February 28, 2015

At Wednesday’s selectmen’s meeting Peter Carboni was officially named town fire warden. Town Reports will be available at town hall starting Tuesday, March 3. Please pick up your copy so that you will know exactly what will be discussed at the meeting. Town election is March 10 with voting from 10 am to 6 pm. At 7 pm the School District meeting begins and is followed by the Town Meeting. The selectmen have decided to have the town attorney in attendance should there be any questions he might need to answer. The selectmen are seeking three people to be alternates on the Planning Board. Please call 447-6038 if you are interested in one of these positions. It was suggested by Steve Knox that the town should check on the roofs of town owned properties to make sure they are not in danger of collapse. (Might be a good idea for us all.)

Kathy Vizard will be on vacation for the week of March 16 through March 20. The town office will be closed at that time.

The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet today at town hall from 11 to 11:30 am for additions and corrections to the checklist.

Tin Mountain: Join the Tin Mountain family on Sunday from 1 to 4 pm for the Snow Shoe Shuffle on their beautiful property in Albany. There are three events: A one mile backwoods course for adults, a half mile course for teens, and a short easy course for young children on either snow shoes or pulled on a sled. There will be animal tacks to discover! Hot chocolate and cookies around a bonfire will finish the day. Individual registration is $15. Family registration is $25. On Saturday, March 14 starting at 5 pm the First Season Dinner and Auction will be held at Ada Cram Wadsworth Arena at Fryeburg Academy. The cost is $50 per person. There are prizes and bargains including jewelry, certificates for restaurants, services, gift baskets, trips, works of art and unique adventure rides. Send your check to TMCC 1245 Bald Hill Road, Albany or call 447-6991 to reserve your seat.
Gibson Center: Call 356-3231 to reserve your seat for the March 3 trip to see the Snow Sculptures in Jackson. On Wednesday, a representative from SNAP will be at the Center before lunch to offer information about the Nutrition Assistance Program. Call to sign up for help. Thursday there’s Bingo after lunch. On Friday the Nutrition Council will be at the Gibson Center at 9am. Also on Friday, come visit with Mineral Springs residents at lunch.

Library: Tuesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for 2 year olds. On Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for Babies and on Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 3:30pm on Thursday, there’s a Robotics Class.

UNH Extension: Every Thursday from 11am to 1pm at the Wakefield Food pantry there’s a program about making healthy meals more easily with a slow cooker with the slow cooker free to all participants. Call 522-3094 to sign up for the course. Sign up for the Food Safety from farm and garden program for those who deal with preschoolers by calling 447-3834. You will get a certificate for two hours of training. The program is held on March 19 from 6-8 pm in Wolfeboro.

This weekend is the Tamworth dog sled races on Chocorua Lake. About forty teams have entered. Check out the fun.

NH Division of Forests and Land welcomed Stephen Kessler as the new Forest Ranger for Carroll County. He replaces Bob Boyd who retired.

Though the calendar says it’s maple sugaring time, the weather is too cold to begin. Sap is typically staying below freezing overnight. Normal temperature for collecting sap is between 20 to 40 degrees. Hope you have enough sap to last until the weather improves.

The roads are clear, the weather is cold but not snowy, so get out and enjoy the snowiest winter in ages. Have a great week!

February 21, 2015

Put this on your calendar! Voting for town officers begins at 10 am and ends at 6 pm on March 10. Town Meeting is scheduled at 7 pm starting with the school meeting. This is the time to get an absentee ballots if you will not be able to vote in person. The ballot must be returned by election day (March 10). The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on February 28 from 11-11:30 am at town hall for corrections and additions. At the selectmen’s meeting they voted to dedicate the Annual Report to the three successful events put on annually by the Albany Party Group and the Civic Group. The selectmen also voted to inform North Country Council of the town’s continued interest in the project to upgrade the shoulders on Route 16 (in the 10 year plan). The DOT reported that the bridges in Albany, except for one, were in satisfactory or better condition. Curtis Coleman will be advised as to the problem with one of the bridges over the Swift River (there is missing signage).

Waldorf School: The school has been awarded a $2,500 grant from Zeb’s General Store Charitable Fund to help support a new tiered-tuition program to help families unable to afford the cost of school tuition.

Gibson Center: On Wednesday, after lunch, the Visiting Nurses will discuss new state legislation regarding health care. Attend and learn your new rights. Sign up for the trip to Jackson on March 3 to view the snow sculptures. Call 356-3231.

