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The Colebrook Chronicle
FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014
VOL. 14, NO. 45
Les Otten Speaks To Chamber About Balsams Plans
By Donna Jordan
It was a packed crowd that
attended the annual North Country Chamber of Commerce dinner last night at the Outback in
West Stewartstown, where they
heard guest speaker Les Otten
talk about the massive plans and
visions for the rebirth of the
Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in
Dixville Notch.
In early February, Otten
signed on as an investor and
guiding force to rehabilitate the
famed hotel which was purchased in December 2011 by
North Country businessmen Dan
Hebert and Dan Dagesse. During the years since, the two
Dans, as they are referred to,
have been reaching out in search
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Joanne Melanson Leaving
As Academy Principal
Les Otten of the Balsams redevelopment team last night spoke to a capacity crowd at the North Country
Chamber of Commerce’s annual diner held at the Outback in West Stewartstown. Otten outlined the
hopes of Dan Hebert, Dan Dagesse and all those working to bring the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel,
Wilderness Ski Area and golf course back to life. Charles Jordan photo.
Colebrook Academy Principal
Joanne Melanson has submitted
her resignation to the Colebrook
School Board and a search is on
for her replacement. Melanson’s
resignation is effective at the end
of the school year.
For six years she has served
as principal at Colebrook Academy, coming to the high school
after teaching for 26 years at
Woodsville High School. Melanson was the Business Education
Teacher at Woodsville. Before
that, she was a Business Education substitute. She received her
K-12 Principal certification from
Plymouth State University
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During last night’s presentation, Les Otten displayed these two artists renditions of what is being
envisioned for the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch: the drawing on the left shows what is called the
“Purely Balsams Marketplace,” where locally produced goods would be sold; on the right is the planned
new entranceway to the “Balsams Wilderness Resort.”
Gosline Named UCVH Interim CEO
Peter Gosline
Upper Connecticut Hospital
(UCVH) in Colebrook announces
that Peter Gosline has recently
been named interim Chief
Administrative Officer.
In this capacity, Gosline will
manage day-to-day operations of
the critical access facility. He will
assist in the diligent efforts being
put forth to ensure needed
healthcare services and employment opportunities to those in
northern New Hampshire.
“On behalf of the Board of
Directors of Upper Connecticut
Valley Hospital, I welcome the
knowledge and experience that
Mr. Gosline brings to UCVH,”
said Board Chairman Greg
Placy. “His leadership will prove
vital to healthcare in the area.”
Gosline’s distinguished service within the industry includes,
most recently, 16 years as Chief
Executive Officer for Monadnock
Hospital in Peterborough. During his tenure there, he played
an integral role in hospital development, both in terms of revenue
and employee growth as well as
facility creation and enhance-
included the addition of operating suites and new emergency
services within the Sarah Hogate
Bacon emergency department.
“We appreciate Mr. Gosline's
commitment to the staff and
patients of Upper Connecticut
Valley Hospital and our North
Country partners as we identify
what future leadership model
will be best suited for the upcoming, unique developments within
the healthcare industry,” commented Placy.
Upper Connecticut Valley
Hospital, a critical access hospital located in northern Coos
County, serves a growing number of medical needs of residents
and visitors to northern New
Hampshire. The 16 bed, nonprofit facility strives to provide
the highest level of outpatient
and inpatient care. For more
information, visit
At last Friday’s surprise assembly at the Tillotson Center for three
retiring Colebrook Academy teachers Frank “Deputy” Doe, the school’s
librarian, received his own badge and handcuffs as well as a
personalized Green Bay Packers sweatshirt. Angela Wheeler photo.
Our Lady Of Grace Shrine
Plans Closing Mass July 13
The Missionary Oblates of
Mary Immaculate have planned
a special closing ceremony of the
Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in
Columbia, for Sunday, July 13,
at 12 noon.
The last Motorcycle Blessing
will take place on June 29 at the
Shrine, and on July 1, the property will officially close—followed by the ceremony two
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Ride The Wilds Set To
Open For Season Today
The entire Ride the Wilds
network of 1,000-plus miles of
interconnected All-Terrain-Vehicle trails spanning New Hampshire’s Coos County is set to open
for the 2014 season today, Friday, May 23.
One of the largest networks of
Off-Highway Recreational Vehi(Continued on page 3)
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Les Otten
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of investors to aide in their plans
for the grand resort rebuild, as
well as upgrades to the Wilderness Ski Area and Panorama
Country Club. They seem to have
found that investment with Les
Otten and his team of four other
Otten appeared to thrill the
Chamber audience with the outline of plans—including that by
the end of 2016 some $100 million will have been invested in
amount was just the beginning
of what is expected to be
invested. “There’s an opportunity
to create the next era of what the
resort is all about,” said Otten.
He noted that someone once said,
“Eight percent of the people live
in the city and 20 percent live in
the rural communities, but 100
percent recreate in the rural
communities. And it’s that
acknowledgement and that
understanding of how our country is maturing and growing that
is so import to this project. We
provide 100 percent of the people
in America with the outlet that
they are looking for.”
Otten said that there are five
things that form the basis of his
team’s interest and involvement
in the resort. “We are thinking of
it as a rebirth of something great
that was started almost 150
years ago. There’s a great foundation to work with. There’s a
willing community, a labor force,
fantastic assets that are really
unique. And this is a great state.
I have never met a government
that has been more outgoing and
willing to try to help. They don’t
point out the problems–they
point out the solutions to the
problems,” said Otten.
“Coos County is a treasure
trove of outdoor recreation,
active lifestyle, health and wellness opportunities that can center around a project like the
Balsams Wilderness. And my
partner, David Norton, often
says, ‘Les, it’s the view, it’s the
view, it’s the view.’ When you
forget what you’re thinking
about, remember it’s the view.”
Otten said that the partners are
working to create something
that’s all about the view that can
stand up to time. “This is some-
Information in last week’s
Northumberland Police Dept.
press release which was published on the front page of the
Chronicle about the attempted
robbery in Groveton indicated
that the incident took place at
the “Coos Pit Stop.” The alleged
robbery attempt actually took
place at the Groveton Pit Stop in
Groveton village, not the Coos Pit
Stop in Northumberland. The
information in the regular police
report which appeared on page
3, however, was correct. The
similarity of the two names likely
caused for the information slip
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thing that’s being built with what
is going to be valuable and important to us for the next 150 years.
There’s 1,500 acres of skiing
that’s available—that’s twice as
much as what’s available anywhere else in the east. There’s
already world class golf. When
we mention the Donald Ross
course to LPGA people, they tell
us we can run an LPGA event
there. We could—but we’re missing the 1,000 or 1,200 four-star
hotel. But that’s going to happen.
“We can build a farming alliance, so that everything that can
be grown or made can be sold and
marketed to the guests at the
resort. We’ve already purchased
the names ‘Purely Balsams,’
‘Pure Balsams,’ ‘Pure Balsam,’
all variations, so we not only can
sell here, but put those markets
from the region under a brand
name and grow an economy
online to people who aren’t here;
we can send them their Christmas baskets and Easter baskets
and food all year long,” said
The resort rebuild is designed
to be a campus, where all the
buildings are interrelated to each
other, including motorized recreation, ski lift recreation, cross
country recreation, human powered foot recreation. “And it all
designed,” explained Otten, “so
you can connect to those activities without ever going back into
your car. We can be a stopping
point, a destination point, so you
can get on a trail and start riding
in this direction.”
He said a portion of the Dix
House will be saved, and the Dix
House is where a restaurant
would be set up. “We are designing a resort core—the first is a
restaurant in the old Dix House.
That will be the centerpiece of
the resort,” he said. The ballot
room will also be preserved. The
vision of the rehabilitation team
is to break up the resort amenities into four basic components:
wilderness, wellness, water, celebrations. “The water is one of
the advantages that doesn’t exist
in North America except here. No
one has Lake Gloriette, no one
has Mud Pond—which we are
going back to the old name of
Clear Lake by the way—we think
it sells better,” said an amused
Another part of the “vision”
includes connecting the mountains with local farmers. The
whole idea, explained Otten, is to
connect the land in northern New
Hampshire with the resort. “The
best way to connect is through
food and crafts,” he said. “The
centerpiece of the resort, behind
the Dix house, will be the
outdoor/indoor market where
space is available for anyone who
wants a footprint on the floor,”
he explained. The market will be
a place where local farmers and
crafters can sell their wares to
guests of the hotel and where
musicians can perform for shoppers. He compared the concept to
the Grandville Island Public
Market in Vancouver where
unique and homemade products
are sold. Also, he said, “In the
summer and winter, we need
water that’s warm and sociable.
We need the marketplace where
people can buy local goods and
services, we need a hotel and
convention center, we need an
Friday, May 23, 2014
Last night’s annual North Country Chamber of Commerce dinner held at the Outback in West
Stewartstown was sold out. The big draw was the first local appearance by Les Otten, shown here
addressing the crowd. Otten outlined the vision now being pursued for the renovation of the Balsams
resort in Dixville Notch. Charles Jordan photo.
adventure center—a motorized
center will be on the opposite
side of the village as the nonmotorized. We’re going to manufacture a hot spring, heat it
with biothermal renewable
energy, and it will be outside
where people can sit and relax
at the end of the day.”
Otten also talked about the
possibility of using the Milan
airport for guests coming in from
out of the area. The airport strip,
he said, is 5,700 feet long—
where Air Force Two once
landed. “It’s big enough to land
a 747,” he said. “It’s an to the
community that’s completely
underutilized–which means we
are light years ahead of anyone
who could compete with us as far
as transportation. We can bring
any transportation event that
we want into the resort area—
it’s just one of probably 40 or 50
things that I could identify of
being like magnets. They are the
things you look for when trying
to develop.”
Redevelopment of the Wilderness Ski Area could include
increasing the vertical descent
of the existing resort, doubling
or tripling the terrain, a dining
area at the top of the mountain
with locally raised meat and
vegetables, and everything as
holistic as it can be. “We’ll have
the most modern lift system,
snowmaking system, grooming
system—it’s not there now so
everything we build is going to
be brand new and state of the
art, which will give us a great
leg up on our competitors,” said
The project as outlined has
received a huge endorsement
from N.H. Gov. Maggie Hassan,
when she wrote to Otten, “The
Balsams redevelopment project
is a bold vision for the revitalization of this historic resort; I am
very encouraged by its progress
and the project’s potential to
create jobs and, boost the North
Country’s economy. We are all
committed to working with all
the stakeholders to make this
project a reality and spur development throughout the state
and the region.”
Otten also encouraged the
Chamber members to become a
part of making the project happen. “This is about your joining
with our vision and us making
something with you that benefits the entire North Country.
We don’t want to be here unless
we’re going to do what you want
us to do. We’re trying to be
pragmatic about it—we have
five major hurdles that we need
to get over. The good news is
that there’s nobody out there
right now with a red flag saying,
you can’t do that. That’s why we
think of this as economic growth
for all,” he said. “The creation of
thousands of jobs isn’t an exaggeration,” said Otten. “When I
took over Sunday River (in
Bethel, Maine) in 1980, I had
four employees. I think today
they have, full or part time,
1,200-1,500. The community at
large is hiring almost as many
people. So the Bethel economy
in total is supplying an income
for over 3,000 people. I’m proud
of that legacy and that history,”
he said. “We can’t be a paper
mill, and we can’t be Ethan
Allen, but we can be this. And
this fits. This is in the blood of
the people who live in the North
A lot of effort has been underway to get past the five hurdles
that Otten said needed to be
cleared. Yesterday, he said,
there were about 20 people at a
meeting with PSNH to talk about
how to get power to the resort in
the best way possible. The rehabilitation team has also been
meeting with Brookfield Power
on a regular basis to work
around the lease for the wind
towers on the ski resort property.
