Letter from the President
On November 3rd, we will be celebrating the birthday of our oldest shareholder. Alfred J. DeFelice will be 100 years old. I have had many conversations with Al and each time I marvel at the recall of his memories. He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in his parent’s home. His mother and father both worked in a textile mill that created fabric for uniforms worn by soldiers in the Great War. Eleven days after he was born, it was Armistice Day.
When he had just turned 11, Black Friday happened and with it came an economic depression of unimaginable magnitude. He recalled seeing long lines of men and women standing for hours to get a bowl of soup, no jobs were available, and his father asked him to stop going to school and try to get work to help the family. Al continued at school but worked nights. He recalled these times as the worse in his life and reflected on how much President Franklin Roosevelt had done to save this country.
Al has lived through 18 presidencies in his lifetime, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, numerous military conflicts, going from horse-drawn transportation to massive amounts of horseless carriages, the advent of radio, television, the telephone, computers, the internet, space travel. The world today is far different than the one that existed 100 years ago, and this amazing gentleman has watched and participated in all the changes. Weddings, births, deaths, assassinations, wars, depression, the civil rights movement, civil unrest, protests; the list is endless. He has taken all the changes in stride and has survived and flourished. His life is a testimony about the endurance and survival of humanity.
When Pearl Harbor happened, he was at his wife’s parents house for Sunday dinner. He did not join the military immediately because he was newly-married and they decided he would wait to be called. When he went into the army, he started in the medical corps and applied to be a cadet in the army/air force. He was accepted and received training as a pilot on a B-24 bomber. When he finished his training, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was moved several times by the military between the east and west coast as they tried to decide which theatre he would be assigned to.
When the war ended, he was offered a position as a pilot with Northeast Airlines for $150.00 per month, which he declined since it simply was not enough money to support his family. He told me this was his one regret in life that he didn’t take that job. He subsequently went to work in retail until his retirement.
I asked him what was the secret of his longevity? He stared off into the air for a few moments while he pondered his response. “Never, ever, leave the house in the morning without having a good breakfast, it is the most important meal of the day.” Anyone who has ever been to the monthly breakfast sponsored by the social club can attest that Al lives for his favorite meal.
Trying to put 100 years of a man’s life on a single sheet of paper is difficult, there is much I have not included. If you ask him, I am sure he would share portions of his life with you. Please join me in wishing this incredible man a very Happy 100th Birthday!!! Happy Birthday Al!
SEPTIC DO’S AND DON’TS
• DO PRACTICE WATER CONSERVATION
• DO CHECK FOR WATER LEAKS AND REPAIR THEM
• DO USE SEPTIC SAFE TOILET PAPER ONLY
• DO NOT USE WISK
• DO NOT USE POWDERED CLEANERS (DISHWASHER, LAUNDRY OR CLEANERS LIKE SPIC N SPAN)
• DO NOT FLUSH WIPES (INCLUDING DISPOSABLE ONES), ANY SANITARY PRODUCTS, PAPER TOWELS, TISSUES, ETC.
• DO NOT USE A GARBAGE DISPOSAL
• DO NOT USE SEPTIC TANK ADDITIVES
• DO NOT FLUSH SOLID WASTES SUCH AS CIGARETTE BUTTS, FOOD, OR GARBAGE INTO THE TOILET
• DO NOT POUR GREASE, OILS OR MAYONNAISE INTO EITHER THE TOILET OR THE DRAINS
• DO NOT PUT STRONG CHEMICALS SUCH AS CLEANING PRODUCTS, CLEANING WATER OR EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF BLEACH DOWN THE TOILET OR THE DRAINS.
DO NOT USE ANY DRAIN CLEANERS LIKE LIQUID PLUMBER, DRANO, ETC.
SOCIAL CLUB NEWS
Well, the weather has gotten cold and the leaves are blowing off the trees. Let us hope this won’t be a bad winter. Don’t forget that we have the clubhouse to go to if we lose power.
Ruth King has passed away. I know that the people who knew her, know how sweet she was. Doris Bowes fell and broke her wrist. She is still healing. A lot of us have had bad colds and the flu. I hope this month makes us all healthy again.
On November 3, we will celebrate Al DeFelice’s 100th birthday. You are all welcome to come to the clubhouse for cake and ice cream and a few surprise guests. This will be at 6:00 because Al’s family will be celebrating with him at the clubhouse in the afternoon. Jack Lynch turns 80 that day also.
On November 10, we will have a pound auction and a pasta dinner. The cost will be $5.00. All the proceeds from the auction will go to an organization that takes care of the vets. Any ideas of who should receive the money this year? Let me know. The Auction is so much fun, we wrap items that weigh at least one pound and Jack auctions them off. Some gifts are funny some are great. You just never know. Please come, it is sure to be a wonderful night.
On November 30, we will decorate the Christmas tree. Please bring a covered dish that we can all share.
We wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Susan, Pat, Wendy, Shirley and Cathy
Two of our beloved Nonagenarians - Al and Doris
Christmas Festivities - Ho, Ho Ho
Tree Trimming Party - November 25, 2017
Gail Gabriele, Louise Cyr, Pat Modale, Wendy Wright, Joan McCusker and Donna Sullivan kick off the holidays
Plimouth Commons Halloween Party - October 28, 2017
The Plimouth Commons Labor Day Pool Party - September 4, 2017