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  • 02/14/2024 10:44 AM | Rad Nichols

    COAST Receives $25,000 Grant from Cogswell Benevolent Trust: Funding will support construction of new facility in Dover

    DOVER, NH: Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation, more commonly known as COAST, was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Cogswell Benevolent Trust. The grant funds will help support the final design and construction of the nonprofit organization's new administration, operations, and maintenance facility in Dover.

    For more than 40 years, COAST has been connecting people and communities in the Greater Seacoast region. In the last 15 years in particular, COAST has experienced its most significant growth. In order to better meet its current operational needs, be responsive to future demand and reduce its environmental impact, COAST plans to build a new facility on its current property in Dover. The project will be funded through a combination of federal, state (including NH CDFA tax credits), local, and private sources. The recent award from the Cogswell Benevolent Trust brings the total funds raised to 82% of the $17.3M projected cost.

    “A new, efficiently designed facility will be transformational for COAST and for the workforce, students, seniors, individuals living with disabilities, and lower-income families that we serve,” said Rad Nichols, Executive Director of COAST. “We are so grateful to the Cogswell Benevolent Trust for investing in both the regional economy and in climate action. The new facility will help ensure that COAST will be a reliable and environmentally responsible resource for the people of the Greater Seacoast for the next 40 years and beyond.”

    The City of Dover recently issued a site plan approval and conditional use permit for the project following a review by the Planning Board. At 17,500 square feet, the new operations, maintenance, and administration building is 6,000 square feet larger than COAST’s existing and leased space combined. The maintenance area is designed with two additional bays (5 total) to support the current and growing fleet. The new administration area contains space to hold larger meetings, for driver training, as well as sufficient room for dispatchers and supervisors to oversee operations. It will also house the TripLink regional call center. An additional new 28,000 square foot building would allow COAST to store its fleet out of the weather.

    As a nonprofit, COAST must raise its $7.5-8.0M budget annually. The new operations, maintenance, and administration building will provide numerous benefits both financial and environmental. The new facility will eliminate $70,000 in current annual operating expenses, lower COAST’s carbon footprint with improved energy efficiency (e.g. solar panels, heat pumps, modern construction, and reduced vehicle idling), return staff to one location whereby increasing productivity and efficiency, increase onsite safety, and reduce maintenance hours through shop infrastructure upgrades.

    “Public transit is not a virtual job—mechanics, drivers, and dispatchers start work at 4:30 in the morning and leave after 10:00 at night,” said Nichols. “The new facility is crucial to our current operation and an absolute necessity if we are to meet the transportation needs of a growing population that increasingly values public transportation as a climate-friendly, and more socially equitable, alternative to private automobiles.”

    More information about COAST’s plans for their new facility can be found at www.coastbus.org.

    About COAST

    Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to champion and provide customer-focused public transportation with a commitment to excellence in safety and service. COAST is currently funded primarily by federal and local government support but is looking to diversify its revenue streams. COAST is governed by a board of directors representing the communities served, two regional planning commissions, and many local and state agencies. For more information, visit www.coastbus.org.

  • 02/12/2024 1:47 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)


    The Falls Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the appointment of Jim Martin, Sales Manager for Palmer Gas and Oil, to its esteemed Board of Directors.


    With a distinguished career in sales management and a proven track record of excellence, Jim Martin brings a wealth of expertise and dedication to his new role. His leadership has been integral to Palmer Gas and Oil's success, exemplified by their recent achievement of winning the 8th consecutive Best Fuel Provider title in the New Hampshire Business Review 2024 Best of Business (BOB) Awards.

    Jim's commitment to community engagement is evident through his active involvement with The Falls Chamber over the past year and a half. As a dedicated member, he has demonstrated a strong passion for advancing the interests of local businesses and fostering economic growth.

    A graduate of the University of Connecticut with an MBA from Daniel Webster College, Jim Martin's academic background, coupled with his extensive industry experience, positions him as a valuable asset to The Falls Chamber's Board of Directors.

    Outside of his professional endeavors, Jim is a devoted family man, residing in Londonderry, NH, with his wife Karen and their two children, Kathryn and Tommy. His deep roots in the community further reinforce his commitment to the chamber's mission of promoting economic vitality and prosperity.

