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Scene Setters, Aug. 6

COURTESY The New Hampshire Department of Education is hosting its annual backpack drive through the end of the month. Backpacks can be dropped off at the department’s Concord office – Londergan Hall, at 101 Pleasant St., in the Gov. Hugh. J. Gallen State Office Park - weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The backpacks will then be provided to school nurses for distribution around the state. Pictured: Gov. Chris Sununu and Frank Edelblut, the commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education, pose with donated backpacks in 2017. 
COURTESY Fifteen high school seniors from six area high schools were selected to each receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Derry Medical Center Charitable Foundation. Dennis Rork, M.D., with the scholarship recipients: front row, from left: Rebecca Scott (Candia), Sigourney Lavoie (Chester), Ashley Andrews (Londonderry). Back row: Alexandra Maters (Bedford), Devon O’Hara (Bedford), Dr. Rork, Madeline Futrell (Hollis), Halle Hamilton (Londonderry). (Not all recipients were present for the photo.) 
COURTESY Hilton Garden Inn Manchester honored the members of the Weare Fire and Rescue for their service by donating $3,000 to the volunteer association. From left: HGI catering sales manager Shannon Cote, HGI executive chef Dana Marchand, HGI director of sales Sharon Nista, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce vice president Carolyn Leary, Weare Fire and Rescue Capt. Scott Dinsmore, Lenny Constant of HGI, Weare FF/EMR Killian Donnelly, Weare EMT Wayne Meatty, Nick Keane, Weare Fire and Rescue Capt. Mark V. Bluteau, Weare AEMT Amanda Charest, HGI General Manager Brenda Edwards, Weare FF/AEMT Paula McGrade, HGI executive housekeep Christine Catanzaro, Mandy Keane, Roedel Compnaies director of employee development Maureen Shelley and Roedel Companies marketing manager Leah Bellemore.  
DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER So far this summer, the Dupont Splash Pad in Manchester has had about 10,800 visitors, city Parks and Recreation officials say. 
COURTESY The New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters recently awarded $17,000 worth of scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. The $2,500 Student Broadcast Scholarship was awarded to Angelique Inchierca, Derry, multimedia journalism/broadcast journalism major, Keene State College; Jessica Langlois, Goffstown, atmospheric science and electronic journalism arts major, Northern Vermont University; Isabella Branham, Conway, broadcast journalism major, Elon University; and Lance Legere, Gorham, communications major, Southern New Hampshire University. A $5,000 Al Sprague Memorial Scholarship was given to Katherine MacDonald who continues her television, radio and film education at Syracuse University. Additionally, four students were chosen to receive $500 Families in Broadcasting Scholarships, created in 2013 to aid NHAB members as their children pursue higher education. Scholarships were awarded to James Thornby attending SNHU (son of Peggy James, Manchester Radio Group); Sydney Mitchell attending UNH (daughter of Daniel Mitchell, Monadnock Radio Group); Eleanor Lange attending URI (daughter of Lucy Lange, iHeart Media) and Marissa Ford attending UVM (daughter of Janet Ford, iHeart Media) From left: Katherine MacDonald, Ella Lange, Jessica Langlois, James Thornby, Isabella Branham, Lance Legere and Angelique Inchierca. 
COURTESY Florence Ruffner of Ruffner Real Estate, left, poses with Emma Bray, executive director of the American Indepdendence Museum. Ruffner Real Estate recently contributed $1,500 to support the museum’s American Independence Festival, which saw more than 4,000 people visit downtown Exeter on July 14.  
COURTESY Ledyard National Bank, which expanded into the Concord region in November 2016, recently donated $1,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire. From left (back row): Diane DeStefano, senior financial advisor, Ledyard Financial Advisors; Diane Mullin, senior financial advisor, Ledyard Financial Advisors; James Holmes, Concord branch director of the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Hampshire and Karen Crump, senior portfolio manager, Ledyard Financial Advisors. 
8/3/18--DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER--scene setter--Alex Pineau of 110 Grill, which is opening soon in downtown Manchester, serves patrons at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce's annual picnic at Victory Park in Manchester on Wednesday. 
8/3/18--DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER--scene setter--Kids navigate a maze Alex at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce's annual picnic at Victory Park in Manchester on Wednesday. 
 
COURTESY After the puck drop for the recent 2018 Puzzle Cup Tournament, the event raised early $44,000 for Easterseals New Hampshire families living with autism 
7/30/18--DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER--Emmett Lee, 4, ducks under a bubble in a water feature at the Dupont Splash Pad in Manchester on Monday. 
COURTESY Mark Williams and Ollie Witham of The Chase Home recently visited the Oliver Hazard Perry, the largest tall ship in the United States, during its stop in Portsmouth. The multiday Sail Portsmouth festival supported the Maritime Commission’s Sea Challenge program, which provided local teenagers with the opportunity to experience sail training on a tall ship for seven days.