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Train Kept Rollin'
June 20, 2012 — A manual switcher tends to tracks at the Grafton-Upton Railroad last week at the yard that gets increasingly busy. The speed limit on the track before the recently new ownership took over was 5 mph, and they don't seem to go any faster now. Click here to see the original version of The Train Kept-a-Rollin' by the Yardbirds. To watch a reprise of an Austin Falcione report from 2010 on the revival of the GUR, please choose the HD video below.






Live performances will rock the day at a benefit Summer Music Festival on Saturday June 23rd from 1:00 PM – 8:30 PM at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA), 98 Hayden Rowe Street. Performances feature rock, alternative rock, blues, ska and folk. Musicians hail from the local area and are donating their time for the HCA’s barn renovations. The lineup includes Steve Spector, Carter Berking, Barbara Kessler, Aidan Connelly, Robb Millett, The Burnsides, Sasha Yatchenko, Wickerhead, Shut Up James, Splatter Cactus, Blackwell, and Take Care. 


The Festival also offers activities, food, and raffles/silent auction items such as a Hot Air Balloon Adventure for Two, and choice of a Bose Wave Radio or SoundDock.


The day also features a seven story tall hot air balloon (no Festival admission necessary), for tethered rides 40-50 feet high beginning at 5 pm. Stop by to watch the balloon inflation, then go for a ride! Rides are $10 per person. The HCA is also offering $20 Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two raffle tickets -- a $550 value! Drawings will be held at the Festival; you do not need to be present to win. The ride lasts an hour or more, and the landing is capped off with champagne, cheese, and crackers. Raffle tickets available at the Festival gate or in advance at www.HopArtsCenter.org


All-day admission is $10 Students/Seniors, $15 Adults, with children under 5 free and a $40 maximum for families. Come and go as you please! Parking is free. “We are so looking forward to the event,” says Kelly Grill, Executive Director of the HCA. “Sitting outside at the HCA on a warm sunny day, listening to some awesome music – what could be better?!”


The Festival is a joint undertaking between the HCA and the Hopkinton Community Endowment’s Capital Campaign for HCA renovations. Proceeds go towards renovation of the HCA’s barn to create an expanded arts center.


All's Well...
June 20, 2012 — Hopkinton Fire Lt. Carl Harris operates the Fire Department's boat on Ashland Reservoir as the Ashland Fire Department boat in the background takes the long way back to shore. Hopkinton assisted Ashland Fire Department after an Ashland State Park employee called, believing some young swimmers might be in distress. They were okay upon arrival. The photograph above is a good lesson in the rule of thirds.


Cool Off

June 20, 2012 — Eric Davis, 10, and Jacob Dawley, 13, try their hand at the American way on East Main Street today.


It's Official

Congratulations to Colm Scanlon for his approval from the ABCC for the license transfer in his name for what will become Cornell's Irish Pub after the passing of papers. Below is screenshot of part of the approval document.


Press Release from Town manager Norman Khumalo:

