Medway/Millis July 2016


Medway/Millis July 2016


Medway & Millis





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Medway Residents –

Come Out and Celebrate!

4th Annual Celebrate Medway Day Saturday, July 16

by J.D. O’Gara

It was born out of the Medway

300 Celebration four

years ago, and it is all about

one community having a blast

together. Celebrate Medway

Day will take place this year on

Saturday July 16, from 2

p.m. – 9 p.m. (or until fireworks

are over) at Choate Park

and Thayer Homestead. The

day will include all sorts of activities

for young and old alike,

food at old fashioned prices

and it will culminate with great

music and fireworks at the day.

The first year, this event was

called Medway Family Day,

but Carole Bernstein, who cochairs

Celebrate Medway Day

with Kathy and John Foresto,

Dennis Crowley and Judi

LaPan, says the committee

decided to change the moniker

because “it’s not just about

little kids. This is about anyone

and everyone coming out

to enjoy Medway and enjoy

Choate Park and the Thayer

Celebrate Medway Day will take place this year on July 16, from 2-9

p.m. Favorites such as the rock wall and boating on Choate Pond will

return, and the day will feature music and fireworks – fun for all.

Homestead,” she says.

Milford-based band, Abandon

Jack, will perform from

about 2:30-6:30 p.m. at the


Bernstein describes the

four-man band’s repertoire as

“eclectic, music from the 60s

right up to current. You can

check out Abandon Jack with a

simple Facebook search.

At about 7 p.m., back for the

second year is the Claflin Hill

Symphony Orchestra (www., sponsored by

the Medway Lions Club.

“This is their second year,”


continued on page 4

A Community in


Millis Police Chief and Town

Administrator Both Stepping Down

By Jane Lebak

Two departures have left Millis

residents feeling uncertain about

the future. Police Chief Keith

F. Edison announced his retirement

this coming August. And

Charles Aspinwall has stepped

down from his position as Town

Administrator in order to take a

position as Town Administrator

of Canton, MA.

These changes come at a time

when Millis itself is undergoing

transformation. It has built a new

library, is in the process of building

a new police station, and is in

discussions about building a new

elementary school. But both men

see Millis’s community spirit as

its biggest strength and the key to

the success of their eventual replacements.

Chief Edison took his role on

March 1, 2012, having previously

served with the Holliston

Police Department. He recently

announced his retirement, and

his last day on the force will be

August 20th.

“It’s been a privilege,” he says

of his work in Millis. “I’ve enjoyed

my time here very much.”

Chief Edison is excited about

the new police station. “It’s happening,

and that was my goal,”

he says. And even though he

won’t be here to enjoy the completed

building, “I won’t be that

far away.” Edison resides in


Much of a Police Chief ’s work

is behind-the-scenes, so while

watching a new building go up is

a beacon to the whole town, the

community never gets to see the

full impact of a Police Chief ’s

leadership. “When I came here,

the staffing and supervisory structure

was needed to be expanded.

There was no sergeant on the

overnight shift. We worked with

the town to change that, and we

added another supervisor in the


He’s also pleased with the

department’s ties to the Millis


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Medway Thayer House to Hose A Salute to Veterans

and Armed Forces

Newport Navy Band Northeast to Play Saturday, July 30

By J.D. O’Gara

Medway will keep up the tradition

of hosting a summertime

military band concert yet again

this year, when the Medway

Lions, in conjunction with the

Thayer House Committee, host

the Newport Navy Band Northeast

on the lawn of the Thayer

House on Saturday, July 30, at 7


“For at least 10 years, we’ve

had military bands in Medway,”

says Col. (RET) Michael Matondi,

who has helped arrange

the concerts all these years. “It’s

one of the big events of the year,

where a large population turns

out from surrounding towns and

everything. The attendance is

usually there at the 2,000 mark.”

According to its website, the

Navy Band Northeast, established

in 1974, is based on board

NAVSTA Newport and is one

of 11 official U.S. Navy bands

worldwide, providing musical

support for military ceremonies,

recruiting, morale and retention

programs, and community

relations. Under the direction

of Lieutenant Gregory Fritz,

this group of 35 professional

Navy musicians supports more

than 300 engagements annually

throughout an 11-state area of

responsibility, performing regularly

for high-ranking military

and civilian dignitaries, Navy

Recruiting, public outreach and

awareness efforts, and partnership

in education programs

throughout the Northeast United


For questions about the event,

contact Col. Matondi at (508)


To learn more about Navy

Band Northeast, visit www.cnic.

Tentatively, in case of rain, the

concert will be held at the Medway

High School auditorium. The Newport Navy Band Northeast will play at the Thayer House in Medway on July 30.

Our 4th Annual!


July 16, 2016

from 2 – 9 PM






• Refreshments available

• Pony Rides

all day at old fashioned

• Bounce Houses


• Abandon Jack concert

• Remote Control Race

at 2:30


• The Claflin Hill Orchestra

• Climbing Wall

concert at 7

• Boating on the Pond

• Fireworks after dark!!!

T E Homestead


Choate Park

and Thayer


• Family Bingo at Thayer

• Firefighter’s Foam

• Face Painting

• Crafts

• Watermelon Eating


• Alpacas

• Magician/Balloon


And a giant THANK YOU to the Medway residents, Medway Lions Club, and all the businesses and organizations who

generously donated time and money to make this popular event possible for the fourth year!

July 2016 Local Town Pages Page 3

Big Fish in a Little Pond

Father’s Day turned out to be

a beautiful day for catching some

fish at Southend Pond in Millis.

The annual Father’s Day Fishing

Derby, hosted by the Millis Recreation

Dept. was a big hit, with

three sisters, Alyssa, Rebecca and

Alex Fallon, shown, sweeping the

18+ category. Sponsors included

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Keith’s Tackle Shop and Dunkin


Here are a few glimpses of

the day, with photos by George

Trumbour, III.

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continued from page 1

says Bernstein, who says that

Claflin Hill came through in a

pinch last year when the Navy

Band was unable to make the

venue. “They were absolutely a

hit with the crowd. They will play

the 1812 Overture right through

the fireworks,” says Bernstein,

excited for the Esplanade-like

finale. Fireworks this year are

being sponsored by Exelon.

In addition to great music

will be what Bernstein describes

as “all the favorites.” This will

include a remote control racetrack

by Rock ‘n Roll Racing

(sponsored in part by Long Distance

Tire), a rock climbing wall

(sponsored by Medway Cable),

pony rides by Lil’ Folk Farm of

Holliston (sponsored by Charles

River Bank), and face painters

and boats on the pond (both

sponsored by The Medway Lions

Club). In addition, the event will

feature bouncy houses, an obstacle

course and firemen’s foam,

courtesy of Medway Fire. Activities

will take place from 2-6 p.m.

Children of all ages won’t

want to miss the watermelon eating

contest, for which Bernstein

says she usually procures about

50 pieces of watermelon. There

will also be bingo, and both contests

will have prizes. If watermelon

isn’t your treat, don’t fret.

