October 28, 2016

The selectmen interviewed two potential attorneys at their Wednesday meeting. Each were asked the same questions: How would they deal if there were with conflicts between clients, how many attorneys are there in their offices, what are their charges, will they be available to attend the annual town meeting?  Peter Malia was the first to be interviewed. Though he is located in Maine, he is well versed in NH law. Locally he also represents Conway, Lincoln, Jackson, Chatham and the Kearsarge Lighting District. Should there be a conflict between Albany and another client he said he would step out. There are two full time attorneys in his office and one part-time attorney. His charge at this time is $185 per hour rising to $190 in 2017. At this time he will be able to attend the town meeting should there be a need.  The other candidate, Paul Fitzgerald is not from this area. He was suggested by Rick Hiland who lived for many years in Bow. Attorney Fitzgerald represents several towns outside of this area. He’s had forty years experience as an attorney. He will, if asked, attend our town meeting. His office has one other attorney. His charge is $225 per hour for municipalities; for Albany he suggests it would be $200 for the first year and raised after that. Asked how he would deal with conflicts between selectmen and town boards, he said he would give the selectmen’s board priority over other town boards.

Cathy Ryan reported enjoying the Chamber dinner she attended. She met other valley selectmen and found the dinner interesting.

In light of the One Wheel Drive fire, Joe Ferris inquired about whether commercial businesses have been regularly inspected. This is a question to be brought up with Chief Solomon.

Selectmen want the townspeople to know that they will be available to the public on Election Day, November 8, for questions, comments, problems. Also, they are still in need of volunteers for several town boards. Stop by and see them as they will be there all day.

 

Remember the Albany Dinner at Darby Field Inn is November 5.  Seating is limited so call 447-2181 and make your reservations as soon as possible. See you there!

 

Please remember the Albany Turkey Dinner is coming soon. Kathy will need lots of help.  Please call her and volunteer.

 

 

Gibson Center: Join friends for the Currier Museum’s trip on November 9. The cost of $36 covers the museum, special exhibit admission and transportation. Bring a bag lunch to eat on the bus or buy your lunch at the museum. The bus leaves the Center at 9 a.m. and returns about 5:30 or 6 p.m.

 

Library: On October 31 at 4 p.m. children may come to the library in costume and choose a free book all evening while books are available. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos, and Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. there’s robotics for 4-6 graders. At 6 p.m. join the Teen Writing Group. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Threes and Fours and at 6 p.m. the Adult Coloring Group meets.

 

UNH Extension: The Extension offers some advice about saving money this winter. Every degree you lower your thermostat reduces fuel cost. A programmable thermostat can help. If no one is home, turn the heat down. Reduce your fuel cost by 10 percent or more by having your heating system professionally serviced. Consider replacing your heating system with a Energy Star heater if it is more than 15 years old.  Seal air leaks around windows, doors, piping, lighting fixtures, fireplace dampers, attic hatches, bulkhead doors with caulking, weather stripping, insulation, and  plastic film. Fireplaces should have dampers that seal tightly. Seal leaky ductwork. While sealing your home’s leaks, remember your home needs to “breathe”. Harmful flue gases and mold can accumulate in homes without adequate ventilation.  A blower-door test is needed. Check out www.New Hampshire Saves for more information.

 

Angels and Elves will open November 2 next door to the Black Cap Restaurant. It’s time to think about helping kids enjoy Christmas.

 

Last Saturday the Mineral Club had their annual auction and showing of their wares at town hall. Beautiful jewelry, semi-precious stones were on display. Don’t miss it next year!

 

Carol Munroe’s two nieces from Massachusetts, Nicole Barriteau and Michelle Munroe, visited her recently and they all went to the Fryeburg Fair.  Carol, Michelle and Nicole had such a good time they decided to make it a yearly tradition.

 

Bernadine Dubois fell and broke her elbow. It was operated on Tuesday and she spent the night at the hospital. Her daughter Diane came to stay with her for a while.

