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Norfolk Teen Takes Home 3rd in USAF Pony Finals By j.D. o’Gara

Holland’s been riding since could walk, and if you take a peek in the family’s small barn, which houses their three young ponies, it’s not hard to see why. The walls of the barn are adorned with ribbons, and pictures – old family pictures – of three previous generations of equestrians beaming atop or alongside their horses. Holland’s Mom, Juliana, grew up around horses, and she wanted to share this life with her daughter.

Three years ago, when 11year-old Holland Nievergelt got her half Morgan, half Welsh pony “KP,� the young equine could not even canter, much less jump. Juliana Nievergelt, Holland’s Mom, saw something special in the 4-year-old horse, as well as the rider. The two set about training him, and their task was worth the hard work. In August, Holland, now 14, her Mom and “KP,� known in shows as “Glynhafan Red Kestrel,� made the19-hour journey to The United States Equestrian Federation Pony Finals Nationals in Lexington Kentucky. Holland and her pony finished 3rd overall in the Large Green Pony Division of 77 entrants. “It was an amazing and fulfilling accomplishment,� says Juliana, “as Holland has spent the last three years training her very special pony at her family’s farm in Norfolk. Holland and Kestrel surprised a lot of the competition.�

Holland rides every day, sometimes twice a day. That she took on the KP’s training on her own for the Pony Finals is unusual and noteworthy, but the training wasn’t easy. “He was lazy,� laughs Holland. “We had to train him up and make him a show pony.�

14-year-old Holland Nievergelt, of Norfolk, and her horse “Glynhafan Red Kestrel,� or “KP� for short, traveled all the way to Lexington, Kentucky this year to compete in the USEF Pony Finals. Surprised to even qualify for the competition, Holland and her pony, which she trained herself, brought home 3rd place in their division.

Both Mom and daughter agree that most people who saw KP didn’t believe he would be able to make it into an USEF Arated show, much less win. A championship at such a show is

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the entry ticket to the national, USEF Pony Finals. “You have to qualify to go to pony finals at an A show,” says Juliana. Not knowing what to expect, the family took the pony to Saratoga to try to qualify. “He qualified for the pony finals the first time,” smiles Holland. “We were so excited, we were crying. We never thought that this would happen so easily.” She explains that a lot who make it to the pony finals do 25 horse shows a year. “We did seven,” she says. In addition to Holland’s weekly lesson, she studied a lot of video of riders in the pony final. Her trainer, Beth Gold, would advise her on parts of her technique she’d need to work on. “We had to go through things they call gymnastics,” says Holland. Once KP learned, Holland says, “He loves it. Now he knows his job, he gets excited to go for a ride,” she says. At the competition, Holland and her horse were scored in three

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different categories. First, they were judged on a flat class (walk, trot, canter), in which they scored 16th overall. Next, the horse was judged in the model competition, for such things as body proportionality, lack of blemishes, etc., in which they ranked 12th. The final area in which Holland and KP had to prove themselves was in jumping. “I was nervous,” says Holland. “It was a lot to see everyone go and make mistakes. People would fall and get hurt,” she says. When it was her turn, Holland says she “blocked it all out and forgot about it.” The focus paid off. “KP was perfect,” says Holland. “It was so much fun. I wasn’t worried. I knew how good he was being. We did our finishing circle, and I was waiting for the judges to tell us our score. I knew it was one of the highest scores of the day.” Holland got fourth place in jumping, and the score, averaged in with her others, put her in third. “I didn’t expect to come home with a ribbon,” smiles Holland, “so it was amazing.”


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Wrentham Artist Brings Art Alive at Pond Meadow By j.D. o’Gara What strikes the viewer most about the watercolor paintings Adolfo, or “Adi,” Demi creates are their detail. Images painted with tiny brushes are crisp and defined, and the color seems less translucent, more vivid than most watercolor paintings. At first glance, the work appears as if it were done in colored pencil. The artist, who was born in Naples, Italy and resides with his companion, Helen, at the Community at Pond Meadow in Wrentham, avoids defining himself. “As far as watercolor painting, I’m not a watercolorist per se. Helen belonged to a West Roxbury Association, and once a month a demonstrator would come in, and she would paint – I swear to God you thought you were looking at better than a photograph – so precise,” says the inspired painter.

“Some people are very tight, some are very loose. It’s not in me to look at something and make it running all over the place. I try to paint what I see.” Demi met his companion, Helen, 50 years ago, although the two of them led separate lives for decades. Then, in 1999, she looked him up. Now, they live, and paint, together. “We joined a watercolor painting class at the senior center in Wrentham. It’s a very good class,” says Demi, but they start in October, and it lasts all winter and ends in May.” “I’m a Floridian,” he says, noting that he and Helen migrate to the warmer clime each winter, so the timing of the senior center art class does not work for them. “When I started coming back here to Massachusetts in the winter, I said, ‘We have a place in

