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February 22, 2013

Local man wins 'Unsung Hero Award'

A Seabrook man is among those being honored by the N.H. Children’s Trust. Donald Reinhold is one of 28 people across the state getting the organization’s “Unsung Hero Award.”

According to the Children’s Trust’s spokeswoman Julie Day, Reinhold was chosen because of his “strong resilience.”

“He is a single father raising three children and two grandchildren,” Day wrote. “Donald has overcome hardships. Throughout all the changes in his life, he has stayed a stable, loving and kind father who also helps out in the community.”

The selection committee reviewed many nominees before making their choices. Awardees were honored at a dinner on Feb. 19, where Gov. Maggie Hassan was on hand to offer her congratulations, Day said.

“This is our sixth year,” Day said. “We have honored around 150 parents. We ask people from across the state to nominate a parent, grand parent or caregiver for positive things they are doing with their families, in their schools and in their communities.”

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Selectmen praised town workers for pulling together in the recent Blizzard of 2013, successfully keeping the town safe during a nasty storm.

Members of the Public Works Department earned high praise from selectmen, as well as police Chief Lee Bitomske, for keeping the roads open, allowing police and fire personnel to respond to emergencies during the event. Precautions taken along the beach also prevented excessive flooding in the beach district, according to Selectman Brendan Kelly.

Public Works manager John Starkey praised his men, who worked round the clock to keep roads safe. But he also lauded the town’s other departments. It took a team effort, he said, to keep up with that blizzard. Police were able to get cars off public roadways so crews could plow, he said, and the water, sewer and even the recreation departments sent over equipment and personnel to help out in the huge storm that took four days to wrap up.

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