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Many recognized for community service in 2012.

On Oct. 27, at the Ashworth by the Sea on Hampton Beach, the New Hampshire State Grange held its convention and in the evening, recognized a number of residents from across the state for community service recognition awards including many focused on public service.

The following Granite Staters won awards:

  • Police Officer: Sgt. John McGregor, Hudson Police Department
  • Firefighter: Dave Blatchford, Durham Fire Department
  • Teacher: Sylvia Holden, Woodsville High School
  • Veteran, Retired: Paul Lloyd, Concord
  • Veteran-Active Duty: Kenneth Georgevits, Concord
  • Correctional Officer: Matthew Jordan, Rockingham County House of Corrections
  • Public Service Award: David A. Berry Jr. Belknap County House of Corrections
  • Citizen: Officer Joseph Wright, Concord Police Department
  • Citizen: Jim & Beth Anne Dube, Aurora
  • New member of the Year: Tom Cusano
  • Media, Newspaper: Tony Schinella, Concord NH Patch
  • Television: Adam Williams, WHDH-TV, Boston
  • Lifetime Achievement: Tom Griffiths, WMUR-TV, Manchester
  • NH State Police
  • Fish & Game Officer: Mark T. Hensel
  • Youth Award (Posthumous Award): Michael Guglielmo for his son Giovanni Guglielmo
  • Special Recognition to state Rep. Al Baldasaro, R-Londonderry
  • Gov. John Lynch and First Lady Dr. Susan Lynch
  • NH AG Drug Task Force
ForThePeople November 10, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I also question Rep. Al Baldasaro being honored. What for? The guy is a bigot, extremely intolerant, lacks critical thinking skills, and it's not apparent to me if he actually cares about anyone but himself. He exemplifies the angry male legislature we have had to suffer through for two years. http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Roll_calls/billstatus_rcdetails.aspx?vs=188&sy=2012&lb=H&eb=HB0437&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2012&txtbillnumber=hb437&ddlsponsors=&q=1&lsr=14 Here is a bill that cut the New Hampshire safety net: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Roll_calls/billstatus_rcdetails.aspx?vs=229&sy=2011&lb=H&eb=HB0002&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2011&ddlsponsors=&q=1&lsr=1086 So what exactly makes this guy worthy of recognition? I can only assume there was some kind of pay off.
ForThePeople November 10, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Richard, curiously, there are multiple people on this list that are homophobic, which is not all that uncommon. I wouldn't object to someone getting an award purely out of their own personal beliefs. However, Rep. Al Baldasaro is a special case, because he attempted to foist his bigotry on the entire New Hampshire population by repealing a law which we already agreed upon. They thought that with a Republican supermajority, they could successfully attack gay marriage, but what they failed to realize is that while our state wants to be fiscally conservative, they don't want to be institutional bigots. So you are right, it's a bad choice, and not just for that issue, either. Fiscal conservatism to Al means cutting our social safety net and giving breaks to big business. http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Roll_calls/rc_yeahnay.aspx?yn=1&sy=2011&vs=109&lb=H&eb=HB0156&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2011&ddlsponsors=&q=1&lsr=185
Tony Schinella November 10, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Rep. Baldasaro was asked to attend to honor the two veterans who received awards and later, was thanked for his contributions at the Statehouse for his work improving the lives of veterans in New Hampshire.
ForThePeople November 10, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I'm looking for that contribution in the bills. Do happen to know what for, specifically? Did he sponsor something? I can think of several representatives who would have been a far better choice, including on supporting veterans.
ForThePeople November 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I did find one bill that he was a sponsor of for veterans. It had to do with a study on PTSD,

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