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Hudson~Litchfield A Christmas Carol Brings LaughterNews to Fairview Residents


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Chris Plye (as Tiny Tim) is shown with Matt Farley (as Bob Cratchit) Bailey Baird is shown playing Mrs. Marley
Staff photos by AJ Dickinson

Kevin McGee as Scrooge and Matt Farley as Bob Cratchit

by AJ Dickinson The staff of Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson held their annual screenplay this past Tuesday, January 7. This year’s performance of A Christmas Carol might have been their best play yet. While slightly altered from the original, the passionate acting of the Fairview staff members whose characters really seemed to “fit the script” brought this hysterical classic to life. The staff, who had never rehearsed the play as a group before, was led by Activities Director Kevin McGee who played the main role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Kevin explained that because he played the main character he could work with each person individually practicing his or her lines at the most convenient time for each actor.

The play contained all of the good elements of a grand performance consisting of a bit of comedy and drama mixed with some song and dance. Kevin reflected on the performance by saying, “It’s nice for them to see us all in a different light, rather than just buzzing up and down the hallways … We like to have fun on the floor and we like to have fun doing this.” The residents seemed to fully enjoy the performance, as they laughed and gave a round of applause, one resident even started dancing with a staff member causing laughter to spread throughout the room. These plays not only give the residents something to look forward to, but they also give them something to joke about year round.

The complete cast of Fairview Nursing Home’s production of A Christmas Carol

Activities Coordinator Carolyn Beaulieu is seen dancing with resident Adrien Salvas after the performance

Gift of Wheelchair Ramp for Litchfield Family
submitted by Rick Riley On January 1, a priceless spirit of giving plus over $450 of donated materials from the Litchfield Lions and contractor donated labor provided a ramp so a wheelchair-bound man can enjoy the feeling of being outdoors. Andrew Fragala, 27, involved in a serious motorcycle accident while attending college at UTI, Orlando, Florida, was confined to a wheelchair as a result of the injuries he sustained. In November 2013, after several months of rehabilitation at an extended care facility, Andrew was moved back home with his parents, Rick and Wendy Fragala, so they can care for him while he continues his journey to recovery.

“Art is in My Heart!”

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Having made the initial preparations which included installing two stair lifts so Andrew could move about the home, the Fragalas wanted to install a ramp off an existing deck so Andrew could have access to their yard while also providing a secondary emergency egress from the home. That’s when the Litchfield Lions stepped in. Peter Antonucci, friend and neighbor of the Fragala family, contacted the Lions Club about the need for the handicap ramp. Lions Club member Rick Riley then met with Kevin Lynch, Litchfield Building Department, to get the ball rolling on the project. What took place next was truly amazing. continued to page 7- Wheelchair Ramp

Staff photo by Doug Robinson

Lisa, with her multi-award winning book, John Greenleaf Whittier’s, The Barefoot Boy by Doug Robinson Award winning local artist, author and children’s book illustrator Lisa Greenleaf was the featured Artist of the Month for January at the Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson. Greenleaf displayed dozens of her original artwork creations and had many of her publications available for sale and autographing in the library’s community room. Greenleaf’s artwork and publications include the children’s book, The Barefoot Boy, When Rivers Burned, Women of the Granite State, Women of NH and her newest book, Feathers and Trumpets and many more. She has earned the distinction of being awarded the 2011 Bronze Moonbeam Children’s Book Award-Best Illustrated, 2012 Indie Excellence Book Awards, Finalist, 2013 Green Book Festival Award, 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Environmental Issues and the 2014 Award for Outstanding Science Trade Book. A graphic designer by day, Greenleaf has followed her passion and love of art for all to enjoy. “Lisa Greenleaf creates fine art drawings, giclee prints and note cards that will be treasured forever,” according to Greenleaf’s website, www.lisagreenleaf. com. Using graphite pencil, colored pencil, watercolors, acrylic paints, along with combined mediums, Greenleaf’s commissions of fine art come to life on the printed page. Spending as much as 24 hours on a single painting, Greenleaf’s passion and precision with her art is breathtaking. continued to page 7- Lisa Greenleaf

Hudson Community Continues to Support One of Its Own
by Laurie Jasper As reported in the Hudson~Litchfield News, 12-year-old McKenzie Lowe was diagnosed just over one year ago with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Family and friends of McKenzie continue to work to obtain 100,000 signatures on a petition to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the White House to grant McKenzie a compassionate exemption to begin treatment with Antineoplastons (ANP) drug, which is not FDA approved. According to the petition, which may be found at www.Change. org, The FDA has made 471 exemptions for this treatment to date. An amazing 61,200 signatures have already been obtained in just a few short months, but over 38,000 are still needed. Senator Kelly Ayotte wrote an impassioned letter in December to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on McKenzie’s behalf and continues to assist the family. Despite starting the New Year in the hospital with a stomach bug and bad sinus infection unrelated to the tumor, McKenzie has recovered from her illness and is back at Hudson Memorial School with her classmates. The family is hopeful that permission will be granted for ANP, but time is of the essence. Because the drug is not FDA approved, health insurance will not cover the high cost of the treatment. The Hudson community is rallying once again with several fundraisers to assist McKenzie and her family. For the month of January, Sweet Kiwi Frozen Yogurt Shops, with locations in Hudson and Londonderry, will donate their Change for a Cure proceeds to McKenzie’s fund. Sweet Kiwi owner Laura Calamari explained: “Since we are a self-serve shop, there is no need to have a tip jar, but people still want a place to throw their continued to page 7- McKenzie

McKenzie (right) and her cousin Michelle

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A Special Treat for Hudson Seniors
by Lauri Bowen, Hudson Senior Services Coordinator Happy New Year! Since it is the beginning of the year, it seems that on everyone’s mind is the dreaded New Year’s Resolution! Whether your resolution is to get more sleep, travel, become more organized or just to spend more time with friends and family; I wish you good luck and hope that 2014 is good to you. We have a large amount of our senior friends that volunteer for various organizations and I just want to take a moment and say thank you! Your efforts are so greatly appreciated, especially during the busy holiday season. Remember, if there is no school in Hudson due to snow or weather, the community center will not be open for senior activities including community dining. Driving tip of the week is to double check! The snow banks are getting high and are getting harder to see around so check twice before entering a road. The coffee club meets on Tuesday Mornings from 9 to 11 for coffee and conversation, but you can stop by any day and enjoy Mary’s great coffee! The new center is moving right along, the drywall is being hung and things are progressing! We have been sharing lots of stories over coffee lately, funny and sad, travel stories and family memories. These are treasures and please keep bringing them and sharing! There is a questionnaire available weekdays at the community center and online on the town website at you can drop it off at the community center during the week or bring it by the recreation office any day. This is a great way to share ideas and let Lori know she is on the right track! Lucille has planned some new trips to start off the year, stop by and see her on Wednesdays and Thursdays to sign up. If you are interested in playing or learning mah-jong, please stop by the community center on Tuesday mornings around 9. Be sure to check out Hudson Cable channel 22 for updated daytime activities offered currently at the community center for the seniors. Wishing all our friends with January birthdays a very happy day, and to all our anniversaries, we wish you congratulations! There is still a need for whist players and bridge players for Tuesdays, if you are interested please stop by and visit with us. For the Kitchen This is the bread dough recipe I use for pizza crust or to make rolls and bread with. At our house, when I make a batch, my daughters immediately want to make their own pizzas using it. It makes a nice pizza crust and can be rolled, braided, tossed and molded. Create your own pizzas or use your imagination tonight! Ingredients: 1 tablespoon yeast ½ cup sugar 1 cup lukewarm water 3 cups flour plus 1 cup for rolling ½ cup olive or vegetable oil

No Injuries When Vehicle Crashes Into Hudson Market
submitted by David S. Morin, HFD Public Information Liaison At 10:04 p.m., Monday, January 6, firefighters from the Central Fire Station manning one engine, two command vehicles and a Nashua ambulance were alerted to a car that had crashed into a building at 76 Lowell Road, Palmers Market. First arriving firefighters reported a car had struck the building. Upon entering the building, firefighters found the damage limited to the front entry. The vehicle’s operator and store employee were both evaluated by firefighters, neither was found to have suffered any injury in the crash. The Hudson building inspector and fire prevention division determined the building to be safe and the property was turned back to the
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owner. A total of eight fire department personnel responded to the scene.

GMS First Grade Collects for Marguerite’s Place
submitted by Sandie Johnstone, Griffin Memorial School For the month of December, the first graders of Sandie Johnstone’s classroom at Griffin Memorial School participated in a community service-learning project for Marguerite’s Place in Nashua. Marguerite’s Place is a shelter that provides “physical, emotional, educational and social support for homeless women with children” writes Marguerite’s Place materials. The children learned to demonstrate responsibility and the importance of giving back. The children humbly and generously donated simple everyday items on the shelter’s wish list. Their wish list contained necessities such as diapers, laundry detergent, towels, soap, etc. Debra Leo, a shelter representative (in photo)
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Place in large bowl or mixing bowl: 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon yeast. Wait for yeast to react, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup oil. Add in 1 cup of flour at a time, stirring or use a bread hook. For a lighter dough, let sit for 20 minutes to rise, but can be used right away. Braid, spread or roll dough to use as desired. Bake at 325 or 350 in oven for 15-20 minutes or until edges are browned. Enjoy! If you would like to submit a recipe or a comment for our article contact Lori Bowen at or stop by and see her at the Community Center Tuesdays through Thursdays.

visited the school to receive the donations and express the shelter’s gratitude. “It was a gratifying character-building experience for these first graders. It was clear by the look on their faces as the donation boxes grew that this was a surprise,” commented first grade teacher Sandie Johnstone.

