Memoir Workshops





Award-winning author Pam Bernard announces the second round of fall sessions of her popular memoir workshops, to begin the week of November 5th, at her home in Walpole, NH. 

“Memoir gets written in all sorts of ways, “ Bernard says,  “but constant among them is one thing: the best approach is a mosaic method, where one drafts short, vivid pieces that are at some future time considered as part of a whole. The trick is to let the process evolve organically, and to let the storyteller emerge.” 

Pam Bernard, author of four books, is a poet, painter, editor, and adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College and BA from Harvard University. Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Please email, or visit or call for more information, including days and times, 603.756.4177.

Photo L-R: 

Pam Bernard, Mona Anderson, Surry; EleanoraPatterson, Dumerston; Miclelle Bos-Lun, Bellows Falls; Kim McCormick, Alstead; Leslie Evans, Sullivan; Dee DiVenre, Townsend           

Credit: Shea Bernard Guetti


North Walpole Voting

Thank you Bill Moses for reminding us all that there is also voting in North Walpole at St. Peter’s Church. – Lil

Every Vote Counts

Not sure wha went wrong with the las post but wanted to try to fix it.  Meghan Hughes and the Fall Mountain Alliance wee so helpful to do this I hope you find it helpful. – Lil





To register, search “how to register to vote” at NHSOS website above.  For acceptable identification, search “Voter ID Explanatory Document 2018.”  For acceptable evidence of domicile, search “Verifiable Action of Domicile.”



Bring one acceptable photo ID. (Search  Voter ID Explanatory Document 2018” at NHSOS website.)

When? November 6th.  (See below for local times and contact information.)

Where? At NHSOS website, search “Voter Information Look-Up,” then “Polling Place Search, then “State List – Clerks and Polling Places.” Or contact your town clerk.  Some town websites carry the where, when, and how of voting.



Fill out a form requesting an absentee ballot (search “Absentee Ballot App 2018 Election” at NHSOS website or pick one up at the town clerk’s office during regular office hours.)  Instructions can be found at the NHSOS website by searching “Absentee Ballot Requirements and Instructions 2018.”    The absentee ballot needs to be received by the town clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. Election Day.  (It must be handed to the town clerk and cannot be pushed under the door.) Call your town clerk for additional details.



Sample ballots are available at the NHSOS website on the homepage under “Election Information.”



Go online to Ballotpedia or check with news organizations.



On election night, check area radio and TV for unofficial results.  The next morning, check news organizations. For state results, go to NHSOS website and select “Elections Division” and then “State Election Results.”  For local results, see postings in your local town hall or ask the town clerk.

Election Day Poll Hours & Town Clerk Office Hours


ELECTION DAY POLL HOURS:  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Phone:  756-3514

Hours:  M & Th: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., T: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.,  W: 7a.m. – 8 a.m.,  Th 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.


ELECTION DAY POLL HOURS: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Phone:  835-6879

Hours:   W: 4:30 – 7 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. – Noon.


ELECTION DAY POLL HOURS:  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Phone:  835-2242

Hours:  M, T, Th: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., T: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., W: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.,

 Th: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


ELECTION DAY POLL HOURS:  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Phone:  826-5821

Hours:  M & W: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; T, Th, F: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


ELECTION DAY POLL HOURS:  11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Phone:  835-2389

Hours:  M: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Th: 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.,

           1st Saturday of each month: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Compiled by Fall Mountain Alliance (committed to informed engagement)

Walpole Artisans Tour – 11/23-25/18

The 16th Annual Walpole Artisans Tour is a great way to find locally handmade gifts for that special someone, or even for yourself. Held Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and housed at four locations, the tour features original juried artwork, fine crafts, and other unique items created by 25 artisans from the region..

Perfect for the gift-giving season, items for sale represent a wide variety of mediums, including wool and silk scarves, hand-forged jewelry, blown-glass vases and paperweights, cloth and leather handbags, wood and leather candle holders, wooden bowls and pens, etched-glass stemware and mugs, metal garden sculptures, all-natural skin care products, wooden harps, original paintings, holiday ornaments, and note cards.  Also meet the artisans and talk about their process or their goals.

We hope you will visit us at all four locations:

▪ The Walpole Artisans gift shop at 52 Main Street, Walpole, N.H.

▪ The Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, Walpole, N.H.

▪ Sherwin Art Glass, 33 Bridge Street, Bellows Falls, VT

▪ Walpole Mountain View Winery at Barnett Hill Vineyard, 114 Barnett Hill Road, Walpole, N.H.

For more information and a tour brochure, stop by the Walpole Artisans Shop at 52 Main Street, call 603.756.3020, email (new email address), or visit our website,

Please feel free to forward this email and to invite your family and friends to come along!

