August 28, 2015

There was no selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday, so no news from there.

Correction: The VFW Commander who retired recently was Wendell Dicey.

World Fellowship: Saturday at 7:30pm storyteller and historian, Jo Radner, weaves troubling stories of Indian neighbors in colonial Fryeburg. On Sunday, science teacher Johanna Vienneau will talk about the Amazing Life of Monarch Butterflies. Monday, August 31 at 7:30pm learn about the history of the humble ukulele. On Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30pm, Dr. Nancy Goldner will talk about “Climbing the Age Ladder Solo”.

Gibson Center: On Thursday, September 5 wear Orange for Go Orange Month. There’ll be orange food on the menu, raffles, and a Memorial Leaf Tree ($5 buys a leaf in memory of a loved one). On Friday, September 4 there will be a Labor Day Cookout Eat-in. On Saturday and Sunday, September 5 & 6 check out the Crafts and Artisan Festival (10am to 5pm). Call 356-3231 to sign up for the Center’s day trip to Two Lights State Park and Lobster Shack Restaurant on Wednesday September 9 or Friday September 11. Twenty dollars covers admission and transportation, but lunch is on your own.

Library: On Monday at 5:30pm check out Virtual Workshop: Resume and Interviewing skills with Artie Lynnworth. Tuesday at 10:30am there’s Family Place Play Group. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Preschoolers and at noon it’s “Lunch and Learn with Sarah”.

August 28, 29 and September 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 pm will be the last times to catch Spamalot produced by M& D Productions at Your Theatre in North Conway.

Kids up to 12 years old can take part on Monday, September 7, in the Memorial Hospital Kids Fun Run at Story Land. This is a fundraiser for Believe in Books Literacy Foundation. You can register on line by going to

At 6pm on Sunday, September 7 the Fifth Annual Harvey Baldwin Scholarship Concert (for Mountain Top Music) will be held at Wildcat Tavern in Jackson. Jonathan Sarty and friends will play fun-loving music for every taste.
Sunday, September 13 at 7pm the Mallett Brothers will perform on the Cold River Radio Show at the Theater in the Wood.

It’s the end of summer and just the start of “peeper season”. There’s loads of things to do in the valley, so get out and enjoy. Have a great week.

August 21, 2015

At the Wednesday selectmen’s meeting Kelly Robitaille reported on an audit that showed the budget for 2014 was underspent by $28,036 or 4% thus saving the Albany taxpayers money. The DOT has given Albany a block grant of more than $36,000 which will go towards the 2016 budget. The lighting work at Town Hall is completed and Eversource will come by to check everything out. Ed Foley, of the VFW post that meets at Town Hall, came by and donated two New Hampshire flags to the town. He also reported that Wendell Dicey is stepping down as commander and David Jones is taking his place. Jack Rose reporting on the Conservation Commission said that Paul Brown had retired and Michael Steward has offered to step up and take his place. The selectmen voted to make the change and appoint Mike. The selectmen plan to contact a logger to check if there is enough timber to cut in the forest area around Bald Hill. This would be necessary before work on any resurfacing Bald Hill could take place. Fish and Game, who now occupy what had been the DOT building off the Kancamagus Highway, has agreed to allow Albany to use a portion of that area for a road leading to the farmland. Estimates will be made as to the cost of the road. Two parking areas along the Kancamagus will be made to enable people who wish to hike the trails to park off the roadway.

A ServiceLink representative will be at the Administrative Office Conference Room of the Conway Fire Department, 128 West Main St. Conway Village, at 2pm on September 25 to help people who may need help in understanding the workings of Medicare and Medicaid and how to apply. Please sign up by September 18 to get a one on one crash course by calling 447-5470 or emailing Amy Snow at

Conway Hazardous Waste Day Collection will be Saturday, September 12 from 8am to 11:30am. Get all your items collected because this happens only once a year.

Sports activities for the school year 2015-16 for Kennett High/Middle School begins with testing for athletes’ games: football, field hockey, cross country, soccer, volleyball, golf, and mountain biking club. All participants must have physicals before signing up for the sport. Log onto or digital

There’s a Bach Festival August 22 at 7:30pm and August 23 at 4:30pm at the First Church of Christ Congregational featuring the instrumental and vocal works of J.S. Bach and friends.

