04-04-2014 News

The Diocese of Manchester has announced that Bishop Peter Libasci will celebrate the White Mass for healthcare professionals at St. Joseph Cathedral in the Queen City at six P M on Thursday, April twenty fourth.  Immediately following the annual event the New Hampshire Guild of



Catholic Healthcare Professionals will honor Dr. Roger Dionne and Sister Monica O’Keefe with the St. Martin de Porres Award, which is given annually to a Catholic healthcare professional who exemplifies the virtues of Catholic healthcare.  Dr. Dionne has served St. Joseph Hospital and the greater Nashua community for 50 years and was instrumental in developing hospice care, visiting nurses, St. Joseph Community Services Meals on Wheels, and the Dr. Roger Dionne Senior Center at St. Joseph Hospital.  Sr. Monica was a substance abuse counselor in the Health Care for the Homeless Program at Catholic Medical Center from nineteen ninety four to two thousand twelve and was active in the addiction treatment community in Manchester and New England for many years.   The diocese is asking that those interested in attending either the Mass or the reception to RSVP by visiting n h catholic health dot org or calling Fr. Marc Guillmette at 6 6 3 6 4 4 0 on or before April 18.

The Manchester Fire Department would like to share their knowledge of hazardous materials and work with facilities and businesses in the city to promote effective emergency planning.  The department, in conjunction with the Manchester Local Emergency Planning Committee, is MFDsponsoring a Hazard Analysis and Emergency Planning Training Session for local businesses on May seventh from eight thirty to Noon in the offices of the Manchester Health Department at 15 28 Elm Street. The goal of the training is to provide participants with practical tips and suggestions for identifying and managing potential chemical hazards.  There is no cost to attend the seminar which includes topics such as:   Strategies for identifying and understanding potential chemical hazards, A Beginner’s Guide to Emergency Planning, Pre-planning with the Manchester Fire Department to avoid chaos and loss during a crisis, A review of the legal reporting and planning requirements, Insurance coverage and chemical spills:  You are not always covered.  The Fire Department and the Manchester Local Emergency Planning Committee hopes to work together with Manchester businesses and facilities to promote the safety of life and property for all who live, work and visit in the Queen City.  We’ve included the link for pre-registration, which is required.  Seating is limited, so  register today!  http://hazardanalysisworkshop.eventzilla.net  Questions may be directed to Deputy Chief Nick Campasano at 6 6 9 2 2 5 6 or n campasano @ manchester n h dot gov

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The Bedford Police Department‘s Community Policing unit would like to invite the public to “Coffee with a Cop and Senior Citizen Talk” on April 8th from seven to nine A M at thePolice Badge Bedford Safety Complex.  Officers from the department will be available to discuss topics you think would improve the town of Bedford.  Senior citizens can also discuss tips and suggestions on crime prevention.  For full details, we’ve linked to the police department’s website. www.bedfordnh.org/pages/BedfordNH_Police/index.  There was no mention as to whether or not doughnuts would be available on site, so take a look at the details to know if you need to bring your own.

Okay, so now that we seem to finally be coming out of Winter, the good folks at the Southern New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission have decided to sponsor a series of energy saving workshops designed to show folks how their homes can become more energy efficient.  Hm, nice timing.  Button Up N H is what the workshops are called and one is scheduled next week on the evening of April ninth from six thirty to eight at P S N H’s headquarters in the Amoskeag Millyard.  The workshops will be conducted by independent, certified energy professionals who will teach basic building science concepts including air sealing, insulating, and conservation measures that reduce fuel and electricity use.  As preregistration is encouraged, we’ve linked to the registration site  Manchesterbuttonup eventbrite.com.  Button Up NH workshops are free and open to the public.  We’ve also provided their link to information on additional dates and locations for upcoming workshops. http://www.myenergyplan.net/buttonup.

PoliceThe Manchester Police Department‘s Community Policing Division has released its two thousand fourteen  Spring Senior Walks schedule.  These walks allow seniors to exercise and experience Manchester with police officers.  They are held in various parts of the city on Monday mornings at 9 unless otherwise noted in the schedule, are approximately two to three miles long miles and take about one hour to complete.  We’ve posted the complete schedule with this newscast at Girard at Large dot com.

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