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Littleton, Lancaster Win Awards
BY RUTH TAYLOR Staff Writer
Main Street programs in Littleton and Lancaster won three awards from the New Hampshire Main Street Center at ceremonies in Concord Monday night.
Littleton businessmen Jere Eames and Ron Murro were honored for their work and investment in the Renaissance Mills project on Mill Street. They received the award for the best building rehabilitation project over $5, 000.
Eames and Murro accepted the award for their project. The Renaissance Mills project is nearing completion. One of the two buildings, the 200-year-old Grist Mill, has been restored to its original use, is turning out milled grains and will soon include a retail store where the grains can be purchased. The adjacent building is about to open with Miller's Fare, a bakery and deli, as one of its tenants. A grand opening is planned for both businesses over Memorial Day weekend.
The mill project was one of two awards for Littleton in the organization's 1998 Awards for Excellence program held at the Capitol Center for the Arts. The other award was in the category of best special or retail event for Littleton Main Street's Board of Directors' efforts on the Wal-Mart, the Main Street group put together a promotion that included covering meters and offering free parking downtown during the first weekend Wal-Mart was open and putting together a coupon book for use in downtown stores that was distributed at Wal-Mart.
Lancaster's Main Street program also was recognized for its "Main Street Mania Newsletter," published by their Organization Committee, in the best printed publication category.
Littleton Main Street Board Chairman Brien Ward accepted the Wal-Mart Opening Day Award, and Donna Brewster accepted the award on behalf of the Lancaster committee.
Individual awards were also made to Robert Todd of Lancaster and Carol Hamilton of Littleton as Volunteers of the Year in their respective Main Street programs. Gail Kimball of Littleton and Alexis Moser of Lancaster were also honored as Board Members of the Year in their communities.
More than 225 attended the event which was sponsored by Public Service Company of New Hampshire and Bank of New Hampshire.
Dover, Goffstown and Jaffrey were selected as the newest communities in the New Hampshire Main Street Centers program. Milford was named the 1998 Outstanding Main Street Community of the Year.