Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Yes, we know we live in New England and yes, we KNOW it’s the middle of winter, but must our Yankee mettle be tested with such extreme cold for such long stretches? Some are lucky enough to escape to Florida or other warmer climes and even though the Floridians are complaining of 45 degree evenings, it sure sounds good today!
But, the days are getting longer, a sure sign that this sub-zero weather won’t be here forever. We just have to focus on the crocus and before we know it, we’ll be staring at green grass and flowers instead of white peaks and icicles.
In the meantime, plenty of activities are planned to help pass the time until then, so check out the events section of the gazette. We also include our first “Meet the Neighbors” entry, so be sure to read the lovely email sent by Karen and Chops.
Until next time, stay warm!!
Cathy 893-5994 Dolly 898-3376
Important Association News
Announcing the 2009 Board of Directors: Richard ~ President, Tom H. ~ President-elect, Gratia ~ Secretary/Treasurer, Nina - Assistant Secretary/Treasurer and John K. ~ at-large.
Results of the sanding survey: Thanks to all who responded. Although the results of the opinion poll were not conclusive, the Board has for safety reasons decided to treat the driveways. When icy conditions warrant, we will be applying a product called Magic Salt to all driveways. No sand will be used.
Holiday decorations from the Gardening Rules - Christmas decorations should be removed by January 31st. Exceptions will be made due to the accumulation of snow and ice.
Snow plowing – B&C will be moving snow with a front-end loader this week. For those who park their extra vehicles in the overflow parking area during storms, please note that when your driveway is cleared of snow please move your vehicle out of the overflow parking area so that the parking area can be cleared.
New Year, New Condo Fee – Reminder that as of January 1, 2009, the condo fees at Hadleigh Woods is now $185 for all units. If you use Internet banking automatic payment to send your check, please make the necessary adjustments to the amount before the next pay cycle.
Tip of the Month
Team Maintenance offers computer assistance to anyone here at Hadleigh Woods. We can add memory, speed up a slow computer, repair a dead computer, help with word processing & spreadsheets, install an external or internal backup drive, and much more. Contact Harry.
Just for Fun
Poker, Anyone? A group of card playing residents have put together a regular, friendly poker game of several tables. If there are any other like-minded residents, please give Dick 890-0323 or Joe 893-1974 a call.
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 Wed. afternoon at 3:00 PM at Park Place Lanes. After, around 4 PM, everyone is welcome to join in for dinner at J. Michael’s Sports Pub on Rockingham Road.
Rail Trail Every Sunday. With the onset of snow & cold weather, the health walk on the Windham Rail Trail has been put on hold. A number of people are going to breakfast at the Kitchen at Windham Junction at 10am.
Valentine’s Luncheon at Castleton - Thursday, February 12 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Enjoy dancing and entertainment featuring Jack Knox and Vic Paul. Cost: $25. Please submit your check made out to SCOA to Cheryl Haas, Windham recreation coordinator, along with choice of entrée (chicken or haddock) by February 6.
Sleigh Ride – Reminder for those who have signed up, the sleigh ride at Charmingfare Farm will start at 1:00 on February 21st instead of 4:00.
And the winners are …
CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Holiday Carol Contest included in our December issue. Thank you so much for your interest and participation and stay tuned for future challenges!
1st Place Marilyn and Jim (All correct answers!)
2nd Place Joe and Mary Ann
3rd Place Judy
1. O Come All Ye Faithful 9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
2. Deck the Halls 10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
3. The Little Drummer Boy 11. Let it snow
4. I'm dreaming of a White Christmas 12. We wish you a merry Christmas
5. Silent Night 13. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
6. We Three Kings 14. Walking in a Winter Wonderland
7. The First Noel 15. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
8. Silver Bells 16. O Little Town of Bethlehem
Meet Your Neighbors
A Note to the residents of Hadleigh Woods:
Recently, when relocating to NH, we had the good fortune of finding a home in Hadleigh Woods. We say “good fortune”, as Chops and I have lived in many different towns, cities and states over our 43+ years of marriage, due to our careers. We both agree that this is one of the most friendly neighborhoods we have lived in!
We have had visits from several neighbors ‘bearing gifts’, invites to events, and just a friendly wave or hello which are all much appreciated! Our only regret is that due to my work, we are not able to attend as many events as we would really like to attend. But, hopefully we will get to attend some of them over the coming months and years.
A little bit about us……Chops has retired from a “real job” at an age much too young! However, he has been working on our summer retirement home for the past 3 years, in ND (our home state) on beautiful Lake Sakakawea. (Beautiful in the summer!!). He typically leaves for ND in May and returns in November. He still has some finish work on the 4 season porch, inside of the garage and lower level (basement) to finish; along with the landscaping, deck and patio. When all completed, in the next 2 to 3 years is our plan, it will be close to 4,000 square feet of fabulous lake living space, that we are hopeful our children and grandchildren will enjoy for years to come. The walleye fishing, snowmobiling and hunting are fabulous and Chops loves working on his many many old cars.
My career has taken many different paths. Most recently, for 11 years I worked for Southern Union Company out of Texas; and they acquired Providence Gas Co, Fall River (MA) Gas, and Valley Gas (Cumberland, RI). I was transferred from Kansas City, MO to Providence, RI for the last 7 of those 11 years. During our last 2 years in RI, a portion of the Company was sold to National Grid and many employees went with the deal. A year later many of us were offered an early retirement. I took the offer and left the Company this past September 30. I had every intention of retiring and finishing our summer home. In anticipation, we sold our RI home and rented an apartment on a short term lease. I was quite certain they were going to release me under the early retirement offer by the end of 2008. In the interim, a friend suggested I submit my resume to First Group for an open position, which I did. And, here we are! I started work in my new position on October 1st, 2008 and moved here on November 1st. Chops joined me in late November.
Moving from Customer Service for a Utility Company to Operations for a yellow school bus company has been a whole new and challenging experience! As long as I enjoy the work and keep the pace, I plan to continue to work. Maybe another 3 years, to allow Chops to finish our home! We would like to go South in the winters for 3 to 4 months every year but aren’t certain we want to buy and settle in one location. We think we would like to travel for at least a while. We did live outside of Las Cruses, NM from 96 to 98 and thoroughly loved that.
We have a son in ND, about 50 miles from our lake home. We have 2 grandsons (12 & 13) there. Our daughter (eldest of the 2) is in MI and we have 2 grandsons and a granddaughter there (16, 15, and 13). We get to MI usually 2 to 4 times a year and they come to visit us either on the east coast or to ND once a year, typically. I try to get to ND 2 to 4 times a year as well, but my trips are never long enough. Typically when I go, our friends and family always come to visit us there. Here on the east coast it gets pretty lonesome at times! I have 3 brothers and sisters in ND and Tom has 4 brothers and sisters in MN and we have many many friends in both ND and MN that come to visit often.
We are looking forward to getting to know you all and will hopefully be able to attend at least some of the many events that we are given the opportunity to do! Harry does a super job of keeping us all informed. We extend a big thank you to all of you who do all the extras……activities, newsletters, committees and all. Your work makes living here a real pleasure!
Chops and Karen