Happy vacation week to all you students and teachers out there. The recent snowfalls have made for some dynamite skiing conditions, so go out and play in the snow. Try to enjoy the winter wonderland outside, especially with the warmer temperatures. Be safe when pulling out on the road with the high snowbanks. I think it looks beautiful.
For all Eaton residents and voters: You are invited to a meet-and-greet reception for all the candidates for town offices at Camp Hennigan (Elaine and Paul's house) at 59 Crystal Lake Road in Eaton on Sunday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. Stop by and get to know all the candidates.
Remember that the selectmen and town clerk's office will be open tonight (third Tuesday of the month); however the town clerks will be unable to process any motor vehicle registrations or renewals. The state Division of Motor Vehicles will be in the process of updating their software.
Entree specials for locals' night on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Max's Restaurant and Pub at the Snowvillage Inn include Max's Bistro Meatloaf with pan gravy and mashed potatoes; Cape Cod chips and bacon-crusted roast haddock with lemon aioli; and New Zealand lamb half rack with barley risotto and goat cheese. Be sure to mark your calendars for the next "What's Your Story?" on Wednesday, March 8. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. for folks to have dinner or appetizers and beverages. The theme for March 8 is "Honoring Your Past" and Sara Moore will again host the evening. Stories about who or what has impacted you in your life. Give the inn a call to reserve a table at (603) 447-2818.
This week's Watch It Wednesday movie night at the Inn at Crystal Lake is the romantic comedy, "When Harry Met Sally," tomorrow on Feb. 22. Because of last week's snow, this was rescheduled from Feb 15. Movie starts at 7 p.m. in the Palmer House Pub. No admission, but reservations are recommended (603-447-2120). This month's opera dinner at the Inn at Crystal Lake is this Thursday, Feb. 23, with the husband and wife soprano/tenor duo Rachele Schmiege and Stefan Barner. Both have performed at the Inn before, and it is sure to be an entertaining might of beautiful arias and duets. The cost is $60 per person and includes a four-course dinner. Call the Inn for reservations at (603) 447-2120.
I would like to congratulate three Eaton students for making the Kennett High's second-quarter honor roll: Honors to senior Noah Dubois, sophomore Taryn Dubois and freshman Callie MacIntyre. Let me know if I missed anyone.
It is hard for me to adequately express my sadness on the death of longtime Eaton resident, Leslie Snow Feron of Snowville. I have known Leslie and her husband, Louis Feron, who passed away in 1998 for 50 years. Many times I would go over to visit with them in their lovely home and speak French with Louis. Both Leslie and Louis were very accomplished artistically, Leslie with her paintings, drawings and lovely poems, and Louis as a renowned goldsmith, jeweler and sculptor. After Louis died, Leslie wrote a wonderful book called "A Voyage Remembered, with the Memoirs of Louis Feron." Because his notes over the years were in French, I helped Leslie translate them for the book. Those afternoons spent with her, poring over his remarkable memoirs will remain some of the most precious memories for me.
Hearing Leslie reciting poetry was amazing and completely mesmerizing. To say she always had a captive audience is an understatement. I think of how graceful she was after all her dance training, and I remember her dancing in the Eaton Day parade, dressed in a clown outfit. When she first met Louis they had to speak in mime because of the language difference, again graceful.
My favorite painting of hers is one of Louis in his artisan smock with his cup, hammers, and chisels in front of him. Truly an exceptional woman, and it was my honor to have known Leslie and Louis, and to have spent precious time with both of them. I would like to end with my favorite poem of Leslie's called "Afternoon:"
"Together we shall have our tea
Beneath this graceful linden tree
With leaves of hearts that shimmer
In a summer breeze
A breeze that filters sunshine through
Delighted by the sight of you
Relaxed with breaths of fragrant blooms
So dear to honey bees.
We'll sit here for an hour or so
And watch the humming birds and sky
And as the moving clouds go by
We'll dream our dreams and symphonize
The pleasing forms before our eyes
Beneath this graceful linden tree
The perfect place for you and me."
I will miss you, Leslie.
Huge thanks to all the town and private plow people, the roof shovelers, and all those who have done such a great job on our Eaton roads, our driveways, our roofs and our walkways. You've all been doing triple duty with all these storms. You are our heroes! Get some sleep now.
Nancy E. Williams can be contacted at (603) 447-5635.