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December 13, 2012

Photo Features: December 13, 2012

Select photos from the December 13, 2012 edition of Carriage Towne News.

You Could Even Say It Glows

The smile of Santa Claus and the strings of holiday lights throughout these Southern New Hampshire towns spread the joy of this festive season. With less than two weeks for the jolly gent to make his annual rounds, as well as last minute shopping for friends and family...Christmas is on its way. Above, we serve up a memorable photo of Christmas past when a gentleman and his helpers decorated his home on Elm Street in Plaistow, with thousands of lights for all to enjoy, and enjoy we did. Due to the economy and the cost of electricity, we offer this piece of history. (CTN photo by Larry Kennedy)

It's History, Gramps

Historical Honor Society member Jordan Earley, 16, a junior at Timberlane Regional High School, explained a little bit of the nation’s historical facts to her grandfather, Atkinson Fire Inspector Chuck Earley. The two worked together during a fire department open house serving hot and cold refreshments, tours, fire truck rides, demonstrations, and fire prevention instructions. Inspector Earley has also been honored as “Firefighter of the Year” by Atkinson Fire Chief Michael Murphy. (CTN photo by Larry Kennedy)

Tree Trimming at Ashley's

Christine Simard, above, a staffer at Ashley's Gold Crown Hallmark Store, located at Walmart Plaza (Route 125), in Plaistow, readies the facility for their gigantic Holiday Open House. Savings include: Vera Bradley, Willowtree, home décor, Yankee Candle, gift baskets and a special gourmet food tasting experience. Ashley's is open seven days a week or call them at 603-382-1000. (CTN photo by Larry Kenendy)

Deck the Halls

On November 14, the Hampstead Garden Club gathered at the Hampstead Congregational Church, Hadley Hall, for one of their most favorite traditions called “Deck the Halls”. Members created wreaths, baskets and garlands to decorate their town for the Holidays.  The Deck the Halls committee members Michelle Catanzaro, Margie Gove, Connie Adams, Dottie Bartlett, Diane Copeland, Karen Donovan, Marie Fisichella, Marianne Mullin, Cheryl Poussard and Janet Wilton provided the wreaths, accessories and examples of the creative designs.  Members cut and brought greens from home that were then used in the decorations.

The happy "elves" worked in groups to make the finished pieces that were displayed on several town signs and buildings.  Everyone dressed warm because after the decorations were finished, they headed out with flashlights and ladders to hang them.  This is done no matter what the weather and some years it has rained or snowed!  Those weather conditions certainly create hilarious memories.  Townsfolk's are always delighted to start the Holiday season when they see the decorations for the first time the next morning.

Look for the decorations on Sign Island, Town Hall, Olde Meeting House, the museum, the Shoe Shop at Town Hall, the fire department sign, the police station and the library.  And Happy Holidays to all from the Hampstead Garden Club!  If you would like information about HGC, contact Phyllis Leocha at or Joanne VanderSande at 382-5177 or visit or

At Nogginworks: Toys, Arts & Crafts

The Nogginworks Store at 4 Plaistow Road (Route 125) in Plaistow, offers hundreds of toys, arts and crafts, with various colors, shapes and sizes for all girls and boys. The store also carries a full line of first-quality educational toys. Above, owner/operator Sharon Santosuosso welcomes you to her store seven days a week, or call 603-382-7717. (CTN photo by Larry Kennedy)

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