Club Briefs: Merrimack Crimeline finishes successful year

July 17. 2014 10:40PM

Merrimack Crimeline finishes successful year

MERRIMACK — Merrimack Crimeline members say the group has wrapped up a successful year.

Crimeline annually awards two $1,000 scholarships to Merrimack High School seniors. This year, the scholarships were awarded to Madison Scott, daughter of Timothy and Pylisity Scott, and Casandra Smith, daughter of Marion and Fred Smith.

The group also says it recognized one good citizen with a payout that was made for information on a robbery called into Crimeline.

Crimeline meetings are suspended for the summer and will resume at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Merrimack Police Station.

The group’s main fundraiser will be a golf tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Souhegan Golf Course in Amherst.

During the year, Crimeline sponsored the sixth annual magic show performed by the Granite State Conjurors in April; members participated in the Merrimack Police Department open house in May and at the Citizens Police Academy, during which they presented T-shirts to the graduates and hosted a pizza party at one of the academy’s meetings; and they “adopted” Daniel Webster Highway and will be picking up trash yearly from Bedford Road to Greeley Street.

Crimeline also presented the police department a check for $1,354.04 during the open house to support the K-9 program and German shepherd Gunny. The group has raised a total of $9,671.48 in six years.

Plans for next year’s magic show are underway, with the date set for April 18.

The not-for-profit independent organization is managed by a Crimeline committee and funded by private donations. Its board of directors, made up of residents, sets policy. The group works closely with the Merrimack police through a community services liaison officer.

Anyone interested in joining Merrimack Crimeline should call Judy Eriksen at 424-8453.

To make an anonymous tip, call Crimeline at 424-2424. The tip line does not have a caller-ID feature. Each caller is given a code number, and if the tip leads to an arrest, rewards up to $1,000 are paid in cash to ensure anonymity. Tips also may be submitted anonymously at

DAR chapter welcomes national leader from NH

NEW LONDON — During their July meeting, members of the Mercy Hathaway White Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution welcomed Laura McCrillis Kessler of Newport, who was making her first official visit to the chapter after being elected and installed to the national office at the DAR Continental Congress in June in Washington, D.C.

Kessler also is a N.H. honorary state regent and a member of the Reprisal Chapter of DAR in Newport.

Twenty-eight members and guests, including husbands of members, attended the meeting at Tracy Library in New London.

Don Wright of New London, the husband of chapter librarian Polly Wright, gave a program on the “Experiences of a U-2 Pilot.” He shared the history of the planes and told the group about his missions as a pilot.

The chapter’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Slusser Senior Center in Hopkinton. State DAR registrar Jackie Marshall will present a program on genealogy.

For more about the meeting or the DAR, contact chapter registrar Carol Piroso at 456-3900 or

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