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Good News: Dana O'Blenes, a 12-year-old resident of Effingham, has qualified, and will be participating in, the Hershey Track & Field National Finals in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 2. Dana will be competing against other 11&12 age group for boys from around the aunty in the 800 meter race. He is a participant in the Ossipee Recreation Department's Hershey Track & Field Program. He placed first in the State Meet in that event on June 27 and we were notified on Monday, July 14 that he had qualified for the Nationals. Our regional area (for Hershey's purposes) includes: New York State, New England, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Dana is listed as in the top two for this region. Best of luck.

Great big giant balloon mouse trap: Starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday the 26th Mr. Jungle Jim will be creating a bigger and better mouse trap from balloons. Now there can't be many out there who don't find pleasure in the creation of balloon animals, there is just something about it that creates smiles, but Mr. Jim's talents take this art form to another level. The intention for this is to make kids happy but if happiness is the goal then it can be said that when it comes to someone blowing up and twisting balloons into shapes we are all children. 12:30 at the library.

Veggies, animals, fun and food: Saturday the 26th is Farm Day at the County Complex. Your reporter has for many years now been behind the grill cooking up hot dogs and hamburgers and due to this vantage point can unconditional say that heading over to the complex to see the sights and participate in the lectures and fun is a fine way to spend part of the day. Stop by and say hello.

August 2: The Library book sale will take Saturday, August 2 from around 9 a.m. until around 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the library. This is a great chance to add to your library or to just pick up a book or two for summer reading. Funds raised will go towards continued improvements tour library and the services it offers to the community. And while you are there you can walk down the hill to the old Grange hall for coffee and pastries. A very nice way to start the day though you can do the coffee and pastries first and books second if you want. Either way it is worth the trip.

Town House road paving: Well it is finally done. For the last four years Town House road has been dug up, re-graded, and paved mile by mile, and now that the final coat of asphalt has been applied it can be considered finished. Well maybe a bit of shoulder work still needs to be done but right now it is like driving on air. Personal experience has proven that the tendency is to go a bit too fast so please remember to take it slow; and if you think about it it is probably better to go slowly and appreciate every tax dollar you are driving over.

If you have Effingham news, contact Henry Spencer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 539-4964.

 

Albany's picnic last Saturday was the best attended since our picnics began. There were 87 people at the Forest event. June Johnson and Dick VanDyne tended the raffle table. There were 18 different items to choose from for the Chinese Raffle which included gift certificates from Albany Pet, Almost There, Creative Touch, Dion's Plant Place, Darby Field, Zebs, Valley Originals, Bea's Cafe, Lobster Trap, Marcello's, a Mary Kay gift basket, and items donated by Profile Motors.

There were also five blankets donated by Ragged Mountain and others purchase with Albany's logo on it. The food was great (a quote from Sara Young Knox) and the weather cooperated totally. Kelly Robitaille and Matt Golding (Kathy Vizard's friend) held court at the grill and did a great job. The potluck salad dishes and desserts were tasty and devoured. Thanks to all who were involved with the set up and running of the event!

Among the guests were some politicos running for office: Dominic Richardi (sheriff), Robin Gordon (county attorney), Susan Ticehurst (representative District 3), Ed Butler (representative District 7), Mark McConkey, (representative District 3), and me, Dorothy Solomon (county commissioner District 2).

As promised there were games for the kids, swimming for those who chose to swim, and a special dog show put on by the Sheriff's department and handler Noel Coward (retired police officer originally from Conway) to show how the county sheriff's office new dog, Charlie, a 2 year old Belgium Malenios,will be trained. After everyone had partaken in the delicious lunch, Kathy Vizard and Margaret Leahy conducted the raffle.

