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Serving the Community of Hudson Since 1902

Community Newspaper Company ■ www.wickedlocal.com/hudson DECEMBER 2 – 8, 2010 52 Pages ■ Vol. 127, No. 34 ■ 75¢

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WHAT’S Ways to jump-start
UP the holidays
Breakfast with Santa
HUDSON — The Hudson Em-
blem Club plans a Breakfast with
Santa on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9
to 11 a.m. at the Hudson Lodge of
Elks, 99 Park St., Hudson. Come
and enjoy donuts, juice and hot
chocolate. Every child receives a
gift from Santa. Admission is do-
nation of a canned good to be
used to fill Christmas baskets or
for The Food Pantry. Bring you
camera and get pictures of your
child with Santa and Mrs. Claus,
or just sit and listen to Christmas
stories being read. For more in- Santa will
formation call Barbara Sawyer arrive in style
at 978-568-9291 or Dorothy Bar- at the annual
reira at 978-562-5276. Downtown
Holiday Stroll,
as he did in this
Walk the trails photo from last
of Marlborough year’s festival.
See “Celebrate
State Forest the Season” on
MARLBOROUGH — Want to page 24 for
more details
explore Marlborough trails? about these and
Enjoy hiking in the company of a other events.
guided group the first Saturday of
each month. Our Dec. 4 walk is 9
a.m. at Ghiloni Park and Marl-
borough State Forest. Discover FILE PHOTO
the rustic trails and New England
woodlands near the Ghiloni
Downtown Holiday Stroll

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recreation area. The walk will be
about 3 miles. Please dress for HUDSON — The annual Hudson Downtown Holiday Stroll has a new date with expanded hours, on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2 to 8 p.m. The event
the weather and wear sturdy will feature horse-drawn hayrides, extended Santa hours, 4H Animal Exhibit, and performances of “Scrooge” presented by the Arts Alliance.
shoes. Free maps. The leader is Downtown businesses will host children’s activities, local music groups and carolers will provide holiday music and a spectacular holiday lighting
Rick Boudrie, an experienced AT ceremony takes place at the town rotary at 6 p.m.
hiker, who enjoys exploring local
trails and observing nature. Di-
Bah, humbug! Celebrate Chanukah Meet the Big Man

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rections: Go to Ghiloni Park
(near the golf course) on Con- Three performances of A Chanukah celebration will take Santa will appear in no fewer than

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cord Road. Meet at the kiosk, “Scrooge,” a musical version of place at the J.C. Penney Court at four places in Hudson this weekend:
which is near the parking lot and
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Solomon Pond Mall on Tuesday, the Holiday Stroll, the Hudson Em-
half-mile oval track.
Carol,” take place this weekend at Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Visitors can fill and glaze a jelly blem Club’s Breakfast with Santa on
Town Hall. “Scrooge” will be per- doughnut, design their own Chanukah bracelets, Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the
Robotic Brawl formed at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. and enjoy live music, hot latkes (potato pan- Elks; the Christmas Fair at First United
at the Mall Sunday Visit www.upwitharts.org for more de- cakes), doughnuts, chocolate gelt (coins), and Methodist Church, Felton and Pleasant streets,
MARLBOROUGH — tails and ticket information. dreidels. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and the Annual
Solomon Pond Mall, 601 Donald St. Nicholas Breakfast at St. Michael School au-
Lynch Blvd., will host local mid- ditorium, Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.
dle and high school students and
college engineering teams and
‘Christmas at the Farm’

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their combat robots on Dec. 4, 9
a.m.-5 p.m. The battling 15- Cross the town line for the second week-
pound robots will compete in the end of the Marlborough Historical Society’s
National Robotics League Tour-
Christmas at the Farm – Festival of Trees
nament. Spectators are welcome.
Contact Bryant Laflamme at Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Peter
blaflamme@assabet.org or call Rice Homestead, 377 Elm St., Marlborough. Enjoy
508-485-9430, Ext. 1437. crafters, special Christmas displays, approximately 60
decorated trees and a model train exhibit. Cost is $5 for
Craft fairs in adults; $2 children and seniors; under 5 fr
STAFF PHOTO BY ALLAN JUNG
Marlborough Snow White, her little friends and 60 decorated trees
will be on display at the Marlborough Historical Society’s
MARLBOROUGH – A Christ- Christmas on the Farm this weekend at the Peter Rice Homestead FILE PHOTO
mas Crafts Bazaar will be held at in Marlborough. Santa Claus appears at four events.
St. Matthias Parish, 409 Hemen-
way St., on Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.-3
p.m. Handmade crafts, baked
goods, fresh Christmas arrange-
ments and swags, a visit by Santa
and more. Refreshments avail-
able at the St. Matthias Cafe. In-
formation: 508-460-9255.
Faithful volunteers keep Food Pantry strong
Bolton Manor Nursing Home, By Rosemary Rimkus In motherly fashion, Anne “Before he died, Bruce Harris
CORRESPONDENT
400 Bolton St., Rte. 85, Marlbor- Marie comforts a client who saw to it that we had a replace-
ough, will also hold a crafts fair “This is Hudson at its best,” apologizes for her neediness, not- ment for him,” explained Anne
on Thursday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4 says Hudson Community Food ing it is the first time she has ever Marie, “and that is the kind of
p.m. Unique gifts, bake sale and Pantry administrator Anne Marie asked for charity. “The hardest people we have.”
raffles featured. Lourens, as she greets volun- thing for you to do is come The Lourens’ are co-directors
teers, welcomes clients, accepts through this door,” says the com- of the Pantry with Hudson resi-
Think summer gift card donations and other- passionate administrator. dent Cathy Hart. “Cathy responds
wise keeps traffic moving at the “Thanksgiving and Christmas to the Pantry telephone calls, de-
HUDSON — Pompositticut Houghton Street pantry. holidays tend to be the time peo- termines the need, supervises vol-
Farm Day Camp, 25 Lewis St., On a busy Saturday morning ple remember those who have unteers, contacts schools, and
Hudson, will have an open house before Thanksgiving Day, a total hardships,” said Anne Marie, gets the ball rolling to respond,”
on Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Take a of 101 turkeys and baskets brim- “and our pantry shelves were said Anne Marie Lourens.
sleigh or wagon ride and find out ming with “the fixin’s” were dis- well stocked for this peak time.” An official with Avidia Bank of
more about the camp’s daily ac- tributed to deserving Hudson She said a recent food collection Hudson and mother of two grown
tivities and programming for families. By Wednesday morn- drive by Boy Scouts and church daughters, Lourens was recruited
summer 2011. Learn about the ing, a final number of 155 turkey workers netted a record 8,200 by a high school classmates, Paul
camp at www.pompositticut- dinners had been distributed. pounds of non-perishable canned Johnson, in the Pantry’s early or-
farm.com. Information: 978-562- “This is the biggest year ever,” and boxed foods. ganizational years and took over
0968. says Nick Lourens, Anne Marie’s The Lourens couple is typical as check-in clerk in 2000. Her
husband, and a Pantry co-direc- of the long list of about 50 unpaid husband said he offered to “come
tor. The Hudson couple have volunteers —obliging, long term, on down” about 12 years ago, PHOTO BY ROSEMARY RIMKUS
been active volunteers at the understanding and faithful. One when he began stacking shelves. At right, Hudson residents Anne Marie and Nick Lourens, longtime
Hudson site almost since its volunteer, when he saw his health “He has since become a ‘jack of volunteers at the pantry at 28 Houghton St., check on the list of
founding 15 years ago. failing, provided a substitute. FOOD PANTRY, page 13 workers in preparation for a busy holiday season.