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Volume 27 Number 34 March 4, 2016 16 Pages

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Just Think About it

Your Local Vote Counts for So Much More than a Penny

by Susan Krzeminski
When John F. Kennedy stated
that the margin is narrow, but the
responsibility is clear, he obviously
could not have been thinking about our
little towns of Hudson and Litchfield.
Yet, it holds true that the margin for
warrant articles to be approved is quite
often by a few votes.
The burning question iswhy did
voters show up in droves for the First in
the Nation Primary on Feb. 9? In fact,
8,618 registered voters turned up for
the state primary in Hudson alone. In
Litchfield, 3,561 concerned citizens
did their civic duty.
What will happen on Tuesday,
March 8 when all of the local issues
are up for consideration? Despite the high stakes,
only 3,000 voters are projected to make it
to the polls in

Hudson on this
important day of decisions.
Although presidential candidates wont be listed
on the ballots on March 8, the familiar names will
all appear there as they vie for their town and school
board seats. And the issues that affect you locally
will be front and center: in Hudson, a $2.2 million
fire station on Lowell Road and the addition of a
full-time police officer; and in Litchfield, citizens
approval of $15,597 in fees to participate in a
coalition related to the Northeast Energy Gas Pipeline
and a tax cap that regulates the towns growth. These
are just a few top items of consideration among the
20 or so warrant articles listed on each of the town
The decisions made on these local issues will
affect your daily life. The items up for vote will
impact each resident day in and day out. Collective
bargaining agreements with the teachers as well as
the firefighters in Hudson, a zoning ordinance in
Litchfield regarding signs, various town operating
budgets, and road improvement projects totaling

$200,000 in Litchfield. The various

issues on the local ballots impact
the roads you drive on, the first
responders who keep you safe, and
the status of the schools where your
children learn.
Now get ready for a math lesson.
In a national election, your vote is
a minute percentage of all those
who cast their opinions at the polls.
Meanwhile, your vote at the local
level counts for a lot more. If three
thousand of Hudsons
Hudson Town House, 1857

Hudsons 1916 Annual Report provides a

glimpse at town costs from a century ago.

16,691 registered
voters make a visit to the polls next week,
then each vote constitutes 1.8 percent of
those eligible to vote. Dont
forget that about 27,600
people live in Hudson, so
your one vote equates to
16 percent. Likewise, in
Litchfield, if a projected 700
voters show up, out of the
6,176 who are registered,
each vote equates to
9.6 percent of voting
When it comes to
navigating your way through
the ballot on March 8,
you will have two ballots
to consider: one for the
town and one for the
school district. Your job
is simple: fill in the ovals.
First, the names of the
candidates will appear at
the top of each ballot, along
with what offices they are
running for. Following the

candidates names, the warrant articles will appear in numerical

order with a brief explanation and end with whether the towns
board of selectmen, school board and budget committee endorsed
the particular article.
An indication will appear of how each group voted on each
warrant article. For example, in Hudson, Warrant Article 7 on the
replacement of the track at Alvirne High School for $494,458 was
recommended by the Hudson School Board by a vote of 3 to 1 but
was not recommended by the budget committee, 4 to 5. One town
away in Litchfield,
the towns Warrant Article
7 concerns the police

which appropriates $18,329 for the
current fiscal year. It was recommended
by both the board of selectmen, 4 to 1, and by the budget
committee, 8 to 0.
Heres a historical comparison to put it all in perspective.
continue to page 9- Local Vote Counts

An enlightening look from the 1916 Hudson Annual Report

when the entire teaching staffs salaries totaled $3,103.

Candidates Night Introduces Those Seeking Election;

Brings Rancor to Town as in Recent Presidential Debates
by Laurie Jasper
GFWC Hudson Junior Women hosted the
annual Candidates Night on Monday, Feb. 29, at
the Hudson Community Center. Sixteen of the
23 residents seeking election to various positions
attended the event. GFWC member Laura
Edmands opened with welcoming remarks, noting
GFWC Hudson Junior Women is celebrating
50 years of service to the Hudson community
and the community at large. Edmands thanked
the candidates and the audience members for
attending, the Hudson Community Club for their
assistance as well as Hudson Cable Television for
broadcasting the program live. Town moderator
Paul Inderbitzen, who is running unopposed for
re-election, explained the rules of the evening.
Each candidate was allowed three minutes for
an introductory speech. Following that portion,
audience members were able to submit questions.
Board of Selectmen (five candidates running for
two three-year terms)
There are five candidates for two three-year
terms for the board of selectmen, and each
addressed the audience. Roger Coutu said he
moved to Hudson in 1999 and has served for
the past eight years as a selectman, including as
chairman and vice chairman, and said he would
continue to serve with unending dedication,
passion and integrity. Coutu said, In this
election, experience and productivity matter.

Courtesy photo

Richard Kahn,
who has run four
prior unsuccessful
campaigns for
selectman, chose
to play on Jeff
You might be a
redneck comedy
by listing a
rambling diatribe
with You might
vote for Rich Kahn
if including If
you want to show
your neighbors
how well you are
doing so you put
all your stuff in
your yard, you
might vote for
Rich Kahn and If
From left are Len Lathrop, Kara Roy, Linda Kipnes, Shawn Jasper, Mark Manning, William Collins, Moderator Paul Inderbitzen, Roger Coutu, Richard Kahn,
you believe that a full
Richard Maddox, Angela Saucier, Jared Stevens, James Barnes, and Joseph Fernando.
body, naked scanner
like those they use at
for four years. He grew up in Dracut and is an
attended the event and said he has lived in
the airports is somewhere between voyeurism and
Hudson for 30 years and has served the last three
account executive in Woburn who works partpedophilia, you might vote for Rich Kahn. He
time in real estate.
years on the budget committee. In addition,
runs a landscaping business in town.
Library Trustee (two three-year term)
Barnes has been a volunteer on the conservation
Incumbent Richard Maddox has been a
committee and a member of the planning board.
For library trustee, there are four candidates
selectman for the past 12 years, stating, I am just
running for two three-year positions. Shawn
Currently, Barnes is chairman of the Benson Park
here to do what I believe is in
Jasper is a lifelong resident of the town and has
the best interest for the town of
Budget Committee (one one-year term)
served on many boards and committees. Jasper
Hudson. Maddox said he has
said as speaker of the House of Representatives
Also for budget committee, there is one oneasked a lot of questions during
he doesnt have as much time as he would like
year term to which Joseph Fernald has applied.
his 12 years, citing several
Fernald has lived in town for 12 years and is
to volunteer for the town he loves so much, but
examples, and said he has the
he would like to give back to the community. I
seeking office for the first time. I want to involve
knowledge, determination and
think I have the experience that is needed on
myself in how and where this town spends
dedication for the position.
its money, Fernald said. Married with twin
that board. The library is a very important asset
Angela Saucier has lived in
to the town of Hudson. I think there are some
boys, Fernald is a T-ball coach with a degree in
Hudson for six years, and this is
efficiencies that could be had there, Jasper said.
accounting and an advanced degree in business.
her first time running for office.
Linda Kipnes is a current library trustee and
Cemetery Trustee (one three-year term)
She said she works in sales
loves being a trustee because she is an avid reader
Two residents have applied for the single threefor an outside staffing agency
and library user. She said the trustees oversee the
year position as cemetery trustee. William Collins
and her on-the-job experience
budget and help set library policy.
is a life-long resident of Hudson and this is his
would be an asset on the
first time running for office. He is an appointed
board. Saucier is a member of
continue to page 9- Presidential Debates
member of the planning board and conservation
the Alvirne Booster Club and
commission. I think the cemeteries can provide
is helping to renovate Kiwanis
some of that history to the local
people. Its something I find
Jared Stevens ran last year
interesting, said Collins.
for selectman and is on the
Code of Ethics Committee
ballot again. Were really
(two three-year terms; one
tired of the status quo, Stevens
two-year term)
said. During Stevens opening
The code of ethics
statement he spoke against the
committee meets on an ascurrent board.
need basis. This year there are
Budget Committee (three
Alvirne High School Air Force JROTC cadets visited
two three-year terms open for
three-year terms)
Washington, D.C., Feb. 21-25. While there the cadets visited
which no one applied. Mark
threewith U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte. Watch next weeks HLN for the
Manning signed up to serve
year terms open for budget
cadets input on their visit to the nations capital.
for the one two-year term.
continued services with dedication,
committee, and two candidates
Manning has lived in town
have applied. James Barnes
compassion,and above all, integrity!
with his wife and two boys
Courtesy photo

JROTC Cadets Explore

Washington, D.C.

Please Return Hudson Selectman


2 - March 4, 2016 | Hudson - Litchfield News

Scouts Learn Business Basics and Life Skills

submitted by Girl Scout Troop 10251
The Girl Scouts of Troop 10251 had a busy February learning
some valuable life skills. Thanks Harrisons Comics and Granite
State American Kenpo for taking the time to work with the Scouts.
Harrisons helped them earn their business badge and prepare
for their cookie booth by teaching them everything from how to

Courtesy photos

The following students made the Deans List at Rochester Institute of

Technology for the fall semester: Litchfield residents Andrew DiCola,
who is studying in the biochemistry program and Aaron Pentheny,
who is studying in the criminal justice program and Hudson residents
Nicholas Iannaco, who is studying in the film and animation program
and Torrey Dickman, who is studying in the graphic design program.
In honor of their outstanding academic achievement, Emmanuel
College has named more than 600 students to the Deans List for the
fall semester. Local students named to the Deans List include: Molly
Gillespie of Litchfield and Amanda Ingersoll of Hudson.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has named Adam Champagne of
Litchfield and Matthew Poegel of Hudson to the Deans Honor List for
the fall semester.
Ethan Michaud of Hudson and Samantha Sonnesso of Litchfield
have been named to Emerson Colleges Deans List for the fall
Three Hudson residents have recently been named to the Deans
List at Boston University for the fall semester. Students recognized
for this honor include: Teja Karri, Jacob G. Nazarian and Holly J.
The following select students have been named to the fall Deans
List at Roger Williams for the fall semester: Hudson residents Hanna
Bate, an Architecture major, Delaney Burns, an Elementary Education
major and Jeanetta Griffin, a Management major and Litchfield
resident Brianna Hardy, a Graphic Design Communications major.
Brittney Lambert of Hudson was one of 25 Worcester Polytechnic
Institutes winter student-athletes to earn New England Womens
and Mens Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference accolades.
Lambert is a sophomore on the Womens Basketball team. Honorees
must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative
GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2015 fall semester,
achieved second year academic status at his or her institution, and
been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.

display items to customer service. Granite State American Kenpo

hosted an anti bullying and self-defense seminar for them. The Girl
Scouts learned how to protect themselves and had a lot of fun at
the same time.
Thank you to these two businesses for supporting Girl Scouts.

Granite State American Kenpo

Harrisons Comics

Maxwell Beland
Wins PMA
Geography Bee;
Heading to
State Contest

Wacky Wednesday
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Model Kits Puzzles Paint-By-Number Trains & Scenery

Slot Car Sets Breyer Horses R/C Trucks & Planes

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A "Mom & Pop" Hobby Store

Maxwell Beland of PMA has been studying hard for

the upcoming NH National Geographic State Bee on
April 1 in Keene.

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Ms. Jacobson and Mrs. Faria dancing and acting wacky.

submitted by Presentation of Mary Academy,

Maxwell Beland, an eighth grader at the
Presentation of Mary Academy in Hudson, sure
knows his geography. Maxwell has been notified
by the National Geographic Society that he is one
of the semifinalists to compete in the 2016 NH
National Geographic State Bee. The contest will
be held at Keene State College on Friday, April 1.
Maxwell was the winner at the PMA Geography
Bee for all students in grades four through eight.
School champions were then required to take an
online qualifying test. Maxwell is ready for the
big day. Im excited and have been studying
every day, said Maxwell. Best of luck!

Hudson Police, Fire & Town

Supervisors Association
Would Appreciate Your Support


Vote Tuesday,

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Hudson - Litchfield News | March 4, 2016 - 3

Remember Hudson When ...

