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.

 

 

July 29, 2016

Many thanks to Cathy Currier, Donna Gray, Jamie Sabina, June Johnson, Lee Grant, Paul and Linda Brown, Joe Ferris, Cindy and Cort Hanson, Rob Nadler, Rick Hiland and Sara and Steve Knox for  making the Albany picnic the great success it was. Even the weather cooperated!  Somewhere around 100 people attended. The food was terrific, there was a great raffle and the 250th birthday cake fed the crowd well.

 

The Wednesday selectmen’s meeting began with a public hearing on updates of town ordinances. As of August 2, 2016 the fines on illegal parking and various restricted parking areas have updated as to their fines. Restrictions on loitering and drinking alcohol were also updated.  Check these updates on line at albanynh.org.

 

The joint meeting of the Conservation Commission and Selectmen will be held August 2 at 6 p.m.  Please attend. Rick Hiland noted that he spoke to Representatives McConkey and Ticehurst at the town picnic regarding changing restrictions on leasing/contracts with farmers on town property in hopes of promoting agriculture in the area.

 

The selectmen voted to send a letter of thanks and support to all local/adjacent police departments and the Sheriff’s office.  It was felt necessary at this time to show the public how much we in Albany respected and honored these men and women.

 

The rock walls in front of the Albany Museum have been repaired and looking great. Randy Leach is finishing the landscape now.

 

The Coleman crew has been hard at work on Bald Hill. They have fixed the sides of the road which should help the road after rains. They are now working on Drake Hill Road.

 

 

Gibson Center: Bus heads for Barnstormer’s on Tuesday to see Das Barbecue.  Call 356-3231 to sign up for the trip.

 

Library:Monday at 5 p.m. join Adult Spanish class. At 5:30 p.m. attend the Harry Potter Party. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones and on Thursday it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 4 p.m. Thursday join the Family Garden Club.

 

Congratulations to Steve and Sara Knox on the birth of their grandson, Everett Hobday Knox, born to Josh and Melanie last week. They were ever the proud grandparents given the opportunity to hold the baby when he was only six hours old!

 

Check out the US Forest Service’s new signage at the White Ledge Campground.

 

Habitat for Humanity is open to people eighteen or older interested in housing. If you can enter into a binding contract and have the ability to pay, you can partner with Habitat to build a house. Contact Habitat for Humanity at 2 Common Court, North Conway on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 356-3832.

 

Kennett High Alumni Summer Outing will be held July 30 at Fryeburg Fair Craft building. The social hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. The dinner will be prepared by Kennett High School Alumni Board of Directors and served by the Kennett Key Club. Join the fun and renew old friendships and make new ones. The Kennett Class of 1969 will celebrate with a get-together at Chuck and Jane Lyman’s home (66 High Street, Silver Lake) on July 23 at noon. This is a pot luck.  Looking forward to seeing lots of classmates.

July 22, 2016

By now everyone should know that 2016 is Albany’s 250 anniversary.  There will be several events dedicated to this historic time. The first will come at the annual picnic this Saturday (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in the Albany Forest. Look for the table set up by the Historical Society. There will be items you will want to memorialize this event. Join as we celebrate with a BIG anniversary cake. As time goes forward there will be talks about Albany’s history. Then as a special event come and enjoy a dinner at the Darby Field on Sunday, November 6. Stay tuned for other possible events as well.

 

At the selectmen meeting Wednesday among the several items taken up was the vote to have the town hall locks redone and new keys made for all the selectmen. The selectmen continued with their review of Policies and Procedures for the town.

Jim Ennes, Forest Service Chief, came to meet with the selectmen. Among the items discussed were exploding targets, the barrier on the Albany Covered Bridge, and an upcoming timber sale by the forest service. The selectmen asked about making an access road from the old DOT office to the farmland in the Albany Forest. Chief Ennes reminded the selectmen that that area was not owned by the federal government and therefore the town would be responsible for building that road. He also told the selectmen that the USDA will be putting up a new building attaching it to the present building once funding is found. They will not be moving the present building as it is strategically located.The selectmen invited the staff of the Forest Service to attend the Albany Picnic this Saturday.