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Sharing Food, and Community Norfolk Food Pantry Gears Up for Thanksgiving By j.D. o’Gara The Norfolk Food Pantry is gearing up for the holiday season. The pantry, open since 1992, is housed in a small building of its own at the Emmanuel Baptist Church at 63 Rockwood Road (Rte. 115). November is a time the food pantry puts together boxes of traditional foods for Thanksgiving. “We do Thanksgiving dinner type, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce. Last year we did about 25,” says Harpin. “We’ll probably do 25-30 this year.” Harpin says that in recent years, Norfolk Together, along

with the school parent teacher organization, has organized a food drive in the schools for the month of November. “The community is extremely helpful to the food pantry, especially around November, when the schools hold a big food drive along with the organization Norfolk Together,” says Harpin. Food from this drive usually goes into the Thanksgiving boxes. In total, right now, says Harpin, the small community of Norfolk has about 50 families on its list. “In the past couple of years, (the number of residents using

the food pantry) been a little bigger. It seems to have leveled off a bit,” she says. The food pantry is open to any Norfolk resident having financial difficulties, although, she says, not everyone comes in each week. About 20 families frequent the pantry each Saturday. “We just have them fill out a form and show some proof of says Harpin. residence,” “They’re served according to the size of families. Larger families get more things if they need more items.” The volunteer notes that the pantry offers nonperishable foods including canned goods,

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cereals, and pasta, but “We do have milk, eggs and juice as well that we keep in the fridge. We have to buy those with funds,” she says. Among food pantry items, certain things seem to run out more quickly, says Harpin. Items that are always needed include cereal, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and spaghetti sauce. Harpin adds that although the pantry doesn’t purchase paper products, the people who shop at the pantry are very glad to get these items when they can.

Norfolk Community League been very supportive, as well as Scout Groups. “In fact, the Girl Scouts, in the past two to three years, have given us Christmas baskets,” she notes. In addition to donations, the volunteers keep the pantry going. Harpin says she’s volunteered for about 10 years now. “I had a friend that suggested it,” she says. Now, she says, “when somebody calls, I’m usually the one that talks to them.”

Harpin says that the townspeople have been very supportive.

In all, Harpin says the Norfolk Food Pantry has a volunteer roster of about 14 to 16 people who help on Saturday mornings.

“Some people do give money, and the pantry has so far been privately funded,” she says. “Churches give us money and food as well. A lot of different businesses will donate, different civic groups.” In particular, she notes that the Norfolk Lions and

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Norfolk Lions Christmas Tree Sale The Norfolk Lions annual Christmas Tree Sale will begin on Friday, November 23 and continue until all trees are gone. Trees will be sold on the lot next to the Dunkin Donuts on Main Street in downtown Norfolk. Selling hours are weekdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Please plan to support the Lions in this major fundraiser.

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church elves. A new tradition to enjoy is the Holly Fair’s family Gingerbread House decorating stations and an old tradition renewed - the church’s home-made holiday apple pies. All will enjoy the wide selection of delicious homemade baked goods for sale including our “cookie bar.” Unique to the Holly Fair is a “Children Only” shopping area. Children will be able to purchase Christmas gifts for their friends

and family at very nominal prices. Members of the youth group will be available to help the children with their gift choices and giftwrapping. The Federated Church of Norfolk is located at the corner of Route 115 and Main Street in the center of Norfolk, across from the Town Common. Adequate parking is located at the back of the church and the fellowship hall and restrooms are handicap accessible.

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Small group sessions start at First Parish Church in Taunton Church isn’t just about Sunday morning anymore! Many Unitarian Universalist Churches, Taunton’s First Parish Church among them, are focusing not only on Sunday services, but also on “Small Group Ministry.” By attending focused discussion groups made up of under ten people, church members and friends get to know each other and develop a sense of spirituality and understanding on a much deeper level than is possible simply by attending church on Sundays. This fall, a “Roots” group will focus on an in-depth examination of Unitarian Universalism, while “Theme-based Ministry” groups (one of which is specifically for

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“Lake Pearl” Ornament Available through Holly Club The Holly Club, of Wrentham, a club that dates back to 1898, recently introduced this year’s, and their latest Christmas ornament, “Lake Pearl,” available for sale. The group is dedicated to social services, civic activies, and a broader fellowship of women, according to the town website. For more information on the Holly Club, call Jane Robinson at (508) 384-8209 or email thehollyclub@gmail.com.

Small group members may attend a family potluck supper before group sessions start, and child care will be available. The groups will begin on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. and run every other week until December 13, continuing after the start of the new year. Anyone interested in joining one of these groups is invited to contact Reverend Christana McKnight at minister@firstparishtaunton.org or (508) 822-2107, or visit our website to learn more www.firstparishtaunton.org.

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Tribute In Stone Monument Company Lasting Memories of Loved Ones tom monuments, mausoleums, and engraving, is family owned and operated, with 25 years of industry experience.

When Todd and Shila Duffy opened Tribute In Stone Monument Company, they didn’t anticipate how rewarding their job

could be. Many would assume it depressing to deal with death every day. But the couple has found the silver lining in helping people create a lasting remembrance. “We celebrate life,” says Shila, whose showroom shares space beside her home in Wrentham’s Wampum Corner. “When a family comes in and tells us about their loved one’s life, it’s meaningful for us to help them create a fitting monument.” Tribute In Stone, a full-service granite dealer specializing in cus-

Throughout the years, Shila and Todd have designed and placed a wide range of quality granite monuments. They say personal touches, like a porcelain photo, a custom engraving, or an artistetched portrait can help preserve a lasting memory. “It makes us feel really good to know we are helping families capture memories of their loved ones for future generations,” says Shila, who with Todd, has three boys of their own. She takes great pride knowing Tribute In Stone has created a monument as unique as the individual it remembers. Todd and Shila also hold the Military and Police memorials they create in the highest regard, both coming from a long line of military tradition. “Military service is the ultimate sacrifice,” says Todd, himself a veteran of the Air National Guard. “It’s such a privilege to be involved in memorials that honor those who served.”

In conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police, Tribute In Stone has helped to memorialize individual fallen State Police Officers with breathtaking memorials.