T.C. Scoops will be onsite at the

event, selling its ice cream, and

the event boasts “old fashioned

food at old fashioned prices,”

such as cotton candy, popcorn

and a hot dog or burger plate

with chips and soda for just $2


Celebrate Medway Day is

meant to be a party, not a fundraiser.

“Everything is free,” says

Bernstein, of the activities. Her

committee works with different

town agencies, including Police

and Fire, as well as generous volunteers

who step forward from

the Medway Lions, Medway

High School, Girl Scouts, bank

personnel and more. “This is

meant to be a giveback, a thank

you to the town of Medway,

with generous support from the

townspeople. It’s meant to be a

self-supported event that provides

a fun day out for the people

of Medway and their families.”

If you are interested in volunteering

to help Celebrate

Medway Day, contact Carole

Bernstein at

(508) 254-6071 or email

Please note that on the day

of the event, July 16, parking for

those with a handicap sticker will

be available at the Thayer House

parking lot. General parking will

be available on the street, where

marked and at Cassidy Field.

This year’s festivities will include the band Abandon Jack all afternoon,

followed by the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, which will play all the

way through the fireworks.

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Public School. “I was happy to

see that there was such a strong

relationship, and we’ve continued

that. I would hope that would

continue in the future. It gives

us a better understanding of the

community, and the community

sees why we do what we do.”

Town Administrator Charles

Aspinwall has been with Millis

since 1991, and his last day will

be July 5th. It’s hard to encapsulate

a career that spans a quarter

century, and Aspinwall is proud

of his accomplishments. “Last

year I met someone who formerly

lived in Millis and hadn’t

been here for twenty years. They

were quite complimentary in

what the town has done, how

we’ve improved infrastructure

and redefined the center of town

in Millis.”

The heart of Millis is, most

importantly, its people. “The interactions

with personnel, when

we can work on difficult issues

and come to resolution that all

parties are satisfied with,” says

Aspinwall, citing different interpersonal

situations in the town

management and how he’s

worked to help make an impact

with different individuals.

“Those are the things that lend

fulfillment in the job.”

Looking ahead, he says, “One

concern I have about the town

going into the future is the slowdown

in volunteerism.” Citing

the climate when he came onboard

in 1991, “there was healthy

competition for elected officials,

and appointed officials, and that

seems to have slowed down over

the years. Bringing in a fresh perspective

is important, rather than

having the same ideas.”

He adds, referring to his move

to Canton, “That’s important to

me too, to provide the community

with other perspectives as

new town administrator.”

Suzanne Kennedy, formerly

from Medway, will serve as interim

town manager for probably

three to five months while the

board decides how to proceed

with the recruitment of a new

Town Administrator.

When asked if he has advice

for the next Town Administrator,

Aspinwall says, “Millis is a very

caring community. It’s important

to listen before you say or do

anything: genuinely listen. And

hear more than two sides of one


Edison has similar advice for

his eventual successor. “I think

anyone who comes into this job

today understands that there’s a

need to maintain a relationship

with the community, that it’s a

dialogue and it’s understanding

of the needs of the community.

There are times it appears those

might be in conflict, but in reality,

if you step out of the immediate

instant, there rarely is anything

in the interest of the town that’s

contrary to the interests of the

police department, or in the interests

of the police department

that’s contrary to the interests

of the town. They go hand in


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Millis Author Works with Teacher to Create “Buddy Bench”

Local author Arlene Lagos

has partnered with the Millis

Playground Committee and Art

teacher Jim Poulos to provide

CFB students with a playground

“Buddy Bench”!

Here’s the idea of the “Buddy

Bench”: During those times

when a student might not have

a friend to play with during recess,

the Buddy Bench is a place

where the student would go to sit

and wait. Other students, seeing

someone sitting alone, would approach

the child and invite him/

her to join into a game in progress

– it’s a way to promote kindness,

empathy and support, at the

student-level, for including others

in friendship and play!

Author Arlene Lagos secured

a Tournesol Bench, donated by

Site One Landscape and Supply

to provide CFB with the Buddy

Bench, and spoke with the Millis

Playground Committee, who

helped determine the best spot

for the bench.

Art teacher Jim Poulos

stepped up and volunteered the

entire fourth grade class in painting

the bench for the students

of CFB – they see this as their

“legacy of remembrance” before

they depart for the middle school

at the end of the year!

Once the bench has been

decorated, it will be placed in the

town park playground in time for

a Dedication Ceremony to be

held with this year’s fourth grade

on June 22nd at CFB Elementary.

Lagos also worked with Paul

Simms at the High School Metal

Shop to have his students create

a plaque for the bench!

She will be available to read

an excerpt from her popular children’s

book, “Outside the Circle”

(illustrated by her daughter,

fourth grader Shawnee Lagos),

which touches upon the topic of

friendship and inclusion. Many

thanks to Arlene Lagos for her

work in realizing her idea for the

children of Millis!



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Millis Garden Club Awards Scholarship to Chad Hauptman

The Millis Garden Club

strives to enhance the natural

beauty of our own surroundings

and that of our community,

through the horticultural education

of members - while cultivating

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Each year we give a scholarship

to a deserving Millis resident

high school senior who will be

pursuing a career related to the

Club’s mission.

This year the Millis Garden

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Criminal Justice, attending Westfield

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Summer in Full Swing at Medway Community Education

As July begins, Medway Community Education is

happy to offer a summer of fun and exciting programs

for children and adults.

Our offerings in Science include Designing & Engineering

Fun, Rocketry, and G.L.O.S.S., a Science camp

for girls, as well as programs from Wicked Cool for Kids,

Camp Invention, and Circuit Lab.

Our Arts, Crafts and Theater programs include

Peggy the Pirate musical production, quilting and sewing,

dance camp, creative art camp, drawing & painting,

jewelry creations and a video production class with

Medway Cable Access.

For Sports programs, check out tennis, basketball,

flag football, and track & field offered by Skyhawks, as

well as their Mini-Hawk and Multi-Sport programs.

F.A.S.T. Athletics dodge ball & floor hockey, and Super

Sports programs are also available. In addition, we offer

golf programs and swim lessons.

Join us for two educational farming programs for

children with Medway Community Farm. Red Cross

Babysitting, Physical Wellness and Driver’s Education

are always popular over the summer. For adults, we have

Yoga, Tai Chi, Boot Camp, golf programs, Paint & Sip

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Millis Elementary School Building Committee Decides on Preferred Plan

Committee to Submit Design for a September MSBA Review

By J.D. O’Gara

On Wednesday, June 15, the

Millis Elementary School Building

Committee meeting the

Committee unanimously voted

on the 1C3 school building option

as the preferred choice for

the Preferred Schematic Report

that will be submitted to the

MSBA in August. The meeting

and the discussion and vote can

be viewed at

“After months of hard work

the project team consisting of

members of the Elementary

School Building Committee

(ESBC), Compass Project Management,

and Tappe Architects

were pleased to come up with a

preferred choice in a fiscally responsible

manner that meets the

educational programing needs

of the Millis Public Schools. The

process was collaborative involving

input from the community

as well as teachers and staff at

multiple times. The ESBC looks

forward to an endorsement vote

of the Board of Selectman and

the School Committee so we can

submit our plan to the MSBA.

