Lifestyle Briefs: Youth 'zombie rally' to promote drug take-back

October 22. 2017 3:02AM

Youth 'zombie rally' to promote drug take-back

DOVER - Youth activists from Dover Youth to Youth will hold a rally of "zombies" from 3:15 to 4 p.m. Wednesday on Central Avenue between City Hall and the Cocheco River. The event will include a press conference at 3:30 p.m. in front of City Hall explaining the group's effort to promote Drug Take Back Day, which is Saturday.

The young people plan to educate the public about the level of abuse of medicines by kids, the danger of unneeded drugs being around the home, and the availability of the Dover Drug Take Back Day as a way of getting expired and unused medicine out of the home.

The Youth to Youth members will be dressed as zombies and will have visuals, posters and other media in an effort to communicate their message to parents and other adults in the community.

Drug Take Back Day is a national initiative to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. People can bring their pills for disposal to collection sites, which are often police departments. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

In Dover, the collection site is the police department at 46 Chestnut St. To locate other collection sites, go to

Dover Youth to Youth is a peer-oriented drug prevention program coordinated by the Dover Police Department. The students in grades 6 through 12 work on a variety of drug-prevention programs and community service projects throughout the year. These projects alert the community about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

'MOOSE-ies for Families' program kicks off Friday

MILTON - To encourage children and their families to have fun together outdoors while learning about the natural world, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways is introducing a new program of family nature activities called "MOOSE-ies for Families."

The program will kick off with a "Family Bonfire Storytime" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at McKenzie's Farm in Milton. If it rains, the event will move to Saturday.

This evening of kids' stories, campfire songs, games and healthy snacks will be led by MMRG education coordinator Kari Lygren, board member and retired biology teacher Lorrie Drake, Middleton pastor and MMRG volunteer Tom Gardner and other members of the MMRG Educational Outreach Committee.

Activities already planned for 2018 include "Little Trackers," a snowshoe walk Feb. 24; "Ponding with Sally Cornwell" on May 19; "Rail Trail Scavenger Hunt" on June 23; and "Family Moonlight Walk" on Sept. 22.

MOOSE-ies stands for Members Only Outdoor and Social Events for Families, a play on "moose" in the organization's name.

For interested families who are not MMRG members, the membership requirement is fulfilled with a $25 per household annual membership donation. The six "MOOSE-ies for Families" activities per year are included with membership as is MMRG's annual Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival in August. If the fee is a financial burden, scholarships may be available; contact executive director Patti Connaughton-Burns at 473-2020.

Preregistration is required to participate in Friday's activities. For more information, directions and to sign up, call Kari Lygren at 978-7125 or email

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