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Gayle Hedrington

November 30, 2009

Newport kicks off its Holiday Season on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm with “Welcome Aboard the Santa Cruise” at the Newport Opera House. The show benefits the Willey-Perra Christmas Fund and features the World Champion Red Star Twirlers of Derry, NH. 

The entertaining show features music from the Broadway shows White Christmas, Dirty Dancing, and Guys and Dolls. The Newport Tigrettes Twirling Team is performing a routine to High School Musical. Newport members of this year’s cast are Danielle Cherry, Jaeda Rochford-Hague, Olivia Hamilton, Colleen Hennig, Madison Miller, Victoria Walsh, and Haley Jackson-Zullo.

Tickets for the event are $5 and available from The Newport Chamber of Commerce, The Pedal Patch, Universal Therapy or 30 minutes before show time from the box office. 

The Willey-Perra Christmas Fund includes all of Newport Churches and Civic Organizations and they supply gifts for Newport’s children in need. Bunny Perry is the main organizer and has served the organization for years. Croydon Flat resident Donna Mahair and owner of Pedal Patch florist shop is Chairperson. Other committee members are Commerce President, Ella Casey, Treasurer Terry Spanos, Lake Sunapee Bank, and members of the Willey and Perra families.


Belated Birthday Wishes 

Croydon Police Chief, Richard Lee, celebrated his birthday November 12 by attending a horse show in Boston with this daughter. Lee said it was the best birthday he has had since he was a kid. 

Speaking of kids, Chief Lee spoke with the students of the Croydon Village School about gun safety, last week. Lee was impressed with the knowledge the children had and credits the parents with teaching them the proper way to handle guns for hunting. 

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. 


Beware of Ticks

Even though there have been some hard frosts, there are still ticks around. I know one bit me. It was a brown deer tick; my doctor put me on antibiotics and sent the tick to the lab. All is well but make sure you check yourself and your animals after being outside. It is important to remember that according to the UNH Cooperative Extension Service, 50-70 percent of all the deer ticks in NH carry the bacteria for Lyme disease. 


Mitchell’s Magic Christmas 

I went to Mitchell's Magic Christmas in Claremont, this weekend, and I was impressed with all the work done by this individual family. It was truly amazing. There is even a radio station you can tune into to listen to the music in your car. There is a guest registry and a donation box, but it is for donations for CHAD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth) so stop by and contribute to a good cause. For more information visit: or call 603-542-9388. The house is located at 16 Francis Avenue in Claremont, and lights are on from 4:30 - 9:30 each evening.


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