Congratulations to All Dublin’s Graduates
ConVal Class of 2016:
As we wish Dubliner students success in all their endeavors, may they take “lots of small town NH memories with them on their journeys” (quote borrowed from Kenda Henke, a graduate’s mother).
Lauren Kierstead is planning on working at the Great Brook Vet clinic in Antrim throughout the summer. In the fall of 2016 she will attend Becker College where she will be involved in the pre-veterinary studies program. She is the daughter of Bambi and Jamie Kierstead.
Christina Newell will attend the University of New Hampshire this fall to study nursing and has been accepted into its honors program. At ConVal, she participated in the internship program where she learned about several units at Monadnock Community Hospital, The Animal Care Clinic, Pheasant Wood, and the Life Skills program at the high school. Christina also participated in Band, Chorus, Spanish Club, Interact, and Chemistry Club. Christina was a Peer Ambassador for the last four summers with the Spiral International Cultural Exchange. She is the daughter of Dennis and Karen Newell.
Cameron Henke will attend the University of New Hampshire next year where he plans to pursue computer science with emphasis in cyber security and network design. While at ConVal, Cameron was a NH scholar and ACE award recipient and played on the varsity ice hockey team, serving as captain his senior year. He is the son of Clayton and Kenda Henke.
Jordan Mills will attend the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, this fall, to study medical biology in hope of a career in the dental field. She plans to play basketball for the school when her knee heals from an unfortunate ACL injury sustained last season. Jordan will miss her family and friends in the area but looks forward to starting her new journey. She is the daughter of Rich and Suzi Mills.
Douglas White will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute this fall majoring in Electrical Engineering. While at ConVal, Douglas was a member of the Ocean Bowl and Math teams and a member of the National Spanish Honor Society. Douglas was recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as a commended student. He is the son of Darrell and Donna White.
Other Dublin Seniors graduating from ConVal this spring: Sarah Letourneau, Tiffany Mitchell, Samuel Moore, and Lily Pabo.
A Dublin School Graduate:
Tatum Wilson, daughter of Katie and Jeremy Wilson, will be graduating from Dublin School with Honors. A three-sport student-athlete, Tatum’s energy, leadership and academic drive have enriched the school’s community. She won the Lakes Region Cross Country Running Championship, qualifying for the NH Nordic Ski team, and rowing in Dublin’s 4+ boat in the National Schools Rowing Championship. Many local children have gotten to know Tatum through her volunteer work at the Harris Center and lifeguarding position at the Dublin Lake Club. She will head to Maine this fall to be a student-athlete at Bowdoin College.
Caroline Clater is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bob Jones University in South Carolina. Over the past four years she has been a member of her university’s business association and played intramural sports. She spent several semesters as an officer for her society and one semester as president. During her junior year she took the spring semester off from studies and traveled with the University’s robotics team. She has a job lined up with a marketing firm in Greenville, South Carolina, and has already run some minor campaigns. Caroline is the daughter of David and Kathy Clater.
Taylor Clough graduated from East Carolina University this May having earned a BS in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health. During her four years of college she participated in the Pre-Occupational Therapy Student Association, multiple honors societies, club tennis, and she made the Dean’s and President’s Lists. She is currently completing an internship with Monadnock Family Services. Taylor plans to attend graduate school to complete either a Masters or Doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy.
Are You Graduating? Share your accomplishments and plans with friends and neighbors. The Advocate welcomes submissions from Dubliners who are graduating high school and college accompanied by a short paragraph and photo. Please e-mail by June 15 to DublinAdvocate@nullgmail.com for the July issue.
Dublin Public Library
Story Time: The Dublin Public Library Story Time will be a transition time for our regular group during the month of June. Throughout the year, we love watching the children blossom and feel comfortable with each other as they listen to stories, work on crafts and put puzzles together. Many friendships are formed at the library. Before we “kick off those shoes” for summer on June 1, we will have a fun shoe-tying activity that will get preschool-age children off on the “right foot”! As the weather heats up, please continue to bring your children to learn about fish and oceans on June 8 and how to pack a picnic to share with Dad on June 15. Our summer preview will be June 22.
