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Family Has No Stomach for Cancer Genetic Testing Saves Walsh Family Further Suffering BY J.D. O’GARA People pay tribute in a variety of ways. When a blue dumpster with pink lettering turned up at Lacroix’ s Corner in Millis, that it was a memorial to a lost loved one was clear. Franklin resident Michael Walsh, who, with his brother David, of Millis, owns Hopedale-based Metropolitan Removal, had placed the makeshift billboard to honor the memory of his beloved mother, Mary Walsh. The pink lettering on the dumpster did more than simply memorialize Mrs. Walsh, who passed in November; it directed readers to an organization called No Stomach for Cancer. The dumpster, it turns out, was a small part of a much bigger family story. Four years ago to the day Mary Walsh passed from colon cancer, she and her family had lost her son Steve to a terrible bout with stomach cancer. Steve was just 46, leaving a wife and three children. Walsh herself had fought cancer in the past, and with the advice of a physician, she began to explore her family’s peculiar history of gastric-related malignancy and considered genetic counseling. Walsh’s own father, uncle and cousin had succumbed to stomach cancer, all

Medway Skater Jumps to Nationals 12-Year-Old is Fourth in NE, 12th in Nation in Juvenile Division BY J.D. O’GARA

Mom, Kathy, Beth & Mike: Here, Mary Walsh, center, is shown with the three of her children who inherited the CDH1 gene mutation, which gives them a 75% chance of developing stomach cancer. When all three had their stomachs removed, cancerous cells were found in post-op biopsies. Surrounding Mary, from left, Kathy Flores, Michael Walsh and Beth Lambert.

at relatively young ages. According to a recent article in Mass General Magazine (“When There’s Cancer in the Family”), five to 10 percent of cancers are hereditary, meaning that patients have a genetic mutation that predisposes them to the disease.

Genetic testing indeed did find that Mary had a genetic mutation called CDH1, also known as Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer Syndrome (HGDC). According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), about three out of four CDH1 gene muta-

tion carriers will go on to develop gastric cancer, with the average age of diagnosis 38. A preventative measure against the stomach cancer does exist — the removal of the stomach.

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Felicia Wessenberg, Megan’s Mom a hospital pharmacist. “She used to try to do elements that she saw other skaters doing that she wasn’t really ready to try yet.” Like many children, Megan began skating lessons, along with other activities such as gymnastics and ballet classes, when she was young. At about age seven, she became more focused on just skating, says Felicia, who says Megan knew before her parents did that she “wanted only skating.” According to her mother, she started skating in Norfolk with Coach Teri Onorato. When Megan started getting more serious about skating, Ono-


rato introduced the family to the Colonial Figure Skating Club in Boxboro, where Debi Leeming now coaches Megan. Now that she’s twelve, Megan’s schedule is a lot more rigorous. The seventh grader, who commutes from Medway to Ursuline Academy five days a week, is already gaining time management skills. “I skate 6 days a week, every day but Sunday,” says Megan, who spends a lot of time at Colonial Figure Skating Club in Boxboro. “Like, usually during the weekday like 2-3 hours maybe, but then on Saturdays I skate for 4 hours.” She adds, matter-of-factly, “and then there’s off-ice ballet and off ice strength conditioning.” Megan points out that in order for a skater to be good, she must be very

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strong, so both the ballet and strength conditioning help with that. How does she learn the routine she performs? “I have a lesson with a choreographer, and we have a 45 minute lesson each week. It depends on how long your program is…so it’s usually like 3 lessons or 4 lessons to piece it together, but then I have a lesson every week and we fix it up and work on it and change stuff.

between the first and the twelfth wasn’t even that many points.” She did say that her routine “was harder to do in front of the judges, because they’re judging everything that you do.” Her coach had her get to the competition an hour ahead to stretch and advised her to approach the competition as if it were a practice. Megan, who was recently asked to perform on January 22 at the opening of a new skating rink at Faneuil Hall in Boston, says that her favorite part of skating is learning all of the jumps. In fact, Megan had the second highest jump element at nationals –a 3-jump combination of double lutz, double toe loop, and then double loop.

At nationals, Wessenberg skated to “Harem,” by Sarah Brightman. She says that both her choreographer, Beth Duxbury and Coach Twelve-year-old Megan Wessenberg qualifed for Leeming helped her the Junior National Championships when she took “You just have to work on come up with the music, fourth place in her NE division. putting them together,” says although they definitely Megan was very pleased with her Megan, “I just take it one step at a take her opinion into considera- final result, noting, “the difference time.” tion.

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blessed,” says Michael. “We felt so lucky that we had an option to try to deal with this that my brother Steve never had.” Walsh and Lambert went through the process together at Mass General, although their sister Kathy opted for surgery closer to home.

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Mom and Steve: Following the loss of their brother Steve and the discovery of a gene mutation that pre-disposed their Mom to cancer, the rest of the Walsh children were tested. Here, Steve is shown with his mother, Mary.

“My Mom, dynamo that she was, said, ’You should all get tested,’” says David Walsh, 53. All four of Steve’s remaining siblings underwent genetic testing for CDH1, knowing that, if they were found to carry the mutation, they would have their stomachs removed as a precaution. Three of them, Beth, 42, Michael, 46, and Kathy Flores, 49 were found to have the mutation. All three opted for the surgery. “It does sound drastic,” says Lam-

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bert, “It was shocking initially that we might need to do that, but it wasn’t a difficult decision, because having watched my brother Steve go through that, we knew it was something we all needed to do. Lambert points out that she and her other two siblings with the mutation had undergone colonoscopies and endoscopies prior to their surgeries. Although nothing had shown up on those tests, cancerous cells showed up in post-surgery biopsies done on all three stomachs. In fact, says Lambert, most of the time symptoms appear for stomach cancer, the malignancy has progressed to stage four. “The critical part of this mutation is that it doesn’t show up. No effective screening mechanism detects it,” says Beth Lambert, Mary’s daughter, who’s now on the board of directors of No Stomach for Cancer ( “They all did the tests and found nothing. We would never have known, you know. We were really

Mary Walsh also made sure other family members went to get tested as well. As a result, her second cousin also had the surgery. Two of Steve’s three children were also found to be positive. Since they are still quite young, they have yet to decide on the surgery. Lambert notes that genetic counselors recommend that children wait until their late teens to be tested. None of Kathy’s, Beth’s or Michael’s children, who have a 50/50 chance of carrying the CDH1 mutation, have yet been tested. “(My children) joke about it and give me a hard time,” says Michael, who points out that his 13-year-old daughter has asked him if she’s going to have to have her stomach taken out, too. “We will ultimately get them tested, when they can play an active role … why get them worried if you’re not ready to have them deal with it at that point in time?” Michael adds that another 34-yearold cousin of his who has tested positive is holding off on the surgery, because the newlywed hopes to have her children first. “I’m so grateful that we were the ages we were at,” says Lambert, as she says she had already chosen a spouse and had her children. All three of the Walsh siblings responded to the surgery differently. For Lambert, living without a stomach has meant having to eat smaller meals and facing nausea if she overdoes it or eats specific types of foods. For Walsh, it has meant learning to take an appetite steroid, to help remind him to eat, since he doesn’t often feel hungry.

Since HGDC also raises the chances of breast cancer and colon cancer, regular testing is still necessary. Walsh and her sister, Kathy, undergo regular mammograms and breast MRIs, with more extensive testing if their results are at all questionable. Similarly, all three siblings will continue to have a colonoscopy every two years. “You could say poor me, or have whatever happens to you make you better or stronger,” says Lambert. “Don’t complain about it. So you can’t eat, but you’re alive and functioning. I can watch my kids grow up.” Lambert says she can’t emphasize enough the importance of consumers being their own health advocates. She points out that family members need to closely look a their collective history, something they could do when together at Thanksgiving. Doctors, she hopes, will really listen to their patients, and if they find a family history, consider advising genetic testing. A lot of patients won’t push for it, she says, because “deep down, they don’t want to find anything.” Most who are tested, however, don’t. “A lot of genetic counselors’ work is spent ruling out that a person has a genetic mutation. If you’re going to talk to a genetic counselor, it doesn’t mean that you have it.” She explains that she would rather undergo her regular testing than come back six months later to find she has cancer. Lambert says all of her family experiences have led her to truly value what’s important in life. Her biggest hope for anyone who opts for the surgery is that they take advantage of the time they’ve received. “Wouldn’t it be a shame if I had this done and wasted my life, had bad relationships or lived an angry life. If nothing else, don’t wait for something to go wrong.”

