May 2013 Volume 25, no. 5
Serving the Residents of Rehoboth, Seekonk and Surrounding Communities Since 1989
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Spring Brings Bumper Crop of Foals To Rehoboth’s Briar Hill Horse Farm
by Leslie Patterson What beautiful babies! As of mid-April, eight foals had been born already at Briar Hill Farm, with fourteen more on the way. A visitor to this thoroughbred horse farm on Hillside Avenue could see these baby animals frolicking on their spindly legs with their mothers, enjoying the spring sunshine. Briar Hill Farm is the largest thoroughbred farm in Massachusetts, in number of horses there. It is not quite the largest in terms of acreage. “I wish my great-great grandfather had bought a bigger farm,” chuckled George Brown of Briar Hill. The farm has been in his family since 1850, though before George and his wife Arlene started a horse farm in the 1970’s, it had been a dairy farm. Last year 25 foals were born at the farm and 16 the year before that. The farm employs four full-time staff, two exercise riders, and three young women (two of them Brown granddaughters) as overnight foal-watchers whose job it is to alert George and Arlene when a mare is about to give birth in the middle of the night. Mares have a gestation period of a little over 11 months. Arlene says that when a birth is easy, a foal can be born in a half hour. However, when they have a difficult birth, it can take hours. Arlene says that Briar Hill has the highest success rate with births in the state, thanks mainly to the overnight observers who are constantly alert to any signs of trouble with the pregnant mares. continued on page 4...
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Special Town Meeting Monday, May 13th @7pm Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 27th at 10 am More info on page 7 Stallion Lycius looks over fence Briarfor Hill Seekonk children gathered around the Oldthe Grist Millat Pond a Farm. day of fishing and fun.
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Spring Brings Bumper Crop of Foals To Rehoboth’s Briar Hill Horse Farm by Leslie Patterson
Breeding, Foaling, Training
There are 60 horses at Briar Hill at this time. Some belong to the farm and some are brought to the farm for breeding, foaling and training, some from as far away as New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. Four handsome stallions are permanent residents at the farm. Thoroughbred mares are impregnated the old-fashioned way, not by artificial insemination. These stallions include Indian Ocean, the leading sire in Massachusetts for 2012, and Wild Desert, who earned over a million dollars and won the Queen’s Plate (the Canadian equivalent of the Kentucky Derby). The other two stallions are Red Scamper, with 24 wins, and Sociano, whose two year old filly Sociano’s Legacy was the 2011 Turf Writers filly of the year. Foals are weaned at 5 or 6 months and on January 1st, all foals born the previous spring are called yearlings. They start training at two years and it takes a while to determine which ones will be the best racehorses. The Browns said that thoroughbreds race about once every two weeks, but two year olds need more time to rest between races. George said they sell four or five horses a year. Some mares have been living there for 15 years. They have an indoor and outdoor track for training. This season 24 horses will be in training at Briar Hill. Thoroughbreds average about four years of racing, starting around age two. The Browns also break and train horses, and some horses come back to Rehoboth to “lay up” for the winter when racing season is over. Many horses from Briar Hill Farm race at Boston’s Suffolk Downs. The season there is from June to November. George proudly showed a video of his horse called My Friend Bob winning the $50,000 Norman Hall Stakes at Suffolk Downs last October. Arlene said that when the horses are too old to race, most of them are sold or given away to a local farm where the owner turns them into show horses. The Jockey Club organization registers thoroughbreds and puts up prize money for horse shows that show retired horses, George said. The average lifespan for a horse is 20 to 26 years. The Browns have a 22-year-old mare that is expecting a foal this spring. Before starting their horse farm, George and Arlene were both teachers. George taught science in East Providence and Arlene taught math in Medway. The Browns’ children are not actively involved on the farm at this time. Their daughter Donna Pereira is a chemistry teacher in Medway at the same school where Arlene used to teach. Son Chris has traded the land for the sea and has a fishing fleet out of Galilee, Rhode Island. Another son Michael is in engineering. The Browns sadly lost one son, Derek, to cancer in his thirties.
Busy Time of Year
With all the new foals, February to June is the busiest time at Briar Hill, but the rest of the year is busy too, with breaking, training, and racing. The Browns say they try to take mid-December to mid-January off for vacation time, though they might go to races while in Florida or elsewhere. George said, “When we’re home we’re on duty all the time, seven days a week, so there’s no time for vacation then.” Another thing that happens in the spring are visits from 4-H clubs, school groups and horse-related groups, such as Bristol County Horsemen, who hold their May meeting at Briar Hill. The farm sometimes has an intern from the equine program at Johnson and Wales University too. Asked about the decline of popularity in horse racing, George points out that empty racetrack stands are misleading. “People are betting as much as ever on horses, but now they can bet from their own home without having to go to the track. It’s not a dying industry,” George said. According to George and other horse breeders, one great boost to the thoroughbred industry recently came in the form of the Massachusetts gaming and casino act that will allot a certain percentage of gaming profits to thoroughbred farms. This will also help those who supply these farms -- feed and supply stores, farriers, hay farmers, and veterinarians, and other local businesses. George said that putting state casino money into breeding programs will result in better horses and bigger purses at races and that in turn will attract more people. He added that the other important thing about state support of thoroughbred farms is that this encourages keeping open spaces in rural areas and preserves these green spaces from further development. see more photos on page 6...
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Town of Rehoboth News Notes by Laura Calverley
Schagrin Indicted and Arraigned on Embezzlement Charges
Ed Schagrin, former board member of RePAC, the Rehoboth Public Access Corporation, was indicted by a Bristol County Grand Jury on March 28 on embezzlement and larceny charges. He reportedly was indicted on charges in connection with the alleged theft of more than $167,000 as well as video equipment from RePAC and the town of Rehoboth. Schagrin was arraigned on the charges in Fall River Superior Court a few weeks ago. He pleaded not guilty on all counts and was released on $5,000 bail. He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on May 29. The investigation is reportedly ongoing.
Interim School Superintendent Leaving
Jennifer Elineema, Interim Superintendent of the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional school district, announced that she will be leaving her position on June 30. She has accepted an offer to become Assistant Superintendent of the Winchester, Mass. School Department beginning July 1. The D-R school district recently offered Elineema a three-year contract as Superintendent of Schools here.
Selectmen Vote to Use Cable Public Access Funds for RePAC Legal Fees
Selectmen approved the payment of $33,952 in legal fees to the law firm of Kopelman and Paige using cable access funds. Kopelman and Paige, although no longer official town counsel, is reportedly representing the town in several ongoing lawsuits including one filed by RePAC. Finance Committee member Michael Deignan reportedly criticized the board for using cable access fees for this purpose. Selectmen defended their actions, saying the town has the authority to spend the public access funds.
Controversy over Broadcast of Finance Committee Meeting
The Finance Committee is being criticized for reportedly stopping the broadcast of one of their meetings last month. A member of the cable advisory committee reportedly said that the broadcast was halted due to the presence of former Selectman and Finance Committee member Christopher Morra. Finance Committee officials are denying that any censorship was involved.
D-R School Department Starting Over with High School Soccer Fields
The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School Committee has decided to find a different location on the high school property for the soccer fields due to problems with the field that they have been working on. The committee voted to have a survey done of all the property around the high school in hopes of finding a better location. The high school team has not played a home game in more than 12 years. The team plays at Bliss Field in Rehoboth. More than $150,000 has been spent on preparing the soccer field, but many delays and obstacles have been encountered including too many rocks on the property.
D-R Schools Get Panic Buttons
Dighton Rehoboth schools are putting in additional security after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Four schools in the district – Palmer River Elementary, Dighton Elementary, Dighton Middle and D-R High School – will have wireless ‘panic buttons’ installed. Beckwith Middle School already has panic buttons in place. After conducting safety reviews of the schools, authorities recommended this type of device for contacting police in an emergency. The cost for the panic buttons is approximately $11,000.
Inside This Issue Antiquarian Society....................46 Births....................................67 Business Directory.....................93 Classifieds..............................91 Club Announcements.................39 Dining Guide...............................90 Events and Activities..................29 Heard at Country Kitchen...........26 How You can Help......................73 Letters to the Editor......................9 Library......................................36 My Two Cents.............................20 Obituaries................................86
Police Department Needs More Officers
Acting Chief James Trombetta reportedly told selectmen last month that the Police Department is understaffed. He said the cost of overtime for officers to work extra shifts is putting a strain on the budget. Trombetta also reportedly told selectmen that the size of the Police Department has not kept pace with the increase in town population. Trombetta will be developing a new staffing plan for the department and will be reviewing the issue with the board this month.
People in the News..................52 Rehoboth Council on Aging.......84 Rehoboth Ramblings..................12 Rehoboth Rescue Squad.........19 Rehoboth Town News.................14 School...................................54 Scouts..................................68 Seekonk Human Services..........77 Seekonk Town News.................22 Sports Update............................32 State House................................74 Summer Fun Guide...................58 Then and Now............................51
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Rehoboth and Seekonk Plan Veteran Memorials By Laura Calverley
Memorial Day will be celebrated in a few weeks, on May 27, and plans are underway in both Rehoboth and Seekonk to build permanent memorials to honor local veterans.
