November 5, 2011 — The team above whose name escaped the
photographer could have been aptly named as the title of the
photo. Behind them are audience members as well as eliminated
contestants and teams in waiting at the fourth annual community
spelling bee. Master of Ceremonies Tim Kilduff, right of the
photo, holds the microphone as the theme from Jeopardy plays in
the background. Below, the Center School "Mighty Bees" show
Price Chopper CEO Neil Golub
Talks About History of Chain
District Attorney Addresses Hopkinton Seniors
Photo: Hopkinton Police Officer Patrick O'Brien and Middlesex
District Attorney Gerry Leone chat prior to the start of today's
November 4, 2011 — Although a District Attorney is the top
prosecutor of the county, Middlesex DA Gerry Leone's hallmark is
education and crime prevention, which was the theme today at the
Hopkinton Senior Center as Hopkinton and area senior citizens
gathered to hear his cautions on how to avoid postal, phone,
door-to-door and internet scams, as well as what to do about
Representative Dykema Address Seniors On How To Stay Safe At
Instances of Elder Abuse Have Risen 15% In The Past 2 Years;
Program To Provide Prevention Tips To Seniors
Gerry Leone, State Representative Carolyn Dykema, and
representatives from the Hopkinton Police Department, Eagle Bank
and Springwell Protective Services spoke today at the HopkintonSeniorCenter in Hopkinton about how
Seniors can better protect themselves from scams and abuse.
program, featuring remarks from Leone and Dykema, provided
information to an audience of 40 Seniors on a variety of topics,
including safe banking practices, how Seniors can remain safely
in their homes, and recent paving and lottery scams targeting
the elderly. Service providers also outlined what
resources are available to Seniors. Additionally,
Hopkinton Police Officer Patrick O’Brien discussed what
precautions Seniors can take to ensure their safety at home and
in the community. He was accompanied by Lieutenant Charles
Wallace and Detective Timothy Brennan from the Hopkinton Police
our office sees a case of elder abuse, it is already too late,”
District Attorney Leone said. “Our Seniors are our most
deserving population and we have an obligation to help prevent
those crimes that specifically target them, whether it’s
committed by a family member, a care provider, or a stranger.
I commend Representative Dykema for her initiative and thank her
for partnering with us to make these issues a priority, as
raising awareness around elder abuse is critical to early
detection and prevention efforts.”
“When you see rising crime rates against our older
citizens, it’s very worrisome,” said Rep. Dykema.
“Ideally, the best way to stop this type of crime is before it
happens. I’m so pleased to work with DA Leone and to share
valuable tips and expertise that can help seniors protect
According to the recent figures from the Massachusetts Office of
Elders Affairs, in fiscal year 2008, there were 14,909 reports
of elder abuse and 4,423 newly confirmed cases. These numbers
represent a significant rise from fiscal year 2005, when there
were 11,503 reports of elder abuse (30% increase) and 3,713
newly confirmed cases (19% increase).
In the past
two years, instances of elder abuse have risen 15%.
According to the
World Health Organization, there are common situations that
frequently put the elderly at risk of violence, including: a
strained family relationship that arises when one person becomes
financially more dependant on the other; conflicts between two
spouses when their fixed incomes become squeezed by higher
costs; and difficulties in coping when the deterioration of one
person's mental and physical health make them more dependant.
Social isolation is also a significant risk factor, as many
elderly people become increasingly isolated through the loss of
friends and family members.
were early-warning signs of possible abuse or problematic
situations and corresponding services that seniors are entitled
to under law that could have helped alleviate the strains of the
In 2008, DA Leone
established the LEAPS (Leaders in Elder Abuse Prevention)
Initiative in an effort to pull together agencies and health
care providers responsible for the care of senior citizens.
Members of the LEAPS program work together to identify seniors
who may be the subject of abuse or who are living in at-risk
situations and assure that they are offered the proper care and
services to prevent negative situations from developing. The
various groups also engage in trainings and information sessions
to assure that all members are up-to-date on proper techniques
and strategies to protect elders.
