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4 - January 27, 2012 | Hudson - Litchfield News


The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor


New Hampshire Needs a Voter ID Law


Picture this: It is Election Day. You arrive at your polling place, stand in line, wait for your turn, reach the checker, and give her your name and address. She looks it up and then tells you that you have already voted. You protest, but since your name has been checked off, you are not allowed to vote. You speak to the supervisor, who tells you that there is nothing you can do. You have no way to prove that you didn’t vote already. You offer your photo identification. Tat doesn’t do any good, because whoever took your ballot didn’t have to show an ID. Tus, showing your ID now still won’t prove that you were not there earlier. It appears to them that you are trying to vote again. You are turned away, with no way of knowing if someone simply made a mistake, or if someone else claimed to be you, received your ballot, and voted in your place… for the candidate you oppose. Tink it can’t happen? Tink again. It has now been documented that you can vote in New Hampshire without proving you are actually the person you claim to be. We need a voter ID Law now!


Denise Crompton - Litchfield Litchfield Can’t Handle a Prison


Have you seen the article in another local publication that Litchfield is entertaining the idea of having a private prison in Town? I would respectively say to the Selectmen and anyone else entertaining this idea - “Are you crazy?” Yes, it would bring in revenue, but at what cost? What would it do to our property values? Who would want to buy a house or even rent a house in a town with a prison? I want those who will be making this decision to please consider the whole picture and ask that they do not let themselves be blinded by the money it will bring to Town - the cost is just too great. We have a wonderful Town that is known to be very family-friendly and kid-friendly. Don’t ruin our community! Consider the consequences of your decision. We have had enough bad press, i.e., the X rated theater, “Swingers’ Club,” and the town official who stole money. Please don’t add prison to the list. If you agree with me, please let the Selectmen know. Tey were elected to represent the residents, so let them know what you think of the idea of a private prison in Litchfield.


Mona Lepine – Litchfield


Shaheen Announces $443,000 in Disaster Relief for New Hampshire


U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has announced New Hampshire will receive $443,000 in emergency disaster relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The funding, which includes $323,000 from the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Emergency Conservation Program and $120,000 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection program, will help repair damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene and the October Nor’easter. The funding will be administered by the New Hampshire FSA and New Hampshire NRCS, respectively, and distributed to counties that have requested funding for specific disaster repair projects.


“New Hampshire has endured two significant


natural disasters in recent months, and there is still much work to be done to get our state back to normal,” Shaheen said. “This


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funding will help farmers restore damaged land to productivity, and support repairs to roads and bridges damaged by flooding. It will help communities around the state achieve a full recovery in the wake of these disasters, and we are grateful for the assistance.” “I’m extremely pleased these funds have been released and they’re extremely timely, allowing New Hampshire’s farmers to be able to repair damage to their farmland,” said Jay Phinizy, New Hampshire FSA Executive Director. “As everyone knows, productive land in New Hampshire is at a premium and is at the heart of our ability to supply products to consumers in our state and throughout the Northeast.” “This additional Emergency Watershed Protection money matched with local contributions is vital in order to stabilize damaged streams and protect homes, businesses, roads, and bridges on 10 emergency sites in Coos, Grafton, and Carroll Counties,” said Richard Ellsmore, New Hampshire NRCS State Conservationist.


Arrest Made in Six Month Long Armed Robbery Investigation


Michael Perez


submitted by Hudson Police Department On Wednesday, January 25, Michael Perez, 22, of Nashua, was taken into custody on an outstanding Hudson Police Arrest Warrant. Perez was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery (Felony) and Theft by Unauthorized Taking (Misdemeanor). Perez’s arrest stemmed from a six


month long investigation conducted by Hudson Police Detectives into an armed robbery, which occurred at the Dairy Queen parking lot on Ferry Street in Hudson.


During the summer of 2011, the Hudson


Police Department responded to the Dairy Queen parking lot for a Robbery. Police learned that a male victim was robbed and that during the course of the robbery the suspect brandished a handgun. The victim and suspect came into contact with one another by answering to a Craigslist advertisement on the Internet. If Perez is convicted of the felony, he could face a prison sentence of seven and a half to 15 years in prison. Perez was booked at the Hudson Police Department on both of the listed charges. Bail was set on Perez in the amount of $25,000 cash only. Perez is scheduled to be arraigned at the 9th Circuit Court - Nashua Division on Thursday, January 26.


