Arts & Entertainment

Maine photographers have work on display at Androscoggin Valley Hospital

BERLIN--The Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary in Berlin, is pleased to announce that a collection of various photographs by photographers Joe and Joanne Julias from Topsham, Maine, is currently on display at AVH as part of the on-going Rotating Art Program.

One of the first things you will notice is the clarity of these photos. The artists' blend of color and images gives the viewer a feeling of actually being at the location where the photo was taken. Those who have already seen the display describe it as a collection of impressive pieces of work.

For this exhibit, Joe and Joanne have included subjects on architecture and sailing. There are many close up pictures that show fine detail.

The work of the Juliases has been included in many shows, including two upcoming events at the Naples for the Arts show on the Naples Causeway, and WCSH6 Sidewalk Art Festival on Congress Street in Portland, Maine. The Naples' show will be held on July 26, while the WCSH6 show is on August 23. Their shows, however, aren't limited to northern New England. The Julias have shown their works at the St. James Court Show in Louisville, Kentucky, and the north shore of Long Island, New York.

Joanne and Joe are owners of JJ Photos in Topsham. The business was started in Septemeber of 2004, with fine art being only one side of their business. Pet portraits is the other side of their business, as they also provide equine and pet portrait photography. They often travel to local Mid Coast pet stores where people will bring the pets to be photographed.

They encourage people to visit for more detailed information.

The public is welcome to come and view this outstanding show. The display is in the Hospital Cafeteria located on the first floor.

Every six weeks, the Rotating Art Program features an artist and his/her respective works for public viewing inside AVH. If you are (or know of) an artist of photography, original painting, or other types of wall art, and would like to have the work on display for a period of time in the AVH Auxiliary Art Gallery, you are welcome to call Edwina Keene, AVH Volunteer Coordinator, at 326-5676.



Benefit Dance at Eagles Hall on April 26

BERLIN -- A benefit dance for Roger Levesque will be held at Eagles Hall on April 26, from 6 p.m. to midnight. There will be a DJ providing music and a cash bar will be available.
There will be a $10 per person cover charge at the door. Children are welcome and kids under 12 years old are free.
The benefit dance is for Roger Levesque who was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Come help support a hard working and respectable man through his time of need.
For information or donations contact Amy Levesque at 636-1072.

Hungry Fish Await: Cast A Line and Make a Fishing Memory in NH's Grand North

Hungry Fish Await: Cast A Line and Make a Fishing Memory in NH's Grand North

From hefty trout and landlocked salmon to feisty smallmouth bass, NH Grand highlights an array of fishing opportunities in incomparably spectacular settings

LANCASTER, NH – With this year's harsh winter presumably in the past, it is time to grab the tackle box and fishing rod and begin a quest to find big fish in beautiful surroundings in New Hampshire's Grand North. Fishing season is underway and New Hampshire Grand, the official visitor information source for the Great North Woods and the Northern White Mountains, invites anglers to grab a fishing license and head north in search of trout, salmon, bass, pike, perch and pickerel. For information on fishing seasons, visit

"Fishing is synonymous with New Hampshire and there is no better place to cast a line than in New Hampshire's Grand North. Whether targeting the stunningly beautiful native brook trout, leaping smallmouth bass, trophy-sized northern pike or the much-coveted landlocked Atlantic salmon, fishermen travel from all over the country to try their luck in the North Country's fantastic fishery," said Cathy Conway, of New Hampshire Grand. "From the Androscoggin River to the Connecticut River to Forest Lake, anglers will find plenty of hungry fish ready to bite—that is if they can take a break from enjoying the breathtaking scenery!"

Experienced anglers know the two-and-a-half mile stretch of the Connecticut River in Pittsburg, from First Connecticut Lake to Lake Francis claims some of the very best trout and salmon fishing in the northeast—that's why it is often referred to as "Trophy Stretch." For anglers targeting landlocked Atlantic salmon, First Connecticut Lake just below First Lake dam in Pittsburg, boasts excellent opportunities to hook the prized game fish. Landlocked salmon have two high points in the fishing season each year, in the middle of May peaking around Mother's Day and late September.

For fly fishermen, the dozens of ponds, streams and brooks from the Connecticut Lakes to the Connecticut River, including Moose Pond, Big Bog Brook, Terrill Pond, or Boundary Pond, provide fantastic opportunities. For fly and spin fishing, Middle Pond and Round Pond are great options.

Anglers can check in at the Cabins at Lopstick ( or at the Tall Timber Lodge ( for expert advice and a comfortable resting place. Guests can take lessons at both establishments, both Certified Best of New Hampshire Grand businesses. Other great lodging options in Pittsburg include the Inn at Bear Tree (, Powder Horn Lodge & Cabins (, or Partridge Cabins (

Many in-the-know anglers head for the Androscoggin River from Errol into Gorham, dreaming that it just might be their day to catch a big brook, brown or rainbow trout, hook a nice-sized salmon, or reel in a smallmouth bass. The river is a prime spot for fly fishing, whether anglers don waders or take out a drift boat. Spin casters can wade right in, too, or fish from shore. With plenty of pull-outs and places to park, there are dozens of excellent spots — and hungry fish!

