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July 05. 2014 12:36AM

The perfect winner: Mrs. Craig gives when she receives

Former Manchester Police Chief Louis Craig remains pretty well-known in these parts. In retirement, he took on roles at the New Horizons and then at Serenity Place and continues to devote time to local causes.

And now we know what may be the secret to Louis' success. That would be his wife, Mrs. June E. Craig.

It happens that earlier this year, Mrs. Craig was the winner, selected at random, of a promotion put on by this newspaper in cooperation with Hannaford Supermarkets. As grand prize winner, Mrs. Craig won a Hannaford grocery giveaway. And what did she do? She gave part of it away.

"I feel very fortunate these days with so many folks having financial difficulties,'' she wrote in a thank-you letter to us.

"With this wonderful windfall, I felt like the Good Lord was encouraging me to feed the hungry. Known to me are single mothers looking for a way to provide food and shelter for their child, and grandmothers who use their sometimes limited funds to help their grandchildren with food and shelter. They are my special interest these days. These gift cards will take the weight of using funds from my budget, at least for a while.

"My husband, Louis, has a special interest in New Horizons, and he is grateful as he observes the success of Executive Director Charlie Sherman. We have made a donation to the New Horizons' Soup Kitchen.

"I have had many folks calling or sending me cards of congratulations and many saying I am 'lucky.' They are correct.

"Thank you to the Union Leader and Hannaford's for conducting this contest. As Manchester lifelong residents, we love the Union Leader, both the home delivery service and the Internet version, which keeps us informed when we are out of town. The Union Leader is a tremendous asset to the Manchester area. Hannaford's on Bicentennial Drive is our grocery store. Hannaford's does so much for the community! I think you have the perfect partner in the contest.''

We would say that we and Hannaford's had the perfect winner in Mrs. Craig.


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