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Volume 21 Number 17 November 12, 2010 16 Pages


Fairview and Laurel Place Annual Fall Fair to Benefit Santa Fund


submitted by Brunilda Mejia Fairview and Laurel Place celebrate their second annual “Fall Fair” on Saturday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair included baked goods, crafts, and jewelry. The food stands had corn chowder, chili, hot dogs, chips, and tonic. The raffles included theme baskets, a straw raffle, and a money tree that had a value of $200. Residents, family, friends, and staff from Fairview and Laurel Place donated items for the fair, but they also donated their time to make this event a success. Several businesses donated gift cards and baskets to the event as well. The following businesses participated in donating to the fair. Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Country Brook Farms,


T-Bones, Papa Gino’s, Pizza Hut, Hannaford Supermarket, Rosita Lee Music Center, Continental Academy of Hair Design, Green Tree Restaurant, Market Basket, Stop and Shop, Meineke Car Care Center, Tsubaki Flowers, Mobile Ex, Sundance Rehab Services, and Shear Paradise.


In the afternoon, there was an “apple pie” tasting contest. Seven pies were included in the contest and our judges were three residents: Fairview and Laurel Place administrator Richard Leboeuf, and Hudson Selectmen Roger Coutu and Ben Nadeau. The winner of the pie contest was Michele Vando. She received prizes and recognition from the town selectmen and all who attended the fair.


All of the proceeds collected will benefit


“The Telegraph Santa Fund.” For over 48 years, The Telegraph Santa Fund has helped children in the area to have a happy holiday during the Christmas season. Fairview and Laurel Place residents feel it’s important to help children and families during difficult times, especially during the holiday season. The fall fair brought in over $1,800, and it’s all due to the kind donations from those who attended. The Fall Fair was coordinated by Brunilda Mejia, Director of Admissions; Warren Cole, Dietary Directory; Barbara Mulikin, Activities Coordinator for Laurel Place; and Carolyn Abbott, Activities Director for Fairview.


Selectmen Roger Coutu feeds Selectman Ben Nadeau while judging the pies at the fair Our residents, families, and staff really get


Pie Contest Winner Michele Vando with Brunny Mejia (left) and Carolyn Abbott of Fairview/Laurel Place


involved with all of the events coordinated at Fairview and Laurel Place. We are very proud to have been able to help families and their children for the holidays. We will continue to plan for this event every year. It was great to see the residents, families, and children have a great time. Fairview has been part of the community since 1951 and Laurel Place, the Assisted Living facility, was added in 1996. We are Medicare- and Medicaid-certified, providing short- and long-term care services. For more information about services provided, contact the admissions office at 882-5261. For those of you who were not able to attend the fair and would like to donate, there will be a box in the lobby area of Fairview for donations. Fairview is located on 203 Lowell Road in Hudson.


Hudson Fire Department Helps ‘Helping Hands’ Again


by Charlie Chalk Amid freezing rain and icing roads, Hudson Fire Department traveled north for the fourth time in two years with a 20- foot box truck fully loaded with goods for the North Country. Helping Hands received the delivery of clothes, shoes, blankets and furniture, filling a 10 by 10 storage facility, floor to ceiling. “We were running short and lacking resources to help the local communities,” said Francis Sytek of Helping Hands. “We have seen an increase from 4,600 requests from last year to 12,000 in just the first 10 months of this year.” Hudson Fire has seen the need and taken on this project. Dave Morin, coordinator for the project, said, “The


Hudson~Litchfield News supplied an ad for us and we placed boxes in our fire stations and in local schools. The community was very generous this time. Nottingham West Elementary donated a total of seven boxes alone.” Using a truck from one of the members, Chip Hansen’s paper shredding company, 11 individuals took time from their day to make the delivery on November 8. “My truck was fully loaded and I doubt we could have put much more weight in it,” said Chip. After a brief lunch at Howard’s Restaurant in Colebrook, the delivery crew headed south with hopes to return again when the need arises.


Lemire Named Interim Town Administrator


by Lynne Ober Longtime


Litchfield resident and town volunteer, Brent Lemire has been named Interim Town Administrator for Northwood. “I’m excited with the opportunity,” said Lemire, who noted that when he decided to earn a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire that he was thinking about his career beyond the Manchester Fire Department. Lemire has been not only Fire Chief in


Brent Lemire


Litchfield, but a longtime Chairman and member of Litchfield’s budget committee. In addition he had a full career with the Manchester Fire Department where he learned much about administration of a large body. Northwood is both a large and small New Hampshire town located in the southeastern part of the state. While it only has 4,200 residents, it covers 27 square miles. Founded in 1773 when the first settlers successfully petitioned the Governor’s Council requesting separation from Nottingham, it was named for its great wood and so became named Northwood. The First New Hampshire Turnpike was built about 1800 to connect Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s only seaport, with the state capitol, Concord; it ran the length of Northwood. Today that route has become Route 4. Throughout the years this highway has been a major influence on Northwood. Throughout the nineteenth century, many early taverns accommodated sledge and stage passengers along the route. In this century Northwood offers many recreational and shopping opportunities. Northwood’s nine lakes and ponds, mountain views, miles of country roads with interesting old homes and public buildings are a tourist attraction. Northwood’s Main Street is approximately eight miles long and is a beehive of activity with more than one hundred small businesses in town.


Lemire said that David Stack, one of his


fellow students in his master’s program had been Town Administrator. “When David took a new job, he suggested that I send in my resume,” said Lemire. “I interviewed. There was lots of interest and they offered me an interim position. I suggested that we make the length of the interim appointment long enough to carry them through the budget cycle and town meeting so that they had a continuity and that is what we’ve agreed to.” After earning his master’s degree from the


University of New Hampshire in 2004, Lemire began working at the university helping non- profit organizations with public administration continued to page 7- Lemire


Campbell Girls’ Soccer Wins Title, Completes Undefeated Season


by Chris White


After winning the first 17 games of the season, the Campbell girls’ soccer team finished the job it started by taking one more victory in last Friday’s Division 3 championship game at Southern New Hampshire University. The first-seeded Cougars posted a 2-1 overtime win over second-seeded Bow to capture their first title since they won their first in 2002.


Campbell senior Shawna Trunca provided the game-winning goal about 12 minutes into overtime, sending the Cougars and their fans into elation while capping an undefeated season at 18-0. She got an assist from junior back Liz Pettis on the play. It was Trunca’s 30th goal of the season and 104th goal of her career. She leaves Campbell as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Trunca provided Campbell’s first goal of the game as well. She scored off an assist from teammate Olivia Planty in the third minute to put the Cougars up 1-0 early. Bow would even the score in the 17th minute, however, and the teams would play in a stalemate until the end of regulation. Campbell’s defense did a great job of limiting Bow’s scoring opportunities until Trunca’s game-winner in extra time. The championship win for Campbell was a fitting end to the careers of the team’s seniors. Last year, the Cougars suffered a double overtime loss to Fall Mountain in the championship game


and were determined to come back and win it all this season. The seniors will now go out as winners, as the team’s returning members will get ready for another run next season.


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