COPS: “Community Orientated Policing Unit”
by Doug Robinson Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie’s open letter to the residents of Hudson states, “In order to best serve our community we employ many models of policing. In 1829 Sir Robert Peele (known as the father of modern policing) said in his Nine Principles of Policing: ‘the people are the police and the police are the people.’” The Chief continues, “He was talking about community policing. Community Policing is the core model we work with. We also use other methods of policing such as strategic planning and data-driven policing in order to provide the professional police services our community deserves. Embracing these philosophies and open to others, the police work in partnership with the public to solve problems and fight crime.” In an effort to serve the Hudson Community to a superior level, HPD Master Patrol Officer Allison Cummings and Master Patrol Officer Tom Scotti developed an interdepartmental unit called COPS: Community Orientated Policing Unit. In addition to their normal duties, Cummings and Scotti act as first responders when the need arises during an investigation. They assist with information gathering, serving of warrants and partnering with the detective division. Their

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assistance affords better communications between the individual police departments, ensuring that information flows properly, correctly, and most importantly, in a timely manner. The flexibility offered by the professional skills of Cummings and Scotti affords the detectives time to continue to investigate their assignments, as well as the patrol officers’ abilities to continue to keep the roads of Hudson safe for us all to travel. “We are available to not only execute a search warrant, we DOG TRAINING ACADEMY have the ability to obtain that search warrant if need be. We Specializing in The Family Dog work with the detectives, the CCPDT & IAABC Certified courts and the patrol division in Manners Training Private Sessions an effort to connect all the dots of an ongoing investigation. Behavior Change Programs Group Classes Our efforts afford our fellow Positive Reinforcement Consultations officers to continue to do their assignments undisturbed and uninterrupted,” commented Cummings. “And that is the biggest thing. Every day a new emergency arises and we owe it to our community to service them as best and as professionally as we can. We can and we will do what we better every day as a result LLC do of the Community Orientated Policing Unit.” Officer Scotti continued, “We are a hybrid of the detectives. 225 Lowell Rd, Hudson, NH We have the ability to report Next to Pano’s Roast Beef to work wearing our uniforms, and then should the need occur, we have the ability to change into civilian clothes and assist the detectives. We are able to change our working shifts to meet the needs of the department, or more importantly, meet the needs of the public we serve when the public needs us to serve.”

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The Word Around Town...
Letters to our Editor
Sea level rise has slowed 43 percent from the 20th century, and there is no upward trend in drought and flood. Hurricane activity globally is at a 34 year low. Sandy was a borderline Category 1 storm. Eight Category 3 or higher hit the Atlantic coast from 1938 to 1960. The tornado count this year was over 140 fewer than any year since records started in the 1950s. Wildfire numbers were the lowest since modern records began in 1985. The arctic ice cover bounced back over 50 percent with the coldest summer on record while new records for ice were set in Antarctica, even trapping a research ship this month, summer in Antarctica. Snow was supposed to become rare. Four of the top five snowiest years for the northern hemisphere have been in the last six years and we have had more east coast snowstorms this decade than any in history just four years in. In Europe had five straight brutally cold winters and scientists are said to be “baffled” that their models have failed them. The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered ministers to ditch the ‘green crap’ blamed for driving up energy bills and making business uncompetitive. In Germany 600,000 homes had their electricity turned off during the last brutal winter as electricity prices skyrocketed, and the country is rushing to build 10 coal fired plants to lower costs. In the UK 12 million people are said to be in fuel poverty, having to choose between heating and eating and 280,000 have died from the cold since 2003. If we follow Kuster’s RES plan, we would lose 1 million jobs by 2020 and average families will pay $2,400 more per year for electricity (Kreutzer, 2010). Why would the governments of the world go down this path? To save the planet? UN Climate Official Ottmar Edenhofer in November 2010 admitted “one has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy.” Instead, climate change policy is about how “we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth ...” Joseph D’Aleo, Co-Founder of the Weather Channel, Hudson

Scott Brown is Perfect
That’s right. You heard me correctly. Scott Brown is perfect. He is a perfect example of what is wrong with the two-party system. He is a perfect example of why the two-party system equals zero choice. He is a perfect example why the lesser of two evils is still evil. And he is a perfect example of why one should always vote principle over party. Did you know that he supported Obama’s jobs bill while a senator in Massachusetts? Do you really expect him to be different as a U.S. Senator here in New Hampshire? It is the same reason Romney was no better than Obama in the last presidential election. Would RomneyCare – national edition – be that much better than ObamaCare? I doubt it. Would you trust a politician who is pro-choice in his home state, but prolife on a national stage? I don’t. Now if Romney had said he was pro-choice for Massachusetts but stood mute on the issue on a national stage, or better yet, actually said it is a state’s rights issue, then at least you would know he actually read the Constitution. But Scott Brown is no different than Romney. He made no reference to the Constitution during any of his campaigns for public office. Of course he has a right to run for any office in any state he can establish legal residency in, much the same as Hillary Clinton did in New York. But look at consistency. You see, I can respect people I disagree with. I respect Ralph Nader even though I disagree with him on virtually every issue. Why? He is consistent. He does not change his message to pander to his audience. Ron Paul is the same way on the other end. I have a recording of when he ran for president in 1988. Other than the references to events that were current back then, one could just as easily be listening to a speech he gave in 2012. People will vote for Scott Brown just because “he is not Jeanne Shaheen.” They may even say he is better than Shaheen. How much better? If someone asks you to support Scott Brown, try asking them to say why Scott Brown is the better choice without mentioning our current senator. Then, assuming he or she can even do that, do the research and see if that message is consistent with what he said or did as senator from Massachusetts. A friend of mine (yes, I actually have some) who is a Republican state rep in another district once told me that voting for a third party is like expecting a coin to land on its edge. To which I responded, “Voting for a third party may be like expecting a coin to land on its edge. But voting for one of the two larger parties and expecting meaningful change, is like expecting a two-headed coin to land on tails.” Richard B. Kahn, M.Ed., Hudson

Thank You For All You Do
I am writing to thank two wonderful groups on our community. I would to thank the Litchfield Lions Club for completing the vision screening for the Griffin Memorial students. The Lions are a generous, patient group of volunteers who work beautifully with the students to complete the vision screening every year. This provides a necessary service to all the students and I thank Lions Club for their time and effort. I would also like to extend a huge thank you to the staff of Griffin Memorial School for their generous donations to the “Christmas Angels” project. Every year our staff generously adopts many needy community children and make their Christmas very special. The students and parents all are involved in this charity. The staff at GMS always go above and beyond to help these children and families. The response always warms my heart. Again, a special “Thank you” goes out to the special people in our community. I am sincerely grateful. Susan G. Seabrook, RNBS, School Nurse, Griffin Memorial School, Litchfield

holiday in isolation. Deliveries were made within the community of Hudson, as well as surrounding communities of Nashua, Derry, Pelham, Merrimack, Litchfield, Milford and Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. Additionally, approximately 100 guests came to our facility to eat in the company of friends. After 23 years, our tradition continues to grow. We rely entirely on charitable donations and volunteers giving of their time and services to bring the holiday joy to the homes of those who are isolated and alone. Without your support, many would have gone without a hot meal to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day tradition. With your help, our volunteers bring warmth to their holidays. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. On behalf of the members of the Hudson Fish & Game Club, the Knox family and volunteers, we thank you and look forward to next year. Members and Volunteers, Hudson Fish & Game Club, Hudson

Your Voting Makes It Worth the Time
The Budget season in Hudson is my least favorite time of the year; it is two grueling months of deliberation on the School and Town budgets, that constantly brings on the ire of the governing Boards as well as the department heads on both School and Town sides. The Budget Committee by its very nature is adversarial to both Boards with the job of second guessing the governing Boards in regards to the budget. People gripe about taxes in the town, but it seems that if I propose changes in police, fire, highway, recreation or schools, I am accused of wanting to see blood flow in the streets, houses burn, peoples’ lives threatened, winter accidents and children hurt. Apparently attempting to be frugal with the taxpayers’ money is not a popular stance to have, but that is part of what the Budget Committee is for. Being on the Budget Committee is not for the faint of heart as attested to by the lack of people running for this Office, but it is a necessary task that I have been doing for years. If you feel as several governing Board members that the Budget Committee is an unnecessary annoyance, then perhaps we should investigate changing to some other form of Town Government. The truth is that neither the Board of Selectmen, the School Board nor the Budget Committee have any power that is not controlled by the Taxpayers of Hudson. I urge each and every one of you to get involved in the Deliberative Sessions where you can effect change in the budgets and in the Elections to ratify your budgets and elect people who reflect your values. John Drabinowicz, Hudson

Reality Check on Climate and Energy
It is perfectly reasonable to be green minded and work towards conservation of our resources and clean air and water. But CO2 has been incorrectly blamed for the natural cycles of temperatures and weather extremes of drought, flood, hurricanes, tornadoes, heat and cold. Instead of a health hazard, CO2 is plant food and has helped greatly improve global crop yields and feed the increasing population. Thanks to improved hybrids and farming practices and increased CO2, a 50-year trend of remarkable growth in world grain production has followed. Since 1960, global wheat and rice production has tripled, and corn production is almost five times higher. CO2’s claimed effect on climate has been falsified. Global warming has stopped for 17 years (0.9F cooling here in the northeast in winters during that period) even as CO2 has risen 11 percent. In Europe, the green agenda has led to great increases in the cost of energy as the winters turned sharply colder. In the last decade 280,000 Brits have died from the cold and 10,000 from the heat. We have been focusing on the wrong enemy. The number of heat records have been declining since the 1930s. Twenty-three of the 50 states’ all time heat records occurred in the 1930s and 39 before 1960. More cold than heat records have been set since the 1940s. The claims about high-ranking months and years is with ‘adjusted’ (manipulated) data. The heat and cold records are unadjusted.

