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Gayle Hedrington

June 2, 2009
Updated June 3, 11:35 a.m.

Update June 3, 11:35 a.m. - On Monday, June 8, 2009 at 6:30 pm, SAU 43 and the Croydon School Board are meeting in the Town Hall to discuss the renewal of the AREA agreement with Newport.

Sarah Browning from the Department of Education from Concord will answer question about the contract. All interested parties are invited to attend. Below is a copy of the agenda.

Croydon Town Hall, Monday June 8, 2009

 6:30 p.m.
Call to Order: M. Johnson
Role Call: M. Johnson
AREA Agreement Presentation and Discussion 

8:00 p.m.
Call to Order: M. Johnson
Role Call: M. Johnson
Follow-up discussion to AREA Agreement Presentation


The Annual Pancake Breakfast 

Sullivan County Commissioners are holding their Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 14 at 7 a.m. at the Sullivan County HealthCare Facility in Unity. Breakfast is free and served by the Commissioners. All are invited.


Broken Road Busy and Planning Annual Customer Appreciation Day

Curt Lively Jr. and Andrew Parker at Broken Road Jeep repairs and restorations garage in Croydon Flat are busy and up to their elbows working. They report that they are the busiest they have ever been. The artful mechanics attribute it to folks in New York, and Connecticut getting to know about their service and the down-turn in the economy. People are getting repairs, and restorations instead of buying new. They can build a Jeep from the bottom up using part vehicles, restore, and repair any Jeep. 

Broken Road is getting ready for their Annual Customer Appreciation Day, which usually takes place around Father's Day. It consists of an off-road adventure followed by a BBQ. Its family orientated and they have a no drinking policy.

Curt and Andrew are good guys as well as good mechanics. When I was leaving, Andrew asked if the air conditioner in my car was running and I told him yes. He stated he was just checking because there was some fluid dripping. I didn't even notice it, but it was from the air conditioner. 


Are You Ready For Some Football?

New Hampshire Pop Warner is open to children ages 5-15 throughout the state. No experience is necessary to register. Pop Warner accepts all football players and cheerleaders regardless of experience, athletic ability, and/or skill level. Interested parties can call Katie O'Brien who is President of the Sunapee Spartans. 

The Spartans will begin play in the 2010 season and become the 13th member of the rapid-growing league. The program is for children ages 5-15 from the Claremont, Croydon, Goshen, Grantham, Lempster, Newbury, New London, Newport, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, and Wilmot communities. 

You can reach Katie O'Brien at (603) 682-5486 or via email at O'Brien is in search of additional board members or other volunteers that are interested in coaching for either football or cheerleading.

All Pop Warner teams in the country play by the same rules and governed by the National Pop Warner Rulebook. For more information about NH Pop Warner, visit:


Caught In the Act

On Friday, Bap Kresse of Croydon Flat... I caught her planting flowers at the Croydon Flat Sign. It looks great Bap. Thanks.

Croydon Historical Society 

The Croydon Historical Society is holding its annual yard sale on Saturday, June 20, and is seeking donations. Anyone wishing to donate items for this event can contact Clayton Phillips 863-1119, Bap Kresse 863-1449, or Bert Smith at 863-4027. 

The next meeting of Croydon Historical Society is June 13, 2009 at 10:30 AM - Business meeting. Jan Michel is giving a craft class following the meeting. All are welcome to attend. 
  Fire Department On Saturday, June 13 the Croydon Fire Department is having a flea market and Chicken BBQ. Tables for the flea market are $15.00 for inside tables and $10.00 for a table outdoors.    Town News Summer hours for the transfer station are now in effect and will be opened every Wednesday noon - 4:00 p.m. as well as Saturday 8:00 a.m. - noon and Sunday noon - 4 p.m.

2009-2010 Stickers for Transfer Station are available now. Decals are $1.00 and Hanger Decals are $2.00. Last year decals expire on June 30.
  My Best Friend is leaving.... Again Robin Sheppard is going back to her new home in Tennessee next weekend. She moved to Croydon Flat a month after we did in 1977 and we've been friends ever since. She and I were the two most unlikely people to become friends. I came from a metropolitan area and she refers to herself as a country bumpkin. 

We've been through a lot together, and I don't think I would be here today without her friendship. When I separated from my husband, I worked two jobs; she babysat my girls and brought me cereal for them. Our home burnt down in 1989 and she was there for me. We stayed with her and her family for over a week. 

She was there for me when my urban legend dog "Sammy the Pug" went missing. Robin helped me search for him day and night for seven days. Another neighbor found him while I was out of town. So Robin took care of him for two days. Sammy died a year later and she surprised me by having his grave dug, when I came back with his body. It's important to know that Robin is a wisp of a woman, a size "0" (yeah, I hate her for that), so digging a four by three foot dog grave in hardpan dirt was no easy feat. 

Robin taught me all I know about wild plants, flowers, and animals. Every Sunday we would get in one of our cars and take a drive on a dirt road we found interesting and then explore the woods. One time we spent over an hour walking a mosquito-laden trail to find a pond thinking we could cool off and go swimming, only to discover it was a swamp. 

It wasn't unusual when she lived around the corner, for her and me to go out at 2 a.m. for a ride, play our guitars until the sun came up, or have an all night Scrabble marathon. I also called her once at 2 a.m. because my dog's legs went lame. She rushed over and in no time Buck was walking again. 

Robin is a true animal lover and there was no hesitating when she asked me to drive her to Massachusetts to take her dog to the doggy ophthalmologist. She assured me it was nowhere near Boston. It was the first time in my life that I had a brand new car, and I was not expecting the unusual trip that awaited. 
When I picked Robin up, she had a full nest of baby birds that had to eat every half hour, so she brought worms along too, plus the blind dog that barked at me all the time. The doctor's office was in Lexington, which had the same traffic as Boston at that time of day. We managed our way there, and back to Croydon, without being stopped by the police.

She's been here for the past month visiting her daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Wayne Maynard, and her new twin grandchildren Morgan and Megan. Next weekend she is going back to Tennessee. We did have one last adventure this past Sunday, but I have to wait until the statute of limitations passes to tell it. 


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