March 8, 2014

Tuesday is Town Meeting and voting.  The polls open at 10 am and close at 6 pm.  On the ballot you will be asked to vote for a selectman for three years: either Joe Ferris, Robert Mathieu, John “Jack” Rose, or write in.  And a selectman for a one year term: either Sara Young-Knox, Robert Nadler or a write in. For Moderator for two years, the choice is Edward Alkalay or a write in.  For Trustee of the Trust Funds for a three year term, vote for either Richard VanDyne or a write in.  For Cemetery Trustee for a three year term, it’s Kelly Robitaille or a write in. There is no one running for Supervisor of the Checklist for the six tear term but June Johnson would like your vote. Again for Supervisor of the Checklist for two years, you will have to write in a candidate.  On the School Board ballot, you will again have to write in a name for all but the one year Moderator post where Edward Alkalay is on the ballot.  You will also be asked to vote on two amendments to the Albany Zoning Board Ordinances: Amendment #1 regarding residential and commercial building height limitations, and Amendment #2 regarding commercial setbacks.  Please go to and look under TownClerk/Tax Collector for complete information regarding the upcoming elections.  The Town Report is now at the office to be picked up.


Not only are we voting for town leadership on Tuesday, but there is a special election for District 1 Executive Councilor (the seat Ray Burton held before his death).


Tin Mountain: Don’t forget the annual First Season Dinner and Auction on March 15 at 5 pm.  It will be held at Fryeburg Academy Ada Wadsworth Arena.  There will be live music, bird songs and over 300 unique items to bid upon donated by area businesses and individuals.  They include fine dining, luxurious getaways, hiking gear, furniture, fine artwork, blown glass, sculptures and so much more!  This event supports Tin Mountain’s school, camp, and environmental education programs offered to area children and adults.  The cost for the evening, which includes a superb full prime rib dinner (vegetarian entrees upon request), is only $50 per person. Don’t miss this event of the season. On March 13  from noon to 1 pm, Nels Liljedahl will be presenting a piece on landscaping with native plants.  This is open to all.


Gibson Center: There will be three St. Patrick Day meals served this season.  They will be on March 13, 14, and 17.  Wear green and have fun! The Center’s bus leaves Wednesday, March 12 at 7am for the Boston Flower Show and returns about 7pm.  Call 356-3231 to reserve your seat. On Friday, the bus will go to Indian Head for a St. Patrick’s Day event.  Call for those reservations.


Library: Monday at 10:30am join the workshop “Learn to Play, Play to Learn”.  At noon there is an Early Childhood Mental Health Meeting.  And at 6pm it’s Open MIC Night.  On Tuesday at 6pm learn about your digital camera.  Wednesday, March 12 at 4 pm there’s a Girl Scouts meeting.  The White Mountain Amateur Radio Club meets at 6pm on March 13.


UNH Extension: At 7pm on March 12 at the Jackson Library, learn about “Seed  Starting and Saving”.


Memorial Hospital is running an exercise program and is looking for ten women over 40 who meet one or more of the following criteria:

personal or family history of breast cancer overweight began menstruating at age 12 or younger

BRACA1 or BRACA2 gene mutation

use of birth control pills

high breast or bone density or other benign breast conditions high level of estrogen on menopausal hormone therapy African American Ashkenazi Jewish Heritage If you fit the criteria and would be interested in this program, then call Ashlee Chaine at Memorial Hospital: 356-5461 ext. 2120.



Looking for some self-improvement courses?  Check out Kennett High School Career & Technical Center for their adult courses.  There are art classes, self-improvement classes, computer classes, business skill classes and more.

MWV Curling Club is starting an instructional program on March 8.  They will meet for two hours each day: March 8, 15, 22.  If you are interested in learning about this sport, contact Pat Kittle at

Fryeburg Acadamy will have an evening of jazz on March 12 starting at 7:30pm.  Go and enjoy!

Monday, March 10 from 7 to 8:30pm the MWV Choral Society will rehearse at Kennett Middle School.  They are preparing for their May concerts.  Check it out.

Sandy Stowell had a lovely poem and picture in the paper on Tuesday devoted to her loving dog, Luke, who passed on.  To those of us who have lost a pet, we can certainly commiserate with her.

