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Hudson~Litchfield News 10-19-2012

Hudson~Litchfield News 10-19-2012

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 Volume 23 Number 16 October 19, 2012 16 Pages
Supported Through Advertisers An Independent Weekly Newspaper 
HUDSON, NH03051PERMIT NO. 33Postal Customer
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Improvementsat HudsonSchoolsDiscussed
by Lynne Ober 
Hudson has a number of older schoolbuildings, and, as anyone who ownsany building is aware, buildings needmaintenance. The Hudson School Boardcreated a District Facilities AssessmentCommittee to review needed maintenance.This committee is co-chaired by Elaine Brodyand Bernie Manor, both of whom have beeninvolved in a number of building projects bothfor the school district and for other entities.The committee has now suggested that theschool board proceed with a warrant articlethat will appear on the March, 2013 ballot.This suggestion comes have reviewing anengineering report done on the Dr. H.O. SmithSchool and evaluation of other buildings.Brody and Manor co-authored a memo forSuperintendent Bryan Lane after an October9 meeting with the combined school facilitiessub-committees. The sub-committees weredivided into three areas, Zone A elementary,which encompassed both Dr. H.O. SmithSchool and Library Street School, Alvirne HighSchool and the school district athletic elds.“The committee members have givena great deal of thought and study to theserecommendations,” wrote Brody and Manor.Because of the age of the Smith school,the school district had paid for a thoroughengineering study so that the schoolboard, school facility committee, staff andadministration would understand wheremodications could safely be made andwhere undertaking modications would notbe successful because of the current structureof the building.The goal for the Zone A schools wouldbe to expand the Dr. H.O. Smith School forgrades 1 through 5 and then to use LibraryStreet School as a district wide Preschooland Kindergarten facility. This is not a newgoal for this district as several school boardshave looked at and approved this proposedconguration.To accomplish this, a number of tasks atthe Dr. H. Smith School would need to beaccomplished. Unfortunately the engineeringreport showed that the classroom wing builtcirca 1950 was not as structurally sound asthe rest of the school and renovation wasnot advised. Therefore this wing would bedemolished if this plan were approved by thevoters.Once the classroom wind is demolished,the plan is to maintain the structural integrityof the original 1930’s Dr. H.O. Smith buildingwhile adding a new addition on the south sideto include a new gym and approximately 26classrooms. The current gym could then berenovated into a new cafeteria.Library Street School would be very suitablefor being used as a district wide preschool andkindergarten facility and minimal renovationswould be needed.Alvirne High School is another of the olderschools in Hudson and the goal would be toupgrade it to meet the 21st century needs of students, faculty, and residents of the town of Hudson.Since Alvirne was built federal ADA lawshave been passed and while Alvirne doesmeet those needs, it requires effort. The rstgoal in renovations would be to make theentire school easily ADA accessible.The committee recommends buildingan addition that might be connected to thecurrent building, but would complementthe current career technical center. Thisaddition would house an auditorium aswell as educational space for arts, mediaand other technology classes. It was furtherrecommended that the gym be renovatedand other common areas undergo a spaceevaluation to include storage, functional usageand security.The school district has long provided eldusage for town sports teams as well as schoolteams. As a result elds are frequently usedand maintenance is difcult as there are notenough elds to allow for rotation of elds.The committee recommended rehabbing allof the elds at Hudson Memorial School andto add elds at Alvirne High School so thateld rotation could occur. In addition, it wasrecommended that a consultant be hired toassess all district athletic elds and make aplan to maximize usage.Over the next few weeks, the school boardand administration will have to nalize notonly their budget, but also their warrantarticles. Budget Committee hearings willbe televised and there will be both a publichearing in early January and a deliberativesession in late January or early February on allbudgetary proposals.
Canadians Drop By For a Visit
Tese Candian Geese seem to be enjoying the beauty of autumn at Eayers Pond in Hudson.
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GMS Students Are
the Wall!
GMS Tird Graders challenge themselves as they climb across the wall! Phys Ed eacher, Jesse Haarlander discusses Climbing Safety with a group of third graders before they climb
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by Tom Tollefson