There is a lot of work to be done

but we are pleased with reaching

another milestone,” says Steven

Catalano, ESBC and School

Committee member.

The MSBA had required Millis

to look at both renovations to

the existing school, renovations

plus additions to the existing

school or the replacement of the

school. The C3 option was one

of two replacement options presented.

It places a new elementary

school where current van

parking, tennis and basketball

courts are located. This option allows

for separation of bus and car

drop offs, increasing safety, and

connects green space together

between schools. The building itself

would represent an education

vision plan for the Clyde Brown

that includes increased safety,

bright lighting, public space and

an arts hub on the first floor and

a second floor with central zones

for project based learning, individual

study and group study. A

baseball field, tennis court and

basketball court would need to

move to the current location of

the Clyde Brown School.

During the meeting, a hopeful

timeline was discussed. Now

that Millis Elementary School

Building Committee has chosen

an option, the MSBA board will

meet and hopefully approve the

preferred schematic in September.

At the November 2016 town

meeting, a necessary land swap

that was begun at the spring town

meeting would need to be approved

in order to have the state

transfer the land in time. Final

approval by the MSBA would be

needed in March of 2017, and

then in May of 2017, provided all

necessary approvals are secured,

a townwide meeting would vote

on the project, with a ballot question

on a debt exclusion.

Medway DPS Director Tom Holder Elected to Mass. Coalition

for Water Resources Stewardship Board of Directors

The Massachusetts Coalition

for Water Resources Stewardship

(the Coalition) announced

the election of Tom Holder,

Director of the Department of

Public Services for the Town of

Medway, to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Holder is a resident of


Mr. Holder has been Director

of the Department of Public Services

in Medway since 2009. He

oversees programs to maintain

and support the strategic goals of

the Town. Mr. Holder manages

staff engaged in the administrative

and technical management

of the planning, design, construction,

and maintenance of

the Town’s public infrastructure

including wastewater collection,

water supply and distribution,

stormwater management, solid

waste and recycling, public facilities,

parks, and roadway and

bridge systems.

Prior to joining Medway, Mr.

Holder was Deputy Director of

Public Works for the Town of

Framingham and before that

Deputy Superintendent of Operations

for the Boston Water and

Sewer Commission. He received

a Bachelor of Science degree in

Engineering from the Florida

Institute of Technology and a

Master of Science degree in Civil

Engineering from Northeastern

University. Mr. Holder is active

in the New England Chapter of

American Public Works Association,

New England Water Environment

Association, the New

England Section of American

Water Works Association, and

is currently a Board Member

of the MassDEP Safe Drinking

Water Act Advisory Committee.

He holds a Grade 4 Drinking

Water Operators License and is

MCPPO Certified as a Public

Procurement Official.

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private and nonprofit organizations.

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Girl Scout Celebrates Hard-Earned Gold Award

Achievement Highest Award in Girl Scouting

By J.D. O’Gara

On June 4, 2016, Katherine

(Katy) Rose Golden, of Millis

Girl Scout Troop 74920, led by

Sherrice Golden, celebrated her

achievement of Girl Scout Gold

Award at the American Legion

Post 208 in Millis. The award is

the highest honor a Girl Scout

can achieve.

For her Gold Award project,

Katy renovated part of the Pleasant

Street property overseen by

the Millis Conservation Commission.

She cleared debris from

the remaining building there and

created a new trail that connects

the building to an existing trail,

spreading wood chips in front of

the building and creating a fire

pit. She also created a booklet

about the local wildlife, safety

tips and camping procedures that

can all be experienced at the site.

The booklet is located at the site,

at Millis Public Schools and on

the Conservation Commission’s


“The goal of this project was

to create a spot here in town so

everyone would have the chance

to get outside and see the nature

that is in their backyards and to

experience and learn new things

about their town. It is also a spot

where people can go camping for

the weekend, cook over a fire, or

simply go for a day hike. It offers

a wide range of new activities

and experiences for people to

enjoy,” wrote Katy of her project.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

requirements for the

Gold Award state that Katy had

to personally invest 80 hours of

time (unlike in Boy Scouts, volunteer

hours don’t count toward

the project). Katy amassed 117

hours. During that time, she

faced some challenges. The biggest,

she says, was “time management,

especially over the

summer, just finding time to put

aside to actually do the project.”

A particularly irritating second

challenge – poison ivy. “Physically,

the poison ivy was awful.

I had poison ivy for the whole

summer. It was terrible.”

The Gold Award might be the

highest achievement a Girl Scout

can earn, but for Katy Golden,

who recently graduated from

Millis High School and has been

a Tri-Valley Basketball All-Star, it

is not nearly the only Girl Scout

achievement she has earned.

Katy began her Scouting years

as a Daisy, and as a Brownie

earned 19 Try-Its, 10 Junior

Badges, is a 6-year veteran of

Operation Snowflake, a 2-year

participant of T.R.E.C., worked

with her Girl Scout Troop to save

up for and visit the Pax Lodge,

in London, England, and has

earned both her Bronze and Silver

Awards, the highest achievements

for Junior and Cadette

Girl Scouts, respectively.

Katy says she “will definitely

take away a lot of leadership

skills. I had to organize a lot of

people and tell them exactly what

I needed, and then we all had to

work together to get it done. It

taught me to persevere, and not

to give up even when it got more

complicated and things went

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Summer Free Lunch in Milford

The Milford Area Humanitarian

Coalition is presenting

the Milford Summer Food Service

Program, sponsored by the

Hockomock Area YMCA in collaboration

with the Milford Public

Schools Food Services team.

The program begins on Thursday,

June 23rd and will end on

Tuesday, August 30th.

The program is being offered

at three locations in Milford, MA

including Memorial Elementary

School located at 12 Walnut

Street; The Milford Youth Center

located at 24 Pearl Street; and the

Trinity Episcopal Church located

at 17 Congress Street.

The Summer Food Service

Program in Milford will be

serving nutritious lunches for

all children who would like to

participate (ages 18 and under)

Monday through Friday between

11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants

must remain onsite while

eating and enjoying the meal.

Each site will also offer fun, interactive

activities after the lunch

each weekday. This program is

free and open to all. No advanced

sign-up or paperwork required.

In addition to the free lunch, an

afternoon snack is available at

the Milford Youth Center from 3

p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each week day.

“We are proud that our Y is a

place where community comes

together to make a difference

when we engage in initiatives

like the Milford Summer Food

Service Program,” said Ed Hurley,

president of the Hockomock

Area YMCA. “Our partnership

with the Milford Area Humanitarian

Coalition and the Milford forward to this being an annual

Public Schools will positively impact

partnership because of the vital

hundreds of Milford chil-

need this fills when school is out

dren and families. Collectively we of session.”

are working to ensure that more For more information or to

kids have the nourishment they be a program volunteer, email

need to grow and thrive this summer.”

