Griffin Memorial Students to Improve their Community

by Maureen Gillum

From left, Griffin Memorial School’s fourth grade persuasive writers:  Shelby Chacos, Ryan Glendye, and Nick Covert

The fourth graders at Griffin Memorial School in Litchfield are out to improve their community and the world around them.  Once again, the kids in Mrs. Moesel’s class were given the assignment to pick a topic or issue that they cared about.  From there, they had to write persuasive letters to support their position and determine who their best target would be and address them including their GMS Principal, Martin (Bo) Schlichter, Hudson~Litchfield News, State Senators, and Governor John Lynch. 

“Fourth graders need to learn to write persuasively,” explained Tanya Moesel, GMS 4th grade teacher and Hudson resident, “They are much more motivated when they choose a topic they care about and someone important is going to read what they think.”

The imaginative and diverse group of nine and ten-year-olds came up with a wide range of local issues to address including:  saving endangered species; increasing recycling efforts; improving town infrastructures; reducing the number of trees being cut down; and living healthier.

The Hudson~Litchfield News also gratefully received several letters from GMS Room 26 to help build community awareness and support on some key issues.  Excerpts included:

  • “I think we should start recycling,” wrote Nick Covert, “because it reduces waste and we can make new things like clothes and doormats.”  Nick also pleaded to make Litchfield a “clean town by recycling and not littering.”
  • “Alcohol is a very bad substance in the body if you drink too much of it,” Ryan Glendye warned, “It is also a huge danger to kids as it alters the way kids think.”
  • Shelby Chacos advocated “rebuilding the Litchfield Fire Station” to “help fire fighters get to fires faster.”  She also thought “more space for their gear” and enabling them “to have a big Thanksgiving dinner” would be good.

Learning to outline and research an issue of concern; then writing a persuasive letter to support it, is no doubt an important academic lesson. However, it is far more than just that.  “This project involves our fourth graders in the real civic and democratic process,” shared GMS Principal, Martin (Bo) Schlichter, “it encourages and inspires them to take action in their world.”

Truly, it is an important and empowering lesson to serve a lifetime.  “We hope to emphasize that every kid can make a difference and their opinions and ideas really matter,”  Moesel concluded with a warm smile.  Here -- in their own words -- are just a few of the young Litchfield citizens’ suggestions on how to better our community. 

Persuasive Essays

Rebuild the Fire Station

I think our town should rebuild the Litchfield Fire Station.  I think we should rebuild the fire station because it is pretty small the way it is and there is not a lot of space for the firemen.  What if the firemen wanted to cook a big Thanksgiving dinner?  They might not have a lot of space to move around to get the pots and pans.  Also the firemen might not have much space to sit down and relax.  We should also rebuild the fire station because the firemen might not have enough room to put all their gear.  If they have more room to put all their gear then they might be able to get more gear just in case something happens to the old gear.

If we rebuild the fire station, then there might be more room for the fire trucks to park.  If there is more room then there is less of a chance of the fire trucks crashing into anything.  There will also be more room to get to, and from the fire trucks.

Rebuilding the fire station will also help benefit the community.  It would help benefit the community by the firefighters being able to get to fires faster because they will know right where their gear is.  Also the firemen could have more alarms so they will know quicker that someone needs help.  The alarms could also be loud enough to be heard throughout the whole fire station and the firemen will get the calls quicker.  That is how rebuilding the fire station will help benefit our community.

Thank you for reading my opinion of why we should rebuild the Litchfield Fire Station.  Please accept my idea!

Shelby Chacos

Stop Littering and Start Recycling

I think we should stop littering and start recycling.  We should stop littering because we need animals and fresh water not dirty water.  We need animals for food or we will starve.  We should not throw gum or anything like it in the water unless you want to drink dirty water.  The reason we should not litter is because if you litter then our environment will die out.

I think we should start recycling.  We should recycle because we get clothes and doormats.  We need clothes for wet and cold days so we don’t freeze.  We need doormats so we don’t make your house dirty.  We don’t want to waste our materials, so we should recycle.

We should recycle because our town would be clean.  If we recycled we would have the cleanest not dirtiest town.  If we recycle we would have a clean town and more people would come and we would have a bigger town.  Please make Litchfield a clean town by recycling and not littering.

