September 27th, 2016 by Customer Care

Thanks for attending our 24th Annual Open House Cookout
& 12th Annual Hometown Hero Awards.

We appreciate all who turned out to help us celebrate. The event is one of the long standing ways we say thank you, and we look forward to hosting it each year.

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Guests fill out the GSC Technology Quiz in hopes of winning a Roku Streaming Stick!

This year’s event featured a cookout and award-winning children’s musician Steve Blunt.

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Steve Blunt and Marty Kelley entertained our crowd with some fun and festive folk songs.

We also presented our 12th Annual Hometown Hero Awards as part of the celebration. Jean Methot of Chester and Patricia Kimball of Sandown are this year’s recipients, and both were nominated by their respective town’s Board of Selectmen in recognition of their hard work, caring attitudes, and outstanding contributions.

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Our 2016 Hometown Hero from Chester, Jean Methot.

Jean Methot is a member of the Chester Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Robert Frost Scenic ByWay Committee, and the Chester Historical Society, where he currently is the President and a lead player in the upcoming 300th Anniversary Celebration for the Town. He has served on the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission as Treasurer, Secretary, and Chairman from 2004 to 2012.  He has served as Chairman on the Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2005 to 2010 and as Vice Chair from 2000 to 2005 and he was on the Chester Conservation Commission from 2007 to 2012.

A passage from the Chester Selectmen’s nomination letter reads as follows:

“Jean Methot is an integral member of our community.  He contributes his time, energy, etc. to significant events such as participating in the Wason Pond Timber Bridge building by organizing a luncheon for the workers, and by usually being present at other significant happenings in our town.  He is a team member and pleasant volunteer on numerous committees and boards…. His presence is taken for granted at re-dedication events such as leading the Chester Re-dedication of the Civil War monument on its 100th Anniversary.   On Veteran’s Day, Jean leads the way in commemorating our heroes in the center of Town as well.”

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Our 2016 Hometown Hero from Sandown, Patricia Kimball.

Patricia Kimball is a 12-year resident of Sandown.  She is a member of the Lions Club and was recently elected as the zone coordinator for the area Lions Club.  She is an Army retired military logistician officer. She retired in the rank of Colonel with over 34 years of military service.  She currently works full-time for Defense Security Service, a Department of the Defense agency, in Andover, MA.

A passage from the Sandown Selectmen’s nomination letter reads as follows:

“Pat Kimball is one of those recognizable people in town that you see everywhere. She has been a member of the Lions Club for several years, and has been instrumental in getting them even more involved in the community…She is a member of the Old Home Day Committee where she has been a key co-coordinator of this year’s parade. She was instrumental in helping our Police Department secure donated furniture for the new Police Station. Pat becomes our Christmas elf and helps Santa distribute gifts at our local Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and she updates our town sign and message board sometimes on a daily basis. We have had several ham and bean suppers to benefit various organizations in town, and Pat is always on hand to cook, bake, serve, set up, and clean up. Pat is full of great ideas and is willing to put the time, energy, and know-how into getting those ideas realized. Most often, when something new comes up in town, Pat is the one who immediately says, ‘How can I help? How can the Lions Club help?’ Pat is very energetic, positive, enthusiastic person and it shows.”

It is our honor to recognize both Jean and Pat as our 2016 Granite State Communications Hometown Heroes!

Here are some additional photos from the event:

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Many came by to decorate their own pumpkin!

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Simplicity was a hit with her balloon twisting!

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Many thanks to our vendor Kiki Branley of Shaklee Products for coming out and sharing your info with our guests!

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Congratulations to Laura L. from Chester—she won the Roku Streaming Stick!