“So when someone thinks of the
Balsams, and they see those
snow laden trees, and they think
about the winter time, and they
remember what the food was,
and how good the people were,
and how wonderful the population is, they are going to go home
and they are going to say, you
know the skiing today was as
good as it was last year at Aspen.
We did that at Sunday River, and
we are going to do that here,” he
said. The most poignant question
is--when. When will the rebuilding of the resort begin. And it
goes back to those five things,
said Otten: is everything compatible with the wind farm, with the
Forest Society, is there water, is
there power, do they have permits. “That’s when the when
happens,” said Otten. “The
enthusiasm is great, and if the
state delivers on what they say
they can deliver on, the when is
sooner than we think. We are
dedicated to finding a viable path
“We are thinking of it as a rebirth of something great that was started
almost 150 years ago,” said Les Otten, discussing plans now underway regarding the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel. Charles Jordan
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Colebrook Chronicle
Ride The Wilds
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During her years at Colebrook
Academy, Melanson was a recipient of the Entrepreneurial Education Leadership award (2011),
served on the Sportsmanship
committee for the NHIAA, and
was President of the North Country Principal’s Association.
The School Board is currently
searching for a new principal to
begin the 2014-15 school year.
cle Trail Systems in the country,
a press release issued this week
states that “Ride the Wilds is the
premier destination for ATV
riders and those wishing to
learn in the eastern United
States. It is recognized as a
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weeks later. The Shrine season
for daily Mass will run from May
11 to July 1, with daily Mass
celebrated at 11 a.m. each day.
The Triduum of the Assumption
and Automobile Blessing which
are annual events at the Shrine
have been canceled. The final
solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in
honor of Our Lady of Grace will
be celebrated on July 13 followed by a reception. A memory
book, The Lady who GRACED
New Hampshire’s Great
North Woods, will be available
at that time.
It was announced in January
that the Shrine would be closing
because the Missionary Oblates
of Mary Immaculate do not have
enough priests and brothers to
staff the Shrine. The most recent
priest, Fr. Robert Levesque,
OMI, has retired.
The Shrine has been a part of
the area since 1922, when a
seminary was established at the
site of the Shrine. Later, the
seminary was moved and a novitiate went in its place; in 1948,
the ministry of the Shrine
began. Attendance at the Shrine
grew, however there have been
less and less pilgrims to the
daily Mass in recent years.
In a letter addressed to members of the Living Rosary and
Friends of the Shrine, Revs.
William M. Antone, OMI and
Rev. James E. Taggart, OMI,
wrote, “The Missionary Oblates
of Mary Immaculate are very
grateful for the many years we
have been able to serve at the
Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in
Colebrook, New Hampshire. We
thank God for the love and support of our many friends, benefactors and pilgrims. Many of
you have participated in the
ministry of the Shrine through
both prayer and financial support as members of the Living
Rosary. We are especially grateful to the many volunteers,
Knights of Columbus, motorcycle clubs and dedicated Pilgrimage
They went on to say, “There
is sadness in this farewell, but
our faith in God’s love gives us
reason to be filled with hope and
gratitude. Our prayers will continue to be raised to God for all
of you and your intentions
through the intercession of
Mary, the mother of Jesus, who
is Our Lady of Grace.”
‘Grand Adventure’ by NH
“Like no other ATV destination in the country, Ride the
Wilds is more than just a trail
system,” said Harry Brown,
President of the North Country
OHRV Coalition, a leader of the
Ride the Wilds initiative. “This
network allows riders to conveniently get from trails to restaurants, local shops, gas stations,
and accommodations on main
roads, all while exploring 1,000
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connected miles of trails
throughout Coos County.”
“Now in its second full season, Ride the Wilds has literally
put Coos County ‘on the map’ as
the Northeast’s number one destination for ATV trail riding,”
said Cathy Conway, Executive
Director of the NH Grand initiative. “It has quickly become one
of the many outstanding ‘Grand
Adventures’ that visitors love so
much about New Hampshire’s
North Country.”
Ride the Wilds, which spans
the entirety of Coos County, consists of five regions or “portals”
for riders to choose from: North
Portal in Pittsburg; Northwest
Portal spanning Colebrook, Stewartstown, Columbia and Stratford; Northeast Portal spanning
Millsfield, Errol, Dummer and
Dix Grant; Southeast Portal
spanning Berlin, Cambridge,
Gorham, Milan and Success; and
the Southwestern Portal spanning Lancaster and Groveton.
Police, EMS Reports
Northwoods Truck Stop
owner John Nugent reported to
Colebrook Police that it appears
someone attempted to break into
his store sometime between
Wednesday night and Thursday
Nugent explained that a security camera was able to catch the
reported attempt, and the video
has been turned over to Colebrook Police, who are investigating. According to Nugent, a
vehicle was seen in the video
ramming several times into the
glass entry doors. The glass
never shattered, but the framework was severely damaged. It
does not appear that whoever
was attempting to break in was
Colebrook Chief Steve Cass
told the Chronicle his department is reviewing the video, and
asks that anyone with information should contact the department at 237-4487. Chief Cass
said attempted burglary is a
serious offense and is a felony
This week, the remains of
former Colebrook businessman
Eddie Nash were reinterred in
the Colebrook Village Cemetery,
after one or more individuals
appear to have removed his casket from his final resting place
last week. Colebrook Police Chief
Steve Cass said that the investigation is ongoing and he continues to urge that anyone with
information, no matter how
insignificant, should call police.
“We’re following up on lots of
information and tracking things
down. We’re following up leads,
and that’s what it’s going to
entail,” he said. The department’s number is 237-4487.
On May 12, at 7:38 a.m., a
citation was issued to Gloria
Sweatt of Pittsburg for speeding.
At 6:12 p.m., a citation was
issued to Louise Moore of Colebrook for speeding.
On May 16, at 8:10 a.m., officers took a report of a residential
burglary at a residence on Route
110. The case is under investigation.
At 5 p.m., a citation was
issued to Paul Farmer of Concord
for failing to obey inspection
Late Friday afternoon a call
came into the Cookshire-Eaton
Fire Dept. reporting a fire at
1381 Rte. 210, about four miles
outside Sawyerville. The call was
made by Alain Labranche and
Ruth-Ann Nally at 4:20 p.m.
and the Sawyerville Dept was on
its way by 4:22.
Upon arrival of the Sawyerville firefighters, they found very
heavy smoke coming out of the
roof and end vents. They then
called for back up from the Cookshire Station and Johnville Station due to the closeness of
Upon entry of the cottage, fire
was located in the upstairs. Fire
was heavy up there, but it was
brought under control quickly by
firefighters. A nearby pond made
water no problem. The main
structure of the cottage was
saved, but the inside severely
damaged by fire and water.
We spoke to owner of the
cottage Remi Cadrin and he figures it might have been electrical
in origin. Nobody was in the
cottage when the fire broke out
and no one was hurt in the fire.
–Corey Bellam
The night of May 20-21, the
Coaticook Detachment of the
Surete Quebec (SQ) received a
call reporting a verbal fight
between a man and a woman.
When officers arrive, it appeared
to have subsided–but while there
they found a reported pot growing operation. The two were
arrested and taken to the police
station for questioning.
Kevin Michaud, 28, and Rose
Roy-Jobin, 18, were in front of a
judge at the Sherbrooke Courthouse May 21 to be formally
charged with production of Cannibis. Over 250 plants were allegedly seized, along with growing
supplies. Police expect to be making more arrests in the coming
–Corey Bellam
The 45th Parallel EMS provided training in American Red
Cross CPR/AED for Professional
Rescuers and Healthcare Providers course at Beecher Falls Fire
Dept. for their fire and rescue
The following is the ambulance call activity report for the
period from May 11-17:
On May 11, at 8:07 a.m., the
department responded to Clarksville for a medical emergency.
There was no patient transport.
At 12:36 p.m., the department
responded to UCVH for an interfacility transfer to DHMC. At
2:04 p.m., the department
responded to Pittsburg for a medical emergency. The ambulance
was canceled while en route. At
7 p.m., the
department responded to Pittsburg for a medical emergency.
The patient was transported to
On May 12, at 3:26 a.m., the
department responded to UCVH
for an interfacility transfer to
DHMC. At 7:13 a.m., the department responded to CCNH in
West Stewartstown for a medical
emergency. At 3:05 p.m., the
department responded to Colebrook for a medical emergency.
The patient was transported to
UCVH. At 4:49 p.m., the department responded to CCNH in
West Stewartstown for a medical
emergency. The patient was
transported to UCVH. At 6:42
p.m., the department responded
to Dixville for fire standby.
There was no patient contact. At
7:09 p.m., the department
responded to UCVH for an interfacility transfer to DHMC.
On May 14, the department
responded to UCVH for an interfacility transfer to Catholic Medical Center. At 1:34 p.m., the
Canaan, Vt. for a medical emergency. The patient was transported to UCVH. At 9:09 p.m.,
the department responded to
Colebrook for a medical emergency. The ambulance was canceled when arriving on scene.
On May 15, at 11:17 a.m., the
department responded to Columbia for medical emergency. The
patient was transported to
UCVH. At 3:36 p.m., the department responded to Pittsburg for
a medical emergency. The
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Late Friday afternoon a call came into the Cookshire-Eaton Fire Dept. reporting a fire at 1381 Rte. 210,
about four miles outside Sawyerville, Que. A cottage fire was quickly extinguished by crews. Corey Bellam
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Les Otten Gave Everyone
Reason To Be Encouraged
As we pulled up to the Spa/Outback Pub in West
Stewartstown last night we found the streets west
(to the Vermont line) and south along Route 3 filled
with parked vehicles. After we parked down near
Towle’s, a person walked by as we got out of our
vehicle and said, “It looks like the whole North
Country is here.”
He was pretty close to right. This was the North
Country Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner
meeting, usually a considerable draw in its own
right. But tonight’s guest speaker, Les Otten,
certainly added substantially to the high attendance.
From a pure news sense, Otten’s presentation (he
took no questions) was heavy on vision and sparse
on how to get there, but it was still something this
North Country audience appreciated hearing. Otten
projects an air of reassurance even as he talks about
what “hopefully” he, Dan Dagesse, Dan Hebert and
others working to bring the Balsams back to life are
striving to accomplish. He mapped out a plan that
took the project two years into the future, citing a
vision that would bring $100 million in capital
improvements by 2016 to the complex now being
called the “Balsams Wilderness Resort.” He said it
would create “thousands of new jobs,” result in
“attractive return for investment partners,” and
promised nothing short of the “revitalizing Coos
County, N.H., and the local townships or Colebrook
and Errol.”
His remarks brought applause and cheers from
over 300 folks gathered to hear him speak. He said
that there were still hurdles ahead, like working
out specifics for power and the wind turbine setbacks, and such. But he also said that there were
no red flags going up at this point.
