Dublin Day
Saturday, July 20th, 2013
8:30 am to 3 pm, Yankee Field, Route 101
Free Parking & Entrance

By Jen Bergeron

The Dublin Recreation Committee invites you to our annual Dublin Day Celebration. Activities, entertainment, food, and music will be ongoing throughout the day. Crafters and artisans will be selling various items. Times listed below may be subject to change. Join us for a fun day!


7:15   Registration for Terry Dwyer Memorial 5K Run/Walk Road Race

8:30   5K Run/Walk Road Race (awards immediately following)

9:30   Children’s Fun Run

10 – 2    Friendly Farm Petting Zoo, Dunk Tank (come see who will be dunked this year!), Face Painting by Linda Abram

10 – 3   Children’s Bouncy House, Children’s Craft Table by Dublin Community Preschool, Kid’s Games provided by Dublin Summer Playground, Arts & Crafts Booths, Bits & Pieces, 24’ Portable Rock Climbing Wall (staffed by professionals)

10:30   Crowning of Miss Dublin (look for places to vote for Miss Dublin around town soon!)

11 – 2   Pony Rides


10 – 12   Silver Lining Youth Circus Company from Temple

11 – 2   Sherry the Balloon Lady

11:30   The NH Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipes and Drums

11:30 – 2:30   Caricatures by Justin Contois

11:45 – 2:45   Gap Mountain Band (musicians from Dublin)

1:30 – 2:30   Junction 1-3-5 Barbershop Quartet


8 – 11   Coffee, tea, juice, and doughnuts sold by Dublin Community Church Sunday School

10:30 – 3   Homemade lemonade sold by Dublin Community Preschool

11 – 3   Burgers, hot dogs, soda, chips sold by Dublin Consolidated School PTO, Pizza and soda sold by Dublin Community Church Sunday School. Also, French fries, sweet potato fries, fried dough, chicken fingers; BBQ pork sandwiches, Kettle corn and Brian Barden’s famous homemade ice cream

Dublin Day is sponsored by the Recreation Committee: Vira Elder, Chair; Dan Albert, Jen Bergeron, Kelly Blanchette, Mike Caron, Ken McAleer, and Becky Stapleton. For more information, contact Jen Bergeron at 563-8308 or jberge@nullmyfairpoint.net.


Dublin Public Library

The Dublin Public Library presents “Dig into Reading” during its summer library program. Beginning Wednesday, July 3, readers of all ages can explore all things underground as we dig into gardening, dinosaurs, construction vehicles, animals that live underground, Ancient Egypt, caves, rocks and more.

The 2013 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult. Registration is not necessary and you may attend one or all programs Wednesdays, July 3 through August 7. It begins in the multi-purpose room in the lower level of the library at 10 am with books, activities and crafts.

Chat, Eat and Read begins July 8 at 6:30 pm. A book read aloud, thoughts shared, Mad Libs and some surprises as well as pizza provide a fun night for children who want a night out at the library. We ask that participants are entering 4th grade or higher to participate in this program.

If you take time to read during the summer…see the library display of books that have been popular since last summer. There will also be books on the Battle of Gettysburg, observing the 150th anniversary of the battle. Throughout the summer some of the books you always wanted to read but never had time to will be displayed, inviting you to take them home to read.


And the Mountain Echoed by K. Hosseini
The Blossom Sisters by F. Michaels
Life after Life by K. Atkinson
An Introduction to Computers for Children by D. Adonis
E.B. White on Dogs by E.B. White
The Redeemer by J. Nesbo
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s by J. K. Coste


 An Enlightening Library Talk

By Kim Allis

Rusty Bastedo promised swash buckling and he delivered during his illustrated talk titled “How and Why the British Discovered North America” last month at the Dublin Public Library. He also left the audience with this familiar but worth-repeating truism: “History repeats itself, Empires come and go, and if you can accept that, you can make contingency plans.”

Along the way, interesting strategies were described: for example, Queen Elizabeth never invested in a navy or in exploration like the Spanish and the Portuguese did. Instead she rewarded British pirates who preyed on French and Spanish ships, which were returning from the new world laden with the exotic cargo. She also kept her hard-won power centralized in her court by being a serial houseguest, forcing her noble hosts to pay the bill while she, with all of her retinue, was in residence. Thus she ensured their lack of discretionary income that might be used to raise an army against her.