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Medway Votes Yes on Prop. 2.5 Override The votes are in. Twelve percent of Medway residents turned out for a vote on January 19 to vote on a $22.1 million override for improvements to the town’s Middle School. The vote was 731 in favor, 368 opposed. According to a report by Medway Selectmen available at the town website, the project schedule calls for the design to be complete at the end of June, with bids due by late summer. Construction should begin in fall. The Massachusetts School Building Authority will reimburse the town about $10.6 million of the cost. Repairs to the school will focus on electrical improvements, technology upgrades, improved ventilation and air quality, fire prevention and protection, new windows, flooring improvements, better accessibility, architectural finishes and a new entrance.

“Souper Bowl” Sunday for The Millis Fund, February 6 The soup bowl will literally be passed in Millis houses of faith on February 6 in order to raise funds for The Millis Fund, a fund created by Millis residents for their fellow residents with an urgent need. Tax-deductible donations can also be sent to The Millis Fund, 142 Exchange Street, Millis.

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Self Defense Course Offering to Make KidSAFE in Millis Impact Boston Class Coming March 26 & 27 for 6-8 year-olds BY J.D. O’GARA Parents generally teach children to be wary of strangers, but how can a child tell if a stranger is dangerous or if a situation is potentially threatening? What happens when that child finds herself or himself in an unsafe situation while they are alone? These questions might strike fear in the heart of every parent, but IMPACT Boston, with its KidSAFE Program, is coming to Millis on March 26 and 27, with a two-day class for 6-8 year-olds designed to equip children with the knowledge and skills they need to keep themselves from harm. The class will take place at the Veteran’s Memorial Building Gym from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day, with 15 being the maximum number of students. The cost for the two-day class is $200, with financial aid and payment plans available. IMPACT Boston, a nonprofit organization, has been around since 1971, focusing on self-defense and empowerment for people of both genders, at all ages. Each of its classes features two instructors, one of whom takes the role of an assailant. One lesson always taught in the classes is that physical force should always be used as a last resort, with a focus on verbal de-escalation skills. If physical force must be used, students are taught how to approach the assailant for the best success. In addition, students are taught assertiveness and boundary setting. “This is a program that we want to get to our younger kids in right away,” says Kathy Brophy, of Millis, who has a daughter in Kindergarten and is eager to see the class succeed. “Keeping kids safe from violence is a multifaceted process,” says Meg Stone, Director of IMPACT Boston. “It involves parents, teacher, law enforcement. We need to support them in situations where they might come in contact with adults who are not safe or adults where it’s not known. Basically what we teach kids is how to protect and advocate for themselves in the moment when an unsafe person approaches them and tries to

In the KidSAFE course, children get hands-on training, as a trainer poses as an assailant. Photo by Chris Quinn, Courtesy of IMPACT New Mexico

bribe them, physically hurt them, verbally harass them or abduct them.”

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Stone points to a study done by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that found that children are their best line of defense. According to their study of 4,200 cases that came out last fall, only 16% of unsuccessful abductions involved help from an adult. The rest of the time, children who escaped did so without adult intervention.

“Kids need something that they can do,” says Stone. “What we’re trying to do is give kids some awareness and some skills to be able to be less vulnerable to that situation and also teach them to report to safe adults in a way that can help the safe adult address the situation.”

“What we do is we present realistic scenarios of common types of unsafe situations,” says Stone. “We have an instructor who plays an untrustworthy assailant, who is wearing 50 lbs. of body armor for specialized training.” Stone says the class covers a range of typical

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Woodside Montessori Wins Technology Grant Woodside Montessori Academy, has been awarded a $3,000 grant to further its STREAM (science, technology, robotics, engineering and mathematics) programs. After attending a STREAM workshop, held at iRobot in Bedford and organized by UMass Lowell, Kathleen Gasbarro, Head of School was eligible to apply for a classroom grant. The grant is a project managed by the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, iRobot and supported by the National Science Foundation. Woodside will use the funds to implent a program called Artbotics. Artbotics is a program that combines robotics and kinetic art. The goal is to increase the partici-

pation of women and minorities in computing through the use of innovative and interactive technologies. Woodside Montessori Academy will offer Artbotics as a ten-week afterschool program to generate enthusiasm and exposure for students that wouldn’t otherwise choose Robotics as an extra-curricular school activity. A course designed for ages 9-12, Artbotics is also planned as a two-week intensive session during Woodside’s summer program. Woodside’s Enrichment programs are open to the public. For more information, please visit

Church of Christ offers Free Dinner and Movie Night The Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St. Millis, will offer a free monthly community Dinner and Movie Night on Friday, February 18th. 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 Night is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For more information, call (508) 3765034 or visit the Church

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Evaluating the iPad’s Potential for Personalized Learning Millis Public School administrators, teachers, parents and students take part in iPad grade eight one-to-one pilot program. without using technology broadly and intensively. If implemented properly, a one-to-one program can have a big impact on achievement. Research shows that there are fewer discipline problems, higher attendance rates, lower dropout rates, higher acceptance rates to college, and under the right conditions, an overall boost in achievement. For a district like Millis, a one-to-one program can level the playing field for our students and support all learners to achieve at higher levels. Mobile computing devices simply make it easier for teachers to assess and teach every student in a personalized way. The iPad is the first generation of new mobile, personal computing device.

Millis Middle Schoolteacher Sharon Monaghan evaluates the iPad for her grade 8 students

Written by Grace Magley, Director of Educational Technology for the Millis Public Schools The excitement, in the Millis Middle School eighth grade classrooms, mounted as the date neared for the 110 students to receive an iPad from teachers for their use in school and at home during the Grade 8 One-to-One iPad Pilot that began in January. The grade eight teachers received their iPads back in October, working with

them to understand the capabilities of the device and its impact for student learning. There has been much preparation and logistical planning for the pilot that began back in the early fall. The objective is to determine how these mobile, network devices help students improve productivity, engagement, and learning. This pilot is part of a larger Personalized Student Learning initiative in which Millis administrative leadership team believes strongly. Millis superin-

tendent Nancy Gustafson tells us, “In a personalized learning environment, teaching and learning is tailored to the needs of the individual student. We believe this is something that we can be the best at in Millis.” The iPad pilot will help the Millis Schools determine how these new mobile devices can support students to learn at their highest potential. In a one-to-one Personalized Learning Environment, every student is provided access to a personal computing device on a direct and continuous basis throughout the school day, and if possible, beyond the school day at home. Devices can be tailored to individual needs allowing each student more control over his/her learning. Personalized learning and moving toward a new 21st Century Teaching and Learning Environment cannot be achieved

Aside from the “cool factor,” there are some of the major advantages to going with an iPad in a one-to-one personalized learning initiative. They are relatively low cost, high quality, durable devices that have very low power requirements. Their battery stays charged 10-plus hours even while video streaming. They are super fast and are always on, ready to go. There is no restarting these devices or waiting for the device to start up again. This is very important when working with 25 or more students in a classroom with forty-five minute periods. iPad devices are very easy to use and require little training to use. They have very low maintenance cost since there are no parts to replace, no hard drives to fail. They are excellent personal computing devices and students will tell you that they are great for accessing the Internet, great for multimedia and video viewing, for keeping organized, as an eBook reader and the built in accessibil-


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ity features support all kinds of learners. For the classroom excellent content specific applications (APPs) are found at little or no cost. While iPads do have some limitations, it is important to realize that this is a first generation device not yet a year old. We expect that most issues will be resolved over the next 6-12 months, as new products come to market. What is most exciting are the potential for new powerful educational APPs that engage and make learning relevant for our students. From interactive textbooks that integrate individual assessment to new educational gaming APPs, the trend will be the development of rich, interactive and dynamic environments for accessing, understanding and creating digital information in a personalized way. Students will be able to easily create electronic books that can incorporate multimedia and interactive tools. Very soon Millis grade 8 students and their parents will be able to tell their teachers and school administrators what they think of the iPad as a learning tool. Students will be asked to demonstrate how this device enhances their learning at school and at home. Parents will provide their perspective on how the iPad has affected their child’s learning as well as what issues/ benefits they may feel there is to having an Internet device at home that their child is responsible for. Students will be responsible for the safety of the district-owned iPads. Every iPad will be supplied with a folio case and students will be given locks for their lockers. Rechargeable and secure iPad carts will be located in each homeroom for students who elect not to bring their iPads home. We picked the grade 8 students to participate in this pilot for a variety of reasons. As middle school students ready to move into the high school, we felt they would be most responsible when it came to taking care of the iPads as well as valuing the use of this device for their learning. Many of the students have expressed their desire to see this pilot prove successful. Other reasons had to do with the proximity to the Computer Services technical support department and how the grade eight math, science and special ed-

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February Calendar February 1 Storytime, ages 3-5, Millis Public Library, 10:15 a.m. February 2 Mother Goose on the Loose, Ages 0-2, Millis Public Library, 10:30 a.m. February 3 Free Radiant Child Yoga Class, Ages 5-10, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Yoga at the Ashram, 368 Village Street, Millis, (508) 3764525 Cliquot Club Readers, Adult bookgroup, Dora’s Room, Millis Public Library, 2-3 p.m. February 4 Storytime Ages 2-4, Millis Public Library, 10:30 a.m. February 5 Mother Goose on the Loose, Ages 0-2, Millis Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Medway Lions Bottles & Cans Drive Proceeds support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m. or brought to Medway Oil by 11 a.m. the morning of the drive. Residents may also, at their convenience, place redeemables in the Lions Bottles and Cans shed in front of West Medway Liquors. The Lions thank residents for their continued support.

