These campers make us all happy
But thankfully, these hearty kids, all between 18 and 25 years old, were willing to come from all over the country and brave a New Hampshire winter in order to maintain our natural spaces, and teach local young people how to be good stewards of the environment.
It is a national organization with a presence here in the Granite State training young people to protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green space.
Zach Dumont, a 2012 Memorial High School graduate, is an alumnus of the SCA's Manchester high school program.
"It was one of the best things I did during my high school time," Dumont said.
He learned about conservation, but he also learned leadership and teamwork skills, especially during the weeks he spent camping.
In addition to the SCA members working with high school students, others have been working in Manchester and Allenstown classrooms since April teaching environmental education to more than 1,000 fourth- and fifth-graders.
They also provide after-school programming and help out at the Salvation Army's Kids' Cafe.
Many members will spend the next six months maintaining and repairing existing trail networks.
They are also eligible for an Americorps award they can use to pay for college tuition or loans.
The staff does a lot of grant writing and relies on donations from businesses and individuals.
But a lot of the revenue comes from government agencies, like the state Department of Resources and Economic Development, which hires SCA crews to do work at state parks and other places.
If you like being out in nature, but are not hearty enough (or young enough) to join the Student Conservation Association, the Manchester Garden Club may be a better fit. Club member Gail York said the club is looking for new members.
If you didn't notice that the Jillian's sign visible from the Granite Street Bridge has been replaced, you're not alone. I didn't either.
Thank goodness my Super City Spy Audra Burns clued me in to the new World Sports Grille that popped up in the Jillian's space a couple weeks ago.`
I had a very important T-ball scrimmage to attend, so I offered my invitation to Burns. She reports enjoying a beautiful evening on their expansive deck and stepping out of her martini comfort zone to try one of the restaurant's high-end craft beers called Midas Touch.
Information from World Sports Grille referenced a new menu, beer selection, and other changes from the Jillian's brand.
The restaurant also plans to host occasional beer, whiskey and bourbon dinner events and promises an ever-changing menu using seasonal local ingredients in many of its dishes.
I forgot about the eatery's great deck. Sounds like the perfect place to eat al fresco once summer gets here.
NH365.ORG Event of the Week
More than three dozen vehicles of all makes, models and sizes are rolling into the Mall of New Hampshire parking lot for the fifth annual Touch a Truck event, where children can sit in, climb on and experience amazing trucks used in real life.
This is always a fun event with the kids.
Tickets, which can be purchased in advance at the mall's guest services desk, are $5 per person, with a family max of $20. Proceeds benefit Noah's Ark Child Care Center in Manchester and the Mall of New Hampshire's Simon Youth Foundation.
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