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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 21 Number 19 November 26, 2010 16 Pages


Resident Surprised by Leaf Rakers


This past Veterans’ Day, Lois Kopiski had settled in for a quiet afternoon. It was much to her surprise when a school bus pulled up in front of her home and 39 Alvirne High School students filed out onto her front lawn. Armed with raking gear, they proceeded to rake her entire property in an hour!


Lois Kopiski and her great-granddaughter Maggie Rose Adair have their photo taken with the 39 AHS students who helped rake her lawn Can Middle School Students Make an Impact? How can one middle school make a


difference for thousands of children in Afghanistan and Iraq? Collect Beanie Babies, of course! A serious challenge to collect the most Beanie Babies in each Colt Time occurred over two months, in September and October, at Hudson Memorial School. Colt Time is a new advisory program implemented at HMS this year to create connections between students, staff, and community. While the organizers of this challenge hoped to gather a few hundred Beanie


Babies, they were overwhelmed with the literally thousands of Beanie Babies that students brought in for the cause. Three Colt Time groups in particular battled it out until the very end, resulting in a two- way tie between Mrs. McGivern’s Colt Time and Mrs. Peterson’s Colt Time, with Mr. Richard’s Colt Time coming in a very close second. These stuffed animals are sent to


troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq through MooreMart. MooreMart is a local non-profit that sends items to the


troops throughout the year, including special events such as an annual Holiday shipment, which includes Christmas stockings. These small toys are then distributed by the men and women serving in Afghanistan to orphaned and displaced children. These children cannot carry much with them and these tiny little toys provide comfort to the many orphans currently living in Afghanistan. The students at Hudson Memorial School prove that if everyone helps


a little, it makes a huge impact. No matter what age, students have a lot to give back to their community, country, and the world. The staff at HMS is


extremely proud of all the students for participating in this challenge and exceeding everyone’s expectations!


These students dedicated their day off to help people who needed assistance. Lois’ lawn was one of many that were raked by the students on that day. The “Leaf Raking Fundraiser” program was sponsored by Alvirne High School.


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St. Kathryn’s Church Hosts Family Praise and Worship Concert


by Doug Robinson St. Kathryn’s Church of Hudson recently hosted their annual Family Praise and Worship Concert, titled “Celebrate Joy.” Entertainment for the event was provided by Choinieve Family Singers, the St. Kathryn’s Home School Group of Hudson, and featured recording artist Bernie Choinieve. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Anne-Marie House of Hudson. The Anne-Marie House supports the needs of families experiencing homelessness as they work to achieve sustainable income, housing, and transportation. They accomplish this through a unique partnership with diverse faith communities and secular community resources, according to the Anne-Marie House.


NH families who receive care at the Anne-Marie House receive secure housing and wholesome meals. Individual rooms provide privacy for families, while meals are eaten in a community environment, claims the Anne-Marie House. In addition, the Anne-Marie House provides learning opportunities in vocational training, GED classes, financial literacy, parenting, and life


St. Vincent de Paul:


Caring, Compassionate, and Continually Giving


by Doug Robinson Rows upon rows of cardboard boxes have been filled with donations of food provided by the Hudson community for families in need during this Thanksgiving season. Year after year, the volunteers of St. Vincent de Paul, located at the St. John the Evangelist Church, have not only operated a food pantry that services the needs of Hudson, but they have also provide complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for families in need. Boxes overflowing with all the trimmings for the makings of


a wonderful meal were given out to over 140 families. Boxes containing squash, onions, cereal, stuffing, gravy, corn, cranberry sauce, rice, peanuts, beans, and a turkey were loaded into cars, vans, and trucks.


In addition to the boxes of Thanksgiving boxes, families also


received a “Give a Meal” box, provided by Hannaford grocery store customers. Customers who donated $10 to Hannaford purchased a “Give a Meal Box,” which contained additional food for the families receiving help from St. Vincent de Paul. As the Thanksgiving season wraps up, organizers and volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul begin to gear up for the Christmas giving baskets.


Bernie Choinieve, along with his daughters at the keyboard singing “My God Reigns,” entertains those in attendance at the “Celebrate Joy” concert


skills. They provide mentoring to families, who graduate from their transitional stage of life, providing follow-up support in order that they maintain housing independence. Bernie Choinieve has been a presence in the Catholic Contemporary Christian music scene for over 16 years. His mission is to spread the Gospel message and the hope that lies therein. By helping to convey the love of God, and stressing a need for a personal relationship


with Christ, his heartfelt songs present a call to action and a challenge to service. Bernie’s ministry reaches all ages, but especially youth and families. Bernie speaks to the doubting Thomas in everyone. Bernie has provided the music for retreats, liturgies, praise and worship concerts, adoration and healing services for youth rallies, and family conferences all over New England and different parts of the country.


Boxes filled with all the trimmings for a wonderful Tanksgiving meal are given to those in need


Police Investigating Three-Car Crash


submitted by Hudson Police Department On November 22 at 9:09 p.m., members of the Hudson Police and Fire Departments responded to the intersection of Ferry Street and Chase Street for a motor vehicle accident. Upon the officer’s arrival, it was determined a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV driven by Philip Corder, 67, of Derry, was traveling south on Derry Road approaching the intersection of Derry Road and Ferry Street. Corder failed to stop for a red light and proceeded into the intersection. A 2001 Volkswagon Passat, driven by Sean Varney of Hudson, was traveling east on Ferry Street and had the right of way through the intersection. Varney struck Corder’s left passenger side. This caused Corder’s vehicle to role over onto its drivers side and strike a 2010 Subaru Impreza being driven by Christopher McGowan of Hudson, which was stopped on Chase Street waiting for the red light. Corder was wearing his seat belt and was the lone occupant of his vehicle. Corder was trapped inside his vehicle and was extricated


Rescue crews work to extricate passengers trapped at the corner of Ferry St and Chase St on Monday, November 22


from his vehicle by Hudson Fire personnel. He was transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua by Hudson Fire Department EMTs. Varney was not wearing his seatbelt and was the sole occupant in the vehicle. Varney did not report any injuries. McGowan was wearing his seat belt and was the sole occupant in the vehicle. McGowan did not complain of any injuries.


Alcohol does not appear to be a cause of the accident and it remains under investigation.


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