13th Annual Apple Harvest Day

13th Annual Apple Harvest Day on Saturday, October 2nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. all over Downtown Dover and Henry Law Park. Free admission. A day-long family event, featuring more than 200 crafters and vendors, great food, live entertainment, kids activities, a 5k road race, and more. The event was first held in 1985 and now draws more than 50,000 people to downtown Dover, making it one of the most popular regional fall festivals.

Surveying Salmon Falls: Exploring the Village and Culture Through its Built Environment

Surveying Salmon Falls: Exploring the Village and Culture Through its Built Environment


South Berwick, Maine- Old Berwick Historical Society will present an online lecture on Thursday, September 23, at 7:30pm about the history of Rollinsford, NH. In 2020, architectural historian Peter Michaud began a weekly survey of the buildings and structures in the village of Salmon Falls (now Rollinsford). Using examples from his survey, Michaud will explore how the built environment reflects the history and development of the village in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as larger historic contexts.


Participants can register for the online lecture through the Old Berwick Historical Society’s website. Admission is free to members, with a $5 suggested donation for non-members. The lecture is open to the public.


Peter Michaud holds a B.A. in history from the University of New Hampshire, and is known throughout the Seacoast for his work in, and passion for, regional history. Recent work experience includes being the National Register & Preservation Tax Incentives Coordinator for the NH Division of Historical Resources, preceded by being the Special Projects Director for the NH Division of Historical Resources. He currently serves on the Strawbery Banke National Council, the Vernacular Architectural Forum (New England Chapter), and is on the Board of the Piscataqua Decorative Arts Society, The Players Ring Theater, and Portsmouth Advocates.


The Counting House Museum is open Saturdays form 1-4pm through the end of October and by appointment. The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2021 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors. More information is available by calling 207-384-0000 or at  www.oldberwick.org.

Scott Weintraub: Return to Portsmouth

Pontine Theatre announces that, Scott Weintraub: Return to Portsmouth, will be performing at the Plains Schoolhouse, 1 Plains Ave, Portsmouth NH, the weekend of 24-26 September. The following weekend, 1-3 October, audiences can view the show online.  Visit www.pontine.org — to purchase tickets for the Zoom online performances on October 1,2,or 3rd. Or add your name to the waiting list for the live performances on the weekend of 24-26th September. 

Annual Tall Sips Brewfest

Annual Tall Sips Brewfest fundraising event will be held at the Hampton Airfield, 9A Lafayette Road, North Hampton, from 4 to 7 p.m. on September 18th. Admission is $35 per adult for unlimited 3-ounce samples from 10 local brewers. There will also be food, entertainment, and active and static aircraft displays to go with beer. Proceeds from this event go to our Sea Challenge Scholarship Fund.  Make a difference in someone’s life by joining us and drinking some beer. Tickets at http://sailportsmouth.org/.

Cornerstone VNA Celebrates Building Expansion, Special Donors and Friends

Cornerstone VNA Celebrates Building Expansion, Special Donors and Friends


Rochester, NH – Cornerstone VNA, your local nonprofit visiting nurse association, held a special event on August 26th to celebrate the completion of their exciting building expansion and renovation. Cornerstone VNA proudly partnered with SMP Architecture of Concord, Groen Construction of Rochester, and First Seacoast Bank on this significant project, which began last October. The August celebration also included a special presentation to recognize their generous capital campaign donors and to honor their 2020 and 2021 Cornerstone Award recipients.


Guests received guided tours of the new and improved areas, which includes a new wing for Hospice, Palliative Care and Intake, expanded spaces for community programming and staff education, a dedicated family room, a dedicated mother’s room, a new volunteer workspace, and a beautiful multi-purpose outdoor patio. According to Erika Lee, Cornerstone VNA Advancement Director, “It was so much fun to be able to share the excitement of our new spaces with our donors and give them a tour of our building. We have a bright future ahead thanks to the support of so many community members and donors, and especially thanks to the work of our incredible staff, volunteers and board members.”


During the event, guests enjoyed a special presentation that included the announcement of their Cornerstone Award recipients, given to an individual or group dedicated to advancing the mission of Cornerstone VNA. The 2020 Cornerstone Award was given to Dr. Archana Bhargava, Medical Director at Frisbie Memorial Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care and Hematology, and longtime Cornerstone VNA board member. Erika Lee explains, “The presentation of our 2020 Cornerstone Award was delayed a year due to COVID-19, so we were thrilled to finally honor Dr. Bhargava for her important contributions to our organization and the community.”


Dr. Bhargava was instrumental in establishing a Palliative Care program at Cornerstone VNA in 2014. As a local physician, she identified a need in the community for this type of service and knew that patients would greatly benefit from receiving this type of support to better manage their chronic illness. Thanks to Dr. Bhargava’s vision and passion for the program, Palliative Care has grown tremendously over the past 7 years. The program now includes a partnership with Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Portsmouth Regional Hospital to provide in-patient consultations by Dr. Andrew Kunkemueller, Palliative Care Medical Director at Cornerstone VNA.

Dr. Bhargava also helped establish a special Kiddie Cornerstone Fund. The Fund, which was launched in 2016, is used to purchase gifts for pediatric patients to build relationships and ease anxiety when receiving care at home by Cornerstone VNA pediatric nurses. Gas cards are also purchased to help families with travel expenses to medical appointments. According to Julie Reynolds, RN, President/CEO, “We are very pleased to honor Dr. Bhargava for this important award.  She continues to share her passion and expertise to strengthen our organization, and to improve the quality of life for our patients and the community.”


The 2021 Cornerstone Award was given to four local community Mask Maker Groups: Tara Estates Mask Brigade, Face Mask Makers from Barnstead and beyond, Seacoast Mask Makers, and Friends of Farmington. These generous area mask makers pooled together their fabrics and elastics, fired up their sewing machines and got to work at a rapid pace. They developed safe ways of picking up completed masks from each other and proudly delivered their masks to organizations around the community, including Cornerstone VNA. According to June Gallup, Quality Improvement Director, “At a time when medical masks needed to be used for patient care by our field staff, these beautiful handmade masks were just what we needed to share with our office staff, patients, families, volunteers and caregivers.”


In the span of 12 months, Cornerstone VNA received over 2,200 handmade masks from these mask maker groups and local individuals in a show of extreme kindness. Erika Lee adds, “They were a bright and happy spot for us during a time of great uncertainty.” Attending the event and accepting their special awards were Karen Williams from Face Mask Makers from Barnstead and beyond, Kathy King from Friends of Farmington, Amy Ouellette from Seacoast Mask Makers, and Lise-Marie Descoteaux from Tara Estates Mask Brigade.


Community members are welcome to call the Advancement Department at Cornerstone VNA to set up a time to tour their building expansion and renovation. Call Erika at 603-332-1133 x1203 to schedule a tour or to learn more about how you can donate and be a part of Cornerstone VNA’s capital campaign. You can also visit cornerstonevna.org/buildingourfuture.


About: Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 108 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

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