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Vol. 6 No. 11 Free to Every Home and Business Every Month June 2019

The Voice of Your Community

Hidden Hunger

In and Around Ashland

One resident walks

to make hunger a

thing of the past

By Cynthia Whitty

Hunger and food insecurity

are all around us—sometimes

hidden but always there. And

the problem seems to get worse

not better. For 51 years, Project

Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger

has raised much-needed

funds to support community

food programs throughout

Massachusetts. On May 5,

approximately 10,000 people

braved cool, damp weather for

a 20-mile walk, a 3-mile walk

and a 5k Run, raising more

than $1 million.

Ashland resident Valerie

Paul was one of those walk-


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Valerie Paul wants to

make food insecurity

and hidden hunger

a thing of the past.


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Ashland Farmers Market

(AFM) will open for the season,

starting June 8 each Saturday

through October 12, at 125 Front

St., diagonally across the street

from the library. In case you need

a reason to visit the market, here

are five to consider.

1. AFM is a destination for

“foodies” and folks who care

about what they eat and about

food’s role in the survival of the

planet. AFM offers whole, locally

grown foods, rather than foods

trucked in from distant distribution

centers; products grown organically

and through environmentally

responsible practices; and products

from animals that are sustainably

raised and humanely handled.

2. AFM values opportunities

for families and neighbors to

come together, enjoy live music

and break bread together. For

breakfast and lunch, there will

be a great variety among the five

ready-to-eat vendors, available on

different market days. Mohamed

returns from Egypt to provide

Kabob House fare; Marie Simeoni

of La Maison a Gateaux will

bring authentic French crepes

and tarts, madeleines and cakes.

This season the market welcomes

Ashland residents Marle and

James at Bali Marle, bringing

Indonesian street food, and Kim

Walbridge of Marconi’s Catering

with breakfast sandwiches, lunch

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ers. Paul has walked for hunger

for 31 years. She asks, why do

we have the problem of hunger

in one of the richest states, in

one of the richest countries on


“I’ve walked and raised funds

all these years because every

year the problem seems to get

worse, not better. I experienced

food insecurity as a child and

hoped it would be a thing of the

past by now,” Paul said.

“The money raised is an impressive

amount that will go far

to support local food initiatives,

soup kitchens, school lunch programs,

educational outreach

and more,” Paul said. “But, in

the big picture, it’s a drop in the

bucket when we look at the huge

problem of food insecurity and

hidden hunger in Massachusetts

and around the nation. Long

term, Project Bread’s most important

achievement may be


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raising awareness.”

“Here in Ashland, more than

600 children receive free or reduced

price meals, breakfast and

lunch, through the schools—

that’s about 22 percent of the

student body,” Lisa Beaudin, director

of Nutrition Services for

Ashland Public Schools, said.

“Others who really need the

help miss the financial eligibility

cutoff by heartbreakingly small


A May 2018 report from

the Greater Boston Food Bank

showed that as many as 31 percent

of Eastern Massachusetts

residents who are food insecure

don’t qualify for federal food

assistance. This means that 1 in

5 of our neighbors and friends

may be wondering how to put

food on the table. It only takes

a job loss, medical bills or car

accident to make the difference

between making it or not. And

when school’s out the problem

gets worse.

One program for families is

“Summer Eats in Massachusetts,”

a food service program

with sites around the state where

kids and teenagers can get free

meals when school is not in session.

While the Summer Eats

program is geared primarily

to families who rely on SNAP

(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

Program) benefits and free

or reduced-price school meals,

free meals are available to any

child under 18 at many sites.

For SNAP recipients, a second

important initiative is the

Healthy Incentive Program

(HIP), sponsored by the Massachusetts

Department of Transitional

Assistance (DTA), that

gives $40-$80 per month (depending

on family size) to spend

on fresh produce at selected

farmers markets, CSAs (community

supported agriculture,

or farms), and mobile markets.

Two regular vendors at Ashland

Farmers Market (AFM),

Upswing Farm and Long Life

Farm, participate in this program.

AFM itself also matches

up to $20 per week for patrons

using SNAP benefits.

Locally, there are many resources

for families and individuals

facing food insecurity. There

are also plenty of volunteer opportunities

available, including

a new Ashland branch of “A

Simple Gesture,” a nationwide

program that makes it easy for

people to donate to local food



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pantries, started by Ashland High

School students Armen Bazarian

and Kaitlin Laughlin that now

has 110 volunteers, with more

joining every day.

Paul reminds us all to step up:

“Remember your neighbors and

step up to help spread awareness

of this very solvable problem.

One of these days, all those

walkers will be able to hang up

their sneakers.”

