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Little People with ‘Hearts of Mountains’
Nicole (middle with the Santa Hat) leads the way, giving the thumbs-up for her dad and his soldier friends serving in Iraq by Doug Robinson The ﬁrst-grade students of Grifﬁn Memorial School are making a big difference this holiday season by creating specialized care packages for our troops serving in Iraq. “Paris Pruniers’s dad is serving our country and ﬁghting the in the war over in Iraq, and the children thought it would be a great idea to send to Paris’ dad, as well as to his soldier friends, care packages this Christmas to show their appreciation for what they are doing” commented Paris’ ﬁrstgrade teacher, Mrs. Johnstone. Paris’ dad was called to serve in the war approximately six weeks ago, recalled Paris’ mom, Nicole Prunier. “In a recent letter, my husband, Chris, asked if we could send to him some supplies, which are not available in Iraq,” continued Nicole. “Mrs. Johnstone has been great and the kids have been unbelievable, as they have gone out and acquired a lot of needed supplies for my husband and the soldiers with whom he ﬁghts.” As a project for the previous month, the 17 students in Mrs. Johnstone’s class have received donations of gum, deodorant, games such as Uno, checkers, and chess, pretzels, books, games, candy, vitamins, granola bars, red licorice, playing cards, beef jerky, shaving cream, pens, Tic Tacs, nuts, air fresheners, toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby powder, shampoo, conditioner, Cracker Jack, and even artiﬁcial Christmas decorations. The donations of supplies ran the complete length of the ﬁrst graders’ classroom as it was stacked on the desks, ready for boxing and shipping. Paris’ dad, Spc. Christopher Prunier is assigned to the 1st Engineer Battalion, 111th Sapper Company. He, along with his battalion, are responsible for the dismantling of the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which have been set by the enemy to kill Americans. Each day, Paris’ dad ventures out in search of the IEDs and deactivates the bombs before they detonate on any American soldiers. He, and his battalion, enter into enemy territory, and create safe roadways for fellow soldiers to follow. “An IED can be almost anything with any type of material and initiator. It is a ‘homemade’ device that is designed to cause death or injury by using explosives alone or in combination with toxic chemicals, biological toxins, or radiological material. IEDs can be produced in varying sizes, functioning methods, containers, and delivery methods. IEDs can utilize commercial or military explosives, homemade explosives, or military ordnance and ordnance components.” Hanging on the wall in the class was written, “Good Morning Soldiers. Today is the day we will send presents and smiles to Paris’ dad and his soldier friends in Iraq.” As the children sat below the sign, they all gave a thumbs-up as their way of saying “thank you” to the soldiers. “These children are full of dreams,” commented Mrs. Johnstone, “and they know that the holidays are about giving. What they have accomplished here shows that they have the hearts of mountains.”
Honor Guard from the Derry Veterans of Foreign War by Len Lathrop Members of the Hudson VFW Post 5791 assembled at 11 a.m. to honor those who endured the attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The Japanese had left 2,403 dead, 188 destroyed planes, and a crippled Paciﬁc Fleet that included eight damaged or destroyed battleships. Assistant Commander Mark Taylor read a salute to those who served at Pearl Harbor and Chaplain Mike Mondoux offered a prayer to those who made the ultimate sacriﬁce. Hudson VFW Assistant Commander Mark Taylor reads the salute; Chaplain Mike Mondoux oﬀers a prayer
Alvirne Student Wins
Manchester Superstar Show
submitted by Dave Lecraw Introducing the 2009 Samantha moved through Manchester Superstar to the Top 15, singing Winner, Samantha “Reﬂections” by Christina Migneault! Hudson’s very Aguilera, and then to the own Samantha Migneault Top 11 with Sara Bareilles’ took home the trophy as the “Gravity.” In the semiﬁnals, 2009 Manchester Superstar Samantha sang “Hero” by Winner! This is a singing Mariah Carey, which landed competition, much like her in the ﬁnale with ﬁve American Idol, held by the other contestants. At the Manchester Community ﬁnale on November 23, Cable station, MCAM TV23, the panel of judges now and hosted by Donna consisted of eight—the three Samantha Migneault Jackson and George Cox. original and ﬁve new guest Not only did Samantha take judges. Each contestant home the trophy, but she also won the $1,000 was required to sing two songs: a song picked cash prize sponsored by Kas-Bar Reality Inc., for them by the judges and a song of their and will be recording an original song, written choice. Samantha was given “Independence by Mr. Cox, in Boston, MA, where she will Day” by Martina McBride and chose the song be featured in a music video to be shown on “Love You, I Do” from the musical Dream MCAM TV23 sometime next year. Samantha Girls. Her performance blew everyone away also impressed a talent agent that was on the and secured her place as the winner! Go panel of judges who showed great interest in to www.manchesterstar.net or http://vimeo. working with her. The talent agent loved her com/7826990 to watch her ﬁnale performances. performance and stage presence, and said that Samantha’s list of accomplishments for 2009 Samantha “has great potential and talent” and doesn’t end there! She is a freshman at Alvirne “a sparkle in her eyes.” High School, where she is a proud member of Her journey began on August 29, where she the B Naturals select mixed choir. and several dozen other hopefuls auditioned Samantha also recently auditioned for, and before a panel of three judges—Bethany Moore, made it into, the NH Classical All State’s Mixed Bernie Del Llano, and the Gekko. Samantha Choir and the NH Jazz All State’s Honors blew the judges away with her a cappella Chorus, in which she ranked the number-one version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and soprano in the state! “On My Own,” granting her a spot as one of the 41 contestants. In the next couple of rounds,
Being Thankful at Early Start Children’s Center
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Saturday, December 12 The Hudson Special Olympics will hold a Holiday Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s, Amherst Street, Nashua, from 8-10 a.m. The breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, juice, coffee, tea, and milk, all for a small fee per person. We will also have basket rafﬂes during the event. Hudson has a growing group of athletes who compete all year round in events such as track and ﬁeld, basketball, soccer, ﬂoor hockey, volleyball, and other sports. These are no ordinary athletes and this is an opportunity for you to meet these special individuals. Special Olympics is a non-proﬁt international organization, dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically ﬁt, productive, and respected members of society. The athletes proudly represent our community at various sporting events in Southern New Hampshire. It is time for us to show them our support and how much we care! Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Terry Savage at 881-8675 or Terry8675@msn.com, or at the door. All proﬁts from this breakfast will go to the Hudson Special Olympics Team. The Litchﬁeld Women’s Club will hold their annual Santa’s Workshop from 8-11 a.m. at the Litchﬁeld Middle School. This special community event features an all-you-caneat pancake breakfast and lots of games for the children, along with a craft table and a bountiful basket rafﬂe. Santa will be available for visits and photo opportunities from 9-10:30 a.m. Families may choose to take their own pictures or receive a Polaroid picture for a small fee. There is a cost for breakfast. The Litchﬁeld Women’s Club is a non-proﬁt community service organization, open to women of all ages and interests. Members meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Litchﬁeld Middle School during the school year. A membership table will be available at Santa’s Workshop to learn more. Community service projects include food baskets for local families in need, ﬁnancial donations to the schools, library, and those in need, annual scholarships to graduating seniors, and more. Saturday and Sunday, December 12, 13 Litchﬁeld Lions will hold Photos with Santa from 1-4 p.m. at McQuesten Farm Stand, located on Route 3A, Litchﬁeld. All proﬁts of this event will be donated to the Litchﬁeld Lions Charities. Friday, December 18 Home Health and Hospice Care (HHHC) will host a ﬂu vaccination clinic from 10 a.m.-noon at Mission Pointe, located off Lowell Road in Hudson. The clinic is open to anyone age 18 and older who would like to have a ﬂu shot; no appointments are needed. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. HHHC cannot bill private or managed care insurance companies for this service. Individuals may pay the fees upfront at the clinic and then apply for reimbursement on their own. Those covered by Medicare B do not have to pay the fee, but they must show their Medicare identiﬁcation card at the clinic for Medicare billing purposes. There is a fee for the ﬂu vaccination. The agency is also offering pneumonia vaccinations during this clinic for people at risk of contracting pneumonia. There is a fee for the pneumonia vaccination as well. Please Note: This is only for the seasonal inﬂuenza vaccine, NOT the Swine vaccine. For more information, call 800887-5973 or visit us at www.hhhc.org.
Saturday, December 12 The Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road (Rte. 102, next to Alvirne High School), Hudson, will hold a Christmas Movie Double Feature. The ﬁlms being shown are The Santa Clause at 1 p.m., and It’s a Wonderful Life at 3 p.m. Free movies at the Rodgers Memorial Library are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Sunday, December 13 A Second Hand Prose Book Sale will be held at the Hills Memorial Library, 18 Library Street, Hudson, from noon-3 p.m. The sale will feature books, DVDs, CDs, comic books, and a wide selection of material for children. Stop by and join the Friends of the Library while you shop for great deals on books. Thursday, December 17 The Alvirne High School Jazz band will perform a mix of Jazz standards and holiday classics at a concert at the Rodgers Memorial Library at 7 p.m. The library is located at 194 Derry Road (Rte. 102, next to Alvirne High School), Hudson.
