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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 21 Number 23 December 23, 2010 16 Pages
Reindeer Visit Hudson Mall
by Doug Robinson
Santa sent his &#x201C;reindeer in training&#x201D; Hope, to visit the Hudson Mall recently. Young Hope has been in training, so that one day; she too may fly with Rudolf to deliver presents to children all around the world. The one year old fawn reindeer has a head full of antlers and was a wonder to the crowds of both young and old who came to visit this mysterious animal. According to Santa&#x2019;s elf, Zach, Hope originated in Alaska, Canada, or Minnesota. &#x201C;Santa is very secretive and private about his reindeer. The reindeer and the elves are very special.&#x201D; Reindeer are also found in Europe, Greenland, as well as Asia. Hot cocoa and cookies were donated by Hannaford to all those who not only visited the reindeer, but also took a horse-drawn carriage ride around the parking lot Meg Properties representative Alyse Savage commented, &#x201C;We wish to give back to the community which really supports our plaza. This is a fun event for everyone.&#x201D;
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by Doug Robinson &#x201C;He&#x2019;s a Policeman&#x2019;s
Policeman&#x201D; states Hudson Chairman of the Board, Ken Massey, as he reflected on the long and distinguished career of retiring Hudson&#x2019;s Master Police Officer, Kevin Sullivan. After 23 years of
Officer Kevin Sullivan&#x2019;s smile brought warmth and care to all those with whom he served as a Hudson Police Officer
dedicated service to the Town of Hudson, &#x201C;Sully&#x201D; to his friends, has decided to turn in his gun and badge, voluntarily, and enjoy a life of warm weather, golf, and new beginnings. Fellow officers comment that, &#x201C;He was the man for DWI arrests,&#x201D; while other officer states, &#x201C;He was always compassionate. He was always fair and balanced with a tremendous sense of humor.&#x201D;
In addition to being a patrolman, Sully was
Hudson&#x2019;s K-9 Officer for many years. He, along with Officer Dino and Officer Akim, were often called upon to locate or track persons, drugs, and specific searches. In the fields across from the Hudson Police Department rests the athletic area where Officer Sullivan spent hours upon hours training and developing the canine skills Officers of Dino and Akim. Sully trained both dogs to reach championship caliber, as they often competed against other K-9 dogs to test their skills. On January, 22, 2011, a retirement party will be held in his honor at King&#x2019;s Court Restaurant in Hudson. Those who wish to celebrate the evening with Sully are encouraged to contact Officers Mike
Davis and Al Marcotte, and Adam Lischinsky at 886- 6011.
Another day &#x201C;at the office&#x201D; for Officer Sullivan&#x2026;and another drug bust, thanks to his dedicated training of his K-9, Officer Akim
This publication will be the last issue for 2010, as we will be entering into a vacation week after Christmas. As we close out year 2010, I remain filled with the overwhelming, caring attitude that exists in the five communities within which we serve with our newspapers: Hudson, Litchfield, Pelham, Windham, and Salem. During this past year, we have published thousands of stories of individual triumphs, tributes, and tragedies. We have published many more stories about Town budgets, Town banter, and Town battles. But what strikes me in the heart most of all, regarding all the thousands of stories and tens of thousands of words we have published, is how caring, how kind, and how connected our lives are together. While we battle the battles together, much like all families do, we all want what is best for our families, our children of today, and of tomorrow. As we enter into a New Year, I remain humbled by how much I, in my personal life and in my professional life, have been blessed by the sharing of those battles together. Our communities are not known as villages that sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by. We are involved, informed, and interested. As we march forward, fighting the fight, I wish to take the time to thank you. Thank you for your volunteerism. Thank you for your continued letters, both for and against the stories we write. Thank you for contributing to the communities in which we live. Year 2011 will bring new challenges, new beginnings, and new opportunities for us all. Let us continue to remain steadfast to our shared values and our shared concerns. By continuing to work together, there is no telling how far we can grow individually, as well as a community. Merry Christmas and a very Safe and Happy New Year.
