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Litcheld Softball Parade Gets Colorful

The Thunder Dolphins wave to the crowd as they walk by.

The Hot Pink Unicorn Lollipops team holds their sign

for everyone to see.

The Raspberry Smooshers team blows bubbles to the crowd.

continue to page 14 to see full story

Hudson School Board to Discontinue Aramark Contract

by Len Lathrop
With very little discussion, the Hudson School Board acted on
a recommendation from Hudson Business Administrator, Karen
Burnell, to not renew the Aramark contract when it expires on June
Aramark is an international company that focuses on serving
people from facility management, food service and uniform services;
they have been administrating the facilities for the Hudson school
system since 2002. While the direct service people work for the
Hudson School Department, Aramark has planned and supervised

their work in the school, while supplying the tools and equipment
needed to do the work and the products that the facility produces.
Hudsons award-winning food service program is not part of the
Aramark contract, and is totally run by school district employees.
The budgeted amount to be paid to Aramark for the 2017 school
year is $44,700. Burnell provided a spreadsheet of what it is
projected to cost; these costs total $377,928.96, which includes
three new staff positions to provide the supervision and directions
that Aramark has been providing.
During Monday nights meeting newly reelected school board

member Lee Lavoie asked about what equipment would be left

when the contract ended, to which Burnell explained that anything
that has been fully depreciated by Aramark becomes the property
of the school district ,and other tools and equipment might be
purchased. Lavoie continued asking about the new pickup truck that
was bought in a agreement with Aramark this year. Burnell assured
Lavoie that that the truck was part of the school district and on the
district assets list.
With a motion by Ben Nadeau and a vote of 4-0 from the board,
Burnell will start to look for the new staff needed by July 1.

Cabaret the 19th Extravaganza

Matt Skinner performs Save The Last Dance with the AHS Jazz Band.

Meghan Sullivan sings La Vie En Rose.

Kelsey Pease sings Moon River with the Treble Choir.

continue to page 11 to see full story

More Bad News on Drinking Water Testing and a Demand for Reasonability
by Len Lathrop
The New Hampshire Department
of Environmental Services announced
updated drinking water well test results for
perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in Merrimack and
Litchfield, N.H.
Test Results: NHDES has received a total of
107 drinking water test results to date. The water
well samples were collected between March 9
and March 20. The results show levels of PFOA
ranging from no detection to 830 parts per trillion.
Of the results received, 26 private wells (three in
Merrimack and 23 in Litchfield) show PFOA levels
at or above 100 parts per trillion (ppt) ranging
from 100 ppt to 830 ppt. The newest map is
pictured on page 9, or you can see an updated
map and table of the test results posted on the
NHDES website:
Also this week, the NHDES requested
that Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics take
responsibility for the contamination, including
but not limited to drinking water and groundwater
contamination; this includes public water system
and private drinking wells. Before the letter was
sent on April 1, 2016.
Critical steps were outlined in the letter as
At this time, we formally request that SaintGobain commit to the following:
1. Bottled Water:
a. Provide bottled water to all properties
designated or to be designated by NHDES,
for such period as NHDES determines to
be necessary. Such delivery shall be by
means and methods approved in advance

b. Until such time as Saint-Gobain has
assumed full responsibility for item 1.a.,
provide reimbursement to the State of New
Hampshire for all costs incurred to date
and to be incurred associated with delivery
of bottled water to designated properties.
2. Site investigation, including Sampling and
a. Promptly (within 5 days of receipt of this
letter) submit a workscope for sampling
and analysis of surficial soils at designated
locations where NHDES determines that
an increased likelihood of exposure of
sensitive populations to soil exists (e.g.,
schools, daycare centers and playgrounds).
b. Within 30 days of receipt of this letter,
submit a workscope for sampling and
analysis of soils at agricultural farms and
fields to be designated by NHDES.
c. Retain the services of a qualified
environmental consultant and submit a
workplan for a full site investigation of the
Saint-Gobain facility and impacted off-site
locations within 30 days of receipt of this
letter for review and approval by NHDES
prior to initiation of further work.
d. Immediately implement the workplan
as approved by HHDES and submit the
results and findings to NHDES within the
timeframe established by the approved
e. Provide direct payment for or
reimbursement to the State of New
Hampshire for all costs associated with
the sampling and analysis of wells, water

supplies, surface waters, sediments or

other media in the designated study area,
including the States contractors costs.
f. Provide reimbursement to the State of
New Hampshire for all costs associated
with sampling and analysis of soil, crops
or other media in the designated
study area, including the States

contractors costs.
g. Provide reimbursement to the State of New
Hampshire for all costs associated with
sampling, analysis, modeling and other
activities associated with the investigation
of air emissions associated with the Facility
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Jeanne DArc Credit Union Breaks

Ground on its Nashua Branch

Staff photo by Len Lathrop

submitted by
Jeanne DArc Credit Union
Despite the cold and snowy April
weather, Jeanne DArc Credit Union
held its groundbreaking ceremony on
April 4 at its new Nashua branch.
Representatives from the John
Flatley Company, NorthPoint
Construction Management, the
Greater Nashua Chamber of
Commerce, Jeanne DArc Credit
Union business partners and members
of the Jeanne DArc executive team
and Board of Directors gathered at
the new location at 102 Spit Brook
Road to celebrate the beginning of
the credit unions expansion into New
Jeanne DArc is the first
Massachusetts credit union to apply
Jeanne DArc Credit Union breaks ground on its Nashua branch on April 4.
and be accepted by the interstate
The new branch is located in the Tara Commons Plaza at 102 Spit Brook Road.
branching bill, which allows statePictured are (from left) Ashley Young, director of membership at Greater Nashua
chartered credit unions to open one
Chamber of Commerce; Gary Thomas, president of NorthPoint Construction
branch per year in another state.
Management; Michael Zieja, senior leasing representative at John Flatley Company;
This is a very exciting venture
Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne DArc Credit Union; George Eliades,
the credit union is beginning, said
chairman of the Board of Directors of Jeanne DArc Credit Union; Attorney William
Mark S. Cochran, President and Chief
Martin, Jr. of Eno Martin Donahue LLC; and Michelle Silveira, senior vice president
Executive Officer of Jeanne DArc
and chief marketing ocer of Jeanne DArc Credit Union.
Credit Union. So many of our
members reside in New Hampshire,
will be a full-service facility that allows better service
and this new branch will make their banking easier and
to current and future Hillsborough County members.
more convenient. We are also looking forward to being
It will include two drive-up teller windows, a 24-hour
a part of the Nashua community, he added.
access drive-up and walk-up ATM. It will also offer
The new Nashua branch, set to open in early fall
teller stations, member service offices and a coin
2016, will be Jeanne DArcs tenth branch location, and

Ashley and her friends made these blankets for the young patients at Massachusetts General Hospital.
From the left are Jenna Breault, Erin Beals, Ashley Dumais, Jordyn Breault, Celine Dumais, Erika
Gareri, Blake Boulia, and Kayla Sousa. Not pictured is Olivia Lyman.
Last week everyone learned about the paying it forward effort being undertaken at
Alvirne High School to make a difference. Learning about Alvirne senior Ashley Dumais
and her recovery and the movement underway can be a way for our community to shine.
The process started several weeks ago when Ashley and her friends made blankets for the
childrens pediatric ICU unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Alvirne High School will show on April 21 how a little knowledge and understanding
today may be the key to saving someones life. CPR training for 1,500 students and staff
will make a difference in our community, and this experience will transcend our small
town as these students lives touch many others going forward.

Courtesy photo

Paying It Forward

Benefit Yard Sale

to Raise Funds for Shelter Pets
submitted by the Humane Society for Greater Nashua
The Humane Society for Greater Nashua will host its
annual benefit yard sale Saturday, April 16, and Sunday,
April 17, in a warehouse at 5 Hudson Park Drive in
Hudson. The 20,000-square-foot warehouse space,
kindly donated by Chartwell Properties, is easy to find off
of Route 111. There is no admission to enter and shop
during the regular hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday
and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday. If you want to enter the
sale at 7 a.m. on Saturday to shop there is a $20 per

Courtesy photo

person early bird fee.

The sale features an incredible selection of household
items, furniture, electronics, crafts, holiday decor, DVDs,
kids toys and games, as well as a collectibles area with
antiques, brand-new items, and costume/fine jewelry.
All proceeds will help the shelter provide food, vaccines,
and medical care for the 2,000-plus animals the Humane
Society serves every year.
Donations for the yard sale will gratefully be accepted
starting the weekend of April 9 and 10 and again on
April 12 and 13 at the warehouse
location only. Tax donation
receipts will be provided to all
donors. Those interested in
donating can download a flier
with a list of accepted and nonaccepted items. Visit www.hsfn.
For more information about
the yard sale call 889-2275, ext.
35 or e-mail
The Humane Society for
Greater Nashua provides for
and protects abandoned, stray
and owner-released pets by
connecting them with new
families. The shelter serves
approximately 2,000 pets every
year. To see the pets currently
available for adoption, please

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Remember Hudson When ...

