Christmas Cookie Sale

Start a new holiday tradition – skip the baking – and support the church! – Lil

Up-date from Lucy – 11/29

COVID by the Numbers, November 29 Edition

Hello, everyone.  I’m a little late with the current report, but that is because the NH Department of Health and Human Services is a bit behind with their numbers, both because of the Thanksgiving holiday, and also because the numbers just keep on going up.

The good news is that Walpole still has only had 11 total cases, up 2 from last week, and now has 8 confirmed active cases.  That is pretty much the best news in a very mixed week.

In Cheshire County, there were 127 new cases this week. (DHHS still has not finished compiling the cases reported Saturday.)  That is up from 72 last week, and is four times the weekly total from the beginning of the month.

The 7 day moving average of cases per 100,000 in Cheshire County has gone from 3.0 at the beginning of the month to 18.0 last week, to 34.6 as of November 27.

Here is where the active cases are located:  Keene-87; Jaffrey-16; Rindge-15; Swanzey-11; Chesterfield-9; Winchester-9; Walpole-8.   Towns with 1-4 active cases:  Westmoreland, Hinsdale, Fitzwilliam, Troy, Marlborough, Nelson, Sullivan, Stoddard, and Surry.  Currently, seven towns have active cases:  Alstead, Marlow, Gilsum, Stoddard, Harrisville, Dublin, and Roxbury.  While some towns are actually doing better, the cases in Keene have doubled in a week.

The statewide number of new confirmed cases this week is actually down just a tad from last week, but then there are those still untabulated cases from Saturday, so let’s say the statewide moving average is stable at 2949 new cases, for a  daily average of 421.3.

Nationally, the number of cases per 100,000 has gone from 51 to 52, so that is slowing down.

The other troubling number for the state is that our hospitalizations have gone from 116 to 146, higher than at any other time.  

This next week will begin to show us the effects of Thanksgiving holiday travel on the numbers, so stay tuned.

We learned today that the NH House will NOT hold its Organization Day in person in the Whittemore Center on Wednesday. The session will still be held in person, but it will be held outdoors at UNH instead.  This is at least a step in the right direction, as it greatly lessens the chances of us being turned into disease vectors to be returned to all corners of the state, but it still begs the question what happens in January?  

I’ll be the one in the pale yellow parka, relatively near the back on the right-hand side as you face the podium.  I will be double masked, and I will step away from anyone approaching closer than six feet.  And I will be stepping away from other people when I get back to Walpole, too.

Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and be careful out there.

Keep well,

~ Representative Lucy Weber lwmcv@comcast.net 603-499-0282.

Thank You From the Scouts

Walpole Cub Scout Pack 299 would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Rob and Barbara Kasper for loaning us a location to hold our Cub Scout Meetings. We are so thankful to be able in this difficult time to continue meeting with the boys. Please Everyone Stay Safe and Healthy 

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 11/19/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer, Chair of the Walpole Selectboard, called this meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She introduced Ms. Cheryl Mayberry and Mr. Steven Dalessio, the other two Selectboard members.  Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, and Mrs. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, are also in attendance.  This meeting is being recorded.  There were no members of the public in attendance.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $804,973.80 for checks issued November 20, 2020.  This includes a monthly payment of $607,559.48 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve purchase order No. 133611 in the amount of $25,000 for Fuss & O’Neill, that was discussed at the last meeting, for the follow-up engineering on the Reservoir Dam repairs.  These funds will come from the PDIP account of Trans Canada.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.       

