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Annual Fire Truck Parade and Tree Lighting Slated for December 5th BY J.D. O’GARA The holiday spirit will officially come to Millis on December 5 this year, with the town’s annual fire truck parade kicking off at 5 p.m. The parade will lead through the town center, heading back to Millis Town Hall at the Veteran’s Memorial Building. As he does every year for Millis girls and boys, Santa will be riding in the parade and stopping in the VMB gym for photos with children until 8 p.m. According to Rick Barrett, of the Millis Fire Department, the major sponsor of this year’s holiday parade is Rocky’s Ace Hardware, along with the Millis Recreation Department. “I was trying to go greener and wanted to use LED lights, because they use less power and you don’t have to replace them as much,” says Barrett. Rocky’s, he says, really came through. “We need about 6,000 lights to fill all the trees in the front. It normally costs about $9,000, but they’re doing it

Rocky’s will also donate the use of a popcorn machine for the event, and the Glen Ellen Country Club will be providing free hot chocolate. Two local builders in town, Tom Roche and Tom McDonough, are also sponsoring the event. In addition to refreshments, face painting and musical entertainment will also be available. Rocky’s Ace Hardware will also be handing out coupons at the event for $5 off a purchase of $25 dollars or more. Barrett is working on attaining other decorations for the seasonal kickoff. “Please come,” says Barrett to the people of Millis. “It’s always a great event. We always have so much fun.”

Santa will once again ride into town, escorted by the Millis Fire Dept., on Dec. 5th.

for about $4,200. “The beauty of LEDs is, because they’re low energy, you can plug up to 85 strands of lights together, compared to just three sets for standard lights,” says Shirley

Cullen, manager of the Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Millis. “I know (the Millis Fire Department) has been struggling with the old lights, so I partnered up with our home office, and they were able to get

A Fund, and a Friend, Indeed BY J.D. O’GARA Tough times can befall decent people. However, there are neighbors among us who understand this and are willing to lend a hand in times of need. They don’t want

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glory or recognition, but feel rather, that it’s their duty to humankind, their duty to God, to help. In Millis, those who need a helping hand can look to The Millis Fund. Established in 1994, The

Millis Fund was created by volunteers from four houses of worship in Millis –St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Ael Chunon Congregation, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Church of Christ, Congregational. Its mission: to provide emerE US HO 0PM EN 1-2:3 P O 5, c. DE

“I think the celebration is a wonderful thing,” says Cullen, herself a 15-year Millis resident. “Of course, we’re trying to draw business, but we’re also part of this town. I like to get out into the community in the best way that I can.”

gency financial aid to Millis residents. As of January of 2009, the fund has assisted over 275 families in Millis by paying for rent, utilities, medical costs, fuel, clothing and other emergency needs.

Sometimes, Santa Needs to Shop Local Medway Holiday Stroll Aims to Spread Word about Local Treasures BY J.D. O’GARA It’s an effort to keep Mom and Pop thriving right alongside Santa this holiday season. For the first time ever, on December 9th and 10th, from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.+, local businesses in the town will unite to open their doors for a town-wide shopping event. The Medway Holiday Stroll will offer local residents the chance to shop at convenient evening hours, at discounts and with exciting incentives. Neighbors will not only get the chance to gather together, but they’ll also learn a little bit about what Medway has to offer, while having a bit of seasonal fun. “No one has done it in Medway before, and I was speaking with Bill Healey, owner of Medway Mill Antiques, and I was talking with him about helping out with press advertising and local business,” says Peggy Pionke, who is coordinating the stroll. Brain-



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Medway Adopts Stretch Code at November 15 Meeting Code a Requirement to Apply for Green Community Status BY J.D. O’GARA A mid-November town meeting in Medway ended in the town’s adoption of the new Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Code, which cleared a final hurdle on the way to the town’s application for designation by the state as a Green Community. “The stretch code is essentially an additional component to our community’s building code,” says Susan Affleck-Childs, Planning and Economic Development Coordinator for the town. “The whole point of it is to make buildings more energy efficient. According to the Executive Of-

fice of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), the optional Stretch Code is an appendix to the Massachusetts Building Code approved by the Board of Building Regulations and Standards in May 2009. All new residential and many new commercial buildings will have increased energy efficiency code requirements, for a result of 20% more energy efficient buildings. “Adopting the stretch code is one of five criteria Massachusetts communities have to fulfill to be designated as a Massachusetts Green Community,” says Affleck-Childs. “As of now, 36 towns were designated (as Green Communities) last

spring.” Medway submitted its application for designation as a Green Community after receiving approval for the stretch code at town meeting. According to Affleck-Childs, not only is fulfilling the five criteria for the Green Community designation the right thing to do, “but the state also makes some very attractive funding available to towns when they are designated,” she says. “They become eligible to apply for funds for a variety of things.” In fact, Massachusetts has made $4 million available to the current round of Green Communities, she says.

Residents of Medway and Millis My name is Charles Tashjian, owner of Our Town Publishing and Local Town Pages. I have enclosed in this newspaper a correction supplement to the recent telephone directory you received last month. I want to apologize for the inaccuracies in sections S-Z. Inadvertently, the listings in these sections were shifted down one line. I appreciate the residents who have called and their understanding of the mistake. No one has been

more frustrated with this misprint than myself. These phone books are local town directories and are only mailed to residents within the town and have no distribution to outside areas. If you believe your number is unpublished and was in this directory, you need to call your phone provider, because they are making it available. If your number was left out, the first question would be are you using Comcast or

another type of Internet provider. These companies don’t consider themselves a phone company and make it difficult with releasing the information. I would also like to say that the Town Halls have had no partnership in these directories, so please direct all calls to us. Thank you for your understanding. Best Regards, Charles Tashjian, Owner

December 1, 2010 fund drive, create the materials and review the applications. “Our budget is 15 bucks,” laughs Corl, who points out that the only overhead cost for the fund is the cost of filing an annual report as a nonprofit with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. “We don’t have a lot of postage.” As for how the fund is distributed, Corl adds, “We try to use collective decision making in figuring how best to help each applicant.” “Each application is reviewed by three to five board members before a decision is made about how much we’re able to help a person, whether we can give them all they want or a fraction,” says fellow Millis Fund board member Janet Walsh, who has been involved with the Millis Fund for 15 years. “We make payments directly to creditors.” Corl explains that most often, The Millis Fund is used to pay utilities, medical bills, and rent, although members take care to personally contact each applicant. One time, the Fund also bought someone glasses. Most times, says Corl, the Millis Fund has been able to help, although there have been exceptions. “We have not yet had to turn down an application other than these few really large ones,” notes Corl. “What really hurt me in the last two years was the housing crisis. There were people deeply in debt thanks to their mortgage, and that was a little over our head.” In those

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“The real focus of The Millis Fund is the ability to help people who find themselves in a financial crisis,” says Brooks Corl, who has served on the eight-member board of directors for the fund for the past 10 years. “It’s a small charitable fund that raises money to help Millis families out of temporary emergencies.” The private charitable organization does not do a lot of fundraising, but does rely on contributions. Corl says that about a third of contributions come from houses of worship, another third from businesses and organizations, such as the Millis Lions, and finally another third comes from individuals. The only fundraising campaign occurs in the month of January, culminating on Super Bowl Sunday. In the case of The Millis Fund, the second Sunday in February is known as Souper Bowl Sunday, when a soup bowl is literally passed through the churches to gather contributions for the fund. According to Corl, “The rules are very simple. The first is absolute confidentiality. Second, The Millis Fund can only help an individual or family once per calendar year. Thirdly, three is the most times we will help any one family, and four, they must be Millis residents.” The way The Millis Fund is run is also very simple, says Corl. The Board of Directors meets about four or five times a year to plan the

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FUND continued cases, The Millis Fund has referred people to other resources. Sometimes, a Millis resident’s needs require extra attention from the board members. Corl explains how dedicated The Millis Fund board members are. “One of our board members (struggling with cancer) got out of a sick bed and personally pumped gas into the car of a woman whose car was out of gas and in need of repairs. I think it was a Saturday night, and we couldn’t find a station with an active manager who would take a check. Jeff pumped the gas in the car and gave money to the station to establish a small credit for her.” Board members have also gone to drug stores to pay for prescriptions for needy neighbors. Both Corl and Walsh say that their work with The Millis Fund gives them satisfaction from being able to help people. Walsh talks about what moved her to volunteer. “I just though it was a wonderful opportunity to serve the community, and also, at the same time, I was representing my church,” says Walsh. “It was the service to the community. When I heard about it, I thought, ‘What a good idea.’” “Our motto is neighbors helping neighbors,” says Walsh.

