Albany Town Column: Primary brings out many new voters

By Mary Leavitt and Dorothy Solomon
Tuesday was primary day, and there was a great deal of enthusiasm. Thirty-seven new voters turned up to vote. A total of 302 voters came to the polls, which is almost 50 percent of the total number of people who live in Albany. The breakdown is as follows. There were 139 people who voted for Republicans in the following order: Trump 54, Kasich 24, Bush 19, Rubio 15, Cruz 13, Christie 6, Fiorina 6, Paul 1 and Witz 1. There were 163 votes on the Democratic side with Sanders getting 107 votes, Clinton getting 53 votes and one vote each to Lovitt, Schwass, and Supreme.

Jackson Town Column: Library program on Peru and the Incas Feb. 21

The Friends of the Jackson Public Library will host local resident Larry Garland and his program Peru and the Incas on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main St. in Jackson. Garland will present a retrospective of his 2014 Peruvian tour of the Sacred Valley and four-day trek of the Inca Trail to the Lost City of Machu Picchu.

Listeners will explore the environment, culture, and achievements of the Incas through his presentation. The Inca culture evolved over many thousands of years, but unlike other tribal societies in the western hemisphere, the Incas ultimately created a sophisticated and advanced empire that lasted only 100 years before being vanquished by the Spanish in 1532. Garland has served as the staff cartographer for the Appalachian Mountain Club since 1996. He has traveled through all 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries, seeking out remote adventures in unfamiliar landscapes.

Having reached the summit of four continental high points as well as every peak over 3,000 feet in New Hampshire, Garland continues to explore the nooks and crannies here in New England, finding mysteries and treasured memories in our own backyard. The presentation is free and open to the public although a $5 donation is welcome to offset speaker expenses.

For more information, contact the Jackson Public Library at (603) 383-9731.

The Forest Service has proposed the relocation of the lower section (0.3 miles) of the Doublehead Ski Trail, construction of a parking lot off Dundee Road and the "decommission" (closure) of the New Path to the South Summit. A description of this project can be found online: The Forest Service is currently soliciting public input about the project. Comments should be emailed to Brian Johnston: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Jackson Community Church has a new website: You can also take advantage of a new email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as well. They can still receive emails at both addresses in February but as of March 1 the old one will be canceled.

The church will be offering "Prepared to Serve," a workshop sponsored by the New Hampshire United Church of Christ Conference. The church will pay for any who are interested in attending.

The next church council meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Parish House. There will be a discussion on new membership, the pastor search committees' progress moving toward interviewing candidates, and last but not least the 2016 budget.

There is still time to purchase garden seeds through the parent-teacher organization seed sale. No matter how much snow covers the garden, it's time to plan for planting. The parent-teacher organization seed sale is starting now, with order forms for conventional (pink) and organic (yellow) seeds available at the school.

Supplier, FEDCO Seeds, specializes in varieties that grow well in our northern climate. "Proseeds" from this sale go to parent-teacher organization funded school activities, so buy lots, plant that garden and eat those veggies — all for a great cause. Order forms are due back to school by March 4.

Jackson School Board is exploring the feasibility of establishing a preschool here in Jackson. The board is looking to get public feedback as it organizes a committee to examine this issue in more detail.

The timeline is to gather feedback until Feb. 12 and then form a committee to research the demographics, costs and models to determine if it makes sense to bring this forward for board and community consideration. It's not too late to take the online survey, which is due by Feb. 12. You can find it here:

The usual first Tuesday of the month knitting group at Jackson Public Library is going to be changed to the second Thursday of the month group for February and March at 10 a.m. at the same place, the library. There will be no knitting group at the library on Feb. 2 and March 1. The new dates will be Thursday, Feb. 11, and March 10, at 10 a.m.

The hope is that these days and the time in the morning might be better for some knitters/crafters who weren't able to attend on the Tuesday evenings. If it works out well for most, the group may decide to continue with this time frame for the spring months. All knitters and needle crafters of all varieties are welcome.

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


Lovell Town Column: Lions Club to hold annual ice fishing derby this weekend

In library news: When it was determined that the library needed two new flags, a supportive member of the community stepped up to the plate. Stan Tupaj, a former member of the library board, whose office is across the street, met the need with two new flags. Another fantastic gift of solar panels — to produce power for the library — was generously donated by Mike and Thelma Maguire.

The committee in charge of the new addition completed five years ago made allowances for the use of solar panels in the future. The work, to be done by Juice box Energy Inc., will provide 29 percent of power for the building. When you visit the library, look up toward the roof and you can see the panels already installed. In the future, the library is also going to write grants to hopefully add extra panels to upgrade the hot-water system.