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending November 14, 2020, in the amount of $30,735.61 for checks issued November 20, 2020, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $6,165.88.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – November 12, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of November 12, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – November 12, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of November 12, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:• Library Trustees Meeting – November 10, 2020;• Walpole Planning Board Meeting – November 10, 2020

VETERANS’ TAX CREDIT:

MAP and LOT #024-037-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Veterans’ Tax Credit for Map and Lot #024-037-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SOLAR ENERGY EXEMPTION:

MAP and LOT #005-002-010:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Solar Energy Exemption for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #005-002-010.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT:

MAP and LOT #007-021-001:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant this Property Tax Abatement in the amount of $70.00 for Map and Lot #007-021-001.  This is to correct an error on a deed transfer as a small lot was overlooked.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SUPPLEMENTAL TAX WARRANT:

MAP and LOT #007-021-001:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant this Supplemental Tax Warrant in the amount of $70.00 for Map and Lot #007-021-001.  This is related to the above abatement with the new owners being taxed the $70.00.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Addendum Letter for Whitcomb Recreation Area Parking Lot Deed:  Mr. Dalessio moved to issue the letter from the Town of Walpole to the Fall Mountain Regional School Board with regards to the recording of the Whitcomb Recreation Area Lot with the deed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ATV/Off Road Vehicles on Class V and VI Roads:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that Officer DeLisle has offered to meet with the Selectboard on December 3rd at 6:30 PM to talk about his role and ATV/Off Highway Recreational Vehicles (OHRVs) on Class V and VI roads.  He sent them some very good information and cited the RSAs that are pertinent.  This is relative to the Selectboard meeting last week when four people from the community came in as they were concerned about off road vehicles and what they perceive to be the Selectboardtelling them they could not use Class VI roads which was not the case.

Pending Further Actions:

Sewer Bond Fees:  Mr. Dalessio continues to work on the Sewer Bond fees as he wants to be sure the fees are high enough to cover the bonds.  He plans to have a Utilities Meeting on December 11th when the preliminary 2021 Budget Meeting is scheduled.  Mr. Mark Houghton will be there at 12:30 PM.

Town Street Lights, Tax Deeded Property Sale, Houghton Brook Bridge Repair, Reservoir Dam Repairs:  These agenda items will continue on the Pending list as they are work-in-progress.

NEW BUSINESS:

2020 Equalization Municipal Assessment Data Certificate: Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged receipt of the 2020 Equalization Municipal Assessment Data Certificate from Avitar Associates that the Selectboard needs to sign.  She noted that recent property sales were higher than assessed values.   

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the 2020 Equalization Municipal Assessment Data Certificate.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

COVID-19 Travel Policy:  It was called to Mrs. Pschirrer’s attention that the COVID-19 Travel Policy for the State has changed and the Town of Walpole is not consistent with it.  The Selectboard reviewed the revisions.

Mr. Dalessio moved to re-write the COVID-19 Travel Policy to be in accordance with the new NH Division of Public Health Services General Travel and Quarantine Guidance.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

Town Hall re: External Use:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that at 3:00 PM today the Governor announced that beginning tomorrow there is a state-wide mandate for people to wear masks.  The Town has had a mask requirement for the Walpole Town Hall.  The schools on November 30th will be going to remote learning until January 19th, 2021.  People’s anxiety levels are incredibly high.  She raised the issue about if they would allow only those people into the Town Hall who need to conduct business and have an appointment.  Mr. Dalessio does not have a problem with this except there are some meetings such as the Planning Board and Zoning Board who have time sensitive issues.  They could talk to the Zoning Board to see if they would be willing to postpone the Zoning Ordinance Amendment for a year relative to “Short Term Rentals”.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if they would be willing to hold these meetings by Zoom. Mr. Dalessio noted there is opposition to this proposed amendment.  It is hard for people who do not have the capability to participate.  There are no big development projects at this time.  The Selectboard talked about making exceptions for these two meetings.  However, they made the decision to close Town Hall soon and all meetings will be by Zoom.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that they need to notify all boards, committees, Tai Chi people and other groups that the Town Hall will be closed until possibly March 2021.  Mrs. Downing will reach out to two family groups who have traditionally held family holiday gatherings to tell them about the closing. However, she had not yet heard from either family this year.

Mr. Dalessio moved that effective Thursday, November 26, 2020, the Walpole Town Hall will be closed to the public for all events and meetings with the exception of Town Hall business when it will be necessary to make an appointment.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.             

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:02 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:04 PM.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public SelectboardSession pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:05 PM.

