On Monday June 11th, Holman Stadium was full of Hudson residents; the Alvirne Jr. ROTC presented the colors; and Selectmen Ben Nadeau caught the first pitch from Celtic Jo Jo White, while Selectmen Doug Robinson called the pitch a strike. Prior to the Pride taking the field, the Hudson Youth Baseball T-Ball Lions and Rookies’ Pride got to head out to the field and run the bases while the other team fielded the hits. Hopefully a good time to be remembered by all on the field. All the Hudson players lined up for the National Athem with the profession players, and high five abounded as the Pride headed to the dugout and the kids headed to the stands to watch the game.
Hudson Youth Baseball poses on the field at Holman Stadium.
When you hear he’s a “jack of all trades,” images of someone who can fix the back deck, shingle the roof, put in a ceiling fan, install bathroom fixtures and many other jobs come to mind. Steve Nadeau, a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades” added a new trade to his resume on Monday. Nadeau and his helper Steve Earner and plumber Jerry Kerr were working on a bathroom repair job when they heard shouts for help.
Nadeau explained, “We didn’t even think, just ran,” down the street to find a small home in flames and shouts of help coming from inside. Acting as quick thinkers, they broke a window and Earner was hoisted in. “The house was full of smoke, I picked her (Priscilla Corcoran) up and put her feet first out the window,” said Earner. “I didn’t think until my lungs filled with smoke and I thought of my son, but I had to get them out.”
Homeowner Theresa Bernard along with daughter Priscilla Corcoran and caregiver Malissa DiMarco were trapped in the burning Bungalow Street home. The front door was engulfed in flames. The only other exit was from a door in the cellar that was inaccessible to the handicapped Corcoran, leaving the women no escape route. “We hooked up two garden hoses and started spraying down the door,” said Nadeau. Earner was then able to kick the door out and assist the other two women to safety.
Quick to share a photo of Anthony, his young son, Earner was relieved to go home Monday night and play with his boy, knowing he was safe. “If my mother’s house was on fire I would hope that someone would help her,” said Earner, in an analogy of his unexpected duties from earlier in the day.
Nadeau owns and runs his own construction company called ‘24/7’ and specializes in just about any home-repair job. “My friends kept saying, you work 24/7 you should just name your company that,” said Nadeau, and he did. Nadeau didn’t go home from the busy day’s events; he went back to work.
“It is hard to find and trust a good contractor; I didn’t know these guys last week, and now they are like family,” said Gary, the homeowner whose bathroom has now been on national TV. “They (TV cameramen) went right into my bathroom, I couldn’t believe it.”
Leo Bernard, Theresa’s son who also lives at the Bungalow home, reported that his mom is OK and staying with a friend. His sister is a little shook up but nearly back to her “old self.” Leo, a long time volunteer and worker for the Red Cross, immediately contacted them for help and was told they would do anything he needed. The insurance adjuster advised them that housing would be covered until they can return to their home. “Everyone I see says to me ‘if there is anything we can do, just ask’,” said Bernard. The overwhelmed Bernard is so appreciative of all those people and especially of the men who risked their lives to save his family.
Steve Earner stopped to check on Ms. Bernards well-being after being treated for smoke inhalation.
Firefighters extinguish the flames in the eaves.
After almost stopping the ceremony to find him, carnation recipient Mike Lardolff is rewarded with a kiss form Christin Cronin, and the graduation continues.
Dressed in the traditional red and black graduation robes, their heads covered with mortarboards, 121 seniors marched onto the Campbell High School athletic field to receive their high school diplomas. The cloudless blue sky combined with the thick green lawn to produce a Kodak moment for all in attendance.
When bagpipes could be heard in the distance, signifying the arrival of the seniors, all in attendance stood and turned towards the music. Several hundred family members and well-wishers stretched and twisted to catch a glimpse of the graduates. They marched in perfect cadence down the 50-yard line to take their places in the reserved seating.
Cameras flashed, video cameras panned, hundreds of hands clapped, and parents cheered as the school band played the symbolic processional, Pomp and Circumstance, for the graduating seniors. Two-by-two the seniors marched; girls on one side and boys on the other. The line of students stretched as far as the eye could see. Together, they would later move their tassels to the left side of their mortarboard, signifying that they were now alumni, graduates of Campbell High School, Class of 2007.
Once the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star-Spangled Banner were completed, the greeting was given by Tara Rossetti, Class Secretary. Keeping tradition with previous Campbell High School (CHS) graduations, the seniors were encouraged to take the flower which was located below their chair, and give that flower to that “special person” in their lives who has meant so much to them. As the seniors walked through the crowd, “I love you,” “thank you,” and “You have meant so much to me,” could be heard, uttered from those giving the flowers.
Class Essayist Scott Branscomb stated, “We have more questions than we have answers. The collaboration with the staff of CHS has afforded us the answers.” Branscomb gave special recognition to those teachers who taught the students to ask the questions of who, what, where, when, why, and how.
“After fours years, we seem to have learned how to answer these questions. Our 12 years within the Campbell community has taught us that we can handle anything life throws at us. If you know where you want to go, what are you waiting for?”
