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Gayle Hedrington

December 28, 2009

A Child In Need

Currently I am reading Other People’s Love Letters, 150 letters you never meant to see by Bill Shapiro. He began collecting love letters that were discarded. They are written on napkins, emails, and some contain drawings. It intrigued me that he could collect so many. When folks heard about his project many were mailed to him.

So when I took a client to a mental health clinic and saw a piece of paper on the table in the waiting room, my imagination hoped it would be a love letter someone discarded. It wasn’t. It was a prayer request and it follows.

For Alycia Age 13 She is in the 8th grade at the Claremont Middle School. She was born with Rickets, which is a severe bone disease that prevents the bones from growing correctly. She is very small for her age but the doctor's say that she may grow a little more, but that will be her growth for life. There is currently a growth injection that will help her condition so that she could reach a normal size but it is extremely expensive. Medicaid does not cover the cost of this medication at this time.

It would mean a great deal to Alycia to become a normal teenager and could change her life forever. Her doctors are trying to find a way to pay for these shots. Alycia tells her mother that she prays all day at school and at home, that someone would be able to find a way to pay for the medicine. Shouldn’t every child rich or poor have the opportunity to good -medical health, especially if there is something that has been known to correct her problem?

Please join with me and pray that the money for her shots will come through or that Medicaid will agree to cover the cost.

Thank you and God Bless You


Airline Security

The Christmas day failed terrorist attack on flight 253 that landed in Detroit bothered me; I often have layovers in Detroit on my way to see my daughter Kristina in San Diego. Another thing that was on my mind was my Phillips head screwdriver that somehow passed through Manchester Airport's security on my recent trip to San Diego.

While I unpacked at the hotel in Burbank, I was shocked to find a rather large phillips head screwdriver tucked away in my computer bag. I don't know how it came to be in there, but none the less, it was mine. I packed it away back in my computer bag and didn’t give a second thought to it, until they pulled me out of line at the San Diego airport.

The woman security agent was nice enough when she asked if she could go through my bag. I couldn’t lie; I knew it was in there and was not surprised when she pulled it out. However, what did surprise me was that she commented that she had to see if I could keep it since it appeared to be seven inches long. She walked away with the screwdriver, came back a few minutes later, and put it back in my bag. It was not seven inches long. Although I have not measured it, it appears to be six inches long at least.

I wondered why six inches is safer than seven inches in a screwdriver and I also wondered why any screwdriver (except for the eyeglass repair type) is allowed on a plane. And to think I left my knitting home, because I was afraid they would take my needles away.

ZBA Hearing

The Zoning Board of Adjustments is meeting on Monday, Jan. 11 at 6 pm on a variance for 39 Indian Point Road, Robert, and Dale Cunningham property, Map 8 Lot 132. The engineer is Pierre J. Bedard of Wilmot NH. A brief description of the permit variance being requested: To allow installation of a replacement septic system and a well within the 35-foot setbacks of neighboring properties.

Wine and Cheese Reception to Meet Steve Cunningham

A Wine and Cheese Reception to meet Republican Candidate for State Representative District 2, Steve Cunningham, is on Sunday, January 3, 2 to 4 pm at the Newport Ruger Mill, 169 Sunapee St., Newport NH. In addition to meeting Steve Cunningham, you will be able to see Bill Ruger Jr's famous antique car collection.

Steve Cunningham is a resident of Croydon, and currently serves as Croydon's Health Officer.


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