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Help a brother – er, a pug – out, will you?

Green Mountain Pug Rescue Needs You!

Green Mountain Pug Rescue needs foster homes within New Hampshire, Vermont and around the Albany to Plattsburgh areas in New York. With summer approaching, and vacations coming up, we need more foster homes to help with our pugs in need.

GMPR covers all vetting (shots, spay/neuter, dental, heartworm and lyme tests) and will provide you with all the dog food. All you need to provide is a loving, warm, home for our pugs while they adjust. Foster pugs can be owner surrenders, puppymill pugs, or pugs from shelters that have been released into our care.

Hampton Beach isn't looking so hot

This photo was sent last week by the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation. According to Jen Kennedy, the society's director, a volunteer spend 15 minutes cleaning up about 300 feet of the beach, and picked up "a gym bag, a six-pack ring, 2 juice boxes, nine glass bottles, 17 plastic Dunkin' Donuts cups, 81 aluminum cans, and 157 plastic bottles." Says Kennedy: "Volunteers in our Adopt-a-Beach program clean this beach once a month (or more, as schedules permit), and the Division of Parks & Recreation has a sand sifter to pick up the bulk of the trash in the summer, but unfortunately they do not start using it until Memorial Day weekend. "We also had a volunteer who saw a gull at Hampton Beach on May 5 with a plastic bag stuck around its leg. She could not help the gull before it flew in the water, where the bag became waterlogged. This is one example of how this trash is affecting local wildlife, in addition to being a tremendous eyesore! "We collect as much trash on the beach as we can, but I'm hoping you can help us spread awareness of this problem so that people will pick up after themselves in the first place!"

Compost giveaway day a resounding, stinky success

From Groundwork Concord:

52 vehicles and over 80 Concord residents – families, seniors, and gardening teams alike – showed up for the 3rd Annual Spring City Compost Giveaway at the Everett Arena on Saturday May 12.

Sixty four percent of those surveyed planned to use the rich compost to improve both flower and vegetable gardens, the remainder split between the two.

Several small truck loads were headed out as Mother’s Day presents to avid Concord gardeners, while one local church planned to start an organic garden with local volunteers.

Groundwork Concord sends the compost out every spring to UNH Cooperative Extension for soil testing. The results were excellent again this year with nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium ratio of 3-1-1, a pH of 7.10, very low salt and very low nitrates and ammonium.

Your guide to the Rock N Race

Thank you, Mom, for . . .

These kids (and some of their pals) at Girls Inc. took some time out from their post-school play one afternoon last week to thank their moms. For what? Glad you asked!

Thank you, Mom, for ...

Being there for me when I needed you. Alyson, 10 1/2

Being so nice to me!!! Caitlin, 9

Putting a roof over my head! Stephanie, 11

Sheltering me and feeding me and caring for me and last but not least Loving Me!! Kalli, 9

Putting food on the table. Kennedy, 9

Taking me shopping and getting me stuff and making great lunches and dinners and playing with me and taking me out for movies. Love ou, Mom! Laura, 10

In memory of Marjorie Swope

From Groundwork Concord:

Preston Caswell of Concord's General Services Department, Becky Hebert of the city's Planning Department and Concord city Councilor Jim Bouley stand next to the 2007 Arbor Day tree planted on Friday, April 27, at the North Street Cemetery, as Councilor Bouley reads an Arbor Day Proclamation from the Mayor in honor of the late Marjorie Swope, a dedicated conservation and tree planting advocate for the City of Concord.

The city was recently recognized as a Tree City by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to forestry management. This is the 16th year the city has participated in the program and received this national attention.

Photo contest!

Above: The 2006 first-place winner.

From Guy Giunta:

The Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission announces the 2007 Lilac Photo Contest is underway, with this year’s winning prizes ranging from a fishing excursion to train tickets to Crawford Notch on the Conway Scenic Railroad.

NHDOT landscape specialist supervisor Guy Giunta, who says the goal of the annual lilac photo contest, is to develop public appreciation of New Hampshire’s official state flower, is chairman of the Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission.

The contest is open to amateur photographers, who may submit up to three 4 x 6 inch or 3-1/2 by 5 inch color photographs or up to three digital photo’s on a CD (submit photo files in high resolution JPEG Format only) of lilacs taken in a New Hampshire setting during the 2007 lilac season. A specific description of the photographic location, the variety of lilac pictured (if known) and the negatives or CD’s, must accompany photos. The postmark deadline for the contest is June 30, 2007. Required are entry forms which can be obtained at any New Hampshire Welcome Center and Rest Area locations, Blue Seal and Agway stores, most McDonalds, Concord Camera, Cameron’s Sod Farm, Canobie Lake Park, The Common Man Restaurants, The Black Swan Inn at Tilton, Conway Scenic Railroad, and Funspot.

Recognize a business or business leader

From the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce:

Fire in the cemetery

This picture was submitted by Peter Stohrer of Concord, along with this description:

These are pictures of the fire at Blossom Hill Cemetery Saturday afternoon. The fire was spotted by my son and I as we were flying over the area. We contacted Concord Aviation via radio and they phoned the fire department. We orbited over the area in our airplane until the Fire Department arrived.

YMCA raises over $25,000 for scholarships

Above: Fran Canning, assistant dean for student affairs at Franklin Pierce Law Center, with Susan Sokul, development associate, at the Concord Family YMCA.


From the Y: On April 12, amid a very wet and wild April snow storm, over 200 supporters of the Concord Family YMCA attended the YMCA’s third Annual Spring Charitable Event to support the YMCA Kids Campaign scholarship fund.

Dampened spirits, brought on by the late season storm, were quickly warmed and brightened when greeted by a room rich in color, beautiful music by harpist Katie Lyon-Pingree and a rousing welcome by Mike Norklun, executive director of the YMCA. This was a sold-out event where the guests enjoyed over 40 varieties of wines sponsored by Shaw’s Fort Eddy and Horizon Beverage, an bountiful array of hot and cold hors d oeuvres with a Mediterranean flavor prepared and served by John Hanna of the Washington Street Café; and an exciting evening of high bidding for over 49 items and packages.

Healthy kids get their play on

Above: Kevin Sullivan greets visitors at Healthy Kids Day at the Concord Family YMCA.

From the YMCA:

More than 250 families from the community helped to celebrate YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 14, at the Concord Family YMCA.

Families participated in an activity-filled festival that celebrates the day’s key call to action, “Put Play in Your Day.” Events for kids included rock wall climbing, open swim, scuba demonstrations, games and activities in the pool, an obstacle courses and face painting.

Parents got connected, too, by participating in activities with their kids and receiving free YMCA brochures with tips on raising healthy kids.

Winners, all of them

*Music School announces winners of Piano Competition*

CONCORD, NH - The first annual Concord Community Music School Competition for Young Pianists was held on Saturday, March 31, at the Music School. Eighteen participants, ranging from 4th to 11th grade, participated in three divisions; there was also a concerto competition. Additionally, in keeping with this year's piano department emphasis on the works of Russian composers, prizes were awarded for the best performance of a Russian work in each division.

The goal of the competition was to give students an opportunity to prepare varied programs in the interest of stretching their musical development, along with the opportunity to receive comments from