News Digest

Brookline

Selectmen plan forum on trails, sidewalks

The Brookline selectmen have scheduled a public input and information session to hear from people regarding the town’s trail and sidewalk upgrade plans.

Brookline’s sidewalk and trail planning team has been tasked by the administration to continue exploring pedestrian-friendly connection project, having gained momentum from the 2009 master plan that resulted in several sidewalk and trail connections.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the town’s fire station meeting room.

DON HIMSEL

Hollis

Towns’ police forces will hold fundraisers

What began as an event to benefit two local police associations has been transformed by officers themselves back to the communities they serve.

The Friends of the Brookline and Hollis Police Departments are holding two fundraisers that originally had been set up to benefit both small-town benevolent associations. Officers instead have decided to use the funds raised as seed money for a scholarship fund.

"The reason it started was I was sick and tired of all the hate directed towards police officers," said organization member Tina Carlson. The events, a family fun day and a comedy night, have turned from appreciation to fundraiser.

"They just want to help the community," she said. "I think it’s awesome."

An afternoon family fun day is scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Richard Maghakian Memorial School between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. A comedy dinner is scheduled for that evening at Alpine Grove in Hollis between 6 p.m .and 11 p.m. The evening event will also feature a DJ and dancing.

Both events will have a 50/50 raffle. Donation of auction items or direct donations are being sought. For more information call 321-9268 or contact Tina Carlson at jorley02@aol.com.

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Organizers prep for annual Old Home Days

It’s big and back again as Hollis celebrates another year of community fellowship and fun with the town’s Old Home Days celebration.

The annual event is scheduled for Sept. 16 and 17 at Nichols Field on Depot Road.

Friday’s first day schedule begins with tethered hot air balloon rides and the opening traditional carnival rides. A teen dance is scheduled for 7-10 p.m.

Saturday’s full schedule includes a 10:30 a.m. parade on Main Street, a car and tractor show, a noontime flag raising by scouts. Area organizations will have booths available.

For the hard-core town fair aficionado, cow pattie bingo will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As in years past, the popular Hollis Town Band will entertain between 12:15 and 1 p.m.

The afternoon fun will include flying disc-chasing dogs, equestrian vaulting and an apple pie contest.

Organizers say light rain will not postpone the activities, but heavy rain may lead to schedule changes. Updated information can be found at www.hollisoldhomedays.org

DON HIMSEL