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October 10, 2008

Good News. 

Bert Smith reports that all the raffle tickets for the new Ruger's New Lightweight Compact Pistol are sold. Drawing is slated for December 13.


Flu Shot Clinic

The VNA is hosting a flu shot clinic on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 7-8 p.m. Cost is $35.00 cash or check. VNA will bill Medicare, Harvard Pilgrim Health, Medicaid, and Anthem if you bring your insurance card.


Thank You

A big thank-you to Sandy's Cleaning Services and Soupy's Used Car for the excellent job they did on cleaning the liter off Route 10 on October 9.


On The Cheap

Go see The 18th Annual Keene Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 10 am to 9 pm in Keene, New Hampshire. This is a free event and great for families. For more information go to

The Junkyard Ghost Revival Spoken Word Show: On Wednesday October 15 at 7 p.m., Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center, Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main St. featuring poets Buddy Wakefield, Derrick Brown, and Anis Mojgani. This event is free and sponsored by the Cultural Events committee. Call (603) 526-3647 or for more information. 


Trick or Treat in Croydon

Here is my annual call for parents to take their children trick or treating in Croydon. Our trick or treat population has dwindled over the years and most residents miss the little goblins appearing on their doorsteps.


Foster Moms

Some folks take-in foster children, but Leslie Samson of Cash Street, fosters Rottweilers. Samson is affiliated with For The Love of Dog ( and all the Rottweilers are tested for aggressive tendencies before the agency takes them. One Rottweiler Samson took in was Cane, short for hurricane the young male dog was rescued in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina hit. Cane is now in a permanent home and living like a king according to Samson.

Many dogs from the south find their way up north and how they get here is a story on its own. For The Love of Dog uses a transport company called P.E.T.S., LLC.  It is short for Peterson Express Transport Service, owned and operated by Kyle and Pam Peterson. The couple started the business in 2004 in Tennessee. They now service the South and the Northeast and have prevented 15,000 dogs from being  euthanized.

Leslie Samson has four dogs herself; each one has a special story. The most recent "family member" is Willow, a purebred Great Pyrenees. Samson reports that Willow's parents were picked up on a highway and taken to a pound and while there, the mother gave birth to 11 pure-bred puppies. The pound called the rescue league and informed them they had 24 hours to get the dogs or they would be euthanized.

This happens frequently to rescue organizations and they need to get their volunteers and foster homes organized fast. It is crucial that the organizations have homes that will welcome dogs with very short notice. Most rescue organizations need volunteers for foster homes. I know Green Mountain Pug Rescue (GMPR) does, as well as For The Love of Dog. You can apply for fostering at their websites. GMPR's site is

For the Love of Dog will be at the Hillsboro Agway on Sunday, Oct. 26 noon - 3 p.m. to meet Rottweilers available for adoption. If anyone is interested in adopting Luke, you can find him on under Lonestar Pyrs and Paws.

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