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Stage is set for Saturday’s county budget meeting BY BARBARA TETREAULT THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

LANCASTER – The county delegation will meet this Saturday to vote on a 2012 county budget and the stage is set for a healthy debate on the level of funding. The delegation held a special public hearing Friday to go over changes in the budget proposed by the county commissioners last December. At that time, the commission presented a budget of $31.51 million. The commission has since approved $170,575 in added appropriations to bring the total requested budget up to $31.68 million, which represents a 2.5 percent increase over the current budget. The budget does not include $10,150 in requests from the county attorney and victim witness advocate that the commission left to the delegation to decide. At the same time, the commission increased revenue projections by $300,000. As a result, the amount

to be raised by taxes actually decreased, from 8.8 percent to 7.7 percent. County Administrator Sue Collins spent about two hours Friday reviewing the changes with the delegation and public Friday. Collins explained that by law, the commissioners are required to issuea proposed budget in early December when the fiscal year is still on-going. She said that forces the commission and administration to rely on estimates in putting together a budget. By the time the delegation meets in March to vote on a final budget, Collins said the books on the previous year’s budget are closed and actual figures are available. Commissioner Burnham Judd said it would make more sense for the county budget hearing to be held in February. Rep. Herb Richardson and Rep. John Tholl both said they will try to get the legislation passed to allow the commission to present its budget later. Collins pointed out the negotiations on a new one

year contract with the two unions that represent corrections employees and Berlin nursing home employees are concluded. The union membership is set to vote on the contracts this week and the commission will vote on them just prior to the start of the budget hearing Saturday. Based on the contract, there will be no cost of living increase for all county employees including both union and non-union. Collins said employees eligible for step increases will receive those increases. Richardson asked if step increases are given to both union and non-union employees. Collins explained the county has a 10-step schedule that covers all hourly employees. Employees must receive successful annual reviews to receive the step increases which max out at ten years of service. Tholl said the step increases are part of the compensation package outlined when employees are see STAGE page 6

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BERLIN – Efforts continue to assist workers at Isaacson Structural Steel as the bankrupt company ceases operations. Over 60 employees were laid off last Wednesday and the remaining 40 or so are being terminated over the next several weeks as the company wraps up outstanding work. The company was auctioned off last Wednesday with a group of three companies submitting the highest bid of $2.4 million. The sale must still be approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manchester at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday. N.E. Employment Security Business Services Representative Diana Nelson said the state’s Rapid Response team met with employees on Feb. 23 to outline the various services available. Workers heard about assistance and training services offered through Employment Security, Health and Human Services, White Mountains Community College, AHEAD, N.H. Vocational Services, and Southern N.H. Services, That was followed on Feb. 27 with a orientation on the Trade Adjustment Act benefits available because the bankruptcy of both Isaacson Steel and Isaacson Structural Steel have been ruled the result of foreign competition. Two additional Trade Act orisee EFFORTS page 9

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Gun range: Vegas style

LAS VEGAS (NY Times) — For Vegas die-hards bored with the $750 tasting menu at Guy Savoy, the $250 Elton John tickets at Caesars or the $200,000 single-hand baccarat bet at the Bellagio, this city is serving up a new way to find highpriced thrills. Machine Guns Vegas — an upscale, indoor shooting range complete with skimpily dressed, gun-toting hostesses — opened last week a half mile from the Strip, with an armory of weapons and a promise to fulfill the desires of anyone wanting to fire off an Uzi or a vintage Thompson submachine gun. With its provocative mix of violent fantasy (think blowing holes through an Osama bin Laden target with an AK-47) and sexual allure, it is the latest example of how the extravagances and excesses that have defined Las Vegas are moving beyond the gaming table. “O.K., the Uzi is down right now — sorry!” Melissa Krause, a hostess dressed head to toe in a skin-tight black outfit, with a fake pistol attached to her hip and black boots, told a father and son who had driven three hours from Victorville, Calif. “Is there something else you wanted to choose?” No matter. Before long, the son, Chris Neveu, 20, was standing between two range masters, a man and a woman, feet planted to the ground, eyes protected by goggles and ears by headphones. Hot shells clattered around his feet as his father, Paul, took pictures.


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WASHINGTON (NY Times) — With Israel warning that it may mount a military strike against Iran, President Obama welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to the White House, but signaled that he would press for more time for a campaign of economic sanctions to work on Tehran. Appearing with Netanyahu in the Oval Office before their

meeting, Obama declared that “the United States will always have Israel’s back.” He reiterated that the United States would prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but he added, “We do believe there is still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution to this issue.” Netanyahu, sitting next to the president, declared that “Israel must have the

ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.” He thanked Obama for affirming, in a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group on Sunday, that, as Netanyahu put it, “Israel has the sovereign right to make its own decisions.” Israeli officials interpreted this to mean that the United States would not try to block a preemptive Israeli strike.

Putin faces challenges to legitimacy MOSCOW (NY Times) — A day after claiming an overwhelming victory in Russia’s presidential elections, Vladimir V. Putin on Monday faced a range of challenges to his legitimacy, including charges of fraud from international observers and a defiant opposition that vowed to keep him from serving his full six-year term. While Putin was still celebrating his victory, he received a slap in the face from observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. While finding less of the ballot stuffing and

other flagrant violations that marred parliamentary elections in November, the observers said Putin had faced no real competition and unfairly benefited from lavish government spending on his behalf. Putin received milder responses from the European Union and from the United States. The White House did not comment, and the State Department put out a written statement congratulating the Russian people and saying the United States “looks forward to working with the President-elect after the results are certified and he is sworn in.”

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(NY Times) — Syria’s government made diplomatic gestures on Monday toward seeking an end to the uprising that has convulsed the country, agreeing for the first time to allow visits by the top United Nations relief official and by the newly designated envoy who represents both the United Nations and Arab League. But activists said that Syrian security forces did not let up in their ferocious campaign to crush opposition in the most restive areas. Activists said the Syrian armed forces sent troops into Dara’a, the southern town where the protests began a year ago, and that artillery units bombarded the town of Rastan in central Syria, not far from Homs, an epicenter of the uprising that has been devastated by more than month of shelling and gunfire. The Syrian diplomatic gestures came as new reports emerged of Syrian civilians fleeing into neighboring Lebanon to escape the stepped-up military action. The United Nations refugee agency said that 2,000 Syrian refugees had crossed the border into Lebanon since the weekend.

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Alice E. Berwick

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GORHAM, NH - Alice E. Berwick, 81, of 51 Glen Road, Gorham, NH, passed away on Monday March 5, 2012 at the St. Vincent de Paul Rehab and Nursing Center in Berlin. She was born in Lewiston, Me., on May 22, 1930, the daughter of the late George A. and Alice S. (Stephenson) Vigue, and lived most of her life in Gorham. She was raised by her mother and grandparents after the death of her father when she was five. Alice had been employed by Brown Company and the Town & Country Motor Inn. She was a member of Holy Family Church, a former member of the Dupont-Holmes Post #82 American Legion Auxiliary, was interested in genealogy, town history, music, crafts, knitting, dancing, coin collecting and was a former bowler.

