Pick up some Sox, Patriots tickets and support youth sports

A charity benefit to support local youth sports programs will be tonight.

The third annual Jeff Roome Sports Foundation benefit will be held at 7 p.m. at King’s Court, 222 Central St., Hudson.

There will be a sports memorabilia auction, including bids on Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots tickets and silent raffles. All proceeds pay for athletic scholarships and help support area youth sports teams, according to the foundation.

The Chad LaMarsh Band will perform. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

Sharing her story

A Merrimack woman had a short story about motherhood published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms.”

Suzanne Schryver’s short story titled “It’s a Phase,” reflects on being a single mother, taking care of three kids on her own, and what she has accomplished by doing so with a little bit of humor mixed in.

The book is the latest in the long line of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, which aim to provide uplifting, motivational and inspirational stories to readers. Besides “Power Mothers,” Soul has also made books for everything from golfers to teenagers and everything in between.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Mom’s” can be purchased at any local bookstore for $14.95 and features stories from Lynne Spears, Jodi Picoult, Jillian Reynolds, Liz Lang and other “power moms” across the United States.

Sobriety checkpoint

New Hampshire State Police will hold a sobriety checkpoint in Bow a few days before Nashua police do the same thing downtown.

State Police will operate a checkpoint in the Bow area in an effort to nab drunk drivers because the incidence of drinking and driving is increasing and those drivers are causing an “alarming number” of deaths and injuries, according to Sgt. Christopher Scott.

The checkpoint will be July 20, five days before the Nashua police hold a similar checkpoint in the city. A Hillsborough County Superior Court judge approved the Nashua police application last month.

The state police’s checkpoint will be paid for by federal highway safety funds, Scott said, and is supported by the state Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nashua police say a sobriety checkpoint is more effective than typical patrols because officers are often too busy responding to emergency calls to observe traffic.

In advance of the July 4 weekend, the American Beverage Institute issued a statement urging police to forego checkpoints in favor of roving patrols.

“Because they are highly visible by design and publicized in advance, roadblocks are all to easily avoided by the chronic alcohol abusers who comprise the core of today’s drunk driving problem,” Sarah Longwell, the institute’s managing director said.

Nashua police said the forewarning may not result in more arrests but hopefully encourages drivers to avoid alcohol in the first place.

The Merrimack Village District will flush main water lines and hydrants in the following areas from July 20 to 24:

Bigwood, Craig, Executive Park, Jo Ellen, Northwood, Riverside, Sarah, Sunrise and Wallace drives; Candy, Forsythia and Heidi lanes; Bon, Davidson, Park and Piedmont avenues; Cross and Laurel streets; and Amherst Road.

Flushing will occur between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. It is done to jar natural sediment from within pipes, which may result in minor street flooding, temporary low water pressure and water discoloration.

For questions, call 424-9241, ext. 100.