LOCAL DIGEST

‘Daddy Daughter Dance’ sold out

MILFORD – The Recreation Department’s Daddy Daughter Dance sold out, so it is holding a second one in March.

The original Daddy Daughter Dance will be held on Saturday Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium. Snow date is Feb. 16.

Daddy Daughter Dance 2 will be held on Saturday, March 2 from 6-8 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium. Snow date is March 9.

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Osgood Pond dredging – a hot topic

MILFORD – After the Jan. 14 town budget hearing, Selectman Laura Dudziac changed her vote on Osgood Pond.

Dudziac said Chris Costantino, of the conservation commission, believes there is nothing to gain from an environmental standpoint. “There’s no reason to do it,” she said, and the part of the pond that hasn’t been dredged provides habitat for many diverse species.

Article 19 on the town warrant, Osgood Pond Phase II, asks for $175,000 to complete the pond restoration project. The town received a $175,000 grant and would be responsible for the remaining $175,000.

In 2016 the town completed Phase I, dredging weeds from about five acres of the 20-acre pond and building a dock for fishing and boating.

Selectmen and the budget committee also voted not to support it, 2-3 for selectmen and 4-5 for the committee, putting selectmen on the same side as their usual nemesis Suzanne Fournier, of Brox Environmental Citizens. Fournier told the hearing that the town “should leave well enough alone,” citing potential damage to endangered turtles and fish, as well as the loss of fish food sources and expensive disposal of invasive plant species.

The dredging project will be discussed at the town’s Deliberative Session on Saturday, Feb. 2, which starts at 9 a.m.

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Lifelong resident joins Ciardelli Fuel Co.

Mark Bausha, a lifelong resident of the Wilton/Milford community, has joined Ciardelli Fuel Company (Milford, NH) as their Business Development Manager. Mark currently resides in Wilton with his 2 daughters, Adriana and Alexia. You may be familiar with Mark from his involvement with the Milford Rotary Club and the Wilton Junior Athletic Association (WJAA). Mark received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from New Hampshire College. He has devoted his professional career to the Propane & Heating Oil industry having previously served as Customer Service Center Manager at Suburban Propane in Milford since 1996.

As Business Development Manager, Mark will be an integral part of Ciardelli Fuel’s growth initiatives with a primary focus on further growing their services within their current New Hampshire markets while expanding the company’s services into Massachusetts. Mark’s knowledge and experience will also play and integral part in enhancing the company’s daily operations and level of customer service, both of which have been the foundation for Ciardelli Fuel’s proud reputation since 1957.

Please feel free to contact Mark at mbausha@cfuel.com or (603) 673-1336.

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Amherst town library announces music series

The Amherst Town Library is pleased to continue the winter concert series with “The Craft Ensemble: Chamber Music Among Friends” on Sunday, February 3, 2019 4:00-5:00PM. The Craft Ensemble came together to play Schubert’s great C-major Cello Quintet in an Interpretations Masterclass with Ben Zander in early 2016. Since then, they have performed all over New England, as trio, string- and clarinet-quartet, piano- and cello-quintet, and string sextet. The Craft Ensemble comprises a core string quartet of Colleen Brannen and Amy Sims on violin, violist Amelia Hollander Ames, and Velleda Miragias on cello. They are all busy freelancers in the Boston area, with engagements at A Far Cry, Boston Baroque, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Philharmonic, Handel & Haydn Society, Odyssey Opera, Orchestra of Indian Hill, the Portland Symphony, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, as well as frequent “away” projects.

Cellist Eleanor Hilly Blake, violist Emily Rome, pianist Elaine Rombola Aveni, and clarinetist Rane Moore are favorite collaborators and members of the Craft sphere.

Their mission is for their programming to be evenly split among the sexes when it comes to composers. They have performed music of Caroline Shaw and Fanny Mendelssohn and are learning music this season by Jessie Montgomery, Erin Rogers and Sarah Kirkland Snider. Regardless of the composer’s gender, we also make it a priority to play music of living composers. In 2017 they gave the US premier of Oscar-winning film composer Gabriel Yared’s luscious “Camille Claudel” String Sextets. They also have set off on a journey to learn one Beethoven Quartet every season.

You will enjoy their musical adventures. Chamber music feeds the soul, and there’s nothing they love more than sharing it with each other, and with new audiences!

The winter concert series, which is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will continue on Sunday, March 24 with Rantin’ Pipe and Tremblin’ String: Early Music of Scotland.

All adult programs offered at the Amherst Town Library are free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED for each program due to space limitations. You can register for these events listed above by calling 673-2288 or by visiting the website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”

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