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Hudson - Litchfield News July 2, 2010 - 3


Madison Ave. Salon Hosts Cut-a-Thon for Zach


by Doug Robinson Newly opened Madison Ave Salon, located at


142 Lowell Road, recently hosted a cut-a-thon in support of the Zachary Tompkins Memorial Fund.


his four years with the Bears, Zach had many accomplishments. He shared the field with his brother as a Mitey Mite. He went on to become a dominant linebacker and made his mark as the top tackler on his team. The 2009 season proved to be his time to shine, as Zach took on the role of running back and was able to help his team put points on the board with some memorable touchdowns,” eulogized Mike Roberts, President of the Hudson-Litchfield Bears. “Zach touched the lives of so many with his continuous and infectious smile, and we will continue to admire him for his enduring winning attitude, his caring and generous personality, and a respected member of our Bears’ community.” Zach lived his life as a positive reflection of his classmates, his community, his church, his sports buddies, his brothers, and of his parents. Remembering the advice once given to her by Zach, fifth-grade PMA student, friend, and classmate Ashley Eppolito writes, “Be happy, you never know what tomorrow might bring. There’s no such thing as a bad day, because you never know bad until it meets you.” Zach was a happy child. He never became


angry, and he sometimes let his brothers win when playing a video game. Their feelings were more important to him than his winning the game. Madison Ave. Salon, owned and operated by


Logan Daniels seems a little nervous getting his hair cut by Susie Georges, or maybe just camera-shy


Young and old alike stood 10 people


deep waiting their turn have their hair cut by one of the nine trained professionals who work at the salon. Many who came to have their hair cut, styled, designed, colored, re-touched, permed, or simply trimmed came to honor the memory of Zachary Tompkins, who passed away in his sleep on March 8. “I came today to support the fundraising


event,” commented first-time customer Maureen Peddy. “My son, Steven, goes to Presentation of Mary [PMA], and I would like to help.” Zach had a dream of building a stadium, and Madison Ave. wants to help make that dream come true. “For everyone that participates in a


fundraiser for Zach, we come closer to building a legacy that will last a lifetime,” states the Zachary Tompkins Memorial Fund Website.


Todd and Lisa McKenna, is a “dream come true for Lisa,” commented Todd. Lisa has been a professional and practicing


Hudson Firefighters Begins Trial Period of 24 Hour Shifts


by Doug Robinson The Hudson Board of Selectmen have approved a proposal by the Professional Firefighters of Hudson IAFF Local 3154 to enter into a trial period involving a schedule change from working two 10-hour days and two 14-hour nights to working 24-hour rotating shifts. The memorandum of agreement includes firefighters, fire lieutenants, and dispatchers. The schedule change will also include the fire captains under a separate memorandum of agreement because they are represented under a separate collective bargaining agreement. Beginning June 27, dispatchers will change from their current eight-hour shifts to begin 12- hour work shifts. Beginning July 1, the proposed schedule will require fire privates, fire lieutenants, and fire captains to work a 24-hour shift, followed by 48 hours (two days) off, another 24-hour shift, and then 96 hours (four days) off. The old schedule also offered also offered these members 96 hours off between shifts. The shift changes do not add any additional hours or costs on an annual basis. The contract continues to state that “Fire Privates and Fire Lieutenants shall work an average of 42 hours per week on an eight-day cycle. Fire Privates and Fire Lieutenants shall not work in excess of 38 hours without a 12-hour rest


period between shifts.” According to Hudson Fire Chief Shawn Murray,


the change in scheduling will afford Hudson an approximate cost saving in salaries of up to $8,400. In addition, payroll will be saved in holiday pay, elimination of a shift change, and coverage in dispatch. Overtime payroll will also be reduced due to the elimination of second-shift turnover.


Maureen Peddy enjoys her new look as Madison owner, Lisa, applies the finishing touches. When asked if she will return, Maureen stated, “Who would not say yes? She has a pair of scissors in her hand.”


Since passing, Hudson has united together in


hair stylist for the past 18 years in the Lowell/ Dracut, MA area. “I have always wanted to own and operate a Salon in honor of my young daughter, Madison. My husband and I did a lot of research, and we located this building and we opened our doors on May 1,” stated Lisa. Hosting the Cut-a-Thon for Zach was natural for the McKennas. Not only was Madison a schoolmate of Zach’s, Madison shares many of the same values so often mentioned of Zach, such as kindness, patience, love of sports, love of family, and the ability to bring a smile to others in need. Madison Ave. has also set up an area in the


back of the salon specifically designed to offer men haircuts as well. The salon hosts nearly a dozen chairs, thus minimizing the customer’s wait.


Barber services include not only regular


Nick Tompkins, Zach’s little brother, wanted nothing more than a Z in his hair, which was quickly accomplished


support of building Zach’s field of dreams. “Zach started in the Hudson-Litchfield Bears


program, like many do, on the sidelines, playing with friends, attending every practice and every game, while cheering on his big brother. Trailing behind his brother, Zach knew he had some big shoes to fill, but the first time he took the field, he took the opportunity to shine. During


haircuts, Madison’s also offers their male customers a less-expensive cut for seniors and children under 12, men’s facials, and shampoo service. Men’s hair coloring is also offered. For the women, every hair care service offers a “complimentary shaping of the eyebrow.” Services include women’s design cuts, blow drying, styling, bridal designs, hair coloring, partial foils, full foils, double process blondes, waxing, and make-up.


Barnstead, Bow, Bristol, Durham, North Hampton, Exeter, Belmont, Londonderry, Laconia, and Tilton have been working 24-hour shifts for years. As a result of making the shift 24 hours, Fire Departments saw increased productivity, no reduction of service to their communities, increased morale among the personnel, reduced travel expenses for the personnel, as well as a better quality of life for the personnel. “We were most concerned with the fatigue factor by switching to this schedule. While we have been looking at 24-hour


schedules for over two years, we wanted to take a slow approach as we fully investigated the total ramifications to our team,” commented Chief Murray.


In an effort to research the “fatigue factor”


when moving to a 24-hour shift, Chief Murray requested information and consults from his peers in neighboring fire departments that are presently working the proposed 24-hour work schedule. Londonderry Fire Chief Kevin MacCaffrie stated,


“[We] have been on the 24-hour 48 for 10 years. Sixty-seven percent of our run volume is EMS- related. I have not witnessed any fatigue issues on either type of shift.” North Hampton Fire Chief Dennis Cote stated, “I can personally tell you that I have not had issues when I was on the floor. I worked 24- hour shifts since 1990 up until 2002. Never had fatigue issues.” Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson stated, “Laconia started the 24-hour shift in 2005 with a 12-month trial period. We are now entering our sixth year of 24-hour shifts. I have not seen any indicators to reflect fatigue. We monitor accident, injuries, complaints, EMS reports, etc., and there has been no change. Our training hours have increased, as has our call volume.” “The schedule shall continue in force and effect for a trial period of six months—January 1, 2010 or sooner if either party, in its sole discretion, determines the temporary schedule does not meet its needs,” states the contract. “If either party decides to terminate the trial schedule prior to January 1, 2011, it shall provide the other party with a 30-day written notice prior to the effective date of the termination.”


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