Central Fire Station C 1955
submitted by Ruth Parker
The year was 1951 and Hudsons population was rapidly growing.
The town was renting a four-stall fire station on Ferry Street that was
already overcrowded. The problem was simple: how could the
town build a larger fire station without raising the already high tax
rate? The selectmen, the then volunteer fire department, and Frank
Nutting had a plan. They would borrow $40,000. The yearly cost
to repay this loan would be about the same as what the town was
already paying for the rented station. This money would be used for
materials; the labor to build the station would come from volunteers.
At the town meeting in March 1952, the town voted to build a
firehouse at a cost not exceeding $40,000.
The planning and architectural work was done by Leonard Smith,
a local builder and member of the volunteer fire department.
Ground was broken May 1, 1952, on town-owned land at the
corner of Library and School streets, opposite Webster School,
utilizing about one-half of the approximately 1.3 acres of the old
ball field. Community spirit was high; volunteers came from within
the department, the town, town organizations, and even from
surrounding towns. Engineers, builders, merchants, and laborers
came forward to help. The result was this fire station of typical New
England architecture with housing for nine trucks, offices, rest rooms,
kitchen, future sleeping area and an assembly hall. There was also
room for expansion. By the fall of 1952 the building was enclosed
for winter work, and, by the summer of 1953, the new station was
put into service. One work session occurred on April 3, 1953, with
24 men and 16 members of the fire department. Following work
they were rewarded by a ham and bean supper prepared by Leon
Hammond, Norman Crosby and Lewis Reynolds.

This facility housed

the fire and police
departments. Later the
upstairs was used for
temporary classrooms,
then for meetings
and classes for both
departments with space
for supplies. The board
of selectmen moved its
office from the basement
of the Hills Library
into the fire station,
remaining here until
the town office building
was built next door on
the corner of school
and what is now Chase
Street. At that time
Chase Street ended at
School Street and did not
extend to Ferry Street.
As town growth
and needs of the fire
department continued
an addition to this
station has occurred as well as the addition of satellite stations on
Burns Hill and Robinson roads. Shortly after the passing of Leonard
Smith in 2002, the Central Fire station was renamed The Leonard E.

Central Fire Station c. 1955

Smith Fire Station in his memory. Photo from the Historical Society

Litchfield Community Church Conducts Ordination

of Session, Gregory Lepine. An
ordination carries for life, and
comes from the term ordered or
organized. Presbyterians believe
the church is put in order by God,
and God calls members of the
church to ordered ministry. The
church, also called congregation,
confirms Gods call to individuals for
servant leadership. Each ruling elder
who has been installed as a member
of Session will have responsibilities
for overall church management as
well as specific duties.
The Presbyterian Church came
from the Reform movement, via
Scotland, and is best known for
its Constitution, which consists
of the Book of Confessions and
Book of Order. The Book of Order
not only sets out the Foundations of

Jean Lister

Staff photos by Len Lathrop

Litchfield School Staff

Receive Guidance on
Bomb Threat Response

NH State Trooper Flynn

by Len Lathrop
the players of the Litchfield School system and to
Although no bomb has ever been found in a
review threat assessment.
New Hampshire school after a Communicated
As the 1812 Overture could be heard coming
threat, take each threat seriously. is the opening
from the band room, Flynn broke the ice by
statement in a Response Guidance pass out that
telling everyone about bomb dogs and their
Trooper Ed Flynn of the New Hampshire State
training starting with smelling gunpowder in cans,
Police used as he met with staff at Campbell High
and when they show an interest in the can that
School Monday after school.
smelled different to sit and stay. He mentioned
The informational meeting was set up by
how the bomb squad was an asset of the state
School Resource Officer Michael Corl, who is
and their team will help small town and larger
a sergeant on the Litchfield Police. The invited
communities when asked.
were administrators, office personnel, School
Many things were reviewed, but many were on
Administrative Unit members and other members
a need-to-know basis, but important information
of the Litchfield School District.
on the assessment of threat, shelter in place versus
Corl stressed that being proactive is the key
evacuation, noting things out of place, and many
to good planning and preparation to have safe
more useful examples for those on the front line of
schools. Corl had worked with the Flynn and
school safety.
other members of the NH State
Bomb Squad at the Manchester
airport and knew their
experience would be a guide for
the Litchfield schools.
Trooper Flynn outlined his
goal as to use: What we (the
bomb squad) have seen and
what we have done. His goals
on Monday were to educate,
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planning and to meet and know



Political Advertisement paid by Roger E. Coutu

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Hudson, NH (Next to Rocco's)

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Courtesy photos

submitted by Pastor Lori Wiley

An ordination and installation were
conducted at Litchfield Community
Church Presbyterian on Sunday, Feb. 28.
Julie Doyle was ordained as a ruling elder,
and Jean Lister was ordained as a deacon.
This was followed by an installation of
Julie Doyle and Elizabeth McGilvary as
ruling elders, and Jean Lister and Christine
Lepine as deacons.
In the Presbyterian tradition, elders
and deacons are nominated by the
congregation, then prepared, examined,
and approved by Session, composed
of six ruling elders. Ruling is related
to measuring helping the church
measure up to Gods expectations.
Those who are approved by Session are
ordained and installed in the presence
of the congregation. The ordination and
installation was conducted by the Clerk

Julie Doyle

Presbyterianism, but also how the church is to

be governed, the order of worship, and how
discipline is to be conducted.
Jonathan Edwards began as a Presbyterian,
as did Benjamin Franklin. There were 11
Presbyterians in the Continental Congress, and
their views on representational governance
influences the formation of the House of
Representatives. Andrew Jackson was the first
Presbyterian President. Charles Finney, leader of
the Second Great Awakening, was a Presbyterian
minister. The song, Jesus loves me was written
by a Presbyterian.
Litchfield Community Church is a member of
the Presbytery of Northern New England, and its
primary purpose is to meet the spiritual needs of
the town of Litchfield. Its worship services are at
10 a.m., and everyone is invited to attend.

4 - March 4, 2016 | Hudson - Litchfield News

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 www.NHFFL.com.

Fridays, March 11, 18 & 25

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!

Registration for Winter/Spring Childrens Programs at Rodgers

Memorial Library. Registration has begun - We have everything
from cooking and crafts to book discussions and story times.
Something for all ages can be found here! Miss Betseys Craft Club
held on the first, third and fifth Thursdays and Miss Karyns Food
& Fun held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month are
both sure to ignite creativity for making cool projects and exploring
new book titles. Books and Babies is a great time for babies up to
18 months and their caregivers to enjoy time with other babies and
parents. Check out www.rodgerslibrary.org and click events for a
monthly calendar. Call 886-6030 with questions.

Sunday, March 13
Hollis Arts Society Juried Members Show. In March
works of art by members of the Hollis Arts Society will
be displayed in the Rodgers Memorial Library community
room. From 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a reception where you
can meet the artists. Guitarist George Page will provide music for
the reception and light refreshments will be served.


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. Pre-register at rmlnh.org/events or call 886-6030.

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.



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


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 own!

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., Campbell High

Wednesday, March 16
The Litchfield Senior Citizens Group will meet at 12 p.m.
at the Community Church on Charles Bancroft Highway.
There will be a luncheon followed by a discussion on the
history of cinema by Jeff Klenotic. All seniors are invited to


Self-Care 101. Now that Valentines Day has come and gone,
its time to think about taking care of one of your most important
loved ones - you! Were not talking about spa pedicures and
massages, although those are great, were talking about the basics
of self-care, such as how you talk to yourself: Like your best friend
would? Or like your worst enemy? Join Master Certified Life Coach
Diane MacKinnon, M.D., for an interactive discussion about the
true meaning of self-care and gain tools and skills to help set your
life up so you take care of everyone in your life, including yourself!
Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson. Registration requested; walk-ins
welcome. Go to rmlnh.org/events or call 886-6030.


Saturday, March 12
Thrift Shop at Community Church of Hudson will reopen
at 10 a.m. Easter and spring items. Coats and jackets,
household items.


Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: Hot Lunches available
at 12 p.m., Community Church of Hudson, 9 Central St., Hudson.
We are working around repairs.


Fridays, March 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!


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 book-related 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

Wednesday, March 9
Candidate for Governor Mark Connolly will join the
Pelham and Hudson Democrats for their meeting. There
will be an opportunity for Q & A. 7 p.m., Rodgers Memorial
Library, 194 Derry Rd., Hudson.

Friday, March 18
Hudson Memorial VFW Post 5791 will host a Meat
Raffle at its post home located at 15 Bockes Rd., Hudson,
beginning at 7 p.m. You must be 16 or older to attend. The
proceeds from this event will benefit the VFW National Home
for Children. For more information call the canteen at 598-4594
Mon.-Sat., 12 to 8 p.m. We hope to see you there.


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.

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.


Saturday, March 19
$5 A Bag Sale. Help us clean out and get ready for spring
and summer merchandise. Community Church of Hudson,
9 Central St., Hudson. Clothing, childrens clothing,
household items.

American Legion Post 48 will host a Meat Raffle at its post home
located at 1 Fulton St. in Hudson. This event is open to members
and guests. The proceeds will benefit American Legion projects. For
more information call the Foxhole at 889-9777 after 11 a.m.
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
HomelandHeroesFoundation.org or by calling (617) 910-6948. Visit
us at facebook.com/www.homelandhereosfoundation.org.




Thursday, March 24 thru Saturday, March 26

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Great Vigil on
Saturday, Triduum, 6:30 p.m. each day. Community
Church of Hudson, 19 Central St. Join us for this special
Holy Week service.

Tuesday, March 29
The Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce will hold
its 47th Annual Awards Dinner honoring the Citizen of the
Year, the Business of the Year, the Outstanding Community
Partners and the Junior Citizen of the Year. This event will take
place at The Castleton Banquet & Conference Center, 58 Enterprise
Dr., in Windham, beginning at 6 p.m. Guest speakers will be
Executive Councilor Christopher Sununu and Carl Soderberg of Able
Ebenezer Brewing Co. Tickets are $50 per person. Reservations
can be made by contacting the Chamber by Wed., March 16 at 8894731 or info@hudsonchamber.com.


Wednesday, March 30
Hiking the Camino de Santiago, a 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.


Saturday, April 2
CHS Athletic Booster Club is hosting Saturday Night
Spring Fever from 7 to 11 p.m., at Talent Hall in Litchfield.
Music will be provided by DJ Bob Kirby and there will plenty
of great raffle prizes! Tickets available in advance for $10
each at Town Hall or $15 each at the door. BYOB/food and come
join us for a great night of dancing and socializing!

Friday, April 8
Adults can sign up now for a Beginner Scrap Booking
Class. Come join us at the Aaron Cutler Library from 1 to
3 p.m. to learn how to create a scrap book page to preserve
memories with family and friends. All attendees should
bring six to eight theme related photos (i.e., graduation, Christmas,
a birthday, a day at the beach). Free to attend for all Litchfield
residents. Supplies are included, but sign up is required. For
questions call the circulation desk at 424-4044.


Saturday, April 9
Litchfield Firefighters Association will hold its 36th
Annual Ham & Bean Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. at the
Campbell High School Cafeteria. The Supper is a wonderful
fundraising even that helps bring the community together.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at litchfieldfirefighters@gmail.
com or at the door: $7/adults, $6/seniors, $5/children, under 4/free.


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Cheryl Ann OToole

Cheryl Ann OToole, 60, passed away after
a courageous battle with cancer on Feb. 27,
2016. She was born in Dorchester, Mass.,
and graduated from Burlington High School
in 1972. She has been a resident of Hudson
since 1985 where she was employed by the
Hudson School District since 2000; she most
recently worked at Library Street School as
an administrator. Her smile and kind words
at the front door were appreciated by all.
She was a devoted wife and loving mother.
Cheryl was an avid health enthusiast, bargain
shopper, holiday decorator, and dog lover,
especially to her beloved little boo Toby. She loved spending time
with family and friends, Saturday dance nights, time outdoors, and
tending to her admired garden.
Cheryl is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Brian

OToole of Hudson; her son Ryan and his wife Allison of

Tyngsborough, Mass.; and her son Patrick, his wife Melanie and
granddaughter Harper of
Londonderry. She was the
beloved daughter of Patrick
Flanagan of Wells, Maine, and
Doris Flanagan of Burlington,
Mass. She is also survived
by her sister Susan Miles of
Salem, N.H., and her loving
nieces and nephews. She will
be missed dearly by all that
knew her.
A Celebration Mass was
held March 3 at St. John
Church in Hudson.
In lieu of flowers, donations
can be made to the

New Hampshire Humane Society.

To leave an online message of condolence, please visit www.
dumontsullivan.com. The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in
Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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The Word Around Town...

