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January 1. 2011

Orange-Toothed Beasts Wreak Water Havoc in Medway BY J.D. O’GARA Okay. Perhaps “beasts” is too strong. Let’s call them critters – and they’re pretty cute to boot. The flooding? Well, the overflow simply happened when the town of Holliston decided to remove a lot of hard work on the part of a number of beavers on Hopping Brook Road. The water had to go somewhere, and it ended up in Medway. The beavers blocked two 48” culverts in Holliston, and water levels rose in the vicinity rose, flooding Route 16. Holliston notified Medway that they were planning on breaching the dams, and on December 13, with the help of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and a big excavator, they breached the first one. The water level in Medway rose, but didn’t flood until about 9 p.m., when Milford Street flooded. “Generally speaking, (beavers) don’t pose a problem,” says Director of Medway’s Department of Public Services Tom Holder. “They build these dams where rivers and streams have bottlenecks. Some of these are 60 to 100 feet long.”

Millis Niagara Engine House Gets New Foundation BY JUDITH DORATO O’GARA

Medway and Holliston worked together to breach two beaver dams blocking these culverts. The breach caused temporary flooding in Medway. Beaver photo inset taken at Millis’ Richardson’s Pond by George Trumbour, III.

According to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), the 2-3 foot long semi-aquatic beavers, weighing anywhere from 35-80 lbs. as adults, are unique in that they alter their habitat to meet their needs. By damming up small rivers and streams to form ponds, these animals create small ponds, which allow them to find food, shelter

and protection from predators. The MSPCA points out that the wetlands beavers create support a number of other species. According to the MSPCA, breaching a dam, only a temporary solution, is sometimes necessary to control immediate flooding, but should be done carefully. Because breaching can re-

sult in serious flooding, as well as a threat to a number of species that depend upon the wetland for survival, Massachusetts has severe penalties for unauthorized breaches. Current law states that if flooding from a beaver dam poses a threat to public health, a local health official must issue an

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Millis’ Niagara Engine House may stand out, with its beautifully restored, colorful siding and trim, but it sits atop a crumbling foundation. Replacing it is what’s going on right now around the building, according to Nate Maltinsky, current project manager of the Niagara restoration project. The effort should take no more than six weeks and should be done by mid-January. In all, the process to get the foundation replaced has taken about 10 months, says Maltinsky. “The money that’s being used for this is CPA (Community Preservation Act) money. When you do that, there’s all this paperwork and all these requirements of the contractor, and the job has to be posted through the state register.

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December 1, 2010

Off Again, On Again. Beloved Breakfast Nook Reopens in Millis BY J.D. O’GARA

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out. We decided to close.”

It was gone for a while. The diner-sized breakfast shop nestled next to a scenic view of the Charles River, close to the Millis/Medfield line, had closed. Eastside Café, along with its to-die-for blueberry muffins, sat empty opposite Tresca Brothers. Another restaurant cropped up right next door, seemingly taking its place.

It’s a personal one, a story Chris Lacroix, the Millis-born-and-bread owner of Eastside for 21 years shared with Localtownpages.

There was talk of Lacroix working with the new establishment next door, the Charles Café. “It was the middle of July,” Lacroix says, “We kind of worked out that we would go over there, and my customers would still have somewhere to go, but that didn’t last too long. Things didn’t work out.” Lacroix still hopes that the establishment next door, which offers a lunch menu, will fare well.

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“I ended up taking a few months off,” says Lacroix. “I got to spend time with my kids, things I haven’t done for so long.” When she started her business nearly 22 years ago, Lacroix’s oldest, daughter Jess, was just two weeks old. Since then, she and her husband, Mark, had three more children – Hannah, 15, Hayden, 14 and Emma, 13. Facing the expiration of her permit, Lacroix needed to make a decision. “I said, ‘I really miss everybody. This isn’t really what I wanted.’ I missed everybody terrible,” she says. “Part of my life was missing.” “So I’m back on my feet and I’m ready to go again,” says Lacroix, who explains that she’s developed a connection with her regular cus-

Eastside Café owner Chris Lacroix is shown here with her nephew and cook, Jeff Chianese. The all-family run breakfast spot recently reopened.

tomers. “It’s very supportive, and you know everyone’s lives. That was it. I feel like I’m back home, and everyone who walks back in says, ‘I’m home.’” Lacroix says she sees the same faces come back, time and again. She says she gets customers from Medfield, Holliston and even West Roxbury, as well as from her own hometown of Millis. “Oh, I’m a townie,” admits Lacroix, who says she can’t say enough about living in a small town. “I’ve moved other places, but my heart is here. It’s definitely a comfort zone. It’s a

safe place, and that’s where you feel good.” “I can’t believe how great the people have been who have been coming back in,” says Lacroix, whose family business serves what she thinks is a good value breakfast from 5 a.m.- 12 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and from about 6 or 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Sundays. “It was just incredible, the response we got,” she says. “You don’t realize what you had until you lose it.”

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emergency permit to breach a dam, and that whoever breaches the dam must work with local conservation commissioners. When there is no health or safety threat, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and local conservation commissioners can issue permission to breach. Rather than breaching dams, or trapping, which is legal in Massachusetts if done by a licensed trapper, the MSPCA recommends installing beaver deceivers, also known as flexible pond levelers, water flow devices or beaver bafflers, whenever a human-beaver conflict arises.

“These are really bypass pipes that you submerge and build cages around,” says Holder, who notes that the beaver deceiver at 50 Winthrop Street in Medway has been very successful controlling flooding caused by beaver dams. Permits to build such devices are needed from local conservation commissioners because they are built in the water. “Trapping and breaching is a very short term solution,” says Holder. “You’re better off if you install these bypass pipes, because then everyone can live together.” More information about beaverhuman conflicts can be found at http://www.mspca.org/programs/wildlife-resources/.

Virtual High School, iPads on Table with School Committee BY PAUL ROWLEY

Virtual High School Online Courses On November 9, 2010, Superintendent of Millis Public Schools Nancy Gustafson recommended two initiatives, for continuation and commencement. Millis High School’s involvement with online learning, namely Virtual High School, or VHS, was a main focus of her proposals, “Millis High School has offered Virtual High School courses for many ways of expanding our electives for students and giving them the experience of on-line learning in a supported environment,” she said in a memo given to school committee members. To continue this worthwhile program for benefit of the students of Millis High School, Ms. Gustafson and the school committee recommended that VHS fees and tuition continue to be paid by finances generated when students choice into the Millis Public Schools system.

