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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for
MRMC's Newest Wing
By Jane Bigda
The new 78,000 square foot,
two-story addition to Milford
Regional Medical Center was
officially opened with a ribbon
cutting ceremony on Thursday,
October 1. An open house for
the general public followed on
Sunday, October 4.
Handling the ribbon cutting
honors was the largest single
donor to the project, Kevin
Meehan and members of his
family, who donated $5 million
toward the $54 million cost. In
recognition of the donation, the
new wing is called the Meehan
Family Pavilion.
Located on the Rt. 16 side
of the complex, the new
wing contains an expanded
Emergency Department on the
first floor that is almost three
times as large as the facility
and contains 52 exam rooms.
The second floor contains
24 Medical-Surgical private
rooms for patients; extensive
staff and family areas; and a
new Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
currently configured with 10
ICU rooms for the sickest
of patients with another
six Progressive Care Unit
rooms for those who are
getting better. Both the new
ICU and PCU rooms can be
used interchangeably as the
needs of patients dictate. The
basement level of the new
wing will house underground
parking bringing the total
square footage of the addition
to about 116,000 square feet.
Noting that the four-year
project was the capstone to
his career as the hospital’s
chief administrator, MRMC
CEO Frank Saba, who retires
in January, thanked everyone
for their efforts in making
the addition a reality. “It
is literally a dream come
true,” said Saba at the ribbon
cutting ceremony.
Speaking of the efforts to
construct the new addition,
MRMC Board of Trustees
Chairman John Burns said
the two-year fundraising
campaign reached and
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Cutting the ribbon to open the new 78,000 square foot addition to Milford Regional
Medical Center on October 1 were, left to right: MRMC CEO Frank Saba, Massachusetts
Lt. Gov Karyn Polito, Milford Selectman Brian Murray, largest donor Kevin Meehan and
his family Jason and Patty Meehan, MRMC Board of Trustees Chair John Burns, MRMC
Building Committee chair Vascen J. Bogigian and Milford Selectman William Buckley.
On Saturday, October 10, hundreds of locals convened on the field behind the Blessing Barn to
enjoy the 40th Annual Mendon Country Fair sponsored by the Mendon Lion’s Club. The day
provided attendees music, vendor booths to visit, the Lion’s Club Food Court, face painting,
pumpkin launching, and much more. Shown here, five year old Anson Wilkinson and his sister
Alyssa, two years old, have a great time sitting on a John Deere tractor during a beautiful fall
afternoon at the Mendon Country Fair. Michelle Sanford photo
To view more photos from the 2015 Mendon Lions Country Fair by Michelle Sanford
visit TownCrier.us and click on Photo Galleries.
October 16, 2015
Vol. 24 No. 18
Salvation Army Seeking
Helping Hands for
the Holidays
By Michelle Sanford
Staff Reporter/Columnist
It’s hard to believe
that it’s already time to
start preparing for the
upcoming holiday season.
But that’s exactly what
Milford’s Salvation Army
has been doing. The
organization is gearing up
to help the less fortunate
in Milford, Mendon, and
Hopedale get through
the holidays with a little
comfort and joy.
In November
and December, the
organization, which is
located on Congress
St., Milford, will be
distributing Thanksgiving
and December food
“baskets” to struggling
individuals and families
from the communities it
serves. For Thanksgiving,
turkeys, stuffing, potatoes,
and other food items will
be distributed and will be
enough for four meals. The
organization is currently
looking for turkey
donations from groups and
Christmas baskets will
also include a variety of
staples including fruits and
vegetables and will provide
enough for five meals. In
addition, for Christmas,
the Salvation Army’s Angel
Tree Program will help
provide toys and clothes to
those in need with children
12 years and younger.
Families, organizations,
and individuals select tags
from a tree with requests
from children for various
holiday wishes.
According to Major
Jessie Irwin, who, along
with her husband Major
Dave Irwin, run the
Milford location. The
reason for the success of
the Angel Tree Program is
the outpouring of giving
from local residents.
“It’s really stunning how
generous our community
is,” she said. “The angel
Red Kettle
November 14
9am - 2pm
at several Milford
Army Holiday
Holiday Assistance
Applications for
Thanksgiving and
Christmas for the
vulnerable families
of Milford, Mendon
and Hopedale will
be taken at The
Salvation Army, 29
Congress St. Milford,
Monday, October 19
through Thursday,
October 22 from
9 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Applicants
must bring: proof
of residency;
a government
issued ID; proof of
household income:
pay stubs, award
letters SSI/SSD,
Disability, child
support, alimony,
letter from employer
if paid in cash,
bank statement for
automatic deposit;
and proof of
household expenses:
rent receipt/lease/
mortgage payment
book, utilities, child
care, etc. If signing up
children for clothing
and toys for children,
a birth certificate for
each child ages 12
years and younger is
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tags are taken by so many. It’s really quite
inspiring,” she said. Irwin said every
homeroom in Middle School East takes
tags. Adult family members chose not to
give each other gifts, but instead fulfill
angel tag wishes. Local companies, such as
Gold’s Gym and Consigli Construction also
participate. “There’s an amazing connection
when you give to someone,” said Irwin.
This year, in order to qualify for the
baskets and the Angel Tree Program,
applications will be taken at the Salvation
Army beginning October 19 through
October 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “The
reason for the applications is we do have a
food pantry that serves people. However,
it’s phenomenal the amount of people
who turn to us during Thanksgiving and
Christmas and we have to be ready for the
volume. It’s stunning the amount of poverty
in Milford, Mendon, and Hopedale,” said
To help fund all the good the Salvation
Army does during the holidays, bells will
be ringing and hopefully red kettles will be
filled with generous financial donations.
On November 14, the organization will
kick off its red kettle program in Milford
where volunteers will be standing in three
intersections asking for donations. Volunteers will also be standing outside stores
ringing their bells. Irwin said she is looking
for individuals to help with the kettle program efforts which might include individuals, organizations, or teens looking to fulfill
community service hours. For more information on volunteering or the Salvation
Army’s programs, call 508-473-0786.
Lions High School Speech Competition
The Lions Youth Speech Competition provides an opportunity for students
in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 to speak publicly and freely on a designated topic
of general interest. This year’s topic is: In what ways has social media changed
The competition starts at the local club or school level and proceeds
through several levels of competition ending several months later with a
statewide competition. In between there are zone, region, and district levels of
competitions where the winner of each level has the opportunity to proceed to
the next level.
There are prizes and/or awards for each contestant at every level of
competition. The prizes at the State Competition are $1,500 to the winner
and $500 to each runner up. Prizes at other level of competition are at the
discretion of the organizers.
The local club contest will occur on November 18 at the Mendon Senior
Center. All interested may contact Lion Colleen Oncay at 508-478-3425 or
email [email protected] for more information.
Upton Bloomer Girls Raffle Sale
This four-foot handcrafted sleigh full
of goodies is being raffled off by the
Upton Bloomer Girls to raise money
to support those in need in Upton.
“Looking back, the most valuable part of WA were the
opportunities to do things that were new, different, and
outside of my comfort zone. For me, this had a global focus:
learning Mandarin, my college major, and traveling abroad
to Denmark. Many of the most important parts of my identity
stem from opportunities given to me at WA.”— WA Alumna ’14
94% of students who interview, apply. Come see why!
Sunday, October 18
Sunday, November 8
1:00pm - 4:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Call 508.459.5841 or visit
Photo courtesy of Rich Gazoorian, Gazoorian Photography
Thanks to Upton’s Community Spirit & generosity, the Upton Bloomer Girls
Santa’s Sleigh is growing and glowing with new gifts. Two New England Patriots
tickets to the December 20 th, 1 pm game with the Titans. Two tickets to a
Boston Bruins Hockey game on January 23. Plus two tickets for Claflin Hill
Symphony’s December 12 Holiday Pops Concert are the latest additions! Gift
cards to Rebecca’s 3, Lowes, Outback, Shaw’s, AMC movie
tickets and one free pizza a month for one year from the Rose
Garden are only a few of the very special gifts included.
Tickets for the Santa Sleigh Raffle may be purchased for $5
each or $20 for five. They are on sale at the Rose Garden, the
Upton Town Hall, by sending a check to the Upton Bloomer
Girls at P.O. Box 121, Upton, MA 01568 or by calling Ida Jette
at 508-529-2822 or Donna Desjardins at 508-272-8017. Santa’s Sleigh tickets will be available at the Bloomer Girls’
table on October 21 during The Upton Community Health Fair
in the Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The winning ticket will
be drawn on December 7 at 5 p.m., in the second floor dining
level of the Rose Garden. You do not need to be present to win.
All proceeds from the raffle will be used to support Upton
Bloomer Girl community service activities. Buy your tickets
today! A great cause and a chance to win spectacular gifts just
in time for the holidays. Donations are appreciated and may be
sent to Upton Bloomer Girls, P.O Box 121, Upton, MA 01568.
Help us help those in need.
OCTOBER 16, 2015
Milford Library
Collecting Personal
Care Items for
Homeless Veterans
By Kevin Rudden
Staff Reporter/Columnist
With many of our troops now returned
home from service in the Middle East,
the Milford Town Library’s Young Adult
program is shifting its annual “Treats for
Troops” drive to joining the local “Thanks to
Yanks” organization in collecting monetary
donations and personal care items to be
donated to homeless veterans living in four
shelters in Massachusetts.
Young Adult Librarian Jacque Gorman said
the library’s teens and tweens are conducting
the “Hope for Heroes” drive through
November 11. Items may be dropped off
Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m.
to 9 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Personal care items being collected include:
shampoo and conditioners; hand and body
lotions; emery boards; nail clippers; tissues;
toothbrushes and toothpaste; hairbrushes
and combs; toilet paper; deodorant; razors
and blades; baby wipes; soap; shaving cream;
feminine products (including Attends and
Poise products); baby powder and foot
powder; Q-tips and cotton balls; mints, gum
and cough drops; tweezers; dental floss; eye
drops and nasal spray; pain relievers, Tums
and bandages; facial cleansers; and, make
up. Gorman said full-sized items only –
not trial size – are requested, and asks that
no mouthwash, colognes or perfumes be
Third Annual Fall
Family Fun Day
The 3rd Annual Fall Family Fun Day
is Saturday, October 17 at Milford Town
Park, on the corner of Congress and
Walnut Streets, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
rain date is Sunday, October 18. The event
will feature live music, family-friendly
activities including face painting, games,
two moonwalks, and a Halloween costume
contest for both children and adults. Food
will be available at low cost along with arts
and craft items for sale as well as a raffle.
Southwick’s ZooMobile will be a new
addition to the event this year. Zoo
staff along with some of their animal
ambassadors will be greeting visitors
throughout the day.
The Fall Family Fun Day is organized
by Alternatives’ Greater Milford Advisory
Council and hosted in partnership with the
Milford Rotary Club to help raise awareness
about Alternatives and bring people of all
abilities together. Alternatives provides
services to people with disabilities across
Central Massachusetts through 60 different
programs, several of which are located in
Greater Milford.
Although the event is free, donations are
welcome. All proceeds support Alternatives’
programs in the Milford area and the
Milford Public Schools special education
Featured sponsors of the 3rd Annual
Milford Fall Family Fun Day are Artistry
Catering and Events, Gallo Moving &
Storage, the Milford Commission on
Disability, the Milford Rotary Club,
Printsmart Office Products, Rhode Island
Bounce House and TD Bank.
For more information about the event or
Alternatives’ services contact Jaime Marks
at [email protected] or
Baker and Fernandes
Proclaim October
Manufacturing Month
in Massachusetts
State Representative John V.
Fernandes, D-Milford, and Senator Eric
P. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, Co-Chairs
of the Massachusetts Joint Legislative
Manufacturing Caucus joined Governor
Charlie Baker as he proclaimed September
25 to October 31 Massachusetts
Manufacturing Month. The proclamation
recognizes the world-class companies,
maker-spaces, and start ups, as well as the
groundbreaking innovation and talent as
vital to the Commonwealth’s economic
Massachusetts is home to more than
7000 manufacturers, employing more than
250,000 people with an annual output
greater than $40 billion, while makerspaces,
accelerators, and incubators have helped
hundreds of entrepreneurs grow their
businesses. The Commonwealth’s leadership
in technology transfers from universities
to the private sector, and the innovative
workforce that is bringing manufacturing
back to the United States, drives economic
development and job growth from Boston
to Pittsfield.
To celebrate Manufacturing Month,
the Commonwealth is joining with
MassDevelopment, the Associated
Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) and the
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension
Partnership (MASSMEP) to engage
manufacturers, schools and colleges to
participate in open houses, public tours,
roundtable discussions, career workshops
and other events hosted by manufacturers.
Some manufacturers also will open their
facilities for public tours. The event
calendar can be found at the AMP it up!
website AMPitup.com..
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exceeded its goal of raising $25 million the
Tuesday before the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Burns said a matching gift of $1 million by
an anonymous donor during the final weeks
of the campaign made that achievement
possible. He also thanked the Meehan
family for their $5 million donation and
lauded the hospital employees for donating
$1 million and the physicians and medical
staff for contributing another $2.6 million.
Fundraising efforts will continue as the
hospital still faces a $29 million debt for the
new facility.
Also focusing on finances, Massachusetts
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito noted the
hospital, which serves 74 towns and
employees over 2,000, is “an economic
engine ... helping drive the economy
right here in this area.” She added, “We
are proud to see your success in Central
Massachusetts.” Additionally Polito praised
the hospital for its work combating opioid
addiction and helping battered women.
State Senator Ryan Fattman, R. Webster,
and Representative John Fernandes, D.
Milford, offered more personal remarks
relating how the hospital had been a part of
their lives offering care to family members.
MRMC president and soon-to-be CEO,
Ed Kelly summed up the feeling at the
ribbon cutting ceremony. Using a quote he
got from Emergency Room nurse Jen Vass,
Kelly said with the new addition, “Great care
will get even better,” at the hospital.
The hospital will phase in usage of the new
wing by patients beginning with the ICU on
October 14, the new medical-surgical unit
opens on October 21 and ending with the
new emergency department on October 28.
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Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra 16th Season
The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra
(CHSO) announces the start of ticket sales
for it’s 2015/16 Season. Led by CHSO
Director and Clarinetist Paul Surapine
for its 16th Season, the local orchestra will
perform a variety of music from the classics
to American show tunes.
The schedule includes the alwayspopular Holiday Pops Concert on Saturday,
December 12, and the Family Matinee on
Sunday March 20. All concerts are held in
the Grand Ballroom of the Milford Town
Hall, Main St. Milford. And all concerts
except for the Family Matinee, which starts
at 3 p.m., begin at 7:30 p.m.
Concert 1, Rogues, Rascals &
Rapscallions, is Saturday, November 14.
Sixteenth Season opener will feature the
music of birthday boy and celebrated
American composer Aaron Copland in an
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energetic, powerful and rollicking program
devoted to the mischievous nature that
resides in us all. Music from Mozart and
Strauss will also be featured and CHSO
Principal Violist Dimitar Petkov steps out
front to perform the Rebecca Clarke Sonata
for Violin and Orchestra.
Concert II, Holiday Pops!, is Saturday,
December 12 and will feature holiday
classics for all ages.
Just in time for Valentines Day, Concert
III, From the Heart is Saturday, February
6, the CHSO celebration of love and
romance. Selections include Prokofiev’s and
Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Debussy’s
Clair de Lune and Hanson’s The Romantic.
Celebrating the Milford area heritage,
Concert IV, The Irish & Italian Summit,
on March 5, will feature New York based
tenors Matthew Surapine and Jim Russell
singing the songs of Ireland and Italy.
The CHSO will also offer Tchaikovsky’s
Francesca da Rimini—based on the tragic
character from Dante’s Divine Comedy.
The CHSO Family Symphony Matinee,
Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m., features a sideby-side performance with the Claflin Hill
Youth Orchestra plus an Instrument Petting
Zoo before and after the concert.
Concert V, American Dreamscape,
Saturday, April 30, finishes up the 16th
Annual season with a performance by
vocal soloist Tommy Gatturna walking
down memory lane with songs from the
late 1950s-early 1960s. Popular songs and
Broadway hits will be featured.
Besides the Symphony Series, the
CHSO will also offer a Chamber Series at
Alternatives, Singh Performance Center,
50 Douglas Rd., Whitinsville. All concerts
begin at 7:30 p.m. Concert 1, the Mirage
Violin Duo is Friday, October 30, featuring
the husband and wife Violin duo Tudor
Dornescu and Aleksandra Labinska. Both
are mainstays of the CHSO First Violin
section who will present an energetic
and vivacious program of Violin duo and
chamber ensemble music, including works
of Wieniawski, Prokoviev, Handel, Bartok
and more. Concert II, Chamber Music
Cornucopia on Friday, January 22. CHSO
Director and Clarinetist Surapine convenes
a number of friends from the CHSO to
perform a wide ranging program of mixed
instrumental works, -- including the
Prokofiev Quintet for Winds and Strings.
Concert III, The Claflin Hill Symphony
Woodwind Quintet, will be Friday, April
8, and feature Principal and Assistant
Principal Wind performers from the CHSO
joining Surapine for an evening of colorful
and powerful works from the Woodwind
Quintet repertoire, including works of
Beethoven, Hindemith and more.
Tickets for all the concerts are now on
sale at ClafinHill.com by calling 508-4785924 or by mail at Claflin Hill Symphony
Orchestra, 54 Claflin St., Milford MA 01757
Imperial Ford Earns Back to Back
President’s Awards
For Kevin Meehan, owner of
Imperial Ford in Mendon, Henry
Ford was both inspirational
and revolutionary. This is why
he measures his own corporate
standards against those of Ford,
who early in the twentieth century
said, “A business that makes
nothing but money is a poor
This notion has driven Meehan
over the past three decades to
build not just profitable but
Shown at the celebration of the back-to-back Ford
also progressive, outstanding
President’s Award wins surrounded by the staff of
companies. Plus it has led to
Imperial Ford in Mendon are owner Kevin Meehan in
incomparable accolades, the most the center of the photo holding the certificate on the left
recent, announced in April, being with Michael Penner, Imperial General Manager, on the
Ford’s 2014 President’s Award,
right. Contributed photo
a back-to-back honor for the
At the ceremony, Marc Rogowski, Boston Regional Manager of Ford-Lincoln Sales, Parts
and Service Operations, honored Meehan and Michael Penner, the General Manager of
Imperial Cars, in an official ceremony at Imperial Ford. In his presentation, Rogowski said,
it is very difficult to win this award in any given year but to win it two years in a row is very
special. He went on to congratulate each and every department within Imperial Ford stating
“it’s truly a team effort”.