Members of the family include her daughter, Kelly Pike and husband Kenneth of Gorham, NH; son, Lee Berwick of Manchester, NH; grandchildren including, Chelsea, Danny, Andrea, Angelina and Gregory; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins including a special niece, Jeanne Aubut of Gorham. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter A. Berwick; daughter, Vicki L. Berwick; brother, Edward G. Vigue and sister Rose A. Torganson. Private graveside services will be held at the Mt. Hayes Cemetery in Gorham. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the on-line guestbook, please visit

Ruth E. Plica

JEFFERSON -- Ruth E. Plica, 84, of 311 Israel River Road, Jefferson, NH, passed away on Saturday March 3, 2012 at her home. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 19, 1927, the daughter of the late Frederick and Eleonore (Dahlman) Carlson. She moved to Deer Park Long Island, NY, where she lived from 1951-1998, when she came to Jefferson. Ruth had been employed by Nynex Phone Company in the accounting department for 20 years, from 1971-1991. She was one of the founding members of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Deer Park, L.I., NY, was a former member of the O.E. S. in Babylon, NY, and was a member of the Jefferson Adult Citizens for nine years. Members of the family include three daughters Jayne Plica of Jefferson, NH; Nanci Meyer of Bay Shore, L.I., NY; Lauri Di Maria of Grantville, Penn.; six grandchildren, Keith Meyer, Shawn Meyer, Jennifer Pelletier, Travis Meyer, Amy Caputo and

Debra Di Maria; five great-grandchildren and two nephews. She was predeceased by her husband John, a daughter Debra Gustavson, a grandson Damon Gustavson and a brother Raymond Carlson. Funeral services will be held on Thursday March 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bryant Funeral Ruth E. Plica Home, 1 Promenade St., Gorham, NH. Interment will be in the Forrest Vale Cemetery in Jefferson at a later date. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. To sign the on-line guestbook, please visit www.

Zilla S. Young

MILAN, NH -- Zilla S. Young, 78, of 214 Milan Hill Road, Milan, passed away on Thursday March 1, 2012 at her home. She was born in Dummer, NH, on August 8, 1933, the daughter of Clyde W. and Esther J. (Twitchell) Stiles and was a lifelong resident of Dummer and Milan. Zilla had been employed as a medical secretary at Brown Company, a payroll clerk at Converse and a computer operator at SAU 20 in Gorham. She was a member of the Milan Community United Methodist Church, the Milan P.T.A., the Androscoggin Grange and the Emily Flint Rebekah Lodge. Members of the family include her daughter, Barbara Dumont and husband Mark of Berlin, NH; son, Douglas C. Young and wife Lori of Milan, NH; grandchildren, Molly Young, Adam Young, Lindsay Dumont and Courtney Dumont; sister, Blanchie Frizzell of West Milan, NH; aunt, Jennie Donaldson of Milan, NH; nieces, nephews and cousins. She

was predeceased by a brother, Clyde Stiles, Jr. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday March 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Milan Community Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Milan. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, Zilla S. Young 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin, on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Milan Methodist Church, PO Box 386, Milan, NH 03588. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.

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Planning board urges yes vote on Articles 2, 3 and 5 and no vote on Article 4 To the residents of Dummer: On October 12, 2011 a court case (Kalil vs. Town of Dummer) revealed that in the minutes of the Planning Board that they did not vote to establish an article following proper procedure. RSA 675:3 III (After a public hearing the planning board shall, by vote, determine the final form of the ordinance, amendment, or amendments to be presented to the town or village district, which ordinance oramendment may include editorial revisions and textual modifications resulting from the proceedings of that hearing.) This procedure was not done. So how can these procedures be legal? The town of Dummer has spent approximately $60,000 in legal fees to prevent issuing one man a

building permit to build a house. Would you like to continue paying attorney fees? How would the town handle a class action lawsuit? Enough is enough ... it’s time to get back to the basics and this is verified by the letter (below) from Chris Miller, chair of the zoning board and a planning board member, Chris is verifying that it is time that we live as caring families and unite as one. Not as neighbors with a difference of opinion. In view of, we the planning board are asking for a “Yes” vote on Articles 2, 3, 5, and a “No” vote on Article 4 based on the residents of Dummer recommendations. Please attend town meeting on March 13, at 6:45 p.m. Planning Board Town of Dummer

Bring fundamental fairness once again to Dummer’s zoning regulations To the editor: For me, the best possible outcome of the town’s current zoning debate is having universal rules of zoning that apply to everyone equally. This is why I support Mr. Croteau’s proposal to revert to the previous zoning rules that treated everyone equally, regardless of the geographic location of their home. This does not mean that there will be no zoning, it simply means that zoning will once again be consistent

and equally applied to everyone. Currently before us is a question of zoning. We all have a decision to make. When faced with a question such as this, people generally have two ways of coming to a decision. 1) What do I prefer, what’s practical, or what benefits me and others most? 2) Is it right? Is it moral? Is it just.? When given a choice between what you and see FAIRNESS page 5

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Snowe’s Sad Retreat

BACK in 1999, when I covered Congress, I had a kind of crush on Olympia Snowe. Many of us in the Senate press gallery did. She moved, dressed and treated people — even reporters, and even when we hounded her through the hallways of the Capitol — with an unforced, uncommon graciousness. She spoke with intelligence and almost never with vitriol. But those weren’t the main reasons we had such soft spots for her. We liked her best for her disobedience. Unlike the majority of her colleagues in the Senate, be they Democrats or, like her, Republicans, she dared to disagree with her party. Often. And she did it publicly, with her votes and her forthright explanations of them. Even then, in times that were a bit less harshly partisan, this was unusual, and she had limited company, though it included Susan Collins, Maine’s other senator, also a Republican and also one of our heroes. Snowe and Collins offered proof and reassurance: just because you identified yourself principally with one side in the ceaseless fight, wearing an R or a D, it didn’t mean you signed on automatically to everything it championed, to each plank in its sprawling (and often suffocating) platform. These two senators validated the fact that a person’s values, philosophy and priorities are more complex than a political tribe’s often tyrannical orthodoxy. And that the tribe’s package of positions isn’t necessarily coherent, each fitting naturally with the others. Snowe and Collins made human sense. Their peers usually didn’t. Those dutiful foot soldiers marched in dreary lock step with their given generals, infrequently demonstrating any real individuality, any rebel spunk. Over the last decade, such allegiance has only hardened. It’s puzzling. Maddening. Just because you choose a team shouldn’t mean you’re suddenly and miraculously on board with everything in its playbook, on down the line: the abortion position, the contraception position, the tax policy, the immigration policy, the attitude toward same-sex marriage, the attitude toward gun control. But that’s what’s expected. That’s the message gleaned from the relative homogeneity of a party’s leading candidates, who squeeze themselves into tidy, unyielding boxes and insist that we do likewise. Rare is the Democrat of plausible national ambition who tangles in a tough, meaningful way with labor unions or environmentalists, groups that President Obama has been loath to cross. Disappointing them jeopardizes the campaign infantry and financial contributions they provide, and as the sway of interest groups rises, the fealty of politicians to the ones in their corner grows with it. Rare is the Republican of plausible national ambition who doesn’t kowtow to religious conservatives, a spectacle on florid display during the Republican primaries, including last week, when Mitt Romney signaled support for the Blunt amendment just before Senate Democrats — with an assist from Snowe — defeated it. He may not quite be lighting his hair on fire, to cite his own boast of faux defiance, but there’s ample smoke rising from his fabled mane, as he burns away the Northeastern moderate he was. In fact he used to be Snowe — minus the obvious differences in gender, religion, wealth and pet care. But that was before he reached higher. Before he had much of the independence and many of the idiosyncrasies bled out of him. Before the Republican margin gobbled