Applications for The Millis Fund can be found at the Council on Aging, at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, through Millis Schools and through any of the local churches or synagogue. Donations to The Millis Fund can be sent to The Millis Fund, 142 Exchange Street, the fund is a 501 (c3) organization and will provide a letter of thanks which could serve as a receipt, says Corl. Although most board members are not interested in publicizing their work with The Millis Fund, Corl believes in spreading the word that the fund is there, for those who need it and for those who would like to contribute. “Even though we don’t do a lot of advertising, we still like to have The Millis Fund name out there, so people know that we’re here,” says Corl. “I know that because we don’t advertise other than the churches, I think there are a lot of people that don’t know about it.” “There’s an expression along the lines of, when you do your alms, don’t sound the trumpets before you, and that’s what I believe,” says Corl. “If someone’s bills are due, their utilities are turned off, they can’t pay their bills, that’s what we’re there for.”

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Making Merry, Feeding Hungry Songs for Food Concert Planned at Medway VFW December 9th BY JUDY DORATO O’GARA Got the urge to hear a few Christmas carols, and perhaps dance a little jig? Revelers from Medway and surrounding towns are invited to celebrate the season in a way that helps their less fortunate neighbors. Songs for Food, a concert by the band Songs for Ceilidh, sponsored by the Medway Lions and Middlesex Savings Bank, will take place at the Medway VFW, 123 Holliston Street, on December 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission to the family-friendly concert is two non-perishable food items, or a $5 donation for the Medway Village Food Pantry, and children 10 and under are Songs for Ceilidh, will perform a benefit concert free. in Medway “We did this concert last year, and basically what it was, was we were sitting around and we wanted to do something for the town,” says Scott Price, lead singer for Songs for Ceilidh. Because the band is based in Med-

way, and that’s where we got our start, we wanted to do something to give back to the town. We though the thing to do is to do something for the Medway food banks, especially around the holiday time.”

“We do a lot of our songs, as well as holiday music,” says Price, who notes that students involved in the Medway High School Chorus will be joining the band to perform some holiday tunes. Jon Jasinski, a science teacher at the high school is a member of the band. He has worked with music teacher Nadine Amirault to bring students into the performance. Similarly, Bryan Christensen, Assistant Vice President and Regional Manager of Middlesex Savings Bank in Medway, is also a member of the band, and both band members Bryan and Chuck Hallett are Medway Lions. According to Bryan Christensen, last year’s event raised about $800 in addition to a truckload of food. This year, says Price, they’re hoping to get upwards of $2,000 worth of food and donations. For more information on Songs for Food, visit the band’s website at

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Jolly Holly and MGC Greens Sale Together Again under One Roof The annual Church of Christ Jolly Holly Fair and the Millis Garden Club Greens Sale are teaming up again this year to offer the community a grand holiday marketplace on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Church of Christ, 142 Exchange Street, Millis. You can get an early start to your holiday shopping while benefiting the Church of Christ and the Garden Club's civic activities. Shoppers of all ages are sure to enjoy the festive surroundings and the large variety of hand-made gifts, decorations, home-baked goods, and other specialty items

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not available in malls or catalogues. Donations from church and garden club members include hand-knitted and wood-craft items; vintage jewelry; decorated fresh wreaths and swags; festive centerpieces, boxwood trees and fireplace baskets; holiday blooming bulbs; pine cone candle rings; and garden-inspired tree and table decorations. There will be a Silent Auction to bid on Revolution Soccer tickets, Foursome of Golf at Glen Ellen, a $100 Roche Bros gift certificate, and much more; raffle tickets will be sold for chances to win 4 Red Sox tickets with $50 gift certificate

to Longhorn Steakhouse, as well as one-of-a-kind decorated trees and wreaths. There will also be a children's shopping corner where kids can do their own shopping and wrapping. The youth groups of the church will sponsor "The Green Room"-recycled treasures of gently used toys, household items and holiday decorations. All proceeds will benefit programs for the church's ecumenical Youth Groups. Santa photos suitable for framing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. For more information contact Tammy at or Beverly at

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126, Medway, (508) 533-6591, For over 30 years, the Avellino family has owned and operated this business at its current location.

Medway Lions Annual Christmas Tree Sale: Starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, look no further than next to the Shell Gas station at the Route 109 Mall. Proceeds benefit local community efforts and raise money for eye research.

Higgins Family Christmas Trees: Rocky’s Ace Hardware, Millis and 71 Pond Street, Ashland: The Higgins family has been growing Christmas trees for three generations, and trees are grown in Nova Scotia.

Holiday Greens Sale: Church of Christ, Rte. 115 in Millis, December 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: The Millis Garden Club will be selling holiday centerpieces, wreaths and swags, embellishments, baskets and bundles. You can even custom order if you call by November 29 to (508) 376-8319. This sale occurs in conjunction with the church’s Holly Jolly Fair. Medway Garden Center: 38 Summer Street, Rtes. 109 &

Deerfield Tree Farm: 25 Birch Street, Millis, (617) 803-0493. Choose and cut, fresh cut trees, live trees, free hay rides (weekends only), refreshments, free tree baling, free local delivery, free picture with Santa on December 4, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Farm open from Friday, November 26 – Sunday, December 19, depending on tree inventory and weather. Friday, 11/26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, 2 pm. – 5 p.m.

Winter Parking Ban In Effect Per Millis Town By-Laws, the annual winter parking ban began on November 15th. During the parking ban, there is no overnight on-street parking in the town of Millis. Parking citations will be is-

sued, and if the vehicle interferes with the DPW’s ability to clear snow and/or ice from the roadway, the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.

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AskMedway/AskMillis Medway and Milis residents are invited to pose a question to the selectmen. Localtownpages will seek the answer. MEDWAY Q: We have a loved one buried at Evergreen Cemetery, and we live out of town. We lug water from home to water plants. We wonder why there aren’t a few water faucets conveniently located to avoid this problem? A: We only know of one spigot that works. That is located on the dirt road that goes through the middle of the cemetery. There are others, but they are not functioning at this point. Turning the spigot on and off is at the discretion of the Medway Water Department. The faucet does get turned off for the winter, to prevent pipes from bursting. Jeanne Johnson, Cemetery Commissioner

