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Hadleigh Woods Gazette

 

 

Volume 46                                      website: hadleighwoods.com                          November 2009

 

Our colorful foliage, like a brilliant bouquet of flowers, is starting to dull as October ends and November arrives.  As usual, the tenth month was full of variety; some balmy days, mixed with hard morning frosts that only the hardy mums could survive. Well, we’re certain that November will have its share of challenges and much to do as we prepare for the Holiday Season nigh upon us.

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Important Association News

Message from the President

Annual Association Meeting.  In accordance with the Association Bylaws, the Annual Meeting of the Hadleigh Woods Adult Community Condominium Association will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Windham Middle School.  Please take a moment to review the important information sent to you in October. 

We hope you will join us to keep up-to-date on what’s going on in our community, cast your vote for the Directors and share coffee and dessert with your neighbors.  However, if you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting, please fill out the proxy ballot included in that packet and give it to the Secretary, Gratia, prior to the meeting.

Nominating Committee.    We have three members of the community that are running for the two upcoming board vacancies. The nominees are: Roger, Ed and Dom. 

Propane – This month’s Selkirk price posted on Thursday, September 24th was 109.77. If you DID NOT do a pre-buy with Eastern your price per gallon should be $1.62 (Selkirk number + $.53).

Siding – Keith Regan, of Hawk Improvements, has replaced all the broken siding on the buildings.

Roofing – KJC Construction has begun roof repair and an overall evaluation of our roofing.

Tree Work – The Board will be selecting a contractor for tree work at the next board meeting.

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Volunteer Work

Insurance – The Board would like to thank the following people for attending an important meeting on 9/24/09 with Jamie Santo regarding our deductible under the master policy with Nationwide. Claire, Lenny K., Jim C., Priscilla, Dan & Lucille R. and Frank.

Garage Transom Windows – Mathew Brothers of Belfast Maine have finished replacing 20 transom windows under warranty. Thank you again, Harry, for coordinating this project. 

Painting – What a wonderful job Ben has been doing painting the front of units. He has been doing the garage doorframe, under the front door and the base of the column support. Anyone interested in helping, please contact Ben.

Pump House – Thank you to our Water Systems committee (Tom T., Harry, Hartley, Lenny K., Frank, Jim H. and John K.) for their constant care and maintenance of our water system.

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Team Maintenance

In the winter, keeping your second floor thermostat at the same temperature setting as your first floor will save fuel. If your second floor is colder than the first floor, the heat from the first floor will rise and the cooler air from the second floor will drop down to the first floor creating a draft around the stairs and the living room, cooling the first floor air.  This will keep your furnace running longer by trying to heat both floors with only one zone.  Warming the second floor creates a blanket of warm air, preventing the first floor air from rising and makes for a more even heat.

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 Coat and Sweater Collection

Windham Woman's Club Annual Coat and Sweater Collection will be held Saturday, November 7th, Windham Town Hall (upstairs) from 9AM to 1PM. Men's, women's, children's, and infant's coats and sweaters are being accepted.

Desperately needed are coats sizes extra large for men and especially women.  Garments must be clean and wearable.  Items donated will be passed on to local charitable organizations for distribution to the needy.

There is a collection bin at Curves of Windham and if anyone has items to donate, Mary Ann or Claire would be glad to bring the items to Curves. You can drop them off at their homes or call them and they would be glad to pick up your donations.

Mary Ann - 893-1974

Claire       - 890-1520

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 Just for Fun

 

Looking for an activity to get you in the Holiday Spirit?  Visit the 16th Festival of Trees in Methuen.

Starting November 21st, until Dec. 5th the affair will be open evenings 5 to 9pm during the week, and10 am to 9 pm on week-ends.  The cost is $8 for adults, but the week-end of Nov 21-22 Seniors and Red Hat members are admitted FREE.

There are special raffles and activities.  There is a silent auction and snack-bar.

There are over 200 trees beautifully decorated and you can take chances to win one to take home.

For more information and a listing of special events, visit www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com or call

978-685-8878. Volunteers are still needed.

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Neighborhood News

Flag these dates to remember on your calendar:

November 5 ~ Windham Annual Senior Christmas Party tickets available. Contact Harry.

November 9 ~ Flu Shots.  Seasonal flu shots will be given to adults 18 and over at the Windham Senior Center.  Shots will be dispensed from 10 am to 1 pm.  You must bring your Medicare or Private Insurance card.  For all others, the fee is $30.  This is for seasonal flu, not H1N1.

November 11 ~ Veteran’s Day

November 12 ~ Annual Meeting of the HWACCA @ 7:00 pm at the Windham Middle School.

November 26 ~ Thanksgiving - the all-American holiday!  In spite of the national economic crisis and whatever personal concerns we may have, we at Hadleigh Woods can find much to be thankful for.  What’s on your “thankful” list?  Good neighbors and good friends are always at the top of our list.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! 

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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.  A healthy walk on the Windham Rail Trail at 9:00 AM each Sunday morning.  A number of walkers and non-walkers go to breakfast at the Kitchen at Windham Junction around 10:00 AM.

Meet the Neighbors

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marian 

Siblings: Judith McNulty living in Wellsville, NY with husband, George and 3 children

Richard Kohsiek living in Atlanta, GA

Education: High School, secretarial school and some college

Divorced after 25 years of marriage with 1 son, Kenneth and 1 daughter, Cheryl.  Kenneth had 1 son, Justin who is now 20 and attending UMASS Amherst majoring in music.  Cheryl is married to Chris and lives in Jamaica Plain with 2 girls; Grace Victoria- 6 and Elizabeth Rose-4.

Since Kenny was divorced early in his first marriage, I did not get to see Justin much, but now that he is older and closer, I visit him at school and attend his concerts, etc. Cheryl is closer and I get to be a “grandmother” in the true sense of the word.  I get to watch them occasionally and also take them to places and events.  I’m also introducing them to the New York I still miss after 20 years.

Although I started my career as a secretary and bookkeeper, I ended up in the food field that I love and worked my way up to general manager in NYC overseeing multiple accounts. That end of the contract food business included heavy catering and I helped with 4 PGA tournaments. Very tiring; but also very rewarding.  When I came to NH, I left the business and industry area and joined the health care field of contract food.  Here I was an area manager and oversaw 12 communities — mostly assisted living, but there was also a Meals-on-Wheels in Waltham, MA.

Besides food, I like to read, sew, and crochet. After being laid off in January, I have begun an at-home business of alterations. I always like to keep busy.

Coming to NH and Hadleigh Woods was two-fold; B & I food service was getting too exhausting and Mom needed to move in with me.  My home in NJ was not compatible to Mom, so I looked where I would want to retire so I would not have to move twice in a short period of time.  Luckily there was a cancellation on a “B” unit and my name came up. I had decided an adult community would be a better situation for Mom than having a separate home on a large piece of property.

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The Last Word

This is the month to count our blessings.  There are many charitable organizations dedicated to

helping those in need. In these difficult financial times there are more people who won’t have a bountiful table.  Area churches always solicit contributions for food pantries, perhaps we can help.

Remember our” Neighbors Nearby” where we can assist our friends in Hadleigh Woods. Contact

Nina ( 890-0072) to sign up.

We are ever grateful to belong to a community of such caring people. Helping hands are evident

all around us which make this a better world for so many. It is the American way.

This Holiday is the perfect time to concentrate on the positive and say “Thanks”.                        

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all