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Home Depot volunteers spruce up Veterans Home

Team Depot volunteers spent the morning last Friday brightening the courtyards of the New Hampshire Veterans’ Home through a generous grant from Home Depot. Shown with some of their work are Bob Barneau, Lisa Vermacy, Kayman Spaulding, HD manager Carmen Fulchini, Diane Hatch NHVH grounds foreman John Ciriello and Avril Civiello. (Missing from photo was Norm Pilotte.) (Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
June 06, 2012
TILTON — True to their commitment to serve the surrounding community wherever and whenever they can, a team of volunteers, otherwise known as "Team Depot," converged on the New Hampshire Veterans' Home last Friday to do a little sprucing up for spring, courtesy of a $5,300 grant from The Home Depot Corporation.

NHVH grounds foreman John Ciriello was pleased to receive the funding, which allowed for the purchase of plants and garden accessories to beautify courtyards at the residential facility. Home Depot went on to boost that amount on Thursday evening before the team arrived to install everything by adding another $300 worth of perennials for the gardens.

"This grant allowed us to put small details in the courtyards to make them more home-like for our residents and their guests," Ciriello said.

Among those details were birdbaths, birdhouses and other decorative garden ornaments, as well as the plants, grass seed, Miracle Grow and trellised plant boxes. In addition, a large outdoor thermometer and clock now hang in one of the popular courtyards, and a small Japanese garden graces an outside entrance into the main dining hall.

A separate project by the team was to place bluebird houses by a large pond on the property.

Tilton store manager Carmen Fulchini was part of the seven-person crew of Home Depot employees who donated their morning to installing everything Ciriello had selected.

"This is something we just feel we should be doing," Fulchini said. "We also hold workshops here for the residents to build things, and we have connections through some of our associates' family members who are here, so it was a pleasure to come and do this."

He added that the gardens were the third community project in less than a year for Team Depot in Tilton, and to date, they have contributed more than $16,000 toward large projects in the area, along with a few other side projects they adopted.

Lisa Vermacy heads up the volunteer crew, and said she credited Ciriello for presenting such a well-written and detailed plan for the courtyards at NHVH. She said it was a very inspiring letter, and she was happy NHVH was awarded the grant.

"He had an awesome vision, and it was exactly what we're all about, projects like this," said Vermacy.

Within just a few short hours, the crew had everything in place except for a large purple martin birdhouse, which was on order. They promised to return and set it up once it arrived, and even offered to come back and water the new plants as needed.

Commandant Barry Conway was very happy about Ciriello's successful bid for the grant, and pleased with all that Home Depot and Team Depot has done at the veteran's home. He hoped to see more joint efforts between them and his facility in the future.

"Home Depot has been a great neighbor, and an integral part of the community. They're good people," Conway said.

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