2010 Grand Marshal
SteveJames is Chosen As Bellows Falls Alumni Association Grand Marshal 2010
Each year the Bellows Falls Alumni Association honors amember of the community to serve as Grand Marshal for the weekend. Typicallythe person is chosen because of his or her lifelong service to our community.This year the Bellows Falls Alumni Association has chosen Steve James as GrandMarshal for the 2010 Alumni Weekend.
Steve is known mostly because of his businesses, James Plumbing & Heating, which he andhis family have owned and operated for the past 43 years and Speedy Steve’s, a laundromat he operatesacross the river in North Walpole, NH. Throughout the years Steve has been a dedicated family man, businessman, and an overall outstanding citizen. Everyone in the community who knows himpersonally knows that he is the first to offer a helping hand to anyone in need.He has been known to receive phone calls not just for frozen pipes, but also fromailing elderly neighbors, who he would willingly transport to their doctors’offices or the hospital as needed. Somewhat of a Jack of all trades, he alsoserved on the local Bellows Falls Fire Department from 1970 to 1984. While onthe department, in February of 1982, he
heroically entered The Star Hotel as itburned, through a 3rd floor window, and at great personal risk rescuedtwo elderly women, one of which was disabled.
Over the years he has generously opened his home to everyonein the community. It has always been commonplace for him to welcome largegroups of friends, family, and neighbors to his house for breakfast, lunch ordinner. Many people in the community have fond memories of sitting on his SunPorch, eating kielbasa, fried eggs, or his famous pancakes which he himselfprepared, talking and reminiscing about Bellows Falls. His customers often cameto pay their bills in person; he would often give their children treats, suchas popsicles, juice boxes or devil dogs, or baggies full of his freshly poppedpopcorn.
Steve was born and raised in Walpole, NH on the family farm.He married Carol Barry of Bellows Falls in 1965 and has been a resident eversince. Carol and Steve still reside in Bellows Falls. They have three childrenand seven grandchildren all of Bellows Falls. Steve, now semi-retired, enjoys workingin his garden, and spending time with his family and friends in the greatoutdoors, as he is an avid hunter and fisherman.
Even though Steve is not an Alumnus of The Bellows FallsHigh School, he loves this little town he calls home, and the spirit of BellowsFalls lives in his heart, it always has and it always will. The Alumni Associationis proud to announce and honor Steve as this year’s Grand Marshal of theweekend events.