Announcements from Nov. 19, 2020

Published: 11/19/2020 8:14:25 AM
Toys for Tots now collecting

The weekend of Nov. 11 was the launch date for the beginning of the Toys for Tots program. In New Hampshire, state police will be helping the U.S. Marine Corps collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute to children. They will be holding collections events locally on Nov. 27, 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the State House during the Concord Christmas tree lighting; Dec. 1, 11 to 2 p.m., at State Police headquarters, 33 Hazen Drive, Concord; and Dec. 4, 1 to 7 p.m., Mall of N.H. in Manchester. Toys can also be dropped off Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the seven barracks locations, marine patrol headquarters, state police headquarters and N.H. state hospital, among others.

Concord Pierce memorial wreath-laying

A graveside wreath laying will commemorate President Franklin Pierce’s 216th birthday on Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. in Old North Cemetery in Concord. The wreath is sent annually from the White House and commemorates the president’s date of birth and contributions serving in the country’s highest office. Members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard and the Pierce Brigade will lay the wreath, present the colors and a salute. Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremonial wreath-laying. Masks are required and attendees are asked to practice social distancing. No after ceremony reception will be held this year. Old North Cemetery is located at 141 N. State St. in Concord. Franklin Pierce was president from 1853 to 1857 and is the only New Hampshire resident to be elected president. Son of Revolutionary War veteran and New Hampshire Governor Benjamin Pierce, Franklin Pierce was born in Hillsborough in 1804. Before being elected the 14th president of the United States in 1852, he was elected to the New Hampshire State Legislature, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Pierce was the youngest speaker of the New Hampshire Legislature and served as a Brigadier General in the Mexican War. While president, Pierce reduced the national debt by 60% from $75 million to $35 million, established the office of the United States Attorney General, modernized the Army and Navy, improved relations with Canada, established trade with Japan and expanded our national borders. The Pierce Brigade is the membership organization dedicated to preserving the Pierce Manse, Pierce’s Concord home, which is located at 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane.

Hopkinton Baking lovers unite

Gail Cornell is forming a Meetup Group for bakers who enjoy The Great British Baking Show and want to replicate some of the show’s famous bakes. The group will meet online and eventually in person, depending on group size and if social distancing can be maintained. The goal is to have fun while sharing our baking experiences and our results with other like-minded bakers. The first online meeting will be Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. If you would like to learn more or join the group, please go to the website and search for the Great British Baking Show Bakers Meetup Group at

Laconia Be a super bidder

The Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction has created a new benefit for potential bidders for this year’s upcoming auction, scheduled for Dec. 8 through Dec. 11. Anyone looking to increase their support of the auction — or to have an edge on bidding — can now become a Super Bidder. For a donation of $100, Super Bidders will be granted a look at the items on the auction boards as soon as they are available. Super bidders can bid on items before they are open to the public; submit bids with incremental increases up to the bidders pre-chosen maximum; see how many bidders are also bidding on the item that they are interested in; enjoy VIP check-out and pick-up service; and be proud to support the children of the Lakes Region during an especially challenging year. Interested community members can become a Super Bidder at While many items have been received at this time, there is a need for thousands of items to raise enough money to meet the needs of the community. Volunteers will also collect items on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. At all drop-off sites, donors must bring a completed form, availab le at Gift card donations can be sent to GLRCA, 383 South Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.


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