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“America’s Got Talent” Contestant Goes Far in Competition By J.D. O’Gara It took Donna Purnell over 30 years to tell her parents about her special talent, one she and her husband had kept secret for years.

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At age 47, Donna, a hockey Mom, teacher and CCD instructor told her parents and brother that she was escape artist “Alexanderia the Great,” and she’d be performing an escape in her home town of Dedham to raise money for Dedham Athletics.

The Clicquot Cruise. The name clicked for car enthusiast Jim Murphy and his wife, Judy, when they began the Saturday night get-togethers 12 years ago, in the parking lot owned by the Rosenfeld family across from the old Clicquot soda factory on Main Street in Millis. The two had gone to a big, longstanding car cruise in Natick, when they thought it might be nice to start one in Millis.

“They really didn’t know what to say,” she laughs. “The only other person on this planet who knew besides me and Bill had been my sister-in-law.”

“We figured we’d start something over here,” says Murphy,” and we ended up getting 100 to 150 cars. Sometimes it’s hard to try to find places to put them all.”

Nowadays, “Alexanderia the Great,” of Medway, Mass., has gained national acclaim for her performances in the 2013 NBC show “America’s Got Talent,” making it all the way to the live

Medway woman Donna Purnell, or “Alexanderia the Great,” recently received national acclaim as an escape artist on “America’s Got Talent.” Purnell escapes have rivaled Houdini’s, and she’s a pioneer in the field of escape artistry for women.

final competition at Radio City Music Hall. “She was my junior prom date,” says Bill Purnell. “I was 16, and

she had pool in backyard, and to impress her, I did a rope tie and jumped in. She said, ‘Oh, I can do that.’ I said, ‘No, you can’t.

I’ve read all these books.’ So she


In the beginning, Jim and Judy would supply all the music. “My wife and I would bring out the stereo and set it up, but it got to

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Friends of Medway Library Donate $17,000 The Friends of the Medway Public Library donated $17,000 to the Library last month. Friends Co-Presidents Meg Hamilton and Diane Busa presented the check to the Medway Board of Library Trustees on June 4. Meg Hamilton stated, "Friends was able to accomplish so much because of the energy and hard work of all the volunteers and the support of the Library staff and Trustees." She added that they are proud of the popularity of the many programs the Friends have been running during the past year: a monthly LEGO club, Anime club, family film series, a documentary series, and the ongoing and semiannual fundraising book sales. She complimented the Trustees

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The semi-annual book sale is the primary fundraising activity of the Friends of the Medway Public Library. They also maintain an ongoing book sale upstairs at the Library, where they put an everychanging selection of popular books. Friends memberships and book bags also earn money for the Friends. All proceeds are used for Library materials, programs, and museum passes. The Friends of the Medway Public Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In addition to raising funds through their book sales, the Friends receive tax-deductible contributions in the form of donations and bequests. For more information about the Friends of the Medway Public Library, view the website.

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Millis Cultural Council Announces Film Festival Film Festival to Replace Council’s Annual Art Show This Year

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The Millis Cultural Council is planning to host the first-ever “Millis Film Festival,� tentatively slated for the weekend of March 1, 2014. The new film festival will replace its long-running annual Millis Art Show, usually held in the Fall. With the opening of the new Millis Public Library, the council is hoping to organize an art show in future years, but wanted to offer Millis residents a view into local film and video-maker arts and talents.

“Organizing a film festival will involve a much larger number of Millis residents and provide something a little different for the town’s artists this year,� says Garzon. The festival will include entries from adults, students, and also residents from bordering towns. The format and guidelines of the Film Festival are currently in review by the council. They will be announced in early September, along with an official “Call for Films.�

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tried it. I expected to save her, but she got out in half the time I did.” Since then, it became a passion for the couple. Although Bill wanted Donna to take it to a more public level, Donna was hesitant. “ I said ‘No, I want to go to school. I want to go to college. Teachers are conservative.’ Plus, there were no women doing it. The women who were involved in magic were box jumpers. I didn’t want to do that.” Teach she did, and later, she ran a family day care, while raising her three children. As Alex puts it, like most family women, she put her hobby on a back burner, especially when times got tougher. Her daycare business slowed, and then, Bill, after 26 years in higher education, was laid off. “She got really down. She needed something for her confidence,” says Bill, who had felt for years she should do something with her talent. Now, reinvention, as it is nowadays for many mid-lifers, says Bill, seemed necessary. “I knew how blue she was, and I said, ‘You could really do this. You

could knock it out of the park,’” says Bill. After encouraging consultations with professional escape artists, Bill says Donna “was still really on fence. Being outstanding meant standing out. It was not something she wanted to do.” In addition, he says, “She looks like a soccer mom. She isn’t a size 2. She isn’t 23.” Alex agreed to let Bill post one of her escapes on YouTube, with the stipulation that if she were to get negative comments, he would take it down. He agreed, but told her that if it took off, she had to do agree to do WEAR, the World Escape Artist Relay created in 2005 to commemorate Houdini’s death. At WEAR, escape artists worldwide perform escapes within a 24hour period. She agreed, and he posted the video. “It blew up,” says Bill. “There were just really positive comments. People weren’t looking at her. They were looking at what she was doing.” Bill says he thinks Alex’s initial reluctance had to do with women’s inability to see themselves in a positive light. “I really haven’t had anything negative said about what I do at

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all,” says Alex. “All my friends have supported me. My family has supported me. My kids have supported me, and Bill’s my biggest champion, so it’s really fun.” Alexanderia points out that she and Bill work as a team. “Since day one, we train worst case scenario,” says the escape artist, who has trained in free diving and to become scuba certified, all the while with Bill’s support. “I try to help her get what she needs to be safe. We have a ball doing this,” says Bill, who also helps come up with creative new ideas and marketing. “It’s taken me a real long time to try to show people this,” says Alexanderia, who hopes to use her experience to teach and plans to do some work with Girls, Inc. She’s had some experience.

“We have a ball doing this,” says Bill Purnell, who works as a team with his wife “Alexanderia the Great,” escape artist from Medway.

