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Lost Steeple, Found Soul Medway Community Church Recovers from Steeple Fire BY MARJORIE TURNER HOLLMAN When lightning struck the steeple of the Medway Community Church in July of 2009, the iconic New England “church on the green” was heavily damaged. The steeple was destroyed by fire, and the sanctuary, because of significant water damage, was unusable. And yet, the first Sunday sermon after the fire, delivered by Associate Pastor Carl Schultz on the front lawn of the damaged church building set the tone for what has followed. He preached, “Our faith today does not rest on whether this building stands or falls. Our faith rests on the knowledge that while people may pass away and buildings burn, our God is unchanging.” Schultz and Senior Pastor Travis Bond spoke recently about the changes that have occurred in the congregation since the fire. Schultz noted that, “Prior to the fire, folks talked about getting involved with the community, but the day of the fire, suddenly we weren’t the pristine church on the hill; we were a member of the community that had suffered a loss.” He recalled, “People in the neighborhood kept stopping by,

BY J.D. O’GARA Lean economic times can make for a paltry Thanksgiving feast this November, especially for those struggling to make ends meet. Food pantries in Medway and Millis are seeing the numbers of their patrons rise, but pantry volunteers laud the efforts of both local businesses and residents to be good neighbors to those in need.

Following its steeple fire, the Medway Community Church was forced to hold services in a tent on its front lawn. The change made the congregation more informal and accessible, spurring a shift in focus to the community. Photo courtesy of the Medway Community Church.

sharing memories and feelings. The fire knocked down the wall that had kept people from engaging.” He continued, “That first Sunday after the fire, instead of the usual summer crowd of 150, we had

over 300 people. We’d gone around and invited the firefighters and police from all the towns around here that had helped us. Many came, and we recognized them during the service. As the reality of the fire took hold, we

arranged for a tent, but soon we needed a larger one; there was no summer drop-off in attendance. And because it was summer, we kept the flaps of the tent up, so

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Honoring Veterans at 11 a.m. Veteran’s Day

Medway Town Notes • Village Street drainage work will be going on from the end of October to early November, around the area of Waterview Drive. The area is subject to occasional flooding, especially in the winter months. This creates a large ice patch and is dangerous to drivers on Village Street as well as area residents. The work will remove excess water and remove this icing hazard.

• The Medway Recycling Center on Broad Street moved to winter hours beginning October 27th. Winter hours of operation are Wednesday from 12 noon to 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Medway Recycling Center is open to all Medway residents who participate in the Town’s trash program and have a valid sticker. For more information, visit www.townofmedway .org under the Department of Pub-

lic Services. • Medway will hold a Special Town Meeting on November 14th at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Medway High School located on Summer Street. To see the warrant on upcoming issues, visit

The town of Millis American Legion Post 208 will host a ceremony honoring the sacrifices and contributions made by veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces on Thursday, November 11, beginning at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the Holbrook Square WWI Memorial at the intersection of Plain, Exchange and Curve Streets, opposite the American Legion post. Master of Ceremonies will be Alan E. Burch, Commander of American Legion Post 208.

-Above information offered by Dave D’Amico, DPS Deputy Director

Millis Town Notes Look for the town of Millis’ updated new website: www.millis. net this month! • Cleanup from Hurricane Irene continues. The town offered curbside pickup and has completed most curbside pickup throughout town. Brush was taken and chipped for use at the tree farm near the town dump. The cost of chipping the curbside debris was $55,000, and the Department of Public Works projects the entire cost of the operation to be $123,000. On October 11, Jim McKay met with FEMA (Federal

Emergency Management Association) and MEMA (Massachusetts Emergency Management Association) to determine whether any of the town’s cost for the post-storm cleanup might be reimbursed. • Hydrant flushing began October 17 and will continue through the first week of November. Visit www. for more information. • The Department of Public Services just purchased a new multipurpose vehicle to replace the old one. Using this vehicle, workers will plow sidewalks, mow grass,

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trim trees and street sweep throughout the town.

Participants in the Veteran’s Day ceremony will include members of American Legion Post 208, AMVETS Post 495, Millis Board of Selectmen, Millis Police Department, Millis Fire Department, Millis School Band, Boy Scouts Troop 15, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts Packs 115 and 165 and the Blackstone Valley Young Marines.

• The final project for storm restoration and wall restoration at Prospect Hill Cemetery has been completed. Money for this project came from the Community Preservation Fund. • The Ridge Street culvert replacement project should be completed by mid-November.

PROGRAM • Clock strikes 11 a.m. – Moment of Silence.

-Above information offered by Jim McKay, Assistant Director, Town of Millis

Legion Post 208. • Posting of the Colors – Post 208 and AMVETS Post 495 Honor Guard. • Janice Norton and Millis School Band – National Anthem • Invocation: Manuel Goes, Chaplain American Legion Post 208. • The Pledge of Allegiance – Led by Scouts. • Veteran’s Agent – John Wypizinski “Role of the Veteran’s Agent” • Proclamation from the Selectmen – Town of Millis – Charles Vecchi. • Harold Crosby “Today’s Veterans” • Placing of wreath: Mary Ann Sheridan. SSgt, US Army (ret) escorted by Edwin Waite, Past Commander, American Legion Post 208. • Benediction: Manuel Goes, Chaplain, American Legion Post 208. • America The Beautiful, Millis School Band, Janice Norton Conductor. • Dismissal: Robert Yeager, Sergeant-at-Arms, American Legion Post 208.

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people could just walk up who wouldn’t have walked into a church. The tent had two benefits—it was more accessible, and it took the congregation out of their ruts—there was no organ, no pews, there was more informality in the service and things began to change.” Shultz noted, “Because God brought us out of the building, we realized that our goal wasn’t to get back as quickly as possible, but to follow the path God put us on— which was to engage in the community. We could have been back in four to five months if we’d only wanted to put everything back exactly as it was. But we took the time to see what changes should be made in the sanctuary.” The sanctuary is now a blend of traditional and modern design. Glass extends the height of the quaint balconies. The front of the church has been remodeled. ADA

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has in fact become difficult for the volunteers to handle, so volunteers are now placing orders online for delivery. Local students from the Millis Middle School/High School also add to the Thanksgiving feast, putting together boxes with sides such as potatoes, canned squash, carrots, and, usually, pie. “We’re very fortunate in Millis that we’re so well supported by the people of the town,” says Ackerman. “We’re able to service the people shopping at the pantry. Some of our volunteers do grants for Project Bread, and some of the businesses in town support us by sending us a check monthly. It’s not necessarily a lot, but it’s a nice steady amount we can count on.” Ackerman says that the donated food helps, but “we could never stock the shelves with the amount that is donated. Cash donations make a huge help.” Because the Millis Ecumenical Food Pantry is well supported, says Ackerman, it is able to offer laundry

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commodate the dinner effort. We’ve been serving between fifty to sixty people every week for the last two years, every Tuesday from 5:306:30 p.m.”

in Springfield. We have multiple small groups: for men, women, couples, college-age and young families. We also have recovery and support groups.”

She continued, “We have people who shop, and cook, as well as dishwashers. Others wait on tables, make centerpieces, and a pianist plays during the supper. There are no cafeteria lines; it’s restaurantstyle. We’ve had some trial and error, but it’s gone smoothly because everyone has a different gift. And no one sits alone at a table— there’s no room! It’s a bonding experience for those of us working as well. And as we’ve gotten to know people, we’re able to pray with them. We have a small food pantry, so people can take food with them when they leave.”

It’s been almost exactly a year since the steeple and sanctuary have been restored. Bond noted that, “Churches go through ups and downs, but for me, this is so much fun, because we’re concerned about the things that matter. Laughter fills the hallways, and people are determined to find new ways to serve.”

You might think that after such an event, a church would spend all its energy rebuilding. However, according to church member Sharon Skerry, Community Table Coordinator, in October, 2009, the church began offering a free weekly supper for any person who needed a meal.

“We saw the need—it was in the midst of the financial downturn,” Skerry noted. “The construction crews working on the steeple and sanctuary had to work with us to ac-

Bond described other church “grassroots efforts” that have sprung up since the fire. “We had groups that went out several times to help with the clean-up after the tornadoes

and dish detergent. Still, the pantry is always in need of detergent, personal care items such as shampoo and deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, paper goods, tuna, peanut butter and jelly, cereal and prepared canned foods. The Millis food pantry is open Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

allotted to Medway is based on their monthly reporting to the GBFB. For Medway Village Food Pantry, that average tends to be about 55-70 households a week. The Medway Food Pantry also tracks their clients for the GBFB, so far serving 3,125 individuals from 1,255 Massachusetts households in and around Medway in the first nine months of 2011, according to Director Helen Luccio.

Wilson adds that visitors to the food pantry are always looking for packaged meals that are reasonably simple to prepare, such as canned pastas and soups.” Cleaning items and paper goods are always at a premium,” she adds. Wilson gives a thankful nod to local grocer Medway Star Market. “They’re very generous,” says Wilson.

This Thanksgiving, the Medway Village Food Pantry, 170 Village Street, and the Medway Food Pantry, 600 Mahan Circle, are working together to fill the need for turkeys. Food pantry shoppers can sign up for one of the frozen turkeys distributed November 16.

“We depend on the Food Bank for probably about 80% of what we distribute. The Food Bank does more than a fabulous job beating down the bushes for surpluses,” says Wilson, “but this past 6 months have been kind of lean for the Food Bank, both in their funding and their ability to secure well rounded items.”

