June 21, 2014

The Selectmen’s Office will be closed Wednesday through Friday, therefore the selectmen’s meeting will be on Tuesday instead.

At the June 11 selectmen’s meeting the board voted to allow Jack Rose to hold non-profit organizational meetings at Town Hall as Tri-County CAP may begin charging for their usage.

Rob Nadler looked into the requirement that Albany fund the rescue calls that occur on the Kanc. Albany is responsible for the costs incurred. He suggests that Albany ask the federal government that they increase their payments in lieu of taxes to cover these costs.

Library: Monday, June 23 at 6:30pm meet Michael Wilson author of The Huntsman. On Tuesday at 1pm the Parkinson’s Support Group meets. At 6:30 pm Bill Marvel will have a book signing: The Neighbors’ War, Conway, New Hampshire 1861-1865. Summer reading program registration begins at noon Wednesday. At 4pm Olga Morill will help kick off a summer reading program.

Gibson Center: Want to see the Sea Dogs play and enjoy some fireworks? Call 356-3231 to reserve your seat for this event.

UNH Extension: With the opening of farmers’ market season, here’s a few tips from Ann Hamilton. Most of the products at farm stands and markets are picked and presented the day that day. Here are a few simple rules for keeping your purchase safe. Consider using a cooler to keep your purchases safe. Eggs, meat and poultry need to be refrigerated once you get home. Store meat and poultry in the coldest part of the fridge and eggs on the shelf in their original carton.Use or freeze meats and poultry within a day or two. You might like to attend the Family Garden Program on Wednesday, June 25 from 1-3pm. Call Joy Gagnon at 447-3834 for further information.

Have you been getting annoying robo-calls from credit card companies about reducing your interest rates? Mine had become so bothersome, I copied the phone numbers and turned them into the sheriff’s office. If you’ve experienced the same problem, you can do the same thing. Now when I get these calls, I try to speak to a live person and then tell them I have turned them into the police. Boy do they hang up quickly!

Saturday, June 28 there will be a memorial hike and BBQ in honor of Doris Meyer, an avid hiker in her day. There will be a more formal meal on Sunday. If you wish to attend one or more of these events, please get in touch with Lauren O’Reilly (Doris’ daughter) at 733-6526.

The twelve birdhouses made for the recent contest initiated by the Albany Conservation Commission have been place in the Albany Conservation Land. Take some time and check them out.

Loon Preservation folk were at Iona Lake recently checking on the loon population. So far they have not reported on their findings.

Ann Morin has returned from her trip to England and Denmark where she visited family and friends. Just in time for our glorious summer season.

The Albany Historical Society met on June 17. The next meeting is set for August 12. A decision was made to open the museum starting July 2. Members are asked to come forward and sign up for dates and times to man the museum. It is also time for dues payments. New members are welcomed.

Congratulations to graduating high school seniors Emily Mathieu, Jennifer Vizard, Tanner George and Matthew Wales.

Bernadine Dubois attended her class re-union recently and took the opportunity to visit her sister in St. Johnsbury as well.

Congratulations go out to Nadia VanDyne who just graduated from the sixth grade at Madison Elementary and to Chloe VanDyne who graduated from the eighth grade. Enjoy your summer vacation and be
ready to return to school in September.

Congratulations to Eugene and Lee Shannon on the birth of their new granddaughter Stella Carly who was born May 22 to Carolyn and Daniel Yule.

Looking forward to the weekend. Grandchildren (and their parents) will be here. Have a great week!

June 14, 2014

Town Hall’s spring sprucing up took place last week. The maintenance company will return for a few touch up items.

The cemetery committee has been working on their maintenance projects. They will meet next week. Check out the date which will be posted at Town Hall.

The annual town picnic is scheduled for July 19 from 11-3pm at the town’s forest. The picnic is a great way to get together with town-folk and eat great food. Hope to see you there.

The selectmen’s office will be closed on Thursday, June 19 as Kathy will be attending a conference.

At the Bald Hill rectangle (where the road turns) Bernadine Dubois and Carol Munroe got together to beautify the area. They have planted flowers and made the otherwise bare ground beautiful. Check it out.

A military graveside service was conducted in Dover for Gordon Dubois on June 6. His immediate family from the Carolinas as well as other family members and friends were in attendance.

A graveside service for Bob Bell was conducted on June 8 at the Conway Cemetery. Friends and relations attended.

Have you noticed the improvement on Route 16 between Pine Knolls Camp Ground and the Tamworth line? The state has been working on the roadway thank heavens.

Don’t forget the upcoming meeting of the Albany Historical society on June 17 at Banner’s Restaurant. Everyone is invited to attend.

Put the cotton in your ears. Next week is the official start of Bike Week.

Gibson Center: There’s still time to sign up for the June 17 Lupine Festival trip. Call 356-3231. The bus boards at 9am. On Thursday, June 19 there will be blood pressure screenings held at lunchtime. Also on Thursday, from 6-8pm there will be the End of Spring Ballroom Dance.

UNH Extension: The Common Gardening Club, a family gardening program, will be meeting every other Wednesday through the summer. Each session will include garden work, family games and a cooking demonstration. The first program date is June 25 (eating more fruits and vegetables). For more information call Joy Gagnon at 447-3834.