He didn’t mention finances as one of those hurdles
and we are left to wonder if his involvement got the
project over that sizable hump. This was no small
endeavor he laid out last night–seeking to make the
Balsams Wilderness an international destination.
Last night the North Country may have gotten a
glimpse of the future–and a nice one it would be.
And the only way you can get there is by trying. We
were all reassured that there are some serious folks
trying to make this happen and we continue to wish
them the best in reaching their goal.
Charles J. Jordan
The Colebrook Chronicle
Friday, May 23, 2014
Monument Square in North Stratford as seen in a vintage postcard.
Letter to the Editor:
You are invited to attend the
Colebrook Walk-Around series
originally initiated by the late
Ellsworth Bunnell, which was
later transcribed and edited by
Frances Haynes, and others, into
a single book.
In 1989 Ellsworth led a series
of five walking tours of the major
Colebrook streets. These tours by
Ellsworth were walking chats of
some of the houses on the streets
and those who lived there. We
have divided this book into five
separate booklets, complete with
photographs, one for each of Mr.
Bunnell’s tours. We will make
them available for you to add
your remembrances or corrections. It is hoped you will see
your, or a friend’s, house in one
of the books and add to who lived
there, anecdotes about them.
We will be meeting with those
interested in seeing the booklets
at the
Le Rendez Vous bakery at two
o’clock on Saturday June 7 for an
informative talk. We hope you
will attend and perhaps be willing to comment on some individual, or family, who lived in one
of the houses. We would like to
expand these volumes into a
living history of Colebrook.
Please mark you calendar and
join us.
Bud Hulse
To whom it may concern,
There appears to be some
concern regarding the Coos
County Republican Committee’s
recent action regarding a donation from the Scott Brown PAC.
I am writing to register my continuing support for the decision
and my support for Mr. Catman
as chairman.
I voted to turn down the donation. I believe very strongly that
integrity is a rare and precious
commodity these days. We as a
committee were told by no less
than our state party Chairman
Mrs. Horn that we needed to
remain absolutely impartial during the primary. To my mind,
accepting the check from Mr.
Brown’s PAC would have been a
clear violation of that. I understand it was offered sincerely and
“with no strings attached.” However, I am old enough to understand that when money changes
hands such a view is either disingenuous or dangerously naive.
There are always strings
attached, no matter how subtle
or how much either party wishes
there weren’t. Frankly, I am
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At the monthly meeting held
on May 15, 2014, the Coos
County Republican Committee
became the first committee in the
state to refuse to accept a donation by the Scott Brown PAC.
Brown, who is running for the
U.S. Senate in the primary
against three other contenders,
has donated a large sum of
money through his PAC to each
county committee. In the course
of the meeting on Thursday,
every member of the committee
present was given the opportunity to discuss their views on the
matter, after which a vote was
stated, “While we understand the
donation came with no strings
attached, our committee must
maintain total impartiality until
after the primary. This impartiality must not only be maintained, but be SEEN to be
maintained, and accepting this
donation would have compromised that. We felt our integrity
as a committee could have been
called into question and so while
we thank Mr. Brown and his
PAC for their efforts, we must
respectfully decline.”
During the meeting and discussion, a number of private
individuals offered to donate
their own funds, which ended up
doubling the amount of money
that was turned down. “We’re
pretty independent up here in
the North Country,” said Catman. “We like to do things our
own way and not feel beholden to
others. Our committee is not a
part of the establishment GOP,
and we hope candidates and voters understand that. We are a
part of the state committee…but
we don’t follow lock step with
some of the things going on. We
feel that principles are important
and that we need to stand for
what is right and conservative.
We believe in promoting independence and liberty, and declining
this donation is part of that.”
The Coos County Republican
Committee meets on the third
Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
at the Water Wheel in Jefferson.
For details on upcoming meetings and speakers, contact Chairman
[email protected] or 3481140.
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worried such a well-oiled, experienced political machine such as
the Scott Brown campaign/PAC
didn’t understand that.
Secondly, I think most can
agree that there are a large and
growing number of independents, conservatives and Republicans who are disaffected and
alienated by the establishment
machine that is the current
Republican party. Accepting this
check would have sent a signal
to those groups that the Coos
County committee was part of
that machine the public is so
heartily sick of. Why would I
want to damage the Republican
Party like that? Why would I
want to drive conservatives and
independents even further away?
I realize that “down south” it
is still “business as usual” in the
political machine. Wheeling,
dealing, compromising. Taking
the country over the cliff but
claiming the moral high ground
because while the left may be
taking us over a cliff in a Formula One car with rocket boosters,
the Republicans are
somehow better because they’ll
do it in a family sedan and do the
speed limit. I feel it is time for
people to stand athwart the ship
of politics and shout “STOP” (to
paraphrase a famous remark).
My vote to reject the PAC check
was my small effort to do that.
Finally, I want to make it very
clear that our Chairman
abstained from voting. He offered
every member present a chance
to air their views, and we voted.
Anyone who would call him out
personally on this would, in fact,
be reprimanding him for not
being a dictator. I would be
happy to discuss my vote with
The Colebrook Chronicle
anyone who would like to contact
Barbara Rossell
Secretary, Coos County
Republican Committee
(Editor’s note: The following
letter addressed to the Groveton
Selectmen was also copied by the
sender to the Colebrook Chronicle.)
To the Groveton Selectmen,
I have heard that at the most
recent Selectman’s meeting that
the decision was made to close
Page Hill to ATV travel. I was
saddened to hear this, not
because I own an ATV, which I
do not, but because it again puts
Groveton out of the loop to grow
as the other communities around
My children have ATVs and
travel to the trails to ride them.
I live on Lost Nation Road and
since it has been opened to ATV
travel I have not had one problem with the people using the
road. I travel every day on the
Page Hill Road and have never
seen any problems with the people driving their ATVs. It made
me happy to see the older couples
traveling along, some every day.
I always thought they must be
out going for coffee or just enjoying being outside and looking
around. The ATVs go by my
house as they traveled to Page
Hill. The noise did not bother me
or my animals. In fact, the large
trucks and the motorcycles going
up through cause much more
noise then the ATVs do.
I was sad that the man who
came to the meeting supposedly
got his horse hurt. I have had
horses myself for over 35 years
and when you have a young one
or an untrained one, they follow
their instincts to flee when
afraid. It is for that reason that
horse people do not have barbed
wire fence. Even without being
afraid it is easy for a horses skin
to be ripped or his nose cut on
that type of fence. I live near the
rifle range as well and my horses
quickly learned that even the
nosiest shooting was not going to
harm them. Horses learn quickly
what will harm them. We have
several horses on Lost Nation
Road that have never been bothered by the noise or sight of an
ATV. There is also a herd of cows
on the Page Hill Road on the
Lancaster end that have not
seemed to be disturbed by the
ATVs. Instead of demanding the
road be closed to ATVs the man
should have gotten one to come
to his house and help him train
his horse not to be afraid of the
noise or the sight of one. I am
sure the poor animal is frightened of motorcycles as well as
the noise is much louder.
As I ride the Page Hill Road I
cannot blame any of its condition
on the ATVs. The road is affected
by the snow, the rain and the
traffic as well as the speed that
the cars and trucks drive but I
have never seen anything that I
could say was from an ATV driving on it. As I said, I have only
seen respectful people driving by
my house and on Page Hill. I
have not seen fooling around or
speeding by any of them. I have
seen many family and group
outings going by but nothing that
would bother a road any worse
then the regular traffic does
Then we have to consider the
town as well. As I heard about
the road being closed I read in
the Democrat how Lancaster
wants to open more town roads
for trials so the ATVs can get to
their business. I read how Roger
Brooks, a tourism and marketing
consultant, wants Coos to
become a “premier destination
area” and “the adventure sports
destination for business and to
help make each downtown
vibrant.” By closing Page Hill
Road, Groveton has again chosen
to close itself off from the growing miles of ATV trails in the
state. We will be left out of the
sale of gas and snacks and goods
that the ATV families will spend.
The towns of Gorham and Berlin
have seen the growth of their
businesses in food and lodging
just by allowing the ATVs to
drive from the trails into their
towns. Lancaster and Stratford
and the towns north will see the
growth because the ATVs will be
driving the trails and pulling
their ATVs around Groveton
because there is no way to get
from Lancaster to go up the
trails north.
Again, the town will lose out.
None of that was taken into
consideration. If the trail is not
reopened it will not affect me
personally. I do think of all the
people and the businesses who
will loose out. I think of the older
couples who just want to take a
quiet ride and enjoy the day. One
person should not spoil that for
everyone. One person should not
make our town lose another
opportunity to grow, to have
people buy second homes in our
town and ride the trails. I hope
the selectmen will reconsider
their decision and take into consideration all the facts.
Debra Mellett
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(Editor’s note: The following
release was issued yesterday by
the Rev. Rebecca Larson on
behalf of local clergy.)
High school graduation is one
of the most important rites of
passage that our young people
face. It deserves a celebration
fitting its importance. That is
what the baccalaureate service
is all about—recognizing the
sacredness of this time—a time
of new beginnings.
In the mid 1990s the baccalaureate service was dropped as
a school-sponsored event, a
change that occurred both
nationally and locally. At that
time the Ministerium, the interfaith group of local clergy,
stepped in and began providing
a baccalaureate service for Colebrook Academy graduates.
Opportunities lie ahead for
our 2014 graduates that can be
both challenging and exciting–
not to mention a bit scary. Whatever choices they’ve made about
further education, beginning a
new job, remaining in the area
or moving away, we know
they’ve given a lot of thought and
preparation for the next stage of
their lives. And we want to honor
So we invite the teachers,
parents and family members,
friends and community members
to come and help us celebrate our
graduating seniors. Baccalaureate this year will be on Sunday,
June 8, at 3 p.m. at the Monadnock Congregational Church at
147 Main St. It is an ecumenical
and interfaith service open to all.
We, the local clergy, will be
there to honor and support, to
bless and to make sacred, the
Class of 2014, and we invite you
to join us. Refreshments will be
served after the service.
On Friday, May 16, the Colebrook National Honor Society held a surprise assembly at the Tillotson Center
for three retiring teachers from the Academy. From the left are school librarian Frank Doe, Robert Unangst
(science teacher), and Richard Bond (Assistant Principal/math teacher). Each received special parting
gifts and were treated to personalized power point presentations about their careers. Angela Wheeler
On May 15, Colebrook Academy Principal Joanne Melanson, left,
recognized Johanna Schillemat at what was her last concert with the
Colebrook School system as Johanna plans on moving and furthering
her career. Angela Wheeler photo.
At an all school assembly held in the Colebrook gymnasium, Colebrook Academy Class of 2014 announced
its top five graduating students as well as their Class Marshal. From the left are Isiaiah Hutchinson
(Class Marshal), Elizabeth Collins (fifth), Delanie Stone (fourth), Courtney Deblois (third), Alexis
Lamontagne (Salutatorian), and Nicholas Bouchard (Valedictorian). Angela Wheeler photo.
Artwork by Pittsburg students Jesse Brooks, left, and Nathan Reich,
right, was on display at Fiddleheads Gift Shoppe following the
Regional High School Art Show. Courtesy photo.
