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The Colebrook Chronicle
VOL. 15, NO. 19
Rates For Columbia, Stewartstown:
More Town Tax Rates, Colebrook Addresses Increase
By Donna Jordan
The tax rates have been set
for the towns of Columbia and
Stewartstown. Columbia’s rate
increased by $2.21 over the 2013
remained the same as 2013.
Last year, Columbia’s total
rate was $19.58, while this year
it is set at $21.79, an increase of
$2.21 cents per thousand.
Columbia’s break down this year
is: Town Tax Rate: $3.63 per
thousand (last year’s rate was
$1.83 per thousand); Local Education Rate: $11.27 (last year’s
rate was $10.92); State Education Rate: $2.52 (last year’s rate
was $2.47); County Rate: $4.37
(last year’s rate was $4.36). The
total amount of taxes to be
raised is $1,778,534.
Last year, Stewartstown’s
rate was $23.38 and that rate
remains the same for 2014.
Stewartstown’s break down this
year is: Total Town Tax Rate:
$4.18 (last year’s rate was
$3.48); Local Education Rate:
$12.20 (last year’s rate was
$12.47); State Education Rate:
$2.57 (last year’s rate was
$2.79); County Tax Rate: $4.43
(last year’s rate was $4.64). The
total amount of taxes to be
raised is $2,057,451
Last week, we reported on the
increase in Colebrook’s tax rate
over the 2013 rate. The total rate
in 2013 was $23.07, while in
2014 it increased to $28.95, an
increase of $5.88 (a typographical error listed the increase as
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An 88-year-old driver walked away from this crash in Stewartstown on Monday reportedly with minor
injuries. The sudden change in weather throughout the week accounted for a number of dramatic accidents
on both sides of the border. See pages 2 and 3. Thomas Jordan photo.
Weather Service Honors 75 Years Of
Weather Recording At Murphy Dam
Yesterday morning, two
employees of the National
Weather Service in Gray, Maine,
were at Murphy Dam in Pittsburg to present a 75-year recognition
institution—specifically the N.H.
Water Resources Board, which
owns the earthen dam (the water
is operated by Trans-Canada
power company).
The award was presented to
damkeeper Allen Williams and
weather reporter Mel Purrington
for their efforts in reporting the
weather to the National Weather
Service. The award is presented
to an institution or a person
every 25 years.
The observations, said Nikki
Becker, who was in Pittsburg to
present the award, are the “backbone” of the nation’s records.
Becker, who is the observing
program leader, was accompanied to Pittsburg by her boss,
Hendricus Luloss, who is the
meteorologist in charge in Gray,
There are two weather instruments set up behind the gate
house at Murphy Dam where
Purrington collects his data. One
is a rain gauge, another is for
observation temperatures, said
Becker. The original weather
instrument gauge, said Becker,
“dates back to the late ’60s or
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The 2014 Riverside Speedway Champions from left: Bryan Mason,
North Country Ford Late Models; Robbie Curtis, DK&Sons Pure
Stocks; Nick Gilcris, Town and Country Inn and Resort Street Stocks;
Dylan Laleme, Passumpsic Bank Daredevils; Doug Laleme, Sign
Depot Limited Late Models. Samantha McMann photo.
Riverside Speedway Holds
Last Awards Banquet
By Samantha McMann
Riverside Speedway wrapped
up its 50th and final season
under that name on Nov. 15 with
its Banquet of Champions at the
Town and Country Inn and
Resort in Shelburne. Around 100
employees, drivers, family mem-
bers, and fans were there to see
the last champions of Riverside
Speedway receive their recognition.
After social hour, Dan
Fournier, the speedway’s general
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AT&T Customers Connect
With Morse Mt. Cell Tower
On Thursday, a plaque presenting ceremony was held at Murphy Dam in Pittsburg. The plaque was
presented by the National Weather Service for 75 dedicated years of sending readings to the Weather
Service. Taking part were Pete Castine (laborer), Daniel Mattaini (operations engineer), Mel Purrington
(chief record keeper 41 years), Hendricus Lulofs (meteorologist in charge), Alan Williams (dam operator)
and Nikki Becker (observing program leader). Angela Wheeler photo.
By Donna Jordan
On Nov. 17, the AT&T satellite dish on the Morse Mountain
cell tower in Groveton was
switched on, bringing cell service
to AT&T users. The 195-foot
tower was constructed with
funds from the Northern Border
Regional Commission (through
NCIC of St. Johnsbury, Vt.), the
U.S. Economic Development
Administration, Public Service of
N.H. and from the Northern
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Friday, November 21, 2014
On Thursday, at about 4 p.m., two vehicles collided on Route 3 in Columbia. Late last night, N.H. State Police did not have information ready to release to the media, but it
appears that a northbound vehicle struck a southbound pickup, with the pickup taking the hit head-on. The northbound vehicle (right) continued off the right side of the road,
with most of the damage impacting the front and driver’s side. Passersby at the scene said that the driver appeared to extricate himself from the vehicle and was seen standing
outside of the car when rescue crews arrived. A person in the pickup (left) was reportedly extricated and two ambulances brought occupants to the Colebrook hospital. Road
conditions were poor at the time of the collision due to a sudden mix of falling snow. Charles Jordan photos.
Tax Rates
Weather Service
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$35.88). In addition to the
increase in the precinct rate of
47 cents, that’s a total of $6.35
per thousand for the village tax
rate ($5.88 for outside the village). We are including the
breakdown again, just to qualify
where those rates increased (the
only rate to decrease was the
State Education Rate, which
went down one cent). Colebrook’s
break down this year is: Total
Town Tax Rate: $10.47 (last
year’s rate was $7.45); Local
Education Rate: $11.41 (last
year’s rate was $9.45); State
Education Rate: $2.21 (last
year’s rate was $2.22); County
Tax Rate: $4.86 (last year’s rate
was $3.95). The total amount of
taxes to be raised is $5,196,316.
The town wide valuation
decreased, from $189,342,653 in
2013 to $176,487,891 in 2014,
which greatly contributes to a
higher tax rate.
According to Colebrook Town
Manager Becky Merrow, warrant articles from the 2014 Town
Meeting also contribute to the
increase, including an article to
pave town roads that was not
recommended by the selectmen,
but was approved by voters. “I
told people at Town Meeting that
we were looking at an increase of
at least two dollars per thousand
for the town tax rate based on the
operational budget, without the
‘do not recommend’ articles. I
think two dollars per thousand
is pretty substantial,” she said.
When the voters passed the paving article, it increased the
town’s tax rate by 85 cents, said
Merrow. “Then we had a seven
percent devaluation of the town’s
value, and that brings us to the
increase in the town tax rate of
$3.02,” she said. The selectmen
for each town in New Hampshire
do not have a town’s valuation
from the State of New Hampshire until Sept. 1—months after
the budget has been passed.
“Once we get the new number,
we verify it, and then we get in
line at the state level to get our
tax rate, which we got on Nov. 13
at 4 p.m. and we had the bills out
by noon on Nov. 14,” said Merrow.
early ’70s. It’s changed over the
years,” she said during a tour of
the instruments. “The dam operator helps to make sure that the
bucket doesn’t overflow,” she
explained. The instrument is
operated by a solar-powered battery.
Purrington, who has been
reporting the weather for 41
years, and Williams take precipitation measurements and temperature, recording it for the
National Weather Service. Williams lives at the dam in the
damkeeper’s house while Purrington lives in Clarksville. They
are part of the National Weather
Service Cooperative Observing
Program which has more than
8,700 volunteers all over the
The program was formed in
1890 under the “Organic Act.”
Volunteers report the daily minimum and maximum temperatures, snowfall and precipitation
totals. Their observations support weather forecasts.
Cell Tower
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Pass, LLC. In 2012, NCIC
received $200,000 for the project
from the Northern Border
Regional Commission specifically for the cell tower’s construction, plus $81,000 from
PSNH and $200,000 from Northern Pass.
AT&T wireless is the first
cellular service provider to place
a satellite on the tower, improving cell service in the region for
those AT&T subscribers. The
effort to switch the dish on took
a bit longer than anticipated—
eager customers had to wait for
the completion of a tower in
Colebrook firefighters work to extricate an occupant of one of the two
vehicles involved in yesterday’s crash on Route 3 in Columbia. A video
report of the accident can be seen in the Video News of the Week at Tammy Thivierge photo.
Jefferson and another in Whitefield. Both of those towers were
needed to be completed so that
the microwave signals could communicate between each tower.
The shift into winter weather this past week caused dangerous road conditions, resulting in dramatic accidents. On Monday, at approximately
2:15 p.m., the Beecher Falls Volunteer Fire Dept. was toned out to a vehicle accident near Ladd Road on Route 3 in Stewartstown. The vehicle
was a Ford Ranger, which lost control in the southbound lane and traveled into the ditch on the opposite side. The driver was 88-year-old
Lawrence Fissette, who received minor injuries from the accident. Thomas Jordan photo.
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Police, Fire, EMS Reports
Early Saturday morning at 1
a.m. a call came into the Cookshire Eaton Fire Dept. reporting
a fire at 275 Main East in Cookshire, Que. The Cookshire Station Number 1 was quick to the
scene where they found visible
flames and thick smoke. Sawyerville Station Number 2 and
Johnville Station Number 3 were
quickly put en route for the
blaze. The residents were evacuated and taken to the Cookshire
Fire Station to be cared for and
kept warm. The three stations
fought hard to try and save the
building and protect the surrounding ones.
By about 4 a.m. the fire had
made the building very unsafe
and an excavator was called to
take the building down so the
Firefighters could finally get all
of the hot-spots out. East Angus
Fire Dept. was called in at
around daylight to help because
of the long battle. This fire fight
was headed by Assistant Chief
Marcel Charpentier of the Cookshire-Eaton Dept., along with his
very capable captains and lieutenants. Nobody was injured in
the blaze and no firefighters
were hurt. It was a total loss for
both families–escaping with the
clothes on their backs.
–Corey Bellam
On Thursday of last week on
Rte.108 just before Lennoxville,
Que., an accident took place
involving a car and a semi truck.
The truck, being a 52-foot milk
truck from Agropur Dairies, was
reportedly turning into a farm to
pick up milk. According to the
truck driver, he signaled his turn
and swung out wide for it. A car
behind hit him in the fuel tank
causing a rupture of the tank and
fuel to start pouring out. The car
experienced major damage to its
frontend. The driver was checked
for injuries, as was the truck
driver. Police were called and fire
departments were dispatched to
the scene to take care of the fuel
spill. The fuel was running right
down the side of the road.
Neither driver required being
taken to the hospital. Transport
Quebec came and put soaking
agent on the road to stop the spill.