    "We are thrilled to welcome Jim Martin to The Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors," said Bonnie McNair, Executive Director of The Falls Chamber. "His wealth of experience, coupled with his passion for community development, will undoubtedly strengthen our efforts to support local businesses and drive economic growth in the region."


    Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Jim Martin as he assumes his new role within The Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.


  • 02/11/2024 1:00 PM | Jane Bard

    Sunday, February 11, 1-3pm

    Calling all wild kids! Come celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire with special guests from The Center for Wildlife. Come play in the museum exhibits, make special Valentine’s day and animal themed crafts, learn about animals that can be found in New England, and take home a fun treat at the end of the event!

    Tickets must be reserved in advance, and regular discounts do not apply for this special event. Space is limited and we can not guarantee that tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event. Ticket prices are: $10 for Members and $16 for non-members.

    https://childrens-museum.org/things-to-do/events/valentines-day

  • 01/29/2024 5:00 AM | Jane Bard

    Dover, NH (January 2, 2024) - The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (CMNH) is excited to share that they have been awarded a two-year grant totaling $80,000 from the Evelyn S. and K.E. Barrett Foundation to support a facility expansion project. This expansion will add two new exhibit spaces to the Museum’s second floor, allowing CMNH to meet the changing needs of children, families, and the community.  The Museum will launch this project in 2024, with the goal of opening the additional 1,000 square feet of engaging activities in late 2025.

    “We have been impressed with the work that the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has done for children and families in New Hampshire and are pleased to continue supporting their mission,” said Peter Barrett, Executive Director and Trustee at the Barrett Foundation.

    The Barrett Foundation previously provided CMNH with support for their “Bolstering a Childcare System in Crisis” project through which large activity kits filled with play-based manipulatives were provided to 83 childcare centers, family resource centers, and libraries in New Hampshire. The project also supplied educators with resources such as activity guides, instructional workshops and informational videos, and ultimately impacted over 9,900 children in the state. 

    “We’re thrilled to have this funding from the Barrett Foundation for our second floor expansion,” said Museum President Jane Bard. “The two new exhibits we have in the works include a New Hampshire farm exhibit designed for our youngest visitors, ages 0-5, similar to our popular Primary Place, and another designed to be a creative open space for changing exhibits and active play.”

    The Museum is embracing new opportunities to grow and present new experiences to adapt to community needs. Current lack of childcare and preschool openings are bringing to light a demand for socialization and learning opportunities for children ages 0-5, as well as for their caregivers, hence the addition of a second area catering to this age. The new flexible space will allow CMNH to be responsive, not just through changing exhibits that will provide new and fresh experiences, but also as a space to expand our current drop-in programs and playgroups, community events, and school field trips.  Recent statewide data and feedback from Museum visitors also indicates an urgent need for resources to support child and family emotional wellbeing. Educational activities related to social/emotional learning will be integrated into the new exhibits and CMNH will evaluate existing exhibits in the Museum to determine additional changes that can support children and family emotional health in an approachable and age-appropriate way.

    Those who would like to learn more or offer their support for the project can visit www.childrens-museum.org.


  • 01/26/2024 4:01 PM | Jane Bard

    (Dover, NH – January 22, 2024) – The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (CMNH) is pleased to announce that Service Credit Union is once again sponsoring year-round admission discounts for military families in 2024.

    During the school year, military personnel, including veterans, and their families receive a 50% discount on admission. In the summer months, Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, current and retired military personnel and their immediate family members receive free admission to the Museum, thanks to Service Credit Union as exclusive sponsor of the Blue Star Museum program.

    “We are proud to once again partner with the Children’s Museum to sponsor discounts for military families,” said Jaime Yates, Service Credit Union Community Relations Manager. “At Service Credit Union, we have a longstanding history of supporting our military members, veterans and their families, and this program is one of the ways we can give back to those who have given so much to us.”

    These discounts are frequently used by families to access the Museum. In 2023, CMNH admitted 633 military visitors to the Museum at the 50% off rate, and the Blue Star Museum/free admission program admitted 1,430 military visitors.  “Utilization of both our military discount programs last year increased more than 20% from the prior year,” said Jane Bard, Museum president.  “This adds up to over $22,000 in savings for military families, and we are grateful to Service Credit Union’s continued support that enables us to continue to offer these programs.”