Letters to our Editor

Vote Yes on Warrant Article 18

Benson Park Utilities
Beginning in 2009, countless hours of volunteer work and contributions plus
the work of Town employees in the Highway Department and other departments
have converted Benson Park from an overgrown, abandoned parcel of property into
a popular attraction enjoyed by many, many people throughout the year. Going
forward, we will need to continue to invest in the park to provide improvements.
One of the planned improvements is the development of a museum in the old
Elephant Barn. The Friends of Benson Park have been working to restore the building
and raising funds to support the restoration process. The Town of Hudson has
provided the Friends of Benson Park with a long-term lease to support the museum.
One of the commitments by the Town was to provide utility connections to the future
museum. Currently, there is only a temporary electricity connection to the building.
Warrant Article 18 on this years Town Warrant provides the funds to bring the
utilities into the central portion of the Park and to the Elephant Barn/Museum
building. Passing this Article will allow water and sewer service to be brought to
the building. A permanent connection to the electric grid will also be provided.
The gas utility will provide a connection from the nearby main on Kimball Hill
Road. Installation of the utilities in the central part of the park will also provide an
opportunity to connect the newly relocated Train Station and the Oce Building
when and if that becomes part of the plan for those buildings. And finally, having
these utilities will provide an opportunity to add permanent restroom facilities to the
Park in the future.
Please vote Yes on Warrant Article 18 to support this investment in the future of
Benson Park.

Jim Barnes, Hudson

Article 12 Supports Police,

Fire and Town Sta
Our association is asking for your support on Town Article 12 and how important
this article is to the people of Hudson. Warrant Article 12 asks to approve a three
year contract for the Hudson Police, Fire and Town Supervisors Association. This
association is made up of supervisors from various Town departments. The majority
of this association is Police and Fire supervisors as well as the Animal Control Ocer,
Town Engineer, Information Technology, Highway Department Supervisor and Town
Accountant. These are highly experienced, professional and educated town employees,
with some having more than 20 years of service to the people of Hudson.
The association is asking for a fair increase while keeping the tax impact as low as

possible. For people who live here, Hudson is a great Town and a great place to raise a
family. One thing that makes it so great is the services you receive. These employees
are here to serve and protect the Town.
A yes vote on Article 12 will allow you to pay your Town supervisors an average
wage for their continued outstanding dedication to you and the Town of Hudson.
Please take a few minutes out of your busy day to vote yes on Article 12. The
members of the Association would like to thank you in advance for your consideration
on this article. We join together with the Hudson Board of Selectmen, Hudson
Budget Committee and ask for your support to vote yes on Article 12.

John P. Beike, President, Hudson Police, Fire

and Town Supervisors Association

Chief Reminds Voters that Hudson Fire

doesnt Act Alone
Today I write to encourage you to support Articles 10, 11 and 12, the ratification
of multi-year contracts negotiated between the Town of Hudson Board of Selectmen
and the Hudson Fire Fighters Union, IAFF 3154, Hudson Support Sta and the
Hudson Police, Fire and Town Supervisors Association for wage and benefit increases.
One of my goals as Fire Chief is to make sure I provide the citizens of Hudson with
the best services possible. This may include many dierent things: from a fire, to a
medical emergency, problem with your heating device, obtaining advise for a building
project or zoning/code enforcement concern. I certainly cannot accomplish this
alone. This can only be accomplished through a team eort that is made up of several
dierent groups all of these associations make up the great team at Hudson Fire.
All of the mentioned warrant articles represent multi-year contracts that provide
employees with a raise, while making sure that we collectively work together to
understand the implication of the Aordable Care Act. Each day they provide a
level of service that cannot be matched. They do this by embracing new training
techniques and medical practices or expanding their responsibilities in order to
increase the services we provide. They do this to ensure we are providing the best
opportunities to our customers.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I remind you to vote on Tuesday,
March 8.

Robert M. Buxton, Fire Chief, Hudson

Renovating Alvirne Track Requires your Vote

I write as a member of Alvirne High Schools track team and as the Student
Representative to the School Board as I ask you to consider voting for Warrant
Article 7 on the Hudson School District Ballot during the March 8 elections. This
Warrant Article came in by petition and provides for the renovation of the James
Sullivan Track at a cost up to $494,458. The 23-year-old track has been closed for
competition beginning in this upcoming track season due to its poor condition that
is unrepairable. Hudsons high school and middle school teams will no longer be able
to hold home meets at the track. Within a few years, it appears that the high school
track team will no longer be able to hold practice on the track as its condition will
only continue to degrade. With that being said, I sincerely ask you to vote in favor of
Warrant Article 7 to provide for the renovation of the James Sullivan Track.

Political ad paid for by Angela Saucier, Hudson, NH

I am asking the voters of Hudson to consider casting one of their two votes for
Library Trustee for me. The Library is wonderful resource for the people of Hudson,
which should be managed in a way that not only respects the traditional purposes
of libraries, but that also meets the ever expanding ways in which modern libraries
provide nontraditional services. I believe that my experience in business and in
government can help the library in many ways that will benefit both the patrons and
the taxpayers.
As Speaker of the New Hampshire House I have saved the taxpayers several
hundred thousand dollars by bringing a fresh set of eyes to the operations of the
Legislature and not just assuming that the way things are, are the way they should
always be. I believe that there are eciencies to be had in the operations of the library
as well, ones which will not have a negative eect on services.
My interest In the Library is nothing new. As a Selectman I served as the liaison to
the library, where I learned about the library operations. As a member of the Budget
Committee I became very familiar with the budgetary needs and wants of the library.
More recently I served on a committee which developed a strategic plan to better serve
the needs of the patrons.
My promise to the voters of Hudson is that, if I am elected, I will devote the time
necessary to make sure that your tax dollars are used wisely and that I have educated
myself on the issues to ensure that my decisions are based on the facts and not just on
the recommendations of others.

Shawn N. Jasper, Hudson

Re-elect Couture to Litchfield

Budget Committee

My name is Richard Kahn and I am a candidate for selectman for the town of
Hudson, for a three-year term. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in computer
systems engineering from UMass/Amherst and a Master of Education degree from
Rivier College. I have been married to Sherry for over 32 years and have a 28 year old
son, Matthew, a daughter-in-law Nancy, and a soon-to-be 1-year old granddaughter
Maggie. I have run a landscaping business in town for the last 15 years.
My campaign is still centered on the five primary goals and objectives first defined
four years ago. 1) Accountability, 2) transparency, 3) fiscal restraint, 4) civil liberties,
and 5) create a business-friendly climate.

Accountability - Government at all levels likes to escape accountability by

blaming the other guy. A vote for Rich Kahn means the buck stops with me.

Transparency - Anyone here heard of RSA 91-A? That is the states rightto-know law. If there is a public hearing or even a discussion between two
public ocials on an issue, you are entitled to know the content of that hearing
or discussion. Why should Hudson residents have to file a formal right-toknow request to get information from *their* government. A vote for Rich
Kahn means if you are entitled to public information and I have access to it, it
is yours.

Fiscal restraint - Fiscal restraint is sorely lacking everywhere in public life.

Ever wonder why default budgets are higher than actual budgets? Ever wonder
why voting *no* costs more than voting *yes*? A vote for Rich Kahn means you
think that is as silly as I do.

Civil liberties - How is it in the United States of America you can lose
your property on the mere suspicion your property was involved in a crime?
You do not even have to be accused of a crime, and the burden of proof is on
*you* to get your property back. A vote for Rich Kahn means your civil liberties
will be respected.

Business-friendly climate - In Hudson, ordinance interpretations appear

to be at the whim of those bureaucrats charged with enforcing those ordinances.
Big businesses based out of town or even out of state and country are given a
pass while the small business owner has to fight for even the smallest concession.
This is what I consider crony capitalism and a vote for Rich Kahn means a vote
for a more business-friendly climate.
As you consider the options, you will see one candidate for selectman is not saying
what the other candidates are saying. If you like that dierence, please like me on
Facebook (www.facebook.com/RichardKahnForSelectman) and let me have your vote
on Tuesday, March 8.

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Hudson

on the continued
growth of Hudson and
doing what is right
for the community.

Shawn N. Jasper a Candidate

for Library Trustee

Richard Kahn Vies for Selectmans Seat

Cynthia Couture, Litchfield

on Tuesday
March 8th

Jerry Gutekunst, Hudson

Shane Coughlin, Student Representative to the School Board, Hudson

I am running for re-election the Litchfield Budget Committee and I ask for your
support on Tuesday. March 8.
I have over 20 years of Litchfield budget experience as a former long-time
Litchfield School Board member who was involved in detailed budget development,
including goal setting, program development, policy creation, etc. I held a variety
of positions in my tenure including serving as Chair, vice chair, President of the NH
School Boards Association, and several years as the School Boards representative to
the Budget Committee. The last four years I have served as an elected member of
the budget committee and the last two years as the Budget Committee Chair. I am
organized, detail-oriented and work to keep people focused on the role of budget
Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you at the polls on

Elect Angela P. Saucier

Change we can believe in especially at the local level?

This is the same question Ive asked in previous Opinion Oerings, which is what
prompted the thought of Vote for New, After Two (terms); and especially after Too
Long in oce. I fully understand what it means to be of service in our communities,
at 70 Ive done so since my late 30s. But when the same local politicians, and I use
the term politicians to refer to the local oce holders in this instance, who are indeed
serving their communities; but when they cant or wont let go of that to allow others
to serve in their communities in the very same capacities; all those other people who
want to do so, are being marginalized or disenfranchised by the two political parties
manipulating conditions to stay in power with those who gained power, against each
The primary elections have shown that all across the country, people are generally
fed up with this two party political system that produces the same candidates every
election cycle. And look at NH with this current governor who is campaigning to
move further up the ladder behind her benefactor, when theres 938 drug over dose
deaths have been allowed during her terms in oce; while shes squandered urgently
needed and limited resources to build gigantic liquor stores across this state. Dont
938 dead people, even if at their own hands, mean anything to anybody; that this
Governor should have started a major program to stop in the year of 192 deaths in
2013? There should have been a call to remove this governor from oce a long time
ago! Ive got no respect for her as a person, no respect for her benefactor, or their
political party.

Im Robert (Bob) Guessferd. I have been a resident of Hudson since 1989 and,
while I grew up in Delaware. Hudson is where I have raised my family and it is my
home. I care very much about the present and future of our town and have been a
very active parent and volunteer in town and school activities. My family has been
impacted over the years from the decisions made by others regarding town and school
services. I am now running as a write in candidate for one of the three open Budget
Committee seats which will be decided on March 8. I would be honored to receive
the confidence of your vote, but at a minimum, I ask you to take a few minutes of
your time on Tuesday to exercise your right to vote for those whom will make the
greatest direct impact on your day to day lives here in Hudson. Thank you very

Bob Guessferd, Hudson

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Its Spring Time;

Flowers and Politicians
Pop Up
Hes back! I was sick and so was my PC
but were both healthy again and just in
time. The Crocus bulbs and the political
bulbs are popping up and its brought to
mind that I moved to Hudson in 2004
and it now seems like theres many of the
same names in town government then, as
there is now. Isnt there something wrong
with that? Twelve years later and we get
the same oerings, what happened to

Richard Kahn, Hudson

Your Neighbors Need You

I think we can agree that the weather has been kinder this year. Instead, many folks
of Hudson are preoccupied with the elections. In all of our daily routines we have a
tendency to forget that there are many of our own neighbors who are still struggling
even without all the snow. They are not sure where their next meal will come from.
Once the holidays are over and the decorations are put away, people tend to forget
about those who are less fortunate.
Our shelves are rather bare after feeding 200-plus families for the holidays and we
really need help with the following items; pickles, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, ketchup,
beets, carrots, tea, coee, cookies, tuna, spam, canned chicken, beef broth, beef gravy,
chicken gravy, jelly, sugar, flour, brownie mix, hash, chili, canned macaroni products,
breakfast bars, pancake syrup, evaporated milk, mashed potatoes,
stung mix, pasta sides, rice sides, chicken helper, mac & cheese,
toothbrushes and shaving cream.
It does not matter whether you can donate one of the items listed
above or a bag of items. What matters is that you realize that your
neighbors need help and you want to donate something. Items can be
dropped o at the Food Pantry at 23 Library St., at Chiropractic Works
in the Brook Plaza or in the wooden box at Hannafords. We here at
the Hudson Food Pantry we would like to thank all of you for your
generosity in the past but we need your help now.
Thank you in advance for your support and donation.

Get Your Tickets to the AHS Cabaret!

