HAMPTON — Selectmen are dedicating the Town Report to three local women- Dyana Martin, Ute Pineo and Nancy Stiles.
Pineo, owner of Gauron's Luncheonette at Hampton Beach since 1990, was awarded the Hampton Rotary Club's Distinguished Citizen of the Year award for 2018 last November. The Rotarians recognized Pineo for her behind the scenes charity work for which she often keeps quiet.
Pineo has helped clothe families in need with winter outfits, donated toiletries and goods to nursing homes and collected goods from organizations big and small – including the Boston Red Sox – to give to food pantries. Her diner, located at Hampton Harbor, is also a fixture at the beach and a hub for town chatter, locals say.
Stiles, who spent six years each in the state House and Senate, spent 2018 leading the Hampton Beach Area Commission as it completed its update for the Hampton Beach Area Master Plan's transportation section. Selectman Rick Griffin said Stiles has been instrumental in giving residents a voice in the process of updating the plan, including by ensuring parking changes did not impact a scenic drive along the ocean between Highland Avenue and Boar's Head.
"Nancy's got herself more popular than ever," said Griffin. "People weren't being listened to... she made sure they got there so they could speak up."
Martin left her position as Hampton's recreation director after 25 years with the department, 23 as the department's head. She left in March for a job with Ultiplay Parks and Playgrounds, replaced by her longtime program coordinator René Boudreau. Staff said they would miss her dedication to her job as well as the kindness she showed residents. She oversaw upgrades to parks including Tuck Field and the Kids Kingdom Playground.
Selectmen voted to approve the dedication at their Monday meeting, as well as to honor several residents who died in 2018 with a memorial page in the town report. That page will recognize residents including Brian Lapham, Nancy Waddell, Edward Sandy Buck and Bill Hartley. Town Manager Fred Welch said officials are looking through records to make sure no other names are left off the page.