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Hudson - Litchfield News | November 25, 2011 - 3


The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor


‘B Naturals’ Invited to


Perform in Washington, DC and Need Your Help


“Te B Naturals” is Hudson’s premiere vocal group. Comprised of Alvirne High School’s most accomplished singers, their mission is to provide community service through music, theater and dance, to the greater Hudson community and the State of New Hampshire. Under the proud and dedicated leadership of Choral


Director Elizabeth Beaton, the B Naturals are some of the top ranked vocalists in the State of New Hampshire for the NHMEA Jazz and Classical All-States and All-New England. In June, Alvirne was the only high school in the state of New Hampshire to have a vocalist named to the MENC 2011 All-National Honor Choir where she performed in Washington, DC, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and just this past October, the B-Naturals, through an invitation from the Nashua Community Concert Association, performed in the Matt Davenport Production of “American Spirit” as the featured guest choir. (Te NCCA offers a five to six concert season of professional entertainment to the Nashua area.) Now, the B Naturals have been asked to expand their audience and their service in a very special way. Nominated by Governor John Lynch, the B Naturals are the only student group selected to represent New Hampshire at the 100th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, to perform this April 2012 alongside the “best of the best” from the 50 states of our union. Tis centennial National Cherry Blossom Festival is expected to be the biggest celebration ever. It is a festival of tradition that showcases the beautiful gift of 3,000 cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to our nation’s capital in 1912. Te National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual two-week, city-wide event featuring more than 200 international cultural performances and over 90 other special events. Total costs for transportation, sound equipment, hotel accommodations, two meals per day, insurance coverage, etc., for the Washington trip is over $14,000. Te Hudson School District is not prepared, in the wake of budget constraints and the state of our economy, to absorb this immense cost. Te B Naturals need your help! Te B Naturals, Alvirne High School, and the


Hudson School District are asking for your generous support in the endeavor of representing the great State of New Hampshire at the Cherry Blossom Festival Centennial this spring. To make a donation or for any business wishing to sponsor or co-sponsor this event is asked to contact Elizabeth Beaton, Choral Director at Alvirne High School, (603) 886-1265. Te choir would be committed to advertising your business to a national audience in whatever manner is acceptable to the Festival, and/or your business’ logo could appear in any advertisement we promote here in NH. If you are able to make a tax-deductible donation to this worthy cause, please address your check to: “B Naturals to Washington DC,” c/o Alvirne High School, 200 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 03051. All checks should be made out to the “Alvirne Singers Fund” and postmarked no later than December 15. We thank you in advance for your support of the


young musicians representing you, the State of New Hampshire, at the 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival Centennial.


B Naturals, Alvirne High School - Hudson


Hudson Couple Tanks Tose Who Helped After Storm


Sorry this is so late but we want our town to know of the wonderful and caring families who helped us during last months storm. Te Ripaldi family drove all the way to Massachusetts to bring us a generator not being used by one of their family members. Tey brought it to our home and set it up for us. After no heat for a couple of days it was heaven.


When the power was back and time for clean up,


the Valencourt family arrived with a chain saw and a beautiful crew of helpful kids to help us with that chore. A great big thank you from these two seniors!


Fred and Sandy Bastein - Hudson


Help the Litchfield Families During the Season of Giving


As a Deacon of the Litchfield Community Church our mission has just begun. We give food donations out to families in town that need help all year long. At the


present time we have around 35 families that we help, and there is more coming to us as the times get worse. Tis past Saturday, November 12, the Boy Scouts had their annual food drive and they collected around 3,700 items (it was awesome to see the support from the people of Litchfield) and we were able to restock our shelves that were almost empty. On November19 we did our annual Tanksgiving Baskets, helping out people in need. With the gracious help from St. Francis of Litchfield Church we were able to fill the baskets with a everything you would need to prepare dinner, from the turkey, to the desert and then extra food for everyday meals. Ten on November 26 we start our Angel tree


program and we usually have 70-75 children in need of gifts (we also help them a Christmas food basket) ... so again I am asking anyone from town that would like to help us out by taking a “angel” from our tree and making sure a child will have something under their tree Christmas day. All donations would be greatly appreciated. I know that this time of year is stressful for us all, and that people are going crazy with the economy, but just imagine a little child getting a gift that they asked Santa for, as they smile and laugh with happiness. I ask you, is that not what Christmas is all about? So in closing I would like to say thank you in advance and let all of us “Believe in Santa Claus” for all the little children of Litchfield. You may call the church at 424- 6057 or my cell 429-2499 to get angels. Te presents do not have to be wrapped, just put the angel in with the gifts. We need all our angels home by December 15 as we are distributing gifts on 17th.


