Hudson - Litchfield News December 17, 2010 - 5
Helping Others in Litchfield
by Lynne Ober At this holiday season, Selectman Pat Jewett decided that she would work to help the residents of Litchfield. Pat called on the community to donate toys, clothing, and other items so that everyone in Litchfield could have something under the tree, and the residents responded. Pat and her Christmas elves then separated
everything into sizes and appropriate locations in the conference room at Litchfield’s Town Hall. For both weekend days of this past weekend, she helped residents choose items. There was no cost to any resident for clothing or toys. “I know many people are having a hard time this year and I just wanted to do what I could to help everyone in Litchfield have a wonderful holiday season,” said Jewett on Sunday.
Pat Jewett stands in the conference room with everything displayed and ready for pick-up
Wedding Ring Bandit Arrested
submitted by Hudson Police Department On Wednesday, December 9, Hudson Police arrested a subject identified as Richard Jervah, 43, of Nashua. The arrest was based on an investigation conducted by Officer McElhinney of the Hudson Police Patrol Division. Specifically, Officer McElhinney took a report from a Hudson resident of a missing diamond
Richard Jervah Alvirne Students Give Back
submitted by Emily Gosselin In order to raise money for their club, members of the Alvirne High School Student Council participated in the Alvirne High School Haunted Hayride. After performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” two nights at this event, the Student Council raised a little over $200. However, rather than choosing to keep the money for their treasury, the members of the Student Council voted to spend the money giving back to the community. In an effort to embrace the increasingly important “Anti-Bullying” campaign, Student Council purchased 16 posters that speak out against bullies to be placed around the school. All of the money left over from the Haunted Hayride is going toward the Nashua Soup Kitchen’s Santa Fund to ensure a better Christmas for local families. Happy Holidays!
AHS Student Council - Emily Gosselin, Amanda Roberts, Deanna Trearchis, Brianna Logano, and Ashley Felch
Lower Your Tax Bill by Recycling
by Lynne Ober Litchfield residents will finally have a real opportunity
to have an impact on their property taxes, according to Litchfield Town Administrator Jason Hoch. By choosing to recycle items, residents will have a double impact. Every item that is recycled will not cost the town a transfer fee, plus recycled items will generate revenue for the town that will be used to offset the tax rate. “Recycling is a win-win solution for every taxpayer,” said Hoch. “By recycling, residents definitely help lower their tax rates.” Yearly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposed ever-stricter clean air standards. In order to keep the incinerator open, a $2 million scrubber would have had to have been installed. Even that did not guarantee that the incinerator could keep working in future years as the EPA continues to strengthen clean air standards and regulations. Litchfield selectmen formed a committee to evaluate options and, after a review, the decision was made to turn the incinerator into a transfer and recycling center. The town has budgeted $113,000 to transfer trash away from Litchfield. The cost per ton is $74.16. Every item that is recycled is not included in the transfer fee. According to the town administrator, Dave Mellon has done a wonderful job arranging for recycling. The town even takes batteries and fluorescent light bulbs, which contain mercury and must be handled separately. Cardboard, paper, bottles, and cans can all be recycled. Recycling stations are set up at the transfer station. Many residents are already recycling and it is hoped that more will begin to do so—every piece of paper or cardboard or can or bottle that is recycled helps lower the tax bill.
Book about CHS Football Published
submitted by Campbell High School Campbell High School football coach Marc
Prindiville has written a human-interest book about the first year of Campbell High School football, and about three of the young men who helped make it a success. Proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to lymphoma research. Marc and the three young men will be at the Manchester Barnes & Noble store on Saturday, December 18, from 1-3 p.m.
Creative Scarecrow Jamboree
submitted by Laura Gandia Griffin Memorial School (GMS) had their annual Scarecrow Jamboree, and the first-place winner was Emily Coughlin for her rendition of “Mr. Invisible,” while the second-place winner was Ethan Costinos for his version of an E.T. Scarecrow. Every year, the fourth graders at GMS create scarecrows and prizes are awarded. Fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Cullen Kent has coordinated this great event for the fourth graders for years. The children really get involved and are very creative. The scarecrows are displayed on school property for all to see.
wedding ring valued at approximately $13,000. Jervah was working as a contractor at the victim’s house in October of this year when the ring went missing. The investigation led to Jervah’s arrest for one count of Theft by Unauthorized Taking (Class A Felony). If convicted, Jervah could face a seven-and-a-half to 15-year prison term.
Benefits of Outdoor Skills
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies has released a
white paper “Benefits of Outdoor Skills to Health, Learning and Lifestyle,” a literature review documenting the contributions of outdoor skills and wildlife-related outdoor education to health, learning, and lifestyle in general, and fishing and hunting participation in particular. When young people are able to connect with the outdoors regularly, the positive outcomes are profound. They are happier, healthier from the physical exercise, the effects of attention- deficit disorder (ADD) are reduced, and they score higher on standardized tests when natural environments are integrated into school curricula. A growing body of studies suggests that contact with nature is as important to children as good nutrition and adequate sleep: time spent outdoors correlates with increased physical activity and fitness in children, exposure to green space reduces crime, and increases general well-being and ability to focus; children as young as five have shown a significant reduction in the symptoms of ADD when they are engaged in outdoor activities in natural settings. Research indicates that there could be reductions in crime as a result of outdoor education. Overall, the literature implies the need to adopt a broader-
based conception of health from a holistic, ecological perspective that moves beyond human physical and mental health to one that includes familial, communal, national, international, and global ecological health. Active living is crucial to healthy lifestyles and leads to potentially greater participation in fishing and hunting. The “Benefits of Outdoor Skills” white paper can
be downloaded from http://www.fishwildlife.org/pdfs/
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