Jerusalem Lodge in Keene recently put on two fun events, keeping their Masonic families busy this summer.
From Seacoast Online, July 26, 2018
By Jesse Migneault / email@example.com
Original article at http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180726/masons-hold-cornerstone-ceremony-for-hampton-academy
HAMPTON — School officials and Masons laid the ceremonial cornerstone to Hampton Academy’s addition and renovation Saturday, officially marking the project’s half-way point.
More than 30 Masons, including Grand Master John Lobdell of New Hampshire Masons, turned out for the cornerstone ceremony, as well as about 100 residents. The $25.9 million project started in July 2017 and is currently on track for completion to open for the 2019-20 school year.
Masons have held cornerstone ceremonies since George Washington, a Mason himself, laid the cornerstone for the US Capital. On the Seacoast, the Masonic cornerstone ceremony has been a tradition for public buildings for hundreds of years, including most recently the Dover Police Station.
Masonic members in attendance saw the ceremony not only as a chance to don aprons, coats, staffs and regalia, but also to share and educate the public about the historic ceremony.
“With us, education is king,” said Lobdell.
The Masonic cornerstone ceremony was conducted by the members of Saint James Lodge No. 102 in Hampton, who also donated the engraved cornerstone as a testament to their support of students and schools. Mason Richard Douillette said the ceremony is a chance for the Masons to make their presence known in the community, where they participate in several fundraising efforts each year.
Those present to witness the ceremony watched members of the lodge as they symbolically squared, leveled and plumbed the cornerstone, culminating with the grand master proclaiming the foundation stone was “well-formed, true and trusty.” Then three members took a silver chalice and blessed the stone with corn, wine and oil.
The actual installation of the stone was done by craftsmen on site from the construction company Bonnette Page and Stone, who with trowel in hand spread the mortar and placed the rectangle into the school’s new brick facade.
SAU 90 Superintendent Kathleen Murphy said the ceremony’s theme was one of combining the past with the present, as the renovation is designed to maintain the building’s historic appearance.
“This week we connected the old with new,” said Murphy to more than 100 people who gathered to witness the event.
As the Masonic cornerstone ceremony brought history to life on the outside, there were workers present inside the building crafting the still unfinished project. Earlier that same week construction crews had broken through a wall from the girls’ locker room, in the school’s original 1935 building, into the cafeteria.
As evidenced by the rising facades and new structures at the Academy, the construction process has seen significant progress this summer. The school’s new art wing will feature band and chorus rooms as well as art rooms and a kiln.
“There’s a lot of parts of this building that we tried to accentuate,” said Murphy. “Kids are going to have opportunities they hadn’t had in the past.”
Also, underway is the construction of new classrooms, which will include fully equipped science rooms. There’s also a unique semi-enclosed outdoor area that will provide students with outdoor access and safety for after lunch and before school.
The project experienced a small delay due to winter storms in March and the discovery of an unexpected burn dump. Murphy said that delay has been overcome and the Academy’s renovation and construction is now fully on track.
“It feels good. Very good,” she said.
Construction is expected to move into the old section of the Academy by September of this year, so there could still be more past meeting the present to come.
“Now that we’re going into the old section we got our fingers crossed we don’t find any more surprises,” said Murphy, “but you know, (the building was built in) 1935.”
Brother Stephen Hankard, Sr., past Worshipful Master and current Marshall of the Union Lodge No. 79 in Bristol, NH was recently honored by the Grand Lodge of NH with a Jeremy Ladd Cross Award for his volunteer work at the NH Veteran’s Home in Tilton, NH.
This award is given to Freemasons in the state of NH who have distinguished themselves as being dedicated to the Masonic Principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth and who have tirelessly served the community. Brother Hankard and his wife Carol have volunteered weekly for twelve years by visiting and assisting residents at the Veteran’s Home. He also started a monthly Square and Compass Club for those residents who are also Freemasons and each month presents a program of interest to the group. “I’ve never considered our visits work,” said Hankard. “I’ve always considered them a joyful pleasure.”
On Saturday, July 14th the members of Cheshire Mount Vernon Lodge No. 23 gathered at the Lodge in Cornish to celebrate their Masonic Veterans and to recognize a Community Builder. Our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother John E. Lobdell and members of the Grand Line were on-hand to join in the celebration.
The afternoon opened with Worshipful Brother David Haseman asking for an opening prayer and pledge of allegiance to our country’s flag. He then recognized Margaret Drye who provides medical services to the community. Our Grand Master presented her with the Community Builder’s Award. The Master then introduced our Grand Master to an attending Special Lady who was presented with a floral decoration. The Grand Master then honored Worshipful Brother Michael C. Shklar by presenting him with the Major General John Sullivan Distinguished Service Medal in Bronze. Congratulations Mike on a job well done!
Congratulations to Worshipful Haseman and the members of Cheshire Mount Vernon Lodge on conducting a delightful event.
To celebrate two of the Lodges in his district who received the Grand Master’s Award at the 2018 Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, Right Worshipful Brother Troy Patoine, District Deputy Grand Master of the 7th Masonic District, presented the officers of Union Lodge No. 79 in Bristol and Meridian Lodge No. in Franklin quarts of his homemade spaghetti sauce on June 14 and June 20, respectively.