Hidden Hunger Resources

1) The Ashland Food Pantry is piloting evening hours every

Wednesday. Hours to use the food pantry are Monday and

Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday, 3:30 to 6:30

p.m. Closed Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Check the website before

you visit: Hours to

drop off food donations are all above hours, plus Tuesday from

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2) Project Just Because houses the Hopkinton Food Pantry at

109 South Street, Hopkinton. The food they collect from local

farmers’ markets or gardens can be given to any family that

comes for help. Ashland Farmers Market donates fresh produce

to Project Just Because. They have great refrigeration, someone

to pick up the food on a consistent basis on Saturdays, and will

serve Ashland families.

3) A Place to Turn in Natick requires a referral from a social

worker, minister, rabbi, SMOC (South Middlesex Opportunity

Council) or other social service agency, but it is separate from

the Natick Food Pantry and serves Ashland. You can reach

them at 508-655-8868.

4) There may be summer feeding sites in the area for children

and teens listed on the following websites later in the month: and meals4kids.


5) To find out how to apply for SNAP or other assistance benefits,

contact the Framingham MA Dept of Transitional Assistance,

508-661-6600, or the MA SNAP Hotline, 866-950-3663.

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and Sam of Dulce D Leche will

offer their popular breakfast and

lunch fare—plus gelato and sorbetto.

3. AFM offers a fun, family

destination with an active Kids’

Corner and special event days.

Visitors will find Hula hoops,

colored sand, barnyard animals,

games, crafts, and Outlast

Blocks and will enjoy food tastings,

Dog Day, and other theme

days. This year there will two

community seating events: Jazz

Brunch on July 6 and Harvest

Brunch on August 24.

time they shop. Two local farms

offer HIP (Healthy Incentives

Program) for free vegetables and

fruits. Some AFM food vendors

accept WIC (a special supplemental

nutrition program for

Women, Infants, and Children)

and WIC Senior Coupons.

5. AFM showcases 36 artisans,

40 food vendors, 20 community

organizations, 19 Kids’

Corner activities, 17 musical

performances, 10 special event

days, and one knife sharpener.

There is something for everyone

at the “Best Farmers Market in

MetroWest,” according to the

dedicated volunteer market organizers.

Hundreds of visitors return to AFM week after week for quality produce and products and special events.

(Photo/courtesy of AFM)

AFM Special Events Calendar

Saturday, June 8, Opening Day: Railroad

House Band returns to perform at the Scott

Vincent Buchanan Bandstand, 10:30 a.m. Kids’

Corner with Mom’s Club, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

strawberry? This is a day to taste and relish the

possibilities. Band of One performs at the bandstand,

10:30 a.m. Kids’ Corner, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

features a strawberry craft.

Young AFM fans enjoy the on-site Outlast Block Set, one of a number of

activities just for kids. (Photo/courtesy of AFM)

Saturday, June 15: Peyote Buttons buskers

perform at the bandstand, 10:30 a.m. Plant your

own take-home vegetables at the Kids’ Corner,

courtesy of Ashland Community Gardens, 10 to

11:30 a.m. Bring your scissors, knives and gardening

tools to Eric’s Sharper Edge.

Saturday, June 22, Strawberry Festival: How

many ways can you enjoy the fleeting local sweet

Saturday, June 29, Green Living Day: Bluegrass

music with Always in Season, starts at

10:30 a.m. at the Bandstand. Free bicycle helmets.

Pollinator bees, and more.

Saturday, July 6, Jazz Brunch: Celebrate the

4th with Wildkat Hoops, jazz performers and a

communal brunch.

4. AFM provides SNAP, with

one of the best matching programs

in the state, and HIP for

free fresh produce. Visitors may

bring their SNAP (Supplemental

Nutrition Assistance Program)

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Ashland Business Scene

By Cynthia Whitty

The Ashland Business Association

(ABA) will hold several

programs and socials this summer.

Most ABA programs are

free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 4, 5:30 to 7:30

pm: ABA Monthly Program at

the Ashland Library, Community

Room, 66 Front St. Business

spotlight: Valerie Gaines,

At Peace Reiki. Refreshments

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Thursday, June 6, 3 to 8 pm:

A joint fundraiser for the ABA

scholarship program and the

Metrowest Chamber of Commerce

(MWCC) Educational

Foundation at Putts & More

Miniature Golf, 750 Concord

St. (Rt. 126), on the Holliston/

Ashland line. Enjoy fun with

family and friends. Donation

is $10 per person and includes

golf, lawn sports and ice cream.

Hole sponsorship opportunities

are available. To be a sponsor,

contact Jim Giannarinaro, jim@, 508-561-

2902 or visit, www.metrowest.


