Interstate Snogoers Snowmobile Club of Fryeburg will hold its annual Poker Run on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the North Fryeburg Community Chapel at 1225 W. Fryeburg Road at the intersection of Route 113 and Fish Street. Registration takes place from 9 a.m. to noon and the registration fee is $5 per hand. There will be food, raffles, and cash prizes for first, second and third place. Prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m. Spread the word and invite all of your friends.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, at 5:30 p.m. after a long and successful run of “Comedy Night,” MWV Ski Team is changing course and introducing a new and improved event to be known as “Between Two Gates,” appealing to both racers and parents alike. This exciting event will host top professional ski racers in a conversational “fireside chat” format and include powerful stories, tips, and messaging to empower and motivate aspiring ski racers in the audience.

In its first year, MWV Ski Team is excited to announce a lineup of three Olympic skiers to discuss their rise to the podium. Two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, N.Y.; Nolan Kasper of Morristown, N.J.; and the Mount Washington Valley’s very own Leanne Smith of North Conway.

The new format will continue to be Mount Washington Valley’s leading fundraiser and you can still expect the same spirited, passionate and mission-focused activities, including live and silent auction, fund-a-need as well as several new activities, including a raffle, custom merchandise, event-specific poster and more.

The annual benefit breakfast and raffle, hosted by the Saco Valley Fire Association, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 148 North Fryeburg Road. For more information, call (207) 697-2475. Stop by to enjoy a delicious breakfast with friends and family.

Celebrate Maine’s bicentennial this year at the Fryeburg Public Library. Maine Day by Day Family Literacy Calendars are now available at the library. The calendars include activities to provide parents, caregivers, public librarians and other literacy organizations an easy-to-use tool to help prepare young children for kindergarten.

The Fryeburg Public Library, town office and transfer station will be closed on Feb. 17 in observance of President’s Day. The library will also be closed from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, for employee training.

What is going to make 2020 a little extra special? How about an extra day to enjoy it? This year is a Leap Year, meaning the month of February will be one day longer. But why? The year that we say is 365 days is actually 365.24 days. There’s almost an extra quarter day in there. Give or take .01.

So, every four years, all those quarters add up to almost one and we get an extra day. Not a big deal over a handful of years, but in a century, it’s almost a month. If you let it go a couple centuries, all the seasons will be out of whack. Imagine celebrating Fourth of July in the snow. It’s better we make the correction. But, what about that extra .01 day? This is where the math gets interesting. Let’s go to the chalkboard, shall we?

Point-zero-one days is about 11 minutes of time. No big deal over 10 or 20 years. But in 128 years, it equals a whole day. Since no one wants to keep a 128-year-cycle, they instead decided to skip Leap Year every 100 years. So, once a century, on years divisible by 100, we skip Leap Year. We did it in 1800 and 1900.

But wait a minute, we did have a leap year in 2000, didn’t we? Yes. That’s because we’re doing it every 100 years instead of 128 years. Which means, every 400 years we’re off by a whole day, again. So, every 400 years, we skip skipping the leap year. And really, that’s still a fraction off. It would have been much closer to perfect if we skipped in skipping leap year every 500 years. But, we don’t.

So, here we are. Leap year is known for a few things. First, it’s the year presidential elections are held. Ladies, if you want to be traditionally untraditional, it’s a leap year custom for women to propose to their boyfriends on Feb. 29. People born on Feb. 29 are known as leaplings or leapers.

And get ready to party. This leap year offers an extra bonus. The shift of days is pushing the calendar into perfect alignment to set up 2020 to be the year of celebrations. Valentine’s Day will be on a Friday, so you may want to get your reservations now. Cinco De Mayo will be on Taco Tuesday. Fourth of July and Halloween will both fall on Saturdays and Christmas Day and New Year’s Day 2021 will both be on a Friday.

“Thirty days hath fruit-bearing September,

Moist April, hot June, and cold November,

Short Feb. 28 alone;

The other months have either 31;

And February, when the fourth year’s run,

Does gain a day from the swift-moving sun.” — “Shepherd’s Kalendar”

Robin Johnson can be contacted at

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