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Hadleigh Woods Gazette

Volume 43                                      website: hadleighwoods.com                                   July 2009

 

Look on the Sunny Side

Or, Great Weather if You’re a Duck!

 

I have two questions about our recent washout weather:  Who's doing the rain dance and how do we get them to stop? 

Seems like we've read about a similar stretch of 40 days and nights in a Good Book and we might benefit from finding out where the boarding passes for the next ark voyage are being sold.

If we had our druthers, we wouldn't have spent much of May and almost the entire month of June in slickers, under umbrellas and dodging raindrops.  Though we had no choice under the circumstances, we always have a choice in how we receive and react to them.  I figure the sooner we stop lamenting our fate and start celebrating it instead, the sooner we will see a turn in the weather and we'll be more likely to get what we want - SUMMER!  To that end, I offer six reasons to love the rain.

1.      Obviously, we’ve had no need to water the gardens or the lawns!  We've conserved and even replenished precious well water to reserve for more civilized uses of bathing, cooking and cleaning. 

2.      Speaking of cleaning, the rainy weather has removed the temptation to forego chores in favor of fun in the sun.  Our to-do lists must be almost non-existent at this point.

3.      Listening to the raindrops beating on the roof is the best sleeping aid known to man - the soothing sound of ratapatpat, ratapatpat lulls you into peaceful slumber.

4.      Moisturizing "mature" skin works best when it's well hydrated.  In one month of rain, we've probably gained several more years of beautiful skin because its dewiness is increased, plus we've been able to avoid excessive exposure to damaging UVA and UVB rays.  Just remember to take extra Vitamin D to compensate.

5.      Saving on the cost of air conditioning and suntan lotions puts more money in our pockets. 

6.      But, the most important reason of all for enjoying the rain we've had is that when the sun finally does show her flashy face, we'll have a greater appreciation for her smiling down on us.  Into each life a little rain must fall, as the saying goes.  We've had a deluge, I know.  But sometimes we have to endure some discomfort to better understand the pleasure we receive. 

Let's hope the sun shines here at Hadleigh Woods, literally and metaphorically, very soon or our next neighborhood purchase might have to be an ark of our own. 

 

 Cathy 893-5994                                                                     Dolly  898-3376

Important Association News

Message from the President

 

Semi-Annual HWACCA Meeting

 Please try to attend our Semi-Annual Meeting of the Hadleigh Woods Adult Community Condominium Association to be held on Saturday, July 11, 2009, at 10:00 am at 19B Hadleigh Rd.  If you cannot attend, please place your ballots in the HWACCA drop box.  Remember to bring your chairs.

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Team Maintenance

Computer Tip of the Month

A noisy computer could have dust build up. There are several fans inside the computer, one in the power supply, one to cool the main computer chip and sometimes one or more to cool the entire case that need to be cleaned.  Dust inside the computer will make these fans work harder to cool the electronic parts.  This will wear them out prematurely and make them noisy. - Harry

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Technology Stuff

Now that the much anticipated analog to digital TV transition has occurred, for most of us nothing has really changed.  Those of us that would like something other that cable or satellite have been looking at over-the-air TV via antenna.  I have been experimenting with this and have come to the following conclusions. Over-the-air digital TV gives an excellent picture, unfortunately, the signal is weaker than analog  The following stations can be received in our area using a simple indoor antenna:  Digital channels are WMUR 9-1 (channel 9), and three PBS stations 11-1, 11-2 and 11-3. There are still some stations broadcasting analog signals but their subject content is instructions on how to go to digital.  If you want free over-the-air TV you will need a digital TV and a large directional antenna with booster to be able to receive the Boston stations and room in the attic to fit the antenna.   – Richard

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 Just for Fun

Duck Tour - The Windham Recreation Dept. is having a Duck Tour on Monday August 24th. This will be from 8:30 am to 3 pm and cost $65. This will include an 80-minute voyage via motor coach to and from Boston (tax & tip included).  Lunch (tax & tip included) at the "Top of the HUB" and choice of entree: Grilled chicken or pan roasted salmon fillet.  Contact the recreation dept for reservations.

 

Foxwoods, 2009 - The motor coach leaves from the Park & Ride on Rte 111 at 7 am and returns at 7 pm.  The cost for the trip is $25. Please note that pre-registration is a must!  The deadline date for each trip is 10 days prior to the trip.  For more information, contact the Recreation Office at 965-1208 or by e-mail at Recreation@WindhamNewHampshire.com  Dates:  August 19 and October 21.