“We get a large number of our turkeys from the Greater Boston Food Bank,” says Medway Village Food Pantry Office Manager Sandy Wilson, who adds that the pantry is always grateful for additional private donations of turkeys. “There’s always the family that maybe received an extra turkey from their place of business.” she says, “Always, demand exceeds request.” Wilson points out that the number of turkeys

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At the Medway Community Church, out of the ashes, new things have come. As church member Linda Hardin, of Franklin, recalls, “Our steeple caught on fire, and then our church caught on fire.” For more about The Medway Community Church, or the Community Table, visit the church website at http://www.medway or call (508) 533-7032 to leave a voice mail about the Community Table. fee. Residents who need more information on the Thanksgiving turkeys in Medway can visit the Medway Village Food Pantry (508-533-6401) on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45-4:45 p.m. for signup, or the Medway Food Pantry (508-5332434) on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Talking a Lot of Local Turkey this Thanksgiving BY J.D. O’GARA Got turkeys? If you live in Massachusetts, now you do. These nonmigratory birds were pretty much nowhere to be seen in the state back in the mid 1970s, according to the Massachusetts Audubon Society. According to data collected between 1975 and 1979, wild turkeys were spotted in only 1.6% of the state. In a recent survey, the birds inhabited 78.2% of the regions in Massachusetts. “Turkeys disappeared in the first place, because turkeys are birds of hardwood forest,” says Doug Williams, Director of the Mass Audubon Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center in Norfolk, Mass. “Their primary food source is mast, which includes nuts from hickories and acorns and beech nuts.” Williams explains that turkey scarcity began

in the 1800s, when forests were cleared across the state. In fact, he says, 90% of stone walls were built between 1810 and 1840, and they

were put around open fields. Trees in our area, he says, were cut down to service the glass industry on

Cape Cod, to make way for farms, to heat homes, make iron and heat food.

Humans might have contributed to the apparent extinction of turkeys, but they also took steps to

remedy the situation. According to Mass Audubon, 37 wild-trapped turkeys from New York were released in Berkshire County from 1972 to 1973. This population reproduced, and transplants from this group have stretched turkey residence across the state. Although turkeys thrive in hardwood forests, in Massachusetts, the birds have been found to do well in the young forests that have regrown. Stony Brook Sanctuary, in fact, is one such location, says Williams, which has regrown after once being cleared. “The reason there are a lot of turkeys is because they’ve proven they’re very adaptable to living in our parks and wild and open spaces,” says Williams, “and they reproduce like crazy. You’ve got two birds replacing themselves with four birds annually, and not a

lot of things have turkey on the menu.” In fact, turkeys are so abundant in Massachusetts that they can again be hunted for food and sport. Turkey nesting produces young 55% of the time, and poults can fly to roost at about two weeks old. Turkeys may be visible more often in the winter, however, as they tend to flock more, with winter flocks sometimes reaching 100 birds. Snow cover often moves the birds to forage for mast in roads overhung by trees. “As you move into winter,” says Williams, “males lose their aggressiveness. They will loosely associate with big flocks, and you’ll get all these flocks coalescing into big units. The more there are, the safer they are.”

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Medway Open Space Committee Clears Out Invasives BY MARJORIE TURNER HOLLMAN

For many Medway residents, the Charles River is truly, in the words of Franklin author Mike Tougias, “The Hidden Charles.” However, Medway’s Open Space Committee is spearheading a community effort that could change this perception. Part of their plan is to remove invasive plants that have choked a four- acre parcel of land behind Medway Town Hall that has substantial Charles River frontage. This same parcel includes a once-beloved feature in town referred to as “The Amphitheater.” A natural bowl formation, the Amphitheater was the stage of a community pageant when Medway celebrated its 200th anniversary celebration in 1913. If residents from then were here today, they wouldn’t be able to recognize it, since the entire amphitheater is presently an impenetrable tangle of oriental bittersweet, common buckthorn, bush honeysuckle, autumn olive and other invasive plant species. Several recent Saturday mornings this fall have been “work days” at the property. Open Space Committee members, Medway Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, Conservation Agent Karon Skinner-Catroni, and Medway Public Service employees have labored to cut, dig up, chop, tear out and haul away the invasive plants that have taken over the area. Open Space Committee ViceChairman Jim Wickis, active with the N.E. Wildflower Society and a participant in creating the “Invasive Plant Atlas of New England,” created a simple guide so plant eradicator “rookies” would be sure to remove only invasive plants, while leaving native species to flourish. Jim and his wife, Betty,

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Wright showed me the walking path down to the river that has already been created from the group’s efforts. Paul Marble, another member of the Open Space Committee, noted that “We’re developing a Trail Committee, so people can contact us if they’re interested in helping.”

Volunteers for the Medway Open Space Committee are helping to restore the "Ampitheatre" to its native beauty. From L-R-Karon Skinner-Catroni, Town ConservationAgent, Paul Marble, Patrick McHallam, Tina Wright, JIm Wickis, Betty Wickis, Open Sapce Committee members, Fred Sibley in background operating MIni excavator

stayed in the thick of things all morning on a recent Saturday, providing advice as well as lots of plain hard work. I clambered through the muck behind the Sanford Mill property to the work area and sidled past Fred Sibley, Operations Manager of the Department of Public Services. He stopped the mini-excavator he was operating to allow me to safely get over to the group of volunteers hauling out branches. Karon Skinner-Catroni, Town Conservation Agent, greeted me. Tina Wright, Chair of the Open Space Committee, introduced me to the others who were working and explained a little of what they were doing. “Karon keeps us legal, and Jim has the expertise and keeps us educated,” Wright noted with a smile.

As we watched the mini-excavator plough through the brambles that engulfed a pussy willow, Wright explained that Tom Holder, Director of Public Services in Medway had paid for the excavator out of his department’s funds, along with authorizing the overtime for his department employees, Sibley and Tim Abberton. The Department also fetched the excavator from Norfolk Power and Equipment, which gave the town a discount on the rental price because of the Girl Scouts’ involvement in the project. “Invasive means non-native and pushing out native species,” explained the handout Wickis gave to volunteers. The end result of invasive plants taking over an area, writes Wickis, is that “you have a habitat that looks green, but it has

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Grace Hoag, member of the Medway Historical Commission said, “I’m excited about what they’re doing to clean up the area. It was a lovely meadow years ago, and it’s a lovely spot along the river.” For more information or to volunteer for the trail committee or to receive email updates please email the committee at:

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Rosettis Honored as Grand Marshalls of 2011 Medway Christmas Parade BY J.D. O’GARA

Break out those hats and mittens, Medway residents, and get ready for some Christmas cheer. The 2011 Medway Christmas Parade is once again slated for the Saturday night after Thanksgiving, November 26. The 19-year tradition will again include a full parade, with floats from organizations and businesses throughout Medway. The parade will begin at 5 p.m., beginning on Holliston Street, to Main Street. The evening, complete with a visit by the jolly old elf himself, will end with a bang with a fireworks display at Choate Park following the parade. This year, the Medway Parade Committee, consisting of Police Chief Allen Tingley, Fire Chief Paul Trufant, Scott Guyette and Richard Parrella, will honor Freddie and Grace Rosetti as the Parade’s Grand Marshalls. Grace Rosetti, by her own admission, is not a native to Medway. She has lived in Medway only 56 years. “My husband is a native,”

she laughs, “He was born here. When you think my husband is 88, that’s a long time.” The couple has been a central force in Medway for a long time, however. In 1958, the Rosetti’s opened Rosetti’s Restaurant in a location formerly known as Brookside on Route 109, across from United Awl and Needle, says Rosetti. They stayed at that location for two years, and later moved to the corner of Holliston Street and 109 from 1960 to 1976,” says Mrs. Rosetti. “It was a favorite hangout of all the teenagers at that time,” says Grace, “like the diner in ‘Happy Days.’ Any function in town, they were always there.” In 1977, Freddie Rosetti became the steward at the Medway V.F.W., where he stayed until 1995, when he retired. Grace, on the other hand, was an obstetrical nurse at Milford Hospital for 42 years. “It was very nice to think that they thought of us (for Grand Marshalls),” says Grace, who, with

Freddie, were also grand marshals of a little league parade about a decade ago. “My husband has been very active in the town. At one time, he was an assessor. I think he’s touched more lives than anybody I’ve ever known. He really is a good guy,” she says. Grace herself is very active in the Medway Senior Center, volunteering her time there. “I love the center,” says Rosetti, who, with her husband Freddie, has held a number of functions at the center. “I was a member of the original committee that worked so hard to get that center,” she says. “That’s probably why it has a special place in my heart.” Grace Rosetti also says she loves to work the polls. Freddie and Grace Rosetti are the parents of two daughters, Mary Wills, of Medway, and Paula Boyd, of Franklin. They are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.

Grace (left) and Freddie (right) Rosetti are the Grand Marshalls of the 2011 Medway Christmas Parade, set to take place on November 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

people came out to see the Medway Christmas Parade. As last year, a number of various floats, vehicles and fire apparatus will add to the festivities. Anyone who has a float, antique vehicle, decorated construction vehicle or the like can contact the Medway Christmas Parade Committee at (508) 533-2741 or send information to the address below. The Medway Christmas Parade is 100% privately funded, with no funds coming from town coffers. Financial support is always needed an appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, please send your contribution to:

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Feeding the Hungry Mission’s #1 Priority Millis UCC joins in Mission 1 from November 1-11 BY J.D. O’GARA The five member committee of the Millis Church of Christ has embraced a new mission promoted by its denomination, the United Church of Christ. Mission 1 is a shared mission to help feed the hungry and confront food-related injustices. From November 1-11, the United Church of Christ will be collecting 1 million items of food and household items for local food pantries; making an extra special push to raise $111,111 in online contributions to give to

Neighbors in Need, and writing 11,111 letters to Congress asking them to reform foreign assistance in a way that more effectively benefits those without food. The Millis Church of Christ kicked off the event on October 16th, and it’s asking its congregation, and the community, to help. Some ways suggested are bringing in a food or household item for each of the 11 days; writing letters to Congress; walking 1,111 steps every day and praying for the resolution of hunger issues (that’s

about 920 yards, or 3 football fields; most of us walk more than that during our normal daily activities). “We house the food pantry for the town of Millis, so while our numbers go to the overall picture, the actual money and the actual food stay right here in the community,” says Rev. Jen MunroeNathans, of the Millis Church of Christ. “We’re asking families to come in on November 11, which just happens to be a free family and dinner move night, and to

bring 11 items of food to stock the pantry.” Keeping in line with the “ones” theme, Munroe says the congregation is also asking families to save dimes or pennies, and all of the money will go toward the food pantry. “Of course, $1 and $10 or higher would be accepted, too,” she laughs. The Millis Church of Chris holds regular Dinner and a Movie nights, which see anywhere from 15 to 40 people, as part of its mission to

“My goal is that we can help the community, especially in November, that we can share what we have and share the food that we have and, by writing letters to congress, we can share our voice for the hungry. We’d like to have as many people, not just within the church, but throughout the community, because hunger affects everyone.” To find out how you can become involved, donate, or get started on letter writing, please visit:

Move Over Hollywood, Here Comes Millis Independent Film Siren Shot in Town This Fall BY J.D. O’GARA

right place.” Thomson’s sister, familiar with the script, suggested checking out the location.

