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Open House at TLC

Wednesday, April 29

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


59 Wood Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748


Please join our Open House for a tour of our intimate, home –like facility. April 29, 2009 6:30-7:30.


Bring your children to enjoy an art activity while you Meet our Teachers.


Please e-mail for any further questions.


Water Department Announces Mandatory Water Conservation

Water lawn only two days weekly ~ Repeat violations could lead to suspension


April 27, 2009 — As required by our water permit with the State, beginning May 1st through September 30th of each year, outdoor lawn watering will only be allowed a maximum of twice per week. The days of the week and allowable hours of use will be stated in the declaration each year and it will be determined by precinct. There are other triggers in the permit based on stream flows that could further reduce that to one day a week. The restriction is being imposed by the State and is in effect each year regardless of the weather conditions. This condition is being placed on most water suppliers as their permits come up for renewal.


Under the requirements of the town’s water management permit with the State, to limit nonessential outdoor use, to protect stream flow, aquatic life and ensure sustainable drinking water, we are required to implement a MANDATORY State of Water Supply Conservation from May 1st , through September 30th . No non-essential watering is permitted except that sprinklers may be used for lawn watering up to two days per week, outside of the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm. People residing in precinct one and three may water on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Precincts two and four may water on Wednesday and Fridays. There shall be no lawn watering on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Please note the change in days for precincts two and three from prior years. In an effort to prevent excessive flows of water to certain areas of town to meet sprinkler demand, it was necessary to make this change. The excessive flows noted on those days when watering was allowed, caused the scouring of the mineral deposits lining the main producing discolored water in those areas.


For a listing of precincts, please see this website, or see the map.


It is imperative that everyone who has an automatic sprinkler system, have it set for only the minimum that is required for their grass and other landscape needs. A normal lawn only needs about 1” of water per week. If rain is expected, or has just occurred then your system should be shut off for the remainder of the week in order to avoid unnecessary and wasteful water use. You should check to ensure that your system in not dispensing more that what is needed during a dry week as well. Because of the twice per week restriction, some people think they need to run their system for extended hours on their day to maintain a green lawn, which is not the case. Your irrigation company can set your sprinklers to maintain the minimum amount required. It is only with each individual water user’s diligence toward efficient water use, that we will be able to maintain safe water levels in case of drought.


The following are the penalties for non-compliance with the state restrictions. Any person violating this By-law shall receive a written warning for the first offense. For the second offense, any person violating this By-law shall be liable to the Town in the amount of $100.00. For any violations beyond the second offense, water service may be suspended. Fines shall be recovered by inclusion as a charge on the next scheduled water bill.


The Water Department will be keeping users apprised of the current restriction through several methods. There are multiple signs located at the following locations.

Location of Water Use Restriction Signs

Main St. @ Exxon

West Main @ Wood St. West Bound

Wood St. @ Westboro Line East Bound

Pond & Spring Intersection

South & West Main Intersection West Bound

West Main @ Pleasant East Bound

West Main @ School West Bound

Ash @ Park South Bound

Hayden Rowe @ Tennis Courts South Bound

Hayden Rowe @ Chestnut North Bound

East Main St. @ TJ's westbound

We will also be utilizing the town websites, Tiwtter site, newspapers, cable TV and the Connect City phone call system for emergencies. For a listing of your precinct please see this website.


For tips on minimizing water use out doors, please visit our web site.

The State will be monitoring the outdoor use by means of our annual reporting reflective of water meter readings. If the required goals are not met, the State may impose strict, enforcement orders on the town. These may include but are not limited to monetary fines, non-compliance regulatory action, and suspension or denial of any state funding.

We ask that you please adhere to all regulations and if you have any questions please give us a call.




Eric J. Carty

Water/Sewer Manager

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Picture Perfect

April 26, 2009 — This male mallard duck appears to have Blood's Pond on South Mill Street all to himself, but a second look shows a substantially sized turtle on the rock in the right background, at dusk on Sunday.

