Dublin’s Post Office Paintings
By Rusty Bastedo
Upon entering Dublin’s U.S. Post Office, a building that was originally the Trinitarian Church and later headquarters for the Dublin Women’s Club, visitors are greeted by two large paintings by Dublin artist Joseph Lindon Smith (1863-1950). Both paintings were prepared for the Garden Club of Dublin, an organization founded in August 1928 that became an affiliate of the Garden Club of America in 1935.
Upon entering Dublin’s U.S. Post Office, a building that was originally the Trinitarian Church and later headquarters for the Dublin Women’s Club, visitors are greeted by two large paintings by Dublin artist Joseph Lindon Smith (1863-1950). Both paintings were prepared for the Garden Club of Dublin, an organization founded in August 1928 that became an affiliate of the Garden Club of America in 1935.
Starting in 1929, the Garden Club of Dublin mounted extensive multi-day annual flower shows. In the Garden Club records from the 1932 flower show, there is a photograph of the painting “Zephyrus.” A break in this fledgling tradition occurred, according to one of several histories of the Garden Club of Dublin, when “In 1939, in place of the annual flower show, a [Joseph Lindon Smith] pageant “Flora Smiles” was presented in the outdoor theatre at Loon Point. Twenty-five children dressed as and carrying flowers took part (from “A Brief History of The Garden Club of Dublin: abstracted from compilations by Mrs. Louis C. Gerry, and brought up to date by Mrs. J. Boyd Britton in 1988”).
For decades during the first half of the 1900s, the artist Joseph Lindon Smith and his wife Corinna (Putnam) Smith were lynchpins of Dublin’s summer social life. The couple “wintered” for half a century in Egypt, where “Uncle Joe” recorded with paint on canvas or board major archaeological discoveries found in the Valley of Kings and at other sites for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and other learned institutions.
The tomb walls uncovered in museum-funded “digs” were arduously copied by Smith with his mastery of paint and technique.
In 1935-1936, Joseph Lindon Smith was busy producing art for Harvard’s 300th anniversary celebrations (1636-1936). Some of these 1935-1936 artistic productions were subsequently incorporated into the Dublin Lake Club – a summer club founded in 1901 that listed Smith as its president for almost 50 years. With all his work, plus other commissions, the artist found time to produce these renderings of Zephyrus and Flora.
Our Post Office is fortunate to have these works of art on its walls. The Dublin Women’s Club was given the paintings in 1958 by the Garden Club and they remain the property of the Women’s Club.
Rusty Bastedo is on the staff of the Advocate.
[For more information on Joseph Lindon Smith, visit Monadnock Art: http://www.monadnockart.org/index.php/artists-past/joseph-lindon-smith]
Dublin Public Library
The 2016 Summer Reading Program, entitled “Motion, Magnets, Water and Wind,” will begin Wednesday, June 29, at 10 am and run every Wednesday through August 3.
Working together as a team using simple tools and gadgets, we will challenge our brains this summer. As we explore forces and energy with books, hands-on activities and crafts, think of the library as the energy that is going to make things happen for you — and yourself as the force needed to start things moving!
Whether this is your first summer or your 15th, we promise to make it fun.
Summer Reading: Check out the books of 300 pages or less on display throughout the library, some old favorites but lots by new authors.
Massacre Pond by P. Doiron
Weekenders by M.K. Andrews
Blackout by D. Rosenfelt
The City of Mirrors by J. Cronin
Valiant Ambition by N. Philbrick
Tribe by S. Junger
Friends of the Dublin Public Library: Ice Cream Social
By Shari LaPierre
Summer has arrived and with it the 4th Annual Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Friends. Join us the evening of Wednesday, July 27, from 5:30 to 7 pm on the lawn of the Dublin Public Library for free Kimball’s ice cream and the smooth sounds of Scott Mullett and his Jazz Quartet. Bring a blanket or chairs and maybe a supper picnic basket — and relax!
Our annual Children’s Day event will be held Saturday, August 6, from 10 am to noon, at the library. Our guest performer this year is Lindsay Aucella and her Puppet Pals. Lindsay brings her larger-than-life Puppet Pals to family audiences across New England. Filled with silliness, active audience engagement, and memorable characters, this series of charming short stories will delight all.
Don’t forget about the Library’s museum pass program: Take advantage of free or discounted admission for the whole family for several local New England museums. Visit our website at www.dublinlibraryfriends.weebly.com for full information.
If you’d like to stay on top of all the FDPL’s events, join our mailing list – a link can be found on our website.
Finally, but most important, a grateful thank you to all our 2016 donors who generously support our mission to make our treasured library just a little more special.
Shari LaPierre submitted this on behalf of the Board of the Friends of the Dublin Public Library.
