---- — The filing period for town offices in New Hampshire opens tomorrow.
Dozens of offices are open across Southern New Hampshire, including selectmen, School Board and Planning Board. Citizens should check with towns and school districts for open positions and terms.
Incumbents are still making decisions. Pelham School Board Chairman Brian Carton said Friday he will seek re-election, as did Pelham Selectmen Douglas Viger and William McDevitt.
Windham School Board member Michelle Farrell said she will not. Former Windham selectman Bruce Breton said he is planning to run.
The filing period closes Friday, Jan. 31. Town Meeting is March 11.
Free job training program has environmental twist
LAWRENCE — A growing partnership between the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board and Groundwork Lawrence is turning Lawrence’s environmental challenges into job opportunities. The Environmental Technical Training Program is funded through the MVWIB by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The project offers training for the acquisition of the critical skills awareness and certifications needed to work in fields such as brownfield remediation, hazardous materials handling, storm water management, and recycling and solid waste management. The program is free to unemployed or underemployed residents of Lawrence and the Merrimack Valley.
The Environmental Technical Training Program is a five-week, 40-hour-per-week course that balances classroom lecture and discussion with active hands-on indoor and outdoor field experience. This balanced approach to lecture and hands-on training creates a fun, mentally stimulating and supportive learning environment.
Program participants gain certifications and trainings in asbestos abatement, lead abatement, OSHA 40, OSHA 10, confined space and fall protection, sustainable sites and recycling and solid waste. These trainings are often required for certain types of employment and are expensive and time consuming to obtain individually.
Heather McMann, Groundwork Lawrence’s Executive Director said, “The program is both mentally and physically challenging, yet fun. The participants learn how to ‘dress out’ in sophisticated safety equipment, from oxygen tanks to safety harnesses, and partake in interesting discussions about environmental issues from environmental remediation strategies to the potential impacts of climate change. It is kind of a cross between an outdoor adventure program and a great science class. The students really enjoy it and the certifications will help them secure work.”
Open House at St. Patrick’s School
PELHAM — St. Patrick’s School is holding an open house in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week.
It will be Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is located at 16 Main St.
For more information, visit saintpatrickschool.net.
NaviCare reps visit Merrimack Valley Hospital
HAVERHILL — Representatives for NaviCare, a no-cost health insurance for people 65 who have Mass Health Standard, are will be in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s main lobby on the third Thursday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. to answer questions and help applicants enroll.
The hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave. For more information please visit www.navicare.org or call 1-877-255-7108.
Fill up on pancakes in Atkinson
ATKINSON — Cub Scout Pack 95 will host its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Atkinson Community Center.
The cost is $5 per person or $15 per family.
The Scouts will help prepare the food and serve. The money raised from this fundraiser allows for many of the Scouts’ spring activities to be paid for.
For more information, contact Christine Mason at email@example.com
Atkinson Community Center is located at 4 Main St.
Methuen’s 2nd annual Restaurant Week starts Jan. 26
METHUEN — City is partnering with Align Credit Union and Century 21 McLennan & Co in launching Methuen’s 2nd annual Restaurant Week.
“I am happy to be working with Align and Century 21 in helping promote our local restaurants and eateries,” explained Mayor Zanni. “I think people are eager to support our business community, and continuing this tradition from last year is a great way to do that.”
From Sunday, Jan. 26 through Saturday, Feb. 1, different restaurants, pubs, bakeries, eateries and pizzerias will be offering extra deals and promotions to customers. Information on participating establishments can be found at www.MethuenRestaurantWeek.com.
Long known for their support of local businesses, Align Credit Union and Century 21 McLennan & Co both signed on to help promote Restaurant Week across the city.
“Any time we can help drive consumers to our local businesses, we do it,” said Ray Wrobel, Vice President of Business Development at Align.
“I’m glad we are continuing with this great community event. It really is a great opportunity to reintroduce residents to our diverse base of restaurants and eateries,” added Janet McLennan, owner of Century 21 McLennan & Co.
Shea-Porter staff will be in Kingston
KINGSTON — On Friday, from 10 to 11 a.m., members of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s staff will hold open office hours at Town Halls.
Members of Shea-Porter’s staff will be available to assist constituents with issues they may be facing with a federal agency or with local concerns.
“If you need help with issues related to the federal government such as veterans’ benefits, Social Security, Medicare, or home mortgages, my office can help, and I encourage you to stop by on Friday,” Shea-Porter said.
For questions or additional information on services offered through the office hours, constituents should contact Elise Britton at Elise.Britton@mail.house.gov or 641-9536.
Kingston Town Hall is at 163 Main St.
Senators speak at Chamber event
ATKINSON — State Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, and Sen. James Rausch, R-Derry, will speak on local issues Friday at the Atkinson Resort & Country Club.
The senators will also meet with the public for coffee and pastry during the Concord Connections, organized by the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Salem Rotary Club.
The event begins at 7:45 a.m. in the Tuscany Room. Morse and Rausch will speak at 8:15 a.m. The program ends at 9 a.m. but participants can meet with the elected officials until 9:30 a.m.
The event is also sponsored Beaumont and Campbell Professional Association.
To attend, call the Chamber office at 893-3177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.