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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 22 Number 17 November 4, 2011 16 Pages

I’m Dreaming of a White … Halloween?

by Marc Ayotte

Squirrels were scurrying around for last minute acorns. Robins were doing some late berry shopping. Fallen trees blocked hundreds of side streets. Other trees and branches lay across driveways and vehicles. Snow covered Halloween decorations seemed inappropriately displayed for the arrival of Saint Nick rather than the celebration of ghosts and goblins. Power was out for days in Hudson and Litchfield, having a tremendous financial impact on local business and causing major inconveniences to thousands of residents. It even made for adventurous passages through intersections where the traffic lights were not operational. Even the goats at McQuesten farm in Litchfield had fewer visitors the day after several inches of snow blanketed the area. Oddly enough, according to co-owners of the farm and roadside stand, Matt and Christie, pumpkin sales did see a bump-up on the day of the storm. Take a peek at some of what the snowstorm of October 27 left behind.

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Frankenstein “snowman”

New Bridge and Road to Open on Veterans’ Day

by Lynne Ober Traffic patterns in Litchfield may

change drastically when the new bridge and road opens. The Manchester Airport Access Road (MAAR) is scheduled to open to traffic on Friday, November 11. The traffic light allowing traffic onto Route 3A has been set to green for the past several weeks with the hope that regular drivers on this section of the road will be aware that the new road will open soon. This project provides a much needed crossing of the Merrimack River and greatly improves access to Manchester Boston Regional Airport as well as

destinations in Litchfield. The project is completed earlier than expected because the state used Stimulus Funds from the federal government to complete it at a much faster pace than expected. The Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) has long been monitoring traffic volumes along route 3A in Litchfield and Hudson, as well as along Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack. They have a strong baseline of data that can be used to compare traffic volumes after the bridge is open.

NRPC will collect additional data in the spring of 2012 to assess the impact of the new road and bridge on the

Snow Contest Postponed due to Nor’easter

As most of the eastern seacoast came to a halt on the 29th with the record breaking snowstorm, it became impossible to reach our advertisers to start our Annual Snow Contest in this issue.

Look for the entry blank and contest rules in the papers of November 10 and November 18. As is the tradition, all entries must be received by Friday, November 25, Prizes will go to those who correctly guess when we get our first inch of snow after November 24.

traffic pattern along Route 3A, the Taylor Falls Bridge and portions of the Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack. Commuters wishing to reach Merrimack will soon have an alternative to driving through Nashua. If that option is used, the traffic in Hudson will also change. If you’d like to see the bridge and road before it is opened to traffic, a public celebration and ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 10, to dedicate the MAAR as Raymond Wieczorek Drive. The road will be open to tour and walk through from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and there will be a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.

Third Graders Study History of Hudson

submitted by Leona Shanholtz October 13 was a special day for the third

grade students from Dr. H. O. Smith School. They had the opportunity to experience first hand many historical venues in Hudson. The class visited the Alvirne Chapel, School House No. 9, library and their largest shop at the Alvirne Hills House.

November 6th Hudson:

4 p.m to 6 p.m

Litchfield: 6 p.m to 8 p.m

At the house they met with volunteers from the Hudson Historical Society who conducted a full house tour. The children, their teachers and parent chaperones enjoyed the many stories relating to Hudson’s past. They reflected on the material their teachers had taught them in class prior to the tour. They were ready with extensive questions about the town and the house. From the Boston Post Cane to pieces of the old wooden water pipe the children had a hands-on visit. The Hudson School Department has an extensive curriculum study of the history of Hudson. The third and fourth grade students study their town and learn the importance of the founders of the community. They have the opportunity to see first hand a major portion of their hometown’s history.

A sampling of the thank you notes the Hudson Historical Society received from the children.

Staff photos by Marc Ayotte (except upper left)

Photo by Matt White, Too Confuzed Trucking Company

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