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Where in Hudson is this? (July 23, 2014)

Published: July 23, 2014 12:00 AM
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Very few people guessed where the pond was. If you exit out the back of the Acme parking lot, it is behind the office building that you find yourself facing on Milford Drive. If you are looking for a little exercise, leave your car at Acme, walk out the parking lot, turn left and then right up over the hill on Veterans Way. At the top of the bridge, look down to the right and there is the little pond. If you're lucky you'll see the family of ducks. Then you might as well continue down to Veterans Way Park where Pete McDonald's wonderful "turning" clocktower is. His wife Linda told me that Pete didn't realize just how magically it would 'turn' when he created it.

I've been talking with some Hudsonites about how they stayed cool during the dog days of summer 50-plus years ago. Although window air conditioning units were gaining popularity in the early 50s, central air was unusual until the 1970s. Molly White, born in Hudson in the 1930s, says that she doesn't think kids noticed the heat so much. However, she admits that she lived next door to one of the few Hudson homes with a pool. Tim Graham had a pool in Hudson in the 50s, but it didn't have a heater or a filter system. She remembers it being icy cold when it was first filled, and just as it warmed up enough to enjoy, it became so dirty that it had to be emptied and refilled. Barb Mansfield remembers a number of unique ways that they beat the heat - swinging off of a rope into Tinkers Creek, having water balloon fights, and visiting Ice Box Cave at Virginia Kendall Park. Still there, this cave is not deep, but is always refreshingly cool. Her husband Bill fondly remembers cooling off by jumping in puddles after a rain (I'm sure much to his mother's dismay!) People remember camping in the backyard in tents, spending a lot of time out on screened-in porches, and Martha Marsh would cool her legs off in the horse trough when she and her dad stopped to water the horses. Everyone remembers standing in the sprinkler and going to Saywell's on a hot evening for an ice cream cone or a root beer float!

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