District 16 elections set

The dates for the New Hampshire State Senate Special Election in District 16 have been set.  The election will fill the vacancy created by the death of Senator Scott McGilvary, Democrat from Hooksett.  The primary will be Tuesday June sixth and the general will be Tuesday July twenty fifth.  District sixteen is comprised of Manchester Wards One, Two and Twelve and the town’s of Hooksett, Candia, Dunbarton and Bow.  We’ve linked to the page on the Secretary of State’s Web site where you can request an absentee ballot if needed.  Residents in the district should check with their town or city clerk’s office for polling hours. 

Wagner “Pretty” Park: Renovations on the way

The trustees of Wagner Memorial Park in Manchester have announced that long overdue restoration work will begin this Monday.  The improvements to the iconic park will take place in two phases and are intended to re-establish its beauty through plant replacement, fence refurbishing, brick installation, bench upgrades and the creation of a new walkway leading to the park’s iconic domed memoria,l which has been at the center of countless wedding, prom, family and other special gathering photos and events over the decades. 

Original benches to be re-situated

While still deserving of its nickname Pretty Park, vandalism, theft and overgrowth have diminished its luster.  An open house, hosted last summer by the Friends of Wagner Memorial Park, led to the improvements that are about to be done.  Existing vegetation located behind the memorial will be removed and replaced, new flowering trees will be planted and invasive species will be removed throughout.  Brick pavers will be installed around the memorial and a plaza will be created near the existing flagpole.  Four remaining original Wagner Park benches, many have been stolen due to their salvage value, will occupy the new plaza, providing park visitors with a place to socialize and relax in a serene setting.  

Phase 2 area for next year

Phase one is expected to cost around two hundred thousand dollars and is being funded through the Edward Wagner and George Hosser Scholarship Fund established by the park’s founder Ottilie Wagner Hosser.  The work will extend through the summer months, taking place primarily in the eastern half of the park, which will be fenced off during construction.  As a result, the area surrounding the memorial, that’s the Greek column looking dome thingy, will not be available for photos or weddings until sometime this fall.  Phase two is scheduled for 2 0 1 8 and will focus on removing and replacing ground cover and overly mature plants on the western side of the park.



The Greater Derry Londonderry and the Greater Salem chambers of commerce will host senators Jeanne Shaheen, Health Care Queen and Margaret Wood Hassan for “Washington Update Part Deux” next Friday, May twelfth from eight to ten A M at the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem.  The senators are expected to update the local business community on federal issues and to answer questions and hear concerns from area business leaders.  The morning will begin with a continental breakfast and networking from 8-8:30, followed by remarks from the senators from 8:30-9:30, including time for moderated questions and answers.  Tickets are free for members of both chambers and ten bucks for non-members.  To register for the event or purchase tickets visit g d l chamber dot org or call 4 3 2 8 2 0 5.

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Senno: Suggests younger seniors citizens

Manchester’s  Director of Senior Services Gail Ann Senno is asking the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to lower the eligibility age to be an elderly services commissioner.  Currently, city ordinance requires at least two of the commissioners to be at least sixty years old.  However, in a letter to the board, Senno writes it’s been difficult to fill those positions due to lack of interest.  She hopes that lowering the age will help them find folks interested in serving.  If you or anyone you know is interested in serving, or would like more info, contact the Office of Mayor Ted Gatsas at 6 2 4 6 5 0 0.  He makes the appointments.

Looking for new ideas on what to give mom for Mother’s Day?  Experience N H Open Doors this spring in a sweet new way!  Genuine Local will demonstrate how to make Sea Salt Peanut Brittle this Saturday, May 6th starting at one o’clock.  Enjoy free samples while you witness the science that makes Our Local Table brand peanut brittle so incredibly delicious!

Learn how to turn peanuts into brittle

Genuine Local is a shared use kitchen or “Maker’s Space” co-located with Arts Enlighten Studio and Winnipesaukee Forge at The Arts Collaborative just off Route 104 on Winona Road in Meredith.  As huge supporters of all things delicious and creative – Genuine Local will once again participate in the N H League of Craftsmen N H Open Doors.  They’ll be open during N H Open Doors from 11 to 4 on Saturday, May 6th and from 11 to 3 on Sunday, May 7th. 

Genuine Local is a shared use facility designed to help local food producers do more, make more, pay less and grow!  As a business incubator, it also offers assistance with recipe development, label layout, nutrition information, licensing and pricing development.  They also provide contract manufacturing services and sells its own house brands through wholesale channels.  For more information, call 2 7 9 8 6 0 0 or visit genuine local dot org.

A local source

For those of you who don’t want to go all the way to Meredith for great peanut brittle, or other gift ideas, you can visit our friends at Jacques Flower Shop beneath our Super Secret Broadcast Location at 712 Mast Rd., where you can not only get terrific peanut brittle from local makers, but also lots of other great locally produced foods, like chocolate and wine, along with their other wonderful flowers and gifts!

That’s NEWS from our own backyard!  Girard at Large hour ___ is next!