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Hudson~Litchfield News 12-04-2009

Hudson~Litchfield News 12-04-2009

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Countdown to
 Christmas 
 Volume 20 Number 22 December 4, 2009 18 Pages
Supported Through Advertisers An Independent Weekly Newspaper 
 News 
 
Hudson~Litchfield
 
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Santa
 
Comes to Hudson
T’was the Month Beore Christmas, when all thru the townAll the creatures were stirring, knowing Santa was around.They came by car, they came by ootHoping to see, that man in the red suit.The park was alive with the thrill o the DayEveryone knew that Santa was on his way.The rain and the cold put a chill in the airUmbrellas were open to keep the rain out o their hair. Jackets and Sweatshirts were bundled up tightTo ght o cold winds, which had lled the night.But the warmth o the day and the thrill o the nightWould be lled by the jolly Santa sight.When out on the lawn there arose such a clatterSirens and lights became a fashing matter.First the police car and then the red truckThe children then knew, they would be in good luck.He hopped out his sleigh to see what was the matterHe was greeted by children, and all that they could chatter.He walked on the park saying hello to allKnowing that this would be the best Christmas o all.One fash, two fash, the cameras went clickHoping to capture the best picture o St. Nick.Children shouted with words o glee,“Santa, Santa, please come say hi to me.”“He was dressed in ur rom his head to his oot”But his clothes were clean and not covered in soot.He did have twinkle, oh how his eyes did sparkSeeing the children all around the park.He spoke ew words to the children he metKnowing his work and the schedule he keptHis elves and helpers helped lead the wayKnowing that Santa would make the children’s day.He reached the park’s center or all to seeThen, looking around, he shouted, “Count to three with me”“One, Two, Three,” they said,Then they saw beautiul dreams in their heads.The lights were bright among the treesEveryone was thankul or what they could see.Lights and trees became aliveBut to them all that was not surprise.And giving a quick nod or all to viewHe few to his sleigh to now be out o viewBut he could be heard, lest he exclaim“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”Christmas season in Hudson has begun anewSanta did come or all to view.He greeted and mingled with young lads to beHe came to Hudson and gave all glee.
Merry Christmas 
 
Comes to Hudson
by Doug Robinson
Karate Students Feed 100 HomelessFamilies for Thanksgiving
submitted by Tokyo Joe’s Studios
Students at Tokyo Joe’s Studios o Sel Deensein Hudson learn some very valuable lessons thathave nothing to do with kicking, punching, orbreaking boards. They know that even childrencan make a big dierence in their communitiesand in the lives o others. The karate schoolparticipates in various community service eortsthroughout the year; the biggest being theirannual Project Turkey undraiser. This year,the students raised enough money to purchaseturkey dinners or 100 homeless and needyamilies.“Our goal this year was to eed 100 amilies.At rst, we thought we may have set our goala little high, considering the rough economy,but our students and their amilies were sodedicated and enthusiastic that we were able toeasily make that goal,” commented Tokyo Joe’sowner, Matt Babine.Fundraising eorts were spearheaded byinstructor Randy Allen and included a kick-a-thon, or which students obtained sponsorswho would pay them a small amount or everykick they could perorm. The school also held ahugely popular pie-throwing undraiser where,or two dollars, students could purchase a whipped cream pie tothrow at an instructor. Lastly, Babine donated a new iPod Touchto be rafed, and the students and parents sold tickets throughoutthe community. In all, $4,000 was raised; enough to purchase 100turkeys, plus all the xings.On Sunday, Tokyo Joe’s Studios o Sel Deense was transormedrom a karate school into a Thanksgiving dinner assembly line.Truckloads o ood were carried in by students and their parentsand organized into piles. One-hundred large cardboard crateswere lled with the makings o a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal: awhole turkey in a roasting pan; cranberry sauce; cranberry juice; jars o pickles and gravy; stung; canned corn, yams, and greenbeans; apples; a bag o potatoes; dinner rolls; bread; and twopies! The 100 Thanksgiving “baskets” were transported in severaltruckloads to the Nashua Pastoral Care Center, the Anne MarieHouse, and two Hudson churches to be distributed to homelessand needy amilies.The sta and students o Tokyo Joe’s would like to thank all thekarate amilies and others in the community who supported theirundraising eorts. Special thanks go to the Londonderry MarketBasket and its Store Director and Hudson resident, Mark Lemieux,who provided all the ood or the Thanksgiving baskets at cost. Thestudents o Tokyo Joe’s are already looking orward to next year’sProject Turkey and are hoping to increase the number o basketsthey will provide.
submitted by Liz McGivern
Eighth grade students and sta rom Hudson Memorial School (HMS)have worked together this all to send over 70 pounds o care packages toAmerican soldiers stationed in Iraq.The project started when Liz McGivern, an HMS language arts teacher,received word that one o her ormer students had been deployed overseas.She sent out an e-mail to sta and students, asking i they could “adopt” aplatoon o combat inantry snipers, and the response was overwhelming.Donations o socks, toothpaste, baby wipes, candy, and Christmasdecorations poured in, and the students put together individual “carepackages” or the soldiers to enjoy. They included letters o appreciationand stamped, sel-addressed envelopes in the hopes that the soldiers wouldwrite back to them.The project raised students’ awareness o how lucky they are to havebasic necessities. Eighthgrader Eli Schlonerexplained that “doingsomething like thisshows that we supportthe troops, but it alsogave me a sense o pride.” Jake Nazarian,another eighth grader,agreed. “It elt good tosupport them.”Thanks to HMS mathteacher Deb Luszey,MooreMart has oeredto send the packagesoverseas.The class is anxiouslyawaiting news rom their“adoptee,” and hopesthat the packages willarrive in time or theholidays.
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Christmas
at Hills House
Santa waves to the hundreds o children present as he makes his way back to his sleigh to transport him back to the North Pole ater lighting up the  park with the thousands o colorul lights Te Paskiewicy amily enjoys the spirit o the holiday seasonwith the welcoming o Santa
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okyo Joe’s karate students with 100 Tanksgiving “baskets” or needy local amilies okyo Joe’s instructors help raise money or Project urkey by holding a pie-throwing undraiser 
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17 Executive Drive, Suite 1, Hudson, NH 03051 880-1516 Fax 879-9707 www.areanewsgroup.com news@areanewsgroup.com
Community Events 
 