Hudson Fish & Game Club Grateful for Thanksgiving Dinner Donations
On behalf of the Hudson Fish & Game Club volunteers, we would like to thank you for all of your donations to our annual 2013 Thanksgiving Dinner. This year was a huge success due to the donations we received as well as the hundreds of volunteers who prepared and delivered close to 1,200 hot homemade meals which were individually delivered to elderly, homebound, needy or simply those celebrating the

Hudson Skate Park “Shuttered”
by Doug Robinson By a unanimous vote, the Town of Hudson Board of Selectmen has voted to “shutter” (close permanently) the Hudson Skate Park on the corner of Melendy Road and Central Street. At an original cost of $50,000, the park has become subject to ongoing vandalism. The park has been closed since August 2013. Problems with the skate park have been ongoing for years and the selectmen stated it would be closed unless the users took better care of the After the vote, Chairman Rick Maddox facility. suggested that the board give the road agent Hudson Road Agent Kevin Burns’ crew have instructions to dismantle the park and to see what had to spend many hours cleaning up broken needs to be scrapped and what can be salvaged. class, removing trash, as well as repainting the Selectman Nadeau commented that a few facility due to graffiti issues. residents have suggested to him that the 1.7 acres In August, Burns wrote, “[The skate park] of town land be used for “horseshoes or bocce.” has become a financial drain and is very laborOther ideas, suggested by Recreation Director intensive keeping this centrally located park from Dave Yates and Burns, have been the possibility of becoming an eyesore. When the park was first a “combination volleyball court and instructional constructed by the highway department for the tennis court.” recreation department, it was to be a family park (complete with) a separate skate area for little ones ... vending machines, a water bubbler, benches, lighted flag poles, Divorce irrigation, fenced-in portable Child Care toilets and picnic tables. The cost of the facility was over $50,000. Support Issues Over time, all of the above items have been destroyed.” A couple of years ago, the selectmen stressed to the public and the skateboarders that the park 238 Central St, Unit 4 603.821.9052 would be closed unless the users Hudson, NH took better care of the facility. During 2013, “It’s gotten worse over the last few months,” commented Selectman Nadeau at the August 2013 meeting. A P lac e Wh e Ro und “The crews who are supposed to re L e a r n in Op e n Ye a r i g is Fu n r F be maintaining our roads [are] n ! o M m p 0 babysitting the skate park every :0 6 m 6:30a day.” At the January 7 selectmen’s meeting, Nadeau stated, “Nobody 598-6310 has come forward to do anything 292 Derry Rd for the park. At this time, [I Hudson, NH suggest we] keep the park closed Now Accepting Registrations!! permanently.” •Pre-K & Selectman Ted Luzsey •Snacks & Lunch Kindergarten •Degreed & commented, “A group of Provided •Preschool Certified •Field Trips volunteers needs to come together •Before & After School Teachers •Large Wooded, and come to this body and present (w/Transportation) � •CPR & First Aid fenced in to the board how they are going to •Full Day - Daycare Playground Certified Staff resurrect the park.” •Infant / Toddler

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Chamber Seeks Nominations for Citizen and Businesses of the Year, Junior Citizens Scholarship Award
submitted by Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce The Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce is in the process of planning its 45th Annual Award Dinner to be held in March, 2014 to recognize our community’s outstanding citizen and businesses. The Chamber is seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year, Businesses of the Year and Junior Citizens of the Year; deadline is January 31, 2014. The Citizen of the Year recognizes the outstanding achievements of an individual of Hudson or surrounding towns, in their ability to contribute to the community. The Businesses of the Year will have two categories. The first category is for businesses with fewer than 50 employees and the other for businesses with over 50 employees. These awards recognize deserving local businesses established at least for a year, that exhibit successful business practices and distinguish themselves as a business that advances the best interest of the local community through leadership and community contributions. Submissions for Citizen and Businesses of the year can now be made online at the Chamber website, The Junior Citizens of the Year, which includes a scholarship award, recognizes outstanding high school seniors for both scholastic ability and contributions to the surrounding community. Eligibility Criteria for Junior Citizen of the Year: must be a resident in the Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce coverage area, a graduating High School Senior, (1) must provide a current scholastic record, (2) at least two recommendations from the educational system, (3) and two non-school related recommendations (not required but highly encouraged as it does increase scoring), (4) a listing of all four years of school activities and (5) non-school activities (community service related, etc.) along with a (6) detailed statement explaining the reasons for nomination must be submitted, submissions can be mailed or dropped off at the Chamber office with the requested documents. You can nominate a business or person or if you feel you or your company merits recognition please submit details on your accomplishments. A committee will review the nominations, and consider the reasons for nominating the person or business and make the final selections for the award. The Citizen of the Year, Large and Small Business of the Year winners will be honored at the Gr. Hudson Chamber’s Annual Dinner to be held in March 2014 at The Castleton in Windham, while the Jr. Citizen of the Year have the option to be awarded their scholarship at the June Scholarship Night. If anyone would like to submit a candidate, please forward the name of your nomination and reason they are deserving of the award, along with your name and contact information in case the Chamber’s nominating committee requires further information or visit for online submissions. Eligibility and Criteria information is available at the Chamber website. Nominations can be mailed to: The Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce, 71 Lowell Road, Hudson, NH 03051 or faxed to (603) 889-7939. All nominations must be received prior to January 31, 2014. For questions regarding this process please call the Chamber office at 889-4731.

Editor’s Note: Doug Robinson has provided a guest editorial for this week’s edition of the Hudson~Litchfield News. Doug has been bringing our readers news stories with our papers for over eleven years. In addition to writing with us, he works in the furniture industry in management. As a Hudson resident, he has been a selectman, familiar with budget and cost of operating our town. Doug is also an active volunteer in Hudson, having served many years as a member of the ethics committee. He works with various community groups in neighboring towns.


The Rubber Band Has Broken
by Doug Robinson As the Hudson taxpayer goes to the voting booth next March, voters need to be reminded that they might be now paying for their voting consequences of the past years. This year, five union contracts will be voted upon for town employees. These contracts are only for the town employees, not the school administration or our teachers. All of these town contracts have been voted down for the past five years, and the services that our town employees provide have reached the terminal end of a stretched rubber band. Eventually, if you pull the rubber band far enough, it will break. At the request of the selectmen, department managers have been required to submit a zero based budget, or, a budget which did not exceed the previous year’s operating budget. The rubber band for the economic and financial strength of our town departments, as well as their financial being, has broken. Our biggest investment, our employees, are leaving Hudson for wage increases for same job duties in our neighboring towns with comparable wages up to 22 percent higher. We train them, they leave us. According to Chief Lavoie, the cost to advertise, interview, polygraph, test, and training could reach as much as $30,000 for each new police candidate. It not about loyalty, it is about survival for themselves, family, as well as the ability to provide services superior than any other town. The rubber band is broken. Again, we are discussing the Town of Hudson, not the school system. The union contracts being brought forth to the voter will include provisions for wage and benefit increases. In the past, voters have stated, “I have not received a raise, so I am not going to give them a raise.” Another excuse for the nay vote has been, “We already pay them too much.” “My taxes are too high and I do not want to pay any more in taxes.” Those who have voted yea have lost to the nay sayers in the Town of Hudson. The Town of Hudson tax rate for this the current year’s tax bill is $6.37 per $1,000 valuated. The prior year, the Town of Hudson tax rate was $6.27 per $1,000 valuated. The proposed tax rate, to be voted on in March, without the approval of the five contracts, as presented by the Board of Selectmen to the Hudson Budget Committee is $6.44. Should all the contracts be approved by the voter, the next tax rate would be $6.61. At this rate, the average property owner in the Town of Hudson would see a $61 increase in their tax bill. The Budget Committee approved the contracts to be reviewed by the public at an upcoming public hearing. From there, it will go to the ballot. Currently, the Town of Hudson has approximately 160 employees on the payroll who are affected by the contracts. Today, the fire department, police department, and Town of Hudson offices are operating on the same or close to the same, budgets since 2010. “Since 2003, our police budget has increased by six percent, but, we have had to remove 5.9 percent due to cutbacks,” stated Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie. Today, the Hudson Police Department (HPD) has four openings for the position of police officer. Two officers retired, and the other two police officers resigned to take positions elsewhere. “Each year we have been challenged with keeping the operational costs the same as the previous year. And this has been going on for many years. “ The operational costs have been frozen and it’s hurting our ability to purchase and utilize equipment that keeps us up-to-date with the technology that is out there to aid us in the performance of our jobs in order to provide the best service for our community,” stated Chief Lavoie. But what Lavoie does not want to say, is that staffing the HPD has become a challenge due keeping help as a result of the contract issue. In reviewing 2012 statistical payroll reports from Local Government Center (LGC), Hudson is the ninth largest town in the State of New Hampshire. With that said, some of HPD officers are paid in relationship to being a town ranked 23rd in size for the State of NH. • Fact: An entry level HPD Dispatcher can earn $3.64/hr more per hour ($7571/yr) by driving to Londonderry, today...not including overtime. According to Chief Lavoie, HPD dispatchers are ranked 28th in overall compensation level compared to all other towns in the state of NH. • Fact: The 14 HPD police officers, hired in 2007, have not received a dime in a wage increase since their contract ended on June 30, 2010. • Fact: HPD responded to more than 36,000 calls for service in 2013. Recently, the HPD hosted a hiring open house and 94 applicants applied. To become hired by the HPD, potential officers are required to have: a complete investigation completed on their background and life before being hired. Also, they are submitted to a written, physical, and team evaluation by HPD executive staff. Should they survive and make it to the “next round,” they are then submitted to a “more through” interview (actually it is an interrogation by several officers), a four hour polygraph, then another written test. The applicant then meets with a professional psychologist for evaluation and review. After a final meeting with the chief, ”we then make them an offer to join the HPD,” stated Chief Lavoie. In speaking, the Hudson’s Town Administrator Steve Malia, “We spend around $20,000 annually to negotiate contracts for our employees. During the past five years, one could say that we spent close to $100,000 of the taxpayers’ money on contracts.” Of the 24 cents per thousand increases in the proposed taxes for next year (starts July 1, 2014), is your safety worth six cents, because that is the HPD’s portion of the tax increase as a result of voter contract approval? To the average property owner in Hudson, this 24 cents would reflect about a $72 increase. The next time you pick up that phone, and you are one of those 36,000 calls who need a police officer, I think that you have spent six cents wisely, and maybe we all can help that rubber band stretch just a little farther for years to come.

