July 24, 2015

The weather wasn’t particularly cooperative for the Annual Albany Picnic, but still about 75 people turned up for the good food and fellowship. Hat’s off to the work that Cathy Carrier did on organizing the event. And thanks to the grillers, Matt Golding and Kelly Robitaille. Thanks also to Shirley and Dick Van Dyne and their granddaughter, Jessica (who came from Hopington for the picnic) for taking care of the raffle and Lee and June Johnson for selling of Albany tee shirts and caps and Historical Society books. Thanks to those who provided items for the raffle. Those from Albany were Albany Pet Care, Almost There, Creative Touch, June Johnson for providing Mary Kay items, Ragged Mountain, and Darby Field, There was a food glitch with Hannaford sending the ordered food to the wrong store, but Camille Rose was able to pick up the franks and burgers for the hungry crowd in time for lunch. Thanks also to Peter and Cindy Carboni for the horse rides and thanks to Olof Ekbergh for the drone show at the event. All in all it was another great Albany Picnic!

At the selectmen’s meeting Wednesday, the selectmen voted to permit the Take a Walk in Our Shoes Relay to use the old Webb building on Route 16 as a station of their relay and then to continue on through Albany to their destination, Shouler Park. The walk is scheduled for September 20 and starts at 10am. The town is conducting sealed bids on two properties in Albany: one on Bald Hill Road and the other on Golden Oaks Road. Bid packets can be picked up at the office or by e-mail: contact@albany.org. Bids must be received at the selectmen’s office by noon of August 3. They will be opened and read aloud on August 5 at 4:15pm. The selectmen received the adopted and signed copy of the Albany Emergency Plan. Cathy Ryan will get in touch with those who had worked on the plan previously to invite them to a meeting. She also asked that the selectmen have business cards to give out when they are doing Albany business. Jack Rose in reviewing the picnic, said that there are still hats and tee shirts available for sale. The caps with a lovely embroidered logo are $20, the shirts with printed logos on front and back (sizes M, L, XL) $12.50 can be purchased by calling him at 447-6611. Kelly Robitaille brought up a pressing concern for our state: heroin addiction. He found a discarded needle on his driveway and other paraphernalia in the bathroom where he works. There was a suggestion that an Albany town representative attend the group meetings on the heroin addiction problem that Lance Zack leads at Tri-County Cap. Anyone finding drug paraphernalia should get in touch with the Sheriff’s office.

World Fellowship: Sunday at 10am Sofia Wolman who has attended two World Conferences against A and H Bombs will speak about the nuclear abolition movement opportunities and challenges.

Gibson Center: On July 28 after lunch watch the movie “Unbroken”.

Library: Join Tai Chi on Monday at 1pm and the Lego Club at 4pm on Tuesday. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Babies and Toddlers. Also at 10:30am learn about Community Heroes. At 5pm there’s the MWV Band and Cookout. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time ages 3 and up. At 4pm there’s Gardening at the Library. On Friday sign up ends for the summer reading program at noon.

Thursday, July 30 at 7pm enjoy Arts Jubilee’s Pops Concert (a tribute to Frank Sinatra) and fireworks at Cranmore Mountain.

Don’t forget the Kennett High School Alumni Summer outing on Saturday, July 25. It’s an opportunity to see old classmates and friends.

Dixie Lea, founder of Sunshine Yoga Community Alliance and Michael Kline of Kline Seminars will be holding wellness retreats at the Darby Field Inn starting August 25 and running through August 28. For more information call 447-2181.

There were terrible accidents in the waters of Albany recently. On Whiten Pond off Drake Hill Road on Sunday a canoe overturned and one man trapped beneath was drowned even though he was wearing a lifejacket. On Monday just above Lower Falls a 14 year-old boy was saved from drowning by Fire Chief Solomon. Though swimming in the waters in Albany is a delightful summer event, much caution needs to be taken. Be especially careful after a rainstorm.

Condolences to Bonnie and Frank Smith on the death of Bonnie’s mother, Mary Locke.

I received a thank you card for a donation given to help Danielle Shannon. From the return address it appears she’s back in Alaska and well. Best of everything, Danielle.

Congratulations to Emily Mathieu on making the dean’s list at Keene State College and to Jennifer Vizard who made the dean’s list at Lasell College. Keep up the good work!

Take advantage of the good weather and have a great week!

