Knee injury results in late night rescue on Mt. Madison

A 30-year-old Rhode Island woman was assisted down the Daniel Webster Scout Trail on Mt. Madison Sunday night into Monday morning after knee pain hampered her ability to walk.
Tripti Patil of Providence, RI, had been hiking for most of the day and was near the summit of Mt. Madison when sudden knee pain forced her to stop. Unable to call for help due to a lack of cell phone coverage, Patil and her hiking companion made the decision to turn around and attempt to self-rescue. The two were subsequently found by other hikers on the trail. Two men stopped and assisted Patil in splinting her knee with a bed role, which helped ease the pain and gave added support. One of these men was able to hike down the trail and find a phone signal, at which time he called for additional help.
The call for help was received by New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers shortly after 8 p.m. Knowing that Patil was still high up on the mountain, Fish and Game reached out to A.M.C. staff to expedite contact with the patient. Staff from the AMC Madison Spring Hut hiked down the Daniel Webster Scout Trail, making contact with Patil around 10:30 p.m. The splint on Patil’s knee was reinforced, with the result being her ability to walk steadily with the use of a walking stick. Conservation Officers Matt Holmes and Geoff Younglove hiked in from Dolly Copp Campground, and were able to make contact with Patil several miles from the trailhead sometime after midnight. Patil was able to move steadily but slowly down the trail, only occasionally needing assistance to cross streams and climb over obstacles. The group reached the trailhead at Dolly Copp Campground (in Martin’s Location) shortly after 4 a.m.
“This situation ended well, but is a good example of how a day hike can turn into an all-day and all-night ordeal” said Conservation Officer Matt Holmes. In total, Patil and her hiking companion had to hike for over 16 hours in order to make it out of the woods. CO Holmes noted that the two were well prepared, both with gear and attitude toward the situation.


Dog Days of Summer at the Local Works Berlin Farmers’ Market

BERLIN -- Four-legged friends are cordially invited to the upcoming Local Works Berlin Farmers Market in downtown Berlin on Thursday, August 16, from 3-7 p.m. Dogs and their owners are welcome to come to the heart of their city and meet at 5 p.m. in the Bickford Place parking lot for a walking parade through the Farmers’ Market and then back up Main Street, Berlin.
“We hope to fill the streets with people and their best friends,” Market Manager Laura Jamison said. Participants should feel free to dress up their dogs (or not) for the Farmers Market and join us the walking parade at 5 p.m., no cost to register or participate. “Main Street, Berlin is pretty dog friendly already, with the PSNH Tundra Park used frequently as a place to explore with your dog with a great view of the river.”
Rules include: Each dog must be escorted on a leash by someone at least 18 years of age, dogs must have current rabies certificate and dogs escorts must attend to any discharges.

Berlin High School to hold feshmen orientation

BERLIN -- Orientation for incoming freshmen and parents/guardians is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, beginning at 10:15 a.m.until approximately 1 p.m.
Prior to the start of orientation, students are asked to pick up their schedule in the main lobby from 10 until 10:10 a.m. Orientation will then be held in the gymnasium with an introduction from Principal Gary Bisson. Following the introduction, students and their parents/guardians will tour the building and then follow the student’s schedule on an abbreviated format. This will provide an opportunity for students to become acquainted with teachers and familiarize themselves with BHS. After the orientation at approximately 12:30, students and parents/guardians are invited to attend a luncheon in the BHS cafeteria.

Gorham Parks and Recreation news

Soccer registrations are past due and are now considered late! Please turn in your forms as soon as possible as late registrations only hurt our programs. Forms are located in the summer booklet or can be downloaded through our web site. Registrations received after 8/6/12 should include a $10 late fee.
Tuesday August 14 – Concert on the Common and Community BBQ. Come enjoy our end of summer bash with a three hour concert and cookout. Come listen to the music of the STRAIGHTAWAY 5:00 - 8:30 pm. Special guest appearance by the legendary group FOX! Straightaway will play the first two hours and Fox will end the show. You won't want to miss this! Rain date will be Wednesday, August 15. All of our concerts are free to the public. There will be a 50/50 drawing to help support the concert series. Norm Small who operates Big Scoop Catering will be providing the food and ice cream for this event. No Prior Ticket purchase is required. Special thanks to our sponsor or this great event, WOODLANDS CREDIT UNION.
The Recreation Department is seeking donations for the 8th Annual Roland Chabot Fishing Derby. The Derby will be held August 18. If interested please contact the Recreation Department at 466-2101. If you wish to donate money, please make your check payable to the Gorham Booster Club. Please note that your donation is tax deductible.
Saturday, August 18 – The 8th Annual Roland Chabot Fishing Derby sponsored by Gorham Hardware. Registration starts at 8:30 am (no early arrivals) and the tournament will end at 12:00 pm. This event is free (donations accepted) for children from 5 – 12 years of age. This event will be held rain or shine at the Libby Recreation Complex. Once again we are excited to offer a free cookout for those in attendance. The cookout is sponsored by Claude and Terry Raymond, proprietors of Paul’s Auto Body. Through the generous donations of many local businesses, we have hundreds of dollars worth of prizes including, bikes, fishing gear and games. Some of our grand prizes are; Fisher Cats tickets, Sea Dogs tickets, Monarchs tickets, an autograph basketball from the Red Claws and an autograph baseball from the Boston Red Sox as well as many other exciting items. Come enjoy a day of fishing, food and fun!ree
Sunday, August 19 – Adult Coed Softball Tournament (Promenade field) – ALL TERRAIN AUTO vs. AUBUCHON HARDWARE at 9:00am and MIKE’S REFRIGERATION vs. THAGOURAS CONSTRUCTION at 10:30am.
Sunday, August 19 – Adult Coed Softball Tournament (Libby field) – TRI-COUNTY CAP vs. MR. PIZZA at 9:00am and 10:00am Mt. & Vale Realty vs Berlin IGAMILAN VARITY vs. A & A AUTO at 10:30am.
Entire tournament brackets may be viewed / downloaded on our Facebook page as well as our website.
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McKelveys celebrate 60th wedding anniversay

BERLIN -- John and Pauline (Dupuis) McKelvey of Berlin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 31, 2012. The couple celebrated this milestone with a blessing by Fr. Mark Dollard during Mass at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. The couple then gathered for an intimate family dinner at the Town & Country Motor Inn in Shelburne, NH.
John and Pauline were married on May 31, 1952 at St. Anne Church with Fr. Rudolph Drapeau presiding. They have one daughter, Maureen Ramsey, and son-in-law, Larry, and one son, John G. and daughter-in-law, Brenda.
The McKelveys have five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.