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Millis and Medway Runners Race to Prepare for the 114th Boston Marathon In just under three weeks, a wave of 25,000 runners will sweep over the streets of eight cities and towns, from Hopkinton to Boston’s Back Bay in the 114th Boston Marathon, Boston’s oldest and most prestigious road race, according to the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.). The race was originally begun in 1897, by John Graham, and the course was just 24.5 miles long, starting in Ashland. In 1927, the route was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards, to meet Olympic standards. It officially remained an all-male domain until 1972, when women were allowed to enter. 1975 marked the first opening of the race to athletes using wheelchairs.

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New Organic Farm Will Grow Community As Well As Produce BY J.D. O’GARA

The old white farmhouse still stands next to a handful of knobby trees. The land slopes down away from the house, home to seasonal vernal pool capable of supporting a community of ecologically diverse wildlife. In Heather Scott’s eyes, this land is the perfect spot to grow even more, from organicallygrown produce, to enriched minds,

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to a united community. Scott is the Founder and President of the Medway Community Farm (MCF) a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit, which recently completed a twoyear start-up phase with the town of Medway. “The farm really is a great land planning tool,” says Scott. “It’s protecting open space and creating productive use.” Scott points out

that many land plans that protect open space may not allow public access. She explains that the town of Medway purchased the property for $975,000 in 2007, using Community Preservation Committee funds. When Heather approached the town the concept of a community farm similar to that of neighboring Natick, Medway suggested using part of the 15-acre parcel. The non-profit group has leased seven of these 15 acres. “My husband and I were on the

board of the Natick Community Organic Farm. We’ve been a part of it for about six years,” says Scott. “We’ve had such a great experience at that farm, we thought we’d love to bring the concept to Medway.” Scott has a land conservation background, having served on the town’s Open Space and the Community Preservation Committees. She also worked on hundreds of land conservation projects continued on page 4

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they can run a marathon within a specific time. A man who is aged 35-39, for example, must be able to run a marathon in three hours, fifteen minutes (3:15). A woman the same age must do so in 3:45. If an athlete does not qualify, he or she may decide to run through the Boston Marathon’s Charity program. A select number of charities chosen by the B.A.A. receive numbers for the race. Racers must earn that number by raising a minimum amount of money for that organization.

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had 13 total hip replacements,” says Consigli, “so I am thinking about people who can’t do it.” Having a lot on his mind helps Consigli keep going for the long stretch. “When you have a lot on your mind, that 20 miles tends to go faster,” says the runner, who tries to get plenty of rest 2-3 days before the race. He laughs, “What I try not to think about is the hill at mile ten.“ ________________________

In Medway and Millis, 16 athletes are officially registered to run the Boston Marathon. Localtownpages spoke to ten of them. Each has a different story. ________________________ David Consigli has lost count. This 45-year-old married father of two boys and two girls ran his first marathon with his wife when he was 30, and since then, he thinks Dale Fingar he has probably run “about 14” “If you have AIDS,” says Dale marathons. Sheepishly, the CPA Fingar, “You have a better chance admits, he honestly doesn’t know of survival than if you have panhow many he’s run. creatic cancer, because of fundNeedless to say, this runner qual- ing.” This personal trainer and ifies for the race. His qualifying wellness consultant, who is again time in last year’s Bay State running the Boston Marathon for Marathon was 2:58, but his best the Pancreatic Cancer Action Netqualifying time was 2:47 in the work (PanCAN) in support of her same race in 1996. Consigli admits husband, Greg. Still standing in his that the Boston Marathon is not his fifth year with the devastating illfavorite. “I think it’s hard,” he says, ness, Greg has defied the odds of survival for his disease. Fingar The marathoner points out that points out that the five-year survival he is inspired to run, in part, berate for pancreatic cancer is 4%. cause he can. He remembers his mother remarking that she wished A mother of two boys, Fingar, she could run. “My mother has who defines herself as competitive,

does not have to run for a cause. The 49-year-old veteran of four marathons had a most recent qualifying time of 3:49, and she ran her first at 39, just to do it. “Of course I say (to myself) that if he (Greg) can go though what he went through, I can certainly do this,” says Fingar, “but then, I think if I don’t finish this in good time, my kids will be disappointed, so I’m competitive, too.” Fingar has proudly adorned her treadmill with her marathon medals. Fingar and her family are grateful for the support of a number of organizations, as well as their neighbors. She particularly appreciates that a good deal of what PanCan does is advocate for more aggressive funding for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this pancreatic cancer. “It’s funding a chemo trial (Greg) is trying to get into,” she says. Fingar says that while running the long race, she takes it a mile at a time, breaking it into small pieces. Speaking to the challenge of training, the runner, whose fundraising page can be found at gar, once again points to her partner. Compared to the Diabetes, chemotherapy and surgeries, she says, “training for a marathon is like nothing.” ________________________ “I know you’re going to do it.” That’s what Janel Pudelka heard from her Mom the first year she joined other family members for the seven-mile Falmouth road race. The event has become so popular among her family that



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they now host a bit of a roadside tailgate party to cheer on about seven of their kin who run. Pudelka is a newcomer to the Boston Marathon. In fact, she ran in her first road race, the annual Gold’s Gym Charity 5K, just five years ago. Now, the married mother of two has joined a team called the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) in honor of her mother, Joan Hansen. At age 63, Joan passed away three-and-ahalf years ago due to complications from breast cancer. “My Mom was always very positive, “ says 41-year-old Pudelka “I wanted to do something positive to honor her.” The former 8th grade English teacher and mother of two emulates her mother’s energy and optimism, noting her mother’s “can-do” attitude on her fundraising page through DFMC. The runner has been heartened to receive support and letters from people who have memories of her mother to share. Pudelka said family has been “hugely supportive” of her effort to run, with her husband even dropping her off and picking her up on training routes. “I owe them all quite a bit,” she insists, noting the amount of time she must devote to training. She has found a lot of support by training with Dana-Farber, an organization, she points out, was “wonderful” to her mother. “Dana-Farber has been awesome. They have this huge support staff to help you with fundraising and to train you,” says Pudelka. “I’ve actually made a lot of good friends, because a lot of people who are running for Dana-Farber have similar stories.” ________________________ There are marathons, and then there is The Boston Marathon. Jennifer Egan, a financial analyst from Millis, ran the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C. in 1999. Although she felt a sense of achievement, Egan echoes a familiar sentiment among marathoners — the desire to conquer the world-famous race. “I’m approaching a milestone in age,” says Egan, “so it’s a personal accomplishment.” Although finishing the 1999 marathon was satisfying, Egan notes that, “It’s not Boston.” Egan chose to raise money for New England chapter of Neurofibromatosis, Inc. (NF), www., this year. “I was trying to find a charity, “ says Egan, who learned that another local run-