Dublin Women’s Club Beach Open for the Summer
By Nancy Campbell
Women’s Club members and guests owe a big thank you to more than 20 people who on June 11 braved a cool, sometimes rainy day, and cold water temperatures to put in the docks and rafts. A special thank you also goes to Joe Sangermano and Swanzey Fire Chief Norm Skantze who made sure the moorings for the big raft were secure.
In addition to the installation of the French drain to help with water run-off, the Club had new seamless gutters installed on the building at the end of May.
The beach officially opened for lessons on Wednesday, June 22. Polly Seymour and Megan Briggs are teaching swimming lessons. Natasha Kipka and Rowan Wilson are the weekend lifeguards. Nathan Brown is teaching sailing.
Anyone who has not received an invitation and who wishes to join the Club may call Nancy Campbell at 563-8480. Dues are $125. Anyone needing financial assistance may contact Nancy Campbell, Connie Cerroni, Emily Johnson, Heather Fletcher, or Shannon Carpenter.
Nancy Campbell is Treasurer of the Dublin Women’s Club.
Update on Master Plan Survey; Hearing 7/21
By Bruce Simpson
The Dublin Planning Board would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete our Master Plan Survey. There is still time to submit one, if you have not done so, as the survey will remain open until July 15.
The paper version of the survey (and collection boxes) are available at the Town Hall, the Library, Dublin General Store and Carr’s Store; or you can complete it online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8NJGWDM. You can also review all the answers submitted to date online by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-CLWFV36R/.
The Board held a public hearing to discuss the survey and Master Plan issues on June 16, and will hold another one on July 21 at 7 pm. We will also hold a Saturday meeting on September 17; time and place to be announced in next month’s Advocate. We hope that as many townspeople as possible can join us to discuss their vision for Dublin’s future.
Bruce Simpson has been chair of the Dublin Planning Board since 2007.
Our New Police Chief
By Peter S. Thomas
After careful consideration, the Dublin Board of Selectmen will appoint Sgt. Timothy J. Suokko to the position of Chief of the Dublin Police Department on August 1, 2016. Tim is taking over the reins from Chief Steve Sullivan, who is retiring. Tim has been with the Dublin Police Department for four years, rising to the rank of Sergeant.
Prior to coming to Dublin, Tim was with the New Ipswich Police Department for four years and five years at Fitchburg State University. He and his wife Megan moved to Dublin last year. We ask the community to congratulate Tim on his promotion and look forward to his service to our Town.
Sturdy Thomas has served as a selectman since 2012.
Bernice H. Hyman
November 29, 1913 – June 15, 2016
Bernice lived in Dublin with her husband Thomas Hyman from 1941 to 1993.
Then she moved to Nelson to live with daughter and son-in-law, Barry and Karen Tolman. Most recently she lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Tom Hyman and Suzanne Haldane.
The Town of Dublin is accepting applications for an immediate opening as a part-time (20 hours) Transfer Station Attendant. The successful applicant must be able to meet and assist the public in a courteous manner, lift 50 pounds, pass a background check and be willing to work toward attaining a Principal Operator, Step 3 State Certification. The starting hourly rate for this entry-level position is $11 – $12 depending on experience and qualifications. The Town of Dublin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pick up applications and job description at the Dublin Transfer Station, 176 Cobb Meadow Road, Wednesday or Saturday between 9 am and 4 pm. For further information, contact Tom Kennedy, Superintendent, at 563-8557.
Ian Sistare graduated from Northfield Mt. Hermon School on May 22, and will attend Dartmouth College this fall. He made Dean’s list his senior year, earning the Moody Effort Award for performance and effort. He played varsity basketball all four years at NMH, was the captain his senior year and will play basketball for Dartmouth. He also earned a McDonald’s All-American nomination and is the fifth NMH player to score more than 1,000 points in his career. He set the NMH record of 137 for the number of varsity basketball games played in his career; he led his team in his senior year to the NEPSAC Class AAA regular season and post-season tournament championships. He is the son of Jonathan and Kathleen Sistare.
Molly Levene earned a B.A. cum laude from Tufts University with a double major in Sociology and Community Health. A captain of the swim team, Molly received the team’s Cecilia Grimm Award for dedication, selflessness, dignity, and warmth. She will study at Tufts for another year while completing a Masters in Public Health. Molly is the daughter of Steven Levene and Susan Peters.
Lake Host Program
Educating boaters is one of the primary functions of the lake hosts.
By Bill Goodwin
The boat launch at the west end of Dublin Lake will once again have lake hosts helping boaters search for any plants that may get attached to boats or boat trailers. We are pleased to have Annie Garrett-Larsen and Genna Weidner back with us again this summer.
