November 27, 2015

First, happy Day After Thanksgiving! Hope your holiday turned out just fine and you have lots of good memories. Because the selectmen were to meet the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, that meeting was cancelled. But life does go on in town and around.

Don’t forget the town’s Christmas party is December 12. All are invited.

Gibson Center: The Center closed for the holidays. On Monday, November 30 at 12:30 p.m. Governor Martin O’Malley will visit the Center to speak and answer your questions. Mondays and Thursdays are fun days after lunch. There are games, music, poetry, exercise and crafts. Check it out. Sign up for wreath making with Carol on Tuesday, December 1 by calling 356-3231. On Wednesday, December 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. the Care for the Caregiver Support Group will meet. On December 6 the North Conway Lions Club will hold a FREE turkey dinner for seniors at the Gibson Center.

Library: Monday at 4 p.m. join Magic the Gathering Club. At 6 p.m. there’s Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends and the New Rules of Boy World. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones and at 6 p.m. there’s an artist reception with Barbara McEvoy. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Preschoolers. At 2 p.m. bring your questions about the Affordable Care Act and get them answered. At 6 p.m. Dr. Marianne Jackson and Joan Lanoi of Memorial Hospital will speak about Advanced Care Planning. At 7 p.m. attend the New England Christmas Presentation by Pontine Theater at the Salyards Center.

UNH Extension: For those preparing for the winter heating season the firewood prices are averaging $250 to $275 a cord for green wood and $325 to $375 a cord for seasoned wood. Also, are you prepared for a power outage? No power can compromise the safety of food in the refrigerator or freezer. Time, temperature and good cleaning are important to the safety of food.

Albany will be saying goodbye to Jack and Camille Rose in a few months as they have decided to retire to a new high-rise senior housing unit in Lawrenceville, GA. in as Camille put it, the “Deep South”. Their son Aaron and his family live in Cumming, Georgia (where by the way Frank and Muriel Wolfe live) and being close to family felt right.

It’s Christmas time and Angels and Elves is in need of sponsors. You can help by sending a donation to MWV Kiwanis Club of North Conway, P.O. Box 3053, N.Conway, NH 03860, or going directly to Angels and Elves headquarters in Settlers Crossing. You can also call 356-8710. Parents and guardians can put in requests at the headquarters.

Board Santa’s Holiday Express (Conway Scenic RR) this weekend when Santa and his mischievous elves will share their hot chocolate and cookies with everyone.

Enjoy the holiday fun and have a great week!

November 20, 2015

At the selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday it was learned that the auditor will be at Town Hall on December 2. Also, the yearly tax bills have gone out. The tax rate for this year (including the adjusted county tax rate) is $11.75 down from last year’s $12.77. Given that the amount is lower, there was no need to dip into unexpended funds to further lower the tax. The lower amount is due primarily to fewer children attending school this year. However, according to Sara Knox, that will not hold for next year, as there are ten additional children already due for school at that time. It is also expected that there will be additional special education costs next year.

Cathy Ryan reported she met with the Hazard Mediation Emergency Management people. They made some adjustments to the plan on hand. They are expecting to meet again at 6 p.m. on January 11 which should enable more people to attend. For every attendee, there is a reduction of $25 from the $2000 Albany must put into the program. Cathy also reported on the Gibson Center’s annual board meeting that was held on Tuesday. She is a board member there. (Stan and I, and of course, Sir Lancelot also attended this meeting.) Among the items discussed was that the federal government gave an excellent rating to the Center for the food that they prepare. There was also a discussion about the need for further funding for the Center. Money from government sources is tight and donations and legacy gifts are greatly appreciated.
She also explained that the billiard room has been redesigned to offer a comfortable location for a “fun day” for those who attend. This is a way of giving their caregivers a much needed respite. On another topic, she reported that the Planning Board is looking into a capital improvement plan for the town. Among the items on the list is the roof of the chapel, road work for Pasaconaway Road and a look into the fire department’s report.

On Monday, November 23 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. a representative from Senator Kelly Ayotte’s office will be at Albany Town Hall to meet with constituents in need of assistance. Anyone may bring a comment, question or discuss a particular area (assistance with Social Security, Medicare, the VA etc.).

