Hadleigh Woods Gazette

Volume 45                                      website: hadleighwoods.com                         September 2009


Fall is New England's greatest season.  The fall foliage shows off its unparalleled beauty and the horrible cold of the winter hasn't quite set in yet, so what's there to complain about?



Important Association News

Message from the President

Propane – Our new contract with Eastern Propane will begin on October 1st.  The pre-buy price of $1.53 is available until September 25th.  Each month we will publish that month’s Selkirk price.  Our new five-year price per gallon will be $.53 above Selkirk.  For example if you are not doing pre-buy: the August Selkirk number was $.90 + $.53 = $1.43 per gallon for that month.

Driveways – New England Sealcoating has repaired select driveways and will be sealcoating ALL driveways on Monday September 28th with rain date of Thursday October 1st.  The entire area of Blackburn Road will be treated. Sealcoating will need two hours before walking on and 24 hours before driving on driveways.

Mold – KDH Pressure Washing has removed mold from certain selected areas of the buildings.

Sink Holes – B&C Landscaping completed the repair of sinkholes and erosion problems with crushed rock.  Damaged and bare lawn areas were repaired with loam & seed.  Andrea, thank you for identifying those areas that needed loam & seed.

Projects – The remaining work needing to be done includes: siding repair, roof repair & tree removal.

Nominating Committee – Anyone interested in being on the Committee, please notify one of the Board members.

Board of Directors – Do you feel fortunate that you live in this wonderful family called Hadleigh Woods?  Do you feel like you owe something more than your condo fee?  One of the best ways to help is by volunteering on a committee. The committee that we call our Board of Directors is looking for people for the November election.  Please call soon to have your name on this year’s ballot.  We have only two seats opening up so call now.

Trash Pickup – If you have trash & recycling pickup, please ensure that items are secured from flying in the wind. Nobody wants to chase your trash while you are away or indisposed.  

Volunteer Work

Fire Hydrant – Thank you Chip for painting our fire hydrant adjacent to the pump house.

Lamppost – Thank you to Tom,  Diann & Lenny K. for the great job on cleaning and painting the lamppost light fixtures. 

Mailboxes – Thank you to Harry & Gratia for replacing seven more mailboxes. We have replaced approximately half of our original mailboxes.

Garage Transom Windows – Mathew Brothers of Belfast Maine will be replacing 20 transom windows under warranty work beginning Tuesday October 6th. Thank you Harry for making this happen. 

Document Change Committee – The Board would like to form a committee to review the many documents the Association has that pertain to what unit owners can and cannot do.  Claire and Gratia have volunteered to be on this Committee.  Any other unit owners, who would like to help, please contact Gratia at 890-3140.


Team Maintenance

Team Maintenance has a fresh supply of furnace filters and humidifier pads.  You may purchase the filters for $24 each and the humidifier pads for $18 each.

Team Maintenance will install both the filter and the humidifier pad for $57 along with cleaning the “cone filter” and checking the solenoid.

It’s also Fall inspection time:  Team Maintenance will change the filter, the humidifier pad, all smoke and heat detector batteries, thermostat batteries, clean the inside of all toilet tanks, drain sediment from the water heater, flush on-demand water heaters and clean the filter, clean the dryer vent from the outside, check window seals and change if needed, pull out your refrigerator and clean the coils, under and behind it, and any small items that you may have.   ALL FOR $150 including everything! 

You can “get on the list” for any one of these items by calling:

Tom T.        893-2846

Hartley        890-9147

Tom H.        893-3048

Harry            890-3140


Famous Dave’s Barbeque

Sunday, October 4th, 1:00 PM

To be held in the pump house parking lot and bring your own chairs


If you haven’t RSVP’s yet, call Tom (893-2846) or Harry (890-3140)

 Sponsored by Team Maintenance

Neighbors Nearby

Neighbors Nearby – There are many benefits to living in our community of Hadleigh Woods, topping the list is the friendship we share with one another.

Many of us have been recipients of an extra dose of love and support in times of need.  They know how much that is appreciated.

The belief is that most of us are willing to reach out to others and lend a hand.  But … how?

Well, Nina DelVecchio, 44 Hadleigh Road (our Assistant Secretary-Treasurer), has volunteered to be the resource person to contact for “Neighbors Nearby.”  Are you interested in joining in?  Maybe you could make a pot of soup, run an errand or provide transportation to doctor’s visits or hospital treatments.  The more of us that sign up the more easily the tasks could be shared.

The most important step is “Communication.”  Let Nina know if you or someone “nearby” is in need of support.  She’ll take it from there (like she isn’t busy enough already).  She’ll contact her helpers, and get the job done.


Remember “bloom where you are planted” – here in Hadleigh Woods.

Let’s work together to spread “blossoms” of good deeds around.  Call and thank Nina 890-0072 and keep her informed.  Cheers



Just for Fun

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.  The next date is October 21st.



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 8:00 AM each Sunday morning.  A number of walkers and non-walkers go to breakfast at the Kitchen at Windham Junction around 9:00 AM.  NOTE:  Starting Sunday, October 4th, the walk will begin at 9:00 AM with breakfast about 10:00 AM.


 Neighborhood News

 Fall Yard Sale – Saturday, September 26.  This is a great way to clear out some clutter, old Christmas decorations and catch up with your neighbors.

Meet the Neighbors






We have to call her a real New England girl.  She was born in Maine and grew up in Connecticut where her father was a successful chemist.

Her parents were Russell and Gladys Sawyer and she has three sisters:  Pat, Sandy and Audrey.  “Poor Dad,” she says, “he was so out-numbered, especially when it came to bathroom time.”

Betty trained and worked at Danbury Hospital. She was a medical technologist, specializing in hematology, with varied responsibilities.  She admits she “really loved her job.”

On October 12, 1964, Betty married Les, an architectural engineer, and settled in Fairfield, CT.  Their two children, Elizabeth and John, were born there.  Betty says “we had a great life together and were very happy.”

In 1979 her family moved to Windham, NH, when Les was transferred to the Boston area.  They enjoyed traveling together and vacations at their summer place in New Hampshire where they spent quality time with friends and relatives.  Betty devoted herself to her family.  She kept very busy with part-time jobs for physicians and even started her own successful cleaning business called “Helping Hands.”

Daughter Elizabeth and her husband provided Betty and Les with three wonderful grandchildren:  Aaron, Bryan and Paige.  They lived in nearby Derry for several years before moving to Kansas. 

John lives in Londonderry and is known to many here as a talented painter and handyman.

Unfortunately, it was a terrible loss that brought Betty to Hadleigh Woods.  On March 11, 2003, Les passed away after struggling with a long illness, leaving a painful void in her life.  Her children encouraged her to move to a community.  It took only one day to sell her house and Betty was ready to relocate and start anew.

But tragedy struck again on December 12, 2007.  Seventeen year-old Aaron succumbed to complications of heart disease.  He was her “buddy;” ever concerned for Betty’s well being, Aaron called her every day.

Certainly, these losses have been painful, but moving here has helped Betty to rebuild her life.  “I love it here,” she says and it’s clear to see, because she is involved in all activities and is a true friend to many who now share a “single” lifestyle.  So, our “Miss New England” neighbor keeps busy maintaining relationships in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  But we’re the lucky ones who have her settled here with us at Hadleigh Woods.


Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
-- Mark Twain