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ner was raising money for NF. “When I read some more about the disease, I felt like it was an organization that doesn’t really have awareness. I thought that I could do something to help a littleknown cause that needed support.” Egan contacted the director of NF, she says, feeling a real sense of rapport with her. Egan fits her training into her schedule of a busy mother of young children, “A lot of my midweek runs, I’ve had to run on my treadmill at 9 p.m.,” says Egan, who says she simply couldn’t run without the support of her husband. She saves the longer runs for the weekends. Her fundraising page can be found at ________________________ Millis native Kelly Treseler is the youngest marathoner from the two towns. At just 24, Treseler will run her third Boston Marathon. The graduate student, studying Higher Education Administration at Boston College, looks to John Hancock for her sponsorship. She has also run in half marathons and the Falmouth Road Race for the past couple of years. Treseler has always participated in sports. She proudly mentions that she was a part of the town’s 2003 girls’ volleyball championship. Since the town only added track and field toward the latter part of her secondary schooling, Treseler only ran track in her senior year. Today, however, this serious runner says she enjoys the challenge of the Boston Marathon. “It’s the most challenging, “ says Treseler, who usually trains alone, but has found some support with the John Hancock employee group. With the Boston race, says Treseler, just training can be a challenge. “Living in New England, and going from the cold to the rain and clouds,” says Treseler, she is outside training “when everyone looks at you and they think you’re crazy.”

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over $75,000 for the cause, later serving, at 23, on the board of directors for the organization. The Scleroderma Foundation, however, is not a Boston Marathon charity,

quips. “That’s part of the fun of doing the marathon in your home town.”

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________________________ Kai Simon made a deal with herself, that she would run a marathon by the time she was 25. It was a deal she kept, just four weeks shy of the milestone. The runner, a research scientist with Genzyme who began running 15 years ago alongside her father, is now 30. This year’s Boston Marathon will be her third marathon. Kai hopes to run beside her father for this marathon. Her father has been training for the race, although he has never run a marathon and actually suffered a heart attack while running five years ago. Now, however, Kai’s father is completing 20-mile runs. According to Kai, if her Dad does run, she will run with him to show her support. If he ends up not running, however, it’s all about breaking her personal record of 3:57:01. “If I could do a 3:40 and qualify, that would be ideal,” says Simon. Kai runs as part of a team for Genzyme in support of NORD, the National Organization of Rare Disorders. ( “NORD is a charity that supports probably close to 100 orphan diseases, meaning diseases with less than 200,000 patients,” says Simon. An illness Simon would particularly like to see cured is scleroderma, which was misdiagnosed several times before it claimed the life of her grandmother. At that time, Simon set out to raise money for the Scleroderma foundation. She organized a 5K that raised

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Matt Dwyer says he has probably been a runner his whole life — just not long distances — more like 10K. The 52-year-old married father of four will be running his fourth marathon, his third in a row. The Medway resident only considered running the marathon in the past few years, especially as he neared his 50th year. His cousin, an avid marathoner, and a big family event convinced him to run the Cape Cod marathon, in which he qualified for the Boston Marathon. He has run the latter twice. Dwyer describes his family as very supportive, although from his kids’ perspective, “I’ve always run.” Despite his running seeming routine to his children, Dwyer admits, “I think they’re proud of the fact that I’ve run a marathon.” Dwyer says he struggled through the last seven to eight miles of his first Boston Marathon. “It can be humbling,” he offers. “If I’ve learned anything about running, says Dwyer, who prefers to run in the early morning, “It’s that long distance running is more mental than physical. It’s gonna be what it’s gonna be, so enjoy it.” ________________________ Mike Eisenstadt, might not hail from Millis, but he’s certainly a fa-

miliar face. The 42-year-old married father of four from Needham manages Gold’s Gym in Millis. His first marathon, which he ran on behalf of The Liver Foundation in 1997, marked the first time he had ever run more than three miles. This year will mark the fitness professional’s eighth Boston Marathon. Mike is running on behalf of NF, Inc., Northeast ( a Burlington foundation close to his heart, because his second oldest son, Charlie lives with Neurofibromatosis. People with this genetic disease lack a natural suppressant of tumors. Without it, tumors can grow unchecked. The runner and his wife discovered that their son, now 9, had the disease right before his first birthday, when he suffered a stroke. The main thing NF, Inc. does is research for a cure, says Eisenstadt, who felt strongly about supporting the organization because “this is a charity by people whose kids had this disease. You know 100% is going to research and support amongst the families.” The gym manager, whose fundraising page can be found at, is also grateful the foundation has put his family in touch with resources and information relating to doctors, medications and such services as schools and camps. Eisenstadt looks forward to running the more than century-old Beantown race. “Part of the appeal of Boston (for me) is that you know people every other mile,” he

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“It’s really a bucket list thing for me,” Millis resident Steve McManus says of the Boston Marathon. “When I was a kid, we had a friend who lived in Hopkinton, and we used to sit on their lawn and watch (the marathon). I always thought I wanted to run it, and I want to do it while I still can and am healthy.” The 48-year-old single Dad of four boys is a newcomer to the Boston Marathon. A relationship manager in retirement services for Fidelity, sees every day as a gift. He chose to run for Housing Families, Inc. (www.housingfamilies. org), a Malden-based non- profit aimed at supporting homeless and very low-income families. McManus says his boys have been very encouraging. “I think part of (my motivation) is to show them that if you put your mind to it, you’re capable of accomplishing anything, “says the runner. “And they know I’m running for charity.” The rookie marathoner has received a lot of support from a circle of friends who have completed physically challenging events. Although McManus played sports growing up and now plays golf, his training has never been like this. “I’ll have run over 400 miles just training for this race,” he says, in-

Tim Fagerson was just a 13-yearold boy in Scotland when he ran his first marathon nearly 30 years ago, and he did it in 3:30. The Medway physical therapist had given up long-distance running, however, due to bad feet. The 42year-old married father of two boys enjoys competition, however, and the lure of the Boston Marathon has proved a strong one for this avid tennis player. Although he doesn’t have a web page, Fagerson is raising money for Community Table, a local program offered by the Medway Community Church, which offers families a hot meal on Tuesday nights. The marathoner has trained up to this point to improve his speed using the Yasso 800 method. The theory, developed by Bart Yasso, suggests that if a runner can run 800 meters in a particular time, he can multiply that by 10 to get his marathon time. The marathon, then, will be a series of ten 800meters. Although Fagerson jokes that his wife thinks he’s crazy, he has successfully pushed himself through physical games in his country of origin. He finishes the interview with, “Don’t let the body run the mind, let the mind run the body.”

