Easter Bunny Visits Breakfast

by Lynne Ober

Nathan and the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny visited Hudson’s VFW last Saturday.  The men and women of the VFW were cooking breakfast for the community.  Proceeds of the delicious breakfast would support efforts to provide extras to our troops serving overseas.

For families and kids, it was a chance to see the Easter Bunny, hunt for Easter eggs, color and make a door hanger to take home.  Some were shy about meeting the Easter Bunny, but all of them loved finding the eggs.

“This is just a nice event for the community and we like to open our doors to our community,” said Women’s Auxiliary President Brenda Gora.

Ryan was intrigued with what was inside the Easter egg that he found.

The Easter Bunny with the VFW crew who made the breakfast possible.

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Campbell Girls Run Ends in Bittersweet Defeat

by Tom Roye

Campbell senior Michelle Desrochers tries to knock a rebound away from Conant junior Claire Wiesenauer during Monday’s NHIAA Class M championship game at Plymouth State University.

For a team that had never won a state tournament game, this year’s version of the Lady Cougars remained cool under pressure throughout their march through the Class M State Tournament.  Their ability to execute in biggest moments was paramount to their success.  Unfortunately, before the biggest game in program history, Coach Shawn Flynn’s team was almost too excited.  “We came out and played very tight.  We were almost too jacked up, too pumped up,” he said.

Conant exploded out of the gates taking a 20 - 4 advantage at the end of the first quarter.  The Cougars struggled to contain the Conant attack as the Orioles shot a scorching 9 - 11 from the floor, led by freshman Brooke Springfield who scored nine points in the opening period.  The only Campbell field goal in the quarter was a three-pointer by junior Meghan Sweeney with four minutes remaining.

In the second quarter, the Cougars came out determined and played hard-nosed defense in holding Conant scoreless over the final four minutes of the first half.  Campbell controlled play, scoring the final eight points of the half and cutting the deficit to 24 - 15 on a deep three by Jenny Evans as time expired to send the Cougars into the break with a little momentum.

The second half began with impressive defense from both teams as only one basket was scored over the first four minutes of play.  Both teams caught fire late in the quarter and exchanged scores with Conant scoring in the final 30 seconds to take a 33 - 23 lead into the final period.

Both teams continued to trade blows throughout the beginning of the fourth quarter.  Conant managed to extend their lead to 41 - 29 with 3:30 left in the contest.  Campbell made their run with just under three minutes remaining as they managed to cut Conant’s lead to five on several occasions, but that was as close as the Cougars would get, eventually falling 46 - 40.  Jenny Evans led the Campbell offense scoring 10 points and dishing out six assists.  Also contributing were seniors Lindsay Delude (eight points) and Michelle Desrochers (five points), junior Meghan Sweeney (nine points), and freshman Kristen Hrubowchak (eight points).

Despite the disappointing finish, Coach Flynn was proud of his team and all of their accomplishments.  “This was a huge season for not only the program but the community, too,” he said, adding “I’m appreciative of how the Litchfield community embraced and supported us throughout our season.”

The Cougars return several key players next season but it will be difficult to overcome the loss of their seniors. “We had excellent senior leadership this year, and because of that we had great team chemistry,” Flynn remarked, adding, “Kristen Lang, Lindsay Delude, and Michelle Desrochers have been around the program since coming to Cougar Basketball Camp in sixth grade.  Ariana Liakos, Danielle Driscoll, and Julia Mercier were great teammates and made us better by working hard every day.”  Losing six seniors is never easy for a program, but Campbell has pieces in place and a seemingly bright future ahead.

Campbell head basketball coach Shawn Flynn, along with seniors Lindsay Delude, Kristen Lang, and Michelle Desrochers pose with Campbell’s runner-up plaque at the conclusion of Monday’s NHIAA Class M championship game against Conant at Plymouth State University.

Campbell junior Jennifer Evans presses past Conant senior Maria DiTommaso on her way to the bucket in Monday’s NHIAA Class M championship game at Plymouth State University.

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Those Confusing Zoning Warrant Articles

by Lynne Ober

Every year the Hudson March ballot has zoning articles that make little to no sense to the average voter and this year is no different.  Do you stand in the voting booth and scratch your head?  Do you leave those warrant articles blank because you don’t know enough to vote?  Welcome to the club.

