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Hudson~Litchfield News 7-25-2014

Hudson~Litchfield News 7-25-2014

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Te Chapel of the Holy Angels on Lowell Road in Hudson as it appeared shortly after renovations in 1890. Photo from Historical Society collection.
submitted by Ruth M. Parker 
Between 1886 and 1905, the Chapel of the Holy Angels served as a mission chapel of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Nashua. This chapel was located near Stewarts Corner in Hudson (the intersection of Lowell, Dracut, and River roads). In the beginning, services were held monthly in the old No. 2 school house. In 1890, after the town voted to build a new schoolhouse, the church purchased the old house and moved it onto the east side of Lowell Road,  just north of Stewarts Corner. Renovations ensued to the exterior and the interior of the building. A belfry and cross were placed over the front gable. In the belfry was placed a Meneely bell with the inscription “Let him that heareth say come.” The belfry and bell were the gift of Dr. and Mrs. (Virginia) Hills. Other improvements were also made and the chapel was
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New Diploma Options Discussedfor Alvirne Graduates
by Lynne Ober 
Alvirne High School Principal Steve Beals submitted a written proposal to the Hudson School Board to develop a Distinguished Diploma for Alvirne students and then made an hour-long presentation on the proposal at Monday’s school board meeting. The purpose of this proposal was to develop a second diploma which would have higher standards for graduates, a program that has already been implemented at many New Hampshire high schools. At the end of the proposal School Board member Mike Truesdale said, “There are a lot of loose ends. When could you come back and tighten up these loose ends?” Beals responded that it would be at least four months or some time in November before that could be done.During the presentation Beals told the board that he wanted an “option to further encourage and reward academic excellence.” However, he didn’t stop there. “In addition, we are proposing the option of a separate NH Adult Diploma as a safety net for our most struggling students who are at-risk for dropping out. The NH Adult Diploma program would include a night school component.”With these two additional diploma options, students could earn what Beals called a traditional diploma, which is currently available or take additional academic credits and earn a distinguished diploma or provide an alternative graduation avenue for struggling students, which would be the NH Adult Diploma.The overall goal would be to reduce the number of high school dropouts. However, one has to wonder if the objective of lowering the dropout rate really meshes with the goal of ensuring that all graduates meet certain academic standards. While Beal’s proposal spoke to the objective of lowering the dropout rate, it did not address whether the academic needs of struggling students would be met or if the new option would just lower standards to
 A Bell of Two Chapels
Robinson Pond Sand Castle Contest Offers Summer Creativity 
by Tom Tollefson
The annual Hudson Recreation Summer Program sand castle contest was another hit under the summer sun this past Friday with both children and staff. Summer counselors Kevin Kauffman and Britton Doyle not only judged the competition, but made a castle themselves. “We wanted to inspire the kids to take part in the festivities,” said Kauffman. Over ten different teams of at least three children per team worked most of the day to impress the judges with their best sand construction efforts. “It was a good competition. All the sand castles were good and the kids put a lot of effort into it. It came down to four that were tough to  judge,” Doyle said. The team of Jackson Scourick, 12, Connor Mackey, 12, Nick Woodard, 13, Zach Pare, 13, and Jacob Hardman, 12, took first place for their masterpiece titled “Casa De Robinson.” “We just pretty much drew an outline and built it on the fly,” said Hardman.
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It has been almost 60 days since the May 31 grand opening of the Hudson Senior Center on Kimball Hill Road over by Benson Park. According to the seniors, it’s a “beautiful building” that fully supports the mission of providing a home for the Hudson Seniors and supporting activities for the group. During these last months, both memberships and attendance for activities have significantly increased. Lori Bowen has been hired by the town’s Recreation Department as the senior services coordinator to manage the facility and bring in engaging new programs and continue the current long standing ones. “I think it exceeds what I expected. Lori has prompted far more than just card groups and bingo. They have a men’s club, a reading group, and a zumba class and much more,” said Pat Nichols, Hudson senior member and current selectman. The 4,600-square-foot senior center has an occupancy of 167. The building is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and one hot meal is served each day of operation to the members. The building is complete with the following: A lounge (furnished with a billiard table and foosball table);Activity office (used for TV viewing, meetings, and includes an exercise bike and telephone, and also is also used for signing up for senior trips);Coordinator’s office;Commercial kitchen; Function room (can be separated in two rooms and also used for bingo);Storage room; Janitor’s closet; andTwo bathrooms.“We wanted something that we could use for everyone. There’s a couch and TV for quiet space and then we have an exercise bike for those who want some exercise. There’s no reason seniors should be home alone. They should be out with people,Bowen said. Dozens of activities to support seniors’ physical, social, and mental needs are run every week such as cribbage, line dancing, and aerobics. Many
Hudson Senior Center Surpasses the Group’s Expectations
Hudson Senior Member Pat Nichols and Senior Services Coordinator Lori Bowen outside the new Senior Center Brooke Landry, 8, Sarah Moreau, 9, Gabrielle Goulet, 8, and Allyana Goulet, 10, took third in the sand castle contest for their flowery masterpiece titled “Lava Forest.”  An aerial view of chapel belfry and roof  Pictured left: Tis close up of the Alvirne Chapel bell shows the inscription of the presentation by Dr. and Mrs. Alfred K Hills.
