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!

June 17, 2016

For those who cannot make the Wednesday Selectmen’s Meetings, you can always check out what went on by going to albanytownmeetings.com.  Hundreds of people have taken advantage of this method of keeping up with all the Albany boards as well.  Of course, you can always get an abbreviated look at what went on at the selectmen’s meeting right here.

Road Agent, Curtis Coleman was at Wednesday’s selectmen’s meeting to discuss the roadwork that he plans for the rest of the year. As previously reported there are two red listed bridges in Albany. According to Curtis, any road listed as 3 ton is automatically on this list, thus the reason the Albany Covered Bridge is listed. Curtis says the bridge is fine.  Once the logging in the area is complete, he will paint the inside of the bridge that has graffiti. The Drake Hill Road bridge is another issue. This is an old bridge (built in 1921) that was last fixed twenty years ago. There are some rebar problems that need attention. With regard to roads, there is work to be done. He plans to repave Old Colony Road and do some patchwork on Passaconway Road. Then once the logging is done in 2017 major work will be attempted. There are plans to do grading and refilling of cracks on Bald Hill Road. This summer most of the town will be swept and patched where necessary. More serious work will require funding and that will likely be something on the town budget for next year.

Selectman Hiland proposed updating the town website by using a new company. He suggested having a representative from Virtual Town and Schools attend a selectmen’s meeting to present their proposal.

 

Tin Mountain: It’s time to sign up for summer camp. Weekly camps run from the last week in June to the first week in August. There are camps in Albany, Jackson, Fryeburg and South Tamworth that offer great opportunities for learning and having fun. Camps offer environmental studies, hiking, and swimming. This is a good experience for children ages four to sixteen. For more information, call 447-6991.

 

Waldorf School: If you have free time during the week and enjoy working with kids ranging from nursery through eighth grade, consider doing the Waldorf School’s substitute teacher list. For more information, or to apply contact the school. There is also a search for a half time Elementary Academic Support Teacher which includes teaching Middle School Skill Blocks of math, Language Arts and/or Artistic. Send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to Jackie Leafe at info@whitemountainwaldorf.org. There is still time to register for the Waldorf Gardening Camp (July 11-15) for children ages 4-7 or the Waldorf Forest Camp (July 18-22). The cost is $195 per week.  Call 447-3168 for further information.

 

Gibson Center: There are chair exercises at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. At 4 p.m. check out Tai Ji Quan. On Tuesday at noon Judy, a retired educator, is offering one to one computer classes. Call 356-3231 to sign up for your free half hour lesson. Bring your questions, computer and/or other devices. On Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m. it’s Game Day and on Thursday at 9 a.m. there’s a Belly Dancing class. On Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. board the bus after lunch for a trip to Mt. Canmore for music, games and children. This is an intergenerational program.

 

Library: On Monday at 10:15 a.m. join the Morning Book Group. At 5 p.m. there’s Adult Spanish Instruction. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. At 6:30 p.m. check out Digital Marketing Overview for Small Business. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. it’s On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! This is the summer reading kickoff with a kinetic art and magic show. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 1 p.m. there’s Tai Chi with Pam Katz. At 4 p.m. look into the Family Garden Club and at 6 p.m. find out about downloading ebooks.

 

Albany’s Sarah McKinnon is one of the six juniors who will graduate early along with the Kennett seniors. By taking online courses during previous summers and attending night classes at Eagle Academy she has all the credits she needs. Sarah plans to attend the University of Florence in Italy as a film intern for four months and then apply to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She felt that career and tech offered at Kennett helped her find her career path. Good luck to you, Sarah!

 

It’s time for the Annual Strawberry Festival at the East Conway Community Hall. The door opens at 4 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m. There are salads, hot dishes, cold cuts and drinks. The cost is $10 for adults an $7 for children under twelve.

 

Saturday from 6-9 p.m. get aboard the Conway Scenic RR for Murder Mystery Dinner Train, a fabulous night of hijinks and murder.  Call 800-232-5251 for tickets.

 

Also Saturday at Settlers green it’s time for the Summer Solstice Sizzle with giveaways, promotional items and more.

 

Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Laura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg pianist Jed Wilson and harpist Danielle Paus will perform the “Encounters in Sound” concert.

 

Do you have an antique or a really old car?  Want to show it off? On Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mountain View Nursing Home in Ossipee, there will be an old car show.  To register your car there is a $5 fee. Want to just come and view these great cars?  That’s FREE!

 

The town of Madison is looking for crafters for their Old Home Week Fair to be held August 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call Nancy Cole at 367-4728.

 

Finally, summer! The big crowds are gone so get out and enjoy our beautiful area. Have a great week!

 

June 10, 2016

At the selectmen’s Wednesday meeting the board signed a one year contract extension with Conway Village Fire District. The contract extension keeps the town’s rate at $105,000 for 2017. The board also signed two “intent to cuts”; one for a parcel on Drake Hill Road and the other for Pasaconaway Road.

