Hudson - Litchfield News
April 16, 2010 - 3
New Strongmen Competition to Launch at Alvirne
by Maureen Gillum
The Alvirne High School Bronco Booster Club is co-sponsoring an exciting, new event, Heavy for our Heroes, on Saturday, May 8, featuring dozens of the region’s most powerful men and women competing in insane feats of strength. “These guys do absolutely crazy things, like pull trucks, flip giant tires, and lift massive stones,” shared Karen McAdam, who is co-chairing the AHS Booster event with her husband, Lance McAdam, AHS Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach. “The human body can do amazing things, given the right training and motivation,” adding that “these competitions are also intense and really fun to watch!” The new event is also co-sponsored
by Johnny D’s TUFF, a functional fitness personal and group training facility in Nashua, well known for its formidable physical accomplishments. TUFF’s owner, John Duncan, weighing 175 pounds, recently broke his own state record with a 500-pound dead lift, and handily lifts a 200-pound atlas stone over a four-foot bar in repetitions. Growing up in a military family (Duncan’s Dad is Colonel Chief of Staff, NH National Guard) with his cousin now serving in Afghanistan, Johnny D’s heart is pure red, white, and blue.
Te giant tire flip at a recent strongmen competition Johnny D breaks the state record with a 500-pound dead lift
, or call 557-5556. Please come enjoy some heavy competition while supporting AHS and our military.
Benson Park Insurance Review Goes Well
by Doug Robinson
On Wednesday, March 31, Ron O’Keefe and Tom Dunn, Risk Management Specialists for the Local Government Center (Hudson’s Insurance Underwriter), Dave Yates (Departmental Liaison to the Board of Selectmen), and Steve Malizia (Hudson Town Administrator), toured the Benson Park property to review potential insurance risks on the property. While a formal report was not prepared or ready for the Board of Selectmen’s (BOS) Workshop with the Benson Park Committee on April 6, Malizia offered to the BOS an overview of the walk. “I think the insurance walkthrough went very well with
very few outstanding risk items identified,” stated Malizia. “Fencing along the overlook areas and near the drop off to the right of the old red barn was identified as area that should be taken care of before opening the park to the public. In addition to those areas, some of the pavement on the trails needs to be fixed by either grinding it down or removing it to prevent trip/fall hazards, and any large
dead branches overhanging the tails should be trimmed back. Signage should be placed at the public entrance outlining the do’s and don’ts of the park. The back portion of the Gorilla Cage should be locked to prevent public access.”
Other than the aforementioned items, the Risk Specialists thought that the property was in very good shape and did not see any other risks that would delay opening the park to the public. A full report will be forthcoming to the Town of Hudson. The Benson Park Committee has established a vision that “Benson Park is for everyone and should provide a diverse and balanced system of passive recreation and wildlife preservation. We envision the park as a [way of] ‘Connecting the Communities’ and have set as our goal to provide a setting which will give the residents of New Hampshire equal access to places to walk bike, exercise, socialize, engage in a healthy, active lifestyle, and develop a respect for and understanding of nature.”
Benson Park Moves Closer to Opening
by Doug Robinson
As the snows have melted and the spring
temperatures are above average, walkers, joggers, bikers, and nature lovers have been strolling into Benson Park to enjoy the pristine environment offered by the many acres of the wooded environment.
During the past year, more than 177 volunteers
have dedicated their weekends to the cleanup of Benson Park so that others who follow may partake in the beauty this land offers to all. The Benson Park Committee has set a tentative date of Saturday, May 29, as being their “soft opening” of the Park. The Grand Opening of the Park will be sometime during the late summer months, depending on Governor John Lynch’s availability.
Before the soft opening of the park on May 29,
town officials, in conjunction and collaboration with the Benson Park Committee, have come to an agreement on duties to be performed for not only
the safety of the visitor to the Park, but to the Town of Hudson as well. Hudson’s Road Agent, Kevin Burns, when asked for an estimate for the necessary work to be done at Benson Park, advised Town of Hudson Board of Selectmen member Shawn Jasper in an April 11 memo that he would be able to remove asphalt on Benson Road, spread loam on roads that were going to be discontinued, rent a loam screener, wrap and replace asphalt to the pavement around the A-Frame, replace the asphalt on Benson Road, hydro-seed all loamed areas, install the necessary handicap signs, line-paint the parking lot, part the remaining roads, and clear trees from the fence lines for approximately $9,000. While the Selectmen approved the submittal
by Road Agent Burns, the Board of Selectmen asked of the Benson Park Committee to revisit the security systems, trash removal, installation of trail signs, and the gating of the park at a later date.
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Zachary M. Tompkins Memorial Fund
Friday, April 16
First Meeting for “Buiding Zach’s Stadium” at 7 p.m., Recreation Center, 2 Oakwood St., Hudson. We will also have a volunteer sign-up sheet for anyone interested. Everyone is welcome!!! You do not have to be a Hudson resident. We need all the support we can get!!!!
Friday, April 16 – Sunday, April 18
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Sunday, April 18
Gold Party, starting at 5:15 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 2 Oakwood St., Hudson. Fifteen percent of money paid out goes towards Zach’s fund. Also, there will be a bake sale during that time.
Thursday, April 22
Papa Gino’s Pizza, located at 77 Derry Road, Hudson, will donate 20 percent of all sales to the Zachary M. Tompkins Memorial Fund, from 4-9 p.m. Participants must have a flyer, which can be downloaded from http://zacharytompkins. homestead.com/EVENTS.html.
Friday, April 30
Book Signing, 5:30-7:30 p.m., “30 Day Boot Camp to Eliminate Fears and Phobias,” Holistic Care Center, Nashua. For each book purchased, $5 will go towards Zach’s Fund.
Saturday, September 25
Comedy Show in Hudson (likely to be held at the Community Center).
Starting in May
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Saturday, June 19
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Saturday, July 24
Zach Attack 5K Run/Walk Road Race (Details to be announced at a later date.)
Monday, July 26
1st Annual Zach Tompkins Memorial Golf Tournament – Meadow Creek Golf Club, Dracut, MA. Visit http://zacharytompkins. homestead.com/EVENTS.html for details and registration information.
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