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Volume 20 Number 51 July 2, 2010 16 Pages Education Funding Impacts Future Plans
by Lynne Ober Litchfield will lose $2 million worth of state education funding in 2011-2012. This is a result of the last lawsuit, which Litchfield joined. That lawsuit decided that the state would fund an adequate education based on student population. Litchfield, like other school districts with small school populations, will lose significant funding. Superintendent Dr. Elaine Cutler is already planning for that loss and helped craft a direction.
Although legislation, sponsored by Representative Lynne Ober, was introduced this year to delay this loss; when the vote came to the House, State Representatives Valerie Hardy, John Knowles, and Mary Ann Knowles, all representing Litchfield, voted against it. The other representatives representing Litchfield voted in favor of this legislation, but it failed on a party-line vote, with Democrats voting against and Republicans voting for. As a result, Cutler has been making plans to deal with this upcoming loss. The first step in that direction was to look
at this year’s surplus and decide what projects could be done using the surplus. In every case, Cutler suggested projects that would move the district into the future. The first project funded was to approve $9,500 to the new GMS playground. This money, coupled with the $23,000 that the playground committee raised, will ensure that GMS students have a place to play during upcoming recess periods.
At the most recent board meeting, the board continued to look at projects that would enhance their buildings’ infrastructure, and move them into the future in a better fiscal situation. Griffin Memorial School, which had almost no
improvements under previous administrations, will get significant improvements as a result of the superintendent’s recommendations that were accepted by the board. Included are: •
$71,300 to replace a section of the roof at GMS
• $49,000 to add an ADA-compliant bathroom at GMS, which is legally required
• $10,000 for Romex wiring replacement at GMS
• $9,000 for GMS asphalt repair
$2,000 for an asbestos inspection at GMS
$28,000 for upgraded lighting at GMS
The Campbell High School track has been damaged by underground water. Earlier this year, the board discovered that repairing the track would only provide a short-term solution and that understanding the underground water was necessary. They budgeted $10,000 for a geotechnical underground water study in their approved budget for next year, but decided to go ahead with that project this summer. They also approved a variety of technical
upgrades throughout the district. Staff laptop replacements will be done at Campbell High School and at the SAU. The cost at Campbell is $4,900, and at the SAU, it will cost $1,400. In addition, the technology infrastructure will be upgraded throughout the district at a cost of $66,323. This expenditure comes after a review by Axis Business Solutions, who completed a district-wide study and made recommendations to replace all network switches and to provide wireless access points. They made a number of other recommendations that the board said will take years to implement, but agreed that this was the correct first step. There will now be a curriculum review at
Litchfield Middle School, and this will cost $36,748. Cutler had previously discussed old textbooks and the need to upgrade. Those upgrades will be most effective after a thorough curriculum review. The board allocated $12,441 for a district-
wide vacation buy-back in 2010. The board also kept its commitment to return a minimum of $200,000 fund balance to offset the tax rate. This commitment had been made earlier in the year when the exact amount of the surplus was unknown. As Business Administrator Steve Martin explained, the surplus is affected by a multitude of items, including warmer-than- normal spring days that led to utility cost savings. While many of these project were already
approved in the coming year budget by doing them now, the board said it would have a surplus from next year to use that could offset the impact to the taxpayers when the state funding loss occurs in the following year.
North East White Pride Holds Demonstration in Hudson
Father and Son Firefighters Continues to Grow
The Tradition of
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Captain Dave Morin and his son, Corey, work side by side serving the public
by Doug Robinson Fire departments throughout the United States and the world are filled with traditions— traditions of camaraderie, trust, and placing their lives on the line not only for the public, but for each other as well. The Hudson and Salem Fire Departments alike are also rich with the tradition of father and son firefighters working side by side in a profession of selfless dedication to fellow man. Corey Morin, 20, son of Captain Dave Morin of the Hudson Fire Department, and Corey Emanuelson, 19, son of Salem’s Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal, Jeff Emanuelson, who has lived in Hudson for many years, were recently hired by the Hudson Fire Department as Call Firefighters. They, along with their fathers, grandfathers, and uncles, now belong to that special fraternity.
Both Corey and Matt are graduates of Alvirne
High School in 2008, and both firefighters attended the Lakes Region Community College, where they studied Fire Science. Friends since childhood, they both knew at an early age that
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Jeff and Matt Emanuelson, father and son, meet at the Hudson Fire Department
Hudson’s 3,300 Manholes/Basins No Match for New Sewer Sucker Truck
by Doug Robinson It’s big, powerful, has lots of hoses, and it keeps Hudson beautiful. The Hudson Highway Department took delivery of their new VacCon Truck, which is more commonly known as the Sewer Sucker. As part of the
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by Doug Robinson The North East White Pride, self-professed as “New England’s premier white’s rights and advocacy group,” held their annual “Close the Border” demonstration at Library Park on June 26. Over two dozen demonstrators traveled from as far away as Maine and Virginia to attend the event. “The event is held yearly to support law
enforcement in the struggle against illegal immigration. The community in Hudson has been hit by illegal immigrants moving into nearby Nashua, bringing crime, drugs, graffiti, and violence to a once-peaceful community,” writes the White Pride organization.
Members of the North East White Pride organization gather together as they prepare for their demonstration at Library Park According to the North East White Pride, each
year, over a million illegal immigrants cross our border, without any kind of health or criminal background check, leading to epidemics such as Swine Flu and gang violence. The problem doesn’t stop there as these illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers billions each year in social services, many of which are denied to U.S. citizens, but readily available to those here illegally. Since 2003, the North East White Pride organization has opened their doors as a discussion forum for concerned Americans of European descent. They refer to themselves as a “non-hate group” and an organization that “takes a strong stance against drugs and violence.”
ongoing maintenance of the town’s roads, recreational land, and plowing of snow, Hudson’s Highway Department also has the responsibility to maintain Hudson’s 100 miles of sewer pipes and over 3,300 manholes/ basins from plugging up and becoming clogged due to road debris, leaves, sand, and other related materials that travel into the manholes. The new Sewer Sucker, partially paid for by a Capital Reserve Fund, was also paid for by the Sewer Utility for $268,000. The old Sewer Sucker had lasted the town
Young Timothy gets a lesson and partners with Derek Desrochers of the Hudson Highway Department, making sure that the new Sewer Sucker is being operated properly and safely, and that the sewer is cleaned
over 16 years, even though the life expectancy of a Sewer Sucker is only 10 years. In addition, the old Sewer Sucker had to be towed twice during its last two times that it responded to
problem areas. To fix the old Sewer Sucker would have cost Hudson over $125,000, according to Hudson Road Agent Kevin Burns. In addition to the 3,300 manholes/basins, Hudson’s new truck will also be able to clean out Hudson’s seven sewage-pumping stations. The purchase of this replacement piece of equipment has no impact on the Hudson tax rate.
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staff photos by Doug Robinson
staff photos by Doug Robinson
staff photos by Doug Robinson
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