At the ceremony, Penner said, “The President’s Award comes at an opportune time
because it corroborates the avalanche of positive customer reviews Imperial has received
on testimonial sites such as DealerRater and in Ford’s own surveys of service and sales
Penner also noted that in order to achieve the President’s Award, “Imperial Ford had to
exceed customer expectations every day in every department. Fewer than 7 percent of Ford’s
5,000-plus dealerships rise to this level.” Couple this with last year’s President’s award and
Meehan and Imperial Ford are building quite a legacy.
Importantly, Meehan constantly imparts to his staff, on paper and by word of mouth, what
he believes are the keystones to his success: “privileging customers, dreaming big, sharing
initiatives, stressing improvements, building relationships, pursuing goals, embracing values,
presenting solutions, and giving back—in fact, always, always giving back.”
He also emphasizes to his staff that at great companies people “make every decision as if
the total success or failure of the organization depends upon it; reach as high as possible, and
then reach higher; and treat every customer as if he or she is a member of the family.”
It is not a surprise, Penner continued, that given such principles “the written mission of
Imperial is to create in customers 100 percent satisfaction with all its products, prices, and
Penner concluded by saying that “people can buy cars these days almost anywhere. They
can only receive the Imperial experience, however, in ‘the little town of Mendon.’ We’ve
created a culture of expectation and excellence and believe Henry Ford would approve.”
OCTOBER 16, 2015
Nipmuc’s Homecoming Weekend
Nipmuc’s annual Homecoming Weekend will be held on
October 23-24. A week full of spirit and pride activities are
planned and implemented by the Student Council to share
Warrior Pride leads up to Homecoming. Homecoming weekend
starts with the Field Hockey and Volleyball teams playing against
the Hopedale Blue Raiders on Saturday, October 23; the games are
at 3:30 and 5 p.m. respectively.
Following those games, The Warriors Club and Nipmuc
Gridiron Club will host a pasta dinner for all fall athletes complete
with DJ and tailgate games and events behind the cafeteria. Family
members are also welcome to attend, with athletes admitted for
free and family members for $5.
On Saturday, October 24, the Nipmuc Boys and Girls soccer
teams play against Hopedale at 9:30 and 11a.m. respectively and
the Nipmuc Varsity Football Team will take on Sutton-Douglas
at 2:30 p.m. Note: Nipmuc will celebrate the senior boys soccer
players prior to their match, and during half-time of the football
game, the Nipmuc Youth Football and Cheer athletes will be
recognized. Family and community members are welcomed to all
Homecoming Weekend games.
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Project File No. 606125
A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed Reconstruction of Hartford Avenue North, High Street and Hopkinton Road project in Upton, MA.
Nipmuc Regional High School
90 Pleasant Street
Upton, MA 01568
October 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm
PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully aquainted with the
proposed Reconstruction of Hartford Avenue North, High Street and Hopkinton Road project. All views and
comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.
PROPOSAL: The proposed project consists of the Hartford Avenue North/ High Street/ Hopkinton Road corridor in Upton as
well as intersection improvements at the Hartford Avenue/Main Street and High Street/ Hopkinton Road/
Westborough Road/ School Street intersections. The improvements at this intersection include installation of a
new traffic signal. Improvements include pavement rehabilitation and minor widening. Sidewalk will be
included on the south side of Hartford Avenue North. Bicycle accommodations consisting of a usable shoulder
have been provided in accordance with applicable design guides.
A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements
may be required. The Town of Upton and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are responsible for acquiring
the needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at
this hearing.
Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the
date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans
will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions
regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.
Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing
regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer,
MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Roadway Project Management, Project File No. 606125.
Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in
the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project
inquiries may be emailed to [email protected]
This location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or
language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign
Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices
and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available. For accommodation or
language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone
(857-368-8580), fax (857-368-0602), TTD/TTY (857-368-0603) or by email ([email protected]). Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange
services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at
least ten (10) business days before the meeting.
In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the internet at http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Highway/
OCTOBER 16, 2015
The Advertiser’s Club
These are the businesses that contract to advertise in The Upton and Mendon Town Crier at least
12 times a year. They receive a frequently discount,
feature article about their business (minimum 1/16
page ad) and listing in this directory.
Business Name.............................. Ad on Page
Advantage Siding............................................... 17
Artful Mix........................................................... next
Boucher Energy Systems.................................. 19
Bright Insurance Agency..............................2, 26
C.J. Cilley Construction.................................... 18
Cancun’s Mexican Restaurant.......................... 24
Consigli & Ruggiero Funeral Home............... 21
Cornerstone of Milford..................................next
Country Bumpkins..............................................next
CPR Etc............................................................next
Crystal Industries...........................................next
Crystal Room....................................................... 3
D’Pearls Nails and Spa...................................... next
Deane Dance...................................................next
Dewey Pest Control............................................... 18
Diane’s Doghouse.................................................. 16
Duraclean Services.........................................next
Elizabeth Blake Orthodontic........................next
ERA Key Realty, Theresa Sannicandro..................27
Extra Mile Tutoring............................................... 20
ET Home Maintenance..................................next
Frank's Appliance.............................................. 18
Friendly Discount Liquors............................next
Gibson Natural Pet Resort................................ 16
Dr. Janet Goguen, DMD................................... 10
Golden Pond/Golden Goose.............................. 3
Goodman Eye Center.................................11, 25
Heaven’s Gate Pet Services............................... 16
Heritage Siding & Window...........................next
Hopedale Country Club......................................... 4
Hopkinton Physical Therapy.........................next
Hopkinton Eye Associates................................ next
Iadarola Plumbing & Heating.......................... 19
Ideal Pizza........................................................next
Imperial Cars..................................................... 28
J.C. Parmenter.................................................next
J.L. Darling Septic Tank Plumbing Co................ 18
Jolicoeur Overhead Door..............................next
Joyce Plumbing.................................................. 18
Just-A-Wee-Day................................................. 12
Kartwheel Kids...............................................next
LaRose Muscular Therapy................................ 25
Lawrence Sasso Insurance, Inc........................ next
Liquor Plus......................................................... 25
Little Coffee Bean................................................ 5
Lynch Wine and Spirits..................................... next
Maple Farm Dairy............................................. 23
Mazzone Electrician.......................................next
McCormick Properties......................................... 27
Medway Oil & Propane Company.................. 17
Mendon Barber Shop.....................................next
Mendon Motors................................................. 24
Metrowest Oral Surgical Associates.............next
Milford National Bank and Trust........................ 25
Mill House Liquors................................................. 8
Nathans’ Jewelers............................................... 10
New England Fat Loss....................................next
New England Steak & Seafood........................ 12
Paul Henning, PhD........................................... next
Park Place Dental................................................ 8
Paw Planet.......................................................next
Phipps Insurance Agency..............................next
Reliable Pet Sitting............................................. 16
Rita’s Home & Gift Store................................next
Riteway Power Equipment............................... 19
Robertson Floor Covering................................... 17
Robyn Nasuti, Century 21 Realtor.................. 27
Rose Garden Restaurant & Lounge..............next
Safeside Chimney...........................................next
Salon Richard Anthony.................................next
Scannel Services/Hopkinton Roofing............. next
Second Nature Landscape................................ 19
Simoneau Electric...........................................next
Sky Hook Tree Care.......................................... 18
Stardust Jewelers................................................ next
Templeman Tree Service.................................. 19
Truck and Trailer World................................next
United Parish Nursery School......................next
Upton Foreign Motors...................................next
Upton House of Pizza....................................next
Upton Recreation Commission....................... next
Upton Self Storage..........................................next
Wagner Window Service.................................. 17
Wanokura Japanese Restaurant....................... 21
Wayne Grenier Electric..................................... 19
Webster First........................................................ 9
WestHill Properties, Tina Cote........................ 27
Whitcomb House...........................................next
Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home...............next
Wolf, DDS........................................................next
Yarn Garden....................................................next
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By Al Holman
Some years back I took an
oath and in it was in part “I
will support and defend the Constitution of
the United States against all enemies, foreign
and domestic”. When a person joins the service they are required to take that oath and
swear (or affirm) to the same.
Now imagine one of those service persons
goes to a collage where the college has established a small square area that is identified as a “free speech area” and only in that
area can one express one’s opinion in public.
Just imagine coming home and giving your
younger brother a sweatshirt with an Air
Force logo on the back and when he wears it
to school he is told to take it off and he cannot wear it in school. Just imagine going to a
college where flying the stars and stripes has
been disallowed because it may upset some
people that go there. Imagine being told
that you can no longer stand and recite the
Pledge of Allegiance because it may offend
Just give the ACLU a chance and they will
find something to take to court. I seems to
me that nationalism and love of country and
following the constitution has become passé.
I have noticed that freedom of speech has become something that is a matter of what is
convenient. If it agrees with those in power
then it can be said. If not, then it must not
be said. The Constitution guarantees that
as long it does not incite riot I can say just
about anything as long as I preface it with “in
my opinion”. This is what makes our country
the place everyone wants to come to because
public debate is basic to the foundation of
our freedom. Yet we have institutions that
are supported by the taxpayer that want to
censor that very free speech, either written
or by action. Make no mistake, I do not support the opinions necessarily that people express, but that oath requires me to support
there right to express it. Those opinions can
be crazy, unpopular, stupid and maybe offensive, but because they have the right to have
it and I have the right to ignore it, this very
thing makes us a great country. To suppress
that free speech in any way makes us a weaker republic and smothers our open debate
that makes us a better country.
And that’s looking out my window - proud
to be an American and proud to recite the
Pledge of Allegiance as every citizen should
Join Us in Saying NO MORE to Domestic Violence
To the Editor,
I’ve worked in the field of domestic violence prevention long enough to know that no
one WANTS to talk about domestic violence. It’s not a pleasant topic of conversation.
However, believing that domestic violence doesn’t concern you will not make the
problem go away, and in fact, the belief itself is incorrect.
Here’s a way to test my theory. Talk to 10 people you know, ask them if they know or
have ever known anyone who experienced some form of domestic violence, (physical,
emotional, financial, etc.) I’m guessing everyone you asked knew someone. So, if that
is the case, then we all have an investment in this issue. And on the off chance you did
find the one person who said NO, well, remind them that domestic violence does impact
their neighborhood, their workplaces, their faith communities, whether they are aware
or not.
So, what’s someone to do? How about becoming an engaged bystander? Being an
engaged bystander sounds scary, but it doesn’t have to be. First and foremost, you should
never put yourself in harm’s way. What you can do, though, is let someone know that
their joke about domestic violence is inappropriate and will not be tolerated. Or, if
you suspect violence is occurring, if you see or hear something, call the police. If you
actually witness an abusive situation, use your smart phone to take pictures or a video,
or consider making a comment or asking a question to distract the abuser. Finally, don’t
be afraid to reach out to someone who you suspect may be a victim to let them know
you care and that you can be a safe person for them.
At New Hope we believe that everyone deserves to live life free from violence. For 36
years New Hope has stood as a beacon for those struggling with domestic and sexual
violence, giving voice to those who are too often invisible and silenced. We cannot do
this work alone. We ask you to join with us, to say NO MORE!
Marcia Szymanski
President / Chief Executive Officer
New Hope, Inc.
Selectmen Chairman Brian Murray on next
30 Minutes
By Kevin Rudden
Staff Reporter/Columnist
Milford Selectmen Chairman Brian
Murray will be the guest on next Friday’s
episode of 30 Minutes with The Town
Crier. The October 16 edition of the
cable TV news show will feature Murray
discussing his views and priorities when
it airs at 6:30 p.m. on Milford TV –
Comcast Channel 8 and Verizon Channel
The October 30 episode will feature
Steve Trettel and John Seaver, co-chairs of
Citizens for Milford.
Recent episodes available for viewing
on the 30 Minutes with The Town Crier
channel on YouTube are:
• September 18: An interview with
Manager David Condrey of the
Milford Water Company.
• October 2: An interview with
Commander Stephen Petak of
the Robert C. Frascotti Milford
VFW Post No. 1544 about the
50th anniversary of the start of the
Vietnam conflict
30 Minutes with The Town Crier airs
every other Friday evening on Milford
TV. The half-hour show is produced
by Town Crier Publications, Inc. –
publishers of The Milford Town Crier
and The Upton & Mendon Town Crier
newspapers – and focuses on Milford’s
government, culture and history, news,
businesses and charitable organizations.
The show is co-hosted by Town Crier
Publisher Al Holman and Town Crier
columnist Kevin Rudden.
Thanks to Dick Grady for submitting the October 2 photo of Sky Farm,
located at 21 North Ave in Mendon. The photo from the early 1900s shows
summer guests at the farm enjoying the sights from the lawn. Located along
the Milford-Uxbridge Electric Street Railway, the working farm served as
a boarding house for Lake Nipmuc Park’s vaudeville stars and vacationers.
When a September 1912 fire destroyed two of the farm’s outbuildings and
all their contents—the barn and carriage house –the main economic drive
of the farm was also destroyed. Today, Sky Farm is the attractive, historically
preserved home of Jim and Debbie MacDonald.
John Trainor of Mendon easily recognized the photo noting that almost all
third graders or former third graders in Mendon would be able to recognize
the building thanks to the annual Historic Trolley Tour that the students
enjoy each spring.
By Kevin Rudden
I spend a lot of time in
Milford, reporting for our sister
publication, the Milford Town
Crier. Because Milford is much
larger in population and has a
larger commercial tax base than Mendon and
Upton, it’s able to fund much larger projects.
For example, the Milford is building a new
elementary school with an approximately
$60-million price tag. After state
reimbursements, the town’s share will be about
$30 million. Milford began putting money
away for the debt payments almost a decade
ago. When the town goes out for bonding
next May, it can easily handle the debt service
About five or six years ago, Milford decided
to renovate its high school athletic fields
complex. The town replaced the dirt football
field with a multi-use artificial turf field
complete with a running track around it,
installed new bleachers and a handicappedaccessible press box, installed a pre-built
restroom building with a snack bar at one end,
and rejuvenated the adjacent six tennis courts
and softball field. Also, overhead lighting was
installed. It took a few town meetings to fund
the various pieces, but I think the total price
tag came to between $3 million and $4 million.
Like I said, Milford can afford projects like
So, when I opened up the September 18
issue of this paper, I was surprised to see the
same type of project proposed for Nipmuc
Regional High School with a proposed price
tag of $7.3 million.
Obviously the people proposing this think
that they are living in a town like Milford,
which has $15 million in its Stabilization Funds
and easily can afford things like this.
Obviously, the people proposing this have
forgotten that the cost of an override to fund
the school system’s operational budget and
expand its programs has yet to hit property
tax bills (at least in Mendon) – meaning folks
will be paying the entire first-year cost of that
over-ride in only two of their four quarterly tax
The way I read the story, the people
proposing the turf field want people to pony
up several times the amount of that override
for a luxury before they’ve even paid the first
installment on the override.
I used the word “luxury” because that’s what
it is.
I understand that wealthier and bigger
communities in the area are building these
turf fields – Milford’s putting another one in at
that new elementary school – and, I suppose,
people in Mendon and Upton are getting “turf
envy.” They want to keep up with the Joneses.
The story ended by mentioning that School
Committeeman Phil DeZutter said the next
steps need to be determined. No, they don’t.
Thank those involved with the study and
then put it where it belongs – in the “science
fiction” section of any library.
Unless its proponents want to raise the
$7.3 million to build it, please consider this
proposal “dead on arrival.” It already is in
Mendon. I pray that Upton’s taxpayers feel the
same way.
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and athletic director for the Milford School
Department for 15 years, and also served on the
Milford Finance Committee for eight years.
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Upton News
Despite Rainy Day, Upton’s Heritage
Day Celebration Goes On
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Allie (left) and Ella Martin pick up some books during the Upton Town Library’s
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By Michelle Sanford
Staff Reporter/Columnist
Despite an uncooperative Mother Nature, coordinators of Upton’s Annual Heritage
Day made the best of a rainy day and carried on with a number of events throughout
town. This year, the annual celebration was held on Saturday, October 3 and was
coordinated by the Upton Historical Society.
According to Historical Society Chair Thomas Bair, the day proceeded as best it could
despite the weather. The Historical Society opened up their museum at the Knowlton
Risteen Building for residents to take a peek at some historical artifacts associated with
the town. “We had a few visitors stop by,” he said.
Originally, a number of vendors were also scheduled to take part in a Craft and Vendor
Fair on the Town Common that day. However, due to the cold and rain, only a few
attended. “I think maybe seven or eight showed up and left early,” said Bair. Still, Town
Clerk Kelly McElreath had a few residents turn up for tours of the Town Hall and the
Fire Department also held an open house at the Fire and EMS Station.
Still, the Heritage Day Celebration was not a complete wash out. Members of United
Parish held a very successful yard sale inside the basement of the parish selling new and
used times. “For a rainy day, we did very well,” said Yard Sale Coordinator Wayne Phipps.
All proceeds from the yard sale went to assist the Parish with their programs. In addition
to holiday decorations, home décor, and many more items, members of the Parish baked
delicious homemade Apple Crisp for attendees. Proceeds from the apple crisp sales were
donated to the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which supports homeless families in the
Greater Worcester area.
Due to the weather, the Friends of the Upton Town Library decided to postpone
their annual book sale to the following day. The decision turned out to be a good one
as a number of residents enjoyed a much drier day to purchase gently used books and
movies outside on the library lawn. “We lucked out with the weather today,” said Library
Director Matthew Bachtold. The nonstop traffic of shoppers helped the Friends group
raise funds for projects and programs for the Library. Bachtold said the Friends take
book and DVD donations throughout the year.
Heritage Park events scheduled for October 3, including a tour of the Stone Cave and
walking trails, have been postponed to a later date.
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Upton News
Two Very Different Stories on Upton Easement Dispute
By Michelle Sanford
Staff Reporter/Columnist
A dispute over an easement in Upton
has the two parties involved telling very
different stories. During an October 6
meeting, the Board of Selectmen had a
discussion with Robert Potheau and his
wife Michele, concerning an easement on
their North St. property. The Potheau’s
have threatened legal action over
alleged harassment from Conservation
Commission Vice-Chair Mike Penko
pertaining to the easement.
