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Hudson - Litchfield News

June 4, 2010 - 5

Selling on eBay Demystified at Library

by Lynne Ober

If you always wanted to know how to sell items on eBay, but

didn’t know whom to ask, the classes recently held at the George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Library in Hudson took all the mystery out of this process. Licensed eBay educator Glenn Della Monica taught the well- attended and free classes. Della Monica has long sold items on eBay, and realized after answering many questions from his friends and relatives that people wanted to know how to sell, so he became an eBay certified instructor.

He started at the beginning of the process and, by the second class, encouraged his students to bring in an item that he would help them list for sale. Della Monica brought a digital camera and a tripod to class, and even taught the students how to take photos of their items, use a free photo editing program available online to enhance their items’ photos, and upload the photos to the auction site. By the time students completed the class, they knew how to price an item based on historical selling price, figure out the shipping and packaging, and become a successful seller. “I’m enjoying this class,” said Litchfield resident Bob Lovejoy,

Outdoors

Future Fishermen

Charlie

with

Chalk

Glenn Della Monica, a licensed eBay educator, makes selling on eBay a cinch for class attendees

who noted that his grandchildren help him with his computer problems, but he now knows how to do more by himself.

Have You Been ‘Spoofed?’

by Doug Robinson

The digital age has provided us with the many challenges of keeping up with technology, and, more importantly, keeping ahead of the technical revolution. Every day, we receive unwanted calls from telemarketers or from people with whom we wish we did not have to talk. The revolution of caller ID has protected us and has allowed us to answer only those calls from those we know. That is, until now. The practice of “spoofing” has now placed the unknowing recipient of an incoming call to the will and pranks of a sinister person who thinks that “spoofing” you is funny. Spoofing is the practice of causing the telephone network to display a number on the recipient’s caller ID display that is not that of the actual originating station. Simply stated, while your phone displays the phone number of a “trusted” person who you wish to call you, the actual person calling is really someone who wishes to play a practical joke upon you. Those who spoof subscribe to e-mail and messaging services whose sole message motivation is to create and describe situations in which the motivation is considered malicious by the speaker. For example, “Why did your daughter hurt my cat?” could be the call. And “How

am I to pay for the doctor’s bill? What are you going to do?” are typical questions that could be heard. Later, a follow-up call will be received from a number that has been stored in the cell receiver’s phone, stating the actual intent of the call that being a telemarketing call for a specific service or product. E-mail spoofing can make it appear that a message came from any phone number the caller wishes. Because of the high trust people tend to have in the caller ID system, spoofing can call the system’s value into question. To use a typical spoofing service, customers pay in advance for a personal identification number (PIN), allowing them to make a call for a certain amount of time. To begin, customers dial the number given to them by the company and enter their PIN. Then they enter the number they wish to call, and the number they wish to appear as the caller ID. Once the customer selects the options, the call is bridged and the person on the other end receives the customer’s call. Assuming caller ID is used on the receiving end, the receiver would normally assume the call was coming from a different phone number – the spoofed number chosen by the caller – thus tricking the receiver into thinking the call was coming from a different individual

NH Lawmakers Switch their Position on Switchblade Knives

by Doug Robinson

While the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the United States continues to ban specific “sharp objects” such as knives, box cutters, and scissors from passengers who travel on America’s transportation systems, legislators from New Hampshire recently repealed a 1950s law, making it now legal for NH residents to purchase and carry switchblades, stilettos, daggers, and dirk knives. “All we did was get rid of an old, antiquated

law that was enacted in the 1950s,” stated Rep. Jennifer Coffey, R-Andover. Coffey was the prime sponsor of the legislation. “We need laws on criminal activities, not on objects,” she continued. The new stated law, signed by Governor

Lynch, removes the penalty for carrying or the selling of switchblades, including stilettos, daggers, and dirk knives. Rep. Coffey, who is also the vice president

of the Andover Rescue Squad, proposed the legislation, realizing that while she was looking for a new tool to assist her in her profession as an Emergency Medical Technician, a knife such as a switchblade could free up her hands to perform her tasks more freely and professionally. While shopping for this type of knife, she also learned that NH law prohibited the sales of such a knife.

According to Coffey, “there are more than 125 occupations or hobbies in which knives are primary tools.”

