Rimkus: Farm hosts horse show finals; resident earns recognition for calligraphy art 


Rimkus Hudson Happ'ningsHUDSON – Maple Grove Horse Farm at 181 Central Street hosted the International Equestrian Association Regional horse show finals on Feb. 6. 

Qualified riders from Hudson and surrounding towns vied for a chance to compete in the zone finals at the “Big E” in Springfield in April.

Congratulations to Coach Brittany Sukis and her qualifying Maple Grove middle school team which will move on to those zone finals. The team includes Livija Samaraweera, Jessica Gulka, Madeline Downer. Individual qualifiers are Kaitlyn Giles, Sarah Theophile, Margaret Rushkin  and Fiona Lee. 

Ms. Sukis is owner of the Maple Grove Farm riding school and the coach of high school and middle school teams.

Rimkus: Farm hosts horse show finals; resident earns recognition for calligraphy art 
Maple Grove Farm Riding School owner/coach Brittany Sukis, right, and Middle School Team member Fiona Lee, display the blue ribbon Fiona won as an “individual qualifier” in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Regional horse show finals at Maple Grove Farm Feb. 6. (Photo/Submitted)

Coach Sukis explained that local riders earn points during their regular show season enabling them to enter regional shows. Top riders from 10 various regional zones go on to nationals, which are held each year in a different state.  

Honoring D-Day

A calligraphy piece titled “D-Day June 6, 1944” by Hudson artist Gerry Jackson Kerdok has been selected for virtual display at the Washington (D.C.) Calligraphers Guild exhibit in Spring 2022.

The stunning commemorative piece, done in watercolor and sumi ink, was one of 11 pieces selected for  exhibit by the Guild, which includes 500 members.

A graduate of  Framingham State University, and a Framingham teacher for a few years, Ms. Kerdok began taking lettering classes during maternity leaves. 

Her 44 years of classes include studies at the Danforth Museum, the International Assemblies of Lettering Artists, Masscribes and, more recently, online Zoom classes. 

As a member of “Scribbled Lives,” an international lettering group, she pledges to complete a piece each week.

Rimkus: Farm hosts horse show finals; resident earns recognition for calligraphy art 
A commemorative calligraphy piece entitled “D Day, June 6, 1944”  by Hudson resident Gerry  Jackson Kerdok, has been chosen for entry in the Washington Calligraphers Guild exhibit in Spring 2022, one of 11 pieces selected for the event. (Photo/Submitted)

The local lettering artist taught children and adults at the Worcester Art Museum for 23 years. The wife of Richard Kerdok for 53 years, Ms. Kerdock and Mr. Kerdock reside in Meadowbrook Park in Hudson and Falmouth. They have two married daughters and a grandson. 

This artist is very generous locally with her talents, and her work is seen on many commemorative plaques, scrolls, program covers, etc. 

90th Birthday 

Hudson resident Jean Luther, who observed her 90th birthday on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, was surprised with a celebration of the event at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Feb. 13. 

A resident of  Hudson since 1966, Mrs. Luther has one daughter, Deb Kauffman; two sons, Bob and Doug Luther; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The active nonagenarian is still driving and continues to enjoy life.

Rimkus: Farm hosts horse show finals; resident earns recognition for calligraphy art 
Hudson resident Jean Luther, right, pictured with her daughter, Deb Kauffman, marked her 90th birthday on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, and was celebrated with a surprise event at  First United Methodist Church on Felton Street on Sunday, Feb. 13. (Photo/George Kauffman)

Bank is in need

Fresh Start Furniture Bank at 16 Brent St. has been busy supplying furniture and other household goods to families, many of whom are moving to permanent housing after staying at shelters and hotels during emergency situations. 

Couches and glassware sets are in particular need. Donations are accepted, without appointment, every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Brent Drive address. For further information go to  www.freshstartfurniturebank.org

Attention gardeners!

Applications are now available for Hudson Community Garden’s 2022 season, which marks its 11th year at the Port street location. 

Local residents  of all ages are encouraged to join the volunteer group, growing their own food, giving back to the community and meeting new people. Apply by emailing [email protected]

Meet the Mill on March 5

The public is invited to the “Meet the Mill Winter Market” at The Landing at Hudson Mills at 43 Broad St. on Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. 

The Landing now houses 60 small and medium sized businesses and organizations, including restaurants, and shops selling everything from jewelry to formal wear to vintage items and more. Masks are encouraged and an elevator is available.  For more information, go to www.meetthemill.com 

Looking back to 1967

Mrs. Esther George won $549 in a Tigerino contest at Al Riley’s Hudson Esso Station.

Jack McManus’ PeeWee basketball team included Don Fitzpatrick, Mike Cox, Jim Phaneuf, Eddie Brisbois and Dan Petterson.

The Hudson Men’s Shop at 77 Main St. advertised stadium coats, regularly $39.95, at half-price.

Elected officers of  the Hudson High School Student Council were Tom Copp, Michael Schiappa and Candy Jusseaume.

John Stapelfeld was coaching the JFK School basketball squad.

Coach Dave Quinn took his Hudson High hockey team on their annual trek to play the West Point Plebes.

One-way signs were installed at corners of  Main and Pope streets, and Main and Church streets.

Jack Sheehan headed the committee forming the new group, Hudson Amvets.

Milford Davis was advanced to the rank of  Major in the U.S. Air Force.

Happy Birthday

Feb. 21 – Dawn Rich

Feb. 22 – John Rich.

Feb. 26 – Sara Neuffer, Beth Ann Bruso, Nicole Hogan, Hugo Correa, Rebecca Moran. Feb. 27 – Katie Dunnels, Andy Bauer and Kelsey Nicole Ruiz.

Feb. 28 – Linda Palmer, Bob Durand, David Bairos, Ann Marie Lopez and Jimmy McMahon.

Feb. 29 (observed Feb. 28) – Angie Wilcox Flynn and Keaghan O’Leary.

March 1 – Will Sullivan, Meghan May, Steve Calvao, Kathy Nutter.

March 3 – Matt Mayo, Warren Cunningham and Michael Davis.

March 4 – Melissa DiFonzo and Corinne Bouchard.

March 5 – Melissa Little and Sue Ellen Ferguson.

March 6 – Stephanie Domenicucci, Fran Wolfe, Michael Wood and David Opp.

March 7 – Beth Bumbarger, Frank Lindsey, Lorenzo Percuoco, Donna Marques, Robert Mitchell, Margarida Bairos, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Brianna Moran, Juvenalia Figueiredo and Mark Coelho.

March 8 – Lynette Davis, Kerri Lampinen, Ryan Pinto and Harry Millman Sr.

March 9 – Nelson Parness, Katelin Sherman, Celena Bacon, Doug Wilkins and Peter O’Keefe.

March 10 – Jackie Wilkins, Chris Jordan, Helen Precourt, Nancy Kerrigan, Kelly Kittredge and Lorenzo Caputo.

March. 11- Sally Bonazzoli, Tyler Smith, Sean Viveiros and Karen Linthall.

Happy Anniversary

Feb. 26 – Leo and Connie Palatino.


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