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donors "angels," led a moment of silence for the angels who have been lost. Juster introduced 20 volunteer stylists, who would shape the donors' hair after the first rough cuts. West said she would probably go home and have her regular stylist shape her hair over the weekend. "Besides, I trust Helen," she said. Neiman hugged her, and gave one of her ponytails a tug.
A few chairs away, Alisa Macone passed a box of tissues among her family and friends. Mac- one was getting her hair cut along with daughter Kacie Deavilla, an LHS stu- dent, and friends Rebecca Nelson-Avery and Nelson- Avery's daughters Katry- na and Madelyn, both 7, and Halie, 17. They don't personally have any con- nection with cancer, Macone said, but were there because "it's the right thing to do." It was her second time cutting with Kacie, she said. Rebecca Nelson-Avery said she wasn't able to attend two years ago, and she promised her daugh- ter she'd be there for her senior year.
Macone's son Joseph was her "cutter," she said. "I'm trying not to cry," Macone said. "I'm thank- ful for my own healthy family -- this is the least we can do."
Juster called student Kirsten Molloy to the cen- ter of the gym. "Kirsten has cut her hair three years in a row," he said. She and her sister Kelcie both donated, he said, in honor of their mother. Their mother has since died, he said, but her lega- cy to her daughters was "the faith that this can be cured." Both girls contin- ue to be active in the fight against cancer, he said. Kirsten Molloy wasn't donating this year because her hair was too short, Juster said. But as the audience held its collective breath, she joined Lynch for the "Three- two-one" countdown. And the scissors flashed.
West smiled at her par- ents, grandmother and sister. She giggled once, looking back at Neiman, and then held a zippered plastic bag for Neiman to drop the ponytails in. Her mother, Karen West, moved in and out, filming the event for West's boyfriend, who is in the Coast Guard. Karen West didn't try to hide her pride. "It's the most wonderful thing that's ever happened," she said, and her husband, Chris, agreed. "To see how it's grown is amazing," Stephen Davis said after the event. "Gin- ger told me after that first cut that she was so proud of the students who gave their hair." He also attend- ed that first event, and said "a lot of emotions" were running through him on Jan. 6.
Though Lynch had been invited to the Beautiful Lengths event before, this
year's was the first he was able to attend.
"I thank the staff and stu- dents for donating this part of themselves," he said. "They deserve so much credit." Lynch added, "They are
giving part of themselves to strangers - and that reflects on all that is good about New Hampshire."
Though some people had to hurry back to school and work, the gym floor was slow to empty. Donors posed for more pictures before going to the weight room to get their shorn locks styled. In addition to Lynch and the Davis family, special guests included executives with the American Cancer Society. Student Taylor Glynn sang the LHS Fight Song and student Katie Aramento sang the National Anthem. Mere- dythe Leonard sang "Only Hope," and the LHS Dance Team also performed.
JANUARY 12, 2012
Season’s Ending Christmas officially came to an end in Lon- donderry on Saturday night, as hundreds of Christmas trees were burned in
a bonfire by local Boy Scouts behind Mack’s Apples farmstand, in what has become an annual event.
Photo by Chris Paul
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