Tuesday, August 6, 5:30 to

7:30 pm: 2 nd annual BBQ at the

YMCA Hopkinton with area

business groups: Holliston, Hopkinton

and Sherborn. Free to attend,

for members only. Join a

group in advance or at the door.

For more information, contact

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Residents of all ages can enjoy the ABA and Metrowest Chamber fundraiser at Putts & More on June 6.


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New Businesses

The economic development

office reports the following new

businesses have opened in town:

Chris’ Barber Shop has moved

to its new location at 11 Homer

Ave. The shop has a fresh new

look and is now open for business.


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From Books to a Café, Ashland Offers Support for

Those Suffering with Dementia

By Cynthia Whitty

Ashland has become dementia

friendly, thanks to the efforts

of Senate President Karen

Spilka, grants from BayPath

Elder Services, and the work of

dedicated town staff and volunteers.

The initiative, Ashland is

Dementia Friendly, ensures that

the community is equipped to

support people living with dementia

and their caregivers.

The grants have enabled the

Ashland Senior Center to offer

support in a variety of ways.

The Senior Center has purchased

books and DVDs that

educate and support those with

memory loss and their caregivers.

The items are housed in the

Ashland Library for public use.

The books include “On Pluto:

Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s”

by Greg O’Brien; “Learning to

Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking

Approach for Everyone

Dealing with the Disease”

by Robert N. Butler, M.D.; and

“When Reasoning No Longer

Works: A Practical Guide for

Caregivers Dealing with Dementia

and Alzheimer’s Care”

by Angel Smits.

The Senior Center offers

Caregiving Support Groups, facilitated

by assistant director of

human service, Cara Tirrell, on

the 1 st and 3 rd Thursday of the

month at 1 p.m. The meetings

are open to caregivers of all diagnoses

and provides support,

education and occasional speakers

on the stresses of caregiving.

As part of the Dementia

Friendly initiative, the Senior

Center has created a monthly

Electronic cats are soothing for people in the middle and later stages

of Alzheimer’s disease. (Photo/courtesy Ashland Senior Center)

memory café, the Clocktown

Café, at The Bagel Table, 21

Main St. The café provides a social

gathering place for persons

with memory loss, mild cognitive

impairment, early Alzheimer’s,

or other dementia and

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program or activity that’s stimulating

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Special guest volunteer Janet

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dog Lydia, and at other times,

the Senior Center has used

electronic companion cats that

are designed to bring comfort,

companionship and fun to people

with dementia. The cats are

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Forum 2019

By Cynthia Whitty

Ashland residents filled the

Ashland Library Schiesske Community

Room on April 29 to

hear directly from and question

the candidates for town office.

Judy Leavey and Roberta Soolman

served as moderators. At the

time of this writing (mid May),

the May 21 town election has

not taken place. The 11th annual

forum was hosted by the Candidates

Forum Committee and

sponsored by the Friends of the

Ashland Public Library.

Candidates for uncontested seats (l to r): Charles Lidtz for Board of Assessors; Carolyn Bell who stood in for

Bonnie Mitchell, Library Trustee; and Erin Williams and Paul Kendall for School Committee.

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Your Money, Your Independence

Lists for Sun, Fun and Rainy Day Funds.

Summer brings numerous lists

of things to do and enjoy. Books

to read, coastal restaurants to try

and fun places to bring the kids.

What about lists of your expenses?

I know, it sounds as enjoyable

as a rain forecast for your

6-year old’s backyard birthday

party. However, if you’d like more

money for a rainy day, you need to

create lists within a budget.

Spending less than earnings

is not a successful budget. Positive

cash flow shows control of

the greatest variable (spending).

However, success must include

defined ranges of where expenditures

occur, to ensure you’re

saving for long-term goals and

spending on current priorities to

enjoy life.

Stack rank today’s priorities.

Evolve beyond long-term goals,

and also rank activities or services

valued most for today’s quality of

life. For example, a top priority

for dual-income families may

be outsourcing tasks (cleaning,

landscaping) to free up time on

their weekends to do family activities

or kid’s sports. This exercise

should have everyone involved,

as priorities only work if a household

commits to them. With goals

and priorities defined, now see

where money is spent.

Don’t record expenses daily.

This both unrealistic and reactive.

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“seeds” (long-term goals),

“wants” (priorities) and “what

was I thinking?!” (impulse purchases).

This last category crushes

financial goals and shifts money

away from priorities. The sooner

you identify these, the less likely

to repeat.

Differentiating “needs” versus

“wants”. Housing, food, utilities

are your “needs” while “wants”

is your stack ranked priorities.

Some items get split across both

“needs” and “wants,” like a $65K

vehicle when a $30K vehicle satisfies

transportation needs. Also,

allow for some cushion in your

“needs” allocation for the unexpected,

like a new roof.