Summer Reading Books: Summer is a special time to enjoy the experience of reading, whether it is a mystery, romance, intrigue, nonfiction or biography. To encourage this, lots of books under 300 pages will be on display during the summer. Here are just a few titles that await: When Shadows Fall by B. Freethy, When Breath Becomes Air by P. Kalanithi, The Conspiracy Club by J. Kellerman, Dumped by N. Gaby.
Summer Reading Program: The 2016 Summer Reading Program will begin on June 29 at 10 am and run through August 3. Have you ever wondered what makes some things float, sink, or solidify? Do all things reach the same temperature when exposed to the same heat? How did you build something and how easily will it come apart? How far will something move with air pressure vs. water pressure? What made that bread rise? You’ll be able to figure these things out for yourself. There will be tables loaded with magnets, water, gears, scales, weights, pulleys, tools and gadgets to help answer these questions.
As we explore forces and energy with books, hands-on activities and crafts, think of the library as providing the energy to make things happen after you start things moving. Whether this is your first summer or your fifteenth at the DPL, we promise to make it fun!
Britt-Marie was Here by F. Backman
15th Affair by J. Patterson
Austenland by S. Hale
Playful Parenting by L. Cohen
Eligible by C. Sittenfeld
Visit the 1841 Schoolhouse Museum
Learn all about Dublin’s pre-Civil War trades, and about other pre-automobile trades as well, on Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday and Monday, May 29 & 30, and on weekends starting July 4 and running through Labor Day, at the 1841 Schoolhouse Museum.
A “Summer Job” Exhibit: The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery located in Wyman Way on the campus of Keene State College presents a new exhibit, “Summer Job: Learning with the Permanent Collection,” from June 17 through July 24; with a public reception to be held June 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Selections include painting, photography, sculpture, and works on paper. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 12 to 5 pm; and it is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Check www.keene.edu/tsag for special events. For inquiries, call 358-2720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fixing Errors in May Issue: The photo of the gentleman on p. 1 at last year’s Memorial Day is Tim Murray. The photo of the Cemetery employees on p. 3 shows Michael Edick and Cles Staples. Hank Campbell was the photographer. The Advocate regrets the errors.
2016 Master Plan Survey
Beginning the ‘visioning’ process.
By Bruce Simpson
The Planning Board’s first step in the development of a new Master Plan for the town is “Visioning.” This is a process the Planning Board uses to get an idea of how townspeople envision Dublin in the coming years and decades. This Board (and future Boards) then can use this information to develop a strategic plan to realize that vision, usually through changes to the Dublin Zoning Ordinances and recommendations to other town boards.
We are beginning this first step with the survey included here in this month’s Advocate, printed on colored paper. It asks what you like about Dublin, what land-use issues you think are important, and what changes you would like to see.
When you fill it out, you are not limited to the choices provided: after each question and again at the end of the survey there are spaces for you to offer additional comments. Feel free to attach another page if you need to. There will be a collection box at the Town Hall, or you can mail them back to us at PO Box 277. If you prefer, you may instead complete the survey online at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8NJGWDM.
We want to continue this visioning process and expand on the survey results with some open forums to which citizens are invited to join the Planning Board and discuss their visions of Dublin’s future in greater depth. We will hold these forums on June 16 (7 pm at the Town Hall) and July 21; and will schedule more if necessary. If Thursday evenings aren’t convenient for you and you would prefer that the Board hold a forum on another day and time (Saturday morning?), please indicate this on your survey form.
Again, it is vital that we receive input from as many Dublin residents as possible in order to develop a plan that best represents the town. Please take some time to think about what you would like Dublin to look like in the year 2025 and share it with us.