Community Events 
 
Community Events 
Saturday, December 5
The Hudson Knights o Columbus will beconducting a
Blood Drive
at St. Kathryn’sChurch rom 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The need orblood is critical all year long, but the needincreases around the holidays. The Knightshave set a goal o 50 pints o blood or thisdrive. Start the Christmas season o right byhelping those in need o blood by donatingat the drive. ‘Tis the season o giving. Youwill eel better knowing you could help savesomeone’s lie by giving some o your timeand blood.The GFWC Hudson Junior Woman’s Clubwill hold their
33rd Annual Crat Fair
rom9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Hudson MemorialSchool, 1 Memorial Drive, Hudson. Forinormation, contact Debbie Dunn at594-0332 or 566-8117.The Hudson Friends o the Library will havea table at the GFWC Junior Woman’s CratFair on Saturday, December 5, with Litcheldartist Pete Duquette. He will be selling hisunique
‘Read the Trees’ t-shirts
, which depictover 19 area towns, including Hudson,Pelham, Derry, Nashua, Manchester,Londonderry, Windham, and Hollis. This isthe th year Pete has generously donated aportion o his proceeds or the new Librarybuilding.
Saturday and Sunday, December 5, 6, 12, 13
Litcheld Lions will hold
Photos with Santa
 rom 1-4 p.m. at McQuesten Farm Stand,located on Route 3A, Litcheld. All protso this event will be donated to the LitcheldLions Charities.
Tuesday, December 8
The Greater Hudson Chamber o Commercewill hold a
Silent Auction and Dinneror Charity night
at the King’s Court andBanquet Hall, 222 Central Street, Hudson,at 6 p.m. There is a cost or the tickets. Call889-4731 or reservations or to donate anitem or the auction.
Wednesday, December 9
St. Kathryn Parish, 4 Dracut Road, Hudson,will host a
‘Be the Match’ Bone MarrowRegistry
rom 5-8 p.m., to help nd a donoror 13-year-old Janelle James. Janelle wasdiagnosed with Acute Myeloblastic Leukemiaand is now in need o a bone marrowtransplant. Thousands o patients like Janelledepend on the ‘Be the Match Registry’ to nda donor who can give them a second chanceat lie. Please consider making a donation.Your generosity could help to save a lie! Formore inormation, call 617-472-1109 or e-mail cmulcah2@nmdp.org.
Saturday, December 12
The Hudson Special Olympics will hold a
Holiday Pancake Breakast
at Applebee’s,Amherst Street, Nashua, rom 8-10 a.m.The breakast will include all-you-can-eatpancakes, juice, coee, tea, and milk, allor a small ee per person. We will also havebasket rafes during the event. Hudsonhas a growing group o athletes whocompete all year round. Special Olympicsis a non-prot international organization,dedicated to empowering individuals withintellectual disabilities to become physicallyt, productive, and respected memberso society. Tickets may be purchased inadvance by contacting Terry Savage at881-8675 or Terry8675@msn.com, or at thedoor. All prots rom this breakast will go tothe Hudson Special Olympics Team.The Litcheld Women’s Club will hold theirannual
Santa’s Workshop
rom 8-11 a.m. atthe Litcheld Middle School. This specialcommunity event eatures an all-you-can-eat pancake breakast and lots o gamesor the children, along with a crat tableand a bountiul basket rafe. Santa will beavailable or visits and photo opportunitiesrom 9-10:30 a.m. Families may choose totake their own pictures or receive a Polaroidpicture or a small ee. There is a cost orbreakast. The Litcheld Women’s Club is anon-prot community service organization,open to women o all ages and interests.
Library
 
