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Hudson~Litchfield News 1-15-2010

Hudson~Litchfield News 1-15-2010

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Hudson Fire Department’sNew Imaging Camera Could Save a Life
Hudson Fire Department’sNew Imaging Camera Could Save a Life
by Doug Robinson
The rst-grade studentsof Grifn Memorial Schoolnever fully realized thedifference they would bemaking this holiday seasonby creating specialized carepackages for our troopsserving in Iraq.As a project forNovember and December,the 17 students in Mrs. Johnstone’s class soughtout and received manydonations of games, snacks,books, candy, vitamins,playing cards, pens, airfresheners, toiletries, and even articial Christmasdecorations.“Paris Prunier’s dad, who is serving ourcountry and ghting in the war over in Iraq,and the children of her rst-grade class inLitcheld thought it would be agreat idea to sendto Paris’ dad andhis soldier friendscare packages thisChristmas to showtheir appreciationfor what theyare doing,”commented Paris’rst-grade teacher,Mrs. Johnstone.Paris’ dad,Spc. ChristopherPrunier, wasrecently calledto serve in thewar approximately 10weeks ago, recalledParis’ mom, NicolePrunier. “In a recentletter, my husband,Chris, asked if wecould send to himsome supplies whichare not availablein Iraq,” continuedNicole. “Mrs. Johnstone has beengreat and the kids havebeen unbelievable, asthey have gone out andacquired a lot of neededsupplies for my husband and the soldiers withwhom he ghts.” Never did the children of Mrs. Johnstone’s rst-grade class at Grifn MemorialSchool realize the impact, impression, and giftsof love that they would be sending to our troopsin Iraq.When boxed, the supplies were going to besent to Paris’ dad, who is assigned to the 1stEngineer Battalion, 111th Sapper Company. He,along with his Battalion, is responsible for thedismantling of the Improvised Explosive Devices(IEDs) that have been set by the enemy to killAmericans. Each day, Paris’ dad and soldierfriends venture out in search of the IEDs anddeactivate the bombs before they detonate on anyAmerican soldiers. He and his battalionenter into enemyterritory aheadof Americansoldiers, andcreate saferoadways forfellow soldiers tofollow.“Thesechildren arefull of dreams,”commented Mrs. Johnstone, “andthey know that theholidays are aboutgiving. What theyhave accomplishedhere shows that theyhave the hearts of mountains.”In responsethe generosityand kindnessof the children,the Americansoldiers of the1st EngineerBattalion,111th SapperCompany,sent letters of appreciationto the studentsof Mrs. Johnstone’srst-grade class. Not onlydid the children with “hearts of mountains”receive letters of thanks from our soldiers in Iraq,they also made a big difference in their little way.The soldiers receiving the packages took thetime and wrote personal letters to the rst-gradestudents of Grifn Memorial School, expressingtheir thanks. Here are some of the letters offeredby our soldiers in combat:
Mrs. Johnstone,My name is 1LT Alain Chuntraruk and I’m the platoon leader of 1
Platoon, 111th EngineerCompany (SAPPER). On behalf of myself and 1
Platoon, I want to thank you and GrifnElementary 1st Graders (especially Paris Prunier)for sending us such great care packages. My platoon was sohappy to receiveall of the giftsyou’ve sent. It’s anawesome feeling toknow that someoneyou’ve never metbefore cares aboutyou because you’rea Soldier. And we all love the fact that your1
grade class are such patriots. You guysreally set the examplefor other Americans tofollow. Thanks again,Happy Holidays and will be thinking of you guys.-1LT Alain ChuntrarukMrs. Johnstone,I was so moved by theletters from the childrenand receiving them hereon Christmas Eve waseven better! They wereso beautiful. A lot of thetime, we are desensitized here by our surroundingsand our jobs in general, and a lot of the time,kind of “lose touch” with the civilian side of theworld. This was a great reminder that there is somuch love and support at home from everyone. Ithank you and the rest of my unit thanks you! Ihope you all have a very Merry Christmas and I would like to very much thank all the ”youngsoldiers” at Grifn Elementary, as well as yourself.I am planning to set some time aside in the rstweek of April to hopefully meet and thank all of them personally.Thank you and God bless,Christopher C. Prunier SPC US ARMY SAPPERDear Mrs. Johnstone and the students of Room 7,Grifn Elementary, 1
grade class!We received your packages today and we are speechless.We have a tough jobhere in Iraq, and itis with great respectand honor to all of our friends, family,and FIRST GRADESOLDIERS ANDTHEIR FAMILIESthat we receiveyour support!The soldiersof the 111thSappers are so grateful for your love,support, and generosity! Wesalute all of you. Thebeautiful artwork yourchildren putso much time,effort, and much care intowill be carefullydisplayed herein Iraq in ourheadquarters. Iwill take picturesto send to you of them as soon astime permits, and Iwill also be sendingsome pictures of us here in Iraq to give your childrenan idea of how the people and soldierslive in Iraq. We will distribute all the awesomesupplies and goodies to all thesoldiers here and you should be hearing backfrom a lot of us soon, either through snail-mail or e-mail, as a lot of us would like to thank you personally for your amazing support!
