Hudson Youth Baseball’s Opening Day Festivities Usher in Season

by Lynne Ober

The skies were gray and gloomy, but no rain fell.  The breezes chilled the spectators, but high spirits and joy were visible on the field.  Spring was just around the corner and baseball was starting. 

The Hudson~Litchfield News antique truck with the mascots, Fungo and Shag.

For the more than 700 players, many coaches, and parents the day began at 10:00 a.m. when uniforms were distributed as they gathered at the Rec Center on Oakwood Street.

Then it was off to line up for the annual parade.  “We had great community support again this year,” smiled Hudson Youth Baseball President Ron Falcone.  “The Hudson Police Department did a great job of traffic control.  All of us liked having the ambulance and fire truck in the parade and without a doubt the hit was the Hudson~Litchfield News Antique Truck with the mascots.”

Arriving on the field the teams lined up and waited for introductions.  It was quite a sight to see nearly 800 people lined up around the edges of Lions Field.  As Hudson Lion, Past District Governor Gary Rodgers raised the flag Hudson Memorial Student Cindy Robinson sang the national anthem.  The Lions Club built the Water Street facility more than 40 years ago, and it is still enjoyed by hundreds of ball players in Hudson.

The Pride mascot, Shag, Strutted his stuff along the first base line.

The Pride and Fishercats mascots strutted their stuff along the first base line.  They waved to the crowd and teams and everyone waved back.  Many photo opportunities took place and both mascots threw out a “first pitch.”  The Lowell Spinners sponsored all the old Yankee teams (now named Spinners) and Reebok and Sports Authority are both major sponsors this year. 

Teams were introduced by division.  Once each division had been introduced a ceremonial first ball was thrown out by local dignitaries, including Hudson Police Lt. Bill Avery, Fire Chief Shawn Murray and Selectman Rick Maddox.  

Sam Bonney-Liles was one of the excited kids who got their uniforms.

The concession stand was open for snacks and people were encouraged to stay and chat after the introductory ceremonies.  The concessions were a big and added much-needed funds into the till.  Hudson Youth Baseball is a non-profit organization and depends on team sponsors and other fundraisers to provide the amazing program for Hudson youth.

Practices start next week and it won’t be long until the familiar sounds of “Play Ball” are heard.

Will House Ethics Committee Expel Jordon Ulery?

by Doug Robinson

District 27 State Representative Jordan Ulery, who is a private investigator, has been called before the New Hampshire House Ethics because of actions which occurred with the Nashua Police Department last September 2005.

On April 17, Jordan Ulery will meet with the Office of Legislative Services in Concord for his hearing with the Ethics Commission.  The hearing is open to the public and begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.  For more information, call 594-3600.

According to Nashua Police reports, Ulery was pulled over twice within a five-day period back in September.  The Nashua Telegraph reported that according to Nashua Police Chief Timothy Hefferan, Ulery tried to intimidate the Nashua Police.

Police documents state that Jordan’s explanation of his activities was due to “being on official House business.”  In speaking with Ulery, he was “doing a fellow state representative friend a favor” by checking the amount of truck traffic on that specific stretch of road in Nashua.  Police documents also suggest that Ulery stated that he was being “detained” and that the officer would be “in trouble.”  The House was not in session and the committee to which Ulery was supposed to be going to is an ad-hoc committee, called the House Republican Alliance Committee, which holds no legislative credence.

The following excerpts are taken directly from the Nashua Police Department’s nine pages of testimony from the responding police officers.  Ulery has forwarded to the Hudson~Litchfield News, his six-page reply to the House Ethics Committee.

On January 4, Nashua Police Chief Timothy F. Hefferan, petitioned the House Ethics Committee with regard to an “incident … that stems from contact that several of our officers had with Representative Jordan Ulery, R-Hudson on September 25, 2005.  Representative Ulery was being investigated for suspicious activity in Nashua and when detained by officers, he identified himself as a state legislator and asserted that he was engaged in official business of that office.  The investigation by the officers revealed that Representative Ulery was apparently engaged in private investigative work, not relating to his position in the State Legislature.”

