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"Believe" was the theme of Friday night's Community Ball

The music of the Club Soda Band — Richard Bickford, left, Karen Bays, Johnny Ducharme, and Carl Smith — drew dancers out onto the parquet floor at Friday night's Community Ball. Photo by Edith Tucker. (click for larger version)
October 09, 2013
SHELBURNE — "Tonight is about two words: 'Community' and 'Believe,' explained Linda Morris, president of the Androscoggin Valley Hospital's Auxiliary and recipient of the 2013 Sylvia Evans Award, in her brief remarks at Friday night's Community Ball. "It's been a remarkable time of challenge and change in our community, but what has been accomplished in response in recent years has been phenomenal."

Morris pointed out that the community has welcomed and supported a number of economic initiatives: the $273 million Burgess BioPower plant project; the Federal Correctional Institution — FCI-Berlin; the reopening of the paper mill at Cascades, now Gorham Paper & Tissue because a new tissue machine was installed; and the many small businesses that have started, as well as those that have hung in there, plus the Main Street Program in Berlin, White Mountain Community College, and the area's growing ATV tourism.

"The success of all these organizations and businesses is an illustration of how working together as a community can accomplish great things," Morris explained. "I ask you all to continue to be a voice of this community and to continue to take action. Your actions will shape and mold the present into a future of which this community can be proud."

She also thanked members of the Berlin Police Department for their community-minded efforts, and she introduced Russ Keene, CEO of the Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Alex Ritchie of Cate Street Capital of Portsmouth, and Joanne Roy of the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce. She also praised her fellow members of the Planning Committee, James Patry and Leo Vallee, as well as the hospitality of the Town & Country Inn, which served a surf- and-turf entree.

Some 200 people attended the very upbeat semi-formal dinner dance. Public Service of New Hampshire that has a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Burgess BioPower filled a table with guests.

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