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The public is central to the mission of the Medway Community Farm. This mission is comprised of three components, says Scott — food, education and community. First, says Scott, the farm will provide locally grown herbicide-free and pesticide-free food. The MCF will also provide education opportunities to all ages via farm chores and workshops, and in fact is collaborating with Medway Recreation Department to offering two courses, “Food for Thought” and “Let’s Clean Naturally,” for the spring season. Thirdly, MCF plans to invite the community to join together for festivals and dinners on the land. The organization recently hired part-time Farm Manager Brittany Sidway to oversee about two acres set aside for planting this year. Sidway will grow herbicide-free and pesticide-free food on .25 acres, which she will sell at an onsite farm stand, and she will grow cover crop, such as winter rye, clover, buckwheat or peas on a remaining 1.75 acres. The Farm’s goal is to sell Community SupportedAgriculture (CSA) shares to residents in addition to the farm stand in 2011. With the purchase

of CSA shares, residents help to share the financial cost of their local farm, in return for high-quality, locally-grown harvest. Already, the community has joined the effort. The farm foot print was turned last fall with the help of Medway Farmer, Bobby Briggs of Shady Oaks Farm. to see the wish list. Eventually, Scott would like to rehab the three-bedroom farmhouse on the property to make a residence for farm staff. MCF is raising funds to this end, and interested volunteers can contact MCF Board Member Jeremy Barstow ( for details. The MCF founder also envisions a commu-

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With just a part-time manager, community volunteers are crucial to the Medway Community Farm’s well-being. Last month’s Farm Manager/Community Outreach Meeting at the Medway Public Library yielded 24 volunteers, an encouraging number, to help grow, harvest and sell food this spring, summer and fall. Interested volunteers may contact Brittany at: In addition to volunteers, the farm has a wish list that ranges from cover crop to small and large tools. Visit www.medwaycommunity-

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Saturday,April 10th, 8 Noon Help us to make Millis Beautiful! This year’s effort Dedicated to Millis Lion Don Reynolds. Please join the Millis Lions Club, the Millis Garden Club, community leaders, individuals, families, youth groups, civic and church organizations and take part in this annual town-wide cleanup. Help us to clean up leaves, remove trash and other debris, weed and spread mulch at Millis landmark sites, the Library and the Veteran’s Memorial Building plus others. We need your help to make this a successful event. Working together we make new friends and experience the satisfaction and community spirit to make this year’s Millis Beautification Day successful. Please bring gardening tools (rakes, etc) and GARDENING GLOVES ARE MANDATORY. Registration will be held at St. Paul’s Parish, 903 Main Street (next to Millis Police/Fire Station) at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call (508) 376-9492 or (508) 376-4265.

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Millis Girl Scouts Registration Nights April 5 & 7 at VMB The Girl Scouts of Millis will hold spring registration during community recreation registration, from 6:30-8p.m. on Monday, April 5 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, Room 130, 600 Main Street. Millis Girl Scouts will hold an additional registration night on Wednesday, April 7th from 6:308p.m. at the same location. Girl Scouting provides a wonderful environment for girls to explore and try new things. Activities are geared toward developing skills that will last a life-

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time. This includes teamwork, leadership and responsibility. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts welcomes all girls ages 517(K-High School), embracing every aspect of diversity. We are also looking for troop volunteers. For additional information about the Millis Service Unit, check out the website at For specific registration information contact Leesa Themistocles (508) 376-1214, or email registrar@millisgirlscouts. com.

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Medway Senior Notes Millis’St.Paul’s Church to host Annual Flea Market May 15th Come for dinner and games at the Medway Senior Center Thursday, April 22 beginning at 4pm. A chicken marsala dinner catered by J & L Catering of Medway, followed by Wii bowling, bocce, scrabble, cards, or whatever game you may wish to bring. Cost is $5, payable by Monday, April 19. CARD MAKING WITH JUDITH MOFFATT

Medway’s own 3-D illustrator of over 50 books for children, Judith Moffatt, will be teaching some of the 3-D skills required to make paper pop. In this two-hour class you’ll create one or two pop-up and dimensional paper cards while learning the skills to create more on your own. Wednesday, April 14, 3–5 p.m. Please sign up so we know how many to plan for.


Come paint with us! Take time to relax and be creative. Lavonne has been teaching and painting for many years. You’ll love her! Each different weekly class begins with demonstrations of techniques, so that you will see exactly how to paint and then have time to practice. You may be able to finish a painting in a class! Everyone from beginners to experienced painters is welcome. Fridays from 10 a.m.12 p.m., beginning May 7. This is being sponsored in part by a grant from the Medway Arts Lottery Council. $5/class. WHIST PARTY

Whist Party, Tuesday, April 20th, beginning at 9 a.m. Prizes, raffles, and refreshments.

Library Conducts Youth Survey The Medway Public Library is inviting students in grades 6-12 to participate in survey to gain input in planning for the future. Even if you don't use the library, they would like to hear from you.

Please take a minute to fill out the Young Adult Services Survey, so they can better serve you. The survey will be available online at through April 10.

Pajama Story Time Tuesday Evenings Bring your little ones to share a good bedtime story with a Girl Scout! On Tuesday evenings, from 6:45-7:15, Medway Girl Scout troop 4983 hosts “PJ Story Time” at the Medway Public Library, 26 High Street in Medway. This is a

drop-in story time in the Children’s area of the library. Wee ones are encouraged to come in their pjs and bring along their favorite stuffed animal to snuggle up with. Contact Lorie Browell at the Library for more information.

