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Orange Senior Center Pasta Festa – Living Treasure Awards

On Friday, May 15 from 5 to 8 pm the Orange Senior Center will hold its eleventh annual Pasta Festa! dinner at the beautiful Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby CT. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of this year’s Living Treasure Awards to three deserving Orange residents: Nettie Bartocetti, Kevin Hadlock, and Al Pol. Winners of the raffle will go home with some great prizes donated by individuals and local businesses. Tickets are on sale at the Orange Senior Center for $20 per person.

About the three recipients of the 2015 Living Treasure Awards:

Nettie Bartocetti

Sue Clark wrote in her nomination of Nettie that aside from the projects, activities, and events that have been of benefit to all, Nettie makes Orange FUN! Nettie’s volunteer activities have all served to insure that Orange, CT continues to be a community of people who care. From the routine get well cards and flowers to large events, Nettie makes Orange a better place.

Nettie has brought concerts to town, has served on school PTA’s, and sports activities. Fundraising is one of Nettie’s fortes. She served on Save the Children, New Haven Aids Project, Orange 150 Jubilee, Orange 175th Celebration, and Orange Republican Town Committee. She served with the New Haven Symphony. Nettie has served as President of the Garden Club of Orange, the Orangewood Woman’s Club and the State of CT Board. She has served her Church as the Flower Chairperson, and the newly elected President of the Women’s Guild of Holy Infant Church. She also serves on the Town Commission for the Orange Community Services Depart. For this she is very proud.

Friends and neighbors have been showered with welcome gifts and assistance whenever needed. Nettie shares her love of all things Orange with everyone. She models community service in all of her activities. Nettie has recruited new folks and encourages participation. She supports all of our organizations whether directly involved or not. Her contribution to Orange has been and continues to be significant. Nettie is a treasure!

Kevin Hadlock

In voluntarism as well as social service, Kevin stands tall in stature and spirit. As an international citizen, having lived in New Zealand and England, Kevin has literally volunteered all over the world.

Kevin began his adult life as a naval officer in the Pacific fleet, and served aboard the USS Vesuvius, an ammunition ship, while it made the longest deployment of any U.S. naval vessel during the Vietnam War. He has served as a member of various boards and professional associations while living in California and Texas. Also, it was in California that he first joined a Lions Club, part of the world’s largest service organization. He continued to serve in Lions Clubs in Texas, New Zealand and England, often in leadership positions.

Having moved to Orange in 1981, Kevin soon became active in government and church-related activities. He served as a member of the Park & Recreation Commission for six years, the last four of those as its Chairman. In that role, he also served as a member of the High Plains Community Center Building Management Committee and as a member of an Ad Hoc Committee appointed by the First Selectman to review open space opportunities in Orange. He has been a member of the Community Services Commission for more than ten years, and served as its Chairman in 2007-08. As a member of the Community Services Commission, he also chaired its Ad Hoc Transportation Committee for Capital Expenditures.

Kevin makes every effort to preserve and protect natural resources as an active member of the Wildlife Conservation Society, the National Parks Conservation Association, where he communicates directly with legislative leaders around the country, and as a member of the Orange Land Trust.

Kevin’s work with youth is boundless. Through Holy Infant Church, he worked to bring Orange teens together with inner city youth at annual Christmas parties and picnics, including playing Santa at the Christmas party for many years. He is responsible for establishing and running an annual Free Throw Contest for Youths ages 9-14 through the Knights of Columbus for the past twelve years. He has also served as the Chair of the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Committee since its inception in 2000. As the father of three daughters, he served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Trails Council of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, and was the Chair of its Personnel Committee for many years.

With the Orange Lions Club he has served at many annual events such as the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Center Summer Cookout, and the Senior Valentine’s Pizza Party. Kevin presides at the officer and member inductions of the Orange/Milford Leos Club (Lions’ Youth Organization) at the Foundation High School. He is a past President of the Orange Lions Club, and has been designated an Ambassador of Sight and a Melvin Jones Fellow, two of the highest honors an individual can receive from his Lions Club. During his tenure as President, Kevin founded the Lions Community Grants Program.

Kevin is very active in his church as a Eucharistic Minister, a member of Social Ministry, and has served on the Parish Council. He is currently a member of the church’s Finance Council.

Kevin is an icon of volunteerism and service. His efforts and his life’s work have enhanced the lives of each and every Orange resident. It was a very fortunate day for our community and the residents of our town when Kevin and his wife Betty chose Orange as their home. And he isn’t finished yet!

Elfo “Al” Pol

“Pop” as his grandson Thomas O’Reilly Pol likes to call him, is clearly a Living Treasure for the Town of Orange. He has lived in Orange for nearly 60 years. He possesses a great deal of civic pride.

On election days, he wakes at 4am to set up the polls, monitors them and stays late to take the polls down. Al himself was an elected constable several times for the town. As a retired electrician, he serves as an electrical inspector for the town for over 25 years. In 2014 he was encouraged by the Building Inspector to stop climbing ladders and going into crawlspaces. It is said he doesn’t follow those directives.

Since 1960, Al has been a member and a former Captain of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department (OVFD). Currently, he holds the position of Treasurer of the OVFD. As treasurer, for the past 20 years, he oversees the annual Fire Department Carnival. With the Carnival supplying the largest proportion of the Fire Department’s funding, Al painstaking counts every penny each day.

Even though Al is well into his 80s, for the past 15 years he has been a Parade Marshal in the Memorial Day parade. Before becoming a Parade Marshal he would march with the Orange Volunteer Fire Department. He would also march in the New Haven St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Al served in the Army during World War II. For over 50 years, Al has been a proud member of the American Legion. He has served as the Finance Officer for over 10 years.

Al’s greatest hobby is the card game bridge. He teaches bridge for the Orange Senior Center and helps with the weekly Duplicate and Social Bridge games. By teaching others to play Bridge and by running a bridge game, he creates an atmosphere for people to meet and develop friendships. Additionally, mental activities like bridge have shown to ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Al is always willing to help and demonstrate the value of community volunteering. His quiet and friendly demeanor serves as a role model for town residents.


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