NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

February 22, 2013

Local man wins 'Unsung Hero Award'

Seabrook Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — 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.

Even DPW secretaries got a pat on the back for their phone skills with those who complained when plows hit mailboxes or left snow at the foot of driveways..

“Not everyone’s happy in a snowstorm,” Starkey said. “We have some very patient and accomplished secretaries (who listened to them).”

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Seabrook’s school children are on vacation starting Monday, and the library has a number of event to keep them busy

Monday, from 10 a.m. to noon, children 8 and older can attend a sewing program, offering smocking and refreshments.

Tuesday, from 1 to 5 p.m. is Game Day, when board and Wii games will be out to play.

Wednesday at 2 p.m, Polar Bear Day commences, complete with movie and popcorn.

Thursday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., kids can play Bingo for prizes.

Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. is Peanut Lovers day, when children can make peanut butter-based bird/animal feeders for outdoor friends.

This is also a good time to sign up for Story Times at the Seabrook Library, with the session that runs from March 4 through April 12. Parents should note that times and days have changed.

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., is Babygarten for children up to 2 years of age.

Wednesday, 6 p.m., is Bedtime Stories for 3- to 5-year-olds.

Thursday, 10:30 a.m., is Story Time for 2- and 3-year-old toddlers.

Space is limited, so signing up early is advised. To do so, call 603-474-2044 and ask for Lisa Michaud, or email lmichaud@sealib.org.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Seabrook for The Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271, or at achiaramida@newburyportnews.com.