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Chorale to Perform Holiday Concert December 11 in Millis BY J.D. O’GARA The singing voices swell and diminish, rise and fall in harmony. On this typical Tuesday night in November, individuals from 16 different communities assemble to create a feast for the ear. The members, who meet here at the Church of Christ in Millis every Tuesday, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., comprise the Charles River Chorale, now in its 26th year. Tonight, their enthusiastic founder and artistic director Roy S. Kelley lectures the singers on time and praises their harmony. Kelley directs the chorale in preparation for its annual holiday concert, entitled “Christmas Goes Baroque,” which will be performed at the Millis High School/Middle School auditorium on December 11. Westwood Rotary Club is also sponsoring this

concert in Westwood on December 5, at 3 p.m., at Westwood High School. The Charles River Chorale formed in 1985 to celebrate Millis’ Centennial. At the time, Kelley was the organist/choirmaster for the Millis Church of Christ, Congregational. “At that time, they had the bicentennial effort nationally. They asked me, since I had the most active choir in the town, to form the chorale,” says Kelley. The success of this original group eventually led them to bring their musical talent to Washington, D.C. “Roy is by far the best teaching director I’ve ever worked with,” says Brooks Corl, a Millis resident who has sung in choruses for most of his life. Kelley graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in

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music education, and he served as a music specialist in the educational field for 31 years. Kelly studied choral conducting with Lorna Cooke de Varon at the New England Conservatory of Music. He is the president of the New England chapter of the American OrffSchulwerk Association and is also a member of MENC and American Guild of Organists. An organist/choirmaster for Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Duxbury, Kelley has also directed the Snug Harbor Community Chorus that town for the past decade. “When it was time to retire, which I did in ‘92, I wasn’t ready to stop,” says Kelley. “I had a church job and the choruses, and the vocation became the avocation.” “I can’t stop,” he laughs. Neither can the singers, who faithfully show up each week. Leslee Hodgman, a Millis resident who grew up in the town and has been singing with the Charles River Chorale since 1999, says the two-and-a-half hours of rehearsal

time flies by. “I don’t think it’s long,” she laughs, “I love the music that we sing. It gives me the sanity to do what I really enjoy. It takes my mind off my frustrations, if there are any.” Abbe Morrongiello, a four-year member from Franklin, offers that she, too, finds the experience to be an emotionally positive one. “I have a lot of worries, and when I come here for the two hours I’m here, I’m focused on the music, and I’m not thinking about what’s going on.” Morrongiello, a piano teacher, joined the chorale after being invited by the parent of one of her students. She has become a chief fundraiser for the group, a 501 c3 nonprofit, which costs $20,000 a year to run. In fact, each concert costs over $10,000, given the cost of stage rental, programs, and the cost of police and fire details. Each member of the chorale works to raise necessary funds, selling advertising for programs. Money they raise also goes toward two scholar-

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Morrongiello also credits the chorale with providing a social outlet. “It’s the camaraderie,” she says. “I love to sing. I love the music, but also to meet people, and I’ve made some lovely friends. Tuesday night is my time. It’s my night out, and it’s something that I look forward to,” she says. According to Kelly, the group’s numbers have never wavered. “This (year’s group) has probably been one of the larger groups I‘ve had for the Christmas program,” he says. “It’s word of mouth and people bring people from neighboring towns, which include Medway, Franklin, Bellingham and North Attleboro. The ages of the singers range as well. “We have people from high school through their 80s,” says Kelley. “At this point, I have five who have with me for 26 years.” Kelley, aside from joking that his own personality is a draw, credits the non-audition format of the chorus with its popularity. “There’s no pressure put on. My philosophy is I want them to grow musically, but I want them to entertain and enjoy along with the audience. If we really enjoy what we’re doing, that will carry over to the audience.” Margaret May, who has been singing since she was seven, has sung with Charles River Chorale from the get-go. The 53-year resident of Millis finds it relaxing to come and sing, and she enjoys the welcoming atmosphere. “He (Kelley) doesn’t do auditions,” May says, “If you enjoy it, come and sing.”

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December Calendar December 1 Sign up begins for December 18 Children’s Gingerbread House Making Activity, Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, Medway, (508) 533-3217. Limit 90 children. December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 7-8:30 a.m. BNI Bellingham Better Business Builders Meeting, Bellingham Public Library, All local business owners are invited. Contact Michael Byrne (508) 478-6900. December 3 – December 26, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Millis Wonderland, 60 Causeway Street, Millis. Drive-through Christmas display, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are best nights. Space limited, so no buses, please. Free, but donations accepted for The Salvation Army. December 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Keepsake Holiday Ornaments, Family Event, Make a keepsake ornament. Bring a photocopy of a special photograph to make it special. Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis. Call (508) 376-8282. December 4 Breakfast with Santa, 7:30 – 11 a.m., St. Joseph Parish Center, 145 Holliston Street, Event sponsored by the Medway Boy Scouts. $5 adults $3 children and seniors December 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Holly Jolly Fair and Millis Gar-

den Club Holiday Greens Sale, Church of Christ, 142 Exchange St., Millis, or www. December 5, 3 p.m. A Ceremony of Carols, Free Concert at Fatima Shrine, 101 Summer St., Holliston call (508) 376-9569. December 5, 5-8 p.m. Annual Fire Truck Parade and Tree Lighting, Main Street, Millis, ending at the Veteran’s Memorial Building Gym. Free popcorn and hot cocoa. Face painting. December 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Songs for Food Concert featuring Songs for Ceilidh, co-sponsored by the Medway Lions and Middlesex Savings Bank to benefit Medway’s two food pantries. Medway VFW, 123 Holliston Street, Medway, December 9, 10 4 p.m. – 9+ p.m. Medway Holiday Stroll December 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Craft Fair to Benefit Metrowest Pet Pantry, Church of Christ, 142 Exchange Street, Millis December 11, 7 p.m. Auction preview, 7: 30 p.m. concert, “Christmas Goes Baroque,� Charles River Chorale, Millis High School/Middle School, 245 Plain Street, $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, $8 children under 12, $40 family of 4, Call (508) 376-9492

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storming ways to draw more customers, Healey and Paine came up with the Medway Holiday Stroll. Pionke was charged with the task of going business to business, explaining the idea and inviting local merchants to take part in the event. She admits, as a one-person operation, that she was unable to canvas all of Medway, but she hopes that next year, more businesses might approach her for inclusion in the event. In fact, she encourages those businesses that are not yet involved to open their doors the night of the event. “We have no intention of leaving any business out,” says Pionke, “but it was simply impossible for one person to contact all of the businesses.”

surrounding towns can keep track of businesses taking part in the event. Pionke will also be placing posters around the town. “You can see what specials and sales for each business when you log on,” she says. Among the merchants participating are, Keystone Liquors, which will offer wine tasting each night, with different varieties served on the two nights, J&L Bakery, which will offer samples from its upcoming holiday menu, Jerry’s Toys, which will offer a 10% discount on all items and free gift wrapping, and Medway Dog Wash, which will have photographer Gabrielle Mottern on hand for pet photos with Santa. Other vendors opening their doors and offering something special are:

• Gaetano’s Bakery • Fine Feathers & Duck Feathers • Rugged Bear • Medway Café • Sprint Wireless • Wild Birds Unlimited • Verizon • Incredible Floors • Enchanted Fox • Molly’s Apothecary • Medway Mill Antiques • Fabuless Consignment, located next to Coffee Sensations In addition to discounts, Flipside Gymnastics will offer a Drop-nshop option for parents who’d like to shop. On the first night of the stroll, parents can peruse the gym’s pro-shop, and if they bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots, Flipside will hand out an open gym pass. On the second night, parents

can drop their children off at Flipside for a safe and active babysitting night. For $25 ($23 with a sibling), children will get dinner, open gym, crafts, games, a singalong and a movie. In the meantime, parents get to do their holiday shopping at local stores. “There are small businesses that nobody knows about,” says Pionke, “and I think it’s important to include them. This year, we targeted non-chain places, trying to draw business to the small businesses,” she says. Pionke, who went into the antiques business