Town offices will be closed at noon on Wednesday, November 25 and will remain closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Put December 12 on your calendar for the annual Albany Christmas Party. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. and go to noon. There will be games, crafts, activities, a book mobile, and story telling. Don’t forget the picture with Santa! This party is open to all Albany citizens and their friends and relatives.

Waldorf School: The school has an ambitious goal of raising $60,000 in 60 days. Donations to WMWS are tax deductible and there are multiple ways you can help. go to www.whitemountainwaldorf.org/giving/60-in-60.html to learn how you can do your part.

Gibson Center: The Center is closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28. Sign up for upcoming trips by calling 356-3231. The next trip is to the Fox Run Mall on December 8. The cost is $20 with lunch on your own at Newick’s.
Library: Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones with Tara. At 4 p.m. thee Lego Club meets. On Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for Preschoolers. The library closes at noon for the Thanksgiving holiday and remains closed for Thursday.

UNH Extension: Show Me Nutrition for third grade students at John Fuller Elementary School will be held on Monday November 30. The students will learn about how to make healthy food choices fun.

On Saturday, November 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a craft fair at Great Glen Trails, 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham with more than thirty crafters exhibiting over three floors offering hand-made goods . There’s a bake sale, demonstrations and a raffle taking place in the Base Lodge.

Nick Carrier, Kathy Carrier’s son, shot an eight point buck on his very first deer hunting outing last week.

Richard Wales is in rehab at Mineral Springs. Best wishes for a quick recovery.

Bernadine Dubois took second place in a bowling contest in Maine. Good going!

Winter is coming, so while it’s still not freezing, get out and enjoy. Have a great week!

November 13, 2015

Wednesday was Veteran’s Day, so there was no selectmen’s meeting. Additionally, the Selectmen’s Office will be closed November 19 and 20.

Waldorf School: Check out the Children’s Craft Faire on Saturday, November 21. There are crafts for children and local artisans and venders plus student choral performances, puppet shows and plenty of food and the annual Cake Walk.

Gibson Center: The AARP Smart Drivers Class meets Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 356-3231 to sign up for the class. Thanksgiving Dinners will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There are no reservations, so arrive early for your meal. These dinners are sponsored by Shawn and Linda Bergeron in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bergeron and Dana Haley, Sr. On Tuesday, November 17 at 1 p.m. please attend the Annual Gibson Center Meeting. Meet the board, hear the annual report, ask your questions, offer ideas. On Friday, November 20 share in the fun of the Cape Cod Slide Show.

Library: Monday at 10:15 a.m. the Morning Book Group will discuss “All the Light We Can Not See “ by A. Doer. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones with Tara. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Preschoolers.

Veteran’s Day events at Schouler Park were cancelled due to the weather. There were however several people who did turn up and the local veterans there held an impromptu salute to the flag. A picture was taken of those veterans attending. Representing Albany was Stan Solomon (and his faithful companion, Sir Lancelot).

The Friends of Mountain View Nursing Home is holding a fundraiser on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the home, 93 Water Village Road, Ossipee, featuring traditional Irish music by Laurel Martin on fiddle, Kieran Jordan Mark Roberts on flute, banjo, bouzouki, percussion, and Kieran Jordan doing old style step dancing. Light refreshments will be served.

During November the State Department is offering fast processing of passports. If you need to renew your passport or obtain one now would be the time to do so. Go to the post office to get this done. It should take two to three weeks now while it will take up to four or five weeks if done later.

American Legion Post 46 on Tasker Hill Road will hold a Craft Fair Saturday.

On Friday (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)and Saturday (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Eastern Slope Ski Club will hold a sale at North Conway Community Center selling Alpine, XC and Snowboard gear.

Starting November 21 take a Journey to the North Pole on a two hour round trip adventure aboard the Polar Express. Trains begin boarding at 4 p.m. so get there earlier to purchase your tickets. All ticket proceeds benefit Believe in Books Foundation.