Two New Hires for Hopkinton

Finance Director

June 20, 2012 — It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Christopher J. Ketchen has accepted the position of Finance Director/Town Accountant for the Town of Hopkinton. Chris’ first day will be Monday, July 2, 2012.
     Chris has over 12 years of experience in public sector finance encompassing reporting, treasury functions and financial controls. He worked as Project Manager and Budget Analyst for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and Prince George’s County, Maryland. His experience at local and state levels has afforded him a comprehensive understanding of managing the financial function.
     Chris’s most recent work as Deputy Director of General Government for the Town of Wellesley has uniquely positioned him as a general strategist and visionary, transcending the financial functions of town government. Further, this position afforded him the opportunity to communicate strategic issues, with managers, staff, boards/committees and residents, while highlighting his leadership skills.
      During his tenure in Wellesley, Chris has proven to be an accomplished, results oriented manager and leader. These skills, combined with Chris’ experience, education, problem solving abilities, uncompromising integrity, strong work ethic and personality make him an excellent match for the Town of Hopkinton and its leadership team.
      Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Massachusetts- Amherst. He is certified by the State of Massachusetts as a Procurement Officer.
     The Department Heads, Appropriations Committee, School Department and I look forward to working with Chris on long-term financial planning and implementing further efficiencies town wide.
Operations Assistant
June 20, 2012 —It is with great pleasure that I inform you that James P. Hellen (Jamie) has accepted the position of Operations Assistant to the Town Manager for the Town of Hopkinton. Jamie’s first day will be Monday, July 9, 2012.
       Jamie has over 13 years of public service experience, working first as Municipal Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Community Preservation Initiative and then as Speechwriter/Public Relations Specialist for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He later became the Chief of Staff/Communications Director with the Massachusetts General Court. Most recently he has been the Municipal Services Coordinator for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).
       Jamie’s exceptional stakeholder management and conflict resolution skills, detailed knowledge of state and local budget processes, strong working knowledge of the fundamentals of local government, intimate knowledge of policy and strategic planning and demonstrated communication skills will make him a true partner to the Town Hall team, Board of Selectmen and Hopkinton community. His passion for public service, self confidence and unwavering commitment to work collaboratively, combined with his ability to think strategically, will help formulate and drive strategic business improvements in Town government. His personality and demonstrated ability to lead in a facilitative manner stood out during the interview process, making him an excellent match for the Operations Assistant to the Town Manager position.
       Jamie holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Massachusetts- Boston. Suffice to say, Jamie is also an Eagle Scout.
       The Department Heads and I look forward to working with Jamie in enhancing the internal organizational processes and related infrastructure for the Town. HopNews photos.


Hopkinton paraprofessionals win year and half long effort to form union and improve conditions

Hopkinton, MA – June 19, 2012 — School paraprofessionals declared victory on Thursday, June 14 in their 19 month effort to form a union and improve working conditions after an overwhelming majority of the workers voted to ratify their first union contract.

The union agreement with School District management will improve paid time off by increasing holidays from five to eleven per year and allowing workers more sick time if needed. The contract ensures workers a voice on-the-job and increases their job security with an enforceable grievance and arbitration procedure. Paraprofessional will also receive regular scheduled wage increases.
School Paraprofessionals provide opportunity for students to have individualized instruction in the classroom. There are about 80 employees in the Hopkinton Paraprofessional Chapter.
"We are really excited to finally have our first contract and get the recognition for all the hard work we do," said Ken Marin, a twelve year employee of the school district. "Now we are on our way to get the respect we deserve."
"This will benefit all the paraprofessionals and our students going forward," said Linda Smith, a Hopkinton paraprofessional who helped negotiate the union contract with a team of six co-workers. "And it puts us on an equal footing with the rest of district. A lot of what we were looking for was respect. Our new contract is a good start"
Employees decided to form their union in October of 2010 and won certification for collective bargaining on May 31, 2011. Bargaining began second week of June 2011.
"SEIU Local 888 unites over 500 paraprofessional educators in Massachusetts for the good jobs and quality education our communities need," said local president Mark DelloRusso. "In today's challenging environment for public service workers, gaining strength through unity is the key to maintaining standards and advancing in your career."
SEIU Local 888 unites more than 8,500 public service, higher education and not-for-profit workers in Massachusetts. Learn more at: www.seiu888.org.  Contributed content.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Compiled  for HopNews.com by Robert Falcione © 2012 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from June 11, 2012 to June 19, 2012