The purpose of the
LEAPS initiative is to assure that all members of the group are
trained to identify those early signs of abuse and then are
aware of the proactive services that can be provided to
alleviate those negative situations. Today’s program was a
continuation of the LEAPS initiative.
In 2009, DA
Leone established the SPEERS (Serving & Protecting Every Elder
Resident) Initiative that works to serve elders by forming a
partnership with long term independent and assisted living
facilities to ensure that those residents receive services and
protective benefits that they may not otherwise be aware of due
to their ability to live without full time care.
and resources for Seniors who are in need of resources and
Abuse Hotline: 1-800-922-2275
Programs and Services:
1-800-243-4636 or 1-877-610-0241
Executive Office of Elder Affairs:
Elder & Disabled Abuse Hotline: 781-897-8450
Price Chopper Breaks Ground on South Street
November 4, 2011 — Price Chopper threw its hat into the
Hopkinton-based grocery ring this morning, joining Colella's
Market on Main Street and the soon to open Water Fresh Farm
Marketplace on Hayden Rowe Street, by breaking ground at their
South Street location and feting local luminaries at the
Marathon Restaurant at North Pond. Price Chopper
CEO Neil Golub was present at the
groundbreaking (photo below, far right) and spoke to the
gathering afterward (above).
Mr. Golub called his endeavor a family-in
business as opposed to a family business, which serves only one
family, and has had an outside board of directors for over 65
years. He presented a Power Point show featuring photos from
their Shrewsbury store that he said is just 15 miles away. They
plan to showcase much of what they offer in all of their stores
such as large fish and deli departments, fresh bagels ("As good
as any in New York City.") made daily in their bakery, and
Certified Angus Beef in their meat department.
Mr. Golub detailed the charitable efforts
he and his company take part in, and have taken part in, on a
regular, long-term basis.
The groundbreaking today is the start of a
process that will culminate with the store opening in 2012.
He said that during the opening veteran
employees from other Price Choppers will be on hand, as will
many "suits" to help assist customers.
A HopNews Video of some of today's event is
being processed at this time.
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School Committee Identifies
Assistant Superintendent of Schools
by Muriel Kramer
November 4, 2011 — The School Committee recognized the work of a
young team of motivated Jimmy Fund walkers; members of
Chili Pepper Crusaders were on hand to receive congratulations
at last night’s meeting. The team recently wrapped up its formal
fundraising with a coin drive at Hopkins School that raised
$880.60; all the money raised goes to the Jimmy Fund to support
cancer research. Ben Wheeler, Christian’s oldest brother, stood
next to his brother’s Mile Marker picture while explaining how
motivating it was to raise money and walk with friends to
support Christian and others fighting this disease. The team,
made up of 5th and 7th graders, raised
$3,706.60 for the Jimmy Fund. Members of the team wanted to
thank all donors and especially recognize Mr. Greg Martineau
Principal at Hopkins, Mr. Eric Karjel Athletic Director at the
High School and Mrs. Dale Danahy at Colella’s Supermarket for
their enthusiastic help and support for the team’s fundraising
The School Committee is hosting a
series of community workshops to gather feedback on the Center
School question; the last of the three will be Saturday November
5th from 2 to 4 PM in the High School cafeteria. The
workshops give interested attendees the opportunity to provide
feedback on eight specific questions in brainstorming fashion,
and attendees also have the opportunity to fill out an
evaluation form for more direct and personal feedback. This will
not be the last opportunity going forward to impact the process,
and everybody is encouraged to participate in the discussion as
a consensus solution is pursued. The School Committee and Board
of Selectmen will be holding a joint work session next Monday
night November 7th at 6:30 in the Middle School
Library to discuss the results of the forums and plan for the
meeting with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)
tentatively scheduled for November 9th.
