Albany Town Column: Annual Albany Picnic is planned for July 29

On Saturday, June 17, Kennett High School held its commencement exercises. The graduates and their families were fortunate that the weather worked in their favor as the event was outdoors.

The program started with the symphonic band playing “Pomp and Circumstance.” Maya Bernier, senior class vice-president (and Albany resident) led the audience in the “Pledge of Allegiance.” The program continued with music, addresses by students and Principal Neal Moylan (an Albany resident), diplomas awarded to graduates (Albany’s Nick Carrier among those going into service; he’s joining the Navy) and ended with the recessional “Pomp and Circumstance” and the graduates tossing their hats in the air. It was a lovely ceremony and gave reason to be proud of our young people.

At the Wednesday selectmen’s meeting, Selectman Rick Hiland congratulated Kathy Vizzard on her 10th year working for the town. The selectmen gave her flowers.

Peter Howland, representing the logging company doing work in the Passaconaway Road area, came by to give selectmen an update on the project. They expect to be completed by next year. Afterward, the selectmen will be looking toward repairing the road.

The selectmen reported that they had looked at the buildings in the Albany Forest that they thought the farmers could use for their plows, but they are not in good shape and lack electricity. Plowing the area around the buildings would also be difficult. It doesn’t appear to be feasible at this time to use the buildings.

The selectmen also discussed semi-annual billing. It appears to be more involved and costly than expected, but given that tax anticipation note rates are increasing they are continuing to look into the costs.

Rick reported that the planning board will meet with Chelsea, the new secretary, to straighten out the problem with the computer. They will also update their website information.

Steve Knox spoke to selectmen regarding grants that are available for projects the selectmen may be interested in. North Country Council has a committee that can help Albany get funding for projects like a neighborhood watch.

The annual Albany Picnic is scheduled for July 29. Once again, Kathy Carrier will be in charge of the proceedings, but she can use some assistance. If you are available to help, call her at (603) 447-4979.

A reminder that next Wednesday’s meeting, June 28, will begin at 4 pm. to accommodate the member from the DOT who will be attending.

World Fellowship: Sunday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. Sean Carney shares information about his five months in North Dakota: “Standing with Standing Rock.”

Gibson Center: Call the center (603-356-3231) if you’d like to join them on two trips: one leaving Tuesday, June 27, for Old Orchard Beach Seaside Pavilion to see New Legacy Swing Band and the other on Thursday, June 20, to catch the Sea Dogs vs NH Fisher Cats. The weekend of July 1 and 2, the craft fair returns to the center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check it out.

Library: Monday, June 26, at 1 p.m., there’s Tai Chi, and at 5 p.m., Beginning Spanish for Adults. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., it’s Story Time for Twos, and at 6 p.m., join the Teen Writing Group. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., it’s Story Time for Wee Ones, and at 4 p.m. the garden club meets.

On Thursday at 10:30 a.m., it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours, and at 11 a.m., there’s Yoga for Kids and Caregivers. Friday at 3 p.m., there’s Turning Pages for middle schoolers.

Carol Munroe participated this past weekend with her son and daughter-in-law in the Relay for Life in Boston. Thanks for doing that!

Our condolences to the family of Tom Croteau who recently passed. Tom’s parents lived on Bald Hill.

A wish for a happy 58th anniversary (June 27) to my husband, Stan Solomon. Where have all those years gone?

The weekend is expected to be lovely, so get out and enjoy. Have a great week.

Tamworth Town Column: Barnstormers to open summer season with 'Spamalot'

Come along for the first Family Garden Night of the season at Brett School from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, and work on tasks suitable for all ages and abilities. Families will be able to take home a share of the day’s harvest. If you plan to come email Hannah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This summer, Cook Memorial Library offers a chance to read and relate your own road trip stories in a two-part series facilitated by Nathanial Winship. The introduction will be on June 28 at 7 p.m., where you are invited to borrow a road trip book from a collection at the library, read it during the summer, and discuss how you would create your own road trip narrative. The follow-up meeting will be on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m., where participants will share reviews about the books they have read, share your own experiences and listen to those of others.

The Barnstormers opens next week with the acclaimed Monty Python hit “Spamalot” Thursday, June 29, through Saturday, July 8. The original production was nominated for 14 Tony awards, and hailed by The New Yorker as a “no-holds-barred smash hit.” There is some mildly suggestive behavior and one swear word. Get your tickets by calling the box office at (603) 323-8500

The rest of Barnstormers season includes “The Ghost Train” by Arnold Ridley from July 13 to July 22; “My Three Angels” by Samuel and Bella Spenack from July 27 to Aug. 5; “Towards Zero” by Agatha Christie from Aug. 10 to 19; “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry from Aug. 27 to Sept. 2. For more information, visit www.barnstormerstheatre.org or call the box office.

Registration for the Tamworth Swim Program will be held at White Lake Beach on Thursday, June 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. If you need additional information, call (603) 986-7873. The Tamworth Swim Program has a Facebook page.