And they were recently invited to create the granite footing for a sculpture at the Fisher House in Boston to benefit families of U.S. Military Veterans.

They have engraved the names of Bay State Officers lost in the line of duty outside the Massachusetts State House.

The couple takes comfort in helping to venerate each precious life. “We couldn’t imagine more important work,” says Shila.

They were a key player in the design and installation of the 9/11 Memorial, “United We Stand,” in Plainville, and more recently, Wrentham’s 9/11 Memorial, “Never Forget.”

Tribute In Stone Monument Company’s indoor showroom is open year round at 629 South Street (Wampum Corner), about 1 mile from the Wrentham Outlet Mall. For more information, call 508-384-5826, or visit www.TributeInStone.com.


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Koutsis Family to Manage Carol’s Place TC Green Club Participates in Stony Brook Fall Fair The TC Green Club was a proud participant of the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary’s Annual Fall Fair on Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Norfolk, MA. TC Green Club members Betsy Walsh, a senior from Millis, and senior Shannon West of Plainville

volunteered at the event and taught visitors to their table about how to conserve resources. They also had informational handouts and activities for young children, such as coloring a light switch plate with a message to shut off lights when not in use. Recent Tri-County graduate

Erin Robinson of Medway, Class of 2012, also stopped by to help at the TC Green Club table. The TC Green Club was invited to participate in the fair by Sanctuary Director Doug Williams during the club’s visit and hike there last January. The TC Green Club is dedicated to becoming involved in policies, events, education, and outreach related to environmental issues including sustainability, energy conservation, pollution, climate change, recycling, green building, and organic living.

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Local Dancers Land Dream Role in FPAC’S The Nutcracker FRANKLIN, MA – Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker celebrates the power of dreams. With enchanting scenery and costumes, the holiday classic brings to life the vivid imagination and wondrous sense of adventure of young Clara Silberhaus in 1800s Germany as she battles to rescue her Nutcracker prince, becomes a beautiful princess, and travels to the faraway, magical Land of Sweets. Countless young dancers dream of earning the coveted role of Clara. For Mikaela Guidice of Norfolk and Lauren Szczepanowski of Franklin, that dream is now a reality. The two have been cast as Little Clara in Franklin Performing Arts Company’s production of this timeless ballet, featuring more than 100 dancers from 25 area towns and many local dance schools. Guest artists Erica Cornejo, Boston Ballet principal dancer, and Carlos Molina, former American Ballet Theatre soloist and Boston Ballet principal, will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Performances will also feature a live, professional orchestra. For Ballet Mistress Cheryl Madeux Abbott, casting the part of Little Clara conjures up personal memories of her own experience performing the role. She reflects, “The Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for many families and it is certainly every young ballerina's dream to play the role of Clara. When I was 11, I had the same opportunity and I remember how exciting it was for

me. Not only do you get to dance and be the center of attention, but you also get to play a character that you can relate to. It is a fantastic learning experience and one that I have always cherished.” Abbott describes the special qualities that helped Mikaela and Lauren earn the part: “There are many factors that go into casting any ballet, but for the role of Clara a youthful charm and natural stage presence are crucial. Both Mikaela and Lauren have these qualities. Add that to the girls’ wonderful technique and it definitely played a huge part in winning them the role.” Mikaela and Lauren train at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA). Mikaela, age 10, began studying ballet at age 2 and is now beginning her fourth year at FSPA. A student in the school’s pre-professional Ballet Conservatory division, she began training on pointe this year. Lauren, age 12, began studying ballet at age 3. Now in her eighth year at FSPA, she takes jazz, tap and modern dance classes in addition to her Ballet Conservatory preparation. Both are young veterans of numerous FPAC Nutcracker productions, with Mikaela having danced as a mouse, angel, polychenelle, little Chinese, and snow flurry and Lauren having appeared as a polychenelle, marzipan, and party girl. One of the great benefits to dancers participating in this annual tradition is the opportunity to assume bigger and more challenging parts

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as they develop technique and progress each season. Mikaela is especially fortunate to have won the role of Clara two years in a row, having danced the part last season as well. She describes enjoying the opportunity to express a range of emotions in the role, whether “happiness in the party scene or fear in the battle,” and remembers that the nervousness she felt backstage before her performance quickly vanished as the curtain rose and she was caught up in the magic of dancing for a live audience. With another year of training and the choreography now firmly under her belt, Mikaela feels she’s a stronger dancer this year and looks forward to bringing a greater level of proficiency and emotion to the role. That sense of progress and development is shared by Lauren, who notes that she’s excited for audiences to watch their performances and see how far the dancers come with lots of practice and hard work. For both girls, the festive party scene is a highlight, allowing them to showcase acting and dancing skills and to share the stage with family and friends. Mikaela had the opportunity to appear last year with younger sister Jessica (a bunny) and the sisters will dance together onstage this season in the battle, with Jessica, age 8, as a little mouse. Lauren enjoys performing with her friends. She says, “We’re comfortable with one another and have a lot of fun interacting onstage.” Both girls are excited to don their beautiful party dresses and custom hairpieces of ringlets, which are individually made to match the girls’ hair color. The girls also relish the opportunity to work closely with Ms. Ab-

