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Firefighters Immerse Themselves in Ice Rescue Training on the Merrimack

submitted by David S. Morin, HFD
dangerously thin
Public Information Liaison
ice to execute
If an individual falls through ice, they should remain calm and
Hudson firefighters spent Jan. 16
a rescue. To
call for help. If it is possible to get back onto the ice, the individual
through 19 on the ice of the Merrimack
complicate the
should not stand up, instead should spread out his weight by
River as part of an annual ice rescue
operation, landcrawling or rolling to safety.
training drill. The course, instructed
based firefighter
Bystanders should not go out on the ice to attempt a rescue of
by Joe Mokry of Ocean Systems
had to set up
someone who has fallen through ice, as they are likely to become
International, began with classroom
rope systems and
victims themselves. Remain on the shore and use a long branch,
study of ice information and strength;
ladders to bring
pole or other object to reach out to the victim. Rescue can also
ice rescue accidents; immersion
the victim in a
be attempted by throwing a rope, an extension cord or a flotation
hypothermia; equipment; planning and
rescue stokes
device such as a cooler to the victim. Call 9-1-1 immediately to
teamwork; and rope handling.
basket up the
have the fire department respond as seconds make a difference.
In the afternoon firefighter moved out
steep riverbank. Courtesy photos
to the Merrimack River off of Webster
This training
Street to complete the practical session
has been
of the course. This session covered
ice identification, ice rescue suits, self
multiple times
rescue, rescue equipment use, planning,
in Hudson. It
victim rescue, and multi-person rescue.
is vital that the
The location chosen on Webster
fire department
Firefighters Andrew Perkins, Kyle Levesque, Jeff Sands, Sarah Graham and James Lappin
Street included a very steep river bank
and numerous hazards the crews would face during an actual
complete this course every year. This ensures that they are properly
rescue. The rescue process includes an evaluation of the conditions,
trained on how to perform ice rescue techniques, so they are
victims conditions, an assessment of personnel and equipment, and
prepared for the real emergencies.
the development of an operational plan.
Individuals who fall through ice may have less than 15 minutes
Firefighters practiced self rescue in the frigid water, walking across
before becoming unconscious. Hypothermia begins immediately,
the thin ice until falling through into moving water. The current of
and the cold water takes body heat away 25 times faster than air of
the river pulls rescuers and victims downstream making it difficult to
the same temperature.
get out of the water.
This leaves a very small window for successful intervention, and
For the victim rescue scenarios, one firefighter served as a victim
that is why specialized equipment and training are needed.
in the water, while other firefighters in teams of two donned cold
In some instances pets have fallen through ice, causing their
Firefighter Jeff Sands exits the Merrimack River.
water suits and water rescue equipment and ventured onto the
owner to attempt a rescue and instead becoming a victim

A Wordsmith, a Trustee and a Town Statesman

Brad Seabury Leaves an Enduring Mark

Photos courtesy of the Seabury Family

by Laurie Jasper
explained the whole process and allowed us to
J. Bradford Seabury was born in Maine, but he
formulate our own opinion. He went right by the
left a lasting mark in Hudson.
ordinance and the state laws. He knew the town
Brad Seabury, 83, died Feb. 15, 2016, after a
and he knew the people so well, said Davis.
long battle with cancer, taking with him his years of
Former Selectman Terry Stewart has known the
institutional knowledge but leaving Hudson a better
Seabury family for years and served on the board of
place because of his service.
selectmen with Ann.
Brad graduated from Portland, Maine, Junior
Brad was a treasure for the town of Hudson,
College and then served three years in the
Stewart said. He always wanted to do what was
Army, after which he earned his Bachelor of Arts
best for his town. It was a pleasure and honor to
in English literature and philosophy from the
serve with him and his wife, Ann. Brads minute
University of Maine. In 1957, he married Ann,
taking for the planning board was thoughtful and
whom he would forever lovingly refer to as his
eloquent. He will be missed by me and the town
bride. Brad and his family moved to Hudson in
of Hudson.
Board of Selectmen Vice-Chairman Roger Coutu
Brad worked as a technical writer in the area
echoed Stewarts sentiments. Brad was one of the
and became involved in local politics with Ann,
nicest men Ive ever met. He had a command of
whom many will remember from her years as a
English vocabulary that was unlimited. If anyone
member of the Hudson Board of Selectmen along
sat with him for five minutes, theyd know that
with other community groups. Together, they
he really liked life and had a genuine caring for
started the Hudson Minutemen in 1979, which
people. He never showed preferential treatment
serviced various boards and committees in Hudson
and he put integrity above all else. It was about
and neighboring communities by recording and
service with Brad, said Coutu. Oh, and his
transcribing the minutes of meetings. Brad listed
favorite ice cream was strawberry, laughed Coutu,
himself as the, Chief cook
explaining that he always
and bottle washer. Brad
made sure to have strawberry
was also a proud member
ice cream for Brad at the
of the Portsmouth chapter of
annual ice cream social
Toastmasters, where he honed
recognizing town board
his deep, distinctive public
speaking voice and leadership
In 2014, Coutu and
skills. He was also a member
the rest of the board of
of the Hudson Seniors. He
selectmen dedicated the
and his wife enjoyed traveling
annual Town Report to
and set sail on many cruises
Brad Seabury for his many
with friends. Sadly, Ann
years of service to the town,
unexpectedly passed away after
breaking with tradition of
surgery in 2005.
honoring someone who
Once he got over his
passed away that year and
initial grief of losing Ann, he
instead choosing Brad. In
persevered despite his sadness,
an interview in the Lowell
said Hudson Selectman Marilyn
Sun on Feb. 15, 2014, Brad
McGrath, who knew the
told reporter John Collins,
J. Bradford Seabury
Seaburys for more than 30 years
I have no idea why I was
and served with Brad on the
selected for this honor, but I
Zoning Board of Adjustment for
am profoundly touched. It
many of those years.
seems to me that most of the people to whom past
Brad served as a Hudson Cemetery trustee, but
annual reports were dedicated were truly giants
most people will remember him as a longtime
amongst the citizenry, whereas my only claim to
member and chairman of the Hudson ZBA. I
fame would seem be that I have lasted longer than
witnessed his many acts of kindness for the town.
most. Perhaps here is where those who knew him
He treated everyone with dignity and respect. You
would disagree with him. Brad Seabury was a true
could never tell how he felt about the case until
giant amongst the citizenry.
he voted. He certainly could write, almost in
His commanding voice may be silenced, his
prose. He displayed his emotions in his writings,
stately presence no more, but his impact will long
said McGrath.
be remembered
As McGrath
and felt.
explained, the
I would say
ZBA hears cases
Brad loved his
from applicants
family beyond
who want a
measure, he
variance from
loved his country
town ordinances
and he loved his
because they
town, concluded
wish to do
something on their
Brad Seabury
property which
is survived by his
doesnt meet the
three children:
regulations. The
Suellen Seabury,
applicants present
JP Seabury
their cases, then
and Stacy
Brad and Ann Seabury
abutters are
Paradise as
allowed to speak,
well as seven
and finally the ZBA members are allowed to ask
grandchildren. While Brad did not wish for a
questions and deliberate in an open forum.
service, he requested that those who might
Brad was very impartial all the time on the
otherwise have gotten dressed up to come pay their
ZBA. He listened, he was very fair, and he never
last respects instead get dressed up, take their loved
prejudged, shared Maryellen Davis, who has
one out or go in the company of friends, and have
been a member of the ZBA board for nine or 10
a toast in my honor.
years and who was elected to take Brads place
The family plans to host a Celebration of Life in
as chairman. He was a wonderful mentor. He
the spring. A notice will be posted in the HLN.

Religious Store on the Hill

Spreads the Faith
by Laurie Jasper
- to share the message of Jesus with those who
St. Kathryn Parish in Hudson is a vibrant
want to hear and experience it, said Reverend
community of faith. It is now also home to St.
Joseph Cooper, pastor of St. Kathryns Parish.
Kathryns Religious Goods Store. The new store
Im very excited about the store, not only
opened in December at 4 Dracut Road in the
because of the tremendous support we received
parish office building. Parking is available for
from the town zoning board, but because it gives
shoppers at the top of the hill. The store has its
us a great opportunity for evangelization in our
own entrance on the left side of the building,
with a
it has only
ramp for
been open for
a few weeks,
St. Kathryns
once was
Goods Store
a meeting
has been
doing a steady
library in the
business. As
parish office
Easter, First
has been
and other
into a
of beautiful
approach, the
items of
store will add
the highest
more items for
gift giving and
Rick Balboni with parishioner and customer Claire St. George
In addition,
special orders
may be placed.
rosaries, holy cards, greeting cards, Crucifixes,
From the time we began to discuss its
statues and more are elegantly displayed.
opening, we have received an overwhelming
Parishioner Rick Balboni said, We carry jewelry
amount of support because we can offer a
from Bliss out of Rhode Island, all handmade
wide selection of religious goods in the greater
in the USA. Bliss also designed a special gift
Hudson-Nashua community, explained Father
Cooper. For us, this
Staff photos by Laurie Jasper
becomes another tool for
sharing the message of
Jesus Christ, to continue
the mission of the church
by the programming
we can provide for our
parish and beyond, and
to make quality religious
goods available to a large
number of people without
having to travel a great
St. Kathryns Religious
Goods Store Hours are as
Monday and
Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1
Tuesday and Thursday,
4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9
A meeting room at St. Kathryns has been transformed into a religious goods store. a.m. to 12 p.m.
For further information,
call Saint Kathryns
box featuring St. Kathryns name. We also
Catholic Religious Goods Store at 595-4463
carry Fontanini Nativity sets and figures, which
are made in Italy and beautiful Josephs Studio
statues by Roman, said Balboni. A gifted
parishioners exquisite
fabric art, made by hand
entirely of thread, is also
for sale.
Balboni does the
purchasing for the store
and oversees operations,
while the store is staffed by
parish volunteers. Each
of our volunteers willingly
shares their time and talent
and hopefully brings the
face of Christ to all who
continued services with dedication,
come to our door. And
compassion,and above all, integrity!
thats exactly what we want

Please Return Hudson Selectman


2 - February 26, 2016 | Hudson - Litchfield News

Bryan Lane Chosen as Finalist for

Superintendent of Wilton/Lyndeborough

Redshirt Northeastern freshman Tyler Brown (Alvirne High School)

made his college debut in relief against the 21st ranked Oklahoma
Sooners this past weekend. Brown came in with no outs and runners
on second and third. He walked a man, to load the bases. Brown
got the next hitter on a shallow fly to left. The next man popped to
third and the final out was a pop up to short to get out of the jam
Northern Essex Community College is pleased to announce the
appointment of students from Hudson to the Deans List for the fall
term: Mackenzie Dionne, Cameron Hale and Ann Wambui.
The following students from New Hampshire have been named
to the Presidents List for the Fall 2015 semester at Southern New
Hampshire University in Manchester. From Hudson: Allison Blondin
(Middle School Mathematics Education), Catrina Carson (Accounting
and Finance), Kaitlynn Charest (Middle School Mathematics
Education), Kimberly Eosue (Psychology with concentration in Mental
Health), Amber Forrence (Psychology with concentration in Child
and Adolescent Development), Heather Fraser (English Language and
Literature), Christian Gamst (Business Administration), Andrew Gurski
(Economics and Finance), Joshua Horton (Culinary Management),
Christina Jordan (Healthcare Management), Kristina Landry (Graphic
Design and Media Arts), Matthew Martin (Communication), Jason
Nickola (Mathematics), Thomas OHearn (Accounting and Finance),
Christopher Payne (Computer Information Technology), Denise
Rousseau (Business Administration with concentration in Human
Resource Management), Kellsey Sassak (Elementary Education),
Tiffany Sylvester (Graphic Design and Media Arts),and Nicholas
Trowbridge (Psychology). From Litchfield: James Amadio (General
Studies), Amy Bacon-Ford (Nursing), Noah Benoit (History and
Social Studies Education), Casey Bissett (Accounting and Finance),
Jacqueline Capobianco (Elementary Education), Nicholas Gagne
(Economics and Finance), Derek Jean (Business Studies in Small
Business Management), Shannon Lavigne (Graphic Design and Media
Arts), Julie Loud (Accounting and Finance), David Mailhiot (Sport
Management), Stephanie McGregor (Elementary Education with
certificate in General Special Education), Carol Napoli (Nursing),
Rebecca Ottman (Psychology), Jason Paquin (Accounting), Emily
Paquin (Elementary Education with certificate in General Special
Education), Jenelle Psaledas (Psychology), Meredith Roman (Business
Administration with concentration in Small Business Management),
Laura Towne (Psychology with concentration in Child and Adolescent
Development), and Sarah Zink (Business Administration with
concentration in Healthcare Administration.
Send your Accolades to with a photo

Looking for 55 and

Older Volunteers in
Greater Manchester
and Nashua
submitted by Phil Grandmaison
Anyone 55 years and older wishing to stay active and help
improve their community through volunteering at a local non-profit
organization can do so by joining the Retired and Senior Volunteer
Program, a component of Senior Corps, according to Jennifer Sanders,
Volunteer Services Director at Southern New Hampshire Services.
Openings exist now in Greater Manchester and Greater Nashua in
education, health and wellness, home repairs, veterans support and
other areas. For more information, visit or call 6341169 as soon as possible.

