For advertising information call: 603-788-2660 or
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On Saturday, December 20, ticipate in these events simply
at 1 p.m., the third annual because they have as much fun
“TUBACHRISTMAS” concert as the audiences.
will be presented in downtown The Colebrook event will
Colebrook, at the Trinity United again be conducted by Mr.
Methodist Church. The free Douglas Nelson, who is former
concert, sponsored by the Great chair of the Keene State College
North Woods Center for the Music Department, is a former
Arts, is open to the public. principal euphonium soloist of
Tuba, baritone, and euphoni- the 8th Air Force Band, and a
um players from throughout part-time resident of Colebrook.
northern New England are Mr. Nelson especially encour-
invited to participate in this ages local students and teachers
unique event. Players gather at from area music programs to
the church for a morning of participate in this unique expe-
rehearsal, have lunch provided rience. Mr. Nelson has been
by the GNWCA and friends, and involved with nearly 30
then present the concert. Many TUBACHRISTMAS events, and
Snow and rain were the name of the game in West Stewartstown on Friday, Dec. 12. TUBACHRISTMAS players TUBACHRISTMAS -------
(Photo by Al Demers) travel for several hours to par- (Continued on Page 16)
Lancaster Open Mic is tonight, Our deadline for news and advertising for
next weekʼs issue is Monday, Dec. 22.
Saturday, Dec. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The following weekʼs deadline will be
at Christ United Methodist Church Hall, Monday, Dec. 29.
Main Street, Lancaster We will be closed on Christmas Day,
See you there! and New Yearʼs Day.
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Christmas Eve and Christmas services
LANCASTER — Christmas Dec. 24, followed by a service of On Sunday, Dec. 28, there
Eve services at St. Paul's Holy Eucharist with Special will be a service of Lessons and
Episcopal Church, Lancaster Music at 9:30 p.m. Carols at St. Timothy's Chapel,
begin with a service of Holy On Christmas Day there will Lost Nation, at 6 p.m.
Eucharist and Children's be a celebration of the Holy For information, one may call
Pageant at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Eucharist with Carols at 9 a.m. St. Paul's parish center at 788-
TOWN OF STARK Lancaster Congregational
Church will have their
TRANSFER STATION Christmas Eve Candlelight
service at 7 p.m. at 142 Main
CLOSED Street, Lancaster.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 Jefferson Christian Church
will hold their Christmas Eve
and service at the Odd Fellows Hall Brandy Cassady, (left) Branch Manager for the Lancaster
offices of Passumpsic Savings Bank, recently presented Amy
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 in Jefferson, starting at 5 p.m. A
Nelson, Lancaster Program Manager for Tri-County CAP,
potluck supper will follow at 6
Business as usual, December 27, 2008 with a donation for the Stay Warm NH fuel assistance pro -
p.m. gram. Amy indicates, “During the 2007-2008 program year,
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ***** Tri-County CAP serviced 179 households in Lancaster for fuel
Christmas Eve Eucharist assistance. The demand for assistance is extremely high this
Service at St. Mark’s Episcopal year and the contribution from Passumpsic Savings Bank
Church at 7 p.m. All are wel- will really make a difference.” For information on how you
come. Corner of Church and can help contact Tri-County CAP at 1-603-788-4477.
Warm wishes to all
Summer Streets, Groveton. Info:
The future of the Dalton
this holiday season The Groveton/Stark United
Methodist Church will hold
Town Hall is in question
Christmas Eve Services in Stark The Dalton Town Hall has the taxpayers for operating
from everyone at at 6 p.m. and in Groveton at been in continuous use since it costs to the Town Hall.
7:30 p.m. All are welcome!! was built in 1845. It has been Representatives from several
Germain’s Satellite Community
used for Town meetings, munic-
ipal offices, elementary, junior,
groups are on this committee.
They met on December 10th and
48 Main Street and high school, Sunday school, discussed current and future
Lancaster, NH 03584 meals in area library, and as a meeting place
for numerous groups.
uses of the building, estimated
operating costs and ways of
603-788-4766 Tuesdays A group of concerned citizens funding to keep the building
This meal will not be held on met with the Board of open year round.