    In addition to being open six days a week for play, CMNH is introducing “Play Late” evening hours on the first Friday of every month (through May 2024) from 4-7pm. CMNH hopes that these extended hours once a month will allow working families, including military families, with more flexibility of times that they are able to access the Museum. Military and all other discounts can be used to access these special play sessions.

    These military discounts are available to active duty and retired U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Space Force as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and their families.

    About Service Credit Union:

    Service Credit Union is dedicated to providing a banking experience that improves our members’ lives and the communities in which they live. Established in 1957 to provide affordable credit to the Pease Air Force Base community, and now the largest credit union in New Hampshire, with over $5 billion in assets and 50 branch locations in the New England Region and Germany, we continue to provide a better future to our members all over the world. To learn more about Service Credit Union, please visit www.servicecu.org. 

    About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire:

    The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art, natural history, and S.T.E.A.M.. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies, and educators. A central part of the museum’s mission is ensuring accessibility, and the “Reach All Initiative” works towards this goal by welcoming over 20% of yearly visitors for free or reduced admission. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please visit www.childrens-museum.org.


  • 01/19/2024 7:00 PM | Jane Bard

    Friday, January 19, 7-9pm

    Snowdate: Thursday, January 25, 7-9pm

    Grown-ups, you’re invited to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for a special night to Sip & Sketch, with live animals! Not only will you get to explore the Children’s Museum of NH’s exhibits like a kid, but you’ll be inspired by live animal models from Pope Memorial Humane Society. An educator from the shelter will give a short presentation about the animals and guests can meet some of the furry friends. Then join local author and illustrator Sean Bixby as he instructs you to draw caricatures of some of the animals. When you are finished, add a little watercolor to make your artwork pop! No artistic experience necessary. Try more animal crafts and games as you explore the museum’s many hands-on exhibits, open for a special 21+ grown-up night for kids-at-heart! A cash bar from DeeLuxe Bartending will also be available, along with non-alcoholic beverages. Advance online tickets are $18, or $20 at the door, while tickets are available. Grown-ups only please (21+) and ID is required. Visit https://childrens-museum.org/things-to-do/events/grownup-play-dateshttps://childrens-museum.org/things-to-do/events/grownup-play-dates to reserve your spots or learn more.

  • 01/12/2024 2:15 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)


    Dover, NH –COAST will be resuming their full Saturday service schedule on Routes 1, 33, 40, and 43 in Berwick, Dover, Newington, Portsmouth, and Somersworth starting January 13, 2024. The service reinstatement brings COAST’s fixed route service back to the fully planned service schedule.

    “Reinstating our full fixed route services on Saturdays represents an important milestone for COAST, our customers, and the businesses and organizations we support,” said Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director. “After experiencing significant post-pandemic staffing shortages, we focused additional resources on recruiting and retention. We are now at full staffing levels and once again able to serve those weekend riders who need to get to work, do their weekly shopping, or connect with friends in another community.” 

    COAST connects people and communities in two primary ways: with fixed route buses that serve eight communities in the Greater Seacoast area; and by providing demand paratransit services to 13 communities in New Hampshire and Maine.  

    On Tuesday, January 23 COAST will also be offering free rides on any of their regular routes and ADA paratransit services during polling hours to adults on their way to, or returning from, voting in the NH Primary election. 

    According to the nonprofit’s most recent Annual Impact Report demand and ridership across both their fixed route and demand response services increased in FY23.  

    “As housing prices on the Seacoast have continued to climb, the distance between economic opportunity and the communities where people can afford to live is increasing. COAST’s fixed route services play a critical role in connecting our Seacoast workforce and the businesses that employ them,” said Nichols. 

    Over the last fiscal year (October 2022 to September 2023) COAST reported 268,048 customer trips on their fixed route services to and from work, classes, medical services, shopping, and social activities (+10.6% over FY22), avoiding an estimated 1.8 million miles of car travel, and saving 755 tons (1.5 million lbs.) of greenhouse gases from being emitted into the atmosphere. These trips also represent an estimated savings of $467,000 in avoided gasoline and maintenance expenses for riders.  

