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Select board honors Lee Mayhew at dedication ceremony

  • Selectman Mark Schultz, left, and Fred Douglas, speak of their fellow Select Board member, Lee Mayhew, at a dedication ceremony for a new rest area behind Citizens’ Hall on Wednesday.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • A rest area developed and landscaped by Ian Holden of Lyndeborough as part of his Eagle Scout project was dedicated by the Select Board on Wednesday.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • A rest area developed and landscaped by Ian Holden of Lyndeborough as part of his Eagle Scout project was dedicated by the Select Board on Wednesday.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monandock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:11AM

The dedication of a rest area behind Citizens’ Hall on Wednesday was meant to honor loved ones in whose names the select board had donated trees to frame the project. But with the recent passing of selectman Lee Mayhew, the ceremony also became a moment to recognize his love for the town.

“Lee Mayhew is here with us in spirit,” said select board chair Fred Douglas. “He wanted this to be a place of respite. Where there would someday be shade.”

The lawn behind the hall was leveled, two picnic benches built, and the select board, from its own personal funds, donated saplings for a maple tree and two dwarf lilac trees, to eventually provide that shade. 

“Lee was a can-do guy,” said Douglas. “He was like a dog with a bone. He never faltered. He always followed through. If there were ever a situation, with the town budget, he would always say to [selectman Mark Schultz] and I, ‘We still can do it. We have to do it.’”

The picnic area was one of the last things that Mayhew was able to see completed.

There are many more on the list to finish, said Douglas. But he, selectman Mark Schultz, and newly appointed member Mark Chamberlain will see the rest through. 

The landscaping and picnic rest area were created as part of an Eagle Scout project by Ian Holden of Lyndeborough last year. 

The select board also took the time to honor those whom they donated the trees originally. The maple was donated by and named for Douglas’ son, Freddi Douglas III. 

Schultz donated a lilac tree in the name of his nephew, Eric Ryan Clark, of St. Charles, Illinois, who was killed in a car accident in 2008 at age 29.

“He used to love New Hampshire,” said Schultz. “He fished in Stony Brook. He fought with the bears for the blueberries.”

Mayhew had donated the second lilac tree in the name of his mother, Frances Mayhew.