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Hudson~Litchfield

“Thumbs up to the Alvirne JV cheerleaders for placing FIRST at their competition in Concord on Sunday!  All that hard work really pays off!  Good luck at States!”

“Thumbs down to the person on Beechwood Road having his driveway worked on by the Hudson Highway Department, I did not know that citizens can have work done on their private property by a town (taxpayer financed) department.  Also know that you are a retired highway truck driver who has had work done on your property by the highway department in the past.  I hope some other taxpayers read this and get to the bottom of this illegal activity or can everyone in Hudson schedule work with the highway department?  Selectmen please take notice and do something about this situation.”

“Thumb up To the beautiful and well organized before and after Wedding Reception on Timothy Dr., Hudson the weekend of October 10.  Way to go, Jane.  I’m glad we were invited to celebrate this wonderful occasion with you.”

“Thumbs up to Gerry, the JV Boys Soccer Coach for Alvirne High School.  He did a great job with the kids and we are looking forward to next year.  Alvirne make sure you bring this coach back.”

“Thumbs up to Troop 252’s breakfast at St. Kathryn.  Looking forward to the next one.”

“Thumbs up to the Hudson, Windham and Pelham firefighters for all the Boot Drives they did over the summer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  These three stations were in the top 4 in the state of NH in terms of money raised for MDA this year.  You are our Hero’s, love the Safford Family”

“Thumbs up to Maureen M. and Ruth C. for the room moms!  Great job once again!”

“Thumbs up to Helena Paquette!  Steve Blunt was a blast as usual!  The kids had a great time!  Thank you for all you do!  You Rock!”

“Thumbs up to Laura Therrien, Aimee Carignan and Diane Wirbal and all the volunteers!  We won the NH Partners in Education Blue Ribbon Award at GMS for all your hard work last year!  We are so proud!  Let’s do it again this year!”

“Thumbs up to Natalie Hirte for all your hard work as GMS PTO Fundraising Coordinator!  We all appreciate your efforts!”

“Thumbs up to Chrissy, Pam, Donna and Diane in the Hudson Town Clerk’s Office.  You all have a difficult job to do but you always have a smile and you go out of your way to make our residents feel welcome.  It is an honor and a pleasure working with all of you every day.”  Patti

“Thumbs down – to the parents on Wayne St. who let their “little boys” ride big wheels at 6:15 p.m. (dusk) in dark clothes in the middle of the streets and ride their bikes around the corners in the middle of the street.  The whole neighborhood is very careful for them, but so afraid they are going to get hit one of these days.  Are you just stupid?  Wake Up and take care of your kids!”

“Thumbs down to the person(s) who stole my brothers wildlife camera from our back yard.  Not only did you steal the camera but the memory chip inside contains photos of my son.  I would appreciate if you at least return the chip to the same location you stole the camera from, you don’t need those memories we do.”

“Thumbs up for the new forum in town.  Check out:  www.lnhtalks.com if you really want to know what’s going on in Litchfield!”

“Thumbs way up to the Alvirne Girls Volleyball team!  They had a spectacular season and should be proud of themselves!  Excellent coaching and true team spirit should be recognized and praised.  Go Broncos!” 

“Thumbs down to the letter regarding my child being absent from school for one week so we can take our yearly vacation.  My parents never got such a rude letter when they took us to Disney every year.  Did any of us suffer?  I don’t think so.  If you care so much about my child missing a week maybe we shouldn’t have the winter, spring and holiday breaks either, and then again maybe we shouldn’t get sick either!”

“Thumbs way up to my three beautiful girls, Becca, Meri and Libby.  I love you so much and you all make me so proud to be your mom.  Thanks for helping me with Grammy every Saturday, and for working hard in school this year.  You guys are the best!”

“Thumbs up to my cigar-smoking, Ducati-riding man.  You work so hard, and I hope you know I appreciate all you’ve done for the girls and me.  I love you so much, that I will even root for the Yankees in the World Series.  Go Yankees!”