Such items as food, the search for and lack thereof, are shown to have hugely important effects on, say, the development of navigational tools, which led to sailing further abroad, which led to…Rusty Bastedo describing it all in a most entertaining fashion, with a unique and interesting perspective that we hope he will turn into a book someday soon. It would certainly liven up the history classroom!

Kim Allis is on the board of The Advocate.

Save the date!
Annual Meeting and gathering of the Dublin Historical Society
on Friday, August 23rd at the home of
Nick & Regina Silitch, Lake Road.
Details to follow.

News from the DCF

By Rosemary Mack

The Dublin Community Foundation has recently completed its funding for 2013. This year the Foundation provided funding to assist Dublin youth in the following programs: the Dublin Playground Summer Program, DCS/PTO Literacy Program, Dublin Baseball Boosters, Dublin Community Preschool, Dublin Women’s Club, DCS Ski Program, Camp Takodah, Wol’s Nest, Monadnock Music’s Lend an Ear program at DCS, and NH Dance Institute in support of its Dublin participants. DCF also provided partial funding of the Harris Center and Cornucopia’s programs at DCS.

Four residents of Dublin who are graduating seniors were awarded higher education scholarships: Shelby Bourgoine, Lauren Mackey, Zachary Mackey and Trenton Mills.

DCF would like to thank the many Dublin residents whose generous donations made these contributions possible.

Established in 1966, the primary mission of DCF has been to provide financial assistance as needed to ensure that all Dublin children are able to participate in school and community programs. DCF is a private foundation within the meaning of section 509 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Rosemary Mack is president of the DCF.


Yankee Barn Sale in Dublin

The 32nd annual Yankee Barn Sale is set for Saturday, July 27, from 9 am to 2 pm.

Employees of Yankee Publishing Inc. and residents of the local area will be selling their attic treasures at the Yankee Field on Rte. 101, just east of Peter Pap Oriental Rugs.

Treasures come in all shapes and sizes in approximately 80 selling spaces. Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England, Inc. will be one of several nonprofits selling items to help support their work. Refreshments will be available in the sales area.

Parking is $1.00 and entry into the parking area will be from Monument Road. Watch for signs.

In case of inclement weather, listen to local radio stations Saturday morning starting at 7 am. If it should rain, the Barn Sale will be held on Sunday, July 28.

Stop in for great bargains, good food, and lots of fun.


More College Graduates

Maria Carabello graduated from the University of Vermont on May 19th magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences and a minor in Anthropology. She also graduated with Honors from UVM’s Honors College. Maria lives in Burlington and is working full-time for Lake Champlain Chocolates. In the fall, she will begin a Master of Science in Food Systems program, which will be funded by a Teaching/Research Assistantship Award. She is the daughter of Paul and Cathy.

On June 4, Abigail Levene graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. A member of the track and field and cross-country teams, Abigail received the Myers Award for distinction in scholarship, athletic performance, and character. In the fall, she will attend graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the daughter of Susan Peters and Dr. Steven Levene.

It is never too late to email announcements about
your graduates to DublinAdvocate@nullgmail.com.


“Dublin Horsepower” at Historical Society Museum

By Rusty Bastedo

The 1841 Schoolhouse Museum, located on Dublin’s Main Street, will be open 12 to 2 on weekends, July 1 through September 1. The largest part of the Schoolhouse collections were gathered for the 1852 centennial of the Town of Dublin, with more materials gathered for celebration of the nation’s 1876 centennial.

These collections allow us to feature Dublin when automobiles had not yet been invented. How did Dublin farmers and manufacturers get their goods to market before trucks and cars? By wagon, that’s how, wagons powered by six- and eight-horse teams, with a drover overseeing the journeys on New England’s dirt roads.

In the winter, deep snows, blown in over treeless fields, would slow traffic; mud season did the same. It was a hard life, but schedules were kept pretty well, and farmers’ goods rolled from Dublin to the canals at Concord and at Manchester, then down to Boston by boat and out into the world. Dublin-made leather boots and shoes, sewn together on the farms, were found on the feet of plantation workers in the southern states, and in Caribbean sugar cane fields. Dublin farm goods found their way to world markets, sometimes via Worcester, Mass., and in exchange palm fronds, used for making hats, were shipped to county stores by wagon.

