Well, that was fun. Independence day has come and gone. The weather was perfect, the lake was cool and the hot dogs were plump. Many gathered for the pomp and circumstance of the parade and the fireworks, and I made my way to a local ice cream joint for a cold cone. The reminder that this weekend comes but only once a year helps keep the persistent road rage in check — for the most part.

One of the most frequent complaints received this time of year is the lack of available parking and space at the popular “foot of the lake” beach. Often times, folks from away come to visit in droves to the occasional dismay of the hometown crowd. The board of selectmen have scheduled a public hearing on the matter for July 30 at 5:30 p.m. The topic for discussion will be focused on guest permits, the fees for them, as well as parking fines for non-compliance.

The Madison Library summer reading program is in full swing, but it is never too late to join. Adults, teens and kids are welcome. Bookmark contest slips are due by Saturday, July 13, and there are categories for all ages (even adults). Every Wednesday at 2 p.m., there are fun kids’ activities that you can just drop on by for. A complete schedule of activities and newsletter is available at madisonlibrary-nh.org/WP.

The library will be having a pizza and movie night Thursday, July 11, at 5 p.m. with “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” Call to reserve your pizza order by 3 pm on July 11. Free to the public, all are welcome.

The Madison Book Group is reading “The Whole Town’s Talking,” by Fannie Flagg, and will meet on Tuesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. for a discussion and light refreshments. Our Kids Book Club is reading “The Season of Styx Malone,” by Kekla Magoon, and will meet on Thursday, July 18, at 4 p.m. Snacks, your thoughts and fun activities, too! Come in and pick up a book today.

Don’t miss the Friends of Madison Library monthly book sale on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to noon in the John F. Chick Room. Lots of books for at great prices. There are lots of new books, movies, music and puzzles, so come and fill up those beach bags.

The library will be hosting local author, Don Germain on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. to discuss his book “Jon Holland: The Shadow Self.” This is the first book in a novel series dedicated to the people whose resilience, perseverance and vision have helped to forge the great American dream. Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing after the presentation. Free and open to the public.

At Madison Historical Society this month, come down July 18 for “Crushing New Hampshire History.” Michael Bruno will be on hand with a presentation on New Hampshire’s 255 historical markers, to include the Granville Homestead marker on the lawn of the historical society. His book on the topic will be on sale after the presentation.

News at the police department: Chief Ted Colby has resigned, effective Aug. 1, to combat some medical issues. Ted took over for Chief Mullen, and has maintained a top-tier level of both professionalism and efficiency.

As a part time officer, I’ve worked with him over the last 10 years, and have always been impressed with his approach to law enforcement.

I’ll be taking over for Ted as Chief (and stepping down as selectman), and will endeavor to continue his level of community policing.

On behalf of the town, board of selectmen, and the police department, we wish him our absolute best in the future.

Bob King can be contacted at rjking203@outlook.com.

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