Kuster Nominates 21 New Hampshire Students For Service Academies
Campbell’s Jacob Parzych Among Nominees
submitted by the Office of Congresswoman Annie Kuster On January 7, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that she has nominated 21 New Hampshire students for admission to the United States Service Academies. Of the 21 students, 10 were nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy; eight to the U.S. Air Force Academy; and three to the U.S. Military Academy. Among those nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy is Jacob Parzych, a student at Campbell High School. “From Hudson to Lyman, these young men and women are among the very best our country has to offer,” Kuster said. “They have dedicated themselves to serving their family, their community and their state. Now they’re ready to serve their country. I am honored to nominate these extraordinary students for our proud military academies.” More information on the nomination process is available on Congresswoman Kuster’s website:

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New Year’s Eve with the Hudson Police Department
by Doug Robinson The large white block letters on the front and back of the bullet proof vest simply stated, “Observer”. Once strapped in and strapped on, I took my seat, riding shotgun with Hudson Police Officer, Steven McElhinney for a New Year’s Eve ride-along. Officer McElhinney’s duties for New Year’s Eve were to patrol Hudson’s Sector 1 area. Sector 1 stretches from the HFD Administration building, along the Merrimack River, to the land boundary break between Hudson and Litchfield on Route 102, and then back to Route 111. In addition to our police vehicle, HPD also had three other officers patrolling Sectors 2-5 throughout New Year’s Eve. “New Years Eve has been hit or miss for us during the past few years,” stated Captain William Avery. During December 31, 2012, Officers of HPD responded to just four calls for service: a person who might have been attempting to jump off the Veterans Bridge, an alarm on Barretts Hill Road, a noise complaint on Lilly Court and another alarm on Lowell Road. No arrests were made on New Year’s Eve. During New Year’s Eve 2011, HPD officers responded to 13 calls: an accident, juveniles possibly damaging a school, alarm on Derry Street, gun shots (turned out to be fireworks), gun shots on Patricia Drive, loud party on Walnut Street, domestic violence, loud music on Canterberry Court, assault at Back Street Bar and Grill, disturbance on Alpine Avenue, disturbance on Webster Street (one arrest was made), disturbance on Barretts Hill Road and responded to assist a citizen remove intoxicated people from their home. The HPD did not make any DWI arrests on New Year’s Eve, 2011. This year, the HPD responded to nine calls: burglary on Lowell Road, service for a restraining order, an officer took a repost regarding an individual making possible threats to family members, gunshots or fireworks on Webster Street, a domestic dispute, officers attempted to make a message delivery for Rockingham County Sheriff as a family member was being transported to the hospital, a disturbance, accident and another domestic dispute. No arrests were made this New Year’s Eve. While patrolling the Hudson streets, the streets appeared to have less traffic than a normal evening. What was really interesting was that all vehicles, which were clocked, travelled at or below the posted speed limit including those areas of town where drivers are known to speed. Vehicle after vehicle chose to use their left/right traffic signals, stopping at orange and red lights before turning right, as well as following all the rules for motorists. Our observations also included a focus on the number one stoplight violation stoplight in the Town of Hudson, which is at the intersection of Route 3A and Route 102. No violations occurred. On New Year’s Day, I visited Hudson House of Pizza’s owner, Nellie, and I visited T-Bones Manager, Denis Brunel, for the purpose of reviewing New Year’s Eve sales. I asked each, “How was business last night?” Nellie, of Hudson House of Pizza, commented that she closed her business at 8 p.m. due to slow sales. T-Bones closed at 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Denis commented that his takeout business had a “two-hour wait.” “Our dining room was busy, but our takeout business was really busy.” Nicole Tello, T-Bones server, commented, “the roads were empty when I left work and had to go across town to pick up my child. Even when I drove home to Nashua at 1 a.m., the roads were empty.” Over the past two years, the HPD has arrested 257 motorists for DWI and have responded to 564 domestic disputes. Captain Avery stated that he too noticed “there was not much traffic this year,” adding, “he did see a few taxicabs around town.” In addition, Avery commented that he believes the HPD’s dedication to public education programs of “AARP Training, Domestic Violence Alarms, Good Morning Seniors, Linking Communities, Job Shadow (at Alvirne High), CHIPS and Fright Night” have contributed to ‘don’t drink and drive’. Captain Avery continued to state that “Bar owners and restaurant operators are telling us that Hudson has developed a reputation for zero tolerance with those who drink and drive. Word is on the street do not drive through Hudson should you choose to drink and drive.” Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie commented that the public has become “much more aware of the problems regarding drinking and driving. With all the television ads and publicity, people chose to stay home. We had a safe night in Hudson for all our residents.”

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by Doug Robinson The Town of Hudson Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a motion to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with NRPC (Nashua Regional Planning Commission) in order to participate in their upcoming electricity purchasing aggregation. After receiving bids from nine suppliers, NRPC negotiated with the top three bidders and has secured a nine-month electricity supply contract with Integrys. Integrys Energy Services, Inc. website states, “We provide competitive energy supply solutions, structured products and strategies that allow retail, residential, commercial, and industrial customers throughout the northeast quadrant of the U.S. to manage their energy needs.” Integrys has a bid rate of $0.0770 kWh, which is 14 percent less per kWh than PSNH’s rate of $.0896 cents. The estimated electric bill for the next nine months would have been $183,141. It is estimated that the town will save $25,754 on the electricity supply portion of their bill over the next nine months of the contract.

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Sunday, December 29: 5:40 a.m. Difficulty breathing, Roosevelt Avenue. 9:04 a.m. Difficulty breathing, Louise Drive (L). 9:19 a.m. Back injury, Louise Drive (L). 1:40 p.m. Car fire, Lowell Road. 4:13 p.m. Alarm box testing, Lowell Road. 4:38 p.m. Mutual aid Ambulance, Londonderry. 5:16 p.m. Mutual aid Ambulance, Nashua. 8:42 p.m. Water problem, A Street. 8:49 p.m. Water problem, Mockingbird Lane. 8:57 p.m. Unknown medical, Greeley Street. 9:44 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Derry Street. Monday, December 30: 6:37 a.m. Abdominal pain, Derry Street. 8:58 a.m. Fall related injury, Nicolls Circle. 10:06 a.m. Difficulty breathing, Hurley Street. 10:17 a.m. Mutual aid Ambulance, Nashua. 10:40 a.m. Mutual aid Ambulance, Nashua. 12:43 p.m. Box alarm, Memorial Drive. Tuesday, December 31: 12:46 a.m. General illness, Charles Street. 4:31 a.m. Unconscious person, Central Street. 5:23 a.m. Diabetic problem, Federal Street. 7:54 a.m. Service call, Walmart Boulevard. 8:24 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Old Derry Road. 9:04 a.m. Assist citizen, Burns Hill Road. 1:25 p.m. Odor investigation, Maple Avenue. 2:44 p.m. Unconscious person, First Street. 3:16 p.m. Mutual aid Ambulance, Nashua. 4:15 p.m. Illegal burn, Dracut Road. 10:32 p.m. Chest pain, Lowell Road. Wednesday, January 1: 3:04 a.m. Unknown medical, Pheasant Run. 4:53 a.m. Difficulty breathing, Rena Avenue. 7:53 a.m. Chest pain, Radcliffe Drive. 3:02 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Derry Road. 7:01 p.m. Abdominal pain, Pinehurst Street. 9:32 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Lowell Road. 10:58 p.m. Abdominal pain, Wade Road. 11:11 p.m. Leg pain, Wason Road. Thursday, January 2: 5:49 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Old Derry Road. 11:44 a.m. General illness, Webster Street. 12:23 p.m. Cardiac arrest, Barretts Hill Road. 1:46 p.m. Mutual aid Ambulance, Nashua. 5:26 p.m. Unconscious person, Jeremy Lane. 5:56 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Derry Street. 8:31 p.m. Hemorrhaging, Brightside Drive. 9:28 p.m. General illness, Plaza Avenue.

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Thumbs Up?
“Thumbs up to all the wonderful people at the Hudson Food Pantry, not just for your amazing generosity but your sheer commitment, love, and care you show us. I don’t know how my kids and I would have made it through the roughest time of our lives without you. You are all an inspiration to me! When I am back on my feet, I will pay it forward and join the cause, the world needs more people like you! Thank you for your support, care, and hugs! Happy New Year and God Bless all of you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” “Thumbs up to great friends and the best Scachatta ever! I believe we forgot our ‘doggy bag!’” “Thumbs down to Hudson schools. Why wait until 5:30 a.m. to cancel school when it was obvious that it would need to be cancelled the night before? Families could have had time to plan better with the advanced notice.” “Thumbs up to the front desk Manager at Sullivan Tire for his honesty and going above and beyond to fix my tire. Thank you.” “Thumbs down to our postal carrier in the Barrett Hill subdivision. Just because a delivery truck is partially parked in front of our mailbox, doesn’t mean you can skip our delivery for the day. Get some exercise and get out of the car once in awhile. I watch your laziness every day.”

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calls, you managed to proactively patrol Stoney Lane, as well as dedicate 13 specific patrols to monitor traffic speed even though only one complaint was received for speeding cars. The result of HPD presence on Stoney Lane - one minor car accident from 2003-2013. The HPD is doing their job.” “Thumbs down to a local oil company. I never was so cold in my whole life and I have lung disease and I’m still cold today and I think we should have an explanation of where the oil went.” “Thumbs up to the snow plow contractor working at the Litchfield schools. I have three kids, one in each school, and I am very impressed with the condition of the snow removal and parking lots. With this weather I’m sure it has been incredibly worrisome and you have done an amazing job. I just wanted to say thank you.” “Thumbs down ... way down to Jason Gurette and his sidekick. Stop acting like spoiled brats when you can’t bully people into voting your way. You claim to speak for all citizens ... you do not. Your confrontational behavior makes you look foolish ... grow up, both of you! If Litchfield is so bad ... move and spare us all your antics!” “Thumbs down to the 8th grade Girls Basketball Coach for a Christmas tournament that was played by only 5 of the 10 girls on his team. Every year it’s the same thing but HMS continues to allow this coach, to pick his few favorites who will play, scream at the girls (favorite or not) with inappropriate comments, or withhold a handshake to the girl that displeases him at game’s end. He should be focused on providing well developed players for the high school but focuses all his attention to only those he’s decided can get him the win. Does he really believe that using his full team will lose his precious game for him? It seems to be more about himself winning than it does about the young girls on his team and team development.” Thank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Hudson~Litchfield News staff. Thumbs comments can be sent via telephone, 880-1516 or emailed to us at When submitting a Thumbs comment, please specify that you would like it printed in the Hudson~Litchfield News. During the election campaign, no comments will be allowed that are direct endorsements or censure of candidates on the thumbs page. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.

