July 29, 2016

Many thanks to Cathy Currier, Donna Gray, Jamie Sabina, June Johnson, Lee Grant, Paul and Linda Brown, Joe Ferris, Cindy and Cort Hanson, Rob Nadler, Rick Hiland and Sara and Steve Knox for  making the Albany picnic the great success it was. Even the weather cooperated!  Somewhere around 100 people attended. The food was terrific, there was a great raffle and the 250th birthday cake fed the crowd well.

 

The Wednesday selectmen’s meeting began with a public hearing on updates of town ordinances. As of August 2, 2016 the fines on illegal parking and various restricted parking areas have updated as to their fines. Restrictions on loitering and drinking alcohol were also updated.  Check these updates on line at albanynh.org.

 

The joint meeting of the Conservation Commission and Selectmen will be held August 2 at 6 p.m.  Please attend. Rick Hiland noted that he spoke to Representatives McConkey and Ticehurst at the town picnic regarding changing restrictions on leasing/contracts with farmers on town property in hopes of promoting agriculture in the area.

 

The selectmen voted to send a letter of thanks and support to all local/adjacent police departments and the Sheriff’s office.  It was felt necessary at this time to show the public how much we in Albany respected and honored these men and women.

 

The rock walls in front of the Albany Museum have been repaired and looking great. Randy Leach is finishing the landscape now.

 

The Coleman crew has been hard at work on Bald Hill. They have fixed the sides of the road which should help the road after rains. They are now working on Drake Hill Road.

 

 

Gibson Center: Bus heads for Barnstormer’s on Tuesday to see Das Barbecue.  Call 356-3231 to sign up for the trip.

 

Library:Monday at 5 p.m. join Adult Spanish class. At 5:30 p.m. attend the Harry Potter Party. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones and on Thursday it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 4 p.m. Thursday join the Family Garden Club.

 

Congratulations to Steve and Sara Knox on the birth of their grandson, Everett Hobday Knox, born to Josh and Melanie last week. They were ever the proud grandparents given the opportunity to hold the baby when he was only six hours old!

 

Check out the US Forest Service’s new signage at the White Ledge Campground.

 

Habitat for Humanity is open to people eighteen or older interested in housing. If you can enter into a binding contract and have the ability to pay, you can partner with Habitat to build a house. Contact Habitat for Humanity at 2 Common Court, North Conway on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 356-3832.

 

Kennett High Alumni Summer Outing will be held July 30 at Fryeburg Fair Craft building. The social hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. The dinner will be prepared by Kennett High School Alumni Board of Directors and served by the Kennett Key Club. Join the fun and renew old friendships and make new ones. The Kennett Class of 1969 will celebrate with a get-together at Chuck and Jane Lyman’s home (66 High Street, Silver Lake) on July 23 at noon. This is a pot luck.  Looking forward to seeing lots of classmates.

July 22, 2016

By now everyone should know that 2016 is Albany’s 250 anniversary.  There will be several events dedicated to this historic time. The first will come at the annual picnic this Saturday (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in the Albany Forest. Look for the table set up by the Historical Society. There will be items you will want to memorialize this event. Join as we celebrate with a BIG anniversary cake. As time goes forward there will be talks about Albany’s history. Then as a special event come and enjoy a dinner at the Darby Field on Sunday, November 6. Stay tuned for other possible events as well.

 

At the selectmen meeting Wednesday among the several items taken up was the vote to have the town hall locks redone and new keys made for all the selectmen. The selectmen continued with their review of Policies and Procedures for the town.

Jim Ennes, Forest Service Chief, came to meet with the selectmen. Among the items discussed were exploding targets, the barrier on the Albany Covered Bridge, and an upcoming timber sale by the forest service. The selectmen asked about making an access road from the old DOT office to the farmland in the Albany Forest. Chief Ennes reminded the selectmen that that area was not owned by the federal government and therefore the town would be responsible for building that road. He also told the selectmen that the USDA will be putting up a new building attaching it to the present building once funding is found. They will not be moving the present building as it is strategically located.The selectmen invited the staff of the Forest Service to attend the Albany Picnic this Saturday.

