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Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: Those who do so much good for NH often go unnoticed and unrecognized

June 08. 2014 11:33PM

The Union Leader, with help from Centrix Bank, hosted its third annual Granite State Legacy program last week. It was an idea inspired, half in jest, by former Gov. John Lynch. It is turning out to be one of our most popular programs.

Lynch always participated in our 40 Under Forty program that recognizes and encourages young people making a difference in New Hampshire. The governor wasn’t an honoree in that program, being way over the hill himself, but he helped us do the honors. He used to kid that we should also have a “60 Over Sixty” event so that he could be included.

It got us thinking of the exceptional work that many exceptional Granite Staters have done through the years.

There is no way we can recognize all of them. Even 60 at a time wouldn’t do it. But we decided to highlight just a few men and women each year who have spent many years, often unsung, helping to make New Hampshire the very special place it is.

Trying to get these folks into the spotlight isn’t easy. True to their natures, they are often too busy continuing to do things that make a difference. They aren’t in it for the glory and there is no way they can be properly rewarded, at least not in this life, for all they do.

But we think a simple thanks is something each of them appreciates. And profiling them in the newspaper, as we do each year leading up to the event, is a way to tell a bit about them and, perhaps, inspire others.

I get inspired just listening to these folks. They truly are among those who have made a difference for the better in the state they all call home. So thanks, again, to Dave Nixon, Kimon Zachos, Warren Schomaker, Paul and Anna Grace Holloway and Renee Riedel-Plummer.

All but Riedel-Plummer were at the event last Wednesday evening in the Manchester Millyard. (She was fortunate enough to be in Normandy, observing the 70th D-Day anniversary.) Gracious to a fault, each recipient downplayed their own work and praised their families, colleagues, and the state we all love.

Speaking of legacies, one of the all-time great golfers is Phil Mickelson. (He is nearly as good as was Dave Nixon in his day.) Phil has been referenced in a federal investigation into alleged insider stock trading. Phil professes his innocence and he seems like a standup guy to me.

But should he need it, I think his lawyer should ask the feds for a mulligan for Phil.

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