Holiday Box Office Opens for FPAC's The Nutcracker and Humbug! The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) holiday box office will open to the general public on October 29 for FPAC’s annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and on November 5 for Humbug!, FPAC’s original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. The Nutcracker will be performed on Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m. at the Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium, 224 Oak Street in Franklin. FPAC’s production of this timeless classic features more than 100 dancers

bott, who devotes an intensive three months to preparing the large cast of children and teens. Abbott, who formerly danced with American Ballet Theatre, Hartford Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet companies, earns high praise from the girls for her artistic and kind manner. Mikaela says, “She takes the time to correct little details and she’s very enthusiastic so it makes it fun.” The opportunity to work with Abbott is coupled with the chance to appear in a production with artists of Cornejo and Molina’s caliber. Lauren notes, “When I get older I would love to be a professional dancer and it is exciting to be on stage with dancers that I admire and look up to.” As Cornejo and Molina share the FPAC stage with area students of many ages and levels, audiences have the opportunity to see what is possible from 25 towns and many area dance schools. Guest artists Erica Cornejo, Boston Ballet principal dancer, and Carlos Molina, former American Ballet Theatre soloist and Boston Ballet principal, will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Performances also feature a live, professional orchestra under the direction of Peter Cokkinias. Humbug! will be staged on Saturday, December 15, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 16, at 2 p.m., also at the Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium. Humbug! features musical hits of every genre and has become a family favorite since debuting as part of FPAC’s 2008 season. The production showcases a talented cast of 150 area students, community performers and profes-

someday for the most dedicated of dancers. Lauren describes the appeal of ballet: “What I enjoy most is that it is graceful and beautiful to watch and perform.” It’s all part of the special magic of this treasured holiday tradition. FPAC performances of The Nutcracker will take place on Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 9, at 2:00 p.m. at the Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium, 224 Oak Street, in Franklin. Mikaela dances the role of Little Clara on Saturday evening and Lauren on Sunday afternoon. Tickets cost $30, $28 and $26 and may be purchased online, at the FPAC Box Office (34 Main Street, Franklin), or by calling (508) 528-8668. For more information, visit www.fpaconline.com. sional artists, with live accompaniment by a 10-piece band of professional Boston musicians. A distinctive suburban nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991, FPAC presents quality performances while offering opportunities for professional artists, amateur performers, families and students of the arts to work together in a collaborative and creative environment. Tickets cost $30, $28, and $26 for each show and may be purchased in person at The Spotlight Shop (34 Main Street, Franklin), by phone at (508) 528-8668, or through online ticketing at the FPAC website, www.fpaconline.com. Group sales are available for civic groups and organizations.


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FSPA ProjectDance Debuts at Harvest Festival ProjectDance, a new interdisciplinary dance program launched this fall at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), made its performance debut on the streets of downtown Franklin during the annual Franklin Downtown Partnership Harvest Festival celebration. Some 30 ProjectDancers participated in an energetic flash mob, dancing a blend of jazz, hip hop, musical theater and pop styles to a mixed medley of songs.

they were part of something special,” said Andrade. “They were given an extra opportunity to perform through this unique experi-

ence, and the choreography was appropriate for all levels and ages of dance.”

FSPA ProjectDancers select core classes in ballet, jazz and/or modern and choose from an array of electives, including tap, hip hop,

lyrical, Horton Technique or Casey’s Class, which focuses on strengthening, stretching and conditioning, with an emphasis on jumps and turns. Additional opportunities for ProjectDancers include placement, through audition, in the school’s three dance companies, as well as a special choreography festival, master classes, juried evaluations, field trips and other activities in dance history and music for dancers. A New York City weekend, with workshops led by Broadway choreographers and performers, is open by audition through FSPA’s collaboration with Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC.

ProjectDance is the brainchild of FSPA faculty members, Casey Harkness Andrade and Jenny Oliver, who serve as program coordinators. Offered to students in grades 3 and up, ProjectDance enables students to build their own programs by drawing upon complimentary dance disciplines, classes and performance opportunities offered at FSPA. Andrade and Oliver choreographed, rehearsed and led the flash mob and were very pleased with the debut experience. “The The Franklin School of Performing Arts’ ProjectDance members made their debut at the Franklin Harvest Festival in the form students had fun and felt like of a flash mob.

Founded in 1985, FSPA brings the performing arts disciplines – music, dance and drama – together under one roof to students of all ages and ability levels. Prospective students are invited to try a complementary class. To learn more, call (508) 528-8668 or visit www.fspaonline.com.

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Living Healthy Healthy Replacements for Calorie-laden Thanksgiving Foods Many people count their blessings on Thanksgiving. Few, however, count their calories. Overindulging at the dinner table is a Thanksgiving tradition, and often paves the way for a season of poor nutritional habits with longlasting ramifications. The American Council on Exercise says that the average adult consumes 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat at a typical Thanksgiving meal. That is well above the USDA-recommended guidelines of 2,000 calories and 65 grams of fat that most adults should consume in an entire day.

With so many options available on the Thanksgiving buffet table, it is easy to see how overeating is commonplace. Rather than wearing elastic-waisted pants and succumbing to too many fattening foods, individuals can make smart food substitutions that won't compromise taste but will cut calorie intake.

When preparing turkey, use fresh herbs and low-fat vegetable stock to keep the meat moist and flavorful, avoiding butter and oils, which just tack on extra calories.

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• Serve steamed veggies. Rather than sweet potatoes covered in butter and marshmallows or breaded and fried vegetables that are unrecognizable, serve produce lightly steamed so it retains its nutritional value and flavor. • Swap out white starches for whole grains. Stuffing is a popular side dish on Thanksgiving. But stuffing can be full of empty calories. Instead of serving white rice or bread stuffing, make your own using brown rice and whole grain breads. Add proteinrich nuts and dried fruits to add flavor and fiber as well.

