Salute to veterans

is set for Nov. 5

West Running Brook Middle School hosts its fifth annual Veterans Breakfast and Salute on Nov. 5 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the school’s cafeteria.

Veterans along with state and local dignitaries will be invited to attend. Students will serve breakfast and offer special patriotic salutes and gifts.

Veterans can RSVP by Oct. 29 to Judy Hatch at West Running Brook at 432-1250 or email to

Arts and crafts fair set for Saturday

Pinkerton Academy hosts its 20th annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school’s Hackler gymnasium on By-Pass 28.

There is free parking and admission. More than 150 crafters and vendors will be at the fair.

The event is sponsored by the Pinkerton Academy Alumni Association. Call for information at 437-5217.

Students of the Week named

Ernest P. Barka Elementary School named its top Students of the Week for the period ending Sept. 28.

Those being honored were: Grade 2, Makena Kelly, Tyler Herland, Carissa Lannen, Brianna Riley, Aaron Slater; Grade 3, Matthew Koza, Riley Valashinas, Riley Spellman, Ellie Colson, Madelyn Allen; Grade 4, Valencia Mills, Kaleigh Campbell, Ethan Hirsch, Dylan Gagnon, Vinny Vela, Kiley Meehan; and Grade 5, Jeremiasz Konopka, Iverson Petion, Dylan Fortin and Hai Feng Geng.

Student creates database solution

David Meehan of Londonderry is a computer information systems junior at University of New Hampshire and recently came up with a solution to help the YWCA in Manchester with its donations system through software development and computer skills.

Meehan won a fellowship to spend a summer internship at the Y and implemented the project.

“There’s a lot of stuff that you experience, but when you do it for real is really different,” he said. “It actually means a lot; software development is something that I am interested in pursuing as a career so to have this firsthand experience was absolutely terrific.”

The YWCA had approached UNH three years ago asking for help finding a way to track donations and donors.

Students began tackling the task and Meehan then put the solutions into place once he became a Y intern.

“It makes a huge difference for us,” YWCA director of operations and administration Cathy Gagne said. “We’ve had significant funding cuts over the past few years and we don’t have the funds to do something like this ourselves. This project helped us move forward.”

VFW announce scholarship programs

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1617 and Ladies Auxiliary offer three scholarship programs. The Voice of Democracy is open to high school students. The theme this year is “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” Entries must be received by Nov. 1.

Another scholarship is the Patriots Pen written essay contest with the theme “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.” Students must be in grades 6, 7 or 8 and entries are due by Nov. 1.

The third contest is the Young American Creative Patriotic Awards contest. Students must be in grads 9-12. Entries should be postmarked by March 31, 2012.

All contests award cash scholarship prizes for winning entries.

To learn more, call the VFW at 432-9702 or Dot Mattson at 421-9124.

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