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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 22 Number 22 December 9, 2011 16 Pages


December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving


Prevention Month


By Doug Robinson


December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Every day, millions of Americans


travel on our Nation’s roadways. Thousands of these drivers and passengers tragically lose their lives each year because of drunk, drugged, or distracted driving. During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we recommit to preventing the loss of life by practicing safe driving practices and reminding others to be sober, drug free, and safe on the road. Impaired driving and its


consequences can seriously alter or even destroy lives and property in a moment. This reckless behavior not only includes drunk driving, but also the growing problem of drugged driving. Drugs, including those prescribed by a physician, can impair judgment and motor skills. It is critical that we encourage our young people and fellow citizens to make responsible decisions when driving or riding as a passenger, especially if drug use is apparent. This National Impaired Driving


Prevention Month, we must also draw attention to the dangers of distracted driving, including using electronic equipment or texting while behind the wheel of a vehicle. When people take their attention away from the road to answer a call, respond to a message, or use a device, they put themselves and others at risk. Distracted driving is a serious, life threatening practice. In Hudson, during last Memorial


Day’s Sobriety Checkpoint 1 the numbers be tallied for HPD’s two-day Sobriety Checkpoint, would reflect that one in 45 drivers during Memorial Day weekend on road Hudson’s roads will be Driving Under the Influence. Whether that be alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, and even over the counter drugs.


America’s Pets Owners, Kristi Griego and Lill Marks, enjoy the moment during the PJ event


Santa Visited Hudson! by Lynne Ober Santa Claus visited Hudson last Saturday. Half an hour before


his scheduled arrival time, happy, excited children and their parents were already lined up in the library. The parking lot was full and long lines of cars were parking along the driveway leading to Hills Garrison School. Promptly at 9:30 a.m. Santa sat in his chair and began hearing all the dreams of kids of all sizes and ages. Although waiting in a long line could be tiresome, the library elves had set up tables all along the winding line. Children could color seasonal pictures as they moved along the tables. That gave watchful parents a chance to chat with other parents. Photos were taken with Santa. Every year the Friends of the


Library support and plan this wonderful event so that photos can be taken at no cost with Santa Claus. After photos were taken, children and parents were treated to cookies in the Children’s Room Multipurpose area. Puzzles were out and crafts were available for children. Peyton and Ashton had seen Santa and were telling each other


what they asked for as their sat with their dad and ate cookies. “We go from here to our first basketball game,” explained Shawn, their dad.


Kaden, 17 months, Keith, 7, and Kenny 5 with Santa. America’s Pets: ‘No PJs No Deals’


by Doug Robinson Pooches, people and pajamas paraded the aisles of America’s Pets during their Annual Holiday PJ Party. “No PJs No Deals” stated the flyer. Men, women, boys, girls and every pet were dressed for the event. The annual customer appreciation event offered their customers raffle tickets for goodie bags, discounts on most items in their store, consults and conversation with representatives from various suppliers, as well as “lots of yummy appetizers and desserts for nibbling.” America’s Pets, located on Lowell Road in Hudson, love their customers and pets like family.


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Jenna and Kayla, give Carly a hug during the PJ Party at America’s Pets


America’s Pets specializes their services to relate to the entire animal. “We look at the animal as a whole being,” continued Griego. “It may not be just the teeth that could be ailing an animal, there could be other issues such as the animal’s coat, skin condition, or maybe the pet has suffered from diabetes, dehydration or other ailments. Our ultimate goal is to improve the pet’s quality of life by approaching the nutrition of the pet holistically.” Shelves and freezers are filled with food products naturally made with no preservatives. These products are specifically designed to provide pets with high protein diets, low in carbohydrates, highly balanced and full of vitamins. Product names such as Pup Pie,


Smoothie for Dogs, Chicken Beef, Duck Goose Dinner, and Super-Beef-A-Licious Dinner are readily available. The freezers are full of nutritional raw bones, lamb and meat as well. Chewy Chicken, Dandy Lamb Dinner, and Super Beef Dinners afford the pet owner to provide natural foods with added vitamins and minerals. Foods made with USDA inspected naturally raised meat, plus organic fruits and vegetables without grain, fillers or added hormones promote and blend with the holistic approach of pet caring, established by America’ Pets. America’s Pets also prides themselves as being a “full-service” pet store. Additional


Continued to page 7- America’s Pets Campbell and Alvirne Key Clubs attend KPTI Open House


CHS Key Club members outside the Floating Hospital.


submitted by Campbell High School Last Saturday, December 3, members of the Campbell and Alvirne High School Key Clubs attended the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute (KPTI) Open House at Tufts Medical Center at Boston, MA, in conjunction with Hudson Kiwanis, sponsor of both clubs. The morning began with a presentation from Chairman of Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Harry Webster, discussing the involvement of Kiwanis and Key Club with the


hospital in addition to the services and treatments provided at KPTI, followed by a discussion with a guest speaker from EasCare Paramedics. Following the formal presentations, members of both clubs were given the opportunity to tour KPTI and the grounds of Tufts Medical Center, speak with trained paramedics and learn about the equipment on board an ambulance, travel to the top of the unit and view the Helipad used by MedFlight and the Coast Guard, and see


CHS and Alvirne Key Club Members in the Atrium at Tufts Medical Center.


the benefits provided to patients through their efforts. Each member attending the conference brought along a bag of items from the KPTI Wish List including blankets, coloring books, toys, crayons and more, all of which are provided to trauma patients and their families, who often enter the hospital unexpectedly and without any belongings. The Floating Hospital for Children began as a hospital ship that sailed Boston Harbor from


1894 to 1927 at the direction of Reverend Rufus Tobey, who believe fresh air, especially sea air, was beneficial to good health. The care was free and by the end of the first season more than a thousand children had been treated. An “On Shore Clinic” was opened in 1927, which has become a permanent fixture and affiliate of Tufts University Medical School. The Floating Hospital has been home to the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute since 1981.


Prevention Month


Staff photos by Doug Robinson


Staff photos by Lynne Ober


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