FEBRUARY 2013 Volume 25, no. 2
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Trek in Nepal Inspires Project to Help School Children There
by Leslie Patterson Hollis Burkhart came back to Rehoboth from her recent trek in Nepal with more than just happy memories and some great photos. She came back with a desire to provide the children she met in Nepal with much-needed books and school supplies. Upon returning to Kathmandu after her seven-day trek in the foothills of the Annapurna Mountains, she was invited to the home of her guide Dash Lal for dinner. “Meeting his wife, three children, nephew, father, sister and niece and sharing a meal of dal bhat with them was the highlight of the trip,” Hollis said. “That night, I woke up out of a sound sleep and knew with a deep conviction I was to somehow be of service to children in Nepal,” she said. After visiting a government school and seeing how much they needed, she resolved to do what she could to collect supplies for schoolchildren there. But first, a few words about the trek itself. Hollis, a long-time resident of Rehoboth, had last gone for a trek in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal in October, 1998. This recent trip was from the end of November to mid-December. The trekking season typically ends in November. The trek consisted of walking on mountain trails, at an altitude of up to 10,000 feet, for seven days on the traditional paths villagers have made. In these mountains, walking on trails is the only way to get around because there are no roads. Nepalese villagers are incredibly strong and are used to carrying loads of 50 to 100 pounds or more up steep mountain steps. The trek consisted of Dash Lal, Hollis, her brother Roger Vale of North Carolina, and their porter Gurung. continued on next page 6...
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Town of Rehoboth News Notes by Laura Calverley
Town Clerk Announces Retirement
Kathleen Conti, who has served as town clerk for 11 years, announced she will be retiring on June 30. The Board of Selectmen will appoint a replacement to serve from July 1 until the town election in April 2014. The replacement will need to run in that election to remain in the position. The election will be for one-year to finish Conti’s term in office which expires April 2015. Conti says it was a tough decision but she is looking forward to spending more time with her two grandchildren.
Preliminary school budget for Dighton-Rehoboth Announced
The Dighton-Rehoboth School District presented a $36.3 million preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014. That is an increase of 2.66 percent over the current year. Interim Superintendent Jennifer (Wordell) Elineema said it was a conservative increase considering the rising fixed costs and decreasing state funding. The proposed budget for Rehoboth K-8 is approx. $12.3 million and the high school is approx. $14 million. The school committee heard budget presentations last month from the administration and principals of all the schools. The budget is expected to be revised over the next few months. Preliminary information on state aid funding is expected sometime this month.
Schools Will Have Full Time Police Resource Officer
Selectmen approved putting a full time police resource officer at Palmer River Elementary and Beckwith Middle Schools. Officer Keith Perry has been working at the schools on a part time basis and will now be a full time presence. In light of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, town officials said that it would be good to have added security at the schools.
Rehoboth’s Annual Town Election is April 1
Rehoboth’s annual town election is scheduled for April 1 and positions on the ballot will be: moderator, selectmen, treasurer, assessor, school committee, two planning board seats, park commission, three constable seats, housing authority and two seats on the water commission. Tomas Ennis and Stephen Brooks have taken out papers for the planning board seats. Nomination papers must be returned to the town clerk’s office, signed by a minimum of 45 registered voters, by 5 p.m. on Feb. 11. All three precincts will be open on Election Day 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Selectmen Approve Jacob Miranda as New Full Time Police Officer
Jacob Miranda, son of former chief Norman Miranda, Jr., is Rehoboth’s newest fulltime police officer. Selectmen approved his hiring last month. Miranda, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq, has been serving as a reserve officer for more than a year. The department needed another officer because Officer Keith Perry has been assigned as a full time school resource officer.
Police Dog Retirement Leaves K-9 Unit in Question
The Police Department’s K-9 unit may or may not continue since the canine, Cezar, retired on Jan. 1. The K-9 unit has been part of the department for seven years, but a new dog would cost $5,000-$6,000 in addition to other expenses. Patrolman Craig Forget, Cezar’s handler, says the dog is an asset to the department and is utilized about 70 times a year, assisting with searches for missing people, suspects and narcotics. The dog is also used to assist other departments in the area and in demonstrations at schools and local events. Selectmen and Acting Chief James Trombetta said they want to continue the K-9 unit and will be analyzing the cost and benefits in the near future.
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Antiquarian Society....................29 Business Directory.....................93 Church Listings..........................74 Classifieds..............................92 Club Announcements.................21 Dining Guide...............................90 Events and Activities..................34 Health & Fitness........................48 Heard at Country Kitchen...........10 How You can Help......................67 Letters to the Editor......................7 Library......................................62 My Two Cents.............................18 Obituaries................................86 People in the News..................33 Rehoboth Council on Aging.......84 Rehoboth Ramblings...................8 Rehoboth Rescue Squad..........16 Rehoboth Town News.................12 School...................................40 Scouts..................................52 Seekonk Human Services..........80 Seekonk Scene..........................19 Sports Update............................56 State House................................76 Sturdy...................................71 Then and Now............................32 Valentine’s Day...........................87 Weddings & Anniversaries........88 Who’s Who................................51 More Who’s Who.................69
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Trek in Nepal Inspires Project to Help School Children There by Leslie Patterson
Hollis had met Dash Lal Maharjan on her trip to Nepal in 1998, at the teashop he owns in Patan, when he was only 23. Since then Dash Lal has become a trained and licensed guide and has learned Japanese. He guides many Japanese tourists who come for trekking. In addition to his native tongue of Newari, Dash Lal speaks an impressive array of languages -- Nepali, Hindi, English and Japanese. Tourism is the second most important source of income for the small and poor country of Nepal.
“On a typical day we would depart at 8 am and stop around 3 or 4,” Hollis said. “It was pretty strenuous. One day we climbed 4,000 feet and the next day we descended 3,000 feet and then went back up 3,000 feet on the next mountain, all the while walking on the stone steps villagers have built. One of the most stunning scenes on the trip was sunrise in the Himalayas from Poon Hill. The group started trekking in the dark at 5:30 am that day.” After Hollis told her guide about her desire to help children, “Dash Lal took us to the local government-run school. We were immediately surrounded by the children, in their neat blue school uniforms, smiling and staring at us and shyly saying Hello and Namaste! As I took their pictures they would laugh excitedly to see themselves on the camera. I knew this was where I wanted to help.”
“We met with the principal and the English teacher, T.N. Sharma. T.N. showed us the small library, which had several shelves of books, some in English—all the children learn English in school. The computer room consisted of five very old computers. In the winter months in Nepal, the electricity is on only five to ten hours daily; so when the power comes on, they immediately send children to the computer room to practice their keyboard skills.” “The Lalit Bikash School includes nursery through grade 8. The school year started with more than 300 students but now there are 225 left,” she explained. “T.N. said because they have to help support the family, they often don’t have any time to study and so stop coming to school. Some drop out because their parents can’t afford to buy them the school uniforms or school supplies.”
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“I have been in touch with Dash Lal and T.N. to learn what would be most helpful,” she said. “I explained the concept of a wish list and was delighted to receive one: three computers at $300 per computer, children’s books in English, school supplies including pens and pencils, and 225 school uniforms, at $8 per uniform.” “I hope to collect books to send them to the school. School supplies, uniforms and computers would be best purchased there.
Children at the Lalit Bikash School in Nepal.