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Time for a Break

April 26, 2009 — John Fay and Jake Stukuls, working on behalf of FH Perry on Friday, take a break for lunch while working on the trim of the new Veterans memorial Gazebo, which is slated to be complete for the dedication on Memorial Day.

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Goose Watch

One egg showing - several goslings?

April 26, 2009 — The non-migratory Canada goose returns to her clutch this evening after going for a swim with her mate at Ice House Pond on West Main Street. This image, photographed from the shore at dusk on Sunday, clearly shows one egg not hatched, and perhaps five balls of fluff with beaks, if people use their imaginations. According to, most eggs hatch on the same day.

John W. Long, 78


HOPKINTON - John W. Long, 78, died Sunday, April 26, 2009 in Milford.  Funeral arrangements by the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home are incomplete at this time

Dorothy R. "Dot" Bishop, 83


HOPKINTON - Dorothy R. "Dot" Bishop, 83, died Sunday April 26, 2009 in Framingham.  Born in Brookline, she was the daughter of the late Dennis and Catherine (Glynn) McCarthy.  She was a Brookline High School graduate and worked at GE Telechron in Ashland.

She is survived by her children Mary Ellen Bizinet and husband Paul of South Grafton, Barbara Walsh of Centerville and John and wife Lucilene of Framingham, her sister Mary Sullivan of Brookline and her brother Joseph McCarthy of Oregon.  She also leaves her grandsons Casey and Joseph.  She is pre-deceased by her husband Albert, her son Edward and her sister, Catherine McGee.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street,  followed by a funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 11:30 a.m.  Calling hours at the funeral home will be Tuesday April 28 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Hopkinton High School Concert Band Plays Symphony Hall

April 25, 2009 — HHS Concert Band performs a number at Symphony Hall in Boston today after earning the right by winning a Gold at the MICCA competition.

        About 240 groups (150 bands and 90 chorale groups) performed at the MICCA festival, and 35 won gold medals.  Of those 35, 16 performed yesterday at Symphony Hall and the other 19 performed on April 18.

        The HHS Concert Band performed three selections (the same selections they performed at MICCA):

      - Helios, by Jan Vander Roost

      - Of Sailors and Whales, by W. Francis McBeth

      - First Suite in E-Flat, by Gustav Holst

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Watchful Eye

April 26, 2009 — This bird, presumably a hawk, was circling the Pratt Farm on Fruit street today. The first person to email two links that identify the type from this email link only wins $50. (NOTE: Pete LaGoy won the last contest and put his $25 winning back into the kitty.)



Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Route 2 East in Templeton

State Police Seek Witnesses


April 25, 2009 — Today at approximately 3:41 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Athol responded to a single vehicle motorcycle crash on Route 2 East between Exits 19 & 18 in Templeton that resulted in one fatality. 


Preliminary investigation by Trooper David Fleming indicates that 38-year-old Robert P. Taliceo Jr. of Chicopee was operating a 2001 Yamaha Royal Star Trike (three-wheel motorcycle) towing a trailer on Route 2 East between exits 19 and 18 in Templeton when he lost control and rolled-over on the roadway.  Taliceo was transported by medical helicopter with serious injuries to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.  The passenger, 41-year-old Lysa M. Ranti of Pittsfield suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash and was also transported by medical helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center


Route 2 South was closed for approximately two hours for the crash investigation and vehicle removal. Traffic was diverted off of Route 2 at exits 19 and 18. This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  The Templeton Police Department, the Templeton Fire Department and the Phillipston Police Department assisted Troopers at the scene. 


State Police are seeking any witness’ or anyone with information about the crash. The contact number for State Police Athol is 978-249-4341.

Donald R. Bartlett, 63

Donald R. Bartlett, 63, of Hopkinton, died Saturday, April 25, 2009. Born in Natick he was the son of Eleanor E. (Hughes) Bartlett of Natick and the late Ernest R. Bartlett. He was the husband of 38 years to Alice J. Bartlett of Hopkinton.

