NH Club Notes: Mohawk Grange presents Community Citizen Award

May 19. 2017 12:18AM
Donald and Joan Dickson, center, receive the Grange Community Citizen Award from Colebrook's Mohawk Grange 217 last month. Joining them, from left, are daughter Susie Dickson, granddaughter Sarah Dickson, son Dana Dickson and Marlene Sawicki. (COURTESY)

COLEBROOK — Mohawk Grange 217 presented the Grange Community Citizen Award to Donald and Joan Dickson of Colebrook last month as part of National Grange Month.

Donald Dickson was invited to the Mohawk Grange, said Lecturer/Secretary Haven Haynes, to talk about the Tree of Love, an initiative that has been sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Colebrook for more than 20 years as a fundraiser that remembers loved ones who either died or moved away.

After Dickson’s talk, Haynes presented the award to the couple.

Both are members of the Northwoods Center for the Arts and do “everything together,” said Haynes, “and as Forrest Gump so eloquently said, they go ‘together like peas and carrots.’ ”

Donald Dickson is a former president of the Jaycees, past president and lieutenant governor of the Colebrook Kiwanis and a charter member of the Colebrook Club. He has been on the Tree of Love Committee since the initiative began and is also a member of Colebrook’s 4th of July Parade Committee.

The Grange Community Citizen Award began at the Mohawk Grange in 1982, inspired by the late Dr. William H. Gifford, M.D., who is recognized as the founding father of Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook. A portrait of him there includes an inscription describing him as “a man of magic, medicine, and miracles.” 

— John Koziol, Union Leader Correspondent

Friends of the Pemi group receives $5,000 grant

PLYMOUTH — The Friends of the Pemi — Livermore Falls Chapter recently received a 2017 Keep America Beautiful Community Trail Grant to help build, enhance and restore public trails at Livermore Falls State Forest — Pemi River Access. 

For the past several years, the group has been working with the N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development’s Parks and Recreation Division, local governments, law enforcement agencies, nonprofit organizations such as the Plymouth Rotary Club, and community members to “develop, promote and celebrate the Livermore Falls area as a public resource.”

Joining forces with the N.H. State Parks system, local historical societies and conservationists, the group plans to install interpretive signs on several permanent kiosks on both the Holderness and Campton sides of Livermore Falls. “The signage will be designed to acknowledge the significance of Livermore Falls with its unique geology, history and cultural significance,” the group wrote.

Keep America Beautiful is providing 35 grants of $5,000 each to its community-based affiliates and partners throughout the country, which are to be used to support the development of a trail project or revitalization of a trail. The volunteer-driven community trail projects, led by groups such as the “Friends,” are taking place from now through September.

The Friends of the Pemi, which has more than 100 members, is now working on historical content for the interpretive signs. The members also will organize spring cleanup efforts, greeting times and trail maintenance at Livermore Falls on both sides of the Pemigewasset River. 

Anyone who would like to become involved should contact Ken Evans, chairmen of the Friends, at evanmead139@gmail.com or Mary O’Brien, vice president of the Campton Historical Society, at m.a.obrien610@hotmail.com. 

Members of the Molly Stark Chapter DAR of Manchester gather last month at the 116th DAR state conference in Concord. From left are Abbie Ladd, Nancy Legro, Diana Duckoff, Trish Jackson, Phyllis Gagnon, Shannon Croteau, Kathy Cliver, Robina Mitchell, Terry Knowles and Gail Thomas. (COURTESY)

Conway Lions sponsoring kayak, canoe race benefit

CONWAY — The Conway Area Lions Club plans its second annual Kayak & Canoe Race to benefit the Laura Foundation on Sunday, May 28.

Participants will kayak or canoe the Saco River from North Conway’s 1st Bridge to Eastern Slope Camping in Conway.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Eastern Slope Camping area, 584 White Mountain Highway. The cost is $25 for adults; $15 for ages 17 and younger. Family and group rates are available. The entry fee includes snacks at the start of the race, a cookout and award presentations after the race.

The nonprofit Laura Foundation provides funding to develop and support therapeutic recreation and educational programs for people with autism and/or seizure disorders.

For more information, contact Rick Lammey at 452-7011 or Saco.Race@gmail.com or go to conwayarealions.org. River conditions can be checked at Facebook.com/SacoRiverRace.

Meredith Lions Club member Judy Cerrito, second from left, passes a check to Bobbie Trudeau of the Friends of the Meredith Community Center. The donation to support the center's programs was from proceeds of an April father/daughter dance. They're joined by Cindi Pelczar, left, and Laurie Brothers, members of a knitting and crocheting group, Hooks & Needles, that meets at the center. (COURTESY)

Meredith Lions donate to community center

MEREDITH — Meredith Lions Club member Judy Cerrito recently dropped by the Meredith Community Center to present a check to Bobbie Trudeau of the Friends of the Meredith Community Center. 

The Lions Club sponsored a father/daughter dance in April with the proceeds designated to help the community center run various programs, including last month’s Easter egg hunt.

Cerrito was able to sit down with a couple of women from the Tuesday morning knitting and crocheting group called Hooks & Needles, just one of the activities at the center. 

For more information about the center, call 279-8197. For information about Meredith Lions, call 279-6016. 

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