Photographer inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame

HUDSON – Hudson native Michael “Mike” McCarthy, a 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, NH

McCarthy said he started photographing with a Polaroid camera for “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 an NE 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, NH

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

New England Dragway photographer Hudson native Michael “Mike” McCarthy will be inducted into the Orientals Hot Club Hall of Fame on July 31 at the NE Dragway on Route 101 in Epping, NH McCarthy’s career has spanned from a “point and -shoot” Polaroid at a modern-day Nikon. (PHOTO/COURTESY TOM MCCARTHY)

HCH graduates celebrate their 50th reunion

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

The meeting was delayed by COVID.

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

Also in attendance 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 band member Bill Richards and Cindy Murphy, widow of deceased band member Dan Murphy.

Twenty-five members of the Hudson Catholic High School Class of 1971 attended a 50-year lobster and clambake reunion on July 2 at the home of Bob and Nancy Durand on the shores of Fort Meadow, Marlborough. COVID delayed the celebration for a year.

Residents celebrate their 60th birthday

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

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

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

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

The police organize Night Out

The Hudson Police Department will be hosting a National Family Night on Tuesday, August 2 from 5-8 p.m. at the Guidotti Baseball Field in Riverside Park. Offers will include free hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn, a display of police gear, face paint and a bouncy house for kids.

Resident volunteers on lightship

Hudson resident Mike Walling volunteers at the Nantucket “Lightship” LV-12, docked in Boston Harbor, over the weekend. The former US Coast Guard said the lightship was the last lightship in service and was almost completely restored to its original condition.

Walling said, “This is the first time in over 44 years that I have used my Marlinspike seamanship skills and shared my nautical knowledge and Coast Guard history with volunteers and visitors.”

The Hudson author and historian said that for 39 years the lightship guided transoceanic shipping to and from the East Coast. The Lightship website is

HHS grads hold reunion on Cape Cod

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

Retired teacher Sheila Whitehouse was a surprise guest and class members in attendance 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.

The Eagles will sponsor the Mohegan Sun trip

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

The cost is $75 per person for transportation, refreshments on the bus, five hours at the Casino, a $20 food voucher, pizza on the return trip, and all taxes and gratuities. To reserve 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.
August 1 – Gloria Tompkinson and Bob Thibault.
August 2 – Dan Provencher, Claudia Lambert and Amanda Wolfe.
August 3 – Gracie Ortgiesen, Penny Barry and Reverend Allen Ewing-Merrill.
August 4 – Ian Underwood, Arianna Silva, Amanda Rego and Paul DeArcangelis.
August 5 – Linsey Coloraro and Doug Geldart.
August 6 – Dan Sullivan, Muriel Thompson, Lisa Comeau, Carol Haskell.
August 7 – Laurie Brown, Matt Anderson, Chuck Searles, Stephanie Ventura, Leslie Treen, Kevin Larson.
August 8 – Paulette Civitarese, Ashley Bergman, Oral Beaulieu, Katie Davis, Maureen Bacon and Kathy Case.
August 9 – Christine Terranova, Marge O’Connor, Brittany Lally, Scott Sedam, Doug MacClellan.
August 10 – “Vic” the barber, Dave Quinn jr., John Stapelfeld, Christine Sullivan and Julie Miller.
August 11 – Crystal Greene, Kevin Coleman, Anna Drummey, Matt Monteiro and James Reardon.
August 12 – Barbara Maglione, Arthur Redding.

Happy Birthday

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

BACK TO 1971

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

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

Park Commissioner Mary Moylan threw the first pitch in Hudson’s Little League opener.

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

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

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

“It’s Show Biz” was the theme of the 17e Miss Jean’s School of Dance annual recital.

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].

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