Thomas Nast, a German artist, invented Santa Claus!!! He drew his interpretation for the “Harper’s Weekly” cover in 1862. He based him on his native tradition of St. Nicholas and probably got some of his inspiration from the very popular poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (aka “The Night Before Christmas”). That rhyme was written in 1823 by Clement Moore, a biblical scholar from Troy, New York. Nast probably intended to memorialize the family sacrifices being made during the Civil War and he wanted his Santa to be a symbol of kindness and generosity during those hard times.
Christmas then was a Christian festival season and not yet a national holiday. Nonetheless, Santa Claus became a symbol of gift giving, which continues today, and he is the commercial representative of a centuries-old tradition. The man in the red suit and long beard brings a smile to our faces no matter what our age or whether or not we continue to expect his annual visit.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good time!
Important Association News
Message from the President
New Condo Fee – Effective 1/1/11 our new condo fee is $200. If you have automatic payment from your bank, remember to change the monthly payment amount.
2011 Board of Directors – Marian (President), Roger L. (VP), Ed (Treasurer), Nancy G. (Secretary) and Dom.
Snow Removal – Please direct any snow removal issues to Dom.
Trees – We have removed a number of trees that have been a problem for decks and posed a threat to some buildings.
SPEED – Our speed limit is 20 MPH on all our roads. Observe the speed limit and slow down. Please remind your guest that we frequently walk the roadways (because we have no sidewalks) and visitors from neighboring communities frequent our property.
Septic systems – Do not flush bulky waste or grease into your system. It can plug the sewer and/or distribution lines. Remember that you share this with your neighbor and both must maintain the septic properly or you both bear the cost.
Treasurer’s Report – To date, we have $183,415.84 in our various Capital Reserve Accounts. The Association will end the year in good financial shape.
The Cottage (Our Storage Shed) – We are very close to completing the final phase of this project. I would like to review the reasons for this building.
§ Pressure from the DES to remove all non-water related items from the pump house. Need for storage of our Association records and equipment. Storage for canopies, tables, lawn carts, wheelchair, walker, etc. Board mailbox for condo payments, communication, etc. Community lending library.
§ Adhere to the Town of Windham building and code requirements. Hire Mike Maynard of Benchmark Engineering to represent Hadleigh Woods at the Zoning Board. Hire professional contractor (JL. Powell Construction) to build and manage 90% of the project, ensuring that we have proper licensing and permits. Complete entire project in this calendar year.
We had a number of un-solicited donations. We would like to thank those of you that cared enough about this project that you donated the following:
§ Zoning Board application ($186 from Team Maintenance), 3 windows, 2 motion detector lights, 3 door locks (one of which is a keyless door entry), community bulletin board, all shelving in library and Board closet area (another Team Maintenance donation), ceramic flooring in library area, $50 in cash.
§ Siding from warranty work done on units 21, 23, & 25 Hadleigh. Shutters on window were free.
§ Many volunteer hours donated by Team Maintenance (Hartley, Harry and Tom T.), Len L. and Roger L. and the use of Len’s saw.
New Board Mailbox – The mail slot at the pump house will be closing soon. The moisture from the water system was causing problems with some of the envelopes. We have installed a new mailbox inside the cottage for your condo payments, etc. The notification and key code will be sent out soon.
New Key Cabinet – In accord with our condo docs, Article 7 “Entry for repairs and grant of easement,” we have installed a key cabinet inside the locked closet in the cottage. More to follow related to this will be forthcoming.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the board members, all the committees (Budget & Finance, Landscape, Ombudsman, Water System, Gazette and Nomination Committees) and the many other volunteers, for all their hard work and dedication. Committees and volunteers are essential to our community. Your commitment to maintain and enhance our beautiful development is greatly appreciated.
I would like to personally thank all of you for your support in the four years that I have served on the Board. As a board member I tried to consider all unit owners in my decision process. This is not always possible, but I tried. Service on the Board can be hard work and unfulfilling at times but never dull or boring. I found that the overall experience was educational and rewarding. I will continue doing the website and printing of the Gazette.
Do you have a family member or friend 55 or older interested in renting here at Hadleigh Woods?
Have them contact
Gerald Bates at 898-4787.
Remember to clean the aerator filters on your faucets. Over a period of time residue will build up inside these filter screens and water flow will be diminished. You have one on each faucet in your condo.
Here are the answers from last month quick puzzle. How did you do?
