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Norfolk Man Rescued on the High Seas BY PATRICK COLEMAN

The voyage didn’t go as planned for Norfolk’s Jim Schweitzer and the crew of The Elle. The 46-ft sailboat was part of the annual migration of boats heading south for the winter and Schweitzer was serving as a member of the four-man crew. Not new to the sea, Schweitzer joined the crew of The Elle to be a part of the North American Rally to the Caribbean that set sail from Newport, RI in early November. Instead of celebrating a successful voyage with him, Schweitzer’s trip ended hanging onto the side of a container ship in rolling 40-ft waves. The conditions for the voyage right from the start were not ideal. The Elle was delayed two days as it waited for bad weather to clear the Gulf Stream. The strong Gulf Stream’s current that runs from Mexico towards Europe can be difficult to cross in less than ideal situations. “It moves at 4 to 5 knots consistently,” he explained. “You have to make sure you cross it with favorable conditions. It can be treacherous.” Since the conditions weren’t perfect, The Elle sailed south to

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Schweitzer leaps from the damaged sailboat to safety. (Photo by Chris Melrose)

attempt to cross the Gulf Stream in what was predicted to be a break in the weather, skirting between two low fronts that were coming up from Cape Hatteras.

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They faced manageable gale force winds of 25 knots and higher, as well as 10-ft seas. They managed to make the crossing of the Gulf Stream in good shape.

“We didn’t have any problems with that,” he said.

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Less than two hundred registered Wrentham voters attended the November Special Town Meeting at King Philip Regional High School. While the turnout was extremely light, the debates were extensive on issues relating to the Board of Health, water mains, generators, and zoning. The voters rejected a proposal to put a question on the April town ballot on whether or not to keep Board of Health as an elected board. Also failing to pass was the approval of the construction of a water main on Madison St. Town meeting voters did approve the zoning change of a 42acre section of South St. from residential to commercial and gave the thumbs up to a new generator for the Senior Center as well as other capital equipment. The biggest debate of the night centered around a proposal to put a question on the ballot for the 2012 April town election on whether the Board of Health members should be elected or appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The article was read and supported by Selectman Steve Langley. He announced the proposal had the support of the Board of Selectmen by a vote of 3 -1 with Michael Carroll the only vote against. Bob Leclair was not in attendance. Langley explained that the proposal was an effort to look at improving the operational efficiency of the Board and also a test to see if there was an appetite to make broader changes in how the town’s government is constituted. Furthermore, he explained that it was an opportunity to identify highly qualified members through the appointment processes and that it wasn’t a power grab by the Board of Selectmen. “There is no democ-

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But, they did face a problem once they went through the Gulf Stream. The Elle hit an adverse current which pushed on the bow of the ship. So while the sailboat was doing 3 knots an hour, the current has hitting them head on at 4 knots. Every hour, the boat was traveling one nautical mile backwards. As a result, they needed to run the engine. “We ran the engine too long and too fast,” Schweitzer said. Before long, The Elle was faced with running out of fuel and, to make the situation more precarious, the engine which keeps the boat moving also recharges the batteries that run refrigeration, radios, and all the onboard meters. It was at this point, about 250 miles from Bermuda, when things became worse. “We entered a field that was pretty nasty. It was the nastiest I have ever seen,” Schweitzer said. The winds were blowing constantly 40 to 50 knots with 60 knot gusts, and the seas were 40 ft. “Those were big babies,” he said. The waves were constant, and the boat needed to be steered back and forth for hours. In addition to running low on fuel, the crew was running out of water and the radios

weren’t functioning consistently. The Elle’s forestay, a cable that holds the front sail and keeps the mast from falling over, was failing. It started to make an awful noise thanks to the beating it received from the storm. Eventually, The Elle lost its steering. The situation was grim. The crew tried to contact the United States Coast Guard but instead reached Bermuda Radio which monitors for boats in distress. Schweitzer believes Bermuda Radio called the Coast Guard and an alert was called out to boats in the vicinity that there was a 46-ft sailboat in distress. One of the rules of the sea is that if a ship is in the area of another ship in distress, it has to help. Thankfully the Oleander, a 400 ft container ship, was 85 nautical miles from The Elle heading to Bermuda. The Oleander contacted the sailboat and said they were going to aid them. The crew then waited. Schweitzer tried to visualize what was going to happen. He gathered his passport, money and credit cards. He made sure he had his glasses and hearing aids. He would leave behind all his sailing equipment and fowl weather gear. When the ship arrived, the crew still had the challenge of getting


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from The Elle onto the Oleander. The rescuing crew dropped down a cargo net and a Jacob’s ladder. Schweitzer and the other crewmembers had to jump from the sailboat, onto either the netting or ladder, and pull themselves up while the ships bobbed up and down in 40-ft seas. The moment before the jump, Schweitzer said his thoughts were of seeing his family and the fear of missing the ladder and going into the sea. “The first guy to go ended up in the water,” he said. “He was in the water for 30 minutes. They ended up getting him out.”

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ander paid for cabs for The Elle crew, a gesture that touched Schweitzer. In Bermuda, the rescued men went their separate ways. Some went to the airport while Schweitzer went to the Bermuda Dingy Club where the rally met up. He arrived back in Norfolk on November 9th. He was still suffering from sore ribs but was starting to breathe better. Later he learned that the front they were in was 500 miles long. “We would have never made it,” he said.


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Schweitzer’s jump was clean. He left The Elle and landed on the ladder, but the climb up to the deck of the Oleander was painful. Several of his ribs were hurting from being tossed around the damaged sailboat. When he reached the deck, he says, it was very emotional. The A Fuel Assistance Program is Elle was freed from the rescue ship available to all Norfolk residents and was lost to the sea. (regardless of age) through NorThe crew of the Oleander opened folk’s Senior Center. Eligible partheir doors to the saved men. They ticipants can receive financial aid, were given the officers’ quarters to advice, and assistance with heating rest. They were given clean clothes and related issues (no matter the naand fed. “Most of us slept, but I got ture of your heating system) from up at midnight and talked with the November 1st through April 30th by calling the Senior Center at(508) captain,” Schweitzer said. 528-4430. Outreach Specialist When they arrived in Bermuda, Christine Shaw will then contact the company that owned the Oleyou with all the details and, if you qualify, help you with the application process. Norfolk residents are also encouraged to contact those friends, relatives, or neighbors who may be in need but are unaware of this program. The Senior Center At the Medway Mill 165 Main St., Suite 107 Medway, MA 02053

Now that he’s back, Schweitzer’s family is relieved and can joke about the crisis. Jeff Schweitzer, one of Jim’s two son’s said, “After we heard that he and the rest of the crew were safe on the merchant vessel, we were relieved. Now that he is home safe, we are kind of joking about it and wondering when he will take the next big trip.”

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racy being taken away,” Langley said pointing out that the Board of Selectmen answers to the voters of Wrentham. Several Wrentham citizens spoke against the article. Joan Dooley said, “ As a citizen of the town, I would rather have over 1,000 people elect a board than have three selectmen appoint it. It’s about how you want to run your town.“ Others commented that this was an effort to weaken the Board of Health in favor of commercial development. “This is presented as an opportunity for you to voice your opinion,” said John Zizza, a former selectman. “This is about helping developers.”

Fogg was recognized for dedication to the care of Birchwold Farm. BY PATRICK COLEMAN

Wrentham residents received Volunteer of the Year awards from the Board of Selectmen at the November Town Meeting. Patricia Fogg received the 2011 Wrentham Volunteer of the Year award for her decades of service to the care of Birchwold Farm Conservation Area, while Samantha McPhee and Eddie Cullinane won the 2011 Youth Volunteers of the Year for their work with special needs students at King Philip Regional Middle School. Almost every day for the past 26 years, Fogg and her husband David have maintained the trails on Birchwold Farm. They hit the trails and clip branches, rake the ground, and at times cut trees. Recently, they’ve been taking their newly rescued copper nose beagle, Mazzie. Fogg spends her time caring for the land out of a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. “I really enjoy doing this work out there,” Fogg says. “I think my husband and I will do this for as long as we can. The outdoors, animals, it makes my day.”

