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Lyndeborough schools set to open

The Lyndeborough Central School will open for classes (kindergarten and pre-kindergarten) as planned Tuesday, Sept. 1. Classes at Florence Rideout Elementary School in Wilton, grades one through five for both towns, will open Tuesday, Sept. 8.

School Board Chairman Geoff Brock announced Tuesday, Aug. 11, the state Fire Marshal is expected to make a final inspection of the two schools during the week of Aug. 24 and issue certificates of occupancy.

Brock said, although Florence Rideout is expected to be ready Sept. 1, the board wants to give teachers time to arrange their new classrooms and to be sure the floors are completely finished.

Parents and students will be able to visit the school prior to opening, and a public open house is planned for soon after the schools open. Dates and times will be set after the certificates of occupancy have been issued.

Jessie Salsibury

Nominations for 1st Amendment Award

MANCHESTER – Nominations are open for the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communication’s 13th annual First Amendment Award, honoring diligence in protecting free press and free speech liberties.

The recipient will be recognized Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

A committee of judges chooses the recipient from public nominations. First Amendment recipients receive a bronze eagle sculpture created by Loeb and $1,500.

Nomination forms are available at or 627-0005. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The award and school are legacies of the late Nackey S. Loeb, president and publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News.

Past recipients include former New Hampshire Attorney General Philip McLaughlin, political activist and former legislator Daniel Hughes, Londonderry High School journalism adviser Mary Lukas, David Lang and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, The Telegraph of Nashua and murdered New Hampshire journalist James Foley.

First Amendment judges are Rod Doherty, executive editor of Foster’s Daily Democrat; retired New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice Richard Galway; Attorney Gregory Sullivan of Malloy & Sullivan, Lawyers Professional Corp.; and previous First Amendment recipients Lukas and John Howe, former executive editor of The Laconia Citizen.

The nonprofit Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications was founded in 1999 to foster interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and other forms of communication. It offers classes and workshops in communications and media-related topics, taught by professionals from New Hampshire media outlets and businesses.

Children’s Trust seeks members

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Children’s Trust, the Governor’s designated statewide community-based child abuse prevention agency, is seeking four new members to join their board of directors in January.

The NH Children’s Trust is interested in candidates who can bring knowledge and experience about diverse populations; who have skills in philanthropy, fundraising, media, advertising, law, public health, family support, adverse childhood experiences, prevention advocate; and who are connected to Strafford, Carroll or Sullivan Counties.

The New Hampshire Children’s Trust is governed by 10-20 community members from around the state, with a range of experiences and networks. The board of directors meets about six times per year. Each director serves on at least one committee and attends meetings as the work of the committee dictates. The current committees include governance, finance, fundraising and communications.

Elections for directors occur at the annual meeting, which is typically held in December. Terms begin in January and run for three years. Directors may serve up to three consecutive terms.

If you are interested in learning more about serving on the board, contact Keryn Bernard-Kriegl, Executive Director, at kbernardkriegl@nhchild by Sept. 10.