February 26, 2016

The Supervisors of the Checklist will be on hand at town hall on February 27 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

It is almost Town Meeting time. The slate for this year is as follows: Running for selectman for a one year term are Rob Nadler and Richard Hiland. Running for a three year term is Kelly Robitaille. Running for a two year term as Moderator is Edward Alkalay. Running for Cemetery Trustee is Kim Guptill. Running for Supervisor of the Checklist is Lisa Robitaille. There are two open seats for Trustee of the Trust Funds: a one year seat and a three year seat. Seats for Clerk and Treasurer on the School Board are open. The election is March 8 with voting starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.

Town Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with the School Board meeting.

At the selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday Sheriff Dominic Richardi was in attendance to talk with the board about what his deputies have been doing in town. He brought a written report but also spoke to some specific issues. One in particular was the officer’s patrol of Tabor Circle. It appears that several cars in that area have been broken into. Given this, the residents of the area are very glad to have the patrol. According to the sheriff, Albany too has its problem with addiction. People have been arrested. The officers are working with the addicts find them help. Dealers though are dealt with in the court system. Kelly remarked that what has been seen in the area are the needles that find their way onto the road. Sheriff Richardi asked that these findings be reported to the Sheriff’s office. He also suggested that the town take a look at their ordinances with the idea of updating them as Conway has done.

Rob Nadler reported on a meeting of the Economic Council. The library now has a 3D printer. There will be a meeting on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. to demonstrate the uses for this machine. And as an early reminder, the spring Science Fair (May 12) is looking for judges. This event has become very popular with many area school children participating.

Steve Knox suggested that the selectmen create a committee to work with the Historical Society on Albany’s upcoming 250th anniversary. It was suggested that the committee’s need for funding be brought up at Town Meeting. The selectmen voted to make Steve the chair of this committee and Rick Hiland offered to be a member of this committee.

Gibson Center: Monday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Alice Clapp will offer dance music for Sadie Hawkins Day. On Tuesday at 10 a.m. there’s a Strength, Balance, Stretch class that is well recommended. On Wednesday at 10 a.m. come to play Mah Jong. Thursday join a friendly game of Bingo after lunch. Bring a prize. On Friday the painter’s group meets after lunch.

Library: Magic the Gathering Club meets at 4 p.m. on Monday. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and at 5:30 p.m. the Sweater Mitten Workshop meets. At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4:30 p.m. there’s Robotics followed at 6:30 p.m. by Irish Songs and Stories with Pat O’Brien. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 6 p.m. learn about Polarity Therapy: A New Model for Health.

UNH Extension: Traci Bisson, Master Gardner, advises making sure your well water is safe to drink by having it tested every year. For more information call 271-2513.

Much as we might like to forget it, April 15 (tax day) is coming. This year the IRS is offering FREE online tax prep and e-filing to those making $62,000 or less. For those taxpayers whose income exceeds the $62,000 you can get basic online services called Free File Fillable Forms and also e-file for an extension. Free File also helps with the new health care requirements. By using Free File most taxpayers just check a box to report health care coverage for the entire year. To use this program visit www.IRS.gov/freefile.

Lance Zack has moved his office from Chocorua to East Conway. Now called White Mountain Restorative Justice it is located at 190 Odell Hill Road. The program he runs offers Juvenile Diversion, Alternative Sentencing, Family/Household Mediation, Victim/Offender Mediation, and Business/Workplace Mediation. He can be reached at 986-0961 or wmrjstice@gmail.com.

Interested in volunteering for the American Red Cross? There is a great need here in the Valley for their help. There will be a “Boot Camp” held at Town and Country in Gorham on April 29 and 30. Get in touch with Frank Grima, Disaster Program Manager-NH North at frank.Grima@redcross.org and learn how you can help.

Our condolences to Alan and Leah Valladares and family on the death of Alan’s mother, June Valladares, who died on February 10. June owned and operated June’s Beauty Salon for 30 years.

Condolences also to the Savary family on the death of Barbara Savary who passed on January 27. She was president of the White Mountain Stamp Club.

Stay comfortable and enjoy what’s available here in the valley. Have a great week!

