Remembering 9/11 in Hudson

by Len Lathrop

Amidst overcast skies, members of the community gathered together to salute, reflect and remember those who lost their lives eight years ago that day.With the Invocation by Reverend Howe, the service paid homage to the firefighters, police officers, and civilians who were taken by this act of terror on our country.Firefighter Michael Armand sang the National Anthem as members of the Police Honor Guard, the American Legion Firing Squad, and the Honor Guard from the Veterans of Foreign War Post 5791 stood at attention.Fire Prevention Officer Steve Dube and Master Patrol Officer Kevin Sullivan lowered the flag, which flies proudly each day at Library Park, to half-staff.Chief of Police Jason Lavoie and Fire Chief Shawn Murray laid a wreath.American Legion Post 48 offered a gun salute, and Officer Allison Cummings sounded Taps while those in attendance stood in reverence.Selectman Ken Massey offered closing remarks and thanked those who attended.

Firefighter Michael Armand sings the National Anthem

VFW Post 5791 Honor Guard

Chief Murray and Chief Lavoie prepare to set the wreath

Officer Allison Cummings sounds Taps

Boy Scouts Get a Lesson in Destruction

by Tim Mahoney

11-year-old C.J. Porter holds the Jaws of Life and makes the first cuts with John Slot.

Some things you can expect to hear at every Boy Scout meeting: the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Promise, the laughter of children, the squeals and groans of twisting metal.

Maybe not that last one.  But it filled the air on the evening of September 10 at Boy Scout Troop 21’s meeting at the Wattanick Grange building in Hudson, where John Slot gave a hands-on demonstration of the hydraulic rescue tools commonly called the ‘Jaws of Life’.

“This is going to be an impromptu hands-on with the car-cutting tools,” said Slot, standing beside the junk car sent for the occasion by Jean-Guy’s Used Cars & Parts in Pelham.“Kind of like what you would do at an accident scene.It should be fun.”Slot works for Firematic, a company that sells rescue equipment, as a salesman and a demonstrator.

Shortly after sunset, the demonstration began as Scouts took turns stepping inside the yellow “Caution” tape to hold the Jaws of Life and cut through the car’s frame, under Slot’s watchful eye.The sound of the power tools was pervasive, as were the cheers with each broken window.Eventually the roof of the little red hatchback was peeled back, like the lid of a can.

Observed one Scout, “Now that’s how you make a convertible!”

“It provides a lot of fun for the kids,” said Matt Haefner, a senior patrol leader.“They work hard enough as it is.[We like to] give them a little reward once in a while, let them have fun.”

According to Haefner, the event was mostly a surprise for the troop.They were told to arrive in full uniform, and those that did were allowed to participate in the cutting.

“They do work their butts off,” said C.J. Destramp, Slot’s stepson and another senior patrol leader.“And we’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s a pretty cool first.I’ve actually never seen it done, but it’s really cool.”

It was a sentiment shared by most participants.

“It was cool.I made those two slits right there,” said 11-year-old Scout Ben Roystan, pointing toward the windshield.

Roystan’s friend and fellow Scout, Steven Picard, agreed that it was cool, noting that he felt “a lot of pressure” holding the tool.

Eventually the work was over and the demonstration ended.And one thing was for sure — the Scouts’ memories would last a lot longer than that car.

John Slot kneels beside the maimed car near the end of the demonstration.

GHCC Expo 2009 Connects Community

The Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Community Expo on Thursday, September 10 at Alvirne High School in Hudson.Over 35 businesses participated as exhibitors for the event to share their products, services, and meet the local community.The event was free for all to attend, with refreshments, give-a-ways, and raffles.T-Bone’s Restaurant and King’s Court & Banquet Hall were a big hit with the wonderful delights they shared with everyone stopping by for a taste.Several items were raffled off, along with a laptop computer donated by Showtime Computers; the winner of the laptop was Janet Hamel of Nashua.During the event, a raffle was being held to win a Jar of Money; Hudson resident Bess Mousseau was the winner.

Dr. Scott Szela, president of the Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce and owner of Chiropractic Works, stated, “The Greater Hudson Chamber is committed to its business members and is always looking for ways to connect them to the community, such as hosting events like the expo.This year’s expo was very successful with a wide range of businesses and organizations as well as several student-run clubs from Alvirne High School participating as exhibitors reaching out to get acquainted with the local community.”Dr. Szela also went on to thank the support of the sponsoring businesses: Granite State Credit Union, T-Bones Restaurant, and Area News Group.For more information about the Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce, please visit

Mike Falzone and Cindy Hansberry from the Area News Group

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