Unitil vice president announces retirement

HAMPTON — Unitil Corporation announced last week the planned retirement of Mark H. Collin, senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective May 1.

Colin spent 34 years in the utility, financial management and regulatory spheres.

“Unitil has been a great place to work for the last 30 plus years, but I am ready to explore new horizons and enjoy retirement life,” Collin said. “Unitil is a special company, and I know I will be leaving it in good hands.”

Collin has served as Unitil’s corporate treasurer since 1998 and has been the chief financial officer since 2003. Prior to joining Unitil in 1988, Collin worked for the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission as an economist and utility analyst.

Christine L. Vaughan was recently named senior vice president, financial and regulatory services, effective Jan. 2, as Collin’s planned successor. As part of Unitil’s long term succession plan, Collin will formally step down as chief financial officer and treasurer on March 1, 2019, and will work with Vaughan in order to assure a smooth transition period prior to his retirement.

Hassan nominates WHS student to U.S. Air Force Academy

HAMPTON — U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, nominated Winnacunnet High School student Katherine Shek to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The Hampton Falls resident was one of 33 New Hampshire students nominated by Hassan to attend United States Service Academies, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Crimeline hosting fundraiser at The Poker Room

HAMPTON — Crimeline for the Hamptons, Inc. will hold its annual fundraiser at The Poker Room at One Lafayette Road in Hampton Falls from Feb. 5-11.

The proceeds of this event will be used for rewards, scholarships, community safety and crime prevention forums and events, and donations that help local police carry out their duties.

“Our organization’s goal is to help our communities,” said John Mounsey.

Mounsey was recently elected as chairman of Crimeline’s board of directors.

“We hope this fundraiser provides us with what we need to award scholarships, hold free events for the public, and provide rewards for tips that help police solve crimes.”

Crimeline has been providing reward money for information that helps police since 1994. The group also awards annual scholarships to local students that pursue careers in criminal justice or law enforcement, and to children of police officers.

Throughout the year, Crimeline holds public forums in addition to an annual free shredding event to raise awareness about identity theft that is held on the Saturday after Tax Day. This year, the shredding event will be held the morning of Saturday, April 20, in the parking lot next to the Hampton Police Department.

“The Poker Room fundraiser is a great chance for people to come out for a few hours, have some fun and raise money for a good cause that benefits everyone who lives in our area,” Mounsey said.