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Cutline: Berlin Destination Imagination team to hold road toll fundraiser

BHS DI 2The Berlin High School Destination Imagination team, The Abstract Minds, will be holding a road toll fundraiser on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Veteran’s Park in Berlin. Additional fundraisers will be held now through the time the team leaves at the end of May. For more information about making a donation, contact Team Co-Manager David Griffin by calling (603) 466-2276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donations can also be made direct to the GoFundMe page at Pictured from the left in the back row is, Guy Stever, Aiden Wood, Kelsey Alimandi, Dave Griffin, Lexi Griffin, Josh Berthiaume and Brianna Bergeron. Front row, Julia Belanger and Dorothy Winslow. (KIRSTAN KNOWLTON PHOTO)

Iconic Places: Trekking the Appalachian Trail

SHELBURNE — Thru-hiker Carey Kish will share his experience on his 189-day trek along the Appalachian Trail in 2015 at a joint gathering with Shelburne Trails Club and Mahoosuc Land Trust for a speaker series event on Wednesday, May 3, at the Shelburne Town Hall starting at 7 p.m.

In mid-summer through late-fall each year, hundreds of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers pass through the Shelburne-Gorham-Randolph area on their way to Mount Katahdin in Maine or to Springer Mountain in Georgia. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy reports that in 2016, some 979 hikers reported completing their 2,189-mile thru-hike. The majority, 605 of those hikers, began their hike in Georgia while 99 of the finishers started their hike in Maine. The remaining 275 finishers were section hikers who just completed their hike over many years of section hikes or the flip-flop thru-hikers who varied their hike by section that year due to convenience, weather, or to reach Katahdin before the climb was closed to hikers in mid-October. Another 1,000-plus hikers began the trail that year, but for various reasons abandoned their thru-hike.

Locals see those hikers along U.S. Route 2 and in the shops of Gorham as they resupply, enjoy hiker lodging and restaurant meals, and other services before continuing on their trail journey. If you haven’t interacted with any of those hikers and heard their individual tales of life on the trail, or have and would like to hear more, Kish's presentation is for you. 

Kish, a veteran hiker and author, has thru-hiked the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine twice, first in 1977 and again in 2015. His last trek started on March 18, in 2015 on Springer Mountain and ended on Katahdin on Oct. 4 that year. Kish will show images of the mountain scenery and talk about the camaraderie of fellow hikers, fun trail towns, trail angels, scary wildlife encounters and the highs and lows of hiking for six months. He also will talk about how much the trail has changed since he first hiked it 38 years ago in 1977 as an 18-year-old fresh out of Bangor High School.

Kish is an outdoors and travel writer, photographer, registered Maine guide and former president and founding member of the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club. He is the author of “AMC’s Best Day Hikes along the Maine Coast” and the editor of the “AMC Maine Mountain Guide.” He is the longtime hiking and camping columnist for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and writes the outdoor adventure blog “Maineiac Outdoors” at His writing and photos have appeared in numerous other publications, and he is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, New England Outdoor Writers Association, North American Snowsports Journalists Association and New England Travel Writers Network. Carey lives on Mt. Desert Island.

This event is part of the Land Trust's 2017 speaker series, "Iconic Places" and STC’s annual “Speaker Series”.

Carey on McAfee Knob Virginia June 2015Carey Kish on McAfee Knob Virginia June 2015. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Community college to hold Annual Grand Auto Show

BERLIN — White Mountains Community College will hold its third annual Grand Auto Show at the main campus in Berlin on May 6.

Last year, 60 cars entered for "best of show" trophies. Organizers hope to grow the event this year. If you own a grand auto, plan to bring it to the show. The event is not limited to cars, so bring your tractor, motorcycle, or any grand vehicle you have on wheels.

In total, $2,000 was awarded last year in scholarship money to assist automotive students with their education. Donations for scholarship and items for the silent auction are welcome.

In addition to the auto show, the college will provide testing on the Mustang Chassis Dynamometer. Music will be provided by Tim Dion and WMCCs Culinary program will prepare food for purchase.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 6. Admission and car entry are free, but donations will be accepted at the door. The event is open to the public.

A rain date for the event is Sunday, May 7.

If you would like to be a sponsor of the show, or make a donation toward the silent auction, call Tamara Roberge at (603) 342-3062 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donations can be made toward the scholarship initiative. Checks can be made payable to White Mountains Community College, 2020 Riverside Drive, Berlin, NH 03570. Be sure to write Grand Auto Show on the memo line of the check.

Kirstan Knowlton: April Showers

April showers, bring May flowers ... one can only hope.

I was driving in town yesterday; when I shouted to my son, “Look, flowers!”

The Baptist church over on High Street had these beautiful yellow flowers in bloom along of the side of the chapel. It was a welcomed site.

If you are ever over that way Lamb’s Chapel right around the corner from there also has a beautiful flower garden just bursting with colors throughout the summer. Some of my favorite photos have come from there.

Earlier in the week, Jamie helped me hang my artwork up at the hospital. It’s always nice to have someone who is handy and decisive. I would have been there for hours I’m sure.

At some point, a press release with more information will be coming out, but I did decide on the title of the show: April Showers.

The majority of the pieces capture what I love most about the warmer months, and that’s flowers!

While looking online for some inspirational quotes about the month of May, I came across one I really liked by Margaret Elizabeth Sangster: “Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom.”

I love quotes like this. Simple, but powerful and full of so much meaning.

This weekend seems pretty quiet for local events, but things start to pick up next week. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Carey Kish, author and outdoors columnist, shares his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail. His presentation is part of the speaker series by Shelburne Trails Club at the Shelburne Town Hall.

Brewtopia, which had been postponed so people could attend the River Drivers game is on for this coming Friday, May 5. I believe there are still tickets available, and more information can be found on the Androscoggin Valley Chamber’s website.

If you’re planning ahead for next Saturday, don’t forget about the Grand Auto Show at the college, and the road toll for the Berlin Destination Imagination team.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Fingers-crossed that our yard has dried out enough that we can get some work done on it without sinking to our ankles in water. This year I am planning to plant some flowers so I don’t have to knock on so many doors!

Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin Daily Sun. Her inspiration comes from events and people in the community who continue to work hard to make the North Country one of the best places to live. You can contact Kirstan by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BeeLast summer I let some of the dandelions grow and we had lots of happy bees visiting our yard. (KIRSTAN KNOWLTON PHOTO)

Taste what's cooking at Jefferson Fireman's Association cook off

Jefferson — Get your recipes out for the Jefferson Fireman's Association Annual Soup, Chowder and Chili Cook Off to be held on Sunday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Jefferson Fire Station. Contestants can enter as many categories as they would like. Businesses and professional cooks are welcome. There is also a children's category. The cost is $6 to taste your way around the room and to vote for the winners. If you would like more information contact any member of the Jefferson Fire Department or Bill Jones at (603) 837-2264 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..