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Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 23, 2011, Nashua, New Hampshire Telegraph features editor Donna Roberson Roberson 594-6403 i fax 882-2681 a bred Cgraef a publication about you and your Hometown the Telegraph 17 executive drive Hudson no 03051 photo by Loretta Jackson Madeline Bennett 97, acknowledged As Merrimack s eldest citizen accepts from town Council chairman Finlay Rothhaus a bouquet of Flowers and a replica of the Boston Post Cane a Fine Ebony walking Cane that since 1909 has been passed along to the oldest person in the town As mandated by the Post s then editor . Grazier who sent As an advertising memento several Hundred similar canes to towns within the newspapers distribution area. Vibrant at 97 Bennett new recipient of Merrimack Boston Post Cane by Loretta Jackson correspondent it was the year 1914 that welcomed into the world Madeline Bennett Merrimack a newly named recipient of the Boston Post Cane a handcrafted Ebony walking stick that in a longstanding tradition is bestowed upon Merrimack a eldest citizen. Merrimack a Boston Post Cane is one of several Hundred walking Sticks distributed in 1909 As an advertising memento Courtesy of . Crozier then editor of the Boston Post. He sent the canes to officials of cities and towns within the newspapers distribution area. Crozier asked a favor in the typewritten letter on Boston Post Letterhead that accompanied each of the canes. He requested that his regards be relayed to the residents of the communities and that each towns Cane should be bestowed upon the eldest in the town. Since then canes in Many towns have been bestowed with More or less fanfare As current Cane holders pass on. The canes usually Are returned to the various town Halls by relatives who know that the items were meant to be held not kept As property. Eventually new searches Are launched to find the next oldest candidates and new Cane holders Are named. Bennett 97, is now Merrimack a official Holder of the Boston Post Cane. She was granted the Honor at festivities held May 12 at a meeting of Merrimack a town Council. Council chairman inlay Rothhaus led the ceremony televised on the towns Cable television station. The previous Cane Holder from Mer Rimack Thomas Gouvalaris passed away in june 2010 at age 98. He was a respected world War ii Veteran who especially enjoyed a role As guest of Honor in the towns fourth of july Parade. At the most recent Cane passing ceremony Bennett was escorted into town Hall by a smiling entourage of Well wishers. Council members cleared the Way and Bennett finally was settled into a front Row seat. Many in the crowd toted video cameras and cell phone cameras. They Semi circled around her to get Good shots. A i was very pleased a said Bennett after the event. A Many of those in my family were with me and in the audience there were Many friends in be known for Bennett received a wooden replica of the Cane along with a bouquet of Flowers and a Lapel pin of the Boston Post Cane. The towns original Cane mounted on a polished Wood base nearly 4 feet Long is displayed at town Hall. She told a Little about herself to those who asked. She is the daughter of the late Dennis and Bertha Nash and she was born on Jan. 30,1914, in Nashua. The year she was born world War i began in Europe the Panama canal opened after a decade in construction mothers Day was instituted by Congress and a first class stamp Cost 2 cents. She was the second eldest of four girls in her family. Most of her Early schooling took place in Nashua before she went on to attend Keene Normal school now Keene state College. Bennett graduated in 1933. A when i graduated from College after depression times i took any Job i could get. I had a part time Job working in Hudson helping children in the schools. I had a place in the basement in the boiler room. That was where i was stationed to help the children with their lessons. It gave me in 1939, she married Alba James Bennett who passed away some 20 years ago. She has a daughter Beverly five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. The audience that witnessed her Honor at town Hall was Well populated with proud Kin who were Quick to Point out Bennett a Quick step and vibrant personality. A a in be always walked a lot a said Bennett when asked for secrets to longevity. A when i was in school i lived about a mile away. I walked to sch x l and then Home for lunch. After lunch i walked Back again to school. That is a lot of Bennett had a penchant for education. She taught in Merrimack schools for 30 years. Her first teaching Job was at Rural school no. 7 on Joppa Road. She sometimes would get a ride to the local adult Community Center and from there either walk the remaining three Miles to Joppa Road or if the timing was right get a ride with the Milkman. Her Many years of teaching were eventually honoured with the naming of a Street a Madeline Bennett Lane a alongside the Merrimack