Red, White and Blue Foot Race

On Saturday July 1, at 9 a.m., patriotic walkers and runners are invited to take part in the Skootin' for the Red, White and Blue foot race.

The half-paved, half-gravel 4-mile course will allow you to take in the beauty of the North Country at your own pace.

Participants can register at Ed Fenn Elementary between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m., and entry is free. Donations of one's choice are being accepted for the Fourth of July Committee fund. Preregistration is not required.

This event replaces the 5K mentioned in the Fouth of July Committee's flyer scheduled on July 4.


Presentation to provide analysis of mountaineering accident and what it can teach others

Although strikingly beautiful, Mount Washington and the surrounding Presidential Range hold a dubious distinction of having "the world's worst weather."

The Presidential Range is also world-renowned for the challenging terrain it provides for alpinists, and as such, has been the scene of hundreds of mountaineering accidents over the years.

In an upcoming program at Weeks State Park, Ty Gagne will provide an in-depth analysis of a recent tragedy on the range and extend those lessons and others learned above the tree-line into people's roles as outdoor enthusiasts, and in their day-to-day lives.

Gagne, chief executive officer of Primex3, has held executive positions in the municipal, non-profit, and healthcare sectors. He holds a master of public administration from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor of science from Granite State College.

Gagne is a member of the Leadership NH Class of 2013, and is co-founder of Leadership Central NH. He completed the program for senior executives in state and local government at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He holds the associate in risk pool management and the associate in risk management for public entities designations and is a certified wilderness first responder.

The special 90-minute presentation, "Trouble in the Presidentials: What a mountaineering accident can teach us about decision making and managing risk," will be held in the Great Room of the Summit Lodge of Weeks State Park and will begin at 7 p.m. on June 29.

Visitors are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic supper, or climb the Fire Tower for one of the best views north of the notches.

Weeks State Park is located on the east side of Route 3, about 2 miles south of Lancaster.

This free, public program is sponsored by the Weeks State Park Association, N.H. Division of Parks and UNH Cooperative Extension.

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Summer events for Berlin Recreation

Berlin Recreation announces the following schedule for summer programs.

CLiF - Children’s Literacy Foundation: Tuesday, July 18, at 1:30 p.m. at Berlin Recreation Center. A CLiF presenter will tell stories, discuss great books and encourage reading and writing. Each child (geared for ages 0 - 14) will have the opportunity to choose two books to keep.

Believe in Books: Summer Bookmobile with free, gently used books will be visiting area parks every Thursday starting June 29. Schedule as follows: 11-11:45 a.m. at Brookside Park; 1-1:30 p.m. at Community/Central Park; 2-2:30 p.m. at Grand Trunk Park.

And continue your summer fun by signing up for these programs: 

Basketball for students entering grades 3-6: Drills and fun games under the direction of Jim Couhie, $35 per person, Thursdays, starting July 6, for six weeks, 8:45-10 a.m.

Beginner/Instructional Baseball for ages 4-6: Learn the game with Instructor Jim Couhie, Thursdays at the Gilbert Street Field (inside Berlin Recreation in the event of inclement weather), 10:15-11:30 a.m., for six weeks; $35 per person. Please have child bring their own glove.

Girls Field Hockey Clinic: Open to girls entering grades 3-8. Instructor Marisa Lemoine will teach the basics of the game with drills and scrimmages, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, July 11-13, 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Community Field; $40 per person. Register at Berlin Recreation.

Tumbling with Miss Marisa: A five-week program of tumbling, floor work and routines developed by instructor Marisa Villnave, 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, starting July 19, at Berlin Recreation for students entering Grades 1-6; $35 per person.

Dance Program with Miss Marisa: Stretch, jump and dance with instructor Miss Marisa Villnave, Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. at Berlin Recreation Center. The five-week program begins July 20. Open to students entering Grades 1-6; $35 per person.

Interested in playing Farm League Baseball or Summer Soccer? These programs may still have room for you! Call (603) 752-2010 for more information.

And don't forget: 

Playgrounds: Playgrounds open June 26, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed July 3 and 4). Structured play, crafts and games with enthusiastic leaders on site. Parents, remember children are free to come and go as they please.

Summer Meals: USDA Summer Meals begins July 5 for all school age children. (USDA Meals is an equal opportunity provider). Lunch at noon; snacks at 2:30 p.m.

Playground Sites are: Berlin Recreation Center, First Avenue; Community/Central Playground, Hutchins St; Brookside Park, Maynesboro St.; and Friendship Park, Mason Street. Playgrounds will operate until Aug. 11.


The Grand Resort Hotels of the White Mountains—Architecture, History, and the Preservation Record

GORHAM — Architectural historian Bryant Tolles Jr. shares the history and architecture of the grand resort hotel phenomenon and hospitality tourism in the White Mountains of New Hampshire from the pre-Civil War era to the present.

The primary focus is on the surviving grand resort hotels: The Mount Washington Resort. the Mountain View Grand, the Balsams, the Eagle Mountain House and Wentworth Hall and Cottages. Extensive illustrations document these buildings and others no longer in existence.

The presentation will be held on Wednesday, June 28, at 3 p.m. at the Gorham Public Library. located at 35 Railroad St., in Gorham. For more information call (603) 466-2525. 


This is a free presentation, offered by Gorham Public Library and Gorham Senior and Adult Programs. This program is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.

Grand hotelMountain View Grand Hotel in Whitefield. (COURTESY PHOTO)


Free application week at White Mountains Community College

BERLIN — White Mountains Community College is kicking off the summer by offering a free application week June 26 through July 1. Any student who applies by submitting an online or paper application will have their application fee waived. The standard application process requires students to submit a $20 application fee before the application is processed. During this week, students may submit an online or paper application without having to pay the $20 fee.

Admissions Counselor, Kristen Miller describes the application fee as a barrier at times to students applying for college; this week is the perfect time for students to submit their application without having to come up with the extra $20. According to the college, Free Application Week is especially helpful for students who have not applied yet to a college and would like to begin their college experience in the fall.

Along with an application, students must request their official high school transcript or provide a copy of their GED/HiSet scores and any other college transcripts. Once all materials are received, students are admitted on an open enrollment basis and will begin receiving communication from the college regarding orientation, course registration and the start of the fall semester.

White Mountains Community College offers the lowest tuition in the state of New Hampshire. With courses offered in Berlin, Littleton, North Conway and online and over 50 degree and certificate programs, White Mountains Community College is affordable and accessible for all individuals, whether you are looking to obtain a college degree, certificate or change your career.

The college has a number of articulation agreements so transferring into a four-year college for those interested in a bachelor’s degree is quick and seamless. For more information, call White Mountains Community College, (603) 752-1113 ext. 3000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..