Hadleigh Woods Gazette

Volume 48                                      website: hadleighwoods.com                               January 2010


HIBERNATION n. to pass the winter in a dormant state in the safety of a sheltered residence.

Ah, yes, we can relate to that!  Although we do venture out from our warm dens to participate, gratefully, in Hadleigh Woods?activities, arenít we ďcooped up?

Once again our visibility is compromised by the huge snow banks in front of our ďcaves?and we need to bundle up, hats, coats, gloves and boots, just to go get the mail.  Ah, New England.

Donít despair.  Cuddle up with a cup of a warm brew, a good book, remember your Neighbors in Need, and enjoy the picture-perfect winter wonderland of our snow-covered evergreens.

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Important Association News

Message from the President

Propane ?Selkirk price posted on Wednesday, December 30th, was 147.711. If you DID NOT do a pre-buy with Eastern, your price per gallon should be $2.01 (Selkirk number + $.53).

Holiday Decorations ?Those beautiful Christmas decorations that you painstakingly put up last year are, unfortunately, due to be removed.

Snow Removal ?Please make every effort possible to simplify snow removal by moving vehicles to overflow parking and then when driveways are cleared, move them again to allow the clearing of this area.  

Water Issues ?The Board has received some complaints about our water.  Pennichuck has been contacted and they will conduct some testing on the water coming out of our tanks.  This should be done sometime this week.  We will keep you updated.

New Committee ?The Board has established the Water System Search Committee. The Committee members are: Dom (Chairperson), Tom T., Frank and Roger.  Our water system is our second largest budget item and we feel that it is time for us to review this expenditure. The Committee will research water system operators (including Pennichuck) in the area and ask them for a bid quote.  This Committee will then report their findings to the Board.  We are hopeful that the end result will be either a reduced cost or additional services for the same money.  Letís hope that this Committee can be as productive as our Propane Search Committee was. 

Treasurerís Report ?To date, we have $172,163.22 in our various Capital Reserve Accounts.  All bills received to date have been paid and we are on budget.  The Associationís financial picture continues to look good.

2101 Condo Fee Slips ?If anyone would like condo fee slips, please contact Gratia (890‑3140 or gratiamilliken@hotmail.com).


Volunteer Work

No one has responded to our request for another assistant editor.  Our newsletter is a very important function of our Associationís communication and community building needs.  We try to publish monthly and the amount of time you would be donating is strictly up to you.  Typically, the amount of time spent by a volunteer would be small because we have Ďreporters?for a number of articles.  If you would like to be a reporter, that would help also.  Donít want to serve on the Board?  Why not help the Board by assisting with the Gazette?




Team Maintenance

People should check the trap door to their upper attic.  Turn the light on in the attic; then turn the light off in the room and see if you can see light around the trap door.  If so, moist heat is escaping into the attic and may cause frosting which will melt and drip on items stored in the attic and possibly leak through the ceiling and cause water damage.  Also, have someone go into the attic and check the heating ducts and the exhaust fan connections for leakage.  If these connections leak, the same water damage could result.



Our Website

Need to find a contractor for inside work?  Looking for something to do?  Looking for something that was published on a back issue of our Gazette?  Need a copy of our master insurance?  All this with photos of our activities and much more are on our website at www.hadleighwoods.com 


 Just for Fun

Holiday Puzzle Results -- We are pleased to announce that there did seem to be some interest in the Christmas Carol brain tease.  Drum roll please for the winners:

1st Place (a tie) -- all correct.  Betty Ann, Dan and Lucille

2nd Place -- Joe and Mary Ann

Prizes have been awarded (scratch tickets) and we hope they were lucky.

Answers are:

1. Jingle Bells; 2.  Walking in a Winter Wonderland; 3.  Santa Claus is coming to town; 4. Joy to the World; 5. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; 6. O Come All Ye Faithful; 7. White Christmas; 8. Oh Christmas Tree; 9. What Child is This; 10. We Three Kings; 11. Deck the Halls; 12. I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In; 13. Oh Holy Night; 14. The First Noel; 15. Away in a Manger; 16. The Twelve Days of Christmas; 17. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus; 18. All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth; 19. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire); 20. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; 21. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow; 22. Silent Night; 23. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem; and 24. Silver Bells.      How did you do?

