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Former BDS editor Lois Alger dies

MILAN – Lois Alger, a long time reporter and editor for various North Country publications, died Tuesday.
Alger was the first managing editor for the Berlin Daily Sun, and along with Rose Dodge, helped to get the newspaper established in the Androscoggin Valley.
Alger began her career in journalism writing a column 'Funny Farm' for the Berlin Reporter during the seventies and eventually became a full-time reporter/photographer and then editor for the weekly. One of her colleagues at the Reporter was Rose Dodge.
After they had left the Reporter, the two women meet with Mark Guerringue, publisher of the Conway Daily Sun, and persuaded him to start a daily newspaper in Berlin. Guerringue said the idea to create the Berlin Daily Sun came from the pair.
"Seems like yesterday when Lois and Rose, who both had previously worked for the Reporter, were in my office pestering me to start a paper to compete against Howard James."
Guerringue said their persistence paid off, and the first Sun rolled off the press in 1992.
"Lois was the editor. She didn't stay long, but long enough to help get us going. Rose stuck out those early days, eventually became editor," Guerringue said.
Dodge said she worked in the newspaper business with Alger for many years and admired her journalistic skills and values. Working on deadline can be stressful but Dodge said Alger had a way of easing the pressure.
"I admired and deeply respected her journalist integrity and her love of the power of the written word. Working with her was always a joy as she could lighten any deadline workload with her understanding and great sense of humor. I was privileged to have worked with her and from her learned a great deal that helped me in my own career," Dodge said.
Alger also worked as a freelancer for various publications including the Coos County Democrat and the Northern N.H. Magazine. Her 1998 article in Northern NH Magazine on the 50th anniversary of Milan resident Carmen Onofrio's landing of his plane on the summit of Mount Washington was named N.H. Press Association's feature story of the year.
During their years working together, Dodge said the two became dead friends and enjoyed getting together.
"Being with her often turned into an adventure of some kind and one came away knowing they'd had a good day," she said.
"Lois was a kind and compassionate person who loved her family, friends, garden and animals and I feel blessed for having been among her friends," Dodge added.
Calling hours for Alger will be held Friday night at the Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Her obituary may be found elsewhere in this edition.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 22:24

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Berlin Veteran to receive French Legion of Honor

Berlin – World War II veteran Emile Tremblay will be presented with the French Legion of Honor from the General Consul of France in a ceremony at the state house in Concord Friday afternoon.
This award was created by Napoleon in 1802 to acknowledge services rendered to France by persons of exceptional merit. Its presentation to Tremblay is a sign of France's infinite gratitude and appreciation for the decisive role American soldiers played in the liberation of the country during World War II.
The French Consul General, Lt. Colonel Roy Hunter of the Army National Guard and a representative from Senator Kelly Ayotte's office will be present to honor Tremblay.
The Berlin man was a young soldier in northern Africa, Italy and France during his two years three months and twenty-three days of service. During that time, as a member of the Texas "T Patch" division, he was involved in three amphibious landings on the beaches of Paestem, Anzio and St. Rapheal. His regiment was also involved in such battles as the Rapido River, Monte Cassino, liberation of Luxeul, Grenoble, Montelimar, Lyon and battles in the Vosges mountains, where Tremblay was injured in battle. He was injured during a bombing campaign on October 5, 1944 (nearly 70 years to the date) in the thick wooded mountains somewhere between Docelles and Fayes. Tremblay remembers that night with reverence as he recalls it took most of the night for him to be carried through the bombings to safety by five of his fellow servicemen.
When asked about that time in 1944 he said, "I came to France to do my duty and above all to fight for a just cause. There were many times that I did not think I would survive. I certainly lost many of my buddies who never returned; they never saw their families again."
Tremblay returned to Italy and France in 2012 with his family to the places he had been nearly 70 years before. He was amazed at how things had changed. He said he remembered the cold and the rain in the Vosges, and combat in the somber pine forests. He remembered the small towns with names that had been lost in his memory.
It was truly humbling for Tremblay and his family as they stood in the Epinal American cemetery, surrounded by so many who had fought alongside Tremblay and gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives.
"I was amazed that, although so many things had changed since the war, the people still remembered. They remembered and recognized the sacrifices that had been made for their freedom. It was truly unbelievable to have people come up to my grandfather on the streets of small towns and literally shake his hand in thanks. People, young and old, thanked him for all he sacrificed as he fought for their freedom," said his granddaughter, Amy Hollingworth. Hollingworth said her grandfather is humble and modest about his war heroics.
"Even to this day, when he is thanked for his service, he humbly replies 'I just did what I was asked to do. We fought because we believed it was right. There was a job to do, we tried to do our very best and we hope to simply have done our duty, that's it. I am not a hero. I am not special; there were many, so many like me there fighting.'"
Hollingworth applied for the award on behalf of her grandfather. When told he was going to be recognized by the French government for his service, she said he asked about those who fought along with him.
"What about everyone else that was there fighting alongside of me. For sure, they deserve this as much as I do," Hollingworth said her grandfather asked. She said he would only accept the award in honor of all who served and fought for the freedom of French citizens.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 22:19