Bathroom Ceiling Fan Ruled as Cause of Fire


submitted by Hudson Fire Department On Wednesday, January 25, at approximately 4:25 a.m., Hudson Fire dispatch received an emergency 911 call from occupants of a Twin Meadow Drive duplex reporting a fire in their house and that they were evacuating the building. First arriving Hudson Fire Engine 2, commanded


by Captain David Morin, met the occupants in the driveway of 12 Twin Meadow Drive. The residents informed firefighters there was a fire on the left side of the duplex. Upon further investigation, firefighters found fire through the roof at the back of the structure. This fire has been listed as accidental. A


bathroom ceiling fan has been isolated as the source of heat build up in the ceiling because the fan had stopped working a few weeks ago. The heat build up from the non-functioning fan motor in the attic started a smoldering fire in the cellulose insulation in the attic. The fire may have smoldered for hours until an occupant heard some noises from the area the bathroom on her side of the duplex and upon further investigation after putting her dogs out, found a fire in the eaves of the back of the building and called 911. The fire was contained to second floor bathrooms’ ceilings and above in the attic of the building.


New Hampshire Continues to Have One of the Lowest Dropout Rates in the Nation


submitted by New Hampshire Department of Education


Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D., New Hampshire’s Education Commissioner, has released dropout data for the 2010-2011 school year, which shows that while the state’s dropout rate has increased slightly, New Hampshire continues to have one of the lowest dropout rates in the nation. New Hampshire’s dropout rate is currently 1.19 percent, which is a slight increase from the previous rate of .97 percent. Since the 2007-2008 school year, when the state began an intensive focus on reducing the number of high school dropouts and ensuring more young people received a diploma, the dropout rate has been cut by more than 50 percent. The Department of Education, superintendents,


school boards and educators across the state remain committed to the goal set by Gov. John Lynch, which is to reduce the dropout rate to zero by the 2012-2013 school year.


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“New Hampshire continues to be a national leader in reducing the number of high school dropouts. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Lynch, and the cooperation and determination of education administrators and teachers across New Hampshire, we are making tremendous progress on reaching the Governor’s goal of zero dropouts by the 2012-2013 school year,” Commissioner Barry said. “The data contained in this report shows the schools continue to make progress in ensuring more of our young people receive their diploma. It also shows our intensive efforts to identify and reach those most at-risk have been successful.” Five high schools, Mascenic, Hinsdale, Pittsburg, Sunapee and the Academy for Science and Design Charter have reported zero dropouts for two


consecutive years. In addition, 10 high schools, Colebrook, Gorham, Hopkinton, Lin-wood, Oyster River, Belmont, Windham, Cocheco Arts and Technology Charter Academy and Virtual Learning Academy Charter, have reported zero dropouts for this year. The Department is reporting the annual dropout


rate using the same methodology as in the past, and is reporting for the second year the cohort rate defined by the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) in parallel with national definitions. The annual dropout report continues to break out students into three subgroups: 1) students who receive GEDs; 2) non-graduating students who are enrolled in college either part time or full time; and 3) students who have dropped out. The annual dropout rates include dropouts during the 2010- 2011 school year. The NESSC cohort rate requires four years of student level data. The Department has been collecting student level data since the 2006- 2007 school year. The cohort model includes all students during the past four years who were expected to graduate at the end of the 2010-2011 school year resulting in a more accurate picture of students who were in New Hampshire schools during the past four years. This is the second year that the Department has had sufficient data and reported a cohort rate. For school year 2010-2011, the cohort dropout


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rate for students who did not earn a GED and dropped-out of school is 3.30 percent. This is a decline from the 2009-2010 cohort dropout rate of 4.44 percent. The cohort graduation rate also increased from 85.89 percent last year to 86.63 percent this year. “This is clear evidence that our dropout prevention programs, put in place to complement the increase in the state’s compulsory attendance age are in fact working,” Commissioner Barry said. The complete 2010-2011 Early Exit and Dropout Rates for Grades 9-12 includes rates for each New Hampshire high school, as well as definitions and calculation methods, can be found on the NH Department of Education Website at www.education.nh.gov/ data/dropouts.htm. For more information about dropout


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