42 South Mill Street Robert Resnick, Kathryn Resnick $670,000 June 18, 2012 Parker RLJ LLC
163 Ash Street James D Chapman TR, Ann L Chapman Tr, 163 Ash Street Realty Trust $388,000 June 15, 2012 Neil Giordano, Heidi Pitlor
2 Honeysuckle Realty Tr, Milton A Alper Lee Hiho, jung Sunseong $600,000 June 15, 2012 2 Honeysuckle Ralty Tr, Milton A Alpern Realty Tr
20 Briarcliff Drive Henry Shion, Timothy Burgess $450,000 June 14, 2012 Christopher M Guarino, Therese M Guarino
Last Time        
49 Ash Street Nathaniel Oram, Marla Oram $340,000 June 8, 2012 Robert Handlin, Stephanie Miller Cook
Time Before        
56 Pinecrest Village Drive #8 Susan Odegaard $207,000 June 6, 2012 Teresa Rice, Randall Bergmann
264 Hayden Rowe Street Brian F Chatten, Jennifer M Chatten $260,000 June 5, 2012 Marie A Mouradian, William E Bowker, Peter Bowker
 Tr, Joanne Markarian Tr, Peter R Bowker Tr
11 Tammer Lane Alexander R Keeler, Jennifer K Keeler $699,900 June 1, 2012 C Douglas Smith, Beth M Smith
7 Valleywood Road Michael Bartley, Victoria Bartley $530,000 June 1, 2012 Michael E Jesanis, Janet D Jesanis
213 Winter Street Dianna Doucette $561,500 May 31, 2012 Donna L Smith, Jan Marie Evans
4 Palomino Drive Anne W Lee, Ryan McDaniel $575,000 May 31, 2012 Thomas B Hamil, Jennifer L Hamil
7 Forest Lane #4 Nitin Sobti, Naina Luthra $297,000 May 31, 2012 Jeanne M Corey, Dimitri Corey
1 Birchwood lane #5 Joyce C Daley, Patrick R Daley $246,000 May 31, 2012 Stephen  Messineo, 1 birchwood Lan Realty Tr
4 Peppercorn Rd Jef A Curl, Jane R Curl $635,000 May 30, 2012 John R Andel, Michelle E Andel
18 East Street Robert Wright, Elaine Gowdy $377,000 May 30, 2012 Malcolm M Porter, Paula L Porter
7 John Matthew Road Monica L Preman, Gary Preman $865,000 May 25, 2012 Kenneth Clark Swartzel, Pamela C Swartzel
21 Jamie Lane Nicholas M Gambino, Meghan K Gambino $695,000 May 25, 2012 Mark P Gervig, Linda M Gervig
8 Benson Road Anne L VergnonChristopher L Vandeusen $665,000 May 24, 2012 Maribeth S Kane,
7 Stoneybrook Road Nicholas Robert Ernick, Liu Lin $635,000 May 22, 2012 Thomas CK Chan, Kay CH Chan


Prelude to a Jam

June 19, 2012 — These young men had a bit of an impromptu jam session this afternoon by the sign in front of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts announcing the Music Fest that they will be playing in on Saturday.


Some Will Live

June 19, 2012 — Members of the Hopkinton Historical Society entertained themselves with their annual Strawberry Social and a mystery theater at their building in the former Hopkinton Grange on Hayden Rowe Street this evening. Patricia Perry, above left, a historical interpreter, was the toastmaster as the individuals in the room were designated as passengers and crew aboard the Titanic. Some lived, but...


A Blending Process
June 20, 2012 — Hopkinton Gulf is now a Sunoco Gas station, featuring its unique way of  blending superior and lesser octane grades of gasoline together to reach different levels of purity. The 100+ year-old company was known for selling the highest octane leaded gas on the market, Sunoco 260 (97.5 Octane), during the heyday of muscle cars. And now the station — it may become Hopkinton Sunoco — is blending the sale of its blended gasoline with the purchase of groceries at Price Chopper Supermarkets, one of which is opening on Thursday in Hopkinton Square at the corner of South and West Main Streets. The partnership is called AdvantEdge, which can be learned about by choosing the Hopkinton Sunoco Icon.


Perfect Fit

June 19, 2012 — Fellow female entrepreneur, business neighbor and friend, Karen Stephenson, checks a necklace for fit on Annette Nealon of Threads, whose business is located in the same building as Hopkinton Jewelers.


Milford Police To Conduct Night-Time Firearms Training

(Milford, MA.) June 19, 2012 — Milford Police will be conducting nigh time live firearms training starting Tuesday June 19, 2012 and ending Sunday June 24, 2012 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the outdoor firearms range located off Cedar Street and nearby to Walden Woods and the local walking trails.

Picture of the Babe Ruth Champions, Jamie Air with the Mahon Cup.

