Spring Happenings at Alyson’s Orchard

Just the thought that Fran Imhoff and the rest of the orchard staff has spring events planned is encourageing, don’t you think? – Lil

 

Spring Gala & Benefit Auctionatat

Benefit for Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Friday, April 10 at 6PM

Wine, Beer, and Appetizers

Buffet Dinner & Dessert

Silent & Live Auction

Live Music & Dancing by the Bluebird Orchestra

$75 pp or $500 for a table of 8

802-257-0124, ext. 101

www.brattleboromuseum.org

5th Annual Gardening Event

Better Herbs, Better Flavor, Better Health

Benefit for Parks Place Community Resource Center

Sunday, April 12 from 2:00 – 5:00

Silent Auction Preview at 1:30 PM

Refreshments & Cash Bar

Speaker:  Misha Johnson

Cooking Demonstration:  Chef Susie Crowther

Admission by Donation

802-463-9927

Admission by Donation

www.parksplacevt.org

Walpole Unitarian Church News for April

Antonia Andreoli wants everyone to know that they are back in the church! – Lil

After three months of energy-saving services up at our Hastings House, we return to the church on Main Street on Easter Sunday.

April 5’s Easter Service will be led by our minister Lisa Mobayed. She writes: “at Easter, some of us wonder whether to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, nature’s renewal happening all around us, or a gift-bearing bunny.  We will explore how these different understandings of Easter are mutually supporting and enhancing.”
April 12 we will welcome Rev. Bill Nelson, a visiting minister from Springfield, Vermont.
On April 19, Minister Mobayed will lead the service, Greening Power: “Nine hundred years ago the Christian mystic, Hildegard of Binger, developed ideas about life’s generative force, how it flows through us and through the world.  She called it viriditas, or the green truth, and expressed in word, music and art its healing and life-giving properties – accessible to each and everyone of us.”
On April 26:  The Better Angels of Our Nature:  Charles Butterfield, All Souls Church, West Brattleboro, will explore one psychologist’s interpretation of Abraham Lincoln’s famous reference to “the better angels of our nature.”  Stephen Pinker identifies those angels as empathy, self-control, the moral sense and reason. He argues that those four components of our collective psyche have made and are making our world less violent than we suppose.

 

 

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/19/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

MARCH 19, 2015

Selectboard Present: Whitney Aldrich; Steven Dalessio; Peggy Pschirrer

CALL TO ORDER: Mrs. Borden called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. She advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record. There were four people in attendance.

NOMINATION OF OFFICERS: CHAIR: Mr. Aldrich nominated Mr. Dalessio as the Chair for the 2015-2016 year. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. There were no other nominations. With Mr. Aldrich and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. Mr. Dalessio abstained from the vote. Mr. Aldrich moved that the Secretary cast one vote for Mr. Dalessio as the Chair. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Mr. Aldrich and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. Mr. Dalessio abstained from the vote.

PAYROLL: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending March 14, 2015 in the amount of $22,943.05 for checks dated March 20, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,931.98 for the week ending March 14, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest with the exception of the Monadnock Family Services payment in the amount of $4,668.00 that was withheld. The new total is $521,714.45 for checks dated March 20, 2015. This includes a monthly payment to the Fall Mountain Regional School District in the amount of $488,319.18. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – March 12, 2015: Mr. Aldrich moved to approve the Minutes of the March 12, 2015, Selectboard meeting as corrected. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mrs. Pschirrer abstained as she was not in attendance as a Selectboard member.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – March 12, 2015: Mr. Aldrich moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of March 12, 2015, as submitted. The Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mrs. Pschirrer abstained as she was not in attendance as a Selectboard member.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: The Selectboard received and reviewed the Minutes of the following meetings:

 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – March 17, 2015;

 Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment – March 18, 2015.

OLD BUSINESS:

TOWN HALL KITCHEN REMODELING COMMITTEE: Mr. Dalessio suggested that Mrs. Clough form a committee to look at the kitchen renovations plus the cost during this next week. Mrs. Pschirrer will be the liaison for this committee. Mr. Aldrich moved to form a committee to look into the Town Hall kitchen renovations plus the cost. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING: Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting. The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:14 PM. The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:50 PM.

NEW BUSINESS: SILVER DIRECT PRINTING BILL: The Selectboard and Mrs. Clough discussed options for paying the bill for the Town Reports. The Town received 846 books; 186 books were returned. The Town ended up with 660 books; Silver Direct states the Town ended up with 700 books. They came down on the original price which was $5.20/book to $4.75/book. This was due to delivery being a week late and printing errors. Mr. Dalessio recommended paying for books the Town actually received plus negotiate a bill for nine hours of personnel time at rate plus 25%. They should know we were not happy with the books.

