Fryeburg Town Column: Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts to present HD broadcast of 'Rusalka' Feb. 25

The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts presents Met Opera Live in HD broadcast of "Rusalka" on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. Joe DeVito will be hosting his opera lecture series on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m.

Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting "Song to the Moon." Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvorák's fairy tale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.

White Mountain Cider Co. will be serving lunch in the lobby from noon to 1 p.m. Due to limited lunch seating, all tables are reserved for White Mountain Cider Co. customers.The estimated run time is three hours, 40 minutes with two intermissions. Tickets cost $26 for adults, $23 for seniors and $18 for students.

Freedom Town Column: Rebecca Rule to present ’Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire’ tonight

Don't miss this chance to hear author, storyteller and humorist Rebecca Rule tonight at the Town Hall at 7 p.m. Rule will be presenting her program, "Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire" which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the NH Humanities Council.

Children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to the library for an hour of fun on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. This week the theme is "Things that Go" with stories about cars, trucks and diggers and lots of songs and finger plays too, followed by a craft. Registration is not required, just come on down.

The next showing in the library's winter film series will be Sunday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. The film is "Remember," starring Christopher Plummer. Admission and popcorn are free. Stay afterward if you can for a free soup and bread supper and a chance to discuss the film.

Fire Chief Brooks announced that an ice fishing derby will be held at the Freedom Club beach on Loon Lake on Saturday, Feb. 25, ice conditions permitting. Cash prizes for the largest fish by weight will be awarded to winning contestants young and old, with lots of other cool prizes and drawings.

Team Rising Stars will host their next Trivia Night on Sunday, Feb. 26, (originally scheduled for Jan. 22). It will be held at the Calumet Conference Center in Freedom, starting at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person with teams up to eight players. The theme is Disney — some old, some new. Door prize, Raffle and Refreshments. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. If you have questions, contact Bonnie at (603) 539-3665 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The book club will be meeting on Monday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m. Join us for a discussion on this month's book "The Girl on the Train."

Support Project Graduation with a fundraiser at the Shannon Door in Jackson on Thursday, March 2, at 4 p.m. The Shannon Door will donate $1 from every pizza sold, eat in or take out. Additionally, there will be an auction and 50/50 raffle from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Stop by to enjoy a pizza, join the fun and help support Project Graduation, an all-night community funded chem-free celebration for the Kennett Graduating Class of 2017 on June 17, www.khsmwv.com/students/project-graduation-3.

Many thanks to the NH Astronomical Society which has donated a telescope to the library. It is a 4½ inch table top reflecting (Newtonian) telescope with very good optics and a convenient high quality zoom eyepiece. It is easy to carry, set up and use, and has a small pouch attached that contains most everything you will need to get started in astronomy. The telescope may be checked out of the library, just like a book.

Don't forget to submit drawings for the Freedom coloring book to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 30. Scheduled to be published and ready for sale by Rubber Ducky Day, the store is looking for 40 black and white drawings. The categories of drawings are limitless from realistic familiar Freedom places to fantasy to abstract to cartoons. Photographs that have been turned into black and white drawings will also be considered. This is meant to be a community creation coloring book to be sold at the store, your participation is needed. Art work can also be left at the store — leave your name and how to contact you with all work submitted.

Lisa Wheeler can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eaton Town Column: Candidates meet-and-greet reception March 12

Happy vacation week to all you students and teachers out there. The recent snowfalls have made for some dynamite skiing conditions, so go out and play in the snow. Try to enjoy the winter wonderland outside, especially with the warmer temperatures. Be safe when pulling out on the road with the high snowbanks. I think it looks beautiful.

For all Eaton residents and voters: You are invited to a meet-and-greet reception for all the candidates for town offices at Camp Hennigan (Elaine and Paul's house) at 59 Crystal Lake Road in Eaton on Sunday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. Stop by and get to know all the candidates.

Remember that the selectmen and town clerk's office will be open tonight (third Tuesday of the month); however the town clerks will be unable to process any motor vehicle registrations or renewals. The state Division of Motor Vehicles will be in the process of updating their software.

