NOW — 100 CONFIRMED SIGHTINGS — TOO MUCH FUN !!!

I had a goal today, and I achieved that goal. I needed to get out and find more flamingos to share, and bring that number to a hundred. As you settle down this evening you may enjoy taking a look at

FLAMINGOS
WALPOLE, NEW HAMPSHIRE STYLE

by just clicking on the link above.

Share this link for others to smile and enjoy, and if you see more of our friends as they are bringing joy and hope in these difficult times, send your pictures along. As always, yours, RAY

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NOW OVER 65 FLAMINGOS DOCUMENTED and SHARED

double what was documented yesterday — some great scenes, and  you can check them all out by visiting this page on the CLARION website.

FLAMINGOS – WALPOLE, NEW HAMPSHIRE STYLE

among those recently seen is this loving pair on North Road.

FLAMINGOS IN LOVE ON NORTH ROAD – photo by Eric Merklein

Please share this post, visit the Flamingo page, and smile. And if you have a sighting, take a picture are send it along to me at the CLARION to share, thank you, RAY

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OVER 30 SIGHTINGS DOCUMENTED … AND COUNTING

Do you have Flamingo visitors? Your neighbors have shared the sightings in their yards, and I now have over 30 documented birds on the CLARION website for you to see by clicking on this link.

Please look at the page, and make a note of how you can share the birds in your yard with the world. These pink friends have brought us some smiles in these troubling times. Looking forward to hearing from you, yours, RAY

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FLAMINGOS — WALPOLE, NEW HAMPSHIRE STYLE

I WOULD LIKE YOUR HELP…
LET’S ALL SHARE THE SMILES AND HOPE

The invasion continues, and continues to bring hopes and smiles to residents from one end of town to the other. South to North, and East to West. I received an email earlier today from Charles Caserta, saying, “HI Ray…..they’re playing in the pond at entrance to Walpole Valley Farms !!” I had to see them.

So, I “broke the rules” and left my home with BLUE BELLE (1960 MGA for those of you who don’t know), and toured the hills and back roads to Surry and back, circling down Wentworth Road to see the “new” pink feathered friends. And, here they are enjoying the pond life.

And, then it occurred to me. Many people have said the “pink plaque” has flocked their way also. “Why not set up a page on the CLARION website, and share everyone’s pink visitors,” Ray said to Ray. So, I am asking, no pleading, that you share your Flamingo images, and I will begin sharing them with the world on-line.

Take a nice shot, and email it to me at rayboas@comcast.net  — I am sure there are many out there, lets capture (in picture) as many as we can to share with the world. I look forward to receiving your precious pink portraits soon. Thank you, and stay safe, yours, RAY

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MAY 2020 CLARION NOW ON-LINE

The May issue of the CLARION is now on-line, and will be in your mail boxes by May 1st, if not on April 30. Twenty four pages again – with COVID-19 information, and articles from your neighbors as to how they are coping “staying at home.” But there is hope and fun, and shared on May’s pages is a new wave of flamingos, that first visited at the Mill Pond last month, and some precious stones that “someone” placed around town the beginning of the month.

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE THE MAY 2020 ISSUE
You can see some of our pink friends on page 24 IN COLOR

Please share this post and issue with friends, neighbors, and out of town family and friends. And, I encourage all to sign up on the CLARION website to receive post updates. In addition, I encourage you to visit The Walpolean.org and sign up there also for emails with area information.

Thank you, stay home or keep a “social distance” and be well, yours, RAY BOAS, Publisher

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EASTER CHURCH SERVICES ON-LINE

The First Congregational Church of Walpole UCC is conducting online services now. The link to Sunday services is now posted on the Church’s website homepage – https://walpolenhucc.org/ . Chuck Shaw has provided the following ZOOM information for this Sunday’s Easter Service, 12 April.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/147623504?pwd=NkJHMEtNZVBTQVZPZlRPOWxxMWQxdz09
Meeting ID: 147 623 504
Password: 185173

ZOOM, as you are aware, has become a popular platform to “stay connected” while distancing. Once installed on your computer, the prompts have become easier to navigate and join in a meeting, chat, or Church service. Join in at 10 AM– HAPPY EASTER, yours, RAY

 

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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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TOWN OF WALPOLE HEALTH OFFICER – UPDATE #2 – 23 MARCH 2020

TOWN OF WALPOLE
HEALTH OFFICER
DEALING WITH THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) DISEASE FACT SHEET – UPDATE #2

THIS IS A DEADLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT PART OF THE PROBLEM

