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Why Pets Should Have Health Insurance, Too

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January 21, 2016 by BCCU
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Protect your wallet from pet illness or accident. Investigate pet health insurance options by getting multiple insurance quotes. Image from


Do you have a sweet little baby at home? Perhaps a baby with four legs and an adorable, furry muzzle? Or feathery wings, or scaly tail?

The ASPCA estimates that between 70 and 80 million dogs and 74 to 96 million cats are owned by “Pet Parents” in the United States today. And for many Americans, their pets are as much a part of their family as their children. So when pets get sick, getting them immediate care is important. But there can be a high price for that care—especially in emergency situations.

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How to Avoid Phone Scams

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January 14, 2016 by BCCU
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How to spot the tell-tale language phone scammers use to trick you. Image from

Every year, the Federal Trade Commission reports that thousands of people lose money to telephone scams—“from a few dollars to their life savings.”1 How can you protect yourself, your family, and your money?

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Fueling Your Body for the Holidays!

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December 23, 2015 by Jenn R.
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eggs and avocado on toastThe next week will be full of excitement and celebration, but along with that comes plenty of food and drinks. Sure, we could wait for January 2nd to get back on track with our health and fitness, but wouldn’t it make more sense to make some healthy selections now so you are ahead of the game? I’m not suggesting you refrain from everything, but these ideas could help you get some quality, well rounded meals into your body before you splurge on all that other goodness.

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Recovering from a Running Injury

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December 04, 2015 by Jenn R.
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runner stretching leg on park benchI had a nice Thanksgiving with my family last week. There was plenty of good food and cheer to be had by all. Only, I ended the day feeling a bit disappointed and disheartened. You see, I wasn’t able to participate in the Turkey Trot 5k race my sister and I registered for. The last couple of months I had been training and getting back into shape. I wanted to prove to myself what I could do, and hopefully beat my much younger and fitter sister in the process. But as it happens, I became injured the week before.

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BCCU Community Team Happenings

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May 27, 2014 by BCCU
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Our own BCCU Community Teams participated in two important events this month.

Bedford Rotary Memorial Road Races

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The BCCU Community Team at the 40th anniversary Bedford Rotary Memorial Road Races, May 17, 2014.




This year marked the 40th anniversary running of the Bedford Rotary Memorial Road Races. Races included the Bedford 12K Championship and the Uncle Sam's Rockin'-Walkin' 5K. The Rotary Club of Bedford NH has been serving the Bedford and West Manchester communities for 45 years—almost as long as the run has been in existence! Proceeds of the races go to local Bedford Rotary Club projects and charities.

The BCCU Community Team participated, with our own runners Don Blanchette and Katie Bisbo, and as a gold sponsor for the event.

Taking first place for the men in the 12K event was Amos Sang from Indian Orchard, MA, and for the women Christine Shaw of Manchester, NH. Our top BCCU Team runners were Don Blanchette and Katie Bisbo (pushing her daughter in a stroller!)

First place in the 5K event for the women was Julianne Quinn of Ithaca, NY, and only seconds ahead of her for the men was Sam Wood of Laconia, NH. Our top BCCU Team runners were Carly Hunt and Andrea Ireland. Nice job ladies!

For all the Bedford Rotary Memorial Road Races results, visit the results page at


Walk Against Hunger

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The BCCU Community Team was proud to help raise $128,000 in the New Horizons Walk Against Hunger on May 20, 2014.





On May 20th, members of our BCCU Community Team took part in the 22nd annual New Horizons Walk Against Hunger. This year the walk raised a record-setting $128,000 to ensure food and shelter for the hungry and homeless people of Greater Manchester.

44 teams came out to walk the four mile route on the 20th, but Manchester middle schools' students, staff and administration members were the largest support of this effort. They held their own walk events at each school and raised $30,000.

Charlie Sherman, Executive Director said, “It’s a feel good event, knowing that every dollar will help to provide children and their families. When children and their families come to New Horizons either for food distributed by our food pantry or for hot dinner meals served in our soup kitchen, it helps to keep them [children and their families] in their homes simply by saving enough money per month to pay rent.”

New Horizons for New Hampshire is a soup kitchen, food pantry and emergency shelter and support service. For more information about this important organization, you can call (603) 668-1877 or visit

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