–Corey Bellam
On Friday at around 2:30 p.m.
a call came into the CookshireEaton Fire Dept. reporting a
crash on Route 253 just outside
Cookshire, Que. The Cookshire
Station along with Sawyerville
Station were dispatched to the
scene. Upon arrival at the scene
they found a semi-truck in the
ditch. The driver was coming
from East Angus direction. He
came around the corner and
appears to have hit black ice and
skidded into the ditch. The
Chronicle spoke to Surete Quebec and they told us that the
driver told them that he came
around the corner and hit black
ice. He flipped on his Jacob
Brake to slow the truck. It was
too much and sent the truck
skidding into the ditch sliding
some 100 feet and the cab of the
truck going into the woods. The
driver of the truck was unhurt
in the crash but an ambulance
was on scene to take him to
hospital for a check up. While at
the crash, a tall softwood tree
fell almost hitting those at the
scene. The police car was parked
there too. It missed it by inches.
Nobody was injured. Route 253
was closed to one lane for a
couple hours while towing
removed the truck and trailer
from the woods.
–Corey Bellam
Just after lunch on Monday
a call came into the CookshireEaton Fire Rescue reporting a
car crash just about 1,000 feet
from the fire station on Pope
Street in the town of Cookshire,
Que. Upon arrival on scene they
found a mini-van with its front
end smashed and a power pole
cut off at the ground. Wires
hanging low. The van lost control due to very slippery conditions and struck the pole hard.
Nobody was hurt but an ambulance was on scene to check the
people for injuries . Sawyerville
Fire Station was also dispatched
to the scene to help with traffic.
Hydro-Quebec came to the scene
to tend to the wires.
–Corey Bellam
Training Officer Michelle
Hyde attending training on the
new recertification process for
the National Registry of EMTs.
New Hampshire is part of a pilot
program that focuses continuing
education for EMTs in three
areas of study-those determined
by the NREMT based on best
practices, areas determined by
the state of New Hampshire and
individual agencies based on new
protocols and changes in the
scope of practice, and individual
areas of study based on a selfassessment that is done by the
The following is the ambulance call activity report for the
period from Nov. 9-15:
On Nov. 9, at 1:05 p.m., the
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On Thursday of last week on Rte.108 just before Lennoxville, Que., an accident took
place involving a car and a semi truck. Corey Bellam photo.
Early Saturday morning at 1 a.m. a call came into the Cookshire Eaton Fire Dept.
reporting a fire at 275 Main East in Cookshire, Que. Corey Bellam photo.
On Friday at around 2:30 p.m. a call came into the Cookshire-Eaton Fire Dept. reporting
a crash on Route 253 just outside Cookshire, Que., with a truck ending in the woods.
Corey Bellam photo.
Just after lunch on Monday a call came into the Cookshire-Eaton Fire Rescue reporting
a car crash just about 1,000 feet from the fire station on Pope Street in the town of
Cookshire, Que. Corey Bellam photo.
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Friday, November 21, 2014
Early Deadlines For Three
Thursday Holidays Coming Up
Before we run the risk of sounding like Ebenezer
Scrooge, let’s say right here that we love the
end-of-the-year holidays. Call it the sentimentalist
in us, but we buy into all that Over-The-The-RiverAnd-Through-The-Woods-To-Grandmother’s-HouseI’m-Dreaming-Of-A-White-Christmas-Should-AuldAcquaintance-Be-Forgot Stuff. Always have.
But when you have a weekly newspaper that
comes out on Friday, meaning your busiest day is
Thursday, the prospects of three Thursday holidays
coming up has us crying “Uncle!”
It happens once about every seven years when
the moon, the stars, but mostly the days of the week,
roll around to bring forth this printing nightmare.
Yes, we can take one Thursday holiday this time
of year–Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday. But
this year we have the triple threat of three: Christmas Day and New Years Day also fall on Thursdays.
So what it means is on those three holiday weeks
(starting with next week) we will be pushing our
schedule back, cramming the same amount of work
into one less day so that we can take the holidays
off (and the printing press in North Haverhill where
we are printed will as well). The deadline for copy
and advertising will be midday on Tuesday, so that
everything is off to the press by dinnertime on
Wednesday. You will see the Chronicle on newsstands on Friday.
Charles J. Jordan
In a photo (and detail) published 25 years ago from our monthly publication, Coos Magazine, comes
this image from the Lund photos (a photography studio that was in the large Victorian house in Canaan
now owned by Marielle Ross). This image was believed to be a print shop in what is now the Spa Restaurant
parking lot in West Stewartstown. We find that the job on press was for a poster announcing a social event
at the new local hall: “10,000 People Wanted To Attend The Grand Dedication Ball Of The New Hall At
West Stewartstown, N.H. Sept. 22, ’97. Music By The Wagner Club Orchestra.” Also visible on the wall
is a poster for the Canaan Fair held that September and a lithograph promoting Thomas Edison’s
“Projectoscope,” capable of projecting “life-size moving pictures on a screen true to life in detail and action.”
Editor: Charles J. Jordan; Publisher: Donna Jordan
Reporter/Photographer: Angela Wheeler
Reporter/Photographer: Samantha McMann
Canadian Correspondent: Corey Bellam
Sports Photographer: Tina McKenzie
Colebrook Office Manager/Video Editor: Thomas Jordan
To the Editor:
I want to thank my family,
friends, supporters and voters
who helped me get elected on
Nov. 4 to the Executive Council.
I look forward to working with
the Governor and my fellow
Councilors on the important
New Hampshire issues. The
Council meets every two weeks
and votes on State contracts,
state board and commissions and
judicial appointment. If you need
any assistance in State government, please do not hesitate to
call my office at 271-3632.
I will continue to work hard
for you and look forward to serving the citizens of Executive
Council District 1 for the next
two years. The Council will be
sworn in on Jan. 8 at the State
Capitol in a Joint Session.
Joseph D. Kenney
Executive Councilor
District 1
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Friday, November 21, 2014
To the members of the
Pittsburg/Canaan School Board,
School Principals, Athletic Directors and Basketball Coaches:
First, let me say “Thank you”
as a former alumna of Pittsburg
High School. I understand that
the jobs or volunteer positions
that you hold have day-to-day
challenges that most of us won’t
ever encounter unless we were in
your shoes. Though you may not
hear it enough, it is appreciated.
That being said, I feel that I
would be remiss if I did not
express my disappointment and
concern over the decision to not
have an Alumni Game this year.
To provide you with a little bit of
background, this year is my
classes 10 year reunion and I
know that several of my classmates, including myself were
looking forward to playing the
game and seeing other alumni
classes/schools. For those of us
that don’t currently live in the
North Country, it is an opportunity to show our young families
the unique sense of pride and
community that we fondly
remember of the area.
I can understand the concerns
with not wanting to have the
game. Things I’ve heard to date
include the current student athletes not getting enough practice
time before the event and the
increased roughness that has
transpired in previous years. I
feel, however, that there are
simple solutions to these issues
and the desire to protect our
students within the mindset is
misguided. The Alumni Game is
for fun. That’s it–though it may
have been forgotten, I think that
folks can be easily reminded.
The alumni want to help–if we
are tasked with the statement
“think of this as a practice and
get the teams as ready as possible for their first game” I think
that you would see a difference
for the positive.
Really, it’s an opportunity to
bring the community together–
we should be using it as an
already-established opportunity
to support our young people as
well–not to take away one of the
few shreds of school traditions
that we have left. And, if I may
speak for those that have
recently graduated based on my
own experience, it is a chance to
reconnect with familiar surroundings after being somewhere
not so familiar.
Finally, believe me, when it
comes to athletic conditioning, I
think the team has the upper
hand (speaking from my own
experience at 28 with a threemonth-old baby).
I strongly encourage you to
reconsider the games through
the lens of a solution, not a problem. If the Alumni games cannot
happen, what else are you going
to do in its place to boost school
spirit and involve the community? I know that you agree that
it is imperative for our schools.
I look forward to hearing your
ideas and please let me know
how I can help as an alum.
Thank you for your consideration,
Samantha Kenney Maltais
The Colebrook Chronicle
Alumna, Pittsburg High
School Class of 2004
(Editor’s note: After receiving
the above letter, the Chronicle
spoke this week with David
Covill, Athletic Director at Pittsburg School. He confirmed that,
because of concern for the safety
of student athletes, that the students would not be competing in
the Alumni Games this year.
Covill said there was concern
that the students would get hurt
too early in the basketball season, so the decision was made to
not have them participate. He
added that there is a plan to put
something together that would
involve alumni only, just to keep
the tradition going. “We will be
doing something, but it won’t be
with student athletes,” he said.
“Also, we only have two practices
before the Thanksgiving break,
so they can’t really get conditioned before an Alumni Game
to build up their strength and
Letter to the Editor:
I am certain that the arrival
of Colebrook’s property tax bill
on Friday was received by the
residents of Colebrook like a
cannonball to the gut. Benjamin
Franklin said that there are two
certainties in life–death and
taxes. But he never said that it’s
the taxes that should kill us.
I attended the Annual School
District Meeting and expected a
higher than average increase in
the school tax rate. Superintendent Mills clearly stated at the
meeting that due to a sizeable
decrease in state education aid
and an expected lower fund balance available to reduce taxation, the school rate would
surely increase. It did. It was no
I attended the Annual Town
reviewing the town’s proposed
budget beforehand. Based on
information presented by the
Selectmen and Town Manager,
I left that meeting expecting a
moderate increase in the town
tax rate. The municipal tax rate
skyrocketed over 40 percent.
As residents of Colebrook, we
have the opportunity to attend
town and school meetings to
consider and vote on warrant
articles. This democratic process has been in place for years.
That means the rates on our tax
bills were determined by those
of us who attended Town Meeting. However, it is time to assess
whether the system that has
been in place for years should
continue to be the same process
that continues for years to come.
We, as taxpayers, have both
legal and sensible options to
consider as we move forward:
Legal Option 1. The Municipal Budget Law whereby a budget committee of residents have
budgetary authority. The Budget Committee is responsible for
preparing and presenting the
town budget as provided in RSA
32:5. In order to prepare the
budget, the committee communicates with department heads
and other town officials regarding estimated costs, anticipated
revenues, and services performed to the extent deemed
necessary. The Budget Committee is also responsible to conduct
public hearings required under
RSA 32:5, I. Formation of a
budget committee must be authorized at town meeting.
