Dr. Marianne Jackson and Charles Macomber, both on the board of the Gibson Center, came to the selectmen's meeting on Wednesday to speak with the board about the Mount Washington Valley AARP Age-Friendly Community and the work they are doing called Community Connections.
Community Connections is a collaboration with the World Health Organization and AARP to make our region and its towns an easier place to live for all seniors. Eleven communities in the Mount Washington area are members. Albany’s representative is Cathy Ryan.
Among the areas that Community Connections deals with are: transportation, health needs, outdoor living space such as identified walking trails (Albany’s are considered the most accessible), and music and memory groups (where young people interview elders who may have dementia issues about their favorite music).
Good Morning police calls are also a part of the Connections program. There are openings for seniors to partake in this program. Seniors who join call into the sheriff’s office every morning to advise them that all is well. If there is no call, an officer will visit the home to check on the resident(s).
Another calling number is 211 (this is for all ages), which can direct people to agencies that may be of help to them. Among those agencies is Service Link.
Jackson and Macomber also spoke about home share, accessory dwelling units and ride sharing through internet services.
For more information about these programs go to one gibsoncenter.org/mwv-age-friendly-community, gibsoncenter.org/outdoor-spaces or aarp.org/livable-communities/network-age-friendly-communities.
Among other items selectmen discussed were the adoption of a new emergency operation plan, safety issues at town hall, and non-taxpaying properties. Deed day is July 29. That is when those non-paying households will be expected to bring their taxes up to date. The selectmen will be contacting the town attorney to get his advice as to what should be done should that not occur.
As co-directors of the Carroll County Broadband Committee, Steve Knox and Rick Hiland said they are pleased that 18 towns and the county are sending representatives to the meetings. They realize that it will probably be two to five years before any plans come to fruition.
There is still a need for a second commissioner for North Country Council. Please consider joining Steve on this committee. Call Town Administrator Kathy Golding at (603) 447-6038 to get further information.
Golding told selectmen the assessor will begin his yearly updates on July 11.
She also updated them on road work in the town, saying the FLAT funding is progressing for the repairs on Passaconaway Road, and since Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed the state budget, there is no further information regarding red-listed bridges (of which Albany has at least one).
Selectman Joe Ferris was not at the meeting. The next selectmen’s meeting is July 24 at 5 p.m.
As you are no doubt aware, the 2020 census is just around the corner.
For those who have time and inclination, there is a need for local census takers. The data you collect will determine our state’s representation in Congress, as well as how funds are spent in your community on things like roads, schools and hospitals. Just go online to 2020census.gov/jobs or call (855) JOB- 2020 and you will be asked to respond to questions that relate to your education, work and other experiences.
If you are hired, your work schedule will depend upon your position. Some field positions are during the day while others require evening and weekend work interviewing the public.
Census takers work in their own communities. The pay is good ($16.50 per hour with an additional one and a half weekend differential, a one and a quarter weeknight differential, and reimbursement for authorized work expenses such as mileage incurred while conducting Census work). Census work starts in 2019. You are paid while training and you have flexible hours.
By becoming a census taker you get paid to help your community.
Gibson Center: Call (603) 356-3231 to sign up for the trips the center is taking this month: July 16 at 6:39 p.m. enjoy an evening of music with Mount Washington Valley Band. Bring food for a picnic. July 17, "Titanic the Musical" $40. Camp Waukeela Days, July 25-26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Library: Book discussion group meets the third Monday of each month from 10:15-11:30 a.m. in the Ham Community Room. Monday, July 15, Northern Human Services Family Support Council meets at 5 p.m. in the Ham Community Room. July 25, from 1-3 p.m., Saco River Medical Group has partnered with Garity Advantage to provide seniors with knowledgeable and unbiased Medicare information resources. Thursday, July 25, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. join an open discussion group speaking about how to make the most out of one's finite life. Thursday, July 25, from 6-7 p.m. Marc Stowbridge will share his knowledge of the heavens and explain what is seen when looking at the sun. There will be use of a telescope and other technology. Monday, July 29, and the last Monday of each month join a new writing group. Have fun writing prompts and activities.
The winter was too cold, and now the summer is one heat wave after another, with rainy days galore. Oh well, get out and enjoy yourselves anyway. Have a great week.