Shelby St. Onge and Megan Hamel from Colebrook Academy were
among the students whose art was on display at the Regional High
School Art Show Winner’s Reception at Fiddleheads Gift Shoppe in
Colebrook on May 16. Courtesy photo.
The 2014 Annual Regional High School Art Show Award winners from Canaan High School, from left,
Alexis Delong, Seth Blanchard, Molly Leighton, Mallorie Biron, Tabatha Day, Courtney Blanchard.
Missing from photo: Victoria Souder. Artwork by the winners from the Regional High School Art Show
is currently on display in the Fiddleheads Gift Shoppe Gallery until June 2. Courtesy photo.
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Bob Hunt of Lancaster spotted this grumpy little fellow while in Stark the other day. He got him to pose
for a picture before sending him on his way. Courtesy photo.
The NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston,
Vt., is hosting a Pond and Bog
Exploration Paddle on Saturday,
May 31, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Nulhegan Basin is well
known as a remote landscape
with an abundance of wildlife,
boreal species of birds, such as
spruce grouse, black-backed
woodpecker, and gray jays. We’ll
cross in an out of the Nulhegan
Basin Division of the Silvio O.
Conte National Wildlife Refuge
as we explore. We’ll check out
the carnivorous pitcher plants
and other unique bog species
while exploring the boardwalks
of Mollie Beattie and Moose Bog,
and then enjoy a beginnerfriendly paddle and picnic via
canoe on the placid waters of
Lewis Pond, deep in the Nulhegan.
Bring a bag lunch and warm
layers. Canoes, paddles, pfds
and transportation included in
fee. Cost is $20 per person.
Please register in advance. For
information, call (802) 723-6551,
ext. 115.
If you need to complete an Off
Highway Recreational Vehicle
(OHRV) and snowmobile safety
course to get your New Hampshire safety certificate, you now
have the option of completing
the training online. Sign up
today at http://www.wildnh.
The course is approved by the
N.H. Fish and Game Dept. and
is the only mobile-friendly New
Hampshire course that features
both OHRV and snowmobile
content and live-action video.
“The New Hampshire OHRV
and snowmobile course is a
great way for students to become
educated online, at their own
pace, while learning key safety
information we find important
for riding both OHRV's and
snowmobiles,” said Captain
John Wimsatt, OHRV/Snow
mobile education and Law
Enforcement coordinator for
N.H. Fish and Game. “The course
uses video, animations and more
to teach those valuable lessons
and emphasize the importance of
respecting landowners and private property. Partnering with was a natural
choice, and together we're putting safety-conscious riders on
the trails.”
The course is available on any
device, so students can access the
course on the web even if the only
way they have to connect to the
Internet is via their smartphone.
Plus, the new mobile-ready
course features live-action videos, realistic illustrations and
interactive animations that
make it easier and more fun to
learn how to safely operate an
OHRV or snowmobile. The
course's two safety video series
teach about the appropriate
OHRV and snowmobile riding
gear, riding in various conditions, loading and unloading,
plus much more.
“Our goal in developing a
combined OHRV and snowmobile safety course was to create
a comprehensive learning experience that would be fun for our
students. In our video series, we
use humor, where appropriate,
to focus the student's attention
on the safety advice,” said Kurt
Kalkomey, CEO of Kalkomey
Enterprises, Inc., which produces and “We also wanted
to avoid lecturing. Our content
and videos are meant to engage
students with opportunities to
explore and select the best
options for staying safe while
operating their OHRV or snowmobile. This helps students
develop true understanding
rather than just memorizing the
The training offered in this
course is approved by the N.H.
Fish and Game Dept. and is the
same material that is taught in
the Today's ORV Rider and
Today's Snowmobile Rider manuals used in the traditional
at is
free. To get a safety education
certificate before operating an
OHRV or snowmobile, students
pay a one-time fee of $29.50,
only after passing the exam.
Traditional classroom OHRV
and Snowmobile safety education courses, taught by 150 Fish
and Game-certified volunteer
instructors and Regional Coordinators, will continue to be available statewide at no charge. A
schedule of classes can be found
“We’re delighted to have the
online course up and running,
because it is a helpful option for
people who may have difficulty
getting to a class,” said Wimsatt.
“Traditional classroom courses
led by our dedicated volunteer
instructors remain the bedrock
of our safety education program,
certifying more than 1,500 riders every year.”
If you're interested in learning how to fly fish, take advantage of a free workshop coming
up in June. Sign up soon, as
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Police, EMS
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patient was transported to
UCVH. At 5:52 p.m., the department responded to Weeks Medical Center for an interfacility
transfer to DHMC. The patient
was transported to DHMC.
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Community News
Left photo: Colebrook Academy Senior Elizabeth Collins was a guest director at Colebrook's Spring Concert on May 15. Right photo: Colebrook Academy music teacher Johanna
Schillemat directs her high school chorus in last week’s Annual Spring Concert held in the school's gymnasium. Angela Wheeler photos.
Jay Stuart conducted both the Colebrook Academy junior high band (left) and the high school band in Colebrook's Annual Spring Concert held on Thursday, May 15. Angela
Wheeler photos.
National Nursing Home Week
was celebrated this week. The
theme was “Living the Aloha
Spirit.” The word Aloha has a
deeper significance than just a
fond farewell. By living the Aloha
Spirit, we show others love and
respect and joyfully share life in
order to create a better world.
Key attribute of the Aloha Spirit
include patience, kindness,
humility, good feelings and
respect in caring about others.
The week began with a tribute
to Mothers. An exhibit of
antiques was set up in the Family Room. The exhibit included a
washtub, iron, sewing machine,
a vacuum, purses, hats and old
cookbooks. A section was set up
with baby items.
through the room. Residents
reminisced about their moms
while tea was served with apple
pie, pumpkin cake and molasses
On Monday, the Canaan sixth
graders joined us to make grass
skirts and leis. A pineapple ring
toss was played in the afternoon
using real pineapples.
The dietary department
offered a wonderful Aloha buffet.
Residents and staff members
enjoyed teriyaki chicken sand-
wiches, ham, cheese and pineapple kebobs, garden rice medley,
pineapple carrots, fruit salad
and tropical breeze cupcakes.
Staff members, residents and
community members put on a
wonder Talent/Variety show on
Wednesday night. The show
began with the Activity Dept.
girls showing their talent as hula
dancers. It really raised the bar
for the acts to follow. Familiar
favorites included Ellen Sipe on
piano, Lexy Owen sang, Big Ed
playing the mandolin and singing, Judy Roche on piano and
singing, Sally Masson on guitar
and singing and Sally’s grandson
Jake Masson sang and played
guitar. Other young talent
included Paige and Amanda
Hughes with Mackenzie Carney,
who performed a dance routine
they choreographed themselves.
Melody Oakes also performed
her own dance. Sister Ava and
Amelia D’aiello sang together.
Brie Wallace and Sean Rainville
performed together on flute and
saxophone. Aaron Swift sang and
played fiddle. Bobbie Bunnell
sang and played guitar as a solo
and with staff member Cyndi
Gebhard. Cyndi also joined resident Mona Noyes to whistle a
tune. Other staff members
included Vince Jeffers, who sang
and played guitar, and Deb
Wells, who displayed her true
talent as a one-woman band
playing the “Bom-ba” while leading the audience in singing. The
show ended with Sadie Guy leading everyone in singing “God
Bless America.” The talent was
so good that every contestant
was awarded a prize.
A Special Prize Bingo was
played with Michelle Gibson winning the Blackout game.
The ladies choose from our
selection of gowns and jewelry,
had their hair done and nails
were manicured for the Senior
Prom. The men were sporty in
ties. The Family Room was beautifully decorated with palm trees,
coconuts, sea shells and other
tropical scenes and items. Sharon Pearson and her mother
Jean Nelson provided piano and
organ music for a lovely afternoon of music and dancing.
Prom goers were served pina
coladas, watermelon refreshers,
punch, shrimp cocktails, fruit
salad and crackers and cheese.
Coconut bowling was enjoyed
on Saturday. Juanie Schoff had
the highest score. John McCormick came in second with Katie
vonDohrmann coming in third.
On May 15 two brothers and
five sisters met for their monthly
meeting. The Grangers enjoyed
supper together at 6 p.m. with
cheese, coleslaw and fried
chicken on the menu. Dessert
was pies entered for the cooking
contest made by John Pepau,
Master Stephen Tracy and
Lynda Gaudette.
Master Stephen Tracy called
the meeting to order at 7 p.m.
Pat Allin read the minutes of
the previous meeting. Francis
Pepau read a letter from N.H.
State Grange Community Service Director Dick Patten.
Lynda Gaudette read a letter
from N.H. State Grange Youth
Director Sherrill Bokousky.
Vicki DeLalla, Sandra Theberge, Lynda Gaudette and
Master Stephen Tracy recorded
a total of 131 hours of community service. Frances Pepau’s
Home Economics program
started with the song “Women
of the Grange” and readings
from each Granger pertaining
to family life. Stratford Grange
projects reported were the mitten tree, donations to the food
pantry and the Toys for Tots
program, the N.H. Dictionary
Project, a Grange exhibit at
Lancaster Fair and community
service award program. Master
Stephen Tracy was the winner
of the pie contest and June Fluery won the mystery gift.
The closing song was “America, Home of the Grange.” The
next meeting will be June 5, with
supper at 6 p.m. and meeting at
7 p.m.
The N.H. Dept. of Transportation announces the bridge repair
project underway on the US
Route 3 bridge over Indian
Stream in Pittsburg will involve
more extensive work.
The project began two weeks
ago as a bridge deck rehabilitation, but a full deck replacement
is now needed due to the overall
poor condition of the deck
observed upon removal of the
The roadway will now be
restricted to one 11-foot lane,
with alternating traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals. A detour route for wider
loads will be posted from US
Route 3 in Clarksville over West
Road, then north on NH Route
145 into Pittsburg and back onto
Route 3. The detour will be
signed and the road restriction
will begin during the week after
Memorial Day (May 26).
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Phase 1 of the project is
expected to take until late July
to complete. Phase 2 of the project will be completed by midSeptember. This work is being
performed by a crew from the
N.H. DOT’s Bridge Maintenance
If you ever wanted to be in
show business, here’s your
Last September, in response
to a notice placed by the Tillotson Center Board of Directors, a
small group of citizens from
around the region began meeting to explore the possibility of
forming a local theater group.
The result of their efforts is the
Carriage Lane Players, a nonprofit organization. This core
group has chosen a play and now
seeks interested parties to volunteer for roles onstage and off.
The group has chosen Neil
Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park”
as its first production. The performances are scheduled for
Sept. 12 and 13 at the Tillotson
Melanie Reese and Becky
Hassett have agreed to serve as
Co-Directors. The play has six
adult parts, two female and four
male. Open auditions will be
held at 5:30 p.m., on Friday,
June 13, in the Tillotson Center
Kaufmann Auditorium. Those
interested in non-performing
roles such as scenery construction, painting, costumes and
props are asked to attend the
audition, where sign-up sheets
will be available and Carriage
Lane Players members will be
on hand to answer questions.
Helpers of all sorts are vital
to the success of this venture.
The offstage jobs are every bit
as crucial to the outcome as
those of the actors. Although
experience is a plus, the only
real prerequisite for signing on
is a firm commitment to putting
on the best production possible.
