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Hudson~Litchfield News 4-4-2014

Hudson~Litchfield News 4-4-2014

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 Volume 24 Number 38 April 4, 2014 12 Pages
Supported Through Advertisers An Independent Weekly Newspaper 
HUDSON, NH03051PERMIT NO. 33Postal Customer
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by AJ Dickinson
An event that brings together participants from kindergartners to adults does not come along often. Yet, the 2014 Hudson Charity Chess Tournament accomplished that feat by attracting more than 35 players of all ages this past Sunday, March 30 at the Woodland Heights Clubhouse on Overlook Circle. The tournament which began at 10 a.m. and ran through 2 p.m. was not only a great way for competitive and amateur chess players to battle it out for a chance to win a trophy and be crowned champion, but was also an opportunity to charitably support the Vijaya Mary Integrated School for the Blind. The Vijaya Mary School, which was founded in the United Kingdom in 1987, has since
submitted by Jim Garvey 
A new home recently appeared in our neighborhood, a huge beaver lodge on the northern edge of Robinson Pond in Garvey’s Cove, about 100 feet offshore. The only access into the lodge is via one or two underwater entrances. Prior to the appearance of the lodge, the furry little flat-tailed rodents deposited scent piles, called castor mounds, of mud, sticks and water-soaked leaves on our shore to stake their claim to the area. Removing these piles off the beach proved fruitless as they would persistently reappear the following morning.In the fall, several of our birch trees were felled for food to be stored in the lodge for winter consumption, so I used wire fencing to protect the remaining birch trees in the area. Once the birches were no longer accessible, the beavers started chomping away on a couple of huge trees by the water (species unknown), at least two feet in diameter; no doubt in retaliation for blocking access to the birches. Or maybe he was just showing off for the missus! Normally two to four kits are born in the spring; they remain with the parents for two years and then are kicked out to fend for themselves. Although we look forward to observing the kits if they appear this summer, we are also concerned about further damage to our property and surrounding land. Beavers may have as much right as we humans do to live on this planet, but some compromise may need to be reached to ensure a harmonious coexistence.
Busy Beavers Make Themselves at Home
Chess Tournament Brings OutCompetitive and Charitable Spirit
provided a free education for hundreds of blind and less fortunate children from all walks of life. These children are taught basic liberal studies such as math and English as well as music and dance. Along with these traditional subjects, children are also taught vital life skills that will help them cope with life after school and can be applied in the work force upon graduation. “The key word in the school’s title is not ‘school’ or ‘blind’. But rather ‘integrated’, because it truly brings together children from varied circumstances; blind or poor. Orphaned or abandoned, and gives them the courage to face the world and the hope they need for a better future.” (mission together project information). For more information on the Vijaya Mary School visit their web site at www.missiontogether.org.uk.
by AJ Dickinson
The Aaron Cutler Library, along with the Litchfield Middle School, invited Russian lecturer, historian, and award-winning artist Marina Forbes to host a “Russian Nesting Doll” storytelling and painting program at the middle school on March 29. This extremely accredited artist’s unique workshop focused on the rich Russian tradition of Matryoshka or wooden nested doll painting. The fun family event, open to adults, teens and families with children 6 and older, was a great way for Litchfield locals to learn about traditional Russian crafts and culture. Besides learning about the origin of the Matryoshka and tradition Russian dress and customs, attendees also were taught Russian painting techniques for floral and berry designs. The goal for the workshop was to produce a finished piece of Russian folk art on wood. Marina’s students could be seen enjoying traditional Russian music as they worked on a three-, five-, or seven-piece Matryoshka set. During a brief break from the painting, Forbes offered a fun cultural twist by demonstrating a few steps from a traditional Russian Matryoshka dance. Marina Forbes, a graduate of the University of St. Petersburg in Russia, has not only written extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and rich tapestry of her culture; but is also licensed with the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Among her many credentials, Forbes is also featured on the NH Council on the Arts Roster for Arts in Education and Traditional Arts. Every year this devoted artist leads cultural tours to her home country where she regularly updates her scholarship by gathering photos and documents and visiting craft factories, Gulag sites and monasteries; all while interviewing journalists, political figures and scholars on current state affairs in Russia. Marina’s distinctive ability to generate energy and enthusiasm helped her to bring to life the rich tradition of Russian art and folklore for her audience. Marina is a valuable resource for all institutions interested in introducing their community to Russian culture and arts through her memorable and thought-provoking workshops.
