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Medway Christmas Lighted House Tour Dec.11 Millis Wonderland
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December 1, 2011
Medway Christmas Lighted House Tour Dec.11 Millis
Event Raises Funds for Medway’s Annual Christmas Parade
Wonderland
Opens Its
Gates Dec. 2
BY J.D. O’GARA
Looking for a little neighborly
holiday cheer? Take part in Medway’s Christmas Lighted House
Tour on December 11, from 3-6
p.m. Six generous Medway homeowners will open up their homes
and share their versions of a holiday home with neighbors and
friends over age 16. In addition, a
bonus on the tour includes the
Community Church, which has
moved its Celebrate Christmas
program to the same date to coincide with the tour. For those who
would rather not drive to each
home, GATRA buses will be
available at the senior center for
those who are there at 3 p.m.
Meehan Family Display
Celebrates Its 12th Year
BY J.D. O’GARA
The quiet, rustic road awakens
with twinkling lights, holiday
music and the sound of bells ringing. Santa is ever present, even a
40-foot version of him, and the
scenes of his elves working and his
reindeer in their stalls abound.
Nope, it’s not the North Pole. It’s
Millis.
The Christmas Lighted House
Tour raises funds for the annual
Medway Christmas Parade. The
cost is $15 for seniors and $20 for
tickets purchased ahead of time
from the town clerk’s office and
the senior center. On the tour day,
tickets will be $25.
For the past 12 years, the Meehan
family have opened up their hearts
and their home to local residents,
transforming their property into the
Millis Winter Wonderland. Starting
the first Friday of December, at 6
p.m., they’ll do it again.
Following are some descriptions
of what visitors will see:
Cole residence
Ken and Cindy Cole purchased
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The antique home is one of six private homes Medway residents are opening to visitors for Medway's Christmas Lighted House Tour on December 11, from 3-6 p.m. Proceeds from the tour directly benefit the Medway
Christmas Parade. Tickets can be purchased at the town clerk's office and senior center.
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this circa 1835 home about 12
years ago, and they live there with
their two dogs. The antique home,
with its marble fireplace, was
“pretty run down,” according to
Ken, and these homeowners put a
lot of time, effort and funds into
restoring the site. Says Cindy,
“When I saw this, I knew we were
going to have it be a money pit, but
there’s so much beauty about it.”
The Coles made sure to rejuvenate
the property with references to its
period, designing new kitchen cabinetry to tie in with woodwork,
keeping all original windows with
Waverly glass and hiring a master
plasterer to repair walls. The 4,000
square-foot property is getting to be
a bit large for the retired couple
who’ve been together 43 years, and
so they have it on the market.
The Coles’ holiday decorations will
include lights and garland and
speak of traditional holiday décor.
Cindy notes, “It’s a little bit different every year,” and she’s considering displaying her Annalee dolls.
The Coles are happy to open their
home.
“I think a lot of people in the area
know the house. We’re told it was
called the Medway Mansion. I
think there’s a lot of curiosity now
as to what we’ve done with it.”
Crowley residence
Dennis and Mary Crowley's traditional Cape Cod-style home, built
in 1981 and added onto over the
years, is nestled into the woods on
a quiet country road. During the
holiday season, a 7-foot carved
wooden Snoopy welcomes visitors
to a winter wonderland. Each room
offers seasonal touches that capture
the spirit of a true New England
Christmas. The Christmas tree in
the front-to-back family room features an eclectic assortment of heirloom and childhood ornaments
assembled with love over the years.
In addition, the two complete
Christmas Village collections, the
New England Village and the North
Pole, are artfully displayed to capture the imagination of young and
old alike.
Dennis, a member of the Board of
Selectmen, didn’t hesitate to open
up his home for the Christmas Tour.
“This fundraiser is certainly a worthy cause,” says Crowley. “Medway is a fairly close community,
and one shouldn’t have a problem
with opening their home to neighbors and sharing their decorations.
Anything that Mary and I can do to
support the tradition we certainly
will do.”
Foresto residence
Kathy Foresto describes her home
as a contemporary cape. She and
her husband John, Chairman of the
Board of Selectmen, were happy to
open their home for the tour.
“What I like to do is to make sure
that every room looks Christmassy,” says Kathy, ”so I have a
Christmas tree of some size or
shape in every room.”
Kathy Foresto has also collected
Santa Clauses for the past 30 years.
“I have enough that it becomes a
challenge to put them all out,” she
laughs. Kathy explains that she has
all shapes and sizes of Santa, including annual Byers collectibles,
but that of late she tends to put out
the smaller Santas, as they’re easy
to arrange.
The Forestos also expect to offer
some sort of cider or punch to tour
guests, as well as light refreshment,
such as cookies, and Christmas
music.
“We look forward to sharing our
house with the visitors – our own
version of Christmas,” says Kathy.
Cerel residence
This antique home, on the tour last
year, was brought back by popular
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demand. The Greek revival cape
was built in 1836 by local mill
owner Elihu Partridge. The house
is considered transitional. The rustic rear room, now a family room,
was probably the original kitchen
and has a beehive oven and remnants of an indoor well. The formal
front room has finished woodwork
and crown moldings. This house is
decorated with an eclectic mix of
antique and vintage reproduction
pieces. The owner also has a collection of specimen seashells and antique woodworking tools.
Guyette residence
Leslie Guyette custom designed her
home to replicate the front view of
an antique center fireplace colonial.
The home was built in 1995.
“The front of the home looks like
an antique center fireplace colonial,” says Guyette, “but when you
come in, it has a contemporary
flair.” The house appears to have a
center chimney, but that chimney is
false, with a fireplace located on the
back wall. Inside, the home has
soaring ceilings, large rooms and
skylights, boasting a large attached
kitchen with a wealth of natural
light. The dining room of the home,
which has two front entrances, has
a Williamsburg flair, with built-in
china cabinets and an oval window,
and the house features a reverse
staircase.
Guyette has lived in Medway over
50 years and became involved in
the tour at the encouragement of
Scott Guyette, her brother-in-law,
who is on the Medway Christmas
Parade committee. She hopes to
offer light appetizers and mulled
cider to guests on tour day. Each
room, she says, will be decorated
differently, and she’s enlisted the
help of the owners of Medway Gardens, who are loaning her greenery
and poinsettias for the event.
“I know the proceeds of this tour
goes to the Xmas parade,” says
Guyette, “and I think that’s a wonderful thing for the town. Medway
is going to be having its 300th anniversary coming up, and I thought
this would be a nice thing to do.”
Mosher residence
Bob and Debbie Mosher purchased
this home in 1997, and this is the
second time the home has been on
the house tour. The whimsy starts
at the front door, which is guarded
by the 7-foot snowman, so please
enter through the side door. Once
inside the circa 1797 home, you
will notice that most of the decorations are of a wintertime theme.
This way, the decorations aren’t
past due on January 1st and can be
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enjoyed for a longer time.
A family favorite is the winter tree
on the deck with is decorated with
clear snowflakes. It’s quite mesmerizing after a snowfall. Their
trees have been known to be up
until after the last snow has melted,
usually before the spring birds arrive to nest. Dusk is the best time
to visit this home.
Bonus Location: Medway
Community Church
Robin Fox, Director of music and
audiovisual the Community
Church, jumped on the chance to
participate in a wider community
event. The church had already
scheduled their “Celebrate Christmas” event for the day before, but
when contacted to host the house
tour, they changed the date.
“We are thrilled that we’re able to
offer this, the people of the church,
to welcome everyone in the area to
join us to celebrate. If we have an
opportunity to show them life and
our ministry in action, it’s just a
wonderful outreach,” says Fox.
Fox explains that the event is “free
flowing,” and that anyone at all, on
the tour or not, is welcome to the
church portion of the day for free.
They may sit through part or the
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entire music program. In addition,
the church has hired a detail to help
folks cross Main Street in case
parking over near the library becomes necessary.
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The church will offer homemade
soup and bread and will feature a
live nativity on the front lawn, with
animals and stables and folks
dressed up in character. Starting at
3 p.m., bell ringers will provide
song as part of an ongoing music
program. After that, various choirs
will perform, as well as the
church’s “Praise” band, a more
contemporary group with electric
guitars and drums. Dancers from
the church’s group called GuiDance will perform along with the
Praise band, which Fox says was a
way to reach out to the young people of the church.
“We still have all of the wonderful
traditional music – the choirs, the
bells and the organ – but we’ve also
implemented the Praise band,”
says Fox. “The youths are very excited we’ve added this new element
to our music. Now we have something for everyone here at the
church, and for folks of the older
generation to look and see the
youth really singing their hearts
out, it’s a beautiful thing.”
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WONDERLAND
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time off. It was just an exciting
time.”
Meehan has recreated that feeling right here in this small New
England town. The sprawling, 40+
acre drive-through Christmas town
features lights, animatronic displays of Santa, his elves, and other
scenes of the holiday set to Christmas music. Some years ago, Meehan coupled his own collection of
Christmas décor with mechanical
exhibits from a gentleman from
Connecticut named Mervin Whipple, who, says Meehan, had put a
similar display together for his
own neighbors for over 30 years.
When Meehan read that Whipple
was looking to sell his Christmas
collection to one buyer, “I called
him up, met with him and made a
deal,” he says.
It wouldn’t be the Christmas
spirit without some giving, and
Millis Wonderland indeed benefits
a local charity. The Meehans don’t
charge admission to visitors, but
they do ask for donations to the
Salvation Army. On nights that the
Salvation Army cannot send bellringers, he and his family stand
outside and collect the donations
themselves.
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“It’s the largest single collection
site for the Salvation Army in the
state of Massachusetts,” says Meehan. “There isn’t a single site that
collects more money than we do.”
Meehan feels that the Salvation
Army is a worthy cause, because
“they have the lowest overhead,
and the money that they use they
spend the wisest,” he says. “I think
that most of the money ends up
going back to the community. I
know ours does. You could (raise
money) for anything, but the Salvation Army’s right here, and it
helps the people that truly need
help.”
The event itself is a very big undertaking for the family. Meehan’s
whole family, including five children, aged 14 to 29, all give up a
good portion of their time to help
set it up every year, says Meehan,
and it turns out to be pretty difficult
to come and go from the Meehan
home during evenings. Each year,
as far as decorating goes, “it’s very
exciting when you think about
pulling everything out,” says Meehan, but the sheer number of festive decorations makes the effort a
formidable task, especially if the
weather turns bad.
In fact, the family cannot do it
alone. Meehan hires three full-
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time maintenance workers, who
start five weeks ahead of time, to
help put together over 45 workshops, a real tugboat and the giant
Santa. A couple of other workers
later come in, for detail work such
as setting up trains, for 10-12 fulltime days.
When it’s built, however, the
people come, so many that traffic
needs to be directed. The event is
open nightly, with traffic entering
and directed to leave on the Millis
side of the 60 Causeway Street
property. Since weekends can be
busy, with traffic backing up, Meehan recommends visiting Millis
Wonderland on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and reminds visitors that the event is
drive-through only, with not
enough room for buses. Visitors
can check in at the Millis Wonder-
land web site, www.milliswonderland.com, for changes in the
schedule due to inclement weather.
Over the years, Meehan has seen
the number of visitors grow and
has gained nationwide attention
for his show of holiday spirit.
“I think that the majority of people overwhelmingly enjoy it and
respect it,” he says.
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Millis Woman to Compete in Her
Second Ultra Man Championship
3-day, 320-Mile Hawaii Race by Invitation Only
BY J.D. O’GARA
It takes place in Hawaii, and only
40 people are invited to do it, if
they can. Kathy Laska, 38, of Millis, is one of them – and so is her
Dad.
On Thanksgiving weekend,
Kathy and her father, David Wilson, age 65, competed in the Ultra
Man World Championship, a threeday, 320-mile individual endurance
event. The fun starts on the first day
at 6:30 a.m., when competitors will
swim 6.2 miles in the ocean, followed by a 90-mile cross-country
bike ride climbing 7,600 feet.
Bright and early the next day, starting at Volcanoes National Park,
these athletes will bike ride for
171.4 miles, climbing 8,600 feet.
As if these feats aren’t enough to
prove themselves worthy, these exceptionally fit candidates will rise
even earlier on the third day for a
52.4-mile double-marathon run.
Each stage must be completed in
12 hours or less, with the swim
needing to be finished within 5 1/2
hours.
Sound impossible? Not for Kathy,
who’s done it once before in 2009.
Her Dad, in fact, has also done it
before. Kathy has come a long way
in just 11 years. An asthmatic with
poor eyesight, she never really
learned to swim or ride a bike until
after 2000, learning to do both
specifically to compete in endurance competitions.
“I basically started with the
marathon,” says Kathy, who ran
her first marathon at age 30. Unlike
her father, who she says was very
fast at one time, Kathy explains that
she has done mainly distance running, as speed is not necessarily required.
“I’m not really fast,” says Laska,
“so the longer it is the better I will
do. I never really did 5k races. I just
did a marathon. For a 5K my goal
is to do 7:15 and that’s killing myself, but I can do 8:15 in a marathon
pretty comfortably. Kathy has finished “probably around 10 to 12
straight-up marathons.” At 33, she
competed in her first triathlon.
Kathy, and her Dad, have also
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participated in Iron Man competitions. She explains that the Iron
Man competition takes about 17
hours, but that only recently has she
picked up her speed in this event. In
the Iron Man race, participants
swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and
run a marathon all in one day.
All of this endurance takes a lot of
training. Laska gets her training
plan from a company called QT2
Systems, and she’s at it from 14 to
27 hours a week.
