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Hudson~Litchfield News Dear


Volume 22 Number 24 December 23, 2011 16 Pages


Cougar’s Duquette and Teammates Host Special Olympics Athletes


Readers, “This is my wish for you: peace of mind,


prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!” These words of D. M. Dellinger inspired me to thank all our readers and advertisers as we report to you for the last time in 2011. Thank you for your input on the stories we bring to you. As we enter into a New Year, I remain


humbled by how much I, in my personal life and in my professional life, have been blessed by the people I meet and their struggles and conquests. Over the past 12 years, the Area News


Group has published thousands of stories of individual triumphs, tributes and tragedies. We have related to our readers about town budgets, town banter and town battles regarding the tens of thousands of words that were published, is how connected our lives are together. While we battle the battles together, much


like families do, we all want what is best for or families, our children of today and of tomorrow. Many times our communities are divided by


different opinions and ideas. But all five are great placed to live. I remain filled with the overwhelming,


caring attitude that exists in Hudson, Litchfield, Pelham, Windham and Salem. Thank you for your continued letters, both for and against the stories that we write. Thank you for contributing to the communities in which we live. Year 2012 will bring new challenges, new beginnings, and new opportunities for us all. Let us continue to remain steadfast to our shared values and our shared concerns. By continuing to work together, there is no telling how far we can grow individually as well as a community. As our next paper won’t be in your mailbox


until January 6, 2012, may you think of what Calvin Coolidge said, “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but state of mind. To cherish peach and goodwill, plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”


Members of the CHS boys’ basketball team partake in a pizza unch with athletes from Hudson’s Special Olympics organization


Litchfield’s Dr. Elaine Cutler Wins Superintendent of the Year Honor


by Lynne Ober Anyone who has had contact


with Dr. Elaine Cutler knows that she is a dedicated professional with a caring and compassionate demeanor. She is also known for a creative mind and a strong work ethic. Now she is being honored for her body of work as the New Hampshire Superintendent of the Year for 2012. This prestigious award is given out by the New Hampshire School Administrators Association. “This is no surprise to me,” said


Michael Conrad, former Pelham School Board Chairman. “In my humble opinion, this award is a good 4-5 years too late, she certainly deserves to be in that category every year.” Cutler was superintendent of


by Lynne Ober Alvirne High School jazz quintet, the Crazy Eights Jazz Band, played a holiday jazz concert at George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library. The group has a professional sound that captivated the audience. Jazz music filled the library. Many chairs had to be added to the back of the room as patrons were drawn to the music. With Eric Dupont on drums and his brother Vince Dupont on bass, Chase Clark played guitar, Cody Knapp played trumpet and Steve Caporale on sax, the quintet has a big sound that was just right for a holiday concert. In the Children’s Room, kids worked on pop up holiday cards that they could start and finish at the library and then share with families. The table was filled with happy youngsters concentrating on their craft and enjoying the music that filtered through the air.


Dr. Elaine Cutler


SAU 28, which comprises Pelham and Windham. She guided the Windham School Board during the time they were working on the dream of a Windham High


School. Land was purchased and plans made for this school. When London Bridge was declared a historical landmark worth preserving, she negotiated the settlement that allowed the building of the school to continue. “I have known Elaine Cutler virtually since the day she arrived as Superintendent of Schools in Pelham and Windham, when she succeeded Ray Raudonis,” said Hudson Superintendent Randy Bell. “I have an enormous amount of admiration and respect for Elaine, both professionally and personally.” That excellent work was recognized by the Windham School Board. “My relationship with Elaine Cutler began when I was a Windham School Board


member,” said Barbara Coish, a Windham resident.” Elaine led us through the process that resulted in the passage of the bond to build Windham High School. The educational specs for the high school authored by Elaine received high praise by the Department of Education. Most important to me, however is the personal relationship that has developed between Elaine and me. We try to meet monthly for lunch to share what is going on in our lives. Elaine has supported me when I have been frustrated and has always been a wealth of information for me. I value my friendship with Elaine and think of her as a person who will be a lifelong friend.”


