Rimkus: HHS Class of ‘71 holds 50th reunion, historical society reopens in new location


By Rosemary Rimkus, Hudson Columnist

HHS Class of ‘71 celebrates 50th reunion 

More than 50 members of the Hudson High School Class of 1971 participated in their 50-year reunion on Sept. 10, 11 and 12. 

HHS alumni came from New Hampshire, Florida, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, West Virginia, South Carolina, Oregon and throughout Massachusetts. 

The weekend began on the evening of Sept. 10 with a Main Street “Pub Crawl and Wall Sitting” at the retaining wall near the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marlborough and Hudson. 

Sitting on the stone wall in downtown Main Street, and possibly bothering passersby, a common practice by teenagers in the 1960s and 1970s, was frowned upon and often forbidden by parents.

The reunion weekend continued with a dinner at the Hudson Portuguese Club pavilion on Sept. 11 and with brunch at “Kith ‘n Kin” on the morning of Sept. 12. 

A silent auction of vacations, gift baskets and gift cards was held to raise funds for the 55th reunion slated for 2026.   

Members of the Hudson High School Class of 1971 followed their “Sit on the Wall” tradition on Main Street, during their recent 50th reunion weekend. Photo/Courtesy Stephen McCarthy
Members of the Hudson High School Class of 1971 followed their “Sit on the Wall” tradition on Main Street, during their recent 50th reunion weekend.
(Photo/Courtesy Stephen McCarthy)

HHS ’71 classmates in attendance were: Rose Marie (Aud) Cook, Mary (Billings) Sherman, Pauline (Brooks) Drexler, Peter Cellucci, Marcia (Chamberlain) O’Brien, Dale (Chaves) Burns, Francis Chaves, Steve Chimelski, Roger Clifford, Charlene (Conrad) Poulos, Harry Constantine, Eileen (Costa) McDonald, Kathy (Cummings) Johansen, David Daigneault, David Duplisea, Mike Dupont, Esther (Fagan) Daigneault, Mary (Filipe) Mathews, John Fitzpatrick, Mary Lee (Forrester) King, Janet (Glebus) LeDuc, Dana Granville, Sherry (Hall) Letendre, Galen Isaacs, Robin (Izbicki) Errede, Wayne Jordan, Karen (Kilroy) Cellana, Susan (Marshall) Larkin, Steve McCarthy, Lynn (McCormick) Lanigan, Barbara (Morse) Cuthbert, Christine (Morse) Murphy, Judy (Rich) Mitchell, Nancy (Ross) Garrity, Paul Salvucci, Mike Sullivan, Larry Thibeault, Pamela (Walcott) Standring, Steve Yorston and Diane (Zina) Durand.

Historical Society to resume meetings

Hudson Historical Society member Lew Halprin stands at the entrance to the new location of the Historical Society Museum, on the fourth floor of The Landing at Hudson Mills.
Hudson Historical Society member Lew Halprin stands at the entrance to the new location of the Historical Society Museum, on the fourth floor of The Landing at Hudson Mills.

The Hudson Historical Society will resume meetings after an 18-month hiatus, on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the First Federated Church hall at 200 Central St. 

Local historian Richard Gelpke will speak on his latest book, “A History of Lake Boon, from Earliest Days to Present.” The heart of the book is a chronology from the late 1800s to the present time, including newspaper articles, photos and maps. The book includes mentions of former popular establishments like Sam’s Provisions, Monahan’s night club and Hanson’s Beach. 

Society president Christine DiMare invites the public to attend. 

Masks are requested. 


Historical Society museum reopens

The Hudson Historical Society Museum has opened at its new location at Room B406 on the fourth floor of The Landing at Hudson Mills at 43 Broad St. 

The new location is elevator accessible.

Hard-working Society members moved the museum and its thousands of artifacts to a location across from the elevator during the past few months. 

The public is invited to visit on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. and on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.


Garden Club to discuss ‘mystery of pruning’ 

“The Mystery of Pruning” will be the subject of the meeting of the Hudson Garden Club, on the evening of Monday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Senior Center on Church Street. 

