Hudson - Litchfield News August 13, 2010 - 7
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The Hudson/Litchfield Rotary Club is a small club with 12 members. We are dedicated to the community and have awarded scholarships to deserving students at Alvirne and Campbell High Schools for more than 25 years. We believe in growing leaders for the future and contributing to the betterment of the community. This year, the Rotary will also be hosting an Art Show for students and adults to view during the hours that breakfast is served. A popular vote ribbon for student work and adult art will be awarded. Fifty-fifty will also be part of the festivities. The winner does not need to be present at the time of the drawing on Sunday morning. Breakfast will be served between the hours of 8 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, and Sunday, August 15. The cost of the breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee. Children five and under are free. Enjoy as much as you would like!
Elaine F. Cutler - Litchfield Oscars or Bust
My name is Melanie. I am from Litchfield and there is one place I have
always wanted to go—The Oscars! We watch the Oscars religiously, to the point that we have an annual Oscar competition of who can name the winning nominee. For three years in a row, I hold the Champion Title. Well, my friend Chelsea and I are tired of saying “what if we were there …” March 2011 is just eight months away and we want to be in Los Angeles walking beside the stars and, as cliché as it sounds, finally have a wish come true. We need as much help as we can get! That’s why I’m writing my local neighbors of the Hudson~Litchfield News. We have made a Twitter account in an attempt to get a following: www.tw
itter. com/Oscargirls. Any publicity or support you can offer would go such a long way. We appreciate any help and support we can get!
Melanie Canales - Litchfield Tim Robertson for Governor I will briefly explain why at this time I am running for the office of
Governor of the State of New Hampshire. I am running because our state is not in a position of overspending: it is in a position of under-funding. I am running for Governor in order to begin a reasoned discussion of three major issues that directly affect the personal, political and fiscal health of the State of New Hampshire and each of us who lives here. The issues are “The Pledge,” Public Funding of Elections, and Increasing the Minimum Wage. 1. “The Pledge”
I am running for Governor in order to open up a discussion of “The Pledge.” The pledge has been an implicit and explicit part of every gubernatorial candidate’s platform since the days of Meldrim Thompson. The Pledge is a negative promise—one that says no broad base tax will be enacted in the State of New Hampshire, whether it be an income tax, a sales tax, or any other that would equitably fund our schools, our government, and our services to our citizens. Both Republicans and Democrats have been locked into this position so tightly that the need for it is not even questioned many years later. It is so ingrained in the party platforms that candidates for Governor do not bother to explain why they support this pledge. It has become a knee-jerk reaction. We would not think of running our businesses or our households in the same way as we did 50 years ago—so why are we unable to reconsider how we think about an equitable method of taxation in our Live Free or Die state? I believe that all candidates for Governor must discuss and debate, and then clearly and logically explain our reasons for eliminating or supporting the pledge, and do so without using fear as the basis of the discussion.
When we eliminate fear of losing one’s home as a basis of discussion, and look at such things as when my income goes down, so does my income tax. When I lose my job, my property tax remains the same, or as in today’s conditions, may even go up—then we can begin to talk about sensible ways in which our state can meet the needs of its people.
2. Public Funding of Elections: Public funding of elections eliminates the need to use valuable time raising money for advertising, posters, etc., and eliminates any perceived need of a candidate to be beholden to a large donor. It gives candidates the chance to focus on real issues in open debate, public meetings, and smaller gatherings to share information and obtain opinions. A person running for public office would then be able to run on positions and issues rather than have income or fundraising expertise determine election outcomes.
3. Increasing the minimum wage: Increasing the minimum wage so that it allows people to hold down one job rather than juggling two or three jobs in order to make ends meet will actually give more people the opportunity to work because the second or third job will then be open. It gives individuals the ability to purchase goods and services, which is good for the economy. It has the potential to strengthen family life since people would be more available to one another and to their children.
Open and honest examination and action on each of these issues will free the state government to do its work in a responsible and timely manner. It will hold elected officials accountable to the voters by their stands and positions rather than by rote statements, facebook “friends,” corporate obligations, or dollars spent. We need to talk, all of us, with attention to facts, not fears.
Tim Robertson - Keene
‘First Night’ Program for Parents and Guardians of AHS Class of 2014 You are cordially invited to Alvirne High School’s “First Night”
program, which will be held on Thursday, August 26. The program will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the C.J. Steckevicz gymnasium and should conclude around 9 p.m. Parents are asked to pick up a copy of their child’s schedule at 6:15 p.m. in the cafeteria and proceed to the gymnasium. This is a wonderful opportunity for your entire family to meet the staff and faculty at Alvirne, as well as a great time for you to become familiar with what will be expected from you and your child. Your ninth grader will have the opportunity to learn the layout of our buildings by actually following their first semester schedule. During this time, the teachers will discuss their classroom rules, the breadth and depth of what they will cover in their classes, and the general rules they expect the students to follow. It is strongly encouraged that you get here early, between 6 and 6:15 p.m., and enter through the doors marked C.J. Steckevicz Gymnasium. Please park in the side and lower lots to facilitate an easy access to the building. Upon entering the doors, you will be greeted by a number of tables where you will be able to pick up your student’s schedule. The program will begin in the gymnasium with a brief presentation. After this presentation, you will be dismissed to your first-period class. If you as the parent are unable to attend, please try to make arrangements for your child to participate in the First Night program. Over the years, it has been an extremely helpful tool in starting the school year off on a positive note. Please mark your calendars; we look forward to welcoming you to Alvirne High School! If there are any questions, please contact the Guidance office at 886-1260, extension 2506.