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Masonic Angels in Our Midst Charles River Masons Stand By to Help Kids By J.D. O’Gara A lot of giving goes on behind the scenes. That’s the case with the members of the Charles River Masonic Lodge of Medway, who serve Medway, Millis, Franklin and surrounding areas. The volunteers offer a “Masonic Angel Fund,” in the hopes of providing modest assistance to needy children who don’t usually fit the criteria for social service programs. According to the Masons, these funds might be used for such items as eyeglasses, clothing, footwear, school supplies, and minor health and dental services. “The Angel Fund has helped several families from the Millis Schools,” says Clyde Brown Adjustment Counselor April Leman. “We have gotten children items for school supplies and clothing and sneakers for some. They are always responsive and generous.” Local school principals and school personnel can apply for assistance on behalf of a child. The Charles River Mason’s prefer not to have direct contact with a family, but to work with school officials to fulfill the need in as timely a manner as possible. “A lot of times, we won’t even know the name of the person. What we do is we pay the eyeglass person, for example, directly, so the money goes toward where the need is,” says John A. Rose, a Mason and one of the Trustees of the Charles River Masonic

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Angel Fund. “When there’s a need, say a school nurse, who says we have a problem with a child – it could be sneakers, glasses, clothes – it’s just a buffer to help someone immediately,” says Rose. “We (the Masons) do things for the betterment of all mankind,” says Rose, who notes that Masonic organizations contribute over $1 million a day to various causes. “Contrary to what some believe, we are not a secret organization. It is worldwide, and it’s been around for hundreds of years. We make a good man better.” Rose does admit, that like any fraternal organizations, some of the Mason’s customs are known only to members.

A man who wishes to become a Mason can send in an application. Rose says that the organization will review it and sit down with the applicant. “The only criteria is that you believe in a supreme being,” he says. According to the Massachusetts Freemasons, applicants must be 18 or older, and must seek membership of his own accord by petitioning a lodge and asking a member to sponsor his application. The Charles River Masons meet the second Wednesday of each month, aside from July and August. The Masonic Ambassador for the Lodge is Richard Graham. For more information, email charlesriver@massfreemasonry.net.

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December 1, 2010

Fire and Ice: Millis Fire Prepares for All Emergencies BY J.D. O’GARA At the Millis Fire Department, the nine full-time and 12 call firefighters don’t just train for fires; they need to be prepared for all types of emergencies. These sometimes include those emergencies specific to cold weather, emergencies where low temperatures can heighten the urgency of the call. January means ice cold weather here in New England, and with the advent of this weather comes a number of recreational activities, skating, ice fishing and hockey, to name a few, that take place on ice. The Millis Fire Department regularly prepares to ensure appropriate response if any of these activities results in an emergency in ice-cold water. “We train approximately six to eight times a year on the water, either at South End Pond or the Charles River,” says Lt. Rick Barrett, who notes that Millis sees a lot of ice fishermen on South End Pond come winter. The department is equipped with special gear for the job. The department has an inflatable rescue boat, known as the “Zodiac,” which is lightweight and able to be easily carried. The department also has five “Mustang suits, “known

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as cold water rescue or dry suits, will keep the rescuer dry and able to survive the cold water for up to 14 hours. “These keep us warm and help us float, but they also help us stay mobile,” says Barrett. “If you’re in water that is five degrees, you won’t even know it, unless it splashes on your face. Most of the guys will get out (of cold water) and still have a good bead of sweat,” he laughs. Barrett says the process of an ice/cold water rescue is very involved and well planned out. “A lot of things are going on. Our goal is getting to the victim safely and removing the victim safely. We have a procedure of two men in and two men out (on shore).” Barrett explains that although the department is not called upon too often to do these rescues, which are surface water rescues only, the need to prepare is always there. If a dive is necessary, he says, the state police dive team comes in. In the case of a cold-water rescue, Barrett notes that warming up the victim is very important. “We have to move a cold water drowning victim very gently, and be careful with CPR,” he points out. He does note that more people are likely to survive a cold water drowning, however, because the body’s function slows down. Barrett offers some safety tips for those venturing on the ice this winter. “Never go on the ice alone,” he says, “and if someone you’re with does fall in, don’t go in after them.” Many would-be rescuers in

Seen here training on South End Pond in Millis is John Alger (in water), Michael Scotland (middle) and now retired Firefighter Keith Powers. Photo courtesy of the Millis Fire Department.

this position end up having to be rescued themselves. “Everybody thinks white ice is safe,” says Barrett. “It’s usually not. Check the ice before you go out on it. The best ice to go out onto is flat, clear ice that’s usually 3-4 inches thick.” If you do fall in, says Barrett, “Don’t panic. You’ll waste precious body heat.” Accident victims should try to stay on the edge of the ice, so that they can be seen more easily. The State Fire Marshal gives these additional tips for ice and cold-water safety: • If you fall into cold water, get into the Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP)—Bring your

knees to your chest, hold your arms to your sides and clasp your hands, and cover your head if possible to protect your body from heat loss. Do NOT try to swim, which will further cool your body. • When boating, always wear a personal floatation device (pfd). • Dress properly. Clothing made from man-made fibers does not protect the wearer for long when wet. Wool is a better choice, and keep your head covered. • No one can declare ice to be absolutely safe, unless it is in a skating arena. Due to daily climate changes, ice can expand and contract. Ice on moving water, such as a stream, river or brook, is never safe.

• Cold water drains away body heat 25-30 times faster than air. • If someone falls through ice, act quickly to call 911. Do NOT go out onto the ice, as you could also become a victim. Reach, throw or row—extend a branch, pole, or ladder to the victim. • Hypothermia is an excessive lowering of the body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees will cause shivering, confusion, loss of muscle strength and can lead to unconsciousness and death. Safety experts estimate half of drowning victims die from the fatal effects of cold water rather than water-filled lungs.