Fogg also invites people to help her out in her work. “I do encourage people to bring clippers as they walk the trails,” she says. “I can use all the help I can get to keep the trails open. When I walk the dog, I have clippers in one hand and the dog’s leash in the other hand.” Last year, as eighth graders, McPhee and Cullinane participated in the Peer Mentoring Program at the King Philip Middle School where they worked in an adapted physical education class specifically for special education students. “I really enjoy the work,” McPhee says. “I’ve become close with the students. I understand them and they understand me.” Cullinane says he was very honored to receive the award and that he loved the work. The experience has opened his eyes to a potential career. “After doing the mentoring program, I’m thinking about becoming a special education teacher,” he says. The three volunteers received certificates and will also receive gifts from Wrentham merchants. (Appeared in The Wrentham Times,

Chairman of the Board of Health, Debra Dunn, reported that the Board of Health voted unanimously against the article. Dunn noted the decisions of the Board of Health can be unpopular, but its members are guided by Massachusetts regulations and that its responsibility is to protect the people of Wrentham. She also commented that she doesn’t want to give up the right to vote for the people that hold positions on this board. “Our main goal is the safety of the people of Wrentham,” Dunn said. “It took a long time for women to get the right to vote in the country, and I’m not ready to give up mine yet.” Patrick Moore discussed how often during elections people run unopposed, and that there are good people not running because of the negative political environment in town. He suggested that board appointments might provide an opportunity to get qualified people in key positions who aren’t interested in running a campaign. “The Town of Wrentham can be extremely difficult to run in,” he said. “We lose a lot of qualified good individuals because of what you personally have to go through.” The article failed to receive a simple majority. The Town also voted down a proposal to spend $1.6 million on the

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construction of a new water main on a portion of Madison Street. Jack Manchester, the Superintendent of the Water Department, said a consultant evaluated the entire town’s water system in March of 2011. The area of Madison was identified as a weakness and didn’t provide the needed redundancy in the Town’s water system in case of emergency. Manchester explained that if a problem with the water system occurred at the intersection of Thurston St. and Route 1, water would be shut off to an area of Washington St. south of Thurston St., and a large section of Madison St. After the meeting, Manchester explained that the problem still exists and they’ll have to try to address the issue again. “Our biggest stumbling block is people fear development,” he said. “This came before Town Meeting in the past and it just so happened there was an article to change the zoning on a portion of Madison Street. People naturally figured the two were tied into each other and they were not.” The Town Meeting voters did agree to a zoning change along South St. A group of eight landowners requested that their property south of the Outlet Malls be zoned C-2 and become consistent with the rest of the zoning in the area. The area, the homeowners say, is no longer fit for residential use and this hurts the market value of their properties. Peter Preston, one of the eight homeowners,

explained before the meeting that “We’re finding the residential value of this area just continues to deteriorate,” he says. “With a change in zoning, these properties return to a fair market value.” Voters agreed to the change and now all the land from the Plainville line along South Street through Wrentham Crossing will be commercially zoned. There was considerable debate regarding spending $16,500 on a generator for the Senior Center. Joe Botaish, the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, argued that there are better opportunities such as renting a generator from MEMA, and that the town needs to focus on finding a long term, Red Cross certified shelter for the town. But the town voters supported a permanent generator for the Senior Center. Overall, the turnout was extremely low for town meeting. The town has 7,462 registered voters and unofficially 168 attended. This included all the town officials on the stage, as well as the Finance Committee. “I was surprised with the turnout of people,” said Botaish. “Every registered voter in Wrentham has the privilege to speak and vote at Town Meeting on the important issues and I encourage everyone to use it.” (Appeared in The Wrentham Times,



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The Tale of Pondville Captured By Local Historian BY PATRICK COLEMAN

This month Betsey Whitney will publish a book about a section of Norfolk that is very near and dear to her heart. Called Pondville, it is located between Route 1A and Everett St. The book is part of her efforts to preserve the past but also to fight for the future of an area of town she calls home. “My goal is to preserve what’s left of this wonderful place called Pondville,” Whitney says. Her home is on Valley Street and was built by one of the original Ponds that established Pondville. In her yard she posted a sign informing visitors that they are in fact in Pondville, established circa 1730. The book, entitled PONDVILLE: My Home and Neighborhood, My Personal Search for its History, Preservation of its Past, Hopes for its Future, is the culmination of her research that first started as an effort to gather information to help preserve her neighborhood’s character from commercial development. To prepare for public meetings regarding planned development near her home, she started visiting the Norfolk Historical Commission. “They said, ‘You live in one of the earliest settled

sections of Norfolk. It’s very rich with history,’” she explained. Before long she was a member of the Historical Commission and started submitting regular reports on the latest updates from Pondville. “That became my thing,” she says. In 2009 she was asked to put all of her information together in a book and she agreed. Two years later she’s ready to publish her book. It will have close to 200 pictures of Pondville, then and now, and consist of 19 chapters. She says each chapter starts with a vignette about her own ignorance about Pondville and then leads into information that she discovered. “We were a very self sufficient, determined people,” says Whitney. “The perseverance of the people who settled Pondville was huge.” The area was first settled by Ponds linked to Daniel Pond, one of the original men part of the 1636 Dedham Land Grant that settled the area. Originally, Norfolk was part of Wrentham and was called North Wrentham. In 1870 it broke off to become its own town. The first residents of Pondville were farmers, growing fruits and vegetables and raising animals for milk and eggs. Over the years a school was built, it had its own chapel which still stands as a pri-

vate home, a railroad station, a cemetery on Everett Street, a home for the aged and after World War I the Pondville State Hospital took care of veterans suffering from shell shock. It even had its own post office which was located in a private home. “It’s boarded up now,” says Whitney who worries that piece of history will eventually be replaced by commercial development. Whitney, a retired teacher, always had a love of history, so the research into the past was not new for her. She visited the libraries of Norfolk and Wrentham. She dug through town records and interviewed people that had memories of Pondville’s more recent days. She also looked into the genealogy of Daniel Pond. “It was a very Betsey Whitney describes the vibrancy of life in Pondville of old. daunting task keeping all these Ponds straights,” she says. ‘Hello, Everybody, here I am gone, there are pieces of history again.’” still around and she wants to proThe book is not about making tect them. “If history is taken care money. It’s about sharing her love Even though the book is comof, we get to keep it. I want people for her neighborhood and trying to plete, her mission to preserve her to use the name Pondville more keep its history alive and hope for neighborhood will continue. She and I want to save whatever I can.” the future. Her family supports her might schedule a presentation at in her efforts. “They think it’s the library, and she’ll continue to The book will be available this wonderful,” she says. She and her serve on the Community Preserva- month and people interested in obhusband love the area so much tion Commission as the represen- taining a copy should contact the they’ve even made arrangement to tative of District 4, Pondville. Norfolk Historical Commission, be buried in the Pondville Ceme- While she bemoans the fact that 508-528-2604. Whitney also plans tery. “I have gone there a multitude homes on Valley and Everett St. to donate the book to the library. of times to the point where I say, that were built by Ponds are now

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KP Band Takes “Best Overall Effect in Performance” at Nationals


Starting back in May, KP students began rehearsing as the King Philip High School Marching Band. Since then they have dedicated themselves; living, breathing, and dreaming marching band routines.

bands in their division. The morning started with the typical threehour practice on a field far from home. Then some lunch and they loaded up the busses to head off to

ners of the stadium.

The second movement started with a theme of pottery, clarinets serenaded us, a new melody was in the air, a trumpet solo was heard,

They put in hundreds of hours, more than most sports teams, practicing together on the asphalt of the KP parking lot. Together they spent a week at band camp in Maine drenched in sweat, and they performed in nine weeks of competitions learning what it means to entertain under the intense scrutiny of judges. Competition in a marching band requires a level of perfection that can only be understood by those who live it. With 100+ members, everyone must be perfect. One step out of place, one missed note, or a misaligned flag and it’s all over. In early November, The Pride and Passion of Wrentham, Norfolk, and Plainville went to Bridgeport, CT, and met with perfection. Despite a week of blackouts caused by the October snow storm, the band took first place at the New England finals of the US Scholastic Band Association marching band competition. With one championship earned, the next stop was Nationals. For seniors Kaitlin Bannon, Katelyn Beans, Becca Brown, Tucker Bugbee, Katie Conley, Ryan Derochers, Morgan Healy, Jaeyoung McGarry, Delanie Muller, Erik Nickerson, Kerry Nado, Katie Sadjak, Gregory Sekulski, Rachel Snead and Alex Palango, the performance was one last chance to put on the uniform. It was one last chance to strive for perfection. Off to Annapolis, MD they went. At the home of the United States Naval Academy, the location of the USSBA Nationals, the KP students faced 20 other marching

The ten minute show ended with a dynamic shift from the high level of driving intensity, to a highly controlled fade into the distance as our goddesses turned to stone statues, and for at least five seconds you could hear a pin drop until the drum majors turned and saluted that it was over. Thousands of spectators who had never seen the show before cheered wildly and everyone knew the King Philip Marching Band had just delivered the performance of a lifetime. Then came the waiting, as the rest of the bands competed, giving it their all in turn. Four hours later, at 9:00 p.m. the scores were finally delivered. There were a lot of good bands there, considering these were the US finals. Starting with 20, they counted down, down, down, until there were three, and then two. With a score of 96.875 and taking the top award for Best Overall Effect in Performance, the King Philip Regional Marching Band finished second. They missed the top score by a mere six one-hundredths of a point at 96.938.