Zoning Board Meeting – 10/17/18

I have not yet seen the Agenda for this week’s meeting but if your only concern is the gas station, please see the post shared on The Clarion website. – Lil

The letter withdrawing D&C Transportation’s request for a gas station at Gateway to Walpole has been received, and there will be NO Public Hearing this Wednesday.

Now efforts shift to fund-raising to place the property into conservation for the benefit of everyone in Walpole – recreation, beauty, access to the river, and more.

Your check to assist in the conservation of this parcel may be made payable to “Walker Road Conservation” and dropped off at the Selectboard office at the Town Hall, or mailed to the Town of Walpole, PO Box 729, Walpole, NH 03608-0729. These funds are being kept separate from other Town funds. The Town of Walpole under New Hampshire RSA 31:19 I is authorized to accept donations “given for a public purpose,” and those donations are fully tax deductible in accordance with IRS Code, 26 U.S.C. paragraph 170(c)(1).

Additional information will be provided in the November issue of THE WALPOLE CLARION. Ray Boas, Publisher, The Walpole Clarion

Selectboard Meeting Minutes- 10/4/18

Selectboard Present:Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; Cheryl Mayberry


CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboardmeeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were three people from the public in attendance.


ZONING VIOLATION -392 Watkins Hill Road:  Mr. Glenn Barcome, Attorney Sam Bradley and Ms. Jennie Nadeau were present.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised they wrote the letter to Mr. Barcome because they started getting complaints from various people that lived there; most were safety complaints.  The Selectboard realized Mr. Barcome resides in the Rural Agriculture Zone of Walpole. Therefore, he was violating zoning codes as it does not permit lodging houses unless an exception from the Zoning Board is granted.  He would have to follow certain rules and regulations.  Mr. Barcome could go to the Zoning Board and ask for an exception.  Mr. Mark Houghton got some of the same complaints and is concerned with the safety issues that result when people, other than family, are living in homes and paying rent.  According to the tax map, Mr. Barcome has an attached apartment that is legal. He also has a number of bedrooms in the house that they understand he has been renting.  Mr. Barcome advised the first letter came when he was away for three weeks. When he got home and found the second letter he realized what the implications are.  At that point he talked with Attorney Bradley and said they had to come in to talk to the Selectboard.  Since then one tenant left the house today.  He has a contract with tenants so feels he should abide with a thirty day notice to the second tenant who is looking for another place to live.  That will leave just him and Ms. Nadeau in the house.  The two people who live in the apartment do the housework and grounds maintenance.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted in accessory dwelling units, they assume family members are living there.  Attorney Bradley mentioned Ms. Nadeau does not pay rent.  There were two rent paying individuals.  They are here to say that as soon as the second tenant moves out, Mr.Barcome will be in compliance.  The apartment is rented but that is legal.  He referenced RSA 674:71 – Accessory Dwelling Units – Definition; RSA 674:72 – Detached Accessory Dwelling Units; and RSA 674:73 – Detached Accessory Dwelling Units and left copies with the Selectboard.  When the two renters are gone, Mr. Barcome will be in compliance.  He will remain in compliance as he does not intend to rent any more rooms.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that before they knew Mr. Barcome was coming into this meeting they intended to write another letter recommending he go to the Zoning Board to request an exception.  Attorney Bradley stated that Mr. Barcome did not realize he was in violation of the zoning regulations by renting rooms but he was.  Mrs. Pschirrer agreed with the clarifications stated during this meeting that Mr. Barcome is no longer in violation.  Mr. Dalessio asked Mr. Barcome to notify Mrs. Downingj in the Selectboard Office when the second tenant has moved out. Then they can close this file.  Attorney Bradley confirmed that they would.  Mrs. Pschirrer thanked them for coming in and forrealizing the seriousness of this issue.  Attorney Bradley said they appreciate the Selectboard’s understanding.              



Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $45,458.46 for checks issued October 05, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The above amount includes a payment of $20,109.11 to the NH Retirement System.


Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 29, 2018, in the amount of $25,522.96 for checks issued October 05, 2018, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,360.98.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 



SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 27, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 27, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – September 27, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 27, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.


STAFF MEETING – September 20, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of September 20, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.



The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

 Walpole Fire District Meeting – August 15, 2018;
 Walpole Fire District Meeting – September 12, 2018;
 Walpole Cemetery Trustees Meeting – September 15, 2018;
 Walpole Planning Board Workshop – September 25, 2018.



Q2 – 2018 Water & Sewer Receipts through October 4, 2018:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Q2 – 2018 Water & Sewer Receipts through October 04, 2018 from Mrs. Daigle.  Total receipts for Q2 – 2018 Billing is $157,869.64 or 91.4%.  Total left to collect for Q2 – 2018 Billing is $14,848.93. They are doing very well.  

Quarterly Receipt Comparison:  The Selectboard received and reviewed the Quarterly Receipt Comparison from Mrs. Daigle.

