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Hudson~Litchfield News 12-6-2013

Hudson~Litchfield News 12-6-2013

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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 22 December 6, 2013 16 Pages
Supported Through Advertisers An Independent Weekly Newspaper 
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This Saturday, December 7th. Wear your PJ’s, Get Great Deals!
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CHS All Stars Perform  with Kenny Rogers
submitted by Jill Deleault, Campbell High School 
On Sunday, December 1, several Campbell High School students and alumni performed with Kenny Rogers under the direction of CHS music teacher Jill Deleault. The group shared the stage with Rogers on his 2013
Christmas and Hits Though the Years
 Tour during a stop at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. The concert’s first half featured timeless hits like
The Gambler 
” and “
Islands in the Stream
.” Litchfield students sang onstage during the concert’s second half for “
O Holy Night 
,” “
Go Tell It On the Mountain
,” “
Christmas in America
” and “
 Joy to the World 
.” They also performed a featured a capella version of “
Hark the Herald Angels Sing 
.”The CHS singers, along with a few select students from other area high schools, made up the New Hampshire All Star Singers. Jill Deleault founded the select vocal ensemble seven years ago in partnership with Manchester’s historic Palace Theatre. Since then, the group has performed with music stars including jazz man John Pizzarelli, New Kid on the Block Jordan Knight, Brad Delp from the band Boston - and now, country music legend Kenny Rogers.
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by AJ Dickinson
Hundreds gathered on the town common off of Ferry Street Friday, November 29 to partake in the annual “tree lighting” ceremony. Sponsored by the Hudson Lions Club who meet the second and last Mondays of every month, the event began with the Alvirne High School band who serenaded their audience with classic Christmas music. After hearing a few of their favorite Christmas melodies, many children were ecstatic to see Santa Claus arrive in a Hudson fire truck. Santa made his rounds, greeting all in sight, on his way to the gazebo where the countdown for the tree lighting commenced. Soon after the tree lighting, a party for all children and their parents proceeded to take place at the community center (formerly Lions Hall) where among many crafts games and activities to enjoy, young ones could sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they would like to get for Christmas this year.
 
Hudson Tree Lighting
Te Alvirne High School band performing Christmas music Friday, November 29 at the town common.Rosemary Camp (left) waves at Santa as he leaves via fire truck with her daughters Shelby (2), and Lindsey (7). Teir father, John, is seen in the back.Santa Claus greeting Hudson’s youth Friday, November 29 at the town common during the annual tree lighting.Left:Olivia Inzenga (4), revor Inzenga (2) and Kendra Sawyer (4) pose at the community center Friday, November 29.Right: Jen Buchanan helps her daughter, Eryn (6)  frost cookies Darian Lindsay (5) is seen making crafts at the community center Te Alvirne High School band performing Christmas music during the annual tree lighting ceremony.
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by Len Lathrop
“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity,” Douglas Adams.The Hudson Fish and Game Club delivered Thanksgiving Dinners to those in the area who asked for a meal. This year, this small group provided 1,779 meals to those who asked, with the help of many volunteers from the community and many local businesses that donated products and funds to support this effort.Our pictures and stories over the many years have shown that this great group of people can, and do serve, more and more meals each year. This year, we will show the meals and the great volunteers working Wednesday night and Thanksgiving morning to get them out the door.But new this year, the
Hudson~Litchfield News
 was allowed a photograph that has eluded us for the 15 years that we have covered this event. This year, the club members agreed to a group picture. It was 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Six hundred and fifty pounds of potatoes had been cooked and mashed, as well as equal amounts of butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Countless pounds of stuffing had been made from scratch from 300 pounds of ground beef and sausages and 50 pounds of potatoes. Pans of gravy that took two men to carry simmered on the stove. It took over two hours to cook a 60-quart pot of butternut squash and it was done at 7 a.m. The pans are big enough to hold two small children! The side dishes were mashed and mixed with butter, with the aid of a four-foot long beater/ stirrer powered by a one horsepower drill. The dedicated club members had been there since 5 a.m., if they had not spent the night there. Being there Wednesday at 3 p.m., the number of turkeys cut totaled 132. The dark turkey meat was pulled into bite size pieces and the breasts were sliced into quarter inch portions. More aluminum buffet trays than you care to count were stored for the next morning. In the indoor firing range, there were people with peelers who came to volunteer and most likely left with some very sore hands and arms. Peeling and cutting is a very hard job! Watching the different clubs, including the Junior Rifle Team, Girls Scouts and
 132 Turkeys Cooked at Fish and Game
1,779 meals were packed to be delivered on Tanksgiving.
