 6 from 7-7:30 p.m. to review and make any needed changes to the list before the September 13 Primary.

 

Gibson Center: Check out the Crafts and Artisan Festival this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tuesday, September 5 is Primary Voting.  If you need transportation, call the Center (356-3231) to sign up for the ride to the polling station. September is Go Orange Month. Thursday, September 8, there will be a memorial raffle, orange food on the menu, a Memorial Leaf Tree ($5 buys a leaf on the tree). Wear orange that day. If you missed the trip to Two Lights & Lobster Shack in August you can call (356-3231) to make th September 7 trip.  The cost is $18.

 

Library: The library is closed on Monday for Labor Day. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. is Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday it’s for Wee Ones. At 6 p.m. the Teen Writing Group meets. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours and at 11 a.m. there’s Yoga for Kids and Caregivers. At 4 p.m. the Family Garden Club meets.

 

Beware hungry bears.  Nathaniel Knox was visited in his home recently by a bear who made entrance through a window.  Sara Knox happened to be there at the time and shooed the bear out of the house, but not before the bear had consumed several chocolate chip cookies. The bear left unwillingly and returned several more days knocking on the door to get more cookies.

 

Congratulations to Lauren O’Reilly on completion of the Fraternal Insurance Counselor program.   Lauren is a Modern Woodmen of America representative, a firm founded in 1883 that offers financial products and member benefits to individuals and families countrywide.

 

This is the Labor Day weekend. Keep safe out there and have a great week!

August 26, 2016

The selectmen met on Wednesday for their regular session. (They will not be meeting next week as it is the fifth Wednesday of the month.)

Selectman Hiland reported the DOT has inspected five town bridges finding two red listed bridges. Three were inspected in August, 2015: one on Drake Hill South, one on Ferncroft Road and one on Passaconaway Road. Two bridges were inspected in October, 2015: one on Drake Hill North and the Albany Covered Bridge.

Kathy Vizard reported the assessor has completed his work and the results should be ready by Labor Day. She also told the selectmen that the town would use $200,000 in tax anticipated notes to pay bills. Additionally she reported that at this point ten packets of sealed bids have been issued for the Eastman property.

The selectmen voted to send Rick Hiland as their voting representative to the Municipal Association Conference on September 23.

The selectmen continued working on their “old business” items. They are awaiting another bid on the crash bars for the town hall meeting room. The town website will be updated in September. It was also decided that the survey of the town’s taxpayers as to whether to change to semi-annual billing would be sent along with this year’s tax bill.

Rick Hiland reported on the Eastern Slopes Airport meeting and BBQ. The airport is doing well and serves for the most part as a landing site for corporate jets. (The BBQ was good too.) Regarding the Conservation Commission, Selectman Hiland found that in their recent minutes no mention of the lease/contract with the farmers. He feels it is necessary for the Albany selectmen to speak with the Conway Assessor regarding the farmland use and thinks representatives from the Conservation Commission should also attend this meeting.  Once everything is settled with Conway, the decision as to the use of the farmland would be presented to the town’s people at the March Town Meeting.

 

Gibson Center: Call to schedule your trip to Two Lights & Lobster Shack for lunch on Wednesday, August 31 (or September 7). The trip is from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $18.  On Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 check out the Crafts and Artisan Festival open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Library: Tuesday at 10:30 a.m there’s Story Time for Twos and Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 6 p.m. the Teen Writing Group meets. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours followed at 11 a.m. with Yoga for Kids and Caregivers. At 4 p.m. the Family Garden Club meets.

 

Congratulations to Sarah McKinnon, daughter or Scott and Kim McKinnon, who graduated from Kennett High School and is planning a career in film and radio. Best of luck to you Sarah!

 

Many Albany residents were left in the dark Monday evening and into early Tuesday morning due to an auto hitting a utility pole. The driver was arrested for DUI.  Undoubtably, many (like me) did not sleep well that night. After reporting the outage, and calling the utility company two more times, I was awakened in the very early morning asking whether my lights were back on.  It’s time for a generator!

 

The summer is quickly coming to an end.  Get out and enjoy what’s left.  Have a great week!

August 19, 2016

The selectmen met on Wednesday while the man from Pope Security was busily working on some fixes to the system that will automatically erase what was videoed after thirty days.  He finished his work during the meeting.

Kathy Vizard, Administrative Assistant, reported that the Right to Know class would be held at town hall on September 14. As directed she had advised neighboring towns of the class but so far only Tamworth has said they would attend. With elections coming, Kathy reported that she has been advised election inspectors for the Democrat and Republican  committees need to be appointed.  The selectmen voted to appoint Mary Leavitt and Dorothy Solomon (both Democratic Ballot Clerks) and Karen Menard (Republican Ballot Clerk) to the position.

