News & Notes 23/04/20

Art school leaves Manch

New England College will be relocating its Institute of Art and Design program from Manchester to its main campus in Henniker starting in the fall of 2023. According to a community update from NEC President Wayne Lesperance posted on the college’s website, the consolidation is part of the school’s efforts to create a more integrated campus community and to offer students greater access to the resources available on its main campus. “Covid-19 depressed participation in the arts and arts education nationally,” Lesperance said in the update. “Unfortunately, NEC was not immune to this downward trend. With this move to unify our academic offerings in Henniker, NEC re-doubles its commitment to its art and design students and faculty, and the arts generally, by dedicating facilities and creating new opportunities in a welcoming setting.” NEC’s Institute of Art and Design is the successor to the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA), which merged with the college several years ago. A new “Art Village” on the Henniker campus will provide dedicated spaces for art and design students to work and collaborate, as well as a new theater in NEC’s Putnam Center for the Performing Arts for students studying performing arts. NEC will continue to hold events at its galleries and assembly space at French Hall in Manchester, according to the update.

Bio-pest control

The University of New Hampshire’s team of New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station scientists has published research in Environmental Entomology on the role of annual insectary plants as habitats for syrphid flies. According to a press release, the team studied flowering plants grown to attract, feed and shelter syrphids, also known as hover or flower flies, which are known to act as biological pest controls, consuming large numbers of common pests, like aphids. The research revealed that sweet alyssum, a low-growing cool-season annual in the Brassicaceae plant family, as well as buckwheat, dill and cilantro attracted and maintained significant numbers of syrphid flies. “We’ll use this information as a springboard to study the behavior and life histories of the key players in our vegetable agroecosystems, which will lead to better landscape management techniques and more sustainable pest management down the line,” Anna Wallingford, NHAES scientist, research assistant professor in UNH’s agriculture, nutrition and food systems department and co-author of the published article, said in the release. The team is considering further study to investigate if and how native perennial plants could be used to attract syrphids.

Autism Acceptance month

Applied ABC, an ABA autism therapy company in Manchester, invites the public to its Autism Acceptance month celebration at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Minor League Baseball team, on Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. The free event will feature booths set up across the stadium and field as well as ABA games and activities that promote social, cognitive and motor skills in children with autism, according to an email from the organizer. Visit appliedabc.com or call 403-3741 to learn more.

New Chair

Greater Nashua Mental Health has named James Jordan its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. According to a press release, Jordan has been a New Hampshire resident for more than 25 years and has decades of business experience, including having worked for Verizon Communications for 31 years before starting his own telecommunications consulting business. He currently runs Adaptive Techniques & Concepts, a consulting firm for large to mid-size companies across the country.

Drug take-back

The DEA’s bi-annual National Drug Take Back Day is happening on Saturday, April 22. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., New Hampshire town and city police departments will be hosting collection sites across the state for people to drop off their unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications, which can pose public safety risks such as accidental poisoning, overdoses and abuse when not properly discarded. The DEA will accept pills, patches and vaping devices and cartridges, but not liquids, needles, sharps or devices with lithium batteries. For a collection site locator to find a drop-off point near you, visit dea.gov/takebackday.

Looking for lead

The Nashua Regional Planning Commission and the Loon Preservation Committee are calling for anglers in the Nashua Region to check their tackle boxes for illegal lead tackle and dispose of it responsibly at the Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to noon, at 25 Crown St., in Nashua. The use of small lead tackle has been banned in New Hampshire due to its negative impact on the threatened loon population; according to a press release, lead tackle ingestion is the primary cause of documented adult loon deaths and accounted for 38.5 percent of documented adult loon deaths in the state between 1989 and 2022. There are a number of tests that can be done to identify tackle that is made of lead: according to Harry Vogel, LPC’s Senior Biologist and Executive Director, “When rubbed on paper, lead will leave a gray mark. Lead is soft, so lead tackle can be easily dented with a fingernail or with pliers.” If in doubt, consider the age of the tackle, Vogel added; tackle bought in 2010 or before is likely to be made of lead. The Household Hazardous Waste Event is open to residents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham, and Windham, with a fee of $15 per vehicle. Find a list of accepted items at nashuarpc.org/hhw. Additionally, LPC and the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game are offering a Lead Tackle Buyback Program in which anglers who turn in one ounce or more of illegal lead tackle at participating local tackle shops can receive a $10 voucher for that shop. For a list of participating shops, visit loonsafe.org.

