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Hudson~Litchfield News 11-8-2013

Hudson~Litchfield News 11-8-2013

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The Hudson~Litchfield News is a free weekly newspaper delivered to every home in Hudson and Litchfield, New Hampshire every Friday.
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 Volume 24 Number 18 November 8, 2013 16 Pages
Supported Through Advertisers An Independent Weekly Newspaper 
HUDSON, NH03051PERMIT NO. 33Postal Customer
 View past issues and our other papers online.
by Laurie Jasper 
Continental Academie of Hair Design in Hudson is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Named Best of Hudson Salons the last five years in a row, Continental Academie has been family owned and operated since opening in 1973. Owners Rhona Charbonneau and Alida Weergang built several successful hair salons in the area prior to 1973. Their first salon, Continental Crimping, opened in 1964 at Lowell Road and Central Street, which would later be the location of Hetzer’s Bike Shop. While traveling through Europe, Rhona and Alida were inspired by the foreign salons and wished to offer their customers a more “continental” beauty experience than most of the shops of the day, and their salon’s décor represented the style and service they wished to provide. In 1966, with the success of their first salon, they were able to open a second location on Main Street in Nashua. When they were ready to expand the business once again, Rhona and Alida tried an innovative move by separating the treatment and service rooms, allowing for a more intimate experience. While this is now a current trend, it was a new approach in the 1960s. Their third expansion in 5 years was located in Simoneau Plaza in Nashua and named Continental Hair, Fashion and Wig Design. Always staying current with trends while offering excellent customer service, they incorporated special bridal areas and a men’s section, and even had a special children’s section complete with a mini motorcycle for the young clients to “ride” while having haircuts! In 1974, their Royal Ridge Mall location in Nashua opened, with a black and white, Art Deco, Great Gatsby motif. This was one of the first salons in the area to offer separate skin care facilities and European facials. As busy salon owners, Rhona and Alida faced the challenge of finding qualified employees who met their high standards. Thus, in 1973, they opened Continental Academie of Hair Design in Hudson, not 500 feet from its current location. They moved into their current spot, 102 Derry Street, in 1981, which more than doubled their space. Also in 1981, they purchased Houles Beauty School in Manchester, which became Continental Academie’s second location. Continental Academie’s success can certainly be attributed to Rhona and Alida’s shared commitment to being leaders in cosmetology education. Rhona’s strong business background, combined with Alida’s talent in the hair styling field, offered their students the most current curriculum while also focusing on the important basics of styling and customer care.Alida Weergang is originally from the Netherlands and is an accomplished hair stylist. She studied extensively in England, France, Spain and Germany and has received many awards and accolades. She was on the United States Hairstyling Team, which placed first for the world championships in Germany. Alida also won the Rose D’Or de Paris, France’s highest award for hairstyling. Rhona Charbonneau and her late husband, Claude, raised their family in Hudson. In the 1980s and 1990s, Rhona was active in politics and was elected to the State Senate. Rhona is also a former long-time Hudson Selectman. While Rhona Charbonneau and Alida Weergang remain involved with the business, the next generation administers the daily operations of the salon. Rhona Charbonneau’s daughters, Rhona Wollenhaupt and Alida Charbonneau, grew up sweeping the floors and folding towels. Each graduated from the Continental Program. In addition, Rhona Wollenhaupt’s daughter, Ashley (Wollenhaupt) Coleman, began working at Continental in 2009, the third generation to be involved in the business. Like her mother and aunt, Ashley has also been a part of the school her whole life. She is the Director of Financial Aid for Continental. “We teach the most current and latest trends, but also the basics. We want our students to succeed. They love what they’re doing. They receive a strong foundation, and from that foundation you build,” said Rhona W. Her sister, Alida C., said, “We’ve learned to go with the ebb and flow of the latest needs of the industry, yet always stress ‘clean, neat, safe, organized.We set our standards higher than the State Board standards, because we know our students can do it.” The course of study not only qualifies students for the state cosmetology licensing exam but also allows them to enter the job market with the most current knowledge and skills. Students learn all aspects of the business, from scheduling, extensive retail training, presentation and customer service. “Forty-eight percent of cosmetologists are either self-employed or own their own business,” said Rhona W. Continental was completely renovated in 2010, with updates to the students’ salon clinic area, reception area, manicure and pedicure and spa rooms. At one time the school offered housing, but that area is now used for offices. The Hudson business is now the only location. Sister Maria Rosa, Principal and Sr. Claudette Brunelle, Assistant Principal show off their Red Sox spirit with the students! Sister Claudette, a long-time fan of the Red Sox has watched every Red Sox Game ever played on TV! From left to right Alex Gallant, Connor Duffy, Marco Bonilha, Sister Maria, Sister Claudette, Emily Richard and Gregory Fallon.