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Career Fireghter Becomes Hudson’s Deputy Chief 
by Len Lathrop
How many of us can say that we have done the same job for our whole adult life? Hudson’s recently promoted deputy chief can say that. Meet Scott Tice. Many will know him, as he has been a fire captain for the town for the past 11 years. Tice’s professional fire service career began when he joined the Navy, where he was trained in crash/rescue and spent most of his four years of service at the Naval Air Station in Adak, Alaska.Returning to his hometown of Meredith, New Hampshire, he was a call firefighter until he joined the Hudson force as a firefighter/EMT in December 1996. In 1999 he went to Derry Fire and Rescue only to return to HFD in 2003 as a duty captain. Now, more than a decade later, he has assumed a deputy chief’s role under Hudson Fire Chief Robert Buxton.Tice explained it is an exciting time for Hudson Fire as plans are complete and the Robinson Road Fire Station will be operated on a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week schedule on August 3. Tice sees this as a step that will reduce the time to get to the scene in the north end of Hudson. He recalled how the response time improved when the Burns Hill Station opened in the south end and believes Robinson Road 24/7 operation will do the same for north Hudson. With the station opening, the staffing patterns and equipment locations will change. Currently there are six firefighter and two duty officers on each group; with the station going to 24/7, seven firefighters and two duty officers will then be on duty at all hours.In his new role, he will essentially be responsible for three major components of the force’s Emergency Medical Services, Communication (Dispatch) and Department Training. Tice will be working a five-day-a -week schedule with weekends off which is a change from what duty captains do as they are on duty for a 24-hour shift from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. then off for 24 hours and another 8 to 8 shift and then off for four shifts. He agreed that it will be an adjustment, but with two sons ages 13 and 14, he believes he it will be positive for his family.Meanwhile, this fall Hudson Fire is also changing apparatus with the greatly anticipated arrival of a “squad truck.” This smaller and less expensive truck will be used to save wear and tear on the main line engines, which each have a purchase price about four times greater than the squad vehicle. This equipped truck can handle service calls and other operations where the large engines are not required. Deputy Tice explained that the chief and the captains are working on how this truck will function in the department.When asked the “if you had a magic wand, what would you change” question, Deputy Tice spoke about the impression that the public has of firefighters. He wants readers to know that they are professionals with families of their own who are fiercely dedicated to protecting life and property and doing everything possible to keep the community safe. They don’t sit around the station waiting for something to happen; instead, they train and prepare and continuously check vehicles and equipment to ensure they are ready. It is important to them to do the best possible job they can, and they take that mission very personally.Outside of the fire department, Scott is very involved with his two sons. Both play youth football with the Hudson Bears for which Scott has served as a coach as well as league president in 2013. Tice loves the outdoors and enjoys snowmobiling and skiing when he can. And with a smile, he mentioned that he has a Harley.Deputy Tice can be reached at 886-6021 or by email at stice@hudsonnh.gov
Senior Center Buzzes with Activities
by Lori A. Bowen, Hudson Senior Services Coordinator 
Hello Friends!The Senior Center is a buzz with all kinds of activities as I sit and write this to you Tuesday morning. We have piano music in the background complements of Don and Ruth. There are a couple games of scat going on; and the Mah Jongg tables are in the middle of their second game of the day. I can hear billiard balls being smacked around the table; and the laughter from the group playing whist is unmistakable! Not to be forgotten is the group just sitting and enjoying Mary and Dot’s famous coffee and enjoying each other’s company. We welcome anyone to come and enjoy Tuesday, or any day, with us; there is always so much to do and be a part of.For all of you who are looking for our newsletter you will be happy to know it has been sent to press and should be released soon. You will be able to pick it up here at the center and at other local venues. If you are interested in helping distribute the newsletter we are looking for volunteers to bring them places. Please call Lori and speak with her about this volunteer