For more information, please
contact Becky Hassett at 3481671 or [email protected]
Jimmy and Joanne Gilbert
were guests of the Canaan
Seniors on Wednesday. Free
meal winners were Carol Gray
and Therese Rougeau
Bingo was enjoyed and the
winners were Therese Rougeau
(2), Dencie Cunningham, Jimmy
Gilbert (2), and Lucienne Jalbert. Blackout was won by Georgette St-Pierre and Therese
Next week (May 28) will be
the monthly penny sale and
celebration the May birthdays.
The menu will be soup, sandwiches, pickles and chips, with
birthday cake and ice cream for
An important North Country
river access is now permanently
protected, thanks to the efforts
of the Vermont River Conservancy and the town of Columbia.
Situated directly across the
river from Lyman Falls State
Park, the parcel has been a
popular fishing spot for many
years. The project was made
possible through the financial
support of the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and
Enhancement Fund, Plum
Creek Foundation, and the
Tillotson Foundation.
The public is invited to help
celebrate the conservation of
this property at a gathering on
Saturday, May 31. A light lunch
will be provided, and an optional
paddle to North Stratford will
follow. There will be opportunities to tour the parcel and provide ideas for site improvements.
Those planning to attend are
asked to RSVP by May 28 by
e-mailing [email protected] or calling (802)
The property includes 4,000
feet of shoreline, an extensive
beach, and an island. Boy Scout
Troop 68, from Bradford, Vt.,
spent two days at the site last
summer, clearing brush and
building a privy. A crew from the
NorthWoods Stewardship Center later completed privy and
kiosk construction, built two
picnic tables, and cut a trail
providing access to the island.
This is the Vermont River
Conservancy’s second project at
Lyman Falls. In 2004, the organization helped orchestrate the
conservation of land on the Vermont side of the river, purchasing a parcel from the Washburn
Lumber Company and transferring it to the state of Vermont.
“With the completion of this
project, both sides of the river
are now permanently protected,
safeguarding a very special
place for generations to come,”
said Noah Pollock, who managed this project on behalf of the
Vermont River Conservancy.
This site adds new camping
and river access options for
those exploring the Connecticut
River Paddlers’ Trail. The trail
is a series of access points, portage trails, and campsites spanning from the rivers’ headwaters
south to Long Island Sound.
More information about the
trail, as well as maps of paddling
destinations, can be accessed at
Lyman Falls, the site of one
of the earliest dams in the
region, is of high local cultural
and historical significance. The
original hydropower dam, constructed in 1892, generated electric power for Nulhegan Mills.
Sections of a later dam built in
1930, as well as an adjacent
dike, remain intact.
The Connecticut River Artisan Group (CRAG) will meet at
4 p.m. on Thursday, May 29,
2014, at the Indian Stream
Health Center. Items discussed
include the budget, exhibits and
the gallery at Fiddleheads.
For more information about
CRAG, visit www.connecticut or call 901230-3452.
The Northeast Kingdom
Snow Blasters will be holding its
first annual Landowners Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, May
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Karl Varian at the Canaan Memorial Schools with accompanist Bud Hikel led the 2014 Spring Concert last Tuesday, May 20. Left photo: The Canaan Memorial High School
Concert performed three songs for the audience including the popular song, “Wake Me Up.” Right photo: The Canaan Elementary students also sang three songs for the audience
that included “The Drunken Sailor Sea Chantey.” Angela Wheeler photos.
Left photo: This past semester Elizabeth Marsh took an independent guitar class with Karl Varian and as part of her final grade she performed during the Spring Concert.
Elizabeth and Karl performed a duo singing and playing “American Honey.” Right photo: Canaan Schools beginning band who played two songs last Tuesday night. The band
played “Soundscape” and “Fanfare Heroica.” Angela Wheeler photos.
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25, at the Norton Restaurant in
Norton, Vt., from 3-6 p.m.
The public is invited to attend
a spaghetti dinner with all of the
fixin’s for a donation of $8.
“Come out and support the
club and show your appreciation
to the landowners for letting us
use their land to enjoy our sport,”
the group said in a press release.
If you like classic Country
Music, come to the American
Legion Hall in Canaan, Vt., on
Sunday, May 25, starting at 1
p.m. You can dance or just sit
and listen to some local musicians and David Wright, a steel
guitar professional with vocals
by Rebecca Hughes. David and
Rebecca are from the Dallas,
Tex., area. This will be some
wonderful music you won’t want
to miss.
There is no admission charge,
but there will be a donation jar.
All donations will go to the American Legion Post 47.
To help North Country communities respond to road and
infrastructure damage caused by
recent flooding, Governor Maggie
Hassan this week requested that
President Barack Obama issue a
major disaster declaration and
provide federal emergency assistance for the rain and flooding
event on April 15-16, 2014.
“This storm produced significant rainfall, following several
consecutive unseasonably warm
days which caused a rapid melt
of the snowpack in the northern
New Hampshire counties,” Governor Hassan wrote. “This storm
caused significant flooding, flash
flooding and major road washouts resulting in tremendous
damage to local road infrastructure. Two counties in the northern part of New Hampshire
experienced heavy damage to
their local roads and, in one
county, a bridge.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, working with
state and local emergency management officials, recently completed a Preliminary Damage
Assessment, finding that the
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The Indian Stream Health Center held its Second Annual Family
Adventure Day at the North Country Community Recreation Center
last Saturday, May 17. The day included walking, biking, geocaching,
and volleyball. The event was held in conjunction with the Colebrook
Recreation Dept., NCCRC, and the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital. Angela Wheeler photo.
On Mother’s Day at the First Baptist Church in North Stratford there
was a surprise party for Nancy Moulton to thank her for her many
years of service as church custodian. Diane Blake photo.
Friday, May 23, 2014
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Community News
On May 17, 2014 officers from the Northumberland Police Dept. as well as family members participated
in the 2014 Special Olympics Torch Run. The participants ran from the Groveton/Stratford town line to
the Groveton/Lancaster town line, where they were met by troopers from the N.H. State Police Troop F
barracks. They then proceeded to continue the run all the way to the Lancaster ambulance bay, where the
run concluded for the day. Pictured from left are Northumberland Police Chief Marcel Platt, Cleda Byrd,
Erica King, Officer Nessa Platt, Officer Kayla Audit, Kyle Audit and Officer Sean Rodden. Courtesy photo.
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costs for infrastructure damage
in Carroll and Coos counties
exceed $1,900,000.00. The significant road and infrastructure
damage from April’s flooding
included a bridge failure that
left an entire neighborhood
without access to the rest of
town until a temporary bridge
was put in place. The bridge
requires complete replacement
and the disaster comes when
Carroll and Coos counties are
still recovering from two
declared disasters in 2013.
On Friday May 30, at 7 p.m.,
there will be a meeting of the
Cohos Historical Society at the
Marion Blodgett Museum, Hollow Road, Stratford. There will
be an open roundtable of interesting stories of Stratford and
Stratford Hollow.
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Friday, May 23, 2014
Community News
The Boston-based duo of Matt and Shannon Heaton brought their
sounds of Irish music to the Colebrook Country Club last Sunday
night. The duo’s performance was sponsored by the Great North
Woods Committee of the Arts. Angela Wheeler photo.
Tall Timber Lodge and Rainbow Grille received the Business of the Year award at this year’s North
Country Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, held at the Spa and Outback Pub in West Stewartstown.
From left, Chamber President Wayne Frizzell, the evening speaker Les Otten, business owners Cindy
Howe, her sister Judy Caron, their brother Tom Caron. Charles Jordan photo.
The North Country Chamber of Commerce annual Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Beecher
Falls Fire Chief Steve Young last night. From left, Chamber Vice President Mike Daley, Executive
Councilor Joe Kenney, Steve Young, Joanne Young, and their children Anthony Young and Abby Young.
Charles Jordan photo.
Four pretty daffodils finally mark the emergence of spring to Clarksville this week–where cold weather
always seems to hang on just a little bit longer. We wonder: can the purple iris be far behind? Donna
Jordan photo.
Friday, May 23, 2014
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registration is limited and is
conducted on a first-come, firstserved basis. This workshop is
and open to anyone age 13 and
older (age 13-16 must be accompanied by an adult).
Act fast if you want to get in
on the popular beginning flyfishing weekend at Coleman
State Park in Stewartstown.
The two-day workshop will take
place on June 7-8, 2014. Registration forms must be received
by June 2. To sign up, print out
and return the registration form
available on the Fish and Game
htm. Registration forms can also
be requested at 271-3212 or
[email protected]
Non-local participants are
expected to make their own
arrangements for overnight
accommodations; camping is
available by reservation at Coleman State Park, and there are
also motels and lodges available
in the area. The workshop is
presented by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's “Let's Go Fishing”
Program and the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.
Designed primarily for firsttime fly-fishers, this weekend
workshop covers the basics of
equipment, fly casting, stream
ecology, knot tying, safety and
how to find those “hot spots”
along New Hampshire’s rivers
and lakes. The highlight of the
two days will be Sunday, when
the class pulls on waders and
heads out to put their newly
learned skills to the test. A limited number of rods will be available for use; please indicate on
the registration form if you will
need to borrow equipment.
Federally funded through the
Sport Fish Restoration Program,
the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s “Let's Go Fishing” program has taught thousands of
children and adults to be safe,
ethical and successful anglers.
The Colebrook Chronicle
The N.H. Fish and Game
Dept. works to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish
and wildlife and their habitats,
as well as providing the public
with opportunities to use and
appreciate these resources. Visit
Are you are interested in
sharing your interest in wildlife
and aquatic resources with New
Then consider becoming a Wonders of Wildlife Program (WOW)
volunteer docent for the N.H.
Fish and Game Dept. A new
series of docent training sessions
begins June 3, 2014. Applications must be received by May
28, 2014.
The Wonders of Wildlife Program is designed to introduce
New Hampshire youth to the
wise use of our state's wildlife
and aquatic resources. Trained
volunteer WOW docents present
interactive Wonders of Wildlife
programs targeted to students
in Grades 3-6. Teachers request
specific programs for their
classes and our docents travel to
the school to present the program. WOW programs are also
in demand for scout troops, 4-H
and other organized youth
groups. Docents also assist in
staffing Fish and Game Dept.
events such as Discover WILD
New Hampshire Day, and they
may be called upon to lead activities at environmentally based
field days around the state.
Those completing the training are expected to contribute at
least 48 volunteer hours, during
the two years following the
training, to the education of
youths and adults by delivering
programs that focus on New
Hampshire wildlife, endangered
species, aquatic ecology and wetlands, in schools or to organized
youth groups in New Hampshire.
To find an application for the
training to become a Wonders of
Wildlife docent, as well as a new
training schedule for June 2014,
please visit the Fish and Game
website at http://www.wildnh.
For more information about
the Wonders of Wildlife program, contact coordinator Mary
Goodyear at the N.H. Fish and
Game Dept., 11 Hazen Drive,
Concord NH 03301; e-mail:
[email protected];
or call 271-6649.
This is likely to be the last
spring that anglers will be able
to fish for large brood stock
salmon in central New Hampshire, as the program that was
the source of these big fish has
been phased out by the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service.