The Rehoboth Veterans Memorial Committee has been trying to build a memorial in town for more than ten years and now the project is closer than ever to becoming a reality. The memorial will be located on Redway Plain, on the side near Bay State Road. It will include a 24-foot diameter gazebo, with circles of pavers around the gazebo with the names of Rehoboth veterans engraved in the stones. There will also be a walkway leading to a new parking lot off Pond Street. Everything will be handicapped accessible. There are about 1,000 veterans in Rehoboth. The memorial is envisioned as a place to hold town patriotic events and ceremonies such as those for Veterans Day, 9/11, Armed Services Day, Memorial Day and July 4 as well as other community events. Another veterans memorial, located at the corner of Danforth Street and Route 44, was built a few years ago and is owned by the American Legion. Engraved bricks are available for purchase for $100. The bricks around the gazebo are reserved for honoring veterans, and bricks on the walkway that leads from the gazebo to Pond Street are designated for friends, family, supporters, businesses and others. “Hopefully we’ll get a lot of families to do that and put their family name on it,” said Bill Saunders, Director of Veterans Services. The memorial is expected to cost about $150,000 and the town has raised about $25,000 in donations and pledges thus far. It will
be funded entirely through donations. No money from the town is expected. Several businesses have offered to donate in-kind services to help build the memorial, says Saunders, which will help a great deal with the cost. Color brochures outlining the project were mailed to households and businesses in March. Donations are coming in on a daily basis, says Saunders. “We’re progressing pretty well for this size project,” he said. The committee is hoping to break ground this summer. “I’m hoping by the end of June we’ll have broken ground and set the foundation (for the gazebo),” said Saunders.
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The Memorial Day parade takes place in Rehoboth this year, on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. It will take its regular route starting on Bay State Rd. near the Rehoboth Congregational Church, continuing to Route 44 and down to Palmer River School, where a ceremony will be held.
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Supporters in Seekonk are planning to build a veterans memorial near the Seekonk Public Library, on land adjacent to the library’s parking lot. The project is still in an early stage. The design has not been officially approved, but it has been completed. The Reporter could not obtain drawings or photos. There are 33 other memorials in town, including a Vietnam War Memorial at Seekonk Commons on Fall River Avenue and plaques or markers at several intersections. There is also a small memorial outside the front doors of town hall, but that memorial honors specific war veterans that were decorated for their service. The new memorial was originally going to be located in front of town hall on the grassy area in the center of the circular drive on Peck Street, but the committee wanted a more prominent location. A seven-member committee chaired by Don Kinniburgh is overseeing the project. Seekonk has between 900 and 1400 veterans in town. “It will be a visible memorial to continue to honor veterans and hold patriotic events in an appropriate place,” said Seth Bai, Veterans Agent. The Meadows Committee has given approval to locate the memorial on the land near the library. The project is currently being reviewed by the Board of Library Trustees. “It will encompass all the wars, from World War I to the present. We want it to be a lasting memorial so we can hold all our ceremonies there,” said Bai. Currently, veterans ceremonies are held in different locations in town. The 9/11 remembrance is held at the Public Safety Complex and the Veterans Day ceremony is held at the town hall, to name a few. More than $20,000 has been raised for the project. The exact cost for the project has not been determined. Engraved pavers are now available for sale. The cost is $50 for veterans, $65 for residents and $225 for businesses. Order forms are available on the town website at www.seekonk-ma.gov. A steak fry will be held at the American Legion on the afternoon of June 22 as a fundraiser for the Memorial. The event will include a horseshoe tournament. See next month’s Reporter for further details. More information on the project will be released next month. At the town meeting on June 10 at Seekonk High School, there will be an exhibit with a color rendition of the proposed plan for residents to review. Flyers will also be sent to residents with more details and the proposed design for the memorial. Two veterans events will be held this month. An observance for Armed Services Day takes place on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at town hall.
Seekonk Memorial Day Parade
The Memorial Day parade will take place on Saturday, May 25, kicking off at Seekonk High School at 10 a.m and traveling down Arcade Avenue and then down Rt. 152 as usual. A ceremony will be held in front of Hurley Middle School following the parade. The American Legion is also holding a light barbecue with hot dogs and drinks after the ceremony at the Legion Hall on Fall River Ave.
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The poet T.S. Eliot’s famous line “April is the cruelest month” is often quoted in the spring and it was certainly true this year. There is not much I can say that hasn’t already been said by others, but I can’t let the dreadful events in Boston on April 15 pass without comment. From the first I knew of the Marathon attacks (a phone message from my daughter in Boston saying she wasn’t near the explosions) to the endless barrage of stories in the media, I haven’t been able to get it off my mind. But there comes a time when you have to step away from all the media frenzy. The newspapers are all in rush to print inspirational stories of survivors, but some of these unfortunate people will recover in a more resilient manner than others. All those who lost a leg or worse, both legs, will live with this the rest of their lives. And after the blood is scrubbed off Boylston Street, the terrible memories will remain. We all wish the survivors the best as they cope with horrible maiming and other injuries, including PTSD, and we salute the heroic actions of police, medical staff, and others during this atrocity and its aftermath. Always a bit nervous in cities, I found myself relieved to be living in a small town until I recalled that Newtown, Connecticut appears to be a lot like Rehoboth, and that horrific shooting was just four months previous. Evil can happen anywhere. But still, cities are stressful places at the best of times, without even thinking of terrorism. Before all this happened, I was thinking of writing about a late winter trip to New York City and how I realized that the Big Apple is just too much for me any more. This time I really had the feeling of being just a tiny little ant in a vast, frenetic, and exhausting ant colony, and all the city’s attractions didn’t make up for it. A high-stress vacation is not much of a holiday. By the way, the South Street Seaport area is still mostly closed, all this time after the damage from Hurricane Sandy. Mother Nature can be quite a terrorist herself, as we have seen. Manhattan hotel costs being what they are (best described as “are you kidding?”), we stayed in Brooklyn this time, near the iconic bridge. We explored the neighborhoods where my husband’s family lived in the old days and the two cemeteries where they are now. We also enjoyed that famous view of the Manhattan skyline from the promenade at Brooklyn Heights and a trip to the Bronx to see the orchid show at the New York Botanic Garden. As for Manhattan, I don’t want to take it; you can have it. I find Boston exhausting enough. And the New York subway system is much more confusing than any of the others I have been on. One of my favorite hobbies is reading the Real Estate section of the Sunday New York Times, where they interview people who rejoice in buying a very modest onebedroom apartment for about the cost of a very nice large house around here. In fact, in addition to this, their “finds” often have added monthly maintenance fees equal to monthly rents in this area. It truly is as though New Yorkers are under a magic spell that makes it impossible for them to consider living anywhere else. Manhattanites are indeed a different breed from small town and suburban residents. But whether a person is a country mouse or a city slicker, it’s always nice when people get to live where they want to be, so who am I to say where people should live?
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Annual Town Meeting
Rehoboth voters are advised that the date for the Annual Town Meeting and a Special Town Meeting preceding the Annual for the Town of Rehoboth has been scheduled by the Board of Selectmen and will be held at the Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School beginning on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm. The Special Town Meeting will begin at Kathleen J. Conti 7:00 and the Annual Town Meeting will follow Town Clerk immediately at 7:30 p.m. I urge all voters to come out to our Special and Annual Town Meeting and let your voice be heard. It is up to you to vote how your town government runs and how your money is spent. YOUR VOTE COUNTS. The Voter Registration date to be eligible to participate in the Special and Annual Town Meeting has also been scheduled by the Town Clerk’s Office and will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rehoboth Town Clerk’s Office.
Annual Town Election
463 voters turned out for our Annual Town Election held on Monday, April 1, 2013 for a 5% turnout. The town has 7,869 registered voters as of the this election date. Congratulations to our newly elected Town Officials - SELECTMAN, Frederick E. Vadnais, Jr. (3 year term), HOUSING AUTHORITY, Barbara Parent (5 year term), PLANNING BOARD Stephen B. Brooks, Jr. (5 year term), PARK COMMISSIONER, George Cardono (5 year term) and CONSTABLE, Michael P. Deignan (3 year term) Congratulations also go to our incumbents; MODERATOR William Cute, Jr. (1 year term), TREASURER, Cheryl A. Gouveia (3 year term), ASSESSOR, Eugene P. Campbell (3 year term), DR REGIONAL DISTRICT SCHOOL COMMITTEE, Richard S. Barrett, PLANNING BOARD, Tómas E. Ennis (5 year term), CONSTABLES, Kenneth E. Abrams and Douglas C. Johnson, Sr. (3 year terms) and WATER COMMISSIONERS Edwin C. Ballard and Joseph A. Nunes (3 year terms). I would like to express my gratitude to Neal Harrington for volunteering his time to set up the voting booths in preparation for our Annual Town Election. The consolidated efforts of all of the election workers, constables and volunteers are to be applauded and appreciated. Everyone works as a team and must be commended for the outstanding contribution they make to our community. We used our “new” voting equipment for the first time for this election and with the exception of a few minor glitches the election went very well. Thankfully our spider did not make a return visit!
