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Gayle Hedrington

November 4, 2010

A Death in Croydon

It disturbs me to announce this, but Halloween has died in Croydon. I wander out this Halloween looking for ghosts, goblins, witches or even a princess wandering the streets of Croydon and found none. It is sad. In the 70 and 80, the streets of Croydon Flat and Croydon Village would be over run with trick or treaters. In addition, unbelievably some houses even ran out of candy.

Over the years, parents have been taking their children to Newport to go trick or treating. One by one, the Halloween treaters disappeared until today there is none. I usually have two - four trick or treaters at our house but this year we had none.

Roxanne Dodge owner of the Coniston Store said she didnít expect to get many trick or treaters, and The Drews reported they only had two costume cuties come to their Cash Street home.

After driving the main streets of Croydon, I traveled to Grantham for an errand. There were police cars and the patrol officers were in the roads advising drivers to slow down. No wonder, the streets were filled with hunchbacks, ghouls, princesses, and every type of trick or treater imaginable. Parents were dressed up in costumes walking with their children. It reminded me of the Halloweens, Croydon used to have and celebrate.

We send our students to Newport, use the Newport Library and now we are taking our children trick or treating there. I have nothing against Newport. It is the idea that Croydon is loosing its sense of community, especially when we outsource holidays.

I realize Croydon still does have its annual Halloween parade, but that is during work hours when many residents work, and it is not the same as trick or treating. We need to deepen our community roots and bring back Halloween. Until then Halloween RIP.

Veterans Dinner

The Croydon community is coming together and working on the upcoming Veteranís dinner on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 4 PM in the Croydon Fire Station hall. The Croydon Historical Society, Croydon Selectmen, Croydon Fire Department, Croydon Women's Auxiliary, and the Croydon Congregational Church invite all Croydon Veterans to a home cooked potluck Recognition Dinner.

The dinner is to honor our veteranís military service to their community and country. Transportation is available. RSVP by Nov. 7 by calling Clayton Phillips 863-1119 or Cody Kangas 863-3099

Following the dinner, at 6:30 PM, NH Humanities Council Rebecca Rule will speak on Yankee Humor. The public is invited at this time for the rest of the evening.

The dinner is free for all Veteranís who reside in Croydon, to honor them for their service to their country and community.

Parking Lot Update

The 17-space parking lot designated for the Samuel Morse property is postponed until next year. Selectman John Clements reported that Road Agent, Don Lussier was kept busy this fall ďditchingĒ the road in Croydon, and the Selectboard decided to postpone the project until 2011.


The Croydon Grange meets this Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 pm in the Croydon Town Hall. New members and visitors are welcome to attend.


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