“It’s hard to believe, but this
will be the final season of the
Atlantic salmon broodstock fishery,” said N.H. Fish and Game
Dept. Fisheries Biologist Matt
Since 1993, Fish and Game
has stocked Atlantic salmon into
the Merrimack and Pemigewasset rivers to provide a fishing
experience that would normally
require travelling to Canada.
Anglers from all over the region
have come to New Hampshire
each spring to try their luck at
the broodstock fishery, which
offers the chance to catch
salmon that weigh as much as
15 pounds.
“The broodstock fishery was
never meant to be an end unto
was a byproduct of the Merrimack River Atlantic Salmon
Restoration Project, which
ended in September of 2013
because of poor survival and
shifting priorities within the
Carpenter assures that the
Atlantic salmon available for
stocking this spring will not
disappoint. “At four to five years
of age, they have had plenty of
time to grow, with many fish
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exceeding 10 pounds,” Carpenter said. “We have just under
700 fish to stock this spring, so
we should be able to hit all of the
usual spots in Bristol, Franklin,
Concord, and Hooksett.”
Find out what it’s all about
by watching a short video about
brood stock salmon fishing on
Brood stock anglers are
encouraged to report their experiences to Fish and Game by
contacting Matt Carpenter at
271-2612 or matthew. [email protected]
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Friday, May 23, 2014
Community News
Students in Grades K-12 participated in Pittsburg School’s annual spring concert on Tuesday night. Left photo: Kindergarten students sing a song with animation. Right photo:
Grades 3 and 4 swing their arms to a tune. Teacher Johanna Schillemat was honored at the end of the night for her work at the school. She is leaving the region to further her
career. Tammy Purrington photos.
Students performed many songs in Pittsburg School’s annual spring concert on Tuesday night under the direction of teacher Johanna Schillemat. Left photo: Grades 5 and 6.
Right photo: Pittsburg School’s choral group. Tammy Purrington photos.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Colebrook Chronicle
Residents living in and
around the Colebrook community can be screened to reduce
their risk of having a stroke or
bone fracture. The Tillotson
Center will host Life Line
Screening on June 2, 2014. The
site is located at 14 Carriage
Lane in Colebrook.
Ralph Caron of Tamworth
attended a Life Line Screening
and said, “Thanks to Life Line
Screening, I have a new life to
Four key points every person
needs to know:
–Stroke is the third leading
cause of death and a leading
cause of permanent disability.
–Eighty percent of stroke
victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke.
screenings can help you avoid a
– Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and
Screenings identify potential
cardiovascular conditions such
as blocked arteries and irregular
heart rhythm, abdominal aortic
aneurysms, and hardening of
the arteries in the legs, which is
a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening
to assess osteoporosis risk is also
offered and is appropriate for
both men and women.
Packages start at $149. All
five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings
or to schedule an appointment,
call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Preregistration is required.
Alzheimer's disease can be an
isolating disease and the
Alzheimer’s Association is trying to decrease the isolation and
increase understanding by offer-
ing a unique program in the
North Country.
Using a combination of videoconferencing and web links, Kesstan Blandin, PhD and Program
Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s
Association will present a series
of educational programs at hospitals in Berlin, Colebrook, Haverhill, Littleton, Lebanon and
Lancaster. The presentations
will be simultaneous thanks to
technology. All are free and open
to caregivers.
“We will teach caregivers
strategies that can make conversations, activities, and daily
tasks more successful and help
the person you are caring for
remain active and engaged,”
said Kesstan Blandin. “We are
pleased to make these programs
available to caregivers throughout the North Country.”
The caregiver workshop is in
cooperation with Northern New
England Geriatric Education
Centers (NNEGEC).
The workshop also addresses
helpful ways to respond to difficult behaviors that can sometimes accompany dementia.
According to the Alzheimer’s
Association, about 70 percent of
those with the disease are cared
for at home. However, Alzheimer’s can also be a very challenging disease.
“We want people to have the
information they need to care for
their loved one,” said Blandin.
The Alzheimer’s Education
Series will begin Wednesday
June 11 with changing weekly
topics, running through June 25.
Each session runs from 1:303:30 p.m.. For more information
about this series, please contact
the Alzheimer’s Association New
Hampshire office at 606-6590.
The Alzheimer’s Association
provides care, support and
research. For information on
other programs, support groups
and community resources visit
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Friday, May 23, 2014
Around The Region
Please join Northwoods Home
Health and Hospice, a division of
Healthcare Collaborative, for
their third Annual Memorial
Butterfly Release on Sunday,
June 29, 2014, at 12 noon. This
event is open to the public and
will be held at the Shrine of Our
Lady of Grace in Colebrook during the Blessing of the Bikes
weekend. Releasing live butterflies for a loved one is a unique
way to honor and remember
In support of their Hospice
mission of providing compassionate end of life care, grief support,
and education of the highest
quality to patients, families, and
the community, Northwoods
Home Health and Hospice is
pleased to offer this Memorial
Butterfly Release as a time of
reflection and celebration of
loved ones we have lost. It will
also be a time when people come
together for a common purpose:
to honor the lives of loved ones
who have died.
For a donation of $15 for a
single butterfly or for orders of
three or more at $13 each, you
will receive a live Monarch butterfly in memory of your loved
one. Envelopes containing the
butterflies will be passed out at
11:30 a.m.–just prior to the butterfly release. There will be a
special reading shared. The Monarch Butterfly is nature's ultimate
transformation and beauty.
Due to the nature of ordering
live butterflies for this event,
butterflies need to be reserved
and paid for ahead of time. If you
are unable to attend the Butterfly Release but would still like to
purchase butterflies, a Hospice
volunteer will release the butterflies for you. Please order and
reserve your Monarch today by
calling Marissa at Northwoods
Home Health and Hospice. Butterfly orders are due by May 30.
This coming Saturday, May
24, the Cookshire Fair Board is
going to be holding their annual
Mechoui barbeque at the Cookshire Fairgrounds on Rte. 108 in
Cookshire, Que. Pork and beef,
along with all the fixin’s, are
going to be the menu. It takes
place from 5 to 7 p.m., with a
dance to follow. Cost is $17 with
admission to the dance. Everyone is welcome for this event,
which is a good chance for a good
meal above the border.
–Corey Bellam
Sounds of squealing children
could be heard for a mile around
the Labranch Family Ponds in
St. Isidore de Clifton this past
Sunday. It was the Club Conser(Continued on page 18)
Last weekend, Gordon and Audrey Bowker celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary surrounded by family and friends. They were
married in 1954, and from that union, five children were born and
they now have 12 grandchildren and 3.5 great-grandchildren.
(Gordon joked, “One’s not born yet!”) Corey Bellam photo.
Dorothy Deacon and Margaret Owens collected the money at the
Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society barn sale in
Lennoxville. Corey Bellam photo.
Dorothy Deacon lives and breathes Montreal Canadians hockey.
During the barn sale, Lillian Rider presented her with a Canadians
flag and Margaret Owens gave her a TV-Radio so she wouldn't miss
a thing during the hockey season. Corey Bellam photo.
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Around The Region
National Fishing Day was celebrated at Labranch Family Ponds in St. Isidore de Clifton, Que., this past
Sunday. Corey Bellam photo.
The Club Conservation Chasse and Peche Les Vertes Sommets, or The Green Summits Hunting and
Fishing Club, hosted the annual fishing day event at the Labranch Family Ponds. Corey Bellam photo.
Mylene Gendron, Zack Trembley and Maxime Trembley with Zack's
fish in hand, the catch of the day for the young angler in training.
Corey Bellam photo.
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Friday, May 23, 2014
Around The Region
This weekend, while out and about in Lennoxville, we came upon
Leah Andrews and Taylor Passmore , two young ladies all set up
with a stand selling all sorts of things to include popcorn,stuffed
animals, lemonade, iced tea and much more. They are starting off
small, but we feel that before long, they'll be rich. Corey Bellam photo.
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vation Chasse and Peche Les
Vertes Sommets, or in English,
The Green Summits Hunting
and Fishing Club. It was their
annual day to celebrate National
Fishing Day.
The fun all started at 8 a.m.
with the arrival of 1,100 10 to
12-inch trout. The fishermen and
women were standing, rods in
hand, for a fun day at the ponds.
These ponds are owned by the
Labranche family from St. Isidore de Clifton, the same family
that owns the saw mill. The
children’s eyes were as big as
softballs when that pick-up
pulled up to the pond and the
fellow started scooping out those
big fish and put them into the
pond. They were baiting their
hooks with juicy worms, knowing
all those fish were waiting for
We walked around and spoke
to all, but when we came along
and met one-year-old Zack Trembley, it was time for a visit and
a photo with his fish. We also
spoke with Michel Labranche,
president of the club, and Andre
Perron, vice president. They
were both very happy with the
event and the turnout. It wasn't
a hot day, so the fish were biting
like crazy and the excitement
levels were through the roof.
Everyone had a good day of
fishing at the Labranche Ponds.
–Corey Bellam
Saturday, while in Sherbrooke, the Chronicle visited
the Fleurimont Arena to attend
their annual Family Fun Day.
The doors opened at 11 a.m. to a
wide assortment of activities for
both young and old to include
bounce houses, a climbing wall
for those brave souls that just
can't keep their feet on the
ground, and lots of other activities like coloring and crafts. The
event also included a room full
of cold-blooded critters like
snakes, alligators, and such,
which the children loved. For
those brave enough, they could
wrap a snake around their neck,
but this reporter passed on that.
We walked around visiting
with people and came upon the
Fleurimont Burrough president
Louisda Brochu and his three
councillors, Vincent Boutin,
Helene Dauphinais, and Danielle Berthold. These four were
in the reptile room checking out
the creatures. This event was a
huge success for all that
Fleurimont Burrough President Louisda Brochu, Vincent Boutin, Helene Dauphinais, Danielle Berthold,
and this large lizard were part of the fun at the Fleurimont Arena Family Fun Day. Corey Bellam photo.
attended. The children were
laughing and running around
and everyone was happy.
–Corey Bellam
Once again, this year the
Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and
Museum Society (L.A.H.M.S.)
held their sale in the big red barn
located just beside the Uplands
Museum at 9 Speid St. in Lennoxville. The sale all kicked off
on Friday evening at 4 to 8 p.m.,
but the big day was Saturday,
starting at 8:30 with a wide
array of treasures for all to check
out. The treasures included
Christmas decorations, printers,
knick knacks, books, and much
more to please everyone. It was
a steady stream of buyers for
most of the day. A lot of money
was raised to help the cause. We
spoke to head of the sale, Dorothy Deacon, and we were told
that they were very satisfied
with the sale and will most likely
do it again next year.
–Corey Bellam
The North of the Notch Ecumenical Singers are planning a
patriotic concert as part of Lancaster’s 250th celebration and
are looking for interested singers. The concert will be held at
the Rialto Theatre on July 6 at 4
p.m. Returning and new members are welcome.
The cantata by Joseph Martin
is called “Of Faith and Freedom”
and includes familiar tunes such
as “Song for the Unsung Hero”
and “You Raise Me Up.”
Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday nights at the Lancaster Congregational
6:30-8:30 p.m. starting May 27.
Help celebrate Lancaster’s 250th.
For more information, call
[email protected], or Barbara
[email protected]
Last Saturday we visited the Sherbrooke T en Bouche un Coin Show
at the Marche de la Gare in Sherbrooke. These smiling workers are
from the L'Imperial Resturant in Granby. Corey Bellam photo.
