Pelham - Windham News July 29, 2011 - 7
Catherine Dion Celebrates a Century and a Decade
by Len Lathrop Born on July 26, 1901, Catherine Dion celebrated her
birthday with her two granddaughters and friends at the Grace House in Windham on Tuesday. Celebrating with her granddaughters, ‘Katie’ answered their questions about her past, telling them about having three husbands, as they had only known of two. But over their time with Nana, they have heard the number ‘three’ many times. The journey to Windham started on the family farm on Canada’s Prince Edward Island and then in the mills of Lawrence, MA. This remarkable woman lied about her age to get a job at Lawrence Voke when she was in her 70s to be able to keep her eye on her grandson, who attended the school.
Dion drove until she was 97, and lived on her own until she
was 103. Her advice to us was hard work—it was what kept her going. Longevity seems to be in the gene pool, with her mother living until 97 or 98 and her grandmother until 104. Everyone at Grace House sang and applauded as Catherine blew out the candle—no, not 110 individual ones, but a one, another one, and a zero. Still a feat for one her age.
Catherine with her granddaughters, Marcia Cake is served by Granddaughter Marcia Blackington and Sue Pike of Grace House
Windham Joins 130 Other Towns in Mutual Aid Program
by Barbara O’Brien On the recommendation of Economic
Development Director Laura Scott, Windham Selectmen agreed to join 130 other communities statewide as a member of the New Hampshire Public Works Mutual Aid Program. Scott said that the public works program is similar to that employed by police and fire departments, where assistance is sought from neighboring communities when additional manpower or equipment is needed during an emergency situation. “Assistance can be requested for a massive disaster or when a community just needs help,” Scott explained. “There’s no obligation to respond, either,” if you don’t have any available equipment or personnel, Scott added.
In addition to including highway departments in the mutual aid agreement, those towns that also have sewer and water systems can volunteer or request assistance in those areas. Transfer stations and building departments are also included in the membership. The cost of joining the mutual aid program is only $25 per year. Scott explained that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the New Hampshire Public Works Mutual Aid Program and, as such, reimburses towns for their expenditures during their own or another community’s emergencies. Either state or
federal funds would be used to cover the cost of reimbursement, she stated. Types of emergencies that fall under this category include ice storms, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, windstorms, or other natural disasters. The New Hampshire Public Works Mutual Aid
Program made its first call in 2005. Members of the program have been called into action 34 times since then. Assistance is to be requested only when a local community cannot handle the emergency by itself. Highway Agent Jack McCartney was designated
as Windham’s representative to the New Hampshire Public Works Mutual Aid Program. Selectman Phil LoChiatto said, “This is a great
insurance policy,” but town officials need to keep in mind the cost factor involved in asking for assistance or providing help to another community. “I hope we never, ever need to use [this program], but if we do the paperwork will already be in place,” Scott said. Selectmen voted 5 to 0 to join the statewide mutual aid program. The $25 fee will be taken from the Economic Development Department’s 2011 Budget. It was undecided where the money will come from in subsequent years. Voting in favor of the agreement were Chairman Ross McLeod, Vice Chairman Bruce Breton, Roger Hohenberger, Kathleen DiFruscia, and Phil LoChiatto.
Blackington of Londonderry and Diane Beland of Portland, ME
Christopher Bundock of Pelham Inducted into Foreign Language Honor Society
submitted by Anne Collins, Austin Preparatory School
Induction ceremonies were held this spring
in Austin Preparatory School’s St. Augustine Chapel for new members of four foreign language honor societies. Parents, friends, teachers, and administrators were present to honor inductees into the school’s chapters of the Société Honoraire de Français, the N.J.C.L. Latin Honor Society, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, and Slava, the National High School Slavic Honor Society. Students were selected on the basis of academic excellence, their commitment to extracurricular participation related to the languages, and service to others. In his welcome, Austin Prep Headmaster Paul J. Moran talked about the importance of high school language students studying different cultures as part of becoming familiar with new outlooks and new ways of expressing human knowledge. In his introductory remarks, Roger F. Stone, the Chair of Austin’s Foreign Language Department, thanked the Headmaster for Austin’s enthusiastic support of a department that teaches three
modern languages and Classical Latin. The evening began with verses of the 23rd Psalm
read by students in French, Spanish, Latin, English, and Old Church Slavonic. Reflections in each of the languages taught at Austin were also part of the ceremony. They were written and read by current student members of the four societies. A reception in the school cafeteria followed the induction. Austin Prep sophomore Christopher Bundock of
Pelham was inducted into the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. He is the son of James and Ann Bundock of Pelham.
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