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Hudson - Litchfield News | April 6, 2012 - 5 Blood Drive Exceeded Expectations

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Briana Stocking gives a pint with support from her friend Taylor Morin, who gave and put on the official shirt

submitted by Jamie Iskra, Hudson Police Department The Hudson Police Department sponsored its 47th Semi-Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, March 30. The goal was set at 300. Three hundred twenty-five donors arrived to give blood and the Red Cross collected 309 usable pints. There were 29 people who donated blood for the first time, including five 16-year-old donors. The cheerful staff of volunteers spent the day helping out and working as a team. The volunteers were made up of members of the Hudson Police and Hudson Town Hall and members of the Hudson-Litchfield Rotary Club. The donors enjoyed a

variety of food, donated by area stores and restaurants. On behalf of the Hudson Police Department and the American Red Cross, we would like to thank the following businesses for donating their time and/or services: Food/Beverage: Bill

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Pat Jewett: Looking To Litchfield’s Future from Lessons Learned with Litchfield’s Past

by Doug Robinson Pat Jewett is back. Having crushed the competition by a 2/1 margin of votes, Pat simply states, “I want to be involved.” Having been elected to be a Litchfield Selectman, once again. Pat continues to remain vibrant and energetic, focused to Litchfield’s future, always grounded by having learned from the history of Litchfield’s past. Even the “energizer bunny” would be challenged to keep up with the daily routines of Pat Jewett. For the past six decades, Pat “has been

involved.” Her commitment, loyalty, and drive for more than 65 years have been to drive Litchfield’s growth.

Her resume reflects the full pallet stroke of an individual who has devoted her life to public service: After graduating from UNH and then

receiving her master’s degree in education, Pat taught for 30 years in the Nashua School District. She was the first woman ever elected as a Selectman for the Town of Litchfield and served in that position from 1979- 2011. Pat has also served on Litchfield’s School Board, Conservation Committee, Recreation Committee, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and has served as the Welfare Director. Pat has chaired the Memorial Day, Pearl Harbor Day, and Veterans Day observances and she has also worked on the School Building Committee. When she is not serving her town politically, Pat served her community as a 4-H Club Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Sunday School teacher, Youth Group Leader, PTO coach of both softball and volleyball, Alvirne Booster Club, Director of the SHARE Food Pantry, Board of Directors Community Council, Learning disabilities Specialists, and Friends of CHS. She is also organized the Senior Citizens Council and continues to very active with the Grange. Pat refers to Litchfield’s growth needs in terms of “jobs, more businesses, better infrastructure, and better roads, sewer, and transportation avenues.” For Pat, she remembers her first

involvement with the political arena when the Circumferential Highway was first introduced in the 1950s. Vibrant and full of vinegar, Litchfield’s “new resident” entered the political arena in hopes to build a better life for those 350 people who lived in Litchfield. Today, 60 years later, the Circumferential

Highway, jobs, more businesses, better infrastructure, and better roads, sewer, and transportation avenues are still the focal concerns of Litchfield’s long-time civil servant.

While the Circumferential Highway would afford those wishing to drive from

Merrimack to Hudson, then eventually to Route 111, Pat visited the Highway as a “loss of business revenue” for the local businesses. “It was to be built from Merrimack to Litchfield, to Route 102, Hudson Center, and Route 111. What a letdown as the south end of town is zoned commercial-industrial. All the traffic would be

diverted. No business would want to locate in the south end.” Pat continues to state, “Our town is limited to both commercial and industrial businesses. Less than a mile of Route 102 (Derry Road) has about 10 small businesses, a restaurant, and a convenience store. There are a few businesses in the north end with Small Tube, two car repair garages, and a machine shop.” Pat has always focused her attention

to the value of a solid infrastructure. “Litchfield was interested in hitching up to Hudson’s sewerage system but they (Hudson) were unable to assist us. A large pipe carrying the southern industrial area sewerage (was to be) attached to the underside of the wishful bridge (but that) was also scrapped when the proposed highway was discontinued. Today, Pat continues her

campaigned to bring more businesses to Litchfield. Having re-activated the town’s Economic Development Committee, Pat will work with town employees to help make Litchfield more desirable to more businesses. “Jason Hoch, our Town Administrator with Selectman, Frank Byron, met recently with town officials of Hudson and Londonderry to try to see what if anything could be done to improve our commercial and industrial growth” continued Jewett. “At Town Meeting, voters approved the rebuilding of the Page Road culvert and improving the intersection of Cutler Road. While the road being improved, the Natural Gas Company will be putting in piping for future expansion,” states Jewett Understanding the inner working of

the water company, Jewett understands that, “The Pennichuck Water Company can’t build on speculation whereas the Natural Gas Company can. They (Natural Gas) are laying the ground work for sewerage, water, and gas lines in the commercial and industrial areas in town in south end, at no expense to town.” Jewett realizes that with prices of oil, gas, and sewerage, now the town isn’t likely to see growth for five or so years. While 55-plus communities have been built, Litchfield has many

acres of land that are zoned as “wetlands.” “According to the 2010 census, our present population is about 8,850 people.

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Te McGregor girls, Stephanie and Elizabeth, support each other while donating.

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Working in the kitchen, taking care of those donating blood, were volunteer Rich Dube with Officer James Styes

Queen of Hudson, Anne’s Country Florals, GS Audiowurks, Snap Fitness, Tire Warehouse, and Chick-fil-a. Additional Community Support: Alvirne High School, Barlo Signs, Charles Schwab Independent Branch Services, Nashua, Continental Academie of Hair Design, First Baptist Church, Granite State Glass, Haffner’s Car Care, Hudson Animal Hospital, Hudson Chamber of Commerce, Hudson~Litchfield News, Hudson Memorial School, Hudson Fire Department, Hudson True Value, Jolt Electric, Mr. and Mrs. Clegg, Nashua Telegraph, Teledyne, Tip Top Tree Service, Walmart Most of all, thank you to the 325 people who came out to give the gift of life! The next blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, at the Hudson Community Center from 12 to 7 p.m.

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