Hadleigh Woods Gazette

Volume 49                                      website: hadleighwoods.com                                 March 2010


Well, February certainly went out with a bang! What could March have in store for us? By reputation, we can expect wind, snow, sleet, rain, and more cold as part of the mixed bag.  But, the balmy days, frequently teasing us at the end of the month, bring hope of winter’s end.

March brings us many dates to remember and keep us busy;

It’s four full weeks of Lent.

The 14th, Spring your clocks ahead one hour.

The 17th, remember to wear the green for St Patrick’s Day

The 20th, HOORAY, the first day of Spring

Many of our neighbors will be returning home from their winter escapes to (slightly) warmer climates. Welcome them home and start shopping for your Easter bonnets.



Important Association News

Message from the President


Water Issues – The results from our water quality testing performed by Pennichuck on 1/26/10 indicated a higher level of sodium* and chloride** in our wells and finished water.  Finished water is basically what you get out of the tap. The testing done on 3/5/10 showed a marked improvement in well #1 and a slight improvement in well #2. Because we blend the water from both wells our finished product is still not where we would like to be.  Pennichuck will continue monitoring our water quality as we work on resolving this situation.

Please take notice of the New Hampshire DES facts on sodium and chloride.

* Sodium - (SMCL = 250mg/L) Some sodium is found in all natural water supplies, but more so in areas where seawater, salt, road salt, or softener backwash seep into the ground. Sodium has no set health hazard level, but those individuals on a low sodium diet should take into account the amount of sodium in their water when determining overall sodium intake.

** Chloride - (SMCL = 250 mg/L) Though chloride is not considered a health hazard, the standard has been set because of the level at which the average person notices a salty taste. Chloride is associated with infiltration of road de-icing salt, backwash from a water softener and seawater.

SMCL = Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level - threshold levels for aesthetic concerns; taste odor, and staining.

Mg/L = milligrams per liter, which is approximately equal to parts per million (ppm).

For further information on sodium and chloride in drinking water please refer to the DES fact sheet at www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/wmb/index.htm.



Treasurer’s Report – To date, we have $177,318.59 in our various Capital Reserve Accounts.  All bills received to date have been paid and we are still on budget.  The Association’s financial picture continues to look good.  The Association’s tax return has been completed and we owed no taxes.

Insurance Amendment – Attached is the Insurance Amendment that was approved at our July 11, 2009 Semi-Annual Meeting.  It has been filed with the State of New Hampshire.  Please keep this amendment with your Declaration of Condominium.

Propane – Selkirk price (think of it as the wholesale price) posted on Thursday, February 25th, was 143.480. If you DID NOT do a pre-buy with Eastern, your price per gallon should be $1.96 (Selkirk number + $.53).


 Volunteer Work

Assistant editor for the Gazette – We thank Sandi for volunteering for this important task.

Insurance Committee – This committee consists of the following people: John K., Lucille R. and Tom H.

CAI-NH is offering an Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership Workshop on Saturday April 17th.  Registration includes the education materials, workbook, continental breakfast, lunch and mid-afternoon break.  The course covers: Legal foundation and organization of community associations; problem solving, maintenance, rules creation and enforcement, risk control insurance, finances, board meetings and hiring a professional team.  Call me if you are interested, the registration deadline is April 1st.



Just for Fun

 Were you able to figure out the ten three letter parts of the body? You may have even more.

I got; eye, ear, lip, gum, jaw, rib, hip, arm, leg and toe. There are a couple of terms for the derriere that fit.  Joanne B. added lid.  How did you do?  Cheers




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.

Notice: The first week of each month we will be going to the Windham Country Kitchen after bowling and not J. Michaels. 

Rail Trail Every Sunday.  With the advent of spring upon us we are planning (weather permitting) on resuming our walking the Windham Rail Trail beginning this Sunday at 9:00 AM.  We will join the non-walkers at 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).


 Meet the Neighbors

Frank & Claire  

Born & brought up in Lawrence Ma., before moving to Methuen, MA in 1958 for 43 years.

Claire’s parents were Alcide & Simone Parent. Alcide was born & raised in Augusta, ME. Simone was born & raised in Biddeford ME. Claire had two sisters Irene (Deceased) and Rita who lives in Salem NH with her husband Fred.

Frank’s parents Bill & Mary were both born & raised in Lawrence MA. He has a brother Bill of Methuen and a sister Mary of North Andover.

Claire is a graduate of St. Joseph’s grammar school and St. Anne’s High school. She also attended McIntosh school of business in Lawrence MA.

Frank is a graduate of St. Rita’s grammar school and Central Catholic High. He later, after serving in the Navy continued his schooling at Merrimack Collage continuing education graduating in 1966.

On Sept. 8, 1956 Frank and Claire married in St. Anne’s church. They were blessed with three sons, Kevin, Gary and Brian. These three then blessed them with seven beautiful grandchildren named Brendan, Amanda, Shane, Kirstie, Shelby, Cameron and Nicholas. All are living locally, except Amanda who is now in California working with the Sisters of Mercy after graduating from Marymount College and Brendan who is at Penn State University to graduate this May.

Claire worked for a number of years as a secretary at Ludington Footwear in Lawrence MA. She then became the best homemaker a man could ask for, raising our children and keeping an immaculate home to be proud of. Frank on the other hand took to the easy way out and went to play at Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent Technologies without leaving any of the premises of any one company. He worked in Bell Labs as a senior technical associate on many interesting projects, retiring after 44 years of service.

Franks military service was spent as a member of the Navy Reserve, prior to going active duty in 1954. After boot training he served on the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa from 1954 to 1956.

Frank’s favorite hobby is goofing around with the computer trying out new things, but he occasionally plays pool at the Methuen senior center while Claire does ceramics, she has turned out some really beautiful pieces.

We enjoyed some traveling also, taking in Paris (in April of 96), then we visited Hawaii in 2005. We also did some cruising and visited a couple of Islands as well, and we’re looking forward to doing more soon.

We came to Hadleigh Woods because we became aware of the fact that one floor living was the way to go. So after much searching, we came here and upon opening the front door to the model, we said this is it no doubt about it. We feel as though we are part of one large family here.