June 26, 2015

Together with Conservation Commission meetings and Planning Board meetings, you can see what went on at the Selectmen’s meetings by going to albanytownmeetings.com.

At this Wednesday’s Selectmen’s meeting a request was made by Steve Parker to have the town supply him with one large and one small dog cage as well as a pole to bring a dog under control. If you have a cage you are no longer using, please call Kathy and let her know you can donate it. It was voted that two properties taken for non-payment of taxes be put up for bid. One is a mobile home in Golden Oaks, valued at $10,000, with an opening bid of $7777 and the other is a two acre parcel of land on Bald Hill Road valued at $20,000 with an opening bid of $9000. The selectmen voted to take a loan from Eversource for the work to replace the lights both inside and outside of Town Hall. By using this method, the cost of electricity to the town will remain the same for a year and after that the cost will be reduced due to the savings accrued by the changing of the bulbs. Be advised that Jason, the town’s assessor, will be going around the town doing statistical updating of properties. Jack Rose reported that the Conservation Commission voted to authorize Pete Holland to cut the front part of the forest field and deal with the overgrown brush as well at a cost of no more than $1200. Richard Hiland reported that the Planning Board continues its reviewing of the site plan regulations.

The town offices will be closed on July 6 for Independence Day.

The Albany Historical Chapel will be open July 1 from 1 to 3pm.

Put July 18 on your calendar for the annual town picnic. Stay tuned for further information.

Gibson Center: On Tuesday after lunch join others to see Dwight Smith’s the Gertrude Emma Slide Show, a history of train travel over the years. On July 2 enjoy the Independence Day Cookout Eat In. There will be special food and patriotic songs followed by Bingo. Bring a prize. The Center will be closed on Friday, July 3. Enjoy the Craft and Artisan Festival on the lawn July 4 and 5 from 10am to 5pm.

Library: On Monday, June 29 at 6pm see the Food Film Festival part IV: Big Night. One Tuesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Twos. At 4pm there’s Lego Club. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Babies and Toddlers. At 4pm it’s time to make your Hero Mask and Cape. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Ages Three and Up. At 4pm join Gardening at the Library.

The First Church of Christ, Congregational in North Conway will hold its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 27 from 11am to 7pm. There will be crafters, a raffle, music and games as well as a free concert by Dennis and Davy and Red and Lorraine Gallager from 4 to 7pm.

Special Events for July 4:
• Enjoy the parade down Main Street in Conway Village at noon on July 4.
• There will be a Tasting and Tours at Tuckerman Brewing Company (66 Hobbs St.) from noon to 6pm. The first 100 people will receive a free Conway 250th engraved beer glass.
• From 3 to 9:30pm there will be entertainment in Schouler Park. At 3pm the N. Conway Color Guard will present the Colors and the National Anthem.
• At 4:15pm it’s the Second Annual Chili Hot Dog Eating Contest to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
• At 5:15pm enjoy the Abby Miller band followed by the Discount Gigolos live music.
• At 9:30pm there will be fireworks.

There will be limited parking in Conway on the holiday. Save yourself the hassle and take the Scenic Railroad from West Main Street train depot to Schouler Park station at 2pm, 5, 6 and 7pm and return at about 10:15 pm after the fireworks. This is the only returning train. Cost is $5 round-trip for adults and children over 4. Those under 4 it’s $1. Tickets by reservation only: call 356-5251.

On Tuesdays through July Settlers’ Green presents “Movies Under the Stars”. Check out the family films being shown.

The Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem presents its Annual Film Festival starting July 9 with “Holy Rollers” a film inspired by true events that takes a serious look at the pull between the secular and the sacred. There will be free refreshments on the Colonial Patio beginning at 6:30pm. The film’s director Kevin Asch will speak about what it takes to make a career in the film business. After the film there will be time for Q and A.

The Town of Madison is looking for crafters for Madison Old Home Week’ craft fair on August 1 from 9am to 2pm. For more information contact Cheryl Brooks at Madison’s Town Hall.

Sandy Stowell has been busy entertaining family visitors; her daughter Lisa and grandchildren. Now Sandy has an opportunity to use her culinary skills and they are many. Lisa and grandson Cody are both military and have taken this occasion to visit before they are redeployed.

Today is the 56th wedding anniversary for Stan and Dorothy Solomon. What is that saying? Oh yes, how quickly the years go when you’re having fun!

Enjoy these lovely summer days. Have a great week!

