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TALK 1200-Boston Connects Medway Native in Japan to Parents at Home Jeff Katz Surprises Radio Show Guest with Emotional Reunion By J.D. O’Gara

so happy for the family that they were able to communicate on the air. I’ve been producing in Boston for 20 years, and this is absolutely one of my highlights.”

Thousands of families were affected by the recent earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear devastation in Japan, including a number of families across the continents. Living a long distance from a family member in the midst of such a dangerous situation can be nerve-wracking, to say the least. One text message or phone call can quell a world of worry. A Medway couple experienced just such a call after this recent events except this time, they were able to surprise their son on radio airwaves. On March 16, after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Jeff Katz, TALK 1200-Boston interviewed 24-year-old Medway native and Japanese Exchange Teacher (JET) Greg Hachenburg, who lives in Hachinohe, Japan. Hachenburg, who has been teaching English in Japan for about three years, was pleasantly surprised to find out that his parents, Gail and Pete Hachenburg were live on the line to talk to him from

Greg Hachenburg, a Medway native who teaches English in Hachinohe, Japan, was surprised with an on-air connection with his parents, Gail and Pete on Jeff Katz TALK 1200-Boston on March 16, after the devastation from the earthquake. Despite dangers, Hachenburg plans to remain in Japan.

Medway. After the interview, Jeff Katz said, “With all the devastation and uncertainty in Japan, it gave me goose bumps to hear the excitement in Greg’s voice and the pure emotion with his parents when they were able to talk to each other live on the show. It’s what radio is all about.”

“We placed the call 6:05 a.m. eastern time, and I was fortunate enough when I placed the call that Greg’s mother, Gail, answered,” said Eric Coldwell, Senior Executive Producer for Jeff Katz’s show, who had quickly thought of calling the parents as a surprise for Greg. “As a parent, to have a son reach out and be able to talk to him and hear him – I was just

Gail Hachenburg, a speech language pathologist who has lived in Medway with her husband, Pete, an attorney, for 24 years, at first only received a text message from Greg saying, “Don’t worry. I’m safe.” Then, for the first day, the Hachenburgs, who also have a 21-year-old daughter, heard nothing. “It was a grueling 24 hours,” says Hachenburg, who says the family got to speak to him later at 4 a.m. The radio telephone call added to their relief, and was another surprise. “It was great to hear from him,” says Hachenburg, who says that Greg, a graduate of George Washington University who spoke little Japanese before moving there, plans to remain in

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Come and Keep Millis Beautiful! Millis Beautification Day Saturday, April 9 By J.D. O’Gara “Let’s do this.” That’s what Nancy Sitta, President of the Millis Garden Club, and Mike Flaherty, of the Millis Lions Club agreed to do back in 2004, when they started talking about doing a project with a civic element. They came up with name Millis Beautification Day — what they expected would be a one-time opportunity where volunteers could come forth and help spruce up the town. And they’ve been doing it on the second Saturday in April ever since. This year’s cleanup is scheduled for April 9, from 8 a.m. to Noon, rain or shine. “We all know the town of Millis has a very small budget for the

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Dean Leadership Institute to Feature Tufts Head Roosevelt Franklin, MA –James Roosevelt, Jr., President and CEO of Tufts Health Plan will be the featured speaker at the fifth annual Dean Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Lecture on April 6. He will speak about Social Security and Medicare. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception at the Dean College Campus Center Multi Purpose Room. Roosevelt’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program is open to the public, but reservations are requested. For more information and to reserve a space, please call (508) 541-1612. Roosevelt is the grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and has served as co-chair of the Democratic Rules Committee, and as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team on Social Security and Medicare. The Dean Leadership Institute was created as a “Think Tank”

geared to the needs of current and emerging business leaders in the region. DLI’s keystone is providing programs that combine the academic disciplines of higher education with the real-world experiences of business leaders. “Our mission is to offer unique interactive opportunities for Dean College students, alumni, regional business and community leaders in order to enhance their understanding of the theoretical and practical issues facing the business sector in today’s economy,” said P. Gerard Shaw, Ph.D., acting chairman of Dean’s Business department. “We are most grateful to our sponsors this year: East Coast Benefit Plans, Inc.; Gatehouse Media New England; The Sun Chronicle; Sodexo Education, Tufts Health Plan, Liberty Mutual, Kearny Donovan & McGee, P.C.; and the YMCA,” said Dr. Shaw. At the Medway Mill 165 Main St., Suite 107 Medway, MA 02053 Local Service - Factory Direct Pricing


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April Vacation Programs through Millis Recreation Register BY MAIL, BY PHONE, OR IN PERSON Veterans Memorial Building, Room 128 900 Main Street, Millis 9 a.m.—3 p.m. (508) 3767050 Evening Registration—4/4/11 GYMNASTICS CAMP Shen’s Gymnastics Academy Enjoy some time to yourself while your kids experience gymnastics and physical exercise during vacation week. Gymnastics, trampoline, zip-line, foam pit, recreational games, and arts & crafts are some of the activities scheduled into the camp program. Regardless of the skill level of our campers, our staff focuses on providing the fundamentals of gymnastics in a no-pressure, fun, camp environment. 10% discount for families with 2 kids or more. Shen’s Gymnastics Academy, 16 Everett St., Holliston 4/18-4/22

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How many times have you said “I can’t draw figures?!” In this class you’ll have a lot of fun drawing figures small and tall, fat and thin, strong and weak, serious and funny, human characters as well as our animal friends. We’ll go on to make realistic drawings and cartoon gags featuring a variety of figures. We’ll include captions and cartoon bubbles as suggested by your work. Bring your usual art materials to class. Grades 2-6 One Session Fee: $35 Veteran’s Memorial Building, Rm 206 Tuesday, 4/19 10 a.m.—12 p.m.

Church of Christ offers Free Dinner and Movie Nights The Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St. Millis, will offer a free monthly community Dinner and Movie Night on Friday, April 15th.

The event is sponsored by the Missions Committee and Men’s Fellowship Group and is held in Fellowship Hall. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. followed by a familyfriendly movie. The Dinner and

Movie Night is open to the public, and all are invited to attend. For more information, call (508) 3765034 or visit the Church

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DPW. We knew this would help them, and they didn’t have enough staff to go around and clean up all the sites,” says Sitta. “(Millis Beautification Day) was the Millis Lions and the Millis Garden Club’s “first project together, and I got to hang out with the Lions, and it was such a blast. They bring in the male aspect of it. We can get 60 guys to do some pretty hard labor. It was a great match.” At least half of the Millis Lions turn out for this event, says Brooks Corl, the Millis Lions Chair for Millis Beautification Day, who points out that “on the Lions side, we really name it after a deceased Lion named Don Reynolds who was very active and planted a lot of trees in Millis. More hands make light work, so both groups are looking for town residents to come out and join them for the day. “The most important part of it is for town residents to get out and come help on the ninth,” urges Corl. “This is a great opportunity to make the town

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partment. “The selectman always approve the project with two thumbs up, he says, and (the DPW) always has one or two trucks going around, bringing bags of trash to the transfer station. Jim McKay, Assistant Director of Public works, is very much involved, and he’s very supportive. It’s a way we can partner with the town and the citizens,” says Corl. Sitta says that the sites to be worked on are usually decided a couple of weeks in advance, but both she and Corl agree that certain areas always get spiffed up. The

how a group can work together,” says Sitta, who in that first year did not know what to expect from volunteers. She says, “I think these types of projects bring a community together like nothing else, possibly who’ve never met before. There’s connections being made; there’s networking going on. Plus, it looks picture perfect all spruced up. The town is really transformed on that day.” “Working with the Lions is absolutely wonderful,” adds Sitta. “All of them have hearts of gold.”

(4) Irene Corvini, The Corvairs, 2 hour concert to be performed at the Millis Summer Carnival in June.

“What I really want to discuss is how important it is to get the groups and the troops involved, because they have family members and they have friends that they can also invite. This creates a huge network.”

Shown are daffodils planted by the Millis Garden Club outside the children’s garden at Oak Grove Farm in Millis. Millis Garden Club co-sponsors Millis Beautification Day, April 9, with the Millis Lions Club.

Corl says the event not only beautifies the town, but it relieves a burden on the public works de-

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The Millis Cultural Council is pleased to announce the grant recipients for 2011. We received a total of 31 applications and 15 were approved for 2011. Funding goes to: (1) Davis Bates, "Celebrating New England: A Concert for Families, to be performed at the Millis Summer Carnival in June.

(3) Church of Christ, Preservation and Display of Historical Town Documents.

Brooks Corl hopes to see a great turnout of volunteers this year.

look nice, which we do every year, and it’s an opportunity for citizens to participate that doesn’t cost tax money. It costs four hours of their time on a Saturday.”

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(2) Paul Bouchard, "Big BandBennie Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert, to be performed at a Millis Spring Event scheduled for Thursday, May 12, at our town hall.

Millis Lions and friends are shown here last year on Millis Beautification Day, jointly sponsored by the Lions and Millis Garden Club. This year, they hope to have a great turnout on April 9. Photo by George Trumbour, III

areas around the schools, town hall and Richardson’s field are standbys, but the Lions and Garden Club will also be asking local businesses to get into the mix by putting posters up and encouraging employees to clean up their areas.

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(5) David Fallon, "Lowell Mills: Workers on the Line", field trip for Middle School students. (6) The Friends of the Millis Public Library, Passes to the Museum of Science, available to all Millis citizens. (7) Henry Lappen, "Henry the Juggler Performance" to be per-

formed at the Millis Summer Carnival in June. (8) Jay Manika, "The Lean Green Cleanup Machine" for Clyde Brown students. (9) Millis COA, "Holiday Victorian Carolers." (10) Millis Public Library, Tanglewood Marionettes-Sleeping Beauty. (11) "Deborah Sampson" Biography Project, for Millis Middle School students. (12)  John Porcino, "To Life!: Celebrations in Story and Song." (13) John Crowley, Southeastern MA Community Concert Band, to perform at the Millis Summer Carnival in June. (14) Shane Wood Jazz Trio, to perform at our upcoming 2011 Fall Art Show to be sponsored by the Millis Cultural Council. (15) Ed Cope, Jr. "Ed the Wizard: Reading is Magical." The Millis Cultural Council looks forward to serving our community and promoting the arts and humanities to be enjoyed by all of our residents.

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Registration on Millis Beautification Day begins at 8 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, next to the police and fire station, which will be opened specifically for the event. Coffee and donuts will be provided. All workers must wear gloves, and they are encouraged to bring their own rakes as well. Advance registration is recommended, but not mandatory. For more information, call Debbie at (508) 520-3623 or

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Where Are They Now? Medway’s Grimes A Top-notch Ambassador For Basketball BY: KEN HAMWEY

baseball. A tight end, he caught six touchdown passes in his senior year. Baseball wasn’t his strong suit but he started for two years and played centerfield and first base.

