January 31, 2015

Much of the Wednesday selectmen’s meeting was devoted to discussing the upcoming budget. It appears the largest increases in the budget for 2015 will be the fire/rescue contract and the renewal of the computer contract. The library contract remains the same. The public hearing of the budget will be February 11 at 4pm.

Gibson Center: Care for Caregivers Support Group meets Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Sign up for the February 13 Indian Head Resort Overnight trip or the March 11th St. Patrick’s trip there (either or both) by calling 356-3231. Thursday is the 16 Annual Valentine Auction at the White Mountain Hotel starting at 5:30 pm. Call 356-3231 for reservations. There is a $15 charge to cover costs. This is the Center’s biggest fundraiser. Plan ahead: on February 10 check out the movie, The 100 Foot Journey shown after lunch.

Library: Monday at 6 pm get help with your online devices. Bring them along so the expert can help. Tuesday is Story Time for 2 year olds at 10:30 am. At 10:30 am on Wednesday its Story Time for Babies under 2 and on Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for threes and fours. There’s an Affordable Care Act sign up session at 2 pm. Next Gen Group meets at 3:30 pm. Saturday is National Take Your Child to the Library Day.

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Granite State College in Conway will hold its Spring Class Preview on Thursday, February 12 at noon at the Tech Center. All those over 50 are invited to a light lunch and to learn about the 21 new classes and workshops. Meet the presenters, join friends or make new ones. Participants will get a catalogue of classes. For more information call 513-1377.

The annual Tamworth Outing Club/New England Sled Dog Club dog sled races scheduled for today have been cancelled as there is not enough wet snow for the running dogs. It has been postponed to the weekend of February 28-March 1. The race generally draws about 60 teams from New England, New York and Canada. There are teams of four and up to twelve dogs per sled. Put this new date on your calendar. Then you can get up close and personal; talk to the drivers and check out the sleds.

A new Lions Club is starting in Conway. Towns making up this club include Albany, Bartlett, Conway, Eaton, Glen, Jackson and Madison. Lions Clubs work to benefit the community: they help the hungry and offer disaster relief. If you wish to attend and/or become a member, charter night is February 7 at 6 pm at the Red Jacket. For further information call Jay Bisio at 236-9228.

Albany sends wishes for a speedy recovery to June Johnson’s daughter, Mara, who recently underwent surgery.

Well we got through the big storm early this week with nary a problem. The roads were clear by Tuesday and things were back to normal. So it’s safe to get out and enjoy the snow. Have a great week.

January 24, 2015

A reminder from the town offices: School budget hearing is February 10 at 5:30pm. The town budget hearing will be February 11 with the snow date of February 12. All petition warrant articles are due by February 3.

Tin Mountain: Dr. Michael Cline leads a trip on winter tree identification into the Whittaker Woods today. This will be a snowshoe trip to identify trees by bark, shape and habitat.

Gibson Center: The bus will leave after lunch on Wednesday to Jackson to see the snow sculptures. Call 356-3231 to sign up for the trip. Time once again for a fun evening to help out the Center. On Thursday, February 5 at 5:30pm at the White Mountain Hotel join friends for the annual Gibson Center Auction (silent and regular) hosted by George Cleveland. The cost is $15 to cover the light snacks and there will be a cash bar.

Library: Don’t miss the Winter Wonderland Art Show at the library throughout January. At 10:15 am Monday the Adult Book Group will discuss Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. On Tuesday it’s Story Time for 2 year olds, on Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for those under 2. At 3:30 pm there will be a talk on the Science of Snow. Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for 3 and 4 year olds. At 2 pm there’s a session to help you sign up for the Affordable Care Act. At 3:30 pm the Next Gen Group meets.

UNH Extension: Last day to preregister for the upcoming ServSafe class given February 11 in Jackson is Tuesday, January 27.

Winter Carnival continues. On Sunday there’s skating and snowman building in Schouler Park. At 1 pm join the MWV Skating Club for a short program of figure skating. From 9:30-11 am check out the curling demonstrations at Ham Arena. Or maybe you’d rather see the Great Penguin Race that starts at 9 am and continues to 1:30 pm at Mount Cranmore. Penguins can be purchased for $5 (starting at 8:30 am) on the third floor of the Main Base Lodge. Residents of Carroll, Coos and Oxford counties can purchase ski lift tickets at Cranmore for $25 starting after noon with proof of local residency. Whittaker Woods offers family instruction of xc skiing and snow shoeing FREE for the winter Carnival Weekend. Bring your own equipment or rent it.

It’s time for bob houses and ice fishing. The cold weather has made it safe on Chocorua Lake ice. The Fish and Game Department stocked the lake in the fall, so you can set up to six traps there but only five lines on Ossipee Lake or any waters bordering Maine.

The days and nights have been cold, but there hasn’t been any additional snow, so dress warmly and enjoy the outdoors. Have a great week!

January 17, 2015

The town offices will be closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The Supervisors of the Checklist will be available on Tuesday, January 20 for additions and/or corrections to the records from 7 to 7:30 pm at town hall.

It’s time to consider filing for town offices. Filing dates are from January 21 through January 30. The following offices are open: Selectman (3 years), Town Clerk/Tax Collector (3 years), Treasurer (3 years), Road Agent (3 years), Cemetery Trustee (3 years), Trustee of the Trust Fund (3 years), Supervisor of the Check List (6 years), School Board Member (3 years), School Board Clerk (1 year), School Board Treasurer (1 year), School Board Moderator (1 year).

The recent Albany School Board budget meeting produced some good news. The estimated school tax rate for 2015-16 is down 18.64 percent ($217,137). The budget will be presented for a public hearing on February 10 at 5:30pm. Put this on your calendar so you can get the full details.

