Barn Sale to be held on Aug. 19

BERLIN — The second Book Sale of 2017 held by the Berlin and Coos County Historical Society will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the historic Brown Company barns. The barns are located on the East Milan road in Berlin about one mile north of the hospital and across from the state prison entrance. As usual, the sale will take place rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers of the event ask that people do not come early.

More books have come in since the previous book sale in July. Home schoolers, there are juvenile versions of the classics such as: "Call of the Wild," "The Time Machine," "Moby Dick" and more. Also of interest to young adults are the "Twilight" series of books, plus "Junie B. Jones" and "The Babysitters Club."

These specialty items are in addition to the other departments: baskets, sports, records, cloth, and more. Large print books are located with the audio books; sports themed books are in the sports room. The furniture department on the lower level of the large barn has received more furniture since the July sale. Also, note that a large selection of picture frames, both large and small, can be found in both barns.

Proceeds from these yard sales go towards expenses to keep open the Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center and to help preserve the barns. The museum, located at 119 High Street in Berlin, is open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Call (603) 752-4590 for a appointment or to arrange for a group to tour the museum. Admission is free; donations are accepted. The next barn sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, and will feature Halloween items.

Cutline: Wagner presented with gift of appreciation for years of service

FOREST SUPERVISOR WAGNERChairman of the Randolph Community Forest Commission John Scarinza, left, and Commission member David Willcox, third from left, and commercial sugar-maker Dave Fuller, right, of Lancaster presented retiring White Mountain National Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner with a gallon of maple syrup on Saturday, Aug. 5, to show the community’s appreciation for his 16 years of outstanding leadership and partnership. (EDITH TUCKER PHOTO)

New Hampshire Grocers launch Double Up Food Bucks

Select New Hampshire grocery stores will launch the healthy food incentive program Double Up Food Bucks starting this August. Double Up matches the value of the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) spent on locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, helping low income families bring home more nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables.

Participating Double Up grocery stores include the Berlin Marketplace in Berlin. All of the participating stores are member owners of Associated Grocers of New England, a retailer-owned cooperative grocery wholesaler located in Pembroke.

“We are thrilled to bring this proven program to some of our New Hampshire stores,” said Mike Violette, president and CEO of Associated Grocers of New England. “Food insecurity is a real challenge in New Hampshire, and being able to offer locally grown, healthy fruits and vegetables to low-income families is a big win. It’s good for our customers, our local farmers, and local businesses.”

Here’s how Double Up works at participating stores in New Hampshire: Customers receive 50 percent off New England grown produce purchased with their SNAP/EBT card, up to $20 a day. The discount will be automatically applied at the register. Customers should let the cashier know before checking out that they will be paying with their EBT card. The Double Up program will begin in early August and run throughout the New Hampshire growing season, while funding is available.

“Double Up is a win-win-win,” said Oran Hesterman, president and CEO of Fair Food Network, which developed the Double Up model in 2009 in Michigan. “Low-income families bring home more healthy food, local farmers sell more produce, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. Each has a positive ripple effect of benefits.”

Cutline: Donation made to Community Cafe

Community Cafe donationCommunity Cafe Director Vickie Plourde (third from left) accepts a $1,000 donation from Rick Gioia of RPG Consulting (center) to help fund the free Wednesday night dinners that draw 45 to 75 people each week. Gioia started hosting free dinners at Veterans Park in Berlin in 2009 and was invited to hold the dinners at the Harvest Christian Fellowship Church in Berlin. While he no longer lives in Berlin, Gioia said he still keeps in touch with the cafe and loves that it had continued and grown. Joining Plourde in accepting the donation are members of her volunteer staff (from left) Joe Briere, Barbara Couture, John Tarbox, Becky Hibbard, and Pastor Robert Haynes. (BARBARA TETREAULT PHOTO)

MUST RUN TUESDAY! Dark Island to perform at Berlin Community Market

The Celtic group Dark Island will be appearing at the Berlin Community Market in downtown Berlin beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Dark Island is a group made up of some of the performers in the larger northern New Hampshire Celtic ensemble Islay Mist Celidh. They perform jigs, reels, airs and hornpipes from the Celtic countries of Scotland and Ireland, as well as Canada's Cape Breton Island and more.

The members appearing on Aug. 1 are Gerry Tobin on fiddle, Charlie Jordan on fiddle, Gordon Gray on fiddle, Art Hammon on flute, Tom Jordan on guitar and Hannah Potter on cello.

They will have copies of their CD available for purchase. These regional performers have played with Islay Mist Ceilidh at the Lancaster Fair, North Country Moose Festival in Canaan, Vt., Weeks State Park in Lancaster, the Colebrook Country Club and First Night in St. Johnsbury, Vt. They are the "house band" at the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch, appearing there numerous times throughout the year.