continued to page 10 - Letters o Tanks 
 Volume 20 Number 27 January 15, 2010 16 Pages
Supported Through Advertisers An Independent Weekly Newspaper 
HUDSON, NH03051PERMIT NO. 33Postal Customer
by Doug Robinson
The thermal imaging camera recentlypurchased by the Hudson Fire Department couldsave your life. It could also save the life of areghter, emergency medical technician, policeofcer, injuredperson, or your pet.The camera hasthe ability to seethrough smokecreated by a reand detect heatsignatures. Nomatter how thick,how black, or howdank, this cameracan register athermal image onits screen.The new thermalimaging camerawent into serviceat the HudsonFire Departmentapproximately fourweeks ago, and thecamera’s versatilityhas already provento be effective, efcient, and most of all, a timesaving device on two separate occasions whenthe saving of lives is at stake.“We recently used the camera at a house reat 14 Timothy Lane,” commented Captain DaveMorin, Hudson Fire Department. “We got areport that people were trapped within the two-story building. With the use of the camera, wewere able to enter into the building and scanevery room, looking for people who might betrapped. The camera is lightweight and hasthe ability to hang clipped to my gear. Beforewe stretched a hose line to the second oor of the home, we were able to determine that thebuilding was empty of any occupant. The use of the camera cut down our search time to aboutthree minutes. Without the camera, we wouldhave spent many more minutes searching forpossible peopletrapped, whichwould not onlyendanger thereghters, but alsoallow the re toprogress further.”The HudsonFire Departmentpurchased athermal imagerknown in theindustry as theT3Max.“T3MAX is themost versatile,small-formthermal imageron the market.Suited for interioroperations anduseful for analyticaloperations via theElectronic Thermal Throttle™, T3MAX is the idealthermal imager for departments that demand thehighest performance in the smallest package.“Current thermal imagers are based ontechnology that was originally developed for themilitary. Thermal imaging technology providesthe ability to see and target opposing forcesthrough the dark of night or across a smoke-covered battleground. The properties that havemade infrared detection valuable to militaryservices around the world also make it valuableto re services and law enforcement,” statesBullard Industries.
continued to page 10 - New Imaging CameraTe camera clearly identifes people, in a 100-percent darkened room. Should the room have been flled with smoke,the person would be equally highlighted 
Grifn First Graders Receive Letterso Thanks and Salutes o Respect
Grifn First Graders Receive Letterso Thanks and Salutes o Respect
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Eleven Neighbors Stop Playground
by Len Lathrop
Meeting at the Hudson Fish and Game Clubfor the convenience of the neighbors, HudsonRecreation held a committee meeting to taketestimony about placing a playground with awalking trail and volleyball courts on a 62-acreparcel of Hudson-owned land off of Eayers PondRoad and splitting by Chestnut Street.This was the third and last opportunity for thecommunity to speak to the Recreation Committeeand the town Selectmen’s liaison about theproject.This park was rst cited in a Hudson MasterPark Plan for the year 2000, and prepared bylandscape architects and planners Brown andRowe in 1988. At that time, the plan noteda tot lot, a Little League eld with a 175-footfence, a multi-use playing eld for soccer andfootball, a cross-country skiing and jogging trail,and a picnic area with 46 parking spaces. The2009 proposal was scaled down with only aconceptual plan and about 20 parking spaces. Jeremy Griffus, committee chairman,introduced the committee members and outlinedthat anyone could speak. Following thoseremarks, the committee would vote to proceedwith establishing a subcommittee to design thepark, or to abandon the plan and release theproperty to the Selectmen to do with as theydeemed appropriate.At the meeting, there were nine citizens,three Hudson Fish and Game members, sevenRecreation Committee members, SelectmanRoger Coutu, and Recreation Director DavidYates.First to speak was Charles Lake, who stated thathe doesn’t care, but wanted to point out that theroads in the area of the proposed park were morelike driveways and he did not see how emergencyvehicles and additional cars would t; currently,you have to use a private driveway to turn aroundin to leave the area. He also asked if there wouldbe bathrooms for park-goers to use.The next speaker, Laurel Lockhart of WalnutStreet, wants the park for a place for young kidsto play, rather than being sold into house lots,as has been discussed by Hudson Selectmen,to which Chairman Griffus explained that theRecreation Committee has no control over whatwill happen to the property if the park is not built;“it is in the hands of the Selectmen.”Mike McGee of Chestnut Street stated that thepark is not bad, but that Chestnut Street is in verysad shape and couldn’t handle a lot of trafc oremergency vehicles. It is already a recreationarea with neighborhood children playing therenow. Others will change the dynamic of thearea. “The best thing” is to “leave it the way itis,” said McGee.Other speakers expressed very similar thoughts.Selectman Coutu stepped in to advise neighborsthat he would make certain that options wouldbe weighed very heavily on the impact ontheir community. He explained that he wouldtreat all decisions by keeping the “what if thiswas my neighborhood?” concern in mind. Heunderstood that the roads were narrow and inpoor condition.Yates answered the question about bathrooms,explaining that portable toilets are placed at allHudson parks and the same would be done atEayers Pond; many questions followed.