• Fill up on lean protein. Turkey is the cornerstone of the Thanksgiving meal and is a lower-fat, lean source of filling protein. Rather than indulge in too many starchy side dishes, have turkey be the bulk of your Thanksgiving dinner.

• cut down on courses. Having an excess of food is not only unhealthy but wasteful. Trim courses from the Thanksgiving meal to save time, money and calories. Does anyone really show up for the cheese and crackers appetizers? Focus on the main course and chances are no one will miss the extra food. Plus, their waistlines won't miss it either. • Skip double-crust pies. Twocrust pies with a bottom crust and a top layer have more calories than ones with just a crust on the bottom. Opt for low-calorie pumpkin pie or add a little gelatin to pie fruit filling and skip the top crust on traditional two-crust pies. Dessert also can be pared down to fresh

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Koko FitClub: Not Your Typical Gym! Koko FitClub is not your typical gym, and Mansfield residents Christine and Andy Johnston are not your typical gym owners. Previously corporate executives in Boston, Christine and Andy had never been involved in the fitness industry prior to opening Koko FitClub. “We were the target customer for Koko FitClub before we became owners,” says Andy. “We are active, busy parents who knew fitness was important but had never found a solution that fit into our lives. From the YMCA to personal trainers to high-end gyms, we had tried it all, but there were always obstacles that prevented us from succeeding. Koko removed those obstacles; it fits into our schedule, delivers real results, and provides a tremendous value. Koko FitClub turned us into fit-

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Stony Brook Announces Its November Programming!

Wrentham Rambles: Saturday, november 10th, from 3 – 5 p.m. This is a “high energy kids” nature walk in the Wrentham area, ideal for families who want to get outdoors to check out some of the interesting natural areas to be explored in this widespread town. Rain or shine. Bring snacks and water. We’ll carpool from the Original Congregational Church in Wrentham. Fee: $25m/$29nm per family Winter Star Search: Saturday, november 10th, from 7 – 9 p.m. Join us for an evening of stargazing. We will use telescopes and binoculars to search out and view the planets, stars, and galaxies of the winter sky. Learn the techniques for navigating from star to star. This is your chance to learn about, or reacquaint yourself with, the winter constellations and get a guided tour of the night sky! Fee: $10m/$12nm per person nature’s Tiny Treasures: Wednesday, november 14th, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Just another manic monday: monday, november 19th, from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Let’s talk turkey. A pre-Thanksgiving, fairly local birding and wildlife observation trip, with stops at Pleasant Meadow Conservation Area in Millis, Diamond Hill reservoir in Cumberland RI, Birchwold Conservation Area in Wrentham and Blackstone River/Canal State Park in Uxbridge. We’ll also stop for a hot turkey lunch at one of Medway’s famous family restaurants (not in fee). Boots a must. Fee: $25m/$32nm per person Who’s Out There Owl Prowl: Friday, november 30th, from 7 - 9 p.m. Explore the fascinating world of owls at Stony Brook. We’ll take a look at what makes these critters so special, practice our owl hoots, and then head out on the trail to look and listen. We’ll be on the prowl for other nocturnal creatures as well. After the walk we’ll head back to the Nature Center to share our discoveries and warm up with some hot chocolate.

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Library Programs Fiske Library Offers Native American Sand Painting Join Debra Banna at the Fiske Library on Saturday Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. for a lesson on Native American sand painting for ages 6+. Sand paintings are paintings made by sprinkling dry sands colored with natural pigments onto a board or the ground for ceremonial purposes to heal the sick. It is believed that sand paintings allow the patient to absorb the powers depicted in the grains of sand. The pigment colors used by the Navajo are gathered in the surrounding desert. It is mostly colored sandstone which is then ground to form a fine powder. The colors are mostly red, brown, and ochre-yellow because these are the colors

found in sandstone within the tribal areas. They usually include crushed charcoal which is mixed with sand to produce the color black. They sometimes add yellow cornmeal, pollen from plants, and crushed flowers to the sand painting. Tribal leaders create sand paintings for the purpose of healing, especially in the Navajo Tribe although the Hopi, Zuni, and Plains tribes also practice the art of sand painting and corresponding ceremonies that are integral to healing the sick. Most tribes use crushed stone, flowers, pollen and other natural items from the desert to create their design on the ground. Some sand paintings are

also created as art to hang on walls. Traditional Native healers or shamans draw on a vast body of symbolism passed down through the centuries. These images are stored in the memories of traditional healers and passed from generation to generation. Sand paintings are used to return the patient symbolically to the source of tribal energy. Indigenous philosophy does not separate healing from art or religion. Almost all of the healing disciplines originated from religious beliefs and the spiritual leader's practices. Class is limited to 25 children so sign up today! Program is free and all materials will be provided by the instructor but canned-good donations will be gratefully accepted for the Wrentham Food Pantry. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Fiske.

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Wrentham Sophomore Breaks Rubik’s Cube Record Andrew Ricci of Wrentham, a TriCounty Computer Information Systems sophomore, recently set a national record when he solved a Rubik’s Cube puzzle in 6.15 seconds during the World Cube Association’s (WCA) United States National Championships, held August 3-5 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. His record-breaking solve time helped him to win the title of National Champion in the competition’s Rubik’s Cube event, ranking him first in the U.S. and fourth in the world. As the U.S. champion, Ricci brought home a trophy and a cash prize of $500.

decided to view online tutorials on how to solve the puzzle. “I picked it up and watched a bunch of videos on the Internet. If you want to get into the theory of how to solve it, you can figure it out, but there’s really no mathematical skill needed,” he noted. “The first time I timed myself on a solve, it took me about eight minutes,” Ricci remembered. That eight-minute solve steadily dwindled down into seconds as he began practicing hundreds of time a day. According to Ricci, “When I was really into it, I would do somewhere between 300 to 400 solves a day. Even now, I still do 50 or 100 solves in a day.”

