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Hometown Heroes


OUR 2024 COMMUNITY PARTNER

While the challenges continue, so do the good works done by our neighbors, our teachers, our health care providers, our volunteers and so many others. This is their story. Ledyard National Bank is proud to support the 2024 Hometown Heroes, who were nominated by members of the community and selected by editors of the Concord Monitor. Nominate your Hometown Hero today.


Hometown Hero: Alan Andrian of Boscawen does more than run a beloved local restaurant
01-21-2024 7:00 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

You’ve probably seen the sign hugging Route 3 in Boscawen, near the Penacook border.It’s big and announces that the restaurant located there, Alan’s of Boscawen – a landmark in the region – remains open after a 40-year run. The owner and founder, Alan...

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Hometown Hero: Saving People’s Smiles providing dental care for those without
12-26-2023 10:05 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Earle Simpson has a message for every patient who walks through the door of his dental practice: Take today and go forward. For many, a trip to the dentist was a rarity before they visited Simpson’s practice, Saving People’s Smiles. Dental care is...


Hometown Heroes: Tanya Frost helps in any way she can
12-17-2023 3:08 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

When someone is in need, they can count on Tanya Frost to be there.Whether it’s loading up her car to move someone’s belongings or assisting a struggling pedestrian to cross the road, she’s the one who steps up.Although she found excitement in her...


Hometown Hero: Caia Kimball gives back to her elementary school
12-10-2023 4:37 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Caia Kimball needed to come up with a project for her Silver Award in Girl Scouts. Who better to help out than Karen McCormack, her former art teacher at Broken Ground School, she thought.She’d seen that McCormack was trying to find a way of getting a...


Hometown Hero: Dance therapist Heather Bigelow Hearne in tune with changing needs
12-03-2023 5:38 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Lynne Sabien of Hopkinton, a grant writer at the Concord Community Music School, began working there less than six months ago.That was enough time, however, to gauge the value Heather Bigelow Hearne brought to the company.“She genuinely makes everyone...


Hometown Hero: Women-led nonprofit supports local communities in need
11-12-2023 4:41 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Twelve years ago, Deb Horton visited a patient in hospice who couldn’t afford a surgery for his wife.To help the couple, their son took money from his children’s Christmas fund to pay for the $500 surgery. They were broken at the thought of their...


Hometown Hero: Seniors continue to flourish following the merger of the Penacook Community Center and the Concord Boys and Girls Club 
11-05-2023 3:18 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Before the Penacook Community Center closed last year, Kristen Pinard-Kenney was the intergenerational outreach coordinator, working to bridge the generation gap through activities in an official capacity.She doubled as the senior program director at...


Hometown Hero: Helen St. Pierre never turns a dog away
10-24-2023 11:41 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

Her name is Helen St. Pierre and she owns and operates Old Dogs Go To Helen in Epsom. She cares for dogs – 13 at the moment – who are near the end of the line, be it from illness or old age. She spoils them in a separate building, called the...


Hometown Hero: Brady student has planted roots in his community
10-16-2023 6:03 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Nick Pagauisan, a sophomore at Bishop Brady High School, is growing in more ways than one.While he’s at the age, 16, in which height and maturity are often on the rise, his vegetable plants are, too, giving him a green thumb that would fill the Jolly...

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