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Wilton butcher charged

NASHUA – Phillip Pellerin, 30, of Wilton, is facing felony charges alleging that he deprived two dozen customers when he failed to butcher their deer. Pellerin owns a wild game butcher shop, and, according to the Union Leader a Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury has indicted him on charges of theft by deception and theft by unauthorized taking in connection with the alleged scheme. Pellerin, of 8 Russell St., Apt. A, allegedly took more than $1,500 from customers throughout a three-month period and failed to adequately provide the services. He will be arraigned on the charges at 9 a.m. June 5 at Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua.

Senior citizens survey

AMHERST – The town is conducting a survey on what services and programs senior citizens would like to see. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VP3XYV2. A paper version of the survey is also available at town hall, the library, and the recreation department and can also be turned in at those locations. The survey is for the people in Amherst 65 years or older, so it would be helpful if anyone who has parents, grandparents or neighbors in that age category could pass the link or hard copy on to them. When the survey – conducted by Rick Katzenberg and Eliza Cullen, on behalf of Amherst’s town administration, recreation department, and library – is complete, a summary report will be provided to town leadership, with suggestions on ways to better support seniors.

Purple Heart town

AMHERST – Selectmen recently proclaimed Amherst a Purple Heart Community and the town will name Aug. 7 Purple Heart Day to recognize men and women who have been awarded the nation’s oldest military medal, given to those who are wounded in war, or posthumously to next of kin. Marie Grella presented the proclamation for selectmen to sign, and residents will be urged to display the American Flag on Aug. 7. The idea of Purple Heart Communities was introduced in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which pays for highway signs.

Wellness award

MILFORD – Maryanne Gallagher, food service director of the Milford School District, was presented with an award at the Stars Among Us Gala for her impact on youth wellness over the years through involvement in Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school physical activity and nutrition program. The May 9 Gala was hosted by the New England Dairy & Food Council at Gillette Stadium to celebrate the 10-year-old program.

Talk with superintendent

MILFORD – Schools Superintendent Jessica Huizenga will hold the second of two community conversations on Wednesday, June 12 in the town hall banquet room. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. During the first meeting early in May, Huizenga previewed changes coming to the schools in September, including a new ELA (English Language Acquisition) program for grades K-3, 15 new positions to allow for smaller class sizes, more special education teachers and social workers, among other changes.

Great neighbors

MILFORD – Over the past year, the Milford Historical Society has been presenting stories of “Extraordinary Neighbors,” and now they are looking for more. On the Society’s web page there is a year’s worth of examples as well as criteria for submissions. Contact must be through the Society – www.milfordhistory.com. All the past stories are posted in a drop down menu. Those recognized so far are Winifred Wright, Douglass Annand, Marilyn Kenison, Mariette Facques, Polly Cote, JerriAnne Boggis, Andrew Rothovious, Patty Rotch, Terry Lorden, William McGee and Nancy and Paul Amato. The idea is to recognize people who have made a positive difference to society in either a very local way or to the larger community.

Fishing derby

MONT VERNON – The town’s ninth annual fishing derby will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carleton Pond on Grand Hill. Open to children up to age 16, the derby is sponsored by the Mont Vernon DPW and offers a free barbecue lunch, free bait and free prizes. This year the derby is dedicated to the late Perry Cloutier and donations in his name will go to support future fishing derbies. For more information, call town hall at 673-6080.

Dem leaders

Concord – The New Hampshire Democratic Party has announced the winners of the 10 county and two city committee caucuses. The caucuses were held over two months and attracted more than 650 attendees, and the elected officers and delegates are majority women. The chairman is Roger Lessard of Greenfield; vice chairman, Matthew Hale, Hancock; secretary, Trudy Morgan, Milford; treasurer, Karen Day, Greenfield. At-large delegates are Sabina Chen, Pelham; Katy Cutshall, Bedford; Mackenzie Murphy, Merrimack; Eric Rausmussen, Francestown; Christie West, Mont Vernon; Gwen Whitbeck, Mason and state Rep. Kermit Williams, Wilton.