Fall foliage brightens our landscape, spreading egg and ketchup colors, reflected in lakes, ponds and rivers. The fall webworm has been casting what appear as nature’s Halloween decorations: tent like webs adorning trees of several species. A particular favorite host appears to be apple trees. My crab apple tree and many conifers are devastated and devoid of leaves I am hoping they will recover.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Eastern Slopes thrift store will be holding a Sweater Day on Saturday, Oct. 5. If you would like to spruce up your sweater collection in readiness for the coming winter, this is for you. Stop by the thrift shop located behind the Tamworth farmers' market at 30 Tamworth Road, open Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

I have always appreciated Lake Chocorua for its pristine qualities and magnificent views. I thought it was time to show support for Chocorua Lake Conservancy and recently became a member. On Wednesday, Oct. 9, starting at 9 a.m., join Chocorua Lake Conservancy Stewardship Director Lynne Flaccus for trail work on the upper portion of the Clark Reserve. Volunteers will clear growth along the trail and prepare it for a winter of snowshoeing. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. “Impacts of Weather and Climate on Fall Bird Migration" will be presented by Will Broussard of the Mount Washington Observatory at Cook Memorial Library. On Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 a.m., join a bird walk to observe season migrant songbirds.

A word from Tamworth Community Nurse Association about the Meals on Wheels program: “Many of our neighbors see just one person throughout the whole day: their Meals on Wheels volunteer. With a smile, a kind ‘hello’ and a quick conversation, you as a volunteer deliver so much more than a meal to our home-bound neighbors. This impact is not only meaningful to our neighbors served — research overwhelmingly shows that volunteers delivering for Meals on Wheels find it so gratifying, they almost see it as selfish. It’s this personal reward that drives the power behind our special connection shared between four real Meals on Wheels volunteers and some of the seniors to whom you would deliver. It is more than enjoying the fulfillment of doing something good for your community, it illustrates a genuine bond, friendship, inspiration, humor and sage advice delivered in return by our clients — all sparked by you volunteering to delivering a meal in the neighborhood.”

Give Marletta a call at the Tamworth Community Nurse Association at (603) 323-8511 to get you started. This seems to be a good time to mention the excellent meals served to seniors by Ossipee Concerned Citizens from Monday to Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at its location in Center Ossipee. A kind volunteer transports meals on Mondays to The Tamworth Town House and serves meals there for seniors from noon to 1 p.m.

One of my favorite venues is the beautiful Preserve in Chocorua, so I am delighted that this year’s Tamworth Community Nurse Association concert fundraiser will take place there on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Wall of Grass captures the energy of different genres. The performers form a circle singing, playing numerous instruments, cascading into a symphony of music for the soul. The core of musicians represents a Who’s Who of the music scene coming together to benefit the Tamworth Community Nurse Association, serving the residents of Tamworth for 98 year.

The nursing association offers individuals of all ages free skilled nursing care, educational programs and assistance in coordinating access to other available services and resources. Purchase tickets from the Tamworth Community Nurse office in the town offices building. The suggested donation is $20. Call (603) 323-8511 for details.

The OASIS inter-generational reading program is seeking volunteers to help struggling young readers learn to love books. Read with one child for one hour a week, every week for the school year. No experience is necessary and there is a training program and support throughout the year. Join a group of fun tutors in Tamworth. For more information, contact Sue Colten at (603) 323-9717.

On Saturday, one of my favorite events, the annual meeting of The Friends of Cook Memorial Library took place at The Townhouse. Highlights included the 2019 presentation of the annual report by President Jan Hamel.

Thanks to the generous support of members, last year was one of the most successful. Hamel praised Library Director Mary Cronin, mentioning that one of funded items included a long awaited loft play area in the children’s room. Other efforts include the Baby Book Program, which welcomes each Tamworth newborn with a collection of board books a hand made bag crafted by members of Altrusa. Gail Marrone heads up this project. Other fundraisers include the Annex book sales, on going throughout the year on the first Saturday of each month.

Volunteers, headed by Annex Chair Marge Clothier, work very hard in the Annex sorting, collating and selling donated books. In addition there are two major fundraisers: the Cabin Fever Book and Bake Sale with its silent auction, and the plant sale and calendar raffle co-hosted with Altrusa.

Friends of Cook Memorial Library values the support, collaboration and appreciation of the Library Trustees. Marrone recognized Nate Winship, library liaison to the trustees for his efforts in communicating between the board and the Friends. She also praised the stellar work of all the Friends, including vice president and co-chair Donna Whipple, secretary Kate Vachon, co-chair and bookkeeper Annie Burke.

Thanks also to all board members and volunteers who support our wonderful library programing. Library Director Cronin read out her wish list, unanimously approved by the members. Also approved was the nominating slate of officers:  Hamel, president; Donna Whipple, vice president; Vachon, secretary, and Annie Burke, treasurer.

The business part of the meeting was followed by a delicious light lunch provided by The Friends. The keynote speaker this year was Terry Farrish, who gave an informative and timely talk about her adventurous life’s journey as witness, writer and collaborator with newcomers to New Hampshire.

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