Slumber Party – 3/23/18

Annual Easter Egg Hunt – 3/31/18

Easter  Egg Hunt

                                        Sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 299

Date : March 31st , 2018

Place: Walpole Historical Society Lawn

Time 10:00 am till all eggs are collected

Ages : all ages up thru grade 5

This event starts promptly at 10:00am We do this even if there is snow on

the ground . Come dressed for the weather and find eggs. Make sure to bring a

basket.There are prizes in the eggs donated by the Walpole Creamery.

Pancake Breakfast – 3/25/18

Join us on March 25, 2018 from 7:30-11 for our Annual Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast held at the Walpole Town Hall. One of the longest running Walpole traditions. We will be serving yummy pancakes with local maple syrup, sausage, juice and coffee. The cost for the breakfast is by donation. In addition we will have a 50/50 raffle and Easter baskets up for silent auction.

Walpole Unitarian Spiritual Discussion Series

The Walpole Unitarian Spiritual Discussion Series resumes this Spring beginning Tuesday, March 27.  All are welcome to attend.

Every other Tuesday, we will meet at Hastings House from 10:30 to Noon to discuss a program drawn from the online archives of “On Being” with Krista Tippett. This audio interview program “takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you may know and others you’ll love to meet.”

In preparation for our discussions, preceding every meeting Reverend Elaine will e-mail participants the link to the “On Being” program we’ll be discussing so folks can listen to it at home.  The “On Being” link includes an audio recording, a transcript of the interview and, at the bottom of the page, Recommended Reading and links to music used in the program.  Reverend Elaine may also include her own suggestions for study or links to resources.

After our discussions, we enjoy sharing time around the lunch table –everyone brings their own.

Texts of interviews may be made available for those with limited computer access.  Regular participants as well as those who may only be able to come once in a blue moon are welcome.  If you can’t come for the discussion but would like to come for lunch and a little food for thought, that’s OK too.

For more information, contact

Dorothy Read,,

or Rev Elaine Bomford,

Lunch Tomorrow – 3/17/18

Walpole Community Grange wishes to remind everyone that lunch will be available for purchase in conjunction with Walpole Town Meeting tomorrow at the Town Hall.  Hot dogs, Mac n’ Cheese and other goodies!  Meeting starts at 1, lunch items available beginning 12:15-12:30ish.