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Are you being buried by stuff? Do you have some treasures that you’d like to convert to cash? If you’ve been thinking about having a yard sale but don’t live in a highly-traveled location – how about joining us at St. Paul’s Church May Mega Yard Sale and Flea Market on Saturday, May 15, from 9a.m.-2p.m. at 903 Main St (Rte. 109), Millis. You couldn’t ask for a better location for exposure to the most traffic in town. Bring your own table and/or tent, and rent an 8-foot space for $15. There will also be a limited number of tables available for rent from the Church for a fee of $20. In addition, a few tables with canopies are available on a first-come-first-

served basis for $30. If you would like to clean out THAT STUFF but don’t want to spend the time – Donations of good used books, toys and household items (please - no clothing, large furniture items or non-working appliances) will be gratefully accepted, and we’ll do the selling! Please call the Church office (508) 376-5661 to arrange for drop-off or pick-up. Vendors with both new and vintage goods are also welcome! “WINDOWS IN BLOOM” will also be displayed, with flower arrangements generously donated by the Millis Garden Club. – Please come and see our beautiful

stained glass windows – a living testament to the history of the people of our town. The Charles River Chorale and our own church organist Karen Russo will provide music at 1 p.m. Everard will also present some Gospel offerings for your enjoyment. Please come and experience the beauty of our sanctuary. All proceeds from this sale will go to fund St. Paul’s Church with a portion of the proceeds to benefit The Millis Fund and other outreach programs supported by our parish. All donations are fully tax deductible. The sale will be held rain or shine. Admission is free, and booth space is limited.

Medway Pride Day Scheduled for May 15th The townwide event, Medway Pride Day, is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Medway Middle School, 45 Holliston St., Medway. Local businesses sponsor amusements and activities; many donate raffle

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T H E P E T PA G E Camp Bow Celebrates Its 2nd Purr-fect Cat Shelter Anniversary, Offers 401 K-9 Program Annual Bake Sale Camp Bow Wow is a lot like your average camp, boasting spacious, comfortable cabins, playtime, yummy treats and 16 certified camp counselors. Its patrons, however, are a little more hairy than usual, and they might drool a bit. This dog daycare and spa franchise, begun by Sally Winters, is approaching is second year, and business is booming. One of 35 such franchises in the country, the Bellingham camp now boasts 2,000 clients, who luxuriate in 75 cabins (and occasionally, one of the two luxury suites for dogs in the same family). Guests of the doggy camp must past a socialization test, and dogs are divided into groups by size and demeanor. Camp counselors are trained in pet first aid and CPR by the Amerian Red Cross, and detailed information about each dog is kept on the outside of their cabin. These accommodations could be either 4’x8’ or 5’x10’. Any canine friend staying seven nights or more gets a free bath.

Sweets, treats and a good cause – the purr-fect combination! All of these and more will be found at the Purr-fect Cat Shelter’s upcoming Bake Sale. To choose the perfect gift, or treat for yourself or your family from a selection of cookies, cakes, pies and other goodies, mark the calendar for Friday, April 2, and come to Wal-Mart, in Bellingham from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds from the bake sale directly benefit the homeless cats and kittens cared for by The Purr-

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The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is a non-profit, all-volunteer, no-kill organization serving the areas of Medway, Millis, Franklin, Norfolk, Bellingham and Walpole and surrounding communities For more information about this fundraiser and the many volunteer opportunities available with the shelter, please call the shelter’s message center at 508-533-5855 or visit www.purrfectcatshelterorg.

Teri Morris Owner “I always wanted to have a doggy hotel,” says Winters, who discovered an ad for the franchise in a dog owner’s magazine at Whole Foods. Her father, she says, had the empty space, and she saw opportunity. “I have love for dogs of every size and every breed, and here it is our second year and we have over 2,000 clients. She plans

they can produce 12,680 kittens if none are spayed or neutered. It’s an unfortunate fact that many people don’t understand the importance of spaying and neutering and, as a result, many wonderful cats are left seeking homes. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter provides a safe haven for stray and abandoned cats and spays, and neuters all of the residents before they are adopted out to their for-

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Seeking Volunteers to Help Care For Shelter Residents If you have ever had a feline friend, you know the joy and companionship they offer. If you’ve never had one, you might want to find out what you have been missing! The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is the best place to learn more, and perhaps even find a lifelong friend for you and your family.

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ever homes. All cats are also examined by a veterinarian, combo tested, dewormed, given all age appropriate vaccines and microchipped prior to adoption. As the beautiful spring weather arrives, so does the increase in unwanted litters of kittens. The Shelter is currently at full capacity and seeking volunteers to help care for the residents. Volunteers 18 years of age or older with medical insurance are needed to work morning or afternoon shifts for a commitment of at least 6 months. If you can’t volunteer, there are other ways to make a difference – come to the annual Bake Sale on Friday, April 2nd at Wal-Mart in Bellingham from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any of the delicious baked goods purchased will directly benefit the Shelter.

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April 1, 2010

Parents Invited to Book Fair The Burke-Memorial School parents are invited to the school’s second Scholastic Book Fair of the year "Book Fair Diner-All You Can Read” on the following dates: Monday April 12, 6-8 p.m., Tuesday April 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m., and 6-8 p.m., and Wednesday April 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12-2 p.m. This book fair boasts a selection of books for reading levels from Pre-K to at least 6th grade. This will be the school’s first tax-free book fair, and 25% of the sales of Ann Handy's books will go toward Project Alex. Parents can add to their children’s classroom experience by participating in the fair’s Teacher Wish List Program. Please visit ookfairs/cptoolkit/publish/burkememorial for more information.

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April Calendar APRIL 3, 9-12 P.M.

Rabies Clinic - Millis DPW Garage, Water Street, Millis. Dogs: 9-10:30 a.m.; Cats: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $10 per animal All dogs must be leashed. Cats must be in a carrier, pillow case, or secure container. In order to receive 3-year vaccine, please bring a current rabies certificate. All others will receive a one-year vaccine. Call Animal Control at (508) 533-3251 for more information. APRIL 3, 1 P.M., RAIN OR SHINE

Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Oak Grove Farm, Rte. 115, Millis. Parents, bring your cameras as the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. Come rain or shine— Bring your own basket! Free. APRIL 5 &7, 6:30-8 P.M.

Girl Scouts of Millis Spring Registration Veteran's Memorial Building, Room 130, 900 Main Street, Millis APRIL 6, 10 A.M. - 11A.M.. FREE Yoga Class at Yoga at the Ashram. 16 and up. Call 508-376-4525 APRIL 8, 2010, 2 P.M. Cliquot Club Readers - Millis Public Library, 25 Auburn Rd., Millis - A new book group for adult readers. meets the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. with light refreshments.