Besides his wife and his mother, he is survived by a son, Brian J. Bartlett and his wife Angela of Hopkinton; a daughter, Kristen M. Usher and her husband Derrick of Denver, CO.; He also leaves behind his siblings, Janet Higgins of Fountain Inn, S.C., Priscilla Galvin of Sudbury, Susan Porter of Hopkinton, Allen Bartlett of New London, N.H., and Joan Gilbert of Center Fayston, VT. He is predeceased by a sister, Carolyn Ribotto of Medway.

He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in 1969 and later attended Harvard University Graduate School of Business. In 1969 he went to work for RCA Corporation (which later became GE then Martin Marietta) where he retired as Director of Program Management in the Aero Space Division. He started his own consulting company, Lorigan Management in 1995. ARANGEMENTS COMPLETE

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Lake Maspenock Preservation Association Plans

Lake Draw-down of up to 8 feet in Fall

Green-up Day on May 2


by Robert Falcione

April 25, 2009 — In a letter to its membership, the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association [LMPA] has reported  that they are in the permitting process to affect a greater draw-down of Lake Maspenock, also known as North Pond, this fall, in order to facilitate invasive weed control, refurbishing of the boat ramp at the Sandy Island parking area, and repaving of the lot, as well as beach and dam maintenance. The usual draw-down, according to the letter, is 48", whereas this new level, done every 3-5 years could draw-down as much as 96" (8 feet). It promises to bring the lake to normally seasonal levels no later than January 15, 2010, although in the interim, seasonal winter recreational activities could be affected. File photo

       The lake has become overgrown with invasive weeds for decades, and as recently as 1980 was treated with chemicals such as arsenic, a poison, on a recurring basis. Lake residents back then remember signs throughout the neighborhood warning of the risk of swimming in the water while the poison was concentrated, and then a couple of days later, seeing a few fish, not many, floating belly-up as a result of the application of the poison. Arsenic was abandoned as a solution long ago, and the weeds have continued to grow and choke the lake. The draw-down method of weed control is done without chemicals, presumably killing the roots with frost, and according to the letter, is effective.

       The Town of Hopkinton purchased the dam for $1 from the Milford Water Company, after a scare that a private group could purchase it, as well as  the water rights, and hold lake residents hostage with association fees; or that a private entity could purchase it and draw the water down whenever it chose, turning lakefront properties, which are assessed a higher real estate value for tax purposes, into mudfront properties.

      The association will be a part of the Hopkinton Green Up Day on May 2, and reminds its members that volunteers are essential to the process.

       LMPA is now offering new payment plans and discounts to those who share the values of preserving Lake Maspenock and would like to join the organization.

       Please visit their website.

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Spring Yearning

April 24, 2009 — These magnolia petals were yearning for the sun today at the corner of East Main Street and Frankland Road. They will be in a brilliant display of a short-lived, full bloom soon, while the flowering shrubs surrounding their lower sides, PJM Rhododendrons, will be moving into their full bloom, as the magnolias wane.

     Second generation nurseryman, Ed Mezitt, hybridized the PJM as a cross between an azalea and a rhododendron, and named it after his father, Peter J. Mezitt, founder of Weston Nurseries.

      Click here to see a promotional video of he PJM.

A Family Affair

April 24, 2009 — Incumbent candidate for the  Board of Selectmen, Mary Pratt, poses flanked by her sons, from left, Tom and Rob, at a Democratic fundraiser at the home of Eva and Charlie Beede on Friday evening.

Goose Watch

April 24, 2009 — This goose still has not moved from her nest on the island at Ice House Pond, as the photographer looks for the birth of her goslings; it has been more than a week. The reflection of the gazebo there can be seen in the background.


Cast Away

April 24, 2009 — Anthony DiMare takes a fly cast against a strong headwind, while a kayaker passes in the background, at Lake Whitehall this afternoon.