The story unfolds in a small, quiet, rustic New England town. A mysterious woman lives in seclusion in the woods, not daring to touch the outside world with a curse beyond her control, her ability to draw men to love and possess her. She has found the perfect hideaway, and it looks a lot like … Millis. In fact, it is Millis.

“It’s almost as if the screenplay was written for the house,” says a satisfied Thomson. “It really saved us a ton of money, because it was almost as if we walked in, and it was designed exactly as Jesse had seen it in his imagination.” Thomson cast from a local company called Boston Casting.

Millis is the setting for a new romantic thriller, Siren, a Mauna Kea Media, LLC film written and directed by Jesse Peyronel and produced by Meg Thomson.

“Other than our four leads, everyone else was local,” she says. One boy, she says, who had a “pretty big role in the movie,” was from Framingham, says Thomson.

Jesse Peyronel, Writer and Director of Siren, had an aim of presenting something different. “I’m a big fan of fairy tale and Greek myth,” says Peyronel. “I love the idea of modernizing those for present day.” Peyronel also grew up with comic books and related big films. He started to consider a different spin on the superpower. “What if there’s a personal side to this?” he asked. “Our leading character could be construed as a superpower, but what if it’s a curse?” Peyronel, a skilled television writer and director, chose Millis in which to shoot his first feature in part because, “Meg’s family is from the area, and when you’re dealing with a low budget, to have that kind of community involvement was really important.” “We’re doing it on such a low budget,” says Meg Thomson, producer of Siren. “We’ve had a lot of people volunteer. We’ve had things

donated. It has been so amazing how helpful the town (Millis) has been. The police, everyone, knew we were here. To be welcomed with such open arms was just really nice.”

house in the forest, that kind of storybook feel – it just doesn’t happen here in LA.” Thomson had searched all over the United States for a location that

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The filmmakers will now submit the film to various film festivals in the hopes of getting picked up. The growing number of independent films, says Peyronel, is “a double edged sword. I think it’s more competition, sure, but I think there are more entry points. There are more opportunities.”

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A Fall Root With A Kick - Horseradish Armoracia Rusticana Each year, the International Herb Association picks an herb on which to focus attention. The Herb of the Year ™ for 2011 is Horseradish, which many find an odd choice, either not believing it is an herb, or not quite clear on what do do with it, other than make a Bloody Mary or shrimp cocktail sauce. Horseradish has been grown and used for over 2000 years. It was known to the Egyptians as far back as 1500 BC. The Oracle at Delphi claimed that while the radish was worth its weight in lead, and the beet was worth its weight in silver, it was the horseradish that was worth its weight in gold. It is believed to be a native of Eastern Europe, and its name Armoracia rusticana, refers to the fact that it grows naturally near the sea. Up until the late 1600’s, it was thought to be acceptable for country people and common laborers, but too strong for the stomachs of the upper class.

The first mention of the root as “horseradish” was in Gerard’s Herbal in 1597, its use was medicinal and extolled for many ailments such as sore throats and digestive upsets. One of its components, the enzyme peroxidase (HRP) has been found to be a useful tool in detecting antibodies in molecular biology. Today, research is being conducted on its compounds as a possible cancer preventative. Historically it has been used as a pesticide, to ease back pain, to repel evil in the home, and as an aphrodisiac. Jewish people use it at Passover as one of the five bitter herbs. Today, we use it mainly as a condiment, with six million gallons being produced each year in this country. Over half of the horseradish grown in the U.S. is grown in southern Illinois, and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is a famous center for horseradish research. They have over 130 cultivars of horseradish in their collection.

When preparing horseradish for use, understand that the fumes are quite potent when the root is ground, so take care in allowing for good air circulation. Either grinding or chopping the root outside is advised, or with a fan blowing the fumes away. Most people add vinegar to the ground root, which helps preserve it as well as mellowing it slightly. The following recipe is from the Horseradish – Herb of the Year 2011 book published by IHA (and available at their website It combines three wonderful fall favorites – beets, horseradish, and apples. FALL HARVEST SALAD with HORSERADISH DRESSING Nancy Momsen To grow it in our area (Zone 5), you need to have root cuttings, or a crown division. It is best sown early in the spring, in well-drained soil, full sun preferred. Some consider it invasive, since it will propagate from a small section of root left in the ground. I have not found it to travel very far, but even if you feel you have harvested the whole

root, you usually miss that one small section that will grow next year. You can harvest it the first year, or wait until the second year, but do not leave it any longer, as old roots are pithy and not as flavorful. It is best to wait for a killing frost before digging up the coarse, brown root. It can store for some time in a cool, dark location.

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She Sells Couture, and Confidence Andrea’s Boutique & Consignment Offers Top Fashion for Less BY J.D. O’GARA Andrea Sorelle knows fashion. It’s always been a part of her life. Now 44, the Millis resident and owner of the new Andrea’s Boutique & Consignment, says that her memories with her mother include the runway.

sories only in excellent condition and only if it’s no more than two years old. Andrea, who comes from a country where consignment stores don’t exist, thinks this is a wonderful opportunity.

there fast, because as soon as they come in, she says, they sell. Andrea even has customers waiting for the top designer names she’s able to come by. Customers not only have the option to choose

I love fashion, and I love the high end designer,” says Andrea. Top designers, she says, use better quality materials in making their pieces.

At parties, and for customers who request it, Andrea is always on hand to help find a closet full of seasonal styles that suit the customer and make her feel good. Her husband Brian (who works in the construction industry), who has been very supportive, she says, in making her dream come true, has outfitted her shop with two warm and inviting fitting rooms, complete with flattering lighting and colors. Andrea enjoys making her customers feel comfortable.

“We were always going to fashion shows,” says Andrea, who, as a young woman, was able to wear styles she saw in Vogue thanks to her aunt, a high-end tailor who custom fit her clothes. Andrea, Italian by heritage and raised in Uruguay, says that she was very influenced by the European sense of fashion. European women, she says, love to be in style. European women are more judgmental about dressing up to go anywhere, and wouldn’t dream of wearing colors that are not in season, says Andrea. Women in the United States, she says, do not have time for that. Women here, however, do not always make fashion a priority. “Here, what I see most is, as women, especially when we have a kid, we neglect ourselves,” says Andrea. “You can be comfortable with some leggings and a top and still be in style to feel confident, pretty, happy with yourself. I like to help women to not forget that we are women, and we are pretty,” she says. At her new boutique, women can achieve their own style, finding quality clothing, without spending a lot of money. Andrea’s shop, located at 32 Central Street in Holliston, accepts seasonal clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags and acces-

Consignment will host a private party. The lucky host of the girls’ night out, complete with wine and cheese, will receive a 20% discount on all purchases, while at the same time, girlfriends will be able to shop together.

“I love it. I’m here to help them for anything they need,” she says. “I make (the customer) happy. I make her confident.” Andrea’s Boutique & Consignment offers a welcoming environment. Stop by. You won’t be disappointed.

“Why not?” asks Andrea, “If can find my style here in like new condition, why pay full price at a retail store?” In Andrea’s Boutique you will find brands like J. Jill, Talbot’s, J. Crew, Banana Republic and a lot of top brands, and you will find high-end designers Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, Kate Spade and Gucci. For juniors, Andrea carries Abercrombie, Hollister and more. Like handbags? Andrea has got them all, but you’d better get

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Better-made jeans, for example, “are forever,” she says. “They’re not going to stretch, ever. They’re going to keep their color and you’ll look fantastic. In this store, you can find jeans for $42, when (at retail) you’d pay $198 or $298 the same type of jeans.”

Andrea’s Boutique & Consignment is located at 32 Central Street in Holliston. Andrea can be reached at her store at (508) 4297400 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. She accepts new consignments by appointment.

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Millis Theatre Group Presents Murder Mystery Comedy November 4 & 5 The Millis Theatre Group, a nonprofit community theater organization, will present The Haunted Honeymoon by Jonathan Troy, on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 at Millis High School Theater, 245 Plain St., Millis at 7:30 p.m. The murder mystery comedy tells the story of a young honeymoon couple accompanied by fellow tourists, who are trapped in a forbidding Egyptian room of an English castle. The characters come alive in this mad scheme, leading to a series of chilling and funny events, as they search for who is murdering them one by one.

Quinlan, Cameron Raia, Joel White and Donna Cabibbo of Millis; Dove Grace of Medfield; and Pamela Pinter Parsons of Holliston. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. On November 4 and 5th, all veterans attending are 50% off ticket price, and active military are free. Tickets are available at the door, or you may make reservations by calling (508) 376-5404.

Millis High’s Molly Quinlan Commended Millis High School announced today that Molly Quinlan has been named a Commended Student in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

Medway’s Ben Speaks Louder than Words’ “A Concert to Remember” 11/11/11 Event will feature Grammy-Nominated Karen Taylor-Good Ben Speaks Louder Than Words, a 501c(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting youth, will hold its second annual “A Concert To Remember” on November 11, 2011 at the First Baptist Church (848 Beacon St., Newton Centre, Mass.). The concert will provide much-needed funds for the organization’s program C.A.R.E. (Creating Alternative Resources for Expression), and invites parents and friends to remember loved ones who have lost their lives tragically. The concert on 11/11/11 features music, resources, and a moving candle lighting ceremony to remember loved ones lost recently. Words, artistic expression, and song will offer friendship and understanding to those mourning the loss of a loved one.

