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Hudson~Litchfield News2012 JROTC Military Ball Volume 22 Number 39 April 13, 2012 20 Pages


Income Tax Day: Tuesday, April 17


by Doug Robinson Many United States residents


mark Tax Day as the deadline to file their income tax details to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The date is usually on or around April 15. However, this deadline may be extended to accommodate holidays, extreme weather conditions, or when April 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday.


Whether you are dreading Tax


Day, the tax return filing deadline, or looking forward to a sizable return, you need to file a return on time. Thus, you must know when Tax Day falls in 2012.


While most know that April 15


is the traditional Tax Day, the fact that April 15, 2012 is a Sunday has thrown things out of whack a little. The Tax filing deadline for 2012 is Tuesday, April 17. Income tax was first introduced in the United States of America in 1861. A rate of three percent was levied on incomes above $800 per year and the resulting revenue was used to help fund the American Civil War effort. However, income tax was seen as unconstitutional and the law was repealed in 1872. The idea of a tax on personal income, at a rate of two percent, was reintroduced in the Revenue Act of 1894, but the legal status of this kind of tax was still unclear. In 1913, the “Sixteenth Amendment” to the Constitution of the United States was ratified. This cleared the way for the modern income tax system in the USA. Today, those paying their annual


tax work approximately 107 days to pay that yearly income tax. With April 15 being a Sunday,


naturally we’d usually look to Monday, April 16, as the default deadline. However, a little-known holiday called Emancipation Day is celebrated in the District of Columbia, and Emancipation Day falls on April 16. Accordingly, this 2012’s Tax Day is Tuesday, April 17. Emancipation Day honors that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862, which enabled the release of about 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia, nine months in advance of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was made an official public holiday in D.C. on January 4, 2005, by Mayor Anthony A. Williams. “Tax Day may not be our favorite


‘holiday,’ but it’s a great time to dine out or go shopping. Many stores are having special Tax Day Sales or offering free items on April 17.” Several restaurants are featuring special Tax Day deals and a free offer writes http://drewdurigan.com/ cheapolife/tax-day-2012-sales-deals/ stores-restaurants-malls-tax-day-deals. Those wishing printable coupons are invited to visit their website.


submitted by Col. Kevin Grady Alvirne Junior ROTC students and their dates pose before attending the 2012 JROTC Military Ball hosted this year by Spaulding JROTC. Students from Pinkerton and Salem’s JROTC also attended. Senior Kayla McWalter


extended a five-year tradition at Alvirne by being named Queen of the Military Ball.


Hudson Grange Community Recognition Awards


submitted by Claire Gagnon The Grange is a family


fraternal organization dedicated to the betterment of rural America through community service, education, legislation and fellowship. On April 10, members of Hudson Grange 11 observed Community Recognition Night to honor outstanding citizens who have made special contributions to make a difference in someone’s life. Following the salute to the flag led by Claire Gagnon, the Reverend David Howe, Chaplain of the Hudson Police and Fire Department delivered an inspirational invocation. Jerry Leclerc, Master, welcomed and thanked all for joining us in this valuable ceremony. He read the Proclamation from the National Master stating that April is National Grange Month. Pat Bailey, Pomona of Hudson Grange, serving as master of ceremony gave the Grange Mission and several tidbits before introducing each presenter. The Police Award went to Master Sergeant John McGregor. This


award was presented to him by our Overseer Bob Haefner. Sgt. McGregor began his Law Enforcement career in Hudson in 1998. He has served our Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigation Division and our Legal Bureau. Since 2009 he has been assigned to our Services Bureau and has been the Accreditation Manager assuring that we meet the CALEA standards. In March of this year we were awarded the Certificate of Excellence at the presentation in Mobile, Alabama. Sgt. McGregor is also very active with the blood drives, the C.H.I.P.S. Fright Night, the Citizen’s Police Academy, the NH Special Operations Unit, the Recruitment Program, supervises the Resource Officers and manages fleet maintenance. He represents the Hudson Police Department very well. The Firefighter Award went to Martin Conlon. This award was presented to him by our Treasurer, Rick Bailey. Firefighter/EMT Conlon has been with the department since 2002. The quality of care that he provides to our citizens is excellent, always with the highest quality of comfort to those suffering from medical illness


or injury. Marty, as his peers refer to him, primarily works with maintaining the inventory of protective clothing and equipment that keeps our firefighters safe when fighting fires. Although he is not a resident of Hudson he is a definite asset to the Town of Hudson Fire Department. The Teacher Award went to


Seated: Bill & Alice LeBlanc with guide dog Wheeler.


Standing: Sgt. John McGregor, Police Officer of the Year; Jennifer LaFrance, Teacher of the Year; Paul Moore, Veteran of the Year and Martin Conlon, Firefighter of the Year.


Jennifer LaFrance. This award was presented to her by Sarah Leclerc. Mrs. LaFrance came to Alvirne High School in the fall of 2002 as an English teacher but has become so much more to the school community. She has taught an array of classes from freshman English to advanced placement British literature. She has become the leader of Alvirne’s acting troupe, Class Act. The plays put on by students have been recognized at the state and regional levels. There is a true sense of pride and belonging to the students and that’s in great part due to Jen.


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Bill & Alice LeBlanc receive the Community Citizen Award Alvirne’s Lane Chosen to be Superintendent


by Kristen Hoffman After a long search, the Hudson School Board


has chosen Alvirne’s Principal Bryan Lane as Hudson’s new Superintendent. Lane has been the principal for fourteen years. He will assume the role of Superintendent on July 1, 2012. The School Board held a non-public meeting on Tuesday, April 10, regarding the Superintendent search. Subsequently, the Board sent out a press release later that evening announcing Lane as the new Superintendent. Lane will replace Hudson’s current Superintendent, Randy Bell, who announced his retirement last winter, citing health concerns as a main factor in leaving. According to the School Board’s press release, Bell has worked in the field of education for nearly 50 years. “Mr. Lane’s direct, no-nonsense leadership style combined with high expectations and an unparalleled work ethic made him a clear choice for the position,” The Board wrote in the press


release. Lane was chosen out of three final candidates, beating out Hudson’s Associate Superintendent, Mary Ellen Ormond, and The Hollis- Brookline School District’s Associate Superintendent Betsy Cox-Buteau for the position. A fourth candidate, Trevor Erbel, the Superintendent of the Wilton- Lyndeborough School District was also a contender, but he dropped out of the selection process prior to his public interview with the School Board on April 4.


Mary Ellen Ormond has Bryan Lane


accepted the position of Superintendent at Inter- Lakes and Ashland School Districts in central NH.


She has since signed a contract with the District and will be leaving Hudson later this year. The School Board reached their hiring decision around 2 p.m. after nearly two hours of discussion on Tuesday. They called Lane down to the meeting so they could announce their decision in person. According to School Board Chairman Lee Lavoie, the Board reached a 5-0 decision on both hiring Lane, and offering him a contract. “It’s an exciting opportunity in a community I have a strong allegiance to,” Lane said on


Wednesday. During the interview process, Lane mentioned his dedication to the children in the


community. He said the children are what give him his level of energy, and he looks forward to working with the staffs and students in all of Hudson’s schools.


“Hudson has been a home to me for the last fourteen years, and I look forward to building new relationships with staff as well as community members as we work together for the children of this community, “ Lane was quoted as saying in the Board’s press release. As of press time, there was no word yet on


when the hiring process will start for a new Assistant Superintendent, or a new principal at Alvirne.


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