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2 - February 17, 2012 | Hudson - Litchfield News


Robert Jasper Helped Shape Hudson to What it is Today


by Laurie Jasper


Accolades


Hudson residents Todd Boucher and Shelby Descoteaux have been recognized on the Dean’s List at Norwich University for the fall semester. Nicholas Collishaw of Hudson has recently graduated from NHTI- Concord Community College with an Associate in Science degree with a Major in Criminal Justice. The following students earned their place on the University of New Hampshire-Manchester’s Dean’s List: From Hudson, Colleen Fahey, Communication Arts; Beth Hudson, Sign Language Interpretation; Bianca Jacques, Business; Therese Mehrmann, General Studies; and Amanda O’Donaghue, Business. And from Litchfield: Michael Byron, Business; Elizabeth Mason, Undeclared; Rebecca Mason, Biological Sciences; Derek Minervini, Business Administration; Thomas Ostrander, General Studies; Mitchell Planty, Biological Sciences. Christine Buttrick, daughter of Brian and Martha Buttrick of Hudson, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at the University of New England. Amy Hudson of Hudson was named to the University at Albany’s fall


Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement. Students named to Dean’s List at Southern New Hampshire


University: Hudson: Christopher Connolly, Business Administration; Amanda Cronin, Business Administration; Steven DeCorpo, Communication/Digital Media; Ileene Domenech, Business Administration; Jana Klein, Marketing; Mark Kleiner, Business Administration; Sarah Leclerc, Elementary Education; Chelsea Leva, Psychology; Zachary Lubinski, Graphic Design and Media Arts; Christopher Maglio, Exploratory Studies; Arielle Matthews, Psychology; Stacie Nuttall, Business Administration; Nicolle Provencher, Communication/Digital Media; Peter Radziewicz, Computer Info Technology; Alexander Russo, History; Anyssa Sevigny, Elementary Education; Kayla St. Louis, Elementary Education; Shannon Stevens, Elementary Education; Cameron Stoughton, Game Design and Development; Matthew Vitale, Game Design and Development. Litchfield: Lauren Beliveau, Business Studies; Nichole Fragala, Business Studies; Spenser Trompke, Communication/Digital Media. Endicott College is pleased to announce that on February 3, 20 students from Endicott’s Collegiate DECA chapter attended a regional competition at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. The competition included 15 different schools from New England


participating with nearly 200 total competitors. The outcome of the event proved to be very successful for Endicott’s DECA chapter. Students from Endicott competed in seven different events and won 11 first- place medals in total, winning six of the seven events they competed in. Awards were given


in various competitive events such as finance, hospitality, business- to-business marketing, accounting, among others. First place team event winners included Hudson resident Lauren Greenwood (Business Ethics).


The infamous first grade picture


Robert Jasper died peacefully on February 4, 2012, on the family homestead where he grew up, surrounded by his family. He will be remembered as a life-long resident of Hudson who, in addition to running the family poultry business, devoted many years in service to the Hudson community. Bob was born June 25, 1922,


at Nashua’s Memorial Hospital, the third of four children of


Grant and Bernice (Fall) Jasper. He attended his first day of first grade at the age of five at the Number 9 School House across the street from his home on the old Derry Road, his beautiful, curly locks shining. His fellow students in grades one through eight laughed and teased him so much that he ran home and refused to go back to school for an entire year. This was one of the stories Bob enjoyed sharing as special guest speaker during the annual third grade Hudson history tours at the school house. Just as the students were amazed at meeting someone who actually attended this one room school, Bob always enjoyed answering their questions and telling how things were “back in the day.” He loved to see the looks on the faces of both students and teachers when he told them the teacher often boarded with a family in the district and he could


remember a teacher living with the Jaspers! Bob then attended the Kimball Webster School, and recalled that the students were transported on a B and M Railroad bus. After two years at Nashua High School he transferred to the Tilton School. He recalled that Mr. Tilton was in the railroad business and if the Tilton family was late, the trains would wait for the Tiltons. Since Tilton was a boarding school, Bob would send his laundry home on the train to his mother and she would launder it and send it back! World War II cut short Bob’s college education at Cornell University. Help on the farm was scarce with many going off to war so Bob was needed to help with the rapid expansion of the poultry business. This was due to the fact that beef production was being shipped to the troops in Europe and chicken and eggs became staples on the American table. In January, 1947 an oil heater exploded and burned the house at annex number one, which was the former Nathaniel Hills’ farm. The attic of the home was filled with records and papers from the seven generations of Hills who had lived there; these were all lost. The water pump, which supplied the water to the four hen houses on the property, was in the cellar of the house. While the house was fully engulfed, Bob raced into the basement to cover up the pump with a water-proof tarp to keep the pump from freezing, as the water supply had to be restored to the hen houses as soon as the fire was extinguished. In the 1950s, Bob was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Hudson School Board and was elected to a subsequent term. He was elected chairman of the school board and served as budget committee representative. During this time, the Center School on Kimball Hill Road was closed. Bob said this was the most difficult vote he had to make as a board member because the school was so popular with the residents in that area. As a result of that closure, the addition to Dr. H.O. Smith School


was built. He recalled that the cost was $250,000 for the addition; the bonds being sold in $1000 increments, he had to sign his name as chairman 250 times, once on each bond. Following his father’s death in 1956, Bob was appointed to fill his position on the Alvirne Board of Trustees. He served as a Trustee for over 30 years. Fire destroyed Alvirne High School in 1973. Bob had closed the poultry business in 1972 and had several large, unused buildings which he immediately offered to the school district at no charge to


continued to page 6 - Jasper Town Warrant Articles Accepted With Few Changes


by Kristen Hoffman Hudson residents approved of the town’s warrant articles at the


town deliberative session on February 11. Ninety-six Hudson voters turned out to voice their opinion. Out of the 17 warrant articles, four of them were closed to discussion. Ten of the articles up for discussion were closed without changes. These included approving of the $28,443,196 operating budget and $500,00 for paving. Three petition articles had some language changed. Article five pertained to adopting a multi-year contract for police, fire and the town supervisors association for wage and benefit increases. The three-year contract includes benefit and wage increases. Year one of the contract calls for a zero dollar increase. That amount will increase to $50,201 for the second year [July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013] and a $35,868 increase for the third year [July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014]. The article was unanimously recommended by the Board of Selectman and recommended in a 9-1 vote by the Budget Committee. “This is a three year contract,” Shawn Jasper, Chair of the Board of Selectman said. “We reached the agreement last year, but the voters rejected it.” The measure lost by 419 votes in the March


2011 election. The article calls for dollar amount increases because of the wage gap inevitably created by percentage based wages, “Percent based increases allow the people at the top of the pay scale to get much larger raises,” Jasper said. If approved, the increases will decrease the gap between those at the top of the pay scale and the bottom of the pay scale. If approved, the article will allow employees of the police, fire


and Town Supervisors Association to better manage their health insurance benefits. Jasper added that this will save the town a lot of money in the long run, “it will be a significant long term savings,” he said. The contract would represent an estimated $20,000 to tax payers for year two of the contract and $15,000 for year three, creating a net cost of around $40,000. Fire Chief Shawn Murray spoke out in favor for the new


contracts, “The message is clear. Over the past few years, residents have wanted spending under control.” The new contract would allow the town to keep raises and insurance costs at a manageable level. He added, “We’re doing exactly what you [tax payers] want us to do.”


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