EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 26, 2013

Hampstead Fire Department receives safety award

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAMPSTEAD — The Hampstead Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2012 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by J. William Degnan, president of the NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation.

“When we hear the fire truck coming down the street and see its lights, we know firefighters are responding to someone in trouble. What we don’t know is that these unsung heroes are doing a lot of things behind the scenes that save lives,” said Alan Clark of Grinnell Mutual. “The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention programs that have been proven to save lives year after year.”

Since 1994, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized local fire prevention efforts that have contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires. The Hampstead Fire Department is one of 117 fire departments across the United States to receive the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2012 or reducing fire deaths by at least 10 percent during the year. In addition, award recipients documented active and effective fire prevention programs as well as a clear commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community.

Although residential fires in the U.S. account for only 20 percent of all fires, they result in 80 percent of all fire deaths. The NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation is committed to reducing that number.

“Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from residential fires,” Degnan said. “Prevention and education are very cost effective compared to the traditional approach of relying on fire suppression. The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention efforts and encourages them to continually improve upon those efforts.”

Chorus begins holiday show rehearsals

KINGSTON — Voice of Distinction starts rehearsals tomorrow in preparation for its 12th season.

The first rehearsal is at 7 p.m. at Main Street Congregational Church in Amesbury, Mass.

This is an adult community chorus led by Danny Smith that will present its annual holiday performance, “Peace on Earth ... The Sounds of Christmas,” in Kingston and Amesbury. Auditions are not required.

For more information, visit voicesofdistinction.org or call 642-5262.

Kingston dinner assists hockey program

KINGSTON — A spaghetti dinner will be served Saturday, Oct. 5, to benefit the Sanborn ice hockey program.

The dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Sanborn Regional High School cafeteria. Gift baskets will be raffled.

The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $12 for families. Tickets are available at the door and by contacting representatives for the hockey program.

For more information to purchase tickets, contact Odete Buonopane at 679-1913, Lisa Kane at 378-3555 or email sanbornicehockey@comcast.net.

Students, get free college essay help

HAMPSTEAD — Hampstead Public Library is hosting a free workshop designed for high school seniors, “The Write Stuff: College Essays,” on Monday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m.

The speaker is from NHHEAF. Attendees will get tips and strategies on developing the written portion of college applications, including essays, college resume and letters of recommendation.

Those who have a college essay in progress should bring it to the workshop. Students do not need to be a Hampstead resident to attend. Register in advance by calling the library at 329-6411 or emailing ProgramsHPL@gmail.com.

Internship, job fair in Windham

WINDHAM — The 2013 Internship, Community Service and Job Fair for high school students will be Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 9 a.m. at Windham High, 64 London Bridge Road.

Businesses and groups that want to participate should contact the Community Development Department, 432-7362, or email lscott@windhamnewhampshire.com.

Coat drive scheduled for Oct. 5

WINDHAM — The Woman’s Club coat drive is Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Hall.

People who can’t donate coats or sweaters that day can use drop-off locations at Nesmith Library and Shaw’s supermarket.