Jackson Town Column

Cathi Belcher LodgeLady524@gmail.com

Hoping everyone enjoyed the holiday in any way that was meaningful to you, whether on the slopes and trails, or from the inside looking out, in the company of family and friends. Looking ahead, I wish everyone a wonderful New Year, full of possibilities.
On behalf of all the members of the Jackson Police Department, Chief Chris Perley wishes everyone joy, peace and happiness this holiday season!  May you be surrounded by the warm embrace of family and friends and reminded of the true gifts that come with both.
The Jackson Historical Society and Museum of White Mountain Art wish to announce extended open days and hours during the holiday periods. They will be OPEN from 11am to 3pm during New Year’s Week:  Friday, December 29,  Saturday, December 30;  Monday, January 1, New Year’s Day, and Tuesday, January 2. 
There are lots of fabulous new workshops and art classes on the website at Jackson Art, located at 155 Ridge Road in Jackson. Check out the website to learn more and to register at jacksonartnh.com/ Thanks for supporting the arts!
The Jackson Community Church was recently contacted with a request for a local volunteer to support a foreign exchange student from Holland who will be living and working in the area. If interested, (and to determine whether the position has already been filled), please reach out to Maggie with YFU’s Volunteer programs at 202-774-5228, or by email at mmlom@yfu.org
Thanks to a previous snowstorm, the Library missed their discussion of West with the Night. They will combine it with Circling the Sun on January 9th at 4:30pm.Please note that the original bookmark had the wrong date – the discussion is actually 1/9/18. Please return your copies of West with the Night as they are due back to the loaning libraries. Thanks!
The Town Offices will be closed on Monday, January 1st and Tuesday, January 2 for the New Year holiday.
This column concludes many years of having the privilege of writing our Town Column. Although I grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York, Jackson NH will forever be one of my most special homes … and certainly one of the most beautiful! I thought I’d live there forever, sadly, but that wasn’t meant to be. Although I still visit frequently, for the last 18 months I have lived in Maine, where I am the Educator at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House for Bowdoin College. If you’re interested in the amazing impact Stowe had on the world (and continues to have!), I’ll be giving a talk about her at OLLI in North Conway in June. You can also visit her house (and me!) in Brunswick, Maine. Whether here or there, I look forward to staying in touch and seeing you all. Blessings and Hope for a New Year.