Community Bible Academy to hold open house

BERLIN -- Community Bible Academy invites the public to an open house on Tuesday, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. Community Bible Academy, (CBA), is open to students K-12th grade and if you are interested in the upcoming 2012/2013 year come and check us out.
CBA is the only licensed non-public school in our immediate area, and is open to students of all grades. The objective at CBA is to educate the total person - mentally, physically, and spiritually. In this role, we stand as a partner with parents, helping them fulfill their responsibility of bringing up their children to be respectful and equipped to serve our future generation in a professional and spiritual manner. At CBA, academic excellence is promoted in a well-rounded, disciplined, nurturing, and success oriented environment. The goal at CBA is to use the latest technology and resources available to keep current and offer the best edge to students in an ever changing world. This upcoming year they will be offering a new curriculum, IGNITIA, for students in 6th through 12th grade. IGNITIA is a comprehensive, Bible-based curriculum that offers computer-based learning for grades 6 through 12. IGNITIA provides an interactive learning environment with 3D animation, video clips, and other fascinating multimedia tools. IGNITIA has embedded in its programming capacity for automatic grading, record keeping, time tracking and lesson planning, allowing teachers and parents more time with their students. As the world changes and evolves through the digital age the school is seeking to equip and prepare students for the future as well as open up a wealth of learning tools to best aid students in their studies. Using cutting edge technology, IGNITIA is a wonderful opportunity to meet the ever changing educational needs of students, said school officials. The school is  located at 593 Sullivan St. Berlin, NH. If you have any questions or are interested in checking out the school,  call 603-752-4315. You may also e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Green Mountain Rifle Barrel aims to increase production, double work force

By Tom Eastman
The Conway Daily Sun
CONWAY — Green Mountain Rifle Barrel Company will up its production schedule to 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning July 9 and plans to double its work force by adding 80 to 100 jobs, according to vice president/general manager Rick Sanborn and human resources director Kerry Smith.
The operating change is designed to enable the growing company to keep up with demand in the firearms industry, says Sanborn, who has been with the company for 16 of its 36 years.
Located since December 1995 off West Main Street in Conway in a 32,000-square-foot facility, Sanborn says the company has no space to add more machines. Rather than increase the building's footprint, or to work traditional shifts that would require overtime on weekends, management and employees have come up with what he terms a more creative solution:
Employees will work three 12-hour days and one six-hour day, with the company hiring four shift teams (one for the day shift and one for the night shift for the first part of the week, and another set for the second part of the week) who will run the plant's machines 24-7.
“We could have gone to conventional eight-hour shifts and to work overtime on Saturdays and Sundays, but it gets hot in summer, and people need time off. There was mixed reaction from employees, as people don't like change, but we discussed options how to best do this with management and employees, and this is what we have settled on. So everyone has been involved to some degree,” said Sanborn.
“Obviously,” he added, “the goal is to double production. We have filled the building with machines. The only [way] we can do it without expanding the footprint of the building is this creative choice to try and make it work. ”
Outreach to Berlin area
He and Smith said the company is working with the state Office of Employment Security on helping to fill the positions.
“We are really encouraging people in outlying areas such as Berlin where there are such work issues to apply. We will help them to team up to work shifts with fellow residents to carpool,” added Sanborn, who commutes from Bethlehem to Conway. “I have met with [state Sen.] John Gallus to see if there is anything we can do transportation wise to set up something between Berlin and Conway.”
Jobs start at approximately $9 an hour and top off at $17 an hour, depending on experience.
The company offers a benefits package that includes Blue Cross Blue Shield health and dental insurance as well as a savings plan and two weeks vacation to start.
“We're very excited because we will be adding jobs to the Conway area,” said Smith.
Conway town manager Earl Sires welcomed the news, saying “Congratulations to Green Mountain.”
'Timing right for expansion'
Sanborn said conditions are right for the move.
“It's come to a point of our growth to go ahead and do this,” said Sanborn last week, saying the rifle barrel manufacturing company has grown from annual sales of $3 million when he started 16 years ago to $11 million.
“We are the largest rifle barrel manufacturer in the United States,” said Sanborn, ”and have been for years. It is evident that the time is right for us to solidify our position, and we are in a position to do it. We are primarily a contractor for the firearms industry — the military, the civilian market and a little in between."
He said he and colleagues in the industry have tried to get a better handle on why gun ownership has risen.
Asked if one could argue that gun owners are fearful of any potential further gun ownership restraints from the Obama administration, he chose not to answer that directly other than to say, “There are some political issues at play for sure. And economic unease as well with what's gone on in the financial world. In addition, a lot of new hobbyists are military people returning from combat. In the old days, service people got to keep their firearms, but that isn't the case today. They can buy very similar weapons for hunting and target shooting, however. With a country with a population of roughly 375 million, to get an increase of 3 to 6 percent to get into rifle shooting is a lot,” said Sanborn.
Started in Effingham in 1976
Green Mountain Rifle Barrel Company was founded in the shadow of Green Mountain in Effingham by Branch Meanley in 1976 as a manufacturer of muzzleloader rifle barrels. It later moved to East Conway Road where White Horse Press is now located, and moved 17 years ago to its current location.
Purchased 10 years ago by EBSCO of Birmingham, Ala., the company has grown to become a leader in its field, according to Sanborn.
“When I came,” said Sanborn, “we essentially were a captive supplier to Knight Rifle, which is a muzzleloader company. We were a $3 million to $4 million per year in sales company and they were a $30 million company. But then they started to decline heavily a few years after that, so I decided to diversify into other areas, which got us into the nation's largest military contractors to rifle barrels, to NASA testing facilities for satellites, to anything that had a projectile coming out of it.”
The company continues to grow, even in these uncertain economic times, says Sanborn.
“We deliver quality at a good price, whether it's someone who needs 10,000 barrels for a government contract or 5,000 special run for a civilian order, they know they can come to us and we can make it happen,” said Sanborn.
Although Mount Washington Valley is not served by rail freight, Sanborn said that has not been a deterrent.
“We are real happy with our location, and the lack of rail freight is not a factor. For us it has to be trucking,” said Sanborn.
Diversified offerings
The company's website says it continues to strive to live up to founder Manley's business goals: “To provide a high quality rifle barrel which will please sportsmen, hunters, and shooting enthusiasts, by delivering a level of performance and quality which speaks for itself.”
The website adds that Green Mountain Rifle Barrel Company “serves hobbyists, gunsmiths and manufacturers alike with muzzleloader and replacement rifle barrels.”
The company adds that its products “provide the world's best competitive shooters and enthusiasts with accuracy and dependability they can count on.
“Uncompromising quality is achieved by crafting barrels using a hands-on approach in production. Individual attention is dedicated to ensure that each barrel is of the safest, most accurate and dependable quality. Select a category to left to view our premium quality replacement rifle barrels.”
The company website lists such products as commemorative collectibles, military barrels, black powder muzzeloader barrels, Ruger 10/22 and 77/22 target barrels, black powder pistol barrels, black powder cartridge rifle barrels, round rifle barrel blanks, and replacement rifle barrels.
The product inventory also include pistol caliber tapered octagon rifle barrels, gun dealer displays, muzzleloading supplies, shooting supplies, and gun cleaning supplies.
For further information, call 447-1095 or visit www.gmriflebarrel.com.

