Summer hours for the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

BERLIN — The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will be closing on Saturdays until after Labor Day beginning on Saturday, May 27, with May 20 being the last Saturday it is open for the summer. Summer hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the upstairs portion and the basement will be open on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Occasional extended hours will be held during the summer months. The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is located at 153 Grafton St. in Berlin. For more information call (603) 752-4844.


Employees at the Northern NH Correctional Facility recognized with special awards

BERLIN — The New Hampshire Department of Corrections recently recognized employees at the Northern N.H. Correctional Facility in Berlin with special awards during National Correctional Employees Appreciation Week. Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn presented a total of 14 medals and citation bars during a ceremony at the facility.

Correctional officers can receive up to five different medals and citation bars for an extraordinary achievement or accomplishment. Those include the medal of honor, the life saving citation bar, the honorable service citation bar, the injury in the line of duty citation bar, and the team commendation citation bar. Non-uniformed employees can receive a special department token for their devotion to duty and service to the public. The following employees were recognized for their achievements during 2016 and early 2017.

Corrections Lieutenant Shanon Berwick, Corrections Corporal Richard Gauthier, and Corrections Officers Scott Watson, Nancy Murphy and David Lamontagne received the team commendation citation bar for subduing an inmate who had attacked and assaulted a fellow employee on Aug. 30, 2016. Corrections Officer Ronald Heinemann received the honorable service citation bar for the same incident by placing himself between the inmate and the injured employee. Corrections Officer David Burdick received the injured in the line of duty citation bar for the same incident. Registered nurse Misty Gagne received a special devotion to duty token for providing medical assistance for the injured employee.

Corrections Lieutenant Edward McFarland, Corrections Sergeant Yair Balderrama and Corrections Officer Nathan King received the life saving citation bar for preventing a hanging in one of the facility’s housing units on Sept. 1, 2016.

Corrections Corporal Jeffrey Chapman and Corrections Officer George Bigl received the life saving citation bar for providing abdominal thrusts to an inmate who was choking and unable to breathe in the dining hall on March 31, 2017.

Corrections Officer Diana Beckwith received the department of corrections honorable service citation bar for providing emergency care while off-duty to a 9-year-old boy who had collapsed on the Hillside School playground on May 18, 2016. Her actions saved his life.

ncfchapmanPictured from the left, Commissioner William L. Wrenn, Corrections Corporal Jeffrey Chapman, and Warden Michelle Edmark. (COURTESY PHOTO)

ncfbaldyPictured from the left, Commissioner William Wrenn, Corrections Sergeant Yair Balderrama, Registered Nurse Tina Pageau and Warden Michelle Edmark. (COURTESY PHOTO)

burdickPictured from left, Commissioner William Wrenn, Corrections Officer Scott Watson, Corrections Officer Nancy Murphy, Corrections Officer David Burdick, Corrections Officer Ron Heinemann, Corrections Corporal Richard Gauthier and Warden Michelle Edmark. (COURTESY PHOTO)

beckwith01Pictured from the left, Commissioner William Wrenn, Corrections Officer Diana Beckwith and Warden Michelle Edmark. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Public invited attend student led parade

MILAN — The Milan Village School will be having a Memorial Day Parade on Friday, May 26, at 8:45 a.m. from the school to the Methodist Church in Milan.

Students ranging from preschool to grade six will be participating in the march. The sixth grade will speak about Memorial Day and then the Honor Guard will retire its colors. The sixth grade will then proceed to place flags in the cemetery.

The Milan Village School is located at 11 Bridge St. in Milan. For information call (603) 449-3306.

Cutline: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 82 held installation of officers

Unit 82 InstallationAmerican Legion Auxiliary Unit 82 held its 2017-2018 installations at the post home Monday, May 8. Newly installed officers and installation team pictured from left: Elaine Wood, sergeant at arms; Michelle Vernon, chaplain; Jennifer Stewart, treasurer; Suzanna Ploss, District 8 director; Sue Berry, alternate District 8 director; Andrea Vernon, second vice president; Carole Boisclair, first vice president; and Julie Dale, president. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is June 3

The Androscoggin Valley Regional Refuse Disposal District will be conducting its 26th annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, June 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the District Transfer Station, located at 100 West Milan Road, Route 110, Berlin.
Households from member communities of Berlin, Dummer, Errol, Gorham, Jefferson, Milan, Northumberland, Randolph, Stark and the unincorporated towns in Coos County are eligible to participate. In addition, residents from Shelburne will again be authorized to participate this year. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or tax bill, will be required.
Many of the common products people use daily in the kitchen, bath, yard, garage and basement can pose a hazard if handled and/or disposed of improperly.
Examples of items you can bring to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection are: latex paint (not classified as hazardous; being collected as a convenience to residents); oil-based paints and strippers; paint thinners; solvents; stains and varnishes; solvent adhesives; lighter fluids; waste fuels such as kerosene and gasoline; antifreeze; engine degreasers; carburetor cleaners; brake fluid; car wax; poisons; insecticides; weed killers; chemical fertilizers; mothballs; wood preservatives; pest strips and flea powder; hobby supplies; artist supplies; rubber cement; airplane glue; driveway sealer; roofing tar; fiberglass resins; photo chemicals; chemistry sets; cleaning supplies; furniture polish; floor polish and metal polishes; oven cleaners; toilet bowl cleaners and drain cleaners; rug and upholstery cleaners; spot removers; dry cleaning solvents; septic tank degreasers; swimming pool chemicals; aerosol cans; pesticides containing 2,4,5T, Silvex; and small quantities of asbestos (defined as 25 pounds or less). Asbestos must be completely wet down with water and bagged in two heavy garbage bags.
If you have specific questions on asbestos, contact the district office at (603) 752-3342.
Do not bring any fireworks, explosives, ammunition, radioactive wastes, infectious or biological wastes, prescription medicines, syringes, commercial or industrial waste or smoke detectors. Also, do not bring any motor oils, gear oils, transmission fluids or automobile batteries, as these items are processed at the District Materials Recovery Facility, Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, etc.) made after 1996 no longer contain mercury. All alkaline batteries can be disposed of in the regular trash.
Do not bring fluorescent bulbs or propane tanks since residents can bring these to the District Transfer Station, Tuesday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (permit required). Call the district office for details at (603) 752-3342.
In order to be safe in transporting these hazardous materials to the collection site, always tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers; sort and pack separately oil paint, pesticides and household cleaners; pack containers in sturdy upright boxes and pad with newspaper; do not place container in a garbage bag; never mix chemicals; pack your car and drive directly to the collection site and never smoke while handling hazardous materials.
Each household is limited to disposal of 10 gallons or 80 pounds of hazardous waste, with the exception of asbestos which is limited to 25 pounds or less. This collection is for the disposal of household hazardous waste only. Commercial or industrial waste will not be accepted. For further information, contact the district office at (603) 752-3342 or go to The transfer station will be closed for regular business on Saturday, June 3, so that staff may conduct the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.