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Bar News - May 14, 2010

Morning Mail: Bar Members Come to Rescue of Flooded Office

We are writing to express our sincere gratitude to all of the members of the New Hampshire Bar that have been so kind and helpful to us in our time of great need. On Friday, February 26, during the storm that struck the state throughout the night, the roof to the five-story mill building that our office is in peeled back pulling down the sprinkler system causing a water main to run for almost two hours, dumping an estimated 90,000 gallons of water into the building. Our office suite was destroyed, as were many of our belongings.

From the parking lot that cold morning, we spoke with Fran Murphy and Ed Stewart and arranged for our office to temporarily relocate to available space in the Shaheen and Gordon building. Ed and Franís response to our request for help was an immediate, "Come right over." It took hundreds of hours, but with the help of family and friends we moved our wet and damaged files, furniture and belongings, from our destroyed offices to the welcoming offices at 80 Merrimack Street, where we opened the following Monday.

We want to send a special thanks to Attorney Jennifer Farrell who waded through many wet files and closets throughout the day, and to Nixon, Raiche, Vogelman, Barry & Slawsky for their loan of office equipment.

We have had many offers of assistance, agreed upon extension of deadlines, hearings, etc. and help to complete client-related work with upcoming deadlines. Although we never imagined that we would have such a terrible event happen to us, the response from bar members has warmed our hearts. Being members of this Bar means so much to us.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Maureen Raiche Manning and
Christine M. Smith

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