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Hudson - Litchfield News | April 13, 2012 - 9 Grange Awards- continued from front page


Mrs. LaFrance has created a Summer Shakespeare program that reaches out to students throughout the school district. This brings classical theater to a younger student population and allows them to have a wonderful experience that enriches their summers. The Veterans Award went to Paul Moore. Our Gatekeeper,


Patricia Jewett, presented him this award. Mr. Moore was originally from Litchfield and after graduating from Alvirne High School joined the Army and was deployed to Korea in 1987. There he was seriously injured when the parachute he used didn’t open properly. He underwent several surgeries at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC and was under medical care for over two years. He then retired from the service as a 2nd Lieutenant. Upon recovery he enrolled at NE University and earned a master’s


degree in Public Administration and then his law degree. The Honorable Paul Moore is the leader of the MooreMart, which he started by sending a box or two to his younger brother Brian while he was stationed in Iraq. Shortly after, his family and friends started sending gift boxes to the men in Brian’s unit. This project has grown to over 46,000 for our troops at this time. The Community Citizen Award went to Bill and Alice LeBlanc.


This award was presented to him by our Lady Assistant Steward, Rachel Scanzani and Lecturer, Emilie Leclerc. The LeBlancs are both active in raising and training puppies to help the blind. They are volunteers for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a nationally recognized, nonprofit training school for guide dogs. Bill is the regional coordinator overseeing about 15 families with over 400 volunteers from Maine to North Carolina. They teach the dogs with food and treats as rewards and then gradually take that away but still maintain a level of praise. When Bill and Alice speak the dogs listen. Raisers get the puppies at about eight weeks and keep them for up to 18 months. The hardest thing is giving them up – but you know that they will be helping someone. The dogs are worth up to $55,000 with their training and all but are given to the blind at no cost. The dogs not only offer companionship but serve a greater purpose that is to give blind people independence. The winners this evening will be considered for a statewide


Te Police Award went to Master Sergeant John McGregor. Tis award was presented to him by our Overseer Bob Haefner.


award at the NH State Grange convention in the fall. Dignitaries in attendance were the Reverend David Howe, Chaplain for the Hudson Fire and Police Departments; Police Chief Jason Lavoie and Fire Chief Shawn Murray. A silent auction was held and award winners were: Yankee Candle, Alice LeBlanc; Wine Basket, Kaeli Conlon; Town Afghan, Pat Jewett; Pampered Chef Bowls, Barbara Willis; Lap Robe and Pillow, Pat Jewett. The door prize went to Sarah Leclerc. Socializing followed with light refreshments. Hudson Grange is proud to honor all these deserving citizens that help to make our community a better one. Join us in congratulating them the next time you see them. We invite anyone interested in joining Hudson Grange to contact our Master Jerry Leclerc at 882-8602 or Overseer Bob Haefner at 889-1553.


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A rich source of information for future hunts is now out from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The newly published “2011 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary” summarizes data gathered by wildlife biologists from the various 2011 New Hampshire hunting seasons. This annual publication provides a complete breakdown of 2011 hunting season statistics, including many totals by town and Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). Statistics are provided for deer, moose, bear, turkey and furbearers. The “2011 NH Wildlife Harvest Summary” is available online at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/pubs/hunting.html. A limited number of print copies are available for pick-up at the NH Fish and Game Department in Concord and at Fish and Game’s regional offices in Durham, New Hampton, Lancaster and Keene. The report confirms that the total number of deer killed during the 2011 NH hunting season was 11,109. This was an increase of 14 percent from the 9,759 deer taken by hunters in NH in 2010. According to the report, recent limitations on either-sex hunting have helped speed up deer population recovery in much of the state. Of the total harvest, archery hunters took 2,787 deer; the muzzleloader kill was 2,251; and “regular” firearms hunters took 5,596 deer.


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submitted by Nancy Chalifour, Kindergarten Teacher Saint Francis of Assisi School in Litchfield celebrated Mrs. “B’s“ 90th birthday on April 3. She was joined by Josephine Oberto, a second grader, who shared the same birthday! The entire school enjoyed the cake after lunch. She’s is a longtime parishioner who has been involved in the Ladies Guild, the Religious Education Program, and for the past eight years as a kindergarten volunteer. This year, the sixth grade class dedicated the yearbook to Mrs.


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PRESENTATION Jim Crane reads the award proclamation


by Lynne Ober During the April 4, Litchfield school board meeting, Steve Martin, who is Business Administrator for the Litchfield School District was surprised to learn that he had earned School Business Administrator of the Year. Jim Crane, who is Executive Director of the Business Administrators Association came to present the award and told the audience and board, “Before a business administrator can even be considered, he must meet a set of criteria that includes working for a minimum of five years of experience as a business administrator, possess state certification as a business administrator and have continuous service.” “Steve Martin is a highly skilled business administrator who adds


great value to the Litchfield School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Elaine Cutler. When the Litchfield School District was faced with $2.144 million in loss of educational funding, the burden fell onto Martin to manipulate the various budget scenarios developed by school district administration. “Martin worked tirelessly preparing multiple budget scenarios


when the district was faced with a two million reduction in state adequacy funds,” said Cutler. In working on this challenging budget scenario, Martin was committed to conducting himself with the highest standards of professional and personal ethics and used all of his budgeting skills on behalf of the district. When the budget went to a vote, the school board presented


Jim Crane and Steve Martin at the award presentation.


a budget that represented hours of difficult budgeting work. However, within a few weeks, the legislature passed a law that would stabilize educational funding and Litchfield discovered that they would not lose the money. This, however, presented its own set of challenges. According to Cutler, “When funds were restored, he again presented multiple options for reinstatement of critical needs, while working simultaneously on an upcoming budget presentation to the school board and Budget Committee.“ Voters ultimately opted to spend part of the restored dollars and to return the rest of it to offset taxpayer property taxes. Martin has shown continued professional growth and


development while in Litchfield. He committed himself to actively encourage and develop those same qualities in those with whom he works. Over and over he has shown his ability to provide professional leadership in Litchfield schools, and the entire community.


“Martin manages all fiscal obligations of the district with great diligence in a highly competent manner,” said Cutler. “He has been a force in moving the district forward to a paperless environment. He recently published an article in SBA School Business Affairs on efficiency and appropriate planning in the area of technology. This is a well-deserved award.” As part of the award, Martin has received an all expense paid trip to the summer conference. Crane said the theme of this year’s conference was “Leader as Negotiator.”


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