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April 24, 2009 — Three year-old Shmoo the dog  bounds off of a submerged boat dock at Hopkinton State Park Friday afternoon, while owner Zack Kardon looks on off camera.

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Caught Ya!

April 24, 2009 — These turtles at Pratt Pond took their sweet time fleeing into the water today, as the photographer snapped away. Since they first emerged from the water this year, they have jumped into the water whenever the photographer stopped his vehicle, or even tried to sneak up on foot, foiling a shot like this until now.

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The Board of Selectmen announces a vacancy on the Personnel Committee effective July 1, 2009.

If interested, please send a letter of interest and a resume to the Town Manager's Office, Town Hall, 18 Main Street or email





12th Annual 2009 Fishing Derby


Saturday May 9th – (rain date Saturday May 16th)   • 9am – 12 noon •

Hopkinton Sportsman’s Club, 95 Lumber Street - by Hopkinton Police

• Free to all children  • Free T-Shirt to all children who register

 • Pre-registration can be made by calling the station (508)497-3401

 • Pond will be stocked with troutBait will be provided

 • Prizes will be awarded throughout the day with a trophy presentation shortly after 12 noon.


Any questions call Officer Phil Powers – donations gratefully accepted. Send to:

Hopkinton Police Association

Attn: Officer Phil Powers

74 Main Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

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Governor Patrick Announces Infrastructure Grants

$1 million for Hopkinton Sewer - Town looks for $10 million more


April 23, 2009 — This afternoon, Governor Patrick traveled to Lawrence to announce Community Development Action Grants (CDAG) for Lawrence, Fitchburg, Hopkinton, and Lowell. The communities will receive funding for public infrastructure projects that promise to generate significant economic activity in each community. Taken together, the grants will create more than 490 new local jobs and 160 affordable housing units, according to the Governor's website.

Hopkinton Director of Public Works, JT Gaucher, said that the grant was applied for last fall and will be used to replace the sewer on Elm Street and repave the roads and sidewalk. Hopkinton is slated to receive $1 million.


"In order to qualify, there had to be a job creation element and a housing element." Mr. Gaucher said. "Lonza worked with us due to their creation of 283 jobs. The housing element is the Hopkinton Housing Authority's 12 units off Davis Road," he said. "I am very pleased with that," he added.


Mr. Gaucher met with Michelle Goldberg, a representative from Senator Karen Spilka's office, on Wednesday to discuss grants for the Fruit Street Waste Water Treatment Facility that is tied up in judicial and administrative appeals. In addition, the Board of Public Works is moving forward with connecting South Street sewers to Milford, pending a review of the significance of the inter-basin transfer that would occur if Hopkinton wastewater were sent to Milford, which is in the Charles River Basin. Hopkinton is in the SuAsCo River basin.


"We've got $8.9 million available from hasn't been spent from South Street and the design of the WWTF. $13 million was appropriated from three Town Meeting articles," he said.


"I'm hoping we can get $10 million for Fruit Street," he said. "Then we can go for a full buildout to 350,000 gpd," he said.


After hearing the news, Selectman Vice-Chair Mary Pratt said, "The money is part of the Lonza [Pharmaceuticals, South Street] guarantee to bring 300 jobs to Hopkinton, and because of the planned affordable housing behind the Senior Center.


"Those are the two elements to qualify for a CDAG grant; jobs and housing," she said.

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Parent Volunteers Badly Needed!!!

Early Release Day, Wednesday, May 6, 2009


The following events are being offered to Middle School students on the next Early Release Day, Wednesday, May 6, 2009. However, both events will happen only if we have enough parent volunteers to chaperone. Please contact Kim Hesse at to volunteer. And, register your child now!


New for 8th and 9th graders !

