An Independent Weekly Newspaper
Volume 21 Number 1 July 23, 2010 14 Pages
Lemonade Stand to Raise Funds for Juvenile Diabetes
12-Year-Old to Host
by Doug Robinson She has devoted her life to finding
a cure. She walked, held fundraising events, participates actively with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and she is only 12 years old. On Saturday, July 24, Jessica Tate of Hudson, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, will be serving lemonade to all who visit her lemonade stand, which will be located at Wesley Tate’s Seal-Coating (Jette Farm), 117 Lowell Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with the lemonade will be face painting by Hudson artist Kristen Jensen and food provided by Pearl Street Pizza of Nashua. All donations will be given to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF), whose mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the
support of research. JDRF is also committed to developing new and better treatments that improve the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes in the near term and keep them healthy while they advance toward a cure, they claim. Throughout history, diabetes has affected writers, reporters, editors, business leaders, sports legends, some of our greatest science minds, entertainment and music icons, politicians, statesmen, artists, and those who work and live in every walk of life.
continued to page 7- Lemonade Stand Ottarnic and Robinson Ponds
Begin to Receive the Benefit of a ‘DASH’ Unit
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HUDSON, NH 03051
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Te DASH unit rests above an area of Ottarnic Pond where AB Aquatics mitigates the Milfoil and the Fanwort concerns by Doug Robinson
Hooked to a breathing apparatus, Cornell student and high jumping athlete Lindsey Patterson, employee of AB Aquatics, had been under water for over three hours.
Tethered by air, she has been spending her summer vacation cleaning up the Milfoil and Fanwort that have been growing in Ottarnic Pond and Robinson Pond for years. According to her dad and master diver, Bob Patterson of AB Aquatics, she had another six hours of diving to do before the day would be completed. “This is our first day in Hudson,” commented Bob, “and we will be spending nine days in total sucking up the Milfoil and the Fanwort which has been growing in Ottarnic Pond, and then we will be spending an additional three days in Robinson Pond.” Thanks to a grant from the New Hampshire Lakes Association, their 2010 NH Lakes Association Innovative Exotic Weed Control Program grant to Hudson has afforded Hudson the ability to purchase a diver-assisted suction harvesting unit (DASH) in the amount of $5,000. The DASH unit will be used in both Ottarnic and Robinson Ponds “for the management of variable Milfoil and Fanwort,” states the grant. Both cooperatives from Ottarnic Pond and Robinson
Jessica Tate, 12, stands behind her custom-made sign, especially created for her by Hudson artist Kristen Jensen, which will be used to advertise her lemonade sale on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 117 Lowell Road
Professional diver Lindsey Patterson prepares for her six-hour dive into the waters below. While she knows where the big fish swim, she is not telling
Pond agreed to hire AB Aquatics from southern NH to attack the weed problem. AB Aquatics, Inc. is a professional diver services company based out of southern New Hampshire that specializes in the management and mitigation of invasive exotic weeds. They offer education, management, instruction, sales, and services of specialized equipment, including DASH units, GPS mapping technology, custom- supplied air units for weed harvesting, and PADI scuba instruction, according to AB Aquatics, who employs a core group of five professionally trained divers. All divers have multiple advanced scuba diver certifications, CPR certification, and a minimum of two years of exotic weed diving and DASH unit operation.
continued top page 12- DASH Bob Guessferd Retires from Air Force by Lynne Ober
Hudson resident Robert (Bob) Guessferd is now a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel after 28 years of distinguished active duty service. Guessferd really began his career four years prior to entering active duty. He attended the Air Force Academy and from there went into the Air Force, which he loved. However, along the way, he had to balance family needs with his career. With a daughter facing several medical procedures that would occur over several years, Bob made the difficult decision to leave the Air Force and base himself and his family in the area so that his daughter would have consistent and quality medical care. He decided, however, to continue his career with the Air Force National Guard, which would allow him to continue serving his country and the service that he loved while providing the care for his family.
It was a decision that just came to an end with his retirement after 28 years. With Senior Master Sergeant Mike Dubeau acting as Master of Ceremonies, friends and relatives gathered at the Hudson VFW first for the retirement ceremony, and then for an evening filled with food, fun, and laughter. Bob’s two daughters, Terin and Christiana, sang the National Anthem to open the retirement ceremonies. Dubeau said, “Today, we recognize true patriotism
by honoring Lt. Col Robert Guessferd and his 28 years of loyal and dedicated service to the defense of our Nation.” He talked about the years that Bob spent on active duty, including his final years where he was the liaison officer between the Jr. ROTC programs in the state, as well as performing other official functions.
Colonel Kevin Brady, the presiding officer, presents Lt. Colonel Guessferd with his retirement certificate
“Formal, ceremonial recognition upon military retirement is a long-standing tradition that honors a service member’s sacrifices, loyalty, and patriotism. Patriotism is a feeling of love, devotion, and sacrifice for one’s country. Personal patriotism is emotional and voluntary. Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of
emotion. It is the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime,” said Dubeau, before turning the podium over to the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, Colonel Kevin Grady, who leads the Jr. ROTC program at Alvirne High School.
continued to page 12- Guessferd Retires
staff photo by Doug Robinson staff photos by Doug Robinson
staff photos by Len Lathrop
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