April 26, 2014

Twelve birdhouses were entered into the Conservation Commission’s April contest. Congratulations to the winners: Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Wilkewitz of Eaton Center earned the first prize of $50, and Maya, Bryone, and Carys Gove of Conway were the second prize winners of $25. Thanks go out to all who participated. All entries will be placed in the Town Forest near our fields or overlooking the Swift River.

Gibson Center: The bus leaves on Monday at 7:30am for an Art in Bloom trip. The bus should return about 7pm. Fran’s Flick shown after lunch on April 29 will be Last Vegas.

Library: Monday at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Twos. At 4pm it’s Mountain Story Tellers Guild and at 6:30pm learn about bicycle maintenance. On Tuesday at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Babies.

UNH Extension: Kids 5-18 interested in planting/gardening are encouraged to join the 4-H Gardening Club. Participants will plant and tend their own gardens at home, attend a bi-monthly meeting, and share their learning and results at events such as the Carroll County Farm Day and the Sandwich Fair. Youth will also have the option of entering gardening contests such as the giant pumpkin contest, giant sunflower contest, veggie sculpture contest and learn to exhibit vegetables for judging. Call Amanda Royce at 447-3834.

An important notice from the Fish and Game Office. Do not pick up any young wildlife you may think is abandoned. Very often the mother is nearby. Instead, report the location of the animal to Fish and Game and they will check it out. It is illegal to have wildlife in your possession.

Check with the Conway Police Department to see if they are participating in the safe disposal of prescription drugs today. Getting rid of unused, expired and unwanted drugs in a safe manner is extremely important.

Don’t forget the Chinese Auction fundraiser and informational meeting being held today from 1-3pm at the American Legion Post 46 on Tasker Hill Road in support of Starting Home, the transitional housing project for homeless veterans scheduled to be built in Ossipee.

And, on Friday, May 2 at noon, Carol Shea-Porter will be at the American Legion Post 46 to speak with all who wish to attend. Bring your questions and/or comments for the Congresswoman.
On Wednesday’s front page of the Sun was a story and photo of Linda Parish who along with Leslie Beckwith represented Albany at the Boston Marathon. Linda placed 15th in her division with a time of 3 hours, 49 minutes and 58 seconds. This was Linda’s 25th straight run of the Boston Marathon. Leslie finished the race with a running time of 3 hours, 14 minutes and 45 seconds. She placed 466th in her division. Congratulations to you both!

Congratulations to Amanda Ames on the birth of her daughter, Gracie Lynn born on March 17. Gracie’s proud grandparents are Robert and Cheryl Ames.

Finally good weather. Time to get out and enjoy it. Have a great week.

April 19, 2014

Happy Easter Everyone!

Remember, the Selectmen’s Office will be closed on Monday, April 21.

On Tuesday, April 22 from 3 to 4pm a representative from Senator Ayotte’s office will be at Town Hall to meet with Albany citizens.  If you would like schedule an appointment you can call Michael Scala at 752-7702.  Otherwise, come down during the hour listed above.

Gibson Center: Are you interested in going to Washington, DC?  There will be an informational meeting after lunch on Tuesday.  Or, perhaps you’re more into the arts. The Gibson bus will be going to the Currier Museum of Art on Wednesday.  Call 356-3231 to reserve a seat.  On Thursday, there’s a BINGO-Pizza Party at 3pm.  Bring a can as a donation to the Feinstein Challenge.  Please call so they know how much pizza to order. Token prizes will be awarded to winners.  And, on Friday there’s a dance party at 2pm.  Again, bring a can as a donation.

Library: The book sale continues all this week. On Monday at 10:15am the AM Book Group will meet.  At 1pm the MWV Jewish Community Group will meet.  At 6:30pm Michelle Delucia will talk about being Seed Wise.  On Tuesday Story Time for Twos continues at 10:30am.  At 1pm the Parkinson’s Support Group will meet and at 4pm there’s a Plant a Seed Party.  Wednesday, April 23 at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Babies.  On Thursday at the same hour it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours.

UNH Extension is still seeking volunteers to lead 4-H SPIN Clubs.  If you have a talent or interest you’d like to share with the young people of this area, call 447-3834.  A ServSafe course will be offered on May 13 at the Lemon Grass Restaurant in Moultonborough from 8:30am to 5pm.  You must pre-register by April 30.  Go to https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm:event_id=15800.

