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Volume 21 Number 4 August 13, 2010 20 Pages Frank Nutting, Jr: A Life of Commitment, Courage, and Conviction


by Doug Robinson Commitment, courage, and conviction are synonymous with the name Frank A. Nutting. Referred to as an “icon” by then- 25-year-old call firefighter Shawn Jasper, who now serves as a Hudson selectman, he recalls a relationship not only of commitment, courage, and conviction, but also recalls a relationship with a true leader, a true visionary, and a true and dedicated “public servant in the truest of terms.”


Born in Nashua on October 11, 1915, educated in Nashua High School, and having earned degrees from Bliss Electrical School in Washington, DC and Hemphill Diesel School in Boston, Frank passed away “peacefully” at home on Sunday, August 8, 2008. While calling Hudson his home for decades, he and his wife also spent their time together in North Hutchinson Island, FL, and Wells Beach, ME. He retired to Wells, ME, in 1995. Frank served on the Hudson Board of Selectmen for 21 years, and he served on the Hudson Fire Department over 40 years. He worked as an IBM employee for 31 years, and married his high school sweetheart, Rosamond Merrill. Together, they spent “64 happy years together.” According to Frank’s obituary, he retired from IBM after serving 31 years. He was very active in politics in Hudson, where he served as Town Selectman from 1950 to 1971, as building inspector, and in the NH State Legislature. He was a member of the Hudson Fire Department from 1941 to 1972, becoming fire chief in 1972 to 1984, during which time


he founded the EMT Services. He was also a state of NH forest Fire Warden, was named Hudson NH Citizen Of The Year in 1972, and received the Grange Community Citizen Award in 1980. Most recently, in 2009, he was given the Hudson Fire Department Community Service Award. Hudson Fire Chief Shawn Murray stated, “I was fortunate to speak with Frank Nutting a couple of years ago while researching the fire station locations. Frank and I also had a great conversation on how the fire department had evolved, and you could tell the pride in his voice, having really been the person who


transitioned the Hudson Fire Department into the fire and EMS service we have today. What struck me most about Frank was that he had this ability to look towards the future in the placement of the fire stations. When we look at them geographically, we discovered that Frank has placed them in areas that experienced residential and business growth.” As a visionary, Frank was responsible for the location of Hudson’s two fire stations, located on Robinson Road and Burns Hill Road. ”He took a map of Hudson, pulled out a circumference and pencil, and began to draw. He began to draw circles on the map,” said Selectman Jasper. “Frank knew not only the location of all the homes in Hudson, he also knew that home insurance rates would be lower if the stations were kept within a three- mile distance from Hudson homes. When he was done, only one home in Hudson was outside the three-mile circle. In addition, he also had the station built on Town Land.” Frank was also the longest serving selectman for Hudson, serving over 21 years. When his tenure was done, Frank became Hudson’s first fire chief in 1984. As fire chief, he created the ambulance service, and through Yankee ingenuity and Yankee tradition, he was known as a fiscal conservation. The blocks of stone that house the Robinson Road Fire Station were gathered in local fields by firefighters and were used to build Robinson Road. He purchased a ladder truck for $1 from Nashua, and then worked out a


Frank Nutting, Jr. continued to page 17- Frank Nutting, Jr Hudson Man Arrives in Hampton after Cycling Cross-Country to Fight Cancer


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submitted by Pan-Massachusetts Challenge On Saturday, August 7, Don Lamothe, 52, of Hudson crossed his personal finish line at Hampton Beach. For the past three months, Lamothe has cycled nearly 3,500 miles from the Washington coast, across the country, to New Hampshire to raise money for the Pan-


Massachusetts Challenge (PMC). Funds raised benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer-Institute through its Jimmy Fund. Lamothe is a Pan-Massachusetts Challenge “virtual rider” who took on the country rather than the traditional 190-mile route from Sturbridge to Provincetown. His goal is to raise


World-Renowned Banzai Bandits Practice with Hudson-Litchfield Bears


by Doug Robinson The Banzai Bandits bicycle team recently attended one of the Hudson-Litchfield Bears practice sessions. Arriving by bicycle and police escort, the Banzai Bandits participated with both the football players and the cheerleaders in their exercise and practice routines.


While they volunteered to be the “flyers” on


the cheerleading team, the cheerleaders thought it would be better if they kept their feet firmly on the ground to help the lighter and much smaller girls. On the football field, they lined up alongside


of the football players in a dash from the line of scrimmage, as well as getting on all fours for the “ant crawl.” The world-renowned Banzai Bandits will be taking the challenge at the Zach Attack 5K and Fun Run. The Sumo Wrestling bicycle team will set out to raise more than $10,000 in sponsorship, and challenges any and all participants to do the same. The Zach Attack 5K will be held on August 27, and more information may be found at www. zacharytompkins.org.


$10,000 for cancer research. While Lamothe did not participate in the


traditional PMC, his commitment to raising money for the cancer care and research remains just as strong. Lamothe is riding in honor of his mother, who died of leukemia, and his brother, who died


of a brain tumor. Lamothe was greeted by his three sisters, brother, sisters-in-law, and other family and friends when he ends his cross-country journey on Saturday.


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