Annual Town Census
The Annual Town Census has been concluded and our new population total is 12, 060. We still have 67 census forms that have not been returned for Precinct I, 124 non respondents for Precinct II and 81 non respondents for Precinct III.
2013 Dog Licenses
Dog licenses were due and payable on April 1st. Any dog license not paid by May 31st will be assessed a $15.00 per dog late in addition to the license fee(s). If you are applying for your dog license by mail please include a self addressed stamped envelope so we can mail your license back to you. Postage on the SASE should be 66 cents for one tag, 89 cents for two tags and 1.04 cents for three tags. If no return envelope is submitted your dog can still be licensed but the tag and license will be left on file in the Clerk’s Office.
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Town Of Rehoboth Request for Proposals
We still have 11 unlicensed dogs for 2012. Anyone having questions regarding any of the above information may call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-252-6502, X109 or X110.
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The Town of Rehoboth Board of Selectmen, under MGL Chapter 30B, seeks sealed proposals from qualified firms for the installation of chain-link fence at the Public Safety Building per bid specifications. Copy of RFP is available in the Office of the Board of Selectmen, 148 Peck Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769, (508) 252-3758 ext. 107 or by email to email@example.com. Bids are due no later than Thursday, May 30, 2013 by 12:00 PM (noon). We reserve the right to reject any and all bids not in the best interest of the Town. Susan M. Pimental, Chairman REHBOTH BOARD OF SELECTMEN
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The Town of Rehoboth Board of Health, under MGL Chapter 30B, seeks sealed proposals from qualified firms to transport, manage, recycle and dispose of solid waste and recyclable materials from the Transfer Station. Copy of RFP is available in the Office of the Board of Health, 148 Peck Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769, (508) 252-3099, ext. 100. Bids are due no later than Thursday, May 30, 2013 by 1:00 PM. We reserve the right to reject any and all bids not in the best interest of the Town. Karl Drown, Chairman Board of Health
The Town of Rehoboth Board of Selectmen seeks sealed proposals from qualified Proposers for Lease of Real Property for Construction, Operation & Maintenance of a Renewable Energy Facility at the Rehoboth capped Landfill on Martin Street. A copy of Request for Proposal may be obtained by calling Helen Dennen, Board of Selectmen’s Office, at 508-252-3758, Ext. 107, or be email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at the Selectmen’s continued on next page...
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The Reporter May 2013 Office, 148 Peck Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769. Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Proposal is to be submitted in a sealed envelope to Board of Selectmen’s Office 148 Peck Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769 clearly marked “RFP: Lease of Real Property for Construction of Renewable Energy Facility-Large Scale Ground Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installation”. The Town reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. BOARD OF SELECTMEN Susan M. Pimental, Chairman
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Rehoboth – News from the Rehoboth Rescue Squad has not been forthcoming in recent editions for one simple reason: the personnel have just been too busy! From the infamous blizzard that struck our region in February to subsequent calls for service and an active training calendar, stopping to pen a press release has not been high on the priority list. Squad personnel and members of the Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency (REMA) are grateful for the letters of praise submitted for publication concerning our dedicated service during the Blizzard of 2013, aka “Nemo.” The positive feedback is appreciated, and makes our volunteerism worthwhile. The Squad was already in action and prepared for Nemo several days prior to its arrival. Once the storm hit, personnel remained on continuous duty at the station. In the immediate aftermath, personnel transported persons needing shelter from their homes to Beckwith Middle School, where REMA and Rescue volunteers staffed the shelter continuously, and continued to perform numerous other duties as well. Once again, the value of volunteerism was greatly realized, as tremendous service was provided at no cost to the town considering that our volunteers receive no compensation, and that government reimbursements for costs plus wage reimbursements, despite being volunteers, will be paid back to the town’s general fund. The Town of Rehoboth continues to benefit from REMA and the Rescue Squad in many ways!
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Before I begin the discussion regarding town meeting, let me give you an update on REPAC and the “missing money” and equipment. A grand jury indicted Ed Schagrin on four counts of larceny by embezzlement, all four are felony charges. The judge did impose bail of $5,000 at his hearing on April 23rd. Ed’s lawyer argued that he has been respectful to the court and should be release without bail. Apparently the judge thought moving the money when the judge ordered it frozen was not so respectful. Seriously, a blatant disregard for a court order is being respectful?!? This is an ongoing criminal investigation and the Attorney General is also conducting an investigation as it relates to the non- profit status, there may be additional charges as a result. The police seized $167,000. If Ed is found guilty the money will be returned to the town and can only be used for public access. The town has a contract with Comcast and town had a contract with REPAC. In the Repac contract it states upon termination of the contract all assets, equipment; cash are to be turned over to the town. This is your money. You paid for it on your cable bill each month. We are on our way to getting justice…and a lesson to those that have a blatant disregard for the law. Town Meeting is scheduled for May 13th at the Dighton Rehoboth Regional School at 7pm. This is our form of government in Rehoboth. The Selectman administers the vote of the people. By the time the Reporter comes out, every resident will have received the town warrant. If you are not familiar with how your government works….I will try to explain “town meeting”. Each year the town schedules an Annual Town Meeting and a Special Town Meeting. The Annual Town meeting is where we vote on the budget for the upcoming year. The Board of Selectman reviews each department head budget requests. They may make some changes and once the budget is finalized, it is forwarded to the finance committee for their recommendation as to the source of funds. We have several funding sources that can be used… Raise and Appropriate, which is made up of property tax and personal tax revenue, local receipts, which includes excise tax, permits, fees, etc as well as State Aid. It makes sense since this is recurring revenue, that the operating budget (salaries and expense to run our town government) are funded with these recurring revenues, since the expenses are “recurring” expenses. The approval of this source of funding at town meeting is a simple majority vote. Other sources of funds are Stabilization, Overlay Surplus and Free Cash. Stabilization is money that has been voted on at prior town meetings….it is kind of like a savings account for the town. The
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Other items typically on the annual town meeting are acbalance also plays a role in our bond rating. If we sell bonds to ceptance of various reports for Ambulance, Board of Health and pay for some large capital project, the investor wants to know that Library. In addition, this year, as in past years, there are requests the town is solvent and has some “emergency” funds available. for some updates, changes or additions to our current bylaws Overlay Surplus is created as a result of excess monies from abatein town. While many have argued town meeting does not fairly ments. Each year the assessors request an amount to be set aside represent the residents in town, my thought, those that typically for possible abatements. If you get your tax bill and you dispute attend town meeting are informed and want to make an informed the amount, you can file with the assessor s. If they determine that decision for their town. Anyone wishing to speak on a topic or ask you were incorrectly taxed, the adjustment to your taxes is charged a question will be heard. You will hear both sides of an issue and against the abatements. There is a timeline in filing for abatement then be asked to vote. While you may not always agree, you are with the assessors each year. Once the timeline has passed, the more likely to get an informed vote. At the voting polls, there isn’t assessors meet and vote to release any left over money from the an opportunity for discussion or debate of an issue. An uninformed abatement for use at town meetings. This release of the money voter may vote based on misinformation or a slick marketing camis called “Overlay Surplus”. Free Cash is not “free”. When the paign based on a political or personal agenda. Who would you budget is prepared, the revenue and expenses are estimates for rather makes decisions for your town? Town meeting is open to the coming year. The difference between the estimates and actual all registered voters in Rehoboth. results will be free cash. For example, if the estimate for revenues was $20,000,000 and we actually had revenue of $20,100,000 and if we had budgeted expenses of $20,000,000 and the expenses came in at $19,900,000, the difference between the actual and estimated results in “free cash”. In this case, free cash would be $200,000. This is calculated and verified by the department of revenue after the fiscal year….typically sometime in September. This year, the town’s free cash was 1.2Million. Typically the free cash is a few hundred thousand. The reason for the unusually Inc. high amount is due to some one time revenue. The state released some additional state aid to the local communities last year; our 250 S. Main Street local receipts were higher than estimated and included some no MA RS#3814 Attleboro, MA e y recurring revenue. 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The Seekonk Kiwanis is inviting all 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders to participate in the Seekonk Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 25th. Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles and enter them in a pre-parade contest. Trophies will be given. Then the children will ride their bikes as part of the bike brigade in the parade. The children will meet at the high school at 8:30 a.m. and then travel the parade route to the Kevin Hurley Middle School. We hope to see you there to help us celebrate Memorial Day. For additional information, contact Bev Hart 508-336-9352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Jan Parker, Seekonk Town Clerk The Special State Election to fill Senator Kerry’s seat will be held on Tuesday, June 25th, at the Seekonk High School from 7:00AM-8:00PM. The ballot will be on the Town’s web site as soon as it is printed and mailed out to us. The only thing on the ballot will be that Senate seat race. Absentee ballots will be available three weeks ahead of the election. The Water Department is holding its annual meeting on May 14th at the Seekonk Library at 6:30 PM. May 27th is a holiday and the Town Hall will be closed. There will be a parade that weekend. Watch local cable for the date and time. Thank you to all who sent their get well wishes to my husband during his recent hospitalization. He is home and doing really well. The Seekonk paramedics and fire department are the best. The Parker and Roy families want to thank them for the great ambulance care that Dave received. Seekonk is fortunate to have so many professionals on call when they are needed. Dog licenses are now due. A late fee will be assessed after May 31st, so if you haven’t licensed the dog yet, please do so now so that you don’t have to pay an extra $20.00. If you still have your census form, please check that, sign it and make any corrections, if needed and mail it back to us. Otherwise you will become an inactive voter on our State computer system.
