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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 22 Number 31 February 17, 2012 16 Pages
Random Acts of Kindness Week
“No act of Kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” Aesop, “Pass it On” by Doug Robinson “Sharing is caring.” “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” stated Mark Twain. Random Acts of Kindness Week
was founded the principal that “A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people” states the Random Acts of Kindness organization. “Share can be a very simple act of kindness. It will really make the person you share with feel valued.” Since 1995, Random Acts of Kindness has brought people together to share kinds act, sharing kindness, as well encouraging people to practice more kindness. “There are plenty of opportunities for us to be nice to one another in everyday life.” History has demonstrated that most acts of Random Acts of Kindness have occurred during the publicized events of a national disaster. Television infomercials combined with promotional events to raise funds for needy organizations generate millions of dollars yearly. The Random Acts of Kindness organization believes that “You don’t have to wait until a natural disaster. The Random Acts of Kindness foundation inspires people to practice kindness and pass it on to others.” The act of giving connects us to others, and not only “creates a stronger community, (the act of) giving helps build a stronger community for everyone” writes www. actionforhappiness.org
. Research according to actioforhappiness.org
, has shown that “positive learning environments lead to better learning outcomes. Kindness is a means to creating a positive learning environment.”
Historians, Laureates, Politicians,
World leaders, and even Winnie the Pooh are universal with their beliefs regarding the benefits of kindness: “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution.” Kahlil Gibran “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” Winnie the Pooh “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” Jean-Jacques Rousseau “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” William Shakespeare “Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.” Sophocles “That best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” William Words
Random Acts of Kindness week takes place in February as a fun way to cheer people up and give back to society. Sometimes the best acts of kindness are ones that are a surprise, such as pulling up to a toll booth and discovering that someone else has paid. Others ideas include:
Hold the door for someone carrying Offer to help your neighbor with a
task. Praise an employee to his or her manager. Buy flowers for a friend for no
reason. Or, just say thank you to all
you meet. Value, recognize, and acknowledge all those with whom you meet. Thank you. Thank you. I value
you. You are important. Thank you for helping me. No matter who, just say, thank you. Hold the door open for those in front and those behind.
Several championship rings being displayed by members of the Campbell 2011 baseball team; after numerous postponements, the rings were finally presented to the players this past Sunday at Campbell. Head Coach Jim Gorham (far right) and assistant coach John Hartling (far left) flank the Cougar 2011 state baseball championship team; missing from the photo are assistant coach Shawn Baskerville and player Garrett Sahlin.
by Marc Ayotte
After being postponed on a few occasions, the Campbell boys’ baseball team finally received their championship rings during a pot- luck supper celebration at the high school on Sunday, February 12. The championship rings were presented to all the members of the 2011 division III state championship team by Coach Jim Gorham and former Athletic Director Dan Keistlinger. The boys’ state title team was the last one that ‘Coach K’ presided over as Athletic Director [AD], before retiring from CHS last summer.
In a nice evening that featured a wonderful
array of home prepared entrees along with several deserts, one of which was a sheet cake depicting a photo of the championship team in the frosting, all but one of the members of the championship team were in attendance. Also in attendance for the event was parents, family, assistant coaches John Hartling and Shawn Baskerville, current Campbell A.D. John Patterson and Assistant Principal Laurie Rothhaus, who was a guest speaker for the evening. In her address, Rothhaus reflected on her coaching days, indicating important
ingredients to a winning formula; “think, dare, dream, believe”, adding that “championship teams are made when the bleachers are empty”. Among the players who graduated in 2011 and returned for the ring presentation were Tyler Syphers, Cullan Baker, Tyler Coughlin and Cullen Duffy. Baker had a phenomenal season on the way to the title; receiving among other awards, the All-Union Leader Team Award – awarded to the best nine players in the state (including all divisions. Baker is the first baseball player in Campbell history to receive that honor. Coughlin along with Christian Bourgea was selected to third team All-State, while Sean Gray was awarded second team NHIAA All-State. Additionally, head Coach Gorham was also voted Union Leader Coach of the Year for all of New Hampshire high school baseball. In making a return appearance to Campbell for the celebration, Coach K said; “I am so very proud of our sports teams throughout the year, but in particular the spring sports”, referencing the Lady Cougars softball team who also hoisted a championship banner for their efforts last season. Current A.D. John Patterson acknowledged that he “was fortunate
to be stepping into a well-established athletic program,” graciously adding “I’m doing my best to continue what Coach K established (and) keep the standard going”.
