Hudson - Litchfield News
4 - April 2, 2010
The Word Around Town...
Letters to our Editor
Successful Benson Park Brush Burning
Thank you to the 60 volunteers that worked so hard to make the Brush Burning at Benson Park a success. So much clearing was accomplished by so many that brought tools, trucks, carts, and their work ethic to make this day the success that it was. Thank you again for all that you did. You were
Pat Nichols, Clerk, Benson Committee - Hudson
Wine and Food Pairing Event
The GFWC Hudson Junior Woman’s Club invites
area women who are interested in volunteer opportunities in the community to attend a wine and food pairing event on Friday, April 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Junior Woman’s Club will provide a sampling of wine and foods that go well together, with the tasting and discussion led by a local wine connoisseur. We’ll also share information about our club and the many volunteer activities we do in Hudson and the surrounding communities. For the location and other details about this event, please RSVP to Debbie at 574-0332.
Michelle Champion, GFWC Hudson Junior Woman’s Club - Hudson
Hudson Heat 14U Comedy Show/Silent Auction a Success!
We’d like to thank all those who supported the Hudson Heat 14U’s Diamond Dreams Comedy Show/Silent Auction. Thanks to the generosity of all, the girls will be able to attend the Diamond Dreams Softball Tournament and Camp in August. Special thanks go to Alana Susko and her
fundraising company, Comedy on Purpose, for her invaluable help in retaining comedians, planning the event, and for donating the hall. Thanks also to King’s Court and Sue Sullivan for working with us and allowing us to have a wonderful event. To the comedians Joey Carroll, Dave Decker, Jeanne Sullivan Toomey, Jeff Koen, and Jody Sloane: Thank you for providing everyone who attended a wonderful fun-filled evening full of laughs! Thanks also to all the merchants in town who provided many of our silent auction prizes. Quite a few people went away happy that night! Many thanks also to the coaches, parents, and team members who put in the time to plan and prepare for the event. It was a real pleasure to see everyone having fun.
Dr. David V. Appler
188 Central Street Hudson, NH
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Bob and Mimi Guessferd, Event
Coordinators - Hudson
Thanks to Continental Academie
The Alvirne High School choral department
would like to thank Continental Academie of Hair Design for quickly helping out with a wig for their Cabaret show that was held this past weekend. At the last minute, Continental was able to transform a somewhat disheveled wig into a beautiful, 1940s hairstyle to be worn for the show. Much appreciated!
Carol Iannaco, Alvirne Parent - Hudson
Lions Club Good Deeds
It is often said that Lions Clubs and their good deeds are the best kept secrets in the world. Although we fall in that category, we keep on with our programs and push forward wherever we can make a difference. We are the largest service club in the world. As of December 31, 2009, Lions Clubs International had 1,330,491 members in 45,834 clubs and 743 districts in 205 countries and geographic areas. Lions Clubs International (LCI) is the administrative unit and all expenses are paid for by dues paid by each individual member. The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the charitable unit. Funds for this have been, and still are, acquired through donations that are invested. The Foundation funds those things throughout the world that the local clubs cannot handle alone. Since these funds are donations from local clubs and individuals, it means that even small local clubs are contributing to the welfare of people who need help, no matter where they live. For the South Asia Tsunami, LCIF awarded more than $15 million for long-term reconstruction efforts. Since 2005, Lions have worked with the areas impacted to rebuild more than 4,000 homes; in addition, community and health centers, schools, and orphanages have been constructed. The Lions Clubs International-Louisiana State
University Eye Clinic, funded through an LCIF grant of $500,000, was dedicated and opened in December 2008 after Hurricane Katrina. The clinic provides vision care for low income and for patients sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Louisiana. LCIF mobilized more than $5 million for relief and reconstruction efforts in the area. Hundreds of grants like this were issued by LCIF to fund Lions’ disaster relief efforts around the world. Projects such as these are how the money donated by your local Lions Clubs is used by the International organization. Your local Lions Clubs have their own agendas for their specific communities. Ask a member of your local club what they do for the community. Better yet, call a member and tell them you want to join and help. Below is one project a local cub is sponsoring. Come, have some fun, and know that you have helped someone, in your own community, or somewhere around the world that has a need they cannot handle alone. The Nottingham West Lions Club is having their semi-annual Psychic Fair on Saturday, April 17, at the Hudson Community Center, Lions Ave in Hudson; hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No entrance fee, but there is a fee for a 15-minute private reading with your choice of psychic. Eleven psychics from around New England will be there to tell you if you will get that raise you want, will you get engaged, will you travel, or will all your wishes come true. Come and have some fun with us. There will also be vendors, and maybe you will find just the thing you have been looking for. For
The Entire Town is Invited
Did you know that Hudson has three cable TV
channels dedicated solely to our community? HCTV-TV is funded entirely through franchise fees collected from Comcast. Anyone interested in creating programs for HCTV Channel 20 or wants to volunteer “behind the scenes” can e-mail or call the HCTV Access Center at 943-5636. No experience is necessary and camera classes are also available. We have three channels available for broadcast:
Channel 20 is our Public Access Channel; it
serves cable subscribers with programs created and submitted by members of the Hudson community. Channel 21 is our Educational Access Channel; we broadcast programs related to the Hudson School System, including School Board meetings and sporting events. Channel 22 is our Government Access Channel;
you can watch Hudson Town hall in action! Selectmen’s meetings, ZBA, Planning Board, Benson’s Committee, and much more! The best part is you can be involved! Love to, but don’t know where to begin? Start by visiting HCTV at their Open House on Sunday, April 11, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Units B3 and B4 on Derry Road (previously Nadeau’s Farm). Tour the facility, and talk with the experts—you
can even eat cake! I’ve got my own show on Channel 20 called Think Cake, and I’ll be at the Access Center during open house serving cake! See you there!