Seekonk Parks & Recreation
The Seekonk Parks & Recreation Committee has a variety of programs to offer for Summer 2013. The annual Summer Program will be held July 8-19th at Aitken School, grades k-6. Youth & Adult Tennis lessons at SHS Courts-Dates vary. Field Hockey Clinic at SHS fields 8/12-8/15, grades 5-9. Basketball Clinic at SHS Gym, grades 5-8. British Challenger Soccer Camp at Cole Street fields-ages 3-14. For more information contact Bridget Garrity, Parks & Recreation Director firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-944-4226 or to register go to http://www.seekonk.ma.us/pages/SeekonkMA_Recreation/index.
Seekonk Fishing Tournament
The Seekonk Lions were extremely happy with the turn out at the Doug Allen Memorial Fishing Tournament on Patriot’s Day. The 87 youngsters that took part all had a great time as did their parents and grandparents. We are looking forward to another great event next year. Although the event was sponsored by the Seekonk Lions we could not have had such success without the help of others. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bass Pro Shops, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Young’s Caterers, and Honeydew Doughnuts for their generous contributions. We would like to thank the Seekonk School Superintendent’s office, The Rehoboth/Seekonk Reporter, the Seekonk Senior Digest, and the Attleboro Sun Chronicle for their help in promotion. But most of all we would like to thank Greg Esmay, owner of the Old Grist Mill Tavern for making the Old Grist Mill Pond available for fishing.
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The New and Improved TV9 Seekonk by Laura Calverley
TV9 Seekonk, the town’s non-profit cable access company, has undergone a notable transformation over the past two years. The studio has been upgraded with new lighting and robotic cameras. A new on-air look and brand has given the public access station a more professional appearance and style. The number of local programs produced and directed at TV9 has also increased significantly. Executive Director Jeff Fountain is the man behind all the improvements. He came to TV9 in 2010 after working as a Promotion Producer at WJAR-TV, NBC10 for six years. “I’m enthusiastic about this place,” Fountain said. One of the first things Fountain did was dramatically improve the production value of the station – with new lighting, better lighting techniques and new robotic cameras that can be guided from the control room. “With good lighting, good direction and good camera-work, we raised the bar dramatically,” said Fountain, who earned two national Emmy Awards for his work at NBC Sports on the Olympics. The robotic cameras made a big difference because they no longer need to rely on volunteers to run the cameras. “Now two of us together can execute a full production,” Fountain said. The other person is Production Technician Cody Peixoto, who directs studio programs. Fountain and Peixoto are the only paid staff at TV9. Volunteers sometimes assist with productions; at one time it was difficult to get consistent volunteer help. “Suddenly we’ve gotten more interest from people in doing shows here and in volunteering because they see a higher production value,” Fountain said. Another improvement that Fountain made was to rebrand the station. He changed the name, created a new logo and improved the background graphics for all the local programming. New music was also composed that complemented the new brand and is now used for all the station ids. “We used to be called Seekonk Cable 9. I rebranded us to TV9 Seekonk. It had a huge impact. People thought a channel had signed on,” Fountain said. The theme of the new look is “Technology Meets Nature.” Fountain came up with the concept and palette and a design company produced the new ‘look.’ The number of locally produced programs on the public access station, Ch. 9, has increased in the past few years. Seventy-five percent of the programming on Channel 9 is now locally produced, which is a very high percentage for a public access station of Seekonk’s size, says Fountain. “We went from having five shows locally produced here to 22 shows,” Fountain said. Some of the popular new programs include: -In The Garden – Garden program hosted by Master Landscaper Andrew Grossman which recently won a second place award for Best Instructional Programming from the Alliance for Community Media/NE Region. -The Law Matters – Hosts Jacqueline Grasso and David Bazar, both local attorneys, offer general legal advice on topics ranging from the importance of having a will to what to do if you get sued. -Sports Addict – Sports talk show hosted by former selectman John Turner. The programs that were already airing before Fountain took over have all been re-tooled. Some of these include: -Police Beat – A program hosted by the police chief that provides an overview of police and criminal activities during the previous week and offers commentary and tips on avoiding being a crime victim. continued on next page...
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-Olive Tree – A religious talk show hosted Galina Kouptsova focusing on the Jewish faith. It is produced bilingually in Russian and English and distributed throughout Boston. -Women’s Outlook – Talk show for women hosted by Board Member Deb Hoch. Besides the studio improvements, TV9’s field production capabilities have also improved with the purchase of a high-end field camera, which is used on “In the Garden” and other programs. TV9 also covers major events in town and produces video packages to air on Ch. 9. They recently produced a video of the installation ceremony of the new police chief Craig Mace. TV9 broadcasts the Save-A-Pet auction every year, which is a big production involving three nights of live coverage using four cameras. About a year and a half ago, the cable access station ended its news program that aired twice a month. The resources needed to cover breaking news were not within their scope, says Fountain, and most of the news covered on the program was now being covered in other programs such as Police Beat, Inside Seekonk and Point of View, a talk show hosted by Selectmen Michael Brady and former selectman Robert Richardson, among others. TV9 continues to cover major community events and issues that are important to residents. “Viewers are still getting the information, just in a different way,” Fountain said. Although there have been some challenges and obstacles to get to where they are, Fountain attributes the success of TV9 to a shared commitment to strong, high quality local programming. “I attribute it to a committed Board of Directors that has stayed true to their vision, a vibrant community that has supported the station and a dedicated staff striving to create the highest quality programming possible – programming that focuses on Seekonk and is hyper local,” Fountain said.
Fountain reports to a volunteer board of directors. The board members are: Russ Hart, President; Mike O’Connell, Vice President; Deb Hoch, Secretary; Bev Hart: Mitch Vieira; and Peter Hoogerzeil. Like other cable access providers, TV9 offers three local PEG channels. Channel 9 is the Public access channel. Channel 15 is the Educational channel, which is programmed by Seekonk high school teacher Bay State Road, Rehoboth MA Bay State Road, Rehoboth MA ® John Moran with content created by students. Channel 17 is the Government chanA Developmentally Appropriate nel, which records and broadcasts annual A Developmentally Appropriate town meetings, and town board meetings Pre-School for: Pre-School Program Program for: including the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board and others. Dighton, Rehoboth and Seekonk Dighton, Rehoboth and Seekonk TV9 is funded from cable access fees that Seekonk cable subscribers pay to Comcast. The studio and equipment are available for residents to use at no charge and training is provided. All the upgrades have made it much simpler for budding amateur talk show hosts • Foster Children Automatically Qualify • Foster Children Automatically Qualify to become local stars. “You can come in and worry about the Breakfast & Lunch Served • Breakfast &•Lunch Served content and we take care of the ‘light, camera, action,’” Fountain said. Part Based Day & Options Home Based Options Available Part Day & •Home Available “We have re-invented ourselves as a production company,” he said. Reinvention of cable public access is something that many Rehoboth residents have wanted for a long time. After years of turmoil, criticism and lawsuits, last January, the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen voted Ma. License # 8117990 Ma. License # 8117990 #212592
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Contra Dance Friday, May 10th
There will be a Rehoboth contra dance on Friday, May 10, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. All dances will be taught by caller Lisa Greenleaf. Music will be performed by Anadama, with Amelia Mason, Emily Troll, and Bethany Waickman. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375; http://www.contradancelinks.com/rehoboth.html.
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There will be a Rehoboth contra dance on Friday, May 24, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. All dances will be taught by caller Linda Leslie. Music will be performed by Amy Larkin, Jonathan Larkin, and Max Newman. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375; http://www.contradancelinks.com/rehoboth.html.
