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Effingham residents celebrate town's 240th anniversary



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Aug. 18 was a day for celebration in Effingham as the community gathered to recognize the 240th anniversary of the town's incorporation. (Photo by Melissa Seamans) (click for larger version)
August 24, 2018
EFFINGHAM — Aug. 18 was a day for celebration here, as the community gathered to recognize the 240th anniversary of Effingham's incorporation.

It was on Aug. 18, 1778 when, according to a page from the Journal of the Executive Council, that the Council voted to "incorporate a place called Leavittstown in the County of Strafford by the name of Effingham."

The luncheon celebration, hosted by Effingham Connect, was attended by about 26 people though all 45 tickets had been sold and was held at the impeccably restored historic Effingham Preservation Society building on Town House Road. Among the special guests were Selectman Michael Cahalane and New Hampshire State Representatives Ed Comeau, Bill Nelson and William Marsh. Both Comeau and Marsh offered congratulatory remarks and Nelson read a proclamation from Governor Chris Sununu.

In the proclamation, that was framed and presented to Cahalane as a gift to the town, Sununu said, in part, "The community and dedication to volunteerism that is present in Effingham ensures that the town and its citizens will have a vibrant future."

Effingham Connect was founded in May with a mission to "connect people and resources to serve, strengthen and celebrate the Effingham Community". The board of directors and community donors and volunteers have installed four new "Welcome to Effingham" signs, cleaned up the site of the early-1800's Effingham Poor Cemetery, completed a major landscaping project at Effingham Library, publishes a quarterly newsletter, and joined Effingham Elementary PTO and Carroll County House of Corrections for trail cleanup day at the school. The group's next undertaking is to refurbish and update the Effingham Honor Roll on the grounds of Lord's Hill Meeting House in time for a Veterans Day celebration in November.

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