The Gorham Project Graduation would like to thank the following businesses who have already donated to the Chem Free Party that will take place after graduation on June 7: Androscoggin Valley Country Club, Auto North, Bedco, Berlin Bowling Center, Berlin City Dealerships, Berlin IGA Foodliner, Bretton Woods Ski Area, Bryant Funeral Home, Caron Building Center, Chapman Equip & Container, Clermont Trucking, Creative Threads, Dr. Bruce Podhouser, Dr. Richard Kay, Drigger’s Tattoo, Evolve Salon and Spa, Gill’s Flowers, Gorham House Florist, Holy Family Church and Youth Ministry, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kiwanis Club of Berlin, Mark and Julie St. Germaine, Market Basket, Memolo Construction, Moose Brook Motel, Mountain Tire Corp, Mountain Valley Malls Cinemas, Mt. Washington Auto Road, Mt. Washington Cog Railway, Mt. Washington Ski Touring, Wayne Moynihan P.C., NH Motor Speedway, North Country Dental, Pete’s Auto Body & Towing, Portland Glass, Presidential Pest Control, Razor’s Edge Family Hair Care, Remax Northern Edge Realty, Royalty, Santa’s Village, Storyland, Tassey Group Insurance, Taurus Financial Group, Town & Country Inn and Resort, Tremaine Opticians, Walmart, Whale’s Tale, White Birch Bookstore, Wildcat Mountain, Windshield World and Yokohoma Restaurant. Also, Thank you to everyone at Gorham Middle High School for their support.
The parents of the graduating seniors greatly appreciate all the donations that have been made and continue to be made. This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community! Thank you! Donations will continue to be accepted up to June 6. Please contact Jennifer Stewart -603-723-4215 if you would still like to make a donation.
Fifty-fifty tickets are still available at the Gorham Middle/High School office. You could also contact a parent of a GHS Senior! Don’t miss out on a chance to win. The pot is almost at $1,000 and will be drawn on Friday, June 7.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 20:00
Dear Mayor Grenier and council;
As a Berlin resident, I would like to express my concern with the cuts that are currently on the table with regard to the Berlin Fire Department. I feel it is absolutely imperative that the fire department continue to maintain four firemen on duty. My family had the unfortunate experience of our home being involved in fire in September of 2008. We were not expecting a catastrophic event as had occurred on that fall evening. However, as a result of the quick response and adequate staffing of our local fire department the total loss of our historic Brown Company home was circumvented and damage minimized as best as was possible. Also, the efforts of the fire department saved my family's business, Smith & Town Printers, 42 Main Street, as it was in eminent danger due to the apartment building blaze next door that leveled an entire city block in 2006. Due to the extremely quick action and preventive measures of the Berlin Fire Department our building survived with water damage and the loss of a storage trailer parked in the rear of the building. Several firemen were on the roof, hosing down our building to prevent embers from igniting a fire. It would certainly have been an added crisis considering the building contains many tons of paper and flammable chemicals.
I feel that it would not be in the best interest of our city, especially given the high number of fires in the last several years, to cut an already small number of on duty firemen. It poses a risk not only to the safety of the men on duty to be short-handed, but also to the community when crisis strikes and there is not enough help to adequately approach containing the fire. Please consider other avenues for cuts, or possibly combining local school systems (Berlin/Gorham) to reduce budget costs and provide much needed relief to the taxpayers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 19:52
Mayor Paul Grenier and council;
I've been hearing a lot of talk lately about the city cutting the Berlin Fire Department down to three firefighters on a shift. I thought I'd put my two cents in.
Last summer my parents' house was severely damaged by a fast moving garage fire. The fire department was there in just minutes and all four firefighters were doing everything they could to put it out. It took every one of them to put hoses in the right areas. Then I and a few other untrained and unprotected civilians tried our best to help them out. After experiencing what I did, I understand why they need everyone they have. I know they could use even more.
There is no margin of safety for those guys. They put everything on the line and they saved the house. They could not have done it with less and we should not expect them to. They are not magic just dedicated and very experienced. Please consider my letter before you decide to eliminate any positions.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 19:50
Written by Rose Dodge
There was a fire recently down the street from where I live. It was the house of a long-time acquaintance. Having been one of the first by-standers on scene, I was able to witness first-hand the actions of four of our knowledgeable firefighters. These individuals worked quickly and efficiently as a team; hooking up hoses, preparing to enter the smoke-filled structure, assisting with air packs, and changing them when needed. I have to say, I was very impressed with these individuals at the speed and accuracy of taking control of this structure. I believe the knowledge and teamwork of the force is a major factor in saving homes that many times is only eight feet apart, not to mention the valuables in that home. In this instance, no one was home, but these men are always trained and prepared to save lives. With two firefighters setting up equipment and hoses, the third and fourth enters the house immediately searching for occupants and begin their attack. Without a fourth man on shift, entry into a building would be delayed and possibly impede rescues as it is against firefighter standards to enter a burning building alone. A short while after these critical first minutes, a group of off-duty firefighters joined their team in taking control of the interior fire. The community joined this fight by providing water to these brave men. They are trained for their jobs, and we need to realize their dedication and the role they play in our safety. You don’t think about it until something happens to you. They are of great value to the families who have poured their life savings into their homes or are trapped with no escape. I know if my house was on fire and I was in jeopardy of losing everything I have worked for, I would want knowledgeable firefighters on the scene within minutes. I know what you’re saying to yourselves, his son-in-law is a firefighter and that’s why he is writing this editorial; not true. I was impressed by seeing them work as a team and want to maintain the security of each one of them as well as knowing they will be prepared to assist in any situation.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 19:45
Greeting Gorham High School Alumni. I am honored and humbled to serve as your president, I am half way through my current term. I am also immensely proud to have this opportunity to support GHS in reinvigorating and sustaining the relationships of the Alumni Association.
Congratulations to the Gorham High School 2013 graduating class. Good luck to you and your future endeavors. As you say goodbye to your friends and take your first steps in to adulthood remember Gorham is your home and you are always welcomed back. You will have a career, new friends and challenges. You are the newest members of the greater Gorham High School community. proud legion of more than 800+ alumni stretching around the world who bring a great cross section of professional and life experiences.
The Alumni Association exists as a way to focus pride in our school and community. We provide scholarships, help with class reunion planning, re-unite lost class rings with their owners, and many other functions
In this spirit, I want to encourage you to connect with each other and give back to the Alumni when possible. I would like to thank each alumna and alumnus who has continued to support and serve the Association. Dues are just $5 a year.
Going forward, I am eager to see you at this alumni events September 14, - 16. Kayaking down the Androscoggin Friday the 14th at 9 a.m. Free picinic at the Dolly Copp Pavilion Saturday the 15th 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Our annual all classes alumni dinner at the T & C 5 to 9 p.m., $35 dollar a plate, paid in advance to Gorham High School Alumni Assoc. 34 Fisher St., Dover, NH, 03820 . On Sunday 9 a.m., to 3 p.m. fun and prizes at our annual golf tournament $75 paid in advance to Gorham High School Alumni Assoc. 34 Fisher St., Dover, NH, 03820.
We hope to see a renewed interest in the Alumni Association, which will give us the ability to keep this worthwhile and beneficial organization going. Sadly, without you and your participation there is no GHS Alumni.
If can I ask you one more favor, join us on Gorham (NH) High Alumni 2 on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/140075786010342/. A website is currently being developed and you will be updated and forwarded to it when completed. The website will have an online payment opition for dues and events. Classes could have their own section to add photos and plan class reunions, etc.
Stan Holmes ( Class of 1970 )
Gorham High School Alumni Assco.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 19:20