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*7:30 – 8 a.m., volunteer registration at St. Paul’s Parish, 903 Main St. 8 a.m. – Noon, cleanup, Fifth Annual Millis Beautification Day - Community member join together to clean up the town from winter debris, co-sponsored by Millis Lions Club and the Millis Garden Club. APRIL

Scholastic Book Fair, "Book Fair DinerAll You Can Read" - Burke-Memorial School, 16 Cassidy Lane, Medway APRIL 15, 7 P.M. Anthony M. Sammarco: Chocolate – An Illustrated Lecture - Millis Public Library, 25 Auburn Rd., Millis. Anthony Sammarco explores the history of the Baker Chocolate Company, the oldest chocolate manufacturer in the United States APRIL 21, 11 A.M. The Green Apple Kids Band -Veteran’s Memorial Building gym, 900 Main St., Millis. Features special puppet guests and

rollicking musical tunes. Great for children ages 2 – 8. No pre-registration required.

APRIL 21, 7-8 P.M. Compost Tea with Kathi Gariepy - Veteran’s Memorial Building, 900 Main St., Room 130, Millis - Learn how to use compost tea in your garden. Sponsored by Millis Garden Club. MGC and NGC Members, free. Non-Members $5. Call 508-376-2676 or visit www.millis for more information. APRIL 24, 9A.M.-1P.M.

Spring Rummage Sale - Church of Christ, 142 Exchange St., (Rte. 115), Millis Clothing and Clean items will be accepted during the week before the sale. Put donations on stage in Fellowship Hall. Call (508) 376-5034 for more information. APRIL 29, 7 P.M. Poetry Reading and Yankee Book Swap Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Rd, Millis. Featuring local poet Nancy O'Shaughnessy. Free event, but pre-registration is required. Call (508) 376-8282.

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The Life of St. Brigid of Kildare By Rev. Terrence P. McGillicuddy

Brigid was born at Faughart in County Down in 452, less than fifty years after the beginning of Saint Patrick's widespread missionary efforts among the Irish. At the time of her birth, the faith was just starting to grow great in the hearts of the Irish people. But by the end of her life, and partly through her efforts, her land would become holy Ireland, a land of saints and scholars, a land of monasteries from which missionaries would go forth to all of Europe and beyond. She is considered, equally with St Patrick (March 17), patroness of Ireland. She was uncommonly beautiful, and her father planned to marry her to the King of Ulster. But at the age of sixteen she asked her Lord Jesus Christ to make her unattractive, so that no one would marry her and she could devote herself to Him alone. Soon she lost an eye and was allowed to enter a monastery. On the day that she took monastic vows, she was miraculously healed and her original beauty restored. Even as a child, she was known for her compassion for the poor. She would give away food, clothing, and even her father’s possessions to the poor. One day her father took Brigid to the king’s court, leaving her outside to wait for him. He asked the king to buy his daughter from him, since her excessive generosity made her too

expensive for him to keep. The king asked to see the girl, so Dubthach led him outside. They were just in time to see her give away her father’s sword to a beggar. This sword had been presented to Dubthach by the king, who said, “I cannot buy a girl who holds us so cheap.” St Brigid received monastic tonsure at the hands of St Mael of Ardagh (February 6). Near Dublin she built herself a cell under an oak tree, which was called Kill-dara, or Cell of the Oak. Soon seven other young women joined her and established the monastery of Killdara, which in time became the cathedral city of Kildare. This was the beginning of women’s cenobitic monasticism in Ireland. The monastery grew rapidly and became a double monastery with both men's and women's settlements, with the Abbess ranking above the Abbot; from it several other monasteries were planted throughout Ireland. (Combined men's and women's monastic communities are virtually unknown in the east, but were common in the golden age of the Irish Church).

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March Cookies for a Cause Welcomed Three New Programs to Millis Community Media

Millis Boy Scouts Ice Fishing Adventure Seventeen Boy Scouts from Pack 115 of Millis recently went on an overnight ice fishing trip to Lake Winthrop in Holliston. From start to finish the boys were required to plan, pack, hike and drill to make the overnight adventure a success. The boys made their own ‘tip-ups’ or ice fishing traps and used an ice auger to dig out a hole for their traps. Forty Up Tackle of Westfield, Mass. provided a gen-

In March, three new programs began airing on Millis Community Media’s Channels 8 and 11. These include: Public affairs program “30 Minutes With…”, a series of shows that examine the town’s FY ’11 budget process and fiscal challenges. This program will feature Town Administrator Charles Aspinwall, Finance Committee Chairman Chris Smith and other town department heads. This special budget series will run until May and airs Mondays at 7 p.m. “Flaming Pineapples,” a creation of Millis Middle School students Riane Hunt and Michael O’Brien. This is an original sketch comedy showthat will next air Friday, April 2 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 3 at 5 p.m. A special edition of “Millis After Dark,” which features local surgical technician Cheryl LaBonte, who recently returned from Haiti, where she aided earthquake victims. This will next air April 1, at 10 p.m. For more information about these volunteer-produced programs, monthly program listings or Millis Community Media, please visit, or call (508) 376-7057.

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delivered to soldiers overseas. “The girls had a great time”, said Jennifer Lund of Millis, whose daughter Amy is a Daisy Girl Scout. “They had activities for the girls. The girls could make cards to send to the troops. The soldiers helped the girls unload the cars and took photos with the girls."

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April 1, 2010

Medway Lions Bottle/ “WISP” to Be Explained at Next Medway Business Council Meeting Can Drive April 10 The Medway Lions will conduct its monthly bottle and can collection on Saturday, April 10, starting at 9a.m. Proceeds from this fundraiser will support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m. or may also be brought directly to

Medway Oil on Broad Street by 11 a.m. the morning of the drive. Residents may also, at their convenience, place redeemables in the Lions Bottles and Cans shed in front of West Medway Liquors on Main Street. The Lions thank residents for their continued support.

Charles River Chorale Celebrates 25th Anniversary The four-part harmony Charles River Chorale, headed by Roy S. Kelley, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a spring concert slated for May 1, 7:30 p.m. at Millis High School, 245 Plain Street, Millis. The chorus was formed in 1985 to celebrate Millis’ Centennial. Its original name was the Millis Community Chorale. In 2000, the name changed to the Charles River Chorale, to better reflect its membership, who come from as far away as Brockton and Arlington, and as close as Medway and Franklin. Every year the chorale offers a holiday and spring concert, and the

group has also sung with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra for the Milford July 4 celebration. The chorus sings at Millis’ Memorial Day and Tree Lighting celebrations. For the past two years, it has joined its sister chorus in Westwood to perform a holiday concert. The chorus operates on an annual budget of $25,000. These costs include paying for the director, accompanist, concert venues, music and two scholarships a year for local students. This year, an anonymous donor has offered the chorale a two-for-one challenge. If the chorus raises $10,000, the secret philanthropist will donate $5,000.