Believe it or not, spring is almost here.  Have a great week and think spring!


February 22, 2014

Due to weather conditions, the Wednesday Selectmen’s meeting was shortened.  However, they did cover a few items.  Kathy Vizard continues to work on the website to get it up and running properly.  The selectmen have decided to ask the town attorney to attend the March 11 Town Meeting.  Rob Nadler attended the Planning Board meeting in Jack Rose’s absence. The Town Report will be completed by March 3.

Please be aware that the selectmen’s office will be closed on Monday, February 24 as Kathy will be attending a funeral.

Gibson Center: Call the Center (356-3231) for an appointment with AARP for tax help.  It is free for those 60 and older with low and moderate incomes. If you do not have dental insurance, call for a free ten minute dental screening being conducted on Tuesday.  After lunch on Thursday, Collette Vacations will present a slide show of the upcoming Center’s trip to Alaska. On Friday the Center will travel to the Flying Monkey in Plymouth to see Gaelic Storm.  This is the same band that performed in the 1998 movie “Titanic”.  Call for further information.

Library: The AM Book Group meets Monday at 10:15 am to discuss “Round House” by Louise Erdrich.  At 3 pm AARP presents an open forum on Medicaid Expansion. Tuesday at 10:30 am it’s Winter Storytime for Two- Year Olds.  At 1 pm the Parkinson’s Support Group meets. Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Winter Storytime for Babies.  At noon ACA appointments begin. Call White Mountain Community Health to register. Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Winter Storytime for Three and Four Year Olds.  At 3:30 pm Next Gen enjoys Wii Gaming Day. At 4 pm there’s a retirement reception for Pat Wickers. At 6 pm it’s “Downloadable Books“ with David Smolen.

UNH Extension: Dot Perkins will conduct a Goat Production Five Day Workshop on Tuesday, February 25 and March 4 and 11 from 6 to 8 pm at the Rockingham County Extension. The cost is $15 per class. For further information call 679-5616.

Olga Clough from Carol Shea-Porter’s office will be at Town Hall Monday between 9 and 10 am to speak with constituents. She is anxious to hear from you.

Set aside Saturday, March 15 for Tin Mountain’s annual dinner and auction.  It will be held at Fryeburg Academy and George Cleveland will preside over the auction.

Condolences to the Lake family on the recent death of patriarch Richard Lake.  The Lakes had been married for 59 years.  A funeral will be held sometime this summer.

Condolences also to the family of Doris Meyer.  Doris died on January 27.  She is survived by her three daughters, Susan Lifer of Lincoln, Me, Jody Pinion of Charlotte, NC and Lauren O’Reilly of Albany, NH as well as seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. A celebration of her life will be held in June.

Congratulations to Emily Brown on making the Plymouth State University’s president’s list with a grade point average of 3.7 or better.

Having just returned from a cruise where we stopped at St. Thomas and St. Maarten in the Caribbean, and enjoyed temperatures in the ‘80s, the snow looks beautiful, but the weather has been a shock.  However, it’s winter in NH and we must learn to enjoy it.  Have a great week.


February 1, 2014

At this week’s selectmen’s meeting the budget for the year was begun.  The selectmen hope to have it completed shortly.  They also worked on warrant articles for the March 11 Town Meeting.  Next  Wednesday’s selectmen’s meeting will begin at 4:30 pm. Besides town elections on Town Meeting day, there will also be the special election for the District 1 Executive Council seat due to the death of Ray Burton.

Gibson Center: With tax time coming, AARP is offering free tax help to those with moderate to low income.  Call 356-3231 to set up an appointment. Thursday, February 6 is the Annual Valentines Auction.  The White Mountain Hotel will host the event and they will provide hors d’oeuvres. George Cleveland will be the auctioneer.  This is a way to get great gifts and support the Center.  Call the number above to RSVP.

Library: Today at 10 am it’s Take Your Child to the Library Day.  It’s a free and a fun way for the family to explore the library, make a craft, get a book and a library card.  On Tuesday at 4:30 pm the Writers Group holds its monthly meeting.  The author of the month is Mike Hathaway.  His book is the Mystery in the Dream House.  If you have questions about the ACA or need help signing up, the library has teamed with White Mountain Community Health Center to assist you.  Make a FREE appointment by calling 447-8900 and ask for Mary Jane. The Library Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, February 10 at 4 pm.

