New Hampshire Farm-to-Restaurant Connection Launches Voluntary “Certified Local” Program for Restaurants

July 8th, 2011 by Melissa

The New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection (NHFRC) has developed a new “Certified Local” program to highlight New Hampshire restaurants that are committed to supporting local agriculture. The “Certified Local” designation indicates that restaurants meet selected criteria to demonstrate the purchase and incorporation of New Hampshire farm and food products.

The New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection began in 2004 and is a collaboration of organizations and individuals whose goal is to link New Hampshire producers of food and farm products with New Hampshire restaurateurs and chefs. NHFRC has also been working to strengthen and improve the distribution system that directly connects the farms to the restaurants and other retailers. Growers’ Dinner events, which feature all New Hampshire menus, and are held at restaurants and farms around the state each summer and fall, are coordinated by NHFRC.

The new “Certified Local” program from NHFRC recognizes a restaurant’s commitment to local food culture. This is a voluntary program intended to benefit farms, restaurants and consumers. To participate, restaurants complete and submit an application found on the NHFRC website and schedule an evaluation by NHFRC staff. The organization plans a directory of certified restaurants to be available before the end of the year.

Supporting local agriculture results in economic, environmental and quality of life benefits. Supporting local farms helps preserve the heritage, rural character and economy of New Hampshire, while enabling families eat fresh, healthy food, grown close to home. For more information about the “Certified Local” restaurant program visit and click on the Certification tab. Contact Charlie Burke at 286-4282 or Rachelle Lyons at 412-2694 or both at

July Performances at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts

July 8th, 2011 by Melissa

Berlin, NH–Circle your calendars for great performances coming up in July! Please support our guest artists and the magic of live entertainment at the Arts Center! All seats $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets sold at the door.

Tuesday, July 12 at 7 PM: IMAI International Musical Arts “All Strings” Chamber Concert

Thursday, July 21 at 7 PM: Nu-Utopians (formerly the John Lennon Project)  in a special tribute performance “IMAGINED” featuring the songs and music of John Lennon. Artists include members of Aztec Two Step and Devonsquare!  Wow. Don’t miss this one!

The St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts provides a wide variety of cultural events for the enrichment of residents and tourists in the Androscoggin Valley.  The Community Arts Center was opened in 2000 after the former St. Kieran Church was closed, and an area-wide committee of community residents spearheaded an effort to transform the church into a cultural center. For more information, please visit


Char Miller on the Legacy of the Weeks Act

June 21st, 2011 by Melissa

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College and Senior Fellow at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation spoke about the legacy of the Weeks Act and the history of forest conservation in the United States.  Miller’s talk integrates the historical, philosophical, and economic conditions that eventually led to the passing of the Weeks Act.

This video was produced by the US Department of Agriculture for the centennial celebration of the Weeks Act.

Colebrook event to recognize writers featured in North Country anthology

June 17th, 2011 by Melissa

New Hampshire Union Leader
Published Jun 16, 2011

Colebrook Public Library and the Monadnock Institute will hold a special event Saturday, June 18, to celebrate local writers featured in the new book, “Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country.’’

The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on the lawn in front of the library, and copies of the long anticipated anthology of North Country stories will be available for the first time.

The anthology, designed by Stinehour Editions of Lunenburg, Vt., and jointly published by Bondcliff Books of Littleton and Franklin Pierce University of Rindge, features 50 new essays that reveal the unique character of northern New Hampshire.

Colebrook area writers John Harrigan and Susan Zizza will be celebrated at the afternoon event and will be available to autograph books. Additional writers whose essays focus on northern Coos County are also expected to attend the event.

These writers will include Laura Alexander, Barbara Tetreault, and Alex DiCicco. In addition to the contributing writers, cover artist Amy Delventhal from Bethlehem will be present to share the paintings she created for the book, while North Country fiddler Patrick Ross will be on hand to play a variety of traditional music. Light refreshments will also be served.

In appreciation for its support in hosting a summer research intern, the Colebrook Historical Society will be presented a complimentary copy of the book. Both Colebrook Public Library and Colebrook Academy library will also receive books at this event.

