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Albany Town Column: Honey-Do Auction Saturday supports Habitat for Humanity

Happy Easter everyone.

Remember, the Selectmen's office will be closed on Monday, April 21.

On Tuesday, April 22, from 3 to 4 p.m. a representative from Senator Ayotte's office will be at town hall to meet with Albany citizens. If you would like schedule an appointment you can call Michael Scala at 752-7702. Otherwise, come down during the hour listed above.

Gibson Center: Are you interested in going to Washington, D.C.? There will be an informational meeting after lunch on Tuesday. Or, perhaps you're more into the arts. The Gibson bus will be going to the Currier Museum of Art on Wednesday. Call 356-3231 to reserve a seat. On Thursday, there's a Bingo/pizza party at 3 p.m. Bring a can as a donation to the Feinstein Challenge. Please call so they know how much pizza to order. Token prizes will be awarded to winners. And, on Friday there's a dance party at 2 p.m. Again, bring a can as a donation.

Library: The book sale continues all this week. On Monday at 10:15 a.m. the AM Book Group will meet. At 1 p.m. the Mount Washington Valley Jewish Community Group will meet. At 6:30 p.m. Michelle Delucia will talk about being Seed Wise. On Tuesday Story Time for Twos continues at 10:30 a.m. At 1 p.m. the Parkinson's Support Group will meet and at 4 p.m. there's a Plant a Seed Party. Wednesday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. it's Story Time for Babies. On Thursday at the same hour it's Story Time for Threes and Fours.

UNH Extension is still seeking volunteers to lead 4-H SPIN Clubs. If you have a talent or interest you'd like to share with the young people of this area, call 447-3834. A ServSafe course will be offered on May 13 at the Lemon Grass Restaurant in Moultonborough from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must pre-register by April 30. Go to https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm:event_id=15800.

Next Saturday, April 26, looks like a busy day. At 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post 46 on Tasker Hill Road there's a fund-raiser for Starting Home, the transitional housing project for homeless veterans. Come and learn about the program and help support it by participating in the Chinese auction. That's where lucky people can win prizes donated by local businesses by merely having their ticket chosen.

Then there's the Honey-Do Auction taking place at the Red Jacket from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening. There's a $30 charge that includes a buffet dinner and the opportunity to bid on items and services you'd like to have done. The bidding will be for professional services by local businesses. All proceeds go to Mount Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity and Educational programs. Thomas D. Troon and Sons will be conducting the auction.

But wait, there's also Contra Dancing at 7 p.m. at Ossipee Town Hall that evening. Music will be by Puckerbrush. No need to fret. The dance will be taught to you. For more information, call 539-6460.

Interested in stamp collecting? On Tuesday, April 29, the White Mountain Stamp Club will be at the home of Barbara Savary on Route 16 in Madison. Call 447-5461 for more information.

Every time I think the winter is finally over, down comes the snow. But whether it's in the 30s or in the 60s, it's still a good idea to get out and enjoy our wonderful valley. Have a great week.


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 05:07

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Tamworth Town Column: April is Clean up Tamworth Month


The Sandwich Animal Hospital will hold its annual rabies clinic on Saturday, April 19, at the Center Sandwich Fire Station, 1-3 p.m. Rabies vaccination will be $12. The clinic is available to pet owners in Sandwich and nearby towns. For more information please call the office at 284-6206.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt for Tamworth children grades 4 and under will take place on Saturday, April 19, and starts promptly at noon at K.A. Brett. The event is sponsored by the Tamworth Recreation Department.

Reverend Heidi Frantz Dale of St. Andrews in the Valley invites everyone to celebrate Easter. On Good Friday, April 18, the church will be open all day for prayer. From noon to 2 p.m meditations include Scripture readings psalms, and periods of silent prayer. Worshippers come and go as they wish. At 2 p.m. worshippers pray at the Stations of the Cross. On Friday evening at 7 p.m. the liturgy for Good Friday, will include a dramatized reading of the Passion according to John, solemn prayers, hymns, and communion from the reserved sacrament. On Saturday, April 19, at 8 pm the Great Vigil of Easter will be celebrated. The fire outside the main door of the church will be kindled, the Paschal Candle blessed, and the congregation process into the darkened church with candles to hear stories of salvation history. The service continues with the Easter Proclamation announced with much bell-ringing and the first Eucharist of Easter. You are invited to bring bells. On Easter Sunday service will be at 10 a.m. for festivity with pipe organ, choir, hymns, preaching, communion, and rejoicing at the affirmation of the continuation of life after death.

