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Scene Setters, Nov. 6

The Chase Home in Portsmouth, which serves at risk kids, recently suffered a setback when its van died. Larry Foss of Foss Motors and other area and the dealers presented the nonprofit with a 12-passenger 2016 van that had 300 miles on it. From left Rob Levey, Chase Home; Roger Groux, Honda Barn; Sue McFarland Moynahan, McFarland Ford; Meme Wheeler, executive director of Chase Home; Don Brabant, treasurer, Exeter Area New Car Dealers, Larry Foss, Foss Motors; Roy Hurlbert, Hurlbert Toyota; Darren Coute, Stratham Subaru and Dan Enxing, Volvo Cars of Exeter. (COURTESY)
More than 100 people attended Spaulding Youth Center's annual fundraising event in Concord on Oct. 11. From left: Michael Ventura, board chair of the center; Susan C. Ryan, CEO and president of the center; and Frank Edelblut, New Hampshire commissioner of education. (COURTESY)
The Palace Theatre recently opened its 103rd season with the Palace Professional Players presentation of Lionel Bart's classic "Oliver!" On hand to welcome the near-capacity audience were Barbara and Al Heidenreich, who began their 27th year of volunteer service for the nonprofit organization. (COURTESY)
Members First Credit Union President and CEO Bruce Leighton; MFCU and MPAL board member and former Manchester Police Chief Dave Mara; Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard; and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas hold the tape at the Footrace for the Fallen finish line at Gill Stadium. The credit union donated $7,500 to the Oct. 15 event, which benefits Manchester Police Athletic League. (COURTESY)
The Kulesza family of Manchester attended the Mall of New Hampshire's Halloween Boo Bash on Oct. 30 that features crafts, candy giveaways and games. From left: Lillian, Isabella, Jennifer and Nate Kulesza. (COURTESY)
Nashua Community College Adjunct Professor Ben Wagstaff brought a race car he assembled to show visiting high school students the ins and outs of the vehicle, plus footage of him racing it. On oct. 19, more than 500 high school students saw firsthand the careers in automotive technology waiting for them when they are ready to enter the workforce. The students, all enrolled in automotive technology programs at New Hampshire Career Technical Education schools across the state, attended the Community College System of New Hampshire’s Automotive Career Day with the New Hampshire Automotive Dealers Association at Nashua Community College. (COURTESY)
Members of the Claremont community, staff, friends and business associates gathered at the brand new headquarters of the North Country Smokehouse on Oct. 22 to celebrate its opening. Over 200 people dined on smoked pork, heard from the owners and community leaders, and officially cut the ribbon for the 65,000-square-foot facility. Members of the Breton Family join Mike Satzow (with scissors), Mayor Charlene Lovett (second to right), and Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elyse Crossman. (COURTESY)
The Miss America Foundation recently awarded Miss New Hampshire 2017 Lauren Percy the $1,000 Dr. Marcia L. Leek Scholarship, which is awarded to a Miss America contestant demonstrating academic excellence who is enrolled with a declared field of study in education, science or science administration. Percy is a graduate student at Columbia University's Teachers College studying higher and postsecondary education. (COURTESY)
Betsey Andrews Parker, CEO of Community Action Partnership in Dover, and participants watch the video they had just created to get people excited about their lip sync battle at Dover High School Nov. 17.  (COURTESY/ANN REID)
The two founders of the Nashua Community College Aviation Technology program received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award after a lifetime in the aviation industry. Jack Barry and Don Vallerand received the award at the Aviation Museum in Manchester on Oct. 24. From left: John Cooper, former NCC Aviation Technology professor Bob Donadio, Aviation Technology Program Coordinator Patrick Geoffroy, award recipient Jack Barry and NCC Aviation Technology professor Jeff Sullivan. Award recipient Don Vallerand is center front. (COURTESY)
Adele Boufford Baker received the 2017 Charles F. Whittemore Award in recognition of her commitment to philanthropy on Oct. 20th at the Catholic Medical Center Gala Event.The event raised $200,000 in support of Maternal and Infant Services at CMC. From left: CMC President & CEO Dr. Joseph Pepe, Baker, Rev. Gayle Whittemore and former Manchester Mayor and CMC President Dr. Sylvio Dupuis. (COURTESY)