Don’t miss it! Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at Pinz in Milford. Bowling, laser tag, arcade games, pizza and a drink, all for $15 per person! 8th and 9th graders only. Busses will leave from the Middle School at 11:25 a.m. to take students to Pinz. The busses will return students to the Middle School at 2:30 p.m.. Parents, please pick up your children at the Middle School promptly at 2:30 p.m. To register online, go to and click on “Middle School Early Release” and scroll down to the “Pinz” event. If you prefer, registration forms can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office in Town Hall. Registration deadline: Received in the Parks and Recreation office no later than Wednesday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hopkinton Youth Commission.


Early Release Day – 6th, 7th and 8th graders

Always so much fun! Also offered on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 is the Early Release Day Program at the First Congregational Church in Hopkinton. Games in the gym, Ga Ga Pit, Crafts, ping pong, pool, foosball, pizza, dessert and a drink, all for $10 per person. Busses will leave from the Middle School at 11:25 a.m. to take students to the First Congregational Church. Parents, please pick up your children at the church promptly at 2:30 p.m. To register online, go to and click on “Middle School Early Release”. If you prefer, registration forms can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office in Town Hall. Registration deadline: Received in the Parks and Recreation office no later than Wednesday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Hopkinton Youth Commission, and the First Congregational Church in Hopkinton.

GOING GREEN IN HOPKINTON: An evening presentation on April 28th with environmentalist landscaper, Marie Stella




April 23, 2009 — The Hopkinton Garden Club invites the public to join them on Tuesday evening, April 28th at 7:00 pm for an interesting and informative evening presentation with Marie Stella who will speak on "Going green: Constructing an environmentally engineered home and landscape". 


This presentation will highlight the integrated process of building an energy efficient, sustainable house and seamlessly blending it into a responsibly managed landscape. The presentation will also address how we can address global warming and reverse our direction by reducing energy consumption, conserve resources and intelligently choose healthy 'green' materials. Marie Stella is a landscape historian and designer with Graduate Certificates in Landscape Design History from Radcliffe College, Harvard University. Her design firm, Kirin Enterprises specializes in environmental landscapes and in initiatives to foster the preservation of open space.


Marie teaches  in the graduate program at the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and is currently adjunct faculty instructor in landscape design at The New York Botanical Garden and Tower Hill Botanical Garden. Her ongoing design projects include a 3/4 acre environmental New York City Park "El Jardin del Paraiso", a Teaching Herb Garden at Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Wellesley, Ma and a master plan study for the new regional headquarters of the American Red Cross Worcester, Ma.  She is a Gold Medal winner at the New England Flower Show and has exhibited at the Urban Center, New York City and the National Conference of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. She has been featured on the Discovery Channel, Planet Green TV, Renovation Nation, Design New England Magazine and the National Solar Tour-2008.


This event will take place at the First Congregational Church located at 146 East Main Street, Hopkinton, Ma. A general meeting of the Garden Club will take place at 6:00pm and the presentation with Marie Stella will begin at 7:00 pm.  The public is welcome and admission is free. For questions call 508-435-9401, for more information about the Hopkinton Garden Club, go to .

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Chief for a Day

Above, from left, FF. Josh Sables, Acting Chief Ken Clark, Chief for a Day Matthew Bird, Lt. Steve Slaman, FF Jim Gosselin, FF Norm Seymour.


April 23, 2009 — Matthew Bird, a second grader at the Elmwood School was the 2009 "Chief for a Day" winner at the annual HPTA Silent Auction. Matthew spent the morning interacting with Acting Chief Clark and the on-duty firefighters from Group 1. Matthew received a tour of Fire Headquarters, an introduction to all the apparatus, observed the daily work schedule and assisted with administrative duties at the Town Hall.


Relay for Life Needs Participants, Study Volunteers

See video snippets from last year's event.

April 23, 2009 — Relay for Life of Hopkinton, an event to raise money for the American Cancer society, and awareness of the disease itself, will take place from Friday, May 29th at 6 pm until Saturday, May 30th at 8 am at the Hopkinton High School track.


