Congratulations to All Dublin’s 2014 ConVal Graduates

Ivon Clough CV-Ivon Cloughwill be attending the University of Maine at Orono on a baseball scholarship in the fall. He is tentatively planning to study wildlife management. He is the son of Jeff and Sarah Clough.

Theresa Edick CV-Theresa Edickwill attend Colby-Sawyer College in September where she will pursue her degree in Environmental Studies. She has been active in the Student Leadership team and completed an internship with Robin’s Nest Nature Preschool. Theresa has danced at the Monadnock Performing Arts Academy for 10 years and this marks her third summer as a camp counselor for the Dublin Summer Playground. She is the daughter of Bob and Mary Edick.

Zach Letourneau CV-Zach Le2CV-Zach Letourneauwill attend Montana State University in the fall to major in Political Science and Government; and minor in Criminology. Co-curricular activities include Sea Cadets, Recruit Training Command-New England, VP of the Senior Class, Student Representative to the School Board, the Voice of ConVal, Master of Ceremonies of School Assemblies, Big Brothers Big Sisters, football, track, Student Leadership Team, newspaper, and several internships with ATC Region 14. His parents are Jim and Becky Letourneau.

Blake “Ko” Powell CV-Ko Powellwill attend Keene State College as a music major in the fall. He is the recipient of a Morris-August Honors Scholarship and KSC Music Department’s Talent Scholarship. This summer Ko will be on the staff of an English language camp in Spain. He teaches guitar and bass lessons from his home in Dublin. His parents are Edie and Jeff Powell.

Philip Sangermano CV-Philip Sangermanowill be taking some time to work and consider his educational options. Philip is the son of Joe and Sarah Sangermano.

Olivia Thomas CV-OliviaThomasAdvocatewas a varsity lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey defensive player in all three sports throughout her high school years. Olivia was involved with student council all four years and is a National Honor Student. She will attend Messiah College in Grantham, PA, in the fall, and has the honor of receiving their Provost Scholarship Award. Olivia will also be playing for the Messiah Women’s Lacrosse Team. Olivia plans to pursue studies in social work. She is the daughter of Heidi and Sturdy Thomas.

Rowan Wilson CV-Rowan Wilsonwill be attending Boston College in the fall. She was accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences and is particularly interested in the social sciences. Rowan will be working in Dublin this summer. Rowan is the daughter of Jeremy and Katie Wilson.

Other ConVal graduates from Dublin include Larissa Bryant, Andrew French, Cassandra Ellis, Jocelyn Doyle, Justin Doyle, Sarah Holmes, and Alexandra Umstadt.

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Rotary Cleanup by Margaret Gurney
Rotary Cleanup by Margaret Gurney

On a rainy Saturday morning (May 10) vigorous members of Monadnock Rotary could be seen along Rte. 101 picking up the winter’s accumulation of trash discarded from cars and trucks as they whizz through town. Blue bags everywhere were evidence of their haul. While there were many members along the roadside, here we have (L-R) Jim Fearnside, Chuck Simpson, Rick MacMillan, and Jerry Branch. Thank you, Rotarians, for making our Rte. 101 beautiful again.



Dublin Public Library

Dublin Public Library offers Wednesday morning Story Time from 9:30-10:30. The children will sing songs and listen to stories while they make new friends. On June 4th we will read about the strangest pets you could bring home. Make something special for Dad on June 11th and listen to the book, Me With You.

Summer will officially arrive in June and hopefully warm weather along with it. Introducing children to water, boating, and summer activities is wonderful, but we will also touch on the importance of safety on June 18th and 25th. A brief introduction to our summer program will also be available at the end of the month. A different craft is offered each week and refreshments are served. If you can’t make Wednesday mornings, join us at the library at 10:30 am on Saturdays for Story Time.

Mark Wednesday, July 2, on your calendar as that is the start of the Summer Reading Program. The program starts at 10 am with stories, jokes, games and crafts. Then the group moves upstairs for chess, checkers, board games, card games, coloring, chatting about books and more.

Please join us for this fun time.

