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Hudson~Litchfield News 12-20-2013

Hudson~Litchfield News 12-20-2013

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 Volume 24 Number 24 December 20, 2013 20 Pages
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Brayden Murphy, 2, of Hudson. “At the Murphy Family, Christmas tradition starts early in life.”
by Gloria Lavoie
Families had fun creating unique houses and structures using whatever sweets and treats they could muster. Litchfield’s Aaron Cutler Memorial Library encouraged their participants to enter into one of six categories in the library’s annual holiday gingerbread contest.All entries were made of edible materials and were judged on creativity and neatness. Entries included adorable replicas of the 1924 library; built with gingerbread, pretzels, peppermint candies and coconut. There were princess castles, tree houses, cottages and a train. There was no shortage of creativity; an ice cream cone was used for a pine tree and pretzel rods were used for a ladder to a first place tree house entry.Sponsored by the Friends of the Library group, this contest was a fun and sweet smelling way to welcome the holidays at the historic library.There are 19 gingerbread houses on display in the children’s room until December 28.
 
Gingerbread Houses at Aaron Cutler Memorial Library 
 Thanks Charlie Brown
Contest winners:
Age 3-5 - Nathan GreenAge 6-8 - Sarah Hart and Matthew HartAge 9-12 - Grace ThebergeTeen - Michael BardwellAdult - Chris ChewFamily - The Theberge familyGrand prize - Hagrid’s Hut by Kerri Antosca
Traditions Start Early 
I’m out plowing the storm last night, December 17-18, and I drive past the town common about midnight. Much to my surprise, Snoopy has moved into Hudson and made his home on the top of the “doghouse” in the common. I called out on the radio to ask if any of my guys had seen him or knew where he had come from. Everyone answered no. I got out and took a picture of Snoopy sleeping with the American flag in the background. There were very fresh footprints in the snow, I suspect from Charlie Brown and Linus. LOL!Anyway, someone did this and did a very nice job. I think it looks great. If you run this story, mention the very surprised road agent says, “Thank you, Charlie Brown.”
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Shirley Nadeau, Maker of Memories
by Laurie Jasper 
It’s safe to say that if you don’t know Hudson’s Shirley Nadeau, you know someone who does. For over 50 years, Shirley has made Hudson her home. While most people her age may be retired, Shirley has not even begun to slow down as she continues to do whatever she can to help people and create memories. She loves her job at Checkers Restaurant at Alvirne High School, a position she has held since 1995. Prior to that, she worked in Alvirne’s cafeteria. She also loves to volunteer at many town events, such as the annual Santa Claus visit at the community center following the Library Park tree lighting event and the Hudson Historical Society’s food booth at the annual Old Home Days weekend. Shirley (Craig) Nadeau was born on  June 20, 1938, the oldest of four children to Joseph and Blanche Craig. She had three younger brothers and grew up in Sturbridge, MA. Shirley said her mother was “Mrs. Sturbridge.“My mother was busy all her life, she was a Girl Scout leader, ran a youth center, hosted many talent shows and was president of the seniors. She was also a gifted quilter and seamstress,” recalled Shirley. “I do remember I was always active, always working. I had a paper route growing up for years, my brothers did, too, and when the Grange needed a piano player, I did that as well,” said Shirley. Continued Shirley, “I remember going to high school every morning and bringing my sheet music to school and we’d play and sing in the cafeteria before school. Can you imagine that now?After graduating from Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge, Shirley attended St. Vincent’s Nursing School in Worcester, MA. A nursing school classmate introduced Shirley to her cousin, Emery Nadeau. Shirley and her (now former) husband Emery married in 1961 and she moved to the Nadeau farm in Hudson. They have three children: Lori, Emery and Elizabeth and now six grandchildren. While the children were growing up, Shirley worked part-time as a visiting nurse, and would later become a private duty nurse, in addition to working on the farm. Shirley also volunteered with school and activities, such as FFA. “Everybody in the FFA called Shirley ‘Ma,’ she was everybody’s mother. She has always been like a second mother to me,” recalled Shawn Jasper, of his lifelong neighbor. “There was always a big crew of kids at the Nadeau farm, we’d all pitch in and work haying and Shirley would always cook and bring us cold drinks. We’d all have dinner then took turns doing the dishes in shifts. She always made her house welcoming to all of us kids,” said Shawn. “Shirley loves baseball, and I remember during the World Series, we’d all watch at her house and throw the baseball around the living room, and that was okay with Shirley, “ Shawn continued. “Now that (her son) Emery is Alvirne’s farm manager, Shirley is always down at the farm. The crew isn’t as big as it used to be, and we are all a lot older, but Shirley is always there when we’re haying, making sure everyone has plenty of water and drinks, thirty five years later,” Shawn said. Son Emery Nadeau said, “My mother always has to have something to do. She has always been a busy person. She was always there for us, helping us as kids, and she still is. She has weekly Sunday suppers for all of us, unless she is busy at the school, and she is at the Alvirne barn at least five afternoons a week. She is always washing the walls and windows and sweeping. Sometimes she feeds the calves, donkeys and sheep and gives hay to the cows and sometimes grain. She enjoys volunteering.”