Chief Hefferan continued to state in his petition that Representative Ulery “attempted to use his position in State Legislature to discourage the officers from investigating his suspicious activity and found it necessary to lie to the officers about what he was doing.  Even more disturbing is that Representative Ulery apparently attempted to intimidate one of the officers from performing his duties by claiming that the officer’s detention was causing him delay in attending a Caucus Meeting at the State House and that the officer would be ‘in trouble’ for that delay.”

On Tuesday, September 20, 2005, Nashua Police was dispatched to King Street, Nashua for a report of a suspicious person in an early model gray and blue Ford Bronco.  The responding police officer had also been informed while on route to the scene that this “same party” was in the “same area” on September 17.  On this date in question, he had been observed walking in the backyard of another house on Notre Dame Street, and the officers at that time recorded his activities in the police log as “stalking.”

Upon approaching Ulery’s vehicle, the police report states that Ulery “immediately told me that he was conducting surveillance for official House of Representative business.”  When asked by the police officer what his business involved, Ulery responded “that he was not at liberty to tell … because it was private House of Representative business.”  Upon being asked as to why he was walking around the property of the Notre Dame home, Ulery stated “he was here on that day on a separate issue.”  When asked who Ulery was working for, “he (Ulery) would not give me any names due to the securities of the House of Representatives.”

Local neighbors told the Nashua Police that Ulery was seen walking on private property with “a camera around his neck.”  When approached by neighbors and asked why he was on the property, Ulery stated he was “looking for Scott Smith.”

While the Nashua Police were interviewing the witness, the police noticed that Ulery was leaving the scene.  As the police were investigating a “stalking” complaint, the Nashua Police Department pursued Ulery and stopped his vehicle.

The police reports states, at this point in time, “that I was now in trouble for violating his constitutional rights of going to the State House.”  When asked if the “House of Representative was in session at this time (the House meets on Wednesday morning), “Jordan immediately stated to me that he was going to a Caucus meeting and that I was going to be in trouble for stopping him.”

While Ulery’s license was being verified, Sgt Masella of the Nashua Police Department arrived to assist Officer Kevin Girouard.  When Sgt. Masella asked Ulery why he “was in the area, Ulery said he was doing work for another member of the representatives monitoring traffic on Haines Street.  When questioned as to why he was on King Street instead of Haines Street, Ulery indicated that he thought that he was on Haines Street and that he “must have just been on the wrong street.”  Upon being questioned as to whom in the House he was working for by Sgt. Masella, Ulery commented that “he was not going to give a name of another representative.”

Ulery went further to state that he “worked for a company that hired him to talk to Scott Smith about why all the letters they had sent him came back return to sender.”  When asked “what company he worked for and where they were located … Jordan stated that he works for a company by the name of Covert Consulting, and the he was not sure where they were located.”  Jordan later told the Nashua Police that he does work for this company about once a month.  The purpose of his camera, as explained by Ulery, was to take the picture of the person with whom he speaks.

In speaking with Bob Carrie of Covert Consulting, Whitman Massachusetts, Carrie stated that “Jordan did work for him, and that he should have been more forth coming with information … because Ulery told him he had some responsibility in the issuance of investigators licenses in New Hampshire.“

According to the New Hampshire Licensing from the New Hampshire State Police, “that Sgt Porrier was the only one that had a say in the licenses, and that there was not a board of directors that oversees the licensing office.”  In speaking with Carrie again at Covert Consulting, Nashua Police were informed by Carrie, that “there was not too much he could tell me, except that Jordan had told him that he was in the House of Representatives, and that he did work on the directors for the license’s bureau in New Hampshire.”

Later that morning, Ulery contacted the Nashua Police Department and questioned as to why they were calling his employer.  “We were attempting to determine whether or not he had a legitimate purpose on King Street and if he had violated any laws, as he was not truthful with our officers at the scene.”  Ulery told police that “he could not speak of the case he was involved in because it would violate some law in Massachusetts.”  Police informed Ulery that the “safety of Nashua citizens was our primary concern and that Massachusetts law was not.”  Ulery stated that the motives of the Nashua Police were “political in nature” to which he was told that “we were called based on his activity and that if any political overtones took place that they were at his doing.”