At the Litchfield Town Deliberative Session, the Planning Board Chair reads and explains each zoning article, but in Hudson, you are on your own with little to no information.  While this year handouts were prepared for the zoning warrant articles and available for pickup at the Deliberative Session, those handouts do not explain impact of the warrants to the “zoning-challenged”.

Warrant Article 4 asks, “Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No 3 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Town Zoning Ordinances as follows?

“Amend the official zoning map of the town of Hudson by re-zoning from General-One (G-1) to Residential One (R-1).  The below residentially developed roadways and their abutting parcels which are located (generally) to the north and west of Robinson Pond: Beechwood Road, Stoney Lane, Stonewood Lane, Heritage Circle, Jeremy Lane, Boulder Drive, Terra Lane, Chagnon Drive, Henry Drive, Rear Henry Drive, Maureen Lane and the following individual parcels fronting on Robinson Road and Sandalwood Road: 124 – 130 and 144 – 154 Robinson road and 3 Sandalwood Road.  All of the aforementioned parcels are shown as having the following parcel identification numbers on the Town Assessor’s Maps:  124-003-000 thru 124-033-000, 124-035-000 thru 124-080-000, 133-010-001, 133-028-000, 116-001-000 thru 116-090-000, 117-040-000, 117-041-000, 111-028-000 thru 111-044-000 and 111-055-000 thru 111-067-000.”

If changed to Residential-one, the following would be allowed, “The R-1 Residential District is established to provide for the development of single-family detached homes and customary accessory uses and structures at low densities. The district is intended to be strictly residential in character with a minimum of disturbances due to traffic or overcrowding.”  

Only in Residential-Two are duplexes allowed.  

According to Community Development Director Sean Sullivan, Linda Walsh at 5 Stoney Lane requested this change.

When one digs, one discovers that Warrant Article 4 will prohibit all uses of the affected land except to build single family homes.  No duplexes will be allowed.  No businesses will be allowed.  No work force housing.  No apartments.  According to Sean Sullivan there is a grandfather clause that will protect things in place at the time of the zoning change.  Further if one wishes to add a mother-in-law apartment later, there is a way to gain an exception.

Warrant Article 5 is petitioned and asks the re-zoning of a piece of property from R-1 to R-2.  According to Selectman Rick Maddox there is “a thick file on this property” on file in the Community Development Department.  This property already abuts R-2 zoning on one side.

Warrant Article 2 states, “Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 1 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Town Zoning Ordinance as follows?  Amend Article VII, Dimensional Requirements, § 334 27, Table of Minimum Dimensional Requirements by deleting the existing Table of Minimum Dimensional Requirements and adopting a new Table of Minimum Dimensional Requirements.  This amendment specifies dimensional requirements according to existing Zoning Districts and clarifies the minimum lot size requirements for multi-family uses.  

This warrant article specifies square footage needed to build in each of the zones.  According to Sullivan this warrant article “only changes the minimum buildable lot area for multi-family developments with both Town water and sewer to 53,560 square feet with each additional unit requiring a minimum of 5,000 square feet of additional buildable lot area.”

Sullivan said, “This zoning change is necessary because it will specifically set forth minimum lot sizes for multi-family development projects.  The proposal also clarifies and separates uses from dimensional requirements which provides for clear dimensional requirements and will enhance zoning information provided to the public.  The Planning Board has reviewed this change in detail and has voted to recommend approval to the voters at Town Meeting.”

Warrant Article 3 updates the zoning ordinance surrounding accessory use.  This is Chapter 334-22 which states, “The addition of such accessory uses does not result in the mixed or dual use of a parcel and does not require additional lot area, frontage or setbacks.  Accessory uses, not provided for in the Table of Permitted Accessory Uses, that are appropriate to a district can be permitted as a special exception from the Zoning Board of Adjustment in accordance with the general requirements of Article VI.”

“In Warrant Article 3 the specific changes include prohibiting non-profit recreational facilities including membership clubs as accessory uses,” stated Sullivan. “These changes specify that certain non-residential accessory uses are further defined while other accessory uses such as wholesale trade and distribution are deleted as accessory uses altogether.  This Article is beneficial to the community since it seeks to limit accessory uses and reduce the potential impact of accessory uses on the neighborhood within which the accessory uses would be proposed.  The allowable types of accessory used have been reduced to more palatable types of uses.”

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