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Nashua lions Club honors members, announces new president
Cool down with good food at blood drive ‘Chill ‘N’ Grill’ event aims to near 700 pints this year By GREGoRy MEIGHan Staff Writer
At their final meeting of the 2009-10 year, the Nashua Lions Club honored two longtime members, businessman James Stellos and Dr. Robert Moheban, presenting them with Melvin Jones Fellowships for their dedication and service to the local service organization. Taking part in the ceremony were club president Lou Marino, Stellos, Moheban and past district governor Phil Flynn. The fellowship is the highest form of recognition offered by the Lions Clubs International Foundation. LCIF has been called the No. 1 non-governmental organization by the Financial Times of London.
Honors and oaths
ToP LEFT: Nashua Lion John Deschenes, left, was named Lion of the Year at their annual awards and installation night at the
Crowne Plaza in Nashua. President Lou Marino called Deschenes a constant in the club, always there and willing to help.
ToP RIGHT: Former District Governor Phil Flynn administers the oath of office to Nashua Lions president Tom Lavoie. The
Nashua Lions were chartered on September 21, 1923, and are the oldest club in District 44-H.
NASHUA – The Red Cross and WZID are looking to top the 681 pints of blood they collected last summer at this year’s seventh annual “Chill ’N’ Grill Super Blood Drive.” “The communities’ blood supply is everybody’s business,” said Tom Houle, of the American Red Cross. The summer has drained much of the blood from New Hampshire hospitals, putting many of them below their two-day supply. The Red Cross has found it difficult to collect blood during the summer because people are away on vacations and they cannot rely on blood drives for students at schools, Houle said. Nashua High School South will host the blood drive Wednesday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Houle was pleased with the amount of people that came out in support last year. Houle said that there were more than 1,000 people at the event, and 914 went through the process, which led to the 681 eligible pints. The Chill ’N’ Grill has managed to be successful during the difficult donating months because of the collaboration between the Red Cross, WZID and many popular local food vendors. Brenda Cannon is the promotions director for WZID, and this will be her third year involved with the event. WZID has been advertising the event on the air and during the event. Its DJs will record live breaks to get people interested in coming. Cannon said that in the 13 years that the summer blood drive has taken place, there have been 6,090 pints of blood collected. “The Red Cross has this
down to a science, they get you in and out as fast as they possibly can,” Cannon said. The interviewing, screening and donating process takes on average between 30-45 minutes, Cannon said. The Nashua High School South’s air conditioned-gymnasium is filled with people going through the donation process. When donors are finished, they are rewarded with free food from Texas Roadhouse, which will be grilled outside. Inside, Hayward’s of Nashua and Milford will be putting the “chill” into the day by providing its homemade ice cream. Also Chickfil-A restaurant, Weathervane Seafood Restaurant, Edible Arrangements, Hungry Herbs Pizza and Domino’s Pizza will be supplying their specialty foods. When Cannon was a young girl, she was the recipient of blood after she was in a car accident. She knows first-hand that donating blood can and does save lives. This year, she is looking to donate with her daughter, who, for the first time, is old enough to donate. John Peterson is the manger of donor recruitment for the Red Cross. One of the biggest misconceptions is that there is an age limit, Peterson said. New Hampshire joined the majority of the states this year to lower the minimum age to donate blood to 16, according to Peterson. As long as they fit all the criteria, they can donate. Peterson says that the age was likely lowered because many 16-year-olds fit the minimum height and weight requirements. Also, the addition of a whole new age group helps offset the
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Milford Rotary Club July Big Brother Match of the Month Doug and Shane share love of CDs, video games swears in officers MILFORD – With the swearing-in of the new board of directors at its Wednesday meeting, June 30, the Milford Rotary Club commenced its 60th year of service to the greater Milford community. Taking over the reigns from outgoing president Stephanie Kruy, branch manager of the two Milford Ocean Bank locations, was Douglas Rupert, of Wilton. Retired from banking consulting, Rupert maintains an active interest in several local concerns and manages his apple orchard, Appletop. Married to his wife of 48 years, Mary Ann Rupert, he is an avid golfer and grandfather. Also sworn in for the year were: Julie Whitcomb as president-elect for 2011; Ryan Han-
