Canaan Memorial High School fire sciences student Tucker McMann watches as Isabella Belknap and Margaree Masson disembark from a Beecher Falls Volunteer Fire Department truck after a walk-through. The department presented its annual Fire Prevention Week program last Tuesday, October 8 for grades K-6. (Alan Farnsworth photo)

Locally Filmed 'Seeking the Source' to Debut Oct. 25 at Tillotson Center

The North Country Chamber of Commerce has announced the release of "Seeking the Source," an hour-long feature film about the North Country. Weaving together outdoor adventure, history, people and business, filmmaker Tom Richardson tells the story of the North Country community, setting the stage for others to fall in love and visit.

The Chamber worked on this year-long project with Explore New England, the State of New Hampshire, Bangor Savings Bank, Coös Economic Development Corporation and Borders Development Corporation. Their goal was to integrate a stay, work, play movement into the marketing efforts of promoting this area as a must-visit, must-stay, and must-return destination.

"A part of the North Country Chamber's advocacy encompasses economic development," explained executive director Jodi Gilbert. "We believe this feature film on the North Country, our home, will provide an economic boost to the area, as it will be featured on NESN. We are very thankful for our partners and the Destination Marketing Program participants, as this feature film would not be possible without them."

Marketing Committee chairman Corrine Rober said, "When Explore New England approached us about creating a feature film, we realized it was a tremendous opportunity to enhance our marketing efforts by bringing our message to a much larger audience. This movie is one piece of a larger movement of the businesses in our community working collaboratively to stimulate a stronger presence in the tourism market, by developing cohesive messaging and branding that speaks to the visitor and resonates with our community vision."

"Seeking the Source" will debut in a 6:30 p.m. screening on Friday, October 25 at The Tillotson Center in Colebrook. All are welcome to attend this celebration of the North Country and to learn more about the Chamber's ongoing marketing efforts.

Space is limited, so those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by e-mail to office@chamberofthenorthcountry.com or by calling 603-237-8939.

(Issue of October 16, 2019)



The three young ladies at left in the front--Baylee DeWitt, Lelah Haley and Amelia D'Aeillo--were at practice with the Pittsburg-Canaan cross-country team last Wednesday, running down a dirt road, when a partridge startled them. When they screamed the partridge panicked, flew into window of a nearby house and broke its neck. The girls decided it would make a good dinner for someone, so they brought it back with them. Lelah is a member of the diversified agriculture program at Canaan and her family has raised birds, so she had no problem knowing what to do. With her in the photo are Hannah Cote and Nadia Maurais (front), with Joey Flanagan, Brennan Egan, Christian Helbich, Austin Day and Andrew Sawicki in the back. (Courtesy photo)

Great North Woods Committee for the Arts Receives $5,000 from Eversource

Eversource recently presented the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts with a $5,000 contribution toward its efforts to provide musical, cultural and performing arts experiences for northern New Hampshire audiences. The funds will support the non-profit's work to enhance the vibrancy of the community by providing popular events that bring residents together.

"A thriving arts community is a critical component of the region's broader efforts to advance economic development, and to attract and retain young people seeking more cultural and entertainment opportunities," said Eversource representative Catalina Celentano. "We're grateful for the opportunity to support the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts as one of the many ways we are serving the neighborhoods where we work and live."

The GNWCA brings world-class entertainment to associated venues: the Great North Woods Center for the Arts in Columbia, the Colebrook Country Club and the Rialto Theatre in Lancaster. With audiences coming from across the northern part of the state, Vermont, Maine and Québec, the organization is expanding its reach by revitalizing the former Our Lady of Grace Shrine in Columbia as a multi-discipline arts campus.

"All of us associated with the Great North Woods Center for the Arts in Columbia are very grateful to Eversource for its support of our regional arts community with this generous financial contribution," said GNWCA president Charlie Jordan. "It will come in very helpful with upgrades at this historic site which we are developing as a home for the arts organizations here in the Great North Woods and surrounding regions."

(Issue of October 16, 2019)


The Alice M. Ward Library in Canaan is wearing a new paint job by WHEE Paint, and the 62 empty gallon paint cans tell the tale. From left to right are library assistant Ron King, librarian Sharon Ellingwood White, Austin Lesperance and Jordan Wheelock of WHEE Paint, part-time library assistant Dennis Fuller and library trustees Sharon Belleville and Shellie Bresnahan. Not pictured: Ryan Call, Brody Smith, Tyler Joyce and Alan Leigh of WHEE Paint. (Jake Mardin photo)

Painting the Latest Project in Canaan Library's Ongoing Restoration Work
by Jake Mardin

The 173-year-old Alice M. Ward Memorial Library in Canaan received a new coat of paint in the latest of several restoration projects. WHEE Paint of Colebrook just finished scraping and painting the outside of the library, and used 62 gallons of paint since starting July 8.

Restoration at the library has been ongoing for four years, starting under former librarian Craig Varley and continuing under current librarian Sharon Ellingwood White, and overseen by the board of trustees. The library, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally built as a stagecoach inn and later bequest to the town as a public library in 1930.

According to library trustee Sharon Belleville, the first major project was to fix the roof and cupola, which was done by Chris Mailloux and his crew, with funding coming from the town. The front porch was also rebuilt, along with the foundation under it. WD Dorman and Son of Pittsburg did the foundation work.

The library received a $50,000 Preservation Grant, made possible by a partnership between the Freeman Foundation and the Preservation Trust of Vermont, that helped fund the painting project and the replacement of all 29 windows, which is currently being done by Sally Fishburn of S.A. Fishburn, Inc., of Danville. Mrs. Ellingwood White said former trustee Suzanne Phinney was instrumental in obtaining the funds for the project.

Future work at the library will include restoration of the front and side doors and inside the building.

(Issue of October 16, 2019)




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