Seventh Inning and Seven Seniors = State Champions

The victorious Cougars pose on the field following their come-from-behind State Championship win.

by Len Lathrop

If you believe in playing to the last out and just never giving up, you have a group of high school students from Litchfield to look to for some camaraderie.

The walk-off victory for the Class M State Championship in baseball over Newmarket 3 – 2 was the third such win in three games, but by far the most dynamic.

The Newmarket pitcher, Adam Pomeroy, had hurled 5 2/3 innings without allowing Campbell to score on a triple by Kevin MacArthur who was brought home with a single between first and second by Sean Moreau.  With two outs, the Cougars scored their first run of the game.  The top of the seventh saw senior pitcher Sean Moreau send Newmarket back to the dugout 1 -2 -3.

Campbell catcher Moreau celebrates with his teammates.

Campbell, trailing by one run, came to bat in the bottom of the seventh.  Ben Moreau, the Cougars catcher pitch hit a single; Andrew Pincence laid down a bunt; and a three-play collision at first left runners on first and second.  Ben Moreau moved to third on a passed ball and then scored on a wild pitch; the score was tied with a Cougar pitch runner, Dan Taschereau, ready to pounce from third base. 

Kyle Goldberg flied deep to center with the crowd going wild as all thought that Taschereau would be home, however, a tagging issue caged the Cougars at third.  Nick Macrigeanis drove one toward the second baseman who stopped the hit but could not get up and throw Macrigeanis out at first.  Taschereau had crossed the plate running on the contact.  Game over, 3 – 2 Campbell.

The State Championship was the third walk-off win in the Cougars’ last three games.  In the quarterfinal Nick Macrigeanis had hit the winning run in the seventh.  In the semi-final, Rob Leary scored on aggressive base running in the eighth inning.  While pitching a complete game, Leary just was not going to let the Cougars lose.  With a bad cut-off throw from a fly ball and a mishandling of the throw at third, Leary was home for the 4 – 3 with a Spaulding High School over Hopkinton. 

Campbell High School had won its last 14 games with its last defeat to Alvirne (Class L) at the end of April. 

Congratulations Campbell Cougars in only their sixth season!  A State Championship is a great feat!

How Does a Turtle Cross the Road?

by Doug Robinson

With all of the rains of recent days, one would think that the life of a turtle would be quite nice.  One would think that the water levels of the ponds, rivers, and lakes are so high, that turtles would have no problem hopping from pond to pond, or stream to stream.

However, on Monday, June 12, a lonely turtle found himself alone, confused and in the middle of a very busy road, Greeley Street.  As the turtle was attempting to cross the road, so that he (or she … I could not tell) could find water, cars lined Greeley Street in an attempt to look at the hard shelled wonder. 

While the turtle snarled and hissed, children look upon the turtle with amazement.  One young lad, picked up his skateboard.  Another onlooker offered his sweatshirt, in hopes that covering the turtle would

protect it, as well as the courageous young man carrying the turtle across Greeley Street.  He let the turtle go on the other side of the road.

Once placed near the water, the turtle continued to hiss and snarl at the many who had gathered to witness this event.  Beth Harvey, realizing the turtle was still having difficulty locating the water, picked up the turtle by its shell, and successfully dropped the turtle at the edge of the pond.

Beth Harvey preparing to drop the very angry turtle near the edge of the water.

Hudson Memorial’s Concerts Offer a Fond Farewell to Band Director Paul Martens

by Maureen Gillum

The annual spring concerts and art exhibits held last week at Hudson Memorial were wonderful year-end events.  Both evenings played to packed and delighted audiences in Hudson Memorial School’s Leonard K. Nute Memorial Gym.  “We had excellent turn-outs and performances for this special year,” boasted Sue Nadeau, HMS Principal.  The well-liked Band Director, Paul Martens, is retiring after 17 years at Hudson Memorial, and this year’s concerts were extraordinary.  

The success of the spring shows were thanks to the talent and hard work of many students and volunteers, under the guidance of HMS’ dedicated staff.  While Diane Destrempe led HMS’ vocals as Choral Director, music teacher Rob Scagnelli (Grade 6) and the retiring Paul Martens (Grade 7 & 8) directed the HMS bands.  HMS’ art teachers, Mary Luckers and Jan Walsh spearheaded the lively art exhibit, which featured the art of many of the school’s nearly 1,100 students throughout the corridors.  

Mr. Martens receives his HMS Lifetime Achievement Award.

On June 6 HMS’ 6th Grade Chorus featured selections including “Mississippi Mud,” “Rainstorm,” and “Shades;” while the 6th Grade Band engaged the audience with a variety of songs like “Beethoven’s Ninth,” “A Shaker Hymn,” and “Along Came a Spider.”  The Swing Choir and seventh Grade Chorus did great renditions of “Take the A Train,” “Walking on Sunshine” and “Defying Gravity.” 

On June 7, the 7th Grade Band played “March Concord,” “Cayuga Lake Overture,” and “Circus March.”  The eighth Grade Chorus sang “Come Sail Away,” “Cat’s in the Cradle” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  After guitar and swing choir selections, the eighth Grade Band delivered spirited versions of “Highlander Regiment,” “Pink Panther” and “Disney Blockbuster” 

However, the highlight of the concerts, were when the retiring Paul Martens, HMS music teacher and band director for nearly two decades, was given his well-deserved recognition and thanks by administration and band students.  Gerry Bastien, District Music Director, gratefully awarded Martens, “the HMS lifetime achievement award” for his years of dedication and musical motivation.  Representing perhaps 1,000+ band members before them, two HMS band students also thanked their “awesome band director.”  The humble Martens simply smiled and waved his thanks to the audience and his students in quiet farewell. 

