SALEM — The old Interstate 93 southbound bridge over Pelham Road will come down tonight, weather permitting, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
Traffic on Route 97/Pelham Road will be detoured from about 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. tomorrow to prevent traffic from moving under the bridges during demolition.
The detour route will be South Policy Road to Lowell Road to Stiles Road. No impacts are anticipated to I-93 traffic.
Message boards and detour signs will be in place.
The bridge being removed will be the 18th red-listed bridge that has been removed under the overall I-93 widening project.
The last remaining red-listed bridge is scheduled to be removed in the fall of 2014.
This is part of the I-93 widening and reconstruction project around Exit 2.
The general contractor for the $41 million project is George R. Cairns & Sons Inc. of Windham.
Learn how to get news into the paper
SALEM — The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, together with The Eagle-Tribune, will host a free workshop to learn “How to Get Your News Into the Newspaper.”
Led by Karen Andreas, regional publisher of The Eagle-Tribune and North of Boston Media Group, the session will offer insight and tips for writing effective press releases, pitching stories to reporters and editors, and general tips for working with the newspaper staff.
The session will also include special advertising ideas and incentives for Chamber members.
The workshop will be held Friday at the Brookstone Event Center, 14 Route 111, Derry.
Coffee will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m., with the program running from 8 to 9 a.m.
Register in advance by calling the Greater Salem Chamber at 893-3177 or by emailing email@example.com.
Sandown PTA hosts Holiday Auction
SANDOWN — The Sandown PTA holds its annual Holiday Auction tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sandown North School.
The night will include silent auctions, raffles and live auctions.
Proceeds will benefit Sandown schools.
Items up for bid include a Kindle, an iPad, gift certificates and baskets, Nascar and ski tickets, and much more.
Join Santa for breakfast Saturday
HAMPSTEAD — The Hampstead Mothers’ Club will host Breakfast with Santa Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. at Hampstead Central School.
Enjoy pancakes, sausage and beverages.
There will be crafts for the children. Santa will be ready to visit and pose for photos.
Historical Society hosts tree-lighting
NEWTON — The Newton Historical Society will hold its annual Christmas tree-lighting Sunday at the museum, 22 South Main St.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m.
Children will put decorations on the Christmas tree, then visit with Santa and Elf Tina.
The tree will light up at 6 p.m., followed by hot chocolate and cookies.
Register now for senior luncheon
PLAISTOW — The Plaistow annual senior luncheon will be Dec. 18 at Town Hall at 12:30.
The luncheon will be highlighted by a performance from The Smoothies, a jazz-pop duo.
The deadline for registration is Dec. 8.
The luncheon is only open to Plaistow residents. Residents can register by calling 382-5200, Ext. 18.
Kingston firefighters collect toys, clothes
KINGSTON — The Kingston Fire Department is collecting new toys and winter clothing for local children.
Drop new, unwrapped toys, coats, sneakers, boots and other warm clothing at the fire station.
Call 642-3626 for details.
Knights go Italian in Hampstead
HAMPSTEAD — The Knights of Columbus Maximilian Kolbe Council will serve an Italian dinner Saturday at 5 p.m. at St. Anne Church hall on Emerson Avenue.
The menu includes spaghetti, stuffed manicotti, meatballs, sausage, salad, dessert and beverages.
The requested donation is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12.