Left to Right: Pat Mahon (Presenter of the Mahon Cup), Sam Lehman, Coach Tom Carey, Everett Rolph, Maxx Direnzo, Jack Nealon, Jason Strangio, Coach Jake Lehman, Mohammed Hussain, Luke Bianculli, Matt Murphy, Ryan Carey, Coach Don Lehman, Matt Burns. (Missing from Picture, Coach Shawn Carl).




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Police Incident Log - Most Recent First



Updated Tuesday, June 19, 2012 



Monday, July 18, 2012
7:41 pm A caller reports a vehicle with two flat tires in front of his Fruit Street residence. The driver said an oncoming truck forced him off of the road.
5:57 pm A Downey Street resident walked in to report a suspicious stranger who knocked on his day the day before.
5:44 pm A jet ski hit a dock on Woody Island Road and spilled fuel. Assisted the Fire Department.
4:57 pm A walk in from Maple Street reported missing prescription medications.
3:55 pm Checked and spoke with an operator on Indian brook Road.
3:37 pm A motorist reported a motor vehicle all over the road  on Main Street. Almost hit another vehicle turning onto Cedar while the light turned red. Units said she claimed just being tired after working at the hospital.
2:51 pm Units were called off of a burglar alarm response on Wescott Drive by the homeowner's alarm company.
1:38 am Units sent individuals at Sandy Beach on their way.


Trails Club Hike
Sunday, June 24, noon: Tamarack Farms hike. We'll be exploring trails in a lesser-travelled section of Upton State Forest. This will be a loop walk, with a short side trip to the cellar hole and foundation remains of a former residence. Expect a walk of 1.5-2 hours. Meet at the parking pulloffs on Pond Street at the south end of Lake Whitehall (between 160 and 184 Pond Street).


A SHOUT OUT: Congrats to the Hopkinton Fire Department Group One, and in particular, Lt. Jurasek, Firefighter Prescott, Firefighter Gosselin,  Firefighter Frederick and Police Officer Stephen Buckley for assisting a mother give birth to a healthy baby girl on Bowker Lane this morning. And best wishes to the family!
Solar Flair Chosen as Hopkinton Solarize Installer
Hopkinton, MA — Solarize Massachusetts Hopkinton and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) are pleased to announce the selection of SolarFlair Energy Inc. as the Solarize Mass installer for Hopkinton. SolarFlair Energy Inc. will work with Andy Boyce (file photo) of the Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee, the Solarize Mass Community Solar Coach, to implement the program in partnership with MassCEC. A “Solar 201” public meeting has been scheduled on June 28, 2012 at the Senior Center, located at 28 Mayhew St. at 7 PM to introduce the installer to the community, and answer questions from residents and business owners in Hopkinton. Read much more here.
      For more information about Solarize Mass visit www.SolarizeMass.com . For more information about the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, visit www.MassCEC.com .
Solar Coach Email: SolarizeHopkinton@Gmail.com
Solar Coach Phone Number: (508) 293-1837


No Off-Switch
June 18, 2012 — There is no on-switch that Robert Silva, 6, and Alex Matsoukas, 10 can find to get this truck started in front of Water Fresh Farm Marketplace today, and there is no off-switch on their imaginations, as they sit in it and travel to worlds that only children can see.


Remembering to Remember
Alzheimer's residents display work

June 18, 2012 — Consultant Peggy Cahill and Program Director Michelle Boiardi hang artwork at the HCA in advance of Friday's Photovoice Project opening reception, June 22, 2012, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Seven residents of the Compass of Hopkinton will be present to talk about their photography, as well as the accompanying essays. The project helps individuals with memory loss bring back moments in time, express their feelings in writing, and create dialogues with other people to mitigate the frustration that may accompany people with short-term memory loss. The exhibit will be on display through July, and the photographers will be there on Friday.


Eat Your Vegetables

June 6, 2012 — Bernadette Markey and son Sean chat with a vendor at Weston Nurseries Farmers Market on Friday.