Dash Lal has been consistently supportive and has made numerous trips to the school to get information each time I email with questions. He will take pictures for us to see what is being done with the donations.” “What I like about providing this type of help is that there are no administrative costs,” she added. “Whatever I send will be spent on the computers or uniforms or whatever else one designates they would like to provide.” Hollis also hopes to go back to Nepal at the end of this year and will see for herself the difference donations have made to the school. In addition to her own private fundraising, Hollis also encourages everyone to read a book called “Leaving Microsoft To Change the World” by John Wood, who writes about a similar experience he had in Nepal in the 1990’s. A former executive with Microsoft, Wood is the head of a large charity organization called Room to Read, which helps establish and fund Third World schools on a major scale. Hollis is the director of Pathways Wellness Center in Barrington, which she started four years ago. She has 13 years of experience as a licensed mental health counselor. “We emphasize the holistic body-mind-spirit connection, and offer psychotherapy, spiritual therapy and massage therapy. It is interesting to make the connection between my experience in Nepal and my work. We have learned that in dealing with depression, one of the best tools is learning to be of service to others.” Hollis has enjoyed sharing her experiences with a class of sixth graders taught by her friend Lisa Wagoner at the Agnes Little Elementary School in Pawtucket. The Rhode Island kids were very enthusiastic about starting an email pen pal program with the children at the Lalit Bikash School, where the students are learning in English. “I wish all American kids could see something like this, how other people in the world live. Nepalese are the most gracious and polite people. It was a wonderful, strenuous, life-changing experience.” She adds, “If any local teachers want to be connected with a class at the Lalit Bikash School, I will be happy to do a presentation for them on Nepal. I feel it clearly benefits both cultures to learn about the other and start bridging the gap between different worlds.” http://namastelalitbikash.blogspot. com/ is where to find Hollis’ blog on her project. If you would like to know more or to make a donation, you can email her at email@example.com. Hollis will also be giving a free illustrated talk on Nepal at the Blanding Library on Thursday, March 14 at 7 pm.
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I read the Seekonk Reporter and just had a little comment/editorial I guess. There’s a house near the corner of Anthony St and Rt. 6 that has had an easel type chalkboard out on their front lawn for the past few months. I just wanted to comment that I love the idea and look forward to reading the new message every time I drive by. I think it brings a little sense of community and togetherness to the area. I just wish I knew if the message was written by an adult or a child/teen. Regardless, Thank you, Andrea Odle Fellow Anthony St Resident
Seekonk Selectmen’s Behavior Is Despicable
The January 11, 2013 issue of the Attleboro Sun Newspaper reported the Seekonk Board of Selectmen met in Executive Session on Wednesday evening, January 9th and selected a new permanent Police Chief without advertising the opening, searching for other qualified candidates, or seeking community involvement. What is the damn hurry to choose a new Chief? Past practice has always been to appoint a temporary intern Police Chief until a search committee can be selected and several candidates interviewed. Seekonk has previously sought assistance from the MMA, Massachusetts Municipal Association, advertised in professional journals, and used employment agencies to select the best qualified individual. Pamela Nolan, Seekonk Town Administrator has done our entire community a significant disservice by NOT following long established protocol for new hires. It appears she is more concerned with getting an employment contract extension by complying with the Board of Selectmen’s wishes. The SUN quotes Selectmen Robert McClintlock “I do think the process should have been handled a little differently than it was.” That’s an understatement! The lack of open transparency causes all citizens to lose trust in our elected officials. This backroom type of political wheeling dealing is despicable behavior. Selectmen took an oath to act in a professional, ethical manner, when sworn into office. Let the taxpayers/voters decide if Selectmen have honored this sacred promise. The January 2013 SEEKONK/REHOBOTH REPORTER newspaper reports that “Public Works director Robert Lamou-
reux reportedly filed a police complaint against Selectmen Chairman Francis Cavaco in which he alleged that Cavaco swore at him. Cavaco reportedly denies the claim” The BOS has also exposed Seekonk to additional lawsuits for clear violations of the Open meeting Law, specifically Chapter 30A, section 21, 8 which restricts what can be done in Executive Session. I suggest somebody reads this. Things seem to be spinning out of control in Seekonk. Maybe the community should be permitted to comment and review all Police chief candidates? The mass murder shooting in tragedy at New Town Connecticut has taught communities nothing is more important than public safety. How dare you play politics with such an important decision? I suggest the selectmen repeal their vote to hire someone in SECRET. Is this how an American Democracy should work? Have the guts to do it in public session, rather then hide behind closed doors and press releases. Four candidates have announced their intention to run for a Selectmen’s seat in the April election. Let’s hear what they say about this sneaky, sleazy political appointment. We all want good government and need to raise our voices loudly when something doesn’t smell right! Doug Brown, Seekonk, Ma
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When Rehoboth property owners received their real estate tax bill, an insert informing our veterans of the volunteer service to our town, was also enclosed. If our veterans volunteered for town services, they would earn up to a $250.00 tax break in the following year! This program supported by the State. Reading this information suddenly upset me to the point that it was time to inquire as to the opinions of our Rehoboth residents on this matter. It is an affront to our veterans that they MUST volunteer up to 30 hours to our Town in order to earn a tax break on their taxes. Veterans “earned” this tax break when they served in our military. Also, let us not forget our veterans who are not capable of volunteering due to their health or age! Isn’t it time that our Town veterans had an implemented tax break (without volunteering) as other towns have had in the past and present? Marion Cordeiro, Rehoboth, MA
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The Best Time Travel: Escaping from Winter
On a cold morning in mid-January, I lifted the blinds, saw snow all over everything, and remarked, “This is not Palm Beach”. We had just returned from our first-ever January visit to South Florida the day before. The weather was perfect there the whole time. Oddly, no one on the flight home full of New Englanders returning to winter was crying or sobbing, brave souls that we were. Our previous visits to the Sunshine State have been in the spring, ranging from March (also very nice) to April or May (already too hot). Since so many folks up here go south in the winter, there’s no need for me to enumerate the charms of the place. But I’d like to share a few observations. Almost everyone enjoys the sunny beaches of Florida. The surf at Delray Beach in mid-winter was warmer than Horseneck Beach in August. Other than beaches though, my favorite thing to do in Florida is to enjoy all the flora and fauna, so different from our own up here. I just can’t get enough of palm trees and alligators. I also enjoy seeing all the Florida birds, such as anhingas and pelicans, and exotic trees such as the gumbo limbo, banyan, and mangrove. This trip to the Everglades we knew to bring lunch with us since pickings are slim within the national park. At Big Cypress Swamp, we joked about being there a day too early for the big hunting season on pythons (shudder). A driving tip I can give to anyone headed for the Everglades soon is that they were doing a lot of roadwork on Rt. 41, the Tamiami Trail, and it’s pretty slow going on this two-lane, east-west highway. Maybe they do this every winter; I don’t know.
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giving this year, and I don’t think they were discussing whether the Patriots would beat the Jets later that night. I’m not in the head of Josh Silva (Seekonk) or Josh Ferreira (Dighton-Rehoboth), so I can’t say with authority that they would just as soon walk home barefoot in a blizzard alone as sit down and watch a game together. But I saw them go at it in Dighton-Rehoboth’s gym late last year, and I’m pretty sure they weren’t going home to play Call of Duty and split a pizza later. What I’m trying to say here is, I cover two rival high schools that don’t like each other very much. There are instances of begrudging respect. I’ve watched a beaten Falcons team hold their heads high on a Thanksgiving morning and shake hands with Warriors who they just fought tooth and nail with. When Ryan Walsh (DightonRehoboth) scored his 1,000th point in January, some of the Seekonk Warriors and their fans were the first people to congratulate him on Facebook. But generally, the players don’t like each other, and the fans and parents aren’t much closer. Which makes what the local hockey team is doing right now just a bit more remarkable. The Falcons are 10-3 and heading for the state playoffs, with seven more chances to improve their seeding along the way. This isn’t just cool because the Falcons are winning games. It’s cool because the Falcons are also the Warriors. For several years now, the parents of hockey players in Commercial Residential Seekonk, Dighton, and Rehoboth have been funding and supporting a cooperative hockey team that players from both high schools play on. The team wears the DR colors, but has a Warrior patch adorning the right shoulder of each sweater. The roster is split roughly 50-50. The team is currently the best chance that either school has at a state title (with a nod to a formidable Seekonk indoor track team). It is comprised of people who are likely to be found screaming at each other across a field or court in any other season. Jake Roy is Quick Radio Quality Service a fiercely proud member of the Seekonk baseball team, and come Dispatch Service Since 1962 April, he’ll be looking to mow down Falcons from the mound. But when he suits up for his next game, Casey Escobar (DightonRehoboth) will be standing in front of him, sweeping pucks out from Septic Tanks & Cesspools the front of his net and clearing them to the other end of the ice. Joey Given will don blue and white when the ice thaws this spring. Vacuum Cleaned • Sewer Rooter Service But in the meantime, he has no problem creating opportunities in the offensive end with Brandon Botelho (Dighton-Rehoboth) so the Falcons can put pucks in the net. Rehoboth, MA This isn’t just the marriage of convenience that allows these kids www.croomesanitation.com to play hockey without jumping to Bishop Feehan of Coyle-Cassidy. It’s strengthening and building bonds between people from rival high schools who otherwise might not like each other very much. When we were hit with a recent snap of cold weather, the youth of the area were Residential Commercial treated to some pond hockey. Some of the first people testing Brown’s pond in Seekonk LICENSED BUILDING & REMODELING CONTRACTORS were the hockey players mentioned above. Escobar, Botelho, Given, Roy, Lissa Mclean (Dighton-Rehoboth), and Luke Allison (Seekonk) got out there as soon as the sheet was safe for some good old-fashioned REMODELING shinny. The only phone call anyone made Second Levels • Additions • Dormers • Garages • Family Rooms with any urgency was to see if someone wanted to bring an extra net. If students Kitchen & Baths • In-Law apts. playing some of the other sports at these two schools got together for a pickup game, Proudly Celebrating CUSTOM BUILT HOMES things might not have gone so smoothly. Our 36th Year!