Learn all about these pre-Civil War trades, and about others as well, this summer at Dublin’s Museum.

Russell Bastedo is a member of the Dublin Historical Society and has been on the staff of the Advocate since its inception.


DCS Art2Mark Ragonese and all DCS children created this masterpiece.

News from the Dublin Consolidated School

By May Clark

By now the Dublin Summer Playground Program is in full swing at DCS, and I’m sure all those children are having a wonderful time under Eliot Pelletier’s able leadership. But the end of the school year is worth reporting on, even though it’s a few weeks old. As I reported in the June Advocate, we had an artist in residence for two days at the end of May. Mark Ragonese worked wonders with all of our kids on May 28 and 29, coming up with a finished product that many people have told us they would love to have in their own living rooms! It is a truly gorgeous wall mural made of wooden puzzle pieces. Every child and most of the adults had a piece of it, and it came together beautifully.

Though we missed our usual water fun day due to what seemed like weeks and weeks of rain, we did have a tremendously successful first annual Art Day, brainstormed and executed by our art teacher, Carole Storro, and Jeannie Connolly, director of ConVal Arts Enrichment. All the classes had one sort or other of presentation for parents during the last week — and the work everyone completed was prodigious!

Fifth graders cooked, served, and enjoyed a meal for and with their parents, and their graduation on June 13 was lovely. All of our staff members and volunteers deserve a huge thank you for all the help they gave us in the last weeks of school. I know next year will bring even more wonders!

May Clark is Teaching Principal at DCS and can be reached at mclark@nullconval.edu.


Four Win Trustees Scholarships

By Tim Clark

Four Dublin students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships by the Trustees of the Trust Funds. Two are currently in college and having their grants renewed, and the other two are graduating from high school this spring.

Shelby Bourgoine, the daughter of Larry Bourgoine and Emily Brnger, plans to study nursing at Keene State College. Shelby has been very active in the Dublin Community Church as a childcare giver and deacon, and with the Big Brother/Big Sister program.

Nicholas Jadaszewski, who is the son of Eric Jadaszewski and Jeannine Dunne, graduated from ConVal in 2012 and has just completed his first year at Keene State College, majoring in Substance Abuse and Addictions. Nick is interested in needle exchanges, which slow the spread of AIDS.

Lauren Mackey, the daughter of Anne Mackey of Dublin and Scott Mackey of Antrim, is a familiar figure around town, having worked at the Dublin General Store for two years in addition to her involvement with the Dublin Engine Meet and the Women’s Club Beach. She will attend Clark University next year to study psychology. Lauren is also a star of the ConVal softball team, which recently won a state championship.

Kayla Sandford, the daughter of Neil and Elaine Sandford, a 2012 graduate of Fairwood Bible Institute, will continue her online studies through Regent University, majoring in English with an emphasis on creative writing. This summer she is going to the Middle East to teach English for six weeks.

Tim Clark is one of three trustees on the Dublin Scholarship Committee. He serves with Cassie Cleverly and Mary Loftis.


This photo taken by Edith Jenkins on Memorial Day captures the high stepping of the Sea Cadets, some of whom are Dublin residents. They include Sarah Letourneau, Nick Graves (left rifle), and Ben Graves (holding the Unit Flag).
This photo taken by Edith Jenkins on Memorial Day captures the high stepping of the Sea Cadets, some of whom are Dublin residents. They include Sarah Letourneau, Nick Graves (left rifle), and Ben Graves (holding the Unit Flag).


The People Who Do the Work

By Mary Loftis

Susan Ellingwood’s 3rd graders at DCS recently concluded a study of the Dublin folks who “make our world go ‘round,” people like Brian Barden, Margaret Schillemat, Jim Letourneau, Sterling Abram, May Clark and Margaret Gurney, to name just a few. At a recent evening event, Mrs. Ellingwood explained that this project grew out of the elementary Social Studies curriculum, which begins in Kindergarten with a study of the family and extends outward to the school community and the larger community. She explained that the students, through interviewing townspeople whose jobs and volunteer activities that make our town what it is, became aware that future history is being created every day.

