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Cynthia Dokmo Awarded Citizen of the Year

Amherst Town Library


he Lions Club presented the Citizen of the Year for 2017 to Cynthia Dokmo for her long and varied contributions to Amherst. In making the presentation Lions Club president Nate Jensen said that Amherst Citizen of the Year has recognized outstanding individuals “for their long and profound contributions to the Town of Amherst.” Jensen continued, “Our 43rd Amherst Citizen of the Year is a well known and well loved individual who has been a member of our Amherst community for over 40 years. This citizen has contributed countless hours of service to Amherst, tirelessly, in many roles. This citizen served on the planning board, in the NH state legislature for eight terms, as a school board member, FISH coordinator, moderator of Souhegan High School, president of SHARE and the Rotary Club, Parliamentarian of the Amherst Garden Club, and presently as one of your Cemetery Trustees. If you know her it comes as no surprise that our committee received more than 25 separate nominations to honor this citizen. To quote one of the nominating letters: ‘Cynthia is an upstanding, tireless and committed citizen. I believe that Citizen of the Year is an appropriate and well-deserved honor for her.’ It is therefore my honor to recognize my friend and colleague Cynthia Dokmo as the 2017 Amherst Citizen of the Year. Congratulations Cynthia and Aaron Dokmo, his son Henry well-deserved! and his daughter Maia.

Amherst’s 2017 Citizen of The Year, Cynthia Dokmo with husband Lew Dokmo. Cynthia is the 43rd recipient of the award presentation by the Amherst Lions Club.

Aaron’s wife, Hilja Viidemann, Cynthia, Lew, and their sons Jed, and Aaron, with grandchildren Maia and Henry.

Gov. Sununu Signs Clean Water Bills in Amherst AMHERST – Governor Chris Sununu visited Amherst Town Hall, Landry Meeting Room on Thursday, July 20 for the official signing of three bills to protect water quality in the state. Local and state lawmakers were among the dignitaries who attended. SB 57 makes appropriations to the department of environmental services for the purposes of funding eligible drinking water and wastewater projects under the state aid grant program. It makes appropriations to the department of environmental services for funding specific water and wastewater projects and makes appropriations from the drinking water and groundwater trust fund to the department of environmental services to address drinking water contamination in Amherst caused by perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). With the passage of this bill Pennichuck Water Works will be preparing to bring public water to the homes in Amherst affected by the contamination. Gov. Sununu spoke of the public trust citizens have in the government to ensure that the glass of water a parent hands a child is safe to drink.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Letters................................. 2 Town News............................ 4 Library.................................. 5 Fourth of July 2017............... 7 Schools................................. 8 SportsFolio............................ 9 Arts & Entertainment............. 10 Mont Vernon......................... 12 Next Issue: September 2017

A Special “Thank You” to Nancy Head for her many years of service as Chair of the Amherst Fourth of July Parade and Ceremonies

The Neave Trio performs Thursday, August 3 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Amherst Town Library

Neave Trio Presents “Ballet To Tango: Students of Paris” AMHERST – The Amherst Town Library welcomes one of the finest emerging young chamber ensembles to celebrate the “grand finale” of the Adult Summer Reading Program as The Neave Trio presents “Ballet to Tango: Students of Paris” on Thursday, August 3 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. Trio members hail from Russia (cellist Mikhail Veselov), Japan (pianist Eri Nakamura), and the U.S. (violinist Anna Williams). The trio has enjoyed tremendous international success and the Library is pleased to have them perform the works of Piazolla, Debussy, and Roussel at our venue. The Friends of the

Amherst Town Library will be providing refreshments prior to the evening performance and welcome you to come enjoy an evening with neighbors and friends while building a better world through music. Your attendance also enables you to enter our end of summer reading raffle with many excellent grand prizes! The members of The Neave Trio are graduates of the Yale, Manhattan, Mannes and Longy Schools of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Chopin Academy in Moscow. They have been recipients of the Lilian Fuchs Chamber Music Prize, the Gartoff Foundation Prize, and the Yale School of Mu– More on page 5

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Gov. Chris Sununu is surrounded by legislators and supporters as he signs into law three Clean Water bills

Donations Sought for Veterans’ Markers Each and every gravesite of an Amherst veteran receives a Veterans marker made possible by the work of Marie Grella and the kind donations of Amherst residents. She presently is in need of more markers and is once again depending on the generous donations from the citizens of Amherst. Please send your donation to: Veteran Markers c/o of Marie Grella PO Box 86 Amherst NH 03031

“Disorder XIII” by Tracy Hayes, Mixed Media on Canvas

Mixed Abstract, Motion or Emotion? AMHERST – Come explore the abstract artworks of Tracy Hayes August 1 31 with a reception on August 1 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Amherst Town Library. Tracy’s artwork is a exploration of connections that emerge out of patterns in the intersections of lines, textures and values that not only create motion but emotion as she uses mixed media of ink, acrylic and pen as tools to take an intimate and self-reflective inward look to explore in-

ner currents and forces that blend emotion in an organic effect. “My work is born in part from years of obsessive mark-making exploration, as well as the ability to experiment and hone my personal expression…” The Friends of the Amherst Town Library invites the public to explore Tracy’s journey that will leave the viewer in awe. If you have any questions please contact Christine Farris at


AUGUST 2017 •

Letters & Opinion Amherst Recycling Task Force

The Task Force meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at the Office of DPW – residents are welcome. Visit: for complete details.

Amherst Recycling Center Hours: Tuesday:

Thursday: Friday: Saturday:

12 noon to 8 p.m. 12 noon to 8 p.m. 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Appliances with Freon: Refrigerators, Air Conditioners, Freezers,: $10.00 Brush over 6” diameter: $0.10/lb. Demolition & Construction material (No asbestos or asbestos shingles): $0.10/ lb. Propane Gas Cylinders: Check at Scale House for price based on size. Car Tires: $2.50 each. Truck Tires: $10.00 each. TVs, Computer Monitors, CRTs: $5.00 each.

Aluminum Cans

Recycle on aluminum can sorting table; rinse and squash.


Put in trash compactors.


Take to Radio Shack, Nashua Hazardous Waste Center, or place in special battery container in recycling area.


Stack At Designated Area.


Put in Book Shed or recycle soft cover books in mixed paper compactor. Take covers off hard cover book and recycle in mixed paper compactor; put covers in trash.

Brush-up to 6”

Put in brush pile at top of hill.

Brush – over 6”

Pay at Scale House, then put in brush pile at top of hill.

Yard Waste

Put in compost pile: Grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, garden waste and COLD fireplace ashes; no brush, rocks, food products, flower pots, or plastic bags.

Resignation Letter To the editor:

To the citizens of Amherst and Mont Vernon: It is with much regret, but this week I submitted my resignation as Moderator of the Souhegan Cooperative School District. Thirty years ago, William and I moved to Amherst--all the way across the country from my family. We’ve raised our two boys here and had lives full of wonderful friends and lots of memories. I’m proud of the contributions we made to the community. But that is coming to an end as we drive out of Amherst and New Hampshire to new adventures and memories in Oregon. Thanks to all of you for giving me the opportunity to serve you. It was an honor. Addie Hutchison

Grateful Family Thanks SHS Run For Hope Fundraiser To the editor:

We would like to thank the Faculty and Student body of the Souhegan High School for the tremendous efforts they put into this year’s Run for Hope fundraiser held this Spring. The event was in memory of our son Andrew Burnett, a student at SHS who passed away in March after a lifelong struggle with a rare metabolic disease. Each year an organization is chosen to benefit from the fundraiser and for this event Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports was the recipient. Andrew had a great love of the outdoors and was an active participant in CMARS enjoying adaptive skiing, cycling, kayaking and hiking for many years with the group. The SHS community raised over $ 5000.00 for the CMARS Scholarship fund to help others experience these great programs. A special thanks to Laura Gardocki who was Andrew’s case manager at the school and helped organize the event. We would also like to thank our friends and neighbors in Mont Vernon and surrounding community for their compassion and help including many dinners for our family during this difficult time. Andrew faced many challenges throughout his life but his love for sports and school always kept him projecting his infectious smile. Gratefully, Jeff, Nicole and Jared Burnett Mont Vernon

Cell Phones & PDAs

The Family Restored Support Group

Recycle at Scale House, or with Peabody Mill Environmental Center at the Library, Town Hall, or Wilkins School.

Clean, untreated lumber

Dispose of at top of hill: Not painted or stained, no pressure treated items, no plywood, no wood-like composite material.

For Friends and Families of Addicts & Alcoholics


Must be clean. dry, and in plastic bags—clothing, bedding, rags, or towels. No pillows or sleeping bags. Place in collection container.


Every Monday from 6:30pm-8:00pm

Recycle plastic and metal containers on commingle sorting table

Concord Wesley United Methodist Church 79 Clinton St, Concord, NH 03301

Corrugated Cardboard

Recycle in cardboard compactor; flattened, clean, dry, no pizza boxes.


Check at the Scale House – VCRs, radios, electronic equipment; computer equipment. - Place “intact” CPU box (all components including hard drive) and laptops into the container dedicated to CPU’s. TVs/computer monitors – pay at Scale House.

Fluorescent Lights

Recycle in covered plastic containers near trash compactors.


Recycle on glass sorting table; bottles, drinking glasses, ceramic coffee cups, plate glass, and window panes.

Kitty Litter

MUST be disposed of in trash. Cannot be Recycled.

Visit transfer station website or ask attendants on duty. Magazines, Newspapers

Recycle in newspaper & magazine recycle container; newspapers with inserts, magazines, direct mail catalogs.

Mixed Paper

Recycle in mixed paper compactor (details below).

Motor Oil

Dispose of in oil collection tank; no antifreeze or synthetic oil. Dispose of antifreeze in antifreeze collection tank.

This support group, facilitated by addicts and alcoholics active in recovery, is for friends and families who are struggling to cope with a loved one’s addiction. We know that addiction can be strenuous and confusing for those surrounding the addict, and who better understands the complex weavings of addiction than those who have experienced it? We offer a unique perspective on addiction from a first hand experience. Through sharing our personal stories of failure and success, we believe we can inspire hope and provide an honest and insightful overview on how to approach addiction effectively. Our goal is to educate and equip families with the tools they need to confidently make decisions that support recovery in both the family and their addicted loved one. Group members will have the opportunity to hear the experiences of addicts in recovery, ask questions, participate in discussion, or simply, just listen. Most of all, members can relate their stories with other families and receive support from those that have overcome similar circumstances.

Greg Smola 603-937-1135

Let’s Get Social!

Scrap Metal

Put in Metal Pile. All large and small metal items. Appliances that do not contain Freon. Metal frames from Hide-abeds.

Still Good Shed

• Games, household items, toys, sporting goods, and manageable furniture (see attendant first). The volume of items deposited often gets out of hand and after a period of time the building is cleared.

Book Swap

• Book swap room is located in red building on left near entrance.


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Thank You to our generous chair sponsors: Granite State Cabinetry, Silva Properties, State Farm Peter Akerson, Wright & Associates Family Health Care, Amherst Physical Therapy. Theriault & Son, Ponemah Veterinary Hospital, Walt’s Service, Paul Koehler Landscaping, Carson City Tire, Boyd & Boufford Insurance Agency, AB Academic Coaching & KEEP Collective. Thank You to Our Awesome Donors: Goedecke Flooring & Design, Streamline Printing. Thank You to our Talented Artists: Brandie Petus, Tamara Gonda, Sharron April, Liz Calibria and the Art Happens Kids, Keri Allen, Paula Furlong, Molly Furlong, Christie Valihura, Tracy Tobin Lafosse, Robin Lacroix, Wendy Ayotte, Lyudmyla Mayorska Hoffman of Purple Porcupine. Special Thank You to Our Chair Hosts, The Amherst Library Congrats to all of the winners! All of our funds raised go back to help our local community. We couldn’t have done it without you! Amherst Junior Women’s Club

Fourth of July 2017 Was Fantastic, Thanks to Devoted Volunteers To the editor:

The weather on July 3rd and July 4th was fantastic and the crowds were enthusiastic—what more could we have asked for?! The Fourth of July 2017 came off without a major hitch and had lots of the old and some of the new about it. Leslie Bennett’s hummus wraps made an initial appearance on the 3rd along with a new juggler act. Jack Reed, volunteer fireworks chief, oversaw a spectacular display once again, his last gift to Amherst before his retirement . Because it was not an election year, there were no politicians to form a political part of the parade but Senator Maggie Hassan was present to march in the parade and say a few words to the crowd. The Wheelmen were back after an absence of two years. The Lions Club celebrated their 100thanniversary with a cake and Katie Giannakopolos sang the national anthem. Never in my eighteen years on the reviewing stand have I experienced the total silence that fell when Katie sang. It was moving. All in all, it was one of my favorite Fourths! Thanks are due to the many people who came together as a community to make the Fourth of July an event to be enjoyed by all. The town and school departments were totally supportive; we could not have the celebration without the tremendous help that they give. Volunteers once again put on the fireworks, manned the booths on the village green, marched in the parade and put hours into making floats for everyone to enjoy. Oak Hill volunteers and CERT personnel helped with the traffic, keeping the hundreds of cars moving smoothly on both days. Jim Janson, Float Chair, did a great job of encouraging floats this year. Recognition was given to the Amherst Lions Club, Neighbors of the Flume, the Amherst Garden Club, the Amherst Democrats, and the Amherst Republicans. The floats and the marchers give that needed Amherst touch that makes the parade special. Our thanks go to all who participated! The community area Masons came to the aid of the July Fourth Committee when there was no one to run the hamburger stand on the Fourth this year. Many, many thanks to them. And many thanks to Cliff Ann and Jim Wales of the Amherst Citizen who have done so much for so long to get the information about the Fourth out to the public. Thanks, too, to our community-minded financial sponsor, the Granite State Credit Union, that has helped us with the fireworks display for many years. The committee works hard to raise about half of the cost of the bands and events; the Granite State Credit Union has made a significant contribution to this effort. This year a new sponsor, Rymes Propane and Oils Inc, joined with the committee in a fundraising effort that was very successful and much appreciated. Atlas PyroVision and Shaw’s Supermarket also provide support. The greatest thanks of all must go to the July Fourth Committee, those wonderful people, both past and present, who have made it all work. This year’s committee included Kim Ayers, Leslie Bennett, George Coddington, Tom Darnall, Diane DeSimone, Jen Eccleston, Jim Janson, Nate Jensen, John Leary, Katherine Lockwood, Liz Morgan, Jeff Odhner, Reed Panasiti, Debbie Polatchek , Beth Powers, Gretchen Pyles, Tammy Rafferty, Paula Schmida, Betty Shankel, Nancy Tarpley, Noel Ward, and Rene Warren. Respectfully, Nancy Head, Chair Amherst Fourth of July Committee

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Latex paint thoroughly dried – put in trash; Oil based paints, stains, thinners – take to Hazardous Waste Center in Nashua.