The Alvirne High School Music Department presents:

Cabaret 2016
Hollywood Then and Now
Saturday April 2nd at 2:00 PM
Saturday April 2nd at 7:30 PM
Sunday April 3rd at 1:00 PM
Tickets are on sale now at


Meghan Kostro on behalf of St. John XXIII

Parish Food Pantry

Why do Teachers Choose

not to Stay in Hudson?
Warrant Article 2 is a five-year agreement between the Hudson
School Board and the 260 members of the Hudson Federation of
Teachers which includes all teachers, speech therapists, occupational
therapists, physical therapists, full-time nurses, and full-time paraeducators.
The cost to fund this contract in the 2016-2017 school year is
$281,768. Funding for this warrant article creates an estimated tax
impact of 11 cents. This is an annual cost of $33 to a family with a
property valued at $300,000. This comes out to $2.75 per month, the
cost of one large cup of coee.
During negotiations, the Hudson School Board had three main
objectives: to create a competitive salary schedule so that the district
could attract and retain a quality teaching sta, create cost savings
to the voter through a change in health insurance plan, and to gain

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concessions to be able to start school prior to Labor Day when it made sense; these
were all achieved.
During the interview process, the Hudson School District loses many candidates
to other districts. Why does this happen? A study was done comparing salaries
in Hudson to salaries in the surrounding communities of Pelham, Londonderry,
Litchfield, Hooksett, Bedford, Windham, Gostown, Merrimack, Timberlane,
Nashua, Derry and Milford.

Starting salary in Hudson for a Bachelors degree averages $3,284 less than
the starting salary in 12 surrounding school districts.

Starting salary in Hudson for a Masters degree averages $5,311 less than
the starting salary in 12 surrounding school districts.
If you were looking for a job, would you look at Hudson first?
Not including retirees and teachers who have left for other reasons, the Hudson
School District has lost 50 teachers to other districts because the salaries in Hudson
did not compare. The loss of 50 teachers represents 20 percent of our professional
teaching sta.
Why do teachers choose not to stay with the Hudson School District?

A teacher who works in Hudson with a Bachelors degree will earn an

average of $52,944 less over 15 years than teachers in 12 surrounding school

A teacher who works in Hudson with a Masters degree will earn an

average of $105,654 less over 15 years than teachers in 12 surrounding school
Placing yourself in the position of a Hudson teacher who could make substantially
more money by driving ten more minutes per day, would you stay?
The 50 teachers who have left the district have taken college courses at the districts
expense totaling almost $150,000. This is a $150,000 investment that walked out the
door to make more money somewhere else.
In order to lower the cost of the contract, teachers have made a major concession
in health benefits by agreeing to enroll in a benefit program that creates significant

Hudson, Re-Elect

Rick Maddox Selectman

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

Vote Tuesday, March 8th

savings to the district. In the first year, the savings is about $211,000 and the savings
will increase each year compared to the current programs being oered.
Warrant Article 3 is the collective bargaining agreement Hudson School Board
and the districts leadership team which includes 58 members who serve as principals,
assistant principals, deans, directors, school psychologists, department heads, and
media specialists.
The first year of the contract is the current school year which had no salary
increases due to the warrant article not gaining voter approval last March. The cost
to fund this contract in the 2016-2017 school year is $137,728. Funding for this
warrant article creates an estimated tax impact of 5 cents. This is an annual cost of
$15 to a family with a property valued at $300,000, a monthly cost of $1.25 which
is about the cost of a bagel at Dunkin Donuts. In this contract there is a 2.5 percent
cost of living adjustment, no step movement and some members will increase the
number of days they work.
Both of these contracts are recommended by the budget committee.

has evolved from a farming community to what we hope is becoming a town with a
thriving business and industrial center. A nearly full Sagamore Park shows that were
well on our way to achieving that goal. Elected ocials serve their communities in
dierent ways. I continue to have the same enthusiasm and commitment that I had
when I first ran for the BOS. Ive strived to serve with decency and integrity and to
always use my best judgment. I dont believe being too honest is a flaw, and I will
always be open and honest in the course of making decisions for our town and its
citizens. Ive heard your concerns about working to ensure better collaboration and
cooperation between town boards, and agree that there is room for improvement. You
have my commitment. Richard Maddox, fourth name on the ballot. Im typically
known for asking dicult questions, and I always look at the bigger picture prior to
making a decision: How will this help or aect us five, even 10 years from now? I
have the tenacity and staying power with your vote and support I will stay in this
position on Hudsons Board of Selectmen and work for the continued wellbeing of the
taxpayers and the town. Thank you.

Bryan Lane, Hudson

Richard J. Maddox, Hudson

Of Mutual Benefit to Everyone in Hudson

Addressing Fire Station Concerns

This has nothing to do with whether or not you have children in school any more
(I dont). Frankly it has nothing to do with income levels of voters either. When it
comes to voting on School Warrant Articles 1 and 2 your support by voting yes on
both of these will be appreciated, and, of benefit to you, the Town, and the teachers.
Im asking for you to give consideration to the following information and simply ask
yourself is it fair? and is it reasonable? And ask that question as it relates to you,
the Town, and our teachers.
Is it fair and reasonable for our teachers to negotiate in good faith with the School
Board and help the taxpayers oset the recommended raises by agreeing to benefit
concessions totaling $211,000 in savings to the Town - in the first year of the contract
alone, to help pay for their own teacher salaries? Is this approach, agreed upon by
both the School Board and our Teachers, fair and reasonable? Probably yes.
Is it fair that the Hudson Teachers are paid (and have been paid) the lowest salaries
of all the surrounding school districts? Hudson ranks in 11th place out of 11 local
school districts - see chart below with information taken from the NH Department of
Education Website - Is this fair and reasonable? Probably not.
Is it fair for the residents of the Town of Hudson to pay for training of new
teachers only to have them leave for higher paying districts within a couple of years?
This costs the Town money when they leave and Hudson ends up not getting a return
on their investment. Quite literally, we are throwing money away when this happens.
Is this fair and reasonable? Probably not. Does being the lowest paying school district
in the area cause this? Probably yes.
Is it fair and reasonable for our teachers to be paid closer to the middle of all the
surrounding school districts? They are not asking to be the highest paid in the area.
They are just asking to be paid closer to the middle. Is this a fair and reasonable
request? Probably yes.
In summary, I ask you to take a quick look at the table below and consider the
information you just read: If you think teachers are being fair and reasonable based
upon the above, then you, as a voter this Tuesday, as you walk into the voting booth,
then maybe - in your heart of hearts, you can send a message that you too are willing
to reciprocate being fair and reasonable to the mutual benefit of everyone (you, the
Town, and the teachers), by voting yes on School Warrant Articles 1 and 2.
School District - Starting Salary
Milford - $39,900
Nashua - $39,284
Bedford - $37,547
Windham - $37,254
Londonderry - $36,866
Derry - $35,900
Pelham - $35,460
Salem - $34,325
Merrimack - $34,000
Litchfield - $33,623
Hudson - $33,525
I appreciate your consideration.

A recent Thumbs-Up and Thumbs Down in the Feb. 26, edition of the
Hudson~Litchfield News compelled me to write this letter. This Thumbs is related to
the construction of the new firehouse on Lowell Road. In that Thumbs it asked is
the station in the best location, will the station function without a trac light, HFD
employees think its a total disaster and the renovation of the existing Central Fire
To be up front and not hide behind the Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down, my name is
Dave Morin, and as I write this I serve as a captain with Hudson Fire. When you read
this I will be retired from Hudson Fire.
I must first address the comment of some HFD employees think the location is
a disaster. This comment is totally false. All of us at Hudson Fire are well aware of
where the calls for service are centered within our town as we respond day in and day
out. Locating the fire station on Lowell Road is best option for the Town of Hudson
as it will decrease our response times town wide, allowing our firefighters who protect
the south-end of Hudson to reach more of their district quicker and provides easier
access to all the major thoroughfares of our town.
There has been a lot of discussion in reference to the fire apparatus tying up Lowell
Road, causing trac backups and other trac related issues. The placement of the fire
station on Lowell Road will be located at a four-way intersection that is controlled by
trac lights. All of Hudsons apparatus have trac control systems built into them
to change trac lights to green in the direction the fire apparatus are traveling. With
these trac control devices not only will the apparatus travel through a specific area in
a safe and controlled manner it allows for less disruption of the trac pattern. What
I dont understand is many have voiced their concerns about the response of the fire
apparatus on Lowell Road but what I dont hear about is the time that many sit in
trac that extends from the lane drop just north of Executive Drive all the way out
to the Sagamore Bridge each night keeping them from their families, their jobs and
other events for at times up to 30 to 45 minutes depending on conditions. But we
worry about the 30 seconds it will take a fire truck or ambulance to pass through an
intersection controlled by trac devices that may be responding to assist our family,
friends or business from fire or a medical emergency.
Other comments that have been raised in reference to the firehouse on Lowell Road
and the noise impact it will create for the surrounding properties and specifically the
nursing home located across the street. The use of our sirens passing this location will
be no more than is done now. The bigger noise issue for this location is the thousands
of vehicles that pass by each day and the many tractor-trailer trucks that pass by on
Lowell Road and Hampshire Drive going into the industrial park.
The question related to the long awaited rehabilitation of Central Fire Station and
the lack of seen progress is a very good question. I myself as a taxpayer have had that
same question along with is there enough money to complete the project and I took
the time to meet with Chief Buxton on this. Yes, this project is taking time but I can
tell you working from the station understanding the logistics and the information that
Chief Buxton provided me the project is moving forward. The chief has some of his
best people within the department working to get the project completed and soon
we will see the project began in earnest. If anyone has questions, Chief Buxton will
happily meet with you provide you a tour of the facility and answer any questions you
may have.
The new fire station on Lowell Road will not add additional inconvenience for our
residents, motorists or visitors to our town. But it will allow our members to reach
you the taxpayer in a much more timely and safe manner. I urge you to vote yes on
Article 6 and help the fire department provide most professional, timely and safe
service we can.

John Lavoie, Hudson

Adding a Police Ocer is a Positive Step

As you know, the Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8. I am
writing to ask the publics support for Article 14 (Hire One Full-Time Police Ocer).
This article outlines the Hudson Police Departments request to hire one additional
full-time police ocer who will be assigned to the Patrol Division. There are a
couple of approaches to calculating the amount of recommended police ocers for a
community. These formulas show Hudson could use at least five more ocers.
We are facing a challenging time with some criminal activity. The amount of
work involved to investigate crimes is increasing. For example, traveling criminal
enterprises consisting of groups from around the country have been here victimizing
our residents. These criminals are using sophisticated computer software and
equipment to commit fraud at local businesses. The heroin abuse and overall opiate
epidemic are taxing manpower allocation.
As a nationally accredited agency through CALEA (Commission on the
Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies), I am proud of our progressive and
forward thinking approach in combating the current problems facing our community
and police department. To successfully win these battles we need the available
manpower to do so. To that end, the addition of a full-time ocer is a positive step in
that direction.
Although the need for several more ocers is appropriate, this first step is
welcomed and appreciated. In closing, I am again asking for Hudson residents to

support Article 14 and vote yes to support the addition of one new full-time
police ocer.
Jason Lavoie, Chief of Police, Hudson

Reminding Citizens to Vote

The Litchfield Education Association would like to remind the Litchfield
townspeople to vote on Tuesday, March 8. Please visit the Litchfield Education
Association Facebook page for more information on this years school board and
budget committee candidates. Every voice counts so we hope to see you there!

