PLAISTOW — Jonathan Stearns, 29, of Haverhill is in stable condition after a local man allegedly struck him with his van and drove off.
Police arrested John Sheehan, 30, of Plaistow for allegedly hitting Stearns at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Sheehan told police he was downloading an application on his smart phone at the time. He said he didn't stop because he didn't realize he had hit someone, according to police.
Stearns was found by the side of the road by a resident, who heard the crash and called an ambulance. He was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital and later flown by medical helicopter to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. His condition has been upgraded to stable from critical, according to a hospital spokesman.
Sheehan was charged with conduct after an accident, a felony. State police are assisting Plaistow with the investigation, looking into physical evidence on Sheehan's white 1998 Ford Econoline Van, according to Plaistow Deputy police Chief Kathleen Jones.
Help the very young get ready to read
HAMPSTEAD — "Mother Goose on the Loose" is designed to develop early literacy skills for the very young and a caring adult.
It meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and is a stepping stone in getting young children ready to read.
Nursery rhymes, movement games, finger plays, music and stories encourage children to recognize patterns of language at a very young age.
All sessions are "drop-in" and do not require registration.
Call the library at 329-6411 for details.
Residents, meet Windham officials in June
WINDHAM — Town residents can meet local officials at a series of forums throughout June. Sessions are set for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the individual town offices. The schedule is: June 5: Finance, Administration, Maintenance, Senior Center, Human Services, Recreation, IT; June 12: Community Development, Tax Collector, Town Clerk, Assessor, WCTV, Museum; June 19: Transfer/Recycling Station, Highway Garage/Salt Shed; June 26: Police Department, Fire Department.
For more information, contact Town Administrator David Sullivan, 432-7732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fair to benefit Lutheran camp
SALEM — There will be a vendor fair, raffles and bake sale at Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, 171 Zion Hill Road, on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will benefit Calumet Lutheran Ministries Camp and Conference Center.
Calumet is a summer residential and day camp on Ossipee Lake. It is also a year-round vacation and retreat spot for families and adults of the congregations of the New England Synod.
For more information on the fair, contact Karen Lukeman at JKMeleLuke@comcast.net
Pelham soccer tryouts set for June 4
PELHAM — Pelham Soccer Club will hold tryouts Monday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick School soccer fields, 16 Main St. Tryouts are for boys and girls ages 7 to 14.
Players should bring a ball, shin guards and cleats.
For more information, visit pelhamsoccerclub.com.
Salem updates the voter checklist
SALEM — The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet Tuesday, June 5, at Town Hall to update the voter checklist.
From 7 to 8 p.m., residents may register to vote, make changes or corrections to information, or change party affiliation. This is the last session to change parties before the September state primary. It can also be done at the town clerk's office up until 5 p.m. that day.
New voters need to be at least 18 years old and provide photo identification and proof of residency. Naturalized citizens must show a passport or documented citizenship papers.
To review the checklist, updated copies are available at the town clerk's office or Kelley Library's reference area.