APRIL 18, 2013
MERRIMACK, NH –  The Rotary Club of Merrimack has set the date for the “raising” of the Roger Duhamel Pavilion located at Watson Park in Merrimack.   The date is Saturday, April 27, 2013 starting at 8:00am (if necessary the rain date is Saturday, May 4, 2013).   The “raising” of the timber frame structure will require a crane and several experienced contractors to complete.  The frame will be completed in one day and will be topped off with a little pine tree.  It should be a fun show to observe.  Construction of the roof and shingling will take a little longer.  The pavilion was called for within the Watson Park Master Plan and Bill Wilkes thought it would be a great project for Rotary while he was the club’s President.  The Town of Merrimack supported the idea along with the Merrimack Parks and Recreation Committee.
The Roger Duhamel Pavilion, named for a founding member of the Rotary Club of Merrimack, is a 900 square foot pentagon.  The pavilion, bordering the Souhegan River, will be used by residents for concerts, theatrical productions, children’s theater, educational presentations, outdoor activities, get-togethers, picnics and good cheer.  The raising will be conducted by Rotarians and community volunteers.
“Fundraising and in-kind contributions have been so successful over the past two years that the structure is fully paid for,” said Rotarian Peter Flood, who is heading the effort.  “However, it will take about $6,000 to $8,000 more to bring electricity and a sound system to the site and do some landscaping.  So, we still are seeking more donations from local donors.”
To contribute to the pavilion, checks can be made out to the “Merrimack Rotary Foundation,” P.O. Box 181, Merrimack, NH 03054.  Please place in the memo line the word “pavilion.”  The Rotary extends special thanks to its sponsors for this project.
Founded in 1971, the Rotary Club of Merrimack is a volunteer organization of business people and professionals supporting the community. Merrimack Rotary projects have included scholarships, reconstruction of Kids’ Kove Playground, support for Merrimack flood relief, the Merrimack July Fourth festivities, the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest, Interact Club, lighting at Reeds Ferry fields and more. The club works with other clubs on international projects like eradication of polio, Pure Water for the World, and hurricane relief in Honduras. To RSVP for a meeting or for information about membership, contact Chris Christensen at 603.424.2542 or or visit

Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at