July 1, 2016

The selectmen met on Wednesday at 4 p.m. for what turned out to be a short meeting. Nancy Holmes was appointed Deputy Town Treasurer to serve the same term sequence as Mary Leavitt who is the town’s treasurer.  The selectmen signed the paperwork from the Bank of NH giving them the use of TANS funds ($400,000) should they be needed. The fixed interest rate is 2.2% for the term of 7/1/16 to 12/31/16.  There was some discussion of the Conservation Committee’s use of funds from the Land Trust for a well on the farmland in the Albany Forest. According to the selectmen the money was given to the Committee for water and electricity for the forest. Shortly thereafter the selectmen closed their meeting and moved to the Planning Board room to continue their work session. They used that room to take advantage of the screen there so that everyone could follow the material they were working on. Among the items they covered were rules of procedure for motions, public comment, public complaints and suggestions, keys and security ideas, and amendment procedures. If you’d like to see what went on at either meeting, go to albanytownmeetings.com. The selectmen will hold their next work session on Wednesday, July 6 at 4 p.m. This like all sessions is open to the public.

 

The Selectmen’s Office will be closed from July 4 through July 8.  The Clerk/Tax Collector’s office will be closed July 4.

Set aside Saturday, July 23 for the Annual Albany Picnic in the Albany Forest. Stay tuned for further information about this great event.

 

World Fellowship: If you have not read last Saturday’s exclusive on the 75th anniversary of World Fellowship, do find a copy or go on-line to read it.  It’s worthwhile to learn what the Fellowship is all about.  Today the Fellowship is under the direction of Andy Davis and Andrea Walsh. Check out the program they are offering this summer and stop by to see what’s going on.  Many of the programs are open to the public and are free. You’ll be pleasantly surprised, I think. For example  Sunday July 3 at 7:30 p.m. Witness for Peace delegates report on Cuba. On July 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tanya Greene, a NYC based attorney, will speak on Whither the Death Penalty? An American Horror Story. Tuesday, July 5 NOVA Science Editor, Evan Hadington, discusses Climate Change, Ancient and Modern at 7:30 p.m. This is just a small sampling. Check out their program calendar at worldfellowship.org.

 

Gibson Center: Crafts and Artisan Festival will be

on the lawn July 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be no lunch on Monday, July 4. Join friends for Game Day on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Play cards or board games. Sign up (356-3231) for your One to One half hour computer instruction with Deborah Tibbetts on July 7 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and/or for the Greek Festival trip to Saco, Maine on Friday, June 8. There will be Greek food, music and dancing.

Library: The library is closed Monday for the holiday. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos, and Wednesday at that time it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. there’s Yoga for Everyone. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 3 p.m. the Family Garden Club meets. At 6 p.m. there’s introduction to 3D Printing.

 

UNH Extension: Youth between 5-17 years old who are interested in rabbits are invited to join a new 4-H Rabbit Club. The main focus will be the proper care, showing and breeding of these pets. There will be an informational meeting on Saturday, July 16 from 3-5 p.m. in Chocorua. For more information email Kelly at jamrabbitry@yahoo.com.  For those who have gardening questions concerning information on the internet, Olivia Saunders suggest going on-line to Pinterest for your answers: https://www.pinterest.com/unhceedcenter/?etslf=5211&eq=unh%20.

 

 

 

For those interested in today’s hot topic: Guns, Gun Safety, Gun Laws, come to Madison Library’s lower meeting room on Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. where Sheriff Dominic Richardi will speak on this topic. This is open to the public and you will be able to ask questions and/or make comments.

 

Steve Knox, chair of the county’s Farm Committee, continues working hard to come up with ideas for the use of the farm.

 

Condolences to the family of Lawrence Siebert who recently passed away. He loved his home in Passaconaway where he felt as one with nature.

 

Starting July 22 through July 24 and then again July 29 through July 31 Thomas the Tank Engine will be running. There will be face painting, temporary tattoos , and arts and crafts aboard. Tickets are now on sale.  For more information call 800 232-5251.

 

Don’t forget there will be lots of parades in celebration of Independence Day. Get out, join the walk or just be there to watch.  Have a great July 4th!

 

 

June 24, 2016

At Wednesday’s meeting the selectmen reviewed the budget to date and found all was well. Discussion ensued regarding changing the tax billing to a semi-annual billing. Though the selectmen have the authority to change the billing, they do not want to do that without the consent of the legislative body (Albany’s taxpayers).  They will gather all the costs involved in making the change before they bring the change to the people. At the moment the Tans percentage is reasonable, so they are not proposing to make any changes.

