Annual PMA First Grade Science Fair

submitted by Beth Charland

From left, Olivia Thrower, Michael Lussier (Hudson), and Christian LaPointe

Presentation of Mary Academy’s (PMA) first graders participated in a Science Fair on land and sea animals.  The March 27 fair was the final piece of a 3-week research project.  Each student chose an animal to study.  Once the animal was chosen, the students researched physical characteristics, habitats, favorite foods, survival techniques, and the birth and care of their young.

The three-week lesson plan included going to the library for research, reading books, researching online, and writing a report.  Each PMA first grade student became a reporter and researched their chosen animal.  First grade teachers Kim Polombo and Julie incorporated Math, Geography, and Art as well.  Children tracked the number of young an animal had, how many years an animal typically lived, and where an animal came from.  At the end of three weeks, children constructed a representation of their animal in its everyday habitat.  The PMA first grade students then presented their models and reports to the school and their parents on March 27.  Students and parents could view the models and ask questions.

Presentation of Mary Academy’s ninth annual Science Fair was developed by first grade teachers Kim Polombo and Julie Lamontagne.

Georgette Flint from Litchfield

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Republicans Hold Reception

Hudson, Litchfield, and Pelham republicans recently met at a reception at Hills House.  “We have a good turnout,” said Terry Stewart, who helped organize the event.

State Representatives, candidates for political office, mingled with residents from the three towns.  “It was a chance for us to get to chat with each other about ideas,” said Sharon Carson, who is a candidate for the State Senate seat being vacated by Bob Clegg.

Grant Bosse, candidate for Congress, spoke to the audience as did representatives for congressional candidate Bob Clegg, who was out of state. 

Senator Joe Kenney, who is running for governor, also spoke to the group.

“It was a nice afternoon,” said Lucie Robbins.  “There was a lot of positive energy.”

Sharon Carson and Rick Maddox enjoy a light moment at the reception.

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Coutu Suggests “Unity Breakfast” Between Rec and Seniors

by Tom Tollefson

New selectman Roger Coutu has wasted no time in taking action at his first full Hudson Board of Selectmen meeting.  Coutu has called for a “unity breakfast” between a group of the seniors and several members of the Recreation Committee to bridge the gap between the two organizations and discuss the possibility of uniting them. 

“I will do whatever I can in the next year to unify both groups.  I have ideas on how to do that, one of them would be a unity breakfast,” Coutu said.

The time and place of the breakfast have not been set, but Coutu said it will be “soon.”

The rest of the board and the members of the recreation committee agreed on the idea of beginning discussions between the recreation department and Hudson Seniors.  The board also agreed it would be best for the BOS liaison to take part in beginning the discussions between the groups.  The liaison seat is empty at the time of press, but someone will be assigned within the next few weeks.  

“We don't want it to be the kids against the seniors, that is not what we ever meant.  We're here for everybody and to do what's best for the community,” Recreation Director Dave Yates said. 

The Hudson Recreation has begun planning programs to target the senior population.  Seniors are now able to socialize and enjoy free coffee, donuts, and board games from 9:30-11:00 at the Rec Center on Oakwood.  “It's a way to come out and talk to other seniors,” Yates said.

According to Yates, a ten week cribbage league is also in the works of being developed for the seniors. 

“We're trying to extend the olive branch,” Recreation Committee Vice Chairman Sue Laroche said.

The history behind the Recreation Department involvement with the Hudson Seniors began in 2005.  After the warrant article to expand the Recreation Center on Oakwood failed, the department asked for the use of Lion's Hall due to the increase in recreation participants (enrollment for the kids summer program is just under 600).  This caused the seniors to look elsewhere for a place to hold their meetings during the summer.  Yates suggested using the Recreation Center on Oakwood, however the seniors believed that there wasn't enough parking spaces. 

The seniors then failed to pass a petition warrant article in March that would have approved an addition to the Hudson Community Center (or Lion's Hall) that would safely hold 150 occupants, of which they would be the primary users. 

Yates' still believes that the Recreation Center on Oakwood would serve as a good home for the seniors, as the occupancy rate without furnishings is 200. 

“There is no school and plenty of parking,” new Chairman Ben Nadeau said, referring to the available parking at Dr. H.O. Smith, which is next to the building at Oakwood.

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Litchfield Selectmen Organize

by Lynne Ober

At their second organizational meeting, Litchfield Selectmen agreed upon the coming assignments for next year.

Selectman George Lambert will remain primary liaison for the Town Incinerator, the Solid Waste Committee, the Cable Committee, and will add budget committee responsibilities.  Lambert and Santom swapped responsibilities with Lambert picking up the Library liaison and dropping his role as liaison to the Police Department.

Selectman Andrew Santom will retain the Storm Water Management responsibilities and has said that he plans to produce an extensive report.  He will be the alternate to the Litchfield Budget Committee as well as being the liaison to the Health Office, Highway Department, and Police Department.  Last year he and Lambert were assigned to work on space needs, but little was done in that area.  This year Santom will continue that with Selectman Pat Jewett as the alternate.

Board of Selectmen Chairman Frank Byron and Santom will continue with negotiations for the Police Department.  Raccio resigned from this responsibility at the first organizational meeting.

While selectmen had discussed dropping the liaison to the police and fire departments and instead having both chiefs report directly to the board, which had been an MRI suggestion for a change in police department reporting, they ultimately decided to assign a liaison and have each chief make a monthly report to the board.

Byron will be the Fire Department liaison, the Planning Board liaison, and will also be the NRPC Hazardous Waste contact as well as chairing the board.

Although Jewett originally announced that she did not want to return as Welfare Officer, she agreed to do so.  Byron will be the alternate.  Jewett will also work with the Recreation Commission.

Selectman Alfred Raccio will continue his work with the Mosquito Control District and will be the primary liaison to the Conservation Commission as well as working with the Recreation Commission.  Raccio will be the primary contact for selectmen for Hazardous Materials.

Former Selectman Raymond Peeples will continue to retain his seat on the Nashua Regional Planning Commission Board.   The alternate position for this board is open and was not assigned.

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