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Hudson~Litchfield Continental Academie of Hair DesignNews
Celebrates 40 Years in Business
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by Laurie Jasper Continental Academie of Hair Design in Hudson is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Named Best of Hudson Salons the last five years in a row, Continental Academie has been family owned and operated since opening in 1973. Owners Rhona Charbonneau and Alida Weergang built several successful hair salons in the area prior to 1973. Their first salon, Continental Crimping, opened in 1964 at Lowell Road and Central Street, which would later be the location of Hetzer’s Bike Shop. While traveling through Europe, Rhona and Alida were inspired by the foreign salons and wished to offer their customers a more “continental” beauty experience than most of the shops of the day, and their salon’s décor represented the style and service they wished to provide. In 1966, with the success of their first salon, they were able to open a second location on Main Street in Nashua. When they were ready to expand the business once again, Rhona and Alida tried an innovative move by separating the treatment and service rooms, allowing for a more intimate experience. While this is now a current trend, it was a new approach in the 1960s. Their third expansion in 5 years was located in Simoneau Plaza in Nashua and named Continental Hair, Fashion and Wig Design. Always staying current with trends while offering excellent customer service, they incorporated special bridal areas and a men’s section, and even had a special children’s section complete with a mini motorcycle for the young clients to “ride” while having haircuts! In 1974, their Royal Ridge Mall location in Nashua opened, with a black and white, Art Deco, Great Gatsby motif. This was one of the first salons in the area to offer separate skin care facilities and European facials. As busy salon owners, Rhona and Alida faced the challenge of finding qualified employees who met their high standards. Thus, in 1973, they opened Continental Academie of Hair Design in Hudson, not 500 feet from its current location. They moved into their current spot, 102 Derry Street, in 1981, which more than doubled

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First Continental Beauty Salon, photo from Hudson~Litchfield News.

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Sisters Alida Charbonneau (standing) and Rhona Wollenhaupt their space. Also in 1981, they purchased Houles Beauty School in Manchester, which became Continental Academie’s second location. Continental Academie’s success can certainly be attributed to Rhona and Alida’s shared commitment to being leaders in cosmetology education. Rhona’s strong business background, combined with Alida’s talent in the hair styling field, offered their students the most current curriculum while also focusing on the important basics of styling and customer care. Alida Weergang is originally from the Netherlands and is an accomplished hair stylist. She studied extensively in England, France, Spain and Germany and has received many awards and accolades. She was on the United States Hairstyling Team, which placed first for the world championships in Germany. Alida also won the Rose D’Or de Paris, France’s highest award for hairstyling.

Early photo of current location of Continental Academie Rhona Charbonneau and her late husband, Claude, raised their family in Hudson. In the 1980s and 1990s, Rhona was active in politics and was elected to the State Senate. Rhona is also a former long-time Hudson Selectman. While Rhona Charbonneau and Alida Weergang remain involved with the business, the next generation administers the daily operations of the salon. Rhona Charbonneau’s daughters, Rhona Wollenhaupt and Alida Charbonneau, grew up sweeping the floors and folding towels. Each graduated from the Continental Program. In addition, Rhona Wollenhaupt’s daughter, Ashley (Wollenhaupt) Coleman, began working at Continental in 2009, the third generation to be involved in the business. Like her mother and aunt, Ashley has also been a part of the school her whole life. She is the Director of Financial Aid for Continental. “We teach the most current and latest trends, but also the basics. We want our students to succeed. They love what they’re doing. They receive a strong foundation, and from that foundation you build,” said Rhona W. Her sister, Alida C., said, “We’ve learned to go with the ebb and flow of the latest needs of the industry, yet always stress ‘clean, neat, safe, organized.’ We set our standards higher than the State Board standards, because we know our students can do it.” The course of study not only qualifies students for the state cosmetology licensing exam but also allows them to enter the job market with the most current knowledge and skills. Students learn all aspects of the business, from scheduling, extensive retail training, presentation and customer service. “Forty-eight percent of cosmetologists are either self-employed or own their own business,” said Rhona W. Continental was completely renovated in 2010, with updates to the students’ salon clinic area, reception area, manicure and pedicure and spa rooms. At one time the school offered housing, but that area is now used for offices. The Hudson business is now the only location. continued to page 9- Continental


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Royal Ridge location, 1970s

First location of Continental Academie


Hudson Native Robert Richard Tells of his Mingling with the Stars
by Tom Tollefson For many of us, meeting a celebrity is a brief and rare moment. Not for 75year old Robert Richard. The Hudson native has met and socialized with some of America’s most notable names. Richard’s career in showbiz during the 1950s and 60s allowed him to rub elbows with these rich and famous faces. The seeds for his love for the showbiz world go back to his days of selling candy at plays put on by the Hudson Players, the only theater group in the area at the time. He was only about 12, but remembers becoming engrossed in theater after seeing plays put on by Hudson Players such as “Ghost Train” and “See How They Run.” “I just wanted to act. I probably just wanted to be someone other than myself,” Richard said. Later on from eighth to 12th grade, Richard’s passion for theater continued to grow at Alvirne High School. continued to page 6- Robert Richard

Red Sox Spirit Day at PMA

Staff photo by Tom Tollefson

Robert Richard holding a photo of himself with Walter Cronkite on CBS while getting the famous journalist ticker tape results during a national newscast.

Sister Maria Rosa, Principal and Sr. Claudette Brunelle, Assistant Principal show off their Red Sox spirit with the students! Sister Claudette, a long-time fan of the Red Sox has watched every Red Sox Game ever played on TV! From left to right Alex Gallant, Connor Duffy, Marco Bonilha, Sister Maria, Sister Claudette, Emily Richard and Gregory Fallon.

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Community Celebrates the Bronco Barn Grand Re-Opening


Girl Scout Troop 10530 Olivia Cargnel and Isabella Cebrero Earn Bronze Award

The re-opening was marked with a ribbon cutting. Pictured here are Brenda Collins, Executive Director, Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce; Jerry Mayotte, Owner, Red Brick Clothing and Alvirne Career and Technical Education(CTE) Marketing Program Advisory Committee Chair; Karen Worthen, Alvirne CTE Director and Cullen Madden, Alvirne Marketing teacher. submitted by Judy King, Alvirne High School Alvirne High School’s marketing students and Marketing teacher, Cullen Madden launched the grand re-opening of the Bronco Barn, School Store on Wednesday, October 30. They set goals for revamping the school store that included improving the physical space and creating more student, staff and community traffic. The re-opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting. To celebrate the re-opening, visitors were greeted by bright fall displays, new apparel, and tasty treats, such as cookies, pretzels and coffee. Greeting cards are prominently displayed. Bronco Barn is the only Hallmark school franchise in the United States. The students created a welcoming environment with renovations that included painting, lighting and smarter utilization of space. Jerry Mayotte said “students learn the inner workings of how a business operates and experience how their learning applies to the real world. I am impressed with the

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Cullen Madden, Marketing teacher and Alvirne marketing students celebrate the Bronco Barn grand re-opening. Left to right: Cullen Madden, Tyler Ladebauche, Jared Chenel, Alyssa Huggins, Jessie Belliveau, Tristan Lindsay, Calvin Hunter, Richard Merrifield, and Kaleigh Bisson. professional and upscale look created in the store.” According to Cullen Madden, “the two-year marketing program provides students with a well-rounded marketing education. The school based enterprise gives them the opportunity to build leadership, management and problem solving skills. The students take charge and learn everything from inventory to finance. I am amazed by what the students have accomplished since early September.” Richie Merrifield commented that “as a senior, it was great to be part of renovating the school store. I am excited about the possibilities for future Alvirne High School students. The public is welcome to stop by and visit the store on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 6:45-7:15 a.m.; 10:55-11:30 a.m.; 11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m.; and 12:30-1:10 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday, the store is open from 6:45-7:15 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:45-2:05 p.m.

submitted by Christine Byrnes, Keystone Girl Scouts Leader Sixth grade Girl Scouts, Olivia Cargnel and Isabella Cebrero, earned their Bronze Award by creating colorful and detailed floor maps of their beautiful and busy school – Presentation of Mary Academy (PMA) in Hudson. With the guidance of their project advisor, Debbie Fontaine, Olivia and Bella dedicated themselves to hours of learning a new software application and studying the original, paper floor plans of the school, to design the maps to scale. The new maps have been placed by the main stairwells throughout the school and in other key locations to assist visitors navigating about PMA. Additionally, they will be a useful resource for firstresponders. The Bronze Award is a leadership adventure where you use your special skills and interests to take action and make a difference in your community. This award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve! With the help of Debbie, Olivia and Bella found a need, made a plan, and took action! Way to go girls ... you are here!

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Scarecrow Jamboree at GMS
submitted by V. Mango On Friday October 25, Griffin Memorial School held its 31st annual Scarecrow Jamboree. The scarecrows were all created by the third and fourth grade students. An impressive showing of 70 scarecrows and 105 students participated this year. For the past 30 years Mrs. Cullen Kent has been the advisor for the event and this year she passed the torch to Victoria Mango, who added a few new twists to the event. The students who participated in the jamboree showed amazing creativity and imagination and did a fantastic job keeping the jamboree exciting and fun for all. Scarecrows that were submitted to name a few were The Beatles, Uncle Si, Evil Minion, Dunkin Doughnuts, Amelia Earhart, traditional scarecrows, and even recycling scarecrows were entered. The theme this year was to recycle, reuse and repurpose materials in creating the scarecrows. The students really did a fantastic job at keeping this event environmentally friendly. Along with ribbons and prizes the participants also were graced with extreme generosity by the community as well. Haley’s Pizza donated pizza for pizza parties to the two top participating classrooms, and McQuesten’s farm donated sugar pumpkins to every student who participated in the jamboree. The event was a great success! Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, donated and organized to make this event special for the students of GMS.