December 23. It will resume on Selectmen after learning the We are looking for input from
Tuesday, December 30. Soup Dalton Public Library Trustees everyone. Our next meeting is
and Fixin’s free soup meal received a notice to move out of on Friday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays from November the building by December 31st, at the Dalton Public Library.
267 Main Street through April, at St. Paul’s and that services to the Town For more information please
Lancaster, NH 03584 Episcopal Parish Hall in Hall will be terminated at that contact Terri Parks,
(603) 788-2719 Lancaster from 5 to 6:30 p.m. time. firstname.lastname@example.org John
Toll Free: 877-788-2719 Everyone is welcome to come As a result, a committee has Bean 837-3089, Doris Mitton
Email: email@example.com and enjoy homemade soup. been appointed by the 837-2751 Becky McVetty at
Donations are accepted, but not Selectmen to research ways of firstname.lastname@example.org .
Give the sweetest gift for Christmas necessary. To volunteer to help, funding to lessen the burden to
contact Lois Cardin at 1-802-
Pure Maple Syrup from 676-3916.
New Weight Watchers
Fuller’s Sugarhouse Thursday, December 25
Customize your own gift set, or select from
Community Christmas din-
ner from 12 to 3 p.m. at All meeting place in Groveton
Saints Catholic church hall in
one all ready to go out the door.
One stop shopping. Let us ship it for you.
Lancaster. All are welcome to
come enjoy the fellowship and
through the holidays
food. There is no charge for this Weight Watchers in Grove- These meetings will resume in
meal. Donations are accepted, ton will be meeting at Lyne’s the Special Ed room at Groveton
but not necessary. Anyone wish Salon FX across from the laun- High School (front entrance,
questions may call Sandra or dromat in Groveton on downstairs, room on the right)
Don Doolan at 788-3315. December 22 and December 29 every Monday at 6:30 p.m.
due to the school vacation. beginning January 5.
Don't be alone Summary
on Christmas! Week of December 7 to 13
Please join us at High Week
All Saints Parish Hall Low Week -3 12/8
High 1 Year Ago 34
163 Main Street, Lancaster Low 1 Year Ago -4
Normal High 31
Normal Low 11
Dinner will be served from Record High 60 1998
Record Low -25 1989
noon to 3 p.m. on Degree Days This YTD 2439 Next issue will be December 27
December 25. Degree Days Last YTD
Avg. Degree Days YTD
2432 Deadline is December 22 at 4 p.m.
Note: Degree Day Year Begins July 1
Dinner will include: turkey, ham, stuffing, & Ends June 30. In this Journal:
mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls, PRECIPITATION : Midge's column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 4
Total Week 2.41
cakes, pies, and cookies, Total This Month 2.69
Crossword & games, Horoscopes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 6
coffee, tea, milk and more. Normal This Month 1.28 Bedtime story for children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 6
Total This Year 46.65 Rumors, Ramblings and Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 7
There is no charge; donations are Normal For Year To Date 37.39 Dining Out and Having Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 13
accepted but not necessary. Total Snow This Month 7.9 Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pages 15 and 16
Normal Snow This Month 7.7
Please join us! Total Snow This Winter 9.8
Business Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pages 14, 15, 16
Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 18
Normal Snow This Winter 13.3
Note: Melted Precipitation Year Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 18
begins Jan. 1 and ends Dec. 31.
December 20, 2008 Great Northwoods Journal Page 3
Lancaster School Parent Advisory Team news between school, home, and com-
munity. A volunteer is someone
tion to any of the monthly meet-
ings, a suggestion box at the
By Francine Morgan upon us and many teachers work that will encourage posi- who supports school goals and school, and an email address
In an effort to support stu- have voiced concerns over tive changes. students’ learning in any way, available for any comments,
dents’ academic endeavors, par- under-dressed students at all It is the mission of the anytime, and at any place—not suggestions, ideas, solutions,
ents, teachers, and administra- three outdoor times: morning Lancaster School Parent just during the school day and and offers ways to get involved.
tion have been working on a few recess (the time between bus Advisory Team (P.A.T.) is to at the school building. The Please feel free to contact the
initiatives to nurture the “whole drop-off and school), lunch facilitate communication P.A.T. extends an open invita- Lancaster School P.A.T. at
child.” The N.H. Commissioner recess, and at afternoon bus email@example.com.
of Education, Lyonel Tracy, time. The school hopes to bring
wrote in his August 28, 2008 let- this issue to parents’ attention
ter to elementary schools, and help in any way possible.
