6 - November 10, 2011 | Hudson - Litchfield News normal business hours or at the landfill during clean-up days. Outdoors Charlie Chalk with Nautical Themed Holiday
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by Cheryl Freed Well, Mother Nature certainly provided a trick for Halloween –
10-inches of snow and no power for several days. I would like to thank everyone in town, especially the Highway Department, for keeping things running during the aftermath of the storm. I would also like to thank PSNH and all the crews that came into the State for restoring our power as quickly as they could under the circumstances. As they hold their debriefing meetings and try to decide what they could do to improve response time/ability I would like to suggest that they resume trimming and/or removing trees that are too close to the power lines. Perhaps a buffer could be established: trees could grow under the lines but would need to be topped when they get too tall or trees could not be planted within so many feet of the lines to minimize the amount of damage from falling limbs. I do not make this suggestion lightly because I think we need more trees to help keep the air clean and our homes cooler in the summer. I just think we could be more pro-active in the planting of the trees when it comes to the power lines in order to minimize future outages. Changes are coming in 2012 Many of you have probably heard that new rules are going into effect on January 1, 2012 for Clean-up Days. The new rules are listed below. If you have any questions regarding the new rules please direct them to Kevin Burns at the Highway Department. The telephone number is 886-6018.
Hudson residents wishing to dispose of items at the West Road Landfill will abide by the following rules starting January 1, 2012: • Each residence serviced by curbside collection will be entitled to three clean-up day passes per calendar year.
• Passes are valid for that calendar year for which they are issued. All passes will expire on December 31 of every year. • Passes may be obtained at the Highway Department during
by Doug Robinson The recent October snowstorm essentially shut down the towns of Hudson and Litchfield. Both Towns were so devastated that schools were cancelled, businesses were closed, and the emergency services were tasked. While some areas of each town lost their power for only hours, others were out for as long as six days. The Hudson Mall was shut down for most of the week. Businesses in that Mall waited with frustration as other areas of the town came on line before them. Signs stated “closed due to the storm” were taped to store doors while orange cones blocked driveways of a nearby gas station. However, business at other area stores, restaurants, and
convenience stores appeared to break even, if not have an increase in sales.
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Big box grocery stores blocked off their frozen and dairy aisles in an attempt to keep the temperature down in the coolers. Eventually, refrigerated trucks were requested and filled with over 1,000 bread trays of food that needed refrigeration. The large grocery stores worked shifts around the clock to maintain, check, and monitor the cold cases. When the power was returned, it came back only partially, and the cold aisle was blocked off to prevent customers from entering.
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Meats had to be especially cared for to make sure they remained within their proper temperature range. While these retailers business saw a dramatic drop in sales during the beginning of the storm blackout, at the end of the week, sales had rebounded as customer flocked to the stores to “re-stock” their cupboards. “This has been a huge week” commented one store manager.
Smaller convenience store realized a surge in battery, flashlight, and emergency supply sales. Roger Coutu of Roger’s Variety commented, “I have sold more flashlights this week than I would have sold in three years.” “I was fortunate that I lost power for only a little while. Business has been steady this week.”
Menu Boards (such as this board from Hudson House of Pizza) in various
restaurants offered Hudson and Litchfield residents many food opportunities when they lost power during the recent storm
Local liquor stores also stated that business has been the same
and maybe “up” a little. “A lot of people are out of work and I think that is why the storm has not really affected us” commented a store manager who wished to remain anonymous. The real boon came for the local fast food restaurants. Phones at local pizza and sub shops were “ringing off the hook. “ One pizzeria reported that they had to take the phone off the hook as it continually rang and they were unable to keep up.” Hudson House of Pizza called in additional employees for several days just to keep up with all the orders that were coming in. In addition, Pizza shops reported that they nearly ran out of breads and that they did run out of steak, fish, and cheese. “We barely made it with the breads we had.”
