May 29, 2015

Unfortunately the video camera was not working for the Wednesday selectmen’s meeting. You can see last week’s meeting by going to albanytownmeetings.com. Albany has made it to the Wall Street Journal’s front page! Surveyor Paul King along with Wall Street Journal reporter, Ben Leubsdorf recently walked the line between Albany and Madison. The story is on the front page of May 23-24th WSJ’s weekend edition. You can access it by going to http://www.wsj.com/articles/some-devoted-new-englanders-went-for-a-stroll-in-1651-and-havent-stopped-since-1432308932?KEYWORDS=perambulation. Paul King reported to the selectmen that all is well along the line. Before he left, Paul, who lives in Wanalancet, suggested that the selectmen look into the river that runs along the roadway in his area. Curtis will be asked to deal with this. Steve Parker has been tentatively hired as the Animal Control Officer for the town. A contract must be drawn up and signed to complete the hire. Steve Solomon came by to discuss an issue brought before the selectman last week regarding World Fellowship. After a lengthy discussion it was decided to ask the state’s fire marshall to offer an opinion. Chief Solomon also mentioned that there was an electrical fire at Dick Wales’ home recently. All is well there, but the chief said the culprit was the Federal Pacific breaker. It appears this breaker used in homes built before 1980s is faulty. It has been recalled. To be safe have your electrician check your breaker if your house was built before 1980.

Gibson Center: On Sunday, May 31, the Masonic Lodge will host a charity breakfast buffet to benefit the Gibson Center. The lodge is above the movie theater in North Conway Village across from Schouler Park. Enjoy a great breakfast and help out the Center too. Breakfast is served from 8am to 11am. Tuesday, Ted Sares, motivational speaker and award winning weight lifter will speak after lunch. On Thursday, there’s Bingo after lunch. Bring a prize.

It looks like our cars are in for a break. Route 16 is being repaved as anyone using it the latter part of this week can attest. It’ll be great to have a smooth road finally.

It’s dry out there now that the weather has turned warm and there’s been little rain. Remember, a fire can start quickly when the grass and leaves on the ground are dry. Before starting a fire on your property, get a permit. The permit can be obtained from the Forest Fire Warden. Call Kathy at town hall for the phone number.

Congratulations to Gabrielle Croto on winning a prize for her drawing in the Daily Sun contest. Her prize? Two tickets to Kahuna Laguna. Enjoy yourself Gabrielle.

Story Land opened last week and there are some new things to see and do. There’s a new roller coaster, a new Dunkin’ Donut shop and a new ice cream shop with 20 different toppings. Story Land has been named the number two children’s park in the country. Time to check it out.

The Moose Lottery ends today, May 29. Only 105 permits are being offered. Enter by visiting www.wildlife.state.nh.us/hunting/moose-lottery.htnl today.

Home Run Sports Training Center has a program for children ages 3 to 18. Beginner class for 3-5 year olds is scheduled for June 10, 17, 24 and July 1 . Another session starts June 13, and continues June 20, 27 and July 11. All run from 2pm to 2:50 pm. The price for beginners is $60 for the four week sessions. Schedules for older children can be found at www.homerunconway.com.

Do you pedal? On August 15 you can participate in the Mount Washington Auto Road bike race. The top finisher in the male and female class will get a $1500 prize. The rider that sets a new course record will earn a $5000 prize. You can find more information at www.tinmtn.org.

Do get out and enjoy the good weather, but remember to cover up. The June bugs have arrived with a vengeance. Have a great week!

May 22, 2015

The Selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday was video taped. Check out albanytownmeetings.com for further information. A question arose at the meeting regarding the bill presented by Conway for funding Valley Vision. Conway is asking for $4200 (Time-Warner sent Albany $3800) and only $4000 was appropriated at Town Meeting in March. It was decided the selectmen would discuss the problem during their closed session. Jack Rose reported that the North Country Council were working on a Corridor Management Plan for the Presidential Range Trail. This trail does not come as far as Albany, but is an important addition to the forest. Albany’s VFW leader, Wendell Dicey has offered his help to the town where needed. The VFW will display some veteran articles that are used at meetings and have been stored in town hall these many years. There will be a service on May 25 for Memorial Day at the flags outside the museum. Curtis Coleman will attend the Conservation Committee meeting next week to go over plans for the road in the forest. A question came up from the audience regarding difficulties with Time-Warner’s service. It was requested the selectmen bring this problem to Time-Warner as they (T-W) are responsible for the lines to people’s homes. (If you are having problems, call town hall at 447-6038 and add your complaint.)

Are you an animal lover? If so, the town is in need of a part-time dog warden. Call Kathy Vizard for more information about how you can help.