New Books
I Am the Messenger by M. Zusak
Field of Prey by J. Sandford
The Last Kind Words Saloon by L. McMurtry
Natchez Burning by G. Iles
Unlucky 13 by J. Patterson
A Family Affair by F. Michaels

The Monuments Men


Friends of the Dublin Public Library

The Friends have had a full schedule of events since our annual meeting in January, which welcomed Jud Hale as our very entertaining and gracious speaker. Beekeeping, Spring poets, and teaching teenagers followed in close succession. All events met our goal of being fun and informative.

On May 31 at 10 am one of our board members, Heidi Thomas, will share her experiences walking Spain’s Camino de Santiago – also known as the Way of St. James. This 500-mile route has served as a pilgrimage since medieval times ending at the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. We hope you’ll join us.

Speaking of fun and informative, on Saturday, June 28, from 10 am to 12 pm we will host our annual Children’s Day with magician Norman Ng. Norman will perform a magic show and share some of his secrets with the children. This year our hands-on project will be simple magic tricks children can make using household items.

Watch for our emails, posters, or visit our new website at for more information.


Important Voting Dates
By Jeannine Dunn

There are some dates in June for voters and candidates to remember for the State Primary Election, which will take place on September 9th, 2014.

June 3, 2014: Last day for voters already registered to change or declare their party affiliation before the State Primary. Only undeclared voters may declare a party to vote on Primary Election Day.

June 4 to June 13th, 2014: Filing period for State Primary Election. Candidates for State Representative and Delegate file with the Town Clerk. Candidates for all other offices file with the Secretary of State.

Jeannine Dunn is Town Clerk/Tax Collector. She can be reached at 563-8859 or PO Box 62, Dublin, NH 03444.


Save the Date
Dublin Day at Yankee Field: July 19
Events include a 5k race, rock climbing wall, children’s games, music and food, pony rides, Confetti the Clown, arts and crafts, marionette show, plus lots more,
all sponsored by the Dublin Recreation Committee.


More College Graduates

Jessica Hopkins coll-Jessica Hopkinsgraduated Cum Laude from Champlain College on May 3rd with a BFA in Graphic Design. In her junior year she spent a semester abroad at Richmond University in London. She consistently earned a spot on the Dean’s list. During her senior year she interned at New Breed marketing and sales as part of the design team. She will continue her education at Northeastern University pursuing a MFA degree in Informational design and visualization. She is the daughter of Tom and Jo-Ann Hopkins.

Caleb Mattson coll-Caleb Mattsonhas graduated with honors from New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He plans on pursuing a career in electronic communications. Caleb is the son of Kerwin Mattson, and Maryann and Dana Mullett.

Allison Murphy 03042014_LinkedIn Headshotsgraduated Cum Laude on May 17 from the University of New Hampshire with a double major in Political Science and Sociology. Allison was also recognized as a University Scholar on May 16 at an Honors Convocation. During her years at UNH, Allison was elected President of College Democrats and interned with Organizing For America. She is a 2010 ConVal High School graduate and is the daughter of Lorelei and Tom Murphy.

Montana Rogers coll-Montana Rogersgraduated from Wheaton College in May as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, with a double major in Creative Writing and Music. While at Wheaton, Montana worked for Library Information and Services, the Office of Admissions, and as an academic peer adviser. She completed internships at the Old Farmer’s Almanac and Alfred Music Publishing in Los Angeles. She studied abroad at the University College of Cork in Ireland, and while there tutored secondary students. Montana’s first orchestral work, Reminisced, was recently premiered by Wheaton College’s orchestra. In the fall, she will travel to Bulgaria as a Fulbright Scholar to teach English and continue her study of music. Montana is the daughter of Lisa Rogers.

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Community Center Grand Opening
By Bruce Simpson

The Dublin Community Center is proud to announce that its Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, June 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Drop by and see the (almost) totally refurbished building, view an exhibit of beautiful paintings by local artist Sue Callihan, enjoy some refreshments, and learn about the programs we have planned.Callihan landscape

We’ll also be looking for your ideas for programs and events to be held at the brand new facility, as well as volunteers to help make them happen. We’ve come a long way with volunteer and donated fund support (thank you, everyone!) and we’ll continue to need the help and support of the community as we go forward.

