Four Notes for Your Calendar

40 Days for Life Fall 2018 Campaign

The next 40 Days for Life campaign begins on September 26 and ends on November 4. Learn more about the peaceful pro-life witness at, where you can also look up your local campaign in order to sign up for vigil hours.

Kickoff rallies for the Manchester and Greenland, N.H. campaigns will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 23. Manchester’s rally will take place at Ste. Marie Church, and you can RSVP online.  Greenland’s rally will be in the Greenland town offices parking lot; learn more on the Facebook event page.

New Hampshire Right to Life Banquet

The annual benefit banquet benefiting the New Hampshire Right to Life Committee will take place October 4, 2018 at the Executive Court in Manchester. See the NHRTL web site for details and ticket information. The featured speaker will be Sue Ann Browder.

St. Charles 5k Road Race

The 22nd annual St. Charles 5k race is coming up on Labor Day, September 3.  Get details at the race web site and register today. Runners and walkers alike are welcome at this terrific event that benefits the work of St. Charles School, where the “Running Nuns” provide academic, social, emotional and behavioral services in a therapeutic setting for male and female students in grades K-8.

Primary Election Day: September 11, 2018

The primary election for New Hampshire federal, state and county offices is Tuesday, September 11. If you are eligible to vote in a primary (contact your town clerk with any questions about that), you can find a sample ballot now at your town hall or at the Secretary of State’s web site. Now’s the time to do your research on the candidates.

I wrote awhile ago about some 2018 New Hampshire House life-issue votes. If your state reps are running for re-election, you might be interested in how they voted on things like conscience rights for medical personnel (HB 1787; the motion was “inexpedient to legislate” so a Nay vote indicated support for the bill), and on abortion statistics (HB 471; the last motion on the bill was “inexpedient to legislate” so a Nay vote indicated support for the bill).

Just a few degrees off topic: casinos and running nuns

Not precisely “life issues” here, but certainly cultural ones:

A New Hampshire House joint committee of Finance and Ways and Means voted 23-22 today to recommend that a casino bill be killed. SB 152 has been studied and amended and studied some more, after a decade or more of failed casino legislation. The full House will vote next Wednesday, the 22nd. A remarkably broad and diverse coalition of state residents (including your humble author) are working together to kill the bill. Both sides have an intense week of lobbying ahead.

A casino without a regulatory structure in place, being pushed as a solution to the state’s financial troubles? I don’t buy it. (I disagree with some good people on this one.)  I find the potential social costs a dealbreaker.

St. Charles Eagles in action
St. Charles Eagles in action

And now for something completely different: The University of New Hampshire will honor the “running nuns” of St. Charles Home in Rochester at this weekend’s commencement ceremony. Formally known as the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love, these women care for troubled kids who are temporarily removed from their families by court order. A few years back, one of the nuns started running with a girl who was a temporary resident, and the running did wonders for both of them. Since then, everyone at St. Charles has gotten into the act. The nuns run in full habit (with running shoes) at local 5-Ks alongside the kids who are decked out in red “St. Charles Eagles” singlets. Those who don’t run come along to cheer for the rest of the team.

Their annual 5-K race in Portsmouth on Labor Day is a great opportunity to see the St. Charles Eagles in action and to meet some of these extraordinary people. Information on the 2013 race should be available shortly.