Competing for an audience on August 22, the North Conway Fire Fighters Association is presenting Magic of Motown at Cranmore Mountain Resort at 7pm.

While visiting Anna Cataldo in the hospital while she was recuperating from the fall she took, she told me about her son Jimmy’s retirement from the Air Force. James Cataldo retired after 22 years and the actual proceedings were conducted at and onboard Air Force One on which he served. Her description of the service was quite moving. Afterwards the family was allowed to tour the plane and they met President Obama who lauded Jimmy’s service. Anna is now recuperating at Mineral Springs, Room 217B. If you’d like to send a card the address is Mineral Springs, 1251 White Mtn. Hwy. N. Conway 03860.

Happy birthday wishes to Mary Leavitt who celebrated her 39+ (just like Jack Benny) birthday on August 20! And a good well wish to Arthur Leavitt after an accident where he hit his head on the lift of his loader and ended up with a large cut on his head.

Frank Wales and family came from Florida to visit dad, Richard Wales. They celebrated Richard’s birthday with a party at Legion Hall. Happy belated birthday Richard!

A warm welcome to Dana and Nancy Rotman of Wallingford, Ct. who are enjoying their summer home here in Albany for a few days.

As the summer winds down we begin to see the changing of colors though it seems slower this year. Probably all the rain we’ve had. Enjoy what’s left of the warm weather and have a great week!

August 14, 2015

The selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday was short but informative. Kathy Vizard reported that the new lighting work was mostly complete at Town Hall. One fixture in the office proved defective and one outside light still needs to be changed. All lighting work should be completed very shortly. Jack Rose reported on the Planning Board. Apparently, when first formed it was supposed to have seven members, but over the years that number dropped to five members and two alternates. There is discussion on making the two alternates regular members thus bringing the number to seven and finding two others to be alternates. Jack also reported on the marketing of the Albany caps and tee-shirts. You can check them out on Facebook. Though the sales are not as much as hoped for (the initial outlay of funds from the Historical Society to cover the cost of making these items has not been recouped as yet) they have been selling. Sandie Vizard will be selling them at her salon, Creative Touch and DII Deli will as well. There were suggestions about other places to sell the caps and shirts: Pine Knoll Campground, Ragged Mountain, and Our Favorite Things. Stop by at one of the shops selling these collectibles and get yours. At a recent Sandwich Town selectmen’s meeting, Albany was thanked for helping keep the roads in Wonalancet clear and usable throughout the seasons.

World Fellowship: On Wednesday at 7:30pm learn about genetics and ecology from Dick Levins, Harvard School of Public Health professor. Sunday, August 23 at 10am Susan Letendre, New England Regional Coordinator for Witness for Peace will talk about Cuba: Connecting with Estranged Neighbors.

Gibson Center: Help out the Center by having a delicious pizza at Flatbreads on Tuesday, August 18 between 4 and 9pm. Get FREE tickets to M&D’s opening night August 20 of Monty Python, Spamalot. Call 356-3231. In the afternoon take in the slide show of the Center’s South Dakota trip.

Library: At 10:15am the Morning Book Group will discuss Jeannette Winterson’s “Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?” At 1pm it’s Sun Tai Chi with Pam Katz. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Babies and Toddlers. At 6:30pm The Evening Book Group will discuss “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel Brown. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Preschoolers as well as Story Time for ages 3 and up. At noon have lunch and learn with Sarah.

UNH Extension: Learn to live in harmony with nature by attending the 2015 NH Permaculture Day events Saturday, August 22 from 8am to 5pm at Inheritance Farm in Chichester. There’ll be more than 30 activities on topics such as growing, harvesting, preparing and preserving food; herbs; mushrooms; raising farm animals; historic barns, and sustainable energy. Tickets are $35 for adults, children 6-15 are $10 and those under 5 are free. Go to Eventbrite on line for tickets.

Dan Sdankus is home recuperating from his latest knee operation. Though he is still in pain and unable to get around very well, at least he is home. Stop by and wish him well.

