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February 1, 2013

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Medway American Legion Building for Sale, but Soul Still Alive BY J.D. O’GARA The building might be up for sale, but the heart of the Medway American Legion remains strong.

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The building on Cutler Street that stood for years as the home of Medway’s American Legion, but in an era of dwindling participation and rising costs, says Commander Doug Wahl, the post had to let the building go. “At some point, I had to say no,” says Wahl. “There’s a lot of history in that building, and I hate to see it go, but basically, what really killed us is the size and the maintenance of it. We couldn’t afford it.” Wahl, a Coast Guard veteran, explains that membership in the town’s American Legion was The cost to maitain this big building simply became too high for Medway’s Amerian Legion, says down, and not too many were Post Commander Doug Wahl. patronizing the bar. “What’s happening now with Medway is pretty much happening with a lot of Legions across the state,” says Wahl, who, on top of running the Post, works full-time. “Older membership – they’ve done their time. They’re retired and

looking to the grandchildren and not too active. They’re looking to younger members to step in, and there aren’t that many of them. There are very few of us keeping the thing going, and it’s a lot of work for the few members we have.”

Wahl, who’s been a Legionnaire for seven years, explains that he hopes to see more of the members become more participatory, relieving the burden on the

Happy Birthday Medway! Our poles are filling up fast. Doesn’t it look great? Our plan is to attach a banner to every pole from Medway Commons to the Community Church, as well as every pole in the center of town, Medway Village. We have had a tremendous interest from both the local businesses and residents in support of our Banner Program. The original banner design is attributed to the foresight and hard work of Kathy Foresto and her daughter, Kristen. The initial scenes, taken from the Anniversary Logo, depict the original Sanford Hall, Anne’s Arch, the Community Church and the early industries that

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Medway Affordable Housing Trust Seeks Potential Buyers Group Hopes to Put Together List of Qualified Buyers BY J.D. O’GARA The Medway Affordable Housing Trust is looking for a few qualified buyers – in fact, a whole list of them. “When a house comes up for resale, you have a fixed amount of time to sell it as an affordable unit,” say Havens, Community Housing Coordinator for Medway Affordable Housing Trust. “Now we hope to generate a list (of interested, qualified buyers). Whenever a unit goes up for sale, we can directly contact those individuals rather than hope they pick up a newspaper and find it.”

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Havens explains that affordable housing, now more commonly referred to as “workforce” housing, isn’t typically listed under multiple listing services, which usually require a fee. The units are, in a way, marketed “off market,” he says, as they need to fulfill HUD requirements in reaching minority populations. “They’re marketed through untraditional channels. That’s why a list would be helpful,” says Havens. “Also, the application takes awhile to process. Buyers have to have pre-approval from some lender in order to make an offer.” By contacting the Affordable Housing Trust ahead of time, potential workforce housing buyers would be able to get their preapproval processes going ahead of time and streamline the process, he says. “People in workforce in Medway are often living 15 miles out,” says Bob Ferrari, Chair of the Medway Affordable Housing Committee. “It makes it difficult for them. We’re trying to make people aware

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of the opportunities that they may qualify for. They can engage in a conversation with Doug to see if they meet the criteria both financially and otherwise in terms of the eligibility requirements and then get on the list.” Havens explains that affordable housing doesn’t mean housing projects. Those who qualify for affordable housing are moderate to low income folks, earning 80% or less of the area median income, or AMI. As of December 12th, 2012, he says, a qualifying income meant a household of four can earn about $65,800. Having families in that income level be able to live in Medway, he says, benefits the town. “Well, it’s nice to have the police live in the same town they serve, and teachers, and firemen,” says Havens, “as well as the notion of economic diversity. I think it’s important for a community, to maintain its long-term health. A community of just wealthy homes, or just poor doesn’t yield a full social environment.”

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Havens, began at the Mass Bar Foundation providing legal services to the poor and later became Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity before coming to Medway, explains there’s a great need to produce more affordable housing all over the state, and that it’s a statewide effort. Currently, the percentage of housing in Medway considered affordable Affordable housing opportunitites, like this is 5.3%. Havens explains one currently shown, are only available for a that towns like Medway limited time, but not marketed in a tradihave incentive to raise that tional way. The Medway Affordable Housing percentage to 10%, thus Trust is looking to put together a list of qualified, interested buyers ahead of time to reducing their subjection streamline the process for these opportunito 40B regulations, which ties when they arise. trump local zoning laws for new developments that not the case. Practically all of the ensure 25% of new units will be surrounding towns, from Sudbury affordable. to Concord, are looking at pro“Medway has very few afford- moting a variety of diversity in the able units that aren’t elderly hous- town …It’s not tenements. There ing or special needs,” says are many different kinds of design Havens. Right now, approxi- that blend in. For instance, in mately 20 of these dwellings are Medway, the master plan suggests in town, turning over at about one that residents want to maintain the per year, he says. Medway’s goal rural character of Medway, so the is to create another couple hun- decisions for the housing that we dred affordable units over the next are interested in putting in place decade. would make all of the housing fit “Affordable housing,’ not the in with that idea.” best term in world, conjures up the Ferrari explains that attaining that old notion of people living in ten- 10% bar of affordable housing in ements or people living in tempo- Medway would simply let the rary housing,” says Ferrari. “This town “maintain some control. It your grandfather’s notion. It’s protects the town from any hostile development if a developer were to appeal to the housing board of the state.” Medway’s Affordable Housing Trust was created to develop, market and preserve quality rental and housing opportunities in Medway. Ferrari explains that it’s funded by Community Preservation Funds, which receive a state match (which fluctuates according to economic conditions).

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were the fabric of our community… hat, boot and dairy. Since the initial development of the pole banners, we have been able to offer sponsorship to many more businesses and residents, established a white background banner to compliment the blue, and added two more scenes from Medway’s past… Sanford Mill and a young lady relaxing upstream along the riverbank with the Mill, Falls and Anne’s Arch in the background. These two new renditions are credited to the graphic design talents of Jennifer

Powell. Equally important are the volunteer efforts of Bob O’Neil and the use of Medway Fire Department equipment. Without this combination, the banners would never get joined to the poles. Many thanks to both as they continue to donate their time and skills to this Program. Medway High students saw my article in the paper’s December 1 issue and were eager to get involved, to make their mark on Medway’s History. I have been working with Joan Hallet, the Freshman Class Advisor, to help coordinate their enthusiasm. After meeting with representatives from each class, it looks like everyone’s on board. The Classes plan

on hanging their banners inside the school after displaying them along Main Street during the celebration. A great idea. Students have been “scouting out” the school, making claims as to where their banner will be hung, looking for the best spot. Go Mustangs! Organizations are also getting involved. The Odd Fellows, Rising Sun Lodge #99, at the corner of Main and Lincoln Streets are sponsoring a banner, making sure they do not get left out. This organization has been around forever. When I was a kid the old Odd Fellows Block was a twostory building with stores on the

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core group of volunteers who run things. “We’re trying to get more young people, who were in Iraq or Afghanistan,” says Wahl, who explains that many young people see the Legion as “just a bar,” when that’s not it at all, he says. “In a nutshell, we support our vets,” Wahl says. “We support our community. We try to promote patriotism. We sponsor the Boy Scouts.” Wahl explains that the Post helps the local Boy Scouts each year in connecting them with a Legion near Bretton Woods, where the Scouts can stay inexpensively, and offers a Camporee every June. Veterans from the American Legion, he explains, can go further in offering the Scouts more than, say, a church group could, because they train the boys for First Aid Badges with mock scenes and teach them how to survive in the wild. Also, says Wahl, “we’ve helped veterans. We’ve roofed, we’ve done bathrooms. We’ve fixed plumbing.” He also helps direct younger veterans to services they’re entitled to, and although he understands their hesitation to join, he points out that it can be beneficial to them. “For some of them, military is their career, but some are reservists,” he says. “Some want their lives back, and they want their families … the last thing they want

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Millis Middle School Named an Apple Distinguished School 2012-2013 BY J.D. O’GARA Millis Middle School is pleased to announce that it has renewed status as an Apple Distinguished School for the 2012-2013 school year for its iPad initiative, now in its third year at the school. This year, Millis Middle School joins 87 schools that Apple is renewing nationwide as exemplary learning environments. The Apple Distinguished ment with Franklin is working. Wahl says the American Legion organization does not seem crazy about the idea of town Legions working together in a regional manner. “The American Legion is rather set in its ways,” says Wahl, “but I’ve got to do whatever works. I’m happy functioning to their degree of high standards, but at least I’m functioning. If I did it any other way we wouldn’t be operating at all.” If you are a veteran in Medway and would like to use your training and knowledge to help out the community, call Doug Wahl at (508) 246-6528 or email dwahl362@hotmail.com.

School designation is reserved for schools that integrate Apple technology in education and meet criteria for the five best practices: visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and a flexible learning environment. “We’re thrilled,” says Grace Magley, Millis Director of Educational Technology. “We be-

lieve we have a great model. We were one of the first schools to do one to one with iPads when they first came out. What we are most proud of is the way they’re used in the classroom to support teaching and learning. It’s quite an honor to be an Apple Distinguished School.” Apple will be presenting the award at the Millis School Committee meeting on February 26th, at 7:30 p.m.

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Medway Contradance What’s Coming Up at Millis Recreation On Saturday, January 5th, Medway Contradance rounded up partners and pizza to celebrate a 300-year-old tradition at the Christ Church Episcopal Hall in Medway. Fun was had by all.