I primarily cover sports in this wonderful little market that I call home. I go to a lot of games and get to see interactions between many different groups of athletes. It’s not often that I see real hatred between combatants, but there’s plenty of healthy dislike. Jim Chandley Today’s student athletes are pretty well conditioned to treat talking to my colleagues and me like Bill Belichick at a contractually mandated press conference (for those who don’t follow football, that’s kind of like you would be treated if you showed up to the Department of Defense and asked for the nuclear codes). Players are friendly enough, they talk about plays on the field and x’s and o’s sparingly, but they don’t generally say anything on the record that tells you very much. So reporters are left to observe most of what we learn from events that occur on the field. And I’ve been doing some observing. I can’t say with any certainty that multiple members of the Seekonk football team’s defensive unit harbor hatred for Mike Mello, the diminutive but effective runningback from Dighton-Rehoboth. But I can say that they did a lot of jawing at each other on Thanks-
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Dog licenses for 2013 are now available and may be purchased at the Town Clerk’s Office Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or by mail. The licensing fees are as follows: Male or female dog $20.00, spayed or neutered $10.00. You may also purchase your dog license by Kathleen J. Conti returning the appropriate documentation Town Clerk and fee (checks should be made payable to Town of Rehoboth) with your census form. Dog licenses are due annually by April 1st. Dog license applications must be accompanied by a current rabies certificate (with a vaccination date of May 1, 2013 or after to cover the current licensing year) and proof of spay or neuter unless we already have it on file in the Clerk’s Office. If you’re unsure, just give the office a call and we can tell you how up to date our information is. Dog owners should note that the license(s) will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included. Postage on the SASE should be 65 cents for one tag, 89 cents for two tags and 99 cents for three tags. Residents are requested to please send in their census forms as quickly as possible regardless of whether or not they license their dogs at this time. We also still have 7 unlicensed dogs for 2012.
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The Annual Town Election for the Town of Rehoboth will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 with the polls open from 10 am to 8 pm. Nomination papers are now available for any registered voter in Rehoboth wishing to run for election on the Town ballot. The nomination papers may be picked up by prospective candidates at the Town Clerk’s office and must be returned, signed by a minimum of 45 registered voters, to the Board of Registrars at the Town Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 11th. Positions to be elected on the ballot for 2013 are Moderator (one for 1 year), Selectmen (one for 3 years), Treasurer (one for 3 years), Assessor (one for 3 years), School Committee (one for 3 years), Planning Board (two for 5 years), Park Commission (one for 5 years), Constable (three for 3 years) and Water Commissioners (two for 3 years). The final voter registration date to be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office. Prospective voters are reminded that they may also register to vote by calling the Town Clerk’s Office to request a Mail-In voter registration form. Applications for absentee ballots now available and may be obtained from the
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Our Annual Town Census Forms for year 2013 were mailed to all households in Rehoboth during the last week of December. If you haven’t received your census form, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office. You will notice that this year’s census form also contains information regarding political party. If there is nothing in this column next to your name it means you are not registered to vote. If you do have a designation next to your name I would remind prospective voters that the census form does not register you to vote or change your political designation. If you want to change your designation or register to vote you must contact the Town Clerk’s office. Just a reminder, the census form does not register you to vote or allow you to change your political designation. I’ve come across many census forms with the designation crossed out and replaced with something else or a designation added to individuals that are not registered to begin with. If you want to register or make a change to your registration you must complete the appropriate forms at the Town Clerk’s Office. This can be done in person or by mail. Residents are asked to review the pre-printed forms, make corrections and return them as soon as possible. Failure to return the completed form may result in voters being placed on an inactive voting list and after four years of inactivity you will be removed from the voting list. Residents are asked to return their completed form by mail or place their form in one of the “Census” containers, which are at the Blanding Public Library, the Council on Aging and the Bristol County Savings Bank. The containers will remain at these locations through mid February for your convenience.
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Business owners whose business certificate will expire during January through June of 2013 should have received a reminder for renewal. The renewal fee is $50.00 (certificate renewal is good for four years) and checks should be made payable to The Town of Rehoboth. On a personal note, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the families of John Parker, Sr. and Lynne Searle. John always brought a smile to our faces when he came to the Town Hall and it was a pleasure just to know him. Lynne was one of the most the most kind and gracious individuals I’ve ever known. She always had a kind word and always looked for the best in everyone. Both John and Lynne contributed so much to our community and they will be deeply missed. The Town Offices will be closed on Monday, February 18th in honor of Presidents Day. If you have any questions on any of the above items please feel free to contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-252-6502, X109 or X110. Happy Valentine’s Day to all from Kathy and Lynn in the Town Clerk’s Office.
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There are fewer cats at the Rehoboth Animal Shelter, but there are some, and they would all be better off with real homes. This month’s featured felines are two sisters who were abandoned at the shelter in a box. Polly is a long-haired white cat with black markings. She is still a bit wary of people (can you blame her?) and needs some loving attention. Jemima is a little more at ease now, a charming and inquisitive white and grey kitty. They are about six months old. Donations of food, towels, toys, and cat litter are welcome and may be left at the Town Office building or the Blanding Library. If you already have a pet, please prevent unwanted litters by having it neutered. If you would like to learn more about the available pets, call 508-252-5421, ext. 126, or visit http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/ MA152.html.
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Rehoboth Rescue Squad In Service For Life
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Critical Shortage of Emergency Services Workers REHOBOTH – It has been in the news for several years now, yet the shortage continues to grow. An online search about the national shortage yields numerous news articles from communities across our nation that are struggling to fill the demand for volunteer emergency fire, rescue and EMS workers. In May 2007, a document was released through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) entitled, Retention and Recruitment for the Volunteer Emergency Services. The document, intended as a guide to help recruit new personnel, published some staggering statistics regarding the effect of declining volunteerism on communities. It cited that 75% of the country is staffed by and relies on volunteer departments, and that 88% of departments remain volunteer. It further cited a study completed by the Public Safety and Environmental Protection Institute at St. Joseph’s University with the assistance of VFIS, which found that replacing volunteer departments with career staffing would cost U.S. taxpayers $37.2 billion annually. That study included information from many communities that reported they could not afford to replace volunteers, and that services would cease if their departments failed. As an example, it was sourced from the State of Delaware Auditor’s Office that its citizens realized a cost savings of $136,335,339 in the year 2004 alone due to volunteer emergency services. The need for such cost savings has no doubt increased due to the economic downturn that has affected our country over the last several years. The Town of Rehoboth is not untouched by the national trend. Even beyond emergency services, there is great need in other departments and on town committees for volunteers who will see that the town’s business is conducted. As it is, one of the town emergency services providers, the Rehoboth Fire Department (RFD), transitioned from a volunteer to a call agency quite some time ago. As defined on the RFD website, call firefighters receive equipment and training, and are compensated for fire, training and duty hours. Essentially, they are a part-time paid department with a full time salaried chief. Their service is still crucially valuable and much appreciated, and does realize a cost savings when compared to a career department. Still, the combined cost for salary and wages was in $267,081.62 in 2010, and rose to $273,601.61 in 2011 according to town data. These figures do not include the added expenses of equipment, training, uniforms, apparatus maintenance and lease payments, nor do they include a breakdown of per event cost of apparatus and personnel on scene.
