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Council rejects BEA contract BY BARBARA TETREAULT THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

City Clerk Debra Patrick sworn in two new city councilors Monday night (l-r) Ward I Councilor Russell Otis and Ward IV Councilor Roland Theberge. (BARBARA TETREAULT PHOTO).

Council selects two new councilors BY BARBARA TETREAULT THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

BERLIN – Two new city councilors were selected and immediately sworn into office at Monday’s city council meeting. Selected to fill the Ward I vacancy was Russell Otis while Roland ‘Lefty’ Theberge was chosen as the new Ward IV councilor. The council interviewed candidates in work session and then voted by ballot to select one for each ward. Councilor Mark Evans argued both votes should be made publicly so the public and candidates would know how each councilor voted. When the council overruled his request, Evans refused to vote by ballot and left the room while the voting was conducted. Three candidates applied for the Ward I position; Otis, Carl Gagnon, and Beverly Ingersoll. Grenier explained that Ingersoll was not present in large part

because of a snafu at city hall. The mayor said Ingersoll had dropped off her letter of intent when the city clerk was out and had not been told about Monday’s meeting in advance. He said her absence should not be held against her and reminded the council she had served as a councilor in the past and ran for the position in the last election. Otis received three votes, Gagnon got two votes, and Ingersoll did not receive any votes. Otis told the council he is a lifelong resident of the city and a three-year resident of Ward I. He is employed by White Mountain Distributors and described himself as pro-development. Otis said, however, it is also important to maintain some services while working to keep taxes down. He said he has a young child at home and hopes to help create a future for him in Berlin. There were two candidates for the Ward IV position, Theberge and Joseph LaPuma. Both men had see COUNCIL page 5

SAU 20 seeks grant for community forums BY CRAIG LYONS THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

GORHAM— SAU 20 plans to submit a grant application seeking funds to start a series of community forums to determine the best ways to collaborate with other schools to best meet students’ needs. SAU 20 Superintendent Paul Bousquet last week presented the grant application to Gorham Randolph Shelburne Cooperative School board that he plans to submit to the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund through

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the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The grant seeks $20,000 to contract with a facilitator that would coordinate forums throughout the Androscoggin Valley between school boards, staff and residents. The idea behind these conversations is to generate ideas and thoughts on how the schools can create more shared services or programs to provide better programming for area students. “The purpose of these forums will be to bring our cit-

BERLIN – The city council Monday night unanimously voted to reject a proposed oneyear contract with the Berlin Education Association. The present five-year contract with the teachers union expires at the end of the current school year. The proposed contract would have frozen salaries, step increases, and longevity payments at the current level and accepted some savings in health insurance. In total, the contract would have saved the school district $204,068 in 2012. It also called for freezing the dollar amount of the employee’s health insurance premium copayment at the 2011-12 level until a new contract is negotiated. If the contract expires with no new contract in place and health insurance increases 18 percent in 2013, that premium would cost the city an additional $59,943. City officials declined to comment on the BEA contract, noting it is still a matter of negotiation. In other business: * Jim Michalik and Kathy McKenna requested the council’s support in an effort to improve and promote local television access in the valley. The two explained they are co-chairs of an Androscoggin Valley Public Access Committee that is focused on producing and broadcasting local programming that would stress the positive attributes of life in the valley. Michalik said he believes there is a lot of positive stuff happening in the valley that is not getting out to the public. He said the committee would work to broadcast public events, docusee BEA page 7

Public meeting on Laidlaw request set BY BARBARA TETREAULT THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

CONCORD – The N.H. Site Evaluation Committee will hold a public meeting on April 22 on Laidlaw Berlin BioPower and Berlin Station LLC’s joint motion to transfer the certificate of site and facility from Laidlaw to Berlin Station. The SEC granted a conditional certificate to Laidlaw Berlin BioPower last November. Earlier this month, Laidlaw announced a corporate reorganization and a change in its major contractor and fuel supplier. The SEC Monday announced its schedule for the motion by the two parties. The hearing on April 22 will get underway at 9 a.m. at the Public Utilities Commission offices in Concord. People wishing to intervene in the proceedings have until April 15 to file a motion. Objec-

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Unmarried pastor sees bias

(NY Times) — Like all too many Americans, Mark Almlie was laid off in the spring of 2009 when his workplace downsized. But Mr. Almlie, despite a sterling education and years of experience, has faced an obstacle that does not exist in most professions: He is a single pastor, in a field where those doing the hiring overwhelmingly prefer married people and, especially, married men with children. Mr. Almlie, 37, has been shocked, he says, at what he calls unfair discrimination, based mainly on irrational fears: that a single pastor cannot counsel a mostly married flock, that he might sow turmoil by flirting with a church member, or that he might be gay. If the job search is hard for single men, it is doubly so for single women who train for the ministry, in part because many evangelical denominations explicitly require a man to lead the congregation. Mr. Almlie, an ordained evangelical minister who lives in Petaluma, Calif., has also had to contend with the argument, which he disputes with scriptural citations of his own, that the Bible calls for married leaders. “Prejudice against single pastors abounds,” Mr. Almlie wrote in articles he posted on a popular Christian blog site in January and February, setting off a wide-ranging debate online on a topic that many said has been largely ignored.

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CAIRO (NY Times) — Flames engulfed the upper floors of a building in Egypt’s Interior Ministry compound on Tuesday, after a protest by thousands of police officers demanding higher wages and the resignation of the newly installed interior minister. It was the second time in a month a police protest at the ministry ended with the building ablaze. The seven-story building houses the ministry’s communications center and is topped by a towering radio antenna. Ambulances and fire engines raced to the scene under a thick plume of black smoke that hung over downtown Cairo.

More than a thousand onlookers — most of them uniformed police officers — stared up at the flames as paramedics and firefighters pushed through the throngs. At least eight people were injured, said security sources, and 12 protesters were arrested on suspicion of arson. The police officers had spent the day protesting for higher wages, health care benefits and the return of Mahmoud Wagdy as interior minister. He had been replaced by Mansour elEssawy after a cabinet shake-up on March 3 removed the last Mubarak-era officials.