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AJWC Adirondack Chair Auction was a Huge Success!

Factory-trained Installation. See our website for sales, specials, hours, and more. Swimming Pools, Billiards, Patio Furniture, Hot Tubs, Bars, Stools, Grills, Awnings.

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People in the News Main Street Ribbon Cutting for New Office Space AMHERST – Brian S. McGuigan, CFP®, Financial Planning & Wealth Management is pleased to announce the opening of his new office for his financial planning and wealth management practice at 8 Main Street, Amherst. Brian has been a financial consultant for eighteen years and earned his Certified Financial Planner™ designation in 2012. “I love the Souhegan Valley community and the people in it. I have lived here for twenty-three years and I am extremely happy to continue to serve this community from our lovely new office here in the historic village center of Amherst,” said McGuigan. Brian lives in Amherst with his wife, Sarah, and son, Alex. He is active in the Amherst Lions Club. The office can be reached at 2496535.


(L to R) Front: Beth Boggis, Michelle White, Rick Boyd, Sarah Stewart, Brian McGuigan, Wendy Hunt, Jenny Ciotti, Judy Learson, Jack Learson; Back: Paul Tripp, Becky Tripp, David Trudo, Kathy Johnson,  Bob Heaton, Sue Heaton, Steve Johnson, Brian Springman.

Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Award Winners

Business of the Year: Tony DaCosta, VP of Operations, Turnstone Corporation, Jerry Gutierrez, SVCC Board President, Stacy Clark, President of Turnstone Corporation

Non-Profit of the Year: Bob Moulton and Tom Quinn from the Milford Rotary

AMHERST – On Wednesday evening, June 14th. Several hundred chamber members and guests, came out to Alpine Grove in Hollis to honor the nominees and winners. The winners were voted on by ballot at the Awards Dinner in the categories of: Business of the Year; Non-Profit of the Year; Small Business of the Year; Business Leader of the Year; and Volunteer of the Year. The event was sponsored by HPM Insurance, Edward Jones InvestVolunteer of ments, Family Dental Care of Milthe Year: Trent ford, Service Credit Union, and AlBlalock, Edward Business Leader of pine Grove. the Year: Susan Taylor, Jones Investments For information on the SouheExecutive Director, gan Valley Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of membership and sponsorship opSV, Wendy Hunt, SVCC portunities, please visit the chamExecutive Director ber website at or contact Wendy Hunt, Executive Director, at 603.673.4360 or wendy.

SVCC Annual Business Award Winners and Nominees in 5 Categories: Business of the Year Non Profit of the Year

Small Business of the Year Business Leader of the Year Volunteer of the Year

WINNER: Turnstone Corporation NOMINEES: Contemporary Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat Ledgewood Bay Red Oak Apartments

WINNER: Union Coffee NOMINEES: Amherst Karate Studio Postal Center USA Spinal Corrective Center

WINNER: The Milford Rotary Club NOMINEES: Community Action for Safe Teens (CAST) Touchstone Farm United Way of Greater Nashua

WINNER: Susan Taylor, Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley NOMINEES: Lyle Fulkerson, HPM Insurance Tina Smith, People’s United Bank

WINNER: Trent Blalock, Edward Jones Investments NOMINEES: Becky Tripp, Classic Signs Family Dental Care of Milford

Amherst Resident Opens New Nashua Boutique Keeps Mud Outside

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Lindsey Joelle Braverman, daughter of Gail and Terry Braverman of Haslett, MI, and Stephen Andrew Spiess, son of Susan and Paul Spiess of Amherst, NH, were married on August 6, 2016. The ceremony and reception were held at the Island House on Mackinac Island, MI. Given in marriage by her father, the bride was by attended by maid of honor Alissa Finney Earl of Brighton, MI. Bridesmaids were Cheryl Miles Carrillo of Sarasota, FL, Jayne Jaeger Braverman of Dewitt, MI, Vicki Somoya of Asheville, NC, and Jennifer Spiess Gupta of Bedford, NH. The flower girls were Heidi Braverman of Dewitt, MI, Naomi Morris of Clermont, FL, and Molly Gupta of Bedford, NH. The best man was Gene Bova of Bedford, NH. Groomsmen were Hap Bradley of Trumansburg, NY, Chris Braverman of Dewitt, MI, and Nick Kovaliv of Merrimack, NH. Ring bearers were Owen and Parker Gupta of Bedford, NH. Ushers were Nick Batanian of Perrysburg, OH, and Dan McKernan of Toledo, OH. The bride graduated from Haslett High School and is a certified Pilates instructor and licensed massage therapist. In addition to her massage practice, she is currently employed at Evolve Pilates in Los Altos, CA. The groom is a 1997 graduate of Souhegan High School, and holds degrees from Brown University, Dartmouth College and University of Michigan. He is currently a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Stanford University. Following a honeymoon in Hawaii this July, the couple will relocate to Sherborn, MA. Dr. Spiess will be an Assistant Professor of Literature at Babson College, and Lindsey will continue her practice as a Massage and Neuromuscular Therapist and Classical Pilates Instructor, and will resume her Environmental Studies degree.

NASHUA – Amherst resident Kami Harris and her business partner, Danielle Skelley of Nashua recently opened camaraderie boutique in downtown Nashua. The two women met five years ago when they bonded over faith and fashion. Both of them had a strong desire to work toward their passion and over time the idea of a clothing and accessory boutique was born. Their hope is for the guests who come through the camaraderie doors to feel instantly welcomed, find expert style advice, and walk away feeling confident and on trend. Because for them it’s all about camaraderie - mutual trust and friendship. Kami and Danielle will always stand behind their belief: quality over quantity. You can shop their store at 175 Main Street, Nashua. Store hours are Tues-Sat 10-5, Thursday 10-7, closed Sunday + Monday. Follow them on social media @camaraderiestyle or visit their website at

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AUGUST 2017 •

Bulletin Board Free Showing of Disney’s “The Incredibles” Village Bible Church of Amherst, 25 ½ Middle St, will host a free outdoor showing of Disney’s “The Incredibles” on Friday, August 18th at 7:30 pm. Bring a blanket or chair, bug spray, and your friends. Refreshments will be supplied. (In the event of inclement weather, it will be held indoors.)

Nashua Historical Society Program on Salem Witchcraft Trials The fall programs for The Nashua Historical Society will begin on Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Margo Burns will present The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us. Margo will explore an array of prosecutions in 17th century New England. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693 when 19 people were hanged and one crushed to death, but also examines a variety of other colonial witchcraft cases in New Hampshire and Connecticut. The program is underwritten by NH Humanities to Go! and is free and open to the public. The Nashua Historical Society is located at 5 Abbott Street, Nashua. For more information, our website is http://www.nashuahistoricalsociety. org/ or call 883-0015.

Beginner Quilting Class with Gail Pinet Periodically, The Nashua Historical Society offers classes on traditional crafts. We are pleased that Gail Pinet is offering a beginner hand quilting class on September 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. In this class you will learn how to make one hand-quilted square that you can use to begin a larger project. Gail Pinet has been quilting for 40 years. She has been a member of the Souhegan Valley Quilters Guild for 18 years. Gail has made hundreds of quilts. A sample of Gail’s work is on display at The Nashua Historical Society. The deadline for registering is Tuesday, September 5. Call 883-0015 or email Nashuahistorical@comcast net.

Nashaway Chapter of the NH Audubon Society The Nashaway Chapter of NH Audubon and Beaver Brook Association welcome the public to a free presentation by Beaver Brook Naturalist Rivka Schwartz about the diversity of wildflowers of Beaver Brook on Wednesday, August 16 at 7pm. This will be held in the downstairs, wheelchair accessible, theater room of the Nashua Public Library. Registration is not necessary. For more information, contact Richard Maloon 424-5621 or In partnership with Beaver Brook Association, The Nashaway Chapter of NH Audubon invites the public to a free guided wildflower walk at Beaver Brook Association, 117 Ridge Road, in Hollis on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 10am to noon. We’ll be finding asters, goldenrod, berries, and other summer flowers. To register, or for more info, directions, and other activities at Beaver Brook, visit

August events hosted by Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua Caregiver support group at Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua (Aug. 7 & 21) NASHUA — Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua will host its monthly caregiver support group on Monday, Aug. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 21 from 12 to 2 p.m. Join us to share your caregiving story while also hearing the stories of others facing similar experiences. ‘Advances in Alzheimer’s Disease Research’ at Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua (Aug. 8) NASHUA — Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua will host the complimentary presentation “Advances in Alzheimer’s Disease Research” on Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Learn about the latest in Alzheimer’s research from Dr. Elizabeth Vassey, co-founder and associate director of the Boston Center for Memory. ‘Alzheimer’s and its Effects on the Family’ at Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua (Aug. 14) NASHUA — Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua will host the complimentary presentation “Alzheimer’s and its Effects on the Family” on Monday, Aug. 14 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia affect our loved ones in different yet equally significant ways. Learn how to address the challenges your family members may be experiencing after a loved one’s diagnosis, including how to explain memory loss and behavior changes to younger family members, during this informative presentation led by Alicia Seaver, certified memory impairment specialist and director of memory care at Bridges by EPOCH. ‘Hints for Caregivers’ at Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua (Aug. 28) NASHUA — Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua will host the complimentary presentation “Hints for Caregivers” on Monday, Aug. 28 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Learn how to best manage your loved one’s symptoms and get answers to any specific questions you may have during this informative presentation led by Alicia Seaver, certified memory impairment specialist and director of memory care at Bridges by EPOCH. You are welcome to bring your loved one to enjoy a delicious meal with our residents while you attend the presentation. For more information or to RSVP, call 594-0581. Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua, a memory care assisted living community, is located at 575 Amherst Street.

2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection August 5 The Nashua Regional Planning Commission is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, August 5, 8:00AM-12:00PM at Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive, Nashua for residents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham, and Windham, $10 user fee per vehicle, additional charges for quantities exceeding 10 gallons or 20 pounds. No Latex Paint, No Electronics, No Medications For more information and a complete list of accepted items, please visit: http:// or call 424-2240.

DISCUSSION GROUP at TOADSTOOL BOOKSHOP On the first Thursday of each month, the discussion group meets from 7PM to 8:30PM. We share ideas on philosophy, current affairs and familiar truths. For more information contact: Norah at 673 – 6948.

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Illegal Saloons on “the Acre” Run by Irish Women of Amherst & Milford

BY KATRINA HOLMAN Among the keepers of illegal saloons in the late 19th century in our area were two women, both of them born in Ireland. From their life circumstances, it is clear why these women chose to go into an illegal business. However, after their second raid by the sheriff, both gave it up – no doubt because the court fines for subsequent offenses were so stiff. These saloons – and all others in “the Acre” neighborhood of Amherst, of which evidently there were four at any one time – were on the same block with either the Border Street School of Amherst’s District No. 2 or the local Catholic church, the original St. Patrick’s, which was on the Amherst portion of Souhegan Street. Mrs. O’Hara’s Rum Shop In 1884, which was nearly two decades after Milford Selectmen began their concerted efforts to crack down on liquor saloons, two “lads of twelve and fourteen summers [named Ned and John Buckley got] so miserably drunk that they [were] shut up in the lobby [of Milford Town Hall, presumably, a temporary form of jail] on Sunday.” (As far as I can deduce from censuses, the Buckley teenagers were cousins, both residents of Amherst, but if they were already working, it would have been in Milford. It’s possible the boys were fetching drink for their fathers, or claimed that they were – which was illegal too, but not as egregious as serving minors.) “Mrs. Mary O’Hara who keeps a rum shop at the acre was taken up for selling them the liquor and tried on Monday, was found guilty on four counts, fined for one and paid costs on all, making in all $90. She has been arrested once before and paid $60.” The newspaper item concluded: “We understand she expresses the resolution to get her living in some other way in future or see aid from the town.” (Farmers’ Cabinet, 11 April 1884.). Notice her clear message that she was on the verge of pauperism – which would cost either the town or the county. Mary (Riley) O’Hara (c.1839-1901) and her husband, John O’Hara (1841-1900), lived on the NW corner of Souhegan and Border Streets, bought in 1871 in her name for $700 (from her husband’s brother-in-law, a prominent Irish citizen of Milford), so they were residents and taxpayers of Milford and “her” saloon was thus in Milford too, although her

