Posted on | December 2, 2013 | No Comments
By now you surely have read about the benefits of purchasing from locally owned businesses, but here is a reminder to keep more money in our community. Only 1/3 of money spent at a chain store is reinvested into the community, while 2/3 is retained from locally owned businesses. Local businesses support other local businesses, and also contribute more to nearby charities and fundraisers. Buying local preserves the distinct character and culture of our towns, and links neighbors, affects overall community spirit and well-being, impacts the value of your home and property, and reduces environmental impacts. Did you know the average store-bought carrot travels over 1,800 miles to your table? Supporting local agriculture is crucial to long term sustainability, food security and land preservation. Buying local provides jobs closer to home, and fuels entrepreneurship, which, in some sectors, provides better wages and benefits than chain stores do.
You’ll receive better customer service- you are less likely to be ignored or treated poorly by someone you run into regularly! Buying local makes everyone more invested in the welfare and future of our community.
For all of these reasons and lots more, please take advantage of the numerous holiday fairs and events for your gift shopping on Dec. 7 and 8. Some of these events are Dec 7 only, please check local listings.
December 7th & 21st: Farmer’s Market at Brett School 9-1
December 7th:The Friends of Cook Library’s monthly book sale in the Annex, 10-12; The Community School Fair 10-2; Tamworth Community Guild at Tamworth Townhouse 9-1; UUFES Church Cookie Walk, 10-2; St Andrews Church Fair 9-1; Center Sandwich’s Christmas in the Village Sat, December 7 from 9 to 4 & Sunday, Dec 8, 10-3.
Posted on | November 27, 2013 | No Comments
Posted on | November 25, 2013 | No Comments
Mary MacMakin is not well-known, but she has worked miracles in Afghanistan. A Boston native who majored in physical therapy at Stanford, MacMakin first traveled to Afghanistan in 1961, when her husband was transferred there, and has spent most of the last 50 years in Kabul. MacMakin helps war widows and orphans support themselves and their families through two NGO organizations she founded, called PARSA (Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Support for Afghanistan) which supports Afghan professionals and leaders as they develop social protection programs for vulnerable Afghan people, and Afzenda which enables poor women to make a living with their sewing. The power of one to change the world for the better!
Posted on | November 20, 2013 | No Comments
Nancy Marsden is our artist for November & December. After moving to Tamworth in 1976, Nancy studied with accomplished artist, Cindi Swanson. Her pen and ink drawings of local homes and buildings were successful. The Tamworth Arts Association used her historic landmarks drawings for the cover of their silver anniversary calendar of events. The Tamworth Community Nurses Calendar also featured one of her drawings.
Study with Ernie Brown began with experimentation in acrylics. Still life workshops with nationally recognized artists, Judi Wagner and Tony Van Hassalt introduced her to loose flowing watercolors in which she worked for many years.
Impressionism has influenced her oils. Marsden says of her work, “Plein air landscapes where light becomes such an important factor is now my favorite form of artistic expression. With so much natural beauty in this area, there is always another view waiting.”
Posted on | November 12, 2013 | No Comments
Bless me, Ultima at 6 pm on Tuesday, November 26th
PG13, 102 minutes, 2011, Writer/director Carl Franklin
This adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya’s controversial novel is about a young boy and the enigmatic healer who opens his eyes to the wonders of the spiritual realm. New Mexico: the early ’40s. As the entire world is plunged into war for a second time, Antonio Márez grapples with the harsh realities all around him. His life is forever changed by the sudden arrival of Ultima, a woman with supernatural healing powers, who has come to his family on a mission of kindness. As Ultima inspires Antonio to question authority and see the world from a new perspective, the young boy witnesses a series of seemingly impossible events that have a profound impact on his concepts of divinity and fate.
Posted on | November 4, 2013 | No Comments
On November 9th, 10 to 3, Tin Mountain Conservation Center is offering a workshop on do-it-yourself funerals, with a focus on green burials. There is a movement afoot in the United States to inform people that there are alternatives to the expensive and sometimes impersonal, one-size-fits-all funeral rites we have come to accept as standard practice. Final Passages is a national organization founded in 1995 to help families deal with end-of -life issues.
