---- — HAMPSTEAD — Forage for mushrooms tomorrow, courtesy of the Hampstead Conservation Commission’s Outside in Hampstead program.
Meet at the end of Cambridge Drive by 9 a.m.
Ross Huntington will lead the outing, which will last for two hours at the most.
Bring a basket or paper bag and a knife.
Call Huntington for details at 329-4841.
State to monitor prescription drugs
New Hampshire has been awarded a $400,000 grant to implement a prescription drug monitoring program. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
The program is an electronic database that collects data on controlled drugs that are prescribed and dispensed in the state. It’s used to identify and deter prescription drug abuse and diversion.
The program will be overseen by the state Board of Pharmacy. The program will enable a physician to review a patient’s history of filling prescriptions for controlled drugs in New Hampshire, for indicators of drug dependence, drug misuse drug diversion or doctor shopping.
Police issue holiday weekend wrap-up
There were two highway deaths in New Hampshire over the Labor Day weekend. A Maine couple died in a head-on crash in Barrington. The other driver has been charged.
N.H. State Police stopped 4,924 vehicles. They issued 1,047 citations for speeding and 3,101 warnings, according to Col. Robert Quinn.
Police issued 109 citations for hazardous violations and 25 for driving after suspension. Eighty-nine other criminal arrests were made over the weekend, Quinn said.
State troopers also made 31 arrests for DWI.
“Several erratic and impaired operators were identified and apprehended as a result of phone calls by responsible citizens reporting unsafe and erratic operation,” he said.
Learn all about the state dog
HAMPSTEAD— Come to the first free Friends of the Library program on Tuesday to learn about the colorful history of the Chinook, New Hampshire’s state dog.
Bob Cottrell of Chocorua, a museum consultant and historian, will relate the history of the Chinook. The Chinook isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club yet, but it is a breed developed by Arthur Walden in the White Mountains. Its major importance is in the role played by Chinook dogs in polar explorations.
The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Public Library. Refreshments will be available. A meeting of the Friends will follow the presentation.
The program is free and open to the public.
Hampstead Public Library is located at 9 Mary E. Clark Drive.