As a CCD teacher, her Monsignor asked her to perform for a boys’ youth group. “I did a presentation on Houdini,” she says,” about being able to step out and be who you are and to reinvent yourself and go back and do it again. You go out and give it your best attempt, and if you fail, you go up and try again. It’s really about the struggle. It’s a metaphor for life. You equip yourself the best you can, and if you fail, you find another way.” Alexanderia likes to remind her audience that the real keys to escaping the box they’re in – the head and the heart – are in everyone’s possession. “You arm yourself with knowledge, and the heart is the passion, and the courage to do it. I had the

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be too much work,” says Murphy, who is also the owner of J.D. Murphy Construction Company, in Millis. Enter DJ Al Brewer, and the event became a place to be on warm and sunny Saturday nights. “In our second year of doing it, we met Al, and he liked DJ’ing, and he’s been there ever since,” says Murphy. “It just brings a nice atmosphere, with the old music. He’s got anywhere from the 40s right up to the present day.” “I started doing record hops when I was a teenager back in New Bedford,” says Brewer, “two a week.” At that time, says Brewer, he got some training at WBSN, but after high school he went in Navy, then to the Hunnewell Company, after which he worked for Channel 8 in New Haven, CT. Later, he would land a job at WHDH, then Channel 5 in Boston, manning the third base camera. Later, he’d work the camera for Don Gillis’ Candlepin Bowling and also was a utility engineer for the station. He retired from WCVB in 2007. “I started doing the DJ work

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again about 14 years ago, for a Special Olympics event in Watertown,” says Brewer. Brewer already had the music, on CD’s. “I just liked the music, collected it, listened to it and so forth,” he says. Since then, Brewer started playing more cruises. These days, however, all the music is on computer, but he still has the backup CD’s. He also has his own rolling studio. “I built a trailer I actually sit in and operate like a radio control room,” says Brewer, who is supported at the Millis cruise by local sponsors. Brewer explains that although 50s and 60s music is the norm for cruise nights, he plays some of the later stuff to appeal to younger generations. These days, the Cliquot Cruise takes place every Saturday night, weather permitting, in the parking lot of Gold’s Gym, from May through Labor Day weekend. People start pulling in about 4:30 p.m., says Murphy, and Al will stay until about 8:30. “Everybody always likes to see the cars and to see who comes with a new car,” says Murphy. “People come from Connecticut and New Hampshire. It’s nice to have a place people can go to meet

Shown is an aerial view of the Clicquot Cruise, which takes place every Saturday night from May through Labor Day, weather permitting.

people with the same interests. Car people just love it.” “It’s a social event, too,” says Judy Murphy, “We don’t just look at cars. You sit with people that you’ve known for a long time.” Judy says when she and Jim just started out, the cruise nights were a male thing. “I can remember going, and there were just a few of us women and we hung out together, but we’d love (the cars) too.” The Saturday night cruise, she says, has “really evolved into a couple thing.” Jim points out that the Cliquot Cruise is a “laid back type of

cruise that has a friendly feel to it. We don’t have any prizes for the nicest car, we don’t give a trophy,” he says, although he does acknowledge that there can be a “showoff factor.” Still, the Cliquot Cruise is not competitive. “Anything can drive in, whether it’s a little clunker that’s all dirty, or whether it’s something that’s custom built,” says Murphy, who got his first hot rod, a 57 Chevrolet, when he was 13 for 30 dollars. “It’s probably a $40,000 car now,” he says, noting that now he has a 1955 Chevrolet that’s an “old school hot rod, with a flat black paint job with chrome and pin stripe in it.”

Overall, says Murphy, the Cliquot Cruise is really about “a lot of nice people. We have young kids in their 20s. We’ve got one guy who’s come for years—he’s 96 years old—you get a lot of the younger generation getting into the hot rods, and they’re coming in and learning a lot from the old people. It’s a lot of fun. We even have a fellow that collects old airplanes. He loves to fly over, so our claim to fame is we’re the only car show that has an air show to go with it.” Adds Judy, “It’s a nice, healthy hobby. We have a good time.”

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Easing Back to School What Parents Might Consider for Their Kids with 504’s or IEP’s By J.D. O’Gara

ropsych,” she adds, as example.

Summer wraps up surprisingly fast once August arrives, with some students, including those in Millis, even heading back to the classroom before the month’s end. Children need to make sure they get any summer assignments completed; parents need to shop for supplies, but parents of children with special needs may want to take a few steps further in getting ready for the school year.

Murphy also suggests contacting the school if your child will be in the new building.

The first thing a parent might want to think about is trying to get any evaluations that need to be done completed, says Beth Murphy, Attorney and Educational Advocate ( “If you need any evaluations, hopefully you have already made the appointment, but it’s much easier to get the child to the doctor in August than it is when school is started, so you’re not pulling your child out of school,” says Murphy, who, as an advocate, helps parents determine what types of evaluations they need. Sometimes different evaluations overlap, and she helps them navigate the process. “Evaluations can be very expensive,” say Murphy, “If your child’s suspected disability is purely a speech issue, it may not make sense to do a full neu-

“Don’t wait until the last week, because that’s when administrators are really busy, but most administrators are typically there throughout the summer.” Asking to meet the teacher may also help, or if the student will have more than one teacher, the team leader. “Meeting a teacher can lessen a child’s anxiety … and on a teacher’s end, they’re reading a report about your kid. (In a visit) it’s not just evaluation results, they’re seeing a cute little kid that has strengths and abilities.” Murphy notes that it helps to find out who else is in the class, and if any students could be potential “buddies” if needed. Attorney Mary Sheridan also acts as a family advocate. She agrees this communication is very important. “Introduce yourself early to staff that’s going to be interacting with your child if you have an IEP or a 504 plan. Ask them if they have any questions. I like to give everyone a heads up about triggers,” says Sheridan. Parents could let the teacher know that “here are three things you should know about my kid,”

she says. Even though two children might have similar diagnoses, such as autism, approaches that work best with them may differ. Like Murphy, Sheridan agrees that the face-to-face meeting tops written assessments. “I always like to put it directly in the ear of the staff,” says Sheridan. “They have a lot of paperwork to wade through, and even with the best of intentions, things get missed.” Murphy adds that reaching out helps teachers as well. “Become an ally with the teacher,” she says, by offering to be available or to help with classroom needs, if possible. “During that first meeting, be sure to set yourself up as a resource for your child’s teacher,” says Sheridan “Relate what works at home for your child. Teachers may not always be able to duplicate your solutions at school, but the information could help them figure out a workable solution for school. In addition to teachers, says Murphy, parents should take into account extracurricular activities. “Does there need to be a special plan for cafeteria or playground?” asks Murphy. “Whatever it is they have an in-

terest in. Under Mass. law children need to be able to access all areas of school life so, there may be some need for flexibility in those areas. Talk to club advisors and coaches.” Murphy adds that parents might think about transportation to and from school, as well. Susan Donelan, Director of Pupil Personnel Services at Millis Public Schools, agrees coming in can be useful for kids, especially if there’s been a change for their child. “If there’s a change, certainly contact the special education office,” she says. Donelan, however, recommends giving teachers a week of school before touching base with them, so that they can get “the lay of the land” with their new students. “They should give the teachers a week or so to settle in with the kids, and then just give the teacher a heads up, with an email or phone call, sort of ‘I just want to give you a little more information about my child,’” she says. Donelan feels parents want to be cautious not to alarm children about school. “If (needs) are at an extreme level, chances are it’s in the IEP,” she says. “In terms of what parents can do, I think it’s a delicate balance. You don’t want to

start talking about it too soon – kids might get anxious. Maybe two weeks before school, some parents will get kids back in a routine, start getting them to bed early, up early, getting supplies and getting things ready so they don’t have the anxiety.” Donelan explains the more organization parents can offer children at the start, the better of they’ll be. She says parents should be careful not to transfer their own worries to the kids. “I think in some cases parental anxiety can increase the kids’ anxiety. Parents have to tread lightly.” Donelan also recommends reconnecting friends before the start of school, as kids might not have had the chance to spend time with their friends. Still, says Sheridan, parents shouldn’t shy away from becoming involved. “Some people would say maybe you’re being a pushy parent, but there’s a way to do it that’s nonthreatening,” she says, explaining that parents can use polite persistence. “You know your child better than anybody. When it comes to experts, you’re the expert. Never feel like you have to apologize for advocating for your child.”

