Councilors want historical marker removed
Two Executive Councilors, Joseph Kenney and David Wheeler, are calling for the removal of the latest New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker installed by the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, NHPR reported in a story on May 3. The marker, located at the corner of Court and Montgomery Streets in downtown Concord, recognizes Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, who was, according to a press release from the Division, “a well-known labor, women’s rights and civil liberties activist.” The marker, which identifies Flynn as “The Rebel Girl” and highlights Flynn’s involvement in the labor movement and her imprisonment after joining the Communist Party, has been approved by the Concord Heritage Commission and city council and verified for factual accuracy by the state, as is the standard process for all historical markers, the NHPR report said. The controversy prompted Gov. Chris Sununu to call for a complete review of the historical marker process, though no timetable was given, the story said.
May 3 is Old Man Day
Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 96 on May 3, officially declaring the date Old Man of the Mountain Day. According to a press release, the signing, which took place at an Executive Council meeting, was attended by members of the legislature and the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund, and Grammy-nominated songwriter Rick Lang performed “The Great Stone Face” in honor of the anniversary. Additionally, community member Ron Ketchie donated glass etchings of the Old Man of the Mountain to the State of New Hampshire.
New MDC leaders
The Manchester Development Corporation (MDC) has announced a new leadership team after a unanimous vote during a recent meeting. According to a press release, Amy Chhom, a Manchester resident and real estate professional, has been elected as the Board of Directors Chair. Chhom has worked with multiple real estate development groups in Manchester and is currently the Vice President of ROC USA, a nonprofit that supports resident-owned manufactured housing communities. “Manchester is growing rapidly and it’s exciting to see new businesses starting across the city,” Chhom said in the release. I’m excited to continue working with the Board and the City’s Economic Development team on identifying new opportunities to enhance our city.” The board has also elected new officers, including Roland Martin as Vice Chair, Steve Scheiner as Treasurer, and Maria Mongan as Secretary. Newly elected members of the committee include Michael Harrington, Joshua Wright and Attorney Rebecca Kane. The MDC is a nonprofit development corporation that supports economic development initiatives of the city and has provided more than $2 million to develop projects in Manchester, as well as providing gap financing to business owners and developers to assist in economic development opportunities that will lead to job retention and creation.
Saving the Gasholder
The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance has received a timely $20,000 donation for the preservation and redevelopment of the historic Gasholder in Concord. According to a press release, the donation, made by Brian Quinn through his work at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, will contribute to the Preservation Alliance’s ongoing effort to stabilize the Gasholder and repurpose the surrounding 2-acre property. “When I was growing up here in the 1980s, I passed by the Gasholder thousands of times and I learned about it in social studies class at Conant School,” Quinn said in the release. “I’m excited to see that people from around the community are coming together to find a new life for it.” Completed last fall, the emergency stabilization work has helped to preserve the vulnerable structure, and advocates continue to work on short- and long-term plans for the landmark site.
Pilotte named Civic Fellow
Kelly Pilotte, a 2022 graduate of NHTI’s Addiction Counseling program and current business major, has been named a 2023 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow. According to a press release, Campus Compact is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that supports the public purposes of higher education, and Pilotte is one of 154 students in the 2023 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, representing 38 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico. The fellowship is named for the late Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman and is a one-year experience focused on personal, professional and civic growth. Fellows gain access to a range of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference in Boston and exclusive scholarships and post-graduate opportunities. “The Newman Civic Fellowship award is a great opportunity to learn. I hope to encourage others to find their own path in serving those around them,” Pilotte said in the release. “The same people who work towards supporting the development and well-being of others are ultimately the ones who find success in their own leadership. These are the people who can and will change the world.” Pilotte is also involved in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a vice president at NHTI. Additionally, she has served in various roles and established the Michael Stephen Boyd Memorial Foundation, which will establish an addiction recovery center in her son’s name.
Join NH Hunger Solutions, Save the Children Action Network and community experts on Tuesday, May 16, at 6 p.m. at Red River Theatres in Concord (11 S. Main St.) for an evening dedicated to raising awareness about hunger in New Hampshire. The event will feature a screening of a portion of the documentary A Place at the Table, followed by a panel discussion on the topic of hunger in New Hampshire and potential solutions. Light refreshments will be provided, and a suggested donation can be made upon entry or when registering online. Visit redrivertheatres.org/film/a-place-at-the-table.
Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St., Manchester) presents its Share the Music Gala on Friday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature dance lessons by North Shore Swing Dance, a student musical performance of “Baroque and Blue,” a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets cost $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. Visit mcmusicschool.org.
Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 20 into law on May 4, officially naming a bridge in Merrimack after the late former Speaker of the House, the Honorable Richard “Dick” Hinch. “Former Speaker Dick Hinch was a fierce defender of the New Hampshire Advantage, a dear friend, and a respected public servant who worked tirelessly to better the lives of his fellow Granite Staters,” Sununu said in a press release. “Naming a bridge in his hometown of Merrimack in his honor is a fitting tribute to a man who worked day in and day out to build bridges in Concord to get the job done on behalf of his constituents.”