Stacey Leary, LEA Vice President, Litchfield

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Incumbent Maddox Asks for your

Consideration for Re-Election to BOS
My name is Richard Maddox. My wife, Eloise, and I have lived in Hudson for
nearly 28 years. Those who know me well were not surprised that I announced my
intention to run for re-election to Hudsons Board of Selectmen. When I moved
to Hudson, I made a commitment to become involved in this town that would
become our home, and to serve our community in the best way possible. I became
a member of Hudsons Town Planning Board 18 years ago, in 1998. I believe that
my prior management experience and years on the Planning Board helped prepare
me for the role of Selectman. I was elected in 2004 to the first of four, three-year
terms on Hudsons BOS. Our town changes every year, and I believe Ive grown
and changed with it. I have no agenda other than my desire to continue to make
Hudson a welcoming, aordable and sustainable place to live. Over the years, it

Dave Morin, Hudson

Its Time to Get on Track

I am writing to encourage fellow citizens in Hudson to support Warrant Article
7 on the school ballot, to replace the James Sullivan track at Alvirne High School, at
the polls on Tuesday, March 8. This is a special warrant article that was submitted by
petition. It requests the raising and appropriation of $494,458 to replace the track.
For those who are unaware, this is a one-time expense that is equivalent to about
$56 on the average valued house in town, which I believe is somewhere in the
neighborhood of $260,000. Those who attended the School Deliberative Session
on Jan. 30 know that this figure may well be lowered if the article is approved, and
competitive bidding ensues.
As it stands now, the Alvirne track team, which includes several athletes whose
talents are robust enough to continue on at the college level, will not be able to host
home meets until this issue is rectified. The governing body of state high-school
athletics has deemed the track to be unsafe for competition.
Many of you have heard the arguments put forth by both student-athletes and their
supporters in regards to their lack of home meets. The disappointment felt by those
parties should be self-evident. You have also heard arguments put forth by Principal
Steve Beals, former School Board member Lee Lavoie and others that the track is not
just for Alvirne, but also a recreational asset for the entire community. That is also
true, and many community members have taken advantage of this asset to improve
their health and well-being, myself among them.
I write to add a third argument that has yet to be touched upon. It is a less obvious
benefit, and admittedly perhaps not a large one, but a benefit nonetheless. That is the
benefit that some of our businesses get from usage of the track.
Think about it. Every time Alvirne or Hudson Middle School hosts a track meet, it
is not just Hudson athletes on that track. A bus parks in the abutting lot and empties
out student-athletes from Merrimack, Londonderry, Nashua and Derry. Sometimes
theyre from further locales, like Rochester or Keene. And with those student-athletes
come parents, siblings, friends and others to cheer on their loved ones.
For those who dont know, track meets are not exactly brief. A dual meet (one in
which there are just two teams competing against one another) can take up to three
hours to complete. Meets involving more than two teams can last longer.
Thus, it is not out of the realm of possibility that these spectators might head down
to Roccos, Professors, Campania Market, McDonalds, Capri Pizza, Pizza Hut or
Papa Ginos for a sub or sandwich, or to Hannaford or the Dollar Store for bottled
water, snacks or even sun-tan lotion.
Does the revenue these entities draw from several track meets each spring make or
break their business? In most cases, probably not. But they certainly wont turn it
down, and neither should we. Part of making our town healthier financially is having
an ability to draw dollars from other communities into our enterprises. Indeed, it
was in the 1990s movie Ruthless People that Danny DeVitos character pointed
out that a key to increasing wealth is OPM - other peoples money. To do that, we
must be constantly be seeking and implementing ideas on how to make our town a
destination, a place that prompts others to spend money here.

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To be clear, passing Warrant Article 7 doesnt give us an

edge, per se - it merely puts us back to the same level as any
other high school with a similar facility.
We cant aord to fall behind. As the signs youve seen
posted throughout town say, its time to get on track.
Please vote Yes on Warrant Article 7.

Daniel OBrien, Hudson

Yes on 6
A Need that is not Going Away
When you vote on March 8 give serious consideration of
a yes vote on question six which is a new fire station for the
south end of Town. As with everything we have nice to have,
good to have and must have. Very few things are must
have. As with most needs this is not a Must have, but must
be considered a need that is not going away and sooner rather
than later will require putting as they say good money after
We in the Hudson Fire Department have been patient these
last 20 or so years as the voters have addressed capital funding
issues piece by piece. The Police Station has been done as well
as Highway and Hills Garrison School. The time is ripe to
address this longstanding issue.
Fire Stations are the only municipal buildings that are
location driven. By re locating this station to a main
thoroughfare (we already own) several issues are addressed at

Increases to 70 percent of the Town being within a

four minute response time for fire or medical.

Decreases the response to other areas of town due

to location.

Decrease trac impact. Equipment will be

traveling with trac on Lowell Road. Currently we enter at
Wason or Pelham roads stopping all trac as we enter.

Using pre-engineered plans from Londonderry.

Significant savings and Lessons Learned.

Places an additional 307 homes within the five

minute response. Tremendous increase.

Town Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

The Fire Department pays very close attention to
expenditures. In the last two years alone the Fire Department
administration has instituted several changes in our operation
to increase eciency, decrease response time at little or no
cost. This project has been identified as next up by the
administration. Supported by Board of Selectmen and Budget
Sta Robinson Road Fire Station 24 hours at no additional
cost - accomplished
Changing dispatch procedures to reduce turnout time no
additional cost - accomplished
With support of voters adopted Squad concept of using
utility style vehicle for non emergency and medical calls accomplished
With voter support renovate Central Station - in process
Relocate South End Fire Station to improve service and
increase eciency (financially and operationally) - to be
Please help support our and your mission on March 8. Vote
yes on 6

Deputy Chief John OBrien, Hudson Fire Department

Captain Outlines Renovation of

Central Fire Station
In March of 2015 the voters of Hudson supported the Fire
Departments request to renovate the Central Fire Station.
This vote authorized the expenditure of $900,000 to make
structural modifications and interior renovations of the nearly
7,000 square foot facility. In the last 12 months, we have been
diligently working on defining the final scope of work and
have performed numerous needs assessments to best utilize
and maximize the funds available. In this review process we
have identified several areas of concern that required additional
investigation and design to accommodate the structure of the
current building itself. We are in the final stages of design and
we will be going out to bid within the next 30 to 45 days. To
date we have secured the plans for the second floor to include
living area, meeting room, restroom facilities, communication
rooms and oce. Part of this ongoing process was to design
a second means of egress for the second floor. The original
design called for significant structural work to remove existing
structural supports to accommodate a two-story steel structure.
This would have required new footings and a steel super
structure. With detailed review and consultation we have
identified an alternative that will better suit our needs and
provide for more value and a much less invasive construction
process. We have also spent numerous hours consulting with
the local energy suppliers to accomplish the most energy
ecient options for lighting and utilities. We have identified
options for energy savings in our windows and doors and we
plan on using the best technology available to accomplish this.
We as an organization and more specifically the planning team
assigned this task are very much aware of the time constraints
upon us in regards to the fiscal year. We feel that we are
performing our tasks with due diligence and a proper attention
to detail and this will pay dividends in the whole process
moving forward. We will be taking our time and proceeding
through the process and we should be ready for bid in the next
few weeks.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments please feel

free to contact us.

James Paquette, Captain, Hudson Fire Department

Saucier Seeking Election

to Board of Selectmen
My name is Angela P. Saucier and I am seeking election to a
position on the Board of Selectmen for Hudson, N.H.
My family and I moved to Hudson in 2010 and purchased
a home on Cardinal Drive in 2012. My husband and I chose
Hudson for the community, everyone has been welcoming,
and it has a great school district for my daughter. We wanted
to live somewhere that had a small town feel, but had the
amenities of a larger community and we found that in Hudson.
I am an Outside Sales Representative for a national stang
agency and my sales area is the State of NH and Northern
Massachusetts. I have an understanding of wage and benefits
along with multiple industries due to my position in the
company. Prior to my current promotion I ran two of our
Massachusetts locations and I was responsible for the Profit and
Loss statements, planning and organizing operational activities,
managing consumer complaints, marketing, risk management,
safety reviews, onsite job safety appraisals, quarterly and yearly
personnel reviews, human resources and coaching internal sta
to perform at the fullest potential they could.
I was the fundraising coordinator for the Hudson Girls
Softball League. I am a member of the Alvirne Boosters. I am
also assisting with the Kiwanis Field Makeover in Hudson.
I have met with the Town Administrator, Police Chief, Fire
Chief and Road Agent to find out from them the wants, needs
and concerns of those departments and the community as they
see it.
If elected for selectman I will work with our committees to
do my best to make the conscious decisions for the forward
progress of our town.
I want to see the community and the town make forward
progress towards bringing more businesses in to our industrial
parks. I want to see our fields full of kids playing while more
fields are being built for them to play on. I want to see our
community come together as we always do and make Hudson
the place the next family wants to live in.
Please on March 8 consider voting for me.
Thank you for reading a little about me.

Angela P. Saucier, Hudson

This is a Dilemma
Imagine your child playing a school sanctioned sport on an
outdoor playing field or gym that has been deemed unsafe for
school competition. That is the dilemma facing the Alvirne
High School Track Teams that use an outdoor track that has
been held together by duct tape for the last number of years,
and is well beyond its useful life. With the inability to host
events at Alvirne due to the condition of the track, all meets
are on the road, resulting in extensive travel costs.
Besides the obvious benefits to those that run for Alvirne,
as the only track in town, this facility also benefits many other
Hudson residents (young and old) that enjoy running and
Please consider voting for Warrant Article 7 on March 8
which calls for a replacement of the track which will serve
the needs of the community for many years to come. The
approximate one time increase to our tax bills is equivalent to a
dinner out at T-Bones. This seems like a small price to pay for
a critical and wonderful asset to our community.
Thank you for your consideration.

Rich Smigliani, Hudson

Deputy Fire Chief

Asks for your Consideration

Litchfield Budget
Committee Positions
The Litchfield Budget Committee is made up of two
appointed members and seven elected members. Their main
responsibility is to prepare a bottom line Operating Budget to
be voted on by taxpayers. They do not set policy but rather
evaluate if what the particular Board is proposing is consistent
with its policies and that the funding makes sense. The Budget
Committee meets with the Administrators of each Board
to review their proposed budget, asks for more detail where
necessary, reviews the costs associated with parts of the budget
and ultimately proposes dollar changes to their budget to come
up with a bottom line Operating Budget.
How, and to what degree, proposed changes occur is a
function of the makeup of the Budget Committee. Over the
years, I have seen four types of members on the committees.
First, the two appointed members are required to vote against
any change in their proposed budget, and generally vote
against any change in the other appointed members budget.
That results in an almost always automatic two no votes for
changes. Secondly, there has been on occasion, a member
or two that were elected with the agenda of supporting a
particular boards budget regardless of the merit of proposed
changes. Fortunately that has not been a frequent occurrence
as that result could be more automatic no votes. The third type
are members that do a limited review of the proposal, asks few
questions of the administrators, makes few proposed changes
and votes for or against any proposed change based upon what
they hear at the committee meeting from the administration
and fellow committee members. The fourth type are members
that dig into the proposed budget prior to meeting with the
administration, asks many questions of the Administrators,
understands what a particular function should cost, and makes
the vast majority of proposed changes. Without that type of
member, reductions in the order of $500,000 per year most
likely would never have occurred.
I have worked with two of the current candidates for Budget
Committee that fall into this fourth group. Mrs. Couture
and Mr. Cutter have shown that they can be objective, non
partial, and reasonable and have come to the meetings with
specific recommendations based upon the research they
have done. They have demonstrated that they will ask the
necessary questions and do the necessary research to ensure
that the Budget Committees budget can meet the goals of the
particular Board at a reasonable cost.

Bill Spencer, Litchfield

Vote Yes on Articles 15 and 20 Recreation Department

I am writing to the Hudson Voters and asking for your
support on two warrant articles.
Article 15 is converting the Recreation Department parttime oce administrative position that is currently held by
Chrissy Peterson from 29.5 hours per week to 40 hours per
week year round. By converting to full-time this will provide
longer oce hours, expanded customer service and year round
programming. In addition, this position will provide backup
to the Senior Services Coordinator and serve as a replacement
in her absence. This warrant article will add 1 cent to the tax
Article 20: this past year the town sold $285,000 worth of
town owned land. The Board of Selectmen feels that there are
three areas that need to be improved with one of these areas
being the lack of field space. If this warrant article is approved

$95,000 will be added to the Recreation Field Construction

Capital Reserve Fund. This funding will go towards building a
multi-purpose lacrosse/soccer field in the very near future. This
warrant article raises no amount through taxation.
I ask that you vote yes for Warrant Article 15 and 20.
Thank you.

Dave Yates, Recreation Director, Hudson

John York Running

for School Board
My name is John York and I am running for reelection to
the Litchfield School Board. I have two children in the school
system, both are currently at Litchfield Middle School with
my oldest becoming a freshman at Campbell High School
this coming September. We have also hosted seven Foreign
Exchange students over the past seven years and these students
have been part of Campbell High School experience. These
seven students found the experience, friendships and learning
process here in Litchfield to be beneficial in their growth as
young adults.
Below you will find some of the areas I have worked on to
improve the School System here in Litchfield and the coming
challenges for the next School Board.
As a School Board member I worked to improve the
technology in the classrooms, schools and bring a higher
learning experience for all students, teachers and parents.
Today all three schools have a strong IT infrastructure
throughout the buildings and classrooms. We have added
smart boards to all classrooms, added a computer lab at GMS
and started a 1-to-1 pilot program for freshman students at
CHS. This year we opened the Infinite Campus program
where parents are able to monitor their child progress in real
time. All of these programs are receiving positive results and I
look forward to their continued growth.
I have worked to improve the curriculum at all grade
levels. Challenging the PERC Committee, administrators and
teachers to make sure the curriculum challenges all students,
enabling students to be successful throughout their time here
in Litchfield and beyond. While we have had success in some
areas of the curriculum, over the next few years the School
Board will be approving and making changes to many of our
core subjects.
While there are many challenges for the School Board, the
next School Board will need experienced members as they
work to hire a new Superintendent of Schools, negotiate a
new union Contract for 100 employees and begin negotiating
a new Teachers Contract. Presently our School Board has
three members with less than three years of experience, none
of them have experience in the negotiating process of union
contracts or the process used to hire and set goals for the new
Superintendent of Schools. It was this lack of experience
which undermined the last Superintendent. My experience
over the last six years (four of these years we were negotiating
Teacher contracts) will be valuable to the School Board and
you, the residents, has we move forward in these processes.
Thank you for the opportunity these last six years to be your
voice in improving our schools, upgrading the infrastructure
in the schools and working to improve the overall learning
experience for the children of Litchfield. On March 8 you
have an opportunity to continue the positive changes we have
made in our schools, so I am asking for your vote for School
Board Member. Vote John York for School Board.