T-Bones’ ‘Thanks for Giving’ Supports HFD
by Doug Robinson T-Bones Restaurant’s “Thanks for Giving” program has offered local organizations the opportunity to receive donations for their ongoing needs. This year, T-Bones will be Giving Thanks to the local Fire Departments. “We have an annual fund raising drive,” commented T-Bones
CAO, Lisa Allen. “Each year we find an organization that fits well with our brand, our demographics, and who are interested in being sponsored.” For every $5 you donated through T-Bones for your local fire department you will receive a $5 complimentary dining certificate valid towards your next visit to T-Bones. The program will run through November 13. With great appreciation for the dedication given to our communities by our local fire departments, T-Bones is proudly sponsoring the equipment needs of the fire departments in each of their communities. “This year so many towns in a budget crunch, so, how can we
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Allen reached out to the Bedford Fire Chief first and found that
there was an interest from the Fire Department. In speaking with Hudson Fire Chief Shawn Murray, she learned that Hudson Fire would also like to be sponsored and monies received would be used to purchase AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators). According to Allen, the Hudson Fire Chief wishes to purchase up to three defibrillators and place them in business in the Town of Hudson. “Your $5 donation will be earmarked to help the Hudson Fire Department with Automatic External Defibrillators, valued at an estimated $1200 each to be kept at local business throughout the community for immediate response to cardiac arrest situations. One hundred percent of your donations will go to your local fire department! The anticipated donations raised for the Hudson T Bone servers are estimated to be around $4,000.
Student Arts and Writing Contest Expands
submitted by Dorothy G. Krasner The Martin Luther King Coalition announced that
its Arts and Writing Contest for the Lionel Washington Johnson Youth Awards will be expanded for 2012 to include fifth grade students from all New Hampshire public, parochial, private schools and home-schooled students. The state-wide contest asks students to submit original written or graphic art responses to words from Dr. King, selected each year by the Coalition from Dr. King’s writings and speeches. Student submissions are judged by a special committee. First place winners receive $100 and a plaque; second place winners receive $50 and a certificate; third place winners and honorable mention receive a certificate. All winners are asked to attend the Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration in
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Residents will be required to show a valid picture ID to be issued passes for their address. The address will be prominently displayed on the pass and is valid for that address only.
match to the pass. per visit, not per day.
A valid picture ID will be required on the clean-up day to A pass will be required to dispose of any acceptable items Items that do not require a pass: leaf and yard waste, metal
that can be recycled and bulk cardboard. These items can be dropped off as often as necessary during clean up days. You have probably also heard that the town is changing over to Single Stream Recycling on July 1, 2012. Dual Stream Recycling will continue until June 30, 2012. Please continue to separate your recycling as you have been doing. Additional information will be provided as we get closer to July. Upcoming Events/Date to Remember • The next Town Clean-up day is Saturday, November 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Acceptable Items Include: Demolition and Building Materials, Clean Sheetrock, Clean Asphalt Shingles, Clean Wood, Brush, Leaves, Furniture, Rugs, Cardboard, Appliances and Scrap Metal. Branches should be no greater than 5-inches in diameter.
• The next Yard Waste Collection day is Saturday, December 3. Curbside yard waste collection starts at 7 a.m. Yard Waste Guidelines: Barrels and Biodegradable Leaf Bags Only. No container over 75 pounds in weight. Brush should be bundled with twine and no larger than 2-feet in diameter and 3-feet long. The Recycling Committee currently has two openings: one member and one alternate. If you are interested in joining the Committee you can download the application form from the Town of Hudson Website: www.hudsonnh.gov/forms
or pick up an application at Town Hall during normal business hours. If you have questions about the Committee you are welcome to attend a meeting or speak to any Committee member. The Recycling Committee meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Board of Selectmen Meeting Room. Please send your questions/concerns to me at: email@example.com
or Town of Hudson, Attention: Cheryl Freed, Recycling Committee, 12 School Street, Hudson, NH03051. I look forward to your thoughts. And check the Recycling Committee page on the Town Website: www.hudsonnh.gov/boards/
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