Hudson - Litchfield News 10 - November 19, 2010
Anne Todd Orthodontics Forms Local Chapter of Smile For A Lifetime
Tooth Abrasion Abrasion is the mechanical wearing of the
surfaces of teeth. It may be difficult to imagine the hardest substance in our body wearing, however, it can if not treated with care. Wear can also occur in the softer cementum covering the root, which can be exposed by receding gingival (gum) tissue. One of the most common causes of tooth
abrasion is tooth brushing, and may be prevented several ways. Choose the correct toothbrush. Use one
that has soft, round-ended bristles. Choose a size and shape that allows all surfaces of every tooth to be reached. Generally a small headed toothbrush will allow this. Replace it every three months, or sooner, if its bristles become worn. Use proper tooth brushing technique, which
for most involves placement of the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth-tissue junction, while gently moving back and forth with short, tooth-wide, strokes. Use a gentle touch to properly clean teeth
while effectively preventing injury to tissues and teeth.
Anne Todd DMD, MMSC, of Anne Todd Orthodontics, 49 Derry Road in Hudson, announces her newly formed local chapter of the Smile For A Lifetime Foundation (www.s4l.org
). Smile For A Lifetime is a national foundation formed in 2008, with local chapters established around the country, and Dr. Todd has established the only chapter currently in New Hampshire. Dr. Todd formed the local foundation to provide the gift of a smile to individuals that cannot otherwise afford treatment. “The mission of Smile For A Lifetime is to create self-confidence, inspire hope, and change the lives of children in our community in a dramatic way,” Todd explains. “The gift of a smile can produce a positive influence in an individual’s personal and professional life. When you feel good about yourself, it gives you the confidence to accomplish great things in your life and others.” It is commonly observed and reported that improved appearance can have a significant impact on a person’s academic, professional, and personal success. The foundation will award orthodontic services to individuals that could not otherwise afford such treatment and meet the established guidelines. If you, your child, or a deserving individual you know could benefit from Smile For A Lifetime, please call Anne Todd Orthodontics at 889-1100, or e-mail their Smiles For A Lifetime Coordinator, Cheryl
Duvarney, at Cheryl@toddorthodontics.com
to obtain an application. Dr. Todd has recruited a local board of directors to help inform our community on the benefits of Smile For A Lifetime and to help determine the recipients. The foundation does have income guidelines. Smile For A Lifetime
provides free orthodontic services to qualified, financially disadvantaged children, as well as those with special circumstances. Dr. Todd is a graduate of Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and has
been practicing dentistry since 1993. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, she attended Harvard School of Dental Medicine not only for her dental degree, but for her orthodontic training as well. She practiced dentistry in Massachusetts for nine years before relocating to New Hampshire, where she has practiced ever since. Dr. Todd is a published author and a Clinical Instructor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. As well as being Board Certified, she is a member of the American Board of Orthodontists, New Hampshire Dental Society, and the Greater Nashua Dental Society. She is also an elected member of the Omicron Kappa Epsilon, a national dental honor society. Residing in Boxford, MA, with her husband Randy, Dr. Todd enjoys golfing and spending time with their son, David.
Public Invited to Attend GHCC Silent Auction and Buffet Dinner for Charity
submitted by Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce The Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) Charitable
Foundation will be holding its Annual Silent Auction/Dinner for Charity at The King’s Court and Banquet Hall on Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. Cost to attend is $25 per person, which includes a buffet dinner. This will be the 11th year in which the monies received during the
evening will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Society, which was established over 20 years ago and is operated through Blessed John Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson, assists many local families by maintaining a food pantry, assisting with rent and utility bills, and especially helping during the holidays by distributing food baskets and gifts to families in need. This year, the call for services such as food requests, assistance with medical needs, fuel assistance, and basic living expenses has dramatically increased, making participation even more important. Last year, more than 70 businesses donated wonderful items for the auction. Then, with over 100 guests in attendance showing their
holiday spirit and generosity by participating in the auction, the Chamber was able to raise over $5,300. Over the past 11 years, the GHCC Annual Auction has donated over $39,000 for the benefit of our community. The public is invited to join the Chamber for a great meal and possibly win some fabulous prizes, all while raising funds for a worthwhile cause! The event is a combination of raffle items and silent auction items, which include event tickets, gift baskets, holiday items, gift certificates, and much more! Joining the GHCC at this event can make a vast difference! The GHCC is also welcoming items for the auction. The Silent Auction/Dinner will be held on Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. Reservations and item donations can be made through the Chamber office at 889-4731, or by visiting www.Hu
dsonChamber. com for more information. Current event sponsors are Enterprise Bank, Financial Insurance Services, Red Brick Clothing, and Web Action Group.
