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Couple fight to save barn once a venue for big band music

By Barbara Tetreault SHELBURNE — Carl and Jen Lessard are facing long odds in their struggle to save a colorful piece of the region’s past. Three years ago, the couple purchased what is now known as the Aston-Lessard barn and carriage house at foreclosure. Built in the 1880s as part of the “Wyndham Villa” estate on the Androscoggin River, the barn later served as a dance hall that attracted such Big Band era names as Louise Prima... Read more


11-16 Poof's column - 1979 II

11-16 Poof's column - 1979 II

1979 II Hello fellow Berlinites. Continuing with my history of Berlin 38 years ago, a headline in the local paper from February 1979 stated that “Revitalization was the key to Berlin’s future.” There was even an architect’s view of Main Street and Bickford Lane showing the revitalized improvements. This all changed though, as a huge fire in the 1990s had its own revitalization plan. One of Berlin’s most comprehensive improvement plans was presented to the city by... Read more


Blanchette and Picard named to All-State, First Team, in fie…

  By Lloyd Jones BERLIN — Three members of the Berlin High field hockey team have been recognized for their play on the field this fall. The New Hampshire Field Hockey Coaches Association announced its 2017 All-State and Twin State lists last week. Seniors Alyson Blanchette and Emily Picard were named to Division III All-State, First Team. Teammate Jenah Arsenault, a junior, received All-State, Second Team honors. Twenty-nine girls were selected to both the first and second teams. No team... Read more



Jason Robie: Holiday spirit comes from within

Alfred and Eleanor Wilcox were two of my favorite people on earth. When I was first born, our family lived with them in New York for those first years of my life they introduced me to the concept of “home.” As I grew up, and our family relocated all over New England, we always found a way to get back to Alfred and Eleanor’s house for the holidays. “Nana” and “Bampa” were their “real” names... Read more


Peter Caron

Peter Caron, 72, passed away on Nov. 11, 2017. He was born on Dec. 21, 1945, the son of Majorique and Georgette Caron, and was a lifelong resident of Berlin, N.H.   He was a Vietnam veteran and thereafter was employed as a bartender at the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch, N.H.,  until the facility closed. He is predeceased by his parents, Majorique and Georette; his brother Robert Caron, and his sister Jeanne Normand; and stepson Michael Faucher. He is survived... Read more