November 29, 2014

Due to business stresses, Rob Nadler has tendered his resignation from the Board of Selectmen effective December 1. Also, Josephine Howland has resigned from the Planning Board.

At the November 19 meeting of the selectmen a controversial statement made at the August 13 Planning Board meeting by Rick Hiland was discussed and amended. It appears that Rick erred in stating that Chairman Mike Helmers had said the Planning Board did not have to listen to the public. It was in fact, Josephine Howland, Vice-Chair of the Planning Board who made that statement as was recorded later in the October 15 Planning Board minutes. Rick offered his apology to Mike for the error and Mike accepted. To read the minutes of the selectmen’s meeting, go to

The tax rate for Albany has been set at $12.77 per $1000 of assessed valuation. To lower the tax rate for Albany taxpayers the selectmen agreed to use $150,000 of the unreserved fund balance. Your tax bills should have arrived by now. Payment is due by December 22 or there will be a 12% late charge.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to think about Christmas. The annual children’s Christmas party will be held at town hall on December 13 from 9:30 am to noon. And of course, Santa is expected to make his appearance. All Albany families are welcome as are their extended families.

Gibson Center: On Mondays there are Chair Exercises at 10:30 am and you can choose either FunDay or Yoga at 12:30 pm. On Tuesdays it’s Strength, Balance & Stretch at 10am. Wednesday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm there’s Wii. At 12:30 pm it’s Game Day or Care for the Caregiver. Thursdays at 9 am try Belly Dancing. At noon you can get Medicare Counseling. Don’t forget the first Thursday of the month it’s Bingo! Friday, December 5 is the day before Saint Nicholas Day. There will be tasty door prizes and a holiday raffle. After lunch get together with friends and make a wreath for the holidays. Call 356-3231 to sign up for this project. On Saturday get picked up for the Christmas Parade. Call to sign up.

Library: On December 1 at 10:30am it’s session 5 of Family Place. On December 2 at 6:30pm come and enjoy The Pucckerbrush Holiday Concert.

UNH Extension: There’s a new 4-H Sewing Club starting in December. The first meeting is December 5 from 6-7:30 pm at the Tamworth Library. For the farmers, USDA, Risk Management Agency is sponsoring a workshop “Practical Approaches to Improving Soil Health” on December 10. It will be held at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth. For more information or to pre-register call Carl Majewski at 352-4550. If you are interested in the Nutrition Connections free program at qualifying schools call Joy Gagnon at 447-3834.

Tracy Mathieu, Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice scheduler, made the local papers as part of the agency’s food drive to benefit local food pantries. This is their part to celebrate National Home Care Month. The public is invited to participate in the program.

Darby Field will be participating in this year’s Inn to Inn Cookie Tour December 13 and 14. Put this fun event on your calendar. And as an added attraction, the exhibiting artists at Darby Field are reducing prices of their artwork for the event.

If you or someone you know is having trouble paying for heat, the Fuel Assistance Program may be able to provide some relief. Contact Tri-Community in Chocorua to see if you qualify.

The Forest Service is once again offering New Hampshire residents the ability to cut their own Christmas tree. You must stop by the Saco River Forest Office for a permit though.

Mary and I hope everyone has had a perfectly wonderful Thanksgiving! Have a great week as well!

Albany School Board minutes 11/18/2014


PRESENT: Joseph Ferris, Lisa Lynde and Carl Nelson. The meeting was held at the Albany Town Hall.

(1) Chair Ferris called the meeting to order at 5:36 p.m.

(2) Approval of Minutes (9-3-14) – Lisa Lynde moved to approve the minutes of September 3, 2014. The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 2-0-0.

(3) Comments (A) Public – none (B) Board Member – none

(4) Signing of Manifest – The manifest was signed as presented.

(5) Business Affairs (A) Attendance at Meetings – Joe (10); Sara (?); Lisa (3)

(6) Superintendent’s Report (A) The SAU Board will meet on December 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the Conway Professional Development Center for the budget hearing. (B) Conway’s Strategic Plan will be discussed at an event on November 20th at 5:45 p.m. at KHS

(7) Any Other Business (A) Set Date for Next Meeting – January 13, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Albany Town Hall. (B) Set Time for School District Meeting on March 10, 2015 – Lisa Lynde moved to set 7:00 p.m. as the time for the meeting. The motion as seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 2-0-0. (C) Set Date/Time for Budget Hearing– Lisa Lynde moved to hold the budget hearing on February 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 2-0-0. (D) Correspondence from Webster Selectman Bruce Johnson – No action was taken.

(8) Public Comments – none

(9) Nonpublic Session – RSA 91-A:3 II – Joe Ferris moved to enter into Nonpublic Session in accordance with RSA 91-A:3 II. The motion was seconded by Lisa Lynde and passed unanimously on a roll call vote. Nonpublic Session Minutes – The Board discussed the health of a school official. The Board will proceed with the appropriate action.

