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Hudson - Litchfield News | April 27, 2012 - 17. Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?

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”Thumbs up to the wonderful neighbors of

Pinewood, Ironwood and Sandalwood Roads! I fell in February and broke my arm and leg. Surgery marked the beginning of months of tough rehabilitation. Unable to walk, drive or care for my family, my amazing neighbors sprang into action. Visits to the rehab center bringing magazines and fresh fruit, a schedule of neighbors cooking homemade meals for my family back home, and today visits and food now that I am home - all meant I could concentrate on getting better. Thank you, all! This neighborhood is very special, and my family and I are fortunate to have you as friends!”

“Thumbs down to the person who released a red eared slider turtle into Beaver Brook. I found this turtle and rescued it, then I set up a complete tank for him to stay in. Hopefully he will survive, but do to your dumb action of releasing your turtle, he could die. When he was found he was starving, had a beat up shell, and was dehydrated. They live in Florida, not New Hampshire, hope you’re happy with what you did.”

“Thumbs up to Dave on the corner of Pinecrest

and Albuquerque. I really appreciate the bottle of water! I finished my run strong.”

“Thumbs down to parents who enjoy conflict. Grow up and move on!”

“Thumbs up to Kelly and Tim O’Neil of O’Neil Cinemas in Londonderry. Thank you so much for your huge donations of popcorn for Griffin Memorial School’s Family Bingo Night and Mother / Son Movie Night. Your generous donations helped make both nights so much fun.

We really can’t thank you enough for being so supportive of GMS. Thank you!”

“Thumbs up to Rec. Director Dave Yates. I recently attended a Seniors’ meeting and Bingo at the Community Center. After the meeting, I returned two hours later to the Community Center for my grandson’s ‘Big Game’ basketball season ender. All of the seniors’ tables were put away and the entire gym floor was washed. I think it actually smelled like lemons, too! I am not sure how you got it done in only a couple of hours, but my family thought it was a great time for the kids!”

“Thumbs up to people who take time out of

their lives to beautify our public areas! You enrich your community while getting some exercise in the fresh air. The world would be a better place if more people followed your lead. Thank you!”

“Thumbs up to the Alvirne Music Dept for

receiving 5 Superiors in Quebec! We are so proud of you! You are great kids and fun to be with!”

“Thumbs down to that left-wing radical who thinks the way to fight crime is to confiscate guns from law abiding citizens. Guns don’t commit crimes, criminals do. Stop coddling those who break our laws with weak sentences and early parole and start enforcing the laws we already have. Remember, if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!”

“Thumbs down to the absolutely ignorant statement about guns in last week’s paper. You do realize there are more deaths due to car accidents than guns. Also, do you really think these

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criminals who are shooting people are getting their guns legally? Really? But if we use your logic I think you shouldn’t drive anymore because you may kill someone. So start taking the bus please. And just a side note: I have owned guns all my life and not once have they shot and killed anyone. Guns don’t kill, people kill. If there are no guns, they will use a knife, etc. So

please don’t infringe on my rights just because you don’t like them.”

“Thumbs up to the man who is cleaning up Robinson Road. Your kindness and hard work are to be commended. You are a big plus to the community. Thank you!”

“Thumbs up to Mrs. Luszey for helping my student get his missing work even when she was out sick herself. It was much appreciated.”

“Thumbs up to the Alvirne Students who built the dugouts at the Hills Baseball field. They are a nice asset to the field. Nice job!”

“Thumbs down to people who litter. Let’s all try to keep our town clean and looking nice and make Hudson a town that we can be proud to call home.”

