Bands Bring Home Awards from Festival

submitted by Fred Giuffrida

AHS Stage Bands in Maryland.

The Alvirne High School Concert and Stage bands traveled to Maryland last week.  On Friday, the bands performed with 15 other bands in the Annapolis 2008 Heritage Music Festival. 

Following each performance the band participated in a half-hour clinic with one of the judges, who offered the ensembles constructive criticism and tips on how to improve performance.  The Concert Band clinic was conducted by Dr. Anthony Maiello, director of bands at George Mason University, and the Stage Band clinic was conducted by Lieutenant Commander Brian O. Walden, director of the Annapolis Naval Academy Band.

Maesro’s Award recipients the Stage Band trumpet line

When the scoring was done and the awards announced Saturday night, the Alvirne Concert and Stage bands each brought home gold awards and the highest awards.  In addition, three special Maestros Awards were given for superior musicianship.  Alvirne took home two of the three awards given to the 16 bands.  Maestros Awards were given to the Stage Band Trumpet Line (Jake Galloway, Matt Haefner, Ian Jutras, Kyle Lambert, Neil McCarthy, and Will Rumbaugh), and to Stage Band drummer Linda Caporale.

A highlight of the trip was a concert by the United States Naval Academy Band at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  Alvirne trumpet players Lambert and Rumbaugh were privileged to sit in and play with the Naval Academy Band.

The students also enjoyed a mystery dinner theater; danced to a DJ while cruising around Annapolis Harbor; lunched at the Hard Rock Cafe; and were entertained by the dolphins at the National Aquarium.  On Friday the students rode the rides at Six Flags and then dressed for the evening awards banquet that included rocking to a live band until midnight.  After a successful trip, 106 exhausted band students, their director, Mr. Gerry Bastien, and 22 bleary-eyed chaperones returned to Hudson on Sunday.

Hudson can be very proud of the way the students represented the town.

Maesro’s Award recipient, Linda Caporale

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Mission Pointe Senior Support Services

by Len Lathrop

Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Lillian Slattery and Roland Belanger

As the ribbon was cut at Mission Pointe Senior Support Service Center on Thursday, May 1, five affiliated service agencies finally had a place to call home in Hudson.  This mission is to provide meaningful community services allowing seniors to age in place.  This wonderful center at 0 St. Eugene Way is an honor that Kevin Slattery, the builder, thoughtfully gave to our seniors in remembrance of his parents, Lillian and the late James Slattery. 

A few years ago Slattery bought the old Oblate property with plans of converting the building into senior rental units and using the grounds into freestanding senior homes.  In the planning process, the lifestyle and healthcare needs of the seniors in the greater Hudson area were addressed.  Slatterys ideas always seemed to provide space for his parents generation, which has provided so much for the community.

After an invocation by the Reverend Roger Coutu, who lived on the property from 1984 to 1997 and who traveled from Willimantic, Connecticut, for this great occasion, Selectman Ken Massey spoke of the benefits of this center and expressed his appreciation and thanks from the Hudson community. 

The master of ceremonies, Dr. Karen Baranowski, DNSc, ANP, RN, chief executive officer of Home, Health and Hospice Care in Nashua, spoke of the great benefits the center would give the community and how it is great to see a collaboration of the affiliated agencies:  Area Agency of Greater Nashua, Home Health and Hospice Care, Mission Pointe Day Away Program, parish Nurse Program (offered through St. Joseph Hospital), and 55 PLUS Program of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center.  She mentioned the support from the medical center and St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, the Town of Hudson including the zoning, planning and conservation boards and committees. 

From left: Beverly Remillard, Lucy Saia, Suzanne Kelleher, Beth Raymond, Dr. Karen Baranowski, Sandy Pelletier, obscured from view; Nanci Rydstrom, Starr Shallow, and Ruth Morgan

Those in attendance were asked to move to the other side of the building where Nashuas Mayor Donnalee Lozeau spoke of the exciting new use for the Oblate grounds and surprised Lillian Slattery, the 92-year-old mother of Kevin, to come to the podium where Lozeau disclosed Kevins plan to dedicate the residence in honor of his parents.  She continued that the residence is dedicated to the provision of quality affordable market-rate housing for seniors.  Mrs. Slattery was overwhelmed with emotion.  Kevin spoke to those assembled about his hard-working parents and all the great things they did in raising their family.  He introduced his siblings and extended family. 

The next surprise was the announcement that the senior services center was in honor of Jacqueline Belanger.  The dedication plaque read, This place is born not alone in her encounter with dementia.  Jackie continues to serve as an inspiration to those so privileged to cross her path.  With that inspiration, this place is dedicated to the provision of affordable and meaningful community services that enable seniors to meet their health and wellness needs.  On hand for that dedication was Jackies husband, Roland, who was honored by Slatterys naming the community room and healthcare facility after his wife. 

Selectman Richard Maddox wanted people to understand that after the first plans and ideas for use of the space didnt come to fruition, Slattery could have converted it into more rental units but instead sought collaboration with the hospitals and health care givers to provide the center for the greater Hudson communities.   

