March 4, 2016

Tuesday is Albany Town Meeting day. Voting begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. the school district meeting begins followed by the town meeting. You can pick up your copy of the 2016 town report at town hall now. The selectmen’s office will be closed on March 8.

Moderator Ed Alkalay was at the Wednesday selectmen’s meeting to discuss the procedure of the upcoming meeting and see if there were any expected issues that might come up. There was discussion on some of the warrant articles. At the meeting, Rob Nadler will speak about Article 19 and Kelly Robitaille will speak about Article 7. Cathy Ryan has prepared a presentation regarding how the budget is prepared and the possibility and reasoning of going to semi-annual billing.

The selectmen have created a committee to put together a program to celebrate Albany’s 250th birthday. Your help is needed to make this birthday party something special. If you are willing to help, please contact Steve Knox at or call Kathy Vizard to leave your name.
Albany roads will be posted on Friday, March 4.

The Albany Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on March 14 at town hall. At the hearing they will present and review updates and amendments to site plan regulations.

A representative of Senator Ayott’s office will be at town hall on March 24 from 1to 2 p.m. to answer any questions you may have.

Tin Mountain: On March 9 there will be a wildlife photograph program with David Lipsy and Susan Wrigley showing techniques of photographing birds. They will share their beautiful photographs with the audience..

Waldorf School: The second Sip ’N’ Steiner this year will be held March 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the school. Neal Kennerk will lead a discussion on “The Nine Year Change”. On Saturday, March 5 from 10-noon come to the school and meet with Waldorf graduates. Listen to their stories about their transition into high school.

Gibson Center: Go Green for Gibson is a two month program. Donations are welcome. The preference is for non food items like a picture or puzzle or bird feeder. Play Mah Jong on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Sign up for your free half hour one on one computer session with Deborah Tibetts. Bring your mobil computer along with you. The Friday Painter’s Group meets after lunch. You can also see work by members of this group starting on April 1 at the Snowvillage Inn. Call 356-3231to make your reservation for the Indian Head St. Patrick’s Party on March 15. The Center is once again sponsoring the AARP Smart Driver Program. It will be held on April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call Jill Reynolds at 356-3231to sign up for the program.

Library: The Mountain View Knitters meet at 10 a.m. on Monday. Later check out the Financial Series: “Retirement Can Be Less Taxing” at 6 p.m. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. At 6:30 p.m. check out Cindy Russell speaking on “The Golden Daze”. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4:30 p.m. there’s Robotics. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours.

UNHExtension: Become a 4-H member. This program is for all young people who want to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun. There’s so much to do: make something, develop a skill, raise an animal, get involved with STEM, to name a few projects. To learn more call 447-3834 or email

Sara and Steve Knox have been gardening for years. They use no chemical fertilizers, insecticides or pesticides. This year they tried a new winter squash called Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck with which they were quite pleased. They thought it was the tastiest winter squash they had ever eaten. Because this is an open pollinated variety, they were able to save the seed for next year. They have lots of seed left, so if anyone would like to try it, they’d be more than happy to share some of their seed. They also have some luxury pumpkin seed available. It makes great pumpkin pie or bread. If you are interested, email Steve at:

On March 14 from 3-5 p.m. at Theater in the Wood, Observatory Way, (off Rt. 16) Intervale, Memorial Hospital is holding a Public Forum to determine the needs of the people of this valley. Join them to discuss the health status of the community and how to work with the hospital to improve it.

On March 5, 12 and 19 join the fun at Cranapalooza at Cranmore. There will be a DJ in Schneider Square, and enjoy dance parties, games and entertainment. Have fun tube racing and more.

For another weekend fun activity try for a prize at the Cardboard Box Race at Shawnee Peak on March 5. Prizes awarded to the fastest mattress down the mountain and the best person dressed with a NASCAR theme.

There’s usually something fun happening in the valley. Get out and have a good time!