Hudson - Litchfield News 6 - June 18, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
GMS Playground Committee Spaghetti Supper Thank-You
The Playground Committee would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the Litchfield and surrounding community for its support of the Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, June 12. Over 300 people packed the Griffin Memorial School (GMS) cafeteria to enjoy delicious food, good conversation, and enter for a chance to win some amazing raffle baskets, all for a worthwhile cause. This was a wonderful example of a small town rallying to support our children! The dinner raised almost $4,000 for the playground—a number that far exceeded expectations. There were so many individuals and community organizations that worked together to make this event such a huge success. We could not possibly list all the donors involved; please know that we are grateful to everyone who contributed to this event, and we apologize if we exclude anyone on this list. We would like to send a special thank-you to all the volunteers who gave so generously of their time, efforts, and talents. Also, we want to commend the generosity of our GMS families; the donated items for the themed raffle baskets were phenomenal. In addition, we would like to thank the following groups for contributing the food supplies and labor for the event: the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club, the Women’s Club, the Girl Scouts of Litchfield, Sysco, Bugaboo Creek, Peace of Mind Improvements, Olive Garden, Kendall Pond Pizza, Pepsi, Hannaford Supermarket, Continental Paving, the Litchfield Baseball Association, Kristin and Joe (our GMS staff on duty!), and Principal Schlicter. Business raffle donations included Mel’s
Funway Park, Woodman’s, Romano’s Pizzeria, Dunkin’ Donuts, O’Neil Cinemas, Granite State American Kempo, T-Bones, Professionally Yours, Arbonne basket from Susan Still, Energy North, the Fisher Cats, The Painted Lady, Pappy’s Pizza, NTB, Red Sox tickets donated by the Guerrette family, Tommy Hilfiger, Peeples photography, Mobil, and DTS Communications. There are so many people, businesses, and sponsors who have supported this cause, and we appreciate all the contributions. For a complete list of business and personal sponsors, information on how to donate, or to find out more about the mission and goals of the Playground Committee, please visit our Website at www.gm
The Playground Committee - Litchfield
What You Should Expect from the Census Bureau
The 2010 Census will continue through the summer visiting households across the country to collect their information. However, not everyone knows that Census Bureau representatives visit or call a sample of households to collect information for a variety of important surveys administered throughout the decade. In an effort to avoid confusion, I would like to clarify these operations. For the 2010 Census, our enumerators are visiting housing units from which we did not receive a form, we did not receive a form in time to update census workers’ assignments, or we received a form that requires verification. Enumerators will ask for your information, even if you state that you mailed back a form in order to ensure the accuracy of the count.
In addition to the once-a-decade census, Census Bureau field representatives collect data on a monthly basis for a number of other surveys, such as the American Community Survey and the National Health Interview Survey. These surveys provide invaluable data about a variety of topics, including health, education, income, employment, and disability, that guide representatives of your community and organizations to make more informed decisions about vital services for our nation. Please call 1-800-562-5721 to learn if you are in a survey. It is easy to identify a 2010 Census enumerator or field representative. He or she will have a census ID badge that contains a Department of Commerce seal and will provide supervisor and/ or office contact information for verification, if asked. Field representatives have photo IDs and use a computer to facilitate the collection of data. Census workers will not contact individuals by e-mail, but may do so by phone. In addition, they will not ask about immigration status or for bank account or credit card numbers. Remember that your responses to either the 2010 Census or any ongoing survey are protected by federal law and cannot be shared with any agency or person. Please, step up and be counted now in the 2010 Census. If your household is selected for a survey, please participate to help us collect vital information that will help your community receive its fair share of federal funding, representation, and effective planning. I appreciate your cooperation.
Kathleen Ludgate, Regional Director, U.S. Census Bureau - Boston, MA
Prostate Cancer Awareness
We two are among the thousands of New Hampshire sons and daughters who have witnessed the agonizing death of our father dying of prostate cancer. In almost every fatal case, the cancer was discovered too late. So on this Father’s Day, we are urging your sons and daughters to help save your father’s life by persuading him to see his doctor and discuss the dangers of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the greatest killer of New Hampshire men. More men will get prostate cancer this year than women will get breast cancer. One man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime during his life. We miss our fathers very much.