“I am in sales for a biotech company, so luckily, I do have the flexibility,” says Laska, who says it’s
easier to get her biking and swimming in now that her accounts are
in the Boston area and she doesn’t
have to travel. What’s more, her
husband has been very supportive,
she says.
That support comes in handy at
the race. Each Ultra Man competitor, in fact, needs a crew to be with
Kathy Laska, age 38, of Millis,
headed to Hawaii Thanksgiving
weekend to compete in her second
Ultra Man competition, an
endurance event that spans 320
miles and is by invitation only.
Photo on right is her custom tattoo
reflecting her participation in this
and in six Iron Man competitions.
him every step of the way. A
kayaker must accompany her during her swim, the event that causes
her the most anxiety. Laska explains that, since she has no control
over the conditions, such as wind or
jellyfish or sharks, she never knows
how she will do.
“So much is out of your control,”
she says.
On land, her crew will also be on
hand to support her with sports
drinks and power gels and the occasional bike wheel, should mechanical problems cause issues.
Unlike the Iron Man, which can get
very competitive, Laska says Ultra
Man “is definitely a much more
family type atmosphere. You get to
know everybody’s crews and the
people competing are more down
to earth than a lot of other races, although the coaches we have for this
compete at a very high level in the
Iron Man. They are the placers.”
Laska is so proud of her feats
through Ultra Man and Iron Man
that she created a tattoo reflecting
her accomplishments. An “M” and
dot represent the Iron Man, and she
added “Ultra” for Ultra Man. Trickling down the “M” are red droplets,
each one representing the number
of Iron Man races Laska has done
– all well-earned blood, sweat and
tears.
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December 1, 2011
Medway School Solar Success Spurs
Growth in Medway & Now Millis
By J.D. O’Gara
Like Medway, Millis schools are
starting to go solar. At the November 7 town meeting, Millis voters
approved the use of the Millis
Middle High School roof for purposes other than education; they
will lease the space to Solar Energy Developer Broadway Electrical Company, for about 20 years.
Broadway recently completed
solar projects on both the new
Medway High School and Medway Middle School, and Medway
voters opted November 14 to extend the use of solar at the BurkeMemorial Elementary Schools.
“Medway’s our inspiration,”
says Nancy Gustafson, Superintendent of Millis Public Schools.
Gustafson says she meets periodically with Judy Evans, Medway’s
School Superintendent, and Dave
Verdolino, Assistant Superintendent, to collaborate on ways the two
towns might be cost efficient and
share resources. “As part of our
conversation,” says Gustafson,
“They talked about their projects
and how successful they had
been.”
The solar project at Medway’s
Middle School has been online
since the summer, according to
Dave Verdolino, and it produces
396 kW of output, more than the
high school’s 132 kW of output.
Still, Verdolino says so many incentives existed when the high
school’s system was implemented
that the town would be able to buy
out the system in just six years for
a nominal amount of money, at
which time the town will own the
system and the power it produces.
“There were more sizeable
grants through state sources when
the high school project was undertaken,” says Verdolino. “As a result, the cost the district is paying
Broadway Electrical for the power
they generate is a lot less than the
middle school.” Despite the difference, the Medway Middle School
panels are expected to produce excess electricity during summertime, when the school uses less,
which will translate into a cost sav-
ings for the town.
“In the summer months when
school is not in session and sun is
blazing, we’re generating as much
solar power as the design of the
system will allow,” says Verdolino.
“We will very likely not use that
power, and so energy flows back
into the grid, which pays us and
they then turn around and sell to
others. Plus, Verdolino adds, “We
don’t have to pay to have (electricity) delivered.”
Originally, in Millis, the electric
energy savings was expected to
translate to up to $10,000 or more
per year, with the system generating 310,800 kW per year. In Millis,
and in the most recent project in
Medway, original plans for solar
panels needed to be scaled back,
however, due to more strict state
regulation of roof load following
last year’s heavy winter snowstorms.
According to Gustafson, Millis
schools’ request for proposals was
answered by four bids.
“We had very rigorous process of
selection,” says Gustafson, adding
that an educational element needed
to be included in all of the proposals. In the end, Millis chose the
same solar purveyor as its neighboring town.
“We hope the work can begin as
soon as the contract is finalized.
All the work is done without any
disruption to the education of the
students,” says Gustafson, who
says lawyers for all parties, the
school, the town and Broadway
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details. Among the details are that
Broadway Electrical will insure
and maintain all of its equipment.
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The giving spirit of the holiday
season is upon us, and Charles
River Bank initiates its seasonal
giving with a food drive to benefit
the Medway Food Pantry, Mendon
Food Pantry, and Loaves and
Fishes Food Pantry at St. Blaise
Parish in Bellingham.
“The Bank’s staff is committed
to helping those in need, and especially at this time of the year, we
are doing what we can to make the
holidays brighter for some of our
neighbors. We hope that our customers and others will join in on
the projects we’re hosting, and we
look forward to making a difference, together,” stated Jack Hamilton, President and CEO, Charles
River Bank.
Each year Charles River Bank
conducts a food collection drive in
the lobbies of its Medway, Bellingham and Mendon branches. The
public may donate non-perishable
food items, such as canned goods,
cereal, baby food, peanut butter,
crackers, and pasta, as well as
paper goods, to benefit local families in need. All donations should
be dropped off at your local
Charles River Bank branch by Saturday, December 10, 2011.
December 1, 2011
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Too Much Commercialism Claims Another Holiday Spirit
AN EDITORIAL
BY PAUL ROWLEY,
Senior, Millis High School
When I arrived at the Natick Mall
sometime after Halloween, I found
it really entertaining that it had already began decking its halls, the
only missing component being the
absence of Santa and his elves.
Macy's alone looked about ready
to burst into song. Many of the
storefronts sported large, festive
glass ornaments, wreaths, and each
window was wrapped in beautiful,
draping garland. I couldn’t remember the last time I had been in
the mall at night. The large skylights, which before I found that I
couldn’t look directly into without
squinting because of the bright
sunlight, now were expansively
black with the night sky.
Have you ever noticed what the
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Library
through
December
Library patrons can have their
overdue library fines waived by
participating in the FOOD FOR
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The Library will accept donations of non-perishable food items
for the Millis Ecumenical Food
Pantry — in lieu of fines — NOW
through December 31st.
Personal care items such as
toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and
bulk items such as paper towels,
laundry detergent and disposable
diapers are also welcome.
PLEASE -- only items that have
not exceeded their shelf expiration
dates!
Thank you for your support of
this very important local food
pantry!
mall smells like at night? Aunt
Annie’s Pretzels. It blends in during the day, but at night, the smell
of her delicious pretzels fills the
entire complex with the aroma of
cinnamon holiday twist. But just
try to buy one; the line is terrible.
The mall has successfully combated the problem of how overcrowded Aunt Annie’s pretzel
shop can be, and opened an identical Aunt Annie’s pretzel shop on
the first floor. I remember when I
was little, and I used to fight with
my mom to wait in line to buy a
pretzel from the Aunt Annie’s on
the second floor. She eventually
gave in, and always got one for
herself, or just ate some of mine.
Now, the thought of two Aunt
Annie’s diminishes the value I attributed to the first. It's too convenient; the first is always the best.
Original ideas tend to be more
rity guard," he points to a man in a
white button down shirt and black
cowboy hat strolling along, in
plain sight. Apparently, it is a mall
mandate, now, that coins can no
longer be tossed into the fountain.
heartfelt and resonate wider than
their identical copies.
We walked up and down escalator and to a balcony overlooking a
really beautiful sunken fountain
waterfall. People toss coins over
the railing and watch them fall into
the water below; it's a nice reminder that people still believe in
something, or at least don't want to
carry so much loose change in
their pockets. I go to toss a coin in,
and a friend stops me, "be careful,"
he says. "Why?" I ask, "the secu-
We walk back downstairs and to
the back end of the mall, passing a
man in a tuxedo playing the piano.
The music was beautiful. There
was nobody else in sight.
When we got into the car after
our adventure, we turned on the
radio, and first song to play was
Andy Williams’“It’s the Most
Wonderful Time of The Year,”
which is played thousands upon
thousands of time each holiday
season. It was quickly changed to
something else, but I couldn't help
but wonder: when I was younger,
when that song was played, it was
usually far later in the year, and although it was played thousands of
times then, it signified that the best
part of the year had actually arrived. My family listened to Mr.
Williams each time he sung how
wonderful the kids jingle belled.
Who cared if we were going to
hear it five more times in the next
hour on the same station?
But I realized that it didn’t matter
how wonderful this time of the
year was, because for the first time
in my life, I thought about how
Andy Williams would be back
next year, singing how wonderful
it would be then, too, and it felt like
all of what I thought the holidays
were didn’t really matter. Either
way it was going to be shoved
down your throat until you start
believing that the spirit of Christmas wants you go buy a $300 helicopter jet hybrid, or a pretzel from
Auntie Annie’s, on any floor of the
mall you choose.
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December 1, 2011
Millis Fund Sees 20%
Increase in Requests,
Doubled Financial
Need This Year
By J.D. O’Gara
The Millis Fund, which was created by Millis residents to help
their neighbors in crisis, has seen
a huge rise in requests for financial
help this year. According to
Brooks Corl, who has served on
the eight-member board of directors for the Millis Fund for the past
11 years, the number of requests
from Millis residents in need has
risen by 20% this fiscal year compared to last. That actually translates to more than double the
financial need seen last year.
Established in 1994, the Millis
Fund was created by volunteers
from four houses of worship in
Millis –St. Thomas the Apostle
Parish, Ael Chunon Congregation, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
and the Church of Christ, Congregational. Its mission: to provide
emergency financial aid to Millis
residents. The fund has assisted
over 300 families in Millis by paying for rent, utilities, medical costs,
fuel, clothing and other emergency
needs.
“The real focus of the Millis
Fund is the ability to help people
who find themselves in a financial
crisis,” says Corl. The needs in our
fiscal year 2011 have been greater
by quite a lot than they’ve been in
previous years. Basically, we anticipate similar needs in 2012.
Anyone who is considering making a donation would really make
a difference in our community.
This would be most welcome.”
Aside from a drive in January
and what they call “Souper Bowl
Sunday,” when, the second Sunday in February, a soup bowl is literally passed through places of
worship to gather contributions for
the fund, the private charitable organization does not do a lot of
fundraising.
“The response from donors last
year was wonderful and very
much appreciated,” says Corl.
“We understand many folks plan
their donations by the end of the
year. Because of increased needs
in the community, we will again
be most grateful to be included in
that planning for this year end.”
The Millis Fund operates in
complete confidentiality, helping a
Millis individual or family with a
need once per calendar year, never
more than three times. The Board
of Directors meets about four or
five times a year to plan the fund
drive, create the materials and review the applications. Most often,
the Millis Fund is used to pay utilities, medical bills, and rent, and
board members take care to personally contact each applicant.
Applications for the Millis Fund
can be found at the Council on
Aging, at the Veteran’s Memorial
Building, through Millis Schools
and through any of the local
churches or synagogue. Donations
to The Millis Fund can be sent to
The Millis Fund, 142 Exchange
Street, Millis, MA 02054. The
fund is a 501 (c3) organization and
will provide a letter of thanks,
which could serve as a receipt.
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and townspeople gathered to pay homage to our nation’s veterans for their service. Here, Harold
Crosby speaks of “Today’s Veterans.”
Millis Garden Club Raffle
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22nd at 4 p.m. Be the lucky winner of 2 tickets, first balcony, front
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Millis Garden Club’s Annual
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Holidays and Learning
Where Do Holidays Fall in Local Public School Classrooms
BY J.D. O’GARA
The frameworks place holidays
under the topic of social studies,”
says Judith Evans, Superintendent
of Medway Public Schools. “Children learn that people in the United
States and in other countries celebrate a variety of holidays, and
children talk about what they celebrate, some religious, some not,”
she says.
Some parents of children today
might nostalgically remember the
days when, as children, they wore
their costumes to school on Halloween, brought in a grab gift for
the classroom Christmas party or
exchanged Valentines with their favorite classmates for Valentine’s
Day. Times have changed, however, and public school approach
to the celebration of holidays in the
classroom reflects a slightly different experience for today’s students. Localtownpages met with
local superintendents to discuss
how the two districts handle holiday celebrations.
The approach to the discussion of
holidays within the classroom, in
both Medway and Millis, is one
that takes into account the extraordinary amount of curriculum public schools are required to teach,
and according to both superintendents, there’s not a lot of extra room.
“Massachusetts State Curriculum
frameworks
(found
at
doe.mass.edu) have guidelines
about which holidays children
should learn about at which grade.
“If it doesn’t have a connection
to curriculum frameworks, we really shouldn’t be doing it in
school,” says Nancy Gustafson,
Millis School Superintendent.
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Gustafson notes that Massachusetts public schools are charged
with teaching almost 22 years
worth of curriculum to students
within a span of 12 years. She adds
that religious holidays, for example, might best be discussed in fifth
grade, when children address a variety of world religions. “There’s
so much that has to be learned,”
says Gustafson. “Kids parading
around school in costumes, for example, is not at all related to learning.”
That’s not to say that some popular celebrations have absolutely
no place in school. Millis, for example, holds winter concerts at its
schools.