The regular meeting resumed at 7:46 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 19, 2020, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 

ADJOURNMENT: 

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:47 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Town Hall Closing – Clarification


The Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s and Selectboard Offices remain open to the public by appointment
.

The Walpole Town Hall is closed for large group and committee/board/commission meetings starting on Monday, Nov. 30th. The Selectboard will be meeting via Zoom starting on Dec. 3rd.

To reach the Town Clerk/Tax Collector, call 603-756-3514. For those interested in online vehicle registration renewals, visit walpolenh.us and visit the Town Clerk/Tax Collectors webpage to find the EReg icon and link.

The Selectboard Office’s phone number is 603-756-3672 for questions and scheduling appointments.

Note that water/sewer and property tax payments can be dropped off anytime during business hours without an appointment. Knock on the door and/or call in order to hand off these payments.

Zoning BoardMeeting Minutes – 11/28/20

Present: Board members: Chair Jan Leclerc, Vice-Chair Myra Mansouri, Clerk Tom Murray, Ernie Vose, Pauline Barnes. Alternates: Don Sellarole, Judy Trow, Dave Edkins.

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the December 2020 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions. 

Meeting Opened: Ms. Leclerc called the meeting to order at 7 pm. 

Roll Call: A full board was present so an alternate was not needed to fill in.

Minutes: Mr. Murray made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Ms. Mansouri seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

New Business:

Cindy Westover: Bed and Breakfast. Ms. Westover was at the meeting to inquire about a bed and breakfast at The Tavern at Hooper Golf Club on Prospect Hill Road. She has a client who is interested in opening one there. The closing on the property is Jan 15.  

The couple are going to live in one of the apartments and are going to update the floor plan. They plan down the road to add a bar and weekend meals. The couple wanted to know if there were any restrictions. The Zoning Ordinance for Bed and Breakfast establishments in Article 4, Section L states:

“L.   Bed and Breakfast Establishments

So called “Bed and Breakfast” establishments for the accommodation of paying, overnight guests, may be maintained as home occupations in all zoning districts provided that the number of rooms for rent in any one establishment shall not number more than four and further provided that breakfast shall be the only meal provided and that only to bona fide overnight guests. The conversion of a single-family residence or other building to a “bed and breakfast” shall require Site Plan approval by the Planning Board. Off-street parking for one car per rented room plus space for owner parking shall be provided.”

There were several questions and comments. Since it was a bed and breakfast years ago could it be grandfathered or has too much time elapsed? People have been living there recently. Does that qualify for being grandfathered. What about rooms and meals tax? They will need a liquor license. Ms. Trow said that the site plan will require answers about other things like lighting. Approval from the fire department would also be needed.

Ms. Westover left with a site plan application and planned to attend the December Planning Board meeting. 

Possible request for signage in the commercial district – 48 Meadow Access Lane. Ms. Shannon Miller, who emailed the secretary for information, never followed up on a request to attend last night’s meeting for signage at this address.

Old Business:

Temporary signage. Feather flags. Ms. Barnes and Ms. Mansouri met twice to write two ordinances that will go on the 2021 March warrant for the townspeople to vote on after approval by the Planning Board at a Public Hearing. 

The objective was twofold, Ms. Barnes said. The first was to respond to a Select Board letter and there was also the consideration of the US Supreme Court’s decision on signage with guidance on that decision from the New Hampshire Municipal Association. That decision recommended the shorter and less detailed verbiage the better.

The replacement ordinance deals with feather flags and temporary signage and was written in response to an April 2020 letter to the ZBA from the Select Board suggesting the Board “prepare an amendment to the sign ordinances in commercial zones to prohibit feather flags, as well as define temporary signs.” It would be Article IV Section D3 – Limitations, second paragraph.

Inflatable signs; wind-activated signs like feather flags; oscillating, rotating, flashing, neon or other tubular gas signs; or signs with blinking, changing or moving illumination are not permitted. These prohibitions do not apply to signs used for public safety purposes by a government entity.”

It replaces “Oscillating, rotating, flashing, neon or other tubular gas sings are not permitted except when used for public safety purposed by a government entity.”

