Documentary captures Appalachian Trail thru-hike speed record

Santa Monica, Calif. – Last September, Red Bull athlete and ultrarunner Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer finally captured his white whale when on his third attempt in eight years, he set a new Appalachian Trail thru-hike speed record with a time of 45 days 22 hours and 38 minutes. Now, the story behind the trek from Mt. Katahdin, Maine, to Springer Mountain, Ga., is told in the new documentary “Karl Meltzer: Made To Be Broken” which will debut on Red Bull TV and can be streamed for free beginning April 13.
The 42-minute documentary captures the ups and downs of Meltzer’s world record run, from injuries and sleep deprivation to the challenges faced by his close-knit crew, which included his father, wife and former Appalachian Trail record holder, Scott Jurek.
“The trail challenges people. It has changed a lot of people’s lives and visions of what they can do and what they can’t do,” Meltzer proclaims in the film’s opening minutes. “The A.T. is the hardest, most iconic trail in the United States, and I’ve always been drawn back to it.”
The Appalachian Trail runs from Maine to Georgia stretching 2,190 miles through 14 states. It is roughly the distance between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as the crow flies. A thru-hiker will experience 464,500 feet of elevation change, or 16 climbs of Mt. Everest. Thousands of people attempt an Appalachian Trail thru-hike every year, yet only one in four hikers finish the journey, and they typically take five to seven months to complete the entire trail, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
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Earth Day celebration features speaker, music and activities

LANCASTER — The celebration "Earth Day 2017 - Think Globally, Act Locally," to be held on Saturday will feature a full slate of speakers on environmental issues and entertainment.

According to organizers, this event is a family-friendly educational celebration which will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, on Main Street in Lancaster. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors at St. Paul’s Episcopal, Main Street, Lancaster.

"Earth Day 2017 - Think Globally, Act Locally," is being organized by For the People, By the People — Indivisible North Country NH, a grassroots group of local citizens focused on protecting the environment, peace, and human rights. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Featured speakers include state Sen. Jeff Woodburn, former White Mountain Regional High School teacher and NASA scientist Art Hammon; Rebecca Brown, executive director of the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust; and David Van Wie, instructor of environmental issues at the University of New England and formerly with the EPA. Between speakers, a variety of musical talent will perform like Mark Roberts on guitar and vocals, Islay Mist Ceilidh with Celtic style music, the Whitefield Elementary School Chorus, and Tom Meredith and Paul Cormier on fiddles.

Children will be able to participate in hands-on science activities, recycled art projects, and face painting. A number of environmental organizations and local conservation groups will be present with information to share.

During an Earth Day celebration held in 1990 at Weeks State Park on Mount Prospect, a large Earth Day flag was signed by school children and flown. The flag will once again be unfurled as part of the opening ceremony; anyone who recalls signing the flag 27 years ago is invited to step forward and take part in honoring this unique bit of local history.


Berlin Main Street Program plans for Downtown Day of Caring 2017

The Berlin Main Street Program is asking volunteers to welcome spring by joining your friends and neighbors on Friday, May 19, for the Berlin Downtown Day of Caring. A few hours of time and some sweat equity is all it takes to make downtown Berlin look it's best for the upcoming summer season.

The program is looking for volunteers to help rake, prune, sweep, mulch, weed and plant their way through multiple sites in the downtown area.

In appreciation for the work, a barbecue is planned for lunchtime at Bickford Place for all volunteers.

As always, community volunteers are the key to the success of the project.

Individuals, groups, or families can spend just an hour, entire morning or afternoon. Locations will be set up by the Berlin Main Street Program. Groups or organizations wishing to volunteer can sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (603) 752-6246 or (603) 381-1520.

All participants should bring gardening supplies, if available, including gloves, brooms, rakes, wheelbarrows and other gardening hand tools they may have from home. Other supplies are available on site at Bickford Place Park.

Hillside Elementary 2016 picHillside Elementary completed work at the Dead River Park in 2016.

CBA pic 2016Community Bible Academy completed work at Gill’s Park on 2016.

GoSolar NH to host fire safety training forum

GORHAM — GoSolar NH will be addressing the topic of solar industry and safety at an upcoming meeting at the town hall in Gorham, on Tuesday, April 18.

According to GoSolar NH, a lot has been said about firefighter safety with regard to fighting fires on a building that has a solar panel array installed. This meeting aims to assist in that area of study. GoSolar NH is offering this training seminar to clear up any misconceptions about solar safety.

The seminar will run from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a chance to learn more about solar panel arrays and the benefits of transitioning into a solar powered environment.

"Part of our mission is to be intrinsically tied to the communities we service," said GoSolar NH co-founder, Jake Ottolini. "This forum enables us to connect with community members on a more personable level and offer an answer to a pressing issue that exists in our industry right now. By working with the Town of Gorham and their fire department we’re setting the trend for safety measures that affect everyone working to spread solar power as not only economically and environmentally sound, but safely sound as well. Education is as important as the sale and acquisition phase of a solar project, and this is one way in which we are engaging community involvement and awareness. We’re all in this together.”

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Cutline: Jenkins returns as Randolph town librarian

RANDOLPH LIBRARYAfter a five-year break, Randolph town librarian Yvonne Jenkins is once again running the public library. On Monday morning, April 10, she accepted a resolution commemorating National Library Week from Acting State Librarian Michael York, left, and District 1 state Sen. Jeff Woodburn of Whitefield in the White Mountain Room. (EDITH TUCKER PHOTO)