continued to page 10 - Playground 
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Community Events 
Community Events 
Community Events 
Saturday, January 16
Hudson Cub Scouts Pack 20
will besponsoring an
All-You-Can-Eat PancakeBreakfast
at Applebee’s, 379 Amherst Street,Nashua, from 8-10 a.m. The breakfast willinclude all-you-can-eat pancakes as well as juice, milk, coffee, and tea. This event helpsfund the Pack’s annual Blue & Gold banquet.Tickets may be purchased in advance bycontacting Deanna Tardif at 233-0476 or bye-mail at mo3bknh@yahoo.com. They mayalso be purchased at the door. 
Tuesday, January 19
Hudson Checklist Supervisors
will be insession from 7-7:30 p.m. at the Hudson TownHall for the purpose of registering voters andmaking party changes. Voters are remindedthat they may register at the Town Clerk’sofce during normal business hours. Thelast date to register for the upcoming TownElections will be February 27 from11-11:30 a.m. at the Town Hall.
Saturday, January 23
The Gosselin family and friends will behosting a
fundraising Bake Sale
at the DrinkShoppe, 214 Central Street, Hudson, fromnoon-7 p.m. All proceeds will go to alocal family, the Drinkwater family. Mrs.Drinkwater is a devoted wife and motherof three boys who is losing her life due toa long battle with cancer. Her boys wouldlike to take her mom on one last vacationtogether as a family. Come nd somedelicious goodies while helping a goodcause. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Tuesday, January 26
Cub Scout roller skating party
will be heldat Roller Kingdom in Tyngsboro, MA, from6-8 p.m. There is a nominal cost for skaterental. Sign up for Cub Scouts and skate forfree! Contact Ben Dibble at 880-2077 formore information.
Starting Now 
The Rodgers Memorial Library stocks asupply of the most common
federal andNew Hampshire tax forms
and instructionbooklets. The Hudson Post Ofce no longercarries tax forms. Please call the library at886-6030 x4522 to make sure we have thetax form you need.
Tuesday, January 19
Friends of the Library of Hudson
 will be meeting at 7 p.m. in the RodgersMemorial Library Community Room. Newmembers are always welcome! Stop by foran application.
Friday, January 15
Litcheld Budget Committee
willhold public hearings on its 2010 Town andSchool District recommended budgets in theauditorium at Campbell High School at6:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 30
Town of Litcheld’s Deliberative Session
 will be held at 2 p.m. at Campbell HighSchool.
School Activities 
School Activities 
School Activities 
Monday, January 25
CLUB at LMS After-School Parent &Advisory Group
will be meeting in theLitcheld Middle School Library at 6 p.m.For meeting information, contact PatriciaWaggoner at prwaggoner@comcast.net orthe program director, Bill Roy, at 660-6349or wroy@bgcn.com, or visit the program’sWeb page at http://www.litcheldsd.org/ schools/lms/theclub/home.php. 
Saturday, February 6
The Friends of Alvirne Ice Hockey will besponsoring the
Alvirne Ice Hockey WinterFling
from 7-12 p.m. at the Kings Court andBanquet Hall, 222 Central Street, Hudson.The event will feature dinner, a DJ, andrafes. The attire is casual. All proceedssupport the Alvirne Ice Hockey Program. Fortickets, contact Michele at 661-2585.