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The Lauren Zarembka Memorial Foundation Fundraiser will be held on Saturday May 25, 2013 at the Saint Brendan School Hall, 55 Turner Avenue East Providence RI from 6:30—11:00PM. Donation: $20PP ($10 Children 5-10) Tickets Available at Schroders Deli, Willet Avenue, Riverside or by calling 438-4445, 433-4883, 253-3715 The foundation was founded in memory of Lauren Zarembka, a 2006 EPHS graduate who passed away September 23rd 2007 after a two and a half year battle with a brain tumor. Once again, “Your Heart Will Go On” marks the sixth year of the foundation’s single annual fundraiser. It has been through the generous support of the many local organizations, statewide businesses and individuals that have allowed the foundation to carry on Lauren’s memory and giving nature. To date the foundation has raised over $88,000.00, which has been used to provide $29,000.00 in scholarships as well as close to $7000.00 in donations to music/theater programs, which were one of Lauren’s true passions. Additionally the foundation has provided over $10,000.00 to adopt families battling pediatric cancer through the Tomorrow Fund at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. This brings to nine, the number of families helped during the past five holiday seasons. Through the generosity of those that have supported the foundation, the balance of funds continues to support what will lead to full endowment of the foundations mission. As with each year’s event we are in the process of seeking major sponsors to assist us in covering the associated costs of the event, thereby allowing one hundred percent of the proceeds to be utilized toward the foundations major goals. Sponsorship Levels $2000.00 Signature Sponsor $1000.00 Platinum Sponsor $750.00 Gold Sponsor $500.00 Silver Sponsor $250.00 Bronze Sponsor All sponsors will be recognized in all print and media promotions along with a listing in the events program and multi-media display the night of the event. More information on sponsorships and donations for the fundraiser can be obtained by contacting Mary Anne Maciel via email: email@example.com, or 401-253-3715. Visit the Foundations Facebook page at Lauren Zarembka Memorial Foundation .95
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May 2013 The Reporter
Rehoboth Contra Dance May 31st
There will be a Rehoboth contra dance on Friday, May 31, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. All dances will be taught by caller Chris Weiler. Music will be performed by Julie Metcalf and Eric Eid-Reiner. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375; http://www.contradancelinks.com/rehoboth.html.
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“The Doorway To Your Dreams” 6th Annual A Ride for Tomorrow In Memory OF Mariah Burda
D a t e : S a t u r d a y, J u n e 1 5 , 2 0 1 3 ( r a i n o r s h i n e ) Motorcycle Registration: 10:00AM-12:00 (must have helmets) Place: Kevin Hurley Middle School 650 Newman Ave (Rte 152) Seekon Ma Donations $15 per person until June 1st $20 after that The ride will end at The Whiskey Republic 515 South Water St Providence RI All proceeds to benefit The Tomorrow Fund at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. After the ride food, raffles, and music For More Info visit the website www.aridefortomorrow.com or our Facebook page For tickets contact: Jean Burda 508-726-5139, Tom Burda 508726-1187 ; Bruce Andrews 774-991-3042 Make donations payable to A Ride for Tomorrow If you don’t ride meet us at The Whiskey Republic at 1:30PM for lots of fun
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The Reporter May 2013
26th Annual Strawberry Festival
Seekonk Veterans Memorial Park Committee Saturday, June 22, 2013
June 16, 2013
Sunday from Noon Till 4 PM, Rain or Shine!
Homemade Strawberry Shortcake • Hot dogs and Lemonade • Live music from Midnight Sun Country Band • Library Book Sale • Fun for the whole family! Crafters Wanted Call Linda @508-763-0576 Please come and join us at The Bandstand South Main Street Assonet, MA; Assonet Village Four Corners at the Bandstand Route 79: Exit 10 from 24 South; Exit 9 from 24 North...Our signs will lead you there! This annual Festival is held to provide scholarships for students from Freetown, MA; Sponsored by The Tuesday Club of Assonet and the Freetown Cultural Society.
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Dighton Rehoboth Reunion Notice
The Dighton Rehoboth Regional Class of 1973 is planning our 40th High School Reunion for Saturday, August 3, at Segregansett Country Club. We are still searching for classmates - Guy Battle, Karen Boostrom, Christine Brochu, Diana Chase, Kathleen Castle, Richard Castle, Alan Charron, Karen Coutinho, Lori Curry, James Dady, Carol Dufresne, Deborah J Horton, Mario Izzo, Dorothy Kurbiec, Madeline LaDuke, John Lane Jr, Robert Lingard, Charmaine Lund, Tom Martin, George Martins, Joseph McCabe Jr, Patrick McCombs, Barry Mello, Michael Mendes, Warren Miller, Brian Moynihan, Susan Oakes, Russell Paige, Patricia Pelletier, Robert Roberts, Alfred Scanlon, Kristen Smusz, Jeffrey Snow, Duane Spellman, Patricia Tetreault, Susan Trim, Robert Vincelette, and Martin Warren. If anyone knows the whereabouts of these classmates, please let us know. Contact Sue Medeiros Dobras at 774-203-5137 email firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Lagace 508 520-7007 email email@example.com.
EPHS – Class of 1956
East Providence High School Class of 1956 are asked to reserve Sunday, September 15th, for a 57th reunion. The reunion will be on a Sunday afternoon at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, RI. Invitations will be mailed in May. If you have moved in the past two years, please call 508-336-8709 (Seekonk) to up-date your address.
We’re Having A Reunion
Anawan Junior High School Class of 1956 is planning a 57th Reunion, but we’ve been unable to locate some of our classmates. If you know where any of the following people can be reached please call 508-252-3828 or 508-222-9477. Judy Barnes, Cynthia Blow, Agnes Buckley, Margaret Cole, Frank Cestodio, Robert Kelley, Walter Oatley, Richard O’Brien, Henry Oliveira, Donald Roy
May 2013 The Reporter
Who’s Who & What They Do... Profiling Local Businesses Journey’s Haven Riding School
By Jim Chandley In an unassuming little corner of Rehoboth, just off of Anawan Street, is Journey’s Haven Riding School. Sherri Savoy has been a riding school operator since 1991, starting in North Attleboro under the name Horseshu Stable later joining with Morsebrook Equestrian Center. She founded the school, which she named for her late show horse Journey, in 2003. Savoy teaches much more than posting and pacing at Journey’s Haven. “We teach everyone true horsemanship,” says Savoy, who believes this is a skill lacking in today’s riding world. “No one comes here and just rides. You will learn how to tack a horse. Each student is taught almost every aspect of horse farm management,” says Savoy. Proper handling, grooming and tacking is emphasized; they instruct from the ground up. Savoy is a local and a veteran of nearby horse farms. Growing up in Attleboro, she learned at places like Chargus, Acres Wild Farm and Fox Lea Farm. In training at many different facilities, Savoy noticed not only a lack of true horsemanship in riding, but also an exclusivity that she hoped to fix. “Never will I turn away a horse and/or rider as I believe there is a place for every horse and every rider,” says Savoy. She also believes you are never too old to start riding. There is also a pony pal program at Journey’s Haven for children 5 and under, so you’re also never too young. Horse shows are a staple of Journey’s Haven, and their most recent show on April 28th was dedicated to all the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and all those involved such as first responders. If you would like to experience a horse show for yourself, remaining dates in 2013 are: May 19th, June 30th, July 28th, August 18th, September 29th, and October 27th. In addition to their concern for the victims of our Commonwealth’s recent tragedy, the folks at Journey’s Haven are committed to community service. They frequently offer discounted admission for horse shows in exchange for donations of canned goods, which they bring to local food pantries. Of course lessons are available at Journey’s Haven, and there are a variety of options. They offer the best prices around, starting at $30. Perhaps most importantly, their lessons are counted in sessions, not minutes. If you’re interested in lessons, check out the options at their website: journeyshavenrs.com or call at (508) 252-9925. There are so many more services offered at Journey’s Haven. There are vacation programs for your children this summer, horse and pony parties for birthdays and other events, the list goes on. Stop in to Journey’s Haven or click or call, there are just too many ways to learn to love horses. You can also just stop in, they run open houses every Saturday and Sunday from 12:30-1:30.
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The Reporter May 2013
News And Notes From Blanding Library Monday - Thursday 11:30 - 8:00pm
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Ghosts at Goff Hall?
Have you ever wondered if Goff Hall is haunted? The Southern New England Paranormal Society will give a free presentation at Goff Hall, 124 Bay State Rd. on Sat. May 18 at 6 p.m. This event is open to all and no reservations are necessary. The members of this society asked for permission to investigate any possible paranormal activity in the building that houses the Blanding Library, a historic landmark built about 100 years ago. They conducted their investigations earlier this spring when the library was closed, and will present their findings in a public program. They will also answer any questions and listen to others’ stories about local ghosts and hauntings. This group has given a similar presentation at the Ames Library in Easton that was very popular.
