The October Advocate includes stories by two residents who answered our call for submissions. Dave McMullen chronicles his ongoing adventure of running between the town halls of all 234 New Hampshire towns with his wife Nancy and yellow lab as a support team. Meanwhile, Grace O’Brien, who is beginning her junior year at ConVal, writes about her community and the gratitude she feels for the educational and leadership opportunities it has offered her.

New members are sought by the Friends of the Dublin Public Library, while the library searches for a new Director. At Town Hall, budget season is commencing, and residents are invited to attend Select Board and Budget Committee meetings, and to mark their calendars for Town Meeting on March 16, 2024. In addition to open positions at the library, the town is looking for a Planning Board secretary and Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector. The new school year is in full swing, with Nicole Pease returning as principal at Dublin Consolidated School, and the youngest students at Dublin Christian Academy enjoying new playground equipment. Dublin’s School Board representative Alan Edelkind writes about the ongoing community outreach work of ConVal Consolidation/Reconfiguration study.

The October issue profiles two notable Dubliners: Randy Drain, craftsman, house painter, adventurer, and connoisseur of old vehicles; and Traceymay Kalvaitis, former teacher, and current minister of congregations in Dublin and Harrisville.

Jay Schechter explains how unnecessary nighttime lights lead to bird mortality, and Eugenie Silverthorne describes the efforts of the Garden Club in beautifying the town center and protecting Dublin Lake from invasive plant species. The Historical Society commemorates the Portsmouth Peace Treaty of 1905 with a bell ringing ceremony by the cherry tree at the School House Museum.

Ongoing activities and new programs abound at the DubHub, including an art show featuring the work of three generations of the Thorne family; a cider making event; Coffee House evening featuring Wendy Keith; an Oktoberfest supper; and a forum focused on the infamous ice storm of 2008.

Dublin welcomes the Smokehaus Barbecue, which will provide the meat for the town barbecue on October 7, sponsored by the police and fire departments.

David Blair describes the ongoing work of Project Home, an organization that supports families seeking asylum in this country. Our neighbors at the Community Church of Harrisville & Chesham invite us to join them for a weekly screening of the TV series The Chosen.

With autumn comes the return of the monthly community suppers at the Dublin Community Church, as well as the need for donations to End 68 Hours of Hunger.

Finally, in addition to new writers, the Advocate seeks donations to offset the increase in printing and distribution costs. If you agree that your town newsletter is an asset to our community, please mail a donation of any amount to The Dublin Advocate, P.O. Box 24, Dublin, NH 03444. And don’t forget to support our other supporters, the businesses that advertise on our pages.

October 2023