customers could stumble across Border Street or a few feet east on Souhegan Street and be in Amherst. John was born in Maine of Irish parents and as a young man learned the trade of brick-maker and stone mason, like his father. Perhaps it was work in a quarry that brought him to Milford. However, he was physically challenged at a young age. He switched to work in a furniture shop in Milford (at age 28 in 1870). In 1879, he tried something new: “John O’Hara who has been unable to do any manual labor for a long time, being disabled from rheumatism, has opened a peanut stand on the corner of Union Square and Middle Street [in Milford], where he vends hot peanuts pleasant evenings.” (Farmers’ Cabinet, 30 April 1878.) The next year in the census, he indicated unemployment for the entire year due to “paralysis.” So the couple opened a grocery store on Border Street next to their home and seem to have managed well. In 1898, “Mrs. O’Hara had her store and house painted.” The following year, she had a barn built north of her store. Business was good enough – or his health was so bad – that they hired a clerk near the end. (Milford Daily Pointer, 26 Mary 1898; 3 Oct. 1899; 17 Sep. 1900.) Many, if not most, of their customers must have been Irish residents of Amherst. Widow Johanna Buckley Raided In May 1887, 22-year-old Johanna Burke of Milford was married to Daniel Buckley of Amherst, a 39-year-old widowed farmer. Both of them were natives of Ireland. Two children followed in quick succession. Less than three years after their wedding, Daniel succumbed to consumption in March 1890. How was she to support herself and the babies? Johanna, who lived on Border Street in the house next south of the schoolhouse, was a late entrant into the liquor selling business but didn’t last long. In September, she made the news: “On Saturday last, officers Osgood and Ryan raided the premises of Johanna Buckley on “The Acre,” and found beer and spirituous liquors. Came before the Court Monday, and settled.” She did not give up right away; perhaps she didn’t know that Amherst & Milford police officers were in the midst of a months-long “rigorous prosecution of the liquor sellers on the Acre.” On a Wednesday night in October, the deputy sheriff and police raided and caught her again. On Thursday, when hers and two

other liquor cases came before a justice at Milford, “Johanna Buckley was giv[en] $100 [fines] and costs, whereupon she signed the iron clad, agreeing to both go out of the business and not to allow her premises to be used for the purposes.” (Farmers’ Cabinet, 11 Sep. 1890; 23 Oct. 1890.) How did she manage? There are a couple hints in the records. Her son, who sold newspapers in Milford as a kid, became a stone cutter in a Milford quarry and lived with her until his marriage in 1915. (Her daughter predeceased her, dying of tuberculosis at age 15.) Although Johanna gave no occupation for the 1900 and 1920 censuses, in 1930 her occupation is listed as laundress. Her obituary said: “Mrs. Buckley held the esteem of all for her kindness and her devotion to those in whose homes she has been employed.” She never collected any pauper aid from the town of Amherst. At her funeral at Saint Patrick’s Church in Milford and Cemetery in Amherst, three Buckley step-sons were pall bearers. Widow Johanna Buckley played a role in the history of Amherst’s one-room schoolhouses. She is the one who sold the half acre adjoining the existing Border Street school lot to the School District of Amherst for $150 in 1913 to accommodate the new schoolhouse. This land was part of a multi-acre parcel that bounded both Border Street and Merrimack road (but not the SE corner lot) bought for $525 by Patrick Buckley (c.1827-1896) in 1855, making him and his wife Deborah (1833-1896), both illiterate, early Irish settlers on “the Acre.” Patrick sold most of it to his two sisters, out of which Catherine Buckley conveyed the original half-acre school lot to School District No. 2 of Amherst in 1868 for $70. Johanna’s husband was a relative of theirs. Daniel Buckley (b. 1847) acquired roughly 6 acres bounding Border Street in 1870/1, valued at that time as $100 for the land and $76 for the buildings. His widow and her children inherited 7 acres with house valued at $500 and a cow, for which their taxes in 1890 were $7.30; in 1891, minus the cow, taxes were down to $6.25. Temperance in Amherst vs. Milford Amherst successfully prevented pubs in its Village, in large part (I surmise) because the fervent editor-publisher of the local newspaContinued on page 6 u


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PMEC Coordinator Nicole has plans for taking children outside to explore and learn about the work we live in. Children will collect leaves, peer into ponds to look for tadpoles, take small hikes and learn through a hands-on approach. And please join us for our weekly hike that begins at 10:00am, directly after class. This hike is free of charge. Who: Ages 3-6 and their caregivers Where: PMEC When: Thursdays 9:00 AM- 9:45 AM Fee: R $15/NR $20

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Our Tot Soccer is one of our most consistently popular programs, and continues to be coached by terrific instructors. We often have a waiting list, so sign up early! Tues Afternoons in September!

Youth Programs Fall Soccer (U4-U12)

Register for Fall Soccer with Amherst Recreation and your player will learn and develop soccer skills, sportsmanship and team spirit! All teams are volunteer-coachedplease consider offering your time and talent. We offer various levels of soccer based on age groups. Boys and girls will play together in all leagues. Shin guards are required at all levels. All soccer ages are based

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Join us at the Davis Lane tennis courts to learn the fundamentals of tennis or brush up on your skills! Tennis is a lifelong sport enjoyed by both young people and the young at heart. Please stay tuned, as we are planning to add youth league play in the fall! Who: Grades 1-8 Where: Davis Lane Tennis Court

Fall Tennis We will be adapting a fall tennis program starting in September. This program will consist of a practice day and a game day. More info to come!

Fall Baseball

Don’t let the game end! Extend your summer playing baseball in our developmental and competitive program. Teams will play against other towns. Practices are one night a week with games on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Travel time for games will not exceed 45min/1hr. This league will start in


Fall Softball

Join girls ages 9-12 on the diamond for a game of softball. The goals are for the girls to learn the game, develop skills and have fun! Please note: If we cannot field an Amherst only team, we will form a combined team with other surrounding towns.

Fall XC Team

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Town News Amy Lapointe, Library Director 14 Main St., Amherst NH Phone 673-2288 Fax 672-6063 email: web Summer Hours through Labor Day: Mon-Thu, 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Fri, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30PM on Saturdays Closed Sundays

SUMMER READING at the Amherst Town Library Build a Better World, READ! is the theme this summer at the Amherst Town Library. The 2017 Summer Reading Program kick off started on Monday, June 19 and provides a variety of outstanding activities and events. The program runs for eight weeks, and will culminate on Friday, August 11th with an Ice Cream Social at the Congregational Church. As in the past, our young participants will keep a reading log and will chart the time they spend reading, with stops along the way to earn stickers, free books, and prizes. Our babies will be earning stickers every time they attend the Baby Listeners program. Parents of registered readers will also have a chance to win gift certificates to local restaurants. There are several interesting programs still being offered for kids, teens, and adults, too, so make sure to visit the library often, no matter what your age!




Storytime at Joshua’s Park with Miss Sarah (all ages welcome, with stories geared to kids ages 3 to 6). Pack a morning snack and head on down to the park for some stories. Mondays at 9:30am. From June 26 to August 7, weather permitting. Family Storytime with Miss Sadie (all ages welcome, with stories geared to kids ages 3 to 6) 10:00 AM on Wednesdays, June 28 to August 9. Storytime at Baboosic Lake with Miss Sue (all ages welcome, with stories geared to kids ages 3 to 6). Pack a lunch and head on down to the town beach for some stories by the water. Thursdays at 12 noon. From June 22 to August 10, weather permitting. Baby Listeners with Miss Sarah (newborn—age 2) 10:30 AM on Fridays, June 23 to August 11. Come to the library on Friday mornings for this caregiver/child program for our youngest children. We gather for rhymes, songs, puppets, and a simple book or two.


Make-it/Take-it Craft Materials and instructions will be available all summer long. Each week a different craft will be provided--see if you can make them all!

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An important document is before the Amherst Conservation Commission (ACC) for adoption. Commissioner Jared Hardner has drafted the much-needed Conservation Plan for Amherst, New Hampshire. The town is fortunate to have this contribution prepared by Jared, a consultant who performs similar studies internationally for governments and corporations. The ACC, established in 1968 has been conducting its programs, generally in accordance with state law. The Plan will help maintain continuity as new members of the commission are appointed. It will provide the commissioners and other town officials with a science-driven and consensus-based approach to achieving ACC goals and measuring its performance. The Plan integrates the best available information with expert judgment. Implementation of the Plan is organized around six strategies: acquire and protect property, manage town forests and grasslands, control invasive species, promote low-impact outdoor recreation. To these I would include two more strategies in the Plan. I believe that almost all the commission undertakes is influenced by, if not dependent upon, residents’ sup-

Ice Cream Social!

On Friday, August 11th, from 3:30-4:30 pm, there will be a celebratory Ice Cream Social on the Town Green!! There will also be face painting and other activities. Don’t miss this final farewell to summer. It will be an afternoon that you won’t soon forget!

Teen Summer Reading--Teens are invited to join the summer reading fun. We’ll offer “book bucks” for every book read and program attended, which may be redeemed for books-toown or entered into weekly raffles. Miss Jane and Miss Sarah are challenging our teens to read a total of 350 books. We know you can do it!! Come to the library and register for Summer Reading!!

Summer Programs for Teens

Space is limited, so please register online. “CRAZY CONTESTS: TEEN NINJA WARRIORS” Wednesday, August 2 from 4:00-5:30pm See if you have what it takes to be a Teen Ninja Warrior! Test your skills at water-bottle flipping, plastic cup tower building, fidget spinning, and more—prizes will be awarded! Register online. Ages 10 and up. “BUILD A BETTER HEDGEHOG” Monday, August 7 from 6:30—8:00 pm Join us to create a ‘hedgehog’ out of a book---only at the library! We’ll provide the books and other supplies needed to make these super-cute animals--you provide the creativity! For kids ages 10 and up.

AMHERST – The Amherst Town Library welcomes all ages to join us for the program, “Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse—The Celestial Event of the Century,” scheduled for Monday, August 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. Be informed and prepared for the solar eclipse when people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature to drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhou-

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Come to the library to see some classic films. Have you seen them before? Probably—but not here with your friends on the library’s big screen! You bring a water bottle, and we’ll provide the popcorn and some pizza. All movies are rated PG 13. For movie details, call the library. Summer can be a busy time with vacation and activities but reading can be a great addition to the schedule. Get started on the road to fun by visiting the Amherst Town Library and joining the library-wide Summer Reading Program! Visit our website or call the library (673-2288) to sign up for programs or for more information.

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port and that on education. Education about what the commissioners are up to and the biologically diverse community we are privileged to share. Education entails a conscious effort. But what doesn’t? Education can be packaged in many ways – during a guided walk or by trailside signage, in a Library-sponsored program, through scout and school projects, with an entertaining illustrated talk. And, a big And, a strategy for funding beyond tax dollars the Conservation Fund in anticipation of new properties being offered to the town. So much of what the ACC is able to accomplish would not be realized without the help and input of volunteers: trail stewards, program leaders, community organizations and business leaders. A very recent display of volunteer generosity is the new wetland crossing on the White Tail Trail in Converse Woods planned and organized by Eagle Scout candidate Harrison Mazur. Volunteerism is an equal opportunity outreach. Would you care to join us?

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building with the materials that are set up in the Johnson Meeting Room. There will be a variety of materials available each week---including blocks, straws, pool noodles, Legos and magnatiles! It will be something different every Tuesday---make sure to come on by and see what you can build!! *Tuesday, August 1, activities end at 1:00pm to accommodate other programming. Matinee Movies Drop in to watch a movie on our big screen. All movies are rated either G or PG. Thursdays at 2:00pm from June 22 to August 10. Tuesdays at 2:00pm from Aug. 15 to August 29.



ette of the moon on August 21, 2017. This presentation features some background and history of eclipses, what causes them, why they are so rare, modern findings, and how to observe them safely. Hands-on activities include working with a scale model of the Earth and Moon system, constructing pinhole cameras, and using eclipse glasses safely. Presenter R.P. Hale, Senior Educator with the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, is a solar astronomer and an archeaoastronomer researching the Maya cultures. He

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Illegal Saloons on “the Acre”

per used his bully pulpit to shame any hotel and potential saloon into compliance with the law. Prominent citizens favored Temperance, although the general public wasn’t quite in accord. A little item in the Farmers’ Cabinet in March 1873 is quite revealing: “Some of the rowdies who always come to town meeting for a drunk, were not a little incensed on Tuesday last that the Amherst Hotel would not furnish them with a drop of liquor. It is certainly commendable of its present manager.” Milford seems to have been less successful, despite anti-alcohol fervor there. In 1876, even as the Woman’s Temperance League circulated petitions to get families in Milford Village to sign a pledge of abstinence, members of Milford’s Reform Club expressed the opinion that: “Twenty years ago you could not buy a glass of rum in town, but to-day there were a dozen places where it was sold.” Someone else said that there were eight different places where liquor was sold “within a stone’s throw” of Milford’s town house. Presumably those included up to four saloons on Amherst soil.


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“Henry Heald thought there was as much rum sold at hotels and saloons as ever; it had only been, by the liquor law, driven from the front rooms into the back ones.” (Cabinet, 6 June 1876). Very perceptive. But not perceptive enough to change course of action. The prohibitory liquor laws invited snitches, some of whom were men of the cloth. Men known as “spotters” would go from town to town, inquire where they might get an alcoholic drink, go there and order one, and then call in the authorities. In 1878 a pair of them made the mistake of claiming to have gotten illegal drink in Amherst Village. Well now, Mr. Boylston kept such a close eye on things there that he knew the accusations had to be false. The court cases against those Amherst parties for selling liquor were dismissed. And an arrest warrant for perjury was issued for the witness who testified against them before the Grand Jury. This situation was not unique to Amherst. In 1879, “The Grand Jury refused to find bills against liquor dealers in all cases were the evidence was offered by “spotters,” only indicting parties

Amherst Recreation Programs and Events

on an audience, and reach a catchy conclusion. Who: Ages 10-14 Where: PMEC; Moose Room When: Mondays 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16 (times vary) Fee: $50R; $55NR

2D Game Maker

Create your own Mario-style video game with custom levels, players, sounds, and an epic boss! The only limit is your imagination.

