Hudson-Litchfield News

Eighth Graders Go To Nottingham West

by Megan Dupont-Brooks

Mrs. Beals, an eighth grade teacher at Hudson Memorial, and Ms. Lavoie, a second grade teacher at Nottingham West, have decided to bring their classes together.  On chosen Wednesdays every month, Mrs. Beals’ eighth graders will take a “field trip” to Ms. Lavoie’s class to meet with their book buddies.  Both teachers thought that this would be a good way to promote literacy.  Also, it is a good opportunity for the students to get involved with their community.

When the eighth graders first found out about the project, they were just as excited as the second graders.  Mrs. Beals and her class discussed everything that they were going to be working on with the second graders.  When asked about how she felt about the experience, Andrea Blanchard responded, “It’s a really good feeling to be a role model for book buddy.”  Another eighth grader, Ryan Demers, said, “It’s the best experience I’ve had to learn how to work with kids.”  The outcome thus far has been that both classes have worked on reading, writing, and poetry together.

Both classes agree that the “field trips” are a lot of fun, and they can’t wait until their next visit.

Senior Center Kickoff

by Lynne Ober

When Hudson’s Bill Tate and Maureen DiPalma donated land on Route 111 for a Senior Center, Herb Simpson began work.  According to Tate the property is just short of an acre and a half.  “It’s 300 feet by 200 feet,” he said.  “I originally bought the property with John DiPalma, but when he unexpectedly died, Maureen and I became co-owners.”

Meeting with Selectmen he told them that he planned to build a Senior Center at no cost to the tax payer.

On a sunny day, Tate and DiPalma joined Hudson residents and Herb Simpson to kick off the project.  Simpson said that a non-profit group is being formed for the Seniors.  “It will be a 503c tax exempt organization.  I’ve already had an opportunity to talk to the Governor about this [senior center] project and he was supportive.”

“We’ve already made plans for several fund raisers,” said Lucille Boucher.  “We are going to run the concessions at Lions Hall for the Friday night dance.  All proceeds will go to the building fund.  On June 18 and 19 we will sell hotdogs and hamburgers at Sam’s Club.”  According to Boucher, Sam’s will match any donations made that day so she’s hoping that Hudson residents will come out and support Hudson seniors.

According to Boucher they are also working with Alvirne’s Key Club to have a “jail” at Old Home Days and will be starting their basket raffle at that time.

From left to right:  Hudson Seniors President John Breen, Maureen DiPalma, Bill Tate, Dot Jacobs, Irene Tremblay, Russ Ober, Lucille Boucher, and Brian Mason.

Hannah Dustin Quilt Show

by Lynne Ober

This past weekend Hudson Community Center was decorated with nearly three hundred beautiful, complex quilts – all the work of the members of Hannah Dustin Quilt Guild.  The display was breath-taking.

“I invited Recreation Director Dave Yates to come to our show,” said member and Hudson resident Carolyn Inglis.  “I think he thinks we are a small group making a few quilts.”  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  

The Hannah Dustin Quilt Guild is a large, robust group that makes many contributions to the community.  They raised over $1,800 in one day for the New England Quilt Museum by auctioning off their quilts and they make dozens upon dozens of quilts every year that are donated to David’s House for sick children.

Hudson resident Jane Ruiter won Best In Show for her “Rhapsody in Blue” quilt. 

On Friday, when the show opened, they got to strut their stuff.  The quilts were professionally mounted on large quilt racks that the guild owns.  Members wearing white gloves [to keep the quilts clean] were available to turn the quilt so that viewers could see the backs as well as the front.

Half an hour after the show opened, the building was crowded with attendees who were oohing and ahhing as they saw the beautiful, varied quilts.

Hudson resident, Jane Ruiter won best in show for her “Rhapsody in Blue” quilt.  “Beyond the Color Purple by Jenny Haskins was my inspiration for this quilt,” smiled Jane.  “There are fifteen embroidered squares surrounding a larger embroidered center square.  I made the quilt for my daughter Joan.”

Joan S. Lang made the “Safari Crazy Quilt” for her daughter to commemorate her 2003 African trip.

“Remembering New Hampshire’s Old Man” was quilted by Carol Knight, who thought that she’d make a quilt to remember the Old Man after he came down in May, 2003.  She spent a long time designing the quilt, but the end result replicated not only the Old Man, but also the many variations of New Hampshire granite.

