AVH Auxiliary Red Sox raffle tickets on sale at the AVH switchboard

BERLIN -- The AVH Auxiliary is holding a raffle of a pair of Red Sox tickets to benefit patient care at Androscoggin Valley Hospital. Tickets are for the Saturday, August 4, 7:10 p.m. game against the Minnesota Twins. Seating is in section 12, row 02, seats 5 and 6.
Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Tickets may be purchased at the AVH switchboard or by mailing a check, made payable to the “AVH Auxiliary,” to AVH Auxiliary Red Sox Tickets Raffle, Androscoggin Valley Hospital, 59 Page Hill Road, Berlin, NH  03570.  A photocopy of the tickets will be mailed to the buyer.
The winning ticket will be drawn on Friday, June 29.
For more information, please call Donna Godin, AVH public relations and marketing assistant, at 326-5607.

WMNF announces fee free day for National Get Outdoors Day

Campton, NH - The White Mountain National Forest is pleased to announce that along with National Forests across the country day-use fees will be waived on Saturday, June 9, in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. Day use fees will be waived across the White Mountain National Forest. However, fees will remain in effect for overnight camping, cabin rentals, permits, reservations, and activities offered by concessionaires.
On June 9, join us to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by hiking, biking or taking a leisurely walk or drive to enjoy your National Forest.
If you plan to take a drive you might want to try out the brand new Weeks Act Legacy Trail driving tour. This actual or virtual history tour includes 40 sites along a 100-mile loop in the White Mountains region and is free and available to download or print at: http://weekslegacy.org/ The trail includes seven interpretive themes which can be accessed through personal electronic media – audio players, smart phones, and other electronic devices.
For more information about the White Mountain National Forest and recreation opportunities, http://www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain

Summer bag sales return June 6, 7, and 8

It’s that time of year again! The Salvation Army is need of reducing inventory in its Family Thrift Store; as such we are holding our first bag sale of the season. The sale will be held Wed. to Fri., June 6, 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come in and fill a bag for only $4! The store is the small building next to the main building (just walk around the path) located at 15 Cole Street in Berlin. For more information or if you have questions please contact the office at 752-1644

WMCC to hold summer STEM - Health Career Camp

BERLIN -- White Mountains Community College and the North Country Health Consortium are pleased to announce the third annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics camp with a Health Careers Twist (STEM - Health). STEM - Health camp, designed for students entering grades six through eight, provides hands-on, fun-filled activities that are meant to be introductory, interactive, and project - based in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health professions.  
Students who attended the 2011 STEM camp said, "It was fun, fun, fun, and educational." Parents commented, "Excellent. He talked my ear off every night about everything he did. He loved it and so did I." Students who attended previous camps said, "My favorite part of STEM camp was all of it, especially the rockets and watching them go sky high".
This year’s camp will run for one week, June 25 through June 29, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at White Mountains Community College, 2020 Riverside Drive, Berlin, NH
Registration materials and information can be obtained on the White Mountains Community College website at www.wmcc.edu and the North Country Health Consortium website at www.nchch.org or by contacting Jody Camille, Director by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 752-1113 ext. 3019. We encourage early registration. Acceptance will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Camp tuition is $225 with scholarships available upon request.
The WMCC STEM - Health camp is an outreach program supported by the New Hampshire Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NH EPSCoR), the New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium, the Northern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center, The Community Colleges of New Hampshire Foundation, and the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.


R.P. Hale, harpsichordist, in concert at St. Kieran Arts Center

BERLIN - Master Harpsichordist, R.P. Hale returns to the St. Kieran Arts Center on Sunday, June 10 at 4 p.m for a period-music concert on grand harpsichord, dulcimer and organ. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students.
Hale, a multi-talented harpsichordist from Concord, NH, will present works from his two primary historical interests: the music of Mexico from the post-invasion through the Baroque; and the little-known works of the German-English astronomer-harpsichordist Sir William Herschel. The Mexican works will include some presented for the first time in public in over 300 years.
Hale is an interdisciplinary visual artist, musician, craftsman, astronomer and historian in the traditions of the 18th century Enlightenment. Born in Tucson, Arizona, to a Mexican family with a long tradition in the arts and printing, and of Aztec ancestry, Hale took his degrees in organic chemistry at the University of Arizona, where he taught scientific illustration and technical photography for six years. He was privately taught in music, starting in piano but early on moved to the harpsichord and never looked back. His teachers included Dr. James Anthony and Igor Kipnis and he is working with Peter Watchhorn. He has now built 41 harpsichords and clavichords and was cited by the Smithsonian Institute as one of this country’s premier harpsichord makers.
He is a sixth-generation master-calligrapher and illustrator, gilder, wood engraver and Letterpress printer and is also a wood carver doing extensive work for St. Paul’s School, where he also teaches and is assistant Chapel organist. He is also organist/music minister at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Manchester, where he has gotten his choir to sing some early Hispanic works in Náhuatl, Chól Maya and early Spanish.
In addition, he is senior educator in Astronomy, Archaeo-astronomy and Spectroscopy at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.  He is Visiting Faculty in Printmaking at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV, and is head of Craft/Folklore Instruction for the Augusta Heritage Center there, teaching every summer there since 1980. In addition to archive work in Mexican music, Hale is a noted Mesoamerican scholar in Aztec history and Maya astronomy, having learned the Aztec Náhuatl language in the process. Since 1991, he has been among the foremost scholar-historians in debunking the ‘2012 Fraud’ as false and very disrespectful to his own background, and advocating for the living Mesoamerican cultures.
This program is made possible through a programming partnership with Music in the Great North Woods, the sponsorship of Cross Insurance and Croteau Agency, and the support of the NH State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation/North Country Region.
Upcoming performances include Justin McKinney, NH’s Top Nationally Touring Comedian on Thursday, June 21/7 pm; International Musical Arts Chamber Concert, Tuesday, July 10; Christa Rakich, Organist, Thursday, July 12 and Mellow Yellow, a 60’s Retro Band, Thursday, July 19/7 pm. Don’t miss these excellent shows!
St. Kieran Arts Center is a non-profit charitable trust, celebrating the arts, community and cultural heritage since 2000. For more information and a complete listing of all 2012 events, contact the Arts Center at 752-1028, visit our office at 155 Emery Street or our website: www.stkieranarts.org.