NH Club Notes: Matthew Thornton DAR awards essay winners

May 24. 2018 8:10PM
Ellie Freeman, center, regent of the Matthew Thornton Chapter DAR, presented certificates to American History Award winners Sofia Zielinski, left, and Joshua Ma, both students at Infant Jesus School in Nashua. (Courtesy)

NASHUA — Three high school seniors are this year’s recipients of the DAR Good Citizens Award presented by the Matthew Thornton Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

The winners are Nicholas Spargo of Alvirne High School, Hudson; Seth Bonvouloir of Campbell High School, Litchfield; and Terryn Brunelle of Pelham High School.

At the April chapter meeting, DAR Good Citizens Chairman Cecily Eldridge presented the certificate of award and pin to Brunelle, who was accompanied by her mother, Cindy Brunelle.

All statewide winners also were honored at a New Hampshire DAR Good Citizens Day celebration and luncheon in Concord. The students, selected by the school faculty and the senior class, are judged to exemplify the qualities of a good citizen: dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

In addition, the Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution recognized the two winners of the DAR American History Award with certificates and pins.

The essay theme this year was “World War l: Remembering the War to End All Wars.”

The fifth-grade winner was Sofia Zielinsk, and the sixth-grade winner was Joshua Ma, both from Infant Jesus School in Nashua and students of Elaine Hebert. Ma’s essay also was first in the state for sixth grade. His entry was sent on to the national competition.

Students were asked to write about how they would imagine living in 1918. They were to state where they are living and how the end of the war would impact their daily life, to discuss the pros and cons of the changes this war introduced to society and how they imagine those changes would impact the United States in the years to come.

For more information, visit matthewthornton.nhsodar.org.

Sandown Garden Club’s herb and plant sale June 2

SANDOWN — The Sandown Garden Club’s 11th annual herb and plant sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, next to the Sandown Fire Station on Main Street.

The sale will feature organically grown herbs and vegetables, locally sourced perennials and shrubs, as well as house plants and handcrafted birdhouses.

In the weeks leading up to the sale, local homeowners and club members donated plants from their gardens. Club members went on “digs” to collect the donated plants, which were then divided and potted.

The club encourages shoppers to bring plant trays and wagons to fill up and to come early for the best selection. Club members will be available to answer questions and help with plant selection.

Proceeds from the sale will be used for the nonprofit club’s many community projects.

For more about the sale or membership, visit www.sandowngardenclub.org.

Ducks Unlimited holds 30th annual banquet

TILTON — The Daniel Webster Chapter of Ducks Unlimited held its 30th annual dinner banquet auction on March 24 at La Piece — The Room in Riverfront Place.

The group honored Brad and Kennetha Marshall of Marshall Firearms in Boscawen for their support and commitment that spans a decade helping the youth and wetlands conservation. Daniel Webster also honored Dennis Cook of Alegany Outfitters of Coos Bay, Ore., for his longtime support of Ducks Unlimited and wetlands conservation.

Each year the United States loses some 140,000 acres of wetland habitat. Since its inception, Ducks Unlimited has raised over $1 billion and enhanced and restored nearly 14 million habitat acres, encompassing over 15,000 wetland projects. DU’s projects provide habitat for over 600 wildlife species, including ducks, geese and endangered or threatened species like the whooping crane and bald eagle.

This year the Daniel Webster Chapter sent the national organization almost $13,500, just $300 shy of the 2017 total. The average cost per prime acre conserved last year was $880 with a little under one waterfowl nest per acre.

For more information, call Jim Cropsey at 286-9633.

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