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The Word Around Town...
Letters to our Editor
Rational or Irrational?
I can’t seem to be anything but amused at reading the thumbs up/ downs in this paper. I believe it always boils down to the same vitriolic few that are too ashamed to write a letter and sign their name so we can all know who is rational or irrational. Those who cannot logically argue their point feel that they must personally attack anyone with a different viewpoint. In last week’s paper I expressed my opinion about our school district union tactic to undermine education using their own assessments and summation of their own behavior. I did not fabricate what they did. I did not paraphrase it nor state anything other than exactly what they said they did in the prior week’s article penned by the union president. What we all got to see however, is the childish personal attacks by the same folks that would hope to stifle any person who dares speak out against what was a very disturbing course of events. Not imagined by me, but detailed by the very organization that perpetrated the behavior upon our children and this community. Fortunately, I have a thick skin. Unfortunately, those that are a bit more timid, and possibly with much more to contribute, stay far away from helping heal this divide in our community because of these type of incessant attacks on those that desire more, and better from those that at times spend more time with our children. I can say unequivocally that we have some very superb folks in our district. The behavior of a few has a very detrimental impact to those folks that want to do the very best for our children to have to feel the pressure from the union to do things that aren’t in our community’s best interests. That is why I thanked Ms. Leite, last week. For having the courage to publically disclose what they had chosen to do and to recognize the harm it caused. The question then to the voting public is whether or not we choose to reward the behavior. As for the cowards that live to try and destroy others in the shadows of thumbs down. Rational people understand your irrationality. Please do continue as it does nothing but help rational people see the difference. Finally, I am disappointed that our School Board knew from the beginning about the work slow down and disservice to our students and chose to say nothing of it. I, for one would have appreciated it if the Board would have at the very least acknowledged it was happening. Publically. Then reassured parents by telling us what the expected impact was going to be and how to work around it to ensure the least possible negative impact on our children. Jason Guerrette, Litchfield shape, so it can go undiagnosed for years. My name is Vincent Kanhai-Singh and I was diagnosed with COPD in 2002 and I am a volunteer and a Board Member at Breathe New Hampshire. I am a dedicated supporter of their mission to eliminate lung disease and to improve the quality of life for those living with lung disease. If you know someone who has symptoms of COPD, such as a chronic cough, shortness of breath or difficulty taking a deep breath, encourage them to get a breathing test. Finding and managing COPD early can help you breathe better and live longer. As a volunteer with Breathe New Hampshire’s Lung Health Awareness Team, we are offering free COPD screenings in November across the state in recognition of COPD awareness month. Get a free breathing test in Nashua at Walgreens, 283 Main Street on Thursday, November 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. or at Courville Communities, 22 Hunt Street on Monday, November 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. Smoking is the most common risk factor for COPD but other things like prolonged exposure to dust, fumes and secondhand smoke in the workplace and at home, may also put you at risk for COPD. Genetics may also play a role. I encourage you to take advantage of this free test and urge others to check out their lungs. Visit for a list of free COPD screening sites being held in NH this November during COPD awareness month. Vincent Kanhai-Singh, Litchfield

Thank You for the Generous Donations
I want to thank everyone in advance for donating to scouting for food in Litchfield. Also if you did not receive a door hanger reminder in Litchfield and you would like to put out food to be picked up please e-mail me at with your address and we will be sure the troop 11 Boy Scouts pick up your donation. Betty Vaughan, Litchfield

Learning About COPD
Did you know that COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death in our country? And it is estimated that as many as half of those living with it do not yet know it? COPD symptoms come on slowly and are often brushed off as a sign of aging or being out of

In My Opinion...

Gender Matters
The recent shutdown of the federal government was an unnecessary and costly embarrassment. Of course, there are strongly held views in our nation’s capital and in every American community. Some of the political issues are difficult ones. That really hasn’t changed, though, over the course of American history. There have always been strong differences over how we should govern ourselves. In an age where we are facing fierce international competition from the likes of China and many other countries, one would think that our federal government should be as united as ever to put our people in the best competitive position. It is folly to think that we can thrive without a strong national government leading us into the future. And, that brings me to the way in which the government shutdown was finally brought to an end. We can thank many of our female United States senators and congresswomen for communicating with each other and reaching a compromise solution. Time Magazine recently wrote, “Women are the only adults left in Washington.” I wouldn’t go so far as to say that, but the point is worth noting. Women make up more than half of the entire population in the United States, but our United States Senate is occupied by only 20 percent female senators. In Congress it is less – only 17.9 percent. Many make a case that we need more women representing us in Washington and in all levels of government. Certainly, New Hampshire, with its all female federal delegation, is doing its part. There is hardly any political issue that does not warrant compromise. We’ve all heard the old axiom that politics is the art of compromise. That has been in short supply in Washington. For whatever the reason, women in politics seem to have more of an ability to negotiate and compromise than their male counterparts. Surely, at least, the influence of women in the entire negotiation process is important, just as it is to have Democrats, Republicans, and independents contribute to the decision-making. Not only will our country benefit from higher participation of female elected representatives, so will our states and municipalities. According to the November edition of “Gender Matters,” a publication of the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative (www., New Hampshire women make up 51 percent of our population, with a respectable 34 percent of our representation in the Statehouse. Women are underrepresented in municipal government, though. We have only 198 women out of 734 elected officials in our cities and towns, only 21 percent female. Only two of our 13 cities have female mayors. Over my many years in New Hampshire political office, I have observed the leadership styles of female Governors, female Presidents of the Senate, and female Speakers of the House. Without disparaging the leadership by many fine male elected officials, I have seen the contribution of their female counterparts to a debate process that is less acrimonious, but still effective, and legislation that has strengthened our state.

by Debora B. Pignatelli

There is a lot to be said for the contribution made by women in politics. If we could approach the point where the percentage of female elected officials in all levels of government nears the 50 percent mark, more proportionate to the overall population, I think we will all benefit from it. Debora B. Pignatelli is a former State Representative, State Senator and current member of the Governor’s Executive Council. She is also a Board member of the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative.
In My Opinion is strictly an OP-ED column that stands on the opinion of the writer, Debora Pignatelli. This column, in many instances, is a counterpoint to published stories and does not reflect the unbiased reporting policy of the Area News Group or the opinion of the management, advertisers and ownership of Area News Group.

Litchfield Police Log
Wednesday, October 23: 8:13 a.m. Medical emergency, Trolley Court. 2:54 p.m. Disorderly conduct, Pilgrim Drive. 3:30 p.m. One car motor vehicle accident, Aaron Way. 7:10 p.m. Disabled motor vehicle, Route 3A. Thursday, October 24: 5:37 a.m. Tree down, Route 3A. 3:19 p.m. Suspicious vehicle, Route 3A. 9:11 p.m. Medical emergency, Route 3A. 9:30 p.m. Medical emergency, Route 3A. 9:43 p.m. Suspicious activity, Route 3A. 10:48 p.m. Suspicious person, Route 3A. 11:21 p.m. Motor vehicle lockout, Colby Road. Friday, October 25: 10:53 a.m. Theft, Route 3A. 4:48 p.m. Tedd Cherry, 27, Manchester, arrested for Driving After Suspension and Suspended Registration. 6:41 p.m. School bus hit a motor vehicle, Highlander Court. 10:52 p.m. Police assistance, Route 3A. Saturday, October 26: 12:45 a.m. One car motor vehicle accident, Hillcrest Road. 3:36 a.m. Suspicious vehicles, Route 3A. 7:16 a.m. Alarm activation, Jamesway Drive. 1:56 p.m. Assist probation/parole officer, Darlene Lane. 2:13 p.m. Assist probation/parole office, Lance Avenue. 2:31 p.m. Assist probation/parole office, Hildreth Drive. 3:22 p.m. Parking complaint, Nesenkeag Drive. 4:05 p.m. Road hazard, Albuquerque Avenue. 9:27 p.m. Suspicious person, Route 3A. 9:53 p.m. Disorderly conduct, Route 3A. 11:39 p.m. Disorderly conduct, Route 3A. 11:50 p.m. Disturbance, Stark Lane. Sunday, October 27: 2:39 p.m. Deliver a message for Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, Horseshoe Drive. 4:41 p.m. Paperwork served, Cranberry Lane. 4:52 p.m. Deliver a message for Nashua

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Laurel Place ‘Spooks’ their Guests

Residents of Laurel Place, Carolyn Beaulieu, Kay the dog and a trick-or-treater. by Gloria Lavoie Tiny goblins, sweet witches and friendly devils visited the residents of Laurel Place for a fun and safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. They scored tons of candy, made new friends and put smiles on the faces of the many residents at Laurel Place in Hudson, an assisted living community. The halls and gathering rooms were decked out for the holiday. The residents and staff dressed in costume and greeted children and their families during what would normally be a very quiet time of evening in the 24 room facility. Carolyn Beaulieu, Activity Coordinator at Laurel Place brought in decorations from home to decorate, “The residents told me where they wanted everything. It’s their gig,” Beaulieu explained. Her adorable and friendly dog, Kay, who also works at the home, was also in costume, to the delight of the children who haunted the halls. It is Beaulieu’s third Halloween at Laurel Place, and she admits it’s her favorite activity. “We even had a howling contest earlier,” she said. Spooky music, motion-activated surprises and an abundance of candy was at every turn

Kay, a sweet dog in costume as trick-or-treaters greeted residents at the doors to their rooms. The residents were thrilled with their costumed guests, as they now miss the opportunity to partake in a traditional Halloween with neighbors at their front doors. The residents were quite enthusiastic about the night. One resident was dressed as a biker, complete with

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Natalie Cummings dressed as a kitty and had hands full of candy.

a long haired wig. “It’s fun again for them,” Beaulieu mentioned of her residents. As the event neared the end, and the trick-ortreaters bid their new friends goodbye, Beaulieu asked her residents, “Are you guys tired? I know I am.”