First place ages 6-8: By Sarah Hart and Matthew Hart First place ages 9-12: Tree house by Grace eberge Grand Prize Winner: Hagrid’s Hut by Kerri Antosca First Place ages 3-5: By Nathan GreenFirst Place Adult entry: replica of  Aaron Cutler Library by Chris Chew First Place Family entry: library replica by e eberge Family 
 In order to allow our employees time to enjoy the holidays, the  Area News Group will not be  publishing on December 27. Submissions for the January 3rd  paper will be due on or before  December 30.Thank you.
Shirley Nadeau, relaxing for a moment Shirley and her grandchildren: Front row, from left are  Mikaela Houle, Samantha Nadeau and Colton Houle. Back row, from left are Renee Boucher, Emery Nadeau, Shirley Nadeau and Devan Boucher.
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A Special Treat for Hudson Seniors
by Lori A. Bowen, Hudson Senior Services Coordinator 
Let it snow! How beautiful the snow is on the trees and the ground. This is why we live in New Hampshire, for the changing of the seasons. Enjoy it while it lasts, soon it will be so hot we will be in the air conditioning.The new senior center looks wonderful with all the snow on the roof. We are so glad that the building is buttoned up a little so the workers can continue to make progress. We are all rooting for you! Thank you to all those out there shoveling and plowing, keeping the roads and walkways safe. We are all grateful for your time and energy helping those that are unable to shovel and clean up the snow.There is a questionnaire available weekdays at the community center and online on the town website at www.hudsonnh.gov - you can drop it off at the community center during the week or bring it by the recreation office any day. This is a great way to share ideas and let Lori know she is on the right track!Welcome to our new coffee club attendees, we are so glad you have joined us and we look forward to a great new year of discussions!Thank you to the Girls Scouts for coming last Thursday to play and have fun arts and crafts with us. We hope you will do it again soon!The seniors have been invited to attend the University of Massachusetts-Lowell home opener this Saturday. If you would like to go, contact Lori at 594-1155 and leave a message. The game starts at 2 p.m. and we would love for you and your families to join us.Remember to always treat people fairly and don’t judge them on their actions and behavior too harshly. You never know what someone is dealing with, or the situation that created the person before you.We had an interesting discussion this week at coffee club, talking about the ways the world has changed as far as respecting the motor vehicle. Our former and current bus driver companions were commenting on how the standard used to be one vehicle then the opposite side had a turn and back and forth to empty the lanes. Sadly, it is not that way anymore. Everyone seems to be in such a rush to get in front of the school bus, the slow car that is driving the real speed limit and anyone else on the road in the way. Even the other day following a funeral procession, vehicles were trying to get past and around. How sad that the world is in such a hurry that we have lost the respect for our fellow drivers. Remember, a little courtesy goes a long way.I want to wish everyone happy holidays, and I wish you all a wonderful New Year!
For the Kitchen
This past weekend my husband’s uncle asked if I was a good cook, and what my specialty was. I wasn’t able to give him the answer right away as I had to think about all the things I like to bake and cook. Then my husband reminded me of this recipe and how much we enjoy it at our house. It can from my mother and I have added a little to it but the results are the same, wonderful! This is the perfect time of year for it too. I hope you enjoy it, and Uncle Dave, this is my specialty, at least for this week!2 cans cream of celery soup2 cans cream of potato soup1 pound of bacon - maple is awesome1 Vidalia onion, chopped or minced 2 jars clam juice6-8 cans clams, drainedhalf gallon 1/2 and 1/2 2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash 1 teaspoon of peppersmidge of thymeYou can also add butter. Cut up bacon into little pieces, cook in frying pan until crispy. Take a tablespoon of bacon grease and put in large pot, put onions in and sauté until browned over medium heat. Dump in cans of soup and bottled clam juice mix until warmed; add drained clams and seasonings, stirring often. Pour in 1/2 and 1/2 slowly while stirring. Cook over medium heat until steaming and hot through, stirring often. Do not boil. Serve hot with corn bread or dinner rolls and crackers.