“We try to incorporate music
from around the world and many
different
traditions,”
says
Gustafson. “Basically, we want
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there to be awareness and respect”
among students for different cultures, she says. “Our goal is to
honor the fact that people have different beliefs and to raise awareness of some other traditions that
are perhaps not as common.” Winter concert themes in Millis have
incorporated Hanukkah and
Kwanzaa, says Gustafson, although she notes that once, she had
a parent express a desire to see the
Christian faith better represented,
and she hasn’t seen the Buddhist
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Although smaller towns may not
reflect it, says Evans, “We have an
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Some, says Evans, “like to hold
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what we strive to do is embed in
our students a respect for the celebrations other students have and a
respect for a wider view. It’s not
our job to promote any singular religion or political perspective in the
school system. I think it is our responsibility to prepare our students
to be citizens of the world.”
In Medway, as well, at the annual
holiday concert, children will “sing
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Millis High School
Announces AP®
Scholar Awards
Twenty students at Millis High
School have earned AP Scholar
Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP
Exams. Fourteen are members of
the graduating class of 2011, while
six are members of the class of
2012.
The College Board’s Advanced
Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically
prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous collegelevel courses while still in high
school, and to earn college credit,
advanced placement, or both for
successful performance on the AP
Exams. About 18 percent of the
more than 1.9 million students
worldwide who took AP Exams
performed at a sufficiently high
level to also earn an AP Scholar
Award.
The College Board recognizes
several levels of achievement
based on students’ performance on
AP Exams.
Three students qualified for the
AP Scholar with Distinction
Award by earning an average
score of at least 3.5 on all AP
Exams taken, and scores of 3 or
higher on five or more of these
exams. These students are Kelly
Lane, Allison Liotta, and Caroline
Orsi, all members of the graduating class of 2011.
Three students qualified for the
AP Scholar with Honor Award by
earning an average score of at least
3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and
scores of 3 or higher on four or
more of these exams. These students are Sean Hurley, Juliana
LaVita and Nicholas Pierson, all
members of the graduating class
of 2011.
Fourteen students qualified for
the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with
scores of 3 or higher.
The AP Scholars are, from the
graduating class of 2011, Thomas
Andrews, Alexandra Dupuy,
Steven Greco, Melissa Howland,
Taylor Hunt, Travis Hunt, Peter
Kennedy and Benjamin Walsh,
and from the class of 2012,
Katherine Baker, Jennifer de
Souza, Madeline Lederer, Deesha
Patel, David Querusio, and
Samuel Worthington.
Of this year’s award recipients at
Millis High School, six are currently seniors: Katherine Baker,
Jennifer de Souza, Madeline Lederer, Deesha Patel, David Querusio, and Samuel Worthington.
These students have at least one
more year in which to complete
college-level work and possibly
earn a higher-level AP Scholar
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60 Medway Students Qualify for
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Medway High is very pleased to
announce the names of 60 students
from the Class of 2012 who have
qualified for the annual John and
Abigail Adams Scholarship. This
scholarship provides a tuition
waiver for up to eight semesters of
undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university.
The students are:
Emily Anderson
Kelsey Anderson
Matthew Annunziato
Julia Bilotta
Valerie Bussberg
Joseph Butler
Leah Caffery
Gabriela Chaves
Brian Davenport
Christopher Davey
Christen DiGiammerino
Hannah Domeier
Olivia Dougherty
Derek Dumouchel
Nicole Edmunds
Christopher Ellsworth
Shannon Esrich
Maria Fallavollita
Erica Fasole
Steven Fingar
Connor Flanagan
Stephanie Gallagher
Stephanie Gilooly
Kayla Hodge
Meghan Hooper
Ashley Keller
Brittany Keller
Breanne Kenney
Alexander Kessler
Zachary Knowlton
Sarika Manavalan
Andrew Marchetti
ating class in their district.
Meaghan Martin
Taylor Mascari
Lauren Mercuri
Kara Morgan
Colleen Mulcahey
Kevin Ostaszewski
Angela Price
Kristin Purnell
Brendan Quinn
Colby Rackliff
Samuel Rider
Megan Rotatori
Robert Shaw
Rachel Shea
Rima Sheehab
Nathaniel Shires
Jennifer Stanley
Rachael Steinhauer
Luke Sullivan
Samantha Terranova
Alexander Tight
Kelly Torchia
Casey Whelan
Scott Wieler
Julie Wiles
Alan Wish
Benjamin Wright
Rachel Yates
Scholarship eligibility is based on
each student's first attempt at taking the grade 10 MCAS tests in
ELA and Mathematics. In order to
receive the scholarship, a student
must be enrolled in a Massachusetts public high school in his or
her senior year. Students who qualify for the scholarship will receive
award letters and further information in the fall of their senior year.
In order to claim the Adams
Scholarship, the student must be
· a permanent legal resident of
Massachusetts for at least one year
prior to entering college as a freshman;
· a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and
· a graduate of a Massachusetts
public high school.
In order to use the scholarship, a
student must
· be accepted at a Massachusetts
public college or university;
· complete the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
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students become eligible for the
scholarship when they:
· score at the Advanced and Proficient levels on grade 10 MCAS
tests in English Language Arts
(ELA) and Mathematics. (A student must earn a score of Advanced on the ELA or
Mathematics test and a score of
Proficient or higher on the second
test); AND have combined scores
from the MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests that place them in the
top 25% of students in the gradu-
· send the Adams Scholarship
award letter to the financial aid or
bursars office at the college or university that he or she plans to attend; and
· enroll as a full-time student.
To continue receiving the Adams
Scholarship, a student must
· continue to enroll full-time at a
public higher education institution;
· maintain a cumulative Grade
Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on all
college work; and
· annually complete the FAFSA.
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Millis COA December Events
Christmas Party
We will be celebrating Christmas
in style this year. The very fashionable Holiday Victorian Carolers
will be joining us on Thursday,
December 15 at 3 p.m. The Victorian Carolers will be greeting
guests and then leading us in a few
holiday songs. The entrée of
prime rib will be prepared by Patty
and Linda. We are still getting
compliments from last years
Christmas dinner. Don't miss out
on this event. Seating is limited,
so call today! Reservations and
payment of $7 must be received
by December 9th. Merry Christmas all!
Thank you to the Cultural Council for funding the entertainment
for this event.
Lions Club 42nd Annual
Senior Holiday Party
Seniors of Millis are cordially invited to the 42nd Holiday Party to
be held at the Millis High School
on Sunday, December 11th. The
festivities will begin at noon. There
will be festive holiday food, enter-
tainment, prizes and a visit from a
special guest.
Please join the Millis Lions, High
School students and friends for this
special annual event which is happily provided to celebrate and
thank all our Millis seniors citizens. Your continuous support and
participation in our many fund
raising events throughout the year
is greatly appreciated. Attire can be
fancy or casual. “Younger” (60 &
70’s) and “older” seniors (80 &
90’s) are all invited.
Please RSVP to Dan Adler at
(508) 376-5588 by 12 noon Thursday, December 8th with name and
number of attending guests. Transportation IS available upon request.
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Tracey will provide general information about estate planning
documents and personal life goal
setting. She educates participants
by explaining the options available
and how individuals can begin to
make some decisions about their
future. When participants decide
it’s time to visit with a professional
to build an estate plan, they are familiar with the language and how
various documents can help them
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This presentation answers questions like “What is my estate?”
“What is probate?” “What is a
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“How am I affected by state and
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The Elder Law puzzle can be
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and have some flexibility. Reservations are not necessary but
greatly appreciated.
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Dr Cooper will be here Thursday,
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Please schedule an appointment
with Linda. Home visits are available.
The Holiday Boston Pops December 8th $79.00 per person
Departs at 12:45 p.m. to Copley
Plaza and Prudential shops for
shopping and dining (on your
own) prior to arrival to Symphony
Hall. Keith Lockhart will be conducting this matinee performance.
The tour includes: reserved balcony seating, matinee show, Copley Plaza visit, and Boston
Common tour.
Call Linda (508) 376-7051 for
reservations and details.
Wright’s Farm & LaSalette
Lights December 15th $49.00
per person
Departs Millis at 11 a.m. to
Wright’s Farm for a full course
luncheon of all you can eat
chicken, pasta, salad and dessert.
From there you will go to
LaSalette Shrine for the most won-
derful Christmas light display. Returns back to Millis at 7:15. Please
call Linda at (508) 376-7051 for
reservations.
Foxwoods December 29th
$22.00 per person
Includes Luxury coach, $25.00
Casino Bonus, Buffet coupon
worth $15.00 and $10.00 Lucky
Seven Keno. Bus leaves Millis at
8:15 a.m. and returns at 5:30. Contact Linda at (508) 376-7051 for
reservations.
Winter Storm Policy
If the Millis Schools are closed
the Center will also be closed. If
the schools have a delayed opening, we will also have a delayed
opening. If a delay is during school
vacation and you are unsure if we
are open please call (508) 3767051. Meals On Wheels will be
cancelled if the schools are closed.
Please make sure the pathway to
your door is clear of snow and ice.
We treasure our volunteers and do
not want them slipping on ice.
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December 1, 2011
Living Healthy
Letter to the Editor:
Even with the wintry bite in
the air, 125 runners and walkers
still joined us for another Medway Lions 5K Pumpkin Run.
A BIG THANK YOU goes
out to our wonderful sponsors
whose support and donations
helped make the run a memoDIAMOND:
rable event!
foursquare;
PLATINUM:
Charles River Bank, Middlesex
Savings Bank; GOLD: Coakley
Chiropractic, HereNow Systems, Medway Oil Co., Inc.,
Paramount Industries, Roche &
Sable Attorneys, Roche Building Co.; SILVER: Anytime Fitness, Coffee Sensations, Dunkin
Donuts of Medway, Kenney &
Kenney, KTK Sound, Long Distance Tire, Medway Block Co.,
Medway Lumber, Mike Dun-
sky, Regal Cinema, Roche Bros.
Supermarket, Russo Insurance,
Summit Home Builders & Remodeling, West Medway
Liquors, and Whole Foods;
BRONZE: All Washed Up Car
Wash, Cassidy’s Club House &
Driving Range, Mary C.
DeMello DMD, Gaetano’s Bakery, Medway Jewelers, Moroney Company, Restaurant 45,
Shaw’s Medway, Shear Magic,
Stop & Shop Franklin, Stop &
Shop Milford, T.C. Scoops Ice
Cream, Team Fitness, TLC
Cleaners, Walmart Bellingham.
Congratulations to our participants and thanks again to our
sponsors for their outstanding
support. We couldn't do what
we do without you!
Laurie Lafave, Medway Lions
Fitness is Fun for
all ages at Flipside!
Despite Rain & Cold, Lions’
Pumpkin Run Draws Crowd
A cold, raw day more appropriate for late November presented itself at the recent Medway Lions
5K Pumpkin Run at Medway
High School. But that did not
deter 125 runners and walkers
from participating, whether they
were in costume or just extra layers. The mood was summed up in
the face of 14 month old Colin
Plant, who sported a huge smile
while being pushed in his stroller
by his mom, Laura and kept warm
in his adorable Lion costume.
The overall male and female
winners from last year repeated
their feat this year. Eric Hallman
of Medway topped all runners
with a time of 17:22. Heather
Matthes, also of Medway, came in
sixth overall at 20:24. The ages of
participants ranged from 9 years
old to 71 years young. Medals
were handed out to the top 3 winners for both male and female
groups in the following age
groups: 8-under, 9-12, 13-16, 1719, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and
60-69.
Many local businesses sponsored
the race and generously donated
services, goodies and refreshments. Runners and walkers are
invited to visit www.medwaylions.org or the club’s Facebook page, Medway Lions Club –
33KMass for information on how
they can get online results of the
race.
Looking for Emily?
We promote Strength & Fitness for
all children offering classes for ages
18months-18 years.
Our youngest group is Tumble Tots
(18mo.-3yrs) Come in and play in a
safe, clean, bright & inviting gym with
our fun loving and educated instructors.
Is pleased to announce that
Emily Cuddy
has joined the professional team
at Willow Salon & Day Spa!
Emily joins us with years of
experience & advanced training in
cutting, styling, color techniques
& smoothing treatments!
Boys and Girls Gymnastics & Fitness
classes develop strength, coordination,
and character.
Non-members can join us for many one time events.
Our next event is Santa’s Night Out on Friday Dec. 9th
from 6:30-10:30pm. Gym, games, movie and snacks.
$25 first child, $23 for siblings. Make plans for a night out!
Tumble into tumbling classes offered weekly, pay as you go.
$12 per class or $10 prepaid 4 or more classes plus reg fee.
Great for cheerleaders and dancers.
What else can you find at Flipside? Birthday Parties,
Open Gym, Extreme Parties, Field Trips, Clinics, Privates.
Flipside Gymnastics
508-533-2353 • www.flipside-gym.com
2 Franklin St, Medway, MA
1275 Main Street, Millis
508-376-1113
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Your First Visit with
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December 1, 2011
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Living Healthy
Ask the Anytime Guy | Fitness Matters
Expert answers to your health and wellness questions
fun. This includes playing with
your kids, going for a walk with
your spouse or partner, or playing
a sport with some friends. You’ll
obviously improve your fitness
and health by doing this and, for
most folks, it really isn’t going to
be detrimental to your training regimen. Only elite athletes typically
abstain from all forms of physical
activity on their days off, and that’s
generally because their bodies are
under so much stress during their
daily training. Days off were never
meant to be spent lounging on the
couch watching movies, though
occasionally that’s just fine too!