King Philip Marching Band seniors pose with their trophy after delivering Best Overall Effect in Performance.

the stadium to unload the props and another hour of warm up. Then it was time. They marched down to the field and waited patiently as the preceding bands finished their shows. Onto the field they went, setting up the props, the pit, and one last warm up.

and the rise of energy continued, and by the end of the second movement the crowd was going crazy. But KP was only just getting started! The next movement took us to

blowing away the national team of judges and the crowd. First we heard a sweet horn solo, then the band joined in and moved at an intense speed, all while the color guard danced and played the role

The show started with a salute from the drum majors, Sekulski and Palango and the band took the field in competition. As they came onto the field, the crowd came to life. The first sounds were from the pit, with mallets starting a rhythmic sequence, then the brass and woodwinds joined in, all while the color guard literally painted a picture of this year’s theme, The Gallery. The energy grew, the band wailed, and they came to the end of their first movement and the crowd from all over the country was awestruck. There was cheering from all cor-

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Local Town Pages Launches Norfolk Wrentham News Edition

Welcome to the premiere issue of Local Town Pages Norfolk Wrentham News. Delivered directly to the mailboxes of all Norfolk and Wrentham residents, this new monthly paper will provide local coverage of town happenings, organizations, businesses, schools, sports and politics. It will also be available free of charge at businesses throughout the two towns. “This paper is to let residents of each town know what’s going on in their local communities,” says Chuck Tashjian, owner of Local Town Pages and publisher of four other newspapers which cover Norwood, Franklin, Medway/Millis, and Wellesley. “Having a monthly paper makes sense. It provides stories relating to both towns and keeps residents and businesses closer together.”

seen in the piece about Betsey Whitney, a Norfolk woman publishing a book about the story of Pondville, a section of Norfolk that was established when the two towns were still unified. The towns also share resources. The most notable is King Philip Regional School System which includes both the middle school and high school for the two towns, as well as Plainville. In this issue, we cover King Philip’s record setting year for graduating Division I athletes, the spectacular performance of KP High School Marching Band at Nationals, and we give you a look at the upcoming basketball season. Furthermore, the towns continue to explore opportunities to share services and topics that will be covered regularly in this paper.

Covering the two towns together also makes sense. There are strong connections between the two communities. In this issue, we cover the harrowing sea rescue of Jim Schweitzer who is a long time resident of Norfolk and also runs a Wrentham business. The towns share a common history. This is

More than 7,000 copies of the Norfolk Wrentham News will be printed and mailed each month. The complete issue will be available online at Online visitors will be able to access community links, coupons for local businesses, and classified ads. As a small busi-

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Irish Tenor Karl Scully in performance. (Photo by Sue Owen.) BY PATRICK COLEMAN

Karl Scully has performed around the world on some of its most famous stages including Lincoln Center, the Teatro Mancinelli in Italy, as well as the Wolf Trap in Virginia and the Mann Center in Philadelphia. This December he will perform in a smaller, more intimate setting, but one that is familiar to famed Irish singers. Scully will be the second member of the Irish Tenors to sing at St. Mary’s, Wrentham. The first was Anthony Kearns back in August, 2009. Scully, born in Limerick, Ireland, will perform a concert of Christmas music along with classical pieces, Broadway tunes, and a few songs that connect to Ireland. “Classical music is a funny one. A lot of people think of

classical music as boring and stilted and elitist,” Scully explains. “It really isn’t like that at all.” According to Scully the concert is more of an experience between the audience and him. “I always make sure that my concerts are as engaging and as fun as possible,” he says. “We are all in this concert together.” The centerpiece to the performance is Scully’s voice, a gift that has defined the course of his life. "If you can sing, you can’t help but be involved in music,” he says. “You have to do it. It’s part of who you are.” There was a time that the voice didn’t feel like a gift, and he lost all interest in music. He stopped

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KP Chiefs Build on Success BY PATRICK COLEMAN

The 2011 season has been another remarkable year for KP Pop Warner Football. On November 19th, four teams played in the Hockomock League Super Bowls in their respective divisions, and three finished their games as champions. The reason for the wins on the gridiron is the result of years of hard work by coaches and players according to Mike Lilley, president of KP Pop Warner Football. “I wish I could tell you there was a secret formula behind the success, but it really comes down to good old fashioned hard work,” he says. “The seeds were planted a long time ago by many selfless coaches who cultivated a sense of pride in the program. It’s that pride that makes both coaches and players want to work a little bit harder.” The program is seeing success at all levels. The four teams making the Super Bowls were at the KP’s A team (Midget), B Team (Junior Midget), C Team (Pee Wee) and D1 team (Junior Pee Wee) levels. The A team beat Brockton 25-7 winning its 4th Super Bowl. The B team shut out Stoughton 8-0 earning its third. The C team lost to Westwood 0-25, while the D1

team won over North Attleboro by 25-0 capturing its first. The program has gone from one Super Bowl team to two teams and now to four. “The success feeds on itself because everyone sees what is achievable by working that much harder,” says Lilley. The B team is led by head coach John Deluca, with assistant coaches Mike Mazur, Craig Herson and Steve Eaton. According to Eaton, the kids have been motivated all year starting with hot summer practices. “The boys have worked hard since the first week of August to return to the Super Bowl,” he says. Eaton points out the program isn’t just about football. There is an emphasis on sportsmanship, integrity, and camaraderie. An example of this was seen last season when they competed in the National Championship game in Florida. While the team didn’t come home with the victory, it was recognized for its character. “The coaches are very proud of the games won, but we were especially proud of the team winning the 'Sportsmanship Award',” Eaton says. “To me, that speaks more than game trophies. I am hopeful

KP Chief Matthew Narewski #5, of the Pee Wee team, takes the ball in for a TD in the first half semi-final against Foxboro last Sunday. (Photo by Doug Sprague)

that the kids look back when they are older and think of their King Philip Chiefs football days with the fondest of memories.” KP Pop Warner Football is completely run by volunteers for children from Wrentham and Plainville and the dedication to the program is what keeps it going. "We have coaches with no kids in the program who give hundreds of hours of their time," explains Lilley. "We have parents whose chil-

dren are now playing in high school that come back to games to cheer the teams on, and we have a community that rallies around us like they did last year when we sent two teams to Florida to compete in the National Championship." To get to the Super Bowl, the A and B teams both had byes through the semi-finals where they faced Sandwich and Foxboro, respectively. The C team had to de-

feat Stoughton and then Foxboro in the playoffs, while the D1 team had to defeat North Attleboro and Foxboro. The playoffs followed a nine game regular season. (Appeared in The Wrentham Times,

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A Look at the Library Norfolk Public Library

139 Main Street Norfolk, MA 02056 508-528-3380 December 1 Yoga for Preschoolers, Contact, Amy Lang 508-528-3380 x5, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. A Most Uncanny Story: The Dead Sea Scrolls, the History of Israel, and Crisis in the Middle East, an interactive retelling of the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls, from their discovery last century to their origin two millennia ago. Presented by Norfolk resident, Yonder Gillihan, an Assistant Professor at Boston College, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 5 No Girls Allowed!, a book discussion group just for guys in grades 5 to 8. Contact, Amy Lang 508-528-3380 x5, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. December 6 Ed Morgan Sing-Along, a morning of song for children of all ages. No registration required.

10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. December 7 Great Decisions Discussion Group, facilitated by Barbara Byron. Contact: Robin Glasser 508-528-3380 x. 3, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 10 Harp Concert, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Contact: Diane Patenaude 508695-4395 December 13 Monthly meeting of Norfolk Public Library Tuesday Afternoon Book Discussion Group. New members are always welcome. The December title is Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon. Copies are available at the Circulation Desk, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. December 15 MOM's Club New Member Tea, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. December 21 Junior Friends Book Discussion, Books can be picked up at the library's circulation desk about 3 weeks in advance. Contact, Amy Lang 508-528-

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ister email, or call 3841190. Workshop cost is $20 with part of the proceeds to benefit the Fiske Library. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lego Club, The sessions are held in the Sweatt Meeting Room. Registration is not required, just drop in and join the fun. 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. December 7 Mom's Club, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Self Help Inc. - Christmas Craft. Self Help, Inc. is offering a holiday craft program limited to 25 people. The program is free but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information call GINA at SELF-HELP (508) 559-1666, ext. 123, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. December 8 Yoga with Chris Primavera, sign up and prepayment is required. 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Evening Book Group will discuss The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl. Books will be available at the circulation desk by mid November. FACILITATOR : Jan Battikha 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. December 9 Baby/Toddler Playgroups, Two programs; Birth to pre-walkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. December 10 Lego Club, The sessions are held in the Sweatt Meeting Room. Registration is not required, just drop in and join the fun. 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. December 13 Mom's Club, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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December 16 Baby/Toddler Playgroups, Two programs; Birth to pre-walkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. December 17 Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig, for children ages 3 to 8. Enjoy a perfect day of ballet fun for the budding dancers and story lovers in your family when ballerinas from the Greater Milford Ballet Company take center stage at the Fiske Library. Author David Ira Rottenberg will read his picture book, Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig, while the dancers perform the story, 2:30 p.m. Lego Club, The sessions are held in the Sweatt Meeting Room. Registration is not required, just drop in and join the fun. 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. December 22 Yoga with Chris Primavera, sign up and prepayment is required. 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. December 23 Baby/Toddler Playgroups, Two programs; Birth to pre-walkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. December 28 Foreign Film Night, 7 p.m. December 30 Baby/Toddler Playgroups, Two programs; Birth to pre-walkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. December 31 Lego Club, The sessions are held in the Sweatt Meeting Room. Registration is not required, just drop in and join the fun. 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.