Library: Monday, June 16 at 6:30 pm meet Walter Bannon, author of The White Pocketbook. On June 17, at 6:30 pm Maria Doyle will be speaking of her book, Period of Purple Crying. June 18, at 10:30 am begins Summer StoryTime, a 10 week program.

The next meeting of Starting Home (a project for housing homeless veterans), will be June 19 at 11 am at the new Mountain View nursing home. The meeting is open to all.

I find it amazing that just a few short weeks ago I was wondering if the snow would ever melt. Now we have lovely green color and flowers sprouting everywhere. Get out and enjoy the beauty of the season. Have a great week!

June 7, 2014

 

Cort Hansen reports that the Albany Town Forest Trail network has been selected by the editors of New Hampshire Magazine as “Best of NH 2014” for the “Multi-Use Trail” category. The trail network is located off of the Kancamagus Highway just west of the junction of Routes 16 and 112. The trail network covers part of the 300 acre Albany Town Forest and provides both open space recreation and natural resources for the townspeople, area residents, and visitors. Since its acquisition in 2012, trail work has been underway by volunteers to improve and create a 4 mile trail network that runs from the western edge of the property along the Swift River, to the B&M railroad trestle behind Kennett Middle school with almost 2 miles of frontage on the Swift River. All the trails are on mostly level terrain and are being used by a wide variety of users including walkers, runners, mountain bikers, snowshoers, and cross country skiers. The hiking trails are blazed in blue paint and trail signs are posted at trail intersections. In addition, information kiosks have been erected at two locations and are posted with trail maps and information. Initial work has created a rough parking lot to be finished later this summer, in the middle of the property about Âľ of a mile west of Rt. 16 on the Kancamagus Highway. A second parking area will be constructed on the far western end of the property at a later date. Additional volunteer support has been provided by the local chapter of New England Mountain Bike Association and the US Forest Service’s Saco District staff.

The Albany Historical Society meeting will be held at Banner’s Restaurant on June 19 starting at 11am. Lunch (on you) will follow. The AHS is always open for new members as volunteers to host the museum during the summer and fall (June through September and one weekend in October). Membership in AHS is $5.00 per year which takes care of paying for the society’s newsletter and other activities. Attend this spring meeting to learn more about the group or call Mary Leavitt (367-9133). At this meeting the schedule for opening the museum will be decided. A sign-up sheet will be available.
Gibson Center: Tuesday after 11am there will be a spring plant exchange in the Activity Room. Bring in your extra plants to share with a friend. Fran’s Flick “Monument Men” will be playing on Tuesday after lunch. On Wednesday, June 11 and again on Tuesday, June 17 join others for the Lupine Festival. There will be stops at Polly’s Pancakes, Harmon’s Cheese Shop, and the Sugar Hill Sampler. The bus leaves at 9am. Call 356-3231 to reserve your seat aboard the bus for one of these trips. On Thursday it’s FREE BINGO at 12:30pm. Please bring a prize for the winner. Friday at lunch Chef Rick will be preparing a special meal for Father’s Day. Those wishing to sing will meet at 11am. Friday is also the day of the AARP Safe Drivers Class from 8:30am to 4pm. The cost is $20 but AARP members pay only $15. Call to register.

Library: On Monday at noon there’s an Early Childhood Mental Health Meeting. At 6:30pm Julie Lanoie will speak about green burial practices. Tuesday, at 6:30pm David Smolen will talk about enjoying E-Books. Thursday at 6pm join the White Mountain Amateur Radio Club meeting.
UNH Extension: Circle your calendar on July 9,16, 23, 30 for one of two( 4-5pm and 5-6pm) sections of the 4-H Blacksmith Club where the art and science of forming steel will be taught. This FREE program will be held at the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School and Stoney’s Sugar Shack. Call Amanda Royce at 447-3834 to register. Another summer program for youngsters is the 4-H Hikin’ Heron Club. Get outdoors with friends and take the challenge to hike six conservation trails in Tamworth and earn a patch from the Tamworth Conservation Commission. This is open to youths 5-12 years old. Pre-register before July 8 by calling the number above.
On Sunday, the Cabin Fever Restaurant in Bartlett Village is hosting a fundraiser benefit for Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation. The service hours are from 4pm to 8pm with take-out meals available. Please join the diners and help support neighbors and loved ones who are battling cancer. And get a tasty meal to boot! Twenty percent of each food bill will be donated to help assist cancer patients and their families to provide basic necessities such as food, gas, rent, and utilities. Since the Jen’s Friends Board is one hundred per cent voluntary, all donations go directly to help the clients. The foundation spends approximately $16,000 to $17,000 per month on assistance. They are currently aiding over 60 families. For further information call Ruthann Fabrizio at 374-2434.

Another fundraiser on Sunday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm is the Taste of the Bearcamp Valley Food Festival. This fundraiser is for the Bearcamp Valley School and Children’s Center. Enjoy a buffet of delicious appetizers, soups, breads, entrees and desserts from the region’s best restaurants and cafes at Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company, 2415 White Mountain Highway, West Ossipee.

Congratulations to Mary and Arthur Leavitt on their fifty-second wedding anniversary which they celebrated on June 2! Here’s to many, many more healthy and happy anniversaries.

Anyone interested in driving veterans to their medical appointments is asked to call Stan Solomon at 447-1199.

Is it ever going to be spring or shall we just forget about it? Whatever the answer, keep healthy and have a great week!