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Scene Setters, Dec. 26Community life in the Granite State

Londonderry's cheer team members, from left, Jess Brien, senior, Kaylei Longua, senior, Alana Mobbs, freshman, and Caitlyn Czekanski, sophomore, during a recent basketball game against Bedford at Londonderry High School. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Ken Hewitt of Londonderry, a former coach, wears his Christmas attire during the basketball game against Bedford at Londonderry High School on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Rachel Berthelsen, 7, from Andover, Mass., watches Christmas shows and colors with her brother, Sammy, 5, during a Santa Claus Christmas event at the Aviation Museum of NH in Londonderry on Dec. 16, 2017. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Ethan Rollins, 8, receives a present from Santa during Gov. Chris Sununu's highway safety luncheon at the Grappone Center in Concord in November. Ethan was injured in an auto accident. The driver who struck the car did not have insurance. The Manchester Monarchs will dedicate a percentage of every ticket sold on Jan. 14 to Ethan's family, (COURTESY)
Aviation Museum of New Hampshire staff and volunteers recently had a visit from Santa Claus. From left, Jessica Pappathan, Ben Bertini, 8, Wendell Berthelsen, Bill MacMillan, Glenda Fischer, Rod Pierce (Santa Claus) and Don Bourassa. Santa stopped by for story time, which was followed by coloring, cookies and face painting in the museum's classroom. (COURTESY)
Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess and Gov. Chris Sununu look on as Jaihliani Ortiz, Girls Inc. of New Hampshire's Girl of the Year, speaks at the ribbon-cutting for the grand re-opening of the organization's newly renovated Nashua center on Dec. 5. The yearlong, $2 million renovation included updates to the center's gymnasium, kitchen and playground, and building a new computer café, library and science, technology, engineering and mathematics lab. (COURTESY)
Southern New Hampshire University management students donated 209 sets of new pajamas they collected during their Pajamas for Kids project to Catholic Charities New Hampshire on Dec. 7. Pictured at Catholic Charities' main office in Manchester are from left, Sattam Almisfer, SNHU Assistant Professor Dawn Sime, Brandon Simpson, Kaley Michaels and Katerina Ioakimidis.  (COURTESY)
Sens. Harold French, R-Franklin, Bob Giuda, R-Warren, and Kevin Avard, R-Nashua, teamed up at the Franklin Opera House this month with Avard & Co. members Mike Moran of Gilmanton, Bob Rutherford of Franklin and Jarrod Taylor of Center Harbor, as well as members of the community, to raise money for a local woman, Denise Ovington Sharlow, who is battling cancer. From left, Giuda, Moran, Rutherford, Avard and Taylor. (COURTESY)