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2 - December 23, 2011 | Hudson - Litchfield News Making Gingerbread Houses Accolades Anthony Clements from Hudson has been admitted as a first-

year student this fall at Pace University’s New York City campus. Hannah Tarbotton of Hudson has been named to the Dean’s List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter. Diggins & Rose, Inc., agent of United Van Lines, has been honored by the worldwide transportation company for exceptional professional achievement. Announcement of the recognition, conferred as part of van line’s annual awards program, was made by United CEO Richard H. McClure during United’s 2011 Convention, held in Orlando, FL, with more than 500 United representatives in attendance. Diggins & Rose received the President’s Club Award, $1 million level, honoring agents who have generated at least $1 million in sales for the United system during the past year. The following residents have graduated from the University of New Hampshire-Manchester this winter: Meagan Conlon, MED, Secondary Education; Stafford Daniels, AA, General Studies; Colleen Fahey, BA, Communication Arts; Angela Mastrogiacomo, BA, Communication Arts; Amanda O’Donaghue, BA, Business; Jessica Welch, MBA, Business Administration; Abigail Whitney, AA, General Studies, all from Hudson; and Brian Iwanicki, BA, Business, from Litchfield. Andrew Cialek, Campbell High School graduate of 2009, has been elected President of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. Andrew is a junior at the University of Vermont, and is a double Major, in Economic and Philosophy, with a minor in Plant Biology. Andrew plans to pursue a career in Finance after graduation in 2013. Marine Corps Private Henry M. Hines, son of Robert E. Hines,

Sr., of Litchfield and Patricia A. Hines of Capay, CA, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S C. Marine Corps Private Kyle R. Gilday, son of Debra M. and

John G. Gilday of Litchfield, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC. Nancy McIntosh of Hudson has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Springfield College. Jaime-Lea Pellowe of Hudson has earned a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Springfield College. The Academy of Notre Dame’s high school recently released the names of honor roll students from Hudson for the first term. Named to First Honors: Kirsten Perrotta and Caroline Mandeville. Named to Second Honors: Sarah Glasheen and Taylor Willis. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James W. Tollick, son of Karen and Robert W. Tollick of Litchfield, and fellow Sailors of Patrol Squadron 10 “Red Lancers” (VP-10), Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL, recently completed their six-month deployment operating from bases in Quatar, Bahrain and Djibouti. While deployed, the Lancers conducted operations supporting

Navy Joint and Coalition Forces in support of Operations New Dawn, Enduring Freedom and 5th Fleet Area of Operations (AOR) exercises and activities. The crew flew 6, 320 flight hours during more than 900 sorties and maintained a 99 percent completion rate.

VP-10 helped to fight the ever-growing problem of piracy and

prevented the smuggling of weapons in the Arabian Sea, Straits of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Their efforts resulted in the capture of six pirates. Tollick is a 2007 graduate of Campbell High School; he joined

the Navy in August 2007. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Stuart Gannon graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. Gannon is the son of Laura Morrison of Hudson. He is a 2008 graduate of Alvirne High School.

Above: Te Center of Hudson was a glow with Holiday Lights.

Right: a bright candy cane climbs up the side of the silo at the former Nadaeu’s Farm on Old Derry Road in Hudson.

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by Lynne Ober Nothing evokes images of Christmas past better than a homemade gingerbread house, which can be used for an impressive and festive centerpiece on the table or can be one of your favorite Christmas decorations that will bring joy and smiles to all who see it. Making a gingerbread house does require planning. You can make the gingerbread ahead of time, making sure to let it thoroughly cool in a dry area before wrapping securely to store and be sure to allow plenty of time to put the pieces together. One of the best ways is to cut your house shape out of poster board and tape all the pieces together. That way you not only have patterns to use when cutting your gingerbread, but you know that everything will easily fit together. Or you can be creative and use a loaf mold instead of poster board. Houses can be in any shape – an igloo or a version of Santa’s

sleigh. You are limited only by your imagination. Once the gingerbread is ready, get the kids, lots of icing and

candy decorations. You can begin to build wonderful Christmas memories that everyone will remember for years. Recently Hudson residents brought their gingerbread houses to the Ella M. and George Rodgers Library. There were entire villages, special houses and even two different creations showing Santa’s sleigh. Not only did library attendees enjoy seeing the houses, but some decided to go home and begin their own holiday tradition – it’s not too late as this is a wonderful Christmas Eve activity for the family.

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by Lynne Ober The Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NNETESOL)recognizes the many mainstream classroom teachers who contribute to the academic success of English language learners (ELL) in their schools. In most cases, ELL students are in mainstream/regular classroom settings during the school day. The students rely on extra effort and support from these teachers to make the class content accessible to them. Alvirne High School Biology teacher

John Hodgkins has been selected to be the 2011 recipient of the NNETESOL New Hampshire Mainstream Teacher Award. Hodgkins is a long time teacher at Alvirne High School and has dedicated his life to helping his students. Karen Goyette, Director of ESOL

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Programs, wrote when nomination Hodgkins for this prestigious award, “John’s sustained interest in and actions for English Language Learners make him an excellent candidate for the Mainstream Teacher Award.” She further stated that Hodgkins’ desire to learn more about the individual English learner’s abilities and language

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proficiency level are reflected through the student’s success and enjoyment of being in his classroom.

Hodgkins began tutoring elementary- aged ELLs on his own time and joined the ESOL Professional Book Club because of his interest for ELLs. Goyette continued, “He [John Hodgkins] has been self- motivated to learn all he can about this unique population in order to become a better teacher and to help the ELLs achieve success.” Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NNETESOL) is an affiliate of the global association of Teachers for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International. This not-for-profit association serves all English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) professionals in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. In honoring John Hodgkins, Shelly

Chas-Johndro, M.Ed, wrote, “Thank you to Mr. Hodgkins for his many outstanding contributions to your school’s English Language Learners.” It is dedication such as this that has made it possible for so many Hudson students to excel in school.


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