Albany Town Column: Town ponders semi-annual tax billing

By Mary Leavitt and Dorothy Solomon
At Wednesday's meeting, the selectmen reviewed the budget to date and found all was well. Discussion ensued regarding changing the tax billing to a semi-annual billing. Though the selectmen have the authority to change the billing, they do not want to do that without the consent of the legislative body (Albany's taxpayers). They will gather all the costs involved in making the change before they bring the change to the people.
Selectman Ferris reported that signs will have to be made to post all Class 6 roads in Albany. He also told the other selectmen that two estimates to repair the doors in the large meeting room have come in. Further estimates are being sought.

Tamworth Town Column: Program gives advice for delaying or preventing Alzheimers

By Ann McGarity
Cook Memorial Library's downstairs meeting room was filled on Tuesday evening in anticipation of a talk on dementia prevention by Dr Joe Semmes. part-time resident of Wonalancet. Dr Semmes presented research into scientifically proven actions we can all take to delay or prevent the terrible effects of Alzheimers and dementia.
Recommendations include increasing physical activity with brisk walks of one to two hours a day or equivalent exercise, and participating in challenging cognitive activities, such as board games, crossword puzzles, learning a foreign language, social engagements and dancing. Risk factors to avoid are smoking and second-hand smoke, air pollution, some medications, insecticides, abdominal obesity, hypertension and inactivity. Hearing loss should be corrected.
Dr Semmes spent some time discussing important diet recommendations: whole foods rich in phytonutrients, with the addition of some fish and poultry. The"Mediterranean Diet" fulfills these requirements. Natural beneficial anti-oxidants include cloves, all spice, cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, dark chocolate, green and black tea, berries. Fish oil, produced with good manufacturing practices for mercury extraction, has significant benefits. Thanks, Dr Semmes, for your valuable information, concise handouts, and taking time to answer questions.

Jackson Town Column: Rozzie May Animal Alliance benefit to take place at North Conway Community Center June 25


There will be a Rozzie May Animal Alliance benefit on Saturday, June 25, including a hoedown with music, contra dancing, singing and fun, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the North Conway Community Center on Main Street in North Conway Village.The first two hours will offer contra dancing featuring Shana Aisenberg and Beverly Woods with The Mountain Top String Band. From 6 to 8 p.m., The Mountain Top String Band will provide music and sing-along. Concessions will be available. Tickets will be available at door and cost $8 for adults $8 and $6 for over 60 and military. Children 11 and under free with paying adult.


Effingham Town Column: Free raspberry plants being offered

By Henry Spencer
Anyone wishing to start a row of raspberries, either the Lathams or Everbearing, may call Ellie Stokes in Freedom for free plants. They are small new ones coming up, and you will have to do the digging. Ellie also has lilies of valley to share. Please call (603) 539-2637.
On Saturday, July 9, the library will be holding a book sale and is currently gathering gently-used books and CDs. Paperback or hardcover books are welcome, but VHS videos are not. It seems that the VHS format has so completely vanished from the scene that they are tied with what used to be known as eight-track tapes for first place for the speed from which they went from ubiquitous technology to completely completely forgotten curiosities.
Acceptable books and such can be dropped off at the library. Please do not leave boxes of books on the porch.

Fryeburg Town Column: Annual Strawberry Festival to return June 24

The annual Strawberry Festival takes place on Friday, June 24, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. across the river at the East Conway Community Hall a quarter mile north of Sherman Farms. The purpose of the festival is to raise money to update the exterior of the hall. Dinner consists of salads, hot dishes, cold cuts, drinks and of course, strawberry shortcake. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for kids under the age of 12. Take-out meals are also available. For more information, call (603) 939-2262.