Suzanne Roark - Hudson
Support Public’s Right for Voter Referendum
This past legislative season, there were two constitutional amendments proposed that would provide all New Hampshire citizens the right to have public referendums. Russ and I strongly supported CACR25, which would give voters the right to have a public referendum on any subject if voters felt that their elected representatives had not taken appropriate action. This is an excellent idea for the constitution and would have been a wonderful amendment, but despite our support, it failed. The second amendment was CACR28, which
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wanted to amend the constitution to allow voter referendum on only one issue. This is not an appropriate amendment for the constitution any more than it would be an appropriate amendment to establish or disallow one or more taxes. Constitutions should formulate broad guidelines under which laws are written. Allowing voter referendum on any topic would be one example of a broad guideline. However, it is not a broad guideline to write a
constitutional amendment for one
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more information or directions, call Wanda at 883- 6593, Lillian at 889-0285, or Jeri at 883-8565. All profits will be used for Lions Charity Projects, such as graduating senior scholarships, continuing education scholarships, eye and hearing screenings, eye glasses, eye surgeries, food, clothing, etc., to those in need, and many other special community needs. Administrative expenses are paid by our dues. The kitchen will be open with hotdogs, etc., for lunch. In the morning, enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut—our treat.
Wanda Hancock, Psychic Fair Chairperson - Hudson
pointed topic. For example, if the legislature passed a law
allowing people to keep alligators as pets. Other people, fearing that alligators were dangerous, might ask for a constitutional amendment that would allow voters to vote on whether keeping an alligator as a pet was a good idea or not. If that pointed proposal came to the House floor, Russ and I would vote no. Such an amendment does not provide a broad guideline. However, if an amendment, such as CACR25, came to the floor giving voter referendum for any and all topics, that would be a broad guideline and more appropriate as a constitutional amendment, and we would vote yes. Voters could then decide whether they thought keeping alligators as pets was a good idea, plus the broad guideline allowing voter referendums would support future generations of voters. Any constitutional amendment should withstand the test of time and be an amendment that will serve people of today, as well as future generations. That alone is one reason why no single constitutional amendment should be aimed at a narrow, limited topic. If you like us believe in the rights of voters to
have referendums, then join us next session in trying to pass a constitutional amendment with the same broad guidelines as found in this year’s CACR25. The text of this bill can be found at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2010/ CACR0025.html.
Lynne and Russ Ober, State Representatives - Hudson
Casino in Hudson?
The correct answer about casinos is what your
third-grade teacher used to say: “If I let you do it, I have to let everybody do it.” Rich investors with the right political connections can get a casino license, but I can’t, and that’s what’s unjust. In a free country, you could buy a house on the market, and open a casino inside. You’re not violating anybody’s rights. If slot machines are legal in New Hampshire, they have to be legal for everybody. Why should the citizen be free to gamble only on the losing side, while bureaucrats decide who can get right by gambling on the house side? The odds are always in favor of the house.
Tom Alciere - Hudson
HYB Offers 10,000 Reasons to Recycle
With the start of the 2010 Hudson Youth Baseball (HYB) season, Hudson has an opportunity to greatly reduce its carbon footprint. With 40 teams of 10 or more athletes, playing approximately 17 games each, plus practices, All Star Games, clinics, and the like, it’s a lot of baseball and a lot of thirsty players. If each player quenched their thirst with just one bottle/can of water, soda, or Gatorade, that’s more than 10,000 opportunities to recycle! You get the math. The Hudson Recycling Committee is asking for
your cooperation. We are providing recycling bins at some of the HYB Fields. Please look for these and ensure that you deposit your recyclables accordingly. By simply tossing your recyclable plastic or metal appropriately, you will be helping to save money and save our planet! Thanks for your support, Hudson.
Lisza Elliot, Hudson Recycling Committee - Hudson
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