John York, Litchfield

Hudson Town Residents

The Hudson teachers NEED YOUR VOTE!!!

May I ask you for one more minute of your time? During
the deliberative session this year we were very pleased to see the
involvement by you, our citizens. For those of you that were
not there, we discussed Warrant Article 6 - the Construction
of a New Fire Station; this represents the construction of a new
fire station in south Hudson and is back on the ballot for your
The move of the south Hudson Fire Station to Lowell Road
will allow better service delivery to our residents in the south
end of town and aord our employees to work in a modern
facility that will meet the needs of the Town of Hudson for
years to come. As we reviewed, the renovation of the current
station is not financially ecient. The review of potential
extension of water and sewer moves the project to a cost that is
actually above the construction of the new facility.
I am very fortunate and privileged to represent the Hudson
Fire Department. The services that we deliver each day come
together through a team eort. This team is inclusive of many,
the Board of Selectmen, the members of the Hudson Fire
Department and most importantly, our citizens. In closing, I
would again thank you for your consideration to invest in our
community and if you should have any questions regarding
the above mentioned project or anything to do with the
department, please feel free to contact me directly at 886-6021
or stice@hudsonnh.gov.

Scott Tice, Deputy Fire Chief, Hudson


Compared to 12 surrounding communities -has the LOWEST paid teachers in the



Hudson Fire Log

Sunday, February 21: 3:51 a.m. Box alarm,
Pelham Road. 8:40 a.m. Fire call, Overlook
Circle. 2:20 p.m. Medical aid, St. Laurent Drive.
6:56 p.m. Service call, Glasgow Circle. 8:13
p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Charles Bancroft
Highway (L). 9:05 p.m. Medical aid, Lowell
Road. 9:13 p.m. Medical aid, Danbury Circle (L).
Monday, February 22: 2:21 a.m. Medical aid,
David Drive. 4:19 a.m. Medical aid, Falcon
Drive. 10:10 a.m. Medical aid, Amanda Drive.
12:02 p.m. Medical aid, Wentworth Drive.
2:48 p.m. Fire call, Melendy Road. 3:52 p.m.
Service call, Elaine Street. 5:52 p.m. Service call,
Lawrence Road.
Tuesday, February 23: 12:38 a.m. Medical aid,
Lowell Road. 9:30 a.m. Blasting, Tiffany Circle.
9:32 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Ferry Street.
11:11 a.m. Service call, Woodcrest Drive. 12:00
p.m. Blasting, Tiffany Circle. 12:56 p.m. Medical
aid, Pine Road. 2:17 p.m. Medical aid, Abbott
Farm Lane. 1:23 p.m. Blasting, Tiffany Circle.
2:37 p.m. Medical aid, Wason Road. 3:40 p.m.
Motor vehicle accident, Central Street.
Wednesday, February 24: 10:58 a.m. Medical
aid, Kienia Road. 12:00 p.m. Medical aid, Fox
Run. 3:32 p.m. Service call, Hazelwood Road.
6:14 p.m. Medical aid, Hawkview Road. 8:28
p.m. Medical aid, Greeley Street. 10:44 p.m.
Medical aid, Lowell Road.

Thursday, February 25: 1:12 a.m. Wires down,

Robinson Road. 1:33 a.m. Wires down, Webster
Street. 1:50 a.m. Service call, Shoreline Drive.
2:10 a.m. Fire call, Lowell Road. 2:29 a.m.
Wires down, Kestrel Lane. 4:12 a.m. Mutual aid
Ambulance, Pelham. 5:57 a.m. Wires down,
Sagamore Park Road. 8:23 a.m. Alarm box detail,
Executive Drive. 10:33 a.m. Wires down, Melissa
Trail. 11:00 a.m. Blasting, Tiffany Circle. 3:00
p.m. Blasting, Tiffany Circle. 5:03 p.m. Medical
aid, Brookfield Road. 6:30 p.m. Medical aid,
Constitution Drive. 8:43 p.m. Medical aid,
Doveton Lane. 9:51 p.m. Medical aid, Glen
Friday, February 26: 6:17 a.m. Medical aid,
Parkhurst Drive. 11:23 a.m. Motor vehicle
accident, Library Street. 11:29 a.m. Medical aid,
Derry Street. 3:11 p.m. Medical aid, Executive
Drive. 3:18 p.m. Medical aid, Jamesway Drive
(L). 5:33 p.m. Mutual aid Ambulance, Pelham.
8:09 p.m. Mutual aid Ambulance, Pelham.
Saturday, February 27: 12:53 a.m. Mutual aid
Ambulance, Windham. 7:35 a.m. Medical aid,
Glen Drive. 9:11 a.m. Medical aid, Adelaide
Street. 1:20 p.m. Medical aid, Krystal Drive.
6:43 p.m. Medical aid, Fox Run Road. 8:40 p.m.
Medical aid, Atwood Avenue. 8:43 p.m. Medical
aid, Chapin Street. 9:02 p.m. Medical aid,
Krystal Drive.


Based on State averages ...

Hudsons median income is 25% HIGHER

Education funding dollars are 23% LOWER
Proposed increase still leaves us the lowest*


Hudson Proposed ...

Education Tax



Please vote YES on Warrant Article 2

Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Hudson School Board
and the Hudson Federation of Teachers

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Networking with
Enterprise Bank


with Annibale

Gemelli al Tegamino
Very tasty and very fun to make! Serves 4.

Courtesy photos

Listed below are the ingredients you will need:

Bill Collins of BAE Systems, Jerry Mayotte of Red Brick Clothing, Tim Malley of TJ Malley Electric
and Matt Erickson of Erickson Foundation SupportWorks
submitted by Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce
Thank you, Enterprise Bank, for an outstanding networking event on Feb.
23. Hudson Chamber members had a chance to meet the Hudson Enterprise
team, enjoy awesome food and build networks. If you missed this networking
opportunity, be sure to join them soon.

1 pound of Gemelli (curled twin
macaroni); fresh is better
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 cup grated Parmigiano and
Romano cheese

2 cups marinara sauce or meat sauce

Fresh parsley and fresh basil, chopped
1 pound DeCecco Ziti or Rigatoni
1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano &
Pecorino Romano (mix 60/40)
8 pieces cherry or grape tomatoes

Cooking Steps
1. Boil the pasta until it is almost al dente.
2. In a casserole dish, mix the pasta with the sauce; add the cheese and the
3. Bake it for 15 minutes.
4. Add the fresh mozzarella and bake it for another 10 minutes.
Buon Appetito!


with Annibale

Pasta Chicken and Broccoli

Kathy Warren of Enterprise with another
winner, Sandy Russo of Area News Group

It is a very simple dish, only if you use Parmigiano

Reggiano and Pecorino Romano. The exquisite flavor of it
will come out and will impress you and your guests.

Kathy Warren of Enterprise Bank with lucky

winner Matt Erickson

Listed below are the ingredients you will need:

Local Vote Counts continued from front page

According to the Town of Hudson Annual Report from 1916, the town had six paid police
staff members who received, in total, $82 for one year of work. Next week in Hudson,
voters will consider adding one full-time police officer at an annual sum of $85,343.
As for the costs incurred by the Hudson Fire Department a century ago, $650.77 was
what it took to keep the public safe. Today the ballot in Hudson includes Article 10 in
which the sum of $79,829 will be considered for additional salaries and benefits for the
Hudson Firefighters, IAFF Local 3154.
Now consider the school side of the equation. Back in 1916, the summary of
expenditures for the Hudson School District came to $6,948.70 for the entire year. That
included a total of $3,103 in teachers salaries. Todays voters are being asked to approve
a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the teachers that calls for $281,768 in
increased salaries and benefits for the 2016-2017 school year.
What a difference a century makes. Likewise, what a difference each local residents
vote can make here in the towns of Litchfield and Hudson.

1 pound of ziti or rigatoni
1/2 pound of chicken breast, cut
into cubes
1 cup of mixed cheese
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

1/4 stick of butter

Black pepper, minced garlic, basil
2 heads of broccoli, boiled and cut
into pieces

Cooking Steps
1. Pan fry the chicken. When it is done, add garlic, butter, broccoli, cooked
pasta and mix well.
2. Add cheese and black pepper. Serve.
Remember, the food will be good depending on the quality of the
ingredients. DeCello brand pasta is the Cadillac of pasta. The only thing
better is homemade. And no! ... not all pasta is the same.
Buon Appetito!

Presidential Debates - continued from front page

Kipnes said the trustees implemented several recommendations
from the strategic plan of 2014 including the big blue drop box at
Friend Lumber, Sunday hours January to May, and a marketing plan.
Kipnes said the most important job as a trustee is to, advocate for
the library and the library staff.
Kara Roy moved to Hudson in 2007 and wants to be a library
trustee. She is a retired Army officer and is now a lawyer in
Haverhill, Mass. She likes to look at things at a different angle and
enjoys visiting Rodgers Memorial Library.
Town Moderator (one two-year term)
Paul Inderbitzen paused in his role as event facilitator to campaign
for re-election as town moderator, a two-year term for which he is
running unopposed. Inderbitzen has been moderator since he was
appointed in 2008.
Trustee of the Trust Funds (one three-year term)
Len Lathrop began his three-minute time by stating a running joke,
My name is not Ed Duchesne. (Ed is another Trustee). Lathrop
has applied for the one, three-year term as a trustee of the trust fund,
a position he has held since 2005. He explained that the trustees
manage the towns savings accounts which include trust funds and
capital reserve funds, making sure the money is spent in line with
the accounts and investing the money to make it grow.
School Board (two three-year terms)
On the school side of the ballot, there are two three-year terms
available for school board. Although five people signed up for the
two seats, Inderbitzen announced that one person is not eligible to
run and will be removed from the ballot. Incumbent Patty Langlais,
who has lived in Hudson for 24 years, is currently in her seventh
year on the school board, and said, Ive enjoyed most of them.
She said she is proud of all the work they have accomplished and
would love to see long-range planning between the school and town
and would also like to look at stress factors effecting children.
Lee Lavoie served on the school board for six years, retired and
now wishes to return for another term, saying, never say never. He
said his wife has worked for the school district for 24 years, his son
is a junior student/athlete at Alvirne and his daughter is a freshman
at Alvirne. I promise I will always give you 100 percent, he said.
Questions and Answers
Many questions were posed to the candidates. School board

candidates were asked if they supported the petition warrant article

Hudson needs more affordable housing. Stevens said, I think it
for replacing the Alvirne track; Lee Lavoie said, yes, as he was one
starts with our taxes. If your tax rate is $10,000 a year on a house
of the petitioners. Patty Langlais said she also supported the article.
that it costs $200,000 to buy, how much is that mortgage, say $900 a
They were also asked if they thought teachers should be allowed to
month, and your tax bill is $1,000 a month. He said Hudson needs
carry guns. Both candidates answered no. Additionally, a question
to market for more business and does not need more affordable
was posed asking how many meetings school board members should
be allowed to miss before they are asked to step down. Langlais said
Saucier said she thinks Hudson is affordable to live in and her
if there are three unexcused absences the member can be asked to
taxes are not $10,000 on a $200,000 house. Maddox addressed
step down.
Stevens and said a $250,000 house pays about $5,000 in taxes,
Many of the questions went to those running for board of
and that affordable housing is driven by the market. Kahn said
selectmen. When asked to name three pressing problems,
competition keeps pricing down. Coutu criticized Stevens, saying,
candidates answered as follows: Saucier said new fire station
You have no idea what you are talking about. You lack the
is needed, better infrastructure and communication upgrade;
experience to be on the board of selectmen. Coutu further said,
Maddox listed the need for new fire station and working on the
Youre probably not a homeowner in this community and you have
water situation; Kahn said create a business friendly climate,
no idea whats going on, so dont throw out radical statements that
respect for civil liberties and voter apathy; Coutu said Lowell Road
make no sense. Im ready to jump out of my chair. Coutu said the
traffic concerns, more fields for our youth and a youth government
market decides what is affordable and people are buying the homes
program; Stevens said a better job between selectmen and the
because they are affordable.
school board, develop open land for more business and work on our
Candidates Night concluded after 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Hudson Cable TV Channel 20 will be showing Candidates Night
Shawn Jasper was asked if it was appropriate for him to run for
throughout the next week. In addition, it may be found online at
library trustee when his wife works at the library. Jasper said he
anticipated the question and said his wife works part time and it is
Town elections are next Tuesday, March 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at
not a violation of the code of ethics. I think Mr. Jasper is perfectly
the Hudson Community Center.
capable of making decisions based on the best interest of the library,
regardless of his wifes position there, Linda Kipnes said. Kara Roy
chose not to comment.
Other questions were about management
styles and whether: charter schools are hurting
education, the town planner should be forced to
do business recruiting, the library budget should
be a separate budget from the towns budget,
the town should adopt Roberts Rules (of Order)
5 George Street, Hudson, NH
and how to convince parents of school children
to get out to vote.
doctor Molly Harrison DMD.
Toward the end of the night, the undercurrent
of tension among Stevens, Coutu and
Molly is a native of Windham, New
Maddox flared when candidates for the
Hampshire. She received her BS at St.
board of selectmen were asked whether