January is National Blood Donor Month The first month of the year marks a national awareness month for blood donation. According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds, with over 38,000 blood donations needed every day. The American Red Cross notes that in most states, donors must be 17 years old, healthy and weigh at least 110 lbs. In fact, less than 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood. Type O-negative blood can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in demand and often in short supply. Donors must wait 56 days before

each blood donation Although the Medway Community Church just hosted their blood drive on December 23, there are still plenty of opportunities for local residents to give blood. The Millis Lions Club will host a blood drive at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 900 Main Street, on December 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other upcoming blood drives include: December 30, Norfolk Fire Department Community Blood Drive, 2-7 p.m.: Norfolk Senior Center, 28 Medway Branch Road, Norfolk

January 3, Hockomock Area YMCA, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin, MA 02038 January 3, Natick Community Drive, Hampton Inn, Natick, 2-7 p.m., 319 Speen Street January 6, Franklin RSM, Franklin Elks, 2-7 p.m., 1077 Pond Street, Franklin January 10, Walpole Mall, 2-7 p.m., 90 Providence Highway, Walpole January 11, Medfield Lions Club, 2-7 p.m., at the American Legion, 110 Peter Kristof Way,

Medfield January 11, Natick Elks Lodge, 2-7 p.m., 95 Speen Street January 15, Westwood Masons, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 655 High Street, Westwood January 20, Franklin RSM, Franklin Elks, 2-7 p.m., 1077 Pond Street, Franklin January 21, Bellingham Regal Cinema, 1-6 p.m., 259 Hartford Ave., Bellingham If you would like to donate blood at any of these events, call 1-(800) RED-CROSS to make an appointment.

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Rash of Housebreaks in Medway By J.D. O’Gara Someone, specifically a white male in his mid-20s, has been breaking into homes throughout Medway, according to Police Chief Allen Tingley. The breakins, which occur during the early evening hours, about 4 p.m., began in the Temple Street areas, according to the Police Chief. Items being taken include jewelry, cash and prescription medicines. A lead came on Tuesday, December 7, when a break-in occurred at a home on Temple Street, where an 11-year-old boy was home alone while his mother left for a brief errand. Upon a call from the boy’s mother, a neighbor encountered the thief upon going to check on the boy. Surprised, the suspect fled. The young, Caucasian male had his hair combed back, according to the witness’ description. The same day, police discovered another house on Temple Street that had been targeted,

and later they responded to a call on Crestview Avenue. Residents are reminded to secure their homes and to protect their valuables when they will be away from their homes. Chief Tingley also reports that interior and exterior lighting can be a great deterrent to these would-be thieves. Chief Tingley also requests public assistance in immediately reporting any strange or unusual activity in your neighborhood to the police department. “If neighbors see anything unusual, by all means, call us right away,” says Tingley. “It’s not a bother. If people call us, that gives us a head start. We’ll get there right away.” Tingley believes that assistance from the public will greatly enhance the police department's ability to apprehend whoever is involved in this crime spree. “For us to do our jobs 100%,” says Tingley, “the more eyes out there, the better it is.”

The town did put out an emergency notification the day before Thanksgiving, when the housebreaks began. Tingley urges all residents of Medway to register with this system, which alerts them to possible criminal activity. He assures, however, that the system is only occasionally used and is never used for anything “uneventful.” “For (Medway Police), 15-20 housebreaks a year is a lot,” says Tingley. “We’re up to 9 or 10 now (as of December 10), and we just felt we did have an issue in that neighborhood.” Resident can sign up for the town-to-resident notification system by calling the Police Department or visiting the Medway Police website ( http://medwaypolice.com/) and clicking on “Blackboard Connect,” to enter their information.

Group Study Exchange To India Through Rotary International Rotary International’s Central Massachusetts District 7910 announces it will offer a four-week Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange (GSE) program to Hubli, India from February 1 through March 1, 2011 to four applicants. Team members, who will be led by a qualified Rotarian, must be 25 to 40, cannot be a Rotarian or directly related to a Rotarian, and must reside or work in a town within District 7910, which includes many towns in Norfolk, Worcester, and Middlesex counties. The Rotary Foundation’s GSE program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and profes-

sionals who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas. In a typical four-week tour, applicants participate in five full days of vocational visits, 15 to 20 club presentations, 10 to 15 formal visits and social events, two to three days at the district conference, three to four hours per day of cultural and site tours, and three to four hours per day of free time with host fam-

ilies. The Foundation provides a round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries for each team member. Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district. For more information on the GSE program, requirements, and application process, contact Michael Razza of the Westwood Rotary Club at stxx@aol. com. For more information about Rotary International and its support of youth and charitable organizations in our communities, visit www.rotary.org. To find a Rotary Club in your area, visit District 7910 website at www.rotary7910.org.

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Millis Sports Off to a Great Start This Year The 2010/2011 athletic school year has brought us another State Sectional Champion as Girls Volleyball won the Division 3 Central Division Sectional Title by defeating Ayer High School. The Millis Community was out in full-force with their support and the booster club sponsored two sold-out fan buses for the state sectional game in Hudson, MA. Coach Lisa White, captains and seniors alike should be proud of their fine season. The team did not lose a single game in the state tournament until succumbing to the eventual state champion Frontier High School. Our defending state champion girls soccer team represented Millis well in Tri-Valley League play this fall. Although they did not qualify for tournament play, they played at a high level throughout the season. Coach Denis Cutler has things in line for another great season next year. We wish this year’s seniors, that were a big part of last year’s success, all the best in their college pursuit. The boys soccer program continues to rebuild itself back into a competitive program. New Head Coach Steve Bailen has begun to attract players back to the program as we prepare to re-enter the varsity-level play in 2012. The team competed at the jv-level this year and will do the same next year as we work to solidify the dignity of

Kindergarten registration for Millis Public Schools will be held at the Clyde F. Brown School on Tuesday, January 18, and Wednesday, January 19, 9:00 -11:00 and 12:15 - 2:15. Morning registration will be for those whose last names begin with the letters A-L, afternoon registration will be for those whose last names begin with the letters M-Z. Any child who turns five on or before August 31, 2011

will be eligible to attend Kindergarten in September. Registration packets will be available online at www.millis.k12.ma.us. Go to Clyde Brown School and print the necessary forms. If you cannot print the packet call the school office at 508-376-7003. Please bring your completed packet on your registration date. Children do not need to be present in order to be registered. Parents are requested

to bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate and recent medical and immunization records as part of the registration procedure. Millis offers both a half-day and a fullday Kindergarten program. Parking is available only in the Spring Street parking lot or by the tennis courts. Please use the main door by the office to enter the school.