POTTER, Pauline Elizabeth (Wonderly), 88
Sep 21, 1923 - Jun 16, 2012
POTTER, Pauline Elizabeth (Wonderly), 88* Preceded in death by husband, LeRoy Potter; stepson, LeRoy E. Potter; stepdaughter, Shirley Stokes; grandson, Trevor Weatherfield; stepgranddaughter, Theresa Johnson. Survived by daughters: Donna Weatherfield (Ron) of Arizona, Linda Burke (John) of Papillion, NE; son, Michael Potter; stepson, Kenneth Potter (Merry) of Iowa; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, 5pm to 7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Thursday, 10:30am, St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic Church in Bellevue. Graveside Service Thursday, 1:30pm, Calvary Cemetery with military rites by Benson VFW Post 2503.

Memorials are suggested to Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home or Alzheimer’s Association.

*HHS Class of 1941


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Police Incident Log - Most Recent First



Updated Monday, June 18, 2012 



Sunday, July 17, 2012
5:41 pm A caller from a Main Street business called reporting an issue with a customer that resulted in an arrest.
4:02 pm Officer Timothy Brennan performed a community policing action on Lakeshore Drive.
3:11 pm Officer Timothy Brennan checked a motor vehicle on Main Street.
2:23 pm A 911 call reported a suspicious vehicle parked in front of his house on Granite Street. Officer Timothy Brennan checked the motor vehicle and advised there was no one around it.
11:10 am A cell phone caller reported two vehicles stopped on the on ramp from 495 to the Mass Pike. The State Police were notified.
10:26 am A walk-in from Front Street stated that her dog was attacked by another dog late Friday night. Her dog was fine but wanted the incident logged.
10:06 am A North Mill Street resident reported that an American flag was stolen from the end of his driveway some time during the day. The incident was logged.
Saturday, July 16, 2012
11:34 pm Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle parked on West Elm Street.
9:39 pm A resident of Cunningham Street complained about loud music in the neighborhood. Officer Peter Booth spoke with the host who turned it down.
7:49 pm Officer Philip Powers assisted the Ashland police department with a disturbance on Clinton Street
6:19 pm A 911 caller reported that an unleashed dog was barking at him at the state park. Officer Peter Booth and the Environmental Police Department resolved the situation.
5:21 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident requested assistance for the removal of a bat from the household. Officer Philip Powers removed the bat.
3:11 pm A caller reported a paving crew was causing a roadway hazard on South Street. Officer William Burchard spoke with the crew.
7:20 am A caller from Ledgestone Drive reported a strange blue vehicle parked in the neighborhood. Officer Timothy Brennan responded and advised the vehicle appeared to be there overnight.
7:15 am A caller reported that construction was beginning prior to the designated start time on Cole Drive. Officer David Shane responded and prior to his arrival the crew shut down.
6:10 am An East Main Street resident reported that a vehicle hit his mailbox and there was still a piece of the vehicle there. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and took a report.
1:47 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a civil citation on West Main Street for a violation of a town by-law.
1:08 am Officer John Moran placed an individual into Protective Custody on West Main Street.
12:53 am Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle on South Street
12:21 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the Upton Police Department.
Friday, July 15, 2012
10:10 pm A caller from Pond Street complained about loud music in the area. Officer William Burchard responded and prior to there arrival the music was shut down.
10:10 pm A Church Street resident reported a noise complaint. Officer Timothy Brennan spoke with the home owner who was having a birthday party and kept it quiet for the night.
8:31 pm A North Mill Street resident reported that there were several vehicles parked on his lawn from a neighbor's party. Officer Timothy Brennan responded and it appeared that no one was at the house with the party.
7:40 pm A caller from West Elm Street reported a possible suspicious past incident that happened on a school bus. Officer Timothy Brennan responded and spoke with the caller.
7:09 pm Officer Peter Booth assisted the DPW with the removal of a tree limb on North Mill Street.
6:17 pm A caller from North Mill Street reported a tree limb in the roadway. Officer Peter Booth responded and advised that it was hung up on another limb. The DPW was advised to remove it.
5:18 pm The State Police reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street. Officer William Burchard responded with the ambulance.
5:04 pm A caller reported that a vehicle was flashing red lights trying to get him to pull over on 495. The State Police was contacted and looked for the vehicle.
2:36 pm An ambulance reported that they were on Main Street and there was a vehicle behind them with the operator appearing to be texting and driving erratically. Officer David Shane checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.
2:03 pm A Hidden Brick Road resident reported kids on skateboards being towed by a vehicle in the neighborhood. Officer Peter Booth checked the area with a negative find.
11:35 am Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with a walk-in regarding a larceny incident.
11:37 am Officer David Shane took a report of vandalism on South Street.
10:27 am Officer Peter Booth checked on a vehicle with damage on it on College Street. The operator stated that she hit a rock in Holliston then in Hopkinton.
12:35 am Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.