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Bee sting leads to hiker rescue on Mount Washington

A young woman was rescued from the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail on Mount Washington after having a very serious reaction to a bee sting on Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. Claudia Dudley, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia was hiking up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail with her husband, Josh Dudley, when the incident occurred. Shortly after 11 a.m., the two were suddenly swarmed by bees (presumably yellow jackets) while on the trail approximately a mile above the base station of the Cog Railway. Mrs. Dudley was stung during the encounter, and shortly thereafter began to have difficulty breathing due to a reaction from the sting.

The couple knew about Mrs. Dudley's susceptibility to a bee sting reaction and fortunately had with them three "EpiPens" (an epinephrine injector used to treat anaphylaxis). After retreating from the bees, Mr. Dudley administered the drug in one "EpiPen" to Claudia. Claudia still had significant difficulty breathing, so Mr. Dudley administered another dose of drug from their second "EpiPen." This helped, but Mrs. Dudley continued to have difficulty breathing and began to experience joint pain due to her reaction to the sting. Given the seriousness of the symptoms, Mr. Dudley made a 911 call for help from his cell phone and stayed on scene with his wife.
The call for help was received by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department at approximately 12:30 p.m.  Conservation officers were dispatched to the scene, as well as personnel from Twin Mountain Fire and Rescue. Twin Mountain fire chief Jeremy Oleson was first on scene, hiking in with medical supplies and providing additional first aid. Chief Oleson was able to help stabilize Mrs. Dudley's condition and relayed information to other rescuers. Four New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers, a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer and volunteers from the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, Twin Mountain Fire and Rescue, Appalachian Mountain Club and several good Samaritans responded to the scene and assisted in carrying Mrs. Dudley down the trail and out of the woods.

Mrs. Dudley arrived safety and in stable condition at the base station of the Cog Railway at approximately 3:45 p.m. She was subsequently transported to Littleton Regional Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers note that this incident is a prime example of why it is always important to be prepared for the unexpected. Mr. and Mrs. Dudley never saw a bees nest or had any indication that a swarm of bees was active along the trail. The two were Appalachian Trail thru-hikers who had made their way north from Georgia, traversing hundreds of miles of remote trail. The two knew about Mrs. Dudley's adverse reaction to a bee sting and carried with them several "EpiPens", a decision which may have ultimately been a life saving one. In the end, good gear preparation and a dedicated rescue community once again helped prevent tragedy in New Hampshire's White Mountains.



Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 23:11

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Gorham police news

Saturday, Sept. 20

Christopher Lima, 74, Dover, was arrested for speeding on N. Main Street.

A resident off Route 2 filed a complaint on that he found the carcass of a turkey taken out of season. The incident is under investigation.

Sunday, Sept. 21

Brenda Tibbets, 48, Gorham, was issued a summons for non-inspection of a motor vehicle.

Fernando Korzen, 17, Berlin, was issued a summons for non-inspection of a motor vehicle.

Officers investigated a call that a man was looking into windows on Jimtown Road. No one was found.

Monday, Sept. 22

Police were called to investigate two separate cases of shoplifting that occurred at Wal-Mart.

Chanda Sanfratello, 35, Berlin, was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. She was released on $500 bail and is to appear in court on Nov. 4.

Police were again called to Wal-Mart later that day for another incident of shoplifting.

Jason Steele, 34, Springfield, Vt., was arrested on a bench warrant out of Enfield District Court.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Police located a missing 14-year-old female juvenile.

Police are investigating a case of fraud.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Aaron Burek, 32, Union City, Pa., was arrested for operating without a valid license and is to appear in court Nov. 4.

Henry Woods, 30, Berlin, was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart and was released on $500 bail.

There were 606 calls for service for the Gorham Police Department between Sept. 19 and Sept. 26.


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