Fionna Howes Qualifies for the State National Geographic Bee
During the week of January 4, through January 7, Hudson Memorial School held their annual school wide National Geographic Bee contest. Each student at Hudson Memorial School participated in the event.
The school’s contest consisted of three levels of competition with the top students at each level advancing to the next round. In the first round of the school’s National Geographic Bee, students competed against their class and a classroom champion was named in each of the forty-two social studies classes at Memorial School. Those forty-two classroom winners moved on to the next level of competition where they competed against the champions from the other classes in their cluster. The ten cluster winners representing grades six through eight then moved on to compete at the school level National Geographic Bee Contest. While competing at the school level of the National Geographic Bee, the ten cluster representatives competed in seven preliminary rounds of competition, four students participated in a final round of competition, two students participated in the championship round of competition and for the first time in many years the same two students competed in a championship round tie breaker.
The competition during this year’s National Geographic Bee at Hudson Memorial School was amazing. Each of the students participating in the event did an outstanding job representing their clusters at the school level competition. The third place winner of the school level competition was Eileen Goodwin, a sixth grader from the white cluster, who dazzled the audience throughout the competition with her knowledge of geography. Eileen was a close third to the runner up in the competition, Nathan Marino. Nathan representing the seventh grade white cluster, displayed outstanding knowledge of geography throughout the competition and was forced into a tie breaker round with Eileen to see which of the two would compete in the Championship Round of the competition against Fionna Howes the seventh grade advanced academic placement representative who moved to the finals with her stellar performance in the preliminary rounds of the bee. Nathan and Eileen dazzled the audience for several questions before Nathan defeated Eileen and moved on in the competition. Nathan Marino and Fionna Howes matched each other answer for answer in the Championship Round and an eventual tie resulted at the end of the round forcing a Championship Round Tie Breaker. During the Tie Breaker round, Nathan and Fionna continued to impress the audience with their knowledge and in the end Fionna Howes won the competition becoming the 2004/2005 Hudson Memorial School National Geographic Bee Champion.
The National Geographic Bee is a nationwide contest for schools in the United States. The Bee is open to students in grades four through eight who are not over the age of fifteen. It is a program of the National Geographic Society and a first place prize of a $25,000 college scholarship is offered to the nation’s top winner. To qualify for the National Competition, students must first compete at the School Level and then they need to pass a national test consisting of seventy questions to qualify to compete at their State Level Competition. Once a student has passed the national qualifying test, they compete against the top geography bee winners from all over their state and the winner of that competition advances to the National Geographic Bee Contest held in Washington, D.C.
Fionna Howes took the National Geographic Society’s national qualifying test shortly after winning the Memorial School Championship. She passed the test and will be representing Memorial School and the Town of Hudson at Keene State College as a contestant in the State Level National Geographic Bee on April 1. If Fionna wins the State Level Competition, she will move on to compete in Washington, D.C. on May 24 and May 25 with Alex Trebek hosting the competition. The students and staff at Memorial School are proud of Fionna and her accomplishments. She is an outstanding student with tremendous academic abilities and geographic knowledge. We wish her the best of luck at Keene State College and her quest to win the United States National Geographic Bee.
Hudson Election Results
2570 Citizens Voted
17% Voter Turnout
48 Absentee Ballots
33 New Voters
Selectman – 3-year-term
Lars Christiansen 386
Kenneth "Ken" Massey 1025 - Elected
Benjamin J. Nadeau 932
Town Clerk/Tax Collector – 3-year term
Cecile Nichols 2036 - Elected
Budget Committee – 3-year term
Howard L. Dilworth, Jr. 1538 - Elected
Thaddeus "Ted" Luszey, Jr. 1520 - Elected
Raymond Rowell 1520 - Elected
Cemetery Trustee – 3-year term
(Write-in) Brad Seabury 65
(Write-in) Robin Rodgers 29
Code of Ethics – 3-year term
Dianne Emanuelson 1599 - Elected
Douglas Robinson 1534 - Elected
Library Trustee – 3-year term
John Knowles 1684 - Elected
Mary Ann Knowles 1774 - Elected
Trustee of the Trust Fund – 3-year term
David M. Bouchard 1117 - Elected
Russell T. Ober, III 982
Trustee of the Trust Fund – 2-year term
Leonard Lathrop 1843 - Elected
Trustee of the Trust Fund – 1-year term
Edmond Duchesne 1784 - Elected
Article 2: Amend Article XIV-Impact Fees-Section 334-74.5
Yes 1744 No 680 Passed
Article 3: Amend Article XV, Enforcement and Miscellaneous Provisions
Yes 1548 No 860 Passed
Article 4: Amend the Town of Hudson Official Zoning Map by changing the zoning classification of Town of Hudson Tax Map 234, Lots 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44.