None of these additions to the library would be possible without the wonderful support of the community which is very much appreciated. With the money saved in theses areas, the library will be able to supply more books and programs to the community. Lovell is unique because its library is the center of activates in town. We are lucky to have it.

For those who love chocolate ,that time of year is nigh. In honor of Valentines Day, Feb. 14, the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library will hold its most favorite event the 16th annual Taste of Lovell (formerly known as Death by Chocolate). This bevy of delight will be on display in the Stephen and Tabitha King room on Feb. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. For those watching their, diet there will also be healthy food available.

For a measly $5, you can make a choice of six tastes and for a hearty $8 you can have 10 tastes. The Harp Lady – E.G. Roth — will entertain the crowd with her wonderful renditions of Broadway tunes, seafaring songs and bring her classical instrumental harp selections. This is a popular event, so get there early for the best of the best. Anyone wanting to enter the competition can sign up at the library or call (207) 925-3177 and enter your name. There will be prize of a Stephen King book for the winner.

Once again, the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library combined with the gardeners-growing healthy communities, a newly formed non-profit group led by Barbara Murphy, will present a garden training at the library starting Tuesday, March 1, for eight weeks. The results of these classes have provided the Sweden Food Pantry with fresh produced grown in the library garden the last three years. Attending these classes and being part of a group that contributes to the community is valuable to those taking part.

The classes will be held on Tuesdays afternoon starting at 1 p.m. The cost of the course is $100. For more information, visit and click on the training tab at the top of the page. For some there are scholarships available but they are limited, so contact Rosie or Anna for more information.

The Lions Club will be holding the seventh annual ice fishing derby on Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14. Contestants can fish in any lake or pond included in the 100 acres of Oxford County from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entry fee is $10 and you can preregister with Cliff Hill at (207) 928-3744. Registration on Feb. 14 will be held at the North Lovell Grange Hall on Route 5 beginning at 5 a.m. Prizes of $100 will be awarded for the heaviest togue, bass and pickerel and fish overall. There will be prizes for kids 12 and under with the grand prize of $50. Weigh-in of caught fish will start at the Grange Hall at 4 p.m. each day.

The school vacation is coming up soon and the local kids will be looking forward to the John McKeen Day kids fishing derby. This year, it will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Heald Pond off Slab city road in Lovell from 10 a.m. to noon. This winter event is one of the most popular for the children, and is gaining in numbers every year. The derby is named in memory of John McKeen, who through his life took a great interest in the youth of Lovell. This event is a fun time for the local kids who have a great time trying to land the big one from Heald Pond.

There will be two age groups — 1 to 8 and 9 to 15 — with awards in these categories. All the children must bring their own traps but bait will be provided. Fishing always makes kids hungry so there will be free refreshments available, like hot dogs, chips and beverages. The rule of the day is dress warm and be ready to fish.

I'm amazed with all the hot air blowing over from North Conway that there is anything to like about this country. Well, something happen on Friday that proved me wrong. My best friend, the one whose children and mine grew up together, had a tragedy happening. Her 6-year-old granddaughter was out playing in the yard with her dad and brother building a snow man, when a branch fell from a tree and killed this beautiful little red-head.

The news went out over Facebook and immediately a fund was set up for the parents. One woman wanted to tie pink ribbons in town in honor of this little girl. Canton, Mass., where I grew up, was a small community until after World War II, when it turned into a bedroom community of Boston. Now I live in a small community in Maine and I'm asking everyone to pray for the Kenyon family to help them through this tragedy.

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


Fryeburg Town Column: Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center Feb. 13

A gardening series, "Beat Inflation with Cultivation," will take place on the second Friday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on Feb. 12. Hosted by Spice & Grain and The 104 Homestead, the series begins with a workshop titled "Plots, Plans and Boxes" followed on March 11 with winter planning, April 8, soil and transplanting, May 13, seed save and storage, ending on June 10 with mulch and weed. The cost per workshop is $8 or $30 for the five-part series. These programs will be held at Fryeburg New Church at 12 Oxford St. in Fryeburg Village. Refreshments will be offered. Go to or call Spice & Grain at (207) 347-1703 for more information.

Costa presents the 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, located at 18 Bradley St. in Fryeburg, Maine, on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premiers to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns among friends, and dream about casts still unmade.

Eaton Town Column: Art of Natalie Beittel will be on display at the Snowvillage Inn

Today is the day to get out and vote in the New Hampshire Primary. It is very important that we all cast a vote for one of the candidates, because that is our right and privilege as an American. The Eaton Town Hall will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. so that everyone can vote. The long lists of candidates on both sides are hanging at the post office window. Please bring along some extra money to buy some wonderful goodies made by Eaton bakers. Don't forget your ID — that's to vote, not to buy baked goods.