Wednesday, December 16 The Hudson Memorial School will hold a Holiday Concert for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Band, Swing Choir, Jazz Band, and Woodwind Choir in the school gymnasium at 7 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, January 12 – 15 Grifﬁn Memorial School will hold registration for Kindergarten and First Grade students (who are not currently attending Grifﬁn Memorial School) for 2010 school year on January 12, 13, 14, and 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thursday, January 14, from 5-7 p.m. To register your student, please print and complete the forms available on the Grifﬁn website: www.litchﬁeldsd. org/schools/gms or the Litchﬁeld School District website: www.litchﬁeldsd.org. There will be an additional form to complete when bringing registration materials to the school. You will also need to bring the following documentation when registering your child: A physical dated between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010; a copy of immunization records provided by the child’s doctor’s ofﬁce; proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, rent receipt, or purchase/sales agreement; and an original birth certiﬁcate. A copy will be made at the school and the original immediately returned to you. If you are unable to print and complete the packet prior to the registration sessions, there will be packets available at the school on the above-listed dates.
Hudson Regular Meetings & Events
60 and Over Coffee Club, Rec. Center, 9 – 11 a.m., every Tuesday. Alvirne Booster Club, Alvirne Library, 7 p.m., ﬁrst Wednesday. Alvirne Touchdown Club, Alvirne Library, 7 p.m., ﬁrst Monday.
American Legion Post 48 & Auxiliary, Legion hall, 7 p.m., ﬁrst Monday. Beekeeping Association, Rec. Center, 7:30 p.m., ﬁrst Saturday. Budget Committee, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., third Thursday.
Awana Club, New Life Christian Church, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday. (from Sept. 23–May 26) Open to children age 3 to grade 5. For info or to register: 598-9000. Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 7 p.m., ﬁrst, second, and fourth Tuesday. Greater Hudson Business Network, Valentino’s, 142 Lowell Road, Friday mornings, 8 a.m. For information, contact Mike Falzone at 320-8020. Cable Utility Committee, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 7 p.m., third Tuesday. Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., third Monday. Fleet Reserve Association, VFW Post, 7 p.m., third Thursday.
Free Movies, basement of the New Beginnings Child Care Center, Hudson, 6 p.m. Call Reverand David Bailey 895-9534 for more information. Friends of Alvirne Ice Hockey, Alvirne High School, 7 p.m., every other Tuesday. Friends of Alvirne Music, Alvirne Band Room, 7 p.m., ﬁrst Thursday.
Starting Saturday, December 12 The Litchﬁeld Presbyterian Community Church, located at 259 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchﬁeld, is offering a free community breakfast to Litchﬁeld residents on the second Saturday of every month, beginning Saturday, December 12. The breakfast will be served from 7-10 a.m. and will consist of bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, toast, home-baked mufﬁns, coffee, and juice. All Litchﬁeld residents are welcome and there will be no charge. Donations will be accepted. No reservations needed. Saturday, December 19 The Londonderry Church of the Nazarene will hold a Christmas Coffee House and Children’s Pageant at 5:30 p.m. in the church at 292 Derry Road, Hudson. The church Worship Team will lead in songs of the season. The children of the “Little Lives” children’s church will present “Shepherds, Sheep and a Savior.” The event is free and the public is welcome. The church meets in the basement of the Beginning Discoveries Day Care at 292 Derry Road, Hudson. For more information, call Eryn Richards at 883-4382, Carrie Smith at 881-8424, or Rebecca Carlile at 437-2223.
Friends of Alvirne Swim Team, Alvirne Library, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday of the month. Friends of Hudson Natural Resources, Town Hall, 7 p.m., second Monday.
Friends of the Library of Hudson, NH, Rogers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, 7 p.m., third Tuesday, every other month (except June – August) GFWC Hudson Community Club, Checkers Restaurant, 7 p.m., ﬁrst Wednesday. GFWC Hudson Junior Club, George H. & Ella M. Rogers Memorial Library, 7 p.m., second Wednesday. Hudson Area Moms Club, 10 a.m., Last Wednesday (except December) Hudsonareamomsclub@yahoo.com Hannah Dustin Quilter’s Guild, Hudson Community Center, 9 a.m., ﬁrst Monday (except June through August) Hudson Historical Society, Alvirne Hills House, 7 p.m., fourth Wedneday.
Movie Night, Hudson Community Center, 7 p.m., ﬁrst Friday of the month (October to Martin Luther King Weekend, January 15-18 May) The Hudson Recreation Department will Nashua-Hudson Toastmasters, Nashua Public Library, 6:30 p.m., ﬁrst and third hold its 33rd Annual Basketball Tournament Wednesday. for boys and girls in grades 4-8. The Nottingham West Lions Club, Hudson Police Department Community Room, tournament will be held at four locations in Talk to 7 p.m., ﬁrst and third Tuesday. Hudson. It is a Round Robin format, with a Through the month of December three-game minimum in both the girls’ and Talk to Open Space Subcommittee, Town Hall, 7 p.m., fourth Thursday. The Litchﬁeld Middle School PTO is doing boys’ divisions. There will be individual Planning Board, Town Hall, 7 p.m., ﬁrst, second, and fourth Wednesday. a holiday fundraiser and selling limitedawards given to the ﬁrst- and second-place edition Litchﬁeld, NH ornaments. Only Send your stories and photos Send MVP and photos ﬁnishers, and an All-Tourney andyour storiesRecreation Committee, Rec. Center, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday. Send your stories and photosaward for each division. to registrations are 500 were made to commemorate the town’s School Board, Town Hall, All firstname.lastname@example.org BOS Meeting Room, 6:30 p.m., ﬁrst and third Monday. to email@example.com 275th anniversary. The ornaments can be ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served, and there is an entry to firstname.lastname@example.org Sewer Utility Committee, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 5:30 p.m., second Thursday. purchased at one of the following locations: fee per team. For more information, call Sons of the American Legion, Legion Hall, 8 p.m., ﬁrst Monday. McQuesten Farm, Litchﬁeld Middle School, Dave Yates at 880-1600, or visit the Hudson TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly), First Baptist Church, Tuesdays, 3:45-4:15 p.m. for Noel’s Tree Farm, or Litchﬁeld Town Hall. Recreation Department website at www. weigh in, and 4:15-5:00 p.m. for the meeting. They also make great gifts for people who hudsonrec.com. used to live in Litchﬁeld, college students Tot Playgroup, Rec Center (Merriﬁeld Park during summer months), 9:30 a.m., every who need a piece of home, or a keepsake Thursday. Talk to to send to a family member afar. Don’t miss Trustees of the Trust Fund, Town hall, 3:00 p.m. fourth Thursday. out! VFW & Auxiliary, VFW Post, 7 p.m., second Monday Tuesday, December 15 VFW Men’s Auxiliary, VFW Post, 7 p.m., ﬁrst Monday The Hudson Memorial School will hold a Water Utility Committee, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 5:00 p.m., third Wednesday Holiday Concert for the 6th, 7th, and 8th Wattannick Grange, Grange Hall, 7:30 p.m., ﬁrst and third Monday (889-5575) grade Chorus, Swing Choir, Jazz Band, and Send Woodwind Choir in the school gymnasium Zoning Board, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Thursday your at 7 p.m.
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Tuesday, December 15 The Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, will be hosting a seminar on trusts, entitled ‘Trusts for the Average Person’ from 10 a.m.-noon. Learn how you can protect your assets by developing an estate plan. Topics include using the zero-percent capital gain tax rate, avoiding the tax trap that can devastate the ﬁnances of a surviving spouse, a major rule change affecting Roth IRA eligibility, and creating an estate plan that can protect your ﬁnances from the catastrophic ﬁnancial effects of a nursing home stay. Call 603-886-6030 to register.
Seminars & Courses
Hudson Lions Club, Valentino’s Restaurant, 6:30 p.m., second and last Monday. Hudson/Litchﬁeld Rotary, Hudson SAU Building, 7:30 a.m., every Thursday.
Hudson Senior Council on Aging activities, Community Center, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., every Wednesday and Thursday.
Talk to Knights of Columbus, St. Kathryn Parish Hall, 7:30 p.m., ﬁrst Wednesday.
Hudson United Soccer Club Board Meetings, Hudson Police Community Room, 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday. Kiwanis, Kiwanis Hall, 7 p.m., ﬁrst and third Monday. (If Monday is a holiday, call 8830374.) Library Trustees, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 7 p.m., third Wednesday.
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Wednesday, December 16 The Hudson Memorial School will be sending home progress reports for the second quarter.
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Litchfield Regular Meetings & Events
Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., Mondays; second and fourth Monday (June – August) Campbell High Booster Club, Campbell High, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday. Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., ﬁrst Thursday. Boy Scout Troop 11, Litchﬁeld Community Church, 7:00 p.m., every Monday during the school year.
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Friends of Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, Library, 7:00 p.m., third Monday. (except January & July) Girl Scouts Adult Volunteers, Litchﬁeld Service Unit, Litchﬁeld Middle School, Art Room, 6:30 – 8 p.m., second Wednesday. Anyone interested is welcome. Hudson/Litchﬁeld Rotary, Hudson SAU Building,7:30 a.m., every Thursday. Library Events: www.cutlerlibrary.blogspot.com Library Trustees, Library, 7:00 pm., second Monday.
