Your Letters from the November 2014 Issue

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Last month a Maine couple, Dick and Heather Wade, wrote to ask New Hampshire folks to recommend a "charming, magical, vibrant small town" to live in. The Wades plan to move here. We got three suggestions (see below), but encourage others to send in theirs.

Sunapee Is It
Well, we live in Sunapee, NH, on the shores of beautiful, clean Lake Sunapee (9 miles by 3). It is all that Dick and Heather are looking for. Winter population about 3,000, more in the summer. We have a brand new library, which will open in a few weeks, good restaurants all around, and the charming town of New London just eight miles away is home to the Barn Playhouse (the oldest summer theater in New Hampshire). New London also boasts  a hospital, part of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock group only 27 miles way in Lebanon. Come on down!

Robin and John Mapley

No, It's Newfields
Here's a small town in the NH Seacoast area that may fit the needs of Dick and Heather Wade. Go online and Google Newfields, NH. There is a lot of info about this small town of 1,650 residents. We have a Main Street with a general store, a church, a library, an art center, a town hall and a U.S. Post Office.    

Ray and Edna Buxton  
(53-year residents of) Newfields

How About Pittsfield?
I would like to enthusiastically recommend my hometown of Pittsfield, NH, to the retired couple from Maine. My husband and I retired here four years ago, finding our hillside home on the web, never having visited the area, never even been to Concord. I love it here (he died two years after arriving), have made many friends and gotten involved in community activities.

Unique to this area, Pittsfield has a true downtown with a common, library, post office, grocery store, town hall and cluster of churches. However it is the people and organizations that make this community strong. There is an Old Home Day celebration with parade, community dinners in the common, church fairs and concerts, the annual hot air balloon rally. Our talented folks at the scenic theater present plays and concerts throughout the year. We have a small staffed town beach for swimming, but we are very accessible to Alton Bay and Lake Winnipesaukee.

Mary Ellen Siudut

Wolfeboro Roots
In your otherwise accurate tribute to Jim Foley [October 2014] there was one error. This is not surprising since most of the media missed the fact that Jim Foley was raised in Wolfeboro. The family moved to Rochester after his graduation from high school in 1992. He attended Carpenter School, Kingswood Regional Middle School and Kingswood Regional High School. It was the Wolfeboro community: teachers, church and coaches who helped his wonderful family raise this extraordinary young man.

So it is this community that especially grieves (along with Rochester) one of its native sons; fortunately, out of the glare of the media. It was Jim who used this upbringing to take advantage of opportunities at Marquette University and beyond to become the selfless person he was, dedicating his life to giving voice to those who had none in the most dangerous of places. So, in the end, although the Wolfeboro and Rochester communities especially miss Jim, all of America mourns one who represents the best this country has to offer the world.

Bruce McCracken

Editor's Note: Thanks for passing that information along. It makes his legacy that much richer to know how deeply rooted Foley was in New Hampshire.

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