Cutline - Weldathon raises nearly $8,500 for CHaD

Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) representative Hillary Hubbard recently accepted a check for $8,420, raised at an all-day May 4 weldathon hosted by 38 welding students and five instructors at White Mountains Community College in Berlin. Participating students celebrated their success at “giving back,” along with interim WMCC president Dr. Charles Lloyd and Vice President Dr. Fran Rancourt, Community College System of New Hampshire trustee Darrin Daniels and program supporter Bob Chapman, who owns Chapman Scrap Metal, plus instructors Michael Pike, Heather Wells, Stewart White and Jonathan Mullins. Wells announced a second annual weldathon to benefit CHaD would be held this spring. (EDITH TUCKER PHOTO)

Team Rubicon helps storm victims in Coos and Carroll Counties

Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, has launched Operation River Driver to support residents of North Carroll and Southern Coos Counties following the recent severe weather.

Team Rubicon will conduct damage assessments, muck outs and debris removal to assist residents affected by the recent storm.

“Our volunteers will be spending their Veterans Day weekend assisting families in Berlin and Bartlett in their recovery. The recent severe weather caused flooding and wind damage in both of these exceptionally hard hit communities,” Rick Treiss, Army veteran and incident commander said last week.

Through a strong communications infrastructure supported by cutting-edge technological solutions, Team Rubicon volunteers efficiently and effectively respond to natural disasters and help get stricken families back into their homes as soon as possible. Beyond disaster relief, Team Rubicon helps veterans find a renewed sense of purpose, which is vital as many veterans return to civilian life after their time in the military.

U.S. Marine Corps veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty founded the nonprofit in 2010 following the massive Haiti earthquake. It has grown from eight to over 65,000 volunteers with over 225 operations under its belt.

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit


Eversource donates to Nansen cutline


Catalina Celentano (third from left), Eversource’s community relations specialist for the Northern Region, presented $1,000 check last month at the historic site to the Friends of Nansen Jump: Vaughn Roy, left, Peter Higbee, representing the Nansen Ski Club that serves as fiscal agent, Scott Halvorson, his brother Bret Halvorson, and Friends chairman Shawn Costello. The grant will be used to plan and budget for the ski jump site’s restoration, allowing it once again to be used for regular competition. (EDITH TUCKER PHOTO)


UNH Teaching Residents Gain Hands-On Experience by Teaching Hands-On Activities

GORHAM — Pre-service teachers enrolled in the University of New Hampshire’s Teacher Residence for Rural Education program learn how to be teachers by spending several days/week in area classrooms, benefiting from the mentorship of experienced teachers.

Resident Shannon Wydra is taking this learning-by-doing approach one step farther by devising learn-by-doing activities for second graders.

Kate Moore, Shannon’s teacher mentor in Berlin’s Brown Elementary School, had asked her second graders to write a persuasive letter to the principal about a see-saw on the playground. She suggested that Shannon create a related science lesson. Kate prepared and led a lesson about levers, bringing in a model board and fulcrum and having the children explore by adjusting weights on either end. Small groups then built their own levers which they were able to diagram and describe using the correct scientific terms. Brown Elementary School second graders now know so much about levers, they offered to teach the kindergartners should a see-saw become part of the playground.

In another lesson, second graders learned about how salt lowers the melting point of water. Weeks later, making ice cream, they were able to tell Shannon why we add rock salt to the ice used in the process.

UNH is committed to in-school teacher preparation. “Our residents will start their first teaching job with a year of classroom experience already under their belt,” says Dr. Tom Schram, UNH faculty-in-residence.

The TRRE program is funded in part by a five-year grant from the US Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership program. Residents earn a graduate degree while working toward teaching certification. They benefit from a $28,000 living stipend and a significant tuition discount; in return, they commit to teaching in a high-need rural school for three years. Next September, when Shannon starts work in her own classroom, her students can expect a teacher who knows how to help them learn through activities and inquiry.

The University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in the state, nation, and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top-ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study.

People with a strong background in science or math seeking teacher certification are encouraged to apply to the program. Information is available at or by emailing Dr. Ann Spencer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (603) 862-5337.


Afterschool program hosts Veterans Dinner on Nov. 9

GORHAM —The Family Resource Center’s Project Youth Afterschool Program students at Gorham Middle High School will host their 9th annual Veterans Dinner on Nov. 9.

The event is in tribute to the North Country men and women veterans, along with the families of those who served with pride, honor and commitment to keep this country safe and free.

Students in grades 6-12 participate in planning and holding the dinner to thank the veterans for their service.

Along with Project Youth students, high school students come back year after year to participate in this event to thank local veterans.

“The students get pride in serving the veterans and their families at this event,” said Naomi Levesque, coordinator of the annual event. “It is a great opportunity to connect them with local service members to learn and understand about their service to our country.” Along with the presentations, students will serve a three-course meal to veterans and family members in attendance, taking time to sit with them and share stories. It is always a community-building event and a way to salute local veterans.

Those who are interested in attending the Veteran’s Dinner or would like to donate towards the event should contact Naomi Levesque at The Family Resource Center (603) 466-5190 ext. 314. In order to have dinners available to all, the group is requesting veterans and their families call in advance to reserve. If you are interested in donating to the event also contact Levesque to find out what is needed.

The Gorham Middle High School hosts the event in the dining cafeteria. Parking is available at the school.

The GMHS Honor and Junior Honor Society students volunteer as well, providing desserts and volunteering to help serve veterans and their families during the event.

“The Family Resource Center is community focused and working with great local partners, the students accomplish meaningful projects” said Executive Director Patti Stolte, “This community event takes place because of the members of the local community who contribute their efforts year after year serving local veterans."