Announcements for Nov. 11, 2021

Published: 11/12/2021 8:15:24 AM
HopkintonVeterans Day

Hopkinton will observe Veterans Day on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park, 1528 Hopkinton Road, followed by an appreciation dinner for all veterans and their guests  at the American Legion Post 81 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Bound Tree Road.  The service will include presentation of the National Colors, the National Anthem sung by Bea Dapice, Pledge of Allegiance, and Remembrance of Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.  Sergeant First Class Matthew Maguire will offer Reflections on Service and Sacrifice.  The service will end with a playing of Taps.

ConcordSpirit of NH volunteer awards

Volunteers and volunteer champions from across the Granite State will receive well-deserved recognition for their efforts throughout the past year during the 2021 Spirit of NH Awards. Sixty-two award recipients will be highlighted online by Volunteer NH during a week-long social media campaign from Nov. 11 to 17, culminating in the Spirit of NH Awards event live-streamed to YouTube by ConcordTV from the Bank of NH Stage. Nazzy Nazz of 105.5 WJYY will emcee this free event on Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The 2021 Spirit of NH Awards will feature Volunteer Service Award and Volunteer Champion Award recipients in six categories, with special “Outstanding” awards presented to:

■Youth/Young Adult: Anastasia Morrison, Saint Anselm College Meelia Center for Community Engagement

■Adult: Michelle Berke, HAVEN Violence Prevention & Support Services

■Senior: Doug Rebidue, Meals on Wheels of Hillsborough County

■National Service: Cheryl Stevenson, NH Senior Companion Program

■Group: Friends of Aine Volunteer Facilitators

■Volunteer Champion: Bartlett Recreation Department

One special individual or group will be surprised during the event with the top “Spirit of NH Award,” kept secret until it is announced live. In addition, one individual or group will be selected to receive a People’s Choice Award. Beginning Nov. 11 and closing midway through the event on Nov. 17, the general public will be able to view videos of the award recipients online and cast votes for their favorite. “Volunteers are the backbone of our communities,” says Gretchen Stallings, Executive Director of Volunteer NH. “Many in the Granite State make volunteering a part of their daily life: tackling food insecurity, bringing joy to hospice patients, maintaining our state’s natural and cultural resources, bettering their communities, and more. 2021 has been an extraordinarily challenging year and we must honor volunteers who gave of their time and talent to make a difference where the need was the greatest.” The Spirit of NH Awards ceremony is made possible by Volunteer NH’s annual sponsors including: CGI Business Solutions, St. Mary’s Bank, AARP-NH, Bangor Savings Bank, Northeast Delta Dental, Orr & Reno, Coca Cola Beverages Northeast, the Sidebotham Family, Bernstein Private Wealth Management, and other generous contributors. RSVP to the event on Facebook to be notified when the social media campaign and voting for the People’s Choice Award begins. Access the Spirit of NH Awards stream on the night of the event or add it to your Google/Apple/Outlook calendar now: The event will be rebroadcast on ConcordTV’s Channel 22, and will be available to view on

LaconiaRotary awards $20,000

On Oct. 21, the Lakes Region Rotary Club held a reception at the Laconia Country Club to hand out proceeds from their annual car show fundraiser held in July. The Lakes Region Rotary Club is es pecially grateful to the lead sponsor of the car show, Graham & Veroff, PC, for also covering the cost of the reception. This year’s car show was the most successful yet, raising $20,000 that was distributed to 15 local charities on Thursday.  Beneficiaries include Belknap House, Got Lunch Laconia, Got Lunch Gilford, Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center, Hands Across the Table, Isaiah 61 Café, Laconia Endowment Educational Foundation, Lake Winnipesaukee Association, Lakes Region Food Pantry, Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, Patriot Resilience Leadership Institute, Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, Rotary International, Rotary Youth Leadership, and the Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region.  Rotary President Larry Greeley stated, “As a service organization, the Lakes Region Rotary is so pleased to be able to host such a wonderful reception for our supportive business owners and the charitable nonprofits that they helped assist.” Lakes Region Rotary would like to acknowledge the generous support of the sponsors who helped make this year’s show a success; lead sponsor Graham & Veroff, PC, Foley Oil & Propane, Grappone Automotive Group, ReMax/Bayside, CBH Landscape Contractors, the Daily Sun; Bank of New Hampshire, Bootleggers, HPM Insurance, Meredith Bay, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, The Insurance Outlet, Alton Motor Sports, Cross Insurance, Edward Jones, Jenness Hill Auto and Marine Storage, Meredith Village Savings Bank, and Penco Plumbing and Heating. For more information, visit


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