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June 6, 2013

Plaistow Library News

PLAISTOW —The staff at the Plaistow Public Library would like to thank Diane Arrato Gavrish for her service to our library and community as director. Diane’s passion and enthusiasm have inspired and enervated the mission and vision of the library. She has heralded many important changes in a short period of time, including a new website; a strong Facebook and Twitter presence; overseeing the addition of eBooks and eReaders to materials that may be loaned; adding people counters and handicap-accessible doors and a color copier/fax machine for public use; implementing a new computer time management system CASSIE and a new circulation system Koha. In addition, she has supervised an ever-growing population of volunteers; led a group of librarians and volunteers as the “Bookettes” in the Old Home Day parade; and finally made history with her cooperation with Kimball Library in Atkinson and Sandown Public Library to create the Southern NH Library Cooperative. In Diane’s two and a half years she has navigated four long-term staff retirements and hired and trained three new staff members. Diane’s talents are many, and the effect of her vibrant personality and boundless energy will continue to inspire and benefit the staff and community of Plaistow for years to come. Diane’s last day at the library is June 30.

On Wed., June 19 at 6:30 p.m. Edward and Mary Kelley will present The Life of a Famous Civil War Officer Colonel J. Egbert Farnum, Excelsior Brigade, 70th New York Vols. Brigadier General, 11 Reserve Corps. Ed and Mary Kelley are members of the Civil War Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization. The Kelleys are retired teachers who keep history alive by portraying their ancestors at the Gettysburg Wax Museum, schools, libraries, historic reenactments, parades and dedications. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Please register online in advance.

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    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

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