At the Wednesday selectmen’s meeting, it was decided that the selectmen should be dealing with enforcement issues on a more consistent basis. Therefore, a letter has been drafted to property owners who placed structures without permits. This letter is a reminder that they need to submit an application for approval of the structure. The selectmen will be addressing long term goals on a monthly basis, thereby eliminating problems that could come up unexpectedly. Such items would be discussions of renegotiation of contracts that are coming due during the year, creating new road standards with Curtis as well as a five year plan for road maintenance and/or upgrades, planning to digitize records to make searches more easily done, and having speakers from Forest Service and Sheriff’s Office, for example, attend selectmen meetings to alert the selectmen as to important updates.
According to the minutes of the selectmen’s meeting, Tin Mountain will be coordinating a Road Runners Club of America’s race on June 1. The runners will cross Bald Hill Road that day, so be careful driving.
Kathy has a Tax Collector’s seminar on April 16, so the selectmen will hold their regular meeting the following Wednesday (the 5th Wednesday of April) instead.
Gibson Center: On Wednesday travel with friends to the NH Phone Museum that features not only phone memorabilia, but a room on the CCC and a room on the USS Kearsarge among other exhibits. Lunch is on your own at the Foothills restaurant. The bus leaves at 9am. Call 356-3231 for reservations.
Library: Monday at 10:30am it’s Learn to Play, Play to Learn time. At 6:30 pm join the Gardening Workshop for information about Bushes, Trees and Shrubs.
UNH Extension: April 2 continues the Jackson Library gardening series. Ann Bennett who for 35 years has written a gardening column for the MountainEar, will explore techniques to maximize garden space and frost-free days. Her topics include intensive growing methods, raised beds, succession planting and ways to extend the growing season on both ends. Saturday, April 5 from 10am to noon, join others at the Durgin Bridge Blueberry Farm, 64 Cold River Road, N. Sandwich to learn hands on how to prune fruit trees and bushes. For further information call Olivia Saunders at 447-3834.
Do you have the time and inclination to become a CASA volunteer? CASA workers advocate for children and youth in the Mount Washington Valley who have been abused and/or neglected. New training courses are being given in North Conway starting March 29 from 9am to 5pm. Thereafter on April 15 from noon to 4pm, April 24 from 9am to 5pm, and April 26 from 9am to 5pm. If you’re interested, contact Jen Buteau at 752-9670 or go to www.casanh.org for the application form.
Remember to attend the delicious “Just Desserts” afternoon at Mountain View Community (the county nursing home). There will be a selection of goodies and a silent auction. All proceeds go to the residents of the home. It will be held on April 6 from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children 10 and older.
Even if you don’t believe it, spring is here. By state law it’s time to bring in your bob-house that’s on the lake or pond to avoid the problem of it sinking and becoming a hazard.
Because of this less than springlike weather, maple sugaring isn’t going too well. Some local places are open though on weekends. Try Weston’s Farm in Fryeburg, Black Mountain Sugarhouse in Jackson, Remick Museum Sugar House in Tamworth and/or 100 Acre Wood Maple Sugar House in Intervale for your sweet tooth fix.
Can you believe it? Conway will be celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015. One of the plans for the celebration is a deck of cards commemorating the event with pictures of “old” Conway. Sponsors can purchase a card to put historic memories on it. For more information regarding Conway history, call the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at 356-5701 ext. 304.
Albany folks are up and about even in this weather. Bernadine Dubois spent the weekend in St. Johnsbury visiting with her daughter and other family members. It was also a celebration of her sister Joan’s birthday.
The weather is bound to warm up soon. Keep the faith and have a great week.