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Easter Seals Assistive Technology Program Celebrates 25 Years Organization at Work in Local Community By J.D. O’Gara January marked the start of the 25th year of Easter Seals’ Assistive Technology Program, and if you speak to Medway resident Jeanne Mahanna, an augmentative communications consultant and speech and language pathologist who’s worked with the organization over 20 years,

technology has certainly come a long way in helping people with disabilities connect with the world. Jeanne helps kids who have disabilities communicate in the classroom. “It’s unbelievable to see the changes,” says Mahanna, when she refers to the types of technology available to her clients. Much of

what she started with, over 20 years ago, is now obsolete, she says. “We’ve been in the field of Assistive Technology for 25 years,” says Jeff McAuslin, Assistant Director of Assistive Technology for Easter Seals, says of the organization’s milestone. McAuslin muses about the first time he helped an individual with severe disabilities – using an Apple II computer. “It’s quite an innovation to the Apple iPad,” he says. “It has come somewhat of a full circle, where we can look at the introduction of the iPad and tablets as a new mainstream technological step forward, that’s having a tremendous impact on people with disabilities.” “With the iPad, students who are ambulatory can go out into the community,” say Mahanna. Since each child is different, Jeanne has come into Medway, Millis and Franklin schools, among others, to assess what students’ needs are, and then she tries out different approaches until, with a little luck, she finds one that fits.

Jeanne Mahanna, of Medway, has been helping kids with disabilities communicate through her work at Easter Seals Assistive Technology program for over 20 years. The program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

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the child can communicate an answer. For a different non-speaking student with CP, it seemed that the iPad should work, and the school had one, but the student would navigate from the communication app to games. Mahanna worked with the student and staff, borrowing different devices to try from the Assistive Technology Resource Center. Finally, says Mahanna, “she ended up getting an Alt-Chat, a speech gener-

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Living Healthy Correcting Astigmatism During Cataract Surgery BY ROGER M. KALDAWY, M.D. MILFORD FRANKLIN EYE CENTER Many of us may one day need cataract surgery. A cataract happens when the clear lens inside our eyes becomes cloudy, causing problems with reading and seeing well in the dark, in particular when driving. Modern cataract surgery is now more than replacing the cloudy lens with a clear lens implant. While achieving this goal, we can also correct vision problems, including the need to wear glasses for reading and astigmatism. Astigmatism describes visual blur caused by a cornea that is oblong instead of spherical. The cornea is the clear structure in front of our eyes, and is the window through which light goes inside the eye. When there is astigmatism, the cornea is football shaped (different lines of curvature) instead of basketball shaped (same lines of curvature no matter how you look at the basketball). Astigmatism is present in many people as a natural part of their eyeglass prescription. Patients that are nearsighted and farsighted can also have astigmatism. Astigmatism causes blurred vision at near and far, but is easily corrected by glasses or contact lenses. When a patient without astigmatism has cataract surgery, the standard implant lenses result in excellent distance vision. Patients with astigmatism will still need glasses for far and near after cataract surgery if a standard lens is used because standard lenses do not correct astigmatism. There are currently three good choices to reduce or eliminate astigmatism in cataract surgery,

leaving a patient with clearer vision without glasses or contact lenses. When we correct astigmatism in the setting of cataract surgery, patients are generally very happy and they need their glasses less often than before…and in many cases they don’t need the glasses at all. Here are the 3 ways we can correct the cataract and astigmatism:

Limbal Relaxing Incisions At the time of cataract surgery, we can perform limbal relaxing incisions on the cornea to correct a moderate amount of astigmatism. We use computer programs to attempt precision corrections of smaller amounts of astigmatism. At the time of surgery, we will simply make small relaxing incisions using a state-of-the art femtosecond laser available in few and select centers only. We are glad to have access to this laser and offer this procedure to our patients. Not only do we use the laser to correct astigmatism, but the same laser can perform a blade-free procedure, in essence performing the entire procedure without the need for manual blades, and relying on the accuracy and precision of the femtosecond laser to perform many steps of the surgery. Limbal relaxing incisions work well, but if patients have larger degrees of astigmatism, limbal relaxing incisions are not powerful enough.

Toric Intraocular Implants For patients with higher amounts of astigmatism, a Toric Intraocular Lens implant can reduce astigmatism. A Toric implant is a high tech implant that corrects astigmatism. Instead of correcting astigmatism in the cornea like limbal

relaxing incisions, these specialty lens implants correct astigmatism at the lens plane. After removing the cloudy lens, we replace this lens with this special Toric implant so as to correct both the cataract and the astigmatism in one single procedure.

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Living Healthy Encourage Children to Floss Learning to brush their own teeth is a lesson all children must master. Although parents ultimately may have children who become proficient at brushing their own teeth, getting them to floss is generally more difficult. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 41 percent of children aged 2 to 11 had tooth decay in their first teeth. Dental caries are common among children, likely because they have not

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To remove food particles from between the teeth, children must floss, advises the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. It is recommended that parents help their children to floss as soon as two teeth are touching and continue to do so until the child is around the age of 8, when a child should have enough dexterity to do it on his or her own. Flossing is essential to making sure children do not experience cavities at an early age, and it can establish practices that promote

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ating device with a dynamic display, so she had about 20 different pictures per screen, and the size was small. She was able to carry it around, and she understood it was used for communication.” Alt-Chats are $5,000, however. Assistive technology can be expensive, so having the Assistive Technology Resource Center, a type of library where folks can borrow devices to try for 30 days, is extremely useful, according to Mahanna. Easter Seals runs the ATRC, which used to be called the Device Loan Resource Center. Now, in addition

to devices such as headsets, the ATRC also loans software. This resource gives folks an opportunity to try a technology before they buy it, or to use something temporarily if need be. Although schools may foot the bill for students ‘assistive technology, others in the state, says McAuslin, can take advantage of a program offered by the Mass Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), which allows for the assessment, installation and training of assistive technology. However, to be eligible for state programs, one has to be fairly low income, says McAuslin. “In the middle there, it can be difficult, if you’re over income for

these programs, but you don’t have a lot of income to pay for these things out of pocket,” he says. “Increased access to learning, increased access to work, and often, increased access to leisure, doesn’t have a clear path through medical (insurance).” Easter Seals operates a Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan (MA AT Loan) Program, funded by state and federal grants to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. “The financial loan program makes more equipment available to people with disabilities,” says McAuslin. He points out that recently, Dragon Naturally Speaking

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“What that did for the disability community is it brought the price way down,” says McAuslin. “Initially, it would have cost $10,000 to get that software up and running.” McAuslin adds that eye gaze technology is becoming more common, and thus more promising, as an assistive technology tool.

“There are so many more options, so many more features on these devices,” says Mahanna. They’re easy to use, she says, and offer access to social media, useful for some of her clients.

“If eye gaze became more mainstream for devices, it would be easier to use in solutions. It would be great if the iPad, or other tablets, in their next version, had that.” McAuslin even notes that the cropping up of Androids as competition to iPads has further made the cost more af-

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Learn About Nature! Stony Brook, in Norfolk, offers February Vacation Week programs: Tuesday, February 19th – Friday, February 22nd, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Themes: Tuesday – The Arctic; Wednesday – Japan; ThursdayFrozen Desert; Friday-Aloha Ring of Fire. Fee: $40m/$47nm per child. Pre-registration is required for all programs (except as noted). For more details, visit the Mass Audubon webpage at www.massaudubon.org or contact us at (508) 528-3140. Register by phone, email (stonybrook@massaudubon.org), fax (508-553-3864) or in person. Stony Brook is located at 108 North Street in Norfolk.

Visit the Library! The Friends of the Medway Library will host a Free Movie and Popcorn event at the Medway Library, 26 High St., Medway, on February 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. Come watch Woody, Buzz, Jessie & Stinky Pete in the 2nd movie in the Toy Story series while munching on a variety of special treats. Sign up at the library or email the Friends at libfriendsprez@yahoogroups.com. Walk-ins will be accepted, but we prefer you to sign up so we can provide enough treats. Movie is rated G and runs 92 minutes. The Franklin Public Library, 118 Main St., Franklin will host a Family Storytime on Tuesday, February 19th, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Winter Carnival later in the day for all ages at 3:30 p.m. featuring games, music, crafts, henna tattoos, face painting, refreshments, and more. On Wednesday, February 20th, the Franklin Library will offer Haunts, Haints, and Hollers: Scary Stories to Rattle Your Bones for ages 8 to 12 at 6:30 p.m. featuring International storyteller, Rona Leventhal,

who will share the drama of haints, dead folk, shape shifters, and mysterious players.

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Take in Some Art! Monday, February 18 Free Family Open House, 1-4 p.m., Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union Ave., Framingham, sponsored by NEA and Bernardi Auto Group, includes gallery tours, hands-on art activities and more. Call (508) 620-0937 or visit www.danforthmuseum.org. NEA Free Family Super Saturday on February 2, 9 and 23, from 10 a.m. – noon, includes free admission, gallery tours and activities. The museum also has vacation week classes. Visit the website for more details.

with equipment, and an inflatable obstacle course. Membership is not required for drop-off Turf Time, which costs $15 per hour with $5 per each additional sibling (must be potty trained). Parents can opt to Stay and Play for $15 a session and $5 per additional sibling, and there is no charge for children under age one when accompanying an older sibling. Membership brings Turf Time down to $10 per visit and lends discounts for other offerings. Visit www.kidzturf.com or call (508) 376-6222.

Go Bowling! Ryan Family Amusements, at 1170 Main St., Millis is almost never closed. Take the kids for some candlepin bowling, and then blow off some extra energy with the arcade games. Hours are 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through

Shoot Some Arrows! Ace Archers, Inc., at 131 Morse St. in Foxboro offers archery classes and practice (although beginners are advised to take one of the beginning archery classes on the second and fourth Saturdays before taking additional classes or using practice time. Hours are a bit unusual, so for more information, visit www.acearchers.com or call (508) 697-5647 for vacation week details.