“Research shows that the most Don’t forget to look in the exten-
accurate predictor of student sive lost and found collection!
achievement in school is the Another area of interest that
extent to which families are able affects our students’ ability to
to create a home environment learn is health and wellness.
that encourages learning and Heidi Barker, the school dis-
become involved in their chil- trict’s new Health and Wellness
dren’s education, in both school Coordinator, has been initiating
and community.” several strategies to improve
One of these initiatives healthy habits both at school
involves the Lancaster School’s and at home, a comprehensive
nurse’s office. Donations of gen- program that also involves staff.
tly used coats, mittens, hats,
snow pants, scarves and
Monthly newsletters are distrib-
uted to students and are full of
Lancaster Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
sweaters have been (and are information about ways their
still being) accepted to give to families can add healthy habits Join us for our
students that come to school
without proper outdoor wear. In
to home life. Staff also get their
own newsletter with this Christmas Eve Parkers Jewelry
Lenny’s Shoe &
a conversation with Pat month’s edition focusing on Hicks Hardware
Rite Aid Colebrook Feed
McLean, Lancaster School staying well over the holidays, Kinney Drug DeBanville’s
Principal, she notes the impor- stress management tips, and Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.
tance of fresh air and exercise as resources available to staff that
an essential part of creating a encourage fitness. This three- 142 Main Street, Lancaster
positive learning environment, pronged approach that supports
but only if students are safe. the student’s home, staff, and
The cold weather is already school creates the kind of team-
Olde Tyme Christmas
contest resultsSent in by Jackie McKenna
Gingerbread House Contest: a desire to win! May I say
This will be a new favorite for that some of these trees (hint,
Olde Tyme Christmas! The en- hint, hot peppers…) lay down
trants were all amazing! Win- the gauntlet for next year’s con-
ners will all get gift certificates test! Some of us had better get
to the Village Bookstore in started now!
Littleton! Be sure to thank them The official winners are:
for their generosity. Original and Best of Theme to
The Friends of the Library Mrs. Cote’s 6TH grade and Mrs.
chose Lori Shearer’s beautiful Matthews 1ST Grade classes’
gingerbread house as their pick joint effort. From our own North
for the favored one. Star Lodge #8 and the Olive
The winner of the adult con- Branch Chapter#1 O.E.S. came
test was Lori Shearer with the The Prettiest Tree! Like a fairy-
most beautifully detailed and tale.
pretty traditional gingerbread Decorated House Contest:
house! Second place went to We took a bit of an extra
John Ayers (and family!) with drive around Lancaster this
his gingerbread rendition of the year… just for fun…and I rec-
White House! So clever! ommend that all of you do the
In the High School category same! Some of your decorations
winners were: first place: Aman- are amazing out there! We hope Santa Claus will be visiting
da Poekert and Jenna Rexford, you will all enter for next year!
second place to Libby Sullivan However, the winners who
and third place to Stephanie entered in the contest are:
Watkins and Amanda Wingate. B est o f The me: Cassie
Awesome work girls! In the chil- Gonyer, Winter Street, $100
dren’s division we had three savings bond from Passumpsic
from 4 to 6 p.m.
winners! First Place went to Savings Bank.
Kate Brown, second place to P r e t t i e s t :Joyce Dupont, Saturday, Dec. 20
Lilly Brundle, and third place to Portland Street, $50 savings
Keshi and Gopi Dugan- bond from Passumpsic Savings
Hendrickson. These entries Bank ALL CHRISTMAS ITEMS
were all exceptional! Jud g es’ C ho i ce: Dennis
There was one entrant that Downs, Mechanic Street, Snow
was the hit of the Library! Man area rug from The Carpet
Krystal White did a gingerbread Barn
house of Santa on vacation, with Honorable Mention:Casey Bring the kids to see the jolly old elf!