Bryan Lane is looking for a new job. Readers began calling

last week to alert the HLN that Lane may be leaving his role as
Hudson schools superintendent. It was reported on Feb. 15 in the
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript that he is one of two finalists being
considered for superintendent of the Wilton/Lyndeborough School
Lynn Carey, interim assistant superintendent for the Monadnock
Regional School District, is the other finalist for the Wilton/
Lyndeborough position. Both candidates spent Feb. 10 touring the
schools there. Lane and Carey were chosen from an initial pool of
10 applicants, from which a school search committee interviewed
six. The Wilton/Lyndeborough District has about 570 students
enrolled, while Hudson has 3,700.

Prior to becoming superintendent in Hudson, Lane spent 14

years as the principal at Alvirne High School. He and his family
live in Derry.
According to the Monadnock newspaper, the current Wilton
superintendent, Christine Tyrie, will not return after the end of her
three-year contract in June because the school board did not grant
her request to go part time. According to the New Hampshire
Department of Education website, Lanes salary as Hudson
superintendent for 2015-2016 was $123,730, while Tyrie earned
$111,000 this school year.
At HLN press time on Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Wilton/
Lyndeborough School Board had not made a public announcement
regarding their selection. The new superintendent will assume
duties on July 1.

Old Man Winter cant Stop

All the Fun at the Barn
by Lori A. Bowen, Hudson Senior Services Coordinator
Hello Friends!
Well Old Man Winter finally woke up and realized we were
enjoying some beautiful weather! Oh well. In case he gets angry
again I wanted to remind everyone about our inclement weather
policy. If the Hudson School District is closed or has a delay we
are not open. If school is not in session and there is inclement
weather you can find out if we are open by turning on Channel
21-23 (HCTV) and by looking on the Town of Hudson Website at
or by going on the
Hudson Recreation
Website or Facebook
page. You can also
turn on WMUR TV
channel 9 and watch
under the business
listings for Hudson
Senior Center. You
can also call the center at 578-3929 before you head out. But,
of course, we want you to be safe, so if the driving conditions are
ones you are not comfortable with then please stay home, safe and
Superintendent Bryan Lane of the Hudson School District will be
at the center on March 1 for a roundtable discussion on the school
budget and warrant articles for the upcoming election. Please
join us at 10:30 a.m. in the Function Room. He will answer any
questions you may have and explain any of the warrant articles for
Our Bone Builders class is growing every week. They meet on
Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. in the Function Room. This class uses
weights and movements to work all the muscles in your body and
help with flexibility. Please join us. It is a dollar donation per
Yoga fever has hit the Senior Center! Now that we have an
established base, our yoga classes are now $5 a class. You can
pay when you come, no more signing up for a session. Classes
are every week on Mondays Chair Yoga starts at 9 a.m. and
Mat follows at 10:30. We also offer a second day of Mat Yoga at
the Recreation Office on Thursdays at 10 a.m. If you have any
questions you can contact the center.
Have you ever wanted to learn Mah Jongg? This four-person
game with real tiles is played at the center on Monday afternoons
and Tuesday mornings. We are offering lessons for those that want
to learn, and can be set up based on your schedule. Call today to
be contacted by a teacher.

The bus is leaving for Foxwoods at 6:40 a.m. sharp, dont be late!
Lucille has many trips available for you to choose from right
now. She is booking out into August, and they are filling up
fast. Stop by the trip office to reserve your seat on Wednesday or
Thursday mornings from 9-11 a.m.
Our Craft of the Month continues to be popular. Be sure to sign
up at the center to be included in this fun group class. (The last
Thursday of every month; projects change monthly)
Are you having trouble with your technology device? Sign up to
meet one on one with
John, our technology
guru. He will help
you through your
device issues, work
with you on how to
use it and answer
questions to make
you more efficient
with your device. All
devices are welcome, and he starts appointments on Thursdays at
11 a.m.
AARP Tax Help has come back to the center! We are a host
site for AARP again this year. Appointments can be made
every Thursday starting at 9 a.m. Call the center to make an
appointment, or call 211 and ask for the Hudson Senior Center.
There are also many other locations if you are unable to make
appointments on Thursdays.
Our Tuesday Movie Afternoon starts at noon. Check the
calendar for upcoming titles, but we will be showing The Water
Diviner on March 1.
Pickleball continues to pick up speed! We are playing two days
a week, and always looking for more energetic people to teach.
We will be going back outside to use the Pickleball courts as soon
as it gets warm, so get your training in now.
A huge thank you to the highway department for taking such
great care of our parking lot here at the center. No one worries
about coming here as you have taken such good care of us. Thank
you for the peace of mind, and keep up the great work!
Be sure to get out and vote in a of couple weeks. This vote in
March is about your tax dollars, how they are used and where
the money is spent. If you have any questions please stop by and
we will get you the information you need to make an informed
As always you can reach me at the center, Monday through
Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can email me at lbowen@ or just stop by the center to say hello!

Rotary Run
on April 24
submitted by Elaine Cutler
The Hudson Litchfield Rotary
Club proudly announces the First
Annual Spring Forward Rotary
Run at the historic Hills House on
April 24.
This 5K and 10K event will
begin at 10 a.m. Registration
is $25 and $35, respectively.
Participants may register at www.
All proceeds will be used to
support local community efforts
to fight addiction. The Hudson
Litchfield Rotary Club thanks the
Hudson School District for the use
of the trails at the Hills House.
All ages are more than
welcome to participate in this Fun
Mark your calendar!

Hudson - Litchfield News | February 26, 2016 - 3

Remember Hudson When ...

Area Surrounding Library and Webster School c. 1910
submitted by Ruth Parker
From this early postcard of Webster School, Hills Memorial Library and the surrounding area we get
an idea of what this section of town looked like about 1910.
Kimball Webster School (right) had been in use since its completion in 1896. The new Hills
Memorial Library (left) was completed in 1908. The photo for this postcard was taken from an open
field across the street from Webster School at the corner of School and Library streets. In fact, what
is now Library Street was barely a dirt road in this picture. One can locate the road by following the
utility pole. An 1892 map of Hudson shows an ice house where the Hills Library is located, and what
is now Library Street was called Sanders Street.
Looking beyond these buildings and along Ferry Street we see very little construction. On Ferry
Street and opposite the library is the home at what is now 42 Ferry St., known by many as the
Cunningham home and now owned by Kurt Smith. On the knoll behind the library and the school we
see another early home; most likely the home at what is now 55 Ferry St.
Today this open field is the site of the Leonard Smith Fire Station and the Town Office Building;
built in the 1950s and 1960s, respectively. Before these buildings this field was a popular playground
used during preschool, recess, and afterschool activities for Webster School. During the spring and
summer months, this field was used by the Recreation Department for a ball field, basketball court,
and playground for the younger kids.
As a point of memory, Hudson resident Dan OBrien has fond memories of Little League games
played here, as early as 1950 or 51, under the direction of Manager Brown. These may have been
some of the earliest Little League games in Hudson. The year construction was underway for the new
fire station Dan recalls breaking a window in the station while throwing rocks. Yes! He was busted
by Chief Andy Polak. In Andys way, all he did was report Dan to his parents. But, that was enough.
Photo from the Historical Society collection.

Area surrounding Hills Memorial Library and Webster School c. 1910

Litchfield Takes Action Against Drug Abuse

by Kaylee Murphy
Kelly Fraser is passionate about putting an end to drug abuse in
Our children are the future of our community and a small part
of the future of our country. We want to give them every advantage
so that they can reach their full potential, said Fraser who works at
Campbell High School. He believes, in small town America you
should be able to raise your children without the threat of drugs.
Campbell Principal Laurie Rothhaus decided to take action and
so formed a new committee called the Litchfield Strategic Substance
Misuse Prevention Planning Committee, which includes Fraser.

Courtesy photo

What were trying to do is to choke off the demand for illegal

drugs in Litchfield, explained Fraser.
Their main focus is on high school/middle school students and
their parents. The committee hopes to educate them on avoiding,
recognizing, and combating drug abuse. Encouraging a positive
alternative such as athletics, music, or other co-curricular clubs, is
one of their strategies.
Drug-related deaths are increasing at an alarming rate. In 2000,
26 drug-related deaths occurred in New Hampshire; in 2007, that
number sky rocketed to 123 deaths; and, in 2014, heroin deaths
alone totaled 325. According to Jason Schreiber from NH Sunday

Fluffy Unicorns Top Griffin Memorials

Tournament of Readers

News, heroin and other drugs are killing more people in New
Hampshire than traffic accidents in the state.
If you are interested in joining the committee or attending a
meeting, the next one is on March 3 at 4 p.m. at the Litchfield Town
Hall conference room.





submitted by Christine Tate, Griffin Memorial School

This year the Tournament of Readers
championship was more exciting than the Super
Bowl! Approximately 40 fourth graders joined the
club, which promotes reading comprehension,
reading fluency, and team building. Students read
six books on their own time and created teams of
five to six students. They participated in preliminary
elimination rounds in order to get to the final
competition in which the Mustache Pickles and
Fluffy Unicorns challenged each other for the win.
Congratulations to the Fluffy Unicorns for winning the

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Everything Youve Always Wanted to Know
About Solar but Were Afraid to Ask - Part 2

Thursday, March 3rd

Doors open 6:30 - Program begins 7:00 pm
Hills Memorial Library, 18 Library St., Hudson
Free presentation by Chris Milner, an expert on solar energy for the
homeowner on State and Federal rebates and tax credits.
Representatives from the Hudson Inspection Services Dept.
will discuss permits, inspection and regulations.
Q and A will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served.

Info and optional registration:

Back row from left:
Clarissa, Haley, Lucas,
and Colby; front row from
left: Alana and Josie.