The football team continued with its cooperative program with Hopedale High School. Coach Olmsted has done a nice job of blending the schools together into one team with one beating heart. The team posted a 3 – 8 record this season. Next year the Tri-Valley League will split into two divisions. Millis will compete in the small school division. This will allow Millis to compete against teams with similar size enrollments. The golf team continues to improve under the coaching of Glen Ellen Golf Pro Andy Ingham. The team recorded another win this past season. Millis was also well represented in the league tournament that was hosted by Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis. In an effort to begin raising funds for the newly proposed Millis Sports Complex, a committee has been formed whose sole responsibility is to research funding areas for constructing this exciting, state of the art facility. This complex will include a six-lane track, a synthetic turf playing surface, new stands, lights, press box, new baseball field and upgraded practice fields. Announcements of upcoming meetings and fundraising events will be made in the very near future.

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Local Teens Fare Well in Boston Aria Competition

December 1, 2010

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(L to R) Ariel Galford, Caroline Orsi, Katie Doherty, Jessica Price. Photo by Brian Galford.

Four local teenagers were chosen to compete in the final round of the Boston Lyric Opera Aria Competition for Teens at the Shubert Theatre in Boston. Katie Doherty (16, Millis), Ariel Galford (17, Sharon), Caroline Orsi (17, Millis), and Jessica Price (16, Millis), performed a doo-wop arrangement of “Voi Che Sapete” from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Jessica Price, who also advanced to the finals as a soloist, performed “Habanera” from Carmen. Up to five finalists competed for the top three prizes, which included a grand prize of $1,000. Jessica Price, a Junior at Millis High School, won the $500 second prize. Jessica's other pursuits include dance and flute, and she was a finalist earlier this year in the Rhode Island Division of the National Association of Teachers

of Singing Song Festival. The Sapete Sisters - an ensemble featuring Jessica Price, Katie Doherty and Caroline Orsi all of Millis, as well as Ariel Galford of Sharon, won honorable mention for its doo-wop version of "Voi che sapete." Price's solo and the Sapete Sisters also tied for the Audience Favorite. Caroline Orsi, a Senior at Millis High School, whose interests include dance, flute and bass, plans to pursue Musical Theatre in college next year. Katie Doherty, a Junior at Millis High School, appeared as Nancy in the Millis Theatre Group’s production of Oliver! earlier this year and performs and competes regularly with the Destination ImagiNation (D.I.) program. All of the finalists study voice privately with Eva Kendrick at her voice studio in Medfield, MA.

Kendrick, who is also the Music Director at First Parish Medfield and on the Music Theory and Voice faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, created the doo-wop arrangement of “Voi Chet Sapete” for her students when the Boston Lyric Opera competition rules for this year stated they were especially looking for new and original interpretations of standard opera arias. The competition was part of the Boston Lyric Opera’s free Open House event at the Shubert Theatre. The day included backstage tours, a live performance of opera selections, wig & make-up demonstrations, costume shop photographs, puppet making, and the aria contest finalist performances.

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Laura Tangerini to Speak on CSAs Millis Garden Club to Feature Local Farmer January 19 On January 19, 2011, Laura Tangerini, owner of Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, will speak on CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture) and other Ag issues at the Millis Garden Club Meeting.

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January Calendar January 3 Books for Boys Bookgroup for Grades 1-4, 5-6 p.m. Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis. Bring any book you enjoy to this meeting. Millis Youth Baseball and Softball Registration, Veteran’s Memorial Building, 6-8 p.m. Call Julie Fontecchio (774) 286-1947. January 4, 11, 18, 25 Storytime, ages 3-5, Millis Public Library, 10:15-11 a.m. January 8 Medway Youth Softball Registration, 10 a.m. 2 p.m., Tri Valley Sports, 106c Main St. Medway. Medway Lions Bottles & Cans Drive, Redeemables curbside by 9 a.m. or brought to Medway Oil by 11 a.m. Residents may also, at their convenience, place redeemables in the Lions Bottles and Cans shed in front of West Medway Liquors on Main Street. January 8, 12, 19, 26 Mother Goose on the Loose

for ages 0-2, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis. Registration recommended. Call Laura Grant at (508) 3768282. January 11 3-5 p.m., Tween Movie Event: Eclipse, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, Movie geared to middle-and high school ages, drinks and snack provided. January 16 Medway Historical Society Open House, 1-3 p.m., 223 Main Street, Medway. January 19 Checkers Tournament for children in Grades 1-4 (who know how to play!). Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis. Prizes for winner. Bring a checkerboard if you have one. Millis Garden Club Program, Veteran’s Memorial Building, Room 130, Millis, 7 p.m., with hospitality at 6:30 p.m., program features Laura Tangerini, owner of Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm who will

speak on CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) and other Ag issues. January 21 Dinner and Movie Night, Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange Street, Millis. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a family-friendly movie. Call (508) 376-5034. January 22 Millis Youth Baseball and Softball Registration, Millis High School, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Call Julie Fontecchio (774) 2861947. January 26 Yankee Book Swap with local mystery author Neal Sanders. 7-8 p.m., Call Tricia Perry at (508) 376-8282 for more information. January 31 Girls Night Out Book Club for Grades 1-4, 5-6 p.m. Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, Book is Ellie Ever, by Nancy Ruth Patterson

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Church of Christ offers Free Dinner and Movie Nights The Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St. Millis, will continue to offer a free monthly community Dinner and Movie Night on Fridays, January 21st and February 18th. The event is sponsored by the Missions Committee and Men’s

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More recent history indicates that the Niagara building was used for town offices. Millis resident Mark Slayton remembers town offices in the Niagara building when he moved to Millis in the late 1980s. “There were town offices there and in the old train station. We would go in and pay our fishing license, and that was Niagara. The town was going to tear it down. It was just an old building in town, and they were done with it.” Slayton says the town is rich with oral history, with many older residents revealing more of the building’s history.