The Potheau’s bought their 147 North St.
property in 2012 with the easement already
established on their land as part of the
Sweet William Farm property. As a result,
the easement deed gives the town the right
to use, maintain and improve that property
and the nearby parking area and the trails,
which are open to the public.
In a letter to the Selectmen, the Potheau’s
stated Penko has been harassing them by
repeatedly coming onto their property,
taking photos of their home, and one
occasion last year, “charging at me with his
fists clenched and yelling at me and then
calling me names,” wrote Mr. Potheau.
The letter goes on to say the couple
brought their complaints to both the Town
Manager and Chief of Police who advised
Penko to stay away from the property.
“Although he agreed to stay away from our
property, he has repeatedly ignored those
directives.” Eventually, Penko was served a
harassment order, which was not extended
by the judge because it did not meet the
criteria of harassment.
Regardless, the Upton couple said
Penko’s actions have caused them undue
stress and asked the Board to remove
him from the Conservation Commission.
Selectman Robert Fleming explained the
Commission was well within their rights
concerning the easement, but agreed
the constant visits to their property was
Still, both Fleming and Selectmen Chair
James Brochu agreed they would not stop
Penko from serving the town. “If you’re
going to ask me after 30 years if I will
remove Mr. Penko from the Conservation
Commission, and having been on the
Board of Selectmen for nearly 30 years
myself, my answer is no because I know
the things he’s done for this town,” said
Fleming added that the Potheau’s
violated easement restrictions concerning
parked vehicles on the easement, snow
plows left on it during the winter, and
placing gravel without the Conservation
Commission’s approval. The Potheau’s
agreed that Penko had done a great deal for
the town, but disagreed with the violations.
The Board told the couple that Penko
would no longer be allowed to contact
them or go near their property again or
there would be consequences.
According to Penko, he was asked by the
Selectmen not to attend the meeting for
fear it would turn into a he said- she said
argument with nothing being resolved.
The Board had spoken with Penko and had
documents from him explaining his side of
the story.
In an interview several days later, Penko
had a very different take on many of the
statements the Potheau’s told the Board. He
stated he never charged at Mr. Potheau. He
said the incident began when he noticed
Potheau was installing fence posts on the
north side of his lot and approached him to
talk about it. “He said I charged him—that
I ran across the yard at him. Honest to
God, I didn’t charge him. I tore a meniscus
in 2010 and have I arthritis. I walk with
a limp.” Penko added that it was Potheau
who began screaming at him.
Penko also stated that he met with the
Town Manger and Police Chief and agreed
to stay off the easement but expected a
meeting with the Potheau’s to clear the air,
which never happened. After some time
had passed, he returned to the property
only to reposition granite car spacers
that were displaced and on two other
occasions to evaluate a fallen tree on the
trail easement. “I probably should have just
stayed away.”
As far as the photographs, except for an
instance when there was a large soil pile in
the front yard, “I never took photos of their
house. All the pictures I took were taken
to document conditions of the easement,”
said Penko. He added that as far as the
harassment order, he was never able to
testify himself and the judge heard only the
Potheau’s side of the story.
Penko said in his decades serving on
the Commission, he’s never experienced
anything like this but says he’s okay with
the directive ordered by the Selectmen. He
added that Potheau has a very volatile side
to him, saying, “He’s trashed my name. It’s
been really hard, but if I have to take a little
hit for the good of the town, it’s okay.”
MA Archaeology
Day in Upton
Massachusetts Archaeology Day in
Upton will be held on Saturday, October 24
at the Nipmuc Regional High School 2nd
Floor Media room beginning at 9:30 a.m.
One of the featured topics of discussion
will be analysis of the entrance passage to
the Upton Chamber. While repairing the
left side of the Chamber entranceway in
2011, the Upton Historical Commission
obtained sediment samples that were
then sent to the U.S. Geological Survey
Lab in Denver for optically stimulated
luminescence (OSL) dating of the quartz
grains. Three samples, taken from sediment
behind the lowest stones in the wall of the
entrance passageway, returned OSL ages
between 385 to 660 years ago (or 1625 A.D.
to 1350 A.D.; using the year 2011 as the 0
year). Findings will be published in the
journal of Quaternary Geochronology and
were released to the public in summer of
David White of the Nipmuc Tribe will
talk about the importance of quartz in
Algonquin Ceremonial Stone Landscapes
of the Northeast.
Speakers will include: Fred Martin,
PhD, who will speak on the implications
of using OSL dating for archaeological
and ceremonial sites; Shannon Mahan,
US Geological Survey, Denver, an OSL
researcher, who will illuminate the science
of OSL dating; and Cathy Taylor from
the Upton Historical Commission, who
will discuss Nipmuc Indian and English
settlement in the Upton area in the1600’s.
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Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Staff is available by
phone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities are
subject to change. Please call 508-529-4558
with any questions.
Friday, October 16
Birthday Bash, 12:45 p.m.
Monday, October 19
Shopping Trip to TJ Maxx, Stop & Shop, Home
Goods Plaza, Milford, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, October 21
Health Fair at Upton Town Hall, Free
Transportation Available, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, October 22
SHINE Appointments, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Friday, October 23
Shopping Trip to Walmart, Northborough,
9 a.m.
Fall Craft, 12:45 p.m.
Monday, October 26
Lunch Trip to Lowell’s in Mendon, 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27
Shopping Trip to Shaw’s, Job Lots, CVS,
Whitinsville, 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, October 28
Shopping Trip to Foppema’s Farm Stand,
Northbridge, 9 a.m.
Blood Pressure Checks, 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 29
Shopping Trip to Walmart, Whitinsville, 9:15
Coach Road Coffee Social, 10 a.m.
Bake Sale to Benefit Tri-Valley, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, October 30
Halloween Party, 12:45 p.m.
Men’s Club Supper, 5:30 p.m.
Morning Movie, 9:30 a.m.
Tai Chi, 1 p.m.
Zumba, 9:30 a.m.
Card Players Group, 10 a.m.
Wii Games, 12:30 p.m.
Library Table, 11 a.m.
Canasta, 12:30 p.m.
Weekly Wellness Talk, 12:30 p.m.
(No talk on 10/21)
Group Walk, 1 p.m.
Group Walk, 10 a.m.
Knit and Crochet, 10 a.m.
Bingo, 1 p.m.
Bake Sale to Benefit
The Upton Center will hold a Bake Sale
to benefit the Tri-Valley Inc Activity Fund
on Thursday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to
1 p.m. Tri-Valley provides in-home and
community services throughout Central
Massachusetts. Please consider baking a
treat, buying one, or both to help support
this worthy cause! Please call the Center,
508-529-4558 to volunteer to bake.
Free Flu Shots
Flu shots are now available to Upton
residents at the Board of Health office
located on the ground floor of the new
town hall, Monday-Thursday. For more
information or to schedule an appointment
for the shot, please call 508-529-3110 or
508-529-6813. Flu mist is available for
children. If possible, please print the flu insurance
form listed under downloadable forms
on the Board of Health website at www.
uptonma.gov, fill out the form and
bring it with you along with all your
insurance cards. You will also find the
Vaccine Information Statement under
our downloadable forms which we are
mandated to supply to each resident
receiving the vaccine, please read this
form carefully. Completing these steps
will help speed up the time you will need
to spend in our office. There are no age
restrictions; all are encouraged to receive
the vaccination. Remember to wear short
Upton Center Hosting
Annual Health and
Wellness Fair
The Upton Center is hosting its
2nd Annual Health & Wellness Fair on
Wednesday, October 21, from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. at the newly renovated Upton
Town Hall located at 1 Main St. Various
community resources and agencies will
be on hand to provide a variety of health
and wellness information for people of all
ages. For more information, call the Upton
Center at 508-529-4558.
Upton Woman’s Club
Fall Fair
UPTON-The annual Upton Woman’s
Club Fall Fair will be held November 7,
at Blackstone Valley Regional Voc Tech
School, 65 Pleasant St., Upton, from 9
a.m. - 2 p.m. The fair will feature: country
kitchen, interior designs, gift baskets, preowned treasures, knitted & needlework
items, raffles and baked goods. There will
be a food court which includes hot dogs,
pizza, sandwiches, clam chowder and
apple crisp. A handmade quilt made by the
quilting group will be raffled on the day of
the fair. There will be 25+ vendors selling
gourmet products, angel hair alpacas, radia
herbs and much more.
On October 1, Chad Boardman presented the Upton Fire Department with a check that
completed fundraising efforts to purchase Jaws of Life safety equipment. Pictured from left
to right are: Firefighter Seth Grill, Firefighter EMS Director Brian Kemp, Chad Boardman,
Upton Fire and EMS Association representative Patti Marchand, Board of Selectman Robert
Fleming, and Fire/EMS Chief Ron Goodale.
By Michelle Sanford
Staff Reporter/Columnist
With a final donation from a local business man, the Upton Fire/EMS Department
reached its goal of raising approximately $40,000 to purchase Jaws of Life tools and
equipment. Nearly two years ago, the Department set out to raise the monies to purchase
the life saving equipment through donations and a bottle and can drive.
The Jaws of Life are a set of rescue tools utilized by emergency personnel to pry apart
wreckage of crashed vehicles in order to free people trapped inside. According to Fire/
EMS Chief Ron Goodale, the Upton Fire/EMS Department responds to 70 to 90 vehicle
crashes each year. Thanks to the fundraiser, the Department now has two complete sets of
the life saving tools.
“We could have come to a Town Meeting to ask for the funding but we didn’t want to do
that,” explained Goodale. “We had just gotten funding for CPR machines at a recent Town
Meeting.” As a result, the Department decided to move forward with the pledge drive
On October 1, developer Chad Boardman of Eastland Partners presented the Fire
Department with a check for the remaining $3,500 needed to complete the fundraising
efforts. “I saw the fundraiser going on and thought what could be a better opportunity to
give to the community,” explained Boardman. A number of representatives from the Fire/
EMS Department and Selectmen Robert Fleming were also in attendance for the check
According to Goodale, Boardman is one of a number of people who are responsible
for the success of the fundraiser. “A lot of people helped out all along the way,” he said.
BVT student Andrea Matellian helped raise $2,500 toward the purchase of the life saving
equipment and the Upton Men’s Club also donated another $2,500. In addition, many
residents contributed to the Department’s bottle/can drive that raised thousands of dollars
toward the efforts, and the local 4-H Club also raised funding. “The community really
embraced this fundraiser,” said Goodale. “I couldn’t be happier.”
Upton Troop 132 Wreath Sale
Members of the Upton Boy Scout Troop 132 will be knocking on local doors Saturday,
November 28 selling holiday wreaths to help raise funds for the troop. Wreaths will also
be for sale on the Upton Town Common that same day. All sales will begin at 9 a.m.
Wreaths will cost $15 for one or $25 for two, which includes a deep red, weather resistant
velvet bow. Or to order online visit UptonScouting.com.
Boy Scouts may also be taking orders at your home prior to November 29, in case you
are out of town for the holiday weekend. Pre-ordered wreaths will be delivered on or
before November 27.
This is the troop’s one major fundraiser for the year with proceeds helping support
the cost of running the troop, new equipment and field trips. If you would prefer to
make a donation in lieu of buying a wreath, please call Bethany Ferreira, the Wreath Sale
Coordinator at 508-494-3303. Thank you for supporting Upton Boy Scout Troop 132.
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Sen. Moore Launches
New Office Website
State Senator Michael O. Moore
(D-Millbury) recently announced
the launch of a new office website,
SenatorMikeMoore.com. The new site
provides constituents of the Second
Worcester District with access to office
services including help with a government
agency, citation requests, State House tour
and grant support letter requests and event
“I hope constituents take advantage of
the many opportunities to engage with my
office using this new online platform,” said
Moore. “It’s now easier than ever to reach
out to me or my staff to share an opinion,
request help or find resource information.”
Senator Moore’s Office may also be
reached directly via telephone at 617-7221485 or via e-mail at [email protected]
masenate.gov. The new website, which is
maintained by the Office of Senator Moore,
has not been paid for at taxpayer expense.
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OCTOBER 16, 2015
Mendon News
Questions Arise Concerning Mendon
Library’s Water Supply Classification
CPA Articles on Warrant to Include Repairs to
Historical Gravestones and Taft Public Library
By Michelle Sanford
Staff Reporter/Columnist
The Mendon Board of Selectmen agreed to allow construction to continue
at the new Taft Public Library despite questions arising concerning the North
Ave. building’s water supply classification.
During an October 5 meeting, members of the Library Building Committee
and the Board of Health came to discuss whether or not the new library
should be deemed a private or public water supply.
Construction for the new library began on the former St. Michael’s Church
in June. The Building Committee has stated it hopes the newly renovated
building will be complete and open to patrons sometime around the New
Year. “Because it was a church, it [the water supply] was never classified,” said
Owner’s Project Manager Mary Bulso. “When it became a project, we had two
options—a public or private water supply.” Bulso explained that based on the
size of the building and its usage, it qualified as a private water supply.
However, during the Selectmen’s meeting, Board of Health members
questioned if at some point the rectory on the property would be utilized
and if the library decides to regionalize its services with another town in the
future, then a public water supply would be needed. Board of Health member
Tim Fichtner said a private water supply at the library “could hinder some of
the activities that could take place.” Members of the Board of Health asked
the Selectmen if classification of the water supply should be settled before
construction continues.
According to the Department of Environmental Protection, if the town
chooses to limit the use of the library to include no kitchen area, no water
fountains, and restrictions on food and beverages served, the library’s water
supply could be classified as private.
The cost making the water supply public would certainly add costs to the
project. “It’s not in the Committee’s budget to make this a public water supply,”
said Library Building Committee Co-Chair Moritz Schmid.
After some more discussion, the Board agreed that halting construction
would hinder the progress of the library and could be more costly to the
project in the long run. Eventually, it will be the Board’s decision on whether
or not to pursue the public water supply classification.
Once complete, the new library will add much needed additional space for
its collections and programs. In addition, ample parking will be available for
patrons and the building will be ADA compliant.
By Michelle Sanford
Staff Reporter/Columnist
On November 17, Mendon voters will deal
with a 26-article warrant during the Special
Town Meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Miscoe
Hill School. The Community Preservation
Committee will be bringing forward five articles
seeking Community Preservation Act funds
to repairs to historical gravestones and to the
current Taft Public Library building, among
Article 22 on the warrant is seeking $75,000
from Community Preservation Act (CPA)
funding to repair and restore broken and
damaged historic headstones and above the
ground tombstones located in the Old Mendon
Cemetery, located on Providence St. Article 23
is seeking to rescind the vote taken at the May
Annual Town Meeting concerning the Fino
Property payment that totaled approximately
$97,000. Inadvertently, the wrong amount was
paid for the Fiscal Year 2016 payment for the
Fino land debt by approximately $500. This
article seeks to rectify that.
If approved, Article 24 will put the necessary
funding amounts into each of the CPA accounts
including affordable housing, historic, open
house, and recreation for future CPA-related
projects as well as for administrative expenses.
The Community Preservation Committee
(CPC) is still waiting to hear how much money
the state’s CPA Trust Fund will give Mendon.
According to CPC Chair Anne Mazar, the funds
are distributed to towns around mid-November.
Article 25 is a repair project concerning the
current Taft Public Library building to repair
the roof and upstairs hallway ceiling at the Main
St. location. The amount for the project has not
been determined yet and the Committee is still
waiting to hear more details on the project. The
funding will be taken out of CPA’s Historical
Preservation Account if approved.
And finally, Article 26 seeks to make
improvements to the Tetreault Field at Veteran’s
Park on Millville St. The field needs drainage
improvements and renovations to the outfield.
The cost is estimated at $26,000, which is being
requested from the Community Preservation
Budgeted Reserve Account.
Another article on the warrant, Article 20, is
seeking to accept a parcel of land located as 34
George St. that totals just over 24 acres and was
formerly owned by the Cox family. According
to Mazar, the property is being built as an open
space subdivision. With this type of subdivision,
the developer has to set aside at least 55 percent
of the land for open space. It’s not certain when
the developer will transfer the land to the town,
but if occurs before the Special Town Meeting,
the Selectmen could accept the land then.
Most of the land will be set aside as
permanently protected open space. The town
would like to preserve the historic house on
the property. ​A house lot would be divided off
with the requirement that the house facade be
preserved. The town plans to eventually sell the
house lot.
And Article 21 is being brought forward
by the Historical Commission and is seeking
approval to transfer the care, custody,
management, and control of the current Taft
Public Library to the Board of Selectmen in an
effort to develop a plan for its preservation and
adaptive municipal reuse and for the purpose
of conveying a perpetual historical restriction
on it.
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Mendon News
Mendon Meetings
Monday, October 19
Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20
Master Plan Committee, Town Hall, 7 p.m.
Monday, October 26
Cultural Council, Senior Center, 7 p.m.
Planning Board, Public Hearing, 21 Cape Road,
Town Hall, 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28
Finance Committee, Town Hall, 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 29
Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.
All meeting dates and times are subject to
change. For the most up to date information on
Mendon’s meetings, view www.mendonma.gov
Mendon Senior Center
The Mendon Senior Center serves Mendon
residents 60 years of age or older, people with
disabilities, and care givers. Hours of operation
are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, or
call 508-478-6175.
Friday, October 16
Free Flu Shot Clinic for Mendon Residents,
Mendon Senior Center, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, October 20
SHINE Health Insurance Counseling by
Appointment, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21
Free Flu Shot Clinic for Mendon Residents,
Mendon Town Hall, 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday, October 23
Friends of Mendon Elders Oktoberfest,
3 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 24
Friends of Mendon Elders Oktoberfest, 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27
Halloween Hat Party, Details Coming
Thursday, October 29
Aging Well Day at BVT, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4
Blue Cross Blue Shield Presentation, 1:30 p.m.
Food Pantry (First Monday of the Month),
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Whole Foods, 9 a.m.
Cribbage and Bridge, 9 a.m.
Stretch and Flexibility, 9 a.m.
Chair Exercise, 11:15 a.m.
Lunch Club, 12 p.m.
Card Game, Hand and Foot, 1 p.m.
Shopping Van, 8 a.m. (Alternating Wednesdays)
Panera Bread, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 9 a.m.
Cribbage, 9 a.m.
Stretch and Flexibility, 9 a.m.
Lunch Club, 12 p.m.
Yoga, 5:45 p.m.