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Courtesy photo.

submitted by Evelyn
Brock, Pack 252
Hudson Pack 252
Cubmasters Bob Brock
and Jonathan Jozokos
announced that five
Webelos Cub Scouts have
advanced to Boy Scouts
and will join Troop 252 at
St. Kathryn Church. The
boys earned the Arrow of
Light award and crossed
a ceremonial bridge to
new adventures during a
banquet held at Pelham
Fish and Game this
Any grade school-aged
boys interested in Cub
Scouts are welcome to
join Pack 252. Meetings
are Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
at St. Kathryn Church,

The newest Boy Scouts of Troop 252 are, from left, Logan Munroe, Grant Dickieson,
Hunter Brock, Conor Funk and Luke Sheridan

Do You have a Piece of

Hudson History?
by Len Lathrop
Is there an antique that is part of your household, a part of Hudson history, and would
you like to share it with the community? The Hudson Historical Society is looking to
catalog Hudson artifacts as part of its 50th anniversary. Rest assured that you are not being
asked to donate your treasure to the society, or even loan it, but just to have it recorded
and become part of the town history.
Maybe it was a desk from Alvirne High School saved from the fire, or something from
one of the original buildings before the town grew, and town halls and fire stations
moved. Maybe the item is from the Webster School or the home of Dr. H. O. or Dr. D. O.
Everyone must know that Hudson has a history that dates back to the American Indians,
and that is where the name of the school in the north end came from, Hills Garrison.
Check out the town logo and see the fort. It would be helpful to catalog Native American
artifacts that might be in private collections by soliciting photos and information about
when and where they were found. By maintaining these in the society database, they
could be tied it to a map of Hudson.
In addition, the society is looking for old photographs of places and buildings in
town. Again, no obligations to donate but to provide a copy. Another idea was to ask
homeowners in town to participate in a house registry. The historical society would
maintain a set of information about houses in town over a certain age ... like 1940 or
Please stay tuned for more details.
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4 - February 26, 2016 | Hudson - Litchfield News

The Word Around Town...

Letters to our Editor

Not Voting for Senator Ayotte

Once again Kelly Ayotte panders to the right and big money,
disingenuously exclaiming in her WMUR ad that the voters should
decide on the next Supreme Court nominee. It seems that Senator Ayotte
wants to obstruct President Obama and to deny him his presidential
and constitutional responsibility to bring forth a nomination in a timely
fashion. She well knows that the President has the right and responsibility
to nominate the next Justice and that the US Senate approves, or does not,
the Presidents nomination. Only the uninformed voter would believe that
NH citizens decide. And interestingly, how can we decide when the
Republican Senators have already proclaimed that they will not approve any
nominee President Obama brings forward?
Further, her ad and her actions in Congress belie her claim that she can
and will work with other members of Congress in a bipartisan fashion.
Yes, disingenuous describes Senator Ayottes actions and pronouncements
As my husband has exclaimed, perhaps the only way for Congress to get
things done is to vote in all new members, to start over. I agree and will not
be voting for Senator Ayotte.
Gail Barringer, Litchfield

Please vote for John Brunelle

for Board of Selectmen
I am writing to asked for your support for re-election to the Board of
Selectmen. My family and I have lived in Litchfield for the past 18 years
and in Southern New Hampshire area for the past 28 years. My wife Cathy
and I have four children, three which have graduated Campbell High

Hudson, Re-Elect

Rick Maddox Selectman

Maddox is the
fourth name listed
on your ballot!
Eloise Maddox, fiscal agent

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School; and one in his final year at Campbell High School.

It has been my honor to serve for the last six years and I would like
to continue the work of supporting our community. Since moving into
Litchfield, I have volunteered and served on different committees and
boards; as I believe in volunteerism and giving back to the community.
Over the years, we have been working hard to address the growing fiscal
concerns and the need to provide basic services that our community relies
on. It has not been easy, and it will be continue to be a dicult task and
there is still much to be done.
While on the board; we have addressed the many issues around our
infrastructure of roads and equipment; and with the support our employees
and many volunteers, we have seen huge improvements all around town.
If re-elected, I will work as a representative of the citizens; and continue
the work of providing the needed services to our community.
John Brunelle, Litchfield

Coutu Seeks Re-election to Hudson BOS

My name is Roger E. Coutu and I am seeking reelection to the Hudson
Board of Selectmen. It has been a distinct honor and a pleasure to have
served you, the citizens of Hudson, for the past eight years.
My wife Doris and I moved to Hudson in 1999 and reside at 10 Rita Ave.
We will celebrate 53 years of marriage this coming June. We are the parents
of four children, nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. We
owned and operated Rogers Variety, located in Hudson, for nine years. I am
presently a Member Service Supervisor at Sams Club here in Hudson.
During my tenure as a Selectman, I have served as Chairman and
Vice Chair of the Board of Selectmen, liaison to the Police Department,
Zoning Board of Adjustment, Recreation Department, the former Water
Utility Committee (now Utilities Committee), Finance Department, Town
Assessing Department, Fire Department, Hudson Community Television,
Town Clerk and Tax Collector, Budget Committee, and the Senior Affairs
Committee. I also serve as an Advisor to the non-profit Fields Committee.
Experience and productivity matter in any election. Eight years ago I
made you one promise: to serve you with unending dedication, passion
and, above all else, integrity.
In the past eight years we have acquired Benson Park, built the 9/11
Memorial, installed an all access playground at Benson Park, built a beautiful
Senior Center and Community Television Studio building, improved our
street-repaving plan, built Jette Field, and reorganized the Zoning/Code
Enforcement/Health Division. These are but a few of the many tasks we
undertook and accomplished in the past I years.
There is much more we can do to maintain our community as a thriving
municipality and I present to you that I will continue to serve you in a
fashion that will show results as we have in the past.
I am beholden to the same pledge I made to you eight years ago and that
is to serve you with unending dedication, passion, and, above all else, integrity.
I am respectively requesting yow vote on Tuesday, March 8. Together we
will continue the progress for Hudson.
Roger E. Coutu, Hudson

Outlining School District Warrant

Articles 4, 5 and 6
Warrant Article 4 is a proposal to use $150,000 from the Capital Reserve
School Renovation fund for the purpose of replacing the roof on the CTE
Center at the high school. There is no cost to the tax payer to release these
funds. This fund was set up so that the voters are the only ones who can
approve the release of funds. The Capital Reserve School Renovation Fund
currently has $248,439 available for release.
The roof was installed in 1992 and is in need of replacement. There
are multiple damaged areas which result in leaking during heavy rains and
when snow is melting. This replacement will help to protect the large
investment we have made in the building itself as well as its technology and
infrastructure. Paying attention to the needs of our facilities is the best way
to avoid larger costs in the future.
Warrant Article 5 is a request to take funds that are not expended
in the current budget, up to $100,000, and place those funds into the
Capital Reserve School Renovation Fund. If Warrant Article 4 passes, the
renovation fund will have under $100,000 in it.
This fund was created in 2000 and has been used to fund a project to
install an ADA compliant elevator at Alvirne High School at a cost of about
$300,000. There were no taxes raised to complete this project. The district
has roofing projects that need to be addressed in the coming years; using this
fund would be a prudent way to make these repairs.
Warrant Article 6 is a request to take funds that are not expended
in the current budget, up to $100,000, and place those funds into
Special Education Reserve Trust Fund. A simple way to look at this is
as an insurance fund to offset unforeseen expenses to the school district.
As we prepare the budget, it is created 10 months in advance of its
implementation. Many times there are unforeseen expenses that occur in
those ten months for which the district cannot budget.
Under law, all students are guaranteed a free and appropriate education.
Some students may enroll in the district and have specific needs that require
services inside and/or outside the district that incur a cost that was not in the
prepared budget. This fund is there to deal with these costs if they arise. If
a student is medically fragile, they may require a nurse to be with them. If
a student has emotional or behavioral needs that effect their ability to be in
the classroom, out-of-district resources may be required to meet the students
needs. Transportation for these students is also an incurred cost. These costs
can run in excess of $125,000 per student.
There is currently $281,936 in this fund. The goal is to have a fund of
approximately $400,000 in reserve to ensure that any cost that could come
into play would be covered until the creation of a new budget. If there is no
need to tap this fund next year, there would be no requests in the coming
school year to add to the fund.
Both warrant articles 5 and 6 read that there is no tax impact. That is
true but there is a tax effect. If these
funds were returned to the voter, the
tax rate next year would be lowered
by $1 per month for each fund. The
question to ask is, would the $1 per
month returned to the tax payer be


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better spent as one dollar per month in your pocket or would it be better
saved to ensure the district could complete building projects or meet the
needs of students? That is your choice.
If you want to see more specific information, I encourage you to visit the
district website at Documents are posted to illustrate these
points. An educated voter is the best voter and questions are welcomed by
calling 886.1235 or emailing
As Hudson residents, I encourage you to learn more about the districts
proposals and I hope that all of you go out to vote on Tuesday, March 8.
Bryan Lane, Hudson

It Takes More than a Teacher to Create a Student

I felt the need to respond to the person who is critical of the teachers
wanting raises. The commenter felt raises were undeserved because of the
standardized test scores and dropout rates in Hudson. This is too simplistic
a view of teaching, particularly these days. A childs success in school is like
a three-legged stool; it requires the dedication of the teacher, student, and
parents. Remove one of those legs and the ability for the stool to stand is
compromised. Even in the classrooms of the most dedicated, innovative,
and skillful teachers, some students wont experience the success they are
capable of because they arent invested in learning or there is little to no
support at home to help with homework or to convey the expectation that
school is important. My husband works in sales, and it is not solely his fault
every time he loses a deal. It requires two parties to be in agreement for
success. In education, it often requires three.
State test scores are not always a reliable indicator of how well a student
might be doing. The state has been changing the tests for the last two
years, leaving teachers trying to build the aircraft as they are flying it.
Last year, some parents responded to the online Smarter Balanced test by
having their children opt out. So in addition to a changing landscape, the
published results did not reflect the entire student population. Despite these
challenges, Hudson scored above the state average in some areas for certain
grade levels. Finally, teachers and administrators do reflect on the results of
these tests, analyzing which areas our students are succeeding in and which
areas require adjustments to the curriculum.
Our dropout rates are above the state average. To blame teachers for
those rates is not looking at the complete picture. Some students do not
have success in school for a variety of reasons, and when the opportunity
presents itself to quit, they take it. Years ago, the district put together a
task force that dedicated itself to finding solutions to the dropout problem.
For students who are not finding success in the classroom, programs and
opportunities are available from academic support during the school day to
offering classes at night. At some point, the commitment of the student to
engage in learning is necessary for the student to graduate. Blaming teachers
for the dropout rate is like blaming doctors for not getting better when you
didnt take the medicine offered.
Perhaps our scores arent as high as we would like or our dropout levels
as low, but another factor that cant be ignored is that we fund education at
23% below the state average. Throwing money at a problem is not always
the best solution, but Hudson residents need to recognize we fund education
at the same level as some of the most impoverished communities in the
state. We are not impoverished. Our median income is 25% above the
state average, but the amount spent on education in this town is 23% below
the state average. As a town, we have not been investing in education. If
you dont want to give the lowest paid teachers in the area a raise, it is your
prerogative, but please dont try to justify it with misdirection to problems
that are the result of several different factors. I hope many in the town will
support the teachers contract and all the other school warrant articles on
March 8 and start funding education at better levels.
Elizabeth Lavoie, Hudson

Please Vote Yes on Warrant Article 16

I am writing to ask for Hudson Voter support on Warrant Article 16 to
hire a part time entry-level technician in the Information Technology (IT)
Department. This person would work up to 29 hours per week under the
IT Director.
Stang hours dedicated to IT responsibilities have not changed since
November 1998. However, the level and complexity of the Towns
technology and its use has increased dramatically.
There is a misnomer that newer technology reduces workload in all
instances. It is true that by improving technology, IT personnel have
reduced operating costs, improved eciencies in all Town departments,
increased services for our citizens, and lowered energy consumption by at
least 50% in the data center and elsewhere; but improved technologies and
services have also increased responsibilities for IT staff.
Every employee and every service we offer the public touches technology
in one or many ways.
Employees and our customers require and rely on technology much
more than they did even just 5 years ago. We see this by the rapid use of
Smartphones, tablets, and their apps in the workplace. Weve added a Senior
Center and new services like on-line bill pay and paperless bills to give our
residents more options. These and many other changes have created a high
demand for backend IT services that arent always visible like a snow plow or
trash truck coming down our streets would be.
Furthermore, recent global events have demonstrated there is an increased
demand for better security and consistent monitoring to protect personal
and sensitive data. This, along with the explosion of devices now requiring
connection to our Town network, is beginning to exceed the Town IT
Departments ability to meet the demand for services within a reasonable
timeframe. IT projects continue to get pushed in a backlog of work and the
danger of this continuing is a reactive vs. proactive organization.
We have tried to offset our increase in workload by mentoring college
Interns. This has not been a good return on our investment due to the many
weeks it takes to train them in Hudsons environment. By the time the
students are working well without direct supervision, their school obligations
have been met and we lose them to employment elsewhere.
This warrant article would add one cent ($0.01) to the tax rate and I
kindly ask that you vote yes for Warrant Article 16, to hire a Part Time
Entry-level IT Tech. Thank you.
Lisa Nute, IT Director, Town of Hudson
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Hudson - Litchfield News | February 26, 2016 - 5

Good for the Community

Your Hometown Community Calendar

New Hampshire Flag Football Leagues
spring season registration is open. The
league offers flag football for boys and girls
ages 5-15. For information on the league
and to register your player, go to


Monday, February 29
Get on your thinking caps and break out
the craft supplies. In March the Rodgers
Memorial Library in Hudson will be
hosting a Peeps Show with dioramas from
literature, adult or children, featuring marshmallow
peeps. Peeps puns are encouraged. Dioramas
must be no more than 24 inches wide to fit on
display shelves. There will be a prize for the
favorite diorama; the earlier in March you bring in
your diorama, the more time you have to gather
votes. Vote for a favorite diorama each time you
visit the library in March. Entries will be accepted
as of so get to work on this fun project.