Paint Some Pottery! Let the kids get creative at The Clayroom, located at 930 Main Street on the corner of 1A and Rte. 27 in Walpole. The hours are 12-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Appointments are not necessary and all ages are welcome to paint a piece of bisque pottery from the shelves. You pay for the cost of the piece, plus an $8 fee per painter, which covers paint, brushes, stencils, sponges, squeezebottles, glazing, firing and studio space and time. Call (508) 660-1110 or visit http://clayroom.biz/index.html for more details.

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It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for Youth Baseball or Softball!

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If your child has his or her heart set on playing youth baseball or softball this spring, it’s not too late to sign up. Both Millis Youth Baseball and Softball and Medway Youth Baseball are now accepting registrations for the spring 2013 season, although after February first, late fees will apply.

On December 9th, The Millis Lions Club held their 43rd annual Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner at the Millis High School. This annual event of the Millis Lions Club is held the first Sunday of December and is open at no charge to any resident of Millis over the age of 60. The dinner featured a delicious roast complimented by mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, soup, salad, bread and was topped-off with delicious cake donated by Roche Brothers. The meal was prepared by the superb Millis Lions’ culinary staff and served by Millis Lions dressed in black slacks, white shirts and holiday red cummerbunds. Assisting the Lions that day were Millis High School students. The Millis High School Band and the Charles River Chorale performed a variety of holiday favorites, and Jagan Nash

In Millis, the deadline to sign up for youth baseball and softball is March 1, 2013. To sign up please click the registration button at http://millisybs.org. You will be directed to the MYBS registration page. Then just click the Create New Account button. All registra-

tions received between February 1 through March 1 2013 will pay a $10 late fee. This year, MYBS will introduce an instructional TBall division for both boys and girls in Kindergarten. Medway Youth Baseball is also accepting registrations at this time for all leagues, although there is a $25 late fee starting February 1st. Registration is being done exclusively on the website at http://www.medwayyouthbaseball.com.

Medway girls in grades 3 through 8 can register for league play. League play starts in April. There is also an instructional K-2 program that kicks off in late April. The K-2 program includes clinics and scrimmages. Coaches and other volunteers are needed. To register or for more informago tion towww.medwaysoftball.org

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Khalsa and his guest Kathy Belhumeur entertained the guests with classical selections. The afternoon was concluded with a visit from Santa delivering goodies to the residents. The Millis Lions would like to extend a very special thank you to Dave DLaferrierre, manager of Ann and Hope, who donated a live 7' Balsam Pine Tree and stand for this event. The Millis Lions purchased lights and some decorations and donated the tree and trimmings to a family that had won the raffle through the Millis Ecumenical Food Pantry; and to Roche Bros of Millis for their continued outstanding support and generosity. Visit www.millislionsclub.org to see to learn more about the Lions.

In the January issue of Medway & Millis Local Town Pages, an announcement regarding a $2,000 grant to the Millis Public Library by the Foundation for MetroWest made a statement that the grant was particularly important, as the senior center in Millis was not very accessible to local seniors. Patty Kayo, Director of the Council on Aging in Millis, who heads up the Senior Center in the fully accessible Veteran’s Memorial Building, points to the inaccuracy of the press release. “The Council on Aging is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Fridays, 8:30-12:30 p.m. and provides services to the local seniors. We are open and accessible to all senior residents of Millis.”

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Are you looking for something active to do this winter? There are many fun activities to do in the colder months, such as hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Luckily, there is no need to drive out to western Massachusetts to go on an outdoor adventure in the snow. Here are three great local places in southeastern Massachusetts to visit.

Winter in New England is a time when people can enjoy skating, skiing, sledding, and hiking. The snow and ice provide many opportunities for adventures, but these trips also have hazards, as two local hikers recently learned.

the signs A scare during winter activities is hypothermia, which can turn fatal when the body temperature continually drops. First tell-tale symptoms are loss of motor skills and shivering. Often, those with hypothermia will want to lie down. Next, one may mumble/grumble about their discomfort. If the condition becomes severe, he or she will shiver vigorously, and then suddenly stop trembling. The skin will become bluish-colored and the pulse weak.

the signs Another danger is frostbite. Frostbitten tissue may be white, numb, and soft in mild cases, and can be warmed by direct contact with another’s skin. Severe frostbite is hard, and professional medical attention is needed.

noon hill is a 204-acre open space preserve located in Medfield and managed by non-profit organization, The Trustees of Reservations. The preserve is defined by wetlands, pools, boulders, Oakhickory forest, rocky ledges, and steep ravines, so it can be a tougher trek for adventurers. It has 4.5 miles of trails available for hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing. Another highlight is that Noon Hill connects to the 200-mile Bay Circuit Trail, which passes through Boston suburbs all the way from Plum Island on the North Shore to Duxbury on the South Shore. The Bay Circuit Trail also passes over the summit of 370-foot Noon Hill. Here, open ledges offer views of Norfolk, Walpole, and Great Blue Hill. Be sure to check out Holt Pond, a constructed mill pond that was built in 1764 to service colonial-era mills, or the waters-edge views of Charles River for a splash of fun. Open sunrise to sunset. Noon Hill Ave., Norfolk, MA, (508) 785-0339, thetrustees.org. F. gilbert hills state Forest. Characterized by oak and pine, this forest has 1,027 acres in Foxboro and Wrentham. This area is a good location for long-distance hiking, as it provides 23 miles of trails. The Warner Trail, for example, leads from Norfolk County through Rhode Island. Additionally, this forest connects to Franklin and Wrentham State Forests. These are minimally developed properties and are great for more hiking, skiing, snowshoeing. Open 8 – 5 p.m. 45 Mill St. Foxboro, (508) 543-5850, mass.gov. the blue hills reservation Located only minutes from busy downtown Boston, this reservation

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At the beginning of January, two hikers, Seamus Cuddy, 18, and Michael Agnello, 17, were stuck 30 feet above the ground on Joe’s Rock in Wrentham. One hiker grasped a branch with two hands and had two feet on the cliff. The other hiker sat in a small crevice. Joe’s Rock is a notable hiking spot in Wrentham. It has a 220-degree view of Boston and Rhode Island, and the rock’s 490-foot elevation is the highest in Wrentham. Despite being an attractive hiking spot, it is dangerous. Fortunately, they were able to dial 911 and receive help. The duo had climbed the rock before, but never in winter. In addition to being trapped in a difficult spot, they were at risk of hypothermia, which is just one danger of winter activities. Below are some precautionary tips from Appalachian Mountain Club’s Guide to Winter Hiking & Camping, so local adventurers can be prepared when bracing the winter elements. is expansive. The location has more than 7,000 acres and covers areas of Milton, Randolph, Quincy, and Dedham. In addition, the area has 125 miles of trails. This reservation also has many scenic views. The Great Blue Hill, for instance, is 635 feet tall, and visitors can see over the entire city area. Plus, there are 22 smaller Blue Hills to explore. This reservation provides many outdoor activities, such as ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. For a break from the outdoor activities, check out the science center and museum at Blue Hill. Open dawn until dusk. 695 Hillside St., Milton, (617) 698-1802, mass.gov.

how to help To help someone with a mild case, bring the person to a warm and dry environment (ex. tent and sleeping bag). Give him or her dry clothes. Body heat helps, so stay close. Warm water bottles can be placed in armpits and at feet. Also, give him/her bits of food and sips of warm drink. Able victims can do some sit-ups to generate body heat. severe cases For severe cases, make sure they receive professional emergency help immediately. Treat the person carefully. Do not make him/her exercise or eat. Focus on insulating the person with sleeping bags, blankets, hats, and fleece jackets. Wrap a tarp, tent, or reflective blanket around the victim so only the face is exposed. Then, figure out an evacuation plan.

how to help Be sure to insulate the tissue to avoid further damage. The area may also be put in a 105 degree hot bath, but only if there is no chance of refreezing, which would cause more damage. how to prevent To avoid frostbite, cover skin when it is cold and windy. Frostbite often occurs in parts like the ears, nose, toes, and fingers, so wear gloves/mittens, a face mask, and goggles. If the temperature is below zero, avoid contact with liquid. Especially avoid fuel or metal fuel canisters, which can cause frostbite instantly. There are also many snow and ice hazards in the winter. Try to avoid these winter traps: Falling ice Be aware when traveling below cliffs and trees, where ice might fall down, and do not linger. This is especially true after an ice storm or when the sun is shining on the ice overhead. Wear a helmet if you have to cross through these dangerous areas. undercut snow Sometimes snow seems to cover the ground, but the layer is actually thin be-

cause snow below melts quicker than the top layer. Streams may undercut the snow, which could mean an icy plunge into water. Avoid the lowest valleys. Probe the snow with a pole or ski to check what is ahead. Winter storms One should seek shelter from the wind if trapped in a winter storm. Find shelter beside large rocks or in the middle of mature trees. However, make sure to check that trees are not dead and likely to fall. If possible, set up a tent or snow trench and stay dry and hydrated. Whiteouts When wind whips snow around so that everything is white, this can ruin one’s sense of direction. Figure out where the landmarks are before the wind picks up, and use your compass for navigation. avalanches Avalanches are large amounts of snow sliding down a slope. Most slopes that avalanche are between 30-45 degrees and are treeless. Avoid avalanche-prone areas a full-day after high winds with rain, heavy snowfall, or quick thaws. The best way to learn about avalanches is to take a seminar. These are just a few tips to keep in mind when hiking in the winter. There are many potential problems, so take every precaution. Courses and certifications in hiking and first-aid are recommended for hikers.


