Volunteer to advocate for a child

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NH needs your help in meeting its goal of providing an advocate to every abused or neglected child in NH who needs one. CASA seeks committed volunteers who relish a serious challenge to train to be advocates for children in their own communities.
Being a CASA is a life-changing experience. CASA volunteers work with families, social workers, attorneys and judges to ensure safe, permanent homes for these children. They commit to a particular case and visit monthly with the child or children involved. They also attend all court hearings on the case and monitor its progress. They spend an average of 8-10 flexible hours a month per case and work with the courts closest to where they live. CASA's next trainings will be in the North Country, Hanover, Manchester and Dover. CASA of NH invites all interested individuals to learn more about the program, download the application, or view the statewide training calendar at their website, www.casanh.org, or to call 800-626-0622 for more information.

Water commission to hold work session

BERLIN — The Boord of Water Commissioners has scheduled a work session for Thursday, May 10 at Noon. The session will be held in the conference room at 55 Willow Street. The fiscal year 2013 budget is the only item on the agenda.

BHS NECAP test dates for juniors are May 15 and 16

BERLIN -- On May 15, and 16, all Berlin High School juniors will be taking the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests. Staff and juniors will be the only people in the building from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. unless prior arrangements have been made with the principal. This is to prevent interruptions while juniors are testing. Therefore, juniors will begin school at their usual time, 7:30 a.m. and the rest of the students will need to report to school for 10:30 a.m. Buses will pick up all junior bus students at their regular time, but freshmen, sophomore and senior bus students will be picked up three hours later. The school attempted this format the past couple of years and scores have increased. Any questions, please call Berlin High School at 752-4122.

Let's talk about latex paint, used oil, batteries and fluorescent lights

BERLIN -- Latex paint will be accepted on Household Hazardous Waste Day, Saturday, June 2, 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 HHW day, we 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, 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 AVRRDD Recycling Facility.
Fluorescent lights/tubes and propane tanks can be brought by residents to the District Transfer Station Tuesday-Saturday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Permit required.)
The AVRRDD Transfer Station will be closed for regular business on Saturday, June 2, so that the HHW Collection Day may be conducted. For more information or pamphlets, call the AVRRDD office at 752-3342 or go to www.avrrdd.org.

WorkReadyNH Program comes to Colebrook

BERLIN -- White Mountains Community College has announced that 15 Colebrook area residents recently participated in the WorkReadyNH program. During this three-week program, participants learned new employment skills and had the opportunity to put the new skills into practice through a simulated workplace environment. Of the 15 participants, four have already found employment and others are busy with interviews. WorkReadyNH consists of three components. The first assesses job seekers’ basic workplace skills in applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating Information. The second helps job seekers improve in these skill areas to earn a national career readiness certificate at the bronze, silver, gold, or platinum level through self-paced online modules. The certificate, issued by ACT® (American Council Testing program), is a portable evidence-based credential, recognized in 38 states, that measures skill levels in reading, math, and locating information, and is a reliable predictor of workplace success. The third provides classroom instruction in “soft-skill” practices identified by New Hampshire employers as key to workplace success. This diverse and dynamic 60-hour professional level course includes subjects such as interview techniques, team building, conflict resolution, workplace communication, workplace safety, customer service, meeting etiquette and more. Participants earn a second certificate from White Mountains Community College for completion of this course.