Donation made to Electric and Fuel Assistance Program

Fuel Assistance DonationPassumpsic Savings Bank's generous donation of $3,000 to benefit families who make beyond the income level for Electric and Fuel Assistance Programs in the Lancaster and Littleton area.  Pictured from the left, Julie Aldrich, branch manager Lancaster, Carmen Menard, branch manager Littleton, Rose Gonyer branch manager Groveton, and Andrea Brochu, Energy, Elders and Outreach Division director at Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Free childhood screening

BERLIN — A free childhood screening will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, for children between the ages of birth to five years of age living in Berlin. This free screening will be held at Berlin Head Start Center located at 610 Sullivan Street in Berlin.

Early childhood specialists will be available to spend time with each child for the purpose of screening your child’s speech and language skills, informally observe fine and gross motor skills, and screen problem-solving skills.

The SAU3 Berlin School District hopes that, through this screening, children in need of any type of early childhood educational services can be identified.

Appointments will be taken starting Tuesday, Jan. 17, through Wednesday, Jan. 25. You may call the Special Education Office at (603) 752-5068 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and ask to speak with Debbie to set up your appointment.

Fundraiser being held for local student battling a form of bone cancer

GORHAM — The Gorham High School staff and student body invite you to join them for their Stronger than Sarcoma Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Thursday, Jan. 12, at the GMHS Cafeteria from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All money raised will be donated to a Gorham High School freshman battling sarcoma, which is a form of bone cancer.

Tickets are just $5 per child and $10 per adult and will be on sale in the GMHS office during school hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. This dinner will offer a sit down meal in the cafe or take out option. Tickets need to be purchased in advanced.

There will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Your support will be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to attend this event, but would like still to donate money, please contact the GMHS office by calling (603) 466-2776.

The Celebrity Chef class and the National Honor Society at the Gorham Middle High School have organized this event.

Free Community Dinner at St. Barnabas Church on Saturday, Jan. 14

BERLIN — The first Community Dinner of 2017 at St. Barnabas Church will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Dinner will be served until 6:30 p.m., so you can arrive at a time convenient for you. The menu includes chicken parmesan and all the fixings. The dinners are intended to bring the community of Berlin together to share a meal and conversation for a fun and friendly evening. The meals are free and open to everyone, with funding provided by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the N.H. Charitable Foundation. This fund was
established “to serve as a catalyst for the region to move toward sustainable community.” Volunteers are made up of members of St. Barnabas Church, other local churches, students from Berlin and Gorham, and members of the community. No tickets are necessary, so bring your family and friends. Additional dinners are planned each month through April. St. Barnabas Church is located on the corner of Main and High Streets in Berlin. The phone number is (603) 752-3504, and you can visit their website at stbarnabasberlin.org for more information about these and other events.

Family Resource Center joins in the season of giving

GORHAM — The Family Resource Center is helping to spread some holiday joy to nearly 90 families throughout Coos County this Christmas. With generous support from sponsors and donors, families in need received winter jackets, hats, gloves and mittens, holiday food baskets and gifts. The FRC “Warm for Winter” coat drive began in the fall and supplied coats to infants and young children through their Project Youth Afterschool programs in the Berlin-Gorham area as well as through their Family Support Programs in Coos and northern Grafton counties.

“Many of these families are working hard to make ends meet” said executive director Patti Stolte. “They are doing the right things for their families and each year we work with a variety of donors and agencies to coordinate services to fill wish lists making sure that children have warm coats, families can have a holiday meal and presents and that they can build happy and healthy Christmas memories. It fits the spirit of the season as well as the Family Resource Center mission to build healthier families and stronger communities."

Some on the wish list included a single mom who recently departed from a shelter into an apartment that has a seven month old baby and a young son who asked for pajamas and toys, a homeless family that had been couch surfing since the fall trying to save for a security deposit and keep their children in school who asked for Legos and new jeans. The wish list spoke of pots and pans (both real and play), trains and storybooks, warm socks and slippers, baby dolls and teddy bears — the kind of gifts that everyone wants at Christmas. There are many stories along with many wishes in this season of giving and the FRC sought to be a part of helping the community, along with many others who work with needy families.

The Family Resource Center provides comprehensive services to parents and their children, from pregnancy through age 18. Services include parenting classes, parent-child groups, play groups, information and referral, after school assistance, supports for veteran families, and other programs to meet community needs. Services are available to all families and can be especially supportive of families struggling with challenging issues, limited financial resources and troubled family dynamics. FRC seeks to strengthen families by promoting health, wellbeing, self-sufficiency and positive parenting through support and education.

The Family Resource Center is a part of the statewide network called Family Support N.H. and recently received funding from the Wyman Family Fund through N.H. Charitable Foundation in support of the family services they provide. For more information on how to access Family Resource Center services, call (603) 466-5190.

Holiday basket deliveryStaff from the Family Resource Center and Berlin Marketplace preparing for delivery of holiday food baskets to families in need. Pictured from the left are Todd Gendron from the Berlin Marketplace; and Naomi Levesque, Jen Buteau, Judy Arsenault, Kristen Kennett, Ashley Poirier, Gina Belanger and Troy Sanschagrin from the Family Resource Center in Gorham. (COURTESY PHOTO)