Hudson - Litchfield News | September 9, 2011 - 5
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
School Transportation Stops Short of Pleasing
I live at Shepherds Hill Condominiums in Hudson. Every time the first day of school comes around I go with my neighbor and their girls to the bus stop to take pictures. We got their Tuesday early and enjoyed seeing the girls running about with their friends. Many of the parents were upset because they couldn’t see their children off due to the fact that the bus didn’t show up until 8:35 a.m. despite that the kids got to school and at the end of the day they were dropped off at sometime before 4 p.m. Tis morning the same scenario the buss arrived at 8:30 a.m. but this time the parents were at the bus stop before 4 p.m. and no children … we had wondered if something had happened, 4 p.m. went to 4:15 p.m., and then came 4:35 p.m. parents were frantic especially my neighbor because her daughter just started kindergarten. When the bus finally showed up a good number of children were scared and crying when the bus driver was approached the parents were told this is the usual time. Some of the older children told us that the bus driver had gotten lost and drove by the Shepherds hills entrance twice, despite the children yelling that she had passed their stop she kept driving. Some of the children were sleeping and the rest were crying. When my neighbor got home she called the bus company and spoke to Laura Makawizc a supervisor there, after she was told the story, Laura Makawizc told my neighbor … ”If you don’t like it, you can drive your child to school yourself,” and she said my neighbor should give them a break, to give the drivers a day or two, to get the routes down … I wonder if Laura Makawizc has any children? And how would she react if her child wasn’t dropped off at the bus stop on time. How dare she say that to a parent who’s child is missing? First of all school gets out at 3:15 p.m., I understand it takes time to drive the kids home but after the first day the bus driver was on time at 4 p.m. My neighbor and I went on line and checked the route, the pick up time for (Pool Lane at Clubhouse) in Shepherds Hill is for 8:04am and they ask that parents get the children there five minutes before pick up. So that means the parents are waiting 45 minutes for the bus to show up ... a lot of parents work and can’t wait that long so their child waits alone for the bus to show up. Ten as I said school get out at 3:15 p.m. and she shows up at 4:35-4:40 p.m. Was she giving the children a tour of Hudson? As I understand it the woman lives in Hudson … Hello! Did she have a lapse in memory? She drove by twice and left the children afraid and crying ... some of them don’t want to ride the bus now, their afraid they won’t make it home. So how about letting the parents give supervisor Laura Makawizc some rules. If the parents are held responsible to get their child to the bus stop at 8:04 a.m. then you be responsible to get those bus drivers to pick up the children on time and at the end of the day make sure the bus drivers drop them on time. Ms. Makawizc you are suppose to be a supervisor, do you know what that means? A supervisor makes sure those who work for her know what there doing, your suppose to direct your drivers, and prepare them. Why don’t you try giving your drivers their routes before school starts so they can learn them? Parents shouldn’t have to give them a couple of days to learn the routes; these are there children that they’re driving around. If you don’t know how to do your job then step down, and of you don’t think this is a serious matter think again. I myself don’t have children but I am a tax payer, and I adore my neighbors girls; seeing them upset and crying today affected me. As a taxpayer I have every right to complain. What Ms. Mackawizc said to my neighbor totally disgusted me, her disregard for children’s safety and her attitude to the parent should be looked into.
Cecile W. Adams – Hudson
Pelham Road and Rt. 3A Intersection was Greatly Improved
Commendations to the Hudson Highway Department/PWD for another notable safety improvement, this one at the intersection of Route 3A and Pelham Road. One effort they might consider is to ride around in a passenger vehicle and see where sight distance is blocked by vegetation that is on public property and can be readily removed. Tis would improve safety and reduce angst for motorists at intersections.
Dave Buhlman - Litchfield
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Boy Scouting Begins Fall Recruiting
Soon signs will be sprouting up and fliers will be distributed announcing various locations in Hudson and surrounding towns where our youth can join a local Scout Unit. Te program aims to train both girls and boys in good character traits, public service and citizenship, career opportunities, and leadership skills – while having a lot of fun! Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts (boys ages 6 to 11) participate in games, outdoor activities and field trips to various locations like local fire stations, museums, ecology trails, etc. Te older Webelos Cubs work on skill badges while being exposed to possible lifetime careers and hobbies. As a Boy Scout (boys ages 11 to 18), boys learn to run their own program and projects, leading the younger Scouts in their units. Tey plan many outdoor activities such as White Mountain hikes, white water rafting and canoe trips, bike trips, or maybe a weekend on a Battleship. Skill training, career badge work, and service projects are an important part of the program as well. Te BSA also has a Venture Program (ages 14 to 20) for both young men and women, in which they plan joint activities, service projects and high adventure excursions. Our many Scout Units in Hudson are sponsored by local churches, PTO and service clubs. Leaders are trained volunteers, there to ensure safety and to guide the program to its goals. Te Leaders have as much fun as the Scouts, while helping young men and women to have a positive experience and training to be productive members of the community.
While planning activities for your children and family to become involved in this fall, why not give Scouting a try. You will find it to be a worthwhile experience, and one that will have lasting benefits. Watch for a Join Scouting sign or poster in your area in the next several months, or contact Jack Gaylord, DE, Daniel Webster Council (625-6431) or go to www.beascout.org
for information on a unit in your area. We look forward to having you and your family join in the fun!
Bob Cormier, Arrowhead District Chairman, Boy Scouts of America
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ceremonies, implantation of the steel beams from the World Trade Center remembering those lost on the 9/11 attacks. We lost our beloved cousin, Herman Sandler of Sandler
& O’Neill in the WTC on that day as well as 68 of his associates at his firm. We join so many families in their loss as well and must tell all of you how grateful we are to have this near us and to have this happen. We remember all the bravery of the responders and are one with the families who have had losses like ours. To all involved, may you have good health, personal
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