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October 19, 2012 - 3
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Electronic Message SignDonation Offered to Alvirne
by Lynne Ober
Alvirne High School Principal Steve Beals wrote amemo to Superintendent Bryan Lane about a possibledonation of a large electronic message sign that wouldbe installed in front of Alvirne High School.Beals reported that Arthur Bartlett, from Barlo Signs,has offered to donate a new school sign to Alvirne HighSchool and also noted that this donation has convincingsupport of the Alvirne Trustees, who at a recent meetingstrongly supported the donation and addition to the frontof the Alvirne property.The sign would be a double-sided illuminated displaywith a top cabinet 4 feet 3 inches by 11 feet 4 3/16inches and a double sided 16mm electronic messagecenter 50 3/8 inches by 88 3/16 inches with Pole cover 4feet 9 inches high by 11 feet 4 3/16 inches wide by overheight of 13 feet .5inches. There are two full color digitaldisplay message centers with the sign. The mid- sectionof pole cover has logo graphics with overall dimensionsof 3 feet in height. Communication with the signmessage center is via a wireless interface. According toBarlo Signs the sign can withstand temperatures of – 20degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius.With the acceptance of the donation, the HudsonSchool District would be responsible for installing anew electrical service panel to the sign. The cost for theneeded electrical materials is approximately $2,000 andcan be completed by Barlo’s electrician. A trench wouldneed to be dug to facilitate the needed electrical paneland Barlo recommended that the project budget includeapproximately $500 for repairing any damage to theirrigation system.The total cost of the proposed donation would be$74,495. Therefore, Bartlett suggested that the schoolboard think about buying a two-year maintenanceagreement to protect this asset and quoted the annualcost at $2,210 with the total amount of a two-yearmaintenance agreement being $4,420.
Familiar Face to Leave Alvirne
by Lynne Ober
For years Jerry Michaud has been one of the happiestfaces at Alvirne High School. Michaud has been HeadCustodian and has been a constant gure throughout theschool. He will retire on December 31, 2012.“The students have brought me a great deal of happiness and I will miss them,” said Michaud. Everyfall a new class of students arrived and before theygraduated, Michaud knew their names and greeted themby name. But, it wasn’t only student names, Michaudlearned parent names as well as knowing all the staff byname. He greeted one and all with a big smile.He helped with many events over the years and wasalways ready to help make every event as pleasant andhappy as it could be. He was “adopted” by many of theclasses. Remember the day he kissed the cow? He waspart of the Alvirne High School community and will bemissed.“For as long as anyone can really remember, JerryMichaud has been an important part of the culture of Alvirne High School,” said Superintendent and formerAlvirne High School Principal, Bryan Lane. “Witha big voice, a kind word, a welcoming smile and ahelping hand Jerry has been there to support the Alvirnecommunity at every turn. He has a genuine concern forthe students and always wants to see the best in them.”Lane recalled that the yearbook was dedicated to Jerryon multiple occasions which demonstrated the students’respect and caring for him.“Staff members have always known that he willbe there to support them in their efforts by workingwith his crew to create a clean and safe educationalenvironment. When the students and staff return fromthe holiday break in January, the school day will go onbut there will be a moment in their day when they feelthat something is missing The spirit of Jerry Michaudalways be in the building and I have a feeling that wewill see him at Alvirne supporting students for a longtime to come. Thank you Jerry,” concluded Lane.
An artist’s rendition of the electronic sign Jerry as Mr. AHS in 2009 At Bryan Lane’s celebration in 2012
State Representatives Endorsed asBusiness Friendly
Bruce Berke, State Director of the National Federationof Independent Business PAC (NFIB) announced thatthe NFIB Safe (Save America’s Free Enterprise) TrustCommittee has endorsed several State Representativesbecause they have worked to provide a more friendlyenvironment for small business owners. Endorsed wereState Representatives Jordan Ulery, Russ Ober, BobHaefner, Lynne Ober, Andy Renzullo and Shawn Jasper.“Your voting record indicates that you are committedto the needs of the thousands of small businessesand their employees in New Hampshire and NFIBis condent in your continued support for the smallbusiness person when you are serving in Concord,”stated Berke. “Thank you for standing with us on theissues important to small business.”Complete listings can be found at www.NFIB.com orby calling NFIB/New Hampshire at 228-2370.
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An Unwelcomed Welcome
by Trisha Rose Donadio,Bishop Guertin Intern
What is it like to live in Hudsonwhile going to school in Nashua? Theexperience is different for each person;however, there are two general insights.Many agree that it is difcult for BishopGuertin (BG) students to feel acceptedin Hudson because BG and Alvirne havesuch intense competition on and off thesports elds. Bishop Guertin senior andformer Presentation of Mary Academystudent, Rachael LeBel, states, “Myclose friends have never made me feelunwelcomed, but there was always thatrivalry where people comment, ‘Oh yeahyou go to BG’ like they don’t understandor there’s a barrier.” Another prior Hudsonstudent, Melyssa Millett, agrees saying, “Inall honesty, eversince everyonefound out I wasgoing to BG,there was anobvious feelingof contempttowards me.”Generally,Hudson studentsharbor agrudge towardthose studentswho chose toleave Alvirnefor BG. Oneopinion is thatthis grudge isbecause Alvirnestudents donot understandwhy peoplewant to leave.“Yes, I still feelaccepted bysome but notall. Some thinkthat I am somesort of traitor butthey don’t evenunderstand why I had to [leave],” saysGrant Hodgkins. However the opinionof those people who had built a networkof strong bonds in Hudson would differ,because some students still feel connectedand welcomed throughout Hudson, dueto their close-knit friends. One student,Michaela Cunningham, comments, “Istruggled at rst, but generally I feelaccepted by my old friends and try tokeep up with them as much as possible!”Whether or not a person still feelsaccepted seems to really depend on theirexperiences in middle school. Studentswho had an extremely large group of close-knit friends agree that they still feelwelcome and connected, but studentswho had smaller friend groups do not.