Here at Pine Haven we celebrate numerous parties to celebrate the miracle of Christmas. A special thanks to CDL engineers and to Miss New Hampshire for visiting us.
CCA Global Partners' Visit
Members of the CCA Global Partners company visited Pine Haven's boys. Together they decorated ginger bread houses, played bingo games, and put up some Christmas decorations. What a fantastic time we had!
St. Pius X Youth Group's Visit
Members of the youth group from the St. Pius X Parish in Manchester visited Pine Haven's boys. Together they played games. The members of the youth group gave out Christmas gifts.
Pine Haven celebrated its birthday with a Mass presided by Bishop Libasci, followed by a delicious supper prepared by the local Knights of Colombus. The event was very well attended and a great success
Family Cookout 2013
At the end of the summer, Pine Haven staff, children and their families gathered for the traditional "family cookout". It was very well attended, people enjoyed food and shared their friendship.
During the summer the children participated in groups whose topic was to learn about a new culture. The children chose to study the culture of India. They got to know its feast and celebrations. Some families from India came to Pine Haven and showed the children how to make a "Henna tattoo".
The guest speaker at the graduation ceremony was the very first student at Pine Haven in 1963. In his speech he stressed how Pine Haven had changed him and made a difference in his life. His talk was so inspiring and moving that tears could be seen in the eyes of the people attending the ceremony.
6th Annual Pine Haven Reception
This event was held in Nashua in May to start the celebration of Pine Haven's 50th birthday. Many people attended the celebration from all over New Hampshire and it was a great success
and staff at Pine Haven shared their moves with members
of Radio Disney’s Rockin’Road Crew at a dance off on
March 22nd as a reward for finishing in the top five of
“Get Active, Get Fit” statewide fitness competition..
From October through November 2012, students were asked
to exercise for a certain amount of time every day. Pine
haven saw 100% participation and this led to winning the
Squad, from Immaculate Conception Church, Nashua
to do in keeping Pine Haven beautiful. Not a problem? We
called "Handy Man Squad!" and wow! From Immaculate
Conception Church, Nashua, this "Squad" came up and with
skills and dedication helped to paint the entire school
hallway in one weekend. You should have been here, too!
While the greatest Mushers in the world are racing the
Iditarod race in Alaska, Pine Haven had its own Iditarod
competition on March 2.
Scouts from the troop 168 in Dover visited Pine Haven
and they organized a sled race. Special dogs were
utilized and the Pine Haven team was able to win the
race thanks to a great team effort and hard training.
The day was ended when the teams shared a delicious
Jambalaya dinner. Congratulation to the Pine Haven
another wonderful Christmas, with Santa coming to visit
us, even though he said he was very busy; our students
were so excited. Under the branches of our tall
Christmas many gifts were waiting to be opened.
from the Parish of the Assumption in Dover came to visit
Pine haven and organized a Christmas party for the
children. Presents were given to the boys and a
delicious meal was prepared and served. To top off the
party, there was a Magic Show that left the children and
Presidential Speeches - November 1st, 2012
third and fourth graders worked very hard researching
the 2012 Presidential candidates. They prepared
speeches, which they wrote themselves, then presented
them in front of the school in a mock election. At Pine
Haven, according to student votes, President Barack
Obama won 16 votes to 10 votes over Mitt Romney. The
boys did an excellent job in preparing and performing
their speeches, as well as answering peer questions.
On October 21 members
of the Social Committee and friends from Assumption
Parish in Dover visited Pine haven. They spent time
playing with the children and prepared a delicious
supper. It was a fun evening! We hope to see you back!
Fungo visits Pine Haven
boys had a visit from Fungo, the mascot from the Fisher
Cats. They are now part of the Reading Challenge that
the Fisher Cats sponsor. If they read 5 books by April
they will receive 2 tickets to a Fisher Cat game and
the boys can participate in an on-field parade that
honors them. The visit was a success and included a book
reading to get the boys motivated.
2012 Pine Haven Graduation Ceremony
On June 15, 2012, Pine Haven celebrated the end of the school year
with an award and graduation ceremony. This year one of
our students was leaving the program and moving on to
new experiences in life. All the students in the program
received awards highlighting their individual
achievements during the school year and listened to an
inspirational talk given by the guest speaker of the
day, Mary Ledoux, a former cottage staff. Guests at the
ceremony included students’ families, social workers,
and respite families. After all the awards and
presentations, students had the opportunity to enjoy
some refreshments and visit together with family,
friends, and Pine Haven staff.
Cookout With The
On June 2nd 2012, the
Allenstown Knights of Columbus organized a cookout for
the children at Pine Haven. However, the weather didn't
collaborate as it rained cats and dogs. Therefore the
"cookout" was transformed into a "cook-in". Children and
staff at Pine Haven want to thank the Knights of
Columbus for the delicious food they provided and for
spending time with all of us.
