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Hudson - Litchfield News June 11, 2010 - 9

The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor

LMS Eighth Grade Dance

I would like to thank every one that helps make this special dance a huge success—one that the kids will be talking about for a long time. From set-up to clean-up, you were awesome—I would love to list everyone, but I am afraid I would leave someone out, and there were so many. From the parents on the committee to the light

crew, the decoration crew, the photography crew, the food crew, the set-up crew, the clean-up crew, and all of the Litchfield Memorial School (LMS) office staff, thank you so much, and I know that the students appreciate it. It is a great eighth grade; I will be sorry to see them leave LMS. I feel I need to personally thank Lori Cooke,

who, 45 minutes before the dance, took my frantic phone call of “the murals have all fallen, I need help,“ and she responded, “I will send some guys right over.” Thank you, Allen Trompke, Dean Frost, and Jim Walsh for rushing right over and putting it all back together in a moment’s notice. By doing this, I know you missed time with your own children having their pictures taken and seeing them all dressed up before their big night. You came in, did what needed to be done, had it ready to go, and had the ladders put away before the students arrived. I really appreciate you bailing us like that—you guys are terrific! I can never thank you enough.

Cathy Snyder - Litchfield

Fundraisers to Support the Playground

The Playground Committee would like to invite the local communities to come out and support the goal of a safe new playground at Griffin Memorial School (GMS). Turn your oven off for a night, get a great spaghetti dinner at a great price, and support a worthwhile cause all at once! The children of Litchfield need your help. They

have been without a playground since March of this year; the current play structure has been roped off and unusable, and will be torn down in the coming weeks. Through fundraising, we are hoping to have a new play structure in place for the children of GMS and the entire Litchfield community by this fall.

Please come out and support this wonderful

cause! The Spaghetti dinner will be held Saturday, June 12, from 4-7 p.m. at GMS (229 Charles Bancroft Highway), and all proceeds will support the replacement of the playground on GMS grounds. The night will include many raffles, including, but not limited to gift cards to Dunkin’ Donuts and T-Bones; Fisher Cats tickets; a spa treatment; car care; and the wonderful baskets made by the GMS students. The cost is $6 for

adults, $5 for kids and seniors, and kids under 4 eat free, with a maximum of $20 per family! So come on down, enjoy a great meal, and try your luck for some amazing raffle prizes! Then on Monday, June 14, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., join us at Woodman’s Seafood and Grill in Litchfield (454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield). Woodman’s will be donating 10 percent of sales of food and fountain drinks for the entire day to the GMS playground fund! Come and enjoy the delicious food that Woodman’s has to offer, and help raise funds for the playground! For more information on these fundraisers and other upcoming events, as well as a full list of our sponsors, please visit our Website at www. Hope to see you there!

The GMS Playground Committee - Litchfield

Zachary Tompkins Memorial Fund

Mr. Lathrop and I took part in making a promotional piece for Hudson Cable Television on behalf of the Zachary Tompkins Memorial Fund dedicated to raising monies to build the Zachary Tompkins Memorial Football Stadium. Fellow Committee members; Michael Roberts, president of the Hudson Litchfield Bears Organization; and Zach’s parents, Mike and Nicole Tompkins, joined us as Hudson School Committee member and HCTV Committee member Lee Lavoie interviewed us.

Many fundraising events will be taking place in order to raise sufficient funds to build the stadium without having to rely on tax dollars to do so. We have been fortunate to have several trades people, within our community, contact Mr. Lathrop offering their services and donations in order to achieve our goal. The network of volunteers and contributors grows on a daily basis. I was made aware that a 5K road race would be taking place on Friday, August 27, from Alvirne High School. Nicky challenged me to run in the race and, though she had planned to work with the race organizers, she stated that she would race along side with me if I would do it. I accepted her challenge, though I always hated running. This will be an interesting challenge for me as I will be 67 at the time of the race, but I am up to the challenge. I will begin training in July, as I need to shave an inch or two from my waist and learn to get into the rhythm. The purpose of this letter is to appeal to our

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fellow citizens and our friends in the business community to make this all worthwhile for me and to help sponsor me in this race. I ask that you give whatever amount you can afford, no matter how small, as it will all add up in the end. I want to thank those who have already sent me checks or dropped off cash for this worthy cause for our community.

Please make your checks payable to: Zachary

Tompkins Memorial Fund and mail them to me at 10 Rita Avenue, Hudson, NH 03051. You may also drop them off at our business, Roger’s, at 95 River Road, Route 3A, Hudson. You have my undying gratitude for anything you can contribute, and I promise I will finish this race because, like many of us, we will do whatever is necessary to see Zach’s dream of a stadium being built for our Community and in his memory.