Road work is underway on Interstate 393 between Concord and Chichester, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation announced, which includes ramps for exits 1, 2 and 3 and will require intermittent lane closures this summer. The work is part of a $500,000 sign replacement expected to be complete by mid-October. Real-time traffic news can be found at newengland511.org, and travelers can sign up for “My511” alerts to stay informed about incidents and construction work.

Manchester Community College (1066 Front St.) is holding an open House on Thursday, April 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. Prospective students are invited to visit the campus, meet with faculty and staff, and learn about financial aid and transfer opportunities with the New Hampshire Dual Admission Program. Attendees are encouraged to bring their transcripts to have previous credits evaluated for transfer. Visit mccnh.edu/admissions/openhouse or call 206-8000.

United Way of Greater Nashua is inviting people to dispose of their unwanted electronics at its e-recycling event, United w(E)-Recycle, Friday, April 21, through Sunday, April 23, at its location at 20 Broad St. in Nashua, with drop-off times Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to a press release, proceeds support the Greater Nashua School Supply Pantry. Email info@unitedwaynashua.org or visit unitedwaynashua.org for a list of accepted items and suggested donation amounts for their disposal.

This Week 23/04/13

Big Events April 13, 2023 and beyond

Thursday, April 13

Prop comedian Tape Face has come a long way since his early days as a busker on the streets of Timaru, New Zealand. He’s played at the BBC Comedy Proms and placed in the finals of America’s Got Talent. Don’t miss his appearance at the Capitol Center for the Arts’ Chubb Theatre (44 S. Main St., Concord; 225-1111, ccanh.com) today at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $33.75 to 53.75, plus fees.

Thursday, April 13

Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken will take the stage tonight at 8 p.m. at the Nashua Center for the Arts, the Gate City’s newly opened performing arts center. Katelyn Sahagian spoke to Ruben and Clay as part of her coverage of the new center in the April 6 issue of the Hippo. Find that Q&A on page 11 and more about the Nashua Center for the Arts in the story which starts on page 10. See hippopress.com to find the e-edition.

Friday, April 14

The Lend Me a Theatre production of Don’t Talk to the Actors begins its final weekend tonight at the Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road in Concord; hatboxnh.com, 715-2315) at 7:30 p.m. Other shows this weekend include Saturday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 16, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $22, $19 for seniors and students.

Saturday, April 15

The 11th Annual Woman’s Service Club of Windham Spring Craft Fair will run today from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Windham High School and feature more than 100 artisans from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine presenting arts and crafts including ceramics, glass, jewelry, bird houses, spring wreaths, home decor, textiles, handbags, scrapbooking, doll clothes, rag dolls, woodwork, garden sculpture, soaps and lotions, candles, photography, fine art and more, according to a press release. The day will also feature raffles and sale of artisanal food. Admission is a suggested donation of $2 per person. See WomansServiceClubofWindham.org.

Saturday, April 15

Win items for pennies at the St. Patrick’s Penny Sale today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parish Center (12 Main St. in Pelham). Drawings will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and pickup will be Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 15

The Palace Theatre in Manchester will hold a Casino Night tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to benefit the Palace Youth Theatre Campaign. The evening will feature drinks, music, blackjack, Texas hold ’em, craps, roulette and a chance to win prizes including a Southwest Airlines gift card, according to a Palace email. The event will be held at the Rex Theatre, 23 Amherst St. in Manchester. Tickets cost $35; call 668-5588.

Sunday, April 16

The Windham Swing Band will perform today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Andres Institute of Art’s Welcome Center (106 Route 13 in Brookline; andresinstitute.org, 845-9174) as part of a concert series to benefit Andres. Tickets cost $25 for general admission seating; front-row tables that seat five cost $200. The show will feature concessions and a cash bar as well as a raffle and AIA merch, according to a press release.

Save the Date! Thursday, April 20
Saturday, April 29, is Independent Bookstore Day, a nationwide celebration of independent bookstores and the book-lovers who frequent them. Participating bookstores sell merchandise released exclusively for that day, which may include special-edition books, signed art prints and covers and literary-themed novelty items. Some may even host additional festivities, such as author visits, readings and book signings, live music, food, activities for kids, contests and giveaways and more. Visit indiebookstoreday.com to see a list of this year’s featured merchandise and to find a bookstore near you that is participating.