It’s a lengthy process,” he says. Spring town meeting passed approval on use of CPA funds for this project, which Maltinsky refers to as “Phase I,” of Niagara’s restoration. It is costing about $60,000. “The floor was concrete, and we had to excavate and put in support pads for large steel beams,” says Steve Milgate, of Treeline Construction, the firm hired to complete the project. “Once the building is completely supported, we’ll take out the foundation, pour the new foundation and set it in place.” “That old foundation was just brick on top of stone,” says Maltinsky. “Now, they will put a new foundation in and put in a brick shelf. “What that will do is it will keep the same appearance as what was originally.” Maltinsky says the foundation should have been done first, but that the thinking was, “No one wants to look at a pretty foundation. They want to look at a pretty building.” However, further restoration could not proceed with the foundation in such rough shape. Up to now, says Maltinsky, volunteers and the Niagara team, a subcommittee of the historical commission, have done most of the work on the building. Aside from hiring a contractor to do three sides of the siding and having the buildings murals restored last year, volunteers have “supported the back two floors, reframed them and put support beams in,” says Maltinsky. The building, he says,

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Niagara, then and now- This old photograph shows the Niagara Engine House as it once was. The inset shows the crumbling original brick foundation, which is in the process of being replaced.

will have a brand new bathroom, which he framed, with tile work done by Charlie Vecchi. It will also have new doors. Finishing the interior of the building, including insulation, board and plaster, and putting in a wood floor, like the original, will be the next order of business. When the restoration is completed, Maltinsky says the downstairs will act as a museum. “Niagara is one of a handful of original fire stations—built in late 1800s, that has its original fire engine, or handtub, intact. The (downstairs) will house both the Niagara fire engine, and the pea-

cock fire engine and we’ll have all sort of museum pieces and photographs. Upstairs is Niagara Hall, and it was used by the townspeople for many years for dances, for functions, for meetings. What we would like to do is open it up to the public for use,” he says. According to the Millis town website, old Medway town records

show that the Niagara building was built for $675 in the town report ending February 1, 1878. The building was constructed to house a 4” diameter, two-cylinder model of handtub fire engine known as “Niagara No. 4.” East Medway had purchased the handtub in 1857, and until it had a permanent home, East Medway rented space at the Holbrook family home to

Maltinsky says that bringing this piece of Millis history back was spearheaded by Jeff Hardin, a former Millis selectman who passed away two years ago. “It was always his desire that this building get restored,” says Maltinsky. “What we’re doing is really fulfilling his dream of restoring Niagara and putting it back to its original character.” In fact, right now Hardin’s widow, Jane, is temporarily housing the handtub fire engine on her property while work is being done. Maltinsky also credits Beth Krimmel, Charlie Vecchi and Marc Prufer for making the restoration happen. Recently, the Millis Historical Commission met with the Millis Library’s trustees, along with the permanent building committee and the architects of the new library, to add their thoughts on how to incorporate Niagara into the library’s design, since the library will be located right next door.

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On Sunday, November 28, Shelley Goes, of the Metrowest Pet Pantry, Inc. attended Millis Girl Scout Daisy Troop 75109's bi-monthly meeting to accept donations that the girls have collected on behalf of the Pantry. By working together to collect donations for the 501c3 nonprofit based in Millis, the girls earned their green “Considerate and Caring” petal.

Olivia, Mark, Jillian, Michael , Matt and Ella, students at Next Generation Children’s Centers of Walpole are surrounded by gifts that were generously donated by NGCC staff and parents for the Annual Massachusetts Department of Children and Families’ Holiday Gift Drive. This is the 7th year that NGCC has participated with local communities in providing holiday gifts for local children with over 2,400 gifts collected.

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T H E P E T PA G E Holiday Stress Affects Pets, Too The holidays are often a time of excitement and frenzied activity. Daily schedules are thrown out the window. While some people revel in this hustle and bustle, others would rather have a little more peace and quiet. The same can be said for household pets. Just as the holidays can disrupt the schedules of people, animals are affected, too. Some pets are more adaptable to the changes taking place. Others can get very stressed out from the activity. Here are some challenges pets can face. * Dietary changes. Pets could be stealing unhealthy snacks of people food from the leftovers that remain from indulgent dinners. Also, because of shopping, traveling and social engagements, feeding schedules could be disruptive. For a pet with a delicate digestive system to begin with, changes could be troublesome. * Altered exercise regimen. A pet who may be used to long jaunts through the neighborhood may be faced with shorter trips in the backyard. Lack of exercise can cause behavior problems from boredom and even depression. * Trouble traveling. Some pets adore car rides, others want to run and hide at the sight of the family mobile. The holidays can mean traveling to see distant family members or taking vacations. Depending on the animal, these extra trips could be nervewracking experiences.


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Songs for Food Concert Raised Over $1,100 The holidays are often a time when people come together to reflect on what they are most thankful for. This very sentiment inspired Medway-based Celtic band Songs for Ceilidh to once again organize a "Songs For Food" benefit concert to raise money and collect non-perishable food items for the two food pantries in Medway. Their "thank you" to the town raised $1,130.00 in total this year, a huge jump from the $800 raised from their inaugural concert last year. The increase in donations was due to a collective effort, which included sponsorships by the Medway Lions Club, Middlesex Savings Bank, Dunkin Donuts of Medway and Long Distance Tire. Many raffle prizes offered by Anytime Fitness, Barnstormers Music, Sprint Communications of Medway, Keystone Liquors, Shear Magic, Verizon of Medway and The Wine Store helped boost cash donations. Medway House of Pizza generously donated pizza to feed the crowd and KTK Sound donated audio support. Concert goers were treated to Christmas favorites such as "Christmas in Killarney," an instrumental version of "Sleigh Ride," "Silent Night," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "O Holy Night." Guest vocalists and musicians from Medway High School joined the band. Percussionist Jon Jasinski, who teaches

needed a fiddler. Their search was quick; Hallett met Bryan Christensen serendipitously at a Medway Lions Holiday Party.

“Local Celtic Band Songs for Ceilidh along with guest vocalists and musicians after a successful benefit concert which raised $1,130.00 for the two food pantries in Medway. Pictured are Lucy Wiggins, 14, Nick Cashmir, 17, Jay Cashmir, 16, Melissa Chilinsky, 17, Scott Price, Jon Jasinski, Bryan Christensen, Chuck Hallett, Amy Jasinski, and Melissa Cecchi.”

science at the high school, helped organize the inclusion of students Lucy Wiggins and Melissa Chilinsky, guitarists Nick and Jay Cashmir, as well as English teacher Melissa Cecchi.

“Songs for Ceilidh performs at the recent Songs for Food benefit concert where $1,130.00 in cash and food donations were collectively raised for the two food pantries in Medway.”

