NH Club News: 'Booze, Brothels & Badges' topic of Stratham program

January 04. 2018 9:13PM
Kerri Coffey and Julie Bisbee, front row center, co-chairmen of the Bedford Garden Club's Wreath Committee, organized a team of club members to decorate fresh wreaths for posting at Bedford's public buildings and spaces for the holidays. (Jeanene Procopis)

STRATHAM — The Stratham Historical Society and Stratham’s Wiggin Memorial Library are co-sponsoring a program at 7 p.m. Monday by David “Lou” Ferland, retired Portsmouth police chief, titled “Booze, Brothels and Badges.”

His talk will recap Portsmouth’s crime and justice from the first courts to today’s police department.

Prior to retiring, Ferland served on the Portsmouth police force for 30 years. He has a doctorate from Franklin Pierce University, where his dissertation focused on crime, punishment and the history of the Portsmouth Police Department. He also is author of “Historic Crimes and Justice in Portsmouth, NH.”

The program will be in the Stratham Fire Department’s Morgera Community Room, 4 Winnicutt Road. A business meeting for historical society members will precede the program at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The snow date is Monday, Jan. 15. For more information, contact Trisha or Pam at the library at 772-4346 or go to http://library.strathamnh.gov.

Bedford Garden Club decorated the town

BEDFORD — Bedford Garden Club members gathered last month to decorate 16 fresh wreaths for posting at Bedford public buildings and spaces during the holiday season.

Kerri Coffey and Julie Bisbee, co-chairmen of the club’s Wreath Committee, organized the wreath-decorating team. They created a new look for the club’s annual gift to the town by using fresh evergreen wreaths with natural materials such as small bundles of mixed greens, pine cones, and cinnamon sticks with accents of burgundy bows.

After assembling the wreaths, volunteers posted them at the Town Hall, Burleigh Triangle, Bedford Public Library, the Town Office Building, Bedford Safety Complex, the Transfer Station, Bedford Village Common and the Bedford Historical Society.

For more on the club, go to www.bedfordgardenclubnh.org or write to contact@bedfordgardenclubnh.org.

Winter Farmers Market set for Saturday in Danbury

DANBURY — Blazing Star Grange’s next Danbury Winter Farmers Market is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Grange Hall, 15 North Road, near the junction of routes 4 and 104.

Products for sale include produce, meats, chocolates, jams, maple syrup, baked and prepared foods, woodcrafts, artwork, soap, and crocheted and knitted items. Hot breakfast and lunch also will be available.

The markets are on the first Saturday of the month from November through April. A by-order-only market on the third Saturdays enables people to order from vendors and pick up at the Grange Hall. For more details, call Donna at 768-5579 or go to blazingstargrange.org.

Bow Garden Club wraps up club year

BOW — The Bow Garden Club concluded its 2017 club year Dec. 9 with its annual meeting and holiday brunch and will not have membership meetings in January, February and March.

During the winter, officers and committee chairmen will meet to finalize the educational programs and activities planned for the new year. The next regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road.

To learn more about the club, which is open to all, visit www.bowgardenclub.org or contact Membership Chairman Janis Kuch at janiskuch@gmail.com or 856-0957.

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