Club Notes: Nashua Lions Club presents Fire Fighter of Year award

October 11. 2018 10:22PM
Fire dispatcher Kyle Ball, left, is presented the 2018 Nashua Lions Club Fire Fighter of the Year award by club President Mike Francoeur, center, and Nashua Fire Rescue Assistant Chief George Walker, who is also a club member. (Courtesy)

Nashua Lions Club presents Fire Fighter of Year award

NASHUA — The Nashua Lions Club honored its 2018 Nashua Fire Fighter of the Year, dispatcher Kyle Ball, at its October meeting.

Ball was selected for his handling of a fire call in January from two people who were trapped in a bathroom of their second-floor apartment. While they waited for firefighters to arrive, Ball stayed on the phone, reassuring them help was on the way. The club said he kept them focused on the call and instructed them to bang on the door so firefighters could locate them.

Nashua Fire Rescue Assistant Chief George Walker, a club member, outlined Ball’s actions, and an audio clip of the call was played.

Nashua Lions President Mike Francoeur presented Ball with an award plaque. Several fellow dispatchers, Fire Alarm Superintendent Jeremy Audette and Fire Commissioners Paul Garant, Anthony Patti and Ken Marquis joined the Lions at the presentation. Fire Chief Brian Rhodes and Deputy Steve Buxton, also club members, participated in the program as well.

Marilyn Pratt Holmquist, left, the speaker at the White Mountain Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians’ meeting last month, is with the group’s president, Phyllis Gagnon. The group’s next meeting is Thursday. (Courtesy)

Parliamentarians to meet Thursday at new location

MANCHESTER — The White Mountain Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians will meet Thursday at its new location, St. Mary’s Bank, 48 Perimeter Road, in the Mount Washington Room.

Networking will begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by a business meeting and lesson at 9:30 a.m.

Ray Brown will present the lesson, “NAP Electronic Membership Exam Prep Tools.” NAP stands for National Association of Parliamentarians. Those attending should bring their laptops or tablets if possible.

At the unit’s September meeting, Marilyn Pratt Holmquist presented a lesson on “Jeopardy Questions Based on NAP Membership Prep Test.”

For more details, email Phyllis Gagnon at 

Maria Noel Groves, a clinical herbalist and owner of Wintergreen Botanicals in Allenstown, spoke to the Manchester Garden Club recently on “Good Health Grows in the Garden.” She is pictured with her book, “Body into Balance.” For more on the club, go to (Courtesy)

NH Audubon recognizes 6 for conservation efforts

CONCORD — NH Audubon announced its 2018 conservation award winners during its 104th annual meeting.

• Nanci Mitchell of Gilmanton received the Tudor Richards Award “for working tirelessly and effectively for conservation in the Granite State.” She was a founding member of the Nichols-Smith Conservation Land Trust, created to protect the Beaver Brook Association land in Hollis, and the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition, which recently protected Piper Mountain in the Belknap Range. 

“Nanci is the quintessential grassroots worker with clear vision who makes local land protection happen, contagiously passionate about land protection and environmental stewardship,” NH Audubon wrote in a news release.

• The Goodhue-Elkins Award was given to three educators “in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the education of young people about birds”: Rich Aaronian of Exeter, Paul Lacourse of Exeter and Peggy Meyette of Cornish. 

“All three of these individuals have introduced countless children of all ages to birds and left a lasting legacy of knowledge and caring about birds among the youth of New Hampshire,” NH Audubon wrote.

• Robert A. Quinn of Webster received the Volunteer of the Year Award. He has been volunteering for NH Audubon for more than 40 years. 

“He freely shares his knowledge of birds and is always ready to lend a hand, from carrying buckets of gravel onto a rooftop for Project Nighthawk to checking on an eagle nest,” NH Audubon wrote. “Whether as a trustee, president of the Capital Chapter or field trip leader, Bob is always inspiring others to volunteer for NH Audubon’s bird conservation efforts and to support the organization.”

• Bill Smagula received the President’s Award “for outstanding commitment to NH Audubon’s mission and success.” Smagula was a longtime employee of Eversource (formerly Public Service of New Hampshire) and a partner in the Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitor Center, for which NH Audubon is the managing partner. 

“He was a strong ally, friend and supporter of the center’s work and the partnership,” NH Audubon wrote. “He helped to make this environmental education center an award-winning place where people can explore the Merrimack River watershed with interactive exhibits and learn the importance of wise stewardship of our water resources.”

To learn more about NH Audubon, call 224-9909 or visit

Somersworth association sponsors Harvest Craft Fair

SOMERSWORTH — The Somersworth Festival Association is sponsoring the 26th Harvest Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Somersworth High School, 11 Memorial Drive.

The craft fair will feature more than 150 New England crafters. Festival Association volunteers will serve both breakfast and lunch. 

For more details, call 692-5869 or go to

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