NH Club Notes: Derry Garden Club plans pot recycling event June 16

June 06. 2018 9:24PM
Alison Vallieres, right, a member of the Mercy Hathaway White Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, gives a humorous program on her collection of 37 Betty Curtis dolls during the chapter's May meeting, with assistance from her husband, Tom. (COURTESY)

DERRY — The Derry Garden Club will host a garden pot recycling event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16, at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 W. Broadway.

People are encouraged to bring clean plant and flower pots, which the club will recycle for its annual plant sale next year.

The club’s next monthly meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Maple Hill Gardens, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis. The meeting will include a guided tour of the gardens, which are part of the Beaver Brook Association. The business meeting will be in the barn, where members will eat the bag lunches they bring. Potential members are welcome to attend.

For more information about the club, go to www.derrygardenclub.org.

Mercy Hathaway White DAR to meet Wednesday

The Mercy Hathaway White Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, which is based in the Bradford area, will have its next meeting on Wednesday at the Newbury Fire Station in Newbury. The program will be on emergency medical services.

At the chapter’s prior meeting at the St. John Parish Hall in Dunbarton, member Alison Vallieres, with assistance from her husband, Ted Vallieres, presented the program, “A Parlor Meeting.” The club says her entertaining and humorous program had a script by Betty Curtis and featured 37 Betty Curtis dolls that she has in her collection.

For more about the club, go to mercyhathawaywhite.nhsodar.org.

Bedford Lions Club awards 2 scholarships

BEDFORD — The Bedford Lions Club’s 48th annual memorial scholarship program recently awarded two $1,000 tuition scholarships.

The scholarships went to Cecelia DeBlasi and Sara Clark, both Bedford High School college-bound seniors.

The awards are funded by a donation from a former scholarship recipient, businessman Gary Chartrand.

Bow Garden Club members to learn how to make jam

BOW — The Bow Garden Club’s next meeting on Monday will feature two members, Lorraine Dacko and Ginny Urdi, demonstrating how to make strawberry jam.

Anyone can assist in the jam-making process and samples will be available. To cover the cost of materials, a nominal fee will be charged for this activity.

The club’s May meeting featured a presentation by Cori Belanger Cahow, owner and operator of Organic Garden Girl. Belanger Cahow, who has 16 years of garden design experience and a degree in horticulture from the University of New Hampshire, also is a director on the N.H. Landscape Association board. She created three different container plantings — one for sunny areas, another for shade and a third featuring edibles such as lettuce and herbs. She filled ceramic pots with organic soil, gave tips on how to use less soil with the same effect and instructed the large group of members and guests in proper planting and maintenance practices to achieve the best results.

The club generally meets at the Old Bow Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road, the second Monday of the month from April to June and September to November, with other gardening and social activities held in the remaining months. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. with social time and refreshments, followed by an educational program at 6:30 p.m.

All are invited to attend these meetings as a guest or prospective member. For more about the club, visit www.bowgardenclub.org or contact club President Beverly Gamlin at bevnherbs@gmail.com or 340-0202.

Opening day celebration set for pollinator garden

SURRY — The public is welcome to join the Army Corps of Engineers, the Cheshire County Conservation District and local partners at the opening day celebration Saturday, June 16, for a new 4-acre pollinator garden located just north of the Surry Mountain Beach entrance on Route 12A.

The celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.

The public can explore the garden and learn about the partners that helped bring the project to life. The Army Corps also will honor the project’s partners and give away items to visitors.

The garden project is a joint effort between the Army Corps of Engineers and local partners, including the Surry Village Charter School, Moosewood Ecological LLC, Brooks Construction Company and the Cheshire County Conservation District.

The garden will include walking paths, benches, informational signage about the project and plenty of pollinator-friendly plants, trees and shrubs. In addition to supporting the ecological diversity of the region, the garden is intended to serve as both an outdoor learning space for local students and a public space for residents and visitors.

Registration is not required to attend the celebration. For more information about the event or the conservation district, contact Lola Bobrowski at lola@cheshireconservation.org or call 352-4130.

The conservation district promotes the conservation and responsible use of natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial and educational assistance. Its goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds and clean water. Established in 1945, the conservation district operates out of Walpole, where it works alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners.

Con Val High School chorus performs for Rotary Club

PETERBOROUGH — Members of the Select Chorus Ensemble at ConVal High School performed for the Peterborough Rotary Club last month. Under the direction of Krystal Morin, the ensemble performed four pieces at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church.

Performers included Riley Bemont, Gray Blake, Kylie Boyle, Ashlie Chandler, Topher Clark, Miranda Craig, Frank Dinino, Hailey Doherty, Sean Grady, Trevor Hannon, Cheyenne Heinselman, Cambria Hobbs, Lana Kavenagh, Maddy Kerwin, Max Kerwin, Eve Pierce, Sean Roberts and Izy Stone.

Peterborough Rotary, which is part of an International group of service-minded business and professional leaders, helps area youth through programs such as Operation Santa, scholarships, Camp Quest, youth exchange and the ConVal Interact Club. The club also works to improve the community through several projects, the most visible of which are Rotary Wilder Park and downtown holiday decorations. It also supports other local organizations, such as the Boy Scouts and Windy Row Learning Center, and hosts a major fundraiser, a pancake breakfast, at Easter. For more information, go to peterbororotary.org.

Manchester Rotary Club backs FIRST Robotics team

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Rotary Club says it made a significant contribution of money to the Fusion team at the Manchester School of Technology to help support its 2018 effort in the FIRST Robotics competition.

The Fusion team is made up of students from Manchester School of Technology and from other schools in the Manchester area. Fusion is coached by adult volunteers from tech companies around the city. In January, team members were introduced to the tasks that competing robots must perform in the 2018 FIRST competitions and presented with a box of parts from which to design and construct their own robot for these competitions.

Teams that do well in the regionals are invited to compete in national events. Last year, the Fusion team was successful in the New England regionals and invited to the national competition in St. Louis, which was a surprise for first-year rookie team. In the 2018 competition, Fusion did well enough to be invited to the nationals again, but the Rotary Club said there was not enough time this year after the invitation to organize such a major trip.

“For 2019 competitions, more advanced planning should eliminate last-minute scrambling,” said Manchester School of Technology Principal Karen Machado

The Manchester Rotary Club also sponsors the Manchester School of Technology Interact Club, a student club for community service. Ten students on this club are also members of Fusion. It was through these students that the Rotary was introduced to Fusion. The Rotary Club said it witnessed the enthusiasm that the FIRST competition brought to the school while it also teaching STEM skills and business acumen to the students.

This is the second year that the Manchester Rotary has donated to the Fusion team.

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