Butterflies at Goff Hall
We don’t know about ghosts, but there will definitely be butterflies in the garden at Goff Hall this summer. The Blanding Library just received a plaque and certificate from the North American Butterfly Association, stating that they have a certified butterfly garden. Library director Laura Bennett says, “In order to be a part of the certification program, we had to submit (with the invaluable help and guidance from landscape designer Lisa Gervais) answers to their questions about their requirements.” The NABA says, “A butterfly garden supplies food and shelter for all stages of a butterfly’s life. Providing caterpillar food plants, butterfly nectar plants, and about half a day’s worth of sun are the basic elements of a butterfly garden. When you certify your butterfly garden with NABA’s Butterfly Garden Certification Program you demonstrate your commitment to promoting habitat for butterflies as well as other pollinators.” The library would be grateful for any contributions towards the upkeep of this butterfly garden and for the purchase of a birdbath. All the proceeds from the sale of our specially designed library tote bags (a bargain at $10 each) will go to the butterfly garden too.
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May 2013 The Reporter Also coming up are two meetings of the Blanding Book Club which meets one Tuesday a month at 7:30 p.m. Next up on May 14 is “Small Island” by Andrea Levy and then on June 11, it’s “Traveling with Pomegranates” by Sue Monk Kidd. The Blanding Library (www.blandinglibrary.net) is located at 124 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, 508-252-4236. The Library is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays, including Memorial Day on Monday May 27.
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Seekonk Public Library Thursday, May 30 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Social Security 2013: What You Need to Know
A representative from the Social Security Administration will answer your questions and share about changes that will affect your access to benefit information. Light refreshments will be provided. www. “The Dollars & Sense series has allowed us the ability to tailor programming to fit the various needs of those in our community” says Adult Services Librarian Michelle Gario. “It’s a privilege to be able to host programs that are purely educational, free of sales gimmicks, to help us with the many types of financial decisions we make for ourselves and those in our lives.” Call (508) 336-8230 ext. 130 for more information or to register. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n w w w. s e e k o n k p l . o r g Automobile Recycling Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pruning for Your Garden and Landscape Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 pm
SEEKONK, MA – Now that spring is here, there is so much to be done to ensure your garden and landscape will be more beautiful than ever! The Seekonk Public Library will offer a free presentation on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30 pm, to help you learn the best pruning techniques to get the most out of your garden and landscape. University of Rhode Island Master Gardener, Claire Golembewski, will teach you how to properly prune your plants to enhance their beauty and improve your landscape. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a Master! This program is free and open to the public through a sponsorship from The Friends of the Seekonk Public Library. Fo r i n f o r m a t i o n : w w w. s e e k o n k p l . o r g o r Contact: email@example.com
Séances: Searching for the Spirits Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 pm
SEEKONK, MA – The Seekonk Public Library presents Séances: Searching for the Spirits on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 pm at the library. Rory Raven, a mentalist and mindbender, will guide you through the fascinating history of séances in this fun and interactive lecture-presentation. His goal is to reproduce the kind of effects that parapsychologists have been researching for years – only he wants to do them live and onstage. Be ready to be amazed as he demonstrates the apparently impossible! This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by The Friends of the Seekonk Public Library. F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n : w w w. s e e k o n k p l . o r g o r Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Library Trust Seeks Nominees for Public Service Award
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The Seekonk Library Trust is seeking nominees for the Sharon St. Hilaire Public Service Award. The Seekonk Library Trust created the award as a way to recognize long and distinguished service to the Town of Seekonk by a public employee or community volunteer. The award is named for its first recipient, Sharon St. Hilaire, who served as Director of the Seekonk Public Library for thirty-four years. In addition to her library service, Ms. St. Hilaire played a prominent role in the development of the Seekonk Meadows, a recreation area that was created on the site of a closed landfill. Ms. St. Hilaire accepted the award at a ceremony in August 2011, which appropriately was held at a library sponsored concert on the Seekonk Meadows. The Library Trust is an independent charitable organization that was created to raise funds for Seekonk Public Library programs and capital needs. The Board of Trustees for the Library Trust will review the nominations and announce its decision this summer. The nomination form may be obtained at the Seekonk Public Library or on the library’s website at http://www.seekonkpl.org/library-trust.html. The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The forms should be submitted to the attention of Peter Fuller at the Seekonk Public Library, 410 Newman Avenue in Seekonk, MA.
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Anawan Oakton Grange
Hi everyone. Another month has come and gone. May is the time for surprise baskets, fun and Memorial services. Our May 14th meeting will be a celebration of our 2nd anniversary. It is an open meeting and we will be sharing it with Scituate Grange. Our program will feature entertainment by Vic Solo, with songs from Elvis. May 28th will be our Memorial service where we will honor Richard W. Goff, and Johanna Pierce who joined the “Great Grange above where dwells the Great Master of us all,” this year. Looking forward to the Young Farmer Night and the Beginning Farmer Network pot luck supper on May 2nd at 6 pm at the Grange hall. I think everyone associates Grange with agriculture. The State Grange News editor asks “is it just about farms?” The latest edition of the Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word as: “noun, the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products.” It is not just about being a farmer who tends animals or grows crops. It is about everything that comes from what we grow, what we raise (animal husbandry), what we process, what we eat, and how all this affects our environment and life style. If you take a close look at grange membership you’ll find people from all walks of life with the traditional farmer being in the minority here in Massachusetts. But you will also find that Grangers love to eat, bake, enjoy flowers, garden, and in general appreciate the open space. We have many contests in the Grange. Recently two of our Southeastern Junior grangers placed second in their age groups for their Muddy Buddys. Enough for now, see you in the Grange.
May 2013 The Reporter
A Note To Customers
Our community was hit by several storms last winter that impacted the health and safety of many trees. Because of this, many tree services are inflating their prices and using high pressure sales tactics to take advantage of customers. We’d like you to know that at Seekonk Tree Service we have your best interest in mind. You’ll get an honest, professional arborists experience at an affordable rate. In any service area, a customer should get at least 3 quotes to compare; let us be one of them. Sincerely,
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The Reporter May 2013
The Sojourn Bear Group will be getting together on: Please note the date! Monday, May 20th at 10:30 am, at Lincoln Village, 300 Lincoln Avenue, North Dighton. Made by caring volunteers, these Bears are distributed to Cancer Patients at nearby hospitals. For more information and to let us know if you would like to help, please call (508) 823-0095.
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Rehoboth Senior Citizens’ Club News
We are a social and charitable club open to residents or nonresidents of Rehoboth. Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of the month (September through June.) Meetings are held at 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. The club was formed in 1973 for seniors 60 years and older. We are an official member of the National Council of Senior Citizens, Inc. On May 2, 1974 the club requested the selectmen to form a Council on Aging which was approved. We are a non-profit organization and our one fundraiser of the year is our annual bazaar, which will be held on October 19th this year. Throughout the years, our club has made donations to the Rehoboth Ambulance, the Rehoboth Food Pantry, Rehoboth Citizens in need and other organizations.
May 2nd: Regular meeting followed by bingo May 16th: Installation Luncheon at 12:00 noon catered by Young’s Caterers. Cost is $10 (Must sign up and pay in advance.) We will be installing our new officers for the coming year. June 6th: Regular meeting followed by bingo June 20th: Strawberry Festival at 12:00 noon Cost is $5. (Must sign up and pay in advance.) We are always happy to welcome new members into our club…Rehoboth residents or non-residents are welcome. Dues are payable on or before the first meeting in May. If you would like to become a member of our club, please fill out the application below:
Must Be 60 Years of Age Name _________________________________________ Address _______________________________________ Phone Number _________________________________ Date of Birth _______________________________________________ Dues are $4.00 a year for residents…. $8.00 a year for non-residents Amount Enclosed $__________________________________________ Please make checks payable to: Rehoboth Senior Citizens’ Club and send to: Rehoboth Senior Citizens’ Club; 55 Bay State Road; Rehoboth, MA 02769-2317
The Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit is located at 1003 Waterman Avenue in East Providence
We have a unique set of artifacts, photographs, maps and crafts donated from all over the world. There are exhibits on music and the arts, slavery, whaling, the immigration packets, the cranberry bogs, the longshoremen and Cape Verdean Independence among other topics. We also have an extensive library of books and films available for browsing and academic research. The Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit is pleased to announce new hours of operation. The new hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. For special arrangements, school visits or group tours, please contact Education Coordinator, Yvonne Smart at (401) 228-7292 or (401) 274-7852. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at ymsmart@ cox.net. For upcoming events and announcements, please visit us at www.capeverdeanmuseum.org and click on Newsletter.
