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Hudson~Litchfield News 8-17-2012

Hudson~Litchfield News 8-17-2012

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by AJ Dickinson
Things that the average Americans take forgranted like a few Slim Jims or a fresh pair of clean socks seem to mean the world to the manyyoung men and women of the armed services,who are stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.Luckily, many of these simple requests are madepossible due to the support of the many volunteersof the non-prot organization “MooreMart.The organization rst began in 2004 when PaulMoore started sending a few care packages to hisbrother Bryan’s unit in Afghanistan. Soon afterhe began doing, this he received more and moree-mails from his brother’s unit asking for thingssuch as socks, phone cards, Girl Scout cookies,toothpaste, and beef jerky. Ten packages a monthsoon grew to 100, and Paul knew he would needto nd a sponsor to help fund the non-protorganization. Soon, after teaming up with theAmerican Legion and other local veterans groups,MooreMart started to make a signicant impactin the Middle East. ”The nice thing about it wasthe whole state (New Hampshire) as a communityrallied behind us, and with their support wehave not only been able to meet the demand of supplies, but we have been able to do specialprojects also. For example, we have been ableto start schools in Iraq and Afghanistan as well ashealth clinics and soccer programs which havereceived over 8,000 soccer balls,” Moore said.He went on by saying, “it speaks highly of oursoldiers who are over there, directly in harms wayand would want nothing more than to contact usand explain that they would like to receive someclothes to help some of the orphanages in anattempt to personally make a change.”The main goal of MooreMart is to send overthe requested items within three to four days of receiving the request at no cost to the soldiers.Since the organization was founded they havemanaged to send over 47,000 care packages(just under 6 tons) including 8,200 cases, notboxes, of Girl Scout cookies. The favoritetype, of course, being “thin mint.When thesoldiers were introduced to the Iraqis they wereoffered to smoke tobacco, however, most of thesoldiers are health conscious, and did not wantto partake in the ritual. In an attempt to notbe rude, the soldiers had asked MooreMart tosend them something that they could give to theIraqis instead. This is how the thought of sharingsomething as simpleand American ass’mores soon becamethe idea. The Iraqis,who had never seenmarshmallows before,were skeptical at rst,yet soon after tastingthe treats all of the5,000 marshmallow/ s’more kits that weresent over had soondisappeared. PaulMoore explained that“the nice thing aboutthe s’mores is that it isone of the few thingsthat the Iraqi parentslet their boys and girlsparticipate in together.”Along with the food,books, and socks thatare included in thecare packages, lettersand cards were sent.Letters that are writtenfrom all sorts of differentNew Hampshire residents ranging from the elderlyto concerned high school students. High schoolstudents Kayleigh, Kyle, and Kristian Comerstarted getting involved with MooreMart as anattempt to receive credit from their high school(Alvirne) as part of an outreach volunteer program.Once they started packing, however, Pam Comer(their mother) explained “as we saw the picturesof the men and woman that would be receivingthe supplies we really could start to understandwhat these simple items mean to them, it reallymakes us feel good inside.” The siblings havesacriced many snow days and summer days overthe past four years by helping the organizationpack. When Kayleigh was asked why she keepscoming back she replied by saying, “they doso much for us that a few hours on a Saturdaymorning is nothing compared to them sitting formonths covered in sand, just being happy thatthey have a new pair of clean socks. When I can just put new socks on every hour of the day if Iwanted to.” After receiving a ag that had beenown over a base inIraq, Pam had to ghtback her tears so thather mascara didn’t run,she then commentedon her recognitionby saying, “I don’t doit to be recognized,I do it so that I cangive something to thesoldiers, I did stumbleupon this event but onceI came I just wanted tokeep coming.”MooreMart whousually ships thesecare packages every 10months will be sendingtheir next shipment onNovember 10 whichwill include stockingsfor all of the soldierswho will be spendingtheir Christmas holidayoverseas.
