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)

 

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.

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Volunteers ensure WCA craft fair’s success

More than 30 volunteers ensured that the WCA’s annual Holiday Craft Fair held Saturday, Dec. 2 was a terrific success. Without volunteers’ able assistance, it would be impossible to organize and present this event.

We extend special thanks to Kathy Neuberger, chairperson of the craft fair, for her tireless work and to Rachel Seamans for organizing and staffing Rachel’s Café.

Gail Parenteau and the staff at Andover Elementary-Middle School were helpful and accommodating prior to and during the craft fair.

Volunteers, including students from Kearsarge Regional High School, were: Libby Angus, Leslie Angus, Pete Angus, Janet Baker, Deb Beerman, Lisah Carpenter, Kathy Davidson, Ann Davis, Marc Davis, Darlene Delano, Meg Dugan, Rhonda Gauthier, Adam Glass, Brenda Holland, Elizabeth Howard, Chris Jenssen, Kennedy Geary, Mary Kulacz, Brian Kulacz, Alexis McConnell, Sandy Messer, Margaret Monto, John Monto, Ashley Neuberger, Howard Neuberger, Meagan Norris, Susan Nye, Sandy Rock, Clifford Rock, Keith Seamans, De Segerson, Kimberly Slover, Todd Slover and Barbara Wiggin.

Our sincere thanks to one and all!

Nancy Large, president
WCA Board of Directors

Scarecrows are popping up all over!

The first entries in the Scarecrow contest have come in! 
(And there are more out there – so send in your photos!)

Thank you Lindy Heim!
Thank you Carol McDonald!
Thank you Rachel and Keith Seamans!

We love them all and are looking forward to lots more fun and festive scarecrows! Join the fun and build a fun, fanciful, sporty, scary, beautiful … or silly scarecrow(s).The Wilmot Garden Club cosponsors the contest and
the deadline for entries is noon on Wednesday, October 25.

Lots of prizes will be awarded so don’t miss out.

Click to learn all you need to know to participate!

Tick Talk at the WCA Red Barn

The WCA and the Wilmot Conservation Commission are joining forces to host an illustrated talk about ticks and Lyme Disease. At 7 p.m. Thursday, October 12, Alan Eaton, Ph.D., an entomologist with UNH Cooperative Extension, will discuss tick biology, the diseases they spread to humans and how people can minimize the chances of becoming a victim.

“My tick work began in about 1989,” Eaton said. “It was clear that tick problems were increasing here, and we had no publications to answer questions. So I started monitoring, writing and giving presentations.”

The free program is part of the WCA’s Chief David White Memorial Safety and Wellness Series.The WCA is delighted to co-sponsor this and future events with the Wilmot Conservation Commission. The commission supports educational programs to identify health hazards found in nature.

The WCA will host a Narcan® training

The WCA and the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network will host an illustrated talk and training session about Narcan® (also known to as Naloxone). The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 28 at the Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Speakers will include Pamela Drewniak, EMS and Emergency Prep coordinator at New London Hospital, Kirsten Vigneault, director, Community Health and Emergency Preparedness at the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network and Tim Monahan, director of EMS and New London Ambulance Service. Representatives from the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department and the Wilmot Police Department will also be in attendance and available to provide additional information.

The program will cover information about how Naloxone works, training on how to administer the product and time for questions from the audience. At this time, Narcan® is the only FDA-approved nasal spray that is an antidote for known or suspected opioid drug overdoses.

At the conclusion of the illustrated talk and training sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to practice administration as well as receive a free kit, which includes two doses of Narcan®. “Following the 439 people in New Hampshire who died from a drug overdose in 2015, the NH Department of Health and Human Services purchased Naloxone kits for distribution,” Vigneault said. “The nasal spray is very easy to use and the training only takes about 20 minutes.”

R.P. Hale in Concert

A small but enthusiastic group gathered at the WCA Red Barn on Saturday evening, September 16 for a harpsicord and hammered dulcimer concert. Dressed in period costume, R.P. Hale was the man behind the keys and mallets. Along with playing pieces by Sir William Herschel, Thomas Jefferson, and more, R.P. took a few minutes before each piece to discuss the piece as well as his instruments.  

A multi-generational and interdisciplinary artist-craftsman, R.P. has been teaching a variety of topics and skills since 1976.He is a concert harpsichordist and hammer dulcimer player as well as a harpsichord/dulcimer maker, master calligrapher and illustrator, pen-and-ink artist, nationally-known wood-engraver, Intaglio and Letterpress printer, wood carver, maker of marbleized papers and fabrics, period re-enactor, linguist, solar and archaeo-astronomer, and historian.

In 1999, the Smithsonian Institute recognized R.P. as one of the top musical instrument makers in the U.S. and exhibited his work. His concerts reflect his wide-ranging musical interests from c.750 B.C. works from China to that of Sir William Herschel of the 1790s.

Born to a Sonoran Mexican family of artists and printers, his programs “La História Cultural de México,” “El Calendro Azteca,” and “Astronomy, Math. Calendars, and Histories of the Maya,” respectively feature the history of Mexico as seen through the arts and traditional lore. R.P. received a Fellowship from the State Arts Council and in 2000 was invited to present his multi-faceted traditions at the Celebrate New Hampshire festival.

Along with his solo performances, he is in heavy demand by ensembles for his improvised accompaniment skills at the harpsichord and organ.

R.P. teaches at St. Paul’s School and is Senior Educator at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, specializing in spectroscopy, star evolution, mathematics, physics, astronomy history and archaeoastronomy. He has built a spectroscopy/optics teaching lab there. He taught summers at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia for 33 years and is a visiting faculty in art and astronomy at Davis and Elkins College.