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Beautify Londonderry efforts honored

LONDONDERRY — Five Londonderry residents devoted to making their town a cleaner, more inviting place were honored this month during a celebration of Granite State volunteers.

On Oct. 18, members of Beautify Londonderry, a program that encourages like-minded residents and organizations to pitch in with town-wide beautification projects each spring, was selected to receive a service award during Volunteer NH&#';s annual Spirit of New Hampshire awards.

Group organizer Kerri Stanley, along with fellow volunteers Amanda Butler, Jake Butler, Maureen Pauwels and Dan Root, were all recognized for their efforts to make the town clean.

With a steady, year-round schedule, not to mention an Anti-Littering Advisory Committee meeting happening at the same time, none of the local volunteers were able to attend the award ceremony.

Still, Stanley said the award is a huge honor — not only for her but also for the many sponsors, groups and organizations that have lent a helping hand over the years.

&#';Without them, there wouldn&#';t be a Beautify Londonderry,&#'; she said. &#';I&#';ll ask that the award be hung in Town Hall once we receive it.&#';

More than 100 nominations for various volunteers and organizations were received in time for this year&#';s awards, according to Volunteer NH&#';s website.

Stanley&#';s husband, Greg, nominated the local organization for the award.

Stanley, a mother of four boys, initially signed on to the program several years ago, when a town employee coordinated an annual town clean up.

When that employee resigned from the town, Stanley and the other volunteers were asked to take over running the program.

Beautify Londonderry is in action for about six weeks each spring, with much planning in between recruiting individuals and groups of volunteers to pick up roadside litter, spread mulch, plant flowers and rake leaves.

On average, the group recruits 600 to 650 volunteers each season, providing them with trash bags, safety vests and gloves.

Sponsorships from area businesses cover the cost of supplies.

For more information on Beautify Londonderry, visit www.londonderrynh.org or contact Stanley at beautifylondonderry@comcast.net.

aguilmet@newstote.com


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