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2013 Could Spell Disaster for Your Estate Plan! The Biggest Mistakes Seniors and Boomers Make in Estate & Asset Protection Planning...and How to Avoid Them:

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Millis Lions Invite You to Breakfast— and Dinner! The Millis Lions are hosting their annual Superbowl Sunday Breakfast on February 3rd, from 8 a.m. – Noon, at the St. Thomas Large Hall, 974 Main St., Millis. The cost for the fundraiser is $7 per person, with children 6 and under free. Later in the month, the Millis Lions will break out the pots and pans once again to offer a Spaghetti Din-

ner fundraiser on February 16th, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also taking place in St. Thomas Hall, the menu will include salad, pasta, meatballs, sausage, bread and dessert. The cost for those aged 11+ is $12, kids 4-10 eat for $6 and kids 3 and under eat for free. All the proceeds from the spaghetti dinner will benefit the Millis Public Library.

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MetLife Auto & Home Appoints Kevin Patrick Flanagan Marlborough Sales Agent MetLife Auto & Home announces that Medway resident Kevin Patrick Flanagan has been appointed as a sales agent for the communities of Marlborough, Franklin, and Milford, and has been authorized to offer a wide range of insurance products to consumers, including auto, home, boat, and personal excess liability coverage. “MetLife Auto & Home is proud to include Kevin Patrick Flanagan as a member of our sales force, in order to provide the Marlborough community our unique, value-added offerings,” said Paul Gavin, vice president of MetLife Auto & Home’s agency distribution. Flanagan is the proud new sponsor of a Medway Amateur Basketball team. He has been a MetLife insurance agent for over 15 years, serving the needs of customers in the entire United States, and has decided to work servicing his local community by offering Full Registry services.

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Millis COA February-March Events Department of Revenues Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Seminar Feb. 13 Senior citizens in Massachusetts may be eligible to claim a refundable credit on their state income taxes for the real estate taxes paid on the Massachusetts residential property they own or rent and which they occupy as their principal residence. The maximum credit allowed is $1,000 for the tax year beginning January 1, 2012. If the credit due the taxpayer exceeds the amount of the total income tax payable for the year, the excess amount of the credit will be refunded to the taxpayer without interest. To be eligible for the credit for the 2012 tax year, a taxpayer must be 65 years of age or older before January 1, 2013 (for joint filers, it is sufficient if one taxpayer is 65 years of age or older), must own or rent residential property in Massachusetts and occupy the property as his or her principal residence. The taxpayer’s total income cannot exceed $53,000 for a single filer who is not the head of a household, $67,000 for a head of household, or $80,000 for taxpayers filing jointly. No credit is allowed for a married taxpayer unless a joint return is filed. Moreover, the assessed valuation of the real estate cannot exceed $705,000. Senator Richard Ross and Department of Revenue’s liaison, Brian Lynch will be conducting a seminar on this tax credit at the Millis Senior Center on Wednesday, February 13th at 10 a.m. They will outline the financial guidelines and requirements for the tax credit. Please stop by.

Fuel Assistance Fuel Assistance applications are available at the Center. Please call

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Pizza and Ice Cream Social Join us every Wednesday at 12 p.m. for pizza and ice cream for the February and March months. A suggested donation of $2.50 is requested. Reservations should be made at least three days in advance. Please call Kathy at (508) 376-7056.

St. Patty’s Day Feast We are going to have a fantastic feast on Wednesday, March 13th at 12 p.m. Chef Linda Dillen will be here making her homemade corned beef and cabbage. We will also have St. Patrick's Day trivia with Patty. Please make your reservations with a $7 payment early as this event fills up quickly. Please call Linda at (508) 3767051.

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with our new crafty group. They are a group of crafters that share their talents and skills with others. We are also open to any and all suggestions of what you want to see happen at YOUR Center. Please feel free to join us at our monthly COA Board meeting the second Friday of every month at 9:30 a.m. to share your insights.

Looking for a Volunteer Bingo Caller Our very loyal Bingo group is looking for a leader. There is little commitment for this role, we are only asking for one hour per week on Wednesday afternoons. The responsibility includes setting the Bingo cards up and calling the numbers. You have an opportunity to make this a fun group. Please call Patty at (508) 376-7051.

Podiatrist Dr. Cooper will be here on Wednesday, February 6th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Although his appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis we ask that you call ahead so he may plan his day. Center visits are $30 and home visits are $50.

Trips Foxwoods February 26th ~ $24 PP Includes Luxury coach, $25 Casino Bonus, Buffet coupon worth $15 and $10, Lucky Seven Keno. Bus leaves Millis at 8:15 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. Contact Linda at (508) 376-7051 for reservations. Other upcoming trips include Boston Flower and Garden Show, Wright’s Farm~ Don Who Show, Boston Pops, Duck Tour, andTurkey Train. For more details call Linda at (508) 376-7051

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Millis Police Station Bidders Being Interviewed BY J.D. O’GARA As of mid-January, the Town of Millis had interviewed three firms responding to the RFP for the Conceptual Design and Construction Cost Estimates for the building of a new police station atop the site of the current (old) Millis Public Library, according to Charles Aspinwall, Town Administrator. At the Fall Town Meeting, the town had voted to appropriate $97,500.00 for this process, which would encompass soil testing in an area previously found to have contained contaminants. Aspinwall notes that once the contract is awarded, the town hopes to get the work done within 60 days.

Benefit Planned for Medway Family Who Had Fire In late December, one Medway family on Wildebrook Road, the Wagner family, experienced a house fire. Although all the members of the family were able to get out of the house safely, the home was substantially damaged. Local neighbors have banded together to raise funds to help out the Wagner Family. "A Night to Benefit the Wagner Family" will take place at the Glen, 84 Orchard St. in Millis, Mass. on Friday, February 8th, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased by January 31st. The night will feature a live band, a raffle and auction, appetizers and a cash bar. Limited space is available To attend please send list of attendees with check payable to either Amy Chiplock or Steph McMullin c/o: Event to Benefit the Wagner Family P.O. Box 55 Medway, MA 02053 Help is also needed to sell raffle tickets on February 2nd and 3rd at Medway Middle School from approx. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are able to help sell tickets for an hour or two on those dates, please email Christine Jorgensen at cmj@chrysler.com with your availability or call her at (508) 397-4008.


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Millis Garden Club to Explore Native Trees and Shrubs On February 13 (snow date: February 27) the Millis Garden Club will present an educational program on native trees and plants. The Presentation will take place at the Veterans Memorial Building (Millis Town Hall). Guest Speaker Betty Sanders from the MA Master Gardeners Assn. will present the Program. “Native Trees and Shrubs will be more than a listing of those plants and the qualities that make them a desirable part of any garden”, said Ms. Sanders. “I will begin the Program with a thoughtful discussion of what qualifies as a native plant and why natives are a vital part of any landscape. I’ll wrap up by highlighting some of my favorites, what makes them special and why they belong in your garden.” Native Trees and Shrubs will complement the Club’s topic for its April meeting on invasive plants. The Presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 13 (snow date: Thursday, February 27) at the Millis Town Hall (Veterans Memorial Building) on Main Street (Rte. 109), Room 130. It will run from 7:– 8:30 p.m. and will include a Q & A session. The Public is invited and admission is free.

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Medway Business Council to Feature John Parrella, CPA in Feb. The MBC is proud to have one of its board Members, John Parrella, CPA, to discuss the new tax laws for individuals and businesses that were the result of the recent ”Fiscal Cliff.” In addition to the Fiscal Cliff legislation, two additional tax laws to be discussed are the new 3.8% Medicare Tax on unearned income and the additional .9% Medicare Tax on earned. Both of which will became effective on January 1, 2013. John has been preparing individual and business tax returns since 1995 and has been a partner of Liscombe and Parrella, CPAs, along with Eugene Liscombe, CPA since May 2004. With over 60 years combined experience and offices in Franklin, John and Gene assist over 450 individuals in preparing their income tax returns each year, with a primary focus of working with small to medium privately held family-owned businesses. All local businesses are welcome to join us at The Restaurant 45 in Medway at 5 p.m.. Please make reservations by February 14, at info@medwaybusinesscouncil.org. $15 per person.

Local Swimmer’s Team Sets NE Record Come Sled at Cedariver Trustees of Reservations Site on Forest Road to Host Sledding Event

Congratulations to the Bluefish Swim Team Boys 200 Freestyle relay of Owen Wright(left), Anthony Marcantonio, Erik Gudmunson, and Connor Green and who just broke both the 15-18 age group New England and Resident records at this weekend's New England Senior Championships, at Boston University. Their time of 1:24.78 surpassed the time of 1:25.04 set in 2009. Erik Gudmunson is a local resident who attends Medway High School. Erik also placed in the top 10 in the 100 & 200 breaststroke during the event.

Celebrate mid-winter with a day of sledding at Cedariver. The Cedariver Sledding Event, hosted by the Trustees of Reservations, will take place at the Cedariver Reservation, 161 Forest Road, Millis, on Saturday, February 9th, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring a toboggan or tube and head for the hill overlooking the Charles River. Enjoy hot cocoa, s’mores, or a cup of hot oatmeal by the campfire. Cedariver is also a wonderful place to enjoy with snowshoes or cross-country skis. Free event (donations welcome) depends on snow cover; call (508) 785-0339 to confirm or to receive phone call in event of reschedule.

Medway Lions Bottle & Can Drive February 2nd The Medway Lions will conduct its monthly bottles and cans collection on Saturday, February 2, 2013 starting at 9 a.m.; a fundraiser with proceeds used to support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m. or be brought directly to Medway Oil on Broad Street by 11 a.m. the morning of the drive. Residents are reminded that they may also, at their convenience, place redeemables in the Lions Bottles and Cans shed in front of West

Medway Liquors on Main Street. The Lions thank residents for their continued support.