Winter Doldrums Book Sale, Medway Public Library, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Most items priced $.50 - $2. Proceeds to benefit the library. February 6 Souper Bowl Sunday, Collection for The Millis Fund. Local churches will pass the soup bowl. Tax deductible donations can also be sent to The Millis Fund, 142 Exchange Street, Millis. February 7 Books for Boys, Bookgroup for boys grades 1-4, Millis Public Library, 5-6 p.m., selection is Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things" by Lenore Look February 8 Storytime, ages 3-5, Millis Public Library, 10:15 a.m. February 9 Mother Goose on the Loose, Ages 0-2, Millis Public Library, 10:30 a.m. February 11 Storytime Ages 2-4, Millis Public Library, 10:30 a.m February 12 Millis Youth Baseball/Softball Spring 2011 Sign Ups, High School Gym, 8:30-11 a.m. (last chance),visit Birth certificates required of all first-time players. February 15 Storytime, ages 3-5, Millis Public Library, 10:15 a.m.

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ucation teachers have been involved in a two year grant called Project ABLE (Achieving Blended Learning Environments) where they learned how to combine the face-to-face classroom with online learning and project based learning. For all these reasons, we felt it was the perfect grade level in the district to launch this initiative. Over the next few months the iPad will be evaluated as a one-toone personalized learning tool for Millis students. Over the summer the findings of the pilot will be published. The device will be evaluated under various categories for our school environment: productivity tool, network device, personal learning, accessing essential

sites etc. This pilot is one of just a handful in Massachusetts. There are many eyes on Millis because it is one of the largest iPad pilots with 120 iPads implemented across an entire grade level and the device will be used as a tool in all subject areas. The calls have already been coming in from other districts interested in launching one-to-one programs of their own over the next 1-3 years. They want to know if the iPad or devices like it would be the better choice over a laptop or netbook for students. Only time will tell but the Millis Grade 8 iPad pilot is poised to provide useful information for K-12 educators. All information about the Millis Grade 8 One-to-One iPad Pilot is available and posted on the Millis edtech/1to1.

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KidSAFE By Impact Boston

A Fresh Run at Blue Hills

KidSAFE teaches children ages 6-7 to call attention to threatening situations, distinguish between safe and unsafe adults, physically and verbally protect themselves, and report potential danger to a safe adult. In a safe supportive environment, students learn to stay calm and focused while practicing effective communication and appropriate safety making decisions in realistic situations that range from intimidating to dangerous.

If you have not been to the Blue Hills Ski Resort lately, you can no longer say you have experienced Blue Hills. Three years ago, Ski Blue Hills Management, LLC took over the local ski area and have since made many significant updates to virtually every aspect of the resort. Since 2008, they have improved the lifts and snowmaking abilities, updated the kitchen and menu selections and applied many overall physical facelifts to the lodge.

Children will practice self-defense skills in realistic scenarios with an instructor playing the role of an assailant. They will get opportunities to practice physically and verbally defending themselves. Cost: $200.00 for 8-hour class Interest-free payment plans and scholarships available Dates / Times: Saturday, 3/26/11 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Sunday,

3/27/11 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Veteran’s Memorial Gym, Millis The cap on this class is 15. For more information or to register by phone call (781) 321-3900 To register online go to 14/Default.aspx

Baseball is Back in Medway The weather in Medway might be cold, but the heat is starting to pick-up in the boardroom of Medway Youth Baseball. Opening day in Medway is just over three months away, but the various volunteers on the MYB board have already begun the process of getting the season started. “We had a great season in 2010 and we are very excited about getting back out onto the fields this spring,” said MYB President Rob Faichney. MYB is in the process of finalizing registrations for 2011. Beginning on February 1, all registrations will incur a late fee and be subject to space availability. For the spring 2011 season, MYB has introduced a new online registration tool. This allows the parents of our players to regis-

ter their children fast and securely: For the convenience of the community, MYB chose the same registration tool as Medway Soccer this year. If a player is already in the soccer system, they can just use the same user id and password to register for baseball. They will not have to re-enter the player details. The response to this process has been overwhelmingly positive. In 2010, Medway finished off a successful spring season with two championships in local summer tournaments. The Medway 12year-old team successfully repeated as Tondorf champions, while the Medway 9/10 year old team won the Hopkinton Sizzler championship. “It was great to see all the children having fun and

playing hard throughout the spring and summer,” says MYB treasurer Mike Newman. “It starts on cleanup day and the first practices when we see all of those kids eager to play some baseball until the final day of the summer season, when it’s hard to get the kids to put down the glove and the bat.” MYB is predicting another great year in 2011. “Baseball is a great game that we all love. We hope that the kids who have an opportunity to play baseball learn to love the game as much as we do,” says MYB secretary Tim Rice. The forecast right now may be for cold weather and some snow, but the forecast for April through July at the Medway baseball fields is for fun in the sun.

Word of these improvements has spread among outdoor athletes and their response has proved positive to those improvements. According to General Manager Kristin Orozovich, attendance has risen steadily since their purchase. "Since the company has taken over, we have seen significant increases each year," Orozovich said. In addition to its recent beneficial facelift and upgrades, the Blue Hills Ski area also provides a convenient, local alternative to many New England destination resorts. They can accommodate beginner to advanced athletes over 12 trails, with its highest peak at 310 vertical feet. They offer skiing, snowboarding and terrain parks that may contain features such as jumps, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs and rails. Orozovich stated that Massachusetts weather conditions this year have maintained competitive with northern ski slopes with healthy snow falls and cooperative winter weather. Before the January blizzard, the base on their hill was already between 29 and 36 inches and is groomed daily. In terms of cost, Blue Hills not only saves on

travel expenses, their pricing is comparable, if not lower, than other Massachusetts ski resorts and has basically remained consistent with their 2009/2010 winter rates. "We like to give a good product for what we offer here," Orozovich said. "Except for the season pass, our prices are the same as last year." What is probably most enticing about Blue Hills is their customer service. Employee turnover is extremely low and the staff remains loyal to the resort, their clients and their love of the sport. Even some of the night and weekend ski patrols are staffed on a volunteer basis. "We have such a family-friendly staff," Orozovich said. "Everyone works together to help the customer. People who have worked here have worked here for almost their whole lives and keep coming back." Blue Hills Ski Area offers many amenities and themed events at its location, including ski and snowboard rentals, lessons, snowboard demos, specialty entry rate days, a winter carnival, festivals, competitive races and birthday parties. Whether you are a beginner or experienced skier or snowboarder, young or old, Blue Hills Ski Area, at 4001 Washington Street in Canton, can provide a fun and challenging outdoor experience. They are open Monday through Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit their website at or call (781) 828-5070.

Please join us for an OPEN HOUSE at Big Bird's Nest 84 Orchard Street Millis, MA on Tuesday, February 8th from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

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Upcoming Trips & Specials at the Millis Recreation Department THREE-ON-THREE BASKETBALL IS BACK! At the Veterans Memorial Gym Saturday, February 19th from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Millis Recreation Department is pleased to bring back the three-on-three basketball tournament. This event is open to all children in middle school, 5th – 8th grade. Entry deadline: February 11th. Please mail or bring registration form, along with Registration fee, to the Recreation Department Fee: $12.00 per team. Brackets: Teams will be grouped in divisions with other teams of similar age. All teams guaranteed at least 2 games. Team Check-In: Please report to the sign-in table outside the gym at 4:00 pm on February 19th. Please follow the bracket schedule you receive at check-in. Registration forms available at the Recreation Dept. or online at or at Middle School Office FEBRUARY VACATION GYMNASTICS CAMP S

physical exercise. Some of the activities include trampoline, zipline, giant foam pit, bouncy house, art & crafts, and instructor-led gymnastics. Our staff focuses on providing the fundamentals of gymnastics in a no-pressure and enjoyable camp setting. Register for one day, several days or the whole week. Shen’s Gymnastics, 16 Everett St, Holliston Ages: 4-12 Mon.—Fri 2/25


Vacation week Fee: $44/half day or $69/full day 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. or 9:00a.m.3:00p.m. DRAWING STILL LIFEKathleen Puschel We’ll draw still life objects using some simple ideas of perspective, including creating a Millis landscape scene with trees, barns, and fences. The instructor will suggest watercolor effects that will highlight the still life and enhance the finished picture. Veterans Memorial Building, Room 206 Tuesday, 2/22 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

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Medway Launches Maps On-Line Medway will now offer geographic information on-line to residents. See Quick Links on our home page ( to access it. This is a new feature and will be updated periodically as we build more information. Currently, it shows lot information, aerial views, zoning, and a host of other information. Give it a try and make suggestions for information you would like to see added!

