Public notice: Eaton is changing its meeting hours. Beginning in April 2019, the town clerk/tax collector’s office will be open on Mondays from 9 to 11 a.m. and the first and third Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The board of selectmen will meet the first and third Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Please note this important change.

Again this year, the Eaton Conservation Commission has funds available to pay part of the cost for Eaton children between the ages of 4 and 16 to attend Tin Mountain Conservation Center summer camps. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, contact Judy Fowler at (603) 447-5635 before May 10. The Tin Mountain camp brochures are available on the bookcase by the door near the post office.

Congratulations to “Super Star Skier” Maggie Flynn for winning the Jesse E. Lyman III Downhill Ski competition at the Mountain Meisters this year. Way to go, Maggie! Also, congratulations to Orion Palmer for winning “Best Improved.” Yes, I know he lives in Conway, but his mother Alana MacDonald and sister September Quint live in Eaton.

This is the time of year, yes, spring, where some of our inns close for spring cleaning. The Snowvillage Inn in Eaton will be closed from April 1 to 17. Its new chef Scott will start on Thursday, April 18. Max’s Pub and Restaurant will be open for Easter dinner on Sunday, April 21. Call for reservations at (603) 447-2818. Many thanks to Laurel Roberts and Larry Baima for graciously filling in as guest chefs recently.

The Inn at Crystal Lake in Eaton will close on Saturday, April 20, for two weeks to give Tim and Bobby time off to visit family. They will reopen on Wednesday, May 8. In addition, “The Art of Auditioning,” the opera dinner for April, has been canceled due to its proximity to the Easter holiday. The last opera dinner at the Inn at Crystal Lake will be the gala season finale on Thursday, May 16, an evening of arias, duets and show tunes with help from past opera dinner guests soprano Mary Bastoni, mezzo-soprano Vanessa Schukis, and pianist Cassandra Marsh. This is always a very entertaining event so sign up soon by calling (603) 447-2120.

There will be two more movies at the Palmer House Pub at the Inn at Crystal Lake: “Green Book” on April 3 and “Mary Poppins Returns” on April 10. Thanks to Tim and Bobby for all the great movies this season. Again, people, do not miss “Green Book.” There is no admission and no minimal food order. Reservations are highly recommended. The movie begins at 6:30 p.m.

I mentioned earlier that Beth Griffin of Eaton makes nutrient-dense, pure maple syrup sweetened, local, organic handcrafted chocolate. She gave me two samples and they were both so delicious. I tried the peppermint crunch bark and the one with walnuts. The “sugar” she uses with her raw chocolate is maple syrup. Beth sent me a little history of sap collecting and “the boil” from as far back as 1898.

Who figured this process out? Well, folklore says that an early native Iroquois woman, wife of the chief, noticed that water had trickled down a tree from the spot where the chief had thrown his tomahawk the night before. The water had collected in a container at the base of the tree and when she boiled their dinner in it, the boil turned to sweet sap. I like to think it happened just like that.

If you want to join Beth’s Chocolate Club email her at livingtheplantbasedlife@gmail.com or write her at Box 221 in Eaton, NH 03832.

The next column will be Tuesday, April 16, with the deadline for information Sunday, April 14 by noon. Many thanks.

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

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