Yes 1476 No 922 Passed
Article 5: Water Utility Capital Improvements
Yes 1520 No 909 Passed (63%)
Petitioned Bond Article
Article 6: Bond for Land Conservation
Yes 1236 No 1210 Defeated (51%)
Article 7: Police Replacement Radio Communications System
Yes 1726 No 744 Passed
Article 8: Replacement Fire Pumper Truck
Yes 1268 No 1186 Passed
Article 9: Ratification of Multi-Year Contract negotiated between the Town of Hudson Board of Selectmen and the Highway Union for Wage & Benefit increases.
Yes 1318 No 1180 Passed
Article 10: Ratification of Multi-Year Contract negotiated between the town of Hudson board of Selectmen and the Hudson Police Union AFSCME Local 3657 for Wage & Benefit Increases
Yes 1435 No 1042 Passed
Article 11: Ratification of Multi-Year Contract negotiated between the town of Hudson Board of Selectmen and the Hudson Police, Fire and town Supervisors Association for Wage & Benefit Increases.
Yes 1352 No 1144 Passed
Article 12: Factfinder’s Report (Fire Department)
Yes 919 No 1570 Defeated
Article 13: Wage and Benefit Increase for Town Clerk/Tax Collector
Yes 1402 No 1074 Passed
Article 14: Operating Budget
Yes 1471 No 991 Passed
Article 15: Part-time Water Utility Clerk
Yes 1273 No 1208 Passed
Article 16: Associate Planner
Yes 406 No 2061 Defeated
Article 17: Revised Property Tax Exemption for the Elderly
Yes 2157 No 307 Passed
Article 18: Revised Property Tax Exemption for the Disabled
Yes 2077 No 375 Passed
Article 19: Revised Property Tax Exemption for the Blind
Yes 2043 No 393 Passed
Article 20: Revised Veterans Tax Credits
Yes 2134 No 318 Passed
Article 21: Library Expansion Capital Reserve Fund (Library Fund Balance)
Yes 1598 No 836 Passed
Article 22: Library Trustees as Agents to Expend
Yes 1568 No 846 Passed
Article 23: Land Use Change Tax Revenue Surplus
Yes 1630 No 781 Passed
Article 24: Discontinuance of Animal Shelter Capital Reserve
Yes 2048 No 396 Passed
Article 25: Hills Memorial Library Expansion Expenses
Yes 993 No 1508 Defeated
Article 26: Full-time Adult Services Librarian
Yes 969 No 1525 Defeated
Article 27: 50% of Revenues of future payments from Land Use Change Tax placed into Conservation Fund.
Yes 1360 No 1111 Passed
School Board – 3-year term
Lars Christiansen 1258 - Elected
Lynne Ober 1254
Gary J. Rodgers 1487 - Elected
School District Moderator – 1-year term
Paul E. Inderbitzen 1924 - Elected
School District Clerk – 1-year term
Ann M. Seabury 1834 - Elected
School District Treasurer – 1-year term
Cecile Y. Nichols 1922 - Elected
Article 1: The Operating Budget
Yes 1636 No 808 Passed
Article 2: District-Wide Computer Technician
Yes 1368 No 1099 Passed
Article 3: SAU Personnel Salary & Benefits
Yes 1470 No 982 Passed
Article 4: Alvirne High School Boiler
Yes 2039 No 439 Passed
Article 5: Hudson Memorial School Building Repairs
Yes 1984 No 495 Passed
Article 6: Varsity Hockey at Alvirne High School
Yes 899 No 1576 Defeated
Litchfield Election Results
2234 Citizens Voted
43% Voter Turnout
90 Absentee Ballots
60 New Voters
Selectmen – 3-year terms
M. Patricia Jewett 1419 - Elected
Raymond C. Peeples, Jr. 1217 – Elected
Alfred C. Raccio 594
Budget Committee – 3-year terms
William Spencer 1519 – Elected
(Write-in) Dennis Miller 62
Budget Committee – 1-year term
(Write-in) Brian McCue 61
Fire Chief – 1-year term
Dwayne Hogencamp 648
Thomas B. Schofield 1373 - Elected
Library Trustees – 3-year terms
(Write-in) Diane Jerry 31
(Write-in) Michaela Huston 36
Library Trustees – 1-year term
Amy Goldstein 1567 - Elected
Library Trustees – 2-year unexpired term
Mona H. Lepine 1548 - Elected
Road Agent – 1-year term
Gerard J. DeCosta 1316 - Elected
Roderick W. Jones 565
Town Clerk/Tax Collector – 3-year term
