To say that Madison had one hell of an Old Home Week is an understatement. There was many an activity to be a part of, and nothing needed to be moved around or canceled, despite a minor attempt by Mother Nature to wash away the corn-hole tournament.

The skies were perfectly clear for “Starry Starry Night” and luck was bestowed upon Jon “The Card Hustler” Cyr, as he took home the top prize for the cribbage tournament. Selectman Josh Shackford took the runner-up in a close match with Cyr, and will now have to endure a year of boasting and constant reminders of who-beat-who. It was nowhere close for me, as I was knocked out of the contest in a quickly, decidedly and very early.

The parade and fireworks saw the increase of crowds that were enjoyed years ago, and are hoping for a continuing uptick in attendance in the future. As the week wound down, the beans went into the hole Friday and came out perfectly cooked the following afternoon. A surprise windstorm arrived just in time to toss some beach chairs around the beach, and also helped to cool the beans and keep the mosquitoes at bay.

This week would simply not happen without the efforts of the Old Home Week committee, and the various volunteers that put in their tireless efforts to the cause that make the week long event as popular as it is.

Back on July 30, selectmen met to have a hearing on the issue at the beach, specifically, the perpetual issues with guest passes. Boy, what a lot of hot air. I mean, of course, the gym, where the meeting was held, did its best impression of a pizza oven. A crowd of 30 or more came to air their concerns and voice some suggestions, which will eventually lead to another public hearing to adjust the prices and fines for the guest passes and those who choose to defy the rules of parking.

The Friends of Madison Library will be hosting “New Hampshire on High: Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of the Granite State,” a New Hampshire Humanities program presented by Glenn Knoblock, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. All are welcome and refreshments will follow the program.

Stop by the library for a pizza and movie night Thursday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. We will be watching “The Lego Movie 2.” Call to reserve your pizza order by 3 p.m. on Aug. 22. Free to the public. All are welcome.

The Madison Book Group will be reading “Under a Red Sky” by Haya Leah Molnar and will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. for a discussion and light refreshments. Our Kids Book Club is reading “Small Spaces” by Katherine Arden and will meet on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 4 p.m. Snacks, your thoughts and fun activities, too. Come in and pick up a book today.

The Friends of Madison Library monthly book sale will be on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon in the John F. Chick Room. The library has a lot of new books, movies, music and puzzles, so come and fill up those beach bags.

The library has the N.H. State Park Pass that is good at White Lake. There is also a brand new art exhibit by Lani Kennefick that is not to be missed.

This week marks three years since dad and I went under the knife for a kidney transplant, and all continue to do very well. If you’re looking for an opportunity to sign up to be an organ donor or if you know someone that is in need, now is the time to get tested. I remain available for anyone looking for advice or answers to questions they may have to get started.

This past week, Madison mourned the loss of longtime transfer station attendant Jim Cairns. Cairns was a gentle soul who was one of the most genuinely nice people to have ever worked for the town. He ran the transfer station with efficiency and never shied away from a pleasant conversation at every visit.

The last visit I had, he happily tossed a couple of dog treats into my truck to make the day of my travel companions. He was a great asset to the town, and he will be undoubtedly be missed by each that knew him.

Bob King can be contacted at

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