Rimkus: Photographer inducted into Hot Rod Hall of Fame, HCH grads celebrate reunion


Rimkus: Photographer inducted into Hot Rod Hall of Fame, HCH grads celebrate reunionHUDSON – Hudson native Michael “Mike” McCarthy, longtime Hot Rod Club photographer, will be inducted into the “Orientals Hot Rod Club Hall of Fame” on July 31 at the New England Dragway in Epping, N.H. 

McCarthy said he started shooting with a Polaroid camera for the “Drag News”  magazine in 1968, bought a Pentax in 1969, and continued with the magazine until 1972. 

After several career changes he retired to Florida in 2012. In 2016 he returned to Drag Racing photography, this time with a Nikon D5200, continuing as a N.E. Dragway track photographer. 

McCarthy said he was “shocked” to get the call from Jim Blake of the Orientals Hot Rod Club about his Hall of Fame selection. McCarthy and his wife, Alice, live in Loudon, N.H. 

A 1968 graduate of  Hudson High School, he is the son of Hudson resident Paul McCarthy and the late Pat McCarthy. Congratulations Mike!

Rimkus: Photographer inducted into Hot Rod Hall of Fame, HCH grads celebrate reunion
Hudson native Michael “Mike” McCarthy, New England Dragway photographer, will be inducted into the “Orientals Hot Club Hall of Fame” on July 31 at the N.E. Dragway on Route 101 in Epping, N.H. McCarthy’s career has extended from a “point-and-shoot” Polaroid to a modern day Nikon. (PHOTO/COURTESY TOM MCCARTHY)

HCH graduates celebrate 50th reunion

Robert “Bob” Durand and his wife, Nancy, hosted a lobster and clambake for the 50th reunion of  Hudson Catholic High School Class of 1971 at their home on the shores of  the Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough on July 2. 

The reunion was delayed by COVID. 

The reunion committee included Durand, Kevin Kane, Sue (Doherty) Vigeant and Ann (Higgins) Quinn. 

Also attending were MaryLou (DiEorio) McNiff, Rosemary (Ferreira) Powell, Mary Ann Francis, Drew (Josephson) Williams, Anne (Molloy) Posner, Judy (Olaski) Kerdok, Christine (Walsh) Kelly, Beverly (Mallard) Scott, Ann Lipkavich, Bob Ayotte, Paul Cormier, John Dillon, Rick Marsan, John O’Brien, Don Weaver, Bob Bouvier, Mike McPartlen, Jim Green; also John Richards, brother of deceased class member Bill Richards and Cindy Murphy, widow of deceased member Dan Murphy.

Rimkus: Photographer inducted into Hot Rod Hall of Fame, HCH grads celebrate reunion
Twenty-five members of Hudson Catholic High School class of 1971 attended a 50-year reunion lobster and clambake July 2 at the home of Bob and Nancy Durand, on the shores of Fort Meadow, Marlborough. COVID delayed the celebration by one year.

Residents celebrate 60th anniversary 

Hudson residents William “Bill” and Nancy Keup were 60 years married on June 23. They were feted with a party at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Sudbury by family and friends. 

Bill Keup and the former Nancy Bolduc were married at St. Jerome’s Church, Arlington  in 1962 and moved to Hudson in 1966. 

Bill was a science teacher and coach at the Bedford Public Schools for 30 years. Nancy taught evening classes at Hudson Public Schools for 16 years and is a retired florist. 

They are parents of Mark Keup of Brant Rock, Debbie DeFelice of Sterling and Michael Keup of Douglas, and have six grandchildren.

Police to host Night Out

The Hudson Police Department will host a family-friendly National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 5-8 p.m. at Guidotti Baseball Field at Riverside Park. Offerings will include free hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn, police equipment display, face painting and a kiddie bounce house. 

Resident volunteers on lightship 

Hudson resident Mike Walling is volunteering at the Nantucket “Lightship” LV-12, berthed in Boston Harbor, on weekends. The former U.S. Coast Guardsman said the lightship is the last serving lightship and is almost fully restored to her original condition.  