Of greatest concern are invasive aquatic plants such as Variable Milfoil and Fanwort that could be transported from other lakes to Dublin Lake. Within NH, many lakes have infestation problems, and our goal is to prevent these plants from entering our lake.
The Lake Host Program is offered by the New Hampshire Lakes Association, which is providing $1,250 funding via a grant application made by the Dublin Conservation Commission. The Beech Hill/ Dublin Lake Watershed Association will contribute $700 as a cash match for ramp coverage. We thank them for their generous support.
The lake hosts will provide boat ramp coverage from July 1 through August 28. They will work from 9 am to 5 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. We added Fridays to our coverage this year since many boaters start their weekends on Fridays.
Last summer we conducted 507 inspections of boats going in or coming out of Dublin Lake. Fortunately, boaters using our lake have been doing a great job keeping their boat free of any vegetation. We found no invasive plants.
Please welcome Annie and Genna when you see them this summer. They will be wearing their blue Lake Host shirts while working at the ramp.
Bill Goodwin is the Point Person for the Lake Host Program at Dublin Lake.
[photo to come] Mr. Korpi used his tractor to pull out a float for repair that he had just put in the lake near a boathouse. Photo by Stephanie Young
Trust Funds Scholarships Awarded to Two Students
Two young Dubliners with records of academic success and committed civic engagement will receive scholarships from Dublin’s Trustees of the Trust Funds.
Jesse Garrett-Larson, who graduated from Dublin School in 2015, will be a sophomore at The College of Wooster in Ohio. As a freshman, Jesse participated in two service trips, one to Zimbabwe and another to Detroit over spring break — all while excelling in the demanding science courses on his schedule. On his application to renew his scholarship, he wrote: “My life at Wooster has been just as busy as I imagined it would be but I have still prioritized helping others, whether it is talking to a friend who needs me or going on a service trip to help complete strangers. Civic life expands beyond school. I experience it every day, bringing it in to each community that I am part of.”
Christina Newell, who ranks sixth in her senior class at ConVal High School, will attend the honors program at the University of New Hampshire next year. For four years, Christina has served as a “peer ambassador” in Spiral International’s China Cultural Exchange, helping visiting Chinese students learn about American culture and language through activities and field trips. In addition, she has been active in ConVal’s Interact Club, which organized a roadside cleanup, a Thanksgiving food drive, an Operation Santa project, and the Peterborough Easter egg hunt. Christina also took advantage of an internship program that allowed her to work at Monadnock Community Hospital where she discovered her “passion for nursing and helping others.” In her application, Christina wrote, “I also still have my dream of helping to set up clinics in rural places so that people can have better access to healthcare. It is my hope to be able to make a difference in the lives of many people as a nurse.”
The Scholarship Committee of the Trustees of the Trust Funds (Barbara Summers, Balmeet Kaur Khalsa, and Mary Loftis) is honored to help these two talented and committed young people begin and continue their college careers.
From the Conservation Commission
By Miriam Carter
The month of June is always a busy but exciting month for members on the Dublin Conservation Commission. In the early hours of a June morning I had the opportunity to drive through the Town reviewing the effects of the last fall’s Japanese knotweed-spraying program. Jeff Taylor from Vegetation Control joined me in this annual review.
I am happy to report that the new approach of using a spray truck vs. backpack sprayers has served the Town well. We were able to do a much more efficient job of spraying large stands of knotweed. There is a marked decrease in the regeneration of the plant at affected sites. It is a battle that we will never win, based on the tenacious qualities of this plant, and we will need to continue our effort to identify new or regenerating growths throughout the Town. But the good news is that the program is very successful and the new approach to spraying has had terrific results.
Members of the Committee keep a keen eye out for this bamboo-like plant at this time of year, and we need your help. If you have discovered knotweed on your property or know of a stand in the town that needs to be managed, please contact anyone on the Conservation Commission.
Miriam Carter is chairman of the ConCom and she can be reached at 563-8046. Other members are John Morris, Rusty Bastedo, Traceymay Kalvaitis, and Wendy White is an alternate.
AVA Wins “Best of NH 2016”
AVA Restoration, a service and maintenance garage for BMW and European enthusiast cars, has been selected by the readers of New Hampshire Magazine as “Best of NH 2016” in the mechanic category. Located in the heart of Dublin Village, AVA Restoration is owned and operated by Alex Vogel.
Proceeds from ticket sales to the Best of NH event that honored all such recipients in June will benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities.
New Hampshire Magazine, called the state’s premier lifestyle magazine, is published by McLean Communications, a media company that also specializes in event and custom publishing projects. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yankee Publishing, Inc., publishers of Yankee Magazine and The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Yankee Barn Sale: Sign up Before July 11
The 35th annual Yankee Barn Sale, set for Saturday, July 23, allows employees of Yankee Publishing Inc. and residents to sell their attic treasures at the Yankee Field on Rte. 101, near Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, from 8 am to 1 pm.
