Monday, April 26, 2010

Locals win Pineconia Grange awards

Around Town with Dick Patten

Pineconia Grange # 322 held their 33rd annual Community Awards Night to celebrate Grange Month recently at Dame School.
A capacity crowd attended the affair while I presented the awards for a 39th year.
The following individuals won awards:
Outstanding Citizen, Mayor James Bouley;
Police Officer, Master Police Officer Ryan Howe;
Firefighter, Lt. Sean Brown;
Noreen Waters, 5th grade teacher at Broken Ground School was not present but will receive the John H. West Memorial Award for Outstanding Educator;
Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Dr. Berger Carlson, Dick Wright, John L. Saturley, Bruce Russell, Doris Ballard, Marion T. Jones, and Grace Walker.
In addition, Youth Awards were presented to Boy Scouts Michael Harris, Derrick Cowen, Brendon Newcott, and Concord Civil Air Patrol Cpt. Josh Thomas.
The Civic Award was presented to former at-large City Councilor Dr. Douglas Black.
The Military Veteran Award was presented to Joseph Shea.
The Heights Business Award was presented to The Stove Barn with a special Business Award presented to A & B Lumber.
A Special Inspiration Award was given to Patricia Pelletier.
The Pioneer Award in recognition of residents living on the Heights for many years was given to the Katherine Dyment Family and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Giulbeault.
The following awards were presented to the following who could not be present:
Legislator of the Year, Rep. Robert Williams;
Commununity Spirit, Dave Mailhot, Alice Blodgett, Dennis Gaudet, and Thomas Cusano;
Award of Excellence/Humanitarian award, Norm Ballard; and State Police Officers Richard Spaulding and Steven Morasco.
Refreshments were served following the awards presentation. The Grange is in need of members either regular, associate, or affiliate. The next community project they will be working on will be the Christmas Parade. In addition there are a number of contests open to everyone, including knitting, sewing, crafts, baking, and so much more.

The following pastoral changes were announced by the Bishop's office recently:
Very Rev. Richard A. Roberge VF, current pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Berlin and Holy Family Parish, Gorham has been named pastor of Sacred Heart, Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Peter parishes, Concord.
Reverend Steven G. Montesanti, current pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Church has been transferred to Saint Anne Parish, Hampstead. Reverend Anthony F.Kuzia, CM currrent pastor for Sacred Heart Church and Saint Peter parishes has been named pastor of Saint Patrick, Pelham.
Very Rev. Mark E. Dollard, VF current pastor of Saint Theresa Parish, Henniker and Saint Mary Parish, Hillsboro has been transferred to Good Shepherd Parish of Berlin and Holy Family parish of Gorham.
There are several other transfers which I will report next week. We wish them very well in their new roles.

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