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Toymaker Puts His Talents To Use at Home Depot

Claremont — A New Hampshire man who makes toys out of wood this year cranked out more than 150 such objects as part of a U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive.

Larry Switzer, a Walpole, N.H., resident who works for Home Depot in Claremont, used woodworking equipment at the store to turn out 167 wooden toys, including planes, trains, trucks, animals and puzzles.

Switzer has been making toys as a side business for 30 years, and when a store manager found out about his talent, “put it to use for the Christmas season,” Switzer said.

Some colleagues also helped, such as a woman who painted the interior of two doll houses.

Officials with the Marine Corps were to pick up the toys yesterday afternoon at Home Depot. Switzer said that based on his craft business, the toys would have had a retail value of more than $1,500.

Enfield to Collect Toys For Needy Kids

Enfield — Firefighters with the Enfield Fire Department will be conducting a toy drive today to benefit needy children in the town. Firefighters will be at Huse Park all day starting at 8 a.m., to receive donations. Organizers said there are as many as 70 children in town who may benefit from the collection.

e_SRit— Staff Reports