UNH Extension: A five day Goat Production workshop presented by Dot Perkins takes place February 11,18,25 and March 4 from 6-8 pm at the Rockingham County Extension office.The cost is $15 per class though 4-Hers are free but must be accompanied by an adult.  Call 679-5616 to register. A two day Fruit Tree School program will be held in February and March for new growers, orchard managers, and individuals looking to start an orchard. The dates in Conway are February 14 and March 13. To register call 447-3834.  Leaders for 4-H groups are still needed.  Call Amanda Royce at 447-3834 if you are interested.

Attention senior citizens!

There is a free one hour webinar strictly for seniors on Substance Use and Medication Misuse in Older Adults.  It will run on February 19 from noon to 1 pm. Get the facts and tips from Dr. Steven Bartels, Director of the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging. Direct any questions to Annette Carbonneau at 225-5359 or register directly at:

Also for seniors, Senator Jeanne Shaheen will host a “telephone town hall” at 6 pm on Tuesday, February 4 specifically to help seniors avoid falling victim to fraud and scams.  If you wish to participate in this call, go to to sign up.

On Thursday from 11 am to 12:30 pm the students of Kennett High School’s Cafe will be serving lunch to all those who come by. The Cafe is part of the tech center and the students do a great job.  Take some time and enjoy.  Call 356-4370 ext.3107 if you have questions.

The art work of Robert Casper will be featured at the Laura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy.  The gallery is open to the public from 10 am to 1 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

If you are interested in participating in a project to bring transitional housing to homeless veterans, there will be a meeting on Monday at 11 am at Mountain View Community (the Carroll County nursing home).  Everyone is welcome.

Meet Mike Cryans, candidate for District 1 Executive Council on Monday, February 3 at 7 pm at the Benz Center in Center Sandwich.  There will be a social hour and potluck at 6 pm for those who wish to participate.  For more information call Susan Wiley at 284-6990.

Bernadine Dubois spent the weekend in St. Johnsbury, Vt. with her daughter and visited her sister who is in an assisted living facility.

It’s been nice to see the sun lately.  Though it’s cold, the days are getting longer and the weatherman promises warmer weather, so get out and enjoy!  Have a great week.



January 25, 2014

Tuesday was a special election to elect a District 1 Executive Councilor that arose due to the death of Ray Burton.  Forty-eight people showed up to vote.  At the end of the day the count was: Democrat Cryans 16 votes, Republican Boothby 11 votes, Republican Kenney 17 votes, Republican Aldrich 3 votes, and a write in vote for Mark Hounsel.  After the final count for the entire District 1, it appears that the two contenders for Ray Burton’s District 1 seat on the Governor’s Council will be Democrat Mike Crayons and Republican Joseph  Kenney.  The vote will be March 11 the same day as Town Meeting and the elections for town officers.  Don’t forget to vote!

Because the selectmen had to be at the polls last Tuesday, they held their regular weekly meeting that day instead of Wednesday.  Most of the meeting concerned the planning board and the selectmen.  To read the totality of the problem that was discussed go to  This Wednesday, January 29, the selectmen’s meeting will start at 3:45 pm.

Waldorf School: Today from 10 am to noon it’s Mini Morning Open House.  Join the early childhood teachers for a morning in their nurturing nursery and kindergarten classes.  Remember every Tuesday at 8 am it’s Walk Through the Grades time.  Observe grades 2-8 during their morning lessons.

Gibson Center: Wednesday, after lunch, Gardner Perry will present Spiritually Integrated Self Care, a discussion on how people can utilize their own spiritual practices/religious beliefs/ philosophy of life, to enhance their own self care.  Friday is the Chinese New Year.  Welcome in the year of the Horse with a special meal at 11:30 am.

Library: At 10:15 am on Monday the AM Book Group will meet and focus on Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog by Lisa Scottoline.  At 6 pm that day Mountain Storytellers will meet.  On Tuesday at 6 pm Patricia Jacobson will discuss her book, Pathways to Success.  All are welcome.  Thursday at 3:30 pm Next Gen meet and at 6 pm that day there’s another free workshop for those who need help to use their electronic devises.