Still time to register for the SFA Classic Golf Tournament

GORHAM -- There is still time to register for the "SFA Classic Golf Tournament". This is a fun filled event that benefits Coos County RSVP (volunteer services) which is sponsored by Tri-County CAP, Inc.
The SFA Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 30. It will be held at the Androscoggin Valley Country Club in Gorham. The tournament is a modified scramble or bramble format that will consist of teams of four players. A shotgun start is planned for 9 a.m. The teams will vie for first, second and third place with cash payouts donated by Chapman Containers & Steel Re-Cycling and Lavigne Builders, specialty shots and other prizes, including the Hole-In One prize, donated by Berlin City Auto Group. Who wants to win a car?
Playing in this event supports the work of 400 volunteers who give their time to local non-profit organizations meeting the basic needs of the community. Volunteers are helping at food pantries, schools, hospitals and nursing homes; they are maintaining the trails, visiting frail and lonely citizens, teaching about disaster preparedness, running blood drives, helping to keep special events happening in the community and so much more.
Please join Berlin City, Alpine Machine Company, Aerial Site Communications, Inc., Bank of New Hampshire, Bertin Concrete and Construction, John Beaudoin Autobody, Inc., Caron Building Center, Coulombe Real Estate, Croteau Insurance Agency, DBG Golf, Daniel Hebert Inc., Fagin's Pub, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lancaster Shaw's, LaPerle's IGA, Mary's Pizza, Matt Martel, Mr. Auto, Mr. Pizza, P & L Auto Parts, Remax-Northern Edge Realty, LLC, Smith & Town Printers, The Town & Country Inn & Resort, W. B. Mason and White Mountain Lumber Company (all tee and green sponsors) in their support of Coos County RSVP.
The deadline of June 28, is drawing near so pick up your registration forms at the RSVP office, 30 Exchange Street, (the old train station across from the post office) Berlin or from Gary Riff at AVCC in Gorham, 466-9468. For more information about the event or our program please contact Kathy McKenna, program director at 752-4103.

4th of July Committee holding patriotic decorating contest

GORHAM – The Gorham 4th of July Committee is sponsoring the Second Annual Patriotic Decorating Contest for Gorham residents and businesses. If you are interested in participating, please call 466-5399 or e-mail your name and address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before June 24. The homes and businesses will be judged on June 28, for exterior decorating. No interior decorations will be judged. The best business and best residence will each be awarded a $75 prize.  
Last year’s winners were Suzanne’s Partnership for Health (business) and Linda Dupont on Church Street (residence). The judges say they are looking forward to seeing a wide variety of red, white and blue decorations. Enter today to exhibit your patriotism and to help Gorham celebrate the 4th of July in grand style.

Celebrating Gorham's 175th anniversary


GORHAM -- The Gorham 4th of July Committee has decided on the theme for the parade this year which will be “Celebrating Gorham’s 175th Anniversary” and this is the time to start thinking about building a float for the parade. Float entries can be submitted by group organizations, businesses, and the PUBLIC (anyone who wants to build a float.) There will be prize money of $300 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place.
Float registration forms are available at the Gorham Fire Station, Corrigan Screen Printing and at Caron’s Building Center.  ill out the form and return it to the Gorham Fire Station or mail them back to: 4th July Committee, PO Box 165, Gorham, N.H. 03581. The deadline to register your float entry will be Sat., June 30. Any questions or information needed call Nathan or Janet at 466-5399.