Community Center by Margaret Gurney

Check out our new video at and our Facebook page:

Our vision is to make the Center a resource for the community and provide a place for meetings, receptions, community lunches, music programs, speakers, book groups, dances, exercise programs, health programs, art exhibitions, and who knows what else, all while preserving the historic building that is an important part of Dublin’s beautiful village.

Now that the Center is ready, come help us put the “Community” in it!

 Bruce Simpson is President of the Dublin Community Center.


DCS Students Visit the 1841 Schoolhouse Museum
By Rusty Bastedo

On April 29, 2014, the third graders of the Dublin Consolidated School visited the Schoolhouse Museum to learn about other third graders who lived in town circa 1825. Life was hard on Dublin farms in those days, and young children were expected to clean the sheep wool of burrs and dirt, help with the planting and harvesting, work on salting and preserving meats – primarily beef and pork – and haul water to their parents’ farms, among other things.

The young students who visited the museum are (standing L-R): Riley Morse, Elias Niemela, Gareth Armstrong, Steven Van Etten, Alexis White, Morgan Wallace, Katelynn Horn and Deborah Bennett. Sitting in front of them are (L-R): Charlie Hall, Daisy Ober, Caleb Cloutier, Nick Parker, Carter Rousseau and Lilly Colon. Photo by Sally Shonk
The young students who visited the museum are (standing L-R): Riley Morse, Elias Niemela, Gareth Armstrong, Steven Van Etten, Alexis White, Morgan Wallace, Katelynn Horn and Deborah Bennett. Sitting in front of them are (L-R): Charlie Hall, Daisy Ober, Caleb Cloutier, Nick Parker, Carter Rousseau and Lilly Colon. Photo by Sally Shonk

The 1841 Schoolhouse was one of ten such schoolhouses located in an area that comprised today’s Dublin and Harrisville (Harrisville became a separate town in 1870). The Dublin Historical Society’s museum building, the 1841 Schoolhouse, won a statewide prize awarded for innovative design in 1842.

Come when we’re open (weekends 12 – 2 pm after July the Fourth) and learn some new things, too!

Russell Bastedo was formerly New Hampshire State Curator from 1997 to 2009. He has served on the staff of the Advocate since 1999.



News from the Dublin Consolidated School
By May Clark

June is so packed full of activities that it will be hard to keep up. Right away quick, on June 2 at 6:30 pm, staff from the Cornucopia Project will make a presentation to the PTO and any parents and community members who would like to come. Cornucopia will explain what they do with us and for us at DCS, and there will be lots of great photos! Our partnership with Cornucopia is sponsored by the Dublin Community Foundation, the Dublin Riding and Walking Club, and the Garden Club of Dublin, all of whom have been invited to this presentation.

Then on June 6, our PTO will put on our Spring Social, for all DCS students and families, including families of incoming kindergartners. All are welcome from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, plus there’s great ice cream and lots of play and socializing.

Fourth and fifth graders identify and count aquatic invertebrates in Mills Brook.
Fourth and fifth graders identify and count aquatic invertebrates in Mills Brook.

There’s more! Before school ends (June 20) our students will experience the first annual six-school Field Day, organized by two of ConVal’s PE teachers, and taking place at ConVal High School. This will be an extravaganza, and we are all looking forward to a great time. June 13 is the day, with a rain date planned for June 16. We are also going to have our second annual Art Day on June 12, where the children will experience four different art activities during the day, all orchestrated by our wonderful art teacher Carole Storro, and ConVal Arts Enrichment. There will be a public showing of the day’s creations that afternoon from 4:30-5:30.

Finally, the fifth graders graduate on June 19. We hate to see them go, but they are ready for the bigger world of SMS, and we’ll give them a good send-off.

Happy Summer!

May Clark is Teaching Principal at DCS. She can be reached at 563-8332 or email


Planning Ahead
By Fiona Tibbetts

The School Board is setting strategic goals with enthusiastic input from two new members representing Francestown and Peterborough. We are working hard to enable our district to provide the best possible educational opportunities for each and every student. I will remain on the Budget and Property and District Study Committees and continue to focus on efficiencies and how to achieve our goals as a school district in a fiscally responsible manner. I would very much appreciate any and all feedback from the Dublin community as I do this work.