There will be a public meeting at the 4 p.m July 27 meeting to deal with the new and revised parking and alcohol ordinances.

There will be a joint meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 with the selectmen and the Conservation Commission.

 

World Fellowship: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Chris Owens, a political activist, will speak about challenges facing the new POTUS and at 10 a.m. on Sunday he talks about tensions between homeland

security and civil liberties. At 7:30 p.m. Lola Maverick Lloyd reflects on her grandmother, cofounder of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom. On Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Professor Power-Green will speak about King Cotton’s Exiles: Slavery, Abolition & the Making of African American Diaspora.

 

Gibson Center: On Monday there’s Ballroom Dancing after lunch. On Wednesday the bus will head to Portland Science Center to see the exhibit, The Titanic, with lunch at D’Millo’s. Call 356-3231 to sign up for this trip.

 

Library: Monday at 5 p.m. there’s 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.Tin Mountain representative will speak about Animal Tracks. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Threes and Fours and at p.m. join the Family Garden Club. At 6 p.m. attend Sharpie Art on Canvas.

 

UNH Ext: Here are some important tips to assist buyers when purchasing firewood. Never expect to buy by the truckload, rack, pile, or face cord. Buy only from trusted sources; if ordering from some unfamiliar person, get references. If prices seem too good to be true, it probably is. Avoid prepaying for firewood. Pay for each delivery separately, if receiving multiple deliveries. Get a receipt from seller with his/her name, address, phone number, quantity ordered and delivered and form of payment. Take a picture of the vehicle and note any details of the delivery truck such as plate #, color, etc. Avoid mixing the new delivery of firewood with wood that may be left over. Contact the seller if there are any concerns. If unable to resolve problem, avoid using the firewood and contact the Division of Weights & Measures (271-3700).

 

Habitat for Humanity is open to people eighteen or older interested in housing. If you can enter into a binding contract and have the ability to pay, you can partner with Habitat to build a house. Contact Habitat for Humanity at 2 Common Court, North Conway on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 356-3832.

 

Kennett High Alumni Summer Outing will be held July 30 at Fryeburg Fair Craft building. The social hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. The dinner will be prepared by Kennett High School Alumni Board of Directors and served by the Kennett Key Club. Join the fun and renew old friendships and make new ones. The Kennett Class of 1969 will celebrate with a get-together at Chuck and Jane Lyman’s home (66 High Street, Silver Lake) on July 23 at noon. This is a pot luck.  Looking forward to seeing lots of classmates.

 

See you all on Saturday at the picnic.  Have a great week.

 

July 15, 2016

Just a followup to the Ninth Annual Albany Town Picnic scheduled for Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held at the Albany Forest off the Kancamagus Highway (turn into the Saco Ranger Station). The grill will be working making hot dogs and burgers and soft drinks will be provided. No alcoholic beverages are permitted on site. Persons with last names beginning with A-M are asked to bring a dessert or fruit and those whose name begins with N-Z please bring a salad with dressing. Look for the 250 year banner celebrating Albany’s 250 anniversary. There will be a table selling Albany tee shirts, hats, and pens.  Everyone needs something to remember this occasion. For more information, call Kathy Carrier (447-4979).  See you at the party!

Selectman Cathy Ryan was absent from Wednesday’s meeting but Joe Ferris and Rick Hiland carried on. Administrative assistant, Kathy Vizard, gave her report: there will be an Emergency Management meeting September 21 at 6 p.m, Jim Innes, new District Manager of the Forest Service will be at the July 21 selectmen’s meeting at 4:15 p.m. and Curtis Coleman will be posting Birch Hill Road to Bald Hill Road as a Class 6 road meaning it’s not maintained for travel.

There will be a public hearing on August 3 to discuss new costs for parking illegally in Albany.

The Planning Board has lost a member and is now down to five. There is a serious need for alternates. Please call Kathy if you are willing to sit on this important board.

The selectmen will request a meeting with the conservation commission as soon a possible.  There are many issues they wish to discuss with the commission.

