I help administer a Facebook page all about small towns and taxes. A group of taxpayers who have been active as citizens in Northwood are concerned that sites that claim to represent the taxpayers of our town seem to have both special agendas and a lack of transparency as to who they are. They decided to start a Facebook page to explore and discuss the reality of taxation for those of us who live here. They believe that many …

Johnny Cash (one of my favorites) famously sang: “I’ve been everywhere, man.” I haven’t been everywhere, but I have been to Easton, New Hampshire. Can you say the same? On a magical Saturday night a couple of weeks ago, the Kinsman Valley Club hosted the community and me. We shared stories. Easton — population 266, up around Franconia and Landaff way — turned out in force. A group of about 90 people gathered (not all of them from Easton, …

Each fall I spend a happy hour or so with the Friendship Club of Laconia. We meet at the clubhouse at Levitt Park. The senior group meets every week and usually has a speaker or some special event, like Bingo. They take bus trips together. Enjoy special luncheons at area restaurants. These are folks who love life, love to socialize and love to laugh. At every meeting, there’s the Pledge of Allegiance, the Lord’s Prayer, the singing of America …