National Battery Day is today in honor of inventor Alessandro Volta. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Beth McCarthy will be at Cook Memorial Library to discuss Volta’s discovery and how it has impacted our world. The issues regarding the safe disposal and recycling of batteries will be addressed. If you bring along spent batteries, McCarthy will dispose of them for you.

The New England Ski Museum, conveniently located next to Schouler Park in North Conway, provides a fascinating look at the evolution of skiing in our area. Executive Director Jeff Leich will be at Cook Memorial Library on Thursday, Feb. 19, to talk about the museum’s current exhibit “Before and Beyond the Lifts: Sketches of Back Country skiing.”

Over the 254 years of its existence, many colorful characters have inhabited Tamworth and given rise to local narratives, anecdotes and legends. Arthur Walden lived in Wonalancet, and famously was part of Admiral Byrd’s First Antarctic expedition and bred the celebrated dog Chinook whose descendants are the Chinook breed, our state dog.

A famous summer resident of Chocorua, the eminent psychologist William James reportedly commented to Arthur Walden: “I have heard many stories about you, they can’t all possibly be true, but tell me, did you ride your horse into the Town Hall on Election Day, circling behind the voting booth, and out again, before the sheriff could catch you?”

The Tamworth History Center is hosting Chinook Day on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, co-sponsored by the Chinook Owners’ Association and Tamworth History Center, is a day of learning about Arthur Walden, his lead dog Chinook and an opportunity to meet Chinook dogs and puppies, take pictures, and go on a dog sled ride. Admissions by donation.

I have recently become interested in the poetry of Rumi, the Persian mystic, preacher, father and seer, whose verses, according to his biographer Brad Gooch, sing the religion of love through time and place. I was inspired to see that Cook Memorial Library has an exhibit celebrating Rumi and there will be a reading of his poems from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24.

First run in 1937, the Tamworth Sled Dog Races is the oldest sprint dog sled race in the country and hugely popular with residents and tourists. The event has been rescheduled for the weekend Feb. 29 to March 1. The races take place on and on trails close to Chocorua Lake, visible from locations off Route 16

Cook Memorial Library Director Mary Cronin and Library Trustee Nate Winship are offering assistance with municipal tax abatement (call 603-323 8510). Applications are due at the town office by March 1.

“Whimsey,” the 3-D printer is available to use at the library for the month of February, thanks to a grant from the N.H. State Library. Go on tinkercad.com for software, beginner tutorials, and sample projects or ready-to-go files at thingiverse.com. Call the library to schedule time with the printer. Cook Memorial Library, one of my favorite locations, offers programs for all ages, and is a vibrant, friendly place.

The Chocorua Community Church, located opposite Runnells Hall, offers a coffee club, The Mug Club, open every morning from 9 a.m. to noon, and hosted by Erica Boynton, who provides a friendly presence, and organizes the coffee and edibles. Everyone is invited to come and join in the conversation about local or personal issues, this and that or just sit quietly and enjoy the ambience of the lovely home style location and comfortable chairs.

Ossipee Concerned Citizens, conveniently located in Center Ossipee, serves meals daily to seniors for a nominal free will offering. The food is amazing, and there is usually a salad bar, comparable with that in most restaurants. A professional cook and dedicated assistants take great pains to provide a great selection of food, and the soups and stews are legendary. The kitchen also provides food for the Meals on Wheels program for Ossipee and Tamworth. Lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m. Food is brought over to the Tamworth Town House each Monday, except on holidays and in inclement weather. This is an enjoyable weekly gathering of friends and neighbors. Come along.

Every four years, our state and local communities are in the national spotlight for the first-in-the-nation primaries. Because there were so many contenders this year, there were many opportunities to see, hear and speak to aspiring presidential contenders in local venues against a wintry background. The culmination was the election last Tuesday, which in Tamworth took place at our historic Townhouse. When I arrived, there were lines, but the process was quick and efficient and I emerged in less than five minute, wearing my “I voted” sticker. Thanks to everyone involved who worked tirelessly all day to make voting possible.

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