Library: The library is closed on Monday. Tuesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for 2 year olds. On Wednesday at 10:30 there’s Story Time for babies under two. At 6:30 pm Ed Parsons talks about Hiking the White Mountains. Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for 3 and 4 year olds.

Gibson Center: The Center will be closed on Monday. On Friday after lunch, George LeBlanc will share a video “Best Calving of the Glacier in 13 Years” and follow with slides from the recent Gibson Center trip to Alaska. On the fourth Tuesday of each month Service Link will have a representative at the Center. Call 356-3231 to schedule an appointment.

On Friday, January 9 Tammy Kruger, Manchester VA Director, brought several members of her staff to a town hall meeting at the Conway veterans clinic on Hobbs Street to explain the new Vet Choice card. She also took questions from the audience. Even with the cold and snowy weather several veterans turned up to hear how their new cards could be used to see local doctors instead of making a trip to Manchester. For those veterans who have not yet received their new card, call 877-222-8387 or go on line to www.benefits.va.gov.

New Hampshire Rebellion walkers made their way from Dixville Notch to Conway on Thursday and stayed around until Friday after which they continued their walk to show their feelings that it was imperative that money be removed from politics. On Thursday they ended their walk at the Gibson Center. There Dixie Tymitz gave a portrayal of Granny D’s (Doris Haddock) walk across the country from California to Washington, DC at the age of 90 to raise awareness for the need to pass the McCain-Finegold bill.

Conway’s Winter Carnival celebration continues on Friday, January 23 with snow sculptures at local schools. Check out what the students have constructed. You can also enjoy ice skating at the rink in Schouler Park or get the family together to build a snowman. Then there’s the Conway Village Congregational Church dinners that feature hearty meals and delicious desserts. Call 447-3851 for further information. Also on January 23 from 7:10-9:10 pm enjoy the Ham Arena Wooden Stick Hockey Game. Players use old school hockey sticks in celebration of Conway’s 250th Anniversary and to help a local cause: End 68 Hours of Hunger. Spectators are invited to bring nonperishable food items. If neither of the former programs tempt you, then try M&D Home Town Theater’s production of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities”. Show time is 7:30pm. Call 733-5275 for ticket information. Saturday, January 24 you get another chance at skating and or snowman building in Schouler Park. And you can learn about the history of Ice Climbing with International Mountain Equipment and the International Mountain Climbing School. Meet upstairs at IME (2733 Main Street, North Conway) at 10am. Rick Wilcox will give a talk on the evolution of ice climbing in the area. Then drive to Cathedral Ledge for a demonstration of modern Ice Climbing . The program wraps up by noon. That leaves you time to enjoy some ice skating at Ham Arena from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. There will be a Vintage Costume Skate. Any participant wearing vintage or period costumes will receive a dollar discount on tickets and be eligible to win a five visit skate card.

Congratulations to Melissa Giuliana and Brandon Jones on the birth of their son Ryder Joseph Jones born December 11 as well as to grandparents Christopher and Patricia Jones.

If you’re interested in learning to ski or snowboard, there are beginner programs available at most ski areas. Call and ask about their programs and prices.

Even though it’s winter and cold doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here in the valley. Whatever you decide to do though, keep warm and keep safe. Have a great week.

January 10, 2015

At the selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday, the public hearing for the 2015 budget was set for Wednesday, February 11 with the snow date of February 12.

World Fellowship (where global justice meets nature): The Fellowship has been top rated for its work by nonprofits.com. If you would like to help the fellowship with a tax deductible donation, you can send a check to World Fellowship Center, PO Box 2280, Conway, NH 03818.

Waldorf School: Morning Garden, a parent child class for children ages 3 months to 4 years old started on January 9, but will continue for the next five weeks. Call 447-3168 for further information.

Gibson Center: The Center is closed on Tuesday for lunch, but you can be picked up for the Conway Historical Society meeting. Call 356-3231 to set up the pickup. On Friday after lunch, Julie and Joan Lanoie will share a documentary of their family’s experience with a home funeral and green burial.

UNH Extension: Dot Perkins will present information about breeds, housing and seasonal care of chickens (but not butchering or broilers) on Saturday, January, 17 at 10am at Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 North Main St., Boscawen. It’s free and open to the public. There will be a ServSafe program given at the Eagle Mountain House on February 11. Preregister by January 27 by calling 447-3834. Cartridges for Kids is a recycling program that pays non-profits cash for: cell phones, laser and inkjet cartridges, laptops, MP3 players, PDA’s and tablets/eReader’s and notebooks. The fundraising is for 4-H Education groups. If you have any of these items, please drop them off at the UNH Cooperative Extension office in Conway on Rt. 16.

Still need help with enrolling in the health insurance program? White Mountain Community Health Center has two Navigators at you service. Call 447-8900 to make an appointment to learn about your options.

For those who missed last week’s column because it came out on Friday and not Saturday, there was a reminder that the sheriff’s office continues it’s Good Morning Neighbor program. The program is for those who live alone and/or have health problems. Once enrolled you get a call each morning from the sheriff’s office to check if you are well. If there is no answer or if you need assistance, they will take care of it at once. You can register for this safety program by filling out a short list of questions. To receive the questioner, please call Dorothy at 447-1199.

Believe it or not, tax time is looming. NH 211 is offering a no cost tax preparation program from certified tax preparers from January through April. Call 2-1-1 for more information and an appointment with Jen Lain at the AHEAD office in Conway.

Winter has arrived with a fury. Keep warm, keep safe and keep active. Have a great week.