Overnight summer camp slots still available

The Salvation Army still has openings for community children to attend camp this summer at Camp Sebago on Sebago Lake in Maine.
According to a release submitted by the Salvation Army, this is an opportunity for children to live in fellowship with their peers in a safe, fun and enjoyable manner in a Christian-centered atmosphere. They are offering two traditional camp sessions for children ages 7-12: July 7-13 and Aug. 10-14. They are also offering a teen-based option for ages 13-16, a traditional camp session from Aug. 2-7.
The Salvation Army firmly believes that all children should be able to experience summer camp regardless of the family’s financial situation, and as such, offers these spaces at minimal cost to families.
The spaces are very limited for all sessions. Transportation is provided to and from camp. This is an overnight camp experience. For camp costs, application appointments and more information, contact the Salvation Army at (603) 752-1644, or stop in at 15 Cole St., Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon.
Those interested in sponsoring a child to attend Camp Sebago may also contact the office at the number above. All contributions are tax deductible.

Gorham Fourth of July celebrates 'Greatest Show on Earth'

GORHAM — The Gorham Fourth of July Committee has announced this year’s parade theme: "The Circus, Celebrating the Greatest Show on Earth."
The judges will consider: theme, craftsmanship, participation and creativity. To be eligible for prize money of $300, $150 or $100, float entries must pre-register. Parade participants need to have a representative for your float at the grandstand after the parade for winner announcements.
Line-up for the main parade starts at Dublin Street. The parade starts promptly at 2 p.m., will proceed down Main Street to Route 16, then onto the Gorham Common. The judging will be in the area of Ed Fenn School through Gorham Congregational Church.
Anyone can enter a float including an individual, business or organization. The registration forms will be available at the Gorham Fire Station, Corrigan Screen Printing and Caron Building Center. The deadline to register float entries is Friday, June 30.
Completed parade forms can be dropped off at the Gorham Fire Station or mailed to: Fourth of July Committee, P.O. Box 165, Gorham, NH 03581. For information, call Janet or Nathan at (603) 466-5399.

Salvation Army Food Pantry in need of supplies

BERLIN — The Salvation Army of Berlin needs help from the community. The food pantry is in desperate need of restocking.

There has been a steady increase in the use of the pantry over the last several months, and supplies are dwindling fast. The pantry also tries to distribute personal and household care items and limited pet foods when available.

Food items in need are: canned chicken or tuna fish, canned meats (small hams, spam, etc.), flavored boxed rice and flavored rice sides packets, one pound bags rice, mac and cheese, flavored pasta sides packets, boxed mashed potatoes, canned potatoes, potato sides packets, cereal, small (12- to 18-ounce) and large (over 18-ounce) boxes, peanut butter (15- to 17-ounce jars), condensed chicken noodle and tomato soups, ready-to serve soup, canned pasta, non-frozen juice concentrate, and other non-perishable items.

Personal/Household items in need: shampoo and conditioner, body wash, bar soap, toothpaste, deodorant (men’s and women’s), diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, feminine hygiene, small bottles of laundry detergent, hand-wash dish soap, individual rolls of toilet paper, and canned and dry dog and cat food.

Anything that can be given is greatly appreciated and will be used to help those in the community. For more information contact (603) 752-1644. The Salvation Army is located at 15 Cole St., behind Coos County Family Health. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Brown Company Barn Sale this weekend

BERLIN — The Berlin and Coos County Historical Society will hold its next yard sale on Saturday, June 17, at the historic Brown Company barns. The barns are located on the East Milan Road about one mile north of the hospital and across from the state prison entrance. The sale will take place rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., no early birds.

The spotlight for this sale is on glass and crystal. There are three tables filled with glass pieces of all shapes and sizes. There will be a variety of candy dishes, mints and nuts, condiments, pitchers and even bowls in which a flower can be floated.

This specialty item is in addition to the regular departments: baskets, sports, cloth, toys, books, records and more. Large print books are located with the audio books. The furniture department is on the lower level of the larger barn.

Proceeds from these yard sales go towards expenses to keep open the Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center and to help preserve the barns. The museum is located at 119 High St. in Berlin and open year round Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Call (603) 752-4590 for an appointment of to arrange for a group to tour the museum. Admission is free, but donations are graciously accepted.

The next barn sale will be on Saturday, July 15.

Expanded passport day this Saturday at the post office

BERLIN — Close to 500 million foreign travelers visited European destinations in 2016 according to the World Tourism Organization, that’s 4 percent more than the prior year — and the U.S. Postal Service is ready to prepare travelers for such future excursions.

To make it easier to apply for a U.S. Passport, the Berlin Post Office will offer extended hours for passport processing on Saturday, June 17. A postal clerk can even take your picture if you don’t have one and no appointment is necessary. Just come to the Berlin Post Office at 15 Mount Forest St. on Saturday, June 17, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

With routine passport processing times of six weeks, it’s never too early to start planning for that next vacation. And they're here to help. According to a release submitted by the postal service, USPS.com is an excellent resource for getting passport paperwork and locating other acceptance facilities across the nation.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

The Berlin Post Office is located at 15 Mt. Forist St., in Berlin. For more information call (603) 752-1700.