Cutline: ATV route expansion

ATV ROUTE expansionFrom left: District 1 Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, state Sen. Jeff Woodburn of Whitefield, Ted Miller of North Stratford, Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association executive director Danny Hale and Harry Brown of Stewartstown attended a ceremonial event on Friday, June 30, to open the North Stratford/Bloomfield, Vt., Bridge to ATV traffic. A cooperative effort between the Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association, the state Trails Bureau, state Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation has reached an agreement to allow both New Hampshire- and Vermont-registered all-terrain vehicles to cross state lines on approved Vermont state highways in order to provide riders with access to local Vermont businesses from the Ride the Wilds' 1,000 miles of interconnected trails. The agreement connects North Stratford and Bloomfield, Vt., via Route 105, giving access to DeBanville’s General Store and Cafe. State Sen. Jeff Woodburn says he anticipates that VTrans will soon also open sections of Vermont Routes 102 and 114, allowing riders to go from Colebrook to Lemington and Canaan. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Fourth of July winners for the American Legion Auxiliary raffle

GORHAM — The members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 82 recently participated in this year’s Fourth of July festivities in Gorham. Numerous members showed up to support the celebration as clowns, passing out cotton candy, riding on floats driving convertibles in the main parade and pulling carts in the kiddie parade. The auxiliary also held a raffle to benefit its program. The raffle winners for this year’s Fourth of July fundraiser were, Don Guerin winning $200, Jodi Barnes winning $100, Don Guerin winning $50 and Sue Trull also winning $50.

Contra Dancing then and now at Medallion Opera House

GORHAM — Presenter Dudley Laufman brings the tradition of contra dancing to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians and dancers, past and present, at the Medallion Opera House, at 20 Park St., in Gorham, on Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m.  

Cutline: Flag Day Ceremony held by American Legion Post 82

Flag Retirement Ceremony 2American Legion Post 82 held its annual Flag Day Ceremony, on Saturday, June 17, and retired over 500 worn and torn American Flags. Ten-year-old Boy Scout Liam Alnwick, of Troop 207 Berlin, volunteered his services in learning about the ceremony. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Flag Retirement CeremonyAlnwick found a serviceable flag in the pile. Legionnaire Warren Ingersol showed Alnwick the proper folds of the flag. Four members of the American Legion Auxiliary were also present for the ceremony and seven Post 82 American Legionnaires. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Fourth of July flyer dedication goes to William Watson

GORHAM — William "Billy" Watson has been chosen for the 2017 Gorham Fourth of July flyer dedication.

Watson has been a Gorham resident all his life and graduated from Gorham High School in 1969. He joined the Gorham Fire Department in 1971 and achieved Firefighter I status. He’s been an active member of the fire department for the past 46 years, participated in many training exercises and volunteered in many fundraisers including breakfast, suppers, pizza trailer, raffles and conventions.

Watson has been married to his wife, Natalie, for 33 years. He has been a member of The Knights of Columbus for over 22 years and he has served many years with The Sons of the American Legion.

Watson has also been a member of the Fourth of July Committee since 1982, serving 35 years. He has held many responsibilities over the years, helping to give it the special 4th July Celebration that many people know today. His favorite duty is preparing for both of the 4th of July parades and he has worked to obtain parade permits and organizing line-up for the day of the fourth. He then followed up with working stand-by for the fireworks display along with his fellow firefighters.