Featured photo. Tape Face. Courtesy photo.

Quality of Life 23/04/13

Sweet sign of spring

Dover Public Library has announced the winners of its annual “Peeps Show” contest held last month. According to a press release, participants built shoe box dioramas using Peeps marshmallow candies of any color or design to recreate scenes from literature. And the winners are: “A Day at Charm School” by Emmeline Jess-Johnson in the kids division; “3 Little Peeps and the Big Bad Chick” by Harper Stansfield in the youth division; “Midsummer Night’s Peep” by Lucy McCammon in the teen division; and “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Sarah Denham in the adult division.

QOL score: +1

Comment: On April 6 the New York Times published on its website a series of photographs of the Peeps-making process, from the dyeing of the sugar to a photo of a phalanx of Peeps headed to their boxes. An interesting debate in the comments section — what is tastier, fresh Peeps or Peeps that have been brought out of their packaging and left to “cure” for a few days? Discuss!

Keep smiling

Manchester Public Health’s Oral Health Program has received a donation of $6,101.26 from the Manchester Rotary Club. According to a press release, the funds will be used to offset the costs of much-needed electrical components for the program’s mobile dental van and of updating the outlets and breakers at the 21 area schools that the program serves, which has become necessary in order for the program to continue providing dental care to all qualifying children.

QOL score: +1

Comment: The city’s oral health program is the largest of its kind in New Hampshire, providing free preventive dental care to around 600 students each year.

Cheers!

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission, in partnership with Jack Daniel’s whiskey brand, kicked off a first-of-its-kind recycling program in Manchester this month, NHPR reported, collecting more than 6,300 pounds of glass. The program, called “Bring Back Jack,” incentivizes customers to recycle their empty wine and spirits bottles to reduce glass waste in landfills; customers who bring at least a dozen glass bottles to select outlet locations will receive $25 off a future purchase of $150 or more, and if any of those bottles are from Jack Daniel’s products, customers will receive an additional $5 off the purchase of a single Jack Daniel’s product. The recycled bottles are crushed into glass cullet and used to make new glass bottles for beverages. Visit liquorandwineoutlets.com/bringbackjack for a schedule of upcoming recycling events.

QOL score: +1

Comment: According to the article, data from the Environmental Protection Agency shows that the percentage of glass recycling in the U.S. is only 31 percent, and that more than 7 million tons of non-recycled glass waste ends up in U.S. landfills each year, equaling about 5 percent of all waste.

QOL score: 66

Net change: +3

QOL this week: 69

What’s affecting your Quality of Life here in New Hampshire? Let us know at news@hippopress.com.

Featured photo: “Midsummer Night’s Peep” by Lucy McCammon, teen division. Photo courtesy Dover Public Library.

Spring playoff season ahead

The Big Story – Celtics Start Playoffs: Stumbling coming out of the All-Star break, including truly awful non-effort losses like blowing a 28-point lead vs. the non-Durant Nets, had Celtic Nation grumbling at best and filled with trepidation at worst. But they righted the ship to finish 57-25 and grabbed the second end in the East. However, they coughed up home court advantage vs. Milwaukee if both get to the Eastern Conference Finals, something that was vital last year when they had home court in their Game 7 win over Milwaukee.

I looked at it differently, as a product of their infuriating way of playing down to opponents, characterized by a lack of focus and lackadaisical defense. When someone good was on the schedule the focus and effort returned to show they can dominate anyone at their best, like the recent demolition of the Bucks, which came on the road, to show they ain’t afraid to play in Milwaukee.

And while they’re capable of getting through the East, it will be no cakewalk. The Bucks are as deep as they are and Giannis is more consistently great than Jayson Tatum, Philly has the likely MVP in Joel Embiid (see below), they were 1-3 vs. Cleveland and Miami plays them better/tougher than anyone except Golden State.

The key for them will be consistency behind the line and ability to deal with it by scoring inside and getting to the line when the 3-ball isn’t falling, as inevitably will happen some nights. Didn’t mention their D, because that’s an effort thing and the urgency of a playoff series usually puts a charge into everyone in green.

So, even with some concerns, buckle up because it could be a fun and hopefully long ride.