Library: Monday at 6pm is Tech Night. Learn how to better use your equipment. On Tuesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for 2 year olds, and on Wednesday it’s Story Time for babies under two. At 2:15 pm join the Afternoon Book Club. On Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for threes and fours. At 3:30 pm the Robotics Class meets and at 6 pm it’s the Red Ghallagher Song Circle.
UNH Extension: A great new program for youth is being offered by 4-H: Bookmaking. It’s an opportunity for young people to be creative while drawing and writing. Program dates are March 4,11,18, 25. Call Amanda Royce at 447-3834 for further information. Volunteers are needed for the 2015 4-H Maker Challenge on July 11. Jobs include judging, registration, safety inspections, on-site build support, set-up/take down. Contact Claes Thelemarck at 447-3834.

Albany’s Conservation Committee is again seeking unpainted birdhouses made by its young people (with guidance from adults) to place in the Albany Forest. Birds nesting in the forest are different than those outside houses, so utilization of information about building birdhouses is suggested. Entries should be delivered by April 1 with judging by April 15. Prizes will be given.

On February 22 at 7 pm M&D Productions will host the Fifth Annual Oscar Party with local film and theatric critic, Alec Kerr. Dress up or come as your favorite actor or character. Food will be provided by Vito Marcello’s Italian Bistro.

We are inundated with snow this year. It’s beautiful to look at but somewhat intimidating to get out into. But if it’s safe, get out and enjoy this beautiful winter. Have a great week!

Albany School Board minutes – Feb. 10, 2015

PRESENT:  Board Members Joe Ferris, Sara Young-Knox and Lisa Lynde.  Also present was Kevin Richard and Carl Nelson.  The meeting was held in the Albany Town Hall.

Chair Ferris called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING on 2015-16 Proposed Budget – Carl reviewed the proposed budget of $1,317,948 (down $217,137 from 2014-15) as well as the warrant articles and answered questions.

(2)        Approval of Minutes (1-13-15) – Lisa Lynde moved to approve the minutes of January 13, 2015.  The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox and passed 3-0-0.

(3)        Comments

Public – none

Board Member – none

Signing of Manifest – The manifest was signed as presented.

Business Affairs

Attendance at Meetings – Joe (4), Sara (1) and Lisa (1).

Signing of Warrant and Budget Forms – The forms were signed as presented.

Superintendent’s Report

The SAU Executive Board will meet on February 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the SAU Conference Room and the full SAU Board will meet on February 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Conway Professional Development Center.

Any Other Business

Set Date for Next Meeting – The next meeting will be held on April 14th at 5:30 p.m. at the Albany Town Hall.

Sara indicated that she would not be on the School Board next year. Joe thanked her for her service.

Public Comments – none

(9)        Nonpublic Session – RSA 91-A:3 II – none

 (10)      Sara Young-Knox moved to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded by Lisa Lynde and passed 3-0-0 at 5:45 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Carl J. Nelson

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

February 14, 2015

It was a busy time in town this week. Though no one signed on to run for any School Board offices, the following people have signed up to run for other town offices: Cathy Ryan (Selectman 3 years), Kathleen Vizard (Town Clerk/Tax Collector 3 years), Curtis Coleman (Road Agent 3 years), Cathy Ryan (Cemetery Trustee 3 years), Kim Guptill (Trustee of Trust Funds 3 years). On Tuesday evening the School Board met for their Budget Hearing. There were four from the public there. As reported earlier, the budget is down this year. The tax rate for the Conway School District is based upon the formula of 65% for the number of students attending and 35% for our town’s assessed valuation. The total budget for this year is $1,317,948. We have approximately 15 fewer children attending this year and that is what has brought the budget down $217,137 from last year. Presently we have 2 special ed children attending school. Superintendent Carl Nelson suggested that $15,000 be added to the budget to cover the possibility of additional special education children entering during the school year and you will see that on the budget this year. The Wednesday Selectmen’s meeting was also a Budget Hearing. Here 14 of the public attended to go over the town budget. There were several “holds for questioning” on particular items in the budget. but the only change to the presented budget was to add $275 to MW Valley Economic Council line (total now $300). There was discussion about the proposed raise of $1000 for each of the selectmen. Selectmen thought it might draw more people to run for office. There were questions regarding the $25,000 rise in the cost of Fire/Rescue Service. It appears many ambulance charges are going unpaid and there is a need for more fire wardens. The total budget that will be presented at Town Meeting is $659,169 (Article 2 of the Warrant). Article 21 of the town warrant garnered the longest and most contentious discussion. It asks to appropriate $2500 to purchase audio/video equipment and WEB Site fees to record various board and town meetings. This was the only warrant article not recommended by the selectmen.

All town offices will be closed on Monday, February 16 in honor of President’s Day.

Tin Mountain: The center will be receiving $300,000 from the US Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Service and Regional Conservation Partnership Program distributed over the next five years. This grant will help local programs such as hiking, skiing, and other outdoor experiences and the wildlife corridors.