Jordan Ulery’s response to Chairman Russell Hilliard, Legislative Ethics Committee, was that the “allegations presented by the chief are specious and without merit.”  He goes on to state that “the reports of his officers have grossly misstated the events of that day and, for whatever reason(s), do not reflect factual activities.

Ulery stated that before “becoming a member, the Nashua Police Department and I had several encounters.”  He also goes on to state that the events of the two days in question are “separate and unrelated.”  Citing responsibilities of his Massachusetts Private Investigator license, (MGL 147:28), “any person…who divulges to anyone other than to his employer … any information … shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.”  Ulery states that “I eventually surrendered to the threatening, assaultive posturing of the Nashua Police and provided the name of a company for which I had done work...”

“The second incident involved doing a favor for a fellow member who shall remain unnamed.  This involved attempting to determine the validity of certain allegations that had been received from citizens to that member.  I agreed to provide that service gratis.  There is a manufacturing plant at the end of King Street and that there is occasional truck traffic upon that and neighboring streets.  Just watching for early morning truck traffic, that was all.”

Ulery goes on to state that he had an “NHHRA (New Hampshire House Republican Association) meeting at or about 8:30 a.m. on the date of the “confrontation.”  Ulery states in his letter to the chairman, when asked by the “young officer” if he worked for Speaker Scamman, “I told him that I ... work for you.”

Upon “departing the area heading for Concord, … I was stopped shortly thereafter by a speeding, siren blaring, cruiser … and upon asking why I was stopped … the young officer, immediately called me a liar and threatened me with arrest for stalking … I suggested he call a supervisor for I was late for my meeting and he had no right to detain me.  The officer then, incorrectly according to those with much more experience than I, stated that the House was not in session and the Constitution did not apply to what he was doing.  This from a man who moments earlier had stated that he didn’t know what we did up here.  Indignantly, I told him the Constitution applied to everything he and I did.  Perhaps angrily, I then expressed my intention to drive away.  The young officer moved his right hand to the butt of his weapon and said that would not be a wise action.  I stayed put, remembering that officers of the Nashua Police Department had shot a person under similar circumstances.  I made no attempt after that initial demand that my office be respected to leave the area, cooperating as best I could with the four officers involved.”

Ulery continued by stating that “when the supervisor arrived I was asked for whom I worked … (and) I told the officer I was an independent contractor and worked for many people.”

“There was an apparent confusion in the names of the streets,” said Ulery.  “I am not familiar with the section of Nashua … being in a tense situation, threatened with arrest by a young aggressive officer who kept his hand on his weapon may have contributed to the disorientation.”

Ulery continued in his statement to the Ethics Committee by stating, “Before allowing me to depart the area, the supervisor told his junior officer to leave.  The sergeant then came to my vehicle window as I was confirming my appointment with the Secretary of State’s office by cell phone.  The supervisor told me that I was lying to his officer for some reason.  I asked, ‘what lie?’  The sergeant told me that I was in the area on private investigation work, not legislative work and that I was despicable for attempting to hide behind my office.”  The supervisor then told Ulery, according to his letter to the Ethics Committee that “he was still considering arresting me for stalking and that one of us would have been extremely embarrassed.”

According to Jordan Ulery’s letter, “No laws were violated, no guidelines or rules of the House … were violated, no abuse of office for personal or pecuniary gain was undertaken, and not sexual offenses were made by this member.”

In a letter to the Hudson~Litchfiled News, Ulery states, “Thank you for the call.  I reiterate no crime was allege or committed.  No financial gain was alleged or committed.  No sexual favors were requested.  Those are the three elements, in essence, of unethical conduct as found on page seven, of the ethics handbook.  As a public trust the office of legislator can not be used to pursue a private interest and no private interest was pursued.”

However, in reviewing the “Prohibited Activities” section of the Ethics Booklet, dated November 2004, it appears that there are several rules which may be of interest to the Ethics Committee: 

  • Rule II C:  Threaten reprisals or promise inducements of any kind to influence another so as to obtain special personal benefits for the legislator, the legislator’s family or for certain constituents which would not be available to others under similar conditions.
  • Rule IV:  Legislators shall not use state-provided services or facilities for private gain.  