Sports 101: David Pastrnak became the eighth player in Bruins history to score at least 300 career goals when he became the 23rd NHL player to score 60 or more in a season on Sunday.

Name the seven other Bruins with 300 career goals.

The Numbers:

2 – pitch clock violations by Shohei Ohtani in being the first to do it once as a pitcher and once as a batter in the same game (a 4-3 Angels win over Seattle).

26 – years ago that Tiger Woods won the first of his six green jackets with a 12-stroke win in the 1997 Masters.

50 recent per year increase in Major League homers attributed to climate change by a Dartmouth College study published last week.

News Item – Bruins Break All-Time Record: One down and one to go for your Boston Bruins after setting the all-time record for wins in a single season with No. 63 on Sunday vs. the Flyers. Next up is the 76-77 Canadiens record for most-ever 132 points, which they may get on Tuesday vs. Washington. Or, if not, against Montreal in Montreal on Thursday, which, given the way the Canadiens tormented them for most of their history, would be a more fitting way to do it.

News Item – Women’s Basketball Landmark Moment: Time will tell if this is the kind of watershed moment for women’s basketball that 1979’s legendary most watched Magic JohnsonLarry Bird clash was for the men. Drawing 12.6 million viewers, last Sunday’s Iowa-LSU NCAAchampionship game was the most-viewed women’s game ever in their sport, dwarfing last year’s 3.4 million viewers. An indicator may be the demographic breakdown between the more traditional male audience and the potentially growing female audience.

News Item – Watch Out For That Dude In The Playoffs: The 76ers may not have the greatest bench in the world but they will be a tough out in the playoffs thanks to having the most unstoppable force in Joel Embiid. Embiid showed that last week with a spectacular 52-point, 13-rebound, 6-assist night in Philly’s 103-101 win over the Celtics. And by going 20-25 from the field and 12-13 from the line he got those 52 the old-fashioned way since he didn’t make a 3-ball all night.

I Told You So Award – Me: With people inexplicably still calling Kyrie Irving a “game-changing superstar,” here’s what I said when he joined the then 28-26, 6-seed Mavericks after being traded/dumped by the Nets:“I’m betting they finish below .500 and land in the play-in round by year’s end….” I was wrong — kind of. They went 10-16 after he arrived, including 5-11 playing with Luka Doncic and 8-12 in the 20 games he played. In doing so they fell from the 6 seed to the 11 seed and entirely out of the playoffs. Superstar indeed.

Random Red Sox Thoughts:

Based on Masataka Yoshida’s decent start and stellar play in the WBC (three homers and a tournament-leading 13 RBI) the early indications are he’s not headed to be a Japanese version of Rusney Castillo.

I know he’s an emergency replacement who deserves some slack, but the five errors Kiké Hernandez already has in nine games projects to 90 over a full season.

How in the name of Calvin Schiraldi is Ryan Brasier still in their bullpen? He’s followed his 0-3, 5.36 ERA 2022 season with an early 9.00 ERA in five appearances. And the ERAs in two of the last three years were 3.96 and 4.85.

The 24,477 at Wednesday’s game vs. Pittsburgh was the smallest crowd since John Henry bought the Sox in 2002.

Sports 101 Answer: Johnny Bucyk (545), Phil Esposito (459), Patrice Bergeron (427), Rick Middleton (402), Ray Bourque (395), Brad Marchand (371), Cam Neely (344).

Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress.com.

Outreach on four legs

Policing and building community with horses and a pony

Officer Kelly McKenney of the Manchester Police Mounted Patrol, honored last month as the 2023 New Hampshire Horseperson of the Year by the New Hampshire Horse Council, shared her thoughts and experiences on serving as a mounted police officer.

How did you become a mounted patrol officer?

I’ve been riding since I was 6 years old. … I was on the UNH equestrian team and lived at the UNH horse barns for my last two years there. After college … I became a police officer in Manchester, knowing that Manchester had a mounted patrol, with the intention and the hope of being put on that division. It took 13 years; I did my time, then finally got put on.

Tell us about the horses.

