How to properly dispose of latex paint, used oil, batteries and fluorescent lights

Latex paint will be accepted on Household Hazardous Waste Day, Saturday, June 3, at the transfer station as a convenience to residents. However, unlike oil based paints that contain solvents and must be cleaned up with mineral spirits or other solvents, latex paint contains water and the instructions recommend clean up with water.

Although latex paint can be brought to Household Hazardous Waste Day, they recommend that in order to properly dispose of small amounts of latex paint, you use the following paint-drying techniques: Remove the lid and let the paint dry in the can. Stir the paint occasionally for speed drying; or brush paint in layers on newspaper or cardboard. When dry, place in trash. For larger amounts of latex paint: pour one-inch layers of paint into a cardboard lined with plastic. Allow the paint to dry one layer at a time; thin layers will speed up the drying process, or mix paint with cat litter, sawdust or sand in a cardboard box lined with plastic and let dry then place in trash.

Residential used motor and transmission oil and oil filters may be taken to the AVRRDD Recycling Facility on 100 West Milan Road, Route 110, Berlin and left with the attendant for recycling. Regular business hours are Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Household 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. Car and truck batteries and rechargeable Ni-Cd batteries are accepted at no charge at the Androscoggin Valley Regional Refuse Disposal District Recycling Facility.

Fluorescent lights/tubes and propane tanks can be brought by residents to the District Transfer Station Tuesday-Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Permit required)

The AVRRDD Transfer Station will be closed for regular business on Saturday, June 3, so that the HHW Collection Day may be conducted. For more information or pamphlets, call the AVRRDD office at (603) 752-3342 or go to

Local leg of 'Flame of Hope' run to take place this Saturday

BERLIN — The Law Enforcement Torch Run for New Hampshire's Special Olympics will take place this Saturday, May 20, starting at 8:30 a.m. Federal Bureau of Prisons employee Mandi Cote and Berlin Police Officer Hollie Dube are co-coordinators for the leg from Milan to Gorham as well as the leg from Jackson to Gorham.

The Milan to Gorham leg of the run will start at the bridge near the Milan Town Hall/Fire Department and will end at Libby Pool in Gorham. Staff members from several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be participating in this leg, which covers 15 miles.

The Jackson to Gorham leg will start at Ridge Road in Jackson and will end at Libby’s Pool in Gorham. The FCI Berlin Special Operations Response Team has volunteered to complete this leg, which covers 19 miles.

LETR events are part of the “Flame of Hope" program that honors Special Olympics athletes across the nation by raising money for programs, training and equipment. Saturday, the Granite State torch will be carried over 500 miles across New Hampshire and will arrive at University of New Hampshire on June 2 for opening ceremonies.

“The Law Enforcement Torch Run is more than just an event. It is a time for law enforcement to celebrate and honor our heroes – the athletes of Special Olympics New Hampshire. If by carrying the “Flame of hope” across the state, we can show the athletes half the admiration and respect they show us, then we have accomplished our goal,” said Cote.

Participants can run or bike as far as they want. There will be support vehicles following the runners that will help anyone who needs it. Runners can also jump in it if they get tired. Runners and bikers can join in wherever they want along the route. Visit to see the route and other information.

The Special Olympics New Hampshire website also includes information for other and events that are being held across the state. 

Water Quality Report included in recent bill

BERLIN — Water customers received additional information with the May quarter water bills. Each water bill included a water quality report for 2016 that was inserted in the water bill. For those customers who did not find this material stuffed in the water bill, a copy can be obtained at the Berlin Water Works office, online at or by mail by calling the office at (603) 752-1677.

The water quality report is issued once a year. Customers who need information regarding the water quality report should contact the Berlin Water Works.

The water quality report is posted on the city of Berlin Website at, also a copy has been provided to the Berlin Public Library.

Built on a rock, St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 130th Anniversary

BERLIN — St. Paul Lutheran Church, on the corner of Norway and Seventh Street, will be celebrating its 130th anniversary on May 14.

The church has a rich history, beginning when the first Scandinavians came to Berlin in 1854. Settling in a section of Berlin which soon became known as Norwegian Village and later, Berlin Mills, these immigrants found employment working for the Brown Company in the woods and in the paper mill.

As the community grew, so did its desire to worship as a congregation. On May 16, 1887, 150 charter members were officially recognized as the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. Worship services were first conducted in a private home, then in the Brown Company Hall, and later they shared space with the Berlin Congregational Church on Main Street. The First Lutheran Church in Portland, Maine, supported this fledgling congregation as the pastor commuted to Berlin each week to provide spiritual guidance.

With limited monetary funds, the congregation had the foresight, courage, and great faith to embark on building their own place of worship.

The land for St. Paul Lutheran Church was donated by the Brown family, who were keenly interested in the educational and the spiritual welfare of their employees’ families. The church is actually built on a rock. A huge granite ledge which extends for hundreds of feet provides the physical foundation.

On August 31, 1889, St. Paul’s church building was dedicated to the work of the Lord. The congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church continues to serve the community here in the Great North Woods.

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Family Safety Day Rodeo at the recreation department

BERLIN — The Kiwanis Club of Berlin is hosting a Family Safety Day Rodeo on Saturday, May 20, at the Berlin Recreation Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Participants will learn how to be safe riders, complete registration for their bikes, including inspection, and receive free decals, helmets and literature.
The event will be held rain or shine and is open to children of all ages, and parents are welcome to participate. The Berlin Recreation Department is located on 672 First Ave. in Berlin.