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Norfolk Lions Clean Up Campbell Forest

Norfolk Senior Center Events Bingo — Mondays at 1 p.m. Donation is 60 cents per card. Bridge — Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 1 p.m. John Byrne will give lessons on “intro to bridge”. Call the Senior center for more information. Computer Tutorial — Every Thursday Morning at 10 a.m. You must sign up for an appointment. Cribbage — Wednesdays and/or Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon. New folks are always welcome.

Norfolk Lions hard at work in Campbell Forest.

On Saturday, November 5th, a group of Norfolk Lions spent the morning cleaning up Norfolk’s Campbell Forest. The conservation property on North Street was long neglected and a victim of recent storms. Removing fallen trees, cutting branches and cleaning up debris, the Lions converted this hidden treasure into a picturesque walking trail though the woods. Despite a few sore muscles, everyone enjoyed the camaraderie and took pride in the result. It takes only 20 minutes to walk the tail.

The Lions are a non-profit organization known for working to end preventable blindness. Norfolk Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to our community and proceeds are donated back into local charities or to meet community needs. The Norfolk Lions Club currently has 72 members and meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM. For more information or to get involved with the Norfolk Lions Club, please contact Craig Koch, Membership chairman at or visit

Norfolk Town Meeting Norfolk Town Meeting was scheduled for November 30th after the deadline for the paper. To

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The Random Smile Project Jeep Raffle The Random Smile Project is raffling off a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The charity is selling no more than 500 tickets for the opportunity to win the Jeep or a $20,000 cash prize. Winner gets to pick the color. The prize will be awarded February 11, 2012 at the 5th Annual Random Smile Project Gala. The tickets cost $100 and the charity needs to sell at least 350 to hold the raffle. To purchase the ticket, visit the Random Smile Project web site The Random Smile Project provides a bridge of support to people

going through difficult times. We recognize and inspire volunteerism while creating a culture of community involvement. Random Smile Project is a true “grass roots” communit non-profit organization. We have ZERO paid employees. Everyone associated with Random Smile Project donates their time, trades and skill sets. Since we have no salaries and very limited overhead, you can be assured that your donation will go a long way in our various community endeavors.

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Cybex Exercise Cycles — These are set up in the Lower Level and can be used anytime. It will take just a minute of your time to be trained on safety and proper use of the cycles and to sign a waiver. Game Day — Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. Every day is game day at the Senior Center. If a game you want to play is not out, just ask. Hair Cuts — Thursday, December 15th at 9 a.m. Call for an appointment. Price: $10. Knitting Club — Fridays at 10 a.m. Our gals have done an outstanding job! They made 40 shawls and 30 comfort dolls that we delivered to two nursing homes. Our chemo hats go to Boston monthly, thanks to Tina and Lorraine. We are working on baby cocoons, chemo hats, 9”

squares, shawls for the\ breast cancer chemo unit and some of us are making holiday gifts. We are a lively fun group!!! Come join us any Friday at 10 a.m.

a.m. “Easy Does It” video is exactly as it describes itself and is the perfect starting point for the person who is older or is post illness, injury, or surgery.

Library —Read at home program continues with the cooperation of the Norfolk Library and the Council on Aging. If you are homebound, books will be delivered to your home. Call and ask for an application if you are interested in this program.

Swimming — Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. and Fridays, 9:30-11a.m. at the Wrentham Developmental Center. Call first at 508 384-3114 x2592

Manicure — Thursday, December 8th and 22nd The price for a basic manicure is $6.00. A price list is posted at the Senior Center for deluxe manicure, pedicures and more. Call for an appointment. Massage — Michelle Cody, Certified Massage Therapist, will be at the Senior Center Tuesday, December 20th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. One date this month due to the holidays. A 15 minute massage is $10 and 30 minutes is $20. These are special rates for ages 65 and over. Sign up is a must, as health information forms must be filled out beforehand. Movie — Friday, December 2nd at 1 p.m. The movie is “The Santa Clause” starring Tim Allen. Root Beer floats are served. Scrabble — Thursdays from 10 a.m. -12 noon. Join in on the good time and friendship. Strength Video — Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9-10

Tai-Chi-Yang Style — Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Paula Sullivan instructs students who are advanced, beginners, and those who prefer chairs. Paula is a certified Tai-Chi, Yoga instructor and Reiki Practitioner. The cost of the class is $2.00. Texas Hold’em Poker — Every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. Walk Club — Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Betty Ray is our certified instructor. Water Color Class — Thursdays at 10 a.m. Teacher Tina Addison will be at the Senior Center. Participants must have their own supplies. Those would include: a block of watercolor paper, paints, and brushes. Bring something for the food pantry as a fee for the class. Yoga — Mondays at 11:30 a.m. At every age, YOGA can provide health benefits and some believe reverse the aging process. There is a fee of $2 per class.

Norfolk Community League's Winter Warm Up Holiday Event On Saturday, December 10, 2011, please join us from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the H. Olive Day School Cafeteria, 232 Main Street, Norfolk, for Norfolk Community League’s Winter Warm Up, a holiday event for the whole family. Susie Magoozy, the “silly storyteller”, will entertain and delight children of all ages. There will also be face painting, coloring and a continental breakfast. Santa will be making an appearance, so don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo with him. Everyone is welcome to wear their pajamas for a fun filled relaxing morning. Tickets are $10 for NCL members and $12 for non-members. Adults and children under 1 year

are free. Please RSVP with payment by December 7th to NCL, P.O. Box 450, Norfolk, MA 02056 or via paypal at http:// or NCLNonMembers. We will also be collecting donations for The

Norfolk Food Pantry at the event. Items such as canned and boxed food as well as toiletry items are greatly appreciated. For more information, please contact Margie Strzepka or Ali Allen with any questions at

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Wrentham Holiday Events Planned

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cards. There will be holiday displays centered of musical instruments, books, and ornaments. The Sohanno Garden Club will provide decorations and there will be luminaria outside. For those interested in music there will be sing-along’s with lyrics projected or handouts. A reading of the Christmas classic “Twas the Night Before Christ-

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Norfolk Lions Christmas Tree Sale Has Begun The Norfolk Lions Club is in full swing with its annual Christmas Tree Sale. This is one of the Lions Club’s most important fundraisers. Sales began on November 25th, and continue until all trees are gone. The Christmas Tree Sale is located on the lot next to the Dunkin Donuts on Main Street in downtown Norfolk. Selling hours are weekdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Lions will be happy to trim the bottom of your tree, wrap it, and secure it to your car, al-

though pickup trucks are very much appreciated. The Lions offer both Balsam and Frazier Fir trees fresh from northern Maine. Wreaths, tree bags, tree life preservative to promote needle retention will also be available for purchase. “Monies that the Lions generate go to seed such research as blindness prevention, diabetes prevention and numerous other causes,” says Bill Hawkins, President and King Lion. “Norfolk Lions has donated over $250,000 in its over 50 years of service to the community”.

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This year we will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the benefit of the Norfolk Food Pantry. The food pantry has been hit hard during these economic times. “Your contributions to the Norfolk Food Pantry would be appreciated and could not come at a better time of year,” says Hawkins. All of the proceeds from the sales of the trees go right back into the local Norfolk community. The Lions accept cash and checks to the Norfolk Lions Club. Sorry no credit cards.

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The Norfolk Lions Club currently has 75 members and meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM at Primavera Restaurant in Millis, MA. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Norfolk Lions Club, please contact Todd Lindmark, Membership chairman at or visit


Lake Pearl Lucianos Lake Pearl Luciano’s Annual Holiday Party December 2nd & 16th 2011 Cocktail Hour 6:30pm-7:30pm Bread & Infused Oil Station Assorted Cheeses & Fresh Fruit Display Vegetable Crudite Assorted Hot Butlered Hors D’oeuvres

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Horned, Barred and Eastern Screech Owls, and then will head back to the Nature Center to share our discoveries over some hot chocolate. Fee: $8m/$11nm per person. Winter Tree ID: Saturday, December 3rd, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. “What is that plant with all the berries? I know this one. I really do!” This hands-on workshop for identifying trees and shrubs in the winter will focus on habitat identification and the attributes of trees in the leafless condition, both helpful in placing a name to the unknown specimens around us. Fee: $28m/$32nm per person Cape Cod Bay in Early December: Sunday, December 4th, from 7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We’ll depart by carpool from Stony Brook parking lot and head to Cape Cod Bay. Stops include Scusset Beach, Sandwich boat dock, Corporation Beach and Crosby’s landing in East Brewster. Bring lunch and wear sturdy boots, plus bring an extra layer as the bay winds can pick up quickly. Fee: $40m/$45nm per person What’s the Bzzz about Bees?: Sunday, December 11th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Join Tony Lulek, President of the Norfolk County Beekeepers’ Association, for an informative talk on beekeeping. If

Winter Solstice Celebration: Thursday, December 22nd, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Throughout time people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. And we continue that tradition here. Gather at sundown by the fire for stories and songs, snacks and cider, celebrating community spirit and the natural world.Fee: $7m/$9nm per person; $5m/$7nm per child; under 3 free. Wild Winter Break- Mad Scientist: Thursday, December 29th, from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Discover the fun, creative role science plays in our everyday lives. Make rock crystals, and delve into the world of the “the ooey, gooey” while learning the secrets of science! Grades K-5. Fee: $40m/$47nm per person. Pre-registration is required for all programs. For more details, visit the Mass Audubon webpage at or contact us at 508-528-3140. Register by phone, email, fax (508-553-3864) or in person. Stony Brook is located at 108 North Street in Norfolk.

