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 We are all aware of the obvious ramifications of todays economy. Foreclosures, gasoline prices, unavailable credit, soaring health care costs (if you can afford it at all), food prices and job security to name the obvious....but if we look hard enough....we will see fallout in every city and town in America. Fallout that never reaches the front page.

  I was listening to a report the other day, by Chris Jensen, a reporter for NPR. It was about the small town of Northumberland (Groveton) NH. Northumberland has a population of just over 2000 people with a Median Household Income of $31,500. It is not a large nor prosperous town.

  Northumberland is trying to raise some money. They are looking to raise $100,00, not a fortune by todays standards. The money is earmarked to shore up the river bank  riverin an area that has been eroded forty feet by the Connecticut River. Forty feet encroaching on the final resting place of  Northumberlad citizens....past and present - the town cemetery. The town has approached the Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund and the Connecticut River Joint Commissions to no avail. Recently they had understood that NHDES had agreed to provide 60% of the funds....that never came to pass.

  A few years ago they had to have a husband and wife moved because part of the embankment collapsed.Last March the Town voted to spend $30,000 to move 8 more graves. 

   So while there is much attention being paid to the obvious and while the politicians are vieing for the most attention and while every crisis is THE crisis....

  There's a small town in the Great North Woods of New Hampshire protecting the dignity of their dead.  cemetery

  In small town America....Life goes on.....

 

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Joan Mirantz - Joni is a Realtor® with Homequest Real Estate, a locally owned, Customer Service oriented Firm.
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Rainmaker
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Joan Mirantz
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William..I don't do idol...LOL

I love to sing and dance and in my own head and ears...I'm pretty good!

Everything is dissected because people don't know how to think for themselves anymore and have to be led to an understanding or conclusion...and on that "deep" note...I'm off to bed!(it's 2:30 here)

Oh....if you want to be impressed...click on David Saks (name above you) ...read his profile and listen to the wonderful music! You won't be sorry. Nite

Apr 29, 2008 06:26 PM #10
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David Saks
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Thank you, Joan. I'm honored by your kind thoughts.
Apr 29, 2008 06:36 PM #11
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Joan,

It occurs to me that there may be some revolutionary war soldiers buried in that cemetary, and if so, might there be some help from the Federal gov't?

Mike in Tucson

Apr 29, 2008 10:02 PM #12
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Monika McGillicuddy
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Interesting situation Joan. I sure hope they raise the funds needed...imagine what could happen if they don't!
Apr 30, 2008 12:26 AM #13
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Joni~ 

This is one of my all-time favorite Joni-Posts! It inspires and informs and makes me feel proud to my core....proud of what is happening in Northumberland...and proud to know the person who is telling the story of the spirit of America...alive and well...

Apr 30, 2008 03:33 AM #14
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Joan - Once again, my friend, you have pulled at my heartstrings.  I wish I had that much disposable money laying around as I would send it to them today.  Northumberland is a charming little town - full of all things New England.  There is (was?) a quality of life there that many have forgotten over time in our effort to be more successful, better noticed and progressive to a fault.  Makes you wonder if all that success is really worth it since we tend to forget the basics.  Me included.  :(

Perhaps the people of Northumberland would be served to contact their Senator and Representative and ask for intervention of the Army Corps of Engineers.  And maybe a call to one of those Sunday morning news shows that does special reports on small towns in America.  Just the historical side of this story would make lots of folks sit up and take notice.  It can't hurt to try.

Thanks for a tremendous post.  Now the wheels in my head are going round and round.

Apr 30, 2008 04:57 AM #15
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Joan Whitebook
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Joan very interesting.  I had never heard of this small New Hampshire town.  It will be interesting to see what develops.
Apr 30, 2008 05:33 AM #16
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David..your welcome...I meant it. Your music was a real treat. Do you have a CD out?
Apr 30, 2008 08:05 AM #17
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Joan Mirantz
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That's not a bad idea Mike..I may email either the reporter or the Cemetery lady! Thanks!
Apr 30, 2008 08:06 AM #18
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Monika...I would imagine any potential "new residents" would be looking at cremation!
Apr 30, 2008 08:08 AM #19
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Joan Mirantz
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That's an awfully nice thing to say janeAnne...It is reassuring to know that the humanity that separates us from the beasts...is still alive and well!
Apr 30, 2008 08:13 AM #20
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Joan Mirantz
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Carol..those are both very good suggestions...I will try to follow up on them somehow! Publicity is a great idea cause I suspect the fact that it's not a flashy story is why they are getting no-where
Apr 30, 2008 08:17 AM #21
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Joan Mirantz
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Joan...I believe it's the same as Groveton...where  another Mill is closing!
Apr 30, 2008 08:19 AM #22
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Joan, That is so sad to hear, I hope very much they come up with the money.  I love so many parts of New England and I can almost picture this small town.
Apr 30, 2008 11:50 AM #23
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Joan Mirantz
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It is sad Carole...everything has become so expendable these days!
Apr 30, 2008 02:56 PM #24
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Joni, these are among the little vignettes that make up real life in America.  Private people trying to help each other maintain the dignity of life - without relying on the government.
May 02, 2008 04:54 AM #25
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Joan Mirantz
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Brian...that's how it hit me too! "Unsung Heros"
May 02, 2008 06:24 AM #26
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Joan, please post if or when you can update everyone (hopefully for the best).

May 13, 2008 01:17 PM #27
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Hello Christopher...nice to meet you. I will try to remember to contact someone up there thanks for the prompt!

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