April  is  "Clean up Tamworth  Month" organized by Brett School students and staff, in preparation for Valley Pride Day on May 3.
The school is helping Tamworth folks to register their cleaning efforts of a road or trail area in Tamworth. There is a map posted in the school cafeteria hallway to highlight areas as they are cleared. Please spread the word that April is "Clean up Tamworth" month.  Registration is necessary so that town crew know where to retrieve the trash bags for proper disposal.

On Saturday, April 19, at 9:30 a.m. at the Tamworth Lyceum, TCNA will present an educational program "Eat Like a Caveman" and "Diabetic Diet" featuring Marie Veselsky, RD, LD, CDE, BC-ADM - Registered Dietician. I can attest that Marie's TCNA sponsored presentations are always most helpful and she is very informative and easy to understand.

There will be a public hearing on the Butler Bridge which goes across the Swift River, on April 22 at the Tamworth Townhouse.  The bridge crosses the Swift River and between Route 113 and Old Route 25 in Whittier.  The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

Service Link Aging and Disability Referral Service Center of Carroll County will host an informative gathering on Thursday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sununu Room of the Tri-County Cap Building on Route 16 in Chocorua. Director Janet Hunt and newly hired staff will be there to meet members of the community and indicate how they can be helped. Referral assistance is given on long term care options, veterans' services, insurance, health insurance, and the Health Insurance Market Place. For information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 323-2023

Richard and Marion Posner will give a presentation on the preservation and compilation of family archives: " Ways of passing family history down the generations" on April 30 at 7 p.m. at Runnells Hall, Chocorua, sponsored by the Tamworth Historical society. Family history includes genealogical charts, vital documents (birth, marriage death) letters, photographs, children's writings and paintings, school books and many items of ephemera including receipts, tickets, postcards, of little monetary value but of great interest to future generations. The Posners have been running their own private school, Tamworth Learning Circles, for many years and also Snapdragon Theatre Productions. a children's theatre company. Richard is a noted historian and academic, and Marion's diverse talents include storytelling, and she is Chocorua Public Library's beloved librarian. Families can compile records using electronic methods including CDs and may include furniture, clothing, homes, and information of particular interest to descendants such as trivial information and anecdotes about individual family members. Marion Posner believes that stories are a vital part of passing along family history. She will tell her own stories of summers with her grandmother on Great Hill Road.

On May 31, at the library, Carroll County Altrusa and The Friends of Cook Memorial Library are holding a joint perennial plant sale in front of the library to benefit their respective organizations. If you divide your perennials, please donate extras to the sale: pot, label them with information on species , color, sun or shade preferences and drop them off at Robinson Company on Chinook Trail in Tamworth (268 Chinook Trail). Your plants will go to good homes, beautify Tamworth and support two great causes. Popsicle sticks make good labels and are available at the library. If you pot the plants by mid May, they will adjust to their new environment before the sale. For more information go on :FoCMLhttp://tamworthlibrary.org/about/friends, and Altrusa http://carrollcountyaltrusa.blogspot.com/For drop off location call Diane at 387-7395 For pickup call Sue at 323-9717.

New Hampshire's Young Adult Library Services Association, in collaboration with the National Collaborative Summer Library Program, has announced that Tamworth's Willa Canfield, daughter of Chris Canfield and Juno Lamb, is the New Hampshire winner of the 2014 Teen Video Challenge. This is a national competition to encourage teens to create public service announcements to encourage reading and public library use during summer vacation.This year's theme was "Spark a Reaction." Willa's video notes that reading "makes you think. It not only sparks a reaction, but sparks a fire that ignites inside of you." Entries were judged on creativity, message clarity, relevance, motivation, inspiration, and overall impact. For hard work and creativity, Willa will receive a monetary award of $275. Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, will receive prizes worth $125. Willa's video will join other state winners as official National Collaborative Summer Library Program 2014 Teen Video Champions, and will promote summer reading across the United States. Congratulations to Willa!

 If you would like to learn about using Indieflix to stream documentary videos stop by Cook Memorial Library on April 22 at 6 p.m. for a quick tutorial. Information about the Indieflix streaming service is on Cook Memorial Library's website: http://tamworthlibrary.org and click on the Indieflix logo on the home page. Log on with your library card number, create a username and password, and start watching indie films.