Jasinski explained that the band "wanted to get the larger community involved...and make them a part of this." His wife Amy was also amongst the guest vocalists at the benefit. Lead vocalist Scott Price revealed that the band got its start at a fellow teacher's home as a habitual jam session on Friday nights. The jam session evolved into a band once he and guitarist Chuck Hallett realized they wanted to play their unique take of Canadian Maritime and Celtic music in bars and decided they

Old Heating Systems, Unclean Chimneys Culprits in Too High CO BY J.D. O’GARA Anytime fuel is burned, says Millis Firefighter Lt. Rick Barrett, carbon monoxide (CO) is given off. “It’s odorless, colorless, tasteless,” he says. That’s why new rules requiring the installation of CO detectors in homes are so important, he says. “They should be on each floor, and most importantly, the detectors need to be within 12 feet of all bedrooms.” “A majority of our calls were when people started installing the CO detectors in their homes, they would find their old heating systems were producing carbon monoxide.” Barrett says a lot of

CO calls also came from people who had pilots on gas stoves go out, or when they left their cars running too long in their garages. Older heating systems and unclean chimneys are often culprits. In fact, what people may not know, is that when they install a new fuel tank or oil burner, the fire department and building inspector needs to come inspect. Recently, Jeff Mushnick of Medway Oil gave a seminar to about 35 firefighters from Millis, Medway, Norfolk and Sherborn about updated regulations on the installation of these devices. An important change, says Barrett, was the protection now given to the oil line. Exposure to CO can produce flu-

like symptoms, such as headache, nausea, dizziness and confusion. Barrett says those who’ve had too much exposure generally are also very tired, with rosy red cheeks. Further exposure to CO can lead to unconsciousness or death.

Have a qualified technician inspect your appliances yearly.

“We’re in the process of trying to purchase a CO detector that can measure the CO in your blood. This is good for anybody who has been exposed to CO, but especially for firefighters. We’re exposed to it a lot,” says Barrett.

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According to the office of the Massachusetts Fire Marshal, follow these tips in addition to properly installing and maintaining CO detectors in your home:

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• Do not use a gas oven to heat your home. • Don’t leave a vehicle running inside a garage, even if the door is open. Fumes build up quickly. • Never use gasoline-powered engines indoors or near doors and windows.

Christensen enjoyed the preparation for the concert, an "intense learning" process of adding 5 or 6 new songs to their playlist. "All day [of the concert], I had Christmas music in my head," Christensen admitted. The playlist included songs "Whiskey in a Jar" and their crowd favorite original, "Jolly Rover." Hallett concluded that the benefit concert "gets us in front of the home crowd and gives us a chance to give back to the town." Medway Cable Access taped the benefit and should be airing soon; Medway cable subscribers may visit medwaycable.com for more details.

Parking Bans in Effect for Medway and Millis Parking bans in both Medway and Millis have gone into effect for the winter. In Medway, on-street parking will not be permitted from 1-5 a.m. daily. Residents are reminded that vehicles parked on the street during those hours will be ticketed, and if such parking interferes with snow removal, they will be subject to being towed. Residents are also advised that where certain extenuating situations exist and temporary overnight parking on the street is necessary, permission should be requested by contacting the Police Department at (508) 533-3212 for each occasion. Parking on the sidewalks is not an alternative to on street parking. Similarly, per Millis Town ByLaws, the annual winter parking ban began on November 15, with no overnight on-street parking in the town. Parking citations will be issued, 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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Out and About January Blues I am not a big fan of January. Actually, it’s my least favorite month. There’s about thirty seconds of total sunshine in the entire month of January. A snowstorm is inevitable, and it’s always cold. Always. In January, you realize what was okay in November and December is now frowned upon. For example, it is no longer okay or expected to eat cookies for breakfast, and chocolate cake for lunch. There aren’t any cookies left anyways, because you ate them all. And if you are like me, from Halloween until New Year’s Day, you justify that chocolate is made from beans, beans are a vegetable, and therefore chocolate is good for you. Come January, the scale will tell you otherwise. Your fridge is barren come January. Gone are the containers of leftovers. The pumpkin pies and whipped cream long since devoured. The only things left are

one lowly stick of butter, a petrified turkey carcass (at least you think it’s a turkey), some fancy French cheese (there are no crackers because you ate them, too) and a fruitcake that your aunt gave you (which will be thrown out because no one actually eats the stuff). Because of all the treats of the previous months, your clothes are a bit “snug.” In other words, you’d have to jump off a building to get into your jeans. And need the Jaws of Life to get out of them. These are the “bigger sized” jeans that you got for Christmas. Not the ones you wore, dozens of cookies ago in October. Determined to fit back into your October jeans, you head to the store and replace the cookies and chocolates with celery stalks and carrot sticks proclaiming this is the month you will start your diet. January has arrived; time to start the New Year by eating right. But boy do you miss the chips and dips of last year. By January, the kiddies are going stir crazy. And they are driving you crazy. They want to go

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out. And you want them out. If they do decide to venture outside, it takes forty five minutes to get them ready. You have to find two gloves, or in my case a glove and a mitten, or a glove and a sock. Whatever works. A scarf and hat are always needed -- in New England they are worn well into July. But they have to be found first. In my house, we have a wheeled plastic container for hats and scarves. Yet they end up in the bathroom, the toybox, kitchen cabinets, and other locations through out the house. So yet another fifteen minutes is spent finding a hat -even if it’s an Easter bonnet- and a scarf. We’re almost ready to go out. One last step - the zippering of the coat. Somehow, I always manage to snag either a chunk of my kid’s hair or piece of chin in the zipper’s teeth. If anyone needs a Fitzgerald child’s DNA sample, forget the hairbrush, head for the coat’s zipper. Following the zippering, there are usually tears involved -- sometimes out of frustration. They are mine.

After all the preparation, the kids finally head outside -- for about twelve seconds. Then zoom back in complaining that it’s cold out. Really? Well, that’s news. Considering it’s January. Thank goodness for all those toys my kids got for Christmas. Maybe they can play a game? Last year Santa brought my kids Monopoly. Come January they played using a safety pin, a dime, a mint I found at the bottom of my pocketbook and a piece of lint in lieu of actual pieces –those were mysteriously lost once the game’s box was opened. When the Monopoly board is brought out this January, as in real life, the money will be gone. And then there are the post holiday bills. Ah, the bills. In January you realize that the words “just throw it on the charge card” have come back to bite you. Potentially even gnaw off an arm. And depending on your Christmas bonus in this economy you may be eating macaroni and cheese and baloney sandwiches well into February of 2013.

