July 26, 2014


Albany’s picnic last Saturday was the best attended since our picnics began. There were 87 people at the Forest event. June Johnson and Dick VanDyne tended the raffle table. There were 18 different items to choose from for the Chinese Raffle which included gift certificates from Albany Pet, Almost There, Creative Touch, Dion’s Plant Place, Darby Field, Zebs, Valley Originals, Bea’s Cafe, Lobster Trap, Marcello’s, a Mary Kay gift basket, and items donated by Profile Motors. There were also blankets to purchase with Albany’s logo on it. The food was great (a quote from Sara Young Knox) and the weather cooperated totally. Kelly Robitaille and Matt Golding (Kathy Vizzard’s friend) held court at the grill and did a great job. The potluck salad dishes and desserts were tasty and devoured. Thanks to all who were involved with the set up and running of the event! Among the guests were some politicos running for office: Dominic Richardi (Sheriff), Robin Gordon (County Attorney), Susan Ticehurst (Representative District 3), Ed Butler (Representative District 7), Mark McConkey, (Representative District 3), and me, Dorothy Solomon (County Commissioner District 2). As promised there were games for the kids, swimming for those who chose to swim, and a special dog show put on by the Sheriff’s department and handler Noel Coward (retired police officer from Conway) to show how the county sheriff’s office new dog, Charlie, a 2 year old Belgium Malenios,will be trained. After everyone had partaken in the delicious lunch, Kathy Vizzard and Margaret Leahy conducted the raffle. There were many lucky winners and some won more than one prize. The winners were, Stan Solomon (2 prizes), Jack Rose, Roger Ambros (3 prizes), Shirley VanDyne (2 prizes), Mary Leavitt (2 prizes), Mark McConkey, Allyson Hermanson (3 prizes), Lola Rubio ( 2 prizes), Jessica VanDyne, Amelia Torres (2 prizes), Carol Munroe, Laurie Sanford, Diana Alves (3 prizes), Tyler VanDyne, D. Richardson, Donna Gray, Lisa Robitaille, Bob Parrish, Jean Wiggen, Brady Robitaille, Ethan Robitaille and Dick Wales. By anyone’s calculation it was a terrific day in the Albany Forest!

World Fellowship: Monday at 7:30pm there will be a multi-media presentation with Steve Thornton author of “A Shoeleather History of the Wobblies”. On Sunday, August 4 at 10am, Alice Rothchild,will present a powerful documentary exploring the very timely Voices Across the Divide which explores the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Tin Mountain: Dr. Pam Hunt will be hosting a program on insects and beetles today from 10am to 2pm both indoors and outdoors. Bring a lunch and enjoy.

Gibson Center: Fran’s Flick next week will be “42” on July 29 after lunch. There will be blood pressure screening at Thursday’s lunch. The Flatbread Fundraiser for the Center is Thursday from 4-9 pm. Enjoy great pizza and Flatbreads will donate a portion of the sales of each order to the center to help fund Meals on Wheels. Time to sign up for the Ossipee Lake Boat Trip on August 8. Call 356-3231.

UNH Extension: The next Common Gardening Club program will be held August 6 at 1 pm. The topic is Reading Food Labels. Call 447-3834 for further information. The Veggie Volunteer Program is underway again at Sherman Farm in Conway. Pick second quality and excess produce for the local food banks. The program continues through August. Contact Olivia Saunders at 447-3834 for further information.

On Thursday at 6pm there’s a reception in Bethlehem before the screening of the film “Enemies: A Love Story”. This is part of the Jewish Film Festival being held at the Colonial Theater.

Congratulations to Josephine Howland Gormley and Scott Gormley on their marriage June 21 (on the Summer Solstice). They had an old fashioned “hand festing” another name for tying the knot. Last September Josephine attended the Mother Earth Festival in Asheville, NC. Among the activities she learned about was home gardening, growing berries and making yogurt and cheese. Once home she put some of the ideas to use. She is now raising free range chickens and will be selling the eggs shortly. Keep tuned for opening day.

Congratulations to Emily Brown who was named to Plymouth State University’s president’s list.

Kathy Vizard and family returned from vacation. They had fun at Wales Tail and Clarks Bears.

Among our summer people back at their cottage are Nancy and Dana Rotman of Wallingford, Ct. And visiting with them is their son and his family. Also back from Florida are Lola and Lewis Rubio.

