“CELEBRITY” PROFILE: LAURETTA BUDDELMANN
Story and Photo by Debbie Liskow
Lauretta Buddelmann, born more than 102 years ago on July
10, 1911, lived in foster homes as a child, got married
during the Great Depression, and lost her first husband in
World War II. A few years ago, Strafford Selectmen honored
Lauretta with the Boston Post Cane Award as the oldest
resident of Strafford. Lauretta recalls that night saying,
“I got emotional and started to cry.”
Nevertheless, most of the time, the outstanding feature on
Lauretta’s face is her impish smile. She says, “At 102 years
and 6 months, if I can do my dishes and clean up my house a
little, I’m still being blessed.” When asked about the
secret to her longevity, she says, “I was blessed with good
health, and I inherited a strong gene of optimism.” Along
with optimism, Lauretta says she was blessed with a lot of
energy. She stays up late—maybe polishing silver or cleaning
a cupboard—and doesn’t like to nap during the day, not when
she can be making zucchini relish or peach jam. Throughout
her life she kept busy with raising four children, leading
4-H Clubs, managing her Tupperware business, gardening,
cooking, and canning. And she worked well into her 70s as a
waitress. She loved her customers. “Everyone was nice,
especially when you look like a grandmother.”
Lauretta reminisces about growing up in small-town Peru, New
York, surrounded by all kinds of fruit trees. Once she
climbed up a cherry tree and had a bad fall after she
encountered a snake face to face in the tree. Lauretta
remembers going to church four times every Sunday. “By the
way, all that was walking. We did a lot of walking.” And
then a memory from a later time in her life makes her
chuckle. She thinks of the grain bags made of printed
material and how she washed them and took the seams out and
made clothes for her daughter and herself.
Conversation with Lauretta is a challenge because she is
hard of hearing, even with her hearing aids in. When she’s
alone, she has the television turned up as loud as it can
be. Well aware of her handicap, but taking advantage of a
time to share a laugh, she says, “Wait, let me put on my
glasses so I can hear you.” But conversation with Lauretta
is worth the effort. Her infectious smile and her eagerness
to share her day’s events, whether current or 75 years ago,
enlighten anyone lucky enough to know her.
The Strafford PTO has a busy end
to the school year planned! We are hosting several community
events and fundraisers to generate funds to support end of
the year activities such as field trips, eighth grade
graduation, Arts Week, and critical classroom items. In
addition, money raised from these events will provide us a
fund balance to begin the 2014-2015 school year to continue
to meet the needs of the Strafford Students and teachers.
STRAFFORD SUMMER ARTS
Close to 20 years ago a group of parents and educators
got together and started Strafford Summer Arts to provide
students in Strafford the opportunity to spend a week
traveling the world and experiencing different cultures
right here at home. Thank you to all those early volunteers
who began such a wonderful program and to those who followed
to keep this week-long theatre, art, and music camp
available to the kids.
SIXTH ANNUAL BOW LAKE DAM 15K/5K
Get your running shoes out of the closet! On Saturday,
June 14, 2014, we are hosting a 15K run around Bow Lake and
a 5K fun run to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The
races start at 10 am on Water Street in Strafford. Join us
for a healthy run and stay afterwards for live music, a
cookout, and fun for the whole family! Alone we can make
gradual progress, together we can make miracles! Sign up to
www.bowlakedam15k5k.com . To support the event as a
sponsor or a volunteer, email
It is time to start thinking about summer camp! Camp
Sentinel is located in the foothills of the Ossipee Mountain
range in Tuftonboro, NH. Established in 1949, Camp Sentinel
offers a safe, fun, Christian experience for boys and girls
ages 7 to 15. For more information, go to
www.campsentinel.org . Limited scholarships are
available for Strafford residents. Further scholarship
information is available through Lori Shiere from the Third
Baptist Church (664-6910) or Louise Matteson from the Bow
Lake Baptist Church (664-9753).
The Strafford Garden Club is offering a $1,000.00
scholarship to a college bound high school senior or student
already enrolled in a college, technical school, or graduate
school. Students will need a 3.0 grade point average to be
eligible. This scholarship is offered to students who live
in Strafford and Northwood or are relatives of Strafford
Garden Club members. Any student may apply, but those
enrolled in or planning to major in courses relating to
plants, ecology, environment, or agricultural studies, etc.
will be given preference. Applications are available at the
Coe-Brown Guidance Office or by calling Mary Lou Lambert at
664-9503. Former winners may reapply. The deadline for
application is March 15.