Jason Call, Albany’s assessor, was in to go over last year’s statistical update. He explained that the state no longer performs these updates every ten years. (His father was actually one of those who did it). Now the state oversees the assessor’s work and practices. Jason reported that there are now more than 950 parcels in Albany, an addition of over 100 due to creating individual tax cards for permanent camps/trailers at Pine Knoll Campgrounds. The selectmen have asked Jason to get the assessed value report submitted as early as possible as they foresee a cash flow shortage in late summer.  Jason agreed to do his best to accommodate.

There will be another Hazard Mitigation Plan Update meeting Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at town hall. All residents are encouraged to join the meeting.

The Planning Board is still one person short. Please contact the selectmen’s office (447-6038) if you are interested in sitting as a member.

All three selectmen have been and are continuing to take advantage of municipal education classes. They report that most of the classes are informative and helpful to them in ensuring Albany is in compliance with New Hampshire laws.

Selectman Cathy Ryan reported that the town does have a Deputy Treasurer, Nancy Holmes, who assists Mary Leavitt.

 

World Fellowship: This month World Fellowship is celebrating its seventy fifth year of being here in Albany.  Charles and Eugenia Weller converted the Draper Estate into Lloyd Lodge in time for their first World Government Convention. Seventy five years later, Andy Davis and Andrea Walsh are readying for their opening on June 23. On Friday, June 24 Andy will be entertaining folks with his storytelling. If you’ve never heard Andy, you should make every effort to stop by then.

 

Gibson Center: Monday at 10:30 a.m. join the group chair exercisers and then at 4 p.m. there’s Tai Ji Quan. Call the Center (356-3231) to join the trip to view the Lupines and then enjoy the goodies at Polly’s Sugar Hill Sampler, Harmon’s Cheese and ice cream.  The cost is $18. On Friday at 5 p.m. have fun Ballroom Dancing.

 

Library: The library will be closed on Monday at noon for staff training. It will be open by 5 p.m. for Adult Spanish Instruction. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones.  On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours.  At 1 p.m. there’s Tai Chi with Pam Katz. At 4 p.m. join the Family Garden Club and at 6:30 p.m. check out Samuel Bemis History.

 

During the months of June, July and August, Darby Field Inn will have an art work showing of artists from Mount Washington Valley. There will be a variety of work for sale. This would be a terrific time to enjoy a lovely dinner and view the works of art.

 

On June 13 and 16 the Auto Road to Mount Washington will be opened, but to motorcycles only. Then on June 18, Northeast Delta Dental hosts runners from around the globe to the Mount Washington Auto Road for the fabled 7.6 mile climb.

 

The North Conway Farmers’ Market opens Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m. until close at noon and this continues each Saturday into October.

 

Nancy Holmes’ parents visited Nancy and Roger last weekend. Roger is recovering from an accident he sustained at work that required an operation on his arm. Thankfully he is coming along well.

 

Nancy and Dana Rotman of Wallingford, Conn. were up at their cottage recently. They are planning to sell the cottage. Know anyone who’d be interested? After all Albany is a wonderful place to play.

 

What’s with this spring’s weather? Hot one day, warm another and downright chilly sometimes. Whatever the weather, get out and enjoy yourselves!

 

June 3, 2016

The selectmen met on Wednesday in the Planning Board Room. Kathy Vizard was not able to attend the meeting. Only two selectmen were there as Cathy Ryan was ill. Still work was done. Joe Ferris led the meeting as vice-chair of the board.

 

Rick Hiland reported on two meeting he attended.  The first was the Albany meeting of all town boards. He was happy to report that the meeting was well attended and the participation was good. Among the ideas developed was to have this type of meeting twice a year. The selectmen voted that the combined boards should meet in February before Town Meeting and again in May. Rick was disturbed that there didn’t appear to be a great deal of interest for these boards to hold training and education sessions as to their duties and current statutes. It appears that the Zoning Board of Adjustment has not met in a long time. According to Rick, all boards must meet at least once a year by state law. It also appears that the Conservation Committee needs to update their officers. Rick learned that training for boards can be obtained through a variety of groups: for Zoning Board it’s NHMA, NH OEP, NCC; for the Conservation Committee it’s NHMA, NH OEP, NCC. The School Board and the Planning Board have been meeting regularly.

 

Rick also attended a training session at the County Administration Building held by the NH Municipal Association. Those attending were reminded that Select Boards can only act as a board not individually; local municipalities receive their power and duties from the state via NH Statutes not home rule. Much of the meeting revolved around the Right To Know Law. He also learned about some of the duties of the Conservation Commission: planning for proper utilization and protection of the natural resources and the protection of watershed resources, keeping an index of all marshlands, swamps and other wetlands within the town as well as open space and natural, aesthetic or ecological areas within town, keeping accurate records of its meetings and actions and filing an annual report to be printed in the Town Report.  Rick learned at this meeting that due to the federal ruling regarding overtime pay, a Webinar is in the planning for this summer. Lastly, he praised Kathy Vizard’s knowledge of the lien procedures. From what he learned, she was right on top of the program.

 

The selectmen discussed Bob Mathieu’s quote for new safety doors that Chief Solomon said were necessary for the public meeting room.  They will put out an RFP for other quotes before doing anything further.