continued to page 4- Fish and Game Thanksgiving 
132 Turkeys Cooked at Fish and Game
 
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A Special Treat for Hudson Seniors
There Is a Battle Looming
by Len Lathrop
Hudson Selectmen and Budget Committee have approached what one selectman in Tuesday’s meeting has called a war.The Budget Committee, under the guidance of Chairman  John Maltz, has been meeting with department heads and Kathy Carpentier, the Financial Director, to review and evaluate the budget the Hudson Selectmen presented to them. This budget will ultimately be one of the warrant articles the taxpayers will vote on in March 2014 and will provide the financial guideline for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014. During the Monday meeting, after they completed their review, the Budge Committee moved to essentially send the budget forward to the Deliberative Session less $629,803, which is $1 lower than this year’s current default budget. Selectmen, in their Tuesday night meeting, voted to reduce their budget by $100,000 in as a wash account to be offset by revenue for the senior trips. They also moved to ask the Budget Committee to identify where they wanted the other cuts to be made.Selectmen also expressed that they had asked department heads to come in with less than a 2 percent increase. Selectman Coutu stated that the Selectmen had made very careful spending decisions with the best interest of the town in mind. He pointed to the budget books and showed each section to the television audience. Over this budget season, very few adjustments were made by the Budget Committee. Selectmen mentioned that the budget had cut $600 from the Cemetery Trustees’ $1,200 request.If the Budget Committee and the Selectmen cannot resolve their differences, they might have to do their battle on the floor of the Deliberative Session where the voters have a say.
by Lori A. Bowen, Hudson Senior Services Coordinator 
The new center is moving along wonderfully! The interior walls are all up and the electrician has started marking out his boxes. The windows are all in and the roof is finished. It won’t be long now and the drywall will be up and the siding will be installed. The turnout for the tree lighting in the town common was so wonderful this past Friday evening. The band from Alvirne did an amazing job, the carols they played were wonderful. Thank you to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to help out the town by lighting the common. What a great job the highway department did on their impressive light display. Now it really feels like the holidays! Thank you to all the seniors that helped pass out cookies and cocoa to the children and their families that came to the community center to visit Santa and partake in the crafts. Happy birthday to all of our friends with a December birthday! I have been told the holiday party this weekend was great fun, with excellent food! Thank you to Lucille for organizing another fantastic event. The Hudson Police Department is holding an Elderly Financial Fraud Prevention Seminar this Saturday from 2-4pm at the Police Station. All are invited to attend.This is fair weekend! Go out and support your local crafters. It is amazing to see and appreciate another person’s talents.The Hudson Girls Scout Troop 10236 has invited the Hudson Seniors to an afternoon of crafts, games and Christmas carols on December 12. If you would like to join us, please stop by the community center and sign up on the bulletin board.There is a new group meeting at the community center on Thursdays called the Silver Needles. This fun group is going to get together each week and knit, crochet, needle work or quilt their way through the morning. Bring your own project down and come sit with us!“Instead of being a glass half full or half empty, why not just be satisfied that you are a glass with something in it?”We are going to offer a survey for those that are interested in giving feedback about the new center. The survey will have questions to answer that discuss options for the new center. There will also be suggestion space for the type of activities and events that you would like to see happen and those that you will be interested in partaking in. This survey will be available at the community center, but you can also find it online at www.hudsonnh.gov under senior center. We have been singing Christmas Carols at the Coffee Club on Tuesday mornings the past 2 weeks. The suggestion has been made that we need a piano for the new space. If you have any information about a piano for the new space and would like to share it, please contact Lori at lbowen@hudsonnh.gov or call her at 594-1155. Join us for aerobics or line dancing this Wednesday. Aerobics is at 9 and is $3; line dancing is at 10:15 and is $2. It is a great way to get some exercise and meet new people. All abilities are welcome!