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Holiday Table Arrangement Workshop to be Held Dec. 4th On Saturday, December 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sohoanno Garden Club of Wrentham is holding a workshop called "Holiday Table Arrangements" at the Fiske Public Library, Randall Rd., Wrentham. This is an instructional workshop, open to the public. Par-

ticipants will create a beautiful arrangement for this holiday season. The workshop cost is $20, with part of the proceeds benefitting the Fiske Public Library. All instruction and materials will be provided. Participants are asked

to bring their own hand clippers or flower cutters. Additional arrangements will also be available for purchase. For more information, please contact or 508-3841190.

Scouts Hold Annual Wreath Sale Boy Scout Troop 131 of Wrentham is holding their annual Christmas wreath sale. Each 12inch, door size fresh balsam wreath comes with a red velveteen bow and costs $13 (2 or more, $11

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singing for three years. “I didn’t even hum in the shower,” Scully recalls. There was pressure to make something of his life simply because he had an incredible voice. “I actually became quite disillusioned with singing. There was pressure to make something of this wonderful instrument. I felt

like I didn’t have a choice,” he explains. But ignoring his talent was taking a toll on him and he felt like he couldn’t breathe. All that changed with the encouragement of a friend’s mother who wanted him to perform on an Irish television show looking for the next great classical performer. “The show was a precursor to X Factor and America’s

Got Talent,” Scully says. “After three years of not singing a note, I got to the finals.” While he didn’t win, the experience rekindled his love for singing and he never looked back. His career has taken him all over the world performing. He spent two years in Italy working at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. After returning to Ireland, he received a call

Norfolk's Santa Parade and Holiday Tree Lighting December 4 Norfolk’s Santa Parade and Holiday Tree Lighting are set to start at 3:30 p.m. on December 4th. The parade will start at Hillcrest Village and end at Town Hill. Santa will lead the procession, followed by his Elves, Frosty, scouts, the King Philip Marching Band and police and fire vehicles. The King Philip Band will play at the Town Hill Gazebo. 4:00 p.m. Santa will be in the Li-

brary Meeting Room taking pictures. Folks should enter the rear of the Library. Signs will be posted. Refreshments will be served. 4:15 p.m. The Second Grade Chorus will sing at the Town Hill Gazebo. 4:30 p.m. The Tree will be lit at approximately this time. The Norfolk Holiday Tree is a Memory tree. Children are welcome to

place home-made ornaments on the tree in honor of someone or something special to them. All events are free and sponsored by Norfolk Lions Club and Norfolk Recreation with special thanks to the King Philip Marching Band, the H.O. Day 2nd grade Chorus, Norfolk's Police, Fire, Library and DPW Departments along with Norfolk's Girl and Boy Scouts.

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from Kearns. The Irish Tenors were auditioning, and they wanted Scully to come in on the last day of their search. Kearns was aware of Scully through a connection with Veronica Dunn, a well- known Irish classical music teacher. “I arrived at the audition and the accompanist was gone and I had to sing a cappella,” Scully says. “Needless to say, I got it and we kind of clicked straight away. It was kind of history from there on in.” In addition to performing, Scully is currently enrolled in a Master of Music program at the Manhattan School of Music. He will be there until July and continue to perform around the world. The performance is a fundraiser

for St. Mary’s Parish in Wrentham and seems to have the makings of a new tradition of having Irish Tenors perform at the church. “I don't know if it's a tradition, but they are willing to come and perform and for that I am grateful,” says Fr. Chip Hines, pastor of St. Mary’s. The performance is Thursday, December 22, 7:30 pm, at St. Mary’s Church, 130 South Street, Wrentham. Tickets are $45 and $65 for a special meet and greet after the concert. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www. or call St. Mary’s Parish at 508-3843373 (Appeared in The Wrentham Times,

Pancake Breakfast at Federated Church The Federated Church of Norfolk will hold a pancake breakfast on December 3rd, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church. In addition to homemade pancakes, ham, sausage and cinnamon rolls, there will be fresh homemade biscuits and sausage gravy. We will cook omelets or fresh eggs to order. It’s all you can

eat for $7, with a senrio citizen cost of $5 and breakfast is free for children under age 10. The Federated Church is located at the corner of Main Street and Route 115 across from the Town Common. The church vestry and restrooms are handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the church office, 508-528-0262.

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Stony Brook is Alive with Wintry Wildlife

Cuddle with a Cute Calico this Winter

If you are looking to cuddle up with a warm kitten or cat this winter The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is the place to look. PCS currently has many kittens available for adoption of varies ages, colors, genders and hair coats. If you are looking to stay warmer with a larger, adult cat, PCS can match you with one that's perfect for your family. One special girl who recently came to us is "Rosie." Rosie is a very small and gentle calico who was surrendered to the shelter in deplorable condition. This little girl was so flea ridden that she had lost a great deal of her fur; she was full of sores and scabs on her skin and was also suffering from a skin infection. Even worse, the fleas were so bad that she had become anemic from all the blood that they took from her! After medical care from a veterinarian and lots of love and attention from volunteers, Rosie is now a very healthy cat, with beautiful fur and a new outlook on life. This darling little girl deserves a home where she can live like a queen as the only pet in a quiet environment. If you

are interested in adopting Rosie or any other cat from PCS, applications can be found on our website or call our message center (508) 533-5855. All cats and kittens adopted from The Purr-fect Cat Shelter have been examined by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, tested for feline leukemia and FIV, given all age appropriate vaccines, dewormed and microchipped. If you are in search of a great gift for the cook on your list check out The Purr-fect Cookbook. The Purr-fect Cookbook is a collection of over 350 recipes submitted by friends and supporters of PCS, has a laminated soft cover and includes helpful hints and alphabetical index.Each book can be purchased for $13 (plus $4.50 per book shipping & handling). All proceeds raised through the sale of the cookbook go directly to the shelter. Visit our website or call to order your copy today! Your support will make a difference in the lives of homeless cats and kittens!

Rosie is a very small calico kitty who has come a long way with lots of love. She needs to be the only kitty in a quiet home.

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Even though the temperatures drop in December, the 86 acres of Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary are still active with wildlife. “December is a great time to get out here and wander the trails,” says Doug Williams, sanctuary director. “It’s always amazing to me to to see how many animals are out.” During the winter months, there are signs of fishers which often are seen after a snowstorm. Once all the marsh and ponds freeze, it’s common to catch coyotes and deer walking out on the ice. Also along the edge of the wetlands, tracks of river otters and minks can be seen. “They really do seem to like to play all along the interface of the land and the water,” Williams says. In addition to the wildlife to view, there is a whole series of educational programs scheduled for December including an evening program about owls where visitors will take a trek into the sanctuary looking for great horned or Eastern screech owls. There is a preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 called Nature’s Tiny Treasures. Children from 2.9 years up to 6 years of age can also take part in Turtle Trekkers. “We like to get the kids involved because we think it’s important that they grow up with this understanding that they are a part of what’s going on out here and their actions can help protect it,” Williams says. There are also programs for adults and families. A field trip to Cape Cod scheduled to explore

sea and shore birds that congregate in the area. The Norfolk County Bee Keepers will stop by to do a program on keeping bees and there will be a program on tree identification. The Winter Solstice will be celebrated with a program on Thursday, December 22nd. “We’ll have a fire, cook some things, tell some stories, kind of in the old way, celebrating the end of the year and the beginning of the new year,” Williams says. Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 108 North Street, Norfolk, MA. Stony Brook Events December 2, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Who’s Out There: Owl Prowl. Explore the fascinating world of owls. Perfect for the family. December 3, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Winter Tree Identification Workshop: Session I. Hands-on workshop for identifying trees in the winter. Presentation is geared for adults. December 3, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Turtle Trekkers. Start your morning off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning about nature. Suitable for children ages 2.9 - 6 yrs. December 4, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Cape Cod Bay in Early December. This day trip departs by carpool from the Stony Brook parking lot, heading to Cape Cod Bay. The focus of this trip will be on seabirds, late shorebirds, and waterfowl observations. Stops include Scusset Beach, Sandwich

boat dock, Corporation Beach and Crosby's landing in East Brewster. Presentation is geared for adults. December 7, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Nature’s Tiny Treasures. Come with your pre-schooler to explore the seasonal changes of Stony Brook's nature trails and participate in some fun nature games. Suitable for children ages 3 - 5 yrs. December 11, 2 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., What’s the Bzzz about Bees? Join Tony Lulek, President of the Norfolk County Beekeepers' Association, for an informative talk on beekeeping. Presentation is geared for adults. December 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Turtle Trekkers. Start your morning off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning about nature. Suitable for children ages 2.9 - 6 yrs. December 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Winter Solstice Celebration. Throughout time people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Gather at sundown by the fire for stories and songs, snacks and cider, celebrating community spirit and the natural world around us. This is suitable for the entire family. December 29, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wild Winter Break: Mad Scientists. Discover the fun, creative role science plays in our everyday lives. Suitable for children ages 5 - 10 yrs.