June 19, 2015

At the Wednesday selectmen’s meeting, a contractor working for Eversource came before the selectmen with information on what is being proposed for lighting changes at Town Hall. The contractor, Carl, of EMC explained that he proposed changing the indoor lighting to more energy efficient fluorescents and LED lighting outside. He said that inside the building, lights are used too little to use expensive LED lighting. He said the town would save approximately 3700 kilowatt hours/$790 per year by making these suggested changes. Maintenance would also be a savings. He also suggested the town could pay their half of the total cost of $3194.25 upfront with Eversource paying the other half. Under those conditions, it would take just over a year to see the payback of the project. Or, the town could choose to pay off their portion monthly. A representative from Eversource will be at next week’s meeting to discuss the issue further. In the meantime, the selectmen will look for a possible grant from USDA to offset the cost. Once the selectmen decide how they wish to go forth with the payment, the job can be done within a month. In another matter, Kelly Robitaille motioned to amend a decision made in October, 2014 regarding how selectmen’s minutes could be changed. After discussion, the selectmen voted 2 to 1 to allow that changes to minutes not be limited to a written declaration. Jack Rose reported that the Conservation Committee is looking for help from Pete Holmes on clearing the lower fields in the Albany Forest. Cathy Ryan explained that after reading over paperwork on the Hazard Mitigation Plan she understood that the $2000 cost would be worked off with the time people invested in the plan. Jack reported that he was unable to join the DOT representatives on Friday when they came to oversee the test rumble strips being put down along the newly paved Route 16, but the trial work has been done. Sara Knox went along with the group as she is doing freelance newspaper work and learned a great deal from the experience. Now all will watch to see if the strips work since they were played shallower than normally done. How this will be assessed is a question though.

Colleen Cormack reported to the town office that some ten or more bags of recyclables and trash were dumped in Wildwood earlier this week. Animals had gotten into the trash and spread it around. She thinks it must have been dumped by someone who knows the area and is posting on Facebook asking anyone who knows who might have done the dumping call town hall with the name. Not only is this dumping unhealthy, it could also be a danger in that it attracts wild animals.

World Fellowship: The 75th Summer Season opens June 25. On Friday, June 26 Andy Davis will be entertaining with his storytelling. Don’t miss this. Check out Jonathan Moller’s Photography of Resistance at 7:30pm on June 28.

Gibson Center: Today is Father’s Day and Chef Rick has prepared a special meal. Join friends and check out Jackson Art in Bloom on Saturday. On Wednesday, June 24 Caregivers are offering first dibs on a free Zero Balance massage session after lunch. Call 356-3231 to reserve your place for the June 26 Greek Festival trip.

Library: At 6pm on Monday Part III of the Food Film Festival-The Lunchbox will be shown. Tuesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Twos and Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Babies and Toddlers. At 4pm check out Animal Heroes. On Thursday at 10am sign up for the Summer Reading program. At 10:30am that day it’s Story Time for Ages Three and Up. At 4pm check out Gardening at the Library.

Happy Father’s Day to all dads. Dads ride FREE on the Conway Scenic Railway on Sunday.

Congratulations to Waldorf School Alumni/Kennett High School student Fiona Davis-Walsh for her academic achievements in German II, World Cultures, and Best Writer/Freshman English.

Condolences to Bernadine DuBois on the death of her sister, Joan Perish. Joan died last week.

If you’re a sports enthusiast, HomeRun Sports Training Center on Hobbs Street is offering professional instruction to improve sports skills for all ages. Call 447-2000 for more information.

The Rozie May Animal alliance is holding a pet food drive on June 26 from 2 to 6pm at Hannafords in North Conway. This in conjunction with the area food pantry is a way of keeping families and their pets together. Pets need food as well as their masters. You can drop unopened packages of food off at Hannafords. If you have questions, call 273-7243.

The winner of the Center Lovell Inn has been announced. Prince and Rose Adams’ family from St. John in the Virgin Islands (by way of New York City) are the winners. They plan to open the inn on July 10. You might want to stop by and welcome them.

Looking forward to a lovely Father’s Day weekend. Have a great week!

