The Tamworth Farmers’ Market is now open each Saturday for the summer.
Be sure to visit this week and see: Bob Streeter selling yoghurt, cheese and milk; Harold Cook with honey and homemade vinegar — said to cure almost anything; Peggy De Long behind her jams, jellies,wool, lamb and baked goods; Helen Steele, wool, baked goods and vegetables; White Gates Farms with vegetables and meat; and Booty Farm’s amazing array of offerings. Others sell tomato plants and peppers, honey, eggs, and Peg Loughran is back with her Sunny Side Bread. UUFES Meeting House sells delicious coffee, and tables are set up to allow tired shoppers to enjoy the ambience and gentle breeze. On a sad note, I miss the aroma of Jennifer Buzzell’s amazing baked goods and savory pies, gone forever, a fond, delicious memory. RIP Grammy.
The Friends of Cook Memorial Library will sell calendar raffle tickets at the farmers market on the next two Saturdays to support the Friends and Altrusa. Three names will be drawn on June 3 during the plant sale outside the library. One ticket gives 30 chances to win. Many thanks to businesses and individuals who donated gift certificate and prizes: Hobbs, Yankee Smokehouse, Flatbread Company, Remick Farm and Museum, Bearcamp Garden, Heidi Engman, Anthony Marrone, Diane and Bruce Robinson, The Other Store and The Sap House Meadery. The Saint Andrew’s-in-the-Valley hosts its first annual yard sale this Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Memorial Day weekend is famous for a variety of activities, the most important of which is honoring our veterans. The first outdoor barbecues are being planned, as well as yard sales, an important factor in helping people to empty their lives of clutter, make a little money and most importantly recycle unwanted items. Saint Andrew’s-in-the-Valley hosts its yard sale Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rent a space, 6 feet wide, including a 4-foot table, or bring your own. To reserve your space, call David Manley at (603) 733-6961
Remember to save Sunday, June 11, for one of the most beloved gastronomical events of the Tamworth social calendar. “Taste of The Valley” benefits Bearcamp Valley School and Children’s Center. More than 14 eateries will offer items from their menu in the upstairs event room at Hobbs Restaurant in West Ossipee. It’s always a wonderful occasion, with much camaraderie, fun and great food. Boy Scout Troop 151 will assist in serving, setting up and cleaning. You can obtain tickets by going on www.Eventbrite.com and pay by credit card or by calling the school at (603) 323-8300. There are a wide range of prices and bargains to accommodate everyone.
Celebrate Life Cancer Survivor Network (CLCSN) is holding its fourth annual “Walk for Cancer” on June 17 at 10 a.m. on the track at Cub Motorsports on Route 25 in Tamworth .The network provides financial assistance to families in our area affected by cancer. CLCSN is a 501(c)3 recognized public benefit, charitable organization so all donations are tax deductible and funds raised go to help families in in southern Carroll County. Information on the walk is on its website.
When you tire of yard sales on Saturday, be sure to stop by the Tamworth History Center opening with a reception from 4 to 6 pm. The history center’s new exhibits include: “Early Days at The Barnstormers,” “Leaving” and “Stories of Family and Love of Tamworth,” from the descendants of Dr. Joseph Boyden. Refreshments will be served, and for memorabilia lovers, vintage bargains at the shed sale, so save money for this!
That talented and popular Chocorua couple, Rev. Kent and Betty Schneider have some announcements: Betty runs Scandinavian Baking, an enterprise that has received media attention and won recent awards and recognition.
On the first and third Saturdays of each month for the remainder of 2017, from noon to 1 p.m., Betty will serve complimentary slices of her amazing Scandinavian Almond Cake in appreciation for her customers and to celebrate Scandinavian Baking’s 10th anniversary. This traditional custom, known as fika is still practiced in Sweden today.
Rev. Kent Schneider invites local residents to a Jazz Communion Service, Sunday, June 4, at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in downtown Farmington. He will lead the service, and play trumpet, with Betty Schneider on drums. A seven-piece jazz band will play familiar hymns such as “Let Us Break Bread Together,” “Amazing Grace” and some new hymns Pastor Kent has written including “There’s a Church Within Us.” Take Route 16 douth to Route 151, which takes you into Union and Farmington. For more information go to the church’s Facebook page at www.farmingtonnhucc.org.
In addition to usual Sunday services, Tamworth Congregational Church in the village holds prayer meetings on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. On Sunday, June 4, the church hosts a non-certified CPR class starting at 11:30 a.m. The class reviews the procedures of using an AED as well as CPR. If anyone needs to have their present CPR license renewed or wishes to obtain a CPR license, arrangements may be made at that time. In case of an emergency, this class would protect you under the “Good Samaritan Law.” Steve Gray will be the instructor.
Rose Ricker, owner of Rosie’s Restaurant on Route 16, has an announcement: “I am elated to announce that my staff and I have won the three categories that we received Best of Mount Washington Valley nominations for! Because of you and our amazing crew we proudly accepted The Best Family Restaurant, Best Breakfast Restaurant and The Best Overall Restaurant in The Mount Washington Valley! This is honestly one of our proudest moments and we will continue to strive everyday to deliver the best possible experience we can! Again thank you.” Congratulations to Rosie and her staff.
An ongoing issue for the Division of Parks and Recreation (under the state Department of Resources and Economic Development) concerning Irene’s Way, the roadway that many residents consider to be the back entrance to White Lake State Park from Depot Road, is coming to a head. Last summer, signs appeared indicating “No Parking” almost up to the water. This prompted research concerning who owns the road. Phil Bryce, director of the division, David Krause of the state Land Management Bureau, and Arthur Charbonneau, park manager at White Lake State Park, met with the selectmen at their meeting on May 4.
The topic of access was brought up by Bryce stating that they were considering placing a gate on Irene’s Way to control access to the lake during normal hours of White Lake State Park operations, meaning that access from Irene’s Way would only be open when White Lake was open. There would be no swimming allowed in that area.
At the May 18 meeting, a resident, who has moored his boat at White Lake for a number of years, said that DRED was turning White Lake into a DRED lake, one in which the state of New Hampshire claims to own all property in contact with the lake and to have the sole right to determine what access is allowed.
Additionally, this allows the state to decide for the entire lake. While this resident was mooring his boat for this season, he was informed that he was trespassing on the property and that his boat could be seized if it were not removed.
This was a surprise to both the selectmen and the public. White Lake has always been classified as an open lake. As of May 18 it seems to have become a DRED lake or closed lake subject to state of New Hampshire rules for access.
The selectmen have reached out to the town’s state representatives for a meeting. The meeting will be June 1 at 4 p.m. at town hall. Representatives, including Mark McConkey (R-Freedom) and Ed Butler (D-Hart’s Location), are expected to attend, and it’s hoped that Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) and Rep. Jerry Knirk (D-Freedom) will also be able to come.
Please take this opportunity to voice your support for Tamworth residents to maintain access to White Lake from Irene’s Way. If you have any information concerning the use of Irene’s Way by Tamworth residents in the past, please share it with the selectmen.
I occasionally take my canoe to Irene’s Way to the lake and would be disappointed if it were to close.
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