Hudson-Litchfield News

Campbell High School Students Bring Performing Arts to Griffin

submitted by Sebrina Schultz

Students at Griffin Memorial were treated by a special performance last week presented by Mrs. Freeman’s “Craft” students.  The high school students created hand and rod puppets from clay heads using paper mache and various art materials.  The students worked in groups and created skits that incorporated themes in “Character Education.”

Griffin’s Guidance Counselor, Fern Seiden, worked out a schedule for grades 1 - 4 to enjoy the performance.  On Tuesday, May 31, Mrs. Freeman and her class (Kayleigh Brickley, Lindsay Delude, Shawn DesRoches, Shelby Dionne, Kelley Flanagan, Michael Galimi, Thomas Kurth, Maura McQuesten, Julia Miville, Amanda Rankins, Lynlee Rodgers, Adam Scofield, Lauren Seabrook, Melissa Smith, Brian Iwanicki, Melissa Quigley) packed up Les Maison des Freemanettes Puppet Theatre and headed to Griffin.

Griffen Performance

The performance was a sure success.  It turned out to be a learning experience for both the high school and elementary students.  The “Crafts” class learned about performing arts and how to be evolved with younger children.  Griffin’s students not only had the opportunity to learn about moral values such as honesty, courage, and citizenship, but they also were excited to learn about more advanced art forms.

       Following the performance, the younger students were given a chance to ask questions about the “Character Education” skits and how the puppets were made.  Shawn DesRoches took the lead in this activity to help the students gain a greater appreciation for the performing arts.  Hopefully this will be the beginning of future integration between Campbell’s Art Department and Griffin.

A New Home for “Sandy”

by R. Rodgers

Last week’s Doggie “Jane Doe” has been identified as “Sandy” a female German Shepard owned by Tanya Goodwin of Litchfield.  Goodwin turned herself in to the Hudson Police on Monday, June 13 after a search for Sandy’s owner blanketed the area.  Goodwin was charged with Cruelty to Animals/Abandonment a Class A Misdemeanor and could face up to a year in prison.  It is reported that Goodwin left the dog on Speare Road in Hudson in hopes that someone would find and care for her.  That error in judgment led to a rescue effort by Hudson Fire and Police last week. 

It is unknown how the dog got from Speare Road to an Island on Miles Swamp.  When a Glenn Drive neighbor heard consistent barking for several days he alerted Police and the subsequent rescue took place. 


The German Shepard was secured at the Hudson Police Department Animal Control Facility under the care of Animal Control Officer Jana McMillan.  MacMillan transported the German Shepard to the Hudson Animal Hospital for examination.  Due to Sandy’s weakened condition the Hudson Animal Hospital could not treat her with any medication.  Sandy was infested with ticks, fleas, and was severely dehydrated, as well as, being under weight.  MacMillan patiently cared for her and Sandy is now on the mend. 

Goodwin voluntarily singed over ownership of Sandy to the Hudson Police.  One of Sandy’s rescuers Firefighter Pat Robertson has been visiting and helping to care for Sandy and he is very interested in adopting her.  Robertson has two cats and a Border Collie named Molly at home already but he thinks they will welcome Sandy.  “I just recently put one of our dogs down and we talked about getting another dog for companionship for Molly.  Sandy is a good dog needing a good home.  We are going to hopefully have a ‘meet and great’ with Molly tomorrow and if all goes well she can stay,” said Robertson.  Although she will not be well enough to come home for a while, it sounds as though there will be a good home waiting for her. 

Ottarnic Pond Restoration Progress

Submitted by Tim Sawyer

One of Hudson’s natural resources has been threatened by invasive, exotic plant species for years.  Ottarnic Pond, located across the street from Dairy Queen, has an exotic plant known as variable milfoil.  The milfoil is not natural in this part of the country and has been taking over ponds and lakes in the area.  Because it drains oxygen out of the water and grows so thick it is a threat to the animals and natural plants in the water.  Ottarnic Pond had so much milfoil that a group of concerned citizens got together to find a way to take back their pond.

Flat boat on Ottarnic

One June 1, less than a year after the group got together, at around 8:00 in the morning, two trucks from Aqua Control Technologies Inc. Lake Restoration arrived at the pond.  The four men that came to the pond had recently mapped out the pond to decide the most strategic places to drop a granular herbicide that would kill some of the out of control weed.  Before they could apply their chemical they first had to set up their watercraft.  The men attached a device, similar to a seed spreader, to the front of their boat.  The boat they were using was a 20 foot airboat; similar to the boats used in Florida’s Everglades.  The boat, they said, would be able to drop the chemical into the water without stirring it up.  They chose this type of boat because it uses a large fan to drive the boat so it can go into very shallow sections of water bodies, without tearing up the bottom of the pond.  Once the boat was all rigged up, the men had a packet they made up of how much chemical they needed to treat the pond.  The bags of Aqua-Kleen were placed into the boat along with large, colorful, buoys.  The buoys were used to mark off the sections of the pond to be treated.  While two men did that, the other two drove their truck around to place signs around the pond.  The signs informed residents not to use the pond until June 9 for irrigation, swimming, and fishing.  The whole treatment took about two hours.

A lot of people that have heard about milfoil treatment have many questions about the chemicals.  Aqua Control Technologies is welcome to questions.  Their contact information is located on the bright yellow signs around the pond.  According to the men, the chemical is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will do little, to no damage to the pond’s ecosystem.  Also, a representative from the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture arrived at the pond to take a sample of the chemical and a bag that stored the chemical.  He also stayed to take pictures of the men treating the pond to make sure that everything they were doing was by the book.  Mr. Ken Warren from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) and Mr. Tim Quinn from Hudson’s Conservation Commission were also there to oversee the project.