We have two big horses named General Stark and Bruno. General Stark is a Clydesdale cross and has been with the patrol for a while, while Bruno is a Percheron cross and relatively new. Right now we keep them at the Youth Detention Center in Manchester, because that used to be a county farm. … For almost two years I was alone — there are usually two riders, but we didn’t have the manpower to spare — but I finally got a partner this past summer. That helps a lot, so we can ride together and share the chores, and horses are herd animals, so they prefer to have a partner. … I’ve ridden General Stark for a long time, and we have a great partnership, but I’ve been letting my new partner ride him because he’s such a steady horse; he’s been doing [patrol riding] for a long time and has been exposed to everything. Bruno, however, is still new and can be a bit anxious about things. … Then, there’s Eddy, the pony …

OK, so what’s the story with the pony?

Our horses are huge. Kids go to pet them and it’s like, ‘OK, well, that’s a leg.’ So, I had this idea. … I asked the chief, ‘Can we get a pony? I want to bring a pony to the schools,’ and he was like, ‘… a pony? Uh, alright,’ so I found this little pony, and it just exploded. I did over 120 events with the pony just last year. We brought him to schools, day cares, senior centers, nursing homes, mental health facilities — who doesn’t love a pony, right? … And the comfort dogs are great, too, but every kid on the planet has seen a dog; it’s not every day you get to see a pony in Manchester.

What kind of police work do you do on mounted patrol?

Mostly we ride downtown, on Elm Street or throughout the parks. When we were having homelessness issues, I would monitor the parks and make sure people were behaving. I actually formed quite a few bonds with the homeless [individuals] out there. A lot of them would talk to me when they wouldn’t talk to [other officers], because they see that I’m a human, too. The horse kind of brings that out. I’ve also stopped cars and made arrests from horseback.

Do tell how you pull someone over while on horseback.

I use the traffic lights to my advantage. I stand at the corner, and when the cars are stopped at the light, if I see [a driver] on their phone or an expired inspection sticker or registration, I ride up to the car while they’re waiting for the light, and I say, ‘Hey, when the light turns green, I want you to pull over up there.’

Who picks up the horse poop?

I do! It’s so funny —I bring trash bags, and it’s basically like, the biggest dog-doo pickup in the world. … And Eddie, when we bring him places, wears a little diaper that catches his poo. Seriously. There are pictures on our Facebook page.

Why is the Mounted Patrol an important part of the police department?

At the end of the day I’m still a police officer doing police work, but working with horses is so much more community-oriented than just being in a cruiser … and allows for a better face-to-face interaction with the public. When I’m riding, people walk up to me and flag me down to talk, which opens up a dialogue, and that is just awesome. Nobody ever flagged me down to talk about my cruiser or bicycle when I rode them; most people tried to go the other way. But having the horses, it’s so nice to be able to actually talk with people instead of being something that people want to avoid. … It helps to show people that police officers are human beings and give people a positive experience with law enforcement.

Featured photo: Officer Kelly McKenney of the Manchester Police Mounted Patrol and Eddy the comfort pony visit Manchester Head Start. Courtesy photo.

News & Notes 23/04/13

City cleanups

The Manchester Urban Ponds Restoration Program hosts its 24th year of pond and park cleanups, with cleanups scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at Nutts Pond and Precourt Park; Saturday, April 29, at Stevens Pond and Stevens Park; and Saturday, May 6, at Black Brook and Blodget Park. All cleanups run from 9 to 11 a.m., and trash bags, latex gloves and trash pickers will be provided, according to a press release. Visit manchesternh.gov/urbanponds to learn more.

Get outside

Gov. Chris Sununu has proclaimed April 17 through April 23 “Outside For 5 Week” to recognize a new pledge campaign launched by the New Hampshire Environmental Educators, in partnership with the North American Association for Environmental Education Affiliate Network. According to a press release, the “Outside for 5” campaign encourages teachers and educators in New Hampshire to incorporate outdoor learning into their students’ routine for at least five minutes a day, five days a week, or any meaningful amount of time as a way to address the decline in youth mental health exacerbated by the pandemic and the resulting impact on classroom educators who have faced increased levels of burnout. “Our goal with this campaign is to inspire educators to think outside the box when it comes to enhancing the social-emotional wellness of their students, each other, and their entire school community,” Sarah Bodor, NAAEE’s Director of Policy and Affiliate Relations, said in the release. “We want kids to get outside and experience the benefits of nature’s classroom.” To sign the pledge and learn more about the “Outside for 5” campaign, visit outsidefor5.com.

