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November 14, 2012

Plaistow resident named 'Volunteer of the Year'

Award tops 35 years of service for Plaistow woman

MANCHESTER — Plaistow resident Susan Sherman has been a volunteer for more than half her life.

Yesterday, the 64-year-old was named the state’s Volunteer of the Year by the N.H. Local Government Center

The award acknowledges a career of service to the town, starting more than three decades ago when she joined the Plaistow Recreation Commission, according to Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald.

She also founded the Plaistow Area Softball League, led the acquisition and development of the Plaistow Athletic/Recreation Complex, served on the original Plaistow Old Home Day Committee, led the Recycling Committee and more.

“She’s one of those folks that always has more time and more to give,” Fitzgerald said. “It amazes me how much she can do for the community.”

Sherman teaches science and literacy at Timberlane Regional Middle School, where she has taught for 40 years.

“You don’t do this kind of stuff to get recognized,” Sherman said, adding she was thrilled to receive the award.

She credited her family, including husband John, who is a selectman, as being the primary motivation for her volunteer efforts.

“I come from a family that participated. My husband came from a family that participated,” she said. “You don’t even think about it. You just do it. You become a part of a community, or a school, or a church, and you become a part of it.”

Volunteer work is like a hobby she tried once and never let go of, she said.

“You do one thing and say, ‘That was fun, and I had some success,’ so you try something new,” Sherman said. “You get involved, and you get caught up in getting involved with something else.”

She doesn’t have any plans to stop volunteering.

“I’ve got lots to do,” she said. “I’ve been working with the elderly. As I have gotten elderly, it seems to be more important to me now.”

The ceremony also honored a second recipient of the award: Susan Tucker, a Goffstown resident and current vice chairman of that town’s Conservation Commission.

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