Follow a 50/30/20 rule with a

twist. Put 50% of your income

toward “needs,” 30% to “seeds”

and the remaining 20% against

“wants.” The twist being if you

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over retirement at 65, push

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TVL Moms to Continue to Help

Team Members in Crisis

One evening in January, Ashland

football mom, Beth Murphy,

sent to a text to her good friend,

a Medway football mom, Patty

DerGarabedian, which said that

one of their (Ashland) former

football players was diagnosed

with terminal cancer and was informed

that he had 3-6 months

to live. The news was crushing

to both mothers who could relate

to the pictures of Jake Silver,

wearing his varsity football

jacket, being posted on Facebook.

Shortly thereafter, DerGarabedian

replied to Murphy’s question

of “What can we do?” with

“I just wish we could get football

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stores with their football helmets

to collect money for Jake’s bucket

list. We could call it “fill the helmet”.

And in that moment, the

TVL Moms was created.

The two moms grew to four

moms within days and within 12

days they became seven moms

covering eight schools, raising

over $18,000 for Jake’s bucket

list. They also brought all of

the football teams together for a

breakfast prior to Jake’s memorial

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“When there was nothing left

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are a fierce group of moms. The

kids know that the TVL moms

get things done. It’s who we are.”

The TVL moms have continued

their mission by putting

together a plan to help other

football players and their families

within the TVL whenever a crisis

occurs. They are also planning

to give out an award each year, in

honor of Jake Silver, to the TVL

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Jake’s Team Kick-off Walk to Fight

Childhood Cancer, June 22

By Cynthia Whitty

Jake Silver passed away on

February 22, 2019, two days

before his 19th birthday after

a three-year battle with osteosarcoma,

an aggressive form

of bone cancer. His mom, Melissa,

and sister, Halle, have set

up a nonprofit in Jake’s memory

called “Jake’s Team,” to help

fund childhood cancer research

and support kids and families.

A kickoff 5K walk starts at

9 am on Saturday, June 22, at

Ashland High School and will

include a bench dedication at to

honor Jake and his friend Paul

“PJ” Ferrier, 22, who passed

away recently of cancer as well.

Melissa and Halle have partnered

with Dana Farber. One

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children and families fighting

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to officially start the fund. Jake’s

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events in the future, all events

will benefit childhood cancer


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Greater Ashland Lions Club

Congratulations to ALL 2019

High School graduates! May

your future be rewarding. Follow

whatever path you choose.

“Dreams Do Come True” with

perseverance and hard work.

Remember to say THANK YOU

to your Parents, Grandparents,

Mentors and Teachers who have

seen you grow into the individual

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Relay For Life

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rescued animals from fires, caring

for urgent needs of stray animals

and care for pets during emergencies

and disasters.

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and the Greater Ashland Lions

will continue the Meat Shoots

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p.m. on Saturdays and win prizes

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Ashland Students Turn Dreams into

Reality at Keefe Tech


At Keefe Regional Technical

School, students from Ashland

say their Career and Technical

Education has given them the

tools they need to turn their future

aspirations into reality.

For Cameron Thebaud, a

senior in the Programming and

Web Design Career and Technical

Program, the decision to

attend Keefe Tech came after

spending his freshman year at a

traditional high school. “I was

looking for more opportunity in

high school to expand my passion

for computer programming. I am

so grateful to have transferred to

Keefe Tech for my sophomore

year,” he said.

Thebaud is an Eagle Scout,

works as a cameraman for

WACA TV in Ashland, and

plans to pursue a career in Criminal

Justice. “I will graduate this

year in June, accepted into my

top choice, Norwich University. I

plan to combine my passion for

programming with Criminal Justice

in college. I will always look

back on my time at Keefe Tech

as extremely beneficial and a

unique high school experience,”

he added.

Spenser Vernes, Class of 2019,

is a Metals Technology student

also enrolled in many AP courses

including Computer Science,

Calculus and Psychology. He is

a member of the Cross Country

team and an award-winning

member of SkillsUSA, and will

attend RIT where he will major

in Mechanical Engineering after


“Keefe opened doors for me.

I have acquired professional

skills in metal technology while

mastering my honors and AP

level courses. Keefe helped me to

realize my potential in Mechanical

Engineering and allowed me

to be part of a cohesive group

sharing similar goals. I am very

grateful to have had such a positive

high school experience,” he


“Coming to Keefe Tech has

Keefe Tech students (left to right) Cameron Theabolt, 2019; Natalia

Rivera, 2019; Spencer Vernes, 2019

been the best decision for my future.

