16 - March 2, 2012 | Hudson - Litchfield News
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“Thumbs down, to the new boat tax in Hudson.
It’s not enough that our taxes go up every year by about $300.00! Now were being taxed just for having a boat! Still there cutting taxpayer services! Our lawn debris services have been cut from 3x a year to only 1x a year. We can only use the town dump 3x a year except for lawn debris removal and were still not receiving a trash barrel the size or Nashua’s! When is the taxation going to stop! The town clerk implemented this boat tax and does not care about Hudson residents!”
“Thumbs up to Selectman Coutu for offering to better the quality of the School Board and Library Trustee televised meetings by splitting the cost to properly outfit the Hills Memorial Library meeting room.”
“Thumbs down to the cable committee for not using funds already obtained from the cable users to properly outfit the Hills Memorial Library. These funds are another tax on cable users and supposed to be used for government and educational broadcast.”
“Thumbs down to the Library Trustee who sits at the front end of the table who look so disgusted and disinterested when another Trustee member brings up ideas or other issues.”
“Thumbs down to NH. Here it is, tax season and the state needing revenue and spending cuts but those that receive the most of the tax breaks fail to report their income to the state on their dividends and interest tax forms and most of those
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“Thumbs down! To the Town of Hudson and Hudson School Board members for taking advantage of the taxpayers increasing their taxes and decreasing their services! Let Jasper (BOS) and Lee Lavoie (HSBM) know, residents of Hudson will not accept another tax increase for employee salary/benefits , 2.5 million senior center/media center and town paving of approximately 1% of roads, increasing taxes by about $60.00 a year for most residents! HSB is proposing a tax increase of $0.63- 0.42 per thousand, approx $189.00-$126.00. Let Jasper and Lavoie know the voice of Hudson residents will be heard and they will listen!”
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do not even file. These want all their entitlements but with no paybacks to community.”
“Thumbs up to the HMS teachers who played
and cheered during the HMS vs. HPD Basketball Game! It was great seeing you all in your red t- shirts with your nicknames!”
“Thumbs up to Hudson C U C at the on air meeting, they showed vision in moving to improve productions of town meetings. They make it possible for Hudson to see live what is going on in town. What a positive approach to issues and making the best team for Hudson.”
“Thumbs up...way, way high to the person that wrote last week about being positive and thankful. I had submitted almost the exact same article a few months ago but it was too large and I never ended up sending it. I know this section is called ‘Thumbs up, Thumbs down,’ but it’s so disappointing when I read some of the thumbs down comments and how people try to bash others personally. We have so much to be thankful for and it saddens me to read about people complaining about barking dogs, taxes in Hudson (better than most surrounding towns), noisy motorcycles, etc. Dogs bark, taxes will always go up and motorcycles make noise. If you see me around town, I have the ‘thankful’ license plate. That is the best word to describe my feelings about this life. I wish I knew who wrote that article because I bet you are very loved and you deserve a big hug!!”
“Thumbs up to all of the volunteers, committee members and great local merchants who continuously work at fundraising to open the Hudson Dog Park! Thanks everyone, a fellow volunteer.”
“Thumbs up to the Town of Hudson - We get great services and we get a lot of services for our tax dollar. And to those mentioned we are over assessed, you are right; that is why we will be getting reassessed this year and your property value will reflect it. But, your tax dollar will not change; the bills still have to be paid. Once we get a senior center, we will have it all and the best bang for the buck! No, I am not a senior. Educate yourself before you vote or
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up: To the thumbs down for ‘Crash-Crosses’. Where did this
trend of having grave-markers at every intersection come from? Who are they really there for? They mean nothing to anyone I know. Why is it being tolerated to this extent? I also don’t remember voting for the indiscriminate placement of these new cemeteries in the middle of our high- visibility areas. This is tacky, trashy, and Hudson is beginning to resemble a south pacific voodoo village. How many cemeteries does Hudson already have? How many different graves does someone need? Thoughtful temporary gestures are
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now morphing into cultish sites of worship. This drama was not open to a community decision, but taxpayers continue to be patient as they are actively shoved in our faces. This issue shouldn’t even need to be addressed with ‘adults,’ and is due entirely to their failure to use common sense and reasonable discretion. We all experience family loss, but apparently, so far, local families have been ‘OK’ with the designated cemeteries for the last 300 years now.
I agree - enough is enough. Someone needs to say no for once.”
“Thumbs down to litter. Wason Road used to be a scenic NH road with pleasant twists and
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“Thumbs up to Ashley for winning second place on your very first solo. We are very proud of you. Love, Mommy, Daddy, Destiny, and Hayley”
“Thumbs up to all the Rosita Lee Dance dancers. You all did such a wonderful job at competition. Keep up the good work.”
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at Alvirne of the kids who don’t show up for Saturday detention, not Mr. Lane. He sent out that email to ask for help from the parents. If my child ever received Saturday detention you better believe they would be there. Parents need to stop and be parents and stand behind the school. You’re not teaching your kids responsibility for their actions.”
“Thumbs up to Pat Jewett.
I’m so happy you are running for Selectwoman in Litchfield. We’ve missed you! Your good deeds for the town are always appreciated. Thank you.”