The Conflict of Interest Procedures for State Legislators state: 

  • Page 13, II:  When a legislator becomes aware that a conflict of interest exists or may exist … will provide a description of the conflict of interest including:  names of all entities, both public and private, the nature of the benefit, the nature of any relationship, and additional information as may be required to permit clear public awareness and understand of the nature and extent of the conflict.

The Legislative Code of Conduct states: 

  • I.A:  A legislative employee or officer should view his ... work for the General Court as a public service and should strive to promote the common good of the citizens of the State of New Hampshire…
  • I.B:  A legislative employee … should act in a way that makes him … worthy of the trust the General Court places in staff members

Under Prohibited Activities: 

  • IIIB: A legislative employee … shall not use or attempt to use the employee’s officer’s official position to (a) personally obtain any privilege, exemption, special treatment or any other thing of value…
  • III.B:   A legislative employee or officer shall not use state-provided services or facilities for private gain.  

Ethics rules state that with “respect to any recommendations concerning disciplinary actions to be imposed, the committee may recommend one or more of the following: reprimand, censure, (or) expulsion from the Senate or the House of Representatives.

Again, Jordan Ulery will meet with the Office of Legislative Services in Concord for his hearing with the Ethics Commission.  The hearing is open to the public and begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.  

Selectmen Respond to Needs of Hudson Seniors with Unanimous Motion

by Doug Robinson

Selectman Richard Maddox, during the March 28 meeting of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Hudson, made the motion to establish an organization which would service the needs of the senior population of the Hudson community.

“With the increasing growth in the numbers of older persons (over 300 units approved/under construction), I believe it is time for the town of Hudson to start the process of investigating the needs of this group.

“I would like to form an advisory council to begin to look at other communities and what they are doing, their successes and failures, and get an idea of the costs of various programs.

“OPAC (Older Persons Advisory Council) would be made up of seven individuals.  The Board of Selectmen would have one individual, the Budget Committee would have one individual, the Recreation Department would have one individual, and the citizens (of Hudson) would have four individuals,” states Maddox.

The responsibilities and tasks of the members of OPAC as outlined would involve:

  • What other towns are doing;
  • Cost of various programs;
  • How are the other towns started;
  • Are there grant/other funding sources available;
  • What are the (building needs, short and long term, and if the Oblate is feasible;
  • How can we bring all of the new over 55 communities into the program; and
  • How do other towns deal with non-resident issues.

In speaking to his motion, Maddox stated that “until you see the older person housing in this town, there is a need.  We need to look at how we can go about … using a sensible plan … looking at opportunities ... how we can support this group.  We need a practical plan, looking at how others have done this … in the long term … looking at this as a place for the seniors to go.  We need to look at the fire calls; ambulance calls … and the cost of this center.”

Upon questioning by BOS Chairman Ken Massey, Maddox explained that the “goals of the advisory council would be to give input to the Board of Selectmen.”  Maddox continued stating that the purpose of the proposed council would be set up “so that we can start the process as a town, as a town function or a town department.  We need to start formalizing this as a group for the Town of Hudson.”

Selectmen Shawn Jasper, Kathleen MacLean, and Ken Massey, all voiced their concerns with Maddox’s motion for various reasons.  While Selectman MacLean felt that this Advisory Council would be a duplication of efforts, Jasper raised concerns regarding involvement from the seniors and requested that the town have a public input session in efforts to obtain more specific information from the seniors.  Chairman Massey stated concerns that the Hudson Seniors is a “private organization” and that they are free to ask anybody from town government for any assistance which they desire.

Debate continued to center on the Advisory Council becoming a part of the town and integrated into town government.  “We need to start somewhere,” commented Maddox.  “We need to look at this Advisory Council as a town concept.”

The motion, as presented by Selectman Maddox failed to pass by a vote of 3/2, with Massey, MacLean, and Jasper voting in the “nay.”

Upon further discussion with regard to setting up a meeting time between the seniors and the Board of Selectmen to discuss their needs, Selectmen Jasper, asked of Len Lathrop, Board of Directors for the Hudson Senior Council on Aging, “I have no idea how he feels one way or the other, but …” at which time, Selectman Maddox invited Lathrop to speak to the Board of Selectmen on behalf of the Hudson Senior Council on Aging.