Town Pound on Pelham Road c. 1975
submitted by Ruth Parker
Early towns were required to build and maintain a
pound. Any person within the town could impound
domestic animals (swine, cattle, horses, sheep ...) which
were creating damage or running loose on the roadway,
the common, or were in violation of local laws. A pound
keeper was chosen each year as one of the town officers.
Owners of the impounded animals would claim them
and pay for any damages, board or fines.
Our early town records mention pounds as early as
1737 in Nottingham, Mass.; then again in 1744 in the
District of Nottingham, N.H.; in 1747 in Nottingham
West. The earliest of these was likely built in that part of
Nottingham which ended up in Pelham. The others were
either not built or constructed of wood and did not last.
In 1759 the town of Nottingham West voted to have a
pound built on common land near the house. This was
likely on the common near the Blodgett Cemetery. Yes,
there was a meeting house and town common in that
area; it is now the location of Blodgett Cemetery and the

intersection of Lowell and Pelham roads at Meineke Car Care.

The pound shown in this weeks photo was erected in 1772
after a vote at the annual town meeting. It was voted to erect a
pound on high land between land owned by Nehemiah Hadley
and Timothy Smith. Today this location is at the intersection of
Pelham and Melendy roads, on your left after the stop sign, as
you proceed down Pelham Road toward Bush Hill Road.
A committee of three was elected to build it with stone, 33
feet within the walls to a height of 6 feet plus one foot of wood.
The pound was completed by September 1772; its date was
carved on the gate post. At the next town meeting Timothy
Smith was elected keeper of this new pound. This pound was
continually used for over 100 years. In 1887, since the pound
had not been used for some years the town considered selling
it. At the town meeting this was rejected and the voters instead
decided to keep it as one of our towns ancient relics.
This pound stands today, a relic of early times, maintained
by our faithful highway department. Photo from the Historical
Society Collection.
Town Pound on Pelham Road c. 1975

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The Word Around Town...

Letters to our Editor

Libraries Transform Lives Every

Day: National Library Week,
April 10-16
Next week the Friends of the Library of Hudson will
celebrate National Library Week, a time to highlight
the changing role of libraries, and librarians in our
Not only a place of quiet study, our library has
become a creative and engaging community center
where people of all ages can access a variety of print and
digital resources either in person or online.
National Library week is a time to recognize the
individuals and businesses who demonstrate their
support of our library by becoming members of the
Friends of the Library of Hudson. The Friends are
particularly grateful for our loyal Business Members,
whose annual membership dues help us sponsor special
childrens programs, award the Leonard A. Smith
Memorial Scholarship, provide staff recognition, and
promote literacy within our Town. Please look for our
ad saluting these Business Friends in todays edition of
the HLN.
Whether its about education, jobs or just getting
ahead, the resources at our library can transform
your life. Visit the George H. and Ella M. rodgers
Memorial Library April 10-16 during National Library
Week and find out how.

Matthew J. Harper, Hudson

Litchfields Easter Egg Hunt

was Possible
A very big thank you goes out to all who made this
years Easter egg hunt possible. First, I would like to
mention that this event almost didnt happen. Every
year I have relied on our high school students to help
run this yearly event, all of the high school students who
started with us have left for college or work full-time
jobs so they were not available to help out this year.
After soliciting volunteers from many different avenues
I ended up with two volunteers, Amii richardson and
her son Hayden Hartman, which I was very grateful for.
Anna Fontanes and her husband DJ Danny from reel
2 Digital Entertainment reached out to me to volunteer
Dannys time and talent to MC the event. DJ Danny
was absolutely incredible; he did a fantastic job making
all the announcements on the spot and played all the
popular songs that the kids loved. Jill Dalgety had
found the children some new entertainment this year
with E2 Educational Entertainment, which Tims Turf
generously sponsored.
The Parents of Litchfield all rallied together to
bake more than enough goodies for the children
A big thank you to Holly Trow, Meg Fowler, Melissa
Marcotte, Melissa Castonguay, Leane romano, Lacey
Cormier for baking multiple batches of cookies,
cupcakes and brownies. I would also like to say thank
you to all of my un-named bakers that brought even
more goodies the day of the event. Thank you to all of
our volunteer heros that came to the rescue and ran the
games tables, the concession stand, filled Easter eggs
and set up the night before; Amanda Lessard, Jennifer

Jane Bowles, Friends of the Library of Hudson

To my Neighbors:
Leash your Dogs

I am the guy who walks the adorable grey and blue

merle Aussie-Doodle (Bailey) around our neighborhood
behind T-Bones at least once a day. yet again tonight
we happened upon a dog owner whose dog (two of
them actually) was outside and unleashed. At the sight
of Bailey and me, one of the animals came charging
towards us, into the street, barking and growling up a
storm. Through a fair amount of yelling by the owners
and my placing myself between the dogs we were able
to prevent an altercation, but it never should have
happened in the first place.
This has become a regular occurrence in our little
world and I assure you, it has gotten very old. I am
not looking forward to another spring/summer/fall of
such encounters. There are no less than 10 dogs that
are frequently let out to wander their yards unleashed


Diener, Chrisandra Brennan, Kiley Brennan, Dyana

Figueroa, Christian Figueroa, Kathleen Doucette, Karen
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To the volunteers I have overlooked, please forgive
me and know that I greatly appreciate your help, its
just my memory, not the impression your help had.
To our mysterious Easter Bunny, what an unbelievably
amazing performance! The kids loved dancing with
you, not to mention how you kept all the adults in
stitches. A quick call to Campbell High Schools
guidance department led us to Denise Freeman in the
art department. She put a plea out to her students
Kylee, Veronica, Jill and Jess to come help; thank you
girls for doing an incredible job painting all the kids
faces and for setting-up and cleaning up our material
with care and consideration. After failing to find a
clown to volunteer their time and realizing we were
out of money, the decision was made to forgo having a
clown this year. Up stepped Kevin Noviello, the owner
of Granite State American Kenpo, GSAK generously
paid for Patches the Clown to come and make balloon
animals for everyone. GSAK also provided all the juice
and water for the kids, as well as prizes and gift baskets.
I would like to thank Kevin Noviello personally for
everything he has done for our community. He has
been supportive of this event from the very beginning;
he has gone above and beyond to alleviate any financial
stress that comes with organizing an event this large.
When I felt like throwing in the towel, his response
was always how can I help and for that I am forever
grateful. To our sponsors; The Litchfield recreation
Commission, Granite State American Kenpo, Target
and Tims Turf, thank you! Without your support this
event would not have been possible.

and have left the property in just the back half of

the neighborhood. At least one of them has a past
history of having bitten someone. A primary reason
Bailey is so skittish around other dogs is the result of
several encounters, in the street, with unleashed dogs
when she was a puppy. We have seen several trainers
and continue to try and get her past this unpleasant
To those responsible dog owners who always leash
their pets and clean up after them, all of us thank you.
To the rest: leash and control your pets. Hudson has
leash laws and an Animal Officer for a reason and I have
hit my limit of dealing with free roaming and poorly
behaved animals.

the Fox Say

Jessica Philbrick, The Litchfield Playgroup

The Truth about Social Security

As you know, Franklin roosevelt, Democrat, during
his presidency introduced the Social Security program,
which promised:
1) That participation in the program would be
completely voluntary.
2) That the participants would only have to pay 1
percent of the first $1,400 of their annual income.
There was also added a list of increase in the
percentage over the years.
3) That the money the participants elected to put

Did you know what day Monday was? Think

math and 4-4-16, and a clue that the next year
it will happen is 2025. For those of you who
knew it was square root day and for those of
you do did not, at least the Fox did not mention
the weather.
While the Town Fathers met Tuesday night
with all selectmen in attendance, as the Fox
might say, they chased their tails on a couple
of issues those being where to vote in the
November national election and how to handle
exit interviews for employees leaving the town
It seems from testimony given in last nights
meeting that there is a lot of conversation about
how hard it was to vote in the presidential
primary. Tuesday Hudson Moderator Paul

into the program would be put into a Trust

Fund rather than into the General Operation
fund and therefore would only be used to fund
Social Security retirement Program and not other
government programs.
4) That the annuity payments to the retirees would
never be taxed.
Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and
are receiving a Social Security check every month - and
then find out that we are getting taxed on the money we
paid into the fund to put away you may be interested
to know the following:
Q: Which political party took Social Security from
the independent Trust Fund and put it into the
General Fund so congress could spend it?
A: Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic controlled
house and senate passed a bill to take the interest in
the Trust Fund and put into the General Fund of the
government to be used as they wanted.
Q: Which political party eliminated the income tax
deduction for Social Security withholding?
A: The Democratic Party.
Q: Which political party started taxing Social
Security annuities?
A: Democratic party with Al Gore casting the TieBreaking deciding vote as President of the Senate,
while he was Vice President.
Q: Which party decided to start giving annuity
payments to immigrants?
A: Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.
Immigrants moved into this country and at the age
of 65 began to receive Social Security payments. The
Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even
though they never paid into it.
There are many more changes that have been made in
the Social Security system but to list them would take
um my allotted space.
After all of the above changes to Social Security, the
Democratic Party turns around and tells you that the
republican Party wants to take your Social Security
Perhaps we as citizen are asking the wrong questions
during this up and coming election; we should be
pressing answers to how they are going to insure Social
Security now and for the future generations to come.
Maybe by first putting it back in a Trust Fund and our
of the General Fund that congress can use in any way
they want would help the generation now funding
Social Security.

