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by Doug Robinson Even Oscar, the dressed-up Dachshund,
Hudson~Litchfield NewsPumpkin Carver Extraordinaire Volume 22 Number 18 November 10, 2011 16 Pages HappyHalloween-eeeee
enjoyed going door to door during Hudson’s Halloween evening. He, along with hundreds of children, moms, dads, grandparents, and babies in strollers walked the neighborhoods going door to door to receive their prizes. The Town of Hudson celebrated Halloween a week late due to the snowstorm which occurred on October 31. The Board of Selectmen voted to reschedule Halloween from the usual 6 to 8 p.m. hours to the 4 to 6 p.m. time frame. Pumpkins, scarecrows, ghosts hanging from trees and lampposts, lined the yards and pathways of the homes. Children toting bags, plastic pumpkins, and pillowcases challenged the spooks and the goblins to reach the candy. Even with the sun high in the sky, vampires and ghosts and goblins could be seen walking the streets of Hudson. Many Hudson Firefighters volunteered their time to distribute glow necklaces to the dressed up characters. Hudson Fire Fighter Union, Local 3154, IAFF, has donated over 100,000 glow necklaces during their participation to Hudson’s Halloween, dating back for more than
by Doug Robinson Happy face pumpkins, scary face pumpkins, pumpkins which make you proud to be American, pumpkins that spell words, line the driveway, walkway, and stairs to the home of Robin Mosnicka in Litchfield. So many pumpkins
Oscar goings his family going door to door, collecting candy-or dog bones
15 years. Fire Fighters have been known to ride their personal bikes, as they traveled through their own neighborhoods, giving out glow necklaces.
On duty firefighters also participated in the distribution of glow necklaces. Each Halloween neighborhoods have come to enjoy fire trucks visit in their neighborhood. Both residents and firefighters alike enjoy sharing the personal interaction.
have been carved and illuminated, the yard of Mosnika’s home located on the corner of Albuquerque Ave and Hillcrest, reflects the passion of pumpkin carving for Mosnicka. As a child, Mosnicka spent many hours working on her uncle’s ”
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Lara and Charlie grab a quick hug before they go door-to-door
Hudson Fire Fighter, Brian Alley, offers glow necklaces to the cast of costume characters
Various pumpkins around the Mosnicka home
Litchfield School Board
Announces New Campbell High School Principal
Fall Afternoon Tea ‘There is a Time for Everything, and a Season for Every Activity Under the Heavens’ Laurie Rothhaus
By Doug Robinson The Litchfield School Board has promoted Assistant Campbell High School Principal, Laurie Rothhaus, to replace acting Principal Robert Manseau, for the school year beginning July 1, 2012.
Principal Manseau has elected to retire at the end of the fiscal 2011 year. Manseau was recently selected as the NH School Principal of the year. “Bob has been invaluable to the education of Litchfield’s children. He has served as a great mentor to the teachers and staff and will be missed,” commented Litchfield School Superintendent, Elaine Cutler. Rothhaus has worked as the Assistant Principal at Campbell High School for the past five years. She was hired by Manseau. Rothhaus looks at her promotion with the excitement which opportunity brings. “We are a 21st century school and we have made great changes. We continue to grow and that says a lot to the continued hard work of the teachers, staff, and students. It’s about building relationships and building partnerships.” Superintendent Cutler commented that “The
kids love her. At graduation kids hug her, thank her, and express their appreciation. She connects with the kids and she is involved with the students. She values each child and respects their individual needs. She is a great selection as the new Principal for the continued growth of CHS as well as the Litchfield community.”
by Doug Robinson The New Life Church in Hudson recently hosted a Fall Afternoon Tea at their church, located on Lowell Rd. Women and girls ages 4 weeks to 80, enjoyed an afternoon of games, entertainment, laughter, fellowship and joy. Fashioned after traditional Afternoon Tea, New Life Church added the flavor of the Fall Harvest. Afternoon tea may have been started by the French. It’s a little known fact, but after its introduction to Europe in the 17th century tea was tremendously popular in France. It first arrived in Paris in 1636 (22 years before it appeared in England!) and quickly became popular among the aristocracy.” “According to legend, one of Queen Victoria’s (1819-1901) ladies in waiting, Anna Maria Stanhope (1783-1857), known as the Duchess of Bedford, is credited as the creator of afternoon teatime. Because the noon meal had become skimpier, the Duchess suffered from “a sinking feeling” at about four o’clock in the afternoon. At first the Duchess had her servants sneak her a pot of tea and a few breadstuffs. Adopting the European tea service format, she invited friends to join her for an additional afternoon meal at five o’clock in her rooms at Belvoir Castle. The menu centered around small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, and assorted sweets and of course, tea. This summer practice proved so popular,
Many gathered at the New Life Church in Hudson for a traditional tea.
the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for “tea and a walk in the fields.” The practice of inviting friends to come for tea in the afternoon was quickly picked up by other social hostesses,” writes mandarinoriental.com
. High Tea is often a misnomer. Most people refer to afternoon tea as high tea because they think it sounds regal and lofty, when in all actuality, high tea, or “meat tea” is dinner. High tea, in Britain, at any rate, tends to be on the heavier side. American hotels and tea rooms, on the other hand, continue to misunderstand and offer tidbits of fancy pastries and cakes on delicate china when they offer a “high tea.”
Tiny sandwiches, appetizers, cookies, cakes, shortbreads, scones, and sweets were stacked on special serving plates, stacked three high. Jams and jellies surround these delicate creations for all to enjoy. Decorated with handmade ribbons each table’s presentation provided the afternoon tea drinker with the spirit of the Fall Harvest. The Fall Afternoon Menu hosted Chicken Salad
with Craissins and pecans in Phyllo cups, Ham and Apricot Preserves Tea Sandwiches, and Cream Cheese and Olive Pinwheels. Chocolate Dipped Shortbread, Sunburst Lemon Squares, Honey Almond Phyllo Pastries and Mini Apple Cider Cakes pleased the pallets. Guests were invited to bring their own tea cup, so that they could share with others at the table the personal history of their cup. Small cups, large cups, fine and exquisite china adorned the tables. More than a dozen fine china pots sat silent by filled with hot water, waiting for servers to fill the guest’s cups.
Dozens of tea pots, willed with hot water await the servers
Special desert cookies, fashioned with pink frosting, hosted the biblical verse: “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1. During intermission, the musical interlude “Sonata #2” by Telemann was provided by accomplished flutists Robins Wallis and Melanie Raitto. The Afternoon Tea’s main speaker was Stephanie Bonn of Ballston Lake, NY. Her personal reflection “Growing through Life” discussed her Christian values and her personal continued to page 7- Tea
Special desert cookies, fashioned with pink frosting, hosted the biblical verse: “Tere is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1.
staff photos by Doug Robinson
staff photos by Doug Robinson staff photos by Doug Robinson
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