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.

CBA to host annual bike-a-thon/yard sale Saturday, May 19

BERLIN -- Community Bible Academy welcomes the community to the Amy Howry Memorial Bike-A-Thon Saturday, May 19, to raise money to help support the school. The day includes a huge multi-family yard sale, sponsored students riding their bikes, a bake sale, a silent auction, and opportunity to buy some lunch. Everything gets underway at 9 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. Silent auction winners will be announced and notified at the end of the event. We have a large number of items that have been donated by local businesses for the silent auction and encourage the community to check it out and place your bids.
Community Bible Academy is a NH licensed private school, providing the area with another choice in education from a Christian perspective. CBA offers a low teacher-to-student ratio in an environment that promotes learning. The school is in its fifth year of operation. There will be information available at the event to answer questions anyone might have. CBA is also hosting an open house May 22, at 6 p.m.
CBA is located at 595 Sullivan Street in Berlin. Call 752-4315 with any questions. The event will take place rain or shine.

American Legion Let No Veteran Die Alone Committee to hold quarterly meeting

GROVETON -- "Let no Veteran Die Alone" was formed in the fall of 2009 by District 8 American Legion Members supported by the American Legion Auxiliary Units of District 8. American Legion post chaplains visit veterans and members of the post, units or squadrons, who have become ill, are residents of area nursing homes, rehabilitation centers or hospitals. The American Legion Auxiliary members provide cards and collect lap robes to be distributed during these visits.
The Let No Veteran Die Alone Committee will be having their quarterly meeting on Saturday, May 19, to be held at the Groveton American Legion Post 17. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. All American Legion chaplains, American Legion members and American Legion Auxiliary members are invited to attend.
The main discussion of meeting, improving communications and the ability of reaching the veterans who would like visitations from other veterans.
Due to the federal privacy laws, the hospitals, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers cannot notify veteran organizations of the veterans and their needs. With some of these older veterans who do not have family members close by, leaves them alone without someone to be there for them. Sometimes, just looking forward to a scheduled visit, brings a little light to their day and they do not feel so forgotten. As it stands now, it is the responsibility of the veterans, their friends and family to notify local veteran organizations of the veteran's location and that they would like a visit. Any inquires regarding "Let No Veteran Die Alone" can call their local American Legion Posts and ask to speak to the post chaplin.

Project Youth Afterschool Program hosts May Day event

GORHAM -- Looking for a fun evening for kids and adults? Come join the May Day Event being hosted by the Afterschool Programs from Gorham and Berlin. This is a fun event for all ages and you will be helping to support educational activities for the Afterschool Programs!
Are you smarter than a fifth grader? How about a third grader? You can find out with our electrifying 'Minute to Win It' challenges! Join us at the Gorham Town Hall Medallion Opera House on May 21, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Door prizes, refreshments, several wonderful raffle prizes that include $250 of home heating oil and fun for the whole family. Raffle tickets can be purchased from Afterschool program staff and students, Family Resource Board members and are available at the Family Resource Center in Gorham.