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The Rehoboth Rescue Squad has proudly remained a 100% volunteer department since 1965, and shares a meager annual budget of $5000 with its parent agency, the Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency. A great deal of lifesaving equipment has been purchased and utilized by the squad over the years due to the fundraising efforts of its members and supporters. Despite being volunteers, squad personnel are still obligated to train and earn certifications like any other call, volunteer or career department. A highly specialized and technical rescue department, the Rehoboth Rescue Squad trains and responds in the areas of auto/light truck extrication, water rescue, ice rescue, public safety diving, animal rescue, search and rescue, sheltering, emergency communications, emergency medical response, and disaster preparedness, response and mitigation. Members are on call 24-7-365 to the benefit of Rehoboth’s citizens and to other communities via mutual aid. This is an awesome service that is provided for $5000 per year. Here is another example: During the spring floods of 2010, squad personnel logged nearly 200 hours of service to the town. One member, if serving on a career department, would earn an average of $71,000 per year not including benefits. That equals $35.50 per hour. At 200 hours, the minimal cost would have been $7,100 during those floods. Multiplied by numerous members who served, the cost to taxpayers for that one event would have been staggering! Fortunately, the Rehoboth Rescue Squad remains volunteers.
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An accepted fact with any volunteer agency is that some members eventually move on due to life changes and new opportunities. It is probably unknown to most that the Rehoboth Rescue Squad has a legacy of providing best in class training that has launched professional careers of many emergency services personnel, and that has provided the foundation for personnel serving across all of the emergency services departments in town. One prime example is former Rehoboth Rescue Squad member, Dighton-Rehoboth graduate, and distinguished paramedic, Steve Kanarian. Steve moved on to New York City where he became an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) paramedic with FDNY-EMS. Steve responded in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center, and penned his memories and other storied accounts in a novel entitled, The Downwind Walk, published at the time of the tenth anniversary of those attacks. In the book acknowledgements, Kanarian expresses thanks to Dave Drowne, Chief of Rescue (retired) and the Rehoboth Rescue Squad, “who gave me the heavy rescue and rope training that allowed me to be selected for the New York City Urban Search and Rescue team.” With such a legacy and deep commitment to public safety, citizens can be glad that the Rehoboth Rescue Squad exists. A financial savings, yes, but a greater savings in terms of life and property!
Rehoboth Rescue Squad: Recent Training
As always, the Rehoboth Rescue Squad maintains a very active training calendar that coincides with seasonal emergency response needs. The deep winter season means that persons or animals may venture out onto the ice, and find themselves in danger. Winter emphasis thus includes ice rescue training. January brought to squad personnel thorough classroom study followed by a practical drill exercise that placed great impetus on cohesiveness and proper
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My Two Cents By Sue Pimental
When I was asked to write a column for the Rehoboth Reporter, I thought, do they know what they are asking for? I tend to speak my mind, with some sarcasm and humor. Maybe this will be the start of a new career. The title, suggested by a friend, is perfect. It’s my perspective, the world according to me….and it’s probably worth as much as the title indicates. So, here goes…..might makes sense to give you some background. In case you don’t know, I am one of your Selectman. I was elected in April (okay, I ran un-opposed, I would have gone down as the biggest loser in town if I had lost). The board was expanded from three selectman to five. I was not in favor of increasing the size of the board…and still not. I served on the Finance Committee for 6 years, 3 years as Chairman. My background is accounting….I have worked in various accounting/management roles for various industries for over 30 years. I never thought I would EVER run for any elected office….never, say never. Since I come from the private sector, I still struggle with the public sector “ways”. Things just go so much slower ….it’s not the people, it’s the system. I am use to making a decision and then moving on. Here we discuss a lot (not a bad thing) but it’s a process….set an agenda, post a meeting, produce a lot of paper, meet, discuss, and discuss….listen to everyone regardless if they make sense or not…then hopefully make a decision. No wonder it takes forever to get anything done in Washington! I can’t imagine….I just have to deal with four selectman, ( and I can talk over anybody) I can’t imagine 100 or more all wanting to give their “opinion” on a topic…..I think I would put a needle in my eye. I
guess I shouldn’t say that, what if I ever ran for office on the federal level….you know they would dig up this statement. If you haven’t attended a board of Selectman meeting or watched on channel 9, they have been quiet. They are not well attended…. there are a few people who come and those that are on the agenda. However, quiet is good….I know boring….but given that I lived thru the craziness, quiet is a welcome break. We can actually get some things done in the town. Like establish a budget that lives within our revenue stream, establish a capital budget to take care of the town’s growing capital needs. Although the article for a debt exclusion to pay for a new town hall, failed, the issue still exists. Our town hall is a dump. There is no way to sugar coat it….and I have no reason to sugar coat it. Our public safety building is a dump….and inefficient and inadequate when it comes to security. While we have addressed some capital issues in town… replacement of roofs on two of the fire stations, these are band aid fixes, and not long term solutions to our capital needs. Our town administrator, Jeff Ritter, has been working on accumulating a list of ALL the town assets….a fixed asset list. This will assist the board in assessing our capital needs short term and long term so that we can present a short term and long term capital plan. Budget season has begun. With 80 percent of the budget made up of “fixed” costs (I’m including salaries with negotiated contracts as fixed costs), the focus on the budget should be to look at restructuring or consolidating some departments, not necessarily a cost savings but more efficiency. For instance, we will look at combining or setting up a public works department that combines highway and forestry into one cohesive department. Makes sense to me that some of the duties of forestry can be handled by our highway personnel and visa versa. Why not share employees and have a comprehensive plan on how best to maintain our roadways in order to provide safe access around town? Makes sense. As part of the capital plan, let’s have a technology plan for the town…as well as provide training to our town employees so they can use the technology to its maximum potential. Recently I started using my I-PAD to review Facility located at 118 Taunton Avenue in East Providence, RI the weekly Selectman packet. Each week, Sacred Heart Elderly Day Care Center is here to help people in the town administrator makes FIVE copies of the selectman packet and then delivers need meet their goals to remain home and in their community with it to each of us. Instead of wasting paper, independence and dignity. At the same time their caregivers may time and mileage costs, why not get our benefit from some time away from care giving duties to attend to their packet electronically? Since I suggested own needs and their commitments to work and family, while knowing this, I have been the guinea pig. While I am still “playing” with this, I went paperless at that a loved one is being cared for in a safe, caring environment. the end of January. That’s one less packet Sacred Heart Elderly Day Care is licensed by the RI Department of Health. Participants must be and one less delivery trip each week for our ambulatory. The facility is accessible through an outdoor ramp. The participants will be supervised and cared town administrator. for by a qualified staff that includes a registered nurse, a program director, a director of activities, and a social There are many ways to stay informed worker. All of them will be assisted by supervised capable volunteers. on what’s going at the Selectman meetings The participants will have access to medication administration, and be in your town. Attend a meeting, watch the provided with snacks and hot meals in pleasant surroundings. They will meetings on channel 9 or access from your benefit from socializing with others through many planned activities while computer www.rehobothtv.org . The weekly enjoying an atmosphere of respect and kindness. Co-Pay rates may vary agenda’s are posted on the town’s website according to the participant's eligibility for assistance from Medicaid, the as well as the meeting minutes, once apDivision of Elderly Affairs, Respite, and Veterans, base rate/day ranges proved www.rehoboth.town.ma.us. Or you from $53.00 to $70.00. can read the Rehoboth Reporter monthly To visit and to get more information on the program, and get my summary…but remember, it’s the world according to me. please contact Father Peter at 401-434-0326 for an appointment.
