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Hudson - Litchfield News April 1, 2011 - 5

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continued from page 3 Eagle Scout Project Thank-You

The Hudson Conservation Commission is responsible for preserving and protecting the conservation property in the Town of Hudson. The commission was notified that several people have lost their way on the trails on the Musquash Conservation Land. The Commission decided to have trail markers installed on the trails at the Musquash Conservation Land. They requested that a Boy or Girl Scout take on a project to design, construct, and install trail markers. I am a Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 252 sponsored by St. Kathryn’s Church in Hudson. I am working to earn my Eagle Scout rank. I took on the trail marker project as my Eagle Scout project. I have recently finished the physical work on my Eagle Project. The trail markers have been installed on trees along the trails. The trail markers are yellow with an M and a number on it. GPS coordinators for all trail markers have been recorded and given to emergency services in the town of Hudson. This will assist with locating someone during an emergency as well as allow people to stay on the trails. The markers will also provide a location for friends to meet on the trail. The markers are meant to benefit anyone that enjoys hiking and using the Musquash Conservation Land. I must say I could not have done all of the work on this project

by myself. Thank you to all of my fellow Boy Scouts that helped on this project. Thank you to all the Scout families that came out and helped. Thank you to the Hudson Conservation Commission for allowing me to take on this project.

George Bower, Eagle Scout Candidate - Hudson Thank You

Please permit me to extend my sincerest “thank-you” to all the

Litchfield voters who entrusted me with the opportunity to serve on the School Board. It is a great privilege to represent our community and I will seek to diligently work towards improving our schools while operating within the means of the taxpayer’s will. However, the School Board will represent you well only if by your own vigilance you keep all five members of the board accountable. Please feel free to e-mail me or any other member of the board

with any questions or concerns you may have by visiting the Litchfield School Website at You will also find the School Board meeting dates posted at this site. Also, I urge you to attend these meetings or watch them on cable access. I would also like to thank all those who helped to get the word out with posting signs around town, sending in letters to the editor in support of me, and also joining me on voting day to hold signs at Campbell school. Without your help and encouragement, this would not have been possible.

Trish D’Alleva - Litchfield The Use of Language

A recent thumbs entry had the audacity to use the word “retarded.” Even worse, the Hudson~Litchfield News staff printed it. The word “retarded” is to some offensive and should be added to the list of words “that society knows not to use in public discourse because of their offensive nature.” I must ask, who keeps this list? Who decides what words are added to it? Do words ever get taken back off? And when does it stop? I am not writing to defend use of the word ‘retard’ in that thumbs

entry, though in actuality it was used in accordance with just about every definition of the word I could find in one form or another. What concerns me more is the continued attack on language and speech itself. The term “Political Correctness” has its beginnings sometime in the 1980s and generally is the narrowing of the range of acceptable opinions to those held by a small group that enforces it. Words like “discrimination,” “racist,” and “bigot” get bandied about, thrown like lassoes at will against persons who defy what some have deemed acceptable. The great majority of the time, the term is simply inaccurate for the situation, but because of the social stigma attached to those terms, it quells most resistance. Political Correctness goes back in history a lot further than most people realize. Consider this: Galileo was forced to recant his statements that the earth was not the center of the universe. It is laughable today, of course, but was a life-or-death affair then. Words convey thoughts and ideas. Attempting to control or influence one is doing the same to the other. Historically, this type of behavior, control of thought or language, has been seen as a form of tyranny. The rational of this tyranny is to prevent people being offended; to compel everyone to avoid using words or behavior that may upset homosexuals, women, non-whites, whites, the crippled, the stupid, the fat, or the ugly. The eventuality is neutered speech that has to weave its way through a minefield of off-limits verbiage or subject matter as to make it nearly unintelligible and emotionless. A form of spoken legalese, if you will.

It is a fact of life that some people will be offended by the thoughts, words, or actions of others. The sheer fact that this can occur in this country, and to the degree to which it can be done, is the foundation for dreams of peoples all over the globe. This aspect of our life in America that is so foreign, so out of reach for some, they

cannot fathom that it even exists. I imagine some will be offended or even angered by this letter.

