Cutline: Students from Gorham participate in Community Service Day

Gorham Community Service DayMaking a difference in the community: These three Gorham Middle School students are giving back on Community Service Day by doing yard work at this Cascade Hill home. Pictured from left are Katie Laflamme, Danika Daniels, parent volunteer, Joseph Daniels and Sidney Chapman. (RITA DUBE PHOTO)

Community Service Day WorkingKatie LaFlamme, Sidney Chapman and Danika Daniels all work together to rake leaves for Community Service Day. (RITA DUBE PHOTO) 




Cutline: Ruediger completes Eagle Scout project

Eagle Scout ProjectParents, scouts and community friends of Berlin Troop 207 helped Calvin Ruediger install his Eagle Scout project at Horne Field in Berlin on Thursday, May 11. The tennis backboard will allow area residents to build their tennis skills and get a great workout playing against themselves. Many area businesses assisted Ruediger with this project, including White Mountain Lumber, Aubuchon Hardware, Caron Building Center and Sherwin Williams. Ruediger thanked Berlin City Council and the Berlin Parks and Recreation Department for the opportunity to serve his community. Pictured, from left, are Jared Wydra, Arthur Ruediger, Jayse Law, Calvin Ruediger, Cole Ruediger, Shawn Keezer, Daniel Lawand Matt Jacobs. Not pictured and Jacob Ramsey, Al Morrisette, Ray St. Onge and Elizabeth Ruediger. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Berlin and Coos County Historical Society to hold first barn sale of the season

BERLIN — The Berlin and Coos County Historical Society will hold its first yard sale of the 2017 season on Saturday, May 27, at the historic Brown Company barns on the East Milan Road in Berlin across from the state prison entrance. This sale will take place rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The spotlight for the first sale in on kitchen ware of all kinds from coffeemaker and casseroles, to pots and pans and pie plates. A selection of glasses, dishes and mugs are also available.
These specialty items are in addition to the usual departments: baskets, sports, books, record, cloth, toys and more. Large-print books are located with the audio books.
The furniture department on the lower level of the larger barn has been expanded to accommodate all the items that have come in since last fall. There are metal cabinets, tables, bookcases, end tables and chairs galore. All priced to sell.
Proceeds from these yard sales go toward expenses to keep open the Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center and to help preserve the barns. The museum, located at 119 High St., is open year round, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Call (603) 752-4590 for an appointment or to arrange for a group to tour the facility. The historical society can also be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Admission to the museum is free. Donations are graciously accepted.
The next barn sale will take place Saturday, June 17. 

Summer hours for the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

BERLIN — The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will be closing on Saturdays until after Labor Day beginning on Saturday, May 27, with May 20 being the last Saturday it is open for the summer. Summer hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the upstairs portion and the basement will be open on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Occasional extended hours will be held during the summer months. The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is located at 153 Grafton St. in Berlin. For more information call (603) 752-4844.


Employees at the Northern NH Correctional Facility recognized with special awards

BERLIN — The New Hampshire Department of Corrections recently recognized employees at the Northern N.H. Correctional Facility in Berlin with special awards during National Correctional Employees Appreciation Week. Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn presented a total of 14 medals and citation bars during a ceremony at the facility.

Correctional officers can receive up to five different medals and citation bars for an extraordinary achievement or accomplishment. Those include the medal of honor, the life saving citation bar, the honorable service citation bar, the injury in the line of duty citation bar, and the team commendation citation bar. Non-uniformed employees can receive a special department token for their devotion to duty and service to the public. The following employees were recognized for their achievements during 2016 and early 2017.

Corrections Lieutenant Shanon Berwick, Corrections Corporal Richard Gauthier, and Corrections Officers Scott Watson, Nancy Murphy and David Lamontagne received the team commendation citation bar for subduing an inmate who had attacked and assaulted a fellow employee on Aug. 30, 2016. Corrections Officer Ronald Heinemann received the honorable service citation bar for the same incident by placing himself between the inmate and the injured employee. Corrections Officer David Burdick received the injured in the line of duty citation bar for the same incident. Registered nurse Misty Gagne received a special devotion to duty token for providing medical assistance for the injured employee.

Corrections Lieutenant Edward McFarland, Corrections Sergeant Yair Balderrama and Corrections Officer Nathan King received the life saving citation bar for preventing a hanging in one of the facility’s housing units on Sept. 1, 2016.

Corrections Corporal Jeffrey Chapman and Corrections Officer George Bigl received the life saving citation bar for providing abdominal thrusts to an inmate who was choking and unable to breathe in the dining hall on March 31, 2017.

Corrections Officer Diana Beckwith received the department of corrections honorable service citation bar for providing emergency care while off-duty to a 9-year-old boy who had collapsed on the Hillside School playground on May 18, 2016. Her actions saved his life.

ncfchapmanPictured from the left, Commissioner William L. Wrenn, Corrections Corporal Jeffrey Chapman, and Warden Michelle Edmark. (COURTESY PHOTO)

ncfbaldyPictured from the left, Commissioner William Wrenn, Corrections Sergeant Yair Balderrama, Registered Nurse Tina Pageau and Warden Michelle Edmark. (COURTESY PHOTO)

burdickPictured from left, Commissioner William Wrenn, Corrections Officer Scott Watson, Corrections Officer Nancy Murphy, Corrections Officer David Burdick, Corrections Officer Ron Heinemann, Corrections Corporal Richard Gauthier and Warden Michelle Edmark. (COURTESY PHOTO)

beckwith01Pictured from the left, Commissioner William Wrenn, Corrections Officer Diana Beckwith and Warden Michelle Edmark. (COURTESY PHOTO)