Parks & Rec: Homework club, Pulaski monument fund, Winterfest and more

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MANCHESTER, NH — Below are some highlights from the February newsletter, distributed by city Parks and Rec. department. You can view the full newsletter here.

Through a partnership with NeighborWorks of Southern NH the city is offering homework help and a sewing club at the Regis Lemaire Youth Center twice a week. Homework help is available Mon 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.; sewing instruction is Wed. from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski monument.

Decades of exposure to the elements has caused damage to the monument. The work necessary to rehabilitate the monument (including the statue, the base, and the iron fence surrounding it) will be conducted by expert contractors under the supervision of the Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Division of the City of Manchester Department of Public Works. The project is also receiving support from the City of Manchester Heritage Commission.

The monument was dedicated on August 21, 1938. The bronze equestrian statue on a granite pedestal was the creation of artist Lucien-Hippolyte Gosselin (1883-1940), an instructor at the Manchester Institute of Arts & Sciences (now the New Hampshire Institute of Art).

A campaign is underway to raise the estimated $100,000 necessary to fully restore the monument. Won’t you help? Donations in any amount are being accepted by check made payable to the “City of Manchester.” Please include “Pulaski Monument Project” in the memo line.

Also save the date for the March 17  Pulaski Day celebration in Manchester, 10 -12 p.m. at Holy Trinity Cathedral hall, 166 Pearl St.

Learn more  via the restoration fund Facebook page. To donate to this project, please contact volunteers Pat at or Aurore at

Winterfest 2018 is coming up Feb 26-Mar 3. Hosted by the Office of Youth Services, activities are offered during February School Vacation that are open to families and children all over Manchester. We will be offering:

  • Public Ice Skating at JFK Feb. 26– Mar. 2, 2- 4 p.m.
  • Open Gym/ 3v3 Sign up at Beech Street School Feb. 26 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • 3v3 Basketball Tourney – at Beech Street School, Feb. 27 – Mar. 1, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Free Throw Contest – at Beech Street School, Mar. 2 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ian Ramsdell, left, and Jason Kopera, ready for some sled ice hockey! Photo/Janet Horvath

The New England Warriors / Boston Shamrocks charity game, which was previously postponed due to weather, will take place at the JFK Coliseum March 10 at 4:10 p.m. Admission is free; raffles and demonstrations will be held. Come support the veterans! The NE Warriors and the VA Medical Center have joined forces to present Sled Hockey Clinics at the JFK on most Wednesday mornings through March 21. If you are a veteran who who wants to try sled hockey,
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Carol Robidoux

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