 

There was also discussion of having the selectmen meet with the assessor to set the tax rate earlier than has been done since the town will likely have to use TAN monies this year. This will help reduce the interest paid on the TANs.

 

Sara Knox suggested that the town train a deputy treasurer to learn the job and help Mary Leavitt.

 

Waldorf School: Don’t forget to stop by the yard sale on Saturday at the bottom of their driveway (Ambix parking lot) from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the 4/5 grade.

 

Gibson Center: Join the Strength, Balance and Stretch Group at 10 a.m. Friday. Call 356-3231 to set up a half hour computer lesson on Tuesday with Judy, a retired educator. Bring your computer and/or device if they are mobile. On Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. there’s a Care for the Caregiver meeting. Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Pat Davis will play ballroom dance music for your dancing enjoyment.

 

Library: Mountain View Knitters meet at 10 a.m. on 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 6 p.m. there’s a plant swap. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 1p.m. Pam Katz teaches Tai Chi. At 4 p.m. join the Family Garden Club.

 

UNH Extension: If you have a gardening question a Master Gardener may have your answer.  You can call 877-398-4769 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday with your question. Eight year old and older youngsters with dogs they love can join the 4-H Dog SPIN Program. This is a five week session of fun learning and bonding of child and dog. The first session is June 23, 30, July 14, 21, and 28 and the second is August 4,11,18, 25 and September 1. Both are held at the Sandwich Fairgrounds from 6-7 p.m. Contact Amanda Royce (447-3834) for further information or to register.

 

Josh Knox and wife, Melanie Brown spent Memorial Day with Steve and Sara Knox enjoying the lovely Swift River among other things.

 

Some Albany people were among those Memorial Hospital volunteers who were recognized at the annual luncheon and received pins for their work at the hospital: Dick VanDyne, 800 hour pin, Shirley VanDyne, 1000 hour pin and Carol Munroe, 1800 hour pin. Thanks to you all.

 

Happy belated birthday to Stan Solomon who celebrated his day on May 31.

 

We know it’s almost summer because the Lady Slippers are out.  Hope you get out too and enjoy this lovely time of the year.  Have a great week!

May 27, 2016

The selectmen’s Wednesday meeting was canceled. All town offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in honor of Memorial Day. The selectmen’s office will be closed starting Tuesday, May 31 through  Friday, June 3. Though the office will be closed on Wednesday, June 1, the selectmen will meet at 4 p.m.

The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on Tuesday, May 31 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. to make any and all corrections or additions to the voter checklist. This will be the last time a voter may change their party affiliation before the September 13 primary.

Steve Knox is Albany’s representative on the county’s farm committee.  Tuesday was the first meeting and it was held at the farm.  Steve reports that Andy Kendall of the Kendall Group was on hand as well as Peter Benson of the Charitable Foundation. They did a tour of the farm first and followed with a discussion at which both Andy and Peter gave their thoughts. By the end of 2016 the committee is expected to find answers to questions about the farm and make their recommendations to the commissioners. Steve was appointed chair of this committee by the commissioners.

Rick Hiland along with approximately fifty others attended a workshop for seasoned and new municipal officials held at the Carroll County Administration Building on Wednesday. There were discussions on the Right-to-Know Law, ethics and conflicts, town governance, public employment, liability and more.

Waldorf School: The 4/5 Grade Yard Sale Fundraiser is coming.  Donations of clean clothing, furniture, household items, toys, sporting gear and working electronics are being accepted until Friday, June 3 in the trailer in the Middle Parking lot. The sale will be Saturday, June 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bottom of the driveway in the Ambit parking lot.

Gibson Center: Don’t forget to check out the Memorial Day Craft Fair on the lawn of the Center this weekend. The vendors are there from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center is closed on Monday for Memorial Day. Make your reservation for the Saturday, June 4 matinee performance of Billy Elliot by calling 356-3231. The bus leaves at 10 a.m. and supper at Hart’s Turkey Farm is on you.

Library: The library is closed on Monday.  On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Twos and at 6 p.m. check out Savoring Summer: Fast and Fresh Plant-Based Meals from Garden to Table. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones and at 4 p.m. there’s Advanced Robotics. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 1 p.m. join Tai Chi with Pat Katz. At 4 p.m. there’s the Family Garden Club.  Saturday at noon there’s a Book Fair at BAM.

UNH Extension: If you are looking for extra training to get a promotion, change careers, or to be more effective at work, UNH Professional Development & Training is a resource you can use. It offers flexible, top-notch education focused on building careers and boosting professional performance. Sign up to receive PD&T’s announcements of upcoming conferences, certificate programs, customized trainings and over 250 one-day seminars at learn.unh.edu.  The first program is for leaders and managers being held on June 15-17 at Mountain Club on Loon, Lincoln, NH.

Starting Home, a non-profit organized to help homeless veterans reclaim their lives, is holding a yard sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Route 302, Center Conway just before the state line. There will be furniture, tools, TV sets, electronics, toys, stuffed animals, exercise equipment and more.  Please stop by.  You’re sure to see something interesting.

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This weekend will be busy in the valley. The weather is supposed to be great. Get out and enjoy. Have a great week!

 

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