Nancy Bell and Carol Jehu were Co-Chairman for the Show.  Bell said that it came together quite easily.  “This is our sixteenth Annual Quilt Show, so we’ve had a bit of practice,” she smiled.

The Guild began in 1980 with 8 members.  Today it has over 250 members and is open to anyone who loves to quilt.  “We have people of all ages – from young moms to seniors,” said Inglis.  “The common theme is that we all love to quilt.”

The Guild meets the first Monday of the Month September through June at the Hudson Community Center at 9:00 a.m.  Anyone is welcome.

An original design by quilter Carol Knight

Extra Tree Removal Throws Litchfield Budget in the Chipper

by Lynne Ober

Between cuts made by Litchfield Budget Committee to the Road Agent’s budget and the snowy, cold winter, Road Agent DeCosta’s budget is over-spent.  Selectmen and DeCosta met to discuss options for bringing the budget back into line.

Board of Selectmen Chairman, Cecil Williams, said that he wanted to go over the budget and look at what could be done noting that he and DeCosta had had several meetings.

Selectman, Jack Shiner asked, “Gerry, what can be done?  Where would you pull the money?”

DeCosta pointed out that only the line item with the repair dollars for the culvert under Albuquerque Avenue had enough money.  That line item currently has $150,000.  “The culvert would have to wait another year.  It’s old; starting to rot out and should be taken care of because of the amount of water that goes through it.  I’m confident it will make it through this year,” DeCosta pointed out.

Selectman Pat Jewett was concerned about a $200 bill for a granite mailbox post.  “Why are we buying expensive granite mailbox posts?”

DeCosta explained that it had been a town policy to repair mailboxes damaged during plowing.  “It’s dark.  Visibility is very poor and the men get fatigued.  The wing plow can hit a mailbox.”  During one of the storms that’s exactly what happened explained DeCosta.  “The granite pole was frozen and shattered like glass.  We replaced the pole with another granite pole.  If you want me to tell the residents not to do that, I will, but I think they will be unhappy.  We hit on an average of ten to twelve mailboxes a year.”

Selectman, Jack Pinciaro strongly recommended that the culvert work not be put off.  He had gone though the budget and recommended cuts from a number of line items, including cutting the workman’s hours by $10,000.

DeCosta preferred to cut his own hours noting that quite a bit of maintenance still had to be done.  Roads need patching; equipment needs maintenance and cutting staff hours would make this impossible.

Selectmen also discussed an overrun in tree trimming.  DeCosta explained that he’d marked every dead tree lining the roads in town, gotten quotes and hired a contractor to take the trees down.  Then a resident called about another tree. 

“We had already completed the two days cutting at a cost of $3,200 and had to bring the contractor back,” stated DeCosta.  Unfortunately this dead tree had grown between the power lines and a crane had to be hired for this job.  The extra cost was $1,800.

When Pinciaro also questioned the overtime budget which is 59 percent overspent, DeCosta explained that was his hours for all the efforts that were needed during the snow storms.

Williams asked how many salt and sand reserves DeCosta had.  Although he has about two tons of salt and two tons of mix, he usually starts the winter season (November) with four tons of each.

Williams noted that the cuts made by the Budget Committee hurt this department.

Selectmen asked DeCosta to return next week with a plan.  Pinciaro urged him not to cut the culvert from the budget.

Paving the Professional Way

by Len Lathrop

Anyone on or around Lowell Road last Thursday knew that it was being paved; but did they know the scope of this operation?  Continental Paving started on the north end of the project with two paving crews and completed two lanes by 10:30 a.m.  Next, the traffic was directed onto the new surface and the paving crew three headed north by 3:30 to pave Executive Drive.

Thursday’s job included a top coat of 1 7/8 inches thick applied over the base that was put down last fall.  2,900 tons of asphalt was used for this top coat.  Three pavers, 7 rollers, 6 flow boy trailer trucks, 18 tri-axle dump trucks, and 1 tack tanker truck were used to complete the job.  There were fifty people from Continental involved in the day paving, plus 6 Hudson Police Officers.  3 State of New Hampshire Supervisors oversaw the work with Gary Webster supervising for the Town of Hudson.

This project was funded with both state and town monies with a cost of approximately $800,000.  The state of New Hampshire and the Town of Hudson staff who are involved in road work stated what a great job Continental Paving Company have done and that Continental was the only company they knew of that could have done this project with the speed and quality that they did.

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