Staying active is a key component for the health and well being of seniors. On Thursday, June 29, from 10 to 11 a.m., The Mug Community Cafe at Chocorua Community Church presents guest speaker Dr. Jack Haddam, owner of Lakeside Physical Therapy and Fitness Center of Route 16 in Tamworth, who will address this timely subject. The public is welcome and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the church at (603) 323-7186.

The Tamworth summer contra dance series begins at the Tamworth Town House from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, and continues every Saturday through Sept. 2. The cost is $7 for adults and teens and $3 for children under 13. Events are family-friendly and all dances are taught. Following is a list of scheduled musicians: July 1, Gale Wood and String Equinox; July 8, Dudley Laufman and friends; July 15, Gale Wood and String Equinox; July 22, Dudley Laufman and friends; July 29, Gale Wood and String Equinox; Aug. 5, Byron Ricker and Puckerbrush; Aug. 12, Gale Wood and String Equinox; Aug. 19, Byron Ricker and Puckerbrush; Aug. 26, Dudley Laufman and friends; Sept. 2, Eric Rollnick and Puckerbrush.

There’s still time to sign up for Cook Memorial Library’s summer reading program, beginning July 1. There will be popsicles for weekly prizes this year and grand prizes for those who finish the program and enjoy six weeks of fun reading.

Saturday craft fairs begin on July 1 and run through Aug. 26 at the Tamworth Town House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is still available and table rental fee is $10. Contact Barbara at (603) 340-3283 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to request a table rental form.

A reminder that Concerts by the River, the always popular summer series of musical events behind The Other Store in Tamworth village, starts up on July 2 with The Starlight Honeys, followed on July 9 by Hans and Tom and the Stafford kids. On July 16, hear the lively Celtic sounds of the White Mountain Ceili Band; on July 23 Cindy Duchin and the Yankee Swap entertains; on July 30 there will be the Bangkok Disco Jazz Band; Aug 6 is the Mango Groove Steel Drum Band; and lastly on Aug. 13, High Range. The concerts are free with donations gratefully accepted. Concert goers laze on the lawn on their own blankets or folding chairs or sit under umbrellas on the store’s spacious deck, with a great view of the stage. Drinks and ice-cream are available inside the store.

The Tamworth Recreation Department hosts a new Facebook page with details of sponsored events, including the always spectacular Family Day on July 4. The times are as follows: 10 a.m., parade registration at The Town Office; 11 a.m., parade from Town House to Brett School; noon, music, games, food and activities; 7 p.m., The Jon Sarty Band, food and games; 9:30 p.m., fireworks. Plan to support this one-day event by participating in the parade with a float representing your business, non-profit or family. If you can’t participate in the parade, join in the post-parade activities at the Brett School or watch the parade from the roadside. Remember to post your pictures of the parade on the Tamworth Recreation Department’s Facebook page.

Cook Memorial Library’s seventh annual fun race in Tamworth Village celebrates Independence Day starting at 8:30 a.m. at Ordination Rock on Cleveland Hill Road. Pick up at forms from Cook Memorial Library or downloaded them from the website at tamworthlibrary.org. Runners may register prior to the race beginning at 7 a.m. at the Brett School. Participants must check in at the school between 7 and 8 a.m. on race day. Proceeds from the $15 registration go to the library. Thanks to The Tamworth Lyceum and Tamworth Distillery and Mercantile for donations of commemorative bandanas for the participants.

Remick Farm & Museum presents a “Summer Thyme Herbal Retreat” on Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9. This is an immersive learning experience led by the museum’s herbalist Carole Felice. Learn the many ways of bringing herbal medicine into your life; practice methods of harvesting and drying; make infusions, tinctures and salves. The event includes instruction materials; products made during the workshop, time to explore, two farm-to-table lunches and Saturday dinner. The cost is $275 or $225 for museum members. For reservations and information, call (603) 323-7591.

The Chocorua Public Library presents an olive oil tasting event on July 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Library Director Marion Posner says: “We will enter the sunny groves of Italy, Greece and beyond, learning about the age old art of tasting and the subtleties that influence the flavors and taste and contemplate upon the new diversity of oils from various countries.”

If you would like some wicker for your home or camp, I hear that there are several items available at the U-Used Thrift Store in the basement of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes Church.

The store, which displays many items of both useful and decorative items for sale, will be open during the Tamworth Farmers’ Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A service for beloved Tamworth resident Charlotte Dyer, who died in early spring, will take place at Ordination Rock Cemetery, 1 p.m., on July 8. Presiding interim minister Reverend Caroline Hines from St. Andrews in the Field will officiate at the burial of ashes. Immediately after the service, Charlotte’s friends and family will gather at The Tamworth Historical Center, formerly the long time home of the Dyer family. RSVP Charles Dyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Effingham Town Column: Effinhgam Street Fair is Saturday

The Effinhgam Street Fair is Saturday, June 24, starting at 9 a.m. and running through 2 p.m.

Thought you had nothing to do on the 24th? Well, sometimes you are just wrong. Family games, food, music, a bit more food, crafts, historic building with guided tours, a snack or two, and much to do.