One of the best-loved movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a hit Broadway musical! Now in its 4th acclaimed year, Mary Poppins has dazzled and delighted almost two million people. Come experience the enchanting mixture of timeless

songs, irresistible story and spectacular stagecraft that make this the musical that soars high above the rest. If you like the movie, you will love the show. It features all the classic songs (“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to name a few) plus some catchy new tunes. With elaborate sets, eye-popping light displays and show- stopping numbers, this Disney-rific production will transport you to the Banks’ household on Cherry Lane as well as the rooftops of London. Believe in the magic of Mary Poppins and discover a world where anything can happen. Location: Medway Middle School parking lot Sunday, March 6 Departing Medway Middle School at 4:45 pm Show begins at 6:30 p.m. returning at approximately 10:00 p.m.

FOXWOODS RESORT & CASINO Off we go again! Back by popular demand, our Foxwoods trip promises to be a lot of fun for you and your friends at an incredible price! This trip includes luxury Motor Coach transportation, as well as dinner and betting coupons worth $25. You will receive a free buffet dinner coupon valued at $15, or a meal coupon valued at $10 good at any other dining spot of your choice, and both $10 and $5 Keno Quick-Pick coupons. Foxwoods is the largest casino in the country, so join us for dining, shopping, and, hopefully, a lucky day of gambling. Medway Middle School-Holliston St. Sunday, March 13th 9:00a.m.—5:30 p.m. Fee: $35

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A DAY IN NEW YORK CITY Fee: $ 125 Join us for a great day of shopping, sightseeing, and dining in downtown Manhattan! Shop on 5th Avenue and browse through numerous designer and upscale stores. Sightsee at some of New York’s most exciting and meaningful sights. Dine at one of the many world-famous and fabulous restaurants the city has to offer. Experience cuisine that will pique even the most discriminating palette. If you wish to shop on Canal Street for “knock-offs”, our bus will happily drop you off when we first arrive in the city. Location: Medway Middle School parking lot Saturday, April 30 6:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Fee: $70

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Living Healthy Ask the Anytime Guy | Fitness Matters Tired of Flowers Expert answers to your health and wellness questions BY CHRISTOPHER CHARRON QUESTION: I have a simple question for you—how many calories does one need to eat to lose weight? ANSWER: That does sound like a simple question, and I could give you a simple answer, but it might not be all that accurate. It would be easy to say that the average female should take in about 1200-1500 calories to lose weight, and maybe 1800-2100 for males, but that doesn’t mean that these numbers will necessarily work for you! The ability to lose weight depends on a number of variables, including your resting metabolic rate, your activity level (both general daily activities and exercise), and even the calories you burn while digesting food. These all factor into the expenditure side of the energy balance equation, which then helps to determine the intake side as well. If you want the best and most accurate calorie es-

timate, you need to take a personal inventory. Talk to a trainer about getting your resting metabolic rate tested, and then have him/ her determine how many calories you expend each day. This will go a long way to establishing a recommended calorie level for weight loss. Good luck!

menopausal years, your estrogen levels drop. As a result, the ratio of estrogen to testosterone drops as well, and, low and behold, you end up storing that extra weight where men tend to gain their weight— specifically the mid-section. I’m sure you’re not all that thrilled to hear this, but it’s just a fact of life.

QUESTION: I’m smack-dab in the middle of menopause and, as expected, I seem to be gaining weight. However, the weight seems to be finding its way to my mid-section, which is odd for me personally. Any logical explanation?

Naturally, most women want to know what they can do about it, but aside from preventing weight gain in the first place (which can be difficult), there isn’t much you can do. Just be diligent with your diet and exercise as you approach menopause, and try to accept the age-related changes that all of our bodies go through.

ANSWER: You might not want to hear this, but yes, there is a logical explanation. As you’re probably aware, many women seem prone to gaining weight in their hip and butt areas. Part of the reason that weight accumulates in these areas is because of the effect that estrogen has on the body. However, as you reach your

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QUESTION: My wife thinks she’ll get big and bulky if she starts lifting weights with me. How do I convince her otherwise? ANSWER: This comes up all the time, and it’s one of the biggest myths out there. First of all, women simply don’t have the proper hormonal balance to put on large amounts of muscle tissue. Secondly, even if they did have the right physiology, it would take some serious training to do it. Getting bigger muscles requires highvolume workouts (lots of sets and repetitions) and a pretty high intensity level as well. Picking up a few weights here and there isn’t a recipe for building mass—it’s what you do and how you do it that really makes the difference. Remind your wife that weight training programs can always be tailored to specific goals, so if she doesn’t want to put on large amounts of muscle, that’s just fine.

and Chocolate for Valentines? Feel comfortable in your own skin, and you’ll be even more comfortable with that special someone. Here are a couple of ways to spend Valentine’s Day reconnecting with yourself and your loved one. • Make a deeper connection with Yoga for Couples February 5, from 3-5 p.m. Look deep into your connection with your partner, and renew your commitment with this workshop

at Yoga at the Ashram in Millis, located at 368 Village Street. Victoria Haffer will lead couples in the practice of the yoga of Love, while the musical duo The Grass Gypsys will perform heartfelt love songs. The cost is $40 per pre-registered couple, or $50 per couple after February 1. To register, call (508) 376-4525. Equal Exchange will also be providing tea and chocolate for all who attend. • Be pampered together. At Medway Wellness Center, you can visit Essence MedSpas (508) 533-9772, which offers body massages and more as well as facials for men and women. Or, pamper yourselves with a trim or even new hairstyle at Salon One. (508) 533-9772. • Shedule a private yoga session at the Yoga Studio in Millis. A private session is a great way to work on specific alignment issues, deepen your practice, establish a home practice, or address a sore or tight part of the body. Cathy has been offering private instruction for over fifteen years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to these sessions. Call (508) 376-8508.

Generally speaking, a full-body circuit with higher repetition ranges a few days per week would work well if she’s just looking to tone up or maintain her current level of muscle tissue. If she wants to get an individualized program based on her goals, look for a qualified personal trainer in your area. Chris Charron is the club owner at Anytime Fitness in Medway. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the author at

Bass-baritone Bradfor Gleim, center, performs La Serva Padrona (a comic opera) at a public concert at Yoga at the Ashram in Millis on January 16. The Jagan Nath & Friends Ensemble is a guild of professional musicians who come together to play their favorite pieces. The next concert is scheduled for Sunday, February 20, at 2:30 p.m. Call (508) 376-4525.

February 1. 2011 BLUE VALENTINE (R) Starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman, Mike Vogel, and Maryann Plunkett. Gosling and Williams play a toxic married couple. Williams has long since fallen out of love with her husband, whom she views as a slacker unwilling to meet his full potential. Exasperation hangs over their every conversation, the couple barely trying to mask the frustration and anger that has seeped into the cracks of their marital shell. Soon after we meet them, Gosling and Williams can be seen burying the family dog, who -- in a metaphor for their deceased relationship -- has been struck dead by a vehicle and left to rot on the side of a country road. Distraught over the loss of the family pet, and perhaps sensing that he has one last shot to win his wife's affections, Gosling suggests a romantic evening in an out-of-town motel. But while en route to the tacky love nest - and all during the couple's painfully unpleasant stay - we learn greater details about the jealousy, distrust, disappointments, and fears that have come to surround the couple and realize their personal issues no longer can be fixed. The film truly captures the last gasps of a broken marriage that has been running on fumes for too long. Gosling and Williams portray a couple who took an unconventional path to romance and now tolerate the grind of day-today life because they've committed to raising their young daughter. Gosling and Williams have undeniable chemistry giving fearless, unglamorous and viciously honest performances. You feel their love and pain in every frame. They're very deserving of all the award nominations they've recently received. RATING: B+