Information can also be found on

A pilot program was launched Facebook (Milford Summer Food

last summer in Milford by the Service Program) and Twitter (@

Milford Area Humanitarian Coalition

Milford_SFSP). As well as on the

(MAHC). The program website:

served 2,200 meals to children Meals will be provided to all

over the course of the summer. children without charge and are

“Last summer’s lunch program the same for all children regardless

was a huge success. We used private

of race, color, national ori-

funding to test out the pilot gin, sex, age or ability, and there

program. The good news is that will be no discrimination in the

every child who comes to one of course of the meal service.

the three lunch sites will be fed Thank you to the following

each week day this summer. We sponsors who have supported

anticipate 300 to 500 kids a day. this program with grants or donations

of over $250 dollars:

The bad news is that there are

November 4, 2009

over 1,400 children in the Milford The Walmart Foundation, The

school system who depend on the Episcopal Churches of Central

school for their meals (reduced and Western Massachusetts, The

price and free) over the course of Massachusetts Department of

the school year. Let’s make sure Elementary and Secondary Education,

CHNA 6, Project Bread,

that no child goes to bed hungry

November 11, 2009

this summer,” said Rev. William Unibank, Bright Insurance,

John Peters III

MacDonald Murray,


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Episcopal Church, First

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Area Humanitarian Coalition. ford National Bank and Trust,

Kevin McIntyre, incoming Partners by Design, Commission

Superintendent of Milford Public

on Disability, Imperial Ford, Law

Schools said, “We are very Offices of Michael M. Kaplan

excited to partner with Metro the West Mil-Medicaford Area Humanitarian Coali-

and the Milford Rotary Club.

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YMCA for the Summer Food

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Schools have reinvigorated by election of officers and

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laboration with Dr. Sue Parents Kelsey Guindon

Anne Marks the Director and Audra Noonan have

of Student Services and departmental

been elected as co-chairs of

staff. Guided by the board with Dr. Marks.

state mandates, the goals of The group also identified

this influential group are to priorities for activities for

provide advice to the district the next school year, these

regarding its special education

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intervals and to create bylaws

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and elect officers. All parents

use, enlisting guest speakers,

of students found eli-

and creating parent partners

gible for special education, for “new” families

as well as other interested Although the group currently

parties are welcomed to be

is thirty members


strong, it is the Millis Public

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Save the Date!

Saturday, September 24

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Event will benefit the Medway Christmas Parade

To participate or learn more, call

Chris Parchesky at (508) 533-2774.

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Local Author Shirley Riga

to Appear at Millis Library

Shirley Riga will read from

her new book, Tools for the Exceptional

Parent of a Chronically-Ill

Child on Thursday, July

19 from 6:30-7:30 pm. in the

Roche Bros. Community Room

at the Millis Public Library, 961

Main St., Millis.

When asked why she wrote

it, Riga said, “Parents are living

on thread-bare emotions as they

try to keep their family and marriage

functioning while coping

with their child’s palliative care.

Caregivers need help too.” In the

book, Riga shares her journey

for emotional survival after her

daughter was born with two liver

diseases. Social workers have said

this is a ‘must read for any parent

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and her hard won advice

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what insurance company to

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felt I needed when I was facing

all my challenges. I wanted help

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Living Healthy


continued from page 14

Common Eye Injury

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Living Healthy

Boost Energy at the Office

Maintaining energy throughout

the workday can sometimes

be difficult. For busy professionals,

compromised energy levels

can be especially problematic,

causing workers to fall behind

and maybe even forcing them to

work extra hours just to catch up.

While infrequent days of low

energy should not pose too great

a threat, working professionals

who routinely find their energy

levels sagging by the end of the

workday might want to take certain

steps to boost their energy

and ensure their productivity

doesn’t wane.

• Make sure you’re getting

enough sleep. Failing to get adequate

sleep can have an adverse

impact on your career. According

to the Division of Sleep Medicine

at Harvard Medical School,

failure to get enough sleep, even

for just one night, can impair a

person’s ability to function by affecting

his or her ability to focus

and access high-level cognitive

functions. A panel of experts

from sleep, anatomy and physiology,

as well as pediatrics, neurology,

gerontology and gynecology

convened by the National Sleep

Foundation in 2015 recommended

adults between the ages

of 26 and 64 get between seven

and nine hours of sleep per

night. Make a concerted effort

to get more sleep if you’re falling

short of those recommended


• Eat a productivity-friendly

lunch. If afternoons are when

your productivity really starts to

drop off, it might be time to reconsider

what you eat for lunch.

The body, which converts the

foods we eat into glucose that energizes

our brains and promotes

alertness, processes different

types of foods differently. So the

food you eat for lunch may affect

your energy levels for the rest of

the day. For example, eating pasta

provides a quick burst of energy

because pasta releases glucose

quickly. But that burst is often

followed by a noticeable downturn

in energy levels sparked by

fading glucose levels that make it

difficult for the brain to focus. In

contrast, fruits and vegetables aid

in the production of dopamine,

a neurotransmitter that helps

the brain stay motivated and

engaged. Including some fruits

and vegetables in your lunch or

snacks may just lead to a more

productive workday.

• Squeeze in a midday workout.

Numerous studies have

shown the many benefits to

daily exercise, but professionals

may not know that exercise can

help improve their productivity

at the office. A 2005 study from

researchers at the then-named

Leeds Metropolitan University

in England asked 200 workers to

answer questions regarding their

productivity on days when they

exercised at lunchtime and days

when they did not exercise. Sixty

percent said their job performance,

including their ability to

meet deadlines and manage their

time, improved by a considerable

amount on the days when they


• Limit caffeine consumption.

According to the Mayo Clinic,

consuming more than 500 to

600 milligrams of caffeine per

day can contribute to insomnia

and lead to feelings of nervousness,

restlessness and irritability,

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Medway Public Library July Youth Events


Every Tuesday and Wednesday,

11 a.m.

Newborns – 3 year-olds are

invited to this drop-in program

of stories, fingerplay and songs

accompanied by mountain dulcimer.

Children must be accompanied

by parent/caregiver.

No Toddler Jam June 28, 29 or

July 5.


Every Thursday, 11 a.m.

Ages 10 months-5 years.* A

drop-in story time with songs,

stories, and craft. All children

must be accompanied by a caregiver.

* These ages are flexible! If you

think your children will enjoy story time,

please bring them.

IT’S A PICNIC-Story Time!

Every Friday, 12:15 p.m.

A drop-in story time with

songs, stories, and craft. All children

must be accompanied by a

caregiver. This is a family storytime

for all ages. Bring your own

lunch and we will eat and hear

stories outdoors. Please be mindful

of common food allergens.

PAWS to Read

Wednesday, July 6th, 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Interested in reading to a cuddly

friend? Sign up by calling

(508) 533-3217 or come in and

talk to our staff at the Circulation

desk to register.

Each child will get a 15 minute

one-on-one reading session

with our wonderful visiting

therapy dogs. Children must be

able to read independently as

this is not a tutoring session but

rather an opportunity to practice

reading skills with a good listener.

Grades 2-6.

