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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 21 Number 26 January 21, 2011 16 Pages Hudson


Annual Report Receives Dedications


by Doug Robinson The Hudson Board of Selectmen dedicated the Annual Town Report to two individuals “that have left a lasting contribution to the Town of Hudson.” The Annual Report was dedicated to Former Selectman and Fire Chief, Frank Nutting, Jr., and to former Town Councilor, Fidele Bernasconi. Nutting, Jr., who


was born in Nashua on October 11, 1915, educated at Nashua High School, and earned degrees from Bliss Electrical School in Washington, DC, and Hemphill Diesel School in Boston, MA, passed away “peacefully” at home on 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.


He served on the Hudson Board of Selectmen for 21 years – the longest serving selectman to date – and 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.” “Frank retired from IBM after serving 31 years. He was very active in politics


in Hudson, NH, where he served as Town Selectman from 1950 to 1971, as building inspector, and was also 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 this 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, NH’s Fire Department Community Service Award,” states Nutting, Jr.’s obituary.


Hudson Army Reservist Deploys to Afghanistan


by Doug Robinson Army Reservist Mike Bowen, a Hudson resident,


was among 175 Army Reservists deployed to Afghanistan this January. He is assigned to the 368th Engineer Battalion. The 368th Engineer Battalion is entitled to the history, battle honors, and colors formerly belonging to the 203rd Engineer Combat Battalion, which was activated February 1943. The Battalion participated in the Normandy invasion, and then fought in Germany until VE Day. After WWII, it was inactivated until it was activated and redesignated the 368th Engineer Combat Battalion in the US Army Reserves, Manchester, NH. They have served in Kosovo, Kuwait, and Iraq. The 368th has received the Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer for Southwest Asia operations in 2003. Based in Londonderry, the soldiers will begin


two months of training at Fort McCoy as they prepare for their duties in Afghanistan. The soldiers will participate in building base camps, as well as engage in other engineering construction projects. Bowen, after graduating from Alvirne High


School, has owned and operated Bowen Mowen, which specializes in landscaping and snow removal. In addition, Bowen Mowen offers comprehensive services for all aspects of landscaping, with regards to horticultural, construction, and maintenance needs. The Mobilization Farewell Ceremony was held at the Southern New Hampshire University. “The soldiers will take on different horizontal and vertical construction projects designed to support coalition forces,” reports Phillip Eugene, United


Mike Bowen kisses son Shane goodbye


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Fidele J. Bernasconi According to the Nashua


Telegraph’s obituary, “Fidele J. Bernasconi, 78, of Merrimack, died at St. Joseph Hospital on


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Mike Bowen with wife Renee and son, Shane States Army. Speakers for the event included Gov. John


Lynch, Steve Moniker (representing NH Attorney General Kelly Ayotte), Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, Brig. Gen. Jimmy Fowler,


Gov. Lynch gives a speech to the troops at Southern NH University


Deputy Commander 412th Theater Engineer Command, Brig. Gen. David Puster, Commander 302nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, and Lt. Col. Gregory Scott, Commander 368th Engineer Battalion.


The Army Reservists will be in Afghanistan for approximately 400 days. Bowen is married to Renee, and they have a two-year-old son, Shane.


Warren Adams: Born with a Wrench in His Hand


by Doug Robinson To enter his office, one must


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step down and around to avoid the stacks upon stacks of books, auto manuals, catalogs, and paperwork that stack from floor to the ceiling. As Warren leans back in his chair, he states, “Everyone who knows me knows I don’t like paperwork. A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind. The only papers I like are the ones that have the pictures of Franklin or Jackson.” After 35 years as owner of


Warren’s Auto Body in Litchfield, Warren has decided to retire. “I have not had a slow day in 35 years.


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with nothing on the board, and then I would become loaded with two weeks of work.”


Warren at his desk. While sitting at his desk only days before he retires, Warren looks around and contemplates the paperwork. What do you, the reader, think: did he clear or did he not clear his desk?


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Warren claims that while others are born with a spoon in their mouths, he was born with a wrench in his hand. “I have always been fascinated with mechanics. I love the pop, pop, pop of the John Deere Engine, especially the old tractors. Once set, a tractor can last forever.” For the past 35 years,


Warren has dedicated that fascination of mechanics to build his business of “complete auto body and general repairs” at his Litchfield business. He has provided superior service


to his entire customer for tune- ups, brake jobs, exhaust work, inspections, oil changes, and “many other repairs.” Warren commented, “I have lasted so long because we take care of the customer and we charge a fair price. I started with no money in my pocket and built the main building in 1975. When I opened my business in April 1976, the building did not have any doors or windows. By the winter, I was making a living for my family. I then got heat put in, and I got a compressor. I know


what it is to start with nothing. I have been self-employed most of my life.” Before Warren opened his auto body shop, he ran an Atlantic gas station on Hollis St. in Nashua. “I started to do body work and I also worked for some dealerships. It is a tribute to having a good business for being honest and giving customers a good deal. I have never been afraid to put the shoe on the foot and feel what people feel. The secret is clientele.”


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staff photos by Doug Robinson


staff photos by Len Lathrop


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