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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 21 Number 22 December 17, 2010 16 Pages


All the Right Tunes for a Festive Mood 15th Annual AHSConcert:


by Tom Tollefson On Wednesday, December 8, you


didn’t have to turn on your radio or CD player to hear holiday music—you could just drive to Alvirne High School. The School Music Department held their 15th annual Holiday Concert in the C. J. Steckevicz Gymnasium. The evening included performances by the I Period Concert band (freshmen), Combined Choirs, Women’s Choir, Alvirne Singers, J Period Concert Band, B Naturals, and Jazz Band. “I think it was fantastic; the best one


yet. Mr. B. has prepared this band better than ever,” Alvirne Alumni Kyle Garnick said. The night even passed the expectations of Alvirne High School’s Music Director Gerry Bastien, who admitted to having a “rigorous standard.” Bastien described the concert as being the “best overall holiday concert in 15 years.” “It’s amazing because I was


wondering how it would go with the inception of the freshman I period band and the combined band and choir. Both of them were a combined success,” Bastien said. This year marked only the second


David Cady shows Riley Leonquerero how to use a fire extinguisher


by Doug Robinson Demos, displays, and discussion highlighted the recent Litchfield Fire Department’s Open House held at the Litchfield Fire Station. Litchfield firefighters opened their doors to not only teach the public about their profession, but also to provide hands-on experiences for all to enjoy.


Children and adults enjoyed rides on the fire trucks, experienced the difference types of their protective gear, and put on boots, helmets, and firefighter jackets. Young children no taller than a yardstick could be seen as the firefighters’ protective gear completely enveloped them. “The ever-so-popular Inspector Dube was present to pass out safety kits to adults and kids,” commented Litchfield firefighter Paul Allard. Hands-on use of a fire extinguisher, as they extinguished a fire, was


“very popular,” continued Allard. Here, “young and old could practice their skills putting out a simulated fire with the use of a fire extinguisher,” he said. The event was sponsored by the Litchfield Firefighters Association, and food was provided by Haley’s Pizza of Litchfield.


year in 15 years that the choir and concert band combined for a performance. The combined groups performed “Rejoice” by Doug E. Wagner. This festive piece included a medley of the following nine traditional carols: “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “O Come Little Children,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Ukrainian Bell Carol,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Joy to the World,” and “The First Noel.” As for the I Period Band, made up of 51 freshmen, the group performed “Invercargill” by Alex Lithgow, “Kris Kringle’s Jingle” by Jerry Williams, and “Velocity” by Larry Neeck. The all-freshmen group had a few upper classmen mentors, but when it came to their performance, they were on their own. “We had a few students to bring them


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up to speed because they don’t have the upper classmen to aspire to,” Bastien said.


Many of the young musicians admitted to both nerves and excitement. “It’s exciting, but nerves are a big


part. I can’t wait,” freshman tuba player Josh Debreceni said just before warming up to open the concert.


While the freshmen looked at the evening as a new experience, seniors


Santa Breakfast by Lynne Ober


It is the time of the year when Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all his reindeer friends are gathering strength for their worldwide tour on Christmas Eve. As a result, Santa and his elves hitched a ride to the annual Litchfield Women’s Club Santa Workshop pancake breakfast in Litchfield on one of Litchfield’s fire trucks. A hearty pancake and sausage breakfast was served from 7 to 11 a.m. in the LMS cafeteria, and Santa and his elves arrived at 9 a.m. Before Santa arrived, Sandy Johnstone, a first-grade


Camden and Mark Anthony Anqivoni, with Kayla Leonquerero and her mom Meg, explore the Kubota off-road Rescue/Brush Fire vehicle


Tempers Ignite Regarding the $100,000 Budget Cut


of Hudson Fire Department by Doug Robinson At first, Hudson Fire Chief Shawn Murray told his bosses, the Board of Selectmen, that “yes, if asked,” he could cut $100,000 from the proposed HFD budget. However, at the Town of Hudson Budget Committee, Chief Murray sang a different tune by stating that the Town of Hudson would be placed at risk, should he cut the $100,000.


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teacher from Griffin Memorial School, read holiday tales to the kids. The kids joined her on the stage and sat at her feet while she read and showed them pictures from the books. Superintendent Dr. Elaine Cutler came to the breakfast, as did Principal Tom Lecklider and his family. “This is just a fun morning,” smiled Cutler. But that wasn’t all that was going on. Aaron Cutler Memorial Library director Vicki Varick was on hand throughout the event for families to sign up for library cards. A special elf has connected with the library to offer free books to kids in attendance as well. Santa sure loves books and was delighted to see all the great reading going on. Santa thinks that kids should read every day. As usual, there were terrific raffle prizes to vie for once


again, and this year, a new silent auction featured a baseball autographed by Red Sox player Marco Scutaro, along with a $50 Hannaford gift certificate and some other exciting items.


In the front of the cafeteria, the elves played games with the kids. Along the side was a craft table, where children could choose to do one or both of the crafts. The table was always filled and the concentration was intense as the kids worked on their holiday cards and bookmarks. As always, there was an


opportunity to visit with Santa and to have pictures taken. Parents lined up to snap their photos as the kids whispered their fondest Christmas wishes to Santa. Lexi Whynott said she wanted a puppy and a pony. Her mom laughed and said that a puppy was in their future and Lexi already knew about that. “We are getting an English Pug called Miss Wrinkles,” she smiled. All proceeds benefit the Litchfield


Women’s Club Community Service and Scholarship Funds.


Superintendent Dr. Elaine Cutler chats with Principal Tom Lecklider’s family Sandy Johnstone reads holiday tales Santa and his elves disembark from one of Litchfield’s fire trucks


had a different perspective. “Since it’s my last year, I enjoyed


every second of it and treasured every memory,” Kaitlyn Yarmo, member of the Alvirne Singers, said. The B Naturals, Alvirne’s Prime singing group, gave a memorable performance of their own. The choral group performed “Cantate Domino” by Mark Hayes, “Sure on This Shining


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staff photos by Lynne Ober


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