Another Successful Kiwanis Fishing Derby
by Doug Robinson
Nick Riewdeau, Lexi Ossinger, and Joe Westcott
More than 200 adults and children enjoyed a picture-perfect day ice fishing on Robinson Pond recently as the Hudson Kiwanis conducted its 23rd annual fishing derby. “This year was especially large due to the great weather,” said Walter Mansur, Kiwanis member.
Children and adults competed in three categories to hook the biggest fish. The adult fishermen who won in the categories of pickerel, perch, and crappies were awarded $50. Those coming in second and third earned $30 and $20 respectively. In the children’s divisions, the grand prize winners won trophies.
Colby and Kursten Lorrey
The anglers were required to drill or chip holes in the 19-inch ice. While some drove their vehicles onto the ice, others erected shacks, tents and shanties.
The largest fish this year ranged close to 15-inch each and provided fun for all.
“We are especially thankful for all the support we have received for our annual event,” Mansur said. “Each year we raise nearly $50,000 which we give to high school scholarships.”
Results of the Ice Fishing Derby held February 17:
- Mikayla Howes
- Alyssa Levesque
- Bradford Nadeau
- Morgan Brazil
- Kursten Lorrey
- Colby Lorrey
- Jarrod Ribadz
- Mikayla Howes
- Joseph Westott
- Harold Smith
- Travis Briggs
- Walter Baluta
- Tina Sue Lamb
- Harold Smith
- Tie: Jodi Rondeau, Steve Levesque and Kyle Levesque
- Helmut Peterson
- Tina Sue Lamb
- Bill Lamb
Sponsors for the event were: T-Bones Restaurant, Stop & Shop, Sam’s Club, Suzie’s Diner, Anne’s Country Florals, Grab & Go, Super Cuts, Dunkin’ Donuts, Veria Pizza, Meineke Car Care Center, Subway, Charlene’s Florals, Postal Center, Staples, and Tate’s Garage.
New Town Landmark Dedicated at American Legion
by Lynne Ober
The new sign
Hudson’s American Legion Family gathered in the cold temperatures to dedicate their new sign. “I can confirm that the old sign was up for more than 47 years,” said Warren Glenn, “and there are some who think it’s been up close to 60 years. If you live in Hudson, you’ve probably told someone to drive up Lowell Road and turn right at the American Legion sign to get over the bridge,” he laughed.
The old sign had gotten dim and legion members decided to replace it. “We still wanted a neon sign and we wanted it to look like the old sign,” said Glenn.
Members of the Legion held a variety of fundraisers to reach their goal. Barlo Signs designed the new sign from the old one and installed it on the building.
Under bright noon skies, members gathered. The seven member firing squad lined up. Glenn welcomed everyone to the event. He thanked all who had participated in the fundraising for the new sign, before he turned his thoughts and attention to the men and women who are serving overseas. “Our country is again involved in conflict. We have a renewed appreciation for the soldiers as they carry out their duties. If you see someone in military uniform, thank them for serving.”
Glenn presented a plaque to Bill Twadowsky who is a former Hudson Police Officer and a member of Hudson’s American Legion.
Twadowsky flew in from Florida for the sign dedication. Glenn chuckled that Twadowsky kept him on his toes and encouraged him to work on replacing the old, dim sign.
“I’ve been treated like family here and hold this place in my heart,” said Twadowsky. “My daughter is currently serving in Iraq.”
A 21-gun salute was given by the firing squad. Brass flew through the air between the three rounds of shots.
Then it was time to go downstairs for sandwiches and cake. “We need to celebrate and to share our good will,” said Glenn. “Tonight we can light up the sign for everyone to see.”
The firing squad
Mike Morin and Warren Glenn present Bill Twadowsky a plaque for his service to Hudson’s American Legion post.
Cruisers Added to Operating Budget
by Lynne Ober
At Litchfield’s town deliberative session, police officer Steve Harris moved the addition of monies to the operating budget for a new police cruiser. That motion passed on the floor of the deliberative session.
A quick look at the status of the fleet shows why Harris made that motion. The car described below as Car #4 in the MRI inventory has 110,000 miles on it.
According to MRI, “The following is a breakdown of the existing fleet utilized by the Department:
- Car #1: 2000 Ford Crown Victoria (unmarked cruiser used by the Chief of Police); Mileage: 86,000 miles.
- Car #2: 2005 Ford Crown Victoria (unmarked cruiser used by Detective personnel); Mileage: 84,000 miles.