Dana Jones, representing White Mountain Oil/Propane (Albany has purchased fuel from them for many years) came by to explain the billing programs for the coming season. The town has two accounts with them: fuel oil and propane. According to last year’s records, the town consumed approximately 600 gallons of oil and 300 gallons of propane. There are three means of pricing: open market, fixed price(pre-buy), and cap which gives the consumer the maximum cost but allows for it to go down.  This last price deal requires that the consumer pay an insurance fee.  After discussion, the selectmen decided to lock in the heating cost at the cap level. Mr. Jones advised consumers to go on-line to the official New Hampshire government website and look at the Office of Energy and Planning site for fuel prices. It can help in planning ahead for the heating season. He left the selectmen with a copy of the site’s information.

Conservation Commission members, Rob Nadler and Cort Hanson, came before the selectmen to discuss the Albany Forest land deals made with local farmers. They have contracted with the farmers for a multi-year use of the land. The farmers will maintain the property by mowing the pathway. The commission is awaiting state regulation information on leasing of land. They are investigating bringing power and water to the farmland and supplying storage facility for the farmers. The DOT buildings will be inspected to determine if they can be safely used. The selectmen advised that the Commission and select board both meet with the Conway Assessor and the Conway Planning Board chair to discuss the farming plans, as the farm is actually in Conway. Steve Knox inquired as to who was legally responsible for multi-year leasing of the farm land: the legislative body or the selectmen? There was no definitive answer to the question at the meeting.

Two companies are interested in the replacement of the town doors contract. The company supplying the new locks for the town will come by to give their estimate of cost.

The selectmen are looking at getting the DOT and Curtis Coleman to do an inspection of all bridges in Albany so that they can make long term plans for the repairs. Selectman Joe Ferris will follow through on the bridge work.

The selectmen will be presenting a questionaire for the town’s people regarding bi-annual taxation. Look for this either at election time or with your tax bill.

 

World Fellowship: Sunday, August 21 at 10 a.m. Liza Behrendt discusses Queer Politics & Jewish Palestine Solidarity. In the evening (7:30 p.m.) Chaumtoli Hug, a human rights attorney, speaks on Building Transnational Labor Solidarity. On Monday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m. Prof. Thomas Roach discusses Social Media: Virtual Communism or Opiate of the Masses? Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Dud Hendrick’s topic is Do We Have an Empathy Deficit?

 

Gibson Center: Join friends on a trip Saturday, August 27 to see Celtic Thunder. Call 356-3231 for reservations.

 

Library: Tuesday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 6 p.m. the Teen Writing Group meets. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours followed at 4 p.m. when the Family Garden Club meets.

 

The White Mountain Interpretive Association and the Forest Service plan to celebrate Pasaconaway Heritage Day on August 27 at the Russell Colbath House (on the Kancamagus Highway). It’s free and open to all. The programs go from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fifth Massachusetts Battery Light Artillery will put on a program. Bring a picnic lunch and join the fun.

 

Jackson Village Park hosts the White Mountain Art & Artisan Festival on August 20-21. A silent auction will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

We are getting some much needed rain, but it doesn’t spoil our lovely summer. Get out and enjoy! Have a great week!

 

 

August 12, 2016

The selectmen met on Wednesday and dealt with several issues. Selectman Hiland noted that members of several boards are interested in attending a workshop on Right To Know. It was suggested that Kathy Vizard contact other select boards around the area to see if they too have people interested in such a workshop.  Perhaps this might mitigate the costs associated with this workshop.

Norman Tragenza, candidate for District 7 Representative, came before the selectmen to advise them of his run and what he felt most adamant about.  One of his ideas was to reduce the number of state regulations. He asked what the selectmen were interested in and left his telephone number should the selectmen have any special needs.

He was followed by a visit from Curtis Coleman discussing the red listed bridges and town roads. Though the bridges could not immediately be completely fixed, they could be posted to avoid problems.  Additionally, Selectman Hiland suggested that the town apply to the state for aid in making the needed improvements of these bridges.  The state will pay 80 percent of the costs if approved. Curtis also spoke of road repairs.  For this more funds are needed.  This will be brought up at the next Town Meeting.  Additionally it was suggested bonding for these roads.

Rick Hiland reported that the Planning Board has approved the work to be done at World Fellowship. Cathy Ryan attended a Cemetery Committee Meeting where there was discussion regarding modernization of the properties.

