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Fly fishing is a bonding experience

Time is running out to sign up for the Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Intermediate Fly Fishing Workshop being offered September 28 - 30, 2007, at Purity Spring Resort in Madison, N.H. The weekend costs $275, which includes meals, lodging, materials and instruction. Participants must be at least 18 years old and must have some fly fishing experience. There are a few spots still available, so don't delay -- send in your registration today.

You better get to steppin'!

From the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire:

Tie your sneakers, leash the dog and join the ARL of NH at the 4th annual
Pet Step!

Join the Animal Rescue League of NH and multitudes of 2 and 4-legged walkers
at the annual Pet Step, a dog walk fundraiser to benefit the League. Held
on Saturday, September 22 this year at beautiful Camp Allen in Bedford (off
Back River Road) the walk features a day of fun for everyone in the family.
With 30-40 vendors, State trooper and K-9 police demonstrations, dancing
with your dog demos (freestyle), pet art, microchipping, dog games and more,

Concord-Merrimack SPCA receives $10,000

The Concord-Merrimack County SPCA received a $10,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to increase the number of animals they are able to spay/neuter before adoption. This funding will enable the non-profit shelter to decrease the number of intact dogs and cats adopted over last year by 25 percent.

“We are excited to think of the difference this grant will make in preventing unwanted litters in our community – defenseless animals who may well end up on our streets dying from disease and starvation,” said Lin O’Bara, Director of Development at the Concord-Merrimack County SPCA.

One band, six drums

As is usually the case around here, if we ask, we shall receive. In this case, we asked you for information on the photo to the left, which we received from an anonymous donor (anonymous in that we forgot to take note of who they were, but that’s neither here nor there).
Petty Fessette told us the photo was from the Rundlett Junior High School Scroll, the school newspaper, taken in 1957. The people in the photo were, as you may have guessed, in the junior high band. Clearly that was less of a social stigma in the ’50s.

Review-O-Rama

It's that time again. The staff at the Concord Public Library tells us what's what in the world of books. Here's the pick of the week.

Free Fire
By C.J. Box
c. 2007, 368 pages
Setting: Contemporary Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park

Zetex: It sure sounds fancy

The Friends of The Concord City Auditorium received four major grants in support of their 2007 capital improvements project for the purchase and installation of a code-compliant Zetex safety curtain to replace the theater's historic asbestos fire curtain. Grants totaling $34,100 were awarded by the Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the Oleonda B. Jameson Trust, the Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Community TV Guide

Looking for something educational and political to watch this week? Try these two picks from CCTV, Concord's community television station.

"Democracy NH"
Host Charlie Russell discusses proposed changes to Concord's elementary schools with guests Mary Stuart Gile and Jeanne North.
You can catch the show Aug. 20-23 on Channel 22 at 1 and 8 p.m. and 1 and 8 a.m.

"Around Town" with guest Congressman Paul Hodes
Dick Patten welcomes New Hampshire's Second District representative.
Watch the tête-à-tête Aug. 20-23 on Channel 22 at 1:30 and 8:30 p.m. and 1:30 and 8:30 a.m.

Penacook residents: Who made this sign?

Intrepid investigators found three Penacook Village signs tucked away in the basement of Larry and Ellen Langlaises' Penacook Pharmacy on Village Street.
Groundwork Concord is looking for the craftsperson as part of a "Gateways to Penacook" landscaping project with Concord 20/20, the city of Concord and the fledgling Penacook neighborhood association.
Rumor has it they were made at a Merrimack Valley High School shop class 15 years ago. (Wow, that's at least one marriage, several babies and one dog later.)

Military retiree play date

Military retirees from all services are invited to the 10th annual Northern New England Military Retiree Activity Day on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the New Hampshire National Guard Army Aviation Facility. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and welcoming remarks are at 9 a.m.
Special presentations will cover health care information, survivor benefits, recreational facilities in the area and VA benefits.
There will be information on veterans' cemeteries, exchanges and commissaries and many other items of interest. Legal assistance will be available, as will I.D. card renewals.

Learn the language and how to cook the food

V. L. Peterson Associates announces the beginning of fall 2007 "Conversational Chinese for Beginners" class. The fall class will start on Sunday, Sept. 30. It has two levels: Level I for new students and Level II for advanced students.
This class is suitable for families with adopted Chinese children, college or high school students or individuals who are interested in learning Chinese and Chinese culture.