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Grammy-nominated artist Karen Taylor-Good serves as the concert’s featured performer, among many other local acts taking the stage. With a handful of international radio hits and powerful songs recorded by such artists as Laura Branigan, Melissa Manchester, Al Jarreau, and Patty Loveless, Ms. Taylor-Good has received several “Songwriter of the

Year” awards alongside her Grammy nomination. Karen Taylor-Good’s music is known for its healing properties. She has donated her time and talent to The Planet Earth Project, Compassionate Friends, ChildHelp USA, The National Hospice Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity. Her reputation for tackling tough subjects makes her a fitting headliner for Ben Speaks’ second annual fundraising concert. In addition to the concert’s headliner, local young artists ages 1420 years old will be performing at this year’s “Concert To Remember” in memory and tribute to those young people who have lost their lives tragically. Performers and hometowns include: Charles Coleman of Wellesley; Nolan Murphy of Sherborn; Abby Hennigan of Hopkinton; and three Medway youth: Hannah Dawber, Andy Ross and Jen Hughes. The young artists will perform pop, folk, soul and a cappella selections that are heartfelt and in remembrance. Ben Speaks is proud to add a new “Sober Ride” convoy from Mendon to the Newton venue in part-

nership with Wilson’s Wings, a foundation created in memory of Joey Wilson, a junior at Blackstone Valley Tech who lost his life to drunk driving in December 2010. An avid auto fan, Joey was working on reconstructing a car at BVT – that car was recently finished by classmates and will be on display in Joey’s memory outside the Concert To Remember. The ride starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, and features dozens of cars and motorcycles decorated with signs and photos of those lost to drunk driving. Visit for details on joining this ride. Thanks to generous sponsors, admission is by voluntary donation, a suggested $20-25. Space is limited -- reservations are encouraged by going to the organization’s website. All net proceeds benefit Ben Speaks, an organization dedicated to empowering our youth to be the change they want to see in the world, and providing positive outlets for young people to channel their emotions. Please RSVP at and email for sponsorship information.

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Residents Flock to Millis Art Show Learn About Good Business Plans at the Medway Business Council Breakfast On the morning of November 17, the Medway Business Council will present a breakfast featuring John E. Rainey – Senior Business Advisor, at the Medway VFW at 123 Holliston Street. The member cost is $12 and non-member cost is $15. Registration will start at 7:45 a.m., with the breakfast served at 8 a.m. Mr. Rainey will discuss Business Plan Development. John assists clients in developing feasibility studies, business plans and loan proposals, financial analysis, cash flow and acquisitions & strategic planning. His consultation services have resulted in over $150 Million in loan approvals, since joining the Small Business Development Center Network. John E. Rainey joined the staff of the Clark University SBDC in March of 1995 as Senior Business Advisor and Financial Specialist. He was recipient of the Star Performer Award for the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network in 2000, 2001and 2007.

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He was also presented with the ASBDC Distinguished Service Award as a volunteer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. John was appointed Director of the Central Massachusetts Region SBDC at Clark University in February 2011, has taught courses at Northeastern University, Merrimack College and Bentley College and currently teaches at the Clark University Graduate School of Management. Mr. Rainey has both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Babson College. He is also a Certified Management Accountant. Mr. Rainey is active in town government and is presently serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals in Westborough, MA. Please RSVP to the Medway Business Council at (508) 5333859 by Monday, November 14th, 2011 or mail check to Medway Business Council, P.O. Box 714, Medway, MA 02053 by that date.

Olivia and Emily Themistocles admire a watercolor at the Millis Art Show.

From October 13 to October 27, The Millis Art Show, sponsored by the Millis Cultural Council, was held at the Millis Town Hall. The two-week presentation showed off fourteen Millis artists exhibiting 28 pieces in a variety of media, including watercolor,

leaded glass, photography and metal sculpture. The youngest artists were 7 & 8 years old! The October 13th opening inculded music played by the Fitzgerald family, and snacks donated by Roche Brothers. The following Millis artists showed off their work

for the 2-week presentation: Erika Rybczyk Bailey, Emma Barry, Natalie Bosse, Cynde Cusack, Jodie Garzon, Roberto Garzon, Shelley Johnson, Jean Maier, Kathy Pueschel, George W. Trumbour III, Paige Wanders, Robert Zammarchi, and Helena Zammarchi.

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Fundraiser Brunch at Primavera to Millis Summer Honor Mary M. & Stephen M. Walsh Readers Earn $1,000 Benefit to Raise Funds for Stomach Cancer Awareness Please join us at the Stomach Cancer Awareness Month Fundraiser Buffet Brunch in memory of Mary M. Walsh and her son Stephen E. Walsh at Primavera

Restaurant, 20 Pleasant Street, Millis on Sunday, November 6th, 2011 Buffet brunch will be served between 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The cost is $25 adults; $15 children 13 and under. Jazz music will be performed by The M3RCEDES Band. To reserve your spot, contact Beth Lambert at or at (508) 791-7889. For over thirty years, Mary Walsh and her husband Edward lived in Millis, where they raised their five children (David, Steve, Kathy, Mike, and Beth) and were

involved in numerous civic organizations including the Millis School Committee, Millis Parents Music Association, and Millis Little League, to name a few.

In January 2005, Mary was diagnosed with colon cancer; she had part of her colon removed and underwent six months of chemotherapy. In November 2005, her second oldest child, Steve, was diagnosed with stomach cancer. One year later, on November 21, 2006 Steve passed away. Shortly after Steve’s death, an astute oncologist suggested that Mary pursue genetic testing at Mass General Hospital and, seven months later, the results were in: she carried a genetic mutation called CDH1that causes stomach, breast, and colon cancer. The rest of her children were tested and

three of them (Kathy, Mike, and Beth) also carried the CDH1 mutation. In the fall of 2007, to prevent developing stomach cancer, they all had their entire stomachs removed, which proved to be lifesaving as they all had precancerous cells growing in them. Unfortunately, Mary’s colon cancer returned in July 2010 and, after a four-month, difficult battle, she passed away on November 21, 2010, four years to the day that Steve passed away. The condition that has affected the Walsh family is called Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer. Most people, including medical professionals, are not aware of this condition as it is thought to be rare, with only approximately 200 families worldwide who have been identified as having it. However, the Walsh family believes it is more common than that and have become involved with an organization called No Stomach For Cancer (, which is trying to raise awareness about HDGC as well as stomach cancer in general. Please take time during the month of November to share this story and make people aware of stomach cancer. Most people do not realize that it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. Please go to to learn more about stomach cancer and see what you can do to raise awareness. All proceeds from this brunch will go to No Stomach For Cancer.

From Our Family to Yours Happy Thanksgiving

for Heifer International During the summer of 2011 the children of the Millis Public Library participated in the “One World, Many Stories” program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System. This year, the state-wide Summer Reading Program was also associated with the organization Heifer International. For each hour read, the children earned one vote for a Heifer animal. In order for the Heifer portion of the Summer Reading Program to be realized, the children of Millis had to read for at least 1,000 hours. If they did, the Middlesex Bank would pledge to donate $1000 on behalf of the children of Millis to Heifer International. Our readers did a great job! The children of Millis read for over 1,000 hours (1,295 to be exact)! Each ticket that was put in the ballot boxes represented one hour of reading! In order of preference as per the votes, the children of Millis and the “One World, Many Stories” program will be giving the following gifts to families in the developing world, through the organization “Heifer International,” a global hunger-fighting organization: # Votes Heifer Animal & Cost 533 Trio of Rabbits (x3) $180 169 Water Buffalo


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92 Flock of Chicks (x2) 59 Goat

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58 Flock of Ducks and Geese $20 55 Sheep


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46 Heifer/Cow 26 Pigs Those many hours spent reading this summer will provide gifts of livestock to struggling families in over 50 countries, including the United States, through Heifer International. A special thanks to the Middlesex Savings Bank for their continued support and involvement in the Millis Summer Reading Program.

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participant in the 2011 CTY Talent Search, for her exceptional performance on a rigorous, abovegrade-level test given to academically talented second through eighth grade students. During the Talent Search, which is going on right now, advanced young learners take above-grade level tests designed for older students as a means of gaining insight into their abilities. Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT—the same tests used for college admissions, while second through sixth graders take the SCAT, an above-level test scaled for younger students. Lee, a student at Woodside Montessori Academy Middle School, was one of more than 50,000 students worldwide who participated in this year’s CTY Talent Search. Only 25 to 30 % of students achieve a test score earning an invitation to a CTY’s Awards Ceremony, where students are individually honored for their academic performance and poten-

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students wouldn’t be who they are “We are so proud of our CTY today without the parents and edTalent Search honorees for their ucators who have worked so hard exceptional performance on these to help them develop their talents.” tests, and we are thrilled to take This fall, some 9,500 CTY Talent this moment to recognize them for Search honorees were invited to their academic achievements,” participate in Award Ceremonies at says Elaine Tuttle Hansen, execu- 34 sites across the county. Massative director of CTY. Students chusetts’ 2011 Awards Cerearen’t the only ones who deserve monies were held at Boston this recognition, she adds. “Our University on Sunday, October 9.

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November 1 Fall storytime, ages 2-5, with Miss Rachel, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 November 3 Cliquot Club Readers, 2-3 p.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, Adult Bookgroup led by Library Cataloger Joan. Contact (508) 376-8282 or November 4 MFE LEGO Build-a-thon Contest, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., registration at 6:15; Memorial School cafeteria, 16 Cassidy Lane, Medway, sponsored by the Medway Foundation for Education, and Charles River Bank. Kids can work as individuals or teams to build an original LEGO structure while supporting Medway Public Schools. Open to students grades K-6. Raffle for LEGO sets; snacks and drinks for sale. $10 per child; limited number may participate due to space constraints. Sign up by Oct. 28. For info. Contact Katie Brown at halloranbrown@ MOMS Club of Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham and Norfolk Recreation Department Preschool Fair, 7-9 p.m., King Philip Middle School, 18 King St. 20 local preschools represented. To see which schools will participate, visit preschool-fair. Email with questions. Fall storytime, ages 2-5, with Miss Rachel, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 November 4 & 5 The Haunted Honeymoon, A Mystery Comedy Play by Jonathan Troy presented by the Millis Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m., Millis High School, 245 Plain

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October Calendar of Events Street, Millis. Tickets $13 adults; $10 seniors & students; veterans 1/2 price and active military FREE. For further information, call (508) 376-5404. November 5 Mother Goose on the Loose!, 10:30-11:30 a.m., storytime with music and puppets for children aged 0-2, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, Contact (508) 376-8282 or Pancake Breakfast, Federated Church of Norfolk, corner of Main St. and Rte. 115, 8-10 a.m., all you can eat for $7, seniors $5 and children under 10 free. Served in church vestry, which is handicap accessible. Call (508) 5280262 for more information. November 6 No Stomach for Cancer fundraiser brunch, in memory of Steve and Mary Walsh, Primavera Restaurant, Pleasant Street, Millis, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $25 pp. Contact Beth Lambert (508) 7917889 November 7 Rep. Linsky Office Hours, 11 a.m. in Millis at the Millis Senior Center. Constituents can also call him at his State House office at (617) 722-2575, at his Natick office at (508) 647-5600, or stop by Room 146 in the State House. Friends of the Medway Library Meeting, 7 p.m. in the Medway Public Library, 26 High Street November 8 Fall storytime, ages 2-5, with Miss Rachel, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 November 11 ** Thank you veterans!**

Millis Veteran’s Day Ceremony, Holbrook Square – WW1 Memorial at 11 a.m., Master of Ceremonies – Alan E. Burch, Commander, American Legion Post 208, Millis, MA Free Dinner & Movie Night, Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange Street, Millis, Dinner served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a family-friendly movie. Call (508) 376-5034 or visit Medway’s Ben Speaks Louder than Words Presents “A Concert to Remember,” Featuring Grammy-nominated Karen Taylor-Good, 7-10 p.m., First Baptist Church (848 Beacon St., Newton Centre, Mass. Proceeds to go to organization’s C.A.R.E. (Creating Alternative Resources for Expression), and invites parents and friends to remember loved ones who have lost their lives tragically. Admission is by voluntary donation, suggested $20-$25. Please RSVP at Fall storytime, ages 2-5, with Miss Rachel, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 November 13 WindyLo Garden Center and Nursery 50th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Open House, 12 noon-5 p.m., Entertainment, refreshments, wine, mimosas, desserts and 25% off all holiday merchandise.