The New Hampshire Funeral Resources and Advocacy is presenting this program.
The trailer of a PBS program, A Family Undertaking is available on Netflix DVD (not streaming.)
While I’m on the subject of end-of-life issues, it was brought to my attention that Tamworth’s own Joe Semmes, who is a Portland, ME physician, has posted a YouTube video on Top Ten Suggestions for Seriously Ill Patients. It is well worth watching and passing on to others.
Posted on | October 28, 2013 | No Comments
Below are a few tips:
1. Stop at the first sign of trouble
2. Don’t panic.
3. If there is a blocking or error message, write down what it says before you do anything else, and try to figure out what the message means. If you can, google what the error message says, even if you have to use a different computer to do so. Or use YouTube how-tos.
4. Track what you try to do; take screen shots or screen casts if you know how (use Evernote Skitch, Jing, Camtasia, Gadwin, Snagit), or write it down in detail.
5. Try turning the computer off and back on.
6. If you are in a program that doesn’t do what you expect, google the name of the program plus a few words related to your problem/goal.
7. Stick with it, don’t give up too soon.
8. Ask a techie friend for help.
9. If you have to call the techie who makes the big bucks, be sure you can tell them exactly what happened and what you did about it.
To prevent problems:
Don’t open attachments in email.
Be careful about downloading freeware.
Save often – don’t just save to desktop, and know where your computer auto-saves documents (use ‘save as’).
Backup your backups frequently.
Know how to ‘undo’ in whatever software you are using.
Use in-software ‘help’ tab or button.
Note: Many of these ideas I learned from Helen Linda’s presentation at the NE Library Conference I just attended.
Posted on | October 7, 2013 | No Comments
In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or collectively referred to as the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA), into law. The ACA considerably changes the American health care system. Debates about the best ways to improve health care now focus on implementation of the law and its effect on health care.
Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins on October 1st, 2013 and runs till March 31st, 2014. The AARP’s goal is to provide unbiased and fact based information to people 50+ and their families so they will understand how to access the Health Insurance Marketplace if they need insurance and also, what impact the health care law has on those with Medicare and other forms of insurance. AARP’s health law answers and fact sheets are a good starting place.
Although the sign-up process is being currently impacted by the government shutdown, information on obtaining health insurance through ACA or ‘Obamacare’ is available at the government-sponsored websites below:
Health Insurance Marketplace
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
About the Law – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Affordable Care Act – Medicaid.gov
Affordable Care Act – United States Department of Labor
Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions – Internal Revenue Service
VA, Affordable Care Act and You- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine maintains a list of links to organizations that have good information resources about ACA: Affordable Care Act (ACA) Resources
If you would prefer to ask questions relating to enrollment by phone, call the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). There will be foreign language interpreters available.
WebJunction provides Health Happens in Libraries.
Posted on | October 1, 2013 | No Comments
Did you know that each year in New Hampshire, approximately 1000 children are identified as victims of abuse or neglect? Without a caring adult to represent their best interests in court, these children’s voices will never be heard. CASA volunteers are that voice. CASA of NH (Court Appointed Special Advocates)is a not-for-profit organization that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who advocate for these children. CASA operates statewide in the family courts, and we are able to advocate for about 80% of the children who need an adult to be their voice in court. Our goal is to serve 100% of the children who need a CASA volunteer to move them through the child protective system faster and with better outcomes – and that means finding their way into a safe, permanent home.
CASA representatives are presenting this adjunct program as part of the 2013 One Book One Valley initiative. This year we are reading “The Talk Funny Girl” by Roland Merullo – a novel about an abused and neglected girl in rural New Hampshire.
Posted on | September 17, 2013 | No Comments
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At 11:30 on Saturday, September 21st, The Friends of Cook Memorial Library will host their Annual Meeting at the library.
Bob Cottrell, historian at Conway Public Library, will a present a slide show about the new 2013 Mt.Chocorua Quarter, honoring our famous view. Various pieces of art work depicting Mount Chocorua will also be on display. A light lunch will be served, and all are welcome to attend.