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4H Science Explorers Meet at Medway Library 4-H Science Explorers, a new 4-H club for ages 5-18, meets at Medway Public Library monthly on the second Thursday, with hands-on activities in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, agriculture, environmental science, and engineering for 4-H members. The 4-H Science Explorers Club meets at the Library, but is not affiliated with the Library. 4-H membership is open to anyone ages 5-18, for an annual fee of $60/year/child ($50 if paid by the 15th of November); the fee can be waived or reduced for financial hardship. For more information or to pre-register via email or phone, contact mperkins@minlib.net or call Margaret Perkins at (508) 533-3217, x3.

Millis Lions Club The Millis Lions Club held their annual Bowling for Blindness Prevention at Ryan Family Amusements January 12. This annual event of the Millis Lions Club is held each January and open to the public. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund (www.masslionseyeresearch.org/publichome.php) and Lions Clubs International Foundation (http://www.lcif.org/EN/index.php). The Millis Lions would like to extend a very special thank you to Raj Patel, owner/manager of Subway in Medfield, for their donation of sandwiches; and to Roche Bros of Millis for their snacks and continued generosity.

4-H Science Explorers met for the first time in December, taking a look at DNA. The new program is open to anyone aged 5-18 for an annual fee. Call Margaret Perkins at (508) 533-3217, x3 for more information.

The next 4-H Science Explorers meeting will be held Thursday February 14th, 3:45-4:30 p.m. at the Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, Medway MA.

Information about this and other activities is on the Library's webpage medwaylib.org under "Coming Events."

Fun at Medway Library! The Medway Public Library's lower level community space is now open until 9:30 p.m.

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fingerplays and songs accompanied by mountain dulcimer.

Monday-Thursday for meetings, wireless internet access, and relaxing in the new reading lounge. No librarians will be on duty after 8 p.m., and the upstairs will be closed, but a community area steward will keep the building open for after-hours use.

Girl Scouts from Troop 74910 are available upstairs in the Library every Wednesday 6:45-7:15 p.m. for a drop-in story time. Children are invited to come in their PJs, snuggle up with their favorite scout, and listen to some wonderful stories. No registration necessary.

The "Baby & Toddler Sing" drop-in program is held weekly on Wednesday mornings 10:30-11 a.m. This ongoing drop-in program for newborns to children aged 30 months and a parent/caregiver is a combination of stories,

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first Wednesday of each month 6:30-7:30 p.m. and on occasional Saturdays. The Friends of the Library runs a monthly LEGO Club for children grade 2 and up, and also hosts movie screenings for children and families. A 4-H Science Explorers Club for ages 5-18 meets monthly at the Library. Donations of a DUPLO block table and a wooden train table now offer more ways for kids to enjoy the Library when they're feeling too wriggly to sit and listen. This is Medway’s 300th year. Come learn more about the town by visiting the Library's Local History room, reading books about Medway's history, or browsing the Library's Medway History webpage. The Medway Public Library is at 26 High St., Medway. For more information, come to the Library, call the Library at 508-533-3217, or visit the Library's medwaylib.org website. The library is open Mondays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesdays 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Thursdays 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Details about all programs may be found on the Library's website medwaylib.org under the "Coming Events" link.

Motorcycle Helmet Recall Vega Helmet Corp recalling XTS Motorcycle Helmets Later this Month The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) would like all riders to be aware that Vega Helmet Corp. has announced that it is recalling more than 30,000 model XTS Helmets after testing found that some did not meet crash protection safety standards. Vega specifically identified XTS half-helmets in sizes Large, Extra Large, and XX Large produced between May 2011 and October 2012. Safety Testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration performed earlier this year identified that four (4) Extra Large Helmets failed to pass. According to reports by the Associated Press, there’s no evidence that anyone has been injured because of the defective helmets. The MMA suggests that all riders who wear Vega XTS Half-Helmets in sizes L, XL, and XXL check the manufacturer date on the labeling inside the helmet. Further information should be available from Vega Helmet Corp. when the recall begins in Late January. For More Information, see www.MassMotorcycle.org or contact SafetyDirector@MassMotorcycle.org.

Save the Date: March 23 Lions Auction The annual Millis Lions auction to benefit the Warren Jordan Scholarship is coming up on March 23, 2013, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at St. Thomas Large Hall (next to Mobil on Rte. 109) in Millis. The night will include entertainment, a cash bar, food and prizes. All major credit cards will be accepted.


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Stony Brook Announces Its February Programming turtle trekkers: saturdays, February 2nd and 16th, from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Start your weekend off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails. Each day will have a special topic created to excite your child about the natural world. There will be crafts, activities and lots of laughter. This month’s themes: Exploring Shadows/Let It Snow. Ages 2.9 to 6

with a parent. Fee: $8m/$10nm per adult/child pair home tweet home: saturday, February 2nd, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Time to do something sweet for the tweets! February is a perfect time to help our local birds by building a place to live. We will talk about what birds are looking for in a home and then assemble a bird house. After you build your birdhouse, you can take it home and paint it. Minimum age 6. Fee includes materials to build one birdhouse. Fee: $25m/$29nm per adult/child sweets for the tweets: saturday, February 9th, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. And now some tweets (I mean treats) for the tweets! We will make a variety of edibles for birds with seeds, dried fruits, popcorn and other items. You can either bring your treat home or hang it

at Stony Brook. We will end with a short walk to look for birds. Minimum age 6. Parents free. Fee: $6m/$8nm per child. tales and trails: tuesday, February 12th, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Each day we will explore a different nature theme through stories, activities, and an investigation of Stony Brook trails. This program will encourage curiosity about the natural world and will introduce the observation skills that can turn every walk into a fulfilling and educational experience. Please make sure to bring appropriate clothing for the winter’s walk. Drop-off program, but parents welcome. Ages 4-6. Fee: $7m/$9nm holiday hikes: monday, February 18th, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Start your day with an exhilarating walk along Stony Brook’s trails. We will explore the forest and fields in search of wildlife and their signs. After our walk, we’ll head into the Nature Center to warm up with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. All ages welcome. 5 and under free. Fee: $3m/$5nm.

Church of Christ Free Dinner and Movie February 15 The Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St. Millis, will hold its next free monthly community Dinner and Movie Night on Friday, February 15. The theme will be All American with a lot of tasty favorites being offered for dinner. The event is sponsored by the Missions Committee and Men’s Fellowship Group and is held in Fellowship Hall.

Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. followed by a familyfriendly movie. The Dinner and Movie Nights are open to the public and all are invited to attend. For more information, call (508) 376-5034 or visit the Church website- www.millisucc.org.

Charles River Bank Offers Home Buyer Seminar For anyone contemplating purchasing a home, there can be many questions about how the entire process works. The role of the realtor, lender, appraiser, home inspector and attorney will be discussed during an upcoming Home Buyer Seminar on Tuesday March 5th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Milford High School, led by Mortgage Consultant Michael Shain of Charles River Bank. In addition, attendees will leave the seminar

with a better understanding of the importance of your credit report and how to determine how much home you can afford to purchase. Industry experts, including a local attorney, realtor, appraiser and home inspector, will join Mr. Shain to provide valuable insight. All seminar attendees will receive a workbook with helpful worksheets about each step of the home buying process along with beneficial tips and information.

The Home Buyer Seminar will be presented through Milford Community School Use Program. Visit www.milford.ma.us/mcs for registration forms or call (508) 478-1119. This seminar will be held at Milford High School. Questions about the seminar can also be directed to Michael Shain at Charles River Bank at (508) 321-3160 mshain@charlesriverbank.com

Presidents’ day birding in northern ri: monday, February 18th, from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rhode Island is home to a wonderful system of parks and refuges, and we will explore two of these during this short ramble south and west of Stony Brook. We will start out in RI at the George Washington Memorial State Forest before heading to Lincoln Woods State Park in Lincoln RI. This area has reliably produced both Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks in past years. After birding Lincoln Woods, we will head out to Adams Farm for one more search for winter finches before heading back to Stony Brook. Fee: $38m/$48nm per person February vacation Week: tuesday, February 19th – Friday, February 22nd, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Your children don’t have to go far away to experience a new world or discover something new about themselves. Have them come to Stony Brook during the vacation weeks. We know how to make learning fun! Themes: Tuesday – The Arctic; Wednesday – Japan; Thursday-

Frozen Desert; Friday-Aloha Ring of Fire. Fee: $40m/$47nm per child brunch with the eagles: sunday, February 24th, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bald Eagles can be found flying over open water in search of food during the wintertime. One of the best places to find them is along the Connecticut River. See spectacular views of eagles as they perch on trees at such locations as Gillette Castle State Park and near the Goodspeed Opera House. Then relax and warm up as we enjoy brunch at the famous Griswold Inn in Essex, CT. Bring binoculars and a spotting scope if you have one. Price includes brunch. Fee: $79m/$90nm per person Pre-registration is required for all programs (except as noted). For more details, visit the Mass Audubon webpage at www.massaudubon.org or contact us at (508) 528-3140. Register by phone, email (stonybrook@massaudubon.org), fax (508-5533864) or in person. Stony Brook is located at 108 North Street in Norfolk.

Free Movie at Medway Library School Vacation Week The Friends of the Medway Library will host a Free Movie and Popcorn event at the Medway library on February 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. Please join us in watching the 2nd movie in the Toy Story series. Come watch Woody, Buzz, Jessie & Stinky Pete while munching on a variety of special treats. Please sign up at the library or email the Friends at libfriendsprez@yahoogroups.com. Walk-ins will be accepted, but we prefer you to sign up so we can provide enough treats for everyone. Movie is rated G and runs 92 minutes.

