In spite of being a town with no retail amenities, we can expect to be inundated this weekend with tourists from New Jersey, Massachusetts, and even Jaffrey. On Friday evening they might wonder what’s going on at an obscure little building just off the Common. This would be the opening reception for the final art show of the season at The Old Library, featuring the woodworking of Franz Feige, potter Amy Whitney, and painter Sienna Merrifield Giffin. The exhibit continues Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday morning pull up to The Chapel By The Lake in Munsonville for the annual Apple Fest, where you might find some tasty apple pies and plenty of other goodies (rumors about Belgian Apple Waffle Sundaes!). You’ll also find local crafts people selling their creations (Christmas is just around the corner!).
Then wander over to the studio of woodturner Bob Englund, one of three local artists who are included in the Fall Foliage Arts Tour (studios open at 10:00).
Now you can make your way over Murdough Hill Road into Nelson Village, where you can take advantage of the (always) free parking as you first check out the Friends of the Library Book sale (outside behind the library – fair weather only) – stock up on books, CD’s, DVD’s and puzzles to keep you company in the coming winter months (or to put under the tree for others).
And if you missed it Friday night (or want to see it again), the exhibit at the Old Library.
Then over to the Nubanusit part of town for the studios of Mary Wood Cornog and Frankie Brackley Tolman – part of the Fall Foliage Art Tour.
Mary Wood Cornog
Frankie Brackley Tolman
And don’t forget, both the Art Tour and the Old Library Exhibit are on Sunday as well.
Nelson in Common is seeking a sponsor for the next (November)issue. While the sponsors of the first two issues chose to remain anonymous, we are happy to provide public acknowledgement of any person or business sponsor who wishes to be recognized.
The Nelson Select Board recently established a Community Power Committee to study the advantages/disadvantages of establishing a program by which Nelson residents could elect to join in purchasing their power as a group, instead of individually. The electric lines and delivery would continue to be provided and serviced by Eversource, but decisions about where that energy would be purchased from would reside with the community.
The incentives for studying this include the ability to purchase our energy at a cheaper rate due to bulk purchasing, exploring sources that use more renewable energy, and the possibility of establishing a reserve fund for future projects and investments. Patsy Beffa-Negrini will be chairing this committee and is looking for members to join her. Please feel free to contact her, at 603-827-3337, or your Select Board members if you are interested in joining the committee.
Other communities in our area already have or are in the process of establishing committees to investigate these potential opportunities. Harrisville and Keene have already been through the process and approved a purchasing program. We anticipate a proposal might appear on the 2023 Town Warrant.
On a happy note, we were able to lower the tax rate for the coming year from $18.67 to $15.21. We were able to do this by taking $200,000 from our available reserve fund balance to offset the loss of revenue. Our reserve fund balance remains healthy due to the good management of our budgeting process in the past. This will hopefully alleviate some of the anxiety we have been hearing about the recent assessments. Property re-evaluations occur every five years. Please keep in mind that these only reflect the increased demand for property in our area and the rise in property values. Remember, in the long run your properties are worth more!
We will soon begin our budget process for the 2022 fiscal year. We will be providing opportunities for the public to be involved in our deliberations to better understand the process. We have already begun to look at each department in town and think about how it is managed and how its budget aligns with its responsibilities.
Brenna Kucinski, Maury Collins, William Dunn
The West Shore Bridge is Open!
Just in the Nick (and Mike) of time
~ By Brenna Kucinski
Kudos to our road crew, Mike Tarr and Nick Barrett! The West Shore Bridge on Granite Lake opened on time just before the July 4th weekend. When guardrail connector pieces were suddenly unavailable toward the end of the project, and as with all things lately, very pricey, Mike and Nick’s ingenuity and creativity led them to fabricate the pieces themselves, allowing the bridge to open on schedule and saving the Town and taxpayers thousands of dollars.
Also, heartfelt thanks to K.A. Stevens & Sons for their ability to get the bridge poured and completed on schedule. It was no small task given the availability of products and price of late. A job well done all around! We are sure the festivities around Granite Lake were all the merrier for it.
Nelson In Common would love to see some modest donations to help offset costs associated with Old Home Day, and Munsonville Market Day. These projects do not require a lot: this is not a request for big money, but a nice bunch of contributions in the $10 – $25 range will provide a good foundation for this year, and confidence that future years will be supported. When you click on the Paypal button here, you’ll be given the option to target your donation to specific purposes. Thank you for your consideration.
Here’s a little piece of whimsy I dashed off quite a few years ago when some event or threat of development or decision of the then Town Fathers made me wish we could just Brigadoon the whole town.
The Brigadoon Article
To see if the town will vote to proclaim the Town of Nelson a voluntary and positive anachronism, and to authorize the Selectmen to petition the state and federal governments to acknowledge that this town wishes to be, if it must, an island of calm and quiet in the very midst of what is called “inevitable growth”. By anachronism is meant: a place of woods, fields and wildlife; a non-commercial village with houses scattered through the hills in random fashion; a place which time passes by; a town in which one may do as one wishes with one’s own property if it is not harmful to neighbors or posterity; a town which may not bustle but nonetheless will thrive; a place to come home to. The town may, in its wisdom through the years, enact pertinent legislation to strengthen this article.
Every year at Christmastime I am reminded of the very first Christmas we had here in Nelson. I don’t remember the exact date, but on one particular day in mid-ish December near suppertime there came a knock at the front door.
In 1977, Sam and I saw an ad in the Harvard Crimson (thank you Karen Tolman) for a camp for rent in Nelson, near a place called Tolman Pond. We had some friends in Peterborough and Hancock, so we decided to rent the cabin to get out of Cambridge in the summer.
When my kids were young, I remember thinking that if for some reason they suddenly found themselves all alone in the village, they would be alright. Marc and Nancy Stretch in the former May Sarton house, Dutch Gerbis out tending his lawn, Donna Kidd being mindful of her own children, Patty Packard looking out from the (now old) library, Dottie Warner in her school bus. Many watchful and caring eyes. (Memories circa 1990).
These days the village is even busier,