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Bark in the Park Event Supports Future Dog Park

by Tom Tollefson Last Saturday, dog owners

flocked to Benson’s Park in Hudson for the Bark in the Park event put on by the Hudson Dog Park. For $10, owners and their

dogs took a poker walk through Benson’s Park. The walk included a well-marked trail around Swan Lake with five stops. At each stop a volunteer would let the walkers chose a playing card from a deck. At the end of the walk, each participant would have a total of five playing cards that would be recorded as a poker hand. At the end of the day, the contestant with the best hand would win 50 percent of the money collected from the Poker Walk. “It was a good distance for

Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 22 Number 16 October 28, 2011 16 Pages

Emu Visits Benson’s Park

submitted by Hudson Police Department At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 22, the Hudson Police Animal Control (ACO) responded to Benson’s Park property for a reported sighting of a large exotic bird thought to be an emu. Upon arriving the ACO and other officers were directed to a trail in the south west part of the property. An unidentified female was being followed by the large bird out into the open common area. The bird was identified as an emu. The bird was found to be docile and used to human contact. The owner, who lives on Pelham Road adjacent to the property, was located and responded to pick up the Emu. The Emu was also found to be named Victoria. The Emu was taken into custody by the owner without incident.

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Hudson Dog Park Marketing/Coordinator volunteer Eileen Frenchette with her dog Coa Coa Pup

big dogs and small dogs and they kept it to the main path with markers so you couldn’t get lost,” said Shawnasey Madision, who took the walk with her boxer Bella. In addition to the poker walk, the event featured a dog costume contest.

Volunteers took photos of dogs in their scariest costumes and put the photos on the Hudson Dog Park’s Facebook page for people to vote for the winner by clicking the “like” button for the selected photo. This competition will run until October 31. The winner will receive a natural dog food gift basket from the pet store Pawsitively Yummy in Tyngsborough, MA. Gift baskets from Walgreen’s, and Casey Jones bones were also raffled. Each

basket was filled with a variety of dog treats and toys. The proceeds from this donation based fundraising event will go towards a fence for the new Hudson Dog Park when it is built.

“[It will be built] whenever we get $26,000 said Cheryl Murray, Secretary of the Hudson Dog Park. “ We’re hoping for the spring, but it will be as soon as possible.” A section of land on

Benson’s Park has been selected for this new site. “It’s an ideal location

for an off-leash dog park. It’s centrally located and a lot of people already come here to walk their dogs,”

said Murray. The Hudson dog Park is a

Shawnasey Madison with her dog Bella

501 C non-profit organization that was formed last fall. They originated two years ago as a

subcommittee from the Benson’s Park Committee.

Homecoming a Success at CHS Hudson Police officer providing directions to Victoria Victoria the emu strolling through Benson’s Park Saturday morning

Victoria the emu decided Saturday was a good day to visit Benson’s Park

Victoria seems to be asking this driver for his license and registration

Photo courtesy of Denise Freeman Cougar Fans Alex Trevanis, Jenelle Psaledas, and Emily Paquin

submitted by Campbell High School As fall athletics begin to wind down at Campbell High School (CHS), the community celebrated its seventh annual Homecoming. As the number of alumni continue to grow, so do the Homecoming festivities at CHS, and this year is certainly one for the record books, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the students in Key Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) and Student Council, in addition to many members of the faculty, staff and community. The weekend kicked off with the traditional Pep Rally for students and faculty on Friday afternoon. “Awe-struck,” is the only word faculty members could come up with when describing the feeling in the gymnasium that afternoon. “I have been here for almost 12 years,” English teacher Aimee Burns said, “and this was, by far, one of our best!” The energy and spirit in the room was irrefutable and refreshing.

During the Pep Rally, each of the fall athletic teams performed a skit to get the students hyped up for the games to follow that evening and former Athletic Director and living legend himself “Coach K” received a warm welcome from new A.D. Coach Patterson as he returned to raise Campbell’s second NHIAA Sportsmanship banner, a profound accomplishment. In addition, for the second time in CHS history, members of the student body were inducted into the “Core Value Court,” a vision of Assistant Principal Laurie Rothhaus. Each grade represents one of Campbell’s four Core Values of “Character, Courage, Respect and Responsibility,” and one male and one female

from each class are selected by the faculty as the embodiment of that Core Value. This year’s winners included: freshmen David Mailhot and Kaleigh Whitnell for Responsibility, sophomores Sam Harvey and Rebecca Landrau for Respect, juniors Josh Flynn and Christina LePore for Character, and seniors Jake Jollymore and Nicole Cordingly for Courage.

While the faculty nominate the Core Value Court, the students elected their peers to the Homecoming Court, each of whom were crowned at the Pep Rally and recognized during half-time at the football game on Saturday. This year’s King and Queen were seniors Travis Manning and Olivia Planty, while their Homecoming Court was made up of Juniors Marisa Chacos and Jackson Musco, Sophomores Leah Stagnone and Ryan Perigny, and Freshmen Kyle Kopaczynski and Sam Fletcher. To conclude the Pep Rally, SADD President Dominique Fiorentino

and Vice President Lauren Garand announced the winners of the Red Ribbon Week T-shirt design competition Olivia Planty, Nicole Cordingly and Becca Arnone, and the “Above the Influence” poster competition Rhiana Desmaris and Owen Duffy. Winners received their own Red Ribbon Week t-shirt, and gift certificates to Rocco’s Pizza. In addition, designs from the “Above the Influence” Poster Contest will be submitted to “Above the Influence,” a teen- based drug prevention program, in hopes that they will be used in their national campaigns. See for more information.

Homecoming Court

Following the Pep Rally, the Senior Class hosted a spaghetti dinner to support their trip to Florida, while the Key Club hosted the first ever “Wear Your Cougar Gear” raffle during the JV and Varsity Volleyball games, in hopes of drumming up some school spirit and starting a new tradition. As the last home game of the

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Key Club Members Elizabeth McGregor and Emily Paquin


Staff photos by Ton Tollefson Courtesy photos

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