BY CHRISTOPHER CHARRON
Question: Is it true that you
can only digest 30 grams of protein at a time?
answer: No—this is definitely a myth. Some claim that
Lou Ferrigno came up with this
one back in the 1970s, but no one
knows for sure. I am amazed at
how many people think this is true,
and I’m also curious to know
where these folks think the rest of
the protein (above and beyond 30
grams) goes if it isn’t digested. The
simple truth is that you can digest
any amount of protein that you ingest, but the caveat here is that the
digestive process will just take that
much longer. This is true of any
macronutrient.
The more you eat, the longer it
takes to process—simple as that. If
you happen to hear this myth being
bantered about in the gym at some
point, be sure to put forth the real
facts.
Question: Is it ok to do casual physical activities on my days
off from working out?
answer: Absolutely! Scheduled physical activities aren’t necessarily warranted, but it doesn’t
mean you can’t go out and have
huge part of the equation, and that
supplementation, though useful at
times, can’t make up for a deficient
diet. Then, I would have him meet
with a qualified expert that can
take a look at the supplements he’s
using and provide some real, science-based feedback on the safety
and efficacy of the products. Sports
dietitians have specialized training
in this area, and you can find one
in your area by checking out the
SCAN website www.scandpg.org.
Keep in mind, if he truly feels that
the supplements are helping him
achieve his goals, there might not
be anything you can say that will
change his mind. Just know that
you did all you could.
Chris Charron is the club owner
at Anytime Fitness in Medway. To
submit a question for future articles,
please contact the author at
[email protected]
Give yourself the gift of great
health this holiday season and
your first month is free!
Question: I have a friend
that’s using some questionable
supplements. How should I approach him given the fact that he
seems to believe they’re working
well?
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Two Convenient Locations
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December 1, 2011
Living Healthy
Avoid Succumbing To Cold and Flu Season
Winter's arrival coincides with
the arrival of other things as well.
The holiday season. Snow days
from school. Weekends spent skiing and snowboarding with family
and friends.
While each of those things is
something to look forward to, one
thing also synonymous with winter is never welcomed with open
arms. Cold and flu season impacts
nearly every household each winter, forcing kids and adults alike to
put life on hold as they rest and recover. To many people, flu shots
are enough to keep them going
strong through cold and flu season,
but not everyone has access to flu
shots. Even those who do might
still get colds if they don't take
steps to stay healthy when the mercury drops. This winter, people
wanting to avoid the worst of cold
and flu season can take several precautions to reduce their risks of
getting a cold or the flu.
Around the House
People can take several steps to
make their homes safer and
warmer, which should help them
reduce their risk of cold and flu.
Winterizing a home is perhaps the
best thing a homeowner can do to
make a home safer and warmer.
Install storm windows and caulk
around doors and windows to keep
warm air in the home and prevent
cold air from coming in.
If winter has yet to arrive, inspect
the heating system. If winter has
already arrived, schedule an inspection as soon as possible. Make
sure the system is working prop-
erly and is clean and ready for the
winter that lies ahead. Ideally, the
heating system should be serviced
by a professional to ensure the
ventilation is working properly.
Homeowners with functioning
fireplaces in their homes should
have the fireplace inspected and
cleaned before using it for the first
time.
Addressing Attire
Winter weather should never
catch adults or children offguard
with regards to their wardrobe.
Once cold weather arrives, dress
appropriately whenever leaving
the home to reduce the risk of cold
and flu. Appropriate attire includes
wearing outdoor clothing, such as
winter coats, scarves, gloves or
mittens, and wool ski hats. Those
Generations
Spending time outdoors and dressing properly are two ways to reduce
risk for cold and flu.
Outpatient Wellness
& Rehabilitation Center
Serving the Community’s
Outpatient Needs Since 1997
Providing Physical, Occupational
& Speech Pathology Services
Orthopedic
Speech Pathology
Special Programs
Pain Management
• Hip and Knee Replacements
Therapy
• Hand Therapy
• Rotator Cuff Injuries
• Back Injuries and Re-alignment
• “Frozen Shoulder”
• Pediatric & Adult Care
• Reading & Writing
• Dysphagia/Swallowing
• Articulation
• Language
• Pediatrics
• Diabetes Management
• Yoga/Pilates
• Swiss Ball Training
• Back Clinic
• Living with Arthritis
• Fitness for Seniors
• Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue
• Comprehensive Evaluation
of Pain
• Electrical Stimulation
• TENS
• Ultrasound
• Short-wave Diathermy
Neurological
Bladder Health
• Improve Incontinence
Symptoms without Medication
• Strengthen Pelvic Floor
• Diet Tips
• Electrical Stimulation
• Post Stroke Functional
Improvement
• Back to Fitness for Stroke,
Parkinson’s, Multiple
Sclerosis Clients
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Shoulder/Hand Syndrome
Your insurance
may cover all or part
of the cost of therapy
with a doctor’s order.
Wound Management
• Vascular – Arterial and Venous
• Diabetic
• Pressure
• Surgical
Visit us online at
www.generationsrehab.com
Personalized Therapy for all Generations!
Located on the campus of Medway Country Manor
Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation
115 Holliston Street, Medway, MA 02053 • 508-533-9893
who live in areas with heavy snowfall should also wear waterproof
boots whenever going outside. It's
also important to dress in layers
throughout the winter. Doing so
provides extra insulation, and layers trap air effectively, ensuring
that all that warm air produced by
your body won't escape but will
stick around and keep you warm.
by having an air filter on hand to
ensure air quality remains clean
and healthy. In addition, stock up
on items such as soup or cold and
cough medicine to ensure that anyone who succumbs to cold and flu
during a weather emergency will
have remedies at their disposal
should they be confined to the
home.
Prepare for
Emergencies
Parents of infant children should
keep extra formula and diapers on
hand and be sure there are extra
batteries around the house should
the power go out. For infants on
medication, consult the child's
physician before cold and flu season and devise a plan of caring for
a sick child should a weather
emergency occur.
If a winter weather emergency
arrives, cold and flu won't shut
down and stop working just because schools close or power outages occur. In fact, during an
emergency the chances are strong
that families will be stuck inside
for extended periods of time.
When locked indoors for long periods of time, cold and flu viruses
can spread easily. Men and women
should prepare for such a scenario
Get Outside
and Exercise
Staying indoors all winter might
seem like a great way to avoid cold
and flu, but it might actually make
adults and children more susceptible. Staying indoors could be trapping you indoors with stagnant air
where cold and flu germs are floating around. Stay inside during
weather emergencies, but be sure
to get outside in the fresh air and
exercise when the weather allows.
Regularly working out boosts the
body's immune system, which
helps ward off cold and flu.
December 1, 2011
ongoing from november 25
through december 19, 9 a.m. –
5 p.m., Weekends only, free hay
rides at Deerfield Tree Farm, 25
Birch Street, Millis, www.deerfieldtreefarm.com, (617) 8030493
ongoing from november 26
into december until the last tree
or wreath is sold: medway
lions club christmas tree and
wreath sale, next to Shell Station
on Route 109. Proceeds benefit
local community efforts and raise
money for eye research. Visit
www.medwaylions.org for complete sales schedule.
December 2
millis winter wonderland, 60
Causeway Street, opens, 6-10 p.m.
nightly, donations to the Salvation
Army are encourage in lieu of admission to the drive-through
Christmas fantasy land of lights
and mechanical scenes, courtesy
of the Meehan family.
bookfair, to benefit Millis Public School Libraries, Barnes &
Noble, 270 Hartford Ave.,
Bellingham; or shop online between 12/2 and 12/8 using online
code 10568731
anything goes, 7 p.m., Millis
High School Drama Club, Millis
Middle High School Auditorium,
245 Plain St., Millis
Local Town Pages www.millismedwaynews.com
December Calendar of Events
www. Millisgardenclub.org
bookfair, to benefit Millis Public School Libraries, Barnes &
Noble, 270 Hartford Ave.,
Bellingham; or shop online between 12/2 and 12/8 using online
code 10568731
mother goose on the loose!
10:30 a.m., interactive storytelling
for children aged 0-2 led by Janine
Schultze. To register your child,
please call the Millis Public Library at 508-376-8282.
Anything Goes, 7 p.m., Millis
High School Drama Club, Millis
Middle High School Auditorium,
245 Plain St., Millis
December 5
race to nowhere screening,
Medway High School, 88 Summer St., Medway, $10 in advance
online
at
http://www.racetonowhere.com/e
postcard/5426 or $15 at the door.
December 6
medway special education
Parents advisory council meeting, Medway High School, 88
Summer St., in the HS Guidance
Area. 6:45 p.m. business, 7 p.m.
lecture: Basic Rights in Special
Education, presented by the Federation for Children with Special
Needs.
December 3
holly Jolly Fair, 9 a.m. – 3
p.m., Sponsored by the Millis
Garden Club and Church of Christ
Congregational, 142 Exchange
Street, Millis, Holiday greens sale,
needlecraft items, baked goods,
raffles.
December 8
songs for Food benefit concert, 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal
Church, School St., Medway, benefits Medway’s food pantries,
sponsored by Medway Lions Club
and Middlesex Savings Bank.
millis garden club holiday
greens sale, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the
Holly Jolly Fair. Proceeds benefit
an annual scholarship as well as
the Millis Garden Club. Visit
all-ages concert will feature
local band Songs for Ceilidh, performing traditional and contemporary Irish, Scottish, Atlantic
Canadian music as well as band
originals and some holiday music
thrown in. Admission is free with
a donation of 2 non-perishable
items or $5 at the door, with kids
under 10 free. FREE pizza will be
served.
For details, visit
www.medwaylions.org
or
www.songsforceilidh.com or visit
them both on Facebook.
Library, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., several time slots available, please
pre-register at (508) 376-8282. All
materials are provided EXCEPT
for photos. If you would like to
use a personal photo, please bring
a photocopy of the photograph
with you, no more than 2” x 2”,
and be sure the ink is waterfast.
the bullard memorial Farm
1777 presents a holiday open
house with tom Kelleher, A
History of Early New England
Holiday Traditions, 6:30-8:30
p.m., Bullard Memorial Farm, 7
Bullard Lane, Holliston, Tickets
required $5/person. To reserve
tickets
email
[email protected] or
call (508) 429-1638. Visit
www.bullardmemorialfarm.org
Zumbathon Fundraiser for the
Medway Family Shelter, 6-7:30
p.m. Sublime Fitness Studio, Inc.
161 Main Street, Unit 101, Medway MA 02053 (508) 533-7645,
www.sublimefitnessstudio.com
December 10
charles river chorale holiday concert, 7:30 p.m., Millis
Middle/High School Auditorium,
Annual holiday concert will include a silent auction, a holiday
raffle to support the Chorale’s
scholarship program, reception afterward. Raffle Prizes include:100 Gallons of home heating oil
from Medway Oil- $100 Gift Certificate from Roche Brothers in
Millis- $100 Amazon Gift Certificate and $50 Gift Certificate to 3
Restaurant. Tickets: Adults: $15;
Senior adults: $10; Children: $8.
Call (508) 376-9492 for more information or to save $1.00 on your
ticket price.
breakfast with santa, 7:30
a.m.–11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph
Parish Center, 145 Holliston St.,
Medway. Cost: $5 for adults, $3
for seniors and kids. Benefits
Medway Boy Scouts.
create your own heirloom
Photo ornament, Millis Public
norfolk community league
winter warm up holiday
event, 9-11 a.m., H. Olive Day
School Cafeteria, 232 Main St.,
Norfolk. Family event includes
“silly storyteller” Susie Magoozy,
face-painting, coloring and continental breakfast. $10 NCL members; $12 nonmembers. Adults
and children under 1 year are free.
RSVP with payment to NCL, P.O.
Box 450, Norfolk, MA 02056.
Donations for Norfolk Food
Pantry will also be collected at this
event.
December 11
medway christmas lighted
house tour, 3-6 p.m., tickets on
sale at Town Clerk’s office or Senior Center. $15 seniors; $20 adults
(over 16 only for the tour) in advance. Tickets are $25 on day of
tour. Six homes in Medway will
be featured, with a bonus stop the
Medway Community Church.
celebrate christmas, in conjunction with the medway holiday house tour, Medway
Community Church. Live nativity,
bell ringers, choruses, bands and
dancing. Free soup and homemade bread. Free.
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December 13
healthy eating for the holidays, Karen Ring, Healthy Eating
Specialist, First Congregational
Church of Milford, 4 Congress St.,
Milford, sponsored by the
Women’s Center for Wholeness.
$10 members; $15 non-members.
Reserve at (508) 473-4244 or
[email protected]
December 17
third annual gingerbread
Festival at Medway Library,
Sponsored by the Friends of the
Medway Public Library, 10:30
a.m. – 1 p.m. Children of all ages
invited to show off their creativity
in making their own yummy
candy gingerbread houses to take
home. Friends will provide the
houses; admission is a bag of your
favorite candy to share. Limited to
90 children. Registration December 1-14. Register at the Library,
26 High Street, or call (508) 5333217.
groundbreaking ceremony of
new millis Public library, 10
a.m., on building site at corner of
Exchange and Main (Rte109).
Following short speeches from
Officials, the community is invited
back to the current library for refreshments. All ages are invited.
breakfast with santa and the
cub scouts, 9:00 a.m. at the
Christ Church in Medway, 14
School St. $7.50 per person. Contact (781) 591-CUBS. Benefit
Millis Cub Scout Pack 115.
December 19
meet an owl, 3:30 p.m., Age 5+
program at the Millis Public Library, 25 Auburn Road, Millis.
Windows on Wildlife presents
Life Cycle of the Raptor. Call
(508) 376-8282 or stop by the library for details.