continued to page 6- Dr. Cutler Wins Crazy Eights Jazz Concert SERVICES Blessed John XXIII Parish


St. John the Evangelist Church, Hudson; and Infant Jesus, Nashua


Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Mass: 4 p.m.; 6 p.m. – St. John the Evangelist Midnight Mass - Infant Jesus


Sunday, December 25 - Christmas Day Mass: 8 a.m. – St. John the Evangelist 10:30 a.m.; 12:15 p.m. – Infant Jesus Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve:


The Solemnity of Mary – Holy Day of Obligation 4 p.m. - Vigil Mass – St. John the Evangelist 6 p.m. – Vigil Mass – Infant Jesus


Sunday, January 1 – New Year’s Day: 8 a.m. – St. John the Evangelist 10:30 a.m.; 12:15 p.m. – Infant Jesus


First Baptist Church of Hudson


Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve: 7 p.m.


Sunday, December 25 - Christmas Day: 9 a.m.


St. Kathryn Parish, 4 Dracut Road, Hudson


Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Mass: 4 p.m.; 6 p.m.; and Midnight Mass


Sunday, December 25 - Christmas Day Mass: 10 a.m.


Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve:


The Solemnity of Mary – Holy Day of Obligation 4 p.m. - Vigil Mass


11:30 p.m. – Holy Hour for the New Year Sunday, January 1 – New Year’s Day: 10 a.m.


New Life Christian Church, 272 Lowell Road


Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. - Candlelight Service


Te Crazy Eights Jazz Band


by Marc Ayotte It is this time of year when compassion and unity fills the chilling air, finding its way into the otherwise seemingly impenetrable day to day havoc we call life, that makes magic moments possible. Reflective of the holiday season are phrases like ’it’s the thought that counts’ and ‘it’s better to give than receive.’ Recently, Campbell High School (CHS) varsity basketball player Trevor Duquette and his Cougar teammates certainly exemplified this long lasting tradition; bringing the best attributes of today’s youth to the forefront. On Saturday, December 17, as part of his CHS sophomore year community service project, Duquette coordinated a fun day of basketball in the Cougar Den with the Hudson local program of the Special Olympics of New Hampshire and consequently, made a former student’s day a little brighter. Cougar boys head basketball coach Pat Roye recalls that Trevor came to him looking for a project idea. “I mentioned this to Trevor,” noted Roye, “and he jumped right on it.” Duquette, through conversations with Terry Savage, who is the local program coordinator, along with the guidance of his head coach, proceeded to arrange a shared Cougar team practice with the Special Olympic athletes. The Cougars, despite having a key road game two days later against Somersworth, unanimously voted to put their x’s and o’s practice aside for the opportunity to share the court with the Special Olympic athletes. Paying tribute to his team member’s unselfish act, Roye sited that “this is a great


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Special Olympics Athlete Jason French (left) shared some court time in the Cougar Den with Campbell’s Trevor Duquette


experience” adding this about his player’s character; “they are a super group of kids.” Although the event took place just last week, the concept was originally thought of last season. Duquette remembers that because of


timing constraints, the event was not able to be held. Wanting his community project to be basketball related, the Cougar sophomore, after getting the go-ahead, was anxious to make friend and former CHS athlete Cullen Duffy’s wish come to fruition. “Duffy,” who graduated in 2011 wanted Campbell to hold a Special Olympic event while he was a student. As a Special Olympic athlete and integral member of Campbell’s 2011 state championship baseball team, Duffy wished for all his athlete-friends to participate in this sort of get-together. Unfortunately because of last year’s timing restraints, this could not happen during his Campbell tenure. Coach Roye recounted the interest and enthusiasm expressed by Duquette and the Cougars in making this event happen, stating that the effort was made with ‘Duffy’ in mind and in heart; “Because he’s a legend (here),” added Roye affectionately. Although he is now a Campbell alumni, “Duffy,” attended the December 17 event.


continued to page 7- Duquette


Merry


Lilly Burchell, 3, showed off the card that she made.


Staff photos by Lynne Ober Staff photos by Marc Ayotte


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