(10) Lisa Lynde moved to return to Public Session and adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 2-0-0 at 5:48 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Carl J. Nelson Superintendent of Schools


November 22, 2014

The Selectmen’s office will be closed at noon on Wednesday, November 26. There will not a a selectmen’s meeting that day. The office will be closed on November 27 and 28 for Thanksgiving.

The selectmen appointed Rick Hiland and Cathy Ryan as alternate members of the Planning Board. According to the selectmen, the cost of a new contract with the Conway Village Fire District is considerably higher per call than is charged to Conway yet Albany does not have rights or representation on the board. Rob was elected to be the official representative for Albany to negotiate the fire and rescue contract with the Conway Village Fire District Commissioners.

The work done on the High Street cemetery has been completed and it was done well.

Waldorf School: Don’t miss the 28th Annual Children’s Winter Craft Faire today from 10 to 2 pm. Check out the events and craft items for purchase.

Gibson Center: Fran’s Flick, “Labor Day”, will be aired on Tuesday, November 25 after lunch. The Center is closed for Thanksgiving, November 27 & 28.

Library: The Family Place Session #4 is on Monday at 10:30 am. On Tuesday, November 25 at 10:30 am it’s Story Time with Shaunal for children ages 2-3. Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for those under 2. The library is closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday.

UNH Extension: A new free program, the 4-H Sewing Club, is starting for young people ages 8-18. The first meeting will be December 5 from 6-7:30 pm and held at the Tamworth Library, 93 Main Street. Sewing machines will be provided, but those enrolled will be required to supply some of their own supplies. Registration is required. Call 447-3834.

On November 26, 27 and 28 the Omni Mount Washington Resort is offering some fun events for the family. There will be a turkey-trot, flag football, and crafts for sale. And Santa will be stopping by for the children.

Especially for those who have lost a loved one recently, the Visiting Nurse, Home Cure and Hospice Office is holding meetings for the next six weeks to help deal with such a loss. No pre-registration is required.

On December 2, the Mount Washington Valley Community Band will present a Christmas concert at the Nativity Lutheran Church at 7 pm. Admission is a donation. Join in the singing of carols and enjoy the program.

How time flies! Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us. Have a great Thanksgiving.

November 15, 2014

Tin Mountain: The conservation center is hosting a yoga program for children 7 to 10 years old. Those participating should bring a yoga mat and pillow. There will be stories, singing and a hike as well. The class starts on November 15 at 9 am and runs until December 13. It is sponsored by LL Bean and the Evenor Armington Fund. The cost is $5 per child or $3 for members. For more information and to register, call 447-6991.

Waldorf School: Saturday, November 22 from10 am to 2 pm enjoy the school’s 28th Annual Children’s Winter Craft Faire. Check out the crafts including woodworking, candle and wreath making, puppet shows, storytelling, a cake walk and musical performances. For more information call 447-3168.

Gibson Center: Thanksgiving dinners will be served Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, November 18, 19, and 20. Call to reserve your seat. This year’s meal is sponsored by Shawn and Linda Bergeron in Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bergeron and Dana Haley, Sr. Diamond presents Cape Cod after lunch on Thursday, November 20 after lunch. Fran’s Flick, Labor Day, will be aired on Tuesday, November 25 after lunch. The Center is closed for Thanksgiving, November 27 & 28.

Library: Monday at 10:15 am the Morning Book Group will discuss “The Diner” by Herman Koch. At 10:30 am it’s Family Place Session #3. At 6:30 pm David Smolen will talk about downloadable books.. On Tuesday, it’s Story Time with Shuanal for children ages two and three. On Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for those under two. On Thursday at 6 pm learn about New Hampshire’s Health Protection Program (Medicaid Expansion).

UNH Extension: Learn how to calm and relax animals at the Human Horse Balance Clinic on Sunday, November 23 at Odell Hill, Center Conway. This is a 4-H Club event for youth ages 8-18. Call 447-5192 to register.

Please be careful. Keep your doors locked. Last week, there was an attempted break-in at Tracy Holmes’ house. Though the thief was unable to enter the house, new chairs and a table were taken right off her deck.

Among those at visiting hours for Richard Drouin was Edna Heath and her sister, Darlene Jamison of Mexico, Me. along with Darlene’s three children. Also there for visiting hours was Arthur Drouin Jr., son of Arthur Drouin. Arthur Drouin Sr. was killed in the war.

Nancy and Dana Rotman of Wallingford, Ct. were at their home in Albany for the weekend. Welcome.

Now with the elections over, life gets back to normal in Albany and the state. There’s still time before the Thanksgiving rush to get out and enjoy our lovely surrounding. Have a great week.