Black Fly Blitz – Gee, did we have fun!

A little drizzly, a lot cloudy and even more fun!
The 2017 Black Fly Blitz

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Runners take your mark.

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Get set … go!

 The first man crosses the finish.

 … and the first woman was less than a minute later.

And a whole lot more …
Check your results!

The ladies who walked.

 Twice the fun on the run.
 KRHS Track Team on the run.
 Honeymooners on the run.

Back at the bandstand there were …
BFB_2017_Ann_Davis_01Medals for the winners. A family of winners.
 Every kid was a winner. Man’s best friend carried home the bling.

See you next year!

Thanks a million! Black Fly Blitz a great success!

BFB_2017_KRHS_Volunteers_01Thanks to the work of more than 40 volunteers, the Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) 13th annual Black Fly Blitz on Memorial Day – Monday, May 29 – was a resounding success. Proceeds from the Black Fly Blitz support the WCA, which owns and operates the WCA’s Red Barn, a community center, and Timothy Patten Park, a beach and playground. The track and cross-country teams at Kearsarge Regional High School (KRHS) receive a portion of the race proceeds.

Several members of the KRHS track and cross-country teams and their coaches assisted with the race. They included: Marliese Baer, Jenna Bears, Mya Dube, Kasey Lipscomb, Trevor Pauling, Avril Prak and David Wallace. KRHS coaches, staff and parents assisting with the event included Peter Angus, Ernie Brake, Brian Pauling and Ed Rehor.

BFB_2017_FAST_01David Zuger, Wilmot police chief, led the nearly 170 runners on course in a police cruiser. Nola Aldrich was the honorary starter. Members of the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department’s FAST Squad including Ethan Ballan, CJ Brim, Sean Brunel, Scott Carpenter, Storm Connor, Dave Herr, Jonathan Jusczyk, Philip Nicholson and Darren Phipps and were on hand to assist with any medical emergencies. The Wilmot Ladies Aid Society loaned their tables. The Wilmot Highway Department provided road barricades to ensure participants’ safety at intersections along the course.

Janet Baker, Sondra Brake, Lisah Carpenter, Kimberlee Esposito, Mary Kulacz, Margaret Monto, Jan Sahler, Rachel Seamans and De Segerson baked cookies and provided other foods for the people who participated in the race.

BFB_2017_Marc_Davis_01Bill Burris set up his wonderful handmade games. He was ably assisted by Adam Glass. Rosanna Eubank-Long applied temporary tattoos – in a black fly motif – to the delight of lots of children and adults.

Other volunteers included: Jenny Santora, Molly Santora, Will Santora, Jim Santora, Keith Seamans, Trudy Philbrick-Brake and Nancy Large. Marc Davis assisted with sponsor recruitment. Susan Nye photographed the event.

Ensuring the financial success of the Black Fly Blitz were the 51 race sponsors.

Ledyard Bank, Rayno Construction LLC and Rymes Propane & Oil contributed at the super platinum level.

Platinum sponsors included Echo Communications, Gutgsell & Phipps Dentistry, InterTown Record, Kearsarge Property & Landscape Services Inc. and Lakes Region Tent and Event.

Sponsors at the gold level were: A Cut Above Tree Service, Charter Trust Co., Colonial Pharmacy, FloorCraft, Huckleberry Propane & Oil, Jewell Box Storage, Northeast Delta Dental, Perkins Landscaping, Pizza Chef of Andover, Pleasant Acres LLC, Scott Carpenter Construction, Tom Conway Tree Service and Walker Automotive Inc.

Silver sponsors included Barton Insurance Agency, Belletetes Inc., C.A. Miller Plumbing & Heating, Chadwick Funeral & Cremation Service LLC, Cherry Pond Fine Furniture, Clarke’s Hardware, Colby Insurance Group, Cornelio Law Offices, Frank Anzalone Associates, Hubert’s of New London, Kearsarge Veterinary Clinic PPLC, Lake Sunapee Bank, Marathon Landscaping, Marshall’s Garage, Philip Nicholson Builder, Road ID, Spring Ledge Farm, Sugar River Bank, the Terhune Family and Woods Without Gile LLC.

Sponsors at the bronze level were Better Homes & Gardens Milestone Real Estate, Connie’s Classic Coverups, Dr. Donna Reed PPLC, Hannaford, New London, Joan Marie’s Beauty Boutique, McCrillis & Eldredge, Morgan Hill Bookstore and Pleasant Lake Veterinary Hospital.BFB_2017_Ann_Davis_01

Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the Black Fly Blitz a fabulous event!