We’ve wrapped up the planning for next year’s spending, reallocating funds based on the voter’s preference for the default budget amount. Not surprisingly, the administration was able to find money to cut from teacher salaries and other “contractual” accounts. I say not surprisingly because in past years, including this year, the actual money spent falls well short of the amount budgeted. For the current fiscal year, spending is running about 97% of budget. That small percentage difference amounts to nearly $1.5M in potential savings against the budget. While spending less is undoubtedly a good thing, the pattern of year after year spending less than budget suggests a little excess is built in for contingencies that never seem to happen.

The money saved from the contractual accounts will be used to fund the technology program that made up much of the difference between the proposed and default budget. While I continue to have some doubts about the educational payback from the technology investment, I’m happy that we’ll be working from a lower baseline spending number as we begin the next round of budget planning.

Fiona Tibbetts is Dublin’s representative to the ConVal School Board, SAU 1.


Dublin Women’s Club News
By Nancy Campbell

Thirty Women’s Club members and guests attended the annual meeting on April 29. A great dinner and fellowship was enjoyed by all at Del Rossi’s Restaurant.DWC dinner

Just a reminder: beach set-up days will be Saturday, June 7 and 14, starting at 10:30 am. We will need lots of willing hands to help put the rafts, docks and boats out. Please bring shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows to get the beach in shape. The catch basins have already been cleaned out by volunteers.

The beach will officially open for lessons on Monday, June 30. There will be a lifeguard on duty starting June 25. Polly Seymour, Liz Lawler and Megan Briggs are once again returning for another season.

Invitations to join the club were mailed the end of April. Anyone who has not received an invitation and who wishes to join the Club may contact Treasurer Nancy Campbell (563-8480). Dues are $125. Those persons needing financial assistance may contact Jill Lawler (924-7675), Nancy Campbell, Emily Johnson, Shannon Carpenter, Rebecca Oja or Connie Cerroni.

The Women’s Club is making plans to permanently fix the erosion problems. Last September we started working with a wetlands soil scientist and design consultant in order to come up with a plan that will keep the sand on the beach and control the erosion. The solution is expensive and will not happen this season. Money needs to be raised and permits need to be acquired before we can proceed. Once the plan is approved by the Women’s Club, we will need a lot of ideas and help to raise the necessary funds. Stay tuned.

Nancy Campbell is Treasurer of the Dublin Women’s Club.


Save the Date
Yankee Barn Sale will be on Saturday, July 26


Celebrating 50 Years
By Cathy Carabello

Fifty is the theme of the Dublin Community Preschool booth at Dublin Day on July 19th.

Whether you come by to participate in the 50/50 raffle or the 50-cupcake contest or you come to view the “50 Pebbles” project created by 23 DCP children under the artistic direction of Heather Stockwell, please come celebrate this special milestone with us!

Heather Stockwell stands next to the art project she coordinated for the DCP.
Heather Stockwell stands next to the art project she coordinated for the DCP.

Established in August 1964, DCP’s first class was held that fall in the Women’s Club building in what we all know today as the Dublin post office. Some of the original founders included Carolyn Dixon, Ruth Hammond, Elsie Pratt, and Lorna Trowbridge, who all worked to lay the foundation of this great little preschool that has continued to grow throughout these last 50 years. To all of these folks, we are grateful beyond words.

For those of you who live in the community but have not seen the school recently or for those of you who attended in the past or perhaps have children who might attend in the future, we will be open on Dublin Day morning from 9-10 am. Come and say hello before you head up to the festivities at Yankee Field! Have a snack with us, make a craft project with your child or just come take a look. We welcome community participation on all levels and would love the chance to meet you!

We are putting together a quilt made from DCP T-shirts and we need your help. If you have DCP T-shirts from the past that you are willing to part with to create this commemorative project, please bring them to DCP by June 6th or call us at 563-8508 to arrange pickup.

A list of all of our 50th anniversary events will be coming soon on our website at and Facebook page. Many thanks to all of you who have helped us along on this wonderful journey.

Cathy Carabello is the director/lead teacher of the Dublin Community Preschool.


Historical Society Museum Opens July 4 Weekend
By Rusty Bastedo

The 1841 Schoolhouse Museum will be open from 12 to 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays from July the Fourth Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. The exhibition highlights Dublin horsepower, and how this community functioned in the years before the automobile.