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by Michael Linehan
Matthew Gagnon stood in front of the Boardof Selectmen this week to donate his Eagle ScoutProject to the town of Hudson. This project wasa wildlife blind (a concealed area for viewinguninhibited wildlife) at Benson Park located onone of the trails just by Bass Pond. After Gagnonexplained how he had come up with the idea andthe process he went through to achieve his goal, theboard unanimously passed a position to accept hisdonation.Also on the agenda was the issue of a subgrantfrom New Hampshire’s Brownelds RevolvingLoan Fund (RFL) in the amount of $150,000. Thesubgrant is for the purpose of remediating asbestoscontamination from the location of 9 IndustrialDrive, which is the site for a eld in memory of ZachTompkins. Len Lathrop and Michael Tompkins,Zach’s father, expressed their support and thanks forthe project before the selectmen passed a motion toaccept the subgrant.Following this, representatives from Browneldsexplained their plan to relocate the waste into aseparate secure area as an “asbestos cell,” overwhich the parking lot would serve as a “cap.”Work will be done during business hours andcomments from the public can be directed to TownAdministrator Steve Malizia.Among one of the last topics of the nightconcerned the LGC Municipal Volunteer of theYear Award. At the request of Chairman RogerCoutu, Bernie Manor was nominated for the award.Manor has volunteered many hours to the Hudsoncommunity especially for his work at Benson Parkand as a member of both the Water and Sewer UtilityCommittees. After some brief discussion on thematter, a motion was passed unanimously to give theaward to Manor.
 Acts of Kindness
are High Priority for Selectmen
by Susan Miner 
On Friday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m.the thespians from the group ClassAct from Alvirne High School gave usan imaginative, creative, humorouspresentation of the Shakespeare classic
 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
at theHills Garrison Elementary School. Asyou entered the auditorium you walkedthrough an archway decorated with ivy,ferns and white hydrangeas. Once inthe auditorium you noticed the chairsarranged in an untraditional manner,aisles and rows set unexpectedly.Chairs were adorned with tissue paperbutteries and owers. The front of thestage was dressed with tall grasses andpotted plants, the walls of the auditoriumtransformed with murals of horse drawncarriages, fountains and trees paintedon paper and hung on the walls. Theirproduction was set in Central Park inNew York and had a very ethereal feelAs the play started the audience foundthemselves in the middle of the actionas the actors came running through theaudience from the sides and back of theauditorium to start the play. The playhad all the classic elements yet put amore current spin on the interpretationwith modern day songs such as “DreamOn” and “Magic” as well as modern dayurban dress on some of the characters.The spirit with which the performanceswere delivered was astounding.The show was co-directed by JenniferLaFrance, Lauren Denis, and MarianneHedges. Choreography was by SarahNasiff. In June Jennifer LaFrance foundshe had cancer and would be takingchemotherapy treatments though thesummer. According to LaFrance, theshow had gone on because of the truespirit of theater: community. Friends,family and former students helped outwherever needed to help keep thisproduction on track.
 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
MooreMart Honors Longtime Volunteers
 Alvirne High School Principal Steven Beals loading up a care package after a tear-jerking day at the Nashua Armory on Saturday.Co-founders Deborah and ed Luszey (black shirts) with Richard and Kathleen Scheib. Te Sheibs donated 300 pairs of socks courtesy of United Healthcare.From the left, Superintendent Bryan K. Lane with Pam Comer, her son Kristian, her daughter Kayleigh,and Steven Beals.Co-founder Mike Rice taping up the packages at the end of the assembly line at the Nashua Army barracks on Saturday 
itania’s Fairies. Jennifer LeFrance thanked everybody who made the production possible.Nick Bottom and some of his players with Puck grinning in the background.
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Friends of Alvirne Ice Hockey heldtheir 11th annual golf fundraiser atPassaconaway Country Club on August13. According to the organization’streasurer Nancy Dutil, 58 golfersrepresenting a wide-based support of Alvirne hockey, lined the fairways of thepopular Litcheld links to help generatefunds for the Bronco pucks program.Dutil, who has noticed an increasein parental participation for the eventduring the past few years, also thankedthe many sponsors; including Hudsonbusinesses CPTE (Center for PhysicalTherapy & Exercise), Early Start Children’sCenter, the Hudson Kiwanis Club andHudson Trophy for their generousdonations. Special mention went out toCCS Presentation Systems of Nashua forentering a team in addition to sponsoringa hole and donating rafe items.With the standard best ball formatgoverning play on the course, it wasthe foursome of Shawn Brown, TylerBrown, Tyler Livingston and Bill Cahillthat captured rst place, ring a lowgross of 60. For their efforts, they eachwalked away with the commemorative“11th Annual First Place” trophy as wellas an 18 hole pass for a future roundof golf at the host club. Other prizesawarded went to Randy Hicks and SueLaRoche for longest drive in each of theirrespective gender categories as well asConnie Liles and Mike Finnerman for theirclosest to the pin shots; Liles