Banquet April 14 to raise money for Newfound Babe Ruth League

BRISTOL — A Newfound Babe Ruth League fundraising banquet will be held Saturday, April 14, at Kathleen's Cottage, 90 Lake St. in Bristol. The proceeds for this event will benefit the Kelley Park Improvement Fund for the new scoreboards and future improvements.

Area residents are invited to come and enjoy a fun-filled night of music, food, drinks, and amazing raffle prizes that include 100 gallons of heating oil from Dead River, a kayak from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Fisher Cats tickets, and more.

The $40 per person includes full dinner and dessert, two raffle tickets, entertainment, and free child care provided by the Tapply-Thompson Teen Council. Tickets can be purchased at the Tapply-Thompson Community Center office or online at

031618 RUN FRIDAY Veterans Count: NH committed to veteran employment (491).

By Pamela Dube, Easterseals New Hampshire

Talk about making a positive change! According to the New Hampshire Employment Security report issued in 2015, the unemployment rate for New Hampshire veterans was 5percent. As of February 2018, that number has dropped to 2.1 percent as reported by the National Department of Labor, well below the national average of 3.5 percent. We’re making progress in New Hampshire, let’s keep going!

In 2016, Easterseals New Hampshire Military & Veterans Services was awarded a grant (HVRP- Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program) to provide support to homeless/at-risk veterans in finding work. Through this grant, we are engaging an under-served and under-counted veteran population, and helping them to achieve career goals, self-sufficiency, and improved quality of life, while strengthening New Hampshire communities and economy. Thus far, we have enrolled nearly 140 veterans in this program and over 75 have found meaningful, sustainable jobs!

Why hire vets? When looking for hard-working, motivated employees, hiring veterans is not only a good idea, it’s good business. Here are 10 great reasons to hire veterans:

1. Accelerated Learning Curve

2. Leadership

3. Teamwork

4. Appreciation of Diversity

5. Performance Under Pressure

6. Respect for Procedures

7. Global Perspective

8. Integrity

9. Conscientiousness

10. “Can Do” Attitude

More than 7,500 of New Hampshire’s approximately 115,000 veterans have been deployed, many multiple times, to the Middle East since 9/11. Many of these post-9/11 veterans had multiple deployments and sustained injuries. Some experience chronic unemployment and under-employment. 179 New Hampshire veterans served by Easterseals New Hampshire Military & Veterans Services in the past year needed help to secure gainful employment. ESNew Hampshire MVS has helped more than 1,100 clients obtain employment since its inception in 2006. We continue to partner with all the DVOPs (Vets Reps) at New Hampshire Employment Security and with other employment-focused services to prepare New Hampshire’s veterans for civilian employment and to engage industry and employers to hire New Hampshire veterans as part of their vibrant workforce.

Easterseals New Hampshire Military & Veterans Services offers Care Coordination to veterans of all eras – from World War II veterans to those who are currently serving. Services are free, confidential, and provided locally – in the veteran’s home or other convenient location. Care Coordinators are community caseworkers with extensive training in military culture. Their job is to do whatever it takes to help service members, veterans, and their families thrive. Care Coordinators help those in crisis situations, and are also available to help families plan ahead and avoid problems when facing life changes and challenges. If you know a service member, veteran, or military family in need, please contact the Intake Coordinator, Easterseals New Hampshire Military & Veterans Services, at 603-315-4354.

Veterans Count, the philanthropic program of ESNew Hampshire MVS, provides emergency financial assistance to veterans for critical and unmet needs. Veterans Count raises awareness about the challenges that can result from military service and raises money to help address these needs. To learn more about Veterans Count or to make a donation, please visit Or, mail your donation to Veterans Count, Easterseals New Hampshire, 555 Auburn St, Manchester, New Hampshire 03103.

Free workshop on processing game animals set for April 7

HOLDERNESS — Hunters can learn how to process their own big game animal from field to freezer at a free workshop being offered at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness on Saturday, April 7. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. This year, registration for the workshop will be completed online. To register, visit

At the workshop, Rick Warbin, owner of Baker River Deer Farm in Wentworth, will give participants a basic overview of the steps involved in processing your own big game animal. The workshop will cover topics such as basic field dressing, tips to avoid meat spoilage, skinning and caping, equipment needs, determining cuts of meat, boning the meat, and packaging tips. The instructor has many years of experience in the butchering business, so bring all your questions.

Activities at Owl Brook are supported by federal Wildlife Restoration funds, a user-pay, user-benefit program. For more information about the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department visit

Hart's Turkey Farm to host 50/50 fundraiser for Meredith Library tonight

MEREDITH — On Tuesday, March 20, from 4:30-8 p.m., Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant is generously hosting a 50/50 dinner event to benefit the Friends of the Meredith Library. The public is welcome and encouraged to support this fund raising dinner. For everyone who mentions they are dining for the Friends of the Meredith Library, half of their bill, excluding drinks, will be donated to the Friends. Proceeds will help provide funds for adult and children’s reading programs; passes to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Castle in the Clouds and various museums; ancestry and genealogy programs; guest speakers from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and other programs.

The Friends of the Meredith Library are very grateful to Hart’s for their kindness in helping with fundraising for the Library. For information, contact Beverly Heyduk at 279-1206 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Barbara Brann at 279-5565 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..