Michelle Schuckel, founder of  “Natural Selections,” will speak on the science and theory of pruning, its tools and maintenance. 

President Cindy Provencher welcomes members and guests. Guests will have a $5 fee. Masks will be required.


‘Wine, Dine and Gamble’ trip will benefit scholarship fund

Hudson Aerie of Eagles will sponsor a “Wine, Dine and Gamble” trip on Saturday, Oct. 23, to benefit the club’s scholarship fund. 

The outing starts at 11 a.m., departing from the Eagles Club on Cox Street. Attendees will return at 8 p.m. 

Tickets include motor coach travel, refreshments on the coach, five hours at Mohegan Sun Resort Casino, a $25 food voucher and pizza on the return trip. Tickets are $75 plus tax, which includes driver, trip leader and wait staff tips. Fifty-two people can be accommodated.  

Those interested in getting tickets can call Pam Chaves at 508-958-4256 or email [email protected].


First United Methodist Church to hold Annual Yard & Craft Sale

The First United Methodist Church’s Annual Yard & Craft Sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2, at First United Methodist Church on the corner of Felton and Pleasant streets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. 

Containers of homemade chili and chicken salad will also be sold. 

The committee promises “bargains, treasures and handcrafted items.”

In case of  inclement weather, the sale will move into church hall.  


Looking Back, 1966

Golf team members at Stow Acres Country Club included Jimmy Higgins of “The Hackers,” Dr. Louis Drinkwine of the “Toppers,” John Jacobs of “The Duffers” and Jim Benway of “The Divots.”

Gloria and Ralph Kingsbury bought Dexter T. Dodd orchard, owned by Dodd for over 40 years. They called it Assabet Hill Orchards.

Dominic Russo bought property on Ontario Drive from Alana Construction.

Joseph Sappett completed basic training at Fort Dix, N.J.

Dolores Grillo, who marked her birthday on Aug. 27, the same day as President Johnson, got a return card after she remembered him on his birthday. 


Happy Birthday 

Sept. 25
Mark Ferruccio
Sept. 26
Nicole Paquette, Debbie Joyce, Ron Dumais, Val Cunha and Brad Lowe
Sept. 27 
Christian Crue, Kenny Smith and Kristen Borella
Sept. 28
Rachel Dugan
Sept. 29 
Marly Wallingford, Bonnie Elman, Theresa Filipe and Cristy Jenkins
Sept. 30 
Joe Jacobs, Gary Masciarelli, Abigail Appel, Glenyce Somes, Erin Donovan and Katie Fitzpatrick
Oct. 1
Zachary Chartrand, Carol Regenauer, Patty Chaves, Addison McGorty, Sally Cabral and daughter Alysa and triplets Curtis, Marcelle and Russell Durrenburger
Oct. 2
Dan LaCerte, Ron Bissonnette and Shannon Haley
Oct. 3
Ian Vorce, Kelli Ahearn, Kennedy Prashaw
Oct. 4
Jennifer Fernandes
Oct. 5
Lee Dinner, Lisa Chamberlain, Janet Kelly and Kelly Montalto
Oct. 6
Haley Gould, Evelyn Cabral, Mark Ahearn, Melanie Curtis, Alison Ferruccio and Donna Erlandson
Oct. 7
Fred Lucy, Rob Bowen, Mary Walling, Nicole Blais, Michael Franco, Samantha Wetherell and Joe Fahey.

Happy Anniversary

Sept. 27
R.J. and Kelly Bushey
Sept. 28
Jack and Lucy Lampinen, Fred and Michelle Dusseault
Sept. 29
Bob and “K” Latzka
Sept. 30
Richard and Diane Daher
Oct. 3
Ray and Muriel Thompson
Oct. 7
Chuck and Becky Appel
Send items for Hudson Happ’nings to Rosemary Rimkus at  [email protected] or

18 Cottage St., Hudson MA 01749.   




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