There were many lucky winners and some won more than one prize. The winners were, Stan Solomon (two prizes), Jack Rose, Roger Ambros (three prizes), Shirley VanDyne (two prizes), Mary Leavitt (two prizes), Mark McConkey, Allyson Hermanson (three prizes), Lola Rubio (two prizes), Jessica VanDyne, Amelia Torres (two prizes), Carol Munroe, Laurie Sanford, Diana Alves (three prizes), Tyler VanDyne, D. Richardson, Donna Gray, Lisa Robitaille, Bob Parrish, Jean Wiggen, Brady Robitaille, Ethan Robitaille and Dick Wales. By anyone's calculation it was a terrific day in the Albany Forest!

World Fellowship: Monday at 7:30 p.m. there will be a multi-media presentation with Steve Thornton author of "A Shoeleather History of the Wobblies". On Sunday, August 4 at 10 a.m., Alice Rothchild,will present a powerful documentary exploring the very timely Voices Across the Divide which explores the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Tin Mountain: Dr. Pam Hunt will be hosting a program on insects and beetles today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both indoors and outdoors. Bring a lunch and enjoy.

Gibson Center: Fran's Flick next week will be "42" on July 29 after lunch. There will be blood pressure screening at Thursday's lunch. The Flatbread Fundraiser for the Center is Thursday from 4-9 p.m. Enjoy great pizza and Flatbreads will donate a portion of the sales of each order to the center to help fund Meals on Wheels. Time to sign up for the Ossipee Lake Boat Trip on August 8. Call 356-3231.

UNH Extension: The next Common Gardening Club program will be held August 6 at 1 p.m. The topic is Reading Food Labels. Call 447-3834 for further information. The Veggie Volunteer Program is underway again at Sherman Farm in Conway. Pick second quality and excess produce for the local food banks. The program continues through August. Contact Olivia Saunders at 447-3834 for further information.

On Thursday at 6 p.m. there's a reception in Bethlehem before the screening of the film "Enemies: A Love Story". This is part of the Jewish Film Festival being held at the Colonial Theater.

Congratulations to Josephine Howland Gormley and Scott Gormley on their marriage June 21 (on the Summer Solstice). They had an old fashioned "hand festing" another name for tying the knot. Last September Josephine attended the Mother Earth Festival in Asheville, NC. Among the activities she learned about was home gardening, growing berries and making yogurt and cheese. Once home she put some of the ideas to use. She is now raising free range chickens and will be selling the eggs shortly. Keep tuned for opening day.

Congratulations to Emily Brown who was named to Plymouth State University's president's list.

Kathy Vizard and family returned from vacation. They had fun at Wales Tail and Clarks Bears.

Among our summer people back at their cottage are Nancy and Dana Rotman of Wallingford, Conn. And visiting with them is their son and his family. Also back from Florida are Lola and Lewis Rubio.

Abby Hernandez has returned home to her folks. The summer is here and the rains are holding back until evening. Life is good in the valley. Have a great week!

If you have Albany town news, contact either Mary Leavitt, 367-9133 or Dorothy Solomon, 447-1199.

 

The much-anticipated Chocorua Day Festival is this Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in and around The Chocorua Public Library. It will be a celebration of the history, arts and community of the village once known as Tamworth Iron Works. The events include a book and bake sale at bargain prices in the library. Various food items, available for purchase, include Bobby Sue's ice cream with maple syrup, served by Maple Street Maple. All proceeds will go to the Chocorua Public Library. There will be fun, games and prizes, including "Bowling for Books" to win favorite books and DVDs. The Library is raffling a magnificent glass vase by Peter VanderLaan. Chocorua Community Church's raffle features a two foot, hand carved, wooden bear donated by Pee Wee's Bears. Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for six tickets. You need not be present at the drawings to win.
At 11 a.m. the Dixieland Dandies provide family entertainment featuring cake walks, popular dances in the 1890s. A number is drawn and the person wearing that number wins a cake. Proceeds benefit the library. Meanwhile, in Runnells Hall, Art Works presents its annual art show and sale featuring photography, painting, and three dimensional works . An artist's reception opens the show on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and the exhibit continues on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Chocorua Community Church serves a barbecue lunch of pulled pork, burgers, veggie burgers, chips, soft drinks to benefit the church ministry. The Chocorua Community Association presents the Citizen of the Year Award at 1 p.m. to a person honored for outstanding service to the Village of Chocorua and the Town of Tamworth. Be sure to visit the historic library display, on loan from the Tamworth Historical Society, showing the origins of Chocorua. The display is on loan from the Tamworth Historical Society through August. Take a history quiz and win a prize.