“When I realized I won, it was crazy. It’s just impossible to describe. It was such a great feeling,” said Ricci, who was accompanied at the event by his father. The WCA United States National Championships brought together 250 competitors from across the country in more than fifteen events, ranging from the standard Rubik’s Cube solve event to one handed solve, fewest moves solve and blindfolded solve events. The WCA organizes and governs competitions all over the world for all puzzles labeled as Rubik puzzles and all other puzzles that are played by twisting the sides.

Andrew Ricci of Wrentham solved a Rubik’s Cube puzzle in 6.15 seconds during the World Cube Association’s United States National Championships, held August 3-5 in Las Vegas, NV. His record-breaking solve time earned him the title of National Champion in the competition’s Rubik’s Cube event, and ranks him first in the U.S. and fourth in the world.

Ricci competed in the standard Rubik’s Cube event, which uses a three by three block puzzle. Each competitor is given five chances to solve their Rubik’s Cube, and the fastest time and the average total times are used in determining the event winner. Ricci’s fastest solve time was the record breaking 6.15 seconds and his average time over the 5 solves clocked in at 9.55 seconds. Two years ago, Ricci saw a Rubik’s Cube collecting dust at his house and

Last year, Ricci won a few local WCA competitions before deciding to attend the national competition this year. Although he is now the reigning national champ, he still plans to participate in upcoming area contests. “There’s no limit to how good you can be. There’s always incentive to try harder and get better. I think I’ll still be into it for a while. I’m still practicing. It’s a fun, competitive community. There’s a lot of people who are vying to be the best,” he said.


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Healthy Pet Store Remains Open Under New Ownership in Norfolk By loCal ToWn PaGeS STaFF Healthy eating continues to be an educational and nourishing goal for most people. The primary theory typically revolves around 'you are what you eat.' But what about pets? For most pet owners, their beloved companions are a significant part of the family and many contend that same belief holds true regarding their nutrition. Tony Biscaia, owner of Healthy Pet Supply in Norfolk, would agree. Biscaia recently assumed ownership of a local pet supply store in town and assists and encourages pet owners to feed their pets a wholesome diet of quality food. And contrary to belief, the cost is not that much more than processed supermarket brands. "If animals have healthy food, they are more alive, healthier, happier, have better skin, digestion, everything," Biscaia said. "You wouldn't want to eat McDonald's every day. You can pay me now or your veterinarian later." Biscaia recently purchased Healthy Pet Supply (formerly TK Pet Supply) in early August and has been busy stocking the shelves

with only top brand, good quality choices. One of the initial reasons he acquired the store was because he was customer himself and was enthused to continued their healthy pet diet philosophy. "I think this is a good venture," Biscaia said. "In recent years, there have been a lot of sick animals in the U.S., because a lot of companies make the cheap stuff overseas, and the stuff they are importing is toxic and lack regulations. Dogs can't easily digest the grains from mass produced dog food. I'm bringing in as much locally produced dog food, treats and toys as I can." Owning a pet store is a significant career change for Biscaia, but not his relationship with man's best friend. Biscaia cared for many dogs on his grandfather's farm in Portugal, and while he built his profession in the bio tech field, his love of dogs never wavered. It was simply a twist of fate that Biscaia, at the time looking for work, was dropping his wife Robin at the commuter rail station one day and dropped into TK Pet Supply to purchase dog food and learned that the owner was clos-

ing. That innocent discussion became a new opportunity. I just happened to stumble into a situation," Biscaia said. "There was going to be a void, and the job search didn't have anything similar. I joked to people how I rescued the dog store." Pets are not able to choose their meals and rely on their family to provide a diet that is nutritious and beneficial to their overall health. If they could express their thanks, they would. Their return? Years of loyalty, unconditional love and companionship. Healthy Pet Supply is located at 158 Main St., in Norfolk. Their hours are Monday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Commuters may notice that the hours of operation are conveniently tied to the commuter rail schedule! That detail is no coincidence. Biscaia has intentionally revolved his schedule around his customer's calendar. For more information on Healthy Pet Supply or their products, call, (508) 541PETS (7387). Be sure to say hi to Tony!

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Sports Rachael Patten Packs a Punch in KP Girls Soccer By CHriSToPHer TreMBlay Prior to the girls soccer season getting underway, new coach Gary Pichel noticed a lot of similarities with the King Philip athletes that he had with his back-to-back State Championship teams at Nipmuc. He particularly had his eyes focused on senior Rachael Patton. “If you want to watch one girl, pay attention to her (Patten), he said at a practice early in the season. “I can see it in her makeup; she’s going to be special.”

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“From a coaching aspect, I believe that Rachael is one of the toughest players that I have ever coached, she’s also a natural leader,” the coach said. “The Hockomock League is a very tough and physical league and I have yet to see anyone stand up to her as of yet. She’s so strong; people just seem to bounce off of her.”

Growing up Patten played defense and midfield, but has mainly been a mainstay at the striker position while at King Philip. Things seem to change early in the season as Coach Pichel was trying to figure out Patten’s best fit for the team.

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Although Pichel may be the underlying factor to why the Warriors have improved on the field this fall, the new coach believes that it’s all a matter of following his guidance, and Patten has certainly done that with the skills she already had.

Although the coach knew he had something in Patten prior to the season getting underway, he has seen her take her game to the next level.