The Sawyerville Baptist Church welcomed the singing voice of
Sawyerville native Paul Mackay during their Sunday morning 10:30
service. Corey Bellam photo.
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Raoul Jolin
Jolin, 84, of Brooksville, Fla., and
formerly of Dixville Notch, died
Monday, May 19, 2014, at the
hospice facility in Brooksville,
due to complications after having
had a minor heart attack.
He was born in St. Gedeon de
Frontenac, Qué., on Nov. 1, 1929,
the son of Joseph and Marie
Louise Jolin. He spent his early
years growing up on a farm in
Compton, Que., and then moved
on to become both a carpenter
and brick layer. When he was 22
years old, he married Simonne
Roy, and four years later moved
his family to Berlin, and started
working for Richards and Son as
their foreman. This led to a number of construction projects in the
North Country, and finally to
The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel
in Dixville. It was there that
Neil Tillotson realized that he
had found the right person to
take over as the Maintenance
Superintendent of not only the
hotel, but also of the grounds
(15,000 acres). Not too long after
that, it was apparent to Neil that
he had four people who he could
trust to take over, and take The
Balsams to the grandeur that he
had always envisioned. He
offered Raoul, Warren Pearson,
Steve Barba, and Chef Phil
Learned the opportunity to
become managing partners,
which they readily accepted. For
the next 32 years, Raoul, along
with his managing partners, was
instrumental in making the necessary changes and updates necessary to keep The Balsams alive
and thriving, even during weak
economic times.
Raoul and Simonne decided
that they would move to Florida
in 2001 for their retirement, as
they had spent a number of prior
vacations, staying both on the
East and West Coast. Brooksville
fit that bill with both great
weather and great golf.
Raoul is survived by his wife
Simonne, his four children: Yvan
and wife Patricia of Charlotte,
N.C., Roger and wife Belinda of
Stratford, Ronald and wife Patti
of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Sylvie and husband Robert Weber
of Colebrook; three brothers,
Andre Jolin of Sherbrooke, Que.,
Maurice and wife Cecile of Hudson, Nil and wife Carmen of
Bury, Que., four sisters Irene
Marquis, Monique and husband
Patrick Turcotte, Lucille Jolin all
of Sherbrooke, Que., and Denise
and Jean Guy Lemay, of Asbestos, Que.; 11 grandchildren and
21 great-grandchildren. He is
preceded in death by a sister,
Therese Masson, and a grandson, Charles Weber.
Memorial calling hours will be
held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday,
May 27, 2014, at the Jenkins and
Newman Funeral Home in Colebrook. A memorial Mass will be
held on Wednesday, May 28, at
11 a.m. at St. Albert’s Catholic
Church in West Stewartstown,
with The Rev. Craig Cheney as
celebrant. An interment will
occur at a later date at the Round
Top Cemetery in Dixville Notch.
Expressions of sympathy in
memory of Jolin may be made to
the American Heart Association,
2 Wall St., Manchester, NH
may be offered to the family
Funeral arrangements are under
the direction of Jenkins and
Newman Funeral Home in Colebrook.
grandchildren, Matthew Roy of
Concord, Emily Roy of Concord,
Eric Scholtes and wife Christine
of Clinton Township, Mich., and
Leo Roy of Houston, Tex., one
great-grandchild Ethan Scholtes
of Clinton Township, Mich.,
three sisters Pauline Rancourt of
Lady Lake, Fla., Lorraine Croteau of Berlin and Irene
Bourassa of Berlin, several
nieces and nephews. He was
predeceased by his wife of 57
years Rita (Mailhot) Roy in
March 2007 and two brothers,
Robert Roy and Paul Roy.
A Mass of Christian Burial
was celebrated at St. Anne
Church of Good Shepherd Parish
in Berlin on Tuesday May 20, at
10 a.m. Interment was in St.
Kieran Cemetery. Relatives and
friends may call at the Bryant
Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave.,
Berlin on Monday from 5 to 8
p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made in his memory to a
charity of one’s choice. Online
guestbook at www.bryantfuner
Ruth A. Walker
Leo Albert Roy
BERLIN–Leo Albert Roy, 85,
passed away on Friday, May 16,
2014 after a period of declining
health. He had resided at Presidential Oakes in Concord for the
past 14 months.
Roy was born in Berlin on
June 17, 1928, the son of the late
Albert and Bertha Roy. He was
a graduate of Notre Dame High
School Class of 1946 and served
in the U.S. Army during the
Occupation of Japan. He married
the love of his life on Feb. 20,
1950. He held various jobs in
Berlin and retired as Postmaster
in Colebrook in 1988. After
retirement he enjoyed traveling
with his wife Rita to England,
France and to Alaska for their
50th anniversary. He also
enjoyed visiting family and had
a passion of playing racquetball.
He is survived by his four
children, Raymond and wife
Lynne of Milford, Louise and
husband Ron of Sterling Heights,
Mich., Richard and wife Mary of
Concord, and David and wife
Rushaniya of Houston, Tex., four
Walker, 89, of John Walker
Road, died at her son’s home on
Sunday evening, May 18, 2014,
in Jefferson.
Walker was born in Morrisplains, N.J., on April 25, 1925,
the daughter of Charles and
Dorothy (Willey) Enman. She
attended schools in Morrisplains
and Morristown, N.J., moving to
Jefferson in 1944. That same
year, she met her husband, Richard H. Walker, and married him
in 1945. When Richard predeceased her in 2005, they had
been married for 60 years. For a
time she worked for the hot
lunch program in the Jefferson
and Lancaster schools. Ruth
enjoyed crafts and loved going to
Surviving family members
include a son, Thomas Walker
and his wife Alberta of Jefferson;
two daughters, Lora Ruth Ashton and husband Gary of Barton,
Vt., Dorothy Wright and husband Gary of Fresno, Calif.; 9
grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elaine
Kenison of Port Orchard, Wash.,
Marietta Ingerson of Jefferson,
Barbara Connel of Sandy, Utah.
She was also predeceased by five
brothers, Robert, Donald, Char-
lie, Lawrence, Bruce, and a sister, Eleanor Cloyd.
Visiting hours were held
Wednesday evening, May 21, fat
Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster. A funeral service was
held on Thursday afternoon at 2
p.m. at the Jefferson Christian
Church. Reverend Dean Stiles,
Pastor, will officiate. Burial followed in the Forest Vale Cemetery in Jefferson.
Donations may be made in her
memory to The Jefferson Christian Church, c/o Opal Bronson,
P.O. Box 81, Jefferson, NH
to for more information or to send an online condolence.
Carter Goodwin of St. Johnsbury, Vt., passed away on May
14, 2014, at Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster after a period of
declining health. She was 91
years old.
She was the daughter of Levi
Hubbard Carter and Ruth Ward
Carter of Gilman, Vt., born in
March 1923. She attended Dalton High School walking six
miles to and from school from her
home in Gilman.
She worked in the Gilman
Paper Mill during World War II.
She married Oral Goodwin in
1951 and they lived in Hartford,
Connecticut for a time until moving to Gilman, and then St.
She is predeceased by her
husband and one son, Lance
Carter Goodwin. She was predeceased by her parents, her sisters, Virginia DiMaria and
Marjorie Brunette, and her
brothers, Lester Dixon and Clifford W. Carter, Sr. She is survived by her brother, Richard G.
Carter, of South Burlington, Vt.,
as well as several nieces and
At Helen's request, there will
be no visiting hours or funeral
services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Weeks
Medical Center, 173 Middle St.,
Lancaster, NH, or to a charity of
one's choice.
Please go to
for more information or to send
an online condolence. Bailey
Funeral Home is in charge of
Ingerson, 76, of the McKee Inn,
died Sunday evening May 18,
2014, at the Catholic Medical
Center in Manchester.
Ingerson was born in Lebanon
on Sept. 4, 1937, the daughter of
Frederick and Vera (Messier)
Burgess. She was raised there
and later moved to Jefferson
when she married Raymond H.
Ingerson, Jr. Sonja loved to read
and cook and for a time spent her
winters in Arizona. She once
served as supervisor of checklist
in Jefferson. For several years
she has resided in Lancaster.
Surviving family members
include her children Karen
Hewitt of Ariz.; Fredrick Ingerson and Carrie of Jefferson; Justine Ingerson of Twin Mountain,
Lisa Parks and Pete Whitney of
Lancaster, Michael Hatfield and
Tracie of Jefferson; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Raymond and two sons,
James Ingerson and Richard
Services will be held at the
convenience of the family. Donations may be sent to Bailey
Funeral Home, 210 Main St.,
Lancaster to help defray funeral
to for more information or to send an online condolence.
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NORTH STRATFORD–Miriam “Mag” Anne (Gleason) Sweatt, 72, of North Stratford, died
peacefully at The Pines Rehabilitation Center in Lyndonville,
Vt., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
after a lengthy illness with her
family by her side.
Born in Colebrook on April 9,
1942, a daughter of Clement and
Mary (Cummings) Gleason, she
was a resident of North Stratford
most of her life. Miriam was a
graduate of Stratford Public
School in 1960. She loved to go
Miriam is survived by her
husband of 46 years, Frederick
“Fred” Sweatt of North Stratford;
her three children, Kevin Sweatt
and wife Linnea of Sanford, N.C.;
Jason “Sweatty” Sweatt of North
Stratford; and Cheryl Goulet and
husband Brian of Groveton; four
grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and several nieces and
nephews. She was predeceased
by her parents and three siblings; Constance, Willard and
At Miriam’s request, there
will be no public services. A private family service will be held
at the convenience of the family
Funeral Home in Groveton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to either
the Alzheimer’s Foundation of
America, 322 Eighth Ave.’ 7th
Floor’ New York, NY 10001 or to
Norris Cotton Cancer Center;
D-H/Geisel Office of Development, Office of Gift Recording;
One Medical Center Drive, Hinman Box 7070, Lebanon, NH
03756-0001. To send the family
your condolences via the online
register book, one may go to
COLEBROOK–Robert L. Burrill, 80, of Colebrook, passed
away on April 27, 2014. A graveside committal service with military honors will be held at 11
a.m. on Friday, May 23, at St.
Brendan’s Cemetery with The
Rev. Craig Cheney officiating.
Expressions of sympathy in
memory of Burrill may be made
to the FFA program, c/o Chris
Brady at the CMHS, School St.,
Canaan, VT 05903.
Funeral arrangements are
under the direction of Jenkins
and Newman Funeral Home in
c/o David Covill, Pittsburg
School, School St., Pittsburg,
NH 03592, for the purpose of
helping local children who may
otherwise not be able to afford to
attend the summer golf program
at the Colebrook Country Club.
Funeral arrangements are
under the direction of Jenkins
and Newman Funeral Home in
Bergeron, 94, formerly of
Groveton, passed away peacefully at the home of her son
Chuck in Wantage Twp, N.J. on
Dec. 29, 2013. Born Oct. 6, 1919,
in Groveton as Theodora Pearl
Clark, she attended Groveton
High School and cosmetology
school in Boston. During her
many years, Theodora worked in
the office at the Groveton Paper
Company and was then self-employed as a cosmetologist.
A graveside service is planned
to honor her memory on Saturday, May 24 in the Northumberland Cemetery in Groveton. The
service will be held at 12 noon.