Library
 
Library
Saturday, December 5
The Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 DerryRoad, Hudson, will be having a ree
Christmas Movie Double Feature
o 
ThePolar Express
at 1 p.m. and
El 
at 3 p.m.Bring the whole amily to enjoy theseChristmas classics.
Library
 
Library
 
Library
Tuesday, December 8
The Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 DerryRoad, Hudson, will hold a
BoxwoodChristmas Tree Workshop
at 7 p.m. Make abeautiul centerpiece or your holiday table.There is a materials ee or this workshop.Call the library at 603-886-6030, or stop byto register.
Religious Events 
 
Religious Events 
 
Religious Events 
Saturday, December 5
The ‘Be a Friend to All’ (BAFTA) ladiesgroup o the First Baptist Church is hosting a
Holiday Tea
rom 2-3:30 p.m. at the churchellowship hall. Reservations or the tea canbe made by calling Ellie Cropley at882-4602, or Lyn Tyler at 883-3962. Thereis a small ee or the tickets. During themonth o December, BAFTA will also have acrib in the church sanctuary to be lled withnewborn baby items or the St. Joseph ParishNurse Program to distribute to new moms.BAFTA ladies have just completed two “UglyQuilts” (bed rolls or the homeless), whichwill be distributed this weekend.
School Activities 
 
School Activities 
 
School Activities 
Friday, December 4
Nottingham West Elementary School,10 Pelham Road, Hudson, presents
Destination Book Fair!
This WinterScholastic Book Fair will be held in theNWES school gym and will be open tothe public or shopping rom 2:30–7 p.m.Reading takes children to new destinationsand some amazing books are headed ourway. Come over and get your shopping doneor the reader on your list! There will bestory times and other un activities or kidsto enjoy. Scholastic oers specially pricedbooks and educational products, includingnew releases, award-winning titles, children’sclassics, interactive sotware, adult books,and current bestsellers rom more than 100publishers.
Tuesday, December 8
The
selection o the Superintendento Schools
is an important communitydecision. In an eort to provide anopportunity or parents and members o thecommunity to express their opinion aboutthe proessional and personal characters,as well as the needs or the community o Litcheld, a orum will be held at 7 p.m.at Campbell High School in the MediaCenter. The ocus group discussion will beacilitated by Deborah Mahoney, Directoro Human Resources. Registration is notnecessary; however, inquiries may be sent todmahoney@litcheldsd.org, or by contactingMs. Mahoney at the SAU oce at 578-3570,ext. 3331.
Wednesday, December 9
Alvirne High School will hold an
inormational meeting
or parents at7 p.m. at the high school, in order to explain
 competency standards
, and how this newprocess will be implemented. For the rsttime, in accordance with state requirements,students in all high schools throughoutNew Hampshire will earn credit or theclasses they are taking by completing keycompetencies or each class. Each schooldistrict is required to create a protocol orhow this is to be implemented and wehave been working on this or some timenow. This process has been a bit conusingor our students and we are in the processo making sure that what we are doing isclear to everyone concerned. We invite anyinterested parent to come to this meeting tohear rsthand how the process will work,and to answer any questions you may have.
School Activities 
 
