VFW’s ‘Loyalty Day’ Awards

VFW Commander Jack Cantara presenting Loyalty Day award to Police Officer Roger J. Lamarche

Hudson Memorial Post 5791 Veterans of Foreign Wars held its annual Loyalty Day dinner and awards program on May 2 with about 90 members and guests.  The dinner was prepared by members of the posts ladies auxiliary and was followed by the posting of colors, invocation and the pledge of allegiance.  Commander Jack Cantara welcomed the group and explained the origin of Loyalty Day and the involvement of the VFW in seeking it as a legal holiday.  He said VFW posts throughout the country use the occasion to recognize people in their communities who exemplify those traits found in a loyal American citizen.  The evening concluded with the singing of God Bless America.

The following Loyalty Day Awards were given:

  • Officer Roger J. Lamarche, Hudson Police Department
  • Firefighter/EMT James Lappin, Hudson Fire Department
  • William Oleksak, Hudson Building Inspector
  • Gerard Bastien, Alvirne High School
  • William OShaughnessy, Hudson Memorial School
  • Joyce Tagliaferro, Library Street School

In Addition, VFW service awards were given to:

  • Manuel Biskaduros, post chaplain
  • Diane Dustin, ladies auxiliary vice president
  • Dennis Levesque, mens auxiliary president

Ladies Auxiliary President Brenda Gora presenting VFW service award to auxiliary vice president Diane Dustin

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The Apple Tree a Hit

by Lynne Ober

Adam tries to figure out what to do with the “creature” Eve who has decorated his hut with flowers and pillows.

Campbell High Schools music department has produced another delightful musical.  The Apple Tree is a series of three musical playlets with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Bock and Harnick with contributions from Jerome Coopersmith. While each act has its own story line, the three are tied together by the common theme of people believing they want something, but once they get it, they realize it wasnt what they wanted.  There also are common references, such the color brown, among the three playlets.

The first act is based on Mark Twains The Diary of Adam and Eve.  Adam, played by Lee Bolgatz, wakes to discover he is required to name all the animals.  He names them simply flyers, swimmers and crawlers.  He enjoys being the sole and single man on Earth.  Then he meets Eve, played by Caitlyn Shafer, the long-haired creature in the garden.  Eve greatly her time Here in Eden, and begins to name everything with more detailed names: cows, ducks, horses, etc. much to Adams annoyance.  Eve hurts his feelings by thinking she is superior to him.  Although Eve doesnt think that Adam appreciates her and he makes her feel put out, she begins to have some Feelings for him.  Adam builds a shelter for himself, but when he sees Eve sitting in the rain he invites her in, where she immediately begins redecorating – including adding flowers, which Adam hates. Although Adam is annoyed, he too begins to have feelings for Eve.  Adam and Eve get into another argument and Eve storms off.  A snake, played by Tosha Hall, appears and seems to know everything, and tells Eve that she can know everything, too, as long as she eats the apples from the tree over the hill ­ the tree that Adam told her was forbidden.   While there are predictable results from this action, the playlet offers humorous insight into human weakness and tolerance for others.

The second act, an opportunity to explore love and jealousy, is based on Frank R. Stocktons The Lady or the Tiger, a short story about a semi-barbaric King Arik, played by Mike Ferdinand, of an ancient land who used an unusual form of administering justice for offenders.  The offender would be placed in an arena where his only way out would be to go through one of two doors.  Behind one door was a beautiful woman hand-picked by the king and behind the other was a fierce tiger, played by Arrionna Wagoner.  The offender, told to pick one of the doors, sealed his fate.  If he picked the door with the woman behind it, he was declared innocent and as a reward he was required to marry the woman, regardless of previous marital status.  If he picked the door with the tiger behind it he was deemed guilty and the tiger would rip him to pieces.

After the king found that his daughter, Princess Barbara, played by Emily Schaffer, had taken a lover, Captain Sanjar, played by John Cullen, far beneath her station, he threw the offender in prison.  On the day of his trial the suitor looked to the princess for some indication of which door to pick.  The princess knew which door concealed the woman and which one the tiger.  If she indicated the door with the tiger, then the man she loved would be killed on the spot; if she indicated the door with the lady, her lover would be forced to marry another woman and even though he would be alive she would never be with him.  Finally she does indicate a door, which the suitor then opens.  At this point the question is posed to the reader, Did the tiger come out of that door, or did the lady? but the question goes unanswered.

The third act is based on cartoonist Jules Feiffers Passionella, a graphic narrative initially anthologized in Passionella and Other Stories, and based on the story of Cinderella. The protagonist is Ella, a chimney sweep who is transformed into a Hollywood movie star.

Ella, played by Brittany Shafer, knows about the perils of being a chimney sweep and dreams of a better life.  When her dreams are granted, with a caveat of course, Ella/Passionella is still sad.  This playlet is filled with enough twists and turns to keep the audience entranced.  Neither Ella nor her lover, Flip, played by Zachery Danis, are what they seem to be.  The question is can they return to their roots and find a full filling life?  This playlet, unlike the second one, does answer the ending question.

As always there are numerous disciplines in which to participate.  Sets were designed and completed under the guidance of art teacher Denise Freeman, who along with her students brought the three plays to life.  The music students played the music and accompanied the singers.  Many pitched in to help with lighting, backstage efforts and costumes.   