June 5, 2015

The selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday was once again taped. Steve Knox brought his technical advisor (Sara Knox) to help out. Toward the end of the meeting there was a discussion regarding how the taping came to fruition two meetings ago. Check it out at albanytownmeetings.com. You will also be able to see the recent Conservation Committee’s meeting on that site as well. The selectmen agreed to the letter hiring Steve Parker as the Animal Control Officer for Albany at a salary of $1500 per year not including expenses. The money will be prorated for the balance of this year. The selectmen signed an updated Multi-Hazard and Emergency Mitigation Plan that include the cost to Albany of $2500. Should there be an emergency situation in the town due to weather for example, this plan is needed to receive funds from FEMA. Kathy Vizard read an email between Steve Solomon and Sean Bergeron regarding the sprinkler system being installed at World Fellowship. Both men have come to agreement and the work there will continue. Auditors have finished their work at town hall and all is well. Jack Rose reported that the Conservation Committee is going forward with planning for farming the Albany fields. They will be putting up signage to name the fields in honor of Ray Burton. All bird houses have been installed in the forest. Jack Rose, speaking as president of the Historical Society, said a mailing would be going out to all Albany residents asking that they become dues paying members of the society. The annual Albany Picnic will be held on July 18 this year. A meeting to organize the picnic will be held shortly. Stay tuned for time and place. Jack is also designing an Albany hat and teeshirt to be sold at the picnic. All monies collected will go toward funding the Historical Society.

Waldorf School: June 10 is the 8th Grade Project Demonstration at 12:15pm. Check to their year on study and enjoy their work.

Gibson Center: Around lunch time on June 12 join the plant exchange. Bring in your extra plant(s) and trade for someone else’s extra plants. Time to sign up for a really popular trip to view the lupines and eat at Polly’s Pancake Palace, visit Sugar House Sampler and Harmon’s Cheese Shop. You have your choice of June 10 or June 24. Call 356-3231 to reserve your seat on the bus.

Library: Monday at 6pm enjoy the Food Film Festival Part 1: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”. At 10:30am Tuesday it’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday it’s Story Time for Babies and Toddlers and on Thursday it’s Story Time for ages three and up.

UNH Extension: Don’t forget All about the Dogs Weekend, June 19-21. Read about it at www.allabouththedogsweekend.com/. 4-Hers, it’s time to sign up for the summer quilt camp at the Sandwich Fairgrounds. Week 1 is July 6-10 and week 2 is July 27-31. Register by calling 447-3834.

Sandy Stowell called me and during the conversation mentioned how much she appreciated being part of the Good Morning Neighbors program. This program is for those people who live alone. Once registered you get a morning call from the County Sheriff’s office to make sure all is well. She suggests others take advantage of this free and useful service. Call 800-552-8960 to set up the program.

Don’t miss this year’s Be Kind Festival at Schouler Park this weekend. There will be music, acts of kindness, guest speakers, health and wellness activities, and many hugs. Stop by and say hello to Dorothy and find out about Starting Home veterans’ housing.

Bikers take note: June 13-20 is the 8th Annual Rally in the Valley. Ride to the Sky at Mt. Washington Auto Road. For more information call 466-3988.

On June 6 and 13 check out the Murder Mystery Dinner Train on the Conway Scenic RR. Time to experience what many are “dying” to see. For ticket information call 232-5251.

Check out White Mountain Oil’s Annual Brat Boil and Open House on June 12 from 11am-4pm. Call 356-6386 for more information.

Jen’s Friends Annual Golf Scramble is June 12. Choose from 18 holes at either N. Conway Country Club or Hale’s Location Golf Course. All proceeds benefit Jen’s Friends. Get more information about registration at www.jensfriends.org.

In Wednesday’s paper there was an article about a car and moose accident on the Kanc. This is the time of year for animal/car accidents and particularly during the rainy days. Moose are really “dumb” when it comes to interaction with cars. I know. We’ve hit one too. Be careful out there, please.

Seniors Danielle Vizard, Mafey Bernier, Taylor Mathieu and Hunter Lebeuf of Albany attended Kennett High School’s senior prom last week at the Grand Summit and had a great time. Why not? That’s what proms are for.

Congratulations to Jennifer Vizard, class of 2018 on making the dean’s list at Lasell College. Keep up the good work!

Happy birthday wishes to Stan Solomon. He got to celebrate his birthday several times; once the week before the actual date with his son Jay and family. Everyone enjoyed a great meal at Darby Field on May 23. When the birthday cake came out, the entire dining room sang “Happy Birthday” to him. The next week he had a smaller party at home with some friends where once again “Happy Birthday” was sung. On his actual birthday he went shopping.

There is a need for rain in the area as much as we might like to see the sun. Take advantage of the good spring weather and have a great week!