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Pelham - Windham News 8 - July 16, 2010


Christie Cannone Awarded Comcast Scholarship


by Jay Hobson


According to Barnes family spokesman Gary Miller, Sgt. Arthur Barnes IV, 30, affectionately referred to as ‘Young Arthur’ by family members, was critically injured while rushing to the aid of fellow soldiers who were pinned down by enemy fire about 12 miles away from their base. The three Humvees


Representative Bob Elliott, Christie Cannone, and Representative Mary Griffin


submitted by Representative Bob Elliott On Tuesday, June 29, at Manchester Stadium, Comcast donated $10,000 to New Hampshire’s Leaders and Achievers program. Ten students from high schools all over New Hampshire were awarded $1,000 in scholarships each, as a reward for outstanding achievements and leadership. The best and the brightest included Windham’s own Christie Cannone, who not only was a high achiever, but President of the


Salem Senior High Class of 2010, a title she has held for the past four years. Among the many dignitaries present to make the awards were State Representatives Mary Griffin and Bob Elliott, who presented Christine with a citation from Governor John Lynch. Dinner was served and enjoyed by all except the Fisher Cats, who lost the ball game. Thank you, Comcast, for all you do for our young scholars.


traveled single-file along the rough terrain of Afghanistan on their way to assist the patrol that was pinned down with Barnes, son of selectman Arthur Barnes, strapped in the shotgun seat of the middle vehicle. The first vehicle entered and cleared a narrow pass in the mountainous terrain, but when Barnes’ vehicle followed, it struck an improvised explosive device, killing the driver, Robert Grady of West Burke, VT, and critically injuring Barnes. Two soldiers seated behind Barnes were also critically injured, with the two soldiers seated behind them slightly injured and, according to Miller, have returned to duty. The third vehicle in the convoy stopped to render aid as


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couldn’t do that and still maintain the integrity of my story,” she said. Then, Denise Robbins, one of NHRWA’s previously published authors, suggested that Gina submit her manuscript to L&L Dreamspell, located in Spring, TX. “Sending what I had written off to a publisher


was scary,” Gina said. “I so much wanted it to be perfect.” Gina expresses gratitude to her publishers, Lisa and Linda Houle, for all their hard work and devotion in getting A Lesson in Love into print.


As for the story line in A Lesson in Love, the


main character, Maddie Carlisle, is attempting to move on after a broken engagement. Maddie has a new job, a new car, and is going back to college. A new relationship is the last thing on her agenda, but her two best friends, Kelly and Jules, think differently. The male lead in the book is Bryan Weston, who is starting over after an alleged unsavory incident took place at the college where he previously taught. The last thing Bryan needs is to be attracted to one of his female students. To complicate the issue, enter Maddie’s former fiancé, Clark, who schemes to win Maddie back again. Most of the book takes place in Rocky Point, NH; a fictitious location that Gina says is a blend of Derry and Nashua, which are Bob and Gina’s


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hometowns, respectively. Gina said she loves romance novels tinged with some suspense, because the goal is always for the main characters to find their happily-ever-after.


“I


want them together at the end of the story. I want the readers cheering for them,” she said. Gina’s favorite author is Kristan Higgins of Connecticut, who writes for Harlequin Romance. She also loves reading Nora Roberts, perhaps the most published romance writer of all time. Her favorite Nora Roberts book was Blue Smoke, based on a story about Baltimore firefighters. Gina said she had the best time writing about the


story’s villain, Clark. “What a way to get revenge on an ex,” she said. “I just wrote Clark into madness. It was such fun!” When asked if there was anyone she ever knew who resembled Clark, she just smirked and said, “He may have evolved from a personal experience.” The story that weaves around these central


characters is fun, exciting, sometimes terrifying, and, yes, romantic, of course. It makes for a good summer read, whether on a blanket at the beach or indoors cuddled up on a rainy afternoon. Gina is not finished with the characters in A


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Lesson in Love. She plans two sequels to the first novel. The second will feature one of Maddie’s two best friends, Kelly, who will find herself kindling romance with the perfect firefighter; while the third book will focus on Maddie’s friend, Jules, who becomes smitten with Maddie’s military brother, Matthew. Gina said she is currently about halfway through the second book, but is taking her time in finishing it. “I want it to be as good, if not better, than the first one,” she said.


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In the meantime, Gina and her son, Connor, now seven years old, are working together on a children’s book to be entitled The Adventures of Seiko; a small puppy who is near and dear to the Leucis’ hearts. “Connor loves to read,” Gina said, “and he says he wants to be a published author like his mommy. He’s so proud of my new book. He tells everyone to buy a copy!” Gina’s mom also recently got on the bandwagon, holding a book signing at her place of employment and “encouraging” everyone to buy one of her daughter’s bright-red books. Gina also expressed


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appreciation to her husband, Assistant Chief Leuci. “He’s been phenomenal,” she said. “He’s never been anything but supportive throughout the entire process.” “Rob,” as Gina calls him, “is the love of my life.” What could be more romantic than that?


Selectman’s Son Critically Injured in Afghanistan


Selectman Arthur Barnes with his son, Arthur IV, at Young Arthur’s graduation from Norwich University in VT


Sgt. Arthur Barnes the first continued on the mission.


Barnes was transported to Germany for initial assessment and treatment of his injuries, which included a punctured lung, broken jaw, and spinal injuries, among others. He was then flown to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, where he has been joined by his parents, Arthur III and his wife, Janice. Barnes’ condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, according to his father, who attended Monday night’s selectmen’s meeting via telephone.


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