December 2019

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.

November 2019

The November Advocate gives us a glimpse of three brothers who grew up in town, then and now. We honor all three, each one a veteran of the Korean War, and we are as grateful to The Woodwards as they are for each other.

Our town’s Broadband Committee has made huge strides toward negotiating a solution so that all residents of town will have equal access to the internet!

DCA students honor veterans with an invite to attend the school and share their stories. David Nelson has sent poetry relevant to the current drawdown of the Howe Reservoir, and we have lost a local businessman, David Voorhis, owner of New England Wood Designs.

Our new school board rep speaks up, and he updates recent decisions made by the SAU1 concerning our 5th grade. Andy Freeman is a fireman both locally and out west; he has been firefighting out west for many years when he is not here running the General with his good wife, Michelle — who holds the fort when he is away.

Three of our town’s artists participated in the 24th annual Monadnock Art Tour. There’s going to be a Monadnock Region Natural History Conference, and Edie Tuttle is showing her art at Fry Fine Art during November. The Poetry Reading in Harrisville is top notch, organized by a former lecturer in poetry from Tufts. Hospice is selling poinsettias, readings about what home means are to be read aloud during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week at the Peterborough Library, and right here in town at the church’s new Garden Sanctuary, there was a Blessing of the Animals, officiated by Pastor Traceymay Kalvaitis.

The town swore in four new employees, two police and two highwaymen. Mary Iselin has a show in Jaffrey, and the annual holiday stroll begins in Peterborough. Our own ornithologist tackles the bird species in decline and why, and two lovely ladies join a hundred others in a walk to bring attention to the Recovery process in the effort to de-stigmatize Substance Abuse Disorder, which was sponsored by the Monadnock Rotary.

All this in addition to the hours allotted for Halloween, the monthly activities  at the DubHub, Fall Back reminder, and updates from the DCS, PTO, DPL, DCF, and DHS.

Don’t forget to check out our new advertisers. The staff of the Advocate wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.


October 2019

The Dublin Gas Engine Meet on Cricket Hill Farm is Dublin’s longest lasting tradition after Town Meeting, and this year’s event, the 48th, was no exception. Read all about it in the October issue. Townspeople ready their children for Halloween events, and a ceramic workshop will be held at the library as a fundraiser. We lost two long-time Dubliners, and hear about removing the small museum wall to relocate the old horse-drawn hearses. The Advocate welcomes a new staffer, and help is wanted at the transfer station. It’s time again for the Monadnock Art Open Studio Art Tour, the 24th, and there will be a Blessing of the Animals in the new Garden Sanctuary out in back of the church, woodland creatures included. Among many other activities, Dublin Consolidated School invites all to its the Annual Harvest Supper, and there’s a homecoming at DCA. Yankee has released The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac, and the Schoolhouse Museum is open for Columbus Day weekend. Black Fly Story Hour is back, and there’s a walk to raise awareness for substance abuse recovery. There’s another walk to show support for immigrants, and hunting season is under way. Odds Bodkin comes to town, there’s a photography exhibit in the next town south, and a talk about outdoor play for children. It’s Fire Safety month, and the hawkwatch is in full swing.

Of course, do not miss the regular updates from the DPL, FDPL, DCS PTO, School Board, DCP, and DubHub, including two interesting book readings. And please tell our advertisers you saw them here.

September 2019

Remember the stagecoaches? Of course not, none of us do. But here is a look back, via the 1835 local newpaper, of the routes undertaken, all on page one of the September Newsletter, and thanks to Rusty Bastedo. The library both reviews the summer and looks ahead to fall programs, and Nancy invites us to celebrate renovations made within its walls. Police announce 30 years with Vira Elder, a new Med Box, and an upcoming BBQ with Touch-A-Truck for the kids. Food and fun for all who attend.

We reprint a message from the assessors originally posted on the town site, and a broadband RFP, and welcome, once again, the Annual Gas Engine Meet, the 48th! Goings on begin at our preschool, our Consolidated School, and DCA. And the Fall Rummage is back again! Homeschoolers unite and Rotary plans a walk for recovery from substance abuse. Town bands are still playing through Labor Day, and here is where to get info on algae blooms in general.

We show some snapshots of Dubliners at the Yankee Barn Sale, walk to support our region’s local humane society, and share all the news from the DubHub.

It’s no too late to feast your eyes on the annual hawk migration. Many saw through the eye of the telescope shared with us by Dublin School’s Perkin Observatory, and Tom bemoans the fate of horseshoe crabs in relation to the Red Knot. Come hike Dark Pond before you go!

August 2019

The August issue‘s cover story highlights the children who so happily attend Summer Playground, and the author is the young man responsible for making it happen for the last 15 years, Eliot Pelletier. The Historical Society has called back comedian Rebecca Rule to speak at its August annual meeting. The Women’s Beach Club has received a new bench in honor of the Pratts, and the Swap Shop seeks helpers. Dublin artist Jane Simpson is one of more than a dozen local artists recognized in the 2019 Ruth and James Ewing Art Awards, Lorrie Lewandowski is profiled as a real “people person,” and Rotary has a new local leader for the year.

Carl Webber sells his perennials, Maureen Ahern shows her art, and the Monadnock Ukulele Group entertained at the Walldogs Festival in Keene. Two Dubliners share sights and sounds of their trip to Egypt, the Baha’is hold their annual summer event, and the Garden Sanctuary is ready for visitors. The huge granite slabs in front of the church get a much needed repair, and The Dublin Advocate turns 20.

Events at the Hub are really humming with a visit to the Perkin Observatory atop Dublin’s next highest hill, an exhibit by artist Maryann Mullett, Alexandra Silverthorne’s photographic images have been captured in a book she will present, and it’s time to make your reservations for the Hub’s Annual Chicken BBQ.

Our own Megan Suokko has opened a store for pet lovers in Peterborough, the Nelson Town Band plays on a variety of town greens this summer, and Monadnock is the theme of an art show at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Grace Aldrich is one of several speakers at the Amos Fortune Forum in August, and the Lyceum offers speakers of renown far and wide. The Players’s August lineup is varied and inspirational, we run tips to hike prepared, and a plea for careful recycling practices. The River Center’s offerings, Library news, Electric Earth concerts, Sunday church service times in August are all included. Last, how to fill feeders for hummingbirds properly, complete with recipe, brought to us by Tom Warren.

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