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Gayle Hedrington

September 20, 2009


Bert Smith Friends and family gathered Saturday morning at the Croydon Fire Station to celebrate the life of Bert Smith who passed away on September 16. Various people spoke of the impact Bert had on their lives and his life of service for our Country and Croydon. 
Bert enlisted and served in the Korean War and had tours of duty in Germany, Iran, and Vietnam. He was twice awarded both the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He was also a member of the VFW and the American Legion. After retirement from the Army, he worked for the US Postal Service in White River Jct., VT. “Al” as he was known at the post office was an active member of American Postal Workers Union and served as steward for a number of years. Bert was elected and served as President of the VT Area Local in 1981 and served as President until his retirement in 1992. Bert received a Federal Service Pin for his 40 years of federal service.

In Croydon, he helped residents and non-residents with their genealogy, often staying up until wee hours of the morning. Bert also served as Chairman for the Trustees of the Trust Funds and Cemeteries and was Treasurer and a Board Member of the Croydon Historical Society. In addition Bert was one of the founders of the Croydon Historical Society. 

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Hildegard D. “Dotty” Smith; two sons, William H. Smith of Croydon NH, and Robert E. Smith of Southbury CT; two brothers, Robert E. Smith of Croydon, NH and John W. Smith of Colebrook, NH; two half sisters, Elizabeth Bates and Marie Johnson both of NY; and three grand children, Eli, Adam and Savannah Smith of Newport, NH. His brother, James B. Smith, predeceased him.

A private burial at Croydon East Village Cemetery took place with Rev. Donna Leslie officiating. 

Bert was a treasure to the Croydon community and his death has left a vacancy in all our hearts. 

Community Day
About 200 people enjoyed Croydon Community Day and all of the activities. The sunny day found many of Croydon’s residents out on Long Pond sailing, kayaking or canoeing. It is surprising how shallow Long Pond is in some places. I found a man-made stack of rocks in the pond. 

The Croydon PTO was on hand selling Croydon Cubs T-shirts. Off the Grid Farm, a self sufficient farm in Croydon, had a table selling organic eggs and meat. Serenity Carpets held a drawing for a $250 dollar gift certificate. They also had Fred II, a goat who is looking for a home. Unfortunately no home was found for Fred II. If you are interested in this adorable goat call Serenity Carpets at: 603) 863-2700.
Sue Swan was on hand to take blood pressure and also do face painting.  Of course there were contests, prizes and winners. Winners of the Bike Rodeo raffle were: Mike Platt, and Mia Caccavaro, each receiving a $50 gift certificate from Walmart. 

Watermelon... who ate the most? Blake McKinney, Olivia and Abby Rasmusen won gift certificates for Sunset Lanes. 

Tug of war winners are: Women’s - Croydon Village; Children’s - Croydon Village; Men’s- Croydon Flat. 
Of course the hat... the hysterical hat.. Me. I told you I would win. Cynthia Phillips took second place. Each winner received mums. I decorated the hat with stuff people left on the beach at Rocky Bound. The message is "Do not litter." 

After a glorious sunny day full of activities everyone enjoyed a BBQ chicken prepared by the Fire Department. Followed by the ice cream social sponsored by the Croydon Congregational Church. A special thanks to George Caccavaro for coming early and starting the grill. 

Cold crept-in after the sun set and many of Croydon’s residents gathered 'round the fire in the dining hall waiting for the fireworks and finale of the day. 

All in all it was a great community event and Kim McKinney thanks all who helped with the event, particularly Larry Rawls, Patti Lussier, George Caccavaro and Andrea and Steve Drew.
  Problems Persist with Water Supply to School  Town Health Officer, Steve Cunningham, said tests from the well came back clear to the school, and to the Town Hall Bathrooms, but had bacteria results from the town hall’s kitchen. 

What is troubling according to Cunningham is that chlorine does not show up in any of the results, after adding a substantial amount of the chemical. The Health Officer is questioning where the chlorine is going, and why there is still bacteria in the water tested from the town hall’s kitchen. Cunningham is meeting with the company that tested the well on Monday, September 21. 

Water in all of the buildings supplied by the well, can be used only for flushing toilets. Students are drinking bottled water and using Purell for hand cleaning. 
  Town Clerk News  Selectmen Meeting - Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.
The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed, October 14, 2009 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Town Transfer Station ends summer hours for the season on October 14.


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