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.
The March Advocate opens with the story of two Dubliners who have successfully scaled NH’s 48 mountaintops over 4,000 feet, aka the NH4Ks. And they’re not stopping there; next comes the peaks for Vermont and Maine. Go ladies!
On to business, the Town’s 19 warrant articles appear in condensed form, dates remind folks when to be where regarding all the important decisions before us, not the least of which is broadband for all (see Broadband Committee insert). We include the names of all the candidates and the positions they are running for; the conservation commission welcomes participants; proposed zoning amendments are explained; and the Town Clerk’s hours are adjusted the week of voting.
Details on the nonprofits serving Dublin residents are laid out; the transfer station is now accepting corks to recycle for a good cause; and it’s time to license our dogs!
Our school board rep keeps us up to speed on budget matters, and provides direct links to data sheets; Dublin Christian Academy enjoyed winter camp; and there will be a forum about Mud Pond complete with art coming up.
The Historical Society’s Annual Potluck will feature a storytelling activity; several Dubliners will be telling stories as the Black Fly Story Hour returns; and Rotary Club shares its news. Tom Warren shares tidbits about the Winter Wren, and we always have news from our library, school, and the Hub. Don’t forget our advertisers, and see who’s new. Spring forward, on the way.
The February issue kicks off with details about the Broadband opportunity presented to all Dubliners from the town committee. Several informational sessions are announced to field questions, and to pass the bond will require a 2/3 vote at Town Meeting. Local veterans ask for names of soldiers who served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, with plans to honor them. We have an update from the BudCom, in which we are told to expect “a larger than normal increase in the operating budget.” Come to the preview to learn why. Then we have voting logistics, an update on the school budget, also up, and more news from DCS and DCA, the annual bird count, and a profile of a local fundraiser. Ski with Tom, strengthen the wildlife on your property, learn what to expect from the new Census, and read about Dublin School’s new performance. DHS reaches its centennial, and is collecting our stories, and the Friends of the Oglala Lakota is donating some relevant books to the DPL. There are the usual updates on new events to expect at the DubHub, what is happening at the Makerspace in Peterborough, who’s coming to speak at Rotary, and many new programs are on hand from the DPL and FDPL. Support our advertisers, yes, and most of all, Vote; locally and nationally, this month and next.
The January Advocate is in our homes, and it opens with a story about the age-old tradition of storing ice blocks from our lake brought to new light by local builder and craftsman, Caleb Niemela. Thanks to the Historical Society for a visuals assist.
The certified Town Clerk/Tax Collector has posted the open Town Office positions, filing for which opens January 22. The Town Administrator has posted important dates coming up in the next few months, as we plan our town business for the next year. A part of that will include consideration of the Broadband Committee’s recommendation (p. 4).
We gain some quick wisdom from a quote by town historian Henry Allison (penned in 1952), and move on to more current issues: Lake Preservation is the key focus for members of the DLPC, museum passes are available for Dubliners, Jaffrey invites all to a celebration for MLK Jr. Day, and — ring the bells — we have a new baby in town.
Serving Dublin residents, as well as surrounding towns, the Peterborough Food Pantry keeps us informed on its progress; the Harris Center has Tom Warren leading hikes on snowshoes and cross-country skis, which is not much of a problem for an inveterate hockey player and birdwatcher. Dublin’s own Phoenix House is fulfilling its mission of serving those who are challenged with substance use disorder, and it’s the year — in Chinese culture — of the white metal rat. (Find out what that means for you.) The Sullivans share their wildlife-cam photo of a moose, and we hear from The River Center, Hospice at HCS, Eversource, and CVTC in regularly included PSAs.
Don’t miss the important updates from the DPL, DCA, DCS, PTO, School Board, Hub, and Rotary, and do tell our advertisers you saw their ads here. Most of all, Happy 2020 to all from the staff of the Advocate.
The December Advocate leads with a remembrance of a Christmas past, and a tree for children to color; the color version is online, with all due respect to its Vermont artist. An information session is upcoming on making Broadband available to everyone in town equally, and staff and trustees man a transition at the DPL. A selectman — and former Budget chair — explains our new 2019 tax rate, and the transfer station will be open on Thursdays when Wednesdays are holidays. Our questions about voting are answered by the supervisor of the checklist, police ask us to use the depository in the Town Hall for any leftover medications, and a worldwide song session for the holidays is offered by Monadnock Chorus. Local churches announce their services and Vespers, and the annual solstice vigil to honor those who have died while homeless in the last year will be held by candlelight on the steps of the Town House in Peterborough. School news abounds with family night at the preschool, open Nordic trails at the Dublin School, and the circus, which came to the schoolchildren at DCS. And so do volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters! One young woman remembers her mother’s graceful legacy of love and acceptance, a children’s dentist has moved to town, and we profile a local architect whose fine work is evident in many area towns. The Fire Department is looking for much-needed recruits, and Tom dives into the conundrum between birds and wind turbines. We offer monthly updates from the DPL, DCP&CC, Hub, School Board, Historical Society, Peterborough Players, and Monadnock Rotary. Most importantly, happy holidays to all.