5th Annual Pine Haven
"THANKS" to all who attended the Pine Haven Reception on
May 10th at the Nashua Country Club. Our special guest
speaker gave a wonderful and inspirational talk followed
by a video presentation about Pine Haven. A fun raffle
concluded the evening, with Red Sox tickets and other
wonderful prizes. The donations of many generous
parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church in Nashua
and other friends made a great impact in Pine Haven. A
big thanks to everyone.
Visit From St. Anselm
On January 28, 2012 a
group of students from St. Anselm College decided to
spend the afternoon visiting Pine Haven and playing with
the children. The children had a blast! They played
their favorite games with these young students and
shared delicious snacks. Thank you very much for
spending the day with us!
Donation from Bi-Wise and
Associated Grocers of New England.
Pine Haven Boys Center
would like to thank Bi-Wise and Associated Grocers of
New England for choosing Pine Haven as their Shurfine
Neighbor to Neighbor Program beneficiary. We accepted
the check totaling $ 5000/ for our mission. Thank you
again for your generous donation!
During the Fall, the
Pine Haven soccer team participated in the Suncook
Soccer Tournament. It was fun and very exciting as the
children played very hard and displayed great
On August 26,
Pine haven held its annual family cookout. Children,
their families and Pine haven staff, all enjoyed a day
filled with food, fun and games. This year's winner of
the Fr. John Vitali award was Dustin.
Aubuchon Gift to us
Hardware Store in Allenstown, NH donated 250$ to our
Center. It was their community appreciation day and they
chose Pine Haven for their local Charity Donation. Thank
you so much to Aubuchon and to Ken, the store manager.
Dinner at Nashua Holiday
students and staff at Pine Haven thank the Nashua
Holiday Inn for the wonderful dinner on February 8. The
meal was generously donated by the Holiday Inn, and
everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet held at the hotel.
Helping to serve the dinner were the members of the
Handyman group from Immaculate Conception Parish. Thank
you so much for giving our boys such a fun event!
A Day on Lake
||Our boys enjoyed a
sunny day on Lake Winnipesaukee, thanks to the
generosity of Ed, a very good friend of Pine Haven.
Ed invited us to have a day on his pontoon boat, and the
boys had a really wonderful time, tubing, swimming,
diving, and even steering the boat!
We hope to do it again next year! We all send many
thanks to Ed.
Pine Haven invited all families,
foster families and respite families to our annual
Family Picnic. The Pine Haven clinical department hosted
a wonderful lunch with a Mexican Fiesta theme. There was
a presentation of awards to recognize the Pine Haven
families, and the special Father John Award was
presented to Thomas, one of our students who had
graduated from Pine Haven in June at the end of the
school year. After lunch, the boys, families and staff
played games, enjoying a sunny day on the baseball
field, ending the day with a very welcome snack for all.
As part of
a community volunteer day a group of
first-year students from St. Anselm College came to Pine
Haven from 2 to 4 PM to help and to learn more about our
center. After a tour from Fr. Paul and Fr. Remo, the
students helped to clean up after the family picnic was
finished, and then played basketball and soccer with the
boys. Everyone also enjoyed a game of “Ultimate Frisbee”
and other games and activities on the soccer field. The
students showed great interest in our Pine Haven
programs and plan to come back soon. We look forward to
seeing everyone again!
The boys at
Pine Haven have been enjoying the wonderful New
Hampshire summer. Each day there is a fun outing or
activity for the students, keeping them busy and helping
them to stay cool on the hottest days. We have attended
Red Sox games, taken day trips to various lakes and
beaches, and have hiked Mount Major, a favorite event
for the boys. Water Country has been popular, too, as
well as days spent in our own inground pool here at Pine
Haven. A highlight for the children was attending the
Matt Bonner Basketball Camp, which was great fun and
exercise for all.
What a great event
for our Pine Haven students! On July 2, some of
our boys attended the Matt Bonner Basketball
Camp and had an extraordinary experience. The
boys saw firsthand how a professional basketball
player has to work hard, train and practice
constantly, and show true dedication to the
sport. Thank you, Matt, for being such a
wonderful example to us all!
Another Fisher Cats
Many thanks to the Laconia Savings Bank for
donating a suite for our boys to attend the May
2nd NH Fisher Cats vs. Reading Phillies game.
What fun the boys had, especially the “suite”
seats, the food, drinks, Ollie the bat dog and
the terrific view of the field! (Of course the
VIP parking was great, since they didn’t have to
walk very far.) Thanks again – our boys really
appreciated getting out for a ballgame.