“Thumbs up to the Litchfield School Board member who isn’t a rubber stamp for excessive spending.  He questions everything!  We need this board to be a school board not the spending board.”

“Thumbs up.  I am really pleased to have an opportunity to publicly comment a recent great find ... All Stylez & Cuts Hair Salon.  Oddly enough, my husband happened upon the shop first and after seeing what a great job Julia did styling his hair, I made an appointment for myself.  I’ve been there three times thus far and was pleased from my very first visit.  Julia immediately grasps what you need/want (cut and color) and professionally accomplishes the task.  The bonus ... reasonable rates and accommodating hours.  She’s located at 46 Derry Road near Hannaford’s.  I’m happy to pass on her phone number:  (603) 943-5354.”

“Thumbs down to mandatory church meetings, especially ones that last for four hours or more.  No one likes these events, but the church lady refuses to listen.  Nothing about church should be mandatory.”

“Thumbs up to Melissa Hoffman Dance Center for everything they have done for the Vernet family.  You definitely treat your dancers like family, so nice to see.  Thoughts and prayers are with them.

“Thumbs down to whoever took our new fire pit from Ironwood Rd. Halloween afternoon.  It was set up next to a long table with wood right next to it (covered by a tarp) with gpit chairs holding the tarp down.  It was obvious that we were setting up for Halloween.  If someone thought it was trash because it was near the street, as soon as they moved the chairs and took the tarp off anyone in doubt would’ve said “hmm, wood, newspaper, lighter, they must be getting ready for a fire – it’s not trash”.  But instead they took the tarp too!”

“Thumbs down.  Great job (not) the Hudson road crews did on patching Robinson Road up from the racetrack.  It should last until the first snowstorm, maybe.  If you are going to do a job, do it well.”

“Thumbs up.  Thank you Barack H. Obama for tripling our national debt to a point where China now owns a substantial part of the U.S.  Thank president B.O. for kowtowing to all those third world countries where being a female means that you are practically a slave.  Who cares what they think about the U.S.?  Many of their population would move here if they could.  Thank President B.O. for not supporting our troops that are already in Pakistan waiting for relief and needed equipment.  The global warming scam has been debunked; it needs to forgotten.  President Obama has an agenda, which includes making the U.S. as poor as all the socialistic countries in the world.  We cannot afford to add a health care program to the budget, drop it now!  He needs to be reined in.”

“Thumbs down to a daycare in Hudson.  Not only does a certain ‘teacher’ not know how to answer my questions when I ask about my child’s day, they also come dressed to work extremely inappropriate.  That ‘Halloween costume’ was meant for a nightclub!  Fishnets?  In a daycare?  And this is not the first time your clothes have been inappropriate.  You wear low cut tops and shorts/skirts that don’t leave too much to the imagination.  There are other places to work that this would be a appropriate.  I know you are young, and dressing like this on the weekends or when you’re out of work is fine, this is too much for work though.”

“Thumbs up – way up - to the Bears Division 10 Cheerleading Team – Amber, Jacqui, Carisa, Emily, Grace, Meaghan, Kailee, Catie, Lauren, Mallory, Cassidy, Sarah, Lexi, Juliana, Rachel, Corinne, Kayla, Olivia, Kirsten, Alicia, Shaye, Haley and Amanda.  Congratulations to all of you for winning the State Championship!  You have worked so hard for this and I am so proud of all of you!  Let’s show all those teams at Regionals that Bears spirit cannot be stopped!  Go Bears!”  Coach Heather

“Thumbs down to Home Depot.  I read an article this week about an employee of theirs being fired for wearing a pin saying “One Nation under God, Indivisible.”  If Home Depot does not support and stand firm on what we pledge every day in our schools, and what hundreds of our soldiers fight for everyday, then I’ll go out of my way to look for someplace else to spend my money that clearly states “In God We Trust” We have got to start standing up for and supporting one another so we can continue to be ‘One Nation under God, indivisible!’  The values of this country keep falling apart because people and companies are so afraid to offend someone by supporting what we stand for in America.  Don’t be ashamed of who we are, be proud of it!”