    COAST’s demand response services saw similar gains in FY23. Older adults and individuals living with disabilities took 23,006 trips to work, classes, medical services, shopping, and social activities (+18.4% over FY22). These riders travelled an average of 7.1 miles, totaling 163,500 miles. 

    “Operating in the second oldest state in the U.S., COAST helps seniors to maintain their independence. By providing transportation options beyond driving, COAST keeps people connected to their communities and the services they rely on for support as they grow older,” noted Nichols.  

    COAST also operates TripLink, a regional transportation call center that takes trip requests on behalf of COAST, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, Community Rides, Ready Rides, and Rockingham Nutrition & Meals on Wheels.  

    TripLink new client registrations were up 26% in FY23, and the number of trips facilitated by the regional call center increased 25.7% to 38,520. Forty-nine percent of the TripLink-facilitated rides traverse multiple communities.  

    COAST is an essential service provider and an important partner for social services agencies across the Seacoast,” said Jeff Donald, COAST Regional Mobility Manager. “By providing the transportation link between health, social and other support services, COAST ensures that everyone can access the opportunities they need to succeed.” 

    The impact of COAST’s transportation services, as measured by the direct, indirect, and induced effects on spending, as well as the economic impact of access provided by their services, is estimated to have been over $26.4 million in FY23. 

    COAST is in the planning stages for a new maintenance and administrative facility at their current location in Dover. The project will be funded through a combination of funding from federal, state (including NH CDFA tax credits that are available to businesses who wish to support COAST in exchange for receiving a tax credit), local, and private sources. The City of Dover recently issued a site plan approval and conditional use permit for the project following a review by the Planning Board.  

    “We are proud of the accomplishments of 2023. However, COAST faces a challenging financial future as we seek to raise the remaining funds needed to construct our new facility while also replacing several federal grants that are coming to an end and affecting our operating budget,” said Nichols. “In the coming year, we are optimistic that the communities COAST serves will recognize the important services we offer their residents by strengthening their financial support of our operations. We are also looking forward to growing our base of support among the business community.” 

    More information about COAST, its routes and schedules can be found at www.coastbus.org.  

     About COAST 

    The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation, more commonly known as COAST, is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization and an innovative leader in providing a broad range of public transportation services, connecting and coordinating a robust network of options for everyone. 

    COAST’s mission is to champion and provide customer-focused public transportation with a commitment to excellence in safety and service. 

    COAST’s annual operating budget ranges between $7.5 and $8.0M. As a nonprofit, our budget is funded through a blend of sources including federal, state, and local sources. Federal funding is generally required to be matched with state or local funds, most of which COAST secures through the municipalities we provide service within, charitable contributions from businesses, individuals, and foundations, as well as through specific service agreements, and advertising on the buses and in the bus shelters. To learn more visit www.coastbus.org. 


  • 01/09/2024 9:38 AM | Jane Bard

    JANUARY 2024 Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

    Dover, NH – More fun at 41! The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire said farewell to its 40th anniversary year in 2023, and welcomes 2024 with a start of a new exhibit expansion project which will add 1,000 square feet and 2 exhibit spaces to its second floor by late 2025! Learn more about that ongoing project here: https://childrens-museum.org/exhibits/exhibits/2025-exhibit-expansion 

    Field Trips to CMNH, now available for up to 65 students, can be Self-Guided, or include a STEAM Workshop for extra learning! Title 1 Schools can visit for FREE, but must visit before the end of March 2024. Reserve your Field Trip date and time online today www.childrensmuseum.org.

    Museum Members Get More! Children’s Museum of NH Members are invited to play during special Member Only Monday play sessions! It happens once a month, is exclusive to CMNH Members, and is totally free but spots must be reserved in advance.  Learn more about these and other CMNH Membership perks online at www.childrens-museum.org

    Museum Hours: Closed most Mondays. Open Wednesdays - Saturdays, 9am-Noon or 1-4pm; Tuesdays & Sundays 9am-Noon. HOLIDAY HOURS: The Museum will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 15, from 9am-Noon and 1-4pm. Before visiting, the Museum is asking guests to reserve and pre-pay online to help stick to their capacity limit, which is currently at 50% of its actual capacity, or 250 individuals. Learn more at www.childrens-museum.org.

