Kiwanis PumpkinFest

by Lynne Ober

Some of the carved pumpkins for the Pumpkin Glow

The third annual Kiwanis PumpkinFest held on the grounds of Hills House in Hudson was a delightful family affair from start to finish.  Every year the PumpkinFest has gotten bigger and bigger.  It was originally modeled after Keene’s PumpkinFest.

“It was a stressful week worrying about the weather,” said Kiwanis member and PumpkinFest organizer Mike Falzone.  However, despite numerous bad weather forecasts, the rain did not come and it was a bright, breezy and sunny day.

Setup for the giant yard sale began at 7 a.m., and by 8 a.m., when the yard sale officially opened, the Hudson Kiwanis annual PumpkinFest was in full swing, providing a safe family day filled with activities.

“Our goal is to have this event be as free as possible,” said Falzone.

Classic cars began arriving shortly after the yard sale opened.  By 9 a.m. they were displayed on the lawn of the Hills House.  There were trophies, music and raffles with the car show.  By 10 a.m., when the craft sale started, the grounds were also busy.  This year there was a carnival and games for the children.  Many came for lunch, and there was a wide variety of food vendors, from the good-old American hotdog to Thai or Korean food; fried dough, french fries, popcorn, drinks and yummy baked goods were also available.

Owner Caroline of Rock Hill Stables provided free pony rides

“We have over 65 vendors this year, which is our biggest,” said Falzone.

At 1 p.m., Bill Shontz’s Children’s and Family Concert began.  Shontz is a musical icon who provides very enjoyable family music.  Appearing with Madman Dan Katsnitz, Shontz thrilled the audience with toe-tapping songs that they could sing along with him.  He spent 20 years with RosenShontz, and is a spokesperson for EarthWatch and Green Up Vermont.  He is also the founder and CEO of the Children’s Music Hall of Fame (website

Many families made a trek across the street to see the Petting Zoo and Alvirne Barn.  Alvirne Forestry students put on a demo of their lumberjack skills.

Hudson Police brought their crime scene van and had it displayed with pieces of evidence that might be collected at a crime scene.

The police van was one of the most popular and most talked about attractions at the event.

At dusk, there was a pumpkin glow and all got to enjoy the carved pumpkins at their very best.

The Countrybrook Farms booth looked like part of the decor

Portraits for Patriots
Bringing a Piece of Home to Our Troops

by Doug Robinson

Army First Class SFC Anna Allatt salutes the flag to the United States of America.  Thank you for serving.

Catharine Morris, of Catharine Morris Photography, and her husband, Bryant, will be volunteering their time and talents in an effort to provide ‘Portraits for Patriots’.

“This is our way to give back to our community,” commented Catharine Morris, “and we wish to be able to provide every Patriot who is serving our country a collection of professional pictures of their family members for the holidays, free of charge.”

    Daughter to a disabled veteran and granddaughter to a Marine, Morris has long understood the sacrifices and the trials of those who serve in our military.

“We want to open up our photography to everybody and we wish to take as many family photographs as possible,” continued Morris.  “We wish to take pictures of boys, girls, newborns, girlfriends, boyfriends, moms, dads, grandparents, as well as entire families.  There is no limit as to how many people are in the family.  We just wish to help send to our Troops a piece of home.”

   Catharine Morris is a full-time wedding photographer who now resides with her husband in Litchfield.  She has photographed weddings all over New England and Bermuda.  Her passion for photography and education has made it possible for her to stay current with the latest trends in the wedding industry.  Catharine received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a certificate in Professional Photography from Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts.  She is a member of the following organizations:  WPPI [Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, New Hampshire Professional Photographers Association, and Artistic Guild of Wedding Photo Journalistic Association.

“Morris’ photography is not an ordinary photography studio who does things by the book.  We are extraordinary and go above-and-beyond for all of our clients.  Our products are top-of-the-line unique.”

   The photography sessions will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, and then be repeated each Sunday during the month of November.

“Mac’s Apples of Londonderry has been very gracious and has offered us the use of their beautiful apple orchards and ponds for our photo shoots.  They will be directing those who attend to the correct location.”

   Morris Photography will be offering a 5x7 as well as (2) 4x6 photographs at no charge to those who choose to have their pictures taken.  Pictures will be ordered online from Catharine Morris Photography Website and then the pictures will be forwarded by mail to the family requesting the pictures. 

“In addition, Bryant and I will be including a CD with the final images for each family, free of charge.  Should any family order additional pictures online, all proceeds will be donated to a local food bank,” stated Catharine Morris.

   “This is just a ‘thank you’ from us,” commented Morris.  “Each session will take 15-30 minutes each.  Hopefully, we will take more than 91 family pictures, because that is the age of my granddad.  I am very proud of him, my father, and every person who is serving our country.”

AHS Football Takes One on the Chin

by Sue LaRoche

Touchdown by Evan Anaya

It was evident from the opening drive that the Winnacunnet game plan put a lot of emphasis on their quarterback, and the Broncos had some difficulty keeping Steve Cronin under wraps as they fell to Winnacunnet 27-14 on a wintery Friday night.

Winnacunnet won the toss and marched down the field on a 19-play drive which was capped off by a touchdown to take an early 6-0 lead with 3:55 to go in the first quarter.  The Broncos could not put any points on the board even though Evan Anaya managed to pick off two passes giving the Broncos several opportunities to score.

It certainly was not an insurmountable lead as the Broncos came out to open the second half down 6-0.  Despite two Alvirne possessions to open the half, the second courtesy of a fumble recovery by Derek Janko, the Broncos could not move the ball.  Winnacunnet scored their second touchdown with 4:37 to go in the third quarter with a good PAT to make the score 13-0. 

Late in the third quarter, Alvirne put together an 11 play drive and scored on a 26 yard timing pass from quarterback Jon Baldwin to Evan Anaya making the score 13-6 with the missed extra point.

Two fourth quarter Winnacunnet touchdowns put the game out of reach as they increased their lead to 27-6.  With 2:12 to go the Broncos scored on a 21-yard pass from Baldwin to Sean Sipsey, but the ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful and Winnacunnet ran out the clock handing the Broncos the loss. 

“We got beat by a better team tonight,” explained Coach Bob Nimblett.  “They controlled all aspects of the football game and we had no answer for the quarterback.  They played power football and we could not match it.”

Baldwin had 2 touchdown passes on the night throwing for 80 yards and rushing for 32 more.  Chris Goldsack had 40 yards rushing, while Vinnie Frasco added a combined 50 yards rushing and kickoff returns.  The defense was led by Anaya with 2 interceptions and good defense by Derek Janko, Jeremy Baker, Tom Eldredge, Frasco, Baldwin and Goldsack.

The Broncos record drops to 3-3 in Class L play and they will host 1-4 Merrimack on Friday October 23.

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