Litchﬁeld Area Garden Club, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday, email email@example.com for location.
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Litchﬁeld Budget Committee, Campbell High, Media room, 7:00 p.m., fourth Thursday of the month. Litchﬁeld Lions Club, Litchﬁeld Middle School, 7:00 p.m., second Thursday. Litchﬁeld Republican Committee, Litchﬁeld Tech Park, 480 Charles Bancroft Hwy, 7:00 p.m., third Thursday. For info, call 424-5487. Planning Board, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., ﬁrst Tuesday.
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Hudson Memorial Students Advance in FIRST LEGO League Competition
submitted by Sherri Woolsey Jacob Elwell, and Eddie Truesdell, placed second in the Project area middle-school age teams were at the competition and seven Presentation portion of the competition. They went on to compete advanced to the State Tournament. The team was coached by Sherri in the State FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Competition in Bedford on Woolsey, Cheryl Truesdell, and Rob Bate, and had two high school Sunday, December 6. mentors from Alvirne: Ben Bate and Robbie Sweeney. The mission of the FLL is to inspire young people to be science These seven students have been working hard the past six weeks on building, designing, and programming a robot using only Lego and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting, mentor-based pieces. They also had to find a problem in our community, research programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills it, and come up with a solution. At the tournament, their robot that inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities, competed in three matches attempting to gain as many of the 400 including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. It was founded by Dean Kamen, inventor and entrepreneur, in 1989. possible points possible. Thomas Woolsey, one of the programmers for the team, said, “Figuring out how to get our robot over one of the obstacles was tough. Programming it to go around the obstacles took more creative thinking than I thought would be needed. In the end, we weren’t able to accomplish that specific task with our robot. I’m sure if we had another six weeks, we would have perfected it.” Dr. Rajni Nalla, B.D.S, D.M.D. At the competition, they were judged on four areas: Robot Challenge, Robot Design, We treat the whole family *New Patient Only Expires 12/21/09 Teamwork, and Project Presentation. Twenty
Return of the Robotic Onions Team On Saturday, November 21, seven Hudson Memorial School Students competed in a Regional Qualifying Tournament at Daniel Webster College. These seven students, Thomas Woolsey, Maggie Woolsey, Giancarlos Gonzalez, Matt Moreau, Cameron Buckley,
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submitted by Jana Klein Do you know how many plastic water bottles are consumed annually by Americans? Do you know how many plastic water bottles are thrown in the trash each and every day? The answers to these questions are shocking enough to make you switch over to the Green Side of things. With basketball season getting into gear, we can take a glance at it this way. Basketball players reuse balls every time they play, they don’t just discard balls after one use and buy another one because it would be a waste of a ball. Let’s say the average person uses 40 disposable water bottles a month, averaging one or two disposable water bottles a day. The weight of 40 disposable water bottles is equal to one basketball. Therefore, throwing these water bottles away is just like a basketball player shooting a ball right into the trash after one month of use. According to earth911.com, recycling a single water bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60-watt light bulb for up to six hours. In America, roughly 38 billion plastic water bottles end up in landfills each year. That’s nearly 100 million bottles each day! If you laid out each water bottle end to end, it would reach China and back each day! According to filterforgood. com, in 2006, Americans drank an average of 167 bottles a day, totaling 50 billion bottles. Of these bottles, only 23 percent were recycled. Facts like these are not taken into consideration when people purchase disposable plastic water bottles every day. These few facts illustrate that people don’t think about the negative effect that disposable plastic water bottles can and do have on the Earth. How long is 700 years? On July 26, 1309, Henry VII is recognized King of the Romans by Pope Clement V. If Henry VII celebrated with a plastic wine goblet, it could still be on the Earth today! According to allaboutwater.com, it takes over 700 years for plastic to decompose on the Earth. The average American life span today is only 77 years. It takes plastic almost nine times the average American life span to decompose! As stated on franklygreen.com, if everyone in New York City were to use a reusable water bottle for one week, for one month, or for one year, it would make a significant
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difference in reducing waste. One week would equal 24 million bottles saved, one month would equal 112 million, and one year would equal 1.328 billion. Alvirne High School’s “school store,” The Bronco Barn, is making efforts to switch over from the Dark Side to the Green Side of things. The Bronco Barn is now offering reusable water bottles called Bronco Bottles. Bronco Bottles are on sale for $8 and the Bronco Barn is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. If the Bronco Bottle is purchased before Christmas, the price will be reduced to $6. It may not be something you have ever really thought about. How does plastic actually affect the Earth? What difference does it make if I buy a disposable water bottle versus a reusable water bottle? Why should I recycle my plastic? It makes a big difference whether you recycle or not, as the previously stated facts show. So, which side are you on? The Dark Side or the Green Side?
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4 - December 11, 2009
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Hudson Police Department Offers Women’s Self-Defense Training
The Rape Aggression Defense System’s basic physical instructional objective is to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked. This is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The RAD System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a martial arts program. This course will be taught by nationally certified RAD instructors, and will provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. The workbook/reference manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for RAD graduates. The Hudson Police Department is providing this training program free of charge. The next training program will be held across the street from the Hudson Police Department, 1 Constitution Drive, Hudson, on Sundays: January 31 and February 7, 21, and 28, from 6-9 p.m. If you would like to register for this or future selfdefense training programs, or have any questions, please feel free to contact Officer Adam Lischinsky at 886-6011. We look forward to working with you. Officer Adam Lischinsky, Certified RAD Instructor - Hudson and finally, the team that offers games and entertainment to the children who are looking for some fun while Mom is shopping. Thank you to all the local businesses who donate needed materials and who help us advertise this spectacular event, and finally, to the general community who patronizes and supports us each year. To the members of the FUNdraising and Development Committee who coordinate and facilitate all that happens during this weekend and throughout the year, thank you. Your hard work, dedication, humor, and unique talents are appreciated more than words can say. As we grow as a faith community and as friends, I thank you for all that you do. It is with great anticipation that I announce that the 17th Annual Bazaar and Penny Sale will be held on November 13 and 14, 2010. Mark your calendars; it promises to be bigger, better, and more fun than ever before. Chris Haigis, FUNdraising and Development Committee, Parish of St. Kathryn - Hudson people. Jeanie was a community leader who volunteered tirelessly for many organizations, including the Hudson schools, Girl Scouts, and the Special Olympics. The scholarship honors Alvirne seniors whose high school years follow the same path of volunteerism in the Hudson community. The event will be held Saturday evening, February 6, from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Vesper Country Club, 185 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsboro, MA. Comedians Stephen Bjork, Sal Voltano, Jack Walsh, and Alana Susko will headline the show. A silent auction of fabulous gifts from local businesses and sports items from Nashua Sports Collectibles will also highlight the event. Football tailgate food to complement the Superbowl theme will be served; a cash bar will be provided. Only 200 tickets will be pre-sold for the evening; tickets will not be available at the door. A total of 100 football raffle squares are also being pre-sold. Please contact Allyson at 886-1901 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket purchases. If you are not able to attend, but would still like to donate to the scholarship fund, taxdeductible contributions can be sent directly to: The Jeanie Barkley Memorial Fund/GLCF, c/o Linda Hedrick, JBMF Treasurer, 13 Lindsay St., Hudson, NH 03051. Please make checks payable to: The Jeanie Barkley Memorial Fund/ GLCF. If any area businesses are interested in becoming sponsors for this great night of giving, please contact Ms. Carol Martin, JBMF Committee Fund Raising Chairperson, at 8868653 (email@example.com), or Bob Guessferd, JBMF Committee Chair, at 882-1618 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please join with the Barkley family and the JBMF Scholarship Committee for a truly fun and exciting night of laughs! Your contribution will help make an Alvirne senior’s dream a reality! Linda Haggerty and the JBMF Scholarship Committee - Hudson
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double the number of Kitchen Aid mixers, digital cameras, or LCD projectors that our schools could purchase through your thoughtfulness. Residents of Litchfield are invited to peruse this district Website at www.litchfieldsd.org to find both a directory of companies that offer matching funds, as well as this very l-o-n-g list of items needed. Donations can be specified for a chosen item or made to a specific school. For questions or additional details, please contact the SAU 27 office at 578-3570, ext. 3333. Grants Committee of SAU 27 - Litchfield
Clarification on CHS Athletic trainer
While reading Mr. Guerrette’s latest letter to the editor, I was quite surprised that he left out some key information in regards to the athletic trainer at Campbell. He conveniently left out that if a high school in New Hampshire has a football program, the rule clearly states: Sect. 2: Medical Coverage A. A licensed physician, trainer, or emergency medical technician must be provided by the host school and in attendance and on duty for all interscholastic football jamborees, scrimmages, and games for all levels, varsity and sub-varsity, during the regular season and all tournament round games. This is available on www.NHIAA. com. The other seven schools in Campbell’s class most likely have a football team and that is why they also have a trainer. This is information that Mr. Guerrette was previously informed of. Furthermore, the NHIAA also states: Sect. 17: Medical Coverage at Athletic Events The importance of the long-range safety of high-school athletes cannot be overstated. Consequently, the NHIAA and its member schools will favor medical safety over any other countervailing concerns, including competitive advantage. Every high school in New Hampshire must make provisions for licensed medical personnel at all practices and contests. The types of provisions that are acceptable are (the provisions are in alphabetical order, not preferential order): A. Athletic Trainer B. Emergency Medical Technician C. Nurse D. Nurse Practitioner E. Physical Therapist F. Physician G. Physician Assistant H. Systems developed to call medical personnel to the site of the athletic event Mr. Guerrette only chose to put H. in as a choice. It is disturbing that a school board member would deliberately leave out pertinent information to try to support their own agenda. A trainer has to be hired to cover football games and CHS has the benefit of having a certified trainer cover all of their athletes. I am a basketball official and baseball umpire, and I have seen many athletes get seriously hurt, from potential concussions on the basketball court to having a baseball player crash into a concrete wall, severely injuring himself. There was a trainer available both times that immediately assessed and took control of the situation. Having a certified trainer available is a requirement for any school that has a football team, and is a huge benefit to all athletes. Jason Kohm - Litchfield
