Tamworth Town Column: Concert by the River series continues Sunday

Last Sunday's Concert by the River was by The Mike Hathaway Jazz Quintet, bringing us fine jazz and "general music mayhem," with Hathaway (keyboard); Randy Ouellette (trumpet); John Petrocelli (bass); Brian Hathaway (guitar); and Jonno Deveneau (percussion). The mood was languid with tropical breezes, relaxing jazz and river sounds. Thanks to NAPA Auto Parts for sponsoring this event, and to Katy Thompson and her staff for hosting. Mike Hathaway, a beloved music teacher at Kennett for decades, became a doctor of hypnosis after he retired from teaching. He runs a hypnosis center in Madison.
This Sunday's Concert by the River will feature singer/songwriter Cormac McCarthy with his warm, powerful, melodic baritone. The Boston Globe said "Cormac is capable of putting chills into your spine or a silly grin on your face." This concert is generously sponsored by Good Vibes Coffee Roasters. All concerts are Sunday afternoons from 3 to 5 p.m., behind The Other Store in Tamworth Village, rain or shine. Suggested donation is $3 to $5 to support the musicians and the series.

Albany Town Column: Selectmen review updates to loitering and illegal parking laws

By Mary Leavitt and Dorothy Solomon

Many thanks to Cathy Currier, Donna Gray, Jamie Sabina, June Johnson, Lee Grant, Paul and Linda Brown, Joe Ferris, Cindy and Cort Hanson, Rob Nadler, Rick Hiland and Sara and Steve Knox for making the Albany picnic the great success it was. Even the weather cooperated. Somewhere around 100 people attended. The food was terrific, there was a great raffle and the 250th birthday cake fed the crowd well.

The Wednesday selectmen's meeting began with a public hearing on updates of town ordinances. As of Aug. 2, the fines on illegal parking and various restricted parking areas have been update.  Restrictions on loitering and drinking alcohol were also updated. Check these updates online at albanynh.org.

The joint meeting of the conservation commission and selectmen will be held Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. Please attend. Rick Hiland noted that he spoke to Representatives McConkey and Ticehurst at the town picnic regarding changing restrictions on leasing/contracts with farmers on town property in hopes of promoting agriculture in the area.

The selectmen voted to send a letter of thanks and support to all local/adjacent police departments and the sheriff's office. It was felt necessary at this time to show the public how much we in Albany respected and honored these men and women.

The rock walls in front of the Albany Museum have been repaired and looking great. Randy Leach is finishing the landscape now.

The Coleman crew has been hard at work on Bald Hill. They have fixed the sides of the road which should help the road after rains. They are now working on Drake Hill Road.

Gibson Center: Bus heads for Barnstormer's on Tuesday to see "Das Barbecue." Call (603) 356-3231 to sign up for the trip.

Library: Monday at 5 p.m., join adult Spanish class. At 5:30 p.m., attend the Harry Potter Party. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., it's Story Time for 2s; on Wednesday it's Story Time for Wee Ones; and on Thursday it's Story Time for 3s and 4s. At 4 p.m., Thursday join the Family Garden Club.

Congratulations to Steve and Sara Knox on the birth of their grandson, Everett Hobday Knox, born to Josh and Melanie last week. They were ever the proud grandparents, given the opportunity to hold the baby when he was only six hours old!

Check out the U.S. Forest Service's new signage at the White Ledge Campground.

Habitat for Humanity is open to people 18 or older interested in housing. If you can enter into a binding contract and have the ability to pay, you can partner with Habitat to build a house. Contact Habitat for Humanity at 2 Common Court, North Conway on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call (603) 356-3832.

Kennett High Alumni Summer Outing will be held July 30 at Fryeburg Fair craft building. The social hour begins at 5 p.m., and dinner is served at 6 p.m. The dinner will be prepared by Kennett High School Alumni board of directors and served by the Kennett Key Club. Join the fun and renew old friendships and make new ones.

The White Mountain Forest Service received a call to rescue an injured hiker on Mount Chocorua last Sunday. Matthew Browning slipped and hurt his ankle. He was transported out by Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Service, and Madison, Conway, and Tamworth fire departments and taken to Memorial Hospital.

We are officially in a heat wave. Take care but do enjoy the summer. Have a great week!