Comments expressed in this column are the sole views of those callers and do not reflect the views of the Hudson~Litchfield News or its advertisers. Town and school officials encourage readers to seek out assistance directly to resolve any problems or issues. The Hudson~Litchfield News editorial staff holds the right to refuse any comment deemed inappropriate. job educating the students of this town with the bare bones resources at their disposal and not to mention the low wages they are paid compared to Nashua, Manchester and all the other surrounding towns. And by the way, shouldn’t the parents be teaching their kids the importance of staying in school?” “Thumbs up. A big thumbs up to Josh L. for his Christmas light display for Make A Wish. Also, a big thank you to everyone that made a donation. Over $2,450 was raised for this great cause.” “Thumbs up to the Tea Party otherwise known as 90% of the country that wants Obama, liberals, Obamacare, lazy, lying, morally corrupt contributors to this column to be rid of in 2014. Can’t wait! Here’s to Hillary and Obama in prison 2016.” “Thumbs down to Clyde Bubar’s letter of Jan. 3 it is obvious to me that he does not have a clue as to what today’s Tea Party is all about. Do some research first instead of acting as a lackey of the Socialist Communist left.” “Thumbs down to the parent at Hills Garrison School driving a small silver car. You dropped your kid off in the middle of the parking lot while we waited in line like you’re supposed to do, but we were responsible for making sure your child was safe. I’m giving your license plate to the School Resource Officer.” “Thumbs up to Laurie Jasper, a talented writer on a recent article about a neighbor, Mrs. Nadeau, a great lady. Thumbs down for ousted selectman of Hudson injecting himself as political posturing. March election possible target? Voters, be advised. A fox covered with a sheep skin!”

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by Sue LaRoche Alvirne’s Lady Broncos have a 2-1 record in NHIAA Division 1 basketball and are 4-2 overall after their 44-23 victory over the Merrimack Tomahawks on Tuesday, January 7, at Alvirne High School. This was the second time Alvirne defeated Merrimack following a convincing 61-30 victory in the Nashua Holiday Tournament. The Broncos got off to a very slow start going 6 for 19 from the field and 1 for 7 from the 3-point line in the first half. It was a very low scoring half as Alvirne took a 16-13 lead into the locker room. Coach Steve Tracy remarked about the first half, we had “too many uncharacteristic turnovers, but turned up the defensive pressure and execution like we talked about at half time.” Alvirne better than doubled their point total in the second half, pulling away from Merrimack for the 21 point victory. Sandi Purcell led the scoring with 12 points, four steals and three assists followed by Kaycee Carbone with eight points and seven rebounds. Brittney Lambert added six points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. The junior varsity squad also came away with a big victory winning 52-34. Amanda Wetmore led the scoring with 12 points, followed by Emily Ratte with 11, Katie Bellomo with nine and Marissa Sweeney with seven. The Broncos suffered their second loss of the season, first in NHIAA Division 1, on January 4 as they played Pinkerton in Derry and lost 48-42. Alvirne found themselves behind from the start and just could not manage to put together enough of a run to catch the Astros. The Broncos were down 17-14 in the first quarter as Veronica Moceri pumped through 10 points to keep the Broncos close. Alvirne was outscored 10-4 in the second quarter widening the gap to 27-18 at the half. . Again, it was one bad quarter that cost the Broncos. “The Pinkerton game was a good game with two good evenly matched teams going at it. We had one lapse in the second quarter as well that cost us. We would all like to have that game back,” explained Tracy. The Broncos had a good third quarter, outscoring Pinkerton 17-13 but didn’t have enough in the final stanza to overcome the deficit. Moceri led the Broncos with 13 points followed by Sandi Purcell with 10 points and Brittney Lambert with nine points. Kaycee Carbone added three points and 12 rebounds, Marissa Sweeney added three points and one rebound, Tori LaRoche had two points and three rebounds and Jess Baker had two points. Alvirne will be at home again on Friday, January 10, as they take on the Green Wave of Dover and again on Friday, January 17, against defending Division 1 champions, Bedford.

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Wheelchair Ramp- continued from front page
Riley said a schematic and measurements of the Fragala home, hand-drawn by Lynch, provided information to design and build the ramp, made of lumber, all preservative treated and sturdy for motorized wheelchairs and foot traffic. With plans in hand, Chuck Valenti, owner of Valenti Home Improvement, pulled together the materials quote and oversaw construction of the ramp. Also providing skilled labor on the project were Brian Nowak of Nowak Landscape Construction, Tom Perault of Perault Custom Carpentry and Steve Phillips (full-time Nashua Firefighter recruited by Tom). Steve was dubbed the “engineer” because he had built several ramps previously. Not present was Warren Daigle of Daigle Plumbing & Heating who loaned a propane heater to help keep everyone warm during construction. Jackson Lumber & Millwork located in Raymond provided the materials for the project at cost.

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Growing up in the small coastal town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Greenleaf “found her passion in drawing and painting at a very early age.” Discouraged by teachers and artistic leaders, Greenleaf was told not “to follow her dream.” She recalls, “I was told that I would never amount to anything.” “I knew that my art is my heart” and that “it fills me up,” commented Greenleaf as she addressed the standing room only crowd which came to view her art at the library. “It is my passion and I learned that I had to paint and draw from myself, not others. Everyone has their own style.” As she addressed the young children in the audience about her passion, she stated, “Weave it (your passion) into life. Whatever it is you like to do. It gives you more satisfaction. If you have a bad day, your time with your passion will give you pride and joy.” And as Greenleaf discussed each painting and piece of artwork displayed, she also discussed her path from that young and tender age when she wrote her first book about Bingo, the dog. Surrounded by family, friends, and not so familiar people, Greenleaf’s presence of love for what she does permeated the room. Lisa’s promotional materials state that her “fine art blossoms from many different heartfelt inspirations. Her realistic pieces are inspired by historical settings, landscapes, seacoasts, and her love of animals and people. She creates visually stunning drawings and paintings.” Lisa is a member of the New Hampshire Art Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has participated in several local art shows that featured both her detailed fine art pieces and published books. Lisa currently lives in New Hampshire. More information about Lisa Greenleaf can be found at www. Author Illustrator Lisa Greenleaf Greenleaf reads the story of The Barefoot Boy to Daniel (7) and Samantha (9) during her Art Exhibit at Rodgers Memorial Library. She describes her book as: “Using captivating imagery from John Greenleaf Whittier’s ancestral home, illustrator Lisa Greenleaf returns us to 19th century New England farm life in this illustrated adaptation of the poem, The Barefoot Boy.

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change. So, instead of a tip jar we have a “Change for a Cure” jar. Each month we choose a new charity. Since we opened (last March in Hudson, last June in Londonderry) we’ve donated to breast cancer, Alzheimer and diabetes research, for example.” Laura explained that they usually select a cause. “Typically, we do not donate to a specific person, but considering McKenzie has become an icon in Hudson, and is one of our customers, this is how we are starting our year,” said Laura. Another fundraiser to offset McKenzie’s medical bills will be held Thursday, January 16 at Uno Chicago Grill, 593 Amherst Street, Nashua. Sean Lavery, Managing Partner at Uno and a Hudson resident, is organizing the event. “Uno is open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and 20 percent of the proceeds that day from anyone that orders lunch, dinner or takeout will go toward McKenzie’s fund. We have coupons distributed, but as long as you mention that you are ordering for the fundraiser, 20 percent will go toward the foundation,” said Sean. “Uno also offers delivery to Hudson, so any schools or businesses that want to order lunch that day, we’ll get it there,” added Sean. In addition to the 20 percent donation, the restaurant will also be hosting a silent auction, along with entertainment in the evening. “We will have a silent auction, and some of the items include four ski passes to Sugarbush, $200 gift card to Uno, expensive bottles of wine and a signed shirt from Boston Bruin Shawn Thornton,” said Sean. In addition, the Granite Statesmen will be performing from 5-9 p.m. at the restaurant. To sign the petition, visit http://www. Sweet Kiwi Frozen Yogurt is located in Nottingham Plaza on Lowell Road in Hudson and in Orchard View Plaza in Londonderry. Uno Chicago Grill is located at 593 Amherst Street, Nashua, and their telephone number is 886-4132.