The second ordinance deals with temporary signs. It will be number 9 in the signage ordinance in Article IV. D. The current number 9 will become number 10. The new ordinance reads:

9. Temporary Signs

A temporary sign is any sign not permanently attached to the ground, a wall, or a building that is intended to be displayed for a short and limited period of time.

Examples of temporary signs include announcement signs; real estate signs; community or civic event signs; political campaign signs pursuant to RSA 664; garage or yard sale signs or signs for other special events that occur for a limited period of time.

All temporary signs shall be removed within ten (10) days following the event or activity being promoted.

The rest of the board was pleased with the work done, keeping in mind the Supreme Court’s decision about content in signs. Mr. Vose made a motion that these two ordinances be presented to the Planning Board next month. Ms. Mansouri seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Short-term rental meeting: Chair Leclerc attended the Planning Board meeting in November to discuss an article for placement on the warrant in March 2021.

The main comments were: “why do we need that? What’s the difference between renting for two, or three months vs. for one person renting for three years?  Ms. Leclerc told the board that if her neighbors were going to make their residence into a short-term rental, she would like to know that there could possibly be new neighbors living next door every weekend, maybe going to a wedding or parking on my lawn vs one neighbor for three years. She also said that because a site plan review is required for an owner-occupied bed and breakfast it made sense to have a site plan review for short-term rentals where no owner might be there. In that case neighbors would know who was living next door and would have some input. 

The Planning Board wasn’t sure how they felt about short-term rentals but agreed to have a hearing, so next December 8 there will be a Public Hearing on short-term rentals. The short-term rental ordinance was attached to the bed and breakfast ordinance with a few changes. It reads:

“General Provisions Article IV, Section L. Bed-and-Breakfast and Short-Term Rental Establishments. So-called bed-and-breakfast and short-term rental establishments for the accommodation of paying, overnight guests may be maintained in all districts provided that the number of rooms for rent in any one establishment shall not number more than four and that breakfast may be the only meal provided, and only to bona fide overnight guests. The conversion of a single-family residence or other building to a bed-and-breakfast or short-term rental establishment shall require Site Plan approval by the Planning Board.”

There was a long discussion on whether or not the short-term rental ordinance should be attached to the current bed and breakfast ordinance or if there should be a separate ordinance and whether or not the short-term ordinance should have regulations attached to the ordinance.

The main argument for doing it now was spurred by the suggestion of town counsel, Jeremy Hockensmith, to get something on the books now. Short-term rentals are increasing in the state and, according to Mr. Murray’s check on the Internet, there are already at least eight (8) in Walpole. Ms. Barnes, who attended a workshop at the NHMA virtual conference in November said the presenters recommended getting an ordinance on the books as soon as possible and noted there are lodging organizations trying to get legislation to favor short-term rentals in all zoning districts and restrict any regulations.

Ms. Mansouri said after reading some of the information that was sent for this meeting and seeing the Hockensmith letter, she personally thought the ZBA needed a separate ordinance for short-term rentals and that ordinance should be thought out very thoroughly. “I think we should try for next year,” she said. 

The NHMA conference addressed some of the items that were brought up at the Planning Board meeting and directly refutes them, Ms. Barnes said. A short-term term rental is not a residential use, it’s a commercial use. A bed and breakfast is a residential use. The NH superior Court agrees with this statement.

Ms. Leclerc said the reason she thought the ZBA should amend what we have now is that Walpole favors less regulations than more regulation. Also this would get something on the books about short-term rentals where there would be some oversight. Ms. Trow thought we should go forward with it. It’s going to go for a vote, she said and if people don’t want it then we can maybe work on something else, she said. 

Ms. Mansouri said maybe it should be presented differently. The reason we are doing it is to protect the public. Ms. Leclerc responded, “I don’t feel it was slapped together.” Ms Leclerc said because the Zoning Board has talked about this topic quite extensively. It’s at least a good start and if the town feels the ordinance needs more, the Board could enhance it.