We have 5 ritual competition dates coming up for the Grand Lodge Ritual Award. If you wish to participate, sign up and get more information and requirements by visiting http://www.nhgrandlodge.org/grand-lodge-ritual-award-information-form/.
Monday 07/30/18 in Portsmouth
Saturday 08/04/18 in Gorham
Monday 08/27/18 in Jaffrey
Monday 09/29/18 in Wolfeboro
Tuesday 10/16/18 in Northwood
Right Worshipful Brother Mike Salisbury
By Right Worshipful Brother Ken Clay, Deputy Grand Master
On Sunday, June 24, 2018, Freemasons from throughout New Hampshire gathered at various places of worship to celebrate Saint John’s Sunday. In Portsmouth, 56 Masons formed a procession and marched from William Pitt Tavern – where our Grand Lodge was formed in 1789 – to St. John’s Episcopal Church. There we joined in the Sunday service. The brethren then re-formed and marched back to William Pitt Tavern under the escort of bagpipers.
The History behind the tradition of the Mason’s annual visit to St. John’s Church
At an early date in England, the Masons chose as their patron saints, St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist. The corresponding feast days were chosen by Masons as holidays to be observed by attending a religious service followed by a banquet, and the rest of the day was to be spent in “Brotherly Love and Innocent Mirth.” On Tuesday, June 24, 1755, the members of St. John’s Lodge No. 1 formed a procession from the lodge to Queen’s Chapel where a sermon was preached by The Rev. Arthur Browne, and then the Masons returned to the lodge room to feast and enjoy one another in social conversation.
Starting in 1826 there was a period of time called the Anti-Masonic Era, which caused great upheaval throughout the Eastern United States. Priests and ministers who had been Masons were forced to resign or leave the church and for 47 years the Masons were not invited back to St. John’s Church. However, in 1886 The Rev. Henry Hovey, already a Mason when he arrived in Portsmouth, became Rector of St. John’s and officially invited the Masons back to participate in Sunday services once a year during the week of the Feast of St. John the Baptist. After Fr. Hovey’s death in 1909, there was another hiatus until The Rev. Nelson Kellogg, also a Mason, became Rector in 1916. Although Fr. Kellogg was not affiliated with St. John’s Lodge, he did extend the invitation to the Masons to renew their annual visit to the church. The Masons accepted the invitation and from 1916 have returned every year since.
On Saturday, June 16, Charity Lodge No. 18 in Jaffrey once again partnered with the Jaffrey Public Library to kick off their summer reading program. This is the second summer in a row that the Lodge has provided bikes to the children of Jaffrey through the “Bikes for Books” program. In just over two hours, 216 children signed up for the program Saturday morning; while enjoying ice cream donated by Hayward’s Ice Cream of Milford, meeting and reading with “Pete the Cat,” and learning about (and playing on) a great assortment of vehicles on display for the “Touch a Truck” event.
New this year, the Lodge and Library also came together to bring the Child Identification Program (ChIP) to area families. The library enthusiastically helped promoted the event through social media, press releases in local papers, and flyers that went home with every Jaffrey Grade School child before the last day of school. The Jaffrey Police also threw their support behind the program. Charity Lodge has held successful ChIP events in Jaffrey previously, but this was the first at this venue.
From 10 o’clock in the morning until shortly after noon, 33 children came through the space generously provided by the library. It was a truly family focused event, with several Brothers’ wives and adult daughters lending a smiling face and a friendly hand to guide children and parents through the ChIP registration process and where to go next, while the Brethren operated the equipment and conducted video interviews. At one point the Brethren even had to set up a third station to keep the line moving. Feedback from the community and event organizers was overwhelmingly positive and Charity Lodge hopes to be back again next year to continue bringing this important service to the community, with the assistance of the Grand Lodge.
Brother Roy R. Kincade was recognized Wednesday for his 60 years of service to Freemasonry.
Master of Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 32, Worshipful Brother Pat Tierney discussed the honor of being a Mason and recognized Brother Kincade’s service to the Craft. He then introduced Right Worshipful Brother David Bennett, District Grand Lecturer of the Sixth Masonic District. Brother Bennett also commented on how 60 years is a remarkable experience to achieve. He then introduced our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother John E Lobdell.
The Grand Master gave Brother Roy Kincade a plaque recognizing his 60 Years of Masonic Service to the community. In a conversation with Brother Kincade during the event, M ∴ W ∴ Lobdell Brother Kincade said had served in the US Army and been stationed in China, Burma, and India. After leaving the Army, he worked for the telephone company, from which he retired.
Brother Kincade’s family includes two daughters that live in the South with their families.
Brother Kincade was presented with a 200 year anniversary pin, coin, and medallion from Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 32 where he is still an active member.
In attendance were John Lobdell (Masonic Grand Master for the State of NH), David Bennett (Deputy Grand Lecturer for NH District #6), Patrick Tierney (Worshipful Master for Mount Lebanon Lodge #32 at Laconia), David Emberley (Senior Warden at Mt. Lebanon Lodge #32), Rick Pickwick (Secretary at Mt. Leb), and several friends.