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Calendar of Events February 2 Medway Lions Bottle & Can Drive, 9 a.m. Redeemables should be curbside by 9 a.m., brought to Medway Oil, Broad Street by 11 a.m. the morning of the drive or placed in the Lions bottles and cans shed in front of West Medway Liquors on Main Street at residents’ convenience. February 3 Millis Lions All You Can Eat Superbowl Breakfast, 8 a.m. – noon, St. Thomas Large Hall, 974 Main St., Millis, Ages 7+ are $7 per person; kids 6 and under are free February 4 Office hours for Rep. David P. Linsky, Millis Senior Center, 900 Main St., Millis, 11 a.m. February 6 “Paws to Read” Program (registration required), 6:30-7:45 p.m., Children in grades 2-6 are invited to curl up and practice reading with “Paws to Read” Therapy Dogs, in 15-minute time slots. Children must be able to read by themselves. Medway Public Library, 26 High St., Medway. To register, stop by the Circulation Desk or call (508) 533-3217 to speak with Lorie Brownell. February 7 Cliquot Club Readers!, 2-3 p.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, monthly book group led by Joan Dikun, for adults. Read and share your

favorites. Refreshments served. February 9 Cedar River Sledding Event, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations, Bring your toboggan or tube (or snowshoes and cross-country skis) and head to Cedariver Reservation, 161 Forest Road, Millis, overlooking the Charles River. Enjoy hot cocoa, s’mores, or a cup of hot oatmeal by the campfire. Event depends on snow cover; call (508) 785-0339 to confirm or to receive phone call for rescheduled event. FREE (donations welcome) Mother Goose Time!, 10-10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, Ages 3+, drop-in program for children and parents/caregivers includes rhymes, fingerplays, music and puppets. Lansing Station, new house band for Overflowing Cup Coffee House open mike night, 7-10 p.m., Millis Church of Christ, 142 Exchange St., Millis. Band will support any singer or musician who wants to perform the blues. Admittance $5, or free for kids 12 and under. February 10 Tri-Valley Youth Hockey Registration Day, T.C. Scoops, 100 Main St., Medway, 3-5 p.m., for boys and girls aged 4-10. Visit www.trivalleyindians.com.

February 12 Gasland, the movie, by Josh Fox, 6:30 p.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, Sponsored by MetroWest Peace Action. Is fracking worth the risk? Discussion to follow movie. Contact Carol Coakley at coakley50@earthlink.net for more information. February 13 “Native Trees and Shrubs” by Master Gardener Betty Sanders, presented by Millis Garden Club, (snow date: Thursday, February 27), Millis Town Hall (Veterans Memorial Building) on Main Street (Rte. 109), Room 130. It will run from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and will include a Q & A session. The Public is invited and admission is free. February 15 Free Dinner & Movie Night, Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St., Millis, Dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a family-friendly movie. Call (508) 376-5034 for more information. February 16 Millis Lions Spaghetti Dinner, 4-9 p.m., St. Thomas Large Hall, 974 Main St., Millis, all you can eat includes salad, pasta, meatballs, sausage, bread and dessert, Ages 11+ are $12, kids 4-10 are $6, and kids 3 and under are free. Proceeds to benefit Millis Public Library. February 18 Presidents’ Day

February 20 Massachusetts Divorce – What to Know Before You Go, free seminar at 6:30 p.m. at Milford Town Library, 80 Spruce St., Milford. Hosted by Divorce Collaborative, LLC. Register by email to cbussell@divorcecollaborative.com or call (877) 8421199. You may also sign up at www.divorcecollaborative.com. February 21 Free Movie & Popcorn Event, 3 p.m., Features 2nd movie in Toy Story series, Medway Public Library, 26 High St., Medway. Walk-ins accepted, but it would be better to please sign up at the library or email the Friends of the Medway Library at libfriendsprez@yahoogroups.com to ensure enough treats for everyone. February 23 Millis Lions Bottle & Can Drive curbside pickup, Those individuals wishing to be on the curbside pick-up route should call Debbie Hayes at (508) 816-6732 or email her at debbieh1212@yahoo.com. Redeemable bottles & cans may also be dropped off at the Millis Lions Club redemption trailer at the Millis Transfer Station or at Harkey’s Wine and Spirits (Please note you are donating on behalf of the Millis Lions Club.) February 26 It’s Not about the Hike, 7 p.m., Medway Public Library, 26 High St., Medway, hour-long program

highlights journey of two 50+ non-hikers who decided to the 67 mountains in New England. Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper, will tell their story and encourage others to live life to the fullest. (Snow date: March 12) Family Game Night, 6 p.m. Woodside Montessor, Academy, 350 Village St., Medway, Admission is donation to Millis Council on Aging, Call (508) 376-5320. Open to public. February 27 Romeo & Juliet, Dean College, 7:30 p.m., General admission pricing is $20.00, children 10 and under, $5.00. For ticket and information email boxoffice@dean.edu or call (508) 541-1605. Or visit www.dean.edu/performance. February 28 Romeo & Juliet, 7:30 p.m., Dean College, General admission pricing is $20.00, children 10 and under, $5.00. For ticket and information email boxoffice@dean.edu or call (508) 541-1605. Or visit www.dean.edu/performance. March 5 Homebuying Seminar, 6-7:30 p.m., presented through Milford Community School Use Program by Charles River Bank, Milford High School, Visit www.milford.ma.us/mcs for registration forms or call (508) 4781119. Coupon for $100 off closing costs for all who attend.

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Solar, Security Latest Focuses at Millis Middle High School BY DAVE BYRNE After much research, study, planning and several setbacks, we are eagerly anticipating the installation of solar panels at the Millis Middle High School at no cost to the district or town. If the snow will stay away for a while, we may even see installation of the supporting infrastructure take place over the winter months. When the system is complete, a good portion of the building’s power consumption will be generated by a renewable environmentally friendly system. A portion of the overall costs for electricity will remain constant and predictable. After some time,

between seventeen and twenty years from now, the town will own the system as part of the power purchase agreement. The system will only be degraded by less than five percent. At that point all electricity generated by the system will be provided at no cost other than operation and maintenance expenses. Hopefully by then much progress will be made in generation methods and the devices for heat, light and power will be maximized in energy efficiency. There could be a day when energy concerns and costs will be far less of a burden to us all. Students and the public will be

able to participate in this solar process, as educational devices are included in the project and daily monitoring of the solar effort will be visible to all on monitoring devices. Many things have changed in the last three decades at our school buildings to reduce energy costs on all of the consumable systems. Where there were once simple time switches to turn the heat down after school, there is now a state of the art energy management system. These systems can do amazing things to reduce consumption by heating only portions of the buildings as needed or shutting completely down during off hours if the out-

side temperature reaches a certain set point. The lighting systems have been upgraded three times since 1980. Each time the amount of energy to light the buildings was reduced and at the same time it got brighter. For example the Middle / High school gym recently was retrofitted with newer lighting that uses one third the amount of energy of what was in place. The lights are operated on motion detectors, like the classrooms, to shut the lights off if no activity is detected. We are switching our outside security building lighting over to L.E.D. as the older fixtures fail and need replacement. L.E.D. is expensive to procure

but the life expectancy of a lamp is fifteen or more years and the same amount of light is achieved at better than half the cost. Now that all these things are in place, or about to be installed, our focus has turned to enhancing and upgrading our security systems and devices to protect all who use school facilities. Much work, study and planning has been taking place and will continue in the coming weeks. As always, when safety measures are employed, convenience and ease of access diminishes. Please have patience in the future dealing with these measures with the understanding that we are protecting our most precious resource.

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The Bus will pick the kids up from the Veterans Memorial Building at 12 Noon – SHARP – and head out to Nashoba Valley Ski Resort. The kids will enjoy a 2-hour block of snow tubing. The bus will arrive back in Millis at approximately 4 p.m. Please note: lunch will NOT be provided. Admission is for bus and snow tubing pass only. Helmets are optional, and you must bring your own. Registration form MUST be in by Feb 1st!!

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Charles River Masons Strive to Do Good BY J.D. O’GARA A lot of giving goes on behind the scenes. That’s the case with the members of the Charles River Masonic Lodge of Medway, who serve Medway, Millis, Franklin and surrounding areas. The volunteers offer a “Masonic Angel Fund,” in the hopes of providing modest assistance to needy children who don’t usually fit the criteria for social service programs. According to the Masons, these funds might be used for such items as eyeglasses, clothing, footwear, school supplies, and minor health and dental services. Local school principals and school personnel can apply for as-

sistance on behalf of a child. The Charles River Mason’s prefer not to have direct contact with a family, but to work with school officials to fulfill the need in as timely a manner as possible. Masonic organizations contribute over $1 million a day to various causes. Although, like any fraternal organizations, some of the Mason’s customs are known only to members, the organization is not a secret society. It holds monthly meetings, breakfasts and raises funds for the community, striving to do good. A man who wishes to become a Mason can send in an application, and the organization will review it

and sit down with the applicant. The only criteria is that the individual believe in a supreme being. According to the Massachusetts Freemasons, applicants must be 18 or older, and must seek membership of his own accord by petitioning a lodge and asking a member to sponsor his application. The Charles River Masons meet the second Wednesday of each month at their lodge at 37 Cottage Street, Medway, aside from July and August. For more information, email charlesriver@ massfreemasonry.net or visit http://mamasonic15.org/ CharlesRiver/.

Clyde Brown HSA Seeks Donations for April 6th Auction The Clyde F. Brown Home School Association will be conducting its largest fundraiser, a bi-annual auction, again this year on April 6th, 2013 at The Glen, on Orchard Street in Millis. Tickets will go on sale this month, cost $30 per person and must be purchased in advance.

Right now, the Clyde F. Brown HSA is looking for auction items. Do you know anyone who has tickets to a sporting event? Do you have a vacation home? Do you or your family members have any memorabilia or have a hobby/skill that would be help-

ful to others? Please contact Stacey Miller (mandsmills@aol.com) or Sacha Loer (sloer@me.com) with any questions. “Like” the CFB Spring Auction on Facebook and sty up to date on the many exciting items that will be available.