NH Representative Richard Drisko, Hollis, and Steve Ladew, Merrimack
GMS Playground Fundraising
There has been much discussion lately about the great work Kathleen Follis and a group of citizens on the playground committee have been doing. For those of you that may still be unaware, the playground at Griffin Memorial School (GMS) will be removed as a result of a parent’s concern about the safety of the structure. An evaluation was done and determined that the most cost- effective route was to remove it and work towards earning money to replace it. There are several fundraisers and opportunities for giving that I would highly encourage everyone to give to. This is a momentous opportunity in our
town to heal a divide that I have been working diligently to undo since moving here. For me,
it is a “big picture” item that some prefer not to look at, as it is a painful sore that does not heal and continues to cause us all pain because some refuse to acknowledge its existence. That sore is the continual disrespect of the voter by giving us minimal opportunity to decide where our money is to actually be spent. Of course, they will tell you that you have ample opportunity to attend all of our meetings, deliberative sessions, etc., all the while realizing that all of you are so incredibly busy with juggling our kids’ ball games, extra- curricular activities, work, and for many, second jobs, that when we finally get home, that easy chair feels mighty comfortable. A portion of us comes to the polls to vote, and that is our process. They know it. Then they blame you for not caring. They use the fact that you have no time to show up, and then use the fact that you voted for the limited choices they gave you. All the while, you wonder how you end up with less and less every year. Well, this year, we have approximately $475,000 in over-budgeted funds. We will meet on the 16th to hear about, and then decide how to spend that away for whomever’s special interest speaks the loudest that night. Whoever makes the best case. What we will not see or hear much of is why we should rightfully return the taxpayers’ money to the taxpayer. We will hurry and spend that money before the majority of you get the news that with the state cutting over $2 million from our school budget that your taxes will be raised to cover that loss. If we do nothing, the average home will see an additional $800 to $1,200 increase in their tax bills. Now, how does the GMS playground and all of this tie together? There will be a vote on the 16th to fund the construction of a new playground at GMS. There are many choices. We could take the monies raised and give the kids a great start, and then raise more until we reach our goals. Presentation of Mary did in Hudson. Or we can simply take the funds without asking the voters for their approval. I have been scolded often recently for even mentioning to ask the voter first. To me, taking your dollars without asking is not only immoral, but unethical. Why is this any different than any group looking to spend your tax dollars at any time during the year? We should be saving, raising, and asking the voters for their support. Most importantly, your opinion should be asked and respected at the ballot box. No one is questioning this need for our kids. What is questioned is the method used. Never should your taxes be taken without your explicit consent.
Jason Guerrette - Litchfield
Friends of Marguerite’s Place Benefit BBQ at Sam’s Club
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The Friends of Marguerite’s Place invite you to bring your appetite on down to Sam’s Club in Hudson on Saturday, June 19, when the volunteer organization hosts a BBQ event to benefit Marguerite’s Place of Nashua. “Friends” will be cooking up a tasty array of burgers and dogs throughout the day, with special meal packages, which will include an icy cold beverage and a variety of chip products. Marguerite’s Place is a non-profit transitional housing and supportive services program for women in crisis and their children, and serves towns throughout southern New Hampshire. The Friends of Marguerite’s Place is a volunteer organization that meets on the third Tuesday of each month (with the exception of July), and provides support to meet the needs of ongoing
programs and projects at Marguerite’s Place. To learn more about Marguerite’s Place, visit www.margueritesplace.org
or call 598.1582.
Pamme Boutselis, Chairperson, Friends of Marguerite’s Place - Litchfield
Stonewood School Says Thank You
Stonewood School opened their doors on
August 25, 2005. In the beginning, our center educated and cared for children ages three through kindergarten-aged children. Stonewood has been expanding ever since. The demand for quality Infant/Toddler programs as well as Before and After school care for school-aged children was great in southern New Hampshire. Owner Patricia Langlais expanded her childcare center to accommodate families in need of childcare. Stonewood School is preparing to celebrate its fifth year in business. On Sunday June 27, from 1-3 p.m., Stonewood
School will be hosting a five years in business BBQ. All past and present families and children are welcomed to attend and enjoy great food, company, games, and activities, including a bounce house for all of the children. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet with old and new friends, and reunite your children with past classmates. Drop by to see just how far we have come since our opening in 2005. Our center has expanded and a great many changes have occurred over the years; we now offer programs to care for infants six weeks through before and after school- aged children. Come one, come all, for a day of celebration and the recognition that children build a foundation for life-long skills at Stonewood School. For more information, please call 594- 4195. We look forward to seeing all of you!
Stonewood School - Hudson
Thank You for Supporting the Boy Scout Fundraiser
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped with the Boy Scout fundraiser held on Memorial Day during the town-wide Memorial Day Celebration. I also want to thank everyone who helped make fried dough and everyone who donated to the chess set by buying fried dough and/or making a donation. I raised enough money to make the chess set, my Eagle Project, and will be working on it this summer during July and August. I very much appreciate everyone’s time and energy, and encourage everyone to check it out at Griffin Memorial School next fall. Thank you again!
Matt Rafferty - Litchfield Give to the Men in Your Lives
I am a prostate cancer survivor, and I know that prostate awareness can be a gift of a lifetime to any family. This time of the year, as we celebrate Father’s Day, is such a great opportunity to appreciate the men in our lives, whether it’s a dad, a son, a brother, an uncle, or even a friend. Our lives would be less without them. We know that prostate cancer is the number-one cancer killer of men over 50 in New Hampshire. Yet, with early detection, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent! I am urging everyone who reads this letter to do something special for the men in their lives—ask them to talk to their doctors about prostate cancer, and to schedule a simple prostate exam. Do it for them, do it for your families!
Dan Guerrette - Litchfield
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