Outreach, 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment
The Town Criers Are Direct
Mailed to Over 20,000
Child Care Center
Tax Bills Due in Mendon
on November 2
The second installments of Fiscal year
2016 real estate and personal property tax
bills are due by Monday, November 2. The
Collector’s office will be open that day from
9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Payments can also be
made online at www.mendonma.gov until
the end of the day on November 2, by mail,
or in person. Credit cards can be accepted at
the office. Please refer to your bill for normal
window hours. Payments not in the office by
the close of business on November 2 will be
assessed interest. Please provide for mailing
and/or processing time. Neither Rain or Raw
Weather Stopped Them!
On Saturday, October 3, Mendon Boy Scout
Troop 44 held their bi-annual can and bottle
drive in the parking lot of Mendon’s Town Hall. Thanks to the support of residents, who braved
the raw, rainy weather to drop off cans and
bottles, the money collected from the fundraiser
will help support Troop 44, which is sponsored
by the Mendon Firefighters Association, in their
various activities. Troop 44 members pictured
working at the drive are, l-r: Ben Tremblay,
Brian St. John, Charlie Scharnagle, Donald
Halsing and Luke Balocca. Troop 44 photo
Volunteers Needed for
Aging Well Day
The LPN program of Valley Tech is looking
for senior volunteers to attend their Aging
Well Day on Thursday, October 29 from 8
a.m. to about 2 p.m. This free program will
allow the nursing students of Blackstone
Valley Technical School in Upton to put their
skills to use on live human beings, not simply
mannequins. In addition, the staff will offer a
light breakfast and delicious lunch with your
choice of entrée after completing the morning
program. Past participants can’t say enough
about this thorough medical review. Please
call Amy Wilson Kent at the Mendon Senior
Center at 508-478-6175 to register; your
participation is appreciated. Space is limited.
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On November 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Veterans Park, Mendon, the Friends
of the Taft Public Library are holding
Mendon’s first ever Cow Chip Bingo.
The event will include three cash prizes
to the deed holders of the bingo squares
where the cow drops her first three chips.
First place is $1000 sponsored by: M.
Del Vecchio Construction, second place
is $500 sponsored by Gliese 623B, and
third place is $250 sponsored by Deluxe
House of Pizza. Deeds are on sale now
for $10 each at the Library or, from the
Friends at the Senior Fair on October 23
and 24.
Greener Acres, a local dairy farm, has
kindly offered the use of one of their
cows for the day. On the day of the event
come check out the petting zoo hosted
by Fourth Generation Nursery as well as
other great kid’s activities, food served
up by local food trucks and businesses,
and great crafts designed by area
craftsmen and women.
Proceeds from this exciting event will
help raise money for Taft Public Library’s
Relocation Fund.
Mendon Resident
Supports Cancer
Research by Running
in B.A.A. Half
Established in 1972 by Suzanne Byrne
New Location!
1st Annual Cow Chip
Bingo Event
On October 11, Emily Ciantra from
Mendon, ran in the 15th annual B.A.A.
Half Marathon® presented by DanaFarber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy
Fund, as a member of the official DanaFarber team.
More than 450 Dana-Farber team
members will raise awareness and
at least $750 each to support adult
and pediatric patient care and cancer
research at Dana-Farber. Dana-Farber
and the Jimmy Fund have partnered
with the B.A.A. in the Half Marathon
for 13 years. During this time, runners
on the Dana-Farber team have raised
more than $5 million to fuel lifesaving
discoveries. To support a runner in
the B.A.A. Half Marathon, go to www.
Every Cemetery Tells
A Story
And in the case of Mendon’s Old
Cemetery, many stories! The cemetery
is steeped in history, starting with the
town’s earliest settler, on Saturday,
October 24 at 1 p.m. The rain date is
Saturday, November 7 at 1 p.m. Mendon
historians Dick Grady and John Trainor
will tell these fascinating stories as they
lead a tour of Old Cemetery and its
inhabitants. Originally planned as a
four-cemetery tour, Grady and Trainor
uncovered so much information on
Old Cemetery alone that it was decided
to focus on it exclusively. The event is
sponsored by the Mendon Historical
Society, MendonHistoricalSociety.org,
and is free and open to the public. We
will meet at the cemetery, 35 Main St, the
intersection of Main and George Streets,
in Mendon. Wear comfortable shoes and
be prepared to meet some of Mendon’s
Banquet Rooms Available for any Size
Party, Rehearsal Dinners & Bereavements.
Flu Clinics in Mendon
The Mendon Board of Health, along
with Salmon VNA & Hospice, will be
holding two flu clinics this year. This is for
all Mendon residents six months or older;
no co-pays. Please bring insurance cards
and wear a short-sleeved shirt. The first
clinic will be held on Friday, October 16,
at the Mendon Senior Center located at 62
Providence St., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The
second clinic will be Wednesday, October
21, at the Mendon Town Hall located at
20 Main St. from 5 to 7 p.m. For more
information please contact the Board of
Health at 508-634-2656 or Salmon VNA &
Hospice at 508-473-0862.
Friends of Mendon
Elders Annual
Make plans to join your friends and the
Friends of Mendon Elders for their annual
Oktoberfest on Friday, October 23 from 3
to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 24 from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to the public, this free
event features a traditional white elephant
table, homemade baked goods, beautiful
hand-knit items and crafts, jewelry, holiday
decorations and a delicious lunch counter
on Saturday. Proceeds help to support the
Senior Center programs and services.
Donations of handcrafted or knit items,
baked goods, jewelry and attic treasurers
are needed. Items can be dropped off at the
center Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Help is also needed the day prior as
well as the days of the event. If you have an
hour or two to spare, please contact Friends
President, Susan Carlson at 508-473-6614 or
stop by the Mendon Senior Center to sign
up. If you’d like to know how you can help
out, please join the group at its monthly
meetings on Monday, October 5 at 11 a.m.
Celebrating Fire
Prevention Week in
To help celebrate Fire Prevention Week,
October 4 through 10, the Mendon Fire
Department held an open house during
the evening of October 7. Residents had a
chance to meet with firefighters, explore
the fire station and see the department
Firefighters often form a family among those
who work for the department. Sometimes it
is really a family affair. Shown here is Nancy
Fleury wearing her Mendon Firefighters
Association shirt along with her son,
Firefighter David Fleury at the department’s
open house on October 7. Harry Platcow
Route 16, Mendon • 508-473-5079
OCTOBER 16, 2015
Mendon News
Historical Commission
Still Hoping for
Discussion with
The Mendon Historical Commission is hoping
to save the original stone portion of the Miscoe
Springs Bottling Plant.
By Michele Sanford
Staff Reporter/Columnist
Mendon’s Historical Commission continues
to hope that a historical structure in town can
be saved and are looking to work with the
building’s owner to discuss the matter.
The Commission would like to keep and
restore the original stone portion of the Miscoe
Springs Bottling Plant, approximately 13,000
feet, before it is demolished by owner Bruce
Wheeler as part of his Sylvan Springs housing
development. The entire plant totals 40,000
square feet and is located on Northbridge St.
The Bottling Plant was built in 1895 by the
George Family, who were also responsible for
helping to build other historical structures in
town, including the Unitarian Church. Due
to its historical significance, last year, the
Commission put a six month demolition delay
on the stone portion of the structure, which
has since expired.
If the building is saved, thoughts on
repurposing it have included office space
or even some type of artisan shops. The
Commission has also discussed developing
the building into condo units; some of which
could include several affordable housing units.
According to Commission member Jane
Lowell, Community Preservation Act funds
could be used to hire an architect concerning
the adaptive re-use of the building. Members of
the community and Board of Selectman Mark
Reil have stated their support to preserve and
repurposing the building.
Members of the Historical Commission
have said they have attempted to reach out to
Wheeler several times to discuss the matter but
have received no communication back from
During a September 28 Planning Board
public hearing, Wheeler was in attendance
to discuss a modification to his Sylvan
Springs subdivision. At the conclusion of the
public hearing, Lowell gave a statement to
the Planning Board concerning the Miscoe
Springs building and the Commission’s desire
to repurpose it. “Really, we are hoping this can
be saved and not developed for house lots,” she
said. Commission member Kathy Schofield
also reiterated that the Commission has
reached out to Wheeler a number of times with
no response from him.
However, Wheeler did state he plans to speak
to Commission members but first wants to
finalized plans on the rest of the Miscoe Plant
structure. “I am willing to re-engage in an open
discussion with the Historical Commission,” he
said at the meeting. Wheeler was expected to
attend the Historical Commission’s October 6
meeting, but he did not show up.
Mendon Voters to Deal with Salary
Increases and Snow & Ice Funding
By Michelle Sanford
Staff Reporter/Columnist
The Mendon Board of Selectmen
has scheduled a Special Town
Meeting for November 17 at 7 p.m.
at Miscoe Hill School. In total, 26
articles will be voted on by residents.
Some of the financial articles on the
warrant include salary increases for
town employees and funding the
town’s snow and ice removal budget.
As of October 13, the Finance
Committee has not met to finalize
the recommended amounts. As a
result, totals reported may change
and funding sources for the articles
are still being determined.
The first two articles on the
warrant concern town employee’s
salary increases by an estimated
$31,000 total. Article 1 is seeking to
rescind the vote for Article 3 taken
at the May Annual Town Meeting
in order to reset elected officials’
salaries. Article 2, will fund those
Fiscal Year increases.
Two articles are for the Highway
Department. Article 9 seeks
approximately $45,000 to purchase
a new Utility Body Pick-Up Truck
for the Department. Article 10 is
requesting $150,000 be transferred to
Snow and Ice Removal Expenses to
pay last year’s expenses,
For permanent record keeping
purposes, Article 3 will pay $500
to bind three books of the Board of
Selectmen’s meeting minutes, and
Article 4 is seeking $3,700 to finance
the costs related to outsourcing
Article 5 is seeking $2,600 for
Assessor expenses. The funding will
be used for educational classes for
the Board of Assessors. The funding
comes from a member of the Board,
who did not accept his stipend.
Article 6 is requesting to pay bills
from a prior year totaling $30,079.
Some of those bills include a water
and sewer bill from the town of
Hopedale and Town Counsel
In order to fund the annual
cleaning of the Town Hall’s smoke
detectors and to test the fire alarms,
Article 7 is requesting $3,135. Article
8 also concerns Town Hall and is
seeking approximately $2,000 to
finance the increase in cable services,
an Adobe Acrobat License for the
year, and to fund the annual fee to
install property record cards online.
Article 11 is seeking approximately
$22,000 for the new Library’s
operating expenses, which include
electricity and supply costs.
Article 12 is requesting
approximately $1,400 for Worker’s
Compensation; the estimate for the
Fiscal Year 2016 was lower than the
invoice amount; Article 13 seeks
to cover an unexpected claim for
unemployment totaling $500; and
Article 14 is to fund technology
enhancements online for $10,725.
Article 15 is seeking $25,000 for
the Other Post Employment Benefits
Account to assure creditors that the
town is providing for this liability and
helps to keep the town’s AA + rating.
Article 16 and Article 17 ask
that monies left from free cash
be transferred to the Stabilization
Account and Capital Expenditure
Account, respectively.
Article 18 is a housekeeping
article. In Fiscal Year 2015, monies
were approved to finance bridge
and culvert repairs totaling $50,000.
Those funds were inadvertently
placed into Highway Department
Account instead of a special account.
This article will rectify that.
If Article 19 is approved and the
town moves to adopts MGL Chapter
59 Section 21, it will compensate the
assistant assessor approximately $500
for receiving a certification.
The Community Preservation
Committee is also bringing forward
five articles seeking approval to
use CPA funds for various projects
including repairs to historic
gravestones and improvements to the
Tetreault Ball Field.
Mendon’s Scouting for Food
Kicks Off on Halloween
By Michelle Sanford
Staff Reporter/Columnist
On Saturday, October 31, Mendon residents will
not only have trick or treaters at their door steps
collecting candy, but also on that day, Cub Scouts
from Pack 1 will be walking throughout town placing
reminders on nearly 1,600 doors of homes asking
residents to fill up bags of donated nonperishable food
items and place them outside the following week. The
door reminders kick off the annual Scouting for Food
event in town.
The annual food drive is asking residents to fill up a
bag or bags of nonperishable food items and toiletries
that will be picked up by Pack 1 on the following
Saturday, November 7. “Bags should be put out by
8 a.m.,” said Scouting for Food Coordinator Steve
Aubut. Collected bags are then driven by volunteer
parents to the Food Pantry, located at the Senior
Center. From there, items will be sorted and stocked
by another scouting troop.
According to Food Pantry Coordinator Carol
Kotros, it’s this time of year when the Food Pantry
really begins to get busy. “Our clients are now paying
to heat their homes and buy school clothes and
supplies. Money is tighter now,” she said.
Kotros said items needed at the Food Pantry
include pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter and jelly,
coffee, school snacks, bread mixes, pancake mixes,
canned fruit, and mac and cheese. Comfort foods
including spam, corned beef hash, and canned beef
stews are always appreciated too. “All the regular
staples really,” said Kotros. In addition, toiletry
products such as laundry detergent, paper towels,
napkins, toilet paper, shampoos, toothpaste and soap
are really in need. “Things that are used on a daily
basis,” she said.
Event organizers are asking residents to please
check expiration dates before donating items. If
something is expired, it cannot used.
In addition to food donations, the Food Pantry
accepts financial donations (checks preferred), which
may be made payable to the Mendon Food Pantry.
The Senior Center is located at 62 Providence St.
The Mendon Food Pantry is available to all Mendon
residents who receive fuel assistance, food stamps
and/or aid to dependent children as well as to those
who are disabled and/or unemployed. Referrals from
local churches, social agencies, or concerned citizens
regarding seniors and families in need will also be
accepted. All clients’ names are kept confidential. The
Food Pantry is open the first Monday of each month
or by appointment. Anyone who has questions about
Food Pantry services, should contact the Senior
Center at 508-478-6175
Soren Andrew Soderstrom
Brianne (Lamothe) and Evan Soderstrom of
Mendon announce the arrival of their son Soren
Andrew Soderstrom bon on September 3, 2015 at
Milford Regional Medical Center. Grandparents are
Brian and Luann Lamothe of Norwich, Conn. and
Judi Soderstrom of Ashaway, R.I. Soren joins his
sister Simone at home.
OCTOBER 16, 2015
Senior Living
Enjoy Fall Foliage...
in Your Own Backyard
Meadow Brook Woods in Mendon. Anne Mazar photo
By Jane Bigda
Want to take in some fall foliage but not travel too far? Ditch the car and lace up
a pair of sneakers or dust of the bike to view nature on display locally before the
chill winds of November blow the leaves away. Remember to wear bright clothing
since hunting is allowed on most of these properties except for Sunday when it
prohibited by Massachusetts state law.
In Mendon take a leisurely stroll up North Ave. to view hills of Hopedale and
beyond to Boston for some pretty good leaf peeping. The more adventurous can
hike through the Town Forest located off Tower Road near the Millville-Mendon
town line. Or walk the trails through the Meadow Brook Woods Conservation
Area & Inman Pond, via the southern entrance off Chapin St. Uxbridge; Inman Hill
Wildlife Conservation Area, access via Inman Hill Road; or the Quissett Wildlife
Management Area, access via Quissett Rd. Trail maps for each site are available
online at Mendonma.gov/parks-recreation/pages/trails-and-passive-recreation.
Upton is blessed with many open spaces and forests ready for exploring. Two
of the best known are the Stefans Farm, a 116-acre property with access from
Mechanic St. near the power lines, and the Upton State Forest, which encompasses
over 2,700 acres and can be accessed from Westboro Rd. Heritage Park, off Elm
St., offers 7.5 acres with walking trails and a magnificent ancient stone chamber.
Upton Conservation Areas, many of which are interlinked by trails off North St. or
from the Upton State Forest, include the Whitney
Conservation Area, part of a historic once owned
by the Eli Whitney family; the Warren Brook
Watershed, access via Oak Knoll Rd.; the Richard
and Naomi Howarth, access via Howarth Dr., and
the Eleanor T. Howarth Glen Conservation Areas.
The Peppercorn Hill Conservation Area with
streams, wetlands, scenic vistas and trails on 283
acres and the Snow Family Conservation Area can
be accessed via Crockett St. or Taft St. Maps for
Upton’s trails are available at Uptonma.gov/Pages/
Uxbridge has a number of natural areas. The first
is Cormier Woods, 217 Chapin St. Uxbridge.
Administered by the Trustees of the Reservation,
which offers a preserved 18th century barn, house
and sheds and three miles of easy to moderate
trails. West Hill Dam offers wonderful views and
a variety of hiking experiences or off-road biking.
Access is off of Hartford Ave East in Uxbridge
or West Hill Rd. in Northbridge. The Blackstone
Canal Towpath follows the canal for about four
miles from Plummer’s Landing in Northbridge to
the Stanley Woolen Mill, Rt. 16, Uxbridge. Parking
is available at Plummer’s Landing, Hartford
Avenue East, River Bend Farm on Oak St. and
Cross St. The trail also offers off-road biking. A
side trail leads to Lookout Point with spectacular
views of the valley. Parking for Lookout Point
is available off Quaker St. Most of the paths are
within the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage
State park. Look up the park on the web for trail
Moving a bit further afield, travel to Sutton to
enjoy the moderate one-mile round trip trek to
Purgatory Chasm. Parking is located right off of
Purgatory Road.
Milford offers the always-popular Upper Charles
Trail, an almost seven-mile long paved walking
and biking trail that goes through from the
Hopkinton to Holliston town lines. Access is
available off parking lots at Rt. 85, Dilla St.,
Fino Field, East Main St. and Veterans Dr. Visit
Milfordtrail.org for a map.
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A Man of Many Talents
Don Iacovelli with two of his life
By Harry Platcow
Staff Reporter/Photographer
Milford resident Don Iacovelli’s
wore many hats in his “Jack Benny
age.” Musically influenced in the 50s by
Charlie “Bird” Parker Don’s been bopping
ever since. His impressive credentials in music
include work at both the Boston
Conservatory and Berklee towards a degree
in Music Education. Additionally he
studied composition through a Harvard
In 1964-1970, Don taught music in
Franklin. Coming back to his hometown of
Milford in 1970 to work he was the High
School band director and in charge of the
music program until 1987. Don ended his
teaching career at Holliston High were he
taught from 1987 to 1991.
Switching careers, he opened a
barbershop in Medfield, which he ran from
1991 to 2001.
His love of music continued and for eight
years Don performed and arranged for his
own group, 8 Misbehavin’ and Jerry Seeco’s
Milford Jazz Machine. As a music arranger for jazz big bands he
has been influenced by Bill Reddy arranger
for Buddy Rich, saying, “Those were finger
poppin’ charts!”
