The selectmen met on Jan. 22, to do further work on the budget for the March Town Meeting. Treasurer Chuck Merrow was on hand to work with the selectmen. There will be a budget hearing in February. It will be conducted at a regular selectmen’s meeting, and citizens of Albany will be asked to attend.

The county broadband meeting will be held on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Mount Washington Economic Council headquarters. This meeting is open to the public.

As of the Jan. 22 selectmen’s meeting no one had been hired to replace Kathy Golding as town administrator. There are still several candidates to be interviewed.

At the Jan. 29 selectmen’s meeting, once again Merrow was in attendance as the selectmen went over, point by point, the upcoming budget. The budget is up less than 2 percent for this year, due to increases in costs from the rec department, sheriff and fire departments, and the cost to use Conway’s dump.

Take note: The health officer, Kelly Robitaille, and the deputy health officer, Matt Golding, have resigned. Both men were thanked for their service by Chairman Rick Hiland.

Library usage for Albany residents in 2020 will require getting a voucher from the town to bring to the library in order to get or use your library card.

Post on your calendars: The Primary Election date is Tuesday, Feb 11. Remember to bring a valid ID (driver’s license or passport).

The following meetings are scheduled: School board meeting on Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.; and a countywide broadband meeting on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Economic Council office.

When asked about the appointment of the new administrative assistant for the town, selectman Hiland said that decision will be made shortly. Stay tuned.

Gibson Center: After lunch on Feb. 6, enjoy a bingo game. Bring an item for the prize table. After lunch on Feb. 12, take a tour of the Living Shores Aquarium in Glen. The cost is $19. Wear red to lunch on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13 and 14, for Valentine’s Day.

Library: Would you like to learn how to tango? Each Saturday morning in February at 10:30 a.m. there will be free lessons for adults 21 and older. Bring a partner if you can, wear comfortable clothing and arrive early to register. Questions can be asked of Shannon and/or Fred by email: Need help looking for a job? Join the Job Seekers Help group on Feb. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Mountain Top Music will present Acoustic Roots with Shana Aisenberg at noon on Feb. 7 at the Brown Church.

Congratulations to Thomas Murphy for making the dean’s list at Keene State College. He has been asked to join the National Honor Society, where he could receive an academic scholarship toward his double major in history and education.

The winter is coming to an end … hopefully soon. In the meantime, get out when you can and enjoy what surrounds us here in the North Country.

Send your news to Mary Leavitt at (603) 367-9133 or Dorothy Solomon at (603) 447-1199.

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