Who: Grades 5-8 Where: Amherst Middle School Computer Lab When: Wednesdays (9/20- 10/25) 6 weeks Fee: $165R; $170NR

Junior Afterschool Jazzercise

For boys and girls in grades 1-4. Miss Maddi will walk students after school from Wilkins to Clark for class. This high energy dance program will strengthen their dance moves and boost their confidence! Who: Boys and girls, grades 1-4 Where: Wilkins Art Room When: Wednesday’s from 3:30pm 4:30pm starting in Sept. Fee: $60R / $65NR

Home school Science Class at PMEC

Amherst Recreation is pleased to offer a Science classroom experience to children from ages 5-15 at the Peabody Mill Environmental Center, an environmental and science education center abutting almost 600 acres of Joe English conservation land.

Safe Sitter Babysitting Course

Safe Sitter® is a medically-accurate, up-to-date babysitting course that teaches young teens life and safety skills. This course includes a copy of The Official Safe Sitter® Babysitter’s Handbook for each registered participant which they will bring along on all accepted babysitting jobs.

Spanish Workshop

Who: 1st-4th graders When: 7:55-8:25am Wednesdays 11/1-12/20 Where: Wilkins School, Classroom TBA

JR First Lego League

Get pumped for the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. 2017/2018 season. In the AQUA ADVENTURES M Challenge, more than 40,000 children will navigate the uncharted waters of this important resource. We will start a program once we have 4-6 registered. Dates/Times TBD by group.

Summer Makerspace Activities/Classes Traditional Japanese Tool Box

The Amherst Makerspace is offering a one-day workshop to create this unique, hand-crafted tool box. You’ll enjoy learning to use a variety of wood working tools in a smallclass setting. Customize your box with your name or a design of your choice using the laser engraver! When: Sunday, August 27th, 11am5pm Where: Amherst Makerspace

Intro to Robotics with the Finch Robot

Have you ever wanted to control a robot? In this class, you’ll program a Finch robot to turn in circles, follow a light, and even dance! You’ll use Scratch, a programming language that lets you move “blocks” that tell the robot what to do. Dates/Times: 9am-12pm from August 21, 22, 23 Program Fees: $100 per person Who: Ages 9-12 Where: Amherst Makerspace, computer wing

Theater Classes

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These before-school sessions will provide basics for beginners and

challenge the more advanced student. Class time will include grammar, phonics, pronunciation and occasional worksheets. Learning will incorporate familiar stories, songs and music.

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overstated the evils, and there is no occasion for anxiety.” (Cabinet, 14 Nov. 1889.) In 1891/2, “Milford, with a population of 3014, had a total of 37 arrests. Twenty-four of these were drunks; eight were raids for selling liquor; one, for a false statement to liquor agents; one was for assault; one was for brawl; one was for larceny. There were fines to the amount of $310 imposed on three parties for selling liquor. On his second arrest, one left the town. ... Seven of the 37 arrests properly belong to Amherst, with a population of 3000.” (Cabinet, 25 Aug. 1892.) In the last decade of the 19th century, there were only two liquor sellers with Irish names with any longevity. Thomas P. Garrity (18651940), born in New Hampshire of Irish parents, had tremendous staying power: he was raided in Sep. 1889 ($10 fine for first offense), Oct. 1889, Nov. 1895, Aug. 1896, Sep. 1897, Dec. 1899, and 1900. For him, the fines were just the cost of doing business. He was a resident of Milford but in 1891 bought (for $325) a small parcel with buildings in Amherst, on the south side

of Souhegan Street where he presumably kept his saloon, and where he also kept a horse, both taxed by the town of Amherst. Around the turn of the century, Garrity bought a second house in Milford and became a landlord, living in Nashua. His brother-in-law, Daniel F. Holohan (1861-1934) of Milford, born in New York of Irish parents, who was raided on “the Acre” in 1891 and 1895, became a farmer. One Cyrus Burke stayed in business for several years too (1895-1899), but most others running liquor saloons on “the Acre” were short timers, judging by the raids reported in the newspaper: Edward Therrien (1894), George Hammel (1895-96), Edward Pond (1896), Charles Duclos (1897), James Manning (1897), Brennan (1899), Kelly (1899), Joseph Terrian (1899). Clearly not all Irish. Raids, fines, and bad publicity did not put an end to the saloons on the Acre in Amherst, nor those in Milford Village. Note: This is the fifth article in series on Irish immigrants residing on “the Acre,” and part 2 on illegal saloons. Comments to Katrina Holman: HistoricAmherstNH @

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Enchanted Folklore, Aug. 28Sept 1, 9AM-12PM Did Cinderella wear glass slippers or gold slippers? What was in Little Red Riding Hood’s basket? Using a few examples, we will compare and contrast key details throughout history and cultures and examine what makes a good story. We may have our very own version of an Into the Woods.

Masked Theater

In this class the students will learn about various styles of masked theater and character masks, design and create their own characters and masks, and explore movement and performance technique required for masked performance. When: Saturdays Sept 23-Nov 11 Who: Ages 6-9 from 8:45-9:45 Ages 9-12 From 10:00-11:00 Where:PMEC, 66 Brook Road Fee: $90 Res, $100 Non-Res

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Morning classes will be held this summer on Tuesdays at Souhegan HS from June 27-August 15. Choose the 6 classes out of 7 weeks that works for your schedule! More fall classes to come!

True Potential

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Mack Hill Riding Academy presents--Fitness by Riding, Especially for Women!

This program is geared specifically for women! Where: Mack Hill Riding Academy Fee: $160 (includes 4, 1 hour lessons)

Are you familiar with “Who’s NEW Adult Pick Up Softball Line Is It Anyway”? That is exact- Games ly what this improvisation class is all about. It may seem like fun and games, but comedy is hard work. We will run a practice set week 7 in preparation for a “Friends and Family Improv Night” in week 8! Who and When: Adult Improv 18+, Mondays 6:30-7:30pm, 9/27-11/15

Teen Improv 12-17, Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm Sept 2-Nov 18 Where: Souhegan High School Fee: $80 Res, $90 Non-Res

Adult Fitness and Activities

NEW!! Cardio Kickboxing

Cardio Kickboxing is a boxing inspired cardio fitness class that will elevate the heart rate while having fun. It is an amazing aerobic experience that utilizes martial arts based kickboxing techniques to increase muscular strength, cardiovascular conditioning, coordination, and balance. When: Wednesday Evenings and

Try one of our new vegan dishes!

This is a co-ed program running on 3 Thursdays in June, July, and August. It is pick up ball, so show up and split up! Who: 18+ (must have graduated High School) What: Adult co-ed softball pick up games Where: Simeon Wilson Field, Amherst NH When: Th. June 22, July 20, and Aug 17. Start time 7:30pm **Additional Dates Added- Monday July 10th at 7:30pm and Sunday July 30th at 6pm

Trail of the Month Outing

Join members of the Amherst Conservation Commission as we kick off a Trail of the Month Outing” the 3rd Saturday of every month at 10am. We will explore a different trail or parcel of conservation land in town each month. June 17: Pond Parish July 15: Converse Woods

Join us on the courts for adult tennis lessons! What: Adult Tennis Lessons Where: Davis Lane Tennis Courts When: Click HERE Fee: $42R; $50NR

Adult Basketball

Adult Basketball is an opportunity for men and women to play games in an open gym setting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00-10:00 during the school year at Amherst Middle School.

Adult Volleyball

Adult volleyball is an opportunity for men and women to play in an open gym setting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8-10pm during the school calendar year at the Amherst Middle School.

NEW!! Learn to Knit

Amherst Recreation is thrilled to be partnering with Twill this fall for a learn to knit program. This program will meet once a week in the fall (Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm in Amherst). More info to come soon!

Trip-Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

There is no better way to see NH than a cruise aboard the Mount Washington on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. We will be traveling to Laconia, NH on Sunday, October 15th for a Sunday champagne brunch and Fall Foliage Cruise. What: Mt. Washington Champagne Brunch Where: Laconia, NH When: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Depart: Meet at the front of Souhegan High School at 10:30am Fee: $60R; $65NR

Trip-Anything Goes, the Musical We are heading to the Palace theater on Thursday, November 9th! Join us as we spend a night out for dinner and a live show. We will depart the Walmart Parking lot in Amherst, NH at 4pm and head to the Farm for dinner at 4:45pm. Once we are through, we will head to the Palace theater for a 7:30pm show.

All Ages

Who:18+ When: Thursday, November 9th Where: Palace Theater Fee: $50R; $55NR

Adult/Youth Horse Back Riding

Other Community Happenings

This program is open to ages 5 and up. This program includes 4 one hour weekly lessons. 4 Week sessions are now open for registration! Fee: $160 (includes 4, 1 hour lessons)

Trips! Trip- Monthly Lunch Trips

Let’s eat our way through New England this year with our Monthly lunch Trips! Join the Amherst Recreation crew as we depart for some local lunch outings. We will meet at 10:30am at the Walmart in Amherst, NH on the first Tuesday of every month for a different luncheon outing around NE!

Amherst Community Foundation- Souhegan Stadium Gateway Beautification Project

Dear Friends of Amherst,

We are thrilled of the success of the new turf field...our home...our field of dreams! The Amherst Community Foundation is motivated to enhance the entrance to the stadium with new lighting, grounds, and donor dedication area for all to enjoy. Project Goal: $50,000

Donations accepted through December 31st, 2017. Every dollar raised will be matched by ACF. Interested? Visit:

“The team at AO has been fabulous. The appointment shuttle made the periodic checkups easy to schedule. The driver made the trips fun. The results are great.” – Jack W.




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and get their “bitters.” Although all the liquor drank in Milford does not come from the “Acre” by any means, yet the explanation for most of the drunkenness is that “they got their liquor at Amherst,” which is beyond the jurisdiction of the Milford authorities. Not long ago our Selectmen were applied to stop the traffic, “rum on the acre” preventing the operation of some departments of the tannery and other manufactories, that are suffering from the drunkenness which it occasions among operatives. One need only to cross the new foot bridge at Milford at most any hour between dark and midnight to observe the baneful results of Amherst rum – old men and young men are nightly seen reeling and staggering home after a carousal at one of these places which are allowed to exist within the borders of our town. Further that Milford does not furnish all the patrons we have ample evidence, and sad have been some of the sights that we have witnessed – the results of the frequent visitations by our young men, and even minors. ...” (Cabinet, 31 Oct. 1889.) Some readers “took exception … thinking [the Cabinet]

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where the local authorities made complaints and furnished the testimony. Even some of this class failed. No bills were found against parties owning the building where liquor was sold.” (Cabinet, 1 Oct. 1878; 8 Oct. 1878; 13 May 1879) In 1889, shortly after raids on two Irish establishments on Amherst’s “Acre,” the local newspaper ran this rant: “RUM ON THE “ACRE”. It was but a short time ago that the “dives” on the “Acre” were raided by a sheriff, the venders of the “tangle-foot” arrested and fined a small sum, and the impression thrown out that the traffic had ceased and the rum holes closed up for good. Developments, however, within a week or two past indicate that if the kitchen bar-rooms were closed at all that it was not permanent and that rum is sold as freely now as ever, if not with more freedom and less suspicion than before they were “pulled.” Complaints came from the citizens of Milford that these holes of Satan are of untold injury to that town; being in so close proximity to that village, and of such easy access that those disposed are able to pay frequent visits “across the border”



672.0500 • Route 101, Amherst Open Daily Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch Lettuce wraps • Sliders • Rice bowls

Why Choose Amherst Orthodontics? EXPERIENCED & RECOGNISED Board Certification matters, but so does staying current with new developments. Dr. Diane’s commitment to delivering the best results is the reason why dental professionals choose her for themselves and their families. In fact, Amherst Orthodontics has been peer voted No. 1 year after year in NH Magazine’s “Top Dentist” issue. VALUE Orthodontic treatment is a gift for a lifetime and making sure school children get to and from school in a timely manner is a service we are more than happy to provide. We’re here to help! • AUGUST 2017 •


“Life Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness”

Thank You, Nancy!


n 2001 Nancy Head stepped up to the plate and took on the job of organizing the July 4th celebration in Amherst. That was a long time ago and it now appears clear that July 4th 2017 was the last celebration she will chair. Nancy is stepping away from the job. “I’ve b e e n able to break the responsibilities down into parts that are manageable and I do have four fantastic people — all of whom have full plates already but are 4th of Julyers through and through — to take over and run the celebration as a group or “council.” I have worked with all of them in some fashion or another and have seen them at work. They’re good.” The show will go on. Over the years the job has grown

Beautiful floats

with the success of the celebration It now includes July 3rd family picnic, band concert and fireworks. The parade itself is a big task to confirm, direct and construct with the children’s bicycle parade, marching bands, f loats, antique cars, fire engines, civic groups, Uncle Sam, clowns, wheelmen, and state and local dignitaries. On the common Nancy has organized the art show, dignitaries on the reviewing stand, booths for civic groups, children’s activities, face painting, old time craft demonstrations, animals for petting and food, food, and MORE food. The list of operations goes on: parking, safety, traffic flow, restrooms, emer-

Amherst Patriots

gency services and of course financial support. Nancy did it all with (as she always points out) the July 4th committee of community minded people who give their time and energy to make the 4th of July special. “I think July Fourth is very special in Amherst. I get such positive feedback from politicians and events who have done lots of parades—they like ours. It has been hard sometimes, but we have managed to keep things from getting commercial. The celebration is uniquely Amherst and infused from end to end with all the best traits of our community members including the desire to contribute, the cohesiveness of strong families, the love of children and dogs, the pride in community, and friendliness. I’ve loved my life in Amherst and when I look around on the Fourth, I know why.”

Nate Jensen, MC and Lions Club president

Thanks, Nancy.