Millis & Walpole Students Come Together to Combat Bullying
BY ANDREW ZITOLI, PRINCIPAL
Millis Middle School
On October 18th seventy-five
grade seven and eight students
from Millis Middle School joined
forces with forty middle school
students from Bird Middle School
in Walpole to learn leadership
skills and how to combat bullying
in their respective schools. This
innovative program explored the
essential elements of developing
student leaders. Research has proclaimed the benefits of empowering students to create a positive
school culture. Training students in
leadership skills will reduce incidents of bullying behavior in their
schools, increase ethical behavior,
and encourage courageous leadership. Experience has shown that a
highly trained group of committed
students can make a difference.
The objectives of the training were
for students to learn how to ensure
the safety of all students, how to
create Leadership Capacity in their
schools, and to realize how important they are in the life of someone
else. Both middle schools start
with the premise than any school
that does not make bullying prevention a priority is of poor quality
regardless of test scores.
The training began with students
working with many of the vocabulary words associated with bullying, teasing and harassment.
Quickly, students realized how
words could be as painful as any
type of physical punishment. Next,
students were asked to share the
various types of bullying and the
locations where they happen at
school. All students were led in a
discussion of what bullying is,
where it happens, and the effects
of bullying. These students were
trained to aid the victim, interrupt
the cycle of bullying, tell an adult,
and be a role model in their school.
Following this, students were
shown current videos of recent
bullying events in the area. The
discussion after these videos were
for students to realize how courageous leadership and empathy can
prevent these incidents from happening at their school. Students
were encouraged to describe the
characteristics of a courageous
leader.
The evening ended with students
building a “commitment to excellence” to be posted on every door
in their school. Included in this
document were phrases such as:
nobody would ever be allowed to
sit alone at lunch, to interrupt the
cycle of bullying, and to respect
the differences in others. Both
groups were committed to making
a difference in their schools.
Each team will meet monthly to
discuss how they have prevented
bullying. This will give others the
motivation and courage to do it.
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December 1, 2011
Music to Play for Medway Pantries Again This Year
Songs for Food Concert December 8th
The Medway Lions Club and
Middlesex Savings Bank are
proud to sponsor the Songs For
Food Benefit Concert for Medway's food pantries on December
8th at 7 p.m. at Christ Episcopal
Church on School St. in Medway. The concert will feature local
band Songs for Ceilidh, who will
perform traditional and contemporary Irish, Scottish, Atlantic Canadian music as well as band
originals and some holiday music
thrown in. The concert is for all
ages; admission is free with a donation of 2 non-perishable items or
$5 at the door, with kids under
10 free. FREE pizza will be
served.
Visit either www.medwaylions.
org or www.songsforceilidh.com
for more details or visit them both
on Facebook.
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December 1, 2011
27th Annual
Holiday Concert,
December 10th
The Charles River Chorale will
present its 27 Annual Holiday
Concert “Let It Snow, Let It
Snow” on Saturday, December 10th at 7:30pm in the
Millis High School
Auditorium on Plain
St (Rt. 115).
Joining the Chorale
for its second year will
be the Norfolk Bells, the
handbell choir from
The Federated Church
in Norfolk.
You will hear familiar Christmas
and holiday music, as well as a
few new songs.
The Chorale hosts a Silent Auction which is very popular. The
items up for bid can be viewed be-
fore the concert, at intermission,
and a final chance after the concert
while refreshments are being
served.
There is also a raffle
which funds two
student music scholarships, one vocal and one
instrumental.
These
students then perform
at the Chorale’s
Spring Concert
the second Saturday in May.
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lucky, receive an alpaca kiss!
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December 1, 2011
Santa Foundation Set to Reach Its 50,000th Client
BY JANE LEBAK
Eight hundred area families will
answer the door this Christmas to
find none other than Santa Claus. In
his red suit, Santa will deliver presents to families which otherwise
wouldn't have been able to afford
gifts, and all due to the generosity of
the Santa Foundation.
Now in its 26th year of operation,
The Santa Foundation serves 29
communities in the greater Boston
area, including 65 families in Medway, 30 in Millis, 95 families in
Franklin, and 72 in Norfolk.
Founded by Robert Sullivan, The
Santa Foundation launched in its
first year with two families and one
objective: to bring joy to struggling
families. By Christmas 2011, the
Santa Foundation expects to have
delivered to its 50,000th client.
Robert Sullivan explains, "We deliver to people who've never asked
for anything in their whole life. Not
to give a gift to your kid at Christmas, that's a hard thing. But if you
can do that or make a Christmas
dinner--for that one day, you're like
everyone else in the whole world. It
can give you the hope to go forward."
The Santa Foundation links sponsor families with families in need.
Sullivan says, "Sponsors call us
and tell us what size family they
want." Families range from two individuals to as many as twenty. "We
give the ages and sizes, not who
they are and where they live. Sponsors buy whatever they want. They
do the wrapping. They tag it, and we
deliver it to the recipient's house."
Delivery is by Saint Nick himself,
decked out in a red Santa suit.
George Ferguson, one of the Santa
Foundation Directors, has delivered
as Santa Claus since the fifth year.
"This is a great organization, where
the whole town comes together." He
adds, "This is all done without cost
to anybody, and all the workers are
volunteers."
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all operating costs covered by Sullivan Associates, one hundred percent
of monetary donations go toward
client needs. "Every dime we collect
goes right to the families."
Need right now is exceptionally
high. With the current economic situation, companies have closed, and
because of that, the Foundation has
lost thirty families that were previously sponsors. More children are in
homeless shelters, and more abused
children are in homes, and the Santa
Foundation helps them too.
When asked what the Foundation
needs, Sullivan replies without hesitation. "We need more sponsors,
that's for sure." Anyone can volunteer to be a sponsor right up until
December 24th." In previous years,
the state police have called the
Foundation even on Christmas Eve,
seeking help for displaced families.
Middlesex Savings Bank has been
a sponsor for several years, even
hosting an in-branch event in 2010
to raise awareness. Says Middlesex
Savings Bank Senior Vice President
and Director of Marketing James
Briand, "As a mutual bank, one of
our core missions is to give back to
the community." Middlesex Savings
Bank sponsors about five hundred
different organizations. When they
acquired Strata Bank, Strata was al-
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Santa Foundation has a good profile
and a good reputation, and it made
sense to continue everything they
did. We're about things that make a
difference, and things that are local."
Corporate sponsors come from all
areas of the community, such as the
Franklin Police Department, Avenir
Solutions, and the most recent addition of 3 Restaurant in Franklin.
Last year, funds from corporate
sponsors enabled the Santa Foundation to buy gift cards totaling
$21,000 for distribution to families
without individual sponsors.
Contributions from corporate
sponsors also help Santa Foundation
clients with their rent, their electric
bill, or their oil bill. "It might be
something as small as having someone's teeth fixed," says Sullivan.
"We've even paid for tires."
Help comes from the community
in the form of toy donations through
bins at supermarkets and fund-raisers at local high schools. The police
bring large numbers of toy donations.
"We don't want praise," says Sullivan. "We want to help people."
Still, recipient families are grateful.
"They send thank you cards and letters," sometimes sharing their stories, "and the stories are amazing."
George Ferguson tells a story he
will never forget: "I came to the
door once, dressed as Santa, and I
opened the door and a four-year-old
girl was at the other side of the
house. She looked up, saw me, and
went on a run and grabbed my leg!
That made it for me for the next ten
years."
Ferguson adds that his family always sponsors. "We explained to
our kids that they were probably
going to get less for Christmas because we were giving to others.
They had no problems with that."
He adds, "They've grown up and become part of the organization too."
Robert Sullivan says, "We really
feel here that helping others is what
pays your rent for the space you take
up on this earth."
Similarly, Ferguson says, "You
don't have to be a millionaire to give
to someone else. You just have to
want to do it."
Anyone wanting to volunteer as a
Santa Foundation sponsor can call
(508) 528-1767. Find the Santa
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December 1, 2011
Page 19
Medway Lions
Christmas Tree Sale
Medway Stroll Moves to Flexible, Fundraiser Underway
Weekend Format This Year
Holiday Retail Event to Take Place December 10 & 11
BY J.D. O’GARA
The holiday spirit is alive and
well in Medway retail stores again
this year, as the second Medway
Holiday Stroll returns to the town
to give customers a chance to shop
locally for holiday gifts. This
year’s Holiday Stroll will take
place on the weekend of Saturday
December 10 and Sunday December 11, with participating shops offering unique sales, prizes, raffles,
refreshments and more during that
period.
“We’re broadening the scope to
the weekend format,” says Bill
Healey, owner of Medway Mill
Antiques & More, who is volunteering his time along with Fred
Fontaine, owner of the Medway
Dog Wash, to make the event happen again this year.
“We’ve tried to include as many
businesses from different locations
throughout town this year. Extending the hours on the weekend
will give shoppers the chance to
cover more ground and take advantage of different specials offered throughout shops in
Medway,” says Healey. “With an
expanded time frame, customers
will be able to participate and see
more of it than they did last year.
It’s a nice thing to do!” continued
Healey.
Retailers will be invited to participate at any time they wish during
the two-day event, although suggested hours for participating retailers are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each
day.
Shops participating so far (as of
11/17/11) are:
Medway Mill Antiques
The Medway Dog Wash
J&L Catering
Almont Studios
Molly’s Apothecary
Gabrielle Mottern Photography
Incredible Floors
Keystone Liquors
Medway Jewelers
Visual Comfort Eye Care
Sublime Fitness Studio
(ZUMBA)
Stone Mill Art Gallery
Enchanted Fox
The Artist Studios of John
Greene, Heather Greenwood and
Angela Turner
Local shoppers will be able to
visit www.medwaystroll.com for
the details of each particular
venue’s specials. “Every business
has a different schedule, and each
business is really going to have the
times they’re going to do it,” says
Healey.
On a weekend when most are
enjoying college football with a
sandwich made from leftover
Thanksgiving turkey, the Medway
Lions Club unloaded Christmas
Trees at the Route 109 Mall next
to the Shell Gas Station in Medway. Christmas Trees and wreaths
will be on sale into December on
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays - Fridays, 2 - 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. until
December 18th or when the last
tree and wreath are sold. For a
complete sales schedule, please
visit www.medwaylions.org.
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Home Decorating for the Holidays
BY J.D. O’GARA AND
ANNE PARKER
The holidays are here, and we all
want our homes to look great for
guests, but let’s face it. We’re not all
Martha Stewart. Localtownpages
took a look around to a few folks
who can give even the plainest
Janes some decorating tips that will
help bring the fabulous into their
humble abodes.
Kara Florian, Interior Designer
from Medway, who started her
business in 2009, says that she feels
the most important tip for homeowners looking to decorate for the
holidays is stick with a particular
color scheme.
“Be consistent throughout the
home,” says Florian, who cautions
that not doing so can be jarring to
the eye. “Say silver and blue, if
those are the colors you choose, try
to stick to those colors consistently
throughout the house.” Florian recommends finding candles of the
same color, sticking with the color
pattern when putting together centerpieces such as a clear vase with
mini-ornaments, and using bows
and ribbons with the same color
scheme.
For Christmas table, says Florian,
think of buying small wreaths and
a large foyer, with smaller plants
placed on the stairs going up. For
smaller homes, just use
smaller-scaled plants. Garland can also be hung on
stairs, held by bows (of
your chosen color) on the
railings.
putting wide candles in
their centers. As to number, she says, odd numbers are more soothing to
the eye, so Florian recommends placing three to
five in an arrangement.
She adds that you can
loosely weave better quality garland around the
candles and the table, creating a kind of festive centerpiece. Florian adds that
she has sometimes used
mini-wreaths, tied with
pretty satin ribbon (of
course within the chosen
color scheme) behind You can liven up a plain wreath using berries, flowers and
pinecones you find outside your home. Here, Millis Garden Club’s
each chair.
Florian hereby gives
everyone permission to put
everyday decorations away
for the holidays. Photos and
keepsakes that generally
adorn a fireplace mantle,
she says, “There’s nothing
wrong with removing it for
the holidays,” she says.
“Put it away and put more
festive stuff. It’s very temporary,”
As for trees, Florian also
suggests sticking with
your theme, even on and
under your tree. Decorate
the tree using bows or ornaments in the same color scheme,
placing them in a diagonal, eyepleasing manner. Incorporate your
color scheme into your wrapping
paper, says the designer. Make sure
to purchase wrapping paper that reflects the colors you’ve chosen for
your holiday.
Paula Fraser gives new member Bonnie Hilton some helpful tips.
The Millis Garden Club members gathered to create a wealth of
greens to sell at their annual Greens Sale, which will be held at
the Holly Jolly Fair on December 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ribbons are big for the
holidays, notes Florian.
You can use ribbons to tie
napkins, perhaps with either big ornaments or stars of David
tied to the ribbons themselves to
bring your holiday design scheme
to the table. Ribbons of different
lengths, with different types of ornaments tied to them, make an especially nice splash on a chandelier.
Don’t’ forget the greens. You can
find a wealth of greens at a local
nursery, or if you’re local to the Millis area, purchase decorative greens
for a good cause at the Millis Gar-
den Club’s Annual Greens Sale on
December 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
during the Holly Jolly Fair at the
Church of Christ Congregational,
142 Exchange Street in Millis. Not
only can you purchase a wide variety of beautiful greenery, but you’ll
also be helping build the garden
club’s annual scholarship fund as
well as civic projects around town.
