HUDSON – Decorated Vietnam War veteran Warren Richards, who was severely injured while fighting with the Army in a Vietnam jungle in 1967, was guest speaker at the meeting of Hudson Historical Society Sept. 26 at First Federated Church Hall.
A former teacher at JFK School, Richards was drafted into the Army in 1966 and was serving as a radioman when his company was attacked by “friendly fire,” Jan. 13, 1967, killing five of his comrades and wounding 55. Richards suffered severe hip wounds and was hospitalized in Japan for several months.
“With the help of then-Congressman Philip Philbin, I was home for Christmas,” said the former Bolton resident.
His military awards include Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Army Commendation medal with Valor, Combat Infantry badge. Richards retired in 2003 after 20 years as director of facilities at BBN (Buckingham, Browne, Nichols) School in Cambridge. He and his wife, Meredith, winter in Florida and summer in Hudson. Their son Michael and his family reside in Marlborough.
Biking in Canada
Hudson residents Tim and Lynette Veo, on their 2014 Vintage Indian motorcycle, recently toured the Thousand Islands, St. Lawrence Seaway, Alexandra Bay and the Adirondack Mountains. The couple, who have been biking together for three years, were marking their 43rd anniversary, which occurred Sept. 4. Their trip included a tour of the famous Boldt Castle, overlooking Alexandra Bay. Tim Veo coached the Hudson High School baseball team for eight years and is now a substitute van driver at the Senior Center. His wife, Lynette is a retired nurse. They are parents of three children, and have four grandsons.
‘A powerful experience’
Five area women recently walked a pilgrimage on the famed Carmina Frances of the Camino de Santiago, in Arzua, Spain. Hudson walker Mary Walling called it “A powerful experience” walking 24 miles of the pilgrimage, which was inaugurated 300 years ago in honor of St. James.
Joining her were Lois Mallalieu of Hudson, Kristen Lomker of Marlborough, Anne Cohen of Jefferson and Suzanne Sargent Cook of Brunswick, Me. Three of the women, Lois, Kristen and Anne, walked earlier on the Carmina Frances from Sarria, Spain, and joined Mary and Lois to continue the three-day walk from Arzua to Santiago. They completed their walk by attending the Pilgrim’s Mass at the Cathedral de Santiago.
Rec-Fest Oct. 14
Hudson Recreation Dept. will sponsor its annual “Rec-Fest” (formerly Pumpkin Fest) Saturday afternoon Oct. 14 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Guidotti baseball field, Riverside Park. Families can enjoy live music, inflatable play places, games etc. Non-profit organizations will have booths offering games, books, and other wares etc. Admission is free.
Honors for Paul Tucker
Paul Tucker, owner, operator and artist of “Sign Logics” of Hudson since its founding 37 years ago, was honored recently as “Manufacturer of the Year” of the Third Middlesex District at Polar Park, Worcester.
Tucker’s company manufactures and installs glass products and designs interior and exterior signs. His work is visible all over New England, Logan Airport, private schools, nursing homes, etc. Tucker was nominated for the honor by State Rep. Kate Hogan, who took part in the presentation by the Mass. Manufacturing Caucus.
Fame Dinner Nov. 24
Hudson High School biennial Athletic Hall of Fame dinner will be Friday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. at Hudson Lodge of Elks Hall, Park St. Tickets are $30 per person and inductees are free. Tickets available from Denise Carter at Hudson High School, 978-567-6255 ext. 13174. Nine individuals and one athletic team will be inducted.
FALL FAIR NOV. 4
Quilts, crafts, baked goods, raffles will be among features of the annual Fall Fair at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church St., Saturday, Nov. 4., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Apple pies will be available for $10, baked or frozen. Starting at 11 a.m. lunch will be served, $5 each. Proceeds benefit the many programs at the Center.
St. Michael Parish of Hudson and St. Matthias Parish of Marlborough will sponsor an Autumn Picnic barbecue Sunday, October 8, starting at noon at Hudson Lodge of Elks Pavilion, Park St. Cornhole competition will be a highlight. Admission is free to all.
First librarian story
The history of Grace Whittemore, first librarian of the Hudson Public Library, will be told by historian Richard Gelpke, Tuesday evening, Oct. 17 at the Library, Wood Square, at 6:30 p.m. A photo of Whittemore, librarian from 1888-1931, will be unveiled, as well as the original Andrew Carnegie letter (1904), granting seed money for the library. Gelpke will also conduct a Trivia Night. For more information contact Nancy DelVecchio at the library [email protected].
Oct. 6 – Haley Gould, Donna Erlandson, Melanie Curtis, Mark Ahearn and Evelyn Cabral
Oct. 7 – Samantha Wetherell, Paula Baron, Joe Fahey, Michael Franco, Nicole Blais, Mary Walling, Rob Bowen and Fred Lucy
Oct. 8 – Timothy Cabral, Joyce Cunningham, J.D. Dutney and Edwina Eastman
Oct. 9 – Jamie Lee Farrar, Michael Mooradian and Nicholas Fleming
Oct. 10 – Donna Blake and Barbara Durand
Oct. 11 – Ryan Scraggs
Oct. 12 – Dan Fahey, Bob Luther and Don Esteves
Oct. 13 – Karen Scafidi
Oct. 14 – Scotty Monteiro and Chuckie Burgess
Oct. 15 – Patti Chamberlain, John Liepens, Joshua Wilson-Chase, June Spiller, Michelle Andrews, Margie Murphy, Brenda McClellan and sister, Barbara Butcher
Oct. 16 – Dave Rich, Zachary Zagura and Mark Parker
Oct. 17 – Justin Somes
Oct. 18 – Paul Floyd, Paula Filippi, Donald Dacier and Jack Pimental
Oct. 19 – Heather Ruth Mixter, Tony Marques, Laura Nadeau and Skip Wetherell
Oct. 20 – Bob Yesue, Bill Latzka, Cindy Bacon and Julia Wilkinson
Oct. 8 – Bernie and Bonnie Flood, Jack and Judy Parsons, Ron and Carolyn Paskavitz, David and Rene Laskey
Oct. 9 – Steve and Lisa Comeau
Oct. 10 – Bill and Michelle Chase
Oct. 13 – Tony and Donna Marques, Steve and Kathleen Domenicucci
Oct. 15 – Tom and Megan McAuliffe
Oct. 17 – Mark and Jocelyn Durrenburger
Oct. 18 – Stan and Cathy Lepire
Oct. 19 – Bob and Becky Berube, Tom and Jean Peterson
Oct. 20 – Ernie and Jackie Kapopoulos, Tom and Dawn Jacobs, Chuck and Lisa Schliker
LOOKING BACK TO 1973
Hudson National Bank had offices in Hudson, Concord, Acton and Stow. Norman Cournoyer sold property on Lincoln Street to David Ethier. Hudson tennis coach Ed Krysa captured the Charles River Tennis Club of Medway singles tennis cup. James Hickey represented the Hudson Industrial commission at the Open House of the Bolton Hall Nursing Home. “Tuck” Walsh had a base hit for the Pumpers at the Fuzz-Pumpers fun baseball game at Riverside Park. Ricky Veo beat Timmy Reagan to win the Riverside Park Summer tennis tournament singles’ title.
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