Hudson - Litchfield News 4 - December 3, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Annual Fall Blood Drive Thank-You
We would like to extend our thanks to those who contributed to the success of the Litchfield Women’s Club’s (LWC) annual fall blood drive, starting with LWC member Renee Charette, who chaired this year’s event with her daughter Casey (who did this community service project as her Campbell High School sophomore project). A very special thank-you as well to those who donated blood this year. Although we did not quite reach our anticipated goal of usable pints, each donor did indeed make a difference in helping the Red Cross meet the needs of those who will need life-saving blood during the holiday season. We are especially appreciative to each of the
volunteers from the Litchfield Women’s Club, CHS students, the American Red Cross, and event food donors, who included Hannaford Supermarket of Hudson, Romano’s Pizza of Litchfield, and Mack’s Apples of Londonderry. Many thanks as well to Griffin Memorial School and its staff for their support.
Litchfield Women’s Club - Litchfield Litchfield Fire Open House
Litchfield Fire Rescue will be holding our annual open house Wednesday, December 8, from 6:30-9 p.m. This will be an indoor event at the station. We will have fire/rescue demonstration and displays, including the new rescue truck. Parking will be at the fire station, and snacks will be provided. Please join us on December 8 at our open house to meet and greet your local firefighters.
Deputy Paul Allard - Litchfield The Joy of Giving
It is that time of year again; the time of joy, laughter, and happiness. When people think of Christmas, they think of giving and receiving gifts, spending time with family, and eating some good food. However, for some, Christmas is not all that enjoyable. Some people don’t have family to spend it with, while others don’t have the money to buy toys or good food. For the past four years, I have continued to ask both the Hudson and Litchfield communities to help out families in need in our area. I ask that you please bring new and unwrapped toys to McQuesten Farm on Route 3A in Litchfield. The Litchfield Lions Club will be accepting gift cards to give to older kids that are more difficult to buy for. Toys for all ages will be accepted, considering there are children of all ages in need. Monetary donations will be accepted as well. Donations will be accepted up until December 17. I really appreciate those of you that are able to donate and have encouraged me to continue on with what started out as my sophomore project. Thank you again and have a very Merry Christmas.
Jessica McQuesten - Litchfield Winter Parking Ban
The Hudson Police Department wants to remind all citizens that beginning on December 1, a town- wide winter parking ban goes into effect. This means that vehicles are not allowed to be parked on public streets between the hours of 11 p.m. to
7 a.m. The reason for this parking ban is to enable the Department of Public Works (DPW) to remove snow properly from the roadways in the event of an overnight snowstorm. Vehicles parked overnight on the roadways make it very difficult for DPW workers to remove the snow. This creates traffic issues and road hazards for those who commute to work during the morning hours. The Hudson Police Department will be issuing parking citations in the amount of $20 for those parked on public roadways between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
If the fine is not paid within 72 hours of the date issued, you may be summonsed to appear in Nashua District Court, and may be subject to pay the maximum fine allowed by law. Anyone cited for this parking violation should make their check payable to the Town of Hudson, New Hampshire. All dates and fines schedules are in accordance with TOV 317-17, “All-Night Parking in Winter,” as defined in the Code of the Town of Hudson, New Hampshire. The Hudson Police Department would like to
thank you in advance for not parking on the streets beginning December 1. The winter parking ban ends on March 30, 2011.
