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Hudson - Litchfield News

8 - June 4, 2010

Hudson Selectmen Approve Grant Request

by Fire Chief Murray and Doug Robinson

Hudson Fire Chief Shawn Murray went before the Hudson Board of Selectmen to request their authorization to apply for the 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program (AFG) provides financial assistance directly to fire department’s non-affiliated EMS organizations to enhance their capabilities with respect to fire and fire- related hazards. “AFG seeks to support organizations that lack the tools and resources necessary to more effectively protect the life and safety of the public and their emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards,” writes Chief Murray in his application for approval. The amount of the grant request is $150,000 with a 10-percent

match from the town if approved. The Board of Selectmen approved the Chief’s request unanimously.

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Later that night, we had an incredible campfire that involved smashing a guitar and yet another competition between patrols of who could come up with the best skit. The winner was awarded with the well-deserved neck of the guitar that was smashed.

Harry S. from Troop 21 throws a Frisbee to other Scouts during the Camporee

Other troops seemed to be having fun during the intense competition for first place. They traveled around from station to station, giving out cheers and being given many “spiels” about the pure awesomeness of Chuck Norris and his ability to reflect bullets with his beard. After a weekend of intense competition, the “Ahhh! Real Boy Scouts” patrol from Hudson’s Troop 20 ended up winning the first-place ribbon.

Hudson Selectmen Say ‘Nay’ to Proposed Economic Development Plan

by Doug Robinson

At the invitation from Hudson Selectman Roger Coutu, former selectmen’s chairman Bill Cole appeared before the Board with his proposal for Economic Development within Hudson. Cole’s proposal was to “effectively assess the status of Hudson’s efforts to enhance future economic development” for Hudson. The assessment would “serve as the pre-requisite for making informed recommendations to the Board of Selectmen with regard to the best course of action to be followed in support of the creation of new job opportunities and the subsequent expansion of the town’s tax base.” Cole’s proposal involved the establishment of an ad hoc committee comprised of the Assistant Town Administrator, Town Assessor, and himself. According to Cole, mission of the ad hoc committee would be to draft (an) Economic Development Action Plan for consideration by the Board of Selectmen. Subject plan will address goals, objectives, and action items supporting enhanced economic development within Hudson in five-year phased increments covering the next 20 years. The Board voted against Cole’s proposal by a

vote of 3/2, with Selectmen Maddox, Jasper, and Nadeau voting in the negative. Selectman Maddox stated that while he believes

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that Economic Development is important for Hudson, he was concerned with the amount of “time from town staff on a weekly basis” that the ad hoc committee would take. Maddox also stated that he had a concern with Cole “working for the jesters [selectmen].” Selectman Jasper commented that the members of the committee needed to include local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce as well. “This is the right idea with the wrong vehicle. Government cannot solve economic problems … for us to promote and sell what is here, we need to include the business community. We need to have a representative from the Chamber of Commerce. This is government in a vacuum [and] not the business community,” he said.

Selectman Nadeau commented that this was a “good idea, but the community make-up is too small for me. I would like to see five or seven members, the town planner, and a chamber member, [as well as] a couple of citizens. We [can] interview [the people] and put them on the Board. This is going down the right track; we do not need to rush into this tonight. I think we need to check with town staff.” Board of Selectmen’s Chairman Ken Massey and Selectman Coutu voted in favor of going forward with Cole’s Economic Development Plan.

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submitted by Stephen Lichtenberg, Historian of Troop 21

Recently, the boys from Hudson’s Boy Scout Troop 21 hosted the 2010 Chuck Norris Spring Camporee. It had a lot of Scout-related stations like orienteering, fire relay, and Morse code. It also had many fun stations like the shooting gallery, tomahawk throw, and the roundhouse kick. What was interesting about this camporee, when compared to other camporees, was that we had two night activities: Morse code and the watch tower. It also had a competition of the manliest meal on Saturday night and competition of skits at the closing campfire. On Saturday night, there

was the competition of the manliest meal, which was judged by Matt Haefner.

Troop 20’s “Ahhh! Real Boy Scouts” patrol won the first-place ribbon at the Spring Camporee

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