Treasures come in all shapes and sizes at approximately 80 selling spaces. NH Gym Rats, a nonprofit youth basketball program focusing on skill development with participating players from throughout the Monadnock Region, will be running the refreshments booth as a fundraiser for their organization.
Parking is $1 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 6:30 am. If it should rain, the Barn Sale will be held the next day, on Sunday, July 24.
If you wish to participate, the deadline for requesting a space is July 11. For further information, contact Linda Clukay at 563-8111.
Summer Gardens: Call for Photos
We know that there are legions of talented gardeners in Dublin. This year the Dublin Historical Society would like to capture some of the artistry by assembling a virtual album with images of local gardens.
If you would like to participate, you can send up to two photos to DHS. We would prefer digital images of no more than 1MB in size, which can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, you can send 4”x6” prints to DHS at PO Box 415, Dublin, NH 03444. Please include your name with your submission.
The New Director of the Hub
By Mary Loftis
Bridget McFall is part of many communities. She lives at Dublin School with her husband, who is Dean of Students, and their two children.
The Dublin School faculty and students comprise one community in which Bridget takes the time to bake with students while offering a listening ear. Their daughter just finished Kindergarten at Dublin Consolidated School, where Bridget is an active and involved member of the PTO. She recently became a member of the Dublin Community Church and is involved with that community. And on April 1, Bridget began her job as the Acting Director at the Dublin Community Center, where she has been a board member for the past six months as well as a children’s yoga instructor.
Bridget grew up in Troy, New York, and moved to New Hampshire to attend Notre Dame College in Manchester, where she met her husband. After they married, they moved to Utah (site of the “best skiing on earth!”) where her husband worked at an independent school and Bridget worked as a Special Education teacher and director. Relocating back to Dublin seemed natural because they were both returning to their roots on the east coast.
Since Bridget took over as Program Director, things have been hopping at the Hub! It seems as if there is a new event happening there almost every day, ranging from poetry readings and art shows to Zumba and Qi gong classes – and Bridget, with her Board of Directors, oversees them all. She is planning a new initiative to bridge the generation gap: an after-school reading program in which retired individuals can read with local children. She also has in mind a multi-generational fun run and 5K race for all abilities.
Bridget says of her new position: “Looking ahead to the future of the Dublin Community Center, I see a place where people of all ages come together to enjoy arts, education and healthy living. In moving forward I plan to thoughtfully involve all those looking to be a part of this wonderful organization.”
Dublin is lucky to have this warm and dynamic young woman at the helm of the Hub!
Mary Loftis is on the staff of the Advocate.
New Minister of Music at DCC
By Rev. Mike Scott
The Dublin Community Church’s new Minister of Music, Thomas Martin, is retiring as Choral Music Director at Keene High School after a tenure of 22 years and will begin at DCC on July 3. He has served as Music Director at Quabbin High School in Barre, Massachusetts, and in many other places as church organist, adjunct faculty, composer, arranger, and music director.
Mr. Martin, who comes to the Dublin Church following Barbara Summers’ 30-year tenure as Organist, Choir Director and Minister of Music, has a Masters of Education degree from Keene State College and two Bachelor’s degrees (from Boston College and Berklee College of Music in Boston). He brings a desire to carry on the tradition of outstanding choral singing and musicianship that has been a hallmark of the church. He will find himself quite at home here, having known a number of church members for many years, and even having played with Scott Mullett’s jazz band, the group that plays at the twice-yearly Jazz Sundays at the church. Another interesting connection is that one of Tom’s star students, Colby Baker, has been the church’s substitute Music Director since Ms. Summers’ retirement earlier this year.
We are looking forward to having Tom with us; it was rather serendipitous and quite a coup to find him available and bring him on board!
Rev. Mike Scott is the pastor at Dublin Community Church, an open and affirming congregation.
Mary McLellan and Brian Malley were married on June 24 at her family home in Jaffrey. They live in Long Beach, California, where Mary is a teacher in public schools and Brian works at ASCA Inc. in probabilistic risk assessments for rocket and launch safety. Mary is the daughter of Holly Alderman and the late Fletcher A. McLellan, formerly of Dublin, and a niece of Martha and Bill Raymond and Mary and John Lord.
Illness Can Be a Gift
Susan Stover and Charlie Collier work together to get their idea across.
By Margaret Gurney
Charlie Collier and Susan Stover welcomed me into their lovely home overlooking Monadnock that was designed and built years ago by Charlie’s father, Abe Collier. Susan does the talking for Charlie, whose speech is impaired by Alzheimer’s, and explained that Charlie has returned — in a sense — to his spiritual home by relocating back to Dublin.
