NH Club Notes: Candia Garden Club to host plant sale May 19

May 10. 2018 10:01PM
The Manchester Manchester Artists Association's Artists of the month for April are, from left sitting, Judy Gelinas, Bill Earnshaw, Noella Breault and Therese DesRosiers; and standing, Jim O'Donnell, Howard Muscott, Rolland Rousselle and Beverely Descoteaux. (COURTESY)

CANDIA — The Candia Garden Club is busy preparing for its annual plant sale, which is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19, at the Masonic Hall, 12 South Road.

The sale will offer a large selection of annuals, vegetables, herbs and hanging baskets as well as many hardy perennials dug from members’ gardens. A raffle table also will be available, with gardening and other items as prizes.

Proceeds from the sale support the club’s various projects and beautification and education endeavors in Candia.

Concord Grange presents honors, plans meeting

CONCORD — Concord Grange 322 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall, 48 Airport Road. Lecturer Gary Ford and Chaplain Judy Chase will present a memorial program.

The Grange recently hosted its 42nd annual Grange Month Celebration, honoring members of the Grange and the community.

Grange Master Dick Patten, who is also the N.H. State Grange historian, presented Thomas Ellis with a 60-year Grange seal in recognition of his 60 years of membership.

Other members who weren’t present also will receive honors for length of membership: Kathlyn Quig, 80 years; Betty Hanson, 65 years; Donald Little, 60 years; Harold Patten, 55 years; and David Murray and John Moore, 25 years. The Grange also welcomed new member Dean Wilbur.

Community awards were presented to:

• Lifetime Achievement: William Marston and State Rep. Mary Stuart Gile, who represents Concord wards 1 to 7.

• Citizen of the Year: Robert Wolfe.

• Community Spirit: Matt Finney, third-grade teacher at Broken Ground School.

• Educator of the Year: Heidi Crumrine, Concord High School, in absentia.

• Public Service Award: Concord Police Chief Brad Osgood.

• Legislator of the Year: State Rep David Luneau, who represents Concord Ward 5 and Hopkinton.

• Agriculture Farm Award: Howard Pearl.

• Youth Award: Cadet Tyler Lawrence, Concord Civil Air Patrol, in absentia.

• Firefighter of the Year: Scott Bourque, Concord Fire Department.

• First Responder Award: Colleen Simko, Concord police parking officer.

• Police Officer of the Year: Ben Mitchell, Concord Police Department.

• State Police Trooper for Concord area: Mark Barrett.

• Special Community Supporter: Tom Nault, Concord Fire Department.

• Special Appreciation Award: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 490.

Grange Lecturer Gary Ford also presented the Concord Insider a National Grange award for its promotion of the Grange and other organizations. Matt Fallon of the Concord Fire Department also was honored with the Northeast Grange’s First Responder Award.

Plymouth Rotary inducts former honorary members

PLYMOUTH — Leaders of the Plymouth Rotary Club, which has a mission that focuses on community service, say they are always looking for like-minded new members who share a desire to serve the community. Recently, two longtime honorary members of the club were inducted and welcomed as regular members.

Alex Ray, founder and owner of the Common Man family of restaurants, became an official Plymouth Rotarian along with friend Denise Castonguay, adult living coordinator at Mount Prospect Academy.

The club says Ray has long been known for his community philanthropy and his dedication to promoting a “do good” and “can do” philosophy throughout his company and the community. He has helped the Plymouth Rotary Club with numerous projects and initiatives over the years, including the Plymouth 250th anniversary celebration.

Castonguay, too, is quick to pitch in whenever extra support for a project is needed, the club says. She has helped with the Bridge House collaboration with Pemi Baker Community Health to provide hospice care, and she often volunteers at events such as the annual Fun Fair, the Hometown Holiday Parade, Rotary Chill Buster Barbeque and the Rotary rabies clinic. She also was the club’s choice for Citizen of the Year in 2017.

Club members also are expressing appreciation to veterinarian David Cote, owner of the Plymouth Animal Hospital, for his support of the club’s recent rabies clinic. Dr. Cote annually volunteers not only his services but also donates the vaccine used to inoculate local cats and dogs. He also donates the $10 charge per vaccine at the rabies clinic back to the club to use in support of community service projects. About 60 animals received the rabies vaccine this year. The club also thanked the Plymouth Police Department and Chief Stephen Lefebvre for use of the department’s garage space for the clinic.

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