Patten unfortunately agrees with her coaches assessment. “Coach is always telling me to make a move and shoot, but my adrenaline is running high, and I just want to shoot,” Patten said. “I get in that moment where I think that the goalie is going to move and can feel the defenders moving in so I just shoot.” While Patten is enjoying a season to remember, she says none of it would be possible without the help of her teammates. “There have been opportunities to win this year and my teammates have given me the chance to become a better player,” she

“My freshman year was one of my best. It was an eye opening experience to how high school soccer was played, but it was good as I got to adjust to playing on this level,” she said. “High school was much more competitive than I was used to, but by playing on the JV team, I was able to get the hang of things and this allowed my confidence to grow, so I was ready when I got to the varsity level.”

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often wondered why her team was not doing all that well, especially with talented athletes taking the field.

Patten made the junior varsity squad during her freshman year at King Philip and one year later found herself moving up to the varsity team, where she’s been for the past three years. Having not made the varsity team her first year was sort of a blessing for the Norfolk resident.

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“I played defense in practice; outside midfielder in a scrimmage and our first game and then was back at striker following that,” Patten said. “Myself, I like striker as there is more opportunities. I’m fast and like the oneon-one encounters where I can use my ability to make plays happen, but I’m here to win so I’ll play where the coach puts me.” Through the past two season where the girls soccer team was not winning all that much Patten

Rachael Patten has a lot to do with the Warriors’ soccer success this season.

“Rachael is one of the fastest strikers out there, she can flat outrun defenders and her play on the field has given the team a lot of confidence on the field,” Pichel said. “She has improved going into space, getting clear for through balls, one thing she needs to work on is finishing. She has gotten great opportunities, but gets too excited and instead of making a move, rifles the ball at the goalie.”

said. “The coach has definitely helped up to grow considerably as a team, now we just have to go out and make him proud.” Patten and her King Philip teammates are hoping to take their new found success right into the state tournament under their new coach.


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Sports KP Volleyball Squad Finds The Right Chemistry By Ken HaMWey The King Philip volleyball program, which is only six years old, has jelled magnificently this year, sporting a 9-4 record after 13 matches. That effort has put new coach Tim Layman’s Warriors on the verge of being tournamentbound for November, needing only one more triumph. “We got off to a good start, going 7-0 before losing a match,’’ said Layman, who previously coached the Warriors’ freshman and jayvee teams. “We’re fortunate to have girls who are committed to improving and glad our freshman and junior varsity teams are having success.’’ Layman credits much of KP’s volleyball success to his sister-inlaw, Jenny Murray, who serves as an assistant coach. Murray played at Westwood High and worked with Layman at the freshman and jayvee levels.

“I consider Jenny a co-coach,’’ Layman said. “Her presence with the girls is a major plus, and there’s no doubt that she’s been a huge part of helping to build the volleyball program at KP.’’ “Jenny and I aren’t involved in building a team. It’s the program we’ve focused on,’’ Layman said. “The girls have gained experience by playing in summer leagues, going to clinics and playing some beach volleyball.’’ An offense-minded coach, Layman, nevertheless, is a proponent of mastering fundamentals and working on repetitions, like passing, serving and hitting. “Our kids are sound on basics, have shown they can compete in a strong league like the Hockomock and they’re athletic,’’ Layman said. “Where we have a concern is that we’re not a tall team. But, improving in areas such as serving, serve receiving and passing will make us a solid unit.’’

Comprised of seven seniors and five juniors, KP can bank on and experience depth. Leading the brigade are senior captains Mary Allen (outside hitter) and Allie McEachern (defensive specialist).

said. “Ally has excellent hands and has great floor sense.’’ Juniors Melissa Daigle (outside hitter) and Ellery Lyon (right side hitter/middle blocker) are give the Warriors depth on the front line and versatility. “Melissa is our best leaper and our leader in kills,’’ Layman emphasized. “Ellery is very athletic and lends lots of versatility to the front row.’’

“Mary is a superb competitor, strong attacker and good athlete,’’ Layman said. “Allie is the glue that holds the back row together. She gives us consistency on defense. Allie is a vocal leader while Mary leads by example.’’ A pair of middle hitters — seniors Julie Farabaugh and Tara Stetter are key contributors. At 6-feet, Farabaugh provides height in the middle and is a strong blocker. Stetter is a top-notch athlete and labeled by her coach as “a dynamic hitter and attacker.’’ Seniors Erica Stavola and Miranda Murphy also are quality hitters. Stavola plays the right side while Murphy can move to the right or to the outside.

“Erica is a consistent hitter who is very athletic,’’ Layman noted. “Miranda’s strength is her versatility, hitting from either side. She’s also one of the best passers we have.’’ Junior Brigid Murray and senior Ally Rando are the setters and Layman likes the job they’ve turned in to date. “Brigid is an excellent server who provides great consistency as she quarterbacks our offense,’’ he

Juniors Christine Monahan and Kylie O’Keefe see action as defensive specialists. A key passer, Monahan draws praise for her improvement in the back row while O’Keefe uses her athleticism to excel as a back-row passer. When KP qualified for tourney play in 2010, it advanced to the second round before being eliminated. This year’s Warrior squad would like to establish some tourney tradition by going deep in the playoffs. And, the way KP has handled its sixth year of volleyball makes a deep run in the tourney a definite possibility.