up the middle and ate a good chunk of Mitt along with it. Snowe stayed somewhat liberal on social issues, bucking the party, and never drew any serious attention as a potential national candidate. That always depressed me, and I’m not alone. “I certainly thought John McCain should have picked Olympia Snowe,” said William Weld, the former Massachusetts governor, whose own political future wasn’t helped by his Republican heresies, on the phone Friday. “And I said that to anyone who listened.” INSTEAD McCain reached to another corner of the country and to Sarah Palin, who called herself a maverick while being a whole lot less of one than Snowe. And Palin and Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell and Jan Brewer became the new faces of Republican womanhood, the ones in the foreground. While some of the responsibility for that lay with the news media’s fascination with rabid right-wingers who contradict clichéd assumptions of what a woman’s politics should be, some of the responsibility lay with the party itself for embracing red meat over anything with a subtler, more intellectually elegant hue. As Snowe said at a news conference in Portland, Me., on Friday, “The electorate is increasingly becoming divided into red states and blue states, which elect people representing just one color or the other.” She had provided numbers to back up her claim in an op-ed piece for The Washington Post, writing that before the 1994 election, there were 34 senators representing states that had voted for the presidential nominee of the opposing party. Today, she observed, there are 25. “We are becoming more like a parliamentary system, where everyone simply votes with their party and those in charge employ every possible tactic to block the other side,” she told reporters in Maine. Moderates on both sides of the aisle now face greater condemnation, she asserted, adding that that was “unfortunate for the country. I think the majority of the American people are in the center in some way.” She herself has had some difficulty staying there. Her approval rating from the American Conservative Union, which had been below 50 in 2009, was above that mark in each of the last two years, and the frequency with which she votes against members of her party has decreased of late. Still she has been made to feel like an apostate. An outsider. I think she grew tired of it. I think she has endured too much dislocation in her life already, this survivor who lost both parents before she turned 11, whose first husband was killed in a car accident little more than three years into their marriage. At 65, with more than three decades in Congress behind her, she isn’t prepared to feel abandoned and homeless in the Senate, or to budge any more than she has. There’s less and less room in American politics for a hodgepodge of positions that don’t adhere to one of the two sanctioned scripts. Unsubtle caricatures outnumber complicated characters. That will be only truer with her retirement at year’s end. It’s a sad, sad thing, and I sympathized with the pleading in the voice of a reporter who asked Snowe on Friday, “Are you sure?” Nothing good can be read into her exit. Nothing good at all.

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Scare tactics being used in the town of Dummer To the editor: We hope the residents of Dummer are not fooled by the scare tactics being spread to influence them to vote “no” on articles 2 and 3. Implying that residents could lose their homes because of higher taxes if they vote”yes”in favor of a single residential, agricultural zone is immoral and unethical. The reason for a single zone is to have all residents treated equally without having ridiculous rules and restrictions, which serves to benefit a few who want to control and are not directly impacted. Saying that the town would run amuck and be more vulnerable to trailer parks, junk yards, filling of wetlands ( prohibited by law), etc., is nonsense because all applications for permits still have to be approved by the board of selectmen and the zoning board. This town of 300 plus residents should be able to address its problems with logic and common sense. Our “sister” town Milan operates under the one zone system and have a lot more issues to address. For example, a school, fire department, sawmill, stores, restaurants, recycling yard, bed and breakfast establishments, and a river rafting business. It is important to note that these issues

are addressed with one third the legal expenditure budget of our town. Does that make sense? For those concerned about our natural resources like Pontook and the Androscoggin River they are already protected by the state. Abolishing the zones would not change that fact. Those of us that chose to live here prior to 1999 for the rural charm did so when the town had a single residential, agricultural zone! Then some people pushed to change to 3three zones and an overlay sone. Why? More control and more restrictions, and to repeat, they themselves would not be impacted by these changes. Let’s get back to practicing equality and good neighbor policies that we enjoyed in the past. Remember, those of you who signed the petition to abolish the zones must vote if you want it to happen. We urge you to vote “yes” on articles 2 and 3, and also to vote for Dennis Bachand for selectman and O’Neil Croteau for the planning board. It will help to put us back on the right path. As a famous politician once said, “A government that governs least governs best”. Rick and Lorraine Gagne Dummer

All men invited to NC Christian Men’s Breakfast Sat. To the editor: There will be a North Country Christian Men’s Breakfast this coming Saturday, March 10, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Muriel’s Restaurant on Route 110. All men from throughout the North Country are invited to attend as an opportunity to enjoy FAIRNESS from page 4

others prefer, or what is moral, which choice is generally best? Why? Does the morality cf that choice change based upon how many others agree with you or vote for it? I suggest that it does not. I submit that what one prefers, or what most benefits you or others, is not the proper way to make such a decision. But rather, one should begin answering this question by asking: What is the moral or ethical decision? I suggest that we submit these zoning questions now before us to this ethical test. The question to be asked is: Is it moral to treat people differently based upon where they live? I suggest that it is no more morally defendable to treat an individual differently based upon where they live than it is to treat people differently based on their gender, sexual orientation, or their skin color. Some may suggest that complex and discriminatory zoning rules are not treating “people” differently, but rather treating “property” differently. My answer to this argument is that one cannot treat a person’s property differently, without treating that person differently. Property is an extension of ourselves. It is a derivation of our efforts. Example: A law is passed that says Maryann, or a group of people living

good food, good conversation, good spiritual teachings and great fellowship. For further information or request for transportation contact Reggie Coulombe or Steve Enman. Steve Enman Milan in Maryann’s area, may only have one automobile in their driveway at a time. It seems clear that treating her property differently is in fact treating Maryann differently. Such a law would clearly be wrong and immoral, because singling out people, or groups of people, for different treatment is not just we’re in a position where our current zoning regulations do just this, and Mr. Croteau makes a reasonable proposal to address this. If you don’t feel that Dummer’s previous zoning rules, that are again being proposed, are stringent enough, then add to them, but do it in a way that applies to everyone universally. For example, if a rule were to exist that said no building were to be allowed within 1,000 feet d a body of water then it would apply to all bodies of water within the town, not select ones where certain people prefer no building take place. Morality is fundamentally universal. It applies equally to everyone regardless of their color, or sex or location. For zoning to be moral it should also be universal, with no discrimination based upon geographic location. I urge you to also support this proposal to once again bring fundamental fairness to our zoning regulations. Chris Miller Dummer

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hired and said he did not think it appropriate to tell employees there would be no step increases. Collins said part of the budget increase is due to increases in workers compensation, health insurance, and unemployment insurance. The commissions are recommending $6,000 to soundproof the new family room at the nursing hospital in West Stewartstown and there were adjustments in positions at both nursing facilities. Collins also reminded the delegation that Coos received new Medicaid reimbursement rates for the two nursing homes this Jan.1. As a result of the new rates, the county will see a $234,400 decrease in Medicaid funds. On top of that, the county is losing $150,000 in Medicaid Quality Incentive funding. In later remarks, Fred King of Colebrook pointed out the current rate for the Berlin nursing home is lower than the 2006 rate. There was some good news in the budget update. Collins reported the surplus is $600,000 more than projected in December, with a final figure of $2,340,000. That added surplus allowed the final budget to cut the projected increase in the amount to be raised by taxes by one percent despite the increase in appropriations. With the county attorney and victim witness advocate offices moving back to the Coos County courthouse, County Attorney Robert MeKeel said there is

a need for new furniture. MeKeel said both offices having been using furniture provided with the rental space. “We certainly do have furniture needs,” he said. Richardson said the delegation subcommittee on the county attorney budget agrees with the need for new furniture. MeKeel also asked for a $3,900 salary increase for the assistant county attorney position which is currently funded at $55,675. Citing the decision not to grant cost of living increases for county employees, the commissioners left the decision to the delegation. Richardson charged the increase in the budget is closer to 12 percent if one compared the proposed budget to what was actually expended last year. But Collins pointed out he was including $1 million the county appropriates for federal funding that is offset by revenue. Richardson said he believes there must be someplace the budget can be cut. He noted that Coos County has the highest unemployment rate in the state and local towns and school districts are going without because of the tough economy. “We have to do something as a county,” he said. Collins replied that the administration and commission spent hours on the budget. “We try to save in all areas,” she said.

