10 - March 9, 2012 | Hudson - Litchfield News
Students Learn to Recycle
by Lynne Ober In all of Hudson schools, students have an opportunity to learn to
recycle and reuse. Recycling is an important way for individuals and businesses to reduce the waste they generate and reduce the negative impact of that waste, and like many other skills, it is good to develop recycling skills in school. Recycling teaches student important values about conserving limited resources as well as being creative to find new uses for old items. Recently the librarian at Hills Garrison School, Kate Thompson, partnered with PTO Secretary, Sue Labrie, to run a used book sale. This event, a Children’s Used Book Exchange, was sponsored as part of an effort to teach recycling skills. However, instead of putting the used item into a bin where it could be made into a new product, students learned that they can exchange items for “new” but still used items that will bring joy. “The sale was a chance for them to pass on books they have finished enjoying and acquire some new ones,” Principal Marilyn Martellini informed the school board. “Our goal was to encourage reading - and reuse - of books. The PTO will use the proceeds from the sale to beautify the grounds around the school entrance for Earth Day.”
Students were encouraged to donate books they no longer wanted to the sale. Students had a chance to visit the book sale during the school day. Everyone got to choose one free book and for 25 cents they could choose another. The book sale had extended hours and stayed open until 4 p.m. for parents who wanted to shop after school. “We hope our Recycled Book Sale encouraged reading among our students, but also served to remind them that reusing resources is a way of helping protect our environment,” stated Martellini. “Special thanks to Kate Thompson, School Librarian and Mrs. Sue Labrie, PTO Secretary, who coordinated this event.”
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Shawn N. Jasper Announces Candidacy for Re-election to Board of Selectmen
It has been my privilege to serve the voters of Hudson on the Board of Selectman for the past six years. Over the past 28 years I have served on the Board for 17 years. I believe that having the historical perspective of how our town government has evolved and what practices benefit the taxpayers is important. Hudson has become a town that we should all be proud of; your selectmen have worked with the department heads to provide you first class services at an affordable cost. Nearly 12 years ago the town purchased Consumers Water Co.; I am proud to say
that I played an important role in making that happen. When we purchased the water company we reduced the rates by 10 percent and have never increased them since that time. During that time we have made major infrastructure improvements and more are planned in the future- again, with no expected rate increases.
The purchase of the former Benson’s Wild Animal Farm and its
transformation into Benson Park is also something that I played a major role in. While there is no doubt that the volunteers have made it what it is today, they needed an advocate on the board to make it happen and I was that person. We have built the park using tax payer funds sparingly and wisely and that is something to which I continue to be committed.
During these tough economic times the board has held the town portion of the tax rate level; that is something that leaders of few communities are able to say. We have done that without reducing services. It was done by working with our department heads and giving them clear expectations and direction.
I am proud to be part of a board that constantly thinks outside the box and is not afraid to explore new ways to do a better job for our citizens. I hope that I have earned your support for another term on the Board of Selectmen and would ask for your vote on March 13.
New Officers Elected for AHS Key Club
submitted by Susan Li As of Monday, February 20, the new officers for the Alvirne High School Key Club were elected. Succeeding President Deborah Pimentel, Vice President Robbie Diamond, Secretary Sara Beaulieu, Treasurer Eric Dupont, and Bulletin Board Editor Vince Dupont will be Susan Li, John Giraldo, Jacob Nazarian, Siddhardha Moparthi, and Tori Duroche, respectively. Key Club International is the oldest and largest community service program for high school students. At Alvirne, Key Club is a student-run organization that teaches the values of leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness through service to others. Our motto is “Caring - Our Way of Life.” Just in the past year, the Alvirne
From left to right: President-incumbent Debora Pimentel, Secretary-incumbent Sara Beaulieau, Secretary-elect
Key Club has partnered with Kiwanis, UNICEF, Children’s Miracle Network, and March of Dimes to perform a variety of service projects. These projects include the following: raising money through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, donating Halloween goodie bags to patients at the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute (KPTI), donating Christmas wish list gifts to the Nashua Children’s Home, participating in a 5K for muscular dystrophy, setting up for the Sock Hop to raise money
Victoria Duroche, President-elect Susan Li, Treasurer-elect Sid Moparthi, Secretary-elect Jacob Nazarian and Vice President-elect John Giraldo
for KPTI, and volunteering at the Kiwanis Pumpkin Fest and the Nashua Christmas Stroll. Upcoming events include the lock-in to raise awareness about women in the Congo (tentative date: March 17) and the Key Club district convention for leadership in April. Key Club benefits its members by building confidence and increasing awareness. It is a true asset to the community.
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Friends of Benson Park Request Use of Hills House Grounds
by Lynne Ober Hudson School Board has received a request from the Friends of Benson Park to host the Kelly Miller Circus on the grounds of Hill House over this summer’s July 4th weekend. The Friends of Benson Park hosted the Cole Brother’s Circus last
year. That circus was unavailable for the summer of 2012. Ken Matthews, of the Friends of Benson Park spoke to the
School Board at their March 5 meeting. “We’re doing this to raise awareness of the friends, and for the enjoyment of the people of Hudson,” Matthews said. The use of the grounds are reserved for programs that foster an educational experience for the children of Hudson. Matthews said that the circus will act as a bond between Hudson’s past and the present day. “It’s something Hudson hasn’t seen in a long time,” he said. Benson’s Animal Farm shuttered its doors in 1987, long before Hudson’s youth were born. He added that having the animals on the grounds will allow the children of Hudson to learn about animals and the people who train them. According to Matthews, Benson’s Animal Farm was a part of Hudson for 64 years, and it’s history needs to be preserved for the current youth of the town. School Board member Amy Sousa asked if the Kelly Miller
Circus has had any accusations of animal abuse in the past. Matthews answered that he did not know, but added that it was unlikely. “Animals that are abused tend to act out, I don’t think people who make money off of animals abuse them,” he said. He added that most of the cases of animal abuse in circus acts are
According to Matthews, the Friends of Benson Park are trying to create an image for themselves, and said that a circus was a good way to raise awareness. He added that the Friends would like to do another type of event in the future, but right now a circus is a good fit.
The School Board motioned to take the issue to a vote, and it passed, with a 3 votes. Sousa and School Board Chair Lee Lavoie abstained.
Begun in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dory,
the Al G. Kelly Miller Brothers Circus, now known simply as Kelly Miller, has entertained millions of American and Canadian citizens while establishing itself in the fabric and history of the American Tented Circus and the Friends of Benson Park want to bring this circus to Hudson. The show travels on a fleet of 25 vehicles so the Friends requested both a set up and a take down day for the event. The circus requires an area of some 90,000 square feet to set up on. Using a circus big top, imported from Italy, this waterproof tent has a seating capacity of 1,500 and is supported by more than a quarter of a mile of heavy gauge aluminum tubing as well as several miles of rope, as well as several miles of rope, steel cable and chain and setup does require a full day. The Friends have contracted with a different circus for this year’s
event and expect to have as many as 6,000 people see the show during the weekend.
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