Susan and Charlie have both spent decades in parallel professional fundraising careers, mostly in the Northeast, for prestigious academic institutions, but they have retired – albeit early – to live here, and wanted to talk about that and something entirely different.
Although Charlie’s stellar career had him lauded by several organizations while he was still able to address his audiences, he has moved on to a new form of service, Susan explained while Charlie nodded in agreement. By publicly acknowledging his illness, specifically aphasia (challenge retrieving and enunciating words) as the cause of his retirement, he plans to bring attention to the need for all of us to be more aware of Alzheimer’s pervasiveness — affecting more than 5 million people in this country (4% of whom have early onset). Charlie wishes to do what he can to help raise both awareness and funds for continued research for what is now referred to as an epidemic.
To this effort, Charlie has already been quite successful: he volunteers for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, the Quebec Labrador Fund, and has spoken at several events to raise awareness.
Back in the day, Charlie majored in religion at Dartmouth. He then received a master’s from Harvard Divinity School, but when he was exposed to the planned giving world, he knew that was to be his ministry. So while consulting with families on how to best distribute their wealth, he was simply responding to his calling. Yet his strength is in his adaptability to his situation, I was to learn from Susan, who similarly has made her new life with Charlie her calling.
The conversation has shifted from wealth and philanthropy to Alzheimer’s. Together they have presented in the Boston Public Library, the Wellesley Free Library, and locally at the Peterborough Library. Charlie can attest to his successful career by promoting his book, Wealth in Families (now in its 3rd printing), in which he discusses the questions families need to ask together about what kind of legacy they wish to leave, what mark they wish their family to have on society.
Many important philanthropic decisions have been based on Charlie’s attentive and keen insights into these discussions. That model, which he developed, has spread nationwide.
And Charlie was rightly honored by many at his retirement. You can witness Charlie as he acknowledges his illness and where it has brought him in this life. There is a YouTube video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8lnWM0cJtM&sns=em) that captures Charlie’s reflections on his life before he was robbed of his speech, and one can see how well spoken he was. It is a testament to the man, the severity of this illness, and his family. Yet Charlie admits his illness is a gift, as it has led him to start his life anew.
Susan and Charlie each have two children from previous marriages, and between them they have seven grandchildren. They have enjoyed connecting with friends at the Dublin Community Church, and are making the very best of all that life offers.
Margaret Gurney is editor of the Advocate.
About Georgia Fletcher
Compiled by her family
Georgia Cabot Fletcher, 86, died on May 9th, 2016, at her home in Dublin, surrounded by family. She is survived by her sons Robert and Thomas Seaver and her daughter, Althea Seaver, as well as grandchildren Sarah, Jared, Orion, Anna, and Lincoln; and great-grandchildren Peyton, Ryan, Maya, and Zack; and her sisters Thea Sabine, Elise Beecher, and Elizabeth Haddock.
Born in Mt. Kisco, New York, to Thea Brush and Thomas Handasyd Cabot, Georgia spent most of her life in New Hampshire, where she loved the outdoors. Georgia was an enthusiastic sailor, camper, skier, and gardener. She savored visits to beautiful spots throughout New England to paint landscapes.
Georgia bloomed in the latter half of her life. She was an avid seeker of personal growth work and encouraged others to grow and challenge themselves. She developed a large circle of friends, many of whom are fine artists.
As a painter, Georgia was influenced by her grandfather, noted painter George de Forest Brush. She studied art at Keene State College as well as with Numael Pulido and Jeanne Duval. She painted watercolors, created sculpture and collage, and is best known for her oils.
Georgia received widespread acclaim for her work. Among the numerous prizes she received were the 2002 President’s award from the American Artist Professional League at the Salmagundi Club in New York; the Outstanding Work Award from the American Women’s National Juried Competition in Santa Fe, NM, in 2002; the Juror’s Award at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery in Keene, NH, in 2002; and a 1st place award in the 2004 Duxbury, MA, Art Association show.
Georgia was adored for her exuberant good humor and charm, and her uncanny ability to have fun. Her sparkle gave her a quality of agelessness and the world will be poorer for her absence.
Glen H. Hipple
Former owner of Carr’s Store, Town Selectman, and Little League coach.
July at the Hub
Howard Mansfield and Edie Clark to Present
Noted author Howard Mansfield will present an illustrated talk about his newest book, Sheds, on July 21 at 7 pm.
The shed has become a prominent feature everywhere you look in New England. A shed can be something small or something large but most importantly many shelter dreams, dreams of a brand new chicken coop, a place to store tools, a sugar shack in the March months, a shelter on the frozen lake while one fishes. Whatever kind of shed you may come across, most likely it has been the beginning of a passion and a dream in many a household.