The Cook Memorial Library is one of 2,300 bookstores and libraries supporting World Book Night 2014. On April 23, Shakespeare's birthday, 25,000 volunteers from all over America will give away half a million free books to light readers and non-readers in more than 6,000 towns and cities. Cook is serving as a community base for givers, receiving the books that they will be giving out and providing useful resources. If you have questions, check out the World Book Night website at www.us.worldbooknight.org, give us a call at 323-8510, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by the library.

Items for this column may be sent to Ann McGarity at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or phone 323-7065.



Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 04:25

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Effingham Town Column: Rebecca Rule to spin a tale or two

Friday Night: That would be tonight, you may not know it but there is something to do this Friday Night. Get in your car and head over to the Effingham Historical Building at the end of Old Pound Road, get there by 7 p.m., find a seat and wait with pleasure for Ms. Rebecca Rule to start spinning her stories. A promise can be made that it will be a wonderful evening. Seriously get in your car and go. It can be guaranteed that there is nothing better to do in Effingham that night. Ms. Rule's abilities to charm a smile, provoke a laugh, instigate participation and weave a story are proven facts. There is actually only one way not to enjoy her tales and that is to stay home. Do not make this mistake. That car you own costs a fortune, put it to good use.

Proof of spring: We all may be able to recall just last week the brief indicator we had of spring. This memory may be a bit clouded by the recent snow and once again frozen puddles, but there are other indicators that winter is over. One of these indicators is the "open" flag hanging in front of Bobby Sue's Ice Cream stand; a very welcome sign it is too. But that's not all, another sign that seasons are a changing is the Lord's Hill Meeting House's annual geranium sale. There is a deadline if you want to order your plants. You need to contact either 539-5456 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and place your order by April 30 for delivery on May 24 at the group's annual yard/ plant and bake sale. We can only hope that there will be no more frosts after the 24th. Again this year two varieties of geraniums are available, the "regular" geranium and the Martha Washington variety, but this year you also can choose either a simple potted plant or a hanging basket.

The blessing of bird song in the morning is another of spring's indicators. Hearing the crystal sound of the purple finch in the morning is a sure way to start the day right, the sound of robins and chickadees singing to gold finches are no shabby thing either, and the morning doves add just the right counter point to it all. Sounds are one thing but watching it all happen with friends and neighbors adds an increased measure of pleasure. So don't forget that on April 22 you can meet at the library at 9:30 a.m. to chat with others and then head out at 10 a.m. to the Larry Leavitt and Watt's Audubon Preserves to do a little bird watching. For more information call 539-1537

Souper report: ParSem's annual Souper Supper was a hit. The folks were hungry the food plentiful and the line for seconds, thirds and fourth proved everything to be delicious. Now if you missed this event and are kicking yourself for the fact rest easy because the annual Chocolate Sunday will take place May 4. More on this as the time draws nearer, but penciling it in now is a good idea so you don't schedule yourself out of it between now and then. Just remember the key word here is "chocolate."

Send your news to Henry Spencer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 539-4964.


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Library Connection: Special heavy equipment story time April 17

Once again the Town of Conway Maintenance Crew is gonna make your day. Vehicle enthusiasts of all ages are invited to heavy equipment story time on Thursday, April 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Conway Public Library. Who knows what they'll pull out of the garage this time? Don't miss it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:03

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Bartlett Town Column: Busy week planned at the Bartlett Congregational Church

After celebrating a joyous Palm Sunday at the Bartlett Congregational Church, Pastor Norma Brettell has a busy week planned. On Maundy Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. a service of Tennebrae (candlelight service of lessons) will be held at the Bartlett Church. Volunteers will read selected scripture as the candles are extinguished. This will be followed by a Good Friday Vigil at the church where everyone is invited to participate in silent prayer throughout the day. That evening an ecumenical Community Service will be held at the Madison Church at 7 p.m. at 55 Conway Road in Madison. Sunday, April 20, Pastor Norma's special Easter worship service will be "There You Will See Him." It is hoped "There we will see many of you!" Save time on the weekend of May 3 and 4 for cleanup/community service on May 3, worship service May 4 at 10 a.m. and a delicious meal at Cabin Fever as they host us in our fundraising efforts from 4 p.m. until closing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 03:52

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