School Committee officially voted to appoint Dr. Mary Ann
DeMello as the new Assistant Superintendent of Schools pending
successful contract negotiations. In making his recommendation,
Dr. John Landman acknowledged Dr. DeMello’s experience as an
educator and administrator as well as the glowing
recommendations received. Respondents’ comments included, “she
is an incredibly passionate and dedicated educator,” “we became
a team when she came on board,” “she is excellent at bringing
people in the group to the next level,” and “she is positive and
inspiring.” Dr. DeMello spoke briefly complimenting the
Department on its challenging but welcoming hiring process.
Especially in light of the rigorous process, Dr. DeMello
commented, “I am honored you put your confidence in me.”
November 3, 2011 — The Downtown Initiative Steering Committee
hosted another presentation by the Beta Group, an engineering
firm hired to developing strategies for improving traffic,
pedestrian safety and streetscape on Main Street, from Wood
Street to Ash Street.
The three Beta associates
presented a list of ideas represented by graphics detailing ways
to calm traffic down and improve its flow, but by doing so,
removing several dozen parking spaces from Main Street.
Rob Phipps, of the namesake
insurance agency at 80 Main Street addressed the issue from his
"The idea that all 5 of our
parking spaces [on the street in front of the business] will be
eliminated leaves me a little cold," he
He added that he believes that the police, fire and DPW should
have representatives on the committee.
"After 60 years," he said,
referring to the length of time the Paul M. Phipps Insurance
Agency has been in business, "we certainly feel that our
customers should have the chance to stop by and say 'hello'."
The Beta Group presented
alternative plans that showed a redesign of the intersections at
Wood and Main, and Grove and Main. The most effective plans
involved the acquisition of properties at Wood Street and the
acquisition of land at Colella's, but the group, getting
pushback from those affected, said they weren't considering
Henry Kunicki (photo, left),
former member of the Board of Appeals, and longtime government
volunteer spoke his mind.
"You show a plan with a
solution to the biggest problem — you show an obvious solution
and say we are not going to consider it."
The group showed plans that added
room on the street for bicycles; and textured surfaces for
crosswalks and on Marathon Way, which they propose making a
Some textured surfaces on Main
Street, as well as a bump-out at Hayden Rowe Street, would
present challenges in respect to the Boston Marathon, whose
25,000-plus runners begin their trek over those surfaces every
Patriots Day. A proposed divider in the middle of the road could
stay there 364 days a year, and be removed for the Marathon, one
Beta representative suggested.
Merrick Turner of the Beta
Group, the main presenter, showed plans that suggested adding
40-60 spaces where there are now woods behind Bill's Pizza,
making its in-driveway a walkway, and making the exit a two-way.
As it stands, the parking area behind Bill's is not a public
lot, but is available, in an agreement signed with the town, for
people doing business at Town Hall in return for the town
plowing it in the winter.
Some attendees cautioned
against taking so many spaces from the Downtown Main Street,
when there are so many empty storefronts as it is.
One Beta representative said
that the proposed changes are a balance between the needs of
traffic and the needs of parking.
The solution to the traffic
congestion would be a four-lane thoroughfare through the center
of town, said the representative, but admitted it would get no
The project has more steps to
go before a final plan gets approved by the Selectmen and sent
in for a chance at $4 million in funding through the Mass
Highway. There is another public
input session in the High School Cafeteria on Saturday, November
5, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon.
Club Presents, from the book by Studs Terkel:
at Hopkinton High School Auditorium
Friday and Saturday November 4 & 5 at 7:30
Sunday, November 6 at 2
Tickets $10 for adults - $8 for Senior and Students
Below, a scene from today's premiere performance, a matinee at
the High School
MISSING MILFORD WOMAN FOUND WITH AID OF
STATE POLICE K9 UNITS
MA.) November 3, 2011A Milford woman reported missing by her
boyfriend late last night in the East Main Street area of town
was located after an extensive search by Police from Milford and
the Massachusetts State Police. At approximately 9:54 pm Milford
Police received a call from the missing woman’s boyfriend who
reported his girlfriend left him a disturbing message. The
caller also stated his girlfriend may have taken too much
State Police was contacted for assistance and several officers
responded to assist Milford Police. A Massachusetts State Police
K9 Officer and his dog were able to track the missing woman to
the rear of a Sumner Street business at approximately 12:30 am.