Hopkinton Native Seeks Help to Restore Video Freex Archives

June 18, 2012 — Hopkinton native son Jon Nealon, an independent film editor, and wife, Jenny Raslin are working to restore the archives of a group of independent film makers from the Sixties who went on to develop a pirate TV station. To learn more, watch the video above; and to perhaps help them reach their Kickstarter goal, choose the link below:


 Uncommonly Hopkinton, a HopNews.com Feature


Check out segment from "Playing Dead" on Hopkinton Common on Sunday


First Sunday Concert on the Common Draws About 500 to Hopkinton Common

June 17, 2012 — Abby and Ben Davis perform an apparently practiced dance routine while Playing Dead, a Grateful Dead cover band, plays in the background, and an estimated 500 people sit on the grass and listen. Below, a perspective from inside the Veterans Memorial Gazebo while Playing Dead performs to a large group of listeners, including, apparently, many of their fans.


Sand Dunes and Salty Air

On Saturday, June 16th a number of Hopkinton alumni gathered on Cape Cod to celebrate the wedding of Brian McCowan to Caroline Walls. Brian graduated from Hopkinton in 2004. The lovely couple met at Assumption College after being introduced by Kara Brosnan, another Hopkinton alum..


LAX Jamboree in Franklin for the U11 combined girls team won all three of their games.


Check Out Today's Calendar?

       People who checked out the Hopkinton Interactive Calendar today learned that there is the first in the series of Concerts on the Common starting tonight at 5:00 pm. Click on the Calendar icon to learn more; and do that every day to see what's up with special events around Hopkinton. Those who "like" HopNews on facebook (Icon above) received an alert this afternoon about the early evening concert.
      And while the reader peruses the interactive calendar he or she is invited to choose the "Games" category in the menu bar and choose to listen to the Free Radio and choose from the dozens of categories with well over 100 stations. Check out the other games as well as the other free content to learn, or just be entertained.


June 16, 2012 — This young man walking his charges from Center School through the Hopkinton Common on Friday displays a flair for color-cordination.


All Clear
June 16, 2012 — An alarm from the pump house next to the water tank at the Middle School brought firefighters, who discovered smoke in the building caused by a faulty device. They shut the pump down and awaited Water Department employee and volunteer firefighter Lou Mongiat (gesturing).


Great Vision
June 16, 2012 — This dragonfly on the shore of North Pond this afternoon appears to be resting from its usual preoccupations of eating and mating. The insect is estimated to have been on Earth for the last 300 million years, developing foolproof ways to survive in its realm. Its vision is said to be better than that of humans, and it can see in other wavelengths. Many of its 6,000 species  can be found on all continents except Antarctica.


Girls 12U Softball Champs

Front row: Anna Heavey, Bella Onsi, Katy Holly, Emily Whelan
Middle row: Lindsey Mingace, Maddie Hildreth, Lisa Breton, Abby Brown, Rachel Macintosh, Heather Holly
Back row: Head Coach Nicole Onsi, Assistant Coaches Mike Breton, Dennis Heavey, Doug Onsi
Not pictured: Eliza Westbury and Assistant Coach Bob Brown


The World is an Oyster
June 16, 2012 — The world would be this robin's oyster if it weren't already filled with scrumptious insects of all types. The bird kept those insects in its beak as it continued filling its face with a few more worms and grubs, a photo that was deemed too graphic for sensitive HopNews readers, who might open the page at dinnertime.


New Friends
June 15, 2012 — Ana Murphy-Gelet enjoys communicating with one of two young alpacas at the Weston Nurseries Farmers' Market on its opening day Friday. The market has more vendors than ever. Below, in her second season, Laura Davis of Long Life Farm shows off one share of this week's harvest that will be going to 30 members of her Community Supported Agriculture.