November 1, 2014

Kathy and DeAnn would like to thank the 135 diners who attended the Annual Albany Turkey Dinner last Saturday evening. (Among those in attendance were several candidates for office in this Tuesday’s election: Mike Cryans for Executive Council, John R. White for State Senate, Diana Spaulding for Registrar of Deeds, Ed Butler for District 7 Representative, Susan Ticehurst and Stan Solomon for District 3 Representative and Dorothy Solomon for County Commissioner.) The dinner was an outstanding success! Thanks go out to Mary Leavitt, Cindy Carboni, Jack and Camille Rose, Kristina LeBlanc and Sandy George for baking those delicious pies and desserts and the homemade cranberry sauce. (And let’s not forget the cooks; Kathy and DeAnn who worked so hard to make the dinner itself.) And thanks to Ron and Cathy Ryan for donating the dinner rolls from Leavitts Bakery. Thanks also to all the local companies and individuals who generously donated to the dinner. They include Coleman Concrete, Sunny Brook Cottages, Albany Service Center, Motion Dynamics, Perm-a-Pave, Albany Pet Care, Lee Grant and June Johnson, The Car Guys, Almost There, Profile Subaru, Discount Deli II, Dunkin Donuts, ShurFine, Hannafords and Shaws. And let’s not forget those great servers and helpers; Sally Kratt, Dick and Shirley VanDyne, Lisa Robitaille, Cheryl Gaglini, Jennifer Vizard, Krystina Vizard, Matt Golding, Sandy George, Kristina LeBlanc and her friend Devon. The dinner would not have been the success it was without this support. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Lora Pierce Johnson scholarship fund. This year, after all costs were deducted, $1103.24 was raised. This will be enough to cover two scholarships for deserving Albany seniors going off to college next fall. With the cost of college these days, every bit helps!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. The polls open at 8am and close at 7pm. Please remember to vote!

Gibson Center: Do you need transportation to the polls? Please call 356-3231 to sign up for door to door service offered by the Center. Cindy Russell will present “The Golden Daze” on Wednesday, November fifth, after lunch at the Caring for the Caregiver meeting. On Thursday it’s Bingo! It’s free with prizes supplied by the players. As a reminder, the AARP Driver Safety Program will be given on November 12. To sign on call 356-3231.

UNH Extension: Wildlife program assistance is provided through individual contacts and site visits, workshops, newsletters, publications and demonstrations. For more information contact Wendy Scribner at 447-3834.

Congratulations to Jack Rose who recently received two awards. One was for his many years of service as Albany’s representative and member of the Board of Directors for the North Country Council for Planning and Development. He was presented with a plaque in recognition at the Annual North Country Council Dinner. The second award was from Memorial Hospital for his seven years of dedicated service as Chairman of the Patient Advisory Council and his valuable contributions to our community hospital.

Reminder: Come and enjoy a NH experience
tonight at 7pm starring Rebecca Rule at Mountain View nursing home in Ossipee. This is a fundraiser for the residents of the home.

Sunday, November 2 at 7pm the Cold River Radio Show is live at the Theater in the Wood, Intervale, NH. Check out the Kenya Hall Band, Joyce Anderson, singer/songwriter, Phil Crossman, Storyteller and Author and Lea Wait, Author. Tickets are available on-line ( and at White Birch Books in North Conway.

Albany folks are getting out and about. The Mount Washington Chamber of Commerce held their annual dinner last Tuesday night and there were several Albany people that Stan and I met there: Camille and Jack Rose, Rob Nadler, Kelly and Lisa Robitaille, and Cort Hanson. If others were there, I guess I missed them in the crowd of about 300 people.

Before you look around, it will be Thanksgiving. Almost time to get the turkey and begin preparing the dinner. Let’s hope the weather holds and everyone can get to wherever they may be going. In the meantime, have a great week.

