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Five honorees have helped make New Hampshire a special place

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Union Leader will issue five Legacy Awards this year, recognizing decades of contributions of New Hampshire individuals and families.

Honorees are in the worlds of business, philanthropy, politics and natural resources. This is the fourth year that the New Hampshire Union Leader has presented the annual awards, which are sponsored by Eastern Bank.

The recipients are:

• The Putnam family of Keene, founder of the Markem company, philanthropists and activists that have been involved with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Currier Museum of Art, Keene State College and University of New Hampshire.

• Howard Brodsky of Manchester, founder and chief-executive of CCA Global Partners, a 30-year-old, Manchester-based purchasing and service cooperative of more than 4,000 small businesses. He also serves on a hospital and college boards.

• Kim Nilsen of Spofford village in Chesterfield, whose vision and dedication led to the creation of the 162-mile Cohos Trail, which runs from Crawford Notch to the Canadian border.

• Bernie Streeter of Nashua, who served 30 years as an executive councilor and eight years as mayor of Nashua.

• Ruth Griffin of Portsmouth, who served 30 years in state government as an executive councilor and legislator.

“This year’s Legacy honorees embody exactly what we wanted to accomplish when we started the program: Giving recognition, some of it long overdue, to some of the people who have made New Hampshire such a special place,” said Joseph W. McQuaid, president and publisher of the Union Leader.

“Some honorees are better-known than others. All have done much for their community or the state as a whole, way above what might be called for in their vocation or even avocation.”

The five will be honored June 3 at Manchester Community College, 1066 Front St.

“I just have a great love for this state,” said Brodsky, who also founded the state chapter of the Better Business Bureau. “In New Hampshire, you can have an opportunity to participate and make a great difference in the state.”

Streeter, who is 80, went before voters in at least 17 general elections, not counting primaries.

“It keeps you on your toes and very close to the electorate,” Streeter said.

The Legacy Award event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3. Tickets are $45, which includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

To register, visit, call 206-7834, or email

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