Easter Bunny Visits Hudson
by Lynne Ober
Santa comes on a fire truck because there isn’t any snow, but the Easter Bunny arrived on a sled in the middle of a snow blizzard. However, that didn’t stop parents and children from enjoying the Easter Bunny Breakfast sponsored by Hudson’s GFWC Club.
Members of the Hudson branch of GFWC arrived at Kiwanis Hall by 6:00 a.m. to begin preparing breakfast. Denise Rondeau, Linda Kipnes, Lorraine Falcone, and Lisa Nute set up chairs and tables while cooks Carol Brausa (eggs), Alison Dillman (bacon), Sherri Woolsey (pancakes), Brandy Swanson and Arleen Creeden, both of whom answered calls for help from the cooks while making coffee and preparing beverages, began preparing breakfast.
At 6:00 a.m. Michelle Champion, Kathleen Champion, Janice Taormins, and the Key Club began blowing up balloons to give to the children.
By 8:00 a.m. when the first customers arrived everything was ready and both the Easter Bunny and Mouse, the mascot of GFWC, were on hand to greet children.
Children could have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny, have their faces painted or work on a craft at the craft table.
“It’s a lot of work,” smiled Michelle Champion, “and we didn’t do it for a couple of years, but people missed it and we decided resume hosting the breakfast. Since then we’ve had two snow blizzards and one nice day,” she laughed.Despite the snow, spirits were bright inside. The twenty-two member of the GFWC who worked on the event always had a ready smile and the Easter Bunny thoroughly enjoyed his morning.
Residents and Businesses Honored by Chamber
by Lynne Ober
Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce’s 36th Annual Awards Dinner was filled with laughter and admiration for winners.
Dick Kirtley, Operations Director at BAE Systems was the evening’s speaker. Urging everyone to “Laugh to Live,” Kirtley shared his views on using humor and laughter to improve your life and attitude. Part of Kirtley’s message was that sarcastic humor is the wrong kind of humor to share and that using good humor can improve your attitude and enhance your life. Kirtley urges that you use humor to make your point or boost morale and build teamwork, and to relieve tension and stress. His was a fun presentation with a serious message.
Governor John Lynch was the next speaker and he thanked the Chamber for allowing him to speak. The Governor discussed the need for better educational funding, acknowledging that New Hampshire has to find a permanent way to fund education without the yearly bills and frustration.
When Leo Simard, President of the Chamber, joined the Governor on the stage, he thanked him for attending the event and for helping with the awards.
Simard began high-lighting the many accomplishments of the Citizen of the Year, Priscilla Clegg, Priscilla’s friends showed that they knew how to use humor and waved two-sided signs – one had Priscilla’s high school picture and the other had her face and Wonder Woman’s body.
Priscilla has long been a driving force behind the organization of Hudson Old Home Days Celebration. This year she’s the President of the Historical Society after years of serving as a Director for them. She’s devoted a considerable amount of her time to the restoration of Hills House.
But that’s not all that she’s done for the Hudson community. She can be counted on to help in many charitable fund raisers and has participated in fund raisers for Hudson’s Animal Control Facility, coordinating the Hudson Police sponsored C.H.I.P. activities and assisted with the Flowers for Friends effort for the families of guards slain in an armed robbery in Hudson.
If you need food donated to an activity, Priscilla will be on the list of people donating. She helps organize Santa’s Arrival every year in Hudson.
Priscilla and her husband, Senator Bob Clegg, are both known throughout Hudson and are the only married couple to be honored at Citizen of the Year. Bob was the recipient in 1993. Priscilla gave perhaps the shortest speech on record – she just flashed the audience one of her famous wide smiles and said, “No speech.”
This year the Chamber honored two Junior Citizens of the Year. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Sarah Morgan, a Campbell High School senior, is fourth in her class and has taken more credits than needed to graduate with the Distinguished Diploma. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, has been a member of the Campbell Chorus for three years and has served for three years on the Homecoming Committee and Pep Rally Committee.
Sarah, President of the Junior class, served on the Students Against Destructive Decisions Organization and the Semi-formal Prom Committee during her junior year.
This year the Campbell High School Literary Magazine has been a focus for her and she’s compiling a scrapbook about Campbell as her senior project.
When she’s not at school, Sarah can be found at home being a big sister to her siblings or working at Crochet Mountain Rehabilitation Center with deaf and disabled children. She also works with her church youth group and participates in work camps during the summer. This group helps others by proving assistance with cleaning, painting, repair work and general maintenance.
Sarah plans to major in English in college and wants to become a teacher.
Hope Blanchette, from Alvirne High School, was the other Junior Citizen of the Year. Hope, like Sarah, is also academically talented. She’s taken a minimum of three honors level or advanced placement courses each semester and yet remained ranked in the top ten of her class.
Three years ago Hope joined the Key Club and has been a driving force in that organization. This year she was recognized by her fellow members and was elected President. The committee has grown under her leadership and has taken an active role in the Heifer Project – an international organization that raises animals to be sent to families in need. Under Hope’s continued energetic leadership, the Key Club is sponsoring the Senior Prom – a delightful event for Seniors in Hudson.
Hope is also very active in Student Council and has worked on Spirit Week, the Semi-formal Committee, the Talent Show, Teacher luncheon and academic awards. She is an active participant on the Math Team and a member of the Varsity Tennis team.
Hope was chosen as a Junior Statesman of America and worked on the Tolerance and Diversity Committee as well as being elected to the national Honor Society. She worked on the Prom Committee, the Academic Decathlon and is an Alvirne Ambassador.
Because of her quality of character and her willingness to help others, Hope was a shoo-in for Junior Citizen of the Year. She wants to major in Architecture in college.
DiBenedetto and Company, a local Certified Public Accounting firm, was named Small Business of the Year.
Members of the company are urged to participate in Hudson Rotary and other community activities. They have actively participated in Clean-up Days at Bensons.
They provide QuickBooks training for small businesses just starting out and work with local colleges to provide real-world experiences for students.
Bank of New Hampshire won the Large Business of the Year award. Bank of New Hampshire has made many charitable contributions throughout the community.
They actively urge their employees to participate in charitable activities. During 2004, their employees supported Junior Achievement bowl-a-thon, March of Dimes Walk America, Easter Seals Walk, Job Shadow, Junior Achievement in the Classroom, American Cancer Relay for Life, United Way Day of Caring, Juvenile Diabetes Walk, Toys for Tots and NH Public Television Auction.
The evening ended with out-going President Joyce Lyford making a number of presentations to people who had helped her throughout her year. She ended by giving flowers to Brenda Collins, the person who makes everything look effortless.
Once again, it was a wonderful evening.