Alvirne Hosts JROTC Drill Competition – with Flair
submitted by Kim Norcross “It’s our time to dominate.” Those were the words written on the
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for the audience and students alike. He brought smiles, chuckles, and sometimes a happy tear of pride to many faces. Without a doubt, he earned the audience’s approval and the respect of all attending schools. Even the competing high schools could find no fault, as he displayed no favoritism when ensuring that all students were comfortable and prepared, often saying, “okay, shake it off,” or “rock and roll,” as he guided students to their next destination. Although out of the audience’s sight much of the time, Colonel
Kevin Grady deserves the credit for having kept the teams on deck ready for their turn, moving them smoothly and without a hitch. More importantly to the Alvirne Cadets, he was always present to calm the nerves of his teams as he offered encouragement while they waited to perform. Much-deserved credit also goes to Caitlin Sullivan and Kia Quesnel,
who were in charge of advance planning of the competition. They did a great job of involving all third- and fourth-year Cadets in the organization of the event. At the end of the day, Alvirne took home five trophies, including an
overall third-place trophy. Superintendent Randy Bell even stopped by to ask how the competition went, and all the Cadets were proud to exclaim, “perfect,” capping the day nicely for the JROTC.
2012 Budget - continued from front page Coutu then attacked the Fire Department and
moved to remove the lease purchase of a new Command Vehicle for the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations. “I do not think that providing a brand- new vehicle for the Fire Chief is warranted in these economic conditions,” he said. Fire Chief Shawn Murray stated that the 2004
vehicle had approximately “$60,000 miles on the vehicle.” As a follow-up, Coutu stated that the vehicle had
been in service for only six years and that one more year, or 70,000 miles, would not “hurt us.” “It is only 10,000 miles per year.
It is a matter of
economics,” said Coutu. Selectman Jasper stated that he “cannot support this because of these small items.
I know they all
add up, but the problem is when you do things like this, you make the problem bigger in the long run. This is not a significant amount of money to do this.” Chief Murray stated that the need for replacement
was supported by the apparatus replacement program of the Town, and that the vehicle would replace a “2000 Crown Vic, to get rid of that. We are on a continual replacement,” he said. Chief Murray continued to state, “It’s not for me.” “If this vehicle is not purchased, we are going to
retain a Crown Vic 2000 for one more year,” stated Massey. When asked by Jasper about how many miles
were on the Crown Vic, Chief Murray did not know and was unable to provide an answer. The motion failed 2/3, with Nadeau, Jasper, and
Massey against. The discussions continued for approximately the
next two hours. When addressing the Chief with regards to the Call Fire Department and the cutting of $30,000 in payroll, Coutu asked, “We have approximately 20 call firefighters. The turnover rate has been substantial. Of the 20 people on average, would it be fair of me to state that 50 percent of that force is effective?” The Chief then stated that there is always a group of call firefighters who are always active, and there is always that group that is not.
Recognizing that the Fire Chief did not provide an
answer to his question, Coutu repeated his question. The Chief, after stating “60/40,” stated “50/50.” Jasper stated that “those who are inactive are not
costing you money.” Coutu amended his motion to a reduction of
$10,000 instead of the original $30,000 reduction. The motion passed 5/0. In response to Chairman Massey’s statement that
the voters “want a reduction,” Selectman Jasper stated that he “has always felt it was a fallacy to say what the voters appear to want.” “First of all, there are 16,000 registered voters in
the Town of Hudson. Most of them don’t bother to show up. We had less than 50 percent show up on a general election and less than 3,000 show up on the town election. Most voters don’t seem to care on the budget or anything.
I don’t want to sit here
until 4 a.m. going over $6,000, $7,000, or $8,000 items. Seventy percent of our expenses are salary. Unless we want to tackle the real issue—personnel,” said Jasper. In order to maintain the previous Town tax rate
of $5.19, the Board of Selectmen needed to cut appropriations or anticipate additional revenues in the amount of $464,000. They made cuts to Non-Union Flex and Insurance benefits, Town Poor Services, Street Overlay, Water Quality Monitoring, Police Patrol, Fire Administration, and Call Firefighters. They also moved the replacement purchase of three defibrillators to a separate warrant article. The Board also increased revenue by using an additional $55,000 from Fund Balance, as well as increased the ambulance revenues by $55,000. They then approved and forwarded a budget that has an anticipated tax rate of $5.19 for the operating budget, and additional $.03 for the warrant articles. And so the evening went. As the hour
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approached midnight, the Board had slashed the proposed budget and added to the revenue side to the tune of $484,000 from the proposed 2012 budget. Coutu restated that while the department heads came in here and did a good job, he is “unhappy with the bottom line and the tax rate.” “While this budget is not
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padded, I am not happy with the bottom line—the net result,” said Coutu. “These are serious economic times. We need to receive a zero increase in the tax rate. Most of you see the light.” Next, the budget will undergo the scrutiny of the Hudson Budget Committee.
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