October 25, 2014

At the October 15 selectmen’s meeting it was learned that Conway Fire Chief is open to offering Albany a two year contract. Also at the meeting, Rob Nadler suggested that Chief Solomon might be interested in becoming Albany’s Emergency Management Director. It appears that Albany’s unreserved fund balance is above the Department of Revenue’s recommended level. (To read the entire minutes, go to

The Annual Albany Turkey Dinner is tonight at 5pm. Come down for good food and an enjoyable evening with neighbors. Proceeds go to the good works of the Albany Civic Group and benefits the Lora Pierce Johnson scholarship fund.

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day. The polls will open at 8am and close at 7pm. Don’t forget to vote!

Gibson Center: On Friday there will be a Halloween Luncheon. Prizes will be given for the prettiest, most original, funniest, and scariest costumes. The parade will come before dessert is served. Remember to sign up for the AARP Safe Driver class presented with discussion and video by Dan Andrews . There will be Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Should you need transportation to the polls on November 4, call 356-3231 to sign up for door to door service.

Library: Monday at noon the first Family Place Session will start. Tuesday at 10:30 am it’s Fall Story Time for Twos and Wednesday same time is Story Time for Babies. Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for 3 and 4 year olds. At 2 pm join others for Olga Morrill’s Retirement Party.

UNH Extension: To farmers and those interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables: October 29 from 9am to 3:30 pm join others at the North Country Fruit & Vegetable Seminar & Trade Show at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield. Saturday, November 1 from 10am to noon there will be a regional informational forum on agribusiness at Tamworth Town Hall. Stay for lunch and network with others. RSVP to Sign up for a free cooking and nutrition series offered by Nutrition Connection, Cooking Matters. They meet Mondays from 4 to 6pm at Center Harbor Congregational Church. Call 447-3834.

At the last Albany Historical Society meeting, Jack Rose led the group as their new president. After a long wait, the IRS 541c exemption designation for the society has been approved. The newsletter should be coming out in November. Perhaps that will spur more people to become interested in the history of Albany and then become members of the Historical Society. On October 29 at 3pm there will a walk through of the museum. This was the last meeting of the year. The next meeting will be in May, 2015.

On November 1 Rebecca Rule will be telling her famous stories at Mountain View Community nursing home in Ossipee. This is a fundraiser for the residents of the county nursing home. Come out for a fun evening and help the residents get some useful extras.

Put November 5 on your calendar for a great dinner and a fun evening. The LLWD bookclub did and will be holding their regular monthly meeting at Darby Field that evening. Enjoy good food and the lovely artwork decorating the walls.

I’ve heard the sounds of gunfire coming from the forest. It’s hunting season in NH. Moose hunting began last Saturday. Remember to be careful while in wooded areas.

Before you know it, it will be Halloween and then Thanksgiving. Enjoy yourselves and have a great week.

October 18, 2014

At the selectmen’s meeting the selling of tax deeded properties was discussed. The selectmen are considering having real estate brokers handle the sales, or offering the properties to abutters, or putting an ad in the paper offering the properties to the public. Kathy will check with the attorney regarding fees the selectmen have authority to waive to determine just which of these options will be taken. The sheriff’s department will be patrolling Bald Hill Road for speeders. The October 22 meeting has been cancelled as it is the annual meeting of the North Country Council. The selectmen have opted to hold their meeting on October 29 at 3:30pm.

It’s nearly Election Day (November 4) and the ballots have arrived at town hall. If you know that you will not be able to get to the polls to cast your ballot, you can request an absentee ballot. Please stop by the Selectmen’s Office to request a form or call to have one mailed to you.The Supervisors of the Checklist will be at Town Hall on Saturday, October 25 from 11 to 11:30 am to make changes and additions to the checklist before the November 4 elections.

A vehicle rolled over last week on Route 16 just northeast of Albany Town Hall. Four people in the car were taken to Memorial Hospital and traffic was held up for about half an hour. This is just the kind of problem the Planning Board is concerned about.

Gibson Center: On Tuesday, October 21, David Smollens, head of the Conway Library, will present “Social Media Overview”. This will include how to protect your identity and answer such questions as “What are hash tags?” On October 23 after lunch enjoy a slide show about South Dakota Badlands. Don’t forget to register for the ever popular AARP Driver Safety Program to be held on November 12.