Car vs. School Bus Accident
Hudson Fire responded to a car versus school bus accident on Friday, November 1 on Library Street. The car, which rearended the bus, got stuck under the bus. The street was closed until a boom was brought in to lift the rear of the bus off the car. No injuries were reported; there were no passengers on the bus.
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Students Donate Halloween Candy
submitted by Karen O’Brien, Hudson Memorial School Is candy just for hungry Halloweeners? Not in Hudson and not at Hudson Memorial School. After trick or treating, Hudson Memorial School students donated their leftover candy to send overseas to deployed military troops in partnership with MooreMart. HMS collected over 250 pounds of candy in an act of charity.
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Barkley Halloween Offered a Good Scare
by Len Lathrop Who is the man behind the walls? And what are all the equipment and wires for? For the last 14 years, John Barkley and his friends have spent the two months before Halloween planning and creating a haunted house designed to bring a truly frightful experience to all those who dare to attend. If the name Barkley sounds familiar, it is because Jeanie Barkley was a beloved volunteer in the schools, the Girl Scouts, and other local groups. Unfortunately, in December 2007, she lost her battle with aplastic anemia, a rare bone marrow disease which causes your body to stop making blood cells and platelets. Membership in the recent “JBMF 300 Club” fundraiser included an invitation to come see what John and friends had done to his garage for this Halloween. The tan house was turned blue with spooky smoke that drifted over the yard. Entering the “garage” in groups of three or four, willing victims were ushered into the catacomb of hallways and rooms, where the patients and staff of the Paradise Asylum met you, some greeting you and others just scaring you. The elevator actually moved as you went from one level of the “hospital” to another. Doors opened and closed with constant noise and sounds keeping you on your toes. The lights, or absence thereof, guided you from one scene to the next. Actors (John’s daughter and their friends) moved and appeared in many different asylum roles, including a doctor to help keep the inmates in line. Watching these kids in action was a truly amazing thing! To learn more about the JBMF and its support of the community, visit and mark your calendar for the annual blood drive June 13, 2014. Where else do you think all the blood for the lunatic asylum comes from?

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‘Guys and Dolls’ Hits Campbell’s Stage
submitted by Matt Woods “Guys and Dolls,” the musical production, is coming to Campbell High School this November. At the matinee performance on Sunday, November 24, senior citizen admission is free of charge. According to director Jill Deleault, “We had such a blast welcoming mothers for free to our matinee production last spring. This fall, we are excited to extend the free ticket offer to our senior friends in the greater Litchfield community!” For those unfamiliar with the show, “Guys and Dolls” is an enduring and beloved musical with appeal for all ages. This classic Broadway piece about gambling, deception, and true love is based upon a combination of stories by Damon Runyon. In 1952, it was even made into a movie starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. The score is full of memorable hits including “Luck Be a Lady” and “Adelaide’s Lament.” The students of Campbell High School are definitely enthusiastic about taking on this legendary show. Director Deleault is pleased to have dozens of talented students involved on and offstage, as well as a production team of four choreographers, a pit band conductor, and multiple student stage managers to bring the show to life. Show times for “Guys and Dolls” are Friday, November 22 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 23 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m.. All performances will take place in the Campbell High School auditorium. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children 6 and under. At the Sunday matinee, senior citizens’ admission is free; at the evening performances, senior citizen tickets are $5. We hope to see you all there!

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Hills Garrison Elementary School held their 13th annual Horribles Parade on Thursday, October 31. The students were led by the Alvirne High School marching band, which has become a tradition. In a new twist this year, Hills Garrison fifth grade band members were allowed to march alongside the Alvirne students.
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Hugh something. He proceeded to fix me with a tall scotch and soda while in my twenty-year-old cocky way asked him what was his claim to fame. He said he was a writer and publisher. I found him rather boring and was relieved when other members of the cast arrived,” Richard said, remembering his encounter with Hugh Hefner, the infamously controversial adult magazine owner. “It wasn’t until years later that I realized who he was.” Soon after these encounters, Richard left Chicago for the lure of the theater life in New York City. “That’s the place where theater is and where television was and I just wanted to be in the golden age of television,” he said. Myerson, who had her own show titled The Big Payoff, helped Richard get a job for CBS Television as an usher. “I worked on shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, where I seated Cecil B. DeMille, saw many, many celebrities and when directing the audience out the side door of the theater telling them to watch their step. I told Wilt Chamberlain to watch his head,” Richard said. Richard also worked on Myerson’s show The Big Payoff as a lead usher and had to fire future People’s Court interviewer Doug Llewelyn for “goofing off and sleeping in the balcony.” During his time at CBS, Richard also assisted journalist Walter Cronkite during the five hour national coverage of an off-year election. Richard could be seen on national television continuously over the course of the five hour national telecast, as he brought the ticker tape results to Cronkite. Richard referred to this as his “15 minutes of fame.” “I got letters from friends and relatives all over the country who saw me on national news,” Richard said. “Thirty-five years later, my Chicago landlady sent me a picture of me with Walter Cronkite which her boyfriend had taken off their television set.” Richard also worked CBS as an assistant production manager and then worked in the accounting department. His celebrity run-ins continued with frequently saying “hi” to Carol Burnett and engaging in some brief small talk with the comedy icon. “She is the most down to earth person I’ve ever met. She was a real person. She didn’t put on any airs as far as being snobby or anything,” Richard said about Burnett. In later years, Richard received an apology from actress Judy Garland (famous for her starring role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz) at a Boston Club. Garland came into the club and a crowd followed her as a result. She then apologized to Richard for bringing in such an uproar of fans and extended her cheek for him to kiss. “I think she thought I was the owner. I always stood around like I owned the place,” Richard said. Richard’s celebrity sightings and encounters also included Mike Wallace, Edward Murrow, Gordon McCray, Diana Ross, Jack Dempsey, and Jerry Herman among many others. Today, Richard resides in Hudson. It’s not just a town he grew up in, but the same town where he found his lifelong love for theater and entertainment. It was the pursuit of this field that led him to have encounters with stars that few of us have had or will ever have in the future.

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Alvirne High School Marching Band Strives for Perfection

