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St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea Celebrates $ 25,000 Grant Award

RYE BEACH – The Board of Directors of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) has announced more than $ 4.7 million in matching grants for 40 projects supporting both historic preservation and conservation of land. The projects are well distributed among the ten counties of the state, including St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea in Rye Beach.

Located on the beautiful New Hampshire coast, the Chapel was built in 1876 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. It is open annually from June through October. The chapel received a $ 25,000 grant to allow the chapel to repoint the building, the last project remaining in a ten-year four-phase restoration of the chapel.

“We are very grateful for LCHIP’s investment in preserving St. Andrew’s for the next 140 years,” said Anne Richter Arnold, senior director of the chapel. and hospitality at beloved annual events like Music-by-the-Sea and Candlelight Caroling.

Since the start of the restoration program in 2011, the interior timber of the chapel has been refurbished, the stained glass windows reset and repaired, the trees removed, the Lychgate reconstructed and a new slate roof put in place. All of this was made possible through the generosity of a previous LCHIP prize, a capital appeal and inheritance donation, a loan from the diocese and funds from the annual endowment draw. The cost of this final repointing project is $ 68,550.

A group of summer worshipers founded Saint Andrew’s-by-the-Sea on July 17, 1864. Over time, they began to make plans for a church building. The owners of the Farragut Hotel, Eliza Philbrick and her son Frank, donated land near the Rye Beach Hotel for a chapel. Church planners have organized fundraising efforts, including concerts, fairs and a public reading by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Summer residents of Boston, Concord, New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis contributed the estimated $ 4,000 needed for the design and construction. Boston architects Walter Winslow and George H. Wetherall designed what has become St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. With the exception of 2020, Sunday services have been held in the chapel every summer since it opened in 1876.

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Seacoast Board of Realtors makes major donation to Step Up Parents

The Seacoast Board of Realtors donated a check for $ 26,882 to Step Up Parents during a Community Outreach Committee brunch on December 9.  Left to right, Sandy Healy, Greg Nye (Golf Committee), Denyse Richter, Kate Fontana (Step Up Parents), Kristina Young (Community Ourtreach) and Jessica Ritchie (Seacoast 2022 Board Chair).

PORTSMOUTH – The Seacoast Board of Realtors donated a check for $ 26,882 to Step Up Parents during a Community Outreach Committee brunch on December 9.

The donation represents the culmination of the Seacoast Board’s fundraising efforts in 2021. This year’s initiatives included a golf tournament, wine auction and silent auction, as well as a pampered chef and sales of specialized “Sea bag” tote bags.

Step Up Parents provides financial assistance and support to NH’s caregivers who have lost interest in becoming surrogate parents for children whose birth parents are struggling with substance use disorders. In addition to returning to parenthood later in life, these caregivers have experienced the devastating effects of substance abuse with their own child or loved one.

“Like our caregivers, you are all heroes,” says Denyse Richter, Founder of Step Up Parents, of SBR’s recent donation. “You have mobilized for them in such a meaningful way. We have now helped over 210 NH families and donated close to $ 90,000 in aid – all made possible through organizations like the Seacoast Board of Realtors ”.

Portsmouth Music and Arts Center to Launch 2nd Annual Free Music and Art Week

PORTSMOUTH – Have you always wanted to play an instrument or improve your skills? Do you have a child who enjoys drawing, painting or creating art and want to help them explore their passion? In January, you can explore your creative side – for free – thanks to an ongoing community partnership between Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) and Service Credit Union.

Free Music and the Arts Week, which takes place January 24-28, offers a week of free music or art classes to local children and adults, online or in person at PMAC. Thanks to a generous donation from Service Credit Union, 100 free lessons will be available to anyone who wants to try something new, with no obligation.

The week-long event makes it easier for aspiring musicians and artists to access one-on-one instruction from the best teaching artists on the coast. Free Music and the Arts Week will give 100 lucky people the chance to ring in the New Year on a high note by taking a 30 minute lesson with a PMAC teaching artist.

“We are extremely grateful to Service Credit Union for once again making this Free Music and Art Week possible. Parents are encouraged to register their children and adults are encouraged to register; it’s a unique chance to take a free music or art lesson with no strings attached, ”said Russ Grazier, PMAC Co-Founder and CEO. “This is an incredible gift from Service Credit Union and PMAC. An opportunity for anyone to explore their musical or artistic passion with the individual advice of a professional musician or artist.

Last year’s event was a huge success and gave the community access to the arts and it is something that Service Credit Union executives say they deem crucial in these difficult times in which we are ourselves. let’s find.

“We are thrilled to be the main sponsor of this great program again and to help bring the joy of music and art to people of all ages, locally and beyond. The response to last year’s effort has been fantastic to see, and we appreciate PMAC is such an impactful partner in bringing this project to life, ”said Jaime Yates, director of community relations at Service Credit Union.

Event planners expect spots to fill up quickly and encourage those interested to register early to ensure they get one of the 100 spots. Registration began on December 15, 2021.

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Keep your lights on for health heroes until January 31

ROCHESTER, PORTSMOUTH – HCA Hospitals of New Hampshire Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Portsmouth Regional Hospital are asking for help from the community to show their support to all frontline healthcare workers this holiday season.

In January, we are asking businesses, communities and homeowners to Keep the Health Heroes Light up until January 31, 2022 to thank a health hero for helping defeat this virus and end this pandemic.

Getting involved is easy:

Take a photo of your Christmas lights display and post it on social media with the hashtag # LightsUp4Heroes

· Post posters in your yard showing your support for the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals who remain at the forefront of the fight to end this pandemic. Download our printable flyer and place it in your window or on your doorstep to show your support for the campaign.

· And, if you know a healthcare professional personally, be sure to take the time to recognize them for their work.

· Visit to learn more.

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