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Fall Town Meeting Warrant NORFOLK, ss. To either Constable in the Town of Norfolk, in said County: GREETINGS: You are required in the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to notify and warn the inhabitants of Norfolk, qualified to vote in Town affairs residing in Precincts 1, 2, 3 and 4, to meet on Wednesday, the 30th day of November, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the King Philip Middle School, 18 King Street, Norfolk, MA 02056, for a Special Town Meeting, then and there to act on the following articles, viz: ARTICLE 1 Submitted by the Board of Selectmen - To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from any available source of funds, a sum of money to be added to departmental budgets and appropriations for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2012; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 2 Submitted by the Board of Selectmen - To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from any available source of funds, a sum of money to be transferred to the Snow and Ice deficit for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2011; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 3 Submitted by the Board of Selectmen - To see if the Town will vote to transfer a sum of money to the Vehicle Stabilization Fund from unexpended General Fund accounts; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 4 Submitted by the Board of Selectmen - To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from any available source of funds, a sum of money to pay unpaid bills of a prior year pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, Section 64; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 5 Submitted by the Board of Selectmen - To see if the Town will vote to appoint any committee, or hear or act on the report of any committee or town officer, or instruct any committee or town officer; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 6 Submitted by the Board of Selectmen To see if the Town will vote to

raise and appropriate or transfer from any available source of funds, borrow or bond pursuant to any applicable statute to fund capital and other expense items; or take any other action relative thereto. (Capital Budget) ARTICLE 7 Submitted by the Board of Selectmen - To see if the Town will vote to accept M.G.L. c. 138, §33B, as previously amended, to authorize the Board of Selectmen, as local licensing authority, to authorize holders of on premises pouring licenses under M.G.L. c. 138, §12 to sell alcoholic beverages between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and noon on Sundays; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 8 Submitted by the Board of Selectmen - To see if the Town will vote to accept a deed in lieu of foreclosure from Intoccia Development Corporation to three parcels located within the Christina Estates Subdivision, commonly known as “Open Space Parcel A” (Assessor’s Parcel 16-34-264), located on Evergreen Road, commonly known as “Open Space Parcel B” (Assessor’s Parcel 17-34-221), located on Applewood Road and commonly known as “Open Space Parcel C” (Assessor’s Parcel 16-34-248) located on Evergreen Road, or any one or more of said parcels, which parcels are each subject to tax takings for unpaid FY 2009, 2010 and 2011 real estate taxes, as provided for under the provisions of General Laws Chapter 60, Section 77C, said parcel(s) to be acquired for conservation purposes and to be held in the care, custody, management and control of the Conservation Commission, pursuant to General Laws Chapter 40, Section 8(C), and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to record said deed or deeds, provided the Board of Selectmen determines that the parcel(s) are subject to no other liens or encumbrances other than the liens of the Town, as required by General Laws Chapter 60, Section 77C; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 9 Submitted by the Town Clerk To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Norfolk General Bylaws, Article 13, Section 3.C.3 by deleting said Section 3.C.3 and replacing it as follows:

zEXISTING: 3) Should any owner of a dog previously licensed in the Town of Norfolk, fail to re-license his/her dog before March 1, the owner shall pay a late fee of $50.00. PROPOSED: 3) Should any owner of a dog previously licensed in the Town of Norfolk, fail to re-license his/her dog before May 1, the owner shall pay a late fee of $15.00 for the month of May and increase the late fee by $5 per month through the end of the calendar year for a maximum fine of $50. The late fee shall be in addition to the licensing fee. The late fee shall be imposed per residence, not per dog. or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 10 Submitted by the Community Preservation Committee - To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Fund, Historic Preservation reserves $2,000 for descriptive signage detailing the history of Town Hill, to be installed on Town Hill; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 11 Submitted by the Community Preservation Committee - To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Fund, Open Space reserves $3,150 for the purpose of conducting an environmental assessment and survey, including water quality sampling to rehabilitate and/or preserve the upper (southern) portion of Bush Pond, located at the intersection of Lawrence and Park Streets; Highland Lake, located between Main, Seekonk, and Campbell Streets; and Town Pond, located off Main Street; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 12 Submitted by the Board of Selectmen - To see if the Town will vote to transfer certain property identified as “Proposed Conservation Area = 8.60 AC” on a plan entitled “Town of Norfolk Solar Project Proposed Conservation Land Norfolk, Massachusetts,” dated July 8, 2011, being a portion of that property described in an Order of Taking for the Purpose of Establishing a Sanitary Land Fill Area, recorded with the Norfolk Registry of Deeds in Book 4995,

Page 737, from the board or commission having custody thereof, to the Conservation Commission for the purpose of holding said property for conservation purposes pursuant to G.L. c. 40, §8C, and for the purpose of imposing a Declaration of Restrictions thereon, which Declaration of Restrictions shall be enforceable by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through its Division of Fisheries and Wildlife; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 13 Submitted by the Town Administrator - To see if the Town will vote to amend ARTICLE III, SECTION 8 of the Town of Norfolk General Bylaws by deleting the reference to “G.L. c. 39, § 23B” and substituting therefore “G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25” and by deleting “, and shall make provision for audio or audiovisual recording of the public portions of its meetings. Tapes or other audio or audiovisual recordings of meetings shall be preserved for a minimum of two years.” ;or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 14 Submitted by the Town Administrator - To see if the Town will vote to rename the “Arts Council” created pursuant to G.L. c.10 §58 as the “Cultural Council” to be consistent with the language used in the statute; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 15 Submitted by the Town Administrator - To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from any available source of funds, a sum of money to be added to Water Department debt budget for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2012; or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 16 Submitted by the Building Commissioner - To see if the Town will vote to amend the Norfolk Zoning Bylaws, Section D.1, Basic Requirements, first paragraph regarding tree clearing by deleting the text shown below as stricken and inserting text shown as bold and underlined as follows, for the purposes of deleting soil absorption system setback requirements, eliminating the special permit requirement for new residential dwellings and replacing the Zoning Board of Appeals as the permitting authority for tree clearing and instead have a proposed plot

plan for tree clearing submitted to the Building Commissioner for approval as part of the building permit application for new Residential Dwellings: All applicants for new Residential Dwellings (excluding additions, accessory buildings and septic systems) hereinafter constructed shall be prohibited from cutting down any trees from the back corner of the house to the back corner of the lot within twenty-five feet of the side or rear lot line within the side or rear setbacks set forth in Section E.1.b or within the soil absorption system setbacks set forth in 310 CMR 15.00, unless relief is granted by a special permit by the Zoning Board of Appeals unless relief is granted by the Building Commissioner, after submission, with the building permit application, of a tree clearing plan, consisting of a plot plan demonstrating clearly where proposed tree clearing will be performed. This prohibition shall remain in effect until the occupancy permit has been issued. An applicant may appeal the decision of the Building Inspector regarding the tree clearing plan within thirty days pursuant to Section 8 of Chapter 40A. or take any other action relative thereto. ARTICLE 17 Submitted by the Building Commissioner - To see if the Town will vote to amend the Norfolk Zoning Bylaws Section J.7.a.3 Prohibited Uses in the C-1 District by removing the words “or Side YARD or More Than Ten Commercial Vehicles in the Rear YARD” so that it reads as follows, or take any other action relative thereto. Section J.7.a.3 Prohibited Uses in the C-1 District Outdoor Storage of Commercial Vehicles in the Front YARD or Side YARD or More Than Ten Commercial Vehicles in the Rear YARD ARTICLE 18 Submitted by the Library Trustees - To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $10,568.23 from the Library Addition Project for the purpose of replacing the siding including any related repairs of the Norfolk Public Library; or take any other action relative thereto.

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can be a daunting, stressful task and the people at Masters Touch want you to feel a sense of relief as you begin your project.