Don Grimes was a triple threat in basketball. The former Medway High star was an exceptional player and later a dedicated coach. Now he’s in his 12th year officiating. When Grimes played in the late 1970s, the 6-foot-5 center was a prolific scorer and top-notch rebounder. He averaged 31 points and 11 rebounds a game his senior year in 1980, scored a career 1,067 points, and was selected MVP in the Tri Valley League. A finesse player, Grimes could shoot an 18-foot jumper with ease or drive to the hoop, powering his way into the paint for a high-percentage shot. His single-game high was a 42-point effort but a game on the road in Holliston holds special significance.

“All our players came up with a solid effort and we pulled out a two-point win,’’ Grimes noted. “We had quality kids like O’Sullivan at the point and talented guys like Jim Marsh, Dave McSweeney, Mike Lewis and Bill Boultenhouse.’’ Grimes never got to display his offensive skills in tourney play because Medway always seemed to fall a game short of qualifying. When Grimes played, a winning percentage of 75 was needed to qualify.

“I took a no-look pass from Marty O’Sullivan and scored on a layup for my 1,000th point,’’ Grimes recalled. “The game was stopped and Holliston’s coach, Tom Keough, presented me with the game ball. I gave it to my parents. We won the game and that night was very memorable.’’

“I had a good career as a player, although I spent my sophomore year at Marian High then returned to Medway,’’ Grimes said. “I liked playing for (coach) Bill Phipps. He was a players’ coach who made the game fun.’’

Grimes’ 25-point outing in a home game against powerhouse Medfield his senior year also stands out.

Never one to boast about statistics or keep detailed numbers, Grimes was honored when he was chosen the league’s MVP.

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“I was humbled by that honor then and still am,’’ he said. “There were some great players in the league from 1977 to 1980.’’ Grimes also played football and

After graduation in 1980, Grimes went to Mass. Bay Community College for a year, playing forward and averaging 12 points a game coming off the bench. While he was at Mass. Bay, he was training as a police officer. He became a fulltime Medway officer in 1981, working in dispatch first. Today, he’s the school resource officer at Medway High and the department’s juvenile officer. His coaching career started first at the jayvee level and after seven years there he took the varsity reins and directed the Mustangs to one tourney berth in his eight-year stint. “We went 11-9 in 2004, qualified, then lost in the first round to Cardinal Spellman,’’ Grimes recalled. “We missed the tourney three times by one game. My style was to run and keep defenses off guard. I wasn’t the best coach but I was someone who had great peers and respected opposing coaches. My thrills as a coach were being around good people and seeing the kids on the tourney team jell and achieve their goal of getting to the post-season.’’ Grimes remembers players like Roy Dickerson, Chris O’Byrne, Paul Moore and Tom Pallotta in his early coaching days.

“They were good leaders and set the tone for the type of players I wanted,’’ Grimes said. “We always had to compete with other sports at Medway for players but I always enjoyed the great relationships I built with my former kids.’’ Grimes, who has served as the commissioner of TVL girls basketball the last three years, assigns officials for all girls games. He’s been a referee for 12 years, working in the Dual Valley League, Dual County League and MidWach Conference. He also officiates college games, in the ECAC and NCAA Division Three. Grimes, 48, is married and he and his wife Bonny have three children — Matt, 23; Krystal, 22; and Kristopher, 20. Matt represented the United States at the Special Olympics in China in 2008, competing in track and field. Calling his parents (Don and Kay) role models for their support and encouragement, Grimes relied on an athletic philosophy that focused on winning and striving to be the best.

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A phenomenal basketball player who also coached and still is officiating the game he loves, Don Grimes is a terrific role model and basketball ambassador.

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) 6475600, or stop by Room 146 in the State House.

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Boston, MA -- State Representative David P. Linsky’s (D-Natick) constituent office hours for Natick, Sherborn and Millis for April will be held on Monday, April 4. 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:

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“I wanted to win as a player and early on in my career as a coach,’’ Grimes said. “But, later, what was important was developing good people and helping kids realize what to expect in real life.’’

Footloose in Millis April 1, 8 And 2, 9 The exciting rockin’ musical, Footloose, that features such popular hits as “Footloose,” “Still Rockin,” “Almost Paradise,” “Let’s Hear It For The Boy,” “He’s A Hero,” among others will be performed in Millis.

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Lions Bottle/ Can Drive April 2 The Medway Lions will conduct its monthly bottles and cans collection on Saturday, April 2, 2011 starting at 9 a.m. Proceeds are used to support community services. 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. Residents may also, at their convenience, place redeemables in the Lions Bottles and Cans shed in front of West Medway Liquors on Main Street. The Lions thank residents for their continued support.

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Millikin joins Business Team at Murphy Insurance

Medway Lions Annual Pancake Breakfast

Maria Millikin has joined Murphy Insurance Agency as a Sales Executive based out of the Agency’s Groton office. Millikin has nine years of experience with seven years specializing in the insurance industry. Having previously held positions at Willis Group and Liberty Mutual, she has extensive knowledge and works with businesses of all sizes with a special focus on health care organizations and their specific risks.

The Medway Lions Club will be hosting its Annual “All You Can Eat” Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 17th from 8 a.m -12 Noon. The event will be held at Medway High School on 88 Summer Street. The cafeteria-style presentation will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, baked beans, fruit, and Joe’s “famous quiche,” as well as a variety of beverages. A professional photographer will be available for

about my clients’ businesses in order to provide them with the best protection plan available,” says Millikin. Millikin holds a BA from Saint Michael’s College. She is a member of the Boston Women’s Network, Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce and is very involved in the Groton School community. Originally from Portland, Maine, Millikin resides in Groton with her husband and son.

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pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. Coloring contest and raffle prizes of Red Sox tickets and a 50/50 cash prize will be included. This annual, very successful event supports a variety of town and community efforts as well as eye research. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for Senior Citizens and children age 10 and under payable at the door.

Easter Egg Hunt at Millis Oak Grove April 23: Medway Easter Egg Hunt Cancelled By J.D. O’Gara Little bunnies hankering for some chocolate should spring on over to Millis for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Oak Grove Farm, sponsored by the Millis Recreation Department. The event will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m., rain or shine. Children will be divided into several age groups, and the Easter Bunny will be hopping in, so parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to snap some photos. Bring your own basket! For more information, call Kris Fogarty, Director of the Millis Recreation Department, at (508) 376-7050 or email

The Easter Bunny, sadly, will not be heading over to Choate Park in Medway, this year. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt, arranged by the Friends of Choate Park, was cancelled due to lack of volunteers this year. The group explained, on its Facebook page, why the event was cancelled: “We are a small group that is getting smaller each year. We just do not have the number of people in our group it takes to organize such a labor-intensive event anymore. Even with volunteers from the community the day of the event, we do not have the number of people in our group to oversee a large

number of volunteers. We have been advertising for new members for 6 years on our flyers, at our events, on Facebook and in the paper. If another group would like to take this on we have some eggs we could donate. Otherwise all of our supplies will be donated to charity.” For questions or to volunteer for the Friends of Choate Park, visit c/o Medway Parks Department 155 Village Street Medway, MA 02053 (508) 533 3275. Information is also available online at or on Facebook at Park.

SPREADING THE LOVE: Residents from Willow Brook Manor in Millis enjoyed an afternoon of food and music at the annual Valentine’s Day Party at St. Joseph Parish Center in Medway. This event is sponsored each year by the Knights of Columbus, Reverend Joseph H. Cassidy Council 5231, comprised of members from St. Thomas Parish in Millis, St. Joseph Parish in Medway, and St. Edward Parish in Medfield.

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Japan, despite the hazard. “He wants to help with the relief effort,” she says. “He feels that they’ve been so kind and wonderful to him, that he wants to stay and help them get back to where they were.” Hachenburg adds that when she and her husband took a trip to see Greg, strangers were kind enough to walk them whenever they needed directions. “When you’ve become so familiar with the culture, and the people have taken you in, it’s hard to just pick up and leave,” she says. “You want to be there. You’re part of their extended family.” Listen to the podcast online at:

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Turn Yard Debris into Valuable Fertilizer BY JEFF BUTENSKY The long winter season produced over 70 inches of snow and ice and was one of the stormiest in recent memory. This year was extremely rough on trees and shrubs, and the result is an assortment of branches on the ground throughout the region. A snowy winter does have advantages. Cold stretches of no snow cover can cause “winter burn,” and snow is excellent insulation for your lawn and garden. On those very cold nights, the snow serves as a blanket and protects the ground from the harsh winds. The soil is wet and the groundwater is higher due to all of

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the snowmelt, which will help spur on greening as the weather warms up. Unfortunately, salt and other types of snowmelt can have a negative impact on most plants. The salt, not insects or disease, likely impacted the dead shrubs or grass near heavily treated areas. Spring landscaping begins with the removal of debris that has fallen to the ground during the winter. Whether you choose to burn yard waste or leave it to decompose, it could have a positive impact on the residential landscape. Either way, this brush contains a lot of nutrition that could be recycled back into your lawn and garden. While opened burning is allowed in most towns in Massachusetts, wood and brush smoke is a breathing hazard that could impact you and your neighbors. The State has rules for opened burning, and most Towns require a permit or notification. Contact your Town office or your local fire department for more information.