The chemical treatment of Ottarnic Pond is only one step being taken by residents of Hudson to protect this natural resource.  Another step taken is implementing a volunteer-based lake host program.  The lake hosts are made up of volunteers and paid workers who spend a few hours a week at the pond inspecting boats and trailers to make sure that there are no weeds going into or coming out of the pond.  This program is important, because the milfoil spreads by fragmentation.  This means that only a small piece of the plant needs to be used to start an infestation.  Volunteers are also starting a water-sampling program, similar to the one on Robinson Pond.  This testing will give the town valuable information about the minerals such as phosphorus and nitrogen, and bacteria, such as E. Coli, that are in the pond.

Unfortunately, because of the nature of the weed and its healthy population in the pond, subsequent treatments will be needed, the first treatment was $20,000 and was paid for by DES and the town of Hudson’s Conservation Commission.  The supporters of the pond are hoping to raise most of the money to treat the pond for next year.

If anyone would like to visit the pond, men from Aquatic Control Tech stated that there would be a dramatic difference in the weed infestation in as little as three weeks.  If you arrive at the boat launch and see the lake hosts remember to thank them for their hard work and determination.  If anyone has any questions about the pond supporters, or would like to learn more about how to help, visit the pond’s web site: and watch the Hudson-Litchfield News events calendar for the next Friends of Hudson’s Natural Resources meeting.  Finally, because restoring this pond is a continuing effort, donations are accepted.  Donations may be sent to Town of Hudson at 12 School Street, Hudson, New Hampshire 03051.  The check should be made out to “Town of Hudson” with a memo reading “Conservation Commission:  Ottarnic Pond.”  Every little bit helps.

Editor’s Notes

The Hudson-Litchfield News is proud to honor the graduating class of 2005 from Alvirne High School and Campbell High School with this week’s and next week’s Editions.  Graduation is an exciting time in our community and we hope that everyone enjoys our coverage of this wonderful event for these great young people. 

Campbell”s Graduation is tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Campbell High School Athletic Field.  The Alvirne Class of 2005 Commencement will take place at the Verizon Center in Manchester on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

The 3rd installment of our Look at the Master Plan, by our correspondent, Karen High, is further down the page.  As we journey with the ever changing Master Plan, we hope to keep you informed.

Happy Father’s Day to all the community Dads!

Alvirne Art Show at Hills House

by Lynne Ober

For the second year, art work from Alvirne High School students was on display at Alvirne Hills House.  The community was invited to view the show and to watch demos of art being made. 

This year both Alvirne art teachers, Deb Ballok and Maria Chute, were on hand to talk with community members about the programs. 

“The art program is growing at Alvirne,” said Mrs. Ballok.  “Next year we will have ten introduction classes and as a result we had to cut some of the other classes.  The students do amazing work.”

In one of Ms. Chute’s classes, each of the 16 students had to find a chair to transform.  They could go to a thrift market, find one on the side of the street or…” she laughed.  Then we worked on them.

Ms. Chute stands with marionettes that were made by students who took her 3D Media Design class.

Sophomore Jack Bouchard really “took off” in oil painting according to Mrs. Ballok.  He also offered a demonstration of how to paint using oils during the art show.

Senior Michelle Raymond, who will study Interior Design at New Hampshire Community Technical College, did a drawing demo and talked to watchers about the strategies behind drawing a picture.

Senior Jessica MacMillan not only had a mini-display, but provided pottery demos using a pottery wheel.  She plans to study at the Massachusetts College of Arts in Boston and exuberantly said, “I’m going to try everything.”

Senior Heather Suprenant plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and wants to major in Animation.  All of her art work was uniquely energetic and as beautiful as this portrait. 

Seniors were featured with a write up and a mini show on a padded panel.  “We wanted to highlight their work during the last year,” said Mrs. Ballok.

If you missed this year’s show, plan to attend next year’s.  “We promise to have more publicity next year,” said Mrs. Ballok.  “This year we had a problem getting confirmation that we would have the display panels so we hesitated to advertise too much before the show.”

Hills Memorial Library News

Children's Room Highlights:  Camp Wannaread summer reading program is underway and we are having fun enjoying the presenters, story times, and reading to our hearts content.  One of the cool things about the reading program is that you can earn book bucks for the amount of time you read.  With book bucks, you can “buy” a compass, a water bottle and assorted items as well as books and videos.  Stop by the Children's Room check out desk and pick up some information about how you can join in the fun too. 

Authors Celebration, where we read books written by a particular author and do a craft will resume in the fall.  Family Fun Night will also start back up in September.  Breeze into the Children's Room in August for dates and times. 

Adult Services Highlights:  Why should kids have all the fun?  Join our "Read for Rewards” adult summer reading program.  From June 23-August 27, get a raffle ticket for every book you read.  There will be weekly drawings for prizes from local merchants, restaurants, and more. 

Middle and High School Students Highlights:  Come to the Library Thursday evenings June 23 - July 28 for special activities.  There will be refreshments and door prizes.  Each participant will get a raffle ticket.  Pre-registration is requested.  You can call or register in person.  There may be room for walk-ins but call the library in advance to be sure, some programs have limited space.

June 23: Schools Out Sundae Celebration 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Celebrate summer with a "make your own sundae" party.  Come for a night of games and crafts.

We will be decorating canvas bags that can be used for books or on the beach.  Carry your favorite beach reads in a bag you decorate yourself!  Lots of great summer books will be available.

Miss Edie and Miss Cheryl (Bandit the Bear) had a "beary" good time sharing with Library Street School students all of the awesome activities they have planned for the summer reading program:  "Camp Wannaread”

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