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2019 marked our 15th Hometown Hero celebration as we presented the award to two community members at our Open House.

Each year, in conjunction with our Customer Open House, we present a Hometown Hero Award to individuals or community organizations within our service area that have made outstanding contributions to the community.

In 2019 our recipients were Jared Powers of Hillsboro and Charles A. McLain of Weare. Both were nominated by their respective town’s Board of Selectmen.

Jared Powers grew up in Hillsboro, graduated from Hillsboro-Deering High School and now is the custodian of the school.  Jon Daley, Chair of the Hillsborough Board of Selectman, wrote, “Jared is an amazing guy.  I’ve never heard him say “no” or anything negative for that matter. In an era of much negativity, Jared always has an optimistic attitude towards everything.  While he isn’t formally involved in any volunteer organization, every time you turn around, he is enthusiastically jumping into the next activity.  In his own words, he likes to be “like Spiderman”, involved wherever he is needed.  His impact on everyone he runs into is impossible to miss, and anyone who spends 30 seconds with him would agree with me that he is well-deserving of being recognized by your organization.  Not all heroes wear capes, but Jared must have a cape hiding underneath his clothes!”

Charles A. McLain is a lifelong resident of Weare. Service and dedication began for McLain at a young age.  He began serving our country in 1969 where he served in the Army for four years; upon returning to Weare in the 70’s he started his community dedication.  McLain spent twelve years driving school buses for Eldon Townes for the Weare School District, transporting students to school and after school sporting events.  In March of 1989, McLain joined the Weare Highway Department where he drove trucks, plowed snow, and mainly was the chief mechanic until he retired in September of 2011.  While at the bus company and highway department, he found time to volunteer twenty-three years on the Weare Fire Department. In 2018 McLain was presented his forty year membership pin to the American Legion, holding several command positions.  Over the last thirty-five years and currently today, McLain is heavily involved with the Sunday Legion Breakfast.

In his spare time, he spends time with his wife of thirty-seven years, Wanda; three grown boys, Chuck, Matt and John; and two grandchildren, Olivia and Spencer.  The Weare Board of Selectmen wrote, “He does so much and expects nothing back. Weare is proud to have Charlie as one of its “sons”.  It is our honor to recognize him as our 2019 Hometown Hero!”

The Hometown Hero Awards are always a highlight of our Open House, so our thanks go out to the Hillsboro and Weare Board of Selectmen for nominating these outstanding individuals.