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Musical instruments will help students to ‘strike up the band’

By Chris Graham | May 27, 2018

‘Got a saxophone, French horn, or clarinet? How about a trombone, flute, or cornet? Perhaps a piccolo, for that high-pitched sound, or a deep-toned tuba stashed somewhere around? Bands are said to have originated in Germany around the 15th century, mainly with bassoon and oboe, drums for the beat, brass’ aglow.’ An elementary school music teacher, wanting to helping students learn to play in a band, hopes Mailbag readers will make ‘noteworthy’ donations.

Needs band instruments

“The Music Department at Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua is looking for donations of musical instruments which will be put to good use for students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument or be in a band,” said music teacher, Music Department head, Frank Iovieno, of Nashua (LTR 2,474). “Instruments dropped out at the school on Arlington Street, Nashua, would be greatly appreciated.” This dedicated musician and instructor teaches general music classes for all students in Kindergarten through grade 5, teaches band instrument group lessons before and after school, two elementary bands, and two choruses. Anyone having a band instrument available that they would like to donate, should contact Frank via email at: Iovienof@nashua.edu or call the school’s main number 966-1200 and ask to leave a message for Frank. He will get back to you.

People helping people

“Two families in our Nashua school community are going through some rough times and are in need of help with bedding,” said Grace T. of Nashua, homeschool coordinator at Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua (LTR 3,330). “One family is in need of bunk beds with mattresses; the other family needs a twin-sized bed frame to get a mattress off of the floor. If anyone can help either family or both, it would be greatly appreciated. In Linda’s honor, I’m helping others with help from The Mailbag. Thank you so much.” The late Linda W. of Nashua (LTR 2,762), aka ‘Nana Linda,’ touched the lives of many people as a foster grandparent at Dr. Crisp School, Nashua PAL, etc. and the Mailbag is happy to work with Grace to carry on her devotion to helping others. Grace’s direct line at Dr. Crisp School, which also goes to her email in case she’s out of the office, is 966-2111. As always, keep in touch and let me know how things work out.

Dinnerware – all ‘set’ for your table

“I have two sets of dinnerware to give away,” writes Nancy D. of Brookline (LTR 923). “One set, the Pfaltzgraff Village pattern, includes five dinner plates, dessert plates, soup bowls, coffee mugs, etc.; the other set, Corelle, white with gold trim, includes seven small dinner plates, seven large plates, cups/saucers, etc. Everything is wrapped and in boxes.” The Pfaltzgraff Village pattern, briefly retired in 1996, was brought back in 2004 as part of the Pfaltzgraff By Request Program, so avid fans could continue to add to their collections of this popular pattern. Corelle was introduced by Corning Glass Works in 1970, and is now manufactured by Corelle Brands. Corelle has come in hundreds of different patterns over the years but retired patterns are still widely available (according to the Corelle Brands website), good news for folks looking to add to a set. Nancy can be reached at 673-7770, or via email: dunbar4@juno.com.


– The Nashua Police Athletic League (PAL) Youth Safe Haven Community Center received 30 baseballs, soccer and basketballs, and two plastic bowling sets from Bert the Picker of Nashua, who says he’ll be keeping on eye out for more sports equipment for the center. Jenn B. of Nashua, programming assistant (LTR 3,324), says “Donations of basketballs, volleyballs, footballs, soccer balls, dodge balls and balls used for four-square, are always appreciated.” Jenn can be reached at 594-3733 for arrangements for P/U, or drop offs at the center.

– Bert the Picker of Nashua (LTR 1,775), who invited folks to pick through a large ‘tub of treasures,’ said “John from Hudson found a glass angel on a brass base that winds up and plays a song, said it was perfect for his mother who has a large collection she’s been working on for years. A lady found spotted glassware from the 1960s, which she said was highly collectible.”

Contact Chris’ Mailbag by emailing christine.graham33@gmail.com or sending mail to Chris’ Mailbag c/o The Telegraph, 110 Main St., Suite 1, Nashua 03060. Include full name and complete address, along with telephone number or email address for publication, if applicable. Items eligible for publication are for donation, trade or barter only; requests of items for sale or purchase will not be included.


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