In the cold weather, we do a lot of snuggling on the couch, watching movies. The only downside to this is, the “touching factor.” With three kids and one couch, all it takes is a small foot to “accidentally brush” against another child or even a tired cranky adult and well, things can get a bit hairy. Last year, thanks to the “touching factor” and the fact that we were all in lock down due to yet another January snow storm-I watched The Shining and actually sympathized with the dad- ”Here’s Dawnny!!” Thank goodness that January is only one long, cold month and I’m pretty sure I can survive thirty-one days out of a three-hundred-and-sixty-five. I hope this January, it’s not too cold and snowy, so I can send my kids outside for maybe a half hour or stretch it out to forty-five minutes. On next year’s Christmas list, I’m asking Santa for stretch pants, kids’ coats that Velcro shut and a copy of The Shining, just in case I’m in the mood for a comedy.

Truck Accident in Charles River Claims Life of Medfield Man

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On Sunday December 12, 2010, shortly after 12 p.m., the Millis Police Department was notified of a possible vehicle in the Charles River by Dover Road on the Millis/Medfield town line.

Monthly open houses at the Medway Historical Society will resume on Sunday, January 16th, from 1 – 3 p.m. Thereafter they will be held the third Sunday of each month from 1-3 p.m. The museum is located at 223 Main Street.

Responding Millis Police units observed a pick-up truck partially submerged in the Charles River on the Millis side of the Dover Road Bridge. When emergency personnel from the Millis and Medfield Police and Fire Departments re-

sponded, they found 52-year-old Robert Joseph Piccirillo, a 26-year resident of Medfield, in the car. Piccirillo had suffered fatal injuries in the automobile accident. It is not known how long the vehicle was in the water.

The investigation will continue and be a cooperative effort between the Massachusetts State Police, Millis Police and Medfield Police Departments.

The Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office was notified. As a result, investigative personnel from the Massachusetts State Police responded as well as State Police units from Crime Scene Services,

Piccirillo is survived by his wife, Alice, and three sons, Justin and wife Melissa of Uxbridge, Benjamin and wife Kimberly of Waltham, and Christopher of Upton.

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Mystery Author, Neal Sanders & Yankee Swap at Millis Library On Wednesday, January 26 at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Millis Library will present Medfield author, Neal Sanders, whose book, Murder Imperfect, is a mystery set in Wellesley. The topic of his presentation is “What Would Happen If” and explores where ideas for novels come from and how they evolve into a story. A discussion

period will follow. Copies of Neal’s book will be available for purchase and signing. The evening continues with our popular Yankee Book Swap. Each participant brings a wrapped, used book with a description inside for the Yankee Swap. Swappers may also trade among themselves afterward while enjoying refresh-

ments. The event is free and open to the public. Call the library at (508) 376-8282 for more information. Please join us in Dora’s Room at the Millis Public Library which is at the intersection of Auburn Rd. and Main St. (Rt. 109) in Millis. It will be a fun evening!

Visitors this month will see a large empty space instead of the familiar painting of a middle-aged bearded man observing the viewer. The bearded man is Med-

way’s own nineteenth-century portrait painter, Anson Daniels. The self-portrait has been taken to the Worcester Art Museum, where conservators will begin the work of cleaning, repairing and restoring the painting. Thanks to a grant from the Medway Cultural Council, the Society is able to undertake this first restoration effort of a painting in our collection. Paul Russell’s photograph of the painting will remain at the museum while the work is underway.

Medway Lions Bottles & Cans Drive The Medway Lions will conduct its monthly bottles and cans collection on Saturday, January 8, starting at 9 a.m., a fundraiser with proceeds used to support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m. Redeemables may also be brought directly to Medway Oil

on Broad Street by 11 a.m. the morning of the drive. Residents are reminded that they 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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Millis Library Planning Underway, Building to Begin in Fall 2011 Library Set to Open in 2012 By Dave Pasquantonio The voters have voted and the project management and design firms have been selected. The new Millis library, slated to open in 2012, is still in the planning stages. And Director Tricia Perry is very excited about the proposed 17,800 square foot building, which will more than triple the size of the current library. The new library will be built at the corner of Exchange and Main Street, land partially occupied by three buildings that the town has taken through eminent domain. Although the design hasn't been completed, Perry shared some of her hopes and dreams for the new library. Reading nooks and workspaces are a big part of the design process. "We will have flexible work spaces, and plenty of places to sit down and read a book," she said. "Half of the building is along the street, so we have to figure out how we can keep the noise down. It's a big challenge." Along with a large community room, a few small rooms will be used for studying, tutoring, and test taking. "Right now, people who need to work together can use Dora's Room, which is too big …, plus they get interrupted … ," Perry said, "or they can use one of the tables in the back of the library, but everyone can hear them, and they can hear everyone else." Shelf space to hold a growing

collection will also key. Perry said that 19 percent of her operating budget is mandated for materials and books -- but with current space limitations, every new book that comes in means an existing book must be discarded. "They could be great books, full of history, great authors and stories, but if you have to make a decision on what to keep, you often have to discard the oldest materials, or ones that haven't been checked out frequently," she said. Perry also hopes the new building will include a dedicated "Friends Room" for all of the books that the library sells as part of its ongoing book sale. Currently, the children's space is limited to cramming kids into an area against the stacks. Many of the books are out of reach to all but the tallest children and adults. Perry has also had to quickly rearrange that space to accommodate a wheelchair-bound child. "The children's area is the piece we need to get dead right," she continued. "We are looking to create an arts and crafts area, someplace easy to clean up, fully accessible, a place set aside for story area, and one with natural light." Perry is forming a teen advisory board, for residents ages 12 to 18, which will work with the architectural and interior design teams to create the new teen space. "We want to build on the energy that we

Tricia Perry, Director of the Millis Public Library, has been busy working with designers in planning the new library building. The process will include input from various Millis residents.

had when we created the current teen space,” she said.

run programming and outdoor activities.

The new library will also have a more prominent local history area. "We want to put all of the items in one place," Perry said, "and make the Millis town history more accessible." The new, one-story library will give the non-fiction area much more accessibility and prominence, she said. The building will also be free of the maintenance issues, from heating and air conditioning problems to persistent water leaks, seen in the current building. Perry pointed to one ceiling tile and said, "I've replaced that tile three times this season."

"I've visited many other libraries, and one of the 'likes' has been green space," she said. "The architects are completely on board with creating seating areas, little pocket gardens, and other ways of softening the entrance."

