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.

 

May 2020

The May issue of the Advocate offers a variety of very local hiking options recommended by the Dublin Conservation Commission, in light of Governor Sununu’s order to stay at home, yet to enjoy the outdoors while avoiding crowds.

Read how Covid-19 is affecting the ConVal budget.

In the Dublin cemetery, while our veterans’ gravestones will be decorated with American flags, as is usual for Memorial Day, our parade is canceled, as are others in the state. We can commemorate those who gave their lives in our hearts.

Dubliners are urged to complete their Census 2020 paperwork in a timely manner, and our new library director catches us up. Let’s not forget to place orders with our two food establishments here in town, DelRossi’s and the General Store.

The Women’s Club may have to close most of the beach activities this summer, the Planning Board meets via Zoom, recycling is put on hold and, most importantly, food donations are feeding hungry children in our town through End 68 Hours of Hunger. Thank you to those who drive buses and deliver packages to all town’s homes with children.

Schools adapt to remote learning, in short order, and as people walk in their neighborhoods, new friends are made. Summer Playground is up in the air, but send in your email address for updates, and congratulations to all 2020 graduates.

Dubliners stand ready to help, and two people are profiled for their accomplishments: an artist of dioramas and a teacher at Dublin School, who is a former Olympian rower.

The Hub has moved most of its activities online, opportunities abound for documenting our lives since the pandemic arrived, and facemask makers are in the news! Most importantly, our local hospital is both prepared and asking for funding; our local United Way needs funding to continue making a difference in the lives of those who need it the most, and we end with a message from our birder. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy. A colorful photo montage graces our last page; we are all in this together.

April 2020

We hope the April issue gives you a chance to think about something other than COVID-19 for a few seconds, especially since the state just issued a stay-at-home order. There’s a dam here in town, with water spilling over it, that could use some attention, and maybe even put the energy it could generate to work. Most all our neighboring towns have done so recently.

Links and much-needed advice has been mailed, emailed, and forwarded about how to handle the challenges we are presented in this pandemic. References are in these pages (p.9). Very locally, once again, the proprietors of Dublin General Store have stepped up and are offering daily food delivery using volunteers. Do give them a call at 563-8401 if there is any food you need.

The trustees of the Library have hired a new director who lives in Dublin with her young family. Otherwise, the DPL has shuttered its doors, as has the Hub, the church, the schools, and area businesses until such time as we are up and running again.

The DCF and Trustees of Trust Funds both request scholarship applications, we run down the decisions made at Town Meeting, celebrate new candidates for office, and honor the Citizen of the Year.

The Swap Shop will open when it deems it’s safe; the DWC dinner is planned, subject to postponement; and town roads are closed to all trucks 6 tons and over.

A plea for foodstuffs from End 68 Hours of Hunger requests actual food donations to be dropped off at the community church, or fiscal donations sent if you prefer; and the Advocate calls for College grads in 2020 to submit their profiles.

We lost two Dublin women, who meant a great deal to many; and our Ballot Clerks are shown on task, along with outgoing Selectman Dale Gabel. Our local elementary school principal, her staff, and all students jumped into remote leaning overnight, Miss Shepherd teaches a music class we can see, and we are grateful the district school budget passed.

DCA is presenting The Matchmaker, the DHS wants you to write your Dublin story, and we learn about the roots of Friendly Farm. Two newcomers to town are profiled and welcomed, ConVal is calling for Kindergarten registration, and many events are on hold at the Hub. Stay tuned!

Links and resources on COVID-19 take up a good deal of space, as it is good to be fully informed, and we might all consider buying gift certificates to support our local merchants, especially now. It’s time to bring in your birdfeeders, no need to say why; the sap is running, amphibians are scurrying as soon as the snow melts again, and a brass band forms in Keene.

One Dubliner facilitates discussions to raise awareness of race relations locally, and the Rotary gave away funds it raised to support organizations that help treat those who struggle with substance abuse. There’s an art show in Jaffrey, and many transportation shortfalls can be resolved when you team up with CVTC.

Cork is suddenly and thankfully being recycled at our local transfer station, and RSVP, a local volunteer organization, gets a grant to keep its program operating.

Watch for ticks, support our advertisers, learn all about NH’s eagle survey from our local ornithologist, and stay home.

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