January 24, 2015

A reminder from the town offices: School budget hearing is February 10 at 5:30pm. The town budget hearing will be February 11 with the snow date of February 12. All petition warrant articles are due by February 3.

Tin Mountain: Dr. Michael Cline leads a trip on winter tree identification into the Whittaker Woods today. This will be a snowshoe trip to identify trees by bark, shape and habitat.

Gibson Center: The bus will leave after lunch on Wednesday to Jackson to see the snow sculptures. Call 356-3231 to sign up for the trip. Time once again for a fun evening to help out the Center. On Thursday, February 5 at 5:30pm at the White Mountain Hotel join friends for the annual Gibson Center Auction (silent and regular) hosted by George Cleveland. The cost is $15 to cover the light snacks and there will be a cash bar.

Library: Don’t miss the Winter Wonderland Art Show at the library throughout January. At 10:15 am Monday the Adult Book Group will discuss Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. On Tuesday it’s Story Time for 2 year olds, on Wednesday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for those under 2. At 3:30 pm there will be a talk on the Science of Snow. Thursday at 10:30 am it’s Story Time for 3 and 4 year olds. At 2 pm there’s a session to help you sign up for the Affordable Care Act. At 3:30 pm the Next Gen Group meets.

UNH Extension: Last day to preregister for the upcoming ServSafe class given February 11 in Jackson is Tuesday, January 27.

Winter Carnival continues. On Sunday there’s skating and snowman building in Schouler Park. At 1 pm join the MWV Skating Club for a short program of figure skating. From 9:30-11 am check out the curling demonstrations at Ham Arena. Or maybe you’d rather see the Great Penguin Race that starts at 9 am and continues to 1:30 pm at Mount Cranmore. Penguins can be purchased for $5 (starting at 8:30 am) on the third floor of the Main Base Lodge. Residents of Carroll, Coos and Oxford counties can purchase ski lift tickets at Cranmore for $25 starting after noon with proof of local residency. Whittaker Woods offers family instruction of xc skiing and snow shoeing FREE for the winter Carnival Weekend. Bring your own equipment or rent it.

It’s time for bob houses and ice fishing. The cold weather has made it safe on Chocorua Lake ice. The Fish and Game Department stocked the lake in the fall, so you can set up to six traps there but only five lines on Ossipee Lake or any waters bordering Maine.

The days and nights have been cold, but there hasn’t been any additional snow, so dress warmly and enjoy the outdoors. Have a great week!