The Other Side of Rescue

Joan VeilleuxOn 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.

Rescue Stories in Tamworth on Oct. 17

mountain snowCook 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.

Come to a book discussion

Fifteen libraries and White Birch Books are each hosting a meeting to talk about Ty Gagne’s Where You’ll Find Me.  Here’s a list in order by date:

  • Fryeburg Public Library: Sept. 12, 10 AM
  • Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell: Sept. 17, 1 PM
  • Bridgton Public Library: Sept. 26, 3 PM
  • Effingham Public Library: Sept. 26, 6 PM
  • Ossipee Public Library: Oct. 2, 2 PM
  • North Conway Public Library: Oct. 4, 10:30 AM
  • Chocorua Public Library: Oct. 4, 12:00 PM
  • Jackson Public Library: Oct. 9, 4:30 PM
  • Bartlett Public Library: Oct. 9, 7 PM
  • Moultonborough Public Library: Oct. 10, 10:30 AM
  • White Birch Books: Oct. 11, 7 PM
  • Conway Public Library: Oct. 15, 10:15 AM
  • Cook Memorial Library, Tamworth: Oct. 15, 10:30 AM
  • Brownfield Public Library: Oct. 16, 6 PM
  • Madison Library: Oct. 23, 7 PM
  • Freedom Public Library: Oct. 29, 10:30 AM