Chamber honors community heroes

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 12:10PM

A police captain, a community activist, an animal protection organization and an iconic magazine were the winners of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s gala Thursday. 

Ernest Belletete of the Peterborough Police and Tina Kriebel won Man and Woman of the Year, respectively. The Monadnock Humane Society won Not-for-Profit of the Year. Yankee Magazine won Business of the Year. 

“I really try to fly under the radar. I just like to do work,” said Kriebel, a grant writer who organizes the annual Children and the Arts Festival in Peterborough and is on the board of the River Center, a community resource organization, and the 1833 Society, a nonprofit fundraising for the renovation of the library.

“It’s really an honor to be recognized in this way,” she said.  

The gala was held at the Shattuck Country Club in Jaffrey. The ceremony is meant to show appreciation for “the many people who work, often behind the scenes, to better the community’s quality of life,” according to a press release. The award recipients were chosen over three other nominees in each of the four categories. 

The other Woman of the Year nominees were Annie Card, Pam Lorimer, owner of Jack Daniels Motor Inn, and Margaret Nelson, executive director of the River Center. 

In addition to being a Peterborough longtime police officer, Belletete is involved in numerous community organizations in the region. He is the president of Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter, involved in Friends of the Seniors, which organizes a Christmas dinner for senior citizens, and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Peterborough. A familiar face around town, he was honored just to be nominated for the award. 

“But you don't win without a lot of help from family or people within the nonprofits,” he said. “I have to give credit where credit’s due.” The other Man of the Year nominees were Bob Edwards and Brendan Minnihan, the superintendent of the ConVal School District, and Brian Pickering, principal of the high school. 

About Yankee Magazine, President Jamie Trowbridge repeated in an email Monday a remark George Sterling said about the publication when he presented Trowbridge with the award at the gala. Yankee’s service-minded employees have played a vital part in the company’s success over its 80-year life span. “It is an honor to be recognized for our continuing success, as the challenges in our industry keep mounting,” wrote Trowbridge in an email.

The other nominees were the Fitzwilliam Inn, the Inn at East Hill Farm and the Monadnock Paper Mills. 

The Monadnock Humane Society, one of the region’s only humane societies, won over the GFA Federal Credit Union, the River Center and Touchstone Farm. 

Other winners were Meredith White, the Pinnacle Award recipient, and Dara Forleo, the Emerging Business Leader of the Year. 


Benji Rosen can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228, or brosen@ledgertranscript.com. Follow him on Twitter @BenjiRosenMLT