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2 - April 13, 2012 | Hudson - Litchfield News Easter Egg Hunt at Benson Park

by Marc Ayotte Hundreds of children accompanied by their parents showed up to Benson Park to take part in the second Annual Town of Hudson Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt on April 6. With the lower parking lots jammed-full, along with a car- lined Kimball Hill Road, the joyous anticipation of the egg hunt was met with enthusiastic children enjoying early evening, sunny skies which certainly made for a ‘Good Friday’ in deed, for all those in attendance. The plastic eggs, which were filled with

various little toys and candy grew in number tremendously so over last year. There were

approximately 4,000 eggs used for last year’s hunt but with the efforts of Megan Kostro, that number skyrocketed to over 12,000 for this year’s double session event. Starting at 6 p.m. children in the first grade and younger lined the perimeter of the amphitheater field, waiting on the words of Recreation Director Dave Yates, to begin their hunt.

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Governer Lynch presents a citation

by Len Lathrop With a kick-off concert on Wednesday afternoon, the Alvirne B Naturals head to the Cherry Blossom Festival in the Nation’s Capitol. Governor John Lynch was on hand

Te B Naturals perfom a number for the crowd

to present the group with a citation for their achievements and for being select as the only choral group from New Hampshire to take part in the annual celebration. Under the direction of Elizabeth Beaton these

talented students represent their school, their town and their state, stated the governor as he spoke to the singers.

sandwich at a pic-nick, it took the younger children just minutes to swarm onto the field to collect all the eggs. After clearing the field of egg hunters, several volunteers assisted in reloading the open area - scattering the remaining 6,000 or so eggs for the second group of children, comprised of second graders and older, to have their turn. This time the Easter

Bunny (a.k.a. Carl Dubois) accompanied Yates to the center of the field. Despite the Easter Bunny’s imposing 6 foot 4 inch frame, the older group showed a tad less patience, blowing past the guest of honor and Yates before the count of zero was reached, trying to scavenge up as many eggs as possible. Throughout the event, the Easter Bunny mingled with the crowd, carrying his own Easter basket of goodies that he shared with the many children. Additionally, before he left for the evening, he was very ‘hoppy’ to have his picture taken with

Winners of the grand prize for the second grade and older Easter egg hunt at Benson Park were Jordan (left) and Regina

the children and parents, alike, creating memories to look back upon. “This is just a fun community event,” noted Dave Yates. According to the Rec. Director, the local Girl Scout troops were instrumental in filling the eggs with the assorted ‘goodies.’ With regard to their effort, Yates joked “we thought it would be a simple task, but stuffing all these eggs was quite an adventure.”

Winners of the grand prize for the first grade and younger Easter egg hunt at Benson Park were Samantha (left) and Nicklolas

Included in the thousands of eggs were four ‘special’ eggs, randomly placed throughout the designated park area. Two eggs were used in each of the age brackets, with the children that plopped those beauties into their collection basket receiving a special prize (see photos).

Alvirne’s B Naturals Head to Washington

Bass Receives Distinguished Community Health Defender Award

submitted by Stephanie DuBois Members of the Bi-State Primary Care Association recently honored Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) with their ‘Community Health Defender Award’ for his support of community health centers during a trip to Capitol Hill. Bass said:

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“I’m honored to be recognized by the Bi-State Primary Care Association, but the Association and its members across the state are the ones most deserving of our thanks for the hard work they do in providing critical health care services to under- and uninsured individuals and families. Community health centers play a vital role in controlling health care costs for everyone, and we’re fortunate to have more than 20 centers across the Granite State serving the needs of local communities. Having toured many of these centers and met with staff and volunteers, I will continue working to ensure Congress supports these crucial programs.” Tess Stack Kuenning, CNS, MS, RN, the Executive Director of Bi-State Primary Care Association, said, “Congressman Bass has been an avid supporter of Community Health Centers throughout his political career. Because of the affordable comprehensive quality care they provide to our most vulnerable populations across the state, Congressman Bass made them a centerpiece of his health care priorities. We are extremely grateful for his unwavering support.”

Bass has long been a

Congressman Charles F. Bass was recently honored by the Bi-State Primary Care Association with their ‘Community Health Defender Award’ for his support of community health centers across New Hampshire. From left to right: Richard Cotter of Ammonoosuc Community Health Services; Dawn McKinney of the National Association of Community Health Centers; Edward Shanshala II, CEO, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services; Ann Peters, CEO, Lamprey Health Care; Bass; Tess Stack Kuenning, Executive Director, Bi-State Primary Care Association; and Sean Patrick Tester of Ammonoosuc Community Health Services.

supporter of community health centers as a means to reduce health care costs by providing urgent and primary care to uninsured and underinsured individuals and families. Bass signed a letter last month to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee asking the Committee to fund the Health Centers program at $3.1 billion during the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations process. Bass is also a member of the Congressional Community Health Center Caucus. Bi-State Primary Care Association is a nonprofit organization that

works with federal, state, and regional health policy organizations, foundations, and payers to develop strategies, policies, and programs that provide and support community-based primary and preventative health care services in medically under-served areas in New Hampshire and Vermont.

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by Len Lathrop Two weeks ago we reported to our readers about some improvements being made by Hudson Youth Baseball to the field between Alvirne High School and the Hills Garrison Elementary School. There have been many changes made to this field since 2006, when the school department first entered into an agreement with Hudson Youth Baseball (HYB). Over the years since 2006, the baseball league has make improvements to the complex which now has a 70 foot base path with the proper base path material and new infield grass and added a storage shed to the site,

upgraded the fencing and many other changes. HYB was before the School Board in Mach to request approval to continue field improvements, which included new enclosed dugouts, the installation of a flagpole and the installation of a portable batting cage. Also to run electricity to the concession stand. We hope that this clarifies the work that the HYB has completed since 2006 and their goals for the 2012 season. The photos show the new dugout the were constructed by the students of the Alvirne building trades department.



Staff photos Marc Ayotte Staff photos by Len Lathrop

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