Hudson’s AHS Class Act Goes Green
by Maureen Gillum
Nick Kramer, Will Dibble, Cira Watson, and Chris Kramer worked at the Drama Club’s recycling event.
In celebration of Earth Week, Alvirne High School’s drama club, Class Act, with the support of parent volunteers (AHS OnStage) held its first Electronics Recycling Day last Saturday, April 26.
“A key part of being a chapter in EdTA (Educational Theater Association, www.edta.org) is community service and running this electronics recycling project was a great way for Class Act to give back,” explained Sara Prince, AHS Class Act’s president. She added, “It was also a major win-win for all – it offered local residents an easy, safe and cheaper way to dispose of PCs, TVs, and other electronics; proceeds helped support AHS theater productions; and the event built awareness for Earth Day (April 22) and being good stewards of our one and only environment.”
Amidst a steady stream of cars in Alvirne’s parking lot, the first 42-cubic yard container was f
filled before noon and another was filled within hours. Both pods and their transportation to the Londonderry recycler were donated by Allied Waste, a leading waste services company. In all, it was estimated that Alvirne’s Class Act and OnStage collected more than 10 tons of electronics – all crushed and recycled according to EPA regulations.
Class Act and OnStage also ran a busy car wash, a rousing concession stand and had a lot of fun. “Where else can you drop off your old computer stuff, get your car washed with a terrific serenade, and pick up a great hot dog in about 10 minutes?” said one happy customer.
“The weather was perfect, the turnout was way beyond anything expected, and through a lot of hard work, dedication, and community support, it was a tremendous success,” said Rob Straight, president of OnStage. Crediting the collective efforts of Class Act students and the OnStage parents, Straight also said electronics recycling would become “our annual signature event.” Given the public’s reception and obvious demand, it may be offered in the fall and spring in concert with Hudson cleanup days.
“Theater, unlike most other creative arts, thrives on collaboration and teamwork, and are among the best lessons kids take away from Class Act,” said Jennifer LaFrance, Class Act advisor. She also detailed how Class Act’s latest EdTA regional festival performance, “Rules of Comedy was a ‘Best in Show’ for the fourth year in a row, and was very well received at the States EdTA festival held recently (April 11 and 12) in Gilford. Rules and our recycling drop were both enormously successful because of exceptional collaborative teamwork in action.”
Stay tuned for Class Act’s next production, The Pajama Game a musical comedy about a 7.5-cent wage war and falling in love in a 1954 pajama factory – at the Alvirne Gymatorium on May 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.
AHS Class Act and OnStage collected more than 10 tons of electronics to recycle on April 26.
Hudson Pasta Palooza Night
by Lynne Ober
Love pasta? Then the Alvirne Friends of Music Pasta Palooza Night was the place for you. Held in Alvirne’s cafeteria this year, it was an opportunity to enjoy pasta and support music programs.
Alvirne High School Music Director Gerry Bastien praised the work of the Friends of Music and especially chairman Maria Kremer, who stepped in when the previous chairman could not continue. “Do I love pasta?” asked Bastien. “Just look at me. Of course I do.”
Tables were decorated with festive centerpieces, balloons and place mats. Italian music filled the air.
“T-Bones was just wonderful,” said Maria. “They donated the pasta, the sauce, gift certificates, bread and utensils. They were just outstanding and very helpful.” She also thanked Hudson’s DM Printing for donating the printing on the tickets. Coca Cola donated soda and Hershey’s donated the ice cream.
Parents staffed the kitchen and cooked more than 50 pounds of pasta.
Students in the music program morphed from students into Italian waiters. Each wore an AHS music T-shirt with his or her “Italian name” written on duct tape. Guido, Amore and Shredded Parmesan Cheese were some of the chosen names.
After the evening ended and the last pot was washed, Maria said that “it got a little crazy, but it was a good crazy. The kids did a wonderful job serving and we had a lot of parental help.”