Train Time with Thomas

and Friends

Monday, June 27th, 3:00- 5:00


Ages 2 and up. Please register

in advance.

Show and tell with your favorite

train toy. Take your picture

with Thomas. Hear a story or

two. Build a railroad with your

friends. Make a craft to bring


Mad Scientist Mondays,

2 p.m.

Mondays this summer will

have us donning our lab coats to

try out science experiments and

other STEM projects. Please register

in advance. The Museum of

Science will be visiting for July,

and Miss Lucy will lead activities

for August. Ages 5 and up.



July 11- Super Cold Science-

Amazing things happen when

matter changes temperature.

Experience the remarkable

changes in size, form, and

behavior that occur when a

variety of objects and substances

are super-cooled.

July 18-Animal Invaders:

Sharing Spaces-Animals are

an integral part of our environment,

living among us

whether we want them to or

not! We will learn about coexisting

with the animals that

share our planet and observe

up to 3 live examples of the

invaders in question.

July 25-Science Magic-This

program investigates the science

behind the “magic” of

several classic magic tricks,

such as how to snatch a tablecloth

without disturbing

the items on top, make a balloon

fireproof, and defy gravity.

For the grand finale, our

educator demonstrates how

science can make it safe to lie

down on a real bed of nails.

This activity is brought to you

with federal funds provided by

the Institute of Museum and Library

Services and administered

by the Massachusetts Board of

Library Commissioners.

YOWW!-Young Writers’


July 6th6 p.m.

* A quiet place where kids entering

grades 2 to 6 can bring a

book, talkabout stories, and then

get suggestions and structures for

creativefiction or true-life writing.

* A supportive place where

kids can come to develop their

own projects,like Minecraft stories,

comic books, newspaper articles,

or even novels.

* A cool place to come after a

long and loud day at camp.

Paddleball Contest,

Thursday, July 7, 3:30


Join us for an afternoon learning

this classic game. How many

times can you bounce the ball?

How creatively can you wield the

paddle? Ages 5 and up. Drop in.

All skill levels welcome!

Dr. Who Comics Day, Saturday,

July 9th, 1 p.m.

Celebrate Doctor Who Comics

Day at the library with crafts,

games, prizes and surprises. Play

around with the new Dr. Who

Comics App on our iPad, punch

through the fabric of time, build

your own Tardis, take silly photos

and more! Ages 12 and up. Register

in advance.

Science is Everywhere!-

Using Insects to Solve

Crimes, Thursday, July

14th, 4 p.m.

Summer is a great time to

learn and explore entomology.

We will explore the basics characteristics

of insects, their life

cycle and how this knowledge

and other trace evidence is used

by forensic scientists to help solve

crimes. Do you have what it takes

to help us solve some crimes?

This activity is brought to you

with federal funds provided by

the Institute of Museum and Library

Services and administered

by the Massachusetts Board of

Library Commissioners.

Dance Class with Amanda

DelPrete, Tuesday,

July 19th

Creative Ballet for ages 3-4 @

10:15 a.m.

Ballet/Jazz for ages 5-7 @ 11


Space is limited. Register in


Giant Tic-Tac-Toe, Thursday,

July 21st, 3:30 p.m.

We’ll chalking up the sidewalks

with our favorite classic

games. Rain date: July 28. All

ages. Drop in.

Search for Sasquatch

There is a sasquatch running

free and hiding out in the library

all summer. Said sasquatch’s

name will be announced at the

Kickoff events. A prize can be

earned each week that you find

him/her and report to Miss Lucy.

A certificate will be awarded at

the end of 8 weeks for those with

superb sasquatch sensing skills!

For more information and to

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Millis Council on Aging July Events

Antique Roadshow

Our 11th annual Antique

Roadshow with Coyles Auction

Gallery from Bellingham will be

held on Friday, July 29th from

11-12 in room 18. Please bring

in your valuables to be appraised.

Some things to consider bringing

in for appraisal would be toys,

dolls, Hummel’s, paintings, fine

pottery, stoneware, coins, military

items, or whatever else you

may have lying around the house

that you think may be of value.

There is a $4 charge per item

for appraisal. All proceeds go

to the Friends of Millis Council

on Aging and are used to fund

activities at the Center. Lunch

and make your own sundaes will

be available for a $3 donation.

You need not sign-up for the appraisals

but if you would like to

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Give yourself ten minutes to

have your hearing professionally

checked by Mass Audiology.

They can check your ear canal

and screen you for hearing loss

with an audiometer. If you already

have hearing aids, they can

check them and replace your batteries

and/or answer any questions

you may have about your

hearing device. Call us today at

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hearing screening at the

Millis Council on Aging on July

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are required for this


Enhance Fitness

Enhance Fitness is an evidence-based

group exercise

program for older adults that

uses simple, easy-to-learn movements

that motivate individuals

(including those with arthritis) to

stay active throughout their life.

Enhance Fitness meets 3 times/

week for 1 hour and is facilitated

by a nationally certified instructor.

Each class session includes

cardiovascular, strength training,

balance and flexibility exercises

and the fostering of strong social

relationships between participants.

Those with a chronic condition,

such as arthritis, need not

worry; they will never have to do

anything that hurts. Participants

can use chairs for support, if necessary,

and increase the weight

they use for strength training at

their own pace. We will be doing

a demo training on Wednesday

July 20th at 9 a.m. and Wednesday

July 27th at 9 a.m. If there is

interest, we will commit to a 16-

week training class.

Horseshoes and Cornhole

every Thursday in July

and August at 1 p.m.

Reduced BJ’s Membership

now available at the COA. $30

per household.

Super Bingo Wednesday, July

27th and Wednesday, August

31st at 12:15. The prize for the

last game is $25!


Our center now has a hairdresser

available the 2nd Friday

of the month from 10 a.m. to 12

p.m. If you would like a home

visit instead, please let us know.

Call the Center for an appointment.

$10 at the Center, $15 for

a home appointment. Date: July

18th and August 12th.

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Ralph is experienced in assisting

others with their technology

woes. Ralph is at the Center every

Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


The possibilities for volunteers

are almost limitless and are not

only for seniors. Community

members of all ages, willing to

share their special expertise, become

involved with seniors or

just want to help out, are welcome.

There are many volunteer

opportunities available, such

as, delivering Meals on Wheels,

helping in the kitchen, driving

for medical appointments, nurses

taking blood pressures, teaching

a craft, making friendly visits and

telephone re-assurance calls, providing

office support, or collating

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Milford Federal Savings &

Loan Association is pleased to

announce the appointment of

Hildee Lewis to AVP Branch

Administration. She will be responsible

for the oversight of

direct daily retail operations for

all locations. In addition, she will

provide support to the SVP Retail


Lewis, a resident of Douglas,

MA, has over 14 years of experience

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consumer loans to ensure compliance

with secondary market,

state, and Association guidelines.

In addition, she will provide support

to the VP of Loans.

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She also obtained a Master of

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89. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence

J. and Mary (Ahearn) Tierney. She was raised in

West Roxbury and graduated from Roslindale High school

with the class of 1944. She then went on to attend Boston

Clerical School.