This community celebration, as well as several others planned around the North Country, is being funded in part by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. They are also being presented in collaboration with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, which is working with partners throughout the state on events celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial.

For more information, contact Kay Morgan, project coordinator, at 868-2485 or via email at

Hands-On Forest Activities at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival, July 29!

June 17th, 2011 by Melissa

The Weeks Act, passed in 1911, is marking its 100th Anniversary and the White Mountain National Forest along with several partner organizations is hosting a family-friendly festival on July 29 at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. This free, public event is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial.

Read about the list of activities at the Weeks Act Centennial Blog!

Additional information about the Weeks Act Centennial Festival and a list of other events are available at and
For more information:
Colleen Mainville


Kelly Cioe,
O. 603-436-2347
C. 207-441-5624

AHEAD “Secrets of Homebuying” Workshop, June 25

June 15th, 2011 by Melissa

Affordable Housing and Development (AHEAD) is sponsoring a “Secrets of Homebuying” workshop being held in Plymouth on Saturday, June 25th, 8 a.m to 4 pm at the Pease Public Library.

For additional details, view the entire post on the Coos County Outreach Initiative blog.

“The Remarkable John Weeks” Available Now!

June 14th, 2011 by Melissa

Iris Baird and the Friends of the Weeks Memorial Library in Lancaster, NH have just published a new 60 page booklet about the life of John Wingate Weeks and his achievements including the passage and implementation of the Weeks Act.

The booklet is well illustrated with photographs and is available for $5 plus $2 for shipping from:

Weeks Memorial Library
128 Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584-3031

Only 1,000 copies were printed locally at Sherwin Dodge Printers in Littleton, NH. This is a “must-have” for anyone interested in the Weeks Act or the life of John Wingate Weeks and his Lancaster, NH ties.

Save the Date!: Weeks Act Centennial Festival – July 29

May 20th, 2011 by Melissa

The Weeks Act, passed in 1911, is marking its 100th Anniversary.  The Weeks Act authorized the Federal purchase of land which has since helped to create 52 National Forests, including the White Mountain National Forest. These valuable forests now provide clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, forest products and so much more.

We are celebrating this important legislation and milestone at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival on July 29th.  There will be areas of activity to enjoy in several Pavilions at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road.

The Main Pavilion will highlight partnerships in conservation, recreation, and a White Mountain Marketplace that showcases area services, products and attractions.  The Main Pavilion will also host the stage where music, comedy and storytelling will be presented.

The Forest and Family Experience Pavilion will have many hands-on, family-friendly activities, including Hike Safe instruction, Junior Ranger activities and forest explorations.  You will find forestry demonstrations from past and present, watch craftsmen create their wares from wood, and learn about all that the forests have to offer at the Woodlands Pavilion. Food and refreshments will be available all day long under the Festival Food Pavilion.

This free, public event is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial and honoring the tradition of conservation and partnerships exemplified by the Act.

For more information, go to, or call 603.536.6100.

The Life and Times of W.R. Brown

May 13th, 2011 by Alice

William Robinson Brown led the Brown company to international prominence as a source for scientific research and development

This student-produced video is based upon the lecture given by Dr. Linda Upham-Bornstein to the Annual Meeting of the NH Timberland Owners Association in 2010.  The meeting took place at the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH.  Click here to watch it on YouTube.

The video was edited and narrated by Nicole DeGrandpre, a graduating senior at Plymouth State University.  Using Dr. Upham-Bornstein’s lecture and images from the Beyond Brown Paper collection, Nicole created an informative and compelling view into the life of a truly remarkable man.

Hey! Student Presentations Today! Join Us!

May 3rd, 2011 by Alice


PSU students present their engaged research from 3:30-6:00 on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

This afternoon in Heritage Common, PSU students will present the results of their engaged research. The range of topics and areas of interest reflect current and emerging regional priorities. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how PSU students express the value of their education through service, functional contributions, and intellectual expansion. These presentations are among the brightest highlights of our work and we hope you’ll join us. Co-sponsored by the Center for Rural Partnerships and the Institute for New Hampshire Studies.  The presentations begin at 3:30 pm and will conclude at 6:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.



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