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Museum Gift Shop At Library Book Sale – 10/28/17

Please look for us and shop our table at the October Friends of the Library Book Sale! We will be there on Saturday October 28th 9am- 2pm. We have wonderful gifts for the upcoming holiday or for a hostess gift. New things all the time!! Check out our great ideas for gifts for the kids too. See you there. 

Chickens on the Loose 5K Registration Night – 10/20/17

Friday, October 20, 2017

Walpole Elementary School Cafeteria

5:30 – 7:00 pm

PREREGISTERED? Save time on Race day by picking up your bib early.


NOT YET REGISTERED?  This is the last day to take advantage of the $20 registration.  $20 if you sign up before the race; $25 if you sign up on race day.

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 10/10/17

Walpole Planning Board

October 10, 2017

Town Hall

7 pm


Present: Chair Jeff Miller, Co-chair Robert Miller, James Aldrich secretary, Jason Perron, Dennis Marcom, Cheryl Mayberry, Selectboard Representative. Alternates: Joanna Andros, Ed Potter, 

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

Roll Call: Mr. J. Miller called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. There were five board members present so no one was needed to fill in.

Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the regular September 12 meeting and the September 26 workshop meeting as written. The motion was seconded and approved by the entire Board.


Old Business:

Public Hearing: Lot line adjustment for James Mort and Marilyn Dooley, 105 Brewery Road, Map 14, Lot 11, residential B and Jeddadiah and Lila Pellerin, Map 14, Lot 11-1. Annex 1.6 acres to make a total 3.2 acres. Subdivision: Lot 1 is now 8.9 acres creating a second lot, .75 acre Lot 2 with 368 feet of road frontage.

Surveyor Joe DiBernardo represented the property owners Mr. Mort and Ms. Dooley. He said this lot conforms in size to Residential B’s ordinance of square footage (minimum lot 25,000 square feet), road frontage (minimum 150 feet road frontage and side and rear yard setbacks (20 feet) and front yard setback (65 feet from center line of road).

There were no questions after his presentation. The Public Hearing was closed. 

Later in the meeting, a motion was made to approve both the lot line adjustment and subdivision as presented. The motion was seconded and passed by the entire Board.


Request for a Public Hearing: Jeff Carney, Liberty Utilities, cut trees on designated scenic road, Farnum Road. Request by letter, Statute 231-158.

Mr. Carney, Program Manager Vegetation and Inspections for Liberty Utilities, sent a letter to the Planning Board outlining what his team was going to do on Farnum Road, which is a designated scenic road. The scheduled maintenance follows PUC: 307.10 Pruning Standards and “with the landowner’s consent, utilities shall prune trees adjacent to all distribution circuits to the following minimum clearances on more than a five-year cycle.”

Other work planned work was (pruning at):

“10 feet from conductors.

“8 feet to the side of the nearest conductor and 15 feet above the conductors, at time of pruning.

“Utilities shall implement measures such as mid-cycle reviews to identify and mitigate elevated risk from tree exposure on circuits or sections of circuits that are significantly and/or continually experiencing tree-related interruptions, where it is practical to do so.

“Utilities shall not be required to prune to the clearance standards specified in (a) of this section where:

​The landowner has refused or restricted permission to prune.

​A municipality or other local governing body, by ordinance or other official means, has refused ​or restricted permission to prune; or

​Pruning to the standards specified in subpart (a) would be detrimental to the health of the tree, ​in which the utility shall adhere to the guidelines provided in ANSI a300 Part 1 – 2008 Edition, ​available as noted in Appendix B.

“Trees under the 15-inch circumference limit and brush capable of growing into the energized conducts will be cut with the landowner’s consent.​

“Tree to be removed, based on risk assessment performed by Liberty Utilities and qualified foresters from Environmental Consultant, Inc (EDI) have been marked with red of pink flagging stapled to the trees. Removals are noted in the enclosed details as “Rvm and Diameter Class” by land type Unmaintained (UM) Roadside (R) and (M) Maintained.”

Mr. Miller made a motion to hold a Public Hearing in November. The motion was seconded by Mr. Perron and the Board approved the motion.