 

The cold weather has arrived. It’s even snowed. Get ready for winter. Have a great week!

October 7, 2016

At the September 28 selectmen’s meeting Joe Ferris and Rick Hiland reported that the budget workshop they had attended was quite worthwhile. The selectmen discussed establishing a contract policy. There was also discussion regarding the proposed lease the Conservation Committee is negotiating with Fish & Game. In the proposal there is a provision that the town will maintain the DOT building. The selectmen would like Peter Carboni to inspect the building to determine its present condition. At the October 5 meeting they discussed not using the DOT building but rather putting in a smaller  unit to house the farm equipment and putting in a road directly from the Kancamagus to the farm.

At the earlier meeting, Veronica Francis, a representative from NotchNet came before the selectmen to discuss changes the selectmen may want to look at and also consider some updates which would make the town’s website easier to use. At the October 5 selectmen’s meeting there was consensus that Ms. Francis had made a good presentation and they are seriously considering making a change from the present host.

At the September meeting Rick Hiland said he would like the Capital Improvement Plan committee to meet in order to consider a capital reserve fund for bridge repair and other future road projects. To do this they would need for a warrant article to cover the costs for the next five to seven years.  A 20% match would be needed to qualify for state funding.

At the October 5 meeting the selectmen discussed the need to purchase a generator to use at Town Hall should there be an emergency where the town building would become an emergency shelter.  The cost of the generator is approximately $14,000 which can be off set to a degree by a grant. This would have to be brought up at town meeting.

Also at this meeting the selectmen discussed their need for a new town counsel. Several names have come up and they will make up a list of questions to ask each attorney at a future interview.

Along with your upcoming tax bill will be several items the selectmen want to make you aware of.  One is a notice that came up at the 911 Emergency Management meeting. All homes must have the address clearly visible so that emergency vehicles can find you.

Be aware that at least one selectman will be available on Election Day should you wish to discuss something with him/her. (Write down your questions so you don’t forget.)

The town offices will be closed on Monday in honor of Columbus Day.

Tin Mountain: On Saturday, October 15, there will be a home energy workshop held at the Gibson Center starting at 9:30 a.m. This program will give you tips on saving money. It’s free and there will be light refreshments.

 

 

Gibson Center: The Gibson Center Crafts and Artisan Festival is this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On October 12 take a trip to the Portland Science Center with the Gibson Center bus to view The Titanic. The cost is $31. With audio guide the cost is $36. Call 356-3231 to register. After lunch on Thursday, October 13 enjoy the Pumpkin People.

 

Library: The library is closed for Columbus Day on Monday. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. At 6 p.m. Patrick Frances speaks on Enjoying Challenging Poetry. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones and at 4 p.m. there’s Robotics for 4-6 graders. At 6 p.m. the Teen Writing Group meets. At 6:30 p.m. check out the Friends Program: A look at Cree Nation Youth in Canada. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours.

 

UNH Extension: This year’s 4-H Dog program was a success. Youth from all over Carroll County met once a week for six weeks with their dogs at the Sandwich Fairgrounds and worked on basic training methods such as leash walking, getting their dogs to sit, down and stay. They also worked on entry level rally, nose work and agility. The program was run by three volunteer 4-H leaders who have worked with dogs for many years. The program will run again next summer.  If you are interested in learning more about the program,contact Amanda Royce at 447-3834.

 

The Sandwich Fair starts this weekend. Gates open at 8 a.m. and rides begin at 9 a.m. Pets are not allowed on the Fair Grounds.

 

It’s autumn in New Hampshire and the colors are beautiful. Stan and Dorothy Solomon’s nephew and niece, Steve and Connie Rushfield, from Nevada visited last week and got to enjoy one of the benefits of living in this state. Stan gave them a tour of the area.

 

Area towns are gearing up for Halloween with Pumpkin People.  Check out those at Coleman’s.

 

Have a great week!