When asked if his high school goals were
accomplished he said with some thought,
Milford Community School Use
Adult Programs
The Milford Community School Use Program has
openings in the following Adult Education programs
October: Weekend Navigator, Room Re-Design,
Maximize Your College Financial Aid and Thyroid
Health Seminar
November: About Boating Safety, Meals in Minute
and Extreme Couponing
Program information including cost and location
along with registration forms are available on the
Milford Community School Use Program website at
Registration must be received prior to the class
dates. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve
basis. A separate registration form and a separate
check are required for each course. Senior Citizens
(65 and older) pay 10 percent discount of fee listed.
Checks should be made payable to the MILFORD
Community School Use Program, c/o Milford High
School, 31 West Fountain St., Milford, MA 01757.
Cancellations and updates are posted on our
website at www.mcs.milford.ma.us.
For further information, please call the office at
Free Dementia Program
St. Camillus Adult Day Health Center announces a fre
presentation in honor of National Family Caregiver M
communication takes place when someone has Alzhei
the Alzheimer’s Association on Thursday, November
Camillus Adult Day Health Center in the Linwood Mi
Whitinsville. You will learn to decode the verbal and b
someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help
at each stage of the disease.
Please contact Lisa Bernard, Director at 508-266-20
to attend this educational program or to request addit
OCTOBER 16, 2015
s and Many Careers
e’s passion—music and art.
“…yes! I wanted to be a musician. Boots
Mussulli) inspired me to continue with my
ife in music.”
A man of many talents, he decided his
ife needed a second act. “After eight years
t was time to do something else” said Don.
“These days I only practices 2-3 times a
week “doin’ the dog…scales, arpeggio’s, long
ones and changes.” So in 1980 and influenced by Grandma
Moses who was known as the Artist
Laureate by Harry Truman, Don took to
painting what is known as primitive or folk
art. “Nothing get’s finished, I’m constantly
working on pieces,” he said. “A lot of
dabblers in “fine art” poo-poo my pieces for
ts lack of schooling, for its primitive look. Folk art is a school of art unto itself.”
As a member of four or five local art
societies Don is exhibited widely in one
venue or another. When asked what he’d
say to a young person getting into painting,
Don said, “… Go into graphic design, that’s
where [with today’s technology] you study
he fundamentals of art.”
Married to his wife Janet for over 40
years, the couple have two children, who
are doing well -- Susan is vice president for
Rockland Trust in Providence and Katie
owns an upscale beauty salon in Westboro.
As far as his current muse, his fire inhis-bell Don says it is his art, emphatically
stating, “I paint, like I need to eat!” :
Pastoral Care and Life
Reviews Benefit Nursing
Home Residents
One of the services offered by Blaire
House of Milford is the work of Janis
Joudrey as Activity Director/Pastor.
According to Joudrey nursing home
residents benefit from Pastoral Care,
which meets their psychosocial and
spiritual needs, by offering a chance to
enhance each individual’s self-worth
through life reviews. Life reviews
decrease depressive symptoms and
contribute to improved life satisfaction.
At a minimum life reviews help connect
the elderly residents with their own
past, and can function as a legacy of
life experiences to connect with future
generations. Joudrey also notes pastoral
services help enhance life satisfaction
during the aging process and offer
inner peace, by emphasizing past family
connections, religious traditions and
childhood experiences.
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Aren’t Just
for Kids
reminds older
that children
aren’t the only
ones who can receive
to helpprevent disease
– adults should be
mindful of vaccination
recommendations from the
Centers of Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC).
The American Lung Association, in
partnership with Pfizer, is urging adults age
50 and older to talk with their healthcare
provider about getting vaccinated against
serious and preventable lung diseases such as
influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia.
“It’s always better to help prevent a disease
than to treat it after it occurs,” said Norman
Edelman, M.D., Senior Scientific Advisor of
the American Lung Association. “One of the
best things you can do to take charge of your
health is to talk to your healthcare provider
about getting vaccinated.”
Approximately 40,000 to 50,000 adults
in the U.S. die from vaccine-preventable
infectious diseases or their complications
each year.” More than just a bad cold,
seasonal flu and pneumonia are serious
lung diseases. Pneumococcal pneumonia,
specifically, has been estimated to hospitalize
a quarter of a million Americans 50 and
older, with an average hospital stay lasting
five days.
The risk of contracting these potentially
life-threatening respiratory infections
increases even for healthy adults as the
immune system naturally ages. And adults
with chronic lung diseases such as asthma
and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
and those adults who smoke are at even
higher risk.
“Vaccines are vital to protecting lung
health, especially when it comes to influenza
and pneumococcal pneumonia, which can
have a devastating impact on the lives of
those whose lungs are already compromised
by asthma, COPD and other chronic
respiratory conditions,” said Edelman.
“Healthcare providers play a vital role
in educating their patients on the need
to keep their immunizations up to date,”
said Gregg Sylvester, M.D., Vice President,
Americas Medical & Scientific Affairs, Pfizer
Vaccines. “We’re committed to increasing
immunization rates to help reduce the
spread of vaccine preventable diseases and
encourage older adults to make it a priority
to confirm their vaccination needs with their
healthcare provider.”
Mendon is holding free flu clinics on Friday,
October 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Senior
Center, Providence St. and on Wednesday,
October 21 at the Mendon Town Hall, 20
Main St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Upton offers free
flu shots at the Board of Heath office in Town
Hall. Please call 508-529-3110 or 508-5296813 to schedule an appointment. Residents
are reminded to wear short sleeve shirts and
bring their insurance card with them.
Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Support Group
The SALMON VNA & Hospice holds an Alzheimer’s Caregivers’
Support Group the first and third Tuesday of each month from
1 to 2:30 p.m. at their facility, 37 Birch St., Milford. Contact:
Nancy Durkin, MSSW, LICSW, 508-473-0862, ext. 1847. This
support group is for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s
disease, dementia, and other types of memory loss. The support
group is free of charge and accessible to people with disabilities.
Because seating is limited, we ask new participants to call to
reserve a space.
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Peter Penniman: Revolutionary and Patriot
Submitted by Richard Grady & John Trainor
Mendon Historians
Peter Penniman of Mendon demonstrated
the spirit of the American Revolution in many
ways. His years of service as a soldier and as a
public servant were extraordinary.
The alarm of Lexington and Concord
reached Mendon during the day of April 19,
1775. The town was well prepared. Through
communications with the Committee
of Correspondence and delegates at the
Provincial Congress, it was well known that
the British authorities stationed in Boston
would be attempting to kidnap and arrest
colonial ringleaders, Samuel Adams and
John Hancock. As the news spread through
Mendon, our Minutemen assembled and
mustered at the training field now known as
Founders’ Park, across from Ammidon Tavern.
There were four Mendon companies, 164
soldiers in total, each equipped with a firearm,
bayonet, pouch, knapsack and 30 rounds of
Captain Penniman and his courageous
soldiers marched up North Avenue about 150
yards, turned right onto Middle Post Road and
headed to Boston. There they met Minutemen
from many other towns and surrounded
British troops who had returned from
Concord. Penniman served in the Continental
Army in various companies for four years until
his retirement in 1779. At that time, his spirit
of patriotism was directed from the military to
a legislative life of creating a new government.
Penniman participated in the Massachusetts
Constitutional Convention and became
a representative and a senator in the new
Massachusetts Legislature. He later served in
the Governor’s Council.
Penniman exemplified the spirit of the
American Revolution at the highest level. He
was the ultimate patriot. He died July 8, 1805,
and he is buried in Old Cemetery.
The Penniman family lived at 49 Blackstone
St., currently the historic home of Janice
Muldoon Moors. Captain Penniman’s grave
will be visited on October 24, when the
Mendon Historical Society sponsors a tour of
the town’s Old Cemetery on Providence St. just
south of Town Hall.
The gravestone of Peter Penniman is in Mendon’s Old Cemetery. The inscription
reads: “Erected to the Memory of the Hon Peter Penniman, Esq. who died, July 8th
1805, In the 77th Year of, His age.” The epitaph reads: “Behold the hour the awful
hour, Our Father’s friendly voice is heard no more. His soul to God in faith has
given, In certain hopes of life in heaven.” John Trainor photo
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In late September the annual Woofstock
Festival took place to encourage more pet
adoptions and raise money to benefit local
animal shelters. The event included live music,
demonstrations, rescue groups and local
vendors. First implemented in 2011 as a way
to celebrate a local nonprofit, Buddy Dog’s
of Sudbury, now in its 50th year of rescuing
and homing thousands of dogs and cats, the
Woofstock Festival currently recruits more
than 40 organizations each year for this event.
Shown in the photo were two pets available
for adoption, which were shown during the
Woofstock 2015. Due to the process involved,
no pets are adopted during the actual event.
One of the sponsors for the event was Colonial
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day, gave away free cleaning services and
taught pet lovers how to keep the homes
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OCTOBER 16, 2015
Fall Fix Up
“Green-Thumbs” Up for Clough School Garden
By Melissa Orff
Staff Reporter
Fresh tomatoes, broccoli, green and red peppers, kale,
lettuce, herbs…no, these weren’t from a local farm stand
but picked fresh from the gardens at the Clough Elementary
The garden, which was a new addition to the school this
spring, has yielded an abundance of vegetables and herbs
that have been going garden-to-table in the school’s cafeteria,
providing healthy menu options for students and staff.
Back in December, Clough was awarded a $2,000 grant
from Stop & Shop to establish a school garden, a project that
the school had been hoping to accomplish for some time.
With the help of a number of community members
including Blackstone Valley Regional Technical High
School student Jack Duncan, who volunteered to be part of
the project through a leadership program at his school, the
school was able to break ground on their six new garden
beds in April. The project also received some help from
Mendon Greenhouse Owner Colleen Oncay, who provided
not only planting materials, but also advice and expertise to
guide them through the process of starting a school garden
for the first time.
Even though school was out for the summer starting
in June, the garden project kept flourishing through the
months of July and August. “We had so many families
volunteer to water and harvest the vegies and bring
them to the Senior Center over the summer,” said Tara
Bellefontaine, Clough’s School Nurse and one of the
organizers of the school garden project.
Now that school is back in session, the students are once
again taking an active part in the garden by taking turns
watering and harvesting the vegetables. Not only do the
students get to be part of the project during the school day,
but Bellefontaine is also leading a before-school Garden
Club two days a week, where students can learn more about
the planting and care of a garden and are getting to sample
the fruits of their labor.
Clough Elementary School student Ella Blakesly waters the
school gardens which have yielded a huge crop of tomatoes,
peppers, kale, and broccoli this year. The vegies are going
straight into Clough’s cafeteria to be used in the salad bar and
in different healthy recipes. Contributed photo.
“That has been so much fun…to see kids try broccoli
for the first time, something that they wouldn’t eat at
home,” said Bellefontaine.
“Kids actually really enjoy gardening, and I have learned
that if they pick it, they will try it,” she laughed. “It is really
cool to see.”
Bellefontaine said that the vegies such as tomatoes
and peppers are going straight into the salad bar in the
cafeteria while the herbs are being dried to use over
the winter in different recipes. As for the kale…”Mrs.
[MaryLee] Siple makes the best Kale Chips,” said
Clough students Jacob Selby, Charli Canderlario, Macey
Campbell & Aidan Calianos pick vegies from the school
gardens. The before-school Garden Club has picked over
23 pounds of vegetables alone. Contributed photo.
Bellefontaine. “The kids love them.”
Although the end to this year’s garden is right around
the corner with winter approaching, plans are already in
the works for next year’s garden. Bellefontaine said that
she is working with the Garden Clubs to decide what to
plant next year, and that the whole school will be getting
involved with a ‘planting of the green’ project on St.
Patrick’s Day.
“It has been a lot of work, but it has all been worth it,”
said Bellefontaine. “The student’s excitement about the
garden is amazing,” she said.
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The Upton Open Space Committee
welcomes back mycologist Lawrence
Millman, who will lead a Fungi Walk and
Discussion at Stefans Farm, Mechanic St.
Upton on Sunday October 25 at 1 p.m. Millman has written 16 books,
including the first guidebook to New
England mushrooms, Fascinating Fungi
of New England. Millman’s writing
has also appeared in Smithsonian,
National Geographic Adventure, the
Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, and
Islands. He will give a talk after which
he will lead a walk on the Stefans Farm
trails to find the fungi. The talk will be
given outdoors so bring a lawn chair
or something else to sit on, and dress
for the weather. The event is limited
to 15 people and pre-registration is
required. This program is for those 16
and up. A liability waiver is required of
all participants. To pre-register send an
email to [email protected]
net. Participants will not forage for edible
fungi. This event is free of charge thanks
to funding support from the Upton
Open Space Committee.
Guided Autumn
Hike at Stefans Farm,
Fungi Walk and
Discussion with
Lawrence Millman
Join the Blackstone River Watershed
Association (BRWA) on Sunday,
November 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. as we
explore one of the natural treasures
within the watershed at the Stefans
Farm, Mechanic St., Upton. Susan
Thomas, BRWA Program Coordinator
and natural history guide, will lead us
on a scenic hike through the fields and
woodlands of this previously farmed
property, which was purchased by the
town of Upton in 2003 as open space.
The 120-acre parcel includes riparian
areas, vernal pools, wetlands, meadows,
and forested habitats that support a
robust assemblage of plants and animals.
Intermittent streams on the property
drain to Warren Brook, and the entire
area is part of the Miscoe, Warren, and
Whitehall Watersheds Area of Critical
Ecological Concern (ACOE), which in
turn lies within the Blackstone River
watershed. We’ll also witness numerous
reminders of the land’s rich agricultural
This will be a moderate, three-mile
hike. The ground is uneven and could
be wet or muddy depending on the
weather. Wear appropriate footwear
and bring water. Following the hike, we
will return to the parking area for warm
drinks and refreshments. We hope that
you can join us!
The hike is free to BRWA members
and $5 for nonmembers, $15/family, to
help defray program costs. To become a
member sign up at the event or online at
To reach Stefans Farm, take Rt. 140 S
from the Grafton/Upton line and turn
left onto Mechanic Street. From Upton
Center, take Rt. 140 N to Mechanic
Street on your right. Proceed one mile
to a gravel parking area on the right
immediately past the powerlines
For more information, or to reserve
your spot, contact us at: [email protected]
thebrwa.org, or 508-278-5200.
OCTOBER 16, 2015
Fall Fix Up
Greenleaf Garden Club
Annual November
Holiday Gala
The Greenleaf Garden Club now has
tickets on sale for Fall and Winter Fantasy,
its holiday gala fundraiser to be held on
Monday evening, November 16 at the Ruth
Anne Bleakney Senior Center, 60 N. Bow
St. Milford at 6:30 p.m. beginning with
refreshments. The club has invited Tony
Todesco, who will entertain the audience
with his stories as he demonstrates the
creation of winter holiday designs. Tickets
are $12 and can be obtained from any
garden club member or from Nancy Wijick,
at 508-478-0854. Tickets are limited and
usually sell quickly. All proceeds go to the
club’s scholarship and many civic projects.
Again this year, a drawing will be held for
Todesco’s designs and 50 themed baskets,
handcrafted items and gift certificates.
Tony Todesco is the owner of One Main
St. Studio in Stow. He is an accredited
master National Garden Club Flower Show
judge. His work has been shown at the
MFA in Boston. He often introduces the
unexpected into his designs. As a designer
he has a colorful style and has a creative
flair with plant material. He not only
interprets design trends, but helps create
Sandra Tosches, chairman of the annual
event says that the holiday gala should be
spectacular and guarantees that everyone
will be thrilled with the evening.
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OCTOBER 16, 2015
School News
School Highlights
Mendon-Upton Regional
Compiled by Melissa Orff
CLOUGH: Clough students and staff kicked
off their Fuel Up to Play 60, 100 Mile Club
on October 14 by taking a lap around the
building to help get their blood flowing
to their brains to enhance their learning
experience. Don’t forget to have your child
log the school walk into their play on the
Fuel Up to Play 60 website.
There are approximately 165 students
enrolled in the before and after school
Enrichment Classes for the first session
which are: Gardening Club, American Girl
Dolls, Robotics, Nature Club, Variety Sports,
Art Club, Fuel Up to Play 60, Fun with Food,
Math for Girls, Fun and Breakfast and Yoga
for Kids.
Clough Elementary School is partnering
with Charles River Bank to offer a banking
program for students in grades K-4. It’s
an opportunity for children to develop
good savings habits and reinforce the
math skills they learn in class by counting
money and keeping track of their account
balance in their register. “We appreciate the
opportunity to have our students work with
the local bank,” said Clough Principal Janice
Clough Students will once again
be allowed to come to school in their
Halloween costume on Friday October 30.
Parents are welcome to join us in the gym to
watch the children parade at approximately
9:30 a.m.
Clough Elementary invites parents and
community members to join them at the
school on October 27 from 6-8:15p.m.
for the Keys to Clough Informational
MEMORIAL: On October 8 the students at
Memorial School attended a presentation
Rachel’s Challenge Elementary Program,
sponsored by the PTO, please see the article
on page on this page.
On October 16, students participated
in a Field Day titled Move-a-Thon to raise
money for the PTO. Family and friends were
encouraged to sponsor students for the event
to promote exercise and healthy choices.
With the funds that were raised, the PTO
provides field trips, performances, and fills
teachers’ requests at Memorial School. All
participating students received an award and
the three top fund raisers won lunch with a
friend and Principal Debra Swain.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held
on November 9 and 10. Both days will be a
half day for students.
MISCOE: As part of the Miscoe Hill STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Math) initiative, on Saturday, November
7, eleven 7th & 8th grade students were
chosen to attend the 8th Annual Blackstone
Valley STEM Kids…Branching Out
Conference with 7th grade science teacher,
Alex Conant. Students are Brooke Glasier,
Brynna Seligman, Daniel Trainor, Kaylee
Lukasek, Kendall Jason, Sarah Milch,
Gabriel Holzman, Allison Shepherd, Emily
Crosier, Julia Orff, and Molly Fitzgerald.
The educational program included; Catch
the Wave: Electrophysics of Music, Robots:
Vacuuming Your Bedroom Today and
Exploring the Universe Tomorrow and Hey,
I Wish I Did That In Class-Fun with Math
and Science.