Roger E. Coutu - Hudson MOMS Club of Hudson

Fundraising for Londonderry Resident Bella Tucker

The MOMS® Club of Hudson Area, NH, will be holding a Yard and Bake Sale as a fundraiser for Bella Tucker ( It will take place on Sunday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6 Cliff Ave, which is across from Merrifield Park off Route 111. We will have baby and children’s clothes, books, furniture, household goods, toys, lemonade, brownies, cookies, and much, much more! All of the proceeds will go to this young girl at the Bella Tucker Fund. “Bella Tucker is an 8-year-old girl who attends South School Elementary in Londonderry. She came down with a near-fatal infection on Easter Sunday and after being in a medically induced coma for five days she survived. But the infection caused extensive tissue damage and on April 27, Bella underwent quadruple amputation surgery and is currently facing an extremely long and hard recovery.” (from

One goal of the MOMS Club of Hudson is to organize service projects each year, and this is our latest one for the community. Londonderry is very close in distance and in our hearts, and we wanted to give to this family in need. Past projects have included Backpacks for Back to School (Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, Inc.), Cookies for Soldiers, Adopt a Family at Christmas, Cards for Soldiers, Nashua YMCA Camp supplies donations, and many other charitable donations. The MOMS Club of Hudson Area, NH, for residents in Hudson, Litchfield and Nashua, is an organization for stay-at-home mothers of all ages and offers many benefits, including: weekly activities, playgroups, community service projects, ‘Moms Night Out,’ Meals for Moms, and so much more. Activities for kids and Moms each week include outings to local attractions, park days, kids’ crafts, child fitness activities, and other great ideas. We also have a book club and a cooking club just for the Moms. Monthly ‘Moms Night Outs’ also enable members to enjoy social time with each other without the kids for a few hours! The MOMS Club of Hudson Area is a chapter of the International MOMS® Club, a non-profit, non- denominational organization for at-home mothers

around the world. ‘MOMS’ stands for ‘Mothers Offering Mothers Support.’ There are over 1,700 chapters across the country and several international chapters. Membership exceeds 75,000 with new members continually joining, and new chapters are always forming. All MOMS Club activities, with the exception of ‘MOMS Night Out,’ are held during the day. Children are welcome at all daytime activities. Please support our community and come on

down to the Yard and Bake Sale this Sunday, June 13, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Cindy Caron - Hudson Kudos to the Benson Park Volunteers

The soft opening of Benson Park in Hudson demonstrated that the work done by the volunteers during the past years has been enormous in scope in cleaning up the park. Their efforts enlightened many residents to the potential of the park becoming the jewel of Hudson, NH. Kudos are in order to these dedicated people for their generous donation of effort in presenting the people of Hudson a glimpse of the things that are possible in the future. We should all support the wonderful work they have done and hope that they will continue their work in the future. In our first venture to Benson Park, we were amazed at the quiet serenity and solitude of the views affordable by the natural beauty of the ponds and surroundings. To the volunteers of Benson Park, the people of Hudson are proud of you and you deserve the continued support of all the residents. It took a long time for the fruition of a vision, but Benson Park was worth the wait.

Joan and Roland Theberge - Hudson

Reminder for Incoming Kindergarten/First Grade GMS Students

This is a reminder that all incoming student records must be complete prior to the start of school. This includes up-to-date immunizations and physical exams. These are requirements of the State of New Hampshire. All records should be brought to the school ASAP. If a student does not have complete records prior to the first day of school, they will be unable to attend school until the records are complete. If you have any questions, please call the school nurse at 424-5931 (prompt 3). I will be happy to assist you.

Susan G. Seabrook, RN, Griffin Memorial School - Litchfield

Driver Attempts to Flee Police; Charged with Speeding and DWI

submitted by Hudson Police Department On Tuesday, June 8, at approximately 2:06 a.m., Officer Eric

Ferreira was observing a suspicious vehicle in the area of Derry Street and Towhee Drive. The vehicle, a 1996 Chevy Lumina, began to rapidly accelerate from the officer, north on Derry Street, when it

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was apparent that the operator of the Chevy knew the marked police cruiser was near. The officer subsequently attempted to apprehend the speeding

vehicle. The Chevy passed another vehicle over the double solid yellow lines at excessive speeds. The vehicle was eventually stopped on the corner of Melba Drive and Old Derry Road. The operator was identified as Justin Leonard, 19, of Salem. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle. Leonard was arrested at the scene. He was charged with

Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Conduct, Possession of a Controlled Drug, Disobeying a Police Officer, Transportation of Alcohol by a Minor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bail was set at $1,200 cash. Leonard was unable to post bail at the time of this release, and was scheduled for arraignment later in the same morning at Nashua District Court.

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