GMHS students assist Gorham museum

GORHAM -- Railroad depots used to have many flower beds around them in the old days. Some had large plantings, with the name of the town spelled out in large white painted rocks. The Gorham Historical Society (GHS) museum, in an old 1907 Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) depot, is currently working on expanding it's flower beds, among a number of other ongoing projects. Gorham Middle High School (GMHS) students, participating in their annual Community Service Day on May 11, contributed to this effort.
Six students and a parent volunteer worked with GHS Board Members, Reuben Rajala and Tim Sappington on Phase 1 of the flower bed project, which entailed digging out a roughly 1' deep by 2' wide by 40' long flower bed along the foundation of the building, facing Railroad St. The energetic crew dug out all the sod, soil and a great deal of crushed stone and old bricks, wheel-barrowed it to a staging area, sifted the large pile of debris out of the loam and hauled the loam back into the flower beds.
Crew members included: Ryley White, DeMarco Alverez, Isaac Baldarrama, Aria Day, Hunter Desilets, Bronson Leclerc, Shelby Barney and parent volunteer Lynn Leclerc. Besides the satisfaction of a job well done, the students also received a quick tour of the model railroad and steam era exhibit.
Later in the morning, a number of other GMHS students, who had finished their raking projects around town, also raked sections of lawn around the museum and alongside the train down to Rt. 16. Wally Corrigan also got kudos for hauling in additional loam for the new flower beds and removing unwanted gravel and debris.
"The many students and parent volunteers involved in the community service program again provided invaluable help to get the museum ready for yet another busy season!" said GHS President Reuben Rajala. Reuben said that he and Dave Dernbach, both of whom were on the school board, were involved in helping to get the Community Service Day initiated many years ago.
Phase 2 of the flower bed expansion project will be undertaken on May 23, when the volunteers from the Coos County Botanical Garden Club will assist the Historical Society by planting the new beds and rejuvenating the existing planters and beds under the museum's two signs. Eventually, the GHS to extend the flower beds around the W end of the distinctive building.
The Gorham Historical Society is a public service non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and displaying artifacts, train equipment and information about the history of the town and area railroads. It will be open for the summer and fall season, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting on May 22.

Historical society to hold barn sale

BERLIN -- The Berlin & Coos County Historical Society will hold its first barn sale of the 2012 season on Saturday, May 19. This huge sale will take place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic Brown Company barns on the East Milan Road, across from the state prison entrance.
The sale will feature a good selection of furniture, kitchenware, picture frames of all shapes and sizes, baskets, plus a whole children's department.
Proceeds from these barn sales go towards expenses to keep open the Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center at 119 High Street in Berlin. It is the only museum in Coos County open year round five days a week, from Tuesday through Saturday.
Donations, either of money or items, are always accepted for either the Moffett House Museum or the barns.

St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 125th anniversary

BERLIN -- St. Paul Lutheran Church, on the corner of Norway and Seventh Street, will be celebrating its 125th anniversary on May 20. The church has a rich history beginning when the first Scandinavians came to Berlin in 1854. Settling in a section of Berlin which soon became known as Norwegian Village and later, Berlin Mills, these immigrants found employment working for the Brown Company in the woods and in the paper mill. As the community grew, so did their desire to worship as a congregation. On May 16, 1887, one hundred and fifty charter members were officially recognized as the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. Worship services were first conducted in a private home, then in the Brown Company Hall, and later they shared space with the Berlin Congregational Church on Main Street. The First Lutheran Church in Portland, Maine, supported this fledgling congregation as the pastor commuted to Berlin each week to provide spiritual guidance.
With limited monetary funds, the congregation had the foresight, courage, and great faith to embark on building their own place of worship. The land for St. Paul Lutheran Church was donated by the Brown family, who were keenly interested in the educational and the spiritual welfare of their employees' families. The church is actually built on a rock. A huge granite ledge which extends for hundreds of feet provides the physical foundation. On August 31, 1889, St. Paul's church building was dedicated to the work of the Lord.
The congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church continues to serve the community. Pastor Gail Bauzenberger was called to serve the congregation in August 2011. The members of St. Paul maintain an active role in the community today with its outreach programs, Bible Study, and Sunday School. For more information regarding the celebration or worship and Bible Study times call the office at 603-752-1410 or visit us at our website:
A worship service celebrating this 125th anniversary will be held Sunday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Coos County NH-PTAP lists training events

