Hudson firefighters are back in the pack

HUDSON – After a seven-year hiatus, the men and women in the Hudson Fire Departments have new cards.

The department’s trading cards are complete and available. The cards feature pictures and small biographies of all the department’s members, including administrators and call firefighters.

In a twist, seven pieces of apparatus are also featured on trading cards.

“A lot of kids asked for them last time,” Lt. David Morin said.

Kids can ask firefighters for cards at community events, fire stations or on the street. However, if firefighters are responding to an emergency or at a call, they’re asking people to refrain from seeking a card, Morin said.

The first child who collects all 58 cards will win a dinner with duty crew, a signed poster and a ride on a fire engine.

Len Lathrop, co-owner of the Hudson Litchfield News, took the photographs for the cards.

The cards can be picked up at the Burns Hill or Central fire stations from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and from the administrative building next to the Central Fire Station from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Everyone’s having a good time,” Morin said of the reaction to the cards.

Forgotten by time

MILFORD – When workers start to build a new police station on the site of the former Garden Street School, there will be a lot of things for them to keep track of.

Here’s a couple more: Lost time capsules.

Selectman Noreen O’Connell said she was approached recently by two former teachers at the school, which closed to general classes in 2003 after hosting students for 77 years. Their classes had placed time capsules on the grounds many years ago, but as is often the case, the locations have been lost to time.

O’Connell said the teachers only know the capsules were buried in the back portion of the property, on the side closest to Elm Street, and hoped that they might get uncovered during work removing the school and building the police station. Construction crews have been notified.

Welcome to town

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Beautification Committee recently erected welcome signs near the town lines on state roads.

For such a tiny town, there sure are a lot of state roads in Greenville. Routes 31, 45, 123 and 124 all pass through town.

The Beautification Committee was formed in 2002 after a community profile weekend. The committee has also planted spring bulbs and reinstated the town’s annual Christmas tree and decorations downtown.