“Thumbs down! To the Town of Hudson for proposing a 3% salary increase to Town Clerk/Tax collector! According to the BOS, the average salary in Hillsborough for this position is $46,505 full-time 40 hrs salary! Town employees should not receive raises without performance reviews, these should be available for all residents to review! After all it’s coming out of the pockets of town residents! http://www.hudsonnh.gov/
docs/bud/bud-FY2013-Budget-Full.pdf Page 434 clearly states Hillsborough salary for town clerk/ tax collector! Our BOS are not working for the taxpayer, but against them!!”
“Thumbs down to the lady who works at the
resource desk at the library in Hudson. Sorry, I like ‘old school research’ and have never used Ebsco Host, or other online research tools. It was incredibly rude for you to role your eyes and slap your face, saying, ‘You should be failing college if you have never used this before.’ I can tell a joke when I hear one, and this was a serious tone. I work full time during the day, and go to school at night. I think I’m doing just fine and not failing college, by researching ‘old school.’ Suggestion: Be nice, you’re there to help us with our tax dollars!”
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Ice Safety: New Hampshire Ice Conditions Can Be Unpredictable
submitted by Hudson Fire Department New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office along with the
NH Association of Fire Chiefs and Hudson Fire urge outdoor enthusiasts to use caution on the ice. “Before going onto a frozen lake, pond, or river it is important to take safety precautions to reduce the risk of falling through the ice,” says J. William Degnan, New Hampshire State Fire Marshal. As temperatures fluctuate, it is very important for residents to use caution. Walking, skating, ice fishing or other activities on the frozen bodies of water are a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air during winter. For those participating in recreational activities on the ice, Hudson Fire Chief, Shawn Murray urges common sense and asks that you follow these recommended safety tips and 27th Annual Hudson Kiwanis Ice Fishing Derby on Robinson’s Pond scheduled for Sunday, February 27, has been cancelled due to thin ice conditions. Safety Tips The following rules should be followed to ensure ice safety:
• Never assume ice is safe. • Never go on untested lakes or ponds and NEVER go on the ice alone.
• Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it from freezing. Snow hides cracks as well as weak and open ice.
• Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be a foot thick in one spot and an inch thick in another.
• Ice formed over flowing water (including springs under the surface) is generally weaker than ice over still water.
• Snowmobile riders should keep ice safety in mind! Check local conditions before heading out on snowmobile trails and ice.
• Know the body of water, a nearby street, and where you could go to get help is located.
• Always keep your pets on a leash. If a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt a rescue-go for help. What to do when someone has fallen through the ice:
• Call 911 • If you’re not alone, always have someone wait for the emergency responder to bring him or her to the exact location of the victim.
• Try to throw something to the victim to reach and retrieve them (a rope, tree branch, even jumper cables from the car, etc.) but never attempt to go onto the ice yourself in order to rescue someone. The ice could not support their weight; it will not support your weight.
• Try to remain calm and reassuring to the victim. • If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once the ice is solid enough to hold you, and you can pull yourself out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand; lying down spreads your weight across a wider area, lessening the weight on any one spot) and roll away from the hole. Crawl the way you came, keeping your weight distributed, until you return to solid ice or ground. As the season progresses, ice rapidly changes with varying weather conditions. Plan accordingly and use caution!
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submitted by Hudson Police Department On February 24, at 8:12 p.m., the Nashua Police Department arrested Joseph Legee, 21, of Nashua, for an arrest warrant issued by the Hudson Police Department. The arrest warrant charges Legee with
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turns. Now every twist and turn reminds me of just another dirty trash littered MA road. Litterbugs need to be held accountable and homeowners need to take more pride in their investment. LLB”
“Thumbs up to Bensons. For all the reasons there are not to invest in a town park during these tough economic times there are infinitely more reasons to invest. Last Wednesday was beautiful and the playground was full of kids loving life. LLB”
one count of Witness Tampering (Class B Felony), and one count of Violation of a Protection Order. The charge of Witness Tampering is the result of a separate on- going investigation being conducted by the Hudson Police Department. Legee was held, with no bail, at the Hillsborough County House of Correction in Manchester and was scheduled for arraignment at the Nashua 9th Circuit Court for February 27.
DWI Charges Brought Against Driver in Highland St. Collision
submitted by Hudson Police Department On February 14, at 9:09 a.m., members of the Hudson Police and Fire Departments responded to Highland Street in the area of Gloria Avenue for a motor vehicle accident. Upon the officers arrival, they determined a 2000 VW Jetta, driven by Walter Bennett, 57, of Hudson, was traveling westbound on Highland Street. Bennett encroached into the eastbound lane of traffic and collided with a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by Michael Bowen, 35, of Nashua. The air bags in Bennett’s motor vehicle deployed due to the collision. Bennett
was the lone occupant of his motor vehicle and transported to St. Joseph’s hospital for minor injuries. Bowen and a passenger, his minor son, were both transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua for minor injuries. The officers conducted an investigation on scene, and subsequently placed Bennett into custody for DWI. Bennett will be released on personal recognizance bail until his arraignment at the Nashua 9th Circuit Court on March 1 for the charge of DWI.
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