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High performers

Pittsfield Middle High School is one of 18 high-performing middle level and high schools selected to present at the Breaking RanksTM 2013 School Showcase as part of National Association of Secondary School Principals annual conference in February in Washington, D.C.


Donate hygiene

Sanbornton Congregational Church youth will be collecting the following items and assembling hygiene kits to be distributed through Church World Service: hand towels measuring approximately 16” x 28” (no fingertip or bath towels), washcloths, wide-tooth combs, nail clippers, soap (bath size in wrapper), toothbrushes (in original single packaging), and standard size Band-Aids®. Church World Service will add toothpaste that has an extended expiration to the prepared kits. To donate cash, make checks payable to Sanbornton Congregational Church, with “hygiene kits” in the memo line. Contact Rev. Ruth Martz at 286-3108 for more information.


Exhibit challenge

The SEE Science Center announced its annual exhibit challenge to individuals, schools, groups and businesses with this year’s theme of “water.” Submissions must have an interactive component, be safe and durable and show the user something having to do with water. A committee will review all exhibit submissions and present up to five ideas for consideration by the general public, which will vote through social media or in person at the SEE Science Center. One winner will be announced in early 2013 and an exhibit installation and unveiling will take place in autumn 2013. Exhibit ideas can be uploaded at The deadline for submissions is December 17.


Gift sign-ups

Friends of Forgotten Children, 224 Bog Road in Concord, will be open Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for final Christmas gift sign-ups. If you have not signed up elsewhere, stop by with social security cards and proof of residency for each child in your household. This will be the last day for sign-ups.

If you have any questions, call 753-4801.



Reid Zuckerman of Henniker, a senior at John Stark Regional High School in Weare, won this year’s New Hampshire Constitution Day Essay contest. Students were asked to write about whether they believe the Constitution bans potential employers or school officials from requiring job seekers or students to provide passwords to their social media accounts, such as Facebook or Twitter. Reid concluded that employers are not government officials, so are not banned from requiring passwords. However, he thinks they should be.

Two local finalists, sponsored by the Concord Monitor, were Bryce Northrop of Bow Memorial School and Katharina Beliveau of Laconia High School.


Holiday fair

Jensen’s of Concord will host its second annual holiday fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 17 Highridge Trail in Concord.

Local businesses have donated products and gift certificates to be raffled off. There will be a variety of crafters and a Thanksgiving basket will also to be raffled.

All proceeds will be donated to the Concord Hospice House, in memory of Kenny Berman.


Flu shots

Walgreens will be at the Concord Feminist Health Center at 38 S. Main St. Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Vouchers, good for one flu shot at no charge, will be offered to all individuals ages 7 and older at the door.



Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will hold seven Hospice Lights of Life Community Remembrance Ceremonies beginning Nov. 28 at locations across central New Hampshire. The ceremonies will be held in Concord, Boscawen, Hillsboro, Hooksett, Pittsfield, Suncook and Warner.

During December, electric candles will shine in the windows of downtown Concord, Contoocook, Goffstown, Hillsboro, Penacook, Pittsfield, Suncook Village and Warner to celebrate lives past.

A list of locations and times of ceremonies is available online at or call 224-4093, ext. 5807.


Community heroes

The American Red Cross of New Hampshire will honor community heroes at its annual Heroes Breakfast to be held in March.

To nominate a hero, visit and go to the news and events tab labeled “Heroes Breakfast 2013.” The deadline for nominations is Dec. 3.


Preschool program

The Merrimack Valley School District has limited openings in the Reverse Mainstream Preschool Program at Boscawen Elementary School for 3-year-old children only.

To apply, call Boscawen Elementary School at 753-6512.


Helping hand

Body & Spirit Day Spa, 254 N. State St., welcomes nonperishable food items to fill Thanksgiving boxes for the Loudon Food Pantry, such as stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, canned vegetables, pumpkin pie filling, evaporated milk, pie crust mix and dessert items.

For more information, call 226-4261 or visit bodyandspirit


Amateur radio

Ham radio operators from The American Legion Amateur Radio Club sprang into action after Hurricane Sandy. The club is a nationwide volunteer unit that aids the local community, state and national emergency officials during civil or natural disasters. They assisted homeland security efforts in communities by developing emergency kits and plans, by remaining informed and assisting schools, workplaces and communities in developing emergency plans and checklists, and by cooperating with local councils of the Citizens Corps, Emergency Management.

There is a great need for more ham operators. Legionnaires who want further information are urged to request the brochure “Amateur Radio and The American Legion” at


Inmate graduates

Fifteen inmates at the State Prison in Concord received diplomas recently during the Granite State High School commencement exercise. The Corrections Special School District is a fully functioning high school run through the Bureau of Programs. The inmates receive their diplomas after completing the required number of classes and credits as in any New Hampshire public high school. Twelve of the 15 inmates were in attendance for the graduation ceremony. Three of the graduates were recently paroled.


Outstanding teens

The Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen Competition is scheduled for Feb. 15, 16 and 17. Contestants vie for scholarships and the right to compete at the ninth annual Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in August in Orlando. New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen Competition is a program for girls 13 to 17. The competition is intended to encourage and reward talent, communication skills, community service and academic achievement.

The deadline to enter is Nov. 30. Visit for more information.


Holiday parade

The annual Laconia holiday parade will be held Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. The parade will begin at Wyatt Park, continue down Main Street, and end at the historic train station in Veterans Square with the lighting of the Christmas Tree.

To learn more about the event or obtain information about parade registration, visit and click on the community calendar.

Forms will also be available at Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, 383 S. Main St., or All My Life Jewelers, 639 Main St., in Laconia.


Community ideas

The deadline for Meredith Village Savings Bank’s “Ideas to Improve Our Community” contest has been extended through Nov. 22. To celebrate the launch of its Facebook page, the bank is asking people to submit ideas about how to improve the Lakes Region and/or Plymouth area.

To submit an idea, visit the bank’s Facebook page, click on the “Ideas to Improve Our Community” box and follow the steps to supply contact information and a brief narrative of an idea. For details, visit


Leadership program

Applications for the spring 2013 Capital Area Student Leadership program are available. The CASL program is open to high school sophomores in the Greater Concord area and attend Bishop Brady High School, Bow High School, Concord Christian, Concord High School, The Derryfield School, Hopkinton High School, John Stark High School, Merrimack Valley High School, Parker Academy, Pembroke Academy, Pittsfield Middle High School or St. Paul’s School.

The deadline is Dec. 14. To download an application, visit, or call 224-2508.


Dog stars

The Concord Public Library Foundation will hold a reception for the 2012 recipients of the Elizabeth Yates Award Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Children’s Room. The annual award is given to a resident of the greater Concord area who is actively engaged in inspiring young people to read.

This year’s award is being given to volunteers Janet Ulbrich and her Labrador retriever, Lily, and Brenda Kern and her Wheaton terrier, Sparkle. These dogs and their handlers have been the stars of the library’s “Paws for Pages” program, in which children practice reading aloud to these two therapy dogs.

For more information, call 230-3682.

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