Hudson Native Robert Richard Tells of his Mingling with the Stars
 Who is Pullingthe Strings Behind the Wall?
 Find out on page 5 
 Where Did this GalShow Her Great Disguise?
 Find out on page 4
Red Sox Spirit Day at PMA 
Continental Academie of Hair Design Celebrates 40 Years in Business
Royal Ridge location, 1970s  Mother and Daughter, Ashley Coleman and Rhona Wollenhaupt First location of Continental Academie Sisters Alida Charbonneau (standing) and Rhona Wollenhaupt Early photo of current location of Continental Academie First Continental Beauty Salon, photo from Hudson~Litchfield News.
by Tom Tollefson
For many of us, meeting a celebrity is a brief and rare moment. Not for 75-year old Robert Richard. The Hudson native has met and socialized with some of America’s most notable names. Richard’s career in showbiz during the 1950s and 60s allowed him to rub elbows with these rich and famous faces. The seeds for his love for the showbiz world go back to his days of selling candy at plays put on by the Hudson Players, the only theater group in the area at the time. He was only about 12, but remembers becoming engrossed in theater after seeing plays put on by Hudson Players such as “Ghost Train” and “See How They Run.” “I just wanted to act. I probably  just wanted to be someone other than myself,” Richard said. Later on from eighth to 12th grade, Richard’s passion for theater continued to grow at Alvirne High School.
 See what they were waiting for on page 6 Find out on page 8
 Who Had A Great Season?Did You See These Ladies on our Facebook Page?
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Community Celebrates the Bronco Barn Grand Re-Opening
submitted by Judy King, Alvirne High School 
Alvirne High School’s marketing students and Marketing teacher, Cullen Madden launched the grand re-opening of the Bronco Barn, School Store on Wednesday, October 30. They set goals for revamping the school store that included improving the physical space and creating more student, staff and community traffic. The re-opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting. To celebrate the re-opening, visitors were greeted by bright fall displays, new apparel, and tasty treats, such as cookies, pretzels and coffee. Greeting cards are prominently displayed. Bronco Barn is the only Hallmark school franchise in the United States. The students created a welcoming environment with renovations that included painting, lighting and smarter utilization of space. Jerry Mayotte said “students learn the inner workings of how a business operates and experience how their learning applies to the real world. I am impressed with the professional and upscale look created in the store.”According to Cullen Madden, “the two-year marketing program provides students with a well-rounded marketing education. The school based enterprise gives them the opportunity to build leadership, management and problem solving skills. The students take charge and learn everything from inventory to finance. I am amazed by what the students have accomplished since early September.Richie Merrifield commented that “as a senior, it was great to be part of renovating the school store. I am excited about the possibilities for future Alvirne High School students.The public is welcome to stop by and visit the store on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 6:45-7:15 a.m.; 10:55-11:30 a.m.; 11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m.; and 12:30-1:10 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday, the store is open from 6:45-7:15 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:45-2:05 p.m.
Scarecrow Jamboree at GMS
submitted by V. Mango
On Friday October 25, Griffin Memorial School held its 31st annual Scarecrow Jamboree. The scarecrows were all created by the third and fourth grade students. An impressive showing of 70 scarecrows and 105 students participated this year. For the past 30 years Mrs. Cullen Kent has been the advisor for the event and this year she passed the torch to Victoria Mango, who added a few new twists to the event. The students who participated in the jamboree showed amazing creativity and imagination and did a fantastic  job keeping the jamboree exciting and fun for all. Scarecrows that were submitted to name a few were The Beatles, Uncle Si, Evil Minion, Dunkin Doughnuts, Amelia Earhart, traditional scarecrows, and even recycling scarecrows were entered. The theme this year was to recycle, reuse and repurpose materials in creating the scarecrows. The students really did a fantastic job at keeping this event environmentally friendly. Along with ribbons and prizes the participants also were graced with extreme generosity by the community as well. Haley’s Pizza donated pizza for pizza parties to the two top participating classrooms, and McQuesten’s farm donated sugar pumpkins to every student who participated in the jamboree. The event was a great success! Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, donated and organized to make this event special for the students of GMS.
submitted by Christine Byrnes, Keystone Girl Scouts Leader 
Sixth grade Girl Scouts, Olivia Cargnel and Isabella Cebrero, earned their Bronze Award by creating colorful and detailed floor maps of their beautiful and busy school – Presentation of Mary Academy (PMA) in Hudson.With the guidance of their project advisor, Debbie Fontaine, Olivia and Bella dedicated themselves to hours of learning a new software application and studying the original, paper floor plans of the school, to design the maps to scale. The new maps have been placed by the main stairwells throughout the school and in other key locations to assist visitors navigating about PMA. Additionally, they will be a useful resource for first-responders.The Bronze Award is a leadership adventure where you use your special skills and interests to take action and make a difference in your community. This award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve! With the help of Debbie, Olivia and Bella found a need, made a plan, and took action! Way to go girls ... you are here!
