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Scene Setters, May 29

COURTESY RiverStone Resources recently presented a check for nearly $165,000 to the New Hampshire Food Bank (NHFB) in Manchester. From left: Bob Gossett, NHFB Advisory Board; Eileen Liponis, executive director NHFB; Nancy Mellitt, director of development, NHFB; and Nick Bentley, CEO and Chairman, RiverStone Resources LLC. 
COURTESY Bradford Police sergeant Ed Shaughnessy hangs out with CHaD Buddy Eli Bunnell at Buddy Day for the 2018 CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Classic on May 17. Ed and Eli were one of many pairings as CHaD patients met and reunited with police officers and firefighters for this year’s fundraising game, scheduled for Aug. 10 at the home of the Fisher Cats. 
COURTESYTeam SooSoo celebrates its successful fundraising for the 2017 Sunrise Ascent. Plans are underway for the 9th Annual Sunrise Ascent on Mt. Washington set for Aug. 5. The event is a fundraiser for the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, which provides over 20 different sport, recreation and wellness activities for people of all ages and any ability. Before sunrise, teams led by an adaptive athlete ascend the eight mile Mount Washington Auto Road, to summit 6,288-foot Mount Washington. Each team pledges to raise at least $6,288. Visit for more information.  
KIMBERLY HAAS/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT USS Manchester crew members Kevin Seguin, Clinton Williams, Desmond Calderon and Jeffrey Trujillo waved to the attendees of Hit the Decks in Portsmouth ON Thursday evening. They were treated to a ride to the festivities on the gundalow Piscataqua.  
COURTESYThe eighth annual Paws and Claws for a Cause event for the benefit of the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire was held April 19 at Sullivan Framing and Fine Art Gallery in Bedford. The event was spearheaded by Dana Boucher, Bedford artist and entrepreneur, and Amy Sullivan Bedford owner of Sullivan Framing & Fine Art Gallery. From left Boucher, Sullivan and Maria Blakeman.  
COURTESY Several directors from the New Hampshire Department of Natural & Cultural Resources were unanimously reappointed to four-year terms by the Executive Council after being nominated by Gov. Sununu. They were recently sworn in by DNCR Commissioner Jeffrey Rose. From left: Brad Simpkins, director of the Division of Forests & Lands and state forester; Michael York, state librarian; Commissioner Rose; Phil Bryce, director of the Division of Parks & Recreation. 
COURTESY From left: Crotched Mountain Board Members Cindy Yuknewicz and Ray Benoit, Dennis Bradley, Director of Behavioral Science for Crotched Mountain School, and Melissa White, Chief Program Officer of Crotched Mountain School at the Corks for a Cause Annual Wine Tasting, held on May 17 and Devine Millimet in Manchester. The event raises funds to support Crotched Mountain's mission of serving children, students, and adults with disabilities. 
COURTESY Eighteen years old and ready for the workforce: Seven students completed program requirements this past academic year at White Mountains Community College. Six of them, hailing from New Hampshire and Vermont, participated in the 51st Commencement Exercises at WMCC on May 18. From left: Abrielle Brownell, of Barrington, Heavy Diesel Equipment Technology certificate; Isaac Hodgdon, Bethel, Vt., Advanced Welding certificate; Jarrett Snow, Brookfield, Vt., Advanced Welding certificate; Reid Styles, Groveton, Advanced Welding certificate; Isaiah Stone, Lancaster, Advanced Welding certificate and Cole Prehemo, of Pittsburg, Advanced Welding certificate.  
COURTESY Hooksett Police patrolman Travis Mannon spends time with his CHaD Buddy Ava Burke at Buddy Day for the CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Classic on May 17 at a Fisher Cats game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Travis and Ava were one of many pairings as CHaD patients met and reunited with police officers and firefighters for this year’s fundraising game, scheduled for Aug. 10 at the home of the Fisher Cats. 
COURTESYTo celebrate its fifth anniversary in Amherst, LaBelle Winery hosted a black tie gala on Feb. 10 to benefit charities serving local children and youths, including Empowering Angels, a nonprofit founded by winery co-owner Amy LaBelle in 2017. The gala raised more than $10,000.From left: Cesar Arboleda and Amy LaBelle and their sons, Jackson and Lucas Arboleda.