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Hudson~Litchfield News 5-16-2014

Hudson~Litchfield News 5-16-2014

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The Hudson~Litchfield News is a free weekly newspaper delivered to every home in Hudson and Litchfield, New Hampshire every Friday.
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The Mission of the Hudson  Fire Department is to  preserve life, property and
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Hudson Fire Changing its Administration Structure Effective July 1
 
by Len Lathrop
Fire Chief Rob Buxton presented a plan at Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting to reorganize the fire department’s top command structure. The current organizational chart appers to the right and the new chart approved for July 1 appears below.Selectmen Maddox, who has been outspoken about too many white shirts (supervisory administrators) at the fire department, mentioned that this new plan allows Buxton to “put his footprint on the department” at which time Chairman Coutu responded that he saw this plan as helping Hudson from losing the chief to burn out.As the town adjusts to the default budget handed to them by voters, Selectmen Brucker asked about salary cost. Chief Buxton reported a small delta between the two salaries but not a major issue especially with the improved revenue from the recently revamped inspectional division.
Organizational Chart -Oct. 2013
Town AdministratorBOS/FD LiaisonBoardof Selectman
 
Executive SecretaryAdministrative AideFire Chief Emergency ManagementDirector
 
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Hydraulic Leak Shuts Down Lowell Road
submitted by Patty langlais
Spring break is the time when many teens go on family vacations, hang with friends or even make college visits. But a half dozen or so Alvirne High School students volunteered their time off to make life for a little girl in a wheelchair easier.“That’s the best part of this town,” said Patricia Langlais, who kicked off an effort to get a wheelchair ramp constructed for to-year-old Ella Gordon who was diagnosed with a degenerative medical condition – spinal muscular atrophy – when she was a year old. “We all come together when it comes to helping one another.Right now the genetic disorder is affecting the Ella’s legs. She can sit up and scoot, but she can’t walk or stand and eventually her entire body will weaken. When other toddlers are climbing and running around the playground at the child care center, staff at Stonewood gently left Ella and place her on the ground where she interacts with her friends. In order to prepare for the years ahead, Ella’s family needs to have their van specially fitted with a wheelchair lift, and make their home – including doorways and bathrooms wheelchair accessible for Ella’s purple, power wheelchair which she got for Christmas. But insurance does not cover those building expenses which will cost tens of thousands of dollars. So the community rallied. In the fall, staff at the child care center, as well as Ella’s family and friends and some other volunteers, parked cars at the Pumpkin Festival to raise money for the materials for the ramp.From there, John Conrad, head of the Building Trades program at Alvirne, had two of his classes build the ramp in the shop as part of their class, which also included meeting with an architect and a town building inspector to go over the plans.Once the construction was complete, Conrad asked for student volunteers to install the ramp under his guidance and with the help of local contractor, Lee Lavoie, during spring break. “There were no shortage of boys and girls who stepped up to the task when we asked,” said Conrad. “Community service is a core value at Alvirne and this fit right in with that.”So why would a teenager give up a few precious days off from school to work side-by-side with his teacher and fellow students? It’s the right thing to do and we’re helping people,” said sophomore, Tom Labrie. Two days of hard work later, Ella was able to go through her front door on her own for the first time. When asked where she will go with her wheelchair, now that the ramp is installed, she said “outside, Boston and the mall.” And when her teacher, Miss Patty, asked her what she tells people who will get in her way, the little girl didn’t hesitate. “I say, ‘excuse me.’”Ella and her family also say, “thank you,” to the teens, teachers and others who have come together for their daughter.If you’d like to donate to the fund to raise money for the accommodations to be made for Ella’s home, go to GoFundMe.com and look for Cristle Gordon. There will also be a spaghetti supper fundraiser sponsored by St. Francis Church in Litchfield at Campbell High School in Litchfield, May 31, 4-8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Church Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30.
 
