Announcements from Nov. 24, 2020

Published: 11/24/2020 8:46:23 AM
ConcordWreath-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, New Hampshire, 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 in Concord.

ConcordZonta speaks out against violence

The Zonta Club of Concord, an affiliate of Zonta International, envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence. Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and a global epidemic. It knows no national or cultural barriers; it takes place at home, in the workplace, in open spaces, and affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict. It includes psychological, physical and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as rape, female genital cutting, child marriage, and human trafficking. During the 16 Days of Activism, Nov. 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through Dec. 10 (Human Rights Day), Zonta will once again take part in the Zonta Says No To Violence Against Women campaign to take local, national and international actions to influence the making and implementation of laws, as well as changing gender-based attitudes and behaviors to end violence against women and girls. This campaign launched by Zonta in 2012 has raised awareness of this global pandemic of women’s rights violations and has united Zonta clubs worldwide in conducting impactful advocacy actions to fight violence against women and gender equality. The Zonta Club of Concord will do its part this year in the form of donating $1,000 to the Sheila Stanley Counseling Fund at Womankind Counseling in Concord to help women receive the necessary trauma services they need; and $500 will be donated to the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to help their mission to create safe and just communities through advocacy, prevention and empowerment of anyone affected by sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking. Hotel Concord has partnered with the Zonta Club of Concord to bring attention to these 16 Days of Activism by lighting up their architectural eyebrow at the top of their building in “orange,” the color that symbolizes the Zonta Says No campaign. In addition, the Zonta Club of Concord will support and campaign for the upcoming Child Marriage House Bill to change the legal age of marriage to 18 years which would allow girls time to improve their knowledge, skills and attitudes on their rights, relationships, sexual and reproductive health and financial literacy. Recently, the Zonta Club of Concord voted with the Zonta USA Caucus and 13 worldwide Zonta districts to urge the US Congress to prevent cuts to funding for the Victims of Crime Act affecting American victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking and like crimes. For more information on Zonta, log onto zontaclubofconcordnh.org or zonta.org.

GilfordMasses all online

Due to the rapidly increasing rates of COVID-19 in the Lakes Region, Hope Ministries at First United Methodist Church will be worshiping exclusively online.  The Sunday service will be available live at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom and Facebook.  A recording of the service will also be available on the church’s website, nhhope.org, and on Lakes Region Public Access Channel 25.  In addition, those without internet or cable access can listen to the service live over the phone. More information about online worship and other programs of Hope Ministries is available on the church’s website, or by calling the church office at 524-3289.

BarnsteadFood pantry donation

The Alton American Legion Family Post 72 donated $500 to the Barnstead Food Pantry to support local families during the holidays. The Barnstead Food Pantry is helping families this year with Thanksgiving Baskets and Christmas Packages. The American Legion jumped in to help contribute to this much-needed cause. They also donated to Alton and New Durham Food Pantry and all three town’s End 68 Hours of Hunger program. Please reach out to your local town offices to see how you can help! They need volunteers, delivery drivers and most important donations to help these families in need. The Family of American Legions support their veterans, however they also support their local communities through donations, fundraisers and providing Thanksgiving and Christmas packages to local families of Veterans as well. In this time of COVID and economic instability, please reach out to see how you can help in your local community.




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