Legal Option 2. Senate Bill 2
was adopted in 1995, pursuant
to RSA 40:13 whereby any town,
school district or cooperative
school district that raises and
appropriates funds at an annual
meeting can adopt a process
whereby all warrant articles are
given their final vote by official
ballot. If this approach is adopted
by voters at Town Meeting, the
annual town meeting will consist
of two sessions. The first session
is known as the deliberative
session–(often held in late
January/early February) when
voters have the opportunity to
discuss, debate, and possibly
amend the articles on the warrant. The purpose of the first
session is to determine the wording of the articles, the final form
of ballot questions. While the
wording of some warrant articles
may not be amended (e.g. zoning
articles) the general rule is that
all other warrant articles are
subject to amendment. The Second Session is typically held the
second Tuesday in March. The
second session consists of the
election of town/school officers
(Selectmen, School Board) and
final action on all articles as they
emerged from the deliberative
session. The voting is conducted
by written ballot without further
discussion, debate or amendment. The voter has the power to
say “yes” or “no” to what the first
session did, but not to alter it.
The most significant vote at this
session relates to the proposed
town budget, which has been
prepared by the Selectmen and
may or may not have been
amended at the first session. The
voters must choose between this
proposed budget and a “default”
budget which is determined by a
formula and is automatically
enacted if the proposed budget
fails to receive a majority vote.
Adopting the provisions of Senate Bill 2 must occur at town
Certainly another option is for
town meeting participants to
delay voting on the town budget
until the tax impact of our
actions on individual warrant
articles is summed up by the
Selectmen. Before a vote is
taken, the Board of Selectmen
needs to clearly explain how
much the municipal tax rate will
increase or decrease after all the
warrant articles are summed up.
If the increase is insupportable,
then there is an opportunity to
reconsider certain warrant articles. This might entail delaying
the adjournment of Town Meeting to another day when all the
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Friday, November 21, 2014
White Mountains Regional
School Board and the White
Mountains Education Association have reached an impasse in
their negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.
In accordance with New
Hampshire law, mediation of the
impasse has been scheduled.
The Board and the Association
report that they are hopeful that
mediation will resolve the
High Honors
Grade 5: Michael Bilodeau,
Dylan Desautels and Patrick
Keenan. Grade 4: Ben Wheelock.
Grade 5: Kaitlin Cassady,
and Bryan Davis. Grade 4: Julie
Glover and Marissa Kenison.
High Honors
Grade 5: Carter Prehemo.
Grade 7: Baylee DeWitt. Grade
The National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society sponsored a Family Math Literacy Night last Monday, Nov. 10 in the
Pittsburg School cafeteria. The theme was centered on math and art. At the end of October, 40 students (art, math and humanities) and four
teachers went to the Currier Museum to see the MC Escher exhibit. As a result of that field trip the NHS students who went to the exhibit used
the workings of MC Escher as their theme for their math night. Left photo: Kirby Judd, Baylee and Cassidey DeWitt work together on a project.
Right photo: Pittsburg School science teacher April Cartwright shows and explains an interesting piece to her nephew, Tayton Keezer. Tammy
Jeralds photos.
11: Colin Carlson. Grade 12:
Kirby Judd and Devin Rodrique.
Grade 5: Brennan Egan,
James Foote, Garrett Lassonde,
Landen Phillips and Kaylie
Start. Grade 6: Ashley Bolton,
Delaney Daniels, and Spencer
Prehemo. Grade 7: Caleb Tufts.
Grade 8: Kassandra Amey, Aus-
ten Keyser and Devin Phillips.
Grade 9: Kylee Tracy. Grade 10:
Devin Guevremont, Creed Kristiansen, Alexis Owen. Grade 11:
Anthony Puglisi. Grade 12: Jac-
queline Jameson, Brennan Landry, Ian Pfaff, Jacob Reich,
Nicholas Remick, Johnathan
Richard and Jeremiah Zybas.
Left photo: Stewartstown seventh and eighth graders participated in this year’s Teen Cook Off held at their School on Nov 18. The four students who were Teen Chefs this year
are Natalie Purrington (Grade 8), Amber Coutu (Grade 8), Ashley Uran (Grade 7) and Dillon Brooks (Grade 7). Sponsors was Chef David Santamaria and Food Coach Debbie
Boivin. Boivin is shown teaching Ashley and Amber. Laurie Uran photo. Right photo: Beth Bissonette, the chef from Rainbow Grille, coached Pittsburg students this week for
the Teen Cook Off. Students pictured are Devin Guevremont, Melissa McKinnon and Pierre Allard. Tammy Jeralds photo.
Friday, November 21, 2014
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North Country Photo Album
“Sleepy Hollow” Staged By CA Players
Photos by Angela Wheeler
The Colebrook Academy players presented the tale of “Sleepy Hollow” last night at the Tillotson Center
in Colebrook. Pictured is the whole cast who stopped for a quick group shot on opening night.
Brom Bones, played by Benjamin Smith, shows off his huge burly
muscles to several swooning ladies.
Left photo: Arriving on a train to Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane, played by Christoph Jorges, is welcomed
by the townsfolk. Right photo: The opening scene of the play was set in a spooky graveyard and had several
ghosts and ghouls rising up from their eternal rest to sing a song about "Sleepy Hollow."
The time the story takes is the late 1700s through the early 1800s and is set in a small Dutch village called
Sleepy Hollow. The performances begin at 7 p.m. and will run again tonight and Saturday.
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The White Mountain Dart League held its second annual Toys for Tots Dart Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the American Legion in Groveton. Left photo: Samantha
Gaudette hurls her dart at the board during the tournament. Right photo: Rollie and Deb Laflamme, the league’s president and secretary/treasurer respectively, took a moment
to pose by one of the boards during the event. Samantha McMann photos.
White Mountain Dart League
held its second annual Toys for
Tots Dart Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the American
Legion in Groveton. The group
raised $423 in cash and a large
box of toys for Toys for Tots.
White Mountain Dart League
currently has 42 players (nine
teams) who play at the Legion on
Monday nights from late September to early May.
says that
Groveton American Legion is
very good to the league and graciously hosts them as they play
for 27 weeks then four to six
weeks of League play-offs Those
interested in learning more
about the league, they should
contact Rollie or Deb Laflamme
at 636-2229.
At Saturday’s tournament
there were 16 players in attendance who formed teams of two
by “luck of the draw.” Each
player paid an entry fee of $10
and an unwrapped toy. They
played two rounds on the
Legion’s four dart boards. In the
first round, the results were:
first place, Dave Holmes/AJ
Shatney/Samantha Gaudette;
third, Tom Meunier/Amy Meunier. Second round results were:
first, Dave Cryans/Carissa Rogers; second, Dave Holmes/Jenny
Cryans; third, AJ Emerson/Amy
Deb Laflamme said that even
though they usually have more
players, everyone who attended
had a great time. The league has
already started to plan for next
year's event.
–Samantha McMann
A lively game of Name That
Tune was enjoyed in the Family
Room. Ellen Sipe played piano
for residents to sing-along with
on Wednesday. Sisters Sally and
Judy shared their musical talents for a good time on Friday
In New Hampshire trivia,
residents learned some interesting little known facts about our
state and were able to list off
over a hundred names of cities
and towns. The Special Care
Unit played word games, had fun
with scrapbooking and watched
sensory videos.
A cocktail party was held to
honor our veterans on Veterans
Day. The room was decorated
with military memorabilia. Little
cocktail wieners and chips and
dip were served along with
everyone’s favorite beverages.
Army veteran John Forbes and
Navy veteran Dick Baribeau of
the American Legion Post 47
came be to present each veteran
with a flag and a souvenir coin
honoring their service.
We have 10 Veterans at
CCNH at this time. Army veterans include Louis Boucher,
Tabor Gray, Harold Hirtle, Phillip Oakes and Glenn Perry.
Navy veterans include Lawrence
Clough, Paul Gagne and John
McCormack. James Kenison is a
veteran of the National Guard
and Jean Belanger is a veteran
of the Canadian Army. Visitor
Army Veteran Gordon Frizzell
was also honored. Many thanks
go out to all veterans for their
service to our country.
Glenn Perry was the winner
of the Blackout Bingo game this
week. Residents in the SCU
played Unit Bingo, and Shake
Loose a Memory.
A Turkey Shoot was held this
week. No turkeys were injured
during this activity as the participates shot at turkey targets
with a Nerf gun. SCU residents
enjoyed watching Shirley Temple
movies and a tea party.
Yvonne Burrill and MariePaule Marchand won the 50/50
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business After
Hours at the Weir Tree Farm in East Colebrook on Thursday, Nov.
13. There were tours of the wreath room and wreath-making demonstrations. Britni White photo.
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drawings on Wednesday. Celine
Chaloux and Maurice Jalbert
won the free meals. Maurice
Jalbert and Francoise Bohan,
Maurice Jalbert , Francoise Jalbert, Maria Dube (2), and Jean
-Nil Theroux won bingo games,
with Francoise Bohan and Lucienne Jalbert sharing the Black
Next week (Nov. 26) will be
the monthly penny sale and celebration of the November birthdays. The menu will be
Thanksgiving dinner, turkey,
mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, stuffing, cranberry sauce,
bread and birthday cake and ice
cream. For your reservations,
call Dencie Cunningham before
Tuesday by 10 a.m.
Haven Haynes, Jr., of
Canaan, Vt., has organized a
meeting to discuss a potential
use of the Shrine of Our Lady of
Grace for this coming Saturday,
Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. at the St.
Albert Hall in Stewartstown.
Haynes would like to talk about
Shrine and how it can be used.
One idea is to turn it into a
veterans/PTSD facility while
keeping the Shrine intact. Anyone interested in talking about
this idea is invited to attend.
Students in grades 2-8 will
perform a Seussified version of
Charles Dickens’ famous Christ-
Groveton Girl Scout Troop 13061, along with some of their siblings, visited the Groveton Fire Dept. on
Wednesday, Nov. 19. Chief Terry Bedell and firefighter Robert Bowers gave this inquisitive group a tour
of the firehouse, a tour of one of the engines, a demonstration of the fire fighter’s gear, and a lesson about
fire safety in the home. Shown here with the children is Chief Bedell, Robert Bowers, and troop leader
Wendy Weagle. Samantha McMann photo.
mas tale A Christmas Carol on
Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning at
6 p.m.
Written by Peter Bloedel, “A
Seussified Christmas Carol” is a
whimsical one-act reinvention of
Dicken’s most beloved Christmas
story in Seuss-spoken rhyming
couplets. With characters like
The Scrooge, Timmy Loo Hoo and
ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, audiences will
enjoy this new twist on an old
Students in Grades K-8 will
also provide commercial breaks
The Baptist Church of North Stratford hosted a Christmas Sale and
Tea on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Stratford Town Hall. Kathy Roth
A tree filled with handmade gifts at The Baptist Church of North
Stratford’s Christmas Sale and Tea held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at
the Stratford Town Hall. Kathy Roth photo.
with the performance of several
traditional carols. The program
runs approximately one hour.
Admission is free, though donations will be graciously accepted.
