The flap is back

MILAN -- Milan Old Home Days, a North Country summer tradition, will be held August 10, through 12. A new committee has been formed, and plans are underway to bring the event back to its roots. The committee’s intent is to provide a fun filled, family friendly weekend, and at the same time celebrate the history, and sense of community that makes Milan such a special place. This year’s theme is “You Know You’re from Milan if…….”, a catch phrase that began on Facebook, as a way for residents, past and present, to share their memories of growing up in Milan.
The committee is excited to announce the return of the Cow Flap Contest. For $5, an individual can purchase a ticket assigning them a “square” that will be part of a grid laid out in the soccer field. The contest culminates in the arrival of a specially selected bovine that will wander the grid in search of the perfect spot to place its bounty. The owner of the newly fertilized square will receive a cash prize of up to $1,500.
The event begins on Friday night with Movie Night. Watch the new Three Stooges movie, and enjoy popcorn and snacks under the stars with family and friends.
Saturday’s schedule includes a one pitch coed softball tournament, yard sales along route 16, and food and craft vendors. A military equipment display will be provided by the New Hampshire Army National Guard. Also on tap for Saturday, is the Old Home Days parade, antique tractor display, geo caching demonstration, and pie baking contest. The always popular horseshoe tournament will take place at the hockey rink, and a skillet toss contest will be held near the soccer field. For kids, the bounce house is back, along with a frog jumping contest (BYOF). Saturday night will feature live entertainment by the band “Straightaway”. Dance the evening away to some great music, played by very talented local musicians.
On Sunday, a church service will be provided by Reverend Kenneth Borchers. There will also be a church bell dedication ceremony in honor of Zilla Young, and Priscilla Cleary. Live entertainment will be provided by the band “Epic Season”.
Event schedules will be posted in the "Berlin Daily Sun", and the "Berlin Reporter" at a later date, but are currently available on Facebook (Milan Old Home Days). For more information, please contact Jackie Desmarais at 603-723-4808, or Jolinda Hawkins at 603-723-2931.

AVH Volunteer Services to offer Reiki treatments

BERLIN -- AVH Volunteer Services will be offering Reiki treatments by Reiki practitioners to patients free of charge. The service will be available every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m., beginning Tuesday, August 7. As the program grows and requests increase, more days/times will be added.
Launa Keenan and Pamela Couture, Reiki Masters, are very excited and eager to get started. “Reiki helps to relieve anxiety, produce deep relaxation, and creates a calming effect, bringing body and mind into an even balance.” said Couture. “I look forward to serving AVH patients and caregivers in such a meaningful way.”
All AVH Inpatients and Home Health and Hospice patients qualify to receive free treatments. While these patients will take priority, Reiki will be offered to caregivers and staff, provided there is a practitioner available.
Referrals may be made through the attending physician, nurse, caregiver, and/or the patient may make their own request.
For more information, or if you are a certified Reiki practitioner and would like to join the volunteer program, please call Edwina Keene, volunteer coordinator, at 326-5676.


Charlie Sherman will participate in St. Kieran's Swing for the Arts golf tournamnet

Berlin/Androscoggin Valley-Popular TV and New Hampshire media personality, Charlie Sherman, has just signed up to play in St. Kieran Art Center’s 4th Annual Swing for the Arts Golf  Tournament to be held at the Androscoggin Valley Country Club in Shelburne on Friday, August 17.
Sherman is best known statewide for his on-air personality at WMUR-TV, where he worked from 1992 to 2004, departing the station as the popular sports director. He has been a big supporter of the Penguin Plunge, a fund-raiser for the Special Olympics of New Hampshire, among other charitable causes. Sherman, 58, said he has great respect for New Hampshire non-profit organizations and had always wanted to run a non-profit to make a difference in the community.

Last year, Sherman accepted the position as the new executive director of New Horizons, a Manchester-based adult homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and pantry, which also runs Angie’s, which focuses on homeless women, especially those with addictions.
According to Tournament Co-Chair Steve Griffin, “When I told Charlie last fall that the overall goal of the tournament is to help raise needed funds for St. Kieran Arts Center--a great non-profit community organization, he said “sign me up! I’d love to help St. Kieran’s and will look forward to spending a great day of golf with my North Country friends. Hope we can even beat last year’s participation!”
The Swing for the Arts Golf Tournament is a four-person team scramble with a total purse of $1,000 with $500 going to the winning team. The field will be limited to thirty four (34) teams on a first come-first served basis. Team sponsorship fees are $300 per team. All proceeds will benefit arts, cultural and heritage programs at St. Kieran Arts Center, a 501 c3 charitable charitable trust. For more information and list of events call 752-1028 or visit
Teams are still needed! To register your team, become a golf tournament sponsor or to contribute in any, please contact Kim Harris, co-chair at 752-1800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Appalachian Mountain Club evening series July 21-31