The upcoming monthly meeting of the Medway Business Council on April 15, 2010 will feature discussion of the “WISP” Policy, known as the “Written Information Security Policy.” As of March 5, all businesses that take personal information, from credit cards to employee social security numbers, must implement this policy.

One of the projects we are working on at the Medway Historical Society is a continuation of the Handbook of Medway History, 1713 – 1913 by O. T. Mason. Mr. Mason, a life-long resident, was a local historian and photographer. For those unfamiliar with the book, this is a small volume arranged year-by-year, giving happenings big and little, earth-shaking or trivial throughout 200 years of our town history. It’s a great way to make acquaintance with Medway past; copies can be found at the library or at the Historical Society during our open hours. This year, several members of the society have each chosen a 10-

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year period in the 1900’s to carry the book forward to 2013. To do this, we’ll search scrapbooks, newspapers, town reports, school newsletters, etc. Our time travel through the twentieth century will remind us of the advances of the last hundred years as well as the tragedies and follies survived. We’ll note the high times as well as the low, with some comments by long-term residents for good measure. This chronology will be gathered together for publication and sale during the 2013 celebration with proceeds to benefit the historical society. If you’d like to join

with us in bringing Mason’s History up to date with informative entertaining excerpts from the twentieth century, please call Grace Hoag at (508) 533-6353 or Priscilla Howker at (508) 5338067 for more information. Our regular open hours at the museum will continue on the third Sunday of the month from 1- 3 p.m. on April 18th and May 16th, and the Annual Business Meeting will be held at the museum, 223 Main Street on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Come, take a look through Medway’s yesterday and join in planning for the next 100 years!

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Verizon Set to Come to Millis On March 8, the Millis Cable Advisory Committee presented a contract between Verizon and the Town for video on FiOS to the Millis Board of Selectmen. The license agreement with the Town of Millis is for a period of 10 years,

contains provisions for the network’s future growth, financial support and capacity for public educational and government (PEG) access channels. It also provides cable service to government buildings and other important benefits to the town, including insurance, indemnification and enforcement protections.

Democrats Meet Candidates, Elect Delegates to State Convention Registered Democrats in Millis held a caucus on February 20 to elect delegates to the 2010 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates chosen include William Curley, Charles Vecchi, Charlene Heard and Susan Vecchi. Chairman Rich Morrissey and Carol Coakley will serve as ex officio delegates, with Cheryl LaBonte and Lisa Hardin as alternates. Rep. David Linsky gave a report on Beacon Hill doings. Then Rep. Lida Harkins and Dr. Peter Smulowitz spoke about their qualifications for the vacant State Senate seat in the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Senate District. “Lida and Peter answered questions about their position on several issues,” said Coakley. The primary

for the State Senate seat will be on April 13 and the general election on May 11. The Convention will be held on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Democrats from across the state will gather to vote on candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Attorney General, Treasurer and Auditor. The number of contested seats has generated a lot of interest. To appear on the September ballot, candidates must receive at least 15% of the delegates’ vote. In each race, the candidate receiving a majority vote will be the endorsed candidate of the Democratic Party.

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Medway Lions Millis Mother of Father/Daugher Dance the Year Contest Send us your letter stating why your Mom deserves to be the Millis Mother of the Year! The Recreation Committee will select the winning entries. Mothers of all ages are eligible. Prizes awarded will be sure to please all mothers. Deadline for entries is Friday, May 3, 2010. A special mailbox will be available at the Clyde Brown School; or mail your letters to the Recreation Department, 900 Main Street.

Minor Delays Expected on Rte 115 in Millis For the next 18 months, the Rte 115 bridge near the Millis/Norfolk line will be under construction. This Mass Highway project will replace the concrete structure over the Charles River. During construction, temporary traffic lights will be installed, resulting in minor delays through this area at peak travel times. Your patience and cooperation during this construction project is appreciated.

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MILLIS SCHOOL NEWS Superintendent’s Budget Message Fiscal Year 2011 NANCY L. GUSTAFSON The Millis Public Schools and the Town of Millis have benefited during previous years from increased Chapter 70 funding as well as support from the community in the form of the 2006 passage of a Proposition 2 ½ over-ride. This financial stability has enabled the district to provide an excellent education to Millis students. Some highlights: Millis High School earned 2007 US DOE Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence. This fall US News and World Report once again ranked Millis High School as one of the top schools in the country. Our Spanish Immersion programs at all three schools were recognized as International Spanish Academies. Clyde Brown Elementary School’s Early Childhood program was nationally recognized in Education Week. Increased acceptance rate of students by highly competitive colleges. Ongoing strong MCAS scores and a 100% passing rate at Gr. 10. These awards are directly attributable to the program improvements, talented and caring staff and the professional development that were possible through increased funding. However, with last year’s recession, funding and educational programs are now in peril. We made

cuts to our budget in FY ’09 and FY ’10, instituted budget freezes on all non-essential items and have delayed program and facility improvements. Having cut over $177,000 from last year’s budget and with a decrease in state aid this year, the upcoming budget season will be difficult and may result in larger class sizes and loss of positions and/or programs. Perhaps due to the recession, more students and families are experiencing severe stress, and schools are the first line of support for students in need. Students’ mental health, well-being, engagement and achievement are the very highest priority. All students need high quality, personalized, educational services and we must find creative ways to deliver those services with fewer resources. As mental health and behavioral problems increase, we must develop innovative and cost effective ways to assist students and ensure that they receive the federally and morally mandated “free and appropriate education.” The quality of the educational program we provide in the Millis Public Schools comes at a very competitive price with one of the very lowest per pupil expenditures in the area. The latest available data indicates that Millis has a low per pupil expenditure, $2,440 less than the state average. We have developed various collaborations, mergers and cost-sharing measures with surrounding communities and thus, are still able to provide a very local, personalized, and high quality education to families in Millis.