Michaels College in Vermont and her

DMD from the University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Harrison
completed a General Practice Residency
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Chicago.Molly has been very well received
from both our staff and our patients. The
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Pressing for Changes to the Veterans

Choice Program Payment System
submitted by the Office of
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte
As part of her ongoing efforts to improve
care for New Hampshire veterans, U.S.
Senator Kelly Ayotte is again urging the
Secretary of the Veterans Administration
to address continued shortcomings with
the Veterans Choice Program payment
system. Due to a lack of timely payments
from the VA to New Hampshire health
care providers, veterans are not receiving
prompt care.
As you are aware, healthcare providers
across our state continue to encounter
substantial problems participating in the

VCP due to the failure to receive payments

for services rendered in a timely manner
due in large part to payments processing
conditions imposed by VA. The stakes
are high. Providers participating in the
program are being put in the position of
either caring for veterans and not being
paid, or leaving the Choice program. Both
alternatives are unacceptable, wrote
Further, a regional VA official that
oversees New Hampshire facilities recently
stated that the VCP is going away in a year
and a half, which Ayotte strongly disputed.
Ayotte wrote, While this may have been

an offhand remark, it is deeply troubling.

While it is true that Congress authorized
the VCP for a period of three years, as
evidenced by my attention to this program,
my cosponsorship of legislation to make it
permanent in New Hampshire, as well as
the active engagement of so many of my
colleagues in Congress, this is a service
that cannot be ignored, lest our veterans be
denied important access-to-care options.
Ayotte previously wrote to Secretary
McDonald urging an immediate fix to the
broken payment system, and she renewed
her concerns on a recent conference call
with VA officials.

Ayotte Urges Vote on Emergency Funding

for Heroin Epidemic
submitted by the Office of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte
Wednesday, March 12, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte urged Senate
leaders to allow a vote on an amendment introduced by Senator
Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to appropriate $600 million in
emergency funding to help combat the prescription opioid and
heroin abuse crisis in New Hampshire and across the nation.
The measure was offered as an amendment to the bipartisan
Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), legislation
Ayotte has led to help combat the substance abuse epidemic.
Ayotte is a co-sponsor of Shaheens Opioid and Heroin Epidemic
Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, a stand-alone bill
that includes similar provisions to the amendment.
As a cosponsor of this amendment, which would provide

emergency funding to address the opioid abuse epidemic, I urge

Senate leaders to allow a vote on providing these additional
resources, said Ayotte. I also renew my call for the Department
of Health and Human Services to expedite the release of funds that
Congress has already appropriated so that New Hampshire and
other states can quickly utilize federal dollars and grants to support
local efforts to combat opioid abuse.
In addition to supporting emergency funding, Ayotte also worked
to include significant increased funding in the Fiscal Year 2016
appropriations bill for programs at the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) and Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) specifically related
to combating opioid abuse. Last fall, she also helped include
$1.5 billion in increased funding for substance abuse and
mental health programs in the budget reconciliation bill, which
would have allowed the Health and Human Services Secretary
to prioritize funding for states like New Hampshire that are
experiencing especially urgent substance abuse and mental
health needs.

Answers on page 4

Jack Gasdia Qualifies for State Geography Bee

Electronic Filing

Walk-In or by Appointment

submitted by Curtis King, Hudson Memorial School

Jack Gasdia, an eighth grade student at Hudson Memorial, has
been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of
the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2016 New Hampshire
National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Keene
State College on April 1.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee
competition, which is now in its 28th year. Jack was the winner of
the school-wide bee for the second year in a row and then took an

online qualifying test. The National Geographic Society has invited

the top 100 scoring students in each of the 50 states to compete in
the state bees.
If Jack wins the state championship, the National Geographic
Society will provide an all-expensepaid trip to Washington, D.C.,
to participate in the National Geography Bee in May 2016. This
years championship in Washington will be moderated by journalist
and humorist Mo Rocca.

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Campbell and Alvirne Grapplers Moving on to

New England Meet of Champions

Nick Milinazzo receives his 1st place medal in the 126# class.

DaShaun Morin in a preliminary round in the 220# weight class.

126# Bronco, Nick Milinazzo pins his challenger on his way to MOC champion.

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Campbell DJ Simoneau works to free himself from his Merrimack opponent.

Marc Boomhower, who finished as the MOC Outstanding Wrestler,

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by Len Lathrop
Picture the Nashua North High School gymnasium on Saturday
morning at 9 a.m. last week. There were four wrestling mats, the
gym was full, and student-athletes had come from all over the state.
They had qualified in the division championships the prior
Saturday, the Division I was at Nashua North, Division II was at
ConVal, and Division III was at Campbell High School. These

grapplers had placed at those tournaments and now were fighting

for the title of state champion. The best of the best in the state
had come to wrestle. The top finishers get to move on to the New
England Meet of Champions being held this year in Providence, R.I.
on March 4 and 5.
Finishers by weight class:
In the 106 weight class, Jacob Leight of Alvirne finished sixth;
at 113 pounds, Alvirnes Cam McClure was second. In the 126
pound division, Nicholas Milinazzo of Alvirne finished first.
Congratulations to Nicholas! One-hundred and thirty-two pound
David Simonau of Campbell placed sixth. At 138, Tyler McCrady
of Campbell finished fifth. In the 145 pound class, Dilon Cloonan
of Campbell came in fifth. Campbells Marc Boomhower, at
152, took first and was named outstanding wrestler of the Meet
of Champions tournament. He defeated his opponents on this
Saturday four different times. At the 220 weight class, DaShaun
Morin of Alvirne earned fifth.
In team scoring, Campbell, a Division III school, finished fifth,
while Alvirne, a Division I school, landed in sixth place. The
overall MOC champion team was Timberlane.

A Nod to AHS Wrestling Seniors

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Three members of the Avalanche varsity ice hockey team were honored with their families on
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Thumbs down to my hairdresser who robbed
me of my pampering time. It was the only time
I get pampered and you squeezed a friend in my
slot, invading my space. You also know I suffer
with Fibromyalgia and we both had to get up and
down constantly changing seats. It was not only
greedy and selfish of you, but
you did a terrible job on my hair
because you could not focus on
just me. This is poor customer
service and you have now lost a
client for good.
Thumbs down to the
ignorant, self-righteous, and
mean-spirited 66-year-old Mr.
Wonderful who is so upset
because he has to deal with
the incessant talk of opioid
addition. What a burden you
have, sir. How terrible your
struggle must be to put up with
all of this. Youve never had to take so much as
an aspirin all your life. Youve never smoked
pot (but after your diatribe, you might want to
reconsider). Ill bet youre the bench-press king
of your little community. So, youre a hero, and a
standard-bearer for all that is right in our society,
and someone we should look up to. Youre just so
awesome (as far as youre concerned). Youre also
Thumbs down way, way down to those who
think amnesty for illegals is good. The Democrats
have no interest in preserving the American
culture, which is under assault. The Democrats
are only interested in new voters because
they need a permanent underclass of people
incapable of taking care of themselves, incapable
of providing for themselves who will always be
counted on to vote Democrat to be taken care of.
Thumbs down to the Litchfield Budget
Committee members letter to the HLN where
he tells us that hes not here trying to persuade
you how to vote and then goes on to do exactly
that in the rest of his letter. Good grief. Do you
really think were so dim that we cant see what
youre doing? Frankly, its insulting that you think
were that dumb. Its no wonder people dont
trust politicians. Theyre so used to getting away
with lying that they think they will never be any
consequences for doing it.
Thumbs up to our wonderful Hudson Senior
Center! It has everything seniors would ever
need. I am partial to the fun, fun line dancing,
but there is so much more. There are trips, games,
support groups, lunch, lots of activities like pickle
ball, Yoga and much more. One person said,
there is no reason for a senior ever to be lonely in
Hudson. Single, as well as married people, have
so many choices. And, by the way, the best part
is Lori Bowen who knows everyone by name and
makes it a special place to come. Thank you to
all the people in town who made this North Barn
Thumbs down to the comment about the
heroin epidemic in NH not affecting everyone. It
may not affect you directly and you can turn your
cheek for a little while. Drug abuse affects us all,
our neighborhoods, our cities/towns, even your
safety and finances if your home was broken into.

Were number 1 in the nation for opioid abuse. I

have to think how we got to be number 1.
Thumbs down to the comment about teacher
raises and how Hudson teachers are underpaid.
I guess when I went to school I was fortunate. I

he was forced to get clean from his addiction, and

when he was released he sent the judge a thankyou note for helping to keep him alive. Heroin
use is a choice. And a better choice is Life!
Thumbs up, two big thumbs up, to Donald J.
Trump, our next Commander and Chief! God
bless you, sir, and God bless America!
Thumbs down to the people encouraging
panhandlers by actually giving them money! You
know theyre either scammers or theyre gonna go
get drunk with the money, yet you still give it to
them, which guarantees that theyre not leaving
that spot since its working for them.
Thumbs down to the Hudson Police officer
driving their SUV with the lights off in the middle
of the last big snow storm we had. Can barely see
in front of you and around the corner here comes
a dark SUV with no lights on. Great way to set an

had teachers that loved to teach. If you want

a raise show how you deserve one rather than
demanding one. Example, where are Hudsons
standardized testing school results demonstrating
if your children are being educated effectively?
Windham and Nashua showed improvements in
their results. What about Hudson? Teach because
you love it. If you teach for the money then we
will vote No on March 8.
Thumbs Up/Thumbs down - you be the
judge. This year we vote on if a new fire station is
needed. Where is the proof that it will decrease
response times? Where is the comparative date
from other towns with close to our size and with
fire stations within the same proximity? Is the
funding to come from taxation, like last years
municipal bond loan with 1million in interest to
be paid within 20 years? After this loan is paid off,
will the tax rate resume its previous rate before the
loan, or will the town continue to collect taxes? Is
it a 4 cent to 8 cent per thousand increase every
year for 20 years and thereafter? Is it still going to
cost the taxpayer $3 million including interest? As
stated in the bond loan?
Thumbs down. Why would you leave so
quickly, Lane, we want the vote of no confidence!
See ya!
Thumbs down to the U.S. Congress. Look
what they have done in the past eight years. I am
in favor of changing the constitution in regards
to term limits. Limit Senators to two terms of
four years and Representatives to four terms for
two years each term. Neither group should be
in the congress for more than eight years. We
must vote out all incumbent. And keep voting
them out for the next 20 years. This is the only
way to cut the strings of the puppeteers who
control these congressmen. If Adolph Trump
wins the presidency, we will see a joint effort by
the Republicans and Democrats to cut him off at
the knees. He needs the congress to put up the
money for his crazy ideas. If you think Obama
was shackled by congress wait till you see what
they do to the American Fuhrer.
Thumbs up/Thumbs down. When the famous
David Crosby from CSN was hooked on heroin
and doing crazy things to get money, a Judge
threw him in prison for a year. During that time

Thumbs down. Every day for months I see

the young man panhandling at the Hudson
intersection but after I watched him on Monday,
Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. shake his sign directly at cars
and when people didnt react and had over money
he was putting up a zero sign with his hands and
stating thank you and thanks for nothing which
I could not believe. But then he turned around

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homeownership and being part of a community.