For more information, contact Stratford Public School at
On Saturday, Nov. 22, the
Northeast Kingdom Snow Blasters will hold the third annual
Hunters’ Supper at the Norton
Restaurant in Norton, Vt. The
beef stew will be served with all
of the fixings and a soft drink.
The cost is $10 per person and
does include the tip.
A vendors and crafters sale
will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7,
from 12 noon-5 p.m. at Carter
Hall at the Groveton Methodist
Church. For information or to
reserve a table, all 636-1231 or
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This past Sunday night the
voices of 20 singing “angels”
sang their first Christmas songs
when they gathered for the first
time in several years.
The Community Chorus,
comprised of singers from Pittsburg to Stratford and Norton to
Errol, hugged and got down to
practicing their parts for this
year’s Candlelight Christmas
Community Concert. The group
that gathered Sunday night was
equally balanced with sopranos,
altos, tenors and bass, prompting conductor Bud Hikel to
exclaim after the first notes
sung, “Oh my, what a rich and
warm sound!” Conductor Hikel
went on adding, “We could use
a few more sopranos.”
Rehearsals are each Sunday
afternoon at 4:30 p.m. from now
until the concert at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, Dec. 14. Singers are
encouraged to join rehearsals
this coming Sunday. Rehearsals
are centrally located at Grace
Community Church in Canaan,
Vermont. Additional information is on Facebook at GraceCommunityChurchVT.
Aurora Grange pie sale will
be held on Saturday, Nov. 22,
starting at 9 a.m. at the Grange
Hall on Dalton Road in Pittsburg. Donuts will also be made
on site. Proceeds will benefit the
ongoing expenses of the Grange.
On Thursday, Dec. 4, the
North Country Chamber of Commerce will host a festive holiday
event at the Tillotson Center in
Colebrook. Chamber members
past and present, as well as
community members interested
in joining the Chamber, are
encouraged to join in the fun.
The night will include a silent
auction fundraiser, membership
drive, local food tastings, drinks,
school music and a play.
Starting at 6 p.m., the doors
will open for a social in the first
floor gallery area. Guests will
enjoy tasting samples of dishes
made from local foods, hot
mulled cider and alcoholic beverages will be available for sale
from the Tillotson Center. The
food offerings are being sourced
and sponsored by North Country
Marketplace and Salvage in
While snacking, everyone is
invited to bid on items in the
silent auction, featuring local
gifts for the holiday season.
Auction items include gift certificates for Creative Natives, an
Osprey Fishing adventure, an
ELC Outdoors adventure, a
newspaper advertisement and
baked goods. Other items available to bid on are gift baskets
from Eat, Laugh and Heal,
North Country Marketplace and
Salvage, April’s Maple and
Moose Muck Coffee House, as
well as a four pack of GNWCA
concert tickets, a Vera Bradley
sport duffle from the Old Apple
Tree, and a salvage item and
outdoor evergreen planter from
North Country Marketplace and
Salvage. You can even get your
home decked out by bidding on
a holiday wreath from Beth
Goudreau and a Balsam Christmas tree from David White
Trucking. Get your holiday
shopping started (or finished!)
with this opportunity and feel
good about supporting the
Chamber. (Please note: payment
by cash or check will be required
to take items home.)
During the first hour and a
half, the Chamber will also be
signing people up for 2015 memberships. Directors will be on
hand to answer any questions
folks may have about the Chamber and help to explain all the
great, new benefits that will be
available for 2015 members. If
you can’t make it to the event,
www.northcountry to check out membership details, and sign up
online if you’d like. The Chamber board of directors, committee volunteers and office
manager have been working
hard to promote the area,
improve operations and offer it’s
members the best benefits possible.
At 7:30 p.m., everyone will be
invited to head upstairs for a
holiday concert and play. Performances will include Sharon
Pearson entertaining the crowd
by playing on the grand piano
that has recently been added to
the Tillotson Center, holiday
songs from the Colebrook Academy chorus lead by Kate Sorochak and the Canaan Schools
Chamber group lead by Tabitha
Grootenbauer. After a brief
intermission, the Carriage Lane
Players will take the stage to
present a satirical version of
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Suggested donations of $5
per adult (18 and up / no charge
for children) will be accepted at
Malik Ramirez, 6, collected this food for the Cub Scouts’ annual
Scouting for Food Drive 2014. Malik went and distributed fliers on
Nov. 1, around Colebrook and then on Nov. 8 he went and collected
all of the food that was donated. Malik is a Tiger Cub for Pack 220
in Colebrook. Kasha Ramirez photo.
the base of the stairs to go
performers/organizations. Silent
announced at the end of the
evening. You must be present to
The North Country Chamber
of Commerce and all the performers hope that the northern New
Hampshire and Vermont communities will join together for this
fun event to kick off the month
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Indian Stream Health Center
recently received a $2,500 grant
from the Vermont Community
Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program. The grant
will help further Indian Stream
Health Center’s mission of providing wellness-focused health
care to residents within the organization’s service area regardless
of a patient’s ability to pay by
enabling the organization to provide a low-impact exercise program entitled “A Well-Balanced
Winter” to any and all individuals, free of charge.
“This program is designed to
be helpful to anyone who would
like to join, regardless of age or
physical ability. In the harsh
North Country winters, it is
often too cold, too slippery, or too
nasty outside to really be able to
get out and get moving comfortably and without hesitation. We
can now offer both Vermont and
New Hampshire residents the
opportunity to get some exercise
and socialization at no charge
through the long winter months
ahead,” said Jordan Phinney,
Outreach and Enrollment Facilitator at Indian Stream Health
The program is a collaborative
effort between Indian Stream
Health Center, the Grace Community Church, and the North
Country Recreation Center. Sessions are held at the Grace Community Church, located on Gale
Street in Canaan, Vt. Currently,
sessions are being held every
Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m., with more dates and
times anticipated. Exercises for
each session rotate and are
The very first ISHC Well-Balanced Winter program participants on Nov. 5, 2014. From left: Helena
Early, Jane Palmer, Leo Renaudette, Sharon Belleville (Outreach Coordinator at Indian Stream Health
Center), Sue Gosselin, Sally Masson and Nancy Petro. Courtesy photo.
focused on building core strength
through low-impact movements,
such as yoga and Pilates. Modifications can be made to any and
all movements, allowing anyone
to participate. Core strength
helps increase endurance, flexibility, function, and motor control. Research has proven that
individuals with higher core
strength will have a lower risk of
Through its Small and Inspiring grants program, the Community Foundation hopes to help
foster the spark and hope that
keeps Vermonters healthy and
happy by finding and supporting
projects in every town in Ver-
mont where a small grant can
make a big difference.
Indian Stream Health Center
is a Federally Qualified Health
Center, with site locations in
both Colebrook and Canaan. It
provides a variety of integrative
health care options to its community residents of all ages, as
well as access to health and
wellness initiatives, such as
health insurance assistance.
Indian Stream Health Center
also has an in-house pharmacy,
situated downstairs at its Colebrook
Visit or call
237-8336 for more information.
The Vermont Community
Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations
established by Vermonters to
serve their charitable goals. It
provides the advice, investment
vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and
effective. The Foundation also
provides leadership in giving by
responding to community needs,
mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their
impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital
with grants and other investments in the community. Visit or call (802)
388-3355 for more information.
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Last Saturday evening, the Grace Community Church on Gale Street
in Canaan held its Annual Hunter Supper. The event was well
attended and customers certainly didn’t walk away hungry. Helping
the church serve the meal was the Canaan Builders Club. Front row,
from left: Jim Reynolds (Advisor), Markus Lapierre, Jonah Cote, and
Emmitt Lambert. Second row: Stephanie Bolton, Jacob Masson, Lelah
Hailey and Andrew Belleville. Third row: Paige Hughes, Morgan
Becker and Logan Hailey. Angela Wheeler photo.
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of December and get everyone in
the holiday spirit! The next
night, you’ll find the Chamber on
Main Street selling the last ATV
raffle tickets during Late Nite
Madness and drawing the winner of the 2014 Can-Am. Don’t
forget to head back to the Tillotson Center with the family on
Saturday for Santa’s Workshop.
No RSVP is required for Dec.
4 event, but it is appreciated.
[email protected] or 2378939 for details.
What’s a simpler idea
than Meals on Wheels? Older
people who are homebound,
those have trouble driving, cooking or shopping, or paying for
food, sign up at Senior Meals.
Each day, volunteers or staff
come by and drop off a hot lunch.
Here in Coos County through
Tri-County CAP, Senior Meals
take on the threat of senior hunger and work to promote healthy
aging and for the county elders
in their own homes.
At Colby Commons in Colebrook, you’ll walk into staff and
volunteers stuffing slices of
whole wheat bread, pints of lowfat milk and containers of sliced
peaches into paper bags. They
would be packing the day’s
entree which happens to be
braised pork loin with gravy, red
potatoes and turnips, into aluminum trays. Drivers would depart
and fan out through the community to bring nutritious daily
meals to local people who are
homebound. For that fact, Senior
Meals is doing this over the
entire county; Twin Mountain to
Pittsburg delivering nutritious
daily meals to over 600 clients in
their homes.
The benefit goes beyond food,
of course. When clients answer
the door, often using walkers and
canes, “I ask them how their
morning’s going,” said a deliverer, Cindy who makes many
other stops this day. She gives
them their meals and wishes
them a good day. This may represent the only face-to-face social
interaction some homebound
people have in the course of a
day. And if they don’t come to the
door, a series of phone calls
There’s certainly more than
food in a Meals-on-Wheels delivery. Advocates have always
believed that something this
fundamental…a hot meal, a
greeting, another set of eyes, can
help keep people in their homes
longer. Research from the
Administration on Aging discovered the connection between
home-delivered meals and the
nursing home population. The
research shows that individuals
that are cared for in a community
setting, with supports such as
Meals-on-Wheels, home care and
other elder services can age in
place, in their homes. That’s how
most older people prefer to live,
which is reason enough to try to
reserve nursing homes for those
whose require their specialized
The Tri-County CAP Senior
Meals program provides homedelivered and community dining
throughout Coos County and has
been doing this work for over 30
Last year they sent
101,000 meals to homes and
hosted nearly 31,000 meals in
community sites. The need is
increasing as are the costs to do
this important work such as food
and fuel which have had more
than a 30 percent hike since
Funding relies on many supporters; from the federal funds
that are matched by local dollars
throughout the towns and county
to the community fundraisers
and donations from citizens. “It’s
a tapestry of dollars that come
from many places, each contributing an important funding
source for the mission of providing senior nutrition” says Patti
Stolte the Director of the program, “we have been able to have
great success in making these
dollars go as far as possible.”