Sincerely,
Ann and Marc Davis, race directors, WCA Black Fly Blitz

The countdown is on to the Black Fly Blitz 5K

Black Fly LogoIt’s going to be a great morning! Once again, the WCA will celebrate Memorial Day with the ever-popular Black Fly Blitz 5K run/walk. A fan favorite for runners and walkers alike, the race steps off at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29.

Avoid the rush – register today! You can register online or fill in a form and mail it to the WCA. Don’t’ delay; the deadline for pre-registration is Friday, May 26.
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Black Fly Blitz Entry Fees – until May 26
Children – 8 years and younger … free
Youth – 9 to 17 years … $15
Adults – 18 and older … $20

Black Fly Blitz Entry Fees – day of the race – May 29
Children – 8 years and younger … still free
Youth – 9 to 17 years … $20
Adults – 18 and older … $25

BFB_2016_Race_is_on_01Race Day Schedule

7:30 a.m. – sign-in and day of race registration opens on the  Town Green at the intersection of Valley and Village roads in Wilmot.

9 a.m. – and they’re off for a fabulous run or walk around the scenic Wilmot loop.
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10:15 a.m – awards will be presented at the Bandstand on the Town Green.

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Post-race fun includes music on the bandstand with Cloud Duo. They will play classic rock and country music. There will be great games for the kids and temporary black fly tattoos for all.

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The Black Fly Blitz is the WCA’s largest fundraiser. Thank you to all the runners, walkers and sponsors who support this fun and festive morning. A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to the Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams.

Everything you need to know about the Black Fly Blitz. 

Join the fun at the Black Fly Blitz 5K

BFB_2015_start_01Don’t miss out ! More than a run, more than a walk … the Black Fly Blitz 5K is a celebration!

The 13th annual 5K walk/run will start at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29 at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads. Check out the race course! Stick around, after the race there will be music, games and more.

Register by May 26 for the WCA’s Black Fly Blitz and save $5.

Until May 26, race registration is:

free for children 8 years and younger
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$20 for adults 18 and older.

On race day, registration will be free for children 8 years and younger, $20 for youths 9 to 17 and $25 for adults 18 and older.

BFB_2016_Tatoos_01Advance registration is available online or by mail. Registration is available online  or download the mail-in entry form. Send your form with payment to to the WCA at PO Box 23, Wilmot, NH 03287 or drop it off in the drop box in the front hall of the WCA’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road. Online, mail and drop-off registration must be received by noon Friday, May 26.

BFB_2014_band_03Day-of-the-race registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams and their coaches will be volunteering at the race and will receive a portion of the proceeds.

The awards presentation will take place at 10:15 a.m. The Cloud Duo will play classic rock and country music. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and an assortment of games.

Reading by New York Times’ bestselling author Tom Ryan

2017_WCA_Tom_Ryan_01Everyone was thrilled to have New York Times’ bestselling author, Tom Ryan come to town. Tom gave a reading and talk about his latest book,  Will’s Red Coat  on April 27.
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A true story, Tom’s newest book shares the rewards and challenges of adopting Will, an elderly dog.
2017_04_WCA_Tom_Ryan_04After the reading, Tom signed books and visited with the delighted crowd of book and dog lovers. 
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Thank you to Tom and his dog Samwise as well as our partner sponsors, Morgan Hill Book Store and Wilmot Public Library.

Thanks a million! The WCA playground and beach are ready for action!

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The WCA’s Timothy Patten Park is looking spiffy and ready for fun. A fantastic crew of volunteers spent the morning of Saturday, April 29 hard at work. The beach and playground have been raked and the docks are out.

The WCA is grateful to the small but hardy group of volunteers who gave up their morning to get the playground and beach ready for summer. A huge thank you goes out to Rachel Seamans who organized the cleanup event.“It was a great morning.” said Rachel, “The black flies were still asleep but the sun was out.” She was ably assisted by family and friends, including:

Justin Ferren

Darlene Hoyt

Mindy Miller

Matthew Seamans and

David Zuger.

The WCA is always happy to help local high school and middle school students earn their community hours. Kearsarge Regional High School students

Carla Hoyt, and Lela Henskens

joined the crew.

The smallest helper was Rachel’s grandson Ryan.

Additional thanks go out to the Town of Wilmot for sweeping out the parking lot and to Tom and Arthur Miller from C.A. Miller Plumbing for getting the water turned on and restrooms ready.

Timothy Patten Park is open to WCA members and their guests and Wilmot residents.