School Activities 
School Activities 
School Activities 
Saturday, February 13
Hungry for some Italian cuisine? Thencome to the Alvirne High School Friends of Music Pasta Palooza! Join them as they hostthis annual event at Alvirne’s Cafeteria andCheckers Restaurant from 5-8 p.m. Enjoygood food, music, rafes, and fun. Ticketsfor this very affordable night out will beavailable at the door, or by calling Maria at889-2212. Proceeds will benet the AlvirneMusic Program. You can check out moreinformation about Alvirne Music atwww.ahsmusic.org. Buon Appetite!
Seminars & Courses 
Seminars & Courses 
Seminars & Courses 
Wednesday, January 20
The Rodgers Memorial Library, locatedat 194 Derry Road, Hudson, will hold a
Medicare Information Seminar
at 2 p.m.Learn about Medicare changes and how theywill affect your healthcare needs. 
Wednesday & Thursday, January 20 & 21
The Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 DerryRoad, Hudson, will be offering a seriesof 
free computer workshops.
This week’sworkshops are:
Facebook -
Wednesday, January 20, at 7 p.m.;
Introduction toComputers -
Thursday, January 21, from1-2 p.m. or 2-3 p.m.; and
IntermediateMicrosoft Word -
Thursday, January 21,at 7 p.m. Basic mouse and keyboardingskills are needed for all workshops exceptfor Introduction to Computers. Pre-registerby calling the library at 886-6030. Call orcheck our Website: www.rodgerslibrary.org.
Beginning Monday, January 25
Community Adult Education program
 in Litcheld will begin its winter classes on January 25. A wide variety of courses will beoffered, including Photography, Introductionto Conversational French, Line Dancing,CPR/First Aid, Tai Chi, Cooking, Aerobics,Computer, Woodworking, and BeginnerQuilting. This opportunity is available to allresidents and non-residents of Litcheld. Thecourse listing will be mailed to all LitcheldResidents the rst week of January. Nonresidents, check the
Hudson~Litcheld News
, where information will be posted.If you have any questions or suggestions,contact Laurie Rothhaus, the Adult EducationDirector, or Christine Ferraro at CampbellHigh School at 546-0300.
Sports & Recreation 
Sports & Recreation 
Sports & Recreation 
Starting Now 
Litcheld Girls’ Softball
is now openfor on-line registration! Please go to ourWebsite at www.litcheldgirlssoftball.comand click on the “Register NOW” link. TheLitcheld Girls’ Softball League is open to allLitcheld girls, and girls who attend schoolin Litcheld, ages 4-16 (age as of December31, 2009). All players wishing to play in the8U, 10U, and 12U divisions must attend theskills evaluations that will be held on Sunday,March 14, at Campbell High School. Pleasewatch for times in the
Hudson~Litcheld News
or at www.litcheldgirlssoftball.com.
Friday, January 15 – Monday, January 18
The Hudson Recreation Department willbe holding their
33rd Annual BasketballTournament
, January 15-18. There will beve divisions of girls and boys playing aRound Robin Format. Games will beplayed at Hills-Garrison, Nottingham West,Memorial Schools, and the CommunityCenter. There will be 51 teams participating,including 10 Hudson teams representing ourtown. The Tournament should prove to beentertaining and very competitive. Everyoneis invited to come out and watch these youngathletes show their skills. Game schedulescan be found on the Recreation DepartmentWebsite: hudsonrec.com. 
Sunday, January 17 
The Hudson Knights of Columbus will holdtheir
Annual Free Throw Contest
at LibraryStreet School, 22 Library Street, Hudson,from noon-3 p.m. The contest is open to allgirls and boys ages 10-14. Proof of age isrequired at registration. Local winners willgo to compete at the state level. Trophieswill be awarded to the winners at a futureKnights of Columbus meeting. Winners willbe notied.
Wednesday, January 20, and Saturday, January 23
Hudson Youth Baseball
will hold
registrationfor the spring 2010 season
on the followingdates and times: Wednesday, January 20,from 6-8 p.m. at the Memorial MiddleSchool, 1 Memorial Drive, Hudson; andSaturday, January 23, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hills Garrison Elementary,190 Derry Road, Hudson. For moreinformation, visit www.leaguelineup.com/ hudsonyouthbaseball.