Food is donated from sources
such as Fresh Rescue, where
grocers provide much needed
provisions as well as from local
growers and the New Hampshire
Food Bank. The program even
received grants last year from
Wal-Mart and Citizens Bank to
help support the growing needs
of the program.
These meals are a significant
factor in helping adults 60 years
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and older to stay healthy and
remain in their homes. It can be
a big step for an older person or
his family to acknowledge that
they need this kind of basic help
and make the call. The staff of
Meals-on-Wheels wants people
to know that this program is
here to help elders age healthy
and live independently in the
Good nutrition
plays a key role in accomplishing that task. To reach any of
the Coos County local contacts
for Tri-County CAP’s Senior
Meals program call: 237-4957 in
Colebrook, 752-2545 in Berlin,
and 837-2424 in Whitefield.
Several girls all dressed in their most beautiful dresses gathered at the Spa with their very handsome
dates, their dads. The Spa Restaurant and Outback Lounge in West Stewartstown last Sunday night was
host to the Annual Father Daughter Dance. The dance was to support the Canaan Little League and
music was provided by DJ Biggz. Another special treat that was offered at this year's dance was fabulous
fudge from Treats and Treasures. Lori Uran photo.
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North Country Photo Album
Riverside Speedway’s Awards Banquet
Photos by Samantha McMann
Kids in the North Country Family Restaurant Kids Karts Division received trophies at last week’s
Riverside Speedway awards banquet at the Town And Country in Shelburne. From left: Paxton Call,
Alexus Call, Connor Brigham, Lukee Shannon, Julian Kenison. Missing from photo is Logan Harriet.
Left photo: Diane Roy is shown presenting Nick Gilcris with the 2014 Riverside Speedway Driver of the
Year Award. Alan Plummer photo. Right photo: The 2014 Bobby Shores Award recipient, Doug Shannon
with Staci and Butch Mitchell, award presenters.
Upper left photo: Jenna Randall, the 2014 Jake McDowell Memorial Award recipient with presenter
Ryan Robinson. Lower left photo: Dan Fournier, left, named Tege Randall, center, for the 2014 Riverside
Mother of the Year. Diane Roy presented the plaque to Randall. Right photo: Logan Harriet of the Kids
Kart division arrived too late to receive his trophy with the rest of the group. Here he is posing for a picture
with his awards when he arrived.
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manager, opened the ceremony
by expressing his appreciation
for everyone’s participation this
year. He said that Riverside had
many challenges this season
with the weather and low car
counts, and more. He thanked
everyone in attendance for sticking it out through the tough
The first awards up were for
the Kids Kart Division for ages
6-9, which was new for Riverside
this year. All of the kids received
a very large trophy presented by
Megan Gibbs of North Country
Family Restaurant, the division’s
sponsor. The crowd seemed
happy to hear Fournier report
that Joey Laquerre plans to continue the division next year and
has said that he is going to pave
a smaller track in the infield for
them to race on.
The next division to receive
their awards was the Passumpsic
Bank Daredevils which is for
youngsters between the ages of
10-16. Trophies were presented
to fifth place, Bailey Lovely,
fourth place, Kyleigh Gilcris, and
2014 track champion, Dylan
Laleme. The second and third
place finishers, Josh Plumley
and Kody Whittum, were not
present for the banquet. Laleme
took the podium for a short
speech where he thanked many
people, especially his dad.
For the Pure Stock Division,
which is sponsored by DK and
Sons, trophies were awarded to
sixth place, Jenna Randall, fifth
place, Shawn Swallow, fourth
place, Jamie Swallow, Sr., third
place, Jamie Swallow, Jr., second
place, Nate Swallow, and 2014
track champion, Robbie Curtis.
This class, which operates with
few rules, has been lovingly nicknamed “The Crunch Bunch” at
Riverside. Dan Fournier credited
Curtis for winning the division
even though “the Swallows” were
doing everything in their power
to compete. In Curtis’ speech he
remarked about how much fun
he had racing this season,
thanked his fellow racers, and
thanked Fournier for “pretty
much allowing us to do what we
wanted out on the track.”
The Town and Country Inn
and Resort Street Stock Division
drivers who received trophies
were Shawn Swallow, who finished ninth, Jaime Carbone, who
finished sixth, Jenna Randall,
who finished fourth, Trevor Roy,
who finished third, Cody Smith,
who finished second, and Nick
Gilcris, who finished first and is
the 2014 track champion. Nick
gave a touching speech in which
he thanked Dan Fournier for
giving them a place to race this
year. He thanked his grandparents for always supporting him
and letting him build his racecar
in their garage even though he
probably kept them up until all
hours of the night being loud and
“sometimes stupid.” Nick congratulated his fellow competitors, thanked them for sticking
it out and for giving him “good
battles” on the racetrack, and
wished them luck next year. He
thanked his sponsors that came
through this year. He thanked
The Colebrook Chronicle
his dad, Pete Gilcris, and went
on to dedicate the championship
to him by saying “ Dad, you gave
up the most. In 20-something
years of racing, you never got
one. Well this year you earned it.
You earned it more than I did. So
this one's for you."
In the Sign Depot sponsored
Limited Late Model division, the
following drivers were awarded
trophies: seventh place, Jay
Bennett, sixth place, Pete Gilcris,
Giroux,fourth place, Dave Glidden, third place, Bill Stebbins
Jr., second place, Aaron Smith,
first place and earning the 2014
track champion title, Doug
Laleme. In Laleme’s championship speech, he also thanked
Fournier for running the speedway. He thanked his sponsors,
crew, fellow drivers, and his
family--especially his wife. He
remarked about being proud that
both he and his son, Dylan, will
be known as two of the last
champions of Riverside Speedway. Laleme said that despite
the low car count in their division--sometimes only three–he
feels that he and his competitors
were successful in putting on a
good show every week.
The final division to receive
awards was the North Country
Ford Late Models. Fournier said
that this is the first time in
history at Riverside that he
knows of that every driver that
was “points racing” had a top five
finish every race. His statement
drew laughter since there were
less than five drivers “points
racing.” The top four finishers
were present to receive trophies.
Finishing in fourth place was
Tom Estes, third place was Mike
Bailey, second was Luke Shannon, and in first place was the
2014 track champion, Bryan
Mason. Mason followed suit in
his speech also thanking
Fournier, his sponsors, his crew,
and his family. He told the crowd
that he had a lot of fun and
stated that this year was special
for him with it being the 50th
year for Riverside, a track which
he said was built by his great
Fournier then continued the
ceremony by announcing the
recipients of some other special
Riverside awards. First was the
Mother of the Year Award. This
award is traditionally given to a
supportive, enthusiastic racing
mom. However, this year the
award was given to someone who
is supportive, enthusiastic, and
a dad. Fournier named Tege
Randall, father of racer Jenna
Randall, the 2014 award, stating
that he is always there for not
only his daughter, but for other
teams as well. He spoke of Tege’s
consistent willingness to help the
track or any racer with whatever
is needed.
The next award was for the
winners of the Tom Doyon Pit
Crew Challenge, which Fournier
states is held on the front stretch
of the track and always a crowd
pleaser. This year’s winners were
Doug Laleme, Matt Carbone,
Trevor Roy and David White.
Fournier announced that the
winner of this year’s Hard Charger Award was Robbie Curtis. He
told the crowd that Robbie “drove
the wheels off his car this year-literally sometimes.”
The Most Improved Driver
Award went to Cody Smith.
Fournier stated, “This award
goes to a young driver who I felt
as the season went along, progressed. He’s a very clean driver.
I think he is a pretty good driver.
I think he has a pretty good
future at Speedway 51.”
The Hard Luck Award was
given to David Glidden, who
Fournier says started off the
season with a pretty bad wreck
and with the help of friends and
some borrowed parts got the car
back together to finish off the
season fourth in his division.
Doug Laleme was this year’s
recipient of the Sportsmanship
Award. Fournier said of Laleme,
“this driver is always very supportive of the track, always
supportive of other drivers,
other teams, employees, and just
an all-around good person.”
Fournier went on to name
Nick Gilcris the 2014 Driver of
the Year. Fournier said that
Nick only finished once outside
of the top five this season, put
on a great show every week, and
deserves this.
Award,which is perhaps the
most prestigious Riverside
Speedway award, was presented
by Butch Mitchell, best friend of
the late Bobby Shores, and by
Staci Mitchell, Bobby’s niece.
Bobby was Riverside Speedway’s “tech man” for many
years. He was very knowledgeable and very highly regarded
by all who knew him. The award
is given each year in memory of
Bobby to someone who exhibits
the same character and drive
that Bobby did. This year the
honor was given to Doug Shannon.
The Jake McDowell Memorial Award is given each year in
memory of a popular young
racer who lost his life in 2007.
Jake was a great young man
who raced at Riverside in the
Street Stock division. He was a
mentor to the kids in the Daredevil division and they all looked
up to him. The award was presented by Jake's friend, Ryan
Robinson, who described him as
someone who always had a smile
on his face, was always upbeat,
was always fun to be around,
and loved to race. Robinson
stated that he saw the same
characteristics in award recipient Jenna Randall. He also credited her and her dad, Tege, with
showing him the importance of
keeping racing fun with their
positive outlook.
Fournier continued by giving
out the following Promoter
Appreciation Awards: Swallow
family for being great supporters of the track and putting on
a good show in the Pure Stock
division; Doug Shannon for
being his go-to-guy who took
care of all the technical stuff at
the track; Tanisha Shannon for
jumping in anywhere needed
with no questions--when his
announcer resigned, she stepped
in to the position without any
experience other than “not being
shy and having a big mouth”;
Paul Schartner for always lending Dan his ear and sharing his
great knowledge; and to Alan
Plummer, track photographer
and self-proclaimed Riverside
fanatic, for showing up at every
track event and doing a great job
with the photos.
The final awards of the night
were the Sponsor Appreciation
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Awards given to the following
businesses who sponsored this
years racing divisions: North
Country Family Restaurant, DK
and Sons, Passumpsic Savings
Bank, Town & and Country Inn,
Sign Depot, North Country Ford.
In his closing remarks,
Fournier said, “I have talked
with Joey (the new track owner)
a lot over the past week or so and
he’s got some pretty big plans for
next year. He’s going to spend a
lot of money on the facility. He’s
going to do a lot of upgrades. I’m
not exactly sure what divisions
he’s going to have but I’m sure
they’ll be having meetings very
soon. So the future for the track
looks very bright and I hope that
everybody here continues to support the facility. For me and my
family, this is my last event or
banquet or anything for Riverside. I want to thank everybody
for supporting us.”
After the award ceremony,
many door prizes were given out.
Then a buffet dinner was
enjoyed. The rest of the evening
was filled with dancing to music
by DJ John Jaworowski.