The Albany Historical Society held its meeting Wednesday. Among the ideas discussed were books and other items that would make great gifts and are interesting reading. Among those are Albany Recollections, Passaconaway in the White Mountain, the Albany Cookbook, and note cards with pictures of Albany. The committee is also looking into a website that might be of interest to many Albanians. For members who were not at the meeting a reminder that the five dollar yearly dues are due. Membership forms will be mailed with the next newsletter coming out in June. Clean-up day for the museum is June 10. There is also a need for people to man the museum on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1-3pm from June through October. If you are willing to help, please call June Johnson at 447-6040. The next meeting of the Historical Society will be June 23 at 11am at Town Hall.

The town office will be closed today, May 22 (vacation day for Kathy) and again May 23 in honor of Memorial Day.

Waldorf School: There are still auction items available that were not taken at the event Saturday. Call 447-3168 and find out how to view what you can bid on. The eighth grade student project demonstration is June 10 at 12:15 pm. Don’t miss this. A woodworker is need to build a top on an Early Childhood play stand. If you can help, please call the office 447-3168.

Gibson Center: This weekend is the Crafts & Artisan Festival. There’s something there for everyone. On Wednesday, Matt from Collette Travel will offer a slide show on Yellowstone National Park in the Winter. Thursday is NHS and NCIL Volunteer Appreciation Day. Seating in the dining room is limited.

Library: The library is closed May 25 in observance of Memorial day. On Wednesday May 27 at 4pm there will be a reception celebrating the art of Karen Brisbois. On Thursday at 4pm learn about gardening and raised beds. At 7pm enjoy the Mt. Aire Strings. On Friday at 10:30am it’s Food Friends.

UNH Extension: The 4-H students are doing great things. Among their challenges going forth is the water rocket launch to be held July 11. There is a pressing need for judges, mentors, registration help, and safety people. If you can volunteer for any of these positions, call Claes Thelemarck at 447-3834. You’ll be glad you did.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Midas in North Conway on Tuesday, May 26 at 10am. Meet and greet the owners , enjoy some coffee and pastries and 10% off all brake jobs all day.

Monkey Trunks, the Mount Washington the Cog Railway and the Conway Scenic Railroad will be running this holiday weekend. Also open for the Memorial weekend is Story Land and Santa’s Village. Bring the family and enjoy the fun.

On May 30 there will be a guided tour of North Conway Village led by Dale and Jean Hamilton. Meet at 10am at the John Fuller School. Later at 1pm meet at Kennett High School/Mineral Springs for a guided tour of Redstone with Elaine Desjardins and daughters Linda, Nancy and Donna.

It’s a busy time of the year. Get out and enjoy and pray for good weather. Have a great week!

May 15, 2015

with Curtis and the Conservation Committee to finalize the process. Andy Davis and Andrea Walsh came in with Sean Bergeron to discuss fire code work being completed at World Fellowship. It was decided to have the selectmen meet with Chief Solomon, Andy Davis, Andrea Walsh, Sean Bergeron, and the town attorney to better understand the complex issues. Cathy Ryan will be attending the upcoming Regional Collaboration Conference at Tech Village representing the selectmen. Kelly reported that the Planning Board is working very hard. Their secretary, Theresa Gallagher commended the board as the best she’s ever worked with. Jack Rose reported that there’s a change of venue for the Albany Historical Society’s meeting on May 19. The meeting will be held at 11 am in the Albany Museum rather than Banner’s.

Tin Mountain: On May 16 at 1pm Dr. Michael Cline will present changes in the natural history over the past 250+ Years of Natural History in the White Mountain Region. Call 447-6001 for further information.

Waldorf School: Don’t forget tonight is the Dinner Auction starting at 5:30pm at Hobbs Tavern in Ossipee. Call 447-3168 for ticket information.

World Fellowship: The Fellowship is getting ready for its summer programs. If you’d like to help them get ready for their guests this summer, call Andy Davis or Andrea Walsh at 447-2280.

Gibson Center: On Friday, May 22 the Center will hold its annual Memorial Day Indoor picnic. Chef Rick will prepare a delicious meal and there will be singing of patriotic songs. On Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24 join others for the Gibson Center Crafts and Artisan Festival on the front lawn.

Library: Monday at 6:30 pm join others for Author Talk/Read: Tributary by Kevin McLellan. At 10:30am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday it’s Story Time . On Thursday at 2pm get your answers about the Affordable Care Act. On Friday at 10:30 am join Food Friends.

UNH Extension: Join the 4-H Duct Tape Craft Program for fun with Duct Tape. The program is free and the Duct Tape is provided. Dates are May 27, June 3,10, and 17 from 4-5:30pm at Wakefield Rec Center, 132 Meadow Street, Wakefield. Open to those eight and older. For more information call 447-3834. The 2015 4-H All About Dogs Weekend is June 19-21 at the Youth Center in New Boston. For questions contact Jolee Chase at jolee.chase@unh.edu To enter the 4-H Garden Contest for the biggest sunflower, members can pick up five Giant Sunflower seeds at the 4-H office. The winner will be determined by size at the Fryeburg Fair. To enter for the Giant Pumpkin contest pick up your Giant Pumpkin seeds at the 4-H office. The winner will be determined by weight at the Sandwich Fair. For all seeds, contact Amanda Royce at 447-3834.