I am an honor roll student

getting ready to apply to many

universities to major in Pre-Veterinary

studies,” noted Keefe

Tech junior Natalia Rivera, also

of Ashland. Rivera is enrolled in

the school’s Health Careers CTE

program, serves as a student ambassador,

and is a member of the

student council and volleyball


“I chose Keefe Tech to get a

head start on my career path,”

she added. “I always knew I

wanted to be in a ‘helping’ profession

and after my tour of the

Health Careers Program, I was

fully engaged.”

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Page 12 Ashland Local Town Pages June 2019


Hornung’s Athletic Career at

Ashland a Success on 3 Fronts


Staff Sports Writer

Jackson Hornung’s athletic career

at Ashland High has been a

dynamic journey that’s included

success, achievement and positive


The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior

is a three-sport competitor

who’s been a captain and a Tri

Valley League all-star in football,

hockey and baseball; he’s been

the TVL’s most-valuable player

twice in hockey; he’s played key

roles in helping the Clockers go

deep in tournament play; and

he’s also an honor student.

All-around ability and

high-caliber leadership skills are

what makes Hornung tick. He’s

in his final lap as a student-athlete

at Ashland, as its catcher in

baseball, and coach Matt Messer

is quick to use superlatives when

assessing his four-year starter.

“Jackson is our best hitter,’’

Messer said. “And, he’s very

solid on defense. Few runners try

to steal on him because of his

strong arm. He blocks the plate

well, and he’s like a coach on the

field. He’s a calming influence for

pitchers and as a captain he helps

out everywhere. He also makes

other players better.’’

Messer’s squad was battling

for a playoff berth at Local Town

Pages deadline, sporting a 7-5 record.

Hornung, however, firmly

believes the Clockers will prevail.

“My goals at the start of the season

were to qualify for the tourney

and to win the TVL Large

Division,’’ Hornung said. “Qualifying

for the tourney is realistic

because we’ve got the talent and

our team chemistry is good. Our

pitching is strong, we can hit and

our defense has improved.’’

Winning the TVL Large Division

title, although still mathematically

possible, will be difficult

to achieve and Ashland will need

some help from other teams.

But, no one should take Hornung’s

optimism lightly because

he delivered in football and

hockey. Playing quarterback, he

sparked the Clockers to a pair of

victories in the playoffs last fall before

bowing to Old Rochester in

the South Sectional final. Playing

defense in hockey, he helped Ashland

get to the South semifinal

his junior season and last winter

the Clockers were eliminated by

Hopkinton in the South final.

“Dom Cavanagh also played

quarterback, so he deserves credit

for our 8-3 finish,’’ Hornung

noted. “Looking back at football

and hockey, I’ll remember our

second-round victory last year in

football when we rallied to beat

Medway. We were down by two

TDs at halftime. I passed for two

scores and we eventually won.

Memorable times in hockey include

a victory over Hopkinton

when I scored my 100 th point and

being chosen twice as the TVL’s


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career with 69 goals and 42 assists

for 111 points. Last year in baseball

he hit .449, had 31 hits, drove

in 13 runs, scored 23 runs and hit

four home runs. At Local Town

Pages deadline, the 18-year-old

was hitting .432 and he’s hit one

home run and knocked in 10


Hornung started his baseball

career as a second baseman, then

moved to shortstop before taking

over the catching chores midway

through last season. “My favorite

position is catching,’’ he said.

“A catcher is involved every second,

he oversees the infield and

he’s got command of the game’s

tempo. It’s challenging because

you have to stay composed. If an

umpire makes a bad call, I can’t

get mad. I don’t want my teammates

taking a cue from me.’’

Two teammates Hornung admires

are co-captain and pitcher

Alex Amalfi and Cavanaugh,

who pitches and plays third.

“Alex is a solid player, a great motivator,

and he’s lights out on the

mound,’’ Hornung notes. “Dom

is a good hitter and a quality


Also drawing praise is Messer,

a coach lauded by Hornung for

a variety of reasons. “Coach

Messer is a top-notch motivator

who’s personable,’’ he said. “He

listens to anyone’s problems and

he’s quick to help us improve on

our skills.’’

Two of Hornung’s favorite

memories in baseball came in

games against Coyle-Cassidy

as a freshman and against Dover-Sherborn

last year. “I started

at second base in our first-round

tournament game,’’ Hornung recalled.

“I got two singles in a 2-1

win. Against D-S, I went 3-for-4,

hit two home runs and drove in

three runs in a game we won.

That victory was important because

they had beaten us earlier.’’