Before the Civil War, Dubliners grew starch potatoes, and two mills in town turned those potatoes into starch. Shipped in wooden boxes, the starch produced by Monadnock Region towns showed up in men’s shirts and women’s clothing across the country.

Another Dublin industry was shoemaking. In Dublin’s horse-drawn economy, horsehides were tanned and turned into boots and brogans that were shipped in boxes to Boston, and then to southern plantations and the Caribbean. Tanneries were located around Dublin as late as 1858, when the map of Dublin produced in that year shows a tannery on the Old Harrisville Road – far from the center of town, so that the noxious smells of tanning horsehides were dispersed by prevailing western winds. One producer of boots and brogans produced 2500 pairs of footwear each year, in the decades before factories began to produce America’s footwear.

Woodenwares and wool production were other industries that kept “North of Monadnock” going in the years before the automobile. And all those products moved on great wagons running on dirt roads between Brattleboro, VT, and the canal at Manchester, NH, opened in 1803, and then down to Boston and out to sea. Railroads came to “South of Monadnock” in the late 1830s, but not to our part of the state until the 1870s; before then, it was all six-horse wagons and their drovers, dirt roads and wooden boxes, and farmers working hard to earn their pay.

Stop in and learn all about Dublin horsepower, from noon to 2 pm on weekends this summer. You’ll be glad you did!

Rusty Bastedo is a former state curator and has been on the staff of The Dublin Advocate since its inception.


Betsey Harris, formerly of Dublin, was honored recently
as one of three founding members of the Monadnock Conservancy
by Antioch University New England in Keene.


Deb Giaimo: Sharing the Joy of Aerobic Dance
By Ramona Branch

Sitting across from Deb Giaimo is like a 200-Watt light bulb has just been turned on you. The warmth and glow of her personality are felt immediately. Deb, a Dublin resident since 1977, has been teaching aerobic dance in the Monadnock Region for more than 30 years. Her dance-teaching career began when she took an Aerobics in Motion class at the Keene YMCA.

Photo by Ramona Branch
Photo by Ramona Branch

She became certified as a fitness instructor by the YMCA and they sent her to training to obtain her Aerobics in Motion instructor certification. While teaching at the YMCA she also started teaching classes at Peterborough Adult Community Education. From there Deb went to the Peterborough Recreation Department and told them she wanted to teach aerobic dance for the department.

The Recreation Department put the class in the upper level of the Peterborough Town House. “In those days,” Deb said, “the upper level of the Town House was used infrequently and mostly for town meetings. Heating the hall was just not something they were accustomed to. We wore gloves and scarves to keep warm.”

For the next 27 years Deb taught up to four classes per week in the Peterborough Town House and five to six classes at gyms in Keene. People of all ages became her students.

Photo by Ramona Branch
Photo by Ramona Branch

Some of her classes had 50 or 60 people. Deb was the first instructor in the Peterborough area to begin Zumba instruction.

In 1994 Deb started a line-dancing show team called the Monadnock Mavericks. The costumed dance team performs to toe-tapping country and western songs, golden oldies and movie soundtracks. They have performed at a wide variety of venues including Peterborough’s Children and the Arts, Hillsborough Balloon Festival, Winchester Pickle Festival, The Big E and Keene Pumpkin Festival. Their next performance will be June 7 at the Colonial Follies in Keene.

Deb retired from the Peterborough Recreation Department in March. The department gave a goodbye party for Deb and the room was filled with loyal and adoring current and past students. The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript did a full-page story with photos on Deb and her amazing career. She continues to share the joy and happiness of aerobic dance at Total Fitness Zone and Prospect Place in Keene and RiverMead in Peterborough.

Deb says the thing she enjoys most about her teaching is the people. “We are like a very big caring family supporting each other,” she says. “When things happen for a class member we know about it.”

Deb is married to Fred Giaimo, a dentist in private practice in New Ipswich. They have two sons, Richard, 38 years old, who is a chef on Cape Cod and Jeff, 36 years old, an accountant in Lebanon, NH.

Ramona Branch is on the staff of the Advocate.


DCA Offers Summer Day Care

You know about Dublin Christian Academy, but do you know we have a Day Care during the summer? The DCA Day Care is run by responsible adults and designed for children ages 3-12. Each day will include an informal Bible time, fun math and reading worksheets and structured playtime. The Keene bus will be available.