“Thumbs down. Let the hysteria begin. The

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Chicken Little that placed a thumbs down to draw in the tragedy in Greenland to the legislative actions on gun carry and control is so misguided, it is truly sad. If you really believe that the perpetrator would have abided by gun laws when he had absolutely no regard for human life, as you obviously believe so, you exist in a dimension lacking any sort of reality. Your agenda of absolute gun control where nobody owns a gun would be better served by the use of a relevant credible example of how control would be a benefit. Here’s an example: people prone to histrionics that drive their irrational thought

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603-635-2012 RAYS NH State Championship Results

submitted by Rhonda Bleeker The Rockingham Area Youth Swim

(RAYS) team completed their fall/winter short-course yard season with the New Hampshire Swim Association State Championship meet on March 16-18. There were several outstanding swims by RAYS swimmers at this meet. Scoring at this meet were the top 16 places per event except that teams were limited as to the number of entries that could score per team per event. Overall, the RAYS team placed 6th in a field of 14 club team of vastly varying sizes. For the individual events, the swimmers were limited to competing in three events selected by their coaches. The Litchfield swimmers placing in the top 16 at this meet included Owen Caprioglio in the 8 & over boys age group, Emi Caprioglio in the 9-10 girls age group and Katie Soraghan in the 17- 19 girls age group. Owen distinguished himself among the 8 & under boys by placing first in both the 50-yard backstroke and the 100 Individual Medley swims. Emi Caprioglio placed 15th in the 50-yard butterfly event for 9-10 girls and Katie Soraghan placed in all three of her individual events placing seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke, ninth in the 50-yard freestyle and 10th in the 100-yard freestyle among the 17-19 girls. These Litchfield athletes, along with

Jenna Breault of Hudson, also swam in scoring relays at the State Champs. Among the 8 & under boys, Owen Caprioglio and his RAYS teammates, Jack McCarthy, Miller Swank (Windham) and Owen Nelson garnered first place finishes in both the 100-yard Medley Relay and the 100-yard Freestyle Relay. This was the second year running for first place in the medley relay with Owen leading the team with the 25-yard backstroke leg. Emi

Caprioglio led her 9-10 girls relay teams, swimming the backstroke in the 200- yard Medley Relay along with teammates Emily Craven (Windham), Abbie Patchen (Pelham) and Sarah Leinbach to place 14th. Emi, Emily and Sarah were joined by Emma Stahly to place 14th in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay as well. Jenna Breault was joined by her teammates Alli Martin, Hailey Gagnon and Rebekah Terry to place 14th in the 11-12 girls 200-yard Freestyle Relay. Among the 15 & over girls, the team of Tricia Caiati of Salem, Katie Soraghan of Litchfield and Angela Bleeker and Emily Matsco of Windham placed 15th in the 200-yard Medley Relay with Katie swimming the breaststroke leg. Katie led her team in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay to take 11th along with teammates Angela, Tricia, and Meghan O’Connor of Windham. The RAYS wrapped up their 2011-2012 season with an awesome team banquet at the Castleton in Windham on March 30 during which Katie Soraghan was honored with the coaches award for 15 and over girls and Owen Caprioglio was honored with the MVP award for 8 & under boys. The RAYS are currently accepting registrations for the 2012 Spring/Summer long-course meter (LCM) season. Practices will begin on April 16 for Seniors and April 30 for the Juniors and Age Group swimmers. For more information on the team, including registration information, visit

process and breaks from reality should never ever be allowed to own or be in close proximity to a gun of any sort and be placed on a watch list.”

“Thumbs down. Not realistic complaining about lax gun laws, then blaming conservative politicians. Laws on the books don’t change criminal behavior. Having retired from federal law enforcement, I know we have plenty of laws already. Enforcing them is another question. Laws only work when people respect them. Anti- gun legislation affects good guys, not bad guys, because they don’t care. A criminal who wants a gun badly enough will find one.”

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Several of the RAYS Seniors group swimmers and coaches with NH State Champs banner. Back, left to right: Tricia Caiati (Salem), Coach Marilyn Soraghan (Litchfield), Alex Dimes, Ben Dyson. Front: Julia Bushell, Meghan O’Connor (Windham), Emily Matsco (Windham), Katie Soraghan (Litchfield), Nick Bergstrom, Angela Bleeker (Windham), Brianna Nowicki, Alex Holzberger and Coach Chelsea O’Neil. Congratulations to all of the RAYS that competed at the state meet!

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