Hornung became a two-time

all-star in baseball because of his

work ethic. His arm strength, his

ability to defend the plate and his

knack for settling down a nervous

pitcher didn’t happen quickly. It

took work — lots of it. “If I let a

ball get past me with runners on,

then the complexion of the game

likely changes,’’ he said. “I’ve

worked hard on defense and trying

to keep pitchers loose comes

by reassuring them.’’

A quality student, Hornung

has been accepted at Skidmore,

a Division 3 college in Saratoga,

N.Y., where he plans on majoring

in human physiology. “I’d like to

become a physical therapist,’’ he

said. “I will play baseball. I met

with coach Ron Plourde and he

emphasized that if I work hard,

I’ll get an opportunity.’’

Ashland Athletic Director Stephen

Marks calls Hornung “a

gifted athlete,’’ but admires other

attributes. “What stands out most

about Jackson is the way he represents

our town — with class,

respect and hard work,’’ said

Marks. “He’s well-rounded and

has a bright future. We’re very

proud of him. Although he’ll be

sorely missed on the football field,

ice rink and baseball diamond,

his impact on the program will be

felt for a long time. He’s set the

tone and the bar high for future

Clockers. We’re looking forward

to seeing his spring season play

out then cheer him on as he competes

at the next level.’’

Hornung got plenty of opportunities

at Ashland because

he paid the price to succeed. His

athletic philosophy is very telling.

“My goal is to win,’’ he said. “My

compete level is high but it’s also

important to have fun along the

way. The key is that your team

comes first.’’

Sports have taught Hornung

some valuable life lessons. “Working

as a team, trusting your teammates,

overcoming adversity and

becoming a leader are lessons you

learn in sports and can use later

in life,’’ he emphasized.

An good example of

Hornung overcoming adversity

came in football last summer. He

dislocated his shoulder and had a

minor tear in his labrum. “That

happened in our first scrimmage,’’

he said, “I got some rest

and didn’t miss any time.’’

There’s a lot to like in Jackson

Hornung’s style and approach

to athletics. He’s a leader, a supportive

captain, an all-star and

an MVP. He’s skilled, athletic

and smart. He’s also earned 11

athletic letters.

“It’s sad to see the end in

athletics coming,’’ he said about

his Ashland experiences. “But,

there’s a new chapter about to

begin and I’m ready for new challenges.’’

Spoken like a talented, allaround

student-athlete who’s had

success because of dedication

and a desire to excel.

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Ashland Boys Tennis Captains

By Christopher Tremblay

Staff Sports Writer

Doubles tennis always seems

to have a feeling out process with

its partners. Now In high school

tennis it’s magnified as the tennis

tandems usually don not all the

time to grow with one another of

a lengthy period, much like the

pros. Ashland was lucky enough

to find two athletes that not only

got along together on the court

but off it as well.

Clocker Coach Mike Roman

has two seniors who are playing

first doubles for their second

season together after putting up

some impressive numbers during

their inaugural campaign together.

Ari Dinerman and Colby

Weiss went an impressive 13-5,

which included two tournament

victories, last season for Ashland.

While Weiss was entering

his fourth season on the doubles

circuit, Dinerman was playing on

the high school team for the first


“Both are very competitive

athletes that are not only coachable

but bring good skill sets to

the court,” Roman said. “They’re

fearless and play with power and

played well together right off the


Being friends off the court

prior to tennis was an added advantage

for the duo, especially in

high school where there is not a

lot of time not only during their

careers but the season to get use

to one another on the courts. Although

the two friends are now

playing doubles together for the

Clockers, they both took different

paths to get to this point.

Weiss began playing tennis because

of a friend’s older brother

who played the sport for Ashland

and was a key component in getting

the sport moving forward.

He felt inclined to help out by

joining the team when he got to

high school.

“I had played baseball through

middle school, but stopped just

before entering high school,”

Weiss said. “I didn’t have anything

going on during the spring

and because of my friend’s

brother being instrumental in getting

people to join the program,

figured I’d give it a try.”

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Having never picked up a

tennis racket before Weiss didn’t

think anything about what would

come from the sport, he was there

for support and just went out and

played to have fun.

While Weiss started wielding

his tennis racket as a freshman,

Dinerman, who was wrestling for

the school, had a soft spot for the

sport of tennis stored deep within

his brain.

“My mom loves tennis and is

always playing. I remember playing

tennis at an overnight camp

in New Hampshire when I was

younger and loved the sport,” he

said. “It wasn’t until recently that

I began playing competitively

and realized not only how much

I enjoyed the sport, but loved

the contrast between tennis and

wrestling. Wrestling is a one-onone

sport, but in doubles tennis I

need to strategize with Colby to

be successful.”

Having been paired with Kyle

Walsh his first two years on the

team Weiss was able to build his

game thanks to the upperclassman.

