Expanded passport day this Saturday at the post office

BERLIN — Close to 500 million foreign travelers visited European destinations in 2016 according to the World Tourism Organization, that’s 4 percent more than the prior year — and the U.S. Postal Service is ready to prepare travelers for such future excursions.

To make it easier to apply for a U.S. Passport, the Berlin Post Office will offer extended hours for passport processing on Saturday, June 17. A postal clerk can even take your picture if you don’t have one and no appointment is necessary. Just come to the Berlin Post Office at 15 Mount Forest St. on Saturday, June 17, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

With routine passport processing times of six weeks, it’s never too early to start planning for that next vacation. And they're here to help. According to a release submitted by the postal service, USPS.com is an excellent resource for getting passport paperwork and locating other acceptance facilities across the nation.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

The Berlin Post Office is located at 15 Mt. Forist St., in Berlin. For more information call (603) 752-1700.


Guest speaker at Coos Democratic Party's quarterly meeting Friday

SHELBURNE — The Coos County Democratic Party will be holding its quarterly meeting Friday, June 16, at 6 p.m. at the Shelburne Town Hall at 74 Village Road in Shelburne. The guest speaker will be Hon. Phillip Steck from the N.Y. State Assembly who will speak on health-care reform and recent legislation he's passed on single-payer health insurance.

Steck was elected to the Albany County Legislature in 1999. He was re-elected three times. In 2012, he won the primary and general election to become the representative of the 110th Assembly District.

Steck is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard (1981) and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1984) where he was a member of the Law Review and Penn's National Moot Court team. From 1987 to 1989, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York and Rensselaer Counties.

Steck joined the law firm of Cooper, Erving and Savage LLP in 1990. His practice is concentrated in civil rights and employment law.

Steck is a member of the Health, Insurance, Transportation, Judiciary, and Children and Families Committees. His major legislative interests include single-payer health insurance (Medicare for All), expanding membership in county self-insured health plans to embrace all municipalities so as to reduce health insurance costs funded by taxpayers, reducing paperwork faced by medical professionals and businesses, raising revenue through the stock transfer tax to support rebuilding the infrastructure of Upstate New York, increased funding for public education to meet levels promised in prior legislation, oversight of the Office of Court Administration and reducing property taxes by having the state assume 100 percent responsibility for funding Medicaid.

This meeting is open to the public, you do not have to be a Democrat to attend.

Annual Kiwanis Family Safety Day Rodeo

BERLIN — The annual Kiwanis Family Safety Day Rodeo was held on Saturday, May 20, at the Berlin Recreation Center gym. According to volunteers, before the 10 a.m. start time, children and adults were already waiting to enter the facility. Kiwanis, Key club and Operation Lifesaver volunteers worked together to prepare the literature bags, sort the bicycle/all-sport helmets, set up the bicycle inspection stations and established the bicycle skill course in anticipation of a large attendance.

Upon the opening of the doors, the crowd approached the stations to be fitted with free new Bell Sports helmets, given safety literature, thorough bicycle maintenance inspections and tune-ups and a chance to shine on the bicycle skill course. Kiwanis provided over 169 community residents with helmets and other benefits designed to improve their health and well-being. Many recipients expressed heartfelt appreciation for the staff's efforts.

The Berlin Police Dept was well represented by Patrol Officer Myles Chouinard who was available to register the bikes to ensure a speedy recovery should they become lost or stolen. According to organizers this positive interaction with the youths is important in fostering future open communication with law enforcement. Operation Lifesaver, a railway crossing safety program, was supplied by the Vermont Railway System and they distributed literature and safety keepsakes. The Northern Correctional Facility aided in the event by receiving and storing the helmets before the scheduled event. On this morning, Jeff Young of NCF delivered the helmets giving them adequate time for their preparation and display on the tables.

The bicycle inspection stations were extremely busy with many minor adjustments and improvements made for the appreciative children. Each child received a certificate of participation and a beverage at the completion of the skill course.

After the rodeo closed down, the volunteers divided the remaining helmets and delivered them to the Berlin and Gorham Police Departments for further distribution. Upon request at the stations, the Berlin and Gorham Police Departments will furnish a bicycle or multi-sport Bell helmet free of charge to any member of the public in need of one.

Bike Safety DayMore than 169 residents benefited from the annual Kiwanis Family Safety Day Rodeo. (COURTESY PHOTO)

'Build a Better World' summer reading program through the Berlin Public Library

BERLIN — Readers of all ages will explore all things sports and fitness this summer as Berlin Public Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer library program. Activities include group games, physical challenges, building projects, science with the firemen, nature with the rangers, and more.

The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool to young adult, with programs, prize drawings, story time’s featuring Mr. Poof Tardiff, book bingo, and more. Families are invited to join.

Children in pre-kindergarten through first grade are invited to come on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. and grades two through six on Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. The Summer Reading Program will run from June 22 through Aug. 3. Also join them for their kickoff party on Thursday, June 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. There will be music, prizes and games. All children are welcome.

For more information call Kathy Godin at (603) 752- 5210.


Open house at Unity Christian

BERLIN — Unity Christian will be holding a Community Open House on June 28 at 6 p.m. All are welcome whether they have school age children or not. Unity Christian is a non-denominational private school that provides an affordable alternative for parents and it has already started enrolling students for first to twelfth grade for the fall of 2017. The mission of Unity Christian is to develop faith, character, intellect and heart. According to a press release submitted by the school, It does this through a unique blend of mentoring and self-paced academics. For more information on how to enroll at Unity Christian come to the open house at their location at 595 Sullivan Street, Berlin. You can also visit www.unitychristian.school or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..