on the 90yard par 3, second and Finnerman as a result of leaving himself an11 foot 10 inch birdie putt on the 160 yard fourth hole.Receiving the ultimate longest drive award was the father/sontwosome of Kent and Ken Fuller. As friends of Billy Levinski, whoseson Zach graduated from AHS in 2008 as well as laced it up forthe Broncos, the Fullers drove from upstate New York (as they doannually) to participate and show their support for Alvirne hockey.Alvirne Athletic Director Karen Bonney, in her 13th year of heading-up Bronco athletics, was once again teeing the pill upin support of the hockey program. “It’s a great fund raiser” notedBonney, who has participated in all 11 hockey fundraiser golf outings. “Anything we can do to raise money and defer the costof playing” is certainly worth the effort noted the AHS A.D. Withthe rst day of tryouts for Alvirne sports taking place on the dayof the golf event, the turnout may have been slightly affected.Nonetheless, Bonney thanked those who participated by saying “weappreciate people who come here to support the program.”Mike Pitre was in charge of the fundraiser and acted as theevent’s emcee; awarding the various prizes as well as conductinga rafe for the numerous items donated by local business, a 50/50rafe as well as a silent auction featuring several Boston sportsteams memorabilia. Prior to engaging in his auctioneer role,Pitre thanked the people of Hudson as well as area businesses formaking the event possible. He added that “we are hoping to haveanother successful year for the hockey program”; building on theaccomplishments of last year’s squad, who under head coach BrianGould, reached the D-III state championship game held at theVerizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
Free Tickets for SmithsonianMagazine’s Museum Day Live!9-Volt Batteriesa Fire Hazard
submitted by Hudson Fire Department 
Hudson Fire Chief Shawn Murray and the New Hampshire StateFire Marshal’s Ofce encourages you to properly locate your extrabatteries and learn how to store them properly.In July, a re broke out in a kitchen “junk” drawer which theresident stated she had just cleaned and organized. The reproduced smoke throughout the rst oor of the home. In thedrawer were spare keys, a cigarette lighter, paper clips, eyeglasscleaner, and some batteries in a baggie along with everythingelse that you nd in a “junk” drawer. The local re departmentdetermined the cause of the re to be from a 9-volt battery storedin the same baggie with other batteries. The 9-volt battery rubbedagainst another battery and ignited the re. In the homeowner’swords, “We were fortunate not to have been away for the weekend.”A 9-volt battery is a re hazard because the positive and negativeposts are on top, right next to one another. If the ends come incontact with anything metal object, i.e., aluminum foil, steel wool,paper clip, other batteries, etc., this will create the object to heat upand ignite a re.To store, keep 9-volt batteries in original packaging, or keep endscovered. For disposal, make sure that the positive and negative postsare safely wrapped in electrical tape.Remember to check your smoke alarms each month to ensureyour family has the early warning needed to get out safely if a reshould occur in your home.
Sara Vaclavik
, daughter of George and Joanne Vaclavik of Hudson,was one of 46 Saint Michael’s College students to be awarded grantsto do research with a professor this summer. Vaclavik, a junioreconomics and philosophy double major, graduated from AlvirneHigh School before coming to Saint Michael’s, which is located inBurlington, VT, one of the top 10 college towns in America. Vaclavikis carrying out a project titled social science research.
Ashley Tomaswick
, daughter of Jim and Cindy Tomaswick of Hudson, has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semesterat the University of New England. A 2009 graduate of Alvirne HighSchool Tomaswick is a major in Athletic Training. She is also activelyinvolved at the University in the Athletic Training Club, Habitat forHumanity, Relay for Life and President of the Maine Chapter of theAlpha Chi Honors Society.
Mercedes J. Susi
of Hudson has been named to second honors onthe Clark University Dean’s List. This selection marks outstandingacademic achievement during the spring semester.
Private First Class Nicholas A. Brackett USMC
 graduated from Parris Island, SC, on August 3,Platoon 2062, Echo Co. Out of 471 graduates, hereceived the Marine Corp High Shooter Award. A2011 Graduate of Alvirne High, he is heading toCamp Pendleton, CA, for training at Scout SniperSchool. He is the son of Scott and Rosie Brackettof Hudson, and grandson of Ed and Jan Brackettand Ralph and Sandy Russo, all of Hudson.Hudson residents
Elena Whittaker
, a seniormajoring in Interactive Media and Game Development;
, a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering,
Ian Jutras
, a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Litcheld residents
Richard Raerty
, a freshman majoring in Engineering and
, a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering were amongstudents from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) named to theuniversity’s Dean’s List.
Matthew LaVigueur
a resident of Hudson graduated from theUniversity of Rochester on May 20 at the 162nd commencement witha Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. LaVigueur is the son of Carol LaVigueur, and a graduate of Alvirne High School.The University of Massachusetts-Lowell recently announced thenames of students who achieved academic distinction for the springsemester.
