Three cheers for two volunteer groups that make New Hampshire a better place.

There are many such groups, we are happy to report; but we were inspired to note these two because of one recent and one upcoming event.

The Manchester Rotary club held its 20th annual Cruising Downtown classic car event on Elm Street last Saturday. Sunny skies drew big crowds and lots of classic wheels.

The Rotary remains a part of the fabric of Manchester and proceeds from the car show and its other fund-raising events support several local scholarship and youth camper programs, and its members regularly volunteer. It remains true to its motto of “Service Above Self.”

Some other wheels will be gathering this Sunday and you can help them support the Salvation Army in helping kids this Christmas.

Yes, Labor Day is barely in the past and December is a long ways off, but what the Army does (with help, too, from the Union Leader Santa Fund) at Christmas doesn’t happen overnight.

A longstanding tradition is the New Hampshire Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization’s annual Toy Run, now named to honor the late Joanne Packard, who was one of its biggest boosters.

The long line of motorcycles will start the run at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Department of Safety on Hazen Drive, Concord. It will end with the delivery of new toys at HK Powersports, 1354 Hooksett Road, Hooksett.

You don’t need a motorcycle to drop by. You and the kids might enjoy seeing big guys on big bikes hugging big teddy bears, etc. And you can join them by bringing a new, unwrapped toy. We hear Santa might put in an appearance as well.

The NHMRO puts a lot of effort into this. We thank them for it.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig has decided to reinstate the post of director of economic development. She says the director will work with city departments and the business community to develop a “strategy.” Funny how these things happen just in time for an election.

Manchester voters who would like to see Joe Kelly Levasseur continue to challenge the status quo at City Hall should consider voting for him for alderman at large this Tuesday and leaving the second at-large box unchecked. Since several candidates are running for two spots, this single or “b…

Some public positions once carried the title of PIO, for Press Information Officer. We get it that times change and job duties change with them. But we were still startled to read that the title for the job at the state Department of Corrections is now the director of “communications, market…

Friday, September 17, 2021

It’s too bad that Mr. “Nobody” from Keene has made that his legal name. If Joyce Craig of Manchester had it, the Tuesday mayoral contest could offer voters the choice of Rich Girard, Victoria Sullivan, or Nobody.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

No one spoke more eloquently or passionately on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks than did former President George W. Bush at the Shanksville, Pa., memorial service. These are excerpts from his remarks. -Editors

Sunday, September 12, 2021

We hold no brief for Manchester resident Joshua Fields, a convicted felon who is considered by a judge to be a danger to the public. But that judge, Landya McCafferty of the U.S. District Court, still saw fit to grant the man early release from prison.

Heroes are people who put their lives in peril in order to save others. We pause this weekend to remember the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, along with all who perished.