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Sports Norfolk Wrentham Youth Basketball Registration through November 5 Wrentham Youth Basketball & Norfolk Youth Basketball are excited to announce their merger for the 2012-2013 year! Norfolk-Wrentham Youth Basketball For Boys & Girls K-8! Registration is open through NOV. 5 at .www.NWYouthBasketball.com Join us for an awesome year on the court! Whether players are new to the game or want to improve skills, this league is for you! Norfolk-Wrentham Youth Basketball (NWYB) continues the KP Basketball legacy with its dedication to the development and encouragement of youth basketball players. NWYB’s professional coaching staff is directed by King Philip's Head Girls Varsity Coach, Sean McInnis and includes Ass’t Director, Colleen Lanata, Head Varsity Boys

Coach, Tim Clifford along with other members of the King Philip coaching staff and the KP players. Our philosophy is to teach youth players the FUNdamentals of the game while focusing on skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. As players progress through the grades, the program will add new skill sets and game time. Boys and girls play on separate teams. All grades play on Saturdays. Grades 3 and up also have one recommended but optional 3040 minute practice on Thursday evenings. (Wednesdays may be added depending on numbers). Final schedule depends on total registrations. All players receive full reversible uniform. K-2 players also receive their own basketball.

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November Calendar of Events Ongoing through November Holiday Box Office open for The Nutcracker, Franklin Performing Arts Company, show to be performed December 8 & 9 at Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium, Franklin. Tickets $30, $28 and $26. Cal (508) 528-8668 or visit www.fpaconline.com. Group sales available. November 1 norfolk community league Halloween candy giveback, 46 p.m., Freeman-Kennedy School Lobby, 70 Boardman St., Norfolk, candy to be sent to Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops and then shipped to U.S. soldiers serving overeas. 4 Paws animal Shelter monthly meeting, 5-7 p.m., Fiske Public Library, Wrentham November 5 Holiday Box Office Opens for Humbug!, Franklin Performing Arts Company, show to be performed December 15 & 16 at Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium, Franklin. Tickets $30, $28 and

$26. Cal (508) 528-8668 or visit www.fpaconline.com. Group sales available. November 6 Presidential Election Ed morgan Sing-a-long, 10:30 a.m., Norfolk Public Library, perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, call Amy Reimann, (508) 528-3380 x5 Building Blocks, 4:30-5 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, LEGO group for children 4+ with caregiver. November 9 ncl’s Free Fitness Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. warm, nurturing, safe session for all fitness levels, includes strength and balance, and yoga. Registration required. Email nanlilahill@gmail.com or call her at (508) 528-4369. November 13 Special Town meeting, Wrentham, King Philip Regional High School, 7:30 p.m. lEgO Race car Derby, 3:30-

4:30 p.m., Norfolk Public Library for grades K-5, registration required, call Amy Reimann, (508) 528-3380 x5 michael Tougias presents King Philip’s War, 7 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk author will present slide presentation, books will be available for signing November 23 norfolk lions annual christmas Tree Sale begins, lot next to Dunkin Donuts on Main St. in downtown Norfolk. Selling hours 3-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends. December 5 Holiday Bazaar, Franklin Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., 130 Chestnut St., Franklin

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8 Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid By jeFFrey SCHWeiTzer Estate planning can be complicated, and it’s not uncommon for people to make mistakes with their plans. But financial advisors make errors, too, so here are the most common mistakes I have encountered from other financial and estate planners. 1. Improper beneficiary designations I frequently see advisors improperly completing beneficiary designations. Examples: not changing the beneficiary due to divorce or a death, or listing a special needs child or grandchild directly as a beneficiary, rather than a trust FBO (for benefit of), thereby affecting their eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. 2. Not changing asset titles to trusts Incorporating revocable living trusts into a client’s estate plan but forgetting to update all the account titling to the name of the trust. Not changing titles creates problems that include having to pay additional probate costs, losing the private nature of settling the estate, etc. 3. Incorrectly assuming clients’ goals Many advisors assume a client’s main goal is to save estate taxes, for example. However, when really connecting with a client, we might find that taxes are only a small aspect of their objectives. Sometimes, in listening to the client, we realize that their fears are more about their heirs’ ability to manage the inheritance as well as decisions such as trustees, etc. 4. Naming minor children as account beneficiaries Letting clients name minor children outright as primary or contingent beneficiaries of life insurance or retirement plans. When minor children inherit, a court must appoint a guardian who must be bonded and must file a laborious annual accounting with the local court. 5. Wrong choice of executors and trustees Naming a financial institution as successor executor/trustee after surviving spouse or instead of surviving spouse. In some cases, this is to the detriment of the spouse and other beneficiaries because large institutions usually follow

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Strategies include lifetime credit shelter trusts, life estate deeds, gifting and other techniques that make assets available for use but beyond the reach of creditors.

6. Failure to address medical directives Many attorneys will draft a health-care power of attorney (POA) and living will. If the two documents co-exist, they may conflict since the POA allows another to make decisions while the living will already states what is to be done. Absent statutory (or document) direction, healthcare providers may experience a conflict in what to do. 7. Ignoring state estate and inheritance taxes Many states follow the federal $5 million-plus exemption for taxable estates, but the states do not always exempt this larger amount. For example, in Massachusetts, estates over $1,000,000 that are not left to the surviving spouse are subject to a Massachusetts estate tax.

Jeffrey Schweitzer can be found at Northeast Financial Strategies Inc (NFS) at Wampum Corner in Wrentham. NFS works with individuals and small businesses providing financial and estate planning, insurance, investments and also offers full service accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, income tax preparation, and notary public services. For more information, stop by the office, call Jeffrey at 800-560-4NFS or visit online www.nfsnet.com.

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