Burning of grass, hay, and leaves is not permitted, as these cause acrid smoke. Also, leaves can blow around if the wind kicks up, causing a fire hazard. Permitted burning can only occur through May 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at least 75 feet from a structure. Always have a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby in case your fire gets out of control. If you choose to burn yard waste, the pile of ash created is valuable. Although the type of wood and brush that is burned influences the composition of this ash, it is a good source of nutrition for your lawn and garden. Wood ash contains many of the basic nutrients in trace amounts that plants need to survive. In addition, approximately ten percent of wood and brush ash is potash, which is a form of potassium. Potassium is essential for all healthy plants. Plants and lawns that lack potassium are often discolored, appear dry, and have weak root systems. Potassium keeps plants healthy and protects them

against disease. Almost all store bought basic fertilizers, both chemical based or organic, contain potassium, often around ten percent on average. Therefore, you ash is an excellent fertilizer and can easily be spread on your lawn or garden once cooled. Ashes from a fireplace or wood stove are also great for the garden if you are burning mostly wood. If you choose not to burn your yard waste, tree debris and brush can be easily chipped into landscaping materials. Whole pine branches break down relatively quickly, and pine needles and cones are great ground cover. Small brush piles are also a great natural wildlife habitat. When raking thatch, acorn remains, pine needles, and broken tree parts off your lawn, consider using this material as groundcover in a perennial garden. However, this is acidic, so add lime. The breakdown of these materials will provide a source of plant nutrition in future seasons. Millis Junior Girl Scout Troop 74951 and Daisy Troop 74927 recently helped deliver 180 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to Hanscom AFB in Bedford, Mass. for military troops as part of a Girl Scout of Eastern MA council event. In all, about 30,000 boxes of cookies were shipped overseas. From left: Back Row: Alexis Shepard, Cheyenne Whelan, Abigail Clark, Kelli Sullivan, Madison Schofield, Grace Harrington, Vanessa Ciasullo, Sara Harrington. First Row: Isabella Fournier, Julia Schofield and Cassidy Hickey

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Medway High School After-Prom Party Cancelled MSHSA Cites Lack of Volunteers, Participation BY J.D. O’GARA “As the kids get older,” says Ruth Irr, President of the Medway Secondary Home and School Association, “the parents are stepping back.” In fact, this year, parents have stepped so far back that the After-Prom party, an event designed to keep students in a safe but fun environment on prom night, has been cancelled. The After-Prom party has seen dwindling numbers, says Irr. Last year, however, 150 students did attend, with a Hollywood theme and a version of the amazing race. Irr says that she is hearing that a number of parents are hosting parties in their homes for the students. “This would have been our fifth year of having after prom,” says Irr. “We found out that over the last four years, the number of students actually attending the after prom has decreased, and the amount of parents has decreased. It’s like pulling teeth trying to get anyone to volunteer,” she says. “Between myself and another woman we gave the emails to, we got three responses.” Irr notes that volunteers are crucial to the after prom effort, because the event, a lock-in for students at the school, needs to be staffed at all times. Most volunteers do not want to stay the entire evening, so many are needed to take different shifts. What’s more, she said, no one stepped up to chair the event. “It takes a lot,” she points out. “You need a base committee of 10 people, and after that you need volunteers.” In addition to the vol-

unteers for shifts, Irr explains, “you have food and decorations and security,” which add to the labor and cost. Fundraising this year is also down, says Irr. “Last year, we got a large donation from the Alex Handy foundation,” she says, “but I think they were going to sponsor something else this year, so their funds weren’t available to help us.” The Medway Secondary Home and School Association also funds a number of extracurricular activities and school enhancements. Last year, they provided the schools with over $7,000, according to Irr, and $2,000 of that went toward field trips. Every year, the sixth graders take an environmental field trip, also paid for by the MSHSA, and the PTO pays for scholastic awards each year for the 5th to eighth graders, with a big sendoff for the junior high-schoolers heading to high school. “We have several major booster

organizations that provide substantial funding,” says Superintendent Judith Evans. “They provide additional resources to the school department, generally in the form of field trips and enrichment. They support individual teachers as well.” The MSHSA also gives out five $500 scholarships each year to Medway seniors in an essay contest relating to their community service. As for the after-prom party, Irr does have a few volunteers, and she’s keeping their names on a list for a possible revival of the event next year. This year, she says, it’s really too late.

“I think what it is, is our kids are involved in so many activities,” she say, “that every organization is looking for volunteers or looking for donations.” The Medway Secondary Home

and School Association meets in the High School guidance area on the first Wednesday of the month, at 7:30. Since more hands make light work, says Irr, she hopes to see more community members on those nights.

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Local Lions Combine Efforts to Help Out National Braille Press April 2 Trip Will Include Lions from Medway, Millis, Franklin and Holliston BY J.D. O’GARA At about 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, April 2, a combined team of members of Lions Clubs' from Medway. Millis, Franklin and Holliston will board a bus on a mission. Their destination? The National Braille Press (NBP) on Saint Stephen Street in Boston. The group of about 20 will be providing a needed service, putting together a Braille book. Dawn Rice-Norton, a physical therapist and Lion from Medway who organized this trip, explains that for this activity, the Lions will be creating a “sort of assembly line,” actually putting Braille pieces into books that already have pictures and words. “Everyone has a piece to put on,” she says, “so you have the picture and the text and the Braille.” “We always appreciate the help,” says Jefferson Lyons, VP of Operations for the 84-year-old National Braille Press. “We often have volunteers working on our book-ofthe-month club for children,” which, he explains, are “labor intensive and time sensitive. They basically involve taking a print book and chopping it up into separate pages, and then we add pages

of our own with Braille on them, and then we put them together again – So what you wind up with is a print book that also has clear plastic pages inserted with the book.” Lyons explains that thanks to this work, sighted parents can read with their blind children and blind parents can read with their sighted children. Even though there are embossers, which Lyons says are like computer printers, they operate too slowly to be practical. In addition, he says, the “machines that most companies use to collate and bind a book involve pressure, and … that pressure on the book would crush the Braille.” About 15 or 20 volunteer groups come in per year, says Lyons, for both book of the month and special projects. The NBP’s claim to fame, in fact, was a volunteer assembly line that was able to pull off the Braille release of the last few books of the Harry Potter series at the same time as the release of the sighted version. “We were given the files 2 weeks in advance,” says Lyons. “We had two weeks to create over a million pages of Braille. A lot of work was done by volunteers,” says Lyons,

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who adds that the NBP also employs about 45 people. At the NBP, the Braille is put onto metal plates, which then go into one of the NBP’s three Heidelberg printing presses that were converted from printing to Braille decades ago, says Lyons. Despite their age (the newest one is from 1964), the presses run 8-10 hours five days a week. Working with the NBP falls in line for the cause most associated

with the Lions Club – eye research. In 2010, the Lions Clubs of Massachusetts gave $169,644 in grant awards to Massachusetts eye research. Over the years, the amount Lions have given has totaled $27,406,508.30. Still, eye research is not all the Lions support.

“With Lions, everyone says vision, but now they do measles inoculations, diabetes, and we do hearing aides as well,” says RiceNorton. In fact, she explains that very recently, Lions Clubs International Foundation provided over $1.25 million in U.S. dollars, or 100 million Japanese Yen, to help the Japanese people following recent catastrophic events. Just as the support the Lions give spans a variety of causes, so does the involvement of each individual Lion. Some are able to put in more volunteer time, such as working toward the annual District 33K Lions' PRIDE (Performance, Recognition, Involvement, District and Club Excellence) program, which takes Lions work beyond their own Club and expands it to a district level. In fact, a special PRIDE pin is awarded to those Lions who participated in these extra efforts, and assembling a Braille book counts toward earning a PRIDE pin. Rice-Norton explains, however, that Lions work together as a TEAM (together everyone accomplishes more), and that involvement varies according to what each Lion can do.

“One thing they require is tree sales, but you could do bottles and cans, come to a dinner meeting, go on visitation. It’s hard not to do something, because there are so many fun things to do,” says Norton-Rice, who says the nature of the Lions’ work had always appealed to her, as she’d worked as a teen with children who had physical disabilities. That appeal grew greater after her brother lost his vision. Rice-Norton’s own involvement varies per week, with some weeks requiring four hours and other requiring 10 or more. “A Lion can pick and choose how much and at what level they wish to get involved at,” she says. Claudia Demillo, agrees. She’s a Medway real estate agent who became a Lion about three years ago and says her involvement is highest in spring and fall. “There are so many opportunities you could be involved with,” says Demillo. “When I met everyone, it was such a great group of really down to earth, fun, kind people, it was really hard to say, ‘Gee I don’t want to be a part of this.’ … There’s just a lot of love.”

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Curtis? Please Give Back the Sign Medway Residents Seek Return of Street Plaque BY J.D. O’GARA They just want their sign back. Residents of Curtis Lane were dismayed this past February to see that someone had run away with their sign, a finely carved, painted wooden nameplate that proclaimed “Curtis Landing.” Years ago, residents pitched in to purchase the sign for their 9-home cul-de-sac. “It’s probably in someone’s basement with the last name or the first name “Curtis,” says Dave Balardini, who is married and has lived on Curtis Lane for eight years. “They (whoever took the sign) probably think that that’s funny.”

Residents weren’t laughing, however, to see that someone had taken the time to carefully remove the sign from its posts, says Balardini. “It could be kids. It could be adults,” he says, but whoever stole the sign “had to physically take it off of the post. I don’t think it’s anything where the kids were fooling around and they just damaged it. Someone actually took the time to take it off the post. It seems to be deliberate rather than just a random act of violence,” says Balardini, who adds that the perpetrator had to climb over snowbanks to get to where the sign was. The sign belongs to the residents, not the town. In addition to “Curtis

Landing,” are the names of the people who contributed money for the sign. “We’re very close,” says Balardini, of his little community. “To the residents of the street, it’s more than just a piece of property. They took pride in designing the sign and working together. You don’t see signs like that in most neighborhoods.” Anyone with information on the missing Curtis Landing sign can call the Medway Police Department, or, as Balardini says, “If people want to drop it off in its original location, that would be fine.We want the sign back in good condition and to be able to put it back.” Residents of Curtis Lane Hope to See This Sign Returned to Their Neighborhood.

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April Calendar April 1 Preschool Story Time, Medway Public Library, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Story time for ages 3.5-5. Registration required. Contact Lorie Brownell for more information at or (508) 533-3217. Footloose, Performed by the Millis Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m., Millis High School Auditorium, 245 Plain Street (Rt. 115), Millis, $13 for adults and $10for students and seniors. For further information, call (508) 3765404. April 2 Jammin’ for Jesus The Church of Christ Performance Series and Beth Dowdell present the annual Jammin’ for Jesus Concert to be held in Fellowship Hall at the United Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St. Millis, on April 2 from 3:00 to 5:00. Millis favorites Ronda Matson and Mike Tarara will be performing with Joe Merrick. Adults $10., under 12, $5.00. Myrna Rybczyk, Music Director Rabies Clinic, Millis DPW Garage, Dogs 9-10:30 a.m., Cats 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., $10 per animal. Dogs must be leashed. Cats must be in carrier, pillow case or other secure container. For 3 year vaccine, you must bring current rabies certificate. Call (508) 533-3251 for more information. Medway Lions Bottles & Cans Drive Monthly bottles and cans fundraiser with proceeds used to support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m. or brought directly to Medway Oil on Broad Street by 11 a.m. Residents may also, at their convenience, place redeemables in the shed in front of West Medway Liquors on Main Street. The Lions thank residents for their continued support. Footloose, Performed by the Millis Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m., Millis High School Auditorium, 245 Plain Street (Rt. 115), Millis, $13 for adults and $10for students and seniors. For further information, call (508) 3765404. Bethany House Auction, St. Thomas Hall, Rte. 109, Millis, Preview at 8 a.m., Live auction at 10 a.m. For more information call Sr. Kathleen or Ruth at 508-