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The Seekonk Scene Town Clerkâ€™s Corner By Jan Parker, Seekonk Town Clerk
The annual census that is mandated by the State has been mailed and delivered. Please check it for accuracy, sign it and then return it in the enclosed envelope. There were some flyers enclosed along with the dog license renewal form. The recreation and parks department has enclosed a survey and the Banna Fire Station Committee has an informational flyer in with the census. Hopefully residents will take the time to read all the contents as much time has been devoted to preparing flyers for all the residents. The rabies clinic that the Animal Control Department runs is scheduled for March 9th at the Department of Public Works. Dog licenses for 2013 will also be available at the clinic. The annual Save a Pet auction is March 12th, 13th, and 14th at Johnson and Wales Inn on Taunton Avenue. There will be many items to bid on either from home by watching local cable or by going to Johnson and Wales Inn and participating by being in the live audience. Please visit the Seekonk Save a Pet website and see our new fundraisers. We appreciate the support that the community gives the Save a Pet Society. All our money goes for the care of the animals at our shelter. The site is www.seekonksaveapet.org. continued on next page...
The Reporter February 2013 Nomination papers are now available for the April 1st town election. There will be openings for Board of Selectman, School Committee, Board of Assessors, Water Commissioner, Library Board of Trustees, and Housing Authority. You need the signatures of 50 registered voters in Seekonk in order to have your name placed on the ballot. Papers are due back by 5:00 PM on February 11th. If you have any questions about running for office, please call us at 336-2920. Special Town Meeting is scheduled for February 25th at 7:00PM at the high school.
Town Of Seekonk Rabies Clinic Date: Saturday, March 09, 2013 Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Place: Public Works Department Garage on Rt. 44 and Lake Street Fee: $12.00 Per Animal – No Checks Accepted For Vaccinations The Rabies clinic is open to non-residents and Seekonk animal owners. Cats must be in carriers, dogs on leashes. For MA animal owners, in order to be issued a MA three-year Rabies certificate you must bring either a certificate for a Rabies vaccination dated between 3/21/12 and 6/21/12, or a previous MA three year Rabies certificate from your veterinarian. You can also bring last year’s Rabies certificate as documentation. For RI animal owners, in order to be issued a RI three-year certificate you must bring a two year certificate of prior Rabies vaccinations on your animal. Without this documentation the certificate issued at the Rabies clinic will carry a one-year expiration date. The clinic is open to dogs, cats and ferrets. Dr. Truesdale from Central Ave Veterinary Hospital will be administering the vaccinations. Proceeds will benefit the Seekonk Animal Control Department The 2013 dog licenses will be sold at the clinic. Proof of current Rabies vaccination is required. (License fees may be paid by check.) The 2013 dog license is due April 1, 2013, and is late after May 31, 2013. The fees are: spayed female/neutered male $10.00 and unspayed female/unneutered Taunton Ave. male $20.00.
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Attleboro MA – There is a new option in town to help residents of Attleboro and surrounding areas realize a healthier lifestyle. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), is a nonprofit weightloss support organization. An Open House will be held, Thursday, February 28, 7:00pm. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 647 North Main Street. Our weekly PUBLIC NOTICE meeting time is Thursdays at 6:15 weigh in time, 7:00 meeting time. Experience for yourself the weight-loss support and wellness As required by Massachusetts General Law techniques used to control target vegetation and information for which TOPS is well-known. Chapter 132B, National Grid (New England help establish and maintain natural controls. At TOPS, we understand that losing Power and/or Massachusetts Electric Company) weight is a journey. It is the consistent enhereby gives notice that it intends to selectively Accord Concentrate, also labeled under the couragement, understanding, and strength apply herbicides along transmission line rightsname Rodeo, and possibly one of the following from others who are struggling with similar of-way in the following municipalities: herbicides, Arsenal or Arsenal Powerline, issues that makes this organization so will be applied directly to the surface of stumps Rehoboth, Seekonk impactful. I encourage anyone seeking an immediately after target vegetation is cut (Cut affordable, informative, ongoing, weight-loss The selective use of herbicides to manage Stump Treatment). Garlon 4 or Garlon 4 Ultra support program to experience the power vegetation along rights-of-way is done within the will be applied selectively to the stems of target of TOPS. context of an Integrated Vegetation Management vegetation using hand-held equipment (Basal TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensi(IVM) program consisting of mechanical, chemical, Treatment). Krenite S or Accord Concentrate, bly) is the original weight-loss support and natural and cultural components. In right-of-way also labeled under the name Rodeo, mixed with wellness education organization. Founded vegetation management the pest or target is Escort XP, and one of the following herbicides, more than 65 years ago, TOPS is the only vegetation (primarily tall growing) that will cause Arsenal or Arsenal Powerline, will be applied outages and safety issues. National Grid’s IVM selectively to the foliage of target vegetation nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss orgaprogram encourages natural controls by promoting using hand-held equipment (Foliar Treatment). nization of its kind. TOPS promotes successlow growing plant communities that resist invasion Applications shall not commence more than ten ful weight management with a “Real People. by target vegetation. The selective use of days before nor conclude more than ten days Real Weight Loss®” philosophy that comherbicides and mechanical controls are the direct after the following treatment periods. bines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, Treatment Periods and wellness information. TOPS has about June 3, 2013 – October 11, 2013 October 11, 2013 – December 21, 2013 January 7, 2013 – June 3, 2013 170,000 members – male and female, age Foliar Treatment Cut Stump Treatment Cut Stump Treatment seven and older – in nearly 10,000 chapters Cut Stump Treatment Basal Treatment Basal Treatment throughout the United States and Canada. Basal Treatment Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is Further information may be requested by contacting (during business hours, Mon-Fri from 8:00 am-4:00 pm): affordable at just $28 per year. Our monthly chapter fee is $7.00. Dawn Travalini, National Grid, 40 Sylvan Road, Waltham, MA 02451 • Telephone: (781) 907-2448
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American Legion Conducts Dignified Disposal Ceremony
Wednesday evening, January 16th, Local Post 302 conducted a Dignified Disposal Ceremony at their facility on Bay State Road. Approximately 300 flags of various sizes were disposed in a Ceremony conducted by Post Commander, Frank Duvally. Chaplain Veronica Hass, Adjutant Bill Saunders and several Post members took part in honoring the service of flags. The flags from local cemeteries had flown over veterans’ graves during the previous year. Larger flags presented to the Post by citizens had been displayed at homes, offices and in parks. The American Legion conducts the Dignified Disposal Ceremony twice a year; June 14th – Flag Day and January 16th. The ashes from the flags are scattered at the base of the flag pole next to Cannon located on the island in front of the American Legion, Bay State Road. Anyone wishing to drop off old and used American Flags can do so at either the American Legion or the Town Office at any time. American Flags should never be thrown in the trash.
