As readers of Where You’ll Find Me know, the search and rescue mission described in the book highlights the critical need for trained volunteers and professionals to manage these complex and challenging rescues. Ty Gagne, author of this year’s book, has asked that his speaking fee be donated to Mountain Rescue Service (MRS) and the Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue (ASVAR). For readers who wish to support the MRS or ASVAR personally, there will be a donation jar at Gagne’s talk at Kennett High School on October 25th. Tax deductible donations to either organization can mailed or sent online using information posted on their websites: http://www.nhmrs.org/donations/ and https://avsarnh.org/donations/
New Hampshire Fish & Game supports its rescue-related expenses with the sale of Hike Safe cards. You can purchase one at https://wildlife.state.nh.us/safe/
On Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00 pm, Brownfield Public Library will host a talk by Joan Veilleux, volunteer for Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue and Mountain Rescue Service, on what it is like to be part of a rescue team in the White Mountains. She will present with candor and suspense, incredible and moving stories from some her colleagues who have dedicated their lives to saving others. In addition, she will share stories the wives of some of these rescuers and the story of a friend who was rescued.
Joan Veilleux is a mountain guide, park ranger and storyteller formerly from Brownfield, ME. In 2003, while working as a naturalist for the AMC, Joan discovered a love for storytelling. In the evenings at the Highland Center Lodge and on the trail she told stories of the history of Crawford Notch and the White Mountains.
Since then Joan has presented on numerous occasions with the Mountain Story Teller’s guild and the US Forest Service at campgrounds, libraries, coffee shops and fundraisers in and around the Mount Washington Valley. For the last 18 years Joan has worked as a mountain guide in all seasons, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and in Acadia National Park. She enjoys telling stories with her clients on and off the trail.
Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth is pleased to present an evening of mountain rescue stories on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the UUFES Meetinghouse in Tamworth Village. This One Book One Valley program is sponsored by the Cook Memorial Library, and it is free and open to the public.
Stories on the program include:
- The Backside of the Storm, the story of a rescue mission in arctic conditions told by Joe Lentini, White Mountain Guide and Mountain Rescue Service team leader
- Voices from the Ice and Snow, a radio-style dramatic retelling of Ty Gagne’s book “Where You’ll Find Me” in four parts, adapted and performed by Margo Mallar, Annie Provenzano, Raetha Stoddard, Terry Leavitt, and Polly Mahoney, with music by Peg Loughran
- “So thankful to be here today,” Amy Baker’s account of a solo hike on Mount Washington last January that ended in her rescue
UUFES (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes) Meetinghouse is located at 30 Tamworth Road, at the intersection of Route 113, 113A and Main Street in Tamworth, New Hampshire. For more information or for directions, call the Cook Memorial Library at 603-323-8510.