Thank you to our breakfast cooks, bakers and cleanup crew!

The WCA welcomed an elusive spring with a fabulous breakfast the on April 8. Wholehearted thanks go out to the many volunteers who made it possible. The hard work paid off – big time. There were rave reviews from all quarters.

Rachel Seamans and Mary Kulacz organized the breakfast and headed up the hardworking crew. More than 80 people enjoyed a delicious breakfast of bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, baked beans, home fries, and baked French toast. A beautiful selection of pastries and gallons of coffee rounded out the morning.

Many thanks to the terrific crew – Chris Jenssen helped Rachel and Mary with the cooking. Fresh from the coop, Erica and David Herr and Elizabeth Harper donated some of their eggs. Bakers Darlene Delano, Rick Gauthier, Donna Miller, and Susan Nye brought sweet treats for all. De Segerson kept the coffee perking and everyone’s cup full. Darlene Hoyt and her daughter Carla kept the serving line moving. Adam Glass welcomed the crowd and took tickets. Brian Kulacz helped set up. Rhonda Gauthier and her granddaughter Nautica cleared and reset places. Kearsarge Regional High School student Russell Mellott ran load after load of dishes through the dishwasher. Margaret and Bill Doody assisted with clean up.

In addition to pouring coffee and clearing tables, Ann Davis organized a maple syrup raffle. Thank you to the maple syrup donors Robin and David Atwood and David Atwood Jr. from Five Saplings Sugarhouse, Spring Ledge Farm, Dr. Beth Horvath-Palmer and Scott Palmer, Charles Thompson and Jay Lyon. In addition, Rachel Seamans created a beautiful centerpiece for the raffle.

Many people asked about the next breakfast. Don’t miss the WCA’s annual Pie Breakfast on July 21.

Thank you one and all!

WCA Scholarships – Apply TODAY

The WCA is pleased to announce that it will again offer scholarship grants to students graduating from Kearsarge Regional High School’s class of 2018.

The Kay White Scholarship honors was one of the original founders of the WCA. The scholarship is to be awarded to one or more Kearsarge High School graduation students pursuing a college education. The grant is to be awarded to a Wilmot resident on the basis of service to the community. (Download or print the application)

The Chief David White Scholarship honors Wilmot’s former Police Chief. The scholarship will be awarded to one or more Kearsarge High School graduation students pursuing an education or training in criminal justice, as an emergency medical technician or firefighter. The grant is to be awarded to a Kearsarge high school senior on the basis of service to the community. (Download or print the application)

 

Don’t delay – Free T-shirts with Black Fly Blitz 5K Registration

Runners, walkers … it’s time to stop procrastinating and register for the 14th Annual Black Fly Blitz 5K Run/Walk. Everyone who enters by May 1 will receive a FREE T-shirt.

This year’s Black Fly Blitz Walk/Run starts at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. The race takes off from the town green in Wilmot.

Participants can preregister online.
Online registration continues through Friday, May 25.

Until May 25, race registration is:
free for children 8 years and younger
$20 for youths 9 to 17 and
$25 for adults 18 and older

Not to worry, you can still register on the day of the race but the price goes up by $5.

Check-in and day-of-race registration opens at 7:30 a.m. under the tent on the town green in Wilmot. (The town green is at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads in Wilmot.).

Awards will be presented at 10:15 a.m. on the Wilmot Bandstand on the Town Green. Addition activities will include music on the bandstand and games for children.

You’ll find everything you need to know about the 5K Run/Walk at Black Fly Blitz online headquarters.

Download or print the poster.

Well Water Safety Workshop – May 10

The WCA and the Wilmot Conservation Commission will present a program about Well Water Safety starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the WCA’s Red Barn.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about private wells, how they work, and how to test the quality of the water in those wells. Information also will include ways private well owners can protect their ground water, testing guidelines and issues that can impact drinking water.

This free program is part of the WCA’s David White Health and Wellness Series.Speakers will include Abby Fopiano, P.G., water well program manager, NH Department of Environmental Services Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau; Amanda Cosser, NH Public Health Labs; and Kathy Rodgers, RCAP Solutions.