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MOVIE REVIEWS COUNTRY STRONG (PG13) - Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester and Marshall Chapman. The storyline centers on up-and-coming country singer Beau Hutton (Hedlund), who has become the lover of six-time Grammy superstar Kelly Canter (Paltrow) during her stay in rehab. Beau is not desirous of fame or fortune; he's content writing his songs in obscurity and singing them in bars. Big stages and big crowds are not his dream. The same cannot be said of Chiles Stanton (Meester), a former beauty pageant queen with a big voice but an unfortunate tendency to freeze under pressure or when faced with a room full of people. She and Beau are reluctantly teamed by James Canter (McGraw), Kelly's domineering husband/manager, who is looking for an opening act for his wife's comeback tour. He assigns Beau to be Kelly's "keeper" while deciding to take Chiles under his wing and groom her ascent to stardom. Complications arise when Beau falls for Chiles and Kelly proves too unstable to keep it together for a full show - something that leads to her inevitable return to the bottle. Paltrow is a good singer and a performer, but there needs to be more character development. McGraw's aloof character is even less developed. Consequently, it's tough to feel much for either of them. It's Hedlund who makes the strongest impression. He's got a laid-back,

whiskery charm, convincing as a singer with integrity and heart. Meester also shows she has singing chops and can do more than play one of Gossip Girl's privileged Manhattan socialites. RATING: B THE KING'S SPEECH (R) Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon, and Sir Derek Jacobi. The film opens in 1925. The man who will become King George VI (Firth) is now merely Prince Albert. His official title is the Duke of York and, because he's the second son of King George V (Gambon), he is not expected to ascend to the throne because that role will fall to his older brother, Prince Edward (Pearce). A life away from the relentless attention of Buckingham Palace is suitable for Albert and his wife, Elizabeth (Carter), who do not desire to be king and queen. And there's another issue: royalty in the age of radio presents a unique challenge for Albert, who is afflicted with a stammer that hampers his ability to speak publicly (and, at times, privately). In an attempt to be free of this impediment, he visits Lionel Logue (Rush), a speech therapist known for unorthodox methods. Logue's importance in Albert's life escalates when circumstances conspire to make him the king of England at a time when the storm clouds of World War II are gathering on the horizon. Although the

film is primarily a drama and can be seen as a buddy movie and an instance of the underdog triumphant, there are plenty of humorous moments. Firth gives a flawless performance and will receive an OSCAR nomination and hopefully a win! Rush is also brilliant. Firth and Rush share strong chemistry, which is critical in any buddy film. There's also no shortage of chemistry between Firth and Carter, whose Elizabeth is a delight. She's sharp-witted and whip-smart but capable of great caring and humanity. The final scene represents not only the climax of the story but the moment in which all the elements come together. It's just simply brilliant in the direction, the acting, the set design, and the musical score. It should be in the running for Best Picture come OSCAR time. I didn't want it to end. RATING: ATRUE GRIT (PG-13) - Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Bruce Green, Roy L. Jones, Elizabeth Marvel, Barry Pepper, Hailee Steinfeld, and Nicholas Sadler. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The Coens' film is based more on the Charles Portis novel than on the 1969 screen adaptation of True Grit, which won John Wayne the Academy Award for Best Actor. The story follows Mattie Ross (newcomer Steinfeld), a fourteen-year-old girl out to avenge her father's murder by tracking down his killer, cowardly outlaw Tom Chaney

Page 11 (Brolin). Chaney has fled into the Indian Territory, a lawless region where desperadoes believe they can hide from the law. Shrewdly regaining money owed to her father, Mattie quickly establishes herself as a force to be reckoned with despite her youth. She hires a hard-drinking mankiller of a U.S. Marshal named Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn (Bridges), to help her hunt down Chaney. But another man is also after Chaney, a proud Texas Ranger with a penchant for bragging named LaBoeuf (Damon). Rooster and LaBoeuf join forces to find and capture Chaney, with Mattie proving her own true grit by going along with them on their dangerous journey. Just when you thought the Coens had made their career best with the neo-Western No Country for Old Men they make this film. Beautifully directed by the Coens the film boasts a fantastic script (also by the Coens) isn't afraid to have its characters speak in language that is both familiarly twangy to fans of the genre and almost Shakespearean in its formality and strangeness to the modern ear. And no cast member is saddled with more of that challenging dialogue than Hailee Steinfeld. Steinfeld is a revelation here. Steinfeld simply owns the screen from her very first scene, fast establishing herself as a commanding presence to both the other characters and the viewer. She is smart, tough, vulnerable, funny and has range. It will be very intriguing to see where Steinfeld goes from here professionally as she'll most likely earn an OSCAR nomination for her performance. Bridges is equally riveting as Cogburn and will most likely be in the running for an OSCAR also. RATING: B

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T H E P E T PA G E Give "Hermies” and "Nubbins" Some LoveThisValentine’s Day Valentine's Day is coming, and The Purr-fect Cat Shelter has many cats and kittens available for adoption to fill your heart and home with love. This special duo, "Hermies" and "Nubbins," were adopted as kittens from the Purr-

fect Cat Shelter but were surrendered back to PCS recently when their family fell on hard times and couldn't keep them. It was a difficult and sad decision for their family, but they knew at PCS "Hermies" and

"Nubbins" would be loved and cared for and have the best chance of finding another home. These handsome boys are adults now and have quickly become favorites among the volunteers. Both are very sweet, orange and white, domestic short hair cats, with beautiful gold colored eyes. "Hermies" and "Nubbins" are neutered, up to date on all their shots, microchipped and waiting for a new family to take them home.

unteers must be over 18, have medical insurance, and commit to 2 shifts per month for at least six months. Training is provided. Visit our website or call the message center for more information about volunteering.

The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is a non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization, providing shelter and care for homeless kittens and cats in the areas of Medway, Millis, Franklin, Norfolk, Bellingham, Walpole and surrounding communities.

For more information, adoption applications, and current cats available for adoption visit our website www.purrfectcatshelter. org or call our message center at (508) 533-5855. All cats and kittens are examined by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, tested for feline leukemia and FIV, dewormed, given all age appropriate vaccines, and microchipped prior to adoption. Are you interested in volunteering to help homeless animals? The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is always looking for volunteers to care for the cats and kittens waiting to find their forever homes.

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Can You Help Fulfill the Pet Pantry’s Wish List? Metrowest Pet Pantry, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Millis, MA. Our mission is to keep pets and their families together through times of economic difficulties. We will temporarily provide low/no cost food and supplies to pet owners in need, and encourage them to volunteer their time or skills to the pantry in order to help other owners in need.

We're now open for pick up and drop off at 376 Village Street in Millis on Sundays from 10 a.m. 12 p.m. Food and supplies may also be dropped off at The Dog Barn, 1363 Main Street in Millis Monday - Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays from 12-5 p.m., and Sundays from 12-2 p.m. Here at Metrowest Pet Pantry, we're an all volunteer organization and rely on donations of products and items to keep us going. Call (617) 719-9593 or visit for more information. The following is what we're currently in need of. Thank you! • Stamps • Cat/Kitten Food (dry and canned) • SCOOPABLE Cat Litter • Blank "Thank You" Cards • Food/Supplies for Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Birds, etc.


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Tickets for FPAC’s Little Women On Sale Now Tickets for the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC’s) spring musical, Little Women, are currently on sale at The Spotlight Shop, 34 Main Street, Franklin. Little Women will be performed March 11 at 8:00 p.m. with dessert buffet and March 12 at 3:00 p.m., featuring an afternoon tea beginning at 2:15 p.m. at the Franklin Country Club. For tickets call (508) 528-2887. Tickets are $35 for adults, and $30 for students/ seniors.

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Millis Council on Aging Events Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Senator Richard Ross will be here on Monday, February 14th at 11 a.m. to discuss the tax credit. If you are not sure you are eligible please stop by and we will be able to determine if you do qualify. Crime in America and Seniors Niel Orlando from the District Attorneys office will be here on Wednesday, February 23 at 10:30 to discuss telemarketers and current scams and how they target the senior population. Please do not miss this informative presentation. Coffee and pastry will be served. Fuel Assistance Applications and SNAP (Food Stamp Applications) are available at the Center. Please call the Center at (508) 376-7051 for more information. Valentines Day Tea. This year we will be making tea cup flower arrangements on Monday, February 14th at 10:30 a.m. Please bring a tea cup of your choice and we will provided flowers for your decorating pleasure. Tea and pastries will be served, so please be sure to sign up in advance.

per person Includes Luxury coach, $33.95 Casino Bonus, Buffet coupon worth $18.95. Bus leaves Millis at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. Contact Linda at (508) 376-7051 for reservations.

A representative of Senator Ross will be here on February 1st from 10-10:45 a.m.