Next Saturday, April 26 looks like a busy day.  At 1pm at the American Legion Post 46 on Tasker Hill Road there’s a fundraiser for Starting Home, the transitional housing project for homeless veterans.  Come and learn about the program and help support it by participating in the Chinese auction.  That’s where lucky people can win prizes donated by local businesses by merely having their ticket chosen. Then there’s the Honey-Do Auction taking place at the Red Jacket from 5 to 8:30pm Saturday evening.  There’s a $30 charge that includes a buffet dinner and the opportunity to bid on items and services you’d like to have done.  The bidding will be for professional services by local businesses.  All proceeds go to MWV Habitat for Humanity and Educational programs.  Thomas D. Troon and Sons will be conducting the auction.


But wait, there’s also Contra Dancing at 7pm at Ossipee Town Hall that evening. Music will be by Puckerbrush.  No need to fret. The dance will be taught to you.  For more information, call 539-6460.

Interested in stamp collecting? On Tuesday, April 29 the White Mountain Stamp Club will be at the home of Barbara Savary on Route 16 in Madison.      Call 447-5461 for more information.

Every time I think the winter is finally over, down comes the snow.  But whether it’s in the 30s or in the 60s, it’s still a good idea to get out and enjoy our wonderful valley.  Have a great week.

April 12, 2014

The Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s office and the Selectmen’s office will be closed on Wednesday, April 16.  Both Kathy and DeAnn will be attending a Tax Collector’s workshop. The Selectmen’s office will be closed on Thursday, April 17, Friday, April 18 and Monday, April 21.  On April 17 June Johnson will attend a Supervisor of the Checklist workshop in Concord.

At last Wednesday’s Selectmen’s meeting the following was announced. There will be changes on the Cemetery Trustee Board.  Jamie Sabina has resigned and Cathy Ryan will fill the vacant position once Kim Guptill and Kelly Robitaille meet to officially appoint her.  An Albany representative will attend a Madison Right to Know class being given by the NH Municipal Association.  Additionally, the Local Officials Workshop schedule has been announced and Jack Rose and Rob Nadler will be attending the May 1 session in Littleton.  Kelly Robitaille will try to attend as well.  The selectmen are looking into the drainage problems at the town hall parking lot.  They have also drafted a letter to Fire Chief Solomon asking for permission to hold a controlled burn on the town forest fields.  The selectmen have approved permission for Reach the Beach Relay to use Albany roads; Route 16 to Drake Hill Road and back.  Paul Brown will fill the appointment to the Conservation Commission and Dick VanDyne has been appointed as an alternate.

Tin Mountain: Join the staff of the Conservation Center at Sherman Farm from 9am to noon on April 13 as they explore the old Saco River course and search for wood ducks.  Bring your binoculars and enjoy free doughnuts as a treat.

Gibson Center: Easter lunches will be served on Monday and Tuesday.  First come first served.  Please wear your Easter Bonnet.  On Thursday, April 17 the Gibson bus will leave at 10am for the T&C lunch and Spring Floor Show.  There will be entertainment by Marlena Philips singing ballads, classics, pop, country swing and oldies.  Call 356-3231 to reserve your seat.

Library: The Board of Trustees will meet Monday, April 14 at 4pm.  At 6pm there will be a Poetry Awards ceremony.  Tuesday at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Twos and at 6:30pm join the Discussion of Catamount with Rick Davidson.  April 16 at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Babies.  April 17 at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Threes and Fours.  At 5pm it’s Kindergarten Transition Night for Families.  On Friday at 10:30am learn about Outreach to Childcare Sites.  Saturday begins the Friends Spring Book Sale.  All proceeds will benefit the library.

UNH Extension: Don’t forget you can request packets of seed to join in the Welcome Home Garden initiative to honor our military.  Call Amanda Royce at 447-3834.

Mount Washington Valley Promotions is having a fund raiser at M&D Production on Aril 19 from 1 to 3pm.  This is a Tupperware party.

If you are having trouble covering your Part D drug costs, there are assistance programs that can help. The federal program that helps with drug costs is called Extra Help. Depending on your eligibility level, Extra Help may assist you with your Part D premium, deductible, and co-payments. To see a chart that lists the income and asset limits to qualify for Extra Help go to: http: www.medicarerights.org/fliers.

We send our good wishes to Lance and Lisa Zack for the quick recovery of Lance’s parents who are hospitalized in Connecticut.

Condolences to the family of Robert Bell.  Robert died on April 2 after a long illness.  There will be a graveside service at a later date according to the family. To send a note of condolence, go to www.furberandwhite.com

Good work Bernadine!  Bernadine Dubois placed second in a bowling tournament last week.

OK, I’m a believer.  It’s really spring.  I can see patches of grass on the lawn.  Time to get out and enjoy the good weather.  Have a great week!

April 5, 2014

Albany roads have been posted.  The load limit is six tons.

