Fright Night Event Enjoyed

by Doug Robinson

Ashley, Taylor, and Kylie (Cat, Baby, and Hannah Montana) enjoy their time at Fright Night.

Ghosts and Goblins, Spacemen and Soldiers, Skulls and Skeletons, as well as Batman and Beauty and the Beast attended the annual Fright Night activities held at the Hudson Community Center, put on by Hudson Police Department and CHIPS (Children of Hudson Interacting with Police Services).  For nearly 20 years, this community event has featured games, trick-or-treat bags and trick-or-treat safety tips, prizes, snacks, dancing, music, and fun for the entire family.

Children attending the event were treated to the Incredible Bounce House, the Sponge Bob Bounce House, pumpkin painting, line dancing, Hokey Pokey dancing, as well as free pizza, juice, and popcorn.

Jeremy Griffus, president of the CHIPS committee, commented that the event “was a great opportunity for children of Hudson to come and interact with the officers of the Hudson Police Department.  I love what this event is all about, and it is great to see multiple organizations within the Town of Hudson work together for the kids.”

CHIPS states: “Children of Hudson Interacting with Police Services are a charitable organization which is dedicated to fostering improved relations between the children of our town and our police department.  Since 1990, CHIPS, which consists of a committee of police officers, business people, and concerned citizens, has endeavored to fund and produce programs which allow our town’s police officers to meet and socialize with Hudson’s children and their parents.”

Each child who attended the event was offered a trick-or-treat bag which had the specific safety tips of:  Don’t go out alone, Stay in well-lighted areas, Watch for cars, and Have your parents check your bag.  Within the bright yellow bags children were given the New Hampshire Bicycle Laws and Safety Guidelines, information on how they could make a big impression without your seatbelt, a chip clip, a seatbelt ruler, a reflective zipper pull, reflective dots, and assorted candy.  In addition, children also received a bright orange CHIPS T-shirt.

While organizers, volunteers, employees of the Hudson Police Department along with off duty Hudson Police officers donated their time to set up the Community Center for the annual Fright Night event, their thoughts often turned to one of the founding fathers of the event.

“We are sad with the loss of Charlie O’Donahue,” stated Griffus.  “He was one of the founding fathers of this event and he passed away this year.  At the request of his family, donations in his memory were asked to be sent to the CHIPS organization in lieu of flowers.  We are very thankful to his family for that bequest as many have donated to this very worthwhile event.”

Hudson resident, and mother-in-tow with child, Karen Barrett said, “My kids love this event and look forward to it every year.  This year my husband Mark is coming too.”

Campbell Girls’ Soccer Advances to Class M Finals

by Chris White

Liz Pettis, Shawna Trunca, Shannon Savard, Olivia Planty and Sarah Vance are protecting the goal during a penalty kick.

After defeating Sanborn in the quarterfinals by a score of 4-0, the Campbell girls’ soccer team faced Belmont in a Class M semifinal match-up on Tuesday night.  Neither team scored in regulation and the game went to overtime with the team’s deadlocked at 0-0.

In the first 20-minute golden-goal overtime the team’s strikers still could not find the net.  In the second overtime, Campbell’s Shawna Trunca finally broke the tie as she kicked home a shot about nine minutes into the period to give the Cougars a 1-0 victory.  Goalie Shannon Lavigne and midfielder Shannon Savard also played well.  They made solid contributions for the Cougars throughout the semifinal game.

The win, and essentially the goal by Trunca, earned Campbell a spot across from Fall Mountain in the Class M finals at Southern New Hampshire University on Friday night.

Olivia Planty

Governor Lynch’s Visit Could Open Door for Senior Center at Benson Park

by Doug Robinson

Governor Lynch meets with Selectman Roger Coutu and Cindy Provencher, while Benson Park Committee Chairman Harry Schibanoff looks on.

Governor John Lynch recently visited and toured Benson Park for the purpose of congratulating the town on the purchase of the land and to personally visit the site of the proposed new senior center.

Town officials and Benson Park Committee members greeted Governor Lynch and afforded him a tour of the property.  Also present was Cindy Proventier, niece to the park’s owner, Arthur Proventier.

While visiting Benson Park, Governor Lynch validated with both the town officials and the seniors that they indeed wished to have their senior center located at Benson Park.

“So this is okay with you?” asked Lynch to the seniors, to which they replied “Yes.”

The Town of Hudson purchased the Benson property from the State of NH for $188,000 earlier this year, and, according to the deed, the purchase comes with specific instructions by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation for usage.  Local representatives and town officials were hoping for the Governor’s support in Concord to lessen the restrictions in an effort to locate the senior center at Benson Park.  Lynch commented that “It has been shown that senior centers are beneficial in other communities as evidenced by the senior center in Salem.”

In addition to the business at hand, Lynch also spoke with Cindy Proventier.  As they walked together, Proventier took Lynch down memory lane as she spoke of wonderful years gone by when she took care of the animals, worked in the gorilla house and elephant barn, along with taking care of the property.

“Close your eyes and just listen.  You can hear the music playing, the birds chirping, and this whole area alive with the sounds of the park,” reminisced Proventier.

There are 165 acres of land at Benson Park.  Due to the efforts of many volunteers, some day people will be able to walk the paths and enjoy.

“Utilize the property to bring your children, to bring your grandchildren, and bring them back,” commented Proventier.

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