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Dates of Meetings and Activities (Meetings are Wed. unless listed) "For All Your Lawn Care Needs" APRIL HAPPENINGS … CLAM BOIL @ SEEKONK GUN CLUB. Since 2000 Was another success! YAY! YAY! - Recognition Night Committee making progress – Lions State Convention was GOOD for Rehoboth – D-R LEO President, Tyler Carden got Co-LEO of the Year Award Nathan Mock – Keara Enos and Cody Roy were in the All-State Band, and 5 of Arborist, Forester and Professional Turf Manager us were there to vote on Sunday. Ray Moreau will be District Gov., Bev Dillon to be 1st VDG, Roland Grenier 2ndVDG elect and Russ Turf Grass Healthcare Consultant Latham “Ray’s CST. AND – Michael Middleton won the State Youth Spring/Fall Cleanups Garden beds Speech Contest and $1500. Comedy Night was FUN – Thanks Mowing/Trimming Mulch Chairman Russ Weddell! Recycle Day, was another success, Rehoboth, Dighton, Seekonk + LEOS together, Don Nokes Chair. Small Tree Removal Pruning April 24 – Reg. Lions Meeting – Special Guest Speaker (with our 401-486-9669 Zone invited) Buddy Cianci – a good take. MAY … 8 – 13TH ANNUAL CITIZENS’ RECOGNITION NIGHT at Hillside Country Club – Gather @ 6:00 – Dinner @ 7:00 PM, there will be 13 Awards given to our good citizens. Tickets are $28. SPECIAL RAFFLE TICKETS – ONLY 250 BEING SOLD. 3 PRIZES – TWO 1st row Boston Red Sox tickets for 4TH OF JULY, Dinner for Two @ The Capital Grill ($100), and Four Paw Sox tickets with Fireworks for July 2nd. RAFFLE TICKETS are $10 each. 13 – REHOBOTH TOWN MEETING AT D-R R.H.S. 15 – Rehoboth Lions Board of Dir. Mtg. @ Ray’s @ 7 20 – MASS EYE & EAR Bus trip @ 3:45 @ DaPalma’s 22 – Lions Meeting at Goff Hall @ 7, Skills USA Lion John Skurchak is cooking our Shipyard Owner Mason Barney Farmer Sylvanus Martin Printer Peter Chalmers meal. DATES FOR REHOBOTH LIONS CLAM BOILS FOR 2013. THE 1ST WED. OF each of the following months: MAY 1, JUNE 5, SEPTEMBER 4, OCTOBER 2 AND NOVEMBER 6. JUNE … 5 – C L A M B O I L @ SEEKONK GUN CLUB @ 7 12 – LIONS AT ANAWAN CLUB ON GORHAM ST. DG Dave Barbour will induct new members. 16 – District 33S Lions @ Paw Sox 19 – Lions BOD @ Ray’s 22 – Chuck Procopio’s Installation as n President of OUR Rehoboth Lions Club ma Gil (Installing all our officers at Hillside C.C.)
Rehoboth Minutemen 13th Continental Regiment 20 Years Old
This year the unit celebrates its 20th anniversary. It was formed during Rehoboth’s celebration of its 350th anniversary in 1993. It represented the 210 minutemen/ militia from Old Rehoboth (Seekonk, East Providence and Pawtucket) and Attleboro who answered the call of April 19 1775. They also represent the patriots who served in the war during the next 8 years. continued on next page...
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When General Washington reorganized the troop around Boston in early 1776 the troop from the south eastern part of the state were formed into the 13th Continental Regiment. We have joined reenactments from the Plains of Abraham in Canada to the field of Yorktown in Virginia. Twice we were invited to set up our white wedge tents at Mount Vernon in at George Washington’s yard. We have come a long way and have done and learned much in 20 years. Our unit is made up of members of many occupations and nationalities. There are carpenters, bank tellers, factory workers, school teachers, Real Estate salesmen, Massachusetts State employees, college student, and many others.
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About 15 % of our members had ancestors living in this country at the time of the American Revolution. The families of other members came later. They were the French from Canada, Irish, Portuguese, German, and Italians. A true American melting pot. We are always anxious to add new members to our unit. The music is open to anyone 12 years or older. We have 3 colonial drums to use. The Militia is open to men and women 16 years or older. We have 5 Brown Bess muskets to loan new members. Families are welcome to participate as support members for the troops. If you think you might enjoy history, both learning and sharing, this might be the hobby you could enjoy. We have been invited by the Rehoboth Community Convent Church to help at their Block party on May 11. We will present a power point program on May 13Th at the Fall River Library and on May 15Th at the Attleboro Library, “Boston Freedom Trail from a Seat. Some members will also be visiting local schools. The unit will march in several Memorial Day Parades. Business meetings will be held at Palmer River School on May 21 and June 18. For more information call: Capt. Al Soucey 508 226 2551 Ensign John Carr 508 252 3194 Cathy Potter 508 252 3682 Visit us at: www.facebook.com/thirteenthcontinentalregiment http://www.thirteenthcontinentalregiment.com/
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We will be selling bricks to be placed in two locations of the memorial: (1) the brick ramp reserved for any veteran who has served the United States. If you would like your brick placed in the memorial ramp, please complete the brick in the same format as the veteran example below and please also fill out the bottom portion of this form. (2) walkway leading to the memorial area to purchase bricks to recognize friends, family, supporters, businesses, etc. Each brick may contain up to three lines of no more than 16 characters per line. Text will be centered and capitalized. All orders are subject to approval and the installation of the bricks will take place once construction of the memorial is completed. Please also considering making a Patriot Pledge to help us construct the memorial. *The memorial outer circle (non-highlighted brick area) will feature the names of veterans who lived in Rehoboth at the time of service. The committee will purchase the bricks and place them in the appropriate conflict dedication area.
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Rehoboth – Dighton Memorial Day Parade
“Those groups or companies looking to participate in the Rehoboth – Dighton Memorial Day Parade need to contact the Rehoboth Veterans’ Services to register” Scouts, athletic groups, dance groups, marching groups, floats, equipment types, equestrians, etc. Please call 508-252-4467, ext 122; leave a message!” Lt. Col. William C. Saunders, U. S. Army, (Retired) Director of Veterans’ Services “ A veteran is someone who at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America fo an amount of ‘up to and including my Life’ “
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On April 10th 13 members of the Rehoboth Anawan Lions club attended a Brown Bag auction held by the So. Attleboro Village Lions Club. There were several other Lions clubs who also attended and enjoyed the chicken pot pie dinner that was served, and then the fun of the auction began. It was truly a fun night that we have attended for a number of years. The money from the auction was continued on next page...
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donated to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research and was credited to the clubs charity accounts. It ended up to be approximately $188 per club. We know how this is used and we had a good time giving as well. We look forward to next year. On April 19th there were four members who went to the Holiday Inn in Mansfield to attend the Mass Multiple Lions State Convention. Our purpose was to attend the Youth Speech Contest. The 5 Districts had the finalists giving their respective speeches. The winner who won the event was from our district - District S and we congratulate Martin Middleton. His prize was $1500. He was truly a
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May 16 - Meeting at Hillside Country Club with induction of new members. May 22 - Marian Manor Bingo The slate of officers for the coming year are as follows - They will serve from July 1,2013 through June 30,2014. President - NadIne Martin, 1st VP - Carol Grenier, 2nd VP - Cheryl Tait, 3rd VP - Charlene Cunha, Sec - Janice Goulart, Treasurer - Cheryl Gouveia, Director Two Years - Ellie Horton and Maryann Parella, Director One Year - Helen Dennen and Denise Thomas, Tail Twister - Jeanne Noons, Lion Tamer - Sue Nokes, Membership Chairperson - Cathy Silvia., Co-chair â€“ Alice Oliver and Donna LaCroix We would like to say THANK YOU to all who have supported us this year in all our endeavors And look forward to your continued support; and remember our motto WE SERVE and Indeed we do. See you next month.
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The Red Hat Mamas of Seekonk held an English High Tea on Tues, April 23, 2013 at the OLQM Parish center at 385 Central Ave. Seekonk, MA. A great time was had by all the Red Hatters in attendance. Queen Mother, Claire Cinq-Mars welcomed guest Red Hatters from the Attleboro Chapter. Petite pastries (mini filled pasties), various mini quiches and tea sandwiches of Neufchatel cream cheese with slices of seedless cucumber or oven roasted breast of chicken were served with a side of fruit chutney made with gingered apples and mangoes with a splash of sherry. Dessert of mini eclairs filled with Bavarian custard cream and other dainty sweets were served with regular and decaf tea and coffee to the more than 45 persons in attendance. Entertainment by the famous mentalist, Rory Raven, amazed us with his unique talent. Chairwoman, Stephanie Luizzi, and her helpers served a magnificent High Tea Brunch. The Tea Pot centerpieces on each table were arranged with flowers by Jeannette Steward.