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WASHINGTON (NY Times) — Allied fighters struck targets in Tripoli on a fourth day of airstrikes but forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi showed no signs of ending their sieges of rebel held cities, as the Security Council has demanded, while President Obama spoke on Tuesday with the French and British leaders in an effort to defuse a disagreement among the allies over how to manage the military action against Libya. At least three bomb blasts were heard in the capital Tuesday evening as flares from Libyan anti-aircraft guns arced across the sky. But attacks by pro-Qaddafi forces were particularly intense in the western cities of Misurata — where snipers and artillery killed 40 people and wounded 189, a rebel spokesman said — and Zintan. Both cities have been under siege for weeks. Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, an American officer who is the tactical commander of the mission, said that his intelligence reports confirmed that Colonel Qaddafi’s forces were attacking civilians in Misurata on Tuesday.

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BERLIN -- Lorraine J. Levesque of Park Street, Berlin, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at St. Vincent de Paul Nursing Home in Berlin, following a period of declining health. She was 72. Born on June 26, 1938, she was the daughter of Edward and Georgianna (Morin) Webb. She attended Berlin Schools. On September 21, 1957, she married Raymond C. “Ozzy” Levesque. He passed away March 25, 2006 after 49 years of marriage. Over the years, she was employed at Bass Shoe Company and Gamm in Berlin. She was a communicant of St. Kieran’s Church, now known as St Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin. Her pastimes included playing lawn darts, mini golf, playing cards, bowling, and in earlier years, she enjoyed roller skating and berry picking. Besides her husband, she is predeceased by her brothers, Ralph, Albert and Robert Webb, and sisters, Evelyn Dube, Florence Young, and Beatrice Seymour. She is survived by her sons:, Darren Levesque and Daniel Levesque and his wife Naomi, all of Berlin; daughters, Laura Ball and her husband Harold of Berlin and Elaine McGrath

and her husband Donald of Honolulu, HI; grandchildren, Carole Hamlin of Berlin and Harold Ball of Lancaster; great-grandchildren, Tyler Hamlin and Kaeleigh Hamlin; sisters, Pauline Fitzmorris and her husband Vernon of Pennacook, NH, and Alice Sones and her husband George of Port Matilda, Penn.; several nieces, Lorraine J. Levesque nephews, cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin. Rev. Steven M. Lepine will officiate. Burial will follow at New City Cemetery in Berlin. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at FleuryPatry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin, NH. (Use School St. entrance) Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Nursing Home, 29 Providence Ave, Berlin, NH 03570. Online guestbook at www.fleurypatry.com.

BERLIN -- Theresa M. Roy of Derrah Street passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin, following a period of declining health. She was 86. Born on August 1, 1924, she was the daughter of Vidal and Mathilda (Matton) Cusson. She attended Angel Guardian School. Over the years, she was employed at Ware Knitters, Granite State Rubber Company in the stitching department, Bass Shoe Company, and Gamm. She was a communicant of Angel Guardian Church, now known as St Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin, where she sung in the choir, served as a lecturer, and was a member of the Marie Rivier Association. Her pastimes included traveling to such places as Jerusalem, Hawaii, Key West, Bermuda, and Paris, singing, playing the harmonica, and guitar. She loved entertaining children, playing Chinese checkers, the company of her dogs Coca and Teaka, and dancing, especially to the Polka and cooking. She is pre-deceased by her brothers Ernest, Armand, Aurele, Oliva, Clement, Henry, and Paul Cusson, and sisters Florida Morin, Leontine Cusson, Laurentiene Laflamme, Yvonne Cusson and a step-son Ronald Roy. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Maurice L. Roy of Berlin; sons, Leo Desgroseilliers and his

wife Elaine of Inglis, Fla., Dennis Desgroseilliers of Berlin, and Paul Desgroseilliers and his wife Diane of Manchester, NH; daughters, Marcelle Mercier and her husband Leo of Berlin and Louise Demers and her husband Paul of Manchester; a step-son, Steven Roy and his wife Kristine of Gorham; stepdaughters, Joanne Theresa M. Roy Roy and her husband Clayton of Berlin and Janice Leeman and her husband Albert of Rochester; a step -daughterin-law, Debbie Roy of Berlin; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin. Rev. Mark E. Dollard will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Kieran Cemetery in Berlin. Calling hours will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 29, at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin, NH. (Use School St. entrance) Memorial donations may be made to Coos County Nursing Home, % Activity Fund, 366 Cates Hill Rd, Berlin, NH 03570. Online guestbook at www.fleurypatry.com.

BERLIN -- Mr. James L. Tibbetts, 81, passed away on March 22, 2011 at the St. Vincent de Paul Health and Rehabilitation Center in Berlin. He was born in Harrison, Maine, on January 17, 1930, was raised in Maine and

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What’s Up With the United States of America To the editor: I wonder how many people are proud of the The United States of America, today. We are not the country we once where, anymore. We have become a morally and financially bankrupt nation. One thing leads to another. We have gone from a nation that protects the rights of its citizens to a nation that disregards them. First of all, we do not protect the rights of unborn defenseless babies to be born. We have gone from sending doctors to prison for performing abortions to giving them sanctions to do so. Doctors no longer have to say the “Hippocratic Oath”. Planned parenthood doesn’t help men and women become parents it helps them avoid becoming parents. First they push birth control pills which can cause all kinds of physical and emotional problems from breast cancer to nervous breakdowns. Then, when birth control fails, it helps them to have the baby aborted. They are in the business to make money and our government has been giving them three hundred million dollars a year to do so. We have quite the government, these days. Those of you who could care less about the unborn and vote for pro choice candidates can chew on the fact that our government allows companies to leave the country and gives them tax breaks to do so. Who can pay those taxes? The people whose jobs are lost by our government paying compa-

nies to leave the country. Those companies should be expatrioted and their goods should not be allowed entry into the country. If that were the case this nation would not have an unemployment issue and economic problems as it does now. It has allowed oil companies to gouge prices for the last six years. The oil companies have accumulated wealth beyond their needs while everyone else, including our government experiences economic shortfalls, as a result. Some people never have enough. If you give them an inch they will take a mile. Oil companies appeared before the United States Senate six years ago and were investigated for price gouging and you can see the result. Our United States Senate let them proceed to gouge prices and look at the situation of this countries economy, today. President Obama was on the podium last week and informed us he has made the effort to inform this nations attorney general and each states attorney general to keep an eye open for price gouging at the pumps. You might not be the President of the United States or an Attorney General but you can see for yourself the good job they are doing. This is the kind of personnel we have running our government. You can’t make me believe that raising the price of gas some sixty-three cents a gallon, for no concrete reason, within the last three see WHAT’S UP page 5