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Stony Brook Announces Its August Programming! Cool down this summer at Stony Brook! a midsummer’s nite’s scheme: Friday, august 2nd, from 6 - 9 p.m. A “Midsummer Nite’s Scheme.” This is prime time for twilight wildlife observation. We will start at Stony Brook, looking for birds coming to roost while scanning the evening skies for bats, nighthawks and other creatures of the evening. Afterwards, we will head to Medfield State Reservation, where owls and whip-poor-wills can often be heard after sun down. Wear boots and bring bug spray. Fee: $19m/$22nm turtle trekkers: saturdays, august 3rd and 17th, from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Start your weekend off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning about

nature. 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. So come and join the fun. This month’s themes: Bees, Bugs & Butterflies/Scaly, Slithering Snakes. Ages 2.9 to 6 with a parent. Fee: $10m/$12nm per adult/child pair totally terrific turtles: sunday, august 4th,, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Turtles are one of the main attractions at Stony Brook during the summer. Join us as we explore the sanctuary in search of turtles that may be basking on logs or swimming in the ponds and marsh. We’ll look for the four species of turtles and learn about their lifestyles including the “grand daddy” snapping turtles. Learn everything you want to know about turtles and more in this “exshellent” program. Minimum age: 5, Fee: $9m/$11nm per person.

Summer Star Search: Friday, August 16th,, from 8 – 10 p.m. Join us for an evening of star gazing. We will use telescopes and binoculars to search out and view the planets, stars, and galaxies of the summer sky. We might even find a late arriving meteor or two from the Perseids (peak on Tuesday, Aug. 13th). Learn techniques for navigating from point to point in the night sky from our guides for this evening, members of the Cloudy Nights Astronomy Group. Do you know the summer constellations? This is your opportunity to get a guided tour. We will have lots of things to look at. Minimum age: 7, Fee: $8m/$10nm per person. sundays at stony brook: sunday, august 18th, from 1 - 3 p.m. Take a Stony Brook Sunday stroll in search of birds, turtles, frogs, plants, and other natural wonders in the company of a Volunteer Naturalist. Or, join the Naturalist on the observation deck for a peek

Dinner Planned for Blue & Gold Star Families Event to Take Place at Medway V.F.W. September 11th For the seventh consecutive year, a special tribute dinner is being planned to recognize all military families, paying tribute to Blue Star and Gold Star families, veterans and to honor the heroes and

victims of 9/11/01. This non-political event is to simply say “Thank You.” The dinner will be held at the Medway V.F.W., Medway Mass., on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. Free child care is provided, and families are warmly welcome to attend. If you are a family that has a loved one in the military, or a Gold Star

through the spotting scope. Do you have questions? Stop by on a Sunday afternoon and we will work to discover the answers together. Fee: FREE with admission. Early Migration Viewing: Friday, August 23rd, from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. This focus of this excursion will be to a few of the locations where shorebirds and songbirds stack up on their way southward. We will stop at Ponagansett Road Reservoir in Central RI, then north to Cumberland Reservoir and Cemetery. Our last stop will be to check out the Wrentham Heronry for signs of the onset of wading bird migration. Boots are a must, along with bug spray. Water provided. Fee: $35m/$41nm bats & nocturnals: Friday, august 23rd, from 8 – 9:30 p.m. During the summer around sunset the marshes, ponds, forests and fields in the area come alive as the birds and other animals that live

here prepare for the coming night. Many of the creatures that have remained inactive during the daylight are beginning to stir. We will start with a discussion and light snack at the Nature Center before heading out in search of the night life! Each month we will explore the interesting natural history of one of the groups of wildlife that visit local ponds, fields and forests as the sun is setting and afterwards. age: 6. Fee: Minimum $9m/$11nm per person. Pre-registration is required for all programs (except as noted). For more details, visit the Mass Audubon webpage at or contact us at (508) 528-3140. Register by phone, email, fax (508-5533864) or in person. Stony Brook is located at 108 North Street in Norfolk.


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Medway 300 Offers Taste of Medway Home Cooking Cooking Up Memories Cookbook Available at Locations around Town A good family recipe evokes feelings of nostalgia like little else, and a few members of the Medway300 Committee have gathered the secrets to the favorite dishes of Medway town residents. This subcommittee, formed in late August, 2012, now presents a unique cookbook fashioned to celebrate MedThe way's tercentennial. cookbook, titled Cooking Up Memories, is a collection of over 150 recipes submitted by Medway residents. It is on sale for $12 at the Medway branches of Middlesex Savings Bank and Charles River Bank, Medway Town Hall, Medway Public Library, Shear Magic and TC Scoops.

the last three centuries. In addition to the mills and factories located here, there was also a pioneering cannery, which operated in Medway in the mid-late 1800s, which, at its peak, employed 150 people. From the cannery to the town's first supermarket, Fernandes Market in 1965, the passing of time has changed the face of our town, but the memories we've created here will last forever. Many of those memories were made around the dinner table.

Family and friends are brought together in the kitchen and at the dinner table for holidays, celebrations, special events, and everyday meals. For many of us, food and the aromas from the kitchen evoke fond and powerful memories. Whether it's Grandma's Thanksgiving dinner and pies or your favorite uncle's roast, food has a way of bringing us together. Some of the recipes in this book are new favorites and some were handed down from generation to generation. All of them are special to the people who submitted them. We hope you enjoy them and can create your own great memories around the dinner table."

Medway300 Cookbook Committee members included Carole Bernstein, Becky Carson, Nina Casali, Mark Diebus, Chuck Dwyer, Kathie Foresto, Patti Howard, Sarah Stone and Maria Tagliaferro. This group designed the cookbook, which contains pictures of "old" Medway, as well as comments and stories behind the recipes and gathered recipes, through March, 2013.

Include Your Float in Medway Anniversary Parade! Plans for the Medway Anniversary Parade to be held Saturday, September 21st are coming together nicely. The two mile parade route will start at the Medway Community Church on Main Street and head East on Route 109, turning South on Holliston Street and ending at the Medway Middle School. Schools, churches, veterans, businesses and community and civic groups are all invited and encouraged to participate. Currently there are more than 20 Musical Units and Marching Bands schedule to participate including The Spirit of America Marching Band from Cape Cod and the Milford Mill Academy Marching Spartans from Baltimore MD. Also committed are the Budweiser Clydesdales and other parade and re-enactment units from throughout the New England area.