GFWC Hudson Junior Womans Club is

sponsoring its annual Candidates Night starting
at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. Candidates
for local offices will introduce themselves and
talk about why they are running. They will also
be available to answer questions. The event
will be moderated by our Town Moderator, Paul
Inderbitzen, and will be televised and shown
on HCTV during the week before Election Day.
Questions may be submitted in advance to Join us to get to
know who will be on the ballot for local elections;
and dont forget to vote on March 8.
Tuesdays, March 1, 15 & 29
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 424-4044.

Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. at the Aaron
Cutler Library in Litchfield. Geared for kids aged
3 to kindergarten. Join some friends for stories,
activities and crafts.

Thursday, March 3
Curious About Solar? Part II.
Everything youve always wanted to know
about Solar but were afraid to ask! Join
the Hudson Sustainability Committee at the
Hills Memorial Library, 18 Library St., Hudson,
for an updated discussion on solar energy. The
doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins
at 7 p.m. The program will include a presentation
by Chris Milner, an expert on solar energy for the
home owner including state rebates and federal
tax credits. Representatives from the Hudson
Inspectional Services department will discuss
regulations, permits, and inspections. Contact the
committee at for
additional information.

Thursdays, March 10 & March 24

Unraveled Knitting and Stitching Group meets
every second and fourth Thursday night of the
month from 6 to 8 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 424-4044.

Fridays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25

Book Babies, 10:30 a.m., at the Aaron
Cutler Library. Geared for babies aged
newborn to 18 months. Babies and their
caregivers can join us for stories, songs,
nursery rhymes and lots of bonding!

Sunday, March 13 & Thursday, March 17

A Used Book Sale to benefit the Hudson
library will be held on Sunday from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Thursday from 5 to 8
p.m. at the Hills Library building, 16 Library
St. in Hudson.

Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m., Aaron Cutler Library.

Geared for toddlers aged 18-36 months. Toddlers
and their caregivers can join us for stories,
interactive play, songs, crafts, and loads of fun!

Tuesday, March 15
Friends of the Library of Hudson will
hold its bi-monthly meeting at 7 p.m.
in the Community Room at the Rogers
Memorial Library. All are welcome as we
plan for spring events.

Campbell High School


Sunday, March 6
Faberge Eggs From Fine Art to Fine
Craft. Traditional Russian artist and
lecturer Marina Forbes will offer a unique
workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition
of wooden Easter egg painting at the Rodgers
Memorial Library from 1 to 4 p.m. Open to
adults, teens, and families with children 6 and
up. This unique program combines a beautifully
illustrated presentation on the life and remarkable
work of Russian master jeweled egg artist, Peter
Carl Faberge, with a hands-on workshop where
participants will learn how to render a variety of
delightful images on wooden eggs. Traditional
Russian painting techniques and floral and berry
designs are introduced. No painting experience
is required for the class. Experienced artists will
also feel very comfortable in this workshop. PreRegister at or call 886-6030.


Tuesday, March 8
Hudson Town Elections, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
Community Center
Litchfield Town Elections, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.,


Thursday, March 10
Kids Tabletop Game Night from 6 to 8
p.m. at the Aaron Cutler Library. Geared
for aged 8-13. Kids may be dropped off or
parents and siblings may stay and play.



Tuesday, March 15 thru Saturday, March 19

Make n Take Crafts at the Aaron Cutler Library.
Join us at the library for crafts. You can either make
it here or take it for some crafting fun at home.
Our next Make n Take craft is scheduled for this
week. Stop by to make a shamrock hat of your
Wednesday, March 16
Book Bunchm, 4 p.m. at the Aaron
Cutler Library. This book club for kids in
grades 3-5 meets each month to discuss
a pre-selected book, complete a fun bookrelated activity, and begin our next book. We will
discuss Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins. Pick
up your copy at the library!


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 Cutler
Library and is free and open to the public. Feel

free to call the circulation desk with questions at

Tuesday, March 22
The Homeland Heroes Foundation Helping Soldiers Every Day will hold a
1960s Dance Party, its third annual Dinner
Dance, from 6 to 11 p.m., at the Atkinson
Country Club. Dance the night away for a great
cause! Music by The Reminisants, live and silent
auctions, prize wheel and more! Reserve your
table today! $60 per person. Tickets available
at or by calling
(617) 910-6948. Visit us at


Wednesday, March 30
Hiking the Camino de Santiago, a
th library program presented by Theresa
Fersch. She will highlight her journey
from St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France all the
way to Santiago de Compostella, Spain,
sharing her experiences of kindness, friendship
and love. Come to the Aaron Cutler Library in
Litchfield at 7 p.m. to enjoy her celebration of life
as she discusses her 500 mile pilgrimage. Get
inspired to live vicariously through her slides or
head out on your own journey. This program is
free and open to the public. For questions call the
circulation desk at 424-4044.


Tuesday, March 15
The Nashua Historical Society invites the public
to a program on Civil War Technology. Bob
Duffy, Nashua resident and Civil War Historian,
will speak on the impact that technology had on
rural New Hampshire men when they left their
farms and were thrust into the then modern
world. 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.
Join us as we highlight the wonders of a growing,
developing America of 150 years ago! For
additional information, check our website at www.

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Litchfield Property Tax Increase

Its that time of year again, time to vote. Here are some interesting statistics: About 10 years ago, back
in 2005, the Litchfield school system had an enrollment of approximately 1,700 children and the budget
was around $16 million. Today, you are being asked to approve $21 million and the school system has
300 fewer students enrolled, for a total of about 1,400 children. Also, enrollment is projected to further
decline in future years. In 2005 the town of Litchfield had a population of approximately 8000 people
with a budget of $3.4 million. Today, with a population of approximately 8,300 people, an increase of
only 300 people, the town budget increased by $2 million, for a total request this year of $5.4 million.
So what does all of this mean? It means if those elected to serve you on the school board, the board of
Selectmen and the budget committee, were being completely honest, they would have to say that given
the additional annual spending, as well as the current and future revenue losses from State and Federal
sources, that $400 per year property tax increases will be the norm. And that doesnt include those multimillion dollar purchases like a new fire station as well as a new fire truck, and full day kindergarten that
will be proposed within the next year or so.
Im not here trying to persuade you how to vote when you enter that booth. My goal with this letter
is to simply inform voters with some factual statistics from the
past, including the large tax impact as a result of approving
this years proposed budget. Its your choice as to what size
you want your local government. Its your choice to decide
if everything in the town and school budget, as well as all the
warrants are necessary or not. Its your decision whether or not
your local government creates budgets and spends money the
same way you create your household or small business budget.
Its your decision whether to vote a $300-$400 annual increase
to your current property taxes. Some believe more government
spending and taxation every year is inevitable and really cannot
be stopped? Others believe government should adhere to some
of the same budgeting principles and guidelines the average
homeowner and small business owner has to adhere to. This is
your chance to decide the future and affordability of Litchfield.
Please cast an informed vote. Please give direction to those
you elect to local
government. Vote yes
for more spending and
higher property taxes
or vote no to send a
message of reasonable
fiscal restraint.
Chris Pascucci,

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Captain David Morin,
traveled to the New
York-New Jersey Port
Authority terminal to
pick up a beam from
the World Trade Tower.
Capt. Morin is seen supervising the beam being
tied to the trailer at the
NY/NJ Port Authority
in preparation for transportation to Hudson for
the 9/11 Memorial.

Fire Captain David Morin

by Len Lathrop
Hudson Fire Chief Robert Buxton advised the board of selectmen that
Fire Captain David Morin has decided to retire. Captain Morin has been an
employee of the Town of Hudson for 33 years.
The chief stated, He has served his time well with the fire department. I have
enclosed the following synopsis of his career with us:
1983 - Hired as a call firefighter with the Hudson Fire Department
1984 - Hired as a full-time firefighter
1986 - Promoted to acting lieutenant
1997 - Promoted to lieutenant
2005 - Promoted to acting captain
2007 - Promoted to captain
Over the last three decades, Captain Morin has accomplished several goals
that made the Hudson Fire Department better, participating in the department
dive team and the Professional Firefighters of Hudson; serving as president of the
Hudson Firefighters Relief Association; and his biggest accomplishment being
the more than 20 years he participated in the Hudson Fire Department Explorer
In addition, He was very active in the community by participating in the
Departments Centennial Celebration, the Town of Hudsons 250 Anniversary,
and construction of the Hudson Firefighters Memorial at Hammond Park, as well
as being instrumental in acquiring the beam for the 9/11 tower for the Town of
Hudson 9/11 Memorial at Benson Park.
In speaking to Morin this week, he explained that he will be helping this
brother at Nashua Sand and Gravel this summer and is planning some travel
with his wife, Sue, this fall. He is looking forward to continuing his involvement
with the Hudson Historical Society, as he loves history especially as it relates to
the town.
Daves dedication to public safety can be seen with his children. Corey is a
firefighter with the Nashua Fire Alarm Department and his daughter, Taylor, is a
dispatcher with the Hudson Police Department.

Courtesy photo

Winning the Knights of Columbus

Free Throw Challenge

From left are Knights of Columbus free throw winners Kaylee Cabral,
Anthony Charbonnier, Jillian Nangle and Kendall Nangle.

submitted by Dave Wilder

A couple weeks ago, youth from
Hudson attended the annual Knights
of Columbus Free Throw Challenge.
The competition was a contest to see
how many out of 20 free throws the
youth could sink. Boys and girls ages
10-14 participated in this competition.
It was a closely-fought competition in
multiple age groups and the margin
of victory was a single basket in some
Once again, the Knights of
Columbus partnered with the Hudson
Rec Department for this event and
appreciates all they do for the youth
of Hudson. Special thanks to Chrissy
Peterson of the Rec Department who
was instrumental in helping the Knights
make this event happen. Thank you as
well to the Rodgers Memorial Library
staff and the wonderful parents for
bringing their kids to the event and the
awards presentation.
The Knights of Columbus is a
Catholic fraternal organization
that runs several youth activities
in Hudson throughout the year,
including the Hudson Historical
Hunt, Soccer Challenge, Free Throw
Competition and other events. For
more information on the Knights or in
becoming a member, contact Grand
Knight Paul Dumont (p6dumont@ or 883-6902).

