Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Scout works to beautify Bicentennial Park
03/20/14 Pubali Campbell of Manchester dances with Jesus Rosado, a dance instructor with the Royal Palace Dance Studio, as they compete during the "Dancing with the Stars" fundraiser for the Manchester Community Music School last Thursday at Manchester Community College. Thomas Roy/Union Leader
The Memorial senior first noticed the overgrown shrubs, uneven granite slabs and awkwardly placed granite bench — a gift from the Class of 1976 — while walking to his car after school one day. The Boy Scout Troop 290 member has decided it should be refurbished and that he would do it himself as part of his Eagle Scout project.
"I'll have to check once the snow melts," he said.
"This is such a great sign, but currently not very noticeable nor a good representation of our school's Crusader pride," wrote Ricker on his project's Facebook page. "I would like to trim/prune or replace the trees, weed and thin out the ground cover and add a retaining wall along the front of the sign to frame it in."
I cannot express how much joy judging the Dancing With the Stars Gala brought me. The Manchester Community Music School benefit last Thursday set a new bar for local fundraising events.
Congratulations to the recent New Hampshire Union Leader 40 Under Forty award recipients. I always love attending this event, which was held at the Grappone Center in Concord last Wednesday. The list of honorees and their accomplishments makes me feel proud to live in New Hampshire, and excited about our state's future.
It was a few days after he appeared on the front page of this newspaper without a shirt on (he was taking part in the Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics at Hampton Beach). He was walking out of the Union Leader Corp. building as I was walking in.
Thank goodness somebody out there does.
The anonymous people
It is no secret that Manchester is facing an enormous drug problem right now. I know many addicts and their friends and families who are in the difficult process of helping them get into recovery programs or providing support for them once they begin.
"It's Springtime for Hitler and Germany!" with another weekend of Tony Award-winning "The Producers" at the Palace Theatre. This hilarious story features fading producer Max Bialystock, who convinces accountant Leo Bloom to partner with him in producing "Springtime for Hitler," a guaranteed flop, and then running off with the money they have raised from wealthy widows. Follow these scoundrels as their ill intentions turn into a raging success, leading them to even more drastic actions and undesired outcomes. The show runs through Saturday, April 5; tickets are between $15 and $45. For a complete list of show times, visit www.NH365.org.
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