“Thumbs down to responding to a Medi-evac call from Manchester using a code three response (lights and sirens) in a town vehicle.  Neither person was an EMT or a firefighter.  What was the Chief thinking?”

“Thumbs down, to the parents walking on Burgess Street who had the nerve to tell drivers to slow down during Halloween night when we are going extra slow.  We even had our high beams on to make sure we see any kids.  Parent, you still have to obey the laws of the road.  Just because its Halloween doesn’t mean you could allow your kids to run across the road whenever they want.  As kids we did one side then we would walk back and do the other side.  We were never allowed to zigzag across the street when we wanted.  Funny part is, these parents that yelled at us didn’t even have bright clothes on, a flashlight or anything to make sure we could see them.  They were hogging the whole road so we couldn’t even get bye and then shouted at us to slow down.  Not trying to start anything with the locals but we are locals too trying to go about our business but respect should go both ways.  There is no need to be rude and look cool to the other parents on the road.  We even called my sister who was ready to take off down the same road to tell her to be careful because the kids running all over the road.  The parents had the audacity to yell at her when she was taking the extra precautions.  I don’t know maybe some of the parents had something to drink that night and wanted to go on a high by yelling at every car that went by.  Hopefully next year, the cops can patrol can some of these streets and keep the parents in line and more watchful of their children and themselves.  Don’t think we don’t understand your caution as we have children ourselves.”

“Thumbs up to Brianna Canada for singing the National Anthem at the Campbell HS game, you were awesome and we are so proud of you.  We love you Mommy, Daddy, Michael and Kiel.”

“Thumbs up to Kiel for an outstanding accomplishment making 5,000 yards in your HS football career.  We could not be more proud of you.  Not only are you an amazing athlete you’re an amazing son and you bring us so much joy.  Congratulations.  We love you Mommy, Daddy, Michael and Brianna.”

“Thumbs up to the football coaches at Campbell HS for the guidance you have given my son Kiel, I am sure he is going to miss you all next year when he goes off to college.  And thumbs up to the whole football team for coming so far this year you all have done a great job and everyone is proud of you all.”

“Thumbs up to Principal Brian Lane and Val the football trainer.  Thank you very much for your concern over my son Daniel!  You sat in the waiting area of the hospital on a Saturday night after his football injury.  I didn’t get the chance to shake your hand!  My heart felt thanks go out to the both of you!”  Sean Connolly

“Thumbs down to the person(s) who used this paper to, ”hurt, or defame an individual or business.”  Didn’t you notice that little paragraph before you launched your attack?  The family in question may have reason for concern.  You appear to be stalking them.  Again the paper has been used as a cowards weapon!”

“Thumbs up the Superintendent of Schools.  Perhaps you know something that others may not.”

“Thumbs down for Brake and Go in Hudson.  The same vehicle I got an inspection sticker for in January of this year I just tried to re-inspect it and now the tires are too wide.  I think it’s ridiculous because the vehicle I took in before that on the same day flunked because they did not want to fix it there so they flunked the second vehicle.  Thumbs down to Brake and Go we will never go there again.”

“Thumbs up to Karen for helping us in our time of need and lending us a car and thumbs up to Chad for the brake job.  Thank you very much, you guys rock.”

“Thumbs down to our neighbors.  Our tongue practically weighs nothing but few can hold it.  MYOB.“

“Thumbs down to the person who stole the camera on Page Road.“

“Thumbs up to the wonderful person on Towhee who found a special peanut-safe treat for my son.  You really brightened his night!  Thank you.”