That is as much their right as it is mine to write it. Not to be hurtful or inflict pain, but to bring thought and discussion because in this country, we can actually do that!

Matthew J. Harper - Hudson

Litchfield Historical Society Sponsors Annual Rabies Clinic,

Thanks Contributing Local Businesses

Beginning years ago, Dr. Bernard Brody founded the Countryside Animal Hospital in Hudson and Litchfield. He was the first in the area to volunteer his time and services to provide low-cost Rabies vaccinations to local residents for their dogs and cats. When Dr. Jim Herrmann and Dr. Sarah Garland bought Dr.

Brody’s practice, they continued this valuable public service. This year, Dr. Garland and her staff will again provide a Rabies Clinic on April 3 at the Fur and Feathers establishment on Route 102 next to the Little Lobster Boat restaurant. The clinic will be held, rain or shine (or snow), from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The generosity of Dr. Herrmann and Dr. Garland make it possible for pet owners to obtain the required vaccinations at a very reasonable charge of $10 per pet. The Litchfield Historical Society members gratefully thank Dr. Herrman, Dr. Garland, and their staff for providing the vaccines as well as their time; Linda Lovejoy, proprietor of Fur and Feathers, for hosting the clinic; and Terry Briand, Litchfield Town Clerk, for providing the on-site dog registration for Litchfield residents. (Pet owners from surrounding communities are welcome to get their pets vaccinated, but will have to register their pets in their home towns.) This is the one fundraising event the Litchfield Historical Society

holds yearly, as all other events are open to the public at no charge. The Society hopes you will join them in various offerings that will be held during the coming months. And again, all Society members wish to genuinely express deep appreciation to these local businesses that support pet health and ownership in these challenging times.

Gail Barringer - Litchfield

House Budget Delivers on Promise of Limited, Frugal Government

After last November’s elections, House members knew that there

was an opportunity for transformative change in how government operates. With the supermajority of fiscally responsible members of the House and Senate, we knew that a budget that ended the numerous tax and fee increases, stopped inflated revenue figures that led to soaring deficits, and eliminated greater borrowing from our future generations would be possible. In fact, we committed to delivering tax relief to get our economy moving again. That’s when the cold, hard reality hit us in the face. Soon after coming to Concord, word came from the state’s accountants that we were facing an $895 million budget deficit. Meeting our goals suddenly felt like a far off dream. So we started to roll up our sleeves, because we knew that the public, who convincingly sent a message of getting New Hampshire back to its roots of limited and frugal government, expected no less. We had promised to use realistic revenue figures and to not raise taxes or fees. It was time to stand and deliver. Our Ways and Means Committee got to work, sorting out exactly what we could expect to be coming in from the taxpayers by way of revenue. Then, our Finance Committee spent days getting to know every program in the state, inside and out, so that they could dig deep and bring efficiency across state government.

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Insects are particularly active on warm nights. Try looking for fireflies, moths, and crickets. An easy way to look at them closely without causing injury is to capture the insect in a clear jar and cover the top with cheesecloth held down by a large rubber band around the rim. Owls, such as barred, great-horned, and eastern screech, are often quite vocal at night. Learning the calls with your children and listening for them is a lot of fun, especially if you learn to call back.

Bats are also a favorite with children. Watch for bats feeding on insects near streetlights, along woodland edges, or over water. They are active from sunset to sunrise, although you are more likely to see them just at dusk when there is still a little ambient light.

Flying squirrels are also nocturnal. Though they don’t really

fly, they can glide up to 150 feet and are adept at sneaking seeds at bird feeders. They are more difficult to see than bats, as they require forests with tall trees from which to glide. Remember to be respectful of the animals you observe.

Always handle insects and amphibians gently and return them where you found them. Also, white or bright lights at night can disturb wildlife, so try to minimize the amount of light you use. The best method is to use a red filter for your flashlight. In addition, if you want to attract more nocturnal animals to your backyard, consider installing owl boxes, bat houses, or a shelter for tree frogs.

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