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Clyde Brown Elementary Stays Abreast of Technology Home School Association Fundraising Plays Big Role How important is technology in an elementary school? At CFB, it is very important. We make every effort to integrate technology into our PreK-Grade 4 curriculum and provide access to students at home to develop literacy and math skills outside the regular school day. Our students need to become technology experts at an early age to compete in a highly competitive global economy. These digital skills should be learned in the elementary grades. Jackie JenkinsScott, president of Wheelock College in Boston, wrote an article entitled “Need for STEM Education Starts Early” in the online newsletter for Mass High Tech. She states, “At a time when competition for jobs is at an all-time high, it is crucial for our schools to begin teaching the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, as early as

possible. Pre-K would be a great place to start.” The staff and students at Clyde Brown Elementary have worked very hard to be leaders in the world of technology. The technology program at Clyde Brown Elementary School is skillfully guided by Pat Granchelli, Technology Integration Specialist, and Grace Magley, Millis Public Schools’ Director of Technology. To build a superior program, up-to-date hardware is important. This summer, 28 new MacBook laptop computers were purchased for the Clyde Brown Technology Lab. We have a minilab of eight eMacs in our Library for research, special projects and access to the Lexia Reading and Study Island Math programs. Most classrooms have two computer workstations to facilitate center-based learning. We have a mobile lab of four laptops for

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Grades 1–2 for Lexia Reading access. Over the summer, the CFB Home and School Association purchased five Smart Boards, interactive whiteboards, that were mounted in one classroom per grade; K-4. We also have five mobile Smart Boards shared by teachers. The Technology Lab has a Smart Board. In November, we purchased ten new mounted Smart Boards and projectors for additional classrooms. The Smart Boards are used by staff and students across the curriculum for both direct instruction and as constructive, interactive learning centers. The Smart Board has replaced the chalkboard as teachers use it to instruct and students interact with it via its touch-screen interface (by pressing and dragging things across the board.) Smart Board lessons are exciting and highly visual. By the end of this school year, we are expecting every classroom to have a mounted Smart Board. The hardware only gets you so far. The software and instruction are crucial to provide the necessary skills for our young students. Children in Grades K-2 go to the Technology Lab one period per week. Both the classroom teacher and Technology Specialist provide instruction and support to students during this time. Students in Grades 3-4 visit the Technology Lab for two forty minute blocks per week. The lab is used 7 periods per day. All Clyde Brown students use Lexia Reading, an online

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dents are learning the basics of cyber citizenship by blogging and developing wikis. Our teachers have developed classroom web pages to facilitate home-school communication. In order to reach our technology goals, fundraising is necessary. The CFB Home and School Association has provided funding to purchase a great deal of our hardware and program subscriptions. Their biggest fundraiser of the year will be the Auction held on April 9, 2011 at Primavera Restaurant in Millis. Another new fundraiser for Home and School is One Cause, an online shopping program. Go to to register. Clyde Brown staff will hold a technology fundraiser on March 4, 2011. It will be a Family Bingo Night. We also have two technology fundraisers presently. The A Plus School Rewards fundraiser at Stop and Shop Supermarkets has been great. Go to to register your Stop and Shop card and name Clyde Brown School as the beneficiary. Also Funding Factory recycles used cell phones and ink cartridges. We receive a commission for everything we return. Send in your used cell phones or ink cartridges. There is a box outside the Technology Lab to collect them. We appreciate your support to add and update technology at Clyde Brown Elementary School. These technology skills are critical as our young children prepare for the 21st century.

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and well towards the start of this second installment. It turns out this is a prequel, with Katie being the sister of new lead character Kristi: wife of Dan, mother of toddler Hunter and step-mom to 17-yearold Ali, and it's their Californian house where we're going to spend the next 90 minutes. From here we tread over exactly the same territory as the first movie -- complete with doomy thuds -- as the footage captures the splintering of the family's domestic tranquility. During the day, we get a bunch of exposition through their HD camera, and when night falls, we're treated to an endless cycle of closed circuit television -- the pool, the lounge, the stairwell, the bedroom -- often left staring at the screen like it's a magic eye puzzle. Armed with an arsenal of slamming doors and massive bangs, this taps directly into those primal fears of home invasion and your darkest imagination of what all those creaks that rattle around your home at night are once again letting its audience

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Page 11 sion journalist, she begins to investigate the experiences of others who have touched the hereafter and becomes a devout believer that the "here and now" is not all there is. When she expresses her desire to write a book about this, she finds doors unexpectedly closed. In the U.K., twins (Frankie and George McLaren) are struggling to hold their family together. Social Services wants to remove them from the custody of their drug addicted mother. Tragedy strikes unexpectedly. While picking up a drug prescription for his mother, one is run down in the street. His death leaves his twin as little more than a walking ghost in need of closure. Hoping to make contact with his brother beyond the grave, he begins seeking out psychics, but it doesn't take long for him to determine they're all frauds. The film explores grief, spirituality and hope, but never gets too preachy. I'm so impressed that Eastwood is responsible for such a tender motion picture. This is a fascinating, absorbing motion picture, but will work only for those willing to surrender to the story as it unfolds at its own deliberate rate. Some may find the film to move way too slow (especially in the middle) and become bored. RATING: B

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Pet of the Month “Poppy” Seeks Forever Home

“Poppy” is a young adult, spayed female with beautiful brown tiger and white markings. She has a very friendly and outgoing personality and enjoys her time playing with the volunteers and chasing toys around the room. “Poppy” was left behind by her owners when they moved out of their apartment in the middle of the night. These people left her with no food, no water and no litter box! The landlord found “Poppy” and called Animal Control and then Animal Control called the shelter. We took ownership of this sweet cat and hope we can find a loving home for her soon. “Poppy” deserves a

family that will never abandon her again and in return will be a loving companion to your family. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter has many kittens and cats currently available for adoption. Visit our website or call the message center at (508) 533-5855 for more information about adopting, volunteering and upcoming events. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is a non-profit, all-volunteer, no-kill organization providing shelter and care for homeless kittens and cats in the areas of Medway, Millis, Franklin, Norfolk, Bellingham, Walpole and surrounding communities.

The Perils of Holiday Adoptions Kittens and puppies under the Christmas tree are a common seasonal theme in American advertising. However, we never see the animals that arrive in shelters one or more months after the holiday, when the adoptive family realizes that it was a poor idea to put a pet under the tree. The truth is that pets, regardless of species, are a great responsibility that should be approached with preparation and dedication, not with the anticipation that they can be “returned” like any other holiday gift. Luckily, there are ways to indulge the entreaties of the pet-fevered in your family without bringing home the actual animal; read on for the details! Animals need loving care and quiet surroundings as they become familiar with their new homes. Appropriate introductions to other pets and to children are hard to pull off in a noisy atmosphere of blinking lights and family gatherings, and the new pet may quickly become overwhelmed. It’s difficult to encourage good litter box or housetraining habits in a scared pet; because of that, many animals may engage in persistent and inappropriate elimination that results in their surrender to a shelter. The bonding that takes place between a pet and its new “parent” can also be disrupted, particularly if the pet is hiding under the bed to get away

from the hubbub. In addition, there are physical dangers associated with the holidays, including unattended alcoholic drinks, overlyrich holiday foods such as eggnog and cheesecake, open fireplaces and candle flames, chocolate, temptingly chewy Christmas light strands, and ribbons and tinsel that beg to be played with (and swallowed). Unfortunately, even longtime pets can wind up in the animal E.R. with foreign objects or poisons in their systems; it’s best not to entertain this awful scenario with a new, young animal who is caught up in holiday excitement. Many area shelters do not permit adoptions during the December holidays, because of the high re-

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Living Healthy Ask the Anytime Guy | Fitness Matters Expert answers to your health and wellness questions BY CHRISTOPHER CHARRON QuESTION: It seems that more and more people are taking fish oil these days. Is this something you recommend? ANSwER: You’re absolutely right—fish oil is becoming very popular, and for good reason. There are a number of health benefits associated with this supplement and, if experts had to choose between fish oil supplementation and a daily multivitamin/ mineral, more and more would probably steer you toward fish oil. First of all, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are generally considered antiinflammatory, while omega-6 fatty acids are considered pro-inflammatory. Unfortunately, traditional western diets are much higher in omega-6’s compared to omega3’s, so trying to incorporate more

omega-3’s into your diet is just good common sense. In addition, omega-3’s have been shown to lower triglycerides levels, reduce heart attack and stroke risk, slow the build-up of artery plagues, and slightly lower blood pressure. And if that’s not enough, they have also been studied extensively for their neuroprotective effects related to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and depression. If you decide to supplement with fish oil, typical dosages start at 1,000mg of EPA and DHA (the two prominent fatty acids) per day. It’s also a good idea to incorporate at least two servings of lowmercury, fatty fish per week. QuESTION: With the weather getting colder (in certain areas) and flu season almost upon us, can you provide a little refresher on working out when you’re sick?