St. Patrick's Show Featuring Trooper Dan Clark March 15th Leave Millis at 8:30 a.m. First stop Vanity Fair outlets for a coffee break. Then a St Patrick’s Day luncheon at White’s of Westport (known for its delicious cuisine). Trooper Dan Clark will entertain with the traditional Irish music and song. Family style corned beef and cabbage AND roast turkey and homemade stuffing will be served. $59.00 per person. Return home early evening. Please contact Linda at (508) 376-7051 at the center if you want to make reservations or if have any questions.

Veterans Agent John Wypyszinski will be here Thursday, February 17th from 10 a.m.12 p.m.

Friends Meeting will be Tuesday, February 8th at 10 a.m. A staff member of Representative Linsky will be here on February 7th at 11 a.m.

COA Board will meet Friday, February 11th at 9:30 a.m.

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Invest in Your Local CSA BY J.D. O’GARA

“CSAs are a really good way to support a growing farm,� says It’s the dead of winter, not generHeather Scott, President of the ally a time one would think of Medway Community Organic freshly-grown produce, but if Farm (MCF), which will offer 100 you’re thinking of investing in any CSA shares this year. Last year, the local CSA shares, now’s the time farm, which operates without the to act. “CSA� stands for Commuuse of chemical pesticides, herbinity Supported Agriculture, in cides or fungicides, only had a partwhich consumers literally invest in time farmstand. Since the Farm a local farm in return for a regular Manager Brittany Sidway will pickup of seasonal produce from grow food on 2 acres at the 50 that farm during the growing seaWinthrop Street property, up from son. In 2007, 12,549 farms across just 1/4 acre last year, the farm can FELD ENTERTAINMENT the United States reported some now offer CSA shares. TO161269 sort of CSA arrangement, accord4.875� x 12.125� BOSTON, ing toMA the U.S. Department of AgriSo far in Medway,Ad43Size: families Section: ENTERTAINMENT culture. have come together to support the

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Farm in its first year as a full-time farm operation, and the families have purchased 30 vegetable shares, 3 flower shares and 7 garden plots. All money received from the shares and plots go directly to fund Farm Operations. In fact, MCF was able to purchase a green-

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Millis Garden Club recently featured Tangerini speaking about this program, which serves about 300 families in total, or 265 a week. The farmer could offer more, she says, but it does come down to a quality of life issue. “We probably run 11 or 12 hours a day, and we’re going seven days a week,â€? says Tangerini. “Personally speaking, I think it’s a wonderful thing,â€? says Kathy Topazio, who has been a member of the Millis CSA for over three years. Married, with three kids all in college, Topazio says, “We have experienced fruits and vegetables that we had never had and learned to cook them‌It’s more than plenty, and you have the option to just go out and pick if there hasn’t been something brought in. If I can eat something out of the ground that’s right from my own town, I think that we’re better off.â€? Tangerini says nine out of ten CSA shareholders come back the following year. Her year-end survey shows that those who don’t come back generally do so either because they move away or because they receive too much food. “Most of the produce is pretty mainstream, but we also like to expose people to things they might not necessarily eat. Every once in a while, for some people, it becomes their new favorite thing,â€? says the

February 1. 2011 farmer. Parents involved in the CSAs, she says, often find their children are willing to try new foods. She tries to provide recipes for less common vegetables. Matt Surabian, a web developer and network administrator and his wife, Taryn, a research scientist, joined Tangerini’s CSA last year. His comments fall along those lines. “It makes you cook in season. You really need to make an effort, because you’re going to get so much food…it really gives you an opportunity to form a relationship with food and what you’re getting. When you go to the CSA, it’s like, alright, now I get to figure out what to do with this (vegetable).” Surabian says that he and his wife enjoy cooking and “are trying to learn more about preserving. Every now and then we have tons of surplus. It’s a good opportunity for us to learn freezing and canning.” Surabian also enjoyed the “interesting varieties of stuff …which is cool.” Tangerini says that the quality of produce grown locally far surpasses that of a supermarket. “First of all, it’s fresher. Second of all, you’re eating varieties (of fruits and vegetables) that normally aren’t shippable.” Tangerini explains that much produce a consumer sees on the shelf has been grown to “ship well,” but not for flavor. “A variety that’s bred to ship would have much less sugar in it,” she says.

Local Town Pages MCF Manager Brittany Sidway has experience working with four different CSAs, some which required members to volunteer. “I decided not to require work,” she says. “I intend to offer a lot of volunteer opportunities, but just because it was the first year of the farm, I didn’t know how well I would be able to organize unskilled labor, because it is a challenge for anyone working on a farm to have a non-farmer be effective.” Sidway has listened to a number of residents discuss joining the CSA last year. Since most were planning on “splitting their share,” she thought, why not just offer a smaller share? This year, she’s

going to offer 100 shares for $400. “I decided, why not offer a share that seemed to be appropriate for what everyone was telling me?” she said. “My goal is to match the amount dollar for dollar. I’m hoping it will average to $20 a week of produce in a week — a little less in the spring and more in the fall, because no one wants $20 worth of scallions,” she laughs. There is still time to buy a share or plot. In addition to the shares, Medway Community Farm is offering 25 garden plots to the community. You are welcome to sign up for a share or plot online at

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Your home M O R T G A G E How to Shop for the Right Mortgage BY MICHAEL CARROLL, DEAN BANK With mortgage rates remaining at near-historic lows, many homeowners are considering if now may be the right time to refinance before rates start to climb. Obtaining a mortgage that fits your budget is just one goal a mortgage should meet and “shopping” for the right mortgage can seem a complicated task. These simple steps may help.

Income, current debts and credit history all factor into the mortgage approval process. Lending guidelines are determined independently by each mortgage lender and may vary widely. It’s important that a borrower is realistic and conservative when determining how large a mortgage is affordable, what their other current debts are and what

are everywhere. Interest rates react to those economic conditions; rising and falling over time. Financial institutions and other mortgage lenders respond to the economic signals sent out from a variety of sources and set their mortgage rates accordingly. Not all lenders, however, offer the identical interest rate for a particular mortgage product.


tain mortgage products. A mortgage lender specializing in programs for borrowers with impaired credit may offer rates that are higher than those offered elsewhere. Some lenders may have an attractive interest rate, but an APR that is significantly higher. This indicates a mortgage that may have fees built into it. Most financial institutions offer competitive rates, a variety of terms and reduced fees, however, may utilize more conservative guidelines.

1. Identify the Goal. Is the mortgage for the purchase of a first home or a new home? Is a lower monthly payment the reason? Looking to cut years off of the length of the mortgage? Have interest rates fallen? Does the borrower need to pay off other debts? Are home improvements the reason? These are just a few reasons why a homeowner may need a mortgage. Lenders offer a wide selection of mortgage programs to fit the specific needs of borrowers. Understanding what the mortgage is for will help both the borrower and the lender find the right program to fit the borrower’s needs.

Some of the important components of a mortgage include the interest rate, the term or length in years, if it has a fixed interest rate over the life of the mortgage or if it adjusts periodically and if the rate includes points, or other fees. The payment is determined after all of the components are selected and is a direct reflection of those choices. For example, a borrower would make larger monthly payments on a 15-year mortgage than on a 30-year mortgage. A fixed rate mortgage offers a principal and interest payment that doesn’t change over the life of the loan, whereas the payment on a 1-year adjustable mortgage may change after every 12th payment.

3. Assess your Qualifying Factors.

rower may withdraw an application at any time prior to closing.

7. Make Service Matter. A mortgage should be considered as much a service as it is a product. What can determine a borrower’s ultimate satisfaction beyond simply rate and payment; is the professionalism, honesty, patience and courtesy displayed throughout the process. Choose a mortgage lender that has demonstrated a commitment to service over a long period of time. More than a few lenders that were making loans recently are no longer in business; victims of the economy and of questionable loan decisions. A lender that has strong roots in the community provides stability; a very important quality when future borrowing needs arise. Borrowers that have demonstrated reliable repayment are more likely to be approved for future mortgage loans. Borrowers should consider this when making their choice in a mortgage lender.

8. Review the Documents.

2. Learn the Basics. Mortgages come in all “shapes and sizes”…learning how a mortgage is designed will help as the borrower chooses a lender that offers the product they need and applies for a mortgage the borrower can comfortably afford once identified.

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their credit history reflects. Assessing these factors prior to making an application will save time and aggravation. As a general rule of thumb, a mortgage payment should never exceed 40% of the gross (pretax) monthly income of the borrower(s). Making a list of other current monthly debts provides insight as to how more or less conservative the borrower should be. Finally, determining what, if any, negative factors a potential lender may find on a credit report may give the borrower an opportunity to dispute or clear up charge-offs or other credit problems prior to making application, thus improving the score that most lenders use as their primary decision aide. In Massachusetts, consumers can obtain their credit report once a year at no cost from a variety of consumer resources such as www.annualcreditreport. com.