376-9923. For Pick Ups Call Gary at 508-376-0824 April 4 Rep. David P. Linsky office hours, 11 a.m., Millis Senior Center, (VMB) 900 Main Street, Millis. He also invites all constituents to call him at his State House office at (617) 722-2575, at his Natick office at (508) 6475600, or stop by Room 146 in the State House. Friends of the Medway Public Library Meeting, Medway Public Library, 7 p.m. April 8 Preschool Story Time, Medway Public Library, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Story time for ages 3.5-5. Registration required. Contact Lorie Brownell for more information at or (508) 533-3217. Footloose, Performed by the Millis Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m., Millis High School Auditorium, 245 Plain Street (Rt. 115), Millis, $13 for adults and $10for students and seniors. For further information, call (508) 3765404. April 9 Footloose, Performed by the Millis Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m., Millis High School Auditorium, 245 Plain Street (Rt. 115), Millis, $13 for adults and $10for students and seniors. For further information, call (508) 3765404. Clyde F. Brown Elementary Home and School Association Auction, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Primavera Restaurant, 20 Pleasant Street, Millis, DJ, silent and live auction, buffet dinner, $30 pp. Visit and click the link to CFB Home and School for information and an order form, or contact: Janel Pudelka at Medway Lions Bottles & Cans Drive, 9 a.m. The Medway Lions will conduct its monthly fundraiser with proceeds used to support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m., brought directly to Medway Oil on Broad Street by 11 a.m., or placed in the Lions Bottles and Cans shed in front of West Medway Liquors on Main Street at residents’ convenience. The Lions thank residents for their continued support. Preschool Story Time, Med-

way Public Library, 10:3011:15 a.m., Story time for ages 3.5-5. Registration required. Contact Lorie Brownell for more information at or (508) 533-3217. Millis Beautification Day, 8noon with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church. Co-sponsors: Millis Garden Club and Millis Lions Club. April 13 Friends of the Millis Public Library will be hosting a visit from local author, Laura Spinella at 7 p.m. at Church of Christ, 142 Exchange Street. Spinella is the author of Beautiful Disaster. Free. Light refreshments. April 15 Free Dinner and Movie Night, Dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a family-friendly movie. Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange Street, Millis. Call (508) 3765034 or visit the Church Preschool Story Time, Medway Public Library, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Story time for ages 3.5-5. Registration required. Contact Lorie Brownell for more information at or (508) 533-3217. April 16 Senator Scott Brown will appear to sign Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks and Second Chances, from 2-4 p.m. at the Millis Public Library, 25 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 Charles River Watershed Association Clean Up Visit April 17 Medway Lions Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m.-12 Noon Medway High School, Summer St. $7 adults, $5 Senior Citizens and children 10 and under payable at the door. Photos with the Easter Bunny, coloring contest for the kids and raffle prizes including 50/50 and Red Sox tickets. All proceeds go to local efforts and eye research. April 19 Passover Begins (Ends April 25) Reading is Magic! Ed the Wizard to appear at Millis Public Library, 10:30 a.m., 45 Auburn Road, Millis, Program supported by Millis Cultural Council

April 20 Millis Garden Club. 7-8 p.m. Room 130, Veterans Memorial Building, 900 Main St. (Rte 109), Millis. "The A, B, C's of Bees" by David Shaner, Norfolk County Beekeepers Association, Public welcome. FREE. Hospitality begins at 6:30pm. For more information, contact Beverly Temple at (508) 376-1014 or April 22 Preschool Story Time, Medway Public Library, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Story time for ages 3.5-5. Registration required. Contact Lorie Brownell for more information at or (508) 533-3217. Purr-fect Cat Shelter Bake Sale, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wal-Mart in Bellingham, fundraiser to benefit cat shelter in Millis, serving Millis and surrounding towns. For more information, call (508) 533-5855 or visit April 23 Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m., rain or shine, Oak Grove Farm, Millis, sponsored by the Millis Recreation Department. Children will be divided into several age groups. Bring your own basket and camera for a picture with the Easter Bunny. Call (508) 376-7050 for more information. April 24 Easter Sunday April 25 Candidates Night, 7 p.m., Church of Christ, 142 Exchange St. in Millis. For more information call (508) 376-5034 or visit the Church website: April 29 Relay for Life Cut-a-thon Fundraiser 5-7 p.m., Phillip DePalma Hair Salon on Main Street, Medfield. Pamper yourself while supporting the Relay For Life of Millis/Medway/Medfield/Norfolk. Wet cuts will be $25 each, and waxes $10. May 1, 2011 Spring 5K Run/Walk for Medway Community Organic Farm, 8 a.m. Check-in / 9 a.m. race, Medway High School, 88 Summer St. Register for the race online at: or

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Medway Public Library Offers Preschool Story Time The Medway Public Library will offer Friday morning story time for Medway children ages 3 1/2 5 years old from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. running through April 22, 2011. This six-week program introduces young children to books and reading with engaging stories, songs and activities built around a Springtime theme. Our interactive story times encourage learning, socialization and fun! Children should be comfortable being left with the group but parents/caregivers must remain in the building. Space is limited. Contact Lorie Brownell at the library for more information (508) 5333217.

Church of Christ in Millis to Hold Candidates Night The Missions Committee of the Church of Christ in Millis will sponsor a Candidates Night on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. All candidates for local office will be invited to attend. The only contested race is for School Committee. Each candidate will make a statement and there will be an opportunity for those attending to ask questions. There may be some discussion about the proposed override. Refreshments will be served. The Church of Christ is on 142 Exchange St. in Millis. For more information call the church at (508) 376-5034 or visit the church website,

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Medway Youth Earns Boston College High School Honors Emory D. Vanbruinswaardt Ackman 2012 of Medway achieved High Honors for the Second Quarter at Boston College High School. For High Hon-

ors a student must have at least a 3.80 QPA and all grades C+ or higher. Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-

preparatory school for young men founded in 1863. The school enrolls approximately 1500 students from more than 100 communities in eastern Massachusetts.

Church of Christ Presents “Jammin’ for Jesus” Concert The Church of Christ Performance Series and Beth Dowdell present the annual “Jammin’ for Jesus” Concert to be held in Fellowship Hall at the United Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St. Millis, on April 2 from 3-5 p.m. Millis favorites Ronda Matson and Mike Tarara will be performing with Joe Merrick. Adults $10, under 12 $5.

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Millis Empty Bowls Project Raises $1400 for the Millis Ecumenical Food Pantry Millis High School senior, Amy Walsh, along with the Millis Middle and High School Art Department, recently raised $1,400 for the local Millis Food Pantry! Students created 148 handcrafted ceramic bowls for an event called The

Empty Bowls Project, an international grassroots effort dedicated to fighting hunger and food insecurity. The premise of the event is simple: Guests were invited to the February 9th event to enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a $10 donation they kept their bowls as a reminder of the empty bowls through out the world. Chartwell's generously donated the soup for this event (which was lovingly made by Laurie Payne and her staff) and Roche Bros. generously donated the bread.

Bob Mullaney, Amy Walsh and Carol Haggerty are shown here with some of the 148 bowls created by Millis Middle and High School students. The bowls were exchanged for a $10 donation to the Millis Ecumenical Food Pantry on February 9 at a soup and bread dinner. The Empty Bowls Project, an international effort, raised over $1,400 for the food pantry.

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Cutting Costs Doesn’t Mean Cutting Value Over the last year and a half, many homeowners have been forced to scale back their home improvement projects. Though the economy appears to be creeping back, the nation’s homeowners are still somewhat reticent to commit big dollars to any one project. In spite of the country’s economic woes, homeowners are embracing more cost-effective projects that don’t sacrifice quality for the sake of saving money. Recognizing the importance of maintaining a home’s value, these cost-conscious homeowners are finding that traditionally big budget projects are not the sole means to retaining a home’s value.

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Depending on personal taste, homeowners can create a host of faux floor finishes and bring their patio to life with DRYLOK® Latex Concrete Floor Paint.

Home Improvement Trend That Won't Break The Bank Faux painting techniques are an economical and innovative way to transform any surface and can complement any decorating style. Dull concrete floors, both indoors and out, can be brought dramatically to life with a latex paint such as DRYLOK® Latex Concrete Floor Paint.

Planning and Preparation Before choosing a design, look carefully at your surface and space. Some designs are useful for disguising flaws in a floor. For other designs you may need to patch and smooth flawed surfaces first. You will also need to think about the traffic in the area you are painting. Is it worth doing an elaborate, time-consuming pattern in a high traffic area? Large, bold patterns may be out of scale for a small room. Equally, small, detailed patterns may get lost in large spaces.

Inspirations for Faux Painted Floors Brick and Stone Brick and stone finishes can add texture and/or color and can be effective indoors and outdoors.

Tiles and Mosaics Faux terra-cotta tiles are a versatile option for porches, patios and dining areas. The earthy appearance creates a warm, earthy feel and goes well with the rustic Tus-

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Patterned and Textured Finishes For a finish that isn't too busy, you can use paint to create subtle visual texture. With pattern, your choice is endless. Covering an entire surface is one option. Alternatively, you could paint a faux rug, perhaps with patterns inspired by oriental carpets. The most important thing to remember is to follow the proper

preparation and patching procedures from the product label. If you are using a pressure washer to clean the surface, do not use on a pressure setting above 1750 psi to avoid damaging the concrete. Remember concrete acts like a sponge. Pressure washing and cleaning in general may trap residual moisture in the concrete. To check for trapped moisture, tape a 12" x 12" piece of 3 mil plastic or aluminum foil tightly on all four edges to the surface. Remove it after 24 hours. If the floor side of

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Protecting the Pattern A clear protective coat, such as DRYLOK® WetLook Sealer is the perfect finish to protect the design from scraping of patio furniture, grease, weathering and washings. Remember to use a product that is

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the same design as the mood you are trying to create.

A comfortable home is a place where everyone feels at home. You can “let your hair down” and truly be yourself; plunk down on the sofa, put your feet up on the coffee table. Your home is where your thoughts and dreams come together in a comfortable atmosphere.

Start with seating to set the scene. Place your sofa and chairs so they create an intimate conver-

warm feeling. Look for a cozy corner where two chairs can be placed with a table. If the space is small, consider placing a single chair, a lamp and a stack of books

Find a shelf or side table that could use a personal touch and then add a few family photos. The frames don’t need to match, but they should coordinate and have



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The style that you select should reflect who you are. Any style can be molded to fit the personalities, activities, and tastes of those who live in the home. Comfort is in the details. Most families have traditions and memories that are unique. These differences can be celebrated with subtle reminders around your house. Just remember not to go overboard. A little here, a little there can go a long way to creating a warm inviting atmosphere. Too much will look cluttered and chaotic.