Now playing with his friend

he had to reestablish himself and

play to Dinerman’s strengths and


“There is a lot of communication

playing doubles,” Weiss said.

“Being close friends we found it

easy to grow as tennis partners.

The chemistry has definitely

improved this year after having

played together last year.”

Dinerman likes the fact that

although he is only playing in his

second season with the Clockers

that he gets to do it with someone

he is comfortable with.

“When I decided to come out

for the team last year I pictured

myself playing doubles; the atmosphere

seemed more my style.

I didn’t know if it would be possible,

but I was hoping to play with

Colby as we have been friends,”

Dinerman said. “Last year the

chemistry between us felt good.

We understood each other very

well and that translated onto the

tennis courts.”

Over the two years the duo

has seen its game improve while

the two seem to complement one

another on the court.

“The two work hard together

and have confidence in one another.

As captains they also boost

the rest of the team with their

games,” Roman said. “In fact,

recently we were tied with Norwood

2-2 and since they only

have four courts the first doubles

team was the last playing and

everyone was watching. Ari and

Colby went onto secure the victory

for us 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.”

Playing for the last season together

the duo would like to be

able to qualify for the individual


“Playing in the individual tournament

would be cool to see how

the two of us compete against the

others.” Weiss said “But our first

goal is get to the tournament with

the team.”

Dinerman agreed with his tennis


“I’d be very excited if we were

able to play in the individual

tournament as you’re going up

against some of the best in the

state,” he said. “That way we can

test our ability, but having never

been there I’m not exactly sure

what to expect.”

While the doubles partners are

looking to qualify for the tournaments,

Coach Roman has higher

expectations for his first doubles


“I’d like to see them go undefeated,”

the coach said. “Now,

who knows if that is possible,

but at least see them play competitively

and help us pick up

points along the season to help

the team.”

Who knows what will happen

throughout the rest of the season,

but at least the two friends can say

they had the chance to play with

one another on the court and had

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STEAM Storytime

Ashland Public Library, 66

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11:45 a.m. For ages 3 1/2 - 6.

Each week we read stories and

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Space is limited - free tickets

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Opening Day

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June 10

Great Decisions Discussion


Ashland Public Library, 66

Front Street, Ashland. 7-8:30

p.m. Before each meeting

participants are asked to read

an article from the Great Decisions

briefing book, then

meet as a group where they

will watch a DVD of interviews

and information relating

to the article, and follow

up with a thoughtful and engaging

discussion. This group

will be open to ALL ages.

Co-sponsored by the Friends

of the Ashland Public Library

and Ashland Senior Center.

June 15

Summer Movie Night:


The Corner Spot, 6 Cherry

Street Ashland. 6-10 p.m.

Join us for the first Summer

Movie Night at the Corner

Spot. Music will kick off the

event and food is available for

purchase. Movie starts at 8.

Rain date: June 21.

June 15

Market Day

Ashland Farmers Market,

125 Front Street, Ashland. 9

a.m.- 1 p.m.

June 22

Strawberry Day

Ashland Farmers Market,

125 Front Street, Ashland. 9

a.m.- 1 p.m.

Our Town Publishing

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June 9

Ashland Dog Park Committee

At the MetroWest K9 5K

race, MetroWest YMCA Family

Outdoor Center, 45 East

St, Hopkinton, MA. 8:00

a.m. (www.metrowestk95k.

com) The Ashland Dog Park

June 29

Green Living Day

Ashland Farmers Market,

125 Front Street, Ashland. 9

a.m.- 1 p.m.

June 2019 Ashland Local Town Pages Page 15

Ashland Lions

Ashland Lions

Yard Sale

Saturday June 1st. Rain date

is Sunday June 2 nd , 9AM – 2 PM

Stop over to 99 Pleasant St,

Ashland for our 4 th annual yard

sale, and get good stuff cheap

while helping your Local Lions

Club. All proceeds go back to

local charities.

Lion “Dok” has volunteered

to pick up small items from local

residents to store until the day

of the sale or questions Contact

Lion “Dok” 508-881-4664.


Ashland Lion

The Ashland Lions have

been involved with the state in

a Highway cleanup for more

than 20 years, they felt this

was a good community project

long before Earth Day became

so well known. Saturday, May

4th the Lions crew wore attractive

bright colored vests and

headed out with garbage bags

and pick’s to collect trash on

the Ashland part of Cordaville

Road (a state road) between the

Southboro line and the Fish

and Game Club. As awareness

of Earth Day has grown

the Town scheduled its own

annual clean-up, with a theme

of “GreenUp” which was also

held on Saturday, May 4 th 2019.