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November 15 Fall storytime, ages 2-5, with Miss Rachel, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 November 17 Medway Business Council Presents: John E. Rainey – Senior Business Advisor, Medway VFW, 123 Holliston, Street, Medway, 7:45 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. breakfast; $12 members; $15 nonmembers. RSVP to Medway Business Council at (508) 5333859 by November 14, or mail checks to Medway Business Council, P.O. Box 714, Medway, MA 02053 November 18 Millis Lions Club Presents Comedy Night, featuring the comedy of Robbie Printz, Sal Botano and Juston McKinney, 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., The Glen, 84 Orchard St., Millis, Live music by Music Matters Entertainment, hot hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, 50/50 raffles, famous prize balloons, tickets $40, Call Mark (508) 294-8710 November 19 Medway Lions Bottle & Can Drive, 9 a.m. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m. or brought directly to Medway Oil on Broad Street by 11 a.m. the morning of the drive.

November 14 Medway Special Town Meeting, 7 p.m., Medway High School, Summer Street, To see the warrant on upcoming issues, visit

Buddy bowl, fundraiser Flag football game, Clydc Brown & Millis Fields, All proceeds will go toward injured veterans and first responders.

Medway Democratic Town Committee Meeting, 7 p.m.,

Holly Fair, Federated Church of Norfolk, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Corner of Rte. 115 and Main St., Norfolk.

Medway Bottle Can Drive Set for Saturday, November 19 The Medway Lions will conduct its monthly bottles and cans collection on Saturday, November19 starting at 9 a.m.; a fundraiser with proceeds used to support community services.

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Call (508) 528-0262 or visit November 20 Fall storytime, ages 2-5, with Miss Rachel, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 Medway Historical Society Open House, 1-3 p.m., 223 Main Street, Medway. November 22 Fall storytime, ages 2-5, with Miss Rachel, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 November 24 HAPPY THANKSGIVING November25 Fall storytime, ages 2-5, with Miss Rachel, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 November 26 Medway Christmas Parade, 5 p.m. beginning at Medway Middle School, heading to Main Street and ending at Choate Park. Floats, emergency vehicles, entertainment and refreshments ending with fireworks over Choate Park to ring in the Christmas season. November 29 Fall storytime, ages 2-5, with Miss Rachel, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 December 3 Holly Jolly Fair, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sponsored by the Millis Garden Club and Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange Street, Millis, Holiday greens sale, needlecraft items, baked goods, raffles. December 11 Save the date: Medway Christmas Lighted House Tour


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Figuring the Turkey-To-Person Ratio

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Once the size of the turkey is determined, it all comes down to the cooking. Naturally, the larger the bird the longer the cooking time. Instead of leaving cooking to chance, or to the unpredictable pop-up plug included with the turkey, take the time to select a reliable meat thermometer. There are standard and digital models available. Some digital thermometers enable you to insert the prong in the turkey and then stretch a heatproof wire to the digital unit, which remains outside of the oven. This way you can set a timer or set a cooking temperature. The thermometer will beep when the turkey is done. The USDA recommends poultry be cooked to 165 F. Be sure to check the temperature at the wing and the thickest part of the breast. After cooking, let the turkey rest around 10 minutes after removing it from the oven. This will enable the juices to stay within the meat and keep it moist. And isn't a moist turkey the ultimate goal? Then slice and serve to guests.

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A Quick Guide To Gift-Giving Etiquette Deciding on and paying for holiday gifts can be a challenge under the best circumstances. But then there are the inevitable "sticky situations" that can leave even the most experienced gift-givers scratching their heads. In the hopes of dodging major gift gaffes this holiday season, here are eight tips for gracious giving and receiving.

* Review your gift list each year to determine if any relationships have changed and require a shift in your gift-giving plan. * Don't ask non-family members on your gift list what they would like. This not only spoils the surprise, but puts pressure on recipients to gauge how much you want to spend and requires them

to get you something in return. * Don't feel obligated to match what others spend. Buying gifts based on what others spend is both unnecessary and can lead to excessive expenditures. * For workplace gifts, adhere to the company's policies and make sure that gifts are given out of appreciation, not expectation. * Including a gift receipt is a good idea and avoids potentially awkward situations when an item doesn't fit or doesn't work. * Give holiday tips to those individuals whose service you count on throughout the year, such as hairstylists, babysitters, dog walkers, etc. An easy rule of thumb for holiday season tips is to double the usual tip. For household employees, give one week's pay.

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Millis Public Schools Begins the Letter to the Editor: Analysis of MCAS Results

Did Current Massachusetts Legislation Go Far Enough?

Sports Related Concussions (SRC) have become an epidemic problem effecting athletes of all age groups. Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives in 2010 passed law indicating any school subjected to Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association rules provide coaches, trainers, parent volunteers, physicians, nurses, athletic directors and directors responsible for school marching band be properly trained in recognizing the symptoms of potentially catastrophic head injuries, i.e. SRC. Although legislative action should be applauded, failure to require all coaches involved in youth sports organizations to undergo appropriate training is neglectful. According to a 2006 CNN report, there is an estimated 41 million American children playing competitive youth sports. This includes but is not limited to Pop Warner football, Little League baseball, travel and club soccer, Park and Recreation Leagues, Babe Ruth League, AAU basketball, etc. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has estimated that young people participating in sports or recreational activities sustain between 1.6 million and 3.8 million concussions each year, most of which are not diagnosed. Researchers at Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy are beginning to understand more about the complex metabolic and pathophysiologic cascade, which occurs in the brain secondary to a concussion. Post traumatic encephalopathy, the end result of multiple brain traumas or concussions, is now being studied thanks to the gen-

erosity of donors at the current BU Brain Bank. Unfortunately these brains are typically adult males with very little research associated with female athletes or the developing brain of a child.

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The following facts are known about SRC in youth age groups: 1.Younger athletes recover much more slowly from SRC than their older counterparts. 2. Underdevelopment of neck and shoulder muscles particularly in female youth athletes increase the susceptibility of concussion. 3. Underdevelopment of myelin sheaths may lead to chronic brain injury and have more serious consequences. 4. SRC has significant implications on concentration and ability to perform schoolwork and is associated with changes in mood and emotions. 5. Second Impact Syndrome, a condition where significant brain swelling may result in coma or death has been reported in younger athletes. Each town or city should mandate training of all youth sport coaches. Prevention and early recognition of signs and symptoms of concussions can help prevent social, academic and health consequences associated with SRC. Dr. David F. Carroll is a Chiropractic Sports Physician; former youth sport coach and father of a youth athlete who sustained SRC. Dr. Carroll is available to speak to all youth sports groups concerning training for coaches on SRC. He may be reached at (781) 7626153.

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The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released the results of the spring 2011 MCAS assessments, which provide school districts with information on how students are performing on the state required tests. Each year in Millis, we focus our attention on the percentage of students scoring in the top two categories, Advanced and Proficient. As required by NCLB in 2001, the main goal is to have all students reach that proficiency level by 2014. The Millis Public Schools is very pleased to announce that, for the third year in a row, the district has improved in both ELA and Mathematics and is succeeding in moving more students into those top two categories. Millis students

continue to outscore the state average in 16 out of the 17 tests. This year’s results show 78% of the Millis students taking the MCAS scored in the Advanced and Proficient categories compared to 69 across the state in the area of English Language Arts. These percentages demonstrated improvement in 10th, 8th, 6th, and 5th grades compared to the students in those grades last year. Grade 10 improved from 98% to 99%, Grade 8 saw an improvement from 81 to 86%, Grade 6 had a 14% growth from 73% to 87% and Grade 5 had a nine percent growth from 70% to 79%. In mathematics, the district results show 65% in those top two categories compared to 58% at the

state level. More Millis students in grades 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 scored Advanced and Proficient than in 2010. The gains were 3%, 5%, 17%, 17% and 7 %, respectively. As we continue to examine the data, we will be looking specifically at strengths and areas of concern. We need to look at our curriculum, our instruction and the needs of our students. We will develop plans for enhancing our strengths and addressing the areas of need. MCAS presentations will be offered to the School Committee and are videotaped for the local cable station as well as posted on our website. Please be sure to watch for more specific information.

Annual Holiday Greens Sale/Holly Jolly Fair to be December 3rd Millis Garden Club and Millis UCC Again Join Forces The Millis Garden Club will again join hands with the Millis United Church of Christ in presenting the Annual Holiday Greens Sale and Jolly Holly Fair to be held this year on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Church of Christ at 142 Exchange St (Rt. 115) in Millis. What a perfect time to stock up

on your Holiday centerpieces, wreaths & swags, gift items, Holiday embellishments, baskets & bundles as well as all the fine offerings from the Church of Christ needlecrafters, woodworkers, bakers and more! As always Santa will be in house for picture taking! We will present a holiday market of unique gifts and greens.

Make your Holiday decorating and gift giving easy this year! Please come and browse our wide selection. We will also be holding our Annual Raffle - this year's offering - front row, first balcony center, two tickets to the Boston POPS Christmas performance on December 22 at 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Garden Clubs civic projects and scholarship fund.