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The Friends of the Conway Public Library's biggest fundraising event of the year is coming right up on Saturday, July 26. The sale starts at 9 a.m. with an enormous variety of reading, listening and viewing materials at ridiculously low prices. Come early for the best selection. Also the winners of the basket raffle — and there will be many — will be announced on Saturday, July 26. You do not need to be present to win, but you might want to visit the library this week to purchase a few more tickets for your favorite basket. Don't miss the biggest library event of the year this Saturday.

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Join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host author Dan Szczesny to discuss his book "Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie" on Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in Jackson. When hiker Dan Szczesny and his 9-year-old ward, Janelle, first set foot on the trail to Mount Kearsarge in Nov. 2011, neither of them knew that this easy hike to one of the state's most popular mountain tops would change both their lives. But what followed was a hiking odyssey that lasted over a year as the two hikers criss-crossed the state on their way to a 225-mile epic attempt to complete a little-known hiking list called The 52 With a View. Dan will discuss his hiking memoir that chronicles the journey he and his young but ambitious hiking partner took as this unlikely pair formed a unique and unforgettable bond that transformed both their lives. "Not only did the two share outdoor adventures, but they forged a friendship that bridged the traditional gaps of age and gender. Theirs is a team not formed of traditional family ties but, instead, an earned and mutual respect. Dan and Janelle are a unique and inspiring duo." While "The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie" takes the readers through some special mountains, the book is also a personal memoir and travelogue of two friends. This personal account of what happened when the author and his wife unexpectedly became part-time caretakers of 9-year-old twins is a wonderful meditation on the trans-formative power of friendship, commitment and the many meanings of family. Dan, the associate publisher of The Hippo, is a long-time journalist and writer. He's a member of the AMC's 4,000-footer club and has written extensively about the outdoors and hiking. Most recently, he spent a month in Nepal trekking to Everest Base Camp. For information about the ongoing adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, go to www.52withaview.com.

Join the Hudson River Fellows at a free lecture Thursday, July 24, at the Whitney Center at 7 p.m. "A Tour of the Notches: Following in the Footsteps of the White Mountain Artists." Take an arm-chair tour of the notches of the White Mountains through historic paintings, drawings, photographs and postcards as well as tourist guidebooks, maps, literature and poetry. Following in the footsteps of artists over the past several hundred years such as Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt and Benjamin Champney, this program explores the relationship between art, history and nature including the geological formations that attracted the artists, waterfalls, flora and fauna, the tools and techniques they used in their paintings, the routes and means in which they traveled and the history they captured such as farm and village life and legends and tales such as Chocorua's curse and the mysterious pictorial history of the Willey Side. Bob Cottrell is the Curator of the Nella Braddy Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library and the Executive Director of the Conway Historical Society. He is on the Board of the Tamworth Historical Society and serves as an independent history and museum consultant, (Curator for hire), website www.curator4hire.com. He is also a speaker with the New Hampshire Humanities Council and hhas a master's degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. He has worked at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., The Crowley Museum and Nature Center in Sarasota, Florida, the St. Petersburg Historical Museum also in Florida, the Conner Prairie Museum in Indiana and at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. In 1996, he became the founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth.

Summer programs are in full swing at the Jackson Library. Thursday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m., Storytime - "All About Shapes"; Thursday, July 24th 4:30-5:30pm, Legos at the Library. Come join in the building challenge.

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