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Traveling To New Zealand And Back

It was August of 1998, and my friend Jerry Kane and I were on our way to New Zealand. It was winter there in the far southern hemisphere, and we were on our way to ski the mountains, especially the Cook Glacier. We had a video of skiing on the glacier and it looked like a lot of fun. The plane would land on a relatively flat spot. It was a seven mile run down and another flight up for a second run before heading back to Queenstown. As the plane lifted from Boston we were excited at going to such an exotic place and excited about what we might find there. After landing at LAX we trundled our half ton of gear around to the international terminal on the far side of the airport too board a huge 747 for the long flight to Auckland where we would again change planes for the flight to Queenstown on the South Island. It would mean traveling for nearly 24 hours, but we were excited and the trip went fast. Once in Queenstown, however, I had to cope with the fact that one of my bags, the one with my ski boots and some of my ski gear, had somehow gotten on a flight to London from LAX and wouldn’t be in Queenstown for a couple of days. I rented the gear I would need and we were on the bus the next morning for a nearby mountain outside of Queenstown for our first try at skiing New Zealand snow. As we headed out of town it began to snow. The further up hill too the mountain we got, the thicker the snowfall became. By the time we reached the mountain, we were in a near whiteout, While we had a few misgivings, we got into our gear and hooked up with a local gal whose job it was to take folks out on the hill who were there for the first time. Off we went. That first run was a near nightmare. The snow was falling so fast and so thick that we had trouble following our guide. After kissing the snow a myriad of times we finally got back to the lodge and decided to drink a coffee and decide whether to take another run. We

did go back out and skied the rest of the day, but it was pretty marginal.

The next day dawned a little more promising. We first called the airport to check with the people who would run the tour up to the Cook Glacier. The word was it was socked in and would be a no-go. We were advised to call each morning until we got the word about the weather on the glacier. We would fly in on a fixed wing plane and would need good visibility to land at 10,000 feet up. We caught the bus for the mountain again that day. Unfortunately on the way up we stopped at a scenic overlook and I hopped out to get some pictures. As I hurried to get back on the bus, I slipped on some ice and landed hard on my fanny. By the time we pulled in to the mountain, I was in pain. Jerry went skiing and I went to see the medics. I didn’t ski that day or the next. The next morning we called the glacier tour folks and it was a go, but I was still in pain and we didn’t go. For the next week after, we called each morning but it never was a go. It was tough to miss out on the major reason for going to New Zealand but we got to do other things which made up for no glacier. We skied some other mountains, toured the area and flew over to the Milford Sound for a day. The Sound is a deep fiord surrounded by mountains soaring 5,000 feet straight up from the water. there is a huge waterfall dropping hundreds of feet into the water. Once we flew into the tiny airport we toured the sound by boat getting good looks (and good pictures) of its majestic dimensions. Finally it was time to fly home and that wasn’t something we looked forward to with much relish. It took 26 hours. We arrived home completely exhausted and bummed out by the extreme time change. It took me about three days to recover enough to even speak about the trip, but I remember it well now. It had been so much fun!

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It seems that this winter finds more of us driving advertising billboards, I mean, all those stickers on car-top ski carriers. So far I’ve only seen one promoting Taos, so I’ll make up some of the shortfall with my own endorsement of the sunny New Mexico slopes. When I got up after my first night in Taos, I found a row of dainty pastel-colored sneakers and numerous little lacy things draped on the lid of a suitcase in my two-room lodgings that weren’t there when I went to bed. Later that day, I found a sign on the top of the chairlift listing a whole category of terrain beyond “Most Difficult.” This indicated caution and I was already at 11,820 feet, a zone in which it is easy for a New England skier to overdraw his firstday oxygen account, so I took a little while to get steady after the dizzying event that began the day and trying to breathe later on.

The terrain is like a teacup and a soup bowl set rim to rim with a dozen or so buildings tossed like sugar lumps into the bottom of the teacup. There’s a sign on the lift line asking, “Do you know how to self-arrest in a sliding fall? If not, ask the ski patrol or call 209.” Or, I’m thinking, call 911, because it doesn’t look like there’s any easy terrain here. A network of about 20 runs drops down from Kachina Peak, although the count is misleading because there are open groves of giant evergreens that blur the distinctions of trail and slope and glade, and the runs tilt this way and that, they have dips and humps and rolls and big bends, so it’s not just skiing down the wide hallways in many ski areas, the terrain is always changing: get light here and bank a turn there or take long easy leaners in another place, there are steep see ERNIE’S page 5


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COUNCILfrom page one

interviewed three weeks ago for the vacancy filled by Diana Nelson. An electrician still working at the Cascade mill, Theberge said he was born in Berlin and has raised two children here. He described himself as a Laidlaw supporter and said Cate Street Capital represents a good opportunity for the city. Theberge ERNIE’S from page 4

chutes that seem hardly wider than my elbows, and there are bump fields that remind me that my spine has been compromised by earlier excesses. Partway into the afternoon a young girl in an adjacent chair on the lift calls out, “Mommy, do you have any sun stuff left? I don’t have the feeling of it on me anymore.” Others, not so prudent, are peeling down. I’ve already had skin cancer, so I stay well covered with the highest-rated sunblock available, and that afternoon I check my road atlas and see that Taos is on the same latitude as Charlotte, North Carolina, so when it’s 75 degrees at the inns the snow is still dry powder up above, because the humidity is only five percent. This also explains the mahogany tans and permanent powder skiing at Taos. It also explains the educational opportunities. At lunchtime of my first day, two men chat enthusiastically about streamer chambers, left-right symmetry, and heavy nucleus fragmentation. This is sub-atomic physics talk, they’re from the atomic laboratory at nearby Los Alamos, the place that makes the kind of suns that do not attract tourists. This exotic twist seems better suited to what Ernie Blake has done here, and before long I’m beginning to think that it’s also a sort of metaphor of everything at Taos, a homey place that Ernie keeps for friends who might drop by for a visit. Ernie grew up in Austria and Switzerland, and when he started here he’d close the lifts for a two-hour mid-day siesta. They run all day now, and after two days I’m getting used to the thin air, so I go higher up and find Longhorn Chute, modestly rated at a single diamond. Gaining either confidence or foolhardiness, I go on to Valkyries, which opens with a long double diamond leading through trees into a most unusual experience. Then I relax with some runs of only one black diamond, it’s sort of like the baseball player who swings two bats in the on-deck circle so when he goes to the plate one bat will feel light and whippy. Loosening up is important, because there are six double diamonds strung along what seems to be the rim of a huge soup bowl, then nine more double diamonds on a sort of giant tea cup at WHAT’S UP from page 4

