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Gayle Hedrington

November 23, 2009

Parent Information and Resource Center

On Wednesday, Nov. 18 Karen Gerdts, Partnership Development Coordinator from NH State Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC) spoke with parents and educators from all of Newport schools at Newport Middle High School. 

Gerdts presented Solid Foundations a program that joins parents and educators together to work towards improving education in each individual school. Parents and educators grouped according to school, and grade. 

Each participant took part in a survey that identified each school’s strengths and weaknesses. The survey from PIRC is similar to the one recently mailed to parents with students in the Newport school system and the two will be combined. 

Results from the combined surveys go on a web site where participants in the program can access the information. The group will meet monthly. 

If you missed the first meeting, contact your child’s principal and notify them of your intent. 

Area Agreement Review Committee-time change
The next meeting of the Area Agreement Review Committee is on Wednesday, Dec.2 at 7:00 pm in the Croydon Village School. Please note time change from 6:30 - 7:00 pm. 


Great Weather 

Don’t you love this amazing November weather? On Saturday, I was outside getting pinecones for a Christmas project and it was like spring. For some reason, there was a lot of activity in one of the pine trees, birds were flying in and out of it and singing. It was magical. I stopped for several minutes to listen to their sweet sound vocals. If there are any birders perhaps, you can let me know why that type of activity takes place this time of year. I tried counting them but it the pine tree hid most of them. I saw about eight. 



Sandy's Cleaning Services and Soupy's Used Cars were busy on this beautiful November weekend picking up the trash on Route 10. Thanks for your efforts in keeping Croydon Village and Croydon Flat clean. 

Curt Lively Jr. and Andrew Parker of Broken Road, in Croydon Flat sure know how to fix about anything. The hatchback on my car was difficult to shut. It would only close after several attempts and then it would pop open if I hit a bump. My nephew is a locksmith and he looked at it and told me to make an adjustment in the latch, however it did not work. So I took it Broken Road. 

Curt Jr. and Andrew figured it out right away, the handle was stuck. After 15 minutes and lot of oil, the handle unfroze and now my hatchback is safe and secure once more. 

I mention this, because during my visit Curt mentioned that he finds a lot of litter in the woods when they go four wheeling, and that he and Andrew pick up the trash and lug it home. 

Please don’t litter... and if you see, some on the ground pick it up. Croydon is a beautiful town. 



Tax Bills are due by Wednesday, Dec. 9 2009 by 7:00 pm. Payments received afterwards are subject to assessed interest penalties. 


On the Cheap Holiday Events

November 24, 25, 27, 28, 29 - “Fez"tival of Trees - Concord. 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. Event Fee: Adults-$5; Seniors-$4; Children 12 and under-FREE (Group rates available)

Fun for All Ages, the 9th Annual “Fez”-tival is an extravaganza of fully decorated, artificial trees decorated for Christmas and other themes. You may purchase chances to win the trees. Refreshments, silent auction items to bid on, crafts for sale, and visits from Santa, Closed Thanksgiving Day. 189 Pembroke Rd., Concord, NH 03302 Phone: 603-225-5372

Friday, November. 27 - Mitchell's Magic Christmas in Claremont, featuring 45,000 lights synchronized to music: 5 p.m., 16 Francis Street. 603-542-9388 or Mitchell's Magic Christmas is a combination high tech and traditional holiday display with 45,000 lights. The front yard display is synchronized to music and shows start on every quarter hour. The side and back yards are a magical journey to the North Pole and a trip through many favorite TV holiday shows.

Guests can walk through the display to see everything. The display runs from 4:30 - 9:30 PM daily starting on November 27 until New Years Eve.

Saturday, November 28 - Chancel bell ringers at 4:15 p.m., opening service and blessing of the manager at 5 p.m., light display and more. Donations appreciated. 603-632-7087 or

Sunday, November 29 - Children's Day Celebration 2:30 to 5 p.m., La Salette Shrine, Route 4A. Featuring Santa Claus, Christmas Story Pageant, light display and more. Donations appreciated. 603-632-7087 or


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