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Hudson - Litchfield News 2 - September 9, 2011

Benson’s Park Receives Trail Grant by Doug Robinson

After the public hearing, the Hudson Board of Selectmen approved a $30,000 Trail Grant which will be used for “trail maintenance, restoration, development, acquisition, trail-side and trail- head facilities, operation of education programs promoting safety and environment protection or improving access and use of trails by persons with disabilities.” The town’s share of the grant will be $6,000. Benson’s Park Committee Chairman, Harry

Schibanoff commented that there are “many trails and they always need maintenance and improvement.”

Recently, Hudson’s Highway Department completed trails that surround Swan Lake and created a new path behind the Gorilla House. The cost of labor, materials, and machinery as submitted by the Highway Department was $8279, of which the town’s portion will only be 20 percent. “We have until the end of June next year to use the funds. With this type of time frame, we can spend some time and evaluate the needed trail areas which need attention. The Trail Committee is working hard to identify and prioritize the trails, making Benson’s Park a really nice park for all,” Hudson Selectman Shawn Jasper said.

Two Local Businesses Among Top 10 Companies

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years. The Top 10 Companies on this year’s Private 100 List include Atrium Medical Corporation in Hudson and listed among the 2011 Five Fastest Growing Companies is Wakefield Solutions Inc. in Pelham. To celebrate these businesses, the fifth annual



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Governor, Police Chiefs Urge Lawmakers Not to Put Ideology Above Public Safety

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