If you see Nancy around town and your family enjoys the fourth as mine does, just say Thank You to Nancy! Children riding ladder truck

U.S. Senator, Maggie Hassen

National Anthem singer, Katherine Giannakopoulos

Amherst Garden Club, Best of Theme

Rick Crocker in his antique fire engine

Marching Band played patriotic music


The Campbell Highlanders

Naval cadets

Amherst homes decorated for the 4th

Civil War 5th NH Volunteers

NH 1st Regiment in Colonial garb

WINNERS – Amherst Antique and Classic Auto Parade – 2017 4th of July

Best Overall: 1926 Packard Driven by John Byrne PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY GEORGE CODDINGTON

Most unusual and exotic: 1980 Puch Moped driven by Lisa Dennis

Best Pre WW2: 1930 Model A driven by Russ and Cindy Neumann

Best Pre 1968: 1966 Dodge Dart driven by Chris McNamara

Best Convertible: 1964 “Madmen” Chrysler Imperial Driven by Jack Child

Best Performance Car: 1967 Chevy Camaro Driven by Tim Whitman & family


AUGUST 2017 •

Schools Students in the News

Western New England University congratulates the following student: Nicholas J. Mortimer of Amherst, NH (03031) graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Mechatronics.

Local Residents Graduate from Tulane University

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Tulane University awarded degrees to nearly 2,800 graduates on May 20, 2017 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Jane Campbell

Local student, Hannah Dean of Amherst earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts.

Resident of Amherst Graduates from the Academy

Local Residents Named to Dean’s List at RIT

TYNGSBORO, MA – On June 3rd, the Academy of Notre Dame held it’s 163rd Upper School Commencement Ceremony. Among the students who received their diplomas from the private, all-girls Catholic high school in Tyngsboro, was a young woman from Amherst. Jane Campbell served as class treasurer her junior year and was very active in athletics all through her years at the Academy. She played softball, basketball, and volleyball. At Baccalaureate, she received a certificate for dedication and service for her involvement with Mission & Ministry. Campbell will be attending Arizona State University in the fall.

Area Students Earn Degrees from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York

ALBANY, NY - The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, congratulates the student who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates of advanced study as members of the College’s Class of 2017. Eric Howard of Amherst, New Hampshire, earned a Bachelor of Science .

TCU Spring 2017 Graduates Receive Latin Honors

FORT WORTH, TX – Kevin Kiczuk of Amherst recently graduated Cum Laude (3.500-3.699 GPA) with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

Local Students Named To Dean’s List at Clemson University

CLEMSON, SC - The following local students were named to Dean’s List at Clemson University for the spring 2017 semester: Kevin Bradley Hutchinson of Amherst, whose major is Mechanical Engineering. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student achieved a gradepoint average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Local Students Named to President’s List at Clemson University

CLEMSON, SC - The following local students were named to the President’s List at Clemson University for the spring 2017 semester: Garrett M. Camacho of Amherst, whose major is Economics Lauren E. McCormick of Amherst, whose major is Marketing

To be named to the President’s List, a student must achieve a 4.0 (all As) grade-point average.

Local Residents Graduate from RIT

ROCHESTER, NY - Some 3,500 students graduated during Rochester Institute of Technology’s 132nd commencement celebration, held in May, including: Katelyn Fiebke of Amherst who graduated with a BFA in medical illustration. Jacky Lim of Amherst who graduated with a BS in chemistry.

Local Residents Graduate from Trinity College

HARTFORD, CT – On May 21, 2017, the following local residents graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Elizabeth Louise Stepanek, of Amherst earned a B.S. in Psychology.

Western New England University Celebrates 2017 Commencement

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Western New England University’s Undergraduate Commencement was held on Saturday, May 20, in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on the University campus. Approximately 600 students received degrees and several ROTC Cadets were commissioned as officers.

ROCHESTER, NY -The following local residents made the Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester at Rochester Institute of Technology:

Eric Kolb of Mont Vernon who is studying chemical engineering. Jacky Lim of Amherst who is studying chemistry. Brian Ringenwald of Amherst who is studying civil engineering technology. Tony Edvalson of Mont Vernon who is studying computer science. Katelyn Fiebke of Amherst who is studying medical illustration. Olivia Edvalson of Mont Vernon who is studying photographic and imaging arts.

Local Residents Named to Simmons College Dean’s List

BOSTON — The following Amherst residents were named to the 2017 spring semester dean’s list at Simmons College in Boston.

Charlotte Dyer Hailey Rose McCaffrey Julie Kellndorfer Kaitlyn Marie Maloney Meghan Bedard

To qualify for dean’s list status, undergraduate students must obtain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Local Residents Receive Degree from Simmons College

BOSTON – The following Amherst residents recently earned a degree from Simmons College in Boston. Kaitlyn Maloney earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude. Maloney majored in Int’l Relations and Economics and was a member of the Honors Program. Taylor Cordts earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

University of Rhode Island Students Are Named To The Spring 2017 Dean’s List

KINGSTON, RI - The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that more than 5,290 undergraduates have qualified for the Spring 2017 Dean’s List. The following students from Amherst were named to the Dean’s List: Jason Paul Bender Ryleigh N Mullens Madison J Adams Christopher Michael DeChambeau Thomas Lott

To be included on the Dean’s List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average.

Amherst Student Graduates from the College of Charleston

Katherine Treadwell Benoit of Amherst recently graduated from the College of Charleston. Benoit received a Bachelor of Arts degree in public health from the College of Charleston during the 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremonies. Katherine is the daughter of Anne and Timothy Benoit.

Amherst Resident Callie Cinque on Dean’s List at University of Richmond:

RICHMOND, VA - Callie Cinque of Amherst has been selected to the University of Richmond’s Dean’s List for academic achievement for the Spring 2017 semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must earn a 3.7 grade point average or higher.

Callie Cinque of Amherst Inducted Into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society:

RICHMOND, VA - Callie Cinque of Amherst has been selected for membership in the University of Richmond’s Chapter of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Ms. Cinque is a member of the class of 2020 and is majoring in Biochemistry and Neuroscience.

Local Resident Graduates from the University of Connecticut:

Connor Cinque of Amherst graduated May 6th, 2017 from the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut. Mr. Cinque received a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource and Economics and Turfgrass and Soil Science and began employment as an Assistant Superintendent of the Vineyard Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown, MA upon graduation.

Local Residents Receive FaculThe Derryfield School ty Honors from Trinity College HARTFORD, CT – Sydney A. Announces Spring Honor Roll

Pagliocco, of Amherst was awarded Faculty Honors for the spring 2017 semester at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Faculty Honors are awarded to students with a semester GPA of at least 3.667 on four graded courses, with no individual grade below B-, and no incomplete grades pending.

Local Students Named to Dean’s List at Loyola University Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD - Loyola University Maryland has announced the members of its spring 2017 Dean’s List. In order to qualify for the Dean’s List at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.500 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.

Samuel Ballard, class of 2017 from Mont Vernon Erin Quinlan, class of 2020 from Mont Vernon

Local Students Named to The Dean’s List at MCPHS University

BOSTON, Massachusetts – MCPHS University is pleased to announce the students who have been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester: Elizabeth Maloney is a native of Amherst and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies (Physician Assistant Studies). Elizabeth will graduate in 2020 from the Boston, Massachusetts campus. Miranda Desrochers is a native of Amherst and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Miranda will graduate in 2018 from the Manchester, New Hampshire campus.

The Dean’s List recognizes those students with a full-time course load who have achieved outstanding scholarship with a 3.5 GPA or higher for the academic term.

MANCHESTER - Head of School Dr. Mary Halpin Carter is pleased to announce that Victoria Imbriano ’17, Isabell Plotsker ’18, Antonio Imbriano ’19, Max Karpawich ’19, Holly Rohlfs ’19, Kyra Chen ’20, Isaac Plotsker ’20, Emma Pyles ’20, and Julia Tilton ‘20 of Amherst and Camyrn Quinlan ’19 of Mont Vernon have received Academic Highest Honors for the spring term at The Derryfield School. Highest

Honors are awarded to those students who maintain at least an Aaverage, with no grade below a B. Margaret Cissel ’19, Michael McKeen ’19, Henry Howe ’20, and Grace Valvano ’20, all of Amherst have received Academic High Honors. High Honors are awarded to those students who maintain a B+ average, with no grade below a B-. In addition, Ethan Chen ’17, O’Neill Galinson ’19, and Emma Frances Doherty ’20, of Amherst have received Academic Honors. Honors are awarded to those students who maintain a B average, with no grade below a C.

University at Albany Announces Spring 2017 Graduates

ALBANY, NY- The University at Albany congratulates the more than 3,300 students who graduated at its 173rd Commencement from May 19-21. Terrence Dugdale of Amherst graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in Spring 2017.

Cadet Camryn Albert of Amherst graduated on June 30th as an Advanced Cadet after attending the week long NH Police Cadet Training Academy held in Concord. This was Cadet Albert’s second year at the Academy. He is pictured here with the Academy Commander, Pierre Pouliot of Goffstown PD (ret LT), who himself was a cadet of the Academy. The Cadet Academy is a residential program where young people ages 14 through 20, learn a law enforcement curriculum, hands on training and character building. Cadet Albert will be entering his second year at Souhegan High School this fall. He is the son of Ashley Bevis Falcone.

University of Maine Announces Spring 2017 Dean’s List

Orono, Maine — The University of Maine recognized 2,303 students for achieving Dean’s List honors in the spring 2017 semester. Listed below are students who received Dean’s List honors for spring 2017, completing 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Amherst: Michael Belanger

University of Rhode Island graduates about 3,200 students at commencement

KINGSTON, RI - At the University of Rhode Island’s 131st Commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2017, about 2,600 undergraduate and 650 graduate students became the University’s newest alumni. The following local students graduated from the University: Ryleigh N Mullens of Amherst received a Bachelor of Science, Animal Science and Technology Magna Cum Laude Jason Paul Bender of Amherst received a Bachelor of Science, Sociology and Bachelor of Arts, History Cum Laude Francoise Morison of Mont Vernon received a Doctor of Philosophy, Oceanography


Police Crossing Guard Souhegan High School The Amherst Police Department is seeking a motivated and dedicated candidate to fill the position of Special Officer – Crossing Guard at Souhegan High School. All training will be provided and no experience is necessary. Applicants must possess a desire to serve the community and display a keen sense of responsibility. The successful applicant will be assigned to the pedestrian crossing at the Souhegan High School on Boston Post Road to ensure pedestrian safety and to provide the safe and orderly flow of traffic throughout the school year. All uniforms and safety apparel will be provided by the Amherst Police Department. Hours of assignment include 50 minutes in the morning and 50 minutes in the afternoon each day that school is in session. Starting pay is $163.70 per week. Applicants should submit a resume and/or letter of interest to the Amherst Police Department in person, via mail, or via e-mail. Application closing date is August 11, 2017. Amherst Police Department PO Box 703 Amherst, NH 03031

The Amherst Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of at least 3.50; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of at least 3.3.

Local Student Graduates from Holy Cross

The College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA announces that Alexander Fogelgren of Amherst graduated in May, 2017 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Fogelgren has been named to the Dean’s List for the second semester of the 2016-17 academic year. He is employed at Boston Children’s Hospital in clinical research. He is the son of Elizabeth Fogelgren of Amherst.

SAU #39 Amherst, Mont Vernon and Souhegan Cooperative School Districts INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA) AND SECTION 504 CHILDFIND NOTICE The School Districts of Amherst, Mont Vernon and Souhegan Cooperative have a duty to locate, evaluate and identify any child residing in the respective District(s) who qualify for Special Education and/ or related aids, accommodations, and services. Children eligible for special education under IDEA may include those children with disabilities who have an intellectual disability, autism, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, visual impairment, or developmental delay and who, because of such an impairment, need special education services. Children eligible under Section 504 for special education and/ or related aids, accommodations, and services may include those children who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. If you suspect your child has a disability and may need special education and/or related aids, accommodations, and services, or if you would like additional information, please contact the Director of Student Services, Meg Beauchamp, at 603-673-2690, extension 2116.

Dr. Diane Shieh of Amherst Orthodontics congratulates the 2017 winners of the Amherst Orthodontic Scientific Women’s Scholarship: (left to right) Sara Pickett (Milford High School), Faith Farnham (Souhegan High School), Audra Paradie (Hollis-Brookline High School).

Milford Rotary Club Awards $29,000 in Scholarships Milford Rotary Club is proud to announce that it recently awarded twenty-three scholarships to students from the Milford, Souhegan and Wilton- Lyndeborough Cooperative High Schools. In total, $29,000 in scholarships was awarded to nineteen students embarking on their first year of post-secondary education and to four second year college students. The recipients from Milford High School were Maya Flores, Christina Arnoldy, Rachael Nelson, Evan Rysdam, Jacob Wilder, Karen Jorgensen, Skylar Curtis, and Madison Wheeler. Souhegan High School students receiving scholarships included Ariana Infanti, Gabriella Lunati, Meaghan Allard, Sydney French, Anna Redway, Chandler Fleuette, and Anna Tobin. Wilton-Lyndeborough Coop students receiving scholarships were Trey Carrier, Benjamin Ducharme, Amber Goodwin, and Jordan Kross Additionally, Jeremy Wisbey and Hannah Waris of Milford, and Katie MacDonald and Zandra Morris of Wilton received scholarships towards their second year in college. As Tom Quinn, the incoming Club President, noted “It’s wonderful that the Milford Rotary Club is able to assist so many well-deserving local students. The club wishes the students success as they pursue their goal of higher education.”