Christopher Allan Achorn, Stephen Andrew Bosjlie,Lycia Costa Boucher, Patrick James Calhoun, Courtney Lynn Clark,Natasha Cole, Balmikki Sharma Croce, Kevin Charles Driscoll, JosephJeanrock DuBois, Joel Matthew Dupont, Mary Elizabeth Femling,Jacob H Galloway, Savannah Sue Johnson, Victoria Jones, JoanneDanielle Lichtenberg, Katherine Mascaro, Catherine Marie McCrady,Ryan Taylor McDonagh, Brittany Alycia Melanson, Adam BennettNardelli, Joseph C. Peach, Jeremy François Poulin, Simon AlexanderShestako, Liezl S. Wee Sit, Timothy James Whitney, Ian NathanielWilson, Anton Zymin
, all of Hudson, and
Michael W O’Keee o Litchfeld.
 Alvirne Hockey Hits the Fairways in Fundraiser
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Displaying their rst of 60 are (from L to R): Bill Cahill, AHS senior yler Livingston,AHS junior yler Brown, Shawn Brown
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The best free ticket in town is just a click away - museum-goerscan head to smithsonian.com/museumdaylive to download ticketsfor Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! Tickets grant freeadmission for two people per household to participating museumson Saturday, September 29.Museum Day Live! will be the eighth annual event celebratingeducation through the nation’s wide array of museums andcultural institutions. For one day only, participating locationsacross the country will emulate the free admission policy of theSmithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based facilities. Theprogram encourages learning and the dissemination of knowledgenationwide. Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers toover 1,400 museums.“With September right around the corner, people can start toplan their Museum Day Live! experience now,” said Jennifer Hicks,Group Publisher, Smithsonian Media. “Our free online ticketingmakes accessing museums and cultural institutions easy for anyonethat is interested. Over 1,400 museums are expected to participate,making this year’s event even larger than last year.”For more information, visit smithsonian.com/museumdaylive.
I am a 16-year-oldstudent who lives inWindham. I am yourtypical teenager. I playsports, I work hard inschool, and I enjoyhanging out with my friends. Like every normalteenager, I was excited to see the new Batmanmovie. I got a group of my friends and we allwent to go see it at midnight. We all enjoyed themovie and made it home safely. Unfortunately atanother midnight showing in Aurora, Colorado,the event was neither safe nor enjoyable.The incident that occurred at the midnightshowing of 
in Aurora, CO, is sickeningand terrifying. The scariest thing about thewhole incident is that the man behind this actof violence acquired his weapons legally. Thatfactor in the story brings forth a serious issue forus in New Hampshire, gun laws. Currently inNew Hampshire, our gun laws are laissez faire tosay the least. There is no permit required in NewHampshire that is needed for a person to buy agun from a licensed dealer. On top of that, nopermit is required either for aperson walk around openly witha gun on a holster as long asit is visible. It is crazy to thinkthat anybody of the age 21 orolder can walk into a licensedarms dealer and walk out with ahandgun without any real effort.This incident should be aneye opener for New Hampshireto have stricter gun laws inplace. The laws already set inNew Hampshire easily enablea person to commit an act justsinister as the one in Colorado.New Hampshire could get a good start withthese two steps (but not limited to these either):1.) Require a gun license before a purchase of any gun. Currently in New Hampshire permitsare only required in certain situations suchas buying a gun from a private party. Permitsare not required for handguns. 2.) Require apsychological examination before a gun licensecan be issued. The shooter in Colorado to anygun store clerk would appear to be a normalperson. During the trial though it has come tolight that the man is insane (obviously consideringwhat he did) and may suffer from a list of differentpsychological disorders, ones that should beassessed by a psychologist not a store clerk. Iknow New Hampshire tries to stay true to the“Live Free or Die” motto, but our gun laws needto be changed for all our safety. Since the horricact I have asked myself, “What if it had happenedat the local theater I was at?”
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Nineteen month old Benjamin Hirschlein, of Hudson, enjoys a Popsicle to beat the heat. “Tat Popsicle hit the spot; it may be almost gone but I am still all smiles.” 
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The Area News Group isexcited to announce the hiring of two new reporters. Jake Gagnonand Michael Linehan will soonstart reporting for our papers.Linehan will write about Hudsonpolitics and events. Gagnon isassigned to Windham and SalemHigh School sports. Gagnon isa 2012 graduate of PlymouthState University, where he studiedEnglish with a concentrationin writing. He worked asthe Assistant Sports Editor atPlymouth State University’scampus newspaper
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