Teams of 8 – 15 people come together to walk around the track throughout the night. It is a night of celebration and hope for our community. We currently have 77 teams with 608 participants that have raised $28,000. Our goal is to raise $150,000. Campsites are set up to allow teams to take a break throughout the night. Each campsite has a team name and a theme.


Relay begins at 5:30 pm with a powerful and touching Opening Lap for Survivors, who walk around the track and meet their caregivers. It is amazing how the number of survivors grows each year. The survivors are then invited to the gym to enjoy a dinner.


Next, teams walk laps around the track as music plays. At 10 pm, things quiet down and get serious for an emotional luminaria ceremony. A luminaria bag is a small bag we fill with sand and a candle. They are sold for $10 each and the buyer can decorate it as they wish to remember a person who has lost their cancer battle or honor a person still fighting cancer. The lights are shut off and only the candles light the night with hope as all the Relay participants walk a lap in silence and remembrance.


As part of cancer research, new for this year only, Hopkinton is the site of a Cancer Prevention Study recruiting participates to take part in a long term cancer study. We are looking for people between the ages of 30 and 65, who have never had cancer to come to the track on Friday, May 29th between 6 pm and 10 pm to fill out a survey, have their waist measured, and give a small sample of blood. Then, you are enrolled and will receive yearly surveys. (File photo from 2008, above)


At 11 pm, there is the Fight Back Ceremony. This is when participants make a pledge to do something to fight cancer this year, such as wear more sunscreen, stop smoking, or getting a colonoscopy.


Throughout the night, there are theme laps and entertainment and games to keep the teams going.


At 8 am, the Relay draws to an end with the Closing Ceremony. The goals are announced, drawing winners are announced, and things wrap up for another year.


How can I help?

1.) Make a team of family and friends to walk through the night. If you are interested, go to

2.) Make a donation to a team. Go to the above website and donate to a team.

3.) If you are a survivor, come be part of our opening lap and join us for a dinner. If you are interested, contact: Susan at

4.) Buy a luminaria bag for $10. The public is welcome to come be part of the luminaria ceremony at 10 pm.

5.) Come join the Cancer Study. Come to the track between 6 and 10 pm and become part of this long term study and make cancer a word of the past. For more information, email Jennifer at:

6.) If you own a business, make a donation of food or drink. For more information, email Molly at


Thank you. For more information, contact co-chairs Cecily Boyce and Cameron Fairbanks at:

See video snippets from last year's event.


Candidates for the Board of Selectmen, two seats:


Selectmen (2 seats) 3years

Mary Pratt 102 Fruit St. - Dem






Todd Cestari 19 Elizabeth Road - U




Michelle Gates 22 West Main Street - Rep






Selectmen Candidates

Round Table

May 1, 2009

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Live on HCAM TV


On May 1, 2009 at 7:00 pm., HopNews will again sponsor on HCAM TV, the live broadcast of a candidate's Roundtable, this time featuring the candidates for the Board of Selectmen, incumbent Mary Pratt and challengers Michelle Gates and Todd Cestari.


The format is a relaxed, seated setting with David Hamacher, entrepreneur and former Chairman of the Elementary School Building Committee, as the Moderator.


As usual, we ask that HopNews readers send the questions they would like the candidates to ask to David Hamacher at:


The candidates will receive the questions in advance, giving them time to best express themselves to the viewers. David will draw from those questions, but ask follow ups whenever and wherever the spirit leads him.


Mother Goose

April 22, 2009 — This Canada goose, an apparent resident goose, has been nesting on an island at Ice House Pond for over a week, not leaving the nest for one moment, with her wings spread in a wide pattern to protect the hatching of her clutch of eggs. The apparent male, her lifetime mate, was off camera to the left during this shot, keeping watch, but not giving away the location of the nest.

      According to, "Geese prefer isolated sites near water to nest. Islands are their favorite location."

      We'll be looking for little yellow fuzzballs soon.