isn’t price gouging. It makes no sense to allow oil companies to gouge prices while the nation goes deeper in debt and can’t properly maintain our highways. The parade of high gas prices is marching down our main street which is full of pot holes, because we have no money to pave them, while oil companies get richer and richer. Our government allows downright criminal behavior by our medical profession, businesses that are traitors to their employees, and price gouging by

said he has been reading minutes of city council meetings to get upto-date on issues. He said a lot of people know him and the public is not afraid to contact him. After the work session, City Clerk Debra Patrick sworn in the two new councilors and they took their seat on the council for the regular meeting. the end of the valley. This is serious business, which means that it needs all the relaxation I can muster. It’s hyper-chute skiing which is made a lot easier, (in relative terms,) by another surprise. There are no bumps here, just long smooth slides down through rocky walls where the angle is apparently too steep for edges to get enough bite to cut bumps. Ernie Blake tells me that when he first saw the drops it seemed to him that skiers would need magnetism to hang on, but they became addicting for his friend Al Rosen, who’s name is on Al’s Run. Failing health took his breath away, but he keeps going with oxygen bottles strapped to his back. Ernie Blake started skiing when he and two school chums were given a handful of tickets to the funicular lift serving the skiing in St. Moritz, Switzerland. These were from George Badrutt, who owned the Palace Hotel there and would come to America himself when Charlie Chaplin would woo the mother of his best friend, then take them all out dancing. He reached America in 1938 and went on to New Mexico, where he asked the Santa Fe chamber of commerce if there was any business where he might find employment. The Chamber people told him that this was a tourist town and they didn’t want any businesses. As he was leaving, someone said, as a sort of afterthought, “There’s one thing, but you wouldn’t be interested, it’s too crazy. There are people who want to build a ski resort.” Ernie was interested and he was also an avid pilot, so he flew up a nearby canyon and found an inviting snow bowl at the end of it where he would go on to install the first detachable lift in the New World, but it turned out to be a detaching lift – the chairs tended to fall off in mid ride. Things got better after that. The place at the end of the canyon had been so remote and so widely ignored that it didn’t even have a name, but it went on to find a secure place on my list of skiing favorites. Where else could I wake up to find an unknown lady’s silks and laces before I’d even had breakfast? And, as it turned out, there was more to it than that. They had skiing here, and also Ernie Blake. (Nicholas Howe is a writer from Jackson. E-mail him at nickhowe@ ncia.net.) oil companies and does nothing about it. One explanation is that our politicians are paid big money by lobbyists, campaign contributors, and anyone who comes along to buy their vote. We should have a law that disallows any contribution being made to a politician (bribe) of over one hundred dollars and no politician can use personal wealth to run for office. Then, the poor people in this country would have a say into how our government is run. H. Raymond Losier Berlin

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mentaries, health care programs, and cultural affairs that will show the region in a positive light. “We view this really as an economic development tool,” he said. McKenna said they are looking for support from the communities so they can demonstrate that it has local support when they go to foundations for funding. Councilor Tom McCue noted public access television was a pet project of former Councilor David Poulin. He said he thought it was a great idea. The council held a first reading of a resolution supporting the concept. A public hearing is set for the April 4 council meeting. * The council passed a resolution applying for up to $3.5 million more for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program – the public-private partnership that is in the process of rehabilitating 14 buildings in the city. Kevin Lacasse of New England Family Housing said they have 20 housing units completed and all but four of those are rented out. There GRANT from page one

izens together for their input/ expertise to develop a community educational plan of shared services/ programs between school districts for the future that will benefit our students, schools and communities,” wrote Bousquet in the grant application. In the grant application, Bousquet writes that some of the possible outcomes of these discussions could be freely shared classes and teachers; development of combined early childhood education programs; school consolidation; shared transportation; and shared administration. Bousquet wrote in the grant application that work on these forums would starting during fall 2011,

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––––––––––––––––– DAILY CALENDAR ––––––––––––––––– Wednesday, March 23 WIC Clinic: Beginning at 8:45 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster. For appointment, contact 752-4678 or 1-888266-7942. Thursday, March 24 Free Small Business Counseling: Stewart Gates, NH Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC) available to meet with entrepreneurs, by appointment only, for no cost business counseling, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Business Enterprise Development Corporation (BEDCO), 177 Main Street, Berlin, New Hampshire. Call 752-3319 for appointment. Saturday, March 26 North Country Sportsman’s Dinner: 5 p.m., Harvest Fellowship Hall, 210 Willow St., Berlin. Tickest $25Door prizes, grand prize. Saturday Story Time at GPL: Saturday story time, 10:30 a.m., Gorham Public Library. Snacks will be provided. Storytellers and snack providers always welcome, as well. FMI 466-2525. Free Community Meal Delicious dinner with all the trimmings for everyone in the community. Sittings at 5 and 6 pm at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Main Street Berlin just beyond the bowling alley. Free tickets at Gill’s Florist, Morin’s Shoe Store, or the church. Take out meals available. Great for a family outing or a get together with friends. 752-3504 FMI. Sunday, March 27 Masters of the Celtic Fiddle: Legendary Canadian fiddler Richard Wood with Gordon Belcher will launches four part New England Tour at St. Kieran Arts Center, 155 Emery Street Berlin, 2 p.m. Tickets $12, available at the door. 752-1028 www. stkieranarts.org.

