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Hudson - Litchfield News | October 28, 2011 - 3


The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor


Time again for the St. Kathryn Holiday Bazaar and Penny Sale St. Kathryn parish in Hudson will be holding their annual


Holiday Bazaar and Penny Sale on Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, November 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Kathryn is located at 4 Dracut Road in Hudson. Tis will be our 18th year and we would like to thank all who have supported us in the past and invite you and your friends to join us again for this fun and worthwhile event. Tis year we will have a huge assortment of penny sale items, theme baskets, homemade baked goods, quality crafts and you won’t want to miss the large assortment of homemade candies. Katy’s Kitchen will be serving delicious food all weekend. Santa Claus will be available for pictures. We have a supervised “Kids Play Area” with fun games so parents can shop. Tis year we will have a special Parish table selling religious Christmas Cards, Advent wreaths and many other religious Christmas items. Our Grand raffle is very popular, with the grand prize being $1,000, second place is $500 and third place is $250. Tere are also 50/50 raffles both Saturday and Sunday and we have a beautiful hand-made afghan raffle. Please come and join us for fun, prizes, food, and gifts. Start the Christmas Season right!


Carol Holleran - Hudson Alvirne Students Volunteer to Rake Leaves


submitted by Alvirne High School As part of Alvirne High School’s annual Spirit Week, representatives of each class will be volunteering to come out into the community to clean up yards on November 11. The leaves should have just about all fallen by then and there will be two teams of students out in the morning, and two teams in the afternoon. We would like to focus the student efforts towards senior citizens in town or families that have a hardship in getting the fall clean up done in their yards. If you need to have leaves bagged, we ask that you please


provide the bags. If you have a place in your woods or your yard to put them, the students will be glad to take care of it. To take advantage of this service, contact Principal Bryan Lane at blane@alvirnehs.org or by phone at 886-1260, extension 2513. Make sure you leave your address so that the volunteers can get to you. This will be the fourth year we are doing this and it has been an enjoyable experience for our students while also providing a service to our community at large.


Grants Available for NH Literacy Programs


submitted by NH Department of Cultural Resources The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library is pleased to announce that the Granite State Reads grants program is currently accepting applications for the 2012 grant cycle. Granite State Reads offers financial support to New Hampshire organizations that provide literacy assistance to New Hampshire residents. Any project that improves the literacy skills of New Hampshire children or adults is eligible to apply for a Granite State Reads grant of $500 or more. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2011. Grant recipients will be notified by February 6, 2012. Previously funded projects include: support for adult new-reader’s book discussion groups, a program that provided books to babies and toddlers, several family reading initiatives, and literacy programs for people with learning challenges. Granite State Reads is a program of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. Since 2003, nearly $97,000 has been distributed to New Hampshire literacy programs through Granite State Reads. Those interested in applying for a Granite State Reads grant should visit http://granitestatereads.org for details on how to apply. The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was founded in 2003 to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy, and the literary heritage of New Hampshire and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State. It is the New Hampshire affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Information on the Center is available at http://nhbookcenter.org. The New Hampshire State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhsl.


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I would like to thank the school board for their quick action in setting up the town meeting to distribute the state money back to the schools. However Campbell High School (CHS) is another story. We


have now completed four plus weeks and not all the positions have been filled for the paraprofessionals. My question to the school board, SAU 27 and the administration for CHS is what will be done with the several thousand dollars saved by not filling these positions? For example my salary would have been approximately $1,950 based on four weeks. I would hate to see this money going into a general fund when it was meant to bring the staff back to the original size. I think it is time for the voters of Litchfield and the members of


the board to ask questions about the money we voted to give them. Te money should go to the proper place it was meant for, the paraprofessionals. My final thought: When members of the administration are invited to a school board meeting, I would expect these guests not to act as a member of the school board.


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