Select photos from the May 24, 2012 Carriage Towne News.
Dedication to Major Jeremy Graczyk
Each Memorial Day, Americans come together to honor all of the brave citizens who have fought for the United States. The Town of Atkinson has a continuing tradition of holding a parade to remember those who served our country through all the battles, conflicts, and wars. The parade will be held on Mon., May 28, at 10:30 a.m., and will include a dedication to Major Jeremy Graczyk, an Atkinson resident. The Atkinson Women's Civic Club invites bikes, trikes and carriages to be decorated in a red, white and blue theme again this year. Groups/Clubs who would like to march are asked to call Patti Mangini, Parade Committee Chairman, at 362-5531. Top left photo, Atkinson caregiver Ray D'Auteuil filled a longtime desire to illuminate his patriotic American flag with an automatic sensor. By day or by night, Americans will always remember. (CTN photo by Larry Kennedy)
Benefit for Kingston Firefighter
Red Knights Chapter 5 New Hampshire will hold a Poker Run on Sat., June 23 to benefit Lt. Scott McLellan of the Kingston Fire Department, who was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer. Participants will leave from the Kingston Fire Station at 10:00 a.m., and will end at Manchester Harley Davidson. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. The cost is $25.00 per rider, $10.00 per passenger. Getting the word out at a recent Kingston Fire Auxiliary yard sale is Fire Captain Doug Butland with Beverly Masse of Colebrook, formerly of Atkinson. For ride information, call John Burnett, 498-8210 or Doug Butland, 566-1724. For vendor information, call CJ at 234-9346. The rain date is Sun., June 24. (CTN photo by Larry Kennedy)
Tracing their father’s footsteps, a brother and sister from Brentwood continue the Marine Corps tradition. Following his Exeter High School graduation in 1980, Private First Class Stephen E. Belanger completed USMC boot camp training at Parris Island, SC. Some twenty years later, on April 1, 2011, his son, PFC Nicholas A. Belanger, graduated from Parris Island, and later completed his Marine combat training at the School of Infantry, Camp Lejeune, NC. His MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) training as Multi Channel Scatter Radio Operator continued at TwentyNine Palms, CA. Lance Corporal Belanger is currently stationed at MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station) at Mirimar, CA. His sister, Private Stephanie A. Belanger USMC, this past March 9 graduated boot camp at Parris Island and is currently completing the School of Infantry Marine Combat Training at Camp Lejeune, following which she will move on to Camp Lee, VA, to pursue her Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) training as a Bulk Fuel Specialist. Former Sgt. Stephen Belanger and his wife, Karrie, live on Crawley Falls Road in Brentwood. The proud grandparents of the two new Marines are Albert and Sandra Belanger of Brentwood.
Three Earn Eagle Scout
An Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony was held at the Hampstead Congregational Church for three members of Boy Scout Troop 33. Congratulations go to Eagle Scouts, from left, Billy Conte, son of Lori and Bill Conte; Zack Sheltra, son of Carol and Dave Sheltra; and Ryan Guest, son of Kim and Bill Guest. (CTN photo by Larry Kennedy)
Plaistow Officers Promoted
The Town of Plaistow and its Police Department held a ceremony at the town hall to honor two of their officers promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Master Patrol Officer Alec Porter (seated left) and officer Jason Mazza (seated right) were sworn in by Jill Cook, Assistant Rockingham County Attorney before their wives, Roclyn Porter and Suzanne Mazza pinned their Sgt. badges on them. Standing from left: Plaistow Deputy Chief, Kathleen Jones; Plaistow Chief, Stephen Savage and Plaistow Operations Lieutenant, William Baldwin pose for a photo with the new sergeants. (Courtesy Photo by Carl Russo)
Animal Shelter Donations
Karen McLain, director of Christian Education for the Atkinson Congregational Church, is continuing the drive for items to be donated to the MSPCA in Methuen, MA and the Salem Animal Rescue League. Blankets, towels, toys, medical supplies and more have been collected and delivered by children of the church. Heading to the van are Adam Torris, Dominic Pallaria, and Antonio Pallaria. (CTN photo by Larry Kennedy)
Sanborn Conservation Project
On April 20, the students of Ms. Kristyn Achilich's environmental science class at Sanborn Regional High School presented the Kingston Conservation Commission with a plan for the sustainable landscaping of the trailhead area at Kingston's Valley Lane Town Forest, located off Hunt Road in Kingston. This project will fulfill the town's pledge for Earth Day's 2012 Billion Acts of Green. The class has been performing site work for the past month, taking into account soils and erosion, cataloging existing native plant life, and creating a plan for sustainable, perennial native landscape. At this time the trailhead is a sloping area of rock and scrub, but will be considerably beautified by their efforts. The project is scheduled for completion in June for the Senior Day of Caring.