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––––––––––––––– ONGOING CALENDAR –––––––––––––– Wednesday Carving Club: Meeting every Wednesday, 5 p.m., E&S Rental, 29 Bridge St, Berlin. All welcome, prior experience not necessary. Open to all. Instructions to those new to carving. We hope to provide a wide range of carving experiences. FMI call Ed at 7523625. Harvest Christian Fellowship Soup Kitchen: Free community dinner every Wednesday night, 219 Willow St., Berlin. Doors open 4 p.m., dinner 5-6 p.m. FMI 348-1757. PAC Meeting. Child addicted to drugs? You’re not alone. Join us for the PAC (Parent of Addicted Children) meeting, 6 p.m., 151 Main Street, Berlin. FMI call 603-723-4949 or e-mail @ shjam@ne.rr. com.Bible Study: 6 to 7 p.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, Mt. Forist St., Berlin. Weight Watcher’s Meeting at the Salvation Army, Berlin—9 a.m. meeting, 8:30 a.m. weigh-in Senior Meals: Guardian Angel School, MondayThursday Noon, Friday 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Suggested donations for 60 and over $3; under 60 $6. All are welcome. (FMI 752-2545). Bible Study: 6 to 7 p.m., every Wednesday night, 7th Day Adventist Church, bottom of Mt. Forist St., Berlin. All welcome. Gorham Public Library: Open M-F: 10am – 6pm; Saturdays: 10am – Noon. Children’s Story Time: Fridays, 1:30pm. The NH Downloadable Audio Book Program available to patrons, who are able to choose from a varied and extensive collection. FMI at 466-2525 or gorhampubliclibrary@ne.rr.com. Artisan Gift Shop: 961 Main St., Berlin. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Family Involvement Group: a family support and activity group, meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. in the downstairs hall of St. Barnabas Church, corner of High and Main Streets, Berlin. Light refreshments are served. FMI, call Linda at 752-7552. Reiki Sharing Gathering: Third Wednesday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., Pathways for Thursday’s Child Ltd., 3 Washington Street, Gorham. Open to anyone who has at least first-level Reiki training. No charge. (FMI 466-5564) Awana Children’s Club - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Grades K-6th. Games, Worship, Bible Lessons, Workbook Time, Prizes, Fun. Community Bible Church. 595 Sullivan Street, Berlin. Call 752-4315 with any questions. AA Meetings: 12 to 1 p.m., Discussion Meeting, St. Barnabas Church, corner of Main and High Streets, Berlin. Step Book/Discussion Meeting, , TriCounty CAP, Step I, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., 361 School St., Berlin. Women’s Relationship Support Group: CCFHS sponsoring. Group meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday. CCFHS will provide transportation as needed. Limited space available. Call Carolyn at 752-5679 for more information. Milan Public Library: Monday, 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday’s 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. VFW Post 2520: Monthly meeting third Wednesday of every month. VFW Ladies Auxiliary: Meets every third Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., post home, 1107 Main St., Berlin. All members encouraged to attend. (FMI 752-4743 daytime, 752-4276 evenings) Foot Clinics: Every second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, Berlin Health Department, Berlin City Hall, 8:30 a.m. to 112 noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. By appointment only. Call 752-1272. All area residents welcome. Fee: $15. Thursday Boy Scout Pack 207: meets every Thursday at 6:30 in the St. Michael’s School cafeteria. Berlin-Gorham White Mountain Rotary Club: Meets every Thursday 730 to 830 a.m., Town & Country Inn Shelburne. FMI email info@whitemtrotary.org Mt. Jefferson LDG. #103 I.O.O.F.: meets second and fourth Thursdays of month, 7 p.m., 701 Presidential Highway, Jefferson. FMI 1-802-892-6684 or 723-0766. AA Meeting: noon to 1 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 2 High St., Berlin.


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by Abigail Van Buren

FIRST-TIME MOTHER-IN-LAW LOOKS TO PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE

DEAR ABBY: I have read with interest your columns with tales of discontent involving overbearing in-laws. Some of them have been downright frightening, although, of course, not all in-law relationships are fraught with conflict. I bring this up because I’m about to become a mother-inlaw for the first time. My oldest son will marry his longtime girlfriend early this summer. She’s a lovely girl, and we already consider her to be a cherished member of our family. I remember a “Mother-in-Law’s Prayer” that ran in your column years ago. It was a kind of “pep talk” from a woman to herself as she approaches mother-in-law status. I found it quite humorous. Would you please reprint it for me and for other mothers-in-law as the spring wedding season beckons? Hopefully, I won’t need to refer to it often. Also, how can I get the booklet that contains it? -- KATHERINE M., FORT WAYNE, IND. DEAR KATHERINE: Congratulations on your son’s forthcoming wedding. The item you referenced has been asked for many times. Over the years, readers have requested that I reprint articles that have special meaning to them on subjects such as parenting, children, animals, aging, death, forgiveness, etc. My booklet (“Keepers”) contains 72 column pieces that people have told me they kept to re-read until the pieces were yellow with age and falling apart. It can be ordered by sending your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby Keepers Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. Shipping and handling are

included in the price. You’ll find stories, poems and prayers like the one below to inspire you, make you think or simply brighten your day. If all mother-in-law relationships were judged solely by the letters in my column, many people would conclude that it’s an emotional minefield. I discussed this subject with a psychiatrist who shared that a mother-in-law who is perceived as overbearing may be one who was a conscientious mother. But now that her child is grown, she finds it difficult to relinquish her role as teacher and protector and quit “hovering” -- an interesting observation. A MOTHER-IN-LAW’S PRAYER “O, Lord, help me to be glad when my son (or daughter) picks a mate. If he brings home a girl with two heads, let me love both of them equally. And when my son says, ‘Mom, I want to get married,’ forbid that I should blurt out, ‘How far along is she?’ “And please, Lord, help me to get through the wedding preparations without a squabble with the ‘other side.’ And drive from my mind the belief that had my child waited a while, he or she could have done better. “Dear Lord, remind me daily that when I become a grandmother, my children don’t want advice on how to raise their children any more than I did when I was raising mine. “If you will help me to do these things, perhaps my children will find me a joy to be around, and maybe I won’t have to write a ‘Dear Abby’ letter complaining about my children neglecting me. Amen.”

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at: Dear Abby, c/o The Conway Daily Sun, PO Box 1940, North Conway, NH 03860

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by Gary Trudeau

For Rent

For Sale

GORHAM- New fully furnished 2 BR, all appliances, TV, w/d, heat included. No smoking/ pets 723-8854.