Bruce Simpson is Chair of the Dublin Planning Board. Other members are Dale Gabel, Steve Baldwin, Bill Goodwin, Suzan Macy, John Morris, and Walt Snitko (selectmen’s representative). Alternates are Neil Sandford, Donna Garner, Gregg Fletcher, and Todd Bennett.
Georgia deForest Cabot Fletcher
August 16, 1929-May 9, 2016
Mother of Rob, Tom, and Althea Seaver
DPD Holds Open House & BBQ
Bring the family!
By Tim Suokko
The members of the Dublin Police Department would like to welcome you to a community Open House and BBQ on Saturday, June 11, from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Dublin Police Department (1122 Main Street). Come to meet and greet department personnel, take a tour of the facility, get a tour of the Police Cruiser, pick up Child ID kits, and enjoy free hamburgers and hotdogs. Hope to see you there.
Tim Suokko is Patrol Sargeant on the Dublin Police Department.
National Night Out
The only thing we ask is that we see you there!
By Daniel Cheshire
Despite Chief Sullivan retiring in August, the Police Department will host some community-oriented events over the next couple of months. In addition to teaching DARE, being out on the road, and our Open House on June 11, the Police Department will be hosting a National Night Out this August 2.
The nationwide community block-party program National Night Out formed out of the idea that community safety is enhanced when you know your neighbors and your local first responders.
The community block party allows your fire fighters, police officers and other responders to visit your cookout to meet the children, make connections, and answer questions. Stay tuned for more details.
Meanwhile, if you have any concerns and we don’t bump into each other at the T-Bird or the Dublin General, you can reach me at 563-8411 or email@example.com.
Daniel Cheshire is an officer in the Dublin Police Department.
NH Police Cadet Training Academy
By Melissa Hetrick
Experience life as a police recruit June 25 – July 1, 2016 at NHTI.
The New Hampshire Police Cadet Training Academy is accepting applications for the 2016 session. The New Hampshire Police Cadet Training Academy (NHPCTA) offers young men and women ages 14 – 20 the opportunity to experience life as a police recruit. This year, the weeklong Academy will take place at the New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) campus in Concord, NH, from June 25 – July 1, 2016. It has been sponsored for the past 42 years by the NH Police Association and the NH Association of Chiefs of Police.
Applications may be found at www.nhchiefsofpolice.com; click on Cadet Training Academy. You will also find a link to a segment from New Hampshire Chronicle from WMUR Channel 9. Further information can be obtained from Chief James Burroughs, Newport, NH, Police Department, 863-3240 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or your local Chief of Police.
Melissa Hetrick is an Officer on the Dublin Police Department.
Save These Dates in July
4th Annual Ice Cream Social & Live Music: July 20, 6 – 8 pm
Master Plan Forum: July 21, 7 pm
Yankee Barn Sale: July 23 (rain date July 24)
DCS News: Wrapping Up the School Year
By Nicole Pease
How is it possible that June is already here? I remember writing my first article for the Advocate as the new Principal of DCS and I can’t believe this is the last one for this school year. At DCS June is a busy time for everyone. The teachers are finishing up the last pieces of curriculum and assessing student growth over the school year. In the midst of this work, June also brings lots of fun goings-on at DCS.
With the help of the Cornucopia Project, the gardens have all been turned over, and students have been planting their seedlings that were started on an indoor growing cart. These will be well taken care of by the Dublin Summer Playground. We appreciate these efforts as it allows the gardens to flourish and be full of vegetables to be harvested when school starts up again in the fall.
The annual Spring Social will be held June 3 in which new families and students are welcomed to our wonderful school. We will have a water fun day and spirit week, which are always exciting. As each of these events happen, I am always amazed by the efforts all our staff and students put forth to make them so much fun!
Please remember that during the Dublin Summer Playground, there is free breakfast and lunch for all the children — quite a wonderful and “well-balanced” opportunity.