July 17, 2015

Saturday, July 18 is the annual Albany Picnic in the Albany Forest, rain or shine. There will be a large canopy to keep you cool (from the sun) and dry should it rain. The picnic is open to all Albany residents both full and part time and their guests. There’s great food and lots of fun events. Get your Albany tee shirt and/or Albany cap which will go on sale at the event. Take a swim in the Swift if you like (though there will be no lifeguard on duty). You’re asked to bring an entree or salad with dressing if your last name begins with A-M. Bring a dessert or fruit if your last name begins with N-Z.

Jack Rose reported at the selectmen’s meeting that Peter Howling who did the work on the fields in the forest has been invited to attend the picnic. Cathy Ryan reported on the meeting with Kim Guptill, chair of the cemetery committee. Four cemetery plots have been sold, and the misspelling at the Passaconaway cemetery is being repaired by covering it over with an appropriate plaque. Capping at the Moody and Hammond cemeteries has been completed and work continues on other sites. The committee is working on digitizing cemetery maps. Additionally a large tree will be removed in August from the Passaconaway cemetery. Be advised that Kathy Vizard will be on vacation from Thursday, July 16 though Monday, July 20. The office will be closed.

As reported, Lower Falls in Albany has been renovated. Governor Hassan and various officials were on hand for the dedication earlier this month. Steve and Sara Knox attended too. They both agreed that the work done was well needed for both safety and usefulness and that those who go to the falls are enjoying the new look.

One of Albany’s family is in need. Josephine Howland’s husband, Scott has been diagnosed with serious health problems and their medical bills/home renovation costs to accommodate his needs are out of sight. They are asking that people go to http://www.gofundme.com/z5g97w to lend them a hand.

Waldorf School: New teachers at the school, Neal and Jennifer Kennerk, and family are in search of a home rental. If you can help, contact Neal at nealkennek@gmail.com.

Gibson Center: There’s still time to sign up for the Mail Boat trip on the Winnipesaukee on Tuesday and the SeaDogs vs NH Fischer Cats on Thursday. Call 356-3231.

Library: The 10:15am Monday Book discussion is on Boston Girl by Anita Diamont and at 1pm there’s Tai Chi. Tuesday at 6pm Brian Charles will give a Didgeridoo demonstration. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Babies and Toddlers. At 4pm Mountain Top Music presents Musical Heroes. At 6:30pm the Evening Book Group will discuss Boston Girl. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for ages 3 and up. At 4pm there’s Gardening at the Library and at 6:30pm learn about Fly Fishing in New England.

UNH Extension: Join the Extension’s home food preservation workshop covering preserving food safely at home: jams, jellies, pickling, pressure canning, and freezing/drying food. Get your questions answered and share your experiences on August 4 at Granite State College in Conway. Call 447-3834 for further information.

“Aftermath”, a Polish film whose star won the Academy Award for Best Actor is the second in the series for this summer’s Bethlehem Film Festival. It will play on July 23 at 7:30pm at the Colonial Theater. The picture is in Polish with English subtitles.
Adria Cormack attended the regional track and field competition in Dover. The top four competitors in each event moves on to the state competition in Pelham. Adria qualified in both the 400 meter dash and the 4X100 relay. Go Adria!

Josh Knox visited his folks, Sara and Steve, last week. He now lives in Essex, Vt. with his wife Melody. She was unable to join him as she was working on a math project for the course that she teaches at St. Michael’s College. Josh enjoyed his swim down from Big Eddie to the slide on the Kanc. It took him three hours to do it, but it was worth it he said.

Deepest condolences to David Moody and family on the death of David Jr. If you wish to make a donation send it to Jen’s Friends.

Even though the DOT has done work on Route 16 in Albany, there was an accident in front of My Favorite Things last Monday. Fortunately no one was hurt. Keep safe out there.

Enjoy these lovely summer days. Have a great week!

July 10, 2015

Do check the video of Wednesday’s selectmen’s meeting as I missed the first 15minutes. Go to either albanynh.org or albanymeetings.com.