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Puzzle 18 (Easy, difficulty rating 0.38) by Mike Bourk they spent writing up “dot” books on their kitchen Generated by High school bands sizes, skills, and abilities vary table back in the day. The two have been together for greatly from school to school. Some schools do not have 32 years. The band was smaller then but individual books had to Answers on page 10 bands, some are music only, and others such as Alvirne, are be put together for 50-80 kids each year. Planning for the next marching bands. The quality of the music played and skills year’s show starts the previous spring. Using today’s technology Sponsored by: of the musicians marching for Alvirne is somewhere north Jess Destramp, Drill Design director, runs a computer program of outstanding and they have the hardware to prove it. An that generates the individual books. estimated 50 to 60 trophies and plaques adorn the band room In addition to Gerry’s staff, the band’s movements on the field and trophy cases. Heading up the band is Gerry Bastien, Musical are directed by three students called Drum Majors. This year’s Director for the Hudson School District. Gerry, originally a Drum Majors are seniors Gubir Kalsi and Britney Stone along piano player also plays the trumpet, trombone, and clarinet. with junior Heather Hotham. Gubir also maintains the band’s He graduated from Lowell State College (now a part of UMasswebsite. Each Drum Major attends Drum Major Academy at the Lowell) with a BA in Music. He followed that up with a master’s University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Tuition is paid for by The degree in Education from Friends of Music. 50 FERRY ST. 370 MAIN ST. Notre Dame in Manchester. Get by with a little help from HUDSON, NH NASHUA, NH Helping out Gerry with band my friends camp, rehearsals, and on field In 2002 Bastien along with activities are Assistant Band students and their parents Directors Rob Scagnelli and started a non-profit group Mike Seckla. Cara Sevigny is called “Alvirne Friends of the Color Guard Director. Music” (FOM). In addition to The Marching Band refused to the marching band the group yield supports the concert band, When Mr. B, as he is known jazz band, and choral groups to his students, was hired in at Alvirne High School. The 1996 he was asked to start a group helps out by setting up, marching band at Alvirne. “I breaking down, and moving questioned if the town ready equipment. They organize for a marching band and if they fundraisers in order to purchase would finance it. The school equipment, instruments, and administration thought it was, uniforms. They gave out Gubir Kalsi so I agreed” recalls Gerry. At scholarships totaling $5,000 Friday Saturday Sunday that time there were 27 kids in the concert band and in 2012. For more information on the Alvirne Friends of 10 11 15 11 November 16 12 November 13 November 15 17 Gerry taught five kids in independent studies giving him a Music, visit their website at 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm total of 32 kids his first year. Gerry continues his recollection of And the band played on events in the early years, “I submitted a proposal and presented In addition to local football games and parades this band Country Woodcrafts, Calligraphy, Holiday Floral, Scarves, Fragrance, them to school board. It didn’t pass. The following year I had travels. This year they will march and play down Main Street CountryHeat Woodcrafts, Calligraphy, Holiday Floral, Scarves, Flags Tapestry, Packs, Lamps, Soft Sculpture, Pet Gifts, Clowns, Leather, 45 kids, I rewrote the proposal it was voted down again. One USA at the Disney theme park for the fourth time. Gerry talks Fragrance, Tapestry, Heat Packs, Lamps, Soft Sculpture, Pet Gifts, Photography, Maps, Wearable Art, Clay, Bottle Chimes, Doll Clothes, of my parents told me about a charitable trust and suggested I about the trips, “I like to go every four years so that every student Clowns, Leather, Photography, Pottery, Jewelry, Scrimshaw, Lace, write a grant to get equipment. I wrote up a grant request and has the opportunity to go during their four years at Alvirne.” In Pottery, Jewelry, Scrimshaw, Lace, Pillow Quilts, Teddy Bears, Primitive Pillow Quilts, Teddy Bears, Primitive and Folk Art, Cutting Boards, that year we received $25,000 for basic, fundamental equipment. addition to Disney the band has played in Canada (Quebec and and Folk Art, Vintage Chic, Cutting Boards, Original Watercolors, Metal, Original Watercolors, Mail Boxes, Footstools, Wearable Art, Just about all of that equipment is still being used today. The Montreal), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. They’ve also Footstools, Wearable Art, Candles, Ceramics, Stained Glass, Dips, Toys, Candles, Ceramics, Stained Glass, Toys, Fleece, Soap, Herbal board of trustees became aware of my efforts and came to me played numerous locations in New England. They also have Candles, Ceramics, Banks, Stained Glass, Toys, Fleece, Soap, Fleece, Soap, Herbal Dips, Salsa, Oils, Vinegars, Maple, Gourmet Apples, Salsa, Coffees, British Pastry, Oils, Vinegars, Maple, Gourmet Apples, asking if I’d like uniforms. I wrote up another proposal and this exchange program set up through the University of Salzburg in Fudge,Pickles, Pickles, Cannoli’s, Jams and time uniforms were funded. The first time we marched was in Fudge, Cannoli's,Sauces, Sauces, Jams & Much MuchMore! More! Germany. the Memorial Day parade in 1998. After that parade people Hey now, you’re an all star Admission $7.00 - Under 14 FREE who were undecided about the marching piece of a band were I would be remiss if I failed to mention some of the accolades Save $2.00 with this coupon receptive towards the program.” Gerry has received during his tenure here in Hudson. In 2008 he One Admission Good for ALL 3 Days! It’s complicated … was named a recipient of Hudson Loyalty Day Award. In 2010 “Drill Design” is the creation of band member movements. he was named the Distinguished Music Educator of the Year for Each individual student gets a number showing their co-ordinate. the state on New Hampshire. His efforts have lead to a continual The band marches in movements (also known as stations) from UL upward growth of AHS music participation. His enthusiasm and NN HLN point to point in order to form specific patterns. They start with a passion for music extends beyond the walls of Alvirne block formation to form words or designs. This year Alvirne has High School. Recently 62 eighth grade students got FREE ESTIMATES Over 20 Years selected a James Bond theme. From the block formation they to play with the high school band during “Step Up” Fully Licensed Experience march to form the words JAMES then BOND. At that point they night. Next year there will be over 200 Marching & Insured march to a formation made up of a diamond, spade, club, and Band members. heart to represent Casino Royale. Next they form the Bond “eye” The band will logo, and finally to the familiar 007. Every show concludes with be participating Gerry’s signature movement. It’s called a “Pass Through.” Kids at the Hudson line up in a big block. The left side moves to the right and the Tree Lighting Residential, Commercial & Condominium Roofing Solutions right side moves to the left and they literally pass within inches on November of each other, all while they continue to play their instruments. 29. 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Hudson Recreation Soccer Finishes Fall Season
submitted by Lori A. Bowen, Soccer Director The Hudson Recreation Soccer finished off their 8 week season last Saturday. All fall there was beautiful weather for soccer. There were many teams this year in all 5 divisions of soccer from the 4 year old Little Sweepers up through the fifth through eighth grade divisions. A huge thank you goes out to all 48 volunteer coaches who gave of their time to help teach the game of soccer to the youth of our town. Thank you to the 20 students who coached in the Little Sweepers program throughout the season, you were all fantastic. The biggest thank you goes to Alvirne High School for the use of their fields every Saturday and all the schools in town for the use of their fields week nights for practices. Signups for the 2014 Fall Soccer season will begin in June; keep up the footwork and we will see you on the field! The 3rd and 4th grade Girls Hurricanes with their coach Jamie Sherburne Below- The 5th through 8th Grade Boys first place Renegades and runner up Bandits A little skunk sharing in the fun of soccer on costume day

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A motto at Continental is, “Family is what we are. Family is what you become,” and the owners are proud to now be teaching children of former students. Many graduates stay in touch and often stop in to visit or be a guest presenter. “Our mother always taught us the importance of giving back to the community and our industry, and we are proud that we have contributed over $10,000 in charity work the last few years,” said Rhona W. In addition, Continental Continental Students outside gets involved in various fundraisers, such as the recent “Making Strides for Breast Cancer” walk. Rhona Charbonneau and Alida Weergang now split their time between Hudson and Florida and are doing well. One of Rhona’s favorite things to do is to Skype with Ashley’s son, Evan (6), who just may one day be the fourth generation at the salon. “My grandmother loves to be called ‘Great Grammy Rhona, they have a lot of fun talking,’” shared Ashley. In addition to being a complete cosmetology school, Continental Academie also offers a full service salon menu with very reasonable prices. All services are performed by students under instructor supervision. “Our clients are precious to us. “ Our clinic is open Tuesday through Saturday, and it is best to make an appointment,” said Alida C. For information about Continental Academie of Hair Design, visit them at A newly designed website will soon be available in honor of their 40th anniversary.

In My Opinion...
The first piece of writing my daughter ever draftedoutside of first-grade class work was a letter to her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Malinowski. Mrs. M was a very kind, patient woman whose gentle approach to teaching small children was very effective. By the end of her first grade year, my daughter still missed her beloved kindergarten teacher. She wondered how Mrs. Malinowski was doing - and more importantly - wanted Mrs. M to know she was thankful for the gift of reading and writing. I suggested to my daughter that she write a letter to Mrs. M. and tell her. A couple of weeks later, my little girl received a letter addressed to her. Mrs. Malinowski responded to Christina’s letter with a lovely letter of her own, written on delicate lacy stationary, thanking Christina for thinking of her, and expressing hope that she was enjoying school. My daughter was thrilled to have gotten a response. It was not only that her teacher still remembered her; it was the first time the art of writing - of putting her heart and thoughts on a page - brought with it a rewarding outcome. It was also the first time Christina realized that teachers valued her appreciation for what they did. As each school year drew to a close, my daughter carried on the tradition of thanking her teachers with a note, poem or letter. And she has had so many teachers to thank. Third grade teacher Ms. Stearns awakened in Christina the ability to craft fiction;

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Thanks to Litchfield Teachers
fourth grade teacher Mrs. Ash, made learning fun, and introduced Christina to The Beatles. Seventh grade science teacher Ms. Gault combined humor, science and The Beatles in a tour du force of instruction. Mr. Keefe and Mr. Gingras combined wit with instruction. Mr. O’Keefe, high school chemistry wizard, amazed, inspired and encouraged. Ms. Brown honed my daughter’s critical thinking skills, made her a more enlightened reader and a talented essayist. Mr. Perreault - perhaps Abraham Lincoln reincarnated brought history to life. Mr. Orban gave her laboratory skills well beyond high school level. There are many more: far too many to mention. With each year and each subject, Christina’s love of the learning process grew. Not surprisingly, her deep appreciation for the gifts her teachers gave her, were reflected in her report cards, and ultimately, in the college that accepted her. In spirit, my daughter has now taken all of these wonderful teachers with her to college, where their lessons still resonate. She has become engaged with the world outside, deepening her knowledge of science, math and literature. She continues to be concerned about the status of women in other countries, and with politics on a national and international scale. Each individual teacher had some part in shaping the person she has become. How can I possibly begin to thank these teachers for these great gifts they have given to my child? Teachers influence who our children become; and in doing so, have an important role to play in shaping our community, and ultimately the country in which we live. We owe it to our children to provide them with the best teachers. We owe it to our teachers to provide them with the tools they need and the thanks they deserve.

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submitted by Derry Medical Center The radiologic technologists at both the Derry and Windham locations of Derry Imaging Center are celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week November 3-9, in an unusual way this year. The technologists will be collecting food for the NH Food Bank and the local soup kitchen that are in dire need of donations. “Our technologists feel strongly that giving back to the community is more satisfying than just celebrating the week among themselves,” said Heidi Clark, director of Derry Imaging. Patients, staff and the public are encouraged to bring nonperishable items such as peanut butter, canned tuna/chicken, soups, pasta, rice, macaroni & cheese and instant potatoes to either the Derry Imaging location at Overlook Medical Park, 6 Tsienneto Road, Derry, or to Castle Commons, 49 Range Road, Windham. National Radiologic Week is celebrated annually to recognize the important role medical imaging professionals (technologists) play in patient care and health care safety. The celebration takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the x-ray’s discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895. Staffed by more than 35 employees, Derry Imaging Center performs more than 33,000 procedures annually. The technologists work with some of the most innovative equipment in the medical field to help identify pathologies, plan and administer treatment and restore patient health. They specialize in breast imaging - including 3D Mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and general diagnostic radiology (X-Ray). About Derry Imaging Center Derry Imaging Center is a full service diagnostic imaging center located at Overlook Medical Park, 6 Tsienneto Road, Derry, with a new satellite office at Castle Commons, 49 Range Road, Windham. With on site Board Certified, Fellowship Trained radiologists, and offering the most advanced digital imaging and processes available. Derry Imaging Center’s core services include: 3D and Digital Mammography, MRI including fixed and open magnet, ultrasound, CT Scan, X-Ray, Bone Densitometry, and Peripheral Vascular Testing. To schedule an appointment or learn more, call 537-1363 or visit the website at www.DerryImaging. com.