    FEATURED JANUARY PROGRAM 

    Grown-up Playdate: Sip & Sketch with Live Animals

    Friday, January 19, 7-9pm

    Snowdate: Thursday, January 25, 7-9pm

    Grown-ups, you’re invited to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for a special night to Sip & Sketch, with live animals! Not only will you get to explore the Children’s Museum of NH’s exhibits like a kid, but you’ll be inspired by live animal models from Pope Memorial Humane Society. An educator from the shelter will give a short presentation about the animals and guests can meet some of the furry friends. Then join local author and illustrator Sean Bixby as he instructs you to draw caricatures of some of the animals. When you are finished, add a little watercolor to make your artwork pop! No artistic experience necessary. Try more animal crafts and games as you explore the museum’s many hands-on exhibits, open for a special 21+ grown-up night for kids-at-heart! A cash bar from DeeLuxe Bartending will also be available, along with non-alcoholic beverages. Advance online tickets are $18, or $20 at the door, while tickets are available. Grown-ups only please (21+) and ID is required. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to reserve your spots or learn more.

    Gallery 6 Art Exhibition: 40 Years of Play

    On view through Thursday, February 29, 2024

    This exhibition takes a nostalgic look back at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s 40 years! Items on display range throughout the museum’s history and include artwork, photos, puppets, exhibit items and more! Gallery 6 is sponsored by The Fuller Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, Abbie F. Moseley Charitable Trust, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more. 

    First Friday Play Late

    Friday, January 5, 4:15-7pm

    The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will be open to “Play Late” on the first Friday of every month through May of 2024. Regular Museum admission and discounts apply (free for Members) and online reservations are required for anyone wishing to join in the “Play Late” play sessions. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more and to reserve your spots.


    Junior Science: Let It Snow

    Tuesdays, January 9-30(4 weeks) from 1:30-2:15pm

    Join us for Junior Science at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. We are excited to invite junior scientists (ages 3.5-5 years old) to our January session! This 45 minute class includes a story or felt board activity, followed by a fun experiment, and a related art project to take home. Families with siblings may opt to play on the second floor during the class time from 1:30-2:15 pm - please note that the museum is closed to the public on Tuesday afternoons. Grown ups are welcome to stay in the building during class time. Cost is Members $48/child; Non-Members $60/child. Pre-registration is required. Visitwww.childrens-museum.org to learn more. 


    Author Visit: That’s Not A Hat! 

    Saturday January 13, 10 am and 11 am

    Join the Children’s Museum of NH for a special guest visit with local author Marti Fuerst! Marti will read her story That’s Not a Hat at 10am and 11am during the museum’s morning play session (9am-Noon) and visitors can design their own hat craft to take home. This program is included with museum admission and free for members. Be sure to book for the morning play session from 9-12 on Saturday January 13, online at www.childrens-museum.org. This special visit is part of CMNH’s Performance Series, sponsored by The Fuller Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, Abbie F. Moseley Charitable Trust, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.  


    Toddler Tinker Time

    Every Tuesday in January from 10:30-11:30am

    Join us for a weekly program and informal playgroup that emphasizes the importance of tinkering! Tinkering helps little ones develop fine motor skills, increases problem solving abilities, and is an open invitation to foster peer relationships! What is tinkering?! Tinkering can range from taking something apart and putting it back together to making an open-ended sculpture, to playing with “loose parts” and special science tools. We will have different activities every week and some old favorites will pop up again and again. STEAM programs at the museum like Toddler Tinker Time are sponsored by Breezeline, Eversource Energy, and Sprague. Want to join in? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning play session that correspond to the date of the Toddler Tinker Time you want to join - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org


    Wacky Art Wednesdays

    Every Wednesday in January

    10:30am during Morning Play Session (9am-noon)

    2:30pm during Afternoon Play Session (1-4pm)

    Join us at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire at either 10:30am or 2:30 pm every Wednesday to do a wacky and wonderful art project. Want to join in? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning or afternoon play session that correspond to the date of the Wacky Art Wednesday you want to join - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org.