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center 8 pmAppalachian Mountain Club evening series July 21-31
Sunday, July 22: Journey through the White Mountains, with photos, history and folklore.  Professional Photographer Dave Smith will take you on a journey along mountain tops, waterfalls and a number of trails. During the presentation he will talk about the early settlers that made history in the White Mountains like Darby Field the Willey Family and Chief Chocorua and  other events that took place in the 1700 and 1800s. At the end of the presentation Dave will take questions about photography and history in the White Mountains.
Monday, July 23: Lurking in the Trees  It started when a sinister looking bug fell on someone's lap in a backyard on a summer afternoon.  The chance discovery led to a terrible realization: insect invaders from Asia were killing trees in New England, and the only way to stop the pests was to cut down and grind up over 25,000 trees.  Worcester, MA could be any town in America but it learned that in today's world an invasive pest can sneak in, become established, and wreak havoc, unless citizens are informed and vigilant. A Nature Conservancy film.
Tuesday, July 24: Intrepid Descent   This documentary captures the classic backcountry skiing experience of Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington and explores the rich history of the ravine, which has been home to triumph and tragedy since the early 1920's. A present day narrative takes viewers from the daunting hike and climb up the Ravine to the exhilarating descent over the lip, while interviews with experts, meteorologists, and rare historical footage provide a broad and dynamic view of Tuckerman's. A classic man-versus-nature story, Intrepid Descent pays homage both to the mountain and to the individuals who dare to pursue their passion.
Wednesday, July 25: Wednesday Night with a Ranger: Join staff from the White Mountain National Forest.  Rangers will present a program every Wednesday in July and August.
Thursday, July 26: What's New in the 29th Edition AMC White Mountain Guide?   AMC has launched the 29th edition of its venerable White Mountain Guide - the "hiker's bible" of over 1400 miles of trails in northern New Hampshire. Join AMC cartographer Larry Garland for highlights of trail additions, relocations, and closures, as well as an inside look at how maps are made and kept up to date.
Friday, July 27: Friday Flicks!  Join us for an after dinner movie. AMC Staff picks the flick, and you sit back and enjoy.
Saturday, July 28: Beyond Mountains- 10 years of climbing in the Boivian Andes and the building of a Medical
Clinic    Paul Cormier has been guiding high altitude peaks in South America since the mid 1990's. This is his story of how he became involved with the mountain community of Chuñavi Bolivia, and built a medical clinic in there.
Sunday, July 29: Over the Hedge A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating...and learns a lesson about family himself.
Monday, July 30 Whether the Weather  This is a general look at where weather comes from, and how observations form the basis of all forecasts. Whether the Weather uses demonstrations, slides, a bouncing globe, and video footage that puts you inside the Worst Weather in the World!  Presented by Mount Washington Observatory Staff.
Tuesday, July 31: To Be Announced
Programs are free & open to the public.
AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Route 16, Pinkham Notch, NH. For more information contact the AMC at (603) 466-2727.  This schedule is subject to change. AMC Outdoor Explorations are sponsored in part by L.L. Bean & the William T. Morris Foundation. The AMC is an equal opportunity service provider. The AMC operates Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and its system of backcountry huts in the White Mountain National Forest under a special-use permit from the US Forest Service.

Coös County child care providers build emergency preparedness plans

BERLIN -- As part of a statewide New Hampshire initiative, child care providers are required by the Bureau of Licensing and Certification to have written emergency response plans in place by July 1, 2012. Child care center directors from Gorham to Colebrook met last month with Gregg Champlin, a specialist in school emergency planning with the New Hampshire Department of Safety. The event was part of a monthly Coös County Director Network meeting designed to ensure that child care directors are networking on a regular basis and continuing to improve the quality of their programs.
“Communication is key,” said Champlin, “from the time you begin to practice with staff, children and families. Testing parent reunification techniques can be accomplished at the end of any day, and reverse evacuation procedures can be practiced at the end of recess.”
Champlin offered the directors an “Incident Command System” guidance booklet that was designed specifically for child care programs. He stressed that plans must be built in coordination with local emergency response agencies. Once they are created, center directors will communicate their plans with the nearest police, fire, and emergency agencies. Because practice is a key element in the success of emergency planning, directors, staff, children, and their families are expected to practice on an ongoing basis. The directors prepared for the meeting by completing a three-hour web-based training course which was the foundation for two more hours of training with Champlin.
A current article in "Child Care Exchange" magazine highlights the key elements of a successful plan and emphasizes the nationwide attention given to training child care providers. The article states that emergency planning “should not take place in a vacuum”. Sharing plans with families and the community helps strengthen community partnerships and empowers children, staff, and families.
Coös County’s Director Network meets again this month to share their centers’ emergency procedures and to fine-tune elements of their respective plans. Gregg Champlin has offered to meet onsite with directors and their staff to confirm that all plans meet state standards.
The child care centers involved in the planning are active members of the Coös County Director Network, an ongoing program of the Early Childhood Initiative. White Mountains Community College is home to the Early Childhood Initiative and is a partner in the Early Childhood Development North Country Strategy funded by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The goal of the Initiative is to help child care centers throughout Coos County improve the quality of their programs. The five-year strategy is designed to help all children thrive by focusing services and information for parents on the early years of growth and development, supporting professional development and continued education for early childhood professionals, increasing access to infant mental health, and strengthening childcare and preschool services for all children, ages birth – 6, in Coos County. It is guided by the belief that investing early in families with young children will improve the future community and economic vitality and stability of the North Country. For more information about this Initiative, please contact Kathy Keene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 603.752.1113 ext. 3293.