For those interested in keeping up with news written especially for the aging population, you can get EngAGING NH News delivered to your email box. The monthly paper is “A Citizen Voice for the Aging Experience”. There you will find various articles about aging. Just send your request to: Carol Currier at lcamst38comcast.net.

My guess is that winter is on its way. While it’s still snowless, get out and enjoy. Have a great week!

November 6, 2015

At the selectmen’s meeting it was learned the auditor will be at town hall November 18 to explain how he does the town’s audit and answer any questions the selectmen may have. You can check the information to place your bid on the mobile home in Piper Meadows by going to albanynh.org. Bids will be accepted until Monday, November 23 at noon. The selectmen decided they would come in at four if there are any bids. Senator Ayotte’s representative will be at town hall November 23 from 11:45am to 12:45pm to meet with constituents. Mary Leavitt, town treasurer, and Kathy Vizard, town administrator and town clerk, will be visiting the Bank of New Hampshire and Northway Bank to see how these banks can help Albany’s financial needs. Jack Rose reported that the Conservation Commission met with a Fish and Game officer where a final version of the land use agreement was presented. The commission voted to sent the agreement to the town’s attorney for review before signing. Jack reported on Gemini Signs charges for a new programmable sign for town hall. The sign can be remotely changed from the town hall. A 2×8 sign would cost $5000 and a 3×8 sign would cost $6500. The selectmen decided to put the purchase on a warrant article in March. Cathy Ryan reported that the Emergency management meeting will be held at town hall on Wednesday, November 18 at 1pm. She asked that residents of Albany attend the meeting. The more people that attend, the less the cost to Albany.

There will be a school board meeting on Tuesday, November 10 at 5:30pm. The town offices will be closed Wednesday, November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day. In addition, there will be no meeting Wednesday, November 25 as it is the day before Thanksgiving.

Presently Albany tee shirts and hats are on sale at Sandie Vizard’s hair salon and DII Deli. Two hats and two shirts were sold recently. Jack Rose would like to have a glass cabinet for town hall to display and sell these products. If you have a cabinet that could display these items, please call Kathy Vizard at 447-6038.

Gibson Center: Veterans will be recognized before lunch on November 10. After lunch Dr. Jackson will present a program, Respecting Choices. Learn about options for end of life issues and making an Advanced Directive. Bring phone numbers and addresses for people you might consider designating as decision makers. The Center is closed on November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day. Remember to sign up for the November 18 AARP Smart Drivers Class by calling 356-3231.

Library: Monday at 6:30pm Jeff Belanger, Paranormal Investigator will be speaking. On Tuesday, November 10 at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Twos. At 5pm Visualize the Life You Love. The library is closed on Wednesday. Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for Preschoolers.

UNH Extension: A ServSafe Food Managers Certificate Course and Exam will be held on Tuesday, November 17 from 8:30am to 5pm at the Red Fox Bar & Grille in Jackson. To register and for more information call 447-3834.

Starting this month, physical therapy services will be available at Memorial Hospital. The hospital has partnered with Pinnacle Rehabilitation Network and North Conway Physical Therapy to provide this service.

On Sunday, November 8 at 7pm Cold River Radio Show presents live at Theater in the Wood, Jason Crippler & The Silver Linings, Anna Lombard & Dave Gutter of Armies, Brock Clarke, national best selling author and Jaed Coffin, veteran “Moth” storyteller. Tickets can be purchased on line and at White Birch Bookstore in North Conway.

This weekend is a special shopping weekend for Settlers Green. Get on line before 8am on Saturday for the bag giveaway. The line forms at Kay’s Jewelers. All bags include a BAF Passport to Savings, sample products, swag and in one bag a $500 Settlers Green Gift Certificate. Good luck!

Veronica Barnicoat daughter of Cindy and Peter Barnicoat received a Champion Trophy and three Reserve Champion ribbons at the horse show banquet November 1. Their granddaughter, Mya, received three Reserve Champion ribbons and Cindy, after riding for 45 years, received three Champion Trophies and four Champion ribbons. Pete will be going to the show next year. Congratulations to Cindy, Veronica and Mya.

We have been very fortunate with the weather this fall. Take advantage of the lovely days and enjoy yourselves. Have a great week!