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Scene Setters, Jan. 15

Alexa LaValle, 8, from the NH Avalanche Hockey looks in the mirror as Natalie Bishop, 6, also on the Avalanche team looks on as Dollee Mallare, from Bedford face paints during the annual Big Z Challenge an annual charity event hosted by Dr. Bryan Hoertdoerfer, at Elliot by Rivers Edge in Manchester on Tuesday. The event was highlighted by a visit from Boston Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara and $23,400. was raised for a new cancer center. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
AJ Tramontuzzi, 9, a Manchester Flames hockey player, takes some shots on net during the annual Big Z Challenge an annual charity event hosted by Dr. Bryan Hoertdoerfer, at Elliot by Rivers Edge in Manchester on Tuesday. The event was highlighted by a visit from Boston Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara and $23,400. was raised for a new cancer center. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Laurent Rancourt, who owns Laurent Rancourt Trucking, an excavation company from Clarksville, he fills out paperwork for PAR Electrical Contractors, left, during the Northern Pass Job & Supplier Fair held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord on Wednesday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
Gillian Tierney and Caleigh MacPherson listen as David Armlin, director of services at HubSpot, talks about being a mentee and mentor during the TechWomen Power Breakfast on Wednesday. (KIMBERLY HAAS/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty's (Verani) Windham office recently donated $500 to B&H Oil Company to support their fund for veterans in need of fuel assistance. The office made the donation after winning a grand prize of $500 for the cause of their choice from VeraniCARES, Verani's social development arm. The prize was for having the highest participation rate in a company-wide food drive contest. From left: Verani agents Patricia Burke, Gretchen Haga, Anne Kuczynski, Siri Wilbur-Kamien and Myles Burke. (COURTESY)
The Common Man Vice President Diane Downing and Chief Executive Officer Vincent Vella, right, present Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, with a $8,000 donation from the proceeds of The Common Man Invitational golf tournament. (COURTESY)
Abaigeal and Madelyn Conway, center, were awarded "Champion Child/Outstanding Adolescent" plaques by Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions Executive Director Jeff Woodburn, CYCC Chair Joelle Martin, CYCC council member Paula Garvey and school nurse Denise Raymond. (COURTESY)
More than 100 volunteers, community supporters, donors, and employees gathered in December to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of The Granite YMCA over the past year. Bill Kotekas, a member of the Granite YMCA for 90 years, was presented with the Y's Legacy Award. From left: Trustee Denise Langley, Kotekas and John Harris, president and CEO of the Granite YMCA. (COURTESY)
Breathe New Hampshire, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating lung disease and improving the quality of life for those with it, celebrated its centennial and its volunteers at the annual Night of Thanks on Nov. 3 at Manchester Country Club in Bedford. From left: Board Chair Lynn Friedel of Goffstown, Robert B. Kerr Awardee Arthur Robins, M.D., of North Andover, Mass., Kerr Award presenter Albee Budnitz, M.D., of Nashua, and Breathe New Hampshire President and CEO Daniel Fortin of Bedford. (COURTESY)
Bruce Leighton, president and CEO, Members First Credit Union, presents $15,000 to Stephanie Smith, executive director, and Michael L'Ecuyer, chairman of the board of directors, America's Credit Union Museum. Members First has pledged $15,000 to America's Credit Union Museum to support the Museum's Legacy Fund, a three-year capital campaign with a goal of raising $3.3 million to create a new industry research center, expand exhibit space and provide renovations to the existing building. America's Credit Union Museum is located in Mancheste. (COURTESY)
Breathe New Hampshire, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating lung disease and improving the quality of life for those with it, celebrated its centennial and its volunteers at the annual Night of Thanks on Nov. 3 at Manchester Country Club in Bedford. From left: Board Chair Lynn Friedel of Goffstown, Donald L. Frost Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Louise Hobden of Litchfield, and award presenter Shirley Frost of Stratham. (COURTESY)
From left: Ebbin Perkins, Maddy Gray and Thomas Hunter, fourth graders at Garrison School in Dove, work on coding projects in the computer lab Friday at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth with Meg Prescott, chair of the colllege's Department of Information Technologies. The college has expanded its program to include elementary schools. (COURTESY)