DCA daycareActivities will include swimming, crafts, hiking, field trips, athletic instruction and other organized activities to fill your child’s summer! Day Care begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3 pm each day. Snacks will be provided. Children should bring their own lunch. (Prices for DCA Summer Day Care: Full Day (8:30-3 pm) $25 per day; Half Day (8:30-11:30 am) $15 per day; Weekly $125 per week.) If you are interested in registering your child, please call Dublin Christian Academy at 563-8505 for available dates.


Children’s Sunday at DCC

The Dublin Community Church will be celebrating Children’s Sunday on June 8 at 10 am. The Sunday School children will be leading the entire worship service. The theme will be ‘20 Choices That Are Always Correct,’ each choice supported by a verse of scripture. This is the day that the children are celebrated for their participation in church life with the presentation of the traditional Cross and Crown award pins and a begonia plant. Everyone is invited to the All Church Picnic following worship.


MESA Invites New Members

The Monadnock Eastern Slope Association (MESA) is the Dublin organization especially concerned with the stewardship of our iconic mountain. Formed in 1986, MESA gathers every summer for an informal potluck picnic and meeting, including a talk on a relevant topic. This year’s annual meeting is Sunday, August 17, from 5 to 7 pm, at the home of Bob Obenland and Becky Watt on Upper Jaffrey Road. The board will shortly announce the speaker. Learn more at MESA’s website:

MESA welcomes new members and invites anyone in the area to join with their neighbors to learn more about the mountain, with a special reduced household membership of $20. To be added to the mailing list for an invitation to the upcoming meeting, email Ed Germain at or call 563-8007.


At the Monadnock Family Services benefit, Men Who Cook, a dozen Dublin cooks included Rusty Bastedo, Art Flick, Rob Seaver, Jeff Clough, Allen Davis, Bill Goodwin, Henry James, Jeff Oja, and Rick MacMillan (Perry Davis and Jim Bride not pictured). The event took place at the Shattuck Inn May 18 and the proceeds were for the benefit of the Adult Care Center in Jaffrey. Photo by Sally Shonk
At the Monadnock Family Services benefit, Men Who Cook, a dozen Dublin cooks included Rusty Bastedo, Art Flick, Rob Seaver, Jeff Clough, Allen Davis, Bill Goodwin, Henry James, Jeff Oja, and Rick MacMillan (Perry Davis and Jim Bride not pictured). The event took place at the Shattuck Inn May 18 and the proceeds were for the benefit of the Adult Care Center in Jaffrey. Photo by Sally Shonk



Intersection: Art, Culture, and Identity,
May 21-July 24
Object based-learning using artwork from the Thorne permanent collection.
Passionate Pursuits,
June 6-July 24, reopens August 25-September 18
Public Reception, June 5, 4:30-7 pm
KSC faculty, staff and alumni and community partner the Friends of the Thorne are invited to share their art, crafts, collectibles, and what they are passionate about.



Another Important Newsletter

The excerpt below is from Ethan Tolman’s collection of papers, specifically the Monadnock News. The newsletter was an effort under way in Nelson during WWII to create communications for soldiers from Dublin, Nelson, and Harrisville.


Tolman will be recounting and reading from soldiers’ letters home at the Nelson Community Church on July 10 at 7 pm.


Monadnock News, October 1945

To Our Men and Women in Service from Dublin, Harrisville, Nelson

“Dublin News — Dot Rogers

A recent letter from Herbie Holmes reveals that he is stationed in a hospital at Pearl Harbor, doing ward duty for P.O. W’s,…

Russ Andrew is at the Submarine base in Pearl Harbor, too, awaiting further orders.

George Foote sent a very interesting letter to us. He I sin the Pacific with a torpedo squadron…

George Finnie is in the Pacific area, located on an LST carrying troops and cargo.

John Rajaniemie has been home on a convalescent leave from Camp Edwards…

Robert Knight has returned to Camp Gordon, Georgia…”


Will and Laura Elcoate Arrive in Dublin
By Jeanne Sterling

On a recent “April showers” day a warm and welcoming greeting was extended to me at the Boulder Drive home of Will and Laura Elcoate and “Betty,” their sweet Setter/Pyrenees mix, who was a wee bit apprehensive at first. Soon, however, Betty bestowed kisses on my hand, stopping only to look to me for approval. By the time I left, I had heard the chronicle of this couple’s journey, eventually leading them to our town after purchasing their home in March 2013.