Howard will be joined by guest Edie Clark, who will talk about New England’s only surviving “Spotter Shed,” a WW2 Aircraft Warning Observation Post. All are welcome to attend.
Frankie Brackley Tolman is July Artist of the Month
The featured artist for July is Frankie Brackley Tolman of Nelson, whose vibrant paintings have been widely shown in national, regional and local juried exhibitions. In addition, she is a long-time faculty member at the Sharon Arts Center where she teaches Experimental Painting and Mixed Media.
Frankie’s artist statement says, “I am constantly bowled over by the heartbreaking beauty of the world and am compelled to translate the emotional response that I experience to paint and paper or canvas.”
The Dublin Community Center will host a reception for the artist on Saturday, July 2, from 5 to 7 pm. Refreshments will be served.
Dance Party to Benefit the Food Pantry
On Tuesday, July 19, a 90-minute Line Dancing/Zumba Dance Party will be held in the DubHub from 5:30 to 7 pm to raise money and collect food for the Peterborough Food Pantry. Zumba Instructor Deb Giaimo will teach beginner line dancing from 5:30 to 6 pm — followed by Zumba Fitness from 6 to 7 pm.
The requested donation at the door is $5, and non-perishable food items (please check expiration dates) are gratefully accepted. The next dance party will be held on August 16.
Come join Deb for part or all of each Dance Party. No experience is necessary; it’s fun exercise and benefits a great cause!
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a contribution/donation to the PFP or if you have any questions, please call Deb at 563-8648.
Avis Mary Godbout
Monadnock Trails Week Seeks Volunteers
Participate for one day, several, or all five.
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Forest Society) and N.H. State Parks are hosting the 11th Annual Monadnock Trails Week from July 15 through 19, from 9 am to 3 pm.
Mount Monadnock is one of the most-climbed mountains in the western hemisphere. In 1915, the Forest Society conserved its first tract of 406 acres on Mount Monadnock, beginning a long-term effort to protect the natural integrity of the mountain and its surroundings. Since then, the Forest Society has acquired more than 4,000 acres at Mount Monadnock and Gap Mountain in the towns of Dublin, Marlborough, Troy and Jaffrey. The Forest Society leases much of this land to the State, which operates Mount Monadnock State Park.
Volunteers are invited to join conservation professionals and trails workers to help restore degraded hiking trails on Mount Monadnock during the five-day event.
No prior trail-work experience is required to volunteer. Work projects are typically suitable for adult volunteers; however, ages 13-15 are welcome to volunteer with a parent, and those ages 16-17 are welcome if they bring a signed parental permission form.
To sign up, contact Jenn Seredejko at email@example.com or call 224-9945.
Founded in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is the state’s oldest and largest non-profit land conservation organization. Supported by 10,000 families and businesses, the Forest Society’s mission is to perpetuate the state’s forests by promoting land conservation and sustainable forestry. For more information, visit www.forestsociety.org.
Nonprofits at Work in Our Town
The first in a series.
By May Clark
Each year at Town Meeting, Dublin’s townspeople are asked whether they will support funding for nonprofit agencies that serve our community. This year there were eight agencies included in the warrant article, all of which have a great impact on Dublin’s citizens. Dublin voted to support these eight agencies in March by a vote of 53 to 49, for a total of $7799, with funding for each agency ranging from $500 to $1996.
Over the coming months, we will submit a series of articles, one from each agency, in an effort to better inform our town about all that those nonprofits do to support our community, and how town support can save us money in the long run.
May Clark is the former principal of Dublin Consolidated School.
Independence at Home with HCS
By Susan Ashworth
Mr. and Mrs. Granite (names changed), both well into their 80s, are celebrating this July Fourth — celebrating that they are able to be independent at home. After a fall this spring that resulted in hip replacement surgery, Mrs. Granite was able to come home with help from Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS).
Her HCS physical therapist made sure she was doing her exercises properly and using her walker correctly. The physical therapist also did a home-safety assessment and made suggestions that would make it easier for both of them to get around. A visiting nurse stopped by to monitor medications, and to make sure that there were no other complications.
Medicare covered much of the cost for Mrs. Granite’s care; however, the supportive and chronic care services are not covered by Medicare. As the Granites head into their ninth decade, their savings are dwindling. Yet home support services are key to helping residents like them continue to stay safely at home.
In 2015, HCS provided $335,409 in care to Dublin residents. Town funding supports a small fraction or 0.5% of the cost of the care. This support can make the difference between continuing to be at home rather than relocating to a long-term care facility; home care can be a cost effective long-term care option for elderly residents and taxpayers alike. For the Granites, staying in their own home this Fourth of July is truly priceless.
Susan Ashworth is Director of Community Relations for Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (www.HCSservices.org). You can call her at 352-2253.
