Report Dedicated to Crawfords  
Thursday, June 9, 2011

There’s an impressive salute to the Crawford family — generations past and present — in the 2010 Dudley Town Report, distributed at last month’s annual town meeting.

“For their years of support to enhance the lives of residents of the Town of Dudley, the Board of Selectmen voted to dedicate this year’s Annual Report to Mr. Hugh W. and Mrs. Harriet K. Crawford, Jr., and the Crawford family,” reads the lead paragraph to the report.

It ties to a cover photograph of the new Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library, dedicated July 10, reiterating the 1972 decision to honor Mrs. Crawford when the former library was expanded, largely due to her efforts at the time.

Hugh W. and Harriet K. Crawford, her son and daughter-in-law, their progeny and others in the Crawford lineage gave of themselves and their munificence to expand upon Pearle L. Crawford’s early efforts, making Dudley’s new library a state-of-the-art facility.

There’s also a recent photograph of Hugh W. and Harriet K., and an early life acknowledgement: The well-known couple met as young people competing in sailboat races on Webster Lake. That’s when canvas sails filled summer skies from July 4th through Labor Day.

Kudos to the Dudley Board of Selectmen for recognizing the Crawford family, and the many others who joined their decadelong fundraising effort to make the new Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library a source of municipal pride.

Webster’s Catherine Guyette has been on the sidelines for months, so it was a pleasure to greet her last Friday at McDonald’s of Webster accompanied by her son, Jeffrey.

Ms. Guyette retains the great disposition she has long been known for. Add our voice to the many who offer a great “yea” for Ms. Cathy.

You’ve got to have a lot of wear on your shoe threads to remember when the AAA insurance office on Main at Lake Streets housed a gasoline station. Arthur Remillard Jr., founder of the Commerce Insurance Co., now Mapfre-Commerce, had a growing agency, Clark-Prout, when he bought the property, expanded to an adjacent lot, and qualified for a state charter under the Commerce Insurance Co. name. Retired Police Officer Louis Polletta has added a photo of the gasoline station to his collection of places that used to be. Lou thinks his historical find dates to a time when Bill Prout or Alfred Cacciatari pumped petrol under the sign of the Flying Red Horse. Joe Cichowski’s mane is to the back of the photograph, but the connection seems a mystery.

Incidentally, retiree Polletta still serves the town as an elected member of the Webster Retirement Board.

Oxford’s Noella Richards, a sophomore at WPI, continues to set track and field records for the Engineers, capturing All New England and All Division 400 meter records at a recent event hosted by Southern Connecticut University at New Haven.

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