    Baby Storytime

    Wednesdays, January (No class on the 3rd) 10, 17, 24 & 31
    Babies (ages 6 months-2 years) and their caregivers are welcome to join Baby Storytime! This weekly program features songs, rhymes, movement ideas, and books for babies and their caregivers and introduces important pre-literacy skills along the way! This drop-in program and informal playgroup is a great way to socialize with other babies and caregivers. Want to join in? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning play session that correspond to the date of the Baby Storytime you want to join - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org.


    Cultural Crafts: Chinese New Year

    Every Thursday in January

    10:30am during Morning Play Session (9am-noon)

    2:30pm during Afternoon Play Session (1-4pm)

    Join us at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire during our Thursday play sessions at either 10:30am or 2:30pm to do a fun craft, play a game, or make some art celebrating a culture from around the world! Each month we will choose one culture or festival to focus on. For January, we will be learning about Chinese New Year. Want to join in? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning or afternoon play session that correspond to the date of the Cultural Crafts Thursday you want to join - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org.


    Science Fridays

    Every Friday in January

    10:30am during Morning Play Session (9am-Noon)

    2:30pm during Afternoon Play Session (1-4pm)

    Join us for Science Fridays! New each week and included with regular Museum admission, Science Friday drop-in programs engage children in experiments and activities that focus on fun, and act as a jumping-off point for learning about science concepts. Sponsored by the State of NH on behalf of the UNIQUE College Investing Plan. Want to join in? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning or afternoon play session that correspond to the date of the Science Friday you want to join - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org.


    Wee Ones Wednesdays

    Wednesdays, January (No class on the 3rd) 10, 17 & 31

    Wednesdays, February 7 & 14 (No class on 21 & 28)

    9:15-10am

    Join Miss Xanthi at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for this interactive weekly program for children ages 2-4. Designed as a PRE pre-school program for children and a parent or caregiver, we will enjoy art, music, movement and conceptual learning together! This program is limited to 10 children, and caregivers or adults are welcome to sign up multiple children within their family. Pre-reservation/payment is required and does not include museum admission. Reservations to stay and play in museum exhibits must be made separately. Prices: Child $13 ($10 for Members), Additional Children (if participating in crafts & is a sibling) $9 ($7 for Members). Visitwww.childrens-museum.org for more info and to reserve your spot.


    Upcoming Events


    Exploring Our Way: Sensory Friendly Playtime

    Tuesday, February 6, 1-3pm

    Sunday, March 3, 1-3pm

    For some children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders, a visit to museums like the Children’s Museum of NH is challenging or over-stimulating. Exploring Our Way are FREE low-sensory events designed for children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders, and allows them to explore the Museum along with their families without the noise, crowds, and stimulation of a typical open day. We limit the number of families who can attend, turn down sounds and lights, provide a quiet zone with sensory activities away from the exhibit floor and have noise canceling headphones to borrow. A medical diagnosis is not required. This program is free, but online pre-registration is required. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.


    Valentine’s Day Party: Wild About You!

    Sunday, February 11, 1-3pm

    Calling all wild kids! Come celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire with special guests from The Center for Wildlife. Come play in the museum exhibits, make special Valentine’s day and animal themed crafts, learn about animals that can be found in New England, and take home a fun treat at the end of the event!

    Tickets must be reserved in advance, and regular discounts do not apply for this special event. Space is limited and we can not guarantee that tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event. Ticket prices are: $10 for Members and $16 for non-members. Member pre-sale starts Tuesday, January 2, and tickets go on sale to the public Monday, January 8.


    About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

     

    The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art, natural history, and S.T.E.A.M.. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies, and educators. A central part of the museum’s mission is ensuring accessibility, and the “Reach All Initiative” works towards this goal by welcoming nearly 20% of yearly visitors for free or reduced admission. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org




  • 01/06/2024 12:00 AM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)


    Step back in time at Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14, and meet Captain John Harmon’s Snowshoe Company of Rangers, a group of historical reenactors who portray the soldiers who patrolled the New England frontier during the 1740s and 1750s.

    Snowshoe companies were formed to patrol the colonial frontier during the long winters and protect the northern settlements from attack by the French and their Native American allies. Members of Harmon’s Company will be in residence at the Wentworth House and will demonstrate winter camp craft, the use of flintlock muskets and traditional snowshoes, and the clothing, equipment and tactics used by the frontier militia.