She was located in hidden in high brush where she was not
responsive and in need of immediate medical attention. EMS was
called and she was transported to the Milford Regional Medical
Center for treatment
responses of all police officers involved are commendable and
Milford Police is grateful once again to Massachusetts State
Police and their K9 units to assist and serve the residents of
REMINDER AND NEW LOCATION
DOWNTOWN INITIATIVE PROJECT MEETING – COMMUNITY VETTING*
Downtown Residents, Business and Property Owners, Town Boards
Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) via Town Engineer
3, 2011; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM OR
November 5, 2011; 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Hopkinton High School Cafeteria
Consultant’s presentation of the project and to receive
community input on the project.
David T. Daltorio, P.E.
Facilities Coordinator/Town Engineer
*Editor's Note: The BETA Group is the engineering firm charged
by the town with the study of traffic and parking in the
Downtown, which will then present the finished product
into the pipeline for a grant. They have been meeting and
listening to concerns of residents and business owners, and in
some cases, have adjusted their plans after receiving input.
Some of their plans call for the
acquisition of homes at Wood and Main Streets to maximize that
intersection, as well as the acquisition of some of Colella's
land to straighten that intersection. Another tentative plan is
to add a bike lane to Main Street. And there a whole lot more.
Agree or disagree, please attend a meeting and have your voice
Governor Patrick Signs house and senate
BOSTON - Thursday, November 3, 2011 – Governor Deval Patrick
today joined members of the Special Joint Committee on
Redistricting to sign House Bill No. 3770, “An Act Relative to
Establishing Representative Districts in the General Court” and
Senate Bill No. 2045, “An Act Establishing Executive Councilor
and Senatorial Districts”.
“I join the many members of the public in congratulating Senate
President Murray, Speaker DeLeo, Chairmen Rosenberg and Moran
and the members of the Joint Special Committee on Redistricting
for their fine work,” said Governor Patrick. “These
redistricting plans were crafted with an immense amount of
public input and transparency, and they fittingly reflect our
Commonwealth’s diversity. I am proud to sign them and prouder
still that these new districts will give all voters an
opportunity to have their voices heard.” Contributed content
The map to the right shows the new state rep house district that
includes Hopkinton, which has dropped Medway and added part of
Westborough and the whole of Southborough. To see the old
district map, mouse over the image.
Have You Checked Out the Interactive Calendar Today:
Drama Ensemble presents" Working" 4:00 pm. Tickets $10,
$8 for seniors and students. DOWNTOWN INITIATIVE PUBLIC
INFORMATIONAL MEETING 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Hopkinton HS
Auditorium Friends of the Hopkinton Library
7PM 13 Main St.
Spring 2012 GIRLS’ YOUTH LACROSSE REGISTRATION Grades
3-8 Register on-line at www.hopkintongirlslax.orgClick
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Senior Protection Seminar
Friday, November 4 at 12:30 p.m.
Carolyn Dykema and Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry
Leone Will present a seminar and answer questions on issues of
bank safety, fraudulent schemes, elder services offered by state
agencies and prosecution of allegations of abuse/criminal
The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws
pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter
Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section
8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other
than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street
between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through
Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton
The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing
snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to
remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place,
including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering
with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be
liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage
charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager,
whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police
Department and said Department shall render all necessary
assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.
No person shall pile, push, throw, shovel, plow or by any other
method or means cause snow to be deposited or placed on any
public roadway or sidewalk of the Town so as to impede, obstruct
or interrupt or otherwise adversely affect the unrestricted flow
of traffic or the safe travel of any pedestrian on such roadway
or sidewalk. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to any
person in the employ of the Town, or in the employ of an
independent contractor, which has been hired by the Town for the
purpose of snow removal. Whoever violates this section shall be
liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars for each
such violation. Each instance of such conduct shall constitute a
separate violation of this By-Law.
