April 29, 2016

Only two selectmen were on duty at the Wednesday meeting as Cathy Ryan was on vacation.  Kathy Vizard reported that the road posting signs have been lifted. Other signs (no parking for example) will be replaced, so be careful not to park in these areas so as to avoid a ticket. JoAnne Gayer, Albany’s previous animal control officer, has returned to this area.  Hearing this Steve Parker has resigned as of April 30 and the selectmen voted to appoint JoAnne to the position of animal control officer. A letter of thanks will be sent to Steve for taking on the position when he did.  Kathy advised the selectmen that the insurance company has issued a check for the repair of the stone wall in front of the Historical Society building. The wall was damaged by a car that swerved into it. The selectmen are looking into a state bill that would prevent a property assessment raise for those homes that have solar, wind or bio-mass.

The selectmen reviewed Fire Chief Solomon’s notice of problems at town hall.  Nearly all have been taken care of and most that are still undone will be addressed when the electrician comes. The selectmen have asked for quotes for the cost to add safety exit doors in the meeting room.

Selectman Hiland reported that the Planning Board is working well.  Leah Valladares has been elected chair and Kelly Robitaille has been elected vice-chair.

Steve Knox has been appointed to the North Country Council’s Committee on Economic Development Strategy. Steve has also volunteered to be on the Carroll County committee seeking ideas about how to best use the county farm land.  He attended a commissioner’s meeting where Andy Kendall, Executive Director of the H.P. Kendall Foundation of Boston, spoke about the need for encouraging farming in New England. According to Mr. Kendall localizing production of farm products will help the economy of the area. Area farming produces about 10% of our needs. Everything else is imported with much coming from California. With the drought there, we could do a much better job feeding ourselves from more local production. The selectmen have asked Steve to make the county aware of the farmland that Albany has in its forested area and how we are using it.

Mia culpa!  Apparently the date given for the meeting for Albany business owners to meet with Jac Cuddy was incorrect.  At this time there has not been a particular date established.  There will be an “On Demand” training session held May 18.

Albany’s 250th birthday celebration meeting went off very well on Friday.  Brian Wiggin, a major player in Conway’s 250th celebration joined Steve Knox and other participants and shared some ideas with them.  Among these ideas were: publicity for the events, update on town burials, update of 200th anniversary book, pictures of Albany landmarks, cookbooks, children’s events, marking historical locations, colonial picnic, funding. The next meeting is May 12 at 4 p.m. at town hall.  Come one, come all.  Bring your ideas and pick a project you’d like to work on.  Let’s get into the spirit of the event!

Tin Mountain: On May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a program to help people manage their woodlots. It will be held on timberland in East Conway.  For further information call 447-6991.

Gibson Center: Sunday is the first May-fest Gibson Center Auction commencing at 5:30 p.m. at the N. Conway Community Center.  It features a live auction, silent auction, raffles, entertainment and Rick’s hors d’oeuvres. All funds raised benefits the Meals on Wheels program.  Call 356-3231 to reserve your seat. On Monday, May 2 board the bus at 7 a.m. for a trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  Call to reserve your seat. Thursday there’s Bingo with players suppling prizes. Friday, in time for Mother’s Day, there will be music, flowers and a special meal.

Library: Join the Mountain View Knitters at 10 a.m. on Monday.  At 6 p.m. #6 of the Financial Series: College Planning-Getting There From Here begins. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday at the same time it’s Story Time for Wee Ones.  At 4 p.m. enjoy Advanced Robotics. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 11 a.m. there’s Yoga for Kids and Caregivers followed at 6 p.m. with an Introduction to 3D Printing.

UNH Ext: Carroll County 4-H members stole the show at the NH 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology Contests. Hippology is a comprehensive horse knowledge event. Of the senior members of the group, one placed first and another placed third overall. There is still time for children 8 and up with their dogs to sign up for a five week 4-H SPIN Program: Understanding Dog Behavior & Canine Good Citizenship; Positive Training Methods; Intro to Rally Skills; Intro to Nose work’ Intro to Agility.  Session 1 will start the week of June 20. Space is limited to 8 participants. Call 447-3834.

Kennett High School announced their third quarter honor roll and several Albany youngsters were named.  Congratulations to sophomores Fiona Davis-Walsh, Eilidh McKinnon, Riley Steward and Chloe Van Dyne on attaining High Honors. Seniors Nathaniel Emerson, Tessa Greenhalgh earned Honors as did sophomore Lea Rose Thelemarck and Freshmen Ashton Coleman and Ethan Robitaille.  Keep up the good work!  You make us all proud.

Really folks it is spring.  Don’t let a little snow fool you. Enjoy the outdoors and have a great week!

 

April 15, 2016

At the selectmen’s meeting this Wednesday, Kathy Vizard reported that the Department of Revenue found Albany in compliance with all assessing standards. She also said she continues to work on developing new parking fine regulations. At next week’s selectmen’s meeting (April 20) the selectmen will work on the rules and procedures for their work session to be held April 22 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend these meetings.

Jac Cuddy came before the selectmen to discuss what the Economic Council has been doing for the last 25 years to help area businesses. During the early years Steve Knox was part of the council.  According to Jac Cuddy their board consists of 30 members with each local town having a representative along with 18 business members which include representatives from the school and hospital.  Much of what the Economic Council does is to help businesses with funding. More than $5 million has helped fund local businesses over the last fifteen years. Another program offered is Boot Camp workshops that instruct businessmen with technical programs. A very popular program is their Eggs and Issues sessions. In May, Governor Hassan will be speaking there.  These programs are all open to the public.  George Epstein will again be moderating political debates with the next one at which Kelly Ayotte will speak.  Tech Village is also run by the  Economic Council.  It has been operating for ten years.  Albany’s Ed Alkalay has his law office at Tech Village and sent in a letter to the selectmen explaining why he values Tech Village.  SCORE is housed in Tech Village.  Here new businesses are mentored by Jac Cuddy. Selectman Hiland asked Jac Cuddy to lead a meeting of businessmen of Albany. The meeting has been tentatively scheduled for May 18.