ANSwER: Everyone seems to have a different opinion on this, but here’s the scoop. You often hear people say that working out is fine if it’s just a head cold—stuffy nose, coughing, and other stuff that you don’t like, but can deal with. This is generally true, but if you have a fever, body aches, or other more serious symptoms, you should leave the exercising to the rest of us. This philosophy is actually pretty sound, but consider these issues as well. When I’m working out, I don’t really want people that are sneezing and coughing around me—and I would guess you don’t either. Plus, I like to workout with intensity, and I put a premium on the quality of my exercise. Therefore, I would rather rest up for a day or two, even if I just have a head cold. Then, when I get back to exercising, I can

pick-up right where I left off. Ultimately, the decision is in your hands, so do what’s best for you! QuESTION: I have several friends that follow some of the popular workouts that you often see touted in infomercials and on the Internet. Is there anything “special” about these workouts? Do you think it’s worth the money to invest in one? ANSwER: That’s a good question. I have a few friends that have followed P90X and some other popular programs as well. Here are my thoughts. Many of these programs are just practical adaptations of some of the latest and greatest fitness research, often coupled with some traditional exercise equipment. Add an expert with a vibrant personality, and you’ve got a recipe for a successful program. Do these types of programs work? Sure, if you follow the program, stay committed, and push yourself (though the expert is usually pretty good at that, too). That said, I wouldn’t say

there’s anything “special” about them. Many (but not all) are simply spin-offs of Body Pump, with some high-intensity interval training thrown in for good measure. This type of training works well regardless of whether you follow a structured program or not. Plus, I would argue that a certified personal trainer at your local health club could design a better workout for you, simply because it’s personalized. They’ll take into account your personal health statistics, fitness level, time constraints, and many other variables. And they’ll be there with you through it all—in person! So, is it worth the money to purchase one of these programs? It might be, but your success really depends much more on you, and how dedicated you are to reaching your goals. Chris Charron is the club owner at Anytime Fitness in Medway. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the author at

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Nearly 200 Roll Down to Medway Lions Annual Pumpkin Run One hundred ninety-six runners and walkers, many who were dressed up in various costumes, made their way through Medway streets in the second annual Medway Lions 5K Pumpkin Run and put their own personal stamp on Halloween. Bystanders caught an eyeful of a running banana, whoopie cushion, Tootsie Roll and even Scooby Doo! Over 200 people registered for the race, more than double the number from 2009. The overall male and female winners were participating in the Pumpkin Run for the first time. Eric Hallman only just recently moved to Medway this past March, but has already run two Medwaybased races, a 10K in September and the Pumpkin Run. He led all runners with a 17:09 time. Last year, a pregnant Heather Matthes of Medway was out walking and stumbled upon the Pumpkin Run. Her son Alex, now 7 months, was at the finish line with his dad when his mom crossed a little over four minutes later at 21:27. While most of the participants hailed from Medway, runners did travel from places such as Somerville, Swampscott, Nashua,

To The Editor: The Medway Lions Club commemorated another Halloween with it 5K Pumpkin Run, and almost 200 runners and walkers joined us on a cool, but sunny day. We could not be more pleased at the wonderful turnout, more than double the number from last year. We are quite excited about the money raised for eye research and local community efforts.

NH and Providence, RI. All were treated to a sunny day that was not too hot and not too cold, refreshments, and chiropractic services for those wanting an adjustment after pounding the asphalt. Medals were handed out to the top 3 winners for both male and female groups in the following age groups: 8-under, 9-12, 13-16, 17-19, 20-29,

30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-69. The success of the race was hugely dependent upon the many local businesses that sponsored the race and generously donated services, goodies and refreshments. Runners and walkers are invited to visit for information on how they can get online results of the race.

We are also very grateful to our sponsors who yet again stepped up and helped to make this event a fun success! They include: PLATINUM: Charles River Bank, Mike Dunsky, Middlesex Savings Bank, Roche’s Building Co.; GOLD: Medway Oil, P.L. Trufant and Sons Construction; SILVER: Anytime Fitness, Coakley Chiropractic, Dunkin’ Donuts, Kenney & Kenney, KTK Sound, Long Distance Tire, Medway Block Co. Inc., The Medway Dog Wash, Roche Bros. Supermarket, Roche & Murphy Law Firm, Pisano Designs, West Medway Liquors; BRONZE: All Washed Up Car Wash, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Cassidy’s Club House Driving Range, Dr. Mary DeMello, DMD, Domino’s Pizza, Medway Cafe, Moroney Company, Inc., Papa Ginos, Paramount Industries, Regal Cinema Bellingham, StarMarket, Stop & Shop, Franklin & Milford, Team Fitness, Whole Foods Bellingham, Wild Birds Unlimited Congratulations to our participants and thanks again to our sponsors for their outstanding support. We couldn’t do what we do without you! Laurie Lafave Medway Lions

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Songs of the Yuletide Season Medway business Council invites you to join us on Tuesday, December 7 from 6p.m. -8p.m. at Restaurant 45. 45 Milford St, Medway. Musical Guests: Main Street USA Barbershop Harmony Chorus from Medway Directed by Leo Larivee. Hot Buffett with dessert & coffee included. Cash Bar. Send RSVP to: Medway Business Council, P.O. Box 714, Medway, MA 02053. Any questions call (508) 533-3859.

Medway Holiday House Tour! A Holiday house Tour will be held Dec. 12th, 3 - 6 p.m. Four houses and The Christ Episopal Church will be highlighted this year. Tickets are available before the tour at the Medway Town Clerk's Office for $15. Tickets will be available the day of the tour for $20.

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Community Works Together to Find Millis Preschool a New Nest BY J.D. O’GARA This past May, Big Bird’s Nest, quite literally, had the rug pulled out from under it. Having expected to come back to the home of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Stacey Giancioppo, newest owner of 34year-old Big Bird’s Nest, was shocked to receive notice that the school would essentially be homeless in the fall of 2010. “We basically got notice that we were not going to be able to renew the lease for the school year, which left us with the task of finding a suitable place to have preschool. It was like finding a needle in a haystack,� says Giancioppo. What came next, rather than a rush of parents heading out the door to find new preschools for their children, was something akin to a mobilized task force. Parents

and other Millis neighbors all participated in the effort to find Big Bird a new home.

can’t wait to tell their parents who are waiting with anticipation at the end of the school day.� “We can’t thank the community enough for all that they did to get us to here. We couldn’t be here without the parents,� says Giancioppo. “They gave us the financial support, but they also gave us emotional support.� The Big Bird’s owner points the option parents had of switching schools – but she feels the parents’ support pointed to their valuing of the quality the school provided the children.

volunteered his time to Big Bird’s Nest to come out and check out the building and its heating systems on his own time. Giancioppo also says that some of the windows needed to be replaced before the space could be used.