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Republican Party and their bigoted,
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Donald Trump. The irony about
Candidate for Selectmen
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Current Code of Ethics Board member
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renounce KKK leader David Duke
last week shouldve been the last
straw for his adoring devotees, but apparently they
to walk back up to the end and he held up his
go along with the Donalds hate-based campaign
middle finger to all the cars also saying something
as much as he does, evidenced by the sight of all
that I could not make out. I was speechless as Im
the racist banners and Build Wall signs at his
sure everyone who was in the left hand lane was
nauseating rallies.
as well. After this I will never give him anything
and hope no one else does.
Thumbs down to Hillarys campaign. Havent
we had enough, eight years of racial hatred and
Thumbs down. Dont make a Republican
violence hasnt worked well. Hillary now wants
mistake. After that Republican debate, what
eight years of gender hatred. Cant we end the
else do you need to know? There isnt a single
hate and try to float all boats like JFK?
Republican that makes sense. And the good
talking Rubio is owned by the Koch brothers and
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Staff photo by Mike Bourk

by Mike Bourk
The Broncos have been an up-and-down team
all season. After going 2-1 in the Nashua ChickFil-A Christmas tournament they dropped three
of their first four games in 2016. They got on a
run in early February winning three of four games
including a huge victory at Merrimack who was
9-2 at that time. Mid-February saw the Broncos
drop three straight. At times the boys looked
sharp and focused, such as the Bishop Guertin

Danny Brown soars past Pembroke defenders

for an early basket.

game, and other times where they looked flat.

For the first time this season every Alvirne
This past week saw a game of each flavor.
player scored in the game. Leading the Broncos
After a fast-paced, back-and-forth first quarter,
in scoring was Danny Brown with 19 points,
the Broncos stepped up their defense in the
while Trevor Bolduc also hit double digits with
second and third quarters to pull away for a 7212 points. Another player that stood out at both
44 win over Pembroke. In the first quarter Trevor
ends of the court was Ryan Ruigrok. When asked
Bolduc sank three 3-point shots to lead Alvirne to
about him after the game Coach Lynch had this to
a 24 to 17 lead. Neither
say, Ryans a sophomore
team played particularly
who floats between JV
well on defense in the
and varsity. We wanted
quarter. In the second
to get him some minutes
and third quarters Alvirne
tonight. Ryan made the
stepped up on defense
most of his opportunity to
as they outscored the
play as he was aggressive
Spartans 36-16 to open up
on both the offensive and
a big lead. The Broncos
defensive glass.
trapping defense after
each field goal presented
Broncos felled by Lancers
problems for Pembroke.
The first half was
Key to the trap defense
competitive; however,
were Danny Brown and
a nightmarish third
Jacen Hudson. They forced
quarter doomed the
several turnovers that led to
Broncos as Londonderry
quick points for Alvirne.
beat Alvirne 52 to 42.
Pembroke had two
The Broncos ran well
significant advantages
in the first quarter and
they failed to capitalize
received contributions
on. Alvirne had no one
on the scoreboard from
with the size to match up
Max Bonney-Liles, JD
Fighting through trac in the key
with Spartan seniors Steve
LaMothe, Jacen Hudson,
is Alvirnes Jake Canelas
Abbott (6 feet 9 inches)
and Matt McKinley as
and Collin Justin (6 feet 5
Alvirne led 16-15 after
inches). Instead of using their height advantage in
the opening period. In the second quarter things
the paint or in a low post, the two were bringing
slowed down for both teams, and shot selection
the ball up court and shooting from the outside
wasnt as good as it could have been. The Lancers
against much smaller but quicker, Alvirne guards.
outscored the Broncos 8-7 and the score was
The strategy proved to be ineffective.
knotted at 23 at the half.
Alvirne Coach Brian Lynch talked after the
In the third quarter the Bronco offense was
game about his teams performance, We certainly
nearly nonexistent. The only basket Alvirne
needed this one. We were at a point in the season
managed was a 3-pointer by Trevor Bolduc. At
where we had a few tough games. We needed to
the other end of the court Londonderry seemed
get on the winning track to boost our confidence a
to score at will. The 19 points they put up were
little bit going into the state tournament.
more than enough to secure a victory.

The Cougar Men Travel to Berlin

and Take a Bite out of that Team
Next the Cougars will play number threeseeded Kearsarge on Thursday, March 3 at 7
p.m. in North Sutton. As Kearsarge is ranked
third, the Cougars will be putting their 19thranked playoff hopes to the test.
The Cougar men finished the season
at home on Feb. 26 taking Bow on the
hardwood 69 to 53. Three senior players
were honored before the game with their
parents. Also saluted were the senior
members of the spirit team. In that game
Michael Gray was the high scorer with 31
points. As the Cougars controlled the game
with some fine outside shooting past the
3-point line and a swarming defense that
unnerved Bow at both ends of the court.
Heres the scoring breakdown: at the end
of the first quarter, 17 to 12; second quarter,
34 to 24; third quarter, 55 to 39; and as the
buzzer sounded, the final tally was 69 to 53.

Sean French gets blocked hard as he

heads to the hoop for two.

Staff photos by Len Lathrop

by Len Lathrop
In the first round of the NHIAA Division III
playoffs, the Cougars traveled to Berlin and
were victorious 38 to 28. As we go to press
Wednesday afternoon no game report has
been received.

Senior Michael Gray soars pass the Bow

defender for two of his 31 points.

Being saluted and honored before the last home game of the season with their parents were #12 Conor Gannon,
#2 Kyle Shaw, #22 Ethan Burns, #33 Michael Gray and #35 Cody St. Clair.

Lady Broncos Open Tournament

with Home Game
by Len Lathrop
As your HLN is being printed for this week, the Alvirne girls
basketball team will be playing the first game of the NHIAA D1
playoff, Wednesday night, as they will meet number 11-seed
Merrimack putting their sixth-seed record on the line in the
Steckevicz Gymnasium.
Broncos finished regular season play with a win on the road over
Trinity on the 26th of February with the final score being Alvirne 55
and Trinity
46. Coach
Scott Szuksta
reported on
the game:
Alvirne used
good ball
and some
hot shooting
to get passed
and their
tough zone
Sam Ratte
led the way

with 19 points. Amanda Wetmore and Jess Baker each had 10

If Alvirne prevails on Wednesday, they will face the winner of the
Bedford seeded third versus Nashua South ranked 14th, who also
play on Wednesday. The next round contest will be on Saturday,
March 5, at the home of the
higher seed.

Staff photos by Len Lathrop

Alvirne Hoop Team Heads into State Tournament with Mixed Results

DJ LaMothe goes up and under.

This was the first time this season Alvirne
didnt have at least one player hit double digits
in scoring. DJ LaMothe, Trevor Bolduc, and Jake
Canelas led Alvirne in scoring with eight, seven
and six points, respectively.
The loss was a tough one for the Broncos
as Londonderry was just ahead of them in the
standings. The Broncos are 6-11 in NHIAA
Division I play and 8-12 overall for the season.

Hudson - Litchfield News | March 4, 2016 - 15

submitted by Trisha Gagnon

The Hudson United Boys U10 soccer
team has been playing futsal this winter.
Futsal is similar to soccer, but it is played
indoors on a basketball court. The ball
is smaller and has less bounce than a
regular soccer ball due to the surface of
the field. In futsal there is an emphasis on
ball control and passing in small spaces.
Teams are 5-on-5 with one person acting
as goalkeeper. Playing futsal over the
winter has helped keep the boys active as
well as teaching them some new skills that
will help them on the soccer field come
The team joined the FUTSALNH league
and has played two sessions. In February,
the Hudson United team was invited
to play in the New England Futsal Fest
tournament sponsored by Global Premier
Soccer. The team played in the U10 Boys
Premier bracket and competed against
teams from the Boston area. The Hudson
United team won all four of its games and
won the gold trophy for their bracket.

Courtesy photo

Hudson Futsal Team Takes Home the Gold

First row: Matthew Branco, Brett McKinnon, Dylan Gagnon, Kyle Gagnon, and Garret
Howard. Second row: Derek Boulanger, Zack Proulx, Joey Allison, Coach Nate Proulx,
and Fabian Galindo Jr. Third row: Coach Fabian Galindo, Sr.

Staff photo by Len Lathrop

Honoring AHS Winter Spirit Team Seniors

With their families are Sierra Bergeron, Tatum Fales, Alexi Jarry, Taylor Sancartier and Rachel King.
by Len Lathrop
The 2015-2016 Alvirne winter spirit team seniors
were recognized on Monday as the basketball regular
season play was being marked as the last home game of
the season. Five seniors are pictured with their families.

The spirit team is poised for the D1 preliminary spirit

tournament, which will be held at Pinkerton Academy,
Sunday, March 6. The Alvirne squad is schedule to
compete shortly after 3 p.m.

Staff photos by Len Lathrop

Senior Hoopsters from the Alvirne

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Surrounded by family are seniors Jacen Hudson, Danny Brown and Matt Mckinley and senior Team Manager Louis Alciere.
by Len Lathrop
game this Friday the 4th on the
the road. Also honored was
Jacen Hudson, Danny Brown
road. The Broncos could finish
senior Team Manager Louis
12th or 13th in Division I and
and Matt Mckinley found
themselves at center court with
would open the tournament on
their families
prior to the
game on
Tuesday night.
marked the
final home
game for
these seniors,
as they look
forward to
the start of
the second
season, the
playoffs, with
one more
Jacen Hudson, Danny Brown and Matt Mckinley get their game faces on for thier senior night game.
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Alvirne-Pelham Senior Night Turns out to be OT Thriller

#9 Matt Diprizio and #7 Bobby Haverty celebrate after #14 Brendan Parents goal.

#15 Jake Letendre and #13 Ian Birmingham

#15 Jake Letendre looks to pass to #9 Matt DiPrizio.

#13 Ian Birmingham dumps the puck in.

submitted by the Alvirne-Pelham Avalanche

Although the playoffs are out of reach of the Avalanche after their
loss to Manchester Central, they looked to close out the season on
a high note on senior night against Manchester Memorial. Senior
captain Cam Richall, senior goalie and assistant captain Curtis
Richall and senior goalie Jeremy Dowd were all recognized. Cam
Richall, a four-year varsity player from Alvirne High School has had
a break out senior year scoring 12 goals and 18 assists through 17
games. His twin brother, Curtis Richall, has played the same role,
facing the most shots of any goalie in the state for the third year in
a row. Jeremy Dowd joined the program his junior year and has
worked hard the whole time he has played. The Avalanche seniors
were seeking a win to close out their career at home against a fifth
place Crusaders team that was very skilled.
The Avalanche looked to be taken back by the speed of the
Memorial Crusaders in the first period, falling to a 1-0 deficit fairly
quickly but they would fire back. A goal by Alvirne-Pelhams
Brendan Parent assisted by Cam Richall would tie the game and

send both teams into the locker room even. The second period
would prove to be far more entertaining for the fans, but a lot busier
for AP goalie Curtis Richall who would face a number of odd man
rushes and breakaways. The entire period was back and forth seeing
goals from freshman Kyle Sintiris, freshman Riley Nutter and Cam
Richall. The Crusaders would also net three goals of their own, all
on breakaways to lock the game at four going into the final period of
The third period was played safe by both teams, displaying solid
defense throughout the whole 15 minutes. Although both teams had
scoring chances, both goalies were determined to give their team
the win. The game would eventually go into sudden death overtime
and the game only got more exciting. A back-and-forth overtime
would prove to favor the speedy Memorial team as they would score
the game-winning goal on a beautiful breakaway move that ended
the game. The Avalanche fought hard the whole way and proved to
the Crusaders that they could skate with them. Senior goalie Curtis
Richall was humble after the tough loss saying, of course it is not

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#14 Brendan Parent skates up the ice with

#29 Curtis Richall in the background,
an ideal way to end it all but I couldnt have asked for a better four
years, and I will always remember this night and the people that
have helped me along the way.
The Avalanche also played against D2 Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield
which led to an 8-1 win. Junior Brendan Parent scored a hat trick
while Cam Richall scored two goals with Jeremy Dowd notching an
assist. Freshman goalie Jackson Dowd found his way into the net
for the third period and was able to stop all four shots he saved in
his debut. Alvirne-Pelham faced off against Nashua South in the last
game of the season on Wednesday, March 2, at Conway Arena.

Recognizing CHS Spirit Seniors

submitted by Renee Lubinski
Campbell High School
Spirit team seniors were
honored before the boys
basketball game on Feb.
26. With their parents from
the left are Kylie Elliott,
Kylie Carlson, Amber Krane,
Ariel Flaisher, Sarah Flynn,
Samantha Parzych and Tia
Cordiero. The ladies will
be in a preliminary round
of competition this Sunday,
March 6 at Pinkerton
Academy, and, if they
prevail, they will compete
the following Sunday, March
13, also at Pinkerton. The
posted schedule has the
Cougars scheduled to
compete shortly after 4 p.m.
on the sixth.

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