April 24, 2015

The selectmen’s office was closed on Wednesday and therefore there is no meeting to report on.

Waldorf School: Take a walk through the grades on Tuesday starting at 8am and see what a Waldorf education is all about.

Gibson Center: On Monday, the Art in Bloom trip leaves the center at 7am and returns at 8pm. And then on June 10 there’s the Lupine trip starting with breakfast at Polly’s Pancake Palace, and visits to Sugar House Sampler and Harmon’s Cheese Shop. Call 356-3231 to sign on to these adventures.

Library: Only a few days left to see the Bridges of Conway Art Show at the Ham Room. There are paintings, drawings and photos from private collections as well as present day work. Some pieces are available for purchase. Tuesday at 10:30am there’s the Family Place Play Group and at 1:30pm the WIC Program meets. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Babies and at 4pm the Lego Club meets. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Preschoolers and at 11am it’s Yoga for Kids. On Friday at 9am the American Red Cross holds its blood drive. To register go to redcrossblood.org today.

UNH: It’s not too late for the Apple and Blueberry Pruning Demonstration tomorrow from 10am to noon at Pine River Orchard in Effingham. Learn about NH suitable varieties, pest management, fertilizing, and other cultural practices. Call 447-3834 for further information. Attention beekeepers-This month’s meeting should not be missed. There is a raffle for a five frame nuc which has Louisiana bees and an Ohio queen, and a package of Italian Bees. For a $5 ticket this could be yours. The meeting is the first Thursday of May at the Tuftonboro Library from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Wendy Booth, Beekeeper of the Year in 2008 will be attending the meeting. To become a member there is a $15 annual fee ($20 per family) but all are welcome to attend the meeting. The 2015 Carroll County Activities Day was a grand success. Four presenters from 4-H did such a great job they have qualified to present at the State Activities Day in May.

On May 1 at 7pm and May 3 at 2pm the Mount Washington Choral Society will hold its concert at the Episcopal Church in North Conway.

As you have probably read, Danielle Shannon is back in New England. She is undergoing further treatment at the New England Rehabilitation Center in Portland, Maine for her brain injury. Although she is not able to see all her friends at this time, cards might be acceptable.

Kudos to Cameron Schaffner for making the dean’s list at Becker College. Keep up the good work Cameron!

As she has done for several years when spring arrives, an Albany good samaritan has done a great job at cleaning up along Route 16. Thank you from all of us.

Take advantage of these lovely days of spring. Have a great week!

April 17, 2015

At the selectmen’s meeting Wednesday, most of the meeting was taken up with discussion between the selectmen and representatives from the DRA and the town assessor. It’s been five years since the town has had an assessment. I will have more definitive information to report regarding just who may expect to see the assessor in the next few weeks. The Planning Board has held its reorganization meeting. Leah Valladares has been selected as chair and Tara Taylor has been selected as vice-chair. There are still vacancies on the board. Please call the office (447-6038) if you can volunteer for one of the open seats.

Tin Mountain: From now until May 15 visit the center and view the local artwork on display.

Gibson Center: Before lunch on Wednesday come and learn about the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and how it may help you. Bring along a friend too. To sign up for one to one assistance with the forms (times are available after lunch) call 356-3231. On Saturday there’s a trip to see Judy Collins at the Merrill Auditorium. Call to sign up for this trip.

Library: The Spring Book Sale continues all this week. On Tuesday at 10:30am join the Family Place Play Group. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Babies and on Thursday at 10:30am it Spring Story Time for Preschoolers followed at 11:00am by Yoga for Kids and Caregivers. At 2pm bring in your questions about the Affordable Care Act. On Friday at 10:30am it’s Touch a Truck Day.

UNH Extension: On Saturday, April 25 from 10am to noon, there’ll be an Apple and Blueberry Pruning Demonstration at Pine River Orchard, 314 Pine River Rd., Effingham. There is a $5 per person suggested donation. Once there you’ll learn about suitable varieties for NH, pest management, fertilizing, and other cultural practices. This is an outdoor activity, so dress accordingly.

Wednesday from 10am to 3pm celebrate Earth day at Remick Museum and Farm. There will be special family-friendly activities. The cost is $5 but those four and under are free.