William R. Hughen, Director of Guidance, Alvirne High School - Hudson Thank You from LGSL
As the Litchfield Girls’ Softball League (LGSL) season comes to a close, there are many people and sponsors the league would like to acknowledge and thank. Thank you to all our team sponsors: Affiliated
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HVAC Services, Bugaboo Creek Steak House, Continental Paving, DLB Paving, Findeisen’s Ice Cream, Fred Fuller Oil, Jolt Electric, Lions Club of Litchfield, Lowry Construction, Maid for You, Occupational Drug Testing, LLC, Passaconaway Country Club, Peace of Mind Home Improvements, Quantem Aviation Services, Sportography, Stagnone Chiropractic Center, Tim’s Turf and Landscaping Material, TLC Irrigation, and TJI Electrical Contractors. Thank you to M&N Sports for an efficient and excellent job with team uniforms and tournament T-shirts. Thank you to Bugaboo Creek Steak House and Steven Cataldo for your
year-round generous support through sponsorship and donations to LGSL, Family Fun Day, and the Litchfield BLAST Invitational Softball Tournament. Thanks also to McNulty & Foley Catering for your generous donations. Our sincere gratitude goes out to Litchfield Baseball and Campbell High
School (CHS) for their support and use of their fields. A special thank-you to Matt Bennett and Jack Lesperance and the rest of the CHS field crew for preparing the Campbell High School field and setting up the scoreboard for the Litchfield BLAST Invitational Tournament. A huge thanks to Brian Bean of TLC Irrigation for support and outstanding maintenance of our softball fields throughout the softball season. To Tim’s Turf and Landscaping Material, thank you for your generous donations. Many thanks to Tony Schaffer for the time and effort put into the LGSL slide show and for training our youth umpires. A gracious thank-you to the Litchfield Recreation Commission for their
year-round support of LGSL, BLAST, and Dagger softball programs. In closing, a special thank-you to all LGSL Board members, team
coaches, and league volunteers for making this a fun and memorable softball season for 189 girls from the town of Litchfield who love to play softball! “Save the drama for your mama, we’re here to play softball!”
Judy Brennen, Secretary, Litchfield Girls’ Softball League - Litchfield
Vacancies on Boards, Conservation Commission, and Committees
Want to make a difference in Hudson? The Board of Selectmen is seeking residents who want to contribute their time and talent on the Town’s boards, commission, and committees. This is your opportunity to be actively involved in the affairs of the Town. Currently, there are vacancies on most of the boards, commission, and committees. The need for members is especially critical for the land use boards and commission now that they are seeing an increase in applications. If you are interested in applying for one or more of the vacancies, you can obtain an application form by: 1. Printing the form from http://www.hudsonnh.gov/docs/forms/th-
talentform.pdf (Note: you can fill in the form before printing).
2. Contacting the Office of Selectmen at 880-8223 and asking to have a form mailed to you.
3. Stopping in at the Office and asking for the form. The second page of the form contains a description of each board, commission, and committee, together with the time(s) that they meet. After you have completed the form, return it to the Office via mail or in person. The address is: Board of Selectmen, 12 School Street, Hudson, NH 03051. Current Vacancies: • Conservation Commission: one Alternate; one term to expire on 12/31/11
• Planning Board: two Alternate members; one term to expire on 12/31/11, one term to expire on 12/31/12
• Zoning Board of Adjustment: three Alternate members; one term to expire on 12/31/10; two terms to expire on 12/31/11
• Cable Utility Committee: three members, two terms to expire on 12/31/12, one term to expire on 12/31/10
• Recycling Committee: one Alternate, one term to expire on 12/31/12 • Water Utility Committee: one member, one term to expire 12/31/12
Ken Massey, Chairman, Board of Selectmen - Hudson
Many Thanks from the Tompkins Family
We would like to take a moment to thank Market Basket for so generously letting “Team Zach” reach out to all of their shoppers. And to all of the Market Basket shoppers, even after spending time shopping, still found it in your hearts to stop and help us. You are all amazing! You have all helped us raise an additional $7,800! All of our volunteers were out there for long hours and continuously stated how supportive everyone in the town of Hudson is. Thank you, everyone, for your support and dedication to Zach’s Stadium!
The Tompkins Family - Hudson
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Fairview and Laurel Place will be participating in this year’s “Memory Walk” for Alzheimer’s and we would like for you to join us! If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Kelly Wyand, Admissions and Social Service Coordinator at 882-5261. Location: Fisher Cats Stadium, 1 Line Drive, Manchester, September 25, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Walk begins at 10 a.m.
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