The second Saturday contra dance at the Tamworth Town House is canceled.

Belle Staffords talk about a month’s travel around Kathmandu Valley, Nepal with a shaman, and how ancient healing traditions are alive and pertinent today will be at Cook Memorial Library on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m.

Farmers, local food advocates and eaters are invited to attend the third annual gathering of the Mount Washington Valley Eaters and Growers on March 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Runnells Hall in Chocorua. This is a grower-organized, non-profit working to provide a voice for farmers on farm-related topics. Its mission is to strengthen the regional food system through communication, collaboration and cooperation with our farmers and local communities. Come along, enjoy a locally sourced meal and hear the keynote speaker sustainable agriculture expert Dr. Rebecca Sideman from UNH. The meal will highlight some of the products grown in the Mount Washington Valley, and include overwintered spinach soup, farmer’s soup, and cornbread. Admission is by donation. RSVP by calling (603) 447-3834.

The fourth annual Wet Paint Week is an opportunity for local and visiting artists to paint together, learn from each other, and show their day’s masterpieces to the public to view and purchase while they’re still drying.

This popular week-long event begins on Monday, April 27, and concludes on Sunday, May 3. I have participated each year and have learned that plein air painters are delightful people and derive joy from transposing what they perceive in the beauty of our local landscapes onto canvas to produce attractive and sought-after works of art.

Following is a list of the art receptions free and open to the public: Monday April 27: meet-the-artists spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m . This event is free (donations welcome). Wednesday, April 29: Wet Walls reception and art sale from 5 to 7 p.m.; Friday May 1: Artist Quick Draw from 9 a.m. to noon in Tamworth Village and Village Stroll and Art Sale from 5 to 7 p.m.; Saturday May 2: Collector’s Gala Reception and Art Sale from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The Preserve; The Artist’s Table Benefit Dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the barn at The Preserve (tickets cost $100); Sunday May 3: Coffee, Pastry and Final Art Sale from 8 to 10 a.m. at The Preserve.

If you are an artist interested in participating, you can find information regarding costs and an entry form online at wetpaint.com. You will also find pictures of last year’s paintings, an indication of the wide artistic style of the artists. So plan to participate, or attend some of the events at The Preserve.

The Friends of the Library’s Cabin Fever Book and Bake Sale took place last Saturday, was well attended and raised a total of $900. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this event a success. Attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch of homemade soup while socializing. As usual, I departed staggering under items I successfully bid on from the silent auction and intend to donate some of them to future fundraising events.

The Friends is a wonderful group of library supporters who raise money for items not funded by the town, including year round programing, staff continuing education, The Directors Wish List and museum passes. After the event, I obtained free passes for the Remick Museum and Farm and enjoyed viewing the exhibits. The library has passes for Remick Farm and Museum (excluding special events) for a family; Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (valid for two $5 trail admissions, plus discounted admissions; open May to October); N.H. State Parks Day Pass is available with exceptions; N.H. Historical Society in Concord. Those interested in obtaining a pass, inquire at the library front desk or phone the library for information, and reserve a pass.

On Monday, I attended a wonderful Souper Supper event at The Preserve. As always, the soup was delicious, the tables exquisitely set up in the barn and guests had an opportunity to enjoy drinks from the bar with plentiful hors d’oeuvres. The evening was relatively warm, and several of us enjoyed sitting outside on the spacious deck absorbing the evening sun. Everyone enjoyed a bingo game. I haven’t played bingo since I was 6 years old and won the grand prize: a burger evening at The Preserve, and a beautiful mug. Thanks so much to the Phelps family for their hospitality and to Erica Boynton whose culinary expertise knows no bounds.

Voting for town officers took place this Tuesday at the Tamworth Town House and as always the process was orderly and convivial. There was only one contested position: Congratulations to Kelly Goodson who defeated Jim Hidden for the position of selectman. The electorate voted to retain the fivemember select board. Thanks to all the volunteers who enabled voting to take place and to all the great folks standing for office to run our amazing town.

Town meeting took place on Wednesday, and Tamworth Recycling members were handing out literature in the lobby as we entered. The Tamworth Community Nurses Association was distributing information on how to avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus and supplying voters with bottles of hand sanitizer. Thanks, Tamworth Community Nurses Association for being proactive in keeping us safe and informed.

There was a long delay in the determination of Article 3 because of some legal confusion, and a paper ballot. The article would have established the adoption of a municipal budget committee and objections included the fact that town boards have difficulty finding members and the introduction of another board would further impact those available to serve. The article was tabled. Article 7, which would have enabled the addition of a police officer to the police department, failed to pass.

This article was not supported by the selectmen and the prevailing opinion from the voters was taxpayers cannot afford the additional expense at this time. A discussion centered on fireworks which cannot be held on Family Day, July 4, because the town was unable to contract with the company that sets off the fireworks. The proposal to move fireworks to June 27 was rejected.

Another discussion centered around a warrant to spend $150,000 on architectural drawings for a new Central Fire/Police Station. Objections raised were that a location has not been determined and taxpayers cannot afford the expenditure, and the warrant was rejected.

Another item that generated discussion was to authorize the board of selectmen to enter into a contract with Action Ambulance Services. The warrant article passed, but discussion centered around the fact that the ambulance company bills patients for transportation in addition to being paid a considerable amount of money from our taxes. According to figures passed along to me by a kind, vigilant attendee, we passed a total of $4,532,654, a 5.3 percent reduction from the original warrant. Of this, a total of $3,633,899, will come from taxes, the remainder from grants, revenue, capital reserves, and fund balance.

Many Tamworth residents generously donated clothing and personal care items to assist the 15 families made homeless by a fire in Ossipee that destroyed an apartment building and all their possessions. Staff of White Horse Addiction Center took the lead in helping. A temporary collection center is located at the Old Indian Mound hardware store in Ossipee. A Support Ossipee Brick Manor Victims Facebook page has been set up to inform the community about efforts to help the victims.

The center is no longer accepting clothing but is welcoming gift or gas cards and cash. One issue is that the displaced families have to live outside the town and their children need to be driven to school, a problem for families with only one vehicle. Furniture is not being accepted until the victims are permanently housed. Sadly, only a couple of days after the Ossipee fire, a Tamworth family were victims of a fire that destroyed their home. They are also being helped by Support Ossipee Fire Victims. The most pressing issue is finding permanent housing for the victims. If anyone can help, post on the Facebook page above.

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