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Colorful eggs and bunny decorations adorn a front yard on Hilltop Drive in Keene recently ahead of Easter’s arrival on Sunday.

Easter adornment

Servpro of Cheshire County to host cornhole tournament to benefit first responders

Servpro of Cheshire County is set to host a cornhole tournament on Saturday, April 24, to benefit several local volunteer fire departments. The tournament will be held at The Fieldhouse at Homestead Mills in West Swanzey, beginning at 6 p.m.

The event will benefit the fire departments of Swanzey, Walpole, Westmoreland and Chesterfield. If the event is successful, Servpro hopes to hold another to support even more departments.

In addition to proceeds raised by event participants, there will be a raffle featuring gifts donated by local businesses.

“There has been an unbelievable outpouring of generosity from a number of businesses in the area donating prizes and gift certificates to assist with the raffle and help increase the total proceeds of the event,” co-owner and marketing director of Servpro of Cheshire County Derek Paul said in an email. “We have been highlighting each local business for their generosity on our social media pages to say thank you for supporting this event. We couldn’t be more grateful for the support shown for this event by our community neighbors.”

Teams participating in the cornhole tournament can enter the day of the event; participants are encouraged to arrive early to sign up. The fee is $50 for a team or $25 for an individual. A $250 prize will be awarded to the winners.

Food will be available for purchase at an on-site food truck operated by The Butt Stops Here BBQ.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at the event; masks are required and social distancing must be adhered to.

Your Words: Social isolation isn’t ending for everyone, but you can help, by Jazmin Belcoure

It’s been a year now since the world shut down. With the vaccine roll-out ramping up, there is a possible light at the end of this very long tunnel. I have seen over and over acts of compassion and charity as our communities have rallied around those in need: from sewing masks to donating food, and taking time to run errands for those who needed to stay home. Now with the prospect of once again being able to spend time with our loved ones and rejoining our community on the horizon, it’s important to remember that not everyone is able to return. There is a population that was socially isolated before COVID-19 descended upon us, and they remain so now that it may be leaving. These people are seniors stranded alone with no form of transportation, those living with disabilities that make it nearly impossible to venture out without support, as well as some of our veterans and military family members.

Now as life begins to normalize, let’s make a commitment that this new “new normal” includes the active engagement and support of those isolated and struggling to remain in their homes.

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center runs a program, Neighbors-In-Deed, which is dedicated to support those isolated and lonely throughout the Monadnock Region. Volunteers are matched one-to-one on an ongoing basis with a qualifying care recipient and are asked to commit one to two hours of their time each week. Volunteers can help their care recipient with getting out into the community, running errands or just spending quality time together. While restrictions are still in place, we are currently doing grocery delivery and necessary errands on behalf of care recipients, as well as setting up friendly calling rather than in-person visits. Matches are made based on shared interests, compatible personalities, location and expectations of the program. With just a couple hours a week a volunteer can make a substantial difference in a person’s life!

We have all felt firsthand the negative impact that isolation can have on a psyche, and in contrast we’ve seen the positive effect that thoughtful, conscientious individuals who are mobilized to action can make. If you want to continue to combat the social isolation and loneliness still pervasive throughout the Monadnock Region, Neighbors-In-Deed can connect you to someone who would be grateful for your support and friendship. Please reach out to me, Jazmin Belcoure, at jbelcoure@mfs.org or by calling 603-283-1681.

Thank you to everyone for all that you’ve done so far and continue to do to inspire hope, compassion and strengthen our community.

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center is a proud grantee of AmeriCorps Seniors and receives funds through their RSVP program. We are a program of Monadnock Family services.


Monadnock RSVP, Program Coordinator

64 Main St., Suite 212


Your Words: Keene High School class of 1981 seeks members for 40-year reunion

We are planning our 40-year reunion for July of this year. We want everyone in our class to know. If you know anyone who graduated with us or started with us, or if they are deceased, if they aren’t on social media please let them know (except the deceased) they can contact the 1981 40th reunion committee: Dan Cohen, David Barrett, Rhonda Lake, Gordon Daniels, Marcie (Hall) Black, Susan (Clukay) Pachalis, Doug May, Andy Filliot or me, Tina Downing.

P.S. It’s very important to us that everyone is contacted and we also want to remember those who are no longer with us.


Keene High School class of 1981 Reunion Committee


Fisette/Buckley engagement

Valerie E. Fisette of Merrimack and Jeremy T. Buckley of Spofford are engaged to marry July 9, 2022.

The bride-to-be, daughter of Michael and Elaine Fisette of Beverly Hills, Fla., is a 1995 graduate of Souhegan High School. She is employed by Amalgamated Medical Care Management.

The groom-to-be, son of Stephen and Denise Buckley of Spofford, is a 1998 graduate of Keene High School. He is employed by Tucker’s Power Equipment.

Park Theatre in Jaffrey to show Oscar-nominated short films

The Park Theatre in Jaffrey will present the Oscar short film nominees starting Friday. Due to COVID-19, the films will be shown via streamed on-demand rentals.

Short films are available in three separate category programs: live action, documentary and animation. Each category presentation costs $12 for a three-day rental. A bundle of all three presentations costs $30.

The 93rd Academy Awards Oscar telecast is set for Sunday, April 25, on ABC.

On Friday, the theater also begins presenting the film “This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection,” by Berlin-based Mosotho filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese. The esteemed African film earned the Special Jury Prize for Visionary Filmmaking at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival before taking home Best Actress, Best Director and Best Cinematography at Africa’s Academy Awards. The film follows an 80-year-old widow who finds a new will to live when her village is threatened with forced resettlement due to reservoir construction. On-demand tickets for the film are $10, and the rental lasts 72 hours.

Tickets for all programs can be purchased by going to theparktheatre.org, The Park Theatre Facebook page or by calling the box office: 532-8888.