Big Girl, Big Heart! Four-year-old Nicole Lauria is a big girl now, with a big heart. On January 21s, she took a big step at Studio 109 Hair Design in Millis and her hair cut for the first time. She donated all of it to the charity Locks for Love. For a nominal fee, Cost Cutters will send the hair to the 501 (c) 3 charity, which aims to provide hairpieces to and restore the confidence of financially disadvantaged U.S. and Canadian children suffering any longterm medical hair loss. Here, Nicole is shown with Kristen Banks.

The Charles River Masonic Lodge is located at 37 Cottage Street in Medway and serves surrounding towns such as Franklin.

FPAC to Present Winter Family Concert Series The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) is pleased to present the second of this season’s winter Family Concert Series. On February 3rd, Jamie Barrett Presents Family Favorites. This will be followed by Little Red Riding Hood – An Opera for Children, on March 17. The interactive performances introduce audiences of all ages to music of many genres – classical, jazz, folk, blues, pop and rock – and feature talented musicians in an engaging, entertaining and educational format. All Winter Concerts will take place at 1 p.m. at 38 Main St., Franklin. For more information, visit www.FPAConline.com or call (508) 5288668.

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Chamber Government Affairs Luncheon to Feature Kennedy U.S. Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy lll Featured Speaker for Milford Area Chamber of Commerce Joe Kennedy is our newly elected U.S. Representative for the MA 4th Congressional District. A former prosecutor and member of the Peace Corps, Joe has dedicated his career to pursuing justice and standing up for people who are getting overlooked by our system. Joe previously served as an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, prosecuting a wide variety of misdemeanors and felonies. Joe attended Harvard Law School, where he spent most of his time working for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a student managed pro-bono law firm. Joe grew up in the Commonwealth and studied Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He speaks fluent Spanish and resides in Brookline. Joe served in the Peace Corps from 2004-2006, where he worked on economic development/community reinvestment in the Dominican Republic.

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Like to Sing? Come to the Charles River Chorale! All Are Still Welcome to Come Sing Along We've started rehearsals, but that doesn't mean you aren't invited! Come on by and get your song on! The Charles River Chorale was formed in 1985 as the Millis Community Chorale. It performs two concerts in Millis each year, a Holiday Concert, and a Spring Concert. The Holiday Concert focuses on the December holidays, with both secular and sacred Christmas music coming to the fore. The Spring concert typically includes selections from Broadway shows, movie classics, patriotic songs, and music written by prominent American composers like Irving Berlin and Stephen Foster.

The Chorale also sings at other events by invitation. We have sung with the Greater Marlborough Symphony Orchestra and the Claflin Hill symphony Orchestra. Although it remains centered in Millis, the Chorale has attracted members and audience from throughout the Charles River watershed area. Medway and Franklin are both well represented, and members travel from as far as Boston and Attleboro to sing with the organization. Founding Director Roy S. Kelley remains at the helm as the Chorale celebrates its silver anniversary.

The Charles River Chorale, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Your donation is fully tax-deductible. Come to the Church of Christ on Route 115, just north of the intersection of Route 109 in Millis, on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. to join and sing. The Chorale is a non-audition all-volunteer group based in Millis and is comprised of over 50 singers from surrounding towns. Just this past August, Greg Quilop became the chair of its executive board. Led by Musical Director and founder Roy S. Kelley, the Charles River Chorale presents Chorale's 28th season entertaining local audiences. Visit www.charlesriverchorale.net for additional information.

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Sports Baker’s Work Ethic Sets The Tone For Millis Quintet BY KEN HAMW%EY There’s a variety of reasons why Chris Baker is the captain of Millis’ basketball team. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior swingman is athletic, fast and quick. He also can play forward, point guard or operate on the wing. A three-sport star, Baker also has lots of experience in postseason tourneys, having competed twice in basketball and baseball. He’s also felt the bright lights of the football playoffs on two occasions.

ample,’’ Baker said. “When we face a high-scoring guard, I want to defend him and shut him down. When we played Marian, I got vocal because we needed a spark. We beat them and that victory enabled us to qualify for the Division 4 tourney.’’ Baker isn’t afraid of lending his knowledge to younger players, or helping them if they tap him on his shoulder. He’s been a regular when jayvee coach Paul Adams seeks varsity players to scrimmage the junior varsity.

also believes that Millis will go deep into the playoffs in his final season. “I’d like to see us play at least .500 in the TVL,’’ he said. “Playing higher-ranked teams will make us stronger for the tourney run. There’s no reason we can’t go deep in the Division 4 playoffs and win the entire thing.’’

An honor-roll student who would Senior Captain Chris Baker is not only a tremendous player, but he models a champion work ethic for his teammates. Group photo courtesy of Susan like to play either baseball or bas- Jubb photography. ketball at Curry or Bridgewater State, Baker still managed to played five seasons of AAU bas“Coach Adams might be looking ketball, despite playing three But, the primary reason coach for stronger competition in prac- sports year-round. That’s the kind Tom Ingraham installed him as the tice,’’ Baker said. “I volunteer be- of commitment he’s made to a Mohawks’ sole captain is because cause I know the pressure they get sport he truly enjoys. of his insatiable work ethic. will improve their games. And, it’s BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY Baker has experienced success in “Chris has great work habits, an opportunity to show leaderfootball and baseball. Against During his first two seasons on going full speed in every drill,’’ In- ship.’’ Abington in the playoffs last year, the Millis varsity basketball team graham said. “His work ethic inBaker hasn’t had many problems he had six tackles, an interception Chris Baker found himself playspires others and he makes his displaying his mettle as a leader. In and two receptions. His best outing ing the small forward position, teammates better. He’s a superb football, he’s played wide receiver, in baseball was a two-hit, two-RBI but in this, his senior campaign, competitor.’’ cornerback and linebacker. In game against Norton as a junior. Coach Tom Ingraham has been Baker is averaging 11 points a baseball, he’s usually working at forced to have Baker bring the “What makes Chris such a fine game and is managing six re- shortstop but he’s been called on ball up the court for the Mocompetitor is his versatility,’’ Inbounds and three steals for the to play every position. hawks. graham said. “He can play anyMohawks, whose record was 2-6 “As a junior last year, we beat where for us, and he goes all out “In the past we’ve primarily after eight games. Another attribHolbrook in the second round of no matter where he’s positioned. used him as the 3 or 4, but this ute that Ingraham admires is the basketball playoffs,’’ Baker re- That’s why he’s respected by his year he’s doing most of the ball Baker’s iron-man status. He hasn’t called. “They had Elijah Robinson, teammates.’’ handling for us,” the coach said. missed a practice or a game in basa top-rated player in the state. I was “Chris is a very versatile player In the past the senior captain has ketball for three varsity campaigns. “I’d like to be a TVL all-star able to limit his effectiveness, and who can and has played every po- been much more of a shooter, but The only practices and games he’s again in basketball,’’ Baker said I got 12 points and eight rebounds sition for us. He’s a very skilled due to the adaptation of his new had to sit out were in football when about his individual goal. “That role he hasn’t thought about the to help us get the win.’’ individual.” he was recovering from mononuwould be a nice way to wrap up scoring as much. cleosis and strep throat. Baker, a Tri Valley League all- my final season.” Although his offensive numbers “At this point I haven’t shot the star in basketball and football, can have declined from last year due “Being captain means being Few would bet against Baker as ball all that much during the shoot a jumper from 15-18 feet but to his new found position, Baker vocal at times and leading by exhe strives for that achievement. game. I had 13 shots once this he prefers driving to the basket. He is not afraid of taking on the unseason and every other game has known and knows eventually been under 10 (shots),” he said. he’ll be back on track averaging “I’m hoping to eventually get 12 points per game. back into the flow of things and “Bringing the ball up, there’s a start shooting more. I’d definitely lot of pressure, but I like control- like to score more; I’m hoping to ling the tempo of the game. It also get up to 15 points per game.” makes me think more of my surCoach Ingraham understands roundings,” Baker said. “In the that Baker’s offense is down, but past I’ve been a rebounder and he’s not all that concerned. He scorer, now I’m taking a step knows it will increase as his back and passing the ball more. guard becomes more comfortable As long as I limit my turnovers with his new role. and we get some wins it’s all good.” Right now the senior is just going to go out and give it his all Baker, who also plays football to not only increase his scoring, For all your Automotive Needs Both Import & Domestic and baseball for Millis, is curbut get the Mohawks into the rently averaging 8 points per con1461 Main Street, Millis, MA 02054 tournament. test through Millis’ first 6 games. 508-376-2557 • 800-894-2557 • www.stevesautoparts.com Steve Bullock

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Sports Sarah Hope Hits 1,000 Points Medway Girls' Basketball Senior Has Come a Long Way BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY

Some eight years ago Sarah Hope took to playing recreational basketball in the town of Medway. Little did she know that in her senior season she would join an elite group of Mustang basketball players.

skills to be an exceptional athlete. Not only has she shown that she can score, but she’s one of the best ball handlers that we see.” Hope’s remarkable basketball career started to come to fruition in the fifth grade when she got involved in AAU basketball, and two years later,a she realized her talent was serious. It was from this point she concentrating fully on basketball and nothing else. “I tried soccer and cheerleading, nothing seemed to click like basketball,” Hope said. “When I step onto the court I forget about everything else, good or bad, nothing else matters at that moment. It’s just me and the ball.” Although basketball seems to abolish all thoughts outside of the game, her inaugural year on the varsity team was not one for the record books.

