Arts & Entertainment

Gorham High seniors plan warming hut as senior project.

By: Kirstan Lukasak

GORHAM- Gorham High Senior Kyle Boisselle and Junior Tony Bolash are working together to complete a warming hut at the Libby complex as their senior projects. Before graduating each Gorham High senior has to plan and carry out a project that impacts the community or teaches them something new.

Boisselle and Bolash are looking to break ground on the new warming hut for the skating rink by April, but realize that the recent weather may pose problems. When completed, the structure will be 16x20 feet and feature a heated room in the winter, storage and lockers.

The warming hut will be located at the Libby’s complex by the ice rink. Originally, the idea behind the hut was intended for hockey players and people using the ice skating rink in the winter. After being approached by Jeff Stewart from the Gorham Recreation Department the students realized that their project could meet the needs of community year round. 

“We want the hut to benefit everyone in the community and be functional for every season. In the offseason the soccer team will be able to use the building, and in the summer it will be open to the Rec. Department,” said Boisselle.

Last Tuesday the seniors received a donation of $1,000 from Remax, Northern Edge Realty to get their project started.  Caron’s Building Center will also be donating some materials for the project. The students are grateful for the support of Remax and Caron’s Building Center, but say that more donations are needed to make this project possible.

In total, they estimated that the project will cost $4,000 to complete.  The students will be accepting all donations regardless of how small.


 remaxdonatestoseniorprojectL-R Kyle Boisselle, Tony Bolash, Jennifer Stewart, Wayne Micucci, Roxanne Mailkot, Matt Martel, Steve Grone, Chris Lunn, Carl Mercier. (KIRSTAN LUKASAK PHOTO)


Great Glen's Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon raises over $3,700 for ALS

PINKHAM NOTCH-The 7 annual Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon, held last weekend at Great Glen Trails, raised $3,716 for the ALS Foundation. Held each March since 2008, the Nordic ski event is held fondly in Carl Johnson's memory, who lost his courageous battle to ALS in 2006.

The FUNdraiser, as it has become known at Great Glen Trails, gives anyone who participates a chance to ski as many Nordic laps as they like, while raising money for the ALS Foundation. Prizes awarded this year were to Steve Piotrow for the most laps completed; Christine Fleming for the most money raised; and Jen Simon for the loudest and wackiest ski tights of the day.

"It was a beautiful sunny day, a perfect way to remember Carl." Explained Carl's wife, Christine Fleming. "The warm spring air brought his love for wearing silly tights and his fun-loving spirit was also felt that afternoon. The Ski-a-Thon is always a good way to honor his wish to find a cure for ALS. He always gave his time to help scientists do studies with him and research as much as they could. He was definitely watching over us that day."

Raffle items were also generously donated to help raise funds. Two wooden bowls hand-turned by local artist and Great Glen Trails AmbassadorEd Good and a vase hand-crafted by local Olympian Sean Doherty were raffled off. The wood burls were harvested from a property shared by both the Doherty's and Carl and Christine.

"Whether in the timing shack for Nordic Meisters, volunteering for one of our many events, or just lending a helping hand, Carl was well-known here at Great Glen Trails." Explained Howie Wemyss, Great Glen Trails General Manager. "This ski event is held in his memory - and as he would have liked, it's all about fun."

Online donations are still welcome through December 14, 2014. The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front and builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. Additional information about ALS can be found on the ALS Association website

Located at the base of Mt. Washington, Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is a year-round destination for outdoor and fitness enthusiasts. Winter offerings include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and the one-of-a-kind SnowCoach. Mountain biking, paddling, Nordic walking and trail running are popular in summer. For more information, visit or call 603-466-2333.

greatglentrailsfundraiserhe colorful start of the 7th annual Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-A-Thon (Photo: Meg Skidmore-Great Glen Trails)