Police, EMS
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gency. The patient was transported to UCVH.
On Nov. 10, at 5:02 p.m., the
department responded to Pittsburg for a medical emergency.
The patient was transported to
UCVH. At 5:05 p.m., the department responded to Pittsburg for
a medical emergency.
patient refused transport.
On Nov. 11, at 4:07 p.m., the
department responded to UCVH
for an interfacility transfer to
DHMC. The patient was transported to DHMC. At 4:42 p.m.,
the department responded to
UCVH for an interfacility transfer to DHMC. The patient was
transported to DHMC.
On Nov. 12, at 12:23 p.m., the
department responded to Pittsburg for a medical emergency.
The patient was transported to
UCVH. At 2:19 p.m., the department responded to UCVH for an
interfacility transfer to Shriners
Hospital. The patient was transported to Shriners Hospital.
On Nov. 13, at 9:00 a.m., the
department responded to Pittsburg for a medical emergency.
The ambulance was canceled in
route. At 8:54 p.m., the department responded to Canaan, Vt.,
for a medical emergency. The
patient was transported to
On Nov. 14, at 7:51 a.m., the
department responded to Cole-
brook for a medical emergency.
The patient was transported to
UCVH. At 3:35 p.m., the department responded to Colebrook for
a medical emergency.
patient was transported to
UCVH. At 6:17 p.m., the department responded to Pittsburg for
a medical emergency. The ambulance was canceled while en
route. At 6:45 p.m., the department responded to Pittsburg for
a motor vehicle collision. Two
patients were transported to
On Nov. 15, at 2:01 a.m., the
department responded to Colebrook for a medical emergency.
The patient was transported to
UCVH. At 11:45 a.m., the department responded to Colebrook for
a medical emergency.
patient was transported to
UCVH. At 1:43 p.m., the department responded to CCNH West
Stewartstown for a medical
emergency. The patient was
transported to UCVH. At 5:30
p.m., the department responded
to Columbia for a medical emergency. The patient was transported to UCVH. At 7:35 p.m.,
the department responded to
Colebrook for a medical emergency. The patient was transported to UCVH. At 11:25 p.m.,
the department responded to
Clarksville for a medical emergency. The patient was transported to UCVH.
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necessary calculations have been
made and clearly explained.
Currently many residents of
Colebrook are diligently working
on study committees evaluating
a new facility for Colebrook
Academy, evaluating upgrades
to our Main Street and associated water and sewer lines under
that street. Much time has been
devoted to the concepts of a town
common and of district heating.
Colebrook clearly needs to begin
by developing a Capital Improvement Plan as it is clear the taxpayers cannot afford business as
usual in addition to all these big
ticket projects.
The Selectmen have Colebrook’s best interests at heart.
Today, I request that the Board
provide the taxpayers with a
clear detailed explanation for
why the municipal tax rate
increased more than 40 percent.
Perhaps if we understand we can
be less critical and consider the
options that will best benefit the
future of our town.
Suzanne Collins
Pittsburg Ridge Runners
Snowmobile Club's Annual Craft Fair
Shop for proudly American made gifts
Saturday Nov. 29, 2014 10 am-2 pm
Dickson Lane (off Back Lake Rd.) Pittsburg
Make this your one stop shopping experience
for a large variety of needlework, crafts,
homemade goodies, white elephant items, raffles, etc.
All proceeds go to Easter Seals Camp Sno-Mo.
Meet the Regional Director of Camping, Robert Kelly.
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Friday, November 21, 2014
Around The Region
Saturday, the Cookshire
Eaton Fire Dept. was out on the
streets raising money to help the
sick children of our region. All
stations took part in this event,
with Johnville, Sawyerville and
Cookshire. They stopped cars
and asked for donations for the
cause. The reward for a donation
was an apple–a fitting thing, as
an apple a day keeps the doctor
This year, they had a new
twist to their collection day. If a
person gave a big donation, they
not only got apples they also got
homemade muffins. The collection started around 11 a.m. and
by 3 p.m. it was over, and a group
of very tired firemen went home.
They were a little sleepy because
they had fought fire all night at
a major blaze in Cookshire, but
in true Cookshire-Eaton style,
they were on the job out on the
streets helping their community.
Now that is dedication. They
could have been resting, but they
were out raising money for kids.
–Corey Bellam
On Monday evening, the
Chronicle was invited to the
ANAF Unit 318 to attend a
poem reading by Skylar Nangreaves, age 10, from Lennoxville, Que. A short while ago,
Skylar decided she would write
a poem about war. She called it
“The Boy at War.” She showed it
to her mom and her mom was
speechless when she saw it. Skylar then took it to school and it
really impressed her teachers,
Karen Christianson and Mme.
Morin, her French teacher.
Everyone told this young lady
she should read it at the upcoming Remembrance Day Service
in Lennoxville, to which she said,
“Why not?”
That day, Skylar walked right
up to the microphone in front of
everyone and read her poem to
perfection. She did her town
proud, for sure. On Monday, Nov.
17, she was invited to the ArmyNavy-Air Force Unit 318, or as
we all know it, The Hut, to read
her poem at the meeting and
have her photo taken. Skylar and
her mom arrived at 7:15 p.m.,
and at 7:30 p.m. the Sgt. at Arms
Ronald Chaplin escorted her and
her mom into the hall to meet
everyone. She hopped up to the
microphone like a real pro and
recited the poem off for all to
enjoy. Then she was presented a
pin and a plaque to thank her
for her for honoring veterans and
present day servicemen and
We spoke to her and were told
that she has always been very
outgoing, and she decided she
would write a poem. She never
had any idea just how famous
she would be with it. When
asked who she wrote the poem
for, we were told firstly her
mom, then grandmother, uncles,
aunts and the veterans. We
found this young lady of 10 years
old to be a very caring girl that
will be a famous poet someday.
She will go far.
The poem “The Boy At War”
reads as follows:
“I am the mother of a boy at
war but I do not see him so much
anymore. I miss him dearly but
I know that we are safe and that
we are free because of what the
soldiers did for me. I read the
letters from my boy who says
he’s coming back soon and that
he’s not afraid of the guns and
bombs that fall. He says he’s
alright and I should not worry at
all, but I worry so much at night
I can’t sleep. But I know that he
is finally safe with a white cross
at his head and poppies at his
feet. I miss my boy very much,
but he is safe up in the sky. Now
on Remembrance Day, I will go
to the cenotaph and read his
name carved in the stone and
remember his beautiful smile.
Who have you lost?”
–Corey Bellam
The North Country Chorus
presents its 67th Annual Christmas Concert with “Messiah” by
George Frideric Handel.
Alan Rowe will direct the
chorus, soloists and a nine-piece
orchestra. The quartet of vocal
soloists will consist of North
Country favorites: soprano Julie
Drown, alto Maria Weber Lamson, tenor Phil Brown, and bass
Gary Moreau.
Performances will be on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., at First
Congregational Church in Littleton; Saturday Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.,
at Wells River Congregational
Church in Wells River, Vt.; and
Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m., at
North Congregational Church in
St Johnsbury, Vt.
Tickets are available in
advance from Catamount Arts
($10 adults/$5 students) or at the
door ($12 adults/$5 students).
“Hello, Columbus!” NCC’s
34th annual Madrigal Dinner,
will be held in Monroe on Jan.
23, 24, and 25. Tickets are available by advance sale only
through Catamount Arts.
For details of all NCC events
The 14th annual Christmas
Craft Fair sponsored by the Twin
Mountain-Bretton Woods Historical Society will be held this year
on Saturday, Nov. 29, at the
Carroll Town Hall gymnasium.
Featuring area artisans and
entrepreneurs from New Hampshire and Vermont, the craft fair
will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and
will include a diverse mix of
items. These will include woodcrafted items, pine wreaths,
maple syrup, gift baskets, crochet, fleece and knit hats, chocolate candies, snowmen and
Last Saturday, members of the Cookshire-Eaton Fire Dept. were out in the streets raising money to help
the children of the region. Corey Bellam photo.
Pat Custeau of Saywerville supported the cause, dropping his donation into the collection helmet held by
Lt. Louis Laroche. Corey Bellam photo.
sweaters, jewelry, photos, cards,
local interest books, and much
There is no admission to the
craft fair. A light lunch will be
available. The Carroll Town Hall
gymnasium is located on School
Street at the junction of Routes
3 and 302. For additional information about the craft fair, call
White Mountains Community
College is accepting registrations
for the next Berlin area
WorkReadyNH class. The threeweek, 60-hour class will be held
Dec. 1 through 18, from 8 a.m. to
1:30 p.m., Monday to Friday for
the first week and then Mon. to
Thurs. for the following two
weeks. The program is available
to New Hampshire residents,
regardless of employment status
and is completely tuition free to
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Ron Lyons Trucking of Colebrook pitched in as the vehicle passed
through. Corey Bellam photo.
Friday, November 21, 2014
The Colebrook Chronicle
Around The Region
Children of St. Isidore de Clifton lined up for their chance to have an early visit with Santa at the Unimat
Hardware Store. Juliette Tremblay, Leianne Tremblay, Coralie Levesque, Laurence Levesque and Nathan
Dodier all posed with Santa for our photo. Corey Bellam photo.
Joey Harrison and his sister Emma were all smiles during their
chance on Santa’s knee. Corey Bellam photo.
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WorkReadyNH provides tools
to help job seekers assess,
improve and document proficiency levels in math, reading
and locating information and
helps prepare them for today’s
workplace through a hands-on
classroom soft skills training.
Soft Skills are identified by
employers as some of the most
important skills an applicant or
employee can have. This training
covers the interview process,
workplace communication, conflict resolution, ethics, problem
solving, employer expectations,
meeting etiquette, self-discipline, team building, workplace
safety, customer service and
diversity. Participants are able
to practice their competencies
through the operation of a simulated business throughout class.
The program is open to New
Hampshire residents seeking to
enter the workplace for the first
time, to re-enter after becoming
unemployed or for those who
simply want to improve their
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Friday, November 21, 2014
Around The Region
President of the ANAF Unit #318, Kevin MacIver, awarded Skylar
Nangreagvs with a plaque for her Remembrance Day poem. Corey
Bellam photo.
Andrew Letemplier, Gary Vance, and Kevin MacIver listened intently to Skylar Nangreaves’ gripping
poem, which she recited to members of the ANAF Unit 318 for Remembrance Day. Corey Bellam photo.
Left photo: Ten-year-old Skyler Nangreaves with her poem, “The Boy At War.” Right photo: The smell of home cooking drew crowds to the Bulwer Community Center fundraiser
supper this past Sunday. Jack Garneau was first in line, with Bob Halsall serving up the first of nearly 100 dishes. Corey Bellam photos.