Extra Recycling at Christmas
submitted by Kevin Burns, Road Agent, Town of Hudson
Arrangements have been made with Pinard Waste for extra curbside recycling at Christmas. Pinard has agreed that for the next ten collection days for recyclables after December 25, an additional laborer will be added to the recycling truck. Residents will be allowed to stack all of their cardboard on the ground outside of their blue cart, cut to a manageable size, and this worker will hand load it. Residents will be able save their blue cart space for the rest of their comingled recycling. Eliminating the cardboard from the blue carts should save a lot needed space over the holidays. Pinard will not charge the Town of Hudson any additional amount for this extra collection.In summary, from Thursday, December 26, through Thursday, January 9, only on your scheduled recycling collection day, you may place your cardboard on the ground outside of your blue cart for collection.
 
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Arrangements have been made with Pinard Waste for extra curbside recycling at Christmas. Pinard has agreed that for the next ten collection days for recyclables after December 25, an additional laborer will be added to the recycling truck. Residents will be allowed to stack all of their cardboard on the ground outside of their blue cart, cut to a manageable size, and this worker will hand load it. Residents will be able save their blue cart space for the rest of their comingled recycling. Eliminating the cardboard from the blue carts should save a lot needed space over the holidays. Pinard will not charge the Town of Hudson any additional amount for this extra collection.In summary, from Thursday, December 26, through Thursday, January 9, only on your scheduled recycling collection day, you may place your cardboard on the ground outside of your blue cart for collection.
 As the Area News Group takes a break to allow everyone time with their families and friends, we will be back in your homes on January 3rd.While we ponder the words of Norman Vincent Peale, “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful,” we open the door to thank our readers and advertisers for their sup- port of our publications over the many years we have come to your homes. Paul Sherer reminds us that, “God walked down the stairs of heaven with a baby in his arms,” which truly makes Christmas important. Len Lathrop Publisher
 
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This time of year is filled with so many things that I love: family, friends, eating – and overeating, lights, decorations, and just plain fun. There are a few minor inconveniences that I could do without, like increased traffic and incessant e-mail advertisements for gifts that no one would want. But, my least favorite holiday tradition is Hudson’s annual game of Town Employee Piñata.From late November through early January, the budget committee is tasked with reviewing the department budgets and discerning whether they are fiscally responsible. In theory, this is an incredible opportunity to ensure that our tax dollars are being put to good use protecting both our resources and our values. Unfortunately in practice, the exercise involves stringing up our hardworking town employees and taking whacks at them in the futile attempt to get them to spit out candy.This year, as in every year before, the superintendent of schools, fire chief and police chief took turns explaining why they cannot control the national healthcare crisis, why school children need computers, why it’s important that paramedics have medical training, and why patrol officers are critical to crime prevention. Of course, the questions often veer off from constitutional necessity into personal inquiry and humiliation. This year, even the recreation director took his turn taking hits below the belt. In a spirited game of Town Employee Piñata, why shouldn’t the chief-executive-officer-of-fun take it where it hurts? As we sit back and watch (or ignore) the ugliness of this holiday tradition, people who walk through fire and stop bullets can’t protect their own staffs from political folly. They can’t provide much more than the wage of an average Walmart greeter despite the huge personal risks they take daily. Those who commit to teaching the next generation of town leaders can’t get a word in edgewise because they are accused of being at the center of a Marxist plot to teach fifth graders to read. In the spirit of holiday giving, maybe, just maybe, we could use the budget process as a collaborative community effort to define our values and our vision for our town’s future. Instead of thinking about how we can cut every dollar and demean town employees in the process, we could take our limited resources and invest them in what we hope to continue and what we aspire to become. Now, that would be a great holiday tradition!
Explaining the Tea Party Movement 
e Tea Party is not an organized political party, but it is a way of viewing today’s governmental and financial problems. e origin of this movement is in our American history. e first Tea Party was on December 16, 1773, in Boston harbor. All the colonies were rebelling against the British control over the pricing and taxing of goods. Tea was one of these goods. Samuel Adams and a group of protesters, dressed as Indians, boarded a British vessel and dumped boxes of tea into the harbor. Sixteen months later, the first shots of the American Revolution were heard around the world. Today we face governmental controls, taxes and regulations that make King George look like an amateur. Carefully read the
Declaration of Independence 
 and compare their list of grievances to the ones we have today. People, who claim to be Tea Party members, are not in any particular political party. ey are concerned citizens, fearful of the future of our great country. Unlike our early patriots, armed with tomahawks and muskets, today’s Tea Party is armed with the
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Representative Rick LeVasseur, District 37, Hudson
Perspective
If my first semester of college in New York City has taught me anything, it’s that an entire world exists outside of our small town of Hudson, NH. I can’t even begin to describe the types of people I’ve met in the city because of how different they are from me and from each other, not only in race and ethnicity, but also in personality, beliefs and lifestyle. Being exposed to this kind of variety was a strange culture shock for me at first. Growing up in the relatively homogenized community of Hudson for most of my life, I was definitely not accustomed to a place where international students spoke freely in their native languages, where I passed by three homeless people on average on my walk to class, where activists approached me on the street on a daily basis to discuss issues they were passionate about. But perhaps a shock was  just what I needed to open my mind and gain a new perspective on the people who surround me every day.I could not be more grateful for the education I have received over the past few months in what I now know as my second home. Music theory? Educational philosophy? Clarinet pedagogy? All are important topics that I’ve learned from college in preparation for my future career. But accepting others, no matter how different they may be from me? Respecting the choices of my fellow human beings, even if I do not agree with them or wish to emulate them? Making a conscious effort to understand and learn from others in order to better myself as a person? I can write with full confidence that these lessons possess more value for me than anything else I’ve learned in college.  As we reflect on this past Christmas, its spirit of generosity and togetherness should serve as an even more pressing reminder of the responsibility we have as fellow human beings to respect, love, and take care of each other. We are all fighting our own battles; there is no need to make life harder for those who are already struggling through perpetuating a culture of oppression and hatred. Treat others with kindness and attempt to see the world according to their perspective. I promise you’ll be much happier for it.“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela.
