January 17, 2015

The town offices will be closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The Supervisors of the Checklist will be available on Tuesday, January 20 for additions and/or corrections to the records from 7 to 7:30 pm at town hall.

It’s time to consider filing for town offices. Filing dates are from January 21 through January 30. The following offices are open: Selectman (3 years), Town Clerk/Tax Collector (3 years), Treasurer (3 years), Road Agent (3 years), Cemetery Trustee (3 years), Trustee of the Trust Fund (3 years), Supervisor of the Check List (6 years), School Board Member (3 years), School Board Clerk (1 year), School Board Treasurer (1 year), School Board Moderator (1 year).

The recent Albany School Board budget meeting produced some good news. The estimated school tax rate for 2015-16 is down 18.64 percent ($217,137). The budget will be presented for a public hearing on February 10 at 5:30pm. Put this on your calendar so you can get the full details.

Library: The library is closed on Monday. Tuesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for 2 year olds. On Wednesday at 10:30 there’s Story Time for babies under two. At 6:30 pm Ed Parsons talks about Hiking the White Mountains. Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for 3 and 4 year olds.

Gibson Center: The Center will be closed on Monday. On Friday after lunch, George LeBlanc will share a video “Best Calving of the Glacier in 13 Years” and follow with slides from the recent Gibson Center trip to Alaska. On the fourth Tuesday of each month Service Link will have a representative at the Center. Call 356-3231 to schedule an appointment.

On Friday, January 9 Tammy Kruger, Manchester VA Director, brought several members of her staff to a town hall meeting at the Conway veterans clinic on Hobbs Street to explain the new Vet Choice card. She also took questions from the audience. Even with the cold and snowy weather several veterans turned up to hear how their new cards could be used to see local doctors instead of making a trip to Manchester. For those veterans who have not yet received their new card, call 877-222-8387 or go on line to www.benefits.va.gov.

New Hampshire Rebellion walkers made their way from Dixville Notch to Conway on Thursday and stayed around until Friday after which they continued their walk to show their feelings that it was imperative that money be removed from politics. On Thursday they ended their walk at the Gibson Center. There Dixie Tymitz gave a portrayal of Granny D’s (Doris Haddock) walk across the country from California to Washington, DC at the age of 90 to raise awareness for the need to pass the McCain-Finegold bill.

Conway’s Winter Carnival celebration continues on Friday, January 23 with snow sculptures at local schools. Check out what the students have constructed. You can also enjoy ice skating at the rink in Schouler Park or get the family together to build a snowman. Then there’s the Conway Village Congregational Church dinners that feature hearty meals and delicious desserts. Call 447-3851 for further information. Also on January 23 from 7:10-9:10 pm enjoy the Ham Arena Wooden Stick Hockey Game. Players use old school hockey sticks in celebration of Conway’s 250th Anniversary and to help a local cause: End 68 Hours of Hunger. Spectators are invited to bring nonperishable food items. If neither of the former programs tempt you, then try M&D Home Town Theater’s production of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities”. Show time is 7:30pm. Call 733-5275 for ticket information. Saturday, January 24 you get another chance at skating and or snowman building in Schouler Park. And you can learn about the history of Ice Climbing with International Mountain Equipment and the International Mountain Climbing School. Meet upstairs at IME (2733 Main Street, North Conway) at 10am. Rick Wilcox will give a talk on the evolution of ice climbing in the area. Then drive to Cathedral Ledge for a demonstration of modern Ice Climbing . The program wraps up by noon. That leaves you time to enjoy some ice skating at Ham Arena from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. There will be a Vintage Costume Skate. Any participant wearing vintage or period costumes will receive a dollar discount on tickets and be eligible to win a five visit skate card.

Congratulations to Melissa Giuliana and Brandon Jones on the birth of their son Ryder Joseph Jones born December 11 as well as to grandparents Christopher and Patricia Jones.

If you’re interested in learning to ski or snowboard, there are beginner programs available at most ski areas. Call and ask about their programs and prices.

Even though it’s winter and cold doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here in the valley. Whatever you decide to do though, keep warm and keep safe. Have a great week.