February 12, 2016

Tuesday was primary day and there was a great deal of enthusiasm engendered. Thirty seven new voters turned up to vote. Three hundred and two voters came to the polls in all, which is almost 50% of the total number of people who live in Albany. The breakdown is as follows. There were 139 people that voted for Republicans in the following order: Trump 54, Kasich 24, Bush 19, Rubio 15, Cruz 13, Christie 6, Fiorina 6, Paul 1 and Witz 1. There were 163 votes on the Democratic side with Sanders getting 107 votes, Clinton getting 53 votes and one vote each to Lovitt, Schwass, and Supreme.

The Wednesday selectmen’s meeting was a public hearing on the proposed budget and the Warrant Articles to be presented at the March 8 Town Meeting. The municipal budget is up $12,328 this year as compared to last year. Questions arose regarding several budget items and warrant articles. The answers and discussions can be seen by going to albanytownmeetings.com.

Rob Nadler reported on a discussion the Conservation Committee had with the Forest Service regarding the controlled burning of fields. According to the Forest Service there were areas that a burn could help. It was suggested that a grant could be available to help with pay for this burn. Cathy Ryan will look into this through the Hazardous Mitigation group.

Town offices will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of President’s Day. Please plan accordingly.

The Planning Board is still in search of a new board secretary. There is compensation for this position. You can find the job description and salary at town hall or watch for the ad that will be in this paper.

There is a need for more members for the CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) group. Those interested in working to move Albany forward, please contact Kathy Vizard (447-6038) at town hall to leave your name.

Gibson Center: The Center is closed on Monday for President’s Day. On Tuesday at 10 a.m. Bobbi Broemme RN leads the exercise class (Strength, Balance, & Stretch). If you are not yet attending this program, call 356-3132 to sign up for the class. Alexandra Perry speaks very highly of this program and Tai Chi. Both have allowed her to improve her health and helped her to recover from nagging aches and pains she had been suffering. She suggests that others should look into these programs. On Wednesday at 9 a.m. join the Belly Dance Class which is fun and a great way to improve your core musculature. Again, call to sign up for the class. Also on Wednesday at 10 a.m. there’s Mahjong. After lunch it’s Game Day and a Care for the Caregiver meeting. Thursday at 12:30 p.m. join friends for games, music, and fun. On Friday at 12:30 p.m. a group from the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association will meet with people interested in art.

Library: The library is closed on Monday. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. At 2 p.m. Tina Craig and Tessa Narducci will present Visualizing Your Goals and Dreams. They invite all teens and adults to join in the discussion being held in the Ham Community Room. At 6 p.m. check out the Documentary: “The Missing Picture”. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones and at 4:30 p.m. there is Robotics. On Thursday there’s Story Time for Threes and Fours at 10:30 a.m. The Book Group with Starting Point meets at 6 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. there’s Pajama Story Time with Tara.

UNH Extension: Join the 4-H Pins-N-Needles Club and work with them on their Upcycling Project. Upcycling is the process of turning useless or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or better environmental value. For more information you can reach club leader Jennifer Mashiak at jmashiak@gmail.com. On Saturday, March 5 at the Sandwich Fire Station, Carroll County 4-H is partnering with Mush Mellow Adventures to offer a fun and educational dog sledding program. This is open to all youth 8 years and older. No pets are permitted to this event. There is a $10 fee. For more information contact Amanda Royce at 447-3834. Registration deadline is February 22.

Got some items to sell? Bartlett Elementary School will hold an indoor yard sale on Saturday, February 13. You can sell your own items (cost is $10 for the space) or they will sell your item and add them to the sale. Drop off is February 12. Please no tv’s, computers, mattresses, car seats or clothing. Call Bartlett Recreation Department for more information at 374-1952.
Condolences to the family of Plummer “Plum” Ezra Potter Jr. who died on February 9. A celebration of life will be held in the spring. To send a personal message of condolence, go to www.furberandwhite.com.

Due to an accident Wednesday morning 23 year old Garid Hounsell died after falling through the ice on Pequawket Pond. Condolences to the Hounsell family.

Now that the primary is behind us, there is time to get out to enjoy ourselves. Have a great week!