Barbara was employed as a Security Analyst by Saltonstall

& Co. for over 30 years. She enjoyed playing cards,

golf, dogs, travel to Florida and was an avid Patriots and

Red Sox fan.

Barbara is survived by her lifelong dear friend Jocelyn

Johnston of Millis, nieces Kathleen Marden of Milford,

Jeanne Terio of New Port Richey, FL, Elaine Fortney of

Marlborough, nephews Lawrence Tierney of Mechanicsville,

NY and Kevin Burns of Framingham. She was the

loving sister of the late Virginia Burns and the late Lawrence

Tierney. She was predeceased by niece Maureen

Sibley and nephews Stephen Tierney and Jason Beaird.

Barbara is also survived by 18 great and 25 great grandnieces

and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be

made in Barbara’s name to the Medfield Animal Shelter,

P.O. Box 271, Medfield, MA 02052 or

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Friends of the Millis Public Library Present Scholarship

to Carolyn Hayes

The Friends of the Millis

Public Library recently presented

their annual scholarship

at the 113th Millis High School

graduation exercises on June

2nd. The scholarship is awarded

to a deserving high school senior

who plans to further his or her

education and who has shown a

commitment to community service,

especially related to libraries

and/or literacy and reading.

This award was presented by

Friends President and 1970 Millis

High graduate, Arthur Payne,

Jr. This year’s recipient, chosen

by the Scholarship Committee, is

Carolyn Hayes. Carolyn will attend

Stonehill College in the fall

and will be studying to become a

Spanish teacher.

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Mass Audubon Stony Brook Announces Its July Programming!

Early Morning Explorations:

Tuesdays, July 5th & 19th, from

7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Summer mornings

at Stony Brook can bring

many surprises. Take a guided

walk with a naturalist and find

out what wildlife is active in the

area as well as what vegetation is

currently flourishing. Nature lovers

of all levels are welcome! Fee:


Tiny Trekkers: Saturdays, July

2nd and 16th, from 10:30 a.m.

- 12 p.m. Start your weekend off

right with a fun and knowledgeable

Stony Brook teacher on the

trails learning about nature. Each

day will have a special topic created

to excite your child about

the natural world. There will be

crafts, activities and lots of laughter.

This month’s themes: Forest

Floors & Rotting Logs/ Butterflies

& Moths. Ages 2.9 to 6 with

a parent. Fee: $5m/$6nm per

person per session

Family Ponding: Saturday, July

9th, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ducks and geese are beautiful

and impressive creatures, but if

you really want to find out what

is living in the wetlands, you need

to look under the water. Join us as

we collect samples from below the

surface, carefully picking through

leaves and muck for the masters

of the underwater world. How

do these creatures live under

the water? You will be amazed

by their adaptations! We’ll look

for dragonflies, side-swimmers,

clams, predaceous diving beetles,

water scorpions and much, much

more. Minimum age 6. Fee:

$9adult, $6childm/$11adult,


The Bog at Poutwater Pond:

Saturday, July 9th, from 10 a.m.

– 12 p.m. Bogs are unusual places

that are much more common in

Maine than in Massachusetts.

Bogs are characterized by highly

acidic soils and waters which set

the stage for plants and animals

that can adapt to these unusual

conditions. Poutwater Pond is

home to stunted

trees and shrubs

as well as unusual

orchids and insect

eating plants. Join

us for an armchair


tour of the Bog at

Poutwater Pond,

a National Natural

Landmark and Massachusetts’

first Nature Preserve. Fee:


Shrubs and Trees: Plant ID

Made Easy: Saturday, July 16th,

from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. What

is that plant with all of the berries?

We often find ourselves

saying we don’t know. Join beginners

and experts alike as we

share our methods for plant

ID. This hands-on workshop

for identifying wood plants will

cover habitats, plant forms and

the attributes of specific plants

that are helpful in identifying

specific woody plants. Fee: $17m

- $21nm

Who’s Out There-Evening Wildlife

Prowls: Friday, July 22nd,

from 7:45 – 9:15 p.m. Explore

the fascinating world of Stony

Brook after dark. It’s a magical

time of day and adventures

out on the trail often reinforce

that notion. You never know

what you will find on a walk

around the trails after sunset.

We’ll be on the lookout for the

many creatures that roam the

wetlands, fields and forest in the

early evening. We might hear,

or even see, owls, beavers, frogs,

otters, bats or other nocturnal

animals. If you’re open to surprises,

these leisurely walks are

for you! Minimum age 6. Fee:

$9adult/$6childm - $11/$7nm

Wildflower ID Workshop: Sunday,

July 24th, from 9 a.m. – 12

p.m. Learn how to use the Newcombs

Guide to Wildflowers and to

easily ID the wildflowers that surround

us. By the end of this class

you will have the tools to identify

these beautiful plants with confidence.

Fee: $20m - $24nm

Pre-registration is required for

all programs (except as noted).

For more details, visit the Mass

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us at (508) 528-3140. Register

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Norfolk County Inmate Community Service Program

Helps Spruce Up Lovering Heights

In early June, a group of inmates

from Norfolk County spent

a day doing maintenance and

painting at Lovering Heights.

Sheriff Michael Bellotti created

a community service program to

help municipalities and churches

in Norfolk County. Inmates who

take part are screened to make

sure they not a risk or danger to

the public. Some inmates have

special trade skills, but in general

the work they do involves painting,

carpentry, landscaping and

general clean-up. Projects are

initiated by sending the sheriff

a letter requesting help. Selectman

Crowley arranged the day

of maintenance in Medway.

Sheriff Bellotti is pleased with

the program.

“It provides obvious benefits to

the municipalities and churches

in the form of free labor and the

inmates also benefit by getting

out from behind the jail walls for

a few hours, working in a positive

and appreciative environment.”

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In Medway Track, Stars Still Shine despite Numbers

By Christopher Tremblay

While winning is a big part of

high school sports, it doesn’t faze

Medway Track and Field Coach

Mary Ellen Hasenfuss one way

or another. Medway currently

has about 30 boys and another

30 girls on its track team, but

those numbers are dwarfed by

the other schools that the Mustangs

compete against in the Tri

Valley League.

“Wins and losses don’t mean

that much to me in our league.

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Our numbers are not exceptionally

high compared to not

only other sports in Medway,

but the TVL teams we compete

against,” the Medway Coach

said. “You take what you have

and use it. This year, our athletes

have stepped up, despite the low


One of those athletes that

have taken his game to the next

level is junior Kevin Roberts,

who not only went undefeated in

the 400 during the regular season,

crossed the line first in the

Conference Meet, was second in

the class C Meet with a time of

57.46 and was able to participate

in the ALL State Tournament.

The junior also earned a spot in

the high hurdles at the Class C

Finals running a time of 15.85;

jumped 18’ 7” in the long jump

and cleared 5’ 10” in the high


According to the Coach, Roberts

not only broke the school

record in the high jump, but he

re-broke his own record at the

Class C Meet and has his sights

set on the high hurdle record

next year. Roberts participated

in track his freshman campaign,

but decided to play club soccer as

a sophomore and returned to the

track this year.