BEDROOM- 7-piece Solid cherry sleigh. Dresser/Mirror chest & night stand (all dovetail). New-in-boxes cost $2,200 Sell $895. 603-427-2001

GORHAM: 13 Exchange St, (white bldg w/ black trim) 1 br, second floor, h/ hw, fridge and stove, no w/d hookup, no pets. Sec. dep. needed. Call: 466-3378 (8am-4pm, M-F or leave a message). HEATED- 2 bedroom, spacious, sunny, w/d hookups, no pets, no smoking, 1st floor. Security, references, $665/mo. Available 3/1/11. Berlin. (603)343-7912. LARGE warm room, laundry, cable, parking, wi-fi all included, $250/mo. $65/wk, Mike 326-3071. NEWLY renovated, two bedroom, two bathrooms, hot water only included, $500/mo. 603-234-9507 ask for Bruce. STARK: New 3 bedroom duplex, country setting, appliances included, no pets or smoking. Lease and security required, $900/mo. Plus utilities. Heat included. Call 449-6659 or 749-4355.

Custom Glazed Kitchen Cabinets. Solid maple, never installed. May add/subtract to fit kitchen. Cost $6,000 sacrifice $1,750. 433-4665 FIREWOOD green, cut, split, you pick up $170/cord. Will do 1/2 cords. 348-1524. HOT Tub Four occupancy, extremely clean, panel wood surrounding, chemicals included, $450/OBO, 482-3940, 728-9198.

MOVING SALE Rental Fleet on sale. Snowboards, Elan skis, Dalbello boots at Boarder Patrol. (603)356-5885.

Furniture AMAZING! Beautiful Queen or Full Mattress Set. Luxury firm European pillow-top. New in plastic, costs $1,095, sell $249. Can deliver. 603-305-9763

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1999 Yamaha Zuma motor scooter, 1600 miles, 80+ mpg, good condition, $600/obo, 348-0972.

T&B Appliance Removal. Appliances & AC’s removed free of charge if outside. Please call (603)986-5506.

AMAZING! Beautiful queen or full pillow top mattress set $249, king $399. See ad under “furniture”. BED- Orthopedic 11 inch thick super nice pillowtop mattress & box. 10 Yr. warranty, new-in-plastic. Cost $1,200, sell Queen-$299, Full-$270 King-$450. Can deliver. 235-1773

Heavy Equipment BEAUREGARD Equipment case Kobelco dealer clearance. Case 4 wheel drive ext. hoe backhoes priced under $30k. Dozer specials and excavators priced to sell. Call Leo Blais, Sales Rep (603)848-4919.

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$1-A-DAY CLASSIFIEDS • CALL 752-5858 DOLLAR-A-DAY: Ad must run a minimum of 5 consecutive days. Ads over 15 words add 10¢ per word per day. REGULAR RATE: $2 a day; 10¢ per word per day over 15 words. PREMIUMS: First word caps no charge. Additional caps 10¢ per word per day. Centered bold heading: 9 pt. caps 40¢ per line, per day (2 lines maximum) TYPOS: Check your ad the first day of publication. Sorry, we will not issue credit after an ad has run once. DEADLINES: noon two days prior the day of publication except for Monday’s paper when the deadline is Thursday, 11 a.m. PAYMENT: All private party ads must be pre-paid. We accept checks, Visa and Mastercard credit cards and of course cash. There is a $10 minimum order for credit cards. CORRESPONDENCE: To place your ad call our offices 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 752-5858; send a check or money order with ad copy to The Berlin Daily Sun, 164 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570 or stop in at our offices on Main Street in Berlin. OTHER RATES: For information about the professional directory or classified display ads call 752-5858.

Animals

Autos

Low Cost Spay/ Neuter

BUYING junk cars and local towes, 603-348-3403.

Cats & dogs Rozzie May Animal Alliance 603-447-1373

Antiques ANTIQUES, glass, furniture, & collectibles of all kinds wanted by Bob Gauthier, 449-2542. Specializing in Estate and Business liquidation. Bonded.

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Autos 2000 Audi A6 AWD, loaded, $6000/obo; 2008 Chrysler Convertible, Crossfire, $20,000/obo, 603-449-2164. 2002 Mercury Sable V6 FWD, AUT., 72K miles, power everything, $4000, 603-752-3729. BUYING junk cars and trucks ME & NH. Call for price. Martin Towing. (603)305-4504.

For Rent $75 weekly, private room, shared facilities. "Mother-in-law" quarters, three rooms, renovated, secluded, $100 inlcusive, 603-728-7415. 2 bedroom renovated, hard wood floors, Heat, hot water, (603)752-2607. 2 great apts. available. Great Landlord. 3 bedroom, 1st and 2nd floor. Call H&R Block (603)752-2372. 4 rooms, 2 fl, heath, hot water, off-street parking, downtown $550/mo plus deposit 752-3640, 91590474. BERLIN- Apartments available. 3 Bedroom $775/mo heat included, 1 Bedroom $475/mo. Heat included. Both have washer dryer hookup, electric hot water, Yard. No Smokers. Pets May be considered with excellent references. 723-7015.

For Rent Are you working in the area and need a room for a night, week or by the month? Stay at a DuBee Our Guest Bed and Breakfast in Milan. Fully furnished including paper goods, full use of kitchen, wireless internet, Direct TV, barbecue grill, and cleaning service. $35 per night or $125/week. Owners have separate living quarters FMI call 603-449-2140 or 603-723-8722

BERLIN 2 bedroom, heat, hot water included, w/d hookups, HUD accepted. $525/mo 802-388-6904. BERLIN 3rd floor, 4 room, 2 bedroom, heated. Call (978)609-4010. BERLIN - Upper Main street, First floor, Three bedroom, recently remodeled, garage, $775/mo heated 723-5444, 631-0149.