Sunday, February 14
The Hudson Kiwanis will hold its
25thAnnual Ice Fishing Derby
at Robinson Pondin Hudson from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sign-upswill be held from 7:30-10 a.m. Register theday of the event, or call the Kiwanis ofce toget a registration form ahead of time. Thereis a small fee per participant, and prizeswill be available. Bait will also be availablefrom a licensed NH bait dealer. 
Litchfeld Regular Meetings &Events
Board of 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 theschool 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 of Aaron Cutler Memorial Library
, Library, 7:00 p.m., third Monday. (exceptJanuary & 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/Litcheld Rotary
, Hudson SAU Building,7:30 a.m., every Thursday.
Library Events
: www.cutlerlibrary.blogspot.com
Library Trustees
, Library, 7:00 pm., second Monday.
Litcheld Area Garden Club
, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday, e-mailkatharford@comcast.net for location.
Litcheld Budget Committee
, Campbell High, Media room, 7:00 p.m., fourth Thursdayof the month.
Litcheld Lions Club
, Litcheld Middle School, 7:00 p.m., second Thursday.
Litcheld Republican Committee,
Litcheld Tech Park, 480 Charles Bancroft Hwy,7:00 p.m., third Thursday. For info, call 424-5487.
Litcheld 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 After-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.
Hudson Regular Meetings & Events
60 and Over Coffee 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 of Selectmen
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 7 p.m., rst, second, and fourthTuesday.
Budget Committee
, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., third Thursday.
Greater Hudson Business Network,
Valentino’s, 142 Lowell Road, Friday mornings,8 a.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 of Alvirne Ice Hockey
, Alvirne High School, 7 p.m., every other Tuesday.
Friends of Alvirne Music
, Alvirne Band Room, 7 p.m., rst Thursday.
Friends of Alvirne Swim Team,
Alvirne Library, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday of themonth.
Friends of the Library of Hudson, NH, Rogers Memorial Library
, 194 Derry Road,7 p.m., third Tuesday, every other month (except June – August)
Friends of 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 Boy Scout Troop 21,
Wattannick Grange Hall, Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Hudson Cub Scout Pack 21 & 791,
Hills Garrison Cafeteria, third Tuesday, 7 p.m.
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.,every Wednesday and Thursday.
Hudson/Litcheld Rotary
, Hudson SAU Building, 7:30 a.m., every Thursday.
Hudson United Soccer Club Board Meetings
, Hudson Police Community Room,7:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday.
, Kiwanis Hall, 7 p.m., rst and third Monday. (If Monday is a holiday, call883-0374.)
Knights of 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 of 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 toMay)
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 of the American Legion
, Legion Hall, 8 p.m., rst Monday.
TOPS (Take off 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., everyThursday.
Trustees of 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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Deadline for PropertyTax Exemptions
submitted by Jim Michaud 
The Town of Hudson AssessingDepartment wishes to inform residentsthat the deadline for applying for• Veteran’s Property Tax CreditsElderly Property Tax ExemptionsDisabled Property Tax ExemptionsBlind Property Tax ExemptionsCurrent Use Applicationsfor the 2009 property tax year is April 15,2010.For further details, please contactthe Assessing Department at 886-6009Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30p.m., or e-mail jmichaud@hudsonnh.gov.
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At approximately 8:05 a.m. on Wednesday, January6, Hudson Fire Department was dispatched to TimothyLane. Upon arrival, Deputy Chief Neal Carter foundsmoke issuing from a two-story residential structure.Fireghters from Lenny Smith Central Fire Station weremet by initial reports from bystanders that some one maybe in the building. This proved to be false; the occupant,who discovered the re, was outside waiting for thearrival of emergency personnel. The occupant of thehouse woke to open a bedroom door where smoke wasemanating from and found the re. Quickly closing thedoor stopped the possible spread of re throughout thehouse, as well as the quick attack and re knock-down byHudson re companies.The room and contents were damaged as well as theoor of the room. The basement has some water damageand the whole house has smoke damage.The probable cause of the re is reported to beaccidental. It appears that ashes from a cigarette igniteda couch in a bedroom where the occupant had smokedearlier in the morning.