Selectman Joe Ferris reported that the school board has signed a new five year bus contract. It is important that Albany parents know that for safety reasons bus drivers will return children to school if there is not a responsible adult waiting for them at their home bus stop. Then the parent will have to come to the school to pick up the student. This will also incur additional costs to the town. A notice regarding this ruling will be going out to parents.

There will be a Hazard Mitigation meeting on Thursday, April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. held in the Planning Board Room at Town Hall.  The more people that attend, the less it costs the town.  Light refreshments will be served.  If you have any questions, you can call Cathy Ryan at 447-6728.

Gibson Center: On Thursday after lunch stay and watch George LeBlanc’s slide show of his week in Yellowstone last January. Friday is Monte Carlos Night.  The Center will pick you up at home if you call 356-3231. Buy your own “chips”, beverages and food at Hobb’s Tavern. On Sunday, April 24, there is a trip to Portland’s POP’s Concert featuring the music of John Williams.  Supper is on your own at Sebago Brewery.  The bus leaves at 11a.m.  Call the number above for reservations.

Library: The Friends of the Library Book Sale will run all week. On Monday at 10:15 a.m. the Morning Book Group meets. At 1p.m. join Bracelet Making for Teens and at 2:30 p.m. there’s Money in Your Pocket: Teens.  At 6 p.m. sit in on A Short Course on Islam for Non-Muslims. On Tuesday  at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Wee Ones and at 4 p.m. join Advanced Robotics. At 6 p.m. the Financial Series #4: Women’s Retirement Outlook continues. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 2 p.m. watch the movie: Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.  Poetry contest submissions are due before the library closes on Friday (8 p.m.).

UNH Extension: Today at 10 a.m. at Berry Knoll Farm, 69 Old Portland Road, Eaton Center there will be a live pruning demonstration of Blues and Raspberries.  There’s a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Stan and Dorothy Solomon spent the past weekend in New York attending various reunion events at their alma mater, Hunter College.  At Dorothy’s high school event (Hunter College High School) there was a panel discussion on the upcoming New York presidential primary.  The panel was made up of HCHS alums of which one was Chris Hayes of MSMBC. Though there was lots to see and enjoy, it was great getting back to New Hampshire where the pace is so much less stressful. They came home in time to get ready for a weekend visit from their son, Mitchell who is a movie producer in Los Angeles.

Now that the weather is much more springlike, let’s all get out and enjoy what we can.  Have a great week!

 

April 8, 2016

An early item on the selectmen’s agenda Wednesday was the quotes for renewing the town’s liability insurance. Our present insurance company was several thousand dollars per year less than the other company was asking. The selectmen decided to go with Primex, our present company. Given the accident that occurred on Tuesday at town hall, having liability insurance comes in handy. A driver lost control of her car, hit the newly constructed stone wall in front of the museum and took down 90 percent of the wall as well as the stop sign. No one in the car was injured. Fortunately it appears she too had insurance.

Rob Nadler reported to the selectmen regarding the Conservation Committee’s land use. The committee has a land use contract with the farmers to mow the fields in the Albany forest and keep the hay as payment. Selectmen Rick Hiland questioned whether the contract with the farmers was legally binding. According to Rob, he was told by our attorney that all was fine, but he will check again.

Two members from North Country Council came to the meeting to discuss what they do for the various towns they represent.  Among the list was regional planning for land use, economic development to increase jobs in the area, help with grant writing, technical assistance, capital improvements, assistance with hazard mitigation. Rick Hiland asked for their assistance for three of our town’s businesses which they were more than happy to do.

Later, Rick Hiland suggested that the selectmen attend the state meeting when the state representatives discuss manufactured housing and property deeds.

The selectmen have scheduled a work session on Friday, April 22 at 4 p.m. to deal with rules and procedure. This meeting is open to the public. If you have some ideas but are unable to attend the meeting, send an email to the office.

There will be a School Board meeting on April 12 at 5:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

Kathy Vizard told the board that the town needs to update their parking fines and other fines and needs more enforceable ordinances.

The selectmen’s office will be closed on Monday and Thursday next week.

Gibson Center: AARP Smart Driver Class will be held all day Wednesday. Some insurance companies offer discounts to those who take this class. This will be the last class offered as the instructor is retiring.  Call 356-3231 to register. On Friday, April 15 after lunch the Center will celebrate Income Tax Day with a Go-Green-for-Gibson Ice Cream Social.  Bring a can and build your own sundae.

Library: Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. there’s story time for Wee Ones and on Thursday it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours.  At 10:30 a.m. join Touch a Truck Day.  The library is holding a book sale from April 16 through April 23 during business hours.  Check it out and find a book you’d love to own.

On April 15 from 3-6 p.m. there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the MWV Children’s Museum.  Don’t miss this amazing birthday celebration with special guest storytellers, live music and dancing and cake.  Donations will happily be accepted.

Wow!  Charles Greenhalgh has been appointed by Governor Hassan as judge for the Circuit Court of Carroll and Coos Counties.  Congratulations to you Charles. We are all so proud of you.

This weekend is supposed to be warm and more spring-like.  Enjoy yourself and have a great week.