Miscoe’s after-school clubs have begun
and due to the passage of the override, are
offered to students at no fee. Some of the
clubs include: Art Club 5/6–Wednesdays
with Alice Gentili; Art Club 7/8-Wednesdays
with Jonathan Hanson; Yearbook Club
(grades 5-8) Tuesdays with advisor Jennifer
Grant; Newspaper Club 5-8 [email protected]
org with any questions, and Newspaper Club
(grades 5-8) Thursdays with advisors Karen
Arnold, Jodi McGowan, and Melissa Orff.
Miscoe’s Guidance Staff have started
a Peer Mentoring Program and have
already set up 15 pairs of students. More
information will be forthcoming.
Miscoe Hill’s library is up and running
with the new addition of Library/Media
Teacher, Karen Arnold but help is needed.
To volunteer in the library please contact
Arnold directly at [email protected]
Miscoe Hill School Council is in need
two parents and one community member
to work join the council. Meetings are
afterschool for about 90 minutes once a
month to discuss and decide on programing
at the middle school as well as new school
initiatives. If you are interested please
contact Principal Ann Meyer at [email protected]
The Miscoe Hill Youth Theatre is currently
rehearsing for their fall production,
Charlotte’s Web, a classic story written by E.
B. White and adapted for the stage by Joseph
Robinette. The cast of 55 under the direction
of Stacy Appleby assisted by Dan Rogers,
includes Sydney Vanasse as Wilbur, Abigail
Paul as Charlotte, and Miranda dos Santos
as Fern Arable, the darling little girl who
saves Wilbur from being slaughtered after he
was born a runt. Show dates and times are
Friday, November 6 at 7 p.m. and Saturday,
November 7 at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets may
be purchased online (http://www.ticketstage.
com/T/MHYT) beginning in late October at
a price of $8 for adults and $5 for students,
or at the door on the day of the show for an
additional $2 per ticket.
NIPMUC: On October 2, 60 fellows from
the National Defense University arrived
at Nipmuc Regional High School for a
presentation by Principal John Clements on
education, shadowed Nipmuc students in
the classroom, had a tour of the building,
and joined the students at lunch. The
international visitors are some of the most
diplomatic minds in each of their respective
countries – most are colonels, generals,
or equivalent. During their year-long stay,
the fellows visit the Blackfoot Pow Wow in
Montana, a demolished neighborhood in
Detroit, Google HQ in California, Harvard
University, an oil rig in Texas, a maximum
security prison in Tennessee, an aircraft
carrier in Norfolk, and one American public
high school – Nipmuc. The visits are to
help them understand the culture, diversity,
history, and society of the different people in
the United States. Some of the 60 countries
represented were: Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Egypt, Ethiopia, France, India, Japan, Jordan,
Kuwait, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway,
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Taiwan, and
Vietnam. The students enjoyed this rare
On November 1 Nipmuc will welcome an
accreditation team from the New England
Association of Schools and Colleges
(NEASC). As a fully-accredited school,
Nipmuc has the opportunity to host a team
of educators every ten years as they evaluate
all aspects of the school’s teaching, learning,
and programming. During the course of
the past several years, Nipmuc’s faculty and
students have made tremendous progress in
meeting and exceeding NEASC’s standards
for accreditation. “Our school community is
looking forward to the opportunity to share
our achievements with the visiting team
and gain feedback for the school’s continued
improvement,” said Clements.
Nipmuc’s annual Homecoming Weekend
will be held on October 23-24. For a full
weekend schedule, sse page 5.
A Kindness and Compassion Rally at Memorial Elementary
By Melissa Orff
Staff Reporter
On October 8, students at Memorial Elementary School put away
their school books for a while to learn a different kind of a lesson
– how a simple act of kindness and compassion can start a “chain
reaction” of kindness all around you.
Thanks to a grant from the Memorial PTO, the school was able to
bring back the Rachel’s Challenge program that had been presented
to students, parents, and community members in 2011.
Rachel Scott was the first person killed at the Columbine High
School shootings on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and
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compassion for others as well as her writings in her journals
inspired her family to start Rachel’s Challenge, a motivational and
educational program to teach the important values of kindness
and compassion to students as well as adults.
Her story and message has been heard by over 22 million
people around the world and the Rachel’s Challenge program is
presented at hundreds of school each year.
During two separate 45-minute presentations, students at
Memorial were challenged to start a “chain reaction of kindness,”
a theory of Scott’s where if you do something nice for someone it
will start of chain reaction of the same.
The interactive program allowed students to hear about Rachel’s
life, and how she exemplified the ideals of kindness, caring,
and compassion. Using stories and videos of different scenarios
students could be faced with at school or at home, the message
was clear - a little kindness can go a long way.
Rachel’s Challenge presenter Torski Arnold engaged the
students by asking them to point out examples of kindness and
compassion during video clips, and asked them for ideas of
how they could be kind to others at home. “Rachel was kind to
everyone – her teachers, people at school, even her brothers and
sisters,” said Arnold. “Rachel believed that everyone should be
treated with kindness, even people who were different from her.”
Arnold challenged the students to follow the examples of
Rachel in how she lived her life – use kind words and do kind
things; accept and include others, even those that are different
from you; choose positive influences in your life; set goals; and
keep a journal or diary.
Students were also asked to write down acts of kindness that
they observe in others to put linked together in a paper chain
symbolizing Rachel’s idea of the “chain reaction of kindness.”
“Whose ready to make a chain reaction?” asked Arnold to the
enthusiastic response of the students.
Lessons understanding the importance of treating others with
kindness and compassion are not new at Memorial. For the
past several years the school has been reinforcing the Rachel’s
Challenge message during the school day, both with talk
about the ideals of kindness and with acts of service for their
community. “We tie these messages about kindness back into
the community with programs such as our caring breakfast and
our [annual] caroling at the senior center,” said Chrissy Horn,
Physical Education Teacher at Memorial. “We want the students
Rachel’s Challenge presenter Torski Arnold talks
about the importance of kindness and compassion
during the October 8 presentation at Memorial
Elementary School.
to understand the importance of being kind
and caring at school, on the playing fields, at
home…everywhere,” she said.
And having that message sink in, even
at an early age, is the goal of the Rachel’s
Challenge Program as well.
“We want students to see how much of an
impact kindness and compassion can have
and then challenge them to talk about how
they can have that same impact on others,”
said Arnold about the program they bring to
elementary schools.
“It’s really pep rally of kindness and
compassion!” she said.
OCTOBER 16, 2015
School News
Three New Teachers at Miscoe Hill
By Melissa Orff
Staff Reporter
The Miscoe Hill School has welcomed
new teachers to the 5th, 6th, and 8th grades
this year while welcoming back a few
seasoned Miscoe teachers to new positions.
James Charest, who
has a Bachelor’s degree
in History with a minor
in Secondary Education
from Framingham State
University and is working
on his Master’s in History
at Norwich University, has
been hired as an 8th Grade
Charest, 8th World Experience Teacher at
Grade World Miscoe.
After graduating college,
Charest worked for three
years at Hopedale High School as a 9th and
10th grade History Teacher and then for
three years at Sharon High School as an
Aide and a Long Term Substitute Teacher.
Although he had a good deal of
experience working with older students,
Charest said that the switch to middle
school has been a positive one for him. “I
love the energy of middle school,” he said. “I
like the fact that they are still growing and
learning about who they are as people and as veered in a new direction. “I realized that I
had a passion for the science side but not the
Charest said that the subject that he chose nursing side; and I loved teaching,” he said.
to teach as a career had a lot to do with
Conant did his student teaching at a
teachers that inspired him when growing
middle school in Pennsylvania, teaching 6th
up. “I have always loved history and I had
and 8th grade Science. After completing his
fantastic History teachers in high school.
degree, Conant returned to his home state,
Massachusetts, and began his career as a 6th
It was the only class where the teachers
grade Science Teacher at Thurgood Marshall
consistently asked me what I thought and
Middle School, Lynn, where he taught for a
engaged me as a learner.”
Charest said that he is happy to be
Along with teaching, Conant was also
working at Miscoe and is impressed with the
a baseball coach in Lynn and hopes to
district’s 1:1 technology initiative. “It allows
continue with coaching in the future in
the students to be inquisitive and develops
the 21st century skills and digital citizenship the Mendon Upton district. “This is a great
that they need.”
community, the school is supported by the
community which is important,” he said.
Alex Conant, who
Allison Woodworth,
earned his bachelor’s
who earned Bachelor’s in
from Messiah College
Spanish and an Elementary
Mechanicsburg, Penn., in
Education Certificate for
Middle Level Education
grades 1 through 6 from
with a concentration
Regis College, has been
in Science, is a new 7th
hired as a new 5th grade
Grade Life Science Teacher
Alex Conant,
at Miscoe.
teacher at Miscoe.
7th Grade
Although he entered
Knowing that she wanted
Science Teacher college as a nursing student, Woodworth, 5th to be an elementary school
Grade Teacher teacher from a young age,
Conant said after working as a substitute
teacher during his breaks, his career path
Woodworth said that she decided to study
Spanish in college because it was a subject
that she had a passion for. “I studied Spanish
in High School and did really well and
enjoyed the language, so I continued on in
college,” she said.
Woodworth started her teaching career in
Plainville and worked part time as a Spanish
teacher for students in kindergarten through
third grade for 6 years.
Last year, Woodworth was hired as a longterm sub to cover a leave of absence for a 5th
grade classroom on the Spanish Immersion
team. Woodworth started in October and
ended up spending the school year teaching
at Miscoe.
When she heard that there would be a
permanent opening again in the 5th grade,
Woodworth said she knew it would be a
“nice fit.” “It was great because I had already
spent a year teaching 5th grade here and was
already familiar with the curriculum,” she
said. “I really enjoyed it and got my feet wet
and now here I am,” she said.
Other teacher changes at Miscoe Hill this
year include former 6th grade teacher Beth
Gervais becoming the school’s Technology
Teacher and former 5th grade teacher Dan
Rogers transitioning to a 6th grade teacher.
Three New Positions at Miscoe Hill Thanks to the Override
By Melissa Orff
Staff Reporter
Miscoe Hill School has reopened the
school’s library and expanded the World
Language program this year due to the
successful passage of the override. Three
new teachers have been hired to fill those
Karen Arnold, who has
a degree in Anthropology
with a major in Archeology
and minor in Art History at
Franklin Pierce University,
has been hired as Miscoe’s
new Library/Media
Karen Arnold, Teacher.
After leaving college she
as an archeologist
all over New England for
four years. Although Arnold said that she
loved being an archeologist, it was difficult
to find permeant jobs in the field locally so
she decided to switch directions and become
a travel agent where she worked for two
years before heading back to school.
Arnold received her Master’s degree in
Librarianship specializing in archives at
Simmons College.
After earning her Master’s, Arnold worked
for four years as a Librarian at the Brockton
Public Library – West Branch, knowing that
she had found her calling. “I loved it; I love
to help people find information and be a
sounding board,” she said.
Before coming to Miscoe, Arnold also
worked as a Children’s Librarian at the
Falmouth Public Library for two years and
as the Librarian at Sacred Heart High School
in Kingston for five years where she was also
the Student Council Moderator and assisted
with the school’s newspaper.
Arnold is happy to be at Miscoe and part
of developing the library that has just been
reopened after many years. “I am excited
to help the library grow and blossom into a
place that is not just about books. It should
be a place to try new things and develop new
ideas,” she said.
Miscoe has expanded the World
Languages program with the hiring of a
Mandarin Teacher and a French and Spanish
Jennifer Keeler, who
has a degree in French and
Education from UMass
Amherst and a masters
from Boston College in
French Literature and
Culture, has been hired
Jennifer Keeler, as the new French and
French and Spanish Teacher for
Spanish Teacher students in grades 7 and
8. She comes to Miscoe
with over 15 years teaching experience,
having taught both French and/or Spanish
at a number of high schools in West
Boylston, Wachusett Regional, Northbridge,
Mansfield, and at the St. Peter Marian High
School. She has also taught French at a
middle school in Sudbury.
When deciding what she wanted to teach
back in college, Keeler said it was an easy
decision for her. “I love foreign languages.
I love learning about different cultures and
love to travel. It’s a subject that can be fun so
it’s fun to teach,” she said
Keeler said she loves watching kids
discovering a new foreign language, and
embracing it as they learn. “It’s fun to
see them so excited to say ‘hi’ to me in a
different language when I pass them in the
hall,” she said.
Keeler said that Miscoe’s new
“exploratory” foreign language program is
a good way to expose students to different
languages before they go into high school.
“Languages are a great tool to have when
you are older and figuring out what you
want to do for a job. It makes you a whole
person,” she said.
Xo Luo, who is from
Shanghai and received
her Bachelor’s degree in
Education in Hunan, has
been hired by the district
as a Mandarin Language
Teacher and is currently
Xu Luo, Mandarin Teacher
teaching four sections of Mandarin for 5th
and 6th grade students.
After graduating, Luo worked as a middle
school teacher teaching English to Chinese
students. Six years later, Luo decided to try
a new career path and began working in the
business industry in China using her duallanguage skills and ended up working for
over 10 years in logistics.
Luo and her family moved to the United
States this past spring, and when an opening
became available at Miscoe for a Mandarin
teacher, Luo knew it would be a good fit
for her. “I wanted to work in a school to
exchange my culture and background with
people here,” she said. “My family and I have
traveled a lot and I know that to understand
each other is very important – not only the
language but also the customs and history
and culture.”
Along with teaching during the school
day, Luo is also teaching an after-school
enrichment program at Miscoe on the
Art of Calligraphy, an ancient writing
technique that is traditional in Chinese
writing. “Calligraphy is a very typical symbol
of Chinese culture and philosophy and
language,” said Luo, who is also a certified
calligraphy teacher. “I like calligraphy very
much and like to teach it,” she said.
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OCTOBER 16, 2015
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Community Calendar
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publication date. Email to [email protected]
Bingo FUNdraiser
WESTBOROUGH-Enjoy a Bingo FUNdraiser
Night at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 45 Oak St.
Westborough, on Saturday, October 24, at 6
p.m. The cost is $10/person, $50 family cap.
Extra books can be purchased for $5 each.
Food tickets for the concession stand are $1
each; most items are one or two tickets. All are
welcome to attend this fun event! Bring your
friends and neighbors! For more information,
contact Benita Amsden at [email protected]
Free raffle ticket, one per family, with an
advance paid registration. Register on-line,
or, send a check made out to Beth Tikvah
Synagogue along with the player’s names to:
Beth Tikvah Synagogue, PO Box 1042, 45 Oak
St.,Westborough, MA 01581, ATTN: Bingo
CHSO Chamber Series-The Mirage
Violin Duo
WHITINSVILLE-The Claflin Hill Symphony
Orchestra (CHSO) Chamber Series begins the
season on Friday, October 30 with The Mirage
Violin Duo at Alternatives Singh Performance
Center, 50 Douglas Rd., Whitinsville at 7:30
p.m. Tickets for this concert and all other
2015/16 performances are now on sale at
ClafinHill.com by calling 508-478-5924 or by
mail at Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, 54
Claflin St., Milford MA 01757
The Mirage Violin Duo will feature husband
and wife Violin duo Tudor Dornescu and
Aleksandra Labinska, both mainstays of the
CHSO First Violin section, presenting an
energetic and vivacious program of violin duo
and chamber ensemble music, including works
of Wieniawski, Prokoviev, Handel, Bartok and
more. They are joined by CHSO Director and
Clarinetist Paul Surapine and other compatriots
from the CHSO for a performance of the
Mozart Clarinet Quintet.
Cochlear Implants
Association of America – Central Massachusetts
Chapter is sponsoring a free presentation on
Cochlear Implants on Saturday, November
14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Northborough Free
Library. Caitlin M. Cotter, Au.D., CCC, a
Clinical Audiologist UMass Memorial Medical
Center, will discuss why an implant is a good
idea, how does it work and offer personal
stories from implant users. The Hearing Loss
Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s
leading organization representing people with
hearing loss. According to the National Center
for Health Statistics 48 million (20 percent)
Americans have some degree of hearing loss
making it a public health issue third in line after
heart disease and arthritis. There is ample free
parking at the Northborough Library behind
the building, accessed via Patty Lane. For more
information: http://www.northboroughlibrary.
org/hours.asp. Refreshments and CART
provided. All are welcome. For more
information email [email protected]
Christmas Gallery of Arts and Crafts
MILFORD-The Christmas Gallery of Arts
and Crafts sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 18,
Milford will be held on Saturday, November
28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milford High
School Cafeteria/Great Hall, 31 West Fountain
St. Over 60 local crafters will be selling hand
make jewelry, soap, candles, woodwork, painted
items, totes, ornaments, stained glass and
handmade scarves, just to name a few. Enjoy
home baked desserts and lunch in Poinsettia’s
Kitchen, a picture with Santa while listening to
the Milford Community Chorus Melody and
Harmony Group. Don’t forget to purchase a fresh
Christmas wreath or basket to start the holiday
season. Admission fee $1 to be donated to local
CHSO Rogues, Rascals & Rapscallions!
MILFORD-Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra
(CHSO) Rogues, Rascals & Rapscallions, will be
performed on Saturday, November 14 at 7:30
p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Milford Town
Hall. Tickets for this concert and all others in the
2015/16 season are on sale now at ClafinHill.com
by calling 508-478-5924 or by mail at Claflin Hill
Symphony Orchestra, 54 Claflin St., Milford MA
The CHSO 16th Season opener held on the
birthday of celebrated American composer Aaron
Copland will feature his music in an energetic,
powerful and rollicking program devoted to the
mischievous nature that resides in us all. Music
from Mozart and Strauss will also be performed
and CHSO Principal Violist Dimitar Petkov will
perform the Rebecca Clarke Sonata for Violin and
Dining For Sight Events in Mendon
MENDON- Come out and enjoy your favorite
meals and benefit Lions Eye Research on
Wednesday, November 4 from 5 to 9 p.m.!
The Willowbrook Restaurant, 16 Hastings St.
in Mendon has teamed up with the Mendon
Lions to donate 15 percent of your meal receipt
to the Massachusetts Eye Research Fund. This
fund sponsors cutting edge research on diseases
of the eye like baby blindness and macular
degeneration. Lions members will be on hand
with the donation request forms to give to your
server. Please call Colleen Oncay at 508-4783425 for more information.
Girl Scout Community Day at
Peppercorn Hill
MILFORD- Come check out the new kiosk
at Peppercorn Hill Trail as part of Brianna
Croteau’s Girl Scout Gold Award. There will be
fun activities for the whole family on Sunday,
October 18. Stop by anytime from 1-4 p.m.
