NH Club Notes: Hannaford Cause Bag to benefit Bedford Lions

August 10. 2017 10:40PM
Twenty-four members of the Manchester Garden Club took a field trip to the Newport Flower Show in Rhode Island, which was held recently at Rosecliff Mansion. From left, Monica Moquin, Jackie Rzasa, Gail York and Nancy McGurn sit behind a large frame that was set up in front of the mansion. (Courtesy photos)

BEDFORD — The Bedford Lions Club, a nonprofit committed to charitable causes for sight, medical relief, community functions and scholarships, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program for the month of August.

For every blue Hannaford Helps reusable bag with the Good Karma message purchased at the Kilton Road Hannaford store this month, the club will receive a $1 donation.

Club President Mike Sills said, “We are really excited about being chosen for the Hannaford Cause Bag program and encourage everyone to participate. The Bedford Lions Club has many sight, hearing, disaster relief causes and community charitable functions to maintain, and the money from the Cause Bag program will help us fulfill these missions.”

Sills hopes 500 people will buy a reusable bag during the drive so the club can reach its goal to raise $500.

The club sponsors the Bedford Community Food Pantry, provides eye exams and other medical equipment for those in need, conducts eye screening for Bedford youngsters, awards scholarships for Bedford students and supports the Crutches for Haiti program.

For more about the club, visit www.bedford.nhlions.org. For more on the Hannaford program, which supports local nonprofits, visit www.hannaford.bags4mycause.com.

White Mountains DAR to meet next week

LITTLETON — The White Mountains Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the home of member Paula Berry, 758 Partridge Lake Road.

For the program, a Habitat for Humanity representative will explain local involvement in this program in the North Country.

Beverages and dessert will be provided by hostesses; those attending should bring a lunch — sandwich or salad — and possibly a kayak or canoe and swim gear. Time will be spent outdoors after lunch, on the deck or on the water. Guests are welcome and always invited to DAR meetings.

Chapter members have formed a team and will participate in a charity Connect With the Outdoors 5K sponsored by Tender Corp. on Sunday, Aug. 20. The walk/run benefits Boy Scout Troop 209 in Littleton by providing camperships for Scouts who would not be able to attend regional and national camps otherwise, and Ammonoosuc Trout Unlimited Chapter 554 by helping the group to ensure the river remains a clean and healthy habitat and recreation area.

The chapter also will have a booth at the 5K, which will start and finish at 944 Industrial Park Road, with opportunities to take home a coffee table donated by Lyndon Woodworking, a gift from Blue Jay Coffee & Tea Bar, and a half-gallon jar of candy, which will go to the person who comes closest in guessing the number in the jar. Proceeds from these items will benefit the work of the chapter promoting patriotism, preserving history and offering educational prizes and scholarships.

For more about the meeting or membership, call membership chairman Marsha Stewart at 837-9513 or assistant treasurer Elaine LaDuke at 444-5948.

Garden clubs learn about black bears in NH

The Hooksett Garden Club and the Bow Garden Club both recently hosted N.H. Fish and Game Department presentations on black bears.

Doug Whitfield, a Fish and Game wildlife steward, gave a program on “Black Bear Happenings in New Hampshire” to the Hooksett club, while both Whitfield and wildlife steward Dennis Walsh gave a presentation in Bow on “Learn to Live with Bears.”

In Hooksett, Whitfield spoke of the history of the many animals in the area but specifically about the black bear population. He said a lot of “issues” caused by bears are brought on by humans, who need to respect their habitat as well. This program was co-sponsored with the Hooksett Public Library.

In Bow, Whitfield and Walsh discussed problems that moose, deer, bobcats and black bears are facing in the state due to such issues as loss of habitat, exploitation and disease. They also talked about the problems homeowners are experiencing with black bears visiting their properties.

The volunteer stewards are available to present free wildlife-related programs to adult groups statewide, such as clubs, libraries and conservation and other community organizations. Their presentations are aimed at increasing public awareness of the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs and the Fish and Game projects they fund.

The Bow club said members were surprised to learn how underfunded Fish and Game’s NonGame and Endangered Wildlife Program is. For more about that program, visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/nongame/endangered-list.html.

For more about the Hooksett club, go to www.hooksettnhgardenclub.org, email hooksettnhgardenclub@gmail.com or follow Facebook.com/Hooksett Garden Club.

For more about the Bow club, go to www.bowgardenclub.org or email membership chairman Janis Kuch at janiskuch@gmail.com.

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