The Superintendent’s and district goals provide the foundation for the following preliminary budget recommendations. FY 11 Budget Priorities

Maintain class sizes and improve programs within budgetary constraints Professional development to continue and improve current initiatives (PLCs, Writing Across the Curriculum, 21st Century Skills and Rigor, Relevance and Relationships Initiative) Maintain programming to meet NEASC and MASS CORE requirements Improve Intervention and Support continuum (RTI) for MCAS/AYP goals, especially for under-performing sub-groups and students with emotional and behavioral needs Continue review and revision cycle for PreK-12 curriculum (ELA) District Challenges

State, local, and grant revenues will decrease from FY10 levels, Rising fixed costs: personnel, transportation (maintenance), special education, utilities, software costs, and supplies/materials Enrollment has increase by 40 students (almost 3%) since last year Increase in state mandated reporting requirements – tripling the time required

Middle School currently in improvement status for failure to make AYP for various sub-populations and overall. Sanctions will increase if MCAS scores do not improve.

omy will be even greater and require higher level thinking and problem solving skills than ever before. Adaptability, creativity, and personal efficacy skills are keys to future success.

The proposed “Level Staffed” FY 11 budget maintains current staffing levels and addresses some fixed cost increases but is not a “Level Service” budget due to increased enrollments and the lack of increases in expense accounts. We will, once again, strive to improve programs and instruction through a vision focused on student learning, collaborative teamwork, and strategic, high-impact initiatives without incurring additional costs.

I maintain that Millis provides the best value for the dollar of any district in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We will continue to work tirelessly and within the town’s fiscal situation so that quality is maintained and each and every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, challenged and prepared for success and fulfillment in the 21st century global economy. I enlist your support and welcome your input to ensure that, through strong partnerships with families and the community, we can continue to provide an excellent educational program that feeds children’s natural love of learning and gives them all they need to flourish as future community members and leaders.

The most significant increase in FY 11 is due to contractual obligations for salaries, step and lane increases, and enhanced longevity and retirement, totaling $366,204. We will have only one or two retirements to help offset costs. There are several pressing staffing needs that this budget does not fund, including additional educational aides to assist academically at-risk and behaviorally challenged students, additional technology support, personnel to address educational needs at the middle school level, and an additional special education teacher at the high school level. We are cognizant of the current fiscal reality and have deferred requesting these needed positions, but it is imperative that we not compromise the overall quality of the education Millis students receive. The challenges they face in the global econ-


Millis is an exceptionally cohesive community that takes great pride in its schools. We appreciate that the Selectmen, Finance Committee, School Committee and the Town Administrator, Mr. Charles Aspinwall, all work together to ensure that Millis students have the opportunity to attend an excellent school system that provides them with all they need to meet their potentials. We recognize that the upcoming year will be challenging and require creativity, stronger partnerships, clear communication and greater transparency. Thank you for your support and commitment to Millis’ youth.

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MILLIS SCHOOL NEWS Literature Brings Engineering to Life at CFB Elementary If you were wandering through Millis’ Clyde Brown Elementary School recently, you might see students from pre-school through fourth grade using elements of the engineering design process to solve problems. Pre-school students used Venn Diagrams (two intersecting circles) to compare and contrast two versions of the Gingerbread Man folktale. Down the hall, in Kindergarten, students discussed the story of the Three Little Pigs and analyzed why the brick house fared better than the stick or straw houses. Grade-four students participated in an oil spill simulation in which groups of students had to develop a cost effective plan for cleaning up the spill, and then they evaluated which group’s plan worked best and why. After much discussion, each group revised their plan and implemented the “improved” solution. Engineering is not often addressed in schools, due to a lack of time and some teachers’ lack of familiarity with engineering. But in Millis, several teachers are now using literature to connect to science and mathematics. These teachers received professional development provided for free as part of a pilot graduate course developed by Bill Wolfson, a retired engineer, with input from professors from Olin College, Framingham State College and Simmons College. Professors from these colleges helped develop and teach different aspects of the course. Lindsey Giunta, Kindergarten teacher, explained, “We used children’s literature to find problems or “bugs,” as we called them,

which needed to be solved. We stressed the importance of encouraging students to think of a variety of ways to solve a problem, including those ‘pie in the sky’ ideas that one may not see as a feasible solution to a problem … Furthermore, I was able to see how easy it is to use literature that I currently use in my classroom to provide thought provoking questions and challenges to my students.” Superintendent of Schools, Nancy Gustafson, is enthusiastic about what teaching the engineering design process can do for students: “Our goal is to provide more opportunities for all students to engage in challenging learning experiences that are rigorous and relevant. Many students think of engineering as something difficult and “nerdy,” but it really is creative and incredibly relevant to their lives. By introducing students to the creative and practical aspects of engineering at a young age and coupling it with strong literacy and numeracy skills, we hope to lay a foundation for strong critical

thinking and creative problem solving which are the new basics, the most important skills everyone will need.” According to Gustafson and Wolfson, integration of engineering into the elementary curriculum addresses five powerful ways to enhance science education: 1) hands-on science & engineering in the classroom 2) integration of science, literacy, mathematics and other disciplines 3) teachers become capable of integrating the engineering design process into other subject areas 4) students become aware of and excited to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) 5) high level thinking skills and creative problem solving are an integral part of the learning process Also, due to its project-based nature, there are many roles that students can play on a design team. Students with widely differing skill sets and abilities all find a

niche. Engineering and technology, as applied sciences, are always embedded in social contexts. The teachers in the course explored how to use the rich social contexts of technology/engineering to tie in meaningful learning in related content areas. Sydna Lucey, a fourth grade teacher who received training in integrating engineering through Tufts University, used the Engineering is Elementary materials developed by the Boston Museum of Science and was enthusiastic about the Oil Spill project in her classroom. She explained the project: “After studying ecosystems, food chains and food webs, students had learned how all living things depend on each other to survive. When one link in a food chain disappears or decreases in quantity, all links in the food chain are impacted. They read a fictitious story about an oil spill in Washington State that incorporated accurate details and presented them with the challenge of designing a cost effective way to clean up the oil spill. After experimenting with different materials, they began the engineering process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. They asked questions such as, “What is the problem and what have others done?” Next, they imagined what would be the best way to contain and remove oil. When they finished the Imagine stage, they began planning. They worked in small groups, reminding each other of the effectiveness of mate-

Millis HS’s Newspaper staff attends Suffolk University Journalism Awards Banquet On March 11th, members of the staff of the Mohawk Post attended the Suffolk University Journalism Award Banquet for high school students. Each school that participated was required to send in two complete editions of their newspaper for review by the Suffolk Journalism Committee. The newspapers were judged for different categories, including Excellence in News Writing, Excellence in Sports Writing, and Excellence in Editorial Writing. In each category, schools had the opportunity to win runner-up awards,

and those who won first place could receive up to $3,500 in scholarship money, if the students chose to attend Suffolk University in the future. The banquet began with an introduction by Dr. Richard P. Preiss, coordinator of the Greater Boston High School Newspaper Contest. The charismatic guest speaker was Rachel Cohen, Editorial Page Editor of the Boston Herald. She spoke of her experiences as a journalist. She discussed how she was given the opportunity to do amazing things, like flying on a fighter

jet in 5g (five times the normal pull of gravity), and attending the inaugural of Barack Obama. When asked about her most memorable experience, she recalled two different occasions. The first was when she was sent down to Nicaragua, to cover the countries first ever democratic election. When she woke at the crack of dawn and looked out of her window, there were people lined up for miles. Some of them had walked for hours, starting in the middle of the night, so that no one would take their right to vote from them.

