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It wouldn’t be New Hampshire without . . .

Did you happen to catch the story on Tuesday’s front page about the Franklin teacher who won that city’s Citizen of the Year Award (posthumously, alas) for her many years of hard work and sacrifice to help and inspire local students?

It got us thinking about the many, many unsung heroes in all our local communities – the people whose names rarely show up in headlines but who give Concord and the towns around it their heart. We’re thinking not just of school teachers but also of workers in myriad service organizations who help make life a little kinder and gentler for those in need of help. We’re thinking of the teenager we met in Penacook last week who had a roster of senior-citizen snow-shoveling clients that would make Horatio Alger blush. We’re thinking about the folks who regularly sacrifice a day, or an evening, to volunteer at homeless shelters, the hospice house, the Boys & Girls Club and more.

We’d like to devote some space on a future Forum page to the folks who make our community a little brighter, often without recognition. If you have a nominee (or several), send us their names and a description of their good deeds. Start your nomination this way: “It wouldn’t be Concord without . . .” or “It wouldn’t be Deerfield without . . .” Include your own name and contact information, too.

Nominations should be sent to

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