Inderbitzen and Town Clerk Patty Barry visited

with the board about what options there were.
Would it be better at Hudson Memorial School,
but as this was just a conversation, no one had
asked the school district if it was possible. Every
option presented had a down side, some being
no better than the community center. Then the
question was asked if it could be in a vacant
warehouse building somewhere in Hudson.
Inderbitzen advised if they were to try to have
two polling spots the voters would have to
approve that in a special election, which would
need a public hearing and a deliberative session
before the vote. He was checking with the
Secretary of State, but no one had gotten back to
him. After more than a half an hour, everything
was tabled.

J. Scheiner, Litchfield
Then another conversation about exit
interviews for town employees who are getting
done with their town employment. The Fox will
be running around before next weeks paper to
be able to tell you more about that.
While the Fox is quick, a newspaper staff
member had a big black bear in his yard this
past weekend, so be careful with your little
fur babies. Keep them safe - this is New
Finally the last question, why does the light
at the Mission Pointe intersection turn red when
there are no other cars around? Does a higher
power need to exercise a practical joke on a
regular basis?

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Apocalypse and life after a cataclysmic
event. We are a society obsessed with
the end of the world or the end of life as
we know it. All the younger generations
think they can survive any type of
catastrophic event. Unfortunately,
theyre wrong. The younger generations
would be the first to go, and the old
timers will be the ones to stick it out the
longest and heres why:
There would be no Google. If I dont
know what something is or how to do
something I either look it up on Google
or I YouTube it. I dont know any useful
survival skills. Ive never been in any
situation where I could just call someone
to bail me out of whatever mess I am in.
I dont know how to kill, skin and
properly cook an animal, nor do I know
too many people my age who do. I
suppose more people up North or in
rural areas would know more about that
sort of thing. I would have to look it up
on the internet. Lets be honest, Im not
the type of person that would kill, skin
and cook an animal. I have nothing
against hunting or eating meat. That just
seems like a lot of gross work and I dont
cook. If I cant microwave my meal, I
wont be eating.
There would be no GPS or MapQuest.
I get lost even with the male Australian
voice on my phone trying to successfully
guide me to my destination. At least
with GPS I have a fighting chance

to eventually arrive at my desired

destination. I cant read an oldfashioned printed map. Who reads
maps anymore? It doesnt even tell
you where you are. You have to search
for it. Finding where I am would be
like finding Waldo only harder.
There would be no weather forecast.
If theres a massive storm coming
your way, typically the weatherman
can warn people a few days ahead of
time, so that they can either evacuate
or make the necessary preparations to
survive the storm. My bones dont start
to ache when theres a massive storm
coming. I wouldnt be able to predict
the weather until golf ball-sized hail
was pelting me on my head and 80 mph
winds were blowing me over.
No instant notifications. The
beauty with todays technology is that
if Indonesia gets hit with a massive
earthquake, I can find out about it while
their ground is still shaking through
Twitter and donate to a GoFundMe page.
If someone got murdered on my street,
unless I saw or heard it, I would have no
idea. There is no Twitter or an updated
news website telling me whats going on
in the world. I would have to find out
the old-fashioned way. I would either
have to wait to read tomorrows paper,
or, if the world as we know it was really
gone, Id have to hear it from another
person, through the grapevine.
No phones. People would have to
talk face to face. There would be no
texting, tweeting, e-mailing, messaging,
etc. Maybe people could send letters,
but I dont know how to mail a letter,
and I wouldnt even be able to Google
it. There would be no using phones
to distract ourselves from potentially
awkward situations or when the
conversation is at a lull. It would be
tragic. We would have to revert back
to the old ways of communicating,
and I just dont know how the younger

generations would be able to adjust.

No entertainment. I dont think living
in a post-apocalyptic world is going to
be as exciting as everyone thinks. I think
it will be very boring. There will be less
people and probably no modern-day
conveniences or luxuries. Im addicted
to TV. I love TV shows and I love movies,
and it would be really hard for me to go
even a week without looking at any type
of screen. There would be no cat videos.
Can people survive in a world where
there are no cat videos? I just dont
know. I would probably go through
withdrawals. What would I do without
playing Words With Friends every day?
Engage in a board game of Scrabble with
real people face to face? I dont think so.
I also feel like theres a lot of running. In
the Walking Dead theyre always running
from the zombies. I hate running.
My generation and younger
generations are soft; were cry babies. Its
not our fault, its our parents and other
adults fault. They made us soft. We
grew up soft. They should have thrown
us in a wilderness survival camp to teach
us how to survive. Instead we talk about
and analyze our emotions and behaviors.
We learn how to not offend people.
Thats not going to help us survive. That
doesnt help us with anything. They
should have taught us how to build a
fire or skin an animal. According to
Darwinism only the strongest survive,
and we have evolved into scrawny, techsavvy hipsters.
The older generations are harder and
possess more knowledge about surviving
past the technology era. Technology is
all we know.
It doesnt matter how many postapocalyptic movies and TV shows we
watch, all of the younger generations
will be the first to go when life ends
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Hudson - Litchfield News | April 8, 2016 - 5

Good for the Community

Your Hometown Community Calendar

Friday, April 8, Saturday, April 9 &

Sunday, April 10
St. Francis of Assisi Parish of Litchfield
will hold its eighth annual Penny Sale at
Sacred Heart Church in Manchester. There
will be over 200 Penny Sale prizes, special
drawings, a Grand Prize raffle for $1,000 and
instant winner games. A Goldenrod Chicken
Tender dinner will be offered on Friday at 5
p.m. with breakfast, snack bar and baked goods
available on Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to
4 p.m. Penny Sale prizes will be drawn at 4:30
p.m. Sunday. For more information visit: www.


Saturday, April 9
Softball Registration for Mens League
and Womens League, 10 to 11 a.m. at
the Hudson Recreation Center. Call the
Recreation Department at 880-1600 for
more information.


What can you get for a dollar? Come to the

Thrift Shop at Community Church of Hudson, 19
Central St., Hudson between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
and see. Sweaters, jeans, childrens clothes, shoes
- $1, $2, $3.
Litchfield Firefighters Association will hold its
36th Annual Ham & Bean Supper from 4 to 7
p.m. at the Campbell High School Cafeteria. The
Supper is a wonderful fundraising even that helps
bring the community together. Tickets may be
purchased in advance at litchfieldfirefighters@ or at the door: $7/adults, $6/seniors,
$5/children, under 4/free.
The Hudson Recreations Comedy Night.
Admission is $10. You can reserve a table if
you purchase eight tickets. The doors open at
7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. at the
Community Center. Tickets are on sale now at the
Hudson Recreation Department and at Town Hall.
Community Breakfast at Litchfield Community
Church. 8 to 11 a.m. Free. Donations accepted.
10:15 Kids Club for children ages 3-11.


Sunday, April 10
A Used Book Sale to benefit the
Hudson library will be held from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. at the Hills Library building, 16
Library Street in Hudson.

Antique Organ Concert at the Hills House, 211

Derry Road, Hudson! The Historical Society is
fortunate to have the very first organ used by the
First Baptist Church here in Hudson and it dates to
the mid-1850s when it was purchased by/for the
church and played by Dr. David O. Smith. It was
donated to the society by Mrs. Leighton Drown
in 2007. The exterior of this organ is in excellent
condition thanks to the wood restoration efforts
of Drown many years ago. This organ has been
recently restored by Bruce Stevens of Vermont.
Bruce will be performing Bach, Handel, Schuman,
Gershwin and show tunes for us. Doors open at 3
p.m., the concert will start at 3:30. Refreshments
will be served.
Wednesday April 13
Beth Roth, Executive Council District
3 (Rockingham County and Pelham),
will attend the Hudson/Pelham Town
Democratic Committee Joint Meeting, 7
p.m., John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722
Veterans of Foreign Wars, 6 Main St., Pelham.


Thursdays, April 14 & April 28

The Unraveled Knitting & Stitching
th Group meets every second and fourth
Thursday night of the month from 6
to 8 p.m. to stitch, swap patterns, and
socialize. All levels from beginner to
advanced are welcome. Even if you have never
picked up a needle, our group members will help
you get started! Feel free to call the circulation
desk with questions at 424-4044.


Friday, April 15
Hudson VFW, 15 Bockes Rd., will host
a meat raffle to benefit the Friends of
th Hudson Spirit at 7 p.m. All proceeds
from the night will be used to help Alvirne
High School and Hudson Memorial
School cheerleaders to attend cheer camp


this summer.

Steckevicz gyms main entrance.

Friday, April 15 & Saturday, April 16

Hudson Memorial School to present the
Wizard of Oz at 7 p.m. both days. For ticket
information contact Sue Weis at 566-5832.

A Used Book Sale to benefit the Hudson library

will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hills Library
building, 16 Library Street in Hudson.

items. The HDQG 2016 Raffle Quilt and multiple

Raffle Baskets will be drawn at the show. Area
quilt shops will be venders. Finally, a refreshment
corner, thought to have the best quilt show food
will complete a visit to the show. You can find
more information at the Hannah Dustin Quilters
Guild website.