Another athlete who decided

to skip his sophomore season

after participating in track as a

freshman was Timmy McHugh.

The now junior went out for

the Ultimate Frisbee team as a

sophomore, but like Roberts has

returned to take part in the long

jump for the Mustangs.

McHugh posted three consistent

jumps of 21’ 7”, 21’ 7” and

21’ 7.5” at the Class C Meets to

grab a fourth place finish and

move onto the All States. Unfortunately,

the junior jumper had

SATS the morning of the All

States and after driving straight

to the tournament, he did not

have one of his better days jumping.

The consolation was that

McHugh broke the school’s 77

year-old long jump record (20’

11.5”) not once but twice. He

first broke the record with a 21’

2” jump and then re-broke the

record at the Class C Meet.

McHugh also took part in the

triple jump, just missing out on

moving on and the high hurdles.

Sophomore Riley Childs has

impressed the Medway Coach

with her discus throwing.

“She has improved significantly

since her freshman year

when she was throwing 87 – 90

feet,” Hasenfuss said. “Her first

meet of the year against Dover

she tossed the discus 84”, but

come time for the Class C’s she

was able to finish second with a

throw of 109’ 9”.”

Heading into the All States,

Childs had herself a good week

of practice, but that practice

didn’t translate at the All States.

The Medway discus thrower almost

became yet another sophomore

casualty when she decided

to play softball, but an injury

halted her move and she stuck

with track.

A few other athletes that the

Coach said made the move forward

this spring were freshman

Lucas Bittig (100m and 4x100);

sophomore Brittany Brown (long

jump and triple jump, as well as

the 100 m); sophomore Graham

Phenegar (2 mile) and junior

Jenna Saichney (an all around).

Brown jumped a personal best

15’ 9” in the long jump, while

Phenegar ran a 10:54.49 at the

TVL Meet and Saichney ran the

800 in 2:23, run a sub 6-minute

mile at 5:46 and was also part of

the 4x400 relay team at the Class

C Meet.

Senior Chris Cervantes posted

a time of 11.3 in the 100 at the

Class C Meet, participated in the

4x100 relay and tossed the discus

124’ 9” to earn a fourth place finish,

but was not selected to move

onto the All States.

Rounding out the success stories

of the year were the McGlynn

Family. Senior Drew ran a

10:38 2-mile at the Class C Meet,

while Josie and Colin (freshmen

twins) also took part running distance

for the Mustangs. Colin

ran a 4:54 mile and a 10:58

2-mile, just: 20 off his older

brothers pace. Hasenfuss believes

he’ll better Drew’s time before he


Although wins are certainly

nice to have, individual success

is more important to Hasenfuss

in the development of her track

and field athletes at Medway

High School.

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Tri Valley League Celebrating Its 50th Birthday

Millis, Medway, Holliston Original Members


Happy Birthday to

the Tri Valley League as

it celebrates turning 50!

The league, which

was formalized in

1966, underwent some

changes in its infancy,

but has evolved into

one of the most respected

conferences in

Massachusetts. Its history

and the way all

the pieces of the puzzle

meshed is a tribute to

the high school principals

who decided to

form the league and

the man who served as

its commissioner for 23

years — Alfred “Hap’’


Mazukina, now 92

and living in retirement

in East Dennis, resided

in Medfield during his

days as the league’s

first commissioner. His

primary employment

was as a guidance counselor at

Wellesley High, but his devotion

to the league is what made it an

immediate success. “I offered

many recommendations to the

principals over the years, and I’m

proud of how well the league has

done,’’ he said. “The coaches,

players and athletic directors

have played such a positive role.’’

Most of the schools that joined

the TVL 50 years ago were playing

independent schedules. The

circuit began with 12 members

— six schools formed an Eastern

Division and six more comprised

the Western Division. The

six Eastern schools were Millis,

Medway, Medfield, Dover-Sherborn,

Holliston and Hopkinton.

The six from the West included

Bellingham, Norton, Hopedale,

Nipmuc, Norfolk Agricultural

and Blackstone (merger with

Millville came in 1967).

Only seven of the original

dozen schools played football.

They were Millis, Medway, Medfield,

Dover-Sherborn, Holliston,

Hopkinton and Norton. Bellingham

started its varsity program a

year later in 1967.

Alfred “Hap’’ Mazukina was the first commissioner

of the Tri Valley League when it began in 1966.

He’s 92 years old now and living in retirement on

Cape Cod.

The only boys sports that Mazukina

scheduled in 1966 were

football, basketball, baseball, outdoor

track and tennis. Eventually,

new sports for boys were added

and they included ice hockey,

soccer, lacrosse, indoor track

and wrestling. When the TVL

was formed, no girls sports were

scheduled. But, Title IX began

changing the athletic landscape

at college campuses, and that

move spurred girls sports to become

a fixture in the TVL.

Not everything was smooth

sailing for the TVL in its early

days. Some of the smaller schools

weren’t able to compete with

those with larger enrollments, so

defections started to occur. Norton

left for another league and

the principals welcomed Blackstone

Valley Tech to replace

Norton. Norfolk Agricultural

also left but the formation of the

Dual Valley Conference caused

a major tremor in the TVL.

Hopedale, Nipmuc, Blackstone-

Millville and Valley Tech exited

for the DVC, leaving the TVL

with only seven members. Ashland

and Westwood, however,

wanted out of the Dual County

League (not to be confused

with the Dual Valley

Conference) and that duo

gained TVL membership

in the early 1970s. In 2002,

Norton decided to return

and was re-admitted, giving

the TVL its current 10


The 10 schools that currently

comprise the league

are Ashland, Bellingham,

Dover-Sherborn, Holliston,

Hopkinton, Medfield,

Medway, Millis, Norton

and Westwood.

“The principals had

several suggestions for the

league’s name,’’ Mazukina

said. “They settled on Tri

Valley, because three river

valleys were located in

the towns. The Charles

River, Blackstone River

and Taunton River are

the trio that led to naming

the league. It was a logical,

geographic decision.’’

During Mazukina’s 23-

year tenure as the league’s chief,

his tasks dealt with scheduling, assigning

officials, administering a

TVL basketball tournament and

cheerleading competitions, and

handling complaints (protests).

When Mazukina left in 1988, he

was replaced by seven different

commissioners. Individual sports

had separate commissioners.

“Hap deserves lots of credit

for the league’s success,’’ said

Dennis Baker, who served as

Bellingham High’s athletic director

for 15 years and played three

sports at Ashland when it was a

Dual County League member.

“He had excellent organizational

skills and knew how to maintain

cohesion within the league. Hap’s

vision on how a league should

operate was superb.’’

Baker’s son, Matt, is now

the A.D. at Holliston, and he’s

the youngest athletic director in

the league in terms of service.

He’s now heading into his second

year as the Panthers’ sports

chief. “I feel like everything has

come full circle with me being a

three-sport athlete in the TVL

at Ashland and now working at

Holliston running the athletic

Matt Baker, left, is the Holliston High athletic director, and his father

Dennis, right, was the athletic director at Bellingham High for 15 years.

