Announcements from March 2, 2021

Published: 3/2/2021 8:09:00 AM
Taste the state

The NH Food Alliance, a statewide network supported by the UNH Sustainability Institute and dedicated to growing a thriving, fair, and sustainable local food system in the Granite State, has partnered with several local and statewide organizations to host Meet New Hampshire Makers, a virtual tasting event part of the 2021 NH Food System Statewide Gathering, on March 11 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In support of local small businesses, food producers, and artisans from across New Hampshire, the virtual event will highlight short presentations from three featured makers: Wood Stove Kitchen, Winnipesaukee Woods Farm, and Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, followed by a Q&A session. From now until March 3, attendees will have the opportunity to select from a variety of Meet New Hampshire Makers tasting boxes created by the featured makers and available for purchase through the Belknap Foodshed. Meet New Hampshire Makers is a free event and registration is open to the public. Although purchasing a Meet New Hampshire Makers tasting box is not required to attend the virtual tasting event, attendees who choose to purchase one are encouraged to try products from their boxes during the event to spark learning and discussion about the featured makers, their products, and supporting locally-made New Hampshire goods. To register and to buy a tasting box, visit

ConcordHonor societyrecognized

NHTI’s Alpha Upsilon Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society was recently recognized as a 5-Star Chapter. In the United States there are 1,275 chapters. NHTI’s chapter is one of 53 that make up all of the chapters in the New England region. Of the 53 New England chapters, 16 achieved five-star status. NHTI is the only college in New Hampshire currently recognized for this level of achievement. Each level has specific requirements; in order to be recognized with the highest of five stars, an Honors in Action project must be completed to address real-world challenges in our communities. The PTK students’ Honors in Action project aligned perfectly with some of the nation’s most vexing issues: diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. NHTI’s PTK students researched inclusion in student organizations and clubs at colleges and found there was little to no evidence in terms of recognizing whether or not student clubs are as diverse as their student body, students in academic majors, or honor societies. Chapter leaders, Michele Kenney, Shoghy Ngoy, Connor Safstrom, and Jasmine White Taylor used a guiding question in their research for this project which they attribute to Dr. Dottie Morris of Keene State College, who recently presented a diversity symposium to the CCSNH colleges. She advises to always ask, “Who is missing from the table?” With this as their lens, they created a survey for the entire NHTI student body, essentially inviting everyone to the table and thus, the conversation. Using the survey results will be key in moving the NHTI student clubs toward greater diversity and inclusivity. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges in 1929. In 2020, NHTI welcomed 71 high-achieving students to the Alpha Upsilon Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. The NHTI Chapter is planning an induction ceremony for April. For more information about PTK at NHTI, contact Trisha Dionne, chapter advisor, at

GilmantonMarch challenge

A major Gilmanton donor has offered to match dollar for dollar any donation that comes in from now to the end of March up to $3,000! If we as a community can successfully raise $3,000 along with their match, we will reach our capital campaign goal of $100,000 before restoration begins this spring. Please consider helping the First Baptist Church reach its goal of $100,000 by the end of March. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law and are to be mailed to Gilmanton Historical Society, P.O. Box 236, Gilmanton, NH 03237 with a notation “First Baptist Church.” Gifts will be noted for posterity. The Gilmanton Historical Society, a 501©3 non-profit organization, is acting as our sponsor and supports the restoration of this building and has generously donated to the cause.


The Credit Union College Scholarship Program, supported by New Hampshire Federal Credit Union and the Cooperative Credit Union Association’s statewide campaign, Better Values – Better Banking, is funding three (3) $1,500 scholarships that will be awarded to New Hampshire high school graduates. There is no fee to apply. To be eligible, interested applicants must be a member or a parent/guardian must be a member of New Hampshire Federal Credit Union or another NH Credit Union. Applicants must be high school seniors who are enrolled in an undergraduate college/university degree program for the 2021-22 academic year. Each applicant must complete a Scholarship Application and submit it along with the other required materials to on or before April 2. Contact NHFCU for more information at 224-7731 ext 308, or visit

FranklinCommunity grant

Franklin Savings Bank is currently accepting applications for its Fund for Community Advancement, representing the 44th round of grants. All applications must be postmarked by May 30 for consideration and can be mailed, dropped off at any branch location, or emailed to The bank has awarded 225 grants totaling $1,029,808 to community organizations and agencies throughout New Hampshire since 1997. The Fund for Community Advancement is very active in supporting a broad range of nonprofit community activities. Eligible organizations must be recognized as tax-exempt or be a school, municipality or other subdivision of government. Categories of support include, but are not limited to, economic development, affordable housing, health care, social services, environment, arts and humanities, human services and programs, or services addressing the needs of children, adolescents, elders and single parent families. Areas served by the fund include Boscawen, Bristol, Franklin, Gilford, Goffstown, Merrimack and Tilton. For more information on the FSB Fund for Community Advancement, please visit, then select “Community” in the website navigation. You may also contact Rene M. Baldini, executive assistant, at 934.8327 or via email at

Nominate an awesome elder

The nomination period is now open for the NH State Commission on Aging and EngAGING NH annual “Older Adult Volunteer” awards!  Nomination submission accepted up until March 19. The goal is to celebrate and recognize individuals or coupl es over the age of 60 who are volunteering in ways that serve to build strong communities.  Through engaging ourselves and others we weave connections that contribute to and strengthen our communities. Fill out a nomination application and send to 

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