Jimmy Waugh is Maeve O'Connell's grandfather — he is 90 and lives in Reno, Nevada, now. He used some of my photos in his publication “Regionaire” long ago. This was in the pre-Maeve era. At that time there were three Jim printers — Jimmy Waugh, Jimmy Hanna and Jim Behringer. I've had printing done by all the Jims.
But Maeve is not a printer. She is more of an imprinter I'd say. Maeve, despite her limitations, has managed to leave an indelible mark here in the region and beyond.
We first got to know Maeve through activities at the local YMCA. Our daughters and Maeve often shared a stage and they went to school together. Maeve sang and acted regularly with “Y-Arts." She also plays the trumpet or coronet, or maybe both. She told me, but I forget.
Maeve is quite independent and strong willed — not sure if that is a trait of her mom's (Genie O'Connell) or her dad's (John O'Connell), or both. Either way, she is a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps some of her grandfather's genetic predisposition for hard work got passed along.
A little trivia I came to know about Mr. Waugh. He and my Aunt Nancy Connors Flick, were classmates and friends at the old Mallett school in Farmington. This was way pre-Maeve, and pre-Maeve's mom. Jimmy told me that my Aunt Nancy was quite an accomplished figure skater.
I've always been struck by Maeve's ability to carry on. She is not shy about launching forward. Her folks might be willing to confirm this condition.
After graduating high school, Maeve took off for college in Michigan, but for reasons only partially shared, she returned home and began online schooling at the University of Phoenix and Southern New Hampshire University with studies and degrees in psychology. Maeve is a sharp cookie. Her list of volunteer and support services locally and nearby are extensive. And she is an accomplished computer operator. I am not.
Maeve is a special young lady. She has the coolest giggle.