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or magazines for an inviting retreat. Lighting is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to set the mood in any room. Try adding a few floor lamps, small table lamps and even wall sconces for softer, more indirect lighting. Use lower wattage bulbs in your lights for a more relaxed feel. Don’t forget candles. There are so many ways to display them: set a single candle on a table; create a grouping on a mantle or place them in front of a mirror to heighten the impact. Another way to establish a mood is by adding color and texture to your living space. Draperies and pillow can do magic and don’t overlook the power of simply draping a warm-colored throw over a chair. No matter what your decorating style, your home can have that comfortable feeling that helps you relax at the end of your hectic day.

1. TomaToes: While commonly considered vegetables, tomatoes are actually fruits. But tomatoes can be an integral part of a vegetable garden. Tomatoes are high in lycopene and other antioxidants. There are also myriad varieties to tempt your palate.

3. BeeTs: Root vegetables like beets and radishes work well in the garden as well. The bright purple color of beets indicates they are full of many essential vitamins and minerals. Toss beets in salads or use them in the traditional soup, borscht. 4. carroTs: Another subterranean-growing veggie, carrots require moist soil as they germinate, but as the plants mature need less water. Carrots can be enjoyed in a number of ways and are a staple of cooking year-round. 5. Peas: Peas grow inside the pods of legumes. These plants like moist soil that drains well. Water frequently but make sure the soil doesn't become flooded if you want peas to flourish.

Tomatoes can be planted after the soil has thawed and there is no other chance for frost. They'll require plenty of sunlight. Fruit will be available to harvest toward the latter part of the summer. 2. Zucchini: Zucchini are an Italian squash variety that appear similar to a cucumber. They can be green or yellow in coloring. This vegetable is full of potassium, folate and manganese, making it a great addition to your menu. Zucchini take about a month to mature and be ready to harvest. They grow on vines and produce large flowers before bearing fruit.

6. PePPers: Peppers come in so many varieties it's easy to find ones that appeal to your taste in cooking. Generally peppers thrive in soil high in magnesium. Using compost and Epsom salt in the soil can help achieve the environment peppers desire. 7. LeTTuce: Lettuce is another staple and the basis for many salad dishes. Lettuce also tops sandwiches and can be filled and wrapped for other recipe ideas. Seeds should be planted between 8 and 16 inches apart. Water in the morning instead of at night to prevent disease from developing.

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Welcome Spring with a Real Backyard As temperatures begin to climb, thoughts turn to the backyard: is it ready for spring? If your outdoor living space needs some serious TLC before the flowers bloom, here are some great ideas for creating a natural, authentic backyard oasis. Get decked out. The heart of any backyard is a solid wooden deck. It's the perfect spot for grilling, sharing family meals, relaxing with friends, playing with the dog, and enjoying nature. Whether you have a deck that needs a little updating or you're thinking of building a new wood deck, download the free Authentic Deck Guide at for information on upkeep, construction and building material selection. Add an outdoor room. Already have a wood deck? Great! So what's next for your yard? Brad Staggs, HGTV and DIY show host and producer, and a licensed contractor, offers a few ideas: "Think outside the box and create a lovely little outdoor living room for your family and friends. Start with a nice, quiet spot under a tree or off in a corner. Add a garden bench and a couple of wooden chairs, plus a fire pit or chiminea, and top it off with a deep arbor covered in a climbing vine. Involve the entire family by building a simple bench and chairs, and let Mom pick out the perfect flower for the arbor. Then, sit back, toast some s'mores and enjoy the fruits of your labor!"

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Lawn Care Tips for First-Time Homeowners First-time homeowners can be overwhelmed at the responsibility that comes with home ownership. While some of those responsibilities can be stressful, others can prove therapeutic. Many homeowners find caring for their lawns to be an enjoyable hobby that helps relieve stress. Time spent outdoors in the warm sun helps improve mood, and a lush lawn and garden can instill a sense of pride in homeowners. First-time homeowners with no history of caring for a lawn can still turn their lawn into a lush oasis to be proud of.

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spreader. * Add a light layer of soil over the seed. Once the seed has been spread, cover the seeded areas with a light layer of soil. Some soils are treated, and these treated soils provide nutrients that encourage growth.

gardens need lots of work. That work should begin with a soil test. Do-it-yourself soil kits are available at most major home improvement and lawn and garden centers. For those who prefer to trust a professional, the United States Department of Agriculture has Cooperative Extension System offices in every state and U.S. territory. Such offices provide valuable information to homeowners, and many even provide free or lowcost soil tests. These tests can help homeowners learn more about their soil and what, if anything, they need to do improve its health.

* Water well but don't overdo it. The soil around the seed should be moist until the grass has grown in to its desired height. However, avoid overwatering, which can drown the seed and make new grass growth impossible.


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Spring Garden Time Few things are anticipated more in spring than the arrival of new leaves on the trees and budding flowers in the garden. A landscape awash with fresh colors can brighten the spirit and make anyone want to head outdoors. There are many different plants that begin to show their colors in the spring. A number of perennials, annuals and trees begin to flower or show new sprouts come the springtime. Here are some plants that can be planted for springtime enjoyment.

Annuals Looking for first signs of color? Look no further than these wonderful annuals. * Alyssum: Starting in April, this cascading bounty of tiny flowers offers a sweet aroma that attracts butterflies. * Dianthus: These vivid flowers also attract butterflies and are often a cottage garden staple. * Gypsophila: Also known as baby's breath, these delicate flowers can serve as filler in any landscape. Pink and white varieties are available. * Impatiens: One of the bestknown plants for the garden, these annuals come in scores of colors and can generally tolerate full sun to full shade. * Larkspur: Belonging to the but-

tercup family, these flowers bloom in shades of white to violet. * Pansy: These flowers are some of the earliest spring bloomers, arriving alongside spring bulbs like tulips. * Petunias: Petunias put on a show of color through the entire season, making them a popular bedding flower.

Perennials These plants will come back year after year and offer spring shows. * Cherry blossom: The flowers that sprout on cherry trees are some of the first signs of spring. Their pink or white buds are often a spectacle, so much so that towns and cities hold cherry blossom festivals. * Columbine: These beautiful blooms attract butterflies and can be a nice part of a garden bed. * Jacob's ladder: Variegated foliage that is dappled with violet-colored flowers can add a sweet smell and visual interest to the garden. * Primrose: These flowers come in a variety of shades, making them versatile in any garden. They also tend to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. * Sweet violet: These fragrant flowers are edible as well as attractive. These plants can self-plant, so unless a gardener wants them to spread, they should be kept contained.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the routine opening and closing of windows in homes built prior to 1978 can disturb lead-based paint around the windows, causing paint dust and chips to be released into the air. These lead particles are so dangerous that the EPA now requires contractors to be trained and certified before they can perform any renovation, repair or painting projects that may have previously applied lead-based paint. "Research indicates that the everyday activity of opening and closing windows creates friction that then allows lead dust to enter After older, lead-painted windows were replaced, this family now enjoys a the air," says Rick Nevin, a con- healthier living environment with their energy-efficient vinyl windows. sultant to the National Center for of ENERGY STAR® qualified dows," says Nevin. "Second, Healthy Housing (NCHH). "This windows, like the vinyl replace- stabilize any significantly deteriodust is invisible to the naked eye, ment windows offered by Simon- rated paint. Third, perform specialyet it can contaminate the home ton Windows. These windows are ized cleaning to remove any and expose residents to this harm- a healthy choice for replacing lead-contaminated dust. And fiful substance. older single-pane units. They're nally, perform dust wipe tests to "Young children, whose develop- energy-efficient and a good value confirm the absence of lead dust hazards after the clean up." mental skills and brain functions for the investment." are subjected to the lead dust, can "At Simonton, we advocate that Nevin, the NCHH and the New be especially negatively impacted. replacing older windows coated York University School of MediChildren can absorb the lead dust with lead-based paint with vinyl cine have been awarded a National from crawling on the floor where windows is a sensible step for Institute of Health challenge grant the dust settles. Toddlers put their homeowners who want to create a for "Preventing Child Residential hands in their mouths ... and after healthier home environment," says Lead Exposure by Window Replaying on the floor near a win- Gary Pember with Simonton Win- placement." The project includes dow, they can easily transfer the dows. "We believe Rick's research the launch of a "Windows of lead dust into their mouths. The in- substantiates the replacement of all Opportunity" website to promote gested lead travels through the windows coated with lead based the many benefits of lead-safe bloodstream to a child's develop- paint as a way to dramatically help window replacement. For addiing brain, causing many types of reduce lead dust within that home. tional information, visit www. neurobehavioral damage." As such, taking the next step of in- Nevin relates that the most common problem with lead in paint is not that a child is eating paint chips -- it's that the child may be exposed InterIor FInIshes every day to unseen contaminated DesIgn - BuIlD - Install lead dust particles that have settled in household dust. The lead-contKItchen - Bath - Basement aminated dust is often connected Windows - Doors - Walls - Floors with the operation of the window. custom cabinetry - millwork - closet systems Plaster - Paint - acoustic - tile - Back splash According to Nevin, one of the most important long-term investIn Home Consultation ments a homeowner can make for & Design Services the overall safety of a family is to 508-384-4172 replace older windows, using the EPA-approved lead safe tion guidelines. "If you live in a CMSINTERIOR.COM home built before 1978, and you Lic. Plumbing & Electrical Services have single-pane windows, replace Ma. Lic. Insured • References


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Bird Feeders of Many Shapes and Sizes Can Add Aesthetic Appeal When it comes to spring and summer, many people associate certain sights and sounds with these warm weather seasons. Ocean waves crashing, luscious lawns glowing green and birds chirping are often associated with spring and summer.

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Millis Girls Scouts Break the Ice at Operation Snowflake Seventh-Grade Girls First from Millis to Participate BY J.D. O’GARA

wasn’t that bad.” Both girls agreed that the coldest part of the event was waking up and having to change into the clothes they had tucked into their sleeping bags.

Got temperatures below freezing? Then it must be time to break out that tent and sleep outside! Winter camping might sound extreme, but two young ladies from Millis Girl Scout Cadette Troop 74920, added it to a growing list of new experiences this last February. Seventh graders Katy Golden and Olivia Lynch participated in Operation Snowflake at Camp Greenbrier in Acushnet, MA. Operation Snowflake, hosted by Troop 80117 of Dartmouth, Mass., is the premiere winter camping competition in the northeast for Girl Scouts in seventh grade or higher. Scouts from ME, NH, MA, RI and CT participated in this year’s event. “This competition dates back to 1974, and as far as I know, Katy and Olivia are the first Millis Scouts to have come and participate. I am really proud of these girls and what they accomplished,” says Michelle Schofield, Service Unit Coordinator of the Millis Girl Scouts. Although the competition required teams of three girls in order to officially compete, Katy and Olivia participated in a variety of events that required skill and teamwork. These included Flagpole Lashing, String burning, Compass, Baking, Wood Sawing, Constellation, Biathlon (snowshoe and “snowball target”) and an A-Frame Travois Race. The latter included lashing two 10-foot poles and one

“That was freezing,” says Katy. Schofield also touts the girls’ “extremely supportive” Troop Leader, Sherrice Golden. “It takes a lot of gusto to sleep outdoors in the dead of winter, and this certainly was a lot of work. It speaks volumes of your dedication to your girls.”