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Te re-opening was marked with a ribbon cutting. Pictured here are Brenda Collins, Executive Director, Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce; Jerry  Mayotte, Owner, Red Brick Clothing and Alvirne Career and echnical Education(CE) Marketing Program Advisory Committee Chair; Karen Worthen,  Alvirne CE Director and Cullen Madden, Alvirne Marketing teacher. Cullen Madden, Marketing teacher and Alvirne marketing students celebrate the Bronco Barn grand re-opening. Left to right: Cullen Madden, yler Ladebauche,  Jared Chenel, Alyssa Huggins, Jessie Belliveau, ristan Lindsay, Calvin Hunter, Richard Merrifield, and Kaleigh Bisson.
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Rational or Irrational?
I can’t seem to be anything but amused at reading the thumbs up/downs in this paper. I believe it always boils down to the same vitriolic few that are too ashamed to write a letter and sign their name so we can all know who is rational or irrational. Tose who cannot logically argue their point feel that they must personally attack anyone with a different viewpoint. In last week’s paper I expressed my opinion about our school district union tactic to undermine education using their own assessments and summation of their own behavior. I did not fabricate what they did. I did not paraphrase it nor state anything other than exactly what they said they did in the prior week’s article penned by the union president. What  we all got to see however, is the childish personal attacks by the same folks that would hope to stifle any person who dares speak out against what was a very disturbing course of events. Not imagined by me, but detailed by the very organization that perpetrated the behavior upon our children and this community. Fortunately, I have a thick skin. Unfortunately, those that are a bit more timid, and possibly with much more to contribute, stay far away from helping heal this divide in our community because of these type of incessant attacks on those that desire more, and better from those that at times spend more time with our children. I can say unequivocally that we have some very superb folks in our district. Te behavior of a few has a very detrimental impact to those folks that want to do the very best for our children to have to feel the pressure from the union to do things that aren’t in our community’s best interests. Tat is why I thanked Ms. Leite, last week. For having the courage to publically disclose what they had chosen to do and to recognize the harm it caused. Te question then to the voting public is whether or not we choose to reward the behavior. As for the cowards that live to try and destroy others in the shadows of thumbs down. Rational people understand your irrationality. Please do continue as it does nothing but help rational people see the difference. Finally, I am disappointed that our School Board knew from the beginning about the  work slow down and disservice to our students and chose to say nothing of it. I, for one would have appreciated it if the Board would have at the very least acknowledged it was happening. Publically. Ten reassured parents by telling us what the expected impact was going to be and how to work around it to ensure the least possible negative impact on our children.
 Jason Guerrette, Litchfield 
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Betty Vaughan, Litchfield 
Learning About COPD
Did you know that COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death in our country? And it is estimated that as many as half of those living with it do not yet know it? COPD symptoms come on slowly and are often brushed off as a sign of aging or being out of shape, so it can go undiagnosed for years.My name is Vincent Kanhai-Singh and I was diagnosed with COPD in 2002 and I am a volunteer and a Board Member at Breathe New Hampshire. I am a dedicated supporter of their mission to eliminate lung disease and to improve the quality of life for those living with lung disease. If you know someone who has symptoms of COPD, such as a chronic cough, shortness of breath or difficulty taking a deep breath, encourage them to get a breathing test. Finding and managing COPD early can help you breathe better and live longer.  As a volunteer with Breathe New Hampshire’s Lung Health Awareness eam, we are offering free COPD screenings in November across the state in recognition of COPD awareness month. Get a free breathing test in Nashua at Walgreens, 283 Main Street on Tursday, November 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. or at Courville Communities, 22 Hunt Street on Monday, November 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. Smoking is the most common risk factor for COPD but other things like prolonged exposure to dust, fumes and secondhand smoke in the workplace and at home, may also put you at risk for COPD. Genetics may also play a role. I encourage you to take advantage of this free test and urge others to check out their lungs.Visit www.breathenh.org for a list of free COPD screening sites being held in NH this November during COPD awareness month.