A resident of North Chelmsford, Martens is known as a private and modest man.  Sue Nadeau confirms, “Paul is a hard man to give credit to as he always defers his achievements to his students.”  “We’re going to miss Mr. Martens’ sense of humor,” Assistant Principal, Keith Bowen, shared at the concert, “He’s a great guy who almost always has a smile on his face.”

“Not only has Paul taught music to his students for nearly a decade and a half but he has truly inspired them,” reflected Principal Nadeau, “It’s surprising the number of students that come back and visit Mr. Martens, even after 10 or 15 years.”  Leaving that kind of impression on students is the ultimate mark of a good teacher. 

And so, 2006 truly marks the end of a sweet musical era for Hudson schools with two thriving longtime musical directors retiring.  As featured in last week’s front page of the Hudson~Litchfield News, Candace Friborg, Alvirne High School’s Chorale Music Director, leaves a musical legacy behind.  Hudson Memorial’s Paul Martens steps away from his middle school bands, as a colleague commented, “still on top and with the energy and interest to still enjoy it.”  

With thanks and appreciation from all within the Hudson school district -- as well as the thousands he has touched among the local musicians and audiences -- wish Paul Martens the very best in his upcoming retirement.  

Talent Shines at Nottingham West Elementary School’s Arts Night

by Maureen Gillum

As the school year winds down, the frenzy of activities seems to escalate in every grade.  In celebration of the artists’ and musicians’ work throughout the year at Nottingham West Elementary School, the Fifth Annual Arts Night was held on June 8 to the delight of all. 

About 100 students from the fourth and fifth grade choruses, soloists and duets, under the direction of music specialist, Kirsten Mohring gave a wonderful concert for friends and family.  The well-prepared and delivered performances showed all the “hard work and energy our students gave all year,” as Mohring proudly shared.

Fifth grader Kayleigh Comer eyes her Close-Up tiger’s eye.

For the opening numbers, the entire ensemble sang a rousing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” followed by “America the Beautiful,” by the fourth grade chorus.  Paraphrasing Mohring, “Once we discovered only two out of every five Americans even know the first verses to our historical American classics, music teachers across the nation thought we’d try to remedy that issue this year.”  Other musical selections from the evening included the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love,” a spiritual, “Michael Row the Boat Ashore,” and a 1960s favorite, “Build Me Up Buttercup.”

Throughout the main corridors and gym, more than 2,500 pieces of art were also featured as part of the exciting Arts Night.  Individual selections, from virtually every NWES grade one through five student portfolio from 2005 - 2006, hung in testament to the talent and creativity of about 800 students and its art specialist, Nan Constant.  Projects ranged from impressionistic inspirations to modern art including “Crazy Quilts,” “In Monet’s Garden” “Van Gogh’s Sunflowers,” “Tree of Life” and “Dancing Dogs.

Many students attended and led parents and friends throughout the art exhibit explaining their projects and inspiration.  For example, Kayla Belanger, a second grader in Mrs. Stratton’s class, in describing her “ice cream bowl” piece, shared, “mostly, I like to eat ice cream and I love all the different flavors!”  Fourth grader, Nick Masson showing his horse, said it was “one of his favorite animals.”  Kayleigh Comer selected the eye of a tiger in her fifth grade “close-up” project because “it looked really cool!”  “We had some really incredible work this year,” shared Mrs. Constant proudly.  “My students were an absolute joy to work with.”

Congratulations to all the talented students of Nottingham West for a wonderful Arts Night and special thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made it possible.

Ms. Mohring, NWES Music Specialist, leads the fourth and fifth grade chorus.

Hudson Police Carry Torch

The Hudson Police Department, once again, participated in the annual Special Olympics of New Hampshire Torch Run – 2006.  Officers received the torch from Londonderry police officers who, in turn, received it from the Salem Police Department.  Every year the Hudson Police run the torch from the Londonderry town line to the Nashua town line at the Veterans Bridge.  The distance is approximately five miles.

This year’s Hudson Police runners were Sergeant Kevin DiNapoli, Officers Chris Cavallaro, David Cayot, James Connor, Joseph Hoebeke, Roger Lamarche, Kevin Pucillo and Records Clerk Michelle Vachon.

Hudson Awarded $270,000 to Fix Traffic Woes

by Doug Robinson

The Town of Hudson has been awarded $270,000 in grant monies to alleviate the congestion issues in town.

In a letter received from the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, dated May 19, the NRPC stated that the City of Nashua has received $1,643,400 and the Town of Hudson has received $270,000 in grants.  Both of these grants have the commitment of 30 percent matching funds from each town.

According to the letter, these funds will not be available until 2010 or 2011.

Educational Scores Inaccurate

Educational scores were released.  Some school districts were happy and some were not.  Ditto parental feelings.  Now after the U. S. Department of Education and New Hampshire’s Department of Education conducted in-depth review, the scores will be pulled back.

The New Hampshire Department of Education has decided to rerun 2006 Adequate Yearly Progress Reports for all schools and districts. 

“In addition to some inaccurate data, there is concern that increasing our cell size above 11 would compromise our commitment to addressing the academic needs of some sub-groups,” said a NH DOE spokesman.  “This means that the current AYP designations are being withdrawn at this time.  A new appeals timeline will begin after the release of new AYP reports.  A release date in late August is anticipated.”

It has been difficult moving from one standardized test to another as well as expanding the testing to include all grades, according to Superintendent Randy Bell.  The transition has been trying at times for both the DOE and school districts alike.  At this point, schools across the state are in a limbo of sorts, said Bell.  Districts will be told by the end of August whether they have made adequate progress.  He calls this wait-and-see situation “disquieting.”

The Department of Education will continue to keep schools and districts informed of decisions as they are made.  As information becomes available, updates will be posted on the department's website ( <

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