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Ongoing Teen Programming at Rodgers Memorial Library • TT@YL (Teen Takeover at Your Library): Every Wednesday after school from 2-5 p.m., the community room is reserved for teens to come and go: hang out, use the internet for work or fun, or play games. Laptops with internet, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be available, but you can always bring your own too. Snacks and closed beverages are allowed. No registration required. • Teen Writing Lab: Need help with a paper or project. Come to the library any Monday from 2-3:30 p.m. and Teen Librarian Danny and/or student volunteers will be there to help you out. • Snack Chat: Want to chat about the latest releases? Come to discuss new and old favorite video games, books, music, or films! Snacks will be provided! Second Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Next meeting 11/12. Registration requested but not required Register at: • Animanga Club: Come to Animanga Club to discuss and share your favorite Anime and Manga. We’ll be watching Anime and doing fun stuff every month at the library! Third Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Next meeting 11/19. Registration requested but not required. Register at: Saturday, November 9 Scouting for Food - Pickup. Boy and h t Girl Scouts in Hudson will be picking up food donations for area food banks and agencies. Put non-perishable, non-glass bottled food on your front porch before 8 a.m. today for pickup. Don’t be concerned if you see Scouts in your neighborhood picking up bags of food!

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workshop. Go to or call 8866030 to register. Special thanks to the Lithuanian Brothers and Sisters (LABAS) for helping to make this event possible. Gaming Day at Rodgers Memorial Library. From 12-4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month join Play Date NH as they teach an assortment of new board games, card games and role playing games at the Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson. Play Date NH is a volunteer organization aimed at educating the community about the benefits of games and gaming. They hold events to introduce new games, expand the gaming audience and invite citizens to make gaming of all types a part of their family, school and community. There will also be Wii games available to play. Call the library at 886-6030 for more information. Sunday, November 10 The Friends of the Library of Hudson’s Second Hand Prose book sale will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the lower level of the Hills Memorial Library Building at 18 Library St. of a trilogy about a future world where young tributes battle each other for the entertainment of the masses. Part two of the trilogy will arrive in theatres the following week. Cinema Celebration is sponsored by the Hudson Friends of the Library. Call the library film line at 816-4535 for details.




Saturday November 16 The Litchfield Community th Church will be holding their annual Craft Fair on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a bakery table, vendors, raffle basket table, Silent Auction, raffle for a personalized park bench and, of course, the Kitchen will have breakfast and lunch, items available for purchase. Santa Clause will arrive at 11 a.m. and will be available to have pictures taken from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit All Raffle drawings will take place at 3 p.m.

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Thursday, November 21 The Litchfield Seniors will be meeting st at 12 p.m. at the Community Church on Charles Bancroft Highway. Members will make their own Thanksgiving sandwiches with turkey and all the fixings. They will be entertained by local bellringers. All those attending are asked to bring donations for the Litchfield Food Pantry. Items needed include: spaghettiOs, tuna, canned meats, canned corn and peas, spaghetti sauce, flour, sugar, cake mixes, frosting, small bags of potato chips, paper towels, toilet paper, mayonnaise, and ketchup.


Saturday, November 23 Litchfield Recreation will hold a sports rd and recreation equipment swap at Talent Hall. This will be a great opportunity to get all of that no-longer-needed recreation equipment out of your garage and put some money in your pocket. Or, if you are in need of any equipment, stop by for a pair of skis, skates, baseball bat, bicycle, etc. Christmas is just around the corner! Check the website or Facebook for more information.


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The Litchfield Women’s Club will partner with the American Red Cross to once again host its annual blood drive. The drive will be held at Griffin Memorial School, located at 229 Charles Bancroft Highway in Litchfield, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Amber Jewelry Workshop. From 9:30-11:30 a.m., amber artist Rasa Dooling will show a film about amber and discuss its history. The film will be followed by a hands-on workshop during which attendees will make a piece of amber jewelry. Anyone who has old amber jewelry and would like suggestions for modernizing the piece is welcome to take it to the class. This workshop is sponsored in part by a grant from the Zylonis Fund of Hudson. There is a materials fee for this workshop and pre-registration is required. Sign up as soon as possible as there is a minimum number of participants needed to hold this

Thursday, November 14 Creating a PowerPoint Presentation Workshop. The Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson holds a series of free computer workshops. Learn how to create a PowerPoint presentation, including animation and sound effects on at 3:45 p.m. Pre-registration required for all workshops. Go to rodgerslibrary. org or call 886-6030 to register.



Cinema Celebration at Rodgers Library. The Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson hosts a film series, second Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Catch films you may have missed in the theaters. Snacks will be served. Today we will be showing part one

Thursday, November 21 & Friday, November 22 The Hudson Police Department is sponsoring the AARP Driving Safety Program. The class will be held in the Anne Seabury Community Room, Hudson Police Department, 1 Constitution Dr., Hudson. The class consists of two, four hour blocks of instruction spanning two consecutive days. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost for the course is a reasonable. This course is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. Participating individuals will learn how to avoid traffic hazards and may be eligible for auto insurance discounts (for more information, contact your insurance agent). Class size will be limited to 25 individuals; contact Detective Joseph Hoebeke at 816-2245 for additional information and to reserve your seat today!

Thursday, November 28 Today, Thanksgiving Day, at 9:30 a.m., Litchfield Recreation will play its first ever Litchfield Turkey Bowl! It’ll be North vs. South with Pinecrest being the dividing line. This is a friendly flag football game which will be played at Roy Memorial Park. There is no cost to play and there will be games available for all ages. We only ask for a donation of one canned good or non-perishable item to benefit the Litchfield Food Pantry. This is open to any resident of Litchfield and their relatives. Sign up on the Litchfield Recreation Facebook page or at to be a player, referee or fan. Check the website or Facebook for more information.


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Inter-Lakes Volleyball Extinguished Cougar Tournament Hopes

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by Len Lathrop The playoffs started on Halloween for the Campbell volleyball team, but there were no tricks when Portsmouth Christian of Dover entered the Cougar Den as the 13th ranked team with a record of 7-9. These teams had met once before during the regular season when Campbell defeated the Eagles 2-3 in the Cougar den on September 6. The Cougars played as a team and worked hard, at the conclusion of 3 games they had defeated the Eagles, The next contest was Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Cougar Den where fourth ranked Campbell challenged fifth ranked Inter-Lakes High School of Meredith. The two teams did not met during regular season play, but both were ready Saturday night. The close match up promised a good contest, and the fans were treated to a back and forth battle with many lead changes in all three games. NHIAA tournament for Girls Volleyball are based on the best of five games. The first set ended 27-25, the final point was awarded on a net violation after it was tied at 25 in favor of Inter-Lakes. Campbell came back in the second set, supported by great team play and outstanding work by Senior Captain Alex Trevains. The Cougars led 21-23. On a bad call of double touch it was the score tied at 23-23, with Inter-Lakes taking control of the middle by #25 Jordan Donohue and #22 Jessica Schofield. Set three was tied at 11 and then with several questionable calls it was 22-16, with Inter-Lakes taking the final set 25-18. After the game Campbell’s Coach Walker spoke of both teams playing very competitively and that sets one and two could have

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gone either way as is what you should have when number 4 ranked team meets the number 5 ranked team, both sets were won by one or two points. He was very proud of the Cougars “they fought as a team, working together and each one of them gave it their all.” Looking forward Campbell has only three players graduating, Captain Rebecca Landrau, Captain Alex Trevains and Captain Brianna Hardy.

High School Football Playoffs
by Mike Bourk NHIAA Offsides in Playoff Seedings The NHIAA released the NH high school Division III football playoff brackets and the selections and seeding are in a word, horrible. The NHIAA opted to take the top two teams from each of four brackets and have them play against each other. Here’s what the schedule looks along with their final overall ranking: #2 Bow (7-1) at #1 Pelham (8-0) #4 Newport (6-2) at #3 Stevens (6-2) #12 Bishop Brady (4-4) at #9 Epping-Newmarket (4-4) #10 InterLakes-Moultonborough (4-4) at #5 Gilford (6-2) Missing the playoffs are: #6 Campbell (5-3) #7 Mascoma Valley (5-3) #8 Somersworth (4-4) Outside Looking In Campbell’s situation is particularly egregious as their only losses were to Pelham, Bow, and Somersworth. The Cougars beat Bishop Brady, Stevens, and Epping-Newmarket all of whom made the playoffs. Bishop Brady did not beat any team with a winning record this season. Their four wins came against teams with a combined record of 5-28. InterLakes-Moultonborough also has not beaten a team with a winning record. Their four wins came against teams that were 6-26. Gilford at 6-2 has yet to beat a team with a winning record. To The Victor Go The Spoils This may be true in other high school sports where the upper seeds host the lower seeds. This is not the case in football. For an unexplained reason football is divided into four subdivisions. Two teams from each division make the playoffs regardless of their won/ loss record. Those two teams play against each other in the first round. For the 2013 season that means second ranked Bow plays at ranked Pelham and fourth seeded Newport plays at third rated Stevens. In the other games a ninth ranked team is hosting a number 12 rated team and a number 5 team hosting a number 10 ranked team. Teams In Other Divisions Suffer As Well This situation is not unique to Division III. In Division I the number 5 rated Bedford (7-2) and number 7 rated Bishop Guertin (6-3) have been left out of the playoffs while Londonderry (4-5) will be playing on Saturday. In Division II Milford and St. Thomas, both with 6-3 records, miss the playoffs while Kennett and Sanborn at 5-4 both make the playoffs. A Better Solution I never understood the need to create a playoff structure for football that varies from every other high school team sport. If the NHIAA insists on the 4 subdivisions only the top team should be guaranteed a playoff spot and host the first game and select the 4 visiting teams from the remaining teams. A less desirable but still fairer than the existing format would be to have teams in each division split into two subdivisions, East and West, using a dividing line similar to what the CHAD All star game uses. Some type of a change has to be made. A change in the NH high school football playoff structure is needed. To rewarding mediocre teams with a playoff spot while slighting much better and more deserving teams, makes no sense.