UNH Cooperative: 4-H Leaders are needed.  Interested in getting involved with local youth? Volunteer leaders are needed to start new clubs in the county.  4-H clubs have all kinds of activities: sewing/fashion revue, science and technology groups, gardening, shooting sports, baking, robotics just to name a few.  If you have a special interest or talent, share it with our youth.  for more information call Amanda Royce at 447-3834. Join a tour of an ongoing timber harvest on Town of Wolfeboro conservation property.  Learn about well planned timber harvesting and why it is done.  The date is February 1 from 9 to noon. Call Wendy Scribner with any questions at 447-3834.

Happy belated birthday to Cindy Barnicoat Carboni.  Hope you had a great day!

How great is this!  Babies born to Albany families!  Congratulations to Samantha Hafford and Christopher Bellen on the birth of their son Kasper Leigh Paul Bellen on December 27.  Welcome to Albany Kasper!  Congratulations to grandpa and grandma Bill and Elissa Smith on the birth of Alessa Kai-Tala Smith born to Autumn Anne Bellen and Isaac Dwight Smith on December 21.

Baby it’s cold outside! Nonetheless, if you dress well there’s plenty to do even in the cold.  Have a great week!



January 18, 2014

Because there is a special election (District 1Executive Councilor Vote) on Tuesday, the selectmen have moved their regular Wednesday meeting to that day.  They will meet Tuesday at 4:30 pm and not Wednesday. The meeting will be held in Town Hall. The Selectman’s Office will be closed all day.

The Selectmen’s office will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King day.  The Clerk’s office will be closed until 3 pm that day.  It will open from 3-5 pm to accept any last minute absentee ballot applications.

There will be two ballots on Tuesday. The Republican ballot will have three names on it as there is a primary there.  There will be only one candidate running on the Democratic ballot.  Please exercise your voting right regardless of which party you support.  The hours are 8 am to 7 pm.

At last Wednesday’s meeting, the question regarding the library was raised once again.  Rob Nadler suggested that Albany residents could use either the Madison or Tamworth libraries.  The cost to use Madison is $20 per family and there is no cost at Tamworth.  Should one of these choices be made, Albany could cancel its agreement with Conway Public library and reimburse Albany residents for their “non-resident card”.  Doing that would be less expensive than what Albany presently pays.  He also expressed the opinion that for Albany to pay at an equalized valuation ignores the fact that Albany has no equity in the library or representation on the Board.  And, he said, if Albany has overpaid for 2013 library fees (based on the number of cards issued to Albany residents) we should seek a refund.  Kathy Vizard has asked the Library Director to implement a voucher system so the towns can have some control of those for whom we are paying.  He said he would take that into consideration. She will also check on the next trustees’ meeting. On another matter, Mike Helmers is working with Jack Rose regarding the finalizing of a noise ordinance to be presented to the residents of Albany.

Gibson Center: The Center will be closed on Monday for Martin Luther King day.  The Care for the Caregiver Support Group meets on January 22.  Belly Dance Classes are held each Thursday at 9 am.

Library: The library is closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King day. Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 pm there will be a special magic show with Norman Ng.  Suggested ages for this free show is 6 and up.

UNH Extension:  Don’t forget the January 25 Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Food Safety being held at the River Church, 2600 East Main Street in Conway from 9am to noon.

Memorial Hospital:  A program called “Better Choices, Better Health” is being held at the Visiting Nurse Homecare and Hospice on Route 16 (between Green Granite Conference Center and Dairy Queen) starting Thursday January 23 at 2 pm.  The class size is limited so call Joan Lanoie at 356-5461 ext. 2291 to register as soon as possible. This program is designed to help self-management of chronic health conditions and also to rediscover things you’ve enjoyed doing.  It will help those with chronic conditions build self-confidence, provide further  knowledge regarding their condition, get training and skills to help with the disease or disability and thereby take better care of themselves.  Get tips on coping that will help with participation in life once again.  Learn communication skills, healthier eating, exercise plans, pain management, how to deal with difficult emotions, better breathing skills, making treatment decisions, weight management, better sleeping habits, and how to prevent falls. This workshop will not conflict with any other support groups related to specific chronic health conditions.

