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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 21 Number 48 June 24, 2011 20 Pages You are ‘Broncos’ Forever: Alvirne Graduates 309 by Len Lathrop


After hearing from Caleb Donnelly, their class president, Valedictorian Matthew Fellows, and Salutatorian Jeremy Poulin, Principal Bryan Lane spoke to the Alvirne Class of 2011 publicly for the last time. He thanked them for the work they had done in making Alvirne the best high school in the New Hampshire and honored them by saying, “you will always be Broncos” and that “you’ll have choices in every decision you make. The easy choices will give you a result that’s good enough. Good enough will get you by, but not what you want.” As the many digital clocks around


the Verizon Center signaled 10 a.m., the Alvirne Concert Band began the processional march. To cheers of family and friends in attendance, the Class of 2011 filed in from both sides of the dais to be seated. Colors were presented by the Alvirne Jr. ROTC color guard and the National Anthem was sung by the B- Naturals, the school’s award winning a cappella group.


Class President Donnelly welcomed those there on Saturday morning. He advised fellow classmates that ”knowledge and people are the most valuable resources we could ask for, and we gained that over the past four years.” Donnelly will attend Northeastern University next fall. Referencing the Three Little Pigs story, he encouraged use of resources as they move into the next phase of their lives.


Salutatorian Poulin spoke about identifying yourself by who you are, and not just a number.


“Strive to make a


name for yourself, not just a number,” he said. Valedictorian Matthew Fellows said, “learning will be a part of our lives forever.” “Keep an open mind and a thirst for knowledge” was his closing message, but his address opened with a confession about having an offer to leave Alvirne early to be the water boy for a Spanish soccer club; he didn’t, as he reinforced how important it was to finish what you begin.


As is the tradition at Alvirne, two


Class President Caleb Donnelly addresses his classmates as the graduation begins


Jessica Marden’s smile lights up as she finds her family and friends in the audience at the Verizon Center on Saturday


awards are conferred at graduation: the G. Leonard Nase Scholarship was awarded to Kameo Lelievre, who will be attending Keene State College, while the Chester J. Steckevicz Scholarship was awarded to Emily Gosselin, who will attend Tufts University. The B-Naturals returned to the stage with “My Wish,” where each graduating member sung a solo. That arrangement produced many a tear throughout the Verizon Center among family and friends. School Board Chairman Lee Lavoie, with assistance from Superintendent Randy Bell, Guidance Director William Hughen, and Principal Lane, presented the graduates their diplomas. Then, after the moving of the mortarboard tassels and the hats thrown through the air, the new graduates left the building.


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Cougar Destiny Brings Baseball Championship to Campbell


Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for 9/11 Memorial at Benson Park


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Harry Schibanoff, Lafe Covill, Gill Dube, Bill Leblanc, Ben Nadeau, Roger Coutu, Elizabeth Kovalcin, Rebecca Kovalcin, Olivia Buckley, Jason Lavoie, Carol Whitting, and Shawn Murray await to break ground


submitted by Daniel Skafas On Monday, June 20, the town of Hudson held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 9/11 Memorial at Benson Park. Many residents and town officials were in attendance, including members of the Hudson Fire Department, Police Department, the American Legion, and the Salvation Army. Also in attendance were members of the Hudson Board of Selectmen. It was a beautiful day with bright, blue skies. Opening remarks were given by Deputy Fire Chief Robert Buxton, which included a brief description of the coming memorial. Deputy Buxton also gave mention to other dignitaries in the crowd. Firefighter Mike Armand followed the opening remarks by proudly singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” while citizens covered their hearts and honor guards saluted the flag.


Cougar seniors with the championship trophy: Tyler Syphers, Cullan Baker, Cullen Duffy, and Tyler Coughlin by Marc Ayotte


Since there will be a couple of musical- lyrical references towards the end of this story, I thought I might as well start it out with one. “Did you ever read about a frog who dreamed of bein’ a king and then became one?” (Neil Diamond’s I Am, I Said.) The 2011 Campbell High baseball team at the beginning of the season was indeed the frog. Grouped with a lot of other frogs in the Division III baseball pond of mediocrity, no one expected CHS to have a very good season. There were repeated admissions by Cougar head coach Jim Gorham that the expectations for his team were to “win one more game than we lost” during the season. Coaches, what do they know? This one knows how to win—psychologically and on the field. On Saturday, June 18, at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, the ugly frog, in resounding fashion, got to live out its beautiful dream. Behind another late inning, heart-pounding, emotion-packed rally, the Cougars of CHS rode the broad shoulders and inspiring performance of senior pitcher Cullan Baker, as they stunned the top-ranked Hilltoppers of Somersworth High, 4-2, to emerge as ‘kings’ of Division III baseball.


The first inning went quietly into the books, as neither team was able to pick up a hit. With a runner on first, Cougar third baseman Tyler Coughlin made a nifty play on a difficult trap- hop ground ball to throw out cleanup hitter Justin Beckey at first, ending the inning. All the Cougars could muster in the top of the second inning was a loud out by Cody Caron, as his fly ball to deep right centerfield was reeled in by the Hilltoppers’ Josh Jacques. In the home half of the second, Baker seemed to settle in a little more, as was evidenced by his fanning of two Somersworth batters, keeping the score tied at zero after two complete. The Cougars went very quietly and in order in their half of the third, as Hilltopper starting pitcher DJ Colbert didn’t allow the Campbell hitters to get a ball out of the infield. A lead-off double by Colbert in the home half of the third created the first runner in the scoring position situation of the ballgame. A textbook bunt by Nick Mariano advanced Colbert to third base with one out. Josh Jacques then followed with another textbook sacrifice; this time, it was a fly ball to right center, easily plating Colbert from third and giving Somersworth a 1-0 lead. With two


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Standing in front of the nine-ton piece of rusted steel cut from the fallen Twin Towers speeches were given by 9/11 Committee Executive Board Member Torrey Demanche, Benson Chair Committee Harry Shibanoff, and selectman Roger Coutu. One speaker, in defining Hudson as a community, quoted Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world.” After Selectman Coutu’s speech and a moment of silence, the groundbreaking at Benson Park took place. Special guests Elizabeth Kovalcin and her two daughters Olivia and Becka participated in the ceremony. Elizabeth and her daughters lost a loving husband and father, David, who died on


September 11, 2001. Closing remarks given by Deputy Robert Buxton and the singing of America the Beautiful by Firefighter Mike Armand concluded the ceremony. Many citizens and 9/11 Memorial Committee members stayed and chatted while others observed the steel beam in silence. The completion date for the 9/11 Memorial is set for September 11, 2011.


Town of Hudson NH 9/11 Memorial Committee Needs Your Help


The town of Hudson lost one of its own on September 11, 2001, and to honor David Kovalcin and the victims of that day in New York City, Arlington County, VA, and Shanksville, PA, the community is building a memorial, which will be located in Benson Park. This memorial is a huge undertaking and has been moved forward by a committee of town residents, business people, and town employees. The estimated cost of the project is $140,000 and with your help, we can meet our goal. To build this fitting tribute the 9/11 Memorial Committee is seeking donations to help with construction costs and upkeep. This memorial will be the largest in the State of New Hampshire and it is to be dedicated on September 11, 2011, on the 10-year anniversary of the attacks. Within today’s newspaper is the 9/11 Memorial brochure. Please take the time to read over the information on our memorial and make a donation of what you can. If more information is needed, please call Fire Captain Dave Morin at 305-9887 or Selectman Roger Coutu at 566-8219. Please help use remember the victims of 9/11 and may we never forget.


David Morin, Chairman, Hudson 9/11 Memorial


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