Mr. Murray said many short-term rental places already exist without the town’s knowledge. Mr. Murray googled Walpole Airbnb and found eight (8) places. One of the biggest was advertised as eight-person occupancy, he said. People buy houses with no intention of living in them, a board member said. 

Ms. Barnes said that those with short-term rental businesses are trying to push through legislation that would exempt towns from having any control. A senate bill was presented to the legislature last term but was defeated. 

A site plan review is a normal process dealing with any potential problems such as parking, lighting, egress, another Board member said.

Mr. Edkins presented three scenarios – one was having grandma stay for three months; a second was renting to a campaign worker for three months, which is what he did this summer; and a third was renting out your house when you are going on vacation. A board member said these are not short-term rentals. First of all, grandma is a house guest. The second and third are one-time rentals and not a year-round commercial situation. Mr. Edkins thought there was no need to regulate them and that, in general, there were too many regulations.

Short-term rental is pretty broad, Mr. Sellarole said. It could be up to 30 days or less. Is it vague on purpose? 

Ms. Mansouri said again that she thought the ordinance should include that a bed and breakfast is owner-occupied and a short-term rental does not have to be owner-occupied. That’s why there should be two separate ordinances. 

Mr. Murray mentioned a short-term rental on School Street, Mr. Edkins said. “What difference does it make?” he asked. Ms. Mansouri replied “neighbors.” Most people want to know who their neighbors are.

Ms. Barnes said you’re making the case for what was addressed at the conference. Short-term rentals have to be taken seriously. They degrade the value of property in a neighborhood. There is an economic impact on a town with a lot of short-term rentals because local families run into a problem of finding housing to rent. Having a lot of strangers coming and going in the house next to or near you could be disconcerting.

I have a hard time with that, Mr. Sellarole said. “I wouldn’t want my neighbor to have turnover every couple of weeks.” “That’s the reason for the ordinance,” Ms. Barnes said. 

Someone asked does a short-term rental pay more in property taxes because of the “revenue stream?” No one on the board seemed to know.

In the end the discussion was moot because a public hearing is already scheduled for December, Ms. Leclerc said. The board has to go ahead with what she already gave to the Planning Board. She will go ahead and see what happens.

Signage – Prospect Hill: The final correspondence between Ms. Leclerc and Mr. Jones was passed around. Mr. Jones continued to be unhappy that the ZBA couldn’t hear an appeal because he has no “standing” in the matter. The correspondence will be filed.

December meeting: Ms. Barnes asked if the next meeting could be held by Zoom because of the increase in COVID-19 cases in the region and in the state and the warnings from the state epidemiologist Dr. Chan about meetings and gatherings at this time. Discussion followed about who could be a host. The chair or the secretary can’t do it because they are actively doing other things. No one stepped forward. Ms. Trow suggested that since the Board didn’t have anything on the agenda for next month that the Board cancel the December meeting. 

Adjournment: Mr. Vose made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Murray seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine 

ZBA Secretary 

Lost and Found

Did you lose your wedding ring or do you know someone who has lost one? If so, please read this email I received. Sure hope this works. – Lil

Hi Lil:   I don’t know if you can help, but I found a man’s wedding ring yesterday on the common across from the entrance to the Congregational Church…if anyone has lost it they can contact me at 756-3985. thanks Bonnie Caserta

Update from Lucy

COVID by the Numbers—November 21 Edition

The number of COVID-19 cases in the state is exploding.  

At the end of last week, Walpole had 0 active cases of COVID-19, and had only 2 cases, total, since the start of the pandemic.  

Today there are 7 active cases here in Walpole.

In the past week, there were 72 new cases in Cheshire County, up from 35new cases in the first week of November, and 48 new cases the second week.  As of today, here are the numbers of active confirmed cases in each town:  Keene-43; Rindge-33; Jaffrey-15; Chesterfield-10; Swanzey-9; Walpole-7; Dublin-6; Fitzwilliam-5.   Nine towns have 1-4 active cases:  Westmoreland, Hinsdale, Winchester, Richmond, Troy, Marlborough, Nelson, Sullivan, and Gilsum.  Currently, six towns have active cases:  Alstead, Marlow, Surry, Stoddard, Harrisville, and Roxbury.

