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 and the North Country Health Consortium website at 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:



TCCAP children’s summer camp now accepting registrations

BERLIN -- Tri-County Community Action Program (TCCAP) children’s summer camp entitled, A Global Journey, is in its third season and is now accepting registrations. Flyers and registration forms have been delivered to all local schools for distribution, so parents - keep an eye out. Camp runs Monday-Friday throughout the summer (excluding Wednesday, July 4) starting Monday, June 25, and ending Tuesday, August 28.
Kids will have fun making crafts, playing games, completing activity pages, watching educational movies, and so much more; all focused on a specific country. Music and arts will be introduced into the children’s educational experience (a highlight for most campers), coordinating with the week’s cultural theme, as the Arts Alliance of Northern NH (AANNH) has agreed to participate once again. African drumming and dance, Canadian fiddling, and Russian wooden doll painting are just a few of the authentic arts programs children participated in from previous camps.
A Global Journey takes children ages 4-12 to various continents on our globe, studying cultures with fun-filled and hands-on activities (both individually and in groups). Last summer children spent the first week in the United States as they celebrated Independence Day; then it was off to Brazil, France, Greece, Ireland, Egypt, Spain, and Switzerland. Children worked together creating Eiffel Towers, building Titanic ships and floating them in the stream, making an Egyptian Sphinx, and painting Pablo Picasso art. Alongside the hours spent in building and painting these creations, important cultural facts and trivia are taught. On Fridays, children create team display boards reinforcing all they’ve learned from the week, as well as make entries in their own Global Journey Journals. In 2010, children visited Costa Rica, Canada, Africa, Australia, Japan, and Russia; and this summer promises to be another great journey.
Snack, lunch, and beverages are provided daily. Fridays include a kitchen activity in which children prepare and cook their own lunch consisting of cultural foods found in the country they are studying that week. This seems to be a real treat for most of the children; they are so proud of their accomplishment and ultimately get to enjoy eating their meal together.
Camp is held at the Northern Forest Heritage Park in Berlin every Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended hours available for a nominal fee). Cost is only $20 a day or $80 for the week per child with a discount available for multiple family members in the same home attending. Scholarships will be available for full-time campers, provided by Davis & Towle; interested parties must talk with Dori Ducharme at the number below.
All registrations and daily/weekly fees must be returned to the TCCAP administrative offices in Berlin (railroad station building across from the Post Office) prior to child being dropped off at camp. For more information, contact 752-7001.

RE/MAX balloon to appear at Drive in the '50s

BERLIN -- Visitors and residents who attend the Drive in the '50s event on Thursday, June 7, will be greeted by a very special opportunity; the ability to take a ride in the RE/MAX of New England hot air balloon.
Sponsored by RE/MAX Northern Edge Realty, "Big Max," the seven-story-tall red, white and blue RE/MAX hot air balloon, will be located in Tondreau Parking lot (behind city hall) from 6 to 8 p.m., wind and weather permitting. Proceeds from the tethered rides will go to support the Berlin Main Street Program. Rides are $5 per person.
"Driving into the '50s is always a great time. We are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this community event,” said Matt Martel, associate broker with RE/MAX Northern Edge Realty.
The RE/MAX hot air balloon is the widely recognized corporate logo for RE/MAX real estate offices worldwide, owner of the largest corporate hot air balloon "fleet" in the world. The RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon combined with the phrase "Above the Crowd," is a registered trademark of the RE/MAX real estate organization.