Saturday, April 23
The 2016 Household Hazardous Waste
season begins. The first collection of
2016 will be held today from 8 a.m. to 12
p.m. at the Nashua Public Works Garage,
9 Stadium Dr., Nashua. Visit www.nashuarpc.
org/hhw for the remainder of the 2016 collection
schedule. Residents of Hudson and Litchfield
are welcome to attend. There is a $10 user fee
per vehicle, which covers up to 10 gallons or 20
pounds of waste. Residents who bring more than
this amount will be charged accordingly to help
offset the additional costs. For a complete list of
accepted items, visit or
call 424-2240.


Saturday, April 16
A Rabies Clinic, presented by GFWC
Hudson Junior Womans Club and
Hudson Animal Hospital, will be held
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hudson
Animal Control, 6 Constitution Dr. $15 per dog
or cat vaccination. Bring proof of prior rabies
vaccination to get a three year vaccine. Dogs
must be registered by May 1. Dog registration will
be available on site or at Town Hall. Proceeds
go toward scholarships for Alvirne High School
Vet-Tech Program. Contact Debbie Dunn at 5668117 with questions.


American Legion Post 48, 1 Fulton St., Hudson,

will host a Meat Raffle at 2 p.m. The proceeds
from this event will benefit American Legion
Programs. This event is open to members and
guests. For more information call the Foxhole at
889-9777 after 11a.m.

Saturday, April 30
Hudson Memorial VFW Post 5791
will host Veterans Appreciation Day, 12
to 4 p.m., at the Hudson Fish & Game
Club, 51 Pine Rd. Free to all southern NH
veterans and their families who have served in
any branch of the military and been discharged
at any level other than dishonorable. The event
will feature hamburgers, hot dogs and other picnic
style foods, indoor/outdoor activities for children/
adults, a bounce house and coloring activities for
children, horseshoes, fishing in the pond for all
ages (bring your own poles and tackle, first 25
may keep fish for free otherwise $4 each or catch
and release), and range time. Rimfire rifles will
be provided for use at the range for the first 100
veterans/family members not otherwise prohibited
from possessing a firearm. A range officer will be
assigned to each person shooting to assist them.
Representatives from the VFW and American
Legion will available to explain the benefits of
membership and answer questions regarding
veterans benefits (bring copy of discharge - Form
DD-214). Contact Post Commander Mike Dustin
at with questions.


Saturday, April 23
Semi Annual Psychic Fair, sponsored by the
Hudson Lions Club will be held from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at the Hudson Community Center, 12
Lions Ave. in Hudson. Several psychics, with a
variety of skills and talents will be in attendance.
Readings are individual and are 15-20 minutes
long. Arrive early to set your appointment time(s).
In addition to the psychics, numerous vendors will
be on site so plan on getting your Mothers Day
shopping started early; there will be something
for everyone! Finally, satisfy your appetite with a
light lunch at our snack bar. All proceeds benefit
the Hudson Lions Clubs community projects and
charities. For more info call Jeri at 883-8565 or
320-3614 or e-mail

Saturday, April 16
Spaghetti Supper, 5 to 8 p.m., at Litchfield
Community Church. Tickets - $6 at the door.
Children under 6 are free.
Sunday, April 17
Calling All Cats and Dogs. The
Litchfield Historical Societys Annual
Rabies Clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to
12 p.m. Fee: $10 per pet, Cash or Checks.
Held at Fur N Feathers 273 Derry Rd (Route 102),
Litchfield. Rabies Certificate needed to license
dogs. Town Clerk will be on site to register
Litchfield dogs. Other area residents welcome to
the Clinic for Rabies Vaccination.


Happenings Across
the River

Volunteers Needed! Hudson Town Wide

Roadside Cleanup sponsored by the Hudson
Sustainability Committee from 10 a.m. to 12
p.m., at Burns Hill Fire Station. Meet with other
Hudson volunteers to collect roadside litter along
the roads adjacent to the fire station. Remember
to bring gloves and wear bright or reflective
clothing. We are also encouraging residents to
clean up their streets. Blue Bags for Recyclables
will be available for you to use when you get
together with your neighbors and family to pick
up roadside litter on your street or neighborhood.
Questions? Contact the committee at

Hudson Sustainability Committee and Hudson

Scouts will hold an Earth Day Party at Nottingham
West Elementary School fields, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Fun for all ages.
Tuesdays, April 19
In Stitches Knitting/Needle Work
Group meets on the first, third, and
fifth Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. to
12 p.m. at the Aaron Cutler Library. To
stitch, swap patterns and socialize. All levels
from beginner to advanced are welcome. Even
if you have never picked up a needle, our group
members will help you get started! Feel free to
call the circulation desk with questions at 4244044.



Wednesday, April 20
Mug and Muffin, 10 a.m., at Litchfield
Community Church. Free. New! A
time for conversation, to reminisce,
share stories from your life and the world
you have lived in, also Chair Exercises, Memory
improvement, Stress management.



Friday, April 8
Navy Band Northeasts Popular Music Group,
Rhode Island Sound, will be performing a concert
at 7 p.m. at the Keefe Auditorium, 117 Elm St., in
Nashua. Navy Band Northeast performs a wide
variety of musical styles including traditional
band literature, popular standards and patriotic
favorites and provides musical entertainment for
audiences of all ages. The concerts are familyfriendly events, meant to be entertaining to
veterans, families, individuals and those interested
in joining the Navy. All Navy Band Northeast
performances are free and open to the public.
For more information visit
About/Navy-Band-Northeast.aspx or like us on

Sunday, April 24
Hudson-Litchfield Rotary Club will
hold its first annual Spring Forward Run,
a 5K/10K Trail Run. Starts at 10 a.m. $25
for 5K race; $30 for 10K race. Register at:

Now thru Wednesday, April 13

The Art Gallery at Rivier University presents
Music on View. Taking a step beyond the
visual, Music on View: Modest Mussorgskys
Pictures at an Exhibition for Contemporary
Viewers combines music and art. This
multimedia exhibition features the rich sounds
of Pictures at an Exhibition, a musical suite by
Modest Mussorgsky, accompanied by select
works of Modern art and a website with notes
and commentaries. A podcast-type presentation
guides visitors through the exhibition. The
exhibition is free and open to the public. Patrons
should remember to bring their smart phone or
other mobile device and headphones. (Listening
devices are available on-site.) The Art Gallery is
located in Memorial Hall on the Rivier University
campus at 420 South Main St., Nashua. For more
information e-mail or visit
the Gallerys website at

Monday, April 25 thru Friday, April 29

Spring Recess, Hudson and Litchfield
School Districts

Wednesday, April 27
Help us celebrate National Poetry
Month in April. Join us at the Aaron
Cutler Memorial Library at 7 p.m. for
an evening of poetry appreciation and
readings. Local Litchfield resident Paul Bellerive
will be our guest author for the evening as
he presents a sampling of some of his works.
Paul has been writing and teaching writing at
the college level for more than 30 years. His
fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous
anthologies, magazines, reviews, and journals.
Members of the community are can bring their
own poetry to read in a very informal group
setting or they can create their own black
out poetry. Call the circulation desk with any
questions at 424-4044.


The Litchfield Senior Citizens Group meeting

will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Community
Church on Charles Bancroft Highway. The group
will be entertained by Ramblin Richard Kruppa
who will present Songs of Springtime. All senior
citizens are invited.
Tween Game Night meets every third
Wednesday night of the month for tweens in grade
6-8 to come and enjoy a variety of board games
lead by Litchfield resident Nick Ozmore. This
program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Aaron Cutter
Library and is free and open to the public. Feel
free to call the circulation desk with questions at

Tuesday, April 19
The Nashua Historical Society invites the
public to a program on Benedict Arnold: Patriot
or Traitor? George Morrison will take us on a
journey through New England, Quebec Province
and New York exploring what we know about
Benedict Arnold and discussing his many other
exploits that are often ignored. The program will
be held at the Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott
St., Nashua, at 7:30 p.m. The program is free and
open to the public through a grant from the NH
Humanities Humanities to Go! Speakers Bureau.
For additional information, check our website at

Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30

The Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild
Quilt Show chairpersons Nancy Bell and
Carol Durand are completing preparations
for the Guilds 2016 show. It is to be held
at the Hudson Community Center, 12 Lions
Ave., Hudson, 12 to 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.
t o 4 p.m. on Saturday. Over 145 quilts will
be on display. A Challenge Theme, Musical
Compositions, should result in one and three
dimensional creative fabric works of art if previous
years are any indication. A members Boutique
will allow for the purchase of skillfully crafted


Thursday, April 21
Alvirne high school teachers, staff and
students will be trained in hands-only CPR
and the proper use of an AED. Hudson
Fire and Police, along with Hudson school
nurses and other trained community partners, will
teach members of the high school community
how to perform these important skills. The public
is invited to join the Alvirne students and staff
in the training event. The public training times
are from 9:15 to 11 a.m. or from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Park in the visitors area and enter through the


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Its all about...




