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Studies have shown that this centuries-old Chinese art of slow, gentle movements can:

    [ Sharpen your sense of balance.

    [ Reduce your risk of falling.

    [ Improve your coordination.

    [ Expand your range of motion.

    [ Help you be more limber.

    [ Relax and unkink your body and calm your mind.

    [ Lift your spirits and improve your sense of well-being.

Also, you’ll meet interesting people and make new friends.




Wednesday, September 7, at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Walpole town hall.

No equipment or special clothing necessary. 

Wear loose clothing (elastic waist pants are perfect), try some tai chi moves, get answers to your questions, and see what this ancient art is like.

We would appreciate hearing from you if you might come on September 7 so we can plan for an accurate number of people.

Call or e-mail instructor Ben Daviss at 603-445-2200 or



WALPOLE: classes will meet Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. for one hour on the second floor of Walpole’s town hall.

For details, contact Ben Daviss at 603-445-2200 or

BELLOWS FALLS: classes will meet Tuesdays at 1 p.m. for one hour at the Greater Rock Fitness Center at 1 Hospital Court.

For details, contact Greater Rock at 802-591-0910 or greater.rock

COST: we offer a sliding scale of course fees. The full fee is $10 per class. If that’s a stretch, you can pay $8 or $5, depending on what’s affordable. If you’re unable to pay, you’ll still be welcomed! No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay.


Ben Daviss is a senior instructor with the nonprofit Oriental Healing Arts Association.  He has been practicing tai chi and qi gong for more than 25 years and teaching in Claremont and Walpole, New Hampshire, and Westminster, Vermont, since 2015.

Leslie Lasseter is a senior instructor with the nonprofit Oriental Healing Arts Association and also is associated with Tai Chi Vermont.  She is trained in movement therapy and teaches English Country Dance.  She has taught tai chi in Westminster and Bellows Falls, Vermont, and Claremont and Walpole, New Hampshire. See her “Tai Chi With Leslie” on Rockingham-area FACTV and on Youtube at channel/UCu9wcIWvHarUr9alXA3rioA.

Zoning Board Agenda – 8/17/22

Town Hall

7 pm

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed.

Minutes: Review minutes of July 2022 meeting. 

Old Business:

Public Hearing:

Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use: Elizabeth Roos, 14 Middle Street, Article V D-2, Tax Map 20, Lot 77, Residential B. Ms. Roos would like to change and enlarge her deck at the back of the house. The door to the deck is the second egress from the house. The door is even with the deck and gets frozen shut in the winter. The plan is to drop the deck down one step and make it 6 feet longer. Postponed until September.

Clarion article for September. Non-conforming use. Dave Edkins.

New Business:

Gravel pit assignments. Hodgkins (Drewsville, Contact John or Roger Hodgkins), Tim Graves (Wentworth Road), Cold River Bridges (Industrial Park – Contact Tom Lentocha), Cold River Materials (Brewery Road – Contact Gary Patch).

Possible nomination of an alternate.

Review minutes of nonpublic session minutes of July 2022.

Discussion about appeal process.

Discussion about board member emails.

Change in ZBA state requirements. Forms. Fact finder. Approval, denial.

Next meeting September 21, 2022.

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 8/9/22

Roll Call: Present: Board members Chair Jeff Miller, Clerk Jason Perron, Jeff Harrington, Joanna Andros, Bill Carmody. Select Board Representative Steve Dalessio. Alternates: Trevor MacLachlan and Travis Adams. Absent: Vice-Chair Dennis Marcom. Also at the meeting were Barry Bellows, who is in charge of construction at the Potato Barn, and John Penney, representing Robert Kasper. Mr. MacLachlan was asked to sit in for the absent board member.

Minutes: Written by Marilou Blaine. This meeting was recorded. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the September 2022 meeting for corrections, and additions and/or omissions.

Call to order: Mr. Miller called the meeting to order at 7 pm.

Minutes: Mr. Harrington made a motion to approve the minutes as written. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Old Business:

 Public Hearing:

Site Plan: Potato Barn proposed three residential apartments inthe Granary, Piggery and Connector. Apartments will be 1,100, 2,000 and 800 square feet. The 2,000 square-foot apartment in the Granary is two floors. Owner is Steve Rudek of Sacramento, CA. Tax Map 14, Lot 6, commercial district. Barry Bellows is in charge of construction.