The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday
an International Student
your home to the experience of a lifetime! Host a Brazilian
student of Japanese
heritage accepted to Hopkinton High School for the second
semester. He is 14, will be freshman, and enjoys soccer and
playing his guitar. A $700/mo. stipend is provided. For more
information and to see Joao's application, please contact Ann
Northup, International Coordinator, at 508-480-8513 or
This program is sponsored by Educatius International, a
non-profit international educational organization which, among
other projects, connects international high school students with
American secondary schools and families.
Boston Athletic Association Kicks off 125th Year with Expanded
November 3, 2011 — The BAA held a reception celebrating their
newly expanded 1 Ash Street, Hopkinton offices last evening, and
invited Hopkinton people to join them for the event. A HopNews
HD video of part of the event, which includes a performance by
the Hopkinton Chamber Orchestra, is below.
Elementary School Planning Discussions
Resident Jackie Potenzone gestures as she speaks passionately
about high taxes and her husband's job loss.
2, 2011 — The Hopkinton High School Cafeteria Wednesday evening
was the site of the second of two charrettes to gather feedback
from the community regarding possibilities going forward
following the failure of the School Committee earlier this year
to sell a districted new school to replace Center School on the
town's Fruit Street property.
Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Jonathan Landman hosted the brainstorming sessions that
started out with small groups giving feedback to questions about
facilities and educational models and then moving en masse to
the table with the next question, while another group moved to
their first table in a round-robin.
Before gathering the results for
apparent study later, Dr. Landman asked for comments.
Business owner and educator Mary
Murphy (photo, left) said that she had believed districting was
good, but after living in Hopkinton for thirteen years, a town
she called unique, she has developed a different perspective.
"I would hate to see it [districting]
be something to divide our town," she said.
Kim Brennan (photo, right) said, "One
of the things that sticks out to me is the relationship between
the School Committee and the community — there is a lot of
She related that after the loss
at the ballot box for a new school, the committee said things
like, "The community wasn't educated," in response to the loss.
"There is healing that needs to take
"How do we... trust?" she said.
Jackie Potenzone (top photo) struck a
similar theme, saying that people who were not in favor of a new
districted school were told they did not support Hopkinton.
Mrs. Potenzone said her husband was
out of work, and that her daughter at college received a good
education in Hopkinton, and she would like her other two
children to benefit in the same way.
"I don't think any override will
pass," she said. "It is a matter of survival."
After the comments, Dr. Landman
called the meeting "essential" and said, "We had the opportunity
to hear from a wide range of people. The information will help
us get clarity.
"It's not over yet," he
November 2, 2011 — Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair Dorothy
Wallace and Respite Center principal Sharon Lisnow share a laugh
at the Boston Athletic Association reception for Hopkinton
individuals connected to the BAA to help them celebrate opening
a newly expanded presence at One Ash Street, just across from
the Start line of the world-class Boston Marathon. A HopNews HD
video of some of the event, with remarks by Guy Morse, Joann
Flaminio and Tom Grilk, as well as music by the Hopkinton
Chamber Orchestra, is being processed at this time and is
expected to be online in the morning.
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HCA Puts Finishing Touches
on Red Carpet Event November 12
HOPKINTON, MA (November 2, 2011) – The Hopkinton Center for the
Arts is putting its final touches on arrangements for the second
annual Red Carpet Event, which will be held on Saturday,
November 12 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at the Indian Meadows
Country Club in Westboro. This elegant, Hollywood-themed evening
will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, Silent Auction items, a
beautiful art exhibit and sale, and live music by Hot
Acoustics and ESL choral groups Tone Deft, The Treblemakers,
the Revere Quartet, and some other musical surprise guests.
Tickets are $75 per person and are
available now via
Proceeds will benefit the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and its
goal to build a multi-media arts facility.
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November 2, 2011 — Steve Diamond's spinner lure hits the water
at Hopkinton Reservoir in search of another trout. Mr. Diamond
is an angler, who sets his fish free after catching them. The
glass-like surface betrays the underwater location of fish with
their slightest near-surface movements.
Register for the Spring 2012 season now!
