Celebrate Nature this Weekend at Distant Hill Gardens – 7/5/15

Nature’s Fireworks at Distant Hill

Rose Pogonia Orchid

Nature’s “fireworks” display of Rose Pogonia Orchids in the fen.

Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole will be open to the public this coming Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5, from 10 am to 4 pm for a celebration of Nature. On both Saturday and Sunday, every hour on the hour, 10 am to 3 pm, there will be educational guided ‘Bog Tours’ of this rare wetland habitat.

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A native carnivorous plant, the Round-leaved Sundew.

Many of the native plants are in bloom in our bog, including the beautiful Rose Pogonia Orchid (Pagonia ophioglossoides), Large Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon), White Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata) and a small native carnivorous plant the Round-leaved Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia).

We think you will find the boardwalk across our quaking Cranberry Bog to be a unique experience!

After exploring the quaking bog, we will visit our nearby Black Ash Seep at Distant Hill to view the Swamp Beacons (Mitrula elegans), an interesting orange fungi putting on a colorful display in the shallow waters of this uncommon wetland.

Please Note: Depending on the number of people on any given ‘Bog Tour’, the boardwalk may sink slightly under the weight of the group.
Please wear boots or shoes that can get wet… or go barefoot!

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A wetland loving fungi called Swamp Beacons (Mitrula elegans)

In addition to the display of color in the wetlands, the Cultivated Gardens at Distant Hill Gardens have numerous blooming plants bursting forth with colors that can rival any pyrotechnics spectacle. Even if you have visited Distant Hill Gardens in the past, you might find it is worth another visit.

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For directions and more information go to:
www.distanthillgardens.org

or call Michael at 603-756-4179

Library Update

There will NOT be a Summer Reading Program event this Thursday, July 2. Our next program is Wednesday, July 8, at 10 am. The Grafton Museum will be here with a program on Regal Eagles.
The library will be closed Saturday, July 4 in observance of the holiday.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 6/18/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

JUNE 18, 2015

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio (Chair); Whitney Aldrich; Peggy Pschirrer

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio 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 three people in attendance.

These are unapproved Minutes.

NON-PUBLIC SESSION:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:36 PM.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $585,149.52.  This includes a monthly payment in the amount of $488,319.18 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.  The following check will be held: to the Central Chrysler Jeep Dodge which is for the police cruiser in the amount of $27,320.00 until the appropriate deposit is made in the Capital Reserve Fund.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending June 13, 2015, in the amount of $20,234.55 for checks dated June 19, 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 $4,527.13 for the week ending June 13, 2015.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – June 11, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of June 11, 2015, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – June 11, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 11, 2015, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • Walpole Town Library Board of Trustees – June 9, 2015;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – June 16, 2015; and
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment – June 17, 2015.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS AND REFUND:

KINGSBURY, Kingsbury Road, Map & Lot #008-117-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve that the Property Tax Abatement be refunded for Mr. Justin Kingsbury in the amount of $348.80.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

WARRANTS:

TIMBER TAX WARRANTS & YIELD TAXES ASSESSED:

GALLOWAY-LECLERC, 721 County Road, Map & Lot #002-012-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Timber Tax Levy for the Tax Year April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, Operation #14-461-03-T,  for Jan Galloway-Leclerc in the amount of $81.78.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

KELLER, Drewsville, NH, Map & Lot #015-024-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Timber Tax Levy for the Tax Year April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, Operation #14-461-07-T, for Alicia Keller and Paul Keller in the amount of $571.31.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

RAY BOAS PROPOSAL: Mr. Jim Terrell is waiting for an estimate.  There was a consensus of the Selectboard to accept Mr. Boas’ gift this year subject to budget appropriations for the installation next year.

NEW BUSINESS:

LETTER FROM LEN TEX WALLCOVERINGS: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter from Mr. Charles Lennon, VP at Len Tex.  Mr. Dalessio reported that Mr. Lennon went to the Planning Board meeting on June 9th, 2015.  Everything he is objecting to is a Zoning Board matter in North Walpole.  It was recommended that he go to the North Walpole Zoning Board first.  The Walpole Planning Board will not act until they have something from the North Walpole Zoning Board.

VPN NETWORK IN TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE: Mr. Dalessio has been assisting Mrs. Smith who has to switch over to the VPN Network.  It has to be done by September to meet the State’s requirements.  Thanks to Mr. Kreissle and Mrs. Clough they were able to get a second phone line in that office.  Mrs. Smith is happy to have the second phone line.

WEEKLY VEHICLE COUNT, May 26 – June 2, 2015 – School Street:  Mrs. Pschirrer requested that they wait until they have the data from the other two streets so it can be done all together.

AUDIT UPDATEMr. Dalessio reported that the audit is going well.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mrs. Pschirrer 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 7:59 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:04 PM.

