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Outreach for vets

If you are attending the upcoming NASCAR race in Loudon, the Manchester VA Medical Center outreach team will be available Thursday through Sept. 22 at the track. Hours of operation will be Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center provides health care services, including programs for returning veterans and homeless veterans. The outreach team will answer your questions about VA eligibility, the Affordable Care Act and enroll you for health care at the VA. Bring your DD214 and a picture ID. For more information, call 624-4366 ext. 2291, or 624-4366, ext. 6779.


Cub Scouts

The Gilmanton Cub Scout Pack 242 (open to boys in grades 1 through 5 or age 6 and older) will hold its first pack meeting of the season Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at Gilmanton Community Church (next to the academy building). The evening will include registration and information on scouting. For more information, call Cameron Hamel at 496-5379 or email

Land preserved

The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust added the 124th property to its list of protected properties in its 12-town region with the addition of the 136-acre Wendell Marsh North easement. Ausbon Sargent now protects 10,135 acres, continuing its mission to help preserve the rural character of the Mount Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region. The Wendell Marsh North property is primarily undeveloped forest land with scattered small wetlands and approximately 2,200 feet of frontage on both sides of the outlet stream from Perkins Pond. A portion of the property is in the Wendell Marsh watershed and helps maintain the quality of the water flowing into the marsh, an important wildlife area. A variety of wildlife habitats are on the property and the Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club maintains a snowmobile trail on the property that is used year-round for pedestrian and snowmobile recreation.

Pet joy

Pets Add Life, a nonprofit campaign dedicated to spreading the joys and benefits of multiple pet ownership, is giving away a total of $25,000 to three animal shelters across the U.S. Shelter supporters and communities are encouraged to vote for their local organization.

The grand prize winner will receive a prize of $15,000, of which $10,000 will go toward a community-wide adoption event in the shelter’s area celebrating “Get a Pal For Your Pet” day on Nov. 19. Second and third-place winners will receive $5,000 donations.

To vote, ‘Like’ the Pets Add Life Facebook page at face and vote at the Shelter Showdown Contest app. The contest is open through Oct. 4, with the winners to be announced the week of Oct. 7. For more information, email or call 775-322-4022.

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