Over the past week, we’ve enjoyed reporting on the vast and varied achievements of local people improving our community.

First Night North held a successful virtual celebration to usher in 2021.

Northwoods Trading Post in North Stratford, N.H., sold a winning Mega Millions ticket worth $1 million for the Dec. 25 drawing.

Susan Greenwood beat the “Experts” in Hoagie’s weekly football challenge.

Most residents at the Coos and Grafton County Nursing Homes are now vaccinated.

A hug between second-grade teacher Jennifer Walker and student Hannah Santy was voted top news photo of 2020 by readers. Academy basketball star Nick Guckin was voted top sports photo of the year.

Emilie Begin and Xavier Giddings, both of Waterford, announced their engagement.

Lillian Sophia Pope, Myles Xavier Edgar, William Henry Spicer and Sophia Rose Alekseivnas were born.

A holiday light display contest brightened Lyndonville.

Beth Norris and her grandkids Eleanor and Johnny Lyford are busily assembling free mask kits for local people needing them.

Jeanne Hamblett of Barton led a volunteer team and rescued a Chinese Gray Goose - Mrs. Honkey - from freezing to death in Gardner Park.

Erika Pierce donated gift bags to residents at the Canterbury Inn.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (MSDC) and Mt. Washington Observatory are combining forces to increase access to meteorological and atmospheric sciences.

Mike and Keith Kopp, owners of North Country Ford in Lancaster donated a 2020 Ford Eco-Sport SUV to the nonprofit senior living community, to help provide additional transportation for residents to medical appointments.

Jean Guest organized the donation of 105 Scentsy Buddies to Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice.

Major structural renovations on the historic Parker J. Noyes building in Lancaster have been completed.

Dr. Brian Beals, a New Hampshire Children’s Trust board member, was recently named Pediatrician of the Year by the New Hampshire Pediatric Society.

Ellen Endres opened Wicked Delicious Top Notch Eating - a prepped meal delivery service offering homemade family-style ‘take and bake’ meals - in Lancaster.

Universal high-speed broadband for northern Grafton County towns is inching closer to reality.

We congratulate and thank them all … both for their efforts and for allowing us the privilege of sharing their great news.

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