Congratulations to Matthew Ashnault on being named to the Dean’s List at Keene State College.

Best wishes to Doris Meyer for a quick recovery from her bout with pneumonia.

Please be very careful when walking outside.  There are many patches of ice and sometimes the sand/salt is not enough to keep you from falling.  Have a great week non-the-less.

At the January 8 Selectmen’s meeting the library issue was discussed again.  It appears that the Eaton selectmen want to meet with the entire Conway Library Board and not any individual trustee.  Albany selectmen agreed.  In the meantime, the Albany selectmen are exploring other options among which are costs for Albany residents at other libraries around the area.  What they found is the North Conway Library is asking $20 a year for a family’s usage, the Madison Library charges $15 per family and at the Tamworth Cook’s Library there is no charge.

Gibson Center: On Mondays there’s Yoga at 12:30 pm.  Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am join Bobbi Brome as she leads an exercise program for strength, balance and stretching.  If you’d rather play games, join folks on Wednesdays for Bridge, Scrabble, Cribbage, Canasta, Rummy or board games at 12:30 pm.  Then there’s always the Belly Dance Class on Thursdays at 9 am.

Library: Monday at 6:30 pm author June O’Donal presents the program “Not for Sale” about world-wide, clandestine trade in white slavery.  It’s free and open to all.   January 15 at 4 pm Friends of the Conway Public Library will meet.  On Thursday at 3:30 pm Next Gen (grades 6 and up) will meet.  That evening from 6 to 7:30 pm Dr. Neil Barnard presents a video “Power Foods for the Brain” followed by a discussion facilitated by Laura Slit.

UNH Extension: Saturday, January 25 from 9 am o noon there will be a workshop to train those who prepare food for groups or churches that offer meals to the public.  Call 447-3834 for further information. Also ask about Joy Gagnon’s program Eat Smart Conway coming to Conway Elementary School.  This is a four week family cooking program for parents and children.  For further information contact the number above.

Mountaintop Music will present a benefit concert at the home of Julie and Michael Levine in Glen on Saturday, January 18 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35. In performance will be David Surette, well know for his fretwork, harmony, and rhythm on guitar, mandolin and bouzouko.  He is the Chair of the folk department at Concord Community Music School.  With him will be Susie Burke, vocalist.  She has been singing on stage since the early 80’s and is highly respected within the folk music community.  For further information contact

There is endless talk about health coverage these days.  Take heart.  There is a new website that was launched December 24, 2013( to help New Hampshire residents and small employers learn more about their options.  The site is part of Covering New Hampshire, a statewide effort by the New Hampshire Health Plan to educated us about new coverage options and help us make coverage decisions.  If you are looking to purchase health insurance or want to learn more about plans available, to find one to meet your needs, go to this site.  You can learn about health and dental coverage and any financial assistance available.  Individuals with incomes between $11,500 to $46,000 or families with incomes between $22,550 and $94,200 may qualify for tax credits to lower the cost of insurance and also may be eligible for cost sharing subsidies to reduce out of pocket payments for healthcare.  Check this out.

Interested in stamp collecting?  White Mountain Stamp Club will meet Wednesday, January 15 at Barbara Savary’s home.  Write for further information.

The MWV Ski Touring group will guide a snowshoe walk around East Branch and the Saco River at 1 pm today. For further information write

On January 13, meet at Mount Washington Observatory and take a snowcat ride up the mountain to the weather station where they will give you a tour.  Enjoy a hearty homemade lunch and then a ride down the mountain.  Dress warmly.  Call 356-2137 for more information.

On January 17 there will be a free waxing demonstration of cross-country skis in Jackson at the Ski Touring Foundation at 3:30 pm.

Sandy Stowell’s daughter, Lisa, visited with her mom for the holidays.  She’s presently stationed in the states awaiting another deployment in the armed services.  Lisa got caught up with the bad weather problems once she had to return to base.  She made the last flight out before they cancelled all flights, but still missed her connection.  Such is flying in the winter.  Sandy was happy that she came though.

The weatherman is promising that this cold spell will end.  Let’s hope so.  In the meantime keep warm and have a great week.