Cutline: White Mountain Rotary Speech Contest winner

GORHAM — White Mountain Rotary recently held its Annual Speech Contest open to area Gorham High School students. Interested participants were asked to prepare and present a speech related to the mission of the Rotary, which is focused on service above self. Autumn Brown was judged the winner by select Rotary members. She received a cash prize. For more information about your local Rotary, please join them at a meeting at noon any Thursday at the Yokohama Restaurant on Main Street in Gorham. You can also learn more online at whitemtnrotary.org.

Rotary Speech ContestPictured from the left, White Mountain Rotary President, Dawn Cross; participants Chelsea Pike, Morgan Staples, and the winner Autumn Brown. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Proposed solar field looking for supporters

The Dummer Energy Committee is looking into the possibility of installing a solar field with the purpose of ultimately providing electricity for its residents. The field would be slightly less than 400 solar panels producing an estimated 175,000 Kw. The hope is that this could be constructed with all volunteer labor from the community. Individuals in town will be allowed to purchase a portion of these panels to supply their electricity needs. The plan is to have the field completed before end of summer. The committee is looking for people willing to purchase the solar panels and commit time to help with the project. Meetings to discuss the project will be scheduled. If you are interested or have questions please call Ed Solar at (603) 752-3625 any day between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Forages Workshop with a focus on Grasslands to be held in Lancaster

LANCASTER — North Country grass and clovers provide the crops necessary for New Hampshire’s dairy and livestock farms. According to a press release by the Cooperative Extension, their improvement brings about related increases in milk, meat and other products needed by the country. This winter’s UNH Cooperative Extension Forage Crop workshops will focus on these crops in Lancaster on Feb. 21.

The morning session will feature Sid Bosworth, agronomist with University of Vermont Extension. He will look at both growing techniques and pest management: Establishing a stand, new grass/legume varieties, cutting how-to as a key yield, quality and field longevity. What pests are you encountering? Weeds? Bugs? Identifying them and their control options will also be included.

In the afternoon, Pete Erickson, UNH professor of dairy sciences and management will proceed into the nutritional aspects of grasses and legumes: and their roll in feed rotations, correct analysis, consequences of low quality, corrective actions, and forage substitution will be discussed.

The Lancaster workshop will be held at the Rialto Theater on Main Street on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Registration with coffee at 9 a.m., with talks starting at 10 a.m.

Pesticide applicator recertification credits have been applied for. Lunch is included with registration and there is a discount for doing so early.

Contact Steve Turaj at the Coos County Extension office (603) 788-4961. More details can be found by visiting their website to view the event flyer and online registration TinyURL.com/ForageCropMtgs2017.

Three workshops offered at WREN next Thursday, Jan. 26

BERLIN — Ever wanted to know more about essential oils, or the many properties of stone? Got a new goal, or something that you are working toward? Then Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network, has something for you. Each of the workshops will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the network's Main Street location.
Healing Gemstones Workshop: With an eye to learning about the many properties of stones and how they can affect other aspects of life, instructor Julie Bryan will be on hand to share her deep knowledge of the interactions different stones have upon each other and those around them. This fun workshop is open to all ages and no skills are necessary to attend.
Essential Oils Workshop: Want to learn more about essential oils and how they can help promote a healthy, natural way of life? Join Claudette Paulin Eames as she instructs attendees on the various advantages of essential oils and guides them in creating their own personal mixture, which they can bring home.
Vision Board Workshop: The month of January is the time to reflect on and renew goals for the new year. Students will be guided by instructor Gina Welch in creating a personal Vision Board that will spark interest and motivation toward achieving them.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Maker Studio in Berlin from 6 to 8 p.m. and pre registration is encouraged. All supplies will be provided. To find out more or to register, call (603) 869-9736, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the WREN website at www.wrenworks.org.

Three to attend board-breaking event in Altantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Three Berlin men will be attending the first IKKEN USA Tameshiwarrior board-breaking extravaganza at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Jan. 27-28.
Master Jean Chaloux and Master Joel Chaloux will both be indicted into the Hall of Honors. Master Andre Robichaud will also be attending.
The Tameshiwarrior consists of breaking 20 one-inch boards with predetermined hand and foot techniques within 60 seconds.
In all, the events encompass 20 holder tournaments with qualifiers competing for valuable prizes.