Mr. Bellows said that Mr. Rudek changed the number of apartments from four to three, making two of the apartments much larger. The apartments are at the south end of the Potato Barn. There will be six designated parking spaces for cars for the tenants nearby. There are other parking spaces in the parking lot and the entire parking lot is paved. The driveway into the Potato Barn is not. Mr. Bellows enclosed a document with the application showing exactly where the designated parking space are. He said he will add a second egress for each apartment by adding windows. The space already is fully sprinkled, lighted, and a safety system is already in the building.

 Mr. Bellows had a letter from Walpole Fire Chief Mark Houghton. The letter said he had reviewed the request to add apartments at the southern end of the Potato Barn and “agrees that this can be accomplished to meet all applicable code requirements and approves of the new use change.” However, “the existing fire suppression system and fire alarm system must be re-engineered and reconfigured to the new use space and the Walpole Fire Department is requesting system approval before occupancy.”

There being no further questions from the board, Mr. Miller closed the public hearing. Mr. Harrington made a motion to approve the site plan as presented. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion carried.

New Business:

Site Plan: 532 Main Street LLC, Walpole Creamery, 20-feet-by-40-foot addition. Tax Map 12, Lot 14, commercial district. Request for a public hearing.

Mechanical engineer, John Penney, represented Robert Kasper at the meeting. He said this concerns the property at 532 Main Street, the Walpole Creamery. Mr. Kasper owns the property. He is proposing to build a 20-foot-by-40-foot addition in the back of the building that will house what is now in that space and reconfigure the freezer containers. By doing this Mr. Kasper will have a conforming setback from his neighbor to the north. Mr. Kasper has also hired the firm of ULF as the architect for the project. Mr. Penney said the business is hooked up to Walpole town sewer but not town water. He was asked to have it inspected by Walpole’s Fire Chief, Mark Houghton. Mr. Penney said he has already been contacted to inspect the building plan and final construction. Mr. Dalessio made a motion to hold a public hearing on the site plan in September. Mr. MacLachlan seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Master Plan:

Mr. Miller said he had been in touch with Southwest Regional Planning Commission senior planner, Lisa Murphy, and she has finished the section on natural features. He also received the final invoice. He said that that probably means the Planning Board budget for the year has been spent. Board members should be receiving copies of the final copy of the update Master Plan sometime in the next couple of months.


Mr. Miller reminded the board members of the webinar on Wednesday at noon to discuss changes to planning and zoning laws that are coming on Aug. 23. The secretary mentioned creating forms to have a standard for all approvals. Some board members thought it would be a good idea, some thought the way we were doing it now was enough.

Other business:

Mr. Miller and Mr. Perron signed the Howard Lot Line Adjustment Mylar and several plats that had been approved at previous meetings.


Mr. Perron made motion to adjourn. Mr. Harrington seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

cc: WPB, ZBA, Town Offices, The Walpolean.

Posted: Inside the Town Offices, on the bulletin board outside the Post Office,

Closing Date for the Clarion – 8/22/22

Yes a “baker’s week” away, it is time to get your inputs submitted for the September issue of the CLARION on Monday, August 22.Hopefully there will some activities you wish to share that will begin as the summer months wind down. I am aware of only a few things, so please help so together we can tell the community what is about to happen.

Again, closing date Monday, August 22, so you have until then to get busy and send your submissions along. If you have any questions or are interested in advertising, do get in touch with me. Thank you, RAY BOAS, Publisher


This is a reminder about the Friends of the Walpole Library book donation dates this coming week and the week after. Please bring your books to the Chicken Coop (behind the Hungry Diner) on the following dates/times:

  • Wednesday, August 17 and 24 – 10 am to noon
  • Thursday, August 18 and 25 – 4 to 6 pm

Remember, we can only sell books in excellent condition, so please no dirty, damaged or moldy books.  We also can’t accept textbooks, encyclopedias, or travel guides older than 5 years.

Thank you so much!  Please call 603-313-4076, if you have any questions.

Check Your Files

Help needed for the September Clarion

Twenty Years Ago – Labor Day Weekend 2002 – Walpole celebrated its 250th Anniversary with a gala four day party concluding with a sensational sit-down dinner celebration for 800 people under a tent on the Common. Memories of that weekend abound.

