New Hampshire Club Notes

July 31. 2013 8:35PM

4 Masonic lodges compete in horseshoe tournament

WARNER — Harris Lodge No. 91 F. & A.M. recently hosted its 10th annual districtwide horseshoe tournament, which was played indoors in the Masonic Lodge due to rain.

Four of District 4's eight lodges participated: Horace Chase No. 72 from Penacook, Blazing Star Eureka No. 11 from Concord, Corinthian Lodge No. 82 from Pittsfield and Harris Lodge.

The contest came down to teams from Horace Chase Lodge and Harris Lodge vying for the championship, with the team of Dave Case and Dick Dragon from Horace Chase garnering the winner's trophy. Individual trophies were presented to the men by Brian Stiles, master of Harris Lodge

A traveling trophy, which passes each year to the lodge of the winning team, will be given to Horace Chase Lodge, and the lodge name will be engraved on a plaque mounted in Harris Lodge that lists the annual lodge winners.

Several years ago, Bob Lethbridge, current district deputy grand master, built indoor horseshoe pits consisting of a wooden open box with a rug swatch in the bottom and a PVC pipe in the middle upright, to serve as the pin. The "horseshoes" were plywood discs painted bright colors. Lethbridge built the pits because he didn't want the "sometimes heated competition" put off because of rain. He donated one pair to each of the eight lodges. Harris Lodge says the latest competition put the alternative pits to good use.

After the tournament, Lane Monroe, Edwin Geffken and outdoor chef Bill Course prepared a meal that included grilled burgers and hot dogs.

Windham Garden Club awards scholarships

WINDHAM — Katie Felson and Ben Gallo, both 2013 graduates of Windham High School, have won the Windham Garden Club's Nancy Surette Memorial Scholarships.

Grace Marad, club scholarship chairman, presented the $1,000 awards.Felson will enter the University of New Hampshire's cellular and molecular biology program this fall. Her interest in the field was fueled by her sister's genetic learning disability. The club said she created her own field work by communicating with her sister's doctors and geneticist and did considerable independent research. The honors student also was a longtime Girl Scout and volunteer who completed the New Hampshire Scholars Initiative.

Gallo will major in biology at UNH this fall in the honors program.

Gallo, who also took honors classes, was a member of the National Honor Society and the math honor society Mu Alpha Theta, co-captain of the varsity cross-country squad, varsity lacrosse goalie, a member of the band and Model UN Club, and an Eagle Scout whose project was helped by a Baker Grant from the garden club.

Mercy Hathaway White DAR sets August meeting

The next meeting of the Mercy Hathaway White Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, which serves the Bradford, Contoocook and Warner areas, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the home of member Mary Stuart.

Member Barbara Corson will give a presentation on "Continental Congress." Refreshments will be provided.

For more about the meeting or the DAR, contact Merle Dustin at 746-4171 or

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