School Activities 
 
School Activities 
Thursday, December 10
The Alvirne High School Music Departmentwill be kicking o the holidays with theirannual
Holiday Concert
at Alvirne HighSchool at 7 p.m. The Concert and JazzBands, directed by Mr. Gerry Bastien, andthe Alvirne Singers, Women’s Choir, andB Naturals, directed Mrs. Elizabeth Beaton,will be perorming an evening o wonderulseasonal music in celebration o the holidayseason. The students’ perormances nevercease to amaze the community withtheir enthusiasm and contagious passionor music. The Friends o Music will beconducting rafes or a variety o prizesdonated rom local merchants and a 50/50rafe to support scholarship awards orthose students pursuing a post-secondaryeducation, and who contributed “above andbeyond” to the AHS Music Department.
Tuesday – Friday, January 12 – 15
Grin Memorial School will hold
registration or Kindergarten and First Gradestudents
(who are not currently attendingGrin Memorial School) or 2010 schoolyear on January 12, 13, 14, and 15, rom10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thursday, January 14,rom 5-7 p.m. To register your student,please print and complete the orms availableon the Grin website: www.litcheldsd.org/schools/gms or the Litcheld SchoolDistrict website: www.litcheldsd.org. Therewill be an additional orm to completewhen bringing registration materials to theschool. You will also need to bring theollowing documentation when registeringyour child: A physical dated betweenSeptember 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010; acopy o immunization records provided bythe child’s doctor’s oce; proo o residence,such as a current utility bill, rent receipt, orpurchase/sales agreement; and an originalbirth certicate. A copy will be made at theschool and the original immediately returnedto you. I you are unable to print andcomplete the packet prior to the registrationsessions, there will be packets available atthe school on the above-listed dates.
Seminars & Courses 
 
Seminars & Courses 
 
Seminars & Courses 
Tuesday, December 15
The Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 DerryRoad, Hudson, will be hosting a seminar ontrusts, entitled
‘Trusts or the Average Person’
 rom 10 a.m.-noon. Learn how you canprotect your assets by developing an estateplan. Topics include using the zero-percentcapital gain tax rate, avoiding the tax trapthat can devastate the nances o a survivingspouse, a major rule change aecting RothIRA eligibility, and creating an estate planthat can protect your nances rom thecatastrophic nancial eects o a nursinghome stay. Call 603-886-6030 to register.
Sports & Recreation 
 
