October 2020

The October issue opens with a synopsis of the NH Department of Environmental Services report of NH Lakes and Ponds, of which Dublin “Pond,” is our oligotrophic focus. Another update on broadband narrows the window for us to wait, as fiber creeps onto the poles.

Both the Town Moderator and the Supervisor of the Checklist share praise for those who stepped up to help at the primary election. And now, onward. Absentee ballots requested.

We have a new officer, Dan Anair, and the force is participating in the NH Breast Cancer Coalition. (Thank you.) Trick or Treating will be happening on the full moon, the Hub shares its stand on addressing and changing “all forms of racism,” and there is a science forum at the Mountain View Bible Church.

A member of the ConComm takes a hard look at how we eradicate invasive species in our area, and learn how “you can make polar fleece fingerless mitts” for our schoolchildren studying outdoors. An ardent mask maker speaks (650 masks later), and recognition is due a lady who has retired from Yankee after more than five decades, a lady who also organized all our barn sales and craft fairs over the years. Gosh we will miss her.

The local summer chapel prevailed through the epidemic, and held services online, the community Lunch and dinner in Dublin are take-out, and a church in Peterborough has resumed its weekly community to-go meals. Hawk migration is under way, and all you need to do is register to attend the mountaintop site to observe the heraldry.

The 2021 Old Farmer’s Almanac has hit the stands, published right here in our hometown, and let’s not forget to provide buckets of food to feed our hungry children over the weekends! There’s the opening of the regional art show in Peterborough, and read up on the habits of real night owls.

We have all the good news as well from the library, the elementary school, the Christian Academy, the School Board, an important recycling update, events through the DubHub, the River Center, and, finally, the local church’s rummage sale will be outdoors on two Saturdays, weather permitting. Prepare to Vote.

September 2020

The September Advocate opens with one young woman’s take on very local agriculture, bringing it back to the forefront of younger generations through school programs, and shares that her immediate future will involve beekeeping. Then both a former and a current selectperson address how to prepare for Broadband coming to our town. Will it be aerial or conduit to your home? Best find out now, to update and sign up.

With a primary vote in just days, precautionary measures have been stepped up for everyone’s safety; voting by absentee ballot is recommended for good reasons, plus a dedicated slot at the PO will help speed things along immeasurably. Checklist folks are open September 1and the town is still seeking a transfer station attendant and an administrative assistant. Come work for an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Our Library is opening, by appointment, and its Friends will meet. The Howe Reservoir Drawdown will be earlier than usual this fall; our recycling center is facing certain challenges and needs our focused cooperation. Our school district is preparing all the details for opening of schools including a variety of solutions to meet any unexpected situations; and one of our own just got her MA and will pursue a Ph.D.

Our elementary school is prepared for opening, and praises the district’s efforts to address all options. The Head of School for our town’s college-preparatory boarding school is also opening with all safety precautions in place, plus honoring its long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A local artist wins an award for a lifetime of contributions; young people with developmental and related disabilities who were affected by the closing of a major rehab center are being transitioned to new services with all due care and attention; the Finnegans have moved in, and are expecting; and the trails on Hiroshi’s land are open and beautiful.

The Celebration of Life service for a Dublin-born young man will wait until many can safely gather; the Hub is hosting events outdoors as long as weather permits; the ConVal Class of 2020 makes its second donation to End 68 Hours of Hunger; and veterans can get vouchers for farmers’ markets in three towns this month.

The Hub is building a meeting room in back that will double its offerings, and help the Sunday School next door; and substance-abuse recovery options now exist nearby. Two grants have been awarded to benefit two local nonprofits (thanks to the grantwriter); and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the ADA — check that out.

Maskmakers are giving away ice cream; Granny D is honored; volunteer drivers are needed; and updates and resources on COVID cover recently extended emergency orders from the Governor: “We’re not out of the woods yet.” Even the Hawk Watch is up in the air.

But joy still awaits us with the Thrushes’ songs; we ask you to support our advertisers and businesses now more than ever; and remember this: Vote September 8.

 

August 2020

The August issue of the Advocate begins with the good news that conservation land in town is alive and well. With acres added to the Beech Hill preserve, our watershed is protected and more trails opened up. We run three articles about absentee ballots — it’s just that important. And so is Broadband, which is moving along nicely. The town is seeking employees, we thank our health care workers, scholarships are awarded, the census needs our data, and whether or how school reopens is in contention. Our rep says, both in-school and remote learning are on the table, most likely a combo.

A staffer follows up on the Conversations about Race with people in the know, and the Murrays celebrate 60 years together! Adventures can be had at the Rotary Park, the Friendly Farm, and the Boat Launch. We have a Reiki practitioner in town who works with animals, three Dubliners are awarded Paul Harris Fellows, and sunflowers are planted to commemorate the lives of Black suffragists.

We lost Dan Burnham, a really special guy worth reading about: “In lieu of flowers,” says the family, “please vote.” We also note the deaths of Daniel Knight and Carol Gebhardt.

The Makerspace is opening a ceramics facility in town, roller skiers get a little attention on the back roads, and the annual Baha’i event will be virtual this year. A Wellness Clinic opens in Dublin, and there are three ways to help those who need a hand: Hundred Nights, End 68 hours of Hunger, or becoming  a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) representing children subject to abuse or neglect.