Mary Leavitt can be reached at (603) 367-9133. Dorothy Solomon can be reached at (603) 447-1199.


Effingham Town Column: Get your free ice cream

By Henry Splencer

As headlines go this one is probably going to get more attention than any other ever used in this column. And, it's true too. Our fre and rescue department will be holding an ice cream social on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m at the big fire station, Station 2, in Center Effingham. Members of the department will be on hand to answer questions about all of the department's apparatus. The ice cream will be provided by Bobby Sue's and is, as stated, free. Donations will be accepted, appreciated and acknowledged. Once consumed and with fingers cleaned off, you can inspect the new equipment and ask questions. Here's a hint: Ask about how many pumps are on each truck and how the water flows through those pumps from one truck to another and out the end of the hose. Warning: The answer to this question is going to take a while; we are not talking garden hoses here. Our department has some pretty dedicated volunteers and a slowly increasing roster of newly trained EMTs and firemen, all responsible for not just safety and such but also for the upkeep of well over a million dollars' worth of equipment. And free ice cream.

Tamworth Town Column: Chocorua readies for its big day

By Ann McGarity
This weekend will be remembered for decades because of Chocorua Day on Saturday morning, and events in the afternoon marking the 250th anniversary of Tamworth.
First, today, attend the regional summer art show reception at Runnell's Hall, Chocorua, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Arts Council of Tamworth hosts the show, featuring local artists and craftspeople. Meet the artists, visit with neighbors, and enjoy the beautiful work on display. Everyone is invited. The show continues on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
The annual Chocorua Day Festival begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the Chocorua Library Book Sale and the Indoor Yard Sale at the Chocorua Community Church. Go to the front of the library at 10.30 a.m. to hear Marion Posner's colorful tales of Tamworth. Eat a BBQ lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and be entertained by the Dixieland Dandies performing traditional jazz and favorite sing-a-long tunes, and munch on popcorn served by Boy Scout Troop 151. Take a tour of the new Chocorua Park, or a walk featuring the poem "A Tamworth Meditation", by Richard Posner. Tamworth fire, police and EMT vehicles and personnel will be on hand for safety and information. The Chocorua Community Association's president will present the Citizen of the Year Award at 1 p.m.
The Chocorua Day Festival is located on the grounds of Runnell's Hall and in front of the Chocorua Public Library on Route 113 East at Route 16.

Jackson Town Column: Exhibition of Hudson River Fellows at Whitney Center July 28

There will be an exhibition in the Whitney Center on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. of the paintings created by the artists participating in the Hudson River Fellowship. These artists from around the country, Switzerland and Sweden were chosen by the Grand Central Academy of Art in New Your City. They have spent three weeks living in Jackson and painting en plein air. The Jackson Historical Society administers the program. Some works will be on sale. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Learn to needle felt a bear with Theresa Beckett on Thursday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Whitney Center in Jackson. Jackson is known for its Jackson 5 family of bears. Needle felting uses special needles to form wool rovings (wool that hasn't been spun into yarn) into designs and three dimensional shapes. You will be able to take your creation home with you at the end of class. This program is family friendly with children ages 9 and above. There is a $10 materials fee. Reservations are necessary. Call (603) 986-4604 for reservations.

The Mountain Garden Club offered a memorial dedication to Larry Siebert, the creator of the magical and mystical landmark known throughout the Mount Washington Valley as Ravenwood, on June 25. A floral tribute created to honor Larry's memory was sponsored by the club in gratitude for the years of enthusiastic support for Art in Bloom by Siebert and his wife, Debbie. The interpretative arrangement by Carol White, who is one of the founders of the Art in Bloom event, was designed appropriately to focus on the massive gong to the left of the shop entrance which evokes a memory of John Donne's famous lines: "And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.''

Siebert's gentle spirit lives on in this fanciful place. As you explore the incredible garden and then step into the shop so rich with whimsical displays, realize that thousands of visitors have also gazed in wonder at this landmark so brilliantly conceived and constructed by a man who was a friend to gardeners and a benefactor of many local artists. Siebert brought beauty and joy to the entire village of Jackson during the past 15 years. He was instrumental in the beautification of this town while he served as a member of the Conservation Commission.

