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Dracut Scholarship Foundation to hold telethon

DRACUT — The Dracut Scholarship Foundation’s 39th annual “A Foundation for the Future” telethon is returning from March 23-25.

Throughout 2020 and 2021, the foundation was met with significant challenges in its efforts to support graduating seniors at Dracut High School. The COVID-19 pandemic saw the foundation’s Craft Fair canceled and the annual telethon modified. Despite the hurdles, $144,250 in scholarships went to 55 graduating seniors last year.

Through the generosity of local citizens, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, the Dracut Scholarship Foundation has reached its goal year after year for over 38 years.

All board members of the Dracut Scholarship Foundation are volunteers and all money goes directly to scholarships and organizational expenses.

This year’s telethon will be broadcast live on Dracut TV’s 8 and 22 cable channels and can be streamed live at The telethon will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 23-25.

This year’s goal is to raise $155,000.

All sponsors and donations of $100 or more will be recognized in the recipient booklet, which is published and distributed by the Dracut Scholarship Foundation annually to honor the scholarship recipients and to thank everyone who helped make the scholarships possible.

For more information, visit or email

Groton Voter Sign & Go! event rescheduled

GROTON — The Voter Sign & Go! event that was planned for this past Saturday was postponed to March 19 due to the forecasted rain and snow.

More than 10 candidates for local and state office plan to have signature papers for Groton voters to sign between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., on March 19, at the Prescott School.

The Voter Sign & Go! is a nonpartisan event open to candidates who need signatures to appear on the ballot. Candidates may participate by bringing signature sheets on a clip board.

Groton voters are encouraged to take a few minutes to sign papers and help candidates access the ballot when the pandemic has complicated traditional signature-gathering activities.

Voter Sign & Go! is organized by private citizens and is not sponsored by the town of Groton.

Pelham Police to host self-defense instructor course

PELHAM, N.H. — The Pelham Police Department will host a Rape Aggression Defense, or R.A.D., Basic Self-Defense Instructor course next month.

Participants may be certified to teach the R.A.D. system of basic physical defense for women.

The intensive three-day program will take place from 8 a.m. to about 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 27; and from 8 a.m. to about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26.

The courses will be held at the Pelham High School, at 85 Marsh Road.

Participants must attend all three days in order to receive the Instructor certification. The course is taught in a relaxed environment that is conducive to learning tested instructional technique, proven tactics and unique insight about the problem of violence against women.

Anyone with questions should contact R.A.D. instructor trainer Michelle Clarke at 603-393-8583 or Those interested in participating in the class should contact Cpl. David DeRoche at 603-635-2411, ext. 4005, or

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