Opening Day at the Counting House Museum

Opening Day at the Counting House Museum

South Berwick, Maine- The Counting House Museum opens for the season on Saturday, June 4th with extended hours from 10am-4pm. A variety of textile demonstrations will be at the nearby Counting House Park in celebration of the opening of the new textile exhibit, “Material Culture: Domestic Cloth-Making in 18th Century New England”. The demonstrations and the museum admission are free to the public, donations are gratefully accepted.

 

The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2022 exhibit explores the material culture of early domestic textile arts and the tools used to produce linen and woolen cloth in rural New England homesteads. Material goods provide a window into standards of living, self-sufficiency, economic diversification, and the transition from frontier life to settled communities.

 

The specialized tools used to process flax and wool, and the spinning wheels and looms on display, reveal the necessary individual skills and the collaborative family roles in creating yarn and cloth. Loans from the collection of Guest Curators Peter and Nancy Cook and selections from the permanent collection of the Old Berwick Historical Society reflect the art of creating homespun textiles in common use throughout the 18th century. This exhibit will be on display for the 2022 season.

 

A new permanent exhibit, “Berwick Begins”, is also open for this first time. The exhibit explores the founding of the Berwicks almost 400 years ago. The culmination of a quarter-century of local archaeology and historical research, it tells the story of lives uprooted and rebuilt on Berwick soil in its turbulent first century.

The Counting House Museum is regularly open June-October on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-4pm. More information is available by calling 207-384-0000 or visiting www.oldberwick.org.

Vennard Recognized as Volunteer Manager of the Year

Vennard Recognized as Volunteer Manager of the Year

 

Rochester, NH – Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, is pleased to announce that Ann Vennard, Assistant Director of Advancement, was recognized as the 2022 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year during the annual Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism on May 10th.

 

Participants of this 3-day virtual conference, which was attended by nearly 300 individuals from New Hampshire and across the country, received a warm welcome from Governor John Sununu, who also announced the Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year. “The work done by Ann exemplifies the very best of NH – going out of one’s way to care for others and provide a helping hand to those in our communities,” said Governor Sununu. “I could not be more proud to present Ann with [this award].”

 

Gretchen Stallings, Executive Director of Volunteer NH adds, “Ann’s dedication to the volunteers she supports is truly admirable. Volunteers are the backbone of so many wonderful organizations, including Cornerstone VNA, and they all deserve the special care that Ann pours into her program every day.”

 

Ann has been a volunteer manager at Cornerstone VNA for the past 6 years and has worked to build a comprehensive volunteer program that engages a variety of community members, from youth to older adults, as well as pet companion volunteers. According to Erika Lee, Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA, “Ann has done a tremendous job growing our volunteer program opportunities and making sure our volunteers have a successful and meaningful experience. I was proud to nominate her for this award and thrilled that she was honored as this year’s award recipient.”

 

Cornerstone VNA’s vibrant volunteer team is comprised of Companions, NH Senior Companions, Balance Coaches, Hospice, Music, Office, Pet Peace of Mind and Caregiver Café Facilitator volunteers. To learn more about volunteering at Cornerstone VNA, call 800-691-1133 x1109 or visit cornerstonevna.org/volunteer

 

Cornerstone VNA currently serves 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 109 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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