Hudson - Litchfield News 2 - September 16, 2011
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submitted by Bob Guessferd On August 15, when many students haven’t even begun to think about returning to Alvirne for the fall, the Alvirne High School Bronco Marching Band and Color Guard reported bright and early for a week of Band Camp. Unfortunately the week didn’t start bright, with rain the first two days preventing much field work; however, there was much show music and basic/refresher marching to be learned. Actually, work on the fall marching show began months before as planning began by Mr. Bastien, District Music Coordinator/Band Director and his staff on every aspect of the performance. Then there were Wednesday evening practices over the summer to learn the music, drum majors, and squad leaders reporting first, freshmen next and then the entire group for mini band camp the week before. This year’s group is the largest ever, at 190 students strong! Over the course of five days, the marching show, consisting of three songs: “Jump,” “Safety Dance,” and “The Final Countdown” took shape, with Friday culminating in a performance of the entire show for parents, alumni and friends. Have you figured out the theme? Yes, that would be “The 80s!” While the students were learning the show, the AHS Friends of Music parent volunteer group, including alumni, made sure that there was plenty of support, including water and damp towels to keep the students hydrated as well as lunches available on three days. Volunteers also helped schlep equipment back and forth to the practice field and other support tasks. To increase the “Fun Factor” and promote some “esprit de corps” within sections, each day was a different theme for the students (Tye Dye Tuesday, Wild West Wednesday, etc.), and the week culminated in the annual “March Off,” where the
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winner (T.J. Hebert) got to “Cream” Mr. Bastien with a pie. This year’s Band Camp was extremely successful, thanks to the efforts of students, staff, parents and alumni alike. See the band perform at halftime of all home football games, at Gillette Stadium at the halftime of the NE Revolution – Seattle Sounders soccer game (October 1, High School Night), at the Annual Salem Band Show on October 8 and/or the Manchester West – Alvirne away game on November 4. The first home Alvirne High School Home Football Game is September 16 at 7 p.m. Come out and show your community and school pride, supporting both the Alvirne Broncos Football Team and the Alvirne Bronco Marching Band and Color Guard!
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Bob’s Discount Furniture Supports Local Schools
by Doug Robinson Bob’s Discount Furniture has announced that they will once again be hosting their sixth annual Celebrate the Arts Contest. Nine Schools in nine states will receive monies totaling up to $45,000 which will be used to support cultural arts programming. Company spokesperson Mary Alfieri stated, “with the unofficial end of summer now behind us, children all across the country have returned to school. Many students look forward to their music, dance or arts programs; however, budget cuts have forced many schools to eliminate such programs.” “In an effort to help school districts continue to provide cultural arts programs, Bob’s Discount Furniture, through its Bob’s Outreach program, will award a total of $45,000 to local schools throughout the Northeast. Parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members are encouraged to submit a nomination on line for their school of choice,” she added, Nominations may be entered at www. mybobs.com
. One school, grades K-12, will be
selected in the state of New Hampshire to receive a $5,000 grant. “It’s so important to find ways to get art and cultural education programming into our schools. At Bob’s we want to help provide positive and enjoyable educational experiences for youth, and with many school budgets being cut, this year our support is needed more than ever,” explained Cathy Poulin, Director of Bob’s Outreach Programs. “We’re thrilled to award these grants, giving the winning schools an opportunity to put $5,000 to work in support of programs of their choosing,” Alfieri said. Applicants can enter by filling out a form with their personal contact information as well as their school’s information. Entry forms can be found online at www.mybobs.com/celebrate_
artsand no purchase is necessary. All entries must be submitted by September 26.
Hudson School Superintendent
Randy Bell commented, “I think this is a generous act to support the arts in our schools. This grant program clearly recognizes the central roles that the arts play in our lives.”
Individuals Affected by Hurricane Irene Encouraged to Apply for Disaster
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available for individuals affected by Hurricane Irene. If you have been displaced from your job because your place of employment has been flooded you may be eligible to collect Unemployment Benefits. To file a claim, log on to www.nh.gov/nhes
, contact our Call Center at 1-800-266-2252 Sunday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or go to the local office in your area. Tara Reardon, Commissioner of NH Employment Security, stated, “Individuals who were living or working in the areas affected by Hurricane Irene may be eligible for assistance under the Unemployment Compensation Program. We encourage these individuals to file for this assistance as soon as possible
as New Hampshire Unemployment Law requires claims to be initiated in the week you want to file. Assistance may also be available for self-employed individuals if President Obama declares New Hampshire eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The public will be notified as soon as possible if additional unemployment assistance options become available. There are time limits to filing for DUA so those claims should also be filed as soon as possible.”
NHES staff is providing employment services, unemployment information and referrals to suitable work opportunities to assist individuals who are unemployed as a result of Hurricane Irene in obtaining suitable work as soon as possible.
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