Mango Grove Steel Band performing March 30

BERLIN – Mango Groove, a five piece steel drum band, will perform a concert at the St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m. Based in Conway, Mango Groove has been building its reputation as an excellent dance and party band, playing authentic calypso and soca music from Trinidad and Tobago as well as reggae, Motown, jazz and more. When this band performs, you are not only treated to a unique sound, you are engaged in learning about the history and culture of these acoustic instruments and performance of Afro-Caribbean dance. The uplifting sound of the steel drums appeals to all generations and will have everyone moving whether you're 8 months old or 80 years young. So come catch The Groove, dance to the Caribbean beat or sit back, close your eyes and listen for the tropical breeze in the palm trees.

Sunday's performance is being sponsored by Bryant Funeral Home. Tickets will be available at the door ($12.00 for adults and $6.00 for minors). St. Kieran series membership holders may simply present membership cards at the door. Colonial Theatre seasonal membership holders presenting proof of membership will receive a $2.00 discount on the price of admission.
Information regarding a series membership and a listing of the scheduled 2014 events can be obtained at the time of the show, by contacting the Arts Center at (603) 752-1028, visiting our website, or stopping in to see us at 155 Emery Street, Berlin. Don't forget to like us on Facebook at !
Please join us on Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m. and for these upcoming events:

April 12 -Gary the Silent Clown
April 27 – The International Festival Tour: A Celebration of Ireland, Scotland and Acadia
May 4 – R.P. Hale, Master Harpsichordist
May 14, 16 & 18 – North Country Community Chorus Spring Concert

Programming at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts is made possible by the support of the N.H. State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, North Country Art Ventures fund, an Anonymous Fund, the Libby Family Fund, the North Country Region Community Fund and the Stanton and Elizabeth Davis Fund.

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Life Drawing at WREN

Every Third Saturday of the Month, this Saturday March 15 from 12-3 p.m., at 921 Main Street, WREN in Berlin. Bring charcoal, pencils, or paints and a newsprint pad; enjoy long and short poses and gestures in figurative drawing workshops in the company of serious and polite artists at all levels of skill development. Beginners are welcome. Please set up your station prior to start time of 12 p.m. Andre Belanger, owner of StudioWorks Fine Arts and Graphics Studio, hosts. Percentage of attendance fee goes to the model. Students must register in advance at, as minimum attendance must be met.

WREN inspires possibilities, creates opportunities and builds connections through community. For twenty years our work connects people with one another, provides access to resources many couldn't afford on their own, offers learning opportunities including entrepreneurial business training and technical assistance, creates and supports markets for entrepreneurs, actively engages in local revitalization, and serves a national model for rural economic and community development.

Clarinet Quartet to perform March 20

 GORHAM - Clarinets for Conservation is proud to present the C4C quartet members Ian Tyson, Mark Fugina, Debbie Larsen, and Michele Von Haugg in concert recital on Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held at Gorham Congregational Church, 143 Main Street, sponsored by Music in the Great North Woods. Admission is free, but donations for the ensemble's mission of conservation will be graciously accepted.
The performance will feature classical and contemporary works for clarinet quartet by Jean Francaix, Alfred Uhl, and Brett Wery. In addition, members of the quartet will share stories of their work with the students of Korongoni Secondary School in Moshi, Tanzania.
Founded in 2010 by Michele Von Haugg, who is a former member of the Air Force Clarinet Quartet which is now defunct, but which has played 3 impressive concerts in this area, the new Clarinets for Conservation provides an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability through music education. The clarinet is derived from Tanzania's national tree, the Mpingo, also known as African Blackwood, Grenadilla, and Ebony. The tree is of great value to artists, furniture makers, and hardwood carvers all over the world, but the high demand has threatened the tree's future sustainability. Students of the program serve a vital role in educating their families and community members about the importance of protecting natural resources.
The program is made possible through the generous support of Music GNW, our sponsors and private donors. For more information: 603-326-3242,, or follow both on Facebook.