Stop Location moved for Berlin Gorham Flex Route

BERLIN — Tri-County Transit will be moving the bus stop location for the Brown School stop effective immediately. The new stop location will be located at the pedestrian crosswalk located across from the Bridge Street walking bridge on Main Street. This new Flag Down location will be safer for users while waiting for the bus, as well as a safer area for the driver and vehicle to pull over for passengers boarding and disembarking the bus. Riders may contact Tri County Transit should they have any questions by calling 1-800-997-2020 or (603) 752-1741.

WREN Works Maker Studio presents new group exhibit exploring the interpretive expression of selfies

BERLIN — The WREN Works Maker Studio in Berlin, will present the opening reception of a group exhibit called "Selfie" on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. According to Webster’s Online Dictionary, a “selfie” is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.” WREN member artists have been invited to explore and bend the theme of selfies to include self portraits in any medium, and all manners of self expression for this exhibit which will feature photographs, paintings, mixed media collage, stained glass, fiber and other materials.

The reception will be held at the Maker Studio Gallery, which is also the home to a pottery, fiber, painting and metals studios, as well as a woodworking shop, 3D printer and co-working spaces.

Selfie sponsored by Angel Larcom of Larcom Designs, in Bethlehem. The exhibit will run through April 2017.

The WREN Works Maker Studio is located on 117 Main Street in Berlin, open to the public and members, Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For further information, or to register for classes and workshops, call (603) 869-9736, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or reach them on the web at www.wrenworks.org.

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Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund accepting grant applications

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is accepting grant applications for the Spring 2017 review cycle. Applicants should submit a completed application and all required information no later than end of business on March 8. 

The BCAF accepts applications from qualified 501 (c) 3 organizations in New Hampshire, without regard to religious affiliation, for projects that help people in New Hampshire meet their basic needs.

The BCAF is operated by a volunteer lay board of directors who make recommendations to the Bishop of Manchester for grants to any organization in New Hampshire whose mission is consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and who meet the grant guidelines. The Fund raises money through donations from individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations.

Information and an application are available on the Diocesan website: catholicnh.org/BCAF or by calling (603) 663-0166.

State Fire Marshal warns of building collapse danger with recent successive snowstorms

State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan announced that due to recent successive snowstorms there is a greater urgency to clear roofs of snow and ice that has accumulated. A roof may collapse with little or no warning, and one common misconception is that only flat roofs are susceptible to collapse. High roof parapets can accumulate drifting snow and unbalanced loads due to the recent high winds add even more strain to roof structures. The following warning signs could indicate that you have a danger of roof collapse. You should immediately evacuate the building and notify your local building official, fire department, or contact a structural engineer to determine if the building is safe if you observe the following:

• Sagging roof steel – visually deformed.
• Severe or new roof leaks.
• Cracked or split wood members.
• Bends or ripples in metal supports.
• Recent cracks in walls, drywall or masonry.
• Cracks in welds of steel construction.
• Sheared off screws from steel frames.
• Sprinkler heads pushed down below ceiling tiles.
• Doors that pop open.
• Doors or windows that are difficult to open.
• Bowed utility pipes or conduits attached to the ceiling.
• Creaking, cracking or popping sounds.

Past fire investigations have determined that fuel-gas service to some buildings have been damaged due to heavy snow loads and snow sliding off roofs onto gas meters and components. In addition, snow sliding off roofs onto outside oil tanks has caused valves and filters to be broken off. The State Fire Marshal urges all citizens to do the following:

• Clear roofs of excessive snow and ice buildup, being careful not to damage gas and oil service to the building. Clearing the roof can be dangerous and should be left to professionals. Using a roof rake is recommended while keeping away from electrical lines.

• Keep all chimneys and vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up into the building. Some vents, such as pellet stove vents, may exit the building through a wall and are susceptible to being blocked by excessive snow buildup on the outside of the building.

• Keep all exits clear of snow, so that occupants can escape quickly if a fire, or other emergency, should occur. Keep in mind that windows should be cleared to allow a secondary means of escape in case the primary means of escape is blocked by fire. Keeping exits clear also allows emergency workers to access your building.

Specific fire and building safety questions can be answered by local fire and building officials or by contacting the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (603) 223-4289.

2017 ‘Moose Plate’ Grant round opens

The Department of Cultural Resources’ three Conservation License Plate Grant Programs are now open for the 2017 grant round. Cultural Resources’ “Moose Plate” grants support the restoration, preservation and/or conservation of publicly owned items significant to New Hampshire’s cultural heritage.

The first step in the process is to submit a letter of intent to apply, providing a brief description of the project – 250 words or fewer – and acknowledging that the resource seeking funding is publicly owned; letters of intent are due March 24. Organizations whose letters of intent are approved will be invited to submit a full application by May 12.

Department of Cultural Resources Conservation License Plate Grant Programs support a wide variety of projects. Among the projects receiving grant funding in 2016 were the repair and repainting of siding on a roundhouse, restoration of a stained glass window and the conservation of cemetery deeds and burial records.

Cultural Resources receives a percentage of funds raised from the sales of Conservation License Plates each year and sends those funds directly back into communities through grant programs facilitated by the Department’s three divisions: the Division of Historical Resources, the State Council on the Arts and the State Library. Each division’s program has specific requirements and applicants may only apply to one grant program in a given year.

More information about each division’s specific grant program is available at nh.gov/nhculture/grants.htm.

New Hampshire’s Conservation License Plates help conserve our state’s natural, historical and cultural heritage. Since 2001, the Conservation License Plate program has contributed to the ongoing success of more than 150 projects around New Hampshire. All funds raised through the purchase of Conservation License Plates are used for the promotion, protection and investment in New Hampshire's natural, cultural and historic resources.

For more information about the Moose Plate Program, including how to purchase a Moose Plate, visit mooseplate.com.

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the Commission on Native American Affairs. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of the state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of the past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at nh.gov/nhculture.