Berlin City Auto Group awards six local schools with donation from its Drive for Education Foundation

GORHAM -- Berlin City Auto Group and its Drive for Education foundation, a forward-thinking program created by the employees of Berlin City Auto Group, award the recipients in its Drive for Education program, donating $17,500 to five, K-12 schools throughout New Hampshire.
To be considered for the program, a school official had to submit a short essay to Berlin City Auto by April 30, explaining how their school would use a donation of up to $3,500. Berlin City Auto's Brand Ambassadors, a group of employees that lead the dealerships' community involvement campaigns, evaluated the needs of each school and selected the winners accordingly.
"We're thrilled to have again made substantial donations to New England schools this year," said Yegor Malinovskii, vice-president at Berlin City Auto Group. "We believe in giving back to the community and helping our local schools succeed in education."
At a check ceremony to be held at a future date, Berlin City Auto Group honored the winning schools. Awarded New Hampshire schools include:
• Josiah Bartlett Elementary—Bartlett, N.H.
• Errol Consolidated School—Errol, N.H.
• Berlin High School—Berlin, N.H.
• Gorham Middle/High School—Gorham, N.H.
• Hillside Elementary—Berlin, N.H.
From each vehicle sold at its six dealerships throughout New England, Berlin City gives a portion of sales to the Drive for Education program. Last year, the Drive for Education Foundation awarded more than $100,000 to New England schools and with this round grants, they are well on their way to providing additional funding to local area schools across New Hampshire and New England.
For more information about Berlin City Auto Group's Drive for Education Foundation, visit: http://www.berlincity.com/driveforeducation.htm

North Country workshop on building science basics

BERLIN -- Buildings, and particularly homes, are performance items, just like your car, your computer, or your television. Learning how buildings work allows you to operate, build, renovate, market, or sell homes in a way that is better for your business, better for your customers or family, better for the environment. This course has been specially created for the North Country to help develop a local energy workforce.

On May 10 and 11, the city of Berlin, Berlin BetterBuildings, White Mountains Community College, and Lakes Region Community College will host How Buildings Work: The Basics of Building Science at White Mountains Community College in Berlin. The workshop will take place over two full days, and will be a combination of lecture, discussion, resource identification, and hands-on field visits. A portion of the two days will include a breakout session for realtors, appraisers, inspectors and others from the real estate industry. Participating in this workshop will add a valuable tool to your toolbox, allowing you to provide enhanced service to your clients.

The workshop presenter Peter Yost is the director of residential services for BuildingGreen, LLC in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than 20 years. His expertise stretches from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency and building durability.

The How Buildings Work workshop is one in a series of three trainings, culminating with an industry-networking event for attendees. The cost of attending the training is $100 for the full two day training which includes materials. Scholarships are available through Berlin BetterBuildings. The second in the series: The Building Analyst training will be held May 16 through May 18 and May 22 through May 24. The third: The Building Installer training will be held June 4 - June 7 and June 11 - June 15. Sign up now to reserve your place at this important workforce development training. Space is limited.

To register call Laurie Carrier at White Mountains Community College at 752-1113 ext. 3047.
For more information on scholarships, call Cimbria Badenhausen at Berlin BetterBuildings at 326-6166.

Licensed Plus status earned by Berlin and Colebrook child care centers

BERLIN/COLEBROOK -- Two additional Coös County childcare centers have earned Licensed Plus. Kids Only Day Care Center, located on Main Street in Berlin, and All About Kids Learning, LLC, located on Parsons Street in Colebrook, have received notification from the Child Development Bureau that they have attained Licensed Plus status. Jane LeBlanc, owner and director of Kids Only, has worked in the field for thirty-two years and has owned her business since 1991. She employs five local childcare professionals and supervises two Berlin High School early childhood students per semester. Her staff cares for 43 children, from the ages of one year to twelve years of age. Nicole Benway-Ladd, a recent graduate of the early childhood program at White Mountains Community College, is the owner and director of All About Kids. Her center will celebrate its first anniversary this summer and employs two staff members who serve 14 children.

Licensed Plus is the second of three levels that make up New Hampshire's Quality Rating System (NH QRS) for childcare centers. It is a significant benchmark for childcare professionals, and for families who are interested in identifying programs that aspire to high quality. NH QRS recognizes centers that strive to improve their practices and staff qualifications by attending professional development events, implementing current evidence-based activities, and improving communication with families and the community.

Kids Only and All About Learning join four other Coös County child care centers to earn Licensed Plus status in the last year. Centers are required to meet 16 standards set by the Child Development Bureau, such as evidence of communication with families, samples of performance evaluations for staff, and attendance at specific professional development events. In order to stay abreast of the latest research in the field of early childhood, LeBlanc and Benway-Ladd encourage their staff to attend local and national events in the field, such as the NHAEYC conference held last week at Plymouth State University.

To contact Jane LeBlanc, or to inquire about her program, access her website at www.kidsonlydaycare.com or call 603-752-5564. To contact Nicole Benway-Ladd, or to inquire about her program, access her website at www. allaboutkidsnb.weebly.com or call 603-237-1160.

Both directors are active members of the Coös County Director Network, an ongoing program of the Early Childhood Initiative. White Mountains Community College is home to the Early Childhood Initiative and is a partner in the Early Childhood Development North Country Strategy funded by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The goal of the Initiative is to help childcare centers throughout Coos County improve the quality of their programs. The five-year strategy is designed to help all children thrive by focusing services and information for parents on the early years of growth and development, supporting professional development and continued education for early childhood professionals, increasing access to infant mental health, and strengthening childcare and preschool services for all children, ages birth to 6, in Coos County. It is guided by the belief that investing early in families with young children will improve the future community and economic vitality and stability of the North Country. For more information about this Initiative, please contact Kathy Keene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 603.752.1113 ext. 3293.

Morency Trucking, Excavating & Paving, LLC

BERLIN -- In the spring of 2011 Patrick Morency decided to expand his snowplowing and trucking business into a local paving business. Berlin no longer had a local paving business and Pat decided to fill that niche. A friend, David Normand, who had 30 plus years of experience offered to lend a hand as an employee to the paving business. Pat's brother Paul, who due to MS, could no longer work full-time contributed his years of experience with an excavator. Pat's family jumped on the bandwagon with financial assistance, as needed. Together they got the business going.

The Berlin Water Works Dept. needed someone to pave streets which had been dug up. Morency Trucking, Excavating & Paving, LLC, offered a successful bid and paved some streets in Berlin. Simultaneously, the Wind Farm Construction in the 13-Mile Woods was in full progress. They needed dump trucks to help build roads. Morency Trucking, Excavating & Paving, LLC, was there until completion in the late fall of 2011. Local people in the Berlin and Milan area needed driveways build and/or paved. Again Morency Trucking, Excavating & Paving, LLC, was there to provide services and work.

In this second year of business they have seen increases in the cost of asphalt from the Pike Industries Asphalt Plant due to the inflation in oil prices. Fuel, tires, and everything construction have become targets of the increasing oil prices. Tightening their belt, Morency Trucking, Excavating & Paving, LLC feels that they can continue bidding at last year's pricing to be competitive. They pride themselves in doing a good job for their customers. As Pat would put it, "We don't just make your driveways black! We do a job that will last for years to come!" the Morency crew from owner to employees pride themselves in doing a good job! That is Pat's motto and goal. They are there to fulfill your needs. Give them a call at 603-752-4244.