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Memorial Day observed: Amherst observes Memorial Day on the evening of the last Friday in May. The parade line up is at 5:30 p.m. and it steps off at 6 p.m.

Lyndeborough will observe Memorial Day with traditional ceremonies on Sunday, May 26 under the direction of the Lyndeborough Artillery Company, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with services at the Lyndeborough Center Church and then continuing with prayers and at rifle salute at the Center Cemetery at 10:30. The parade forms at the Central School at 1 p.m. At 1:30 there will be ceremonies on the common, with salutes by the artillery’s 1844 cannon at 2:30 p.m. There will be lunch for all veterans and parade participants at 11:30 a.m. in Citizens Hall.

Milford’s Memorial Day observance traditionally starts at 10 a.m. at the West Street Cemetery on Memorial Day, which this year is May 27, and proceeds down Elm Street, with ceremonies on the Oval.

Open house

The Milford Historical Society is getting ready for the third in a year long series of events celebrating the 40th anniversary of being in the Carey House Museum. Each month a different program is being presented and June’s program promises to be very exciting. We are delighted that Milford High School’s Honors History class will be our guest presenters. The class has chosen “Milford’s History of Industry and Innovation” as a theme and has been researching the topic for many weeks. For the event, they are combining their research with artifacts from our collection and additional historical information provided by MHS volunteers. The event is being been planned entirely by the students under the direction of their teacher Lindsey Bates. It will be so much fun to see how they chose to tell the stories they have uncovered in their research. Please set aside time to visit with these enthusiastic and hardworking students. Share in the discoveries they have made about Milford’s rich industrial past. The Open House will be held on June 1 and June 2 from 2 – 4 each day. The Carey House is located at 6 Union St. in Milford. Please use the accessible entrance on the driveway side of the building.

Pauer retires

Air Force Reserve Col. Eric K. Pauer has retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve after serving honorably for 30 years. Pauer was last serving as Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer with National Security Emergency Preparedness, First Air Force, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Pauer is the son of Kurt Pauer of Amherst, and Sharon Pauer of Lone Pine, California, and husband of Diane Pauer of Brookline. He is a 1984 graduate of Milford Area Senior High School, Milford, N.H. He earned a master’s degree in 1992 from Northeastern University, Boston.

Dixon will be at Creative Ventures

Hollis artist, Peter Dixon will be at Creative Ventures Gallery in Milford at 6:30 p.m. on June 7 at part of the First Friday series. He will be discussing the process of creating atmospheric dimension by using transparent glazes and how that technique can capture the imagination of the viewer. “For me,” he said, “the work is about the edges of seeing and the way an image appears or reappears on the periphery of an edge.”

For him it all starts with the square, a deceptively simple subject. By focusing on the square, any vertical or horizontal elements or narrative suggestions are eliminated. A single shape diffuses into its background allowing another to move into the foreground in a shift of color and value, all while looking at the painting. This mystical movement is created by the eyes’ optical journey through the work.

At this First Friday event Peter will briefly demonstrate and discuss the technique of brushing a transparent layer of paint over another thoroughly dried layer of opaque paint, the underpainting. It is the use of multiple layers of colored glazes followed by stippling that optically mixes the colors, giving depth and luminosity to the work as was achieved by the Renaissance painters.

Dixon is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and has had 19 years of teaching experience at the college level, including the New Hampshire Institute of Art. His work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions, juried exhibitions and faculty shows. He is a member of the Guild of Volunteers at the Currier Museum. His work is currently on display at Creative Ventures Gallery located at 411 Nashua St. in Milford.

This thought provoking presentation, free of charge and open to the public, is guaranteed to be of interest to not only practicing artists but also lovers of the arts, anyone fascinated by the optically mesmerizing appeal of the visual form.

Primary Bank Perseverance Award winner announced

BEDFORD – When you have been working through your high school sports career with your eyes on the pinnacle – your senior year – an injury that derails your plans can be demoralizing. Oftentimes, these student-athletes find it difficult to continue being part of the team. That’s why Primary Bank partnered with the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute to create the Primary Bank Perseverance Award, now in its third year.

On March 20, Primary Bank President and CEO Bill Stone and VP/Business Development Officer Dallas Lagerquist presented Bishop Guertin High School senior Meredith Basta, of Milford, with the Primary Bank Perseverance Award. The award was presented at the Safe Sports Social at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. 

This award is given to a high school student-athlete who still played an active role on their team in spite of a career-ending injury. Meredith’s injury, a torn ACL and MCL sustained during football practice not long after a track recruiting visit to the University of Colorado at Boulder, was a big blow to the perpetual Honor Roll student. However, she continued to support her team at practices and games, and did the same during winter track season in spite of the surgery and related rehab. While the injury left the three-year letter winner unable to play softball this spring, she has continued her track career outdoors and is participating in track meets a mere five months after surgery.

Basta will continue her academic career this fall at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University where she will be studying Chemical Engineering. She hopes to participate on the ASU track team as a walk-on, at a minimum.

Bank welcomes Beth O’Brien

BEDFORD – Beth O’Brien joins Primary Bank as an AVP, Branch Manager. With over 13 years of sales and operations experience for big box retailers and national banks, she brings an innovative, creative attitude to the Primary Bank team.

Beth started her professional career with multiple Fortune 500 big box retailers. The business development and customer service aspects of retail prepared her for a transition into banking, where she worked as a Store Manager for TD Bank before assuming the role as the Merrimack Branch Manager for Citizens Bank.

Beth will be the Branch Manager for Primary Bank’s flagship Bedford, NH location. She will call upon the experience she has gained throughout her career to provide a high level of personalized service for the Bank’s new and existing customers, and also is eager for the opportunity to help less experienced customers become more financially literate.

“After spending time with larger banks, I wanted to be part of a community bank where I could work to impact southern New Hampshire businesses,” Beth commented. “Primary Bank’s role as a truly local bank will allow me to grow both personally and professionally.”

Beth has volunteered with many community organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Green and White Mountains, St. James Food Pantry, and the Red Cross. She currently resides in Merrimack with her two children.

Recycling Center cleanup

WILTON – The Recycling Center is in need of some sprucing up and a little beautification. A new group, calling itself “The Sanitation Commission,” will hold a workshop at the Center on Saturday, June 1, at 1 p.m.

According to the recruitment poster, “we need ideas, sweepers, shovels, carpenters, strong backs, willing hands, and donations of perennial shrubs and trees.”

The goal is “restore its efficiency, cleanliness and usefulness” and to regain the Center’s “ranking as the best in the state.”

The group also plans a ceremony on Flag Day, June 14. At that time a new memorial flag will be donated to the Center.

Used by five towns since the 1970s, the Center is the oldest in the state and has previously won design awards.

For information, and a commitment to help, call Stasia Millet at 654-2186, or sbmillett@tds.net.