Tara Hardy, Hudson
The Budget ‘WARS’ Continue, Police Ofcer Versus Half-Mile Roadway Paving
by Len Lathrop
After shots were fired across each other’s bow, the sit-down began on Monday night in the Buxton room at Hudson Town Hall and heard across the airwave on HCTV. Where did this battle begin? On Monday December 2, after many nights of asking town department heads questions about their expenses and plans for FY15, there was a motion to reduce the budget that the selectmen presented by $629,803, which is one dollar lower than this year’s FY14 default budget. In the meeting on Tuesday, December 3, there was a selectman outcry of how hard everyone had worked and that there was not any wasteful spending in the budget that had passed. One selectman even declared “war.” He stated that after several years of zero increase budgets and the current default budget many things were getting worn out. Fast forward to this Monday. After public input from Brian Martin (former budget committee member) and Selectmen Roger Coutu, who both pointed out the error in the budget committee’s prior actions and votes, Coutu explained that this was “not the way to do it.” He pointed out that three selectmen and all town department heads were there, if there were questions that needed answers. Twenty minutes into the meeting, the operating budget was taken off the table and a motion to reconsider was made. The review began with committee member John Drabinowicz asking about the need for the fiber loop, if it was needed. IT department head Lisa Nute explained that this expense was for another section of the fiber information loop from the police station to the Robinson Road Fire Station which is scheduled to be open 24/7 this spring. No budget reduction action was taken relative to the fiber optics loop. The next motion made by Drabinowicz was to reduce the cemetery budget from $1,200 to $600, which was then based on prior spending history. It was reduced to $400, which passed 8-3. On a 7-4 vote, $50 was removed from cemetery trustees’ mileage reimbursement account. Drabinowicz kept reinforcing his motion with the statement “couple of hundred here and couple of hundred there, adds up to real money.” Budget Vice Chairman Michael Buczynski asked about roadway paving and its cost. Selectman Chair Richard Maddox asked Hudson Road Agent Kevin Burns to answer Buczynski’s questions. Burns explained that while we do not have three bidders on paving, our current provider has held their price for the past five years. Burns advised that Hudson pays $2 less than any town in this area, with some paying $13 more. This pricing relates to the amount of supportive work that our highway department does in preparation of the roads. Most members had raised eyebrows when Burns explained that two feet of roadway in a 24-foot wide road takes one ton of material for a 3-inch thickness. Hudson used 10,000 tons in the current 30-year road replacement plan. In simple numbers, $90,000 reclaims and paves a one half-mile of roadway. Discussion ensued about how the voters had approved a warrant article and the voters want Hudson roads to be maintained and refurbished. No action was taken on this part of the budget.Police manpower was questioned by Buczynski to which Chief  Jason Lavoie explained, by citing an example, that the Hudson Police Department handles 1,800 calls per officer while on average most New Hampshire departments address 1,400. He pointed out how this affects burnout of officers. The vote failed 0-11, but Buczynski pointed out that three-fourths mile of paving was equal to one officer. The night continued in similar fashion. The list shows the actions and their effects. A big “thank you” to Finance Director Kathy Carpentier for sharing.When the meeting ended, the budget had been reduced by $137,901. Please note that $120,000 was taken out by the selectmen, which had been previously earmarked for the start-up fund for senior trips. The start-up fund for senior trips was to be a revolving fund with no taxpayer effect and was to be a way to schedule trips. As people signed up and paid for the trips, the money would be returned to that fund.As the last shot was fired on Monday night, the budget committee managed to reduce the general fund budget to $23,821,547 – far short of the $690,000 that they had voted for when they last visited this budget. The process will be continued as the committee started to review the school district requests Tuesday night.

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