The Kingston Conservation Commission has tried for a year to find a local group willing to take on this project, and are very grateful to Mr. Achilich's class and to Sanborn Regional High School.
Parent Teacher Pancakes
The Pollard School Parent Teacher Association (P.T.A.) held a light 'n fluffy pancake breakfast at the school to say “thank you” for to parents and students for participating in recent successful events. They included: Mad Science Day, Bingo for Books, Bucket Fillers Assembly hosted by Pollard's Bullying Prevention Committee, Family Fun Nite, and Silent Auction. Chefs are from left, Colleen Ferrante, Tony Wagnitz, Fran Allen, and Kate DeRoche. (CTN photo by Larry Kennedy)
ACC Celebrates Re-Opening
Atkinson Resort & Country Club celebrated the grand re-opening of the newly redesigned Merrill’s Tavern and Stagecoach Grille on March 29. Owner Christine Lewis Morse said it’s been a long three months since the fire on January 1st that damaged Merrill’s Tavern, three guest suites, and part of the Stagecoach Grille. “We would never wish this upon anyone, but we turned it into a great opportunity to make improvements.” Local residents were invited to a celebratory ribbon cutting and party where they enjoyed cupcakes made by the chef, sipped champagne and savored complimentary appetizers.
In the photo above, Atkinson Resort & Country Club staff, patrons and Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce staff and fellow Chamber members surround owner Christine Lewis Morse at the grand re-opening of the newly redesigned Merrill’s Tavern and Stagecoach Grille.
EH Nursing Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to Exeter Hospital nurses (front row, from left) Sheila O’Sullivan, RN, Emergency; Danielle Anderson, RN, 4West; and Paula Chasse, RN, Center for Cancer Care, who were selected as recipients of the 2012 Exeter Hospital Medical Staff Nursing Scholarship. The winners were selected by members of the Medical Staff based on an application that included written clinical narratives along with recommendations from department managers. Each winner will receive $500 annually for the next five years to put towards repayment of nursing school loans. The recipients are pictured with (back row from left) Fran Bonardi, RN, Interim Vice President, Acute Care; Nancy Braese, DO, Exeter Hospital Medical Staff President; and Susan Burns-Tisdale, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations. (Courtesy Photo)
Citizen of the Year
The Atkinson Lions Club has named Rev. Paul H. Dionne, above, as its Lions Citizen of the Year for 2012. He is the pastor of the Atkinson Congregational Church and is shown as auctioneer at the third annual Goods & Services Auction, church benefit. Organizers include top, Debbie Pelletier, Shirley Orio and Katharine Webster, insert. First prize winners were Gena and George Winchell.
Commander Visits Post 37
The American Legion's National Commander, Fang A. Wong, visited several Posts in New Hampshire in. On March 31, Commander Wong met with Post Commanders for breakfast at American Legion Post 37 in Hooksett. The Commander of Carl G. Davis Post 34 of The American Legion in Plaistow, Phil Sturk, thoroughly enjoyed his visit with National Commander Wong. The photo above was taken at the breakfast gathering. Shown from left to right are: NH State Commander Bob Blais, State District 4 Commander Kent Nolan, National Commander Fang A. Wong, Carl G. Davis Post 34 Commander Phillip A. Sturk, and State Department Adjutant David Meaney Sr.
Atkinson Garden Club Executive Board
Pictured above is the 2012 Executive Board of the Atkinson Garden Club. The AGC offers many opportunities to learn as well as participate in major events such as the Boston Flower Show, as well as the MFA’s “Art in Bloom” show where they frequently earn Blue Ribbons. In addition to planting, pruning, and harvesting plants throughout the community, the club sponsors gardening workshops on floral design and composition. For more information on how to become a member, contact Kay Galloway at 362-6424.
Pictured above, left to right, are: front - Ellen Witherell, Asst.Recording Secretary, Catherine Persson, Director, and Jane Goodwin, Recording Secretary; back row - Donna Robertson,Vice President, Sheri Turell, Treasurer, Kay Galloway, President, and Linda Jette, Membership Director. Board members not in photo include Judy Sirois, Membership Director, Janet Snowdon, Director, Pat Bennett, Past President, and Jeanne Vickery, Corresponding Secretary.
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