Selectman Ferris reported that signs will have to be made to post all Class 6 roads in Albany.  He also told the other selectmen that two estimates to repair the doors in the large meeting room have come in.  Further estimates are being sought. The School Board is looking for a new member.

Selectman Hiland said the Planning Board dealt with boundary adjustment lines for the Hatch/Reardon properties at their last meeting. Trails are being extended on the Reardon portion. The Planning Board is still seeking one member and two alternatives.

(Please contact Kathy Vizard at the Selectmen’s office (447-6038) if you are willing to serve on either the Planning Board or the School Board.)

 

Selectman Ryan reported that Kim Guptil, a member of the Cemetery Committee, has a broken leg and was unable to attend their latest meeting.

Though the June 29 selectmen’s meeting would be the fifth meeting of the month, the selectmen have decided to meet non-the-less. The selectmen will hold a work session Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at town hall.

 

Tin Mountain Conservation Center: The Center is planning a walk June 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. They will meet in the nature learning center room. The mountain laurel is blooming on Bald Hill.

 

Gibson Center: Monday at 10:30 a.m. join Chair Exercise class and follow up at 4 p.m. with Tai Ji Quan. If you miss it at 4 p.m. then go at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. it’s Game Day. At 9 a.m. on Thursday join the Belly Dance Class. Friday has a special Independence Day Luncheon with singing.

 

Library: Monday at 5 p.m. join Adult Spanish Instruction. At 6 p.m. Dan Sczesney will speak about his book “Mosquito Rain”. Tuesday at 10:30 a.n. it’s Story Time for Twos and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. check out Mini-Tough Mudder with Nike. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. The Family Garden Club meets at 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Mountain Mamma Craft meets.

 

UNH Extension: Do you have questions about backyard livestock, flowers, shrubs, food preservation and safety, fruit and vegetables, gardening, lawns, pests?  You’re in luck. Call the local Extension (447-3834) and get expert advice.

 

Kathy Vizard’s daughter, Krystina Vizard, has graduated from Lasell College in Newton Mass. with a bachelor degree of science in hospitality and event management.  Congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors!

 

Stan and Dorothy Solomon are celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary on Monday, June 27.  Dorothy’s brother said their marriage wouldn’t last.  Little did he know!

 

White Mountain Community College is planning to open a two year college in North Conway across from Priscilla’s Restaurant. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  The courses will cost $200 a credit.

 

Things to do this weekend: On Saturday starting at 10 a.m. you can take a walking tour of art in Jackson or from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. check out the Annual Strawberry Festival on the North  Conway Congregational Church campus. But there’s still more. At 7 p.m. at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, Beppe Gambetta transitions between American country music and bluegrass to traditional and classical Italian and European songs.

 

On Sunday two choices: There’s the White Mountain Triathlon in support of Adaptive Sports Partners or take a guided tour for NHATV Day. The auto road is closed to cars, trucks and motorcycles for this event.

 

Enjoy the lovely summer weather and have a great week!

June 17, 2016

For those who cannot make the Wednesday Selectmen’s Meetings, you can always check out what went on by going to albanytownmeetings.com.  Hundreds of people have taken advantage of this method of keeping up with all the Albany boards as well.  Of course, you can always get an abbreviated look at what went on at the selectmen’s meeting right here.

Road Agent, Curtis Coleman was at Wednesday’s selectmen’s meeting to discuss the roadwork that he plans for the rest of the year. As previously reported there are two red listed bridges in Albany. According to Curtis, any road listed as 3 ton is automatically on this list, thus the reason the Albany Covered Bridge is listed. Curtis says the bridge is fine.  Once the logging in the area is complete, he will paint the inside of the bridge that has graffiti. The Drake Hill Road bridge is another issue. This is an old bridge (built in 1921) that was last fixed twenty years ago. There are some rebar problems that need attention. With regard to roads, there is work to be done. He plans to repave Old Colony Road and do some patchwork on Passaconway Road. Then once the logging is done in 2017 major work will be attempted. There are plans to do grading and refilling of cracks on Bald Hill Road. This summer most of the town will be swept and patched where necessary. More serious work will require funding and that will likely be something on the town budget for next year.

Selectman Hiland proposed updating the town website by using a new company. He suggested having a representative from Virtual Town and Schools attend a selectmen’s meeting to present their proposal.