Floats are desirable and encouraged to be in the parade. They may take many forms such as a selfpowered float: Decorated car, truck or other motorized (roadsafe) vehicle. A float may also be a towed platform trailer. In either of these categories, the organization has the choice to either build their own entry or have one commercially built. The parade committee is encouraging organizations to solidify their spot in the parade as soon as possible. Entries will be considered on a first come, first served basis. The intent of the committee is to keep the parade to about two hours long. Application forms may be obtained by emailing: Bob Saleski –, Paul Rojee or Jim Smith

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The committee decided to title the book Cooking Up Memories because they believe that memories are made around the dinner table with family and friends. The foreword reads:

Can You Find Yours? By Gary Berset Over 100 Anniversary Pole Banners adorn Main, Holliston and Village Streets thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations, groups, clubs and residents. Because of the outpouring of support, we were able to line the entire Tri-centennial Pa-

"As we celebrate Medway's tercentennial, we invariably think about times gone by. The pages of this book are scattered with pictures of Medway's past. Our town was well known for its mills and manufacturing facilities, but equally as important to Medway’s development and history are the numerous grocers, bakeries, dry goods purveyors, and taverns that dotted Medway's landscape over

Medway Community Church to Hold Community Cookout The Medway Community Church, located at 193 Main Street, Medway, MA, cordially invites you to its annual “Commu-

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nity Cookout” on Saturday, August 17th, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Come join us, rain or shine, for a fun evening filled with delicious

food, lawn games and conversation - while enjoying music provided by local artist Erik Arvidson.

rade route, scheduled for September 21, with pole banners, both blue and white, reflecting nine scenes from years past. After our year-long celebration, the banners will be taken down and delivered to each sponsor. If you cannot locate your banner around town, just call me for help at (508) 533-6022.

Medway Lions Bottle/Can Drive August 3 The Medway Lions will conduct its monthly bottles and cans collection on Saturday, August 3, 2013 starting at 9 a.m.; proceeds are used to support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m.,

brought directly to Medway Oil on Broad Street by 11 a.m. the morning of the drive, or placed anytime in the Lions Bottles and Cans shed in front of West Medway Liquors on Main Street. The Lions thank residents for their support.

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U.S. Army Band to Perform in Medway August 10 By J.D. O’Gara Mark your calendars for August 10th, at 7 p.m., when the U.S. Army Band will be visiting Medway’s Choate Park. According to Col. Mike Matondi, the concert, planned in honor of Major General Steven Wickstrom, Retired Commander of the 42nd Infantry Division and Graduate of Medway High School, is sponsored the Medway300 Committee, co-sponsored by the Medway Lions Club, working with the Medway Parks Department. The concert will be followed by a fireworks display, possible through a donation from the Medway300 Committee. The 42nd Infantry Division Band is the musical ambassador for the 42nd Infantry Division (Mechanized), New York Army National Guard. The band’s base of operations is Camp Smith, Cortlandt Manor, NY. The band consists of 34 talented musicians from all over New York Sate. Band members are called upon as Army National Guardsmen to provide entertainment for civic and military ceremonies, parades and concerts and perform a variety of music, ranging from classical, concert pieces, marches and

patriotic selections, pop, rock and jazz. The 42nd Infantry Division (M) Band has a long history dating back to WWI. The band is currently under the command of Chief Warrant Officer Mark L. Kimes and First Sergeant Leslie G. Saroka and was mobilized and deployed for a tour of Iraq in 2005 to provide music and entertainment to the troops, musical support for soldier memorials, musical assistance to the Chaplain Corps and conducted Iraqi Military and Police graduations. The band also supported security operations. The majority of the band members play a variety of instruments, which offers the band flexibility and versatility for any sort of military or civic function. In fact, the larger band divides up to create smaller performing groups, including a concert band, marching/ceremonial band, brass quintet, woodwind quartet, jazz combo, Latin band, stage band rock band and buglers. Local residents are encouraged to bring their chairs to enjoy the outdoor concert at Choate Park. Refreshments will also be available.

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Congratulations Encore Students! It is with great pride that Encore Music Academy would like to offer congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievement in the May Assessment Session for the Royal Conservatory of Music: high honors with distinction: Danielle D'Errico of Franklin, MA, age 11 high honors: Isabella Piso of Franklin, MA, age 10 Kevin Gallant of Foxborough, MA, age 15 Molly Fischer of Franklin, MA, age 11 honors: Angela Piso of Franklin, MA, age 11 A new standard of excellence in music education and performance has arrived in Franklin, MA, and surrounding towns in the form of a new national, standardized music education program. Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, located at 3 Bent Street, in Franklin, MA, was recently designated as a

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United Regional Chamber Day at Gillette Stadium Oct. 12 Enjoy a football game at Gillette Stadium at a family friendly price. Join members of The United Regional Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 12 to see the University of Massachusetts Minutemen face the Miami of Ohio Redhawks. This Band Day game will also feature entertainment

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POW/MIA Chair to Be Dedicated at Millis Town Hall By J.D. O’Gara On August 13th, at 7:30 p.m., a special place will be reserved in Millis Town Hall, in the Veteran’s Memorial Building. Thanks to the efforts of Darren Bean and Joe D’Entremont, a chair will be dedicated in honor of the 92,000 U.S. soldiers still listed as Missing in Action (MIA) or Prisoners of War (POW). The vacant seat will serve as a solemn reminder of those soldiers who have not come home. “It’s to honor them, their struggle to come back home, and their families,� says Millis resident Darren Bean, SGM USA (Ret) and President, Warrior Thunder Foundation www.warriorthunderfoundation.or g). Bean explains that he was inspired by Rolling Thunder Massachusetts, which has been instrumental in getting chairs in honor of U.S. POW/MIAs placed at such public venues as Gillette

Stadium, Fenway Park and the T.D. Garden. The Massachusetts chapter of Rolling Thunder hopes to dedicate at least one chair in every Bay State community to raise awareness and honor POWs and MIAs. Bean worked with Joe D’Entremont, Rolling Thunder MA’s president, in getting the chair placed in Millis Town Hall. The two went to the Millis Board of Selectmen for approval. Bean, who was in the U.S. Army for 23 years, explains that honoring POW/MIA’s is important to him not only as a soldier, but also as a friend. In his first years serving, he says, “a friend gave me a POW bracelet of his brother in Cambodia,� says Bean. “My friend was killed in Afghanistsn, but I still have his brother’s bracelet.� As a soldier, Bean explains, “Our motto is ‘Never leave a fallen com-

rade.’� Not only should we do whatever we can to get a soldier back, says Bean, but it’s important to “just stay in the forefront and President’s mind to continue funding for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC).� The Warrior Thunder Foundation, Inc., (WTFI) is an organization of volunteers organized exclusively to raise public awareness and charitable donations for the needs of veterans, particularly injured service men and women and their families. Each year in Millis, the Warrior Thunder Foundation holds a motorcycle run to raise funds for Veteran’s charities. This year’s motorcycle run will take place on September 14th, from the AMVETS in Millis. For more information, visit or visit them on Facebook at

On August 13th, this chair will be dedicated at Millis Town Hall in honor of the 92,000 U.S. soldiers still Missing in Action or listed as Prisoners of War.