Rehoboth Lions Hold Membership Night
What can you buy with $6 - a gallon and a half of gas; classic turkey sandwich at Chili’s; a PayPer view movie, or someone’s eyesight? The Institute for Eye Research recently reported that for $6 a person’s eyesight can be saved with proper diagnosis and early treatment. This year the Rehoboth Lions Club donated more than $17,000 to eye research through Lions Clubs International. It is with the donations by local businesses and residents and participation in Lions fundraisers such as the clam boils, Bike Run, Comedy Night, Lions Golf Tournament, Chicken Bar BQ, Recycling Day, and many more, that our local club helped to save the eyesight of nearly 2200 people. The Rehoboth Lions are not just about saving eyesight. Here in our hometown, the Rehoboth Lions have donated more than $20,000 this year to local charities including the D-R Marching Band, Helping Hands, medical equipment, local youth sports, YMCA camperships for Rehoboth children, special needs camps, scouting and many more. Bay State Road, MA Rehoboth MA Bay State Road, Rehoboth ® The motto of Lions is “We Serve” and as members of the largest service organizaA Developmentally Appropriate tion in the world, our local club is all about A Developmentally Appropriate serving people in need. On February 27th at Pre-School for: Pre-School Program Program for: Hillside Country Club, the Rehoboth Lions and Seekonkwill be having a membership inquiry dinner. Dighton, Dighton, RehobothRehoboth and Seekonk The purpose will be to offer to prospective members an opportunity to meet members of the Rehoboth Lions and learn about what we do. If anyone is interested in finding out more about this evening, call Ray Medeiros at 508 252-9470.
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The January 8th meeting brought us in touch with several resolutions which we hope to keep. One is to reestablish the Anthony C Thatcher Scholarship. This is available to any Grange member or area resident enrolled in college. Please send a letter stating name, address , college, major and a little story of why you need the scholarship. Send to Anawan Oakton Grange, 59
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Padelford Street, Berkley, MA 02779-1108. The February 26th meeting will feature fun and games. There will be a penny sale to benefit The Heifer Project International. February 20, at 5:30 PM there will be a pot luck supper to which all are invited sponsored by SEAMAP at the Grange hall. For information and count please e-mail to email@example.com. Hope many of our readers can make this very informative meeting. On January 26th we hosted Bay State Pomona with a beef stew with biscuits and pies for dessert. One of our members brought yummy finger sandwiches enjoyed by all. We were then entertained by Tom Araujo on the guitar with a wonderful variety of familiar songs. It was a wonderful way to celebrate a freezing winter day. Looking forward to the February 20th pot luck supper. See you there.
Rehoboth Anawan Lions News
December 2012 news - the Rehoboth Anawan lions held its tree lighting at the Bristol County bank and the affair was attended by a large group of people and members also Santa was on attendance. Some of our members sang Christmas Carols and all joined in; at that point the ornaments in memory of or in honor of were placed on the tree. From that point on everyone went to the Francis Farm where festivities continued with refreshments and games for the children were held and a visit from Santa himself. A good time was had by all who attended. Hopefully we will see you next year! We attended the Marian Manor for our Christmas Bingo. A great time was had and all the people who attended got a gift of an angel along with other the usual refreshments and prizes. Some of our members attended the cabinet meeting held in East Taunton. The meeting was a very interesting affair and last years President Elaine Ferreira was the recipient of an award for excellence and received a pin for her lapel and a patch to go on our banner. Congratulations from the club. Our Christmas party was held at Benjamin’s Restaurant and as usual everyone had a good time!
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Some of our members attended the Mid Winter conference held at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth. Our club made it’s donation to Mass Eye Research as usual. We will be making more by the end of the year. Our Peace Poster winner for this year was exhibited at the Mid Winter Conference. Olivia Freitas from D.L. Beckwith School grade 6 received a $50 prize. Congratulations Olivia from all the members of our club for representing the Lions. Our next event will be held on January 26th at the Hillside Country Club. The Calendar Dance is one of our big functions where we always have a great time and the array of table decorations for each month is spectacular! It is a sight to behold and you feel that you are walking into a fairyland! To all who attended hope you had a great time and thank you for joining us. We were unable to do our usual Marian Manor bingo because the nursing home was in a lockdown mode because of all the illness. Hopefully we will be able to go again. We look forward to it as well as they do. On a sad note we were saddened by the passing of one of our 14 year members. Our dear friend Lynne Searle lost her battle with cancer. She has taught the members that with perseverance, love of God, and strength that comes with illness life goes on. She will be greatly missed by the members and all the people of Rehoboth with whom she worked on many of committee’s. And on that note we say thank you to all who help make our projects so successful; and remember our motto “WE SERVE” and indeed we do. See you next month.
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Carpenter Museum Wins Gold Star Award
The Rehoboth Cultural Council is pleased to announce that the Carpenter Museum of Rehoboth has been selected to receive a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). This annual award is presented to individual artists and organizations who demonstrate “success in integrating the arts into the community.” The award winning project, “Remembering Rehoboth School Days”, was partially funded by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council, an arm of the MCC. The MCC Gold Star Award recognizes projects that tell “the story of how culture contributes to the quality of life in cities and towns across Massachusetts.” This project reflects the pride Rehoboth has always demonstrated in offering a quality education to its students. “Remembering Rehoboth School Days”, a program organized by Barbara Spencer, Carpenter Museum Director with Curator, Laura Napolitano which narrates the history of Rehoboth schools from the days of the one-room schoolhouse.. From March through June, the museum offered several public events. A team of community volunteers assisted the museum in this endeavor. The kick-off event, “Tea with Louisa,” was held in March, at which a new exhibit, “Reading, ’Riting, and ’Rithmetic in Rehoboth,” was unveiled. In April, a coach bus tour of Rehoboth’s, one-room schoolhouse sites was offered to a very enthusiastic group of riders. The bus tour was led by retired teacher David Downs and included a stop at the Hornbine one-room schoolhouse where head schoolmarm Beverly Pettine spoke. In May, a “Teachers Talk Forum” moderated by retired teacher Bill Cute was held at Goff Hall. Retired administrators and teachers shared memories of their careers in Rehoboth. The culminating event, “Remembering Rehoboth Schools Family Day,” was held in June and featured old fashioned, hands-on activities enjoyed by the young and youngat-heart. The Carpenter Museum’s permanent gift to the community is a trove of archived oral histories with former students of the one-room schoolhouses: Frances Jones, Evelyn Bois, Harriet Swallow and Richard Chappell. Also archived are interviews with past teachers and administrators. The Peer Leaders group at the Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School conducted most of the interviews. The Rehoboth Cultural Council offers its congratulations to Barbara Spencer, the Carpenter Museum, and the dozens of volunteers who made this exemplary project possible. A reception to celebrate this award will be held at a future date.
Upcoming events/programs at Oak Knoll Nature Detectives: Tracks and Scat
Junior Naturalists with Jack Lash Wednesday, February 20th 4-5:30pm Wednesday, March 20th 4-5:30pm Ages 10-16 $8.00M/$10.00NM Join Jack Lash, former chief ecologist for DCR in Mass, naturalist and birder for a guided nature walk. We’ll explore Oak Knoll and Attleboro Springs upland forests, meadows, ponds and marshes to discover what the animal inhabitants are doing this time of year.
Friday Night Live at Oak Knoll! March 1, April 5 6:30-7:30pm Child $2M/$3NM Adult $3M/$4NM
Join us once a month on the first Friday for a surprise live animal demonstration. Each week we’ll introduce you to a new creature, insect, mammal, amphibian or reptile but we won’t tell... you’ll have to sign up and come to the program to find out about our secret guest.
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Vacation Week Kitchen Chemistry: How Sweet It Is! Wednesday, Feb. 20 - 1-3pm $20.00M/$25.00NM Ages 8-12
Baking for FUN! And to understand the reasons why certain chemical processes happen. This class will focus on what sugar does to our food and our bodies. Crystallized & powdered, baked & cooked- it all about sugar. How it reacts to preserve and change our food. We will make apple pies, thumbprint cookies and more!
Vacation Week Engineering and Design: A Workshop for Builders and Inventors Thursday, Feb. 21 –1-3pm
$15.00M/$18.00NM Ages 6-11 Calling all builders! Can you design and make a free standing structure taller than yourself? Join us as we explore the world of engineering and design using recycled materials and our own ingenuity. This is a hands-on class- prepare to have fun!
Vacation Week Family Owl Prowl Thursday, Feb 21st 6:30-8:00pm
Children $4M/$6NM Adults $8M/10NM Come explore Oak Knoll after dark! Join us for this fun evening to learn about owls. We’ll enjoy an interesting presentation with hands on activities. After the indoor fun we will head out on the trail to listen for evidence of our feathery friends. Following the hike, come in and warm up by the woodstove with hot cocoa!