Amended DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Units)– Mr. J. Miller pointed out that the DADU that had been voted on and passed in March 2017 had been amended at the advice of the town’s attorney, Jeremy Hockensmith. The document therefore needs another hearing to be put on next year’s warrant to approve the amendments. Mr. Perron made a motion to hold a Public Hearing on the amendments in November. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and it was approved by the rest of the Board. A copy of the warrant and amendments will be at the Town Offices and posted on the bulletin board outside Walpole Grocery.


Complete Streets – At its workshop session on September 26, Board members who were present okayed several recommendations for Complete Streets as well as the policy presented after July. The recommendations were sent to the Selectboard. There will be a Public Hearing in November for the public to weigh in on these recommendations. A motion to hold a Public Hearing was made by Mr. Marcom, seconded by Mr. R. Miller and approved by the entire Board. A copy of the recommendations will be posted at the Town Offices, on the bulletin board outside Walpole Grocery. Copies will be available at the Town Offices and Bridge Memorial Library.


Legal Education Mr. J. Miller asked the Board to reread four documents on the Ruggiero litigation and DCR litigation. He asked the Board to write questions that they would like answered from the town’s attorney, Mr. Jeremy Hockensmith – not about these cases – but about procedures that the Planning Board could follow in the future. Those questions will be refined at the next workshop meeting on October 24 in the basement conference room at 7 pm.


Mr. Aldrich made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded and approved by the Board.


Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine


Next regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017




Second Annual Harvest Dinner – 10/15/17

A special invitation from Judy Trow. – Lil

How about joining us at the Bellows Walpole Inn on Sunday night for dinner?It is a fundraiser for the Great River Co-op (which will be opening on Route 12 in Walpole- the sign will be installed in the next month. If you are not already, I hope you will consider becoming a member.)

The price of a ticket may seem like a lot of money (well, okay- it is) but when you consider that it includes a drink ticket for the bar, a three-course meal (if you’ve eaten at the Inn- you know the food quality will not disappoint- see the attachment to whet your appetite), gratuity AND you will be supporting the opening of our own local food co-op (priceless.)
Here is the link to buy tickets: 

Please forgive me if you’ve already received this information- and please feel free to share this information with your friends, family, neighbors, book group, etc. 

We hope to be enjoying your company during the cocktail hour and beyond!

Judy & Rick

Special Unitarian Church Service – 10/15/17

“What I Love about Islam” Sermon
The tension and misunderstandings between the Islamic World and the West are costly and severe. This sermon is an effort to bridge that gap of misunderstanding. What may be intriguing about Islam for religious liberals? Join us for an opportunity to open our hearts and minds to what valuable life lessons we can gain from this powerful and inspiring religious tradition. 

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy is a UU minister and also a Sufi minister. She serves as minister for the UU Church in Springfield, Vermont. Seven years ago she founded “Peace and Unity Bridge,” (PUB), an organization dedicated to cultivating friendship and understanding among Muslims and non-Muslims. Rev. Mellen is part of the national grassroots effort to counter Islamophobia. PUB is funded in part by a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Fund for Social Responsibility. ( Rev. Mellen is also co-founder of the UU Small Group Ministry Network. She serves on the Board of the Sufi Inayati Order.

Caravan of Thieves – 10/21/17

Caravan of Thieves will perform at The Bellows Falls Opera House on Saturday, October 21st. Doors open at 7:00 and the music will begin at 7:30.

Gypsy Swinging Serenading Firebreathing Circus Freaks!

Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical and humorous. It’s musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired.

Opening will be special guests, The Meadows Brothers.

Tickets and information:

Partial proceeds from this concert will go to the Transportation Assistance Program at The Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Specifically to pay for gas cards which are given to cancer patients who need help covering transportation costs.

Need Some Help?

Science Olympian for Rent Fundraiser 

Do you have wood to stack, leaves to rake, or yard work to be done?

The Science Olympiad program at Walpole School has some able-bodied middle school students to help you. In exchange for the students’ labor, we only ask for a donation to the Science Olympiad fund, which will be used to offset the cost of travel to science competitions this year. It was only with support from the wonderful Walpole community that our students were able to travel to and win the New Hampshire State Science Olympiad competition last year, qualifying them to compete in the National Science Olympiad competition in Ohio. Both competitions were scientifically enriching experiences for our Walpole students.

If you have a need that our Science Olympians can help you with, please call the Walpole School at 756-4728. We are currently taking requests for Saturday October 14th, and Saturday November 4th. Students will work in teams of two or more and be supervised by a parent.