She said it was one of the most beautiful things she has ever seen. Her second experience was one day when she was in Washington D.C., and went to an event about Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights. On stage stood the major civil rights leaders of her time, and each of them spoke. Then a young, tall, African American man walked on stage, and when he spoke, you could have heard a pin drop. A year before anyone else had heard about him, Barack Obama was standing before her, and she couldn’t wait to get home, get text of that

rials they had experimented with. Then, they were given a small aluminum pan with water and gravel in it, which represented a river and river bank. I placed a tablespoon of vegetable oil, which had been colored with black acrylic paint. The students’ job was to contain the oil and then remove it. One week later, they were given the opportunity to experience the last stage of the engineering processImprove. They repeated the whole process from the week before and discovered that they had all improved. They were able to explain what they did differently and how effective it was.” Integrating engineering with math and science content is an important way to show students how and why math and science are relevant and useful in the world, according to Gustafson and Wolfson. “Because it is directly connected with improvement of living condition and the safety, health and welfare of people, engineering counteracts the “Why do we need to learn this?” question that students always complain about.” “Engineering can provide relevance to students’ lives and the world outside the classroom,” said Wolfson, with Gustafson concurring. “Students explore authentic problems and issues, connect their learning to real issues in their local community, tap the knowledge and resources of local experts and can someday make a meaningful contribution to their school, town or global community. We believe we grow leaders as well as learners here in Millis!”

speech, and write about this amazing man. She described how she felt as if she was “writing the first draft of history.” The awards ceremony came afterwards. Some of the winners were the Sacred Hearts School in Kingston, the Algonquin regional, and Newton South School. Despite our best efforts, the Mohawk Post did not win an award. But the experience was something we will never forget. The night was about making our way in the world, and we learned many lessons, and, as Dr. Robert Rosenthal said, “you are all winners, because instead of sitting on your couch at home, you are here.”

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Millis Basketball Metrowest Champions

MEDWAY: Theodore Francis White, age 80, died at his Medway home on Thursday afternoon, March 18, 2010, after a long illness. Born in Melrose on November 20, 1929, he was a son of the late Margaret M. (Gill) and Theodore J. White, Jr. He was raised and educated in Millis and served with the Navy during the Korean War.

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The town of Millis boasts a new literary talent. Poet Nancy O’Shaughnessy, a Millis resident and owner of Town & Country Antiques in Millis, has recently published a collection of poems

entitled Soul Exposed: Poems. The book is available for purchase at the antique shop and also at and www. On Thursday April 29 at 7 p.m.,

in Dora’s Room at the Millis Public Library, the Friends of the Millis Library will feature the local wordsmith prior to their Yankee Book Swap. O’Shaughnessy will read from her collection. To participate in the book swap, each participant brings a wrapped, used book with a description of the

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An avid camper, he was a longtime member of the North American Family Camping Association. Ted was a 50 year member of the Millis American Legion Post 208 and also belonged to the Holliston Sportsmen’s Club and the Teamsters’ Local #25. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening. A former sprint car racer, Ted was also a NASCAR fan.

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book inside. Each person then draws a number. They then pick a book in numerical order and decide if they want to keep it or swap with a previous person. Participants may trade among themselves while enjoying refreshments. The event is free and open to the public—pre-registration is required for this program at the Library or by calling 508-376-8282.

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He is survived by his wife, F. Marietta (Lightbody) White; a son, Theodore Everett White and wife Candace of Barrington, NH; two grandchildren, Everett Theodore and Courtney Louise White, both of Barrington; two brothers, Phillip White and wife Elizabeth of Franklin and Robert White and wife Elizabeth of Mendon; a sister, Marjorie Johnson of Concord, NH; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. His funeral service will be held at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, 90 Curve Street, Millis, on Sunday, March 21st at 5 p.m. Visiting hours will precede the service from 2 – 5p.m. Burial at Prospect Hill Cemetery will be private. If desired, donations may be made in Ted’s memory to the Salvation Army, 147 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116.

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Millis Elementary School Raises Over $5K for Haiti Earthquake Relief

The Clyde Brown Elementary with Principal Jeffrey Wolfe, Anne School in Millis lived up to its Valluzi, several other teachers, and “small school, big family” motto two student representatives from when children, families, teachers each class. The representative and staff joined together for its noted that the American Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief relief effort in Haiti was one of the Fundraiser. This combination largest to date. By mid-March, the Read-a-thon/Write-a-thon was organization had allocated $106.4 held in the school on February 3. million to its relief effort in Haiti. Children asked family and friends The nonprofit has provided food, to sponsor them for the two hours water, basic relief supplies, medKaplan they spent reading orKathy Gruttadauria writing. All ical care including blood and vacr®, CBR Realtor®, CBR Joleen Rose told, the effort raised $5,247. cinations, and temporary shelter to Realtor®, VP, CBR earthquake victims there. On Tuesday, March 9, Jon Abrams, of the American Red Third-grader Elina Tavarez, 9, Cross, visited Clyde Brown to ac- and her first-grade sister, Madecept the donation. Abrams met lene, 6, were among the student

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$214,900 41 Key St, Millis Joleen Rose



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$277,500 13 Karen Ave, Medway

$435,000 28 Norfolk Ave, Medway

$509,000 149 Acorn St, Millis

$369,900 40 Janock Rd, Milford

$279,900 80 Muron Ave, Bellingham

$679,000 1 Maple Lane, Dover

$339,900 429 Pond St, Franklin

$1, 699,900 11 Haven St, Dover

$589,000 318 South St, Medfield

$259,000 47 Downey St, Hopkinton

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ssociate Broker

Laina Kaplan

Joleen Rose

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Millis MA Medway MA Monthly News Paper April 2010

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