Rimkus: Hudson resident wins blue ribbon at at flower show


Rimkus: Hudson resident wins blue ribbon at at flower show

HUDSON – Hudson resident Donna Shapleigh claimed a Blue Ribbon in Design division (novice class) and accompanying “Georgia McHugh” Award at the 2023 Topsfield Fair Flower Show.

“I was very surprised,” Donna said, “because there were some very talented designers there.”

A member of the Hudson Garden Club for about 25 years, she is a jeweler at Six Bridges in Maynard. Donna and her husband Dan Pierson have lived in Hudson for over 25 years.

Rimkus: Hudson resident wins blue ribbon at at flower show
Hudson resident Donna Shapleigh displays the Blue Ribbon and “Georgia McHugh” award she won at 2023 Topsfield Fair for the lovely vase arrangement at right.
She is a 25-year member of Hudson Garden Club.

Hudson native celebrates 101

Hudson native Mary (Garcia) Brissette recently celebrated her 101st birthday at St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, where she has resided for the past year. A 1940 graduate of the former St. Michael’s Academy (forerunner to Hudson Catholic High School), she and her husband, William Brissette were married 65 years when he passed away in 2005. Her children include David of Marlborough, Richard of Hudson, James and Jeanne of Maine, the late William and the late Christine; also 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Rimkus: Hudson resident wins blue ribbon at at flower show
Hudson native Mary (Garcia) Brissette celebrated her 101st birthday with cake and flowers at St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham. Among those celebrating were her son, Richard Brissette, left, and his wife Laura, of Hudson.

Happy birthday Mary!

Gellenthien retires

Hudson resident Rebecca “Becky” Gellenthien, part-time senior clerk in the office of Town Clerk Joan Wordell for the past eleven years, recently retired. She was honored by the staff and other Town Hall workers at the Town Clerk office on Dec. 6 with gifts and gift cards.
“I wish Becky good luck in the next chapter of her life,” said Wordell.

She recalled when the “three musketeers” were on her staff, Becky, Dawn Jacobs, who has retired, and the late Mary Hellen.

Rimkus: Hudson resident wins blue ribbon at at flower show
Hudson resident Rebecca “Becky” Gellenthien was honored by the staff of Town Clerk Joan Wordell on Dec. 6, marking her retirement after eleven years as part-time senior clerk. “Becky” was happily surprised by the event.

“They were a lot of fun,” Wordell recalled.

Becky and her husband Don Gellenthiern have two sons, Braden of Kentucky and Britt of Vermont; also a grandson, Tom. Happy retirement Becky!!

“Alice” in Hudson

“One Book, One Hudson” ongoing series at the Hudson Public Library, will feature Lewis Carroll’s classic, “Alice in Wonderland,” Jan. 2 through Feb. 29, 2024. Nancy DelVecchio, circulation librarian, invites the whole town to “take a trip down the rabbit hole” to participate in Wonderland-themed programs and activities. Programs for all ages are included, engaging book discussion, fun story times, featured films, drop-in crafts and much more! More information about One Book, One Hudson available at huds.pl/oboh or call the library 978-568-9644.

Republicans meet

Next meeting of the Hudson Republican Town Committee will be Thursday evening, Jan. 18, 2024 at Avidia Bank community room; it is announced by acting chairman Jim Gasek.

Elks visit families

Continuing their annual tradition of many years, volunteers from Hudson Lodge of Elks delivered Christmas Baskets this year. They visited about 100 families on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Family Christmas

Four generations attended our Rimkus Family Christmas Saturday, Dec. 15 at the family homestead. Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren came from Arizona, Washington state, Connecticut, New York and throughout Massachusetts. It was a wonderful day!

Cellist returns

Renowned young cellist Leland Philip Ko will be guest soloist at the weekend performances of Symphony Pro Musica orchestra Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Hudson High auditorium, Brigham St. Hudson and Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. at Putnam Family Arts Center, St Mark’s School, Southborough. A pre-concert talk will be offered 45 minutes before each performance.

Now the holder of many degrees and honors, Ko returns to SPM “after his dazzling debut at age 15,” says director Mark Churchill. Other orchestra offerings will include Mother Goose Suite by Ravel, and selections from Duke Ellington’s “River Suite.” For tickets and other information go to www.symphonypromusica.org/2023-2024season.


Dec. 30 – Danny Lopez, Don Garcia, Rachel Sousa, Luis Macedo, Brian Blais, Gerry Gault, Joanne Rossley and Dick Tombeno
Dec. 31 – Lauren Walsh, Bill Rivers Jr., Dave Geary, Drew Bartolane, Lauren Walsh, Bob Wood, Natalie Rivera and Garrett Sullivan
Jan. 1 – Brittany Beals and John Scichilone
Jan. 2 – Rachel Davis and Cathy Waugh
Jan. 3 – Kristy Case, Tom Davis, Jaxon Capobianco and Denise Chaisson Gouveia
Jan. 4 – Loraine Melewski and Terry Wood
Jan. 5 – Patty Gigliotti, Dan Sheehan and Natalie Crowley-Poirier
Jan. 6 – Debbie Peltier, Keith Carter, Christine Nadeau, George McInnes and Taylor Brennan
Jan. 7 – Jim Blais, Mark Hollick, Carl Leeber, Amber Powell, Chris Yates and Jak Armstrong
Jan. 8 – Janice Long, Pat Colaluca and Cheryl Monaghan
Jan. 9 – Mike Tucker, Joyce Cloutier, Carol Lazzaro and Elliott Mason
Jan. 10 – Cheryl Franke, Kristen Matthew and Melissa Cronin
Jan. 11 – Diane Smith, Kristen Downing, Caitlan McGowan and Aidan Micciche
Jan. 12 – Alexis DeCunha, Tyler Martin, Amy Morse, Angela Crossman, Debbie Lowe, Justin Bush, Dianne Moore and Caitlan Budrewicz
Jan. 13 – Tom Barry, Connor Lambert, Matt Jacobs, Diane White, Jen Wallingford, Michelle Lapointe, Lynne Micciche and Liz Sheldon
Jan. 14 – Michael Janusis, Paul Figueiredo, Sheldon Rockwell and Donna Shepard


Dec. 30 – James and Shirley Ficco
Jan. 3 – Don and Jane Morgan
Jan. 4 – Stan and Ada Arenstrup
Jan. 10 – George and Pat Luoto
Jan. 11 – Rich and Diane Andrews


Among the quartettes performing at the annual “Sweet Adelines” competition was the “Traditions” with Trudy Holden, Rita Eriasian, Joan Rundlett and Katie Durbin. Frias family members performing at the Iberian-American Dance Festival were: Armindo, Gilbert, Tony, Rose, Lizette, Isabella, Marie and Joey.

Among those advertising in a “Shop in Hudson” special were: Gould’s Men’s Shop, 54-60 Main St., Hudson Printers and Stationers, 163 Main St., Hudson Cooperative Bank, 12 Pope St., Fairbanks News Co., 25 Main St., Washington St. Motors, 153 Washington St., Poplin Supply Co., 186 Main St. Robin Parker, student at Regis College, Weston, and Nancy Andrysick, student at Assumption College, represented their schools at Hudson High School Career Night.

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