 AHS Students Give Ella a Lift by Building Ramp
ese are just some of the Alvirne students who helped build Ella’s ramp. From left are Tom Labrie, Kelvin Kariuki Jr., Cam Richall and David Loring.Ella has to be lifted onto the playground.
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submitted by David S. Morin, HFD Public Information Liaison
While returning to their quarters from a training exercise on May 12, Hudson Ambulance 4 discovered a large hydraulic fluid spill in the area of 212 Lowell Road. Firefighters determined the spill was coming from a Pinard waste truck located in the parking lot of the Market Basket store.The spill covered an area from Hampshire Drive south on Lowell Road into the Market Basket parking lot. Due to the size of the spill, additional firefighters, as well as personnel from the town highway and police departments, were called to the scene to assist. Hudson Police closed Lowell Road to southbound traffic along with the entrance to Market Basket.
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When Chief Buxton was promoted upon the departure of Shawn Murray, Buxton’s then Deputy Chief position was never advertised for or filled. Now that Buxton has had the opportunity to be on the job for a while, he proposed eliminating the training captain position and filling the second deputy chief’s slot. The training duties would become part of the duty captain’s role. Selectmen questioned if this restructure would affect the opening of Robinson Road Station on a 12/7 basis to which the chief assured them that it would not.
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submitted by Judy King, Alvirne High School 
Alvirne High School senior Dean McCloud designed a mobile pull-up bar for Alvirne’s Air Force ROTC program. Dean McCloud, ROTC student, is currently enrolled in the Drafting and Design program at Alvirne and has also completed the Pre-engineering program. Tom Briand, Kyle Cormer and Murilo Moreira, Heavy Duty Mechanics students, measured and fabricated the bar based on the blueprints created by McCloud. Dean, left, is pictured wheeling in the bar to the ROTC lab space with Eric Marro, Drafting and Design/Pre-Engineering teacher. As part of the curriculum at Alvirne, Dean learned about mass property analysis, which enabled him to determine the load and stress of the pull-up bar. Dean is planning to study mechanical engineering at Wright State University in Ohio this fall.
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Wheelock College student Cassandra Clark of Litchfield sang the National Anthem on May 6 at the Red Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds game as part of the Colleges of the Fenway Chorus. The chorus, under the direction of Ray Fahrner of COF Performing Arts, has a mission to inspire and educate through the rehearsal and performance of diverse and appropriate choral works, and to present an educational context for both performers and audience. Open to all members of the COF community, the chorus strives to provide an opportunity for beginning through advanced singers to improve their musical skills and expand their musical knowledge.At Wheelock College, classes in the arts offer students the chance to explore the relationships among art, literature, culture, and history. The program blends scholarship and artistic process. It teaches students to think critically and to express their own creative vision. In the performing arts classes, students learn and apply improvisation and acting techniques, and study musical forms from around the world. The resident Wheelock Family Theatre provides opportunities both onstage and backstage.
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Hudson Fire Alarm received a call at 9:25 a.m. on May 8 from a resident near the Public Service Power Sub Station on Power Street reporting two explosions and a fire at the substation. Just before the call was received many areas of Hudson had experienced a power failure. On arrival of Deputy Chief O’Brien on Power Street a brush fire was found burning under several high-tension telephone poles. Deputy O’Brien requested fire companies to deal with the fire and Public Service to the scene to make repairs.Six firefighters from the Central Fire Station staffing one engine, one forestry truck and one command vehicle had the fire quickly under control. Due to the power loss, other firefighters responded to numerous activated fire alarms across Hudson tripped by the power surge.