Photo by Jeanne Sterling
Photo by Jeanne Sterling

Will hails from Lyndhurst, a village and civil parish in the New Forest, Hampshire, England. He graduated from Bath University in the U.K. with a degree in Chemistry. His specialized skills have taken him from England to Zambia in Central Africa and lastly, to the United States. Laura is from New Jersey. She spent 25 years in the Air Force Reserves, having been stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in Burlington County, NJ, and later at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC.

The two met in Philadelphia at a Lifespring course conference. Lifespring, which increased in popularity from 1974 through the end of its existence in 2000, was considered one of the most successful experiential educational movements in modern history. It was during attendance at a smaller group that they actually connected.

Eventually, Will and Laura settled in Wausau, WI, where Laura worked at the Psychological Resource Center in Tomahawk as Office Administrator. She has been involved in many volunteer positions such as treasurer for Union Local 1088 in Toms River, NJ; Treasurer and Vice President for the Junior Women’s Auxiliary in Medford Lakes, NJ; Treasurer for the Marathon County Literacy Council, the Wausau Community Ballet Foundation and the Wausau Friends of Historic Landmarks.

When I asked Will about his hobbies, a sweep of his hand told me the answer. Like so many who have moved into a previously owned home, he and Laura are knee-deep in DIY chores to make it their own. This ‘hobby’ they share, yet Laura finds time to read as much as she can and has a history of volunteer work.

Between them, they have three children: James, who is single, is affiliated with one of Chicago’s ‘high end’ restaurants. A daughter, Kate, is a Major in the U.S. Air Force, living in Billerica and married with three children. A son, Devon, now engaged to be married, resides in Phoenix and manages an auto parts store.

Will is now with Alpha Analytical, an Environmental Testing Laboratory out of Massachusetts, as a Technical Expert for Air Quality programs and works from home.

Jeanne Sterling is administrative assistant to the Town Administrator and is advertising coordinator for The Dublin Advocate.


Oxbow Farm: Eggs and Chicks
By Kim Graham

Because part of our mission at Oxbow Farm is to educate, I want to share with you a question that I get asked all the time: Do you need a rooster to produce eggs? The short answer is no. But if I stop at the short answer, this won’t be much of an education lesson. The long answer, in very simple terms, is that a hen is born with all of the eggs that she will lay over her productive life.

Oxbow rooster in the sunThe eggs stay small and soft but as they move through the reproductive system they grow bigger. The last step is that the hard shell will form around the egg as it is being laid. This happens every day. If there is no rooster in the picture, the hen will still continue to lay her eggs. An egg will only become fertilized if a rooster has mated with the hen. And then only after 21 days of keeping an egg very warm either in an incubator or under a hen, will a chick hatch from a fertilized egg. If an egg has been collected, washed and placed in a refrigerator, there is no chance that the egg you eat will become a chick. The cold temperature stops the incubation process. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about chickens. We love to hear from our neighbors.

Kim Graham lives with her husband Jim and their two children, Malcolm and Lauren. They own Oxbow Farm, a small family farm specializing in eggs, chicken and pork. Contact Kim through the farm’s website:


Windborne Sings at Dublin School

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents Windborne on Sunday, June 8 at 7 pm at the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School. Admission is $12/9 (senior, youth or in advance). Windborne is composed of Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon; all four have traveled extensively and are seasoned performers and educators, adept at teaching music across cultural and linguistic divides. In 2013, they were selected by the American Music Abroad program to do a State Department sponsored tour in Angola, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Folk musicologist Mary DesRosiers acclaims Windborne for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements.”



Permits to Kindle a Fire

If you want to have a cooking/campfire in your backyard, you need a permit and there are restrictions — unless it is in a gas or charcoal grill.

The fire must be contained within a ring of resistive material or a portable fireplace.