At the evening event, students read stories based on interviews, which they presented to their subjects along with a watercolor portrait. These portraits and stories were compiled in a hand-bound book for each child to keep, with an additional copy to be presented to the Dublin Library for the public.

Mrs. Ellingwood said that she and her students were impressed by the number of townspeople who expressed the importance of “giving back” to the community. She felt that this common spirit provided a valuable example to her 3rd graders.

Mary Loftis is on the board of The Advocate.


K Horgan Manages Many Jobs in Dublin’s Fire Department

By Ramona Branch

Taking care of people takes center stage for K Horgan. In her professional life, K is a pediatric nurse with Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services in Keene, working with moms and their babies during pregnancy and following delivery. In Dublin, K has three jobs – Deputy Chief/EMS, Deputy Emergency Management Director and Health Officer.

K joined the fire department in 1998 as an emergency medical technician. (Later she trained and also became a fire fighter.) She is an EMT-Intermediate and is certified to provide medical care to patients as well as start IVs, administer medications and do heart monitoring and defibrillation. At the present time Dublin has two other EMTs: Chief Vanderbilt and Andy Freeman are both certified as level EMT-B. K, Andy, and Chief Vanderbilt attend monthly trainings with the Peterborough Fire Department to keep their licenses active and up-to-date.

K’s work as Deputy Emergency Management Director falls under the umbrella of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management of the federal government. In this function, K works closely with Chief Vanderbilt (who is the Town’s Emergency Management Director) coordinating communications locally and at the State level, anything to do with fire/rescue, provision of needed services, and overseeing emergency medical supplies, which are utilized if an emergency shelter must be opened. A significant aspect of this job is keeping current a three-ring binder that includes 911 maps with the location of every Dublin residence with the names of each person who occupies the home labeled with their mobility and health status.

K developed Dublin’s “Neighbor Helping Neighbor Program,” which plays an integral role if an emergency situation occurs. The backbone of this program is a network of residents who have volunteered to look out for the safety of their neighbors during an emergency. This group was activated for the very first time during the Ice Storm of 2008. During an emergency event, K will email her volunteers for feedback on what has happened on the representatives’ street and whether anyone on their street requires any help during the event. At the present time, K says she has approximately 40 volunteers for the program but needs more. She said she is planning to send out another survey this fall and hopefully more folks will sign on. Ideally, she would like to see one “Neighbor-helping-Neighbor” volunteer on each road. The very best would be to have two volunteers on each road!

K has three children, Jillian, 30, in New London, CT; Timothy, 28 in Keene; and Spenser, 22, in Allston, MA. She also has two grandsons, ages 6 and 8.

[Writer’s Note: This is the fourth story in a series featuring members of the Dublin Volunteer Fire Department.]

 Ramona Branch is a freelance writer and is on the staff of The Advocate.


Friends and Neighbors of the Mountain

Save the date: On Sunday, August 18, Monadnock Eastern Slope Association (MESA) will hold its Annual Meeting and Potluck Picnic, with the picnic beginning at 5 pm and meeting and speaker to follow. The featured speaker is Patrick Hummel, Manager of Monadnock State Park. MESA is a nonprofit corporation committed to supporting the preservation and stewardship of Mt. Monadnock and its surrounding hills. Please visit www.mesa-nh.org for more information.


New Officer Already At Work

By Margaret Gurney

Chief Letourneau and Master Patrolman Suokko welcomed a new officer to town in late May. Dan Cheshire has moved back to New England from six and a half years in Juneau, Alaska, to serve in town and join his wife Cindy and their two-year-old daughter Ainslie on Old Marlborough Rd. His family preceded him to NH to escape the climate and benefit from the medical facilities. Both parents are originally from NH; Dan is from Nashua and Cindy from Manchester.

Officer Dan Cheshire (at right) welcomed by Master Patrolman Suokko.
Officer Dan Cheshire (at right) welcomed by Master Patrolman Suokko.

“In just the first couple of weeks, I’m already getting to know people around town, everyone’s so receptive and friendly,” said Officer Cheshire. “Plus, it’s great to work in a community that’s so supportive, which is a change from Alaska.”

While he’s used to bear reports, the police work in Dublin is different from Juneau, which has “big city” problems largely related to alcohol abuse. Cheshire welcomes the new challenges this job offers. “There’s no comparison between the two [jobs]. In the past couple of weeks I’m learning to adjust my approach on some things…”.