Registration deadline - November 15th
registeror learn more about any of our programs,
Thursday November 3 at 4
Friday and Saturday November 4 & 5 at 7:30
Sunday, November 6 at 2
Tickets $10 for adults - $8 for Senior and Students
Nancy L. Drawe
2011—a nice chilly fall morning…a perfect day for a special
event at the HopkintonSeniorCenter! Besides it being
my birthday, it was the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the
new parking lot. This parking lot was a long time in
the making, something very much needed at the center.
Since the center opened, there have been many, many parties and
special events where there just wasn’t enough parking for
everyone who attended. Some people would actually arrive
an hour or so early just to get a parking spot. If you
were one of the unlucky ones who weren’t able to find a space,
you’d end up parking at the cemetery and having to walk down.
A bit dangerous since there aren’t any sidewalks, and try this
in the middle of the winter at night when the ground is covered
with snow and ice. Not very safe!
also park all alongside the road entering the center, but when
the construction started for the new affordable housing, this
was not allowed. It would be too dangerous with all the large
trucks entering and leaving. To help the situation,
there was some carpooling going on and quite a few of the
residents living close by at Davis Road would even walk up.
That was okay in the summer when it stayed light out later, but
as I stated before, during the winter months, it just wasn’t a
little bit of history involved with the building of this new
lot. It was included with the original plans when they
built the new senior center, but as a cost cutting measure, it
was eliminated at the time and put on hold until there became a
real need. It didn’t take too long before it was evident
that it was now “needed!” Jump ahead to the
2010 Annual Town Meeting. The article to approve money for
a new parking lot was passed and they got the green light to go!
It was time for a celebration!
After all kinds of planning by the designer, town engineer, etc,
the ground breaking began a few months ago, and finally, in late
October, the parking lot was ready! Finishing
touches were added: lines for spaces were painted in,
landscaping done, lights on—it was good to go! The first
day it was open for use, the senior center was quite busy and
the lot was already full at 11 am, so I was able to utilize a
new parking space! No more driving around and around while
waiting for someone to leave to take that space! There’s
enough for everyone now!
Now we come to
the grand opening ceremony on November 1. Members of the
Council on Aging Board, the staff, Norman Khumalo--Town Manager,
Brian Herr--Selectman and Dave Deltorio--Town Engineer were
among the many on hand that morning. They were all there
to witness Cindy Chesmore, Director of the
SeniorCenter, having the
pleasure of cutting the ribbon to make the new parking lot
officially open! Norman and Brian both spoke, each
thanking everyone involved and expressed how happy they were to
have these extra 44 extra parking spaces available for the
seniors. So everyone, go ahead and Park It!
to attend the “Retirement Planning Seminar” this Saturday,
November 5 from 9 am until 1 pm. As I wrote about in the
last column, the topics and guest speakers scheduled at this
seminar will answer many of the questions you may have about
your upcoming retirement.
Dinner is coming up! November 11, 2001 at the Woodville
Rod and Gun Club. Notice the date: 11/11/11! That’s
so cool, isn’t it? Doors open at 5:30 pm and dinner will
be served at 6:00. It’s a
wonderful way to spend the evening in your honor: conversing
with your fellow veterans, enjoying a nice meal and special
entertainment, as well as watching the awesome slide show
presentation with photos taken of each of the veterans during
their enlistment. This is the tenth annual Veteran’s Day Dinner,
co-sponsored by the Veteran’s Celebration Committee and Council
on Aging. Please call the SeniorCenter (509-497-9730) to RSVP.
That’s it for
now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email
next time, have a great week!
Hopkinton 3, Ashland 1
November 1, 2011 — The HHS Girls Volleyball defeated Ashland
tonight 3-1. They ended their regular season with a 16, 2 record
and are preparing for state tournament. Photo is #4
the Lion King Is...
November 1, 2011 — Peter Remillard does his best lion impression
at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club Halloween party.
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November 1, 2011 — Ben Faucher won best costume for his homemade
Mad Hatter at the seniors' costume day.