There will be a public meeting at the 4 p.m July 27 meeting to deal with the new and revised parking and alcohol ordinances.

There will be a joint meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 with the selectmen and the Conservation Commission.

 

World Fellowship: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Chris Owens, a political activist, will speak about challenges facing the new POTUS and at 10 a.m. on Sunday he talks about tensions between homeland

security and civil liberties. At 7:30 p.m. Lola Maverick Lloyd reflects on her grandmother, cofounder of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom. On Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Professor Power-Green will speak about King Cotton’s Exiles: Slavery, Abolition & the Making of African American Diaspora.

 

Gibson Center: On Monday there’s Ballroom Dancing after lunch. On Wednesday the bus will head to Portland Science Center to see the exhibit, The Titanic, with lunch at D’Millo’s. Call 356-3231 to sign up for this trip.

 

Library: 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 4 p.m.Tin Mountain representative will speak about Animal Tracks. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Threes and Fours and at p.m. join the Family Garden Club. At 6 p.m. attend Sharpie Art on Canvas.

 

UNH Ext: Here are some important tips to assist buyers when purchasing firewood. Never expect to buy by the truckload, rack, pile, or face cord. Buy only from trusted sources; if ordering from some unfamiliar person, get references. If prices seem too good to be true, it probably is. Avoid prepaying for firewood. Pay for each delivery separately, if receiving multiple deliveries. Get a receipt from seller with his/her name, address, phone number, quantity ordered and delivered and form of payment. Take a picture of the vehicle and note any details of the delivery truck such as plate #, color, etc. Avoid mixing the new delivery of firewood with wood that may be left over. Contact the seller if there are any concerns. If unable to resolve problem, avoid using the firewood and contact the Division of Weights & Measures (271-3700).

 

Habitat for Humanity is open to people eighteen or older interested in housing. If you can enter into a binding contract and have the ability to pay, you can partner with Habitat to build a house. Contact Habitat for Humanity at 2 Common Court, North Conway on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 356-3832.

 

Kennett High Alumni Summer Outing will be held July 30 at Fryeburg Fair Craft building. The social hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. The dinner will be prepared by Kennett High School Alumni Board of Directors and served by the Kennett Key Club. Join the fun and renew old friendships and make new ones. The Kennett Class of 1969 will celebrate with a get-together at Chuck and Jane Lyman’s home (66 High Street, Silver Lake) on July 23 at noon. This is a pot luck.  Looking forward to seeing lots of classmates.

 

See you all on Saturday at the picnic.  Have a great week.

 

July 15, 2016

Just a followup to the Ninth Annual Albany Town Picnic scheduled for Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held at the Albany Forest off the Kancamagus Highway (turn into the Saco Ranger Station). The grill will be working making hot dogs and burgers and soft drinks will be provided. No alcoholic beverages are permitted on site. Persons with last names beginning with A-M are asked to bring a dessert or fruit and those whose name begins with N-Z please bring a salad with dressing. Look for the 250 year banner celebrating Albany’s 250 anniversary. There will be a table selling Albany tee shirts, hats, and pens.  Everyone needs something to remember this occasion. For more information, call Kathy Carrier (447-4979).  See you at the party!

Selectman Cathy Ryan was absent from Wednesday’s meeting but Joe Ferris and Rick Hiland carried on. Administrative assistant, Kathy Vizard, gave her report: there will be an Emergency Management meeting September 21 at 6 p.m, Jim Innes, new District Manager of the Forest Service will be at the July 21 selectmen’s meeting at 4:15 p.m. and Curtis Coleman will be posting Birch Hill Road to Bald Hill Road as a Class 6 road meaning it’s not maintained for travel.

There will be a public hearing on August 3 to discuss new costs for parking illegally in Albany.

The Planning Board has lost a member and is now down to five. There is a serious need for alternates. Please call Kathy if you are willing to sit on this important board.

The selectmen will request a meeting with the conservation commission as soon a possible.  There are many issues they wish to discuss with the commission.

World Fellowship: Sunday, July 17 at 10 a.m. Kevin Martin, Exec. Director Peace Action Education Fund speaks about Alternatives to Violence: Productive Approaches to dealing with ISIL. Later at 7:30 p.m. attend the program Crisis of a Lifetime: The State of Unions. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Judy Norwegian speaks about the women’s health movement.