MARCH 23, 2020

THIS IS A NEW (NOVEL) VIRUS. NO HUMAN HAS ANY IMMUNITY TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS. IT INFECTS YOU BY ENTERING THROUGH YOUR MOUTH, YOUR EYES OR YOUR NOSE BY BRINGING IN THE VIRUS PARTICLES SUSPENDED IN EXTREMELY TINY WATER DROPLETS OR BY PHYSICAL CONTACT FROM YOUR HANDS. IT SEEMS LIKE THE AIRBORNE ROUTE IS THE MORE COMMON PATH OF INFECTION. NEW REPORTS SUGGEST THAT A LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL MAY BE AN EARLY SYMPPTOM THAT YOU HAVE THE COVID-19 VIRUS. STAY HOME AND SELF ISOLATE.

AN INFECTED PERSON CAN APPEAR HEALTHY FOR FIVE TO AS MANY AS TWELVE DAYS BEFORE EXHIBITING THE SYMPTOMS OF FEVER, COUGH AND FATIGUE WHICH MEANS YOU CAN INFECT OTHERS WITHOUT KNOWING IT. IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU MAY HAVE THE VIRUS STAY HOME. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE TESTED JUST SO YOU KNOW. WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TEST KITS. IF YOU HAVE NO MEDICAL PROVIDER IN NEW HAMPSHIRE CALL 603-354-5400 AND IN VERMONT CALL 802-863-7240.

OLDER PEOPLE ARE AT HIGHER RISK AS ARE MEN AND PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING HEALTH CONDITIONS.

THERE IS NO VACCINE OR DRUG SPECIFICALLY FOR COVID-19. THE LONGER YOU ARE WITH AN INFECTED PERSON THE HIGHER THE CHANCE YOU WILL BECOME INFECTED.

OUR MEDICAL COMMUNITY NEEDS YOUR HELP AND COOPERATION. THEY ARE GOING TO BE COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED IF WE DON’T STAY HOME AND TRY TO STAY HEALTHY WHILE DOING OUR SMALL PART FOR THE GREATER GOOD. BE A COMPLIANT CITIZEN NOT A DEFIANT ONE.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO

1. KEEP CALM AND STAY HOME. DON’T WEAR A MASK UNLESS YOU CAN’T KEEP YOUR HAND AWAY FROM YOUR FACE.

2. IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME. STAY HYDRATED.

3. MAINTAIN A DISTANCE OF SIX FEET FROM OTHERS.

4. NO HANDSHAKING. WEAR GLOVES.

5. OPEN DOORS WITH YOUR CLOSED FIST, HIP, SLEEVE PULLED OVER YOUR HAND OR GLOVED HAND.

6. USE ONLY YOUR KNUCKLE TO TOUCH LIGHT SWITCHES, KEYPAD BUTTONS ETC.

7. LIFT THE GASOLINE DISPENSER HANDLE WITH A TOWEL OR GLOVE.

8. WASH YOUR HANDS, WASH YOUR HANDS, WASH YOUR HANDS. 20 SECONDS EACH TIME (SING THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG TWICE – THAT TAKES 20 SECONDS).

9. USE DISINFECTANT WIPES (IF AVAILABLE) WHEN OUT IN STORES.

10. HAVE SANITIZER (AT LEAST 60% ALCOHOL) AVAILABLE WITH YOU AND WHEN YOU GET HOME. HERE’S A RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE SANITIZER:

1 Cup (250 ml) isopropyl alcohol (91%)

1 tsp (5 ml) Glycerol OR Aloe Vera Gel OR Honey OR Olive oil

2 Tbsp (33 ml) water

Add the ingredients in the order listed to a clean container, mixing with a spoon until all the ingredients are dissolved.

CAUTION: IT’S FLAMMABLE!

11. COUGH INTO A TISSUE AND DISCARD TISSUE. THEN WASH YOUR HANDS. COUGH INTO YOUR ELBOW SLEEVE IF NO TISSUE IS AVAILABLE. IF YOU’RE COUGHING YOU SHOULD BE HOME.

12. HOPEFULLY YOU’VE STOCKED UP ON SUPPLIES. THEY’RE SCARCE.

13. HERE’S A RECIPE FOR A HOME DISINFECTANT:

4 tsp (20 ml) household liquid bleach

1 quart (960 ml) water

Add the bleach to the water and put the mixture in a spray bottle.

Use this for decontaminating surfaces, door handles, wiping on light switches, steering wheels, touch pads, railings, etc. Let it dry or wait

10 minutes to wipe up.

CHUCK SHAW

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