After a
lengthy battle
with cancer,
Mark Sassak
died on April
3, 2016, in Nashua, at the age
of 58 surrounded by his loving
family. He leaves behind his wife,
Laura (Ritz) Sassak; his daughters,
Jennifer, 29, Sarah, 26, Katherine,
24 and Samantha, 14.
Mark was born on Dec. 27,
1957, in Scranton, Pa., to father
John Sassak and mother Josephine
(Ragona) Sassak who predeceased
Mark grew up in a military
family, and lived in Spain and
on Kwajalein Island during his
childhood. The family settled in
Hudson in the late 1960s. He
graduated from Alvirne High
School in 1975. He received a
full academic scholarship to Penn
State, where he was a participant
in the ROTC. He later enlisted in
the United States Air Force. He
was honorably discharged on
June 8, 1978.




An Infamous Easter Bonfire in 1976

In a trial that captured
the imagination of the
whole country and the
world, Charles Manson
along with a group
of six members of his
cult, were convicted
of murdering pregnant
movie star Sharon Tate
and five others on Aug.
9, 1969. Other members
of the same group killed
a wealthy couple the
next night in an effort to
start Helter Skelter, a
period of lawlessness and
racial warfare. The group
was convicted and sent
to prison largely on the
testimony of a member
of that group, Linda
Kasabian, who turned
Linda Kasabian
states evidence.
Kasabian was largely
out of the public eye until she ended up on the wrong side of
the law and Litchfield Police Chief David Campbell more than
seven years later.
On April 19,
1976, the same
Mrs. Kasabian,
and a group of 10
others were having
an Easter bonfire
party in a sand pit
in the north end
of town. It was an
extremely dry spring
and they ignored a
statewide warning
of extreme fire
danger. Open fires
were not permitted.
When the volunteer
Litchfield Fire
Department arrived
to extinguish the fire,
the delinquent group
turned the fire hoses
on the firefighters.
Chief Campbell,
Litchfield Police Chief David Campbell
other LPD deputies
in front of Grin Memorial School
and the New

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Mark married Laura Ritz on

May 4, 1986. They raised their
four children in Nashua.
Mark was a driven professional,
starting his own furniture
moving company. He then
changed careers and spent
most of his life driving tractor
trailers for companies such as
Martin Brower and US Foods.
He enjoyed fishing, going to
concerts, and playing with his
two grandchildren, Curtis, 6, and
Madeline, 5. Mark was an avid
fan of the Grateful Dead. Mark
and his wife followed the band
up and down the east coast,
attending over 500 concerts.
Mark is survived by his wife
and children, as well as his
brother, David Sassak; his sisterin-law, Carolyn Sassak; his niece,
Kellsey Sassak and numerous
cousins and lifelong friends.
Mark requested to be cremated.
A Celebration of Life will take
place on Saturday, April 9, from
11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the White
Birch Catering and Banquet Hall,
222 Central St., Hudson.
In lieu of flowers, please send a
donation to the American Cancer
The family would especially
like to thank Diane, Marks
hospice nurse, for her excellent
work and loving care; and the
Dumont Sullivan Funeral Home,
for making the arrangements.

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Press release on the arrest of Linda Kasabian

Hampshire State Police arrived later and took control of the

situation. According to current citizens who were present at
the time there was no doubt who was in charge.
Kasabian and 10 of her friends were arraigned in Nashua
District Court on charges of rioting, interfering with fire
apparatus, shouting obscenities and resisting arrest. They were
each released on $1,100 bail.
There is no record of Kasabian ever partying in Litchfield

Expect Friendly Competition

at the Spring Forward Rotary Run
submitted by Elaine Cutler, Hudson Litcheld Rotary Club
The Spring Forward Rotary Run is fast approaching.
A highlight of the 5K and 10K Trail Run at the Hills House in
Hudson on April 24 at 10 a.m. is friendly competition between
Hudson Police and Fire departments.
Whats at stake you ask? The Heart of Hudson Trophy will be
awarded to the department with the overall best timing. This
will be the beginning of a yearly match.

The Hudson Litchfield Rotary Club is extremely proud that

our local police and firefighters are so involved in this event.
Funds raised will be entirely used for addiction programs, high
school scholarships, senior citizen events, and the local food
Join the fun and support your community. You can register at

Litchfield Police Log

Wednesday, March 23: 9:09 a.m. Suspicious
vehicle, Pine Avenue.
Thursday, March 24: 8:01 a.m. Disabled motor
vehicle, Route 3A. 4:40 p.m. Paperwork served,
Colby Road. 9:26 p.m. Suspicious activity,
Brickyard Drive.
Friday, March 25: 9:34 a.m. Abandoned 9-1-1
call, Riverside Circle. 6:42 p.m. Motor vehicle
complaint, Albuquerque Avenue. 6:52 p.m.
Suspicious vehicle, Burgess Drive. 8:28 p.m.
Police service, Nesenkeag Drive.
Saturday, March 26: 9:00 a.m. Road hazard,
Albuquerque Avenue. 9:28 a.m. Police service,
Pondview Circle. 9:55 a.m. Police information,
Mason Drive. 10:35 a.m. Motor vehicle

complaint, Route 3A. 8:52 p.m. Cody Brown,

22, Litchfield, was arrested for Stalking.
Sunday, March 27: 9:39 a.m. Police service,
Liberty Way.
Monday, March 28: 7:22 a.m. Police assistance,
Nesenkeag Drive. 1:53 p.m. Welfare check,
Route 3A. 2:41 p.m. School bus hit a parked car,
Route 3A. 10:48 p.m. Welfare check, Westview
Drive. 11:41 p.m. Disabled motor vehicle, Route
Tuesday, March 29: 1:45 a.m. Suspicious
vehicle, St. Francis Way. 1:30 p.m. Suspicions
vehicle, Route 3A. 5:22 p.m. Disabled motor
vehicle, Route 3A. 10:52 p.m. Road hazard,
Hillcrest Road.

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Citizen of the Year Jeremy Grius, center, with Greater Hudson Chamber
outgoing President Ryan Fragala and current President Tim Malley

Outstanding Community Partner Hudson Lions Club: Jerry and Marilyn Vaccaro, Roger and
Deedee LaTulip, Leona Shanholtz, Lion President Randy Pierce, Tracy Pierce, Michelle Anctil,
Valencia and Scott Wilson, and Rachel Guill.

Courtesy photos

Chamber Awards Night Brings out the Best and the Brightest

Junior Citizen Julia Balukonis with her parents, Shelby and Paul Balukonis

by Lynne Ober
is Granite State Indoor Range. Started in 2013, Granite State Indoor
The Hudson Chamber of Commerce
Range has become a Hudson partner as well as a local business that
held their 47th Annual Awards dinner
provides a clean, fresh, professional range for indoor shooting and
last week at the Castleton. Master of
training. It is the only National Shooting Sports Foundation Certified
Ceremonies Tim Malley greeted the
5 Star Range in New England. They sponsored the Morning Buzz
attendees. Before dinner there was lots
Lend A Helping Can radio auction to help feed NH families in need,
of conversation as people arrived.
the Veterans Count Make 12 Hours Count radio-thon to support
Executive Councilor Chris Sununu,
vets and also supports children of NH police and firefighters who
who is running for New Hampshire
have fallen in the line of duty. They hold monthly youth firearms
governor, addressed the audience.
safety classes and have worked with Cub Scout Pack 20, Friends of
Sununu, a graduate of Massachusetts
Alvirne-Pelham Avalanche Hockey, the Nashua Police Explorers and
Institute of Technology, is Waterville
the Boy Scouts Daniel Webster Council as well as with Presentation
Valley Ski Resorts CEO; he joked that
of Mary. This is a family-friendly business with helpful staff.
Executive Councilor
after this winter, hed happily swap
Hudson Lions Club was named Outstanding Community Partner
Christopher Sununu
businesses with anyone.
for all of the work that they have done over the years in Hudson. If
Carl Soderberg, co-founder, engineer
it has happened in Hudson, the Lions were there. They have been
and brewer of the Able Ebenezer Brewing Company in Merrimack,
Salvation Army bell ringers, helped clean Hudson roads in the spring
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and summer, host blood drives, and maintain the Hudson Lions Field
President Ryan Fragala, Granite State Indoor Range owner Rick Bishop and
history to today and to events at his company. After Soderberg
(which they own) for generations of Hudson youth baseball players.
current Hudson Chamber President Tim Malley.
returned from Iraq, he resigned his Army commission and moved
They host the Alvirne High School Awards night, including the
back to New Hampshire where he began tinkering with brewing in
donation and preparation of dinner. When Santa arrives, the Lions
his garage while working as a biopharmaceutical engineer.
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a fun event for kids. They also
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8 - April 8, 2016 | Hudson - Litchfield News

