We received about 16 inches of snow on Sunday night and Monday, along with lots of brutal, high winds through the night and into Tuesday.
On Monday night a tractor-trailer truck was off the road at the bottom of the hill by Screw Auger Falls. A wrecker, state plow trucks, and state police were working for hours trying to get the truck back onto the road and make the road passable to the several other semi trucks and passenger vehicles -- including moi -- that were lined up. It was weird to sit at the bottom of the hill and see the lights of the trucks lined up on top of the hill.
"Back in the day" New Englanders hoarded iron filings, which they soaked in vinegar until they dissolved and made a fine black ink. This might be the reason that many old documents and letters have faded, are pale-brown, and the ink is rusty colored.
Bob's father, Sherwood Brown, of Granby, Vt., passed away early Christmas morning at the Littleton, N.H., hospital. The family will have a memorial service on Jan. 8 in Lancaster, N.H. Condolences are extended to Bob and his family, most of whom live in the Granby area.
Wilma Rector participated in the "Wreaths Across America" trip and described it as one of the most moving experiences of her life. The convoy had 26 stops to Arlington and were met by scores of children wearing red hats waving American flags and chanting "USA USA," and fire trucks with banners across the roads. In Arlington, the cemetery, always spectacular, was even more breathtaking with the white headstones perfectly aligned and adorned with beautiful wreaths and red bow. One of Wilma's two most touching moments was watching a girl, about 10 years old, place her wreath on a headstone, then went on her knees to pray for the veteran and his family. Another was when Maine State Troopers, in total silence, stood at attention and placed wreaths on headstones. Then, in unison, went down on one knee and had a moment of silence. Veterans from many battles and wars were in attendance. Many, especially from Vietnam, expressed feelings of healing -- that they were finally thanked for their service -- and felt like they'd come home.
I feel that this description of Wilma's trip is not sufficiently expressing the powerfully moving experience Wilma described to me. Wilma is compiling her pictures and information for the DAR, and will share them with the Ladies Aid Association. I'm sure she'd be willing to reiterate her trip to anyone wishing to hear about it firsthand.
I will not be writing this column again this year! I hope your New Year's celebration is safe and that you have a healthy, prosperous 2011. Selah