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Hudson~Litchfield NewsPaying it Forward – It All Starts With You Volume 22 Number 38 April 6, 2012 24 Pages World
Health Day Celebrated on April 7
by Doug Robinson Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO. World Health Day is a global campaign, inviting everyone – from global leaders to the public in all countries – to focus on a single health challenge with global impact. Focusing on new and emerging health issues, World Health Day provides an opportunity to start collective action to protect people’s health and well- being.
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence- based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. The topic of World Health Day in 2012 is Ageing and health with the theme “Good health adds life to years.” The focus is how good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and are a resource for their families and communities. Ageing concerns each and every one of us – whether young or old, male or female, rich or poor – no matter where we live. Previous years topics include Urbanization and Health, Save lives - Make hospitals safe in emergencies, Protecting health from climate change, and during 2007 - International Health Security.
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Hudson Selectman Richard Maddox presents the Chamber’s Junior Citizen of the Year to Alvirne senior Ashley Felch
by Lynne Ober This year’s theme for the Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce held its 43rd
Annual Awards was ‘Paying It Forward – It All Starts with You.’ The chamber has long sponsored a number of volunteer efforts in the community and this year’s dinner honored those who have done the same. Keynote speaker Tom Boucher, CEO-Owner of Great NH Restaurants,
which owns T-Bones, the Copper Door and Cactus Jack’s, talked about how his employees work to support their local communities. In addition to their annual sponsorship of Toys for Tots, they have donated over $1,000,000 in gift certifi cates to thousands of non-profi t organizations and their three annual fundraising drives have raised more than $150,000 for highly deserving NH based non-profi t organizations. Boucher talked about how the employees have often come up with the ideas that have been the basis for their fund-raising from the fi rst Monday in December when staff donate all of their tips to support Toys for Tots to the creation of their fund-raising branch.
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Cheyenne Tessier, a Junior Citizen of the year, accepts her award from Michael Falzone, President of the Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce
Citizens of the year Dave Morin with State Representative Lynne Ober who presented the honorees with citations from the District 27 legislators
Easter Bunny Breakfast by Lynne Ober
Once again the Easter Bunny came to Litchfi eld, courtesy of the members of Litchfi eld’s Women’s Club. You had your choice of three different fl avors of pancakes, sausage and drinks. Each year, the Litchfi eld Women’s Club hosts its Easter Bunny Breakfast to benefi t their scholarship fund. Thus far, they have distributed almost $20,000 to deserving Litchfi eld high school grads. But it’s not just about breakfast. Kids crowded onto the stage and listened to a seasonal story. Once the stories ended, there were games and crafts for the kids. Parents could sit and sip a cup of coffee, chat with friends and still keep a watchful eye on their children.
Blessed John XXIII Parish St. John the Evangelist Church, Hudson; and Infant Jesus, Nashua Saturday, April 7, Easter Vigil Mass: 7:00 p.m. - Infant Jesus Sunday, April 8 – Easter Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. – St. John the Evangelist 10:30 a.m.; 12:15 p.m. – Infant Jesus
First Baptist Church of Hudson Sunday, April 8 – Easter Sunday Services: 7 a.m. – Son Rise Service at Robinson Pond 9 a.m. – Contemporary Worship Service 11 a.m. – Traditional Worship Service
St. Kathryn Parish, 4 Dracut Road, Hudson Saturday, April 7, Easter Vigil Mass: 7:45 p.m. – Solemn Easter Vigil Sunday, April 8 – Easter Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. – Sung Mass with cantors 10 a.m. – Sung Mass with choir 11:45 a.m. – Contemporary Choral Mass
New Life Christian Church, 272 Lowell Road, Hudson Sunday, April 8 – Easter Sunday Service: 10 a.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 9 St. Francis Way, Litchfi eld Saturday, April 7, Easter Vigil Mass: 7:30 p.m. – Solemn Easter Vigil Sunday, April 8 – Easter Sunday Mass: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m.
Right outside the doorway was the Easter Bunny’s yummy bake shop with all kinds of treats to take home and enjoy later. The Easter Bunny arrived at 9 a.m. and a line formed to get onto the stage and talk to him. As always there were lots of raffl e baskets with lots of chances to win prizes. The parking lot at Litchfi eld Middle School was full and more cars arrived every minute. This annual community event attracts families as well as people who no longer have kids at home, but want a delicious breakfast. The Litchfi eld Women’s Club is an independent nonprofi t community service organization that began as the Litchfi eld Jaycees Women in the late 1970s. The group became inactive, yet the friendships remained so it wasn’t surprising that in the fall of 1988, the organization regrouped and is now known as the Litchfi eld Women’s Club. The mission of the club is to bring the women of all ages in Litchfi eld together to share their interests, talents and enthusiasm to benefi t the community and enable personal growth for its members. We develop and provide programs to educate, interest and inspire LWC members and the community-at-large.
Kiara O’Hearn, 6, visited the Easter Bunny Hudson Police Department: Best of the Best in NH and Across the Nation
by Doug Robinson The independent Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) has completed their review of the Hudson Police Department. The Hudson Police Department has received their third consecutive Accreditation from the Commission as a result of their onsite review conducted last December, 2011.
In addition, the Hudson Police Department has also earned CALEA’s highest honor, “Accreditation with Excellence” award. Of the 17,000 law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, only 800 police departments have been CALEA accredited. Of the 800 accredited police departments, only 47 police departments have earned CALEA’s highest honor, “Accreditation
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Chief Lavoie answers questions from the CALEA Board during the Accreditation Review Process. From left to right, front row, is our CALEA Program Manager Steve Mitchell, Chief Lavoie, Accreditation Manager; Sgt. John McGregor, Selectman Roger Coutu. Back row: Information Manager Jamie Iskra, Captain Bob Tousignant, and Town Administrator Steve Malizia.
Staff photos by Lynne Ober
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