Meredith named top Main Street community

The town of Meredith was named the Outstanding Main Street Community of the Year at the New Hampshire Main Street Center’s Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards event, held May 22 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

Meredith was recognized for its organizational development, implementation of promotional events and improvements in the physical environment, including building and streetscape improvements. The Meredith Main Street program received a $2,000 scholarship from the Main Street Center for its executive director and one volunteer to attend the 2007 National Main Streets Conference.

All told, nine of 19 Main Street programs won awards. They were:

• Main Street Hero of the Year, Sylvia Poulin, Berlin
• Best Business Retention, Expansion or Recruitment Project, Concord Cooperative Market
• Best New Sign: Merrimack County Savings Bank, Concord
• Best Building Rehabilitation, $100,000-$250,000: The Baby Bungalow, Concord
• Main Street Hero of the Year: Mark Ciborowski, Concord
• Best Fund-Raising Project: “Viva! Las Vegas! Taste of Dover & Live Auction,” Dover
• Best Printed Publication: Downtown Dover historic calendar
• Best Image Enhancement: Tuttle Square Park, Dover
• Best Interior Building Rehabilitation: Twigs Café & Bakery, Enfield
• Best Public Improvement Project: Laconia Public Library
• Best Building Rehabilitation, $10,000-$100,000: Eames Block Grant, Littleton
• Main Street Business of the Year: Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce
• Award of Merit – Main Street Hero of the Year: Littleton Board of Selectmen
• Outstanding Main Street Community of the Year: Meredith
• Best Public/Private Partnership: Plan NH Charrette, Meredith
• Best Adaptive Re-Use of a Building: 92 Main Street, Meredith
• Best New Construction Project: Lovering Volvo, Meredith
• Best New Sign: “Welcome to Meredith”
• Best Building Rehabilitation, $250,000 or more: Shops at Meredith Place
• Main Street Hero of the Year: Rusty McLear, Meredith
• Award of Merit-Best Fundraising Project: Dinner on the Bridge Gala, Plymouth
• Main Street Manager of the Year: Judy Rich, Tilton
• Main Street Hero of the Year: Patrick Clark, Tilton

In addition, Doris Burke, community development manager for Public Service of New Hampshire, was honored as the NHMSC Board Member of the Year. – JEFF FEINGOLD

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