 

Tin Mountain: It’s time to sign up for summer camp. Weekly camps run from the last week in June to the first week in August. There are camps in Albany, Jackson, Fryeburg and South Tamworth that offer great opportunities for learning and having fun. Camps offer environmental studies, hiking, and swimming. This is a good experience for children ages four to sixteen. For more information, call 447-6991.

 

Waldorf School: If you have free time during the week and enjoy working with kids ranging from nursery through eighth grade, consider doing the Waldorf School’s substitute teacher list. For more information, or to apply contact the school. There is also a search for a half time Elementary Academic Support Teacher which includes teaching Middle School Skill Blocks of math, Language Arts and/or Artistic. Send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to Jackie Leafe at info@whitemountainwaldorf.org. There is still time to register for the Waldorf Gardening Camp (July 11-15) for children ages 4-7 or the Waldorf Forest Camp (July 18-22). The cost is $195 per week.  Call 447-3168 for further information.

 

Gibson Center: There are chair exercises at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. At 4 p.m. check out Tai Ji Quan. On Tuesday at noon Judy, a retired educator, is offering one to one computer classes. Call 356-3231 to sign up for your free half hour lesson. Bring your questions, computer and/or other devices. On Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m. it’s Game Day and on Thursday at 9 a.m. there’s a Belly Dancing class. On Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. board the bus after lunch for a trip to Mt. Canmore for music, games and children. This is an intergenerational program.

 

Library: On Monday at 10:15 a.m. join the Morning Book Group. At 5 p.m. there’s Adult Spanish Instruction. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. At 6:30 p.m. check out Digital Marketing Overview for Small Business. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. it’s On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! This is the summer reading kickoff with a kinetic art and magic show. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 1 p.m. there’s Tai Chi with Pam Katz. At 4 p.m. look into the Family Garden Club and at 6 p.m. find out about downloading ebooks.

 

Albany’s Sarah McKinnon is one of the six juniors who will graduate early along with the Kennett seniors. By taking online courses during previous summers and attending night classes at Eagle Academy she has all the credits she needs. Sarah plans to attend the University of Florence in Italy as a film intern for four months and then apply to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She felt that career and tech offered at Kennett helped her find her career path. Good luck to you, Sarah!

 

It’s time for the Annual Strawberry Festival at the East Conway Community Hall. The door opens at 4 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m. There are salads, hot dishes, cold cuts and drinks. The cost is $10 for adults an $7 for children under twelve.

 

Saturday from 6-9 p.m. get aboard the Conway Scenic RR for Murder Mystery Dinner Train, a fabulous night of hijinks and murder.  Call 800-232-5251 for tickets.

 

Also Saturday at Settlers green it’s time for the Summer Solstice Sizzle with giveaways, promotional items and more.

 

Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Laura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg pianist Jed Wilson and harpist Danielle Paus will perform the “Encounters in Sound” concert.

 

Do you have an antique or a really old car?  Want to show it off? On Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mountain View Nursing Home in Ossipee, there will be an old car show.  To register your car there is a $5 fee. Want to just come and view these great cars?  That’s FREE!

 

The town of Madison is looking for crafters for their Old Home Week Fair to be held August 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call Nancy Cole at 367-4728.

 

Finally, summer! The big crowds are gone so get out and enjoy our beautiful area. Have a great week!

 

June 10, 2016

At the selectmen’s Wednesday meeting the board signed a one year contract extension with Conway Village Fire District. The contract extension keeps the town’s rate at $105,000 for 2017. The board also signed two “intent to cuts”; one for a parcel on Drake Hill Road and the other for Pasaconaway Road.

Jason Call, Albany’s assessor, was in to go over last year’s statistical update. He explained that the state no longer performs these updates every ten years. (His father was actually one of those who did it). Now the state oversees the assessor’s work and practices. Jason reported that there are now more than 950 parcels in Albany, an addition of over 100 due to creating individual tax cards for permanent camps/trailers at Pine Knoll Campgrounds. The selectmen have asked Jason to get the assessed value report submitted as early as possible as they foresee a cash flow shortage in late summer.  Jason agreed to do his best to accommodate.

There will be another Hazard Mitigation Plan Update meeting Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at town hall. All residents are encouraged to join the meeting.

The Planning Board is still one person short. Please contact the selectmen’s office (447-6038) if you are interested in sitting as a member.

All three selectmen have been and are continuing to take advantage of municipal education classes. They report that most of the classes are informative and helpful to them in ensuring Albany is in compliance with New Hampshire laws.