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water department immediately took Well #2 offline. According the Jim McKay, Assistant Director of Public Works, the contamination was very small and never found its way into the drinking water, as the sample was taken from raw water. No boiling order was ever issued and no corrective action was needed. “There was only one colony for both, which is very low,� said McKay, who said residents were



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Medway Celebrates Solar Installation at Medway Fire Station Event Kicks Off Solarize Medway By J.D. O’Gara The town of Medway held a kickoff of its Solarize Medway program with a ribbon cutting to honor a solar installation at the Medway Fire Station in late July. “One of the activities they planned to do was to donate a system to a town property,” says Suzy Affleck-Childs, of the Medway Planning Department. Medway is one of 10 towns currently participating in the Solarize Mass 2013 Program. Through the program, the company SecondGeneration is providing substantially discounted tiered pricing on solar installations in the town. As solar installations grow in terms of kilowatts, the savings for all Medway participants becomes greater.

According to Affleck-Childs, John Greene, the owner of Medway Mill, has applied to add solar to his buildings through the program. Although waiting on the local conservation commission for approval, this project, if approved, will bring the town of Medway to over 200 kW in solar installations, reaching the fifth tier of savings. That could mean a 31.1% discount for all Medway homeowners who install solar through the program. “I still need to get some clearance from the conservation commission,” says Greene, “If they’re going to let me trim some trees, them I’m going to go ahead. The Mill is highly energy efficient already, with 6-inch blanket insulation, triple pane low E and argon windows, four inches of R-35 eurothane roof insulation. It’s been a tremendous savings for my tenants in terms of energy efficiency. We also have high efficiency boilers

and air conditioners.” As a result, says Greene, although heating costs usually outweigh electrical costs in commercial buildings, the opposite is true for his buildings. “We have almost a 2.5:1 ratio of our electric over heating,” he says.

Greene says he is eager to bring down the costs of electrical with the solar project. “It’s a great opportunity with the tax credits and the solar renewable energy credits, so the system will pay for itself in about seven years,” says Greene.

“And it’s a good thing to go green, too.” Medway residents interested in having their homes evaluated for solar panels through the Solarize Medway program can visit or call (508) 422-0229.

Millis Rec Offers Swim Lessons at the Glen in August Session IV Aug 5—Aug 15 (8 lessons) Session V Aug 19—Aug 29 (8 lessons) PLEASE INDICATE TIME/WEEK/SESSION WHEN REGISTERING Fee: $130 members-$155 nonmembers Water Babies (Ages 6 months to 3 years) A half-hour of fun for the parent/adult and baby. The parent/adult will be instructed on appropriate holds, safety skills and the creative ways of getting your baby more water friendly. Participants will be introduced to and learn basic water skills, such as bubble blowing, front float and arm paddling. Monday—Thursday 10 a.m.10:30 a.m. Starfish (Pre-School A) An entry level class for children with little or no water skills. The child must be 3 years old. Children will focus on general com-

fort ability in the water, submerging their head and blowing bubbles, floating on their back and kicking. Monday—Thursday 9 a.m.— 9:30 a.m. OR 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. OR 10:30 a.m.—11 a.m. Starfish II (Pre-School B) For children who have started to swim independently with or without support. Children will focus on bobs, floating, kicking on their front and back in streamline position, and swimming with their face in the water. Monday—Thursday 9 a.m.— 9:30 a.m. OR 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. OR 10:30 a.m.—11 a.m. Rays (Level 2) Children must be proficient in all the skills learned in the previous levels. Children will focus on kicking with a kickboard for extended lengths, kicking on their back in the

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Local Author Launches Design Contest What do you think a modern day heroine should look like? Local author Arlene Lagos, who grew up in Millis and now lives in Medway, Mass., is calling for your best costume design. The author of The Beyond Earth Series is calling upon all artists, designers and masters of digital manipulation to enter the “Beyond Earth Costume Design Contest,” launching August 3rd at Boston ComicCon. The winner of this international competition will receive a $500 cash prize. “I want to see what people think a modern day heroine looks like, by challenging today’s top artists to draw their ideas and then ask my fans to choose the best one to represent my story.

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streamline position, and start swimming the front crawl. Monday—Thursday 9:30 a.m.—10 a.m. OR 10 a.m.— 10:30 a.m. Stingrays (Level 3) Children must be proficient in all the skills learned in the previous levels. The main objective of this level is to intro-duce complete strokes. Children will focus on swimming front crawl with alternate breathing, back crawl and elementary backstroke.

a Wonder Woman, Buffy or Xena to look up to. I’m hoping to change that,” says Lagos. Here are the rules: Design a costume for the main character Adaminia, based on what’s reflected in the story. Send a picture of your design via email to by no later than Monday, September 2nd at Midnight EST. Put “Costume Entry” in the subject line. Starting on September 3rd, all designs will be posted on the Beyond Earth Series website at and voting will begin.

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Monday—Thursday 10 a.m.— 10:30 a.m. OR 10:30 a.m.—11:00 a.m. Sharks (Level 4) Children must be proficient in all the skills learned in the previous levels. Children will focus on learning the breaststroke, as well as streamline kick on their back using flutter, breast, and dolphin kicks. They will also work on swimming already learned strokes (front crawl and back cr awl) more efficiently and for greater distances.

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“Star” Would Do Well With a Family Meet "Star"! A handsome, domestic medium hair, black and white feline who lives up to his name as a "star" among the volunteers. "Star," along with his brother "Shadow," were surrendered to the shelter because the family was moving out of state and felt they could not take these cats with them. "Shadow" was recently adopted, and now "Star" seeks a new home where his stellar personality will shine bright. Prior to coming to the shelter, both cats were boarded at the vet’s while the house was on the market. Then they were moved to a foster home and then the shelter. "Star's" routine was completely disrupted by so many different changes, but with the consistency of attention from the volunteers, he's nicely settled in and life is good! "Star" lived with children and should be fine in an active home. If you are interested in meeting "Star" or any of our other cats available for adoption, applications can be found on our website or by calling the message center at (508) 533-5855. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is a non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization providing care and shelter to homeless cats with the ultimate goal of finding permanent loving homes for each cat.

Save the Date! Purr-Fect Cat Shelter Craft Show Oct. 20th Autumn in New England Craft & Vendor Show, supporting the PurrFect Cat Shelter of Medway, will be held at the Franklin Elks, 1077 Pond St, Franklin on October 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fifth annual event will feature over 40 displays of handcrafts, quality retail products and more. Special appearance by Nancy Castle, author of the Loogie the Booger Genie children's book series! Nancy will have books available and also do book signing. We are excited to have her join us! Free admission, free parking and lots of free FUN! Something for everyone!