sen as vice president; Jennifer Krause as secretary; David McBee as assistant secretary; Robert Moulton as treasurer; Janet Spalding as assistant treasurer; and six directors: Mark Bausha, Alexander Buchanan, Jeffery Boutin, Michelle Sampson, John Siemienowicz and Steven Stepanek. In his acceptance speech, Rupert presented a “wish list” of accomplishments he hopes the club will achieve this year. He included among his goals a successful running of the 42nd annual Rotary Swim Meet in July, increasing the club membership by 10 new members, receiving a grant from the Rotary District tendered
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Doug and Shane have been matched in the Big Brothers Big Sisters communitybased program since October. They enjoy playing video games together, listening to music and playing puzzles and math games. Recently, Doug and Shane went to the mall and the arcade, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Shane enjoys having Doug in his life because he knows he will have someone to do things with. But according to Shane, the best part of having a Big Brother is that Doug lets Shane borrow his CDs, plays video games with him, and is always nice to him. Shane always looks forward to seeing Doug because he knows he will have fun and learn something new. Doug’s favorite aspect of being a Big Brother is that he feels he is getting a small glimpse of what it must feel like to be a parent. He also enjoys getting to know Shane and spending time with him. Doug wonders what Shane will be like when he gets older and is hoping he has influenced and encouraged Shane to pursue his inter-
ests. Doug feels that being a Big Brother has added a whole new dimension to his life and he feels enriched by the experience. He hopes he will stay in touch with Shane as he grows into adulthood. Help place more children in mentoring relationships like this one. There are many ways to give. For information on how to become a Big Brother or Big Sister, visit www.bbbsnashua.org or call 883-4851. To donate used clothing call 1-800-483-5503 and schedule a pick up at your home or business. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua & Greater Salem receives funds from the BBBS Foundation to support local mentoring programs through used clothing donations. Cars for Kids’ Sake is an innovative way to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua & Greater Salem raise funds by donating your unwanted vehicle. Donated vehicles qualify as charitable gifts and may be eligible for tax deduction. Call Big BrothCourtesy photo ers Big Sisters’ Vehicle Donation program at Shane with his Big Brother Doug. 1-800-710-9145.
Despite obstacles, steadfast Lyndeborough sticks to their long name Questions are sometimes asked why “Lyndeborough” is spelled and pronounced the way it is. Some people have asked why the town uses the “ugh” at the end of the name when other towns have dropped it. They say it is too long, and it sometimes doesn’t fit into a space provided on a form. The answers are fairly simple, in addition to the town simply being stubborn. The name is spelled and pronounced as Judge Benjamin Lynde,
was the post office had for whom the town is a limit on the number of named, spelled and said letters for a town name. it. I know, the actor Paul South Lyndeborough Lynde pronounced it the didn’t fit. In 1892, the post way the majority of Ameroffice shortened the name icans might – as “lind.” The “-ugh” is a little jESSIE SaLISBuRy to South Lyndeboro. At that time, as in many more complicated, alanother Perspective rural towns with sepathough that is also a tradirate villages, there were tional English spelling of several post offices in Lyndeborough. “borough,” a town. However, it came Many towns still have more than one close to needing an act of Congress post office. for the town to keep it. The problem
The North Lyndeborough office existed from 1857-1901, during the time of heavy use of the Second New Hampshire Turnpike, referred to by residents in Lyndeborough and Mont Vernon as the “Francestown Turnpike.” The Lyndeborough Center office served the town from 1822-35 and was discontinued around 1900. The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry was instrumental in establishing Rural Free
Delivery of mail in the early 1900s, making central post offices more practical. The South Lyndeborough office was established in 1835. The Forest Road opened in the early 1840s, providing for regular stage traffic and mail delivery from Wilton, and the railroad arrived in 1873 with much improved service. With the closing of the other
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