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Hudson - Litchfield News March 11, 2011 - 5


Voter Apathy Results in Poor Turnout at the Polls


by Doug Robinson During times when Hudson residents tend to complain about budgets, services, and the rising costs of Hudson education and town government, slightly more than 2,400 voters of Hudson’s 16,400 voters turned out to vote during the elections. While the Hudson selectmen created a budget less than last year holding the taxes in line, the Hudson School Department increased their budget by $1.2 million. These increases came as a result of voter-approved salary raises to the School Department employees during the past several years. On the Town side of the budget, the Senior Center, two union


contracts for Town employees, wage increases for the Town Clerk Town/Tax Collector, wage increases for the Rodgers Memorial Library employees, replacement of fire department defibrillators, establishment of a fire equipment Capital Reserve Fund, ratification of and agreement between the Board of Selectmen and Hudson Litchfield Youth Football/Cheer, and two petition zoning amendments were not enough to bring the voters out. On the school side, an operating budget increase of 2.4 percent,


collective bargaining agreement increments, raises for non- administrative Central Office staff, and wage increases for computer


Outdoors Fishing Courses


Charlie with Chalk Learn how to fly-fish for trout at a free course being conducted


Hudson Seniors line up, encouraging those voting to vote “yes” for design of a dual-use Hudson Senior Center and Hudson Community TV Facility


technicians and the farm manager did not have enough “beef” to encourage voters to attend the polls. When the votes were tallied, less than 10 percent of Hudson’s residents and only a 14 percent of those on Hudson’s voter list stepped up to be counted and decided the future of Hudson services, Hudson budgets, rising costs of salaries, and the rising costs of education.


by the Merrimack River Valley Chapter – Trout Unlimited and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing Program.” There are two locations to choose from: • Hooksett Library, Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 6-8 p.m., plus an on-the-water experience on Saturday, April 30, from 9-11 a.m. To register, visit http://www.hooksettlibrary.org, or call 485-6092.


• Manchester City Library, Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., plus an on-the-water experience on Saturday, April 30, from 9-11 a.m. To register, visit http://www. manchester.lib.nh.us, e-mail sviggiano@manchesternh.gov, or call 624-6550, ext. 323. The course includes an introduction to fly-tying (tools will


be provided). While in class, you will learn to tie a fly that guarantees you will catch a fish. Other topics include fishing strategies and techniques and where to find good places to fish for trout in New Hampshire. We will teach you to cast a fly rod (all equipment is provided). This series of classes is designed not only for the beginner, but also for intermediate fly anglers who wish to improve their skills.


Charlie Chalk can be reached at outdoorswithcharlie@areanewsgroup.com


Helene Wherry, along with her children Grace and Faith, check in with the registration clerk as she receives her voting ballot


Litchfield Town Elections Election of Town Officers


Selectman (2 for 3 Year Term) Frank Byron


M. Patricia Jewett Brent T. Lemire


Budget Committee (2 for 3 Year Term) Chris Pascucci


Raymond C. Peeples, Jr.


Trustee to Trust Fund (1 for 3 Year Term) M. Patricia Jewett


Library Trustee (2 for 3 Year Term Peggy Drew Mary Frank


Cemetery Trustee (3 year Term) Jen Spergerg


Rhonda Lambert


Road Agent (1 for 3 Year Term) John E. Pinciaro


Treasurer (1 for 3 Year Term) Sharon Harding Reed


Town Clerk/Tax Collector (1 for 3 Year Term) Theresa L. Briand


Town Warrant Articles Article 2:


Operating Budget Article 3:


Police Union Contract Article 4:


Highway Block Grant Article 5:


Hydrant Billing Article 6:


Land use Change Tax


Article 7: Vacation Liability Trust Fund Article 8:


Appointed Fire Chief


Article 9: Appointed Treasurer


Litchfield School District


School Board Member (1 for 3 Year Term) Cynthia Couture Patricia D'Alleva


School Board Clerk (1 for 3 Year Term) Lynn Baddeley


School Board Treasurer (1 for 3 Year Term) Lynn Baddeley


School District Moderator (1 for 3 Year Term) John G. Regan


School District Warrant Articles Article 1:


Operating Budget Article 2:


Salary Increases for Non-Union Positions


612 693


1010 1060 1126 Yes No 1055 280 791 560


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1031 1059 1129 Yes No 845 454 817 530 1197 135 816 514 925 389 905 400 810 508 820 505 STONEWOOD SCHOOL, We provide care for


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A large truck was draped with signs asking voters to support Ratification Article #15


Hudson Town Election Results Election of Town Officers


Selectmen (1 for 3 Years) Marilyn McGrath Ted Luszey


Town Clerk/Tax Collector (1 for 3 Years) Patti Barry


Budget Committee (3 for 3 years) Stuart Schneiderman Michael Buczynski John Drabinowicz


Cemetery Trustee (1 for 3 Years) J. Bradford Seabury


Code of Ethics (2 for 3 Years) Diane Sirvydas


Dianne Emanuelson


Library Trustee (2 for 3 Years) Connie Owen Jennifer Chafe


Judith Manning-Mullins Town Warrant Articles


Article 2: Zoning Amendment - Sign Permit


Article 3: Zoning Amendment - Freestanding Signs


Article 4: By Petition Prime Wetlands


Article 5: By Petition Artificial Wetlands


Article 6: By Petition Prime Wetland Qualifications


Article 7: Police, Fire & Town Supervisors' Contract Article 8:


Salary Increase for Rodgers Library Employees Article 9:


Salary Increase for Town Clerk/Tax Collector Article 10:


Fact Finder Report - Support Staff Union


1076 1139


2076


1442 1569 1430


1844


1573 1651


1360 1197 866


Yes No 1496 1792 941 638 907 1514 Article 1: 663 1722 718 1651 1026 1445 969 1531 874 1581 521 1952


Operating Budget Article 2:


Collective Bargaining Agreement - Secretaries Article 3:


Collective Bargaining Agreement - Custodians, Electricians, HVAC Technicians


Article 4:


Salary & Benefits - Non-bargaining Staff Article 5: By Petition


Have School Board & Budget Committee Votes on Warrant Articles Printed on Ballot


1232 1235 1804 615 1759 708 1113 1378 1062 1403


Hudson School District School District Officers


School Board (2 for 3 Years) Amy Sousa Lee Lavoie


Normand Martin Keith Pearce


School Moderator (1 for 3 Years) Paul E. Inderbitzen


School District Clerk (1 for 3 Years) J. Bradford Seabury


School Treasurer (1 for 3 Years) Cecile Nichols


School District Warrant Articles 933


1444 918 769


1961 1850 1932 Yes No Hudson Town Election Results Article 11:


Operating Budget Article 12:


Senior Center/HCTV Facility Article 13:


Replace of Fire Department Defibrillators Article 14:


Establish Fire Equipment Capital Reserve Fund Article 15:


Agreement with Hudson-Litchfield Youth Football & Cheer


1704 1724 1879 1754 1951 771 813 642 741 589


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We are happy to announce that we are currently enrolling to fill select openings at all age levels.


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