opportunity at 578-3929.The center reached 300 registrants. We are happy to announce that George and Margot Byron were the official 300 and 301st registrants at the Hudson Senior Center! We welcome all to come and tour the facility and register any day we are open. You can also find our registration paperwork online at www.hudsonnh.gov. You will need to stop by to get your ID, and registration is just $10 a year.Bingo has been pulling in a lot of people; we have had up to 59 participants laughing their way through Thursday afternoons. We start selling cards at 12, and the games start promptly at 12:30. Our new machine is attached to a light board and we can view the next ball to be called on our three big screen TVs. There isn’t a bad seat in the house! Make sure you come a little early to get registered if you aren’t already. $1.25 per card, for 12 games.Thank you to Veena Sawant AuD, CCC-A from the Department of Audiology at Southern New Hampshire Rehabilitation for the Hearing Clinic she conducted on Tuesday the 22nd. Thank you Veena for taking time to stop by and visit with us! For more information or to speak to Veena directly call 577-8400.The North Barn is going to have presentations every Wednesday starting the 13th of August. The following are bits of information on each activity. We hope you can join us, these are drop in presentations so come when you can! All presentations begin at 1 p.m. and are held in the function room:Officer Allison Cummings of the Hudson Police Department is going to present on Preventing Fraud and the ways a Senior can protect themselves and their assets.Inspector Steve Dube from the Hudson Fire Department will be at the center on Wednesday, August 20, to present on Fire Safety. Please join us at 1 p.m. for this informative discussion.August 27, a representative from the Hudson School District will be here to discuss changes to the education system and specifically discuss Common Core and the impact on students and teachers.September 3 is the Summer Movie Afternoon! We are going to be watching “The Monuments Men,” the story of the men and women tasked with saving artifacts and significant pieces of art from being stolen by the Nazis during World War II. September 10, Ice Cream Social and Hearing Loss Clinic presented by Ryan J McKallagat, Hearing Consultant for Beltone New England, located in Nashua. Mr. McKallagat will be at the center on Wednesday, September 10, at 1 p.m. to conduct a hearing seminar. There will be ice cream served after the presentation. Please sign up on the sheet at the office to be a part of this fun and functional event!Walgreens Pharmacy will be here conducting the First Ever Flu Shot clinic at the new Senior Center on September 17. Please sign up ahead of time at the office to get your shot.Joan Alosso BSN RN will be presenting on Palliative Care on September 24. This is a discussion about options that you may have about your medical care, and ways to express your thoughts and feelings about your care to doctors, family and loved ones.Our Community Puzzle is about half way done! If you want to come help us finish it please stop by and have a seat!The Hudson Community Television is excited to offer tours and more of the Television Studio. The facility is open to the Seniors to take a tour of the facility, learn how the shows are created and produced, learn how to use the equipment and the possibility to create and direct or star in your own show! Everyone is invited to join us on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 1 p.m. starting August 5. Please check in at the Senior Center office with questions.Fun and games are being had at the Senior Center every day! We have a Wii machine which is getting lots of action. If anyone wants to come play we would love to show you how. To the community we are looking for more controllers, so if you are finished with your controllers and don’t want to just throw them away please drop them off and we will put them to good use.Zumba Gold is offered on Tuesday afternoons at 1:45. This is a fun Latin based dancing class for all abilities. Jess is the instructor and will get your moving with fun dance movements! $4 per class.Tuesday mornings is Aerobics with Sylvie! She gets you up on your feet and makes you move. After a session of floor exercises she has you do balancing and chair exercises round out her fun class. Bring your jokes to share! $3 per class.The Hudson Senior Bowling League is on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. For $8.25 you get three strings and your shoe rental is free. Meet us at Leda Lanes in Nashua and ask for Millie.If you love country music you will love our Line Dancing Class! Gail teaches you all the moves so you are swinging through your new favorite songs. Our beautiful wood floor gets put through the paces as we dance on it! Tuesdays at 10:30, $3 per class.