Hudson Police Department - Hudson Selectman Jasper
Just Isn’t Getting It
I want to start off by commending Selectman Coutu in his recent efforts to lead the charge in reducing expenditures in the budget. Some of the points he raised make great sense to me. Example: replacing a 2000 Crown Vic with 60K miles on it. I have a 1996 minivan with 230K miles on it and a 1997 sedan with 125K miles on it. My wife and I have chosen not to replace them simply because it is the fiscally responsible thing to do. Sure, we do put several hundred dollars into them in maintenance each year, but it is far, far less than enduring the multi-year monthly payments that would be required to replace them. Selectman Coutu has, in his efforts, displayed an awareness to the citizens of Hudson that has been lacking in our local, state, and federal governments. People are sick and tired of our elected officials, at any level, for the poor stewardship of collected revenue. If I or anyone I know managed my personal finances the way most governments do, I would have to declare bankruptcy and would likely get locked up by the IRS due to an inability to pay my taxes or other debts owed. That is why there was such a dramatic change in the structure of our state representatives in NH, as well as down in Washington, DC. The same article in the Hudson~Litchfield News that discussed Selectman Coutu’s efforts also included some statements made by Selectman Jasper. These included that he “has always felt it was a fallacy to say what the voters appear to want.” In response to Chairman Massey’s statement that the voters “want a reduction,” Selectman Jasper followed with a summary of recent voter turnout percentages and stated his belief that “Most voters don’t seem to care on the budget or anything” and indicated his unwillingness to stay until the wee hours dealing with dollars values that will have minimal effect on the bottom line. Is Selectman Jasper living in a bubble? I can understand how some principles or ideas may be unclear from the voters, but to make such a statement about reducing the budget, especially in these trying times? Taken as a whole, the statements
and positions put forth by Selectman Jasper portray an individual who is out of touch with the citizens of this town (state and country) and include a tone of arrogance regarding what is worth his time and what is not. Selectman Jasper, let me spell it out for you based on discussions I have had with dozens of people like myself (who vote regularly) and those who do not. 1. Don’t question the change; be the change. Set the example for how things can be done the Right Way. 2. Never bad-mouth the citizens of the town. I know several people who often cannot vote because they simply cannot afford the time to do so; money is simply too tight. 3. Spend any money as if it is your own, as citizens of this country have been asking officials to do for a long time now. 4. The citizens of Hudson greatly appreciate the jobs our elected officials (town/state/federal) do, but in return the voters deserve to be treated with respect and equality for granting the privilege upon those elected.
Matthew Harper - Hudson
Thank You, Volunteers of the Holiday Bazaar and Penny Sale
It is with great pride and gratitude that I say thanks on behalf of Father Gary and myself to the over 200 volunteers who gave of their time and energy to make the 17th annual Holiday Bazaar and Penny Sale at the Parish of St. Kathryn the tremendous success that it was. Each year, the Parish Family exceeds our requests for penny sale items, theme baskets, baked goods, and handmade candies. Thank you to our one-of- a-kind Master of Ceremony, Karen, who keeps the fun moving, makes it exciting, gets the children singing, and pulls the weekend together. Also, thank you to all who helped with setup, selling, cooking, decorating, and especially those who came in to clean up. What a joy it is to work with each of you and experience the spirit that is so alive at St. Kathryn’s. A special thank-you to Santa for his time and effort
of helping the children to get caught up in the spirit of the season and for giving their families lasting memories with the pictures taken; the St. K’s crafters who work so diligently
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all year long to produce the most professional items around; the “candy family” who prepares for weeks to present a product unique to St. K’s, our parishioner who crocheted a beautiful “Comforting Angels” afghan; the kitchen crew who shops, prepares, and serves the most delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches ever eaten; the team that spends the entire weekend on the computer keeping track of ticket sales; the teams who notify winners and distribute the prizes, and finally, the team who offers games and entertainment to the children who are looking for some fun while Mom is shopping. Thank you to all the local businesses who donate needed materials and who help us advertise this spectacular event, and finally, to the general community who patronizes and supports us each year. To the members of the FUNdraising and
Development Committee who coordinate and facilitate all that happens during this weekend and throughout the year, thank you. Your hard work, dedication, humor, and unique talents are appreciated more than words can say. As we grow as a faith community and as friends, I thank you for all that you do.
It is with great anticipation that I announce that the 18th Annual Bazaar and Penny Sale will be held on November 12 and 13, 2011. Mark your calendars; it promises to be bigger, better, and more fun than ever before.
Chris Haigis, FUNdraising and Development Committee, Parish of St. Kathryn - Hudson
St. Vincent de Paul Benefit Thank-You
On behalf of the Hudson Historical Society, we
would like to thank the following businesses and people for their contribution to the St. Vincent de Paul benefit at the Hills House on November 27 and 28: Tsubaki Flowers, Anne’s Country Florals, Flowers on the Hill, Rosita Lee Music Center, Joan Tate, and the Alvirne High School Horticultural Department.
In addition, thank you to the Historical Society members who put their time and effort into helping with the preparation, decorating, and tours. The house looked absolutely beautiful.
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