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Hometown Heroes


OUR 2024 COMMUNITY PARTNER

While the challenges continue, so do the good works done by our neighbors, our teachers, our health care providers, our volunteers and so many others. This is their story. Ledyard National Bank is proud to support the 2024 Hometown Heroes, who were nominated by members of the community and selected by editors of the Concord Monitor.

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Hometown Hero: Jim Milliken has spent 8 decades making Concord ‘a better place to live’
07-22-2024 9:02 AM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

From his seat in a shaded booth at The Works, underneath a picture of wild blueberries, Jim Milliken gestures at Main Street. “I painted every parking meter you can see,” he says.He also changed the lightbulbs in traffic lights and touched up the...

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Hometown Hero: Hats off to this Penacook woman, a crafts lover whose artistic, and altruistic, nature has benefited people with serious illnesses
04-21-2024 11:36 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

Nancy Peperissa’s secrets to help people involve cotton and rice, two items she uses to craft items with others in mind.She crochets cotton to make soft skull caps for chemotherapy patients. The rice she inserts into a doll’s midsection gives it...


Hometown Hero: Quilters, sewers grateful for couple continuing ‘treasured’ business
04-14-2024 11:59 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

When Randy and Holly Silver saw their chance two years ago to open a business they’ve always wanted, they wasted no time moving forward.They went to the bank almost immediately after an offer was made to buy the Bittersweet Fabric Shop, a staple in...


Hometown Hero: Whatever you’re looking for at Concord Public Library, Robbin Bailey can help you find it
04-07-2024 1:39 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

People often go to the library looking for something quite specific: the next mystery novel in a series, a tax form or maybe a political memoir. But, as any regular knows, libraries hold so much more than books between the stacks: free and engaging...


Hometown Hero: Alan Andrian of Boscawen does more than run a beloved local restaurant
01-21-2024 7:00 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

You’ve probably seen the sign hugging Route 3 in Boscawen, near the Penacook border.It’s big and announces that the restaurant located there, Alan’s of Boscawen – a landmark in the region – remains open after a 40-year run. The owner and founder, Alan...


Hometown Hero: Saving People’s Smiles providing dental care for those without
12-26-2023 10:05 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Earle Simpson has a message for every patient who walks through the door of his dental practice: Take today and go forward. For many, a trip to the dentist was a rarity before they visited Simpson’s practice, Saving People’s Smiles. Dental care is...


Hometown Heroes: Tanya Frost helps in any way she can
12-17-2023 3:08 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

When someone is in need, they can count on Tanya Frost to be there.Whether it’s loading up her car to move someone’s belongings or assisting a struggling pedestrian to cross the road, she’s the one who steps up.Although she found excitement in her...


Hometown Hero: Dance therapist Heather Bigelow Hearne in tune with changing needs
12-03-2023 5:38 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Lynne Sabien of Hopkinton, a grant writer at the Concord Community Music School, began working there less than six months ago.That was enough time, however, to gauge the value Heather Bigelow Hearne brought to the company.“She genuinely makes everyone...


Hometown Hero: Women-led nonprofit supports local communities in need
11-12-2023 4:41 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Twelve years ago, Deb Horton visited a patient in hospice who couldn’t afford a surgery for his wife.To help the couple, their son took money from his children’s Christmas fund to pay for the $500 surgery. They were broken at the thought of their...


Hometown Hero: Seniors continue to flourish following the merger of the Penacook Community Center and the Concord Boys and Girls Club 
11-05-2023 3:18 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Before the Penacook Community Center closed last year, Kristen Pinard-Kenney was the intergenerational outreach coordinator, working to bridge the generation gap through activities in an official capacity.She doubled as the senior program director at...


Hometown Hero: Helen St. Pierre never turns a dog away
10-24-2023 11:41 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

Her name is Helen St. Pierre and she owns and operates Old Dogs Go To Helen in Epsom. She cares for dogs – 13 at the moment – who are near the end of the line, be it from illness or old age. She spoils them in a separate building, called the...


Hometown Hero: Brady student has planted roots in his community
10-16-2023 6:03 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Nick Pagauisan, a sophomore at Bishop Brady High School, is growing in more ways than one.While he’s at the age, 16, in which height and maturity are often on the rise, his vegetable plants are, too, giving him a green thumb that would fill the Jolly...

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