World Fellowship: Sunday, July 17 at 10 a.m. Kevin Martin, Exec. Director Peace Action Education Fund speaks about Alternatives to Violence: Productive Approaches to dealing with ISIL. Later at 7:30 p.m. attend the program Crisis of a Lifetime: The State of Unions. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Judy Norwegian speaks about the women’s health movement.

Gibson Center: The Niagara Falls Slide Show will be held on July 22 at 12:30 p.m.

UNH Ext.: Kids, teens, adults are welcome to volunteer picking veggies at Sherman Farm Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 9:45 a.m. through August. Bring a hat, water, and sturdy footwear.

The Blue Loon has expanded service for Medicaid members living in Carroll County.  If you need a ride to see a doctor at facilities such as Dartmouth Hitchcock or Maine Medical Center get in touch with your insurance provider and tell them you’d like a ride with the Blue Loon. The provider can then contact Tri-County Transit to arrange a ride for you. For more information on Medicaid rides to appointments contact the Transit office at 888-997- 2020.

The White Mountain Jewish Film Festival is once again at the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem.  As always the introduction to the film will start on the patio of the theater. Join the fun on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. where Rick Winston, film historian, will speak about Woody Allen’s great film, “Crimes and Misdemeanors”.

Family and friends of Tom O’Conner gathered on July 1 and 2 to celebrate his life. Tom passed away October 25, 2015. He dearly loved the mountains, rivers, lakes and nature and was active, with his wife Grace, on the town Planning Board. He was a strong supporter of purchasing the Albany Forest. Besides climbing the South Moat Mountain, family and friends joined a BBQ to share memories of Tom. There was a ceremony with readings, flute music and hymns that provided a perfect setting for placing a memorial bench in the town forest where all can enjoy this peaceful setting…just as Tom did.

It’s summer and the snowbirds are coming home. Nancy and Dana Rotman are residing in their cabin, but they do have it on the market for sale.

It’s also visiting time.  Marge and George Shubley came up last weekend to see friends Roger and Nancy Holmes.

Looking forward to seeing you next Saturday, July 23 at the 250 Albany anniversary party and picnic. Have a great week.

July 8, 2016

Though town hall was closed this week, the selectmen met on Wednesday for a meeting and work session. At the meeting they signed a check for the Albany picnic committee (see below) and then went directly into making corrections and additions to the Rules of Procedure that they have been working on for several weeks.

 

It’s nearly here; the 9th Annual Albany Town Picnic! A time for Albany residents (full or part-time, as well as family and friends) to get together with their neighbors. Join us at the Albany Town Forest on July 23 from 11 to 2 p.m. for great fun and delicious food.  More information to come next week.

 

World Fellowship: Monday at 7:30 p.m. Jason Jeremias  speaks on Bringing the Global Struggle for Women’s Rights to Life on Stage. On Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Ellen Meeropol  reads from On Hurricane Island, a book about a fictional detention/interrogation center in Maine. Robert Meeropol  examines the realities of human rights abuses.

 

Gibson Center: Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance is open for new membership. The class meets from Monday through Thursday from 4-5 p.m. Please call 356-3231 to register. Also call if you’d like to join the group going to Old Orchard Beach to see the Hal McIntyre Band perform a Peggy Lee Tribute on Tuesday, July 12.

 

Library: Monday at 5 p.m. join Adult Spanish Instruction. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. there’s Smoothie Bike and Natural Ice Cream. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Threes and Fours followed at 4 p.m. with the Family Garden Club. The Friends of the Library Book sale continues on Saturday.

 

UNH Extension: Questions about your garden can be answered by a Master Gardener. Just call 877-398-4769 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Youth between 5-17 years old who are interested in rabbits are invited to join a new 4-H Rabbit Club. The main focus will be the proper care, showing and breeding of these pets. There will be an informational meeting on Saturday, July 16 from 3-5 p.m. in Chocorua. For more information email Kelly at jamrabbitry@yahoo.com.

 

For those interested in today’s hot topic, Guns, Gun Safety, Gun Laws, come to Madison Library’s lower meeting room on Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. where Sheriff Dominic Richardi will speak on this topic. This is open to the public and you will be able to ask questions and/or make comments.

