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.