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Call us at
Or stop by our
office at
4 Titus Hill Road
(at 82 Main Street)
in downtown
skills and advance in their
careers. Successful graduates
earn the National Career Readiness Certificate and the White
Mountains Community College
WorkReadyNH is a joint effort
of the Community College System of NH and NH Works.
To register, call White Mountains Community College at
342-3099. Applicants may also
request a referral from a New
Hampshire Works employment
The Newport Area Community Orchestra is sponsoring its
second annual Orchestra Members Recital on Sunday, Dec. 6,
at 2 p.m., at St. Mark’s Episcopal
Church in Newport. The musicians will be playing music by
Alan Hyams, Antonio Vivaldi,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, G.E.
Holmes, Eldin Burton, and
Gabriel Pierne. The following
musicians will be performing:
Howie Arzt, Paula HansenGraveline, Paul Gavin, Janice
Luce, Chris Nicotera, Heather
Webster, Amos Hamilton, Chris
Maginniss, Steven Tatum,
Spates, and Emily Wiggett. This
year’s program promises to be
the best one ever, so organizers
hope to see you there. Admission is a suggested $5 donation
at the door.
The season of Advent, the
four weeks leading to Christmas,
can be a hectic time for many.
A community chant choir is
offering to all an early Christmas present with the chance to
relax and unwind for 30 minutes
to the soothing sounds of chant.
Chant washes over and transforms the listener with quietude, silence and meditation.
Beginning on Sunday, Nov.
30, at 7:30 p.m., and continuing
for three more Sunday evenings
in December, a chant choir will
be singing a short, sung service
known as Compline. It is a quiet
service, a blessing for a peaceful
night. The candlelit sanctuary
of St. Barnabas Episcopal
Church Berlin will be the host
for this series of mystery and
For those who would like to
learn to chant or would like to
audition to sing with the chant
group, contact Susan at 326-
3242 or send an email to
[email protected]
The town of Jefferson will
hold its annual Christmas festival on Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Come and join the fun filled
day which includes a craft fair,
dog sledding demonstration,
wagon rides, bonfire and open
houses at local businesses.
There will also be door prizes
and raffles. For more information, contact Bettie Bovio at 5867002.
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Vera F. Smith
DALTON–Vera F. Smith, age
97, of Dalton, passed away
peacefully on the morning of
Nov. 15, 2014, at Country Village Center in Lancaster.
Vera was born on March 28,
1917, in St. Louis, Miss., the
daughter of Charles A. Flynn
and Lillian Rice Flynn. The family moved to New York City,
where she attended public
schools. She was a graduate of
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City and had
a long career in teaching, retiring from the City of New York
Vera married Edgar C. Smith
of Dalton on Sept. 29, 1945, and
together they enjoyed travel, by
station wagon in the early years,
then by private plane and later
by RV. They loved the outdoors.
Edgar predeceased her on July
27, 1990.
Vera was by all definitions a
“lady.” She had a ready smile,
was gracious, vibrant, and
always found the positive in
everything. She enjoyed people,
never being judgmental, and
liking to help where she could.
Travel remained a passion, with
her last family camping trip
when she was 91 years old, and
arm chair travel after that. She
felt that she had lived a rich,
fulfilling and adventuresome
life. She was a member of the
Dalton Congregational Church,
where her great-grandfather,
Thaddeus Metcalf, Jr., was a
deacon in July 1866. Vera was
a member of the Dalton Historical Society, the Society for the
Protection of New Hampshire
Forests and the Connecticut
River Watershed Council. Vera
was an active volunteer at the
Gilman, Vt., Senior Center over
many years and a devoted supporter of the Weathervane Theater. She supported the JROTC
at the White Mountains
Regional High School and had
provided scholarships to worthy
members of the nursing program
at the White Mountains Community College in Berlin. Vera
served as supervisor of the Dalton Checklist for many years.
Surviving are her daughter
Nancy L. Smith and husband
Wayne A. Smith of Dalton,
grandson Bryant W. Smith and
his daughters Macee and Piper
of Dalton. Vera was predeceased
by an older sister Kathleen B.
Memorial service arrangements and care have been
entrusted to Bailey Funeral
Home in Lancaster. Viewing
hours were on Tuesday, Nov. 18,
2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. The
Memorial Service will be on
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at 4
p.m. at the Dalton Congregational Church. Rev. Diane Raymond, pastor, will officiate. In
lieu of flowers, those desiring
may make donations in her
memory to Dalton Congregational Church or the Gilman
Senior Center.
Please go to
for more information or to send
an online condolence.
tute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston,
02215, or online at
Condolences may be offered
to the family online by going to
Arrangements are under the
direction of Jenkins and Newman Funeral Home in Colebrook.
his wife Carol of Hellertown,
Penn. and Jeffrey Smith and his
wife Joanne of Jamaica, N.Y.;
her grandchildren, Traci Ozier,
Kearsi Kessler, Lindsey Sadowsky and Alex Page; step
grandchildren Amanda Froling,
and Jennifer Gayron; 11 great
grandchildren and many nieces
and nephews.
Family and friends will
gather to honor and remember
Annie's life at a Memorial Service in The Chapel at Southgate,
30 Julio Drive, Shrewsbury, at a
later date. Annie's memory can
be honored with a donation to a
charity of one’s choice
To share a memory or leave
an online condolence, please
rest in the Riverbank Cemetery
in Stowe.
Condolences may be offered
to the family online by going to
Arrangements are under the
direction of Jenkins and Newman Funeral Home in Colebrook.
Mary E. Tillotson
Annie Smith
Leona M. Broome
“Susie” M. Broome, 69, of Colebrook, passed away on Friday
evening, Nov. 14, 2014, at the
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical
Center in Lebanon after a recent
period of failing health.
She was born in West Stewartstown on Nov. 6, 1945, a
daughter to Perley and Beatrice
(Dobson) Grover. Susie attended
the local schools and married
Norman Broome on Nov. 16,
Susie was a bookkeeper for
many different local businesses
over the years, including Stub’s
Texaco, Lambert’s and later
Clarkeie’s grocery store, and for
her husband’s plumbing business. She loved to go snowmobiling and spend time with her
family. She was especially close
to her sisters. She was known
for her cooking, too, and had
worked as a cook at the old
Legion Restaurant on Main St.
when she was younger.
Leona leaves behind her husband of 51 years, Norman
Broome of Colebrook; her son,
David Broome and wife Debbie
of Colebrook; two grandchildren,
David Broome and Amanda
Spreybroeck; one great-grandchild; and a nephew, Robert
Mills and wife Amber of Lebanon. She is preceded in death by
her parents and two sisters,
Julia Pollard and Roberta Mills.
There are no public calling
hours. A private family service
will be held in the spring of 2015.
Expressions of sympathy in
memory of Broome may be made
to the Dana-Farber Cancer Insti-
SHREWSBURY, Mass.–Annie E. (Keazer) Smith, of The
Shrewsbury died on Saturday,
Nov. 15, 2014. She was 93.
Born in Colebrook on June
22, 1921, she was a daughter of
the late James C. and Eva
(Cook) Keazer. Annie lived and
worked through high school on
the 600 acre family farm. She
moved to Uniondale, Long
Island, N.Y. with her late first
husband, Charles E. Page, who
died in January of 1982. She
worked at her husband's Insurance Agency, helping him grow
the new and very successful
insurance agency. While in Long
Island, they met their very close
friends, Tom and Margaret
(Warner) Smith, with whom
they spent a lot of time, professionally in traveling to conventions and personally playing
both bridge and golf. As fate
would have it, Annie's first husband passed away as did Tom's
wife within a few months of one
another, which brought Tom and
Annie together, where they
would marry in Nov. 1982, and
spend the next 32 years
together. Annie and Tom spent
winters in their home in Mt.
Dora, Fla. and winters on a
home they built on the family
farm in Colebrook. They came to
Shrewsbury in June of 2008.
Annie was an avid golfer and
was a member and Club Champion at The Balsams in Dixville
Notch. In her earlier years,
Annie had a love of painting
which she later passed on to her
husband Tom.
Annie was predeceased by
her first husband, Charles E.
Page and her siblings, David,
Louisa, Bill, Brandon and Carolyn Keazer. In addition to her
husband, Thomas P. Smith, she
is survived by her children;
Charles Page of Northfield; Barbara Hermance of Ancram, N.Y.;
step sons Thomas Smith Jr. and
Doris M. Werth
Werth, 81, formerly of Stowe,
Vt., passed away on Wednesday
morning, Nov. 19, 2014, at the
Country Village Healthcare Center in Lancaster, after a long
period of ill health.
She was born in Bühl, Germany, on July 9, 1933, a daughter to the late Edmund and
Friedel (Murr) Burkhard.
Doris grew up in Germany
and Austria and enjoyed a career
in photography, as well as working for her uncle at his medical
practice before emigrating to the
United States in 1962. She married Walter Werth of Austria in
Lancaster, and they then made
their home and raised their family in Stowe, Vermont, where
Doris was a dedicated homemaker. Doris will be remembered for her smile, generosity,
and always making everyone
who came to her home feel welcome.
Doris leaves behind a daughter, Christina (Werth) Mercer
and husband Dan of Colebrook;
a son, Martin Werth of Morristown, Vt.; two grandsons, Adam
Werth and Taylor Kenney; and
two granddaughters Emily
Werth and Madison Mercer. In
Germany, she also leaves behind
her two sisters, Helga Burkhard
and Monika Burkhard Sanger,
and a brother Peter Burkhard
and his wife Ellen, and their
She was predeceased by her
husband Walter in 1982, during
which time he was employed as
the Maîtré d'hotel at The Balsams Grand Resort.
There will be no public calling
hours. A private family service
will take place in the spring of
2015, where Doris will be laid to
Tillotson, 82, of Spring Street,
died peacefully on Monday
afternoon, Nov. 17, 2014, at
Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster. She was surrounded by
Tillotson was born in Lancaster on Jan. 22, 1932, the
daughter of Clifton H. Ingerson
Sr. and Thelma (French) Ingerson.
Mary attended schools in
Jefferson and Lancaster. She
was a parishioner of the Lancaster Congregational United
Church of Christ. Memberships
include the Eastern Star, the
Grange and the Lancaster and
New Hampshire Historical Societies. At one time she was an
active leader for 4-H. For many
years she worked with Lillian
Lucas at the Church Shop on
Main Street in Lancaster. For a
time she was employed at the
Lancaster Elementary School
cafeteria. In recent years she
has been making hats for premature babies born at Dartmouth
Family members include her
husband of 64 years Aldine J.