 

Steve Knox, chair of Carroll County’s Farm Committee, continues working hard to come up with ideas for the use of the farm. On July 20 at 1 p.m. Andy Kendell of the Kendell Foundation located in Boston will be at the meeting to see how his foundation can help with the restructuring of the county farm. These meetings are held at the Administration Bldg. in Ossipee and are open to the public.

 

Condolences to the family of Lawrence Siebert who recently passed away. He loved his home in Passaconaway where he felt as one with nature.

 

It’s strawberry time and Schartners Farm is open for picking on weekdays from 7 to noon and then again from 4 to 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday they’re open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Join others on a midnight run July 16 that begins at Schouler Park an ends at the Ham Arena. There is a registration fee. For more information go to www.racemenu.com.

Aah, it’s really summer now. Be well and enjoy the week!

July 1, 2016

The selectmen met on Wednesday at 4 p.m. for what turned out to be a short meeting. Nancy Holmes was appointed Deputy Town Treasurer to serve the same term sequence as Mary Leavitt who is the town’s treasurer.  The selectmen signed the paperwork from the Bank of NH giving them the use of TANS funds ($400,000) should they be needed. The fixed interest rate is 2.2% for the term of 7/1/16 to 12/31/16.  There was some discussion of the Conservation Committee’s use of funds from the Land Trust for a well on the farmland in the Albany Forest. According to the selectmen the money was given to the Committee for water and electricity for the forest. Shortly thereafter the selectmen closed their meeting and moved to the Planning Board room to continue their work session. They used that room to take advantage of the screen there so that everyone could follow the material they were working on. Among the items they covered were rules of procedure for motions, public comment, public complaints and suggestions, keys and security ideas, and amendment procedures. If you’d like to see what went on at either meeting, go to albanytownmeetings.com. The selectmen will hold their next work session on Wednesday, July 6 at 4 p.m. This like all sessions is open to the public.

 

The Selectmen’s Office will be closed from July 4 through July 8.  The Clerk/Tax Collector’s office will be closed July 4.

Set aside Saturday, July 23 for the Annual Albany Picnic in the Albany Forest. Stay tuned for further information about this great event.

 

World Fellowship: If you have not read last Saturday’s exclusive on the 75th anniversary of World Fellowship, do find a copy or go on-line to read it.  It’s worthwhile to learn what the Fellowship is all about.  Today the Fellowship is under the direction of Andy Davis and Andrea Walsh. Check out the program they are offering this summer and stop by to see what’s going on.  Many of the programs are open to the public and are free. You’ll be pleasantly surprised, I think. For example  Sunday July 3 at 7:30 p.m. Witness for Peace delegates report on Cuba. On July 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tanya Greene, a NYC based attorney, will speak on Whither the Death Penalty? An American Horror Story. Tuesday, July 5 NOVA Science Editor, Evan Hadington, discusses Climate Change, Ancient and Modern at 7:30 p.m. This is just a small sampling. Check out their program calendar at worldfellowship.org.

 

Gibson Center: Crafts and Artisan Festival will be

on the lawn July 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be no lunch on Monday, July 4. Join friends for Game Day on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Play cards or board games. Sign up (356-3231) for your One to One half hour computer instruction with Deborah Tibbetts on July 7 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and/or for the Greek Festival trip to Saco, Maine on Friday, June 8. There will be Greek food, music and dancing.

Library: The library is closed Monday for the holiday. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos, and Wednesday at that time it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. there’s Yoga for Everyone. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 3 p.m. the Family Garden Club meets. At 6 p.m. there’s introduction to 3D Printing.

 

UNH Extension: Youth between 5-17 years old who are interested in rabbits are invited to join a new 4-H Rabbit Club. The main focus will be the proper care, showing and breeding of these pets. There will be an informational meeting on Saturday, July 16 from 3-5 p.m. in Chocorua. For more information email Kelly at jamrabbitry@yahoo.com.  For those who have gardening questions concerning information on the internet, Olivia Saunders suggest going on-line to Pinterest for your answers: https://www.pinterest.com/unhceedcenter/?etslf=5211&eq=unh%20.

