SALEM — The Salem police proved stronger than the firefighters Friday, coming out as the heavyweight champs in a tug of war at Two Guys Smoke Shop.
Two Guys owner David Garofalo donated $5,000. The event was to benefit the Police and Fire departments' benevolent associations.
The police, by virtue of their demonstrated strength, won $3,000. The out-matched firefighters still did well, taking home $2,000 for their benevolent association.
Pulling for the police were the following heavyweights: Matt Norcross, Greg Pepper, Shane Smith, Brendan Gleason, Justin Bagley and Eric Pappalardo.
The Fire Department team, which tried harder, included Matt Lopez, Tom Tetreault, Carl Cleary, Nate Breton and Sean Beaudet.
Branch knocks out power in two towns
PLAISTOW — On Friday, nearly 2,100 people in Plaistow and Atkinson lost power because of a fallen branch.
The branch fell on the wires of an electrical substation on Sweet Hill Road in Plaistow. The substation provides power to many homes and businesses in the area, according to Alec O'Meara, a Unitil spokesman.
"We had a widespread outage that evening at approximately 5:15 p.m.," O'Meara said. "It was a pretty good size windstorm in the area that night and caused the limb to fall."
He said of the 2,100 people who lost power, about 1,400 customers had power back about 15 minutes later. The remaining customers were without power until 8:30 p.m.
Police report successful holiday weekend effort
The Operation Care holiday weekend traffic enforcement effort conducted by New Hampshire State Police came to a successful conclusion, according to Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes.
During the extended holiday period that started Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. and ended yesterday at midnight, the state police logged a total of 76 motor vehicle accidents throughout the state.
Troopers also monitored speed through aircraft and radar zones, and worked extra patrols looking for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers. Col. Robert Quinn said the Operation Care holiday weekend enforcement effort recorded 3,519 vehicle stops, 33 DWI arrests, 981 speed summonses, 124 other court summonses, 2,012 warnings, 67 defective equipment tags, 21 commercial vehicle inspections, three seat belt warnings, and one seat belt citation.
Barthelmes said the Department of Safety will continue to operate similar holiday and weekend traffic enforcement efforts to promote and emphasize the importance of highway safety.
Sign up soon for art classes in Pelham
PELHAM — Parks and Recreation is offering six, 90-minute lessons, Introduction to Art. The classes will start Dec. 6 and continue on Mondays through Jan. 17. There will not be a class Dec. 27.
Children ages 6 to 12 will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; advanced students ages 10 to 13 will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; and teens at least 14 years old and adults will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Classes will be at the VFW Hall on Main Street. Pick up a registration form at 6 Village Green. The cost is $95, with a $10 discount for additional family members.
The course includes supplies and explores a new medium every week using charcoal, watercolor, pastels, pen, inks, acrylics, oils, sculpting and more. Sign up by Dec. 3. Call 635-2721 with any questions.
Kids, pets can have photo taken with Santa
SALEM — Children and pets are invited to have their picture taken with Santa on Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Mall at Rockingham Park.
Children can have their picture taken any day of the week, but pets are invited Dec. 5. Owners are asked to use the mall entrance by Ruby Tuesday.
Buy tickets to 'The Rat Pack' as holiday gifts
PLAISTOW — Start your holiday shopping with tickets as gifts for all ages. The Timberlane Performing Arts Center's season will present "The Rat Pack," a tribute to Frank, Dean and Sammy by three professionals from the Broadway stage on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.
"My Way," "Amore" and "Bojangles" are just a few of the pieces performed by these three talented performers. They will be accompanied by a big band. Tickets are $30 and $25, and would make a great holiday gift.
E-mail email@example.com for a full brochure, call the box office at 257-5257, or visit timberlanepac.org.