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 3/13/18

Walpole Planning Board
March 13, 2018
Town Hall
7 pm
Chair Jeff Miller, Co-chair Robert Miller, James Aldrich Secretary, Jason Perron, Dennis
Marcom, Jeff White, Cheryl Mayberry, Selectboard Representative. Alternate: Joanna Andros. Absent:
Ed Potter,
Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the April 2018
meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.
Roll Call:
Mr. J. Miller called the meeting to order at 7 pm. There were five board members present so
no one was needed to fill in.
Mr. Marcom made a correction to the last paragraph Rack It Up. The first sentence should
say received bike racks not bikes. Mr. R. Miller made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected. Mr.
Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried.
New Business:
Request for a Recommendation for a Special Exception.:
Kim Mastrianni – president of Walpole Co-op – wants to covert a chicken coop, previously used by
Hubbard on Bensonwood property for a store for the Co-op. Map 12, Lot 4-2 rural/ag and 4-3 for
Mr. J. Miller explained the procedure. He asked Ms. Mastrianni if she had gone before the Zoning
Board for a Special Exception. Mrs. Mastrianni replied in the affirmative. Part of the criteria for getting a Special Exception is that the applicant needs a nonbinding recommendation from the Planning Board,
Mr. J. Miller said. However, the recommendation cannot be granted until there is a Public Hearing.
Ms. Mastrianni has a Public Hearing scheduled for next week with the Zoning Board, but she must
also have a Public Hearing for the recommendation from the Planning Board. Zoning Board vice-chair
Jan Leclerc said the Zoning Board can’t make a decision until it gets a recommendation from the
Planning Board. The Zoning Board doesn’t get to hear the Planning Board wisdom on the matter. Mr.
Miller said the Zoning Board could make it contingent up the decision of the Planning Board.
It’s not really that clear who holds the Public Hearing first and if there are time restraints there could be
a joint Public Hearing. But history of joint hearings, Mr. Miller said, has not been good. If it’s on a
Planning Board meeting date, not many Zoning Board members show up. If it’s a Zoning Board
meeting date, not many Planning Board members show up.
Mr. J. Miller said after Ms. Mastrianni has a recommendation, she also needs a site plan review
hearing. Ms. Mastrianni asked what kinds of things does she need for a site plan.
Mr. J. Miller listed elevation of the building, a lighting plan, a storm drainage plan, a landscaping plan,
state highway department traffic permission because there will be increased traffic, time of operation,
etc. She also needs recommendations from the fire chief about the building being sprinkled, police
chief and Mark Houghton, who is in charge of water and sewer. She must also include information
about the parking lot – how many cars, etc.
Ms. Mastrianni said the Co-op intends to use the same building because it the right size and the right
Mr. J. Miller asked when would she start construction. Ms. Mastrianni said she needs to get approval
to use the building first, then get approval from the Zoning Board so we can ask our members and
have a campaign to get funding for building. Monadnock Development Corp. is going to help.
Ms. Mastrianni requested a Public Hearing for a recommendation in April and a Public Hearing for a
site plan in May. A motion was made to hold a hearing next month for the recommendation. It was
seconded and the motion carried. Next week, on Wednesday there is a Public Hearing with the ZBA
for the Special Exception.
Request for a Public Hearing for a 2-lot subdivision on Kingsbury Road.
Mr. Dave Edkins is the agent representing James and Margaret Charbonneau, who own land live at 170 Kingsbury Road, Map 8, Lot 120-1. They wish to divide the property into two parcels. One parcel, lot Map 8, 120-1, would be 5.92 acres with a road frontage of 359 feet. Lot two, Map 8, 120-3, will be 5.06 acres with road frontage of 202 feet.
Both lots are now in current use. Lot 120-1 will remain in current use. Lot 120-3 will be taken out of
current use and used for a single family home.
Mr. Aldrich said that at 5.92 acres, Lot 120-1 is not large enough for current use. Mr. Edkins responded that there was adjacent property. There are no buildings on either property.
Mr. R.Miller asked about a foundation on the map. Mr. Charbonneau said it was previously a barn that burned down several years ago.
Mr. Edkins requested a Public Hearing for next month. Mr. Aldrich made a motion to have the Public
Hearing in April. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Donation of Land:
Mr. Donald Rounds Jr. owns a piece of land that borders the Cold River, Map and Lot# 026-033-000. It is a long and thin lot with a high amount of river and road frontage. He wondered if he could donate this piece to the Town. The 1.2- acre parcel is in the flood plain and is unbuildable.
Lane Construction owns the lots above and below this property, running along the river bank.
There was some discussion about where exactly this piece of land was. Then Mr. Miller asked
Selectboard Representative Cheryl Mayberry if the Selectboard had discussed this donation. Ms.
Mayberry said that it hadn’t come up yet. The Board decided to wait to see what the Selectboard does.
Mr. Aldrich made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Master Plan: Population, Natural Features, Land Analysis.
Respectfully submitted,
Marilou Blaine

From Billy Stahl, New School Board Representative

I would like to thank all of the voters in the Fall Mountain Regional School District, and particularly my fellow Walpoleans, who voted for me during the March 13 snow storm. Serving on the school board, I will do my very best to reward your faith in me. 
The  Fall Mountain Regional School District is currently going through some rough times. I feel it is my duty as an elected representative to listen objectively to the concerns of all citizens regarding matters pertaining to our schools. I would naturally work in the best interests of our Walpole schools in particular, though in a regional school district what affects one town can have major implications for all towns. In spite of the controversies facing our district, I remain optimistic that we can still find ways to work together for the good of all our communities.
My district email account should be up and running sometime next week (March 19-23), and should be listed on the district website. I am due to be sworn in as a school board representative on Friday, March 16. I look forward to serving our town as its representative to the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Please feel free to contact me with concerns you may have regarding our schools.
Billy Stahl