MADISON — Hannah and I began our ski season a little late this year. While most avid schussers grow impatient as the mountains prepare for each season, we seem to take our time and jump into the sport mid-season.

The first time out this year, we were met by some of her friends on the mountain, and I was quickly informed that I was going to be skiing by myself.

This was probably for the best, as the speed, grace and agility of my youth has somehow been augmented into a 40-year-old inner monologue begging me to slow down. Thankfully, I was able to find friends of similar age and shape, and wasn’t completely alone.

Every now and then, I would catch glimpses of Hannah and her friend as they sped down the mountain, and would send a touch of mockery my way. I did find, however, that she’s easy to catch when she’s hungry.

As winter seems to have found its pace once again, dropping both bone-chilling cold and snow, the Madison Church Suppers are back, and are ready to provide the warmth, good company and conversation along with a great home cooked meal. This month’s supper is Saturday Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m.

For a family rate of $25 (or $10 for adults and $6 for children), come enjoy pot roast, mashed potatoes, carrots, salads, rolls and … pie!

Rebecca Rule will be here on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. presenting a New Hampshire Humanities program, “Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire.” Stories of the rituals, traditions, and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.

Madison Library’s first ever movie night for grown-ups! Join us for popcorn, dinner and a movie. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, we will be enjoying the documentary “The Biggest Little Farm.” Doors open at 5:15 p.m., movie starts at 5:30 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet at the library to bring food.

Kendra Disilva is our new featured artist in the Chick Room. Her beautiful photography will be displayed until the end of March. Not to be missed! The Madison Book Group is reading “Educated,” by Tara Westover and will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. for a discussion.

The Teen Book Group will be meeting Thursday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. to discuss “A Night Divided,” by Jennifer Nielsen. Our Kids Book Club will be meeting Thursday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 p.m. to talk about “Pearl Dragon,” by Yoon Ha Lee. (Note: This is during vacation week.)

Are you someone talented with woodworking? The library is looking for a local handyman who could perform a makeover on the library podium in the Chick Room. The podium is in need of some parts and TLC. Contact the library if you’re up to the task.

Turnout at the polls this week was a respectful approximately 1,000 folks from around town. The supervisors of the checklist, as well as volunteers and town workers were on hand to ensure a smooth process, and smooth it was.

The end of the evening counts were completed with little difficulty and sent off to be tallied with the rest of the state. Thanks to those who came out to vote, and to those that helped at the polls. Let’s do it again in November!

Next up on the winter politics agenda is town voting day. Polls open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, and will close at 7 p.m. This is where the school warrant articles and local elections are held, and are but a preview of things to come on the following Saturday at town meeting, held March 14 at 9 a.m.

After that, the budget committee, selectmen and school board will rest up for the next budget cycle that will start just six short months later.

There is almost nothing else to talk about for a while after that. That is, of course, if you’ve registered your dog with the town. Yes, that’s correct. Before the snow melts, the ice retreats off of Silver Lake and the dreaded bear returns to try to take out my chicken coop again, you must make sure Fido is up to date on shots, and head to the town hall to get your new tag.

Come to think of it, I have to do it myself.

Bob King can be contacted

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