Giancioppo says that Millis Police Chief McGown was very helpful in tipping the teachers off about spaces that would be zoned prop4, 2009 erly November and have the right square “At that point,� says Giancioppo, footage. After looking at a space in “The families who were currently a local3temple, enrolled formed a committee to 522Giancioppo ))25ended 0 up meeting with Tom Devane and rise funds, get volunteers, whatever OHDVofHGlen UHYEllen LHZCoun\RXUDthey GYHcould UWLVHdoPtoHkeep QW the school Eileen3Aviza, try Club. raised FKHItFwas NDChief SSURMcGowan SULDWHERgoing. [VLThey JQD QG money and also who suggested the use of the barn formed a group of volunteers to UHWXUQYLD)$;RUPDhelp LOEus \on moving day.� building.

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Classes at Big Bird’s Nest, licensed through the Massachusetts $FFW Department of Early Education “We are so grateful for the opand Care (MA EEC), meet every portunity that was given to us by Please check box: ProofMonday, OK morning, Wednesdays the owners and management of and PFridays, from or Noted roof OK with9-11:30, Revisions GECC. They went out of their way Tuesdays and Thursdays at the and above and beyond for us and and send sameRevisions time. The school offersNew and Proof they continue to make us feel very extra hour “lunch bunch� program welcome in our new home,� says as : N U H [ \ L  9 L X \ P L K  F FFan FFFextended FFFFFFFday FFFFoption. FFFFFThis FFFFFFFFFF Giancioppo. year at Big Bird’s Nest, openings stillnot available in the “We are If thrilled to haveGr Big the Design oup are does receive thistwo-day Proof Form b program, Thanks to the “gorgeous� Bird’s Nest above, at Glen Ellen Country we will assume the advertisement is OK to prin Club. It is an honor for us to host space and availability, says Giansuch a wonderful Millis tradition of cioppo, next year the preschool will providing an extraordinary nursery offer more extended day options. school experience for the children For more information on enof Millis and surrounding commurolling in this year’s two-day class, nities,� says Tom Devane. “The or for more information about next faces of the children tell the story year’s programs at Big Bird’s Nest, of their fun filled learning expericall (508) 376-0134. ence at Big Bird’s Nest and they

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Medway Town Hall Accepting Food Pantry Donations For the entire month of December, Medway Town Hall, at 155 Village Street, will be accepting donations of non-perishable food

items for the Medway Food Pantry. Donations will be taken until January first.

Medway Boy Scouts Present Breakfast with Santa Listen for the sound of sleigh bells the morning of December 4, when jolly old Saint Nick will join the Medway Boy Scouts at St. Joseph Parish Center, 145 Holliston Street. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include pancakes,

scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, cocoa, milk and juice. Children can take a high-quality photo with Santa in his workshop. The breakfast will run from 7:30 – 11 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

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Millis Art Show a Success! "Calling all Millis Artists!" was the rallying cry put forth by George Trumbour III in September, inviting any and all Millis residents to register for an All-Millis Art Show to be held in November. Twenty-three artists answered the call, and Wednesday evening, November 3rd, all of the artists were "in residence" at the Millis Public Library for the Meet the Artist Event. The artists included students, artists, photographers, wood carvers, and world travelers of all ages. The program highlighted the works of Natalie Bosse, Peter Bosse, David Carlson, Patricia Clark, Cynde Cu-

George Trumbour III, the man who put together the Millis Art Show, discusses the work with a patron.

possible without the extraordinary efforts of George Trumbour III. Thank you, George, for embracing the challenge.

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On December 12 this year, the Millis Lions will also host a Senior Luncheon. Anyone aged 65 or older is invited for a full course meal and entertainment.

The group collects these bottles and cans about every six weeks. If you don’t have a chance to take your bottles and cans to the trailer, Harkey’s Liquors will accept them and credit the Millis Lions’ account. All money earned from this drive helps support civic projects throughout the town.

The Lions work in conjunction with Millis High School students to coordinate this event. The Millis Lions will also host a blood drive December 29, through the American Red Cross. For more information, visit


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In addition, I would like to acknowledge the hard work and generous support given by the Friends of the Millis Public Library and the Millis Garden Club; and a special thank you to Janice Simpson, for creating the name tags for each artist, and to Jeannie Maier, George Trumbour III, David Carlson, and Wayne Pueshel for their efforts in making sure that every piece of art was shown to its best possible advantage! Tricia Perry, Director Millis Public Library

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Out and About A Grown Up’s Letter to Santa BY DAWN C. FITZGERALD

ally need for Christmas? As a kid, every Christmas, I received a beautifully wrapped box containing socks and underwear. I was always informed it was what I needed. Definitely not on my wish list any year.

Dear Santa, This year I have one simple request for Christmas- the actual warm, fuzzy, feeling I got when I was a kid.

My fourteen-year-old told me what she “needed” for Christmas. I always thought that clothes on your back, three meals a day, and a roof over your head were things one actually needed.

Let me explain. With each passing year it seems stores push Christmas a bit earlier. This year, I swear I heard Christmas music playing in August (though at my age, it could just be the voices in my head.)

Apparently, I have been misled. My child ‘needs” yet another pair of boots. And Santa, I’m not talking the ugly, heavy, tread-laden boots you and the elves sport at the North Pole. She “needs” the almost $200 pretty boots that she can’t wear in the snow because they will get wrecked. Apparently she forgot we live in New England where it can and has snowed in April.

Twelve seconds after you put the last of the Thanksgiving dishes into the dishwasher, the commercials blare what we as consumers “have to” get our kids for Christmas. Hmm, I wonder what will happen if I don’t get my children the “have to” gifts. Will Family Services come and take them away? Will I be put on the “naughty” and not “nice” parent list? Will I make “America’s Most Wanted” television show? If so, I better put down the pecan encrusted Yule log and pick up a weight.

And she’s not alone. My son “needs” stuff too. Like a $50 remote-controlled helicopter that will probably be broken by the end of Christmas day. It is imperative that he gets this toy. He “needs” it.

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What will happen if he doesn’t get it? I shudder at the thought. As a parent, aren’t I supposed to ensure that his “needs” are met? Even if I have to re-mortgage the house? Sorry, kid, there’s no money in your college fund, but here’s a broken toy helicopter. Knock yourself out. I haven’t given up hope, Santa. There’s still the six-year-old. She has perused the Toys R Us catalog so many times that she can tell you what’s on sale. And which toy has a coupon. Scary for a kid that can’t count to thirty quite yet. Despite being brainwashed by television commercials, radio ads, and newspaper flyers for this doggy that barks and that talking programmable game. She hasn’t informed me of what she “needs” for toys. What six-year-old doesn’t want an inappropriately clad

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Bratz doll whose lips strongly resemble Lisa Rinna’s after her fourth collagen injection? Does any kid “need” this doll, or that game? Of course, the littlest one wants toys for Christmas. What kid doesn’t? But the word “need” hasn’t come up yet. And for that I am grateful. For that I have hope. Don’t get me wrong, Santa; I’m not trying to be a Scrooge here. I love that you give kids toys for Christmas. And I love the look of surprise on their faces when they get what they really, really, wanted. But I feel that with each year, they want more and more, and I truly am worried that they appreciate less and less. Santa, I do have an actual “need.” For Christmas this year, I “need” to have my kids around me,


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healthy, safe, and happy. I “need” to hear them giggle as my husband and I struggle to put some foolish toy together that one of the kids desperately “needed” for Christmas. Oh, and Santa, here’s an early apology, because I cannot control what words come out of my mouth before, during, or after I have spent twenty minutes of my life looking and finally finding wire cutters -to free Malibu Barbie from her death trap pink plastic box, while maiming myself and almost losing an eye. I “need” to see the look of wonderment on my daughter’s face as she inspects the cookies and milk left out for Santa to see if he ate every last crumb and whether or not he finished his milk - like she is supposed to do. I “need” to have my kids appreciate what that they got for Christmas, even if it is a box of underwear (which I know none of them want). And I “need” to know that after all the craziness the holidays bring, when the day is done and my kids are tucked in tight for the night, they had a wonderful holiday filled with family, great food, and fun. One more thing, Santa, feel free to bring me a pair of pretty boots for Christmas, because someday the weather outside won’t be so frightful and a new pair of boots would be just delightful. And if the boots are warm, and fuzzy, then I’ll get a bit of that Christmas magic I am so desperately looking for. Thanks again Santa, and say “hi” to the Missus for me. I heard she’s been working out lately. Your friend, Dawn Dawn Fitzgerald is a freelance writer. You can contact her at with comments.