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Registration is open for the 14th annual Black Fly Blitz

Serious runners, casual competitors and avid walkers will want to mark their calendars for the WCA’s 14th annual Black Fly Blitz 5K.

The race starts at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Both the starting and finish lines are by the Wilmot Town Green at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads.

Participants can pre-register on-line or register on the day of the race. Online registration closes on Friday, May 25. Avoid the rush and register by May 1 to receive a free Black Fly Blitz T-shirt.

Until May 25, race registration is:

free for children 8 years and younger
$20 for youths 9 to 17
$25 for adults 18 and older.

On race day, registration will increase by $5. Check-in and day-of-race registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 28 under the tent on the Town Green.

“For the seventh consecutive year, coaches and members of the Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams will be assisting the WCA on race day,” said Ann Davis, a member of the race committee. “We are delighted to be able to assist with this event,” said Peter Angus, coach at KRHS. “This collaboration is a win-win for our teams and the WCA.” Acknowledging the value of the volunteers’ time, the teams will receive a portion of the race proceeds.

The 3.1-mile, 5K scenic course is a clockwise loop that starts on Village Road and continues on Shindagan Road to Cross Hill Road to Campground Road and then to Village Road. It is a relatively flat course over slightly undulating terrain. Water will be available at the mid-point of the race. Runners will receive free beverages and snacks after the race.

Awards will be presented at 10:15 a.m. at the Wilmot Bandstand, on the Town Green next to the Wilmot Town Office building, 9 Kearsarge Valley Road. The Cloud Band will play classic rock and country music. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and games.

Thank you for your support – the Black Fly Blitz is the WCA’s largest fund-raising event of the year. Proceeds support the organization’s operations and activities.

Letter to Wilmot residents from Ann Davis, president of the WCA Board of Directors

Since its founding in 1963, the WCA has been bringing neighbors together. Led by a hardworking, hands-on board, the WCA provides the facilities for educational, social, and recreational activities. From Halloween fun and a visit with Santa to fabulous breakfasts and fantastic dinners, the WCA provides a whole host of free and low-cost activities for children, families and adults.

The WCA is again asking Wilmot residents to help fund the organization by approving a warrant article for $3,500. Understanding that the town budget is under pressure, the WCA reduced its request from previous years. The $3,500 request translates to about one tax dollar for every $50,000 of your home’s assessed value.

The WCA owns and maintains two properties. The Red Barn, a modern community center on Village Road, opened in 2005. Timothy Patten Park is a lovely a beach and playground on Shindagan Road.

Both these facilities were filled with activity and laughter in 2017. More than 6,000 people attended programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the WCA last year. Our youngest participants built fairy houses at Timothy Patten Park in July while seniors filled the hall at monthly lunches and a holiday Coffee & Carols in December. Throughout the year, the WCA hosts blood drives and a flu shot clinic, gives free concerts and sponsors a wide range of educational and fun programs. Our partners included the Wilmot Public Library, Wilmot Garden Club, Wilmot Ladies Aid Society, Wilmot Conservation Commission and the Town of Wilmot.

In addition to support from the town, the WCA funds its activities and facilities through a membership drive, annual fund, grants and facility rentals. Thank you for supporting the WCA’s request for $3,500 at town meeting on March 15.

Sincerely,

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Ann Davis, president
Wilmot Community Association

Having the Conversation – A Workshop at the WCA

New date – snow shut us down on March 8. Join us April 12!

It is always difficult to discuss end of life. The WCA will make it easier by hosting a workshop and panel of experts on this difficult but important topic. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. with light refreshments on Thursday, April 12. The workshop is part of the Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series.

Dr. Kristi Saunders works with hospice and palliative patients

Speakers will include Dr. Kristi Saunders, Hospice Medical Director and Barbara Woolley, Social Worker from the Lake Sunapee VNA and Hospice, Cheryl Dean, Chaplain and Advanced Care Planning facilitator at the New London Hospital and W. Michael Todd, an attorney specializing in Estate Planning and Elder Law.

