Lessons learned while on the road

By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published January 23, 2010
For almost everyone who gets into Robert J. McWha’s passenger seat, there’s been a defining moment in their lives that’s led them to where they are now.

Many people tell the 56-year-old their whole life story the first time they meet him. Others sit silently, or discuss only tidbits.

McWha has learned through his work over the last seven months as a volunteer driver for the Contoocook Valley Transportation Co. is that most people are just looking for someone to listen.

And he’s a listener. Continue reading

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‘Power of One’

Note: Nearly two months after this story was publish Granny D died at her home in Dublin. She was 100.

Soon to be 100, Granny D remains an inspiration

By Casey Farrar

Sentinel Staff

Published Jan. 22, 2010

DUBLIN – Hers is a story of passion.

It was passion that in 1999 led a then-90-year-old Dublin woman to walk 3,200 miles across the country on a mission to raise awareness for the cause of campaign finance reform.

That passion earned Doris Haddock — known to most simply as Granny D — worldwide recognition and inspired a documentary film.

It pushed her, at 94 years old, to run for U.S. Senate against Republican Judd A. Gregg for his seat in 2004.

And as she approaches her 100th birthday on Sunday, Haddock says her passion for taking big money out of politics at the state and federal levels helps her to keep going. Continue reading