In the September CLARION, for our 270th Anniversary, I wish to share that event with images and memories. Particularly I would like to have a program of all the events to scan and share, any other handouts you may have saved, and maybe a special photograph or two. If you would like to share a memory or two in a few sentences, please send that along to me as well. Any programs, ephemera or photos you wish to share will be returned once scanned.

If you can help with any of the above, please contact me by Thursday, August 18. Thank you.

RAY BOAS, Publisher
603 756-4545

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 8/4/22

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall and via Zoom. 

Mr. Dalessio called for a voice roll call of the Selectboard present.  Peggy Pschirrer was present; Cheryl Mayberry was present; and Steven Dalessio, Chair, was present.  Also present was Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration.  There was one member of the public in attendance:  Peter Graves.


PETER GRAVES: The first question Mr. Grave brought up was the need for police details for utility line tree trimming. Mr. Dalessio explained that the Town generates a 10% profit when billing for police details. The Town of Walpole billed approximately $25,000 of the total $177,000 billed to date. The Police Chief decides where a detail is required. Mr. Graves suggested that instead of police details that cones and flaggers be used. The cost for police details is very high for the utility on less traveled roads.

Mr. Graves asked if there would be a new police station? Mr. Dalessio stated that the study committee is still investigating. All agreed that a new police station is needed. The last question was related to the Common. Mr. Graves wondered why the Highway Department did not take care of the trees? Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio explained the need for an arborist who will create a tree plan for the Common. At 6:48 PM, Mr. Graves departed the meeting.


Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $217,683.42 for checks issued August 5, 2022.  This includes a payment in the amount of $60,907.08 to the Village of Bellows Falls for 2nd quarter sewer usage and bond payment.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.


Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending July 30, 2022, in the amount of $32,877.86 dated August 5, 2022, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $6,661.87.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.


SELECTBOARD MEETING – JULY 28, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of July 28, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – July 28, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 28, 2022, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.


MAP and LOT #028-024-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Sewer Refund in the amount of $73.88 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #028-024-000.  This is due to the overpayment of a delinquent sewer bill.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. 


Permit #2022-32, MAP and LOT #017-020-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve Building Permit No. 2022-32 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #017-020-000 to install a “40’ x 70’ ground mount solar array”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.     


Treasurer Resignation Letter:  The Selectboard accepted the resignation letter received from Mr. Dave Adams as he is unable to continue as the Town Treasurer.  The Selectboard is in the process of putting together a list of possible replacements for consideration.    

5-Town Meeting:  The next Five-Town Meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 4, 022, at 4:30 p.m.  The host is the Town of Alstead with this meeting being held in the Alstead Town Hall.  An agenda is available.     

Pending Further Actions:

Generators, Houghton Brook Bridge, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood, Letter of Understanding for 2021 Audit with Vachon Clukay and Company PC.

Reservoir Dam:  Mr. Dalessio reported that the application for funds has been submitted.  He will speak to Fuss & O’Neill to see if a cost analysis should be done.


Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:01 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 8:07 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 4, 2022, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.


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

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 8:15 PM.


Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any further discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:16 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

Selectboard Meeting Agenda – 8/11/22

Starting at 6:30 PM in the Town Hall and via Zoom



• Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $55,960.16 for checks issued 8/12/2022


• Payroll Register totaling $34,623.54 dated 8/12/22 and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $6,795.36


• Selectboard Meeting – August 4, 2022

• Non-Public Session Selectboard Minutes – August 4, 2022


• School and Union Streets Drainage Project

• Letter of Understanding for 2021 Audit with Vachon Clukay and Company PC

Pending Further Actions

• Generators, Houghton Brook Bridge, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood, Reservoir Dam, 


• FY 2023 Highway Block Grant

• Bear Bait Permit on Town Land

• Wantastiquet Local River Subcommittee 2022 Social Invitation


**Any recording, audio or visual, and/or other devices must be declared at the beginning of the meeting**

Safety Notice from Cemetery Trustees







Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 8/1/22

Members Present: Alicia Flammia (Chair), John Peska (Vice Chair), France Menk,

                               Peter Palmetto, Lew Shelley 

Members Absent:  Laura Hayes, Steven Dumont

Alternates Present:  Gary Speed, Kara Dexter  

Alternates Absent:  Samantha Loch  

Visitors Present:  Wendy and Will Grossman, Peggy Pschirrer (Selectboard Liaison), 

                              Cheryl Mayberry (Selectboard Liaison), Jean Kobeski (Recording Secretary)

Call to Order:  Alicia called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting was being recorded.

