Announcements for July 5, 2022

Published: 7/6/2022 9:09:22 PM
Modified: 7/6/2022 9:06:44 PM
WarnerGrowing up on Navajo Reservation

Maddeux Sando has spent all of his 16 years on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, where everyday life is a struggle. The quality of education he has received is marginal, and with no internet service at school or home, he must travel to the Senior Center to find a hot spot in order to access the internet and complete his homework. Most of his classmates will drop out of school, and only a handful will graduate on time. Albuquerque, the nearest city, is 30 miles away. Good jobs are scarce, especially for Native people, who face a great deal of prejudice and stereotyping. Because of this, most adults choose to work as self-employed silversmiths, making jewelry at home and subsistence farming, like their parents did. With 60% of the families living below the poverty line, many earn only $3,000-$6,000 annually. Numerous homes are decrepit and in need of new doors, windows, roofs and insulation, but few homeowners can afford the repairs. Some still do not have electricity or running water. Most homes are heated with wood, which must be purchased and trucked over 60 miles. There are six water wells on the reservation, but only one is functional, and the water quality is poor. Many families must travel up to five miles for water, along rough, unpaved roads which, in winter, only trucks can navigate. Sando wants a better life for himself and the 2,000 residents who live on the reservation, so he’s hoping to raise awareness of the difficult lives they endure. Hear him discuss this topic at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum,18 Highlawn Road in Warner on July 7 from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so reservations must be made by calling 603-456-2600.

Grant challenge

The AARP Community Challenge grant program announced their 2022 grantees on June 29. Friends of the Northern Rail Trail is so excited to be one of the winning organizations. AARP grants are intended to make tangible improvements in communities that jump-start long-term change. The program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for people of all ages. To learn more, visit aarp.org/Livable. The ambitious project AARP is funding for Friends of the Northern Rail Trail will start out in Lebanon in collaboration with Lebanon Park & Rec. and hopefully be adopted by other cities/towns along the Northern Rail Trail. It is called Cycling Without Age and is being spearheaded by FNRT board member Amy Chan. Cycling Without Age is an international volunteer based program that connects seniors or less-abled individuals with pilots (cyclists) who take them for rides on an electric passenger trishaw. The program aims to increase access to the Northern Rail Trail and the bike-friendly streets of Lebanon for those who have mobility restrictions. A side benefit will be that volunteer piloting gives older adults who need e-assist but don’t own an e-bike an opportunity to continue cycling by participating in our volunteer program. With funding from this grant, FNRT purchased the electric trishaw and will donate it to Lebanon Park & Rec. which will also assist in training a team of volunteer cyclists (pilots), provide online sign up services and conduct background checks for volunteers. This generous award by the 2022 AARP Community Challenge grant program validates what can be done and is being done to encourage safe and fun outdoor recreation for all ages in our area. For more information about the Northern Rail Trail please visit fnrt.org.

ConcordScholarships given

NH Federal Credit Union and its Centers for Finance & Education recently awarded $5,000 in scholarships to adults working part or full-time to enhance their careers through accredited colleges or required licensing programs.   This scholarship is funded by NHFCU in honor of John R. Young, NHFCU’s President/CEO, who retired in 2021 after 27 years of service.  This scholarship is for anyone with a high school diploma or GED who wishes to further their education or professional development.  This year, scholarships were to be awarded to five NHFCU members or eligible members, and to one NHFCU employee for the 2022-23 academic year. Madelyn Farrelly received the $2,500 NHFCU employee scholarship.   Addison Kennamer received a $1,500 scholarship. Alyssa Gilbert received a $500 scholarship. Three other finalists are yet to be announced. 

HennikerTheatre positions

Theatre positions are open for Weare/Henniker Youth Theatre Summer Camps. Alchemists' Workshop is celebrating its 22nd season this summer with two week-ong theatre camps July 18 to 22 and July 25 to 29 at Weare Middle School and then an August Community Film shoot at locations throughout the area. The award-winning non-profit musical theatre company needs actors, singers, dancers, musicians, stage managers, writers, filmmakers and techies. Paid positions for 16 and over.  Internships for 14- to 16-year-olds. Camperships for 6- to 14-year-olds. Flexible schedules.  Call or email 602-568-5102 or dunn.t@comcast.net for more info.

NorthwoodKids Club

The Northwood Advent Christian Church 113 School St. in Northwood is hosting a five-day Kids Club, July 11-15. This week-long program is for all families with children ages 6-12 and will include music, games, crafts, bible stories, skits and snacks. The church is hosting the club in conjunction with C.E.F. of New Hampshire. Teens from Christian Youth In Action with volunteers from the church will be leading the program. All volunteers and workers are fully background checked. The program is free of charge and open to all. You can come for one or all 5 days. Email northwoodacchurch@gmail.com for info. Registration available at the door.


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