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Popularity of Conventional Shopping Malls on the Decline Shopping malls as we know them may soon be a thing of the past. While these shopping complexes, typically with interconnecting walkways and large parking areas, have been symbols of suburban success since the mid1950s, today's conventional malls are facing daunting challenges. In some cases, a mall's decline is directly related to the state of its physical plant. Those that have not been refurbished or remodeled in recent years look and feel dated. What's more, customer base has dwindled in many areas, especially those where alternatives to malls abound. Other malls have suffered as a result of the economy, which has driven cash-strapped consumers to search out discounts and deals at "power" or "mega" centers, which bring together several "big box" retailers that offer easy access by car and, in many cases, public transportation. And as consumers have become more comfortable with online shopping and more aware of the benefits of shopping locally, the appeal of conventional malls has continued to dwindle. Finally, the last 15 years has seen a sea change among consumers, who now tend to seek out shopping "experiences" rather than a simple "trip" to the mall. Newer suburban commercial developments tend to be designed as "lifestyle centers" that take their inspiration from urban environments and feature higher-end retailers. These new retail complexes, which tend to be outdoors and fea-

ture high-quality design and a sophisticated, urban "feel," typically include a mix of merchandise and food/drink purveyors where visitors can shop, dine, socialize, and be entertained while feeling like a part of the community. In many areas, these newer shopping destinations are directly competing with -- and winning out over -older conventional malls. In response, these age-worn indoor shopping meccas are increasingly being redesigned and retrofitted to bring them back to life and bring shoppers back inside. But insiders say that converting conventional malls into exciting new shopping destinations is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Each conversion offers its own set of challenges and requires a unique vision that is in synch with local residents' desires and connects the site with its environment and locality. In Santa Monica, California, for example, the Frank Gehry-designed Santa Monica Place mall - a three-level, enclosed shopping complex that, like its conventional siblings from coast to coast, was anchored by two major retailers that were connected by long walkways featuring individual stores, a central courtyard and food court - was deconstructed and thoroughly reconfigured. After an eight-year-long retrofit, the center reopened a retail destination that includes large public spaces for exhibits, performances and events and, in place of the generic food

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Celebrating Health & Wellness in Millis On October 15, LANConnect Systems, Inc. and Millis Acupuncture co-sponsored a Millis Health and Wellness Fair for local residents. The blustery day’s festivities included a technology recycling food drive for a local pantry, massage, face painting, Tae Kwon Do demonstration, dancing, children’s songs and demonstrations by Apache, a Customs & Border Protection dog. Cub Scouts.jpg: Cub Scouts from Millis Pack 115. From Left, Paul Bolton, Liam Murphy, Logan Hornbeck, Kyle Quinzani, Kaare Juhl, and Deborah Juhl.

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National Shrine of Millis Lions Club to Present Our Lady of La Salette Comedy Night November 18 Announces “Light of Life” 2011 Christmas Festival of Lights

The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, located at 947 Park St.,on Route 118 in Attleboro, MA, announces the 2011 Christmas Festival of Lights beginning Thanksgiving evening November 24, 2011 to January 1, 2012 with daily Illuminations from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. depicting the new theme, “Light of Life.” Admission and parking are free to the public! But donations are always welcome! Father Pat’s concerts are held Tuesdays thru Sundays, in the Shrine Church (for complete schedule see below). Other visiting guest artist’s concerts are held in the Welcome Center Concert Hall. For more information call (508) 222-5410. A new feature this year is a special international mailart exhibit, “The Faces of Jesus”, which combines the talents of contemporary artists from 42 countries and 41 of the United States in depicting the face and life of Jesus (Editor’s

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Note: see below for a thirty second PSA and more info). Other highlights include: the traditional and popular International Display of Nativity Sets Museum; the Annual Christmas Bazaar with new vendor’s room in the Welcome Center (Fri. – Sun., Nov. 25, 26, 27); daily masses, confessions; lights blessing ceremonies; Bookstore/Giftshop; Bistro/Cafeteria; Trolley & New Hayride TractorPull Tours; Children’s’ Carousel; and the Family/Children’s’ Room featuring Birthday Cards for Jesus and other activities. To Children’s delight, live donkey “Clopper” will be returning this year to keep watch over the manger at the outdoor life-size nativity. La Salette Shrine recommends that all groups, (e.g., bus groups or carpools, organizations, etc.) register early so that we can better serve you: log onto our new special bus group’s link on the home page to find out more: or call (508) 222-5410 to register now!

On Friday, November 18, the Millis Lions Club will present a comedy night at The Glen, 84 Orchard Street, Millis, featuring funny men Robbie Printz, Sal Botano and Justin McKinney.

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THE PURR-FECT CAT SHELTER Pet of the Month “Regis” Seeks Happy Home The Purr-fect Cat Shelter has wonderful cats to cozy on up to these cool autumn nights. One of our new residents that will fit the bill perfectly is Regis! Regis is a wonderful, friendly, loveable feline who, with another cat from his home, was tossed outside when the owner moved out and then put the house up For Sale. A caring neighbor called Animal Control and through the realtor was able to contact the owner who took absolutely no responsibility for tossing these cats out. Regis is now safe at the shelter enjoying the abundant love and affection from the volunteers. In return he purrs, rolls over and shows his affection with leg rubs and a look of thanks from his dreamy yellow eyes. Regis is a domestic short hair, adult with gorgeous orange tiger and white markings. He deserves a safe, loving home after what he's been through and will surely be a terrific companion. We think Regis would do well as an only cat or

could share a home with a non-aggressive feline friend. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter also has a wide variety of adorable kittens available for adoption. Adoptions are by appointment only and applications are available online at or by calling the message center at (508) 533-5855. All cats and kittens are examined by a veterinarian, tested for feline leukemia and FIV, spayed or neutered, dewormed, given all age appropriate vaccines and micro-chipped prior to adoption. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is a non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization providing care and shelter to homeless cats and kittens with the ultimate goal of finding permanent, loving homes for each cat. For more information on adopting, volunteering or donating visit our website today!


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November 1. 2011 FOOTLOOSE (PG-13) - Starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, Dennis Quaid, Patrick John Flueger, and Miles Teller. This is a remake of the 1984 film with Kevin Bacon. Ren (Wormald) plays a big city boy trapped in a small town. After the death of his mother, he is forced to relocate from Boston to the small Georgia town of Bomont for his senior year of high school. He's now in a place where the local preacher, Rev. Moore (Quaid), is more powerful than the judge and the police; as dancing and the playing of loud music have been outlawed. This is almost exactly like the original. The film comes alive when the characters are dancing and there are a number of standout sequences. It definitely took me back to 1984. I went in without any expectations and found myself having a great time. I've got to give a shout-out to Kenny Wormald, who is a native of Stoughton, MA, and was perfect for the part. Teller, also did a great job playing Willard - he made me laugh. RATING: B REEL STEEL (PG-13) - Starring Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie, Hope Davis, and Evangeline Lilly. The film takes place in the not so distant future, 2020. The world of tomorrow doesn't look much different from the world of today, except there are robots wandering around. Charlie Kenton (Jackman), once a promising fighter, has been out of a job for years since prize fighting between humans was outlawed. Now, only robots are allowed in the ring. Charlie is a small-time drifter/promoter who controls a rusty, broken-down machine that can win against second-rate opponents. When Charlie, who is in debt to at least three people, pushes his robot too far, he ends up with nothing more than a pile of scrap metal. To make money, he needs another fighter. To get another fighter, he needs money. Then his 11-year old son, Max (Goyo), enters the picture. Charlie abandoned Max as a baby, but the kid's mother has died and that makes Charlie his legal guardian. The last thing Charlie wants is to be saddled with a son, and Max's aunt (Davis), wants to raise the boy. Charlie makes a proposition to Debra's rich husband: for $100,000, he'll sell away his legal guardianship rights. He agrees, but only under the condition that Charlie has Max for the summer so he and Debra can take a long-planned vacation in Italy. The deal is struck and Charlie gets the cash to buy a new robot. But he also has a new, unplanned sidekick. The inspiration for the movie is the 1956 short story "Steel" by

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MOVIe ReVIeWS Richard Matheson's. The core of Matheson's tale - about robots replacing humans as boxers - is the only element to remain intact. You can't help yourself rooting for this movie. Especially at Goyo's performance as Jackman's son. He will steal your heart. RATING: BDOLPHIN TALE (PG) - Starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Morgan Freeman, and Austin Stowell. This story is inspired by true events. It centers on Sawyer (Gamble), who is despondent to the point that he's nearly mute. So depressed is Sawyer over the absence of his recently-deployed soldier cousin (Stowell) that he literally rides around town on his bike, barely acknowledging the world. But our little hero perks right up when he stumbles upon a dolphin washed up on the shore of the local beach, it's tail caught in a crab trap. After Connick and his team of marine biology friends arrive to rescue the dolphin and nurse it back to health, Sawyer becomes a fixture at Connick's struggling lab, where he forms a bond with the animal, named Winter, that will, last a lifetime. Judd plays Sawyer's single mom, who is at first skeptical of her son's summertime obsession, but she is quickly drawn into Winter's plight. Freeman is a wise-cracking prosthetics expert brought in to devise a mechanical tail for Winter, since she lost hers and can't survive without a functioning appendage. Such an endeavor comes with more than it's fair share of trials and tribulations and tears shared by the audience. This is such a heartfelt movie and will be loved by everyone in the family. RATING: B DREAM HOUSE (PG-13) Starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Martin Csokas, Elias Koteas, Taylor Geare, and Claire Geare. Craig

plays an executive at a New York City publishing firm, has quit his job so he can concentrate on writing a novel and spend more time with his wife (Weisz), and children. The family has recently purchased a fixer-upper in a New England town -- their "dream home." Then, ominous things begin to happen. One of the children sees the face of a man peering through a window. Weisz thinks the house doesn't feel right and a group of teenagers get into the basement through an outside entrance and hold a seance. Craig starts digging and learns that the previous owner of the house killed his wife and children on the premises and is now in a psychiatric hospital. As even stranger events occur, Craig turns to his neighbor (Watts) for answers. However, even though she seems friendly, she is unwilling to reveal whatever secrets she harbors. This proves to be more of a psychological thriller than a horror film. RATING: BI DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT (PG-13) - Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, Kelsey Grammar, Seth Meyers, Olivia Munn, and Jane Curtin. Jessica Parker plays the loving wife of Kinnear and the happy mother of two, who has just returned to her Boston home from a business trip. She's a juggler, keeping Richard, her son, her daughter, her boss, and her coworkers all in the air at the same time. When an opportunity arises at work for her to achieve a meteoric rise by collaborating with New York big shot (Brosnan), she jumps at it, despite the stress it places on her marriage. As a snide co-worker mentions, this will give her kids an opportunity to bond with their nanny. Richard is supportive to a point, but when Parker's job whisks her away

