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October 17, 2008

Broken Road in Peterson's Four Wheel Off Road Magazine

Broken Road - a shop that specializes in Jeep repairs, restorations, and creating a Jeep from parts is in the December Issue of Petersen's Four Wheel Off Road Magazine. The December issue is the largest one of the year and features Broken Road on its cover and in a three-page spread.

Curt Lively Jr. of Croydon Flat and Andrew Parker of Unity NH own the Croydon Flat shop. The men have been in business for the past five years. Curt and Andrew attribute their success and skills to their love of the vehicle, Yankee ingenuity, and a strong work ethic.

Lively and Parker met the publisher and writer Rick Pewe (pronounced Payway) for the renowned  magazine when he bought a 1950's Jeepster from the shop. Parker reports a friend listed the vehicle on Ebay and told Parker, that Rick Pewe was the person interested in the vehicle; Parker thought it was a joke. Parker is a fan of Pewe's and has followed his writing throughout the years. "I'll believe it when he walks through the door." Parker said, but he didn't need to wait that long. He received a call from Pewe to arrange to pick up the vehicle.

Rick Pewe flew in from California and came to Croydon to pick up the vehicle. In the October issue of  Petersen's, Pewe wrote an article about the shop. Broken Road's Annual Off Road Excursion, a customer appreciation event, impressed Pewe. Lively says the event is held around Father's Day and it's family oriented with a strict no drinking or littering of the trails. Following the event is a BBQ.

Both Lively and Parker put a strong emphasis on family and it's evident. Parker and his wife Andrea have a three year old daughter Aura and Parker brings her to work when she is not in school. Aura was in the office during my visit, quietly playing. Parker joked and said she was ahead of the curve and can change lug nuts already. Lively is single, but looking and says he never gets out of the shop long enough. Therefore, ladies if you want to meet him, you'll have to stop by. For those interested in the shop's work, call 863-7924.


Antique Appraisal Day

Nate Carey of Grantham brought in a Buddy L ca 1939 antique toy truck for appraisal day. The truck's appraisal was approximately $400.00 according to Andrew Katz appraiser from Norwich Vt.

Nate Carey with his 1939 Buddy L antique toy truck.

Carey said the truck belonged to his wife's father and he was not surprised of the estimated value, noting his wife has done some  investigation on the toy.

Buddy L was one of the most successful lines of toy vehicles. It was introduced by Fred Lundahl and named for his son.

Antique Appraisal Day was sponsored by the Croydon Historical Society and is held each year in the fall.

The next meeting of the Croydon Historical Society is Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10:00 in the Samuel Morse House on Rt. 10.


Flu Shot Clinic

The VNA is hosting a flu shot clinic on Oct. 28, Tuesday 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.


Halloween Parade

October 31 is the day for the Annual Halloween Parade from the Croydon Village School to the Coniston Store.


  • Bingo, Thurs. at the Croydon Fire Station at 6:30 pm. doors open at 4:30 pm. 

  • Sunday church service at 10 am in the Croydon Flat Church. 

  • Selectmen meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the selectman's office in the Town Hall.

  • PTO meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Croydon Village School. 

  • School Board meets the second Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Croydon Village School.

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