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May 2, 2012

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Making a Positive Difference Every Day

Community Crossroads, Inc. (formerly Region 10), held its 15th annual Kids Carnival, filling the day full of smiles, featuring games, prizes, special activities, and great food...making a positive difference every day. Their mission is “to support people who have developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders, in partnership with families and caregivers, to enhance their independence and personal growth while fostering meaningful relationships and involvement within their communities.” Volunteers with some of the gift baskets are: Jinelle M. Hobson, development coordinator at Community Crossroads, and her daughter Leah Hobson, a student at Sandown Central School, Sandown.

A Very Proud Grandmom

Damion McCann, 10, was one of more than 75 Hampstead Scouts to “cross over” during ceremonies held at the Hampstead Middle School. He is a member of Pack 111 and the Arrow of Light. Approximately 200 parents attended the affair, including proud grandmom Marie McCann.

Focus on Scouting

The Brentwood Historical Society Museum was filled to capacity for the Society’s February program on the Scouting program in America and its impact on our society.  In addition to Historical Society members, a number of Scout leaders, parents, and Cub Scouts themselves gathered to see the large display of early Scouting uniforms, equipment, and memorabilia.  Cliff Cray of Epping, who has been associated with Scouting in this area for years, gave a short talk, addressing the young Webelos Scouts in particular.  
Steve Floyd, a former Brentwood Cubmaster and now a den leader for Webelos Scouts, delighted those attending by picking up a very old bugle and blowing a nearly perfect rendition of “Taps.”  He had been a Scout camp bugler for many years, and everything came back to him at that moment.
Harry Taylor of Epping, a member of the Historical Society, brought a generous display of his son’s scouting memorabilia, which he said was a tiny fraction of the scouting material still at his son’s home.  Harry himself was recognized as the oldest Eagle Scout in the room.
At the end of the evening, it was clear that the scouting experience stays with a man from his early years right through his entire life.  Many thanks go to Garett Lasewicz, the current Brentwood Pack 192 Cubmaster, for helping to extend the invitation to the leaders and parents of the town’s scouts.
Pictured above are the Webelos Scouts in Brentwood's Pack 192. From left are: Gavin Shilladay, Tim Hoyt, Ryan Pearson, Max Gauthier, Jake Myers, and Connor Floyd.

Lions 20th Anniversary

It seems like only yesterday but members of the Hampstead Lions are celebrating their 20th birthday. They’re always making the community happy with the annual Pancake Breakfast, held at Central School, Emerson Avenue, Hampstead. Above at right, head flipper Carl Rutigliano has been flippin' since 1992, helping to make it a success while assisted by Bob Laferriere, left, and Barry Cloutier, center.

Seniors: Come on Down

As part of a giant Senior Appreciation, the Raymond Baptist Church has invited all seniors to a free breakfast on Sat., May 5, from 8:30-11:00 a.m., at the church, located at 145 Route 27 (at Main Street) in Raymond. Come and enjoy a tasty and delightful breakfast by executive chef Michael Klingensmith, above, pictured with breakfast coordinator Sue Smith.

It's A Family Affair

Because of his love of all animals, Dr. Joseph Guischard, D.V.M., watches closely as his daughter Ruth, 17, fills a syringe for her dad at the Atkinson Fire Association Rabies Clinic, where they volunteered their services. The third member of the family team is Pam Guischard, right, bookkeeper at the 6 Jericho Road family facility, where someday Ruth will partner with her dad.

Invest Write State Winners

Fifth-grader Sierra Mielens and sixth-grader Daniela Ronga, both students of Hampstead Academy in Hampstead, are New Hampshire’s First Place elementary school winner and First Place middle school winner of the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® student essay competition, sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation and SIFMA member firms.  
As a culminating activity for the country’s 600,000 annual Stock Market Game™ participants, InvestWrite® challenges 4th-12th graders to analyze an investment scenario, think critically, and write a long-term financial plan
In her elementary school essay, Mielens was asked to describe the three most important factors to research before purchasing a stock, bond, or mutual fund and to select an investment on the basis of that research. She discussed how demand for a company’s products, a strong reputation, and the broader economic environment should all be analyzed prior to making an investment. She selected Panera Bread based on her research of these factors and described how the company and its stock have prevailed even in a tough economy based on high demand for the company’s products and stock.
The middle school competition asked students to pick a real world company from the stock market and describe one thing that could increase the price of its stock and one thing that could decrease the price. Daniela Ronga selected Green Mountain Coffee Roaster on the basis of holding the sole rights to manufacture the popular Keurig K-cup.  This was felt to help drive the price of the stock up. However, she indicated, missed earnings expectations and an analyst’s recommendation was seen to cause a decline in the stock.  This did not deter Ronga from investing in the stock. “I will hold on to GMCR for the simple reason that I believe coffee is enjoyed by many people around the world and the K-cup will continue to sell to millions,” she writes.
Sierra Mielens pursues many interests outside of class, including skiing, cycling, basketball and – her favorite – soccer. She began playing soccer at the age of four and joined a travel league team, the Timberwolves, three years ago.  Mielens also enjoys music, having studied piano for the last five years.  That leaves her just enough time for her other three interests -- reading, playing with her three dogs at home, and spending time in Vermont.  Sierra was a member of the winning elementary school level Fall 2011 Stock Market Game team in New Hampshire.
Daniela Ronga began her schooling at age four at Hampstead Academy in their nursery program.  She enjoys after-school activities in student council as well as the Math Counts club.  Art is a favorite subject and Ronga excels in painting and drawing.  Her passion for dance is fulfilled by her being a senior dancer and company member at her dance studio where she performs ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary dance.  Daniela is not unfamiliar with the InvestWrite program -- she was the InvestWrite elementary New Hampshire state winner during the Fall 2010 semester!
Pictured above at the award presentation, from left, are: Mike Ronga, Maria Ronga, Elizabeth Reidel, Daniela Ronga, Cecilia Carroll, Melissa Mielens (mother), Sierra Mielens, Jay Kaknes, and Alex Mielens.

Meatball Supper

As part of a fundraising event to benefit the Church Operating Fund, members and friends of the East Hampstead Union Church, Route 121A, East Hampstead, will host their famous Meatball Supper on Sat., May 19, from 5:00-6:30 p.m., downstairs in the church hall. As an added extra, there will be a rain or shine Yard Sale on May 24, 25, and 26. The East Hampstead Union Church has been serving the local community for over 115 years. Above is Doris Sweet, a 14 year member of the church and mother of Paul A. Sweet, pastor.

Division Champions

The 98 Elite Spartans followed up a strong finish to the regular season with commanding wins in the quarterfinals over the Monarchs (7-3) and over the Glades in the semi-finals (5-1) to set up a championship game with Nashua. The Spartans took control of a 1-1 game in the second with two goals on a single shift followed by a third goal by the next line and rode the momentum to a 6-2 win. They finished runner up last year and completed their goal of being the division champion this year. Congratulations!

Shoe Drive at Swasey

Recently, students are Swasey Central School in Brentwood held a shoe drive to support the Soles4Souls program.  Gently worn shoes will be donated to children and adults all over the world, with 50% of them helping others right here in the United States.  
Many of the recent donations were being sent to the victims of the tornadoes that crossed our country in February.  For more information or to see how you to could get involved, go to

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