Rep. Duffy Daugherty of Colebrook said the delegation is looking at nonconstitutionally required programs as it tries to preserve the county’s nursing homes. “We have to start cutting,” he said. Collins reminded the delegation that state assistance programs, for which the county serves solely as tax collector, account for more than half the county taxes. During public comments, Fred King defended the work of the commission and administration. In a detailed presentation, the former county administrator noted that from 1997 through 2009, the state budget saw total appropriations increase by an average of 6.5 percent annually. In comparison, he said the county budget has increased an average of 4.3 percent annually over the last nine years. In his community of Colebrook, King said the average annual property tax increase over the past ten years has been 5.4 percent. For the county, the average increase over the past nine years has been 6.3 percent. King provided some examples of cost increases from 2001 to 2011. In 2001, he said a case of dishwashing detergent was $60.10 and fuel oil was $1.13 a gallon. In 2011, those same items cost $85.85 and $2.98 respectively. Health insurance premiums have risen from $265.10 for a single person and $715.78 for a family plan in 2001 to $767.81 and $2,073 for

those same premiums in 2011. King said a big part of the county’s budget goes to fund its two nursing home which he argued serve some of the neediest people in the county. “You need to think about the people you are serving,” he concluded Daugherty said he appreciated the comments. He said he understands the county’s commitment to take care of its neediest people. At the same time, he said the delegation can do something to try and balance the budget without overburdening the taxpayer. “We are in control of our own destiny,” he said. “This is local control.” Jefferson selectman Norman Brown, former superintendent of corrections for the county, said the county budget has gone up over 30 percent in four years. Calling it morally criminal, he said taxpayers are having to mortgage their property to pay taxes. Brown questioned the need to carry a $2.3 million surplus and said it should be trimmed to reduce the amount collected from taxpayers. He suggested the county issue its own tax bill to increase transparency and accountability. The delegation spent considerable time debating the commission’s recommendation to provide $1,500 to the White Mountain Ridge Runners snowmobile club for the purchase of an emergency response vehicle to rescue injured snowmobile and ATV riders from remote trail locations. The proposed vehicle would be a utility terrain vehicle capable of negotiating rough terrain in any season. It would have a specialized medical transport skid attached to the cargo bed that could accommodate a patient and medical attendant as well as medical supplies. Club Trail Master Larry Gomes explained the club must raise $40,000 to purchase the emergency vehicle which would be available to local emergency responsers. Fish and Game Lt. Doug Gralenski urged the delegation to approve the request, noting if Fish and Game purchased such a vehicle, it would not be able to allow other responders to use it. He said the club’s purchase would make it available regionally. Rep. Gary Coulomb of Berlin said the Berlin Fire Department responded last year responded to five rescues in the state’s Jericho ATV park. He said they used a privately owned ATV to evacuate injured riders. He said it is only a matter of time before there is an accident with multiple victims and no equipment to handle the situation. see STAGE page 8

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Richard L. Roberge –––––––––––––––– OBITUARY ––––––––––––––––

GORHAM -- Mr. Richard L. Roberge, 89 of Glen Rd. Gorham, (formerly of Dummer) died in the evening of Thursday, March 1, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Berlin, May 23, 1922, the son of the late Fred and Leonie (Landry) Roberge. He attended the Berlin schools and graduated from Berlin High School in 1939. He worked at General Electric after moving to Lynn, Mass. He married Dorothy at St. Patrick Church in 1942. He worked at Berlin Foundry and Granite State Converse. He owned and operated Labnon Motor Lodge in Conway, NH. They moved back to Berlin in 1987 and worked for Alpine Machine Co. as a sales representative and consultant until his full retirement, a job he truly enjoyed where he made lastRichard L. Roberge ing friendships. He attended and volunteered at St. Pius Church for several years while living in Dummer at the family hunting camp transformed into their retirement home. He was a member of The Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin. Before becoming sick he would go every day, always praying for someone he knew and loved. He was a past member of the Berlin Kiwanis Club, Berlin Lodge of Elks, Lifetime 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus in Conway and Berlin Fraternal Order of Eagles and had served as a member of Berlin City Council and most recently the Holiday Center. He was a devoted husband and father. He loved his family, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and card playing with friends and family. He will be sadly missed by granddaughters; Kristie Brown and husband Jerald of North Yarmouth, Me., and Keri Cram and husband Donovan of South Portland, Me.; great-grandchildren, Kallie Brown and Hunter Cram; brother and sister-in-law Gordon and Madeline Adams, several nieces and nephews and his long lasting friendships that kept him going through tough times. He is predeceased by his wife of 62 years Dorothy in 2004, his daughter Carole in 2009; his son Richard; parents Fred and Leonie and brother Hubert. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 noon at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin, NH. Burial will follow for both Richard and Dorothy in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cates Hill Rd in Berlin, NH Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin, NH. Online guest book at

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BERLIN -- Funeral services for Lorraine Duchesne, 76, formerly of Willard St., Berlin were held on March 3, 2012 at the Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin. Reverend Mark Dollard officiated. Her friend, Sally Tourangeau, was the soloist and Jeannie Bosa was the organist. Spring interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in Claremont, NH. Many relatives and friends attended the service.

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An AVH babysitting course was held hospital’s lecture room on Monday, February 20. Fifteen participants learned about topics including a review of what participants like in a babysitter; growth and development of children; questions to ask the parent or guardian before starting babysitting; caring for a child, diapering, feeding and bathing; following the parent’s guidelines; child safety; and CPR. The students received an AVH Certificate of Program Completion. The instructor was Donna Gagne, RN, AVH staff education assistant. The next AVH Babysitting Course will be held on April 23. To register or for more information, please call Koren Labrecque, administrative assistant, at (603) 326-5603. Participants were: (l-r) Front row: Brandon Weeks; Valerie Morin; Cassidy Lang; Chloe Allen. Middle row: Desmond Bradford; Sheinalee Glover; Hailee Arsenault; Syrena Couch; Bryar Allen Back row: Donna Gagne, RN, Course Instructor; Savannah Eastman; Bridget Miller; Kailey Lemieux; Domonique Rowell; Kourtney Wheeler; Brianna Allen. STAGE from page 6

The commissioners recommended taking $500 from the budgets of the unincorporated places of Success, Cambridge, and Kilkenny to come up with the $1,500. All three unincorporated places have major ATV and snowmobile trail systems and the appropriation would come out of timber tax revenues and have no impact on the tax rate. The commissioner also recommended appropriating $750 from the Atkinson-Gilmanton Academy budget to assist Pittsburg Fire and Rescue with purchase of a rescue equipment trailer. Rep. Richardson said he was concerned about the county’s potential liability if someone got hurt using the rescue vehicle. But MeKeel said it would be treated as a contribution and there would be no liability to the county but promised to research the issue. Richardson said he feared giving money to the club would open up the county to similar requests. He said he could envision requests for funding from the three chambers of commerce in the county. Rep. Marc Tremblay of Berlin said the need for rescues will increase as the region promotes ATV and use of the trail systems grows.. Daugherty said he did not disagree with the need for the emergency rescue equipment but

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said he also had concerns about setting a precedent. “We’re going to end up with a lot of folks on our doorstep wanting their share,” he said. Commissioner Tom Brady said as selectmen for the unincorporated places the commissioners felt it was appropriate to use funds generated by the places to provide needed services. Richardson said he had no problem with the appropriation to the Pittsburg Fire and Rescue but was not uncomfortable with the giving money to a private entity. The proposed appropriation to Pittsburg Fire and Rescue was questioned by Coos County Democrat reporter Edith Tucker who noted it was not approved during the commission’s public meetings. Commissioner Burnham Judd admitted the written request came in after the Feb. 8 commission meeting. He said he polled the other commissioners and included it in the final budget presented to the delegation. Judd admitted his actions were probably in violation of the Right to Know law. Richardson said e-mail polls are definitely illegal and called Judd’s action a clear violation of the Right to Know law. The delegation will be meeting Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin.

