There were two meetings going on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at town hall. One was a CEDS meeting led by Steve Knox (this will be referred to later) and the other was the regular selectmen’s meeting.

Among the topics discussed at the selectmen’s meeting one regarded setting a date for a town auction to be held by Rick Sager of a small piece of Albany property and the other was setting up a meeting with the Moulton family and selectmen regarding the clean-up of their property.

Kathy Golding reported that she and Chuck Merrow are working well together on Albany’s QuickBook items. She also confirmed that Steve Knox and Peter DonKonics will attend the annual meeting of North Country Council representing Albany.

Another topic that has come to the town’s attention is the need for a new policy regarding warrant articles that appear at town meeting. The selectmen want those organizations requesting Albany donations to their cause to have a representative in attendance at the public hearing to answer any questions that may come up.

Selectman Rick Hiland noted that the planning board will meet at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14. There is a boundary line adjustment meeting soon so watch the papers for that information. Also, there will be a broadband meeting on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. in Tamworth at their town house.

Selectman Cathy Ryan reported that the conservation committee had met on Tuesday with the Upper Saco Valley Trust. They walked the town’s trails and discussed a format for marking the trails. They also discussed the water testing issue.

Selectman Joe Ferris reported that SAU 9 continues to seek a replacement for Finance Director Becky Jefferson. The man who was hired did not stay. The next Albany School Board meeting is scheduled for Nov. 12.

The selectmen’s next meeting will be Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m.

And now to the second meeting held Wednesday. That meeting was chaired by Steve Knox. He was acting in his capacity as the Albany delegate to the North Country Council. The meeting was an open house designed to let people of our area know some of the ideas that North Country Council is exploring and also for those attending to hear directly from the Albany representatives about the North Country Council’s completed SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis for this region. It was an opportunity for give and take realizing that towns are different and what may work for one town may not work for another.

Counting town officials, nine people attended the event which was more than had attended other open houses. This kind of meeting is necessary so that the North Country Council recognizes the needs of all areas.

This is a very important notice. The Albany supervisors of the checklist has been told by the Secretary of State that they must hold a meeting to make corrections and/or additions to Albany’s voter list.

The meeting will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. It will be posted as such in this newspaper, the town website, and on the front door of town hall. This meeting is the last day a voter can change his/her party affiliation before the upcoming presidential primary.

Waldorf School: Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the school on Oct. 19 to join the fourth annual Forest Fun Trail Run. You can preregister at runreg.com. The cost is $25 per person and $50 per family.

It’s time to order your delicious Florida citrus. Orders will be taken now through Oct. 28. Delivery at the school will be early to mid-December. Order: floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/1014048.

Gibson Center: There will be a Crafts and Artisan Festival Oct. 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a Veteran’s Home Tour scheduled for Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 27, there is a trip to see LeAnn Rimes live. The cost is $85. If you are interested in any of these outings, call 356-3231. On Sunday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. join friends on a trip to Portland Symphony for a Pop’s Beatles Revolution Symphonic Experience.

The cost is $48. Bring a bag lunch for the ride over and there will be a stop for dinner (on your own). Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. there’s bingo night at Red Parka Pub. Proceeds from each $1 card and a portion of some beverages will go to the Gibson Center. There’s a Pumpkin People ride after lunch on Oct. 24 with a stop at Cider Market for doughnuts.

Conway Public Library: The library is closed on Monday, Oct. 14. Check out Tech Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Ham Community Room. On Oct. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., there’s an exhibit reception of Brownlow Thompson Art, History and Science in the Ham Community Room.

On Monday, Oct. 21, there’s a Book Discussion Group meeting in the Ham Community Room from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. learn about creating graphic novels in the Ham Community Room.

Sunday, Oct. 20, join the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk that starts at Whitaker Woods Homesite. Registration for teams and individuals will open at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. followed by the walk.

We who live here in the valley may take for granted the beauty of the scene around us during this time of year. Having just returned from a trip from Canadian Rockies, Alaska and the west coast of our country, let me say “we live in paradise.” Do get out and enjoy the beauty of this area.

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

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