Grange Honors Special Community Members who Give Back
April 26, 2019
by David S. Morin
The Hudson Grange held its 2019 Community Recognition Night at the Grange Hall on April 9. Each year the grange accepts nominations from the Hudson police, fire, school district and for good citizens in the community.
Hudson Police Officer Patrick McStavick was nominated by Police Chief William Avery to receive this year’s award. Officer McStavick, a 14-year veteran of the police department, has continually worked and volunteered over the years to better the community. In his early career, MPO McStavick took over the Police Explorer Program and since that time, he has worked to give back to the community.
MPO McStavick was recognized for his work with the CHIPS Program, the Hudson Police Department, Red Cross Blood Drive, Explorer Post, and Special Olympics. He is also out there providing for the community needs. He put together a Stranger Danger presentation when a request for assistance came from St. John Church.
The chief ended his nomination with others patrolling the streets, assisting a co-worker, or making this community a better place, MPO McStavick approaches every opportunity with a smile.
Rachel Scanzani, the head of the Social Studies Department at Hudson Memorial School, was presented with the Teacher of the Year Award. Scanzani, who has taught at the school for the last 14 years, has a master’s degree in geography and is currently working on getting a master’s in education administration.
Scanzani has been instrumental in ensuring that all students are provided with experiences that will allow them to understand, appreciate, and participate in the duties and responsibilities of a U.S. citizen. She is also very active in the community working in the grange, both locally and at the state level, as well as with Cub Scout Pack 20 and Hudson Youth Baseball.
Hudson Firefighter Andrew Perkins was nominated by Fire Chief Robert Buxton for the Firefighter of the Year Award. Firefighter Perkins is been a member of the department since January 2014. The past five years he has become a valued member of the team who can be relied upon. His compassion for others is evident as he selflessly stopped to assist a citizen in need while off duty on Jan. 4. Andrews’s actions that day helped save the life of a person attempting to end his life by jumping off a bridge.
The Community Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Mary Jarril. Mary actively volunteers with the Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity organization. She dedicates five days with building on-site homes for low- to moderate-income families. She speaks with vendors, negotiates pricing, secures donations, and constantly advocates for partner families to ensure that they have everything they need to make their house a home.
Mary is a retired chief warrant officer from the United States Army and actively recruits other military members to assist with Habitat projects. In addition to her volunteer efforts in New Hampshire, she has also helped build homes in York, Maine, and Hilton Head, S.C. She is always willing to go the extra mile and thanks to her dedication, families are able to secure an affordable place to live and call home. Mary was unable to attend the ceremony and will be presented her award in the near future.
Hudson Police Officer John Mirabella was selected as the Grange New England Regional Police Officer of the Year Award. Officer Mirabella was chosen out of a group of police officers across New England for this award. Back in April 2018 he was awarded the Hudson Grange Police Officer of the Year Award, and, in October, he was named the State of New Hampshire Grange Police Officer. This made him eligible for the New England Regional Police Officer Award. Officer Mirabella was unable to attend the ceremony and Hudson Police Captain David Cayot accepted the award in his behalf.
The highlight of the award ceremony was the presentation of a 70-Year Membership Seal to Hudson Grange member Claire Gagnon. Claire, the longest-serving Hudson Grange member in the town’s history, was awarded the seal and a dozen roses in recognition of her seven decades of dedication and service to the group.