2018 Relay for Life kickoff event today


It is time for the kick-off of the 2018 Relay For Life of North Country event. Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Teams, individuals, survivors and caregivers who want to take part in the fight against cancer are invited. Become a part of the Relay For Life movement by having fun, learning about this year's event activities and networking with fellow “Relayers.”

This year the kick off will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Lancaster Town Hall, 25 Main St., in Lancaster. New this year to kick off we will be collecting new gloves, hats, mittens and scarves to trim our Mitten Tree. Donations will be distributed to those in need throughout our area.

For more information contact: Tracy Lockwood at (603) 527-6716 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kathy Metz at (512) 490-8787 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Go to the event website at relayforlife.org/northcountrynh or Facebook page at Facebook.com/relayforlifenorthcountry for more information or to register for the event. 

Gorham scholarship drives ends Oct. 20


Members of Gorham Middle/High School class of 2018 are conducting their door to door drive for GRS Scholarship Fund (formerly Dollars for Scholars) this week.
The cost of a college education can be prohibitive for many students so financial aid, scholarships and grants are a necessary part of ensuring every student has the opportunity for further education.
Gorham, Randolph and Shelburne have always been supportive of the students. This is the 55th year that the program has been taking place in these three towns. Over the years, approximately $150,000 has been donated to the graduates through the door to door drive. In addition, even more has been awarded with memorial scholarships and generous scholarships set up by former grads.
Watch for those seniors knocking on doors this week. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, call the Guidance Office at GMHS.


Get involved in assessing, improving Gorham's downtown

GORHAM — The public is invited to attend a First Impressions community-wide forum, “Downtown Gorham — A Community Conversation," on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Medallion Opera House, Gorham Town Hall, 20 Park Street, Gorham.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Learn about Gorham’s assets and opportunities for improvement and help to identify projects to improve Gorham’s downtown. Learn how you can get involved. RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
New Hampshire First Impressions is a downtown assessment program offered through the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. New Hampshire First Impressions helps communities learn about their assets and opportunities for improvement and empowers leaders and volunteers to take steps to improve their downtown. A team of University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension staff and guests will conduct the assessment, which includes a visit to the community where visitors highlight outstanding features and opportunities for improvement, based on downtown characteristics including businesses, landscaping, sidewalks, transportation, community art and downtown entrances. The data collected through the assessment is synthesized into a comprehensive report. The participating community will build a team of local volunteers to learn about key components of a vibrant community and learn how a downtown assessment can stimulate community spirit to bring about positive change. A community-wide forum will gather volunteers and leaders to hear the key findings of the First Impressions assessment and discuss ways to move to action to improve the downtown.
The New Hampshire First Impressions Program is designed to reveal assets and opportunities for improvement by utilizing first-time visitors. First-time visitors provide a community with a fresh perspective and often highlight assets and opportunities that can be overlooked by community members, and reinforce existing opinions. The New Hampshire First Impressions Program has been adapted from other First Impressions Programs implemented by universities and community organizations across the U.S. and Canada. The First Impressions Program has over 25 years of experience and success. The New Hampshire First Impressions Program is unique from other First Impressions Programs in that it utilizes technology that allows for mobile data collection in the field, adding richness to the data unlike any other First Impressions Program to date.

The AG and the DMV warn of Fraudulent emails

Be Wary of Fraudulent Emails Demanding Payment of Traffic Fines

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and N.H. Division of Motor Vehicles Director Elizabeth Bieleki, have issued a fraud alert warning of a scam email pretending to come from the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles.
The fake email notifies the recipient that he or she was cited with a traffic violation and then demands payment of the fine within 72 hours. The scam email contains links for “easy pay” or to contest the fine amount. The email originates from a scam email address: “violations at citygovernment.co.gov”.
The DMV does not notify drivers of any violations through email nor does it email requests for payment of fines.
Any person receiving this email should exercise caution. Do not click on any of the links contained in the scam email as this could infect your device with malicious malware and compromise your sensitive information. Additionally, do not open any attachments contained in the suspicious emails. Finally, never provide your sensitive personal or financial information unless you have confirmed the person or organization requesting that information. Any person can verify whether or not they have been cited for a traffic violation by calling the Department of Motor Vehicles at 603-227-4000. The Attorney General’s Consumer Information Line is 1-888-468-4454. Consumer complaint forms are available at DOJ’s website: https://www.doj.nh.gov/consumer/complaints/index.htm.

WorkReadyNH Tuition-Free Training starts Oct. 10

Are you noticing all of the help wanted ads in the newspapers recently? If you want to be very well prepared to apply with confidence and the knowledge of what you bring to an employer, WorkReadyNH can help. Join the four-week, tuition-free, professional development training at White Mountains Community College, from Oct. 10 to Nov. 2. The class will meet 3 days per week, Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Across the state, more than 3,000 workers and job seekers have sharpened their skills and made themselves more attractive to employers through WorkReadyNH. This training, designed with employer input, focuses on soft skills and critical thinking skills, helping those seeking career change or advancement to improve the skills employers cite as critical to workplace success. The program helps participants improve and document skill levels and to articulate how their skills match those needed for employment or advancement. Graduates earn 2 stackable credentials: the National Career Readiness Certificate and the Community College System of N.H. WorkReadyNH Certificate.
According to WorkReadyNH Program Director, Judy Woodward, “The training has proven very helpful for both participants and employers. Graduates report that the training helped them to identify their strengths as well as areas where improvement might be needed. Every class results in great outcomes with graduates reporting increased confidence and workplace preparedness. Employers recognize the value of our graduates and we continue to receive requests for WorkReadyNH graduates to apply for open positions.”
According to Anne Paquin who works in human resources at Trividia Manufacturing Solutions in Lancaster, WorkReadyNH is effective because of the real-world situations that the students have to navigate. “Today, more than ever, we are looking for job applicants with demonstrated soft skills. These skills include the ability to make decisions, to think critically and to work effectively as part of a team”.
Registration is required, and those who wish to take advantage of this tuition-free training may call 603-342-3099 or 603-342-3007. More information is available at www.wmcc.edu/WorkReadyNH or visit www.facebook.com/WorkReadyNH