Nick Covert

The Dangers of Alcohol

I think that alcohol is putting some people in danger.  That is why I think that Litchfield should not sell so much alcohol like they are selling right now.  A very important reason is that some people are dying.  Alcohol is a very bad substance in your body if you drink too much.  If you drink too much it will poison your body.  Also sometimes people just can’t stop drinking alcohol so people end up in the hospital.  You could be saving some lives if you stop selling so much alcohol.

Another reason that Litchfield should stop selling so much alcohol is that some people can become crazy and their bodies move slower than usual.  That is if they drink too much alcohol.  Anyways, if that happens to someone and they’re driving a car, they might crash into another car.  There is also a huge chance that they will get mad at you for no reason and try to hit you.  I hope you realize that and do something about it.

The last reason that Litchfield should stop selling so much alcohol is that people will try to get kids to drink it.  This is a huge danger.  It is a huge danger because alcohol badly alters the way kids think.  People will know kids haven’t tried it and try to get them to drink it.  Lastly, people might threaten kids to drink it.  I hope you lower the supply of alcohol people are drinking.

Ryan Glendye

Litchfield’s Moore Family Part 1:  Living by Duty, Honor and Service

by Maureen Gillum

Litchfield’s retired Chief, Ray Moore, donning his 1964 USCG uniform, stands before his wool 48-star U. S. flag with his wife, Bev, on Memorial Day, 2006. 

Since 2003, the Nashua non-profit, dubbed “MooreMart” by its “members,” has shipped about 6,300 care packages to U. S. soldiers deployed in the Middle East.  Despite the considerable attention and support the organization has received, little is known about its humble co-founders – Nashua Attorney, Paul Moore, and his sister, Carole Moore Biggio.  Less is known about their extraordinary family who inspired them:  brothers, Brian and Ray Jr.; parents, Ray and Bev Moore; and the bevy of 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  Many also don’t know the Moores – and consequently, MooreMart -- are deeply entrenched in Litchfield and Hudson.  This two-part feature delves into this special family -- most extraordinary citizens we thank and proudly salute.

The Moore’s have called Louise Drive in Litchfield “home” for more than 40 years.  “We came here in a military transfer from Ketchikan, Alaska in 1966 for 2 years … and stayed ever since,” recalled Bev, “we grew into the community and decided to stay put with the kids.”  For years they were active in their First Baptist Church in Hudson, Scouts, and PTO.  All four Moore kids attended Litchfield Elementary “before it was Griffin Memorial” and graduated from Alvirne High, back when the Broncos were New England’s 1973 Soccer Champions.

Most of all, the Moore’s exhibit an exceptional sense of honor and duty to faith, family, community, and nation.  For starters, it has four-generations of distinguished military service in three branches.  The patriarch, retired Chief, Raymond Moore, served in the U. S. Coast Guard for 21 years; at 78, he still smartly fits into the USCG uniform he got in 1964.  “I was stationed eight years in Alaska,” recalled Ray, “but my primary home port was Boston, where I served in the USCG’s International Ice Patrol.”  His grandfather before him served in the U. S. Navy, while his father was in the Navy and Coast Guard.  Ray’s sons also followed him in the military:  Ray Jr., into the USCG; Paul and youngest, Brian, in the U. S. Army and Reserves.

Though his active military service ended years ago, Ray still honors and serves his country.  His wife of 55 years, Bev, proudly describes Ray as “a man who has always been dedicated to his family and loyal to his country.”  Besides decades in the Coast Guard, he was also a Webelos Scout leader for years.  He’s marched in 24 of the last 25 Veterans Day parades “to remember, honor, and thank” all in uniform.  “There were times when he could barely walk, but he still went,” sighed Bev, “he’ll march as long as possible.”  Ray was also the Post Chaplain for his American Legion Post 48 in Hudson; like Bev, he often helps at MooreMart.  She smiled, “He’s also known to tack up his big wool 48-star U. S. flag he’s had since the 1940’s on our garage door for every national holiday.”

The adult Moore children greatly admire and respect their parents, who both originally hail from around Boston.  “Dad was a typical military career professional who upheld duty and a sense of right and wrong,” shared Paul.  “Since childhood, our parents encouraged us to always be involved and give back as volunteers.”  With Dad sometimes “away three to six months leaving her at home with four kids, Mom was the cornerstone of our family,” Paul recalled, “Always very involved in our church, schools, PTO, and community, she’s the example we all live by today.”