Selectman Cathy Ryan reported that the town does have a Deputy Treasurer, Nancy Holmes, who assists Mary Leavitt.

 

World Fellowship: This month World Fellowship is celebrating its seventy fifth year of being here in Albany.  Charles and Eugenia Weller converted the Draper Estate into Lloyd Lodge in time for their first World Government Convention. Seventy five years later, Andy Davis and Andrea Walsh are readying for their opening on June 23. On Friday, June 24 Andy will be entertaining folks with his storytelling. If you’ve never heard Andy, you should make every effort to stop by then.

 

Gibson Center: Monday at 10:30 a.m. join the group chair exercisers and then at 4 p.m. there’s Tai Ji Quan. Call the Center (356-3231) to join the trip to view the Lupines and then enjoy the goodies at Polly’s Sugar Hill Sampler, Harmon’s Cheese and ice cream.  The cost is $18. On Friday at 5 p.m. have fun Ballroom Dancing.

 

Library: The library will be closed on Monday at noon for staff training. It will be open by 5 p.m. for Adult Spanish Instruction. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones.  On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours.  At 1 p.m. there’s Tai Chi with Pam Katz. At 4 p.m. join the Family Garden Club and at 6:30 p.m. check out Samuel Bemis History.

 

During the months of June, July and August, Darby Field Inn will have an art work showing of artists from Mount Washington Valley. There will be a variety of work for sale. This would be a terrific time to enjoy a lovely dinner and view the works of art.

 

On June 13 and 16 the Auto Road to Mount Washington will be opened, but to motorcycles only. Then on June 18, Northeast Delta Dental hosts runners from around the globe to the Mount Washington Auto Road for the fabled 7.6 mile climb.

 

The North Conway Farmers’ Market opens Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m. until close at noon and this continues each Saturday into October.

 

Nancy Holmes’ parents visited Nancy and Roger last weekend. Roger is recovering from an accident he sustained at work that required an operation on his arm. Thankfully he is coming along well.

 

Nancy and Dana Rotman of Wallingford, Conn. were up at their cottage recently. They are planning to sell the cottage. Know anyone who’d be interested? After all Albany is a wonderful place to play.

 

What’s with this spring’s weather? Hot one day, warm another and downright chilly sometimes. Whatever the weather, get out and enjoy yourselves!

 

June 3, 2016

The selectmen met on Wednesday in the Planning Board Room. Kathy Vizard was not able to attend the meeting. Only two selectmen were there as Cathy Ryan was ill. Still work was done. Joe Ferris led the meeting as vice-chair of the board.

 

Rick Hiland reported on two meeting he attended.  The first was the Albany meeting of all town boards. He was happy to report that the meeting was well attended and the participation was good. Among the ideas developed was to have this type of meeting twice a year. The selectmen voted that the combined boards should meet in February before Town Meeting and again in May. Rick was disturbed that there didn’t appear to be a great deal of interest for these boards to hold training and education sessions as to their duties and current statutes. It appears that the Zoning Board of Adjustment has not met in a long time. According to Rick, all boards must meet at least once a year by state law. It also appears that the Conservation Committee needs to update their officers. Rick learned that training for boards can be obtained through a variety of groups: for Zoning Board it’s NHMA, NH OEP, NCC; for the Conservation Committee it’s NHMA, NH OEP, NCC. The School Board and the Planning Board have been meeting regularly.

 

Rick also attended a training session at the County Administration Building held by the NH Municipal Association. Those attending were reminded that Select Boards can only act as a board not individually; local municipalities receive their power and duties from the state via NH Statutes not home rule. Much of the meeting revolved around the Right To Know Law. He also learned about some of the duties of the Conservation Commission: planning for proper utilization and protection of the natural resources and the protection of watershed resources, keeping an index of all marshlands, swamps and other wetlands within the town as well as open space and natural, aesthetic or ecological areas within town, keeping accurate records of its meetings and actions and filing an annual report to be printed in the Town Report.  Rick learned at this meeting that due to the federal ruling regarding overtime pay, a Webinar is in the planning for this summer. Lastly, he praised Kathy Vizard’s knowledge of the lien procedures. From what he learned, she was right on top of the program.

 

The selectmen discussed Bob Mathieu’s quote for new safety doors that Chief Solomon said were necessary for the public meeting room.  They will put out an RFP for other quotes before doing anything further.

 

There was also discussion of having the selectmen meet with the assessor to set the tax rate earlier than has been done since the town will likely have to use TAN monies this year. This will help reduce the interest paid on the TANs.

