May 31, 2014

The selectmen are seeking a representative to serve on the Valley Vision board. If you are interested, please get in touch with Kathy (447-6038).

Rick Hiland has been appointed Albany’s representative to the Eastern Slope Airport Authority.

The Selectmen’s Office will be closed on Friday, June 6 as Kathy Vizard will be attending a conference.

Supervisors of the Checklist will meet at Town Hall Tuesday, June 3 from 7 to 7:30pm. This will be the last date that you will be able to change your party affiliation before the September primary elections.

At the May 21 Selectmen’s Meeting, the board was advised that the damage done to the town owned property on Passaconaway Road will be submitted as a claim to the insurance company once it has been received from the maintenance company. The select-board is still looking into how to handle the library issue as it pertains to Albany residents.The Library Trustees have suggested that Albany send a check for each resident who desires a library card. It was also decided that any complaints that come to the town office must be in writing; letter or e-mail. The selectmen are working on the new web site. Each board, School, Planning, Selectmen and Road Agent will have an e-mail address listed for townspeople to have for their needs addressed. The Cemetery committee, Kelly Robitaille, Kim Guptill and Cathy Ryan along with the maintenance person, Randy Leach of LCR, visited Albany cemeteries to assess what work still needs to be done. The Wonalancet cemetery was in very good condition, while the others were all in need of work. Once more fencing quotes come in, a meeting will be held to see how the committee can complete whatever work still needs to be done. Kim was praised for her work to bring the cemeteries up to snuff. Jack Rose announced that North Country Council and Lakes Region Planning Commission will meet in Albany on June 12 at noon to discuss the two year study to expedite an upgrade of Route 16 in Albany. (Put that on your calendar.) Jack reported that the new gas tax may help get improvements to our North Country roads.

Gibson Center: On Friday, June 6 after lunch, the Gibson Center bus will leave for Oxford Casino. They are scheduled to return by 5:30pm which will give you about two hours at the casino. Call 356-3231 to reserve your seat. On Tuesday, June 10 after 11am in the Activity room there will be a Spring Plant Exchange. Bring in your extra plants and exchange with a friend. Remember to call to reserve your seat for the AARP Driver Safety Program being held on Friday, June 13.[

Library: Monday, June 2 at 6:30pm Andrea Libby will discuss “Safety on the Internet.” The Writer’s Group will meet on Tuesday at 4:30pm. On Thursday at 6:30pm there will be a discussion of Isle of Shoals: the Eternal Sound of the Sea.

UNH Extension: Carroll County Farm Day is a celebration of rural farming with hands-on workshops, demonstrations and activities for farmers, aspiring farmers and families. Mark your calendars for this event: July 26 from 9am to 3pm.

It’s the end of the school year and time to congratulate those students who have earned recognition. Congratulations to Kathy Vizard’s daughter, Jennifer, who earned the 2014 Outstanding Student of the Year from the Mount Washington Valley Career Technical Center.

Happy birthday to Stan Solomon, my wonderful husband, on his birthday today! No, I won’t say how old he is.

Congratulations to Scott Gormley and Josephine Howland on the birth of their granddaughter, Nora Marie Kiesman born May 18 to Sara Gormley and Corey Kiesman.

Keep the faith. Spring will arrive and stay (at least until summer arrives) and we’ll be able to enjoy the great outdoors. In the meanwhile, cover up when you do go outdoors especially when going into the wilderness. Black flies and ticks are having a field day. Have a great week.

May 24, 2014

Have a wonderful Memorial Day and remember those who fought for our country and especially those who died for it. Town offices will be closed on Monday in honor of Memorial Day.

Go on line to albanynh.org to view the May 14 Selectmen’s meeting and what was discussed. There is an informative explanation of the Right To Know law as well as a lengthy discussion of a bike lane on Passaconaway Road.

Gibson Center: The Center will be closed on Monday, Memorial Day. Fran’s Flick for Tuesday, May 27 is The Lone Ranger. (Remember that series??) The local artist display is still up at the Center. Stop by for lunch and/or Tea with the Artist on Thursday, May 29, at 3pm. Please RSVP for the Tea (356-3231).There will be a blood pressure screening at lunchtime on Thursday. On Friday, May 30, (the traditional Memorial Day) there will be a Washington, DC slide show. See the memorials and historic buildings of our nation’s capital. On Saturday, May 31(3:30pm to 11:30pm) join a group to see Corvettes Doo Wop Review. The dinner is on your own at Fat Tony’s Italian Grill. Call 356-3231 to make reservations and/or for home pick-up. Don’t forget to register for the AARP Driver Safety Program to be held on June 13. Call the number above.

Library: The library will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day observance. On Tuesday at 1pm the Parkinson’s Support Group will meet. At 6:30pm Tim Caverly will lead a discussion an Allagash Tales.

Camille Rose, Queen Honeybee of the Red Hats, brought the ladies to Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm Kitchen on Wednesday for the group’s monthly luncheon. On May 30 you can all visit the farm and enjoy their country dinner made from produce raised on the farm. Advanced registration is required though. Call 323-7591. There will be two seatings: 5:30pm and 7pm. Enjoy the food and look in at the many workshops. From 10am to noon check out the chicken raising area. On May 29, the farm will host the Community Art Group at the Education Center. This is a free weekly gathering (2:30 to 4pm).

