EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 6, 2012

Shaheen, others offer seniors consumer protection advice

SALEM — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, will host a free consumer protection information session for seniors at the Salem Senior Center on Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 10:45 a.m.

Shaheen will be joined by Investigator Michael Marino of the Federal Trade Commission; James Boffetti, Senior Assistant Attorney General of New Hampshire and Chief of the state Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau; and Patti Drelick, executive director of the Ingram Senior Center. Together, they will present tips and advice about identity theft, discount club memberships, medical discount scams, credit and loan offers, and more.

"There is a growing need to increase awareness regarding financial scams, especially those that attempt to take advantage of senior citizens," Shaheen said. "At this event, we hope to give seniors the information they need to recognize these types of scams, so they can better prepare against fraud and better protect their hard-earned savings."

Space is limited. Residents wishing to attend should call 647-7500 or email rsvp@shaheen.senate.gov.

Free seminar for first-time buyers

SALEM — The New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority will offer an educational seminar for first-time home buyers, designed to demystify the process of buying a home.

This comprehensive, two-part program will inform attendees about all aspects of the home buying process.

The seminar will run Tuesday and Thursday, June 12 and 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hesser College, 11 Manor parkway, Room 203.

This seminar is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and pre-registration is requested.

To register, or if you have questions, visit GoNewHampshireHousing.com or call 1-800-640-7239, Ext. 7393.

Taste wine, beer, chocolate tomorrow

WINDHAM — Team Golden Brook is raising cancer awareness and fighting for a cure. With a goal of raising $20,000 for the Relay for LIfe by June 22, a final team fundraiser is coming up on tomorrow.

Join Team Golden Brook for a Wine/Beer Tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lucia's Bodega.

Tickets are $25 each. Sit back, relax and enjoy some fine wine, beer choices and chocolate treats.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. To reserve tickets, email F2FCrace@gmail.com. There will be a free drawing for some bottles of wine.

Gubernatorial forum scheduled in Salem

SALEM — The Southern New Hampshire Gubernatorial Economic Forum will be Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Tuscan Kitchen restaurant on Main Street.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have confirmed they will participate.

Salem and Windham business leaders will host the event.

Democratic chairman to speak in Atkinson

ATKINSON — The June meeting of the Atkinson Democrats will take place on Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at SarahCare Adult Day Services at Hampstead Commons at the intersection of Routes 121 and 111.

The guest speaker for the June Meeting is Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

He will talk about the reality of the Republican-dominated Legislature and the policies the Republicans have introduced.

Attend this meeting and also learn who will be Atkinson's Democrat candidate for the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

All residents are welcome to attend.

Windham PTA hosts electronics collection

WINDHAM — The Windham PTA will host an electronics collection day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Windham High, 64 London Bridge Road.

Television disposal costs from $10 to $25, computer monitors $10, and cell phones, VCRs and computer equipment are $5.

It's free for clothing, fluorescent bulbs and thermostats.

The event is cosponsored by Covanta Energy of Haverhill and LL&S Waste Wood Processing in Salem.

Middle School students honored in Windham

WINDHAM — Jonathan Ferri and Kelsey Kendzulak of Windham Middle School were honored recently with Middle Level Scholar Leader Awards.

They recognize attitude, service and responsibility.

The awards are presented by the N.H. Association of Middle Level Education and the New England League of Middle Schools.

Lifetouch National School Studios sponsors the awards.

Join a discussion of the 'grand campaign'

The American College of History and Legal Studies and the Massachusetts School of Law will host a free seminar, "McClellan Takes Richmond! Really?" on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the seminar at will take place at the Massachusetts School of Law at 500 Federal St., in Andover, Mass.

The free seminar will be led by professor Michael B. Chesson, founding professor and dean at the American College of History and Legal Studies. Chesson is the author of four books about the Civil War, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

This event, featuring a roundtable discussion, marks the 150th anniversary of "the grand campaign," Gen. George McClellan's mammoth offensive to capture Richmond in the spring of 1862. A quarter-million men took part, more than in any other Civil War operation. One-quarter were dead, wounded or missing when it ended.

To RSVP for the free seminar by June 13, or for further information, contact Maureen Mooney at 458-5145, Ext. 11, or email info@achls.org. Guests can also reserve a seat online at achls.org. Seating is limited.