Need some help at home? The Ninth Annual Honey Do Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 starting with a buffet dinner at 5pm at the Red Jacket. The admission charge is $30. Once there
you can bid on a full day’s service from carpenters, painters, plumbers, electricians etc. There is also a raffle: $10 for three hour spring cleanup done by the “Honeys”. Three tickets cost $25. When you get your work done this way, you are also helping MWV Habitat for Humanity, scholarships for the trades, and other educational programs. For further information and tickets call Mary Seavey at 356-5701 ext. 305.

I’m excited to see my lawn again! Well most of it anyway. There is lots going on around town. Do get out and enjoy yourself. Have a great week!

Albany School Board meetings

The Albany School Board’s next meeting is June 9, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Albany Town Hall board meeting room.  Prior to that date board members will represent the district at the SAU 9 board meeting on April 28, 2015 at Kennett Middle School in Conway.

At the Albany board’s April 14 meeting Joe Ferris was reelected chair.


April 10, 2015

The selectmen’s office will be closed on April 16, 17, and 20. There will not be a selectmen’s meeting on April 22. The next selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for April 29.

Fire Chief Solomon attended the selectmen’s meeting Wednesday. He’d been doing an inspection of the premises and stayed to speak with the selectmen afterwards. His report on the inspection will come at a later date, but he did advise the selectmen that there were some issues that he noted. Among them were problems with the emergency lighting in the building and that the doors from the from the large meeting room did not conform to emergency exiting.

This year’s Conservation Committee’s birdhouse program is reaching its end. As the judging is scheduled for April 15, all birdhouses are due in Town Hall before that date. The birdhouses will be placed in the Albany Town Forest along the Swift River once the selection is made. Good luck!

Waldorf School: Join teachers and students on Tuesdays at 8am for a Walk Through the Grades. See what a Waldorf Educations looks like in action.

Gibson Center: Dwight Smith will present The History of a 117 year old Pullman Palace Car Named “Gertrude Emma” at a potluck dinner held at the Conway Historic Society on April 14. To sign up and for home pick-up call 356-3231.

Library: The Family Place Play Group meets at 10:30am on Monday. On Tuesday it’s Story Time for Babies at 10:30am. On Wednesday at that time it’s Story Time for Preschoolers followed at 11am by Yoga for kids and caregivers. On Friday and Saturday there’s a Spring Book Sale.

UNH Extension: Learn how to use gardens as teaching tools by sharing stories, successes and challenges. Ron Christie will lead the program on April 16 from 4-7pm at the Conway office. The newly formed Winnipesaukee Beekeepers Association will hold meetings the first Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm at the Tuftonboro Library. Guest speakers will cover special topics based upon interest of the group. Call Olivia Saunders at 447-3834 for more information. On Saturday, April 25 from 10am to noon at Pine River Orchard in Effingham there will be an Apple & Blueberry Pruning Demonstration. Dress for the outdoors and learn about NH suitable varieties, pest management, fertilizing, and other cultural practices.

The Benefit Potluck Dinner and Chinese Auction held on Saturday for David “Butch” Moody went very well. There were a good number of items and gift cards for auction. A big thanks to all the businesses that donated gift cards and businesses that gave items for the Chinese Auction. Thanks too to all those who helped with the dinner and the running of the auction and to all the friends and neighbors who came and made the event a success. With this financial help from people in the community, David’s needs in his battle with cancer will be helped.

Tomorrow, Saturday, at Matty B’s Mountainside Cafe there will be a benefit Auction and Concert for Danielle Shannon beginning at 6pm. Danielle suffered a brain injury while skiing in Alaska where she worked. She is recovering at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. Though she is making progress, there will be a long rehabilitation period and needed therapy. The monies gathered from these community fundraisers will go towards offsetting her medical expenses.

There’s a tasty treat in store for those who attend Just Desserts, the fundraiser for Mountain View Nursing Home (county home in Ossipee) on Sunday from 3-5pm. Along with delicious desserts there’s also an auction. All proceeds go to enhance the lives of the residents of the home. See you there.

I’ve been hedging my bets regarding the beginning of spring. Still a few days this month are springlike. Here’s hoping for continued good weather. Have a great week!