Quinn went on the thank Rotarian Todd Leo and his committee for their hard work in reviewing the numerous applications and making the very difficult award decisions. The Milford Rotary Club serves the communities of Amherst, Lyndeborough, Milford, Mont Vernon and Wilton. Academic and vocational scholarships are awarded each spring to area students. During the year, the club also makes grants to local, regional and international non-profit organizations and community betterment initiatives. In the past twelve months, the club donated over $50,000 in grants to a variety of community organizations including SHARE Outreach, Wilton-Lyndeborough Youth Center at Goss Park, Mechanical Mayhem, Pure Water For The World, MCAA, Andy’s Summer Playhouse, and many more. Funds to support the club’s scholarship and charitable giving programs are raised primarily through three events. Milford Rotary holds an annual pancake breakfast on the first Sunday after Labor Day and sells Christmas trees starting the day after Thanksgiving. Most of the funding is raised through the Milford Rotary 100 Holes of Golf In One Day Tournament and Raffle, the club’s signature event, which was held this year on July 28th at the Amherst Country Club. • AUGUST 2017 •



Jasper Valley Swim Team Sweeps Annual Milford Rotary Swim Meet This past weekend, July 15-16, the Jasper Valley Swim Team (JVST) swept the 52nd Annual Milford Rotary Swim Meet. Competing in Division 3, JVST placed first both in division and overall with 1,654.50

points. This is JVST’s first win at the annual Rotary meet in 5 years, since their last first place finish in 2012. JVST brought 75 swimmers age 5-18, led by Head Coach Sarah Barrett and Assistant Coaches Drew

Whitney and Simonne Dodge. The entire team had a highly successful weekend with nearly all swimmers garnering new PR’s. Three outstanding swimmers placed first in all three of their in-

dividual events: Libby Kennedy (8 & Under Girls) 100 IM, 25 Breaststroke, 50 Freestyle; Natalie Heimarck (9-10 Girls) 100 IM, 100 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly; Gus Stevenson (8 & Under Boys) 25 Freestyle,

50 Freestyle, 25 Butterfly. Izzy Stevenson, Ainsley Dickinson and Elka Fuller swept the 8 & Under Girls 25 Freestyle, placing first, second and third respectively. A number of other JVST swimmers garnered top

three finishes and all JVST relays gained points for the team. It was a great weekend for the whole team!!

Sabers Softball Team Awards and All State Honors  The outstanding Souhegan Sabers softball team finished their year with the traditional awards ceremony banquet on Monday, June 19th.   The Sabers celebrated finishing the season in first place with a record of 14-2 and making it to the final four where the season ended in a tough 5-4 loss to rival and defending champ  Milford.  This was the first time the Sabers completed the season as the #1 seed as far back as anyone can remember.  The team had the perfect mix of hungry, athletic freshman and confident senior leadership.  The team was characterized by being a tight knit family with no drama, lots of  hard work, selfless team play and just a joy for each other and playing the game.  It must have been very difficult to select the award winners when you had a full roster of excellent players.  Each player knew their role and performed at high levels even under the most intense competitive pressure.    The 2017 award winners are (left to right) : Sam Cushing – Offensive Player of the Year –  Sam has committed to Plymouth State where she can expect to be slotted into the middle of the lineup early on in her career if she continues to terrorize pitchers as she does.  Sam is a powerful hitter and a wall as a  catcher with a lazer arm that has gunned down many a would be base stealer. Sam was second in BA at .552 and was tied for lead in HR’s and RBI’s (31).   Sammie also received the  Sportsmanship Award.  This award is voted on by the umpires.    Hailey Yabroudy (YaYa) – Kristopher Fox Award  for Determination, Courage, Ability to Deal with Adversity and Striving for Excellence -  This award is in memory of Kristopher Fox who left us well before his time.  Hailey was given this honor due to her steely determination and ability to raise her game the tougher the competitive pressure became.  A rock in the circle, she consistently delivered key strike outs and well placed pitches at cru-

2017 Souhegan Sabers Softball Award winners Sam Cushing, Hailey Yabroudy, Maddie Robicheau and Mary Rotthoff

cial moments in tough games. She is also a clutch hitter.  Tied for the team lead in RBI’s (31) and fewest strike outs (2) in 63 at bats.   Always there to pick up her teammates with a positive word of encouragement and support after a tough play.  She never failed to give her teammates all the credit for every win and play down her own contributions when interviewed.  Hailey also received the  Defensive Player of the Year Award  largely due to having the lowest ERA (Earned Run Average) in NHIAA Div 2.  If you throw out the 10 runs scored in the 11-10 win over Windham on opening day, the Sabers gave up the fewest number of runs the rest of the season.  That starts with great pitching and team defense.  Hailey will be playing for the Simmons College Sharks next year.  Maddie Robicheau (Peanut)    – Outstanding Player of the Year  – Maddie has committed to Fairfield University (D1) where she is expected to earn the privilege of starting at SS for the defending conference champions who lost to LSU by 1 run in the Regionals.  Maddie is an incredible overall athlete that makes plays at shortstop that other players simply can’t make.  Far and away the best SS in NHIAA Division II.  Maddie is an outstanding hit-

ter and smart baserunner. Maddie hit .535 and led the teams in runs scored with 35, stolen bases, triples and hits with 38 in 71 at bats.  She scored one out of every two times she walked to the plate. Mary Rotthoff – Rookie of the Year  – How good do you have to be to join a team that was 12-4 the year before, 14-2 this year and you lead the team in hitting as a freshman with a scorching .556 batting average.  That’s greatness!  Mary is also an outstanding defensive player catching everything hit anywhere near her in CF. Fast, athletic and a great team player she would routinely tell senior classman “I expect greatness” as she made her way past the circle to her domain in CF.  A great addition to a strong team, her and her fellow fun loving freshman starters Cammy Whitney (3B, P) and Meghan Tupaj (DH, 1B) helped a really good team be great.

All State Honors

All 4 ladies have also received NHIAA Div II All-State honors. Sam, Hailey and Maddie were AllState last year and have now been joined by super frosh Mary who received a Div II All State Honorable Mention.

have achieved sophomore academic and athletic status with cumulative GPAs of at least 3.30. Among the qualifiers is Taylor Behn ‘18 of Amherst, a member of the lacrosse team who majors in Sport & Leisure Management.

The Souhegan Girls Basketball Team, in partnership with the Amherst Recreation Department hosted 20 youth players for a week of basketball camp, June 26th-June 30th. The camp was led by Souhegan seniors Emma White, Beth Greenwood and Mia Len, along with sophomores Halle Van Ballegooyen and Devon McGrath and coaches Mike Heaney and Mike Vetack.

Soccer Players from ALL towns welcome Soccer Camp: 8/7/17 – 8/11/17 for U6-U15 • 9:00am - 12:00pm at Bean Fields, Amherst

Fall EDP Program: U6-U9 Non travel Birth years 2009-2012 $195.00 • • • •

Includes Fall camp 3 nights practice sessions available per week, 5:30pm-6:30pm Mon., Wed., Fri. Jamboree style games on Saturday mornings All players welcome. This is a developmental program

Fall Tots Soccer: 3-5 year old Birth years 2012-2015 $50.00

Eastern Student-Athlete Taylor Behn of Amherst Makes LEC All-Academic Team WILLIMANTIC, CT -Thirty-six student-athletes from Eastern Connecticut State University qualified for the Little East Conference (LEC) All-Academic Team in the spring 2017 semester. In order to qualify for the team, student-athletes must

Souhegan Girls Basketball Camp

Eastern’s total was the third-highest among the eight LEC schools. In addition, Eastern won its third straight Presidents’ Cup this past year as the conference’s most outstanding academic school.

• 5 weeks • 1 hour/week • Dates and times to be posted on website soon

For more information on Camp, EDP or Tots please visit: Limited spots are available on our U9-U15 Fall teams. For more information, visit: • AUGUST 2017 •

Obituaries Desmond Thomas Coffee Des, left for heavserved on the Joint en surrounded by Chiefs of Staff at the his family at home Pentagon as special Wednesday July 19, task force directed 2017. Des was a by President Carter. man who loved and He retired his Navy served God. His career in 1982 and family was so imstarted a new caportant to him and reer with Sanders, he delighted in belater BAE where he ing with them all. worked as a busiHe was born in ness development Visalia, Califormanager. When he nia to Earl J. and retired in 2001, his Genevieve Coffee. retirement brought His California leganother career in acy stretched back full time volunteer many generations, work. Des Coffee as his family had He loved skiing been early settlers and spent 11 years of Madeira, California. as a ski and kayak instructor for the He achieved Eagle Scout and en- Handicap program, NEHSA at Mt. joyed attending one of the big Boy Sunapee. Des’s other passion was Scout Jamborees held at the Ir- volunteering for Care Givers, he vine Ranch which later became the served as president of the board and Town of Irvine, California. His high spent time as a driver. He wanted school years, he was active in stu- so much to help make it possible for dent government and established the elderly to stay in their homes a dance band. He spent many hap- with assistance. py times playing music on his saxHe was predeceased by his son, ophone and piano. He graduated Gavin Coffee, he is survived by his from Tulare Union High School as wife Tibby of 55 years; Sister Eloise valedictorian of the Class of 1956. McPeters of Rocklin, CA; daughter He entered seminary in Oceans- in-law, Heidi Coffee of Seattle, WA; ide, California and spent a year there daughter, Deslene and Rob Ackerbefore transferring to Santa Clara ly of Spokane, WA, son, Brett and University. He graduated in 1961 Rana Coffee of Seattle, WA, son, Ian just in time to start his Navy career and Stefanie Coffee, Las Vegas, NV, in Pensacola, Florida. Between flight daughter, Alicia Coffee and partschool and advanced flight training ner, Stacey Blodgett of Concord, in Texas he married Tiblene Peace NH, daughter, Shannon and Brenin 1961 in San Jose, California. don Collins of Melrose, MA; and 16 He continued his career with two grandchildren. tours in Vietnam flying as NFO in In lieu of flowers, donations in his The A3 Sky Warrior jet which was memory may be made to Caregivers the largest plane to land on a carri- at 960 Auburn Street, Manchester, er. He enjoyed the privilege aboard NH 03103-3504 or NESHA at P.O. the aircraft carrier, Coral Sea which Box 2135, Newbury, NH 03255. was welcomed to Australia for the Arrangements are in the care of commemoration of the Battle of the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, MilCoral Sea. He was selected to do his ford. To share a memory or offer Masters program at American Uni- a condolence, please go to www. versity in International Relations, which was followed by a teaching tour at the US Naval Academy. He

Cheryl “Rusty” Rolland Rusty passed She also enjoyed away on May 25th reading, knitting, 2017 in Boston. and gardening. She She was born in leaves behind her New York City on husband of 40 years May 15th, 1943 to Mike, a daughter Peter and BarbaMonique “Nicki” ra (Schick) Yuile. Henderson (Jeff), She attended North son Chris Bellows Country School, (Meg Ian), sisters and graduated from Ann Campbell and The Ethel WalkJane Yuile, three ers School in Congrandchildren and necticut and Mills three great grandCollege in Califorchildren. nia. A memorial serShe was passionvice will be held at “Rusty” Rolland ate about music esa future date. pecially Opera. The Merola OpFrom 1999 to 2003 she served as era Program has established a mePresident of the Merola Program in morial fund in Rusty’s name for San Francisco, a program for the those wishing to contribute. Medevelopment of young singers, and morial contributions in her name served on its board for many years. may be made to the Merola Opera Rusty was a world traveler, from Program, 601 Van Ness Avenue, her annual ski trip to Zurs Austria Suite S, San Francisco, CA 94102and the almost 100 other countries 6314 or via its web site www.meroshe visited.

Louise Miller Thomas Swanson North Carolina. Louise Miller She loved her Thomas Swanson, children tremenresident of Amdously and continherst, New Hampued to be there for shire passed away them even when peacefully at her she was not well. home on July 8th, She also leaves her surrounded by her only sibling, Elizloving family. Ms. abeth Ann ThomSwanson was born as Bowen, who on October 13, 1937 cherishes the outin Durham, North rageous, irreverCarolina. ent and hilarious Ms. Swanson memories Louise was the daughter of has made to keep Mr. and Mrs. Wilher family laughliam G. Thomas ing forever. of Durham, North Ms. Swanson Carolina, who pre- Louise Miller Thomas Swanson graduated from ceded her in death. Durham High She was predeceased by her oldest daughter, Jen- School, class of 1958. She attendnifer Langford, son-in-law, Robert ed Flora McDonald Private School Langford and their baby, Shaina for Girls. Ms. Swanson was a 1958 Durham debutante. Langford. She retired as a Division Manager She is survived by her daughter, Mary and son-in-law, Randy with the Internal Revenue Service Ray with whom she lived with in in Greensboro, North Carolina. The family requests in lieu of New Hampshire and shared many adventures such as frequent deer flowers please make a small doand bear sightings and a chipmunk nation to the local ASPCA in her named “Fred” that hosted Louise name. “You will be forever missed and daily on her porch. She is survived by her son, Wil- never forgotten” Arrangements are in the care of liam Thomas Swanson and his wife Martha Ortiz Swanson of Mel- Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 bourne, Florida; a granddaughter, Elm Street, Milford, NH. To share Amber L. Langford and a grand- a memory or offer a condolence, son, Nicholas A. Swanson, both of please go to

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Amherst Open Air Market Sunday 10 am - 1 pm Amherst Garden Center 305 Route 101, Amherst

Mark Your Calendars! We Have Lots Of Great Vendors And Products In Store For You Amherst Microgreens: healthy, organic, pure micro greens including pea, sunflower, radish, broccoli, sorrel, chard and amaranth Brookford Farm: certified organic vegetables, 100% grass fed dairy products, and local, pasture-raised meats known for their richness and flavor. products include romaine lettuce, herbs, cucumbers, curly kale, red potatoes, red long onion bunches, salad mix, peppers, cheeses, yogurt, kefir, heavy cream, quark, raw milk, lacto fermented veg, eggs, sausages, ground beef & pork, steaks, chops, bacon, hard salami, chorizo, summer sausage Domestead Farm: small homestead farm run by a husband and wife team. products include raspberry jam, strawberry jam, blueberry jam, peach blueberry jam, ginger cherry plum jam, clover orange blossom jelly, five citrus marmalade, sour cherry jam, maple and cinnamon raisin granolas, double chocolate chip cookies, tie dyed rice crispy treats, and rose water lemonade FiberDreams Farm: diversified small family farm, raising sheep, pigs and poultry and growing produce. products include eggs, pork (baby back ribs, kabobs, chops, ham

steaks, sweet sausage, hot sausage, breakfast sausage, tenderloin, spare ribs, chine end roast and shoulder steaks), chicken (whole broilers, soup chickens, thighs, legs, wings and boneless breasts), sheepskins, felting kits, yarn and wool roving Forevergreen: natural skin care, cosmetics and toiletries. Products include beard oil, beard conditioner, fluoride free toothpaste, lotion bars, face toner, hair oil, hair pomade, face mask, chest rub, pine salve, joint rub, muscle rub, cooling spray (for itching/bug bites), DEET free bug repellent, aluminum free deodorant, and lip balm Fresh Start Farms: a local food aggregate consisting of refugee and immigrant farmers in New Hampshire, aspiring to start sustainable farm businesses consistent with their cultures, lifestyles, and personal ambitions. Products include beets, carrots, onions, garlic, lettuce, kale, zucchini and summer squash, and fresh herbs The Fresh Plate: small local bakery specializing in yeast breads, spreads and baking mixes made with organic ingredients. Products include white and wheat breads, garlic and herb focaccia, rustic farmers bread, French baguette

Free Movie Event

Village Bible Church of Amherst, 25 ½ Middle St, will host a free outdoor showing of Disney’s “The Incredibles” on Friday, August 18th at 7:30 pm. Bring a blanket or chair, bug spray, and your friends. Refreshments will be supplied. (In the event of inclement weather, it will be held indoors.)