- Car #3: 2007 Ford Crown Victoria (marked cruiser used for patrol purposes); Mileage: 26,000 miles.
- Car #4: 2004 Ford Crown Victoria (marked cruiser used primary for extra duty details and also as a spare patrol vehicle); Mileage 110,000 miles.
- Car #5: 2005 Ford Crown Victoria (marked cruiser used for patrol purposes); Mileage: 83,000 miles.
- Car #6: 2006 Ford Crown Victoria (marked cruiser used for patrol purposes); Mileage: 19,000 miles.
- 2003 Yamaha, 4-wheel OHRV (used for off-highway patrols and rescues); Mileage: 1621 miles.”
Each Litchfield police vehicle is equipped with an engine hour gauge, but the Department uses vehicle mileage and repair history as the primary criteria for determining when a police vehicle should be replaced.
Historically, Litchfield has replaced police vehicles on a replacement cycle of two (2) vehicles one year, followed by one (1) vehicle the following year. MRI found that there is no long term Capital Improvement Plan where money is allocated on a periodic basis for the purchase of vehicles, as is done in many New Hampshire towns.
“The Litchfield Police Department utilizes a system whereby the newest vehicles are used for patrol purposes and are then transferred to specialists (i.e. detective personnel, D.A.R.E. instructors, etc.) where emergency responses are far less likely,” stated the MRI report. “This system is sound and should continue.”
While approving of the rotational plan, MRI felt that the Department, working with town officials, should develop a long-term Capital Improvement Plan for the replacement of police vehicles and submit that for CIP review and consideration.
Maintenance was another issue and it was recommended by MRI that “the Department should implement a comprehensive maintenance program to ensure that vehicles receive periodic and preventative maintenance which follows manufacturers suggested maintenance. While changing oil every 5,000 miles is sufficient for personal vehicles, fleet vehicles should change their oil every 3,000 miles. This program should be in the form of written policy and include a computerized tracking system for use by the Department and Town officials in order to make informed decisions about replacement and funding requests for the fleet. The data within this computerized record should provide all pertinent vehicle information and the vehicle's maintenance history. The Chief of Police and senior police officials should review these records regularly to ensure compliance with the provisions of the fleet management program.” They also recommended that “senior police officials should conduct periodic inspections of the fleet to ensure compliance with policy.”
MRI urged the use of the hourly meter rather than relying solely on mileage. Chief O’Brion spoke about how police vehicle engines are run, explaining the cruisers aren’t turned off during a routine stop, which leads to more wear and tear than the mileage would indicate.
Apparently the department has been receiving free car washes, but the Chief hasn’t informed selectmen. MRI’s recommendation was that “the Chief should inform the Board of Selectmen on an annual basis that the Town is receiving free service from the car wash vendor.”
Based on MRI findings, the cruiser needs to be purchased, but the department needs to work with the CIP process to establish a regular replacement cycle for future purchases.
Editor’s Note re: Doug
Doug Robinson announced on Tuesday, February19, that due to family concerns he is tending his position of Selectman from the Town of Hudson. Elected in March of 2007, Doug was about to complete his first year on the board. Mr. Robinson saw himself as a servant of the people as his Letter to the Editor reflects.
Dear Residents of Hudson
About one year ago you, the residents, elected me to the position of selectman for the town of Hudson. I wish to thank the residents of Hudson who have supported me throughout the entire year and I hope that I have fulfilled my pledge of “working for the citizens of the town.”
Due to personal matters of the family, I will be tendering my resignation as selectman for the town of Hudson, effective 2/29/08.
During this past year, I have been honored and privileged to work next to Chairman Jasper, Selectman Massey, Selectman Nadeau and Selectman Maddox. In addition to my associations with these fine gentlemen, I have truly appreciated the relationships/partnerships gained with our administrative staff, department heads and employees for the town of Hudson.
Those who know me are aware that my wife of 25 years passed away from complications as a result of breast cancer a little over two years ago. As a parent, and now a single parent, I firmly believe that my first and foremost responsibility is to my three children. As a parent, I must be available to their needs and to their dreams. My availability to their needs has to be on their schedule, and not my schedule.
The position of selectman is a position of incredible responsibility, leadership, and time. Since the holidays, it has become increasingly evident to me that my leadership and my time are needed in the family.
Again, it has been an honor to serve the residents of Hudson as selectman. I have been and will continue to be humbled by your trust.
Doug Robinson, Selectman, Town of Hudson