January 2021

The January issue is in Dublin homes, emailed to inboxes, and opens with resident firefighter Andy Freeman’s experiences fighting fires out west, well beyond just this past year. The Advocate expresses more than gratitude for all frontline workers like Andy, including those working against the COVID-19 infection in people.

The Town has a new administrative assistant, a new website, and a new dropbox; the Broadband project updates its progress; and the filing period for nine open positions for town offices has a due date of January 29.

We lost a longtime resident who raised his children in town, and had a subcontracting business. In Hindsight 2020, you can write up your experience over the last year in town for possible publication in a joint effort by the DPL and the Hub. You can also send in profiles of local frontline workers to the Advocate.

You can help celebrate Granny D’s birthday on Zoom; learn about ways to protect Dublin’s natural beauty, while fighting invasive species of plants; and remember one special lady’s contribution to this town, who died before her time.

Welcome to a new and musical family; read about the DPL’s pursuits (and those of the FDPL), school news of DCP, DCA, DCS and our rep; tricks for saving energy from NH Saves; and catch up on the events sponsored by the DubHub. Volunteer on MLK Day, learn its meaning, become a volunteer driver. You can help feed our local hungry schoolchildren! HCS Keene has walk-in hours for Dubliners; there are five priority areas for a community health-needs assessment, and see how to care for seniors in NH.

Nuthatches come in colors, but blue is not one of them; go see Maureen Ahern’s art in a Peterborough gallery; and remember our advertisers — they are here for you. Our calendar grid is again filled with timely photos as we wish everyone a Happy New Year. Stay well.

 

December 2020

The December issue has been mailed to every home in Dublin, announcing innovative ways we can celebrate the holiday season in these times. We view the latest Broadband map, mark its progress, and must avoid visiting the Town Hall in person: We can now pay our tax bills and register cars from home!

Our tax rate is proposed unchanged, our school news is all good, and there is a tree lighting in the next town over. We lost a magnificent citizen, honored our veteran citizens east and west of town, and praise those who volunteered once again and provided a smooth voting experience.

We can buy coasters from the Historical Society, apply for new library cards, and read about an interesting and creative person in town.

Our Community Center’s addition is really coming along, and so are the online events being offered, as well as a small treasures art show. We have clippings associated with racial justice, social justice, feeding the hungry, and housing the homeless.

An emergency mask order has at last been ordered, healthcare consultations for the homebound are offered, and the antics of Blue Jays are on view.

Dublin’s most renowned publication, The Old Farmers’ Almanac, honors our own Tim Clark, who is retiring after decades of excellent and most appreciated work in its fine print. All his colleagues agree, and say so.

Please use our advertisers, tell them you read about them here, and enjoy this holiday season.

Stay healthy all — to welcome in the New Year.

 

 

November 2020

The November issue is out, and it contains articles about voting, absentee ballots, registering to vote, and links to helpful resources. The time is now.

We can update our library cards at the DPL, our broadband website is up and running, and two statements on antiracism are reprinted with permission, one local, the other regional.

Dublin has earned risk management designation, the police force is again fully staffed, and the school board rep reports unanticipated costs associated with COVID.

Daylight Savings is here, the elementary school is educating our children despite all the challenges, as is the Christian Academy, much of it outdoors for now.

Ruth Thompson makes more than facemasks — she has written a song about Dublin, the art exhibit is on, and the fire ban is off, though we must still apply for burn permits online. One young family has a fully functioning family farm, the transitional shelter in Peterborough is explained, and Thomas Marriner has died. He caned chairs, among other cherished crafts.

Hub events continue despite these challenging times, and its new addition is almost complete. Home Healthcare is selling poinsettias once again, and the Walden School describes its musical summer online. A staffer has reviewed how best to put our gardens to bed for the winter, and several groups are accepting food donations to distribute to the many hungry families in our communities.

Resources are included for COVID info, the Governor’s order in relation to the pandemic, and a gentle reminder to get a flu shot. Use our advertisers, and just as importantly, VOTE.

 

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.