 Artist Paints Story of Russian Nesting Dolls
Beaver lodge Beaver damage  Award-winning artist Marina Forbes demonstrates how to paint a Russian nesting doll during her March 29 library workshop.Pamme Boutselis, left, and Hannah Winslow enjoy making their own creations.From left, Satu McCormick, Natalie McCormick, Julia Clifford, and Libby Franck  paint their colorful Russian dolls during the library’s storytelling and painting program.Te “Russian Nesting Doll” program gave Litchfield residents of all ages a chance to learn about and create their own dolls.Nandini Tota and Ryan LaBrie are deep in thought during the chess tournament.You’re never too young to say “checkmate.” Danvi Menghani, 9, at left, and Shreeya Gomathinayag, 8, take part in the Hudson Charity Chess ournament last weekend.Roghava Govindara, left, and Jeromy ilton plan their strategies.It’s never too young to start playing chess as one enthusiastic considers his best move at the Hudson Charity Chess ournament.
Staff photos by AJ Dickinson
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 of Hudson has been inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda and Phi Theta Kappa national honor societies at Berkeley College. The student is pursuing a degree through Berkeley College Online®.The Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society was founded in 1945 to honor dedicated adult and non-traditional students who handle their life responsibilities while achieving and maintaining a high level of academic success. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.2 or higher and must rank in the top 20 percent of their class.The Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society was established in 1918 to honor the academic achievement of students in two-year colleges. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Ashleigh M. Leete
 graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, TX.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Leete is the daughter of Harold Leete and Alene Grimard of Hudson and granddaughter of Harold Leete of Winter Springs, FL. She is a 2912 graduate of Alvirne High School.The following Litchfield residents have been named to Emerson College’s Dean’s List for the fall semester:
Christopher Gillespie
, a Writing, Lit and Publishing major, and
Aubrianne LaDuke
, a Writing for Film and TV major.Plymouth State University students
Taylor Pelletier
Sabrina Searles
, both of Hudson have been named to the prestigious Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities. Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities is compiled by Randall Reilly Publishing. For more than 77 years, Who’s Who Among Students has annually honored outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements. The criteria include: GPA, participation and leadership within school organization and extracurricular activities, community involvement, future leadership ability and/or potential.These students were nominated by the faculty at Plymouth State University.Forty Saint Anselm College students were inducted into the college’s TAU Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society. Inductees included two Hudson residents:
Alexandra Scafidi
, a junior chemistry major, and
John Sullivan
, a junior nursing major.Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. Juniors must have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and seniors a 3.1 cumulative grade point average to apply for membership. Applicants are selected by a committee of TAU chapter faculty and administrators based on academic standing, leadership, and service to the college and community.The inductees and their guests were welcomed at Mass and a brunch before the beginning of the official induction ceremony. Montague Brown, Ph.D., president of Tau Chapter and chair of the philosophy department presided over the induction. Rt. Rev. Mark A. Cooper, O.S.B., Abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey, performed the opening invocation.
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Litcheld Pickleball Donates to Easter Egg Hunt
submitted by Bob Welch, Litchfield Pickleball Association
The Litchfield Pickleball Association gave $500 to support the annual Litchfield Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt has been run for three years by Jessica Philbrick at Roy Park in Litchfield.  Jessie runs the popular children’s play group, held every week during the school year in Talent Hall.This year’s Easter Egg Hunt will take place Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Roy Park. Jessica had relied on donations from cooperative merchants to obtain the prizes and gifts given out free to the children. Since the annual event has been increasingly successful,  Jessica was having difficulty raising sufficient donations and funds to put on the event. LPA was made aware of Jessica’s plight by the Litchfield Recreation Commission and decided to assist Jessica to support the children of Litchfield.This year’s event, as in past years, is free to all Litchfield children. However, donation buckets will be left out at the food concession stand, and parents are encouraged to contribute if they can to ensure this event can be carried out in the future. The Easter Egg Hunt is for Litchfield children only since both Manchester and Hudson have similar events for their residents.The Litchfield Pickleball Association is a private organization dedicated to the sport of pickleball. Pickleball appeals to all age groups because it’s fast-paced but easy on the body. Pickleball is played on a 20 foot by 40 foot court, somewhat smaller than a tennis court, using solid paddles and a ball similar to a whiffleball. The group has a current membership of 60 individuals from Litchfield and surrounding towns and plays seven days a week at Talent Hall in Litchfield. Their website is LitchfieldPickleball.org.
 Jessica Philbrick, left, receives the donation check from Janette Parker, a board member of the Litchfield Pickleball Association.
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Kris Wotjkun, Heavy Duty Mechanic student, left, and Rick Melanson, Hudson Highway Department mechanic, review a Caterpillar 938 front loader.
submitted by Judy King, Alvirne High School 
Kris Wotjkun, Alvirne High School, Heavy Duty Mechanics student is interning at the Town of Hudson, Highway Department. Kris is assisting with brakes; air systems; plow repairs; light electrical; starters; and alternators. Road Agent Kevin Burns, Hudson Highway Department, said, “We’ve enjoyed Kris being here. I think this is a great program to give these young people hands-on experience. I look forward to working with Alvirne in the future to help other students get a jump start toward a career.Adam Vignault, Heavy Duty Mechanics teacher, recently toured the department’s shop area. The department is donating cutting edges for students to practice Oxy-Acetylene skills. Students learn basic welding as part of the two-year Heavy Duty Mechanics program. For more information about the program, contact Judy King, business and community liaison, Alvirne High School, at 886-1260, ext. 2568.