Bring it on! Millis seventh-grade Girl Scouts Katy Golden, left, and Olivia Lynch proved they could tackle the great outdoors in any kind of weather at Operation Snowflake, an outdoor camping competition in Acushnet. Here, they are pictured in their winter gear.

6-foot pole to create an A frame. Then they had to carry a member of their team across the field to the finish line. Katy and Olivia were short one girl, so many of the other troops participated jumped in to help. “When they started this, (the girls) were given the option of not participating in some things, but the only thing they didn’t do was the sled race,” says Sherrice Golden, Troop 74920 Leader, who points out that had the girls been able to compete, they would have placed in the fire-building and outdoor baking competitions. The girls were also judged on

their campsite and personal gear. They had to show that they packed and were dressed appropriately, that they could set up camp meeting the judging requirements. Their gear was loaded on a dog sled that was loaned to them by the Millis Boy Scouts, and they hauled their own gear from the car to their campsite. “It was good to know that we accomplished something like that, that other girls might not want to do because it was cold,” says Katy Golden. Although Schofield, who joined the girls at the event, noted that temperatures were indeed “frigid,” Olivia adds that, “It

“It was a great experience,” says Golden. “I’m so glad we went, because (the girls) felt just such a sense of accomplishment.” The fun events that were planned, says Golden, helped all of the girls to focus and kept the cold night interesting. Katy and Olivia encourage other girl scouts to try the competition, “but before they come,” says Olivia, “make sure you look at all the contests – and practice.”

Friends of the Library to host local author, Laura Spinella On Wednesday, April 13th, the Friends of the Millis Public Library will be hosting a visit from local author, Laura Spinella. The program was originally scheduled to be held in Dora's Room at the Library, but due to roofing issues at the Library, Dora's Room is not available. The staff at the Church of Christ has very graciously offered to let us use their Parlor Room for the event. Thank You,

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Millis Aiming High To Upgrade Athletic Facilities BY KEN HAMWEY The goal to raise $3.8 million for new athletic facilities is lofty, but Millis always seems to excel when it comes to achievement. Just look at its station in the Tri Valley League. The school is the smallest in the conference, yet since 1999 the Mohawks have won nine state championships in 13 attempts. And, during those years and dating back to 1960 when the first football game was played at Welch Field, athletic facilities at the high school have remained outdated.

would be installed between the two fields, so games can be played simultaneously. “Our practice fields now are glorified cow pastures,’’ Grant said. “We’ll build two fields and they’ll be available for track, football, baseball and other sports.’’ The concept is not only needed, but also extremely expensive, and Grant is acutely aware that to break ground in 2012 will take an all-out, aggressive effort.

rights will be offered. “It’s going to involve working at a national level,’’ he said. “We’ll go to firms like Reebok and Nike. The Red Sox and Patriots offer grants for projects like ours. We’ll have to roll up our sleeves but we’re confident we can do it. It’s a win-win situation for students and the entire community. So far, the initial response has been positive.’’ A major force in the mix is Maria Melchionda, who serves on the

What’s on tap for the athletes are a new artificial turf football field, a new baseball field with an artificial turf infield, a six-lane track around the football field, new stands, a new press box, new lights and new practice fields. “The new football field will be moved and be about 20 yards closer to the back of the high school,” said Chuck Grant, the Millis athletic director. “The baseball field will be about 20 yards closer to the school and our parking lot will expand with more spaces along the roadway to the school. The baseball field will no longer be a homer dome because the distances to fences that will be 10-feet high are 330 and 340 feet.’’ Grant indicated that barriers

chionda said. “We know that raising $3.8 million in a down economy isn’t going to be easy. But, it’s not easy raising that kind of money in good times. But, we’ll go outside Millis and leave no stone unturned. People are good and usually contribute when kids’ welfare is involved. We raised $3,400 at the dinner-dance.’’ Melchionda, who works full time as the executive director of the Mass. Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, said she’s contacting the top 100 companies in the state and even hopes to get a meeting with Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft. “I sent Mr. Kraft a letter, but haven’t heard back,’’ she said. “I’m not going to ask him for a donation. I just want to learn how to best generate contributions.’’ Melchionda praised the work of senior Sarah McAuliffe who has worked diligently to get the concept publicized through her senior service project.

The formal announcement of the fund-raising effort was made at a dinner-dance at Glen Ellen Country Club last October. Grant said private fund-raising will be geared toward corporations, businesses and individuals, and that sponsorships and naming

school committee. She’s the chairman of the Athletic Field Project and the liaison with the school board. “My role is to go to meetings, get the word out and oversee the technical aspects, like our website,’’ Mel-

“Sarah has promoted the project and she’s set up everything on our Facebook page,’’ Melchionda said. “She held a bake sale at Roche Brothers and raised $326 and collected $300 in a bottle and can drive.’’ Although the task of raising $3.8 million is daunting, Melchionda

isn’t overwhelmed. She’s fully aware that the majority of money must come from companies. “In mid-January, I got a check for $5,000 from Roche Brothers and later got a $500 check from Milford National Bank,’’ she said. “Dunkin Donuts is the latest contributor, giving us $250. If we can get to about $2 million, it’s possible people may donate gravel, loam, fences and carpentry skills to help us. The $3.8 million figure could turn out to be less.’’ Melchionda recently spoke at a meeting for all businesses in Millis and stressed the benefit of contributing to the project. There are eight members on the field committee and new people are volunteering, according to Melchionda. If and when the project becomes a reality, youth teams in Millis (soccer, baseball, lacrosse and Pop Warner football) will be able to use the facilities. “It’ll be revenue-generating,’’ Grant said. “The community will have access to the fields and with artificial turf, weather won’t always be a factor in calling off games.’’ The cost of the project is high, but Millis has always been willing to pay the price.

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Living Healthy Ask the Anytime Guy | Fitness Matters Expert answers to your health and wellness questions By Christopher Charron Question: Is it beneficial to get my body fat percentage checked and, if so, what method provides the best result? Answer: Whether or not you get your body fat checked depends on how meticulous you are when it comes to your own health and wellness. Some people are perfectly content to just workout and watch what happens. Others want to track and analyze everything and, as a result, like to have a starting point for body fat, amongst other things. If you’re in this latter group, then go ahead and get a test done. There are numerous ways to analyze your body fat percentage, from the very expensive to the ridiculously inexpensive, and the very accurate to the incredibly inaccurate. Some of the best methods include getting a DEXA scan, a Bod Pod measurement, or getting underwater weighed. How-

ever, these are the more expensive options, and require sophisticated equipment and skilled technicians. You could also try stepping on a Tanita scale, which uses something called bioelectrical impedance to determine your body fat percentage. Unfortunately, the accuracy is somewhat questionable with this method. When it comes to cost, accuracy, and practicality, you really can’t go wrong with a skinfold caliper test. It takes about 5 minutes, it might cost you $10-$50 (depending on whether a consult is included or not), and it’s reasonably accurate. You just need to find a personal trainer, or other health professional, that has done hundreds or even thousands of tests. Question: I’m a recreational basketball player and someone recently recommended plyometrics to me to enhance my performance on the court. Good idea?

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Tri-County Students Explore New Career Options at HMEA; New Coop Steers Students Toward Caring Professions BY J.D. O’GARA Carsten Shaw enjoys her job. The 17-year-old Tri-County senior, from Medway, smiles broadly as she gives a hug to Sean McEntee, one of the adults with developmental disabilities. Shaw works with in a new cooperative education program her vocational school is running with Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA). “It’s a lot of fun everyday,” says the medical careers student, who will study nursing at Fitchburg State next fall. Shaw says that working with people with developmental disabilities had never crossed her mind until she came across the opportunity at a school job fair last year. “You never have the same schedule.” “The students work in the day habilitation programs, directly with people who have developmental disabilities,” says Michael Moloney, President and CEO of HMEA. “They might take people out into the community to bowl or to volunteer … or directly help to do physical therapy. Some individuals may have autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or they

might be people with intellectual disabilities. The only difference between people with disabilities and (people without) is that they may need a little more help.”

to become more involved in community activities. Shaw, who works at the Plainville HMEA five days a

get oriented towards their future careers, to use their vocational skills, and to create a portfolio of ‘on the job’ experience, thus gaining an edge in the toughest job

HMEA is a Franklin-based nonprofit organization that supports 2,500 individuals, aged 1-94, with developmental disabilities in 110 Massachusetts communities across central and southeastern Massachusetts. These individuals, many of whom in an earlier time would have lived in state institutions, are able to enjoy life in the community because of the support they get from HMEA. HMEA embarked on the initiative with Tri-County Regional Vocational High School in Franklin to draw students to careers working with this population. The program, run by Tri-County allows seniors who are preparing for careers in the medical field to work at an HMEA Day Habilitation (or “Day Hab”) program. These students alternate their academic and vocational instruction with their jobs at HMEA. HMEA's Day Hab is designed to increase independent living and to enable individuals

Medway Tri-County Senior Carsten Shaw, (left) is shown here with Sean McEntee. McEntee is one of the adults with developmental disabilities Shaw works with as part of a new cooperative education program between Tri-County and Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA).

week, every other week, says that her job responsibilities run the gamut, from helping individuals in the program work at volunteer jobs with such organizations such as Meals on Wheels, the local senior center, the Pawtucket Red Sox, to helping people with disabilities grocery shop, to doing exercise, physical therapy and discussing current events to help keep participants’ minds active. Mary-Ellen MacLeod, Director of Cooperative Education at TriCounty, says the program is a winwin for the school and for HMEA. “HMEA is a very nurturing organization that allows our students to

market since the Great Depression.” “People think you’re helping someone with a disability, you’re giving to them, but if you have the right relationship, working with people with disabilities make your life so much richer, says Moloney, who sees the partnership as a model. “The Tri-County students are getting the chance to see upclose the rewards of working in the human services field.” Moloney who also chairs a provider’s council, a statewide trade organization made up of over 200 nonprofits, anticipates a short-

age of care providers in the next couple of decades. “There will be a 25% increase in dependent population in Massachusetts. Moloney points to an increase in seniors as baby boomers age, more children and a higher number of people with disabilities. With an increase in autism, more people are living with medical issues. All this, and “the working population is going to remain flat. We’re anticipating we’re going to need more warm bodies.” “This year we have 4 interns working directly with people in day habilitation programs, and we have about 10 juniors who volunteer in a part-time program…these are 17-year-olds being exposed to a field they didn’t know existed,” says Moloney. The President of HMEA, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, being in Franklin for about 18 years of that time, says that he hopes students will consider coming back to work in the field after college. Moloney also notes that HMEA has an arrangement with Clark University and Simmons College, to help its workers further their education, and while Tri-County students do their internships there, they can also participate in an online program to earn their credential in human services. HMEA also partners with other organizations, like EMC, in mutually beneficial relationships. “We have a lot of professional positions that require masters degrees,” says Moloney. “Those are the jobs that need filling.”