“Thumbs down to the girls wearing risqué costumes at the Girl Scout Halloween Party!  This was not a good example for the younger girls.  It almost ruined a great event.“

“Thumbs up to the new basketball coach at the Litchfield Middle School.  Your willingness to coach a team your son won’t be playing on speaks volumes regarding your character and dedication to Litchfield athletes.”

“Thumbs up to the Cosmos first and second grade boys soccer team.  We had a phenomenal season and I feel each and every player really improved dramatically this season.  Our last game was a clear indicator of how far we’ve come along during the 8-week season.  Every single player contributed one way or another!  Keep playing soccer!  I hope to see each and every one of one out on the field next year!  Go Cosmos!”  Coach Aaron”

“Thumbs up to James on achieving your Eagle Scout rank.  You did a fine Eagle project for Hudson Memorial and your Court of Honor speech was terrific; Sunday was wonderful celebration and you made us all proud!  Lots of Love, Mom, Dad, Katie, and Nutmeg  (Ha - and you thought you’d never get a ‘Thumbs.’)“

“Thumbs way up to Hudson BSA Troop 20!  T20 Leaders, Scouts, Troop Committee, and all – Thank you ALL for your support over the years in James’ trail from Tiger cub to Eagle Scout and for your help making his Eagle Court of Honor last Sunday such a remarkable event.  Special thanks to Scoutmaster Bill Z (outstanding MC job!), Joe U and Paul H (Eagle Advisors extraordinaire), Sue M (T20’s favorite KW), Deb and John (for everything).  Much appreciation and affection, Spoons’ family.”

“Thumbs down way down to whoever stole my pumpkins and my decorational ones too on Brook Rd. in Litchfield.  I hope you know my five-year-old daughter and two year old son worked really hard carving them!  Thanks for reminding me it don’t matter if I live in Lowell, MA, or here Litchfield, I can’t trust any one going by my house!  You have shown my children that if you work hard for something it can be taken away, even simple things like pumpkins.  Please return my fake ones at least; I have had them over 10 years!  “

“Thumbs up to all the people that make it happen for the Hudson-Litchfield Bears.

“Thumbs up to the 6th grade Hudson-Litchfield Bear for making it all the way to the State Championship game!  You boys (coaches included!) should be so proud of all that you have done this year.  Undefeated regular season … Go Bears!  “

“Thumbs down to the owners of the beagle on Talent Road in Litchfield that roams through all the yards and makes deposits.  We don’t want your crap!“

“Thumbs down.  Halloween is for the kids not for the parents who want to booze it up and walk around the neighborhood yelling at cars crawling by, with their high beams on looking out for kids.  So much for the town of Litchfield thinking that they are a well educated town.  Seems to be more brain dead.  Walking in the middle of the road.  Letting your kids run wild.  Great parenting.  Your kids are going to grow up screaming at cars going by.  Use your head if they see you doing that then so will they …  Not every one you scream at will just keep driving.  Then you’re left with a kid that never comes home ...  So sad ...  Again great parenting.”

“Thumbs up to the pink Victorian at the corner of Hillcrest and Albuquerque.  Your Halloween display with all the jack-o’-lanterns is wonderful, creative, and just plain fun!  Looking forward to see what you do for Christmas.”

“Thumbs up to Mike who makes the best boiled dinners this side of Heaven!  How about another pineapple upside-down cake?“

“Thumbs up to the “Pink House” in Litchfield for their fabulous pumpkin display.  Alec made a great tour guide.  The pink is starting to fade on your house.  If you do repaint it, can we have bright pink again?  “

“Thumbs up to Tiffany’s Pumpkin Patch in Litchfield.  What a great display!  Our kids especially loved it, and so did we!  “

“Thumbs up to the “ugly orange fence” costume!  Hilarious!  I’m glad those little cabbage patch kids didn’t run out into the street!  Mmm … maybe it is because of the “ugly orange fence!”

“Thumbs down to the Hudson School District for blocking internet images to The Lion King.”