Cheshire got his undergraduate degree in psychology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, and his master’s in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.

Best of all, Cheshire and his wife, who works in Keene, want to buy a house in town. “I’m looking to set some roots down,” he said. “It’s great the Chief was seeking someone who could offer consistency and stability, because I plan to stick around. Plus, it’s beneficial for a family to have some stability. It’s a win-win, basically.”

Cheshire encourages townspeople to introduce themselves. “This is a relationship between the police department, the officers and community, so I would like to get to know as many people in town as I can.”

In addition to tackling police duties, Cheshire plans to be on hand at local schools, Dublin Days, and other town events.

Let’s join the department in welcoming our new officer to town.

Margaret Gurney is editor of The Advocate.


A Conversation with Jane Holmes & Chris Gallagher

By Rusty Bastedo

Jane Holmes was born in the Bronx, but raised in Miami. She attended the University of Florida at Gainesville, and trained as a speech pathologist, working with children from birth to three years old.

Chris Gallagher grew up in Pittsfield, MA, a manufacturing town that lost its biggest employer, General Electric, while he was a child. Chris attended the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in West Hartford and has worked at Crotched Mountain Center, Catholic Charities and Monadnock Family Services.

Jane and Chris met in the early 1980s, when both were working at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, in Greenfield, NH.

Jane and Chris GallagherJane was living in Dublin, and when they married in 1984, Chris and Jane decided to stay in Dublin. They first met their neighbors during the great By-Pass Controversy, when Harrisville and Dublin, acting separately, succeeded in denying the building of a super-highway through the Monadnock Highlands. [Readers seeking information about this controversy can read Chapters 11 and 12 of Village on a Hill: A History of Dublin, NH 1752-2000, by Tom Hyman.]

In 1995, Chris began his involvement with Dublin Baseball, meeting many more neighbors whose children, ages 5 through 12, played at Dublin Baseball Field as part of the area’s Cal Ripken League.

For the past 17 years Chris has worked at Cheshire Medical Center, in Keene; Jane has worked at ‘Rise…for baby & family’ for 30 of its 31 years. The Gallaghers are long-time Dubliners who raised their children here: Clare is 27 and Brendan, 23. Jane is a Trustee on the Library Board and Chris just won Citizen of the Year at Town Meeting. They say they enjoy being a part of Dublin’s fabric.

Russell Bastedo has served on the staff of The Advocate since its inception.


Dublin School Announces Awards

At Dublin School an award is given by the Academic Dean to that student who has achieved the highest standard of excellence in his studies, and embodied the values set forth in the mission of Dublin School. This year the award was won by Charlie Imhoff, 2013 summa cum laude.

Charlie Imhoff wins top academic award.
Charlie Imhoff wins top academic award.

Other awards received by Dublin resident students are Athletic Awards: Tatum Wilson – MVP Nordic; Jesse Garret-Larsen – MCP JV Basketball & Coaches Award Crew; Phoebe Bride – MVP Cross Country & Most Improved Nordic; Charlie Imhoff – Most Improved Mountain Biking; and Colin Sistare – MVP Varsity Basketball & 1000 Point Club.

The Charles Latham, Jr. Distinguished Teacher Award honors an outstanding faculty member each school year. The recipient is chosen by the Head of School, Academic Dean, Student Class Representatives and someone at large. This year the award was given to Alicia Hammond.


Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Exhibit
Expressive Voice: Landscape of Emotion
June 7–July 26, 2013, reopens August 30-November 17, 2013

This exhibit explores the continued presence of Boston Expressionism in contemporary works by artists known for their distinctive blend of visionary painting that includes dark humor, religious mysticism, and social commentary. It showcases the historical roots of the Expressionism movement from the 1930s through the 1960s. The exhibit was curated from the Permanent Collection at the Danforth Art Museum in Framingham MA. Admission is free.

Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery (www.keene.edu/tsag) is located on Wyman Way at Keene State College; call 358-2720.


Summer Music Series at the DCC

By Barbara Summers

Our summer music program at the Dublin Community Church features several music groups, as well as individuals, who will perform at the regular church service at 9 am, during July and August. (As a reminder, on June 30, when the service is still at 10 am, Olga Litvintsova will play a Schubert program on violin.)

