It's play ball for Little League

The Derry Little League season is set to begin Saturday, April 18, with a kick-off parade stepping off from MacGregor Park at 9 a.m.

The parade will include all teams in uniform and will march down to South Avenue, ending at O'Hara Field. Opening ceremonies will follow the parade. All are invited to attend. 

Register now for Couch to 5K 

The Greater Derry Track Club and Windham Rail Trail Alliance will begin the Couch to 5K program, an eight-week program to help people train to run a 5K road race.

Training begins slowly and progresses until the Run for Freedom 5K on July 4.

The training sessions will be held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. from May 5 to July 4.

Sessions will be held at the Windham Rail Trail, 6 Depot Road. 

Visit gdtc.org/c2fk to find out more or register.

Pinkerton alum earns honors

Kevin McMahon, a senior at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and a graduate of Pinkerton Academy, was named to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Academic All-Conference list for the winter of 2014.

McMahon, a member of the Men’s Track and Field team, is from Derry. He's majoring in international business.

Police, fire skate for children in need

MANCHESTER — On Saturday, April 11, firefighters and police officers from around the state will hit the ice at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester for the Eighth Annual CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship.

Purchase tickets today online at http://www.kintera.org/faf/ECommerce/Category.asp?ievent=1122789. Admission is $10, free for children under 10.

Game time is at 5 p.m., but the doors open at 4 p.m.

Funds raised in the seven-year history of the event total more than $1.2 million.

Discover WILD New Hampshire

CONCORD — Get outside and celebrate spring at Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, N.H. Fish and Game’s biggest community event of the year, on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord. The event is sponsored by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. Admission is free.

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a fun way for the whole family to explore New Hampshire’s wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions. Come browse exhibits from more than 70 environmental and conservation organizations throughout the state. Sample a crispy fish fillet. See retriever dogs in action, wild animals, and trained falcons. Kids can try their hand at archery, fishing and air rifle activities. Make a wildlife craft, tie a fly or build a bat box. 

New for 2015, the event will feature a tent devoted to hunting and fishing-themed exhibits. Visitors can explore Fish and Game’s colorful past through a 150th anniversary display.

N.H. Department of Environmental Services staff will be on hand to help you discover new trends in recycling, environmental protection, and fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles. Come plant a tree with the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands and see what it’s like to fight a forest fire.

Special presentations during the day include: live animal presentations at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; retriever dog demonstrations at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. 

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is held rain or shine. The Fish and Game License Office will be open during the event. A parking lot shuttle service will be provided by New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

No dogs, except service and working animals, will be permitted at the event. This rule will be strictly enforced.

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