4. Do the Research. Media reports of the economy; what it’s doing and where it’s going,

Competition is still the driving force. Before determining who has the best overall mortgage program, do some preliminary research. Here’s an example of a basic research form. Across the top, select a few mortgage programs; for example 30-year fixed, 15-year fixed, 1year adjustable, etc. Then, make a list of Community banks, mortgage brokers or other lenders currently offering mortgages down the left-hand column. An internet search of lenders in our area is a good resource to use in compiling this list. Record the rates currently offered, either by visiting web sites or by calling. Make sure to use the APR or Annual Percentage Rate, not the interest rate; as the APR factors in certain costs associated with the mortgage, making for an equal comparison.

5. Get the Facts. Trends should develop which will offer insight into what type of lender offers lower or higher rates for cer-

When the research is complete, a clear picture of lenders that offer products that meet borrowers’ needs will develop.

6. Be Realistic. Applying for a mortgage is a process that will require time, effort and, in all likelihood, some out-ofpocket expenses. An appraisal is required, a rate lock-in fee may be charged, closing costs are involved, etc. Being granted a mortgage approval should be the prime directive at this point and choosing a lender that offers mortgage programs that accurately reflect the borrower’s profile is important. Speak to a few of the mortgage lenders whose programs and rates best match the need and be realistic when answering the qualifying questions they ask. Remember, the process is confidential and the questions only serve to better qualify potential borrowers. Ask questions as the process continues and determine if it appears that the lender is working towards something that is going to be mutually beneficial. Keep in mind, a bor-

Finally, loan documents can seem confusing and complex, but understanding them is extremely beneficial. Be watchful for hidden fees by carefully going over the documents the lender provides prior to the closing or document signing for the loan. Community banks will produce documentation demonstrating that the mortgage’s rate and terms are in the Borrower’s Best Interest, adding to the comfort level. A borrower has the right to question any part of the closing process and if the mortgage involves refinancing, a borrower has three business days after a mortgage closing to question or even back out of a closing. This is called the rescission period. The mortgage processor assigned to the mortgage application is trained to answer questions and is always willing to assist. After all, they want the mortgage for the institution as much as the borrower wants it for themselves.

9. Stay Aware. Mortgage rates change regularly and staying in touch with the mortgage lender may make a future refinance opportunity possible, should rates go down. Needs change over time as well…home improvements become necessary, children get married, families outgrow their current home, etc. Maintaining contact with a lending professional can make getting that next mortgage less difficult.

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Medway Cultural Council Releases Organization Grants Residents of Medway will be able to enjoy a variety of cultural events this year supported by local Cultural Council grants. In November, the Medway Players will produce an original musical play Outpatients; Medway Library will host both a Live Animal Show and a Dale Freeman Musical Program this summer, and in spring, the Senior Center will continue their popular painting classes. Grants will contribute to an evaluation of the conservation needs on Anson Daniel’s self-portrait by

the Worcester Art Museum, requested by the Medway Historical Society. A photo of the original oil painting is on view at the Historical Museum. For July 1, a concert by the Quintessential Brass is planned for Choate Park, and May brings a presentation, “Owls,” at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. The Council has been able to support many other musical and theatrical events in the Medway area, due to the financial means given to us by our State Represen-

tatives and Senators through the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We are happy to acknowledge the work of our Council members – Catherine Perkins, Anne Codman, Lauren Miller, Michael Finnegan and Cynthia McLaughlin. We are looking for new members to be part of our Council. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please call Audrey Ritter at (508) 533-0454 after 4 p.m. for more information.

Winslow Appointed To Three Major Legislative Committees Winslow Appointed to Three Major Legislative Committees State Representative Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) has been appointed to three major legislative committees: Ranking Republican Member of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Ranking Republican Member on the Joint Committee for Federal Stimulus

Oversight, and Member of the House Ethics Committee. "I am very thankful to serve on these Committees, which either affect our state economy or oversee ethics in government. I hope to make a positive contribution by my service and help get Massachusetts working again," said Winslow.


Winslow previously served as the Presiding Justice of the Wrentham District Court and is thought to be the only former Judge ever to serve in the Massachusetts House. Winslow represents the towns of Wrentham, Norfolk, Plainville and parts of Millis, South Walpole, and Medfield.

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Next Medway Lions Bottle & Can Drive February 5 The Medway Lions will conduct its monthly bottles and cans collection on Saturday, February 5, 2011 starting at 9 a.m.; a fundraiser with proceeds used to support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m. Redeemables may also be brought directly to

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Out and About February Fondness I am not the warm and fuzzy type. Never have been, never will be. My husband is the same way. We are not the picturesque couple holding hands, skipping through meadows. We don’t write each other sonnets proclaiming our love -- actually I’d bet that hubby wouldn’t know what a sonnet was, let alone how to write one -- and I’m okay with that. We both come from Irish Catholic families where a light punch in the shoulder followed by the utterance of “You’re a great

kid” was enough proclamation of love to last a few weeks. I remember my grandmother and mother had what we called the “Flynn Flinch.” You’d go in for the kiss on the cheek and due to “the Flinch” ultimately planted one closer to the ear. It was that they weren’t receptive; it wasn’t just the way they were. And years later, the memory of my mother’s face twitching right before the big smooch was planted is one of my kids’ favorite tales. The “Flynn Flinch” has skipped my generation. And my husband and kids are grateful for that. When I was a kid, on Valentine’s Day, my father would present my

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mother with the biggest card he could find, containing all the mushy, gushy, lovey, dovey words he could say aloud. I swear every year the card got bigger and bigger. My mother and I would always joke about the yearly behemoth card she received and wonder- would this be the year that its mere heft would somehow crush the television set it resided upon. In addition to the billboard-sized card my mom received. My dad would present, “his girls” with earrings. Always symbolizing what was not often said. One year there were gold Claddaghs, which for Irish folk symbolize love, friendship, and loyalty- qualities “his girl’s had.” Another year, heart shaped earrings- saying what he always thought and we always knew. I still have those earrings tucked away. I wear them every year on Valentine’s Day- missing him while secretly showing everyone how he “hearted” me. On the very rare occasion that my husband and I display a tiny amount of P.D.A. (public display of affection) it's to the “eews” and “ughs” of my three kids. God forbid we actually kissed in public; my kids would probably be traumatized for life. Because hubby and I are not

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squishy, romantic, P.D.A. people, Valentine’s Day can present quite the conundrum. The cards line the shelves dripping with sentiment about “lovers for life” and “forever, always and true” which for a gal like me, sends my gag reflex into overdrive. Usually I’ll get the hubby two cards, one with a bit of squishy sentiment, the other funny. He’ll also get something with Reese’s because that’s what he loves. Don’t get me wrong. Cards gushing with sappy sentiment are great for some. But for this gal, it’s not just the words on the paper but the day to day actions that speak even louder. The warning to drive safely on the snow covered road. The run to the store for ginger ale and popsicles in the middle of the night because after a nasty flu bug that was what I could hold down. Offering to let my sick mother move in with her smelly dog in an already very cramped chaotic house. To methis is what love is all about. And it can’t be summed up in a squishy card. The year I was pregnant with our first child-hubby and I were working full time jobs while decorating the baby’s room and running around picking out furniture. I remember Tommy kept the baby’s

room door closed declaring “he didn’t want the paint fumes affecting me.” On Valentine’s Day, he opened the door to present me with a beautiful rocker. One he had lovingly chosen, sanded and finished himself. The thought that he picked this out for our baby, had worked so hard on it -secretly in our basement. Well, between the raging hormones and the sentiment I think I cried for a week. Note, in addition to not being warm and fuzzy, I’m not normally a crier either. That rocker now sits in my hallway, covered in clothes. Dust bunnies surround its legs, cobwebs entwined within its spindles. Always a reminder of what love is to me. Every year my husband gives me flowers for Valentine’s Day. And there is always a card, not billboard sized, but just right. It isn’t normally something filled with tons of squishy sentiment. And I’m okay with that, as long as I see the “Love Tommy” signature. And that proclamation will keep me for a long while. Dawn C. Fitzgerald is a freelance writer and columnist. She’d love to hear your comments at

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Obituaries Beaton, Andrew, Jr., age 78, of Millis, died on Saturday morning, January 22, 2011, after a long illness.