Walling said “it is the first time in 44-plus years I’m using my Marlinspike seamanship skills and sharing my nautical knowledge and Coast Guard history with volunteers and visitors.” 

The Hudson author and historian said that for 39 years the lightship guided trans-oceanic shipping to and from the east coast. The Lightship website is www.nantucketlightshiply-112.org

HHS graduates hold Cape Cod reunion 

Several members of the Hudson High School Class of 1969 held a reunion luncheon on July 15 at the Flying Bridge Restaurant in Falmouth. 

Retired teacher Sheila Whitehouse was a surprise guest and class members attending were AnnMarie (Maculevich) Borski, Betty (Wheeler) Correa, Rebecca (Gould) Mimeault, John Wright, Anne Marie (Bianchi) Lopez, Diane (Svenningsen) Long, Rocky Zina, Rosemarie (Murphy) Carnes, Pat Muscati, Cindy (Russell) Lewicki and Chris Power.

Eagles to sponsor Mohegan Sun trip 

Hudson Aerie of Eagles will sponsor a “Wine and Gamble” motor coach trip to Mohegan Sun Resort Casino on Sunday, Oct. 23, with proceeds going to St. Jude’s Hospital. 

The cost is $75 per person for transportation, refreshments on the bus, five hours at Casino, a $20 food voucher, pizza on the ride home, and all tax and gratuities. To secure your seat, call Pam Chaves 508-958-4256 or email [email protected].

Happy Birthday

July 30 – David Laskey, Suzanne Murphy, Scott Perillo, Carolyn Hawes and Adam Blake.
July 31 – Rita Nanartowich and Lauren Doucette.
Aug. 1 – Gloria Tompkinson and Bob Thibault.
Aug. 2 – Dan Provencher, Claudia Lambert and Amanda Wolfe.
Aug. 3 – Gracie Ortgiesen, Penny Barry and Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill.
Aug. 4 – Ian Underwood, Arianna Silva, Amanda Rego and Paul DeArcangelis.
Aug. 5 – Linsey Coloraro and Doug Geldart.
Aug. 6 – Dan Sullivan, Muriel Thompson, Lisa Comeau, Carol Haskell.
Aug. 7 – Laurie Brown, Matt Anderson, Chuck Searles, Stephanie Ventura, Leslie Treen, Kevin Larson.
Aug. 8 – Paulette Civitarese, Ashley Bergman, Oral Beaulieu, Katie Davis, Maureen Bacon and Kathy Case.
Aug. 9 – Christine Terranova, Marge O‘Connor, Brittany Lally, Scott Sedam, Doug MacClellan.
Aug. 10 – “Vic” the Barber, Dave Quinn jr., John Stapelfeld, Christine Sullivan and Julie Miller.
Aug. 11 – Crystal Greene, Kevin Coleman, Anna Drummey, Matt Monteiro and James Reardon.
Aug. 12 – Barbara Maglione, Arthur Redding.

Happy anniversary

Aug. 3 – Dick and Gerry Kerdok
Aug. 4 – Jeff and Debbie Lowe, Darryl and Paula Filippi
Aug. 9 – Bill and Cindy Gould
Aug. 11 – Leo and Margaret Murphy.


Tom Jagling retired after 28 years with the Hudson Light & Power Department.

Members of the Hudson Board of Selectmen were Richard Beauregard, Ralph Crowley and Roland Plante.

Park Commissioner Mary Moylan threw out the first ball in the Hudson Little League opening game.

Mrs. Helen Sahagian was installed as regent of  Hudson Catholic Daughters.

Siger’s Store, owned by Julius and Louis Siger, observed its 70th year in business.

Members of the Hudson High School Student School Committee were: Karen Campbell, Lisa Rundlett, David Fox, John McClellan and Charles Anastas.

“This is Show Biz” was the theme of the 17th annual recital of  Miss Jean’s School of Dance.

Cheryl Coffey was “Girl of  the Month” at the Hudson Girls Club. 

Please send items for Hudson Happ’nings to 18 Cottage St., Hudson MA 01749 or email [email protected].