“My parents worked hard for us,” revealed Carole, “As a military family in the 1960’s, the financial sacrifices they had to make was especially difficult.”  She also shared her “parents always believed it was their duty – as well as ours – to serve our country and community.”  Carole concluded, “They’re really good people – hard-working, selfless and very generous.” 

Deflecting praise, Ray quickly passes it to his kids.  “MooreMart is the really amazing thing because of Paul and Carole’s good work,” he smiled, “Mom and I just fill boxes.”  He added, “I’m extremely proud and delighted with both of them and their on-going contributions.”

“MooreMart is heartening to all and means everything to the soldiers in the field,” Ray shared solemnly; “It lets them know people at home support and think of them.”  The couple also emphasized it “transcends all politics” and supports “our volunteer troops as everyone should.” 

While Bev remains in good health at 73, Ray Sr. has had some recent health challenges, including a stroke in mid 2005.  “The doctors didn’t think he’d make it, but he’s made almost a full-recovery,” said Bev, gratefully.  The Moore’s took shifts at their father’s hospital bedside at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester for eight to12 hours a day.  “The kids came everyday to help feed and take care of him,” she reported, “his doctors were amazed at Ray’s unbelievable turn-around, which we credit to the support and prayers of our family and friends.”

In 2006, Brian safely came home from the Reserves in Afghanistan, Ray recovered well from his stroke, and the Moore’s had a wonderful family holiday season together.  “2006 was one of the best years we’ve ever had,” concluded Bev optimistically, “but we’re hopeful that 2007 will be even better.” 

Part two of the Moore family story -- on the Moore children and the remarkable MooreMart (, 888-9030) phenomenon -- will be featured in next week’s Hudson~Litchfield News.  Stay tuned as the incredible Moore saga of untiring sacrifice, loyalty and love continues. 

Three Moore generations (from left): Paul, Ray, and Steven Moore, working together at MooreMart headquarters, the Nashua back office of Attorney Paul Moore.

Teddy’s for Tots

by Doug Robinson

Between 2001 and 2004, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) reported that there were 402,000 structural fires and 3055 fatalities within the United States.  While many of these fires consumed businesses, garages, and tool sheds, other fires consumed and destroyed the homes of men, women and children.  “No place like home” takes on a new meaning for those who have lost their homes due to fire.

Brigadier General Dennis F. Couturier, Hudson, Department Commander of the Patriarchs Militant of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, has taken on the ambitious project to donate three teddy bears to every New Hampshire fire station.  “I intend to put three teddy bears in every fire department in New Hampshire before the end of April” commented Couturier of the Teddy’s for Tots program.

“In the event of a fire and a child is left homeless, every fire department will be able to give a teddy bear to a child [to take] with them to the hotel, grandparents or friend.  Fire Chief Shawn Murray has been very helpful by providing me with all the addresses and necessary fire department information for this project” stated Couturier.

“The Hudson Fire Department appreciates the hard work Dennis has put into this project as part of his role with the Odd Fellows Organization.  It certainly is a large undertaking that will provide some level of comfort to a child who suffers the devastating effects from a fire.  Fire ambulances and Police Departments have carried stuffed animals with them for a number of years.  This will afford us the opportunity to carry them on our fire equipment.  We are grateful for his work on this project” commented Murray.

The State of New Hampshire has approximately 239 fire departments and the Town of Hudson was the first to receive their three teddy bears.  “I have about 450 teddy bears and I need another 275 bears to finish the project.  All the bears that I present to the fire departments are new teddy bears and they fit inside a one gallon Ziploc bag.  I am thankful to the Rebecca’s (women of the Odd Fellows) for their generous support for this project.  Wal-Mart has also been great help” stated Couturier.

For more information please call Dennis Couturier at 595-7154 or if you would like to donate a new teddy bear for Teddy’s for Tots, you can use the local drop-off spot:  St. Mary’s Credit Union, 3 Winnhaven Drive, Hudson.

Dennis Couturier wraps his arms around some of his teddy bears for Teddy’s for Tots project.

Otternic Pond Rescue

On Tuesday Hudson firefighters recieved a call about a possible missing boy on Ottarnic Pond. The boy went out in a leaking boat with out a life vest. The boy only known as “Brian” and his dog, were guided to shore at the end of Marshmallow Path.

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