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He was the beloved husband of Kathleen D. “Kitty” (Kilpatrick) Beaton; loving brother of Richard Beaton and wife Adele of Southampton and brother-in-law of James D. Kilpatrick and wife Herminie of Rumford, RI; and devoted uncle of Catherine and Rose Beaton of Southampton and Richard Beaton and wife Linda of Chicopee. He is also survived by his grandniece Alicia.

Quinlan, Georgianna Mae (McLoughlin) Esq., age 58, a Boston area attorney and devoted mother, died suddenly at MetroWest Medical Center on January 18, 2011, after falling ill at her Millis home.

A memorial service was held at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, 90 Curve Street, Millis, on Tuesday, Feb. 1st. Late member of the Charles River Lodge AF&AM and the Millis Post 208, American Legion, Andy was also a Korean War Veteran, USMC. MacBride , Alice E. (Steele), age 104, died on Wednesday afternoon, December 29, 2010, at the Thomas Upham House, her home for the past three years. Born in North Mountain, Nova Scotia, on October 5, 1906, she was a daughter of the late Wallace H. and Marjorie (Schofield) Steele. Alice immigrated to Waltham at the age of 24 and began work at the Waltham Watch Factory. After her marriage she lived several years in Belmont prior to settling in Medford. Alice created a warm and loving home for her family and after her daughters were grown cooked for local nursing homes. A Sunday school teacher at the Medford Methodist Church, she enjoyed gardening and became a proficient seamstress and embroiderer. Alice retired with her husband to Wareham and following his death in 1980 moved to Medfield. She was fond of card games and playing Scrabble. Beloved wife of the late Roger N. MacBride, she is survived by two daughters, Norma Reardon and husband James of Millis, and Beverly MacBride of Tampa, FL; her brother Arlan Steele and sister Esther Pace, both of Nova Scotia; six grandchildren, Lisa, Thomas, Lori, James, Roger and John; nine great-grandchildren; four greatgreat-grandchildren; and her caregivers and friends at Thomas Upham House. A memorial service was held at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Miller Street, Medfield. Burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, was private. If desired, donations may be made in Alice’s memory to the Thomas

Born in Brooklyn, NY, on September 12, 1952, she was a daughter of the late John and Catherine (Casey) McLoughlin. She was a 1970 graduate of Brooklyn’s St. Edmond High School and continued her education at the State University of New York, Binghamton. Georgianna was employed as a teacher with the Robert E. Peary School in Brooklyn prior to earning her JD from the New England School of Law. After passing the Massachusetts Bar exam she worked as City Solicitor for the City of Gloucester and then as Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Bellotti. Georgianna then served as General Counsel for Charles T. Main, later Parson’s Corporation, until 1992. She was employed briefly with Goldberg Zoino Associates of Newton and later for several years as Associate Counsel with the Heuer Law Group. A lover of music and musicals, Georgianna was also an enthusiastic beachgoer who looked forward to summers spent in Brewster. She enjoyed going on educational trips with her family, particularly jaunts to Gettysburg, Williamsburg, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Some of her daughters’ fondest memories are their trips to witness the annual Wild Pony Swim at Assateague and Chincoteague Islands. She is survived by her husband, Edward J. Quinlan; two daughters, Elizabeth M. and Molly M. Quinlan of Millis; two step-daughters, Katherine Pero of Hyde Park and Diana Calvo of Brighton; a sister, Rosemary McLoughlin of Mesilla, NM; a sisterin-law, Gene McLoughlin of Westerville, OH; a nephew, John McLoughlin, III, of OH; and a niece, Meaghan McLoughlin Zeiner of IL. She was also a sister of the late John and William McLoughlin.

Russo, Dorothy (Cronin), age 70, longtime Millis resident, died peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, December 29, 2010, surrounded by her family at the Milford Care and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Jamaica Plain on February 20, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Cornelius and Margaret (Murphy) Cronin. She was a graduate of Jamaica Plain High School and married Robert W. Russo in 1960. The Russo’s moved their growing family to Norfolk prior to settling in Millis in 1967. Dorothy was employed at Lil’ Peach and Braman Screw while her children were in school. In 1984, she accepted a position as a secretary at MCI Norfolk, a job she enjoyed until her retirement eighteen years later. Thereafter she worked part time at the Millis Library. A sportswoman, Dorothy enjoyed playing softball, bowling and golf throughout much of her adult life. She was also fond of playing cards and reading a good book. Predeceased by her daughter Cheryl in 1982 and her husband in 2006, she is survived by three children, Jean M. DeCourcey and husband Edward of Franklin, Neil T. Russo and wife Joanne of Medway, and Joanne Russo of Millis; five granddaughters, Danielle, Jamie, Katie, Jordan, and Brooke; a brother, Gene Cronin and wife Grace of Rockland; three sisters, Rita DiMinico of Medway, Mary Silve of Franklin, and Margaret Weber of Norfolk; and many nieces and nephews. She was also a sister of the late William Cronin and Helen Bonner. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 82 Exchange Street, Millis. Burial followed at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made in Dorothy’s to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Thatcher, Marcia Lee (Shields), age 80, a longtime Millis resident, died on Sunday night, January 16, 2011, at the MetroWest Medical Center in Natick.

Born, raised and educated in Newton, she was a daughter of the late Dr. Richard N. and Ann (Bowman) Shields. She attended Simmons College and earned and degree in Library Science from Framingham State College. Marcia married Clifford D. Thatcher in 1948 and lived in Cambridge and Texas before coming to live in Millis. She was active in the community as the President of the Catholic Daughters and Grand Regent of Massachusetts. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a member of the Frontier Players, a Millis community theatre group. She had fun with her bridge group that lasted well over 25 years. She was a member of the Millis Historical Society and worked as a Ward Secretary at Norwood Hospital for 17 years. Marcia and her husband traveled extensively throughout the world before they retired and she loved to ski and go to the beach with all of her kids. After retirement she continued to enjoy her friends, especially "the Ladies that Lunch" and spent nearly every day with her best friend, her sister Barbara Joyce. She traveled the world with her husband and lived for up to 3 months at a time in 26 different countries in Africa, South America, the Middle East and Russia. In Siberia and the Republic of Georgia she taught English classes and in Africa she worked at a street hospital giving immunizations. She had an adventurous spirit and a generous heart. She was the Queen of Christmas and birthdays. Predeceased by her husband in June, she is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Ann “Kate” Griffin-Brooks and husband Roger of No. Brookfield, and Marcia Lee J. Thatcher of Dracut; two sons, Richard E. Thatcher and wife Irma of Arcadia, CA, and Steven A. Thatcher and wife Louise “Boo” of Mattapoisett; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Andrew, Amanda, Timothy, Christopher, Marcia Lee, David and Olivia; a great-granddaughter, Natalia; a sister, Barbara Joyce of Millis; brother-in-law Bernie Thatcher of Millis; and a sister-in-law Joan Hemmer of New Jersey. She was also the mother of the late Clifford J. “Jim”

Thatcher, grandmother of the late Joseph Renaud, great-grandmother of the late Shane A. Thatcher, and sister of the late Shirley Ritchie and Lydia Shields. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 82 Exchange Street, Millis, on Thursday, Jan. 20th. Burial followed at Prospect Hill Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made in Marcia Lee’s memory to UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038. Urquhart, Bernice I. "B" (Drake), age 84, of Millis, died peacefully on Wednesday morning, January 12, 2011, at Mary Ann Morse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Natick. Born, raised and educated in Norwood, she was a daughter of the late Leon and Gertrude (Allen) Drake. She continued her education at the Bentley School of Accounting. Bernice married and lived for several years in Holbrook prior to settling in Millis in 1964. She was employed as an administrator with the William Carter Company in Needham for over thirty years. A longtime active member of the Church of Christ, B traveled extensively after her retirement and enjoyed weekly card games with friends. Wife of the late Charles K. Urquhart, she is survived by two daughters, Lynn S. Easland of Millis and Lauren A. McKenzie and husband Peter of Sandowne, NH; a son, Wayne S. Urquhart and wife Julie of Norfolk; four grandchildren, Erica, Jessica, Sara, and Andrew; and two sisters, Phyllis Oelschlagel of Walpole and Arlene Gemba of Norwood. A memorial service was held at the Church of Christ, 142 Exchange Street, Millis, on Monday, Jan. 24th. Burial will be private. If desired, donations may be made in B’s memory to the Church of Christ or the Millis Food Pantry at 142 Exchange St., Millis, MA 02054.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 82 Exchange Street, Millis, Saturday, Jan. 22nd . Burial will be at a later date. If desired, donations may be made in Georgianna’s memory to the MSPCA, 350 So. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130 or the MA Humane Society, P.O. Box 890127, E. Weymouth, MA 02189.


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