For the Kitchen
The recipe I would like to share this week is a holiday favorite and originated in my family from my aunt Diane. It was given to her by a family friend who grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Potato Filling10-12 potatoes 5 stalks celery chopped1 sweet onion chopped 1 cup bread cubes1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper1/4 cup butter 6 eggs1/2 cup milkPeel and boil potatoes then mash in bowl, add butter.Sautee celery and onions.Beat eggs in separate bowl and add 1 tablespoon of potatoes to bowl to warm up eggs.Add celery, onion, bread cubes and eggs to potato mixture. Sprinkle on salt and pepper and mix with beaters. Add milk slowly while mixing.Grease 9 x 11 pan.Spoon mixture into pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes until the edges get brown.Serve hot with your meal. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
In addition to snacks, hand warmers, socks and other comforts, the stockings also contained notes written by GFWC Hudson Community Club members including  Mary Sayre, Maureen Speer and Lynn Ashworth.
Preparing Stockings for Service Members
.
If you would like to submit a recipe or a comment for our article contact Lori Bowen at lbowen@hudsonnh.gov or stop by and see her at the Community Center Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Nancy Greenberg and Linda Kipnes of the GFWC Hudson Community Club  put the finishing touches on stockings for MooreMart.
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Letters to our Editor
Te Department of Motor Vehicles states that Massachusetts requires children under age 8 or under 57 inches to ride in a federally approved car seat and those over these restrictions to use a seatbelt. School buses, however, have neither of these. Tere is much confusion as to why they are not required.Tere are many reasons people are against requiring seatbelts in buses. One popular reason is cost. Seatbelts will increase the cost of school buses and will also decrease the number of children that can fit on each bus. Tis means the school will not only have to pay more but they  will also use more buses than before. Many argue that the costs will outweigh the benefits because children may use them incorrectly. Yes this is a possibility, but if children are taught to use them correctly then the majority of students will use them correctly. Te act of a child using a seat belt twice a day for the 180 days of school will help to reinforce how to correctly use a seatbelt and it  will become habit for them no matter what vehicle they are in.School buses are safe because of their size, weight and set up. Tey have compartmentalization, which is the protection of the children between two high-backed padded seats. It is shown that this can provide protection from front impact collisions because the padded seats absorb most of the shock. Tere is still a possibility that the children could be launched into the aisles or out windows depending on how the accident occurs. Are we really helping our children by allowing unsafe motor vehicle safety habits? Not wearing a seatbelt may become habit for them no matter  what vehicle they are in, including cars which are less safe vehicles than busses. Installing seatbelts on school buses may not increase the safety of the buses much, but may help to get children in the habit of regularly using a seatbelt.
