NH Club News: Somersworth group plans penny sale fundraiser

November 09. 2017 9:31PM
Manchester Garden Club members painted lilacs, the state flower, at a floral painting workshop during their October meeting at the Manchester Millyard Museum. Holding their paintings are, kneeling from left, Joanne Gustafson, Patricia Ballard, Cheryl Dickson, Cathy Harwood, Christine Piotrowski and Colleen Driscoll; and standing from left, Lynne Tarr, Diane Beaudry, Roz Lockwood, Jackie Rzasa, Priscilla Malcolm, Gail York, Joyce Starry, Fiona McKenna, Peeps Bogaert, Linda Ramaska, Nancy McGurn, Monica Moquin, Pat Moquin and Ann Weikers. For more about the club, go to Manchesternhgardenclub.org. (COURTESY)

SOMERSWORTH — The Somersworth Festival Association is hosting its annual penny sale fundraiser Sunday, Nov. 19, at Somersworth High School, 11 Memorial Drive.

Proceeds will help support SFA’s family-oriented activities, including its Children’s Festival, Kids Koncerts, Breakfast with Frosty and Pumpkin Festival.

Prizes include a 55-inch, 4k flat-screen TV, Mills Falls hotel stay, a drone, game gloves autographed by Boston Bruin Johnny Boychuk, tickets for sporting events, gift certificates to area restaurants and other businesses, gift baskets, clothing, jewelry and more.

Doors will open at 11 a.m., with hourly series raffles. Penny sale items will be drawn starting at 4 p.m. You need not be present to win the larger raffle items and a 50/50 raffle. Food will be for sale in the cafeteria.

For more information or to become an event sponsor, call 692-5869.

NH State Grange presents awards at annual session

LACONIA — The New Hampshire State Grange presented several awards during its 144th annual session Oct. 26 to 28 at The Margate Resort.

State Grange Master Chris Heath called to order the session, which also featured a conferral of the Fifth Degree and Sixth Degree. Grange membership includes seven degrees.

Gov. Chris Sununu presented the Citizen of the Year Award to Leona Shanholtz of Hudson.

Sununu also spoke to the group about the importance of the Grange’s role in New Hampshire government. He noted that at one time, 125 Grange members were also members of the N.H. House of Representatives, and that didn’t include state senators, past governors and Executive Council members. Sununu presented Heath with a state flag, which will be flown over the State Grange Building in Hooksett.

National Grange Master Betsy Huber of Pennsylvania, representing the national organization, also spoke.

Heath presented Paul Smith, clerk of the House of Representatives, with the Public Service Award.

State Grange Legislative Director Robert Haefner presented the Legislator of the Year Award to Rep. Lynn Ober of Hudson.

Dick Patten, State Grange historian and community service director, presented Family Historian Awards to the George and Catherine Currier family for involvement in the Grange from the Sanbornton area; the Amadee and Pauline Leclerc family of Hudson for involvement in several levels of the Grange; and the Carryl and Nathalie Heath family, who are active in several areas of the state.

Community Recognition and Century Farmers awards also were presented.

Patten presented the National First Responder Award to Concord Firefighter Matt Fallon; Law Enforcement Officer of the Year to David Wentworth, Sugar Hill Police Department; Firefighter of the Year to Capt. James Paquette, Hudson Fire Department; Outstanding Educator of the Year to James. P. McCollum Jr., principal, Rundlett Middle School, Concord; state Fish and Game Conservation Officer of the Year to Joseph Canfield, assigned to the Lakes Region; and State Police Excellence Award to Trooper 1st Class Stefan Czyzowski of Troop B.

State Gatekeeper and Agriculture Director Norman Brandt presented the Century Farm Award for 2016 to Sanctuary Dairy Farm in Sunapee and for 2017 to Sullivan Farm in Nashua, and the Young Farmer of the Year Award to Todd Larocque of Carter Hill Orchard in Concord. Diane and Chuck Souther, who own Apple Hill Farm of Concord, were recognized for their commitment to the Concord Farmers Market.

For more on the Grange, go to www.nhgrange.org.

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