Sports & Recreation 
 
Sports & Recreation 
Friday, December 4
The Hudson Recreation Department willhold a
movie night
at the Community Center,12 Lion Avenue, starting at 7 p.m. Theeature presentation will be
Santa Buddies
 (rated G). For more inormation, contact theRecreation Center at 880-1600.
Saturday, December 5
The Hudson Recreation Department willhold the next
Comedy Night
at the HudsonCommunity Center. The doors will open at7:30 p.m., and the show begins at8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at theRecreation Department, 2 Oakwood Street,Hudson, or at the Town Clerk’s oce.
Board o Selectmen
, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., Mondays; second and fourth Monday (June – August)
Boy Scout Troop 11
, Litcheld Community Church, 7:00 p.m., every Monday during the
school year.
Campbell High Booster Club
, Campbell High, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday.
Conservation Commission
, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., rst Thursday.
Fire Department meeting
, Station House, 7:00 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday.
Friends o Aaron Cutler Memorial Library
, Library, 7:00 p.m., third Monday. (except
January & July)
Girl Scouts Adult Volunteers
, Litcheld Service Unit, Litcheld Middle School, ArtRoom, 6:30 – 8 p.m., second Wednesday. Anyone interested is welcome.
Hudson/Litchfeld Rotary
, Hudson SAU Building,7:30 a.m., every Thursday.
Library Events
: www.cutlerlibrary.blogspot.com
Library Trustees
, Library, 7:00 pm., second Monday.
Litchfeld Area Garden Club
, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday, email
katharford@comcast.net for location.
Litchfeld Budget Committee
, Campbell High, Media room, 7:00 p.m., fourth Thursday
of the month.
Litchfeld Lions Club
, Litcheld Middle School, 7:00 p.m., second Thursday.
Litchfeld Republican Committee,
Litcheld Tech Park, 480 Charles Bancroft Hwy,7:00 p.m., third Thursday. For info, call 424-5487.
Litchfeld Women’s Club
, Litcheld Middle School, 7:00 p.m., second Tuesday. (July &August at member’s homes)
Planning Board
, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., rst Tuesday.
Recreation Commission
, Talent Hall, 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday.
Recreation Department activities
: www.litcheld.mv.com/commision/recreation_all.
html
The Club at LMS Ater-School Advisory Board
, Litcheld Middle School, 6:00 p.m.,last Monday, every other month during school year (Sept, Nov, Jan, March, May)
Zoning Board
, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday.
60 and Over Coee Club,
Rec. Center, 9 – 11 a.m., every Tuesday.
Alvirne Booster Club
, Alvirne Library, 7 p.m., rst Wednesday.
Alvirne Touchdown Club,
Alvirne Library, 7 p.m., rst Monday.
American Legion Post 48 & Auxiliary
, Legion hall, 7 p.m., rst Monday.
Awana Club
, New Life Christian Church, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday. (from Sept.23–May 26) Open to children age 3 to grade 5. For info or to register: 598-9000.
Beekeeping Association
, Rec. Center, 7:30 p.m., rst Saturday.
Board o Selectmen
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 7 p.m., rst, second, and fourth
Tuesday.
Budget Committee
, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., third Thursday.
Greater Hudson Business Network,
Valentino’s, 142 Lowell Road, Friday mornings, 8a.m. For information, contact Mike Falzone at 320-8020.
Cable Utility Committee
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 7 p.m., third Tuesday.
Conservation Commission
, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., third Monday.
Fleet Reserve Association
, VFW Post, 7 p.m., third Thursday.
Free Movies
, basement of the New Beginnings Child Care Center, Hudson, 6 p.m. CallReverand David Bailey 895-9534 for more information.
Friends o Alvirne Ice Hockey
, Alvirne High School, 7 p.m., every other Tuesday.
Friends o Alvirne Music
, Alvirne Band Room, 7 p.m., rst Thursday.
Friends o Alvirne Swim Team,
Alvirne Library, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday of the
month.
Friends o the Library o Hudson, NH, Rogers Memorial Library
, 194 Derry Road,7 p.m., third Tuesday, every other month (except June – August)
Friends o Hudson Natural Resources
, Town Hall, 7 p.m., second Monday.
GFWC Hudson Community Club
, Checkers Restaurant, 7 p.m., rst Wednesday.
GFWC Hudson Junior Club
, George H. & Ella M. Rogers Memorial Library,7 p.m., second Wednesday.
Hannah Dustin Quilter’s Guild
, Hudson Community Center, 9 a.m., rst Monday(except June through August)
Hudson Area Moms Club
, 10 a.m., Last Wednesday (except December)Hudsonareamomsclub@yahoo.com
Hudson Historical Society
, Alvirne Hills House, 7 p.m., fourth Wedneday.
Hudson Lions Club
, Valentino’s Restaurant, 6:30 p.m., second and last Monday.
Hudson Senior Council on Aging activities
, Community Center, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., everyWednesday and Thursday.
Hudson/Litchfeld Rotary
, Hudson SAU Building, 7:30 a.m., every Thursday.
Hudson United Soccer Club Board Meetings
, Hudson Police Community Room, 7:30p.m., second and fourth Wednesday.
Kiwanis
, Kiwanis Hall, 7 p.m., rst and third Monday. (If Monday is a holiday, call 883-0374.)
Knights o Columbus
, St. Kathryn Parish Hall, 7:30 p.m., rst Wednesday.
Library Trustees
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 7 p.m., third Wednesday.
Lions Club o Hudson Bingo
, Kiwanis Hall, 4 p.m., second Saturday.
Marine Corps League
, VFW Hall, 7:30 p.m., last Tuesday.
Movie Night
, Hudson Community Center, 7 p.m., rst Friday of the month (October to
May)
Nashua-Hudson Toastmasters
, Nashua Public Library, 6:30 p.m., rst and thirdWednesday.