Bestselling author Tom Ryan comes to Wilmot

Wills_Red_Coat_CoverDog lovers and book lovers will not want to miss Tom Ryan’s talk and reading at the WCA at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. Jointly sponsored by the WCA, Morgan Hill Bookstore and Wilmot Public Library, the event will take place at the WCA’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

The author of New York Time’s bestseller Following Atticus, Ryan will talk about and read from his latest book, Will’s Red Coat. This new book chronicles his life with Will, a deaf and mostly blind dog. Beautifully written, Will’s Red Coat is both heartbreaking and uplifting. A story of patience, empathy, and love, Ryan shares the challenges and rewards of adopting an elderly dog. “The WCA is delighted to be part of Ryan’s book tour for his new memoir,” says Nancy Large, president of the WCA.

In addition to listening to Ryan, you will be able to meet his dog Samwise and get your copy of Will’s Red Coat signed. Books will be available for sale from Morgan Hill Bookstore.

 

Get ready to run … or walk the WCA Black Fly Blitz 5K

BFB_2016_1st_Man_01Registration is open for the region’s favorite 5K! The WCA’s Black Fly Blitz steps off at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Participants who register by May 1 will receive a free T-shirt.

Participants can register online, by mail or on site the day of the race. Online and mail-in registration closes at noon Friday, May 26! Day-of-the-race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. under the tent on the town green at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads in Wilmot.

Until May 26, race registration is: 

Children – 8 and younger free
Youths – 9 to 17 $15
Adults – 18 and older $20

On race day, registration for participants 9 years and older will increase by $5.

BFB_2014_KRHS_volunteers_07“For the sixth consecutive year, coaches and members of the Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams will be assisting the WCA on race day,” said Ann Davis, a member of the WCA Board of Directors. Ann and her husband, Marc, are co-directors of the race. To acknowledge the KRHS volunteers’ time, the WCA will donate a portion of the race proceeds to the teams.
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The 3.1-mile, 5K scenic course is a clockwise loop that starts on Village Road and continues on Shindagan Road, to Cross Hill Road, to Campground Road and then to Village Road.It is a relatively flat race over slightly undulating terrain.


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Water will be available at the race mid-point. Runners and walkers will receive free beverages and snacks after the race.
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Awards will be presented at 10:15 a.m. at the Wilmot Bandstand on the town green. The Cloud Duo will play classic rock and country music. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and an assortment of games.

Now in its 13th year, the Black Fly Blitz 5K is the WCA’s largest fundraiser. Many thanks to our generous sponsors and to everyone who comes out to walk or run. Money raised at the Black Fly Blitz helps the WCA provide free and low cost entertainment, recreation and educational activities for families, adults and seniors.

 

Wildlife diseases next topic for Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series

Wildlife_Services_National_Rabies_MgtAfter rabid foxes and skunks were found in the Kearsarge region in 2016, the WCA is proud to announce the next topic in the Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series. Wildlife Biologist Anthony Musante will present a program on rabies and other wildlife diseases at 2 p.m. Monday, April 17. The talk and slide show will be held at the WCA’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Encountering a rabid animal is frightening and can have serious consequences. Anthony Musante is with the USDA/APHIS-Wildlife Services. He will share information and answer your questions about rabies, avian influenza, tularemia, leptospirosis and other wildlife diseases. He will also cover surveillance of these diseases in New Hampshire.

Established in memory of Wilmot’s former police chief, this workshops series covers a wide range of safety and health-related topics. The series is possible due to generous donations made to the WCA in Chief White’s name. All talks and workshops are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Download or print the poster.

Thanks a million! The WCA Pancake Breakfast – tasty as ever!

2017_03_WCA_Pancakes_06The WCA’s Red Barn was back in the breakfast business on Sunday morning, March 19. The WCA has a long tradition of Sunday breakfasts. It’s been a while since the last one and they have been missed by all.
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The WCA is indebted to the many volunteers who gave their time and talents to make the breakfast a success. Heaps of applause goes to the chief cooks and bottle washers, Rachel Seamans and Amber Gove. “We’ve constantly heard how much people miss Sunday morning pancakes at the WCA and were happy to bring them back,” said Rachel. “It was great fun. Everyone had a wonderful time,” added Amber.

Coffeecakes, breads and more were donated by some of Wilmot’s finest bakers and a great kitchen crew was on hand for Sunday. “We want to thank everyone who came out to help us. We couldn’t have done it without you,” said Rachel. The bakers and kitchen crew included Ann Davis, Darlene Delano, Kim Esposito, Adam Glass, Judy Hauck, Darlene Hoyt, Chris Jensson, Mary Kulacz, Nancy Large, Sandy Messer, Michelle Robinson and De Segerson,

The WCA is always happy to help local high school and middle school students earn their community hours. Amber’s sons Josiah and Avery Gove helped with breakfast along with Victoria Cruz, Jacob DuPuis, Carly Esposito, Carla Hoyt, Jack Schwendler and Elijah Westerburg.

 

 

Thank you to all who joined the fun and enjoyed a delicious morning.
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