New Hampshire Club News in Brief

April 09. 2014 5:47PM
The Cardigan Mountain Tradition, a local bluegrass band, will perform April 19 at the Blazing Star Grange Hall in Danbury to help raise money for the Grange's stage scenery restoration project. (COURTESY)

Retired Navy nurse honored by DAR chapter

DOVER — The Margery Sullivan Chapter DAR honored Capt. Ann Darby Reynolds, U.S. Navy, retired, as a DAR Women in American History Award winner.

Reynolds, a Dover native, was on leave visiting her family for Christmas in December 1963 when she received orders deploying her to Saigon, South Vietnam.

In March 1964, Reynolds and 100 men, mostly Army soldiers, boarded a cargo plane with wooden seats and no windows for the long trip to Saigon, where they landed under sniper fire on the runway.

At age 25 year, Reynolds was the youngest U.S. Navy nurse at the Station Hospital, Saigon. She spent many late nights working in the surgical ward of the intensive care unit. On Christmas Eve 1964, a 200-pound bomb in a panel truck exploded in the Brink's garage. A glass door shattered, and the glass cut her leg. She was ordered out of the building as it was filling with smoke and flames.

Once in the hotel's courtyard, she began to assist in tending to the wounded, paying no mind to the fact that she, too, needed medical attention.

Four Navy nurses in the Brinks building were wounded in the attack, and each insisted on treating victims at the scene and then responding to work at the hospital before tending to their own injuries. All four received the Purple Heart, including Reynolds, for combat-related wounds.

Darby served in the Republic of South Vietnam until March 1965. She continued to serve as a member of the U.S. Navy until retiring after 26½ years of service. During her military career, she attained the rank of captain and served as chief nurse at a number of naval hospitals, retiring as the director of Nursing Services, Naval Hospital, Camp Lejune, N.C., in 1988.

Candia Homemakers to meet April 14

CANDIA — The Candia Homemakers will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, April 14, at the Baptist Church Hall.

Pat Larkin will discuss the history of Candia's Fitts Museum. Coffee will be available. For information, call 483-2704.

Local band to perform at April 19 Grange fundraiser

DANBURY — Cardigan Mountain Tradition, a popular local bluegrass band, will donate its time and talents at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, to bring an evening of music to the Blazing Star Grange Hall to raise funds for the grange's historic stage scenery restoration project.

A dessert social at 6:30 p.m. will precede the event. All are invited to enjoy the entertainment and food and learn more about the project. Suggested donation for the concert is $5 a person.

This concert is the second of four benefit performances to support the restoration, which includes a complete set of hand-painted curtains by renowned scenic artist Egbert L. Foster of Manchester, which have been in continual use for almost 90 years.

Upcoming events include a benefit by Wally Borgen's vaudeville troupe, who will bring its uproarious antics to the Danbury stage on Saturday, May 10, and a final musical benefit on June 7, a "Sock Hop" featuring music of the '50s. Danbury's recycling expert and poet Carl Hultberg and committee member Tom Curren will spin tunes from their vast collection of rock 'n' roll vinyl.

All events will take place in the Danbury Grange Hall on North Road across from the fire station, near the intersection of routes 4 and 104 in Danbury.

The restoration, under the direction of Curtains Without Borders, a Vermont nonprofit specializing in preserving historic stage curtains, will begin in July and be ready for the 100th Grange Fair on Sept. 6.

Concord Grange sets 38th community & awards night

CONCORD — The Concord-Pineconia Grange No. 322 will kick off its centennial celebration with the 38th annual Grange Month Community & Grange Awards Night. It is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall, 48 Airport Road, Concord Heights.

Grange Master Dick Patten will open the meeting at 7:30 p.m., which is open to the public. This is the 43rd year that Dick Patten has coordinated the Community Awards recognizing a police officer, firefighter, state police officer, citizen, John H. West Memorial Educator Award, community spirit, youth, active duty military, retired military officer and presented civic awards to individuals in the Concord area.

The Grange awards are given to people who are making their community better. This will be the first event to celebrate the centennial.

Call Patten at 496-2917 or 228-1803 for information about the Grange or becoming a member.

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