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.

Heritage Gardens begining to bloom

BERLIN - The colorful Heritage Gardens next to the Brown Company House at Northern Forest Heritage Park at 961 Main Street in Berlin are beginning to take shape and the tulips are in full bloom. The Heritage Garden Club has already removed the remains from last year's season.
Many families stop by the Heritage Gardens to use the glowing floral display as a background for many different photo opportunities. Brides and grooms pose in their wedding ensembles with the bright Heritage Gardens as a background often. It is also common to see many prom couples having photos taken at the Heritage Gardens as well.
It is not unusual to see beautiful babies being posed in front of the stunning display of flowers while moms and dads are twisting their own bodies in unimaginable ways to snap the perfect picture of their darling children. Photographers are spotted taking close-up pictures of the delicate flower petals and many pets can be seen posing in the gardens as well. Dick Huot, director of the park reminds everyone that the Heritage Gardens are there for everyone to enjoy. Anyone can feel free to stop by and browse through the Gardens for photo opportunities or just to relax.
The Heritage Gardens are pruned, trimmed and maintained by the talented people of the Heritage Garden Club! The Heritage Garden Club was formed in 2005 by local garden enthusiasts committed to long-term sustainable garden restoration and the addition of colorful gardens on the Heritage Park Campus. The restoration of the historic gardens and enhancement of the entrance to the Logging Camp Interpretive Center with colorful inviting gardens has been the Club's focus. On behalf of Northern Forest Heritage Park, owned and operated by Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc., Dick Huot, director of NFHP, extended a heartfelt thank you to the members of the Heritage Garden Club!
"I have no idea how the gardens would look if it weren't for the efforts of the members of the Garden Club", Huot said.
The majority of the gardening work is completed in May and September with weekly gardening sessions by all members of the Club to amend, edge, plant and mulch. During the months between, club members rotate on a weekly schedule to water, deadhead, and weed as needed. Current club members include Brad and Sue Wyman, Jean Scolere, Jean Malick, Jean Boutin and Marcia Lee. Marcia is the chairperson of the Garden Club. The care and patience the club displays is remarkable! However, they could use some help! If you have some time and an interest for gardening please call the park at 752-7202 your help will be much appreciated!

NFC Jailbirds to hold fundraiser

BERLIN --On Saturday May 19, 2012 the NCF Jailbirds will hold a Mardi Gras Carnivale from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in the Gorham Common in Gorham, NH.
General admission is by donation. Come and enjoy the fun. There will be lots of prizes and activities for everyone. Food will be provided by Big Scoop Catering with music by Tim Dion and Randy Labnon as the MC for the events.
Children activities include face painting, a castle bouncy house with a slide, as well as many games, and prizes. There will be a special visit from Bobo T. Clown from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Adult games include an arm wrestling contest, an obstacle course, and a pizza eating contest (children may participate), as well as a dunking tank, and many other fun activities for prizes. Stop by and meet our very own NCF Jailbird George Corriveau and purchase a 50/50 ticket and participate in our Silent Auction. Tickets will also be taken for a nine patch stripe extra long queen size homemade quilt made by Gail Marcou, and a seven day stay at Inn Season Resorts at Pollard Brook in Lincoln. Winners to be announced June 15, prior to the Relay For Life Walk on June 16.
Please come and support the NCF Jailbirds Team in memory of all those who have fought, won, or lost their battle with cancer. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.