The bill, supported by both parties, easily passed through the New Hampshire Legislature, with committees hearing support for the change from law enforcement officers, wildlife groups, and outdoors people in support. Doug Ritter, Chairman of Knife Rights Inc, a non-profit advocacy group, stated, that there are “27 states where automatic knives are legal. It makes a clear statement that people in this great country are fed up with irrational and illogical laws that restrict them for no good reason. It is a real statement that this is a country where freedom counts; where we don’t penalize honest, law-abiding folks just because some people have an emotional reaction against something.” Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie commented that the repeal of the law will require Hudson Police officers to be even more cautious and careful when approaching someone with whom they wish to speak. “In law enforcement, we always train to be on our guard. Sometimes, people interpret that to being insensitive or rude. We’re not trying to come across that way. We don’t know who we are stopping or what kind of criminal activity they may have just been involved in. We are just trying to keep ourselves safe so that we go home at the end of the shift safely,” he said. Litchfield Police Chief Joe O’Brion did not return several calls from the Hudson~Litchfield

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Hudson’s Road Repaving on Schedule

by Doug Robinson

Now that Brox Industries has been awarded Hudson’s paving contract by the Board of Selectmen for Hudson, Hudson’s Highway Department has begun to reclaim and repave many roads, streets, and drives that are in need of repair. Presently, Hudson’s Highway Department is in the process of reclaiming and repaving Barretts Hill from Hazelwood to Mallard. In addition, Lions Avenue, Tolles Street, and Daniel Webster

Drive will also be repaved. Beginning in July, the existing top layer of Ferry Street will be milled off and be repaved. Sanders Road and Winding Hollow will have underdrains added, as well as have their surfaces reclaimed. Griffin Road, Kiena Road, Edgewood Drive,

Stevens Drive, and Abbot Street will be repaved and reclaimed after the sewer and water lines have been replaced. Windhaven Drive will be reclaimed and

repaved after the sewer lines have been replaced.

Hudson Firefighters Support MDA with Boot Drives

by Doug Robinson

The Hudson firefighters will be conducting three Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) boot drives during the coming months. They will be held on June 19, July 17, and August 28. The purpose of the boot drives is to collect funds for the MDA, or “Jerry’s Kids.” Last year, Hudson firefighters collected $15,386 from their boot drives and have been

recognized as being an organization that collects the “highest amount in the State.” Firefighters will be wearing safety vests for their safety and will have the “Caution: Firefighters in Road” warning signs posted. The boot drives will be conducted at the intersection of Rte. 102, Ferry St., and Chase St. between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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or organization than the caller’s. Most providers work similar to a pre-paid calling card.

While the United States Congress proposed a bill to make spoofing illegal, the bill never became a law because the full Senate never voted on it. The bill was dubbed the “Truth in Caller ID Act of 2007,” which would have outlawed causing “any caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information” via “any telecommunications service or IP-enabled voice service.” Law enforcement was exempted from the rule. A similar bill, HR251, was introduced and passed in the House of Representatives. On April 14, the House of Representatives passed the “Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010,” and will be reconciled with the Senate version passed in February. It is anticipated that this bill will be signed into law by President Obama later this year. Under the bill, which also targets voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, it becomes illegal “to cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information, with the intent to defraud and deceive.” The bill maintains an exemption for blocking one’s own outgoing caller ID information, and law enforcement isn’t affected.

Like to fish? Like to work with kids to see them become fishermen also? Then you need to know about the Future Fisherman Foundation, a program dedicated to introducing America’s youth to angling and the outdoors. The Foundation recognizes the challenges and distractions facing today’s children. Research shows that our youth is more at risk than ever before, imperiled by a sedentary, plugged-in lifestyle leading to early onset diabetes, cardiac risk, and a total disconnect from the natural world. Through various programs, the Foundation and our partners hope to inspire our youth to engage in healthy activities, promoting a deeper understanding and connection to nature and our aquatic resources. In partnership with the Department of Justice and numerous Boys & Girls Clubs across the United States, the Foundation is encouraging young anglers to pursue positive leisure activities through the Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) program. This program provides angling, conservation, and life skills to youth in an effort to reduce crime activities in their communities, as well as contributing to the overall health and well being of the participants. Find out more at www.futurefisherman.org.

Charlie Chalk can be reached at outdoorswithcharlie@areanewsgroup.com

Londonderry United Boys U12 State Cup Finalists & Regional Tournament Qualifiers

Open Tryouts June 15th &17th

from 6-8 pm (5:30-6 registration)

Field 5 at West Road Fields, Londonderry

The tryouts are being held for the Fall U13 team and players need to be born between August 1, 1997 and July 31, 1998.

Please bring a ball, water, cleats, and shin guards.

The team's resume includes: 08-09 Londonderry United

Labor Day U11 champs, Natick Columbus Day Invitational U11 3rd place, Cape Cod Challenge Cup U11 champs, 21st Annual Suffield

Invitational U11 champs. 09-10 Londonderry United Labor Day U13runner-ups, 31st Annual Ludlow, MA Columbus Day U12 champs

Questions? Please contact Todd Ellis at silleddot@yahoo.com.

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