Gibson Center: The Center is closed on Monday for President’s Day. Tuesday is Mardi Gras. Chef Rick will prepare a special meal. Wear Mardi Gras colors: green, gold and purple or wear a mask (or both). There will be a parade and prizes. On Wednesday after lunch, Matthew from Collete Travel will present ideas for future Gibson trips. Please attend this program to help choose the next vacation destination. Thursday is Chinese New Year-year of the sheep. Red is a lucky color, so wear something red. The youth group from Journey Church will put on a concert and after lunch will work on a craft with those in attendance. Friday is Bring a Friend to Lunch.

Library: The library is closed Monday. Tuesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for 2 year olds and on Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for Babies under Two. At 3:30 pm join the discussion of the Science of Snow. On Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours and at 3:30 pm join the Robotics Class.

UNH Extension: Registration is underway for the summer youth programs at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin. There are weekly, overnight summer camp programs for boys and girls ages 8-18. The camp is operated by UNH 4H and the NH Fish and Game Department. Call 788-4961 for further information. Registration is open for the 4H Bookmaking Program for youth who like to use their hands and want to explore their creativity through drawing, writing and more. There’s Bookmaking and Paper Decorating for 5-9 year olds on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 pm. For those 10 to 18 years old it’s Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 pm. Space is limited so register early. Call Amanda Royce at 447-3834.

Kathy Vizard’s aunt Linnea Tolan died this week and services for her will be today at 11am at Our Lady of the Mountains Church followed by a Celebration of Life service at Albany Town Hall.
On February 4 Sara and Steve Knox attended the Raymond S. Burton Legacy Fund Dinner in Meredith at Church Landing. The event raised money for three charities: The Raymond S. Burton Public Service Scholarship at Plymouth State University, NH Community College Scholarship Fund, and the Raymond S. Burton Museum and Learning Center. Former US Representative Bill Zeliff was the co-chair and master of ceremonies.

Tomorrow, Ossipee Lake is holding a fishing derby and there will be a raffle for an afghan at the same time. Tickets are 5 for $10 drawn that day.

On February 25 at 6 pm White Mountain Community College will host a program called Life Interrupted at Fortier Library in Berlin. The program deals with mental and emotional disorders and the effects on the person and their families.

The Conservation Committee is seeking home made nesting birdhouses to place in Albany’s Town Forest. There are prizes of $30, $20, and $10 being awarded. Entries must be delivered to Town Hall by April 1.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Keep warm and keep well. Have a great week.

February 7, 2015

Tuesday, February 10 at 5:30 pm the Albany School Board holds its meeting on its upcoming budget. Do make a point of attending. No one has signed up for the open seats for School Board Member (3 years) Moderator (1year), Treasurer (1 year), and Clerk (1 year). Please consider writing in your name or that of someone you know to fill in any one of this very important positions.The deadline for petition articles for the school district is Monday, February 9. On Wednesday, February 11 join the selectmen at their meeting at 4 pm for the town budget hearing. The snow date will be Thursday, February 12 at 4 pm.

Tin Mountain: Mountain Top Music Community Orchestra will be performing a Bill Staines piece as well as other folk-inspired music on Sunday, February 15 at 4 pm. Among the pieces included will be Liadove’s Six Russian Folksongs and Fletcher’s Folk Tune and Fiddle Dance. The centerpiece of the program will be Staines’ The Alaska Suite. There is no charge for admission though donations are accepted at the door. The community orchestra members are all area residents. New orchestra players may join rehearsals and performances on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm at Kennett Middle School.

Gibson Center: Call 356-3231 to sign up for the Indian Head Resort Overnight trip on February 13. It includes dinner, breakfast, room, tax, tip, entertainment and transportation from the Center. AARP Tax Aid is available at the Center for low income folks over 60 from February through early March. Call for your free half hour time: 356-3231. On February 10 there’s a Pot Luck Supper and Historical Society Program “Love on the Rocks”. Call the Center to sign up for the trip. Thursday and Friday, February 12 and 13 wear red and enjoy the Center’s Valentine’s Luncheon.

Library: On Monday at 6 pm AARP has a program on Developing Financial Skills. On Tuesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for 2 Year Olds. On Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for Babies under 2. At 3:30 come for a discussion on The Science of Snow. On Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 2 pm there are sign up sessions for the Affordable Care Act.