Susan Nye and her father Joe have had the conversation.

The program will focus on advanced health care planning. From considering your wishes to choosing a health care proxy and providing loved ones with directives, the panel will take you through the decision making and communications processes. “Most of us have a difficult time tackling this topic. The staff at both the hospital and the LSVNA & Hospice have been more than helpful with me and my family,” says Susan Nye, WCA administrator. She adds, “A lawyer is also critical to put it all together on paper.”

Established in memory of Wilmot’s former police chief, the workshop series covers a wide range of safety and health-related topics. The series is possible due to generous donations made to the WCA in Chief White’s name. All talks and workshops are free and open to the public.

Download or print the poster.

Reunion Revenge – Dinner and a Show in Wilmot!

Roast Pork will be on the menu along with murder, mystery and mayhem. The fun starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 23 at the Wilmot Community Association’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot. You will enjoy a delicious roast pork dinner (with vegetarian option) while murders, old and new, unfold and unravel.

The plot thickens! Graduates of Mountain View High School Class of 1957 are gathering for their 20th reunion. Only, it turns out to be a Reunion Revenge! Can you figure out who killed Molly Gray? And, gasp, is the murderer lying in wait at the class reunion? Partygoers will play detective in this interactive mystery game. While clues may abound, they may also contradict.

“Murder Mystery Parties are a lot of fun,” says Amber Gove, chairperson for the gala event. She adds, “These parties provide a unique experience for participants as well as a great fundraising opportunity for not-for-profit organizations like the WCA.” The longtime WCA board member warns, “Tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out.” If you would like tickets to this fundraiser or to volunteer, contact Amber Gove at 748-1684 or email the WCA. The cost of the dinner and show is $20 per person and the party is BYOB. 

Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. The theme of the night is “Come as You Were.” Get in the spirit of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and think fabulous fifties. Dust off the poodle skirt, find the cat-eye glasses, and get out your leather jacket. Prizes will be awarded!

Reserve your tickets now. It’s a party you don’t want to miss.

Snow date is February 24.

WCA Annual Meeting and special presentation for dog lovers

Join the WCA Board of Directors for an action-packed Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place  at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 20 at the WCA’s  Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot. All are welcome and WCA members are encouraged to attend. Meet with friends and neighbors, cheer 2017 successes and learn about plans for 2018.

Make sure you stick around for refreshments and a great presentation on New Hampshire’s state dog by Bob Cottrell.

Yes, if you didn’t realize it, New Hampshire has a state dog. It’s the chinook. Thanks to a grant from the NH Humanities Council, Bob Cottrell will present On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 20.

Bob is a historian and museum consultant as well as a speaker with the New Hampshire Humanities Council. He will talk about these beautiful and hardworking animals at the Red Barn. Feel free to come early to learn about the WCA’s plans for 2018 and enjoy the refreshments.

Both the meeting and presentation are free and open to all.

Raising our voices in song

The WCA Red Barn was filled with music and song on December 21. A cheerful group of holiday makers gathered for coffee, cookies and carols. Many thanks to Fred Ogmundson for playing the piano and leading the songfest. Kudos as well to Mary Jane Ogmundson for her stirring reading of Clement Moore’s poem, The Night Before Christmas.

The Red Barn was looking lovely with Christmas decorations and festive flower arrangements. Many thanks to the anonymous donor who purchased the arrangements from Forest Cone & Evergreen Shop. Event helpers included Marion Allen, Tootie Fleury, Chris Jenssen, John Monto, Loretta Rayno, Tom Schamberg, Rachel Seamans, Kimberly Slover and Barbara Wiggin.

The sweet treats were wonderful and thanks go out to bakers Jan Baker, Rhonda Gauthier, Chris Jenssen, and Jean Wallace.

And finally, a big thank you to Ann Davis for organizing the event and pulling it all together.

Happy holidays to all!