Review and Approval of Minutes:  France asked that the last sentence of the last paragraph of the minutes under “Other” read:  France said she learned by investigating items as they come up.  Kara moved to accept the amended July 11, 2022 minutes. Peter seconded the motion, and all voted in favor.

Public Business

Report from the Chair:  Peter and Alicia have been reconfirmed and have taken the oath.

Correspondence:  The Commission received a copy of the NH Charitable Foundation Annual Report.

Treasury Report:      Conservation:​   ​​$190,464.70

​​​ Forestry:              ​  ​  $23,260.96

​​​ Walker Road:        ​    ​    $2,142.12

​​​ Mason Expendable:​ ​$442,512.85

​​​Mason Non-Expendable:​  $18,654.58

Lew asked what the expenses from the Forestry account were. Alicia said they were for invasive species control at the Hooper and Walpole Gateway, and management of the Hooper Timber Harvest. Alicia added that, if anyone wants to see any invoices, she would be happy to share them. 

New Business:  Alicia received a request to sign a Fair Hunting Permit to hunt and bait bear on town property.  NH DES and Fish and Game allow hunting and baiting on state and private property with a signed permit. Alicia felt uncomfortable signing without a discussion among Commission members. The permit request was sent last week, so there was not enough time to meet with the Commission and return the form to the state by the August 1 deadline. She let it go.

Alicia asked for discussion on this issue from the group;  perhaps they should have a policy in case it comes up again in the future. Peggy asked Alicia what land was involved in the request;  she answered it was the Fanny Mason land.  Lew asked if the individual is local;  John said he is. 

Gary explained that this is a highly regulated activity that this individual wants to do. By permitting  such hunting, Fish and Game can get an idea of the numbers and quality of the bears being hunted. France asked what baiting is. Gary explained that it is putting out food to attract the bear.  He then explained the baiting process and added that hunting and baiting bear can be done from September 1 through September 28. Then the site must be cleaned and bait removed. Alicia asked if other species can be baited.  Gary said deer and coyote may be baited, with landowner permission.  Copies of the permit are sent to Fish and Game and the landowner, and the hunter keeps one.  John explained that Fish and Game regularly checks the site, usually every other day, and the hunter must have his permit posted at the site.

Lew asked what would happen if ten people request permits at the same time.  Gary said it is up to the landowners to decide how many they want to permit to bait on their land. 

The Selectboard actually signs the permit because the Town owns the land.  The Commission can recommend that the Selectboard sign or not.  John said it would be helpful to have more information about the specific site to make sure there are no other trails or recreational activities around there. Gary said the permit stipulates no baiting within 300’ from a road, trail, or occupied dwelling. These regulations are listed on the permit. Kara referenced an episode of North Woods Law which showed Fish and Game visiting a bait site. She said it was very informative and recommended that interested commissioners look for it on YouTube. 

To summarize the discussion, Peter stated that the Commission does not have agency to say no to a permit but can recommend that the Selectboard either sign or not sign.  Alicia explained that in order to deny all baiting permits all the time, the Town would need to hold a public hearing and take a vote as a whole to forbid baiting on all town-owned property. Peter pointed out that, by issuing baiting permits, you know that the state will come in and inspect the sites and gather data about the animals.  Gary said he doesn’t see a reason not to grant a permit;  the town has never had a problem with it before, and because Fish and Game regularly inspects and monitors the sites, they will contact hunters if there is any wrongdoing.

Wendy asked, if bears are eating donuts and sweets, as Gary earlier stated in his explanation of baiting, are they getting accustomed to human food? Would this cause a problem for people near their homes?  Gary stated that it wouldn’t because the baiting happens far enough away from dwellings, and where they are eating these sweets is not a place where humans congregate.

Alicia stated she appreciated the discussion;  it was very helpful.  Kara asked Peggy and Cheryl how the Selectboard feels about this permitting issue.  Peggy said they haven’t discussed it.

Old Business

Walpole Gateway Update:  Alicia said she walked the ephemeral stream path and saw the largest silver maple she has ever seen.  She plans to go on the NH DES website to see which is the largest in the state, then possibly measure the one on this trail. 