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Bottle and Can Drive Planned for Trailer Renovation Project On December 3rd, there will be a special bottle and can drive to help fund a Norfolk Eagle Scout service project. Peter Boudreau has selected the renovation of the bottle and can collection trailer at the Norfolk Transfer Station as his community service project, a requirement to earning the rank of Eagle Scout. The trailer has been suffering a slow demise with a leaking roof, rotting windows, door, and floor, making it The can and bottle trailer at the Norhazardous to the people that folk Transfer Station is receiving much work in it. With the help of vol- needed repairs from Peter Boudreau, a unteers and generous donations Norfolk Boy Scout. Boudreau has been repairing the member the music program, is trailer replacing its floor, installing doing his part to boost recycling in a new door and windows. the area and promote a great proThere is still work to be done and donations are needed. The special December 3rd collection will go towards the final repairs and paint to finish the renovations. Just drop off redeemable bottles and cans (plastic, aluminum, and glass) at the trailer on that day to contribute to the project. The trailer, run by the King Philip Music Association, is used to raise funds for the award winning music program. Boudreau, a

gram. The Transfer Station is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 8-4 on Saturday, the trailer is to the left as you enter and is always open during regular station hours. A transfer station decal is not necessary to make donations. Bottles and cans may also be dropped off in Wrentham at the garage behind King Philip Regional High School and in Plainville at the new Wood School.

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Living Healthy

Avoid Succumbing To Cold and Flu Season

Winter's arrival coincides with the arrival of other things as well. The holiday season. Snow days from school. Weekends spent skiing and snowboarding with family and friends.

While each of those things is something to look forward to, one thing also synonymous with winter is never welcomed with open arms. Cold and flu season impacts nearly every household each winter, forcing kids and adults alike to put life on hold as they rest and recover. To many people, flu shots are enough to keep them going strong through cold and flu season, but not everyone has access to flu shots. Even those who do might still get colds if they don't take steps to stay healthy when the mercury drops. This winter, people wanting to avoid the worst of cold

and flu season can take several precautions to reduce their risks of getting a cold or the flu.

heating system should be serviced by a professional to ensure the ventilation is working properly.

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Homeowners with functioning fireplaces in their homes should have the fireplace inspected and cleaned before using it for the first time.

People can take several steps to make their homes safer and warmer, which should help them reduce their risk of cold and flu. Winterizing a home is perhaps the best thing a homeowner can do to make a home safer and warmer. Install storm windows and caulk around doors and windows to keep warm air in the home and prevent cold air from coming in. If winter has yet to arrive, inspect the heating system. If winter has already arrived, schedule an inspection as soon as possible. Make sure the system is working properly and is clean and ready for the winter that lies ahead. Ideally, the

Addressing Attire Winter weather should never catch adults or children offguard with regards to their wardrobe. Once cold weather arrives, dress appropriately whenever leaving the home to reduce the risk of cold and flu. Appropriate attire includes wearing outdoor clothing, such as winter coats, scarves, gloves or mittens, and wool ski hats. Those who live in areas with heavy snowfall should also wear waterproof boots whenever going outside. It's

Spending time outdoors and dressing properly are two ways to reduce risk for cold and flu.

also important to dress in layers throughout the winter. Doing so provides extra insulation, and layers trap air effectively, ensuring that all that warm air produced by your body won't escape but will stick around and keep you warm.

Prepare for Emergencies If a winter weather emergency arrives, cold and flu won't shut down and stop working just because schools close or power outages occur. In fact, during an emergency the chances are strong that families will be stuck inside for extended periods of time. When locked indoors for long periods of time, cold and flu viruses can spread easily. Men and women should prepare for such a scenario by having an air filter on hand to ensure air quality remains clean

and healthy. In addition, stock up on items such as soup or cold and cough medicine to ensure that anyone who succumbs to cold and flu during a weather emergency will have remedies at their disposal should they be confined to the home. Parents of infant children should keep extra formula and diapers on hand and be sure there are extra batteries around the house should the power go out. For infants on medication, consult the child's physician before cold and flu season and devise a plan of caring for a sick child should a weather emergency occur.

Get Outside and Exercise Staying indoors all winter might seem like a great way to avoid cold and flu, but it might actually make adults and children more susceptible. Staying indoors could be trapping you indoors with stagnant air where cold and flu germs are floating around. Stay inside during weather emergencies, but be sure to get outside in the fresh air and exercise when the weather allows. Regularly working out boosts the body's immune system, which helps ward off cold and flu.

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Flu Season Is Here -- Don't delay, get the flu vaccine right away If you're 65 or older, the flu prevention message for you this year is simple: Get the flu shot as soon as you can. There's no need for two shots like last year -- just one shot will help protect you for the 201011 flu season. This year -- and every year -health officials urge you to get the seasonal flu vaccine as soon as it's available in your community. Older adults are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications (like pneumonia), hospital stays and dying from the flu when compared with young, healthy adults. This is because the body's ability to fight illness drops as you age. In fact, each year about 9 out of

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10 seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 6 out of 10 seasonal flurelated hospital stays in the United States occur in people 65 years and older. This year, there is only one vaccine for the 2010-11 flu season. "This year's flu vaccine will protect against the 2009 H1N1virus that caused so much illness last season and two other influenza viruses," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service and CDC's Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "One of which is an H3N2 virus, which usually hits older adults harder. And having one flu vaccine will make it easier to get the pro-

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Mark your calendars for December 3rd for the 16th annual Winter Pops Concert presented by the King Philip Regional High School Music Department and the King Philip Music Association. This year's theme is "Calypso Christmas" and is guaranteed to put everyone is a festive holiday spirit. The night is fashioned after the Boston Pops concerts at Symphony Hall in Boston. Patrons can order home made comfort food and beverages while seated at tables in the Field House to be enjoyed while listening to music played and sung by the school's acclaimed musicians. The King Philip Marching Band, The Pride and the Passion, will present their final standstill performance of their award winning fall show, The Gallery for all to enjoy. Tickets may be purchased at the doors which open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert and are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

tection you need against flu all season long." Flu vaccine supplies are expected to be plentiful, but you should get the flu shot as soon as it's available, as the timing of influenza circulation is unpredictable and sometimes starts in the early Fall. This year, you also have a choice in dosage for the flu vaccine -- a regular vaccine and a higher-dose option are available for people 65 years and older. The higher-dose vaccine may cause more mild side effects than the regular vaccine as it may result in a stronger immune response. These mild side effects may include pain and redness where the shot was given,

headache, fever, and muscle aches. CDC has not shown a preference for either type of flu vaccine because both vaccines will provide protection against flu this season. Talk to your doctor about which vaccine is best for you. Getting a flu shot every year is your best protection against the flu and its complications. Because flu viruses may change each year, even if you got the 2009 H1N1 flu shot or the seasonal flu shot last year, you still need this year's vaccine.

You can get a flu shot from your doctor, pharmacist, or local health clinic and at flu clinics in local retail outlets. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine, including those 65 years of age and older. For more information about the dangers of flu and the benefits of the flu vaccine, talk to your doctor or nurse, visit, or call CDC at 1 800 CDC INFO (800 232 4636).

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Wrentham Troop Takes Top Honors at Fall Camporee

Wrentham Boy Scout Troop 131 took home the top prize at the annual Seven Rivers District Fall Camporee. The Wrentham scouts squared off against 10 other troops from the surrounding area in a series of challenges similar to the ones found on the TV show Survivor. The challenges were designed to test the scouts mental agility, physical fitness, and wilderness skills. The scouts from Troop 131 had the best overall combined scores for the entire competition which landed them in the final rounds. The three highest scoring troops participated in a large scale (big cards on the ground) memory card game, like the one frequently seen on the TV show Survivor. In front of all the competing scouts, both Troop 131 and Troop 44 from Walpole ad-

vanced to the final competition. It was in this last challenge that Troop 131 sealed their victory. The task called for each troop to build a fire out of given materials. The first troop to build a fire large enough to burn through a ¾" rope stretched three feet above the ground would win. The scouts of Troop 131 quickly started a fire and burned through the rope that dropped a weight raising their troop flag signaling the victory. As their reward, the Troop 131 scouts received the "Golden Tiki Torch" and the Blue Ribbon for the event. Troop 131 also won for Best Dutch Oven Food cooking. The scouts created a chicken pot pie which earned a cook-off "Idol" award. Other challenges that took place over the weekend included archery, a First Aid

competition where scouts competed in a relay that required the creation of a wilderness stretcher and then the transportation of a patient. The scout's knowledge of edible and poisonous plant was tested, as well as survival shelter building. Troop 131 continues to be active and busy. At its Fall Court of Honor, where scouts are awarded their merit badges and rank advancements, the boys in the troop received 178 merit badges and 15 scouts advanced in rank. BSA has opportunities for boys from first grade to age 18, and they welcome new attendees at anytime of the year. You can go to for more information on local scouting organizations, or contact Alan Plantamura for more information on Troop 131.