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Calendar of Events August 1 7 p.m., Songs for Ceilidh, Choate Park, Medway, free, In case of rain, the events will be held in Medway Public Library. August 3 Medway Lions Bottle Can Drive, bottles/cans curbside by 9 a.m., to Medway Oil on Broad St. by 11 a.m. or placed anytime in shed in front of West Medway Liquors on Main St. Shakespeare's The Tempest performed by the Medfield Gazebo Players, 5 p.m., Bird Park, Walpole August 4 Shakespeare's The Tempest performed by the Medfield Gazebo Players, 5 p.m., Bird Park, Walpole August 7 SUMMER SPLASH DAY, Sponsored by Millis Recreation

Dept., Town Park (rain date Aug. 14th), 1-3 p.m., Beat the Heat at the Town Park while having a blast with water inflatables! Bring your bathing suit, sunscreen and a towel. FREE—Donations of canned good accepted for the Millis Food Pantry. Free Movie & Popcorn, 1 pm., Medway Public Library, Tangled, rated PG, The beautiful Rapunzel escapes from her tower with the help of the bandit Flynn Ryder to fulfill her wish to see the world. Seating is limited. Sign up at the Medway Library or call (508) 533-3217. Walk-ins will also be accepted. August 14 Free Movie & Popcorn (for adults & teens), 7 p.m., The King of Kong: A Fistful of Dollars, story of die-hard adult Kong fans in pursuit of the highest score. Medway Public Library, Seating

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Medway Lions Club and Medway Parks Department. In the event of rain, the 7 p.m. concert will take place at Medway HS auditorium. August 17 “Community Cookout,” The Medway Community Church, 193 Main Street, Medway, MA, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Come join us, rain or shine, for a fun evening filled


with delicious food, lawn games and conversation - while enjoying music provided by local artist Erik Arvidson. August 28 First Day of School for Millis Public Schools September 3 First Day of School for Medway Public Schools

Tri-Valley Commons Plan Withdrawn -J.D. O’Gara Plans for the lot of land between the Charles River Bank and Papa Ginos in Medway will not be moving forward anytime in the near future, as on July 16th, developer Roger Calarese withdrew his application without prejudice. The Medway Planning Department has explained that since the application was withdrawn without prejudice, Calarese could come back to the table at a future date. “They were scheduled for a public hearing before the board and did come in with their decision to withdraw, but asked to do so without prejudice. What that means is they’re free to come back,” says Susan Affleck-Childs. Leasing Agent Bobby Burke, of American Commercial Real Estate Company, explains that the plans had drawn “a significant amount of interest” from potential tenants, some national. “The developer has withdrawn the application without prejudice. He’s going to go back and reassess how we approach and how we can move forward. Right now the project is on hold. It’s our feeling that

we’re going to be able to come back at some point.The developer has sunk an enormous amount of money trying to comply. I’m not really in a position to comment

much more right now,” says Burke. The property is currently owned by Charles River Bank.

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n Saturday, June 29th, rain held out long enough for Millis residents to come out to help move a portion of the children’s book collection from the old Millis Public Library, at 45 Auburn Road, to the new Millis Public Library, at 961 Main Street. Here are a few glimpses of the community book brigade.

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Paying Off Debt the Smart Way Being in debt isn't necessarily a terrible thing. Between mortgages, car loans, credit cards, and student loans - most people are in debt. Being debt-free is a great goal, but you should focus on the management of debt, not just getting rid of it. It's likely to be there for most of your life - and, handled wisely, it won't be an albatross around your neck. You don't need to shell out your hard-earned money for exorbitant interest rates, or always feel like you're on the verge of bankruptcy. You can pay off debt the smart way, while at the same time saving money to pay it off faster.

Know Where You Are First, assess the depth of your debt. Write it down, using pencil and paper, a spreadsheet like Microsoft Excel, or a bookkeeping program like Quicken. Include every financial situation where a company has given you something in advance of payment, including your mortgage, car payment(s), credit cards, tax liens, student loans, and payments on electronics

or other household items through a store. Record the day the debt began and when it will end (if possible), the interest rate you're paying, and what your payments typically are. Add it all up, painful as that might be. Try not to be discouraged! Remember, you're going to break this down into manageable chunks while finding extra money to help pay it down.

Identify High-Cost Debt Yes, some debts are more expensive than others. Unless you're getting payday loans (which you shouldn't be), the worst offenders are probably your credit cards. Here's how to deal with them. • Don't use them. Don't cut them up, but put them in a drawer and only access them in an emergency. • Identify the card with the highest interest and pay off as much as you can every month. Pay minimums on the others. When that one's paid off, work on the card with the next highest rate.

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• Don't close existing cards or open any new ones. It won't help your credit rating. • Pay on time, absolutely every time. One late payment these days can lower your FICO score. • Go over your credit-card statements with a fine-tooth comb. Are you still being charged for that travel club you've never used? Look for line items you don't need. • Call your credit card companies and ask them nicely if they would lower your interest rates. It does work sometimes!

Save, Save, Save Do whatever you can to retire debt. Consider taking a second job and using that income only for higher payments on your financial obligations. Substitute free family activities for high-cost ones. Sell high-value items that you can live without.

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Do you really need the 800-channel cable option or that dish on your roof? You'll be surprised at what you don't miss. How about magazine subscriptions? They're not terribly expensive, but every penny counts. It's nice to have a library of books, but consider visiting the public library or half-price bookstores until your debt is under control.

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Benefits of Yoga BY ADELINE ALEX So many people do yoga, know of yoga or know someone who practices yoga. A 2012 Yoga Journal study indicated that “8.7 percent of U.S. adults, or 20.4 million people, practice yoga. Of current non-practitioners, 44.4 percent of Americans call themselves ‘aspirational yogis’—people who are interested in trying yoga.” The previous study (2008) showed that 15.8 million people practiced yoga. That’s an increase of 29%. The many benefits of yoga can help explain the interest and the 29% increase in the number of people practicing yoga. We live in a pressure-cooker environment that contributes to high levels of stress. There are many ways that stress can show up: back and neck pain, TMJ, headaches, sleeping difficulties, inability to focus, digestive issues, to mention a few. Yoga is

very effective in reducing stress and developing portable techniques to cope with every day stresses. The practice of yoga also offers assistance in reaching a more positive outlook on life. Other benefits include: • Increased flexibility range of movement


• Greater ease in breathing • Greater ability to focus and concentrate • Reduced sense of pressure and stress

purpose of yoga is found in its meaning. The word “yoga” comes from the ancient Sanskrit language meaning to “join or yoke together.” Yoga is a practice and discipline in joining your individual sense of self with your higher, fully conscious, infinite Self. Practitioners of yoga apply themselves to consciously unify body, mind, emotions and spirit. This leads to the discovery of one’s fullest potential. There are many paths or yogas to discover the infinite or your essential nature. Some of these other yogas include: • Karma yoga – service

