Madison Town Column: Join the winter reading challege at the Madison Library

Here we are, headed into February already. Hard to believe that the holidays are behind us and longer days are here.

The Friends of the Madison Library want everyone to know that the used book sale schedule will change effective as of February. In the future, monthly book sales will take place May through October. There will be a book sale on Jan. 21st and that will be the last sale until May 20. So be sure to stock up for the rest of your winter reading.

Join in the winter reading challenge: reading bingo. Adults and teens are invited to go to the library for a bingo reading card. Complete a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line with titles of the books you have read between Jan. 1 and March 31. Snow is falling and books are calling. Get to the library and grab some cozy winter reads.

Freedom Town Column: Sierra Gardner joins FireTech Training

FireTech Training, an educational fire, rescue, and EMS training program for Maine, New Hampshire, Eastern Mass and Vermont, recently welcomed Freedom's Sierra Gardner to its program. Gardner is excited to be heading up the new aquatics division and overseeing water rescue and life guard programs. Gardner is currently based out of Brattleboro, Vt., but has long Freedom roots and is the daughter of Freedom's Tammy Nason and Mark Gardner. Congratulation, Sierra.

Bells will be ringing at the First Christian Church of Freedom on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. All are invited to worship and enjoy the music of the bell choirs from the Camp Calumet Handbell retreat. Its always an uplifting experience.

The book club will discuss the book "Citizens of London" on Monday, Jan. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the Freedom library. All are welcome to participate in the discussion.

Would you like to learn to square dance? All classes are held at the American Legion on Tasker Hill Road. in Conway. Only $7 per person per night or prepay and save $20. Beginner class starts at 6:45 p.m. Burn 200 to 400 calories in a half hour, cover 5 miles in a single evening of dancing and enjoy low-impact aerobic exercise. For more information, call (603) 694-2080 or (603) 447-5266 or visit MWVStompers.squaredanceme.us.

Disney trivia night originally scheduled for Jan. 22 has been postponed until Sunday, Feb. 26. It will still be held at the Calumet Conference Center, 6:30 p.m.

One Friday a month (usually the Friday after the kids' pizza and movie), students in grades seven to 12 can swing by the Freedom Public Library for teen night, which includes an activity, a movie and pizza from Village Variety in Kezar Falls. Check freedompubliclibrary.org for more information.

The next movie in the library international film series is the Swedish movie "The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" on Sunday, Feb. 12. Sign up to bring a soup after, good times.

Margie will open the Freedom Elementary school gym from on weekends for those interested in some exercise. Come inside, where it's warm. Call her at (603) 539-7509 if you're interested in joining.

Planning your summer activities? Join in for this year's Ducky Day on June 24 and the 119th Freedom Old Home Week July 28 - Aug. 6. For more information, visit freedomoldhomeweek.net; find Freedom Old Home Week on Facebook; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or send a request to P.O. Box 359 Freedom, NH 03836.

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

Eaton Town Column: Max's Restaurant to host love themed ‘What’s Your Story’ Feb. 8

Public notices for the town of Eaton: The following positions are open for filing at the town clerk's office during regular business hours at the Eaton Town Hall, from Jan. 26 through Feb. 3. One selectman,  three-year term; one treasurer, three-year term; one highway commissioner, one-year term; one trustee of the trust funds, three-year term; and one auditor, one-year term. The office of the town clerk is open on Mondays, 9 to 11 a.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m.; and Friday, Feb. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m., for anyone wishing to file.

There will be a public hearing on the budget on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Evans Memorial Building. The last day to submit petitions for inclusion on the 2017 Warrant is Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Office of the Selectmen is open Monday, 9 to 11 a.m., and Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone in town, please sign the petitions hanging near the Post Office.

The "Watch It Wednesdays" movie night presentation of "Sully" at the Palmer House Pub is almost sold out. There is no admission price, but reservations are strongly suggested. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Call (603) 447-2120.

Locals' night specials at Max's Restaurant and Pub at the Snowvillage Inn this Tuesday, Jan. 24, include a maple plank salmon with maple aioli and mashed potatoes; duck sausage-stuffed roasted half chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy; half rack of New Zealand lamb with a barley risotto and goat cheese; and Mama Mia's famous meatballs with homemade fettuccine and sauce.

Be sure to reserve your table for "What's Your Story?" on Feb. 8 at Max's Restaurant. The theme for the evening's stories is "It's All About Love" hosted by Sara Moore. Folks are encouraged to tell their story and enjoy the stories of others. Doors open for dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the storytelling begins at 7:30 p.m. Call (603) 447-2818 to reserve your table. Also, it is not too early to reserve your table for Valentine's Day dinner with your sweetie on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Last week's opera dinner, "Food, Glorious Food" went to new and greater heights. The first half was filled with very witty and funny ditties all about food, sung by Vanessa Schukis and Tim Ostendorf, with Scott Nicholas on the piano. Where did they find all those food songs? After a delicious meal, Schukis "took the cake" by attempting to "make a cake" right there in the dining room. Oh, she had flour, sugar, eggs, chocolate, butter, sour cream, you name it, on the table.

Dressed up as Julia Child, she threw the batter around, one spoon landing near my foot. Everyone was laughing so hard. It was so funny. Thirty-nine happy people enjoyed the great dinner and the riotous show. Thanks to Kelly, Bobby and the staff, to Tim, Vanessa, and Scott, and to Rebecca, our lovely hostess, and Aimee, Robin and Lynette, our charming wait staff. By the way, I'm still laughing.

The next opera dinner will be the husband and wife, soprano/tenor team of Rachele Schmiege and Stefan Barner on Thursday, Feb. 23. Both have performed at the inn before, and it is sure to be a delightful evening of arias and duets. Cost is $60 per person and includes a four-course dinner. Call the inn for reservations.

Go Patriots (and Go Packers for Kim and Jeanne)!

Nancy E. Williams can be contacted (603) 447-5635.

Gibson Gleanings: Special luncheon to celebrate Chinese New Year Jan. 27

When my family and I first started coming up to the valley to ski back in the '70s, the local weather stations would report the approach of potential snow storms with a certain amount of excitement and glee. That is why I was surprised and saddened to hear the meteorologist on Channel 8 sound almost apologetic when she spoke about the potential nor'easter approaching New England early next week. Now I know everyone isn't into skiing or snowshoeing but we do need to remember that this is New England and we are New Englanders after all. Besides, isn't snow much prettier than rain and much easier to deal with than ice? I say let's all take a deep breath, smile and quietly repeat "Snow not sleet, snow not sleet."

Friday, Jan. 27, is the Chinese New Year. We will be celebrating the occasion here at Gibson with a special luncheon and raffle. We invite everyone to join in the celebration and if possible, try to wear a bit of red that day. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year. Corresponding with fire, red symbolizes good fortune and joy. We serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Hope you can join us.