The 7 day moving average of cases per 100,000 in Cheshire County has gone from 3.0 at the beginning of the month to 18.0 as of November 19.

Statewide last week the total number of new confirmed cases was 2088, for an average of 298 new cases a day.  This week, there were 2994 new cases, and the daily average jumped to 428 per day.  There were 529 new cases on the 19th alone.

Hospitalizations, which were at 38 at the beginning of the month, have ballooned to 116.  

The statewide 7 day moving average of cases per 100,000 is at 41.0, up from 4.5 on November 1.  New Hampshire has gone from having the 3rd or even 2nd lowest rate per 100,000 in the United States to being 31st out of 51.  

Massachusetts and Vermont are open to NH residents only for essential travel, which includes travel for work. Currently we are still allowed to travel to Maine for leisure travel without quarantining, but that won’t last long, as Maine’s 7 day moving average of cases per 100,000 is even lower than Vermont’s at 14.1.  

Nationally, the 7 day moving average of cases per 100,000 has doubled from 24 to 50 since November 1.  At 41.0, we are not far below the national average.

The seriousness of the situation has led the Governor to issue a mask mandate when indoors or withing six feet of others outdoors, though our mandate is still weaker than those of surrounding states.  It has significant loopholes, and no penalties.  We have also been advised not to gather with family or friends outside our immediate households this Thanksgiving.

None of this is good news.  And it is likely to get significantly worse before it gets get better.

Wear your mask.  And if you breathe with that nose, wear your mask over your nose.

Keep your distance—a full six feet.  Measure it out again; it’s still further than you think.

Wash your hands. 

Be incredibly careful if you meet with friends and loved ones who are not members of your household.

And keep well.

~ Representative Lucy Weber lwmcv@comcast.net 603-499-0282.

Plea for Help

Walpole Cub Scout Pack 299 has lost their meeting place due to the closure of the Town Hall . Daniel Webster Council which controls us is still open .We would like to keep the boys involved but can’t without a place to meet.        

     We would like to ask people in the Walpole and North Walpole Communities if anyone has a space that we could use every other Tuesday evening from 6 to 7pm to hold our meetings ? This could be a church , barn or any other kind of building just so we are in out of the dark and the cold. 

Hopefully this would be just temporary until the Town Hall reopens . We would need a space big enough to Social Distance  4 Dens . Number of people including adults is roughly 20 .           

If anyone has a space we can use please contact Deb Pawelczyk Cub Scout Pack 299’s Committee Chair at 603 445-5475

Revised Library Availability

Library Services Return to Express Browsing and Curbside Pickup

In light of the Walpole Public School’s decision to return to virtual learning and the closure of the Walpole Town Hall, beginning Monday, November 30th, the Walpole Town Library will be open for Express Browsing and Curbside Pickup of materials only.  We will admit each person/family one at a time for 15 minutes of browsing/selection of materials from our front Reading Room first come, first served.  No appointment necessary.  There will be a computer available for accessing the library catalog and patrons may use the copier and fax machine.  Staff will be available to retrieve items from the stacks.  Hold items and ILL requests will also be available to checkout during your visit or they can be delivered curbside.  

Hours for browsing and curbside pickup will be as follows:

Mondays:  10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm

Tuesdays:  1 pm – 5 pm

Wednesdays:  10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm

Thursdays:  1 pm – 5 pm

Fridays:  1 pm – 5 pm

Saturdays:  9 am – 1 pm

To place a pickup order and set a pickup time: – call the library during curbside hours at 

603-756-9806

OR

email the library at walpolelibrarycirc@gmail.com

Downloadable Books, Audio Books and Magazines are available 24/7 through the Libby app. Online access to New England Newspapers is available on our website through Newsbank under digital resources. Virtual Programs such as story time are available on our Facebook page. Please call us at 603-756-9806 or email Jane at jmalmberg@walpoletownlibrary.org or Julie at jrios@walpoletownlibrary.org with any questions.