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 Senior Moments

Tea for Two (hundred)

Nancy L. Drawe



April 22, 2009 — There was an abundance of sweet Brownies at the Hopkinton Senior Center last Wednesday!  I’m not talking only of the dessert type, but also about the little girls wearing those brown vests.   Not to mention lots of cookies—Girl Scouts, that is!   And last but not least, bouquets of cute little Daisy’s running around—the blue vest variety. Daisy Troops 2974 and 2216, Brownie Troop 2961, Girl Scout Troop 3806  and Troops 2970, 2973, 2975 and 2231 were all on hand at the center attending this annual event hosted by the Daisy’s.  I think I have all the troop numbers straight; there were certainly a lot of them!  This is one of the responsibilities of being a Daisy and Brownie—hosting a town event.  The Brownies and Girl Scouts were there to assist the Daisy’s with all kinds of arts and crafts activities.  (Photo, Adrina Arakelian).


Special guests of this event were The Mellowtones—the center’s own chorus!  They had a sing-a-long, which the whole audience, young and old, really enjoyed.   The highlight was when the women, wearing decorated hats, paraded and danced around the room to the song, “Easter Parade.”  Irving Berlin would have loved them!     


All the troop leaders, Kathleen Dustin, Ashley McNamara and Patty Gorgol did a wonderful job getting their girls ready for this tea.   The parents came carrying tons of goodies—both sides of the Great Room had tables filled with a huge assortment of fruit and sweets, including of course, brownies!   Kathy Gamache, the Girl Scout Coordinator for the town was also on hand for this special yearly event.   Kathy’s daughter Elizabeth, a senior scout and Rachel Gately, also a senior scout, came over especially to lead the crowd in some girl scout camp songs.  Both of these girls are members of the HHS National Honor Society and I had a chance to meet them at the NHS Senior Tea a few weeks ago.  It was really sweet that they were able to take time from their busy schedules to join the rest of the gang! 


The seniors had a chance after the sing-a-longs to interact with the girls at the craft stations they had set up around the room.  There were many crafts to choose from such as  decorating foam hats, making USA Pins, making Daisy Troop pictures, doing the Hokey-Pokey dance, playing Hopscotch and making American Flag Wishes.  It was a fun day for everyone—the seniors, the troop leaders and all their girls, parents (there were even some dads there) and siblings.   It’ll be nice to have next year’s Daisy Tea to look forward to.  (Photo: Brownie Troop 2961 member Cecily McNamara showing "Little Ruth" Soglia how to make a USA pin.)


Next Monday, April 27, Line Dancing will resume after the holiday break of this week.  Be sure to join your friends for a fun afternoon starting at 1 pm.   Come for lunch first, the center’s famous spaghetti and meatballs is on the menu for that day.   Be sure to sign up ahead of time! 


That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me:  Until next time, have a great week! 


Brownie Troop 2961 member Cecily McNamara showing "Little Ruth" Soglia how to make a USA pin.

Below is a reprise of the Mellowtones' performance that appeared on HopNews last week.


Plenty of Witnesses

April 22, 2009 — The eight-plus witnesses could vouch that the driver of the truck blew through the crosswalk while seven or more kids waited to cross, as it came up the hill without letting off of the gas this afternoon. The hatched area in lieu of parking spaces leading up to the crosswalk can be seen as being clear through the truck's undercarriage.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  April 22, 2009

Click above for full report in prose,

or read the raw log here


5:01 pm Officer Matthew McNeil reported a failure to stop on Hayden Rowe Street and pursued the suspect through Holliston and into Milford, where the vehicle hit a passenger vehicle, a curb, and then rolled over...


3:24 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton and officer Matthew McNeil responded to a business on Main Street for the report of the larceny of alcohol. After reviewing surveillance footage...


4:07  pm Multiple calls for a ceramic sheep on Saddle Hill Road surrounded by cones...


3:28 am Several calls from Apple Tree hill came by 911 about a woman assaulting neighbors with a bat...


3:29 pm A concerned resident complained that children coloring with chalk in the middle of the road ...

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