Cooking up some love at the St. Barnabas’ February Community Dinner

BERLIN — The next community dinner at St. Barnabas Church will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The dinner is served up until 6:30 p.m., so you can arrive at a time convenient for you.

The “lovely” menu will include chicken “love-me-tenders”, sweet potato fries, sweet petite peas, homemade biscuits, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

The dinners are intended to bring the community of Berlin together to share a meal and conversation for a fun and friendly evening. The meals are free and open to everyone, with funding provided by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the N.H. Charitable Foundation. This fund was established “to serve as a catalyst for the region to move toward sustainable community.” Volunteers are made up of members of St. Barnabas Church, other local churches, students from Berlin and Gorham, and members of the community. No tickets are necessary, so bring your family and friends.

St. Barnabas Church is located on the corner of Main and High Streets in Berlin. The phone number is (603) 752-3504, and you can visit their website at for more information about these and other events.

Woodburn kicks off weekend winter off-road event

Woodburn ATVNorth Country Senator Jeff Woodburn kicked off a weekend of winter off-road vehicle recreational activity on Saturday morning by presenting a state resolution North Country ATV and Stratford Night Hawk Club's Winter Poker Run. Sen. Woodburn, center, is with two club officials — Trail Administrator Ted Burns and Vice President North Country ATV Bill Noons. More than 125 ATV and OHRV riders participated in the weekend event. Burns is holding a trail marker that recognizes Yamaha for their $10,000 trail maintenance grant presented to the local club. (COURTESY PHOTO)

NH Division of Motor Vehicles to implement a new driver licensing computer system

CONCORD — The N.H. Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles announced the implementation of a new driver licensing computer system later this month that offers improved reliability and enhanced functionality over the current outdated system.

To minimize service interruptions, the DMV will conduct the transition to the new system over President’s Day weekend.

“Our staff is well trained and has made every effort to ensure services will not be interrupted more than necessary during the implementation of the new system,” DMV Director Elizabeth Bielecki said. “We encourage our customers to complete their DMV business ahead of the President’s Day weekend when possible, in order to avoid longer than usual wait times.”

On Friday, Feb. 17, municipal clerks will not be able to process the state portion of registrations. Customers seeking a registration on Friday, Feb. 17, will be issued a 30-day temporary registration and can return at a later date to complete the transaction. In addition, all DMV locations will be closed on President’s Day, Feb. 20, and Tuesday, Feb. 21. All DMV offices will return to normal operating hours and municipalities will be able to complete full registrations starting Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Online services, including Online Driver License Renewal and Online Ticket Pay, will not be available from Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Wednesday, Feb. 22. Tickets may be paid by phone during normal business hours except for President’s Day, Feb. 20, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, by calling 1-800-272-0036.

Most DMV transactions, including driver license and registration renewals, can be completed in advance of their expiration dates.

Answers to frequently asked questions and forms that can be completed in advance to save time during your visit to the DMV are available at the DMV website at

Orders being taken for Spring Bulb and Plant Sale

LANCASTER — The Coos County Conservation District has begun taking orders for the 2017 Spring Bulb and Plant Sale. This year, offerings include a beautiful selection of old favorites and new varieties including Tiger Lilies, Pink Balloon Flowers, four types of Iris and many others.

New to this year’s sale are hardy North Country varieties of berry plants (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry), asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish and conservation plants to benefit the wildlife. Quantities are limited for the berry plants, so order soon.

By participating in this fundraiser, you are helping the local pollinators and contributing to a great cause. Orders and payments are due by Friday, March 17. To request a colored bulb description flyer and order form, visit the Coos County Conservation District’s website at, call the office at (603) 788-4651 Ext. 102, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please send your completed order form and check (payable to the Coos County Conservation District) to 4 Mayberry Lane, Lancaster, NH 03584.

Building use is focus of rec meeting

GORHAM — The Gorham Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a Building Use Focus Group Meeting today at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Gorham Parks and Recreation office located at 33 Exchange Street. The community is invited join the discussion and help gather ideas on future programs and events, which can be held in the new facility.