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Lende McMullen is working hard to make this our best Family Day yet! Just as in previous years, you’ll get a glimpse of what it was like to live in Rehoboth long ago. But this year we’ll have local re-enactors. For instance, you’ll be grinding your own cornmeal and then Martha Martin, who lived here in the 1700s, will show you how to make cornbread in the open hearth fireplace. You can try printing a telegram using letters from Peter Chalmers’ printing press. And you can learn how to weave your own bookmark from local weaver Robey Benjamin. Then Martha’s husband Sylvanus Martin will show you his post & beam barn and tell you how it was built. Make sure to come early, because there will be plenty to see and do, including visiting our farm animal pen, and perching on the driver’s seat of an old tractor and antique Munroe Dairy truck. You can even visit Annie Gilman’s Shady Bend Tea Shop and buy candy at Pop’s Red Lantern. So mark your calendars for Sunday, June 2, 12-4pm. Also, at noon that day the Carpenter Museum will be presented the “2012 Gold Star Award” by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Nominated by Maureen Whittemore of the Rehoboth Cultural Council, the museum is being honored for last year’s year-long program, “Remembering Rehoboth School Days.” Please remember that you can also visit the nearby Hornbine One-Room Schoolhouse on Sunday, June 2, 1-4pm. For more information contact the Carpenter Museum, 4 Locust Ave., Rehoboth, 508-252-3031, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carpentermuseum. org.
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A Rehoboth Tradition for Over 120 Years Francis Farm is a Rehoboth institution famous for its clambakes. In some ways it hasn’t changed much over the years and in other ways it has. Ken Foley, owner of Francis Farm, shared some of his memories as part of the oral history project “It’s Your Business, Rehoboth!” now underway at the Carpenter Museum. Ken Foley came to live with his grandfather at Francis Farm when he was 12 in 1959. “I was raised by my grandfather. I slept in the attic and made $3 a day. I left when I was 17 to join the service and then I worked at Francis Farm from the time I was 21 to 35.”
Ken said that Peleg Francis was the original founder of Francis Farm in 1890. The land was rocky hardpan, not suitable for farming. The clambakes started with the Goff family reunions. “When I came to Francis Farm at age 12 they had one pavilion. Mr. [William] Francis wouldn’t allow alcohol here. Mr. Francis was one of the most respected elders. He paid everyone cash. My grandfather Frank Miller and uncle George Taylor ran the bakes as their part-time jobs. My grandfather was also a steward at the American Legion. George Taylor was a Phys. Ed. teacher. “In 1960 Mr. Taylor quit his job and ran the farm full time. My grandfather worked behind the scenes. George was personable and ran the parties. When I first came I helped the older people. Mary and Joe Carpenter always had table one. Everyone had their own job to do. It was open only in the summer; it opened on May 15. “George got old and retired. The Taylor boys Michael and David took over, but Mike got sick, so just David ran it. He sold off some of the land. There were 110 acres. Now there are just 60 acres. The subdivision [houses across the street] was developed in 2000.
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“In the 1960s you couldn’t even reserve a Sunday. They were all booked far in advance. There was only one party per Sunday. For years Ray Collins was the bake master. He worked his whole life here. He lived down the street. We had weddings and the occasional corporate parties and union rallies. We had to adapt our business. Now we have events like weddings and birthday parties. We were always the biggest clambake in the area and now we’re the only one left. “In 1959 we had two outhouses and no septic system. And we had an ice house. We bought our ice from Mr. Johnson at Lin’s Ice (which later became Lin’s Propane). Our garbage went to Henry Miller who had a pig farm on French St. We still have the original tractor from that time. We burned trash once a week. That was a big event. We cut wood on the property and split it by hand. We used 100 to 200 cords of wood per week. New Methods with Traditional Recipes “We used to make clambakes using rocks. John Meager delivered rocks for $10 a load. He was short, stout and muscular. Now we use steel ingots. We got them from Crescent Park when they closed. We bought milk from Perry’s Store. Francis Farm was the largest employer in town, with 50 to 60 college and high school kids working there in the summer. Cooks included Ruth Colburn and Hilda Weddell, and Fran Ingram was the head cook. The cooks from the high school worked here in the summer. “A clambake order included potatoes, fish, dressing, sausage, onions. It was always the same. We also sold barbecued chicken. When we used rocks, they had to be heated to 1200 degrees. That took an hour and a half and then the food was cooked for an hour. We could feed 25 people with one bushel (about 45 lbs.) of clams.” There were some interesting times at the old Francis Farm. Ken recalled one incident. “In 1963 we had a bake with 1500 petroleum dealers. There was some gambling going on. There were 20-35 professional gamblers at the event and 25 police came and caught them.” Ken acquired Francis Farm in 2003. By then it was in need of a lot of repair and renovations. They also installed heat at that time so Francis Farm could be open all year, not just in the summer. There are two halls and two pavilions, so indoor events can take place in bad weather and in the winter. Miller Hall is named after Ken’s grandfather and Francis Hall is named after Peleg Francis who founded the farm. There is also a Francis Farm museum that showcases antique tractors from the New England Antique Tractor and Truck Association and shows a photographic history of the many clambakes held through the years. Francis Farm offers volleyball courts, a softball field, and horseshoe courts for outdoor fun. continued on next page...
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When third grade teacher Karen Salois told us that her students were fascinated by the lives of early Wampanoags who lived here, the Carpenter Museum offered to pack up our King Philip cooking pot and take it for a ride across town to visit them. Then we called Fred Robinson of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, and he said he had a neat program called “Tool Time,” where he shows modern tools and asks kids to guess which Native American tools are the same. So, on a recent Monday we joined Fred for a full morning of presentations to the third grade classes. Special thanks to Fred, who did an amazing talk. And thanks to Karen Salois, who coordinated the program at Palmer River. Fred encourages everyone to
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Carpenter Museum to Receive Gold Star Award
Please join the Rehoboth Cultural Council on Sunday, June 2, to celebrate with us as Barbara Spencer, Director, and the Carpenter Museum accept the coveted Gold Star Award for their exemplary program, “Remembering Rehoboth School Days”. This program was selected to receive the Gold Star by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). Representative Steven Howitt, member of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, will be on hand to present the award. Also joining us will be Annie Houston of the MCC. Rehoboth has always prided itself on its commitment to education. This award- winning program, “Remembering Rehoboth School Days,” offered glimpses into the history of education in Rehoboth over the centuries. Events included a bus tour of one-room schoolhouse sites with Dave Downs, former Palmer River teacher; an exhibit of educational memorabilia at the museum created by Laura Napolitano, Curator; and a “Teachers Talk Forum” with former teachers and administrators moderated by Bill Cute. The program culminated with the museum’s annual Family Day held in June. The centerpiece of the program was a series of recorded and archived interviews with teachers, administrators and former students. Three Rehoboth nonagenarians- Evelyn Bois, Frances Jones, and Harriet Swallow-who are former students of Rehoboth’s oneroom schoolhouses, were interviewed for this oral history project. Interviews were conducted by Rehoboth high school students- Joan Olson, Case Framson, Nick Andrade, Elizabeth Oakley, Brooke Renaud, Taylor Stebbings, Cam Downey, Caitlin Downing-and Beverly Pettine, Hornbine School Marm. These videos are available on YouTube and can be accessed through the Carpenter Museum website. “Remembering Rehoboth School Days” was selected to receive the Gold Star by the Massachusetts Cultural Council because of “its success in integrating the arts into the community” and by creating “an awareness of Rehoboth’s historical link to education, while engaging community members of all ages.” The program was funded in part by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council. The award presentation will be the kick-off event of the Carpenter Museum’s annual Family Day. The ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. at the museum in the E. Otis Dyer Barn. It promises to be a fun-filled afternoon of activities for the entire family. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to gather and honor one of our own. We look forward to seeing you there!
Rotary Club of Taunton prepares for annual “Pancake Day” event
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Then... and Now Be a Rehoboth History Detective!
By Steve Mendrzychowski, Carpenter Museum Researcher
Here is the answer to April’s challenge:
Reminiscing is a wonderful pastime. Usually it leads to impromptu smiles on faces and great conversation. All of our Then and Now offerings have created warm feelings about Rehoboth’s past. If you guessed the location of April’s Then and Now as being either Pop’s Red Lantern or the Mid-way then the smile should not have been far away. The store was a favorite stop for people traveling between Providence and Taunton as well as children and adults who lived in the area around the intersection of Routes 44 and 118. “Pop” Alburn opened the business in 1941 as a gas station/convenience store. The business had a soda fountain, and sold ice cream as well as other odds and ends such as penny candy and little toys. Wooden gliders were very popular among the children. One of the most important items “sold” at the store was the endless conversation about anything from town politics to local social events. Pop’s Red Lantern changed hands during the mid-1950s and was renamed Mid-way because of its location between Providence and Taunton. The building is now home to David Smith Realty as well as other offices. Thanks go out to Arnie Palmer and Ernie Boren for their help in the research of this Rehoboth landmark. This month’s winner is: June M. Cook.
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Here are the clues for May’s historic site:
Another in the long line of Rehoboth treasures is this South Rehoboth landmark which, over the years, was home to three family-run businesses. Can you name one of the three businesses? If you would like to guess the answer, email it to the Carpenter Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to P.O. Box 2, Rehoboth, MA 02769. A winner will be randomly drawn from all entries and that person will receive a prize. Winners will be announced in the Rehoboth Reporter along with a photo of the correct location and more details. The deadline for submitting a guess is May 20.
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