The Ashland Lions paired with

the Town and volunteers of all

ages, businesses and various organizations

cleaned up parks,

neighborhoods and along streets

and rivers. Organizers say that

litter around town is worse than

ever before, the bags collected

will be picked up by Ashland

Department of Public Works.

The Lions once again cleaned

Cordaville Road from the town

line to Ponderosa Road and

filled12 bags with rubbish and

roadside litter.


Our food trailer will be front

and center at the Summer Concerts

in Stone Park on Tuesday

evenings starting the last week

in June. Concerts begin at 7:00

PM in June and July, 6:30 in August.

Bring your lawn chair and

appetite, sit back and relax, listen

to music and enjoy a dog or

a burger. What better way to

spend a summer evening?

Eyeglass Collection

Is a year round project with

collection of used prescription

and nonprescription eyeglasses,

sunglasses’, hearing aids and cell

phones. Collection boxes are

located at the Post Office, Senior

Center and downtown outside

of Talvy Florist.

Club Meetings

Why not plan on joining us in

September for a Dinner meeting

at TJ’s Restaurant the 2 nd and 4 th

Tuesday of each month 7 PM.

The food is good and the meetings

are informative with a guest

speaker from the town, school

system or someone of interest to

the community.

Save Time and Money with

Material Alternatives

Home renovations are big

business. The home renovation

resource Home Advisor states

that the national average cost of

remodeling multiple rooms in a

home was $41,784 in 2018.

While homeowners cannot

change the size of rooms to save

money, they can manipulate the

materials used to keep expenses

down. Many products on the

market today are designed to

replicate the look of more costly

materials without the higher price

tags. User-friendly DIY products

also can help corral costs by cutting

down on labor expenses.

Resilient flooring

Resilient flooring is manufacturered

to mimic the look of

hardwood, tile, stone, and other

materials. According to Armstrong

Flooring, specialized manufacturing

processes and coatings

create a product that resists stains,

dents, moisture, and scratches.

Most resilient products are made

up of several layers to create stability

and absorb sound. These

products tend to be less expensive

than the materials they replicate.

Laminate countertops

Much like resilient flooring,

laminate countertops are inexpensive,

low-maintenance and

durable alternatives to stone and

solid-surface countertops. They

come in many different styles that

can look like granite or marble.

Homeowners also can consider

solid surface materials, tile, concrete,

and wood block when looking

for cost-efficient countertop


Shower kits

Bathroom renovations can

increase the overall value of a

home. But some homeowners

do not have the time or money

to do a complete bathroom remodel.

Replacing an old vanity

with a newer one and replacing

an outdated tub/shower combination

can improve the functionality

of a space without breaking

the bank. Shower kits and stalls

enable homeowners to renovate

bathrooms with less hassle than

creating a tile- or stone-based

shower enclosure. Kit pieces drop

in place and may only require

minor plumbing work. Certain

kits can be installed directly over

dated showers for a quick remodel


Cabinet refacing

Homeowners who want to

keep the layout of a kitchen intact

but simply update its look

can turn to cabinet refacing. The

Kitchen Magic renovation company

says refacing or resurfacing

uses quality wood or laminate

veneer to change the color and

appearance of the exterior of

cabinets without having to remove

the existing cabinet frames.

New doors, drawers and hardware

will complete the transformation

at a fraction of the cost of

a new cabinet build.

Page 16 Ashland Local Town Pages June 2019

GreenUp Ashland 2019

By Cynthia Whitty

Residents and businesses join

together on the first Saturday

every May to clean up trash along

Ashland’s streets, parks and rivers.

This year, on May 4, GreenUp

committee volunteers distributed

207 yellow trash bags. Volunteers

cleaned up 94 locations in town

and adopted 19 locations through


Photos/courtesy GreenUp Ashland

The following residents and

businesses participated:

Timothy Daniels House

• 173 individuals cleaned up

around town

• 4 organizations:

Discovery Champions,

Ashland Lions,

Activate Youth Ministry

(Connect Church),

Robotics Team-Robowizz

and Ashland Condo


Exceptional Short-Term Rehab & Skilled Nursing Care

Physician on Site

24 Hr Nursing Coverage

Short Term Rehab

Respite Stays Welcome


Physical Therapists On Site

Hospice Services

84 Elm Street, Holliston, MA

• 2 scout troops: Cub Scouts

Den 7 and Troop 232

• 1 committee: Ashland

Democratic Committee

• 1 business:

OnProcess Technologies

Local businesses that donated

food and other items for the day

included: Noodle City, Mexico

City, Shaw’s Supermarket,

Market Basket, Dunkin Donuts,

Honey Dew, The Bagel Table,

Julie’s Z Breads, and Waste Management.

For more information, to receive a

newsletter, volunteer for the committee

and adopt a location, visit

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