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Help keep a veteran warm

To the Editor:

Again, I would like to ask you for your help. The mornings are getting chilly and it’s time for me to collect decent second-hand coats for our homeless veterans in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Two years ago, I asked you to look through your husband’s closets and find winter coats that he no longer wears. Two years ago, your generosity was absolutely overwhelming.

Bill, at Liberty House in Manchester, told me not one homeless veteran went without a winter coat; also, hats, gloves, scarves and boots. Some even got sleeping bags. No one was turned away.

And our friends from the Exeter Sportsmen’s club delivered four truckloads of coats to Manchester. They are a great bunch.

During the year, our Exeter Community Thrift Shop on Epping Road gives our homeless veterans clothes all through the year. And this is where you can drop the coats off. If you cannot do that, please call the story at 778-300 and leave a message for me. I will pick them up at your home.

Our thrift shop has a list of items the veterans need. On this list are adult bicycles in reasonable (usable) condition, sleeping bags, flashlights, hooded sweatshirts, long johns, etc.

Again, thank you SO much for all your help this year and last.

Shirley Gustin


NH Legislative Softball Classic will benefit Liberty House
September 06. 2017 10:22PM
MERRIMACK — New Hampshire’s Democrat and Republican lawmakers will be shifting their focus from Representatives Hall to the softball diamond on Saturday, Oct. 14, when they’ll meet in the First Legislative Softball Classic at the Anheuser-Busch Athletic Complex in Merrimack.

The event, scheduled to start at noon, is being sponsored by the Veterans Interest Caucus.

Modeled in part on Washington D.C.’s annual Congressional Baseball Game, this seven-inning contest is a bipartisan effort to bring people together to generate funds for a good cause. Based on the recommendation of House Minority Leader and Vietnam Veteran Rep. Steve Shurtleff, D-Penacook, all proceeds will go to Manchester’s Liberty House, which assists homeless veterans.

“The initial response to this idea has been 100 percent positive,” said Rep. Mike Moffett, R-Loudon, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and member of the organizing committee. “It’s been fun working with reps from both parties and others from all over to set this up.”

The event will feature many special guests and will be televised on several cable systems. Questions or program sponsorship inquiries can be directed to Moffett at

New England Hospitality Group Celebrates Veterans with Mattress a Month Program


Contact: Vickie Piercey


Manchester, NH – Several military veterans and their families in the New Hampshire region can look forward to a good night’s sleep due to the ongoing commitment of New England Hospitality – parent company of Royalty Inn, The Valley Inn, and Woodwards Inn and Suites – to provide a mattress a month to one of our nation’s heroes.

Through an association with Liberty House in Manchester, NH, John and Lori Guertin, owners of the New England Hospitality, and Al Pastore of Mattress Depot have combined resources to pledge a Mattress a Month for Vets in the region.

For more than a decade, the Liberty House has helped countless veterans by providing supportive services for them and their families including housing, employment assistance, and a food pantry. The Liberty House is dedicated to helping veterans make positive, successful changes in their lives. The Mattress a Month program helps to provide a bed to those veterans who start that transition to a positive change.

“Our goal is to honor and support local veterans – who have sacrificed to keep us safe and allow us a good night’s sleep – by providing them the opportunity for a good night’s sleep,” said New England Hospitality’s John Guertin. “We’re in the hospitality business. We understand how important a good mattress is to getting essential rest. The generous support of Mattress Depot has helped us to make a long-term commitment to this important program.”

About New England Hospitality: New England Hospitality has destination properties in Massachusetts and New Hampshire including the Essex Street Inn in Newburyport, MA, The Valley Inn in Waterville Valley, NH, Woodwards Resort in Lincoln, NH, and Royalty Inn in Gorham, NH. Each property embraces the uniqueness of its location and offers comfortable, affordable accommodations and an abundance of year-round activities.

Photo Caption: Lori and John Guertin of New England Hospitality and Bill Zarakotas, director of community relations at Liberty House, enjoy the tranquil garden and fountain at Liberty House in Manchester.


One N.H. Legislator’s Pitch to Bring Civility to Concord? A Bipartisan Softball Game

JUL 3, 2017

You don’t have to look far for examples of deteriorating civility between opposing sides of the political aisle, in New Hampshire and nationally. But one local lawmaker is pitching a new tradition meant to bring Republicans and Democrats together — by pitting them against each other on the softball field.

A first-term representative and self-described “sports guy,” Loudon Rep. Mike Moffett says he’d been thinking for some time about organizing a local version of the Congressional baseball game that takes place between lawmakers each year in D.C.

But after last month’s shooting on a suburban Virginia softball field where Republican lawmakers were practicing for that same annual game, Moffett figured there was no time like the present.

“It just occurred to me that a sports event bringing the two parties together on the softball field to raise some money for a good cause would be good for bipartisanship and charity,” Moffett said, “and it would also be fun.”

The game’s still a few months away, set for October 14th at Memorial Field in Concord. But Moffett says there’s already been plenty of enthusiasm on both sides of the aisle — and even some interest from one larger corporate sponsor involved in the Congressional game, Anheuser Busch.

Moffett, a Republican, is teaming up with fellow Rep. Jess Edwards organizing his party’s team. Amherst Rep. Shannon Chandley is taking the lead on the Democratic side.

At the suggestion of House Democratic Leader Steven Shurtleff, proceeds from the event will be donated to Liberty House, a shelter for homeless veterans in Manchester.

While both teams are still assembling their respective lineups, Moffett says he’s also still ironing out who will play the role of umpire. One idea: Asking state Supreme Court justices to step up to the plate.

“Presumably,” Moffett said, “they would be impartial arbiters, so to speak.”

Manchester Recreates Photo of 95-By-50-Foot ‘Great Flag’

More than a century after workers at the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company gathered for a photo in front of a massive American flag they produced, the public was invited for a similar photo-op on Flag Day.

June 14, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.

By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — It’s not old, but it’s certainly grand: Manchester has a new “Great Flag” that pays tribute to both veterans and the city’s textile manufacturing history.

In 1914, workers at the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company gathered for a photo in front of a 90-by-50-foot American flag they had created. On Wednesday — Flag Day — several hundred members of the public recreated the photo with a new flag unfurled against the former mill building. Some were relatives of the mill workers depicted in the 103-year-old photo.

The event was organized by the building’s owner, Brady Sullivan Properties, which made donations to the Manchester Historic Association and Liberty House, which helps homeless veterans.

The original flag was sent to a Chicago department store and hasn’t been seen in decades.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

NH Veterans’ Notes: Milford church to host series on vets’ issues

MILFORD — Veterans and their families are invited to the first installment of a series regarding the issues facing veterans and their loved ones.The event is Tuesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at Milford United Methodist Church, 327 N. River Road, Milford.

Keith Howard, executive director at Liberty House in Manchester, will serve as guest speaker.

Attendees, if able, are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Liberty House. Please RSVP by April 21 at or 673-2669.

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