Goffstown Youth Forum of Crispin’s House Celebrates 18th Year
As another school year comes to a close at GHS, so does a great year of Youth Forum, a program of Crispin’s House and one of the best and most needed resources to continue to build up community assets to raise whole, safe, healthy kids, and support local families. Youth Forum meets on the second Friday of each month during the academic school year at GHS, attracting participants including high school youth, clergy, interested parents, town officials, area nonprofits, court representatives and law enforcement – anyone from the community interested in contributing to vital discussion on issues facing our kids today.
Since its inception in 1993, many positive initiatives and partnerships have been formed around the discussion table of Youth Forum, and this year was no exception! From advocating for the restoration of an affordable afterschool program at MVMS, to planning a 3-part community series on bullying with the Agents of Change student group, St. Matthew’s Church and the Goffstown Public Library, much was accomplished this year. Representatives from the student groups Student Ambassadors, Peer Outreach, Equal Rights Group, Agents of Change, and more, brought great discussion in partnership with caring adults from all sectors of the community.
Longtime friend of Youth Forum, Hillsborough County Commissioner Carol Holden, states: “This community has done a wonderful job engaging youth through Youth Forum and VolunTEENS…it is a model for all communities.”
Rev. William Exner and GHS Guidance Counselor John Webb are co conveners of Youth Forum. For more information about supporting Crispin’s House, please visit their website at www.crispinshouse.org or call 497-3499.
Crispin’s House can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. (@crispinshouse).
The Goffstown Community Garden Club would like to send a big “Thank You!” to Boy Scout Troop 99. On Saturday, June 16 scouts helped us prepare the Grasmere roundabout garden for summer by spreading mulch and cleaning up. Scouts working on the project were Dominick Smith, Josh Wight, Konnaugh Donovan, Seamus Othot and Eric Choquette. Leaders were Roger Sheehy, John Othot, Mike Choquette, Scoutmaster. All were working with Real Fallu who initiated the landscaping for the Grasmere roundabout. It was a fun and productive morning for our scouts. They earn service time that helps them achieve rank and they enjoy helping out the community. Photo courtesy of Libby Labiberte
CHARITY SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT CRISPIN’S HOUSE
Crispin’s House in Goffstown announces its 10th Annual ONE-PITCH–SLOW-PITCH Double Elimination Softball Tournament will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012, beginning at 9:00 am at the Goffstown Junior Baseball Little League Fields, Route 114 (Mast Road), Goffstown. The teams are made up of a minimum of 10 players, but there may be any number of players on a team roster, male or female, young and old, serious or not too serious. Players must be at least 14 years old to play. The registration fee is $150.00 per team. Individual and team trophies will be awarded to the first and second place teams.
Last year the participating sponsors, teams and players contributed a total of $3,500.00 for Crispin’s House and its programs. The tournament is a yearly tradition of fun and spirited competition for the youth, adults and families that participate. Al Baines, President of Crispin’s House, notes that all proceeds from the tournament go towards funding Crispin’s House programs in support of the youth and families in the Greater Goffstown Area. Crispin’s House, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1989. All donations to Crispin’s House are tax deductable.
To register a team, volunteer for the tournament or obtain sponsorship information contact Tournament Director, Al Baines, at 759-4986 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Crispin’s House and our programs please call 497-3499 or visit our website at www.crispinshouse.org.
Local Democrats Continue to Build Momentum With a Full Slate of Candidates Filing for State Representative Races
The Goffstown Democratic Committee is stronger and more active than it has been in years, thanks in part to a renewed sense of engagement from democrats in town and an increased sense of urgency based on the lack of civility, transparency, and common sense in Concord. Former state representative and committee vice-chair Kevin Hodges explained the enthusiasm as a growing awareness of the legislative priorities of Speaker Bill O’Brien. “After decades of collegiality, good listening to constituents, and working together with the Senate, the House has become totally dysfunctional under Speaker O’Brien. Goffstown residents have seen good economic development bills held hostage to unpopular social legislation and Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt resign due to ethical lapses in recent weeks. Now they are fully engaged and ready to move this state forward in November.” Tim McKernan, chair of the Goffstown Democrats and himself a candidate for state representative this year, said, “We were proud to host former Senator Jackie Cilley at our meeting in May and we are looking forward to having former Senator Maggie Hassan at our June 28 meeting.” In addition to increased attendance at meetings, the Goffstown Democrats launched a new website, www.goffstowndems.org, have a yard sale planned for July, a fundraiser planned for September, and five candidates filed for the five state representative slots in the November election. In addition to Tim McKernan, former four-term representative Ruth Gage filed, as did Ben Hampton, Bill Zackeroff, and Reta MacGregor. Ruth Gage explained that, after fourteen years of caring for an ill husband, “it is time to get back to Concord to do the work of the people of New Hampshire. The past two years have been a mess in our legislature and I believe that it is time to send dedicated people to Concord who are willing to work together for the betterment of our wonderful state.” Reta MacGregor pledged to do her best for all. “I feel I can represent the people of Goffstown with a positive outlook on life. I will look for the good to be done and not just complain and blame,” She said. Ben Hampton, a resident of Goffstown for 22 years and an Adjunct Professor of History at a local college, agreed. “I feel it is time to bring back the idea of bi-partisanship to the operation of our State Government. The United States Constitution, the foundation of our government, was developed and written as a series of compromises. I feel it is time to work together for the betterment of all the citizens of the Town of Goffstown and the State of New Hampshire.”
First-time candidate Bill Zackeroff stated, “I am a candidate for the New Hampshire House of Representatives because I believe honest and thoughtful public service to be one of the most important courtesies a community-minded citizen can provide. To this purpose, I humbly ask for Goffstown residents’ vote.”
The Goffstown Democrats will be meeting next on Thursday, June 28 at 7 pm at St. Matthew’s Church, 7 North Mast St., with special guest gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan.