January 2022

The New Year is here and with it the January Advocate. All the Nordic Trails at Dublin School are groomed and open to the public, upon signup. The Library is prepared for MLK Jr Day, they won an award, and begin their own email newsletter. Its trustees are looking for responses to a survey.

Our Town Clerk has posted the positions open in town, town employees now will get Juneteenth off, and townspeople are making a difference in ending hunger for our local schoolchildren.

The Planning Board details its proposed changes in amendments for town vote in March, and the elementary schoolchildren enjoy sledding after a snow. The monthly community supper is still take-out but all are invited.

Our School Board Rep keeps us informed, and one small New Year’s resolution sounds good for all. Our newest staffer has gone over the process used by our Town’s Budget Committee, and the next town south invites us to celebrate MLK Jr. Day, with a keynote, a documentary, and a speaker.

We have a rundown of the 911 Emergency Communications team, based in Keene, and run by a Dubliner, and we take a look at the author 20 years after he wrote our town history.

Forest fires out west have repeatedly received the assist of one of our own firefighters, Cornucopia Project is teaching children how to grow and enjoy the fruits of their labors, the Local Rotary made Christmas a happy time for more than 200 local children, and two Chambers of Commerce merged and plan an office in Peterborough.

The DubHub publishes its busy lineup of community activities, we keep tabs on the ongoing struggles with COVID, riders still need rides to essential destinations, and learn how court appointed special advocates help children needing representation.

The Great Gray Owl is covered by Tom this month. Stay tuned to winter storm warnings, and be sure to use our advertisers!

Happy New Year to all.

December 2021

The December Advocate is in our homes, the upcoming holidays take shape, and area churches offer their gatherings. Mold in the Town Hall has been remediated, and we are reminded to mind the plow, along with other ways to prepare for winter.

We thank our poll workers, plan to makes payments online for town taxes, and hear from our elementary school principal as well as our School Board rep. Our library has lots of news.

A very local scrapbook from the 1890s yields seasonal stories, a lanternfest is planned in Peterborough, the Rotary cleaned trails in the park, and a young equestrian has made her mark by graduating from Equine Studies.

Our Town Moderator, who died most unexpectedly, is honored by his colleagues at the Old Farmer’s Almanac, a solid year from his retirement tribute from the same crew. Fairwood offers help to townspeople in our yards, we can donate to Lights of Love to support a transitional shelter, and the Monadnock Chorus is back on stage. Two young ladies share their gardens’ bounty, and the Hub outlines all its many events.

We hear a tad about how NextDoor can help us, and grants are available to develop small tracts of land to welcome pollinators.

An outdoorswoman shares her thoughts, and we are asked to delay filling our birdfeeders until the bears actually hibernate. A high-schooler takes in the moment, a woodpile proudly shows off, and a new school is formed.

The Met returns to the stage at the Players, Rotarians celebrate the holidays, and it’s time to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Another organization speaks to systemic racism, and local health workers are open for home-care consultations.

Our coffers may be full, but many are not. We continue to contribute what the shelter in Keene most needs, to collect foodstuffs for our local schoolchildren who experience hunger, to hear about classes offered by the River Center, and we are cautioned, yet again, to guard against COVID-19 by using all the usual safeguards, as well as getting vaccinated. Not everyone is!

Some thoughts on new ways of looking at the holidays, how to participate in the insect infestation in the state, and all are welcome to the village church’s take-out community supper.

The back page reminds us of a Christmas not that long ago, when we gathered safely to share in lighting the town tree. Fortunately, there is a plan in place to do it again — coming right up.

As always, give our advertisers your business, especially this season.

May the holidays bring you and yours joy.

November 2021

In November’s Advocate, we are giving thanks: for new AEDs to our Fire Department and police cruisers, the near completion of the storage building at the Transfer Station, the healthcare workers who are still at it, and for our veterans — who are being commemorated with new plaques on the Town Hall. Looking to the future, there is a call for volunteers to serve on a new Energy Committee.

The library functions are in full swing, although the book sale was canceled at the last minute, and the DPL trustees seek our input on what we want in a library.

‘Tis the season for pumpkin carving and painting, the Historical Society Archives shares a new acquisition and the board announces new trustees, and once again we set the clocks back an hour to be on time for November 7’s events.

A dear Dubliner died, the school board rep reports, and we share our gratitude for all things volunteer; Happy Thanksgiving from all to all.

Our school principal shares news, a painting is gifted back to DCA, the 25th Art Tour was a great success, the Church holds its monthly take-out community supper, and you can buy its soup cookbook from the Dublin General Store.

What’s so great about an ebike? Read all about it, as one intrepid cycler sings their praises. The Hub is busy offering all its usual events, plus an art sale. And it’s not too soon to plan for the Christmas Tree Lighting in mid-December. Bring your singing voice to welcome the guy in red.