Kara questioned what the group wants to do about delineating the turnaround area and possibly unlocking the gate and creating the necessary signage.  She feels the group should get going on this. John stated they decided at an earlier meeting to observe how many cars they see parked by the kiosk at any one time.  No one has observed more than two.

Peter thinks a split rail fence would be the best barrier with a sign. There is space for two cars  in a temporary turnaround.  Signs will direct the public to park back up at the kiosk (loading and unloading only).  The gate will be unlocked. It can be pulled back then latched without a lock. Alicia said there should be a cartop sign like they have at Lake Warren. Lew asked when the work should take place.  France will start making draft signage and email her signs to the members for feedback. She said she would then print them out and put them in protective transparent cases. The Commission will purchase the cases.  

Peter said they will need three uprights and four rails for the turnaround, to be purchased at Hamshaw’s. Then an excavator and small trucks will be needed to clear and sure pack the area.  It was decided that this should be paid, rather than volunteer work. At one time Mark Houghton offered to do the work.  John will reach out to him to see if it is something he would still be able to do.  Peggy suggested contacting Tom Murray to help with the project. 

Lew volunteered to draw up a plan and specs for materials. He will put out stakes and flags and should be able to do it in the next few weeks.  Alicia asked him to send out an email when he is ready to do that so people can help. 

Commission Website:  Kelly has sent Alicia a draft website. Kelly asked her to review it and send content to be added.  Alicia said she would forward the draft to the membership for comments in the next few weeks.

Easement Monitoring:   Alicia set an email to anyone who is not on the Trails Committee about property monitoring.  She said there will be a meeting later in August or early September to develop an action plan so they can do a few properties this year.

Other Business

Walpole Trails Subcommittee:   Will Grossman gave the report for the subcommittee. At the meeting, Wendy reported to the five people present that the RTP Grant was submitted. Mike Hubbard will do the brush hogging, possibly this Wednesday, if his tractor is fixed. The State inspected the Rail Trail and gave the OK for all but the area north of the vet clinic. He said they will use hand tools to clear that area.

Ten trees were down on the Fanny Mason Trail. Kara and Pete took care of those (and the 13 ticks).

Rail Trail:  Kara, Pete, France, and the Grossmans did another walk through of the Rail Trail.  Four huge trees were in the way of the brush hogging, so Lew chain sawed them today. 

Wendy reported that someone mowed the section of the trail that the State did not want mowed. As a result there are new ruts.  Wendy photographed them and sent the pictures to the state, saying the Rail Trail Committee did not know who did the mowing. 

The Grossmans and Peggy met with Dale Hubbard regarding the Rail Trail going through his property.  Wendy said they agreed that the trail will take the bypass he created, and they will create signs to direct people using the trail to the bypass.

Reservoir Road:  There is no new report.  Alicia asked if there is a state-mandated time frame that they are working against.  The answer was no.

Other:  Lew asked if the Commission previously approved the purchase of a brush cutter.  It would be helpful to have, so he said he would price them then bring it up for a new vote.

Lew asked about insurance for people using chainsaws on town property.  Cheryl said that the town would not cover them because they have not been officially hired by the Town to do the work.  Peggy said if several people were going out on one day, the town might be able to buy one day of insurance. Cheryl said volunteers usually sign waivers stating they are doing the work at their own risk.  Wendy said Steven had some volunteers sign a waiver, but she doesn’t know if he still has them.  Cheryl asked that they follow up with Steven to find out where the waivers are.

John had three final bullet points:

​1.  PDIP interest rates have bottomed out.

​2.  The Commission’s draft budget for 2023 is due September 6.

​3.  The next meeting will be September 12.

Alicia pointed out that there is $50,000 for consulting work on the Reservoir Dam that hasn’t been used.  She asked if it could be carried over.  Cheryl said it can;  discuss this with Rich.

Wendy recommended adding a line in the budget for brush hogging.  They will need to pay $100 for the permit, $1,000 for the bond, and roughly $400 annually for the brush hogging itself. Alicia said that is a good idea.

With no further business, John moved to adjourn the meeting.  Peter seconded, and all voted in favor.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:14 p.m. 

The next meeting will be on Monday, September 12, 2022.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary

** These minutes are in draft form until approved at the September 12, 2022 meeting.