Entree specials for locals' night on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Max's Restaurant and Pub at the Snowvillage Inn include Max's Bistro Meatloaf with pan gravy and mashed potatoes; Cape Cod chips and bacon-crusted roast haddock with lemon aioli; and New Zealand lamb half rack with barley risotto and goat cheese. Be sure to mark your calendars for the next "What's Your Story?" on Wednesday, March 8. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. for folks to have dinner or appetizers and beverages. The theme for March 8 is "Honoring Your Past" and Sara Moore will again host the evening. Stories about who or what has impacted you in your life. Give the inn a call to reserve a table at (603) 447-2818.

This week's Watch It Wednesday movie night at the Inn at Crystal Lake is the romantic comedy, "When Harry Met Sally," tomorrow on Feb. 22. Because of last week's snow, this was rescheduled from Feb 15. Movie starts at 7 p.m. in the Palmer House Pub. No admission, but reservations are recommended (603-447-2120). This month's opera dinner at the Inn at Crystal Lake is this Thursday, Feb. 23, with the husband and wife soprano/tenor duo Rachele Schmiege and Stefan Barner. Both have performed at the Inn before, and it is sure to be an entertaining might of beautiful arias and duets. The cost is $60 per person and includes a four-course dinner. Call the Inn for reservations at (603) 447-2120.

I would like to congratulate three Eaton students for making the Kennett High's second-quarter honor roll: Honors to senior Noah Dubois, sophomore Taryn Dubois and freshman Callie MacIntyre. Let me know if I missed anyone.

It is hard for me to adequately express my sadness on the death of longtime Eaton resident, Leslie Snow Feron of Snowville. I have known Leslie and her husband, Louis Feron, who passed away in 1998 for 50 years. Many times I would go over to visit with them in their lovely home and speak French with Louis. Both Leslie and Louis were very accomplished artistically, Leslie with her paintings, drawings and lovely poems, and Louis as a renowned goldsmith, jeweler and sculptor. After Louis died, Leslie wrote a wonderful book called "A Voyage Remembered, with the Memoirs of Louis Feron." Because his notes over the years were in French, I helped Leslie translate them for the book. Those afternoons spent with her, poring over his remarkable memoirs will remain some of the most precious memories for me.

Hearing Leslie reciting poetry was amazing and completely mesmerizing. To say she always had a captive audience is an understatement. I think of how graceful she was after all her dance training, and I remember her dancing in the Eaton Day parade, dressed in a clown outfit. When she first met Louis they had to speak in mime because of the language difference, again graceful.

My favorite painting of hers is one of Louis in his artisan smock with his cup, hammers, and chisels in front of him. Truly an exceptional woman, and it was my honor to have known Leslie and Louis, and to have spent precious time with both of them. I would like to end with my favorite poem of Leslie's called "Afternoon:"

"Together we shall have our tea
Beneath this graceful linden tree
With leaves of hearts that shimmer
In a summer breeze
A breeze that filters sunshine through
Delighted by the sight of you
Relaxed with breaths of fragrant blooms
So dear to honey bees.
We'll sit here for an hour or so
And watch the humming birds and sky
And as the moving clouds go by
We'll dream our dreams and symphonize
The pleasing forms before our eyes
Beneath this graceful linden tree
The perfect place for you and me."

I will miss you, Leslie.

Huge thanks to all the town and private plow people, the roof shovelers, and all those who have done such a great job on our Eaton roads, our driveways, our roofs and our walkways. You've all been doing triple duty with all these storms. You are our heroes! Get some sleep now.

Nancy E. Williams can be contacted at (603) 447-5635.

 

Albany Town Column: Budget season in full swing

By Mary Leavitt and Dorothy Solomon
Due to the snowfall on Wednesday, the selectmen's meeting and the public hearing for the budget and warrant articles were postponed to Thursday.
The selectmen began their meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The selectmen voted to move their future Wednesday meetings to 5 p.m.
They continued to go over the budget that they would be presenting to those Albany residents who would attend the later meeting. The selectmen are limited to what they actually have jurisdiction over in the budget. That is only the municipal portion. The 2016 municipal budget was $12.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This year's budget is $17 per $1,000. (These figures, of course, do not include the school budget which brings the cost to the taxpayer up considerably.) Joe Ferris felt that the budget should include only those items that were need-based not want-based and thereby voted against the budget as presented.
Rob Nadler as chair of the Conservation Committee came to discuss his committee's budget. He also defended the North Country Council's budget request. He claimed that Albany has been helped a great deal by North Country Council over the years.