For Rent BERLIN: 1- 4 bedroom apts., $475- $750, includes heat, hot water, free moving truck, 723-3042. BERLIN: 1st. floor, commercial space @ 1500 sq ft only $500, 723-3042. BERLIN: 2 bedroom, heat, secu rity, references, $600/mo. 207-233-9635. BERLIN: 3 bedroom, 2nd. floor, heated, h/w, hardwood floors, off street parking, 466-2088. BERLIN: One bedroom, 1st. floor, heat, h/w, included, parking, no pets, $525/mo. 752-3089, 340-0401. BERLIN: One bedroom, furnished, heat, hot water included, large fenced yard, off street parking, no pets, no smoking, 915-1230. BUILDING 723-1997.

for rent. Call

GORHAM, NH Furnished (optional) 1 bedroom $650/mo, heat and hot water included. Security deposit and references required. 1(800)944-2038.

The City of Berlin Health Department is accepting applications for the position of Account Clerk. This position will be responsible for medical billing, and coordinating, executing and providing proper record keeping of all Home Health and Health Clinic billing. This includes billing for Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and private pay clients. Medicare billing experience is strongly preferred. The position may also provide general department clerical support. The starting rate of pay is $11.74/hour. A full array of benefits including health insurance comes with the position. The regular employment hours are currently 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information or to apply for the position, contact Angela Martin-Giroux, Welfare Officer, 752-2120. Letters of Interest and Resumes should be submitted to the City Manager’s Office, 168 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570. The position will remain open until filled. The City of Berlin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

CITY OF BERLIN New Hampshire

HOUSING COORDINATOR TEMPORARY FULL TIME The City of Berlin is accepting applications for the position of Housing Coordinator. This position will be of a temporary full time nature reporting to the City Manager for an undetermined length of time. There will be no benefits associated with this position. The primary function of this position will be to continue to address the issue of surplus substandard or blighted housing within the City of Berlin. Doing this involves competing for local, state and federal funds, obtaining and dealing with hazardous substance remediation funds via grant writing, managing any funds received, writing and administering various types of contracts, work with other City departments concerning housing issues and assist the Finance Director with tax deeded properties and manage the sale or demolition of these properties as determined appropriate. Educational requirements include a college degree in fields such as engineering, project management or equivalent. Must possess and maintain a valid passenger motor vehicle operator license. Significant experience in project management and in writing plans, proposals and grants. The minimum requirements listed above may be satisfied by having any equivalent combination of education and experience which demonstrates possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Job description is available at the City Manager’s Office (603-752-7532), Berlin City Hall, 168 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570, Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm or on the City website www.berlinnh.gov. Letters of interest and resumes must be received at the City Manager's Office by Thursday March 31st, 2011 The City of Berlin is an equal opportunity employer.


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Help Wanted ARE you hard-working, honest and experienced repairing cars? We want to see you! Busy auto repair shop looking to add automotive technician. Pay/ Bonuses based on experience & production. Apply in person at Northern Tire- North Main Street, Colebrook. IF you like fashion, if you like people and you have a flexible schedule Betty Dee's has the job for you. We offer good pay and good fun. Betty Dee's is looking for a part time sales associate. The job included sales, pressing and light cleaning. Please fill out applications at the employment office.

Looking To Rent LOOKING for room to rent. (603)752-3496.

Services MOWER MEDIC repairing throwers, mowers, blowers, augers, tillers, trimmers, chainsaws, etc. Here, there, anywhere. 723-7103. RAFFI’S Painting and Pressure Cleaning. Residential, commercial, industrial, interior, exterior. Pressure wash driveways, roofs, siding. Carpet cleaning, lead removal. Certified 29 years experience. Full insured, free estimates, references available. 603-915-0816, 603-723-2690.

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(603)447-1198. Olson’s Moto Works, RT16 Albany, NH.

Real Estate, Time Share LAS Vegas Time Share rental, one week, 4 occupancy, kitchenette, 2 baths, walking distance to strip, $475, 482-3940, 728-9198.

Services HYPNOSIS for habit change, stress, regression. Michael Hathaway, DCH, certified hypnotherapist. Madison 367-8851. INCREASE your miles per gallon now! This is an HHO Generator. It converts water to gas when added to your fuel system your MPG’s increase from 20-40%. Call us at 603-748-2494 or 603-915-6852. Start saving money right now. LOCKNESS Painters starting back for the year. Interior/Exterior, fully insured. Good prices, free estimates, new number, 603-752-2218.

NEW Hampshire Books Needed; White Mountains, AMC Guides, History, Sets, Estates, Many Others. Mat, 348-7766.

Wanted To Buy BUYING junk cars/ trucks, heavy equip- farm mach., scrap iron. Call 636-1667 days, 636-1304 evenings.

752-5858 Classifieds

IMMEDIATE COACHING VACANCIES The following openings exist at Gorham Middle/High School for the 2010 - 2011 school year: MS Softball Coach HS Cross Country Coach If interested, please contact Dan Gorham at 466-2776 no later than March 25th.

Legendary fiddler, Richard Wood, to perform at St. Kieran Arts Center BERLIN -- Legendary Canadian fiddler Richard Wood with Gordon Belcher will launch a four part “Masters of the Celtic Fiddle” New England tour at St. Kieran Arts Center on March 27, at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $12 and available at the door. Other performing arts centers hosting Wood’s tour include the Franco American Heritage Center in Lewiston, Maine on March 29, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage, Maine on March 30, and at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity on March 31. For more than two decades, Richard Wood has impressed audiences all across Canada, as well as in the US, Europe, and Japan. Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America,” Carnegie Hall with Irish legends The Chieftains, a featured performer on CBC’s Canada Day on Parliament Hill, “Rita MacNeil and Friends,” and with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric.” Richard has played for Canada’s Prime Minister and Governor General, the Queen of England (in Toronto), and for the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo. In the late 1990s he toured the UK and Europe headlining concert halls and folk festivals. He’s since played at the Lincoln Centre in New York City, Epcot at Disney World, and was a featured performer in the touring fiddle spectacle “Bowfire.” The program is made possible through the leadership of Skye Theatre and Celtic Arts New England and the sponsorship of Steve, Cindy and Nick Griffin with support of the NH State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation/North Country’s Art Ventures Fund, an Anonymous Fund, Libby Family Fund, North Country Region Community Fund and the Stanton and Elizabeth Davis Fund.