April 8, 2016 - 9

Salute to Business
Hudson - Litchfield News


Chasing Our Tails Focuses

on our Best Friends
community has given us all these years, said store
owner Karen Bass.
The second store opened in Nashua in the
fall of 2014, located off Spit Brook Road. Both
stores carry a wide selection of dog, cat and other
companion animal food and supplies. We dont
care if you typically purchase your pets food at
the grocery store or feed an ultra-high premium
food; we would just like the
opportunity to earn your business.
Our knowledgeable staff wants you
to feel comfortable in discussing
your pet issues with them. Dogs
are welcome in both stores on
In addition to their Pet Specialty
and Supply stores, there is also a
grooming salon, For Dirty Paws,
and they manufacture dog treats
in their commercial kitchen.
Both facilities are also located in
Hudson. You can find Chasing Our
Tails dog treats in Whole Foods,, and at
other independent specialty pet
stores in New England and around
A variety of fun safe toys for your beloved pets
the country,
Karen and her
husband, Stephen,
began manufacturing
dog treats two years
before opening their
first pet specialty
supply store. Often
times they test out their
new treats on their
two English Springer
Spaniels, Bella and
Charlie. They both
enjoy getting to be the
first to sample some
yummy treats!
People like to come
in. They like to see
Extra-small smoked beef bones make great treats for your dogs.
familiar faces. They
like to talk about their
pets. Pets can have issues just
like we do.
Dont forget that their
Hudson location has moved
to a bigger store and is now
located at 76 Derry Road.
For more information
visit their website at www. or call
the Hudson store at 718-8330
or their Nashua location
at 809-4061.
Staff photos by Kaylee Murphy

Chasing Our Tails is a Pet Specialty and Supply

store that has been open in Hudson since 2010.
In June of 2015 its Lowell Road store moved to a
bigger location on Derry Road. Originally only
450 square feet, the store has grown to over 5,000
square feet with a lot more selection and variety
than when they first started. We are very proud
of our growth. We appreciate the support the

A giant whole smoked femur

Drinking Water Testing - continued from front page

3. Public Water Supply Treatment:
a. Provide for the design, installation, operation, maintenance
and monitoring of all water treatment system(s) necessary
to effectively treat and remove PFC contamination from all
affected public water systems. This may most effectively be
accomplished by Saint-Gobain by working in collaboration
with the affected public water system suppliers, to ensure
fully operational treatment not later than August 1, 2016,
and will include, but may not necessarily be limited to, the
following elements:
Retain the services of a qualified professional engineer
to design the treatment system(s) necessary to effectively
treat and remove PFC contamination from all affected
public water systems.
Upon approval from NHDES and the public water supply
owner(s), construct, install and make operational the
approved treatment system(s).
Provide for the necessary long term operation,
maintenance and monitoring of the installed treatment
b. As an interim measure, provide all necessary funding to
the public water suppliers to enable the use of alternative
water supplies or installation of temporary water treatment
systems while the permanent systems are being designed and
installed. This must be accomplished not later than June 1,
4. Public Water Supply Extensions and Connections:
a. Provide the connection of all residences, businesses and
other properties to be designated by NHDES to a public water
supply determined by NHDES to be capable of delivering
drinking water in compliance with all applicable standards
and requirements. Such connections shall be installed not
later than November 1, 2016, and shall be accomplished
according to a work plan and schedule to be delivered by
a NH licensed professional engineer and to be submitted
not later than May 1, 2016, to NHDES for review and
consideration for approval. This may most effectively be
accomplished by Saint-Gobain by providing all necessary
funding directly to or otherwise working in collaboration with
the affected public water system suppliers to ensure timely
installation and connection of the designated properties.
b. Obtain all necessary approvals and permits and pay all costs
associated with connecting each designated property to the
municipal water supply.
5. Private Water Supply Treatment: For affected properties that are
serviced by private drinking water wells, and are not designated
by NHDES for connection to a public water supply, design,
install, maintain, and periodically sample individual Point of
Entry treatment systems (POEs).
6. Site Remediation
a. Develop a corrective action plan to remediate PFC
contamination and submit to NHDES for review and approval
within the timeframe established by NHDES.
b. Implement the approved corrective action plan and submit

a report to NHDES within the timeframe established by the

approved corrective action plan.
7. Provide reimbursement to the State of New Hampshire for all
management, oversight and other costs reasonable associated
with the investigation, remediation, community outreach,
communications, and other actions necessary to protect public
health and the environment.
Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after the
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services sent a letter
to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics regarding water contamination
near the Saint-Gobain facility in Merrimack:
Clean water is essential to public health and public safety, a
fundamental building block of strong families, vibrant communities
and a thriving economy. Our state agencies continue to work with
affected communities and individuals to ensure that all Granite
Staters have access to clean drinking water, but we know that there
is still much work to do.
The Department of Environmental Services has taken an
appropriate step in requesting that Saint-Gobain address the threats
to public health and the environment posed by this contamination,
including delivery of bottled water as appropriate, treatment of
public and private
water systems,
site cleanup and
restoration of
impacted water.
I will continue
pushing state
agencies and
the company to
continue working
with those impacted
in order to ensure
access to clean
drinking water now
and into the future.
Since the United
States Environmental
Protection Agency
has not yet
established a Health
Advisory for lifetime
exposure to PFOA,
NHDES has decided
to provide bottled
water to locations
using a private
well for drinking
water for human
consumption that
contains over 100
parts per trillion
will reassess this

situation once the EPA provides more definitive guidance. None of

the Merrimack Village District water wells tested over 100 ppt.
The EPA has not set an enforceable drinking water standard for
PFOA under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. EPAs Office of
Water has, however, established a Provisional Health Advisory of 0.4
micrograms per liter (g/L) or 400 parts per trillion for PFOA. That
level is set based upon short-term contact and the EPA is currently
developing guidance for long-term exposure levels, which EPA is
expected to release in the near future.
For background, the investigation into the potential presence
of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) in drinking water in Merrimack and
vicinity began several weeks ago when Saint-Gobain Performance
Plastics notified NHDES that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was
detected at 30 parts per trillion in samples taken from four water
faucets within their Merrimack facility, which is served by the
Merrimack Village District Water System. PFOA has been detected
in the Hoosick Falls, N.Y., water supply and in some private
wells in North Bennington, Vt., near other Saint-Gobain facilities.
Because materials containing PFOA have been used at the plant
in Merrimack, Saint-Gobain voluntarily tested the water at its
Merrimack facility.

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Hudson - Litchfield News | April 8, 2016 - 11

Cabaret Welcomes its 25,000th Guest

The Treble Choir with cups

Alvirne Concert Band performs Hollywood classics.

Symphonic band members with the Wizard of Oz

Jazz band memebers brought the house down several times during the show.

Alvirne Singers open their portion of Cabaret with Footloose

If Captain Jack Sparrow made people walk the

plank, what could Gerry Bastein do if you came
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Staff photos by Len Lathrop

Pianists Sophie Garas and Jack Gasdia

accompanied the vocalists.

by Len Lathrop
As the 19th annual Cabaret weekend
was titled Then and Now this salute
to Hollywood was set to begin its
third show of the weekend, and,
once again, the Steckevicz gym had a
person in every chair that could be fit
onto the court. Perennial announcer
Joe Casper asked for everyones
attention and Captain Jack Sparrow
(aka Gerry Bastien, Hudson District
Music Director) and Indiana Jones (aka
Mike Gallagan, Choral Director) were
in front of the audience with Dave
Dugrias from Athol, Mass., who was
the 25,000th guest to the extravaganza.
He received a lifetime ticket to all
future Cabarets.
But on with the show. It was the
Alvirne Concert Bands salute to
Hollywood milestones in which the
listener was challenged to figure out
the theme songs that the students,
under the direction of the captain,
played and, for those still guessing,
the answers were given by the
announcer. As the Alvirne Singers
prepared for Footloose, the singers
would return through the show with
Cmon Everyone with soloist Justin
Paradise and, in the second half, they
would light up the house with Im a
While listeners were ready for the
jazz band, little did they know the
Blues Brothers would be directing the
band as their soundtrack music was
revisited. While the jazz band has

the fewest instrumentalists of the three

bands, they did make the cabaret goers
jump and swing. Before intermission
the jazz band featured In the Mood
by Garland and in the second half a
Grease Medley saw the trombones
swinging under and over each other.
Lucky no one lost an eye. Then as
the show came to a close, the jazz
band did Sing, Sing, Sing as only the
Alvirne Jazz Band could with solos on
the trumpet from Mike Perry, and at
the trap set was senior Nick Rossetti,
outfitted as Superman, with a light
show that moved as the different drums
in the trap set were struck.
The treble choir brought tears from
folks with Moon River courtesy of
soloists Rebecca Labrie and Kelsey
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used cups to make the beat as they
presented a song called Cups by
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With umbrellas twirling, the treble
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and closed their numbers with Say a
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The B-Naturals opened their
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then stopped the show when soloist
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Lets not forget the symphonic band

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while you are short handed on nights. You come
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Thumbs up to Maggie Hassan in her bid to

unseat Senator Kelly Ayotte this
Serving the Southern New
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Hampshire area for over 20 Years! interest agenda has been in full
T,W,F 9-5, Thrs 9-8, Sat 9-3
display over the past five years
as she voted to defund Planned
Parenthood despite the falsity of
the Republican Partys doctored
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released last year. She voted to
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checks for firearm purchasers
30 Lowell Rd, Brook Plaza, Hudson, NH even after the Newtown
slaughter, voted four times
against our states Medicaid
expansion, and is in favor of
cutting and privatizing our
Thumbs down to the All About Me column. I
Social Security benefits. And her refusal to hold a
say column and not author because Im hoping
vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland
that the tone in the column is an act and that
will hopefully spell the end of her lamentable
the author isnt the total pretentious, self-assured
brat that the articles would suggest. Im all for
younger readers and writers having a voice in
Thumbs down to the blue minivan, and several
the media but this approach is not flattering to
others, that use the Roosevelt Condominiums
their viewpoint and if I were that age, Id be
private driveway as a cut-through to get to F Street.
embarrassed. Grow up and use your skills in a
Our private driveway is for residents, guests and
better way.
deliveries only. Weve posted the driveway on
both ends to alert everyone since this is an OverThumbs down to the dogs in the
62 community. Please obey our signs.
playground at Bensons. The signs around
With the good weather coming
the park clearly say No Dogs Allowed!