Santa out on the beach sun- and Travis McMann, Middle
bathing! This gingerbread beach Street, $25 gift certificate to Extended Holiday Hours for your convenience!
hut got the Librarians Award, New To You Call for details!
and a cash prize! Honorable Mention: Dean
Decorated Christmas Treeand Evie Wesson, Summer 788-4445
Contest: Street, $10 gift certificate to
Okay…the competition was New To You Lancaster Hardware
fierce here! All of the trees 200 Main Street, Lancaster, NH
showed time, effort, creativity, Contest winners------------
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Page 4 Great Northwoods Journal December 20, 2008
Say, did you hear about
By Ed “Midge” Rosebrook, Jr.
… a little boy cried when leaving church?
The time was Christmas Eve year-old spend his Christmas Michael could see baby Jesus.
in 1960. Our Catholic mother for Eve. Let me think now. With his tiny arms reaching up
the last few years had decided Hmmm…don’t rush me. from out of the straw and wear-
that it wouldn’t be Christmas if Hmmm, well (yawn). I’ll ing a golden halo around his
we didn’t attend midnight mass. a…(yawn); shhh, I think I’m head, the baby Jesus was able to
As if it weren’t bad enough for asleep. (Poke) put a calm over all of us. I real-
my little brother, four, my sis- “Edward, wake up,” my ized then, that it’s his birthday
ter, seven, and me, nine years mother whispered. “Here’s a we’re celebrating. The Savior of
Morrison Wrap Artists, from left to right: Adrienne Harris,
old, respectively, to try and get quarter for the basket.” mankind had to sleep on a bed of
Ida Gallinelli, Jeanette Boyce, Marion Sneider, Eleanor
to sleep knowing Santa Claus “Wha, wha, oh yeah,” I mum- straw in a stable full of animals White, and Muriel Johnson. (Photo by Lance Williamson)
would be coming soon; but now bled. and here I was complaining of
just as we finally do fall asleep,
we’re abruptly awakened and
“Here’s one for Michael,” she
whispered again. “Make sure he
getting up out of my warm, com-
fortable bed, just one night of Gifts from Santas at Morrison
told we have one half hour to
dress for church. Our eyes felt
doesn’t drop it.”
After two hours of our
the year. In a few minutes I’ll be
back home sleeping soundly. It going to families in need
like they were full of sand, our church’s greatest night of the took the innocence of a four year WHITEFIELD — Morrison holiday,” she said.
brains are trying to sort out year, we start to file out. As we old to wake me up out of a self- residents, and employees, have It didn’t take long for what is
whether we’re still dreaming or get near the exit, my little ish sleep and show me the real teamed up with the New now being referred to as The
is it more like a realistic night- brother Michael tugged on meaning of Christmas. Hampshire Catholic Charities Morrison Wrap Artists, to take
mare. mother’s wool coat saying, Thank you, little brother! I in a gift-giving program for local center stage and show off just
We closed our eyes and nod “Mommy, I want to see baby needed that! families. how creative one can be in wrap-
back into nothingness. Yes, oh Jesus.” She didn’t respond, but — Comments may be shared For weeks a busy team of ping a gift. Like Macy’s gift-
yes, where was I before the slowly made her way toward the by writing to Midge Rosebrook Secret Santas at The Morrison wrapping department on
interrup… “Come on! You kids door. at 25 Hill Street, Lancaster, NH nursing home have been open- Christmas Eve, elegantly
need to wake up! We won’t get “Mommy, I want to see baby 03584 or c/o Great Northwoods ing their pockets and buying wrapped gifts were being
good seats if we get there late! Jesus!” Michael exclaimed. Journal, 76 Mechanic Street, clothes, games, and even MP3 churned out at Elf speed. When
Your clothes are all laid out for “Shh, don’t yell in church Lancaster, NH 03584 or by players for families in need of Marion Sneider was finishing a
you! Edward! You make sure Michael,” she whispered in his email to greatnorthwoodsjour - help. According to The New knot on one of the bows, she
Michael gets dressed! I’ll tend ear. “Daddy’s waiting for us out firstname.lastname@example.org. Hampshire Catholic Charities, quipped, “finger!” and Eleanor
Patty Anne!” in the car.” the yearly gift-giving program White didn’t hesitate to assist.
Ahhh yes, those fond memo- Michael’s little face started to has grown from 15 families to Rather than listen to holiday
ries. That 20° below zero slap in pucker up and he began to cry, over 600 families in the pro- music, the residents of The
the face as we stepped outside. “But Mommy, I want to see baby gram’s 27-year existence. Morrison chose to sing instead.