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National Health Care is a dangerous president for our country. It pushes us closer and closer toward a Socialist system of operation. Indeed, the current health care system has issues, but railroading a new untested system created by a non-bipartisan congressional organization that has “an agenda” does not serve the people. Our administration is bankrolling this with future planned taxpayer dollars that don’t yet even exist from a faltering economy that they can’t fix with stimulus packages that only make things worse. Let me explain a few things here: basic fundamental economics are at play here, the more money pumped into the system (i.e. stimulus), the lower the value of the dollar. The hope is that exports get cheaper and more jobs are created, perhaps. However, the people (China, Japan, etc.) that are holding on to our debt are watching the value of their investment deteriorate. So, what do they want to do? Exactly—dump American treasury bonds, which does what? Devalues the dollar further and begins to cause wild inflation… so, if I was Benakee, how would I control wild inflation? Raise interest rates, of course, and what does that do to jobs? Obviously, it raises the unemployment rate even more. So, you see, is spending $2.5 trillion on a new, untested health care system really the best use of the nations resources? The Cloward and Priven Strategy may support this, but I wonder if the rest of the nation is really on board with it. It puts our nation at risk while there are other health care solutions available. John Skribiski - Hudson
Annual Holiday Bazaar a Success
It is with great pride and gratitude that I say thanks on behalf of Father Gary and myself to the over 200 volunteers who gave their time and energy to make the 16th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Penny Sale at the Parish of St. Kathryn the tremendous success that it was. Each year, the Parish Family exceeds our requests for penny-sale items (258 this year), theme baskets (56), baked goods, and handmade candies. Thank you to our one-of-a-kind Master of Ceremony, Karen, who keeps the fun moving, makes it exciting, gets the children singing, and pulls the weekend together. Also, thank you to all who helped with set-up, selling, cooking, decorating, and especially those who came in to clean up. What a joy it is to work with each of you and experience the spirit that is so alive at St. Kathryn’s. A special thank-you to the St. K’s crafters, who work so diligently all year long to produce the most professional items around; the “candy family,” who prepares for weeks to present a product unique to St. K’s; the kitchen crew, who shops, prepares, and serves the most delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches ever eaten; the team that spends the entire weekend on the computer keeping track of ticket sales, the teams that notify winners and distribute the prizes;
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This is more of a challenge to the editor. I challenge the Hudson~Litchfield News to only publish “Thumbs Up” in its Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down column during the Christmas and holiday season. Let us all reflect on the good things we have in life and with each other, our families, our neighbors, and our communities. Are you up to the challenge? Laura J. Gandia, State Representative, District 27 - Litchfield
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In this season of giving, the Grants Committee of SAU 27 in Litchfield would like to remind the community about many opportunities for enhancing the learning experience of our kids through the simple effort of redirecting annual tax-deductible donations directly to the School District. Through the efforts of the Grant Committee’s Community Outreach Program, the district now has a dedicated area on their Website, called “Opportunities for Giving.” There, you will find a shopping list to rival even Santa’s, as strong budget cuts have left many items stranded on the “Isle of Can’t Afford.” Microscopes, motion sensors, centrifuges, and even a sphygmomanometer are not likely to make your child’s list this year, but they are going to improve his/her educational experience if funding can be found through the generosity of our citizens. All donations are tax-deductible and many who work for companies with matching funds can
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Tree Lighting Event Honors Special Individuals
The Campbell High School Student Council is excited to present our Ninth Annual Tree Lighting Event, to be held on Wednesday, December 23, at 9 a.m. in the auditorium at Campbell High School. The purpose of this event is for our community to honor or remember special individuals who have been a positive influence in our lives. Individual white lights will be offered at $5 per person to represent those friends and relatives we wish to honor. Checks should be made payable to Campbell High School. Your donations will be used toward a scholarship fund for the graduating class of 2010 and future graduating classes from Campbell High School. Previous recipients of this scholarship were Marissa Boutselis, Shauna Kuhlman, Emily Blackadar, Michael Boutselis, Brian Iwanicki, Colleen Kennedy, and Mike Clark. Donations will also be used to assist families and individuals in the Litchfield community. The evergreen tree for this event has been donated from a local business. This tree will be placed at the entrance of Campbell High School and will be lighted during the holiday season. The name of each relative or friend will be placed in our program and be read at the Tree Lighting ceremony. The Campbell High School Chorus and Band will perform seasonal songs. Please take a moment and fill out a form to remember or honor an individual who has made a difference in your life. Your donations will help us to light our tree at the Wednesday, December 23, celebration. The last date to place a light on the tree will be on Friday, December 18. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact Shawn P. McDonough, Campbell High School Student Council Advisor, at 546-0300, ext. 2222, or email@example.com. We hope you will join us on December 23 in remembering those who have touched our lives. Campbell High School Student Council - Litchfield upsetting those that freely chose to not take the classes? I say, worry less about those who have chosen not to participate, and more about those who have chosen to participate. Are we not trying to teach to our children that hard work breeds success? That going above and beyond is rewarded? We are telling our students that doing the extra work is valued the same as doing less work. Let’s do the right thing. Let’s give our students what they have earned. Let’s not tell our top performers that they should not be rewarded for doing the very best! If our schools truly want to be centers of achievement and learning, then let’s incent and reward those who have earned it! Jason Guerrette - Litchfield
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Litchfield’s 275th birthday celebration, held on September 19, is still being talked about. Selectman Pat Jewett pulled a tiny committee of 12 regulars together in May. For the next four months, meeting weekly, this committee, starting with only $715, raised $13,611.55 during the most difficult economic recession since the Great Depression. Litchfield residents and those from surrounding towns were responsive and enthusiastic about supporting a family-friendly event to celebrate Litchfield’s anniversary. Many said they could only donate a small amount, and some who could not donate funds gave gift certificates. Nevertheless, at every weekly meeting, the committee found that it was able to pull together an amazing list of parade participants and events that would be free to all. There were some moments the final week leading up to the celebration when it seemed as if we might end up in the red, but the final countdown of expenses put us right where we should have been. Then, as the way things do sometimes happen, several major participants had to cancel at the last minute. Lo and behold, after all the bills were paid, the committee found itself in the black to the tune of about $3,500. The Board of Selectmen will be holding a Public Hearing on December 14, at 7 p.m., to take testimony on whether or not these unexpended dollars should be spent to help construct a bandstand or be used in some manner to mark the 275th milestone in Litchfield’s history. Committee members are still getting positive feedback regarding the August 22 Art Show and the September 19 celebration. Residents are conveying a desire to have many more community-sponsored events, some in the form of free concerts during the summer months, when folks in all age groups could come together. The Celebration 275 Committee hopes that Litchfield residents will agree and come forth to testify that the unexpended dollars donated by the people supporting this year’s events could be used to help construct a bandstand in a central location in Litchfield. Litchfield does not have a bandstand, and such a structure could become the focal point of a pleasant gathering place. If you are unable to attend the December 14 meeting, you can submit written support of this concept to Frank Byron, Chair of the Litchfield Selectmen, at the Town Hall, One Liberty Way. I hope you will do so. Gail Barringer - Litchfield
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There are many generous folks in Litchfield to help others that need it. Just recently, the “Ireland Angels” donated seven winter jackets for children in our town. Keep growing those prize pumpkins and helping our townspeople, Bill and Linda! The boxes of donations for our town’s service people are still in the Town Hall lobby. Also, we’re hunting for names and addresses for anyone from town in the service—anywhere. Please contact Pat Jewett (424-6636), or drop off the names and addresses to the Selectmen’s office. Wouldn’t you like to make our friends have a surprise? They’re doing their share in helping us keep our freedom. Pat Jewett - Litchfield
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For those of you that have become accustomed to me writing about budgetary topics, perhaps you can wait another week…there is a never-ending supply of wonders when it comes to spending tax dollars. No, this week is actually about education. The greatest tool a parent has while raising their children is positive reinforcement. At work, the same holds true. This is because most, if not all humans respond well to being rewarded for doing the right thing. Be it a kind word, a hug, or something more significant, we all like it when we are praised for doing the right thing. This past week, I was made aware of what I would consider an opportunity to positively reinforce desired behavior in some of our top students. At this past week’s School Board meeting, our Student Council representatives presented us with an interesting topic that has struck a very personal cord with me. It seems that those students that have chosen to go well beyond the expectations we have for our students, and challenged themselves to take the most rigorous courses we offer, are not rewarded accordingly. They do receive some additional credit valued on the same basis as other Honors classes, yet they do not get the credit they most rightly deserve. AP classes go well above the academic rigor and coursework than any other classes we offer. They should rightly benefit from it. Many schools have gone to a weighted system, by which Honors courses receive an additional .33 grade points for successful completion. An AP course is given an additional .6 grade points due to the heavy workload and additional difficulty. Our district has a similar style grading system, awarding additional grade points for the advanced classes. It does not, however, award the additional points for the additional work. This, in my opinion is a wasted opportunity to incent others to attempt and achieve at the highest levels possible, and most importantly, tells those currently enrolled that all of their work is as common as everyone else’s. The two Student Council representatives made a compelling case to make a slight change to the current system so that those currently enrolled would actually be rewarded for the work they are currently doing. To my utter disbelief, I was as shocked as the students to hear that if a change were to be made, it would not include those currently enrolled, but may in the future with possibly today’s Freshman class. The rationale given was that it would not be fair to those not enrolled in a class to change the rules mid-year. That because they would somehow be treated unfairly because they did not know from the beginning that a class was worth more points. My argument is as follows: How is it fair to do nothing because we are worrying about