Deacon Linda Peoples - Litchfield


Time Running Out for Iran Recently the United Nations International Atomic


Energy Agency, who thoroughly investigated the Iranian nuclear development program, concluded Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Te evidence, including satellite images, overwhelmingly points to the manufacture of nuclear weapons within the short term, probably on the order of a number of months to a year. U.S. intelligence information corroborates this assessment. Te prospect of a nuclear armed Iran, along with the capability to deliver the nuclear weapons via missile systems, poses a threat to the Middle East and Europe. Iran will be able to strike other Arab countries, Israel and parts of Europe. Other totalitarian countries with nuclear weapons,


like North Korea, China, Russia, and Pakistan, have respect for the capabilities of opposing forces armed with nuclear weapons. Tey know retaliation will be swift and comprehensive to a nuclear attack. Unfortunately, Iran is governed by irrational leaders


who live in a closed society cut off from reality, and who believe in the use of military force to achieve their aims. Sanctions and diplomacy have not worked to deter


belligerent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Te countdown to prevent Iran from possibly launching nuclear attacks is approaching action time by threatened powers in the Middle East.


Donald A. Moskowitz - Londonderry


CHS Booster Club Apologizes for Lack of Refreshments


I would like to apologize to all the student-athletes and their families on behalf of the CHS Booster club for not providing the refreshments at the November 15 Fall Sports Night.


When we


arrived to set, we discovered that the cafeteria was being used by the wrestling team. It was suggested that we set up in the gym after the main meeting, but we did not realize at that time that the Football team was remaining


Gov. Lynch Asks PUC Review to Focus on Utilities’ Preparedness


One November 8, Gov. John Lynch sent a letter to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) asking the commission focus on whether the utilities were adequately prepared as it conducts its review of the response of New Hampshire’s regulated utilities to the recent snowstorm. Many New Hampshire citizens were without power for several


days, and some had lost power for a week. “It appears that some utilities worked pro-actively to secure the additional crews they needed to restore power quickly for their customers, and they are to be commended. But I am deeply concerned that it took until Saturday – a week after the storm – to see power restored to all our citizens. Like many New Hampshire citizens, I have questions about whether all New Hampshire utilities were sufficiently prepared, whether utilities could have done anything to shorten the length of the recent outages, or whether there were steps that could have been taken to reduce the number of outages,” Gov. Lynch wrote in his letter to the commission. The PUC had planned on conducting an after-action review of the utilities’ response to the storm and widespread power outages.


in the gym for their meeting. I thought it would be disrespectful and distracting to set up while the Football coach was talking. At that time (it was already 8:20 p.m.) the cafeteria was free, but the smell from the wrestling team prevented us from serving refreshments in the cafe. Even the area just outside the café was affected by the smell. By this time, I could see that some of the meetings were already breaking up. I made the decision not to serve the refreshments. Again, I apologize and promise


that we will be there for the Winter Sports night with extra refreshments to make up for it.


Mona Lepine, President of the CHS Booster Club – Litchfield


Italian Americans Welcome to the New Year. Te


Italian American heritage Society meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. for Italian language lessons with the formal meeting following from 7 to 9 p.m. As of January 2012 we have


a new meeting place and a new program schedule at the Derry Library at 66 East Broadway next to the Masonic Temple. Te program for January will be a presentation by Joseph DiChiaro, all about his love of the island of Sicily. February we will have a lecture on the Tuscany Area. We invite new members to join.


For more information call 880- 1686 or e-mail cwpuzzo@comcast.net.


Viola Leone, Program Chair - Hudson


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