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Alvirne Varsity Ice Hockey Gives Gratitude to All who Helped
Te Alvirne Varsity Ice Hockey Team, Coaches, Team Managers and the Friends of Alvirne Ice Hockey organization would like to thank our fans, sponsors, contributors, parents, families, alumni and friends for their generous support of the team this season. Tank you Len Lathrop for photographing the team during our events and Hudson Community Cable Network for providing the means to videotape the games and showing them on the Hudson Community News Channel 21. Tank you Hudson~Litchfield News for running articles on behalf of the team throughout the season and especially for the full page article March 16! We would also like to thank those who attended our games throughout the season and the Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Final games in March. Your help and support of this team has been greatly appreciated and went a long way to giving the team the extra drive they needed to keep on winning! Although we lost the final game, this team showed a lot of class on and off the ice and will always be winners. Your support and the team made this season very exciting for all of us.
Cheryl Gamst, Friends of Alvirne Ice Hockey – Hudson
Litchfield Rec Baseball I wanted to take a moment to address people
about youth recreational baseball in Litchfield. Te Litchfield Baseball Association (LBA) has been providing spring, summer, and fall programs to Litchfield for many years. Te LBA was originally affiliated with Little League (LL), but changed first to Pony in 2002 and then to Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth League (BR/BRL) at the start of 2007. Te change was done for several, but primarily two, reasons: diamond sizes, and offerings for older players. With LL, kids ages 9-12 play on a 60-foot base-path. Te next step up for age 13 is the 90-foot base-path (full sized diamond) that they see in middle school. At 60 feet, a throw from home to second is 85 feet; at 90 feet, that throw is 127 feet! Tat is a huge difference. With both
Pony and Cal Ripken, the 11-12 year olds play on a 70-foot base-path. Tat throw becomes 99 feet. In addition, the larger base-path also means a longer pitching distance and usually a larger field in general. Having a slowly increasing progression of base-paths is the way for kids to progress their baseball skills, making it easier for them to transition to the full sized diamond. Currently the LBA supports this increasing progression of base-paths: ages 4-8 = 50 feet, ages 9-10 = 60 feet, ages 11-12 = 70 feet, and ages 13-plust = 90 feet. A base-path of 80 feet for 13-14 is also a supported option in some programs. Another reason the LBA has chosen to affiliate with Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth is to have option for older players, ages 13-16, to continue to play baseball. Te LBA has been participating with the Babe Ruth programs in Pelham, Hudson, and occasionally Salem, in a multi-town league for years. Recently, a mailing was sent out to residents announcing that LL program in Manchester has expanded its boundaries to include Litchfield. I want people to realize that this mailing is not from the organization that has been serving Litchfield for years. Te LBA teaches and coaches 70 foot baseball, and has a place for your child to play at ages 13-plus. Te LBA has relationships with the local school teams upon which we continue to build. Te recent successes of both the Litchfield Middle School and Campbell High baseball programs was started with the good fundamental teachings of the LBA, and we hope this trend will continue for many years. Te LBA board is entirely composed of Litchfield representation; the other program has none (to my knowledge). Te LBA plays all games in town (other than fall ball and ages 13+), the other program has no games in town. Te LBA is constantly working on improving and enhancing our fields. So, I urge you to continue supporting the local
program, the Litchfield Baseball Association. Website is www.litchfieldbaseball.com
; registrations are online at www.sportssignup. com/litchfieldbaseball. Also, evaluation and registration days: Ages 4-6: No evaluations, can register online or on one of the following days: Ages 7-8: Saturday, March 31, 9- 11 a.m.,
LMS Gymnasium Ages 9-10: Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m.-12
On Tuesday, I had the honor of having breakfast with outgoing Selectman Shawn Jasper. It was 7:15 a.m., an early start, but Representative Jasper had to be at the State House by 9 o’clock. We both knew why we were there; for only the second time since the 1980s has Shawn lost a local election. On Tuesday, March 13, incumbent Ben Nadeau and newcomer Nancy Brucker, who had the final tally of 73 more votes, won the seats. So what happened was the question. Shawn feels that low voter turnout was a factor, and that
he knows his political posture had hurt. “At both the State House and in Hudson, I have voted to bring Municipal Union benefits in line with the private sector.” Neither of us can understand why so few people voted, we agreed that this is the election where one’s vote counts the most, more than the state and national elections. Let’s see who votes in November. Shawn sees his work with Benson Park as continuing. He remains on the Buildings Committee and he is invested to continue work on the Train Station, and the Senior Center. From not so many years ago to today, we
reminisced on how wonderful Benson Park is, a Hudson treasure. From the multi-million dollar state plan and the original idea to just open it and let people walk there. Shawn noted that he hopes people understand why he insisted on not letting it open as just a trail, that making it as it is today was important – an open, safe, people and pet friendly space.
As we both cleaned our plates, people who know
Shawn and I can understand how quickly that can happen. I asked about the quote in a local daily newspaper that he would not run unless a current Selectman stepped down. Shawn explained that what he meant was that he would not run against his current colleagues on the board; both Selectmen Maddox and Coutu have terms expiring next March. If one steps down before the election or elected not to run, he [Jasper] would consider putting is name on the ballot. Our conversation concluded about
what was next for Shawn. He continues in leadership as a State Representative with an election in November, running the family business with his mom, now that his dad passed earlier this year, is a fraternity advisor at the University of New Hampshire and an active member of the Hudson community. Shawn Jasper has not left the Town of Hudson.
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Tanks to All who Voted for Article 9 in Hudson
On behalf of the Hudson Senior Council on Aging, and all Hudson Seniors, I wish to sincerely thank the voters of Hudson for their overwhelming support in approving Article 9, the $300,000 addition to the Senior Center Capital Reserve Fund. While there is still much to be done, this act of generosity and foresight brings the reality of a Senior Center for Hudson within sight. Tank you all.
Andy Renzullo, Chairman, Hudson Senior Council on Aging – Hudson
Diamond Dreams III:
Comedy Show Silent Auction March 24
Te Hudson Heat 16U travel softball team is hosting the third Annual Diamond Dreams Comedy Show/Silent Auction on Saturday, March 24 at the Hudson VFW, 15 Bockes Road in Hudson. Four comedians will provide the side-splitting entertainment for the evening: Al Park, Michele Mortensen, Sean Tumblety, and headliner Freddie Stone. Attendees can enjoy a buffet dinner, and participate in games and raffles as well as a silent auction including donated items from generous local businesses and signed items from Nashua Sports Collectibles. Our prizes include tickets to Celtics and Bruins games in April! For information or tickets, please call (603) 321-0926.
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