Wow! What a Blitz!

The 14th Annual Black Fly Blitz 5K Run/Walk was good fun and a great success. Runners and walkers throughout the Kearsarge/Sunapee region and beyond look forward to the annual 5K.

The Black Fly Blitz 5 K Run/Walk results are in!

First across the finish line was Tim Cunningham of Springfield at 17 minutes 55 seconds. He was followed by his brother John at 19 minutes 13 seconds. Third in was Jason Grey of Bedford, NH at 20 minutes 40 seconds.

Sophia Reynolds of Andover was the first woman in at 22 minutes 16 seconds. She was followed by Molly Ellison of New London at 22 minutes 21 seconds and Beth Sprague at 22 minutes 59 seconds.

Black Fly Blitz is the WCA’s largest fundraising event. The proceeds from the 5K support the WCA’s programs and facilities.The track and cross-country teams at Kearsarge Regional High School (KRHS) receive a portion of the race proceeds.

The weather was perfect for running and walking, cool and a little overcast but no rain. Even the black flies stayed away. There were games for the kids and music for all.

Thank you to all the runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors.

It was a great morning for all – see you again next year!

Another great Black Fly Blitz 5K

Thanks to the work of nearly 40 volunteers, the WCA’s 14th annual Black Fly Blitz on Memorial Day – Monday, May 28 – was a resounding success. Proceeds from the Black Fly Blitz support the WCA’s programs and facilities. The track and cross-country teams at Kearsarge Regional High School (KRHS) receive a portion of the race proceeds.

Several KRHS students, all members of the  track and cross-country teams, assisted with the race. They included: Marliese Baer, Jenna Bears, Ben Boulton, Hunter Burns, Mya Dube, Trevor Pauling and Evan Pauling. KRHS coaches, staff and parents assisting with the event included Peter Angus, Ernie Brake, Brian Pauling and Ed Rehor.

Runners and walkers were ably assisted by Wilmot’s finest. David Zuger, Wilmot police chief, led the more 170 runners on course in a police cruiser. Wilmot police officer Russ Lamson helped coordinate safety for participants as well as spectators.

Members of the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department’s FAST Squad including Ethan Ballin, Sean Brunel, Scott Carpenter, Tom Jenssen, Jonathan Jusczyk and Darren Phipps were on hand to assist with any medical emergencies. The Wilmot Ladies Aid Society loaned their tables. The Wilmot Highway Department provided road barricades to ensure participants’ safety at intersections along the course.

Nikki Arsenault, Janet Baker, Lisah Carpenter, Ann Davis, Chris Jenssen, Donna Miller, Jan Sahler, Rachel Seamans and De Segerson baked cookies and provided additional  food for race participants.

Bill Burris set up his wonderful handmade games. He was ably assisted by Bill Doody. Margaret Doody applied temporary tattoos – in a black fly motif – to the delight  of children and adults.

Other volunteers included: Jenny Santora, Molly Santora, Will Santora, Jim Santora, Keith Seamans and Adam Glass. Marc Davis assisted with sponsor recruitment. Susan Nye photographed the event.

Forty-eight race sponsors ensured the financial success of the Black Fly Blitz. They included:

Super platinum
Rayno Construction LLC

Platinum
Clarke’s Hardware, Echo Communications, Gutgsell & Phipps Dentistry, Kearsarge Property & Landscaping and Lakes Region Tent & Event.

Gold
A Cut Above Tree Service, FloorCraft LLC, Frank Anzalone Associates, InterTown Record, Huckleberry Propane & Oil LLC, Northeast Delta Dental, Perkins Landscaping, Pizza Chef of Andover, Scott Carpenter Construction, Tom Conway Tree Service and Walker Automotive Services Inc.

Silver
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Barton Insurance Agency, Belletetes Inc., Better Homes & Gardens Milestone Real Estate, Byron’s Septic Service LLC, C.A. Miller Plumbing & Heating, Chadwick Funeral Service LLC, Cherry Pond Fine Furniture, Colonial Pharmacy, Hubert’s of New London, Kearsarge Veterinary Clinic PLLC, Marathon Landscaping, Marshall’s Garage, Park N Go Market, Philip Nicholson Builder, Pleasant Lake Veterinary Clinic, Road ID, Spring Ledge Farm, Sugar River Bank, Terhune Family and Woods Without Gile LLC.

Bronze
Dr. Donna Reed, PLLC, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Hannaford New London, Joan Marie’s Beauty Boutique, McCrillis & Eldredge Insurance, Morgan Hill Bookstore, Mountainside Racquet & Fitness Center, Promotional Solutions Inc. and Woodcrest Village.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the Black Fly Blitz a fabulous event!

Sincerely,
Ann and Marc Davis, race directors, WCA Black Fly Blitz

The WCA board thanks our volunteer beach cleanup crew

Once again, Rachel Seamans gathered up a great crew to get Timmy Patten Park ready for summer. The group made short work of the annual cleanup at the playground and beach on Tannery Pond. The docks are installed and the boats are ready for fun thanks to Adam Glass, Justin Ferren, Matt Seamans and Dave Zuger. Donna Miller and Rachel went to work with rakes and cleared the beach of piles and piles of pine cones.

We are always happy to have local students volunteer. Kearsarge high school students Russell Mellott and Max Brown were welcome additions. Russell and his dad, Henry, went to work with their rakes. Max and his father, also Max, repaired picnic tables.

We are delighted to thank Jay Aubertin for updating the slide. Changing safety codes threatened to make our classic playground slide obsolete. A fan favorite to kids (and quite a few parents), we are delighted that it is now ready for play.

Finally, a note about dogs. You are welcome to bring your dog to the park before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. We ask you to keep your dog on leash, especially if there are other visitors and dogs in the park. Finally, please pick up after your dog. There are bags and a trash can with a tight fitting lid available.

Thank you  and happy summer to all,

Ann, Adam, Donna, Amber, De and Rachel
WCA Board of Directors

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.

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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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