The Town of Albany has sent a letter to the County Commissioners and County Delegation to show Albany’s support for Starting Home to use of the two wings of the old nursing home as transitional housing for homeless veterans. Kathy Vizard advised the selectmen that the landscaping of Town Hall should be completed shortly and that the building will also be power washed. Don’t forget the Albany Town picnic in the Albany Forest is July 18 starting at 11am. As a special added attraction, Peter and Cindy Carboni are bringing their horses to give rides to the children attending the picnic. There will also be a drone aircraft presentation. Jack Rose reported that tee shirts with Albany logos are available for sale to support the Historical Society. They come in sizes medium, large and extra large and the cost is $12.50 each. They will be available at the picnic. Also available will be caps with the Albany logo embroidered on them. The mystery of the flag with the name Paul Douglas Ward that is in the selectmen’s office has been solved. Mr. Ward was a WWII veteran who served in Egypt. His wife was awarded the flag after his death and she donated it to the VFW post that meets in Albany. Now the flag can be viewed as part of their display. Jack reported that the DOT will monitor the roadwork and rumble strips that was recently done for the next year. If there is no major deterioration of the roadwork, then they will continue the rumble strips and road repairs next year. Kelly Robitaille reported that the two sealed bid ads for the mobile home and two acre lot will begin appearing in the Sun on July 10. It will be repeated six times. (It was suggested that the town also place the ad in the Union Leader.) Cathy Ryan noted that Profile Motors has purchased abutting land and King Drive no longer exists. There are no homes on that road. Be advised that there will not be a meeting on July 29 as that is the fifth Wednesday of the month.

World Fellowship: On Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30pm Maggie Fogarty of AFSC-NH will speak about What We Can Do About Racism. On Thursday, July 16 at 10am Sam Shanky will speak about a plan to win campaign finance reform. In the evening at 7:30pm Joanne Sheehan, an activist for 45 years, an editor and author, will share stories about several non-violent campaigns she was involved with.

Gibson Center: There’s still time to sign up for the trip to see Frankie Vallie Tribute Band on July 14 and the Sophie C, Mail Boat on Winnipesaukee on July 21. Call 356-3231. And, there’s still time to sign up for A Matter of Balance, Falls Prevention Program & Managing Concerns About Falls sponsored in part by the Center with classes (eight held once a week for two hours) at Memorial Hospital.

Library: At 1pm on Monday there’s Tai Chi and at 6pm author Meredith Wild will be on hand to talk about her book and sign copies. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Babies and Toddlers and at 4pm it’s Ninja Heroes at Saco Valley Gym. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for those three and up. At 4pm there’s Gardening at the Library and at 6:30pm learn about Conway history with Brian Wiggin.

UNH Extension: Call 447-3834 to sign up for the 4-H Geocaching Program that starts on July 14 at Tin Mountain.

Tin Mountain: It’s time to sign up for Tin Mountain Summer Camps. July 27-31 there’s Kindercamp for four and five year olds where children will enjoy learning about the outdoors. Children nine through sixteen can get a more challenging experience July 13 to 17 in Albany. Many generous supporters, local groups and businesses make it possible for children who cannot pay for camp to attend. Contact Tin Mountain for more information: 447-6991.

The 8th Annual Mt. Washington Valley Photo Contest is open. Submit up to ten photos by August 31. The winning photo will become part of the Calendars for Charity. There is a cash prize for first and second place winners in three categories. For further information contact Bernadette Friberg at 207-542-9967 or 356-5757 ext 310..

Don’t forget the free movies every Tuesday at Settlers’ Green.

The grand opening of the Kids Ropes Course at Cranmore is July 12. Kids from three to nine can try it free from 1 to 3pm. They’ll also get a free Gifford’s ice cream voucher.

Today at 7pm take in an old fashioned baseball game at Whitaker Field. It’s the Mudville Vintage Baseball team against the Dirigo Vintage Baseball team.

Planning a wedding? You might like to check out Eagle Mountain House’s new wedding tent and grounds on Tuesday at 5:30pm. There’s a complimentary wine bar and hors d’oeuvres.

Congratulations to Crystal Drew and Ben James on the birth of their son Mica Reggie Major James born last November. Congratulations also to Charlene and Reggie Merrill on the birth of their grandson.

It’s summer and a good time for family outings. Bernadine Dubois spent an enjoyable weekend in St. Johnsbury at her family reunion.

Even though it’s crowded with visitors, get out and enjoy the valley. Have a great week!

July 3, 2015

Watch the actual July 1 selectmen’s meeting by going to albanytownmeetings.com or albanynh.org.

The selectmen are asking the public if they have any information regarding an American flag that was given to the town in honor of Paul Douglas Ward with the date of 1927-2000 on its frame. If you have any knowledge about Mr. Ward and his veteran status, please call the office (447-6038). Jack Rose reported that he spoke with someone regarding the road safety audit of the rumble strips recently put down in the Route 16 in the Madison area. They are awaiting the DOT report. Apparently funding for further roadwork has run out. Jack also reported on the excellent work Peter Howland did on the grassy field in the Albany forest. Rob Nadler is to meet with Peter regarding further work.