Thumbs down to the parents at the Sunday

Cabaret who spent 96 percent of the time glued to
their phones. How sad that you did not socialize
with your guests (parents). I feel bad for your
child(ren), the talent in that room deserved you
utmost attention. Shame on you!

1/2 OFF CA

Thumbs down to AHS students who do not

qualify for a parking permit being allowed to
park on town property (Freedom Fields). What
liability does the town assume in this situation?
Or Alvirne? Are these students insured? Is
the amount taxpayers already pay for bus
transportation being completely wasted? What
about those students who did qualify and pay for
their permits? What message are we sending them
and the remaining student body if you cant
follow the rules, just break them and well look
the other way, like all the other rules at Alvirne?
Thumbs up to the man on Kimball Hill Road
picking up trash along the road near his home.
If we all took care of just the areas abutting our
homes, how much cleaner the whole town would



Thumbs up to the young lady who returned my

cell phone case I had dropped at Bensons while
walking my dog. She was from Mass. but took the
time to find my home here in Pelham. I didnt get
her name but it was a maroon Jeep and had two
children in the back seat. I want to really thank
her for her going above and beyond and I am
going to forward her thoughtfulness to someone

Thumbs up/Thumbs down to the sad state of

the sawmill soccer area. The parking lot not being
paved, the back of the shed not finished, the front
gate has a broken door laying on it. The net at
the far end of the field is unclipped from the poles
they were attached to. Finally the fence around
the field is in terrible shape. Did we as a town
know the area was going to need upkeep or did
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Sunday, March 27: 12:49 a.m. Box alarm, Abbott
Farm Lane. 1:59 a.m. Medical aid, Reed Street.
8:43 a.m. Medical aid, Riverside Drive. 10:47
a.m. Medical aid, Shoreline Drive. 1:10 p.m.
Medical aid, Executive Drive. 3:35 p.m. Medical
aid, Pine Road. 5:20 p.m. Medical aid, Lowell
Road. 7:45 p.m. Medical aid, Sagamore Park
Road. 9:04 p.m. Medical aid, Lowell Road.
Monday, March 28: 1:25 a.m. Medical
aid, Central Street. 6:22 a.m. Medical aid,
Hazelwood Road. 7:36 a.m. Medical aid,
Greeley Street. 8:03 a.m. Medical aid, Derry
Road. 8:37 a.m. Medical aid, Lowell Road.
10:54 a.m. Medical aid, Sherburne Road. 2:17
p.m. Medical aid, Elmwood Drive. 4:42 p.m.

Motor vehicle accident, Barretts Hill Road. 6:39

p.m. Mutual aid Tanker and Engine, Pelham.
8:22 p.m. Medical aid, Barretts Hill Road.
Tuesday, March 29: 6:24 p.m. Medical aid,
Frenette Drive. 10:02 p.m. Medical aid, Dana
Drive. 10:10 p.m. Medical aid, Lowell Road.
Wednesday, March 30: 1:15 a.m. Medical
aid, Newland Avenue. 8:11 a.m. Medical aid,
Adelaide Street. 8:25 a.m. Medical aid, Library
Street. 11:11 a.m. Medical aid, Cross Street.
1:01 p.m. Medical aid, Lowell Road. 2:27 p.m.
Medical aid, Highlander Court (L). 3:09 p.m.
Fire call, Central Street. 6:38 p.m. Service call,
Westchester Court. 6:45 p.m. Medical aid, St.
Francis Place.

Thursday, March 31: 9:58 a.m. Medical aid,

Charles Bancroft Highway (L). 10:27 a.m. Box
testing, Flagstone Drive. 10:40 a.m. System
trouble, Westchester Court. 10:51 a.m. Box
alarm, Lowell Road. 11:21 a.m. Box alarm,
Derry Street. 11:35 a.m. Medical aid, Library
Street. 2:23 p.m. Wires down, Flying Rock Road.
3:35 p.m. Fire call, Phillips Drive. 3:50 p.m. Box
alarm, Derry Street. 5:12 p.m. Fire call, Bradford
Circle. 5:29 p.m. Medical aid, Lund Drive.
5:53 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Derry Street.
6:12 p.m. Medical aid, Lowell Road. 7:34 p.m.
Medical aid, Sullivan Road.
Friday, April 1: 9:01 a.m. Medical aid,
Underwood Drive (L). 11:02 a.m. Service call,

Adelaide Street. 12:15 p.m. Medical aid, Tiger

Road. 12:28 p.m. Medical aid, Westchester
Court. 4:44 p.m. Medical aid, Shoreline Drive.
8:56 p.m. Service call, Burns Hill Road. 10:25
p.m. Fire call, Webster Street. 10:31 p.m.
Medical aid, Webster Street. 10:42 p.m. Medical
aid, Belknap Road.
Saturday, April 2: 4:37 a.m. Service call, Fox
Hollow Drive. 10:14 a.m. Medical aid, Rocky
Hill Drive (L). 1:37 p.m. Medical aid, Kimball
Hill Road. 3:01 p.m. Medical aid, Reed Street.
3:25 p.m. Service call, Fox Hollow Drive. 4:13
p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Lowell Road. 6:44
p.m. Medical aid, Brody Lane.

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Townwide Roadside Clean-up

submitted by Cheryl Freed
The Hudson~Litchfield News recently printed
a Letter to the Editor from Don Reeves. In his
letter, Mr. Reeves mentioned the amount of litter
that has accumulated along Lowell Road between
Wason Road and Walmart Boulevard. He also
wondered if someone, perhaps the highway
department or a local volunteer group, could
clean up the area since it is one of the entrances
to Hudson. I would like to thank Mr. Reeves for
his letter because it provides the opportunity to
discuss a problem that exists in our community,
namely litter.
The Hudson Sustainability Committee has
sponsored twice yearly roadside clean-ups for
the last few years. We have selected two streets
in town that needed to be cleaned, picked a date
and invited the residents of the town to help. We
have collected a lot of trash and recyclable items
during our past efforts.
Our next clean-up date is Saturday, April 23,
from 10 a.m. to noon. We will meet at the Burns
Hill Fire Station to clean the roads adjacent to
the fire station. In addition, we would like to
ask the residents to take a little time and clean
up the streets in your own neighborhood. You
can pick up Blue Bags for Recyclables from the
committee at the Earth Day Party on Sunday,
April 17, at Nottingham West Elementary School
(see information below) or at the Burns Hill Fire
Station on the 23rd at 10 a.m. You can bring your
filled bags back to the fire station by noon for
collection or place them in your own collection
receptacles. Additionally, the West Road Landfill

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town dump would normally only be open for the
disposal of yard waste, cardboard and metal.
Please follow these tips when cleaning up your
Wear protective gloves and bright clothing
or reflective vest.
Be aware of traffic as you walk roadside.
Collect trash and recyclables in separate
Thank you to the highway department for their
generous assistance. Our roadside cleanups
would not be possible without their help.
Take before and after pictures as well as how
many bags you collect and post on our Facebook
page (Hudson Sustainability). Lets clean up this
The amount of litter and trash that lines our
roads is (or should be) an embarrassment to
everyone in town. But, it is a problem that has
a fairly obvious solution going forward keep a
trash bag in your car and use it. Put your trash in
the bag instead of throwing it out of the window,
then dispose of the items in to your black trash
bin or blue recyclables bin when you get home.
If everyone made that effort the amount of trash
along the roads would disappear.
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Blast Softball is a Team Name

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Hudson - Litchfield News | April 8, 2016 - 15

The Growing Status of Lacrosse in Hudson

PMA 2nd graders Ethan Ross #28 and Parker Proulx #19
start a player from the middle of the field with a pass.

PMA #13 Will Moynihan goes against Hudson #29

Jacob Wedge and #27 Eric Allard.
Ryan Imneault PMA #15 works around Hudsons Hunter Dionne.

