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Hudson - Litchfield News

April 30, 2010 - 7

Butterfly Garden Approved for Benson Park

by Lynne Ober

The whole town is excited about the opening of Benson

Park, and as a result, groups are working together to see how they can make the park a place where we’d all like to visit. The latest proposal came from the GFWC Hudson Junior

Woman’s Club and the GFWC Hudson Community Club. These sister clubs are volunteer organizations in Hudson and have been active in the community for over 40 years. Now they want to adopt a parcel of land and create a butterfly garden. Members of the club will commit to keeping this garden into the future. Pelham resident and Master Gardner Cheryl Cravino has

been working with members of the club on this project. To date, they have held a number of site walks, chosen a location, and then measured their area and began developing plans for the design and construction of this garden. “We first started this a decade ago,” laughed Barbara

Habina. “At the time, we thought that Hudson would soon gain access to the property. Little did we know that so much time would pass.” However, a decade later, members are still as interested and enthusiastic about the project, which they recently pitched to the Benson Committee. The project would begin with the clearing of dead, overgrown, and invasive plants within the designated area. Members would replant only native trees and shrubs that meet the needs of birds throughout the year. In addition, research has been done on native butterflies and what they need for nourishment and habitat. A butterfly garden complete with at least one bench will be planted and maintained within a portion of the designated area. Club members hope to create a natural sense of place for the public to sit, contemplate, and enjoy nature. But work won’t stop there—members commit to semi-annual fall and spring cleanups of the adopted space by the members of the GFWC Clubs. Linda Kipnes, President of the GRWC Hudson Community Club, told the Benson Committee that the GFWC Hudson Junior Woman’s Club currently maintains a stretch of highway along Route 3-A in Hudson, and has proven their long-term commitment to a project. “We commit to semi-annual highway cleanups, and we would place this Benson Park landscaped area in a similar schedule for continued maintenance,” she stated. The garden will have a path that meanders through the area. Coupled with sitting places, this would make a serene place to

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AHS Student Wins Gold: Kansas City, Here We Come

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by Doug Robinson

He won New Hampshire’s SkillsUSA Competition, and now, Seth Miller, an AHS

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junior, has qualified to participate in the National Competition for SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 5,400 students compete in 91 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA is the largest student Career and Technical Organization (CTO) in the state of New Hampshire, according to SkillsUSA. “I was challenged on my



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Seth, at the table saw, has already “measured twice” so that he can “cut once” as he prepares his next board for use on his construction project

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Bridging The Gaps

You’re an adult, and missing teeth have left gaps in your dental architecture. What should you do? The word “architecture” holds the answer. If

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when one of them is removed from the structure of your mouth, which in this respect is not different from a building. A lost tooth cancels the partnership with

teeth adjacent to it and above or below it. The remaining teeth become vulnerable to a variety of problems. They can drift without that supporting partner. Food impaction then occurs between teeth resulting in a higher incidence of decay. Periodontal disease, the largest single cause of tooth loss in adults, can develop. The missing tooth should be replaced by a

A first look at the butterfly garden. Master Gardener Cravino said that the plan might be modified if obstacles beneath the surface appear

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stop and enjoy nature. The plot of land is located near the running stream, so the pleasing sound of running water filters through the area. The committee accepted the proposal. Now, members of the two sister clubs are already planning their first cleanup of the area.

fixed bridge, partial denture, or implant. If it isn’t, chances are very high that you will lose additional teeth, and in time, possibly all your teeth. That’s not an exaggeration. Nature

designed the dental arch to work properly only with a full complement of teeth, each one helping, protecting, and stabilizing the neighboring teeth. Because your teeth work together as a

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