• Sense of inner ease and wellbeing

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• Greater joy The many benefits of yoga, including the above list, are the side effects of yoga. The main

poses and the awareness of breathing. There are many styles of Hatha yoga. Some are vigorous like a workout; some are hot; some focus more on the breath; some on the flow of poses; some are meditative; some are fast or slow. What’s important is to find a style that fits you. With all the media coverage of yoga it’s easy to think that having a perfectly strong, healthy, beautiful body that can twist into a pretzel is the point. But actually, the body and breath are tools to connect with your

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Sports Medway 4th Grade Boys Win Tournament The Medway 4th Grade Boys ‘A’ Travel Soccer team culminated a very successful year by winning the prestigious U10 Boys MLS 4v4 Futbolito tournament at Gillette stadium on Saturday, July 6th. Prior to this win, this group of boys had also won BAYS Division 2B in the Fall 2012 with an 8-1-1 record, they won 2 Futsal Leagues over the winter, they won the Franklin Soccer School 3v3 tournament at February break, won a March 2013 club team jamboree, and won BAYS Division 1B in the Spring 2013 with a 10-0-0 record with a 40+ goal differential (59 goals for, 19 against). “In short, these boys have won every league and tournament they have entered over this past year,” says their head coach, Tim Fagerson, who attributes the boys’ success to the three P’s (practice, practice, practice) and three T’s (technique, technique, technique). “They’re just a great group of kids. They have good personal qualities as well as athletic talents.” Medway United team picture_June 2013 Shown here is the whole Medway United 4th Grade Boys “A” Travel Soccer Team, whose success propelled them into the U10 Boys MLS 4v4 Futbolito Tournament at Gillette Stadium. The subset of this group ultimately won the title. Shown, are team members, from left, front row, Cole Theodore, Alex Morlock, Andrew Corbett, Cameron Carpenter, Christian Perugini; From left, Back row, Troy Newman, Andrew Benedetto, Luke Fagerson, Tyler Chiplock, Ben DaFonte. Adults, from left, Assistant Coaches: Mike Newman, Jamie Carpenter, Head Coach Tim Fagerson and Assistant Coach Tom Perugini.

Although a larger group was broken into two teams of six who played in various games throughout the year, says Fagerson, one of the smaller subsets ended up winning the final. Still the larger group’s efforts culminated in the trip to the championship, says their coach.

Fourth grade soccer players from Medway’s Medway United team took home the gold in the MLS Futbolito U10 Boys 4v4 Tournament at Gillette Stadium on July 6th. Shown here, from left, are players Christian Perugini, Luke Fagerson, Pat Walsh, Gabe Meranda. Not shown: Cameron Carpenter and Andrew Corbett.

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Sports Romsey Built A Volleyball Dynasty At Medway Five Straight State Championships

practice, they deserved some game time.’’ Romsey won coach of the year honors in the Boston Globe four times and eventually was inducted into the Mass. High School Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame.

By Ken HaMwey The volleyball banner hanging in Clark Gymnasium at Medway High shows five consecutive state championships from 1989 to 1993 — a dynasty by any definition. The story of the coach behind that incredible success is a tale worth telling. Harry Romsey may not be a household name in Medway in 2013, but what he accomplished for the Mustangs volleyball program more than two decades ago is a dynamic rags-to-riches story. Romsey, who’s lived in Plainville for 40 years, knew nothing about volleyball. He had played football and also competed in gymnastics at Natick High and Newton North, where he graduated in 1962. When he took the coaching reins at Medway, the volleyball team had endured two winless seasons. It seemed destined to stay mired in the Tri Valley League cellar. “When I became the coach, I went to countless clinics, read many books on the subject and asked a lots of questions, especially of Linda Zacchilli, the very successful coach at Milford High,’’ Romsey said. “My first year was a winless season, then the next campaign (1984) we won the TVL title.’’

“My top thrill as a coach was the five straight state titles,’’ he said. “They were rewarding and satisfying. I look back at what we did and I know I did my job. I loved it.’’ Romsey also coached three others sports at Medway. He led the baseball team to a TVL title during a 10-year stint and he was coach of gymnastics for another 10 seasons. He also was part of two TVL titles as an assistant in football.

Harry Romsey knew nothing about volleyball when he took coaching reins, but he brought the Mustangs to championship level in his time.

What followed during Romsey’s 12-years were 10 TVL crowns, 8 Division 2 Central titles, two state runners-up and five state championships. His final record was 237-24, an uncanny winning percentage of 91, which remains the best percentage in Medway’s history. A no-nonsense coach who believed in old-fashion virtues, Romsey’s success didn’t stem from complex game plans or painful practices or pep talks. He

kept everything simple. “There were rules that applied to everyone,’’ he emphasized. “Practices never ran over two hours and they were all business. I also demanded that the kids learn basics. There’s no doubt I had talent, and in a good way, they were afraid to lose. If we took a 2-0 lead in games, I’d substitute an entire group of reserves and leave them in until they lost. Then the starters returned. If kids worked hard at

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“I taught physical education for 22 years, coached for 30 more, spent four years as athletic director and was assistant principal at the Middle School for 18 years,’’ Romsey noted. “I loved going to work at Medway. It was a blue-collar town that had good athletes who worked hard and came from good parents. I also enjoyed the colleagues I worked with.’’ “My philosophy of sports was to compete and win,’’ Romsey said. “I’m not a good loser. I wanted the kids to learn, but I also wanted them to play to win.’’

olyn have three children and nine grandchildren. In his leisure time, Romsey enjoys his family, biking, walking his dog and constructing wooden model ships. His role model was the late George Jessup, his gym teacher at Newton North. “He steered me to athletics and stressed getting into physed,’’ Romsey said. Medway’s first state title, against perennial power Case High of Swansea, remains Romsey’s favorite moment. “That was the most memorable because it was the first and it came against a great program,’’ said Romsey, who earned his masters at UMass-Amherst. Although today’s students, parents and coaches associated with Medway may not know much about the man behind the five championships, Romsey has a message for those who wear and cheer for the blue and white. “I tell kids to never be afraid to try or learn something new,’’ he said. “I knew zero about volleyball, and look what happened. I tell parents let your kids attempt to be their best at what they choose. One lesson I lived by as a coach was being positive. I never stressed anything negative. If we lost, I’d focus on good passing or the fact we stuck together. I always tried to be a positive influence.’’