 Elizabeth White, Dracut, MA
Seatbelts on School Buses Should be MandatoryVote No, Yet Taxes Go Up
I just received my tax bill in the mail this week. Hundreds more dollars that I will have to take from my personal budget to redistribute to government. And for  what, exactly? It isn’t like we all are receiving more in services is it? I see new police SUVs. Was that in the town budget from this past March? Nope. We voted that budget down. Hmm. Where did that money come from? Oh yeah. Te Board of Selectman found the money at the bottom of the default budget. How about an entirely new fancy telephone and voicemail system costing almost as much as a police SUV? Tat was in the budget, right? No. Tey did happen to find those dollars also. I know. How about an entirely new comprehensive video and sound recording system for the police station? Tat had to be in the budget right? Umm … No! Tat was purchased  with a refund of dollars from the Local Government Center because they were charging us too much for insurance. Funny how those dollars were re-appropriated. Now, the BOS will tell you that their portion of the tax rate has gone down and that would technically be true. But really. Where do you think government gets its money from? I mean, we aren’t the feds ... .we can’t simply print it. It comes from the tax payer. You. I suppose I could continue to outline what the school district has also done with “extra free” money; however, I think you have gotten the point. Go ahead. Open that envelope you received from town hall last week and it will detail how much more you will have to take away from you and your children so that those that work for us (LOL) don’t have to go without. How they can have better insurance, better benefits, better equipment. Again, you get my point. Look, I do not begrudge the average employee for getting the best deal they can from their employer, I just happen to believe it shouldn’t be better than the average taxpayer that has to foot the bill. By returning the same nice people to their seats on these elected Boards only means more of the same come tax bill season. More for them. Less for you. Please write letters, show up at a meeting or two or  just make a phone call. Tese folks literally hear from almost no one and they think they are doing you right.  After all, it is your money and your town.
 Jason Guerrette, Litchfield 
Exploring the Abenaki
submitted by Stacey Leary 
The fourth grade classes at Griffin Memorial School went back in time to the 1600s! The students recently enjoyed a presentation from the New Hampshire History Museum on the Abenaki Native Americans. This tribe was found living near the Amoskeag Falls in nearby Manchester. An informative presentation with detailed pictures was presented. The students were also able to handle artifacts and animal pelts. The Abenaki were a very resourceful people in that after they hunted an animal for survival, they would use all the parts of the animal. An animal bladder could be made into a rattle! The hooves were turned into paste, tendons into bow strings, and a jaw bone and teeth into a comb. We learned that the European settlers taught the Indians to create a system of money. They created purple and white beads from shells to use as currency. The purple beads were more rare, and therefore, worth more. Have you heard the popular song “Rock-a-bye Baby”? It’s said that this comes from Native Americans. Europeans wrote the song after they saw Abenaki women strap their babies to a birch bark cradle and suspend them from a tree branch. They did this so when the baby napped the wind would rock them to sleep. This week the fourth grade classes went on a field trip to the State House and NH History Museum in Concord to learn more. We loved visiting the museum to see the 500 year old Abenaki dugout canoe that was found at the bottom of Lake Ossipee! We also had the chance to sit in a wigwam, which was the type of home they built. Learning about the Abenaki has been so much fun!
 Who is Minding the Town’s History?
submitted by the Hudson Library Trustees
The Hudson Library Trustees recently presented an Open House at the Hills Memorial Library Building dealing with the preservation of the Town’s history and heritage. Field Representative Maggie Stier from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, conducted a thought-provoking mini seminar on what New Hampshire communities, including Hudson, can do to protect and preserve local history and heritage.Probing questions on: “Who is responsible for the Town’s history, and what authority do they have?” “How can the community preserve and protect its history?” “What techniques work well and what are the pitfalls to avoid?” were explored in a workshop forum with questions and answers. Guests included: New Hampshire State Senator Sharon Carson, State Representative Shawn Jasper, Hudson Historical Society member Ruth Parker, Rodgers Memorial Library staff and Trustees and interested community members from Hudson and the surrounding area.This presentation was one of the monthly featured Open House events held on the third Thursday of the month at the restored historical Hills Memorial Building, the home of the town’s library between 1909 and the dedication of the George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library which was dedicated in June 2009.The topic of the December Open House is a presentation on Holiday Traditions in Medieval Times which is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on December 19.For more information, call 886-6030 or www.rodgerslibrary.org.
Te fourth grade classes at Griffin Memorial School went back in time to the 1600s! 
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