Town News

Linda Baniszeski

Happy birthday wishes to Madge Orchard on June 21, and Pete McCoubrey on the 25th. Congratulations to Dana and Patty Reynolds who celebrate their Wedding Anniversary on June 20.

Don’t forget the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department Yard Sale this Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.  Then later in the day, attend the Meddybemps Public Supper and Chinese Auction, starting at 5 pm.  Donations for both are greatly appreciated.

I hear that many of us have been receiving bogus phone calls trying to make us share personal information. Recently I had a credit card account hacked.  Thankfully, the bank and a few retailers believed whoever was using my information was a fraud and would not process the payments -- one of which was requested from “Ghana.” (what??? not even sure where that is?)  Consequently, that card was immediately cancelled by the bank.  

Additionally we’ve received several phone calls from Asian or Middle Eastern sounding individuals identifying themselves as representatives of the IRS and/or the manufacturer of my computer. I am told of serious issues that require my giving them my social security number -- which I NEVER do. Thankfully, we have a credit protection account with a major credit reporting agency.  We have placed a fraud alert on our account with them, as well as Locking our credit records so no one can access them without our knowledge.  I always tell these callers that they should send me something in writing and/or provide me with a return telephone number.  When I refused to give my social security number to the bogus IRS agent he got very angry and said, “well, just hang up then!”   So, please everyone be careful about giving out sensitive information.

I have also changed my facebook photo to one of Scuffy’s pictures.  I’ve read that people creating fake identities can download a person’s photo from on-line sites like facebook to create various documents.  Now, when people see the photo with my name on facebook, and they say, “wow, she’s really a dog,” they really mean it. 

On a happier note, I thank Glenn Ball for the wonderful information and photos about the amazing “Anthem Veterans Memorial.”  This was perfectly timed to receive so close to Memorial Day and the anniversary of D-Day.  

Its information reads, “The “Anthem Veterans Memorial,” located in Anthem, Arizona, is a monument dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of the United States armed forces.  ... pillars provide a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and those who want to show their respects to those service men and women who have and continue to courageously serve the United States.” [This beautiful memorial can be viewed  at “]

“Once a year at 11:11 am the Sun Shines Perfectly on this Memorial at precisely 11:11 a.m.  Each Veterans Day (November 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over the mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.

 “The memorial was designed by Anthem resident Renee Palmer-Jones.  .. five marble pillars represent the five branches of the United States military.  They are staggered in size (from 17 ft. to 6 ft.) and ordered in accordance with the Department of Defense prescribed precedence, ranging from the United States Army, The United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the Unites States Coast Guard.

“Additionally, the brick pavers within the Circle of Honor are inscribed with the names of over 750 U.S. servicemen and women, symbolizing the “support’ for the Armed Forces.  The pavers are red, the pillars are white, and the sky is blue to represent America’s flag.  The circle represents and unbreakable border.  Anthem resident and chief engineer, Jim Martin was responsible for aligning the memorial accurately with the sun.”


Please send your family, community and timely information to or phone 454-3719.