All the Traffic and None of the Benefits?

by R. Rodgers

As of Tuesday, May 15 just after noontime, WS Development has completely withdrawn all applications for construction with the Town of Hudson. In a letter dated May 15, from Edward Vydra, WS Development Associates in a follow up to a discussion with John Cashell, Town Planner, W.S. Development Associates no longer has interest in developing the Green Meadow property on River Road in Hudson.

“Word today officially withdraws W.S. Development as they are now planning to partner with another developer in Nashua rather than Hudson on the Grace Chemical Property,” said Cashell. The Massachusetts developer, Packard Development a division of New England Development and W.S. Development have engaged in a joint venture to create a lifestyle center at the Grace location on D.W. Highway in Nashua.

The Grace Property, directly across the river from Green Meadow, slated to be a Lifestyle Center on a denser scale is their new focus. “In a nutshell, the retail business is time sensitive. It has a short planning horizon, and we could not guarantee a reasonable schedule for our customers,” said Vydra about the change in venue. “W.S. and the Friels have spent a lot of time, energy and money on this; there should be a master plan for the Green Meadow property. It is a terrific piece of property in a great location,” he went on to say.

Jay Leonard, representing the Friels, agreed and said, “We definitely will continue to develop the property in a beneficial way to everyone.” They plan to present their proposals and ideas to the town on May 23 at the scheduled Planning Board meeting in Hudson.

“This land is a very important asset to Hudson and we are interested in a responsible way to make something good come out of this. W.S. and the Friels have spent millions of dollars on this. The important thing to realize is that roads are the destination, and exit 2 is already a destination to Green Meadow,” stated Leonard.

Both Leonard and Vydra presented positive energy about the significant change in plans. “We want to leave on an upbeat note,” said Vydra. “We are pleased to have been received so warmly here in Hudson by so many groups like the Lions Club, the Seniors, all the Boards, and Community Development. Our core message here is that this is ‘time sensitive’.”

Leonard’s message was, “The property will still be developed; we are looking at a lot of the same things. Our focus will be on the roads and the importance of the bridge.”

The Green Meadow project known also as RiverPlace, has been on the top list of hot topics in Hudson and the region for over a year now. Some opposition was raised by a small group led by Ron Peters, who raised traffic concerns and quality of life issues with an increase in traffic.

Peters did not know about the decision when reached for comment on Wednesday. “Hudson Grass Roots efforts and their ‘chutzpa’ paid off. All the letters and emails to the State, DOT, NRPC, and the EPA, along with Letters to the Editor really worked,” said Peters. “I am almost speechless; there is a God and he is smiling on us!” The Friels will be attending the May 23 Planning Board meeting and so will “all my followers,” said the Hudson Realtor.

With all of the traffic concerns regarding the RiverPlace project, traffic will still be an issue with the new development across the river. The opportunity that the Friels are offering Hudson with the development interests may still provide benefits to the town instead of just traffic.


A Life-sized Lesson on Careers

by Lynne Ober


Lauren dressed the part of a news reporter while Starr donned the attire of a nurse.

Sixth grade students at Litchfield Middle School have been diligently learning about careers. The cross-discipline unit has them choose a profession, study it, learn about the math that goes with that profession, write about the profession and last, but not least, construct a life-size figure of them working in that profession.

Crystal wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. So she decided that in addition to the figure of herself as a vet, she’d create a horse to go alongside her.

Joshua Rand wants to be a chef and own his own restaurant. For his math problems he had to calculate the amount of flour needed to bake all of his desserts and breads for a week. Then he had to figure out the circumference of his restaurant tables and calculate how much material he needed to make table cloths.

Each student wrote an essay about the profession that was chosen. This required researching the actual profession and then writing about it.

Another assignment required each student to create a typical work week for that profession and to tell what would be accomplished during the week.