SBW BANKING RESOLUTION: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to sign the Savings Bank of Walpole forms to establish an escrow account for the $25,000 deposit check for the sale of the Hooper property and to update the various bank accounts to reflect Mrs. Pschirrer as the new Selectperson. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD LIAISON APPOINTMENTS:

The Selectboard agreed to be Liaisons for the following departments for the 2015-2016 year: Highway Department – Mrs. Pschirrer Police Department – Mr. Dalessio Recycling Department – Mr. Aldrich Planning Board – Mr. Dalessio Hooper Committee and Hooper Scholarship Committee – Mrs. Pschirrer Conservation Commission – Mr. Aldrich Recreation Department – Mr. Aldrich Library – Mrs. Pschirrer There was discussion relative to one of the Selectboard attending an occasional meeting of the Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment and the North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners. There was a consensus that if either Board is having a meeting on a major project that one member of the Selectboard will act as the Liaison.

COMMITTEE / BOARD VACANCIES:

Hooper Scholarship Committee:Mrs. Pschirrer moved to appoint Susan Wyckoff to the Hooper Scholarship Committee for a three year term beginning in March of 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Hooper Institute Committee: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to appoint Karen Kuniholm and Joseph Coneeny to the Hooper Institute Committee for three year terms beginning in March of 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

It was noted that there will be vacancies on the WRAP Committee.

Mrs. Clough made a change of expiration dates on the Conservation Commission Alternates. They used to have two members expiring in one year and one member in another year, not broken out like the other committees, it should be one each year – 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Mrs. Clough will post a list of the remaining vacancies with a deadline date for applying as April 2nd, 2015.

WATER DEPARTMENT: Mrs. Clough distributed copies of the quote for the water meter that Mr. Mark Houghton would like to purchase for the meter reader. He would like to order it soon to be able to use it before the May meter readings. This was included in the budget recently approved by the voters. The Selectboard approved and signed the bill from Ocean State Meter Services & Supply in the amount of $18,725.00.

PERSONNEL FORMS: Mr. Aldrich moved to approve and sign the personnel forms for the 2% raise as voted by the Town voters. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY: Mrs. Pschirrer would like to look into having a Conflict of Interest Clause. She would like to address it this year.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION: Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations. Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote, the motion was approved at 7:30 PM. The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:03 PM.

ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting. Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:04 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Walpole Farmers Market

WFM hen Tilly superimposed over view of market
blueberries

Summer Markets
Fridays, 4 to 6 pm
Walpole Common (usually)
May 16 to Oct 10

The Market in Transition

March 27, 2015

Dear Friends, Vendors, and Patrons of the Walpole Farmers Market (WFM),

I am sending this message out so that everyone would have an idea of what the status is for the Walpole Farmers Market in 2015. Just to review, in 2014, the market saw very little growth, if anything I think there was a decline in patrons, basically there never seemed to be much of a crowd. Despite that we still made some sales, but quite honestly, I don’t think that any of us made the kind of sales that you could describe as sustainable.

Towards the end of the season, as the Market Manager, I started thinking about what could be done to fix or change this. I had conversations with vendors, with Jill Robinson, and with some of the vendors that had helped to launch this market. The conclusion that I came to was that the WFM would not survive another summer if it continued to operate in the same way. We need to either close this market or really look at changing the way it operates. There will not be a Walpole Farmers Market in 2015, but there is a real possibility to restructure this market and re-launch in 2016.

There are several critical items that need to be addressed.
1. A structure of some kind needs to be developed. Volunteer Coordinators are great, but having volunteered for countless hours for the WFM, there is true burn out. A working board of directors with members that know they can come on and then go off on a regular basis makes better sense.
2. Guidelines should be reviewed and reworked.
3. A workable Day of the Week and Time Frame should be established.

On the question of location, we have a generous offer from Tedd Benson, making use of the field space near Carols Ice Cream Scoop Shop. This site should eventually become the home of the Great River Food Coop, it makes sense that the for the WFM to make use of this space and then be dovetailed into the development of the Coop. Or we can just stay on the Common the town would be supportive of that. But to do any of this in 2015 or 2016 means some changes.

As you know, Jill Robinson stepped aside last year, and I would now like to step aside too, as Market Manager. Jill and I are willing to be the “keepers of the WFM gear” (Bank acct, EBT Stuff, tents, tables, signs, website). For the market to move forward some others are going to have to step forward to shoulder some of the responsibilities for crafting a new plan for the market.

Clai Lasher, was a vendor last summer, she is very interested in supporting the WFM thru this transition. The board members of the Great River Food Coop are too. If you would like to see the WFM return, and you are willing to help, even in a small way, please let us know.