Then in July, when the 9 am services begin, we have the Monadnock Brass Quintet on July 7, Scott Mullet and the Jazz Quartet on the 14th, and the Hancock Village Ringers on the 21st. Music on July 28 will be David and Joy Flemming, Flute and Bassoon.

Barbara Summers is Director of Music at Dublin Community Church.



Peter’s Pondering

By Peter Hewitt

Happy Birthday John Deere.

I am now surrounded by green and yellow yard equipment. Lawn mowers, pick-up trucks and rakes. Which reminds me of an unusual tribute to a company by the state of its location.

We lived in the mid-west in the sixties when John Deere celebrated its one-hundredth birthday.

That year the Illinois license plates were green with yellow numbers on them.

Peter Hewitt retired to RiverMead a few years ago along with several other former Dublin residents.


We Dig Our Teachers

By Ruth Thompson

Dublin Community Preschool and Childcare Center is very fortunate to have a team of talented and dedicated teachers who have a passion for our children’s education, care and success.

DCP1-2For a special teacher appreciation day on June 5th, the executive board honored Cathy Carabello, Liz Holmes, Jessica Harrison, Beth Brousseau and Rebecca Oja, with a “We dig our teachers!” garden trowel and gloves, and other goodies.

Ruth Thompson is vice president of the board of the Dublin Community Preschool.


Save the date:
Saturday, Sept. 14
Dublin Craft Fair


On July 21, Tom Warren is leading an easy paddle on Nubanusit Lake
to view the nesting eagles and loons, between 10 am and 2 pm.
Sponsored by the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock. Preregistration is necessary: Call Tom at 563-7190. Bring water and lunch,
a canoe or kayak, and a personal flotation device (required).

Bald Eagles

By Tom Warren

In 1782, the Bald Eagle was selected by Congress as our national emblem despite Ben Franklin’s argument for the Wild Turkey.

It is a large raptor with a characteristic white head and white tail in adults. They acquire the white head and tail between 5-6 years of age. Only the California condor is a larger bird of prey. Fossils have been dated to at least 1 million years ago.

The Bald Eagle became rare in the late 1970s due to hunting in Alaska and the widespread use of DDT, which thinned eggshells. It was listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1978. By 2000 there were breeding populations in all but two states (Vermont & Rhode Island) and all Canadian Provinces.

The Bald Eagle eats a large number of fish, which it captures near the surface of a lake or pond with one or both feet by their talons. (Adult Bald Eagles have been seen fishing in Dublin Lake and Howe Reservoir.)

Photo credit: http://birdsguides.blogspot.com/2012/10/bald-eagle.html
Photo credit: http://birdsguides.blogspot.com/2012/10/bald-eagle.html

In the winter it will feed on carrion and road kill left by highway departments on large lakes.

Nests are repaired in February and March, several months before egg laying. Usually 1-3 eggs are laid, which take 35 days to hatch. The first eagle to hatch has an advantage over siblings, which will hatch 2-4 days later. Nest departure can vary from 8-14 weeks. Males usually leave first regardless of hatching order.

Here in the Monadnock Region we have had a pair of Bald Eagles nesting at Lake Nubanusit. The male is 16 years old and has been here since 2007. He was banded as a chick in May of 1997 on Quabbin Reservoir in Ware, Massachusetts. He lost his mate two years ago.

His current mate was with him last year, but first matings often fail and last year the eagle pair produced no young. The current mate is a sub-adult bird, which probably hatched in 2007-2008 and her orange band indicates she also comes from Massachusetts.

On April 29th, two small chicks could be seen in the nest. They will probably fledge around July 20th and remain with the adults until early fall. Be on the lookout for a sighting.

Tom Warren is a Trustee of the Harris Center for Conservation Education and New Hampshire Audubon.


Monadnock Rotary Meetings Open to All

By Ruth Clark

The Monadnock Rotary Club meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 am at the Dublin Community Church. Please join us for breakfast.

A special welcome is extended to our incoming President, Paul Tuller and a hearty thank you to our outgoing President, Chuck Simpson. We will celebrate the passing of the gavel on June 26th.

There will be no meeting on July 2 due to the 4th of July holiday. The meeting on the 9th will be conducted by our new President to kick off his Rotary year.