Answers on page 5

8 - February 26, 2016 | Hudson - Litchfield News

Considering the Health Impacts of the Proposed Pipeline

Staff photo by Kaela Law

by Kaela Law
discuss a few bills to be voted on in the state
Residents from towns across southern NH, including
House of Representatives.
House Speaker Shawn Jasper, spent Sunday afternoon, Feb.
HB 1660 a bill that would allow a
21, at a Pipeline Forum held in Pelham.
landowner to require a pipeline company take
The forum was sponsored by the Outreach Subcommittee
their entire parcel rather than just an easement
of the Pelham/Windham Pipeline Awareness group with
thereon, is expected to pass the house and
volunteers from neighboring towns, and the Toxics Action
move on to the Senate, according to Jasper.
Center with partial support provided by the New England
HB 1101 a bill prohibiting tariffs to electric
Grassroots Environment Fund. Curtis Norgaard MD, a
ratepayers for pipeline construction, is also
pediatrician from Dorchester, Mass., was the featured
supported by House Speaker Jasper. People
keynote speaker presenting, An Unacceptable Health Risk:
should not be forced through any type of a
Compressor Stations and Methane Gas Pipelines.
tariff to pay for the cost of this pipeline. If this
As part of the Northeast Energy Direct project, proposed
project is economically viable, there should be
by Kinder Morgan and Tennessee Gas Pipeline, a 30-inch
no reason to pass the cost to ratepayers through
diameter pipe would be buried across southern New
a tariff.
Hampshire. Pipeline Inspection Gadget stations and
Rep. McConnell, the man who worked
compressor stations are a part of the pipeline infrastructure.
on drafting many of the pipeline bills this
Dr. Norgaard helped explain the risks that accompany each.
session, made a speech about how this pipeline
PIG stations are above-ground pipeline appurtenances
approval process has not proven to be fair or
where the Pipeline Inspection Gadget either enters or exits
measured. The Federal Energy Regulatory
the pipeline system. The PIG acts as a large squeegee that
Commission (the agency which oversees
cleans deposits which build up on the inside of the pipe.
pipeline applications) held scoping sessions
Deposits, are a black sludge that gets pushed through
last summer that never should have happened.
the pipes by the PIG and, can contain radioactive, toxic,
Kinder Morgans pre-filing documents were
cancer-causing material, explained Dr. Norgaard. There is
filled with To Be Determined data. TBDs all
a PIG station proposed for the Dracut/Pelham border.
over every page. You cant very well assess
A compressor station is a large industrial structure.
the impact and the environmental damage for
Stations along a pipeline system, like the 46,000-horsepower
a pipeline that you dont even have a route
compressor proposed for New Ipswich, pressurize and drive
for. Those scoping sessions were extremely
the gas through the pipes. It is important to note that the
premature. His pipeline bills are aimed at
From left, Representative Jim McConnell, House Speaker Shawn Jasper, Julia Steed Mawson, Selectman Bill
station proposed for New Ipswich was originally put forth
slowing this process down to ensure that the
McDevitt, and Town Administrator Brian McCarthy participate in a Pipeline Forum at the Pelham Town Hall to
as an 80,000-horsepower station with a 36-inch diameter
Kinder Morgan project has been studied and
raise awareness about the various health-related impacts of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline.
pipe, however, Kinder Morgan has been through two open
properly analyzed before being allowed to
seasons to sign up customers for their pipeline and have
progress any further in New Hampshire.
Norgaard sited another study of air samples taken 227 meters away
fallen far short in contracts for those grandiose specs. A compressor
segment of the Pipeline Forum,
from a compressor station resulting in Benzene levels at 5.7 ppb.
station is proposed for Dracut, Mass., less than one mile from
Pelham resident Sam Thomas took the microphone. I worked in the
In closing his discussion, Dr. Norgaard asked the audience to
Pelhams border.
pipeline industry for 46 years at Tyco International, said Thomas.
consider what is the communitys threshold for health concerns?
Dr. Norgaard spoke about blow downs or pipeline venting
Ive worked in Russia, the Middle East, onshore and offshore ...
Does it differ from the state agencies threshold parameters? Does
in conjunction with compressor stations where volatile organic
I think the big risk is the 30-inch pipe itself. If youve ever seen a
it differ from the federal requirements? Does it differ from Kinder
compounds and methane are projected into the air. He spoke
pipeline that has a pinhole and it ruptures, Ive seen it in Russia
Morgans standards? He urged listeners that it is extremely important
also about pipeline condensate storage tanks, which are located
with Gazprom, pilots can see it at 25,000 feet because its a bomb
to become involved in state and federal regulatory proceedings. He
at compressor stations, where gas is processed. A scrubber or
going off. What I think the group should be concerned about is the
recommended that the towns seek legal counsel.
dehydrator pulls out the non-methane parts of the gas compressing
pipeline itself. If the cathodic coating is not applied properly, and
Pelham Selectman Bill McDevitt took the microphone briefly to
them into these storage tanks, venting toxic chemicals into the air,
you put that pipeline near the right of way for the power lines, the
remind Pelham residents that there is a pipeline warrant article on
said Norgaard. An air sample measurement, taken from a study
electric current follows down the steel pipeline and it blows the
the ballot for the upcoming town elections on March 8 at Pelham
done in Texas, resulted in 1100 ppb (parts per billion) of Benzene.
coating off the pipeline. That is a source for corrosion. The type of
High School.
Benzene causes leukemia. Its a carcinogen that at 0.14 ppb
steel, diameter of the pipe, bending over hills, under tremendous
Article 11 of the 2016 Town Meeting Warrant: Shall the Town vote
increases cancer risk. It is considered toxic at 3-9 ppb. Benzene
pressure my concerns as a citizen of Pelham are about the
to raise and appropriate the sum of Forty-Nine Thousand ($49.000)
suppresses the bone marrow, where we produce red and white
pipeline itself.
to be expended at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen in
blood cells. Not having enough red blood cells is called anemia.
What can you do to help? According to Julia Steed Mawson,
opposition to the proposed Northeast Energy Direct high pressure
Not having enough white blood cells is called leukopenia, which
founder of the Outreach Subcommittee for Pelham/Windham
gas pipeline and/or to minimize the impact thereof on the land
is another way of saying your body cant fight off infections. Dr.
Pipeline Awareness, Vote yes on Warrant Article 11. The town
and people of the Town, including, but not limited to, expenditures
estimates that this will cost about $5.50 per household per tax bill.
for legal representation and consultants, land use planning and
Also help us tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
consultation, public information purposes, administrative and court
we want them to initiate a Comprehensive Health Impact
filing fees, participation in multi-town coalitions, and any and all
Assessment as part of the review process for this and other pipeline
other expenses reasonable related to opposing Kinder Morgan
proposals. Our governor and delegation have made a similar
pipeline project and/or mitigation the effects thereof. This will be a
request, and we would strongly encourage folks to add their voice
non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI and will not lapse until
to that request by writing a comment to Docket No. CP16-21 to
December 31, 2020. (Recommended by the Board of Selectmen)
FERC. The Kinder Morgan NED export pipeline will put our health
(Recommended by the Budget Committee) (Majority Vote Required)
at risk due to contamination of air, soil and water from pollution
Voting yes on this warrant article would allow the Town of Pelham
from blowdowns, leaks and accidents created during and after
to remain active and split the legal fees with the New Hampshire
construction. We must understand the health impacts and have
Municipal Pipeline Coalition. Thirteen other pipeline affected towns
baseline information to assess future health concerns. Prepared
are participants. Town Administrator Brian McCarthy is representing
postcards with this message will also be available at the Pelham
Pelham in the coalition.
Library or by request. Just add your name, stick on stamps and
Speaker Jasper and
put them in the mail. Please reach out to us with questions or to
Representative Jim McConnell
volunteer, at or on Facebook
(R-Cheshire District 12) were
at Pelham Pipeline Awareness.
invited to the podium next to

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for Trash Challenge
Courtesy photo
submitted by
Christina Harrison
The Litchfield
Middle School
FIRST Lego League
team didnt have
to look far to
find a project for
the 2015 Trash
Trek Challenge.
This years FLL
challenge tasked
teams to use
creativity and
innovation to
address a specific
trash problem
and find a way to
reduce the amount
of one kind of trash
in landfills.
We decided
to work on our
school using
Styrofoam trays
for lunches,
said Legendary
The LMS Legendary BlockHounds competed in Londonderry in November. Front row: Justin
member sixth
Haley, Emma Fitzgerald, and Samir Sanchez. Middle row: Laura Harrison, Corinne Chew,
grader Samir
Mathew Hart, and Catriona Chew. Back row: Coaches Tina Harrison, Chris Chew, Dan
Sanchez. Eighth
Harrison and Claire Chew; Nick DiFazio, Meredith Spotts and Caroline McSorley.
grader Catriona
Chew points out,
Styrofoam doesnt
filled five, Haley added. The difference in the
decompose, takes
volume of trash could mean big savings for the
up space in landfills, is dangerous to animals,
school district. With less trash being generated,
and contributes to toxins being released into the
the school could reduce the number of dumpster
air. After considering Eco-friendly options such
pickups on a regular basis, and avoid costly
as compostable trays and trays made from corn,
overfill charges.
the team found a simple, inexpensive solution:
Catriona added, Our school could save up to
reusable plastic trays were already available, and
$7,000 per year by switching to using only plastic
sometimes used, in the LMS cafeteria.
To learn more, Meredith Spotts, an LMS sixth
We hoped our presentation would inspire
grader, went right to the source and interviewed
LMS to make the switch to the eco-friendly
Hilda Lawrence, the food services director for
plastic trays, reported sixth grade BlockHound,
Litchfield School District. The biggest reason
Nick DiFazio. In a recent meeting with Vice
they use Styrofoam trays is the lack of staff to
Principal Martha Thayer, the team presented their
wash the trays between lunch periods, said
findings. Hilda Lawrence was impressed with the
fifth grader Justin Haley. It would cost about
differences in the amount of trash generated - and
$375 a year to pay for staff to stay 15 minutes
money saved - by each type of tray. The team was
later to get the trays washed. LMS maintenance
thrilled to learn that Mrs. Lawrence has increased
worker Zach Belanger was also a very helpful
the kitchen staff at LMS, facilitating the use of
resource. We found out that a lunch period that
reusable plastic trays. Way to go, Legendary
used plastic trays produced about one full trash
bin, while a lunch that used all Styrofoam trays

Hudson - Litchfield News | February 26, 2016 - 9

Lady Cougars Finish with a Dominating Win

by Craig Smith
the Cougars can
show off some
girls basketball
new moves.
team has had
Their offense isnt
a very solid
shabby either,
season this year.
even if it isnt
They started
as consistently
the year with a
dominate as
two-game losing
streak, both by
Earlier in the year,
a considerable
Campbell scored
margin, but they
77 as they beat
quickly picked
Farmington and
up the pace
they have had a
and came out
couple of 60-point
with a blazing
games as well.
offense. They
Most of the
would finish 10focus should be
8, putting them
on defense when
12th overall and
the postseason
awarding them
comes in full
a bye in the first
force. The
round of the
playoffs. It isnt
changes as the
going to give the
competitive spirit
Cougars home
reaches a fever
court advantage,
pitch. The team
Amber Gibbons (#33), Alexis Putzloker (#22), and Avery LaCroix (#5) stand with their parents
but it shouldnt
will lean heavily
as they celebrate senior night.
be too much
on players like
of an issue
Avery LaCroix
as the statistics show that the athletes havent played significantly
and Gabi Sott to build momentum and set the tone. Its important
worse when visiting an
to control the pace at every level of the sport. High intensity
opponents hometown.
frustrates opponents and frustration leads to mistakes. In a sport like
They will play
basketball, a simple mistake of any kind can lead to a fast break,
Newfound in the second
and a fast break just
round of the playoffs on
reinforces the need
Feb. 27.
to maintain a high
Newfound and
level of intensity. If
Campbell have yet to
Newfound falters for
play each other this
even a few moments
season, which will add
and the Cougars
a bit of mystery to the
play a selfless and
matchup. Newfound
intelligent brand of
finished the season with
basketball anything
a 15-3 record, showing
can happen.
off a consistently
Before anyone
impressive offensive as
knows it Emma
they scored 70 or more
Rousseau could
points in a game three
force a turnover
times. They also seem
that leads to Alexis
to have a solid defensive
Putzlocker getting
team, but its particularly
an easy layup, or
inconsistent, which
Caitlin Newell could
should give Pelham
pull down a rebound
some hope for an upset
and kick it full court
going into the match.
to a cutting Annie
Amber Gibbons (#33) makes her way
Newfound is coming
Paquin. Any one play
down the court.
off of a double-digit
can be the catalyst
loss to end the season,
for a run, and, in the
but Campbell absolutely dominated their last game. They played
postseason, with two
Avery LaCroix (#5) goes for the lay-up.
Franklin and nearly won by 40 points as they held their opponent
great teams matching
to a ridiculously low score. The final tally was 53-16, and, if this
up, a single run could
momentum can keep up into the playoffs, there is a real chance
be the difference maker.