Hoop Program Taking Registrations Wrentham Recreation Department is currently holding registration for the 2012 Wrentham Youth Basketball Program. The program is open to boys and girls in grades 3 through grades 8 living in Wrentham, Nor-

folk, and Plainville. The program emphasizes equal participation and is a non-competitive, instructional, fun recreational basketball program. There are no records, scores, team names, overtimes or playoffs. There

are no practice days or awards. The 8-week program takes place every Saturday starting on January 7, 2012 and runs through February 25, 2012. The girls program will take place at the Delaney Elementary School, 120

Scouts from Troop 131 tend to one of their own in the First Aid challenge of this year’s Fall Camporee.

Taunton St., Wrentham, and the boys will play at King Philip High School, 201 Franklin St., Wrentham. The cost is $100 per player with a $250 per family cap. For younger athletes in grades 1 and 2, there is a program focused on skills such as passing, dribbling,

shooting and basic offense and defense. The program will be run this year by the King Philip Boys Basketball program under the direction of varsity coach, Scott McInnis. It's a six week program that runs on Saturdays

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Tourney ReturnPrime Goal KP Boys Basketball Team Aims to Build on its Success BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer

of these four teams can win the division. When you compete in the Hock, there’s no nights off. It’s a tough, arduous conference.’’ McInnis’ first winning team at KP will always evoke positive memories. And, he hasn’t forgotten the contributions of five of last year’s players who’ve graduated but left their stamp on the Warriors’ turn-around season. Players like Harry Washington, Connor Layman, Alex May, Tim Sheehan and Joey Akrouche. McInnis credits their efforts as key ingredients to KP’s 17-win season.

One point was the difference for King Philip’s boys basketball team last year. The difference between being South Sectional champions or the runner-up. The 69-62 overtime loss to Hopkinton was a disappointment but fans of KP basketball are acutely aware of where this team was two and three years ago as it dealt with 2-18 and 7-13 records. And, they remember what a 50-game losing streak was like in the not-too-distant past. Last season, no doubt, was a breath of fresh air as it compiled a 17-9 mark.

“They were role players but they were so important for us,’’ he said. “They gave us excellent leadership and they put their brand on KP bas-

ketball. They started a winning tradition. When I got here, they were sophomores and part of that 50game losing streak. As seniors, they left knowing they had success.’’ McInnis and his Warriors should have another quality campaign. If they adhere to his advice of staying focused and developing a sound work ethic, they should achieve their goals of being competitive day in and day out. And, another exceptional run in the tourney could definitely be in the cards. But, the 41-year-old McInnis has some words of wisdom as the new season approaches. “Learn from the past, don’t live in it,’’ he says.

The current edition of coach Sean McInnis’ squad looks like an eager group, ready to build on the Warriors’ new-found success and hopeful of establishing more tradition. “We could be a very good team as long as we work hard and stay focused,’’ said McInnis, who’s in his fourth year as KP coach. “Our goals are to return to the tournament and be competitive in every game in the Hockomock League.’’ McInnis, who previously coached as an assistant at Wakefield High and later as the girls head coach at Weston, once again will field a squad that relies on defense, a commodity he firmly believes will generate substantial offense. “A strong defense leads to a good offense,’’ McInnis said. “It allows us to get steals and deflections. After our team jelled and the chemistry came together last year, we held opponents under 50 points for the last eight or nine games. On offense, we’ll be a fast-break, uptempo group. We like to play like it’s a track meet and use lots of players.’’ One player McInnis will utilize often is Jake Layman, the reigning MVP of the Hockomock League. A 6-foot-9 senior guard, Layman xalready has signed a letter of intent at the University of Maryland,

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Senior Jake Layman ready to lead KP on the court. (Photo by Doug Sprague)

which has offered him a full scholarship. Last year, the off-guard averaged 25 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks a game.

Dever Carrison (6-7 junior center) has size and he displayed a good work ethic last year, especially as a defender and rebounder.

“Jake has tremendous upside,’’ McInnis said. “He’s got a great shot, dribbles effectively and rebounds very well. A good leader, he possesses excellent intangibles and makes other players around him better. I’d rate him as one of the best public-school players in the state.’’

Other returnees include Sam McDonald (6-foot senior guard), Mike Viola (6-1 senior guard), Mike Schmidt (5-11 senior point guard), Jared O’Connor (6-foot junior point guard) and PJ Lydon (6-3 junior guard).

Christian Fair (6-2 senior guard), Connor Smith (5-10 senior point guard) and John Mullane (6-5 senior guard) are returnees who were contributors last year. Mullane, who moved to Norfolk last year, is an all-around talent who can rebound and shoot. Fair is a lockdown defender who relies on quickness and Smith, who displayed consistency at the point last year, handles pressure well.

Competing in the Kelly-Rex Division will be a major challenge for KP. A Division 2 school, the Warriors will be paired against Mansfield, Franklin, North Attleboro and Attleboro, all ranked in Division 1. “Mansfield won the division last year and has terrific young players returning,’’ McInnis said. “Franklin’s backcourt is outstanding, led by Ryan Bomiller. Attleboro has a talented point guard in J.J. Jolesso and North Attleboro has solid role players and is well-coached. Any


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Take Some Time and Tell KP Students Sign Letters-of-Intent Them You Love Them

Doug Masters, owner of Masters Touch

Shortly before my Mom died, my five-year old son said to her suddenly during a big family dinner, “Nana, I’m going to miss you when you die.” You could have cut the tension in the air with a knife, but my Mom didn’t miss a beat and said, “I’ll miss you too. I’ll miss you all.” She died a couple of months later after a long battle with cancer. Mom was never one to mince words, and most children aren’t either. I’m very thankful that we got to say goodbye to her, and that my children had the opportunity to get to know her. I also learned a lot about myself and about human nature over the last few years. As the holidays are upon us again, it’s time to be thankful for all the wonderful people in our lives. It’s the perfect opportunity to stop, for just a minute, and acknowledge the love you feel in your heart for someone special. It’s probably been a long time since they heard it. For it seems that the everyday minutia saps more and more of our time and energy, and there’s rarely a moment to enjoy a good conversation with a great friend or loved one. Months or even years can go by and before you know it, people you truly care about have fallen out of touch and become long lost friends.

tances, I’m reminded of just how grateful I am to have a particularly small list of best friends and a close-knit family that I love dearly. Lately, I’ve been bombarded with constant reminders of how fleeting life can be. It seems not a month goes by without an old acquaintance or a customer of mine passing away. Sometimes they are people I knew very well, other times simply pleasant folks I met just a few times. I’ve actually started to read the local obituaries just so I can keep my customer list updated. A rather morbid activity I’ll grant you but one I feel is important because I care about my customers and their families. I read about people who “died suddenly” and others, like my Mom, who died after a long battle with an insidious disease and it all becomes so personal for me. Sometimes it’s sadly frustrating because I wish I had just that one last fleeting moment to tell that person how much I cared about them and how, in a small or grand way, they enriched my life. This holiday season, I hope we can all find the time to really connect with the people we love. Set aside some time to have lunch with an old friend, take your Mom or Dad, son or daughter or another relative out for coffee, and let them know how much you cherish your relationship with them and how much you love them. Sure, it seems like there’s always tomorrow, and boy that buzzing phone needs attention right now, but remember, not everyone gets the chance to tell someone they love them before time slips away or to say goodbye before it’s too late. Make someone’s day, invest more time in your relationships, and you will be giving yourself and him or her the best holiday gift ever.

Sure, there’s Facebook and other “social media,” an occasional email, and that yearly “holiday card,” but that just doesn’t fill the void. We’re sorely lacking genuine human interaction these days, and it’s getting worse. Every day I see groups of teenagers texting each other from three feet away instead of simply talking to one another!

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Pictured from left to right, the student athlete, their future school and sport: Ryan Palmer, Gardner Webb, swimming ; Stephanie Nasson, Boston University, swimming; Kathryn Riley, Boston College, lacrosse; Jenna Liljeberg, Sacred Heart, lacrosse; Jake Layman, Maryland, basketball; Cayleigh McCarthy, Stonehill College, softball; Meg Rico, George Washington University, softball; Megan Carnase, Colgate, softball; Olivia Godin, UMASS Amherst, softball. BY PATRICK COLEMAN


Last month, nine King Philip Regional High School seniors signed letters-of-intent to Division 1 College Athletic programs. The nine seniors gathered in the KP library with family, friends, school administrators and coaches to publicly declare their plans for the next step in their athletic careers. It also marked a record for the high school which typically sees three or four student athletes move on to a Division I college athletic pro-

There is no clear explanation for why the class of 2012 has so many gifted student athletes. This class has been a part of unprecedented athletic success on the court, diamond and in the pool. The softball team won two state championships and four players now signed letters-of-intent. Two swimmers are heading to college programs and, in their wake, they leave at least one state championship. The men's basketball team

went to the South Sectional Finals and one player is moving on to a major NCAA college program. "Success breeds success," says Steve Schairer, Athletic Director, KP High School. "As our teams have gotten better in terms of wins and losses, it is an obvious result of the fact that our players have gotten better. They work very hard at their sport and the results in these nine athletes is obvious." (Appeared in The Wrentham Times,

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