We have updates from all those organizations that work really hard in town: DCA, DWC, DPL, FDPL, DubHub, and DHS.

There’s a Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the annual Gas Engine Meet has been canceled, and register your dog — or else! Fall Migration is in the air for our local birder, Dublin is recycling again (masks on please), and the Village has flowering plants of every persuasion. And, keep the faith.

 

July 2020

The July Advocate is in everyone’s homes by now, and with it, an invitation to join peaceful demonstrations in the village on Saturdays from 11:45 to 1. Come to listen to the call for justice, stand in vigil 6 feet apart, join with others for creating a more equitable society for all people. Our police chief speaks out in solidarity for those whose lives have been unnecessarily lost and for serving well all citizens of Dublin. Scattered throughout this issue are statements from organizations that have taken a stand of support for confronting and opposing the systemic racism in this country.

Our Selectperson explains the latest developments on Broadband service, which is progressing; and the offices at Town Hall are open by appointment. Our health officer shares a few words; absentee voting is both available and recommended; and poll workers are being recruited for the two upcoming elections. There a link to a last-minute newspaper story on Dublin’s Mud Pond dam; and the fireworks are canceled this year.

Summer Playground is still up in the air; the DPL offers big reads and state park passes; and the Dublin Community Foundation awarded five organizations that benefit Dublin youth and families, as well as three scholarships to Class of 2020 graduates toward their college education.

Due to COVID-19, the Dublin Women’s Club is all but shut down, you may swim at your own risk with no amenities, and the board will revisit the decision July 6 to see if it can open availability to members as summer progresses.

The Planning Board invites all to attend its regular meetings on Zoom, and a hearing will consider a request by Eversource to cut trees around their power lines on scenic roads.

Memorial Day was honored in three places by three veterans, very unlike Dublin’s usual turnout for remembrance. Thank you, gentlemen.

The Labyrinth and Garden Sanctuary is open to all — it is wheelchair accessible; the ConComm is looking for new members; the school board rep looks ahead; and we have three more graduates to applaud in 2020! What a year it has been for these students.

A former local presiding judge walks us through the tough talk on advance directives; and serious COVID links / resources are available for quick perusal.

Nancy Good Cayford has written a story by and about Larry Foley’s adventure with a Rolls — Larry has recently moved to a rehab facility and we miss him.

The Walden School for Music is doing everything online; and the DubHub mostly is too — except for the monthly take-out luncheons!

The town has lost a well-loved member of the faculty and administration of the Dublin Christian Academy, Kevin Moody, who devoted his whole life to the school and his family. His many contributions are articulated in a fond remembrance by the family.

A scant recount of what’s off — and on — in town is followed by a call for volunteer drivers. The Lyceum has gone live, as has a backyard summer camp by NH Audubon, and Rotary antique cars paid tribute to essential workers in several towns in a drive-by.

Craig Thompson writes about food insecurity during this pandemic and how our region is responding; Tom Warren shares details on the lives of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks; and don’t forget the Peterborough Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays…

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June 2020

The June issue features our 2020 Graduates in full color, both high school and college, and there are a lot; congratulations to each and every one of them in these challenging times. It looks as if summer beach time and summer playground are still on hold, hoping for a better outcome; and it’s time to register to vote or change your affiliation. Plus, update your census standings — only 43% of Dubliners have responded so far.

The library has all kinds of new offerings, still curbside, and volunteers are sought by its Friends. Recycling is on again, with masks and distancing; and the Trustees of Trust Funds has extended its deadline for scholarship applications to July 1.

Our School Board rep congratulates our grads and speculates on the costs of anticipated changes in the budget (read his explanation). We lost a dear resident; and be sure to sign up for email reminders about meetings from the town site.

School is out, but was remote right up until the end. Eight students graduated from DCA in a parade of vehicles, and the Childcare Center is ongoing. We introduce our new town administrator, and the Historical Society has postponed its Centennial Celebration to summer of 2021. We profile our local bus driver who now delivers food to every child’s home in Dublin who requests it.

There is a local network that focuses on meeting the needs that have been created by COVID-19 — both the illness and its circumstances; and Sununu’s Stay-at-Home poster lists Do & Don’ts.

The ConComm tackles knotweed, yet again, and a pollinator coloring book focuses on Dublin, created by one of our own. The new auditorium in Jaffrey gifted by his family, has been named for Mike King, a Dubliner whose passion was film; and two Rotary clubs collaborated on roadside cleanup this year from here to Peterborough and back. Remember to Share the Road, bicyclists are back and it’s their road too.

The DubHub building may be closed but many programs are ongoing, thanks to Zoom, free facemasks, musicians, and YouTube. Don’t forget about the second monthly Take-Out Community Lunch!

More links to various clips relevant to the pandemic are included, with a plea to wear facemasks; our local hikers are in a new book; a bear was more than seen in the neighborhood; and Audubon can nanotag Monarch Butterflies now to track their migrations.

The River Center offers money coaching and tax assistance; you can recycle your household hazardous materials in Keene; and CVTC never left the road, this whole time.

The eight Dublin youngsters who attend Mountain Shadows School are pictured (also in color) with their Olympic Studies projects, and are a sight to see; and once again, our calendar grid is filled with color photos relevant to town doings. Enjoy and stay safe.

 

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