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Doing Good NH with Jessica DellaValla

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Jess DellaValla of Jackson. Jess is the Director of Project SUCCEED, a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Before and Afterschool Program in the Conway School District. She is a Consultant with DellaValla Group, which provides facilitation to groups, as well as guidance, goal-setting, and problem-solving […]

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Meet Local Leader Zachary Koehler of Dover

Here on the Stay Work Play blog, we’re celebrating young leaders across the state who have stepped up to participate in the political process! “Meet Local Leader…” is a series highlighting the people under forty who are leading their communities at the local level! Meet Zachary Koehler! Zak is a Senior Software Engineer at Liberty […]

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Conservation Commission: Critical Issues

This is the third blog in a series, if you haven’t already, check out the other Conservation Commission blogs: Meet Member Brett Gagnon and Brett’s Experience. What are the most critical issues facing conservation efforts in the next 3 years?  Most of the issues facing conservation efforts, both locally and globally boil down to sustainability. […]

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Deepening Connection and Understanding Across NH’s Urban/Rural Divide

We’ve all lived it, haven’t we?  We’re going about our day when someone says something political that boils our blood. Anyone could have said it, anywhere. A stranger through the comfortable anonymity of the comments section. A neighbor or a colleague we thought we knew better, over a video-chat happy hour. A blood relative, a […]

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Conservation Commission: Brett’s Experience

This is the second blog in a series, if you haven’t already, check out the other Conservation Commission blog: Meet Member Brett Gagnon. Why is it important to have younger members on the Conservation Commission?  Like many groups, organizations and teams its always helpful to have the most diverse array of members. The old saying […]

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Doing Good NH with Katie Barnfield

This week I spoke with Katie Barnfield of Hampstead. Katie is a special education teacher in Concord, and the President and Founder of Aubrielle’s Hope, a non-profit that provides financial aid to NH families who lose a child five years and younger.  Katie was born and raised in Londonderry, and although not a huge fan […]

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Conservation Commission: Meet Member Brett Gagnon

The state’s natural environment and many outdoor recreational amenities are a magnet for young people. Stay Work Play supports measures to protect these irreplaceable natural and recreational amenities and the economic benefits they make possible. New Hampshire puts forth legislation to conserve the environment; the 2020 Outdoor Recreation Legislation describes some of what is happening […]

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Doing Good New Hampshire with Whitney Vachon

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Whitney Vachon! Whitney was born and raised in Laconia, NH and now lives in Franklin, NH. Growing up Whitney was very active in the school community, but decided to leave New Hampshire and live in the Detroit, Michigan area. After a year away, New Hampshire was […]

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Creative Expression on Juneteenth

Creative expression is vital to celebrating and honoring the joys and sorrows of the past. One part of our country’s history that is remembered this month is Juneteenth. If you are not familiar with it, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, […]

Doing Good New Hampshire with Matt Gelinas

This week I spoke with Matt Gelinas of Barrington, New Hampshire. Matt combines his love for music and people to make New Hampshire a better place! Matt was raised in Rochester, NH attended Plymouth State University and is now a short term claims analyst at Sun Life Financial.  After college, Matt decided to stay in […]