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by George Lambert My Name is George Lambert—the selectman’s representative to the Budget Committee in Litchfield. My opinions here are my own and do not reflect the opinion of the Board. I am writing to express my frustration with the way that the citizens and taxpayers of Litchfield are treated in the budgeting process by the School Board, and the school administration. I wish to admit that I believe the hired and elected officials who are responsible for the administration of the SAU are wellintentioned individuals, but my experience is leading me to believe that their good intentions may have led them away from the best interests of the town, or at least the taxpayers. They appear to have concluded that the taxpayers’ sole responsibility is to fund their vision of the school system. I do not believe that this in and of itself is a bad thing, but I do believe that the way that they go about it disrespects those that they are obligated to serve. But I think I have a unique perspective as compared to most members of the community; I have been though both the school and town budgets, been to New Hampshire Local Government Center training on budget preparation, and sat on both sides of the aisle for the deliberative session. Since April, I have been actively watching the ways that the SAU spends taxpayer dollars, and in September, I began to request that they find ways to reduce expenses. I did not ask that they cut teachers, drop programs, or do anything “drastic”—I asked them to take the same type of steps that the town was taking to find ways to reduce expenses. I asked that they engage the citizens of the community for ways to reduce costs. I asked them to review their purchasing and contracting procedures for ways to buy better. They have done a great job on buying energy this way, and I would like to see them take advantage of other cost savings measures. The Superintendent of the SAU even mentioned in a letter in September that they would be accepting suggestions from the community for ways to save money. I was very pleased that we were going to take a collaborative, community-oriented approach, and then I realized they will accept all of the suggestions that we, the community, wish to share, but only on their terms. I say that because the School Board policies appear to “prohibit dialog.” Every attempt I have made to get clarification on “How the School Board renews contracts on behalf of the taxpayers” has met with delays. My request for a list of the contracts that were renewed under this “policy” has gone unanswered to this date. Requests for how money is actually transferred between line items in the budget to pay for “unanticipated expenses,” like the untimely retirement of a coach at the end of last year, are still unsatisfactory. I am even puzzled as to why I cannot get a clear understanding of the mounting long-term contractual liabilities that the taxpayers are incurring. Examples of these liabilities include the compensation for the members of the SAU Administration staff, and the severance package of unused vacation and sick time that is in this year’s budget for our retiring Superintendent that will cost the taxpayers nearly $1,000 per month while she was with the district. What other expenses are we, the taxpayers, responsible for that we will not be aware of until we are handed the bill? I am sad to say that since I have been unable to see the answers to my questions, I have no idea. I was told by the present chairman of the School Board, Dennis Miller, that there are specific times for people to give input. For the members of the Board of Selectmen, that time is never. For members of the Budget Committee, it is during the budget review process (only for the dollar amounts, but not the underlying policies or approved contracts). And lastly for the taxpayers who are footing the entire bill; there are two opportunities, one was at deliberative session in January, and the other is at town meeting in March. The taxpayers will not get an opportunity to have questions answered per se; they will get an opportunity to add or remove money to the bottom line budget numbers at deliberative session, and they will have an opportunity in the voting booth to accept the budget recommended by the School Board and the Budget Committee, or to accept the default budget prepared by the School Board. I will
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December 11, 2009 - 7
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by Doug Robinson To be an angel, according to Webster’s Dictionary, means to be a “kind and lovable person. One who manifests goodness, purity, and selflessness.” Litchfield’s Presbyterian Church needs a few angels to assist in their Angel Tree Program, whereby the church has received over 88 names of children in need for this holiday season. “We received over 88 names of area children who are in need this Christmas,” commented Deacon Linda Peeples, Litchfield Presbyterian Church. “Last year, the church received approximately 56 names of area children in need, and this year, the number just breaks my heart. I have sleepless nights worrying about these children and their families.” Litchfield’s Presbyterian Church received the names of children in need from information received from the local food bank, as well as from the local school system. Children as young as 3 months in age have a tag filled out in their name on the tree. The following children still have tags hanging on the 8-foot Angel Tree: Angel tags hang from the Angel Tree waiting to be selected • #32B, Boy, by an Angel 11, LEGOs, games, shirt, pants – size 12, and $10 gift certificate. • #57A, Boy, 8, Pokemon, Spongebob, action figure, and coloring book. • #1A, Girl, 16, small shirt, makeup, and clothes – size 0. • #17B, Girl, 14, camera, arts and crafts, bike, hair accessories, and magazines. While 40 children have already received an Angel sponsor, those who are left on the tree run the risk of not receiving the blessings from an Angel this holiday season. “No child should be A young teenager has only a few wishes for this holiday forgotten at season, as written on his Angel tag Christmas,” continued Peeples. Sponsored by the Board of Deacons of the Litchfield Presbyterian Church, “the Angel Tree program provides new, unwrapped Christmas gifts to local children who are in need within the Litchfield Community who otherwise might have none.” Those wishing to select a tag from the tree are encouraged to call Linda Peeples at 429-2499. The due date for the donation of gifts is December 17 or 18, as the unwrapped gifts will be given to the needy families on December 19. “What better way for a community business, organization, or group to give back to the community,” continued Peeples. “Why not adopt several of these kids and make a direct impact on the Litchfield community by investing in the gift of giving for a needy child this holiday season.”
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December 11, 2009 - 9
Power of Peace Poster Winner
submitted by Diane Tate The Nottingham West Lions Club of Hudson is proud to present the local winners for the 2009-2010 Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Students at the Hudson Memorial Middle School competed for the chance to represent the Nottingham West Lions Club in the New Hampshire Multiple District 44H competition. Each of the school’s five winners was presented with a U.S. Savings Bond and a Certificate of Merit at a ceremony held in November. The Peace Poster Contest is an International Contest, “The Power of Peace:” Zoe Garas, runner-up; Emily Walker, runner-Up; Ms. Jan Walsh, Memorial art teacher; Stephanie Jones, sponsored by Lions Clubs first-place winner; Lion President PCC Charlene Provencal, Emily Bass, runner-up; Julia Balukonis, runner-up International, for students 11-13 years of age. Starting media communities select one grand prize about the Peace Poster Contest may call at the club level, a Club’s winner and 23 merit award winners. Each the Peace Poster chairperson, Diane Tate, winning poster is entered into the District poster is judged on originality, artistic merit, at 889-1308. The Grand Prize and Merit Competition and, if successful, will and expression of the current year’s theme. Winners for the 2008-2009 competition continue to advance through the multiple The 2009-2010 theme was “The Power of may be viewed by visiting the Website, district level and international levels. At Peace,” which was nicely interpreted by this www.lionsclub.org, and clicking on Youth the international level, a panel of judges year’s second time winner, Stephanie Jones. Development Programs. from the art, peace, youth, education, and Any person wishing to learn more
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by Elaine F. Cutler, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools December is an exciting month for students and the community alike. There are winter concerts at all schools, gifts to wrap, and Breakfast with Santa at Litchfield Middle School (LMS) this Saturday, December 12, from 8-11 a.m., sponsored by the Litchfield’s Women’s Club to benefit student scholarships. The LMS concert is scheduled for December 15 at 7 p.m. at Campbell High School (CHS). On December 23, there is a Holiday Assembly and Tree Lighting at CHS. Please join the school community for some of these wonderful events. All are welcome. It is also a time to make last minute tax deductions to non-profit organizations. Posted on the Litchfield School District Website, www. litchfieldsd.org, under Opportunities for Giving, are suggestions for charitable giving. All principals have submitted very conservative budgets that do not include items such as replacement mixers for the tech. ed. teacher at LMS, listening centers for the library at Griffin Memorial School (GMS), and the final $2,000 needed for a FIRST team at CHS. FIRST is a national robotics competition that challenges students in science and mathematics. Mr. Pat Kaplo is the sponsor of the team. Any contribution is tax-deductible and will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your consideration in this matter. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the school community for replenishing the Litchfield Food Pantry. As a result of your efforts, 7,366 items were delivered to the pantry in time for Thanksgiving. The result of the friendly competition between schools proclaimed GMS the winner for the 2009 contest. Thank you for helping us teach children the value and importance of being a responsible and caring member of the community. As the winter season is upon us, parents will receive a phone message through the Alert Now system at 6 a.m. if school will be cancelled or delayed due to adverse weather conditions. Local radio and television media will also be notified. Decisions about delays and cancellations are determined by reviewing current road and weather conditions, as well as the forecast for the remainder of the day. It is important for the public to know that these decisions are made by 5 a.m. after consultation with the road agent, bus officials, and area school superintendents. At this special time of the year, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the community for the faith and support you give to the teachers and children of Litchfield. It is valued, appreciated, and a critical element in preparing our young people for the future. The Litchfield School Board takes great pride in our schools and welcomes your comments and suggestions. You may contact any board member or professional staff member using the directory available at www.litchfieldsd.org.
