Around the Towns: Milford – Hollis/Brookline – Merrimack – Nashua

Local food pantry SHARE gets its own building

The social service agency SHARE, which started as a food pantry in a basement of Milford’s St. Patrick Church 30 years ago and now helps people throughout the Souhegan Valley, is finally going to get its own building.

SHARE has bought the Knights of Columbus building, behind Harvey’s Music at 66 Elm St. The advantages of the 6,210-square-foot building are numerous, including a full basement that will allow the group to store more food, more privacy for clients, room for classes and handicap accessibility.

Last year SHARE spent $260,000 to help people with food, rent and fuel. It has already exceeded that amount this year, officials said.

The building cost $350,000. SHARE wants to move in before the Christmas season, but has a lot of work to do in the building. Anybody who can help with renovations is urged to call SHARE, at 673-9898.

H/B high school gets tech grant

Hollis/Brookline High School has received the fourth in a series of $15,000 annual technology grants, thanks to a matching gift from an anonymous Brookline family and Fidelity Investments.

The grant allows the 47-classroom high school to finish equipping classrooms with mounted projectors and DVD players, said Dot Ball, chairman of the mathematics department.

The gift coincides with a change in how the high school maintains and uses computer technology.

Starting this year, teachers who use the software will work in tandem with network administrators who maintain the computers. In the past, Ball said, the two groups have worked separately, and with little, if any, communication.

“This is a better model,” Ball said.

“In too many schools, the technical people and the software people don’t communicate.”

Flushing the lines

The Merrimack Village District will be flushing main water lines and hydrants Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the following areas:

Camp Sargent, Christina, Curt, Cynthia, Dunbarton, Gail, Hampstead, Ingham, Jay, Joey, Lorraine, Milford, Naticook, Nora, Peter and Tinker roads; Cambridge, Lamson, May, Westborn and Winchester drives; Continental Boulevard; Castleton Court; and Route 101A.

Flushing is designed to maintain water quality by dislodging naturally occurring sediment from within pipe walls.

It may cause minor street flooding of streets, slight water discoloration and low water pressure.

For more information, call 424-9241, ext. 100.

Batter up

John Roper, the Nashua Pride’s pitching coach, will conduct a baseball clinic at the Merrimack Fall Festival/Business Expo on Sept. 27.

Roper, a former Cincinnati Reds pitcher, will go over fundamentals and give a motivational talk to baseball players and fans of all ages.

The clinic will be held at the baseball diamond on O’Gara Drive at 11 a.m.

For more information, contact Maureen Atwood at Town Hall: 424-2331.