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Sometimes knowing someone is better than knowing something. This was the case when people we knew got  jobs at the newest Litchfield restaurant, Naticook Fish and Grill, open at the former Woodman’s at Mel’s Funway Park. My wife and I got to preview the new restaurant on the pre-opening training day.“I am a chef first, and restaurant owner second,” noted chef owner Marco Salerno. “You’ve heard all the clichés’ – food is love, etc. We strive to serve only the freshest ingredients in our meals, and prepare it the way we would for our own family. Owning a restaurant takes a certain passion, and that’s what we bring to Litchfield. We have chefs cooking and working in the kitchen, not just your average line cooks.”The menu consists of appetizers including four varieties of fresh made spring rolls, Poutine fries, calamari, chowder, onion rings and more. “Our pizzas are outstanding,” boasted Chef Salerno. “Always fresh dough, handmade pizzas, and top quality toppings.”Seafood dinners include the ocean fresh clams, scallops, shrimp, and haddock prepared fried golden brown, or baked to perfection. Add fresh haddock fish tacos, and lobster rolls and the seafood offerings are complete.“After the training day we reconstructed the entire kitchen,” commented Salerno. “We realized certain items needed more space and more attention. It was the best thing we did.Not in the mood for fish, Naticook offers grilled burgers, chicken and eggplant Parmesan, and a Naticook Reuben.“This is one of my favorites,” explained Salerno. “Fried haddock topped with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and cole slaw on fresh grilled bread. There’s nothing like it in the area, and our guests rave about the sandwich.”Grilled/oven baked dinners include steak tips, Seafood Tagliatelle, Pulled Chicken, and Lobster Scampi Pappardelle. Naticook has specials most days including Chicken Marsala, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and Tuscan Salmon among a few. “We source the best local ingredients looking for high quality, like our fresh pastas from Lily’s in Everett. It’s the best around,” explained Salerno.“We wanted to cater to families but wanted the food to be exquisite,” added Salerno. “Salads and kids meals are the same top quality and creativity as the dinners and meals.”When asked why bring something to Litchfield, Chef Salerno explained that Naticook Fish and Grill is a long-time dream for him. “We have a very successful catering business on Boston’s North Shore, doing corporate events and, private functions, and weddings for some high-end clients,” explains Salerno. “We have been looking for a location to develop, and the owners at Mel’s Michael Accomondo and Wayne Caulfield connected with our team, worked together to iron out all the details, and we’re excited to be working together.Head Chef Robert (Maui) Giallongo and Salerno have a long list of previous employers including some of the most exclusive eateries in the country, including being chef to the U.S. Olympic Team. “That all means nothing to the diner here eating a meal, except we’ve learned from the best, served the best, and expect to do the same thing here at Naticook Fish and Grill.”After “practice” dining that first Saturday, we’ve been back a couple times and have thoroughly enjoyed our visits. The décor is simple, and has been upgraded from the prior establishment, and you can see new touches from Salerno’s team each time you visit. “It’s scary how much we had to do to retro fit the restaurant,” explained Salerno. “Many hours were spent redoing the dining area booths to get away from that fish take out look. We’ll have more improvements to come in the future.”Naticook offers a full bar area with TVs and about 20 seats, great for waiting or enjoying the full menu in a more laid back style. “We are at Mel’s Funway after all, so we can’t get too stuffy,” said Salerno. “Our focus is on our food, whether you eat in, take out, or we deliver to your house, you’ll get the same high quality”In addition to the full-service restaurant, the Naticook Snack Bar has opened adjacent to the Funway mini golf course offering pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, candy bars, and other take out snacks for park goers. Coming soon will be the new Funway Park Country Ice Cream adjacent to the Funway arcade. “We’ll have 36 flavors of ice cream, Richie’s slush, and outdoor seating.From the exclusivechefs.com website, “Chef Marco Salerno and wife Constantina Salerno would like to invite you on a tour of his little world. A world filled with flavor and passion, surely to awaken your palate. Taste and presentation alike will awe you. With over 15 years experience as a chef and caterer, he has pleased many with his talent and attention to detail. He takes pride in his work and treats your event as if it is his own, ensuring perfection.When chef Salerno called to advertise, I could sense his passion for the restaurant business. After meeting with him and then spending an hour in the kitchen watching him at work, he is both an artist and a chef, desiring to please his guests with the best food, presentation, and dining experience possible. “All I can ask is that you come try our food. We know we have to win you over. I’m in the kitchen every day making sure the best food possible comes to your table,” offered Salerno. “If you appreciate fine food, good quality, and the best ingredients, you’ll love our creations.Naticook Fish and Grill is located at 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Route 3A, in Litchfield at Mel’s Funway Park and is Open Daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 429-4000 or visit www.naticookfishandgrill.com. Watch Facebook daily for specials and extra incentives.
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Chef Marco Salerno at his newly opened Naticook Fish and Grill  An appetizer choice from the menu,“Pizza Rolls” Try the Poutine! 
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