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submitted by Jenn White, Hudson Girl Scouts The Hudson Junior Girl Scout Troop 10586 recently visited the George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library as part of their Book and Careers Badge. Children’s Room Librarian, Miss Kristen, gave the girls a wonderful tour of the Library and did an excellent job explaining the duties of a Librarian. As a group, the girls were able to donate over 40 lightly used books.
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submitted by Hudson Police Department On December 1, members of the Hudson Police and Fire Departments responded to the area of Rite Aid, located at 71 Lowell Road, for a reported motor vehicle accident. Upon the officer’s arrival, it was determined that a red-colored 1988 Chevy pick-up truck, driven by Eric Cookson, 43, of Hudson, was attempting to exit the Rite Aid parking lot. A motorist traveling south on Lowell Road stopped to allow Cookson to exit the parking lot. Cookson exited the Rite Aid parking lot and began making a left turn onto Lowell Road. At that time, a silver-colored 1998 Honda Civic, driven by James Bridges, 19, of Hudson, was traveling south on Lowell Road in the center turn lane and collided with Cookson. Bridges and Cookson were not wearing seatbelts. Bridges was the lone occupant of his motor vehicle. Cookson’s passenger was identified as Sheree Cookson, 50, of Hudson, and she was not wearing a seatbelt. Mr. and Mrs. Cookson were transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua by the Hudson Fire Department to be evaluated for minor injuries. Bridges was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua by the Hudson Fire Department to be evaluated for minor injuries. Lowell Road, between the north and south access to County Road, was closed for about one hour while the Hudson Police Department conducted an investigation. The accident remains under investigation.
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A sincere thank-you to the children, parents, and staff of the Early Start Children’s Center in Hudson for collecting and donating necessary supplies and toys used to care for the lost and homeless pets in Hudson. My dog, Happy, and I enjoyed teaching the children about safety with pets, too! Jana McMillan, Animal Control Supervisor - Hudson
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On December 2, at approximately 1:56 p.m., the Hudson Police and Fire Departments responded to Route 111 at the intersection of Sullivan Road for the report of a motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival, it was determined to be a two-car collision. The initial investigation showed a 2003 Ford van was operating east on Route 111 (Central Street), approaching the intersection of Sullivan Road. It was operated by Edward Crickard, 63, of Plymouth, MA. At this time, there was a 2000 Ford Focus traveling north on Sullivan Road, approaching the intersection of Route 111. It was operated by Jana Klein, 17, of Hudson. Sullivan Road had a posted stop sign at the intersection of Route 111. It was determined that the Focus then exited Sullivan Road onto Route 111, where the two vehicles collided. Hudson Fire Department members attended to both operators on scene. The operator of the Focus was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua for non-life threatening injuries. The operator of the van refused any further treatment. Both operators were seatbelted at the time of the crash. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. The Focus had dual airbag deployment and sustained moderate to heavy front-end and driver-side damage. The van sustained moderate front-end damage. The operator of the Focus will be cited for Failure to Yield at a Stop Sign.
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submitted by Dave Lecraw Alvirne High School Music Program students auditioned on Saturday, November 21, for the 2010 New Hampshire Music Educator’s Spring All-State Festival that will be held April 8-10, 2010. Twenty-three Alvirne music students competed for a select number of instrumental seats and vocal parts against 1,250 students from throughout the state. Thirteen Alvirne music students were selected. The choral department for the All-State Mixed Chorus will be represented by: Samantha Migneault (soprano voice), Brittany Decker (alto voice), Tony Clements (tenor voice), Jared Hyman (bass voice), and Brad Fernald (bass voice). The choral department for the All-State Women’s Chorus will be represented by: Ashley Iannaco (soprano voice) and Devin Lyman (soprano voice). The instrumental department for the All-State Band will be represented by: Katelyn Egan (bassoon), Jake Galloway (trumpet), Anthony Condo (trombone), Matt Sidilau (trombone), and Kyle Garnick (euphonium). Philip Skinner (violin) will represent Alvirne as an orchestra member. Students who also auditioned and displayed Alvirne pride were Ryan Caron (tenor voice), Paige Devlin (soprano voice), Peter Dubois (bass voice), Shawn Gould (bari sax), Katie Masson (alto voice), Eric Mealey (tenor voice), Taylor Morin (alto voice), Meghan O’Keefe (clarinet), Cindy Richard (alto voice), and Cassandra Strokus (soprano voice). Thank you to all the music students for their dedication to music and meeting the challenge required for this audition.
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submitted by Lisa Bethea Friday the 13th was one very lucky November day for students and families who participated in the Second Annual Bookworm Bingo event at the Presentation of Mary Academy (PMA) in Hudson. The PMA Parent Group sponsored this family-friendly event, which sold out for the second year in a row! Over 200 people were in attendance, including parents, grandparents, cousins, the Sisters, and students of all ages. This twist on the traditional game of bingo was enjoyed by all. Students were excited to win a new or gently used book donated by PMA families. Every child went home a winner, and some children won more than once. Varied selections of books were on display in the hallway. There were titles available to suit the taste of a wide range of ages, from pre-school to adult. Children were allowed to pick from the many choices. All children got to choose a book from the gym, whether they won or not; no one went home with out a book. In addition to Bookworm Bingo, students also enjoyed a game of Heads or Tails. Concessions were sold during the event and all proceeds raised (over $780) will support the Technology Fund’s efforts toward a new computer room.
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Students Make Holiday Cards for Armed Forces
by Lynne Ober Litchfield Middle School students created over 500 holiday cards to our troops. It was a chance for the students to send a touch of home to those serving far away at Christmas time. This effort was part of an American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes, Inc. partnership to bring those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces a remembrance from America. Holiday Mail for Heroes is in its third year and provides an opportunity for those who participate to share a bit of themselves, coupled with thanks to American service members. It’s hard to believe, but there are over 1.4 million men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes, Inc. wanted to honor these men and women. The cards are sent to a central location where they are screened for hazardous materials before distributed to service members, their families, and veterans in communities across the country. “We really enjoyed participating in this effort,” said Principal Tom Lecklider. “This has been an extension of our ‘Positive Behavior’ and ‘Extend a Helping Hand’ programs,” said Guidance Counselor Lynne Ellis. “We had a food drive, a giving tree, and have now made holiday cards. It’s been great to see the kids working on these cards, which we will mail this week.”