UNH Extension: Extension Specialist, Claes Thelmarck (who happens to be an Albany resident), helped develop and deliver the SPIRALS program (Supporting and Promoting Indigenous and Rural Adolescents’ Learning of Science) in Conway. This program created by a team of UNH researchers was used by fifth and sixth grade students at an after school enrichment program at Pine Tree Elementary School. What the group discovered was that a popular local restaurant was selling its used cooking oil to an environmental firm that, in turn, refined it into biodiesel, and resold it to the Mount Washington Cog Railroad to power their trains. Claes says he’s so pleased with how the program went, he’s ready to expand it into the rest of the Conway school system. If you’re interested in preventing diseases as you plant your seeds, go to hhtps://extensionumass.edu/vegetable/news/hot-water-treatment-seeds for a comprehensive article on the subject. Nutrition Connections and the Wakefield Food Pantry are collaborating to offer a new six week class “Slow Cooker Meals Made Easy”. You get to prepare the meals in raw form then take it home to cook in the slow cooker you receive as a participant in the series. If you qualify for SNAP (food stamps) WIC, Medicaid, fuel assistance or other public assistance you are eligible to attend this program for FREE. For further information contact Joy Gagnon at 447-3834.

Remember that OLLI is holding their Spring Class Preview at noon on February 12 at the Tech Center. For more details call 513-1377.

Memorial Hospital and VNHCH are sponsoring the program, Better Choices, Better Health. This self-management program developed at Stanford University, helps folks and caretakers better manage their health problems and get control over their lives. For further information call Joan Lanoie at 356-5461 ext. 2291.

The Great Rotary Fishing Derby of 2015 is this weekend, February 7 and 8 in Meredith on Lake Winnipesaukee. Tickets can be purchased from shops in Meredith, Alton, Tilton and Wolfeboro.

Congratulations to Danielle Vizard on being one of the spotlighted students at MWV Career & Technical Center. Her instructor found her to be hardworking and positive in her chosen program-Hospitality. Danielle will be off to college in the fall.

Mary and Arthur Leavitt thought that the Fourth of July had arrived early to their home on Route 16 when last Friday they could see the electric wiring in their yard afire. They dialed 911 and the Conway Fire Department who arrived quickly to find the wire had burned itself out. But sparks were still flying and the fire department crew called PSNH. When they arrived they cut down most of the tree that was involved and repaired the wires. The electricity returned to the Leavitt home and life got back to normal. Thankfully nothing dire had occurred thanks to the fact that the problem was sighted early and the quick work of the fire department and PSNH.

Albany welcomes its newest resident, Murphy Rogers Scolaro, born on January 23 to Robin Kohrs and Matthew Scolaro. He joined his brother, Anthony in the family.

Another week, another snowstorm. It’s beautiful to watch come down, it’s lovely to see the trees sparkling, but it can be dangerous driving. Be careful but do enjoy your week.

Albany School Board minutes, January 13, 2015

ALBANY SCHOOL BOARD

MINUTES

JANUARY 13, 2015

 

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

Chair Ferris called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

(2)           Approval of Minutes (11-18-14) – Lisa Lynde moved to approve the minutes of November 18, 2014.  The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 2-0-0.

(3)  Comments

Public – none

Board Member – none

Signing of Manifest – The manifest was signed as presented.

Business Affairs

Attendance at Meetings – Joe (9); Sara (2); Lisa (1)

Review 1st Draft of 2015-16 Proposed Budget – The proposed budget was reviewed. Joe Ferris moved to move the proposed 2015-16 budget in the amount of $1,317,948 forward to the budget hearing.  The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox and passed 3-0-0.

Review 1st Draft of Proposed Warrant Articles – The proposed articles were reviewed. Joe Ferris moved to move the warrant articles forward to the budget hearing.  The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox and passed

ARTICLE 1.  To elect a Moderator for the ensuing year.

ARTICLE 2.  To elect a Clerk for the ensuing year.

ARTICLE 3.  To elect a member of the School Board for the ensuing three years.

ARTICLE 4.  To elect a Treasurer for the ensuing year.

ARTICLE 5.  To see if the School District will vote to raise and appropriate the  sum of one million, three hundred seventeen thousand, nine hundred and forty-eight dollars ($1,317,948) for the support of schools, for the payment of salaries for school district officials and agents, and for the payment of the statutory obligations of the District.  This article does not include appropriations voted in  other warrant articles.  (Majority vote required)  (Recommended by the School. (Board 3-0-0)

ARTICLE 6.  To see if the School District will vote to raise and appropriate the   sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to be placed in the Capital Reserve  Fund (Special Education), previously established for this purpose.  (Majority vote required)  (Recommended by the School Board 3-0-0)

ARTICLE 7.  To transact any other business that may legally come before this  meeting.

Superintendent’s Report

The SAU Executive Board will meet on January 21st at 4:00 p.m.

The SAU #9/SAU #13 Joint Boards will meet on January 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

Any Other Business

Set Date for Next Meeting – February 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Albany Town Hall – board meeting and budget hearing.

Public Comments – Steve Knox asked a question in regard to special education; he also asked a question about the closing of an elementary school. Carl answered his questions.

(9)           Nonpublic Session – none

(10)        Joe Ferris moved to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox and passed 3-0-0 at 5:48 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Carl J. Nelson

Superintendent of Schools