Just so you know I have reserved the town common on November 21st, so that the WFM can be a part of the church fairs that day, and I can look into booking the town hall if there is interest in a December Holiday Market. I figure by that time if we know what is going to happen in 2016 we should be able to start getting the word out.

The WFM website will still function, with vendor info. Any vendor who has participated in the market is invited to check out their info, make sure it is still up to date. If you were previously a vendor and would like to be listed as a vendor of farm products etc, then send an email with the following: Name of Business, your name, your location, what you are selling, and email or phone contact info. This can be sent to jill@walpolefarmersmarket.com

Thanks for your interest in the Walpole Farmers Market,

With best regards,

Holly Gowdy
Holly@walpolefarmersmarket.com

Beekeeping Workshops

 Since”The Clarion” had already gone to press, Barbara Kasoer asked me to let you know about the beekeeping workshops being provided by Charlie Andros.

 

Charlie is a former NH/VT Apiary Inspector and will be holding beekeeping workshops at 18 MacLean Road in Alstead on April 18th, May 16th, July 18th and September 12.  The workshops are from 1:00-4:00 PM.  If you would like more information you can email him at lindenap@gmail.com or call 603-756-9056.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/12/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

MARCH 12, 2015

Selectboard Present: Chas Street (Chair); Whitney Aldrich; Steven Dalessio

CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Street called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. He advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record. There were seven people in attendance. These are unapproved Minutes.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

MR. JIM TERRELL – Highway Department: Mr. Terrell talked with Mr. Kreissle about the salt budget; it ended up better than he anticipated. He submitted a 2015 Salt, Sand & Overtime summary for the Selectboard to review. He feels the Salt budget will be fine for 2015. The Sand budget is over; they had budgeted $50,000. They used all the sand that was in the yard plus $3,783 was spent to buy more. He had already contracted to buy 600 more yards which came to $4,800. The sand line-item is now negative $8,383. There will not be enough to finish out 2015 if we have another winter like 2014. He would be comfortable ordering another 600 yards.

Relative to Overtime he feels it would be prudent to add another 25 hours just in case it is needed. If they added another $20,000 to this budget and subtracted the above figures it would leave about $7,600 for additional expenses, if needed. Following a discussion there was a consensus of the Selectboard to leave the proposed 2015 budget as is and to hope it is a normal year weather-wise without any emergencies and/or severe storms.

Relative to the Interim Inspection of Municipally Owned Bridges (red listed) from the Department of Transportation. Mr. Terrell was aware of the bridge over Houghton Brook on Wentworth Road. They had put in some guardrails and did shoulder work. There is a plan to fix it and money in the budget but when they tried to get an “Expedited Permit” to do the work from the Department of Environmental Services (DES) they said “no”; now we are going into the third year trying to get a permit. Warren Stevens is working on that. It is not a major problem to fix it and not very expensive but they need the permit.

He just recently heard about the other bridge on Main Street over Old Mill Pond Brook. The main issue is the corrosion near the bottom where the water runs. DES is worried because corrosion tends to speed up as time goes by. Warren Stevens and he looked at it after they were notified by the DES and they concurred on an easy fix but this would also require a permit.

Mr. Terrell is aware of the missing Weight Posting sign (E2) at the north end of the Old Mill Pond Brook Bridge but will need to order one. There is money in the budget for engineering. He would like to take care of these two bridges as soon as possible.

Mr. Terrell had an employee leave as he is moving out of town. The vacancy has been advertised and a few applications have been received.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $73,936.03 for checks dated March 13, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending March 7, 2015, in the amount of $21,207.99 for checks dated March 13, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,856.05 for the week ending March 7, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES: SELECTBOARD MEETING – March 5, 2015: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of March 5, 2015, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – March 5, 2015: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 5, 2015, as submitted. The Minutes will not be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: The Selectboard received and reviewed the Minutes of the following meetings:

 Planning Board Meeting – March 10, 2015;

 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – March 10, 2015.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER: POTTER, Old Keene Road, Map & Lot #007-022-001: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber, No. 14-461-20-T, for Edward Potter off the Old Keene Road, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

ABATEMENTS / REFUNDS: JR DEVELOPMENT, LLC., Ames Plaza, Map & Lot #012-055-002A: Mr. Street explained that this went before the Board of Land and Tax Appeals (BLTA) and the Town was represented by Avitar Associates. This Abatement Agreement is the result of those negotiations between JR Development, Inc. and the Town of Walpole. The square footage was wrong therefore they were being taxed on a larger square footage; this is the middle section that was taken over by another owner. Mr. Dalessio explained that it was decreased from 27,666 to 15,520 square feet. For the current year they added back in the small storage addition in back of the Sears Hometown Store. Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Abatement application for the municipality in accordance with RSA 76:16 to JR Development, LLC. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio moved to authorize the Chair to sign the Settlement Agreement between the Town of Walpole and JR Development, LLC for Lots 12-55-2, 12-55-2A and 12-55-13. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Notice of Property Tax Abatement / Refund for Map and Lot #12-55- 2A, JR Development, LLC for the year 2013 in the amount of $11,929.14. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Notice of Property Tax Abatement / Refund for Map and Lot #12-55- 2A, JR Development, LLC for the tax year 2014 in the amount of $10,055.52. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NEW BUSINESS:

LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION MEETING INVITATION: An invitation was received from the City of Keene to attend a meeting of the Keene City Council and Keene Delegation to keep informed on legislative proposals and discuss issues of concern. The main topic of discussion will be the Maplewood Nursing Home. Over the years they have expanded the list of invited guests to reflect the fact that legislation does not recognize town boundaries but extends out to their wider communities. The members of the SAU 29 School Board, the Cheshire County Commissioners and area Selectmen are invited to bring up their own legislative concerns at this meeting. This meeting is scheduled for March 30th, 2015, in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 3 Washington Street, Keene beginning at 6:30 pm.

DES DREDGE PROJECT: Mr. Aldrich advised that the Town received notification and a packet of information that the State will be doing some dredging in North Walpole in the harbor. A copy will be sent to the North Walpole Board of Commissioners for their information.

HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Mrs. Edkins advised that Mrs. Holly Gowdy came in this afternoon to advise that they are not going to continue the Friday afternoon Farmers Markets but they would like to use the Common on the week-end after Thanksgiving Day when the two churches and the Orchard School are holding their Christmas Bazaars. Mr. Dalessio pointed out that the need for the Farmers Market is going away as a lot of local stores are handling their produce and products. The Selectboard had no objections to their using the Common on this week-end.

CHESHIRE COUNTY PROPOSED BUDGET: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter and summary of the 2015 Executive Committee’s Proposed Budget. This budget will be going before the County Delegation on Monday, March 16, 2015, at 7:00 pm at the old Cheshire County Court House, 2nd Floor County Hall, 12 Court Street in Keene.

OLD BUSINESS: Town Hall Renovations: An email was received from Mrs. Clough regarding the Town Hall kitchen renovations. Mrs. Edkins pointed out that a concern is the safety aspect. They talked to Mr. Mark Houghton about this and several people have looked at it. A question is whether or not a fire suppression system is required if renovations are made. Mrs. Pschirrer feels a dish washer is the biggest item. Mr. Dalessio mentioned there are other options they need to pursue. These are 2014 funds that have been carried-over.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING: Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting. The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:52 PM. The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:26 PM.

NEW BUSINESS (Continued): TRUSTEES OF TRUST FUNDS – Resignation: Mrs. Peggy Pschirrer submitted her resignation from the Trustees of Trust Funds effective March 14, 2015. She will work with her replacement.

TRUSTEES OF TRUST FUNDS – Appointment: Mr. Dalessio moved to appoint Tom Goins to fill the balance of Mrs. Pschirrer’s term as a Trustee of the Trust Funds. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

TOWN REPORT: Mrs. Pschirrer recommended that an apology be extended to Robert Kimball as his name was not listed under the Trustees of Trust Funds in the front of the Town Report. Mr. Dalessio felt they would make a statement during the Town Meeting and apologize for the omission. Mr. Aldrich pointed out that on page 8 in the Town Report under the Election Results it indicates that “James Aldrich” explained the budget instead of “Whitney Aldrich”.

NON-PUBLIC SESSION: Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel. Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:37 PM. The regular meeting resumed at 7:48 PM.

NEW BUSINESS (Continued): Selectboard: Mr. Street said Thank You, it has been a pleasure serving on the Selectboard and it has been a great year. We are in good shape. Mrs. Pschirrer will be the new Selectboard member.

ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Four Season Gardening – 4/11/15

In the interest of full disclosure, I am just closing out a full month in Florida and I am ready to start working in the summertime garden.I do understand however that when we get back to Walpole, Mike’s program may seem more relevant! – Lil 

     
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‘Four Season Gardening’ Workshop …Adding Year-round Interest to Your Yard

Waiting For Spring

WHEN:
Saturday, April 11

WHERE:
Bridge Memorial Library
Walpole, NH

TIME:
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Don’t let the cold and snow of future winters keep you from enjoying a visually interesting yard in years to come. Michael Nerrie, the designer and builder of Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole, will discuss the many ways to add color and shape to your landscape in every season. A number of plants that supply seasonal interest will be highlighted, along with specific design principles you can use to build an outdoor space you will love to view year-round.

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Please call the Walpole Library at 756-9806 or email: walpolelibrary@comcast.net for more information

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