The phrase most commonly used to describe the sixth annual three dayHudson PumpkinFest was “family friendly.” The Hudson Kiwanis Clubsponsored the festival, which was held October 12-14 on the grounds of theHudson Hills House.“Originally, I wanted to copy Keene Pumpkin Fest, but I knew this had thepotential to be as big as some of the major New Hampshire fairs,” HudsonKiwanis Club President Mike Falzone said.The festivities included many events for children such as a petting zoo,games, rides, food, face painting, as well as rafes, a car show featuring 44classic antique cars, a craft fair, hayrides, live music, reworks, and severalrows of a variety of vendors with customized merchandise such as homemade jewelry and bath soaps.“Everyone was walking around having a good time. It was a big successhere. The board breaking demonstration was a big success,” said QuinnNaamani, instructor at Granite State American Kenpo Karate in Litcheld,who hopes to return as a vendor next year.All the proceeds Kiwanis generated through the weekend (the moneymade through rafes, tickets, and $2 parking donations) went toward collegescholarships for high school students from Alvirne High School and CampbellHigh School.
Hudson Kiwanis’ Sixth Annual PumpkinFest a Success
Hudson resident Peter Denis with his 1969 GI orinoin the car show at Hudson’s PumpkinFest.
continued to page 6- Pumpkinfest 
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submitted by Kerri Sullivan, GMS PTO
Litcheld’s Grifn Memorial Elementary Schoolis proud to announce the newest addition to theirPhysical Education Program: a Climbing Wall.Purchased with funds generously donated by the GMSPTO with support from the Playground Committee,the wall provides excellent opportunities for studentsto build physical strength and coordination as wellas build self condence and team work. PhysicalEducation Teacher, Jesse Haarlander encouraged thegroup to purchase the wall as part of an effort to helpall students at the school. He has many plans for itthroughout the year and the students are extremelyexcited to get climbing!
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 Accola des 
 Accola des 
Air Force Airman Derek R. Laurent
graduated from basic militarytraining at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. The airmancompleted an intensive, eight-week program that included training inmilitary discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical tness,and basic warfare principles and skills. Laurent, a 2009 graduate of Alvirne High School, is the nephew of Debbie Mignault of Hudson.
Navy Seaman Jordan G. Quattrucci
, son of Lucille M. and Eugene J. Quattrucci of Hudson recently completed U.S. Navy basic trainingat Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. During the eight-weekprogram, Quattrucci completed a variety of training that includedclassroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, rst aid,reghting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraftsafety. An emphasis was also placed on physical tness. Quattrucci isa 2009 graduate of Alvirne High School.The Saint Michael’s College women’s volleyball team went 1-3 lateSeptember, including topping Norwich University, 3-0, in its homeopener. The Purple Knights’ nal three matches were in Northeast-10Conference play, as they fell 3-0 at Southern New HampshireUniversity at Assumption College on Friday and at 2011 NCAATournament qualier Stonehill College on Saturday. Junior
(Litcheld, Campbell) had ve kills.Northern Essex Community College is pleased to announcethe appointment of 
Daphne Valentino
, a resident of Litcheld, tothe Dean’s List for the summer term. Valentino is studying CIS:Information Technology.Endicott College is pleased to announce that
Lauren Greenwood
 recently received the Helen Young Post ‘52 Scholarship. Thisscholarship is awarded annually to third or fourth year studentsmajoring in Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship.Recipients must demonstrate scholastic achievement, communityeffort, and social responsibility. The scholarship was made availablethrough the generosity of Helen Young Post, an alumna of theCollege. Lauren is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Greenwood of Hudson. She is a member of the class of 2014 majoring in BusinessAdministration.
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Early Start Children’s Center’sNursery School StudentsEnjoy Hudson’s Treasures
submitted by Early Start Children’s Center 
On a bright sunny fall day at the end of September, the 3year olds from Early Start Children’s Center got to go on a bigadventure: their rst eld trip!The adventure started with a trip to Alvirne High SchoolsAgricultural Farm where they were greeted by Farmer Nadeauand his helper, Danielle. The children had been learningabout animals that live on the farm as part of their Septembercurriculum. Danielle introduced the children to all the animals.They were able to see cows, sheep, chickens and donkeys. Theyeven got to see the big tractor in action in the corneld.Then it was on to Benson’s for a picnic lunch, a romp in thegorilla cage, and fun on the playground. After this very busy daythey went back to the center where they all took a well-deservednap.Some of the chaperones and children had never been to thefarm or the park and were pleased to discover these treasuresright in their own town.
Celebrating the Joy of Reading
submitted Griffin Memorial School 
Grifn Memorial School fourth graders fromMrs. Ashe’s class often celebrate the joy of reading. For their rst reading celebration of theschool year, they made t-shirts to advertise theirfavorite books. They presented their t-shirts anddiscussed their books with some second gradestudents.
 Mrs. Ashe’s fourth grade class 
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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 condent 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 difcult 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.

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