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Witnesses Return to Knocking on Doors

      Jehovah’s Witnesses will resume their trademark door-to-door ministry beginning September 1; the two-and-a-half-year suspension of the work will end just in time for the launch of a global campaign featuring an interactive program for Bible study.  

      The decision to resume their door-to-door ministry marks the complete restoration of all pre-pandemic in-person activities for the nearly 1.3 million Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 12,000 congregations in the United States. Houses of worship (called Kingdom Halls) were reopened on April 1, witnessing in public places resumed on May 31 and in-person conventions are again being planned for 2023.

      The suspension of the public ministry was a proactive response by the organization to keep communities and congregants safe. The move was also unprecedented. Jehovah’s Witnesses had been preaching from house to house without interruption for more than 100 years through an economic depression, two world wars and global unrest, but COVID-19 demanded a different response.

“We believe that the early decision to shut down all in-person activities for more than two years has saved many lives,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “We’re now ready and eager to reconnect with our neighbors once again – person-to-person, face-to-face. It’s not the only way that we preach, but it has historically been the most effective way to deliver our message of comfort and hope.”

      The return to an in-person ministry coincides with a global campaign to offer an interactive Bible study program, available in hundreds of languages and offered at no cost. The course comes in the form of a printed book, online publication or as an embedded feature within the organization’s free mobile application, JW Library. Released in late 2020, the interactive study platform combines text, video, illustrations and digital worksheets to help learners of all ages.

      For more information about Jehovah’s Witnesses, their history, beliefs and activities, visit their official website, jw.org, with content available in more than 1,000 languages.

Rotary to Celebrate 54th Annual Pancake Breakfast September 11th
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Amherst residents (L to R) Marie Grella, Peter Lyon and Tom Grella with Alex Buchanan (far R).

      MILFORD – For the 54th consecutive year, the Milford Rotary will host their annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit the communities of the Souhegan Valley. This year’s breakfast will once again be held in the gymnasium at the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, 56 Mont Vernon St, Milford, NH from 8 am to 11am on Sunday September 11th.  The Milford Rotary serves the communities of Amherst, Milford, Mont Vernon, and Wilton, donating thousands of dollars annually in the form of grants to various local and international charities, as well as providing thousands of dollars in annual scholarships to the students at Milford High School, Souhegan High School, and Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School.

      The first Milford Rotary “Pancake Sale” was held in September of 1968. In the early years, these events took place in a tent in the parking lot of the old “Super Save” market in Milford (currently the parking lot of the Rite Aid on Mont Vernon Street).   In 1976, the Pancake Breakfast moved to the Edgewood Plaza parking lot on Nashua Street in Milford where it remained for the next 30 years.  Many area residents will remember the big tent that would be erected every year in front of County Stores, where “The King of Pancakes “George Infanti would preside and cheerfully serve breakfast to all-comers. During his life, George held the distinction at different times of serving as Selectman in the three towns of Amherst, Milford, and Wilton, and his spirit of civic and volunteer enthusiasm continues to serve as a reminder to members of the Milford Rotary of how this club is truly dedicated to serving the entire Souhegan Valley community.   In 2016, to help commemorate the fallen heroes of 09/11, the Pancake Breakfast was temporarily housed and operated in conjunction with the generous cooperation of The Milford Fire Department at the main firehouse just off the Oval in Milford. The Breakfast remained at the Milford Fire House for 2017, and now, just in time for our 50th anniversary, The Milford Rotary Pancake Breakfast moved to the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley in 2018 in their beautiful new gymnasium, to what we hope will be our home for many years to come.

      Please see any Milford Rotarian for tickets or show up at the door for a suggested donation of $5.00/ per person, kids eat free!

Join the Souhegan Valley Chorus

      MILFORD – The Souhegan Valley Chorus invites interested singers to join us on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 as we open our Fall Season. 

      The Souhegan Valley Chorus is an unauditioned community chorus directed by Jennifer Erdody and accompanied by Kimberly Vars Whitehead. SVC singers range in age from High School to Senior, have a wide range of abilities and experience, and come from towns in

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and around the Souhegan Valley. SVC performs a wide variety of choral music from classical to modern day pieces and puts on two concerts each year, including our upcoming Holiday Concert in December which closes out the Fall Season. Souhegan Valley Chorus can also be heard singing at many local community events throughout the year.

SVC’s weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00pm in the First Congregational Church in Milford, NH, from September to December . The first two rehearsals of the Fall Season are “open” for new members to visit and see what SVC is all about. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join!

If you’re an interested singer, come join us September 13th, 2022! Registration begins at 630pm and will be followed by practice at 7pm. The Chorus looks forward to singing with you!

For more information, visit us on the web at www.SouheganValleyChorus.org, Facebook.com/souheganvalleychorus and Instagram.com/Souhegan_Valley_Chorus