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Medway Gears Up for Its Summer Playground Program Teams with Franklin to Offer More Recreation Choices By J.D. O’Gara Medway will once again offer its Summer Playground Program, thanks to the help of a neighboring town of Franklin, starting July 5 and running for eight weeks through August 26. “Medway doesn’t have its own recreation department, so Franklin has offered to team up with us. In addition to (Medway residents) going to any of the Franklin programs, we are doing the same in Medway,” says Judi LaPan. At Choate Park, says LaPan, children can have their choice of

going to any or all of the eight oneweek camps that are offered. The number of children is not limited, she says, as more staff is simply hired for more popular programs. “Last year, some weeks we had 30 kids, some 14,” she says. LaPan touts all sorts of fun activities that are planned, including a rockclimbing wall and waterslide as well as traditional camp activities of crafts and sports. Although the summer program begins at 8:30 am each day and finishes at 3:30 pm, “We do have extended dropoff and late pick-up” for working parents for $10 more per day.

Dear Millis Public Schools Community It is with great pride that I announce that Millis Middle School has been awarded the "School of the Year" Award for our Spanish Immersion Program. This competition is organized by the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in the United States and sponsored by Banco Santander Shareholders in the United States of America in collaboration with Santillana, Editorial Anaya, the Instituto Cervantes and the Comillas Foundation. The award is given to schools in the USA that show excellence in language education programs, specifically CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) programs in English and Spanish. This is a true testament to the dedication and hard work of the students, teachers and Principal Andy Zitoli, as well as the wonderful support of our families, the School Committee, and community. The attached announcement, received today, states: Washington, DC, March 18, 2011. - Today the selection board met and was formed by: Diego Fernandez Alberdi, Counselor of Education of United States and Canada; William D. Sullivan, Senior Vice President/Manager of Santander Shareholders, Carmen de Pablos, Asesora TÈcnica and Rosa MarÌa LÛpez BoullÛn, Asesora TÈcnica. 7 winners were chosen (see Attachment) representing the three school levels, Elementary, Middle and High

School. This award ceremony will be held at the Embassy of Spain in Washington next May 2011. Millis Middle School (5-8) in Massachusetts belongs to a district with three schools (Elementary, Middle and High) that is in love with Hispanic Cultures. All three schools share a total immersion program in Spanish. In Millis Middle there is a great team of teachers who has the responsibility of taking what students have learnt in their starting steps (Elementary) and improve their knowledge and skills so they can shine (and they do!) in the High school. The program is supported by an enthusiastic team of teachers, an excited Principal and a passionate Superintendent who supports the program all over the district. Both the Middle and High Schools placed in the top three semi-finalists from across the United States. No other district had two schools as finalists. We are incredibly proud of our ISA program at all three schools. Congratulations to our Middle School! -Nancy Gustafson Nancy Gustafson, Superintendent Millis Public Schools 245 Plain St. Millis, MA 02054

Although the Franklin Recreation Department will be handling signups, LaPan does note that all of the camp staff in the Medway camp last year “were all Medway kids.” She wants to note that residents of Medway and Franklin “get first dibs” on open space in the program. Following schedule:




• Week 1: 6/27/11- 7/1/11 Olympics week • Week 2: 7/4/11- 7/8/11 Wild West Week

• Week 3: 7/11/11- 7/15/11 Super Hero Week • Week 4: 7/18/11- 7/22/11 Harry Potter Week • Week 5: 7/25/11- 7/29/11 Olympics week • Week 6: 8/1/11- 8/5/11 Quest Week • Week 7: 8/8/11- 8/12/11 Harry Potter Week

• Week 8: 8/15/11- 8/19/11 Mix And Match In addition to the themed weeks, certain days of the week will mark a special activity. Tuesdays are tiedye days. Wednesdays are waterslide days. Thursdays are open for the rock-climbing wall and Fridays feature a pizza lunch. For more information on the Choate Park Camp, contact the Franklin Recreation Department, 150 Emmons Street, Franklin at 520-4909 or (508)

Medway Pride Day Saturday, May 21st Get Involved Today. Get ready for Medway Pride Day, an annual community event attended by thousands of people each year, bringing local residents, businesses, and organizations together. Delicious food, dance and musical entertainment, a multitude of children’s inflatable games and exciting activities are planned for this year’s Pride Day. Medway Pride Day will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Medway Middle School’s Edmund Charland Field. In the event of rain, Medway Pride Day will move indoors to the Middle School. Local businesses and community organizations are encouraged to show their community spirit by

renting booth space ($50 for 10’ x 12’ space) to distribute information and meet new people, offer fun activities, or sell interesting items and crafts. A limited number of food booths are available ($75 for 10’ x 14’ space with access to electricity). Businesses also have the opportunity to sponsor a major children's game or activity ($300 to $500). Sponsors will have their company name printed on a large sign next to the game they have chosen to support. Sponsorships of a major entertainment act ($500- $700) are also available. Smaller donations are also welcome to help offset costs not covered by major sponsorships. Businesses may also donate raffle items or gift certificates for the Button Raffle. Donors will

be recognized in the Medway Pride Day flyer and announced throughout the day as Button Raffle prizewinners are chosen. The Medway Pride Day Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers from the Medway Business Council as well as Medway residents. The Committee’s activities are supported solely by donations and the sale of raffle buttons, T-shirts, etc. All funds raised at Medway Pride Day are donated directly back to the community. If you are interested in making a donation, registering for a booth, volunteering to help the Committee, or for more information, please visit the Medway Pride Day Website at

Medway Youth Softball Announces New Spring K-2nd grade Program!! We are now accepting registrations for an in-town instructional Softball league for K-2nd grade. The practices/games will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 pm7:30 pm beginning on April 19th and ending on June 12th (additional practices may be scheduled by coaches). The fee is $70. Complete the registration form at We will have a coach/parent

pitch to the girls, but we will use a T to move things along if need be. We will not count outs till mid-season. Every girl will bat each inning. We can play 3-4 innings... total time 1 hour or a bit over. We will generally have 7-9 players on a team depending on numbers. Girls will play at every field position. The Girls will not walk or strike out at this level. The idea is to teach the basic skills; throwing, fielding and batting - trying to put the ball in play.

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Step Out in Millis for School Auction Night, April 9 Primavera Event Largest Fundraiser for CFB Home & School By J.D. O’Gara Millis residents and friends are invited to a night out in town to benefit the Clyde F. Brown Home and School Association on April 9, from 6:30-10:30 p.m., at Primavera Restaurant on 20 Pleasant Street. The event, run this year by Cheri Mullally and Janel Pudelka, is the largest fundraising event for the elementary school PTO each year. The night will include entertainment by a live DJ, a full buffet dinner and both a live and silent auction.

that wouldn’t cost parents even more money. The PTO was already collecting General Millis Box Tops for Edu-

“Box Tops is huge. Last time we sent it in, it was a little over $700. That’s a SMART board,” she says. What Kazis refers to are interac-

Another fundraiser that the CFB HSA is doing this year is with TerraCycle ( The company, TerraCycle, takes normally discarded items, such as chip bags, cookie wrappers, candy wrappers, Ziploc-type bags, Elmers-type glue bottles, tape dispensers and the packaging for paper towels and napkins and turns it into resalable products. Clyde Brown’s PTO earns two cents per wrapper. Again, it might not seem like much, but Kazis says, “We’re up to $400.”

“Our big thing is the auction,” says Mary Kazis, Co-Chair of the Home and School Association. “The money gets raised, and all the curriculum enhancements are paid for by the HSA.” These include authors and illustrators, Miss Elaine and the Museum of Science, among others, she adds. “The (HSA) provides the school Jeffrey Wolff, Principal of the Clyde F. Brown Elementary School in Millis, is shown here with one of the five SMART boards purchased for the school’s with different programs and cur- its Home and School Association. The HSA will hold its annual auction at riculum enhancements and events Primavera on April 9. -- also teacher requests,” says Jeffrey Wolff, Principal of Clyde F. cation (http://www.boxtops4edu- tive whiteboards developed by Brown Elementary. “If a teacher Consumers might SMART Technologies that allow wants to provide a program, and think that saving the box top teachers to present information in we don’t have the funds, they step cutout, worth 10 cents apiece, a multimedia format, where stumight not add up to much, but dents can work with the boards. At in and help out.” Kazis says it really adds up to quite the start of this school year, the As this year’s President of the a bit. In fact, General Mills boasts Clyde Brown Home and School Home and School, in addition to that over $3 million has been do- Association purchased five the auction and Meadow Farms nated to schools nationwide in the SMART boards for the school. fundraiser, Kazis tried to promote program. “There was money left over from a number of fundraising options

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consumers register their Stop & Shop cards at www.stopandshop/aplus and enter the ID number 06885. In addition to buying materials that support school curriculum, the Clyde Brown HSA also puts on numerous events throughout the year, promoting a sense of community. Earlier this year, they hosted a both a Kindergarten and a fall social, Wingmasters and Bingo night, among others, and they are currently planning “Are You Smarter than a Fourth Grader?” on April 1 and a cultural night featuring Caribbean musical group Taino from 7-8 p.m. on April 29. Although the April 9 auction is the biggest fundraiser, says Kazis, she adds that, “There are so many families that can help, even in little ways.” Tickets for the upcoming auction are $30 per person, and those interested may visit the Millis Public Schools website ( and click on the link to CFB Home and School Association for more information and an order form. Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance. They may also view videos and pictures of some of the curriculum enhancements that have taken place at Clyde Brown at the website.