“Thumbs up to Diane, Jen, Kerri, Linda, Michelle, Nancy, Nathan, Steve and Stacy with the 4th grade student council members.  Your help made the unloading and distribution of the fundraiser orders go quickly and smoothly.  Thanks for all your help and support.”

“Thumbs’ up to the person who will turn in my sons IPod.  It went missing at HMS and his name is on it, Tyler.  It is blue and went missing last week.  These are very expensive.  He had it for a long time and he also uses it as his alarm clock.  And, yes my son has learned his lesson.  If any parents notice their child has a new IPOD, maybe ask if they have seen it or if they found it, please have them turn it into the school secretary.  There will be a reward.  Thanks so much for help in this matter.”

“Thumbs down to Showtime Computers in Hudson.  Never in my life have I dealt with such horrible customer service.  Word of advise ... you would be better off throwing your computer out a window then dealing with these rude people!“

“Thumbs up to the Litchfield Fire Department and Chief Schofield our town is so lucky to have you words cant describe how amazing you guys really are.”

“Thumbs way up to Chief Schofield for trying to get your men and us taxpayers a rescue truck I myself being a retired dispatcher I know how important a rescue is and the important tools and equipment you cant place on an engine truck a rescue could make or break the patient surviving and for only 50,000 that’s a steal.  I’m for it and I believe everyone should be how would you feel if you needed the rescue tools and had to wait for Hudson or Londonderry to come to get them everyone just needs to smarten up.”

“Thumbs up and I do mean a big thumbs up to Seth, Tim, and Josh at the Route 102 Dunkin Donuts.  They are always friendly and smiling whenever I go there and are always quick with my order.  Thanks again guys keep up the good work.”

“Thumbs down to the cowardly person who maligned a local girls softball coach two weeks in a row, and to HLN for allowing the redundancy.  The coach, who gives of his own personal time, has children who may have been exposed to your criticism of their father publicly, and by name, while you remain anonymous.”

“Thumbs up!  I’d forgotten to put my yard waste bags out the night before for the curbside pickup on Saturday 11/7.  I woke up and rushed outside to get them to the street in time.  As I was dragging them out, I saw the truck turning the corner onto my road.  The two nice gentlemen got out and volunteered to go get the rest of the bags from the side of my house so I wouldn’t have to do it all by myself.  Thank you so much for this small act of kindness … you made my day!  Happy lady on Oakwood Street.

“Thumbs down.  Publishing an article about the town’s latest centenarian is great but getting her name wrong twice in the same article is nothing more than sloppy reporting ... nice going!“

“Thumbs down’ to angry evil hearted woman who volunteers her time with the Friends of Music program at Alvirne.  I hope you know exactly whom I am talking about.  The band students are very well behaved and don’t deserve this harsh treatment you give to them for everything they do.  You do know you don’t have to volunteer there.  You act like you hate the world; you know what you need?  A long day at the spa!  Eat some pie!  That might help.  But, maybe, just maybe will that make you a nicer person and put some happiness into you.  Life is good, remember that.”

“Thumbs down to the Nottingham Square strip mall.  The traffic light in front of that horrible place has the traffic jammed up all the way back to the Presentation of Mary Academy!  Because of this daily aggravation, I refuse to shop there.  I can get anything they sell there better quality and for less money elsewhere.  Don’t be part of the problem.  Boycott Nottingham Square!“

“Thumbs way down to the comment about the Campbell High School varsity volleyball team being “unclassy.”  Get off your high horse and stop complaining.  It’s not the team’s fault that most of the players are in all honors classes or have college applications to do.  Apparently this makes for a bad role model.  Also, we have Sunday practices, so we were contributing to the team.  The varsity girls are extremely proud of the JV, they’re a wonderful group of girls, but whoever is complaining about the varsity being “unclassy,” figure out the definition first.”

