I was deeply saddened to learn of the death on Nov. 18 of one of Tamworth’s most beloved residents David Eastman. He was well-known as a naturalist, author, radio show host and newspaper columnist. A retired Army captain and helicopter pilot, he was a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran and combat hero. His nature column “Country Ecology” was full of interesting and often surprising information about the natural world.

A Catholic Mass funeral at Our Lady of the Mountains in North Conway will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. A Christian military burial at the N.H. State Veterans’ Cemetery in Boscawen will be celebrated the same day at 2:30 p.m. Condolences to Dave’s family and many friends.

Donations in Dave’s memory may be made to the Lakes Region Chapter, Audubon Society of New Hampshire; UNH ROTC; the Nature Fund and World Fellowship Center of Albany.

I always enjoy culinary events hosted by St. Andrew’s in the Valley. One of my favorites, the harvest supper, is coming up on Friday, Nov. 22, starting at 6 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the pie auction at 7 p.m., held by the entertaining Christopher Boldt. Tickets are $15 with a simple supper. Children under 12 are just $5. Bring your own beer or wine. Please inform friends and acquaintances as this is an entertaining evening and a great place to buy Thanksgiving dinner’s dessert.

Join the Chocorua Lake Conservancy and the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts this Sunday, Nov. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth for a Winter Ecology Lantern-Making workshop. The workshop is free, but donations are appreciated. All ages are welcome. If you are 10 or under, bring a helpful adult. Let Chocorua Lake Conservancy know you’re coming, so that they have plenty of materials. For more information, go to chocorualake.org or call (603) 323-6252.

The Tamworth Congregational Church will host Thanksgiving service on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. “Give thanks for what God has given us and to praise and worship Him.”

The most beloved annual event of the Tamworth festive season calendar is the Tamworth Community Nurse Association’s annual Christmas gala. This year, it will be on Dec. 6 in The Preserve’s barn in Chocorua.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’oevres, salad and a delicious buffet, including meat and vegetarian choices, followed by a sumptuous dessert. Chocorua’s own pianist Becky Riley will play Christmas and seasonal music to set the mood for the evening. The cost is $60. Reservations can be made by calling the association at (603) 323-8511.

The annual Christmas tree lighting in the village will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Veterans Park. Gather around the bonfire and sing Christmas Carols after 4 p.m. and await the arrival of Santa, due to arrive at 5 p.m. After Santa lights the tree, we will gather upstairs in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes Fellowship Hall for more caroling and wonderful refreshments.

Betty Wasson who is on the Board of The History Center has asked me to mention that on Tamworth Day someone bought puzzles at the center and she recently found a few pieces of one of them. If you are missing part of your puzzle, call Wasson at (603) 323-7346.

Wasson also wanted me to mention that she heard that Nick Orgetas, formally of Tamworth, recently passed away at his home in Florida. Neighbors may remember that Nick and Dolly owned several rental properties in Tamworth, including Riverside Apartments, and that Nick once ran for selectman in town. Condolences to Dolly and the family.

A large crowd gathered for Veterans Day at the Veterans Memorial at the Four Corners in Tamworth village. Participants included Peg Poirier, who spoke about her late father’s service and mentioned that when he returned to civilian life, he simply went back to the farm, but loved to tell stories about his experiences.

The Silver Lake Singers sang enthusiastically, the Boy Scouts performed the traditional flag ceremony, The Brett School Band played patriotic music and the Rev. Kent Schneider played taps. Afterward, most of us walked down to the townhouse to enjoy a wonderful lunch provided by the veterans committee and residents who donated baked goods. I would like to thank everyone who participated or helped in any way with this important event.

Mary Phelphs, owner of The Preserve in Chocorua, recently hosted an enjoyable pre-season social, featuring fantastic food, including hors d’oevres and three different soups. The event included local vendors who displayed their products. This was a well-attended and very convivial occasion, and I would like to thank Phelphs, her family and staff for their generosity.

Art Works Gallery was represented at the social. Several members of this local cooperative gallery were present, selling their jewelry, art work and photographic items. The following day, I attended an event hosted by Art Works on Route 16 in Chocorua. Visiting this gallery is always a pleasure, and the paintings are all beautiful.

As a component of the current show with special events, “Process to Light,” Peg Scully gave a talk on her journey as an artist, which included teaching hearing-impaired children in various locations.

Scully lives in Freedom, and is inspired by the beauty of the village and its natural surroundings, employing a skillful ability to introduce light and dark into her work. The next presentation of a remarkable artist will be well-known painter Nancy Marsden on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m., followed by “A Photographer’s Perspective” with John Watkins on Sunday, Dec. 15.

On Tuesday, I attended two meetings at Cook Memorial Library. The first was the Tamworth Recycling Group which discusses issues arising from the fact that our transfer station is no longer able to provide recycling for plastic waste. The group has successfully introduced recycling of cans and glass. It also monitors and advocates for bills to facilitate a charge for single use plastic bags. Tamworth Recycling maintains an informative Facebook page which includes many articles and videos from around the world pertaining to recycling issues.

The other event was a timely, informative presentation by professor Cameron Wake on climate and regional climate change. The event at Cook Memorial library was hosted by Chocorua Lake Conservancy and introduced by Juno Lamb. Professor Wake, an ice core paleontologist, described how he uses ice cores from glaciers to help determine climate changes over thousands of years. He is clearly convinced that climate change is real, here and bad, and that most scientists concur.

Challenges that come from climate change include food insecurity, and widespread forest fires. He said we are now in the middle of the Sixth Great Extinction. Public health is affected, owing to increases in air pollution, and vector-born diseases, including Lyme disease. Remedies include renewable energy. He emphasized that this is a moral issue. He addressed the issues of ice melting.

When sea ice disappears, melting ice causes the ocean to rise owing to an increased volume of water, but the warmer water also increases the volume and creates further rise in level. Sea ice reflects radiation and when it is no longer present, the darker water absorbs heat and causes the ocean temperature to rise even more. Wake also addressed the importance of adherence and enforcement of international and carbon enforcement agreements.

Wake advocates strategies which include renewable energy and energy efficiency. He believes that the transformation of our energy sources to renewables will result in the creation of thousands of new jobs. Existing buildings need to adhere to building codes to become energy efficient. Towns should strive to become net zero municipalities.

Wake advocates setting the goal first and working toward that goal. Various associations can help, including the N.H. Clean Energy Association. He mentioned the importance of political action to implement these ideas. I would like to thank Chocorua Conservation and Wake for his in-depth knowledge and meticulously prepared impressive charts. Thanks also to Cook Memorial Library for the use of its conference room.

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