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Hudson - Litchfield News | April 25, 2014 - 7


Litchfi eld Boy Scout Earns Eagle Scout Award


became the 23rd Eagle Scout from Troop 11. Included in the long line of predecessors are Ben and Andy Towne (sons of District Chairman Jeff Towne), Brad Loeb (son of Greg Ferraro) and Matt Rafferty (son of Matt Rafferty, Troop 11 Assistant Scoutmaster). The troop’s run of Eagle Scouts dates back 16 years to when Nathan Curtis became the troop’s fi rst recipient. Nathan is the son of John Curtis, who is currently the Assistant District Commissioner and was the troop’s Scoutmaster back in 1998.


Jeff Towne (left) and Keith Soucie (right) present Harrison Hidalgo with his white neckerchief, symbolic of attaining Eagle Scout rank


by Marc Ayotte On Saturday, April 12, scores of friends, family and fellow scouts attended an elaborate ceremony at the Litchfi eld Presbyterian Church commemorating the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Harrison Hidalgo. “Harrison is the youngest Eagle Scout we’ve ever had in the troop,” revealed Keith Soucie, who is the Eagle Scout Ceremony Coordinator. Soucie, who earned his Eagle Scout Rank in 1973, and whose son Dustin, preceded Hidalgo with the Troop 11 honor, also said of Hidalgo’s achievement, “it’s a very rare accomplishment to do it in such a short time frame.” “It’s the highest rank attainable,” noted George Weghorst, Assistant Scoutmaster of Litchfi eld’s Troop 11. His son, Eric, also received the honor some 10 years ago as a member of the same troop. Weghorst continued by saying “it’s a very high accomplishment; it takes years of work including a major Eagle Project serving the community.” While also fulfi lling the requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills, Hidalgo’s service project involved instituting a sign-in kiosk near the soccer fi elds located off Albuquerque Avenue in Litchfi eld. Having a love for the game of soccer, Hidalgo who started as


a Tiger in the Scouts at the age of six offered, “I’ve been playing soccer since I was little and wanted to contribute to the soccer program.” The entire project is an extensive undertaking and in Hidalgo’s case involved a variety of responsibilities in order to complete the project; ranging from petitioning the Litchfi eld Recreation Committee, to fundraising, to purchasing the materials to ultimately building, transporting and installing the kiosk at its fi nal destination. “I feel very happy, very satisfi ed,” exclaimed Hidalgo with respect to his undertaking, adding, “I’m very proud about achieving the rank of Eagle.” On Saturday, according to a troop source, Hidalgo offi cially


On hand for the event were several state and local offi cials. Representing the town of Litchfi eld and presenting citations to Hidalgo was Fire Department Deputy Chief Paul Allard, who is a former Scoutmaster and has two sons, Eric and Travis, who also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Additionally, Offi cer Heath Savage presented a citation on behalf of the town’s Police Department. State offi cials who attended and presented their respective citations were: State Senator Donna Soucy (on behalf of Governor Hassan) along with House of Representatives Ralph Boehm and George Lambert.


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Harrison Hidalgo addresses the crowd during the Eagle Response portion of his Eagle Scout Court of Honor proceedings


GMS Fourth Grade Touches the Industrial Revolution


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NWES Second Graders Learn Money Management


submitted by Gloria R. Eno, Nottingham West Elementary School On April 8, Nottingham West second graders had a visit from the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation. During a special program called “I Can Save,” they learned about the value of money and saving at a young age. This program aims to encourage students to begin a habit of saving that will continue as they grow


older. Since 2008, the NHHEAF Network Organization’s Center for College Planning partners each April with the NH Jump$tart Coalition and Fidelity Investments to support youth fi nancial literacy. All students received “moonjars” that contain three moneyboxes for spending, saving and sharing. They participated in a discussion of the difference between needs and wants, and shared some of the things they would like to spend and save for in the future. The “I Can Save” program also connects to the second grade math curriculum, where students are learning more about money and the value of coins.


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