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Gayle Hedrington

January 16, 2009

Artic air is sweeping the nation and Croydon. Although the news reports temperatures at Lebanon at minus 22 this morning, the Croydon Weather Station reports a low of - 6.5 degrees at 4:57 a.m. on Jan. 16. I don't know how the rest of Croydon's dogs fared, but my pugs were only out for a few minutes until they started lifting their paws up in the air, and limping. Although we are in the midst of a deep freeze, and it seems like winter will never end, the first sign of spring is here... registration for Town Officers and preparing for Town Meeting

Anyone desiring to run for a town office needs to file between Wednesday, Jan 21 and Friday Jan. 30. Town Clerk Brenda McGuire is opening on Friday, Jan. 30 from 3-5 p.m for filings only. Filing fee for each office is one dollar. Below is a list of town officer openings. 

  • Selectman- Three Year Term

  • Town Clerk and Tax Collector - Three Year Term

  • Trustee of the Trust Funds and Cemeteries - Three Year Term

The School has the following openings for officers:

  • School Board member - Three Year Term

  • School Moderator - One Year Term

  • School Treasurer - One Year Term 

    If anyone is filing for the above offices please contact, I and I will put it in the paper.


 NH Black Bears

Despite the sub-zero temperatures, about 75 people braved the weather to attend a standing room only slide show and talk by Ben Kilham on Black Bear Behavior at the Fiske Free Library in Claremont, on Thursday Jan. 19. I was fortunate enough to attend a talk by the "Man Among the Bears" in 2005 and was anxious to hear him once again. Kilham has a natural humor he combines with his extensive, personal knowledge of the black bears that allows him to entertain and educate. 

Kilham lives in Lyme NH and because of dyslexia, he was unable to attend graduate school to pursue his dream of studying animal behavior and working with it professionally. Kilham achieved his dream, but not through the standard methods. Kilham has written "Among The Bears" published by Henry Holt 2002. In addition he has two DVDs about his bear experiences "Papa Bear" from the Discovery channel, and "Bear Man" from the National Geographic channel. To learn more about Ben Kilham and/or black bear behavior visit his web site at


On The Cheap

Free Ice Fishing Class - Lebanon NH Recreation Department. Beginning January 28 through February 7 2009 New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is presenting a three session program to learn about ice fishing. Students need to attend all three sessions. 

The first two classes are on Wed., January 28, and Wed. February 4 both classes are in Lebanon Opera House from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The final class is on Sat. February 7 and the class will travel to Mascoma Lake to put the new skills to test. 

Cost is free and those under the age of 16 are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult. Contact Paul Coats at the Lebanon Recreation Department 603-448-5121. Equipment and materials are provided and you do not need a fishing license to participate.

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