  • A Category 1 fire is 2 ft. or less in diameter, at least 25 ft. from structures, and can be kindled anytime weather permitting.
  • A Category 2 fire can be no greater 4 ft. in diameter, at least 50 ft. from structures, and can only be kindled from 5 pm to 9 am unless it is raining.

Seasonal permits can be issued for Category 1 and 2 fires.

For more information and to obtain a written permit, please contact Brian Barden, Forest Fire Warden at 398-8546; Tom Vanderbilt, Fire Chief at 562-6960; or Joe Sangermano, Deputy Fire Chief at 563-8760.


Advocate Welcomes New Staffer
By Margaret Gurney

Shari LaPierre will join the staff of the Advocate. Shari says she “reads the Advocate every time it comes. I enjoy keeping up with DCS, the Library, and new people in town.” She is pleased that it continues to get town support.

Photo by Margaret Gurney

Shari, who lives on Perry Pasture Road with her husband Bill and their son Tim, moved to Dublin in 2005, just in time for Tim to attend kindergarten at DCS. She grew up in Peterborough, attended ConVal, and received her BS in business management from Franklin Pierce. She worked in publishing for 11 years, at Helmers in Peterborough, and switched to part-time marketing and management, work that could be done from the home after her son was born. Currently Shari is freelance copywriting and planning marketing programs for an agency in Manchester.

Shari is no stranger to volunteer work. She is the new secretary to the Friends of the Dublin Public Library (FDPL), and has served as treasurer for the Dublin Community Church for three years. She is the president of the Vermont/New Hampshire Marketing Group. Recently Shari has been upgrading websites for both the church and the FDPL. Please join us in welcoming Shari to the staff.

Margaret Gurney is editor of the Advocate.


Monadnock Rotary Club

In the month of June there will be three speakers at Rotary breakfast meetings on Tuesdays starting at 7:30 and ending promptly at 8:30 in the Vestry of the Dublin Community Church.

On June 3, Cynthia McGuire, new President of Monadnock Community Hospital, will speak on “Changes in the Health Care Industry and its Impact on Local Health Care.”

On June 10, we will hear from Brad Bates, Headmaster of the Dublin School, on “Aiming High: Dublin School in 2014.”

On June 17, Margaret Nelson, Executive Director of The River Center in Peterborough, will focus on “News and Views from The River Center: Your Family and Community Resource Center.”

Guests are invited to attend free of charge. Please join us. For questions, call Wendy White at 563-8239.


Congratulations to Nicole Pease for being awarded
ConVal School District Middle School Teacher of the Year
by the Peterborough Rotary Club.


"Mocha" by Maryann Mullett, has received Best of Show/1st Place award in the 9th Annual Pastel Society of New Hampshire's Members' Exhibition. The Exhibition runs through May 31st at The Mill Brook Center Gallery and Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, NH.
“Mocha” by Maryann Mullett, has received Best of Show/1st Place award in the 9th Annual Pastel Society of New Hampshire’s Members’ Exhibition. The Exhibition runs through May 31st at The Mill Brook Center Gallery and Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, NH.


Healthy Start 5K to Benefit Program at HCS

The Second Annual Healthy Start 5K to benefit the Maternal and Child Health Program at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS) will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 8:30 am. The race and walking events will start and finish at HCS’s 312 Marlboro Street office in Keene, featuring a fast, flat course around the HCS neighborhood. Families, strollers and baby carriages are encouraged!

Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in all age categories, and every participant who registers by May 30, 2014 will receive a free t-shirt.

For more information, contact Marilyn Shriver at 352-2253 or Register for the 5K online at HCS is a Monadnock United Way agency with offices in Keene, Peterborough and Charlestown.


Butterfly Release Is Salute to Local Veterans

The Third Annual Butterfly Release in Butterfly Park, next to Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS), will be held on Friday, June 27, at 4 pm at 320 Marlboro Street in Keene. It will feature a salute to all local military veterans, and a special ceremony to honor local veterans currently under hospice care as part of the We Honor Veterans program, a pioneering program developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to train hospice nurses and social workers to best serve clients who are military veterans. RSVP by June 25 by calling Karen Campbell at 352-2253. Reserve a butterfly to release in honor or memory of a loved one by visiting by June 20 or by calling the number above. HCS is a Monadnock United Way agency with offices in Keene, Peterborough and Charlestown.


June 2014