NH Club Notes: Greater Meredith Program presents awards, honors

February 15. 2018 9:11PM

Steve Durand Board Member of the Year 

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program celebrated its accomplishments in 2017 during its annual meeting last week at Church Landing.

GMP officials thanked those who supported and volunteered for the nonprofit community development organization, advancing its mission in 2017 to enhance Meredith’s economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and beautification projects.

The GMP’s five committees also were highlighted with reports from the Career Partnership Program, Design/Beautification, Finance, Promotion and Meredith Sculpture Walk committees.

Two GMP board members who died during their 2017 terms were recognized, with their families present. Board member Rusty McLear spoke about the late John Cook, while board member Chris Williams spoke about the late Miller Lovett. Both men’s terms remained unfilled in 2017 as a gesture of respect for their contributions and service.

Board member Chris Kelly also remembered another community member who was selfless in her service to GMP and to many local causes, the late Christine Hodecker-George.

Mae Williams of Unlocking History gave a talk on “The Swasey Canal: How One Man’s Vision Shaped Meredith’s Economy”

Those who made special contributions last year were honored.

The GMP Board Member of the Year Award was presented to Steve Durand, co-chairman of the Meredith 250th Anniversary Committee, for his “outstanding contributions and leadership.” Bill Gartner received the Volunteer of the Year Award. The Outstanding Business Supporter of the Year was presented to the firm of Christopher P. Williams Architects, PLLC.

The How Did You Get So Much Done in a Single Year? Helping Hands Award went to the GMP Design Committee and subcommittees members. The Most Consecutive Years of Dedicated Planning and Diligent Preparation Award went to the Meredith 250th Anniversary Committee and subcommittees members, its youth ambassador Kaitlyn Gable, and to 250th logo designer Malik Carter. The Superhero “McFundy” Award” went to Jim McFarlin, chairman of the Archie Statue Subcommittee.

For more about GMP or volunteer opportunities, go to greatermeredithprogram.com, email gmp@greatermeredithprogram.com or call 279-9015.

Amherst club sets agenda for meetings on March 1

AMHERST — The Amherst Garden Club has monthly meetings with different programs in the morning and evening. The next meetings are on Thursday, March 1.

Farmer Tom Mitchell, who owns Ledge Top Farm in Wilton, will be the guest speaker at the 9:15 a.m. meeting at Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m., after a business meeting and refreshments.

Mitchell has been growing chemical-free vegetables and fruit for 40 years and is a business partner in Four Seasons Aquaponics, which combines “aquaculture” (raising fish) and “hydroponics” (soil-less gardening). Mitchell says this approach to growing plants and fish together enables him to produce leafy greens and herbs year-round in his greenhouse.

His presentation will cover the history of the businesses, including his organic growing methods.

A raffle will offer a Ledge Top Farm CSA 2018 membership valued at $100.

The 7 p.m. meeting will feature Amherst resident and adventurer Steve Farrar, who will give a repeat of his talk, “Plants in Our National Parks,” which he gave at this month’s morning meeting.

He has explored almost all of the national parks and will give a pictorial tour of the plant life in these parks.

This meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Parkhurst Place, 11 Veterans Road.

The public is welcome to attend both meetings with no fee.

If Amherst schools are canceled due to weather, the club’s day meeting will be canceled. If schools are delayed, the day meeting will be held as scheduled.

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