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Sami is Loved, Happy and Healthy 
This is an update on Sami the Great Dane who was abandoned by her owner in Hudson.She’s doing very well! She was adopted and has had all of her medical needs addressed. There are so many people that need to be thanked for their time and generosity in nursing Sami back to health.First, we’d like to thank Jana McMillan, the Hudson Police Department’s Animal Control Officer; America’s Pets of Hudson, the incredible veterinarians of Deerfield Veterinary in Deerfield, and last but not least, the amazing community and caring people who donated money which ensured her getting well.Sami went through five hours of surgery to remove several large mammary tumors resulting in 150 stitches and had to have several inches of her tail amputated. Sami was very malnourished and weighed only 110 pounds (10 pounds of which was tumors).Sami now weighs 130 pounds! She has made a full recovery! Sami is loved, happy and healthy. Again, thank you all so much who’ve made that difference for Sami and made this new life for her possible. We will forever be grateful.
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Hudson Girl Captures State Chess Championship
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Meghana Kancharla of Hudson won first place in the Primary Section (K-3) of the 2014 NH Scholastic Individual Chess Championships held at Epping High School on Saturday, March 22. Congratulations, Meghana!
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On President’s Day Mrs. Johnstone’s class at Griffin Memorial School wrote to the president. These excited first graders invited the
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 to visit the classroom and see the letter and picture that they received from the White House. Each student had to ask the president three factual questions and one fun question. While the students’ letters had gone home to their parents and over a month had passed since the letter writing, several still recalled their questions, many of which were about the president’s children and the first family’s pets. Kyle was correct when he knew there were two dogs and two daughters. When asked about the president’s job, Grace answered that “the president makes our country a better place.” Leah knew that President Obama lived with his grandparents in Hawaii as he was growing up. This class of 19 students expressed how important and special they felt that their class had received a reply to their letters from the president.
Front row, from left, are Addisyn Norton, Cailin Mackinnon, Chloe Bremberg, Sarah Hart, Sydney Hanscom, Cameron Joy, Cruz Sandquist and Leah Bowen. Back row: Nathan avares, Teresa Ivas, Emma Ozmore, Lucas Burbank, Kyle Maillet, Erica Brede, Scott Hershberger, Devin Sommer, Piper Odum and Grace Ames. Not present in photo: Hunter Burbank.
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Hudson Police Go Swimming for Special Olympics
by Len Lathrop
As you read this, think of March 8. Were you warm in your car or safe and sound at home? It is hard to imagine that a contingent of Hudson Police Department officers raising funds for the Special Olympics program felt warm when they, let’s not say, “jumped” into Lake Winnipesaukee that day. Maybe it was more like meandered into the 33-degree water. Anyway, not only did they complete their frigid mission that day, but had worked for six weeks to grow beards to raise more than $5,600 for Special Olympics, thanks to donations from family and friends. While the “Winni Dip” was the coldest part of this adventure, the HPD also awarded ribbons at the Special Olympics games to the athletes involved. The Winni Dip is a fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics New Hampshire. Participants (Dippers) raise funds to run (Dip) into ice-cold Lake Winnipesaukee. Master Patrol Officer Dennis Riley, who this year raised more than $1,000 for SONH, was almost at a loss for words when asked what motivated him to work this hard for Special Olympics. He credited his family and friends’ understanding that this is a great cause. Since he has been involved with HPD fellow officers, including ringleader MPO Alan Marcotte, it is a special timeSONH is for people with intellectual disabilities who can - and will - succeed when given the chance. With training and competitions in 14 Olympic-style sports, these athletes push hard and play harder. They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again. From the local ballfields to the shining stage of the State Summer Games, from swimming to snowboarding, the SONH athletes showcase their talents and triumphs.Special Olympics is about sports ... but ultimately, it’s about so much more. For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and believe in themselves. It is inspiring when you see a father’s pride in his son’s achievement ... a mother’s relief when her daughter makes friends ... siblings cheering for their brother or sister for the first time.
From left, these brave offi cers dipped into the 33-degree water of Lake Winnipesaukee on March 8: offi cers Roger Lamarche, Kevin Riley, Derek Lloyd, Alan Marcotte, Pi Deng, Joe Hoebeke, Chris Cavallaro,  Mike Niven, and Adam Linchinsky. Pat McStravick, Dan Conley,  Alan Marcotte, Roger Lamarche, David Cayot, and  Jon Mirabella.
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Pictured at top left, these offi cers handed out awards to the Special Olympic athletes between March 2-March 4 for the Winter Games in Waterville Valley. From left are offi cers Jon Mirabella, Roger Lamarche, Dan Conley, athlete Scott, Alan Marcotte, Pat McStravick, and David Cayot.

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