Tamworth Town Column: Farmers market opens for summer

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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Gibson Gleanings: Craft fair this weekend

Some friends and I visited a lovely greenhouse in Waterford, Maine, last Sunday. There was a wonderful selection of flowers, herbs, vegetables and hanging baskets.

I ended up with a spectacular hanging basket (a gift from two friends), some yellow grape tomatoes and five geranium plants. The basket is now hanging off my front railing, but the other plants are still sitting in the front yard. I’m waiting for that perfect day when the sun is out but the bugs aren’t!

Our annual Memorial Day Craft Fair will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once again Karen has a varied selection of crafters coming and they will display all their spectacular wares on the Gibson front lawn. It looks like the weather will be perfect — though chilly — after Friday’s rain so we hope you will come and show your support for Gibson. It’s a great way to enjoy downtown North Conway and get some birthday or pre-Christmas shopping done at the same time. See you there.

Don’t forget to visit our website at www.gibsoncenter.org or stop by the front desk and ask Penny for the latest newsletter. Have a great weekend and God bless.

This week

Monday, May 29: Gibson Center closed in celebration of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 30: Strength, Balance & Stretch resumes at 10 a.m. in the activity room. Lunch is served at our Silver Lake Landing meal site at noon.

Wednesday, May 31: A program for the visually impaired will begin at 10 a.m. in the social room. Wii games run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the activity room. Game day begins at 12:30 p.m. in the activity room. The Caring for the Caregiver program starts at 12:30 p.m. in the social room. Board the bus at 3 p.m. for River Dance.

Thursday, June 1: Computer class with Debbie by appointment. Call (603) 356-3231. Belly dance class begins at 9 a.m. in the activity room. Chair Exercise starts at 10:30 a.m. in the activity room. Bingo Fun Day starts at 12:30 p.m. in the activity room. Tai Ji Quan class — moving for better balance — begins at 4 p.m. in the activity room.

Friday, June 2: Strength, Balance & Stretch starts at 10 a.m. in the activity room.

Menu: Monday: Memorial Day — Gibson closed, Tuesday: Hamburger Stroganoff, Wednesday: Turkey pot pie, Thursday: pork stew with leeks and tomato, Friday: Salisbury steak.

Albany Town Column: Bike club to help repair trails

A reminder: Town offices will be closed Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.  Should you have a need to speak to someone at the office and find it closed, you can call Rick Hiland at (603) 447-4833.

The selectman’s meeting on Wednesday was rather short. Among the issues dealt with was the town’s application for  an $800,000 tax anticipation note from the bank. TAN money would be used only if there was not enough money available to cover town bills. This possibility could come about if tax money has not come in before bills arrive. This is one reason selectmen have been discussing changing the fiscal year or going to a twice a year taxation.

Selectman Rick Hiland reported that the new planning board secretary is working out well. Leah Valladares has resigned from the planning board due to conflicts in time. She is willing, however, to sit on the zoning board.

Selectman Cathy Ryan reported that the Conservation Commission has been offered a donation by NEMBA (a bike club) of about $500 in materials and labor to repair trails and culverts. The selectmen voted to accept the offer.

Waldorf School: Students in grades seven and eight are going on a class trip to Washington, D.C., at the end of the month. From 10 a.m. to noon every day until June 1, parents and caregivers are invited to bring children ages 2-6 to the school for a fun morning of story time, bread making and a puppet show. This is an opportunity to get an idea of what a Waldorf education is all about.

World Fellowship: If you have time starting Sunday to lend a hand planting flower beds, moving furniture and cleaning indoors and out, you can be part of the fun before the season opening of World Fellowship. Bring get-dirty clothes and  a swimsuit. Food will be provided as well as music, singing, charades and parlor games.

Gibson Center: Call (603) 356-3231 to make arrangements for home pick up for the N.H. Association for the Blind event on Wednesday, May 31. Make a note to attend Edward Beasley’s presentation on June 13 regarding finances for those needing to go to a nursing home. There’s a great deal to learn about the cost and how to pay. The program is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  Call (603) 356-3231 to register.

Library: The library is closed on Monday. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos followed at 6 p.m. with the Teen Writing Group meeting. On Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones at 10:30 a.m. and at 4 p.m. choose either the Garden Club meeting or the Lego Club meeting. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours.

UNH Ext: The Green Mountain Conservation Group will hold a Wildlife and Conservation Round Table on Wednesday, May 31, from 6-8 p.m., at Runnels Hall/Chocorua Public Library in Chocorua. Learn what’s new in wildlife and conservation efforts and get an overview of the 2015 Wildlife Action Plan updates and discuss actions communities can take.

Mountain Top Music is selling tickets for the dollhouse that has been in the window at the Bolduc Block. Tickets are $10 for one, $35 for five and $50 for 10. All proceeds go to support Mountain Top Music. The drawing will be held on June 11 at the MTMC Community Orchestra concert being presented at Tin Mountain.

On May 27 Center Conway Fire Department is running a community yard sale.  Donations will be accepted. The sale is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Happy birthday wishes to Stan Solomon.  He’s celebrating this weekend with his son Jay and family.  

Here’s hoping for a lovely Memorial Holiday weekend.  Have a great week!

Conway Public Library welcomes technology specialist Cheryle ONeill

The Conway Public Library has a new staff member. Cheryle ONeill specializes in technology. Prior to moving to the Mount Washington Valley, ONeill worked as a technical writer for a computer-aided design software company. She will be available to assist patrons with their technology needs.

Whether it is figuring out tablet, computer and smartphone features or creating and saving documents and presentations, help is available. She looks forward to getting to know the Conway Library patrons and staying current with her skills. Please stop in to the library and ask for ONeill if you would like to get your questions answered.