Starting Home, a transitional housing program for homeless veterans, is holding a fundraiser May 23 and 24 at 2734 East Main Street, Center Conway (near the Maine border). Donations are needed and pickup is available. Call 356-9969.

State Representative Susan Ticehurst will lead a public discussion on “How To Get What You Want From Government” at Cook Library, 93 Main Street, Tamworth on Thursday, May 21 at 7pm. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Welcome home Tom! Tom Troon has returned after a long stay at the hospital in Portland and rehab in Bridgton, Me.

M&D Production of Death of a Salesman continues each Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of May at 7:30pm at Your Theatre. Call 733-5275 to reserve a seat.

May is Preservation Month and you can participate by entering photos you’ve taken (or those in the public domain) of local places or historic buildings in your area. If chosen they will appear in the next edition of New Hampshire’s Five-Year Preservation Plan. For more information go to www.nh.gov/nhdhr or call 271-3483.

Are you a hunter? The last day to apply for the lottery is May 29.

Have you been gardening? Take a break and get out and enjoy this lovely weather. Have a great week!

May 7, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms! It’s your day; enjoy it!

There was a short selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday. Pope Security has done their work at town hall replacing emergency lighting where needed. Kathy reported she found the Eversource conference useful. She learned the town can apply for a rebate based upon its recent Rinnai heater purchase. Rob Nadler reported on North Country Council meetings he attended. Albany’s plan to upgrade Route 16 and fix the shoulders is still in their planning and the safety improvements will be taken up soon. Another meeting he reported on was the Economic Council. They are looking for someone to take over Theresa Kennett’s position as she is leaving. He also reported on the Conservation Commission. Peter Carboni has been appointed as a delegate from the Planning Board to the Conservation Commission. The Conservation people are working with the Forest Service on a road from the DOT lot off the Kancamagus to the Albany fields. Though the Forest Service will not pay for the road, they will help with the building of it. Curtis Coleman will cost out the project. June Johnson reported that the Albany Historical Society is still looking for more people to participate. Please consider this worthwhile group and join them at their meeting May 19 at 11am at Banner’s Restaurant.

Tin Mountain: On May 16 there will be a potluck supper at 6:30pm and contra dancing following supper. Dudley and Jacqueline Kaufman will be playing music for the dancers. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

Waldorf School: Saturday, May 9 the May Faire returns to North Conway Community Center at 10am and continues until 2pm. On Thursday at the Tech Center the 7th and 8th graders will display their science prowess at the MWV Science Fair. Check these two events out. Friday, May 15 at 5:30pm the school’s Annual Dinner & Auction will be held at Hobbs Tavern and Brewing Company in Ossipee. The Hills and Valleys Roots Reggae Band will perform and George Cleveland will conduct the auction. Tickets are $40 for the event. There will be a $10 cover charge if you come after 7:30pm for just the auction and the band.

Gibson Center:There are twenty free tickets available to see M&D’s opening night of Death of a Salesman on May 14. And there is home pickup available with the Gibson bus. Call 356-3231 to make arrangements.

Library: Tuesday at 10:30am it’s Spring Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday at 10:30am its Spring Story Time for Babies followed on Thursday at 10:30am with Story Time for Preschoolers. At 2pm on Thursday get your questions answered about the Affordable Care Act. On Friday at 10:30am join Food Friends.

UNH Extension: Are you a horse owner? There are lots of horse items up for grabs if you are. Get in touch with Kelly Owen at JamRabbitry@yahoo.com and check out the list.

On May 16 the Conway Area Lions Club holds its Italian Dinner and Comedy Show featuring Bucky Lewis at Runnels Hall starting at 6pm. The cost is $30 per person for this charity event. For more information and tickets call Joy Bisio at 236-9228.
May 10 is the Cold River Radio Show at Theater in the Woods at 7pm. Performing will be the Amarantos String Quartet, legendary Greenwich Village Songsmith David Massengill, author and former Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, renowned pop rock artist Spencer Albee and his band. Also on hand will be Doors manager Richard Loren who will be there to speak about his book “High Notes”. As always, the Cold River Radio Band will host the show and perform selections for Mother’s Day.

Spring has sprung. Some blooming bushes have already been spotted: forsythia, magnolia and rhododendron. Don’t forget to sign up for the trip with the Gibson Center (356-3231) on June 10 to see the lupines in bloom.

But, if you’re already pining for snow, you’re in luck.The Mount Washington Auto road is open to the tree line. Take a ride…enjoy.

Wishing all moms a wonderful Mother’s Day. Enjoy yourselves and have a great week too.