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.



Historical society to hold barn sale June 9

BERLIN -- The Berlin & Coos County Historical Society will hold its next barn sale on Saturday, June 9. The 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 in Berlin, across from the state prison entrance.
This is the annual collectibles sale. Being offered for sale this year: Depression glass in different colors, dishes both Limoges and Heaven Blue, enamelware, 1945 Life magazines, and some music boxes. Besides these special items, you will find the usual departments of books, baskets, Christmas items, kitchenware, and furniture.
Proceeds from these yard sales go towards expenses to keep the Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center open year round and necessary up-keep to the barns. The museum is located at 119 High Street in Berlin. It is the only museum open year round five days a week. Donations, or money or items, are always accepted, for either the museum or the barns.

Three Coös County child care providers win state awards

BERLIN — Coös County child care providers had a banner day in Concord at the Child Development Bureau's (CDB) annual "Celebration of Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals" on April 24. Five Coös County childcare centers sent representatives to receive honors for having earned credentials and Licensed Plus status over the last year. Honored were center directors Amy Graham, Patti Henry, Nicole Benway-Ladd, and Jane LeBlanc for earning Licensed Plus. April Ronish, Jeanne Carrigan, Sue Blais, Amy Graham, Amy Brooks, Patti Henry, Nicole Benway-Ladd, Sue Cloutier, and twenty-five staff were also honored for earning credentials. Twenty-one of the Coös County credentials were earned by providers who had not previously done so before this year. child-care-awardsPatti Henry and her staff were among the many Coos child care providers honored in Concord recently. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Highlighting the event was a keynote address by Governor John Lynch and the announcement of three of the state of New Hampshire's annual early childhood awards, Rising Star (Silver), Shining Star (Gold), and Guiding Star (Platinum). All three of this year's awards went to directors from Berlin and Colebrook. Nicole Benway-Ladd, owner and director of All About Kids Learning, LLC in Colebrook, was the recipient of the Rising Star Award. The nominee for this award must be new to the field and demonstrate outstanding commitment and professionalism in day-to-day work with children and families, her own professional development, and contributions to the field. Nicole graduated last May from the Early Childhood program at White Mountains Community College (WMCC), opened her center last summer, and continues to take college courses while encouraging her staff to do the same.
Day By Day Child Care Center's owner and director, Patti Henry, received the Shining Star Award due to her commitment to a strengths-based approach to working with children and families. The other criterion met was her commitment to personal and professional excellence at work and in professional growth for herself and her staff. Patti has been in the field for over 35 years, has presented at local and national conferences, and was tied for first place in the state for a center that earned credentials for all staff.
The Guiding Star Award this year went to Sue Blais, director of the WMCC Child Care Center, who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of care and education and utilizes a strength-based approach to working with children, families, and the community. Sue has been in the field for over 35 years and has led her staff to complete the arduous process for the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) accreditation process. The center and staff are awaiting a site visit, which will determine their status. NAEYC Accreditation is the highest level of achievement in early childhood programs and denotes that a center has a high quality early childhood program which contributes to children's optimal development and learning.
Two other local professionals, Kathy Sosny, director and disabilities coordinator at WMCC, and Amy Brooks, Brooks' Colebrook Country Day School, LLC, earned Gwen and Henry Morgan Awards for their commitment to the early childhood field. Other Coös County childcare professionals in attendance and earning credentials were Jen Gilbert, Sue L'Heureux, Colleen Miller, Nancy Murphy, Shayna Henry, Elaine Smith, Wendy Gilbert-Neff, Ann Auger, Melinda Beaulieu, and Raylene Beaulieu.
All of the aforementioned directors are active members of the Coös County Director Network, an ongoing program of the Early Childhood Initiative. White Mountains Community College is home to the Early Childhood Initiative and is a partner in the Early Childhood Development North Country Strategy funded by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The goal of the Initiative is to help childcare centers throughout Coos County improve the quality of their programs. The five-year strategy is designed to help all children thrive by focusing services and information for parents on the early years of growth and development, supporting professional development and continued education for early childhood professionals, increasing access to infant mental health, and strengthening childcare and preschool services for all children, ages birth – 6, in Coos County. It is guided by the belief that investing early in families with young children will improve the future community and economic vitality and stability of the North Country. For more information about this Initiative, please contact Kathy Keene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 603.752.1113 ext. 3293.

FLEX Route summer youth passes now available

BERLIN -- Tri County CAP Transit will once again be offering youth passes for the summer months for students between the ages of 12 and 18. These passes offer unlimited riding on the flex route systems for $30 from the day after school ends to the day before school begins. This is a great way to get teens to activities, employment, shopping or for various other reasons. To take advantage of this great offer tickets can be purchased from the flex route bus drivers or by calling 1-888-997-2020. This offer is available on all Tri County CAP Transit flex routes including the Tri Town bus serving the towns of Littleton, Lancaster, and Whitefield, the Berlin Flex Route serving the Berlin and Gorham area, and the Blue Loon flex route serving West Ossipee to Wolfeboro, Laconia, and North Conway.