Matt starred for Ashland in three sports in the Tri Valley League and

Dennis, who also excelled in three sports at Ashland, coached and

refereed in the TVL.

department,’’ he said. “It’s a topnotch

league, as evidenced by the

success our teams have in their

respective state tournaments.

The league has grown since I

was an athlete, and it’s exciting to

see what the future holds. It’s rewarding

to be a former TVL athlete

and now current A.D. and be

able to help shape the future of

this excellent league.’’

Mazukina, who still keeps tabs

on how TVL schools are performing,

admires the way various

programs have dominated a particular

sport. “Holliston has done

well in football,’’ he said. “And,

Hopkinton is a power in track

while Medway has been a soccer


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power. Westwood had a phenomenal

run in girls basketball and

seems traditionally strong in ice


Dennis Baker, who’s been

a field hockey referee in the

league, has also coached baseball

and softball in the TVL. An

athletic director in the circuit at

two different junctures, he was

the dean of the league’s A.D.s.

Baker gives the league a pat on

the back in its anniversary year

with this comment: “There’s no

doubt that the TVL is one of

the most respected and admired

leagues in the state. And, it’s still

going strong at age 50.’’

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Millis Summer Concert Series Wednesdays at Bandstand

July 6th – August 10th, 6:30 p.m.

Millis Recreation and Middlesex Savings Bank will present Wednesday night summer

concerts at the Millis Band Stand, at town park, starting on July 6 and running

through August 10. Bands will include:

July 6th - Jumpin Juba

Original, Classic Blues, Boogie, Rootsy-Rock and Roll

July 13th - Henry the Juggler

Child Entetertainer, interactive

July 20th - Brass Connection

Upbeat, family style Pops including Patriotic Selections, Big Band Swing, Light

Classics, Music from the Movies & Television, Dixieland, Blues, Tijuana Brass,

Broadway Show Medleys.

July 27th - Howie Newman and Jackie Damsky

Acoustic folk-rock (originals & covers).

August 3rd – Throwback

Classic Rock – The band concentrates on strong vocal leads, tight harmonies, and

a setlist that makes you get up and dance. Throwback performs both standards and

some deeper cuts. No two shows are the same!

August 10th – Down Block

All types of music, from Led Zepplin, Prince to Elvis. Come celebrate these local

Millis guys including Bryan Rezzuti and Bryan Kraby for our last concert!

Jumpin’ Juba Gets the Millis Council

on Aging Hopping for Summer

Millis Council on Aging kicked off the summer with a barbecue on Monday, June 6, featuring Jumpin’

Juba, a band that will also play in July in the Millis Summer Concert Series. Here are some of the highlights.

Selectman, James Neville Cooks, Bill and Bob Raymond and Director

Patty Kayo cooked up a storm for over 80 seniors at the Millis COA.

Jumpin’ Juba delighted all who attended.

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Community Events

July 5

Jumpin Juba, 6:30 p.m.,

Millis Summer Concert Series

sponsored by Millis Recreation

and Middlesex Savings, Millis

Town Park

July 13

Henry the Juggler,interactive

children’s entertainer, 6:30 p.m.,

Millis Summer Concert Series

sponsored by Millis Recreation

and Middlesex Savings, Millis

Town Park

July 16

Celebrate Medway Day, 2-9

p.m., Choate Park and Thayer

Homestead, features food at old

fashioned prices, bouncy houses,

rock wall, race car track, boating

on the pond, music by Abandon

Jack from 2:30-6:30 and by

Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra

at 7, fireworks, facepainting

and more. All activities free.

July 19

Author Shirley Riga, 6:30-

7:30 p.m., Millis Public

Library Roche Bros. Community

Room, 961 Main

Street, Millis. Riga will read

from her new book, Tools

for the Exceptional Parent of

a Chronically-Ill Child. For

more information, call the library

at (508) 376-8282.

July 20

Brass Connection, upbeat,

family style pops, 6:30 p.m.,

Millis Summer Concert Series

sponsored by Millis Recreation

and Middlesex Savings,

Millis Town Park

July 27

Howie Newman and Jackie

Damsky, acoustic folk-rock

originals and covers, 6:30 p.m.,

Millis Summer Concert Series

sponsored by Millis Recreation

and Middlesex Savings, Millis

Town Park


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A Salute to the Armed

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August 1

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Center, 76 Oakland Street.

This event is sponsored by the

Medway Arts Lottery Council.

For more information on

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Local Fourth of July Celebrations


Ongoing celebration from June 30-July 4

Includes rides, vendors, children’s activities and laser light show at Franklin town common on July 2, at 10 p.m.

Visit for more information.


Fireworks July 3, 10 p.m. (Rain date 7/5)

Plains Park

Events begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit


Fireworks July 3, 9:30 p.m.

57th Annual “The Night Before the 4th Celebration”

6 p.m. Fire Engine Parade; 6:30 p.m. Band Concert


Bellingham Middle School, corner of Rte. 126 and Blackstone Street

Fireworks, July 4, 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. concert featuring Bellingham band Velvet Skies, and 7:30 p.m. Pieces of Eight

For more information, visit


The 61st Annual 4th of July Parade starts 9 a.m. July 4, 2016 at Wilson Middle School and travels down Rte. 27 to Rt.135 downtown Natick. Visit

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Host a Successful Open House

When selling their homes,

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• Invite your neighbors.

Neighbors can be great salesmen

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Buyers will appreciate neighbors’

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Andy Paleologos Joins

Buliung-Todaro Team of RE/MAX

Executive Realty

Creating a top ranking team is

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Buliung Todaro Team of RE/

MAX Executive Realty is one of

the few real estate teams to soar

to the top of the charts in a very

short period of time.

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Real estate can be an incredibly

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Investment properties are not

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business.” Tanya will soon be a member of

the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

She was graduated from Montrose School in

1992, the University of Delaware in 1996, and

Lesley University in 1999, where she earned a

master’s degree. In addition to her real estate

career, Tanya is an active hiker and gardener.

She lives in Holliston with her husband, daughter,

and dog. She is excited about her new career

and welcomes the opportunity to earn your

business. She may be reached at the company’s

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out. When that happens, the surrounding

towns tend to become

the next hot neighborhood, as

these areas are nearly as close

to the attractions that make the

initial neighborhood so desirable.

Buying on the outskirts of a hot

neighborhood can set you up to

benefit nicely when that area gets

too pricey.


School systems should be examined

even if you do not have

children. In a recent

survey of American home buyers,

35 percent of respondents

with children under age 18 indicated

they want to live in great

school districts. GreatSchools.

org has profiles of 200,000 public,

public charter and private

preK-12 schools. Investors can

use the search

engine to find information about

local schools and school systems

so they can better position themselves

to buy properties in areas

that will appeal to buyers down

the road.

Real estate can be a fruitful

investment, and investors who

want to benefit the most from

their properties will explore various

factors before purchasing a

home or homes.


Carolyn Chodat


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