Lathrop stated, “They (Hudson Seniors) were scared of you people (Selectmen).  If you want them to come, they will fill up this building.  They were very receptive and want to get the ball rolling, collectively working together.  They know it is a long road ahead.

“We can say that the selectmen of our town have recognized them as an important commodity that needs some representation and some services, and the way to appropriate those services is through an ad-hoc committee.  These are wonderful people, the core of the community … and if we have funding for the youth, we should have funding for the seniors.”

Chairman Massey then stated that “since you have provided some additional information here tonight, I think a motion to reconsider would be in order.”  Selectman MacLean made the motion to reconsider and selectman Maddox seconded the motion to reconsider. 

Selectman Ben Nadeau commented that he sees this council much on the same line as the Recreation Committee.  “That is what I was under the impression of and that is what I was hoping for.”

The motion passed 5/0, to establish an organization which would service the needs of the senior population of the Hudson Community.

DARE Graduation Enjoyed by All

by Lynne Ober

The essay winners posed with Principal Lecklider and Officer Bob.  Pictured from left are Matthew Edgar, Michael Stone, Jonathan Carter, Molly Connor, Amanda Ledoux, and Kasey Soucy.

As the culmination of their D.A.R.E curriculum, Litchfield Middle School students and parents gathered in Campbell High School auditorium for a graduation followed by refreshments, provided by the LMS PTO, in the cafeteria. 

The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program is a kindergarten though high school program which deals not only with drug issues but life skills as well.  D.A.R.E provides students with factual information on drugs, gangs, and violence and the consequences of becoming involved in high-risk behavior and teaches coping skills to resist the pressure to use drugs or to become involved in dangerous activities.

Litchfield D.A.R.E. officers, Officer Bob Bennett and Officer Heath Savage were on hand to celebrate the students’ achievements.  Campbell High School Choral Director Jill Deleault led the group in singing the Star Spangled Banner.  Principal Tom Lecklider, an enthusiastic supporter of this curriculum, participated as did Cheryl Abbott from the Manchester Monarchs.

Principal Lecklider opened the ceremonies with a warm welcoming speech, telling his students that “this was not the end of D.A.R.E.” and reminding them to take their knowledge with them throughout their lives.  He told the students that they had done a great job writing their end-of-curriculum essays and that he was proud of what they had accomplished.

Each student got a bracelet, a D.A.R.E. certificate, and bumper sticker.  The students were called to the stage class by class.  With the teachers announcing the names, Officer Bob, Principal Lecklider and Officer Heath presented the end-of-curriculum items.

Abbott thanked the students for their participating and showed an inspirational video that the Manchester Monarchs had made in support of D.A.R.E.  The video interspersed fast-paced ice hockey action with comments from the players about why they didn’t do drugs or alcohol and why they supported D.A.R.E. 

The message is that “It’s OK to say NO.”  The players talked about some of the strategies that they used and that are taught by D.A.R.E. for avoiding alcohol and drugs.

Each student wrote an essay about what they liked and what they learned.  A winning essay was chosen from each class.  Each of those winners was called to the stage and presented with a D.A.R.E. lion.  The essay winners were Matthew Edgar, Amanda Ledoux, Molly Connor, Kasey Soucy, Jonathan Carter, and Michael Stone.

Then Molly Connor was called back to the stage.  She was the overall winner of the essay writing contest.  Officer Bob asked her if she’d like to read her essay, but she preferred that Officer Bob read it.  After reading it, Molly was presented with a new Schwinn bicycle.

Then the students adjourned to the cafeteria to enjoy cake and cookies with their classmates and parents.

Winning Essay – ‘What I Learned In D.A.R.E.’

by Molly Connor

I learned a lot in D.A.R.E. this year and I thought it was really fun.  I think the D.A.R.E. program is very important and people should listen to it.  I believe D.A.R.E. has taught me to never do drugs or try to solve things with violence.

One thing I learned in D.A.R.E. is the D.A.R.E. decision-making model (DDMM).  D is for define the problem.  A is for assess what the choices are.  R. is for respond which is when you pick a choice.  E is for evaluate when you think about whether the choice you picked was right.  The DDMM has helped me understand how to get through problems.

