6 - April 20, 2012 | Hudson - Litchfield News
New Hampshire State Employees’ Charitable Campaign is Underway
submitted by Granite United Way This year’s New Hampshire State Employees’ Charitable Campaign is currently underway and will run from April 16 until May 25. For the sixth consecutive year, it will be chaired by Labor Commissioner, George Copadis. It is administered by Granite United Way.
All 12,586 state employees are invited to participate in the campaign which offers them a coordinated opportunity to contribute to various charitable organizations providing critical health and human service programming across the state. Speakers from some of these organizations are also invited to a number of departmental meetings to discuss their programs. The 2012 campaign fundraising goal is set at $414,055. “This past year, we have seen thousands of NH residents affected by the economy, natural disasters and other unexpected circumstances. As employees of the State of New Hampshire we are looked to for our leadership, and I am honored to chair this important effort once more in 2012, as we lend a helping hand to our family, friends and neighbors in need,” said Labor Commissioner, George Copadis. “I’m confident that the past generosity displayed by state employees will again be evident.” Last year’s State Employees’ Charitable Campaign raised over $414,000 for approximately 400 different organizations. State employees who wish to participate can contribute in one of two ways; they can make a one-time gift or spread out their contribution through easy payroll deduction. Those who give 1 percent or more of their salary are considered members of the prestigious Golden Dome Circle which is led by Revenue Commissioner, Kevin Clougherty. These members accounted for 33 percent of last year’s total campaign. “Granite United Way feels fortunate to be able to partner with the State of New Hampshire on the State Employees’ Charitable Campaign. There are many important organizations that rely on this support each year and the success of this campaign is always encouraging,” said Patrick Tufts, President & CEO of Granite United Way.
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Campbell High was the start and finish of the sixth Annual LMS 5K race to benefit the middle school’s cross country team The 5K race was divided up into six age categories, with the
youngest group being ages 9-14 and the oldest reflecting runners fifty and older. Trophies were awarded to the top male and female finisher in each of the six respective categories. The fastest overall time was turned in by Campbell High junior Nathan Helie with a time of 19:56. The first female to finish was Bishop Guertin junior Katie Soraghan, completing the course in 26:08. Helie and
Soraghan were both in the 15-19 age category. The other winners and their respective age categories were as follows: 9-14 Kaylee L’Etoile and Maxwell Dupont; 20-29 Angela Chouinard and Sean Munnelly (due to zero runners in this division, he was awarded first place after finishing second in the 15-19) ; 30-39 Sally Abdulla and Derek Barka; 40-49 Marilyn Soraghan and Roger Webb; 50+ Kelly Dunn and Brian Crockett.
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Girl Scouts Explore STEM Engineering
submitted by Shelley B. Chase Keystone Junior Girl Scout Troop 10530 of Hudson recently participated in a STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) Engineering program at Daniel Webster College in Nashua. Working with women in the engineering field and students from Daniel Webster College, the girls had an exciting day exploring science and engineering. They earned their “Science Sleuth” badge from hands-on experience with simple machines, robotics, computer and chemical experiments. The program was sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers.
With a robot-in-the-making are Girl Scouts Olivia C., Ashley S., Kristina F., Chloe T., Sarah B., Norah C., Brigid S. and Jessica F.
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Harold (Mason Masotta) and Marian (Meghan Sullivan) at the River City Footbridge
Hudson Republican Committee hosts Gubernatorial Candidate
submitted by Bryan Donovan, Hudson Republican Committee At the March 28 meeting of the Hudson Republican Committee, NH
Gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne spoke to the Hudson committee. With Lamontagne from left to right are NH State Rep. Shaun Jasper, Hillsborough County Attorney Dennis Hogan and Alvirne Young Republicans Chairman Alex Tucci.
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In addition to these wonderful leads, more than three dozen other fantastic cast members rounded out the show’s strong ensembles of townspeople and traveling salesmen. The Music Man was also supported by the usual suspects behind stage, including Mike Secla, Jan Walsh, Mike O’Keefe, Erin Hebert, and the entire Weis family. The Stage Crew was led by Jared Soucy and Alishia Soto and several Alvirne students and alumni. The Pit Orchestra, comprised of talented HMS and Alvirne musicians, also did a magnificent job mastering more than two dozen toe-tapping songs, including “Seventy Six Trombones,” “Til There Was You,” “Pick-a-Little/Talk-a- Little,” and “The Wells Fargo Wagon.” “These kids are just fabulous,” gushed Mrs. D between acts, “The Music Man
was a lot of fun to work on this year.” One of the best things about every HMS musical performance is that it truly pulls together the Hudson community and school district from its high school stage hands and key volunteer members of the Alvirne band to the Drama Mama Team and all Hudson fifth graders, who get a special “sneak preview” of the show, as well as the school. Perhaps the best compliment was
paid by a Hills Garrison fifth grader, Michael, who attended the Thursday morning opener of The Music Man. He enthusiastically summed up the performance as “awesome” and loudly declared at intermission, “I can’t wait to come here next year!” Bravo to all on another wonderful HMS spring musical!
Half the Cost
in Half the Time!
Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
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