News Digest for Aug. 17

NH Society of Photographic Artists announces New Hampshire Now project

The nonprofit New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists has announced that it is seeking photographers for the first phase of a statewide project documenting the essence of New Hampshire life across the entire state.

This phase, beginning Aug. 1, will concentrate on documenting life in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. The project is open to all photographers regardless of experience and will afford the opportunity to meet and work with some of the most talented photographers in the state.

The project, curated by New Hampshire Artist Laureate Gary Samson, will provide both professionals and amateurs the opportunity to showcase the unique essence of New Hampshire and will culminate in a number of photographic exhibits across the state with the objective of producing a book containing the works of selected photographers.

Interested photographers can obtain more information, and register, on the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists’ website at www.NHSPA.org/


BCTV weekly meeting broadcast schedule includes zoning board

The live meeting on BCTV channel 22 this week is a Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21. There are no live meetings on channel 23 this week. All archived meetings can be viewed on demand by visiting www.bedfordtv.com. Also, visit our website to view all three BCTV channels – 16, 22 and 23 live online and to see the daily program schedule.

For more information, call the station at 472-8288. You can also follow us by liking our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bedfordtv or subscribe to our Bedford Community TV YouTube page. Thanks for watching!

Bedford Olde Towne Day to feature live music, children’s activities and more

The Bedford Olde Towne Day celebration is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. Many volunteers will take time out of their busy schedules to provide a day of activities for the residents of our town. This type of activity helps to show what community is really all about.

The Bedford Rotary Stage and Sportsman’s Field will host activities throughout the day. Laer Realty Partner/Peter Beauchemin & Associates is sponsoring a bouncy house for children, along with many other organizations offering fun and exciting games. Families can participate in the Bull Frog Bounce, at 3 p.m. The plastic numbered frogs have fallen out of the sky with help from the Bedford Fire Department ladder truck and jumped record distances. Even during leap year! Local entertainers will perform the Bedford Rotary Stage, starting at 11 a.m.

The event was started in 1994, when Mary Lou and Bruce Wilson coordinated the towns’ community groups and local restaurants, creating the atmosphere of an old town fair, right here in Bedford. Each year, groups of local organizations and businesses in town work together to turn the Sportsman’s Field into a festive afternoon with fun for all ages. The event outgrew the original location in the parking lot of the Bedford Village Shoppes and promises to continue to grow with the help of dedicated Bedford residents.

If you have not registered, do so today! Looking for food truck vendors for this event, if you know someone who would be interested have them get in contact with recreation@bedfordnh.org.

Delta Dental Plan of New Hampshire elects new board members

REGION – Delta Dental Plan of New Hampshire announces the election of two new directors to its board, Karen M. Carew, CPA, CFE, and Matthew B. Cookson.

Matt Cookson, a Bedford, resident, is the CEO and founder of Manchester-based Cookson Strategic Communications, managing several prominent accounts of national clients based in New Hampshire. He is also the executive director of the New Hampshire High Technology Council, managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, which is comprised of 260 corporate members. Cookson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism and a Master of Arts degree in political science at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Cookson is a member of the Technology Councils of North America Board of Advisors, the Steering Committee for the NH Forum on the Future, the Business Advisory Board for Granite State College and the Computer Science for NH Steering Committee. He serves on the Boards of Directors of NH Scholars, Granite State Management and Resources and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Carew, a Concord resident, is a founding partner of Concord-based Carew & Wells, PLLC, a public accounting firm providing tax and accounting services to over 900 businesses, individuals, trusts, estates, municipalities and nonprofits. Carew is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner with more than 15 years of experience. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Carew has provided leadership on the boards of several nonprofits, including serving as treasurer of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, Initiative for a 20/20 Vision for Concord, New Hampshire and Downtown Concord, Inc. She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Hampshire Society of Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

About Delta Dental Plan of New Hampshire

Delta Dental Plan of New Hampshire is one of three Delta Dental Plans doing business jointly as Northeast Delta Dental. Northeast Delta Dental administers dental benefits in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, offering dental insurance programs for organizations of all sizes, and individuals and families with no access to employer-sponsored dental benefits. Learn more at www.nedelta.com.