Middle school. In later years she began doing Volunteer work at the Merrimack Public Library. That interlude began in 1985. Her skills and Affinity for working with the Public led to a paid position. She worked Cane i Page to military honors Navy Petty officer 3rd class Leurini Wilton Navy Petty officer 3rd class Timothy c. Leurini son of Sharon Schertz of Brockton mass. And Charles i Leurini of Wilton recently completed naval nuclear Power training pipeline. During the course with nuclear Power training unit Ballston spa n. A Leurini received instruction about nuclear theory chemistry physics reactor operations safety and Security. Upon completion of the course Leurini qualified As a naval nuclear operator. Leurini is a 2005 graduate of Brockton mass High school and joined the Navy in May 2009. Army Reserve spec. Foley Brookline army Reserve spec. Timothy p. Foley is returning to the . After a deployment to Iraq serving in support of operation iraqi Freedom and operation new Dawn in the Southwest Asia theater of operations. The Soldier returned to joint base Dix Mcguire Lakehurst n.j., for debriefing evaluations and out processing procedures before returning to his regularly assigned unit. The specialist a wheeled vehicle Mechanic with More than two years of military service is regularly assigned to the 220th transportation company based out of Keene. His parents Are Marie c. Liberty and George w. Foley both of Brookline. Foley graduated in 2008 from Hollis Brookline High school Hollis and is currently attending classes at Manchester Community College. Army Reserve spec. Bridge Nashua army Reserve spec. David m. Bridge is returning to the . After a deployment to Iraq serving in support of operation iraqi Freedom and operation new Dawn in Afghanistan and the Southwest Asia theater of operations. The Soldier returned to joint base Dix Mcguire i Lakehurst n.j., for debriefing evaluations and out processing procedures before returning to his regularly assigned units. The specialist a motor transport operator with More than two years of military service is regularly assigned to the 220th transportation company based out of Keene. His parents Are Doreen Bridge of Nashua and Micheal Bridge of Lowell mass. His wife Sandra is the daughter of Robin Tourville of Nashua. Bridge graduated in 2002 from greater in Well regional technical High school Tyngsborough mass. Military Page to monday May 23, 2011 Page 5 helpers remove trash mine Falls Park group volunteers haul out 2 tons two tons and counting. That was the amount of trash 30 volunteers and to mine Falls Park advisory committee members hauled out of the Park on the May 14 Trail Day in an Effort to keep the Park As Pristine As possible. A it was an amazing Effort a said Joshua Segal mine Falls Park committee chairman. Since october More than 4 tons of trash have been removed from the Park by volunteers committee members and Crews from the Nashua Park recreation department under the leadership of Bob Genest. Most of the trash this Trail Day was removed from a newly discovered dumping grounds by the Cove and Oxbow i it Ake Section of the Park nearest the Millyard Entrance. Additionally other volunteers walked several Miles of the trails and picked up the litter left by Park visitors. A kudos to All the teams and thank you to All the committee and near enough to committee who were there today a said Segal. A we hauled an amazing amount out of the dump area in the Cove the additional Steps just make for a much More pleasant descent into the Cove. Its unbelievable How much Chain link Fence was removed along the on the Day More than 90 people toured the award winning 1886 Gatehouse with committee member Mike Dillon serving As tour guide. To Venty members of the Nashua High South Honor society also volunteered their time to clean the Park. The ongoing cleanup process continues june 18, the next scheduled Date for the next Trail Day that runs from 9 . Soldiers May earn medal yet i have just received this from the army. I think this is Good news or at least a Start. For those who done to know the purple heart medal is Only Given to those who shed blood. Service members can injure themselves in combat or training and not receive the medal. The Secretary of the army is taking a second look at concussion injuries and mild traumatic brain injuries. Here is a comm cmdr. Griffin Dali Anis Nica Tion from the ask the commander Secretary of the army with More to come. A in our continuing Effort to ensure that americans soldiers Are properly recognized for their Many sacrifices the Secretary of the army has provided clarifying guidance for awarding the purple heart for concussion injuries including mild traumatic brain injuries and concussive injuries that do not result in a loss of consciousness. This is a procedural clarification and not a change to the standards. The guidance includes medically approved signs symptoms and Dalianis Page to

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