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Young Frasca Clears Hurdles Despite Rough Millis Track By CHristOPHer treMBLay

Having no real track to practice on, one would figure that no prominent track and field athletes could come out of Millis High School, especially one who runs the hurdles. Freshman John Frasca is no ordinary athlete and was the only first year student to qualify in the hurdles for the Division 4 State Meet. “Having no track facilities makes it hard to practice, especially on the hurdles where you need to work on your jumping at a precise pace,” Millis Track Coach Jay Dupuis said. “You need the proper distance between each hurdle and no matter how careful we are when measuring to set them up for practice, I’m sure it’s never the exact measurements. Even if we did get the measurements right, I’d never be able to duplicate the surface he’s be running on; Millis is gravel.” While the hurdles may be off that fraction of an inch, Frasca doesn’t let it bother him all that much. “A lot of times, it does frustrate me not knowing if the measurements are right or wrong, but you just have to keep going. Just because I can’t practice like the others doesn’t bring me down, instead I

just practice more to perfect it,” Frasca said. “Going to Millis doesn’t give us a disadvantage, because we don’t have what they do we just want it more.” Practice may be a key component to getting yourself into the meet, but putting yourself in the right mindset as well as making adjustments is also important in Frasca’s mind. “The Reggie Lewis Center has a real nice track that is overwhelming and gives me butterflies in my stomach every time I run there, but warming up is a huge part of success,” he said. “Every track is different, you need to go out and get use to the track and adjust your strides during your warm-up. It’s all about preparation, especially mental preparation. If you go in with the mentality that you’re going to be bad, you probably will be.” Frasca, who was named to the TriValley League All Star team, participates in the high hurdles, the 400 hurdles and the high jump for the Mohawks and did quite well in all three events during his freshman season. During the Tri-Valley League Championships he finished third in both the 400 hurdles and the high jump, while capturing a fifth

Freshman John Frasca was the only first year student to qualify in the hurdles for the Division 4 State Meet. He was named to the Tri-Valley League All Star Team and participates in high hurdles, the 400 hurdles and the high jump for the Mohawks. Next season, he'll also run cross country.

place finish in the high hurdles. At the Division 4 State Meet the Millis freshman didn’t have one of his best days, but according to Dupuis it was a great experience for him, and he should only get better over the next three years.

It was two years ago, when Frasca was in the seventh grade, that he decided to try out for the track team. “I had these little jumps in my backyard, probably half the size of a regulation hurdle, that I use to jump over,” he said. “I liked it, and

one day wanted to be a hurdler; my relatives always told me that one day it would happen.”

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Medway Sr. Babe Ruth Has High Hopes This Summer By CHristOPHer


Midway through the Central Mass Sr. Babe Ruth season, Medway finds itself in a dog fight with Bellingham for the top spot in the South Division. Bellingham currently holds first place with a 9-21 record, while Medway is right on their heels at 7-5. The rest of the division: Holliston, Franklin, Milford and Hopkinton have 9 wins combined. With about seven games remaining in the regular season Medway is looking to surpass Bellingham and claim the South Division as the teams gear up for post-season play. “I’m looking to be 14-5 when the season ends,” Medway Head Coach Ted Coppinger said. “We’re coming together and if we hit they way that I think we can hit that shouldn’t be a problem. We are currently riding a four game winning streak as we enter the Fourth of July break and I’m excited to see what happens after.” With no American Legion team based out of Medway, local athletes that want to play summer baseball either have to go out of town or they can stay home and play Sr Babe Ruth instead. While a few have ventured to other towns to play Legion ball, many of Medway High Schools baseball players have decided to stay put and play for the Medway Sr. Babe Ruth team. Coppinger and his coaching staff (Bill Rooney, who has participated in Medway baseball for 20 plus years and is in his final season before heading off to Tennessee, and Dave Dawson) have put together a team that consists of a handful of junior and seniors, but the main core is freshman. Andy Henry, Ethan Mick and Drew Harris are Medway’s top

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Frasca began his high school career knowing that he wanted to run the 400 hurdles, but when the coach began looking for additional bodies to take part in the high jump, he took a shot at it. Although not as good as when he’s jumping hurdles, he can hold his own in the event, where he’s cleared 5’ 8”.

Many Medway local athletes opt to play for the Medway Sr. Babe Ruth team for the summer, as Medway has no American Legion team.

three pitchers and thus far have a combined record of 6-3. Jeff Costello has the teams only other win as of this writing. In addition to Costello, Seth Coppinger, Pat Harrington and Connor Quinn have all seen action on the hill for Medway. “Pitching has been great for us so far and in this league, where we hit with wooden bats, pitching and defense is key, the coach said. “The wooden bats account for the low scoring games. At this point, we’re only allowing about three runs a game, while scoring four or five.” Another critical part of the pitching staff is freshman catcher Tyler Monahan, who not only has cannon for an arm but can also The past year Frasca was a member of the soccer team, but with Millis fielding their first ever cross country team next fall, he’ll be saying goodbye to his playing days on the soccer field and instead running through fields. The freshman believes that soccer is not preparing him for track in any way, and since he wants to run cross country in college, the move is a no brainer. Although Coach Dupuis knew

swing the bat as well. The infield is made up of Kevin Bergeron (first base), Kevin Culcassi (second base), Mick (shortstop) and Jordan Krozy (third base). As Mick is throwing heat past the opposition batters when he’s on the mound, the other three infielders supply a lot of Medway’s offense when they step into the batter’s box. “Bergeron and Culcassi are both solid hitters who should definitely help us down the stretch,” Coppinger said. “Krozy is not only a great third baseman, but our best hitter. He’s hitting .414 with OPS of 1.045 and leads the team with 11 RBI.” If you thought the clutch hitting Medway infielders were a key that his young runner had talent, he never in his wildest dreams figured he’d be this good, this fast. “I knew that he’d be really good, but didn’t realize he’d be so good, so quick. The difference between the eighth grade and his freshman year is very noticeable,” Curran said. “There is no reason in the next two years that he’s not competing at the New England level, unless he doesn’t work hard at it but I just

cog to Medway’s success, check out its outfield. Coppinger has a trio of athletes that can cover just about every possible inch of the outfield in a blink of an eye. Jeff Wenzel is in left; Jeff Downing, a past shortstop, is patrolling right and Mike Barry is playing center. Not only are the three fast, but they can also be found atop the Medway leader’s board. Wenzel, is batting .462 despite not having as many at bats, while Downing is hitting .323 with 11 runs scored and 8 stolen bases and Barry, who gets to anything hit his way, is one of the fastest on the squad and steals at will. “These guys are incredibly fast,” the coach said. “They can get to just about everything; if somedon’t see that happening.” Frasca agrees with his coach and is looking to make the jump to pushing the top runners in the next few years, but his immediate goal is to give Lincoln-Sudbury’s Ben Colello, who will be a senior next year, a run for his money in the 400 hurdles. “Ben is the best in the state; no one can beat him,” Frasca said.

thing does hit the ground I’m surprised.” Brendan Dawson will also see some action in left field. Other Medway players include Brian Culcassi (outfield/pitcher), Devin Nealon(third), Chris Ostaszewski (second), Jack Travers (first/DH) and Danny Monaghan. Monaghan is only an eighth grader,, but not your typical eighth grader by any stretch. According to Coppinger he’s 6’ 2” and 240 pounds, “a big dude who can hit.” By the time this story hits the streets Coppinger is hoping that his Medway Sr Babe Ruth is still playing baseball. If that’s the case Medway would be deep in the tournament.

“My goal is to give him some competition in the States, and then I want to concentrate on making Nationals.” Having done what he did last year, basically a first year runner, there is no reason the name John Frasca will not be known as one of the better track and field athletes throughout the state over the next few years.

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