    Visitors may also tour the Wentworth House; warm up by the hearth and watch food being prepared in 18th century fashion; and experience other aspects of winter life in colonial New England.

    Event hours are Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. Admission is $5 for adults; the event is free for children and ARCH members.

    The circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH). For more information about this and other events at the Wentworth House, consult the ARCH website at paulwentworthhouse.org or Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.


  • 01/05/2024 10:34 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    From left, MVSB Fund Committee members Beth San Soucie, Marcus Weeks, Cara Burzynski, Charley Hanson, Michael O’Leary, and Carmen Lorentz stand outside of the MVSB Main Office in Meredith. Courtesy photo

    The MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank) Fund at New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has awarded $75,000 to 40 local nonprofit organizations. This includes $58,000 donated to 23 local agencies and $17,000 to 17 local food pantries to help address food insufficiency in the Bank’s communities. The grants are in addition to MVSB’s contributions throughout the year in the form of donations, sponsorships, scholarships and volunteer efforts by employees.

    Since 1997, the MVSB Fund has awarded annual grant-based contributions to nonprofit organizations that enrich and improve the quality of lives of residents in the Bank’s service areas. In that time, the program has awarded over 500 grants totaling over $2 million dollars to a wide range of environmental, social, educational and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region, Plymouth and Seacoast regions.

    “New Hampshire is so fortunate to have network of exceptional nonprofits working to address challenges and improve our communities and to provide needed services to local individuals and families,” said Marcus Weeks, MVSB President. “We are very proud to be able to award grants that will help organizations to make meaningful updates, add programming and simply keep up with the growing demand.”

    This year’s MVSB Fund grant recipients include:

    603 United, Laconia

    Awarded $2,500 to help support 603 United’s relocation to a larger space to support their growing membership and programs. 603 United is dedicated to creating a community that fosters healthy relationships, healthy lifestyles, and inclusion within the Lakes Region.

    Belknap House, Laconia

    Awarded $2,500 to help pilot the Family Mentoring and Resilience Program, which focuses on building resilience for parents and children as a family unit reinforcing familial support and breaking the cycle of generational trauma. The Belknap House is the only family-centered shelter serving Belknap County providing homeless families safe shelter and case management.

    Circle Program, Plymouth

    Awarded $2,500 to help support planning, materials and supplies during the week-long Eastward Bound trip. The Circle Program provides a unique combination of residential summer camp and year-round one-on-one mentoring to empower, transform and enrich young girls’ lives.

    Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties Inc., Concord

    Awarded $2,500 to help fund a commercial kitchen for the Laconia Senior Center that will enhance meals for older adults in need of quality nutrition and socialization. The mission of the organization is to work with low-income families and older people to assist them in their efforts to become or remain both financially and socially independent in their communities.

    Got Literacy Laconia

    Awarded $3,000 to provide books to low- to moderate-household income children enrolled in the Got Lunch! Laconia program. Got Literacy Laconia supports summer reading engagement and improving literacy by distributing literacy materials to children in need of support.

    Homeless Center for Strafford County, Rochester

    Awarded $2,500 in operating funds to help offset the cost of increased staffing needed to transition to a year-round shelter. The Homeless Center for Strafford County provides community members and families with shelter, case management, and educational programs that lead to self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

    Hospice Help Foundation, Portsmouth

    Awarded $2,500 to help the organization provide financial support to hospice patients in need of essentials including food, shelter and transportation so that they may have the best possible end-of life experience. Hospice Help Foundation’s mission is to improve the comfort and quality of life for hospice patients and their families by providing urgent financial relief.

    Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park, Conway

    Awarded $2,500 toward building a skate park in North Conway. The Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the community about how skateboarding can benefit youth’s mental and physical well-being while raising funds to build a state-of-the-art skate park.

    Lakes Region Mental Health Center (LRMHC), Laconia

    Awarded $2,500 to help fund add-ons to their new electronic health record system to improve efficiencies. LRMHC provides comprehensive, integrated mental health treatment for people living with – and recovering from – mental illness and/or emotional distress.

    Mandy's Angels Diabetic Service Dogs Inc., Meredith

    Awarded $2,500 to help the organization provide a diabetic service dog to a local child. The organization helps to improve the lives of diabetic children and their families by providing service dogs with specialized training to detect early signs of high or low blood sugars and alert their companions.

