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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 23 Number 32 February 22, 2013 16 Pages Hundreds Enjoy Winter-Fest


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A “behind” the scenes peak at dog sledding


by AJ Dickinson The gates opened at 9:30 a.m. for Litchfi eld’s own “Winter-Fest”


this past Saturday. It was frigid cold out that day but temperature wasn’t about to stop the 400 to 500 residents who found themselves enjoying the many activities planned for the day. Of the many activities at the fi rst ever Winter-Fest, there seemed to be a few favorites among adults and kids alike such as the dog sleds, the


Amy Steiniger sits in a dog sled with her two daughters Chloe, 9, and Ava, 2


snowmobile circuit, and the chili contest. The chili contest sold over 10 pounds of chili. Shawn and Darcy Donahue felt that they could use their knowledge of snowmobiles to help contribute to Winter-Fest. After brainstorming about how they might set up a station where kids could take a spin on a snowmobile. Even Shawn and Darcy’s two sons, who are both currently in their seventh year of racing snow- cross, got involved by helping to run the activity. Although this event


seemed to be one of the most popular activities that was provided there were many other things to do such as face painting for the kids, a residents vs. fi rst responders hockey game, the Granite State Kenpo Karate demonstration and a corn hole tournament to name a few. Towards the end of the day as the sun went down, laughing kids could be heard scrambling to their parents cars not empty handed, but carrying with them fond memories of their fun day at Winter-Fest.


11- year-old Katie Levesque rides a snowmobile around the circuit last Saturday at Winter-Fest.


A player from the fi rst responders’ teams frantically tries to block a shot from a member of the opposing team, made of Litchfi eld residents. T e residents brought home a 17-8 win over the fi rst responders on Saturday


Presentation of Mary Academy Mite Cheerleaders have a Winning Weekend


submitted by Presentation of Mary Academy The young cheerleaders at Presentation of Mary Academy (PMA) in Hudson had a busy weekend on February 2. They competed at Lowell Catholic in their fi rst competition and the only team to compete from New Hampshire. The girls were spectacular and wowed the crowd and their parents! The girls won second place and also won the Team Spirit award. After the long day on Saturday they were up early on Sunday, February 3, to compete at Souhegan High School for their Winter Blast competition.


The girls again performed so well with energy and enthusiasm that they came in fi rst place! The team consists of 16 girls in grades 4-6 and are coached, choreographed and directed for the last three years by Samantha Thompson and Emma Stalker both PMA graduates and now attend Bishop Guertin High School. They are also assisted this year by Lindsey Bielby and Natalie Cook. PMA is so proud of all the girls and look forward to their last competition on March 2 at Bishop Guertin.


Shawn and Darcy Donahue with their two sons, 11 year old Connor, 13 year old


Shane and their friend 13 year old Zack Balcom to help run the snowmobile circuit. Nearly 150 children signed up for snowmobile rides


Cold Weather Calls For Perfect Fishing


by Kristen Hoffman Despite the dropping temperatures and


blowing snow, area residents fl ocked the Hudson Kiwanis’ 27th annual ice fi shing derby on Robinson Pond. The derby was open to both children and adults and prizes were awarded based on the catch. According to Mike Falzone, President of the Hudson Kiwanis, 88 adults and 35 kids took part. The group was able to raise about $600 through proceeds. This year’s event was the fi rst one


T e windchill was visible on Robinson Pond for the fi shing derby.


marred by snow, but to the participants, this just added a new touch to the event. “It’s good to see the impact this event has one participants,” Falzone said, “each child got a ribbon to go with their badge, we’ve heard from parents who say their children haven’t taken their ribbon off yet.” Falzone commented on the success of the program, “We don’t do it for the money, it’s something to get people out. We had participants from as far south as Boston and as far north as Durham, it really brings the people out.”


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Elizabeth and Dylan Bliss bring in the catch for weighing. Both won trophies in Sunday’s Kiwanis Fishing Derby.


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Staff photos by Mike Falzone


Staff photos by AJ Dickinson


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