There's plenty to do in Berlin during the fall

By Alexa Goyette
Special to The Berlin Sun
Are you wondering what to do this fall? If you’re like myself and many other teenagers, you may think that there’s “nothing to do” in Berlin, but you will be surprised at the many activities the area offers. Fall is the best time of the year to get out and enjoy the crisp air and time of changes.
Apple picking is the first thing many people think of when they think of fall. If you aren’t a sports enthusiast, you can go pick your own fresh and sweet apples at Gibson Orchard in Bethel, Maine. The people there are awesome and will supply you with everything you need.
The changing of the leaves is another thing that comes to mind when I think of fall. If you want to see the beautiful leaves on the trees or flowing in the wind, go for a drive around your town or somewhere in the woods.
Another way to see the leaves, clear your mind and enjoy the fall weather is to go for a nice walk in the woods. I suggest going for a hike up Mt. Jasper. The foot of the trail is located at the Berlin High School parking lot and when you get to the top, you will see the whole town.
If you’re more of a indoors person, you can get crafty and make a wreath out of leaves and pine cones. This will look great for a fall decoration. Speaking of decorations, fall is a great time to get your scarecrows, pumpkins and flowers out. Mums are the staple flowers of fall, and you can buy them in many places — for example, Sherman Farm in Center Conway. They also provide many other fun things to do, such as corn mazes and pumpkin patches. They will be open for these activities weekends through Oct. 29. If you get a pumpkin, you can make cute pumpkins and put them outside of your house.
This fall will also bring the annual Riverfire at Heritage Park in Berlin on Oct. 14. There will be a great supply of food, games and music, and there is also a hayride.
If you’re into scary things, there is the Ghoullog, located at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway. The Ghoullog is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and sometimes Sundays. They open in September and close in October. The cost is $32.
If you want to go to something more subtle, there is a Fall Foliage Festival in Warner on October 6-8. If you love to go buy things or look around, there is a farmers market in Berlin every Tuesday on downtown Main Street, where you can go hang out and enjoy the outdoors. Another fun thing to do outside is to have a picnic. Gather your friends or family and go have a picnic at a park in your area. You can also invite your friends and family to your fall themed cookout.
If you’re more of a homebody, don’t worry, there are fun ideas for you to do as well. You can get a pumpkin spice latte, which is the only thing that really matters in fall, at Dunkin Donuts, or make your own at home. All you need is milk, coffee and pumpkin spice. You can curl up with your latte and a nice cozy blanket and watch a seasonal movie.
Another thing you can do while you’re curled up is read a good book. Fall scented candles are also a necessity. You can light your candles and take a warm bath and just relax. If you love to cook or bake, you can bake some goodies and go to a bake sale. Baking is a stress reliever and also very yummy to eat after. You can bake some brownies, cookies, pies, cakes and anything else you can think of. You can also make candy apples, caramelized popcorn, pumpkin seeds and some soup.
If you aren’t a cook, you can come to the annual Key Club Pie Auction at Berlin High School, which will be held in November. With any of these things, apple cider is a must have. Apple cider can go with anything, and it is a fall item.
If you and your friends or family are night owls and want something to do at night, you could have a campfire and make s’mores and tell scary stories. Just make sure you have a fire permit, which can be obtained at the Berlin fire station or online. If you want to go all out at night, you can go climb a mountain or go on Cates Hill and watch the sunset.
One thing that I personally love to do in any season is go stargazing, but the crisp fall air is especially good for seeing stars. Stargazing is a peaceful, and relaxing thing to do, and this fall there will be two meteor showers, the Orionids on Oct. 21 and the Leonids, on Nov. 17.
All in all, fall is the best season of all, and you can’t argue with me on this. Berlin may seem boring and you may think there is nothing here, but if you think hard and deep enough you will find that there is actually a lot to do. This article should help you have the best fall season possible. Enjoy!
Alexa Goyette is in 10th grade and is a member of the publications class at Berlin High School.