Florian recommends putting
plants and flowers as a gathering in
“The presents become part of the
design,” adds Florian.
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Use the style that you are comfortable with, and keep the colors of
your home. A philosophy she once
heard and has since adopted is to
decorate to bless, not to impress,
said Franklin interior decorator
Shawn Strok of Decorating Den Interiors. "Bless the people that enter
your home. The most beautiful decorations mean nothing without heart
behind them," she said.
With that in mind, carry out the
style that speaks to you most –
country charm, contemporary, or
classic. Use what you have in your
house and add fresh seasonal greens
and accessories to dress up your
home.
In fact, Paula Fraser and Jeanie
Maier, longtime members of the
Millis Garden Club, explain that
you don’t have to go out and spend
a lot of money on holiday decorations.
“Utilize any of the supplies you
have at home,” says Fraser, who’s
been a member of MGC since
2005. “Any kind of household item
you can turn into a decorative item.”
Fraser herself has employed rolling
pins, antiques, an old flexible flyer
sled and all kinds of urns or pots
into visual centerpieces.
Fraser and her fellow MGC member Jeanie Maier explain that greenery can often be found around your
home, including juniper and white
pine, not to mention pinecones.
Anything from nature, they say, can
be used.
“Go cut your bushes,” says Maier.
Look around your garden and do
some pruning. Simple wreaths and
greens, they say, can be made more
interesting by adding flowers from
Japanese andromeda, hydrangeas,
rose hip berries and other plants
with berries.
“Don’t use bittersweet,” however,
cautions Maier, who adds that a
bow made of raffia is a nice touch
to it all. She and Fraser add that
pinecones can also be cut, producing a florette shape, which adds to
an arrangement or wreath.
Fraser explains that popcorn and
cranberries not only look nice
around the tree, but they can be used
as a bird-friendly treat outside. A tip
on using popcorn: make sure it’s at
least a day old. Fresh popcorn can
crumble, making stringing it difficult.
All you need to make your home
a festive place for the holidays, then,
is an open mind and a creative spirit.
Wire and a hot glue gun help, too.
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December 1, 2011
Page 21
Santa to Help Out Local Boy Scout Troops Again This Year
The Jolly Old Elf himself has
generously volunteered to help out
Millis Cub Scout Pack 115 this
year. On Saturday and Sunday,
December 10 and 11, Santa will
visit homes within five miles of
Millis sometime from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. for a donation of $25. Why
wait in line at the shopping mall to
sit on Santa’s lap and get some
beautiful holiday pictures, when
Santa can come see you, your children, and your pets? Surprise a
child with a visit from Santa right
to your house. Santa will arrive
along with his North Pole mailbox
to listen to your child’s holiday
wish list, accept mail for North
Pole delivery, and leave a small
treat for each child on your reservation. Upon request your child or
children will also receive a personal letter from Santa in the US
Mail following his visit. Due to his
heavy schedule, Santa will stay for
ten minutes in front of each house
and will only be able to visit with
up to five children at each stop. If
you would like Santa to visit more
than 5 children, stop by your holiday party, or schedule a visit for
your whole neighborhood, just let
us know and we will find a price
and a time to accommodate you.
You must be available during your
scheduled time slots, so Santa
finds you at home. Visits must be
registered by December 4th.
Please register as soon as possible
as timeslots go quickly and Santa
has many children to visit and will
need to know his schedule early!
give a helping hand once again to
Troop 367 of Medway this year.
Anytime from Friday, December 2
through Sunday, December 18th,
you can have Santa come to your
home for a donation to the troop.
In Medway, this cost will be $30
for a 30-minute visit, while those
in surrounding towns can have
Santa travel to their town for $50
for a 30-minute visit. Interested
should
email
parties
[email protected] or phone (774)
277-8367 to make a reservation
and to get more information.
served.
Perhaps you don’t have time or
feel you haven’t decorated your
house properly for Father Christmas. No problem! Come to Breakfast with Santa and the Cub Scouts
at the Christ Church of Medway at
14 School Street on December 17
at 9 a.m. For $7.50 a person, you
and yours can enjoy a generous
platters of delicious scrambled
eggs, pancakes, French toast, fruit,
and sausage. Coffee, tea, hot
chocolate and juice will also be
During the course of breakfast,
children can use the North Pole
mailbox to send their letters to
Santa. Santa will also make a visit
to each table with a treat for each
child. Diners can take their own
photos with Santa, but there is also
a photographer who will take individual and/or family photos for
you. Pictures taken by the photographer will be emailed to you.
Please call (781) 591-CUBS for
reservations.
Call (781) 591-CUBS and leave
a message with your name, address, number of children and 2 or
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the ink in waterfast. Many inkjet
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THE PURR-FECT CAT SHELTER
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MTG’s Sole Performance
of The Haunted
Honeymoon Had Spirit
A REVIEW BY SHANNON MILES,
Millis High School Sophomore
As soon as one walked into the
small auditorium of Millis High
School on the night of The Haunted
Honeymoon, she could feel the community atmosphere. Millis is well
known for being a tiny town, yet that
doesn’t hinder citizens' pride. The actors and various crew members all
take the Millis Theatre Group very
seriously; it is truly an amazing, wonderful thing to see.
This fall, The Haunted Honeymoon
was set to run for two weekends, Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th, and Friday November 4th
and Saturday November 5th. On the
first weekend, the Saturday show was
cancelled because of weather issues,
and because actress Dove Grace was
ill. The entire second weekend was
cancelled because of Homecoming
festivities being held at Millis High.
Unfortunately, this caused a rough,
abrupt end to the play.
Rosie is a very small calico kitty who has come a long way with lots of love. She needs to be the only
kitty in a quiet home.
If you are looking to cuddle up
with a warm kitten or cat this
winter The Purr-fect Cat Shelter
is the place to look. PCS currently has many kittens available
for adoption of various ages, colors, genders and hair coats. If you
are looking to stay warmer with
a larger, adult cat, PCS can match
you with one that's perfect for
your family. One special girl who
recently came to us is
"Rosie." Rosie is a very small
and gentle calico who was surrendered to the shelter in deplorable condition. This little girl
was so flea ridden that she had
lost a great deal of her fur; she
was full of sores and scabs on her
skin and was also suffering from
a skin infection. Even worse, the
fleas were so bad that she had be-
come anemic from all the blood
that they took from her! After
medical care from a veterinarian
and lots of love and attention
from volunteers, Rosie is now a
very healthy cat, with beautiful
fur and a new outlook on life.
This darling little girl deserves a
home where she can live like a
queen as the only pet in a quiet
environment. If you are interested in adopting Rosie or any
other cat from PCS, applications
can be found on our website
www.purrfectcatshelter.org or
call our message center (508)
533-5855. All cats and kittens
adopted from The Purr-fect Cat
Shelter have been examined by a
veterinarian, spayed or neutered,
tested for feline leukemia and
FIV, given all age appropriate
vaccines, dewormed and microchipped.
If you are in search of a great
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check out The Purr-fect Cookbook. The Purr-fect Cookbook is
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submitted by friends and supporters of PCS, has a laminated
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through the sale of the cookbook
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The Haunted Honeymoon is a witty
whodunit. The play opens with two
people, Dan and Lisa, choosing to
leave their respective fiancés to marry
each other. They find out about a
“haunted” honeymoon at an old castle in England from a Ouija board,
and decide to go on it. The castle is
filled with ancient Egyptian artifacts.
While the couple is on a guided tour
of the castle, their tour group is told
to split up. Soon they and the half of
the group they are in become trapped
within one area of the castle. A mysterious voice, claiming to be the god
Osiris, informs the group they have
been chosen as sacrifices for Thoth,
the god of the moon, because they are
Scorpios (have the Zodiac sign Scorpion). The terrified group chooses
to take turns keeping guard over their
area. Osiris begins sneaking up on
the guards, and eventually claims his
first victim. As more people are killed
or harmed, the group realizes Osiris
must be among them, and they
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The cast was wonderful, partly because they took the play so seriously.
They were very invested in the various scenes and acted out their parts
very well. Each actor displayed lots
of energy and emotion. Most really
got into their characters, becoming
that person for the night. Much of the
dialogue was snappy and humorous,
and the cast did a great job with
quick, back and forth delivery. When
actors were not speaking or in the
spotlight, they remained in character
in the background. There was a big
age difference among some cast
members, but they didn’t let that stop
them from getting into the play. There
were some glitches with lines, but
most times everyone remained in
their parts and stayed focused. A few
scenes were a bit long and didn’t always cohere. Yet the energy and
spirit, as well as dedicated acting,
kept audiences engaged. In one hilarious scene, the tour group decides
they must find a way to calm down
about their situation. Charlotte Doff,
a music teacher, suggests a group
sing along. Soon, the entire cast joins
in on a sing along of "Old MacDonald," with several actors up dancing
and acting out the different animals.
High school cast members Keith
Hoell (Dan Morgan), Kasey Aulenback (Lisa Morgan), and Cameron
Raia (Philippe Chabrol) were very
strong actors. Paul Morgan was convincing and bold as one of the play’s
greatest bullies, Jason Block. Scott
Day played the tough but truly scared
Tab Tobey and really made the audience laugh. Bob Orsi (Penrod) and
Donna Cabibbo (Charlotte Doff)
played an intellectual couple falling
in love in a very funny, sweet way.
In addition to wonderful acting, the
scenery was impressive. The play required a great deal of props and an intricate set. There were many
Egyptian artifacts and travel gear. All
of the artifacts were very realistic and
fantastic. They were all very detailed.
Obviously, a great deal of work was
put in the whole set and the individual
pieces. Everything looked wonderful
and came together well. The set even
included a full sarcophagus embellished with realistic characteristics.
The Haunted Honeymoon was a
very witty play. The acting was
strong, and the cast obviously worked
very hard. Although it was a smallscale production, it was treated much
like a grand play.
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Downed Trees Wreak Havoc
Again in Last Storm
BY J.D. O’GARA
Like Hurricane Irene, the October nor’easter came and went
pretty quickly, but a lasting impression was made on those unfortunate enough to live or work in an
area that lost electricity for any
length of time. Just who DO you
call when a tree has downed your
power lines? In Medway, where
drives around with its own tree
company to take care of trees entangled in wires.
Mike Durand, Spokesman for
NStar, confirms this.
“When we have crews that are
working in the area for storm damage, we also have tree crews,” says
Durand. “ If there’s a tree that’s
down and there’s a wire, until it’s
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Country Cottage
remove trees/branches entangled
with electrical wires to please ask
for the employee’s name and report that information to either
NSTAR or the Medway DPS. He
and we would like the sources of
this misinformation identified and
stopped,” says D’Amico.
Durand says that between the
two storms, NStar “already had
In honor of Fire Prevention
Week, the children of Country
Cottage Children’s Center were
treated to a visit from the Medway
Fire Department. Firefighters
Matt Anzivino and Brian Tracy,
taught the children how to stop,
drop and roll, plan an exit map
and decide on a safe place to meet
outside their home in case of an
emergency. They also learned
how a firefighter gets ready to
fight a fire and were also invited
some businesses lost a lot of revenue due to a several day power
outage, many called NStar, only to
hear an operator tell them that they
were waiting for the town. Dave
D’Amico, Assistant Director of the
Medway Department of Public
Services, says that message is mistaken.
“(NStar) crews told residents that
they were waiting for the Town to
clear the trees, and we were telling
people we were waiting for NStar
to clear the wires. Many residents
started a letter writing and phone
call campaign complaining that the
Medway Department of Public
Services was not being responsive
and causing extended electrical
outages per their conversation with
NSTAR crews,” says D’Amico.
“Any tree, if it’s on a live wire—
no tree company will respond to
touch that until the power is verified to be off service by NStar, says
Jim McKay, Assistant Director for
the Town of Millis. “No company
would ever touch that, until NStar
verified that there was no power on
it. (The responsibility) would lay
there until NStar,” he says, adding
that the electrical company usually
determined that that wire is not a
danger, (the towns) would not go
to it. We would have to respond
and determine that that wire is not
a safety hazard.”
In Millis, fewer people saw prolonged power outages this storm
than the last. One relieved resident,
Leesa Themistocles, was relieved
to be without power for just one
day, compared to over four days
from Irene. “We were pleasantly
surprised,” says Themistocles,
who also had another positive experience with local authorities.
When a tree in front of her home
was about to fall, she says, the Millis Fire Department knocked on
her door at 4 a.m. to evacuate the
family. “The chief himself was
here for a long time,” says a grateful Themistocles. “They were literally driving around looking for
trouble.”
After the last storm, Dave D’Amico called NStar to confirm the tree
policy. He spoke to
Barry
Salvucci, Public Relations & Economic Development Specialist for
NSTAR. “Mr. Salvucci urged residents that if they are ever told by
any NSTAR employee that
NSTAR is waiting for the Town to
time to make some changes that
benefited us and the communities.
We got some good feedback.”
Jim McKay, in Millis, confirms
that NStar recently did a lot of tree
work in his town. “NStar did a blitz
in Millis worked in between
storms trimming the trees,” he
says.
NStar’s Durand says that residents should look to their “local
emergency responders, because we
do work closely with them on
these things.” However, D’Amico
says that recently, in Medway,
communication between NStar
and local authorities seemed to
have a “disconnect.”
“Of late, the best communication
is by DPS staff or Police stopping
to ask an NSTAR crew what
they’re doing and what the plan
is,” says D’Amico. “There used to
be a local site used by NSTAR to
help communication between
them and the municipality. They
stopped doing this a few years ago,
and now during major storm, it’s
pretty much impossible to get a
hold of anyone at NSTAR except
by the usual contact numbers. This
hasn’t been very effective for us.”