Grant Provides Funds for More Books
By Nancy Good Cayford
The Mary and Charles Howe Family Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has granted Friends of the Oglala Lakota of Dublin, NH, $800.00 for general support. The Dublin based organization’s mission is to put a book into the hands of every Lakota child living on the Pine Ridge Reservation; to raise awareness about environmental racism against American Indians; and to give annually seven scholarships to college-bound Lakota students.
Nancy Good Cayford is the Founding Director of the Friends of the Oglala Lakota.
The Arts and the People Who Live here
As so often happens in these summer months, there is more news than ever to fill these pages. There are more people to reach than ever, and so much more to accomplish in longer days. But in addition to enjoying our hills and woods, lakes and streams, flowers and vegetables, what we can also appreciate is the bounty that this region offers for our cultural pleasure: music and the arts, theater and dance, lectures and forums. This year is no exception.
July at the Players
By Fred Leventhal
The Peterborough Players will present a new drama by Sharr White as its second offering of the 2016 main stage season July 6 to 17. Annapurna, a poignant meditation on ageing, love, and loss, tells the story of Emma and Ulysses, who rediscover the durability of romance in a trailer park 20 years after their relationship abruptly ended. Evening performances are at 7:30 pm except for Saturdays at 8 pm. Sunday matinees are at 4 pm.
To follow will be the Tony award-winning comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. In this comedy, written by the celebrated playwright Christopher Durang and described by The New York Times as deliriously funny, two middle-aged siblings face an upheaval in their quiet domestic life when their movie-star sister Masha unexpectedly arrives with her toy boy, Spike. Vanya will be presented at the Players from July 20 to 31.
The Second Company of young actors will offer nine more performances of Miss Nelson is Missing, a comedy-mystery about a crazy classroom and its missing teacher, based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall. The play can be seen Friday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. (July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23) plus Wednesday, July 13, at 10:30 am.
Fred Leventhal, a resident of Dublin, has been a Trustee of the Peterborough Players since 2006.
Opening Season at Andy’s Summer Playhouse
By Heather Stockwell
This will be the first full summer with new artistic director Jared Mezzocchi, a former “Andy’s Kid” himself. Several Dublin residents will also be involved.
Woody Stockwell will be acting in the mainstage production of Viewfinder as well as apprenticing on the tech crew for Samantha Rai, which his aunt, Wyckham Avery, will be directing. I will be designing the props for all three shows in my third season working for the playhouse.
Viewfinder, written and directed by Jared Mezzocchi. Performances: July 21 through July 30.
Playing Bo Peep by Katy Day is directed by Sam Mauceri. Performances: August 5 through August 16.
Samantha Rai; book by Qui Nguyen; directed by Wyckham Avery. Performances: August 11 through August 20.
For more information, check out Andy’s Summer Playhouse at www.andyssummerplayhouse.org or call Heather Stockwell with inquiries at 563-8499.
The Walden School 2016 Concert Series
Summer concerts are free and open to the public.
Starting June 18, more than 100 students and educators from 20 US states and seven countries will begin arriving in Dublin for intensive music studies at The Walden School.
For more than 40 years The Walden School has produced free public concerts, drawing audiences to its campus at the Dublin School. The Concert Series, which has twice been awarded the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, returns to the Monadnock Region this summer for an eight-week season of concerts, interactive composers forums, and lecture/demonstrations.
In addition to Composer’s Forums, the concert series is offered several times a week at 7:30 pm in the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall at the Dublin School.
There will be an Open House on Friday, July 22, at 6 pm at the Dublin School; RSVP with your name and number of people in attendance: firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-8212.
For more information about The Walden School, visit www.waldenschool.org.
Cathedral of the Pines: Summer Entertainment
Please invite your friends and neighbors.
By Ramona Branch
The Cathedral of the Pines has announced “Summer at the Pines,” a series of five magical summer evenings at the Cathedral starting Thursday, June 23, and culminating in early September.
This is a new effort to share the treasure of the Cathedral with a wider audience. Families are encouraged to bring their picnic, explore the new hiking trails, and stroll through the gardens before the performances. Summer offerings on Thursday evenings begin at 7 pm and end at 8:25 pm.
June 23: Decatur Creek (folk band);
July 14: Abraham and Mary Lincoln (historical reenactors via the NH Humanities Council );
July 28: Videri Quartet (chamber music from Apple Hill);
August 18 (Wendy Keith and Her Alleged Band);
September 1: Jeff Warner (balladeer via the NH Humanities Council).
NH Humanities Council sponsored performers are by donation. Musical programs are $5 for adults with children under 12 admitted free. Tickets are available at the door. In case of rain, the program will be held inside at the Hilltop House.
