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Androscoggin Valley Home Care Services to hold indoor-outdoor yard sale to benefit 'Dorothy's Gift'

BERLIN — Androscoggin Valley Home Care Services will host the 17th annual indoor-outdoor yard and bake sale to benefit "Dorothy's Gift" on Saturday, June 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 795 Main St. in Berlin.

"We have already started receiving donations, and welcome items in good condition that anyone wishes to contribute," said Director Pauline Tibbetts. Luggage, skis, chemicals or paint products and clothes cannot be accepted due to space limitations and insurance consideration.

Proceeds from the sale support the in-home needs of those people who do not qualify for state programs.

According to a release submitted by Androscoggin Valley Home Care, "Dorothy's Gift" has enabled hundreds of people to live independently in the community because Dorothy herself appreciated her ability to do so with the same kind of assistance. Anyone who cannot come on the day of the sale and wants to contribute to this cause may go to www.dorothysgift.org to give an online donation.

Androscoggin Valley Home Care Services has been serving Berlin and its surrounding communities since 1975, providing homemaking like cleaning, cooking, errands and laundry and personal care services such as bathing to those people who need assistance to remain independent in their homes.

A private, non-profit agency licensed through the State of New Hampshire, Androscoggin Valley Home Care Services employs 45 professionally trained workers and is located at 795 Main St., Berlin. Call (603) 752-7505 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit www.avhomecare.org for more in-home support information.

Kirstan Knowlton: Buzz, buzz volunteers are busy as a bee

I am really glad that the weather was much cooler for volunteers on Friday; Thursday’s heat was just brutal. And how about that storm? It’s nights like that when I wished I had a front porch to sit on and watch the lightning.

Driving into work on Friday morning, I had a big smile on face. Everywhere I looked people were hard at work, sweeping, weeding, mulching and doing what they could to beautify our downtown.

The saying goes that it takes a village, and to me that sentiment reaches far beyond just raising children.

From working with community organizations on a number of events, I have watched first hand the power of a collective group when they all work together.

It’s inspiring to say the least, and I always feel extremely motivated after spending time with them. If you don’t already have some sort of community activity that you are involved with, I highly recommend it.

Along the lines of community involvement, it’s no secret that change is coming to the North Country. Even just looking at downtown Berlin, you can easily see a shift in shops on Main Street.

I know it might look a little bleak right now, but I really do believe that good things are coming. It certainly won’t be the same downtown that everyone was used to, but when it all comes together, I have a feeling it will be better than ever.

Now let’s talk weekend plans! The weather looks fantastic, and I am excited to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Don’t forget to bring your children out to the Family Safety Day Bike Rodeo today at the Berlin Recreation Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will learn how to be a safe rider, and they can register their bikes, which includes a free inspection, decals, helmets and literature.

Later tonight, Beatles for Sale will be performing at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, located at 20 Park St., starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $20 at the door.

As always, I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Jamie and I have contemplated getting our fishing licenses this year. She doesn’t know it yet, but I bet I could out-fish her any day!

Not that you would likely give away any of your secret locations, but if you have a fishing spot you think we should visit, send me an email. We’d love to go visit some place new and have a little adventure.

Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin Daily Sun. Her inspiration comes from events and people in the community who continue to work hard to make the North Country one of the best places to live. You can contact Kirstan by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Beatles for Sale to perform tonight at the Medallion Opera House

GORHAM — Beatles for Sale, a New England Beatles tribute band, will perform at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park St., in Gorham, tonight, Saturday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and will be available at Gorham Town Hall and the White Mountain Cafe and online at www.medallionoperahouse.org. The concert is sponsored by The Tassey Group and Verizon Wireless.

Beatles For Sale is a touring, New England-based Beatles tribute band from Massachusetts that is committed to recreating the sounds of the Beatles live in concert. They are past recipients of the Best Tribute Band in New England award by Limelight Magazine.

According to a release submitted by the Medallion Opera House, this band delivers a fun and energetic performance complete with original instrumentation and vocal harmonies that are as accurate as possible to the original Beatles recordings. There are no offstage performers or pre-recorded tracks — everything is performed completely live.

More information on the band can be found at www.beatlesforsale.net.

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Induction ceremony at Crane's Snowmobile Museum is May 20

LANCASTER — The inaugural, Eastern Snowmobile Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at Crane's Snowmobile Museum on Saturday, May 20, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted.

Crane’s Snowmobile Museum is located at 172 Main Street in Lancaster. For more information call (603) 788-2071, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.cranesnowmobilemuseum.com.

Kirstan Knowlton: Mother’s Day

Mothers are often called the unsung heroes, and there is good reason why. Each and everyday they give it their all, from sun up to sun down, and sometimes even the hours in between.
As many of you know, I’ve been blessed to have many wonderful women role models in my life. From the mother who raised me, my biological mother, to my friend’s mothers who treated me like their own, I’ve been fortunate to know them all. But there’s one woman who I haven’t mentioned: My future mother-in-law, Kris Davis.
It’s no secret that at first I was a little leery of her, but that’s because I had only encountered her when it came to paying things like my water bill and car registration, and we all know that’s no fun.
Even though we quickly warmed up to one another, I’ll never forget what she said to me when I first started dating her daughter. She warned me not to break her heart, or else. "Yes ma’am," I thought to myself.
This woman means business.
But it didn’t take long for Kris and I to become friends, and then family. She instantly welcomed my son into her life, and routinely likes to show off photos of him to her co-worker. GiGi, as we affectionately call her, has become an important part of our lives.
When Jamie and I started planning our wedding, we couldn’t think of a better to person to marry us than her mother. We were thrilled when she gladly accepted our invitation, and she quickly went to work getting her license.
It will certainly be a special moment for all us when we finally get to say “I Do.”
Over the past two years that I’ve gotten to know Kris, I’ve noticed a few things about her. She’s incredibly loving and patient, but takes no grief from anyone.
She’s taught me to be confident and self-assured, and serves as a wonderful role model of how to balance love for others and love for self.
So thank you, Kris. Thank you for welcoming me into your family, for accepting my son as your own, and for your wonderful example of what it means to be strong woman.
This weekend, take a moment to thank the women in your lives who have helped shaped you into the person you are today. All too often we forget to acknowledge others for their contributions, but trust me they really need to hear it.
As always, I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Last weekend’s weather ended up being better than I thought, so maybe this weekend will be the same!
Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin Daily Sun. Her inspiration comes from events and people in the community who continue to work hard to make the North Country one of the best places to live. You can contact Kirstan by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..