Whether you like to be entertained by taking in a show, acting in the PTA Play this spring, or visiting a local art gallery, treat yourself in 2019.
Chamber music feeds the soul, and there’s nothing they love more than sharing it with each other, and with new audiences.
Arielle Zlotnick Receives Appointment to West Point
AMHERST – Souhegan High School senior Arielle Zlotnick has received an appointment to the United States Military Academy. Souhegan HS hosted a signing ceremony for Zlotnick on December 17. She was awarded congressional nominations by U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Sen. Margaret Hassan.
Zlotnick is a three-time all-state and three-time all-division athlete. At Souhegan, she is a captain of the varsity cross country and track teams. She will join the NCAA Division I cross country and track teams at West Point.
Zlotnick is on the high school high honor roll and serves as the secretary and treasurer of the National Honor Society. She is a certified lifeguard and also holds certifications in first aid, CPR and AED.
Zlotnick will report for Cadet Basic Training in July. Upon graduation from West Point, she will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and will serve five years on active duty.
She is the daughter of Adam and Christina Zlotnick of Amherst. Her father works as an attorney and also serves as a volunteer firefighter at the Amherst Fire Department. Her mother is a U.S. Air Force veteran and meteorologist.
Foundation Makes First Prosthetic Donation
MANCHESTER– The Born to Run Foundation made its first prosthetic donation recently to 3-year-old Isaak Depelteau of Amherst at Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics. Isaak’s new prosthetic running leg was officially presented by foundation founder Noelle Lambert, 21, of Manchester, a college senior who lost her left leg in a moped accident on Martha’s Vineyard in 2016. Isaak was diagnosed neurofibromatosis which led to the amputation of his lower left leg. Lambert, is a Division 1 college athlete who plays lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She established The Born to Run Foundation to help young amputees obtain specialized prosthetic devices so that they can live fulfilling lives.
“As an athlete who has lost a limb, I know how important it is to be able to achieve my dreams and I want to provide the same opportunities for other young amputees, that is why I started The Born to Run Foundation,” said Noelle Lambert. “Today’s first prosthetic donation to Isaak means so much to me and to everyone who has helped me with the foundation as we try to ease the financial burden for young amputees and their families.”
The cost of an athletic prosthetic can range from $5,000 to $100,000 and they need to be replaced every three to five years as they sustain wear and tear and as amputees get older and require new sizes. Health insurance rarely covers athletic prosthetics, which is why The Born to Run Foundation was established.
Sarah Depelteau, Isaak's mother, said that the family is grateful for what The Born to Run Foundation and Next Step has done for her son. “This is a gift that we will be forever grateful to Noelle and The Born to Run Foundation.
Pickling: Traditional, Easy, Probiotic Method
Amherst Garden Club – Morning Meeting, February 7th
AMHERST – On Thursday February 7th join the Amherst Garden Club for a presentation on “Pickling: Traditional, Easy, Probiotic Method” by herbalist Rivka Schwartz.
Are you interested in your health and in easier cooking methods? If so, this presentation is for you!
Traditional, old fashioned deli pickles can’t be beat, and they are easy to make. The probiotic method of pickling is a simpler process of preserving food than water bath canning and comes with extra benefits. This traditional method also adds flavor and health-promoting, gut protecting probiotics.
Rivka will demonstrate her techniques for making pickled vegetables using natural fermentation including dill pickles and other seasonal vegetables.
Come to this presentation and take home recipes and instructions for the traditional method for preserving vegetables.
The Amherst Garden Club meets at the Messiah Lutheran Church on Route 101 in Amherst. The Garden Club’s business meeting begins at 9:15am, followed by refreshments and the morning program starts about 10:30. The public is welcome to attend free of charge.
For more information contact: Susan Stefanec - 603.673.0890 - firstname.lastname@example.org
DNA Testing for Genealogy at ATL
AMHERST – You’ve seen the commercials for 23andME and AncestryDNA. Maybe someone even gave you one for Christmas. But you have questions. Come to the Amherst Town Library on Wednesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00PM for a 2-part series on DNA testing for genealogy presented by Dr. Sandy Murray.
Part I (Jan. 23) - How Does DNA Help with Your Genealogical Research?
The first talk is an overview for the person who isn’t sure whether to test or not as well as the person who has tested but doesn’t know quite what the results mean or how to analyze them. It will include many examples (stories) and include information for adoptees, privacy concerns, etc.
Part II (Jan. 30) - You Have Your DNA Results - Now What?
The second talk explores the different testing sites in more detail and each of their tools, how to keep records and contact your matches, transfer data between companies, etc. There are many brand new tools to help analyze results now. This talk will be most helpful for those who have already tested and want to know how to analyze all the advanced features at the different companies. It includes new basic ways of sorting out matches that seem problematical (adoptions, no trees, minimal information). This will be interactive and will include plenty of time for questions.
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. Please register for each session of the series individually. 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.”
Lions Club 4th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook-off
AMHERST – Amherst Lions Club is looking for the best chili in town. The fourth annual Fire & Ice -- chili cook-off and all-you-can-eat sundaes -- is set for Friday, February 1st.
Fire -- a chili cook-off -- has two categories (red and green/white) with first, second and third-place prizes awarded as well as People's Choice.
Ice -- an ice cream social -- is an all-you-can eat, make-your-own ice cream sundae. In addition to ice cream, the Amherst Junior Women's Club is donating homemade cakes and cookies. Water, sodas, and hot drinks will also be provided along with corn bread and salad. Hot dogs will also be served.
Chili cooks wishing to enter their chili recipe (two-gallon minimum) for one year’s bragging rights should contact Reed Flowers email@example.com for more details.
Deadline to register is Jan. 30. The event is at the Amherst Middle School, 14 Cross Road, from 5 pm - 7 pm.
Instead of ticket purchase, the Lions are asking for a donation with all proceeds going to local charities. In addition to chili, there will be corn bread, salad with all the fixings, drinks, and hot dogs who might not care for chili. For dessert, you may make your own ice cream sundae.
Entertainment is planned, but not confirmed at deadline.
20 Megawatt Solar Project Proposed
MILFORD – Granite Apollo has signed a Letter of Intent with the Town of Milford to develop an up to 20MW AC solar project on town owned property.
The project, named “Milford Solar”, will be located on approximately 120 acres of Town owned land off of Perry Road on either side of Route 101. Granite Apollo will lease the land from the Town. The project will be designed to minimize environmental impacts on the property.
The approximately 20 megawatt project would generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 5,000 New England homes.
Granite Apollo expects to negotiate a power purchase agreement for sale of the power within the ISO-NE marketplace.
“The Milford Solar Project will generate clean, renewable power at competitive prices to help Granite Staters save money on their power bills,” said Chris Stewart, founder at Granite Apollo. “Well sited utility scale solar is a key part of New England’s energy future and we are excited to work with the Town of Milford on this project.”
“This is a great opportunity for the Town of Milford,” said Mark Bender, Milford Town Administrator. “We look forward to working closely with Granite Apollo to help make this project a model for large scale, responsible clean energy development in New Hampshire.”
Granite Apollo has also announced plans to develop a 10MW AC solar project in Londonderry, New Hampshire on the Auburn Road Superfund Site and a 17MW AC solar project in Hopkinton, New Hampshire on the Hopkinton/Webster landfill.
Granite Apollo is a development company focused on large-scale solar energy projects in New England. The company is committed to working closely with host communities, utilities, permitting agencies, landowners and residents to bring clean energy and new investment to ratepayers across the region