All events take place at White Mountain Community College, Room 104A, unless otherwise specified.
Thursday, May 17 – Marketing and Marketing Collateral for Government Contractors 9:00 – 11:30 AM This workshop focuses on key components of selling to the government: identifying who needs and wants your product/service; locating key individuals to market your products to; effective presentation of your company and product/service to the government customer via written and electronic media.
Free one-on-one counseling appointments with NH-PTAP staff at Twitchell House (across the street from WMCC) from 12:30 – 3:00. Call (603) 271-7581 for an appointment.
Thursday, June 21 – The HUBZone Certification Program, 9:00 – 11:30 AM. This workshop explains what the HUBZone program is, how to apply for and maintain certification, and how to market HUBZone certification status locally and regionally. Guest Speaker: Hugh Curley, US SBA – HUBZone specialist for the New Hampshire District.
Free one-on-one counseling appointments with NH-PTAP staff at Twitchell House (across the street from WMCC) from 12:30 – 3:00. Call (603) 271-7581 for an appointment.
Thursday, July 19 – Goodbye CCR & ORCA, hello SAM! 9:00 – 11:30 AM – In early June, the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List (EPLS) will be replaced by a new, consolidated system called System for Award Management, or SAM. Over time, SAM is designed to greatly simplify the many administrative tasks that government contractors have to keep up with; this workshop
will guide you through the features and requirements that you need to understand to keep your business in good standing for federal government contracts. SAM is going to continue to expand, absorbing a broad range of other functions in the next few years. We'll also address the planned future changes.
Free one-on-one counseling appointments with NH-PTAP staff at Twitchell House (across the street from WMCC) from 12:30 – 3:00. Call (603) 271-7581 for an appointment.
Thursday, August 23 – Federal Government Purchase Cards; 9:00 – 11:30 AM – This workshop is a repeat of our January program on everything you need to know to accept Federal government credit cards – also known as P-Cards. P-Cards are the method of choice for all Federal purchases under $3000.
Free one-on-one counseling appointments with NH-PTAP staff at Twitchell House (across the street from WMCC) from 12:30 – 3:00. Call (603) 271-7581 for an appointment.
Registration is REQUIRED for the correct amount of prepared handouts and due to LIMITED SEATING.
In order to attend a NH-PTAP Training event we require that you be a client. Our services are free and confidential.

BHS end of year festivities

BERLIN -- The 63rd Annual Pops Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in the Berlin High School gymnasium. The Berlin High School Chorus will perform under the direction of Kristen Bushway and the Berlin High School Band will perform under the direction of David Arsenault. There will also be a dynamic performance from Shockapella, Berlin High School's own acapella group. There will be a suggested donation to the concert of $4 for adults and $2 for students.
The Junior and Senior Class will be hosting their Prom on Saturday, May 19. The Grand March will begin at 6 p.m. at Berlin High School. The students will then travel to the Town & Country for dinner and dancing from 7:30 until 11:00 p.m. The public is invited to view the grand march at the high school.
The 6th Annual Berlin High School Senior Athletic Awards Banquet will be held on Sunday, June 3, at the White Mountain Chalet. Doors will open at 4 p.m. A buffet style dinner will begin at 4:30 with a cost of $11 per person. Awards will then be presented after the meal. Limited tickets are available in the athletic director's office at Berlin High School.

The Berlin High School Senior Academic Awards will take place on Monday, June 4th beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Berlin High School gymnasium.

Graduation rehearsal will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 7th in the Berlin High School gym for all seniors. Caps & gowns will be given out after rehearsal and a 2012 Graduation Class Portrait will be taken. Geskus Photography forms will also be available if a senior would like an individual portrait.

The 2012 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 8th at 3:00 p.m. in the Berlin High School gymnasium. Bids are required to attend the graduation. Geskus Photography will take photos of each graduate as they receive their diploma with no charge to the graduate.

At this time, the last day of school is planned for Friday, June 15th. Final exams for Blocks III and IV will be given on June 14th and Blocks I and II exams will be on June 15th. Students will be dismissed at 10:45 on June 15th.