News Digest

Learn about town’s poor houses

The Merrimack Historical Society will host Steve Taylor at its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Adult Community Center.

Tayor’s topic will be "Poor Houses and Town Farms, the Hard Row for Paupers."

The early New England colonies followed the lead of the English 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsary taxes for the maintenance of the poor. There was no distinction between the "vagrant" poor and the honest, but helpless, poor. This led to the establishment in New England towns of "alms houses" and later "poor farms." Later, counties took over this responsibility.

Merrimack had two poor farms during this dark chapter in New Hampshire history – one on Woodward Road and later, another on South Baboosic Lake Road.

There will be a short business meeting at 6:30 p.m., with the program starting at 7.

The program is free. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available behind the center in the First Church parking lot.

For more information, contact Anita at 424-5084 or anitacreager58@comcast.net.

Disc golf planned at park

Plans are in the works to build a disc golf course at Wasserman Park in the wooded area behind the visitors parking lot and behind the new dog park that will be coming this spring. The project has already been given the green light by the Merrimack Town Council.

Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in America, especially among youths. It is a form of passive recreation that is low cost and accessible to everyone, regardless of age and ability.

The completion of the course will bring a new level of enjoyment to the community, as well as participants at Naticook Day Camp, while boosting disc golf "tourism" in southern New Hampshire. The course will be free and open to the public, and will be managed by the Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department.

Chris Mergemekes and Nat Fairbanks are leading the volunteer group that is working to privately raise the funding necessary to build the course. The estimated cost to build an 18-hole disc golf course is $14,000. To date, about $1,100 has been raised.

For more information, contact Mergemekes at chrismergemekes@msn.com or at 203-1520, or visit www.facebook.com/wassermanparkdiscgolf.

Annual Report available

The town of Merrimack announced that its 2015 Annual Report has been completed.

Copies are available at no charge to Merrimack residents. Included in the report are town department and committee summaries, town financial statements and budget information, vital statistics from the town clerk’s office, and the 2016 sample ballot, official ballot supplementary information (voter’s guide) and the Town Warrant.

Copies are available www.merrimacknh.gov/annualreports and in hard copy at these locations:

? Central Fire Station, 432 Daniel Webster Highway.

? Merrimack Police Department, 31 Baboosic Lake Road.

? South Fire Station, 196 Naticook Road.

? Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway.

? Town Hall, 6 Baboosic Lake Road.

In addition, the reports will be available at the polling location, James Mastricola Upper Elementary School’s All Purpose Room, 26 Baboosic Lake Road, on Election Day, Tuesday, April 12.

Chill Out’ over tax deadline

With tax day right around the corner, many of us are reaching into our pockets to pay off Uncle Sam. To relieve taxpayers of the stress associated with meeting the federal deadline, Kona Ice will hold its third annual National "Chill Out" Day from noon-2 p.m. Monday, April 18.

The island-inspired truck will be parked at Merrimack Premium Outlets, 80 Premium Outlets Blvd., to hand out free cups of tropical shaved ice and complimentary Hawaiian leis to all who stop by. The treat will ensure that there is no taxation without relaxation this tax season.

For more information, visit kona-ice.com.

Nashua Catholic open house set

NASHUA – Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School will hold an open house from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

Meet the principal, teachers, coaches, parents and student ambassadors. Nashua Catholic offers seventh- and eighth-graders a rigorous, faith-based curriculum, a commitment to service, athletics, student leadership and extracurricular opportunities that range from drama to chess, Matchcounts to writing, skiing to "Minecraft."

Nashua Catholic offers bus service from surrounding communities. The school is at 6 Bartlett Ave.

For more information, call 882-7011 or visit ncrjhs.org.

News Digest

Brookline man awarded Legion of Merit

Col. Eric K. Pauer, of Brookline, was awarded the Legion of Merit at a ceremony held Feb. 6 at the Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters.

Brig. Gen. Robert T. Brooks Jr., air component commander, Massachusetts National Guard, presented the medal to Pauer.

The Legion of Merit is awarded to senior members of the U.S. armed forces who have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services.

Pauer has served honorably in the Massachusetts Air National Guard as a civil engineer for more than 27 years. Pauer is the husband of Diane Pauer, and they have a son, Ryan, and a daughter, Valerie. He is the son of retired Maj. Kurt B. Pauer, USAF, and Sharon J. Pauer, of Lone Pine, Calif.

Pauer’s military occupation is director of logistics, Massachusetts Air National Guard. His civilian occupation is systems engineer manager, Zoll Corp., Chelmsford, Mass.

Brookline co. authorized as instructor

BROOKLINE – Premier Home Inspections was recently approved by the Real Estate Commission of New Hampshire to give one credit of continuing education as a class instructor for real estate professionals.

Based in Brookline, Premier serves all of southern and central New Hampshire. Owner Nick Jette is a certified professional inspector by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, as well as a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors and the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Real estate agents and brokers interested in scheduling a class may call 767-1241 or visit premierhouseinspection.com.

Nashua Chamber Orchestra to perform

The annual Gala Concert and Silent Auction of the Nashua Chamber Orchestra will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the LaBelle Winery in Amherst.

This event will feature the Aryaloka String Quartet, joined by guest artist David Feltner, viola (and conductor of the NCO), in an eclectic program of music by Haydn, Glazunov, Gershwin and Brahms, enhanced by fine wine (cash bar) and hors d’oeuvres. The silent auction offers an array of crafts by local artists.

The Aryaloka Quartet took its name from the Aryaloka Buddhist Center in New Castle, where the quartet made its debut. Aryaloka is Sanskrit for "in the abode of the noble ones." The quartet believes that while playing the music of great composers, they truly are in the presence of the noble ones, and that a performance of great chamber works can be a spiritual experience.

Tickets for this fundraiser are $30. They may be purchased at the door; at Darrell’s Music Hall in Nashua and The Toadstool Bookshop in Lorden Plaza, Milford; or at www.nco-music.org.

For more information, call Jackie at 582-5211.

Nashua Catholic to hold open house

NASHUA – Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School will hold an open house from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

Meet the principal, teachers, coaches, parents and student ambassadors. Nashua Catholic offers seventh- and eighth-graders a rigorous, faith-based curriculum, a commitment to service, championship athletics, student leadership and extracurricular opportunities that range from drama to chess, Matchcounts to writing, skiing to "Minecraft."

Nashua Catholic offers bus service from surrounding communities. The school is at 6 Bartlett Ave.

For more information, call 882-7011 or visit ncrjhs.org.