Library to host program for caregivers

DERRY — Derry Public Library will hold a program on caring for family members with Alzheimer's/dementia on Monday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the library on East Broadway.

The guest speaker is Judy Loubier, who will offer a presentation on care for those patients with dementia or Alzheimer's, and what the challenges are for family members and caregivers.

All are invited to attend to learn more about this issue. Call 432-6140.

EPA honors Parkland for food recovery

DERRY — On Earth Day, Parkland Medical Center of Derry received an Honorable Mention Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge. 

This award honored Parkland’s commitment to reducing its climate footprint, improving efficiency, helping communities and achieving cost savings through waste reduction, and in so doing, saving money, protecting the environment and feeding the hungry.

Food Recovery Challenge participants included groups such as grocers, educational institutions, sports and entertainment venues, hospitality businesses, as well as other sector participants. Parkland Medical Center was the only organization to receive this honor in New Hampshire and the only hospital in the country to be recognized this year.

“Our Food Service Department has composted nearly 14,000 pounds of food waste in 2013 and 2014 combined,” said Peggy Connors, director of food and nutrition services at Parkland Medical Center. “It’s an honor to work alongside a food service team that is so committed to excellence that their impact is felt well beyond the walls of our hospital.”

In 2013, EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge participants diverted more than 370,000 tons of wasted food from entering landfills or incinerators. Of this total, more than 36,000 tons of food was donated to feed people in need.

Knights to host spring blood drive

LONDONDERRY — The Knights of Columbus will hold the annual American Red Cross spring blood drive on Friday, May 22, from 1 to 7 p.m. at St. Jude's Church on Mammoth Road.

The drive welcomes donors to help replenish blood supplies and all blood types are needed.

Donors can preregister online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins are also welcome. Call Brian Warner for additional information at 434-4043 or email bmwarner@gmail.com.

Free hearing screenings offered

DERRY — Free hearing screenings and evaluations are offered on the first Wednesday of each month through Derry's Parks and Recreation Department. 

The next screening is Wednesday, May 6. Screenings also include hearing aid maintenance, cleaning, minor repairs and doctor referrals. Call 432-6136 to make an appointment.

Join RSVP Bone Builders in Derry

DERRY — Parks and Recreation and RSVP offer an ongoing Bone Builders program.

It focuses on strength training and balance. Sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. at Veterans Hall, 31 West Broadway. 

The sessions are free, but donations are accepted to support the RSVP program. Call 432-6136 for information.

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