“Thumbs up to Coach Kristen of the Red Dragons!  You did a fantastic job coaching this season.  Thanks for taking on the team all by yourself!“

“Thumbs down to the parent coming from the north (thus being in the south bound lane) on 3A to drop off their child at GMS.  When using the drop off area in front of the school, you need to get in line at the end of the line which forms in the north bound lane … kindly use Anna drive to turn yourself around and wait your turn.  The others lined up have been waiting and for you to think you are going to cut off about 15 vehicles is ridiculous!  Also you caused a very unsafe situation for busses trying to pass through the already tight traffic.  Please, next time stop being in a hurry and thinking of no one but yourself!  “

“Thumbs down to dog owners who yell at their dogs, and can be heard all throughout their neighborhoods.  Perhaps you should consider hearing aids?“

“Thumbs up to Alan and Shirley at the Derry Road Dunkin Donuts.  Keep up the good work great customer service skills you both have.  I always enjoy seeing you both when I get my coffee in the morning.”

Pelham~Windham

“Thumbs up to the wonderful person on Towhee who found a special peanut-safe treat for my son.  You really brightened his night!  Thank you.”

“Thumbs down to the girls wearing risqué costumes at the Girl Scout Halloween Party!  This was not a good example for the younger girls.  It almost ruined a great event.“

“Thumbs up to the new basketball coach at the Litchfield Middle School.  Your willingness to coach a team your son won’t be playing on speaks volumes regarding your character and dedication to Litchfield athletes.”

“Thumbs up to the Cosmos first and second grade boys soccer team.  We had a phenomenal season and I feel each and every player really improved dramatically this season.  Our last game was a clear indicator of how far we’ve come along during the 8-week season.  Every single player contributed one way or another!  Keep playing soccer!  I hope to see each and every one of one out on the field next year!  Go Cosmos!”  Coach Aaron

“Thumbs up to James on achieving your Eagle Scout rank.  You did a fine Eagle project for Hudson Memorial and your Court of Honor speech was terrific; Sunday was wonderful celebration and you made us all proud!  Lots of Love, Mom, Dad, Katie, and Nutmeg  (Ha - and you thought you’d never get a ‘Thumbs.’)“

“Thumbs way up to Hudson BSA Troop 20!  T20 Leaders, Scouts, Troop Committee, and all – Thank you all for your support over the years in James’ trail from Tiger Cub to Eagle Scout and for your help making his Eagle Court of Honor last Sunday such a remarkable event.  Special thanks to Scoutmaster Bill Z (outstanding MC job!), Joe U and Paul H (Eagle Advisors extraordinaire), Sue M (T20’s favorite KW), Deb and John (for everything).  Much appreciation and affection, Spoons’ family.”

“Thumbs down way down to whoever stole my pumpkins and my decorated ones too on Brook Rd. in Litchfield.  I hope you know my five-year-old daughter and two year old son worked really hard carving them!  Thanks for reminding me it don’t matter if I live in Lowell, MA, or here Litchfield, I can’t trust any one going by my house!  You have shown my children that if you work hard for something it can be taken away, even simple things like pumpkins.  Please return my fake ones at least; I have had them over 10 years!  “

“Thumbs up to all the people that make it happen for the Hudson-Litchfield Bears.”

“Thumbs up to the 6th grade Hudson-Litchfield Bear for making it all the way to the State Championship game!  You boys (coaches included!) should be so proud of all that you have done this year.  Undefeated regular season … Go Bears!“

“Thumbs down to the owners of the beagle on Talent Road in Litchfield that roams through all the yards and makes deposits.  We don’t want your crap!“

“Thumbs down.  Halloween is for the kids not for the parents who want to booze it up and walk around the neighborhood yelling at cars crawling by, with their high beams on looking out for kids.  So much for the town of Litchfield thinking that they are a well educated town.  Seems to be more brain dead.  Walking in the middle of the road.  Letting your kids run wild.  Great parenting.  Your kids are going to grow up screaming at cars going by.  Use your head if they see you doing that then so will they …  not every one you scream at will just keep driving.  Then you’re left with a kid that never comes home ...  So sad ...  Again great parenting.”