 

 

 

For those interested in today’s hot topic: Guns, Gun Safety, Gun Laws, come to Madison Library’s lower meeting room on Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. where Sheriff Dominic Richardi will speak on this topic. This is open to the public and you will be able to ask questions and/or make comments.

 

Steve Knox, chair of the county’s Farm Committee, continues working hard to come up with ideas for the use of the farm.

 

Condolences to the family of Lawrence Siebert who recently passed away. He loved his home in Passaconaway where he felt as one with nature.

 

Starting July 22 through July 24 and then again July 29 through July 31 Thomas the Tank Engine will be running. There will be face painting, temporary tattoos , and arts and crafts aboard. Tickets are now on sale.  For more information call 800 232-5251.

 

Don’t forget there will be lots of parades in celebration of Independence Day. Get out, join the walk or just be there to watch.  Have a great July 4th!

 

 

June 24, 2016

At Wednesday’s meeting the selectmen reviewed the budget to date and found all was well. Discussion ensued regarding changing the tax billing to a semi-annual billing. Though the selectmen have the authority to change the billing, they do not want to do that without the consent of the legislative body (Albany’s taxpayers).  They will gather all the costs involved in making the change before they bring the change to the people. At the moment the Tans percentage is reasonable, so they are not proposing to make any changes.

Selectman Ferris reported that signs will have to be made to post all Class 6 roads in Albany.  He also told the other selectmen that two estimates to repair the doors in the large meeting room have come in.  Further estimates are being sought. The School Board is looking for a new member.

Selectman Hiland said the Planning Board dealt with boundary adjustment lines for the Hatch/Reardon properties at their last meeting. Trails are being extended on the Reardon portion. The Planning Board is still seeking one member and two alternatives.

(Please contact Kathy Vizard at the Selectmen’s office (447-6038) if you are willing to serve on either the Planning Board or the School Board.)

 

Selectman Ryan reported that Kim Guptil, a member of the Cemetery Committee, has a broken leg and was unable to attend their latest meeting.

Though the June 29 selectmen’s meeting would be the fifth meeting of the month, the selectmen have decided to meet non-the-less. The selectmen will hold a work session Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at town hall.

 

Tin Mountain Conservation Center: The Center is planning a walk June 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. They will meet in the nature learning center room. The mountain laurel is blooming on Bald Hill.

 

Gibson Center: Monday at 10:30 a.m. join Chair Exercise class and follow up at 4 p.m. with Tai Ji Quan. If you miss it at 4 p.m. then go at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. it’s Game Day. At 9 a.m. on Thursday join the Belly Dance Class. Friday has a special Independence Day Luncheon with singing.

 

Library: Monday at 5 p.m. join Adult Spanish Instruction. At 6 p.m. Dan Sczesney will speak about his book “Mosquito Rain”. Tuesday at 10:30 a.n. it’s Story Time for Twos and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. check out Mini-Tough Mudder with Nike. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. The Family Garden Club meets at 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Mountain Mamma Craft meets.

 

UNH Extension: Do you have questions about backyard livestock, flowers, shrubs, food preservation and safety, fruit and vegetables, gardening, lawns, pests?  You’re in luck. Call the local Extension (447-3834) and get expert advice.

 

Kathy Vizard’s daughter, Krystina Vizard, has graduated from Lasell College in Newton Mass. with a bachelor degree of science in hospitality and event management.  Congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors!

 

Stan and Dorothy Solomon are celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary on Monday, June 27.  Dorothy’s brother said their marriage wouldn’t last.  Little did he know!

 

White Mountain Community College is planning to open a two year college in North Conway across from Priscilla’s Restaurant. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  The courses will cost $200 a credit.

 

Things to do this weekend: On Saturday starting at 10 a.m. you can take a walking tour of art in Jackson or from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. check out the Annual Strawberry Festival on the North  Conway Congregational Church campus. But there’s still more. At 7 p.m. at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, Beppe Gambetta transitions between American country music and bluegrass to traditional and classical Italian and European songs.

 

On Sunday two choices: There’s the White Mountain Triathlon in support of Adaptive Sports Partners or take a guided tour for NHATV Day. The auto road is closed to cars, trucks and motorcycles for this event.

 

Enjoy the lovely summer weather and have a great week!

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