submitted by Deborah Ballok, Art Instructor The seniors pictured from Alvirne High School have created and painted the murals, “Frolicsome Snowmen,” for all to enjoy on the windows of
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Top: Jay Dupont, James Gillum, Tasha Hall, Sean Blake. Bottom: Karen Kuhns, Shayne Drouin
Litchfield LITCHFIELD SCHOOLS What’s for lunch? School Lunch December 14 – 18, 2009
Pictured are sixth graders who were working on creating their cards. John Demanche, Cameron Schmitt, Riley Grant, Corey Chartier, Ricky Anderson, Brandon Gerossie, Kris Haken, and Max Rothecher Griffin Memorial School Monday – Hamburger/roll, Oven fries. Tuesday – French toast sticks, Sausage, Hash brown patty. Wednesday – Bagel/cream cheese, Yogurt, Veggie sticks. Thursday – Nacho/cheese/seasoned beef, Lettuce, Tomato, Salsa, Cornbread. Friday – Pizza, Vegetables. *Alternative: Egg sandwich. **All lunches served with fruit & milk. Litchfield Middle School Monday – Hamburger/roll, Oven fries. Alternative: Pizza. Tuesday – French toast sticks, Sausage, has brown patty. Alternative: Tuna sandwich. Wednesday – Bagel/cream cheese, Yogurt, Veggie stick. Alternative: Ham rollup. Thursday – Nachos/cheese/seasoned beef, Lettuce, Tomato, Salsa, Cornbread. Alternative: Turkey sandwich. Friday – Vinnie’s pizza, Vegetables. Alternative: Assorted sandwiches. **All lunches served with fruit & milk. Campbell High School Monday – Meatball sub, Vegetables, Fruit crisp. Alternative: Pizza. Tuesday – Pasta/meat sauce, Green beans, Fruit. Alternative: Cheeseburger or Hot pocket. Wednesday – Grilled cheese sandwich, Tomato soup, Fruit. Alternative: Crispy or spicy chicken or pizza. Thursday – Pulled pork sandwiches, Corn, Fruit. Alternative: Hot dog/ roll. Friday – Chicken Alfredo, Vegetables, Fruit. Alternative: Pizza. **All lunches served with milk
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Elementary and Memorial Schools Monday – Hot dog/roll, Vegetarian beans, Diced pears. Tuesday – Meatball sub, Kernel corn, Applesauce, Chocolate chip cookie. Wednesday – Spaghetti/meat sauce, Mozzarella sticks, Green beans, Peaches. Thursday – Oven baked chicken, Mashed potatoes, Peas, Cranberry sauce, Mixed fruit cup, Holiday cake. Friday – French bread pizza, Veggies/dip, Fruit cup. *Lunch alternative: Ham & cheese **All lunches served with choice of milk. Alvirne High School Monday – Domino’s pizza, Veggies/dip, Fruit cup. Tuesday – Meatball sub, Kernel corn, Applesauce, Chocolate chip cookie. Wednesday – Spaghetti/ meat sauce, Mozzarella sticks, Green beans, Peaches. Thursday – Oven baked chicken, Mashed potatoes, Peas, Cranberry sauce, Mixed fruit cup, Holiday cake. Friday – Hot dog/roll, Vegetarian beans, Diced pears. *All lunches served with choice of milk.
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For new moms, each of baby’s “first” experiences is a cause for celebration – first smile, first words, first steps – and baby’s first holiday season is an especially joyous time. But along with baby’s exciting holiday firsts, the season can also be hectic and overwhelming for moms. With the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, cooking, spending time with relatives, and caring for baby, moms’ needs can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. It’s important for parents to remember that taking a little time for themselves is good for both them and their little ones. Here are ways to give the gift of some “me time” this season: * Make a date with dad or a night-on-the town with the girls * Schedule some time for yoga, a massage, or a pedicure to reconnect with yourself * Look for ways to engage in the holidays, from a community tree lighting to attending a cookie exchange * Schedule a solo holiday shopping trip * Get swept away by a movie night or visit a museum - Courtesy of ARAcontent
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Jam thumbprints, peanut butter blossoms, sugar cookies decorated with colored sugars and icings, and gingerbread cookies—just the images of them in your mind can conjure up the smells of yummy Christmas cookies baking in the oven. It is the season to be making Christmas cookies. Whether they’re for your family, a cookie exchange, treats for the office, or a gift, cookies of all shapes, sizes, and flavors are always a hit. If you haven’t started your baking yet this year, here are some tips from the folks at Gold Medal Flour to help make your cookie baking a success. * Assemble ingredients and equipment before you start. Read through the entire recipe to make sure you have enough time for all of the directions. Also, bring your shortening and butter to room temperature,
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which could take about a half hour for refrigerated items. * Use accurate measurements. Liquid measuring cups – usually made from glass or clear plastic with a pouring spout – are great for liquid ingredients, but graduated dry measuring cups give you the most accurate amount for flour or sugar. Use a spoon to add your Gold Medal flour to the cup, and level it off with the straight edge of a knife. * Try chilling the cookie dough before rolling out and cutting shapes. Chilled dough is a bit stiffer - holding its shape better so you can transfer the cut shapes to your cookie sheet. This also works for cookies that are dropped on pans in rolled balls or spoonfuls. They won’t spread as much during baking. continued to page 14 - Cookie Baking
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“Thumbs up to Andrea P. You said you are attracted to me. I am attracted to you, beautiful!” “Thumbs up, a huge ‘thumbs up’ to the HMS PTO for providing snacks and dinner for the teachers during the parent conferences. You made the 14 hours day delicious. A Tired and Grateful Teacher!” “Thumbs up Carlie and her Cheerleading Squad for their first place win at the semi finals. I am so proud of you and all your hard work. I wish you all the luck at the finals in Disney. I hope you go all the way but most of all I want you to have a blast and don’t forgot to take in every moment. All the luck, Love Auntie Jody.” “Thumbs down, way down to the Grinch woman in the gray sweatshirt who was giving out the pink frosted cookies at the community center during Santa’s visit. I had a gingerbread cookie in my hand and asked her nicely for a napkin and she refused to give one to me. She scowled and snapped where did you get your cookie? Go there for a napkin! She actually turned me away. Would it have mattered if I said it was for my 2- year-old’s adorable frosting covered face? I totally appreciate volunteers dedicating their time but if you’re bitter, why do you bother? In the season of giving, I couldn’t even get a napkin!” “Thumbs up to the Lion’s Club and the Hudson Firefighters and all the volunteers who put on such a great Santa party each year. Your efforts and donations are very much appreciated. ‘Thumbs up’ to the town employees and volunteers of Hudson, they sure do a lot of nice things for the residents. “Thumbs down to the losers who walk around the vicinity of Patricia Drive every Halloween night with beers and wine in their hands. It’s a kids’ holiday, not a drinking party for adults. Keep the booze at home and let your kids and neighbors enjoy themselves. Nice example you are setting for kids, by the way. Drinking in public is actually against the law as if you didn’t know that. Police, please watch out for these dopes next year!” “Thumbs up to Home Care for helping my family care for our aging parents this holiday season. You did their house keeping and grocery shopping and went to their doctor appointments with them so we could spend more quality time with them. Thank you.” Common. They definitely cheer me up when I am waiting in traffic.” “Thumbs up to all the St K youth (who are really young adults now!) who return every year for Workcamp. You are a great inspiration to the newcomers. You can ‘MAKE A DIFFERENCE’.” “Thumbs up to the people that helped push the red Focus that was broken down at the light by Stop & Shop on 11/28.” “Thumbs down to the people honking their horns at my son and daughter while they were broken down at the light instead of helping.” “Thumbs down to George from the Hudson assessor’s office for intimidating his way into our rental accommodations past my wife, home alone with our small child. She was clearly uncomfortable, the very least you could have done was offer to come back when her husband was home or we had confirmed you were who you claimed to be. Your lack of professionalism and simple empathy is a discredit to the town of Hudson.”
“Thumbs down-to all of you who voted for and still stand behind President Obama. Do you even realize what he is doing to OUR country. This is a man who won’t call out the Ft. Hood shooter as a terrorist because he wouldn’t want to offend some left wing nut who believe like Obama and his good friends Bill Ayers/Rev Wright that it is the United States of America who is at fault for all of the harm in the world. Thank GOD Obama is only going to be a one-termer. His approval is FINALLY below 50% as of 12/4/09. And if all you dems are going to point fingers backwards, look at Bush’s approval one year in, over 90%! Also it might be good if you read Sarah Palin’s book and see what her real experience is don’t look at her poorly edited interviews or listen to the meda bias, because come 2012 she will be your President and finally we will have somebody who we can ALL stand behind!” “Thumbs up, way up to my Honda Civic! It’s so much nicer than a Volkswagen Jetta!”
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Priscilla “Patt” (Lynch) Tate, 82, of Port St. Lucie, FL, and formerly of Hudson, died November 30, 2009 in Florida. She was born May 26, 1927 in Manchester, daughter of the late Ralph and Clara (Reid) Lynch. She was also predeceased by a brother, Donald Lynch, and a grandson, Jonathan Tate. Priscilla was the wife of Robert Tate, Sr., of Port St. Lucie. She and her husband started Tate’s Garage in 1960 and upon retirement enjoyed traveling throughout the country. They also spent much of their time in Mexico. Besides her loving husband Robert, Patt is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert, Jr. and Diane Tate, and David and Rosemary Tate, all of Hudson; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Tate and his wife Holly of Goffstown, Kimberly Gilroy and her husband Craig of Manchester, David Tate, Jr., and his fiancé Jessica High of Manchester, and Michael Tate of Hudson; seven great-grandchildren, Hannah Tate, Isaac Tate, Matt Gilroy, Tyler Gilroy, Jimmy Gilroy, Chloe Gilroy, and Joshua Tate, as well as an eighth grandchild, Jayden, to be born in the next few weeks. A Prayer Service was held December 5 at the DumontSullivan Funeral Home in Hudson. Burial was in Westview Cemetery in Hudson. Donations may be made in Patt’s loving memory to the St. Lucie Hospice House, 5090 Dunn Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34981. To send an online message of condolence please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.
