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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 21 Number 41 May 6, 2011 20 Pages


HMS Students Perform The Sound of Music


Hudson Public Servants Gather to by Len Lathrop Rejoice and Remember


Maria, with guitar in hand, begins her assignment at the von Trapp family by teaching the children Do-Re-Mi


by Doug Robinson


Not only did the “hills come alive with the sounds of music,” but so did the voices of the actors, singers, and thespians of Hudson Memorial School in their recentperformance of the classic play, The Sound of Music. The cast, chorus, stage crew, set designers, pit orchestra, lighting and set building crews, precision choreography, and props and sound technicians worked together and brought to life one of the greatest stage and movie performances ever told to near-sellout performances.


The Sound of Music tells the story of Maria, a young governess who, failing her teachings as a nun, is asked to leave the abbey to become the governess for the von Trapp family. Upon arriving at the von Trapp family, Maria quickly learned that her music and singing skills would be needed to teach the seven children the true meaning of love, family, trust, and sharing. The children had become mischievous and have made it a habit of running off the previous governesses. Captain von Trapp, a widower and retired Navy captain, has run his house in the same fashion of order


and discipline in which he captained his ships. Using a whistle and military drills to communicate with his children, Maria set out to change their lifestyle and bring love and warmth into their home. Set in Austria during the 1930s, Maria uses music to bring the children much- needed joy and a sense of fun into their lives. Teaching them songs to sing and perform, she teaches the children how to love and bring warmth to their very cold and sterile home. The plot thickens when the Captain von


Trapp refuses to serve the Third Reich, and determines to escape Austria with Maria and the children. After escaping the pursuit of a Nazi officer, von Trapp, Maria, and the children set out to cross the mountains of Switzerland, on foot, for their freedom. Hudson School Board member Patti Langlais commented, “These kids have so much talent and the kids have worked very hard. We owe a great deal of thanks to all of the educators and to the participants who brought this wonderful play to HMS. They are wonderful.”


Artist rendering of Hudson’s future 9/11 Memorial at Benson Park


Hudson House Fire Leads to Arrest and Seizure of Indoor Marijuana Growing Operation


A simple gathering held in front of the Hudson 9/11 stone at the Leon Hammard Firefighter Memorial reminded everyone in attendance that Osama bin Laden will no longer be a purveyor of chaos around the world. The gathering also served as a time to remember those who lost their lives in the attack, and to mark the next step in the town of Hudson 9/11 Memorial project. Pastor Dave Howe opened the brief service to dedicate our memories in the form of the World Trade Towers’ steel beams from the attack on September 11, 2001, that we have been approved to receive. “While it coincides with the demise of the perpetrator of attacks nearly 10 years ago, we are thankful that he will no longer be able to be a purveyor of chaos around the world.”


“Help us, Lord, to remember, but also help us not to become bitter, but rather that we would become


better and that we would love proudly the freedoms that the flag of the United States of America represents.” Hudson Selectman Roger Coutu thanked those in attendance and the 9/11 memorial project at Benson Park. Fire Captain Dave


Selectman Coutu, Hudson Police Department Officer Brian Morgan, and Hudson Fire Department Firefighter Greg Rich place flowers on the 911 marker at the Hudson Firefighter Memorial


Morin’s remarks closed the gathering, but also reminded us that nine years ago people across America lost many family and friends. “One Hudson family lost a husband, father, brother, and son. Yesterday, Navy SEALs brought justice to the terrorist bin Laden


removing him from ever attacking our homeland,” he said. Two thousand, six hundred forty-nine civilians, 343 firefighters, and 60 police officers lost their lives. On Monday, the New York Port Authority notified


the town that it has been approved to receive a piece of steel from the towers. This steel will be the focus point of the memorial that will honor those who died on that September day.


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Shotgun shells, magazine clips, holsters, sighted rifles, and two handguns are displayed


by Doug Robinson To his neighbors, “He would give you the shirt of his back.” To volunteers at Benson Park, he worked tirelessly to renew and refresh the park. To his cat and dog, he saved their lives and rescued them from the burning fire. However, to the Hudson Police Department (HPD), Richard Dunphy, 63, of Hudson, was recently arrested, and “charged with manufacturing a controlled drug, a Class A felony, possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, both of which are Class B felonies.”


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A grow light, drugs valued at $6,000, marijuana in various stages of growth, a $1,000 Ziploc bag of marijuana, and the book Hemp Diseases and Pests: Management and Biological Control are displayed for the media


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The Hudson Fire Department was called to 2 Greenfield Drive around 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, for a structure fire. They found that the fire started in the basement and inflicted heavy fire and smoke damage there, as well as smoke damage to the first floor, according to the Hudson Fire Department. Once the fire was extinguished, around 2:30 p.m., firefighters found what they thought was a hydroponic growing system in the basement, which is commonly used to grow marijuana, according to police. Fire officials also determined that the fire began because of an overheated heating lamp.


Upon calling the Hudson Police Department,


detectives “confirmed the firefighters’ findings and also discovered a separate grow room in an attached garage. Police seized a dozen plants and almost four pounds of marijuana, seven rifles, two handguns, and cash. The Hudson Police Department also learned that “another 40 marijuana plants were destroyed in the fire.” The owner of the home, Dunphy, escaped the


fire with a cat and a dog, and police arrested him without incident around 3 p.m. on Thursday. Detective Joe Hoebeke said the drugs police seized are worth $5,000 to $6,000 and that Hudson Police are trying to determine the extent of the alleged marijuana operation. As Hudson detectives displayed the arsenal of rifles, pistols, knives, marijuana, a grow light, ammunition, and a hunting bow, they were very careful to be wearing Kevlar gloves as they removed the various weapons from the various duffel bags.


During the search, Hudson Police detectives found marijuana plants in various stages of growth, including a packaged of marijuana already bagged and prepared for sale. Mature plants, leaves, twigs, stems, and clippings were being prepared in the various grow rooms. In addition, a book, Hemp Diseases and Pests: Management and Biological Control, was also taken into evidence. Initially, Dunphy’s bail was set at $100,000


cash. However, during his arraignment, his bail was reduced to $25,000 cash.


staff photo by Doug Robinson


staff photos by Doug Robinson


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