With the June Advocate, we honor two Dublin fathers, both of whom served this little town and were cherished by their families. Amy Whitney recalls the kindness, dedication, and humor of her late father Ned Whitney, who served as Dublin selectman for 18 years and dedicated himself to the town in many other ways. The seven Shonk siblings remember their late father Peter Shonk as a patriot who taught them by example to be active, have fun, and serve their community. Another Dublin father, the late Bob McQuillen, a renowned teacher and musician, will be honored at the DubHub in late June on what would have been his 100th birthday.

The library is brimming with summer programs, and the Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale on July 1. Rachael Lovett, library director, acknowledges the gift of a beautiful quilt, made by Vickie Babb, in memory of long-time employee Mary Edick. Chris Sprague, chair of the library trustees, describes 24/7 virtual opportunities at the DPL and chronicles increased participation.

June is high school graduation month, and we honor the achievements of Dublin’s graduates from ConVal, Dublin Christian Academy, Dublin School, and home school. Alan Edelkind, Dublin’s representative to the ConVal School Board, describes his work on the board, which he finds both time-consuming and meaningful. Shawne Hilliard, principal at Dublin Consolidated School, writes that end-of-the-year activities have students learning outdoors as well as in the classroom. The DCS PTO is planning a silent auction during an ice cream social on June 9. Meanwhile at Mountain Shadows School, 13 Dublin students have completed their annual Olympic Studies project, and the kids at Dublin Christian Academy enjoyed a concert of classical music by Ashuelot Concerts.

School will be over soon, and Dublin Summer Playground is starting July 5 and will run until August 11 with new director Zola Luebkeman and four familiar counselors. Mountain View Bible Church is sponsoring Neighborhood Bible Camps from June 28-July 1. In addition, the Dublin Women’s Community Club beach will open on June 19 after a clean-up day on June 10. Cultural summer opportunities abound at the Peterborough Players, the Monadnock Summer Lyceum, and the DubHub, where FolkSoul Duo will perform at the monthly coffee house and husband and wife Ken and Laurie Appel are the featured artists. Weekly programs, such as yoga and Qigong, continue as well as the monthly herbal class, this month focusing on hand lotion.

Monadnock Community Hospital is celebrating its centennial on June 3 with a day of festivities for young and old. CVTC and End 68 Hours of Hunger remind Dubliners of their essential work.

Summer is the season to get outdoors, and Brooks Johnson describes the stewardship work of the Beech Hill-Dublin Lake Watershed Association, which is partnering with the Harris Center for some programs on Beech Hill. Jay Schechter reminds Dubliners that the Conservation Commission is again helping residents mitigate invasives such as bittersweet, buckthorn, and knotweed. Meanwhile, the Micali family is hoping to protect their beloved flock of chickens from predators in the sky. And speaking of predators, Falconer Henry Walters will be bringing his Harris’s hawk Mahood for a demonstration at the DubHub on June 24. This will coincide with a Father’s Day cookout.

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June 2023