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Wolfeboro's oldest resident honored by selectmen

HOLDER of the Wolfeboro’s Boston Post Cane, at age 101, Dot Weidner, a resident of Sugar Hill Retirement Community in Wolfeboro, is flanked by Town Clerk Pat Waterman and Selectman Dave Senecal on her left and Selectmen Sarah Silk, Linda Murray, and Chuck Storm on her right. Missing from photo is Selectman Dave Bowers. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
July 28, 2011
WOLFEBORO — Dorothy "Dot" Weidner, age 101, was awarded Wolfeboro's Boston Post Cane by the Wolfeboro Board of Selectmen at her home at Sugar Hill Retirement Community on July 13.

Friends and family gathered for the occasion and listened to words of commendation from the board, Executive Councilor Ray Burton, Governor John Lynch, and Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte.

As selectmen took turns reading the official letters, Dot was greeted with applause from those gathered. Picture-taking was followed by refreshments.

Weidner moved to Sugar Hill in 2007, but her ties to Wolfeboro go back to 1940, when she and her husband, Harold, the attorney for the Village of Floral Park on Long Island, New York for over 30 years, began spending summers at Point Breeze with their family and their friends, the Stevens. They spent every summer in Wolfeboro with the exception of one during World War II, when gas was in short supply.

Her son Bob and daughter June purchased property on Lake Wentworth in 1969, and three generations of family members, including 11 great-grandchildren have enjoyed the fishing, swimming and boating that drew Dot and Harold to the lake over 70 years ago. Bob has since built his retirement home there.

Dot was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 4, 1910. She grew up in Woodhaven, Queens, where she graduated from high school, attended Brown Business School, and then worked for Hanover Bank in the Wall Street area of Manhattan.

Her family says she was a good cook, and they have fond recollections of her pecan pies made for holidays. These days, Dot receives frequent visits from her extended family, who enjoy her sense of humor and keen intellect.

Dot's children were on hand for the awarding of the Boston Cane, along with her grandson Jay Burns and his wife Janet, her grandson Daniel Weidner and her great grand-daughter Abigail.

Selectmen Sarah Silk (chairman), Linda Murray, Dave Senecal, Chuck Storm and David Bowers, and Town Clerk Pat Waterman all paid tribute to Wolfeboro's oldest resident.

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