Club Notes: Candia Garden Club to host talk on bears

September 20. 2017 7:27PM
Candia Garden Club members recently renovated the Candia Moore School's butterfly garden. The walkways were hoed, weed block cloth was cut and pinned, and a layer of pea stone was added. From left, members Therese Heon, Marilyn Plummer, Lorraine Briand, Judy Siemonsma, Jan Hamel and Linda Thomas stand on the newly placed weed block material. (Courtesy)

Candia Garden Club to host talk on bears

CANDIA — Doug Whitfield and Dennis Walsh, wildlife stewards with the N.H. Fish and Game Department, will give a program at the Candia Garden Club’s meeting Wednesday on the life cycle and habits of black bears.

The talk, “Black Bear Happenings in N.H.,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Smyth Public Library, 55 High St.

The stewards say education is the best way to pre-empt human-bear conflicts arising from careless interaction. The program is free and open to the public.

Ticket deadlines near for State Grange session

LACONIA — New Hampshire State Grange’s 144th annual session is planned from Thursday, Oct. 26, to Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Margate Resort.

Directors of State Grange committees will have a variety of displays set up for the meeting, including notebooks showing Grange community service projects completed throughout the year; crafts and other items made by Junior Grange members as well as the Junior Grange history, records, regalia, photos and other items to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first Juvenile Grange; photography and artwork; and winning entries in needlework, sewing, afghan and baking contests.

Granges will be able to place gift cards for teens under a small artificial Christmas tree set up for the State Grange’s “Santa Remembers Teens at Christmas” project.

The Community Service Committee is coordinating the annual Make A Difference Day, which asks Granges to bring canned food and other items.

National Grange Master Betsy Huber of Pennsylvania will make her first official visit to New Hampshire, representing the national organization.

The Degree of Pomona, or the Fifth Degree, will be conferred during opening day Oct. 26, which begins at 7 p.m. Members who haven’t received the Fifth Degree are encouraged to attend.

The Oct. 27 session will include a memorial service conducted by State Chaplain Matt Clark and a luncheon at noon with a tentative visit from Gov. Chris Sununu, who is scheduled to help present the State Public Service and Citizen of the Year awards.

Luncheon tickets are $19; reservations are required by Tuesday, Oct. 5. For tickets, call Dick Patten, state historian and community service director, at 496-2917.

Friday will include a banquet at 6 p.m. and awards presentation, including for outstanding police officer, firefighter, educator, state Fish and Game officer, State Police trooper and lifetime achievement awards.

For banquet tickets, which cost $35, contact State Ceres Kerriann Heath at 703-4912 or or mail the payment to her at 28 Penny Lane, Barrington, NH 03825. Payment is required by Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Events Oct. 27 include an Executive Committee election, votes on the State Grange budget and resolutions submitted by Granges, and conferral of the Sixth Degree, or Degree of Flora.

For more information, call State Secretary Gerald Leclerc at 809-6355 or State Master Christopher Heath at 988-9703.

Hooksett Garden Club celebrates 20 years

HOOKSETT — The Hooksett Garden Club is celebrating its 20th year as a club today with a luncheon at Roots Cafe in Robie’s General Store for current members and all past presidents.

The club will have a general meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Hooksett Public Library, 31 Mount St. Mary’s Way. Meetings are free and open to the public.

For more about the club, which welcomes new members, go to, email or follow

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