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MillisSchoolNews Out Patients Marx the Year’s Millis Middle School Final Play for Players Students Share Their Artwork with the World! Move Over Famous Artists! Millis Middle School artists are taking over the spotlight! Carol Haggerty, the school's Art Teacher, has teamed up with Artsonia, -the world’s largest online kid's art museum -- to display the students’ artwork. Anyone can view the school gallery online at: Visitors can browse the artwork in the school gallery by grade level or by specific exhibits. Millis Middle School students join thousands of students from over 100 countries whose artwork is showcased on Artsonia. “This program is a wonderful way to get parents and family members more involved in Art Education,” said Carol Haggerty. All of Artsonia’s artwork (nearly 10 million and counting!) are viewable

online, and any teacher or parent can create an online art gallery for their child or school. Artsonia provides several online features such as fan clubs and personal guestbooks, as a way for families to encourage the creativity and imaginations of their young artists. In addition, family members can purchase keepsakes imprinted with the child’s artwork, with Artsonia donating 15 percent of their annual product revenue back to school art programs. Artsonia was established in 2000 as an online kid's art museum providing free, educational resources for kids, families and schools to create art projects. Since its inception, Artsonia continues to work with educators to integrate technology in the classroom, develop multi-cultural understanding through art and increase family involvement in children's education.

In November, the Medway Players, in their 25th year, presented a tribute to the Marx Brothers comedy team, Out Patients at the Medway Library. Shown here, from left: Keyboardist Pace Willisson, Jim Porter, Lynda Slocomb, Rich Morton, Phil Fougere, Mary Zocchi, Bunny Porter, Demetra Orfanos, Linda Hafner, Skip Hafner, Phyllis Weaver, Ed Dunn and Musical Director Dave Rose. Sitting: Stage Manager Liana Vincini (left) and Director Michael Legge. Next on the agenda for spring 2011 will be Wayland Woods Nightmare, a new play by Lorna Nogueira.

Millis Thespians Take to the Stage

The Millis Theatre Group took to the stage at Millis High School two weekends in November with a production of Leading Ladies, a comedy written by Ken Ludwig. The cast, from left, included: Jessica Price, Matt LeVie, Barbara Brashier, Scott Day, Mary Lyons, Paul Collins, Bob Orsi, Ed Quinlan, Katharine White, Chuck Grant and Mitchell White. The theatre group will next work on a production of Footloose, in the spring. Auditions for Footloose will take place sometime in December.

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Millis High School’s Adams Scholarship Winners Announced Congratulations to the following members of Millis High School's Class of 2011 who have qualified as John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipients. These students have finished in the top 25% of their high school class on MCAS and are eligible for free tuition for four years on acceptance to a UMASS campus or Massachusetts state institution of higher learning.

Caroline Collins

Kelly Lane

Natalie Dostoomian

Juliana LaVita

Alexandra Dupuy

Allison Liotta

Myles Fitzgerald

Brendan McGough

Steven Greco

Colin McPoland

Jeffrey Harkey

Caroline Orsi

Melissa Howland

Nicholas Pierson

Taylor Hunt

Christopher Posklensky

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Benjamin Walsh

The Millis High School Recipients are:

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Millis Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

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OLD HOUSE SECRETS: 9 Mechanic Street, Medway By Marian Pierre-Louis On the corner of Mechanic and Oak Streets in Medway is a cozy mid-19th century home at 9 Mechanic Street. This home, like many in Medway, is steeped in local history. In 1854, Elijah Partridge, a housewright, known today as a homebuilder, purchased the lot for $130. Just over a year later, he sold the property for $650 to Simeon Ellis. Two clues tell us that Elijah Partridge built the home. First is the dramatic increase in sale price in one year. Second, the deed to Simeon Ellis now specifically mentions a “dwelling

house thereon.” Simeon Ellis was from an old Medway family. Born in 1789, Simeon was already a third generation Med-

way-born Ellis. He was 66 years old when he bought the house on Mechanic Street. He was a farmer who, according to historian E.O. Jameson, served in the War of 1812 stationed at Fort Warren. Simeon, had two sons, Chester his oldest and David, the younger son. Simeon inherited what is now called the Timothy Ellis house on Ellis Street. The house passed from his grandfather Timothy, to his father Oliver and then to Simeon. With it came close to a hundred acres of meadows, woods, pasture land and even a cranberry field. David followed in his father’s footsteps and

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took up farming. His son, Chester, did not. In 1862, Simeon sold the Mechanic Street property to Chester though the deed wasn’t actually recorded until ten years later, shortly before Simeon’s death at age 82 in 1872. In 1862 Simeon also sold the Ellis homestead to his youngest son, David. The Mechanic Street property was sold for one dollar and on the condition that Chester would pay Simeon $18 per year for the rest of his natural life. Evidence from maps and valuation records show that Chester likely occupied the home from the time that Simeon bought it in 1855. The half acre property was enlarged to a full acre when Chester purchased another half acre from his neighbor Charlotte Slocomb in 1869.

In 1870, Chester, his wife Clarissa and daughter Alvira were all working in the boot factories of Medway. Also living in their home with them was Clarissa’s ninety year old father, Artemas Richardson. Artemas survived to the advanced age of ninetyfive. Chester Ellis continued living at 9 Mechanic Street and working in the boot factory until his death at age 78 in 1894. His wife, Clarissa, continued to live in the home with Alvira, until her death in 1906 at age ninetythree. The house was finally sold out of the family in 1910 when Alvira sold it to James Beers. Marian Pierre-Louis is the New England House Historian. Follow her weekly on her blog, http://