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20 years and is licensed by The
Department of EEC. The center
welcomes children aged 2.9-5
years in nursery and full day developmental programs as well as
before and after school care for
children in kindergarten thru 6th
grade.
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December 1, 2011
Thanksgiving Day Football
On Thursday November 24th the
final game of the regular football
season was held at Millis High
School between the Millis-Hopedale Mohawks and Medway Mustangs.
It was a beautiful Thanksgiving
Day, with clear, sunny skies and
brisk air. Everyone was in the holiday spirit and in turn put so much
energy into the game. The crowds
were huge, filling the stands, and
circling around about half of the
track. So many Millis and Medway citizens came to support their
teams, and several graduates visited.
The game started off with a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner
performed by 6th grader Kurt
Hopkins.
In the first quarter one touch
down was made by Millis-Hopedale. Jim Perkins scored the touchdown after a 12 yard run, gaining
the team 6 points. No more points
were scored until the second quarter when Ian Strom of the Millis-
Hopedale team scored a touchdown, 6 points, after a 30-yard
pass from Bay Tangney. The score
was left at 12-0 Millis.
Next came a brief break from the
game with halftime. The Millis
High School Marching and Pep
Band performed a halftime show
including the song Celebration led
by senior drum major Jessica Price
followed by the theme to Mission
Impossible led by band director
Janice Norton.
In the third quarter both Medway
and Millis-Hopedale scored. Ryan
Bukis of Medway scored a touchdown on a 90-yard kickoff return,
gaining the team 7 points. Next
Bay Tangney of Millis got a touchdown after a 1-yard run and 8
points. This brought the score to
20-7 Millis. During the fourth
quarter only Medway scored a
touchdown of 7 points when Ryan
Bukis got a 10-yard pass from Pat
Sheehan. Finally the game was
finished, Millis winning 20-14. It
was a great game and a wonderful
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Millis High School
Seeks To Raise Funds
For Ice Rink
As an investment for the community, and for the future, the students of Millis High School, in
conjuncture with the Millis High
School Outdoor Pursuits program,
are raising money to fund the construction of an annual ice rink on
school grounds. We, the students,
will be completing the rink ourselves. The rink will be a seasonal
project, and if all goes as planned,
and we are able to raise the money,
it has the potential to be enjoyed
by not only current and future
classes of the Millis Public
Schools, but also the public, for
years to come.
We are asking for any and all donations and support to help fund
this project so that it may be successful. We would forever be
grateful to your business or organization. Any denominal donation
made to this project, of any value,
would be extremely appreciated,
and would help us meet our goals
and complete the work necessary
in a timely fashion. Credit would
be given to donors in the form of
advertising along the area created
by students.
As a student body, we feel
deeply that this project is worthwhile, and hope that you may also
share our enthusiasm. This arena
would allow us to hold activities
outside which we were incapable
of holding at the present. It would
be an amazing addition to the lacking facilities of the Millis Public
Schools.
In such a time of need for all, we
understand that the means to support our mission may not be available. However, if at all possible,
we really could use your help.
Our Sincerest Thanks,
The Millis High School Outdoor
Pursuits Students
For more information, and to
answer any questions, please contact Outdoor Pursuits instructor
Anthony Fallon by e-mail at:
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New Millis Library
to Break Ground
December 17
The Board of Trustees of the
Millis Public Library invite residents to share in community pride
at the New Millis Library Groundbreaking Ceremony, Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m. The event
will take place at the corner of Exchange and Main Streets, and will
be followed by a reception at the
Millis Public Library, 25 Auburn
Road.
Public Fax, Scanner
Now Available at
Medway Public Library
In response to patron requests,
two new services are now offered
at Medway Public Library: a fax
machine, and a scanner.
The Library's fax machine has
been repurposed so that members
of the public can now send and receive faxes at the Library. Faxes
cost $1/page, and must be paid for
at the Circulation Desk.
A donated, brand-new scanner is
now available connected to one of
the
public
access
computers. There is no cost for
scanning documents, which can
then be emailed on the user's own
email account or saved to the
user's storage device. Scanned
items can be printed on the Library's public printer; printouts
cost ten cents per page and must
be collected and paid for at the
Circulation Desk.
Millis Garden Club Member Shefali Desai, center and Nancy Sitta, right present Millis High School teacher
MaryAnn Ziemba with its 2011 Civic Award.
Millis Garden Club
Honors Local Teacher
On October 19, the Millis Garden Club presented its 2011
Civic Award to MaryAnn
Ziemba, a teacher at Millis High
School. Garden club members,
students, school, library and
town officials attended the event.
Millis Garden Club awards its
Civic citation to a deserving per-
son or business that has demonstrated outstanding civic leadership in our community. Past
award winners have been recognized for their outstanding beautification projects in the town.
Ms. Ziemba was recognized
for demonstrating years of civic
volunteerism not only in her own
personal life, but also by engaging her students in Millis to be
involved in town activities. She
and her students have supported
programs sponsored by the
Church of Christ, Friends of the
Millis Public Library, and Millis
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December 1, 2011
Obituary
Phyllis
Framingham:
marie (bradley) davis of Framingham and Reading died quietly
on November 13, 2011 at the age
of 91. She was the daughter of the
late Arthur and Elizabeth Bradley.
Phyllis is survived by her beloved
husband of 69 years, Donald and
her two children, Betty Howard of
Reading and Robert and his wife
Kathy of Millis. She was the cherished grandmother of Kristine and
her husband Tom of Hudson,
Robert of N. Andover, Michael
Davis of E. Boston, Jennifer Davis
of Framingham and Brian and
Jamie Davis of Millis. She was
also the proud great grandmother
of Brad and Rachele Connor and
Andrew and Colin Howard. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 12pm in the Chapel of
Puritan Lawn Memorial Park,
Peabody. Donations may be made
in her name to the ALS Association, Massachusetts Chapter 320
Norwood Park South, 2nd Floor,
Norwood, MA 02062 in memory
of her son in law, Brad Howard. To
send a memorial condolence
www.barilefuneral.com
his wife Connie of Folsom, CA,
Nancy L. Fitzgerald of Marlborough, Carolyn J. Kelly of Millis
and Kimberly A. Latosek and her
husband Peter of Millis. She is also
survived by 19 grandchildren and
9 great grandchildren. A Mass of
Christian burial was celebrated at
St. Thomas the Apostle Church,
Millis, with burial following at
Prospect Hill Cemetery, Millis.
millis: marian l. (holden)
ingraham, a former longtime Millis resident, died after a long illness
on Thursday afternoon, September
22, 2011, at her Milton home.
Born in Marlborough on July 16,
1929, she was a daughter of the late
Elmer and Bessie (Bond) Holden.
Marian was a graduate of Marlborough High School and continued
her education at Becker Junior College. She was employed several
years as a dental hygienist and
served with The Marine Corps
Women’s Reserve during the Korean War.
Sherborn, passed away peacefully
on Saturday, October 29th, 2011
after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born to the late Eben
and Jean (Taylor) Chisholm in
Boston, MA. Judy and her husband
Ralph P. Joline founded and operated their family business, J.E.
Corp. along with their son Ralph P.
Joline II. She was passionate about
her family a devout member of the
Pilgrim Church. Those who knew
her marveled at her love of gardening. Judy is survived by her loving
husband of 53 years, Ralph P. Joline, four children: Robin L. Shean
and her husband Peter of Millis,
Ralph P. Joline II and his wife Valerie of Sherborn, Dionne Waite
and her husband Christopher of
West Newbury and Bruno C. Joline
and his wife Kimberly of Medfield.
She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Her memorial service was celebrated at the Pilgrim Church, Sherborn. If desired, contributions in
Judy’s name may be made to Pilgrim Church Memorial Fund, 25
South Main Street, Sherborn, MA
01770. For the guest book and additional
information
see
robertsmitchell.com.
when sharing play time, adventures, laughter and love with her
young son. Terri had a great love
for animals and was an enthusiastic
reader. In addition to her parents
she is survived by her son, Sean
Patrick Jones; two sisters, Annette
M. J. Gallagher and husband Bill
of Medfield, and Paula A. Jacques
and husband Daniel of Norfolk;
three nephews, Ryan, Andrew and
Colin; and many aunts, uncles,
cousins and friends. A Mass of
Christian Burial was celebrated at
Saint Thomas the Apostle Church,
Millis, with burial following at
Prospect Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to Sean Patrick
Jones, c/o Middlesex Bank, 36A
Milliston Road Millis, MA 02054.
For guest book and obituary please
see www.robertsmitchell.com.
millis: Fred burnham
riggs, Jr., age 91, a longtime resident of Millis, passed away on Sept
18, 2011 with his family at his side.
Marian married John H. IngraBorn in Dorchester on June 13,
ham, Jr. in 1957, and they settled in
1920, he was the son of the late
Millis. A devoted wife and mother,
Fred B. Riggs and Jennie W.
Marian’s second home was the
(Wixon) Riggs Brown. Fred was
millis: d. louise Freese, age Church of Christ in Millis, where
raised in Essex, graduated from
81, a Millis resident since 1961, she once served as a deacon, and
Essex High School with the Class
millis: theresa P. “terri” of 1938 and went on to graduate
died unexpectedly on Friday, Oc- sat on many committees. Marian
tober 28th, 2011 at the Beth Israel enjoyed knitting and skiing. She is Jones, age 37, a devoted Mom and from the Diesel Engine Repair
Deaconess Medical Center in survived by a daughter, Jane Ingra- longtime resident of Millis, died on School in Boston. A decorated vetBoston. Born in West Medford, she ham of West Brookfield; two sons, Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at eran, he served as a Tech. Sergeant
was the daughter of the late Mau- Jason Ingraham and wife Paula of Massachusetts General Hospital of with the Army Air Corps during the
rice and Louise (Costello) Torres. Milton, and Joel Ingraham of West injuries sustained in an automobile Second World War when he speLouise was raised and educated in Brookfield; and her grandchildren accident. Born in Natick on July cialized as a flight navigator for
Revere.
Jonathan and Kristen Ingraham. 18, 1974, she was a daughter of B24 Liberators with the 59th
A long time communicant of St. She was also the sister of the late Kenneth J. and Margaret M. “Rita” Bomber Squadron. He enlisted in
Thomas the Apostle Church in Cecil D. Holden and Mildred B. (Prendeville) Jones of Millis. She the U.S. Navy during the Korean
Millis, she was a member of the Paulson. Her funeral was held at was a 1992 graduate of Millis High War and served for 10 years, later
Millis Boosters Club and was long- the Church of Christ, Millis, fol- School. Terri began her career lo- receiving a degree at Northeastern
time secretary for the Millis Bowl- lowed by burial at Prospect Hill cally in financial administration. University in Electro-mechanical
ing League. Louise was an avid Cemetery. If desired, donations Later she moved to Saint Peters- Engineering. Fred married the forsports fan and card player. Wife of may be made in Marion’s name to burg, FL, continuing in that field. mer Theresa Ann "Terry" Hall in
the late Paul R. Freese Sr. who died the Church of Christ Deacons’ In 2003, she returned to Millis with 1947, and they lived in Brockton
in 1990, she is survived by seven Fund, 142 Exchange Street, Millis, her son and furthered her educa- prior to settling in Millis in 1954.
children: David P. Freese and his MA 02054. For guest book, obitu- tion, earning her LPN through He was employed at Pickarden
and
directions
see Mass Bay Community College in Burns in Newton, and retired as a
wife Linda of Harrison, ME, Kath- ary
2006. Terri enjoyed caring for pe- senior engineer at the Foxboro
leen A. Welch and her husband www.robertsmitchell.com.
diatric patients as well as young
John of Hudson, FL, Paula L. Fay
sherborn: Judith taylor adults with special needs. A family Company in 1989 after 38 years
with the company. Fred was family
and her husband Joe of Boiling (chisholm) Joline, age 72, affecSprings, PA, Paul R. Freese Jr. and tionately known as “Mrs. J”, of oriented person, Teri was happiest man who continued his service to
community as Scoutmaster with
the Boy Scout of America for
Troop 115 for over 20 years. Fred
was a conservationist and was involved with the start of the Water
Conservation Board, and he was a
great fan of aviation and model
shipbuilding. In addition to Terry,
he is survived by four sons, David
F. Riggs of Millis, Craig W. Riggs
and companion Lisa Robinson of
Medway, Jeffrey M. Riggs and
wife Patricia of Colorado Springs,
ZZZ5REHUWV0LWFKHOOFRPCo, and Michael J. Riggs and wife
Mary Ann of Milford; six grandchildren, Brett Riggs and wife Sabrina of Gastonia, NC, Brian Riggs
of Millis, Dyan Riggs and Garett
Riggs and wife Sarah of Colorado
Springs, Scott Riggs and Kevin
Riggs of Milford, and Jennifer
Rose Holland of Rockland; and
four great-grandchildren, Zachary,
Keelan, Naomi and Maya. His
family wishes to thank the staff of
Eliot House in Natick for the loving
care provide to Fred during his final
days. His funeral was held at the
Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home,
Medfield, followed by burial with
military honors at Prospect Hill
Cemetery, Millis. If desired, donations may be made in Fred’s memory to PeopleFirst Homecare &
Hospice, 130 Rumford Avenue,
Auburndale, MA 02466.
millis: thomas ward, age
71, a recently retired dispatcher and
lifelong resident of Millis, died on
Thursday afternoon, October 20,
2011, at Franklin Skilled Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center after a
brief illness. Born on January 2,
1939, he was the first baby born
that year at Milford Hospital. He
was the son of the late John and
Anna (Bullard) Ward. After graduation from Millis High School he
worked for a time at Herman Shoe
Company and served with the
Army National Guard. Tommy’s
father was Chief of the Millis Fire
Department for many years, and
Tommy had grown up volunteering
at the station. He eventually was
employed as the Millis Police, Fire,
and EMS dispatcher, a position he
held and loved for over forty years.