Before adjourning to the auditorium for a slide presentation, recapturing the glorious run to the state crown, Coach Gorham shared his experience involving the last CHS baseball championship team. Gorham recalled that in 2007, the year after Campbell’s only other baseball state title, the team had a bulls eye on its back; “every team is going to be out to get you,” intimating that every school wants to beat the champions. The Cougar skipper implored his team to come into this season ready and focused and to not rest on their most recent accomplishment. Despite the loss of four key seniors to graduation, Gorham has a little gleam in his eyes regarding the upcoming season; “we’ll still be young, but we’ll be experienced.” Commemorating the championship title, Gorham presented each player with a baseball and asked for each of the 16 players to sign each ball, yielding a full-team autographed piece of memorabilia that will be forever treasured.
Chief Lavoie Speaks to Lawmakers About Proposed “Sexting” Penalties
by Doug Robinson Recently, Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie addressed members of the NH State House regarding the proposed new regulations about penalties for sexting.
“Sexting” is the use of cell phones or other electronic devices to send sexually explicit messages or images of oneself” “The Town of Hudson has had 11 reported reports of sexting. The Middle School Officer has had eight reports of sexting and the Alvirne High School Resource Officer has reported three cases of sexting. The proposed bill states that “no minor (under age 17 shall knowingly and voluntarily use a computer or telecommunications device to transmit an indecent visual depiction of himself or herself ... or possess such an image, unless the recipient reported the incident to school authorities or police, and did not
solicit the image or send it to anyone.” The proposed bill also covers text messages as well. Both School administrators and police supported the new legislation as the bill addressed the issue of those accused of sexting to be sent to juvenile court and subsequent education, instead of receiving a felony charge as a sex offender. Those arguing against the bill, Civil Liberties
advocates stated that the proposed bill would make matters worse. “The legislation was developed with considerable ‘consultation with police and school officials, and that it was altered to make ‘sexting” not a crime, but a matter of delinquency to be dealt with in the juvenile courts,“ said Rep. Laura Gandia (R-Litchfield).“ This is more about treatment and rehabilitative services.”
Litchfield School superintendent Elaine Cutler continued to page 5 - Sexting Penalties
Chief Jason Lavoie Backup Data Arrives at Deliberative Session
by Lynne Ober John Bryant, Litchfield Recreation Commission, presented Warrant Article 9 at the Litchfield Town Deliberative Session. Although approved by the Board of Selectmen, this warrant article failed to garner Budget Committee support by a vote of 1-7 against. The warrant article requests $4,758 to hire a part time Recreation Coordinator who will work 260 hours. $4,420 was for wages and S338 was for “associated taxes” per the warrant. When asked why the budget committee did not approve this warrant, John Harte, Budget
Committee Chairman said that one reason was that no backup was presented to them. He did note that backup was available at the Deliberative Session. This warrant article sparked much debate and questioning. Questions were asked about who would be hired, specifically if a current member of the Recreation Commission would apply for the job. Questions were also raised about the scope of the position. Some residents felt the position was needed to support rec programs and others thought that volunteers were doing an excellent job of running these programs.
At the Deliberative Session, the job was described as follows: “The Recreation Coordinator is responsible for management of all recreation facilities in order to provide clean and safe opportunities for sport and recreation and promote a healthy lifestyle for all community residents.” This position would work under the supervision of the Recreation Commission. Jason Guerrette, who is also a school board member, suggested that a joint position between town and school board to manage facilities might be an excellent idea.
continued to page 6 - Backup Data Arrives
Conservation Committee and Board of Selectmen Agree on Long-Term Goals
by Doug Robinson At their February 7 meeting, The Hudson Board of Selectmen and the Chairman of Hudson’s Conservation Commission came to terms and agreed on the establishment of written goals for the Conservation Commission. Early this year, Selectman Ted Luszey spoke with other members about the perceived lack of goals or direction of the Conservation Committee, “(Is it the) acquisition of property or taking care of what we have,” asked Luszey of his fellow board members. “It seems that we as
a board need to fetch rocks but do not tell them what size or color.”
Luszey continued to comment that the board
offers no clear direction as to what the board wishes the Commission to accomplish. Should the commission “pursue” land for public use such as trails, or “are we interested in preserving open space” asked Luszey of the board. Selectman Richard Maddox commented that the commission should “be looking with aquifers …in conjunction with the water utility.” He also stated that the commission should have a
five year plan which addresses how “we better manage … selective cutting and how that can bring in money.”
Board of Selectman [BOS] Chairman Shawn
Jasper commented that the commission should be concentrating on “open space and trails. Surveys suggest that people in this area want to be rural.”
Upon conclusion of their meeting, the BOS and Conservation Commission agreed to create the specific goals of:
continued to page 5 - Long-Term Goals
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