“Thumbs up to the pink Victorian at the corner of Hillcrest and Albuquerque.  Your Halloween display with all the jack-o’-lanterns is wonderful, creative, and just plain fun!  Looking forward to see what you do for Christmas.”

“Thumbs up to Mike who makes the best boiled dinners this side of Heaven!  How about another pineapple upside-down cake?“

“Thumbs up to the ‘Pink House’ in Litchfield for their fabulous pumpkin display.  Alec made a great tour guide.  The pink is starting to fade on your house.  If you do repaint it, can we have bright pink again?“

“Thumbs up to Tiffany’s Pumpkin Patch in Litchfield.  What a great display!  Our kids especially loved it, and so did we!“

“Thumbs up to the ‘ugly orange fence’ costume!  Hilarious!  I’m glad those little cabbage patch kids didn’t run out into the street!  Mmm … maybe it is because of the ‘ugly orange fence’!”

“Thumbs down to the Hudson School District for blocking Internet images to The Lion King.”

“Thumbs up to Diane, Jen, Kerri, Linda, Michelle, Nancy, Nathan, Steve and Stacy with the 4th grade student council members.  Your help made the unloading and distribution of the fundraiser orders go quickly and smoothly.  Thanks for all your help and support.”

“Thumbs’ up to the person who will turn in my sons IPod.  It went missing at HMS and his name is on it, Tyler.  It is blue and went missing last week.  These are very expensive.  He had it for a long time and he also uses it as his alarm clock.  And, yes my son has learned his lesson.  If any parents notice their child has a new Ipod, maybe ask if they have seen it or if they found it, please have them turn it into the school secretary.  There will be a reward.  Thanks so much for help in this matter.”

“Thumbs up to the Litchfield Fire Department and Chief Schofield, our town is so lucky to have you, words can’t describe how amazing you guys really are.”

“Thumbs up, way up to Chief Schofield for trying to get your men and us taxpayers a rescue truck, I myself, being a retired dispatcher knows how important a rescue is and the important tools and equipment you can’t place on an engine truck a rescue could make or break the patient surviving and for only $50,000 that’s a steal.  I’m for it and I believe everyone should be how would you feel if you needed the rescue tools and had to wait for Hudson or Londonderry to come to get them everyone just needs to smarten up.”

“Thumbs up and I do mean a big thumbs up to Seth, Tim, and Josh at the Route 102 donut shop.  They are always friendly and smiling whenever I go there and are always quick with my order.  Thanks again guys keep up the good work.”

“Thumbs down to the cowardly person who maligned a local girls softball coach two weeks in a row, and to HLN for allowing the redundancy.  The coach, who gives of his own personal time, has children who may have been exposed to your criticism of their father publicly, and by name, while you remain anonymous.”

“Thumbs up!  I’d forgotten to put my yard waste bags out the night before for the curbside pickup on Saturday 11/7.  I woke up and rushed outside to get them to the street in time.  As I was dragging them out, I saw the truck turning the corner onto my road.  The two nice gentlemen got out and volunteered to go get the rest of the bags from the side of my house so I wouldn’t have to do it all by myself.  Thank you so much for this small act of kindness … you made my day!”  Happy lady on Oakwood Street.

“Thumbs down.  Publishing an article about the town’s latest centenarian is great but getting her name wrong twice in the same article is nothing more than sloppy reporting ... nice going!“

“Thumbs down’ to angry evil hearted woman who volunteers her time with the Friends of Music program at Alvirne.  I hope you know exactly whom I am talking about.  The band students are very well behaved and don’t deserve this harsh treatment you give to them for everything they do.  You do know you don’t have to volunteer there.  You act like you hate the world; you know what you need?  A long day at the spa!  Eat some pie!  That might help.  But, maybe, just maybe will that make you a nicer person and put some happiness into you.  Life is good, remember that.”

