April 2021

We are protecting Dublin Lake, one corner at a time, starting at the Pumpelly Trailhead, as pointed out in the cover story of this month’s April issue. Our recycling efforts can be back in full operation mid-April, the Town Hall staff remain without visitors until all are vaccinated, the library Friends plan a big book sale next month, and our Town Meeting will be on May 1  — outdoors.

Two public hearings are scheduled for Zoom, the pre-town meeting will be on Zoom, and we announce the new officers. Roads are posted. Photos for town site are wanted.

The Checklist folks thank the poll workers, it’s important to register your dog(s) — pandemic or no, and this newsletter takes no stand with any opinions we print re town issues, so marked.

The schoolchildren at DCS patiently await springtime, the Dublin Christian Academy schoolchildren baked and delivered more than 80 meals to area residents, and we call for May’s college or technical grads to send us their news!

The update from the School Board Rep includes the recount turnaround, the Peterborough Farmer’s Market opens this first week of April, and there’s another voice calling for an end to systemic racism.

Two scholarships open up for our town’s high school seniors, the Rummage Sale will be two full days outdoors, we’re invited to take or donate foodstuffs to Ending 68 Hours of Hunger, and also to partake in the Church’s monthly take-out supper.

Now that many homes in Dublin are hooked up to fiber optic, there are details to consider. The CDC shares vaccine news, our village flag flies at half-mast for those lost to COVID, and several Opinion pieces relate to the Town Warrant: funding sought for 11 nonprofits, two opinions about SB2, and Rotary eyes improvements in the Park on Howe Reservoir. CVTC won nonprofit of the year from the Peterborough Chamber; and grants are available for humanities-based projects.

We lost two gentlepeople, Earth Day is coming up, and there are events at the Hub, not the least of which is Complex Conversations — this month’s topic is Mental Health.

All during the pandemic, the Hub handed out monthly lunches, our PB secretary designed a handy poster detailing which forms you need to make changes on your property, and Dublin welcomes 35 new families to town, based on that many homes sold.

In Peterborough, the MAxt Makerspace has something for everyone,  the new Rotary is running a speech contest on its Four Way Test, and a Humanities program is offered.

Crossing brigades help the annual migration of salamanders across busy roadways, it’s time to pull in the birdfeeders, get savvy about fire permits, recycle hazardous waste responsibly, and check out the owlet! Morning Star Maple is steaming away and NH Saves offers rebates. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

We have a couple interesting new advertisers this month, see if you can figure out who they are. Happy April, stay well.

March 2021

The March issue is in Dublin homes by now, and it begins with the topic on everyone’s mind, vaccinations. At least one Dubliner is volunteering in the effort. In addition to healthcare this month, we cover a teacher who’s been here in our DCS for 15 years, and still loves it.

It’s time to vote March 9, but only for Candidates; meet them March 6 outside of the DPL. All the rest of Town Meeting and its voting on warrant articles (preview included) has been postponed to May 1, also outdoors.

The Town Safety Committee asks those who plow the snow to follow the rules, and the town’s new website is up and running. School is back in session, and it’s a testament to much collaboration. What the future holds for telehealth is considered, our broadband news is updated again with access forthcoming, and Dubliners over 65 can benefit from hot meals delivered to their door by students at DCA. The Community Church is offering its monthly take-out dinner as well.

The Conservation Commission updates us on easement monitoring, a young woman who grew up in town has earned national attention, and we lost three women who had made Dublin home for decades.

The School Board Rep is starting his own Facebook page for conversations, and many Dubliners were in the local news in the last month. (See clippings on back cover.)

Neil Sandford, Dublin’s Deputy Town Clerk / Tax Collector has his own radio station that plays Christian music and themes, and Audubon can now track butterflies in addition to birds. Eversource explains the rate hike, and we have parting words from M.E. McClellan.

Events at the DubHub continue with lively Zooms and lunches to go, Wi-Fi access for those who need it, and it’s time to Spring Forward !

Apple Hill offers chamber music online, and a new program that benefits from Rotary funding prepays several restaurants to cook and box up meals that are free for pickup twice a week in Peterborough! It is part of the continuing effort “between restaurants and agencies helping to resolve regional food insecurity.” That said, Ending 68 Hours of Hunger, which packs up food supplies for children in the district to eat during the weekends, seeks crackers in sleeves for equitable and healthy distribution.

MAxT Makerspace is looking for mentors, The River Center offer solutions for families that seek services, and a local transportation nonprofit can arrange for wheelchair vans to take people to their essential appointments.

Though birdseed may run low, they still need to eat too through the cold. The Hawk Watch had some remarkable results last fall, and Americorps recognizes four challenges facing this country at the moment.

As said, clippings about Dubliners fill the back page. And remember our advertisers, they are here for you. Stay well.

February 2021

The February Advocate continues its gratitude for essential workers by honoring Heidi, a local healthcare worker, followed by a student’s college essay on COVID. While we will vote in early March, our Town Meeting will be delayed until it is safe to meet en masse, possibly outdoors. We have yet another update on Broadband — fast approaching; a new storage building is proposed for the Recycling Center, and recycling itself remains on hold until better days.

Attendance has resumed at the public school; NH residents can now register for vaccines; and we welcome several new families to town. The Dublin Historical Society asks us to hang onto our 2020 memorabilia, to exhibit in time, and the DHS reflects on its first century.

We have lost two wonderful men, both born in the mid ’20s; and a new staffer joins the Advocate. Project Home is helping to set up homes for immigrant families caught up in the turmoil down south; the Sharing Arts Center is gearing up; and healthcare advice is free from HCS.

The Hub will host a “complex” community conversation to hear a black woman’s experience of growing up nearby; a telescope is in the works for the library; and the folks who handle food for hungry local schoolchildren request nutrition bars, for easy packing.

The Grosbeaks of winter are here in all their glory and our “birder” includes findings from the Christmas Bird Count. The mask mandate has been extended and a vaccine update comes not a minute too late.

Remember to read up on the library, get an update from the School Board Rep, and notice our advertisers!

Again, our back-page grid is just fun, with all meetings and announcements now online: visit TownofDublin.org with your town-related queries.

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.