Vernal Pool Night Hike Friday, March 15, 6:30-8pm Adults 6M/8NM Children 4M/6NM Spring Egg Hunt Saturday, March 30 10:30am-12:00pm Ages 4-11
Children $3.00M/$4.00NM Spring is the time for eggs! We’ll take a hike to learn and look for evidence frogs, insects and salamander eggs in our vernal pool and marsh. We’ll also learn how to color hard boiled eggs with natural dyes. The teacher-naturalist will hide the colored eggs in our field and we’ll see how well they are camouflaged as we try to find them!
$260,000. Additionally, Trinity Rep is pleased to announce that hey donated 150 tickets to a performance of A Christmas Carol to Food Bank clients and their families, through the Open Access Theater program, generously funded by Citizens Bank. “Trinity Rep has been a longtime supporter of the work that the Rhode Island Community Food Bank does in our community,” states Curt Columbus, Trinity Rep’s Richard L. Bready Artistic Director. “This is our seventh season raising awareness and donations for the Food Bank, and we were overwhelmed with our patrons’ generosity this year. We nearly doubled last year’s total , raising over $44,400 through donations of cash, checks, and, yes, pocket change - money that will go directly to families in need in our state. On behalf of the entire Trinity Rep staff, we are proud to continue such an essential and prolific partnership.” “The community really comes together at Trinity Rep to show they care about their fellow Rhode Islanders,” said Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “It’s extremely heartwarming to see the generous outpouring from Trinity patrons. This gift couldn’t come at a more critical time, with more than 66,000 people relying on food pantries every month just to get by.” The number of people served by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s network of emergency food pantries jumped by 10% in the last year. One in three persons receiving food is a child under the age of 18. Rhode Island currently has the highest rate of food insecurity in New England, which means that many families are struggling to keep food on the table. “In addition to this important donation of food and funds, Trinity Rep makes it possible for dozens of our families in need to attend A Christmas Carol,” said Schiff. “This act of generosity profoundly reflects the message of the play and reminds us all to reach out with kindness to the least fortunate among us.”
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Trinity Rep Raises Over $44k For Ri Community Food Bank During 2012 Holiday Season
Seventh year of partnership brought donations of cash, food, and theater tickets
PROVIDENCE – Trinity Rep is proud to announce that during the months of November and December they collected $44,400 in cash donations to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Continuing their longtime practice of acting as a holiday drop-off location for food donations, the theater also concluded each performance of their holiday classic A Christmas Carol with a collection for the Food Bank. The donation was made on behalf of the thousands of Trinity Rep patrons attending the show, the theater’s staff and ushers. The partnership between the two institutions has, even through challenging economic times, brought the total dollar amount raised for the Food Bank throughout the seven year partnership to nearly
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Thirteenth Annual Citizens’ Recognition Awards Night P.O. Box 633, Rehoboth, Massachusetts 02769 2013 NOMINATION FORM
The Rehoboth Lions Club will honor people whose service to the community has surpassed expectations at a “RECOGNITION NIGHT BANQUET” to be held at the Hillside Country Club on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 This form provides opportunity to nominate a person deserving in any of the following areas: (Please check the appropriate award and attach your one page nomination statement.) 1. JOSEPH DEROCHE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD – Presented to a person whose service to the community has served a wide range of the population and has required effort above and beyond that expected of the general public. 2. OUTSTANDING YOUTH – A young person whose personal qualities and achievements serve as models for other young people in the community. 3. PUBLIC SERVANT – Presented to an elected or appointed town official or municipal employee whose actions have surpassed the expectations of their position. 4. THE RAYMOND G. DYER HUMANITARIAN AWARD – A person whose actions and deeds have fostered attitudes of good will and fairness to all people in the community. 5. EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR - Presented to the professional educator in Rehoboth or D-R H.S. whose dedication to the students and whose accomplishments in the field of education serve as models to both active professionals and those entering the profession. 6. HEROISM AWARD – Presented to a person who placed personal safety in jeopardy while aiding someone else in need. 7. SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Presented to the senior citizen whose life and accomplishments have served as an inspiration to others. 8. OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT – A local resident may be recognized for individual accomplishment. 9. THE RANDALL P. SILVEIRA PUBLIC SAFETY AWARD – A person of commitment, dedication and compassion while playing a key role in promoting public safety in the Town Of Rehoboth. 10. ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD – In recognition of your significant contribution to, and long-term stewardship and protection of Rehoboth’s landscape. 11. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD – Presented to an individual who has consistently been a leader in community activities and service to others. 12. GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD - Presented in recognition of the many selfless acts to assist neighbors as well as community groups.
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On an additional page, please explain your reasons for nominating this person and describe their achievements, supplying background information and the scope of their activities. These awards are open to those who live and/or work in Rehoboth, including all D-R Staff. Award recipients will be chosen by March 21, 2013 and notified by April 5, 2013. Please direct any questions to: Russell Latham, Chairman, 508-252-4272 PLEASE RETURN ALL NOMINATIONS TO THE ADDRESS ABOVE BEFORE MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013.
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Rehoboth Lions Club
Dates of Meetings and Activities (Meetings are Wed. unless listed) Dates of Meetings and Activities (Meetings are Wed. unless listed) January 23 – REG. MEETING AT GOFF HALL 28 – Recognition Night Committee @ Russ L. (Who wants to help? –come @ 7) FEBRUARY 13 – REG. MTG. @ GOFF HALL 7 PM (Bette & Sandi cooking!!!!!) 20 - BOARD MTG. @ RAY’S @ 7 PM 27 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING NIGHT Members bring guests. (Need a count) Call or E-mail Ray or Bill C. MARCH 6 – CLAM BOIL @ SEEKONK GUN CLUB. Lions get your tickets from Chuck or Mike S. 11 - Recognition Night Committee @ Russ L. 13 – REGULAR MEETING AT GOFF HALL 20 – BOARD MTG. @ RAY’S 22 – DeRoche Game Dinner See Russ L. 27 – TWINNING MEETING WITH ANAWAN LIONS – Planning to Host 2014 Mid Winter Conference for District 33S DATES FOR REHOBOTH LIONS CLAM BOILS FOR 2013. THE 1ST WED. OF each of the following months: MARCH 6, APRIL 3, MAY 1, JUNE 5, SEPTEMBER 4, OCTOBER 2 AND NOVEMBER 6.
Rehoboth Minutemen/ 13 Continental Reg Recruiting New Members
Our first meeting of 2013 was held on Jan 15 2013. We start our season of activities on March 3 by marching in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Pawtucket R.I. We have received invitation to put on school history programs in Westwood, North Attleboro, Dighton Needham and Newton. Invitations to Cambridge and Salem MA Monmouth N.J., Hubberton Vermont and many others will be voted on at the February meeting. Some members plan to participate in the Patriots Day activities in Lexington, Ma. We are actively seeking new recruits. Men, women and families are always welcome in our ranks. If you like history, in any form this might be just the group for you we can help you get involved in some of our many activities. Call Cathy Potter 508 252 3682 of e-mail Rehobothcp@verizon.net for more information. Our next meeting will be held at Palmer River School 326 Winthrop St on February 12 at 7:30 P.M. Stop in for a visit.
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Russ Latham Receives Award
Russ Latham (Rt.) received from District 33S Governor, David Barbour (Center) in the presence of Lions International Director, Stacey Jones at the Southeastern Mass Lions Mid-winter Conference at Plymouth, January 11-13, 2013 what is said to be the 4th highest Lions Award, the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation, “In a World of Service” in Recognition of Distinguished Achievements in fulfilling the Mission of Lions Clubs International. (Russ is a 48 year member of the Rehoboth Lions Club, Past President and current Regional Chairman At Large in DG Barbour’s Cabinet.)