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entation sessions will be held today, March 6 at the Berlin Employment Security office on Pleasant Street. Nelson noted the Trade Act benefits are available to anyone laid off at both Isaacson companies one year prior to the closing. Trade Act benefits include basic education, occupational skills training, re-employment services, job search allowance, relocation allowance, a health coverage tax credit, extended unemployment benefits to those enrolled in school, and the Readjustment Trade Adjustment Assistance benefit worth up to $12,000 open to those over 50. Nelson said a representative of the New York-based Ocean Steel will be at the Employment Security today to

talk to people interested in available steel fabrication jobs at that company. She said those jobs are in New York. With Car Freshner laying off 24 people three weeks ago, Nelson acknowledged that the job market is tight right now. She said the agency has been receiving calls from employers outside the area including Ocean Steel. She said Bancroft Contracting Corp of South Paris, Maine, has some limited jobs available at Gorham Paper and Tissue where it is the contractor for the new tissue machine and additional jobs in Maine. Nelson said the job market is expected to improve this spring when the Burgess BioPower plant ramps up construction with an estimated 300 people projected to be hired there.

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Tuesday, March 6 AVH Diabetes Education Meeting: 6:30 p.m. AVH lecture room. Special presentation, “A1c Champion Program,” sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis. All are welcome to attend this free offering. Refreshments will be served. FMI, call 326-5631. Friday, March 9 Men’s Breakfast Group. Topic: “Tales from a New Hampshire Journey.” Presenter: Richard Conway, historian and performer. Gorham Congregational/UCC Church, Main Street, Gorham. Breakfast 7 a.m.., presentation :30 a.m. Free will offering will be taken at breakfast for the Ecumenical Food Pantry. All men welcome. FMI: 466-3496. Saturday, March 10 North Country Christian Men’s Breakfast: 7:30-9 a.m, Muriel’s Restaurant, Route 110. We invite all men from throughout the North Country to attend as an opportunity to enjoy good food, good conversation, good spiritual teachings and great fellowship. FMI or request for transportation contact Reggie Coulombe or Steve Enman. Monday, March 12 AVH Community Health Education Lecture Series: 6 to 8 p.m., AVH lecture room. Dean A. Stockwell, DTR, nutritional professional, AVH, and Javier Cardenas, MD, hospitalist, AVH Surgical Associates, will present “Vitamin D Is a Superhero.” Contact hours awarded. Admission free, all are welcome. FMI call 326-5606. Wednesday, March 14 Medicare Counseling: ServiceLink representative available to offer free, confidential Medicare counseling to beneficiaries, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., AVH Mt. Adams conference room. No appointment needed.

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––––––––––––––– ONGOING CALENDAR –––––––––––––– Tuesday Holiday Center Activities: 27 Green Square, Berlin. Toast and coffee 8-10 a.m.; cribbage tournament 1-4 p.m. FMI 1413. Local 75: Regular Monthly Meeting takes place on the third Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., V.F.W. on Upper Main Street, in Berlin. For member’s only. FMI Information, USW Local 75 Union Office at 752-2225. Senior Meals: Noon, Dummer Town Hall, second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Suggested donation $3, under 60, $6. Call 752-2545 to reserve, Senior Meals: 8 to 9:30 a.m., first and third Tuesday of the month, Shelburne Town Hall. Suggested donation $3, under 60, $6. Call 752-2545 to reserve, Cholesterol Clinic: Monday through Friday, Berlin Health Dept., city hall. By appointment only, Call 752-1272. All area residents welcome. Fee $15. AA Meeting: Women’s meeting, 10 to 11 a.m., St, Barnabas Church, 2 High St., Berlin. Weight Watcher’s Meeting: Salvation Army, 5 p.m. meeting, 4:30 p.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) AVH Diabetes Support and Information Meetings: First Tuesday of every month; 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.; Androscoggin Valley Hospital; open to the public; FMI, call the AVH Diabetes Education Department at 326-5631. Chess Club: welcomes all levels of players, to meet Tuesday, Family Resource building (across from high school) from 6 to 9 p.m. Lessons free. All questions, call Al French @915-0134. Berlin Area Head Start Accepting Applications: For children between the ages of 3-5 years old. This is an income eligible program. Call 7525464 to schedule an appointment to enroll your child. Gorham Public Library: Open M-F: 10 am 6 pm, Saturdays: 10 am - Noon. Children’s Story Time: Fridays, 1:30 pm. View On-line Catalog at . FMI call 466-2525 or email Artisan Gift Shop: 961 Main St., Berlin. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jefferson Historical Society: Meets first Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. May through October meetings held at the museum on Route 2, and November through April meetings are held at the Jefferson Elementary School on Route 115A. Everyone welcome. Social Night At Dupont-Holmes Post 82 American Legion: Every Tuesday, Gorham, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Food buffet $7 per person while food lasts! Menu varies each week. Free pool, darts, etc. Members and bonafide guests welcome. Gorham-Sabatis Lodge 73, F&AM: meets second Tuesday except January, February, and March (first Tuesday). For more information, call 466-5739 or 466-5960. Prayer Shawl Ministry meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at St. Kieran House, 151 Emery St., from Berlin Kiwanis Club: meets at Northland Restaurant & Dairy Bar at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday Milan Public Library: Monday, 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday’s 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous: Step Book/Discussion Meeting, .Tri-County (Step One), School St., Berlin 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. White Mountain Ridge Runners Meeting: First Tuesday of every month, clubhouse on Route 110. American Legion Post No. 36 Monthly Meeting: First Tuesday of every month. Salvation Army Social Services: Food pantry, 9 a.m. to noon, 15 Cole St., Berlin. Computer Lab Classes: Berlin Senior Center, 610 Sullivan Center, Berlin. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Call to be scheduled (752-2545). Craft Class: Berlin Senior Center, 610 Sullivan St., Berlin, 1 to 3 p.m. (FMI 752-2545)

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by Abigail Van Buren


DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are in our 30s and have been happily married for almost six years. After two years of trying, we’re finally expecting our first child. The problem is, how do we handle questions as to whether or not we conceived naturally? I am appalled by people we hardly know asking if we did in vitro fertilization. As a matter of fact, we DID conceive using IVF, after having tried numerous other options. We don’t see anything wrong with it nor are we ashamed. But I don’t think it is anyone else’s business. Please help me respond properly without seeming as rude as those who ask. -- INTRUDED ON IN DALLAS DEAR INTRUDED ON: Handle it by saying, “That is a very personal question and I’d rather not discuss it.” That an acquaintance would have such little respect for boundaries to ask this question is appalling, I agree. DEAR ABBY: My mother retired and since I have a degree and background in finance, she asked me to help her get her finances in order. She held low-paying jobs most of her working life, so I was pleasantly surprised to find she had amassed a substantial amount of money in her retirement and other accounts. Together, Mom and I developed a budget that will not only pay her bills, but will also give her a certain amount of spending money each month while still allowing her savings to grow. Despite my assurances, she still won’t treat herself to dinners out or go on nice vacations even though she says she’d like to do those things. How can I convince her that she deserves those things and she has the money now to enjoy

them? -- WANTS THE BEST FOR MOM IN MICHIGAN DEAR WANTS THE BEST FOR MOM: Recognize that the habits of a lifetime can be difficult to break. Your mother might be more open to dinners out if you go together. As to the vacations, do some research for her online or talk to a travel agent and get some brochures for vacation spots you think she might enjoy. It doesn’t have to be fancy or exotic -- the greatest adventure can start with baby steps. Be patient and you may find she becomes receptive. DEAR ABBY: I’m one of four guys who go on a men’s golf trip every year. There’s no infidelity -- just three days of golf and fine dining. I no longer want to go because I’m tired of being the big brother, the referee and the designated driver while the others get drunk and obnoxious and are oblivious to others around us. I am also a physician who treats them and their families in my medical practice. How do I get out of this mess? I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. -- THE ODD MAN OUT DEAR ODD MAN OUT: An effective way to manage it would be to tell them that the dates they have selected for the golf trip “don’t work” for you. You don’t have to be specific about why -- it could be a family obligation or something related to your practice that makes you unavailable. HOWEVER, as their physician, if you know these patients drink to such excess that they become obnoxious, oblivious and a danger behind the wheel, it would be in their interests to talk to them about it during their medical exam because they’re a danger to themselves and others.

