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2 - December 9, 2011 | Hudson - Litchfield News Hudson’s American Legion Post 48 Remembers Pearl Harbor Day


by Doug Robinson Members of Hudson’s American Legion Post 48 honored and remembered those who served during Pearl Harbor. Each year, the


American Legion seves a complimentary breakfast to any member of the military, during Pearl Harbor Day remembrances. Upon completion of the breakfast, members of the Legion march to Hudson’s twin bridges where a prayer is read, a wreath is dedicated to the waters below, and then a 21-gun salute is performed. “Taps” was then played. Having returned to the


Post, Army Lt. Colonel Macaraeg offered words reflective of Pearl Harbor.


Army Lt. Colonel Macaraeg addresses those in attendance from the front steps of Hudson’s American Legion Post 48, while Post members look on.


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Hudson Schools: Planning for the Future


by Doug Robinson The Hudson School Board will be initiating


a Facilities Task Force which will be charged with the responsibility to establish both long term and short term goals for Hudson schools. Committee members will prioritize, organize, and research funding opportunities while they access and analyze educational opportunities, physical capabilities of our schools, as well as the broader read of looking at Hudson’s athletic grounds. Also included will be an in-depth analysis of Hudson’s fine arts programs and to create a visionary look. The Facilities Task Force will have the


involvement of School officials, athletic personnel, Town of Hudson Budget Committee member, Hudson’s Recreation Director, a school principal, teacher, CTEC Department Head, Town Finance Director, local business representatives, Friends of Music volunteers, as well as District Music Coordinator, Gerry Bastien. Volunteers of the Task Force will be separated


into five separate working groups: Alvirne High School, elementary schools reorganization, athletic fields, funding for projects, and district-


wide challenges such as ADA compliance, heating, cooling and the ventilation of Hudson schools.


“None of these areas of concerns can be accomplished without an integrated approach. These five groups require and depend upon one another for the success of our educational system in Hudson,” commented Randy Bell, School Superintendent. Each group will design and devise individual actions plans which will be blended into the overall action plan of the task force. From these action plans, members of the Task Force will be positioned to make recommendations to the Hudson School Board. “We have heard that we do a lot of planning and not much execution,” continued Bell. “ The goal of the task force is to come up priories that will be brought to the board with financial implications. With this type of organization structure, we can plan our budgets better for FY 2013 and FY 2014.” Those wishing to participate with the Facilities


Task Force are encouraged to call Hudson’s SAU, at 886-1235.


”Over 21 American ships were sunk or damaged and 323 American aircraft were destroyed or damaged, 1,178 Americans were wounded, and 2,388 Americans died in the attack. May we always be humbly grateful … to those brave Americans who were killed and Pearl Harbor was one of many targets hit during a short time frame in a coordinated Japanese campaign.”


Members of the American Legion Firing Squad offer a 21-gun salute during the Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance


Te sound of “Taps” could be heard for miles as it echoed off the waters and trees below


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Left to right, Rosita Lee Latulippe, NH Lions District Governor 44-H; third place winner, Raphael Alves of Hudson; second place winner, Joy Dumont of Tyngsborough, MA; first place winner, Samantha Beauchemin of Hudson; and Pauline Boisvert, Hudson Lions Club Peace Poster Chair.


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submitted by Rosita Lee Latulippe, Hudson Lions Club Presentation of Mary Academy Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. “Children Know Peace” is the theme for this year’s annual Contest. The contest is open to students ages 11-13 and encourages young people worldwide to express their vision of the theme. The Hudson Lions Club winners from Presentation of Mary School were acknowledged at a school assembly at which cash awards of $100, $50 and $25 were awarded to the winners. One winning poster from each participating NH Lions Clubs will be entered in the District competition. The winning District poster will be submitted to Lions Clubs International Headquarters for the final judging. Entries are judged at all levels of originality, artistic merit and portrayal of theme. During the final judging, 23 international merit award winners will receive $500 each and the grand prize winner will receive a cash award of U.S. $5,000.


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