1. sandbox 2. man overboard 3. read between the lines 4. mind over matter
5. GI over-seas 6. I understand 7. see-through blouse 8. a backward glance
Can You Guess the Christmas Carol From the Phrase?
1, follow me in merry measure 2. making spirits bright
3. and so it continues both day and night 4. but it’s December the 24th
5. sing all ye citizens of heaven above 6. good tidings we bring
7. climb down the chimney 8. somebody snitched on me
9. love knows no clime 10. heedless of the wind and weather
First one with all the right answers gets a bottle of bubbly for New Year’s Eve.
Caroling at Hadleigh Woods
Everyone here at Hadleigh Woods is invited and encouraged to participate in the neighborhood caroling on Monday evening 12/20. Carolers will meet at 4 Hadleigh Road at 6:30 for a warm-up. After the caroling, there will be a pizza party at 31 Hadleigh Road. EVERYONE (singers or not) is welcomed to the Walsh’s after (around 7:30) for pizza and all the trimmings. Let's all get together for another fun time.
Breakfast Every Friday at 8:30 AM. An informal breakfast, open to all residents and guests of Hadleigh Woods, is held every Friday at 8:30 AM at the Alley Kat Grill located inside the Park Place Lanes, unless you are notified differently.
Bowling Every Wednesday at 3:00 PM. The H-W “Open-To-All” bowling party is held every Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 PM at Park Place Lanes. After, around 5:00 PM, everyone is welcome to join in for dinner at J. Michael’s Sports Pub on Rockingham Road.
Notice: The first week of each month we go to the Windham Country Kitchen after bowling and not J. Michaels.
Rail Trail Every Sunday. We have three options for walking the trail. The first is parking in the Windham Junction parking lot and walking down the trail and returning to the lot. The second is parking on Roulston Rd. and walking to the Depot. A third option eliminates driving by walking from HW and taking a trail from Flat Rock Road that leads to the Rail Trail. In addition to the exercise we all enjoy breakfast at the Windham Country Kitchen. Those that are not walkers can join us at the Kitchen at 10:00 AM.
Hadleigh Woods Diet Group. A number of residents gather every Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM to weigh in and give ideas and encouragement for losing weight. The cost is $2.00 per week. Anyone interested in joining, please contact Joanne or Gratia.
Joanne has lived at Hadleigh Woods for six years. She spent her formative years in Cranston, R.I. where she lived with one sister and her parents. Her Mom (Edith) was a nurse and her Dad (Bill) graduated from Dartmouth College and attended Harvard Business School. His working years were spent in management in the food industry.
In 1954 Joanne graduated from Pembroke College (assoc. with Brown University.) She then obtained a Master’s degree from Lesley College in 1987.
Joanne taught readiness to first and second graders at schools in Mass., R.I., and NH. She says she “loved teaching and did so for thirty years.”
Joanne was married to John Maloney in 1956 and divorced in 1978. They had two wonderful daughters, Jeanne and Sue, who are both adopted. Joanne claims she is very lucky because they both live in New Hampshire now. Jeanne is married to Scott. They have a son, Walker, and live in Kingston. Sue and her husband, Don, have a son, Jonathan (17) and a daughter, Kaylee Jo, who is 14 years old. They live nearby in Sandown.
In 1982 Joanne met a “wonderful man”, Hugh Bond. Their time together was very short, only two years, he died suddenly. She claims” he certainly made a difference in our lives”.
When Joanne retired from teaching she worked part-time at Elliot Hospital, taking pictures of newborns, and then she worked at Smart Toys in Derry. It seems Joanne really enjoys helping children in many capacities.
It’s an empty nest that encouraged Joanne to sell her home in Derry and move to H.W.
“I really enjoy it here. I have met new friends and enjoy the many activities offered. There’s always someone willing to help….and there’s no mowing lawns or shoveling snow”.
Joanne enjoys many interests including reading, knitting, card and game playing, exercise, gardening and being with family and friends.
“Oh yes, in good weather you will see me in my yard walking with my beautiful Ragdoll cat, Velvet,…..on a leash.
The Last Word
In 1897 Virginia wrote to Francis Church, an editor at “The New York Sun”. Her friends told her there was no Santa Claus. Her Dad told her if it was in “The Sun”, it was so, and she wanted to know the truth. Mr. Church’s response remains popular today. In part; “Virginia, your friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. Alas, how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.
No Santa Claus!!!! Thank God, he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.