Rimkus: Ponies ‘tie the knot’; family, friends hold celebration of life

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By Rosemary Rimkus, Hudson Columnist

EDITOR’S NOTE: Rosemary Rimkus is a Hudson resident and longtime journalist. She launched her beloved column “Keynotes” in 1963 as a reporter for what was eventually branded as the Hudson Sun. Rimkus is now launching her new column ‘Hudson Happ’nings’ in the pages of the Community Advocate.

 

Ponies ‘tie the knot’

Veteran ponies “Amelia Bedelia,” left, and “Bullwinkle,” “tied the knot” on Aug. 7 at Maple Grove Equestrian Center, in a ceremony arranged by students at the riding school.
Veteran ponies “Amelia Bedelia,” left, and “Bullwinkle,” “tied the knot” on Aug. 7 at Maple Grove Equestrian Center, in a ceremony arranged by students at the riding school.

Long-time pony couple “Amelia Bedelia” and  “Bullwinkle” finally “tied the knot” at Maple Grove Equestrian Center on Central Street on Aug. 7. 

The Summer Event was planned by Riding School students Fiona Lee, Abigail Johnson, Zoe and Phoebe McCuine, RJ DeGiacomo, Livi Samaraweera, Kaitlyn Giles, Eleanor and Keira. They were joined by Gianna Apicello, the visiting granddaughter of Hudson residents Bruce and Janet Saluk.

The young riding students helped to create a bridal veil for Amelia Bedelia and an oversize black bow tie for Bullwinkle. Their “vows” included the promise “to share their hay, and scratch each other’s backs forever.” 

 Riding school students at Maple Grove Equestrian Farm on Central Street were among those arranging a wedding ceremony for veteran ponies “Amelia Bedelia” and “Bullwinkle.” From left: Fiona Lee, Gianna Apicello, Abigail Johnson and Zoe McCuine.
Riding school students at Maple Grove Equestrian Farm on Central Street were among those arranging a wedding ceremony for veteran ponies “Amelia Bedelia” and “Bullwinkle.” From left: Fiona Lee, Gianna Apicello, Abigail Johnson and Zoe McCuine.

After the short ceremony, the ponies enjoyed horse treats of molasses and oats, and the attendees were treated to celebratory cupcakes.

The Equestrian Center is owned by Brittany Sukis, daughter of farm owners Al and Susan Sukis. 

Susan Sukis said that the arrival of their four grandchildren makes the fifth generation of family at Maple Grove Farms.

 

Family, friends hold celebration of life

Family and close friends of the late Ralph Lanigan gathered at the Hudson Portuguese Club Pavilion room on Aug. 5 to celebrate his life. 

A retired teacher at Assabet Valley Regional High School and a popular musician, Lanigan died on Feb. 3, 2020, many months after he was severely injured on Aug. 9, 2018, while vacationing in Hawaii with his wife, Lynne. A courageous battle was fought against his spinal cord injury. 

Lanigan’s sister, Carol (Lanigan) Lamarr, said about 30 relatives and close friends attended, because COVID prevented the inclusion of many others. 

They toasted Lanigan’s memory with Tangueray, his favorite drink, and shared stories. 

His Hudson High School class of 1969 was represented by his friend and bandmate, David Pontbriand. 

Souvenir bookmarks included his picture with a phrase from the Beatles song, “Let It Be.” 

Assisting Carol in arranging the event were Ralph’s wife, Lynne, and their two sons, Kyle and Tyler.

 

Resident earns master’s degree

Former Hudson resident Sue (MacPherson) Kistoff  has been awarded her master’s degree in Manufacturing Leadership by the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

She is currently a production supervisor at Dielectric Sciences in Chelmsford. She and her husband Eric reside in Leominster with their two sons. 

She is a daughter of Hudson residents Joe and Margaret MacPherson.

 

Couple celebrates 70th anniversary

Congratulations to Hudson natives Leo and Margaret (Gill) Murphy, who observed their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 11. The life-long residents are parents of  Lee Murphy of Hudson, Patricia Tetisice of Westford and Sharon Walsh of California. They have seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

 

Images and poems exhibit planned

Hudson native Linda DeStefano Brown is presenting “Lines of Thought,” an exhibit of images and poems at 6 Bridges Gallery at 77 Main St. in Maynard. The exhibit opened on Aug. 18 and will run until Oct. 2. 

A virtual reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 9 from 7-8 p.m.    

 

‘Bingo’ is back at Elks Lodge

Bingo players will be glad to hear that Bingo will return at the Hudson/Concord Lodge of Elks on Park Street on Thursday, Sept. 9. Doors open at 4 p.m. and games begin at 6:45 p.m. All are welcome.

 

Looking back, 1966

Mrs. Mary Sogge opened her dance studio at Brentwood Hall Nursery on Forest Avenue.

George Harris hosted a carnival to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy fund at his home at 588 Main St., assisted by Paul, Russell, Bruce and Sue Harris, and cousins Bryant and Darrell McKinley.

Mary Kazlauski was honored for 50 years of service at the family outing of Thomas Taylor & Sons employees.

John Irvine Jr. assumed his duties as treasurer of the Hudson Cooperative Bank on Pope St.

Winners in the Park Dept. Doll Carriage parade included Kathy Nanartowich,  Joanne Mega, Darlene Rainha and Linda Bilodeau.   

 

Happy Birthday

Aug. 28 

Lysa Miller, Selina Rose Cunha, Terry Kearney and Charles “Foxy” Nelson.

Aug. 29 

Jack Norton, Colleen Macedo and Jason Gour.

Aug. 30 

Anne Cellucci Adams, Matt Coelho, Genie LaFleur and Jennifer Lynn Yates.

Aug. 31 

Nicole and Nancy Lawton, Rachel Holmes, Bob Harrold, Katie Cunningham, Matt Lambert and Brian Fullerton.

Sept. 1

Gabriel Giancola, Emily MacMunn  and Chris Sullivan.

Sept. 2 

LaRayne Horton and Jay Rossley.

Sept. 3 

Joe Santos, Adam and Emily Cabral. 

 

Happy Anniversary 

Aug. 23 

Kenny and Arlene Blair (52nd)

Aug. 29

Ron and Gail Crowley

Aug. 31

Special greetings to Rob and Michelle Weatherbee who celebrate their Silver Anniversary, 25 years. 

Sept. 1 

Bob and Pat Walrath

Sept. 2 

Bill and Shirley Condon, John and Debbie Devereaux.    

 

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