Are you ready for another brain-teaser?

Name ten parts of the body that have only three letters.

Answers next month.  Good Luck!



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 ?/b>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. Michaelís 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.

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 (978-828-3378) or Gratia (890-3140).



The Last Word

A Letter From Lennie

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!!!  I want to thank all of you at Hadleigh Woods who participated in any way to my 75th Birthday Party.  Words cannot express how excited, surprised and pleased I was to see all of you there at this special event.  Thank-you and a great winter to all of you.  See you in the Spring.


Meet the Neighbors





Raised in Topsham, ME with my brother, Brian, and my sister, Leanne. My father owned and operated his own general contracting business and my mother worked for Avon for 35 years. Went to grammar school in Pejepscot (a village created by the Pejepscot Paper Company). Graduated from Brunswick High School then went on to the University of Maine in Orono.

Met my future husband the summer of 1964 right after I graduated from high school. He used to get a laugh telling everyone that he picked me up off the streets, because we met at a summer street dance. He was born in Olney, TX, but was raised in Branson, MO. His father was a housing contractor, who built the first country music hall in Branson. Married R. David Childress in 1965 when he was still in the Navy stationed at Brunswick Naval Air Station. He almost didn't make it to our wedding, because of the Cuban Crisis the summer of 1965. He flew as a crew member aboard the P3s. When he was discharged from the Navy six months later, we moved to South Portland, ME. We both continued with college at the University of Maine in South Portland during the day while working second shift at Fairchild Semiconductor. He did graduate, but I had our first child (a son named, Marc) in August of 1968. In March of 1973 our daughter, Alison, was born. We lived in Cape Elizabeth, ME for 12 years before Dave's work moved us to Groveland, Massachusetts in 1978. Dave worked for Sertech Labs as the advertising director and I worked mother's hours as an accounting clerk for a book publishing distributor in Lawrence, MA. I lost Dave, the love of my life, in Jan. 1993 to renal cell cancer after 27 ?years of marriage. I stayed in our home in Groveland for another 11 years until I moved to Hadleigh Woods in March 2004.

I have been self-employed since 1989. I started my business, The Childress Company, by taking care of elderly so that they could remain in their own homes. When my last client passed way in 1997, I got a call from a friend asking if I would help her daughter, who was expecting twins and had a two year old and a four year old. She asked if I could do it for a year, it is now 13 years later and I am still with that family. The first seven years was taking care of the identical twin boys and their sister and brother. The next six years I have cared for another sister's three children. During those years, four children came home from the hospital to my care. I love them all as if they were my own grandchildren! In 2000 another sister was in a terrible car accident and received severe brain injury. On Tuesdays, I drive her to Boxford, MA to Windrush Farms where she does therapeutic horse back riding lessons in the morning and in the afternoon I do art therapy with her.

Both my son, Marc, and my daughter, Alison, and her daughter, Sarah, live in Kyle, TX. Some of you may have met my granddaughter, Sarah. Sarah will be seven in March. She was here at Christmas time, maybe you saw her sledding or out walking with me. She is a delightful child and a joy to me! I think it is ironic that they all live in Texas, where their father/grandfather was born. While this old New England girl is up here still in New England.

I moved to Hadleigh Woods in March 2004, to be near my daughter who was living in Salem, NH. Two years later, she moved to Texas. I started playing golf the month after I moved here. Golf has become my number one passion. Yes, golf wins over gardening. But as most of you know, I still do a fair amount of gardening! I also enjoy painting. I'm planning on getting back to oil painting now that I have more time. Itís all about having fun now that I'm almost retired. I cherish all the new friends I have here in the neighborhood. And I love all the activities that the community comes up with; the social life here is fantastic!