SUPERVISORS OF THE CHECKLIST
The Supervisors of the Checklist will be sitting at Town
Hall on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. for
voter registration and additions and corrections to the
Checklist. Change of party will also be accepted.
STRAFFORD FIRE & RESCUE’S SPAGHETTI DINNER
Strafford Fire & Rescue proudly presents your dinner.
Spaghetti & meatballs with salad and dessert will be waiting
your arrival at Strafford School on Saturday, March 8, 2014,
from 4 to 6 pm. Cost is $4 for children and $7 for adults.
Please join us and support Neighbors helping Neighbors!
FROM STRAFFORD SCHOOL BOARD
The School Board would like to welcome the new Assistant
Principal, Ms. Karen Frisbie. Karen comes to the School with
an extensive special education background and is quickly
getting involved in the day-to-day operation of the School.
Strafford School has recently had numerous students win
State recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Julia Greene was awarded two Honorable Mention writing
awards. She was the only Strafford student to place in the
writing category. In the Art category, Strafford was very
well represented. Alison Barry (Gold Key), Susan Burnap
(Gold Key), Annabella Fasulo (Gold Key), Rebekah Hinrichsen
(Gold Key), Cailinn Monahan (Gold Key, Silver Key, &
Honorable Mention), Maddie Swansburg (Gold Key), Sarah
Fortier (2 Silver Keys), and Allison Marshall (Honorable
Mention) all received their awards at the NH State Art Show
at Pinkerton Academy. All Gold Key winners move on to the
National competition held in March.
In local competition, Suzannah Buzzell won the Geography
Bee, with Luke Chalifour in the Runner Up position. The
Spelling Bee was won by Ben Clinch, with Brian Downer in the
Runner Up position.
Please don’t forget about the School District Ballot Vote on
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Town Hall and the School District
Meeting to vote on the budget on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
at 7 pm in the Strafford School gym.
NH THUNDER TRACK & FIELD PROGRAM
The NH Thunder Track and Field Program is currently
taking registrations for the 2014 Track & Field season.
Register and pay online at
www.straffordrec.org . Or you can print out and return
the registration form with the program fee of $45.00
(includes uniform and meet fees) ($35.00 if you do not need
a uniform and are using the one from last year) to SRS Track
and Field, PO Box 261, Strafford, NH 03884. Registration
deadline is March 21; after that there will be a $10.00 late
fee. Registrations will not be taken the first night of
STRAFFORD RECREATIONAL SPORTS
5th Annual Bow Lake 5K
Strafford Recreational Sports’ one-and-only fundraiser
for the year is almost here—our 5th annual SRS Bow Lake 5K
on Sunday, April 13, at 9:00 a.m. at the Grange Hall.
100% of the proceeds support your kids’
recreational activities—Soccer, Track & Field, Cross
Country, Basketball, Skiing, Snowboarding, Softball and
Baseball. We need your help to make this a success!
We now have a Picture Post here in Strafford! What is a
Picture Post, you ask? It is part of a national program
financed by grants from NASA, yes, the space program, to
allow citizen scientists as well as professional scientists
to monitor changes in our environment seasonally and through
time. You can learn all about it at
www.picturepost.unh.edu . MORE...
STRAFFORD WOMEN’S CLUB
The Strafford Women’s Club will hold its first regular
meeting of 2014 on Monday, March 24, at 12 Noon in the
Idlepines Room at the Bow Lake Church. It will be a potluck
luncheon - bring your favorite dish to share and your own
table set-up. Beverages will be provided. We will begin
planning the year’s projects and programs.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the
people who attended our February Ham & Bean Supper at the
Grange Hall. Without your support, we would not be able to
accomplish some of our goals.
STRAFFORD TOWN REPUBLICANS
There is an approaching deadline for switching health
care plans. As of this writing, the deadline is March 15,
2014. To assist people in Strafford with navigating the
options, the Strafford Town Republican Committee has lined
up two Health Insurance Agents on two successive Mondays to
make presentations at 6:30 pm at Hill Library, 115 Parker
Mountain Road in Strafford. The dates are March 3 and 10,
with speakers Brian Lynch and then Paul Doran.