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Upcoming trips are open to the public. TI RETIREES and FRIENDS MEETING – second Tuesday of the month at 1 PM February 12, 2013 (Tue) – Monthly meeting 1:00 PM at the VFW Post 8049 – Summer Street Norton, MA. Following the business meeting and refreshments, Joiy Gionti will entertain us with his guitar. The annual dues of $10.00 are due today, as well as canned goods for the food bank. TI RETIREES and FRIENDS TRIPS February 14, 2013 (Thurs) – Foxwoods – transportation by Conway, free buffet coupon or $10.00 food + $15 Keno coupon. Cost is $22 – Departs 8:00 AM, returns 5:00 PM. March 14, 2013 (Thurs) – St Patrick’s Day Party at Lake Pearl Luciano’s (baked scrod or corned beef & cabbage) – entertainment by “John Connors Irish Express – transportation by Conway – Cost is $60.00 per person – departs 11:00am, returns 4:00pm. April 4-7 2013 (Thurs – Sun) – Washington, DC – 4 days and 3 nights at the Embassy Suites with pool, full breakfast every day, 2 dinners, includes guided tour of Washington Memorials, Capital, White House, National Cathedral, Embassy Row, Holocaust Museum, as well as visits to Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonians. Cost is $469 pp double occupancy (Deposit $50.00pp due at signing. Final due 3/01/2013). December 3, 2013 (Tue) – Hu Ke Lau – 2 shows plus meal – show 1: Hawaiian Christmas, Show 2: Tribute to “Kenny and Dolly”, stop at Christmas Tree Shop, and drive through Bright Lights at Forest Park. Meal is Prime Rib or Baked Scrod. Cost is $80 pp. Depart 9:00 AM, return approx 7:30 PM. All trips are open to the public. For more information and reservations, call Toni Denkel at 508-222-8254 Please note: All trips will leave from parking lot “S” at the Sensata building (529 Pleasant ST.) in the Attleboro Corporate Center off of Pleasant St, Attleboro, MA. We will park in the back corner to leave the front parking area for the employees. There is security for your car.
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The Carpenter Museum...
D-R Students Came, They Saw, and They Learned about the Carpenter Museum
Special thanks to D-R history teacher Derek DeMello, who organized a trip to the Carpenter Museum on January 10 with 21 D-R students. Volunteer Rebecca Smith taught about life in the 1700s as she prepared a pot brimming with savory vegetable soup and baked pans full of gingerbread cake on the open hearth. Meanwhile volunteer John Evans told tales of 1700s living as he gave a tour of our reproduction 18th-century E. Otis Dyer barn. Earlier in the day the high school group had visited the Dighton Rock Museum in Berkley, the Dighton Community Church and the Council Oak (a gathering spot for Wampanoag people). This was the Carpenter Museum’s first visit from a class of high school students in recent years, and we enjoyed having them!
D-R students who visited the Carpenter Museum in January learned about life in the 1700s from volunteer John Evans.
“Tea with Hetty” Kicks off the Carpenter Museum’s Spring Events on March 3
We’ll spring into our busy season this year with the Carpenter Museum’s first event, “Tea with Hetty,” on Sunday, March 3, 2-4pm. Hetty Green, “The Witch of Wall Street,” will make an appearance, donned in her signature black outfit. Local reenactor Susan Kramer will answer your questions about Hetty. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy treats and tea with a 1920s theme as we remember the Shady Bend Tea Shop, which opened in 1922 in the small building next to the Palmer River Dam on Bay State Road. Men are welcome, too! Reservations are a must: $5 non-members, $3 members. This event always fills up, so contact us early (508-2523031, firstname.lastname@example.org).
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What’s in Store at the Carpenter Museum this Spring?
We’re lining up oral history interviews with the theme, “It’s Your Business, Rehoboth!” And we have some great events planned: March: Tea with Hetty, Sunday, March 3, 2-4pm April: A Pint, A Pie & A Play, Thursday, April 11 May: Annual Meeting, Wednesday, May 1, 6pm June: “The Way We Worked” Family Day, Sunday, June 2, 12-4pm
Getting to Know America’s Richest Woman: Museum Hosts “Tea with Hetty” on March 3
How would you like to have tea with someone who was once the richest woman in America? The Carpenter Museum will feature a program with Hetty Green (portrayed by Susan Kramer) on Sunday, March 3 at 2pm. Men as well as women are invited to the event; admission is $5 ($3 for RAS members). Hetty Green (1834-1916) was nicknamed “The Witch of Wall Street” for her fabulous success with the stock market in the 19th century. While this is not Rehoboth history strictly speaking, it comes close. Hetty was born as Henrietta Howland Robinson in New Bedford. Her family had made their money in whaling ships. As a young girl already interested in finance, Hetty became her father’s bookkeeper when she was only 13. When her father died in 1864, she inherited what would be worth $107 million in today’s money. At the age of 33, she married Edward Henry Green,
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Bad Luck Reservoir Flood of 1859 & A Lucky Break for Orleans Mill
Mills were an important industry in Rehoboth in the 19th century. One of the Rehoboth mills was the Orleans Mill, which had the good luck to survive a destructive flood when a dam at Bad Luck Reservoir burst in 1859. A look through In Old Rehoboth (Book I) finds a description of the event written by Ruth Marvel Manzigan in 1973, drawing on information from Rev. George Tilton’s History of Rehoboth of 1918. The article is titled “Bad Luck Reservoir”: “Not long after Samuel Slater erected the first successful cotton mill in Pawtucket, Richard Goff in company with Joseph Carpenter and others constructed a cotton mill on the Palmer River in Rehoboth Village northerly of Bay State Road just below the present dam. The mill was in business with various periods of success and failure until at least 1884...” “Among its most successful owners were the brothers Nelson and Darius Goff who began the manufacture of cotton batting there in 1835. The mill was powered by the water flow of the Palmer River, which was found to be uncertain for reliable production. Also, the water storage capacity of the village pond was quite small.” “The Goffs hit upon the scheme of building a large storage reservoir at the junction of Bad Luck and Squannakonk Brooks north of present day Reservoir Avenue. Water would be let out as needed to replenish the supply at the Village Mill. Since the owners of the Orleans Cotton Mill at Reed Street in South Rehoboth had similar problems they joined with the Goffs in this new dam venture. The name Bad Luck is of unknown origin but was mentioned as early as 1730 when a George Beverley was running a saw mill at this site...”
February 2013 The Reporter “All was well until early in the morning of June 24, 1859 when the rotted timbers of the dam let go and the whole body of water poured forth, sweeping everything with it. An eyewitness to the event was George Nelson Goff, son of the Village Mill owner... Speaking of the disaster many years later, he recalled that there had been a prolonged rainfall which filled the mill ponds to overflowing. There was no thought that the Bad Luck dam would give way, though its impaired condition was known.” “Through good fortune someone visiting the dam found that the top boards were washing away and 200 feet of the long structure holding millions of gallons of water was about to let go. An alarm was quickly spread along the river, and everyone was warned in time to escape to safety. Soon after a hole was washed out in the center of the weakened dam and the pent-up water rushed down Bad Luck Brook across County Street into the Palmer River... It cut a wide swath through the wooded country, taking down large trees as easily as a scythe mows grass.” “There were eleven bridges across the streams and every one [of the bridges] was carried away. Also destroyed was the dam at the Batting Mill ... and a portion of the village mill overhanging the stream. By the time the crest of the flood reached Rehoboth Village, it was racing with great velocity. When the surge struck that mill ell, it was crushed like an egg shell. (Tilton’s History of Rehoboth said the machine shop and tools were carried away, and the noise was heard for miles around.)” “The Orleans Mill would have also lost its dam and suffered similar damage, but word of the disaster spread faster than the flood. The gates of the dam were quickly opened which softened the blow. No real damage was done.” If you would like to learn more about the old mills of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, mark your calendar for the Carpenter Museum’s program on Thursday, April 11 called “A Pint, A Pie, & A Play.” Allan McGillivrary of Slater Mill will give a lively talk about what life was like for mill workers in the old days. More information on this event will follow in next month’s Reporter and RAS Newsletter.