Parrywinkle, August 31, 2017


Oliver Chamberlin and Alex Baumeister shown here with their trusty restored Dodge truck are very serious about their new business helping local residents with their home maintenance.

There's an old adage that everything comes in threes. And that was certainly true in our region this past Saturday and Sunday when - for only the third time this summer, according to Environment Canada - we enjoyed a totally rain-free weekend. This ironically while, south of the border, Hurricane Harvey was hammering Texas causing severe flooding and unimaginable devastation and destruction, and just days after a microburst and tornado wreaked horrendous havoc here in Quebec.

And so it was that the good folks of NOVA Hudson enjoyed well-deserved brilliant weather for their burger barbecue at Hudson's beautiful Finnegan's Flea Market on Sunday afternoon.

I'm sure all YLJ readers will join me in thanking all at NOVA here – staff, donors, and volunteers alike, including my beautiful Sunshine - for the wonderful work they are doing in our community year-round. Week in, week out, rain or shine! (See photos on our Facebook page).


SEED MONEY FOR GOOD CAUSE - Same goes for those at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence on Como Gardens in Hudson where, for the past two years, residents as well as their families and friends have enjoyed the company of fabulous feathered friends thanks to birdfeeders installed outside the windows and regularly stocked with fresh seed. An initiative of the Hudson Legion and supported by many others in the community at no cost whatsoever to the residence.

But here's the thing. While it has been an active summer for the birdies, the supply of bird seed is dwindling rapidly according to Legion member Gerry Foliot, who tells me that it will need to be replenished before the cold winter months arrive and other natural sources in the garden have been depleted.

Says Gerry, “So if any of your readers are out shopping in the next little while and they come across a display of bird seed in the store, perhaps they would like to consider picking up a bag and making a donation to the project. It would be greatly appreciated and they can be dropped off at the Hudson Legion, 56 Beach Street, or at the Residence itself at 90 Como Gardens. Believe me, it would be most welcome as this project can only continue with their support because the residence cannot include bird seed in their operating budget.”

Also appreciated, all those volunteers who built, installed, and maintain the feeders. Namely, Gerry, Carl Sandquist, John Dalgarno, Denis Copley, Denis Germain, Tim Bezanson, Michael Elliott, Bob Booth, Bob Beck, and Jack Bannon. Way to go guys!


DYNAMIC DUO - And speaking of work, hats off to two Hudson teenagers who, let's be honest - unlike a lot of their peers this summer - decided that instead of just goofing around they would get out and actually seriously work. So serious, in fact, that they formed their own company, and - as I checked - already have a good list of satisfied clients.

Friends since they were knee-high to grasshoppers, having attended Mount Pleasant Elementary and Westwood Senior High, and now both 18, they are Alex Baumeister and Oliver Chamberlin. Their company? Rusty Dodge Property Maintenance so named after a used Dodge truck they bought and lovingly restored out of their own savings and specializing in, among other things, refuse removal, garage cleanout, gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and general maintenance all at a predetermined rate.

Explained Alex, whose name you may recall as we have reported several times on his exceptional fly fishing exploits and who has just returned from representing Canada in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Slovenia, Central Europe, competing against 11 other countries, “In recent months we have done several clean-out projects for family members and friends on an altruistic basis. And while we were very happy to do so and we really enjoyed it, we suddenly thought hey, why not start a business and make some money that we can save for future plans?”

Intrigued? Then this dynamic young duo can be reached at (450) 458-4849. And believe me folks, they are serious!


ROD RETIRES - Meanwhile, someone who is now out of a job and you won't be able to reach at the Town of Hudson from now on is Rod Hodgson who retires this very day, Thursday, August 31, after 44 years of service. Nine years as a firefighter, he has spent the last 35 working in various positions in Public Works and Urban Planning. Not sure what he has planned for his retirement but will keep you posted!

And that's a wrap!


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