Albany Town Column: Town offices closed Monday for Memorial Day

By Mary Leavitt and Dorothy Solomon
The selectmen's Wednesday meeting was canceled. All town offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in honor of Memorial Day. The selectmen's office will be closed starting Tuesday, May 31, through Friday, June 3. Though the office will be closed on Wednesday, June 1, the selectmen will meet at 4 p.m.
The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on Tuesday, May 31, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. to make any and all corrections or additions to the voter checklist. This will be the last time a voter may change their party affiliation before the September 13 primary.
Steve Knox is Albany's representative on the county's farm committee. Tuesday was the first meeting and it was held at the farm. Steve reports that Andy Kendall of the Kendall Group was on hand as well as Peter Benson of the Charitable Foundation. They did a tour of the farm first and followed with a discussion at which both Andy and Peter gave their thoughts. By the end of 2016, the committee is expected to find answers to questions about the farm and make their recommendations to the commissioners. Steve was appointed chair of this committee by the commissioners.
Rick Hiland along with approximately 50 others attended a workshop for seasoned and new municipal officials held at the Carroll County Administration Building on Wednesday. There were discussions on the right-to-know law, ethics and conflicts, town governance, public employment, liability and more.

Effingham Town Column: Fire department holds yard sale and cookout

By Henry Spencer

This is the big weekend, so remember to take a couple of dollars with you when you go to the transfer station. The Grange Hall will be open and representatives from the Preservation Society will be on hand to exchange dollars for baked goods. Even if you don't have to go to the dump, it's worth the trip to Center Effingham to see all that has been accomplished at the building. A lot of hard work and care really can make a difference. It is sometimes hard to remember that every action you take adds to the total of our history. Stepping into the Grange is a good reminder that the past is made up of endless moments in the present. The Grange Hall offers a great opportunity to notice this happening. As long as you are in the flow of history, you might as well do it with muffins, cookies and pies.

Speaking of history, our library's film of the month goes back a ways. Now the rule here is that the title of the movie cannot be put in the paper, but this movie is about a high school student who takes the "day off." Another salient point is that somewhere in the movie, a sports car is driven through a window in Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Falling Waters house. I wonder if that car was made of Ferris metal? The movie will be shown Wednesday, June 1. The press release received on this does say that this movie came out 30 years ago. Thirty years ago? Just how old are we all anyway? There's a pretty good chance that after 30 years, you have forgotten a scene or two, and even if you haven't watching it again in the company of friends and neighbors will add a lot to this particular trip down memory lane. For more information, call (603) 539-1573.

Jackson Town Column: Annual used book sale this weekend

The annual used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson Library is coming up on Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and 29. The library is accepting donations of books during library hours (no textbooks or encyclopedias, please). If you are able to volunteer a few hours of time to either set up, take down, or during the weekend sale itself, please talk to someone at the library. Your help will be most appreciated.

Once again, a reminder that beginning the weekend after Memorial Day and running through the weekend before Labor Day the Jackson Public Library will be open on Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm in addition to its usual hours.

Tamworth Town Column: Tamworth marks Memorial Day with short ceremony Monday

By Ann McGarity
It's hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us! It finally feels like summer, with lilacs and apple trees in full bloom. I have already been swimming in Lake Chocorua, and I hope the water soaks up some of the heat. It was very chilly!
Although Memorial Day is often associated with opening up camps and putting boats in the water, it has, of course a more serious aspect. On Monday, May 30, at noon at the Veterans' Memorial, the flag will be raised and Taps will be played in a short ceremony organized by the Veterans' Memorial Committee. Everyone is invited to come along and honor our veterans.
The Tamworth Farmers' Market is a delight. Every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., farmers, bakers, cheese makers, artists, crafters and representatives of non-profits set up tables in front of the UUFES Meeting House at the Four Corners in Tamworth Village. To make parking safe for motorists and pedestrians, parking areas have been designated. The Market Committee seeks volunteers to help park cars and sign up for two-hour shifts. This is light work, but requires a sense of humor and some physical stamina. Please contact Bob Streeter at (603) 323-2392 if you would like to know more.

Fryeburg Town Column: Ice cream party at library May 28

Why wait until July? Head to the Fryeburg Public Library on Saturday, May 28, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the day on May (1984) when July was proclaimed National Ice Cream Month. This event includes ice cream stories, ice cream making, ice cream eating and ice cream fun. All this excitement will take place just in time for the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day weekend. This monthly program is brought to you by the Friends of the Fryeburg Public Library. Bring the whole family and remember the ditty I learned as a child: "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!"