And who can forget midnight Jeeeesus.” In its fifth year of participa- “I forgot how much fun wrap-
mass with everyone dressed in “Oh jeepers Michael,” Mom tion, Morrison residents gath- ping gifts can be,” said Adrienne
their finest Christmas attire, whispered. “We’ll have to wait ered in the entertainment room Harris, “why aren’t we wearing
packed in their pews tighter for the people to leave, before we at Sartwell Place Assisted Santa hats?”
than cluster flies under a loose can get over to the manger.” So Living to wrap gifts—it was an It just goes to show, one
clapboard. The coughing, the mom had us stand off to the side added dose of cheer for the resi- shouldn’t second-guess placing
sneezing, the babies bawling, and when the aisle cleared dents. “We like to get involved ribbon and razor-sharp scissors
the sweet smell of insense. What enough, we walked back up to with things that allow us to give in the hands of the elderly—
better way could a sleepy nine- the front of the church so little This is Snoopy. He is a four- back to families in need,” states they know exactly how to use
month-old lab hound mix Jeanette Boyce, a resident of them. Especially when it comes
Health & Wellness Corner who is full of puppy energy
and is ready to go to a home
The Morrison. “It’s such a won-
derful time of the year and we
to wrapping gifts for families in
By Melissa Loper (Mother Knows Best) with lots of love to give. For should all be having a happy
more info contact Above the
Notch Humane Society at
Food for thought 802-892-5300.
“If you overfeed your body, you clog it up.”
Local business owner stimulates
economy one window at a time
immune to the economy’s strug-
By Andrea Osmun
gles. Her sales have been falling
since 2007, she said. But she felt
The Conway Daily Sun
that if she didn’t take action to
JEFFERSON — Jo Huot,
help the situation, it just might
owner of Mount Washington
Valley Windows, recently came
“That’s the point: I can’t
up with her own economic stim-
Great Northwoods Journal ulus plan, which she hopes will
spread among businesses in the
(afford to do this), but someone
has to help,” she said. “I don’t
Established August 11, 2005 know how long I can do this, but
area and eventually across the
“A solid advertising tool for area businesses” we can’t wait for (President-
Jo Huot Elect Barack) Obama to come in
Postage Paid at Lancaster, NH and at additional mailing offices. For every window someone
on January 20.”
76 Mechanic Street, Lancaster, NH 03584 purchased at her store, Jo will
She recalled a recent visit to
TELEPHONE: 603-788-2660 FAX: 603-788-4470 give a $20 gift card for redemp- paying off debts, rather than
a local supermarket, which had
tion at another store. She got spending it in stores.
Lyndall Demers, Editor only a few cars in the parking
the idea early one morning So, rather than giving her
lot on a normally busy evening.
Sandra Challinor, Receptionist when she was loading a wood- customers a $20 bill for each
Looking down the aisles, Huot
Al Demers, Driver Tracy Rexford, Webmaster stove and listening to economic window they purchase, thus giv-
said she wondered where all of
statistics on the news. ing them the right to choose
Website: www.greatnorthwoodsjournal.net the groceries would end up if
She said the economic stimu- what to do with the money,
people didn’t buy them.
lus package, which was dis- Huot decided to give out $20 gift
Email: email@example.com “If people kick back on every-
bursed among U.S. citizens ear- cards.
All advertising accepted with the understanding that responsibility thing, where’s this stuff sup-
lier this year, did not make a “A gift card goes out to anoth-
for errors extends only to correction of the portion posed to go?” she asked. “If you
dent in the economy because er store,” she said, “I can control
in which error occurs. don’t start pumping back in (to
many people did not spend the where (the money) is going to.”
the economy), we won’t have
Printed weekly at money as it was intended. She Huot said her business,
stores. We need to get on board.
Upper Valley Press, Inc., North Haverhill, NH said many people, who were which includes a windows, bath-
This is ridiculous.”
We reserve the right to reject or cancel any advertising at any time. struggling with money as it was, room and kitchen showroom, a
Subscriptions outside our regular mailing area are: used their share of the economic coffee shop, a citrus grove and Economic stimulus -------
$39.00 for 26 weeks; $78.00 for one year. stimulus package for savings or an organic garden, has not been (Continued on Page 19)