Local arrangements are
entrusted to the care of Armstrong-Charron Funeral Home in
Groveton. Donations in her memory would be preferred and may
be made (checks) to Groveton
Bergeron Memorial Fund for the
Elderly, and can be mailed to
Chuck Bergeron, 24 Northfield
Drive, Sussex, NJ 07461. To offer
Shahan, 81, of Colebrook, passed
away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013,
at her residence. A graveside
committal service will be held at
9 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, at
the Colebrook Village Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy in
memory of Ramona may be made
to the Colebrook Area Food Pantry, 55 Pleasant St., Colebrook,
NH 03576.
Funeral arrangements are
under the direction of Jenkins
and Newman Funeral Home in
CONCORD–Joan M. Angwin,
age 81, died Thursday, March 13,
at The Birches of Concord. She
was born in Laconia, daughter of
the late Victor and Marium
Dockham. She was a graduate of
Laconia High School. Joan,
along with her husband, were
owner operators of Camp Driftwood, located on Back Lake in
Pittsburg for many years.
She was predeceased by her
husband Forrest G. Angwin Sr.
who died in 2013. She is survived
by her two sons Rick Angwin and
his wife Kathy, and Forrest
“Bud”Angwin II.
Graveside services will be
held on Saturday, May 24, at
1:30 p.m. at the Blossom Hill
Cemetery in Concord.
PITTSBURG–Paul A. Thibeault, 93, of Pittsburg, died May
6, 2014, at the Upper Connecticut
Colebrook. A graveside committal service with military honors
will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday,
May 23, at the Indian Stream
Cemetery in Pittsburg. A reception will follow at the Community Hall in Pittsburg.
Expressions of sympathy in
memory of Paul Thibeault may
be made to the Paul A. Thibeault
Memorial Golf Scholarship Fund,
“Millie” P. Colby, 78, of Bloomfield, passed away on Jan. 19,
2014, at the Upper Connecticut
Valley Hospital in Colebrook. A
graveside committal service will
be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday,
May 24, at St. Brendan’s Cemetery with The Rev. Craig Cheney
Expressions of sympathy in
memory of Mildred Colby may be
made to the Two Rivers Ride for
Cancer, c/o R. Mulliken, Spring
Street, Colebrook, NH 03576.
Funeral arrangements are
under the direction of Jenkins
and Newman Funeral Home in
Elida “Ida” M. Giguere, 95, of
West Stewartstown passed away
peacefully at her residence on
March 22, 2014. A graveside
committal service will be held at
1 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, at
St. Albert’s Cemetery with The
Rev. Craig Cheney officiating.
Expressions of sympathy in
memory of Mrs. Giguere may be
made to the Two Rivers Ride for
Cancer, c/o R. Mulliken, Spring
Street, Colebrook, NH 03576.
Funeral arrangements are
under the direction of Jenkins
and Newman Funeral Home in
Friday, May 23, 2014
Business Directory
Stewartstown, NH
Additions • Garages • Houses • Camps
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For Sale
your entire home and hot water.
EPA Qualified. Call today, 1-800295-8301. (603) 237-8301. 6/27
Buying snowmobiles, ATVs and
motorcycles. Call (603) 5386963 or (802) 334-1603. TFN
26 HP Sears garden tractor with
50-inch mower deck and 46-inch
snowblower. $500. Call 6361614. 5/30
Sofa and matching chair, very
good condition, very clean. Make
an offer—negotiable. Can be seen
at Rolande Maurais. 246-8225.
SHARP 2003 Buick LeSabre
Limited—95,000 miles. Good
condition. Heated leather seats.
Runs great. New front brakes and
rotors. New tires. Needs rear
brake pads and rotors. KBB
value, $5,100. Asking $4,000.
Call (802) 328-4043 after 7 p.m.
or leave message. 5/23
Music Lessons: Guitar, Ukulele,
Dulcimer, and Voice. Children
ages 5-8 for $60/month, includes
instrumental rental. All other
Friday, May 23, 2014
Call (603) 246-8998
students, $75, instrument rental
$15. Roberta’s Studio, (603) 3311628. TFN
Maintenance and Repairs. (603)
538-9159. 5/23
Farm Fresh
1667 days or (603) 636-1304
nights. 10/3
$600 monthly. Security and
references required. 5/23
Help Wanted
House for rent, Columbia: on Rte.
3, 2-3 bedrooms, big lawn. (603)
489-8270. 6/6
Help Wanted: First Run, now
accepting applications and
resumes, Main St., Colebrook.
104 Colby Street, Colebrook
Plus…Building Salvage
& Assorted Furnishings
Open: Tues.-Fri. 9-5
Sat. 9-12
NH Job Seekers Wanted to
attend a 3-week Tuition Free
WorkReadyNH training offered
by White Mountains Community
College. Gain or sharpen the
skills employers want. Classes
start soon in Littleton (5/12),
Conway (6/2) and Berlin (6/9).
Call 342 – 3099 to register.
*Personal Care Attendant*
needed for Colebrook NH. Every
other weekend, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
and 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Personal
care (shower assist, dressing,
transfers), homemaking and meal
prep. Must be capable of lifting.
Background checks mandatory.
Smoking household with a cat
and dog. Apply online at or email your
[email protected], or call
Maureen at 603-410-6512. 6/6
Clean-outs—buying the contents
of old barns, garages, homes,
outbuildings, etc. What have you?
Call Tom P., 788-5566. 5/23
World War II items, vehicles,
equipment, personal items,
souvenirs, ammunition, etc. Also,
older military items wanted. Call
Tom P., 788-5566. 5/23
Top dollar paid for junk cars and
trucks. Also, steel, batteries,
aluminum cans. Call (603) 636-
2005 Pontiac Vibe--33,300 miles
One Owner, Mature non smoker
Front wheel drive, 4 door wagon
4 cylinder, dark grey color
Dealer serviced all records on hand
Florida car no rust
Car can be seen anytime @ 531 Bungy Rd Columbia
No home phone-Work phone 237-8200 M-F 10-5
Current retail blue book 9,712.00
Asking 7,500 OBO
For Rent
For rent-Groveton—West Street.
Very nice one bedroom ground
floor apartment with garage and
porch. Heated, hot water and
refrigerator. Washer and dryer
hookup. Call (603) 636-1588.
Are you a Naturist or just
interested in Naturism? Do you
live in Essex. Coos or Oxford
counties or southern Quebec?
[email protected]
for more info. 5/23
Cemetery monuments sold new,
installed, cleaned, death date
engraved. Dana Nordberg, (603)
348-3200. 10/3
Gourmet cupcakes for all your
special occasions! Contact Sinful
Sweets For Your Thighs Only at
(802) 266-3653 or find us on
Facebook. 5/23
Yard Sales
Community yard sale and picnic
event. Families, clubs, crafters,
and church rummage sale! Saturday, May 24, 9-2; Monadnock
Congregational Church, 147
Main Street. (Rain date: May 31).
Flea Market & Bake Sale: Saturday, May 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at
Fletcher Park, Canaan, Vt. Help
support the Canaan Recreation
Park. 5/23
Yard Sale—Sat., May 24, in Pittsburg. Across from Hicks Hardware. Rain date: Sunday. 5/23
SALE! 8 A.M.-2 P.M.—222 NH
RTE. 145, Clarksville, NH. Halfmile north of West Road. Men’s,
women’s and children’s clothing
and shoes, women’s accessories
and handbags, baby gear and toys
Discovery toys, kitchen gadgets,
matching dining room table, 6
chairs, and buffet, and so much
more! **Everything sold as
Yard sale: 1434 Halls Stream
Road (3 miles up), Pittsburg. Sat.,
Sun. & Mon., 5/24-5/26, 8:30
a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. Serious
downsizing: 20’ and 40’ ext. ladders, Keurig, paint ball guns, Wii
system, air cond., microwave,
TV’s, helmet, small kitchen appliances, large variety of items.
ISO child’s wagon. 5/23
Barn sale: Fri. & Sat., May 23-24,
9 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine.
Champagne residence, 125 Ladd
Road, Stewartstown (5 mi. north
of Colebrook). Antiques, collectibles, furniture, vintage toys,
tools, knick-knacks, books, movies, old sap buckets, old bottles,
housewares, wooden advertising
boxes and much more! Over 20
years of collecting—we’re cleaning out barn and sheds. Don’t
miss it! 5/23
Lots of great items. New 275
Gallon Large Water Tank--Stores
and dispense water, Mounted to
steel frame pallet for easy
transport. 4-way fork access.
Tools, house furniture, some
garden tools. Great Sears radial
arm saw and more. Where: 1479
Halls Stream Rd., Pittsburg; 3
miles in from entering Halls
Stream Rd., Barn on the left. Near
Beecher Falls, Vt. /Pittsburg.
MON 26. TIME: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Garage sale: 24 Colby St. May
23-25. 8a- 4p. Kitchen island,
pans, etc. Lots of gently used
name-brand clothing/shoes for
infants/toddlers (Birth-2t). Lots
of toys for boys/girls. Infant
swing, bouncer and chair in great
condition. Maternity wear and
name-brand women's clothing
size (M/L or 8-10) and size 10
shoes. Flat computer screen.
Window screens, old windows
and old doors. Lots more. Come
rain or shine! 5/23
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Colebrook Chronicle
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May 16
Profile School 4, Pittsburg-Canaan 6
From the left, Veterans Dennis Charron, Dan Fogg, Dan Peel and John Platt were participants in the
Groveton High School recognition of veterans recently, and threw out opening game balls. Tina McKenzie
Groveton High School Varsity Softball Team for 2014: Front, from left, Lydia Donavan, Alicia Lesperance,
Hailleigh Martin, April Smith, Brianna Mosher, Cecillia Brooks. Back, Asst. Coach, Richard McKenzie,
Danielle Bilodeau, Abbey Pelletier, Tanisha Singer, Grace King, Jordain Goulet, Alyssa Blodgett, Coach
John Rooney. Tina McKenzie photo.
Left photo: Averill Herr of the Pittsburg-Canaan Yellow Jackets slides into third base, manned by Jessa
Kennett of the Colebrook Mohawks, during Wednesday night's game in Pittsburg. The final score of the
evening was Colebrook 8, Pittsburg-Canaan 6. Right photo: After hitting a big triple, Brandon Marsh of
the Colebrook Mohawks leaps onto third base, covered by Justin Lindor of the Pittsburg-Canaan Yellow
Jackets, during Wednesday's game in Pittsburg. Angela Wheeler photos.
Lisbon 9, Groveton 12
May 19
Groveton 9, Profile School 7
May 21
Colebrook 8, Pittsburg-Canaan
Gorham 5, Groveton 17
Page 24
The Colebrook Chronicle
Friday, May 23, 2014
May 23
Lin-Wood at Groveton
May 27
Pittsburg-Canaan at Littleton
Groveton at Colebrook
May 29
Groveton at Colebrook
May 23
Lin-Wood at Groveton
May 27
Pittsburg-Canaan at Littleton
Groveton at Colebrook
May 29
Gorham at Pittsburg-Canaan
Groveton at Colebrook
May 16
Profile School 12, Pittsburg-Canaan 0
Lisbon 8, Groveton 1
May 19
Groveton 4, Profile School 12
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