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by Lynne Ober Many people of all ages live with lifethreatening diseases and allergies. As medical science has grown, protection for emergencies relating to these has improved. Among these defenses are devices called epinephrine autoinjectors or epipens, which are auto-injectors used for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise or unknown triggers. These devices are for people who are at increased risk for such reactions. “EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr.® are intended for immediate self-administration as emergency supportive therapy only. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment after use,” states the manufacturer’s website. A doctor’s prescription is required to purchase an epipen. Once purchased, the device must be stored at room temperature while still being available in case of emergency. As long as the device is stored at room temperature, it is quite durable and many people who need such devices carry them in purses or backpacks. Each epipen Auto-Injector has an expiration date and must be replaced when that date is reached. In August 2003, New Hampshire state laws changed as awareness of the need for immediate treatment when a person has an allergic reaction became well documented. RSA 200:42 states, “A pupil with severe, potentially life-threatening allergies may possess and self-administer an epinephrine auto-injector if the following conditions are satisfied: I. “The pupil has the written approval of the pupil’s physician and, if the pupil is a minor, the written approval of the parent or guardian. The school shall obtain the following information from the pupil’s physician: a) The pupil’s name. b) The name and signature of the licensed prescriber and business and emergency numbers. c) The name, route, and dosage of medication. d) The frequency and time of medication administration or assistance. e) The date of the order. f) A diagnosis and any other medical conditions requiring medications, if not a violation of confidentiality or if not contrary to the request of the parent or guardian to keep confidential. g) Specific recommendations for administration. h) Any special side effects, contraindications, and adverse reactions to be observed. i) The name of each required medication. j) Any severe adverse reactions that may occur to another pupil, for whom the epinephrine auto-injector is not prescribed, should such a pupil receive a dose of the medication. II. The school principal or, if a school nurse is assigned to the pupil’s school building, the school nurse shall receive copies of the written approvals required by paragraph I. III. The pupil’s parent or guardian shall submit written verification from the physician confirming that the pupil has the knowledge and skills to safely possess and use an epinephrine auto-injector in a school setting. IV. If the conditions provided in this section are satisfied, the pupil may possess and use the epinephrine auto-injector at school or at any school-sponsored activity, event, or program. V. In this section, ‘physician’ includes any physician or health practitioner with the authority to write prescriptions.” RSA 200:43 requires that if an epipen is used during the school day, the student must immediately report to the nurse’s or principal’s office. As schools have taken steps to ensure a safe environment, including dealing with severe allergic reactions, policies have been developed. Hudson’s Superintendent Bryan Lane said, “Hudson School District Policy 4.3 (b) entitled Administering Medicines to Students was approved by the Hudson School Board on December 20, 2004. The policy does not specifically address the subject of “epipens.” However, Lane said that the district uses state law to provide guidelines for the use of epipens and concluded, “Our school nurses treat this as a medication that students must have available to them. In addition, New Hampshire Department of Education put out a technical advisory on February 4, 2009 to clarify issues regarding medication that needed to be administered during the school day. ED 311.02 (e) does allow students to possess and self-administer asthma inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors in accordance with RSA 200:42 through 200:47.” Schools have handbooks for parents and students that provide guidelines for many matters that must be handled in schools. For example, the Nottingham West Parents’ Handbook alerts parents that each grade has a peanut free room and that there are peanut free tables in the cafeteria. According to the handbook, “Kindergarten, first grade and preschool students must have a complete physical exam prior to entering school. Transfer students from another school district must provide written health records that are signed by a physician.” Parents are required to provide a doctor’s note in addition to any medication that a child must take during the day. If no doctor’s note is provided, then the parent must come to the school to administer the medicine. At Hills Garrison School, the handbook clearly states, “A student may carry their own inhalers/ Epipens provided we have a note from the doctor that states student may carry. (We ask that if a student does use his/her inhaler or Epipen during the school day that they report the usage to the school nurse.).” Handbooks at Dr. H. O. Smith School and Library Street School also clearly state that students may carry Epipens during the day. However, the Nottingham West handbook directs parents to contact the school for further discussion. NWS School Nurse Laurie Picard said that if the doctor’s note does not state that the child should carry the epipen in the classroom that the practice at NWS is to keep such medications in a cabinet that is securely locked when school is not in session, but can be kept open during the day because there are two nurses at NWS. “I develop a care plan for each student based on the information from the doctor and notify the teacher and each specialist who will work with the child. Specific signs of medical emergency and steps to take are clearly documented.” The overall goal in all schools is to provide a safe environment, but also have steps in place to quickly resolve safety or medical issues. Unfortunately, this is a growing problem across America.

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submitted by Coach Sean McLaughlin Whether after a long week of school, or a long snow day of shoveling, Alvirne Swimming and Diving continues to practice and compete at full speed. On Sunday, December 29, the Bronco swimmers and divers packed up and headed to the Holiday Invitational held at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), where they competed in one of their first big meets of the year. The girls team placed fifth overall while the boys placed seventh respectively, among 21 other schools from around New Hampshire. Later in the week, despite the snow day, Friday, January 3, saw the Alvirne Swimmers line up against four teams from local schools at Londonderry’s home meet held at the Workout

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Erin Beals Club and Wellness Center. Along with Alvirne, Londonderry, Campbell, Nashua North, Nashua South and Belmont were among the teams in attendance who participated in this very exciting dual meet. As a whole, Alvirne swam very well, turning in multiple personal best swims while inching closer to adding multiple swimmers to their state championship team. The Broncos now stand at an impressive 5-2 dual meet record for the girls team and equally impressive 7-2 record for the boys squad. The Bronco swimmers and divers will next take to the pool tonight, Friday, January 10, at the Boys and Girls Club in Nashua at 5 p.m. where they will again meet teams from North, South and Salem for what should be a very exciting head to head match up! Go Broncos! Haley Summers, Kayla Juliano and Taylor Lambert

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submitted by Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is pleased to announce its roster for the third annual CHaD NH East – West High School All-Star Football Game, presented by Bedford and Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Centers, which includes 80 top athletes from across New Hampshire. The game, which raises funds for CHaD, features standout graduating senior athletes from every division in a battle between teams East and West. The game is set for June 28, at Saint Anselm College’s Grappone Stadium. Litchfield’s Christian McKenna of Campbell High School has been selected to join team East, led by head coach Tony Johnson. Head coaches Paul Lavigne (West) and Tony Johnson (East) along with their coaching staffs selected teams from a pool of nearly 170 players. Players were nominated by head coaches from granite state high schools. “The game promises to be a memorable one,” said Nick Vailas, game founder and President of the Bedford & Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Centers. “Both teams East and West are made up of players believed to be the strongest in the state. These young men will not only take away the skills and lessons from the work they put into this game, but also the experience of learning what it means to give back.” In addition to providing much needed funding for vital CHaD services, the game aims to teach the importance of philanthropy to its young participants. Players voluntarily raise funds for the cause, seeking the generosity of family, friends and local businesses. The game has raised more than $500,000 since its founding in 2011. More details about the game and full rosters can be found at www. About CHaD: As New Hampshire’s full service, comprehensive children’s hospital, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond, as northern New England’s children’s hospital. CHaD offers both inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same day surgery services are available at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester, as well as outpatient pediatric specialties at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover. Primary care is available at Dartmouth-Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua, New London, and Plymouth. For more information about CHaD, visit

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for January 11, call Janice Hood at 429-9821 or e-mail at Thank you for your support! Gaming Day at Rodgers Memorial Library. From 12-4 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. What do you do with your tree after Christmas? Boy Scout Troop 20 of Hudson will once again offer Christmas Tree Pick-Up service after the holidays to any Hudson resident for an $8 donation. To schedule your pick-up for January 11, contact Stacy Cunniff at 321-9249 or You will be asked to leave your tree on your front porch on in your front yard. All profits earned will help fund Troop 20’s camping, troop activities, and community service projects. Thank you for supporting your local Boy Scouts! Pokémon League for All Ages. Every month the Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson holds a meeting for fans of the monster collecting and battling series to meet and play together. All ages are welcome. All video game versions, new players, and TCG players are also welcome to attend. Second Saturdays: 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, January 12 and Thursday, January 16 The Friends of the Library of Hudson’s Second Hand Prose Book Sale will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the lower level of the Hills Memorial Library Building at 18 Library St. Second Hand Prose ‘at night’ will be held on Thursday, from 5-8 p.m. at the same location. from 7-9 p.m. Bring a telescope if you have one or look through one of the telescopes provided by NHAS members as experienced skywatchers guide you in exploring the night sky. The Four Stages of Change and How to Navigate Them Successfully. Change is a part of life, one we usually try to avoid, but did you know that there are 4 known stages to every change that happens to us, whether it is a windfall or a catastrophe? Come to this interactive presentation at 7 p.m. at the Rodgers Memorial Library to discuss the 4fourstages of change, how to know where you are in the change cycle, and how to navigate through the cycle with peace and joy. Presented by Master Certified Life Coach Diane McKinnon, M.D. Preregistration is requested, or call 886-6030. Wednesday, January 15 The Litchfield Seniors have changed their meeting dates to the third Wednesday of every month at the Community Church on Charles Bancroft Highway in Litchfield. The times for the meetings will vary, depending upon the event planned. Times will be posted in the Hudson~Litchfield News in advance of the meetings. The Seniors will be meeting today beginning at 12 p.m. for a luncheon of homemade soups, breads and desserts. Following the luncheon, the group will be entertained with a multi-media presentation and performance by well-known performer and educator Nancy Perrotte who will speak to the group and sing the songs of worldfamous musician Ella Fitzgerald. In case of bad weather, the senior meetings will be cancelled. Ongoing Lacrosse Clinics for Campbell High School Students. As Campbell High School prepares for its inaugural spring season of lacrosse, clinics are being offered on Sunday nights until the season begins. Girls clinics are to take place from 7 to 8 p.m., and boys are to follow from 8 to 9 p.m. Clinics will take place at Talent Hall, Two Woodhawk Way, Litchfield. Be sure to bring your lacrosse stick and any gear you may have. Should you require additional information, contact For the Month of January January Fun Days in the Rodgers Memorial Library Children’s Room. Every day in January has a different fun theme in the Children’s Room at the Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson. Fun Day themes include Pajama Day, Obstacle Course Day, Sing a Song to a Librarian Day and many more. Pick up a packet that lists all the themes and come to whatever events you want. Get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a fun prize every time you participate in one of the January Fun Day events. Check out the schedule of Fun Day themes on the library website, No registration required. Friday, January 10 Genealogy Club Meets. Are you th interested in family research? Whether you are a beginner or a long time genealogist this club at the Rodgers Memorial Library has something for you. Trade tips and techniques with others interested in family research and learn about genealogical resources located in the library. Check the website for information on possible guest speakers. The club meets the second Friday of each month at 1:30 p.m., 886-6030

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season and need help getting started with downloading e-books? Did you know that cardholders can download free e-books through the Rodgers Memorial Library website? Come learn how to get started with your reader and/or how to use the library’s e-book lending service. This is the second of two sessions offered, and will be held today at 10:30 a.m. Bring along any cables or other accessories that came with your reader. Tuesday, January 21 Hudson Checklist Supervisors will st be in session at the Hudson Town Hall on from 7 to 7:30 p.m. This is the final session for residents wishing to file for Town Office in the March Election and are not already registered to vote in Hudson. Otherwise Saturday, March 1, between 11 and 11:30 a.m. will be the last day for new voters to register for the March 11 Town Meeting. Residents are reminded that they may register at the Town Clerks office during normal business hours prior to these dates.



