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Essay contest

The Mercy Hathaway White Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest is open for students in grades 5-8 in public, private, parochial, or home schools in the Kearsarge and Contoocook school districts.

The theme is “Pretend you are boy or a girl during the Colonial fight for freedom” and writers are being asked to portray either a historical child or a fictional child living in the era of the American Revolution, write about some of the changes that are taking place in their life, and that of their family, as they face this new situation.

The writers are also asked to imagine themselves in the place of such a child taking on important and often adult responsibilities. The essay should be 300 to 1,000 words, depending on grade level. Call Katherine Snaith at 526-7622 or email for specific grade-level criteria.

The essays, including cover and bibliography page, are due by Dec. 6.


Thirst quenchers

Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church will be handing out free bottles of water on Nov. 23 at the Concord Christmas parade starting at 9:30 a.m. They will be at TLC Medical Day Care for Adults at 211 Loudon Road, across the street from the Goodwill store.

For more information, call 875-5822.


Christmas shoeboxes

Local sites are being transformed into drop-off centers for Operation Christmas Child. Volunteers will be on hand to receive shoeboxes packed with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. The collection sites will be open during Operation Christmas Child’s national collection week of Monday through Nov. 25. A list of additional locations can be found at


Play space

Concord Public Library launched its new PlaySpace in the Children’s Room. PlaySpace is a hands-on area offering activities for young children and their caregivers to develop the skills children need to get ready to read. The PlaySpace pinpoints talking, singing, reading, writing and playing, with a writing/drawing area, wooden blocks, a puppet stage, a magnet board with letters and words, and a dramatic play area that will feature different themes on a rotating basis. There are also age-appropriate toys to build fine motor skills and reinforce basic concepts like shapes and colors. Children of all ages, and their grown-ups, are welcome to enjoy the PlaySpace.

For more information, call 225-8670.


Telescope checkout

The Josiah Carpenter Library is one of the libraries in the state to receive an Orio StarBlast 4.5-inch astronomical telescope from the New Hampshire Astronomical Society. The telescope is easy to use, robust and of manageable size, but has a relatively large optical tube so that the moon and deep-sky objects will show far more detail than one would see with other beginner telescopes. The telescope will be available for checkout from the library for one week at a time. For more information, call 435-8406.


Grant recipient

New Hampshire Peace Action, Concord, received $1,000 in support of Peace Action News from the Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust. Peace Action News is a key publication for the New Hampshire peace movement, providing current information and relevant opportunities for citizens to become involved in democratic activism through rallies, marches and community events.


Wreath fundraiser

The Franklin Visiting Nurse Association’s hospice program is holding its annual wreath fundraiser. Wreaths of various sizes, kissing balls, balsam garland and other greens are available to order through Friday, with delivery in time for Thanksgiving. For more information or to place an order, call 934-3454. You may also order at All proceeds support the hospice program.


Recycled art

Greener Hopkinton is sponsoring a “Recycled Art” exhibit at the town library on Houston Drive in Contoocook this month. Area residents have re-used discarded materials to make works of art. Library hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

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