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Scene Setters, Feb. 6

Jean Shiner of Exeter learns some new ice skating moves at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth Wednesday afternoon. Volunteers Kenan Slevira and Erik Nylund showed Shiner how to turn.  (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)
Sculpted by Wade Parsons, an electrician from Wakefield, Mass., and a past two-time Invitational and one-time People's Choice winner, this Trump diorama at the 16th New Hampshire Sanctioned & Jackson Invitational Snow Sculpting Competition featured a bust of President Trump; a disembodied right hand with the thumb pointed up; a wall on which "USA" was written; and a bright orange bucket proclaiming "Let's get it done." (JOHN KOZIOL/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)
The American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network hosted a legislative breakfast recently to educate state lawmakers about their work. Among those participating, from left, were Senate President Chuck Morse, Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky, Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn, ACSCAN Government affairs director Mike Rollo and ACSCAN Managing Director, Northern Region Paul Hull. (COURTESY)
Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank purchased $15,000 of 2017 tax credits, according to Strafford Economic Development Corp., a regional development nonprofit in Dover. The donation will support a new position at SEDC to assist drug treatment centers with their finances through budgeting, business planning, internal controls, auditing and procurement. From left: John Burcke, vice president, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank; Andrew West,co-founder, Bonfire Recovery Services; Dennis McCann, executive director, SEDC; Timothy Felter, senior vice president, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and Janice Morse, president and CEO, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank. (COURTESY)
The 603 Alliance Steering Committee agreed to donate the $5,125 net proceeds from its Jan. 20 gala to celebrate the inauguration of President Donald Trump to Liberty House in Manchester. From left: Board of directors member JP Marzullo and Executive Director of Liberty House Keith Howard accept a donation check from 603 Alliance Steering Committee members and founders Fran Wendelboe and Diane Bitter in front of the Memorial in the garden at Liberty House. (COURTESY)
Velcro Companies, based in Manchester, is giving back to local students through the Fisher Cats Reading Challenge. Students who read five books will earn two free tickets to a Fisher Cats game this season. The program has already reached more than 54,000 students in New Hampshire and Northern New England this year with Fungo the Fisher Cat visiting over 40 local schools since September. Pictured with Fungo during Monday’s reading assembly at Middle School at Parkside are (from left, back row) Terrell T. Jeremy O., Mike A., Courtney G., Dan D. Brittney, Deepa B., Patrick K., Nicholas G., (front row) Michael M., Jacob P., Emily M., Sydney L., Colleen G. and Adam T. (COURTESY)
North Country Sen. Jeff Woodburn kicked off a weekend of winter off-road vehicle recreational activity on Jan. 28 by presenting a state resolution North Country ATV and Stratford Night Hawk Club's Winter Poker Run. Woodburn, center, is with two club officials: Trail Administrator Ted Burns and Vice President North Country ATV Bill Noons. More than 125 ATV and OHRV riders participated in the weekend event. Burns is holding a trail marker that recognizes Yamaha for their $10,000 trail maintenance grant presented to the local club. (COURTESY)
My Turn Inc., a nonprofit that provides academic and employment training to vulnerable youth populations across New Hampshire and into Massachusetts, accepted a donation from Keller Williams Metropolitan last week. Keller Williams is gold sponsor for My Turn's annual Bright Futures event on April 27 at the Derryfield Country Club. From left: Karen Huot, KW operating manager; Sierra Soucy, KW executive assistant; Allison Joseph, My Turn executive director. (COURTESY)
The students at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Manchester celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a "Pajama Day" on Wednesday. Each student brought in a pair of pajamas to be donated to Families in Transition, and in return, the students were able to celebrate by wearing pajamas to school and watching an afternoon movie. Overall, students and their families donated over 250 pairs of pajamas.  (COURTESY)