Abby Hernandez has returned home to her folks. The summer is here and the rains are holding back until evening. Life is good in the valley. Have a great week!

July 12, 2014

At the July 2 selectmen’s meeting, Steve Solomon, Conway’s Fire Chief, came in to discuss the contract Albany has with the fire department. The discussion was about cost and use. Go to albanytown.org and read the minutes for the entire discussion. There was also discussion regarding road standards for Albany. Curtis is working on development of such a plan.

The Selectmen’s Office will be closed next week as Kathy will be on vacation. There will be no selectmen’s meeting this Wednesday.

World Fellowship: On Sunday, July 13 at 7:30 pm, join local study group leader, Beverly Woods, to learn how to communicate compassionately.

Gibson Center: Call 356-3231 for your seat aboard the bus going to see Tribute Band’s Beach Party Boys on July 15. Every Friday during the summer there’s Tai Chi at 10 am. If you’d like help with your computer, sign up for One to One Computer instruction on Wednesdays by calling the Center. Like poetry? Join Poetry Appreciation classes on Thursdays at 10:15 am. You’ll be reading and writing poetry.

Library: At 6pm on Monday it’s Open Mic Night featuring Bob Demare. On Wednesday at 5:30pm there’s “Cookout in the Park” and at 6pm there’s the “Concert on the Lawn” featuring the Mt. Washington Valley Band.

UNH Ext: July 26 is Farm Day! Among the demonstrations, and there are many, will be a presentation by Jason Ferry of Freedom who will bring his portable sawmill to saw logs into lumber. He will hold a discussion about assessing trees and logs, and grading softwood and hardwood. Another workshop is on making your own maple syrup. Steve Roberge of UNH will cover topics including tree identification and tapping, collecting and boiling sap, and finishing, filtering and packing syrup. The program begins at 11 am. There’s also a workshop on hobby farming conducted by a team of local experts from bee keepers to chicken farmers as well as trained Master Gardeners.

Next Saturday, July 19, is the Annual Albany Picnic (in the Albany Forest). It starts at 11am. There will be hot dogs and burgers as well as items brought by those attending: if your last name begins with N-Z bring a salad and if your last name begins with A-M bring dessert. This is an ideal time to relax, enjoy the company of friends and neighbors and have fun. There will be games for the kids and the availability of a swim in the Swift (no lifeguard on duty though). There will also be a raffle. Come in through the Saco River Ranger Station entrance.

The White Mountain Jewish Film Festival at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem opens Thursday, July 17 with a reception (including refreshments) on the patio at 6pm followed at 7:30pm by the movie “Liberty Heights” starring Joe Mantegna Adrien Brody and Bebe Neuwirth.Tickets at the door are $8 per person.

July 26 is the annual Carroll County Farm Day (it’s FREE to all) held at the county complex in Ossipee. Farm Day is a celebration of rural farming with hands-on workshops, demonstrations and activities for farmers and families. The 4-H group will have a petting zoo, bird house building, hands on demonstration of shooting sports and other things for kids. Check the UNH information for other particulars.

July 26 is the Kennett Alumni Summer Outing and Meeting at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds. The social hour is at 5 pm and dinner will be at 6 pm. No need to dress up; casual summer attire is fine. It’s time to renew old friendships and have a good time.

Bernadine Dubois attended her family’s seventeenth annual reunion on July 5 in Whitefield. About 30 people were there. Always wonderful to get together with family.

Carol Munroe recently participated in the “Relay for Life” held in Massachusetts. “Relay” is a fundraiser organized by American Cancer Society to raise money for research toward conquering cancer.

Welcome back to our annual summer residents, Jeff and Michelle Munroe who are at their cottage.

Margie and George Shubley also returned to Bald Hill Road to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with the Holmes family.

Harold and Dolores Leavitt visited Mary and Arthur Leavitt this past week. They will be visiting other friends and relatives both here and in Massachusetts before they return to Florida. They have just returned from a trip to Alaska where they had a great time.

Congratulations to Matthew Ashault who has been named to the Dean’s List at Keene State College.

Now that the holiday weekend is over, there is not as much traffic around. Time to get out and enjoy the summer. Have a great week!

