I Am Somersworth: Susan and Micheal Mariano
Continuing the series #IAmSomersworth today we take a look back at an interview with Susan and Micheal Mariano.
The couple have been long time Hilltop Residents and I hope you enjoy getting to know your neighbors and fellow citizens just a little better.
Susan and Michael Mariano
I am originally from Upstate New York, near the Canadian border, and moved to Somersworth in the fall of 1984, into a nice split level apartment at 82A Franklin Street next to Irene Dubois and her Uncle Tom. They were great neighbors and very friendly. Irene and I used to each mow part of each other’s lawns, share baked goods and became good friends over the years. We still are friends, 30 years later.
In 1991, when I married, my husband Michael and I bought a house up on The Hill behind Hilltop Elementary School. We liked old houses, loved the neighborhood architecture, being close to the school and the house’s proximity to The Pines. Our house was billed as a “Victorian New Englander”, and at the closing we were given a booklet detailing the first year that our house, the former Highland Sanitarium had been in operation. It apparently had opened as a hospital back in 1898, before there was a Wentworth-Douglass, and served the people in the Tri-City area as well as those from Maine.
In 1992 my husband opened his own business in Somersworth, Highland Soil Services, named after the former Highland Sanitarium. I opened my own business as well in 2005 and managed the Frugal Scrapper Scrapbooking Emporium down on Main Street next to Two Brothers Subs, through the fall of 2012. Many of the people I met while in business were very dear to my heart and I still miss seeing many of them to this day.
Our son, Nick went to Hilltop Elementary, Somersworth Junior High and graduated from Somersworth High School in 2011. Today, he is a senior majoring in electrical engineering at Villanova University, in PA. Our family really came to appreciate the Somersworth Recreation department during Nick’s childhood, and the effort Gordy Hilliard, Maureen Call Jackman, Mike Hill and many volunteers put forth for the children of Somersworth and Rollinsford. Nick started playing Biddy Basketball when he was just 3 years old and stayed with the rec program to play baseball and later soccer. This gave him a great foundation for playing sports in high school, and a great group of friends. How many people can say that they have had some of their friends since they were three? The rec program also introduced Michael and me to a wonderful group of supportive parents who gave us a sense of community. Many of whom we remain friends with to this day and still catch up on “the kids” whenever we see them.
Meet some of your other neighbors and friends past and present HERE and don’t forget to join us next week.