Janet (Duffy) Garcia
Janet (Duffy) Garcia, 72, of Hudson, died December 2, 2009 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. She was born February 6, 1937, in Lowell, MA, daughter of the late Luke and Helen (Laporte) Duffy. Janet was predeceased by her husband, Francis Garcia, in 2007. She was a preschool teacher at the Jocelyn Day School for many years and later worked in the cafeteria at Alvirne High School in Hudson. Janet loved to cook, especially for her family. Survivors include three sons, Francis J.G. Garcia of Haverhill, MA, Daniel Garcia and Steven Garcia both of Hudson; six grandchildren, Kerry Reed of Massachusetts, Tabitha Garcia, Scott Garcia, Bradley Garcia, and Amy Garcia all of Hudson, and Derek Garcia of Louisville, KY; as well as five great-grandchildren. A Funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 7 in St. Kathryn’s Church in Hudson. Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Hudson. The Dumont Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements. To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.
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U-14 Wins State Championship
submitted by Deanne Richardson-Howard The Hudson United Boys U-14 Team has been playing together for many years. With a mix of seventh- and eighth-graders; for some players, this was their last fall season with the team. The team had a strong season and finished second in their division with a record of 6-2-1. Their season record earned them a spot in the Granite State playoffs, which the boys went into wanting to make it to the finals. The boys made it to the finals, which were played on the rainiest, windiest, and coldest day we have had this season. The weather didn’t damper the player’s spirits, though, and they played a phenomenal game, keeping a lead over Portsmouth the entire game. The final score was 3-2, and the team was awarded U-14 State Champions! Congratulations to Coaches Jim Regan and Bill Lubinski for their tireless hours of developing the players into the successful team they have become. To all the players – you played as a team and you wanted to win – you earned it! Congratulations, Road Runners!
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Hudson United Champs submitted by Brenda Chretien On December 6, teams from around the state competed in the New Hampshire State Championship competition for titles in the team, all-around, and individual events. Phantom Gymnastics took the Level 6 team title with a 108.8 and the Level 5 team title with a 110.275, each for the second time in a row. The Level 4 team also earned the State title for the third time with a 111.375. No one can call recall a team earning State titles in all levels in the same season until this year. In addition to team achievements, the Phantom gymnasts earned three all around and 16 individual event State Championship titles. The compulsory teams are coached by Cathie Lowell (owner), Heather Lacharite, Chris Wachowiak, and Kristy Miller. In the Level 6 Child Division, Cassandra Zaino of Pelham took second on vault, 9.1; was the bar State Champion, 8.8; second on beam, 9.3; and third in the all-around, 35.8. Jessica Shatford, also of Pelham, is the vault state champion, 9.2; fifth on bars; sixth on floor, 8.725; and fifth in the all-around with a 34.675. In the Level 5 Jr. Division, Sydney Bartlett of Salem is the State Champion with 36.95. She is also the State Champion on beam, 9.625; and on floor, 9.5. She took third on bars, 9.0; and fourth
Gymnastics Take All Three NH State Championship Team Titles
on vault, 8.85. Olivia Champagne of Salem was third in the all-around with a 35.975. She was second on beam, 9.525; and third on floor, 9.1. Leah Faber, also of Salem, was the Vault State Champion with a 9.125 and took fifth in the allaround with a 35.525. Erin Faber of Salem was second on vault, 8.95. In the Level 4 Jr. Division, Jordan Wakim of Salem took the silver medal in the all-around with a 36.9. She was second on bars, 9.4; beam, 9.375; and floor, 9.3. Elizabeth Aldrich of Salem is the vault (9.3) and bar (9.45) State Champion and took fourth in the all-around with a 36.6. In the Child 6-7 Division, Kacie Blanchet of Salem was fifth in the all-around with 35.325; second on bars, 9.0; fourth on beam, 8.75; and fifth on floor, 8.825. In the Child 8-year-old Division, Mikayla Hawkins of Windham was fifth on bars, 9.05; fourth on beam, 9.0; and fifth in the all-around, 35.975. Sydney Chretien of Salem was fourth on bars, 9.2; fourth on beam, 9.0; and sixth in the all-around, 35.95. MacKenzie Svenson of Salem was fourth on vault, 9.2; third on floor, 9.0; and eighth in the all-around, 35.675. Emily Jones of Salem was second on bars, 9.275; and sixth on beam, 8.9, 10th AA. Morgan Suech of Derry was fifth on vault, 9.15; and fifth on floor, 8.9.
Bottom row: Derek Leclair, Ryan Doyle, Matt Lubinski, Matt O’Brien, Jacob Nazarian, Khary Higgins. Middle row: Josh Bellomo, Billy Perry, Brett Richardson, Harley Kearney, Jeremy Longchamp, Ryan Brown. Top row: Coach Bill Lubinski, PJ Busnach, Ryan Quinlan, Liam Regan, Ryan Godschall, Coach Jim Regan. Missing: Cameron Murphy and Kyle Salucco
Lowell Takes Two of Three over Homestand
The Lowell Devils were one goal short of going three-for-three this week and finishing their fourgame homestand on the right note. A week after recording just two goals during a three-game skid, the Devils erupted for 15 in three matches to go to 14-10-3-0 on the season and occupy third place in the Atlantic Division. Lowell defeated Adirondack, 5-3, on Wednesday and Bridgeport, 5-1 on Friday. A last-minute goal by Manchester dropped the Devils, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon. The Devils will hit the road for a two-game set this weekend. Lowell makes its second visit of went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill and Cory Murphy notched his first multi-point game of the season with two assists. Saturday, Devils 5 vs. Monarchs 6 Lowell’s Tim Sestito matched his own team season high with four points, but it was not enough as Dwight King scored his first of the year with 18.1 seconds remaining to allow Manchester to eke out the 6-5 win. Matt Halischuk compiled a goal and two assists in his first game with Lowell after being loaned by New Jersey earlier in the day. Both teams converted three times on the power play with the Devils going 3-for-4. Dave Meckler scored twice for Manchester and Corey an's Come and see our complete selection Mike Hog Elkins chipped in three assists. of sporting goods equipment HUDSON KENPO KARATE STUDIO Around the Horns: and holiday closeout specials! The Devils scored two Located in the Hudson Village Shoppes shorthanded goals in a game for 290 Derry Rd., Hudson • Call 595-4507 for details the first time in team history on YOUR LOCAL SPORTING GOODS HEADQUARTERS Wednesday versus Adirondack … Lowell has never lost at home when leading after the with this Now through December 18th- for each $10 spent, receive one raﬄe ticket. first (8-0-0-0) or second periods HLN coupon (8-0-0-0) … The Devils scored Includes official Uniform Winners will be notified on Dec 19th. a team-season high four goals Plus 2 Private Lessons 123 Nashua Road (Crossroads Mall), Londonderry, NH 437-3266 in the second period against the Phantoms … Tyler Eckford tied the team record for plus/minus rating in a game, going +4 on Wednesday against Adirondack. The accomplishment was previously reached by Mark Fraser (12/2/07 vs. MCH) and David Clarkson (1/12/07 vs. PHI) … Patrick Davis played in his 200th game as a Lowell Devil on Wednesday … G Jeff Frazee has won four of his five starts at home. Coming Up: The Devils take a trip to Providence for the first time since Oct. 16 for game four out of ten in the season series. Lowell bested the Bruins on consecutive Saturdays on Nov. 7 and 14 at the Tsongas Arena to take a 2-1-0-0 lead in the season series. Providence was perfect on its recently completed four-game road swing to move up into a tie for fifth place in the Atlantic. All four games were decided by one goal with one going to overtime and two finalized into the shootout. Lowell makes its first trek to the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday to face Manchester for game three of the ten-game season series. The Monarchs evened up the head-to-head series with their 6-5 win on Sunday. Manchester has won six of seven to maintain its hold on first place in the division. They Wild Bird Livestock own the second best winning Feeding Center Feeds & Needs 17 Main Street percentage at home (.821) Pelham, NH Blue Seal & Poulin Pet Food & Supplies with an 11-2-0-1 record. The Grain dealer Monarchs also boast the second Gates ▪ Posts ▪ Fencing We Specialize in ranked defense in the AHL at Pet Nutrition Country Store 2.18 goals per game and have Hours: Mon-Fri 8-7 held opponents to two goals or Garden Center Saturday 8-5 less 19 times in 28 contests. the season to Providence on Friday and will play the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday for the first time at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Rewind: Wednesday, Devils 5 vs. Phantoms 3 Brad Mills and the Devils’ penalty kill each scored their first two goals of the season as Lowell downed Adirondack, 5-3, at the Tsongas Arena. Leading 1-0 after one on Mills’ shorthanded goal with 3:02 left in the frame, the Devils exploded for four goals in the second. Mills, Nick Palmieri and Alexander Vasyunov all notched even-strength tallies in the period, while Patrick Davis potted the second shorthanded goal of the game. Jeff Frazee stopped 31 shots for the win. Friday, Devils 5 vs. Sound Tigers 1 Rookie right wing Nick Palmieri posted a professional career-best three points and Mike McKenna made 30 saves as the Devils skated to a 5-1 win over Bridgeport. For the second straight game, Brad Mills gave Lowell the early lead with his third goal of the season. Palmieri picked up the assist on Mills’ tally and added markers of his own in the second and third periods. Lowell
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