Tobacco was another thing we learned about in D.A.R.E.  I’ve learned that it will be hard to play sports if you use tobacco and if you smoke around other people you could affect them too.  Smoking can cause diseases and sicknesses that affect you badly.  Those are some things I’ve learned about tobacco.

Officer Bob Bennett presents Molly with the bicycle that she won for writing the best essay.

Another thing I was taught is how marijuana and alcohol can be very hazardous to your health.  Both of these can affect other people as well as yourself.  The smoke from a cigarette can get into the lungs of the people around you.  If someone has been drinking alcohol and then goes to drive in a car, they could get into an accident and hurt the people they crash into.  This is why I think alcohol and marijuana are bad for you.

I have also learned about friendship from D.A.R.E.  I was taught that if you want to be a good friend you should be trustworthy and honest.  Also a good friend always shows respect towards you and understands your feelings.

A problem you could have with friends is peer pressure; this is when your friends try to get you to do something you might not want to do, like smoking.  Some kinds of peer pressure are friendly but other kinds are bullying.  Ways to stay out of these situations are to avoid people who are doing things that you don’t want to be doing, saying no and walking away, and just ignoring people who ask you to smoke or take drugs.

Another thing I learned in D.A.R.E. is ways to be in charge.  To avoid the situation you can stay away from places you know that people smoke, hang around with people who don’t do drugs, or giving the person who asks you the cold shoulder.  If you are already in a situation and need to get out here are a few ways how.  You could say no in a very strong voice so you know they understand you, or say no and give a reason, also you could try changing the subject, or another is to give a repeated refusal, but the worst way to try to get out of a situation is to use humor because even if you find it funny the person you’re talking to may take it offensively.

The last thing I learned in D.A.R.E. was about personal pressure.  This is when you know you shouldn’t do something, but want to anyway.  The best way to avoid this problem is to stay away from any temptations.  Most personal pressure problems aren’t very serious, but when they involve things like alcohol or smoking it could get serious, so you should try your best to stay away from anything that could get you involved with those kinds of things.

I think all of the things I have learned in D.A.R.E. will lead me to a violence- and drug-free life.  D.A.R.E. has taught me so many important things I need to know for the future.  I have learned about smoking, tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, friendship, peer and personal pressure and staying away from and getting out of risky situations.

I pledge to be a safe, respectful, trustworthy, and honest person throughout my life.  I also will stay away from bad situations.  I will help my friends when they need it and help them to resist drugs also.  I pledge to live a drug- and violence-free life!

French Exchange Students Visit Alvirne High School

Alvirne High School is hosting its first group of French exchange students from the Lycee Les Pierres Vives, a school in Carrieres sur Seine, a town on the outskirts of Paris.  Twenty-two students and two teachers are visiting Hudson from April 4 - 19.  While here, they are living with host families, attending classes at Alvirne, and visiting sites of historical interest in New England and New York City.

The students and teachers are:  Mme. Debray (teacher), Mme. Spartacus (teacher), Arnaud Mavrin, Audrey LeBreton, Audrey Penascais, Celeste Anjubault, Clarisse Petteni, Clemence Alengrin, Delphine Descamps, Fabien Habasque, Gregoire Boivin, Ilan Giguel, Jean Denoyel, Zoe Anjubault, Jeremy Lalloz, Lazare Jolly, Louis Eveillard, Marina Hossine, Mathieu Eychene, Marine Bureau, Nathalie Catalan, Samy Habib, Victor Lorenco, and Vincent Chaintron.

Matt Emmanuelson Continues Family Legacy by Earning Eagle Rank

by Lynne Ober

Matt Emmanuelson, an Alvirne High School sophomore, earned the rank of Eagle and then opted to delay that award until he could celebrate with his entire family, including his grandparents.

Matt Emmanuelson with his mother, Diane, and father, Jeff.

Matt, a handsome, well-rounded young man, earned Scouting’s highest award by completing his complex Eagle Project, the construction of dugouts for the ball fields at Greeley Park.  Along the way Matt learned how to present a site plan and to apply for and get the appropriate permits.  He thanked his Uncle Chris, who is also an Eagle Scout, his grandpa and his father, Jeff Emmanuelson, also an Eagle Scout, for helping with his project.  This year for the first time ball players will be able to sit in the shade, protected from stray foul balls and weather, should it rain on a ball game.