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


by Gary Trudeau

For Rent

For Sale

BERLIN: 2 bdrm house on Cushing St. Heat included, 1st & sec required. $750/mo 617-771-5778.

AMAZING! Beautiful pillowtop matress sets, twin $169, full or queen $249, king $399. See AD under “Furniture”.

BERLIN: 2 bedrooms, utility room, fully furnished, heat, h/w, off street parking, enclosed porch. FMI (603)342-9995. BERLIN: 3 bdrm home, garage; newer widows and heating system. 2 bdrm home. No pets. $675 to $700/mo. (603)714-5928. BERLIN: 3 bedroom, 2nd floor apt. Heat & h/w, off-street parking, washer/ dryer hook up, garage, $850/mo. References required. (603)986-1323. BERLIN: One bedroom, 1st. floor, storage room, wd hook-up, heated, h/w, 915-0739 L.M. BERLIN: Oversized 2 bedroom, $500, h/w, electric heat, parking, 326-3499.

GORHAM: 1 & 2 bedrooms, heat, h/w, off street parking, newly renovated, no pets, 723-6310. GORHAM: 13 Exchange St, (white bldg w/ black trim) 2 br, first floor, fridge & stove, h/ hw, w/d hookup, w/ shed, parking spaces, no pets. Sec. dep. Call: 466-3378 (8am-4pm, M-F or leave a message). HOUSE: Nay Pond, 2/3 bedroom home, 2 full bathrooms, open kitchen concept, all appliances, hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, huge sun room, boat dock and more, $2000/mo. call 723-2828 or 752-6826.

For Rent-Commercial BERLIN- downtown Pleasant St. 1st floor, huge space, excellent location $450/mo. (603)723-3042



For Rent

For Rent

DACHSHUNDS puppies. Heath & temperament guaranteed. Parents on premise $450 (603)539-1603.

1987 OLDS Delta 88, solid body, minor rust, very good condition, 52,700k miles, $3500, 752-1095, leave message.

$95/weekly, 3 rooms, apt., under owners residence. Furnished/ utilities, private locked room, $65, 603-348-5317.

BERLIN 3 bdrm house on Cushing St. Includes heat, w/d hook-up. 1st month and security required. No pets $900/mo. (617)771-5778.

LAB X puppies; black/ blonde; health certificate. $300. Call (603)986-0536, (603)662-2577.

Low Cost Spay/ Neuter Cats & dogs Rozzie May Animal Alliance 603-447-1373 SHIH Tzu puppies. Heath & temperament guaranteed. $450. (603)539-1603.

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

Paying Cash for your unwanted or junk vehicle. Best local prices! ROY'S TOWING 603-348-3403 BUYING JUNK CARS and trucks. Paying in cash. Honest pricing. No gimmicks. Kelley’s Towing (603)723-9216. BUYING junk cars, trucks & big trucks ME & NH. Call for price. Martin Towing. (603)305-4504.

Owners have separate living quarters.

FMI call 603-449-2140 or 603-723-8722.

For Rent BERLIN 1-4 bedroom apts. Priced from $450-$750/mo. great locations (603)723-3042.

BERLIN 1,2,3 bedroom apts. renovated. Heat & hot water. HUD accepted. Robert Reed (603)752-2607, (603)723-4161.

TOTAL Gym XL, good condition, works great, $100, 728-9926.

Furniture AMAZING! Beautiful Queen or Full-size mattress set. Luxury Firm European Pillow-top style. Fabulous back & hip support. Factory sealed - new 10-Yr. warranty. Cost $1095, sell $249. Can deliver 603-305-9763.

Free 10 FREE FIREPLATES Save oil & money, make hot water with a Fireplate "water heating baffle for wood stove". Restrictions apply, Email: or Call: 207-935-2502 for complete details.

Help Wanted Gorham Post Office is hiring a Rural Carrier Associate. Must be available on call. Need to provide suitable realizable vehicle (automatic). Clean driving/ criminal record, $19.45/hr. Apply online at or call Postmaster 603-466-2182.

Finance Director

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.

Are you visiting/ working in the area or working on the Burgess PioPower Biomass Plant and need a room by the night, week or month? Stay at DuBee Our Guest B&B in Milan, eight miles north of project. Fully furnished, including paper goods, full use of kitchen, wireless internet, Direct TV, barbecue grill and cleaning service. $35/night, or $140/week.

SNOWBLOWER 26” Troy-bilt with 10HP Tecumseh. Includes Sno-cab, Heated Grips, tire chains, electric start $450. Berlin 603-915-3338.

The Northern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center/North Country Health Consortium, a dynamic, innovative non-profit organization has the following position available:


2001 Dodge Intrepid 68,000 miles, good running car, will pass inspection, only asking $4500. (603)986-3352.

HAD Accident can't ski! Soloman X-Scream 179 cm skis and bindings $75/BO; Volant Super S 180 cm, w/ Marker bindings, $50/BO; AB Lounger, $20 603-449-2140.

GORHAM, 2 bedroom, new kitchen, new bath, hardwood floors, heated, garage (603)466-2088.

SUNNY furnished rooms, cable, internet, laundry, parking, $75/wk. $275/month. Linda 326-3286, 728-8486.

DOES your dog have too much energy or just need exercise? Call Barb, at Barb’s dog walking service. 603-219-6459. Reasonable rates.

CLASSIC Wooden Motorola stereo phonic console LP and 45 player 44”X30”X18” with AM/FM radio from the 1950's still works, $100, 723-4032.

BERLIN 3rd floor, 4 room, 2 bdrm heated. Call 978-609-4010. BERLIN huge 1 bdrm, SSI welcomed, great location, LIHEAP eligibility accepted $450 (603)723-3042. BERLIN one bedroom apt. h/w, heat and elec. included. No pets $600/mo. (603)723-5703. BERLIN one bedroom w/d hook-up, 2nd floor $135/wk, heat, h/w (603)752-6459, (603)723-6726. BERLIN small 2 bdrm, SSI welcomed, downtown location, LIHEAP eligibility accepted $500 (603)723-3042. BERLIN- rooms $87-100 per week, great locations, uncludes utilities (603)723-3042. BERLIN: 2 bedroom, $600/mo; 3 bedroom, $770/mo, heat, h/w, 1-781-953-7970.

The Finance Director will direct and manage the day-to-day financial operations of the Northern NH AHEC/North Country Health Consortium, a non-profit rural health network in northern New Hampshire. The Finance Director oversees the organization’s financial plans and policies, its accounting procedures, maintenance of fiscal records, and preparation of financial reports. The successful candidate will be a member of the management team. Required skills include non-profit accounting and financial management; and strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Knowledge of professional accounting principles, management principles and practices, organizational structure, and operating procedures are essential. Bachelor’s Degree required with at least three years of experience in accounting. Please send resume and cover letter to: Nancy Frank, Executive Director, North Country Health Consortium 262 Cottage Street, suite 230, Littleton, NH 03561, Application deadline: March 16, 2012

THE BERLIN DAILY SUN, Tuesday, March 6, 2012— Page 13

North Country organizations launch ‘Business Services North’

BERLIN, N.H. – Three prominent organizations in New Hampshire’s North Country have launched Business Services North, a one-stop point of access for businesses seeking services in the region. The effort is a collaboration of White Mountains Community College (WMCC), Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC), and the NH Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC). Business Services North will offer small business owners help and solutions by making just one phone call to a common number (603-752-1113 x 3062.) Trained business consultants will discuss with callers how the collaborating entities can best meet the needs of the entrepreneur. “The idea is simple: we want to avoid duplication of efforts, harness our resources, and provide North Country businesses with a single point of contact. Business Services North is an outcome of the collaborative spirit developed while working on an economic development model funded through the Neil and Louise Tillotson Foundation. We

Help Wanted RELIABLE personal care provider for a 38 y/o Errol NH woman w/ a physical disability some housekeeping also, experienced preferred but will train the right person 482-3491 to set up an interview.