from her family immediately after Thanksgiving dinner and forces her to break promises to her children, a rift begins to develop - one that isn't helped by a growing attraction between Parker and Brosnan. It's a challenge faced by every workaholic parent: balancing the time-sucking pressure of a highprofile job with the needs of a family. Because of societal expectations and traditional norms, women typically face more scrutiny and criticism than men when they fail to find the equilibrium point, and even those who do often endure bouts of guilt and perceived inadequacy. This will hit home for many parents - especially working mothers. RATING: C+ BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR (R) - Starring Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, Don Johnson, Kevin Nealon, Nick Turturro, and Stephen Dorff. The title character is played by the abrasive and annoying Swardson as a buck-toothed man-child. He’s

grown up in Iowa, where he’s been sheltered from every element of the real world, especially sex. When he learns that his parents weren’t just kind-hearted country bumpkins, but actually had former lives as adult film stars, he decides that his destiny is to be an actor in “nude” movies. Bucky packs his bags and gets on the first bus to Hollywood, determined to follow in the footsteps of his infamous parents. Of course, the city of angels isn’t exactly kind to dear Bucky, but he finds comfort in the sweet girl next door, (Ricci). After making a big mistake at a mac & cheese commercial audition, Larson stumbles into the adult film industry, crossing paths with the nefarious actor/producer (Dorff), and eventually becoming the savior for aging director (Johnson). Even though Bucky proves he doesn't have much of a future in this type of acting, he becomes a breakout star – the idea being that boyfriends and husbands look better after women see Bucky’s movies. I thought maybe with Adam Sandler cowriting and producing this it may not be as bad as the trailer made it look. Nope, it was worse! There may be an audience out there for this, I just don't know where it is! RATING: F


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Living Healthy Ask the Anytime Guy | Fitness Matters Expert answers to your health and wellness questions BY CHRISTOPHER CHARRON

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Question: I’m not a particularly great cook, and I seem to eat a lot of boxed foods. Is this a problem if health is one of my primary goals?

Question: I hate getting sick. Can you provide some tips and hints to keep me healthy throughout the winter months?

Answer: It really depends on the specific foods you’re eating, but it’s definitely advantageous to eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables and all-natural whole grains as possible, not to mention fresh meats and seafood. That said, convenience, price, and several other factors most likely play into your food choices as well, so choosing the best foods 100% of the time may not be all that practical. My advice to you would be to move in the direction of fresh foods as much as you can, given your particular lifestyle. And remember, you don’t have to be a great cook to reap the health benefits of nutrient-dense foods. They may taste better if you know how to properly prepare them, but it’s pretty easy to throw together some chicken or fish with a cooked whole grain and some veggies for a quick and easy (and healthy) dinner. I would also recommend taking a basic cooking class so you can learn a new skill—one that will continue to

Answer: I’m with you—being sick sucks! Luckily, there are a couple tried and true habits that will help you avoid the latest bug. First of all, wash your hands frequently, and by all means, avoid touching your face (especially your eyes, nose, and mouth). Drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of sleep (people forget how important this is to a healthy immune system), and get a flu shot as well. It goes without saying that a healthful diet is ideal, but I would also recommend a good quality multivitamin/ mineral supplement too, since most people struggle to eat a balanced and varied diet on a daily basis. But to me, the most effective way to avoid illness is to stay away from people that are already sick. This can certainly be a challenge, especially if you have kids, but do your best. Put these tips to good use, and you should be able to skirt through the winter with nothing more than the occasional head cold, if that!

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Question: I’m big into weightlifting, but I’m not a huge fan of cardio. Is there a way for me to enhance heart health without hopping on one of the traditional pieces of cardio equipment for 45 minutes at the gym? Answer: Yes—absolutely! Cardio doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get on the bike, treadmill, or elliptical. You simply need to get your heart rate up and that can be accomplished during your weight training sessions. Doing compound sets or supersets, or intense circuits with very little rest, will definitely get your heart rate kicking, and these provide the fitness and health benefits you’re looking for. You can get active in plenty of other ways too, without feeling like a hamster on a wheel. Try playing one of your favorite sports or go hiking in a nearby park. Even tubing or sledding in the wintertime can provide a good cardiovascular workout. Just think outside the box a little and keep the focus on fun! Chris Charron is the club owner at Anytime Fitness in Medway. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the author at m.


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Local Counselors, Officers Get Tips to Prevent Underage Drinking Four educators from Medway and Millis recently attended an all-day conference providing strategies to prevent and address underage drinking and other dangerous behavior. District Attorney Michael Morrissey presented the conference. “The time to address underage drinking is before it comes into court as an alcohol-fueled assault, or the car crash that takes a life or causes permanent injury,” said District Attorney Morrissey. “We are trying to help local police and schools to have the best tools to do that.” Medway Police Officers Don Grimes and John Rojee attended, as did Millis guidance counselors Mark Awdycki and Erika Warren. The event, which drew from 23 Norfolk County communities, was also meant to strengthen collaboration among schools, communities, court officials, local law enforcement authorities and social service providers, Morrissey said. Featured speakers included Mary Elizabeth Heffernan, Secretary of Public Safety and Security,

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The Honorable Paul C. Dawley, Regional Administrative Justice for the Administrative Office of the Trial Court, and the keynote speaker was Professor Michael Siegel, M.D., M.P.H., of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. Participating organizations included the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Caron Treatment Center, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.), the Safe Roads Alliance, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (M.I.A.A.), the Southeast Center for Healthy Communities, Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.), the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (A.B.C.C.). The event was funded by a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and held at the Lake Pearl Luciano’s conference facility in Wrentham.

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Veterans Day Reminder: Military Service and Social Security Each year, on November 11, America observes Veterans Day and honors the men and women who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces. Many of our Vietnam era veterans are now nearing retirement age, or already there. It is important that they — and other American service personnel — know just what retirement benefits they can count on from Social Security as they make their future financial plans. Like most of the civilian workforce, all current military personnel pay Social Security taxes and earn Social Security coverage. Earnings for active duty military service or active duty training have been covered under Social Security since 1957. Also, earnings for inactive duty service in the reserves (such as weekend drills) have had Social Security coverage since 1988. In addition to regular military pay, Social Security adds special earnings credits to an individual’s Social Security record when he or she serves in the military. The extra earnings are for periods of active duty or active duty training. If, for example, a person served

in the military between 1957 and 1977, he or she has been credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which active duty basic pay was earned. These extra earnings may help someone qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of the Social Security benefit. The number of credits an individual needs to qualify for Social Security depends on his or her age and the type of benefit. Any future Social Security benefit payment depends on a person’s earnings, averaged over a working lifetime. Generally, the higher a person’s earnings, the higher his or her Social Security benefit will be. And remember that Social Security is more than retirement. If a worker becomes disabled before reaching retirement age, he or she may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. A disabled worker’s spouse and dependent children also may be eligible for benefits. If a worker dies, the widow or widower and dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivor’s benefits.

If you, or someone you know, were wounded while on active duty in the military, find out more about what Social Security can do by visiting our website designed specifically for wounded warriors: woundedwarriors. There, you will find answers to a number of commonly asked questions, as well as other useful information about disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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Obituary Julie Fahrenholt Norwood - Julie A. (O’Brien) Fahrenholt died on Aug. 31 at the age of 48. Julie was born in Framingham, MA. on May 18, 1963. She graduated from Medway High School class of 1981. She attended Salve Regina Collwege in Newport, R.I. and graduated from Newbury College class of 1986. Julie was a Flight Attendant for U.S. Air for many years. She was a memeber of Workmen’s Hall in Norwood and the Norwood Garden Club.

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Linsky, Peisch Announce November Office Hours State Representative David P. Linsky (D-Natick) announced today that constituent office hours for Natick, Sherborn and Millis for the month of November will be held on Monday, November 7th, 2011. Samantha Washburn-Baronie, his legislative aide, will be accompanying him. Representative Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley) or a member of her staff will be in attendance during Natick hours. Venues and times are as follows: Natick – 9:30 A.M. at the Natick Senior Center, 90 Oak Street in Natick.

Millis – 11:00 A.M. at the Millis Senior Center, 900 Main Street in Millis. Sherborn – 1:00 P.M. at the Sherborn Town Hall, 19 Washington Street in Sherborn. Representative Linsky stated that all office hours are open to any residents of Natick, Sherborn, or Millis who may have questions or concerns that they wish to bring to his attention. He also invites all constituents to call him at his State House office at (617) 722-2575, at his Natick office at (508) 647-5600, or stop by Room 146 in the State House.

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Millis/Medway Sports TVL’s All-star Kicker

Medway’s Davenport Copes With Season-ending Injury BY KEN HAMWEY

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“I cut, planted my foot, turned and rolled the ankle,’’ Davenport recalled. “I heard a loud pop. The pain was unbearable, but I still got up and walked to the trainer’s room.’’

Joe Davenport didn’t expect an injury would play a major role in what he was hoping would be a spectacular finish to his football career at Medway High. But it did. The 5-foot-11, 155-pound Davenport, a two-time Tri Valley League all-star kicker, suffered a torn ligament and partial tear to a tendon in his right ankle in presea-

A senior who also plays hockey and lacrosse, Davenport now visits Metrowest Medical Center in Natick on Tuesdays and Thursdays for physical therapy. He’s been advised not to kick a football for six months.

is still in a race for the playoffs. Players like Pat Sheehan, Connor Flanagan and Ryan Bukis have been very consoling, as have all the players.’’ Davenport has been buoyed by the concerns of his coach (Dave McSweeney), his parents and his brother Ted, who plays football for Boston College. “Losing a player of Joe’s caliber is tough,’’ McSweeney said. “He worked so hard during the summer and his work ethic has always been exceptional. He’s the ultimate team player. When our new kicker, Jack McNamara, converts an extra point, Joe’s the first one to congratulate him.’’ Davenport proved he was a topnotch kicker as a freshman. He started his career by kicking five extra points in the rain against Cardinal Spellman three years ago. A week later, his two extra points against Hull were the difference in the Mustangs’ 14-12 triumph. When his frosh season ended, he had 37 extra points. As a sophomore, he converted 48 and last year he was good on 39 of 40 attempts.