When asked why he chose that particular project, Matt recalled sitting on the dugout benches during games.  He wanted to provide something for the community as well as complete his project and he certainly did.

Matt first joined Scouting as a Cub Scout at the age of 7 and has been active ever since.  He earned Cub Scout’s highest award, the Arrow of the Light.

When he was old enough for Boy Scouts he joined Troop 21.  He was elected to the order of the Arrow in February 2003. 

Matt joined the re-chartered Troop 252 in April 2004, serving as the first Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and its second Senior Patrol Leader.  In April 2005 he led the troop in hosting the Arrowhead District Camporee held at the historic Hills House. 

The Eagle ceremony was filled with dignitaries who wished Matt well, including, Troop 21 Scoutmaster, Ben Dibble, who spoke about Matt and his Troop 21 accomplishments and wished him well.

Steve Davis read the Eagle Charge, gave Matt a belt buckle, a lapel pin from Mix I. Silver, and presented the National Eagle Scout Association award.

Al Beals, Arrowhead District Eagle Board, presented the Eagle pin to Matt.

Matt plays the saxophone and, as one of his merit badges, he earned the music merit badge.

Today he continues his love for baseball and even though he no longer plays on the Little League, he has become the Umpire in Chief for Hudson Youth Baseball and is a certified Babe Ruth Umpire who works in the Cal Ripken division.

He has been a member of the Alvirne High School cross country team and has participated in both winter and spring track.  In 2005 he earned the Most Improved Player award in cross country.

Selectmen Respond to Litchfield Resident Complaint

by Lynne Ober

When the last section of Albuquerque Avenue opened in Litchfield, a second entrance to Town Hall was established and a second lighted sign with reader board was installed.  Local activities are often listed on the reader board.

At Monday’s selectmen meeting several residents who live on Westview Drive spoke to selectmen about the brightness of the sign.

George Shark told selectmen that the sign lights up his home and yard.  Although he has installed a fence around his backyard, the second floor of his home is still flooded with light.  Shark characterized his home as “like daylight all the time.”  He pointed out that it is difficult to sleep and he asked if the light couldn’t be turned off.  “There is little to no traffic on Albuquerque Avenue when it gets late.  It would also save the town some money.”

Other Westview residents agreed with Shark’s statements.  They pointed out they purpose was to open a dialogue and see what could be done.

Shark said that he felt the sign did need some lighting so that people could find the Police Department, but suggested the use of a blue light and spoke about other towns who use blue lights to identify the location of police departments.

“Blinds and curtains just don’t block out the light,” said one resident who said that he had difficulty getting his two young children to go to bed because the room was so bright.

Board of Selectmen Chairman Cecil Williams said that the town would definitely look into a better solution.  Selectmen discussed adding a timer to the sign.  Williams asked residents to give them 30 days to review options.

Radical Reds Enjoy Pajama Breakfast

The Radical Reds, of the Milford-based Red Hat society, dressed in their best red and purple PJs and bathrobes, slippers and red hats (of course), recently met for breakfast at Greenfield’s Restaurant on Route 3A in Litchfield.  A game was played; breakfast enjoyed and door prizes given out.  Patrons took pictures of the group and joined in the fun. 

Each month, a member plans the month of her choice, as to where the group will meet and what they will do.  Pat Pedersen, also known as the Duchess of Litchfield, planned this get together.  Each member chooses a royal name for herself and the object of the Red Hat Society is to have fun.  Those who are under 50 wear a pink hat and those who are over 50, a red hat.  They have raised their children and their husbands, and now it is time for them to just have fun.  They don’t break too many rules, they just have fun…

Front Row, from left: Jane Kelly, (Lady of Harmony), Faye Hancock (Lady Faye), Nancy Craig, (Contessa of the Meadows), and Bev Landry (Lady of Levity). Back Row, from left: Patty Pedersen, (Duchess of Litchfield), Maggie Fernald, (Queen of Tarts) and Queen Mother of the group, and Ricki McKenney (Empress of Emeralds).

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