He had also served in the capacity
of Special Police Officer for the
town. Tommy enjoyed frequent
camping trips to Sandy Pond in
Plymouth and was very fond of
dogs. He is survived by a brother,
John “Brother” Ward and wife
Jayne of Medway; two sisters,
Helen Ray and husband Merle of
Uxbridge, and Patricia “Patty”
Mandeville and husband Ray of
Millis; many nieces and nephews;
and two special grandnieces and a
grandnephew, McKenzie, Brianna,
and Brandon. He was also the
brother of the late Richard
“Dickie” Ward. His funeral was
held at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, Millis, followed by
burial at Prospect Hill Cemetery. If
desired, donations may be made in
Tommy’s memory to the Millis
Police and Fire Associations, 885
Main Street, Millis, MA 02054.
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Millis/Medway Sports
Key Contributor To Mohawks’ Success
Millis’ Meuse Chose Football Over Boxing
BY KEN HAMWEY
Staff Sports Writer
Joe Meuse faced a difficult decision when he started his senior
year at Millis High.
The 5-foot-6, 160-pounder, who
was Central New England Golden
Gloves champ as a junior, could
continue boxing or turn to football.
Sticking with boxing seemed so
natural, because he had lost a close
match in the New England Golden
Gloves final. Since he started boxing at 14, all signs pointed to another year in the ring and perhaps
a state title would be in the cards.
Surprisingly, the gridiron became
his new venue and the MillisHopedale football squad has
reaped the benefits of his decision.
“I reasoned that I can box for the
rest of my life but I can play highschool football only one more
time,’’ Meuse said. “I wanted to
give football another shot after
fracturing my ankle last year.’’
Meuse, who starts at fullback and
outside linebacker for coach Dale
Olmsted’s Mohawks, played a
year of freshman football, quit as
sophomore, then missed nine
games as a junior.
Through 10 games this season,
Meuse has gained 155 yards on 26
carries and scored 3 touchdowns.
Defensively, he has one interception, two fumble recoveries and
three sacks. His statistics may not
sound overpowering but he’s a
high-caliber fullback, often the
prime blocker for Jim Perkins, one
of the leading ground-gainers in
the Tri Valley League.
Thanks to Meuse’s relentless
work as a blocker and his pursuit
as a linebacker, the Mohawks
posted a 9-1 record and secured a
berth in the Division 4 playoffs.
“Joe doesn’t have much football
experience but at fullback he’s
dangerous as a blocker and a runner,’’ Olmsted said. “He’s like a
secret weapon because he can hit
a hole and pick up big yardage.
He’s played aggressively at linebacker, making his share of mistakes, but I can live with aggressive
mistakes.’’
Meuse’s key blocks for Perkins
and his 24-yard touchdown run
were integral contributions in MH’s win over Norton early in the
season. Norton was the pre-season
choice to lock up the TVL’s smallschool berth for the playoffs.
“I had a good outing against
Norton,’’ Meuse said. “That game
was intense and we were all up for
that matchup. It was a game that
had some hype associated with
it.’’ Meuse, who isn’t sure if he’ll
go to college, isn’t likely to play
football after this season. But, he’s
living in the present and enjoying
the spirit of the M-H locker room
and his teammates.
“I decided on football over boxing because I wanted to finish up
with my friends,’’ Meuse said.
“I’ve enjoyed blocking for Jim
(Perkins) and our line has opened
up some huge holes, led by Jon
Baker. And, Mike Meuse (no relation) at linebacker and Ian Strom
and Derek Latosek at wide receiver have been solid along with
quarterback Bay Tangney.’’
When Millis defeated DoverSherborn then followed it up with
a triumph over Bellingham, the
playoffs became a reality and
Meuse was not only pleased for
himself, but also for his coach.
“Coach Olmsted knows the
game and he can motivate players,’’ Meuse said. “He also mixes
football with real-life lessons. I’m
happy he’s getting to the playoffs
and possibly to the Super Bowl
after some losing seasons.’’
Meuse likes playing on both
sides of the ball, using his quickness to excel at fullback and his
ability to pursue on defense.
“I like going full speed into the
line on offense and I’ve improved
on reading and reacting at linebacker,’’ he said. “It’s fun to block
for Perkins and see him have a big
game, and it’s rewarding to stop
our opponents with solid efforts on
defense.’’
Meuse’s boxing background obviously has helped him adjust to
Good for the Mustangs, Joe Meuse chose football over boxing this year,
helping the Millis-Hopedale Mohawks head straight to the top.
football and earn starting jobs on
offense and defense. A dependable
role player, he points to some boxing attributes that have aided him
on the gridiron.
“You need athleticism, quickness and discipline in football,’’ he
said. “I learned to be disciplined in
boxing, especially when I’d be in
the gym five times a week, training
for future bouts. I know I needed a
break from boxing and football’s
been a good substitute.’’
Olmsted, who likes his players to
display quickness and toughness,
believes those two characteristics
have played key roles in Meuse’s
development.
“Joe looks like a boxer,’’ Olmsted said. “He’s quick and tough
but he’s also coachable and comfortable in his role. At times he’s
been the glue to our team.’’
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Millis/Medway Sports
Where Are They Now?
Hinkley Was A Classy Three-sport Star at Medway
BY KEN HAMWEY
Staff Sports Writer
Mike Hinkley’s days as a student-athlete at Medway High during the late 1960s can easily be
labeled as quality time.
His 30-year Naval career, which
took him to seven continents,
would definitely fall into the same
category.
A three-sport competitor with
class, Hinkley’s name usually surfaces anytime the 1968 Tri Valley
League football season is recalled.
Thanks to the 5-foot-9, 170-pound
quarterback,
the
Mustangs
shocked area fans by upsetting
Millis on Thanksgiving and forcing the TVL crown to be divided
between Medfield, Millis and the
Mustangs.
“Beating Millis on Thanksgiving
was my top thrill in school,’’ said
Hinkley from his home in Kaneohe, Hawaii. “Millis was favored and if they won, then they
would have captured the title outright. But, we came away with an
18-0 victory and the championship
went to three teams with 8-1
records.’’
Hinkley wasn’t the most prolific
passer, but he was a smart field
general with a terrific sense of direction. He managed one touchdown pass during the upset.
“I hit Keith Beachman for our
second TD but that day we rode
the back of Scott Silva,’’ Hinkley
said. “Scott was a rugged fullback
who scored twice. And we also
had a speedster at halfback in Rich
Hodgson. We won because of
good line play and we managed to
keep our footing on an icy field.’’
Hinkley, whose best passing
game was a 7-for-7 effort against
Norton, credits his coach — the
late Hal Ryder — for getting a
piece of the title.
“He was a disciplinarian and a
motivator,’’ Hinkley said. “He
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“I could shoot a mid-range
jumper but I mostly was a drive-tothe-basket guy,’’ he said. “My best
game in baseball was a two-homer
game in a win against Hopkinton.
I enjoyed playing for Bill O’Donnell in basketball and Harry Romsey in baseball. Bill was a
hands-one coach who excelled at
strategies. Harry was intense and a
good communicator.’’
Hinkley’s one tourney appearance in basketball came during his
freshman year when Medway
qualified for the Tech Tourney. His
baseball teams were successful, especially in his senior year when the
Mike Hinkley played football, basketball and baseball before heading to
Yale and then a 30-year Naval career.
Mustangs finished at 12-4.
A National Honor Society student, Hinkley chose Yale over the
Naval Academy, primarily because
Yale projected him as a safety in
football.
“I knew my interest in the military might still lead to the Navy,’’
Hinkley said. “I played football at
Yale, mostly as a reserve on defense, and graduated with a degree
in political science. I wanted to
join the Navy’s Judge Advocate
General Corps, so I got my juris
doctor degree at the University of
Georgia, passed the bar and started
my career in the Navy, working as
a prosecutor, defense counsel and
military judge.’’
Rising to the rank of captain,
Hinkley retired after a 30-year career but still works for the Navy as
a civilian. Now 58, he’s a senior investigator in the Inspector General’s office, dealing with fraud
and waste in the Pacific. During
his stay in the Navy, Hinkley
earned his third degree — a
diploma from the University of
Virginia in international law.
“I was a legal adviser in the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield and
Desert Storm,’’ Hinkley said. “In
2005, I retired from the military.’’
Living on the island of Oahu,
Hinkley and his wife Anna have
two sons — Derek, 24; and Mark,
20, who’s a linebacker for the University of Connecticut. Calling his
parents (Don and June) his role
models for their support, Hinkley
spends his leisure time playing
softball and golf, working out and
kayaking.
“When I played at Medway,
sports had to be fun first,’’ he said.
“Winning was nice but it had to be
fun. There’s no doubt that athletics
helped me in my military career.
You learn discipline and teamwork
and you learn to be objective by
understanding other perspectives.’’
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Millis/Medway Sports
Millis High Hosts “2011 Volleyball for a Cure”
for Susan G. Komen Foundation
Millis Girls Volleyball played for a cure October 6, an event, which raised $6,000. Shown are members of the Millis Girls Volleyball program, along with coach Lisa White(back row far left) and
assistant coach Tim Deschamps (far right).
Millis vs. Bellingham Girls Volleyball in Tri Valley League
matches raise thousands of dollars
to benefit breast cancer research
The Millis Girls Volleyball program hosted a “Millis Volleyball
for a Cure” event on October 6th at
Millis High School with the theme
“Everyone knows Someone.” This
event attended by hundreds of
spectators and continuing fundraising with a corporate match, has
raised over $6,000 that will benefit
the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Volleyball for a Cure event and
subsequent raffles and fundraising
have raised over $3,000, which
with a match from National Grid
Corporation will make a total contribution to the Komen Foundation
of over $6,000.
“The response of the entire community has been amazing,” said
Maura Ryder, chairperson of the
2011 Millis Volleyball for a Cure
Committee. “This is such a
win/win for everybody as the players really have gotten into the spirit
of the cause and the support from
the Millis High School and Middle
Schools has been incredible.”
Nearly 20 local businesses and
National Grid Corporation supported this fundraiser with a
matching donation that will benefit
the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Varsity team contacted nearly
20 local businesses and received
tremendous responses from Millis,
Franklin and Medway. The pregame event featured food, music,
gifts for purchase, and raffles. A
special serving contest for attendees was held during the Varsity
match with 30 participants bidding
to serve at targets and win prizes.
The entire Millis Varsity, Junior
Varsity and Middle School teams
proudly wore their Volleyball
“pink” jerseys, which they continued to wear through October in
order to bring continued awareness
to the cause.
Perhaps the most touching moment of the night came when the
biggest raffle event was held, splitting a nearly $500 raffle prize. The
announced winner stood when
called and motioned that he wanted
the winnings to be donated back to
the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“That act of kindness nearly
brought me to tears,” said Ryder.
“It really was most generous but
also really represented the spirit of
the event. We got so much help
from Millis Athletics, and their
staffs ,and especially the Volleyball
parents who donated baked goods,
drinks and their time to help make
this a success. Everybody really
stepped up and the response has
been inspirational.”
“Millis had run an alumni game
3 years ago that was the foundation
for this event,” continued Ryder.”
The Millis volleyball teams played
last year in October at several area
schools where fundraisers were
being held. They were very inspirational events to go to. We started
thinking last season that we could
do the same here. Millis Coach
Lisa White has been a driving force
behind this and her enthusiasm has
been infectious among the 3 Millis
volleyball teams. We got a great
turnout after publicizing this within
the school and locally. We have
gotten great feedback from the entire Millis School System and I just
want to thank them for all of their
support in helping to put on this
event.”
As part of this event, the Varsity
and JV players and coaches were
asked to share what this event
meant to them. Their comments
were included in the game program
for all attendees. The theme of the
event touched many of the players
who have had people in their lives
affected by breast cancer, or they
recognize the importance of holding such an event to further the ef-
forts in breast cancer research.
“The responses from the girls
have been really moving,” said
Ryder. “It really is amazing when
you see how many people have
been impacted by this disease, but
maybe more amazing to see how
people pull together in rallying behind this type of event. The players,
their parents and the teachers and
staff at the school have been
tremendous. I might be the chairperson of this event, but we all own
it and we all are pulling in the same
direction in trying to make a difference. It’s also a great way to show
the girls(players) that through community involvement and service
there are ways to give back to society and your local community.
This volleyball event gives them
the means to try to reach that goal.
These players are amazing young
women who’ve embraced this
event with enthusiasm and pride.
We’ve all been thrilled to be a part
of this and share in it with them.”
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December 1, 2011
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Team Rice
We can help make
It A
Wonderful
Life
You can ask an angel for help...
or you can call Team Rice!
During the Holidays and through the winter we continue to work hard, helping people
buy and sell homes. If a move is in your future, we can help make... it a wonderful life.
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Happy Holidays
ADAM RICE
CARL RICE
Team Rice Re/Max Executive Realty
Peace on Earth and good will toward all.
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Jennifer McMahon
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direct: 774-210-0898
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