HUDSON – Hudson resident and esteemed calligrapher Gerry Jackson Kerdok has been named winner of the 2023 Adult Division of the “Graceful Envelope” contest, her 19th recognition. Ms. Kerdok’s envelope design honors “Dr. Anthony S. Fauci M.D. American Hero,” former chief medical advisor to the president, in response to a contest prompt to “create art on an envelope for someone you admire.”
“I felt that Dr. Fauci and his family were maligned and threatened by uninformed folks, after a lifetime of saving lives with his medical knowledge and real science,” Ms. Kerdok said.
The Hudson resident enrolled in the “Graceful Envelope” challenge when it was established in 1995 by the Smithsonian Institution as they opened their U.S. Postal Museum. She has since won four honorable mentions and 15 winners, three of which were named “Best of Show.” Her original winning envelopes are part of the Smithsonian collection. In 1996, it was taken over by the Washington Calligraphers Guild and then suspended during COVID.
Ms. Kerdok said she joined the Challenge in homage to her father, the late Louis Jackson, who was a letter carrier.
A generous artist, Ms. Kerdok has donated her talent to many local causes. The retired teacher and her husband, Richard Kerdok, have two daughters and one grandson. The couple divides their time between Hudson, Cape Cod and Florida.
40th reunion for HHS Class of ‘83
Dan Hart came from Japan to join other members of the Hudson High Class of 1983 at their 40th reunion, Sept. 30 at the Fireside Room, Hudson Lodge of Elks. Others came from Rhode Island, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and throughout Massachusetts. Among those attending were: Rob McMahon, Allison (Leah) Amore, Beth (Davidson) Chaisson, Jocelyn Kadlik, Denise (Chaisson) Gouveia, Julie (Lundgren) Lazaros, Carol (Burney) Jones, Joanne Rossley, Jill (Longtine) Hovagimian, Matt O’Shaughnessy, Jim Bairos, Dan Frechette, Nate Smith and Paul Herrick.
Rotary donates to Fire Dept.
Hudson Rotary Club, which recently marked its 100th anniversary, has donated light and heavy-duty pumps and hoses to the Hudson Fire Dept. The equipment was in response to a request to Hudson Fire Chief Bryan Johannes for how Rotarians could support the Department. Chief Johannes said the department has assisted local residents in dewatering basements, and could utilize more equipment to supplement their inventory.
Rotary president Jeff Tucker said: “Thanks to our successful Brewfest this Summer, we are reaching out in different ways to support our community.”
Chief Johannes expressed the department’s sincere gratitude for the support. Rotary, a local and international community, meets weekly at Hudson Portuguese Club on Wednesday from 6-7:15 p.m. and welcomes the public.
For more information go to www.hudsonrotary.com.
Sold out crowd
A sold-out crowd attended the sixth annual Lobster & Meat Shoot at VFW Hall, Palmieri Drive, Sept. 30 to support the Friends of the Hudson Public Library. Spokesperson Maryalice McCormack said the night was a huge success, financially and socially.
“Players came from far and wide to have a good time, and to raise money for the beloved library,” she said.
Ten “shoot” winners claimed lobsters and steak tips, a guest from Nashua won the 50/50 raffle, and other prizes included theme baskets featuring a $100 bill and a chrysanthemum plant in a little farmer’s wagon. The Friends want to thank Wayne Grant, caller, VFW for use of the hall, and the generous Hudson sponsors, donors of gift baskets and monetary donations.
Symphony Pro Musica opens
International prize winning flutist Ethan Lin is principal performer at the season’s opening of Symphony Pro Musica orchestra Saturday evening, Nov. 4 in Hudson and Sunday afternoon, Nov. 5 in Southborough. Lin, who is SPM principal flutist, will perform Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto. The melodic program also includes “Starburst” by Jessie Montgomery and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. Performance Saturday, Nov. 4 will be at 7:30 p.m. at Paul “Skip” Johnson auditorium, Hudson High School and Sunday, Nov. 5 performance will be at 3:30 p.m. at Putnam Family Arts Center, St. Mark’s School, Southborough. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, students are free. For more information go to www.symphonypromusica.org or call 978-562-0939.
Hall of Famers named
Nine individuals and one athletic team have been selected for induction at the Hudson High Hall of Fame luncheon Friday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. at Hudson Lodge of Elks Hall. Inductees will be: late Vergene E. Dunbar 1933, James Patterson 1970, Jake Wardwell and Ryan Wardwell 2012, Jesse Hayden 1999, Chandler Goodwin 2012, Karl Sery 2012, Jacob Loewen 2013, 2012 hockey team, Denise Carter, contributor. Inductees are free, and general public is $30. Ticket deadline is Nov. 10. For tickets contact Denise Carter at Hudson High School, 978-567-6250 ext. 13174.
Trick or Treat
Main Street will be closed from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26 for the 24th Annual Downtown Trick or Treat (rain or shine). Costumed (or not) families are invited to visit merchants, businesses and local non-profits, many of which will provide treats.
Oct. 20 – Kelly Case and Heather Monroe
Oct. 22 – Tom McAuliffe II, Lynne Johnson, Mary Stapelfeld, Dick Mangus, Sophia Fleming and Pastor Geisa Matos
Oct. 23 – Kris Harrington and Sara Bowen
Oct. 24 – Dave Jenkins
Oct. 25 – Dave O’Neil, Patrick Crowley-Poirier, Bethany King and Steven Freitas
Oct. 26 – David Cesario and Ryan Hartford
Oct. 27 – Tom Noon, Joanne Ahearn, Matt Davis and Jeff Parker
Oct. 28 – Suzette Cunha, Keith Poirier, Brittany Appleyard, Joel Patterson and Katelyn Marie Terranova
Oct. 30 – Joe Bleiler, Willow Beccia, Caitlyn Cole, Mike Drummey, Maureen Clarke, Jenny Geary, Colleen Tucker and Richard Hartford Jr.
Oct. 31 – Katie Flanigan, Judy Powell, Zachary Supernor and Elysha Megan Sathyaraj
Nov. 1 – Paul Tucker, Tim VanVorse, Brett Gellenthien, Jay Cunha, Natalie Mollica, Kaleigh Chartrand, Christopher Anderson and Jonathan Prendergast
Nov. 2 – Cole DiPersio, Andy Keefe, Lauren Kelly Colbert and Chris McGuiness
Nov. 3 – Shirley Howard, Emily Martel and Nicole Parker
Oct. 23 – Ricky and Paulette Civitarese
Oct. 26 – Joe and Yvonne Bleiler
Oct. 27 – Ed and Marge O’Connor
Nov. 3 – George and Barbara Shea.
(Ed. Note: If death or divorce has changed this list, please email [email protected].)
LOOKING BACK TO 1973
Local team in the Mass. State Golf Tournament included: Leo Fahey, Jim Garcia, Barry Brown, Art Zina Jr., Charlie Alves, Bill Hopkins, John Jacobs and Bill VanBuskirk. Airman Mark Palatino completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Carol McLaughlin was a student at Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing, Worcester. Herbert A. Campbell sold his home on Shawmut Ave. and bought a mobile home on St. James Circle. Arthur Moore read the class prophecy at the 10th reunion of Hudson High class of 1963. Scott Peabody sustained a broken arm in the Hudson Midgets-Northborough football game. Mr. and Mrs. George Fieldsend enjoyed a trailer tour of Williamsburg, Va.
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