Scholarship

The Merrimack County Conservation District is now accepting applications for its “Stanley Grimes Conservation Scholarship.” According to a press release, the $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in June to a Merrimack County resident who has been accepted to a two- or four-year college or university and will be attending full-time in the fall of 2023 with the intent to pursue studies in the field of agriculture, forestry, environmental science, soil science or a related natural resources program. The application deadline is May 5. Visit merrimackccd.org, email info@merrimackccd.org or call 223-6020 to learn more about the scholarship and to access an application form.

Help for homelessness

Harbor Care, a nonprofit organization that provides housing, health care and human services in New Hampshire, was awarded a $2,000 donation by the Rotary Club of Hollis-Brookline on April 5. According to a press release, Harbor Care has been a leading provider of supportive and permanent housing for veterans and individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in Greater Nashua and beyond, successfully moving 246 individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness into permanent housing since 2020, and helping 343 veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to access stable housing in the past year. The donated funds will be used to support Harbor Care’s Dignity of Home initiative, which aims to provide safe and stable housing to individuals experiencing homelessness and help them overcome the co-occurring challenges they often face, such as mental illness and addiction.

Beech leaf disease

A research team at the University of New Hampshire, led by Jeff Garnas, a UNH scientist researcher with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, has received a grant to study the potential impacts of beech leaf disease (BLD), a relatively new disease caused by invasive felted beech scale insects that has been spreading rapidly throughout New England forests. According to a press release, the researchers will collect tree core samples from BLD monitoring sites across nine states in the Northeast to analyze annual beech growth patterns and assess the combined effects of BLD and beech bark disease (BBD), another threat to beech trees in the region. The team will also investigate climate records to determine the role of climate conditions in the spread of the diseases and its impact on tree growth and mortality. “As a new disease in our forests, the long-term impacts of BLD are currently difficult to predict with any certainty … and there is definitely cause for concern.” Garnas said in the release. “Ultimately, this work will provide forest managers and forest health specialists much-needed tools for understanding, assessing and predicting the long-term impacts of BLD.”

Emergency help

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the State’s substance misuse prevention partners, has announced a new initiative to distribute more than 700 “NaloxBoxes” in various public locations across all 10 counties in the state. According to a press release, this statewide coordinated effort — the first of its kind in the U.S. — aims to provide 24/7 access to naloxone, a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses and save lives. “During a medical emergency, every minute counts, and providing public access to life-saving medication that can reverse the impact of an overdose while it is occurring is a critical step in reducing the number of lives lost to substance use disorder,” DHHS Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Ballard said in the release. Any business or community entity in New Hampshire is eligible to request a NaloxBox unit for installation in an accessible and highly visible area by contacting State Opioid Response Director Jennifer Sabin at jennifer.a.sabin@dhhs.nh.gov. First responders, families, caregivers and other individuals who would like access to naloxone for individual purposes can reach out to their local Doorway, a resource for substance use disorder services in New Hampshire.

Registration is open for the Laconia Golf Classic, a fundraiser for Concord Hospital’s Laconia Dental Center and its programs set for Monday, May 22, at Laconia Country Club (607 Elm St., Laconia). According to a press release, the day will begin with a welcome barbecue at 11 a.m. and will feature raffles, giveaways and hole-in-one prizes, including a chance to win a car or Kubota tractor. Visit ch-trust.org or call 737-6752 to learn more and to register your team.

The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Londonderry (27 Navigator Road) will host an informational open house on Tuesday, April 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for community members interested in volunteering for the museum’s education outreach program. According to a press release, attendees can meet current volunteers and learn about volunteering opportunities to help the museum in its mission to introduce young people to the world of aviation and aerospace. To RSVP, call 669-4877 and leave a message with your name, or send an email to ldearborn@nhahs.org. Visit aviationmuseumofnh.org to learn about other kinds of volunteering opportunities at the museum.

From April 17 through Oct. 28, United Way of Greater Nashua will move its Pop-Up Pantries to a dozen outdoor locations in the downtown Nashua area — two or three locations every weekday — to provide free fresh food to area residents facing food insecurity. Visit tinyurl.com/pop-uppantries for times and locations. Donations of nonperishable food are accepted at United Way of Greater Nashua’s office (20 Broad St., Nashua) weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to a press release.

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