NH Club News: Molly Stark DAR presents Youth Citizenship Awards

January 10. 2018 11:43PM
Twelve members of the John Stark Society, Children of the American Revolution recently received Youth Citizenship medals from the Molly Stark Chapter of DAR in Manchester. Above, in the front row from left, are Nicholas Morrow, Sophia Morrow and Luke Morrow; second row, Nora Mitchell, Sophia Snaith, Molly Stark Chapter Regent Shannon Croteau, Morgan Holmes, Taryn Holmes and Reese Holmes; and back row, Connor Jackson. At left are Ava Chiumiento, Mia Chiumiento and Violet Chiumiento. (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER — The Molly Stark Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution recently awarded Youth Citizenship medals to 12 members of the John Stark Society, Children of the American Revolution.

The DAR Youth Citizenship Award is given to boys and girls in youth service and patriotic organizations who display the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism.

For information on membership in the DAR, contact chapter registrar Julie Morrow at julielynnford@yahoo.com or (517) 927-4686.

Conservation district offers second year of Farm Fund

WALPOLE — The Cheshire County Conservation District is offering the second year of the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund, a grant opportunity for local farmers through a partnership with the food co-op.

The food co-op Farm Fund’s mission is to support farmers in increasing sustainable food production and wholesale sales to contribute to a thriving local farm economy. The conservation district supports the viability of farm businesses and the stewardship of natural resources that farmers provide.

There will be $15,000 available for the 2018 grant cycle. A request for proposals is available, and Farm Fund applications are due no later than Feb. 1. Funds can be used for a range of needs, including the purchase of equipment or infrastructure, packaging and labeling design needs, and technical assistance.

Eligible applicants include farms in Cheshire County and abutting N.H. towns that would like to develop or expand their production for wholesale markets, including the food co-op and Monadnock Menus.

“This grant fund and partnership with (the) conservation district allows us to provide much-needed capital for our local farm and food economy, creating an increase in the quantity of food that can be produced and consumed locally. We couldn’t be happier to offer this grant fund to farmers who want to increase wholesale production,” said Michael Faber, food co-op general manager.

For more information on eligibility, to apply for a grant or to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund, visit www.cheshireconservation.org/farm-fund or call Amanda Littleton at the Conservation District at 756-2988 ext 116.

Grange donations help young and old at Christmas

The New Hampshire State Grange helped make Christmas brighter for some Granite State residents.

Debbie Patten, director of the Grange’s Family Activities Committee, and her committee members filled 150 Christmas goodie bags for residents of the state’s Glencliff Home for the Elderly in Glencliff. These were delivered by Ida Hutchins, subordinate deputy.

Dick Patten, director of the Community Service Committee, sent Christmas cards with tickets for a movie with popcorn at Cinemagic in Hooksett to Liberty House in Manchester. This committee has been sending greeting cards for all special days throughout the year to the homeless veterans who stay at Liberty House.

The Community Service Committee also donated toys, clothing and gift cards for four young children through Operation Santa Claus. It also donated $400 in gift cards through its Santa Claus Doesn’t Forget Teenagers at Christmas project for teens at Friends of Forgotten Children. This is the fourth year the committee has encouraged Grange members to donate gift cards for teens.

For information about the Community Service Committee, call Dick Patten, also the State Grange director, at 496-2917. For more about the Family Activities Committee, call Debra Patten at 228-1803.

Greater Meredith Program elects new board members

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program recently elected and welcomed five new members and an alternate to its board of directors and reelected three board members and an alternate.

The new board members are: Kelly Chapman, owner of Meredith Whole Living Center and a leadership coach; Bronwen Donnelly of Maxfield Real Estate; Bill Gartner, whose vocation has focused on financial investments and assisting small businesses; Andy Lane, a recently retired engineer; and Lynn Leighton, who co-owns Overhead Door Options. Amy Currie, a wealth adviser at Charter Trust Company’s Meredith office, was elected an alternate.

Reelected as directors were Ted Fodero, Bev Lapham and Bob Manley as well as alternate Steve Durand.

The 2018 board also includes Jeanie Forrester, Chris Kelly, Sam Laverack, Nancy Lavigne, Rusty McLear, Dick Pendergast, Katheryn Rolfe, Rob Stephens, Justin Van Etten, and Chris Williams.

Manley was reelected as board president; Kelly as vice president; Rolfe as secretary; and Pendergast as treasurer.

GMP is a nonprofit community development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage and townwide beautification. For more information, visit greatermeredithprogram.com, email gmp@greatermeredithprogram.com or call 279-9015.

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