Joe Davenport is focusing on staying positive in the healing process while on the sidelines this year.

son practice. The injury has forced Davenport to miss the entire football season. “It’s difficult to be on the sideline and know I can’t get into a game,’’ said Davenport, who converted 124 extra points in his first three seasons. “What I’ve got to focus on now is being optimistic that the injury will heal quickly.’’ Davenport’s setback occurred on Aug. 29 in Medway’s first practice at the high school after the team returned from a week of camp in Effingham, N.H. Not only did the mishap occur during the Mustangs’ first practice at home, but it also occurred on the very first drill

“The swelling is still prevalent, so I get an electrical stimulus to the ankle,’’ Davenport said. “Later, I’ll be able to stretch my ankle. Right now, I’m off crutches and just walking with a boot. The good news is that I’ll be able to play hockey and lacrosse this year.’’ A loyal team player, Davenport attends every Medway game and also tries to get to practice as often as possible, something his physical therapy sessions and academic studies limit. “I can’t contribute but I can still be supportive and a fan,’’ the personable Davenport said. “Our team

“Joe has gone to kicking camps,’’ McSweeney said. “I’ve seen him grow from his first game against Spellman to being an allstar. He approaches every kick the same regimented way. He’s calm in pressure situations and I like his desire to get better. Hopefully, he’ll bounce back from this setback and kick in college.’’ An excellent student, Davenport is hoping to attend college at either Boston College, UMass or Loyola of Maryland. He may even try out as a walk-on kicker. But, instead of striving to improve his kicking style now, Davenport is forced to work on being anger-free and focused on a quality rehab stint. He’s acutely aware that the optimism he showed as a kicker must transfer to the healing process. “At times I’ve been angry at myself but then I realize I’ve got to keep my head high and stay positive,’’ he said. “I’ve got faith and know God will help me get well again.’’

Come Out to Play (or Watch) Buddy Bowl, November 19 Annual Flag Football Game in Millis to Benefit Operation Rebound BY J.D. O’GARA It’s amazing what can happen when a group of friends gets together. In 1977, a group of football buddies started an annual reunion in San Diego to play flag football. Twenty-two years later, in 1999, headed up by Marine Nico Marcolongo, the annual football players passed a hat around to help victims of 1999 local helicopter crash. Of the six Marines and Navy corpsmen who were lost in the crash, four were from Marcolongo’s unit. Thus began Buddy Bowl, an annual flag football tournament that raises money for Operation Rebound, a program of the Challenge Athletes Foundation, which benefits wounded soldiers and first responders by helping them to become active after their injuries. Three years ago, Millis Flag Football brought Buddy Bowl to the east coast, playing the inaugural game right on the fields around the Clyde Brown School in Millis. This year’s event, which will take

place on November 19th, starting at about 8 a.m., will honor Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joseph Deslauriers, of Bellingham, who was wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan. “I did it the first year, and it was a lot of fun,” says eighth-grader Cameron Piorkowski, who has chosen to promote Buddy Bowl as his 8th-grade capstone project at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin. Piorkowski, who also plays hockey and regularly plays flag football, is running a concession stand at all Millis Flag Football practices and games to raise money for Buddy Bowl. On November 10, he’ll be selling badges for the Marines’ Birthday at his school to raise money for the cause. After being contacted and invited to join in on the west coast Buddy Bowl, Millis Flag Football “decided we would do a local version

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Millis/Medway Sports Millis Flag Football Promotes Fun, Skill and Sportsmanship BY J.D. O’GARA Five years ago, a bunch of parents in Millis got their kids to play some sandlot baseball at a local playground in Millis. The kids were talking about Pop Warner football, and some had reservations about playing the game. “Some kids were talking about football injuries in Pop Warner,” says Kaz Piorkowski, of Franklin. The parents started talking about a flag football program offered by the National Football League (NFL).

“We looked into it,” says Chip Fagan, now on the Board of Directors of Millis Flag Football, “and in July we decided to go with it. Six weeks later we had 120 kids and equipment from the NFL. The NFL has a great program. The first year, for very short money, they set you up with a reversible jersey and a belt for each kid for like $25.” NFL FLAG ( was launched in 1996 and stresses the importance of good sportsmanship and participation for boys and girls aged 5-17.

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“We’ve always made sure we include any surrounding towns,” says Ken Kohls, a coach and volunteer. “Flag football is a relatively

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of Buddy bowl,” says Chip Fagan, who was one of the founders of Millis Flag Football five years ago. “This year it looks like we’re going to be able to help out a guy who’s a local hero, whose family by all accounts has given back,” says Fagan.



Millis Flag Football is open to all boys and girls and draws players from Millis and surrounding towns. The age breakdowns are 56 year-olds (who always wear Patriots’ team colors), 7-8 year-olds, 9-11 year-olds and 12-14 yearolds. Through the Millis Recreation Department, early signups are offered in April for $25 less than the regular fee of $85 per player. Teams play eight games,

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“It’s the only annual football event in the U.S. where we have the physically challenged and ablebodied athletes on the same field,” says Marcolongo, now President of Buddy Bowl and Operation Rebound Program Manager for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. “The whole idea is integration.” In fact, Operation Rebound athlete Sam Cila will be joining the Millis Buddy Bowl on November 19. “It usually starts about 8 a.m.,” says Fagan. “We have an opening ceremony, and the Blackstone Valley Young Marines will provide flag detail. We usually wrap up

Cameron Piorkowski, an eighth-grader at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin, has chosen to promote Buddy Bowl as his capstone project. Buddy Bowl is an annual flag football tournament, which began on the west coast, that raises money for the Challenge Athletes Foundation’s Operation Rebound, which helps wounded soldiers and first responders heal through sports. Buddy Bowl will be played on the fields around the Clyde Brown School in Millis on November 19.

sometime early to mid-afternoon, with an awards ceremony. Kids will all get a t-shirt; adults will get a hat and t-shirt and some sort of sponsorship gift. Jim Smith, The Linesmith, from Medway, also paints all the lines for Buddy Bowl for no charge.

kids’ teams. According to Marcolongo, the Millis Buddy Bowl raised $3,000 last year and is looking to double that figure this year. Fagan notes that since Buddy Bowl is still new to the east coast, it has yet to see the sponsorship level the west coast teams enjoy.

Last year, says Fagan, over 100 participated in Buddy Bowl, with four to six adult teams and eight

“It’s all about having fun and raising money to help somebody else,” says Fagan.

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Millis/Medway Sports Where Are They Now?

Chamberlain’s Hoop Career Hit The Mark At Millis, Mount Ida BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer Scott Chamberlain’s basketball career at Millis High and Mount Ida College was one for the books — the record books. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound center still is the top scorer at both schools, holds the record for blocks in college and was not only an all-star selection at both levels, but also the No. 2 choice as Tri Valley League MVP his senior year in 2002.

block shots, Chamberlain averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds his senior year. His 1,357 points still stands as the boys record at Millis. “I got my 1,000th point at

always effectively passing and distributing the ball,’’ Chamberlain said. “Coach Ingraham was a solid motivator who knew the game. We got to know each other when I was

his 1,445 total was achieved in spite of missing eight games as a junior because of a broken bone in his foot.

another team had to lose but didn’t. It was still a good feeling to finish my career with almost a triple double.’’

“Our teams struggled,’’ Cham-

A sports management major, Chamberlain graduated in 2006. He worked first for the Brighton YMCA as its sports coordinator but now is a teacher’s aide and physical education instructor at the Baldwin Early Learning Center in Brighton. Still single, Chamberlain enjoys golfing and playing in two adult basketball games. He’s also working on his master’s degree in physical education at Boston University.

Chamberlain played on teams at Millis that were a shade above and below .500, but his senior campaign was memorable, ending at the TD Garden in the Division Four state title game against St. Mary’s of Lynn. “We finished that year at 17-8 after the tourney run, but losing to St. Mary’s was tough,’’ Chamberlain said. “We were the underdogs and they were the better team but what a thrill to be in the Garden and playing on the same floor as the Celtics.’’ The Mohawks’ run to the title game included wins over Upper Cape, Avon, Cathedral, and Westport. Chamberlain’s contributions in the Cathedral game were stunning. He had 37 points in the double overtime battle, 23 rebounds and eight blocked shots. “We won the game before by two, thanks to a three-pointer by Tom Moran,’’ Chamberlain recalled. Then, against Cathedral, we got into a double O.T. game and every play seemed so crucial. It was an emotionally draining battle. But, the win kept us alive. We beat Westport next in overtime, then lost in the finale.’’ An aggressive, post-up center who could shoot, rebound and

Calling his parents (Priscilla and Russell) role models for their support and encouragement, Chamberlain also is an admirer of Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs.

Scott Chamberlain will never forget heading to Boston Garden with his Millis team.

Bellingham in a one-point win,’’ he recalled. “I was a TVL all-star for three seasons and runner-up as MVP as a senior. At Mount Ida, I scored a total of 1,445 points for a school record, but our teams were below .500. I’d gladly trade all the individual records and awards I received to be on winning teams. My philosophy was to compete to win and I also played to have fun and to reach my potential.’’ Chamberlain was the go-to-guy at Millis but he’s quick to praise players like Ben Bonzey and Moran, and his coach (Tom Ingraham).

in the youth leagues.’’ At Division Three Mount Ida, Chamberlain averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds throughout his career in the North Atlantic Conference. Playing both forward and center and more effective as a long-range shooter, he collected his 1,000th point against Rivier College of New Hampshire. And

berlain said of his intercollegiate days. “It was like my early years at Millis. But a memorable game was my last in college. It was against Thomas College of Maine and we needed the win to perhaps qualify for the league tourney. I scored 25 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had nine assists. We won but still missed out on the tourney because

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A native of Millis who now lives in Newton, Chamberlain likely will be remembered most by Mohawks basketball fans as the inside threat who led the small TVL school into the TD Garden for a state title encounter. That run was dynamic, and it’s still indelible in Chamberlain’s mind.

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