This is an outdoor event and hiking shoes are
suggested. Located on Milford/Upton Line, take
Reservoir Rd. to Crocket Rd. Parking limited so
carpooling is a good idea. For more information
contact Brianna Croteau at: 774-573-5454 or
[email protected]
282nd Anniversary of Freemasonry in Massachusetts
Masonic Open House
Sat., October 17th • 9am - 3pm
Montgomery Lodge
155 Main St., Milford • 508-473-9762
If you’ve been wanting to learn more about
Freemasonry, there’s never been a bettter time...
Come by the Lodge, meet your Masonic neighbors,
and discover the meaning of Masonry firsthand...
Refreshments, Tours, Media Presentations
Sacred Heart of Milford Fall
Rummage Sale
MILFORD-Milford Sacred Heart Women’s Club
will hold their Annual Fall Rummage Sale/Fair
on Saturday October 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the church, East St., Milford. The Fair will
include, a bake sale, food sale, great bargains for
the rummage sale and raffles. Free Admission
and free parking are available. All proceeds will
go to projects of the church. The women’s club is
a nonprofit organization.
Ben Franklin in Milford
MILFORD-The Milford Historical Commission
will welcome Ben Franklin to its Annual Open
House in Memorial Hall, 30 School St., Sunday,
October 18 at 2 p.m.
Dick Elliott from Danvers, a retired
professional actor, has been portraying Ben
Franklin for over 20 years. Dressing like the
famous American, Elliot tells delightful stories
with a great sense of humor.
A genius, Ben Franklin had over 200
inventions including how to contain electricity
and store it in batteries, invented the odometer,
made the first rocking chair and crafted wooden
teeth for George Washington. Besides knowing
Washington, he also knew the other founders of
the country and its first presidents, John Adams
and Thomas Jefferson.
The Museum will be open to visitors on the
first floor and the program will be held in the
GAR Hall on the second floor of Memorial Hall.
Refreshments will be served and the program is
free of charge.
The Museum is open to visitors every
Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. Meetings are held the
second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in
Memorial Hall. For information please call Lyn
Lovell at 508-473-7327 or Anne Lamontagne at
Save the Date for the Harlem Wizards
MILFORD-The Milford Junior Woman’s Club
(MJWC) of the General Federation of Women’s
Clubs of MA will be once again hosting the
Harlem Wizards on Tuesday October 20 at the
Milford High School Gym. Doors open at 6 p.m.
with Game Time from 7 to 9 p.m. Advance Student and Senior Citizen tickets
are $10 each. Advanced Adult tickets are $12
each. Tickets can be purchased through the
ticket forms handed out through the Milford
schools or by contacting Jeannette Schorn by
calling or texting 781-775-2607. Please leave a
detailed message by spelling your first and last
name, leave a method of contact (i.e. cell phone
number, home phone or email address), and
the number of adult and student/senior citizen
tickets. Tickets may be held under the provided
name and payment made when picked up the
evening of the game. Tickets may also be purchased at the door
the night of the game with Student and Senior
Citizen tickets at $12 each and Adult tickets at
$14 each.
Whitin Thanksgiving Day Five-Mile
Race & Two Mile Healthwalk
WHITINSVILLE-The 27th Annual
Thanksgiving Whitin Five-Mile Race and Two
Mile Healthwalk will be held on Thursday,
November 26 at 8:10 a.m. at the Whitin
Community Center, 60 Main St. Whitinsville.
Contact race director Linda Usher for more
information at [email protected], www.
whitinfive.com or on Facebook as whitinfive.
Trinity Church Community Dinners
MILFORD-Trinity Episcopal Church offers free,
nourishing meals to the local community. The
menu consists of an entrée, soup, salad, bread,
dessert, and beverage. All are welcome to come
and enjoy a hot meal. Meals are served from
4:30 to 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday, the last
Thursday, and the last Friday of every month.
For more information, contact the parish office
at 508-473-8464 or [email protected]
Thursday meals, hosted at Trinity Episcopal
Church, are sponsored by the volunteers of the
First United Methodist Church in Milford.
Volunteers to help prepare and serve meals
are always needed and most welcome.
Free Community Brown Bag Meal
MILFORD-Please join us for a free nutritious
community brown bag lunch / dinner on the
last Saturday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m.
at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Pine St.,
Milford. Please enter by the side door next
to the former Dunkin Donuts. The meal is
sponsored by Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish of
Milford. All are welcome, no questions asked.
Ridgewood Women’s Club 50th
MENDON-In 1965, a group of women
living in the new Ridgewood development of
Milford, met to form a women’s club. Declining
membership forced the club to disband during
the 1990s. However, some former members
and friends continued providing services to the
elderly for several more years.
Former members are planning an informal
lunch at the Willow Brook Restaurant, on Route
16 in Mendon. The lunch will be held at 12 noon
on Saturday, October 17. Menu prices will
All past members and friends interested in
attending this reunion are asked to call Dolores
McDonough at 508-473-7844, by Thursday,
October 8, to reserve a spot.
Friends of Milford Town Library
Book Sale
MILFORD-The Friends of the Milford Town
Library will be holding their semiannual book
sale on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Members of the Friend may also participate
in the sale on Friday, October 23 from 4 to 7
p.m. Memberships are $10 per year and may be
paid at the door.
Thousands of books are available: bestsellers,
mysteries, classics, books on history, investing,
hobbies and crafts, and children’s books. Audio
books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and videocassettes
are also available. Prices are 50 cents for mass
market (small pocket-size) paperbacks and
one dollar for hardcovers and trade paperbacks
(large-sized) in the adult section. All children’s
books are 25 cents. This is a great chance to
gather books for winter reading, entertaining
visiting grandchildren, or to lower the cost of
required school reading. You’ll find reading
and reference materials for both adults and
children, textbooks for home schooling, possibly
a favorite out-of-print title you’ve been searching
for or a copy of a treasured cookbook that was
lost in a move; all while helping the Friends fund
programs, museum passes and materials for the
If you have books to donate, please bring
them to the Milford Town Library before the
sale. We don’t accept textbooks more than fiveyears old or Readers Digest condensed books.
Spooktacular 5K and Monster Mile
Health Walk
HOPEDALE-The Friends of Historic Hopedale
(FOHH) is holding a Spooktacular 5K road Race
and Monster Mile Health Walk on Saturday,
October 31 at 10 a.m. Registration for the 5K is
$20 or $25 the day of the race while the Health
Walk fee is $5. To sign up for the event and
get more information visit Active.com, email
[email protected]
FOHH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
dedicated to historic preservation, charitable
giving, and community, philanthropic and
educational purposes. FOHH provides
assistance to the Town of Hopedale and
surrounding communities.
Greenleaf Garden Club Annual
November Holiday Gala
MILFORD-Greenleaf Garden Club has tickets
on sale for "Fall and Winter Fantasy", its
holiday gala fundraiser to be held on Monday,
November 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ruth Anne
Bleakney Senior Center. Tony Todesco will
entertain with his stories as he demonstrates the
creation of winter holiday designs. Tickets are
$12 and can be obtained from any garden club
member or from Nancy Wijick, at 508-478-0854.
Tickets are limited and usually sell quickly. All
proceeds go to the club’s scholarship and many
civic projects.
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Community Calendar
Harvest Home Festival & 5K
NORTH GRAFTON-Harvest Home Festival &
5K will be held on Sunday, November 1 from
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Community Harvest
Project, Brigham Hill Community Farm,
37 Wheeler Rd, North Grafton. Each year
Community Harvest Project (CHP) continues to
make significant contributions to hunger relief
and community building in Worcester County.
In 2014, CHP was able to grow and donate over
1.2 million servings of fresh fruits and vegetables
with the help of over 9,900 volunteer visitors
through our volunteer farming, education, and
leadership programs. The day begins with the 5K
on the Grafton Land Trust Trails followed by the
Harvest Home Festival. For more information
visit Community-Harvest.org/harvesthome.
9TH Annual Natural Living Expo
MARLBORO- The 9th Annual Natural Living
Expo presented by Spirit of Change Magazine
will be held at the Royal Plaza Trade Center,
181 Boston Post Rd West (Rt. 20), Marlborough
on Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to 6
p.m. and Sunday, November 15 from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Featuring 225 exhibits, 90 workshops,
healthy food court and cooking demos,
experience meditation room, free natural
product sample bar, handmade crafts, jewelry,
crystals, clothing, massages, healing sessions,
readings and more. Healing drumming event
on Saturday evening. Keynotes include John
Holland, Sonia Choquette, Dan Millman and
more. This is the largest holistic health event in
New England. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15
at the door. Contact www.naturalexpo.org or call
508-278-9640 x4
Preschool Art Party
MILFORD-Join the Preschool Art Party, where
preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years will have a great
time exploring art through various mediums,
beginning Saturday, October 24 and running
for six weeks through December 5 at 9:30 a.m.
at Memorial Hall, 30 School St. Milford. There
will be no class on November 28.
This program is offered by the Milford
Community School Use Program and
instructed by Antonella D’Aloia, who has been
teaching young children for 20 years, both as
an early childhood educator and a private art
instructor. She also specializes in teaching art to
developmentally disabled adults.
The goal of Art Party is to foster the creativity
in each child, build a sense of confidence and
pride through their work, and have fun doing
it. Children will be introduced to a variety of
different artistic media and styles, creating
unique works of art with water colors, acrylic
paints, oil pastels, chalk, and soft modeling clay.
All supplies will be provided by the instructor.
Parents should plan to remain with their
children and enjoy the activity.
This program information, as well as
registration forms, may be found on the Milford
Community Program website at www.mcs.
milford.ma.us. You may call the office at 508478-1119 with questions. All registration forms
and fees must be submitted to the Milford
Community Program office located at 31 West
Fountain St., Milford MA 01757 by October 24.
Day Trip to New York City
NEW YORK CITY-Sacred Heart Parish of
Milford is sponsoring a Day Trip to New York
City on Saturday, November 7. Cost is $49 per
person and will leave the parking lot across the
street from the church at 6:30 a.m. and leave
NYC at 6:30 p.m. Please call the rectory at 508634-5435 for reservation. Seats are limited.
Fundamental Floral Design
MILFORD-The Greenleaf Garden Club will
present a program, Fundamental Floral Design,
on October 19 at the Ruth Anne Bleakney
Senior Center, 60 N. Bow St., Milford. The
program will start with refreshments at 6:30
p.m. Nancy Vargas, an accomplished floral
designer from Le Jardin Blanc in Southborough
will create four different types of designs while
discussing the principles of design. She will
demonstrate various floral design techniques.
Vargas is an award-winning designer who
received training at Longwood Gardens, Temple
University and at the London studio of Paula
Pryke. She has taught design classes at Tower
Hill Botanical Gardens.
The Greenleaf Garden Club is a member of
the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Garden
Club Federation of MA, Inc. For information,
call Membership chairperson, Jean DeLuzio at
United Parish Turkey Supper
United Parish of Upton will host their
traditional Turkey Supper, on Saturday,
November 7 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for
adults, $5 for children. To purchase tickets,
contact the church office at 508-529-3192 or any
church member.
A Murder in Wellesley
MILFORD-On Thursday November 5, authors
Tom Farmer and Marty Foley will discuss their
book A Murder in Wellesley at the Milford Town
Library’s Granite and Quarry Rooms at 7 p.m. A
Murder in Wellesley takes the reader far beyond
the headlines and national news coverage
spawned by Mabel “May” Greineder’s killing
and tells the untold story of the meticulous
investigation led by State Police Detective Marty
Foley from the morning of the murder through
the affirmation of Dirk Greineder’s conviction
in 2010. Farmer, a former award-winning
newspaper reporter and editor, covered the case
while a reporter with the Boston Herald.
Exhaustive interviews with key figures
in the case, including many who have not
talked publicly until now, contribute to an
unprecedented behind-the-scenes account
of how investigators methodically built their
case against her husband, a prominent allergist
and family man who was soon revealed to be
leading a secret, double life involving prostitutes,
pornography, and trysts solicited through the
Internet. A fascinating true-crime procedural
that is also a deeply unsettling tale of the
psychopath you thought you knew, of deceptions
and double lives, and families torn apart by an
unthinkable crime. Sponsored by the Friends of
the Milford Town Library, this event is free and
open to the public.
Music at Mendon: Flyin’ High
MENDON-Music at Mendon is a series of free
concerts featuring a variety of musicians and
musical styles held at the Unitarian Church, 13
Maple St., Mendon. The next concert is October
18 at 7 p.m. featuring Flyin’ High. There is no
charge for any concert, but we invite those who
attend to bring a non-perishable food item to
support the local food banks.
Flyin’ High is an a cappella women’s quartet
singing in the Barbershop style. Members of
the Sweet Adelines, their energy filled concerts
include humor and song. Lynn Copp, tenor,
Jane Moores, lead, Lois Jensen, bari, Christine
Powers, bass.
Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide
organization of women singers, established in
1945, committed to advancing the musical art
form of barbershop harmony. This independent,
nonprofit music education association is one
of the world’s largest singing organizations
for women. “Harmonize the World” is
the organization’s motto. It has a current
membership of 24,000 and holds a yearly
international singing competition.
This concert is sponsored in part by the
Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more
information, contact the Unitarian Congregation
of Mendon and Uxbridge by eMail: [email protected]
comcast.net or phone, 508-473-8681.
The Granite Kiss: Discovering New
England Stone Walls
MILFORD-Kevin Gardner’s informal talk covers
a few of the main topics of his book about New
England stonewalls, The Granite Kiss: Traditions
and Techniques of Building New England Stone
Walls, will be presented at the Milford Town
Library on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m.
in the Granite and Quarry Rooms. Touching
on history, technique, stylistic development,
and aesthetics, he explains how and why New
England came to acquire its thousands of miles
of stone walls, the ways in which they and
other dry stone structures were built, how their
styles emerged and changed over time and
their significance to the famous New England
landscape. There is always a generous questionand-answer period, during which listeners are
encouraged to bring up specific problems or
projects on their own properties. Sponsored by
the Friends of the Milford Town Library, this
event is free and open to the public.
MHS Class of 1976 40th Reunion
MILFORD-2016 will mark the 40th year since
the Class of 1976 graduated from Milford
High School. Sounds crazy but it is true!! Class
members are asked to send any new email
addresses that have changed in the last five
years along with updated information regarding
address, phone number and/or name change to
Ann Robichaud at [email protected] The class
has a Facebook page, where alum may check out
any new information and/or news that occurs
regarding the reunion, Class of 1976, Milford.
Please pass this request on to those classmates
that do not receive this paper. A formal notice
for the reunion will be later next year.
MACC Events
Foxwoods Trip
MILFORD-The Knights of Columbus Valencia
Council 80 is sponsoring a trip to Foxwoods
on Friday, November 13. The bus leaves the
Milford Municipal parking lot across from
Sacred Heart Church at 4 p.m. and leaves
Foxwoods at 11 p.m. The cost is $20 per
person, for anyone 21 or older, and includes
transportation, plus $10 in a food voucher and
slot plays.
To reserve a seat contact Jim Burke, F.D.D. at
508-478-9813 by the November 6 deadline. Chicken Supper
MENDON-The Unitarian Congregation of
Mendon and Uxbridge, Maple St. Mendon, will be
hosting a Chicken Supper on Saturday October
24 from 5 to 7 p.m. The complete meal with all
the fixin’s is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
Please come and enjoy the good food and great
company. For reservations please contact the
Unitarian Congregation of Mendon and Uxbridge
by email [email protected] or phone 508473-8681.
OCTOBER 16, 2015
AREA- The Milford Area Chamber of
Commerce (MACC) will be holding the
following events. To reserve your place call 508473-6700 or email [email protected]
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visit www.milfordchamber.org.
E-Marketing Seminar, Five Secret Social
Media Timesavers, Tuesday, October 20 at 11:30
a.m. at the Chamber Offices, 258 Main St, Suite
306, Milford. Includes lunch.
Connecting Women Leaders Lunch on
Thursday, October 22, at Restaurant 45, 45
Milford St., Medway at 11:30 a.m. Jennifer
Vondenbrink of LS Business Solutions will speak
on Leave a Legacy Every Day.
MACC Match lunch on Friday, October 23 at
11:45 a.m. at Asia Café, 94 Main St., Milford
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a.m. at the Chamber Office, 258 Main St., Suite
306, Milford. Includes lunch.
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MILFORD-the 2015 Pumpkin Stroll will be
held on Saturday, October 24 with a rain date
of October 25.
This year’s Pumpkin Stroll is back to its
original location. Plains Park, Lions Club
pavilion, Cedar St., Rt 85. All are invited to
carve a pumpkin that will be viewed by those
joining in the “trick or treating.”
Pumpkin carvers are asked to drop off their
creations at the pavilion between the hours
of 4:30-5:30 p.m. Three $25 gift cards will be
awarded for the scariest, funniest and most
creative pumpkins. Prizes will be awarded at 7
p.m.; you must be present to win. All children
are invited to dress up in their Halloween
costumes to enjoy Trick or Treating at the
courts from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Local businesses will
be set up tables to hand out treats: don’t forget
to bring your Trick or Treat bag! The creatively
carved pumpkins will be illuminated and be
While the entire evening is free, a collection
box for the Daily Bread Food Pantry will be set
up for anyone who wishes to make a donation
of a non-perishable food item.
Milford’s Pumpkin Stroll is sponosored by
the Milford Parks and Recreation Department,
Michael Shain with Village Mortgage Milford,
Medway Oil and Propane, The Law office of
Michael Kaplan and WMRC radio 1490. For
more information about Milford’s Pumpkin
Stroll, please contact Shain, 508-330-8487.
Milford Regional Medical Center
Auxiliary –Membership Meeting
MILFORD-On Wednesday, November 18,
from3:30 to6:30 p.m. in the hospital Conference
Rooms A & B, 41 Prospect Street, Milford, the
Milford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will
hold a membership meeting. Guest speakers
will be the Medical Center CEO Frank Saba,
Ed Kelly, and Auxiliary President, Andra
Stone. All residents of the area are invited to
become members of a group that helps support
the work of MRMC, a community hospital
serving 24 towns. .In addition to the speakers,
there will be a tour of the Medical Center’s
exciting new expansion which includes a new
ER, ICU and patient rooms.
There are72 men and women current
members and many of them will be present
to answer all of your questions. For more
information, call 508-422-2099.