“Thumbs way down to the comment about the Campbell High School varsity volleyball team being ‘unclassy.’  Get off your high horse and stop complaining.  It’s not the team’s fault that most of the players are in all honors classes or have college applications to do.  Apparently this makes for a bad role model.  Also, we have Sunday practices, so we were contributing to the team.  The varsity girls are extremely proud of the JV, they’re a wonderful group of girls, but whoever is complaining about the varsity being ‘unclassy,’ figure out the definition first.”

“Thumbs up to Coach Kristen of the Red Dragons!  You did a fantastic job coaching this season.  Thanks for taking on the team all by yourself!“

“Thumbs down to the parent coming from the north (thus being in the south bound lane) on 3A to drop off their child at GMS.  When using the drop off area in front of the school, you need to get in line at the end of the line which forms in the north bound lane … kindly use Anna drive to turn yourself around and wait your turn.  The others lined up have been waiting and for you to think you are going to cut off about 15 vehicles is ridiculous!  Also you caused a very unsafe situation for busses trying to pass through the already tight traffic.  Please, next time stop being in a hurry and thinking of no one but yourself!“

“Thumbs down to dog owners who yell at their dogs, and can be heard all throughout their neighborhoods.  Perhaps you should consider hearing aids?“

“Thumbs up to Alan and Shirley at the Derry Road donut shop.  Keep up the good work great customer service skills you both have.  I always enjoy seeing you both when I get my coffee in the morning.”

Salem

“Thumbs down to the parent that criticize the Salem Rams 6th grade coach.  It is a pity that most of the people that complain do not volunteer their time to coach or otherwise help out the organization.  Coaching football is a huge commitment between the 10 hours of practice weekly in August then 6 hours of practice plus a game weekly in September and October, not to mention the hours of planning and organizing the teams.  This parent should be grateful that the person coaching the team actually has no children in the organization and is there just for the benefit of the kids.”

“Thumbs down.  What is the safety situation at the Nightmare New England set up?  Are all of these temporary structures being inspected?  What is the risk for fire in the dark maze buildings that would be filled with children?  Is there emergency lighting?  Fire protection?  Emergency exit lights?  Or do they just get a free ticket to build whatever they want?  Is anyone in the town paying attention?  Hello?  Hello?”

“Thumbs down to the owners of the 3 Dachshund dogs on North Main Street that let them continuously  bark at 7am.  Please respect your neighbors and keep the annoying barks to a minimum.”

“Thumbs up to the Salem Police Department for their presence and concern for our school children.  They are clearly more thoughtful than the Superintendent of Schools.”

“Thumbs up to the parents that called in to the schools to prevent Pres. Obama's speech.  You did the right thing.  You see he had planned to have a different speech until parents seemed to not want that type of speech for their children without seeing it before they had a chance to.  Beware of all the political views that could make your child do something wrong, or not in your favor.”

“Thumbs up to the Salem community patriot.  You did an article on my son with regards to the struggle I’ve had in attaining him healthcare benefits and services.  My son Shawn and I would like to give a ‘thumbs up’ to Robyn Hatch for the wonderful article she wrote on my son and to al the wonderful people in our community who contacted me asking how they can help.  I received so many calls and responses to the article from people wanting to help with our situation and we are so grateful to Robyn and the community of Salem for having such loving and caring people.  And thanks to you for publishing the article.”

“Thumbs up  to Ed for that beautiful letter to the editor about Obama.  I don’t know who he is but I sure thank him for that great letter.  He was right on!  Hope you print this.”        

“Thumbs down to the people or person who stole the Halloween and fall decoration and all the perennial plants from the Salem museum.  This is the second year it has happened and it is very disappointing to have done all that work and someone to come in and take plants roots and all of the soil.  Please be careful if you do it has been reported and the police are watching.”

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