Mountain Top Music Center’s Youth Ensembles will give their final performance for the season at Salyards Center May 29 at 7pm.

Ossipee Town Hall will be the host facility for Contra Dancing and Brier Hill and band on May 23 at 7pm.
For your calendar: Enjoy a Taste of the Bearcamp Valley Food Festival to be held on Sunday, June 8 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Hobbs Taverns & Brewing Company, 2415 White Mountain Highway, West Ossipee. This event is a fundraiser for Bearcamp Valley School and Children’s Center.

This is a big weekend for the valley. Let’s hope the weather will be accommodating. Have a great week.

May 10, 2014

The Albany Historical Society will hold its meeting on June 17 (not June 19 as erroneously stated in the newsletter) at Banners Restaurant. Meet at the restaurant at 11 am and enjoy lunch (on you). Membership dues of $5 will be due in January. A sign-up sheet will be available for those who would like to volunteer at the museum during the coming summer months. The museum is scheduled to open twice a month during July, August , September and one weekend in October. Joining the Historical Society is a great way to learn more about Albany’s history and working (or just visiting the museum) will give you an opportunity to browse through the historic material.

The Be Kind Festival returns to the Valley on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17. Friday there will be a Candle of Hope ceremony sponsored by Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice at 7pm. Call them at 356-7006 for further information.

Waldorf School: Today from 10 to noon there’s an Early Childhood Open House. Meet the teachers and learn about Waldorf’s approach to early childhood education. There will be activities and a puppet play too. On May 27 at 8:30am come and observe a kindergarten in action. If you have questions, call 447-3168.

Gibson Center; Don’t miss “The Butler” playing on Tuesday after lunch. From 11am to noon on Thursday, May 15 there will be a Blood Pressure Clinic in the dining room. On Wednesday, May 21 from 9:30 to 5pm join friends on a trip to Portland Museum of Art. Call 356-3231 to reserve your seat. Once again, the Center will sponsor the AARP Driver Safety Program taught by Dan Andrews. It will run on June 13 from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Lunch can be had at the Center’s dining room or you may bring your own. Participants may be eligible for a discount on their automobile insurance. Call 356-3231 or Dan Andrews at 383-4998 to register.

Library: Monday at noon there is an Early Childhood Mental Health meeting. At six it’s Open MIC time. Tuesday at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Twos and at 6:30pm Sue Solar will speak about self publishing and lead a discussion of “Who Will Water the Flowers?” On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Babies. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 6:30pm Sue Rose leads the Bhutan Program.

UNH Extension: In collaboration with Beginning Farmers of New Hampshire, the Extension will hold a “Tools for the Small Farm” event on Sunday, May 18 from 2 to 5pm at MiVida Garden, 274 Savary Road, Madison. Topics include maintenance and care and proper use of tools. There will be tools on display and you are welcome to bring your tools from yesteryear. For more information call Olivia Saunders at 447-3834. The ServSafe program for food managers certification course and exam will be held on Wednesday from 8:30am to 5pm at Lemon Grass Restaurant in Moultonborough. The cost is $140. For further information call 447-3834. Don’t forget that kids (ages 5-18) love gardening. Sign your child up for the 4-H Gardening Club run by Amanda Royce. Call the number above by May 15 to register or for further information.

Bears are on the rampage it seems. As you may have read in the paper on Wednesday, Terry Leavitt had a run in with a bear who apparently was attracted to her car parked in Birch Hill. Her mom, Mary, reports that there was a bear and truck altercation on Bald Hill Road. The bear was able to run off into the woods. Watch out for wildlife especially at this time of year.

Sunday at 7pm in Theater in the Wood the Cold River Radio Show will highlight The Defibulators, a rowdy and witty performance says the Washington Post. Also highlighted is Andy Davis, Albany’s own storyteller. Tickets are available at www.coldriverradio.com or at White Birch Books.

On Tuesday, May 13 from 2-4pm at the Tri-County CAP building in Chocorua there will be a Carroll County Public Health Advisory Council Meeting. Dr. Jose Montero, Director of the Division of Public Health Services and Joseph Harding, Director of the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services will be speaking. If you are interested in participating, call Terri Fraser Hooper at 301-1252.

Carol Munroe has returned home from Florida where she spent the winter. Welcome back Carol. Glad you had a great time.

Congratulations to Ariel Hanley and Raymond Harris on the birth of their daughter, Layla Elizabeth McNulty-Harris born April 8. Congratulations also to the maternal grandparents Janice Chubbuck of Conway, Dennis Hanley of Taunton, Massachusetts and Neal Hatch of Conway and the paternal grandparents, James and Susan Harris of Freedom.

It’s cleanup time for the Valley. Though last weekend was the official date to clean up the area, there’s no harm in continuing to pick up what you may note as rubbish in your neighborhood. The weather seems to have warmed up enough to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Have a great week.