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Gayle Hedrington

October 13, 2009


   October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Croydon 4-H Club Returns from Eastern State with Wins

You gotta love Deb Wesoja owner of Oak Hill Farm and leader for Sullivan County 4H Horse Club.  This single parent, hardworking mom traveled to Eastern States Exposition aka the Big E with eight 4H members and seven horses for a five-day equestrian competition. The Big E held in Deerfield Ma is one of the biggest fairs in the nation and ran from September 17- October 4 a total of 17 days. It was the 133 year for the exposition and this year 1.3 million visitors attended, drawing attendees from New England and beyond. 

4H Members attending the event:  Kristen Wesoja, Catherine Merrill, Anna Haron, Emily Busky, Leanna Rock, Heather Stockwell, Kaitlyn Ashburn, and Danylle Davis.

Kristen Wesoja, Catherine Merrill both of Croydon placed in the Top 20 for the State of NH and all members of the club are Delegates in NH, the highest achievement possible.  

During the five days the group showed in four classes. Fit and Show – where the horse is lead and judged on how fit, clean and how well it shows. Equitation – under saddle riding, Pleasure –riding on horse, and Optional – members can choose a completion to enter. 

In Equation Kristen Wesoja, placed fifth and Anna Haron placed eighth.

In Pleasure Kristen Wesoja placed second, Catherine Merrill placed sixth, and Anna Haron placed eighth. 

In Optional- Hunter over fences, Kristen Wesoja placed sixth.

In Optional- Hunter under saddle Anna Haron placed ninth. 

Each event had 20-30 entrants and Deb is a proud leader, of her group placing. The 4H Horse Club has been led by Wesoja for the past 10 years and Deb encourages anyone youth interested in joining the program to contact her at 863-3077.  Oak Hill farm is located on 285 Reeds Mill Road, Croydon NH. The club meets once a month and the club also learns  how to judge horses and participate in Quiz Bowl a game that tests your horse knowledge. 


Free Flu Shots for Croydon Residents - Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8:00 am

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center provides free flu shot clinics each year. We are planning to provide a bus ride from the town hall for Croydon residents wishing to go. Please contact the Health Officer at 763-4359 to reserve a seat. If no answer please leave message with name, phone number and number of people attending.    


Croydon Historical Society

Members of the Croydon Historical society nominated and voted for John Thompson of Winter Road for it’s new Treasurer on Friday, October 3 at it’s executive board meeting. Welcome John. 

Another successful Antique Appraisal Day for the society.  It realized approximately $400.00 in proceeds for the event.  Thanks Cynthia Phillips for all you do for the success of this event. 


Veteran’s Day Dinner

Dear Military Veteran and Spouses of Departed Military Veterans:

The Croydon Historical Society, the Croydon Selectmen, the Croydon Congregational Church invite you to a free home-cooked pot luck Recognition Dinner to honor you for your military service for our community and country.

It will be held on November 14, 2009 at 4 pm at the Croydon Fire Station. We hope to have all Croydon veterans honored there that evening. If you need transportation we will be glad to pick you up and bring you home. RSVP to any of the following to let us know if you and your family will attend so we can plan the amount of food and menu.

Clayton Phillips 863-1119, Cody Kangus 863-3099, or Bap Kresse 863-1449. 


The 70 for 70’s Program

Most of you know I volunteer for Green Mountain Pug Rescue and I’m pleased to announce a new program available to senior citizens 70 and older.  If you are interested in adopting a pug that is 10 years or older all adoption fees are waived.  Pugs were only dogs bred to be companions which gives them a pleasing nature.  If any senior is interested in this program call Karen Powers at 802-626-8280 or email   


Personal Notes

Sue Smith Croydon native, Newport resident, and  Vice president of the Croydon Historical Society is now home and recuperating from open heart surgery.  We all wish Sue a speedy recovery.

Seamus Ritz-Willamson of Croydon Flat took a four hour Karate test at Okinawan Karate Academy in Lebanon, on Saturday, October 3.  Seamus already has a black belt in karate and is going for his black belt with blue stripes. Promotions take place on Saturday, October 17.  Seamus is 12 years old and the son of Julia and Paul Ritz-Williamson. 

Happy Birthday to those celebrating their birthdays in October this past week. Emma Platt, Dillon Boardman and Jody Underwood.  


Selectboard Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm.

In attendance: Selectboard: James Harding, John Clements, and David Hooley.  Public: Don Goodwin, and Steve Cunningham.  

Mr. Goodwin came in to ask if some guardrails could be removed near his property, on Cash Street. Selectboard asked Don to contact Donnie Lussier for approval to remove.

Steve Cunningham, Health Officer, came in to discuss the water test  requested by the Selectboard. Selectboard requested  Steve to direct the SAU  to properly chlorinate the system, and test for free and total chlorine immediately following treatment and future water samples be drawn in the presence of the Health Officer.

The rest of the evening was dedicated to administrative duties



Please note that Croydon School Board is meeting on Wed., Oct. 21 at 6:30 pm in the Croydon Village School. 

The Town Clerk’s Office is closed, October 14, 2009 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Town Transfer Station ends summer’s hours for the season on  Wed. October 14,

Free Flu Shots - Oct. 18 at 8:00 a.m.


Please feel free to contact me with any information, news, announcements or just to say hello at Have a great week.

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