Milford Regional Medical Center
Auxiliary Meeting
MILFORD-The Milford Regional Medical
Center Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday,
November 10 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the
MRMC Conference Room A, 14 Prospect St.,
Milford. The public is welcome and encouraged
to consider joining this successful organization.
The Auxiliary conducts many fundraisers
throughout the year, which provide support to
MRMC departments and the Auxiliary has also
contributed to the expansion of the Medical
Center, which is well underway. For more
information about the Auxiliary, please call 508422-2099.
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The results for the Nipmuc Regional High School
football team over the past couple of weeks are not an
indication of how hard the team has played, head coach Shawn Hill said.
The Warriors dropped to 2-3 on the season after losing back-to-back
games. Northbridge got the better of Nipmuc last week by a 34-0 final
and St. Bernard’s earned a 42-12 victory two weeks ago.
“I thought our kids have hung in there and played hard,” he said. “I
don’t think we played our best against St. Bernard’s, but they are a good
team and Northbridge is an outstanding, very talented team.”
Hill said special teams have been one issue. His team gave up two
special teams touchdowns, as well as a number of big plays, against St.
Bernard’s. Hill thought the defense improved last weekend, however,
particularly the play of the secondary.
“Jake Rofrano, Jared Plumb, Grant Jorgensen, they all played pretty
well last week in the passing game,” Hill said. “I thought it was a big
improvement for our secondary, a big improvement.”
The head coach also praised the play of his offensive line, particularly
seniors Chris Bechara and Ryan Nelson. “Pretty much our entire
offensive line has played well,” he said. “We played Northbridge tough up
front and our backs ran really hard.”
Hill highlighted the entire compliment of Nipmuc backs, including
Kyle Nocera, Pete Schiloski, Max Polay, and Michael Manning. “We
moved the ball well on the ground, we had over 200 yards rushing,” Hill
said, referring to the Northbridge game. “We just didn’t have enough
other things going on to overcome them.”
Working against the Warriors this year has been a difficult schedule,
which includes a pair of undefeated teams, a one-loss team, and a 3-2
Oakmont team that has only lost to Nipmuc. Tyngsboro beat Nipmuc on
opening night.
“We have played a tough schedule and I hope we learn from it any take
it into the rest of the season and build,” Hill said. “That starts this week.”
This Saturday, Nipmuc hosts 2-3 Worcester Burncoat, a team Hill said
is improving. The Patriots come in off a 32-8 blowout last Saturday over
Worcester South.
“I think we have to come in and play well, if we don’t, we are not going
to win,” Hill said. “Bottom line is we have to play better and we have to
coach better.”
The Milford High School Hall
of Fame Committee is proud to
announce the recently elected
“Class of 2015” Milford High School
Athletic Hall of Fame. The inductees are Alyssa Balboni,
’97; Michele Barys, ’83; Ernest
Chaplin, ’79; Anthony Consigli, ’85;
Patrick Cornelius, ’76; Joseph Lasorsa,
’65; Susan Mastroianni, ’79; Richard
“Dickie” Pilla, ’64; Christopher Wild,
’88; and Peter Filosa, ’67, Contributor.
Also being inducted are the 1980 and
1981 Girls Volleyball Teams and the
1996 State Championship Wrestling
The Hall of Fame Banquet and
Induction will be held on Sunday
afternoon, November 15 at 2 p.m.
at the Imperial Ballroom, Lakeview
Park, Mendon. Tickets are now on
sale and can be purchased for $ 35
each by contacting Milford High
School Athletic Director Peter
Boucher or Committee Chairman
Nick Zacchilli ([email protected]
com). All tickets must be purchased
by November 1. There will not be any
tickets available at the door.
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BVT Football Rolls to 4th Straight Win
By Chris Villani
Sports Reporter/Columnist
Blackstone Valley Tech football
coach Jim Archibald issued a
challenge to his team after the
Beavers dropped their season
opener to Maynard. Four games
- and four decisive wins - later, it
seems the message came through
loud and clear.
“As soon as the last seconds
ticked off on the Maynard game,
we had them in the huddle and told
them what we expected and what
they needed to do,” Archibald said.
“They have responded well and
done what we have asked and we
are very proud of the results.”
BVT is 4-1 on the season
heading into this Saturday’s road
game against Sutton. The Beavers
hammered Quaboag last week on
homecoming, jumping out to a
42-0 lead and winning by a final of
“It was a great win for our kids,”
Archibald said. “Quaboag was 0-4
but that record didn’t indicate how
well they have played in some of
their games. We got some good
field positios and made some nice
plays down the field. We got out to
a nice lead and we let the younger
kids put it in cruise control toward
the end.”
Senior Chris Lira helped Valley
Tech get off to a strong start with
an interception on the second
Quaboag drive that put the Beavers’
offense in good field position. A
fourth-down stop by the BVT
defense also gave the offense a
short field with which to work.
Junior quarterback Hector
Petri has been a dual threat for
the Beavers all season. He threw
for two touchdowns against
Quaboag and ran for two more.
On the season, the signal caller has
amassed 773 passing yards and 578
yards on the ground. Archibald
calls him the “catalyst” of the BVT
Unlike past seasons, when the
Beavers have focused primarily on
one or two players, this year’s squad
features a great deal of balance.
Lira, senior Matt Marchant,
and junior Dylan Ramos have
all amassed around 200 yards
receiving. Junior Kevin Barthelmes,
along with Marchant and Ramos,
join Petri in sparking the Valley
Tech run game. Barthelmes ran
for a touchdown and reeled in a
25-yard TD pass from Petri in the
Quaboag win and Marchant also
scored twice - a 65-yard touchdown
card and a 25-yard touchdown run.
“I feel like we are tough to stop
when we are firing on all cylinders,”
Archibald said. “At any point we
feel like we can run it or pass it.”
Other teams know it too. Against
Worcester Tech, a 28-0 Beaver
win two weeks ago, BVT faced a
third down and 19. Archibald said
he could hear the coaches on the
opposite sideline warning their
team to watch for a trick play or a
deep pass, but he called a simple
off-tackle run and gained 16 yards
to set up a short fourth down.
Valley Tech converted the fourth
down and scored a few plays later.
Defense has also been a strong
point over the past several games.
BVT threw shutouts in wins over
Assabet and Worcester Tech and
Quaboag didn’t score until the
starters were out of the game.
Seniors Joe Medeiros and Isaiah
Ramirez have lead the team in
tackles so far this year.
“It seems like we are always
getting the ball around the 40
or 50 yard line,” Archibald said.
“[Defensive coordinator] Matt
Blood has done a great job.”
Archibald said focusing on “the
little things” will be crucial over the
next several weeks as the schedule
gets tougher. Valley Tech hits the
road Saturday to visit a 2-3 Sutton
team coming off a three score win
over Oxford.
“They have been in every game
this year and they have played
against some good competition,”
Archibald said, pointing to Sutton’s
losses to St. Bernard’s and Bay Path.
“They are a triple option team who
is disciplined and athletic. We need
to play good assignment football
and if we can do that, we will be
in good shape. If we can’t, it’ll be a
long afternoon for us.”
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Local Athlete Takes Part in MLB Playoffs
By Chris Villani
Sports Reporter/Columnist Chris Colabello has experienced
the playoffs before, but never quite like this. The 31-year-old
Milford High alumnus will make his playoff debut at the
Major League level with the American League East champion
Toronto Blue Jays.
“I have been thinking about this since I was three,” he said.
“I guess I am just in the place where I am supposed to be, but
I mean it when I say I could picture myself doing this when I
was three years old, I don’t think I ever saw myself not doing it.”
Colabello’s unusual path to the majors, which includes
playing his college ball at DII Assumption College, Worcester
and spending seven years playing unaffiliated ball in the CanAm League, has been widely reported, but he says it’s the
furthest thing from his mind as he gets set for baseball’s biggest
“I see this as the culmination of a great season more than
anything else,” he said following Toronto’s 93-69 year. Colabello
played in 101 games for the Jays this year and hit .321 with an
.886 on-base plus slugging and 54 runs batted in, all career-
highs. He finished the regular season a high note with two
hits, including his 15th home run of the season last Sunday
against the Tampa Bay Rays. “It’s hard for me to sit here and say
I deserve it more than anyone else. My story is a bit different,
but a lot of guys are getting to their first postseason and had an
interesting journey here.
“I just want to be ‘Chris Colabello, big league player’ and not
a guy who played for seven years in indy-ball and is now in the
Colabello has been part of a few playoff experiences in his
career, including two Can-Am League championships and
another appearance in the final. He was also part of the 2001
Post 59 Milford Legion team that won the state and northeast
regional title, ultimately finishing fifth in the nation among
more than 5,000 legion programs.
“I think about those games when we as young as we were
and to go as far as we did when no one expected it,” he said. “It
was the fist time you know what nerves are like and there are
a lot of people watching you do what you are doing. It helps
prepare you for a moment like that in the future.”
Colabello recalls the support the team had
from the community that year. “We were
fortunate to have a lot of people in our games,
whether they were in Milford, or Worcester
[at the state tournament], or Bristol, Conn. [at
the regional],” he said. “Hearing the crowd and
being able to play in those moments when there
is a lot riding on things, the more you do it, the
more you become used to it. That was a good
time to start.”
Colabello says “quite a few” hometown friends
and family have reached out to congratulate him on getting
to the postseason, which began on Thursday for the Jays with
the American League Division Series. He is hoping playoff
television ratings spike a bit in the Boston market, even with
the Red Sox sitting out this October.
“The ratings better be up, tune in man,” Colabello said.
“Between family and friend and the messages I have gotten, I
think there are a lot more Blue Jays fans around Boston than
there used to be.”
BVT Girls Soccer Shuts Down Competition
By Chris Villani
Sports Reporter/Columnist
If anyone in the Colonial Athletic League wants to beat the
Blackstone Valley Tech girls soccer team, they will have to score
a goal against them first.
The Beavers did not allow a single tally through their first
six contests, outscoring foes by a combined score of 37-0 in the
process. Head coach Jay Porter’s team is 9-3 overall and has
already locked up a spot in the district tournament.
“We are just about where we wanted to be at this point in the
year,” he said. “The games we have lost are against the tougher
teams, but we still competed well against them.”
Two of the Beavers’ losses - against Douglas and Grafton
- were 1-0 finals. “They are both very good teams,” Porter
said. “But those are still games we could have won if we had
capitalized on the chances we had.”
BVT’s defensive prowess is even more impressive considering
the goaltending duties have been turned over to one player
since junior Noelle Trail suffered an injury early in the year.
Sophomore Torri Socci has stepped in and permitted just five
goals through eight and a half games, including six shutouts.
Sophomore central defenders Morgan O’Brien and Viviana
Sebastian have also anchored that side of the field.
“In my opinion, they are two of the toughest defenders in our
league or among any of the teams we have played,” Porter said.
“They are a great combination with Morgan being very tough
and strong and Viviana being lightning fast. They cover for each
other, work well together, and, unless we are way ahead, neither
one ever comes out. They are workhorses.”
Valley Tech also has a strong duo of underclassmen leading
the way on offense. Freshman midfielder Payton Linnehan leads
the team with 13 goals and four assists, despite missing a game
due to an injury. Porter said Linnehan is one of those “once in
awhile” players.
“She has a great sense of the field, her speed is incredible, and
she is unselfish and always looking for that perfect pass to get
someone else on the board,” he said. “I knew from the beginning
she could be a special player. She studies the game and adapts
well no matter where she is.”
Sophomore Caroline Porter has served as “nice surprise” and
complement to Linnehan. She has six goals and five helpers
on the year. “She and Payton have been really working well
together,” Porter said.
Senior captain Madison Christian
entered the week with six goals and
three assists. Diana Whittier has
chipped in four goals and five assists,
and fellow junior Brook Linnehan has
five goals and a pair of assists. Every
player on the roster has scored, with the
exception of three defensive players and
the goalies, Porter said.
“We have a nice distribution through
the whole team,” he said. “If someone is
struggling, someone else fills in the gap
right behind them.” In addition to having four more
league games on the docket, Blackstone
Valley Tech will have a rematch against
Millis at the end of the season. The
Mohawks handed the Beavers their
worst loss of the season, a 4-1 defeat at
Millis on September 23.
“I know the whole team is looking
forward to that rematch,” Porter said. “It
will be a nice way to see how far we have
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Valley Tech Cross
Country Running Strong
By Chris Villani
Sports Reporter/Columnist
Caitlin Forgit thinks her team is going to
raise an eyebrow or two before the season ends.
The Blackstone Valley Tech cross country coach
leads a boys team that is 6-1 on the season and
has been getting better week to week.
“We have been getting stronger and I think
teams are going to be surprised at how we run,”
she said. “We have the league meet coming up
at the end of the month and the lofty goal is to
Forgit said she would be happy with a
top-three showing by her boys, but given the
Beavers rattled off four straight wins coming
into this week, that might be setting the bar
too conservatively. Sophomore Zack Bergeron
continues to lead the pack as the squad’s top
“His training is going well, he has not faced
much competition in the league,” Forgit said.
“When we face Parker Charter, he will be
going against some fast runners, but I think
he could do well based on his workouts and
races. I think he could qualify for the states if
everything keeps going the way it is going. He
has that potential.”
After Bergeron, the Beavers feature a deep
roster of runners without much difference
between them. The result is both good balance
and a strong competition in practices and
meets. Senior Tyler Church and juniors Ken
Tubman, Liam Mahoney, and Erik Martus have
all been consistent performers. “It’s been good to watch them doing their
long runs and workouts together,” Forgit said.
“And really pushing each other during the
Junior Thales DeSouza has also been a
pleasant surprise for Forgit’s team. After
switching to cross country from soccer, he has
broken into the deep roster’s top seven. “It has
been really special to watch,” Forgit said.
The girls have been lead by sophomore Molly
O’Mera, and have had to deal with both injuries
and Colonial Athletic League that does not
have a deep stable of competition. BVT is just
1-2 due to the fact that most of the other teams
in the league can’t field enough girls to have
a meet. After O’Mera, Emily Donnelly, Emily
Weagle, Taylor Bruni, and Alexandra Valoras
have all been contributors. “It’s an interesting
league with the lack of teams,” Forgit said.
BVT does have nine girls, enough to field a
complete lineup. In the meets where the other
team doesn’t have enough to compete against
the Beavers, Forgit offers a simple piece of
advice to her runners: just race the boys.
“I tell them to pretend they are girls and go
after them,” she said. “I remember being like
that in high school myself. You have to have
that mentality to go after the next runner either
they are male or female and just race your
OCTOBER 16, 2015
Competitors Unite for a Great Cause
might be competitors on the volleyball
court, but athletes at Blackstone Valley
Tech and several area schools have
once again teamed up to serve a great
cause. This Labor Day weekend, the
girls volleyball programs at Valley
Tech, Blackstone-Millville, Sutton,
Millbury, Bethany Christian and
Whitinsville Christian schools turned
their annual exhibition jamboree into
a benefit event for a local family. Funds
raised by each team and proceeds
from bake sales were pooled together
to make a donation of $1,125 to help
offset the costs of a pending kidney
transplant for 12-year-old Megan
Bernard of Millbury. The donation
was officially presented to the Bernard
family at a September girls volleyball
match between BVT and Millbury. Seen here presenting the donation to the Bernard family along with Millbury
volleyball players and coach Mike McKeon are (left to right): BVT Dental Assisting senior Olivia Bianco of Uxbridge,
Multimedia Communications senior Emma Helstrom of Douglas, Culinary Arts senior Rebecca Rose of Millbury;
and BVT girls volleyball coach Barbara King. Later this month, the Valley Tech and Millbury volleyball programs
will also carry on their annual tradition of holding a “Dig Pink” match to benefit breast cancer awareness. This year’s
“Dig Pink” matchup is scheduled for 6 p.m. on October 21, at Valley Tech, with ticket and t-shirt proceeds benefiting
the Side-Out Foundation’s mission of raising breast cancer awareness through athletics. Edd Cote photo
Sophomore Southpaws Spark BVT Golf
By Chris Villani
Sports Reporter/Columnist
The Blackstone Valley Tech golf team has two
top players who both happen to be sophomores, an
unusual trait for a varsity team. Even more unusual,
both talented youngsters happen to be left handed. J.J.
Newcombe and Nathan Charron have lead the Beavers
to a 9-4-1 run though their first 13 matches of the year,
including an 8-2-1 mark good enough for a tie for
second place in the Colonial Athletic League.
“Either one can be the top guy on any day,” head
coach Matt Connors said. “They are competitive and
help each other read putts. And they are both lefties,
so that’s unique.”
Connors said both of his top players have complete
games, long off the tee with a good short game and
an ability to think their way around the course. “They
know every shot matters,” he said.
Connors has been preaching the “every shot
matters” mantra all season after Valley Tech lost out on
the outright league title last season by a single stroke.
The Beavers ended up sharing the CAL championship
with two other teams, but that one shot made all the
“It’s a message they took to heart this year,” Connors
said. “They grind. They treat each shot with equal
importance. They are not out there playing low
percentage shots.”
Newcombe and Charron have averaged around 40
for a nine-hole round this year, but Connors points
out they aren’t the only two young players who have
stood out so far. Sophomore Noah Charron, Nathan’s
twin brother, has also been a key cog in the Beaver
OCTOBER 16, 2015
wheel and is routinely among the lower numbers
in each match. Junior Thomas Morin has been no
stranger to medalist honors, and senior captain
Zachary Oliva rounds out the strong core of a deep
Valley Tech squad.
“They are a good three or four strokes better than
the rest of the team, but the rest of the team isn’t far
behind,” Connors said. “They are shooting in the mid
to upper 40s.”
Valley Tech was scheduled to play in the league
championship tournament this week and Connors
said besting the first-place group from Advanced Math
and Science would be a challenge.
“They are a tremendous team,” he said. “It will be
difficult to leapfrog them, but as long as our guys play
smart and honestly, we will be okay. That has been a
mainstay of the year. I am trying to set an example and
show this young team how to be great competitors and
be young gentlemen on the course. Effort, etiquette,
and honesty are paramount.”
BVT has already qualified for the district
tournament, set for October 19 at Blissful Meadows
Golf Club in Uxbridge. Connors said getting into
the top two - the position needed to make the
state tournament - will be difficult, but he thinks
Newcombe and Nathan Charron have a chance to
qualify for states as individuals as the cream of this
talented, albeit young, crop.
“I don’t know what it is, but we have had a
tremendous amount of students and younger students
trying out for golf,” Connors said. “We are a strong,
young team and we are only going to get better. The
future is bright.”
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