On July 16th we will be joined by Will Chapman, Executive Director of Monadnock Music, who will update us on the program for 2013-2014.

July 23, Jonathon Bagg, Artistic Director, Electric Earth Concerts will be joining us followed by Jamie Trowbridge, President, Yankee Publishing, on July 30th. Jamie is a previous member of this Rotary and a past president.

The Monadnock Rotary Club is based in Dublin and is dedicated to community service. Its primary interests are youth development and health advocacy for people of all ages in the Monadnock region and around the world. The Club is part of Rotary International, a world-service organization of more than 1.2 million members.

For questions or details, please call Ruth Clark at 924-9505.


Farm to Table Program at River Center

By Margaret Nelson

The River Center’s Farm to Table program returns this summer with a 7-week program of field trips and cooking fun for parents and children on Thursday mornings. Running from June 20 to August 15, activities include strawberry and blueberry picking, cooking with local fresh produce, trips to Cornucopia Farm and making ice cream.

The Farm to Table program is open to all families in this area. The River Center serves 14 towns in the region, including Dublin, and we’d love to have some Dublin families!

If you are interested in participating, please register at The River Center, 924-6800 or info@nullrivercenter.us.

The family and community resource center is located at 46 Concord St. in Peterborough. Funding is provided in part by the Monadnock United Way, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and through the donations of local businesses and individuals.

Margaret Nelson is executive director of The River Center.


Dine in Harrisville: Farm to Table

Mayfair Farm in Harrisville hosts a Farm to Table dining series that began June 16. Held on selected Sundays at 6 pm, menus feature handcrafted food with locally sourced ingredients and Mayfair Farm-raised meat. The festive meals are served outdoors under the stars on the farm’s hilltop pasture with a view of Mount Monadnock.

All dinners showcase Mayfair Farm products including pork, beef, lamb, chicken and eggs from animals raised on fresh pasture and fed non-GMO grains. Each dinner will highlight produce from a different organic farm in the Monadnock region.

Mayfair Farm to Table dinners will be held on the following dates:

July 14: Bastille Day, featuring French food prepared from the Harrisville General Store;

August 4: An Italian-inspired menu and produce from Hand Drawn farm;

September 22: A Moroccan meal with whole lamb roast and produce from Walkabout Farm;

October 6: Octoberfest, featuring locally brewed beer, Mayfair Farm artisanal sausage and produce from Farmer John’s Plot.


Peterborough Players Begins 80th Season

By Fred Leventhal

The Peterborough Players launches its 80th season with a nostalgic one-man tour de force, Say Goodnight, Gracie.

PP-1Gracie_FA multimedia presentation, which has enjoyed a successful national tour and an off-Broadway revival, the play finds the great comedian George Burns in limbo between this world and the next, unable to join his wife and partner, Gracie Allen, until he gives the command performance of his lifetime for God. This comic delight runs from June 26 to July 7.

From July 10 to July 21 the Players bring back the sold-out hit of the 2010 season, Two Pianos, 4 Hands, starring Players’ favorites Tom Frey and Jeffrey Rockwell.

PP2-Pianos_FThe play follows two aspiring young pianists from childhood dreams to adult disillusionment as they come to terms with the shattered hopes of a concert career. Both actors are accomplished pianists, who make full use of the two grand pianos that dominate the stage. This production tops the list of the most-requested revivals in the history of the Peterborough Players.

Beginning on July 24 and continuing until August 4, the Players will perform Gus Kaikkonen’s adaptation of Anton Chekov’s classic Seagull.

PP3-Seagull_FStarring in this romantic tragedy will be Lisa Bostnar as famed actress Irina Arkadina and Jack Koenig as her lover Trigorin. Audiences familiar with the previous productions will enjoy seeing Kraig Swartz, Michael Page, and our own Town Moderator, Tim Clark, among the large cast of actors.

All productions are performed for two weeks, Wednesday to Sunday, with an additional performance on the second Tuesday at 7 pm. Sunday performances are at 4 pm and all others at 8 pm.

The Second Company, a group of professional trainees, providing plays for children and families, will present 10 performances of Snow White at 10:30 on Friday and Saturday mornings between June 29 and July 27.

Tickets for all performance are available at 924-7585 or at the Box Office of the theatre.