Theresa L. Briand 945 - Elected
Carrie-Anne Pace 868
Treasurer – 3-year term
Horace W. Seymour 1539 - Elected
Trustee, Town Trust Funds – 3-year term
Horace W. Seymour 1511 - Elected
Article 2: Adoption of the Zoning Ordinance Amendment No. 1 (Temporary Placement of Manufactured Housing)
Yes 1596 No 451 Passed
Article 3: Adoption of the Zoning Ordinance Amendment No. 2 (Impact Fees)
Yes 1417 No 546 Passed
Article 4: Adoption of the Zoning Ordinance Amendment No. 3 (Extending expiration of Growth Management Ordinance from 2005 to 2006)
Yes 1470 No 532 Passed
Article 5: Adoption of the Zoning Ordinance No. 4 (Albuquerque Avenue Set back minimum)
Yes 1687 No 379 Passed
Article 6: Raise and appropriate the sum of $850,000.00 for the construction and fit-up of a fire station at the intersection of Wood Hawk Way and Albuquerque Avenue.
Yes 1044 No 1088 Defeated
Article 7: Operating Budget
Yes 1150 No 874 Passed
Article 8: Raise and appropriate the sum of $502,392.00 to complete Albuquerque Avenue.
Yes 1452 No 707 Passed
Article 9: Raise and appropriate the sum of $245,000.00 to engineer and construct a road drainage system on Corning Road.
Yes 898 No 1179 Defeated
Article 10: Hire a full-time police officer effective July 5, 2005.
Yes 852 No 1259 Defeated
Article 11: Raise and appropriate the sum of $62,532.00 to correct the drainage pattern of the Aaron Cutler Memorial Library.
Yes 1199 No 916 Passed
Article 12: Raise and appropriate the sum of $147,000.00 for Phase I of a two-year town-wide revaluation plan.
Yes 1046 No 1035 Passed
Article 13: Approve the cost item for wage and related costs that have been included in the collective bargaining agreement.
Yes 1181 No 876 Passed
Article 14: Increase the veterans’ tax credit currency from $100.00 to $300.00.
Yes 1435 No 605 Passed
Moderator – 3-year term
(Write-in) John Regan 56
(Write-in) Phil Reed 33
School Board – 3-year term
Cynthia Couture 1398 - Elected
School Board – 1-year term
Dorothy A. Bearegard 1501 - Elected
Clerk – 3-year term
Lynn Baddeley 1549 - Elected
Treasurer – 3-year term
Lynn Baddeley 1493 - Elected
Article 1: Raise and appropriate the sum of $19,836,269.00 for the construction, furnishing, and original equipping of a new elementary school.
Yes 1193 No 998 Defeated (needed 1315)
Article 2: Construction, of new preschool through grade three elementary school and alter Griffin Memorial to house grades four and five.
Yes 656 No 1374 Defeated
Article 3: Operating Budget
Yes 1234 No 870 Passed
Article 4: Sell or convey the Griffin Memorial School and its associated land and buildings.
Yes 1048 No 1083 Defeated
Article 5: Replace the entire original roof at Litchfield Middle School.
Yes 1571 No 567 Passed
Article 6: Approve a four (4) year lease-purchase agreement for purchase of Ford F-350 truck for district wide use.
Yes 849 No 1290 Defeated
Article 7: Establish a capital reserve fund for school capital improvements, building maintenance and repair.
Yes 1143 No 970 Passed
Article 8: Expanding the computer literacy teacher position at Litchfield Middle School to full-time.
Yes 1227 No 913 Passed
Article 9: Part-time music teacher at Campbell High School.
Yes 1188 No 957 Passed
Article 10: Public Kindergarten
Yes 1194 No 948 Passed
Article 11: Training for the School District’s required implementation of the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement Number 34 Accounting Standards.
Yes 1106 No 998 Passed
Article 12: Treasurer to appoint a Deputy Treasurer for a 1-year term.
Yes 923 No 1157 Defeated
Article 13: Adopt the provisions of RSA 40:14 (b) to delegate the determination of the default to the municipal budget committee which has been adopted under RSA 32:14.
Yes 595 No 1413 Defeated