As we look toward the fall and examine student enrollment, we will also have to look at our class configurations. There is much to do as we wrap up the current school year and prepare for the upcoming one. We hope everyone in our wonderful town has an enjoyable summer, and we will see you in the fall.
Nicole Pease, M.Ed., is Dublin Consolidated School Principal and the Math Coach for SAU1.
Playground Begins June 27
Sign up now to reserve a spot!
Dublin Summer Playground runs rain or shine, weekdays from June 27 to August 5. The program is held from 9 am to 3 pm each day at the Dublin Consolidated School.
In addition to daily fun at the school, kids at Playground also take trips to see the Manchester Fisher Cats, climb Mt. Monadnock, visit Canobie Lake Park and do weekly walks up to the Dublin Public Library.
Playground is for Dublin residents from ages 5 to 12. Cost for the entire summer is only $150.
Registration forms are available at the Dublin Town Hall and Dublin Consolidated School. Completed registration forms must be sent to Box 277, Dublin, NH.
Questions may be directed to DublinPlayground@nullyahoo.com.
DCF Awards Dubliner
The members of the Dublin Community Foundation are pleased to announce that they are awarding a scholarship to Christina Newell who will be attending the University of New Hampshire.
Members of the DCF are Jane Keough, Jeff Oja, Connie Cerroni, Tom Warren and Rosemary Mack.
School Board Update
By Bernd Foecking
My first couple of months on the ConVal School Board have very much been a time for me to get to know the different people involved, find my place in the committees I was placed on, and spend time to familiarize myself with the current topics at hand.
The Peterborough vote against the feasibility study of a withdrawal from ConVal was important for the continued work of the board. Especially the Strategic Plan Committee – which I am a member of – will now be able to look ahead to the future of ConVal without the threat of the work being done in an unstable environment.
As one of the several important considerations, the Strategic Plan Committee will continue to discuss the configuration of our school district, especially with regard to the services the district can provide to students who attend smaller schools.
The Education Committee – another committee I was placed on – suggested the ConVal Tech Plan to the full board for approval, where it was approved. You can study the plan in detail on the ConVal website under http://convalsd.net/finance-operations/technology/
I think the execution of the plan will provide many opportunities for our students to improve their learning in a digital world.
Outside the committee and full board meetings, I had a chance to visit the Dublin Consolidated School. Nicole Pease and I had a nice visit, and I had a chance to see the school and meet the teachers and students. I am already looking forward to the school’s ice-cream social on June 3.
I will try to give you an update on what is happening at the board level on a regular basis. Please feel free to call me at 831-6134 or e-mail me at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Bernd Foecking is Dublin’s new representative to the ConVal School Board, SAU 1.
Time for Dump Stickers
By Tom Kennedy
Current dump stickers are mandatory for the Recycling Center / Transfer Station and are available to Dublin residents with proof of residency at the Town Clerk’s Office and Transfer Station.
Transfer Station Permits are issued annually; for New Hampshire registered vehicles, permits are due on the month of registration and for summer residents with out-of-state vehicles, permits are available between January and December.
Failure to comply with this requirement shall deny you access to the facility’s services. If help is needed to remove an expired permit and/or affix a new permit, please see Tom Kennedy for assistance. Thank you for your co-operation.
Tom Kennedy is Superintendent of the Dublin Transfer Station.
Rec Committee Recruiting New Members
The Selectmen are looking for community volunteers to be appointed to the Recreation Committee to help develop, coordinate and implement town-wide activities and events for adults and children of all ages. Do you have special skills or talents you would be willing to share with fellow members and your community? Do you want to see the Memorial Day Parade, Halloween events and WinterFest continue? Consider volunteering, and be a part of creating lasting memories in town for generations to come.
Contact Town Administrator Sherry Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 563-8544.