The number one fishing destination on the Androscoggin is right below the Errol Dam. The experts at L. L. Cote in Errol ( are ready to set fishermen up with all the equipment they need, and maybe let them in on a secret fishing spot or two. L.L. Cote also sells licenses.

The confluence of the John's River in Dalton with the Connecticut River is perhaps an overlooked fishing spot, particularly for anglers in search of the toothy northern pike. Put a boat in at the public boat access near the railroad bridge that connects New Hampshire and Vermont or cast a line from shore. Pike are also plentiful at Martin Meadow Pond, off Route 3 in Lancaster. The pond is also stocked with trout and has a good public boat access.

Anglers will find plenty of bass, perch and chain pickerel at Forest Lake in Dalton or Burns Pond in Whitefield, both off Route 116.

For a great fishing experience for the whole family, try out the Airport Marsh in Whitefield (take Colby Road off Route 3, and then turn onto Airport Road), which the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department stocks with trout. Kids will delight in catching trout, of course, but they will also enjoy watching planes take off and land at the nearby Mt. Washington Regional Airport.

A day of fishing can work up a serious appetite, so it is a good thing the Grand North features an array of delicious eateries, including the Certified Best of New Hampshire Murphy's Steakhouse at the Inn at Bear Tree, the award-winning Rainbow Grille at the Tall Timber Lodge, the Indian Stream Eatery in Pittsburg, Buck Rub Pizza Pub ( or the Back Lake Tavern. For a filling breakfast or lunch, pull up a chair at Dube's PittStop or the Happy Corners Café.

Anyone ages 16 or over, needs a fishing license in New Hampshire. Licenses can be purchased at many sporting goods stores and many of the region's inns and lodges that welcome sportsmen, as well as online at Fish and Game maintains a directory of licensed fishing guides who know the hot spots and can offer tips and techniques.


Mother and son reunion: After 47 years and the Gulag April 23

Reuben Rajala, president of the Gorham Historical Society, will talk about the unique, tragic and heartwarming story of an American-born couple and their families, his relatives, who were arrested in the late 1930's and sentenced to ten years of hard labor in Siberia.

The Gulag, a huge system of labor camps in the former Soviet Union, swallowed up millions of Soviet citizens. Few know that hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, including Americans and later soldiers captured during WWII were also sent to the Gulag camps. Millions of prisoners died. Some survived.

Their infant son, born in Moscow, was left stranded in the United States Embassy in Moscow for five to six years before being allowed to come to America, thanks to New Hampshire Senator Styles Bridges.

Eventually, 47 years later, the mother and son would finally be reunited in the United States after a concerted effort by Reuben, some in the media, multiple politicians and the United States government.

The presentation will be held at the Gorham Public Library on Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m. The free slide show and talk is entitled "Mother and Son Reunion: After 47 Years and the Gulag". For more information contact Elizabeth at the Gorham Public Library 466-2525.



Red Gallagher inspired by Michael Johnson

Red Gallagher will be opening for Michael Johnson during a benefit concert Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. The concert will be held at the Medallion Opera House located in the Gorham Town Hall. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the North Country Veteran Committee.

Red Gallagher began his professional music career in 1975. He was 25 and Michael Johnson was 30. In the late 70's Red made a road trip to see Michael in concert. Michael was then a mainstay of the College Circuit and was very popular in the Minneapolis area where Gallagher lived.

"Michael in concert embodied the kind of musician/entertainer that I was aspiring to be. He's one of the best one-man performers you'll ever see - a guitar virtuoso with a beautiful voice and warm, funny personality. His captivating, intimate performance is on a par with Tom Rush, Jonathan Edwards and James Taylor."

Red followed in his footsteps by touring on the College Circuit, opening for major acts and recording. He has enjoyed a varied and exciting 39 year career including 8 albums and a single. He now finds himself invited to open a concert for one of his biggest influences in his new home of New Hampshire.

"This is a great thrill for me. Michael's music and mine, while both rooted in acoustic folk music, are quite different. He is he master of beautiful ballads such as his hit song, Bluer than Blue. My other influences, Arlo Guthrie, B. B. King and John Prine helped me develop my own style which is bluesy and satirical."

Red Gallagher will be the opening act for Michael Johnson on April 27, at The Medallion Opera House in Gorham. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and admission is $12.00. Lorraine Gallagher, the better looking half of Gallagher's Redbird Duo and Berlin/Dummer native will also appear.

Concert and ticket information: Presented by The Gorham Police Association and the White Mountain Cafe & Bookstore to benefit
The North Country Veteran Committee. Tickets are $12.00 and are available at: The White Mountain Cafe & Bookstore, The Gorham Town Hall, Northern Lights Music (Littleton), North Conway Music Center or online at

For more information on Red Gallagher call 986-7736.