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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. Savings Bank of Walpole is proud to support the 2024 Hometown Heroes, who were nominated by members of the community and selected by editors of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. Nominate your Hometown Hero today.


HOMETOWN HEROES: Chance Derosier leads on and off the field
05-28-2024 12:04 PM

By BILL FONDA

Chance Derosier of Jaffrey skipped playing basketball for Conant High School last winter in order to train for the baseball season, and it paid off, as he has helped anchor the pitching staff behind Franklin Pierce University-bound Lane LeClair and...

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HOMETOWN HEROES – Rose Novotny is motivated by community
04-22-2024 8:46 AM

By BILL FONDA

Dottie Bauer remembers when she first met Rose Novotny.After moving to the area in 2018, Bauer had gone to observe an event at The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center in Antrim. Not long after, she went to the Bank of New Hampshire’s Antrim...


HOMETOWN HEROES: Jessie Salisbury lives and writes Lyndeborough’s history
03-26-2024 8:35 AM

By BILL FONDA

Jessie Salisbury’s family was living in Alaska when her father had to retire for health reasons.According to her, he always said he would someday move to Virginia, where he was stationed in World War I. Instead, the family, including 12-year-old...


Hometown Heroes: Donat Bay’s ‘destiny’ leads him to Plowshare Farm in Greenfield
02-27-2024 9:24 AM

By BILL FONDA

How does someone from Switzerland end up co-founding a lifesharing community in the Monadnock region where people of various abilities – including those with special needs – live and work side by side?“I guess it’s destiny,” said Donat Bay, founder of...


HOMETOWN HEROES: Peterborough Elementary crossing guard Jessica Hamlin brings fun to the role
01-22-2024 10:44 AM

By BILL FONDA

Stop sign in hand, Jessica Hamlin brings traffic to a stop Thursday near where Elm, Union, Main, High and Vine streets come together, down the hill from Peterborough Elementary School.As the youngsters cross the street at the end of the school day,...


HOMETOWN HEROES: Richard Miller isn’t slowing down
12-22-2023 11:27 AM

By BILL FONDA

After a career in sales and marketing for various companies, Richard Miller “supposedly” retired in 2006.However, since moving to Greenville in 2004, Miller has served on the town’s recreation and economic development committees, been a substitute...


HOMETOWN HEROES: Nick Hill carries on the family Little League tradition
11-27-2023 9:32 AM

By BILL FONDA

A passion for Little League runs in Nick Hill’s family.“My dad (Dick) started the Little League in Jaffrey when he was a junior in high school,” said Hill. “I look up to him. He’s my role model.”Hill, a 46-year-old Jaffrey resident, started coaching...


HOMETOWN HEROES: Robyn Manley of Bennington makes special deliveries
10-27-2023 7:50 AM

By BILL FONDA

When someone needed to step up, Robyn Manley of Bennington was there.Manley made blankets for several years for the southwest New Hampshire chapter of Project Linus, which provides handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or in...


HOMETOWN HEROES: Michael Rathbun serves community in retirement
09-25-2023 2:35 PM

By BILL FONDA

Michael Rathbun of Greenville wishes he had gotten involved in the community sooner.“I find it interesting,” he said. “It’s volunteer work, and volunteer work is good. People should volunteer whenever they can.”However, running his own business...


Hometown Heroes: Jared Mezzocchi builds joys of summer at Andy’s Summer Playhouse
08-28-2023 3:47 PM

By BILL FONDA

Of the nine years Jared Mezzocchi has been the producing artistic director of Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton, he said the recently completed season at the summer youth theater – which included five main-stage shows, three workshops and a new...


Hometown Heroes: John Stone serves community in many ways
07-21-2023 11:23 AM

By BILL FONDA

One of John Stone’s first memories of Jaffrey is an act of kindness.It was 1978, and he and his wife Helen were moving from Massachusetts to Jaffrey so he could begin teaching at Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School.As they were looking for a place to live,...


Hometown Heroes: Jacqueline Roland is doing her ‘dream job’
06-23-2023 10:00 AM

By BILL FONDA

Jacqueline Roland thought it would just be a summer internship as a 19-year-old college student at Southern New Hampshire University in 2016, working in marketing and social media at The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center in Antrim.But that...


Hometown Heroes: Linda Quintanilha fights for accessibility, dignity
05-29-2023 7:56 AM

By BILL FONDA

When Linda Quintanilha’s daughter Mary was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum at age 2 after not hitting her milestones, she attended training from the University of New Hampshire’s New Hampshire Leadership Series, which provides information...


Hometown Hero: Kathleen LaRou gives back through the Jaffrey Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels
04-24-2023 11:13 AM

By ASHLEY SAARI

Every so often, Kathleen LaRou, director of the Jaffrey Food Pantry, receives a note.“To the wonderful people at the Jaffrey Food Pantry, thanks again for your assistance during my time in college,” wrote a Franklin Pierce University graduate.Another...

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