A number of events are coming up in the next couple of weeks that are of interest. On August 20 Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, and Herchel Bernardi star in “The Front” at Bethlehem Colonial Theater’s final show of the White Mountain Film Festival. Complementary refreshments are served on the patio starting at 6:30pm. The movie begins at 7:30pm. On August 22 and 23 there will be a Bach Festival at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in North Conway. A municipal organist from Portland, Maine will be there along with a chorus and soloists. Tickets are $20 in advance at the UPS Store and Milford Flooring. At the door the price is $25.

August 7, 2015


The selectmen met on Wednesday and covered a variety of items. Curtis Coleman came to review with the selectmen what roadwork is yet to be done. Chip sealing is scheduled for Drake Hill Road, Pine Street, Moat View Drive and Wildwood. More extensive roadwork is on the agenda for next year. Passaconaway Road and Bald Hill Road need overlaying, but due to the cost and other considerations (logging going on) this will have to wait until after the March Town Meeting when the town can vote on the projects. Curtis reported that the bridges are in good shape and Ferncroft has been graded. The sealed bids for the two properties were opened. Christian Santosuosso won the bid on the building ($8500) and Tracy Holmes got the land ($9795). The selectmen were informed that the Reach the Beach walk will be coming along Route 16 starting September 18 and going through September 19. The selectmen voted to have Pope Security put cameras in town hall and its outside parking area. These cameras will have constant surveillance of the building.

The Selectmen’s Office and the Clerk’s Office will be closed on Monday, August 10, to allow the new lighting to be installed. The Selectmen’s Office will be closed on August 26 as Kathy Vizard will be on vacation. (She’s taking her daughter to Keene State College to begin her first year there.)

World Fellowship: On Thursday, August 13 at 7:30pm Naturalist/forester Dick Fortin, brings to life the routines of the 19th century logger. On Saturday, August 14 at 10am take a walk and talk nature with Claes Thelemarck (of UNH Extension).

Gibson Center: Support the Center and enjoy a Flatbread pizza on Tuesday, August 18 from 4-9pm. Check out the movie, The Best of Me, showing after lunch on August 11. You can still sign up for Matter of Balance, an eight week falls prevention class. Call 356-3231 for more information.

Library: Monday at 1pm there’s Sun Tai Chi with Pam Katz. On Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for Babies and Toddlers. At 4pm check out Lindsay and her Puppet Pals. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for kids three and up. At noon have lunch and learn with Sarah.

Here’s wishing Dan Sdankus a speedy recovery from his knee surgery. He is still hospitalized in Laconia.

Though we don’t know the name of the Albany resident who had an accident on Bridgetown Road in Fryeburg near the Thriftway Supermarket, we do know he was not seriously hurt. Apparently he was on a motorcycle but managed to lay his bike down and avoided a collision with a Mercury vehicle. He was taken to Bridgetown Hospital for treatment.

Congratulations to Cameron Schaffner on being named to the dean’s list at Becker College. Keep up the good work!

Congratulations to grandpa Brian David Savary on the birth of grandson, Rye Arbor Jacques, born to Makayla Lynn and Jeffrey Jacques on July 23.

It seems Albany was spared damage by falling trees in the recent storms that went through the area. Let’s hope that continues. Have a great week!

Albany School Board minutes


JUNE 9, 2015



PRESENT: Joseph Ferris, Sara Young-Knox, and Dr. Carl J. Nelson.


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


  1. Approval of Minutes (4-14-15) – Sara Young-Knox moved to approve the minutes of April 14, 2015. The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 2-0-0.




  1. Public – none


  1. Board Member – Sara thanked Carl for his 17 years of service.


  1. Signing of Checks and Manifest – The manifest was signed as presented.


  1. Business Affairs


  1. Attendance at Meetings – Joe (7), Sara (3), Lisa (1 ?)


  1. Superintendent’s Report


  1. The SAU #9 Board will meet on June 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the CPDC.


  1. KHS graduation is June 20th at 10:00 a.m.


  1. Any Other Business


A.    Set Date for Next Meeting – The next meeting will be on September 8th at 5:30 p.m.


  1. Consider Approval of Mission and Vision Statements – Sara Young-Knox moved to approve the mission and vision statements. The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 2-0-0.


  1. Public Comments – none


  1. Nonpublic Session – none


  1. Sara Young-Knox moved to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 2-0-0 at 5:35 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,




Dr. Carl J. Nelson

Superintendent of Schools