He worked with the Jackson Historical Society and Garden club members to create the memorial path in front of the Jackson Town Office in 2003. The Mountain Garden Club now maintains it and is especially grateful for Siebert's efforts to have an irrigation system installed for this Heritage Path which honors the 100 families who lived here in 1876 when the "Honeymoon" covered bridge was built. Take the time to visit (or revisit) the handiwork of this landmark that was a labor of love and a dream realized for Larry and Debbie Siebert. Know that every rock, every board, every shingle was placed with his own hands. Surely this is Siebert's own tribute and lasting legacy. Larry, your soaring creativity lives on in the Ravenwood Curio Shoppe.

From the northeast corner of rural Texas, award winning songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne will perform at a private home in Jackson on Friday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. This talented husband and wife duo, self-proclaimed "organic song farmers: are touring in New England, serving up seasoned original songs mixed with fresh harvests of homegrown music in a soulful genre they define simply as "folk jazz." Take a peek at their website at www.adlerandhearne.com, read their bios and listen to their beautifully blended voices.

The performance benefits local non-profit community music school, Mountain Top Music Center and is open to the public. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at mountaintopmusic.org or by calling Mountain Top at (603) 447-4737. Directions to the home on the banks of the Wildcat River in Jackson will be provided as part of the ticketing process. Seating is limited to 50 guests for this intimate concert. Join us for a special evening of entertainment, refreshments and an opportunity to meet the talented musicians after their performance.

Hot off the press from the Jackson Historical Society: The formal opening of the next exhibition in our museum is scheduled for Oct. 14. The show is "The Jackson Five," featuring works of Frank Shapleigh, Mabel Williams, David Baker, Lauren Sansaricq and Erik Koeppel. The show has 54 paintings on loan from 17 Society members.

In the interest of having viewing in the museum available for our summer visitors, these members kindly agreed to make their pictures available ahead of time. All but 3 of the paintings are hung and ready for your enjoyment. In addition, we have on display a recent acquisition of a large painting of Mt Chocorua by William Boardman (1815-1895).

The scene is identical to a John Kensett (1816-1872), but viewed from a different angle. The Kensett is from Fryeburg. In comparing the profile of the adjacent ridge lines it can be deduced that the Boardman was painted from a point just to the south, possibly Tamworth. This is clearly shown on the large topographic map of the White Mountains in the museum. This is the kind of discovery that makes the 19th century paintings more interesting and exciting.

"Ready, Set, Shooting Basics with your DSLR Camera" will be at the Whitney Community Center on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m.  This free photography lecture shows how to use a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) to produce beautiful color and incredible scenery. Donna Atkins will give an overview of four key controls on a DSLR camera to unlock the secrets of matching visual lighting and motion techniques. Feel free to bring your camera to follow along. Atkins is owner of Light Channel Photography, and has photographs hanging in galleries and museums. She is also a producer of various local cable access television programs and conducts photography workshops around the region.

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, will be hosting its fall class preview at noon at Granite State College at 53 Technology Lane (Tech Village) in Conway. Refreshments will be provided at this free event. Learn about the 28 different classes that will be offered in Conway this fall and about the other classes all over New Hampshire. For further information call (603) 513-1377 or go online to olli.granite.edu.

The Jackson Planning Board has one opening for a regular voting member, and several openings for alternate members. No special qualifications are needed, other than an interest in the Town of Jackson. Typically, meetings are once per month, on the second Thursday, from 7 to 8:30 or 9 p.m. Submit a note about your interest to the Jackson Selectmen.

Jackson is in desperate need of volunteers of all ages and ability levels to help fulfill the many functions on the fire department. Who knows? You may even get to rescue a cat out of a tree. Call 383-4090 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The 15th annual Mount Washington Century Ride, to benefit Tin Mountain Conservation Center is Saturday, July 30. Registration is open and volunteers are also needed. The century begins at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany between 6 and 8 a.m. The route circumnavigates Mount Washington via the NH Scenic Byway/Presidential Range Tour that provides spectacular mountain views and tranquil, New England pastoral scenery. The ride is complete with five aid stations, support vehicles, two on-duty EMTs, and a bike repair support van. The first 325 registered riders receive a commemorative T-shirt. All riders may collect pledges to win fantastic prizes as well as to contribute to the support of Tin Mountain Conservation Center. For more information and to register, visit the Tin Mountain Conservation Center website www.tinmountain.org or call (603) 447-6991.

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