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submitted by Bob Haefner
The New Hampshire State Grange presentsnumerous awards each year at the Annual StateGrange Awards Banquet in October. The StateGrange awards its Teacher, Policeman, StateTrooper, Citizen and Legislator o the year. Wealso give Agriculture awards; unortunatelynone o the recipients o the Agriculturalawards could attend the annual Banquet.Those recipients are receiving their awards atlocal Granges.Hudson Granges Hosted the presentation o the “200 Year Farm” award to McQuesten Farmin Litchfeld. On November 13, Bob Haener,Director o the Legislative and AgricultureDepartment o the New Hampshire StateGrange Presented its 200 Year Farm Award tothe McQuesten amily. In attendance with theMcQuestens was Representative Laura Gandiao Litchfeld. The award goes to arms that havebeen in the same amily or at least 200 years.McQuesten Farm on the Charles BancrotHighway in Litchfeld grows sweet corn and avariety o vegetables. The McQuesten amilyhas armed at the same location and has beenin the same amily since 1744. The old armhouse that the amily lives in was built by theancestors back in the 1740s. The arm at onetime had been a dairy arm. Matt McQuestenand his amily currently produce their cropson about 200 acres. Originally the arm was a1,000 acre tract o land.Bob Haener traveled to PeterboroughGrange on the 18th o November to presentthe Young Farmer Award to Tracie Smith o Fitzwilliam and then on to Walpole Grange onthe 20th to present the Century Farm Award toFletcher Farms.
School DistrictBudget to IncreaseTax Rate by 79 Cents
by Len Lathrop
As most o us look orward to both Thanksgiving andChristmas, elected members o the Hudson BudgetCommittee must get to work and review the proposalsthat both the Hudson selectmen and the Hudson schoolboard. The budgets will be voted on during the March2013 elections. Any changes be implemented on July1, 2013. While it begins in 2013 it is reerred to as theFY 2014 budget. The selectmen and the school boardtake turns each year as to who presents frst to thecommittee, this year it is the budget committee.The Hudson School District is proposing a budget o $48,026,049 or the FY 2014 year, which according tothe School district executive summary is an increase o 4.46 percent.What that means or the homeowner is an increaseo 79 cents per thousand o property evaluation. Aterthe recent reevaluation, the average home in Hudson isprojected to be $250,000 in property value, which inround dollars and cents means your tax bill will go up$197.50; this is an increase o $2,049,684 over the FY2013 budget. Any house owner can fnd their currentevaluation on top o the bill you received Mondayin the mail or can visit the town website http://www.hudsonnh.gov/docs/as/as-new-to-old-value-location.pd.Some o the increases in the budget are have todo with the personnel area, Salaries and Beneftsrom previously approved contracts, which includeretirement system contributions and increase in HealthInsurance costs will amount to a projected $1,487,089portion o the $2.049 million jump, with the balancebegin made up as ollows: Ofce Expenses $9,372,Supplies $108,817, Contracted Services, $177,852,Educational Resources $188,425, Furniture $11,562,Proessional Development $38,959 and Equipment$111,560 adding an increase projected or Utilities o $47,485 and Debt service o $36,467. To oset some o these increases there are revenue increase rom impactee collected by the planning board o $150 and someadjustment in past health insurance premium paid dueto a court ruling.This budget includes salaries and benefts orthree positions not unded or flled in prior years butapproved in prior budgets and two new positionsboth needed to meet Individual Education Plans (IEP)o students, these total $259,784. Health Insurancebenefts are projected to increase by 5 percent to$5,571,193.The presentation o this budget continues Tuesdaynight, November 20, and we will continue to ollowin next week’s HLN. During the November 19 schoolboard meeting Superintendent Lane announced that thestate property tax returned to Hudson could increase by$168,000 which would reduce the impact on taxpayers.The Executive Summary is available at the HudsonSchool District website. It is a report that explains indetail this proposed budget.Litchfeld resident Sue Burnswas one her way home Thursday,November 15, when she spottedapproximately 30 turkeys strollingthrough and a ew o themstopping at the town’s marker.
McQuesten Farm Receives NH State Grange
‘200 Year Farm’ Award
From left to right: Representative Laura Gandia, Selectman Pat Jewett, the McQuestens - Christie, Jacob and Matt,and Bob Haefner, NH State Grange Legislative and Agriculture Director.
St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry Feeds 192 Families
C o u r t e s y p h o t o b y S u e B u r n s
Dominique, Carly, Sydnee, Julia, Dan and BenPauline Boisvert with some of the generous donationsRichard Morgan and John Kivergan volunteering their time.
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