Library: Monday at 10:15 am there will be a discussion on the Sparrow Book. At 6:30 pm enjoy original music on keyboard by Meg Josalen. Tuesday at 10:30 am there’s Story Time for Two Year Olds followed on Wednesday at 10:30 am by Story Time for Babies less than Two Years Old. Three and four year olds get to enjoy story time on Thursday at 10:30 am.

UNH Extension: Protection of and improving productivity of soil will be discussed on October 23 at Ramblin Vews Farm in Gilford. Call 447-2771 by October 21 to register. Get the substantial pre-registration discount for the North Country Fruit & Vegetable Seminar and Trade Show that will be held October 29 from 9am to 3:30pm at the Mountain View Grand Hotel in Whitefield by calling the extension number in Grafton County (787-6944).

It’s almost time for the famous and delicious Albany Turkey Dinner. Put Saturday, October 25 at 5 pm on your calendar. If you wish to help, Kathy is looking for people to make some of those tasty desserts. Call her at 447-2877 if you can supply some goodies. The price of the dinner is $9 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Take out is $11.

The Conway Scenic Railroad will be having a special Halloween train ride for kids on October 24 and 25. The wearing of costumes is encouraged and children will get to select a pumpkin. For more information go to

Settlers’ Green will be having a Halloween program free to children under 11 years old. Dress up in a costume and go trick-or-treating at Settlers’.

It’s hunting season folks. Time to take out the orange vest when working, walking, or running in wooded areas. Be careful out there.

We are so lucky that the weather has been cooperative to enjoying the beauty of this season. Get out and take it in while you can. Have a great week.

October 11, 2014

The Selectmen and Clerk’s Offices will be closed on Monday for Columbus Day. The Selectmen’s office will be closed on Thursday and Friday October 16 and 17 as Kathy will be at a conference.

Among the items taken up at the Wednesday Selectmen’s meeting were the properties Albany has for sale. Badger Realty, Haines Realty, and Sullivan and Sullivan Auctioneers are looking at the properties to offer for sale. The contract with Conway Fire Department is up for renewal. The Fire Chief submitted a proposal for $105,000 for a one year contract. Jack Rose would like to get a quote from Madison Fire Department as well. Rob Nadler reported the Regional Collaborative Board is holding a special meeting with planning associates from Maine to make local ordinances friendlier to gain economically in the region.

Josephine Howland, who worked for the MassHighway Department of Highway Safety, sends along this information. After requesting crash data for Route 16 in Albany for the last 10 years she found that these six miles are very curvy with little or no shoulder/breakdown lanes. Safety is a subject that needs to be considered in the discussion of a Route 16 commercial/business district. Anyone have any ideas along these lines? The Planning Board meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 15. Bring your ideas with you.

It’s almost turkey time again. Kathy Vizard has once more volunteered to work on the supper this year, but she will need help. Call her at 447-6038 if you can offer some assistance. The supper will be October 25 at 5pm. Put it on your calendar.

Gibson Center: The Center will be closed on Monday. On Tuesday after lunch there will be a Candidate Forum. Bring your questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the AARP Driver Safety Program set for November 11. Call 356-3231 to register.

Library: The library is closed on Monday. Tuesday at 10:30 am it’s Fall Story Time for Two Year Olds. AARP presents Fraud Prevention in NH at 6:30 pm. On Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Fall Story Time for Babies younger than two. Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Fall Story Time for Three and Four Year Olds. At 3 pm Next Gen Group meets. At 6 pm Mount Washington Valley Green Team has a Presentation on Solar Energy.

UNH Extension: Last week there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Carroll County Farm High Tunnel. A jail prisoner helped with the carpentry and other inmates helped put up the tunnel. Ken LaValley, Interim Dean and Director of the Extension, Olivia Saunders, Food & Agriculture Field Specialist, along with several others interested in the High Tunnel were at the ceremony. The intent of the tunnel is to conduct vegetables production research. The goals are to host community events and workshops on winter growing and season extension, increase production at the County Farm and create ongoing dialogue with local farmers on the research. Master gardeners and 4-H Club members will be part of those working on this project.