The Walden School had a wonderfully musical summer at the Dublin School, and the Advocate posts an update. A Youth Mental Health event is for all those people who teach children, Audubon awards a bird man, and the Electric Earth offers Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” See a link on the receipt of ARPA funds by the county, and read about the boom heard ’round the county as well.

The River Center continues with its mission of parenting tips and updates, and we are invited to attend a poetry reading in the next town over.

We have nonprofits who have wish lists, and the call for volunteer drivers remains timely. Our resident ornithologist shares two birding tales, and the grid is filled with important photos that enhance the interior.

Please notice and patronize the advertisers who so loyally run their ads each month. And last, hunker down with neighbors as we prepare for colder temps.

October 2021

The October issue is in our homes by now, so we see the welcoming at Dublin School, its new dining hall, and glimpse a few of its sailors on the open waters of our fair lake. The library has new books, new classes, a bus route, and a telescope to rent. Its Trustees invite feedback about what new trends we Dubliners might seek from our library, and the trick or treating hours have been set. Our local Bible Church offers trunk or treating for everyone who wishes to participate.

We read an important message from our town administrator about avoiding cyber-crime, our town moderator reminds us about the Special State Election on October 26, and some of us have not yet registered our dogs!

The beach cleanup and winter prep are accomplished, we lost a man who meant so much to so many of us, and the town clerk shares a roundup of how best to conduct business with the town. Our principal of the elementary school catches us up on what’s going on there, and the 25th annual open studio art tour has seven Dublin artists participating. Do go see!

Our school board rep reports on the first community forum, and another man who was born and raised in town has left us. The Advocate staffers prepared a listing of all the town meetings in town that are open to the public on a regular basis, the church in the village has planned another monthly take-out community supper for one and all, and a photo from the Antique Engine Meet website says it all.

Our two intrepid hikers detail their strenuous hike up Katahdin, we lost a woman who was a shining light to all, the Rotary announced a donation to Peterborough’s new library, and the Church’s rummage and yard sale has been postponed a week due to inclement weather.

Dublin-based Yankee Publishing Inc. has released the 230th Old Farmer’s Almanac —available wherever books and magazines are sold, the Advocate welcomes a new staffer, and the traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall was honored at a celebration held at Cathedral of the Pines.

Our ConComm is working hard to help us eradicate invasives, most notably buckthorn, knotweed, and bittersweet. The Hawkwatch is under way, and the River Center offers support for all kinds of family challenges. A theatre has been reborn in the next town south, hunting seasons are in full swing in NH (wear orange outdoors!), and some recycling efforts have paid off.

We are invited to simply donate crackers to stave off hunger among area schoolchildren, and the Hub is hopping: art shows, multiple music events, and a traditional Oktoberfest Community Lunch is coming up!

The FCC has introduced a new dialing arrangement to facilitate an emergency hotline for suicide prevention, which gives us homework to adjust our 7-digit contact numbers to 10 digits on our cell phones. Alas, consider driving a neighbor to an essential appointment.

To close, NH Alerts offers an app for emergency weather conditions, our bird man discusses the need for birds to access water during migration — which is happening now, and there’s a Community Walk for Recovery from Substance Abuse on October 17 in Peterborough.

We sport a colorful grid for the calendar as it’s so much clearer, and also shows some real spectacles in our town that we just do not have room for on the inside of these pages.

Stay well — and sustain our advertisers with your business.

September 2021

All of New England’s 67 highest peaks have now been climbed by this intrepid local duo. Read about their adventures on the cover of September’s Advocate.

We include a few facts about the Jamestown Canyon Virus, which recently claimed a person’s life here in town. Sign up for a free take-out supper from the local church, and visit the Library for all kinds of new offerings.

We have a primary election on September 7, and a general election on October 26 — all precautions will be in effect. The 49th annual Gas Engine Meet is September 10-12, don’t miss it! The village church’s regularly scheduled biannual yard and rummage sale will again be held September 24 & 25; and Arts Alive! is offering mini-grants for artists.

Read the report from our school board rep about the opening of schools with an indoor mask mandate, and the Players’ last play is here, Where You Are.

Of course, school starts the last day of August and many cannot wait; and see photos from the Historical Society’s 100-year celebration — one that was forced to delay a year because of COVID.

We roll out the welcome mat to 40 new families in town based on number of houses sold over the last 18 months, and begin with an explanation of procedures at the Transfer Station. We profile an outstanding newspaperman who has made Dublin his home, and the Hub is hopping once again with movement classes, concerts, and its free flower & vegetable stand.

The Mill in the town right next to us, which has an abundant history of textile manufacturing, is back in business spinning wool by using its water power to do so; we all anticipate another season of hawkwatching; we can help raise funds in the Walk for Animals; caregivers can get some respite in an adult day program that is reopening; and we can all help end hunger in our local schoolchildren with donations of food sought, like nutrition bars.

The MFS offers quality mental healthcare and Monadnock Conservancy celebrates its 32nd anniversary. Photos of life on the lake in all forms grace the back pages, with thanks to someone who lives there.

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