Donations, runners needed for torch run

BERLIN — The Special Olympics Torch Run is  just over a week away and more runners and fundraisers are still needed. The run will be held on Saturday, May 19 and stretches from Milan to Gorham. Runners can sign up for any distance or run the whole route.
The event raises money for the Special Olympics. Anyone who would like to participate or business who would like to donate to the cause can call Det. Luc Poulin at Berlin Police Department, 752-3131.

Local students graduate from Keene State

KEENE, NH -- On Saturday, May 5, Keene State College's Commencement honored its biggest-ever graduating class. A total of 1,196 degrees were awarded to 1,107 students.
This year's graduates included the following local students: Joseph Boucher of Berlin, NH; Cynthia Davenport of Berlin, NH; William Glover of Milan, NH; Nicole Hill of Gorham, NH and Richard Ouellette of Berlin, NH.
Mary Ann Kristiansen, local entrepreneur, artisan and community-builder, was honored with the Granite State Award for her professional accomplishments and dedication to service.
The Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters was presented to Janet Cohen, who demonstrates outstanding humanitarian efforts and social responsibility. Her endeavors have made an indelible and positive impact not only on Keene State College and the Monadnock region, but also on the larger human community.

Fritz Wetherbee, television personality and New Hampshire storyteller, will be the keynote speaker at writer's conference

BERLIN - The second annual Writers' Conference and Book Festival, presented by Northern Forest Heritage Park located at 942 Main Street in Berlin, will be held Saturday, May 19.
Fritz Wetherbee, television personality and New Hampshire storyteller, will be the keynote speaker. The day also features writing workshops, author and poet readings, book sales and a fiction competition called "Literary Flash: Three Minutes to Fame."
The festival's theme, "Reading, 'Riting and Retail," will appeal to writers, readers and the general public. This is the second year that Northern Forest Heritage Park in association with the New Hampshire Writers' Project and in cooperation with the North Country Writers' Night Out group have presented a book festival in Berlin. Workshops on poetry, nonfiction, fiction and social media will be presented in the morning.
As part of the Berlin Book Fair, Wally Keniston, www.UsedBooks.TK Roadshow will evaluate up to three volumes for any interested visitor to the Book Festival. Each book will be assessed on several points, including: condition, desirability, long term care and disposition. Suggested donation to the New Hampshire Writers' Project is $2 per item or $5 for three items.
Wally will also bring a selection of unusual, rare, and antiquarian materials from Eyes of the Owl Used BQQKS of Wolfeboro for public perusal and possible purchase. Materials will include early White Mountain books, Historic reference works about New Hampshire and Northern New England, Vintage publications by famous New England Poets and Authors, writers' reference materials and other odd items that come to hand. For more information about Book Evaluations, our free search service, our nonprofit donation policy, or to view specific materials from the inventory of Eyes of the Owl www.UsedBooks.TK, please leave your message at (877) 569-4040. All serious inquiries will receive prompt attention.
Maudelle Driskell, executive director of the Frost Place in Franconia, will present a workshop on the craft of poetry. Ron Roy and David Moore are published authors from Berlin and will speak in their areas of specialty, fiction and nonfiction. John Herman, a teacher and artist, will offer a session on social media and electronic publishing.
The cost of each morning workshop is $15 or $25 for three sessions. A grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation allows 25 high school and community college students to attend the three sessions for $5. Registration is required and can be made at Although there is a fee for the morning workshops, the park is open and free to the public, including afternoon events.
In the afternoon, George Geers, executive director of the New Hampshire Writers' Project and owner of Plaidswede Publishing Co., will talk on publishing and the many ways an author can now publish his or her work -- traditionally, self-publishing or online.
An inside look at the publication of the Berlin area book, Seasonal Selections, will be presented by Mosaic Bookworks and its local contributors available to sign copies of the book.
Vendors and authors, including Fritz Wetherbee, will be available to sell and sign their work. There is still room for arts and crafts vendors and farmer's market vendors. Please call 752-7202 for more information.
The Literary Flash competition, which runs 3 to 4 p.m., is one of the New Hampshire Writers' Project's signature events. Each contestant gets three minutes to read a complete piece of original fiction in front of an audience and panel of judges. The winner of the North Country competition will compete in the final showdown at the annual Writers' Day Conference in 2013. The Literary Flash competition is free and open to the public. The competition is limited to eight writers. Pre-registration is required on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to NHWP members at
As usual the park will present its irresistible barbecue, French fries, fried dough and drinks. Added to the menu for this festival is homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup prepared by Gerry Riendeau, North Country Senior Center chef! Please visit or call 752-7202 for more information.

Androscoggin Valley Retired Educators Association to hold meeting

BERLIN -- The Androscoggin Valley Retired Educators Association meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 16 at the Northland Dairy Bar in Berlin. The guest speaker will be Paul Robitaille of ServiceLink who will discuss Medicare updates as well as answer members’ questions. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Members and guests are welcome.
For more information contact Louise Estrella at 752-7118 before May 12.



Diabetes and good control topic of AVH health lecture

BERLIN -- Cindy King, RN, BSN, CDE of Androscoggin Valley Hospital, will present a health education lecture titled, "Diabetes and Good Control. Sweet!" at 6 p.m., Monday, May 14, in the AVH lecture room.
The presentation will help empower attendees by providing tools to better control diabetes and pre-diabetes. Healthy eating for people with diabetes using the plate method, with particular focus on the carbohydrate food group, will be introduced. Information about resources such as SuperTracker personal guidance, AVH Diabetes Programs, and the American Diabetes Association will be discussed. Other topics include reading food labels, monitoring and interpreting blood glucose readings, reducing diabetes complication risks, and medication therapy options.
King is the Diabetes education coordinator at Androscoggin Valley Hospital.
The public is welcome to attend this presentation, which will be followed by a question and answer session.
For more information, please call James Patry, AVH Public Relations and Marketing director, at 326-5606.