Canobie Lake Park - Salem/Windham Appreciation Day is scheduled this season for Wednesday, July 8, 2009.  The price this year is $12 per pass for our all day pass.  The Park is scheduled to be open from 11am-10pm.  Please make sure that everyone in your group provides identification (license, tax bill, library card, school ID, report card, etc.)  We hope you enjoy your trip, Canobie Lake Park!

Hadleigh Woods Cookout reminder - Saturday, July 11th, 2 pm to ??? At the Pump House parking lot
Rain Date: Saturday, July, 18th.   Everybody at Hadleigh Woods and their families are invited. Just bring 
your appetite & your chairs. Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, beer, wine, cold drinks, water, games for the
kids and much more…
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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 Wed. 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.  We have resumed our health walk on the Windham Rail Trail at 8:00 each Sunday morning. A number of walkers and non-walkers go to breakfast at the Kitchen at Windham Junction around 9:00 AM.

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 Neighborhood News

Do you have any tips about our surrounding area?  Favorite places to eat?  Good places to shop for produce or meat or other needs?  Lowest price for a carwash?   Best hairdresser or barber?  Fun places to visit?  If so, please submit them to Cathy (TropicPalm@aol.com) by email.  We’ll add a few to each gazette so we can all benefit from each other’s experience!

  Meet the Neighbors

 

 


 

Chip and Lillian live on Hadleigh Road. Lill is enthusiastic when she says "We love being here so very much.  Everyone treats us like family and is so helpful."

They traveled North from Lawrence, Mass. to settle here and they have their son, Dean, to thank for that.  It seems they came to Hadleigh Woods to visit John and Gerda, Dean's in-laws, and were smitten.  They sold their home and soon signed on the dotted line, making their move here on August 13, 2004.

Chip and Lill have always lived in the Merrimack Valley.  Chip graduated from Lawrence High and then joined the U.S. Marines. He served for four years, achieving the rank of Sergeant.  He was employed for 38 years at Western Electric (aka ATT and Lucent), retiring in 1996.

Chip has many interests.  He enjoys several sports including skiing, tennis and racquetball.  He manages to work-out regularly at the Salem Health Club when he's not cooking, reading or even singing and dancing. He's pretty hard to keep up with!

Lillian has enjoyed many years as wife, mother and grandma.  She keeps busy with baking and knitting and even has time to read when she, too, isn't singing and dancing.  One of her favorite pastimes, however, is spending time with her three grandchildren.

June 7th, 2009 was Chip and Lillian's 50th wedding anniversary.  They celebrated with special friends and their wonderful family:  son, Dean, his wife Kathy and their son Cody plus son, Gary, his wife Carol and their two children, Gino and Angela.

They enjoy being part of all activities at Hadleigh Woods. They love the get-togethers and parties.  They open their home to the Christmas carolers every year with special treats like GROG.

Give a wave to Chip and Lillian as you pass by; they certainly seem happy to be our neighbors.

 

The Last Word

Independence Day

 

In 1776, John Adams suggested we set aside July 2nd to celebrate a day of deliverance.  It was on that day that Congress adopted a resolution for the United States to declare independence from Great Britain. The bill was not actually signed until July 4th, therefore that day was officially chosen as our Independence Day!  On that first July 4th, the Declaration of Independence was read publicly and gave way to a huge celebration which included bonfires, parades, and candles in all the windows.  These fanfares remain popular public displays even today, marking July 4th as the oldest American holiday. 

 

Though the Declaration of Independence claimed that "all men are created equal", its proclamation referred to the United State's separation from England.  Many races and groups have fought through the years to insure that those "Unalienable Rights" are guaranteed to all.  In 1781, Massachusetts became the first state to adopt July 4 as a state celebration.  By 1915, cities across the country began using July 4th to conduct large naturalization ceremonies for new immigrants to take their oaths of citizenship.  In 1938, July 4th became a paid U.S. holiday.  Noted Independence Day celebrations are held annually in Boston on the Esplanade (Channel 4 @ 8pm) and in Washington D.C., on the Capitol lawn, where a half a million people enjoy a free patriotic concert. (Channel 11, 8pm)

 

Ironically, two Fathers of our Country, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on the same day:  July 4th, 1826.  Five years later, James Monroe, our fifth president passed on July 4th, 1831.

 

On July 4th, 2009, wear and fly the Red, White and Blue.  Be proud.  Cheers.