The street from the intersection of Town House Road and Route 153 up to Corner Road will be closed to traffic, the Masonic Murals open for viewing, the historical society museum and, of course, the old Grange Hall will all be open for your enjoyment.

Here’s the big hint: Bring the kids, bring the kids, bring the kids; oh, and an appetite, too. There was a time when a fair wasn’t about spending the life out of $50 to go on huge mechanical rides and more about simply getting together to be happy. The Effingham Preservation Society’s Street Fair is the best chance you will get to harken, I always wanted to use that word, back to times that were not only simpler but possibly just plain better than what we have today. The only way you can decide if this is true is to show up and have a great time.

The library is giving most of its extra programs a summer vacation. The time freed up will be used to promote and run the summer reading program for kids. Instilling the love of reading seems a pretty fair use of the library’s time. The program will commence July 18 and end Aug. 11, with two activity days per week throughout.

The theme for this year is “Build a Better World.” Times for the activity programs are every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. and Fridays mornings at 11 a.m. Registration for the summer program is open until July 14. Those who have delved into books will recognize the date as Bastille Day.

All that said, there is still the community garden to help with for those who have aged themselves out of literature for young people but still want to contribute to the library and all its functions within our community. Check out the webpage for more info on everything.

July 1 isn’t all that far away, and with it comes our annual Holiday in Effingham.

The plans this year still call for Ye Old Sale Shoppee to form one of the centers of the day. The South Effingham Church Giant Pie Sale will be held in Mr. Taylor’s field. This rather enticing list: apple, pecan, blueberry, strawberry-rhubarb, lemon meringue, pumpkin and fudge could be seen as a list of elf or Smurf names but is actually what can be expected on the pie-ladened tables. The preservation society will also be participating with its annual and justifiably famous Straw-Berry Short Cake Party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The society will also be offering produce from local garden, a bit of flea market fun and a good supply of the usual fare for sale. For more information, call (603) 539-7178

As many know, Bill Taylor’s shoppe was struck by a fast-moving car. As the store is not designed for drive-through traffic, the damage was extensive, but substantial work has been done to repair the damage so the July 1 Holiday In Effingham should find everything ready.

Bill has asked that mention of his deep gratitude for everyone who has assisted in getting through the aftermath of the accident and the many, many offers to help be here extended. Particular thanks were given to the Effingham Fire and Police departments and Carroll County Sheriffs Office. Thank you all. If there is anything like a silver lining to this, it would be the proof of just what so many are willing to do to help others. It can’t be said these offers to help come as a surprise, but confirmation of how we offer to help each other is always nice to see. Again, Bill wants all to know how touched he has been by the support and assistance coming from our community.

Contact Henry Spencer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 539-4964.

Library Connection: 'Build a Better World' reading program to start July 5

School is out, the sun is gracing us with its warm splendor, and beach reads are already flying out the door of the Conway Public Library like hot cakes. There is a lot happening this summer at the library to celebrate reading for all ages.

"Build a Better World" is the theme of the annual summer reading program for 2017 and will run from July 5 to Aug. 18. This theme will encourage library patrons to be inspired to make a difference in their communities by making connections, helping others, learning through reading, taking part in library programs, and reaping rewards for these already enjoyable activities with a variety of generous prizes.

Little pre-readers are encouraged to read with their caregivers every day. Each week, they can build a better community by placing stickers on their reading logs or bringing canned goods to donate to the local food pantry in exchange for a free book.

Independent youth readers are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes every day while keeping track of their time spent reading. There will be prizes available in the beginning just for signing up for the program and bigger prizes once reading goals will be achieved in August. In addition, all children and their caregivers are invited to attend 'Build a Better World' programs that occur every Wednesday evening.

The kick-off event with professionals from our local Nike store will help "build a better you" with fun fitness challenges. In the following weeks, families can learn about recycling, building with real construction materials, butterflies, beekeeping, beavers and community helpers and emergency responders. All program listings are found on the Conway Public Library online calendar, newsletters, newspaper calendars, Facebook posts, radio, or through personal inquiries at the library.

The teen summer reading challenge is in the form of a bingo sheet containing literacy and community-building activities like, reading from a variety of genres and themes, exploring music, writing a story or poem, making donations to local organizations with time or goods, attending museums, and more. For every bingo sheet completed, teens will be entered into a drawing for a gift card from a popular store.

Adults who want to build a better world are encouraged to complete two book reviews from books read over the summer or a community connections challenge (both outlines provided at the library) in exchange for a generous prize donated by a local business. All prizes fit the theme of building a better world in some way (if for no other reason than bringing joy) and will be in a surprise grab bag.

For information about more free programs offered to people of all ages through the library, call (603) 447-5552, sign up for our newsletter and check the online calendar at conwaypubliclibrary.org, visit the Conway Public Library and Kids and Teens at the Conway Library Facebook pages or look for announcements in local news outlets. Better yet, stop in and talk to a friendly librarian who would love to help.