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Wednesday, July 9:
 2:03 a.m. Criminal mischief, Woodhawk Way. 8:31 a.m. Alarm activation, Quigg Court. 8:58 a.m. Theft, Underwood Drive. 9:11 a.m. Motor vehicle hit a deer, Page Road. 10:30 a.m. Criminal mischief, Locke Mill Drive. 11:20 a.m. Hit and run, Route 3A. 11:52 a.m. Criminal mischief, Woodhawk Way. 5:00 p .m. Theft and criminal mischief, Cardinal Lane. 5:27 p.m. Theft from a motor vehicle, Arcadian Lane. 11:34 p.m. Suspicious motor vehicle, Woodhawk Way.
Thursday, July 10:
 10:20 a.m. Medical emergency, Nesenkeag Drive. 4:19 p.m. Road rage, Page Road. 6:00 p.m. Fraud, Chatfield Drive. 8:49 p.m. Paperwork served, Robin Court.
Friday, July 11:
 10:07 a.m. Medical emergency, Mayflower Drive. 1:02 p.m. Two car motor vehicle accident, Route 3A. 2:23 p.m. Unwanted person, Route 3A. 2:32 p.m. Abandoned 9-1-1 call, Shirley Way. 5:38 p.m. Motor vehicle lockout, Nesenkeag Drive. 6:37 p.m. Paperwork served, Stark Lane. 6:43 p.m. Assist Nashua Police Department, Stark Lane.
Saturday, July 12:
 9:00 a.m. Suspicious vehicle, Robin Avenue. 2:30 p.m. Suspicious activity, Route 3A. 8:59 p.m. Suspicious vehicle, Derry Road. 9:56 p.m. Fireworks complaint, Griffin Lane.
Sunday, July 13:
 1:26 p.m. Medical emergency, Fallon Drive. 2:15 p.m. Two car motor vehicle accident, Route 3A.
Monday, July 14
: 7:28 a.m. Unruly juvenile, Route 3A. 11:07 a.m. Welfare check, Cardinal Lane. 2:11 p.m. Suspicious activity, Pilgrim Drive. 6:38 p.m. Theft, Stark Lane. 8:21 p.m. Unwanted subject, Martin Lane. 9:49 p.m. Medical emergency, Trolley Road.
Tuesday, July 15:
1:23 a.m. Russell Ferrara, 46, Litchfield, arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Disobeying a Police Officer and Driving After Suspension. 12:30 p.m. Alarm activation, Center Street. 4:13 p.m. Alarm activation, Center Street. 9:31 p.m. Theft from motor vehicle, Moose Hollow Road.
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A warm, summer night added to the atmosphere inside the Central Fire Station apparatus floor on Thursday, July 17, when the Hudson Fire Department held its annual Retired Members Barbecue. Approximately 60 people attended the barbecue, which is held each year in July to honor and thank those who have served. On behalf of the department, Fire Chief Rob Buxton thanked the attending retired members and their families for their past service and continuing support as present day firefighters gave a round of applause.Retired members traveled from as far away as the Sunapee and Seacoast regions of New Hampshire, and southern Maine to attend the event. The event allows for the departments retired members to re-connect with each other but also allows for interaction with current members. The department recently hired three new firefighters who also attended the event and had the chance to meet and talk with the retired firefighters. This type of contact is important as it instills comradely but also a history of the fire department from the men and women who took part in the past. As the department researched for past members for this event over the last few years many have been found living across the county and had been out of contact. This information was sent out to all the retirees and has renewed some old friendships. The attending retired members included John Abbott, Tom Blinn, Ric Plummer, Harry Chesnulevich, Liz Connor, Jack Brewer, Ed Shiebler, Clint Weaver, Fred Brough, Dave Pierpont and Ted Trost. The group has a combined total of 215 years of service to the department and Town of Hudson. Fire Lieutenant Jim Paquette spent several days preparing the ribs, chicken, pulled pork and baked beans with firefighters and staff completing all the other needed tasks to hold the event. After the meal was served and as a photo session of the group of retirees was coming to an end, they all agreed to meet again at next year’s barbecue.
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Hudson Lions Club Provides Five College Scholarships
submitted by Deedee LaTulippe, Hudson Lions Club
The Hudson Lions Club recently hosted the five high school graduates who each received a $1,000 scholarship from the club to attend college this fall. From left are Immediate Past President Celeste Ricupero, Brittany Stone,  Jack Dillman, Ethan Beals, Victoria LaRoche and Hudson Lions Scholarship Chair Roger LaTulippe. Absent from the photo is Megan Middlemiss. On June 10 the recipients and their families were guests, along with additional scholarship recipients from various Hudson organizations, to a spaghetti dinner at the Hudson Community Center sponsored by the Hudson Lions Club.
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