Meet your neighbors potluck supper at St. Barnabas Church

BERLIN -- Have you recently moved to the area? Have you lived here for a while, but would like a chance to meet your neighbors? If so, please join us for a potluck supper at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Thursday, August 9, at 6 p.m. You will have a chance to meet some of your neighbors, get tips about living in the North Country and share some good food. New employees at the federal prison and the Biomass plant are particularly welcome.  
 Please bring a dish to share, and join us at 6 p.m. St. Barnabas is located at the corner of Main and High Streets across from the bowling alley in Berlin, NH. You can call the church at 752-3504 for more information.

BHS accepting new registrations for school year

BERLIN -- Parents of high school aged students who have moved in the area are urged to contact the Berlin High School Guidance Office at 752-4122, Ext. 1504 to make an appointment to register their child before the beginning of the school year.
Parents are asked to bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization record, record of last physical exam, and Social Security card when registering. Prior year’s report card and/or transcript are also helpful.

15th Annual Postcard Show to be held in Jefferson

JEFFERSON -- If postcards are your interest, there will be hundreds of thousands of cards filling the Jefferson Town Hall on Saturday, August 18. Postcard dealers from all over New England will have postcards depicting every imaginable subject, along with historical view cards of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts communities. Highly collectible older holiday and artist cards will be available, as well as all manner of postcard collecting supplies.
This year's show will be the 15th the Jefferson Historical Society has sponsored, bringing together dealers and collectors to participate in one of the world's most popular hobbies. It is the only show of its kind north of Portland, Me., and Nashua, NH, giving North Country residents a chance to add to their collections without driving hundreds of miles to do so. As always, there will be food and beverages available on site, so plan on spending a few hours.
Doors open at 9 a.m. and the show goes until 4 p.m. Donation is $2.00 at the door and all proceeds go to support programs of the Jefferson Historical Society. For more information please call Joe Marshall at 603-586-7021.

Gorham Church celebrates 150th with music from its founding

GORHAM -- On Friday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m., the Gorham Congregational Church will continue its 150th Anniversary celebration by sponsoring a concert of music from the mid 1860s for organ and violin. Co-sponsored by Music in the Great North Woods, Susan Ferre will play the historic Hook and Hastings organ, along with Timothy Bell, a violinist living and teaching in Erfurt, Germany, presenting works by Rheinberger and Brahms.
Ferre has ties to the church, having spent summers with her family in Gorham, attending the church. She has traveled the world as a concert organist, performing in some of the major cathedrals in Europe, and has also enjoyed playing services and recitals at the Gorham church. She currently serves as Organist and Director of Music at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Berlin.
The concert will feature six pieces music for organ and violin by Josef Rheinberger and short organ works by Johannes Brahms. Both Brahms and Rheinberger wrote exquisite sacred music in the Bach tradition. Brahms was born in 1833 and Rheinberger in 1839. This beautiful, melodic music had a large influence in the music world at the time the church was founded. "The organ at the Gorham church, which arrived 30 years after the founding of the church, and functioning totally mechanically, is perfectly suited to this tuneful music," says Ferre. It was designed "to harmonize with the church architecture," reported church member Thomas Adams at the time the organ was ordered from the Hook and Hasting's Company. Installed in 1893, the organ cost $1,250, "a marvelous investment by any standard!" adds Ferre.
A free will offering will be equally divided between the Ecumenical Food Pantry and the church's Furnace Fund. Proceeds from CD sales will be divided in the same way. All are invited!

Cohos Trail group to build Dixville composting privy, bog bridging

DIXVILLE -- Volunteers with the Cohos Trail Association, builders of the 165-mile hiking trail that threads from the White Mountains to the Canadian border, will be holding a work weekend in northern Dixville in order to construct a new state of the art composting privy at Panorama lean-to shelter, install 100 feet of bog bridging to the north of the shelter, and improve a nearby spring so hikers and wildlife watchers may have a better source of water. The work weekend will commence on August 11 through the 12th at 8 a.m.
Those interested are asked to meet at that time directly behind the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel. Look for a red Toyota Tacoma truck with a tow trailer behind filled with prefabricated materials.
To reach the Balsams hotel, travel Route 26 to Dixville Notch and look for the main entrance to the hotel. Travel along Lake Gloriette and pass the hotel and its tall western wing. Just beyond the wing there are two drives on the right. Look for the second drive, which is an access road to the backcountry. Cohos Trail members will be there awaiting volunteers.

The composting privy needs only to be assembled, as it is fully
prefabricated. It will replace a poor system behind Panorama shelter.
All materials for the privy and the bog bridging must be hand carried
about 600 to 800 feet to the lean-to and bog bridging sites. More hands
make light work, of course.
Once the day is done, volunteers are invited to a barbeque at the home of Dana and Cynthia Bartlett who live close by the Balsams. All volunteers are welcome to attend.
These projects are the second of four substantial projects and half a dozen lesser ones that the Cohos Trail Association is undertaking in 2012 to try to improve the Cohos Trail in Jefferson, Stratford, Dixville and Stewartstown, as well as Pittsburg. In June, the association completed the new Old Hermit Shelter on the Sugarloaf Arm near Nash Stream Bog in the Nash Stream Forest. Nearly 500 feet of bog bridging is scheduled to be built in the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge later this summer, and a restoration/rebuild of the Deer Mountain Trail (old firetower access trail) is scheduled, as well, near the Canadian border.
To date in 2012, more people are hiking the trail than at any time in its history. Dozens of hikers are attempting the entire trail this year, and day hiking is up all over the North Country due to substantial Cohos Trail publicity over the last year and to the publishing of a new book, "50 Hikes North of the White Mountains" by the association's founder.
For additional information go to Friends of the Cohos Trail on Facebook.