Fuel assistance still available through CAP BERLIN --Tri County CAP announces that it is still taking applications for the fuel assistance program. Households that have not yet applied for fuel assistance are encouraged to contact the community contact office nearest them to apply. Benefits can pay for oil, kerosene, propane, wood, coal, electric heat or rent if heat is included. Benefits range from $150 to $1,125 per household. Applicants must call for appointments. Office locations are: Berlin-752-3248, Lancaster-788-4477, Ashland-968-3560,

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North Country Flea Market 603-466-1140 • 161 Main St., Gorham Sunday & Monday closed Tuesday- Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lorette’s C raftS hop

338 Goebel St. Berlin • 752-2293 Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-4pm

Coming Soon... PHENTEX YARN For Slippers – Sharpening Services –

Exercise with Elaine Mainguy! A fitness routine that has been motivating woman to move since 1984. Spring into action Monday, March 28 at The Town & Country. Monday and Wednesday 6-7 p.m. $60 for 10 weeks - FMI or to register call Elaine at 466-2672, 723-8652

Join the T&C Health Club for 3 months or more and receive this 10 week session free. *restrictions apply

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1 Exchange Street, Gorham • 466-2233 Tuesday-Saturday: Noon-5pm

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M O N D A YS - F R E E P O O L A L L D A Y! C h eck ou t ou r P in g P on g Ta ble or com e P la y D a rts. Mon–Thurs 11:30am–9:00pm • Fri & Sat 11:30am–midnight Sunday 11:30am–9:00pm

17 hurt when tour bus rolls over LITTLETON — Seventeen people were injured when their tour bus crashed in snowy conditions Monday night in Littleton. The crash shut down Interstate 93 south for about nine hours. Police said the bus was carrying 25 people from Korea. It had left Quebec en route to Boston when it crashed north of exit 42. When firefighters arrived, they designated the scene as a mass casualty incident. “All the occupants were still on the bus,” said Fire Chief Joe Mercieri. “Many of them were tossed around in the bus, tossed out of their seats, tossed under the seats.” The crash forced police to shut

down the highway as ambulances from six towns were called. According to the fire chief, 17 of the 25 people were taken to the hospital, but not before some of the injured had to be extricated from the bus. Five of those on board suffered serious injuries. “They were impact injuries from impacting hard surfaces,” Mercieri said. Littleton Regional Hospital took in 14 of the patients. Hospital CEO Warren West said the hospital holds mass casualty drills all the time, and the training was put to good use. “We brought in some additional staff and were able to accommodate all the patients,” he said.

West said the biggest challenge the hospital faced was communicating with the injured, because few of them spoke English. But 11-year-old Rei Lee, who was traveling with his parents in the group, was able to translate. “I tried to be calm and not be excited, and I was able to do the translation because I’ve lived in Vancouver for one-and-a-half years,” Lee said. New Hampshire State Police are leading the investigation into the crash, and while no final determination has been made on a cause, troopers said it was snowing at the time, and the fire chief said the road was very slippery. —Courtesy of WMUR

No fallout in N.H. from Japan’s reactors BY TED SIEFER THE UNION LEADER

CONCORD — State public health officials are seeking to allay residents’ concerns stemming from the ongoing nuclear reactor crisis in Japan. “We’ve been getting calls since last week from people asking, ‘Should we get potassium iodide pills?’...” said Dr. Jose Montero, director of the state Division of Public Health Services. “The answer is no, there’s no need for that.” Montero further cautioned that taking the pills can have adverse health effects. He said state authorities would let residents know, in the event of an emergency, if the pills were

warranted. The state Department of Health and Human Services issued a press release stating that radioactivity from the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, crippled by the earthquake and tsunami earlier this month, is “not expected to reach New Hampshire in any quantity sufficient to produce health concerns.” Montero explained that equipment on the roof of his agency in Concord regularly monitors radiation levels. “We have a really good radiation monitoring system. We get reports every hour,” he said. “Radiation is everywhere. It’s part of our environment. We keep that baseline in mind, and if the system gets

elevate levels, we’ll be able to see that.” Still, Montero said, the nuclear crisis in Japan is prompting state authorities to review their protocols, and it will be considered when they conduct a scheduled emergency drill in May. “We have been discussing the ‘what-ifs,’...” Montero said. “All plans have to be tested and checked against reality when reality hits, and based on what happened in Japan, we’re likely to make some changes to that plan.” There are three nuclear power plants in the region: Seabrook Station, the only one in New Hampshire; Vermont Yankee; and Pilgrim Station in Plymouth, Mass.

New Boston man rolls toward world record BY TIM BUCKLAND THE UNION LEADER

NEW BOSTON — Eight years ago, Rick Fortin lost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his house — except for one project that could land him a place in the Guinness World Records. “It wasn’t really an idea,” Fortin said of the 3-foot-in-diameter ball of copper he’s been making since 2001. It weighed 922 pounds when Fortin got it measured Thursday. “I just get bored in the winter.” Before the weighing, Fortin guessed that the ball would be about “600 or 700 pounds.” “I was quite happy with that number,” he said of the final measurement. As a landscaper, mason and self-described “recycling nut,”

Fortin said he often has leftover copper wire after a job. He started putting the ball together, sort of like balls of twine or rubber bands that have become Guinness records. “I had so much wire coming in,” he said. “I made trees with it at first. Then I started making this ball and got carried away.” Sara Wilcox, public relations and marketing assistant for the Guinness World Records New York City office, wrote in an e-mail that Fortin’s copper ball, if accepted by the organization, would make a new record, as there currently is no record for heaviest ball of copper. “We have a record for tallest copper sculpture which is the closest,” Wilcox wrote. “This is an open record category as we are waiting on a claimant to submit

documentation still.” Fortin said he has acquired the forms from Guinness and will submit a claim for a record. He thinks his chances are good. “They seem to have records for all kinds of crazy things,” he said. Fortin said a fire consumed his house in 2003. All that was left to salvage, he said, was the ball. The ball is not his only odd creation, though. He said he also has a 4-foot-tall wax sculpture, made from wax recycled from mostly burned candles. It’s a mish-mash of objects, including dinosaurs, bears and grasshoppers. “Like I said, I get bored in winter,” he said. He said the copper in the ball is valued at $3,222. But is he selling? “No,” he said with a laugh. “It’s worth more than that to me. It’s a piece of art to me.”

The Berlin Daily Sun, Wednesday, March 23, 2011  

The Berlin Daily Sun, Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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