Hudson Rec Makes February Break

Fun and Competitive

Courtesy photo

by Tom Tollefson
cones. Each player was timed
Children looking for
and ranked according to how
fun and activity during
long it took to get through the
February vacation needed
series of skills.
to look no farther than
Its nice the kids can see their
the Hudson Community
friends and cheer each other on,
said Tracie Dumont, who was at
On Tuesday, Feb. 23,
the contest watching her children.
the Hudson Recreation
The first- and secondDepartment hosted an
place finishers are as follows
annual basketball skills
as submitted by the Hudson
competition for children
Recreation staff:
grades 3-8. In total, 31
Shooting Contest Winners:
participants came out
3rd and 4th Grade Girls: first
for the event. There
Brianna OBrien, second Olivia
was a both a shooting
competition and a skill
3rd and 4th Grade Boys: first
challenge with a first place
Alexander Dumont, second Brady
A mix of first- and second-place finishers from the Hudson Recreations basketball
winner for three different
competitions as follows: Back Row (from left): Alyssa Scharn, Matty Nicolosi, Aiden
age groups (grades 3-4,
5th and 6th Grade Girls: first
Mills, Brady Dumont, and Cameron Cruger. Front row: Alex Dumont, Jared
grades 5-6, and grades 7-8)
Maddy Nicolosi, second Paige
Graham, Calvin Durham, Olivia Rudy, and Brianna OBrien.
for both boys and girls.
The foul shooting and
5th and 6th Grade Boys: first
skills competition is always fun to host, I think the kids really like
Jared Graham, second Cameron Cruger
the challenge of competing and doing this best. This is an annual
7th and 8th Grade Girls: no girls competed
event that the Recreation Department does every February vacation
7th and 8th Grade Boys: first Adam Scharn, second Jagger Forsyth
week, additional we will have a supervised open gym day that
Skills Contest Winners:
is a little less structured with many pickup games going on. The
3rd and 4th Grade Girls: first Olivia Rudy, second Brianna
motivation of this event goes along with our mission to provide fun,
affordable recreation opportunities for the community, said Hudson
3rd and 4th Grade Boys: first Aiden Mills, second Brady Dumont
Recreation Director Dave Yates.
5th and 6th Grade Girls: first Alyssa
Many competitors described the day as competitive and fun.
Scharn, second Paige McKinley
Everybody wants to win, said Tristan DeBlois.
5th and 6th Grade Boys: first Cameron
For the shooting contest, participants had one minute to shoot
Cruger, second Calvin Durham
and make as many baskets as possible from the seven marked spots
7th and 8th Grade Girls: no girls
on the court. The points earned for each spot varied from 2-8,
depending on the spots.
7th and 8th Grade Boys: first Jordan
The skill challenge consisted of a combination of shooting foul
Robichaud, second Jagger Forsyth
shots, lay-ups, passing through hula hoops, and dribbling through



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25% tax bracket, but if they have enough deductions, they can
lower their taxable income to a 15% tax bracket.
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Adjustments allowed on the tax return to arrive at the AGI, lowers
this income resulting in a lower AGI and lower taxable income. The
standard /itemized deduction and exemptions lower the taxable
income but not the AGI. Various fringe benefits (Cafeteria or Section
125 Plans) offered by employers allow a taxpayer to pay for certain
benefits before taxes are withheld. This lowers their earned income
reported on line 7, which consequently lowers the AGI and the
taxable income for that taxpayer. How much it saves any taxpayer is
proportionate to where their taxable income would be without the
(The single taxpayer in the example above saves .15 on every
dollar that they can lower their taxable income of $15,025, until
they lower it below $9225, when they then start to save only .10 on
the dollar.)
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insurance, life insurance, dependent care assistance, Health Savings
Accounts for taxpayers who have eligible, high deductible health
insurance policies, and medical savings accounts for out of pocket
medical expenses. Usually these types of benefits not only save on
federal and state taxes, but are not taxable income for Social
Security/ Medicare withholding purposes as well, saving an
additional 7.65% for the taxpayer. Money contributed to 401K or
IRA plans are pre-tax for federal and state tax purposes only and are
also a means of lowering taxable income and AGI.
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10 - February 26, 2016 | Hudson - Litchfield News

Historic Weekend Cold in the Northeast

by Joseph DAleo, Certified Consulting Meteorologist
A brutally cold air mass rode the arctic express from north of
Alaska and northern Canada to the Northeast in just two days. It
arrived with temperatures surface and aloft that were more extreme
than we have seen in decades.
We were 10 to 20 below zero here in central New England late on
Saturday, Sunday morning and again Monday morning, and Sunday
barely reached the low teens. Wind chill reached the -30s and even
-40s at times Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
Boston set records on Saturday with -4F (edging out -3F in 1967),
and on Sunday with an amazing -9F, well below the old record of
-3F in 1934. It was tied for Bostons fourth coldest daytime low on
record since the official measurements began at Logan Airport in
1936. It also was the coldest temperature at Logan since January
1957, almost 60 years ago. The average temperature was more than
30F below the normal for the date.

Even New York City dropped to -1F Sunday, the coldest since
1994 with wind chills plunging below -30F. NYC cancelled their ice
festival Sunday because it was too cold. Ironically last month they
cancelled the Central Park Snow Festival because of too much snow.
For the 10 northeast states and D.C., January to March in 2014
was the 11th coldest on record since 1895 (with March ranked
coldest to second coldest here in northern New England) and last
year, January to March was the all-time coldest (tied with 1904).
February 2015 was the coldest month of any month in our part of
New England in history and also the snowiest (100 inches in 39
This year thanks to El Nio, the cold has been extreme but so
far, episodic instead of more continuous and the record-breaking
January blizzard stayed just to our south.

It reached -30F at Saranac Lake and -37F at Watertown in New

York State and -40F on Mt. Washington with wind chills to -80F.
Dozens of people were trapped for several hours on stalled tram
cars on a snowy New Hampshire mountain Sunday, braving subzero
temperatures while the cars dangled in mid-air before being rescued.

One Suspect Charged

in Credit Card Scheme
submitted by Hudson Police Department
On Feb. 15, at around 1 p.m., Hudson Police
were called to Sams Club for a reported credit
card fraud in progress. This was a re-occurrence
Courtesy photos
of an
a few
weeks ago
in which
fled the
area and
one was
Yoel Peguero Bettancourt
to elude
the police.
second suspect did get away. The first suspect

was arrested was identified as Yoel Peguero

Bettancourt, 38, from Miami, Fla.
A large quantity of credit cards with stolen
information were found in the vehicle possessed
by Bettancourt. Bettancourt was charged with
disobeying an officer and held on $5,000 cash
or surety bail. A warrant is forthcoming for
Bettancourt with felony charges related to credit
card fraud.
Hudson Police are trying to identify the
second subject from this incident. Any
information as
to his identity
can be given
to Detective
at 886-6011
or by calling
the crime line
at 594-1150.
Anyone with
can remain
Second suspect

With the very warm December, temperatures for the

meteorological winter of December to February will be above
normal here in the Northeast (though colder than normal to our
south). However, January to March could again end up colder than
normal here too, although it will not rank up there with the last two
I found the 60 year ago record broken interesting. In climate, we
have a well-established 60-year cycle in weather, riding on many
longer-term cycles related to behavior of the sun and oceans. This
is much like the waves on the ocean riding on the longer swells. I
have written about these in books and peer-reviewed papers. A
change occurred 60 years ago, which I catalogued in my masters
thesis on east coast snowstorms. At that time cold and snow for a
few decades suddenly became biased to the latter part of winter.
That certainly has been the case the last three years.
At Weatherbell, we advised out clients most of the winter would
come January to March, with the potential for significant cold
outbreaks and more snowstorms.
Here, we will continue to ride the roller coaster into early next
week, but then stronger cold returns again with more snow threats.
In the last El Nio in 2009-2010 when the Mid-Atlantic received
all-time record snows in what was called Snowmageddon, we in
New England ended up near to below normal for snowfall. Though
that may in the end happen this year, we will have numerous
chances the next five to six weeks and one or more may track just
right to bury us. If so, dont blame me. I am just the messenger.
Blame Phil.
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Cougar Wrestling Season was One for the Record Books

submitted by Bob Gannon,
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In just seven short years, the Campbell
Cougar wrestling team has grown from a
new program to a consistent contender each
season. This season was one for the record
books for Campbell.
First winning the Dual Meet title by going
undefeated in division dual meets, then
following that up with an amazing comefrom-behind win that actually came down to
the last match of the day, earning the Cougars
their first team state championship at the
Division III state tournament. Adam Hayward
needed to win his last match (also the last
match of the day), and he did so with style,
pinning his opponent from Pelham in the first
period. With his win, Campbell
pulled ahead of Plymouth by two
points to take home the title.
Coach Gannon thanks all of the
fans, volunteers, and the Campbell
administration for their tremendous
support throughout the season. Ten
Campbell wrestlers have qualified
for the Meet of Champions this
Saturday at Nashua North High

Staff photos by Len Lathrop

Cougar Dayton Chandonnet, in red, is in control of his opponent who is bridging to avoid being pinned.

Qualifiers are:
Ben Labatt - 113 pounds, first place
Dayton Chandonnet - 120 pounds, third
Michael Richardson - 126 pounds, third
DJ Simoneau - 132 pounds, third place
Tyler McCrady - 138 pounds, first place
Dillon Cloonan - 145 pounds, second
Marc Boomhower - 152 pounds, second
Matt Graveline - 182 pounds, third place
Luke Orlando - 195 pounds, second place
Adam Hayward - 285 pounds, third place

Matt Graveline is in control of the Plymouth wrestler,

working toward a near fall score.

DJ Simoneau rolls his opponent.

Michael Richardson and his opponent are jousting for control .

by Mike Bourk
The final score of 83 to 49 is not really indicative of how well the
Cougars played. Campbell has no big men to match up to Pelham
whose varsity roster sports seven players 6 feet 2 inches or taller.
That said, the Cougars were within 10 points of Pelham midway
through the third quarter until Pelham pulled away.
The game started out pretty evenly. Although Campbells offensive
possessions were held to a single shot, good ball movement and shot
selection saw Pelham leading by just a single point, 9 to 8, at the
four-minute mark of the opening stanza. The next five possessions
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remainder of the first quarter and throughout the second period,

Campbell and Pelham each scored 19 points. Campbell trailed at
the half 41-27.
Campbells first-year Head Coach Sudi Lett talked about this
point in the game, I thought that considering the disadvantage in
size our guys played pretty good. A lot of it is positioning and just
fundamental basketball. It was a three-possession game in the third
quarter; then things just kind of got away from us.
Mike Gray led the Cougars in scoring with 12 points. Sean French
also hit double digits with 10 points. Kyle Shaw scored 8 points and
Conor Gannon knocked down a pair of threes.
The Cougars are 6-11 in NHIAA Division III play this season. They
are currently ranked 20th in the division and the top 20 teams make
the playoffs. Campbell hosts Bow, who is ranked 19th on Friday,
Feb. 26. A win would go a long way to help secure their playoff

Staff photos by Mike Bourk

Campbell has a Tough Time Against Pelham

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Slow Start Dooms Alvirne

by Mike Bourk
The momentum Alvirne had been building in the latter part of the
season took a hit at Salem where the Broncos fell to the Blue Devils
The Broncos started out slow, scoring just six first-quarter points
and leaving them down by 10 after one quarter. While they played
better in the next three quarters, they were not able to make up the
deficit. Coach Brian Lynch has talked about games like this in the

past emphasizing sometimes you can get by with one or two great
quarters; other times you need a full 48 minutes. Tonight Alvirne
played well for 38 of the 48 minutes, but that was not enough.
Danny Brown led Alvirne in scoring with 14 points. Jacen Hudson
contributed 10 points and Jack Brown scored eight. Max BonneyLiles and DJ LaMothe each finished with six.
This was an especially tough loss for Alvirne as Salem was even
with them in the standings. The Broncos are 5-10 in NHIAA Division
I play and 7-11 overall this season.