The Barnstormers Theatre presents

Agatha Christie’s TOWARD ZERO, August 10th-19th TAMWORTH – Summer isn’t ti, Robert St. Laurence, along with summer at The Barnstormers The- newcomers Jordan Reeves and atre without audience’s favorite Nicholas Maturo. mystery writer, Agatha Christie. “Toward Zero is Agatha Christie This year’s production promises at her best,” added Bob Shea, “It will to be one of the best ever- Toward be a delight to bring this producZero lands on the stage Thursday, tion to our audiences and commuAugust 10-Sunday August 14, and nity. I’m also pleased to be working Tuesday, August 16 through Satur- with such a stellar cast - it promises day, the 19th. to be an incredible show. Audiences “Agatha Christie marks the should get their tickets early as we height of our summer season,” said almost always sell out.” Bob Shea, Artistic Director of The The Barnstormers, a 282-seat, Barnstormers, and director of the professional, Equity theatre foundproject. “Our audiences love her ed in 1931, enjoys air conditionmysteries- and for good reason- ing, a hearing assist system and is they’re edge-of-the-seat suspense- wheelchair accessible. Thursday ful, funny, and a great showcase for through the following Saturday exceptional talent. Toward Zero is evenings and weekend matinees, no exception.” tickets cost $13.50 - $36.50 with A house party at the seaside home group rates, ticket packages, and of an elderly widow brings past discounts available. Beer, wine and events to a dramatic head. What is lemonade are available during inthe connection between a failed sui- termission. Friday night is Family cide attempt, a wrongful accusation Night with special prices. Check the of theft against a schoolgirl, and the website for other specials, where to romantic life of a famous tennis dine and stay, and other Tamworth player? To the casual observer, ap- happenings. Many thanks to our parently nothing, but when the eve- season sponsor, The Haynes Famning ends with murder, nothing is ily Foundation, for their continued as it seems. Written with the thrill- support. For more information and ing prose and suspense that Ag- tickets, visit www.barnstormerstatha Christie is known for, Toward or call 603-323-8500. Zero will keep you guessing until the very end! Returning to The Barnstormers stage for Toward Zero are audience favorites Vinette Cotter, Bob Bates, Madeleine Maby, Angela Hope Smith, Dee Nelson, Buddy Haardt, L-R: Jordan Reeves as Thomas Royde, Madeleine Paul Melendy, An- Maby as Kay Strange, Robert Bates as Matthew drew Codispo- Treves, and Vinette Cotter as Lady Tressilian.

Church Services Village Bible Church of Amherst

25 1/2 Middle Street Pastor: Mike Sacco Church Office: 673-4063 Website: email: VillageBibleChurch@

All are welcome.

Congregational Church of Amherst UCC 11 Church Street Senior Pastor Richard Leavitt Associate Pastor Maureen Frescott Church office: 673-3231 Web site:

Sunday worship begins at 10:00 a.m. Fellowship time follows the service. The church extends a warm welcome to residents and visitors to the area to join in worship, discussion, service and social activities. Consult the website for current information, and check out the church Facebook page ( for timely updates and images.

Christ’s Church of Amherst 58 Merrimack Road Amherst 673-8292 Email:

Sunday Morning Worship is at 10:30am. Nursery Care is available for children under 3. Kids’ Connection Program 3 years to Grade 6. Youth Group meets on Monday evenings during the school year. Please visit our website and Facebook page for more information.

Messiah Lutheran Church

303 Route 101 PO Box 488 Amherst, 673-2011 (office) 673-7707 (meeting and fax)

Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am


St Luke Anglican Church

St. Lukes Anglican Church 3 Limbo Lane, Amherst Rev. Dr. Alexander H. Webb Church office: 672-6054 Website:,amherst.

All welcome and invited to attend Sunday Worship and Celebration of Holy Eucharist using the Traditional 1928 Book of Common Prayer weekly at 8:30 and 10:00 AM Church School at 10:00 AM

Refreshment & fellowship following the service. Weekly Bible Studies: Tuesday Evening Soup & Study, 5;45~7:00PM Saturday Morning 11:00 AM ~ Noon.

Amherst Christian Church

Corner of Patricia at 134 Hollis Rd. Amherst Phone: 672-1541 Website: amherstchristianchurch. org Sunday Discipleship classes 9-10 Children’s class (Grades 1-6) 10-10:30 Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Small groups: 9 a.m. Small groups and youth meet evenings. Women’s ministries meet Thursday, 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Children’s church for ages 2 thru 5th grade during service Childcare provided for infants Office Hours: Tues – Fri, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Craftsman Lane, Amherst Pastor Peter Korthals 821-9891

St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church welcomes you to join us each Sunday for our worship service. Our Sunday Service begins at 9:30 a.m. with our Sunday School at 10:55 and adult Bible study at 11:00. Nursery service is available. Please be our guest as we celebrate the Lord and all he has done for us. Pastor Peter Korthals 821-9891

Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal

10 Amherst Street Milford Phone: 673-3309 E-mail: Website: Interim Rector: Rev. Hays Junkin

Sundays – 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist - 10 a.m. Choral Eucharist Wednesdays – 11:30 a.m. Lectionary and Lunch Eucharist followed by bringyour-own-lunch (coffee provided) and a discussion of the week’s lessons. We strive to live the message of Christ, in which all are welcome.

Mont Vernon Congregational Church United Church of Christ 4 South Main Street Mont Vernon Church Office: 673-3500 (open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Web site:

E-mail: montvernonchurch@ Pastor: Rev. Judie Bryant – office hours Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or at other times by appointment .

Join us for Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School is available for children aged 6 and old. Child Care provided for children under 6. All are invited to coffee hour in the Round Room following worship. House of Prayer every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7 p.m. – everyone is welcome.

Saint Patrick Catholic Community of Milford Website: Phone: 673-1311 Website: saintpatrickmilfordnh. org

St. John Neumann Catholic 708 Milford Road - Rt 101A Merrimack 880-4689 Fr. Chris M. Martel

Weekend Mass: Saturday 5:30pm Sunday 8:00am & 10:00am Weekday Mass: 12:15pm Holy Day: 5:30pm vigil, 12:15pm and 7:00pm

Household of Faith

30 Merrimack Rd. Amherst

103 South St., Milford Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Meeting: 8 p.m.Child care available – Sunday and Wednesday

Sunday: Worship Services at 9:00 and 11:00am Monday: Young Adult Bible Study and Discussion for ages 1825 (HoFX) at 7:00pm Tuesday: Shava Praise & Prayer at 7:00pm Wednesday: Middle & High School Youth Groups for 5th-7th graders at 7:00pm Thursday: Addiction Recovery Group at 7:00pm (HoFX)

Christian Science Reading Room 87 Union Square, Milford Mon. through Fri. 11a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Wed. 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Last Sun. of the Month 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Email – Website –

4 Raymond Street, Nashua 883-8184 Website: Rabbi: Jonathan Spira-Savett Religious School Director: Noreen Leibson Religious School Phone: 8839844

First Church Of Christ, Scientist

Unitarian Universalist Congregation 20 Elm St. Milford Rev. Barbara McKusick Liscord, minister. or call 673-1870.

Summer Services

Sunday, June 18, 2017-September 3, 2017 @ 9:30-10:30am Our Summer Services are smaller in scale and less formal than our regular services. They provide a way to keep our connections alive through the summer. More aptly called “significant Sunday sharing,” these sessions provide a time to share our joys, concerns, thoughts, and inspirations in a meaningful way. The leader supplies a word, phrase or theme, which leads to a group discussion that can evolve in any direction. There’s no sermon and little ritual, but there is a wonderful feeling of nurturing our spirits by sharing our thoughts and experiences. We start at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday, forming a circle in the Founders Room (aka The Fireside Room). Please note the earlier start time at 9:30am.

Temple Beth Abraham

Temple Beth Abraham is a congregation serving Jewish families throughout Southern New Hampshire. Our members come from all kinds of Jewish backgrounds and we welcome interfaith families to our community. Shabbat Morning Services begin at 9:30 am. Shabbat Evening Services begin at 8:00 pm. If there is a change in time or a special service, it will be on our calendar. Evening Minyan (daily service) begins at 7:30 pm MonThur. For more information please visit or call 883-8184. Religious School Schedule is K - Grade 2 Sundays from 9:30 am – 12:00 Noon. Grades 3 – 7 Tuesdays 3:45 – 5:30 and Thursdays 3:45 – 6:15.


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“40 Reverie” by Karena Ness

Karena Ness to Exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting a mixed media exhibit titled, “Avian Nature”, by Karena Ness from August 4th to September 1st in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery. There will be an Opening Reception for the show on Friday, August 4th from 5pm to 7pm. Karena Ness grew up in a rural North Dakota surrounded by open sky and fields. She moved south to further explore her understanding of painting while earning her M.F.A. in Painting through Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2006, Karena moved to New Hampshire where she has made her home and continues to discover, experiment and share her love of art forms through exhibiting and teaching. “The creation of ‘environment’ in regards to my artistic practice has always relied upon an imaginary realm of exploration. I explore the reactive qualities of paint as layers are spilled, stamped, troweled, and hand-painted. The subtle effects created by ‘paint being paint’ spark and fascinate, leading my imagination down its own path, composing and directing the final character or identity of the painting. I articulate suggestions of the natural world, ambiguous silhouettes and most recently, bird imagery. These birds are not predetermined, rather they appear to land unintentionally.” The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to the Library.

2017-18 Season On Tap at Keene State’s Redfern Arts Center KEENE – Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center announces a sensational 2017-18 season of dynamic global and New England performances that includes a 1980s dance party, the North American premiere of a new Irish drama, magical and musical family shows, a silent film accompanied by a live orchestra, African jazz music, an all-female a cappella music ensemble, two spectacular dance troupes from North Africa and New York City, and two community based projects ‑ a special theatre presentation about addiction, and a unique map-making project of Keene The Redfern’s new season, which runs from September 2017 to April 2018, brings a variety of dynamic events that are entertaining, thought-provoking, funny, and suitable for all ages. Highlights include: New Hampshire-based Neoteric Dance Collaborative’s Let • REDFERN SEASON KICK-OFF PARTY (Thursday, September 14, 4:30 p.m., Lobby and Alumni Recital Hall). If you like a party then join us as we celebrate the start of the Redfern’s 2017-18 Season. Admission is free. All are welcome! • NEOTERIC DANCE COLLABORATIVE Let’s Dance! 80s Edition (Friday, September 22, 7 p.m., Mabel Brown Room, KSC Student Center). • MOONFISH THEATRE: Star of the Sea (Thursday, September 28, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre). • THE MAGIC OF JASON PURDY (Saturday, October 7, 11 a.m., Main Theatre). Magician and illusionist Jason Purdy creates a fun-filled magical entertainment experience for the entire family! • SOMI (Thursday, October 12, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall). East African singer and songwriter Somi makes her Keene debut with her blend of jazz and R&B. • LA COMPAGNIE HERVÉ KOUBI: What the Day Owes to the Night (Saturday, October 21, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre). • ALLOY ORCHESTRA: The Black Pirate (Friday, October 27, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre). • STEINBERG DUO (Sunday, February 18, 3 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall). The Steinberg Duo - Louisa Stonehill, violin, and Nicholas Burns, piano. • JOHNNY FIRESEED AND THE JUNKYARD DOGS (Saturday, February 24, 11 a.m., Alumni Recital Hall). This family show creates a fun learning experience about being green! • ADDICTION PERFORMANCE PROJECT (Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre). A dramatic reading of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night • THE BANG GROUP: A Mouthful of Shoes (Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre). • LORELEI ENSEMBLE (Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall). • BRAD HOUK: Mapping Keene (date to be determined). Redfern’s Artist in Residence Brad Houk

Dance! 80s Edition which invites everyone to get up and dance, East African singer and songwriter Somi makes her Keene debut with jazz and R&B hits, an Algerian dance company La Companie Hervé Koubi delivers a jaw-dropping acrobatic-style dance, Alloy Orchestra returns to play an original soundtrack to the swash buckling silent film The Black Pirate, and two Saturday morning family shows – the magic of Keene illusionist Jason Purdy and the eco-music of Johnny Fireseed and the Junkyard Dogs. Tickets for the new season go on sale Monday, August 7 to members only, and to the general public a week later on Monday, August 14. Memberships can be purchased by phone 358-2168 and in person when the Redfern Box Office is open, Monday to Friday, from 12 to 6 p.m. After August 14, online at

Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center announces a sensational 201718 season of dynamic global and New England performances that includes a 1980s dance party, the North American premiere of a new Irish drama, magical and musical family shows, a silent film accompanied by a live orchestra, African jazz music, an all-female a cappella music ensemble, two spectacular dance troupes from North Africa and New York City, and two community based projects ‑ a special theatre presentation about addiction, and a unique map-making project of Keene. Mark your calendars when season tickets go on sale Monday, August 7 to members only, and to the general public a week later on Monday, August 14. Memberships can be purchased by phone 603-358-2168 and in person when the Redfern Box Office is open, Monday to Friday, from 12 to 6 p.m. After August 14, tickets can also be purchased online at

Virginia Eskin presents “Nature in Music” Concert Series at Jaffrey Civic Center Renowned pianist and lecturer, Virginia Eskin will present a series of three concerts dedicated to nature topics on August, 8th, 15th and 22nd at the Jaffrey Civic Center. The concert will be held on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm in the Auditorium Gallery. The August 8th concert will focus on mountains, ghosts, and gnomes. August 15th will focus on bugs, bees, butterflies and flowers and August 22nd will focus on gardens, fountains, goldfish and the elements. Tickets are $5 per concert in advance or $10 per concert at the

door. All proceeds from the concert will go exclusively toward the Jaffrey Civic Center Elevator Fund. Virginia has toured across the United States and Europe, and has played with such acts as the Boston Pops as well as countless solo performances. Currently, she is a music professor at Detective Agency sign, painted tin, ca. 1950, 24” x 61” Keene State. The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. Information call 532-6527, e-mail info@

From Diners to Detectives: American Antique & Vintage Signs

Deb’s House Concerts in Chesham presents

Sarah Potenza and Ian Crossman Maybe you have been to the Rhythm and Roots Festival in the last three years or Falconridge last summer to catch this powerful singer song-writer on the main stages! In February she was voted on the music cruise Cayamo. She wants to play anywhere any time and that is her life’s work and focus. Gonna really liven it up a lot at Deb’s House…..You do not want to miss Sarah Potenza and her husband and guitarist Ian Crossman. Check out Potenza’s NPR interview, Rolling Stones and many others. These albums may have slipped by many country and Americana fans in 2016, but Rolling Stone Country’s editors and contributors think they are worth another listen. Sarah Potenza, ‘Monster’ The Rhode Island native may have gotten her start on The Voice, but the roots rock and R&B of Monster proves she has way more depth than any superficial reality-TV show. The title track is an unflinchingly honest and vulnerable look at body shaming – and acceptance – with Potenza wearing her plus-size like a badass badge of honor. “Up on the Third Floor” recalls her character-building years living in a rough Chicago neighborhood with husband and guitarist Ian Crossman. And the homespun “Granddad” is full of redneck platitudes – “always carry your gun” and never buy a car “you can’t sleep in,” which elicited whoops at a recent Opry performance. In the standout “My Turn,” Potenza asks, “When’s it gonna be my turn?” The answer, it seems, is right now. J.H. “10 New Artists You Need to Know: September 2016.” Rolling

EXHIBIT AT NEW HAMPSHIRE ANTIQUE CO-OP New Hampshire Antique Co-op 323 Elm Street Milford, NH 03055 Tel: 603.673.8499 Exhibit on view July 8 through September 30, 2017 Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sarah Potenza

Stone Sounds Like: A Janis Joplin-Aretha Franklin hybrid with a mic ... but a Lucinda Williams-Bonnie Raitt hybrid with a pen For Fans of: Alabama Shakes, B.B. King, Mavis Staples Why You Should Pay Attention: After Potenza’s spellbinding blind audition yielded a four-chair turn on NBC’s The Voice, a visibly moved Pharrell Williams told her she was “giving this generation something they’ve never seen before.” Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound. Her new album, Monster, solidifies endless Janis Joplin vocal comparisons but also colors between the lines of Memphis blues, Nashville Americana, New Orleans funk and L.A. punk. Its lyrics are personal and personally therapeutic, as she empowers herself through tunes denouncing industry naysayers and embracing her fuller-figured, boisterous self.

MILFORD – New Hampshire Antique Co-op is pleased to present From Diners to Detectives: American Vintage & Antique Signs, a retrospective exhibit and sale of advertising signs from the 1800s to the present. Celebrating signage forms in America, this exhibit showcases a wide variety of materials employed by sign makers of today and yesteryear: hand-carved and gilded wood, hand-painted tin, printed broadsides, fabricated chrome, fired porcelain, electrified and more. This summer visit the Tower Gallery at New Hampshire Antique Co-op and view this eye-catching colorful collection of signs and advertising ephemera from the 19th and 20th centuries. A reception will be held on Sunday, July 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Upstairs Gallery at NH Antique Co-op. Enjoy an afternoon of diner-inspired festive fare and refreshments while touring this exhibit of original signs advertising from food and fashion to farms and agriculture.

The origin of advertising signs can be traced back to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, where paintings were found on the rock walls of market stalls advertising wares such as “fresh holy bread for sale.” After the Dark Ages, growth in trade and commerce made way for the need to promote products and services with signs. The most widely recognized historical examples of this advertising method are wooden signs made for pubs and inns in England, Europe and North America, most from the 18th and 19th centuries. Carved wooden signs gave way to tin signs in the 1900s. After that, steel was used until plastics and vinyls were discovered in the 1950s. With the advancement of lighting and manufacturing technologies, electricity and neon were used, bringing a new dimension of creativity to signs produced in the modern era. From Diners to Detectives: American Vintage & Antique Signs will be on view in the Tower Gallery at New Hampshire Antique Co-op from July 8 through September 30.

Luncheonette sign, painted wood, ca. 1940, signed, 12” x 48”


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Mont Vernon Daland Memorial Library News ternating Wednesdays from 4-5pm for a book discussion, snack, and book discussion. Books will be available to borrow at the library. For more information call the library 673-7888.

Library Director: Bonnie Angulas Children’s Program Director: JoAnn Kitchel Email: Hours: Tuesday 10-5:30 Wednesday 12-8 Thursday 10-5:30 Friday 2-6 Saturday 10-1 Sunday Closed Monday Closed

Summer Reading Program Finale! Join us on Monday, August 7th at 6:30pm on the library lawn for an Ice Cream Social to celebrate another fantastic summer of reading! Come spin the library globe one last time and see what’s growing in the newly built Library Learning Garden. Also, Miss JoAnn will be rewarding the top readers with Toadstool Bookshop gift cards and announcing the winners of the GIANT LEGO SETS! Don’t miss the chance to win!! Hurry in...Saturday, August 5th is the deadline for filling in your reading logs. See you at the finale!

Back to School, Back to Book Clubs

Junior Book clubs are coming back in September! Thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring another school year of awesome book clubs for kids. Registration will begin in September with brand new titles for five different book clubs. Groups will meet on al-

1st-2nd grade- Eager Readers (1st Wed. of the month) 3rd-4th grade- Bonkers for Books (2nd Wed. of the month) 5th-6th grade- The Page Turners (3rd Wed. of the month) 7-8th- In the Middles (4th Wed. of the month) 9th-12th- Eat your Words (1st Fri. of the month)

September Storytime

New! We can’t wait to start Storytime again! Preschool children ages 3-5 are invited to spend an hour with Miss JoAnn reading stories, signing songs, and making a craft on Thursdays at 1:00pm on September 7th,14th,21st, and 28th. Registration required. Space is limited. Call 673-7888 to sign up!


Introduce your little ones to the library at Lapsit. Children ages 0-3, with a caretaker, can look forward to a play date full of stories, signing, and finger-plays with Miss JoAnn on Thursdays in September at 10:00am. Registration required. Space is limited. Call 673-7888 or stop in to reserve your spot!

Cookbook Club Returns

Cookbook Club is back from summer vacation with a delicious new title. Join the library Cookbook

Club by picking up a copy of our latest title, Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson, and choosing a recipe to make for a potluck dinner meeting on Monday, September 18th at 6:00pm. Books available at the library. New members always welcome!

Join the Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library will be meeting on Monday, August 28th at 7:30pm. Are you a Friend? Sign up to be a Friend at the August meeting or in September, and your membership is good through Dec. 2018. Membership funds go directly back to the library to support library museum passes, child and adult programming, library garden maintenance, community events, and more. New members are always welcome!

Morning Book Discussion Program

The Daland Memorial Library’s Morning Book Discussion Program is scheduled for Monday, August 7, at 10 a.m. The selection will be Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan. The discussion will be held at the library. The group usually meets the first Monday each month. The meetings last an hour and a half to two hours. Participants take turns bringing a light refreshment and may also volunteer to lead a discussion. No attendance requirement – attend discussions that are of interest. The library purchases a copy of each selection that may be checked out by

library patrons when the book is not reserved for the discussion. Copies of the books are made possible through inter-library loan and are available at the library.


* August 7 - Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan (historical fiction) Chicken coop restoration at Lamson Farm September 11 – Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (non-fiction) October 2 - The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve (fiction) November 6 - Miller’s Valley by To the editor: Anna Quindlen (fiction) December 4 - The Story of The The Lamson Farm Commission would like to thank the Questers NipOther Wiseman by Henry Van Dyke mugs, Chapter #814, for their generous financial support of the restoration (fiction) of the chicken coop at the Lamson Farm. * new title Many of the outbuildings at the Lamson Farm had fallen into a state of ALTERNATES: dilapidation throughout the years and there has been an ongoing effort to Etched in Granite by Mj Petten- preserve/restore them. gill (fiction) The commission feels it is imperative to continue the preservation of the Either the Beginning or the End of historical artifacts of the farm so that it never loses its agricultural heritage the World by Terry Farish (YA fic- and character. The recent accomplishment of the chicken coop restoration tion) completes our goal to return all the outbuildings to the same state they The program is suitable for adults were when the Lamson family was actively farming. and open to Mont Vernon residents The Lamson Farm Commission is made up of seven members who are at no charge. For bookkeeping pur- all appointed by the Selectmen and tasked by a New Hampshire Senate Bill poses, non-residents wanting to to preserve and maintain the Lamson Farm. The farm is also listed on the borrow a book will need to join the National Register of Historic Places. The commission depends entirely on library, annual fee is $15. New mem- its ability to fund raise in order to afford the expenses of maintaining the bers are always welcome. Questions property in perpetuity. call the library at 673-7888. Sincerely, The program is suitable for adults and open to Mont Vernon residents Elliot P. Lyon, Jr. at no charge. For bookkeeping purOn behalf of the Lamson Farm poses, non-residents wanting to Commission borrow a book will need to join the Mont Vernon library, annual fee is $15. New members are always welcome. Questions call the library at 673-7888.

Thank You to Questers Nipmugs

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Mont Vernon Historical Society News Who was “Doc” Adams?

Guest speaker, Marjorie Adams Thursday, August 10; 7:30 p.m. Fire Station Meeting Room

Who was “Doc” Adams? On Thursday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m., the Mont Vernon Historical Society will hold a brief monthly meeting then welcome guest speaker, Marjorie Adams. She will give a PowerPoint presentation on her great-grandfather, Dr. Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams. He is recognized as the author of an authenticated set of documents, “Laws of Base Ball”, sold at auction in April 2016 for $3.26 million – the highest ever paid for baseball documents. He’s credited with determining the distance of 90 feet between bases, each game having nine innings, the number of players on the team to be nine, and no wagering by anyone involved in the match. He played baseball for the New York Knickerbockers and was the game’s first short stop. He also played all other positions (except pitcher) and umpired, during his 17 years with the club.

Of local interest, he was born in Mont Vernon, or Mount Vernon as it was known at the time, in 1819. His family lived in a house on the property where there are now condominiums at the north end of Main Street. After going to Amherst College and Yale University, he followed in his father’s footsteps and went on to Harvard Medical School. He then practiced with his father in Mont Vernon before moving to Boston. He played baseball and practiced medicine at the same time. He died in New Haven, Connecticut in 1899. Efforts to have “Doc” Adams included in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY continue. The program will be held in the meeting room in the Fire Station on Main Street. Questions contact Program Coordinator, Zoe Fimbel, at; or phone 673-0733.

Museum to be Open Saturday, August 12; 1-4 p.m.

of the Town Hall. Exhibits include a small sample of tea from a chest tipped into Boston Harbor during the infamous Boston Tea Party in 1773, several David Dutton and two quite rare John Nutter clocks, memorabilia from the Grand Hotel and Lamson Farm. Check out the window and boxes from the post office that once stood behind the Mont Vernon General Store as well as photos and items from the schools located in town. There is a small library in the museum. Historical society books, notecards, sweatshirts, and T-shirts are for sale in the store. Docents will be on hand to answer questions. No charge, though donations are accepted. The museum will also be open the second Saturday in September and October from 1-4 p.m. Questions contact Mont Vernon Historical Society President Eloise Carleton at,

Vintage Baseball Games – The Mont Vernon Historical Soci- Lamson Farm – Saturday, ety Museum will be open Saturday, September 23

24), four teams from New England, including the NH Granite team playing as the Mont Vernon Docs, will gather at Lamson Farm in Mont Vernon to play vintage baseball in a round robin format. There will be a championship match at the end of the day. In honor of “Doc” Adams the teams will play by the rules and customs of 1864. “Doc’s” great-granddaughter, Marjorie Adams will be there with handwritten accounts and remembrances from her great-grandfather as the game of baseball was developing. He is recognized as the author of an authenticated set of documents, “Laws of Base Ball”, sold at auction in April 2016 for $3.26 million.. There will be no charge. Vendors will sell food and drinks. Picnics are welcome. A few benches will be available for seating though blankets and chairs are encouraged. The event sponsors are the Lamson Farm Commission, Mont Vernon Historical Society, and the family of “Doc” Adams. Questions contact, Event Coordinator, Zoe Fimbel at Moxiesix@aol. com; phone 673-0733.

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