Vincent Kanhai-Singh, Litchfield 
The recent shutdown of the federal government was an unnecessary and costly embarrassment. Of course, there are strongly held views in our nation’s capital and in every American community. Some of the political issues are difficult ones. That really hasn’t changed, though, over the course of American history. There have always been strong differences over how we should govern ourselves.In an age where we are facing fierce international competition from the likes of China and many other countries, one would think that our federal government should be as united as ever to put our people in the best competitive position. It is folly to think that we can thrive without a strong national government leading us into the future.And, that brings me to the way in which the government shutdown was finally brought to an end. We can thank many of our female United States senators and congresswomen for communicating with each other and reaching a compromise solution. Time Magazine recently wrote, “Women are the only adults left in Washington.I wouldn’t go so far as to say that, but the point is worth noting.Women make up more than half of the entire population in the United States, but our United States Senate is occupied by only 20 percent female senators. In Congress it is less – only 17.9 percent. Many make a case that we need more women representing us in Washington and in all levels of government. Certainly, New Hampshire, with its all female federal delegation, is doing its part. There is hardly any political issue that does not warrant compromise. We’ve all heard the old axiom that politics is the art of compromise. That has been in short supply in Washington. For whatever the reason, women in politics seem to have more of an ability to negotiate and compromise than their male counterparts. Surely, at least, the influence of women in the entire negotiation process is important, just as it is to have Democrats, Republicans, and independents contribute to the decision-making.Not only will our country benefit from higher participation of female elected representatives, so will our states and municipalities. According to the November edition of “Gender Matters,” a publication of the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative (www.nhwi.org), New Hampshire women make up 51 percent of our population, with a respectable 34 percent of our representation in the Statehouse. Women are underrepresented in municipal government, though. We have only 198 women out of 734 elected officials in our cities and towns, only 21 percent female. Only two of our 13 cities have female mayors.Over my many years in New Hampshire political office, I have observed the leadership styles of female Governors, female Presidents of the Senate, and female Speakers of the House. Without disparaging the leadership by many fine male elected officials, I have seen the contribution of their female counterparts to a debate process that is less acrimonious, but still effective, and legislation that has strengthened our state. There is a lot to be said for the contribution made by women in politics. If we could approach the point where the percentage of female elected officials in all levels of government nears the 50 percent mark, more proportionate to the overall population, I think we will all benefit from it.
Debora B. Pignatelli is a former State Representative, State Senator and current member of the Governor’s Executive Council. She is also a Board member of the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative.
In My Opinion...
In My Opinion...In My Opinion...
by Debora B. Pignatelli 
In My Opinion
 is strictly an OP-ED column that stands on the opinion of the writer, Debora Pignatelli. This column, in many instances, is a counterpoint to published stories and does not reflect the unbiased reporting policy of the
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Gender MattersLitcheld Police Log
Wednesday, October 23
: 8:13 a.m. Medical emergency, Trolley Court. 2:54 p.m. Disorderly conduct, Pilgrim Drive. 3:30 p.m. One car motor vehicle accident, Aaron Way. 7:10 p.m. Disabled motor vehicle, Route 3A.
Thursday, October 24:
 5:37 a.m. Tree down, Route 3A. 3:19 p.m. Suspicious vehicle, Route 3A. 9:11 p.m. Medical emergency, Route 3A. 9:30 p.m. Medical emergency, Route 3A. 9:43 p.m. Suspicious activity, Route 3A. 10:48 p.m. Suspicious person, Route 3A. 11:21 p.m. Motor vehicle lockout, Colby Road.
Friday, October 25:
 10:53 a.m. Theft, Route 3A. 4:48 p.m. Tedd Cherry, 27, Manchester, arrested for Driving After Suspension and Suspended Registration. 6:41 p.m. School bus hit a motor vehicle, Highlander Court. 10:52 p.m. Police assistance, Route 3A.
Saturday, October 26:
 12:45 a.m. One car motor vehicle accident, Hillcrest Road. 3:36 a.m. Suspicious vehicles, Route 3A. 7:16 a.m. Alarm activation, Jamesway Drive. 1:56 p.m. Assist probation/parole officer, Darlene Lane. 2:13 p.m. Assist probation/parole office, Lance Avenue. 2:31 p.m. Assist probation/parole office, Hildreth Drive. 3:22 p.m. Parking complaint, Nesenkeag Drive. 4:05 p.m. Road hazard, Albuquerque Avenue. 9:27 p.m. Suspicious person, Route 3A. 9:53 p.m. Disorderly conduct, Route 3A. 11:39 p.m. Disorderly conduct, Route 3A. 11:50 p.m. Disturbance, Stark Lane.
Sunday, October 27:
 2:39 p.m. Deliver a message for Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, Horseshoe Drive. 4:41 p.m. Paperwork served, Cranberry Lane. 4:52 p.m. Deliver a message
for Nashua Police Department, Route 3A. 6:09 p.m. Deliver a message for New Boston Police Department.

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