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VA recognizes mask maker

  • Nonie Mazerski of Henniker was recently recognized by the VA Medical Center for sewing nearly 350 masks through the end of April. Courtesy

Published: 5/21/2020 10:59:58 AM
Modified: 5/21/2020 10:59:48 AM

The nurses at the VA Medical Center had a mission – reach out to people that might help them make homemade masks as healthcare workers had a dire need for them. That’s when VA Care Coordinator of Telehealth Services and nurse Carolyn Keenan reached out to long-time John Stark Receptionist Nonie Mazerski as she knew was an avid sewer and quilter.

“Without hesitation, Nonie was quick to say she was on board to help make some homemade masks for us,” said Keenan. “I supplied her with some of the supplies that I could find but she pitched in the bulk of her materials to get the job done.”  Not only did Mazerski make all the masks, but she also took care of distributing them throughout New Hampshire workers and other essential personnel.

Mazerski​​​​​​​, who lives in Henniker,  has been at John Stark for 18 years, 17 of those years in the front office. She’s always at the ready with a quick smile and an offer to help students, parents, and co-workers.

In a letter asking that Mazerski ​​​​​​​ be recognized for her commitment to community service,  Keenan wrote, “Nonie’s passion for advocating for anyone in need shines through in everything she does. On behalf of health care workers in the community, please be sure that Nonie Mazerski is thanked and recognized as a Community Service Ambassador.  She has been an essential volunteer with helping us all work together to win this war against this COVID​​​​​​​-19 virus in New Hampshire.  If each of us took time out to serve our community when in need like Nonie Mazerski did, this world would truly be a better place.”

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