July 5, 2014

Albany news: The annual Albany Picnic will be held on July 19 in the Albany Town Forest starting at 11 am. Enter through the Saco Ranger Station. This a a great time/place to meet friends and neighbors you may not have seen all winter. There’ll be great food (town supplies hot dogs and burgers- residents whose names begin with A-M please bring a dessert, N-Z please bring a salad) There will be games for the young and a raffle too. Bring along your bathing suit and take a dip in the Swift. This is an opportunity to visit the forest as well.

The Albany Historical Society will open the museum on July 16 from 9am to noon. There is no charge to visit the museum and there’s lots of great items of interest to see. Are you interested in genealogy? Check out the books and papers that are kept in the museum.

Tin Mountain will host North Conway’s Farmer’s Market on July 10 from noon to 1 pm on July 10. Local vendors will be selling vegetables, meat, cheese, coffee and other great items. At 7 pm Ed and Kathy Bergeron will be there to talk about their recent bike trip through Italy.

Gibson Center: There’s a Craft and Artisan Festival going on this weekend on the front lawn. Don’t miss it. Tuesday take a ride to see/hear the Boston Brass Concert. Call 356-3231 for reservations. The Summer Ballroom Dance is this Thursday from 6-8 pm. Hostess Alice Clapp will play popular dance tunes. Cost $5. On Friday, July 11, after lunch, board the Center’s bus for a trip to Oxford Casino. Again call for reservations.

Library: On Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Story time for Little Ones. At 5 pm the program is Magic of Science. On Thursday at 5 pm the White Mountain Amateur Radio Club meets.

UNH Ext: With STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education being so important today, the 4-H club is helping to meet this need through events and after school programs where students take part in a myriad of hands-on STEM projects. The Hikin’ Heron Club explores the outdoors with its first of six hikes on July 10 starting at 9:30 am at the Community School in Tamworth. They will hike Jackman Pond. This is open to all youth ages 5-12. Another group, the Blacksmith Club, is learning the art and science of forming steel. They meet on July 9 at 4 pm at the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School. Also on July 9 the Gardening Club continues their Family Gardening Program with Tips for Feeding Children. Call Amanda Royce at 447-3834 for further information. Remember, Carroll County Farm Day is July 26.

World Fellowship: We caught a terrific performance at the Fellowship last Sunday. It was a one woman show called “One Drop of Love” starring Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni. Today Thea Hopkins, critically acclaimed Boston performing songwriter, will be performing at 7:30 pm. On Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30 pm Andy Davis will be relating his experiences as a human rights worker in Guatemala fifteen years ago and his recent return to that country to see how things have changed…or not.

Brian Wiggin and Ken Rancourt will present the program, Local Cemeteries, at the Conway Historical Society meeting at Salyards Center on July 8 at 7 pm. The Conway Historical Society’s Eastman-Lord House museum will be open for guided tours the next day, June 9, from 2-4 pm.

Here are some dos and don’ts for keeping healthy and comfortable during high heat days. Never leave a child, disabled or elderly person or pet in a closed car. Clean air conditioner filters and ducts often. Keep the windows closed and shades down during the heat of the day and open windows in the cooler evenings. Avoid strenuous physical activities and don’t use electrical appliances during the hot part of the day. Check on elderly friends, relatives, and those who are disabled. Use adequate SPF sun-protection whenever you are outdoors. Drink plenty of water and avoid sweetened drinks, caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

Doris Meyer’s memorial weekend was last week. Her daughters were there for the entire weekend. There were folks from as far south as North Carolina and east to Maine and Vermont. Doris was an avid hiker and loved northern New Hampshire for its mountains. For that reason, her ashes were strewn atop Mount Chocorua so that she could always be where she loved the most. Doris lived the last eight years of her life with her daughter Lauren O’Reilly and Lauren’s husband, Tom in Albany. When we were there on Sunday, Stan and I met Dick and Shirley VanDyne at the memorial. Many from people from the hospital also attended as the last years of Doris’ life were spent as a volunteer at Memorial Hospital.

Bethany Plummer and son, Andrew, visited Arthur and Mary Leavitt on the weekend. Andrew had been in Gilmanton with the Boy Scouts for the week and will be spending part of the summer at Homeward Bound, a dog rescue service.

Stan and I celebrated our fifty-fifth wedding anniversary on Friday, June 27. We waited until Saturday evening to have an anniversary dinner though. Oh how quickly the years have gone!

Hope everyone enjoyed the parades and picnics yesterday. Take it easy in this heat and have a great week!