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Gayle Hedrington

September 12, 2008

School News

The Croydon School Board met on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Croydon Village School. The new bus schedule brought many parents to the meeting. The Board answered questions from parents and explained how they came up with the bus schedule. It was also noted that the Croydon School bus was getting new brakes and that the Newport Bus was used this week for transportation.   

 Tuition for children that did not live in Croydon but attended Newport School on Croydon’s tuition list is still under investigation. Please note that is important that all parents who have schoolchildren attending Newport Schools fill out the residency form received in the mail, to bring them back to the schools with the required residency documents. 

Please note there is a special meeting for information regarding Special Education on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. State Director of Special Education Santina Thibedeau will be present to answer questions and concerns about the laws, how IEP are determined, special education transportation and least restrictive environment. This is a must attend for all of those who have questions regarding costs during the Annual School Meeting. 

Amanda Simon, teacher at the Croydon Village School, and Jean Akpan, kindergarten teacher, reported that they had seven students in summer school and accomplished the goals for the students  for keeping them on track. 

The next school board meeting is on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 in the Croydon Village School.  


Croydon Historical Society   

The Croydon Historical Society thanks Pearl Campbell of Newport for her recent donation of the book “Cornet of Music.” The book once belonged to Jenny L. Fitzgerald mother of  Pearl Sawyer and grandmother to Pat Sawyer. The next business meeting of the Croydon Historical Society is on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the Croydon Town Hall. Following the business meeting, the historical society is presenting a free program “Sprightly Steps” in the Croydon Town Hall. “Sprightly Steps” explores New Hampshire’s Contra and Square Dance Traditions.
 If you would rather dance than eat, hanker after live fiddle tunes, crave the merriment of plain old kitchen junkets, then it’s time to bring you two left feet to the celebration of country folks’ old-time frolics presented by Adam Boyce and hosted by the Croydon Historical Society in cooperation with the New Hampshire Humanities Council  Contact: Cora Collins-Kangas, 863-3099.   This is a free event and opened to everyone. 


Christmas Balls for Sale

The Croydon Historical Society’s Christmas Ball for 2008 portrays The Stevens/Gross House. It is currently the home of Rita Gross and the late “Bud” Gerald Gross.


The Stevens/Gross House served Croydon as the Sugar River Telephone Company from 1911-1938. Susan (Dunbar) Gross was the only telephone operator employed by the company, established by a group of businessmen from Grantham and Croydon in 1902. Susan Dunbar Gross was the telephone operator a total of 36 years, first in Grantham and the Stevens/Gross house in Croydon. 

The home was built on an old foundation by Nathaniel Stevens in 1882. Nathaniel, Hannah (Gross), and their nephew Dana Stevens Gross lived in the home. Dana grew up, served as General Manager of the phone company from 1904-1938, and installed the first telephone line on Croydon Mountain. His son Gerald Gross NH District Fire Chief installed the last telephone line on the mountain.  

 Costs of the Christmas ball are $10.00 and comes in a crush proof box. If you wish to purchase, a ball contact any member of the Croydon Historical Society or call Bert Smith at 863-4027


On the Cheap

NH Audubon Live Hawk Demonstration (Saturday 09/20/2008 - 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM)

Check out the talons on a live red-tailed hawk. Find out why he is not migrating in the skies with thousands of other raptors that are making their way south. Visit the raptor observatory for a chance to spot hawks, vultures, and more, and don't forget to enjoy apples from the orchard. This program was made possible with the support of the Lincoln Financial Foundation. Special thanks to Robert LaRocque of Carter Hill Orchards


·        Carter Hill Rapton Observatory and Orchard - 73 Carter Hil Rd., Concord NH 03301

Fee: Free

Sponsored by: NH Audubon

For more information: Joanie Albers, Program Director, N. H. Audubon 603-224-9909 x 342    

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