Dublin School Dedicates Steele Family Boathouse
By Brad Bates
On Saturday, April 23, Dublin School officially opened and dedicated its new crew boathouse on Thorndike Pond. Alumni parent and current Dublin School Trustee Timothy Steele, owner of the Microspec Corporation in Peterborough, NH, informed us two years ago that he wanted to donate the funds for a new boathouse to support the growing popularity and success of crew at Dublin. Mr. Steele comes from a family of rowers, and he was thrilled that his two children rowed while enrolled at Dublin.
When looking for property on which to build the boathouse, Dublin School found a willing partner in the Boy Scouts of America’s Nashua Valley Council. Executive Director Gary Savignano was approached about the idea of building a boathouse on the Council’s Camp Wanocksett property in the town of Dublin, and Savignano saw immediate benefits to a collaboration.
Dublin School hired Dan Scully of Scully Architects to design the boathouse and Isaac Traffie of A 61 Construction to build it in partnership with Andy Hungerford, Dublin School’s Director of Buildings and Grounds. The design of the boathouse allows for the storage of 24 boats.
Dublin races four oared shells in regional and national competitions. They have dominated the Granite State Championships over the last few years, and their boys’ lightweight four won the National Scholastic Regatta last spring and qualified for the US Rowing National Championships in Florida last June. Rowing is part of the School’s larger Endurance Program, which offers the students the opportunity to run or bike in the fall, cross-country ski in the winter, and row in the spring. The Endurance Program encourages student athletes to try different sports while building excellent fitness throughout the year.
Dublin School is an independent boarding and day school with 154 students. The Steele boathouse is located three miles from campus on the flanks of the beautiful Mount Monadnock. The lake is approximately a mile and a half long.
Brad Bates is Head of School at Dublin School.
A Passion for Pastels
The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting a pastel exhibit featuring artists Maryann Mullet, and two other artists from May 23 through June 25 in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery.
Maryann Mullet, a Dublin resident, worked in graphic arts and illustration before switching to pastel painting six years ago. Her inspiration comes from nature: flora, berries and vegetables, or birds and animals. She has won numerous awards for her paintings and has been published in national magazines. The Jaffrey Civic Center is at 40 Main St., next to the Jaffrey Library, with parking in rear. Admission is free. For hours, call 532-6527, or e-mail email@example.com.
The Woof Wagon Comes to Town
By Rusty Bastedo
The Woof Wagon is a gasoline-powered dog-grooming service, put into motion by Megan Suokko five days a week from 9 to 5. The Woof Wagon is also available nights and weekends by advance appointment.
Megan has groomed dogs professionally for the past ten years and has owned and operated The Woof Wagon for the past eight years. The service relocated from Westminster, MA, to Dublin because Megan Suokko’s husband, Tim, is the newly appointed sergeant for the Dublin Police Department.
A graduate of Clark University (Worcester, MA), Megan Suokko has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Professional Communications, but dog grooming has been her lifelong interest. She began her service with one truck and now has three trucks working throughout the Monadnock Region, while her parents provide bookkeeping and billing services and her husband provides additional support.
A Woof Wagon interior contains a grooming table, a wash tub, and a copious supply of heated water. The Woof Wagon’s unique feature is that the vehicle parks in the dog owner’s driveway, so that the dog and the dog owner have the safety of familiar surroundings while the bath, nails cut and filed, ear cleaning and hair trimming take place. Typical treatment time is one hour per animal, and if two dogs are to receive the same services one animal is bathed while the other animal receives the post-bath treatments, then the dogs’ positions are reversed. The typical cost is $70 per animal, depending on size of the breed. Six dogs are treated in a working day, so that each animal receives a one-hour treatment.
This local business is for dog owners with a full working schedule, or is suitable for those owners who dread the occasional need for their own dog-washing services. Has your dog met a skunk recently? The Woof Wagon offers an opportunity for escape from other such realities that come with dog ownership. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Rusty Bastedo is on the staff of the Advocate.
