Hudson - Litchfield News 8 - July 16, 2010
Hudson Revisited for Historical Society
by Len Lathrop The Hudson Historical Society and guests received a treat last month when “Dion to Entertain You” was part of their monthly meeting. Viv and Ray Dion brought their unique and wonderful combination of storytelling and songs to “Alvirne,” the Hills House. Do you remember the Halloween
tradition of painting the cannon at Library Park? This was during the ‘50s in Hudson—back when new cars cost $1,520 in 1956 and the average home price was $7,000. Vivian told of her parents’ home on five acres of land across from the then-Connie’s
Restaurant, and traveling at 55 mph on Route 102 to go with her dad to the White Cross Store by the bridge. As Viv finished one story, Ray would sing a song that was popular in that time frame. Vivian would return after the song with more tales from Hudson, including Alvirne High (from which she was a 1964 graduate), where the then- principal Chester Steckevicz carried a three-foot yardstick around the school; stories of how friends shaped her life in the grand community called Hudson; and with almost any young person growing up here, her memory of Benson’s, the elephants “Baby
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Songs that intermingled during the presentation were “See You in September,” “Rock Around the Clock,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and others. Now married 44 years, Ray and
Viv live in New Durham, where they entertain many groups, and Viv writes for the Senior Times in Portsmouth. It was a great evening at the
“Alvirne” Hills House. Now, if we all could be teenagers again …
Pictured at right are Viv and Ray Dion. At far right is Ray Dion storytelling
Students Create and Send Quilt to Haiti
submitted by Collette Deneault In response to the
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photos by Len Lathrop
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