DEADLINE for classifieds is noon 2 days prior to publication


have the resources; now we’re making them more accessible,” said Mary Collins, state director of the NH SBDC. Business owners will have access to N.H. SBDC’s confidential business management assistance and online e-learning program, WMCC’s entrepreneurial counseling and group educational events, and NCIC’s business financing, technology related grants, and marketing assistance. “White Mountains Community College has community at the core of its name. Reaching out to support and promote businesses throughout the North Country region is part of our mission. This collaborative allows for a one stop point of contact to a range of resources which will support a current business or someone looking to start a business,” Katharine Eneguess, president of White Mountains Community College. Business Services North is headquartered at White Mountains Community College in Berlin and also accessible at the Northern Community Investment Corporation’s office in Lancaster, First Colebrook Bank in Colebrook, and

White Mountains Community College at the Littleton Area Learning Center. “It was time to simplify so business owners can know they are getting the best services for their need. WMCC and SBDC are terrific partners that we are pleased to integrate with,” said Jon Freeman, president of the Northern Community Investment Corporation. The NH Small Business Development Center, an outreach program of the Whittemore School of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire, provides confidential, long-term, business management advising and educational programs to New Hampshire businesses. Services are delivered by full-time certified business advisors with MBAs, CPAs and all have owned their own businesses. N.H. SBDC is a cooperative venture of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New Hampshire, the University of New Hampshire, and the private sector. For more information on N.H. SBDC, visit Founded in 1966, White Mountains Community College is a comprehensive

community college serving the northern half of New Hampshire, as well as adjacent western Maine and eastern Vermont. In addition to associate degrees and nondegree credentials, WMCC provides business support, training and education through the Business Training Center. WMCC is also one of 10 community colleges nationwide engaged in a Virtual Business Incubator project, in which the colleges provide the traditional services of a business incubator, without the presence of a brick and mortar facility. For more information, visit Established in 1975, Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) is a nonprofit, certified community development financial institution working to address regional economic challenges. Today, NCIC continues to build partnerships to develop creative and effective solutions to strengthen individual businesses, communities and the region and to create diverse employment opportunities. For more information visit, www.ncic. org.

Help Wanted





TWO Beagles on York Pond Road, if seen or found please call 752-3126.



HYPNOSIS for habit change, stress, regression. Michael Hathaway, DCH, certified hypnotherapist. Madison (603)367-8851.


Roofing, decks, walks. Rocky Branch Builders. (603)730-2521

Real Estate

CARPENTRY, handyman, property maintenance, no job too small. Call Dennis Bisson, 723-3393, free estimates.

Fast growing, small publisher in North Conway needs experienced print & web ad sales person. Full/ part-time, territory from Lakes Region to Canadian Border. Make your own schedule for new and existing accounts. Salary plus commission. Equity position potential for the right person. Resume and references required. (603)356-7011.

Home Improvements FORTIER HOME REPAIR Old & New- One call, We do it All! (603)752-1224.

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

GORHAM: 3 bedroom, $109,900; 2 family $119,900, owner financing, small down payment, 466-5933, 915-6216.


Highest quality craftsmanship. Fully Insured. Lowest prices guaranteed. FMI (603)730-2521.

Affordable Shoveling

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE: Virus removal, performance upgrades, security software, wireless installations, data recovery, backups. Luc 603-723-7777.

IPOD FIX IT Not just iPods, but Digital Cameras, Smartphones, Game Systems LCD- TV"S. not listed? Just ask! 603-752-9838. LOCKSMITH. North Country Lock & Key, certified Locksmith. Ron Mulaire, Berlin, NH (603)915-1162.

18+ years experience! On-site computer repair, upgrades, wireless setup, virus removal, & more! (603)723-0918

WET BASEMENTS, cracked or buckling walls, crawl space problems, backed by 40 years experience. Guaranteed 603-356-4759 ZIMMER Snowplowing also shoveling walkways, decks, free estimates, 723-1252.

Wanted BOOKS puchased; AMC Guides, White Mountains, regional town state histories, others. Cash paid now (603)348-7766.

BUYING JUNK CARS and trucks. Paying in cash. Highest prices! No gimmicks. Kelley’s Towing (603)723-9216.

Wanted BUYING JUNK CARS Cash for your unwanted or junk vehicle. Best local prices! Roy's towing 603-348-3403.

Wanted To Buy ANTIQUES, individual pieces and complete estates. Call Ted and Wanda Lacasse, 752-3515.

BUYING JUNK CARS AND TRUCKS Paying in cash Highest Prices! No gimmicks Kelley’s Towing (603)723-9216.

BUYING JUNK CARS Cash for your unwanted or junk vehicle. Best local prices! Roy's towing 603-348-3403. BUYING junk cars/ trucks, heavy farm mach., scrap iron. Call 636-1667 days, 636-1304 evenings.

DISPATCHER WANTED Tri County CAP Transit is looking for a part time, 20 hour per week Dispatcher. This position will dispatch from the Berlin office for the service being provided in Carroll County. Familiarity with Carroll County a plus. Applicants must have good computer knowledge and the ability to learn dispatching software. Starting rate is $9.50. Applications will be taken until March 9, 2012

Front Desk Position

Interested parties may contact: Brenda @ (603)752-1741 for an application or pick up an application at the Transit office located at 31 Pleasant St. Berlin NH 03570

* Part time 20 hrs/week * * Evenings and days * * Every other weekend * * Free health club membership *

Tri-County CAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Please Apply in Person 130 Main Street, Gorham, NH

Substitutes Needed for

GORHAM MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL Gorham, New Hampshire The GRS Cooperative School District is seeking substitutes for teachers and paraprofessionals to work with students at Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Gorham High School (Grades 9-12). Preferred applicants are persons with experience and training; however, there are no formal degree requirements. Applicants should have an interest in working with students and collaborating with school teams. Applicants are required to pass a criminal records check before employment.

We offer competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package! Please check our website for specific details on each position

If you are interested in applying, please contact the SAU office to request an application. (603)466-3632

A completed Application is required to apply for all positions Website: Contact: Human Resources, Memorial Hospital, an EOE PO Box 5001, No. Conway, NH 03860. Phone: (603)356-5461 • Fax: (603)356-9121


Obstetrics RN - Per Diem Medical Records Clerk- Full Time Primary Care Registration Clerk - Per Diem Respiratory Therapist - Full Time Diabetes - RN/LPN/MA Per Diem Controller - Full Time Medical Technologist - Per Diem, MT or MLT Required Director of Surgical Services - Full Time

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Nutrition is Life

Interested in a free nutrition tip every day? Why of course! Who doesn’t like free information! Introducing, “365 Days Nutrition”, brought to you by Kristy M. Nadeau of Nutrition Is Life. “365 Days Nutrition” is a Facebook page that will contain free nutrition tips for every single day of the year! If you have a Facebook page, simply go to http://www.facebook.

com/365daysnutrition and “like” the page to have access to these free daily healthful tips! These tips include information on eating healthy, super foods, losing weight, recipes, and more. So log on today and stay informed! For more information, please contact Kristy M. Nadeau at, 603-752-7528, www.