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Woodside Montessori Wins Technology Grant Millis, MA – Woodside Montessori Academy, has been awarded a $3,000 grant to further its STREAM (science, technology, robotics, engineering and mathematics) programs. After attending a STREAM workshop, held at iRobot in Bedford and organized by UMass Lowell, Kathleen Gas-

barro, Head of School was eligible to apply for a classroom grant. The grant is a project managed by the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, iRobot and supported by the National Science Foundation. Woodside will use the funds to implement a program called

Artbotics. Artbotics is a program that combines robotics and kinetic art. The goal is to increase the participation of women and minorities in computing through the use of innovative and interactive technologies. The purchase of 5 “Super

Cricket” robots has been made with the grant funds. Woodside Montessori Academy will offer Artbotics as a ten-week afterschool program to generate enthusiasm and exposure for students that wouldn’t otherwise choose Robotics as an extra-curricular school activity. A course designed for ages

9-12, Artbotics is also planned as a two-week intensive session during Woodside’s summer program. Woodside’s Enrichment programs are open to the public. For more information, please visit

The CAYL Institute announces that Jeffery Wolff selected for Groundbreaking Educators Jeffery Wolff, Principal of the Clyde F. Brown Elementary School in Millis, MA, was one of 120 early childhood educators in the state of Massachusetts to be selected as a Fellow for the Early Educators Fellowship Initiative through a joint effort between The CAYL Institute and The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. “The work that Jeffery Wolff is doing with the CAYL Institute is a first in Massachusetts. We are bringing together all of the educators who serve young children including elementary schools, head

start and family child care” stated Dr. Valora Washington, President of the CAYL Institute. “Jeffery Wolff will have the opportunity to work closely with national leaders who will join Massachusetts educators as we explore issues of child growth and development, literacy and English language learners.” The first of the three Fellowship sessions is taking place this coming Saturday, March 26th in Leominster, MA. Jeffery Wolff mentions, “The Early Educator Fellowship is important to me on many levels. First, I can connect with fellow elementary school

principals and early educators from private preschools and childcare centers. These connections provide me with valuable input regarding best practices in the field of early education. I can learn about recent research from national experts in three crucial areas; child growth and development, literacy and dual language learners. Lastly, I can bring new and innovative strategies back to my school to enhance learning opportunities for children three to six years old. This fellowship will greatly improve my leadership skills.” The Early Educators Fellowship

Initiative is a series of three learning experiences that bring together about 120 education leaders---a combination of elementary school Principals, community based providers, and other early childhood educators for a shared professional development experience. More than topical meetings, these Fellows will build a learning community and a sense of shared purpose, identity and responsibility. The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), in partnership with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), has

identified the need to shift focus from a child’s “school readiness” to creating alliances within the Commonwealth’s early childhood community. To improve educational outcomes for all children, early learning must be strengthened across multiple settings, including family child care, center-based care, elementary schools, and out-of-school time care. The Early Educators Fellowship Initiative is ensuring rich collaboration amongst the state’s early educators and strives to achieve this vision for the Commonwealth.

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A 9-Year-Old Millis Boy Lands Role In Hollywood Flick BY J.D. O’GARA Residents of the small town of Millis have a real-life Hollywood actor in their midst. Local folks already may have heard that a new Hollywood film, Ted, directed by “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane and starring Boston-bred

movie star Mark Wahlberg, was being filmed in nearby Norwood. What they might not have known is that a 9-year-old local boy, T.J. Hourigan, was one of the few young people from the area to get a chance to work in a paid, speaking role in the $65 million film owned by Universal Pictures. “I always dreamed of doing this, especially when I was a kid,” says T.J., a third-grader at the Clyde F. Brown Elementary School, who says his “friends were actually really excited, but at first they didn’t really believe me” when he told them he was going to act in the film. “All the kids they chose or cast are very typical of T.J.’s look –

Gold’s Gym 7th Annual 5k Charity Road Race On Sunday, May 22, 2011, Gold’s Gym, will host a 5k road race at 27 Milliston Road, Millis. This year, Gold’s Gym will donate the proceeds to a scholarship for a Millis High School senior, and Neurofibromotosis. The 5k starts at 9 a.m. 5k- Preregistration $20.00, Race Day $22.00, $10.00 for Students. Race

day registration and number pickup are from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Medals will be awarded. A limited edition tee-shirt will be given to all runners that pre-register on or before May 15, 2011. For more information and to register go to or call (508) 376-6007.

Spring Rummage Sale The Church of Christ, Millis, will hold its Annual Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 30th, from 9am to 1pm. Clothing for the whole family will be available, as well as purses, shoes, linens and jewelry. No household items or appliances will be accepted. Clean items can be brought to the church during the week before

the sale. Please put your donations on the stage in Fellowship Hall. The church is located at 142 Exchange St., Millis (Rte. 115), 1 block north of Rt. 109. We welcome anyone wishing to help with the set-up, beginning at 9am on Friday, April 29th. Please call the church office at 508-3765034 for more information.

darker-haired, lighter-eyed,” says his mother Donna Hourigan, who had brought her son down after a friend had alerted her to the casting call. Hourigan estimates that about 1,000 people came to audition at Boston Casting Company. “I felt like my heart was gonna come out of my chest,” says T.J., although his Mom noted that she thought her son seemed very cool at the time. About 40 or 50 auditioned at the second call, she says, while the third and final time, eight people, including five children, vied for four different roles. T.J.’s first paid employment took two eight-hour days, February 22nd and 23rd, during school vacation time. T.J. played “Kid #2,”

a speaking role that required him to be less than nice to the main character, “Ted.” The protagonist of the story is a little boy who grows up without friends and later wishes his Teddy Bear could be his best friend. T.J., therefore, adlibbed his role as one of the children who bullies “Ted.” “We realized it was an opportunity to be in a Hollywood movie,” says Mom Donna, who allowed her young actor to go along with some of the bad behavior and language for the sake of the movie.

and John Hourigan to sign a contract, says Donna, and if T.J. were to get another movie gig, he would have to join the Screen Actors Guild. For the film, the motion picture company rented two houses in Norwood, and the four boys in the film had one house to themselves. T.J. says he and the other boys enjoyed a lot of freedom, as well as the great “chocolate cake.” In fact, T.J., who has two older sisters, Meaghan and Bridgit, had such fun working on the film that he’s now taking acting classes every Saturday.

T.J., however, is not at all like the character he plays in the movie. “I thought he was mean, rude and disgusting,” he announces. The paid role required Donna

Millis Selectmen Vote to Add Override Question to May 2 Ballot Town to Seek $1,125,583 in Operational Override BY J.D. O’GARA “To have an override is not a failure, it’s part of the system,” said Charles Vecchi, Chairman of Board of Selectman for Millis said on Monday, March 14, at a twohour public meeting in which the Board of Selectman ultimately decided to add an operational override of $1,125,583 to the May 2 election ballot. At the meeting, most who spoke did so in favor of an override. The three Selectmen, Charles Vecchi, Chairman, Andrea Wagner, Vice Chairman and Don Hendon, Clerk did not make the decision to add the override question without some reluctance. Chris Smith, Chairman of the Finance Committee, presented a list of four possible financial models for the town, which faces a structural budget deficit of $535,183.


Coupled with an anticipated 5% cut to Chapter 70 (Schools) and Local Aid, that amount would rise to $789,828. The first model presented solved for this year’s deficit alone ($535,183), while the second looked at solving the current deficit over five years ($796,390). Model three ($867,683) looked at solving the current deficit and putting $332,500 this year toward the capital plan, while model four ($1,125,583) covered the deficit, plus $332,500 for five years toward the capital plan. Both models three and four offered options of $175,000 toward needed staff, but this option was rejected. Chris Smith noted that adopting the first models would solve a very short-term problem, but that most likely the town would be facing a shortfall revisiting the override option each year. Looking to avoid this situation, the Selectmen chose Model 4. Most supporters of the override talked of already making do with less. Dave Baker, Chair of the School Committee, stood up and said, “ I personally believe a local override is the best, because for every dollar raised, the money goes back to the town.” Baker

added that he supported the fiveyear plan, because “I personally would like to solve the problem for more than five years.” Baker insisted that any more cuts to the school system, which consistently does well using the leanest possible budget, would be seen in test scores. Library Director Tricia Perry, whose hiring of a new children’s librarian has been put on hold due to budget concerns, spoke that “without an override, we’d be hard pressed to continue with the hours and staff we have now.” Wendy Barry rose to encourage the town to leave itself the option to managing something rather than to react in crisis mode every year. Patty Kayo, Director of the Council on Aging, spoke of concerns the impact of an override would have on lower-income seniors, to which Charles Vecchi noted that tax relief is available for that demographic.

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Leading the Pack – The Millis girls and boys indoor track team members qualified for the state track meet at the Reggie Lewis Center and performed in their events in Boston on February 6th. Pictured are from left to right are Jordan MacAskill, shot put, Katrina Peros, shot put, Sarah McAuliffe, 1000m, Zach Maltinsky, 300m, Colin McPoland 800m and Chris Hines, 50m. Zach Maltinsky broke the school record in the 300m.

Millis Author Urges Parents to Get Kids Outside How many times have you driven through a neighborhood and be struck by the realization that there are no children outside playing. You might begin to think you are in an old Twilight Zone episode where aliens have come down from outer space and abduct all of our children. They have been abducted, not by aliens from outer space, but instead by the TV, computers and other electronics we have brought into our homes. Instead of playing outside in the fresh air with their friends they are inside ”playing" and "socializing" on their computers. To help get kids outside, Millis resident Ted Burbank has published 365 Ways to Unplug Your Kids (for a little while anyway) – How to Have Fun without TV or Computers (Salty Pilgrim Press). This book provides activities and games, which are divided into 22 categories. The book is designed to be used as a source of ideas on helping kids enjoy the unplugged world around them. For more information, visit 365 Ways to Unplug Your Kids (for a Little While Anyway) is available directly from the publisher at the above website or from

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Senator Scott Brown to Appear at Millis Public Library Saturday April 16th 2-4 p.m. Scott Brown, US Senator from Massachusetts, will be making a special appearance at the Millis Public Library, 25 Auburn Road in Millis on Saturday, April 16 to sign copies of his new book: Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances. Senator Scott Brown will make a few brief introductory remarks and then will be available to autograph copies of his book.

Senator Scott Brown was elected by the people of Massachusetts on January 19, 2010, to fill the term of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. He lives in Wrentham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Gail, and their two daughters, Ayla and Arianna. PLEASE NOTE: Senator Scott Brown will ONLY be signing copies of Against All Odds at this event. No memorabilia please! COPIES OF THE BOOK WILL

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Medway Real Estate Broker Chairman of Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Paul G. Yorkis, President of Patriot Real Estate in Medway has been appointed chairman of the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation for 2011. Created in 1992, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation performs a variety of community outreach initiatives that provide assistance to needy individuals and the community at-large under the direction of its nine-member Board of Trustees. Yorkis has been a member of the

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