A summary of the services to be offered at Mission Pointe: 

  • Mission Pointe Day Away Program.  This is an activities-based, social respite program modeled after the St. John Neumann and Edward V. Karg Day Away Program.  The program is offered to individuals at least 62 years old with early stage Alzheimers disease (or related dementias).  To apply, call Shirley Bealand at Home Health and Hospice Care at 882-2941.
  • Foot Care Clinics.  Preventative foot care is more challenging as individuals age.  Clinics consist of a foot soak, nail clipping, foot massage and skin and circulation assessments.  Clinics held on the third Friday of each month.  Appointments can be made by calling 882-2941.
  • Bereavement Support.  Support groups for adults and children are offered throughout the year.  Sessions are facilitated by trained bereavement volunteers and/or grief specialists.  For more information or to register contact Deb Pelletier at 424-3822.
  • The parish Nurse Program.  Offered through St. Joseph Hospital, parish nurses focus on personal health counseling, education, referral, advocacy, and the integration of faith and health.  For further information  call 598-2424.
  • 55PLUS Program.  Offered through Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, the program is designed to provide health and wellness classes, health screenings, and resource information such as Medicare counseling and prescription assistance.  For more information call 577-2335.
  • Volunteer Programs.  Seniors often like to give back to their communities.  Planning and coordination for volunteer activities will be made by Area Agency of Greater Nashua and Home health and Hospice Care.  The Time Exchange Program is a barter service providing the opportunity to offer and receive reciprocal volunteer services at no cost.  To participate call 424-1962.
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Hudson School Changes Criticized

The splitting of elementary school classes between two schools is a change the district plans to institute this fall, but the change is not sitting well with everyone In Hudson.

Resident Brian Lindsey sternly addressed the school board Monday about the changes that would send all first- and second-graders to the Library Street School and third- fourth- and fifth-graders to Dr. H. O. Smith School. 

Reading from a statement, Lindsey expressed his opposition to the changes, saying a change that is imposed is usually opposed, and further saw little value in splitting the classes as many top private schools rarely do the same.

Lindseys statement also accused the board of making a secret decision on the classes as he could not find any documentation in past meeting minutes of any public discussion on the matter.  Lindsey said that such a dynamic alteration should not be done in secrecy and later voiced his disgust with the concept and the way the concept was handled.

School Board Chairman David Alukonis acknowledged that the issue was discussed with school staff but that the issue also was discussed openly in two meetings.

Superintendent Randy Bell said he recommended the split after it was recommended to him by Dr. H. O. Smith School Principal Scott Baker.  Bell cited  substantial research by the district into the change long before a decision was made and that the district considered complete redistricting when Hills Garrison School opened.

These decisions are not made to be arbitrary; we made the recommendation in the best interest of the students and the Board accepted that recommendation, Bell said.

Lindsey responded by saying a contrary decision as easily could have been reached using the same data the district used for its research and later demanded that a discussion on the matter be brought to the public.  Lindsey, father of six, later told the Hudson~Litchfield News that his elementary-aged children came home from school crying when they found out about the change.

School Board Member Rich Nolan expressed his concern at the end of the meeting that perhaps the board is not being as lucid as is expected by the residents of Hudson.

The way I interpreted the public input is that the major concern was that the decision was made in secrecy, Nolan said.  Im not opposed to what occurs in the schools, but what I am concerned about is transparency and we dont appear that way.  We need to work on that concept.  

Nolan made a motion that the decision to split the classes and how that decision was communicated to the public be reviewed as soon as possible.  Alukonis scheduled that review for the May 19 school board meeting.

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Celebrating 19 Years of Quilt Shows

by Lynne Ober

Nineteen years of beautiful quilting and still going strong.  The Hannah Dustin Guild, founded in 1980 with 8 charter members, currently has over 250 active members.  For 19 years they’ve been holding a quilt show with beautiful quilts made by members.

This year’s challenge quilt had a theme of chocolate.  Who doesn’t love chocolate?  Each contestant who entered the challenge received three pieces of fabric that represented white, dark and milk chocolate.  These three pieces had to be used in the final quilt and at least one side of the finished quilt could not be straight.    There were 15 creative entries and these were hung together by the café.  Viewers could eat a snack and chit- chat about the chocolate creativity that went into the challenge quilts.

Generations of women have quilted.  In this year’s quilt show, quilts were on display from all age groups.  ‘Kites in the Wind’ was made by a young quilter.  One quilt had been started by a woman who died before it was done; another member finished the quilt and at the close of the show this beautiful quilt was presented to the surviving spouse in memory of his wife.

Along one wall were a series of quilts done on the same pattern, but the chosen fabrics were so different that one had to stop and really stare to realize that each quilt used the same pattern.  

Quilts came in all sizes, from wearable jackets to miniature quilts to bed quilts to wall hangings.  The themes portrayed in the quilts were as varied as the quilters themselves.  Some of the quilts were made for family members and some were made just for the joy of quilting.

Quilts were judged only if the member chose to enter the judging portion of the show.  Anne Gallo, a past president of the New England Quilt Guild and a past board member of the New England Quilt Museum, acted as judge for the show.  She provided feedback to all members who chose to enter the judging.  At the end of the show, two additional awards were announced.  The Viewer’s Choice for the Challenge Division and Overall Show were chosen by everyone who came and voted.  A complete listing of winners for the show is available from the Hannah Dustin Quilt Guild.

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