Bedford Lions accepting scholarship applications

BEDFORD — The Bedford Lions Club’s 49th annual memorial scholarship program is underway.

Two 1,000 tuition scholarships will be awarded this year in memory of Walter G. Witzel, a club member who died in November.

The Lions Club says Witzel is remembered for 52 years of “outstanding service” as a club member, which included three years as president and 48 years as co-chairman of the scholarship program.

The scholarships are again funded by a donation from businessman Gary Chartrand, a former scholarship recipient. They are awarded based upon financial need and individual merit to help two high school seniors who are Bedford residents begin their post-secondary school studies in higher education or vocational training.

Students may obtain application forms from their high school principal or guidance counselors, any member of the Bedford Lions Club, the Bedford Pharmacy or the Bedford Public Library.

The application deadline is Sunday, March 31.

Since inception in 1971, the scholarship program has awarded a total of $89,500 in scholarships to 99 Bedford students.

The club, in its 53rd year of service to the community, welcomes membership inquiries; for information call Ray Bellemore at 424-2291.

Conservation district taking plant sale orders

Walpole — The Cheshire County Conservation District is accepting orders for its annual Conservation Plant Sale.

Offerings include a variety of fruit trees, berries, shade trees, shrubs, groundcover, perennials, medicinals, summer bulbs, wildflower seed mix and mushrooms.

Many of the species are native, attractive to pollinators and drought resistant. For this reason, they are hardy plants adapted to local growing conditions. Once established, the district says, the plants require less watering, fertilizers and pesticides.

The conservation district is working with Fedco of Maine to bring the plants and Wichland Woods of Keene for the mushrooms.

All proceeds will help cover the district’s operating costs and will benefit conservation efforts in Cheshire County.

For more information and to receive order forms, contact the conservation district office at 756-2988 ext. 115 or email

To view the plant sale catalog and print order forms, visit All orders and payments must be received by the district no later than Feb. 22. Checks should be made out to “CCCD” and mailed to 11 Industrial Park Drive, Walpole, NH 03608. Shipping costs are included.

A plant sale pickup day is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alyson’s Orchard, 57 Alyson’s Lane, Walpole. Free public workshops also are planned there that day.

Established in 1945, the conservation district promotes the conservation and responsible use of natural and agricultural resources for residents of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial and educational assistance. The district says its goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds and clean water.


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