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Lady Broncos Lose in Quarterfinals
at 1-1 midway through the second half. With the game remaining scoreless in two 10 minute overtimes, it unfortunately meant the game would be decided by penalty kicks. The Broncos sent Heather Barkley to the penalty hash mark first and she squeaked one in which brushed under the top of the crossbar for the 1-0 lead in PKs. Goalkeeper Sammi Giannelli came up with a stop on the first Saints kick. Kayla Juliano put her PK away cleanly giving Alvirne a 2-0 lead. Giannelli again stopped the second PK by the Saints preserving the slim 2-0 lead after two rounds of kicks. The Broncos missed the next two PKs but Giannelli saved one of the next two Saints shots for a 2-1 lead going into the final shot for each team. Erin Rosier placed the ball low to the right side of the Saints keeper and it managed to make it through the goalie’s hands giving Alvirne the 3-1 lead and the victory to push them into the quarterfinal round. Giannelli only had 12 saves in the contest but none of those saves were more impressive than the three saves in the penalty shot portion of the game. Alvirne would face Coe Brown in their quarterfinal round, again a team that they had lost to two weeks earlier in the season by the score of 3-2. That was perhaps one of the best games the Lady Broncos played all season, so their hopes were high for this quarterfinal match-up. It was a beautiful fall day with temperatures in the high 60s, the sun was shining and the stands were packed with fans. “I can’t say enough about how the support of the other Alvirne teams, the parents, relatives, friends and the entire Hudson and Alvirne community meant to the girls,” explained McAdam. “All of the fall teams have done well this season, something to be very proud of.” Alvirne played hard and continued with their domination of time of possession, but unfortunately, they could not find the back of the net. The Broncos had a momentary lapse of focus in the first five minutes of the game and allowed Coe Brown to put a free ball away for a 1-0 lead. Despite again out shooting their opponent, the Broncos faced one of the finest goalkeepers in the state and she showed why she is an All State candidate with 12 saves, three of which looked like sure goals were it not for outstanding saves. With a hot goaltender and their ability to take advantage of some Bronco mistakes, combined with an injury to striker Danielle Ross which forced the Broncos to go deep into their bench, Coe Brown took a 1-0 victory moving them onto the semifinal round of the NHIAA Division 2 playoffs and ending the hopes of the Broncos and their fans. “We finished 12-5-1 and have had an outstanding season,” remarked Coach Lance McAdam. “Assistant coaches Emily Ingram and Christine Cochrane played an instrumental role in helping this team to develop. With the play and leadership of our veteran seniors (Heather Barkley, Sabrina Carter, Brittney Lambert, Tori LaRoche, Morgan Knight, Marie Morrier and Shantelle Lacasse) and the talented underclassmen (juniors Brianna Wiggins and Sarah McAdam, sophomores Danielle Ross, Sammi Giannelli, Hannah Croce, Erin Rosier, Kayla Juliano, Tana Tufts and Marianne Poulin and

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Heather Barkley tees up a shot on goal
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by Sue LaRoche The Alvirne Lady Broncos made the most of what they had this season finishing the regular season with a record of 11-4-1, good enough for a fourth place seed in NHIAA Division 2 girls soccer. This seeding earning the Lady Broncos two home playoff games something that has not happened in Alvirne girls soccer for many years. “If you had told me we would be in this place at the start of the season, I would have said ‘I’ll take that’,” said Coach Lance McAdam. He continued “We had an amazing year; it is a long season and we were put to the test in many ways and the girls responded. The girls really came through - they came back from injuries, and when called upon, the bench really filled in admirably. From top to bottom, it seemed like it was somebody different stepping up every game.” The mix of experienced seniors combined with talented underclassmen, gave the Lady Broncos a unique chemistry and they became a tight knit team, winning some games by sheer will. With their number 4 seed, Alvirne earned the right to play the number 12 seed St. Thomas Aquinas Saints, a team that they had lost to by the score of 1-0 just one week prior to the beginning of the playoffs. The Saints came in believing that they could knock off the Broncos again, but Alvirne had different designs. The Broncos dominated play, shooting 28 times compared to just nine shots for the Saints. Alvirne had many scoring opportunities including two shots by Tori LaRoche and Marie Morrier that hit the posts, but they could only manage a 1-1 tie in regulation, forcing the game into overtime. Tori LaRoche scored at the 23:42 mark of the first half, putting a long rebound away off the shot from Kayla Juliano, who posted the assist. Unfortunately, the one goal lead did not stand up, when a hand ball in the box off a corner kick gave the Saints a heavenly gift of a penalty kick which they put away to tie the score

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Keeper Sammi Giannelli with one of her many saves freshmen Jillian Houle and Kristin Decost), this was a team that went out and competed every game. They showed tremendous character. Following the lead of the seniors, the underclassmen have seen what it takes and have had some great experience this year to build on for next season. They fought hard and to the end I am very proud of these girls.”

Campbell Student Named NHIAA Student Athlete of the Month for October
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Campbell Cougars Shows Spirit and Finish First
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by Phillip Nichols On October 26, the Campbell Cougar Spirit team participated in Nashua High School North’s Cheer Madness to highlight “Bullying isn’t Glamorous.” This was an all day event in which a total of 15 different Spirit teams from all different age groups. The goal was to raise money and highlight “Bullying.” The Campbell Cougars competed in the afternoon session in the Varsity Division III/IV against the Bow Falcons. This competition between these two schools demonstrated more than just a competition. It demonstrated sportsmanship and teamwork. The Falcon’s coaches were unavailable for the day’s competition so Campbell’s coach, Renee Lubinski, stepped up and filled in as coach for both teams. Campbell wowed the crowd with their high flying stunts and precise dance moves. Their focus, skill and precision, which resulted in their first place finish. Of the 15 teams that competed, Campbell was the only team to complete its routine without any major flaws or missed stunts. According to Coach Lubinski, “we stressed dance, focus and fighting to complete our stunts and that paid off for us today.” These young ladies put in a lot of time and effort. They trust each other, when it comes to completing their stunts.

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Lady Broncos Downed by Dover in Semis

Campbell Cougar Spirit team takes their high flying performance to Nashua North’s Cheer Madness 2013 competition on October 26, 2013

Campbell High Spirit team poses with their 1st Place Trophy, following their outstanding execution in Nashua North High Schools Cheer Madness event

