Fathers ride New Hampshire’s highest scenic gondola free on Father's Day

PINKHAM NOTCH – On Fathers Day, Sunday, June 17, dads (and grandfathers too) can enjoy the Wildcat Express scenic gondola for free when one or more other family members purchase an adult or junior gondola ride. The only one of its kind in North America, the Wildcat Express transforms from New Hampshire’s arguably fastest and most powerful summit quad chairlift during the winter and spring skiing and riding season to the state’s highest summer and fall scenic gondola. The enclosed 4-person scenic gondolas offer a unique guest experience and opportunity to view Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range from atop the over 4,000 foot summit. The Wildcat Express scenic gondola is the best way for the entire family, including well-behaved dogs on leash, to enjoy the legendary views and scenery that have been consistently voted #1 in the East.
Wildcat Mountain, a year-round destination located 100% within the White Mountain National Forest, will be open daily starting Saturday, June 16, weather and conditions permitting, for summer and fall operations through Labor Day, September 3. After Labor Day, Wildcat Mountain will be open weekends only until Sunday, October 14. In addition to the scenic gondola, Wildcat Mountain offers New Hampshire's only ZipRider zip-line cable ride, hiking, fishing, a seasonable lift-serviced 9-hole alpine disc golf course, and weekly guided tours and outdoor interpretive programs with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center and Appalachian Mountain Club. A seasonal food menu, beer, & wine are offered in the base lodge with fresh "Lunch & Ride" packages available for individuals, families, or groups. All rates and information can be found online at skiwildcat.com or by calling 1-888-SKI-WILD.


GFD to hold yard sale

GORHAM -- The Gorham Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be holding their annual yard sale on June 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gorham Fire Station. Money raised from the sale will be used to purchase Traffic Safety Advanced Warning Signs. This signs are used to warn drivers of an accident ahead. This will protect our firefighters, police and EMT’s working in the roadways.
Anyone wishing to donate items to the yard sale can do so by calling 466-2549

Training program for businesses interested in selling to federal government

BERLIN, NH - Coos County business owners interested in selling to the federal government can learn more about the process during a workshop on June 21 at White Mountains Community College.             The Small Business Administration HUBZone Certification Program offers a powerful competitive advantage in government sales and providing more information about it at the workshop will be representatives from the SBA and New Hampshire Procurement Technical Assistance Program, offering free training to companies who are eligible for HUBZone certification.

            Eligibility includes being a small business in Coos County and managed by US citizens and at least 35 percent of the company employees must reside in a HUBZone, which includes Coos County and Essex and Orleans Counties in Vermont.

            The workshop will explain what the program is, what it does for local businesses, whether it makes sense to apply, how to apply for or renew the designation, and how to benefit from the program.

            Training will be conducted by Dave Pease of NH-PTAP and Hugh Curley of the US SBA, the HUBZone specialist for the New Hampshire district.

            The training will be held from 9 to 11:30 am at White Mountain Community College in Berlin. Admission is free, but registration is required: call 603-271-7581 or sign up at http://www.nheconomy.com/sell-to-the-government/training-events.aspx .

            Free one-on-one appointments are available with NH-PTAP staff at Twitchell House, across the street from WMCC, from 12:30 to 3 pm.

            To make an appointment or for more information, call 603-271-7581.


Calling all dreamers

BERLIN -- The Berlin Public Library has launched its summer reading program. Readers of all ages will explore the night this summer as The Berlin Public Library presents “Dream Big-
Read!” during their summer reading programs. Activities include programs on nocturnal animals, dreams and wishes, firelight and flashlights and more!
The 2012 Summer Reading Programs are open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, including a kick-off party, prize drawings, story hours, and more. Families are invited to register for the “DREAM BIG-READ!” Thursday morning and Wednesday afternoon programs between June 1, and 30. For more information, call the library at 752-5210 or visit our website, http://www.berlinnh.gov.
All programs are free of charge.

See what your community is doing to fight cancer and celebrate hope

GORHAM -- You are invited to see how your community is fighting cancer locally. Every year your friends, neighbors and co-workers come together at Relay For Life of Berlin/Gorham. You don’t have to be an athlete, or a long distance walker or runner. You just have to care and want to help others in the community who are facing cancer. We are so sure that you will love the experience of Relay For Life that we would like to invite you to stop by, bring family or friends if you would like, and see what it is all about.
Hundreds of people join together each June right here at the Gorham Common, Gorham for an incredible experience. They participate in games, listen to music, dance and celebrate those who have survived this disease as well as honor those who have passed away in a beautiful and moving candlelight ceremony.  Teams of walkers keep a continuous presence on the track, walking in shifts and camp out overnight! This year’s theme is Mardi Gras and there is food and fun activities for the entire family. One thing is for sure, everyone has fun!
Come and stay for just an hour or more if you’d like. Stop by on Saturday, June 16 , anytime from 4 p.m. on. Say hello to neighbors and friends and say hello to anyone in a yellow committee shirt. They will be glad to show you around and make your experience a memorable one. You don’t need to bring anything and you don’t need to commit to anything, just come and see. We think you will be surprised and impressed and will come away feeling like you have made a difference. Who knows, you may even want to come again next year!
Some of this year’s Relay For Life of Berlin/Gorham Mardi Gras highlights include: 4 p.m. Relay Festivities begin featuring DJ Kenny Nett; 5 p.m. Mardi Gras King and Queen Contest -dress up as the opposite sex in a beauty competition; 4-8 p.m. Silent Auction; 5 p.m. Survivor and Caregiver Reception (All cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to attend); 6 p.m. Opening Ceremony followed by the Survivor and Caregiver Lap to start the walk; 7:15 p.m. Zumba Hour - Fight Back against cancer!; 10 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony (come and light a bag in honor or in memory of a loved one).
So if you have never been to a Relay For Life and were ever curious about what it was, we invite you to join us! For more information on Relay For Life of Berlin Gorham please visit www.relayforlife.org/berlingorhamnh or call Kathy Metz at 603-356-3719
Dollars raised during Relay For Life help support American Cancer Society research, education, advocacy, and patient services. Relay For Life also helps maintain the American Cancer Society’s toll-free 24-hour cancer information line 1-800-227-2345 and information website www.cancer.org.