Submitted by Brenda Collins
The Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce is in the processof planning its 41st Annual Award Dinner, to be held inMarch, to recognize our community’s outstanding citizens andbusinesses. The Chamber is seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year, Businesses of the Year, and Junior Citizens of the Year by January 30. The Citizen of the Year recognizes the outstandingachievements of an individual of Hudson or surrounding towns,in their ability to contribute to the community. The Businessesof the Year will have two categories: businesses with fewerthan 50 employees and businesses with over 50 employees.These awards recognize deserving local businesses that exhibitsuccessful business practices and distinguish themselves as abusiness that advances the best interest of the local communitythrough leadership and community contributions. Submissions forCitizen and Businesses of the year can now be made online at theChamber Website, www.HudsonChamber.com, which lists pastrecipients as well.The Junior Citizens of the Year recognizes outstanding highschool seniors for both scholastic ability and contributions to thesurrounding community, and includes a scholarship award. A Junior Citizen of the Year must be a resident in the Greater HudsonChamber of Commerce coverage area and a graduating highschool senior who must provide a current scholastic record, atleast two recommendations from the educational system and twonon-school related recommendations (not required, but highlyencouraged, as it does increase scoring), a listing of all four yearsof school activities and non-school activities (community service-related, etc.), and a detailed statement explaining the reasons fornomination. Submissions can be mailed or dropped off at theChamber ofce.A committee of Chamber members willreview the nominations, consider the reasonsfor nominating the person or business, andmake the nal selections for the award. TheCitizen of the Year and Business of the Yearwinners will be honored at the Greater HudsonChamber’s Annual Dinner at The Castleton inWindham, while the Junior Citizen of the Yearwill be awarded among their peers at their JuneScholarship Night event. If anyone would liketo submit a candidate, forward the name of yournomination and reason they are deserving of the award along with your name and contactinformation in case the Chamber’s nominating committee requiresfurther information, or visit www.HudsonChamber.com for onlinesubmissions. Specic and detailed explanations are requested toallow the committee members to best understand the deservingindividual. Nominations can be mailed to: Greater HudsonChamber of Commerce, 71 Lowell Road, Hudson, NH 03051,or faxed to 889-7939. All nominations must be received prior to January 30. For questions regarding this process, call the Chamberofce at 889-4731.
House Fire Extinguished Quickly
by Doug Robinson
The waters of Robinson Pond and Ottarnic Ponds may be frozensolid, giving way to many inches of thick ice, but within the depthsof the waters below lingers danger to the health and the survival of both ponds.In time, theponds coulddie.Hudson’sConservationCommission,during theDecember22 Town of Hudson Boardof Selectmen’smeeting,informed theSelectmenthat the NewHampshireDepartment of EnvironmentalServices (DES)had rankedRobinsonPond as the16th most infected pond with Milfoil and Fanwort (
shown in thegure above
) in the State of New Hampshire. Ponds are rankedthroughout the State so that funds may be allocated by the DES toght and eradicate Milfoil and Fanwort in the most needy pondsrst. According to Hudson’s Conservation Commission, the State ranout of money on pond #15. While the program began with 60- to70-percent matching funds, the eradication program quickly reducedto a level of 30-percent funding. The cost for each eradication is$60,000.Aqualplant.com denes Milfoil as “… a perennial plant native toEurope, Asia, and Africa, and was probably brought to the U.S. as anaquarium plant. Today, it is considered one of the most aggressiveand problematic plants in the U.S. because of the dense colonieswhich it forms. The stems are multi-branched, somewhat reddishin color, with gray-greenish, feather-like leaves. The leaves are inwhorls of three to ve around the stem with each leaf divided into12 or more pairs of thin, thread-like leaets. Reddish owers areborne on leaess spikes that rise above the surface a few inches…Water milfoil can spread from seeds or by fragmentation.The report continues to state that “Fanwort is multi-branched,submerged perennial plant except for a few small (1/2 - 1 1/4inches long), alternately arranged, elongated oating leaves. Thesubmerged leaves are opposite, attached by a single petiole, butabove the petiole form a nely divided, ‘fan-shaped’ leaf. Fanworthas a small (1/2- to 3/4-inch diameter), white to pink ower whicharises from the tip of the stem and stands slightly above the water’ssurface. Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitatsfor many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turnare used as food by sh and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians,reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decompositionby bacteria and fungi provides food (called ‘detritus’) for manyaquatic invertebrates. Fanwort has little known direct food value towildlife.”At the request of the Conservation Commission, the Board of Selectmen approved a Warrant Article L, which will appear onthe Spring Ballot, for the purpose of seeking voter approval for theestablishment of a Capital Reserve Fund to receive $12,000 per year.The eradication of Milfoil and Fanwort is an “ongoing, Herculean”process. Several treatments are necessary and are an ongoingprocess over the course of ve to six years. “The purpose is to putmoney into a fund. We have two choices …we can do nothing andsee two swamp lands, or we can accept the fact that we are going tohave to eradicate the two (plants).”
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