Alvirne Falls to Keene in Season Finale

Alvirne’s Kayla Gendreau’s shot is defended by Dover’s Molly Wotton (#14) and Lisa Bean (#5) by Marc Ayotte Pinkerton Academy was the host site for this year’s Division I girls’ volleyball semi-finals on November 5. After taking game one in one of the most exciting and intense tournament games fans could ever hope to witness, it soon appeared that 4th ranked Alvirne had awoken a sleeping giant. And despite a grueling Marisa Coronis elevates for a finesse shot during semi-final action against Dover 30-28 come-from-behind win in the opener, the Broncos could not withstand the ultimate ‘Green Waves’ of attrition by the tournament’s number one seed. Behind the punishing kills of Molly the undefeated (20-0) regular season champs, a sense of urgency Wotton (32) and Lisa Bean (18), Dover battled back and washed quickly filled the air. But a bad serve and a pair of net infractions away the Lady Bronco’s gutsy bid of advancing to the championship opened the door for Alvirne, tying the score at 3-all. round, three games to one. They will take on number 3 Salem who Trading points until it was 10-10, the Green Waves then broke moved on by defeating second ranked Merrimack by the same 3-1 the game open with an 8-1 run. Fueled by a momentum changing margin in the other semi-final game. block off the hands of Kayla Gendreau, the Broncos stormed back The Broncos started their post season run back on Halloween to take a 22-21 lead. In a game that saw an incredible 18 tie night, treating themselves to a 3-0 preliminary round sweep of scores, the final one of 28-28 was snapped by a pair of errant Dover Exeter by the scores of 25-20, 25-12 and 25-22. In a match that kills resulting in the marathon first game going to Alvirne. And in was never in doubt, Marisa Coronis led the feast on the Blue defeat, an untimely and awkward chant resonated from the Green Hawks with 15 kills, three aces and 12 digs. Evelyn Susko had a Waves student body; “We Can’t Hear You.” Maybe somebody fine statistical effort, recording three aces, 13 service points and should have told them before the game, that chant is most effective three digs to go along with a team high 17 assists. Sandi Purcell after your team wins the set. used one of her three aces on the night to close out the contest; But that is where things started to go south for Walz’s ensemble. while registering seven service points, three digs and a kill. Also Subsequently, Dover players and their contingent would have the contributing to the first round win were Malory Coronis (4 kills, 1 final say as they turned things around and proceeded to fend off a ace, 2 digs) and Danielle Lefebvre (3 kills.) brilliant Bronco effort by the scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-18 to With the win, Alvirne advanced to a quarter round show-down remain undefeated on the year and advance to the title game. with number 5 seed Bedford. In the pre-game huddle, first year After the game, Walz praised the Dover six and especially the Head Coach Joe Walz, offered some words of inspiration, telling serving talents and kill skills of Wotton and Bean, by saying; “we’ve his team; “Bedford was the first team I faced with you and tonight never seen anything like that.” Though in defeat, the Lady Broncos won’t be my last.” Unfortunately for Walz and his Broncos the Tony had a tremendous run, bringing post-game words of encouragement Robbins’ crash course on motivational speaking took a couple of and admiration from AHS Athletic Director Karen Bonney; “they’ve games to kick in, as Bedford silenced the Bronco faithful by taking overcome a lot of adversity this season and they did a great job. the first two games. The battle with the Bulldogs suddenly turned They should be proud of themselves.” on a dime as a spirited student body behind a swarm of rhythmic Coach Walz added to Bonney’s words, saying; “There is only chants, successfully beseeched their Broncos to come back from one word I can say about this match and the season ... ’shway’ the 2 games to none deficit; 24-26, 21-25, 25-21, 25-16, 15-9. (awesome). I wouldn’t want to coach any other group of girls. Ahead 10-9 in the pivotal third set, the Broncos used a timely Despite being the underdog, the girls gave everything they had in block by Marisa Coronis along with an effective serving stretch their arsenal. They left everything on the court and never backed from Purcell to rattle off five straight points; causing a Bulldog time down.” out and eliciting the cry of “Let’s Go Broncos” from the exuberant The following is a statistical recap for the semi-final game against crowd. 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Jose Rodriguez turns the corner against the Blackbirds by Mike Bourk The Broncos hung in there early in the game, trailing just 7-0 after the first quarter. During the first quarter senior Rob Albertine had a key sack ending an early Blackbird drive. In the second stanza the Broncos had no answers for the explosive Blackbird offense who put up 24 second quarter points and went on to win by a final score of 44-7. As has been the case for most of this season Alvirne would make a good play or two but just couldn’t seem to string together four plays in a row to get a defensive stop or consistently move the chains on offense. An uninspired pass rush combined with inconsistent play in the secondary allowed Keene to pick up 225 passing yards in the first half. In the second half the Broncos played somewhat better as they we outscored only 14-7. Fumble recoveries by Tyler Cabrel and Mark Bisson ended two Blackbird drives. Jose Rodriguez and Jack Mahoney each had a couple good runs. Lucas Notini had the lone Alvirne touchdown and Danny Brown kicked the extra point. When asked about his thoughts on his first season as a head coach at Alvirne Phillips replied “I enjoyed coaching the kids this year. This is a young group of kids, I thought the backs did a nice job but our linemen have to get bigger and stronger if we are to be successful next season. They’ll have to spend more time in the weight room during the offseason.” A retrospective look back on the Bronco’s 2013 season During the preseason the Alvirne offense looked sharp. They had talented wide receivers with good hands and several big tight ends. They had multiple options for a rushing game. They had pretty good offensive and defensive linemen and solid linebackers. Even with the injuries this team still could have been more successful with more consistent play. The team has been uninspired over the last few games. The enthusiasm and inspiration displayed by Coach Philips in August and early September waned with each passing game. It was a tough season for Philips, a first time head coach. It was an equally tough season for the seniors who with their talent, deserved better than a 1-8 record in their final season. Jack Mahoney follows blockers for a short gain
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“Thumbs up to the Alvirne varsity cheerleaders who helped teach cheers, jumps and stunts at the HMS cheerleading tryouts this week. You were great role models and excellent teachers!” “Thumbs down to the person at library street school who buttoned my son’s shirt up to his chin on picture day. I left the top button undone for a reason. You may personally like all the buttons done up. I personally like the top one unbuttoned. I’m sure who ever did it was trying to be helpful but next time please leave the clothes how the parents sent them in to avoid picture retakes.” “Thumbs up. A huge thumbs up to the two Junior and Senior students from AHS, and the other citizens of Hudson, who so generously donated to the fundraiser wishing well that we had set up in our yard during the month of October with our Halloween display for our friend Jon who is very sick with cancer. Our family, as well as his, are so incredibly grateful for the extreme levels of generosity and human kindness that we have seen this month. Thank you so much!” “Thumbs down to the HPD, every other Police Station that arrived, and Alvirne High for what happened this past week. This blatant attack on personal right of the students as well as staff at the school was absurd. A ‘drill’ that the teachers were not even notified about? Police evacuating the school and then entering with weapons drawn for a ‘drill’? Stop terrorizing Alvirne, LSS and any other school that was interrupted. Thanks for keeping us safe, keep up the great job.” “Thumbs down barely two months back to school and already cranky pants at NWES is dodging his responsibilities and passing them on to others. You should be ashamed of your ponderous behavior. Try to step up and accept your own dignity if you can possibly muster an ounce of honor.” “Thumbs up to another Litchfield community member - Janine Lepore. You are always stepping up to take things on. You are the one who says ‘How can we help, how can we fix this?’ You speak for some of us who can’t find the right words or are too shy to voice our opinions. You do so much for the community. You are a great neighbor. You are an incredible mother! You are so kind to so many. Thank you Janine Lepore for all you do for our town of Litchfield.”

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Tuesday, October 1: 10:25 a.m. Derry Road, EMS Call. 6:27 p.m. Derry Road, EMS Call. Wednesday October 2: 12:01 p.m. Bradford Drive, power line down. 2:07 p.m. Naticook Avenue, EMS Call. Friday, October 4: 5:30 p.m. Perry Court, EMS Call. Saturday, October 5: 2:19 p.m. Charles Bancroft Highway, dispatched and cancelled en route. Sunday, October 6: 3:30 p.m. Heron Drive EMS Call. 4:49 p.m. Fallon Drive, system malfunction. 7:17 p.m. Deerwood Drive, overheated motor. Thursday, October 10: 7:23 p.m. Sybil Lane, EMS Call. Friday, October 11: 9:23 p.m. Charles Bancroft Highway EMS call. 11:42 p.m. Brook Road, EMS Call. Saturday, October 12: 1:57 a.m. Cutler Road, motor vehicle accident. 5:29 a.m. Jamesway Drive, assist invalid. 6:35 p.m. Old Stage Road, EMS Call. Sunday, October 13: 10:30 a.m. Recycling Way, authorized controlled burning. Monday, October 14: 10:04 a.m. Jamesway Drive, assist invalid. 3:22 p.m. Jamesway Drive, EMS Call. 4:26 p.m. Hillcrest Road, EMS Call. Tuesday, October 15: 7:34 p.m. Brenton Street, EMS Call. Wednesday, October 16: 7:19 p.m. Charles Bancroft Highway motor vehicle/pedestrian accident. 9:29 p.m. Jamesway Drive, EMS Call. Thursday, October 17: 10:40 a.m. Stark Lane, smoke scare. 4:08 p.m. Charles Bancroft Highway, EMS call. 10:07 p.m. Woodburn Drive, EMS Call. 10:34 p.m. Charles Bancroft Highway, arcing wires. Friday, October 18: 2:00 p.m. Woodburn Drive, EMS Call. 7:00 p.m. Charles Bancroft Highway, public service. 11:08 p.m. Charles Bancroft Highway, EMS call. 11:26 p.m. Cutler Road, EMS Call. Saturday, October 19: 11:01 a.m. Derry Road, steam, vapor, fog or dust. 8:40 p.m. Charles Bancroft Highway, EMS call. Sunday, October 20: 8:44 a.m. Louise Drive, EMS Call. 2:37 Cutler Road, power line down. Monday, October 21: 8:54 a.m. Pearson Street, EMS Call. 2:51 p.m. Pilgrim Drive, good intent call. Tuesday, October 22: 1:16 p.m. Highlander Court, unintentional transmission. Wednesday, October 23: 8:16 a.m. Trolley Road, EMS Call. Thursday, October 24: 12:10 p.m. Highlander Court, EMS Call. 9:18 p.m. Charles Bancroft Highway, EMS call. Friday, October 25: 2:13 p.m. Mammoth Road, Londonderry, dispatched and cancelled en route. 7:07 p.m. Highlander Court, EMS Call. Saturday, October 26: 12:19 p.m. Charles Bancroft Highway, public service assistance. Sunday, October 27: 1:19 p.m. Derry Road, system malfunction. Monday, October 28: 1:28 a.m. Woodburn Drive, EMS Call. 10:30 a.m. Colby Road, EMS Call. 9:33 p.m. Charles Bancroft Highway, smoke detector activation. Tuesday, October 29: 6:42 a.m. Charles Bancroft Highway, smoke detector activation. 9:32 p.m. Pearson Street, unintentional transmission. Wednesday, October 30: 10:20 p.m. West Road, Litchfield dispatched and cancelled en route. Thursday, October 31: 4:54 a.m. Charles Bancroft Highway, EMS call. 11:03 a.m. Albuquerque Avenue, smoke scare. Total Incident Count 52

November 14, 2013
The Hudson Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold a meeting on Thursday November 14, 2013, in the Community Development Conference Room in the basement of Hudson Town Hall (please enter by ramp entrance at right side). The public hearings for applications will begin at 7:30 PM, with the applications normally being heard in the order listed below. SUITABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE SENSORY IMPAIRED WILL BE PROVIDED UPON ADEQUATE ADVANCE NOTICE BY CALLING 8866008 OR TDD 886-6011. The following items before the Board will be considered: I. PUBLIC HEARINGS OF SCHEDULED APPLICATIONS BEFORE THE BOARD 1. Case 256-001-000 (10-11-13): Hudson Realty Trust, 99 River Road, Hudson, requests a Variance to install a freestanding sign at a distance of approximately 20 feet from the property line along River Road, where 25 feet is required. (The sign size will comply with Town regulations.) [Map 256/Lot 001, Zoned G-1; HZO Article XII, Section 334-60 General Requirements, Subsection E.] Case 131-030-000 (10-16-13): James & Sharon Gray, 6 Timothy Lane, Hudson, requests a Home Occupation Special Exception for property located at 6 Timothy Lane to allow a Home Improvements Business to be conducted out of the existing dwelling. [Map 131/Lot 030, Zoned G; HZO Article VI, Section 334-24, Home occupations] Case 243-007-000 (10-17-13): Wanderlei Venturini, 5 Demery Street, Hudson, requests continued use of an Accessory Living Unit (ALU) located at 5 Demery Street, Hudson [Map 243/ Lot 007, Zoned R-2; HZO Article XIIIA, Section 334-73.4 Term of special exception approval, Section B.]