The World Fellowship Center is considering building a 9,000 gallon water storage tank and piping for the use of the center. There is a lot of property there to use the water.

The Sandwich Fair is this weekend. There’s lots to see and enjoy. Hope to see you there.

Save this date: Saturday, November 1 for an evening with Rebecca Rule. Friends of Mountain View Community, Carroll County Nursing Home, are bringing this popular storyteller for an evening of fun and fundraising.

Ed Foley recently returned from a reunion in Rhode Island with the Thirteenth Bomber Squadron. This group is the longest active squadron of the US Air Force. It was formed in France in WWI and is presently in Afghanistan flying B-2 Bombers. There are only a handful of members still alive from the WWII era and a few more from the Korean War era. Ed is a veteran of the Korean War. He did instrumentation and aerial photography on the B-26 Bombers.

Sandy Stowell has returned from her nearly two month road trip in her RV with her friend Carol. She visited her daughter Lisa before Lisa took off for another tour in Afghanistan. She went out west to see some friends she had gone to school with nearly 50 years ago. Now it’s time to can some apples.

Shaina McKenney and John Irving are the proud parents of a daughter, Piper Rosaleen Eve Irving born August 11. The proud maternal grandparents are Dawn George and Ryan Savary of Albany.

The trees are losing their leaves. Peeper season is nearly over. Enjoy it while it’s here. Have a great week.


Zoning Board of Adjustment

Andy Davis, Chairman-term ends 2016
Ron Ryan-term ends 2018
Dan Sdankus-term ends 2018
Leroy Grant-term ends 2016
Sheri Coleman-term ends 2017

Sam Farrington (alternate)

Trustees of the Trust Funds

Richard VanDyne-term ends 2017
Kim Guptill-term ends 2018
Dorothy Solomon-term ends 2016

Cemetery Trustees

Kim Guptill-term ends 2016
Kelly Robitaille-term ends 2017
Cathy Ryan-term ends 2018

Cemetery Trustee Minutes-2015

Albany Cemetery Committee
July 9, 2015

At 4:05 PM, the Cemetery Committee was called to order. In attendance were Kelly Rabitaille, Kim Guptill, and Cathy Ryan. Also present was Cheryl Paige. The following business was conducted.

Kim reported that four plots have been purchased this year, 1 at High St and 3 at Hammond Cemetery.
Cathy confirmed with Kim that maintenance mowing of the cemeteries occurs three times a year, around Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. A fourth mowing is in the budget if needed. With the weather we have had this summer, a fourth mowing may be necessary. Randy Leach has been doing the maintenance again this year. He confirmed with Kim that he has contacted a qualified person to cut down the damaged tree at the Passaconaway Cemetery. The task is scheduled for some time in August.
Kelly bought up the subject of correcting the misspelling of the Passaconaway sign. Kelly had measured the length of the lettering. It was agreed that a plaque with the correct spelling should be put over what is there. Kim will contact Jeff at Arthur Memorials for cost of such an item.
A sign for the Covered Bridge Cemetery is needed. Kelly and Kim were both of the idea to have a carved wooden sign with black recessed lettering, hung with chain on the fence Thus keeping with the rustic theme of the cemetery. All agreed this would a good idea.
Posts with black boundary rope and yellow breakaway chain have been installed. The project of capping the boundary posts is half complete. Moody and Hammond cemeteries are done. Kelly brought up the idea of putting taller, different type caps on the posts at each cemetery entrance. Therefore, making the entrances stand out. After discussion on this subject, Kim said she would look into it. She is ordering the other half of the caps this week to complete this project of capping the posts.
The cemetery maps need to be copied, and put in form for the future safe keeping.. Kim has done some research on copying the maps. Kelly said he would stop at Minute Man asking them if they could do that for us. The map of the Moody Cemetery is missing. Kelly stated that the Planning Board was planning to reorganize the conference room. Perhaps the Cemetery Committee could work with them or ask them to be on the look out for the map.
At 4:45 PM, meeting adjourned.
Respectfully submitted,
Cathy Ryan
Albany Cemetery Committee Member