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Obituaries F. RICHARD “DICK� DEFANTI, age 83, of Millis, died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 23 at the Norwood Hospital. Born September 9th, 1927 in Westerly, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Paul A. and Mary (DeFanti) DeFanti. He was educated in the Westwood School System with the class of 1945 prior to joining the Navy to serve his country during World War II and the Korean War. Formerly of Westwood, Mr. DeFanti also attended Burdett Business School and Boston University. A letter carrier for the US Post Office and US Postal Service, he also worked the Westwood Hardware store and at the Star Markets in both Norwood and Framingham. He was a member of the Millis American Legion, Post 208, Millis, and the Prospect Masonic Lodge, AF & AM, Westwood. Mr. DeFanti enjoyed teaching roller skating collecting stamps, coins and HO gauge trains, woodworking, gardening and fishing. Beloved husband of Marcia F. (McLeod) DeFanti, he also leaves 2 daughters, Karen Mortimer and Anita Sadek-Lappen and her husband Woody of Millis, 2 sons: Edward R. DeFanti and his wife Kathleen of Norton and David W. DeFanti and his wife Susan of Euless, Texas, 6 grandchildren: Kelsey Mortimer, Sharif Sadek, Elizabeth, Sarah, Amelia and Abigail DeFanti, and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by 3 brothers: Paul, Robert and Norman DeFanti. Funeral Services were held October 27 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 28 Pleasant Street, Medfield. Burial, with Military Honors followed Prospect Hill Cemetery, Millis. MARIE FLORA (HEbERT) KILMER, age 80, died peacefully at her North Attleboro home on Thursday, September 9, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Howard L. Kilmer, who died in 1982. Born in Grafton on Sept 4, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Jacques & Adele (Gosselin) Hebert. She was raised and educated in Grafton and graduated from Tewksbury Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. A resident of Medfield, she worked at Medfield State Hospital for 37 years until 1988, being very active in the local 1190 State Employees union. She was an avid bowler and lifelong Boston sports fan and will always be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. She is survived by her five children, Karen Simpson and husband Ernie of Millis, Joyce Garde of Oak Bluffs, Beth Fuller and husband Doug of Phoenixville, PA, Donna Andrews and husband Scott of Medfield, her son David Kilmer of Medway, three brothers, Joseph, Eric and Louie Hebert and one sister Theresa Farren . She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 3 greatgrandchildren and was a cherished aunt to many nieces and nephews. Services were held at the RobertsMitchell Funeral Home in Medfield on September 13, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mark’s Church, in Attleborough Falls. Burial folloed at Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield. MEDWAY: Arlene L.(Bartlett) McMullen, age 75, of Fort Meyers, FL, and a former Medway resident, died on

Monday afternoon, October 25, at Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs. Born in Waltham on August 5, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Thelma Rose (Aylsworth) Bartlett. She was a 1954 graduate of Waltham High School. Arlene married in 1954, started a family and was a mother advisor for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls in West Medway, Norwood and Belmont. A former director at the Rainbow Camp in Hanson, Arlene was also an accomplished artist and was fond of knitting. She is survived by her husband, Gene McMullen; two daughters, Bonney Whitecross and husband Alan of Lexington, KY, and Vickie Gay and husband Timothy of Norfolk; three grandchildren, Jill Cooper, Katie Bedenbaugh and Leanne E. Gay; and two great-grandsons, William and Ryan Bedenbaugh. Her funeral was held at the RobertsMitchell Funeral Home in Millis, on Nov. 1. Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery, Medway. MILLIS: Rhelda Jan (Walters) Mosher, age 91, a longtime Millis resident, died surrounded by family on September 21 at the Milford Care and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Whitley City, Kentucky, on February 14, 1919, Rhelda was a daughter of the late James and Sarah (Ball) Walters. She was raised and educated in Dallas, Texas. Rhelda married the late Daniel C. Mosher in 1944, and lived in Hyde Park, Quincy and Canton prior to settling in Millis in 1961. She created a loving home for her family and was enthusiastically involved in her children’s endeavors, once being named “Good Catholic Mother of the Year� in Canton. Rhelda later enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children, John and his wife Linda of Unity, NH, Dixie Hill and her husband Jack of Hanson, Paul and his wife Peggy of Ashby, Charles and his wife Michele of Millis, Donald of Madison, CT, Deborah Galvin and her husband William of Wrentham, James of Medway, Denise of Sonoma, CA, and Dorothy Toubeau of Medway; a sister and two brothers, Irene Mitchell, BJ Walters and Donnell Walters, all of Texas; 18 grandchildren, Amy, Adam, Emily, Steve, Christopher, Daniel, William, Heather, Danielle, Michael, Gregory, Matthew, Rebecca, Jonathan, Crystal, Kimberly, Sarah, Sasha, Jesse, and James; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was also the grandmother of the late Tim Robinson. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 82 Exchange Street, Millis, on Saturday, Sept. 25. Burial followed at Prospect Hill Cemetery. RHELDA JAN (wALTERS) MOSHER, age 91, a longtime Millis resident, died surrounded by family on September 21 at the Milford Care and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Whitley City, Kentucky, on February 14, 1919, Rhelda was a daughter of the late James and Sarah (Ball) Walters. She was raised and educated in Dallas, Texas. Rhelda married the late Daniel C. Mosher in 1944, and lived

in Hyde Park, Quincy and Canton prior to settling in Millis in 1961. She created a loving home for her family and was enthusiastically involved in her children’s endeavors, once being named “Good Catholic Mother of the Year� in Canton. Rhelda later enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children, John and his wife Linda of Unity, NH, Dixie Hill and her husband Jack of Hanson, Paul and his wife Peggy of Ashby, Charles and his wife Michele of Millis, Donald of Madison, CT, Deborah Galvin and her husband William of Wrentham, James of Medway, Denise of Sonoma, CA, and Dorothy Toubeau of Medway; a sister and two brothers, Irene Mitchell, BJ Walters and Donnell Walters, all of Texas; 18 grandchildren, Amy, Adam, Emily, Steve, Christopher, Daniel, William, Heather, Danielle, Michael, Gregory, Matthew, Rebecca, Jonathan, Crystal, Kimberly, Sarah, Sasha, Jesse, and James; 13 greatgrandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was also the grandmother of the late Tim Robinson. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 82 Exchange Street, Millis, on Saturday, Sept. 25. Burial followed at Prospect Hill Cemetery. LYDIA IRENE SHIELDS, age 74, of Millis, died suddenly at her home on Wednesday, October 20.

Born in Newton on October 19, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Richard and Ann (Bowman) Shields. Lydia was a graduate of Boston University class of 1957. From there, she went on to earn a Masters degree at Antioch College in 1968. Lydia spent thirty years as an elementary teacher in the Newton school system. During this time she owned and operated the Little Acorn Farm Equestrian Center. She was a distributer of Dog Watch Fence and Gallagher Fence for many years. Prior to opening the equestrian center Lydia breed and raised sheep for the wool. She loved sitting by the ocean and camping. She is survived by her sisters, Marcia Lee Thatcher and Barbara Joyce, both of Millis, and also nieces and nephews, Michael, Brian, Kevin and Suzanne Ritchie, Kathleen Thatcher Brooks, Marcia Thatcher, Richard and Steven Thatcher, Richard Joyce, Melita Joyce Koistinen and Lydia Joyce Shields, along with many greatnieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her sister Shirley Ritchie and nephews Timothy Ritchie and Clifford James Thatcher. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on October 25. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Millis. Burial followed at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Millis. Jake WHITe, age 55, of Wren-

tham formerly of Millis, died on October 9, surrounded by his family at Norwood hospital. he was the beloved husband of Pamela J. (Stevens) White. Born in Boston on November 21, 1954, he was a son of Marilyn (Ford) Stevens of Millis and the late howard A. White. Jake was a 1972 graduate of Millis high School and remained in Millis until he settled in Wrentham in 1986. Jake was employed as a heavy equipment operator for many years, several of which were spent with the Norfolk DPW. For the past eight years he enjoyed transporting special needs children for the town of Millis. Jake had a great love for dogs, once breeding Springer Spaniels. A harley enthusiast, he was also a certified scuba diver and enjoyed restoring a favorite old boat. he is survived by his stepfather, herbert Stevens of Millis; his motherin-law, Betsy Stevens of hopkinton; a brother, tom White of Medway; three sisters, Julie Gooding and her husband Antonio of Westerly, RI, Ellen Ford of Cumberland, RI, and Elizabeth White of Millis; and several nieces and nephews. he was also a brother of the late Michael White and son-in-law of the late Robert Stevens. his funeral service was held at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral home in Millis, on Oct. 14. Burial followed at Prospect hill Cemetery.


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