La Leche League To breastfeed or not, that is the question!! This week the American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP) released a new statement about breastfeeding. The AAP has recommended for a long time now, that babies be breastfed exclusively with no supplements for the first 6 months and then breastfeeding for a minimum of 12 months or as long as is mutually desired. They are also now stating that due to the benefits to baby neurologically and developmentally, that breastfeeding should not only be a lifestyle choice, but a public health issue. This means that the benefits of breastfeeding to baby are so great that most moms, with a few rare exceptions, should breastfeed their babies. If you’re

not sure if you are one of the rare exceptions, feel free to call me, or talk with your baby’s physician. Breastfeeding helps protect baby against SIDS, gastro-intestinal infections, childhood lymphomas and leukemias, diabetes, allergies, obesity, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. Some moms find there are some hurdles to overcome when getting nursing off to a good start and contacting someone like myself who has experience with helping moms breastfeed is very important! Call for details about our Gorham La Leche League Meetings, that meet monthly. You can reach me at 313-6276 or at bealsbunch@ne.rr. com. Happy Spring!

Nutrition Is Life

Personal Nutritional Counseling


Licensed Certified Nutritionist

3 Sessions for $99 Phone: 603-752-7528 Email: Website:

Helping with your dietary needs

Want to know how many calories your body is burning? Ask me about the BODYBUGG!

North Country Angels There’s No Place Like Home From companionship to end of life comfort care, personal care, housekeeping, running errands, meal prep, hair and doctors appointments, shopping & laundry. Available 24/7, dependable, honest with 30 years experience.

References available call Denise Thibodeau 752-4257 (office) or 723-6257 (cell) Licensed homecare provider helping to keep your loved ones at home.

NEW New Hampshire law requires that all Home Care

Service Providers be licensed. Licensing is important. It helps ensure that families’ loved ones get service from qualified providers. North Country Angels is licensed.


At Curves we offer an environment that is clean, healthy and mentally relaxing; a place where women come and for 30-40 minutes be energized partaking in a simple, easy plan which exercises every muscle group of a woman’s body. All this in a fun,

light hearted environment. The cost can be budgeted into monthly payments. Come in and check out the friendly atmosphere of Curves, as you burn 500-70 calories per workout! Call 752-9200 for more information.

North Country Angels In-Home Care North Country Angels provides in home care for your loved ones on a respite or around-the-clock basis, elders do better in the comfort and the responsibility born by the elder’s family can be overwhelming. Trustworthy help is available. North Country Angels has provided competent and compassionate in home care since 1985. do not settle for second best when it comes to those you love. Peace of mind is priceless: *State of New Hampshire licensed with background check and references available.

*Flexible hours with punctual adherence to schedule. *Attentive, patient-focused care. Contact Denise Thibodeau for a nonobligation interview. Office number is 603-752-4257, cell is 603-723-6257 and the e-mail is New law: New Hampshire law requires that all Home Care Service Providers be licensed. Licensing is important. It helps ensure that families’ loved ones get service from qualified providers. North Country Angels is licensed.

Be Local. Buy Local. Check With Local Area Service Providers

Tired of struggling with weight? Combine POWER eating with a POWER workout! Take the “Challenge” Weight Loss Program at Curves The “Challenge” course begins on March 13. Meetings will be on Mondays at 7:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Price: Members $35 Non-members $75 (includes use of facility for 6 weeks) Our hours are M-F 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00-11:00 a.m. We accept all major credit cards

Curves located at 112 Pleasant St., Berlin • 752-9200 Come on in, check out the friendly, comfortable atmoshphere of


W en dy Beals G orham L a L eche L eague Breastfeeding Coun selor

A re you a breastfeed ing m om orabout to be?

Breastfeeding questions and assistance H om e visits and teleph one h elp available C ontact Info: 603-466-5109 orem ail m e @ bealsbunch @ A ll servicesare free ofch arge!

Chamber Gift Certificate Program Participant

Foot Reflexology Ionic Detox Footbaths Lise Grondin-Danault

Licensed Reflexology Therapist Certified ionCleanse® Practitioner

723-1628 •


73 M a in Street • 752-2424 Free D enture Exam & Consultation Com plete dentures & partial dentures Sam e day denture repair G eneral D entistry for Adults & Children Accepting New Patients And M ost Insurances

Rola nd M ontm iny,DDS,PC

THE BERLIN DAILY SUN, Tuesday, March 6, 2012— Page 15

Mounties open with 72-43 win over Hillsboro-Deering BY JEAN LEBLANC THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

BERLIN-The Berlin Mountaineers boys’ basketball team waited 15 days and 15 nights to begin their quest for the Division III championship. Senior Curtis Arsenault dropped in 26 markers helping the Mountaineers to a decisive 72-43 victory over the Hillcats in Berlin Friday. The win advanced the Mounties to the quarter final round against Mascoma Valley Regional High School, to be played in Berlin on Saturday night. The 15-day lay-off was evident early in the opening moments of the game. Berlin trailed 6-4 before going on an 8-0 run. Tyler Weinstein was the big player that Berlin needed to key on. He was hot early, scoring eight points in the first quarter. Berlin led 16-13 as time was winding down. Mountie Sam Aldrich got the ball beyond the three point line with just seconds remaining. The Hillcat defender backed off and Aldrich fired up a three pointer that was good as the buzzer sounded

for a 19-13 lead for the home team. Both Arsenault and Aldrich had seven points each, and Jake Drouin added five points for the Berlin offense. Dan Kulbacki chipped in with five points for Hillsboro-Deering. The second quarter was an eight minute period of different runs by both teams. The Mounties opened with a 12-0 run to start and the visitors responded by using a 9-2 run. When the dust settled, Berlin led 36-25 at half time. For BHS, Drouin got hot for nine points (3-3’s), and Arsenault netted five markers. The Hillcats got four from Bennett, with team mates Goodwin and Kulbacki three points each. Both clubs got into some foul trouble in the third quarter. The Mounties held off any come back attempt by out scoring Hillsboro-Deering 15-13 to make it a 51-38 Berlin advantage. Arsenault eight and Drouin five points were most of the Berlin offense. Bennett had five points for the visitors. The Hillcats ran completely out

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of gas in the final quarter, being out pointed 21-5. The huge home crowd was treated by Berlin’s intense team defense and unselfish offensive play. Arsenault six points, Aldrich five, and Giannos three were the top point getters as several different Mounties dented the scoring column. Gidari had all five points for the Hillsboro-Deering squad. “Defensively we knew we had to stop Weinstein,” said Berlin coach Don Picard. “He got off to a hot start with 8 points in the first quarter. We adjusted by denying him everywhere. Dimitri started on him, and we made sure to have fresh legs on Weinstein the rest of the night, he only got 3 points the rest of the game. Another focal point was defensive rebounding. Hillsboro-Deering is a good rebounding team and we limited them to 1 offensive rebound in the first half. Drouin got the deep ball going in the first half, hitting 4 three’s. That really opened up the floor for Sam and Curt to work in the paint. Bacon did a

great job keeping a lot of balls alive on the offensive end of the floor with rebounds and tap outs. Quinn Morrissette and Brad Frenette gave us good minutes off the bench.” For the game, the Hillcats shot 14-42 from the floor and 12-20 from the foul line. Weinstein had 11 points and Kulbacki added his ten points. The Mounties shot 27-54 from the floor including 7-17 from beyond the three point arc. The Berlin boys were 11-17 from the charity stripe. Arsenault 26, Drouin 19, and Aldrich 16 points spear headed the Berlin offense. BHS 19 17 15 21--72 HDHS 13 12 13 05--43 Hillcats (43)- Weinstein 5-0-11, Kulbacki 3-3-10, Bennett 2-5-9, Gidari 2-2-6, Goodwin 1-1-4, Gillett 1-0-3, Montanez, Gould, Parenteau. Mounties (72)- Arsenault 10-626, Drouin 6-2-19, Aldrich 7-0-16, Giannos 1-0-3, Bacon 0-2-2, Lamphere 1-0-2, Reed 1-0-2, Gallagher 1-02, Frenette, Morrissette, Heath.

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The Berlin Daily Sun, Tuesday, March 6, 2012  

The Berlin Daily Sun, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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