September 25, 2015

The selectmen, on Wednesday, reviewed Chief Solomon’s suggestions issued after the safety inspection was done. There was a discussion with Colleen Cormack, Albany School Board Treasurer, regarding Albany’s school payments to Conway. As happens every year at this time, funds in the town budget are low, yet the town has always managed to make its payments to Conway. Possibilities for avoiding this end of year problem were discussed. One was to have the town to take out a Tax Anticipation Note. This will cost thousands of dollars in interest. Another possibility is for the town to go to bi-annual billing. This too has costs attached. In either case, this is something that needs deep consideration by the selectmen and input from the town’s people.

The town office will be closed on Tuesday, September 29 and Thursday, October 1 as Kathy will be attending classes.

Waldorf School: Sunday, September 27 there will be a Michaelmas Festival at the school. Check it out.

Gibson Center: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are the last days of Go Orange Month. This is a fund raiser for the Nutrition Program. You still have an opportunity to purchase Orange Memory Leaves for a tree in the dining room. Monday is Dine to Donate at Joseph’s Spaghetti Shed. Bring family/friends and have dinner at the Shed or have something to take home. A portion of the sale will be donated to the Center. Wednesday, after lunch, it’s Game Day. On Friday, please bring in items you’ve made to display at the Fryeburg Fair. Label each item.

Library: Monday, September 28 at 4m join Magic the Gathering Club. At 5:30pm it’s part three of Food Documentary Series and Q&A with Beth. On Tuesday, at 10:30am join Family Place Play Group. At 6pm there’s a House Plant Swap. At 10:30am on Wednesday it’s story Time for Wee Ones. Thursday at 10:30am there’s Story Time for Preschoolers and at 11am check out Yoga for Kids. At noon have Lunch and Learn with Sarah. At 5pm join the Vision Workshop-Free Life Coaching.

Put Sunday, October 25 on your calendar for the annual RSVP Auction. There’s always something worthwhile and it helps a good cause.

Though the leaves have finally begun to change, it’s still not in full bloom. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get out and enjoy the lovely days we’re having. Have a great week!

September 18, 2015

To see the Wednesday’s Selectmen’s Meeting go to albanytownmeetings.org. The first few seconds are just lines but allow it to continue.

Among the items discussed at the meeting was the grant for the security cameras at Town Hall. There are now two inside the hall and one outside in the parking area. The selectmen have asked that Kathy look into whether any more cameras are needed. The town pays half of the cost of these cameras. Dick Van Dyne has resigned from both the Conservation Commission and as Trustee of the Trust Fund. If you are interested in either of these positions, please call Kathy Vizard to let her know. The winning bidder on the recent mobile home bid has not been able to finalize the deal. Thus there will be another sealed bid. The selectmen will re-evaluate the safety inspection list given them by Chief Solomon and get quotes on repairs. Jack Rose reported that he has heard from a resident at Piper Meadows concerned with the passing zone at Route 16 and Nickerson Road. She feared it was dangerous. The town will write the DOT asking that they re-evaluate and reconsider this particular area. As Jack was unable to stay for the complete Planning Board meeting he asked Richard Hiland to fill the selectmen in on what occurred. Rick said all was going well. The board asked permission to put locks on a few cabinets that contain planning board materials and then move some items seldom used to another area giving them more room. The selectmen agreed. According to Rick, in 1979 the town voted to make the planning board membership seven people. It has fluctuated between five permanent and two alternate members since then. The selectmen agreed to re-instate the seven members and voted to make Richard Hiland and Joe Ferris permanent members. There is now a need for two alternates. If interested, please call Kathy.

The town office will be closed on Thursday, September 24 as Kathy will be attending a workshop.

Tin Mountain: Olivia Saunders of UNH Extension will review basic seed saving techniques and set up a few seed-extraction demos so you can become a seed saver! Join her at 7pm on October 8th.

Library: On Monday, September 21 the Morning
Book Group discusses “I Always Loved You” by Robin Oliveira. At 5:30pm join the Food Documentary series and Q&A with Beth (part II). On Tuesday at 10:30am there’s the Family Place Play Group. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Wee Ones and at 6pm Google 101 with Sarah. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Preschoolers. At noon it’s Lunch and Learn with Sarah. At 4pm there’s the youth Gardening Club.

UNH Extension: Can you help the 4-H members with the loan of a cash register for the Sandwich Fair? It would certainly make it easier for these youngsters running the booth. Call 447-3834 if you have a register to lend.

ServiceLink will be holding a meeting at their Administrative Office at 128 West Main Street in Conway Village on September 23 for people close to receiving Medicare or Medicaid. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you have and get help with the application process.

North Country Council is holding a public meeting on the Gacit Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan October 26 at 8am at Conway Town Hall (upstairs). Come with your questions and ideas.

Consider walking with the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday October 2. Get a team together and help fight the war on cancer. Check American Cancer Society for more information.

It’s almost peeper season. The weather has been unusually warm for this time of year. Get out and enjoy it while it lasts. Have a great week!