Conservation Commission

Rob Nadler, Chair-term ends 2018
Cort Hansen-term ends 2018
Paul Brown-term ends 2016
Jack Rose, Selectmen representative-term ends 2017
Josephine Howland, Planning Board representative-term ends 2016
Richard VanDyne, Alternate-term ends 2017


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School Board

 Albany School Board 

Joe Ferris, chairman 447-3659 

Sara Young-Knox-vice-chair 447-2887

Lisa Lynde 662-2354

       Kim Guptill  clerk and treasurer

The next meeting of the Albany School Board is at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Albany town offices. Among the items on the agenda are: signing of checks and manifest; public comments; superintendent’s report; and setting a date and time for the budget hearing.

Joe Ferris and Sara Young-Knox participated in the SAU 9 meeting on Nov. 13. Seventeen candidates applied for the position of superintendent. The selection committee will winnow this list down to two or three candidates. The SAU board will interview the top candidates. The SAU 9 board interviews will likely take place in January, after the holidays.

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October 4, 2014

According to the town minutes, the selectmen are looking into the possibility of auctioning off tax deeded properties in lieu of selling them through a realtor. The costs will be compared. Leah Valledares has been appointed as an alternate to the Planning Board. Rob reported to the selectmen on the Planning Board public hearing for the Master Plan. He expects the Board will vote on the plan at their next meeting.

The town offices will be closed on Monday, October 13 in honor of Columbus Day.

Gibson Center: Fran’s Flick for October 7 is “Somewhere in Time”. Stay around after lunch for this one. The Center’s Artisan Festival is the weekend of October 11 and 12. Check out some of New England’s finest craftsmen. Your purchases benefit the Center’s Meals on Wheels Program. The Center will be closed on October 13. Put November 11on the calendar for the next AARP Driver Safety Program. Upon successful completion of the course, participants may be eligible for a discount on their auto insurance.

Library: Monday at 6 pm learn about Vintage Valley Postcards from Bob Cotrell and Steve and Olga Morrill. Wednesday, October 7 at 10:30am it’s Fall Story Time for Babies less than 2 years old. At 4:30pm join the White Mountain Writers Group where you can share your writing and learn of local activities for writers. On Thursday at 10:30am It’s Fall Story Time for 3 & 4 year olds. Did you know you could download books from the library onto your computer or other reading device? Check it out.

UNH Extension: From 10am to noon today, you can learn about non-native invasive plant species; how to identify them and control them. The program is held at Front Bay Park, Bay Street, Wolfeboro. There are several Nutrition Connection workshops available for those families receiving SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, fuel assistance or other forms of assistance. Call 447-3834 to sign up for these helpful and interesting sessions.

The Blue Loon bus service is in need of volunteers for the various projects they are working on. Call 752-1741 if you can help.

Next weekend is considered the height of Peeper Season. Settlers’ Green will be having the last of its sidewalk sales , so don’t miss a bargain.

Can you believe it? It’s the 27th year for the return of Pumpkin People in Jackson. Conway is also involved in the displays. You can also check out the Pumpkin People right here at Colemans.

The Fryeburg Fair ends tomorrow but there’s still the Sandwich Fair to enjoy. This family friendly fair runs from October 11 to October 13. Gates open at 8 am.

Stan and I met Steve and Sara Young-Knox and Sara’s father Robert Young at a restaurant Tuesday where they were celebrating Robert Young’s 91st birthday. Robert was in good spirits and enjoying the occasion. Happy Birthday, Robert, from Albany!

Richard Wales attended his Navy reunion in Groton, Conn recently. Richard had served on the USS Strong. About 70 other Navy vets from all over the country were there as well. They went out on a ship and had a great time.

Aren’t we lucky to live here in Albany especially at this time of year! Do get out and appreciate the colors while they are in their prime. Have a great week!