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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 21 Number 42 May 13, 2011 20 Pages
Hudson VFW Loyalty Day Honors Those Who Serve
by Doug Robinson Since 1958, VFW’s Loyalty Day has served as that specific occasion when all American citizens should publicly reaffirm their complete loyalty to America, according to the VFW. On May 1 of each year, local VFWs honor citizens within their community who demonstrate those traits that are considered patriotic, loyal to America, and to our flag. VFWs solicit those to be honored from the Police,
Fire, Town, and local Schools. In addition, the VFW also recognizes two of their own as having demonstrated those
loyal traits. The list of those honored for 2011 include: Hudson
Police Department, Sergeant Jason Lucontoni; Hudson Fire Department, Retired Captain Fred Brough; Hudson Town Employee, Betty Holt, Engineering; Hudson Elementary School, Barbara Meaney; Hudson Memorial School, Lou Richard; Alvirne High School, Gerry Bastien; VFW Women’s Auxiliary Award, Donna Hallowood; VFW Women’s Service Award, Kate Ouellette; and Men’s Auxiliary Award, Jack Holde.
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King and Queen of Campbell High’s Prom, Andrew Matte and Vanessa Bonin, Saturday evening at the Granite Rose, Atkinson
Mini-Entrepreneurs Raise Funds
for Animal Shelter
Kate Ouellette, Hudson Fire Chief Shawn Murray (accepting for Retired Captain Fred Brough), Donna Hallowood, Betty Holt, Gerry Bastien, Lou Richard, Barbara Meaney, and Sgt. Jason Lucontoni accept their VFW Loyalty Awards
Seniors and Students Dance the Night Away
AHS’s Gerry Michaud shakes up the dance floor as he dances the night away with Evelyn Poulin to the tune of “Fun Fun Fun” Tyler Holt, 7; Sara Vincent, 8; and Ally Fleming, 9. Missing: Kitty and Ashley Blackey
submitted by Liz McGivern Neighborhood kids from Krystal
Drive in Hudson were inspired by recent events in the news to organize and hold a lemonade stand to benefit the Humane Society for Greater Nashua. The mini-entrepreneurs made signs, budgeted and shopped for supplies, and stood on a busy
corner of Greeley Street for two hours on Mother’s Day to sell cookies and lemonade to passers- by. With lots of perseverance and hard work, they earned $73 for their efforts and were happy to donate it to the animal shelter in Nashua. Thanks to all who stopped by to help them out!
by Doug Robinson They came to dance, and dance they did. Members of the Alvirne High School (AHS) National Honor Society invited Hudson Seniors to their Spring Fling, where they could dance, eat, socialize, and interact with members of the AHS National Honor Society. Students worked for hours transforming the cafeteria into a dance hall, fully equipped with a DJ, tables, chairs, and assorted decorations. Food tables were lined with crepes, cookies, coffee, and cheese and crackers, as well as strawberries, soda, and several other selections of sweets.
National Honor Society students and seniors line-danced together, as well as danced individually, to the music of The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Bublé.
While the students attempted to teach the seniors the popular dances of today, seniors taught the students the finer dances such as the Lindy.
Will Livingston, AHS senior, attempts to keep up with the fancy dancing footwork of Lynn Anctil as she teaches Will the beginning steps of the very popular dance known as the Lindy
Proposed Benson Park Playground Continues to Swing over Administrative Hurdles
by Doug Robinson The Recreation Department has been given the “go-ahead” to secure bids for the proposed Benson Park Playground once Hudson’s Town Administrator, Steve Malizia, has reviewed the proposed contract. The Recreation Department has asked the Board
of Selectmen to “release” funds “up to $100,000” for the purpose of purchasing the materials to construct the playground. Volunteers are being assembled to erect the playground. According to Hudson Recreation Director Dave Yates, he has communicated with the Hudson
Highway Department and they are more than willing to “prepare” the site for the proposed playground to be built. Yates received marching orders to push forward from Board of Selectmen’s Chairman Shawn Jasper as soon as Malizia reviews the current documents.
He further stated that hopefully, “We will get there sooner than later.”
Selectman Roger Coutu stated that he is “a strong advocate of the playground structure [and] this will be a focal point” of the park.
photo courtesy of Greg Fortier, Mark Lawrence Photographers staff photos by Doug Robinson
staff photos by Doug Robinson
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