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Big doin’s at new digs in Somersworth: Soldati, Goodwin, Daigle honored by Executive Council at new Goodwin health center

SOMERSWORTH — Mayor Lincoln Soldati, Avis Goodwin and former Hilltop School teacher Joanne Daigle, among others, were honored with commendations by Gov. Lynch and Councilor Daniel St. Hilaire on Wednesday morning as a part of the Executive Council’s session held Wednesday at Goodwin Community Health.

A commendation is an honor requested by a member of the community or council for another member of the community to honor their work and dedication to the state.

Soldati, Goodwin and Daigle were chosen to receive commendations at Wednesday’s meeting due to Councilor St. Hilaire’s choice to hold the meeting in his hometown of Somersworth, the community where each of them have made an impact through some type of service.

“I grew up here, my father grew up here, his father grew here and his father grew up here,” said St. Hilaire. “So it’s just me coming back here to my stomping grounds, you could say.”

The meeting was hosted in the employee cafeteria of the new Goodwin center, which recently celebrated its grand opening with a Tri Chamber event last Thursday evening. Among those in attendance at the meeting included Goodwin Community Executive Director Janet Atkins, Somersworth Police Chief Dean Crombie and Somersworth Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Soldati.

All of the members of the Executive Council were also present, including St. Hilaire, from District 2, Christopher Sununu, representing District 3, Ray Wieczorek, District 4, David Whaler, District 5, and Ray Burton, District 1.

Mayor Soldati was honored for not only his time as mayor of Somersworth, but for his almost 20 years of service as the Strafford County Attorney. Soldati was more than humbled by his recognition.

“Thank you all so much,” said Soldati.

Daigle taught third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grades at Hilltop School for 28 years, from 1977-2008.

Avis Goodwin, whose award was accepted by her daughter, Valerie, was honored for founding the Avis Goodwin Center in 1969, after seeing a need in the community for prenatal care for the underinsured and uninsured.

“I’m very proud and grateful to accept this award on behalf of my mother,” said Valerie Goodwin. “I think my mother would agree the most that the accolades belong most to the dedicated staff. Thank you for your continued support.”

After presenting the commendations, councilors dove right into their regularly scheduled meeting where they approved almost 80 items of new business, including agenda items presented by the Departments of Information Technology, Administrative Services, Transportation and Safety.

The next Executive Council meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at a location yet to be announced.

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