Hudson Recreation’s Monthly Movie Night (free event!) Doors open at 6:40 p.m.; show begins at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. Free popcorn and drinks! Call 880-1600 with questions. Saturday, January 11 Litchfield Boy Scout Troop 11 will pick up your used Christmas tree and return it for recycling for an $8 donation per tree. The trees will be mulched and used for the next crop of trees at Noel’s Tree Farm. Enjoy letting someone else take care of your tree while supporting your local Boy Scout troop. Note: This service by Troop 11 is only available to Litchfield residents. To schedule a pick up





Tuesday, January 14 th Skywatch with the New Hampshire Astronomical Society. Join members of the NH Astronomical Society at the Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson for a presentation on astronomy at 6:30 p.m. followed by a skywatch with telescopes in the soccer field between the library and Hills Garrison School


Friday, January 17 The Alvirne High School German Exchange group is sponsoring a Paint Night fundraiser at the Hudson Fish and Game Club. For $40, you can learn to paint a beautiful picture yourself and have fun with other beginning painters. All proceeds go to help with the costs of the German Exchange Trip scheduled over February vacation. This is a BYOB event. For more information or to register, contact Tammy Morris at



Saturday, January 25 Hudson Recreation’s Comedy Night at the Community Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Rec Center or at the Town Hall.





Saturday, February 1 Deliberative Session for the School District Budget will start at 9 a.m. at the Hudson Community Center. Tuesday, March 11 Town of Hudson Elections. Get out and Vote! 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hudson Community Center.


Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King Day observed E-Reader Help Sessions. Did you get an e-reader or tablet as a gift this holiday


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Litchfield School District Litchfield Budget Committee
Public Hearings on Proposed Budgets
The Litchfield Budget Committee will hold School and Town budget hearings on Thursday, January 16, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Campbell High School, 1 Highlander Court, Litchfield, New Hampshire. All residents are urged to attend. Following the close of the hearings, the Budget Committee will convene at the same location to take action on the proposed budgets and warrant articles. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Superintendent of Schools at 603-578-3570 or Selectmen’s Office at 603-424-4046.

JANUARY 22, 2014
The Town of Hudson Planning Board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the “Buxton Community Development Conference Room” at Town Hall. The following items will be on the agenda: I. II. III. IV. CALL TO ORDER BY CHAIRPERSON AT 7:00 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL SEATING OF ALTERNATES ELECTION OF OFFICERS


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The Hudson Fire Department is currently accepting proposals for a new Squad Vehicle. Acceptance/Rejection of RFP: The Town of Hudson reserves the right to accept or reject any Request for Proposal (RFP). The acceptance of an RFP will be based on the needs of the Town of Hudson Fire Department and not necessarily on the lowest bid received. RFP Information: The trade-in vehicle is available for viewing by appointment at the Leonard A. Smith Central Fire Station, 15 Library Street, Hudson, NH 03051. Any and all questions regarding this proposal shall be directed to Fire Chief Robert M. Buxton by calling (603) 886-6021 or via email at RFP Submission: All Requests for Proposals (RFP) shall be submitted to the following no later than 2:00 PM on Thursday, January 30, 2013 Hudson Town Clerk’s Office 12 School Street Hudson, NH 03051 Envelope containing the Request for Proposal will be clearly marked “Squad Vehicle Request for Proposal”

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that in accordance with NH RSA 675:7, the Litchfield Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room, 2 Liberty Way to consider the following changes to the Litchfield Zoning:
1. Zoning Ordinance: Amendments to section 1250 Aquifer Protection District to clarify existing provisions including the definition of impervious and that a conditional use permit is available, and correct references to underlying zoning districts. Zoning Ordinance: New section 408 General Requirements for Non-Residential Uses and amendments to sections 600 – 1000 Commercial, Transitional and Commercial-Industrial Districts to consolidate all common requirements and eliminate redundancy, add new standards to protect community character, reduce frontage requirements, amend permitted uses to be consistent with existing development, and amend zoning district boundaries to reduce instances of split lot zoning and update parcel references to correspond to the current assessing maps. Zoning Ordinance: A new zoning section 525.00 – 528.00 MultiFamily Residential Overlay District to provide an opportunity for multi-family residences within the Town of Litchfield consistent with the Town’s single-family character and comply with NH State law. District Boundaries: The Residential and Transitional Districts north of Leach Brook. The Residential, Commercial and Transitional Districts south of Page Road.


All plans and applications are available for review in the Planning Office. Comments may be submitted in writing until 10:00 a.m. on the Tuesday prior to the day of the meeting. The public is invited to attend.


Filing Period for the March 11, 2014 Town Election
The filing period for the March 11, 2014 Town Election will open on Wednesday, January 22nd and will close on Friday, January 31st at 5:00 PM. Anyone interested in declaring Candidacy for the following positions must do so at the Town Clerk’s Office, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Town Clerk’s Office will also be open late every Thursday until 7:00 p.m. and will remain open on Friday, January 31st until 5:00 p.m. per RSA 652:20.

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Filing Period for the March 11, 2014 School District Election
The filing period for the March 11, 2014 School District Election will open on Wednesday, January 22nd and will close on Friday, January 31st at 5:00 pm. Anyone interested in declaring candidacy for the following positions must do so at the Town Clerk’s Office, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. The Town Clerk’s Office will also be open late every Thursday until 7:00 pm and will remain open on Friday, January 31st until 5:00 pm, per RSA 652:20.

School District Clerk

The following is a list of open positions:
Position # of Positions 1 3 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 Term 3-year term 3-year term 1-year term 3-year term 3-year term 2-year term 3-year term 6-year term 3-year term 3-year term Selectman Budget Committee Budget Committee Cemetery Trustee Code of Ethics Code of Ethics Library Trustee Supervisor of Checklist Town Clerk/Tax Collector Trustee of the Trust Fund


The following is a list of open positions:
Position # of Positions 2 1 1 1 Term 3-year term 3-year term 3-year term 3-year term School Board School District Moderator School District Clerk School District Treasurer

Full copies of the proposed amendments are available for public inspection at the Selectmen’s office and the Town Clerk’s viewing room in the Town Hall during normal business hours. Russell Blanchette, Chairman Litchfield Planning Board

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Hudson~Litchfield Sports
by Marc Ayotte The Alvirne wrestling team took a break from intra-divisional competition on Saturday, January 4 when they hosted and defeated Division I Nashua South (39-36) and Division III John Stark Regional (42-33). The Broncos received strong performances in the lightweight classes, led by Nick Millinazzo who was the only wrestler to compete on the mats twice and come away with two wins. Also recording a win in actual competition on the day for Alvirne and contributing to the team wins were: Taylor Thyne (120), Ben Katsohis (126), John Plante (132), Chad Cunningham (138), David Cailler (170), Jake Noonan (182), Jacob Rice (190) and Cole Sevigny (220). In the opening battle of the muti-divisional trimeet that started at the 132 weight class, Alvirne jumped out to 24-6 lead in the team competition against South on the strength of wins from Plante, Cunningham and the luxury of a pair of forfeit wins at 145 and 160. The Panthers clawed their way back, taking the next three matches with pin wins, evening the score at 24. Sevigny stopped South’s surge; putting the Broncos back on top with a win by fall over Jacob Barton at 1:35 of their match. With an Alvirne forfeit loss in the heavyweight class, the match was squared at 3030 and primed for an exciting finish. Nick Millinazzo (113) jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, but South’s Kevin Melanson scored a late reversal, and after one period, things were knotted at five apiece. Millinazzo grabbed a 7-5

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awarded a point on an infraction, pinning opponent John Holman at the 2:32 mark but Thyne responded nicely; of the match. After an ‘empty’ win resulting from scoring a reversal to take a a forfeit at 120, Katsohis entered his match against 4-1 lead in the second before Matt Hewey with Alvirne holding a slim 30-27 ultimately recording his pin win. advantage. The Bronco built an early 3-0 lead and Bronco John Plante drew a tough match; going up against “Thyne did all the right things. pushed it to 6-2 by period’s end. His pin, just 32 JSR’s 2013 Division III state champ Nick Widman. He didn’t have any mistakes,” seconds into the middle frame, gave Alvirne what observed Alvirne Assistant Coach proved to be a mathematically insurmountable lead - where it stayed until Melanson tied it again, John Mirabella. “He didn’t have lead. this time at seven with 50 seconds left in the third. any mistakes, he did the things he was supposed Despite a loss in the 132 bout for Alvirne In the overtime session, the Bronco freshman to do and came out with the win,” added making the score 36-33, the match was in effect scored a takedown Mirabella who is also a member of the Hudson over as the 138 match paid the Broncos back by :53 in, to produce a Police Department and serves as the high school’s yielding a forfeit win of their own. The Generals’ 9-7 decision win. The resource officer. normal entry at that weight, Christian Coughlin, key victory gave AHS In head to head competition against the JSR was on the shelf and inactive; ironically rendered a slim 33-30 lead and Generals, Alvirne was once again the recipient to sitting at the scorer’s table as he entered the would prove to be the of wins from the lighter divisions. In addition decisive Alvirne victory into the books. margin of victory for to wins from Cailler and Rice, the Broncos used the maroon and gold. clutch wins from Millinazzo and However, with the Katsohis to storm back from a 27outcome still hanging 18 deficit to post the nine point in the wind, Thyne team win. sealed the deal with Millinazzo started the Located across from an impressive win by comeback; pulling the Broncos fall over Cole Humber Stop & Shop and to within three with a win by in the 120 bout. After Dunkin Donuts fall. After dominating from the taking an early 2-0 M Basket Stop & Shop beginning, he built an 11-0 lead lead, Humber was Dunkin early in the second period before Pano’s Donuts AHS freshman Nick Millinazzo scored a pivotal 9-7 O.T. 225 Lowell Road decision over South’s Kevin Melanson.