Nottingham West Lions Club,
Hudson Police Department Community Room,7 p.m., rst and third Tuesday.
Open Space Subcommittee
, Town Hall, 7 p.m., fourth Thursday.
Planning Board
, Town Hall, 7 p.m., rst, second, and fourth Wednesday.
Recreation Committee
, Rec. Center, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday.
School Board
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 6:30 p.m., rst and third Monday.
Sewer Utility Committee
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 5:30 p.m., second Thursday.
Sons o the American Legion
, Legion Hall, 8 p.m., rst Monday.
TOPS (Take o Pounds Sensibly),
First Baptist Church, Tuesdays, 3:45-4:15 p.m. forweigh in, and 4:15-5:00 p.m. for the meeting.
Tot Playgroup
, Rec Center (Merrield Park during summer months), 9:30 a.m., every
Thursday.
Trustees o the Trust Fund
, Town hall, 3:00 p.m. fourth Thursday.
VFW & Auxiliary
, VFW Post, 7 p.m., second Monday
VFW Men’s Auxiliary
, VFW Post, 7 p.m., rst Monday
Water Utility Committee
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 5:00 p.m., third Wednesday
Wattannick Grange
, Grange Hall, 7:30 p.m., rst and third Monday (889-5575)
Zoning Board
, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Thursday
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Thousands o Thanksgiving thank-yous resulted rom the thousandso donated volunteer hours and the thousands o donated dollarsto the Hudson Fish and Game Club, as the club provided in excesso 1,150 delivered Thanksgiving dinners and an additional severalhundred served Thanksgiving dinners at their club, located at 53Pine Road, Hudson. “This year marked the 22nd year or the annualThanksgiving Benet Community Dinner,” commented Karen Knox,ounder o the Hudson Fish and Game Club’s Thanksgiving Dinner.Knox recalled that the Thanksgiving Dinner idea originated in1987. Ater a visit to the Fish and Game Club, Knox’s late husband,Gil, decided to bring home a “ew” riends whom he had just metat the Club. The seven or eight strangers were returning rom ahunting trip and just happened to be visiting the Club. While Knoxcontinued to clean up rom the large meal “as the boys watchedootball,” she remembered telling her husband, “Why don’t we justdo this again next year and invite anyone who is alone to the Fishand Game Club?”And so, the annual Hudson Fish and Game Club’s ThanksgivingDinner was born. In 1988, the Club served 88 meals to those inneed.Knox also recalled that Meals on Wheels called her to see i theycould deliver meals to those who were not able to come to theclub. The organization had seen the ads in the papers announcingthe event, and they wished to help out those in need. In 1988,approximately our to ve mealswere delivered by Meals onWheels.Today, the event has grownso large that organizer TammyCurran (daughter to Karen andGil Knox) reers to the day as“organized chaos.“We begancalling our contact lists a monthago and we have spent the pasttwo weeks preparing, cooking,and organizing. We have beentaking calls rom those in needor many months rom those whowished to have a donated mealdelivered.”The Hudson Fish and GameClub’s shopping list would staggerthe normal ood budget:
• 136 turkeys needed to be
cleaned, cooked, and cut
• 600 pounds each of sweet
potatoes, regular potatoes, andsquash needed to be cleaned,cooked, and cut
• In excess of 1,150 containers of 
cranberry sauce had to be puttogether
• In excess of 1,150 pieces of pie
needed to be cut and placed incontainers
• Over 1,300 to-go trays needed
to be purchased and organized
• In excess of 1,150 bags
containing apples, oranges, andbananas had to be zip-locked
• Hundreds of pounds of 
homemade dressing needed tobe made
• In excess of 1,150 bread rolls• Homemade breads made and
donated by the Girl Scouts
• Dozens of gallons of gravy
needed to be made
• In excess of 1,150 Thanksgiving
good wishes handwritten by theGirl Scouts
• And let’s not forget the
vegetables and dicing o thecelery and onionsHundreds o volunteers beginto line up their vehicles at theclub early in the morning as theywait to receive their grocery bagslled with all the Thanksgivingtrimmings to be delivered.“I have driven every year,” stated Hudson Fish and Game ClubCharter Member, Ray Doucette. “I deliver about 20 meals to theSullivan Terrace area.”Thanksgiving meals will be delivered not only to Hudsonresidents, but they will also be donated to amilies who live inthe towns o Hollis, Amherst, Milord, Tyngsboro, Litcheld, andNashua.Those who volunteered their services worked throughout theevening hours in an eort to make sure that all who called and allthose who were in need would receive the warm meal. “We arevery thankul to the Boy Scouts and to the Girl Scouts who donateda lot o their time, their talents, and a lot o eort to this communityevent,” commented Curran. “All the pies were donated rom MileHigh Pie, and T-Bones was helpul with our purchases o all thepotatoes.As the serving lines geared up to begin lling the pre-labeledbrown bags, which list the name, address, and ood needs or thespecicamily,volunteers inthe kitchencould beheard joking,“We areknee-deepin turkeysin here,” and“I’m in aoul mood.”Others couldbe heardsaying, “Youwill needtwo servingspoons,”“placeanother traythere or aquick eed,”and “makesure we havethat tray o dark meat onthe servingline.”
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Volunteers stack and organize the gravy needs, as well as the cranberry needs, or over 1,550 deliveries Charter Member Ray Doucette (second rom the right) stands in the kitchen with the meat slicers as they carve the massive amount o turkeys to eed over 1,500 people.
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