June at the Hub
Hub Carmela Azzaro is Featured Artist
By Mary Loftis
Carmela Azzaro of Keene will be the featured artist for the month of June at the Dublin Community Center. Carmela, who works in acrylics, draws her inspiration from nature.
In her artist’s statement she says, “My goal is to capture a special moment in time. Sometimes it is simply light and color that seem to play their way across my canvas; at other times it is the strength of rocks and trees, the rage of crashing surf or the gentle meandering of water.”
A long time art teacher in the Keene Schools, Carmela has devoted her retirement to painting and figure drawing.
Her work has been shown locally, including in the 2015 Jurors’ Choice Competition at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College. She is one of eight artists chosen to exhibit a body of work at the Selections 2017 show next February at the Library Arts Center in Newport, NH.
An opening reception for the artist will be held at the Community Center on Friday, June 10, from 5 to 7 pm. Refreshments will be served.
Mary Loftis organizes art shows for the Dublin Community Center (aka The Hub).
HCS Wellness Clinic: Nurse Is In: Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS) is offering a Nurse Is In wellness clinic at the Dublin Community Center on Tuesday, June 21, from 12 to 1 pm. Our HCS wellness nurse will check blood pressures and be available to answer questions about home care and any health concerns you may have. This screening is open to residents of all area towns and is offered free of charge. No appointments necessary. Nurse Is In clinics are sponsored by Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services, a Monadnock United Way agency. For a complete list of clinics or for more information, visit HCSservices.org or call 352-2253.
Zumba Will Resume in September: Zumba Fitness at the DubHub will be taking a summer vacation after its final class on June 6. Instead, participants will be able to get outdoors and enjoy all that summer has to offer — biking, swimming, kayaking, hiking, golfing, playing tennis, and more. Fall Zumba Fitness classes at the Hub will resume on Monday, September 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. For information, call Deb Giaimo, Zumba Instructor, at 603-563-8648.
It’s Tick Season, Be informed.
What’s in a Name? Old Pound Road
By Felicity Pool
Old Pound Road travels along the east side of the cemetery from Route 101 to Old Common Road.
If you’d lived in Dublin in the 19th century, Old Pound Road could have been a byway you traveled. You’d go along it to get to the First Meetinghouse, the cemetery and the house of the second minister, Edward Sprague (the white house at the corner of Route 101 and Frothingham Roads). John Mason’s icehouses would have been along there, too, for storing blocks of frozen Dublin Pond water.
The August 1790 Town Meeting “voted to build a Pound and to set it on the Town land east of the Meetinghouse.”
Prominent farmer and early settler Moses Greenwood was chosen to construct an enclosure thirty feet square and six feet high. The cost of labor and materials for the structure was 4 pounds 16 schillings. The Pound was in use for close to 100 years. Stray animals were driven there, and then released to their owners after fees were paid.
As the center of town shifted east, the road fell into disuse. In 1904, the road was repaired and made suitable for travel, running more or less as it does today along the northeast side of the cemetery.
Felicity Pool is a member of the Dublin Historical Society.
Peterborough Players Season Opener
By Fred Leventhal
The Peterborough Players opens its 2016 season on June 22 with Driving Miss Daisy, Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize comedy/drama about the improbably close relationship that develops between an elderly Southern Jewish lady and her black chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, over a 25-year period. Last performed at the Players in 1990, the long-running play was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. The two leading roles will be performed by Carolyn Michel, formerly seen in Peterborough in Family Secrets and The Lady With All the Answers, and Taurean Blacque, familiar to audiences for his prominent role in the TV-drama Hill Street Blues. Players’ favorite, Kraig Swartz, rounds out the cast as Daisy Werthan’s long-suffering son, Boolie.
The Second Company production of Miss Nelson is Missing, a comedy for children, will receive ten performances beginning June 25 and then on Friday and Saturday mornings through July 23.
Fred Leventhal, a resident of Dublin, is a Trustee of the Peterborough Players.