Music from this and other fundraisers goes to offset the cost of trips taken by the various musical groups. “I have three kids in the band this year,” said Maria, “and having some financial help is definitely a good thing. I think the Friends of Music makes a positive difference for the kids, but we also provide them opportunities to earn their way. It’s important for the kids to learn that they must participate in earning their way too. Nothing is free.”
Waiter "Shredded Parmesan Cheese" served hot bread to two hungry diners.
Hudson School Energy Use Updates near Completion
by Drew Caron
A fairly lengthy and extensive update to the Hudson School District’s energy use is nearing completion and is anticipated to meet or exceed projected energy savings.
Honeywell representatives Gary King and Jim Lucy updated the school board Monday saying that although the overall project was behind schedule, now that the user interface phase of the project is beginning the district soon will have the tools to reduce energy consumption.
“The Honeywell Project is an example of good project management,” said Hudson School District Business Administrator Normand Sanborn. “The project had the potential of causing disruption to the educational process, but King has been very flexible in coordinating his subcontractors to meet the district’s needs.”
Sanborn said that in many projects of this size, there are requests for change orders by the contractor, but that has not been the case in the Honeywell project. For district custodians who were requested to work overtime, the district was reimbursed by Honeywell.
After the user interface equipment installation is complete, the project will enter the operational and audit phase where the actual energy cost savings from the 2008/09 heating season will be calculated and compared to previous seasons.
Complaints Surround Litchfield’s Brickyard Drive
by Drew Caron
Despite reaching the end of the prolonged repair work, complaints are piling up on Brickyard Drive in Litchfield.
Now that the culvert that was washed away by floodwaters has been replaced, residents say they were better off with the obstacle of the repair site in place. Brickyard Drive resident Joseph Cabral addressed the Board of Selectmen on Monday on behalf of a several citizens who say that automobile speeds are getting out of hand.
“It’s just getting ridiculous with the speeding,” Cabral said. “This was going on before the ditch broke loose and now we’re back to it again – should’ve just left it the way it was.”
Cabral said excessive speeding usually occurs between 7:30 and 8:30 in the morning and about 2:30 in the afternoon when high school gets out.
“It’s a nightmare trying to back out in the morning,” Cabral said. “The speeding isn’t limited to just high school kids either, even the soccer moms are flying through at around 7 at night.”
Selectmen Chair Frank Byron directed Cabral’s complaint to Police Chief O’Brion, who was present at the meeting.
But excessive speeding was not the only complaint as Cabral said he was aware of a level 2 sex offender living on the road. Cabral said he was not aware of any ordinance but the town should look into that possibility.
“There should be an ordinance if there isn’t one because it doesn’t give you a good feeling,” Cabral said. “I’m a grandparent and I feel like a watchdog – it’s terrible.”
Cabral later disclosed that the sex offender lives next door to him and near the middle school soccer field. Cabral suggested the school should be encouraged to keep children out of the woods near the field.
Byron said selectmen would look into what can be done as a board but thought that any preventative measures may require a zoning change and Cabral and concerned citizens may have to go to the Zoning Board with their concerns.
Hudson Police Underage Drinking Crackdown
by Tom Tollefson
“Under 21” means exactly what it says to the Hudson Police Department.
The department has applied for a $6,743 grant from the New Hampshire Department of Justice for enforcing underage drinking laws.
Part of the program is using increased patrols Friday and Saturday nights during June, July and August. Alcohol compliance checks also will take place during this time.
The officers will be monitoring local businesses to ensure that they check IDs for customers buying alcohol. A third offense for selling alcohol to an underage person will result in a hearing with the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission regarding liquor license revokation.
“It behooves us to stay on top of our employees,” Selectman Roger Coutu said, being a store owner himself.
Another program Hudson police have used to stop underage drinking is the KEYS Program in which parents going out of town can leave keys to their homes with the police department. Officers will check their homes while the owners are away to be sure no underage drinking is taking place.
The Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended the application for the grant.