“Jack” Tillotson of Lancaster; a
son, John Tillotson and his wife,
Jewel, of Grantham; a daughter,
Cynthia Colby and her husband,
Robert, of Lancaster; grandchildren Mandy Tillotson, Jesse
Tillotson, Christopher Feugill,
Zachary Colby and his wife
Jaimi, Marcus Colby; four greatgrandchildren, Wolf, Madison,
Lily, Parker; a brother Clifton
H. Ingerson Jr. of Whitefield;
two sisters Nancy Lowe of Gorham and Christine Boutilier of
Texas. She was predeceased by
an infant son, William Clifton
Tillotson; her father and his
wife, Marion; her mother; a
brother, David Mardin and a
sister, Betty Bissonett.
Visiting hours will be held
Friday, Nov. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.
at Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster. A funeral service will be
held on Saturday afternoon at 2
p.m. at the Lancaster Congregational United Church of Christ.
Reverend Sharon van der Laan,
pastor, will officiate. Burial will
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follow in Summer Street Cemetery, Lancaster.
Please go to
for more information or to send
an online condolence.
Stella Osiensky
Stella M. Osiensky, 93, passed
away Thursday, Nov.13, 2014,
at the Coos County Nursing
Home in West Stewartstown,
where she resided for nearly four
years. She was the beloved wife
of the late Michael Osiensky.
They were married for 62 years.
Prior to moving to Pittsburg
in 2002, she was a resident of
South Attleboro, Mass. Before
her retirement in 1980, she was
employed by Texas Instruments
for 21 years.
She was a member of the
Women's Guild and Confraternity of Christian Mothers of St.
Theresa's Church in South Attle-
boro. She also was a volunteer
for the Red Cross.
She leaves behind
daugher, Barbara Howland and
her husband, Richard, of Pittsburg and two sons, Michael
Osiensky and his wife Claire of
Wrentham Mass., and David
Osiensky and his wife Edith of
Coconut Creek Fla. She is also
survived by eight grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren,
and a niece and nephew.
Her funeral was held on Nov.
18, with a Mass of Christian
Burial in St. Therea Of The
Child Jesus Church, So Attleboro, Mass.
DALTON–Charles J. Packard, 64, of Whitefield Road, died
Saturday afternoon, Nov. 15,
2014, at the Littleton Regional
Packard was born in Whitefield on Oct. 11, 1950, the son of
Clare and Marion (Provencher)
Charlie was a 1969 graduate
of White Mountain Regional
High School and he attended the
Whittemore School of Applied
Science at the University of New
Hampshire. He worked in the
construction business with his
father who he bought out in 1981
which became Packard Construction.
Over the years he was a Dalton Selectman, Dalton firefighter, of which he served as
fire chief for 37 years, and Dalton Town Moderator for 15
years. He was also SAU 36
school moderator for 10 years,
served on the Mount Washington Regional Airport Commission and ran a post office to post
office mail route for six years.
In 1998, Charlie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
but continued to run his mail
route for five years and worked
in his shop to keep busy.
He leaves behind his wife of
43 years, Ellyn; a son, Aaron and
his wife Patricia; a daughter,
Charity and her husband Bill;
three granddaughters, Andrea,
Jordon and Olivia; a brother,
Peter and his wife Susan; two
sisters, Katharine and husband
Gerry, Loretta Grace; four
nieces, three nephews, seven
grandnieces and five grandnephews.
At Charlie’s request there are
no visiting hours. A memorial
service will be held Thursday
afternoon at one o’clock at Bailey
Funeral Home in Lancaster.
Life Cycle Celebrant Wendy
MacDonald of Randolph will
In lieu of flowers, please send
donations to the American Parkinson’s Disease Assn., 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island,
to for more information or to send an online condolence.
GROVETON–Cecil F. Tisdale, 72, of Crow Hill, Groveton
died peacefully on Nov. 19, 2014
at Weeks Medical Center in
Lancaster after an eight month
battle with cancer with his loving wife by his side.
He was born in Rochester on
March 17, 1942 a son of Delford
C. “Bill” and Rita J. (Foss) Tisdale and was a lifelong resident
of Groveton. He was a graduate
of Groveton High School, Class
of 1960. He served in the U.S.
military in Germany and before
retiring he worked for many
years as an Assistant Supervisor
in the Boiler-room at James
River/Wausau Papers.
Cecil loved fishing, hunting,
playing cards, gambling and
going to Foxwoods and other
casinos, and spending time at
camp. He was a past member of
the Groveton Moose Club and
enjoyed helping with the meals
and other activities that they
sponsored. He was a very good
husband, father, and grandfather.
Cecil is survived by his wife
of 28 years, Gertrude “Gert”
(Devost) Tisdale of Groveton;
four children, Doug Tisdale of
Pennsylvania, Esaundra “Pessy”
Gaudette and fiancé Robert Cote
of Franklin, Michael Brooks and
wife Deanna Brooks of Page,
Texas and Stanley Brooks, Jr.
and wife Samantha of Berlin; six
grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one sister, Bonnie Gilchrist and husband Dave of
Lewiston, Maine, and several
nieces and nephews.
Cecil was predeceased by his
mother, Rita, on Aug. 10, 1990,
his father Delford “Bill” on May
28, 2009, sister Karen Fysh on
Sept. 27, 2003 and a brother
William Tisdale in 1972.
A graveside service will be
held in the spring of 2015 at the
convenience of the family in the
Arrangements are entrusted to
the care of Armstrong-Charron
Funeral Home in Groveton.
To send the family condolences via the online register
BEDFORD, Mass.–Joseph
Raymond Doherty, 86, of
Springs Road, Bedford, Mass.,
died peacefully on Nov. 19, 2014
at the Edith Norse Rogers
Memorial Veterans Hospital
where he had been a resident
since the early 1970s.
He was born in Groveton, a
son of Patrick L. Doherty, Sr.
and Annie (Chadwick) Doherty
on October 7, 1928 and was a
resident of Groveton until entering the U.S. Army in 1951, serving in the Korean Conflict.
Joseph is survived by two
brothers, Patrick “Pat” Doherty,
Jr. and wife “Buzzy,” and Lawrence “Tony” Doherty, all of
Groveton. He was predeceased
by his parents, one brother,
Mike Doherty, and one sister,
Florence Blanchard.
A graveside service will be
held in the spring in the New
Hampshire Veterans Cemetery
in Boscawen. Arrangements are
entrusted to the care of the
Home in Groveton.
To send the family condolences via the online register
Friday, November 21, 2014
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For Sale
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and hot water. EPA Qualified. Call
today, 1-800-295-8301. (603) 2378301. 12/26
Buying snowmobiles, ATVs and
motorcycles. Call (603) 538-6963 or
(802) 334-1603. TFN
stepladder, double sided steps, $300.
1997 Ski-doo Formula III 600, 6,300
miles. Helmet and oil. $600 cash.
Call 246-7069. Leave name and
number. 11/28
Woodstove, Kozy Komfort, takes
24-inch logs. Little use. $325 or
BRO. Rick (978) 551-2807 (cell) or
(603) 331-5443 (house). 11/28
Fraser fir Christmas trees. Have about
400. Will sell one or all. Priced to
sell. On Route 26. Tel. (603) 2374344. 11/28
Friday, November 21, 2014
Call (603) 246-8998
Jeep for sale: 1982 CJ5 plow Jeep
with plow, new battery, plugs, tuneup and battery conditioner.
Unregistered. $2,500 firm. Please call
(603) 538-9194. 11/28
MTD Yard Machine Snowking, 5 hp,
24” 2 stage snow blower--$75.00.
Gas cook top, 30” with four burners-$75.00. Call 237-9977. 12/5
858 Rt. 114, 1 mile from Canaan,
$15, Any Size.
(802) 266-3424. 12/12
Music Lessons: Guitar, Ukulele,
Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, Dulcimer,
and Voice. Children ages 5-8 for
$60/month, includes instrumental
rental. All other students, $75,
instrument rental $15. Roberta’s
Studio, (603) 331-1628. TFN
Would like to haul your junk and
unwanted vehicles. Call Rusty
Edwards. (603) 237-5676. 7/31/15
Available to do: Light housecleaning,
run errands, prepare meals. Lancaster
area. (603) 788-3374. 11/28
Farm Fresh
104 Colby Street, Colebrook
Offering Local Produce & Products
Pine Boughs and Cider!
Open: Tues.-Fri. 9-5
Sat. 9-12
Top dollar paid for junk cars and
trucks. Also, steel, batteries,
aluminum cans. Call (603) 636-1667
days or (603) 636-1304 nights. TFN
For Rent
Colebrook, Rte.26—Efficiency+,
furnished, utilities incl., 6 months
lease, two person max. occupancy.
Proof of employment and references
required. No smoking/no pets.
$450/month. (207) 459-5087. Leave
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Friday, November 21, 2014
The Colebrook Chronicle
New Hampshire’s regular
firearms deer hunting is going
well, as hunters look forward to
time afield during the Thanksgiving holiday week. Through
Nov. 16, hunters had taken an
estimated 8,119 deer in New
Hampshire. The statewide total
to date represents an 11 percent
decrease from the 9,122 registered at this point in the 2013
Hunters are reminded that,
under new changes in effect this
year, the deer baiting season
has ended in all Wildlife Management Units except WMU M
and on Governor’s and Long
Islands. A baited area will no
longer be considered an active
bait site only after all containers
and bait material are completely removed. Until Dec. 15,
persons baiting for coyotes are
restricted to the use of meat,
animal parts, carrion, or fish.
“While down a bit from the
past two years, the deer kill to
date is still the fourth highest in
the last nine years,” said Dan
Bergeron, Deer Project Leader
for Fish and Game. "The next
couple of weeks, including the
Thanksgiving holidays, should
provide hunters with excellent
opportunity, as the rut should
remain strong. Cool weather and
a dusting of snow in places are
providing great conditions for
prime deer hunting."
In most Wildlife Management
Units (WMUs), the remainder of
the regular firearm season is for
legally antlered bucks only.
Units L and M in southeastern
New Hampshire are the only
exceptions, with either-sex regular firearm hunting continuing
through Nov. 21.
The regular firearm season
runs through Dec. 7, except in
WMU-A, where it ends a week
early, on Nov. 30.
New Hampshire’s bear hunting season has ended in most of
the state, with the exception of
the White Mountain and Central regions of the state (Units
C1, D2, E, F, G, I1, J1 and J2),
where it closes Nov. 25. Preliminary results show that as of
Nov. 6, a total of 703 bears (382
males, 321 females) had been
taken in the hunt, according to
Fish and Game bear biologist
Andrew Timmins. Through that
date, bait hunters had harvested
hunters/stalkers took 198 bears,
and hound hunters registered
100 bears. The current overall
harvest sex ratio is 1.2 males
per female. Timmins reports.
The current bear take is 32
percent above last year’s level
at this point in the season.
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