STRAFFORD DEMOCRATS TO HOST DINNER
Come on down to the Bow Lake Grange Hall on Saturday,
March 8, from 6-9 p.m. for an enjoyable evening of food, fun
and politics! The Strafford Town Democrats will host their
sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner that evening. You can
look forward to a delicious, home-cooked Irish meal
featuring corned beef and cabbage and all the trimmings,
including Irish soda bread and traditional vegetables. Top
it off with coffee and sweet treats from our dessert buffet.
A cash bar will be available. Be sure to take a chance on
winning one of many beautiful raffle baskets. Tickets are
$25 per person. Only 100 will be sold! You can buy your
tickets online at
www.strafforddems.org or call Rep. Bob Perry at
BOW LAKE COMMUNITY CLUB
Do you know the difference between the BLCC and the
BLCOA? The Bow Lake Community Club was established to be
stewards of the Bow Lake Grange Hall Building. The Bow Lake
Camp Owners Association acts as stewards for the Lake and
its environment. This month the BLCC March Madness
Membership Drive kicks off. We seek your assistance to help
preserve the Grange Hall building that sits squarely in Bow
Lake Village. A few of the improvement plans this year
include the basement flooring, re-pointing of the exterior
brick work, and new stair balusters. You might consider
adding to your membership by purchasing a new table for the
main hall for an additional $100.00, and your name can be
added onto that table. You could also help to support the
building with supplies such as dish soap, XL trash bags (55
gal.), or paper towels. MORE...
We hope you enjoyed our “Ready Rides Road Show” on
February 22. We all surely did and appreciate your support
of Ready Rides. If you missed this one, we will be having
another fundraiser sometime in the future and hope you can
come again and celebrate with us.
THIRD BAPTIST CHURCH COFFEE HOUSE
Third Baptist Church will be hosting a Coffee House on
Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 6:30 pm. Everyone is invited to
come for coffee and some delicious treats. There will be
music, readings, skits, and fellowship! There is no charge
or fee. You are welcome to come and listen or take part in
the evening’s festivities.
Other upcoming events at the Church include a Hymn Sing on
April 13 at 7pm; Son Rise Service followed by breakfast on
April 20; and The Home Folks Concert on April 26 at 6:30 pm.
For more information about our services and these events,
please call Pastor Muzzey at 664-7750.
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS!
This year the Strafford Women’s Club is offering two
$850 scholarships to full-time, college-bound graduating
seniors who are residents of Strafford. Scholarship
application forms are available now at Coe-Brown’s Guidance
Department, or may be mailed upon request by calling Dr.
Pamela Marks at 603-822-2563. Your application must be in
our hands by 5 pm on April 30, 2014. Time flies,
especially in your senior year, so don’t delay!
The Bow Lake Church continues to extend an invitation to
all community women to come together for a once-a-month pot
luck breakfast. This gathering is designed for women of all
ages to enjoy the fellowship of one another as well as
giving the opportunity, through the easy channel of food, to
become better acquainted. There is no charge, no homework,
no deadline and no lists, but we do ask that everyone bring
a dish to pass. Each breakfast features a new (and brief)
speaker. Breakfast begins at 9 am on the first Saturday of
every month in the Idlepines Room of the Church. Place
settings and beverages are provided. Welcome! Come and
NOTES FROM THE TOWN CLERK
“Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer reading program is looking
for volunteers and sponsors.
Quest Martial Arts of Barrington will give a live
demonstration on self-defense followed by awareness and
personal safety for young and middle-aged adults on
Saturday, March 8, at 10:30 am in the Cilley Room.
The Strafford Historical Society
will be hosting the annual joint meeting of the Barrington
Historical Society and the Strafford Historical Society at
Hill Library on Tuesday, March 18, at 7 pm. This year’s
joint meeting program will feature poet and author Marie
Harris who will be speaking about the life and work of Amy
Cheney Beach, America’s first female composer, born in
Henniker, NH in 1867. A concert pianist with the Boston
Symphony Orchestra and the composer of the first symphonic
work by an American woman, Amy (Mrs. H.H.A.) Beach was an
important figure in American musical history. Amy Beach was
a regular visitor at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough,
NH and wrote most of her later works while at the Colony.
This is a great opportunity to learn some New Hampshire
history and to celebrate the life and times of one of our
more celebrated citizens. Please join us for this event.
Guests are always welcome at our meetings.