WALPOLE LIBRARYMrs. Pschirrer reported that the Library is moving close to offering the job to a candidate.  They did interviews two times.

TOWN ORDINANCES:  Mr. Dalessio advised that going forward they will have a policy to hold a Public Hearing on all proposed ordinances.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:14 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Summer Sunset Services at the Walpole Unitarian Church

The first of four EVENING SERVICES will be held this Sunday evening, July 5. We will meet at 6:30 for light refreshment then adjourn to the lawn on the corner of Union and Main, where we will meet around a campfire for songs and stories. This is one of our Families First Sunday services, and the theme is PEACE. Songs will be led by Jared Stolper, and all are welcome. Children are encouraged to come in pajamas – we expect the service will be over around 8. Bring chairs or blankets, although we will have several of each available if you forget!
Other Sunday evening services will be outside around the fire on July 12, Aug 2 (another Families First service), and August 9.
Call Antonia Andreoli, 756-9036 or Dorothy Read, 802-463-9333 if you want more information.

Public Hearing – 7/13/15

Cathy White asked that i do what I can to assure that people are aware of the hearing that is being held on July 13th.  Eric Merklein had written an article for the Clarion that I would call to your attention in case you missed it.  – Lil

My husband and I thought that it might be appropriate for the Walpolean to publish news of the Public Hearing scheduled (according to the Clarion we received today) for Monday, July 13th at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall regarding the conversion of Jack Franks’ apartment development into state-subsidized “work-force” housing of 21 units.
This is his new “phase 1″ portion of the development he continues to hope to build that originally consisted of: 50-some odd condos for over age 55 residents; then 48 apartment units for over 55 residents, then 65 apartment units for anyone who could afford them. Now he wants to put in 21 apartments for “work-force” housing.
Confused? We are too, as is pretty much every Walpolean. This is an important public hearing, and deserves as much coverage as it can get so that residents know what is planned for their town.
We hope you can use your voice to spread the word so that we can all be educated as to what this means.

Costume Ladies to host 2015 Colossal Coachman hat design contest for the Monadnock region – 7/3/15

Costume Ladies was recently announced as one of 40 stores across the United States which will participate in the first-ever Colossal Coachman Contest — a hat design contest presented by headwear manufacturer and distributor, elope Inc.

On Friday, July 3, contestants 18 years of age and older are invited to Costume Ladies’ shop to fill out an application and receive a free Coachman top hat to decorate however they please. The Kick-off Party begins at 2 pm and will last until 6. There will be door-prizes and Walpole Creamery coupons, as well as fresh popcorn from Ray Boas’ old-time popcorn cart. Contestants must return to the store by Friday, July 17, to submit their original coachman designs. These designs will be judged based on their use of the elope hat style, creativity, overall effect, and crowd appeal. The panel of 5 judges will include local notables of acknowledged creativity and artistic appreciation.

On Monday, July 20, 3 of our local contestants will be chosen as our store winner and national semi-finalist, along with 2 runners-up who will receive 2nd and 3rd place prizes. The semi-finalist will then be in the running for the grand prize, which is a $1100 prize package of elope hats and party-planning supplies.

elope Inc. is a leading distributor of costumes and accessories. “We love costuming and creating original designs. Our goal with this contest is to share that DIY and maker sensibility with our retailers,” said CEO Kevin Johnson. “We want to inspire creative costume parties that are about fun and friends – and not just on Halloween!”

The grand prize winner will be announced on or around August 19, 2015. Full details and national contest rules are available at elope.com/colossal.

New Director Hired for Walpole Library

The Walpole Library has hired Justine Rogers as new library director, starting August 1st.

Ms. Rogers is finishing her Master’s Degree of Library Science at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania this July. She has been working as an intern at the Carnegie Library of Homestead in Pittsburgh as well as part time at the Murrysville Community Library, also in the Pittsburgh area.

Because of the distance involved, the library’s search committee originally interviewed her on Skype. Then in mid-June, she came to Walpole for a final interview and introduction to the town.

Trustee Chairman Carole Zachary observed that, “Justine’s credentials and recommendations were excellent. Last week she came to visit Walpole and meet the search committee. Julie Rios gave her a great tour of the library. Lyn Cooke provided a delightful lunch for several of us. After lunch we took her on a walking tour of the village and then a short drive further afield. We were all very impressed with her demeanor and personality.”

The library extended her an offer on the following Monday, which Ms. Rogers accepted. She met, again by Skype, with the library staff late in June.

“I am very excited to join the team at the Walpole Library,” Ms. Rogers said, on accepting the position. ”I look forward to getting to know the community and finding ways for the library to meet their needs.” She will be moving to the area shortly after she finishes her degree in July.

Photo caption: Justine Rogers met with current Walpole Library Trustee Chair Carole Zachary and past Chair Lyn Cooke in mid-June.

Justine

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