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Hadleigh Woods Gazette

Volume 47                                      website: hadleighwoods.com                           December 2009

 

Well, it looks like we’ll have a “White Christmas.”  How magical our neighborhood looks with a frosting of snow on our evergreens.  How come it’s prettier now than after the Holidays?

Last year we were struggling with a destructive coating of ice that caused pandemonium for days and weeks in New England.  Hopefully, we’ll never see that again.

The Christmas Season is punctuated with many opportunities to celebrate with family and friends.  Though all the preparations often cause havoc and frustration, they provide special memories that make it “the most wonderful time of the year”.  We wish you the happiest of Holiday Seasons!  And MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Important Association News

Message from the President

New Condo Fee – Reminder that our new condo fee of $195 begins on 1/1/10.  If you do automatic bank payments, remember to change the payment amount with your banking facility.

New Directors.  At our annual Association meeting on Thursday, November 12th, Ed and Dom were voted on the Board replacing Nina and Tom H.  As we welcome Ed and Dom to the Board, we will also miss the dedication and commitment that Nina and Tom have given over the last two years.  We are truly grateful to you both.  Thank you Nina and Tom.

Annual Meeting – Thank you to Ben and Nina for getting the coffee. For baking or bringing dessert we would like to thank Anne A., Lillian S., Terry Garden and Nina. 

Propane – This month’s Selkirk price posted on Tuesday, November 24th, was 124.93.  If you DID NOT do a pre-buy with Eastern, your price per gallon should be $1.78 (Selkirk number + $.53).

Tree Work – RK Tree Service did a wonderful job removing trees and debris.  The removal of a large pine tree that was threatening the 21/23 Hadleigh Road building was timely with the advent of our most recent windy conditions.

Roofing Work – Cormier Roofing has completed about 75% of our requested work order.  They will renew their work in the spring.

Snow removal – any issues with snow removal please contact John at 898-5232.    

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  Volunteer Work

The Gazette is in need of another assistant editor.  The Turgeons have moved to their new renovated home in the North Country and Cathy can no longer continue with her terrific journalism.  We are grateful to her for the talent and efforts she contributed to our publication.  We need a volunteer to help get our monthly edition to press.

Computer skills would be greatly appreciated, but not mandatory.   A resume is not necessary; after all, there are no benefits or compensation, just a sense of accomplishment and an occasional pat on the back.  Please contact our Editor (and president) Richard.   We are anxious to welcome a new member.

Windham Annual Tree Lighting – Delicious cookies for the event were baked at the office of Mr. Al Letizio with the help of Harry, Phyllis, Andrea, Claire, Betty, Dom, Kathy, Tom, Anna, Janet, and Hartley. There is an article with photos in the December 10th edition of the Windham Independent on page 11. We also have photos on our own website.

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Team Maintenance

Now that some of us have de-icing cables on the roof to prevent ice from forming, don’t forget to turn them on for a few hours during a storm just to keep the channels open so water can drain off.

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 Just for Fun

Keep your eyes (and ears) open for our famous carolers who will be touring the neighborhood and spreading good cheer.   The music begins at 6:30 pm from Marian’s and any singers, dancers, musicians and elves are welcome.   They are scheduled for Wednesday, December 23rd, and the reveling will continue at the Walsh’s where all are invited to drop in.

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 ONGOING

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-WOpen-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.   

Rail Trail Every Sunday.  Looks like walking the Windham Rail Trail is done for the season. Although snowshoeing and cross country skiing are still options.  A number of us continue going to the Kitchen at Windham Junction at 10:00 AM.

Meet the Neighbors

 


 

Tom and Diann

We both grew up in Maine.  I met Diann when she was in high school.  We went together for two years and were married in 1959.  This year marks our 50th anniversary.  Diann took over the role of bread winner and I went to college.  I got my Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Husson College in 1962 and we left Maine for Massachusetts.  I started work in the Regional Office of the U S General Accounting Office in Boston.  Nine months later I enlisted in the U S Navy.  We were able to stay together for over a year while I was stationed at the U S Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, MD.  From there I had to report for sea duty in Norfolk, VA and Diann had to go home and live with her mother.  You couldn’t get too much in the way of housing in or around Norfolk on an E-4’s pay with less than two year’s service.  After I finished my tour in the Navy we returned to Boston and proceeded to start raising a family.  We lived in Wakefield, MA for about two years and then slid over the border into Salem, NH.

We were then blessed with four wonderful children.  When the youngest reached school age, Diann returned to the work force.  She worked at school as an aid for four years and then worked at the offices of Marvin and Barger for 17 years.  I worked 38 years for the GAO.   All four children graduated from college.  Three are married and we now have five beautiful grandchildren.  Barbara and her husband Mike live in Andover, MA and have two boys, Matthew and Mark.  Son Michael and his wife Mary Ann live in Hingham, MA.  Son Danny lives in Miami, FL.  Debbie and her husband Chris have three girls, Victoria, Isabella and Angelina.  They live in Aurora, IL.  When the children had all left the nest, we retired and started to look for a smaller place to live.  After two years of looking, we found Hadleigh Woods and have never looked back.

We have made many wonderful friends with whom we enjoy our retired life.  Our days are full of recreational things.  We enjoy golfing, bowling, reading, dominoes, pool and general camaraderie with our neighbors.  We get to see half of our children quite often and visit with the others at least twice a year where they live and they return home twice a year to spend time with us.  We are making up for lost time in our travel adventures.  We have been to Europe twice and Hawaii. We sneak out for January and February and go to FL.  There are so many places to see and so little time to see them; but we sure are going to try.  P.S.  Our anniversary party was a complete success!  Thanks to all our friends and neighbors.  Life is Grand!!!

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The Last Word

 

HAPPY ENDINGS

Before we know it we will be hanging a new calendar on the wall and trying to remember to write 2010 on our checks.   Where did 2009 go?

We have shared many happy and several sad experiences over the last twelve months.

The New Year will fill our journals with stories we have yet to write.  We wish you 365 happy endings, good health, and something to smile about every day.

 

                                        HAPPY NEW YEAR     2010