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Hudson - Litchfield News
December 18, 2009 - 7
Coutu Receives Community Citizen Award
submitted by Bob Haefner
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Last May, the Hudson Grange selected Selectman Roger Coutu as its
Community Citizen for 2009. Each Community Citizen is sent to the State
with
Grange to be evaluated by the State Lecturer’s Committee. Roger became
Charlie
the New Hampshire State Grange Community Citizen of the Year at the
annual State Session in October at the Ashworth in Hampton Beach. The
plaque was not ready at the time, and Roger received a certificate.
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On December 8, Marie Hall, the New Hampshire State Grange
Lecturer, along with Jerry Leclerc, Master of Hudson Grange #11; Claire Let’s Say
Gagnon, Ceres; and Bob Haefner, Hudson Grange Overseer and State
Executive Committee Member, presented the plaque to Roger during a
Thanks
break at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting.
The plaque is handmade of wood by a Granger from Maine. Marie
presented the award to Selectman Coutu because of his efforts to close Something from Xerox gives each of us the ability to send a
the Benson Property purchase and bring the Town Recreation and seniors holiday greeting card to military personnel stationed overseas.
together. The designs are kids’ drawings, and the cost is absolutely zero
In accepting the award, Roger accepted on behalf of the Board of to you. It’s called LetssayTHANKS.com and it’s a Website
Selectmen and noted the contribution to the Benson Purchase and the where you can pick from a host of thank you themed cards,
former Benson Committee to the members. Roger singled out Selectman
Roger Coutu Photo by Claire Gagnon
add a personal message, and have it sent to someone serving
Jasper for his years of effort to work out the details of Benson. overseas. Xerox is running the program at absolutely no cost,
and it’s certainly worth doing. If you think it’s not really all that
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important, here’s a response from one of our troops overseas:
“Thank you for sending the postcards to our unit! While
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by Lynne Ober those in attendance were crisis management coupled with an ability
books out of care packages, it is the letters, cards, and postcards
Everyone associated with Litchfield Superintendent, Dr. Elaine to execute – “Do What You Say, Say What You Do” was an important
with heartfelt messages that mean the most and truly remind
Cutler, is all too aware that filling her shoes when she retires next June tenant.
us that the folks back home care and appreciate what we do.
will be difficult. Cutler has brought excellence, continuity, and caring After looking at a variety of district needs that ranged from facilities
Thank you for showing that support. Have a great week and
to the Litchfield School District. She has a wealth of knowledge and management planning to finance to SAT – ACT Score improvement,
keep up the good work.” – A member of the Military Police.
an ability to get work accomplished. If there is a crisis, she keeps a they also turned their attention to teacher retention and to the fields of
cool head and works on a resolution. She has been the leader that the both special education and working with high achievers in the district.
district needed … and now they must replace her. The last piece of the first meeting was to develop a list of Charlie Chalk can be reached at outdoorswithcharlie@areanewsgroup.com
That process has begun. Ads in a variety of newspapers were characteristics that any successful applicant should have. The group
placed in early November with an application deadline of December agreed that the superintendent must be approachable, have what they
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