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Thumbs up/Thumbs down to the proposed
new Hudson Fire Station. Do we really need
it, is it the best location, will it function with no
traffic light? Some HFD employees think that
the location will be a disaster! Last year Hudson
voters awarded the HFD $900,000 for a needed
Central Fire renovation. If it was so needed, why
hasnt it even gone out for bid yet? So much time
has passed that the project may have increased
by several hundred thousand dollars. Get one
commitment done at a time and prove you can
handle getting something done.

Clintons surplus came from stealing the Social

Security Fund surplus. Elect Hillary so she can
bankrupt Social Security, good idea. You want
greed, look into the Clinton Foundation. Clue 2:
The Koch brothers earned their money building a
successful business enterprise. Hillary is bought
and paid for by the evil George Soros (the one
who got rich trying to destroy Britains currency),
$10 million plus to her campaign. Question:
How can anybody support someone who is as
morally corrupt as Hillary unless they are cut from
the same cloth?

Thumbs up to the previous thumbs down

regarding hearing about the opioid crisis! My
wife and I are also tired of hearing about the
voluntary problems that other people brought
upon themselves. This epidemic is just another
example of people expecting others and the
government to step in and solve their issues
instead of having personal accountability.

Thumbs up to Mr. Donald Trump! Thank

you sir for caring enough about us and this once
proud country. A man of your tremendous stature
doesnt need us to make you a great human being.
You could have easily walked away and lived
happily ever after but you cared enough about
the place you were born and the people in it to
step up and take on the waste and corruption in
Washington. Thank you, Mr. President, and God
Bless America! Please folks, get out and vote, its
your duty and right as a U.S. citizen to vote and
to start caring again about this once proud and
revered nation!

Thumbs down those voting against the teacher

contract in Hudson. It isnt about a raise. Its
about being competitive with local districts
and keeping good teachers in Hudson. A new
teacher with a Bachelor of Arts can make $6K
more in Nashua or $4K more in Windham. An
experienced teacher with a masters can raise
their salary by $12K by teaching in Nashua or
$8K for Windham. Why would a teacher want to
say in Hudson, where salaries are lower than all
neighboring districts and the town fails to support
the schools by voting down contracts year after
year? Please vote yes!
Thumbs up to those supporting replacement
of the track at Alvirne High School by voting yes
on number 7. The track is in such poor condition
that they are no longer able to hold track meets
at Alvirne. This means paying to bus our students
to other schools. The time is right to replace this
track, while gas prices are low. Putting it off will
only make it more expensive. The track is open
to the community and all are welcome to use it.
Please support this warrant article for our students
and community. Vote yes on number 7!

Thumbs down to the new

Ashley Ashbrook Distribution
Center on Roosevelt Ave. in
Hudson. Is it really necessary
to have your dumpsters
emptied, with all the crashing
and banging that brings, in the
wee hours of the night? Please
tell your trash company not to
come between 3 and 5 a.m. as
theyve been doing. After 7 a.m.
would show you have some
concern for your neighbors. If
the trash company gives you an
argument, tell them youll get a
new service. Right now youre
not very good neighbors, but that can change if
you make an effort to curb the middle of the night
Thumbs up/Thumbs down for thought

Thumbs up to the coaches, wrestlers, parents

and fans of the CHS wrestling
team on winning the first
ever wrestling state title.
Thumbs up to Coach
Gannon times two. Your hard
work and dedication to our boys
is an inspiration. Thank you for
believing in them and helping
them believe in themselves.
Thumbs down to last weeks
Clinton supporter, clue: Bill

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loans and womans rights. Reward the Democrats
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who ransacked America and the Middle East.
Thumbs up/Thumbs down. Ok, so the
Republican Party leads us in hardships and
Obama restores America. Which was easier
to live with? Start with either Republican or
Democrat. Its whos easier to live with. Have we
forgotten so soon?

Thumbs down to the boys who were trying to

steal my snowman decoration from the front yard.
Thumbs up to my neighbor for the rescue. You
on your skateboard, you on your bike and you
walkers are strangers to this neighborhood. Just
please keep walking without taking.
families, and planning for the days when they too
will be on a fixed income. To suggest the pay
increases of people still working should be the
same as the cost of living adjustments of people
on a fixed income is not a fair comparison.

Thumbs up/Thumbs down. America has a

50/50 shot to get what it deserves. We either vote
for the ones who ransacked it or for the folks who
restored it. I cannot believe there are those who
dont know how to vote.

Thumbs up/Thumbs down. Im a senior

citizen and I was brought up to respect my
police officers, firemen and teachers. Im tired of
listening to people slam the teachers, the police
and the firemen for problems that are not there.
Students today need to respect authority, they
need to follow the rules, and they need to do their
home homework and stop fooling around the cell
phones and being on the computer all the time.
Some parents are not teaching them any respect
or manners I see them outside shopping, the kids
are rude, they mouth off and they do the same
to teachers. To compare us on social security

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Thumbs down to the peddlers at the lights.

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brandishing a handgun. Subsequently, the homeowners fled the house
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When the officers arrived at the residence, a perimeter was
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inside the house. At about 12:50 p.m., the Southern New Hampshire Operations Unit arrived on
scene to assume the perimeter. Eventually, members of the Southern New Hampshire Operations
Unit entered the home and took Matthew Felton, 36, of Somersworth, N.H., into custody without
incident. No police officers were injured.
Currently, this is an active investigation. The Hudson Police Department Crime Scene Unit is on
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investigating the incident. As of this writing, Felton is being charged with Burglary and Criminal
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14 - February 26, 2016

Are the Lady Broncos

Striding toward a Great Playoff Run?

Cam Richall #8 on a breakway in the second period of the matchup

Honoring the Lady Broncos seniors with their parents, from left, Vivian Susko, Jessica Baker, Emily Ratte,
Samantha Ratte and Tana Tufts before the Alvirne/Salem contest.

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submitted by Alvirne-Pelham Avalanche

Following a stretch of losses, the Avalanche needed to compose themselves if they
want to make a run at the playoffs. The stage was set at St. Anselm College to face off
against Trinity (7-5).
This would truly
turn into one of
best games on the
defensive side of the
puck. Sophomore
Doug Herling would
start the scoring for
the Avs early in the
first period, and that
is all that they would
need. Senior goalie
Curtis Richalls 28save shutout would
lead the Avalanche
to a 3-0 victory over
a Trinity team that
is very much in the
playoff picture.
The game would
stay at 1-0 in favor
of the Avalanche
throughout the first
period. About seven
minutes into the
game, an own goal
on a delayed penalty
put Alvirne-Pelham
Avalanche team patiently awaits the game during the national anthem.
up 2-0. The goal was
credited to Bobby
Haverty, as he was the
last Avalanche player to touch the puck before it found its way into the Trinity net. This
turn of events would light a fire under the Trinity Pioneers and lead to them producing a
flurry of shots on Curtis Richall at the beginning of the third period, but the strong play
of the Avalanche team would stop their momentum. Halfway through the third period, a
beautiful breakaway goal by Brendan Parent put the Avs up 3-0 and would put the game
away for good. This win improves the Avalanche record to 4-10 and they will need a
near-perfect last four games to make the playoffs. With the momentum generated from
this dominating win, it is very much possible.

Staff photos by Len Lathrop

Alvirne-Pelham Looks
to Make Playoff Push

Moving to the paint and the hoop is Alvirne junior forward

Amanda Wetmore as part of her game-high 14 points.
by Len Lathrop
The Salem Blue Devils came to Steckevicz Gym on
Friday the 19th, and had to take the bus ride back to
Salem with their heads in their hands as the Lady Broncos
ran them off the court, 51 to 21. This win moved the
home team into fifth in the tough NHIAA Division One.
It was senior night for the Alvirne girls, and Coach
Szuksta started the Ratte sisters, Emily and Samantha, as
well as Jessica Baker, since both Vivian Susko and Tana
Tufts are out injured.
Szuksta talked about the game: Our seniors gave us
an early boost to help us defeat a tough Salem team. Led
by the scrappy defense of senior Emily Ratte, the Broncos
were able to hold Salem scoreless for over 12 minutes
from the second to third quarter. Seniors Jess Baker and
Sam Ratte paced the Broncos offense along with Junior
Amanda Wetmore.
With 14 points, Wetmore led all scorers, followed by
Sam Ratte with 13 and Baker at 11. The leader in scoring
for the Blue Devils was Alexandra Sirmaian with 10
Tuesday saw Winnacunnet coming into Hudson with
a 13-3 record to face the 12-4 Broncos. Coach Szukata
reported that both Alvirne and Winnacunnet played a
hard fought game with Winnacunnet pulling away in the

Coming back from an early season injury, senior Samantha Ratte

put a little English on the ball against the Salem defender.
fourth for a nine-point win. Alvirne was plagued by foul
trouble throughout. Winnacunnets offense was led by
Meg Knollmeyer with 20 points. She was tough to stop
on the glass all night. When the buzzer sounded it was
Winnacunnet 42 and Alvirne 33.
Leading Alvirne were Jess Baker and Amanda Wetmore,
both with nine points.
The Broncos close out their season at Trinity High
School on Friday, Feb. 26; Alvirne defeated the Crusaders
at the end of January, 62 to 41. As the current sixth
seed, Alvirne should be at home for the first round of D1
playoffs. The pairing and schedule will be released on
Monday, with the preliminary round on March 9 at the
home of the higher seed.

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February 26, 2016 - 15

HMS Wrestlers Take to the Mats

on Valentines Day

Courtesy photo

Salem Edges Alvirne by Four

by Bob Gibbs
The Alvirne High School
boys basketball team
narrowly lost to a very tough
Salem team at the Davis
gym in Salem Friday night,
56 - 52.
Salem and Alvirne played
an aggressive game with
each team forcing many
turnovers. With scoring
going back and forth each
team had many opportunities
to take charge. Salem led
after the first quarter 16-6,
but Alvirne fought back and
finished the first half just one
point behind Salem, 25-24.
In the second half Alvirne
went up on Salem thanks
to great shots by the Alvirne
Broncos. Unfortunately,
Salem went on an 11-point
run in the final 2:30 to erase
DJ Lamothe (#24) goes over three Salem defenders
Alvirnes lead. Salems Tim
to get a hoop for the Broncos.
Dodier scored 23 points
The loss leaves Alvirne with a 5-9 record for
and added seven rebounds.
the season.
Alvirne guard Danny Brown led the Broncos
in scoring with 15 points.