Fitness for Duty: Attorney Anna Cole who is with Drummond Woodson suggested changes to the Town’s Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace. She thinks that adding Fitness for Duty Exams fits into this document.  Several revisions were made to numbers 1, 3, 6 and 7; number 10 will be eliminated.  

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept and place this Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace, 604 as amended, in the Employee Handbook.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Westberg Property Phase I – Draft Report and Sale &Purchase Agreement:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised there are several parts to Phase 1.  She had previously emailed the draft Report and Sale and Purchase Agreement to Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry for their review.  This will not be finalized until next week.  DES pointed out this was a restatement of everything that had been done.  She would like comments so they can be sent to Mr. Steve Rickerich.  Today she sent them the Certificate of Title which Attorney Hockensmith confirmed.  Relative to Phase 1, Recommendation 2, Section 8, Mr. Dalessio felt they should immediately fence off that property. No. 3 – he felt we need to allocate monies.  Until DES establishes standards for certain PFAS contaminants.      

Sale and Purchase Agreement:  The Selectboard reviewed the Sale and Purchase Agreement and felt some revisions were needed.  Mr. Dalessio said that throughout the document we should use the proper titles of the grants.  They should be consistent through the entire document. Mr. Rickerich will be invited to attend a Selectboard Meeting at the end of October or early November.  The Town has to own the property by the end of December to apply for the EPA Grants.  DES does not require that the Town own the property.  The Selectboard reviewed and made several suggested changes to the Sale and PurchaseAgreement.  

DES Prospective Purchaser Eligibility Determination Application:  Mrs. Pschirrer has been working on the Brownfields Covenant Program.  We will supply them with Phase 1.  They also have to attach a description of the proposed re-development.  She will use what was attached to the DES application.  Mr. Dalessio wants to be sure this will offer protection to the Town for liability.  Mrs. Pschirrer will put this together and email it to Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry.  There is no fee for filing this.  Mrs. Pschirrer will write the cover letter and they are required to notify all the abutters to let them know they are applying for this protection.  It goes to the State first and then to the Feds. She will speak to Mr. Rickerich and discuss changes with Attorney Hockensmith.    



Recreation Revolving Fund Request for Soccer Shirts:  A note was received from Mr. Justin Cassarino and the Recreation Committee to request the payment to Grizzly Graphics for $1,261.00.  This year for soccer, they decided to get local sponsors to purchase the shirts.  The companies agreed and are mailing the payments into the Town Hall to reimburse the Revolving Fund.  

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the purchase of soccer shirts.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Vachon Clukay Letter:  This letter is to be sent to Vachon Clukay acknowledging that they audited the Town’s financial statements.

Ms. Mayberry moved to have the Chair, Peggy Pschirrer, sign the Vachon Clukay representation letter.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Environmental Finance Center Consulting Recommendation:  This information came to the Selectboardfrom Mr. Kreissle and Mrs. Daigle who attended this Environmental Finance Center Consulting program.  Ms. Mayberry attended as well.  This group does workshops throughout the country on a wide variety of topics for small water systems; the workshop they attended was on rate setting.  Mr. Glenn Barnes mentioned that they meet with individual water systems under 10,000 users free of charge to discuss how they can meet their own particular challenges.  This group is willing to make calls on local towns for free and they suggested the Selectboard sign up for one of these consultations.  Ms. Mayberry said their information was well presented and it was productive.  They can show us how to come up with a rate structure that is appropriate for our town and economics.  They have some calculators and tools on-line that towns can use.  Ms. Mayberry mentioned they have another workshop on October 30th that has to do with making decisions and changes to our structure.  Mrs. Pschirrer will ask Mr. Kreissle to contact this group and schedule a meeting in the spring.  Mr. Dalessio would like to have Mr. Mark Houghton involved in these meetings.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted they will invite the Village of Bellows Falls as well.          



Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public SelectboardSession pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Mr. Dalessio seconded and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:05 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:32 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 4, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.



Ms. Mayberry moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:33PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:43 PM.



Conservation Commission: Mrs. Pschirrer attended the Conservation Commission meeting last Monday night.  They voted to give $1,000 out of their funds to the Monadnock Conservancy for the Graves property plus they will take another $9,000 out of the Fanny Mason Expendable Trust Fund.  The Monadnock Conservancy will get the $10,000 they asked for.  The Conservation Committee continues to work on their maps.    



Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 10/4/18


Hooper Trustees Present:  Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; Cheryl Mayberry


CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 8:33 PM.



HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – September 27, 2018:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of September 27, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.



Hooper Institute Board:  Ms. Mayberry will attend their next meeting on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 at 7:00 PM.  


Mr. Dalessio mentioned that at the Grange dinner two people said they thought it is a great idea to have three sub-committees at the Hooper.  


Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Scholarship Committee will meet before the end of the year.  Tuition is paid at each semester rather than for the year.


Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:43 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary