Kirstan Knowlton: Why I love it here

I really do love it here. I love my friends, my family, the community events, the availability of quality entertainments, and of course delicious food. I love that I can walk down the street and see a friendly face, and I love that when I need help I have people I can call.

There is a lot to be said for small communities like Berlin, Gorham, Milan, Shelburne and Randolph. I love how unique each of us are, and if you’ve lived here long enough you can probably tell where someone lives within just a few minutes of talking to them.

I also love how innovative everyone is. Most people I know are makers or doers of some kind, working hard to create their own mark on the area. I’ve watched many friends start their journey with just a dream, and to see how far they’ve come is really inspirational.

The number of people who also volunteer their time on top of everything else they do is incredible. We wouldn’t be half the community we are without them.

From flower gardens, to the community mural and annual events like Drive in the 50s and RiverFire, we should be known as the “City that Volunteers Built!”

With that said, new blood is always needed, so if you aren’t already on a dozen boards or committees, get out there and find a cause that you can get involved with.

Speaking of volunteers and people who work hard, I hope that everyone had a blast last weekend for the ATV Festival. Despite the rain, I heard that there was a great turn out and people had a lot of fun.

This weekend we also have Milan Old Home Days, and with the weather looking like it will clear, it’s going to be a great time.

Last year we took our son to the parade and he just loved it. There were so many cool vehicles, and lots of tractors. Visiting the animals was fun too. For a full list of this weekend’s event make sure you check out the feature article in today’s paper.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Along with going to Milan Old Home Days, we might head out with the grandparents to go blueberry picking too. 

Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin 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..