Hudson - Litchfield News 10 - October 22, 2010
Dancers Selected for Nutcracker Performances
submitted by Donna Bramante InDelicato On September 20, over 100 dancers from across Southern New Hampshire auditioned to become company members of the select New England Dance Ensemble (NEDE), a regional non- profit arts entity. In addition to its annual holiday classic “Nutcracker” production, the 2010-2011 NEDE repertoire includes touring performances of A Child’s View of the Holocaust and Story Dance Touring Company. NEDE offers the region’s most dedicated dance students with
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54 Elwood Rd. Londonderry, NH Voters May See Town Hall Maintenance on Ballot in March
by Lynne Ober Litchfield Building Inspector Kevin Lynch was one of the committee members who developed the plan for Litchfield’s Town Hall, which was built in 1998. Lynch recalled how the committee struggled to lower the costs of the project—including no basement. “We could really use that basement now for storage, but we made the compromises needed in order to lower the cost,”
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he said. Costs were cut in other areas; for example, a cheaper roof shingle was used. Today, some of those choices are nearing the end of their life span. Town Hall needs a new roof and is having sidewalk issues. Harsh New England winters have taken their toll on both of these items. Lynch said that the steel mesh is showing through a section of Town Hall sidewalk. “This is under the overhang. It is impossible to determine what happened now, but the mesh could have risen a bit when the concrete was poured or it could have shifted before it was set,” said Lynch. Normally, such mesh is found one and a half inches deep, but in this section of the sidewalk, it is only half an inch deep. Lynch said that salt corrodes concrete. During the winters, in order to keep the entrance free from ice, salt had been used, and now this area needs to have some concrete laid over it. Lynch now uses a different chemical for salt removal, but the damage had already been done. Town Administrator Jason Hoch believes that fixing the sidewalk will not be so expensive that it has to be a separate warrant article. He feels that this repair can come from the maintenance budget for the building.
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The roof is also nearing the end of its life. There have been leaks over the police station. Hoch said that wear and tear from New England winters does take a toll on roofing. On top of that, this roof has been shoveled in the past, which also adds wear on the shingles. “It’s just a normal part of winters in our area.” Lynch recalled that the committee chose not to
purchase shingles that would last up to 20 years in order to stay within the budget approved by the voters. “Reasonable compromises were made during construction 13 years ago.” Hoch said that he was gathering what he
characterized as “informal” bids for re-roofing Town Hall. With these bids in hand, he is asking selectmen to consider putting a warrant article for a new roof on next March’s ballot. With the informal bid, Hoch will have enough information for the warrant and, then, if the warrant article passes, bids will be solicited for the work.
“Basically, Town Hall is in reasonable shape. We need to do some painting and since I’ve been here in August, I’ve been looking at what maintenance we should be doing. Buildings do need some level of maintenance over the years,” said Hoch.
Fire Safety Program for Children Launched by Santo Insurance Agency
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submitted by Mary Reese In an effort to reach local children with lifesaving tips, Santo Insurance Agency launched their first annual Fire Safety Program in local pre-schools and kindergartens. The children received red plastic fire hats, worksheets, and coloring papers at local kindergartens and pre-schools in conjunction with The Hartford Group.
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Educating children in this age group on how to be safe in the event of a fire emergency is a priority for both businesses. The Santo Insurance agency was hosted by the children at Growing Years in Methuen, MA, and Littleville, Patsy’s House, Wonder Years, and the Salem Boys & Girls Club in Salem. Employees of the agency read the children a story titled Don’t Invite a Dragon to Tea, a fire safety story for children (and dragons) written by Jean E. Pendziwol. The story aided in helping the children to learn what to do in case of a fire in their homes. The program reviewed “stop, drop, and roll,” “never go back in a burning house,” and “have a meeting place.” The children happily reviewed all the fire safety rules that they have been working on throughout the month of October and were thrilled with their fire hats and papers. Santo Insurance is proud to sponsor this local program.
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venues, and collaborations with artists from national and international dance companies. Slated for Saturday, November 28, and Sunday, November 29, at the new Windham High School Theatre, the NEDE “Nutcracker” showcases highly trained regional dance students, ages five to 18, performing alongside professionals from the nationally acclaimed American Ballet Theatre company based out of New York City. Congratulations to the Hudson and Litchfield dancers that made the cut. To learn more about the New England Dance Ensemble, view a complete cast list, and purchase tickets for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend performances of The Nutcracker production at Windham High Auditorium, visit www.nede.org
. At right: Litchfield dancers selected to perform in the Tanksgiving weekend performances of Te Nutcracker include Nicole Rochon and Andrew Matte (back row), and Isabelle Colantuonio and Emily Caprioglio (front row)
Far right: Among the cast of 100 selected for New England Dance Ensemble’s upcoming performance of Te Nutcracker is aspiring Hudson dancer, Julia Weikle, as the Spanish Doll and Arushi Banerjee as the Chinese Doll
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