First graders #18 Joshua Brown and #36 Dylan McPhee

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by Len Lathrop
The Presentation of Mary Academy hosted the the throw down
in Hudson, where the lacrosse teams from PMA and the Hudson
Recreation program challenged each other under the lights.
This was the second year that this contest opened the season for
the players and somewhat marked the arrival of the spring sports
program. The NCAA Final Four was the next day; professional
basketball and hockey teams are still playing while high school
spring sports have been allowed to practice and scrimmage since the
end of March. Last year there was snow piled everywhere and it was
so cold that parents shivered on the sidelines. This year it was much
nicer as the heavy rains only lasted for about a half of the second
game of the evening, and only required umbrellas and raincoats.
In both years the PMA coach was wearing shorts, and everyone
continued to play, bad weather or not.
While lacrosse is somewhat of a new sport in southern New
Hampshire, research tells us that the sport of lacrosse was started by
the Native American Indians and was originally known as stickball.
The game was initially played in the St. Lawrence Valley area by
the Algonquian tribe, and they were followed by other tribes in the
eastern half of North America, and around the western Great Lakes.
Games of lacrosse were played for a number of reasons. It was
considered a sport that toughened up young warriors for war, but it
was also a game played for recreation and for religious reasons. It
was not unusual for bets to be placed on the outcome of games.
French Jesuit missionaries working in the St. Lawrence Valley in
the 1630s were the first Europeans to see lacrosse being played by
the Native American Indians. One of them, Jean de Brbeuf, wrote
about the game being played by the Huron Indians in 1636 and it
was he who the named the game lacrosse. As a result, interest
in the game of lacrosse began to develop in Canada. A Canadian
dentist, Dr. William George Beers, was responsible for founding
the Montreal Lacrosse Club in 1856, and, a decade later, he drew
up rules that included reducing the number of players, as well as
introducing a rubber ball and a redesigned stick.
By the turn of the century lacrosse was becoming more popular in
several countries, and in 1904 and 1908, lacrosse was played in the
Summer Olympics.
Today U.S. Lacrosse has more than 440,000 members nationwide
in 67 chapters in 45 states. In Hudson the Recreation Department
established lacrosse, the Hawks, four years ago in 2013. Currently
there are 113 players from first through eighth grade, playing on
one U9 team, two U11 teams, two U13 teams, and two U15 teams.
Depending on the age division, anywhere from 13 to 20 kids play on
the various teams.
During the month of March Hudson rents the NH Sportsplex in
Bedford to provide the league indoor preseason practice space. All
lacrosse teams are entered into NHYLA (New Hampshire Youth
Lacrosse Association), and they play against neighboring towns
starting the second week of April. The PMA field is the Hudson

Working the ball in front of the PMA goal is Hudson #25 Jared Graham while
blocking is goalie Zack Connerty and defenseman #25 Rob Lizzie.

Hudson #6 and #13 Jonavan Santana try to block PMA #99 Sam Fortin as
PMA #10 Alexander Murray sets a block in fourth grade action.
teams home field for Sundays game. All of the volunteer coaches
are U.S. Lacrosse certified, which required them to attend a handson clinic and goalie course as well as online testing. Also offered is
Fiddlesticks for 5 and 6 year olds (co-ed), which is an instructional
program. Practices are held on Saturday mornings. Currently there
are 13 players registered, however, registration is still open for that
Lacrosse is not a program at the Memorial School, but might be
in the future. At Alvirne High School 45 boys and 25 girls compose
boys and girls junior varsity teams, as well as a boys freshman
squad. These student-athletes practice after school and have two
games a week against other NHIAA schools on the stadium field.
Next year Alvirne will have varsity-level lacrosse.
At PMA, Griffin boys lacrosse
program has two teams, one for
the grades three and four and
one for grades five and six. Its
just amazing to see the growth of
this sport in Hudson, said Leo
Dumont III, head coach of the
PMA lacrosse program. Both
Hudson and PMA are fortunate
to have so many dedicated
players, parents, and coaches. I
love that these games will allow
the players the opportunity to
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showcase their talent. What
youth athlete doesnt want to play
against a tough competitor on a
turf field, on a Friday night, under
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bragging rights and the throw
down trophy ... it doesnt get any
more exciting than this. Its great
for both programs.


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16 - April 8, 2016 | Hudson - Litchfield News

Experience and Chemistry
will Make the Lady Broncos
Strong this Season

Griffith Looks to Shine

this Weekend at the
Thompson Speedway Ice Breaker

submitted by Eric LaFleche
The Northeast race season starts for the majority
of racers and race fans alike with the 42nd
annual Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Ice Breaker; for one champion, its the chance to
compete against some of the best talent in this
part of the country.
Derek Griffith, the reigning Granite State Pro
Stock champion, will be trying his luck against
some of the best Super Late Model drivers in
the region as the Pro All Stars Series returns to
the historic 5/8th mile Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park this weekend as part of the Ice
Breaker event.
Griffith, who made several starts with PASS over
the past few years, likes his chances at a great
finish this year. We tested our car at TSMP a
couple weeks ago; we were consistently fast, lap
after lap. We had a few podium finishes when

Granite State raced here in years past. I think

with the set-up that Louie (Crew Chief Louie
Mechalides) puts in, we have a great chance to
come home with a solid finish.
The PASS tour is set to race 75 laps and it opens
up their 2016 season. The feature event is slated
for Sunday, April 10. For more event information
please visit or www.
Griffith will also be looking to defend his GSPSS
Championship as that series invades the White
Mountain Motorsports Park for the GSPSS season
opening event on Saturday, May 18. Stay tuned
for more information concerning this event.
Keep up with the No. 12 LCM Racing/MOMs
of Manchester/Tyngsboro Motors race team
by following them on Twitter at
derekgriffith12 or the teams website at www.


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Courtesy photo

by Len Lathrop
As practice starts for another
season, everyone looks at the past
and tries to predict the future,
and, of course, the person with
the crystal ball is the coach. With
Alvirne softball that is no different.
Last year, the Lady Broncos
ended with 14 wins and 4
losses, and, in NHIAA Division 1
playoffs, they lost to Dover High
School in the quarterfinals.
Returning starters from last
season are current juniors, Sara
Siteman, Nicole Teague, Ashley
Silva, and Holly Sanville, and
the two freshmen who started in
2015 and are now sophomores,
Liz DeRosa and Jenna Bradish.
Lettermen who came in with
support last year and back for
this season are seniors Emma
Stevens, Kera Kelly and Viv
Susko. Current juniors who
lettered as sophomores are Brooke
Schrieb, Kelli Kannedy and Jamie
DeAngelo. Now add some
newcomers, both freshmen, Haley
Peaslee and Alicia Salvaizo, and
you have the Broncos who will
be on the diamond as the season
opens at home on April 11 versus
Nicole Teague brings the heat from the mound
Bishop Guertin.
during a 2015 season against Nashua North
Head Coach Sarah Brisk talks
about her team: The Lady
We have a very strong junior class that is
Broncos are being led this year by junior catcher
complemented by two returning sophomores,
Sara Siteman and junior pitcher Nicole Teague
two new incoming freshmen and three seniors.
who are heading into their third year as starting
We have added speed to the team and our
varsity battery. Im looking forward to seeing
defense is one of the best in the state.
this years team compete this season. The team
If we can consistently hit this year we
chemistry is already apparent.
will be very successful.

Its a Good Feeling

as CHS Baseball Takes the Field

by Len Lathrop
Its a rainy Saturday morning in Litchfield at Campbell High
School; the baseball diamond is busy as the boys varsity are
scrimmaging the team from Interlakes High School. The team from
White Mountain was scheduled to be there at noon to first play
Interlakes and then to battle Campbell.
The batter is at the plate, the bases are loaded for the Cougar at
bat; Eric Boucher puts the next pitch over the left field fence clearing
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the bases. The Interlakes pitcher heads to the plate, maybe he needs
believe in prevention and early treatment to know where the pitch was, did he miss the spot that badly? Still
not sure why he is there, there is no need to back up the catcher, no,
he is shaking the runners hands as they cross the plate and he even
say nice hit to Eric as he came across the plate. High school sports
might at least in this case mean more than winning, the season has
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not started, and there is already a great feeling.
When you visit a scrimmage where the home squad has graduated
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10 from their state championship team of last year and you see a
grand slam, it is not a bad feeling, but it is time to talk to the coach.
Cougars Coach Jim Gorham is a baseball teacher, and, as he
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shouts hello from the third base coachs box, you know another
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team is being built at Campbell
High School.
On the back of every players
The Hudson Recreation Department Is now accepting
shirt are the words Tradition
walk in registration for the Mens and Womens Softball Never Graduates. Bases are
Leagues at the Rec. Ctr. Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.
loaded again, but ,now with
two outs, the batter flies out to
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end the innings, but school was
in session as two players are
Saturday, April 9th, 10am-11am @ Rec. Ctr
told just run when there are
Thursday, April 14th, 6pm-7:30pm @ Rec. Ctr two outs, dont look for a sign,
just run. First words from the
Proof of residency must be shown at time of registration, Please have
coach went this way: they are
very young and we have only
a valid license. All returning and new players must be registered and
had two days outside so far this
paid by Thursday, April 14th,
year,; this weather is killing us,
to be eligible to play this season.
as the rain continued to fall
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from the Litchfield sky, and the
$125 Mens Grandfathered Out of Towners
Cougars headed to the field.
$60 Womens League
Coach mentioned that the
UL writer called him about the
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With this pitch you can see the ball

cross the plate. The next pitch,
however, went out of the park.

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Its not a good sign for the team

on the field when your outfield
takes a similar pose.

team a week ago, I told him to call

me after eight games then we will
know more. Ill have to set up my blackboard behind home plate,
but we have some studs; all three of them in the field can hit and they
can run, but they dont have a lot of playing time. (We) still have five
catchers on the roster; this team will be a lot of sophomores.
The Cougars open on the 11th of April on the road in Bow and on
the 13th will travel to Conan. The team returns to Litchfield on April
15 to host Winnisquam.
Well, coach, that will be three of the first eight, hope
they are all wins.

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