Fred Leventhal, a Dublin resident, is a trustee of the Peterborough Players.


Get Help with the Little Things

Monadnock at Home (MaH) can help you with little things that make it increasingly harder to stay in our homes as we get older: change a filter, put up screens, turn a mattress, update smoke detectors, get computer help, odd maintenance jobs, and transportation.

Volunteers at MaH are vetted and some are part of the larger community who believe in neighbors helping neighbors.

Interested in learning more about becoming a member? Contact Cindy Bowen, Executive Director, Monadnock at Home at 371-0809 or visit www.monadnockathome.org.


Benefit Concert at Del Rossi’s
Sunday, July 7th, noon ‘til 4 pm

Donations from a Benefit Concert July 7th at Del Rossi’s will all go to the Landis family fund, whose home burned to the ground in early June.

Local musicians from all around the area gather together for a festive afternoon of continual live music. A “lighter fare” menu with house special creations will be offered all day (regular dinner menu served 4 to 8pm).

All who wish to offer their musical talents please contact Del Rossi’s at 563-7195. We hope to accommodate as many as possible with short performance sets and a grand finale with all who can stay ‘til the end.


Amos Fortune Forum: July 2013 Speakers

By Fred Leventhal

The Amos Fortune Forum, presenting speakers on issues of public interest in Jaffrey Center since 1945, will begin its 2013 season on Friday, July 12 at 8 pm with a talk by Max Ferro, noted architect, historian, and head of the Preservation Partnership, on Why Historic Preservation? Ferro has taught at Boston University and the University of Vermont and lectured widely throughout the U.S. and Canada. He will examine the cultural meaning of past architectural craftsmanship, entertaining his audience while stimulating its curiosity on such contemporary issues as the building of a French wine-country town in China.

On July 19 Susan Heuck Allen will address the Forum on Classical Archaeologist Spies against the Nazis in World War II Greece. Allen, who currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and summers in Harrisville, is the author of Classical Spies, the first insider account of an archaeologist-led secret American intelligence service in Greece during the Second World War. In the course of her research she conducted extensive personal interviews, shadowed spies, and investigated archives on three continents in an effort to piece together an account of intrigue and espionage among a wartime generation of professors.

On July 26 Sam Kennedy, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Red Sox, will provide an inside look at the business of baseball both on and off the field. His talk will range over the revitalization of the Red Sox brand, the preservation of Fenway Park, now one of the major tourist destinations in New England, and the growth of charitable activities of the club. Not least, Kennedy can be expected to touch upon the club’s two World Series championships in 2004 and 2007 and the ending of the “Curse of the Bambino.”

The Amos Fortune Forum will continue with four talks on Fridays, August 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 8 to 9 pm in the Jaffrey Center Meeting House. Receptions follow at the First Church Parish Hall across from the Meeting House. For further information or to receive e-mail updates, see www.amosfortune.com.

Fred Leventhal is on the Amos Fortune Forum Committee.


The Walden School’s Annual Summer Concerts

In residence since 1983 on the beautiful Dublin School campus, The Walden School Summer Music Festival has offered free public concerts that have drawn enthusiastic audiences of music lovers to its New England venues. The Concert Series returns to Dublin School campus for 2013 with a five-week season in Dublin, except for the final choral concert, which will be held at the Peterborough Town House in Peterborough. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The 2013 season offers superb musicians representing diverse genres and musical styles, all presenting ambitious programs with music ranging from the New Orleans jazz, contemporary improvised and electronic music, world premieres, classical and modern music for piano and toy piano, and a wide-range of choral repertoire featured at the final concert on August 2nd. All of Walden’s concerts and presentations promise to open audience members’ ears in delightful and inspiring ways.

The Walden School is an acclaimed summer music school and festival offering programs that emphasize creative application, specifically through the study of musicianship, improvisation, and composition. To learn more about the School and to see Walden’s complete concert series for 2013, visit www.waldenschool.org or call 603-563-8212.


HCS Offers Foot Care Clinics

Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services (HCS) is offering foot care clinics to residents of all area towns. A nurse will be on hand to offer basic foot care July 3, July 9, and July 10 at Peterborough HCS, 45 Main St. from 10 am to 2 pm. There is a $20 charge for foot care services. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 1-800-541-4145, ext. 118 or 352-2253.

July 2013