Two people were injured as the result of an ATV rollover on Shatney Mountain in the town of Pittsburg on Thursday afternoon. At approximately 2:50 PM, rescue crews and authorities responded to the scene of the incident, which occurred on a designated OHRV trail on Shatney Mountain.
Personnel from Pittsburg Fire and Rescue, 45th Parallel EMS, Division of Forest and Lands, NH State Police and NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded to the call.
Greggory Sevigny, 26, and Marissa Sevigny, 25, both of South Berwick, ME, refused medical treatment at the scene, stating that they were going to drive themselves to the hospital in a private vehicle. Neither rider was wearing a helmet, and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.
Three minutes after terminating command at the Shatney Mountain incident, crews responded to a report of an injured hiker on the Fourth Connecticut Lake Trail in Pittsburg, approximately .4 miles from the trailhead at the United States Port of Entry.
Marie Boyd, 60, of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, suffered a non-life-threatening ankle injury, after losing her footing on the wet trail during a passing rainstorm. A member of her group hiked down to the US Customs and Border Protection station to make the 911 call for help, while her daughter stayed with her on the trail.
Rescue personnel were able to save significant time and effort, by utilizing an access trail on the Canadian side of the international border, which led a rescue ATV and trailer to within 300 feet of the hiker. Boyd was carried by litter to the awaiting ATV, which then relayed her to the 45th Parallel EMS ambulance. From there, Boyd was transported to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook for treatment of her injuries.
Personnel from Pittsburg Fire and Rescue, 45th Parallel EMS, US Customs and Border Protection, US Border Patrol, NH State Police, NH State Parks, and NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers assisted at the scene.
"All agencies and volunteers worked cooperatively and efficiently in response to these incidents", said CO Chris Egan.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 22:17
Written by Barbara Tetreault
BERLIN – With an estimated 6,000 ATV enthusiasts attending, the 6th annual Jericho ATV Festival this past weekend was by all measures a huge success.
ATV riders came from all over New England to race through the mud, enjoy a full slate of activities, and ride the hundreds of miles of ATV trails.
“It was the best so far,” said a tired but elated Paula Kinney, executive coordinator of the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce yesterday. But Kinney also made it clear organizers plan to continue to grow the festival.
“It’s going to get better,” she promised.
Kinney said reviews of the festival were glowing with many guests promising to come back. She said all the comments she heard were positive.
The three-day festival got underway Friday and wrapped up Sunday at Jericho Mountain State Park.
Chris Gamache, head of the N.H. Bureau of Trails, said he felt the festival went well with attendance up significantly over last year.
Gamache said his agency noted a lot of family groups riding and attendees seemed happy to be in the area and riding the trails. Kinney said the chamber also noticed an increase in kids and said next year the chamber will seek to add more kid activities.
Gamache said there was a high volume of traffic on the trails and as expected, they will need some maintenance work over the next few weeks.
He said Fish and Game reported few major incidents – the vast majority of riders, he said, were well behaved, registered, and enjoying their time in Coos County.
“ The event continues to grow and add more features to attract attendance; and many riders commented to us that they have been coming back to the area several times a year now,” he said.
Berlin Main Street Program head Sylvia Poulin said the downtown was jammed with people and ATVs for the block party Friday night. Main and Pleasant Streets in the downtown were closed to regular vehicles and ATVs lined the streets. Most downtown stores stayed open and eateries did a brisk business selling food. A beer tent and music were set up and at dusk, there was an ATV torchlight procession.
“The two streets were full everywhere,” Poulin said.
She said it is clear as the festival continues to grow, so will the downtown block party. Already, Poulin said additional space is needed for the block party.
“We need to have larger space,” she said, adding more volunteers are needed as well.
Saturday’s festivities got underway early with the now traditional ‘Blessing of the ATVs’ by Rev. Kyle Stanton and Rev. Andrew Nelson of Good Shepherd and Holy Family parishes.
Then Stanton and Nelson moved to the mud pit to open the day’s races in a rematch of last year’s race between the pair. Once again Nelson left with bragging rights after Stanton’s machine bogged down in the mud and had to be pulled out.
Kinney said the mud pit was a huge hit, revealing that Mike Couch developed a new ‘recipe’ this year that made for a muddy, soupy run. Volunteers had worked extensively over the summer to get the mud pit in prime condition.
Another crowd favorite was the N.H. Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter that did a flyover and then landed at the park Saturday morning and remained there for three hours.
But there were lots of other attractions including an ATV pull show, concession stands, demo rides, and the Rave X Freestyle Show. Brian Fisher, the host of Fisher's ATV World, which is set to air on NBCSN and Destination America Channel this summer, was on hand and then there was Flo’s Road Trip from festival host, Progressive Insurance.
In the evening, the focus moved to the Northern Forest Heritage Park for a barbecue and music festival with the popular band, Riot Act, performing.
The festival wrapped up Sunday with Law Enforcement versus Fire Department Mud Race to benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Coos. The riders raced in full uniform with victory going to the law enforcement team.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 22:15
Written by Barbara Tetreault
July 28, 2015
BERLIN – Several city streets including Cates Hill Road and will see some improvements this year thanks to about $200,000 the city received from Primex.
Primex, which runs the city's unemployment compensation and workers' compensation programs, is returning over $200,000 in surplus funds to the city.
The council last month decided to use most of the money to repair some city streets and asked City Manager James Wheeler to come up with a list of ten projects including six streets and sidewalk sections. He also suggested spending some of the money for an emergency utility terrain vehicle for OHRV rescues, the skateboard park, and a safety incentive program.
Mayor Paul Grenier recommended spending $65,000 to do grader patching on Cates Hill Road.
"Cates Hill really needs it," he said.
The council agreed and also approved spending $50,000 on Willow Street, $15,000 on Landry Street, and $10,000 for a section of sidewalk on Route 110, north of the reconstruction work being done there.
The council also settled on $29,000 for the emergency UTV, which is sufficient to purchase the vehicle. Councilor Diana Nelson, who has pushed for the purchase, said the fire department could look for other ways to get the trailer to haul it.
Wheeler recommended using $5,000 for the city's Joint Loss Prevention Program Council for safety improvements and incentives. Nelson said she would rather see the $5,000 go to the skateboard park. Grenier said spending money to reduce accidents has proven to help contain the city's worker compensation costs. But, he proposed adding $5,000 for the skateboard park.
The council approved spending $179,000 of the funds on the projects identified. Grenier stressed that the work will be done with no impact on the tax rate.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 22:15
BERLIN — For the next few weeks, the Berlin Water Works will be flushing hydrants during the daytime hours from Monday through Friday throughout the City.
Beginning on August 3, 2015 and until finished; the Berlin Water Works will be flushing hydrants throughout the City for the purpose of cleaning water mains. Repairs will be made to the hydrants found inoperable during the flushing program.
Discolored water and low pressure will occur for short time intervals in different areas of the City during the Hydrant Flushing Program.
In the event you experience discolored water, let your faucet run for 5-10 minutes to permit the discolored water to pass through your service line. If the conditions continue, close your faucet and wait for a period of 15-20 minutes to permit the discolored water to pass through your area and then reopen your tap again.
We thank you for your cooperation during the Hydrant Flushing Program. The final results will be beneficial to all water customers.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 22:14