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Hudson - Litchfield News June 24, 2011 - 3

The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor

Knights Say Thank You

The Hudson Knights of Columbus wish to thank all the people who came to their Blood Drive on June 11. Because of these wonderful donors, we were able to collect 73 pints of blood for the Red Cross. Much-needed blood. We exceeded our goal of 70 pints. The Knights would also like to thank: Hudson House of Pizza, Valentino’s Restaurant, and Veira’s Pizza for their donations that fed our donors. Hannaford Market and Market Basket also donated food and drinks for our donors to enjoy after giving blood. Blood is needed all year long. If you couldn’t make our drive, find one in your area and make a donation. Everyone will appreciate the gift. See you late in the year for our next drive.

John Pierog, Knights of Columbus, Hudson Kudos to Hudson Public Works

This is to acknowledge the great job done by the Hudson Public Works Department on Route 102 from Hannaford up to and including the Elm Street/3A intersection. This roadway improvement was done efficiently; it looks great, and will enhance safety for the motoring public in this busy area.

Dave Buhlman - Litchfield Council 5162 - Hudson

A Poem about the Boston Bruins

I wrote the following poem, for the Boston Bruins, during yesterday’s Sunday Church Service Hand-out that was in colors of black and gold (or yellow); the same as the Boston Bruins colors. During the service, I had one of my

overwhelming urges to write a poem that came over me quickly and it was inspired by the colors of the Sunday Service Hand-out and my memories of watching the parade on Saturday.

“Halleluia, To The Bruins” Halleluia to the Boston Bruins The Canucks quest, they did ruin.

They picked up their sticks, put down their toys They’re Bruin Men now, no longer boys. Hockey now reins in the Town of Beans With Pats, Sox, Celtics, you know what it means.

Bean Town is now, Undo Title Town

The Bruins’ Fans, they no longer frown. Jerry Gutekunst - Hudson

Host Families Needed Each season, the Cyclones Hockey Club

recruits talented junior hockey players from across the country, Canada, and Europe. These players show great potential to play at the college level and beyond, but do not live within a reasonable driving distance of the arena. To take advantage of this great opportunity, the players need families willing to share their homes and become a “home away from home” for them. We are currently looking for host families in Windham, Salem, Pelham, Londonderry, Derry, Litchfield, and Hudson. These boys, ages ranging from 16-20, have been able to complete their high school educations, take classes in local colleges, or hold part-time jobs while pursuing their hockey opportunities and dreams. In most cases, very strong bonds are made between the player and his billet family, as well as with the player’s family. Our players have proven to be great role models for younger children in the billet family, as they demonstrate hard work and determination to achieve tough goals. The player needs a bed, bureau, closet

Putting Your Business on the Digital Map

submitted by UNH Cooperative Extension With all the tourists visiting the Seacoast this summer, it’s a safe bet many will touch the screen of their smartphone to find a local eatery offering fresh seafood rather than by flipping through the local phone book. Shane Bradt, geospatial extension specialist for UNH Cooperative Extension, presented information on how to put businesses on the digital map, giving fishermen and small businessmen the opportunity to reach new clients who are increasingly tech- savvy.

Approximately 30 fishermen and small business owners attended the Fisheries Roundtable discussion on June 13 at the Portsmouth Public Library, co-hosted by the Northeast Consortium and NH Sea Grant. The workshop was part of a collaboration between UNH Sea Grant Extension fisheries and UNH Cooperative Extension GIS programs in support of the retraining efforts of the Lobster Trade Adjustment program funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For many business owners, marketing products and services to the public in the digital age can be confusing due to the increasing number of options and the pace at which they are changing, Bradt told the group. He says while there’s still value in traditional forms of advertising, in newspapers,

flyers, phone book listings or roadside ads, the trend is turning away from these to focus more on computer-based information via the Internet, home computers, cars’ GPS systems, and on smartphones people carry with them wherever they go. “It’s important to get your business listed correctly on online maps so people can

find you,” Bradt says. “Even if you personally don’t have a smartphone, many of your potential clients may have one.” Bradt says as of July 2010, there were approximately 53.4 million smartphone users in the United States, and projections estimate smartphone users will outnumber users whose cell phones don’t have Internet access by late this year. “This represents a seismic shift in the way people find and access information,” says Bradt. Smartphones take advantage of GPS devices and online mapping databases to provide suggestions for, say, restaurants that serve lobster, and then provide directions for you to walk or drive there. For the technologically savvy, this on-the-go information helps them to quickly and easily find what they’re looking for. For fishermen looking to connect with new markets and dealers, this is an easy way to get their business information listed with little or no cost to them. For the small business

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owner or fisherman looking to direct more business through his or her door, getting business information into the most relevant databases is imperative. Taking the time to list your business online ensures that your clients have accurate information about your services and how to find you.

And, Bradt adds, it’s best to list your business information in a variety of databases so it shows up in the myriad computer devices available to the public.

At the end of Bradt’s presentation, he suggested nine databases in which to enter business information for free: InfoUSA, Localeze, NavTeq, SuperPages, TeleAtlas, Bing, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, and MapQuest.

space, and a desk or table and chair. Families receive a monthly billeting stipends of $300 for each player. Some have found it easier to house two players, as they then travel together and are company for each other. Host families have included traditional, 2- parent families, single-parent families, and “empty-nesters,” too. All that’s really needed is a willingness to help a player pursue his dream by providing a good home. If you are interested in the

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