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Due to term expirations on various Town boards, effective December 31, 2013 the Hudson Board of Selectmen is soliciting volunteers to serve on the Benson Park Committee, Cable Committee, Conservation Commission, Ethics Committee, Municipal Utility Committee, Recycling/ Energy Committee, Senior Affairs Committee and Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). Hudson, NH residents who are interested in applying may submit an application form, available at Town Hall, 12 School Street, Hudson, NH, or on line at, (click on “Applications and Forms” under “Quick Links” and then on “Volunteers – Nominations and Appointments Application.” ) Please return the application to the Selectmen’s Office, or fax it to 598-6481, or e-mail it to, by 4:30 pm on Monday, November 18, 2013. The interview session will be held at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Steve Malizia, Town Administrator

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Broncos Ride Streak to Final Four

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Bronco’s Kyle Salucco had a strong performance against Nashua South, scoring two goals in the 4-1 first round win Alvirne’s Anthony Oliveira (far left) heads the ball past Londonderry keeper Jeff Baroody for an insurance goal in the 2-0 quarterfinals win Eleven minutes later, Brett Richardson nearly put the Broncos on the board again when he went in alone on Jimenez, but a finesse chip over the top of the Panther keep was well played, resulting in a save that kept the lead at two. With 7:30 remaining in the first forty, Matt Lubinski continued the AHS assault by drilling a shot from just outside ‘the six’ that was deflected wide of the goal by defenseman Curtis Buxton. With Alvirne completely dominating the flow of the game, it wasn’t until the 36th minute that Bronco keep Regan faced the Panther’s stiffest scoring opportunity but Nick Scavetta’s point blank attempt traveled wide to the right of the Alvirne goal, as the two teams headed to the intermission with Alvirne up 2-zip. The second half featured more of the same Bronco’s attack. An unanswered against-the-grain bid from Richardson from inside ‘the eighteen’ along with a Raul Stedile header that skimmed off the top of the crossbar kept South’s hopes alive. However, with 20:02 left, Salucco scored his second of the afternoon when he lasered a shot into the upper left side of the net past a bewildered Jimenez for a commanding 3-0 advantage. Alvirne closed out its scoring in the 70th minute when recently called-up junior Anthony Oliveira took advantage of his varsity minutes, scoring to put the Broncos up 4-0. South captain Srishail by Marc Ayotte Ancient Philosopher Lau Tzu said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” I’m not sure how popular soccer was in China back in 550 B.C.; nonetheless, the adage still applies. And though it may not be a thousand miles long, it is a road the Bronco boys’ soccer team hopes to travel all the way to the ultimate promise land of the NHIAA division I soccer title game. Alvirne took that first step on a drizzly October 31 afternoon; advancing to the quarter final round with a solid 4-1 victory over Nashua South. Two days later on a wind-chilled and gorgeous Sunday afternoon, the Broncos used a pair of goals from an interesting junior tandem; a stalwart scorer and a JV swingman, along with an eight save effort by keeper Liam Regan to blank Londonderry and move on to the Final Four at Stellos Stadium in Nashua on October 7. In the preliminary round game with the Purple Panthers, Alvirne dominated early. With just 124 ticks off the clock, Brett Richardson on a nice feed from Jeremy Longchamp, staked the Broncos to a 1-0 lead, beating South goalie Chris Jimenez. In the game’s 14th minute, Kyle Salucco continued his superb play when he scored the eventual game winner to double Alvirne’s lead at 2-0.

Thapa scored on a meaningless penalty kick in the waning minutes to get the visitor’s on the board. In the quarter-finals, the number 4 ranked Broncos were still enjoying some home-cooking as they hosted number 10 seeded Londonderry. Although the Lancers appeared to come out with a higher energy level, the aforementioned scoring sensation in the form of Brett Richardson once again recorded the all-important first goal of the game. With just 4:19 expired, the Bronco striker, while positioned in ‘the six’ capped off a scramble for the loose ball and drove it past a lunging Jeff Baroody for the only goal Alvirne would need. With both teams swapping scoring chances for the remainder of the first half, it ended with the Broncos holding a slim 1-0 lead. In the first three minutes of the second half, Londonderry nearly evened the score, but Liam Regan came up with a nice save on a Lewis Carroll direct kick from just outside ‘the eighteen.’ Three minutes later, a Nate Gow header off a corner kick sailed harmlessly over the Alvirne net. With the Broncos trying to regain control of the flow, the 48th minute saw a Stedile boot from 22 yards out sail just outside the right post past a screened Baroody. Moments later, a frantic flurry in front of the Londonderry cage got the AHS student section excited but that was all that resulted. With 23:32 remaining, Salucco, with the best scoring chance of the half, had his sharp-angle bid from the right side sail just over the crossbar. Answering back and as the clock ticked inside the 20:00 mark, Lancer’s Tommy Cranmer was stoned by Regan as the Bronco keep attired in his iconic green garb came up with a big-money save, keeping Londonderry off the board. Then with 16:02 left on the clock, an unlikely Alvirne striker made a timely reappearance from his playoff debut just a game before. Anthony Oliveira rose to new heights as a Bronco when he soared over three flat-footed Lancer defenders, resulting in a dazzling header to finish-off a brilliant corner kick to the far post from Ethan Beals. “He’s been a swingman, but we haven’t’ had him up here yet,” stated Al Conti. The Bronco’s Assistant Coach continued by saying; “he has that physicality and that speed that’s hard to guard.” Reflecting on Oliveira’s ability to make the best of his varsity opportunity with goals in his first two post season appearances, Conti offered with a reticent and subtle smile; “not bad at all.” The Broncos will ride its 13 game win streak into the matchup against Manchester Central in the first of two-semifinal games slated to start at 4 p.m. Alvirne (16-2) suffered one if its losses back on September 6, when they fell to the Little Green, 2-0, in the second game of the season. In the nightcap at Stellos, number 1 seed and undefeated Hanover will take on the fourth ranked Crimson from Concord.

Bronco’s X-C Team Concludes Fine Season
by Marc Ayotte Prior to the beginning of this year’s Cross Country Meet of Champions held in Nashua, Alvirne Coach Tom Daigle mentioned that he would be pleased with a top 10 finish in the team competition. Well, that’s exactly what his boys’ squad delivered; as they finished exactly 10th with a total of 239 points and a cumulative time of 1:26:32.40. Finishing in the top three spots were Champions Oyster River (104 points), followed by Pinkerton Academy (108) and Souhegan with 152 points. Regarding the day’s performances, Daigle noted that his runners had “real good times.” He extended that thought by adding that “they had an awesome season.” Contributing to the best team performance in nearly two decades, Daigle cited the runner’s willingness to buy into a new culture which includes training during the off season; “now they all want to do their summer running.” Adding to a deep and talented squad which will see the return of its core in 2014, the Bronco coach praised the team’s collective intangible; “they have more heart than any team I’ve had before.” Leading the Broncos once again in the individual competition was Phil Demers. The AHS junior traversed the Nashua South grounds and Mines Falls woods in a time of 16:30.1. Demers’s 15th place finish qualifies him to compete on November 9 (12:30 start) at the New England Championships which will be held back at the Derryfield course in Manchester, which was the site of the NH state divisional meets two weeks ago. Finishing in 32nd place, just 23 seconds behind the lead Bronco was Noah Bellomo. The freshman runner’s time of 16:53.5 just missed qualifying for the New Englands, as only the top 25 individuals (and the first six teams) in the Meet of Champions advanced. After the 5K trek, Bellomo reflected on what may prove to be the first of a string of impressive showings at a state meet; “I think I might have over thought my strategy. I don’t know if I was mentally tough enough throughout the race.” Showing the presence and maturity of a seasoned upper classmen, Bellomo noted that for him, being mentally prepared for a race is imperative and if not so, the physical element of the race can be adversely affected. “Yesterday I was physically prepared,” noted the AHS rookie runner, “just not mentally.” Adding to the grueling aspects of the race was the physicality of a 165 runner field. Citing flying elbows, pushing and being cut off as components he had yet to experience during the regular season, Bellomo said of his initiation to an ultra-competitive event such as the MoCs; “I may have wasted some energy there.” While acknowledging that he met most of his individual goals during the season, Bellomo

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Alvirne’s Phil Demers wears some celebratory canned-foam as well as the 15th place medal he received, competing in the 2013 yielded to the greater whole, saying “it was a cross country Meet of Champions big year for the team.” Rounding out the top five runners for Alvirne (top 5 contributed to the team competition were Noah Cote (6th, 112th team score) were Kendall Westhoff (3rd, 82nd overall, 18:04.0) and Anthony Cestrone (7th, overall, 17:32.8), Kyle Saunders (4th, 93rd overall, 123rd overall, 18:17.4). 17:47.9) and Frank Cunniff (5th, 95th overall, 17:48.1). Also representing the Broncos in the

Bronco freshman Noah Bellomo had a tremendous showing in his first MoCs, finishing 32nd overall with a time of 16:53.5

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by Marc Ayotte As the only Campbell High cross country runner to qualify for this year’s individual competition at the Meet of Champions that took place at Nashua South, all eyes were on Cougar Sean Munnelly. After earning his way to the MoCs with an impressive 15th (17:44) place finish in the Division III state meet one week earlier at Derryfield, Munnelly to his own admission, was not pleased with his uncharacteristically slow stroll through the woods of Mines Falls; finishing with a time of 18:56.9 which landed him 144th in a field of 160 runners. “My performance was not where it should have been,” exclaimed the Cougar star runner who virtually owned the shorter 400, 800 and 1600 meter races during last season’s track campaign. “My fitness level and endurance was there,” continued Munnelly, “(I) just suffered a pain in my abs which mentally took me out of my race.” Not afraid of admitting to a sub-par showing, he recapped the first leg of the 2013-2014 season by saying; “it was overall just an awful season; I never came close to my potential.”

Munnelly Eyes Indoor Track after MoCs
Looking beyond the longer distance of 5K that is reflective of the cross country meets, Munnely says; “I plan to come back strong in indoor (track) to make up for my disappointing cross country season.” With hopes of improving upon last year’s performances, he added; “I plan to set new personal bests and become a top runner again.”

Campbell’s Sean Munnelly winces as he crosses the finish line at the 2013 Cross Country Meet of Champions held at Nashua South High School
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