The 2007 CHS yearbook was dedicated to science teacher Mr. Patrick Kaplo. Students refer to Kaplo as a “geek” as well a teacher “extraordinaire.” His dedication to the students as well as his passion for teaching was their reasons for dedicating the yearbook to him. Kaplo’s catapult competition brought all areas of the school together, as the school united to learn the lessons of physics. The physics students of Campbell High School were challenged with a project; a competition which would involve all 75 students who took physics at Campbell High School. The competition was designed to include not only the physics students, but also students who studied math, drawing, criminal justice, and consumer science.
Physics teacher Patrick Kaplo designed the competition to be a learning experience for the students. The physics students were asked to build a trebuchet, commonly known as a catapult, and to be ready to fire the trebuchet on the football field. The competition was about the study of Kinematics. Kinematics is the “study of motion, without regard to mass,” as defined by the online dictionary. Students were to study the motion in terms of acceleration, velocity, accuracy, and time.
Salutatorian Sarah Chuckran gave a speech that saluted the “quirky” ways of CHS. Chuckran spoke of teachers with “spunk”, as they are the epitome of quirky.
“My freshman advisor was a hippy. Santa was the computer teacher. The history teacher was in the front row dressed as Abe Lincoln re-incarnated. The entire male faculty did not shave for the month of December. This school is quirky. Let’s face it, the teachers have done a number on us, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for teaching us. Our teachers are the reason for why we are here today. We made it through. Never give up, and you will always find a way to fit in. Remember me when you are famous.”
The Class of 2007 then presented the Class of 2008 with a scholarship in the name of Allison Corf.
David Harrigan, featured speaker for CHS graduation and Social Studies teacher, was introduced as a “man of few words but much wisdom.” Harrigan stated that, “this was the longest that you have stayed awake with my voice.”
His commencement address focused on three areas: reassurance of their CHS education, advice for the future, and thank you for the moments he shared with the students. He spoke of teachers who were bartenders in their past and how their pasts made them excellent listeners. He spoke of other teachers who woke to “make the donuts” and that discipline carried over to the classroom. Another teacher was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a paratrooper. He related these teachers’ positions in life with the saying that life is about “life long learning.” He encouraged the students to continue to talk to others. “There is no-one from whom you cannot learn something. You just have to screen it and keep on going,” Harrigan stated.
CHS Valedictorian, Jessica Streitmater stated, “As I begin to reflect on the days gone by I think about the friendships, how time flew by, how we were active community members, volunteers, as well as family care takers. We have developed many great experiences and many great memories. I remember my first day at CHS, looking for my name on the wall as I looked for my advisor. I was a … melting pot of nervousness and excitement. We had our sports, our academic clubs and we had tough times. However, we made it through, and here we are. Thank (you to) each and every one of you. Never take anyone for granted; cherish your family, they will always be there for you. Go and make more memories and do not let what you cannot do, interfere with what you want to do.”
When the speeches were done, and the 22 scholarships had been awarded, the 121 students approached the stage in single fashion to receive their diplomas from the school’s administration. Each student accepted their diploma with their own personality. While some students hugged the administrators with great enthusiasm, others vigorously shook the administrator’s hand. Some graduated and pumped their fists in excitement while others simply smiled. Some received their diploma with a tear in their eye, while others yelled out words of excitement.
However, the one thing all graduates did share together and have in common during the presentation of the diplomas, was their personal sense of satisfaction. They were individually rewarded, individually recognized, and individually praised for a job well done. And together, the Campbell High School Class of 2007 lifted their tassels and moved them from the right side of their mortarboard to the left side. They are alumni. They are graduates. They had their “Kodak moment.”
Students pose on their way outside for field day activities on Friday, June 15.
Griffin Memorial School students had a chance to enjoy the great weather last Friday during the school’s annual field day. Physical education instructor Jim Bliss coordinated the activities, which included games like capture the flag, and other activities like face painting, and karate and dance lessons. Students worked in teams at each activity with children from different grade levels.
“The goal is to promote school spirit and to get the kids to meet and work with other kids they don’t know,” Bliss said. Some of the activities were competitive but Bliss said, “we don’t give awards because we really want to keep the focus on school spirit and sportsmanship.”
About 80 volunteers from the community helped run the activities. Bliss said the biggest challenge in organizing field day is finding enough volunteers to help. “If we don’t have the volunteers we can’t do it,” he said. “But we always seem to get the numbers we need.”
Students moved in teams through the 20 stations, each with a different activity. “The water activities seem to be the most popular, especially if the weather is nice like today,” Bliss said.
Jennifer Roy, Heather Stagnone and Nancy Donaghey are members of the Parent Teacher Organization and all have children at Griffin and volunteered their time to help with field day. They helped run the Super Soaker station, where students doused each other with water guns.
“We’re having a good time and the kids really seem to be enjoying themselves,” Roy said.
For the past three years the PTO has donated money to rent an inflatable bounce house. This year the school store at Griffin donated a second one.
The tricky thing with so many different activities, Bliss said, is making sure the students are kept busy at each station. “Some stations, like face painting, need the full 15 minutes, but other stations run through all their games too fast.”
A volunteer encourages students using hula hoops to pass the time while waiting for their turn at the face painting station on Friday, June 15.
Students squirt each other with water guns at the Super Soaker station during field day on Friday, June 15.