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P.A.C. Pucks Remain Winless
by Marc Ayotte The combined forces of the Pembroke Academy and Campbell High hockey teams continued their early season skid on Sunday, January 5, when they dropped their fourth consecutive game to open up the Division II schedule; an 8-2 drubbing to the joint talents of Pelham-Windham. During that span, P.A.C. has scored a woeful six goals while allowing a lofty 24 opposition goals. Things got off to an ominous start for the Spartan/ Cougar ensemble as the Wolfpack forged out to a 3-0 lead after the first period of play. At the 5:29 mark, John Monahan opened up the scoring. With the Pack on a power play, Porter Carelli’s shot from damage control measures. However, with 3:05 elapsed in the second period, Pembroke/Campbell dented the scoreboard. Dylan Fisher’s shot from the right wing was turned aside, but the rebound found its way onto the stick of Chris Gauss who tucked it under a sliding Mike Donovan, cutting the score to 3-1. Less than one minute later P.A.C. made it a game when Kyle Rainville stole the puck as the Pack attempted to exit their defensive zone. Rainville went in alone on Donovan and beat him glove side, making it a one goal game, at 3-2. After making several saves to keep his team in the game, Shane Mailhot was finally beaten by the relentless Wolfpack attack. At 9:54 of the period, with 33 seconds remaining on a Pack man advantage, Chad Desautels (Haverty, Blanchard) put the Pack back on top by a pair. Just over two minutes later, Blanchard and Desautels traded places; this time with Blanchard getting the goal that gave W-P a comfortable 5-2 lead heading into the final fifteen minutes of play. The game got away early in the third when Blanchard lit the lamp for his second goal of the game, Kyle Blais brings the puck up ice for the Pembroke/Campbell team beating Mailhot to in a game against Pelham-Windham. his stick side for a 6-2 the right point was deflected in front of the goal bulge. At 5:01, Desautels also notched his second and then with seeing-eye precision, descended of the game, a wrist shot from the slot that beat from the rafters behind P.A.C. goalie Nick Berube; Mailhot high glove side after the P.A.C. net minder finding the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. Just had robbed the same Pack sniper just seconds three minutes later at 8:56, W-P’s Dustin Lubinger earlier with a dazzling glove save. With just 1:48 beat Berube from the right face-off circle, forcing remaining in the game, Dustin Lubinger closed out an early exit for the beleaguered Spartan goalie. the scoring, becoming the third Wolfpack skater to However, in Berube’s defense, the Pack had ‘open net his second tally of the contest. season’ on him from the opening puck drop, and if not for his stellar play in the first half of the period, the lead would most certainly have been much greater. With the Pack completely dominating the flow of the game, it seemed like the remaining two periods were going to be a showcase of P.A.C.’s ability to implement effective
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by Marc Ayotte After their appearance at the Chick-fil-A tournament and a snowed-out cancellation of Friday’s home opener, the Broncos finally got back into its Division I regular season schedule when they hosted Pinkerton Academy on Saturday, January 4. Alex Wetmore and Sam BonneyLiles combined for 34 points for the game as the Broncos evened their season mark at 1-1 with a 72-60 win over the visiting Astros. Showing some rust from a near, week-long layoff, both teams stumbled out to a 10-10 tie after the first eight minutes of action; with eight of the Bronco points coming from the charity stripe. The Broncos broke things open in the second stanza with an offensive outburst paced by Bonney-Liles and Evan Hunt. Bonney-Liles’ personal run of six straight involved an offensive rebound put back just 20 seconds in, a lay-in off the steal of George Notini and a pair of free throws that pushed the lead to 16-10. “A lot of guys stepped up tonight,” assessed Seth Garon, who added specifically, “Sam Bonney had a great night tonight.” With Alvirne on top by a single bucket, Evan Hunt then took center stage. The six foot two inch junior brought some life into the Steckevicz gymnasium; draining back to back tantalizing trifectas from in front of the PA bench in a 50 second span to give the Broncos a 24-19 advantage with 3:39 remaining in the half. “Evan hit a couple of big shots,” reflected Garon of Hunt’s timely pair of long range jumpers. After the Astros pulled to within two, at 26-24 with 1:10 showing on the clock, the Broncos ran-off the ensuing seven points to close the half.

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Alvirne’s George Notini earns a trip to the foul line after being hacked by Pinkerton’s Jeremy Dietzel. Another hoop from Bonney-Liles (17 points on the night) a converted steal by Justin Glenzer and a Brett Richardson twine-tickling triple at the buzzer pushed the Alvirne lead to 33-24 as both teams
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headed to their respective locker rooms. With the lead trimmed to four, a Brown brother connection gave the Broncos a 4135 lead with 4:28 left in the third after Tyler hit Dan with a heads-up three-quarter court length pass. The older Brown followed that up with an individual ‘AND 1’ less than a minute later, making the score 44-37. Pinkerton’s Luke Rosinski (game high 27 points) spearheaded a 6-0 run for the Astros, pulling his team back to within a single point at 44-43 with just under two minutes left in the quarter. However, another nice defensive effort by Glenzer resulted in Alex Wetmore knocking down a 12 footer from in front of his own bench as the Broncos held on to a precarious 47-43 lead going into the final frame. In the decisive fourth quarter, Alvirne erupted for 25 points, paced by Wetmore who scored seven of his team-tying high 17 points on the evening. Tyler Brown, who had a quiet evening by relative measures, came up big in the fourth, scoring six of his 11 points while Bonney-Liles whose foul line-extended jumper 22 seconds in, along with a three-pointer from the right wing, set the tone for the final eight Evan Hunt connects on the second of his two, second-quarter minutes. trifectas against Pinkerton in the home opener. Wetmore’s triple off the dish from Richardson jumped the Alvirne lead to 69-53; jumpstarting with 3:39 on the clock along with a pull-up ‘J’ the Bronco faithful chant of “I believe that we seconds later gave the Broncos some breathing have won.” room, upping the cushion to 59-51. A penetration “Early wins are key,” noted Garon of getting off drive and kick-out from Richardson to Tyler Brown to a good divisional start. Heading into a stretch coupled with a coast-to-coast hoop from Brown that will see his team play three road games in five with 1:45 remaining pushed the lead to double days, Garon added; “it’s going to be a big week.” digits, at 63-53. As the clock ticked under 1:00, a Alvirne will return home to host Spaulding on steal by Dan Brown resulting in a Notini easy two, January 14.

Broncos Held in Check by Hungry Pack
by Marc Ayotte Coming off a very successful Christmas tournament at the Conway Classic in Nashua, the Alvirne hockey team enthusiastically resumed divisional play on Saturday, January 5, when they hosted the joint forces of Pelham-Windham at Skate 3 in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. After staying with their guests for most of the game, the enthusiasm turned to anxiety as the Broncos eventually succumbed to the tenacious checking and persistent Pack attack by the score of 6-1. The Wolfpack jumped out to a very early lead when Chad Desautels finished off a length of the rink rush by beating goalie Curtis Richall, top shelf glove side, just 18 seconds in. One minute later, Pack Captain, Porter Carelli clanked a wrist shot off the far post from the right face-off circle. But after that act of good fortune, the rest of the period belonged to Richall. After giving up the early goal, the Bronco net minder settled in and proceeded to make several key saves, despite the Pack recording only ten shots on goal. And at the end of one, it was W-P 1 and AHS 0. After Cam Blake’s bid to tie the score at the 59
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unraveling that was to take place in the third period. However, in the first two minutes of play, Alvirne came out flying; led by forward Christian Gamst, pair of scoring chances with the best opportunity coming on a rebound situation. After Donovan made the initial save on a shot from the slot, Gamst who was positioned just on top of The puck barely eludes Alvirne’s Christian Gamst (#7) in his bid to score short side. the crease, just missed gatheringsecond mark was thwarted, the Broncos needed in the rebound in an attempt to slide the puck past less than a minute longer to get on the board. the Pack goalie on the short side. With 1:50 elapsed in the middle period, Devin From that point on, it was all visitors and as Ferguson, (unassisted) beat Pack goalie Mike a result of the ensuing frozen discs Richall was Donovan, making it 1-1. The tie did not last about to handle, he was a shoe-in to become long as Wolfpack goal-scoring sensation Dustin the next poster boy for Goodyear Rubber & Tire. Lubinger, from the bottom of the right dot, beat With the Pack preying on the Bronco goalie, due Richall to regain the lead at the 3:39 mark. in large part to benefiting from four power play The Pack almost made it 3-1 but a flashing scenarios, Richall would face 19 third period right pad save by Richall on Justin Miedico from shots; many of them being of grade A quality. At between the top of the circles kept it a one goal 7:28 of the period, just 27 seconds into the Pack’s game. Richall came up big again minutes later fifth power play of the game, Lubinger (unassisted) with an in tight save on Desautels. However, with scored his second goal of the game to make it just :04.3 showing on the clock, the Pack’s John 4-1. At the 8:37 mark, while again skating a man Monahan delivered a crushing blow; beating the up, Carelli’s blast from the right point deflected AHS net minder, 5-hole for a 3-1 cushion as the off Richall’s glove into the net for a 5-1 score. The Zamboni prepared to make its second appearance. Pack scored its sixth and final goal of the day on Shots on goal after two periods of play were a wrap-around goal from Brad Saklad that beat a decidedly in favor of the Wolfpack, 24-15, but beleaguered Richall just inside the left post. that was only a glimpse of the Bronco defensive With the loss, Alvirne fell to 0-4 for the season. The Broncos next home game will be on January 11 when they face Goffstown (1-2).

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