Although much of the design focus is on the interior, Perry is also planning the exterior space to

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Old House Secrets: Using Census Data

Shown here is a snippet of the 1900 Medway Census, which reveals telling information about the household of Catherine Dewire.


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On June 23, 1900, the census enumerator, David H. Heard, arrived at the household of Catherine Dewire on Village Street in Medway. Catherine was a 67-yearold widow born in November 1832 in Ireland. She had arrived in the United States in 1850 and had already lived in the country for fifty years. Catherine could read, but she couldn’t write. She owned her house freely without any mortgage. One of the questions the enumerator asked was how many children she had given birth to. Her response was “eight.” Next he asked her how many of those children were still living. In these modern times we would be horrified to have a census taker as us that question. Over a hundred years ago, losing children at a young age was a fact of life. Catherine’s answer to the enumerator was “four.” Living in her household with her, we find her daughter, Mary, a single 36-year-old who was born in Massachusetts. All of Mary’s

children were born in the United States. Also, there’s her son, Richard, who at 44, is already a widower himself. Her 41-yearold single son, William, lives there as well. Both of her sons are stable keepers. Lastly, we find eight-year old-Mary Dewire, Catherine’s granddaughter, and likely the child of Richard. This information represents just one year in the United States Federal Census. The census records were taken every ten years starting in 1790 and continue to this day. Census information is available for all those years with the exception of 1890 where most of the census information was unfortunately destroyed. The United State Census represents a tremendous resource for house historians. With these documents you can reconstruct the families that lived in your home. The censuses provide an immense amount of information that reveal the stories of the families by providing information on birth location, occupation, age and many other items. The censuses from 1790 to 1840

have limited information but are still useful as a resource. They list only the name of the head of household and give tally marks for the number of other family members. Starting in 1850, the census provides an every-name census, listing all the individuals in each household. As the years go by, each census provides more detailed information. To research the families who lived in your house, you first need to do deed research to discover the names of the people who lived there. Once armed with the names you can search census records to round out the social history of their lives. Historical census information is available to Medway and Millis residents at the Medway Public Library in a database called Ancestry.com. The database is also available by private subscription by visiting the www.Ancestry.com website. Marian Pierre-Louis is the New England House Historian. Follow her weekly on her blog http://NEHouseHistorian.blogspot.com

Christmas Parade Committee Says Thanks! The Medway Christmas Parade Committee would like to Thank the following businesses for their generous contribution to Medway’s 18th Christmas Parade held on November 27th.

Members of the Murphy Insurance Medway office staff show off some of the toys collected. (l to r) Grace Roche & Maria Afonso

Murphy Insurance Agency is pleased to announce the success of its Toys for Tots Drive. This year the agency collected 626 toys thanks to the generosity of its customers, employees and the community at large...more than double the amount collected last year. The agency is especially grateful to several businesses that joined the Agency’s efforts by posting signs and/or running mini toy drives at their locations and bringing their toys to the Agency including Jerry’s Toy Store in Medway, the Plaza Barber Shop in

Milford, Alavi & Braza Law Firm & the Blackstone Valley Touch of Class Red Hatters. Many children will have a happier Christmas thanks to everyone’s efforts.

Charles River Bank Cybex International, Inc. E. Parrella Co., Inc. Margaretha Bleakney Charitable Trust Medway Business Council Medway Fire & EMS Julian’s LLC Medway Police Assoc. Medway VFW Golf Committee H & R Oil, Inc. Medway Lion’s Club

Murphy Insurance Agency I.U.O.E. Local No. 4 Jefferson Bailey Masonry Medway Block Co., Inc. Medway Country Manor Jean Blethen-Coady Charles River Lodge AF & AM Classic Properties Realtors Coakley Chiropractic & Acupuncture Condon’s Hardware, Inc. Events EMS Inc. Fasolino Landscape Galante’s Restaurant Ginley Funeral Homes Harry’s Heating & Plumbing James R. Coakley Plumbing & Heating, Inc. John’s Auto Body, Inc.

Kenney & Kenney, Attorneys at Law Keystone Liquors Malloy Insurance Agency, Inc. Medway Dunkin Donuts NWG Auto Repair P.L. Trufant & Sons Reardon Main Street, L.P. West Medway Liquors Medway Gardens Flipside Gymnastics Long Distance Tire & Auto Repair Paramount Industries, Inc. Therapedics Medway Café Inc. Marjorie H. Rice VFW Post 1526 Village Street Automotive

“It’s inspiring to see the difference that individuals can make in the lives of others,” said Dennis F. Murphy, Jr., CEO of D. Francis Murphy Insurance Agency. “We’re glad to be able to be a catalyst to help out be organizing this drive and look forward to even greater success in years to come.”


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“Consultative, Big Picture Approach” Leads to Expert Lending BY MEGAN E. SMITH When it comes to finding a residential loan professional, we all know there are a multitude of options in the mortgage industry to choose from. As our economy seems to begin recovering, the right kind of dedicated, hardworking loan professional becomes a valuable resource to have on your side. Meet Eric Douglas, Sr. Loan Officer with Prospect Mortgage. With seven years of experience in the mortgage/financial industry, Douglas specializes in building long-standing, sustainable relationships. Although a newcomer to the Norwood community, he is working quickly to plant his roots by focusing first and foremost on his clients. “I’ve shared my expertise to personally assist numerous home-financing dreams,” Douglas said of his past experiences. “I have an extensive background in assisting everyone from the first-time homebuyer to sophisticated real estate investors; whether a client has high or low income we can find the right fit.” Douglas is confident in the mort-

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gage industry taking an upward slope in the near future, but in the interim, rates remain at record lows. This means now is a good time to buy, sell or refinance your home with Douglas’ help. He attributes much of his success even during down times to what he calls a “consultative, big picture approach” with clients. Former client Bruce Sherbow agreed with that statement. “Eric was very accessible to me from the time we started working on our deal until the final details were complete. He was creative in his solution-oriented concepts, very knowledgeable about his products and services, with great perspective on financial markets as a whole.” In addition to building strong relationships with clients, Douglas educates clients to have strong fiscal literacy so they may make educated decisions about their home as it relates to their long term goals. For more information or to contact Eric Douglas directly, call (617) 785.3727 or email eric.douglas@prospectmtg.com.

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Wishing You A Happy New Year Jennifer McMahon

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