Announcements for Nov. 4, 2021

Published: 11/5/2021 8:47:15 AM
Pollinator habitat

Join New Hampshire Audubon and collaborators from UNH Cooperative Extension and the Xerces Society for a webinar panel discussion on “Creating Pollinator Habitat” on Nov. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. The panel discussion will share best practices around establishing pollinator habitat in New England. Discussion topics will include techniques for creating pollinator meadows, native plant selection, benefits to pollinators and invasives through the lens of insects. Presentations by the panelists will be followed by an open Q&A by the audience. Panelists include Marc Nutter, NH Audubon; Alina Harris, Xerces Society; Emma Erler and Matt Tarr, UNH Extension Cooperative Extension. On Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon, they will gather at the McLane Center in Concord to view the progress of converting one acre of an old field to a pollinator meadow. NH Audubon with the help of our collaborators are using a variety of techniques across one acre to better access what preparation methods work best at this scale. The field trip will allow participants to see and more fully discuss the details of field prep and seeding. These events are free and open to the public. Registration is requested. This project is being funded by the State Conservation Commission’s Moose Plate Grant Program. To learn more and sign up, visit

Veterans Count virtual gala

The Nashua Chapter of Veterans Count will virtually host its 10th annual Salute Our Soldiers Gala on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 7 to 8 p.m. This free event will pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a focus on the bravery, patriotism, and community support that pervaded the country starting on Sept. 12. Sy Mahfuz, owner of PRG Rugs in Nashua, will serve as emcee, and Easterseals NH President and CEO Maureen Beauregard and Kathy Flynn, Director of Development, Veterans Count, will deliver welcome remarks. Entertainment will be provided by singer and impressionist Tony Pace, along with a keynote address by Eric Ferreira, Methuen, Massachusetts Police Lieutenant and United States Marine Forces Reserve Sergeant Major. The Gala will also feature the 2021 presentation of the Founders Award. From the Nashua Chapter of Veterans Count, Chapter Chair Ken Sinclair and Chapter Member Michael Salter will formally present the award to Joseph Bellavance, IV, President of Bellavance Beverage Company. Viewers will learn more about Veterans Count, the philanthropic arm of Easterseals NH Military & Veterans Services, and how MVS delivers direct support and critical services to the military community, including suicide risk, unemployment, homelessness, substance use, legal concerns, and mental health issues. MVS, in partnership with Veterans Count, provides emergency financial assistance for food, utilities, housing, transportation, fuel, and vehicle repair. Opportunities to support the program will be available during the event through an online donation option. “While this annual event is organized by the Nashua Chapter of Veterans Count, it benefits veterans and military service members statewide,” Flynn said. “Our organization provides critical assistance in our local communities to provide a hand-up to those who served our country and now need support. I encourage everyone to participate in this virtual Salute Our Soldiers Gala to find out about the impact of our services, while reflecting on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.” To learn more about the virtual Salute Our Soldiers Gala and to register, visit


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