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Volume 20 Number 46 May 28, 2010 18 Pages
submitted by Chris Thompson
PMA Playground Nears Completion
Exciting times are happening at Presentation of Mary Academy in Hudson. On Saturday, May 22, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., over 100 people showed up to help construct the playground that has been in the planning stages for approximately three years. The playground supervisor from Landscape Structures was in awe at the amount of help, how well everyone worked together, and how hard they worked. The playground is being constructed for children ages 5-12 (costs are over $100,000). There is a swing set that is lower for the smaller children, a roller slide and a tube slide, talking tubes, a bridge, a cascade climber, a rolling log, and so much more! Due to the size of the playground, construction was
scheduled for two days. There is some groundwork that needs to be completed. It is PMA’s hope that the children will be enjoying the playground in the next week or so. The playground will be dedicated to Zachary Tompkins
on August 28.
Working to put the playground together are Kathy O’Keefe (mom), Teresa Pilon (pre-K teacher), Kathy Meehan (mom), and Merina Dolan (junior high teacher)
Jo March (Caitlyn Shafer), Laurie Laurence (Andrew Matte), Amy March (Felecia Royal), Meg March (Ashleigh Magliano), and Beth March (Kellie Wallman) sing and perform for the audience
by Doug Robinson
There was nothing little about Campbell High School’s performance of the popular Broadway musical Little Women. Actors, actresses, musicians, and stage crew put on a performance larger than life while entertaining the sold- out audiences of their weekend performances. Set in the era of the Civil
Kids Raise Funds
submitted by Martha Dexter
Chloe and Matthew Dexter set up
and ran a lemonade stand last Friday and, through the generous support of the residents of Litchfield, were able to raise $10 for the Griffin Memorial School (GMS) Playground Fund. I really appreciated their efforts because they are doing their part to raise money to replace the GMS Playground. And thank you to all who stopped and donated!
War, the story of Little Women involves the lives of the four sisters in the March family from childhood to maturity. Audiences of all generations will enjoy acquainting – or reacquainting – themselves with the sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the high-spirited tomboy; Amy, the self-centered beauty; and gentle Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee and Father. Together, the March family learns to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up. This adaptation skillfully compresses the novel while still including milestones such as Meg’s declaration of independence from the tyranny of Aunt March, Amy’s trip to Europe, and even Beth’s death. The play ends with Jo’s realization of her life’s work—the publication of her first novel. Interlaced with warmth, family loyalty, and traditional values, all these important events provide us with a better understanding of our own lives. Penned by Louisa May Alcott 140 years ago, this much-loved classic tale’s
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Jo March (Caitlyn Shafer) and sister, Beth (Kellie Wallman) sing to each other about what life is “meant to be,” as well as Beth asking Jo to “let me go” while she suffers from deadly effects of rheumatic fever
message is still relevant for audiences today, all according to Scott Davidson of Pioneer Drama Service. The popularity of the play was great among the students of Campbell High School that director Jill Deleault had different students play the different roles during the different performances over the weekend. As the audiences participated and enjoyed the performances, the actors, musicians, stagehands, costume design crew, lighting crew, and those involved with the publicity of the play were rewarded with standing ovations.
High Wind, Heavy Rain, Hot Chili
submitted by Kathleen Christopher
The bad weather of May 8 was no match for
Troop 20’s chili, but then no other Boy Scout Patrol attending the Chuck Norris-themed Camporee at Hills House came up with a dish that quite matched up to the Habanero pepper-laced specialty: Troop 20 walked away with the award for Manliest Meal. “While there were other chilies offered,”
said Troop 20 Scoutmaster Bill Zaharchuk, “only Troop 20 served up a full meal of chili, ribs, and apple crisp, all cooked on- site using a propane stove and a Dutch oven.” The event was well attended by area Scouts who came and competed in various martial arts-themed events. Troop 20 placed well, coming in first not only in Manliest Meal, but in Commando Ladder and Fire Relay as well. In addition, the boys took home the trophy for First Place Overall.
“Amazing what they can do when they want to,”
said Troop 20 Parent Volunteer Joseph Undercofler. “… they were determined to win this, and they did.” But winning requires fuel, and boys cannot live by chili alone. There were also Slim Jims. The aforementioned Caramel Apple Crisp. Cereal, Ramen noodles, cheese and crackers, peanut butter cups, and the odd candy bar.
And lots of wind and rain. Asked if the wind and rain was a deterrent, Life Scout Mike said no, but “Chuck Taylors don’t make good waterproof boots.”
Dakota added, “High winds do not make for good camping on flat ground.” By the time Sunday morning dawned clear and dry, the boys broke camp, damp, but unbowed, with a little time to dry out until their next adventure.
Troop 20, Hudson – First Overall, Boy Scout Camporee May 2010
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Hudson’s Memorial Day parade will step off at 2 p.m. from the Hudson Mall Plaza on Derry Road. A service to honor all of our nation’s veterans will be held at the town common. The parade will reform and end at the American Legion Post 48.
The Litchfield Historical Society will once again sponsor the Memorial Day services on Monday, May 31, for the town of Litchfield. The day will begin with a parade, which will step off from the Litchfield Middle School at 10 a.m., and will be followed by services at the Litchfield Historical Society Building.
Memorial Day Parade Services
staff photos by Len Lathrop staff photos by Doug Robinson
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