Tin Mountain: On Thursday, April 10 from noon to 1 pm Dr. Alan Eaton will talk about EEE and West Nile Virus.  He will discuss where infected mosquitoes are found, the symptoms of the virus and how to reduce the risk of infection

The summer camp enrollment is filling up quickly.  If you are interested in joining the fun, go to tinmountain.org and sign on.  For those who travel Bald Hill Road you may have noticed a small building going up on the Tin Mountain property.  It’s going to be housing for graduate students who are interested in doing some intern work.  Among the projects they would participate in would be the annual bird survey, a forestry program and the restoration of brook trout.

Gibson Center: A special art exhibit of paintings by local artists will be displayed at the Center starting this week.  The artists are Joyce Desmarais, Elaine Klement, Frank McLaughlin, and Laura Thomson.  Check it out! Wednesday, April 9 it’s lunch at the Foothills Restaurant (on your own dime) as the bus travels to the NH Phone Museum.  If you have not made your reservations yet, call 356-3231.  There will be a Feinstein Challenge Dessert Auction after lunch on Monday, April 14.  Everyone is welcome to bake and bid.  Easter lunches will be served on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15.

Library: Monday at 6pm join the Tech Savvy Workshop. Tuesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Twos followed on Wednesday at 10:30am with Spring Story Time for Babies and then on Thursday at the same time it’s Spring Story Time for Threes and Fours.  At 6pm on Thursday, April 10, the White Mountain Radio Club meets.

UNH Extension: The 4-H SPIN Club is looking for volunteers who would like to lead six projects.  A SPIN Club is a special interest club led by volunteers who have a passion and want to share their knowledge with young people. Topics include gardening, technology, photography, biking, baking, GPS, beekeeping, arts, science and more.  Once again the Extension’s Military Youth and Family Program  is partnering with the Burpee Seed Company to honor all service members with a “Welcome Home Garden”. The 4-H Military Club will distribute seed packets containing 12 varieties of seeds (9 vegetable and 3 flower) to all requesting veterans, service members and their families. Gardens can also be planted by non-military groups to commemorate and honor service men and women. To request a packet, contact Amanda Royce at 447-3834.  And, don’t forget that April 15 is “Purple Up! for Military Kids”.  This is a visible way to honor and celebrate their strength and sacrifices.  So wear something purple to show you care.  The last of the gardening sessions being held at the Jackson Library will be April 9.  This will be an open discussion with Carroll County Master Gardeners, UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist and knowledgeable local gardeners. Bring your questions or topic ideas.  The session begins at 7pm.

Just a reminder that there’s a delicious fundraiser and silent auction for the Mountain View Community (Carroll County nursing home in Ossipee) being held tomorrow from 3 to 5 pm.  All you can eat homemade desserts for $10 per person. Enjoy!

The Carroll County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is holding a Chinese Auction and Penny Sale at Ossipee Town Hall today at 6pm.  There will be door prizes, a bake sale, raffles as well as the auction.  All money raised goes to Meals on Wheels and Medical Transport programs.

April 26, 2014 is National Take Back Prescription Drug Day. (For more information go to: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug _disposal/takeback.) It’s important to properly dispose of Prescription Drugs for many reasons. Aside from the obvious ones of insuring that the drug is the right dose and within the current expiration dates, it’s important that they are kept from contaminating our water supplies.  For that reason, never flush prescriptions down the toilet. Many Pharmacies including Walgreens and CVSa have take-back programs.

Charles Greenhalgh, partner in the law firm Cooper, Cargill, Chant of Conway and Berlin, was awarded the L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor from the New Hampshire Bar Association.  Charles has been committed to working in the association’s Pro Bono Referral Program and its Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project for 24 years.  Congratulations and thank you!

Tom Troon appeared on Channel 9 talking about his Auctioneer School.  Tom teaches this program in Concord.  If you are interested in becoming an auctioneer, contact Tom at 1tomt@roadrunner.com or at 447-8808.

Anna Cataldo was the first prize winner for her Mardi Gras costume at the Gibson Center’s recent contest.  But, that apparently is not her only costumed appearance.  Last Halloween she was the Cat in the Hat and you might have caught her picture (taken by Sara Young-Knox) in the paper at that time.  Anna seems to have a theatrical side we here haven’t had a chance to see.  She used to do musicals before moving to NH and still maintains her love of the theatre.

Robert Bell has returned from his hospitalization at Memorial Hospital and Maine Medical in Portland.  Welcome home!

Maybe, just maybe, spring is actually here. Now all we need to watch out for is falling snow from rooftops and puddles of water from melting ice and snow.  But still, it’s nice to chuck the winter coats and boots and get some warmth from the sun.  Take advantage of the good weather and have a great week!