I am so proud of this cast and crew and the way they have come together with hard work, collaboration and creativity, said Jill Deleault, chorus director, play director and choreographer.  I cant say enough positive things about all the students, Phil Martin and the music students.  It was a group effort.

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Budget Approved for Alvirne Trustees Consideration

by Drew Caron and Lynne Ober

The Hudson School Board unanimously approved the $120,500 budget Monday for the Alvirne trustees consideration.

The four-item list included the traditionally trustees-supported student competitions and Alvirne Farm, along with two construction projects involving awards display cases and a science lab room renovation.

The funds, independent of the town-approved school budget, would become available on June 1 contingent upon Alvirne trustee approval. 

A sum of $10,500 of the proposed budget would support seven academic organizations to compete in state and national competitions.  The money would be used to cover the costs of transportation and lodging as the entry fees are paid for within the districts budget.

Organizations requesting were:

  • Academic Team: $1,500
  • DECA: $1,500
  • FBLA: $1,500
  • HOSA: $1,500
  • FFA: $1,500
  • Skills USA: $1,500
  • B-Naturals / Treble Choir: $1,500

Due to the increased production from the Alvirne Farm over the past year, the request for the usual $30,000 of support was reduced to $20,000.

The farm’s budget:
Sale of Products $36,500
Perkins Grant $20,000
General Fund Supplies $20,200
General Fund Salaries $25,600
General Fund Repair/Maintenance $17,000
General Fund Fuel $9,400
Rental $7,200
Salaries $38,000
Benefits $2,700
Fuel and Gas $9,400
Supplies $62,300
Contracted Service $24,800
Utilities $13,000
Contingency $5,000

The $85,000 set aside for the renovation of a science lab constitutes the bulk of the requested funds.  The lab, originally an art room, requires new electrical and plumbing installations and relocation of the infrastructure to better serve as a science lab for biology students. 

Income was $135,900, expenses $155,900. “Overall, I am pleased with the financial situation at the farm,” said Superintendent Randy Bell.

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CALEA Re-Accreditation for HPD

by Gina M. Votour

Hudson Police Chief Richard Gendron appeared before the board of selectmen on May 13 to discuss the CALEA Re-Accreditation On-Site Assessment, which will occur at the end of this year.

CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies), Inc. is a Virginia-based credentialing service developed in 1979.  Through its Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, CALEA provides agencies such as police departments the opportunity to “voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards.”

Among these standards are the necessity of the agency to create a set of written rules by which it will abide, report generation to aid in management decisions, a preparedness program, and strategies through which to improve community relations. 

Scheduled internal reviews for re-accreditation allow law enforcement agencies to periodically examine their policies and procedures and to make changes when necessary. 

By affiliating with the CALEA program, agency accountability is strengthened while liability and risk exposure are lessened, since the standards of CALEA are internationally widespread. 

Scott Weden, Risk and Health Manager for the New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC), appeared at the meeting to show support for this accreditation, stating that “police accreditation is a crucial management skill and component for law enforcement liability since, for example, it defends the police department against lawsuits and protects the citizens in regards to complaints.”

Weden also cited studies that have found that accredited police departments receive a lower percentage of claims and complaints (up to 63 percent lower in some cases) than non-accredited agencies.

Overall, by connecting with CALEA and holding themselves to these accreditation standards, agencies are able to continue to strive for professional excellence. 

For the Hudson Police Department, the next On-Site Assessment will take place on November 15 – 19, 2008.  Their initial CALEA accreditation occurred back on March 22, 2003.  They were then re-accredited through this program on March 19, 2006.

In July, a mock assessment will occur.  During this time, according to Chief Gendron, 10 assessors will examine current policies and procedures within the Hudson Police Department and subsequently outline any necessary changes.

During the actual assessment in November, assessors will spend time at the Hudson Police Department in order to review files, run a public call in, hold a public information session, conduct employee interviews and ride-alongs, and hold a staff meeting.  The assessment will then conclude with an informal review of all information gathered during this time.

In March 2009, there will be a hearing before the CALEA organization, tentatively scheduled to take place in North Carolina.  Chief Gendron mentioned that the presence of Selectman Massey and Town Administrator Steve Malizia at the last accreditation hearing was very impressive to the CALEA chairman since it was seen as a strong show of town support.  Gendron said he would therefore be happy to once again invite a board member to accompany them at the upcoming hearing. 

The selectmen agreed on the importance of re-accreditation for the police department.  Based on his experience during the last accreditation hearing, Selectman Massey stated, “You can see the impact that accredited agencies have on their communities.”  He went on to say that the process “gives citizens the sense that they are going to be treated the same no matter who they are.  This is one of the real benefits of accreditation.”  Selectman Roger Coutu added, “I wholeheartedly support our continued efforts to be accredited.”

No motion was made during this session as it was intended simply to inform the board about the re-accreditation hearing and the events leading to it.  Chief Gendron concluded in saying “I think we’re in really good shape but it’s a continuous maintenance.”

CALEA is a non-profit organization.  Its Commission Board is made up of 21 appointed members, 11 of whom are members of law enforcement.  Members represent a cross section of local, state, and international parties.  To learn more, visit their Website at www.calea.org.

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