Hudson - Litchfield News 10 - September 24, 2010
Library Supporters Feted as Unsung Heroes
submitted by Hudson Library Board of Trustees The Hudson Library Board of Trustees expressed
gratitude for many years of dedication, hard work, and advocacy by the many residents who have supported library expansion in the Town of Hudson for many years, preceding the dedication of the George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library in June 2009.
Hudson has a long history of library services going back several hundred years. This variety of public and private libraries was coordinated in the 1909 with the dedication of the Hills Memorial Library, a gift of Dr. Alfred Hills, in memory of his wife, Virginia. At that time, there were about 1,300 residents in the community, a number that has continued to grow to over 25,000 in the last
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century. Over time, the lovely, old stone Hills Building was stretched to extend its capacity, first finishing the lower level for children’s services, then adding a Book Mobile and purchasing trailers to provide space for technical services and adult fiction and audio visual materials. Ancillary services were housed in two small houses located on Ferry Street adjacent to the library property. These houses had originally been purchased in hope of expanding the Hills Building to meet the ever-increasing need for space. More than 30 years ago, concerned citizens began earnest efforts to seek funds for expansion and/or construction of a new building. Many of these individuals were library trustees, Friends of the Library, Building Committee members, and volunteers. Included among them were Leonard Smith, Robert Jasper, Judith Boska, Lisa Riley, David Thompson, Jane Bowles, Jane Pfarner, Pat Hetzer, Bob Dufault, Lillian McCoy, Alice Jones, Dan Hodges, Donald MacIntyre, Doris Ducharme, Mildred McCoy, Gilbert Knowlty, Mary Jane Ames, John and Mary Anne Knowles, Janice Walsh, and Bob Gagnon. Over time, many areas for
library growth were explored and warrant articles were presented to the voters for approval. In each case, the affirmative votes fell short of the super-majority required for the passage of such a ballot, but these dedicated supporters never lost drive and kept on year after year.
In 2007, funds for the construction of the new library
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building became available through the generous donation made by Phil and Al Rodgers. In all the excitement about the funding, construction, and dedication of the Rodgers Memorial Library, the Trustees did not forget the hard work that went before and searched for a way to remember and honor the forerunners. On Sunday, September 19, a memorial plaque and remembrance tree was dedicated in a ceremony on the Library grounds and an Unsung Hero Remembrance Journal was made available for the public to view. This Journal will be a living document, with photos and biographies of the many Hudson library supporters who were honored that day and will continue to be remembered with gratitude for their efforts. Also honored at the ceremony was the Rodgers
Library Dream Team of Phil and Al Rodgers, Architect Richard Smith, Builder NorthBranch Construction Management, Project Director Elaine Brody, and Clerk of the Works Bernie Manor, who were awarded the 2010 Special Library Service Contribution Award by Conrad Moses, President of the NH Library Trustees Association. Special thanks are also expressed for Library Director Toni Weller and the dedicated staff who have continued to provide and expand Library
Dream Team: Richard Smith, Bernie Manor, Conrad Moses, and Phil and Al Rodgers
Dream Team: Richard Smith, Conrad Moses, Elaine Brody, Bernie Manor
resources throughout the process of growth. For more information, contact the Library at 886-6030 or www.rodgerslibrary.org
, or stop by to view the Unsung Heroes Remembrance Journal.
Culinary Students Receive Fire Safety Certification
submitted by Shirley Nadeau On Wednesday, September 15, Fire Inspector Triolo of the Hudson
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working kitchen. Students were faced with the situation of having to extinguish a flammable liquid fire using an ABC extinguisher. Inspector Triolo also conducted an informational fire inspection of the kitchen and restaurant area with the students. Regulations governing fire-safety protocol and extinguishment systems were explained. “It really opened my eyes to the importance of being able to react quickly and confidently to a fire, whether it was here at Checkers or anywhere else,” said a Culinary III student. Students received certification for their
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