 

Sara Knox suggested that the town train a deputy treasurer to learn the job and help Mary Leavitt.

 

Waldorf School: Don’t forget to stop by the yard sale on Saturday at the bottom of their driveway (Ambix parking lot) from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the 4/5 grade.

 

Gibson Center: Join the Strength, Balance and Stretch Group at 10 a.m. Friday. Call 356-3231 to set up a half hour computer lesson on Tuesday with Judy, a retired educator. Bring your computer and/or device if they are mobile. On Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. there’s a Care for the Caregiver meeting. Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Pat Davis will play ballroom dance music for your dancing enjoyment.

 

Library: Mountain View Knitters meet at 10 a.m. on Monday. At 5 p.m. there’s Adult Spanish instruction. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones.  At 6 p.m. there’s a plant swap. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 1p.m. Pam Katz teaches Tai Chi. At 4 p.m. join the Family Garden Club.

 

UNH Extension: If you have a gardening question a Master Gardener may have your answer.  You can call 877-398-4769 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday with your question. Eight year old and older youngsters with dogs they love can join the 4-H Dog SPIN Program. This is a five week session of fun learning and bonding of child and dog. The first session is June 23, 30, July 14, 21, and 28 and the second is August 4,11,18, 25 and September 1. Both are held at the Sandwich Fairgrounds from 6-7 p.m. Contact Amanda Royce (447-3834) for further information or to register.

 

Josh Knox and wife, Melanie Brown spent Memorial Day with Steve and Sara Knox enjoying the lovely Swift River among other things.

 

Some Albany people were among those Memorial Hospital volunteers who were recognized at the annual luncheon and received pins for their work at the hospital: Dick VanDyne, 800 hour pin, Shirley VanDyne, 1000 hour pin and Carol Munroe, 1800 hour pin. Thanks to you all.

 

Happy belated birthday to Stan Solomon who celebrated his day on May 31.

 

We know it’s almost summer because the Lady Slippers are out.  Hope you get out too and enjoy this lovely time of the year.  Have a great week!

Albany School Board minutes April 12, 2016

PRESENT: Joseph Ferris, Sara Young-Knox, Jim Hill, and Kevin Richard.

1. Superintendent Richard called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

2. Reorganization of Board

A. Election of Chairperson – Mr. Richard asked for nominations for

Chairperson. Sara Young-Knox moved to elect Joe Ferris as

Chairperson. The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 2-0-0.

Mr. Richard turned the meeting over to Chair Ferris.

B. Election of Vice-chairperson – Joe Ferris moved to elect Sara Young-

Knox as Vice-chairperson. The motion was seconded by Sara Young-

Knox and passed 2-0-0.

C. Set Meeting Dates and Times – The Board will meet on the second Tuesday

of every other month at 5:30 p.m. at the Albany Town Hall.

Joe Ferris moved to go into nonpublic session to discuss a student

transportation issue. The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox and

passed 2-0- 0. The Board returned to public session at 5:33 p.m.

3. Approval of Minutes (2-9-16) – Sara Young-Knox moved to approve the

minutes of February 9, 2016. The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and

B. Board Member – none

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

A. Attendance at Meetings – Joe (3), Sara (2), Lisa (1)

B. Consider Approval of Transportation Contract – Sara Young-Knox moved

to approve the 5-year transportation contract with MacIver

Transportation and authorize the Superintendent to sign said contract.

The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 2-0- 0.

A. The SAU #9 Board will meet on April 28 th at 6:00 p.m. in the CPDC.

B. Kevin informed the Board of a Community Forum to be held at Kennett

Middle School on May 11 th at 5:30 p.m. in regard to the KMS facility use

study. Three options presently being look at are (1) Conway Rec. Center, an

integrated preschool, and moving sixth grade to the middle school.

A. Set Date for Next Meeting – The next meeting will be on June 14 th at 5:30

B. FYI – 2016-17 School Calendar – The calendar was mailed with agenda.

C. Joe Ferris moved that the Albany School Board direct the SAU #9

administration to develop procedures for addressing transportation

issues related to afternoon drop-off. The motion was seconded by Sara

Young-Knox and passed 2-0- 0.

9. Public Comments – Steve Knox asked about the integrated preschool. Mr.

Richard informed him that no decision has yet been made.

10. Sara Young-Knox moved to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Joe

Ferris and passed 2-0-0 at 5:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kevin Richard

Superintendent of Schools