The Eighth Annual Albany Picnic is scheduled for July 18 from 11am to 3pm in the forest. There has been a steady rise in attendance at these picnics and this is expected to continue. All Albany residents, be they full or part time, are invited. There will be outdoor games, nature walks along the Swift River and swimming there as well. Two “chefs” will be manning the grills cooking up lots of burgers and franks. Water will also be supplied by the town, and the picnic committee asks that salads and desserts be brought by those attending. Families whose last name begins A-M are asked to bring an entree or salad (with dressing) and families with last names beginning N-Z are asked to bring a dessert or fruit.

Tin Mountain: On June 27 the Mountain Laurel at Tin Mountain’s Bald Hill location was the impetus for a walk through the pink and white flowers. Drive up and take a look yourself.

World Fellowship: Saturday, July 11 at 10am, the Reverend Dr. Christoph Schmauch returns to World Fellowship and will speak about living through WWII in Germany, working at the Church Center for the UN during Vietnam War Era and directing WF with his wife Kit Schmauch.

Gibson Center: Crafts & Artisan Festival hours are 10-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Call 356-3231 to sign up to see the Glenn Miller Big Band on Tuesday, July 7 and July 14 to see Frankie Vallie Tribute Band. On Tuesday, July 7 a representative from the NH State Treasury will speak about Found money and Best Practices to prevent lost money and will take questions. A Matter of Balance-Fall Prevention Programs meets Tuesdays, starting July 14 at 9:30am and another meets Fridays starting July 17 at 9:30am. For more information call Danielle Koffenberger 356-5461 ext 2187.

Library: There’s Tai Chi at 1pm on Monday. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Babies and Toddlers. At 6pm get help with bike maintenance from Carl Iacozilli of Red Jersey Cyclery. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for ages Three and Up and at 4pm there’s Gardening at the Library. The book sale and raffle continues on Friday and Saturday.

UNH Extension: For kids 8 and older who enjoy the outdoors check out the 4H Geocaching Program. Learn how to locate treasures using a handheld GPS unit. Dates are July 14, 21, 28 & August 4. Call 447-3834 for further information. The Veggie Volunteer Program is set to begin on July 6 at Sherman Farm and now also at Spider Web Gardens on Mondays. Call the number above for further information.

The Kennett High School Alumni Summer Outing and Meeting will be held on July 25 at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds. Make your dinner reservation ($18 per person) by emailing KennettAlumni@gmail.com. The Kennett High School Alumni Association is looking for members. Their primary goal is to award scholarships to graduating seniors and post grads from KHS. Reunions are planned for classes 1960, 1965, and 1975. The class of 1960 will hold a reunion on September 12 at Shannon Door Pub. The class of 1975 has scheduled its reunion at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds on July 25.

The Film Festival at the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem opens with Holy Rollers on July 9. Beginning at 6:30pm on the patio there will be free refreshments and the movie’s director Kevin Asch will talk about what it takes to make a career in the film business. Following the movie he will lead a Q and A. Come enjoy!
Albany has been in the news lately, but unfortunately for less than happy reasons. Last week we learned that the homeless man, James Minutoli, found dead under the Rt.16 Saco River bridge, had once been a resident living on Bald Hill Road. Our condolences to his family. Last Saturday it was noted that a young woman, enjoying a hike along Champney Falls, tripped and fell 40 feet and was unconscious but breathing. When Chief Solomon arrived it was determined she needed hospitalization, but fortunately, she was not seriously hurt.

Congratulations to Taylor Mathieu on being granted a $1000 scholarship from the Conway Historical Society. Taylor plans to pursue a study of philosophy and wants to help underprivileged people of different faiths come together peacefully. He will be attending Keene State College in the fall. His sister, Emily is already a student at Keene. She will be entering her sophomore year at Keene and she will be an “RA” (Residency Advisor) there.

Anna Cataldo’s son Master Sergeant James Michael Cataldo is retiring from the Air Force after 23 years of service. Eleven of those years he served aboard Air Force One as a technician. In retirement he will be working on both commercial airlines and military airlines. The whole Cataldo family will be attending his retirement events among which will be a tour of Air Force One. Congratulations Michael!

Condolences to Stephen Howe and his partner, David Morrill on the death of Stephen’s mother Joanne E. Trombly Howe Campbell.

Looking forward to a super July 4 celebration. See you at the parade. Have a great week!