    The Mayhew Program, Bristol

    Awarded $2,500 to support tuition for at-risk boys for the program’s year-round camp and mentoring program. The Mayhew Program challenges and helps at-risk New Hampshire boys to believe in themselves, work well with others, and find their best.

    Merrimack Valley YMCA - Camp Lawrence, Lake Winnipesaukee

    Awarded $2,000 to help provide scholarships for Meredith-area boys to attend summer camp. Established in 1907, Camp Lawrence is located on Bear Island on Lake Winnipesaukee and offers opportunities for boys ages 8-16 to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

    Newfound Regional High School FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team #7913, Bristol

    Awarded $2,500 to help the Newfound Regional High School FRC Team #7913 build a robot and support outreach efforts. The robotics team is tasked with building a robot from the ground up to meet that year’s competition challenge within eight weeks’ time.

    New Hampshire Jobs for America's Graduates, Concord

    Awarded $2,500 to support bringing programming to Gilford High School and Hopkinton Middle High School. The mission of New Hampshire Jobs for America’s Graduates is to cultivate youth success through academic, leadership, and workforce opportunities in collaboration with business and community partnerships.

    Prospect Mountain High School Team 319 Boosters, Alton

    Awarded $2,500 to help purchase a road case for the 319 Big Bad Bob FIRST Robotics team. Each year, the team gives students the opportunity to experience hands-on learning and travel around the country to compete against other robotics teams.

    Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Forest Society), Concord

    Awarded $2,500 to help repair a severely eroded portion of the main trail at Mount Major in Alton. The Forest Society is a land conservation organization dedicated to protecting New Hampshire’s most important landscapes and promoting the careful use of its renewable natural resources.

    Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity, Portsmouth

    Awarded $2,500 to help rebuild a multi-family home in Rochester that was lost due to fire. Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity builds simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with hard-working local families in Strafford and Rockingham counties.

    Tapply-Thompson Community Center (TTCC), Bristol

    Awarded $2,000 to help support food programs for students and families in the Newfound Region. TTCC offers a diversified program of youth activities that include summer day camps, youth sports, after-school programs, teen programming and special events.

    Transport Central, Plymouth

    Awarded $2,500 to help the organization continue operations and support their efforts to acquire a 15-passenger bus and develop a fixed route bus service. Transport Central provides “demand response,” door-to-door volunteer transportation to a 19-town service area.

    Voices Against Violence, Plymouth

    Awarded $5,000 to help replace and increase fencing surrounding the location’s yard to improve safety and privacy for individuals and families staying at the confidential shelter. Voices Against Violence provides information and support to victims and survivors, their family and friends, community members, and professionals around domestic violence, children who witness domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment, stalking, human trafficking and bullying.

    Way Station, North Conway

    Awarded $2,500 to help provide continuous services to those experiencing homelessness. Way Station provides safe, welcoming, non-judgmental space and supportive services for homeless & housing insecure residents of Mount Washington Valley.

    Wentworth Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO), Wolfeboro

    Awarded $2,500 to assist in upgrading the organization’s loan application processes to provide more efficient and accessible service to those who seek or qualify for services. WEDCO was founded in 1993 for the sole purpose of promoting economic growth in the eastern Lakes Region.

    Wolfeboro Senior Center & Meals, Wolfeboro

    Awarded $1,000 to help support the online senior exercise program. The Wolfeboro Senior Center & Meals’ mission is to enrich the lives of seniors at an exclusive place that offers education programs and informational events, recreational and well-being activities, and wholesome noontime meals.

    MVSB has been serving the essential banking needs of people, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities for over 150 years. As a mutual savings bank, MVSB has no stock-holders but rather operates for the benefit of its customers, employees and community. Since our founding, one thing has always remained true: caring is at the heart of everything we do. By building and nurturing relationships, we believe that we can cultivate a community where we all thrive. It all starts with caring about our customers and neighbors. To learn more, visit any of the local branch offices located in New Hampshire in Alton, Ashland, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Melvin Village, Meredith, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rochester or Wolfeboro, call 800.922.6872 or visit mvsb.com.


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