Community News

Amherst man named top ‘Big’

MANCHESTER - Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire announced the Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year are Bob Purcell, of Amherst, and Sofia Cunha-Vascancelos, of Keene. "This was the beginning of a journey that has lasted for years and promises to continue for many ...

Nashua chefs win Frosting Frenzy benefit event

NASHUA - The first Frosting Frenzy, a cake decorating and candy making competition benefiting Easter Seals New Hampshire Senior Services, was held recently at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester to raise funds for Easter Seals, which provides support for seniors and their ...

Cheer teams in cancer benefit

HUDSON - The Hudson varsity coed cheerleading team and the KallieGator cheering team from Nashua are participating in the Cheer for Dana-Farber fundraiser, which supports cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The high school cheerleaders will fundraise until ...

Rivier to host Celebration of Peace

NASHUA - The Celebration of Peace addresses the global peace effort by focusing on peace within ourselves, our community and our nation. The celebration, co-sponsored by Rivier University Reconciliation and Peace classes, the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club and RxRelax, will take place from ...

Run/walk raises funds for ovarian cancer awareness

NASHUA - More than 450 participants from throughout the state and beyond gathered in Greeley Park recently to participate in the 11th annual 5K Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer. Eric Chapdelaine won the race in 22:05. His mother, Colleen Chapdelaine, finished in 24:19 and was ...

Silicon Labs volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

NASHUA - Eight Silicon Laboratories employees volunteered on Sept. 8 to do some pre-demolition work at Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity's newest project at 42 Chestnut St. The project will create two new decent and affordable homes for qualified local families. Silicon Labs volunteers ...

5K event supports Anne Marie House

NASHUA - On Sept. 11, a national day of service and remembrance, hundreds of people from throughout southern New Hampshire joined together to make a difference in the lives of homeless families. By participating in the Home Stretch 5K and Kids Fun Run at Nashua Community College, individuals ...

DAR rededicates historic plaques

NASHUA - Members of the Matthew Thornton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and representatives of the state organization, NHSODAR, gathered with Rivier University President Sister Paula Marie Buley at the recently completed Meditation Garden on the school's campus to ...

Mahfuz to be honored by Scouts

NASHUA - Sy Mahfuz will be honored by the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America for his service to the community and area businesses while exemplifying Scouting values in his daily life. The Nashua Good Scout Award Luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Crowne ...

Purgatory area developed at height of Grand Hotel era

Hiking at Purgatory Upper Falls has been so popular, cars create a safety hazard on Purgatory Falls Road and the town is planning to construct a parking area at the trailhead. But it isn't nearly as popular as it once was. Records note that in 1889, about 1,500 people gathered on the Mont ...

Horticulturist makes presentation to Nashua Garden Club

NASHUA - The Nashua Garden Club and members of the Greater Nashua gardening community were entertained at their September program by Tovah Martin, horticulturalist, television guest and author of "The Indestructible Houseplant," among other publications. All left the session ...

Volunteers work on Habitat homes, donate $3K

NASHUA - Over the course of two days recently, six Greenman-Pedersen employees rolled up their sleeves to work on homes for local families in need of affordable housing for Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity. Through Habitat's Team Building Day Program, the volunteers worked on two Nashua ...

Easter Seals care coordinators serve those who serve

New Hampshire's service members and veterans have all pledged to put their life on the line for our nation. Military life involves many sacrifices that can create immediate and long-term challenges for veterans and their families. Easter Seals Military & Veterans Care coordinators stand ...

Illinois man had friendship with Mother Teresa

STREATOR, Ill. - Not too many people can say they had a letter correspondence with a saint. But Paul Ahearn can. Beginning in 1985, Ahearn, of Streator, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta exchanged letters - about 30 of them - all the way until a few months before she died Sept. 5, 1997, at age ...

Special Olympics: Growing together in community

Community is important. It gives people a sense of belonging. It helps people get things done and builds something meaningful where nothing stood before. The combined talents and efforts of a community can make a big difference in a city and in the world. For people with developmental ...

Deaf church focuses on community, communicating

AMARILLO, Texas - Worshipping at Paramount Baptist Deaf Church is not a silent affair. Deaf people who can speak joyfully shout during the baptism of one of their friends. A member of the church's hearing minority sits in the front pews with a microphone, interpreting into spoken English the ...

Area 9/11 events planned for Sunday

On Sunday, Americans will mark the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with ceremonies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 crash site in Pennsylvania. The following are some of the events taking place locally: Nashua Nashua Fire Rescue personnel will be gathering at ...

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Veterans Count column was written this month by Stephanie Higgs, Easter Seals New Hampshire Military & Veterans Services. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affair's Office of Suicide Prevention has released its 2016 Suicide Data Report, which provides new information ...

A Krishna temple in the heart of Salt Lake Valley

SALT LAKE CITY - The hole in the ground has been there for a month now, but Caru Das can't stop admiring it. Who'd have thought? A Krishna temple in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley? Caru and his wife, Vai Bhavi, are local leaders of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ...

Church mixes beer with Bible to reach congregants

GAHANNA, Ohio - It's not every day that churchgoers get to break down the Bible with a beer in hand. But for members of Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna, it's about once a month. The Rev. Doug Warburton had the idea to start Peace Pub Theology about four years ago. He wanted to provide a safe ...