Steve Knox questioned the selectmen about the road worthiness of motor homes in the town.  They will look into this.

The town is accepting bids on the sale of property located on West Main Street Ext. All bids must be received by September 5 at noon. Bids will be opened September 7 at 4:15 p.m. and read aloud at that meeting. This is a tax sale and is being sold without a warranted deed or condition of property. The successful bidder will receive a Quit Claim Deed.  A bid packet may be picked up at the Albany Selectmen’s Office.

 

Remember that Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is September 18 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Conway Transfer Station.  There is a strict 10 gallon limit per household. Contractors can make arraignments prior to this event.

Check the door at Town Hall for ballot samples of the upcoming (September 13) Primary.  All of the candidates for each party are noted.

 

World Fellowship: On Sunday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Christine DeTroy who grew up in Hitler’s Germany will speak about “Remembering: Years of Hiding Behind Silence”. On Monday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tammy Shapiro will talk about “How Decentralized , Smart Movement Networks Can Help Us Build the Future”. On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. join the discussion about Post-Disaster Climate Justice Organizing.

 

Gibson Center: Call (356-3231) to sign up for the Tuesday, August 16 trip to Old Orchard Beach to see the “Downeasters” a barbershop group. The bus leaves the Center at 2:30 p.m. and/or on August 17 take the bus to the coast for a Portland Sunset Lighthouse Cruise.  Meet at the Center at 2 p.m.

 

Library: Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones.  At 6 p.m. the Teen Writers Group meets. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 4 p.m. the Family Garden Club meets.

 

Congratulations to Emily Mathieu named to the Dean’s List at Keene State College.

 

The USFS is offering lessons for skating groups in basic skills, free skating skills, hockey skills, etc. Sign up is being held now through August 30.  Call 739-5467 for further information.

 

On August 13 the Fourth Annual Mountain Side Summer Music Festival at Attitash offers free entertainment from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the Base Lodge.  Bring your own chair.

 

We are officially in a heat wave. Drink lots of water, and enjoy the warmth while it’s here.  Have a great week!

 

August 5, 2016

The selectmen’s office will be closed on Monday, August 8.

 

The selectmen met on Wednesday and completed updating the town’s Rules and Procedures by which they operate. The security video policy was also accepted.

The joint meeting of the selectmen and the Conservation Commission was held on Tuesday. The selectmen felt it had gone very well.  They spoke about the farmers’ leases. They discussed the need to work with the Conway boards since the farmland was actually in Conway. Selectman Rick Hiland, having spoken with Mark McConkey, plans to meet with the other two state representatives, Susan Ticehurst and Ed Butler and perhaps Jeb Bradley regarding these leases, though he thinks he might wait until after the November elections to make sure he speaks with those who can actually help with issues regarding the farmland.

Selectman Hiland will also meet with business representatives from Albany and the North Country Council in late September to help businesses in our town.

There are several upcoming events that may be of interest to Albany residents. On September 27 the NH Municipal Association will hold their budget meeting in Bartlett. Eastern Slopes Airport will hold it’s annual meeting on August 19 followed by a BBQ. All are invited.

The Planning Board will meet on August 8 at 7 p.m. for a hearing on World Fellowship’s expansion.  They are adding cabins, a rest room and shower house.

 

Add this to your calendar: the Conway Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be Saturday, September 17 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Conway Transfer Station on East Conway Road. There is a strict 10 gallon limit per household. (Local contractors cannot transport waste to this event. Call 447-3811 ext. 123 for contractor information.)

 

World Fellowship: Call 447-2280 for tickets to the Thomas Rodriquez Trio playing Venezuelan and Cuban folk music.

 

Gibson Center: There is a fundraiser benefiting Meals on Wheels at Flatbreads on Tuesday, August 9 from 4-9 p.m. On August 10 board the bus at 8 a.m. for a trip to St.Gauden’s. Saint-Garden was a prolific sculpture a century ago and some of his work is featured on the grounds of his family home, now a national park. Bring a bag lunch or pick up something at the rest stop. Call (365-3231) to sign up for the trip. The cost is $36.

 

Library: Monday at 5 p.m. is Adult Spanish Instruction. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. the Summer Reading finale has Steve Blunt in a musical performance. At 6 p.m. the Teen writing Group meets.  On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours and at 4 p.m. the Family Garden Club meets. At noon on Friday the summer reading program ends.

 

Saturday is Art in the Park at Schouler Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for beautiful artworks created by talented local artists.

 

It’s going to be a lovely summer weekend.  Get out and enjoy!  Have a great week.

 

 

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