September 11, 2015

At Wednesday’s selectmen’s meeting, the selectmen were advised by the DOT that “Take a Walk in Our Shoes” would be walking on Route 16 in Albany on Sunday, September 20. (This group wants to bring attention to the drug addiction problem in the county and the state. If you would like to join this walk, send an email to: takeawalkinourshoes2015@gmail.com.) Selectman Kelly Robitaille has asked one of the other selectmen to attend upcoming Planning Board meetings as he is unable to do so himself. Jack Rose reported on the County Delegation meeting he attended earlier in the day. Two other Albanians were also there: Stan and Dorothy Solomon. This meeting was not quite as long as the last Delegation meeting. At it the Delegation voted to support a $2.4 million supplemental budget (rather than a $2.6 million). Keep tuned to what that means for each of the town’s taxpayers.

Gibson Center: The next day trip will be Wednesday, September 23 to Chutters (the world’s longest candy counter) or take a walk along the river. Call 356-3231 to make your reservation.

Library: Monday at 5:30pm attend the Q&A with Beth on Food Documentary Series. On Tuesday at 10:30 am it’s Family Place Play Group. Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 6pm take part in the House Plant Swap. At 6:30pm the NH Humanities Council discusses The Making of Salem (Witch Trials) with Megan Derosa. Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Preschoolers. At noon have Lunch and Learn with Sarah. At 6:30pm the NH Humanities Council brings you Gandhi.

The Annual Mud Bowl Parade is Saturday. If you want tickets to the touch football game get in touch with the Chamber of Commerce.

The 25th Annual Mt. Washington Valley Old Car Show is September 13 from 9am to 2pm at Settlers Green Outlet (rain or shine). There is a $3 admission for those over 12 years old.

Friday, September 18 is the opening ceremonies at MWV Children’s Museum of Fairies and Other Magical Creatures House Tours. There are only 165 tickets available for that day’s event.

M&D presents Voice of the Valley, a vocal competition very similar in style to American Idol on Saturday, September 12, 19, 26.

USA Today is holding a contest for the most spectacular autumn drive. You can vote for the Kancamagus as your favorite scenic drive by going to: 10best.com. Vote early and often!

Stopped by to check on Mary Leavitt today and found her preparing lunch. She is using a walker, but she’s is walking! Saw Arthur as well. Both are getting along after some serious health issues.

It’s passed Labor Day and it’s still hot and humid. But the winter will be here before you know it. So get out and enjoy the warmth while you can. Have a great week!

September 4, 2015

The selectmen did meet on Wednesday. To view the meeting please go to albanytownmeetings.com. At the meeting Kathy Vizard reported that an updated welfare assistance budget for the town was done. Pricing of different sized area apartments were used to fix the size of the budget. Though Jack Rose was unable to attend the yearly Fryeburg Airport meeting/dinner, Richard Hiland reported that it was well attended and informative. It appears this area uses the airport even more than Fryeburg. Jack asked the selectmen to allow the Historical Society to feature its salable articles (hats, shirts, books) in the lobby of town hall. He asked too that Kathy Vizard be permitted to collect the monies for the items sold. The selectmen discussed the ramifications of this…would other groups want the same privilege?, but came to the conclusion that there was a precedent for these sales as the Historical Society has long sold their books at town hall, and passed the motion. You can soon buy your items at town hall.

Town Hall closures: September 7 for Labor Day, September 10 for a conference.

There will be a Planning Board public hearing on a boundary line adjustment for 158 Abernaki Road on September 14 (Town Hall) at 7pm.
Hazardous waste collection day is September 12 from 8am to 11:30am at the Conway Transfer Station.

There will be a public hearing on September 9 at 10am at the Mountain View Nursing Home in Ossipee on the 2.6million dollar Supplemental Budget.

World Fellowship: Sunday, September 6 a 10am Joia Mukherjee, Associate Professor Harvard Medical School, speaks about “All Health Matters: End the Plague of Racism”.

Gibson Center: Check out the Crafts and Artisan Festival on the lawn Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Call 356-3231 to sign up for any of the following trips: Two Lights State Park & Lobster Shack Restaurant on Friday September 11; The Wright Museum, WWII in photo history on Wednesday, September 9.

Library: Closed on Monday for Labor Day. On Tuesday, September 8 at 10:30am it’s Family Place Play Group. At 10:30am on Wednesday, it’s Story Time for Wee ones. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Preschoolers and at noon have Lunch and Learn with Sarah.

Conway’s 250th Historical Display is at Salyards now through October every Tuesday through Friday from 2-4pm. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

Mystery NH is running an “escape room” experience at the Met in North Conway from 6 to 8pm. You have 60 minutes to find clues, unlock boxes, and decode encrypted messages to solve the mystery. Go to www.mysterynh.com for further information.

Mary Leavitt fell last week and fractured her pelvis. After a stay at Memorial, she is home recuperating. You can send a get well card to her at: 2650 NH Route 16.

Condolences to Rita Well’s family. Rita died August 25. The Town Report had been dedicated to Rita in 2011 for all that she contributed to Albany.

This is going to be a beautiful and hectic weekend. Expect loads of visitors. Have a great week!