On Friday January 4, 2013 against Dover-Sherborn, Hope would knock down a long three-point shot giving her 1,000 points on her illustrious career. Hope became only the fifth player and third female in Medway history to reach the milestone. According to Mustang Coach Joe Iannone, with 997 points his point guard launched a shot from deep beyond the arc that accounted for her exact 1,000 point.

“That first year I was nervous like any freshman would be, but as things progressed it got easier and I was doing something that I loved,” Hope said. “Thinking back, if I had made the JV team instead of the varsity I would have been fine with that. Luckily, things worked out for me.”

Coach Iannone remembers an offensively talented freshman four years ago. Unfortunately, her defense had little to be desired. “As skilled as she was, she struggled defensively her freshman year. It was her downfall,” the coach said. The Medway point guard can’t deny her coach's words. “That first year, my defense was really bad, and Coach knew that,” she said. “But Sam (Doner) helped me get through it.” Doner, a math teacher as well as the girls basketball coach at Newton South High School, has literally been in Hope’s corner guiding her the majority of her career. When she was in the Natick school system, a close family friend (Steve Burton) suggested she hook up with Doner to hone her skills. Obviously, he untapped her potential and took her game to the next level. “He breaks down my game and watches film with me, then designs drills to make me a better person, not only on the court but off it as well,” Hope said. Having gone for 1,000 points in her high school career is a big accomplishment, but not one that was on the top of her lists prior to graduation. “Getting it, I’m obviously thrilled but I’m thankful for Sam, my par-

Although Iannone, who began coaching Medway Hope’s freshman year, never saw this coming, he did know the point guard was something special. “No coach ever knows one of his players is going to score 1,000 points,” he said. “But Sarah showed at a very young age that she had the

Coach Iannone has seen Hope develop into a bona fide basketball player through the years, a far cry from her freshman campaign. “People don’t realize that not only is she a scorer, but she’s a great passer. Game in and game out, she averages close to double figures in assists as well as scoring; she just makes everyone around her better,” the coach said. “We ask a lot of her, but she has worked extremely hard, and in doing so, brought her game to the next

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While the coach may have thought the shot was a bit too far, Hope was full of confidence. “The girl was on might tight, where she had been all night long, and I knew that it wasn’t going to be any easier to get closer to the basket, so I figured, 'Why not here? It’s either going to be real good or real bad.' But when I released the shot, I knew that it was going in, no doubt about it,” the newest member to the club said. “One thousand points was definitely not my main focus (on playing high school basketball). My goal was just to become a better basketball player. It just so happened that I scored 1,000 points. It’s an unbelievable feeling that words really can’t describe.”

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Obituaries Joanne (hoar) andreWs, Of Millis, passed away suddenly, Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at her residence. She was 82.

after a brief illness at the Milford Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late George W. and Harriet (MorThose wishing may make a doThe daughter of the late Walter rison) Bicknell and was educated Mrs. Andrews has predeceased nation in her memory to the Danaand Dorothy (Clark) Hoar, she was in the Newton Public Schools a lifelong resident of Millis.Mrs. by her husband, Albert L. An- Farber Cancer Research Institute, graduating with the class of 1942. Andrews graduated from the New drews, her sisters, Shirley Hoar 44 BInney Street, Boston, MA He continued his education at England Baptist Hospital’s School and Patricia Spirito and her 02215 or the Church of Christ, 142 Franklin Technical Institute in of Nursing and went on work at brother, Robert Hoar. She is sur- Exchange Street, Millis, MA Boston after serving in World War the former United States Public vived by her sons, Langdon F. An- 02054. 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Obituaries (continued) ing Vietnam. He received the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Navy Achievement Medal with a Combat “V”, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. He went on to join the Coast Guard Reserves which he served with for 35 years being called up for operation in Defense of Grenada. Mr. Clancy was a life member of the Millis Amvets, Millis American Legion and the Medway VFW Post. Mr. Clancy enjoyed reading and being with his family and many close friends. He is survived by his mother, Catherine A. “Kitty” Clancy of Millis, daughters, Erin L. Clancy and her husband, Solomon Olmstead of Bellingham and Michele R. Clancy and her significant other William Fergus of Millis, his son, George “David” Clancy III and his significant other, Jenny Sheppard of Millis, their mother Elizabeth Monaghan of Concord, and his sister, Denise C. Farley and her husband Larry. He was the son of the late George “Buckshot” D. Clancy. Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Mills Food Pantry, 145 Exchange Street, Millis, MA 02052. For the guestbook and additional information please visit www.robertsmitchell.com. david William edWard davies, of Millis, died Monday, November 26, 2012, at the Metro West Medical Center Framingham Union Campus after a brief illness. He was 71. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, to the late David Wyn and Elizabeth Day (Kerkhof) Davies, he was raised and educated in Ontario. Mr. Davies has been a Millis resident since 1972. A computer engineer, Mr. Davies had been employed with various computer and technology companies in Canada and the United States; including NCR, Digital, Prime Computer and Raytheon. Mr. Davies had served in the Canadian Armed Services and was member of the Millis Lion Club, he had been a Cub Scout Leader in Millis and enjoyed boating, classic cars and fishing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Margaret (Marcucella) Davies, his sons, David Brian Davies and his wife, Heidi of Hopkinton, Gregory Scott Davies and Michael Edward Davies both of Milford, his daughter, Sandra Lockett of TN, his sisters, Christine Major and Kathleen Rosilius both of Ontario,his

brother, Adam Davies of Ontario and his grandchildren, William Brian and Elena Lynn Davies. Those wishing may make a donation in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or www.diabetes.org. For additional information please visit www.roberts-mitchell.com. catherine mary (marr) diggins, of Millis, passed away Wednesday morning, November 14, 2012, in her residence after a lengthy illness. She was 95. Born in Manchester, Massachusetts to the late Bernard D. and Catherine (Slavin) Marr, she was raised and educated in Millis and became a lifelong resident. She had also been a seasonal resident of Nokomis, Florida. Mrs. Diggins had been employed for many years at the Herman Shoe Factory as a stitcher and later as an electronics assembler at RCA in Needham. She was a member of the former Golden Lions of Millis, an active member of the Millis Council on Aging and enjoyed card games with her family, playing bridge and scrabble and being with her grandchildren. Mrs. Diggins was predeceased by her husband, John J. Diggins, Jr., her son,

Paul W. Diggins and her brothers, Walter, Francis and Bernard Marr. She is survived by her son, John F. Diggins and his wife, Lois of Millis, her granddaughters, Patricia and Karen Diggins, her great grandson, Jake Diggins and her sister, Helen Connors of Marlboro. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews.Those who wish may make a memorial donation to the Millis Council on Aging, 900 Main Street, Millis, MA 02054. For the guestbook, directions and additional information please visit www.robertsmitchell.com. audrey h. (heutis) smith, of Millis, died Saturday evening, December 29, 2012, at the Genesis Health Care in Milford after a lengthy illness. She was 89.

The daughter of the late Warren A., Sr. and Florence (Lovely) Heutis, she was born, raised and educated in Dedham, graduating with Dedham High School’s Class of 1941. She was a resident of Millis since 1960 moving there from Medfield. A warm and friendly woman, she took great pleasure in doing things for others, loved being with her grandchildren, friends and family and enjoyed music, knitting and sewing. Mrs. Smith was a past Worthy Matron of the Quinobequin Chapter 67 Order of the Eastern Star, West Medway and a past Noble Grand of the Rosalie Rebekah Lodge also in West Medway. Mrs. Smith was predeceased by her husband, Philip Hale Smith, her daughter, Gladys E. DesRoches, her sister, Alice

McFetridge and her brothers, Walter and Warren A., Jr. Heutis. She is survived by her daughter, Rachel F. Lavin and her husband, Jim and her sons, Philip H. Smith, Jr. and his wife, Bonnie of Millis, Warren A. Smith of Mansfield and George D. Smith and his wife, Carlene of Proctor, VT. She is also survived by her 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Those wishing may make a donation in her memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 N Main St # 104 Natick, MA 01760 or www.cff.org or Genesis Healthcare/Milford Care and Rehab. (formerly Sunbridge) Patient’s Activity Fund, 10 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Milford, MA 01757. For additional information please visit www.robertsmitchell.com.

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The Home Buyer Seminar will be presented through Milford Community School Use Program. Visit www.milford.ma.us/mcs for registration forms or call (508) 478-1119. This seminar will be held at Milford High School.

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The most frequently asked questions I receive concern mortgage interest rates. It is indeed a most important subject and an intrigal part of almost all real estate transactions. Having spent more than a dozen years in the mortgage division of a major New England bank, I can tell you, “don’t worry about where interest rates are headed”. Do your deal now and lock in today’s rates. (Forget about adjustable rate programs, only do a fixed rate). Right now most rates are scraping along at a 50-year low. If rates go up, you are all set. If rates go down substantially, you can do a refinance. Of course it should go without saying, do your homework on whom your lender will be. Ask friends or relatives with whom they have dealt, and if they are satisfied. When in doubt, deal with a local lender, (they are very concerned

If you are considering a refinance, this is a totally different situation. Many ads on TV and radio promise to save you hundreds of dollars each month and indeed the math may seems to prove them correct. However, remember you probably have a 30-year term, and lets say you have 15 years remaining. Sure, if you re-write the loan, the payment will be going down, but are you now extending the loan to 30 years all over again? The math may look like you are saving money, but that’s misleading. Also, as a mortgage ages, the amount that goes to principle increases each month (even though the payment remains the same), and the interest portion goes down, so you are building more equity each month. Lastly do not be mislead by ads which state, “Refinance with us and skip next month’s payment”. Remember, mortgages are paid in arrears. Accrued interest will be brought up to date at the refinance closing. Mr. Capozzoli has been a Massachusetts real estate broker for 35 years. You are invited to submit your real estate questions by e-mail cappy@erakey.com or by phone 508-596-2600.

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