Students also created an acrostic, a poem in which the initial letters or initial and final letters, of each line spell out a word. One aspiring chef wrote:

Chef is a person who appreciates the art of cooking

Heat up the oven before baking is a helpful hint

Eggs are best eaten cooked, not raw

Food has to taste good if you want people to buy it”

The halls of Litchfield Middle School are adorned with the life-sized figures and the works of the students.


Man Flips Truck

On Friday afternoon, May 11th, there was an accident in Hudson on the Sagamore Bridge. Two trucks were racing against each other when one of them, failing to negotiate a curve, ran off the road hitting the end of the center guardrail causing his vehicle to flip over twice and landing on its roof. The driver, a Pelham resident was left twisted inside the vehicle hanging by his seat belt. It took Hudson firefighters nearly an hour to release him from vehicle. The driver was transported to a local hospital, treated, and released within three hours. The crash caused major congestion, which lasted through rush hour.


Litchfield Fire Department Had an Interesting Week

by Lynne Ober

Things are never dull around a fire department. All departments today handle many different types of calls, but this week was a little unusual for the Litchfield Fire Department. First they were called upon to free a man from muddy quick sand and then they responded to a fire where water to fight the fire was pumped out of an in-ground swimming pool.


1 Timberland Road, in Windham, fully engulfed following a suspected lightning strike.

“We never know what we are going to be doing next,” grinned Litchfield Fire Chief Tom Schofield. “It’s always something though.”

In what may have been one of their most unusual calls, the Litchfield Fire Department was called upon to free a landscape worker embedded in muddy quick sand.

The landscaper, working at a home on April Drive, had been working on a sprinkler system. When he approached the edge of a pond, he began to sink into the mud. According to Schofield, he worked for nearly two hours trying to free himself. “All he did was compact the mud around him.”

The landscaper didn’t have cell service to call for help and was alone. His only option was to attempt to free himself, but by doing so, he just got entrenched into the muddy quick sand along the shore. Finally a fellow worker came along, saw him, and called for help.

“We had to call Londonderry and Derry for mutual aid,” said Schofield. Londonderry responded with an ice sled that is used to make rescues across thin ice. Derry Fire Department had a special trailer that can be used for trench rescues. “They got the trailer with a grant. The idea was that they would provide mutual aid with that trailer for our area.”

Schofield said that the landscaper had been wearing waders and that the waders are still stuck in the mud. “We lifted him right out of his pants,” Schofield laughed. “His waders are still stuck in the mud. We couldn’t get them out even after we got him out.”

To no one’s surprise, the rescued landscaper left the scene almost as soon as he was freed.

Later in the week, the Litchfield Fire Department responded to a large house fire in Windham.

“There’s no municipal water supply in Windham,” said Schofield who said that he was the officer in charge of the water supply. “We had ten tankers from all over and we pumped 104,000 gallons of water plus whatever they got out of the in-ground swimming pool.”


A combined effort.

A lightning bolt is suspected as the cause of the fire, which started shortly after 6:00 p.m. The owners were away, and no one was hurt.

According to Schofield, someone had a pump that pumped about 100 gallons of water a minute and it was put into the recently built in-ground swimming pool and water was pumped from there as well as from the water reserve brought in by the tanker trucks.

“The fire spread rapidly. Winds were blowing, and before it was out the entire upper floor was ruined,” said Schofield.


Campbell Prom


Patrick Gendron and Tara Rossetti


Robert Leary, Lindsay Delude, Amy Bridges, David Symonds


Victoria Marino and Shane Whalen, elected the prom’s King and Queen.


Courtney Michaud, Amanda Quattrucci and Kyla Milot


Trevor Cloutier, Rob Bellisle, Chris Audet and Kyle Timpe


Alexandra McKillop and Christopher French


Stephen Graf and Asia Tracy


Mary Howley, Ryan Clark and Kristen Lang


Kaylyn Rifkin, Alera Dufault, Nicole Poirier, Krystal Figlioli and Lauren Zalanskas


Lauren Delude, Kevin Grandfield, and Kaylyn Rifkin

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