Gibson Center: The Niagara Falls Slide Show will be held on July 22 at 12:30 p.m.

UNH Ext.: Kids, teens, adults are welcome to volunteer picking veggies at Sherman Farm Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 9:45 a.m. through August. Bring a hat, water, and sturdy footwear.

The Blue Loon has expanded service for Medicaid members living in Carroll County.  If you need a ride to see a doctor at facilities such as Dartmouth Hitchcock or Maine Medical Center get in touch with your insurance provider and tell them you’d like a ride with the Blue Loon. The provider can then contact Tri-County Transit to arrange a ride for you. For more information on Medicaid rides to appointments contact the Transit office at 888-997- 2020.

The White Mountain Jewish Film Festival is once again at the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem.  As always the introduction to the film will start on the patio of the theater. Join the fun on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. where Rick Winston, film historian, will speak about Woody Allen’s great film, “Crimes and Misdemeanors”.

Family and friends of Tom O’Conner gathered on July 1 and 2 to celebrate his life. Tom passed away October 25, 2015. He dearly loved the mountains, rivers, lakes and nature and was active, with his wife Grace, on the town Planning Board. He was a strong supporter of purchasing the Albany Forest. Besides climbing the South Moat Mountain, family and friends joined a BBQ to share memories of Tom. There was a ceremony with readings, flute music and hymns that provided a perfect setting for placing a memorial bench in the town forest where all can enjoy this peaceful setting…just as Tom did.

It’s summer and the snowbirds are coming home. Nancy and Dana Rotman are residing in their cabin, but they do have it on the market for sale.

It’s also visiting time.  Marge and George Shubley came up last weekend to see friends Roger and Nancy Holmes.

Looking forward to seeing you next Saturday, July 23 at the 250 Albany anniversary party and picnic. Have a great week.

July 8, 2016

Though town hall was closed this week, the selectmen met on Wednesday for a meeting and work session. At the meeting they signed a check for the Albany picnic committee (see below) and then went directly into making corrections and additions to the Rules of Procedure that they have been working on for several weeks.

 

It’s nearly here; the 9th Annual Albany Town Picnic! A time for Albany residents (full or part-time, as well as family and friends) to get together with their neighbors. Join us at the Albany Town Forest on July 23 from 11 to 2 p.m. for great fun and delicious food.  More information to come next week.

 

World Fellowship: Monday at 7:30 p.m. Jason Jeremias  speaks on Bringing the Global Struggle for Women’s Rights to Life on Stage. On Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Ellen Meeropol  reads from On Hurricane Island, a book about a fictional detention/interrogation center in Maine. Robert Meeropol  examines the realities of human rights abuses.

 

Gibson Center: Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance is open for new membership. The class meets from Monday through Thursday from 4-5 p.m. Please call 356-3231 to register. Also call if you’d like to join the group going to Old Orchard Beach to see the Hal McIntyre Band perform a Peggy Lee Tribute on Tuesday, July 12.

 

Library: Monday at 5 p.m. join Adult Spanish Instruction. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. there’s Smoothie Bike and Natural Ice Cream. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Threes and Fours followed at 4 p.m. with the Family Garden Club. The Friends of the Library Book sale continues on Saturday.

 

UNH Extension: Questions about your garden can be answered by a Master Gardener. Just call 877-398-4769 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 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 Carroll County’s Farm Committee, continues working hard to come up with ideas for the use of the farm. On July 20 at 1 p.m. Andy Kendell of the Kendell Foundation located in Boston will be at the meeting to see how his foundation can help with the restructuring of the county farm. These meetings are held at the Administration Bldg. in Ossipee and are open to the public.

 

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

 

It’s strawberry time and Schartners Farm is open for picking on weekdays from 7 to noon and then again from 4 to 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday they’re open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Join others on a midnight run July 16 that begins at Schouler Park an ends at the Ham Arena. There is a registration fee. For more information go to www.racemenu.com.

Aah, it’s really summer now. Be well and enjoy the week!