In-School Suspensions: Teaching and Keeping Students in School
by Doug Robinson The Hudson School District has adopted and initiated a program whereby those students who need to be disciplined at a higher level are now disciplined within a special classroom, instead of the traditional method of suspending the child, off school premises. Years ago, the traditional method to discipline a student for serious behavioral offense was to suspend the student off school property for a specific period of time.
Superintendent of Hudson
Schools, Randy Bell, stated, &#x201C;Our schools need to do everything we can to keep kids in school. The suspension program of years ago was not
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working. Our job is to do everything we can to teach and develop kids. What message are we sending to the children and to their parents when we kick them out of school?&#x201D; As a result, school leaders and administrators developed a plan whereby students who would have normally been suspended from school grounds, are now &#x201C;invited to participate in&#x201D; the &#x201C;In-School Suspension&#x201D; program. In each of Hudson&#x2019;s
schools, a classroom has been established to support the in school suspension program. Staffed with a certified teacher, students who have violated a school rule and who would have been kicked out of school in the past are now assigned to
spend their suspension time in the classroom. Teachers of the suspended student send the required class work to be done to the in- suspension classroom teacher, and the student will be required to do his class work while performing his suspension. &#x201C;What is great about this
program is that students can receive help from a certified teacher while doing their studies&#x201D; commented Hudson Memorial School Principal, Sue Nadeau. &#x201C;In the past, kids who were suspended could have received a zero for work not being done, but now, while on in school suspension, kids can receive immediate help.&#x201D; The Hudson School District provides handbooks to the
students who enter into the halls of their school years. These handbooks list the types of offenses and the length of time in school suspension will last. In school suspensions may last anywhere from one day to the maximum of five days. Every Friday, each Hudson
school has developed a &#x201C;student support team&#x201D; made up of Guidance counselors, administrators, in school suspension teacher, and paraprofessionals who evaluate and discuss those students who have been involved with the in school suspension program. As they discuss each child, decisions are made as to how they may support the student better and assist the student with any behavioral or learning concerns.
While students who receive
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in school suspension are isolated from the general student population, they are not isolated from their teachers, or more specifically, the learning process. &#x201C;They get their work done and they do not fall behind the work required and are able to keep up&#x201D; continued Nadeau. &#x201C;We want to keep kids in our schools and we want them to continue to learn, develop, feel good about themselves, and grow. The in school suspension program has offered us the opportunity to do what we do. Teach.&#x201D;
Blessed John XXIII Parish
St. John the Evangelist and Infant Jesus merged 27 Library Street, Hudson
Friday, December 24: Christmas Vigil IJ & SJE - 4:00 p.m., IJ & SJE - 6:00 p.m., IJ - Midnight
Saturday, December 25: SJE - 8:00 a.m., IJ - 10:30 a.m.
Calvary Assembly of God 284 Webster Street, Hudson
Friday, December 24: Christmas Vesper Service - 5:00 p.m.
Grace Free Presbyterian Church 11 Colby Road, Litchfield
Friday, December 24: 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Church Presbyterian 259 Charles Bancroft Highway Route 3A (adjacent to the fire station) Friday, December 24: Lessons and Carols - 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
New Life Christian Church 272 Lowell Road, Hudson
Friday, December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 6:00 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Church 9 St. Francis Way, Litchfield
Friday, December 24: Vigil of the Nativity Mass &#x2013; 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.,
Prelude to Midnight Mass&#x2013; 11:40 p.m. Mass,
Saturday, December 25: Midnight Christmas Mass &#x2013; 12:00 a.m., Christmas Morning Mass &#x2013; 10:00 a.m.
St. Kathryn Parish 4 Dracut Road, Hudson
Friday, Deccember 24: Vigil of Christmas: 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturday, December 25: Midnight Mass - 12:00 a.m., Christmas Mass - 10:00 a.m.
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