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CANTON, N.Y. — St. Lawrence University welcomed new local students to the Class of 2021. Maggie Evans of Milan attended Gorham Middle High School. And Caitlyn S. Malia of Gorham also attended Gorham Middle High School.


New Hampshire College and University Council hosts rural state college tour

CONCORD — The dream of going to college is not out of reach for thousands of New Hampshire high school seniors who may think their families can’t afford higher education. In an effort to connect local colleges and universities with students from rural communities, the New Hampshire College and University Council is hosting a two-week tour of high schools throughout the state. The basic idea: Get educators and prospective students into the same room together to discuss the possibilities.

“We have some of the best schools in the nation,” explains Mike Vlacich, president and CEO of NHCUC. “In order to encourage the next generation of young people to stay in New Hampshire, we must partner with schools and businesses to make sure they are aware of the opportunities that exist in New Hampshire to learn, work or start a business, attending a New Hampshire-based college or university is one important way to do this.”

Representatives of 13 New Hampshire colleges and universities will tour of 34 area high schools to meet with students, talk about financial aid opportunities, and seek individual ways to help disadvantaged students access higher education. Educators will tour schools from the Lakes Region to the North Country and into southwestern parts of New Hampshire.

“Our state’s colleges and universities are motivated to offer every possible opportunity to local students to go to their school,” said Vlacich. “We are all in this together. For every student we recruit, it helps the school, community and state and it opens the doors of possibility to the student. Our goal is to give every interested student a viable path to a college diploma.”

All 13 colleges and universities visit a high school together and set up a “mini fair” of sorts for the students to learn more about each institution. College admissions experts from a number of public and private institutions in New Hampshire will be available to talk with students about the admission process. Thousands of New Hampshire students have applied to area colleges and universities as a result of this annual program.

“The economic gap between those with a college degree and those without is well documented,” said Debby Scire, executive director of campus compact for New Hampshire. “Providing programming that encourages students to pursue post-secondary education is critical to our state’s economic health and democratic principles.”

Funding for the mini college tour is provided by GEAR UP, for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is a free program that helps students succeed in school. It helps families and students learn about choices for education after high school and how to pay for it. GEAR UP believes that every student should have the opportunity to go to college if they work hard, take the right courses and stay in school. GEAR UP also believes that planning future success should begin with students and families in seventh grade and continue through 12th grade. For students who attend colleges in New Hampshire after their high school graduation, services will continue through their important first year of college.

The following high schools will be visited as part of the program: Pittsburg School, Mascenic Regional High School, Con-Val High School, Canaan High School, Colebrook High School, Groveton High School, White Mountains Regional HS (Whitefield), Berlin Senior High School, Gorham Middle/High School, Kennett High School, Monadnock Regional High School (in Swanzey), Hinsdale High School, Fall Mountain Regional High, Lisbon Regional High School, Littleton High School, Profile School (in Bethlehem), Lin-Wood Public School, Woodsville High School, Rivendell Academy (in Orford), Hanover High School, Sunapee High School, Plymouth Regional High School, Franklin High School, Winnisquam Regional High School, Gilford High School, Stevens High School (in Claremont), Lebanon High School, Mascoma Valley Regional High School, Laconia High School, Belmont High School, Inter-Lakes High School and Moultonborough Academy.

Participating New Hampshire colleges and universities are: Colby–Sawyer College, Community College System of New Hampshire (including NHTI-Concord’s Community College, White Mountains Community College, River Valley Community College, Lake Region Community College, Manchester Community College, Nashua Community College and Great Bay Community College), Franklin Pierce University, Granite State College, Keene State College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, New England College, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Plymouth State University, Rivier University, Saint Anselm College, Southern New Hampshire University and the University of New Hampshire.


Informational meeting on new flex period for high school students

BERLIN — There will be a parent/guardian informational meeting at Berlin High School on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. regarding the new flex period. The evening will start with a short informational session, followed by a question and answer session. The goal is to inform parents about the new program, which is replacing the old advisory program. Topics that will be covered are the expectations, schedule, rationale for the change and desired student outcomes. All parents and guardians are invited to attend.