SMILES and HOPE – APRIL 2020

Wonderfully painted stones, by “someone,” with thoughtful, uplifting and insightful sayings have been appearing around the Town of Walpole Common. Thank you “someone.”  And, bless you for bringing smiles and hope into the world. With love, yours, RAY

and, here are four more placed around the Common. You can click on any image below to open the gallery for larger views. Be well.

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TOWN OF WALPOLE CLOSURES – UPDATE 3 APRIL 2020

Town Offices Closed to Public Due to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 Federal and State declarations of emergency and to protect Town of Walpole citizens and personnel, the Selectboard has enacted the following interim measures (updated 3 April 2020):

• Walpole Town Offices will be closed to the public effective March 18, 2020, and will continue to be closed until further notice.

• Town personnel will be available by phone and/or email to answer questions or to set – up any necessary appointments.

• All Town board/committee/commission meetings and sponsored events, excluding the Selectboard, are suspended until further notice. There will be no public business discussed at Selectboard meetings; only Town business will be on the agenda.

• The Selectboard recommends and encourages all people to use the online options for registrations with the Town Clerk /Tax Collector ’s Office. If citizens cannot register online, contact the Town Clerk’s Office for assistance.

• The Selectboard Office and Town Clerk / Tax Collectors offices will be staffed for regularly scheduled hours. Phone first to determine if an in-person meeting is required.

• There will be no functions held at Town Hall until further notice. The Selectboard will review and update this directive as new NH State mandates are received.

• Town libraries are closed as of March 18, 2020.

• The Police Department’s lobby area will be closed for non-emergency business effective immediately March 18, 2020. The Police Department will continue to answer phone calls.

• The Recycling Center-Transfer Station will be open as regularly scheduled. The Highway Department will continue normal operations.

• Town parks and recreation areas are closed to the public until further notice.

Thank you for your cooperation – The Select Board

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ON-LINE MEETING APRIL 1 – CURRENT DISTRICT SCHOOL SITUATION

**NOTICE**
Weds, April 1, 2020 at 2 PM

The Walpole Selectboard will be hosting an Informational Meeting with the SAU 60 Superintendent and Business Manager Regarding current situation at district schools

 Meeting being held online via Zoom & Streamed Live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FallsAreaCommunityTV/

In addition the meeting will be recorded and available on the FACT-TV website at https://www.fact8.com/e107_plugins/media_library/media_library.php?177.0

Questions to the FMRSD Administrators and Selectboard are to be submitted to sdowning@walpolenh.us by noon on 4/1/2020.

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WRITING AHEAD for the MAY 2020 CLARION

Each issue of THE WALPOLE CLARION brings you stories of past events, and news of future events. But, in all likelihood, for the May issue, there will be no stories of past events from April to report on, nor news of upcoming events in May. Life as we have known it has changed.

But here is an invitation to you. I see the pages of the CLARION as documenting what has happened within the Walpole community. My hope is that years from now people may pick up an old copy and reflect on what happened. My invitation? Your contribution to the May issue documenting what life has been like for you during the Stay at Home order during the COVID-19 crisis. I am sure that our student reporters will have something to share, but wouldn’t it be nice to hear from a cross-section of residents and how they have dealt with isolation, shopping for necessities, loss of income, and business shutdowns.

I see writing as a catharsis – it provides some relief from stress. Committing words and thoughts to paper (or to a word processing program) documents life, and helps focus your thoughts. So think about it. Write something down, even if only a journal for your own memory. Start writing down your memories now. And, if you wish, submit your 300-350 words by April 20 for possible inclusion in the May CLARION to be shared with our special community.

Thank you, RAY BOAS, Publisher

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CHURCH SERVICES ON-LINE

This note just came in from Chuck Shaw:

Good morning. I hope you are well and staying home. Our church (First Congregational Church of Walpole UCC) is conducting online services now. Sister churches have seen an increase of 200 – 500% attendance online versus in church services. Here is the Zoom link to the service tomorrow at 10 AM. Any questions – cpshaw45@gmail.com. Thank you, Chuck

“We are in difficult times. We all know why. If you are searching for comfort and company please join the Walpole & Wilmot UCC joint service online tomorrow at 10 AM via Zoom. If you don’t have Zoom today would be a good day to download the app. To join the meeting tomorrow just click on this link:

https://zoom.us/j/147623504

(Editor’s note: I have ZOOM installed on one of my computers, and have interfaced with my boys. Asked to beta test with the Selectboard meeting 26 March, the protocols were not properly set, so I could not get in. I clicked on the link above, and it opened the installed ZOOM on my computer – then another click, and I got a dialogue box – “Waiting for the host to start this meeting.” So, tomorrow all should be well – relatively speaking. RAY)

 

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From the GOVERNOR OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Scam Alert as a result of the COVID-19 Outbreak

NEWS RELEASE

Released by:                Gordon J. MacDonald, Attorney General

Subject:                       New Hampshire Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts Unit Issues Scam Alert as a result of the COVID-19 Outbreak

Date:                           Thursday, March 26, 2020

Contact:                      Kate Spiner, Director of Communications
kate.spiner@doj.nh.gov / 603-573-6103

Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald urges people in New Hampshire to be on the alert for charitable giving and consumer product scams related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Scammers may take advantage of fears related to COVID-19 outbreak by selling bogus “treatment” and “prevention” products, establishing fake charities, and sending seemingly legitimate emails with malicious links or attachments.

Be Careful When Making Charitable Donations

  • Before making donations to support those who are ill or suffering financially because of the COVID-19 outbreak, do your homework:
  • If the appeal claims to be from a charity, make sure that it is registered with the Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts Unit. The list may be found here: https://www.doj.nh.gov/charitable-trusts/;
  • If the appeal is for an individual, think hard about donating unless you know the person needing help and that person’s circumstances;
  • Do not let anyone rush you into making a donation;
  • Check that you are dealing with a legitimate charity or individual and not an “imposter” with a deceptively similar name;
  • Do not assume that social media recommendations for donations are legitimate.

Beware of False Claims and Deceptive Marketing

  • Do not be tempted by claims and advice on social media and online websites that certain products or treatments can cure or prevent COVID-19.
  • There currently are no prescription or over-the-counter pills, vaccines, oils, lotions, or other products available to treat or cure COVID-19. Always check with your health care provider before buying such products.

Be on the Lookout for Phony CDC Emails 

Be careful about opening emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or from others claiming to have information about COVID-19.  Clicking on links or attachments could cause a computer virus to infect your device.

Stay Informed

  • For up-to-date information about the COVID-19 outbreak in New Hampshire visit: nh.gov/covid19

To report a charitable giving scam, contact the Charitable Trusts Unit:

To report a business-related scam, contact the Consumer Protection Hotline:

Field Services (EKG)

New Hampshire Department of Safety
Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Office: 603-223-3663
Fax: 603-223-3609
NHFS@DOS.NH.Gov

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