Ramona Branch is the Coordinator of Summer at the Pines and serves on the staff of the Advocate.
Amos Fortune Forum Reaches 70th Year
Diverse group of speakers scheduled for Summer of 2016.
One of the nation’s oldest speakers’ forums, The Amos Fortune Forum, celebrates its 70th season this year. Some of the most interesting and talented experts from the region, New England and the globe have entered the Jaffrey Meetinghouse on a Friday summer evening and enthralled audiences with a myriad of topics.
The lineup of speakers for the July of 2016 continues the tradition of representing a diverse group of backgrounds and topics. (August speakers will appear in the next Advocate.)
July 8: Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, MacArthur prize-winning sociologist: “Honoring Amos Fortune’s Life and Legacy: On Witness, Justice, and Respect”
July 15: Iain Kerr, CEO, Ocean Alliance: “Why Whales?”
July 22: Dan Barry, New York Times columnist on “Baseball, Bunkhouses, and Burlesque: Travels Across America.”
July 29: Susanne Wentzler, Humanitarian: “The German refugee crisis, a threat or an opportunity?”
The Amos Fortune Forum is held at the Old Meetinghouse in historic Jaffrey Center, 2.5 miles west of downtown Jaffrey. Speakers are presented at 8 pm sharp each Friday during the summer. The Forum maintains a free admission policy. After each forum, a brief reception is held with each speaker at The First Church in Jaffrey.
Contact Amos Fortune Forum, PO Box 153, Jaffrey, NH 03452 or call (641) 715-3900 x742251; www.amosfortune.com.
Monadnock Summer Lyceum
Presentations are rebroadcast by NHPR on the following Sunday at 10 pm.
Monadnock Summer Lyceum presents between eight and ten cultural events in the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church on Sundays at 11 am, during the summer months.
Come hear world class speakers on social, political, educational, cultural, scientific, economic, environmental and artistic topics:
Sun 7/3 Dr. Alan Hirshfeld: “Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe”
Sun 7/10 Renee Richardson Gosline: “A Leadership Issue: Applying Branding Principles to Combat Unconscious Bias”
Sun 7/17 Kate Larson: “Writing a Woman’s Life: Rosemary Kennedy, The Hidden Kennedy Daughter”
Sun 7/24 Virginia Eskin: “Artistic Women of New Hampshire: A Musical Program”
Sun 7/31 Karl Kaiser: “Refugees in Europe: Overture to a Global Crisis”
Presentations are free and donations are accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Parking is available next to the church courtesy of People’s United Bank. Reception following the presentations in the Parish Hall. Childcare is provided. Presentations are rebroadcast by NHPR on the following Sunday at 10 pm.
For details, visit Monadnock Summer Lyceum at www.monadnocklyceum.org.
Monadnock Music’s Townhouse & Village Concerts
Gil Rose, Artistic Director of Monadnock Music, announced the Festival Programs for 13 upcoming townhouse concerts, which begin at 7:30 pm ($30) at the Peterborough Townhouse:
July 16: An exploration of music written for iconic dancer /choreographer Martha Graham.
July 23: A Tribute to Phyllis Curtin.
Sunday, July 31, 3 pm: An exploration of New England Psalm singing tradition and a world premier based on Native American music.
August 13: Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 and No. 7.
Village Concerts: Admission by donation – open to the public.
Keene Village Concert, Sunday, July 17, 3 pm.
Deering Village Concert, Thursday, July 21, 7:30 pm.
Milford Village Concert, Sunday, July 24, 3 pm.
Francestown Village Concert, Thursday, July 28, 7:30 pm.
Jaffrey Village Concert, Saturday, July 30, 7:30 pm.
Sullivan Village Concert, Thursday, August 4, 7:30 pm.
Harrisville Village Concert, Saturday, August 6, 7:30 pm.
Temple Village Concert, Sunday, August 7, 3 pm.
Nelson Village Concert, Thursday, August 11, 7:30 pm.
For information, visit www.monadnockmusic.org, or call 603-757-3929 or 924-7610.
The River Center Relocates
Keep an eye out for an upcoming Open House.
The River Center, a Family and Community Resource Center, has relocated to 9 Vose Farm Rd, Suite #115, in Peterborough (on Route 202 North and across from Eastern Mountain Sports in the old Brookstone building). Its neighbors now include Monadnock Family Services, MAPS Counseling, and Monadnock Work Source. We are happy to continue to share space with Southern NH Services Fuel Assistance.
The River Center will still offer access to staff from Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention on Mondays and from Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter on Tuesdays in its new location.
This move offers many new opportunities for collaborations and excellent space to base our family support and community resource services. You can call the River Center at 924-6800 or www.rivercenter.us.
Margaret Nelson is Executive Director of The River Center and lives in Dublin.