submitted by Hudson Memorial School Wrestling

Nine members of the HMS wrestling team spent
Valentines Day at the New Hampshire Middle
School Meet of Champions at Kearsarge Regional
Middle School in Sutton, N.H.
Seventh and eighth grade wrestlers, who
qualified for this tournament through the divisional
tournament last weekend, were Reiley Beverlie,
Devin Murphy, Ayden Spencer, Tim Barrett, Kyle
Gora and Alec Prescott, all whom competed in the
Meet of Champions.
Sixth grade wrestlers competing in the tournament
were Raina Merrow, Kory Couillard and Cam Pedi.
This tournament represents the final event of
the middle school wrestling season and crowns
state champions in first through sixth place for
each weight bracket. The top four seeds from this
tournament also qualify for the All New England
Championship Tournament in March.
For the sixth graders competing in their first Meet
of Champions it was a great day to compete, wrestle
and face new opponents. Cam, Kory and Raina all
fell in the double-elimination event but earned more
experience to bring back to the mat next season.
Devin Murphy, at 118 pounds, and Ayden
Spencer, at 112 pounds, both went 1-2 on the day
and finished in the top six. Reiley Beverlie, also in
the very competitive 112 pound bracket, wrestled
hard but went 0-2 and did not place this year.
Kyle Gora went 3-0 in the tournament and won
first place for the 143 pound weight class, Alec
Prescott was 2-1 for the day capturing second place
in the 154 pound bracket, and Tim Barrett went 3-1
in the 130 pound bracket taking third place for that
weight class.
Kyle, Alec and Tim all qualify to move on to the
New England Championships in Massachusetts.
Overall, HMS has had great success this season
for a team small in numbers, and this final event of
the year shows it. Seventy-five percent of the HMS
wrestlers that needed to qualify to attend this meet
did so, and, of the nine wrestlers who competed,
five of them finished in the top 6 statewide with
three of them moving on to the regionals.
A special thanks to the coaches and the dads with

wrestling experience who stepped up throughout all

the tournaments to help the coach.
HMS Wrestling Places Third in Divisionals
The weekend before the NH Meet of Champions,
the HMS wrestling team hit the road on Feb. 7 for
an early morning weigh-in and all-day wrestling
tournament at Timberlane Regional High School
in Plaistow for the Middle School Divisionals.
Ultimately, the HMS team took third-place honors
for team scoring.
In all, nine boys from the HMS team went to the
divisional tournament to compete for a spot in the
Meet of Champions.
There was a high level of competition this
weekend and it showed in all the matches. Far
fewer matches were won by early decisions and pin
falls, with many more matches going the distance,
in three-round contests that matched skill, agility,
cunning, strength and endurance.
Matt Burns and Reilley Beverlie both wrestled
well in their respective brackets and each finished in
sixth place. Devin Murphy won his last match of the
day to capture third in his bracket. All three boys
qualified to move on to the Meet of Champions.
Casey Corleto and Nathan Emanuelson also
competed and wrestled well, but did not place high
enough to move on to the Meet of Champions.
Tim Barrett and Ayden Spencer both fought well
and aggressively through the tournament, earning
them each a championship match in their weight
Both matches went three physical rounds, and
both wrestlers ended up with second-place medals,
the right to wrestle at the Meet of Champions, and
perhaps the opportunity to meet these opponents
again with new vigor.
Alec Prescott and Kyle Gora also wrestled well
and aggressively for HMS. Both wrestlers won their
championship matches, and captured first place for
their weight classes.
Alec won his match by pinning his opponent in
the third round of a tough physical match, and Kyle
showed his wrestling skills by earning a technical
fall on his opponent, outscoring him 15-0.

Staff photos by Bob Gibbs

From left are Tim Barrett, Casey Corleto, Kyle Gora, Ayden Spencer, Devin Murphy, and Alec Prescott.
Missing from photo: Reiley Beverlie, Matt Burns and Nathan Emanuelson.

William Horgan (#30) goes up high to get the shot

over the Salem defenders.

Alvirnes Tim Dodier goes airborne.

Jack Brown (#20) follows through on his shot.

submitted by Eric LaFleche

The 2015 Granite State Pro Stock Series Champion, No. 12
Derek Griffith looks to improve on previous trips to the sunshine
state as the young New Hampshire driver embarks on his trip to the
prestigious Florida Speedweeks events.
Speedweeks is what is generally considered as the unofficial
kick-off to the upcoming race season. Drivers from far and wide
converge at the historic New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna
Beach, Fla., for many nights of racing action. Griffith is no
stranger to the events, having competed two times before; this time
though, he believes his finishes will be different: Our previous
trips to Florida for Speedweeks were more to get seat-time and get
acclimated to the higher horsepower Super Late Model race cars,
than really thinking we could compete for wins.
2016 is going to be different, my Crew Chief Louie Mechalides
and my team believe with the progress we made in 2015, it will
translate to competing for wins at the -mile, high-banked NSS. The
level of competition is very good at Speedweeks, and I think well
step up our game and put on a good show.
Griffith is also set to defend his GSPSS crown when the northern
race season starts around April. We are looking forward to
becoming a back-to-back champion, it would mean a lot to us, he

Courtesy photo

Griffith Looks to Shine in Florida at World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
the Oxford 250 and running a host of Pro All Stars Series races.
Griffith explained, We had a blast driving in the PASS races we
did last year. Well be looking to possibly add a few more events for
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Undefeated Season for Ladies

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Thirteen Broncos Give Outstanding Performances at States

Patrick Cabrera 200 medley relay

Josh Allard and Patrick Cabrara after 200 freestyle relay

submitted by Sean Mclaughlin
The Alvirne High School girls and boys
swimming and diving programs capped off an
amazing regular season run, turning in for the first
time in school history an undefeated 15-0 record
for the ladies as well as a very impressive 6-9 for
the guys team.
The entire Bronco team was collectively on
a mission from their very first practice. Day
after day, practice after practice, and meet after
meet, the teams combined would turn in solid
performances. Already showing they were in true
state championship form, they would go on to
achieve numerous individual and relay victories.
Beating teams from local powerhouse schools,
like Bishop Guertin, Londonderry and Pinkerton,
the coaches, as well as the swimmers and divers,
knew that something special was happening.
Through their hard work and determination
in and out of the water, along with numerous
personal goals that were set throughout the
regular season, the Broncos were privileged
enough to send 13 qualifiers to the state
swimming and diving championships on Feb. 12
and 13 at the University of New Hampshire. The
girls were led by senior captains Lauren Somers,
Julia Balukonis, Erin Beals and Ashley Dumais,
along with teammates Jenna Banatwala, Arianna
Nigioni, Haley Summers, Madison Delacruz and
Blake Boulia. The boys were led by captains John

Haley Summers, Madison DeLacruz, Arianna Nigioni and

Lauren Somers with second-place 400 freestyle relay
Sojka and Patrick Cabrera who were joined by
teammates Adam Banatwala and Josh Allard to
round out the foursome.
With the meet format having changed this
season to preliminaries in the morning and finals
at night, both teams would have to bring their A
games to the meet by performing at their best not
only once but twice in the same day. The Lady
Broncos swam their way to an all-time best fourthplace 146 point finish at the championships while
breaking seven school records along the way.
Leading the way for the ladies was senior
Lauren Somers who continued her dominance
as New Hampshires top high school female
swimmer with first-place victories in the 100
and 200 freestyle events cruising into the wall at
an outstanding 51.61 and 1.53.51. Teammates
Haley Summers and Arianna Nigioni turned in
dominating performances of their own finishing
second in the 50 freestyle at 25.80 and a ninthplace 58.99 finish in the 100 freestyle for
Summers while Nigioni finished sixth in both the
100 freestyle 56.86 and 100 backstroke 1.02.53.
The trio was then joined by freshman Madison
DeLacruz to round out their second place 3.44.67
400 freestyle relay along with a fourth place
1.57.19 200 medley relay finish. DeLacruz would
go on to team up with seniors Julia Balukonis
and Erin Beals, along with junior Blake Boulia
for a solid eighth-place 1.51.68 finish in the 200
freestyle relay. Beals and Delacruz would also

turn in impressive swims on the day touching

the wall at 1.13.66 in the 100 backstroke
for Beals and a 2.13.66 200 freestyle for
Delacruz. Rounding out the day for the ladies
was the very dedicated Bronco diving duo of
Balukonis and senior Jenna Banatwala who
dove to a third- and sixth-place finish in the
very competitive 1-meter 11-dive event.
The Bronco boys were led by outstanding
performances from senior captain John Sojka
and junior captain Patrick Cabrera to a solid
11th place finish on the boys side. Sojka
swam to a 10th place 55.46 100 freestyle and
13th place 1.12.08 100 breaststroke at the
prelims in the morning while Cabrera swam
to a 15th place 25.47 50 freestyle and 12th
place 56.44 100 freestyle also at prelims. The
story of the day though for the boys comes
from the 100 freestyle final where Sojka and
Cabrera touched the wall at an identical time
of 56.14 11th-place finish capping off a fierce
season-long friendly competition between
the duo. Teammate Adam Banatwala turned
in very impressive and best time swims
of his own in his 15th place 1.07.83 100
backstroke along with a 2.25.39 200 individual
medley. Sojka, Cabrara and Banatwala were then
joined by freshman Josh Allard in teaming up for
impressive swims in their 10th place 2.03.63 200
medley relay along with a 10th place 1.46.79 200
freestyle relay.
The coaches are extremely proud of each
and every athlete and their accomplishments
this season. Thanks to the incredible parent
organization FAST along with all the parents
for their hard work and countless hours of time
and dedication to the program. This truly is a

Madison, Blake, Erin and Julia in 200 freestyle relay

family and this special season is something to
be very, very proud of. Best of luck and a big
thank you to all of the seniors. The following are
Alvirne Swimming and Diving 2015-2016 seniors:
Captain Julia Balukonis, Captain Erin Beals,
Captain Ashley Dumais, Captain Lauren Somers,
Captain John Sojka, Jenna Banatwala, Hope
Cunniff, Erika Gareri, Dena Hoffman, Gillian
McNally, Arianna Nigioni and Desiree Robinson.
We are all looking forward to beginning another
exciting chapter of Alvirne Swimming and Diving
in the fall.
Great job Broncos!

Bronco Cole Sevigny scores points for exposing his opponents shoulders to the mat.
by Len Lathrop
With every Bronco wrestling story this season, the question lingers
of whether it is an individual sport; consider that only one man is
on the mat at one time. However, there is that overall spirit that
makes a team: warming up together, waiting together, and shouting
encouragement and instruction as each teammate grapples on the
The Alvirne team had a man in every weight class on Saturday
at Nashua North. The student-athletes fighting for Alvirne were as

Staff photos by Len Lathrop

A Great Showing for Bronco Wrestlers in D1 States

Bronco Cam McClure works to pin his man in the quarterfinal round.
follows: Jake Leigh at 106 pound weight class, Cam McClure at
113, Kevin Foley at 120, Nick Milinazzo at 126, Frank Roark at 132,
Cam Levesque at 138, Mike Braccio at 145, Bailey Lussier at 160,
Jacob Noonan at 195, DaShaun Morin at 220, and Cole Sevigny at

DaShaun Morin lifts the Nashua South wrestler.

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When the day was done and the three mats did not have wrestlers
on them, several Broncos had proven themselves better grapplers
than everyone else in their weight class for all NHIAA Division 1
schools. Nick Milinazzo, a junior, was the first-place Division 1
champion at 126 pounds. He also was awarded the outstanding
wrestler title at the conclusion of the tournament for how well he
wrestled. Nick was seeded number 2; he defeated a wrestler from
Timberlane in the semi-finals who had beaten Nick earlier in the
year. In the finals, Millinazzo bested a wrestler from Londonderry by
8-7 points who was ranked number 1 over Nick. The Londonderry
athlete had beaten Nick last year in the state championship.
Coach John Mirabella said, It was a great win and he definitely
deserved the OW (outstanding wrestler).
Meanwhile, sophomore Cam McClure placed second in the 113
pound weight class. He wrestled well, and, in the finals, the Keene
fighter caught him off guard a couple of times, beating him in a
decision 5-2. The Keene upperclassman was the more experienced
wrestler; Mirabella knows that McClure will be looking for revenge
come the Meet of Champions, Saturday, Feb. 27 at Nashua North.
Finishing in placing third in the 220 pound weight class was
senior DaShaun Morin. Teammate Jake Leigh, a sophomore, placed
sixth in the 106 weight class.
An excited Coach Mirabella mentioned that the Broncos are a
young team with a lot of talent. The team is preparing for a great day
on Saturday at the Meet of Champions where all New Hampshire
divisions come together